Join us for the 1st Lantern Ceremony

The Lantern Ceremony at the Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
The Lantern Ceremony at the Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us for the very first lantern release ceremony at 4pm SLT today, Sunday 28th February on the roof of the Theatre on Hope 3.

Sometimes people speak, but often the event takes place in comparative silence – a break from the busyness (and the business) of the Expo – a time to reflect, remember and mourn.

We invite you to join us each day at 4pm SLT for this ceremony which begins in darkness and ends as dawn breaks.

Talks in the Theatre start today with the opportunity for Designers to join our Show and Tell!

Show and Tell in the Theatre
Show and Tell in the Theatre

Today in the Theatre at 2pm SLT, in the first of our program of Talks and Discussions, we are offering a  chance for creators to bring in some of their latest (or most loved) creations, and show them off to fellow creators and Expo visitors.

These Show and Tell sessions are always fun – and a way of showcasing some remarkable creations!

Text and Voice Location:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%203/55/117/33 A full (provisional) schedule of Talks will be released later today.

How to enter the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest!

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Home and Garden Decorating Contest is accepting entries!

Your mission is to choose one of the fourteen houses set out on Hope 3 to be decorated. You can see details of all those homes on the Contest page on this website. Actually, to increase your chances of winning a place in the contest, you can choose THREE.

Each contestant can decorate in any style they wish that suits their house, but they MUST include at least three items purchased from RFL vendors at the Home and Garden Expo.

Details of how to enter the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Details of how to enter the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

To enter, click on the sign boards set out along the street of competition houses on Hope 3 which will give you the rules AND a competition entry form. Fill that in and post it in one of the blue mailboxes on the street (next to the sign) by the end of Monday, March 5th OR fill in the form on the web: https://forms.gle/tunqsajM9QXsQRwb6

Timetable:
February 28th – March 5th – people apply for the competition, stating which house they would like to decorate.
March 6th – 12th – the competitors decorate their houses and gardens
March 13th – 17th – visitors to the Expo can vote on which house and garden they like best.

People will vote by donating to a kiosk set outside each of the houses. Each Linden donated to Relay for Life in these kiosks will count as a vote.

Competitors can work alone or in pairs or in a small team.

Prizes will be announced shortly.

The Home and Garden Decorating Contest is back!

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Last year  our Home and Garden Decorating Competition had sixteen houses – and we were blown away by the standard of work you all produced!

Not only that – the competition also raised the amazing sum of 159,288 Lindens – that’s US$615.93 in total!

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

So this year it is back, with a very sneaky twist. This year we are cutting the number of prims/li you have to build with!

The houses are fourteen different builds, including two of seven different styles, including beach houses, tiny homes and one with a distinctively Mexican feel – the new Casa Blanca from Danny Bourne.  Full details will appear in the blog and on the Home Decorating page shortly and you will, of course, be able to explore the full range at the Expo!

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These homes and gardens will be decorated by fourteen finalists who will have 350 prims (land impact) to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

The finalists will be chosen by a raffle draw made by Saffia Widdershins, who will draw the names out of the equivalent of a Second Life hat (a random name generator script).

The finalists will be each assigned one of the fourteen houses, based on their preferences. Competitors can work alone or in pairs or in a small team.

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Each contestant (or team) can decorate in any style they wish that suits their house, but they MUST include AT LEAST THREE items purchased from RFL vendors at the Home and Garden Expo.

People will vote for the final winner by donating to a kiosk set outside each of the houses. Each Linden donated to Relay for Life in these kiosks will count as a vote.

Details of how to enter the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Details of how to enter the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Timeline
1. Entries to be submitted by the end of March 5th
2. Decorating to take place between noon on March 6th – the end of March 12th.
3. Voting will run from March 13th – the end of March 17th. Votes will be placed by adding Lindens into the kiosk in front of each house.
4. The result will be announced on March 18th.

A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
A sneak preview of the House Decoration Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

In the meantime, why not take a look at what the decorators accomplished last time?


DW415 – Home & Garden Expo 2020 II from Richard Elen on Vimeo. Coverage of the contest starts at 19.25.

Calling All Designers! Join the Conversation at the Home and Garden Expo with Prim Perfect!

Talks in the Theatre
Talks in the Theatre

Prim Perfect and Designing Worlds have run talks at the Home and Garden Expo since (gulp) 2011 … and we’d like to invite YOU to be a part of this year’s series of talks with designers, landscapers and creatives within the Home and Garden market.

We’re planning to host events at 2pm (and, if needed, 5pm) every day. If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.

We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions and show and tell events. It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas. We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!

Talks in the Theatre
Talks in the Theatre

We are also planning to have some of our popular “Show and Tell” events and hopefully some panel discussions on Second Life.

If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete the form below with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!

Closing date to apply: Friday February 20th.

Lush Landscaping

A bit of a tropical feel is arriving to the entertainment region through some beautiful vegetation. Come wander and relax as you visit team booths, the main stage or the auditorium at the Home and Garden Expo.

The grand display of Second Life's Home & Garden & Breedable creations!