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Home & Garden Expo 2021

Here Is The Date!

The largest and longest running home and garden event in SL, The Home and Garden Expo returns the 27th February to 21st March 2021. Exhibitors will have access to set up their displays as early as 20th February, and the regions will be open for preview for our blogger team on 25th February. (Possibly earlier access for set up depending upon when regions are received and ready to roll) 

The Home & Garden Expo is an event that seeks to support Relay For Life of Second Life, as well as its exhibitors and guests. Expo exhibitors are required to have one (1) Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation item at the Expo. This item must be new and exclusive to the Expo for the duration of the event. RFL of SL also benefits via the Gachas, where proceeds are evenly split between the Creator and RFL of SL.

In 2021, we will again include a small amount of Second Life fashion. To be eligible to apply as a clothing vendor, you must also agree to participate in Second Life’s Kerryth Tarantal Wearable Art Awards. Please see the web page for details, costs, store sizes and associated information on all parcel sizes.

It's time … to ride the lanterns – and Party!

Well, it will be time at 4pm SLT today, Sunday 22nd March.

Throughout the weeks of the Home and Garden Expo, we have had calm, peaceful times at 4pm each day when the lanterns are released. It provided a space for meditation and reflection. We thought of those who have gone before us in the fight against cancer, and also those who are fighting cancer, or supporting others through it.

Today, as the Expo comes to an end, we will celebrate this event with one last explosion of joy and thanksgiving for all those we love and have loved, all those who have stood together with us on the fight.

Tonight, with special music supplied by DaveOSaurus, we will watch those lanterns rise … and some us will RIDE them into the night sky.

And then we will come down into the gardens at the Designing Worlds cafe and dance until 6pm!

Designong Worlds Cafe

We’ll also be announcing the result of the Home and Garden Expo Decoration Story competition – so don’t miss it!

 

The Winners of the Home and Garden Decorating Contest – and a Little Addition

All images by Wildstar Beaumont

The Home and Decorating raised 159,288 Lindens – that’s US$615.93 in total!

You can see a list of the prizes they won here.

The winners of the contest were:

Decorating Contest - House 8
Decorating Contest – House 8

1st Place: Jarrod Beck for House 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels

Decorating Contest - House 4
Decorating Contest – House 4

2nd Place: Ororeia Resident & Kyra Nachtigal for House 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven

Decorating Contest - House 5
Decorating Contest – House 5

3rd Place: House 5: Aja Direwytch for Barn House by RVi Design

In addition …

We invited the competitors to submit stories to go with their homes, if they wanted to, and several did. You can read these stories by clicking on the signs by the gates of each house. We were so impressed by the stories that we decided to run a second competition for the best three stories.

Lantern Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Lantern Release, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

These will be judged and the results announced at the Final Lantern Ceremony at 4pmSLT on the roof of the theatre on Hope 3 – when we all ride the Lanterns (more details about that to come).

And that will be followed by a party in the gardens of the Designing Worlds cafe at the Expo (designed by undercoverlady), dj’d by DaveOSaurus.

If you would like to donate a prize/s for the story competition, there is a form here: https://forms.gle/m7K6ks2U6uoooCX1A

 

Find out the results of the Home and Garden Decorating Contest!

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest

The Home and Garden Decorating Competition is now finished!

The winners will be announced at 2pm SLT today at the Decorating Street – which will give people a chance to inspect all the houses (and maybe donate a little more to Relay for Life of Second Life!

And to whet your appetite for the announcement of the results … here are the fantastic prizes that stores have generously donated!

Participating Store First Prize Second Prize Third Prize
=EC Designs= Gift Card – 1000L Gift Card – 750L Gift Card – 500L
Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers L$500 gift card L$250 Gift Card L$100 Gift Card
Casa de Bebe Gift Card L$2500 Gift Card L$1500 Gift Card L$1000
Dench Designs Raithby Kitchen Collection (Kitchen, Sink & Fridge – All Animated) Sherwood Collection (Log Seating, Campfire, Tree, Table – All Animated)
Spilsby Collection (Seating, Fountain, BBQ, Prep Table – All animated)
Digitize 1000l Digitize Gift Card 500l Digitize Gift Card 300l Digitize Gift Card
DINKIE DUDS TEA CUP PLANTER WALL ART GOLDEN VASE SET
HOME SWEET HOME PICTURE
DLS: Dreamin’ Leaf Studios DLS Atelier Work Table & Work Stool DLS Atelier Daybed
DLS Atelier Entrance Rug
Dragonsworn 200 gift card 100 gift card 50 gift card
FaceDesk – Creative Creations Love Nest Season Tree – ADULT Kingston Elegance Bedroom Set *PG* Animesh Penguin Pet
FlyingArts LL$ 400 Gift Card (can be split into 2 L$200 for a duo win) L$ 200 Gift Card
Galland Homes Galland Homes L$1000 Gift Cert. Galland Homes L$500 Gift Cert.
Galland Homes L$500 Gift Cert.
GardenCenterSimona Gift Card 2000 LS Gift Card 1500 LS Gift Card 1000 LS
Highgod Originals HighGod MiniFrig No.1 (original mesh item) HighGod StonerShelf Lamp (original mesh item)
HighGod LitSmall Stoner (original mesh item)
IC From Within – Original Art by ilyra Longing for May by ilyra chardin (2D Art)    
Kitty Creations 2500 gift card 1500 gift card 1000 gift card
LoPo 1000L$ gift card 500L$ gift card 250L$ gift card
Love Everlasting Home & Garden Store a furnished Country Romance Cottage a modular rooftop garden with greenhouse our new “Spring Karma” bedroom & living room set
LozMac Designs La Lune Table Set – Texture Change Side Table, Candle Lantern, Plant, Working Analogue Clock. Also – Rug Set, Witchin Winter Table, Texture Change Cocoa Mugs & Texture Change Curtains La Lune Table Set – Side Table, Candle Lantern, Plant, Working Analogue Clock. Also – Rug Set & Witchin Winter Table La Lune Table Set – Side Table, Candle Lantern, Plant & Working Analogue Clock
Lumino    
Main Street Designs L$1000 gift card L$500 gift card L$250 gift card
Mara Telling: photography
Mara Telling: la mer (photo on resizable canvas)
   
Maven Homes The Palomar — Unfurnished Gift card for 50% off next purchase
Gift card for 25% off next purchase
Opi – Mesh Curtains & Pillows Arched Tied Drape – Lace with Roses Royal Drape – Natur Luxury Drape – Rose
Simply Designed Any 2 items from my store Any 1 item from my store
Any dozen cupcake of their choice
studioDire L$1000 Gift Card L$750 Gift Card L$500 Gift Card
Sugarfish Sugarfish – Toolbox w/ Tulips Sugarfish – Tin bucket w/ Roses
Sugarfish – Tin bucket w/ Roses
The Grove Country Club Estates One free month of rent at The Grove One free month of rent at The Grove One free month of rent at The Grove
Three Wishes Studio A photo session of your choice with a partner or alone A portrait session with a minimum of 3 portraits at the end A profile portrait
Unflat Stuff 10 items to choose from the shop 8 items to choose from the shop
6 items to choose from the shop
Varriale Designs Varriale Gift Certificate 7000L Varriale Gift Certificate 4000L
Varriale Gift Certificate 2000L
Widdershins 500L Gift Card 250L Gift Card 100L Gift Card
XPOSEure L$500 GC L$200 GC L$100 GC

Last Days of H&G Expo 2020 sale!

Last Days Of H&G Expo 2020 Sale!

Kaerri http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%202/177/19/23 Altana Pavilion 500L Full Set reduced 70%

Rustica http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/133/36/23 Steampunk Faucet 1 Linden

The Grove Estates
One months FREE rent with purchase of any parcel at The Grove
Buy voucher from box here for 0L http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%205/113/144/23

Chilly Pigeon http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/234/151/23

Loggin’ Off Homes http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%208/120/168/23

Little Big Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/137/96/23

Unflat Stuff http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/182/169/24 All kitchen items 50% off.

Widdershins http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/145/236/2
Dead on Time Clock @ 50% discount (usually 150L, now 75L) 3

Kaerri http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%209/214/223/25 Reduced to 50L each.

Lumino http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/249/179/23 All these cabinets 50% off.

Glas Houses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%205/83/251/23
All the homes, including the Expo exclusive homes, discounted by 50%

Laminack http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/145/194/23
100L each, reduced from 225L

Cats Claw Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%202/20/226/23 99 Lindens till end of Expo. Regular price 199L

Hilted http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%208/209/41/23
50% Off the Neon Vapors Photobooth (Now 113 L$)

Rumah Kita http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%208/118/79/23
All items in store between L$49 and L$99

Terra d’ombrA http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%207/225/85/27 Reduced to 100L from 180L

StudioDire http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%204/242/165/23
/studioDire/ Has Marked the Following Items Down 50% to L$50.

Garden Center Simona http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%209/126/104/23

60 Lindens

Blue Moon Atelier http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%206/148/59/23 Discounting both RFL 100% Vendors:
“Phoenix” and “Hummingbird Ring” Framed Prints – From L$199 to L$100

Little Scamp Designs http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%206/226/9/23

Reduced to 75L
Reduced to 99L

EED Home & Garden http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%206/241/16/23 All 4 items 50% off regular price

Ashbourne & Co. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%202/109/159/23 Discounting both RFL 100% Vendors:
Key to My Heart Necklace – From L$249 to L$100
Key to My Heart Earrings – From L$199 to L$50

=EC Designs= http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%208/110/18/23
For the final week, we have dropped the price on every vendor by 50%.

Firelight Art and Photography http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%202/40/182/24

Framed Pictures (modifiable so you can resize, etc). Normally 250L each. Sale at Event was 199L per photo. In addition, two pictures are further reduced to only 100L for the duration of the Home&Garden Expo Event..

Flying Arts http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%207/113/177/24

Was 500L, now 250L
Was 300L, now 150L

Meet Sandi Glas, owner of Glas Houses, at today’s Talk at the Home and Garden Expo!

Sandi Glas of Glas Houses
Sandi Glas of Glas Houses

2pm SLT: Sandi Glas will be talking about her stylish and elegant homes and the romanticism of working in an old fashioned way – with prims.

She’ll be demonstrating some of the techniques she’s developed over years in Second Life.

And in addition, there’s a special prize to be won! Sandi is offering a place in a draw for everyone who attends the session, with the prize being a fantastic Natane Home (which you can currently see on Hope 3 in the decorating contest). Who would want to miss that?

Text (a little voice from Saffia!)
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%203/116/218/30

Last Chance to apply for the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest

Yes, the deadline is here today – make sure you have your entries in by 3pm today!

There are fourteen homes on Hope 3 in a total of nine different builds for our finalists to decorate!

The houses range from Victorian to ultramodern, with beach cottages and log cabins. There’s even a special home for petites/dinkies/tinies!

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.

You can see fuller details and a timetable here.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest

To apply for a house, click the Home and Garden Decorating Signs by the houses on Hope 3, and drop your card in complete the notecard below and post it in one of the blue mailboxes at either end of the street.

The Home and Garden Decorating Competition is back for a third year!

 

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest

For the last year two years, we have held our Home and Garden Decorating Competition – and we’ve been blown away by the standard of work you all produced!

House No.3 - The Casa Blanca
House decorated in 2019 – The Casa Blanca

Not only that – last year the competition also raised the amazing sum of 241,000 Lindens, which is about US$975.

So this year it is back, with fourteen homes for our finalists to decorate!

Houses 2 and 9: Lauren Valley by Galland Homes
Houses 2 and 9: Lauren Valley by Galland Homes

The houses are a total of nine different builds, ranging from Victorian to ultramodern, with beach cottages and log cabins. There’s even a special home for petites/dinkies/tinies!

Houses 7 and 14: Martha's Vineyard Cottage by Little Big Designs (a house for tinies, dinkies or petites)
Houses 7 and 14: Martha’s Vineyard Cottage by Little Big Designs (a house for tinies, dinkies or petites)

Full details will appear on this page shortly and you are, of course, be able to explore the full range at the Expo on Hope 3!

House 3: The Winter Cabin by Loggin' Off Homes
House 3: The Winter Cabin by Loggin’ Off Homes

These homes and gardens will be decorated by fourteen finalists who will have 400 prims (land impact) to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

Houses 6 and 13: Natane by Glas Houses
Houses 6 and 13: Natane by Glas Houses

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).

Houses 1 and 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels
Houses 1 and 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels

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.

House 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven
House 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven

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.

House 11: The Beach Cabin by Loggin' Off Homes
House 11: The Beach Cabin by Loggin’ Off Homes

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.

Houses 5 and 12: Barn House by RVi Design
Houses 5 and 12: Barn House by RVi Design

Timetable:

February 13th – 19th – people apply for the competition, stating which house they would like to decorate.

February 19th – 26th- the competitors decorate their houses and gardens

February 27th – March 2nd – visitors to the Expo can vote on which house and garden they like best.

March 4th – the winners will be announced at a special party!

House 10: The Palomar by Cain Maven
House 10: The Palomar by Cain Maven

To apply for a house, click the Home and Garden Decorating Signs by the houses on Hope 3, and drop your card in complete the notecard below and post it in one of the blue mailboxes there by the end of Wednesday, February 16th OR fill in the form below.

 

Prim Perfect Talks at the Expo: Del Flower and Kess Crystal of Seraphim – and news of an exciting prize!

Prim Perfect Talks: Seraphim
Prim Perfect Talks: Seraphim

At 2pm SLT today, Sunday 16th February, we will be holding the first of the Prim Perfect talks when Saffia Widdershins will be talking to Del Flower and Kess Crystal of Seraphim, the premier events and sales blog.

You can discover all about Seraphim, how it works, how it can help your promote your brand, your event or your blog, and what it feels like to run such a popular media source.

And in addition, there’s a special prize to be won! Seraphim are offering a place in a draw for everyone who attends the session, with the prize being a 1,000 Linden gift voucher for Apple Fall. Who would want to miss that?

Voice
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%203/116/218/30

Information about more Prim Perfect talks will be appearing here shortly.

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Thong’s Outfit:  B BOS“Rosy Outfit” with HUD for bra and panties plus piercing for Legacy and Maitreya bodies available @ XXX Original Event

Thong’s Pose:  .lovelysweet. (a We Love To Blog designer) “Saiko” set includes 6 bento poses available @ .lovelysweet. on MP

Thong’s Nails:  Leksana“Pink Cocoa” with HUD for Maitreya hands exclusively available @ eBENTO

Hair:  KMH“F128 Hair”
Ears:  Swallow“Pop Pixie Ears”
Choker:  Kibitz“Cottonia”

My Pants:  Hero“Alessandro Pants” in versions for Signature, Slink, TMP and classic bodies available @ Swank Events

My Necklace:  Rebellion“Intrepid” with HUD available @ Swank Events

My Pose:  Serendipity Poses “jacob” set includes 5 bento poses and mirrors available @ Serendipity Poses store

Armband:  Legal Insanity“Barbed Wire Armband”

Hot Rod: 5TH~ Western Prefabs“Copper Head Rat Rod” available @ RFL Home & Garden Expo

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2020 Home and Garden Expo in Second Life

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

via slhomeandgardenexpo.com

The 12th Home and Garden Expo (HGE) in support of Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society, opened on Saturday, February, 2020 and will run through until Tuesday, March 3rd. Taking place across ten regions (Hope 1 through 10), together with two Linden Homes preview regions presenting the range of currently-available Linden Homes, the event offers some of the finest in home, garden, and furnishing designs available across the grid.

With over 100 exhibitors taking part, the event offers something for anyone who is looking for a new home, ideas for furnishing and décor, wishing to improve their building (or other) skills, or who just wishes to keep abreast of the latest building / home trends in Second Life.

The Home and Garden auditorium and one of the gacha malls

As always, the Expo there will be a range of events and activities, including

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Exhibitor Applications are now Open – Revised Dates…please read

The largest and longest running home and garden event in SL, The Home and Garden Expo returns the 13th February to 4th March 2020. Exhibitors will have access to set up their displays as early as 8th/9th February, and the regions will be open for preview for our blogger team on 12th February. (Possibly earlier access for set up depending upon when sims are received and ready to roll) 

The Home & Garden Expo is an event that seeks to support Relay For Life of Second Life, as well as its exhibitors and guests. Expo exhibitors are required to have two Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation items at the Expo. These items must be new and exclusive to the Expo for the duration of the event. RFL of SL also benefits via the Gachas, where proceeds are evenly split between the Creator and RFL of SL.

In 2020, for the first time ever, we are also going to include a very small amount of Second Life fashion. To be eligible to apply as a clothing vendor, you must also agree to participate in Second Life’s first ever Wearable Art Awards. Please see the webpage for details, costs, store sizes and associated information.

Wearable Art Awards of Second Life Information

Exhibitor Options – Costs & Store Information

Applications are open for:
  • Creators of home and garden items of all kinds; from houses and landscaping to furniture, decor and knick-knacks
  • Breedables creators and markets
  • Builders’ resources aimed at the home and garden market
  • SL rental estates
  • SL Media covering the home and garden and/or art scene in SL
  • Building schools
  • Visual artists
  • Wearable Art Awards of Second Life/clothing/accessory stores
Application Links:

Home & Garden Registration Application

Wearable Arts Registration Application

The most popular displays sell fast, so don’t wait too long and please prepare a secondary and third option.

More information about the Second Life Home and Garden Expo
Website: https://slhomegardenexpo.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomeAndGardenExpoSL/