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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 two (2) 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 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

 

Home and Garden Expo extended – and so is voting in the Decorating Contest!

Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Hope and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Home and Garden Expo has been extended! The last full day will be March 22nd, so you all have time to look around and enjoy all the fabulous displays!

Homes in the Home and Garden Decorating Contest

We’ve also extended voting in the Home and Garden Decorating contest. Voting will now close at midnight on Friday 20th March, and there will be a special party in the Designing Worlds cafe on Expo 3 with live singers where the results will be announced on Saturday 21st.

Designing Worlds Cafe at the Home and Garden Expo

So why not come over and register your vote for your favourite home?

And to help you choose, later today we’ll be posting more details of the homes and the stories behind them!

SkyeRyder Varriale speaks at the Home and Garden Expo!

Today, Saturday 7th March, in the Theatre at 2pm SLT, SkyeRyder Varriale, of Varriale Designs, will be talking about her beautiful homes – and about the landscaping that forms such an important part of the concepts she explores.

And Skye will be offering a giftcard worth 7,000 Lindens to be spent at her store for one lucky winner of our prize draw (open to all attendees)!

Be sure not to miss this!

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

Maxwell Graf speaks at the Home and Garden Expo!

Today in the Theatre at 2pm SLT, Maxwell Graf of Rustica, who has recently returned to Second Life with an exciting new house!

He’ll be talking about that, about using voxels, about his views on Second Life and other virtual worlds, and other things as well.

Maxwell’s talks are always informative and great fun – make sure you don’t miss it!

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

Come to today’s Show and Tell at the Theatre!

Today in the Theatre at 2pm SLT, 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!

So come along – and show us what you’ve got!

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

Elizabeth Burleigh of Ashbourne & Co. Fine Jewellers and Blue Moon Atelier Gallery talks at the Expo!

Elizabeth Burleigh will be talking to Saffia Widdershins at 2pm SLT about her work and about Relay for Life of Second Life.

Elizabeth Burleigh is the alter-ego of real life mythic artist & author Mary Layton. In Second Life, she is the jewellery designer for Ashbourne & Co.

She says: “In 2008 m’colleague, Gryffyn Ashbourne and I founded our own jewellery line, in the tradition of the great jewellery houses of Europe.”

Her artwork is displayed at the Blue Moon Atelier Gallery In Caledon II.

And Elizabeth will be offering a giftcard for her store for one lucky winner of our prize draw (open to all attendees)!

The talk will be in Voice
Location: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%203/116/218/30

Meet DeGirlo, owner of Flying Arts, at today’s Talk at the Home and Garden Expo!

Poster for DeGirlo

DerGirlo juggles an artistic nature, a philosophical soul and a scientific nature. A modern renaissance gal who has actually worked those type of fairs. She loves nature, books, walks, motorcycles, photography, as well as art and creation in all it’s forms.

She’ll be talking to Saffia about her store, Flying Arts. Eclectic and sometimes eccentric offerings of food, furnishing, fashion, fun , buildings, photo props, landscaping and more. Flying Arts creates whatever catches the imagination and offers it up to enrich your enjoyment of Second Life.

We’ll be seeing some of this at the Talk tonight – and DeGirlo will be offering a special gift from Flying Arts for one lucky winner of our prize draw (open to all attendees)!

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

Come to today’s Show and Tell at the Theatre

Today in the Theatre at 2pm SLT, 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%203/116/218/30

How can we create great publicity for Brands and Events? Home and Garden Expo Discussion at 2pmSLT

At 2pmSLT today, we’ll be hosting a discussion in the Theatre on Hope 3, discussing a vital topic: How can we build brands and events in Second Life?

This is an open discussion, where people can discuss problems and also solutions that they’ve come up with – and share ideas.

And in addition, there’s a special prize to be won! We’ll be offering the chance for one attendee at the discuss to be featured on an interview on the long-running and popular Second Life TV programme, Designing Worlds – where they can discuss their own store, brand or organisation. Who would want to miss that?

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