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The Finalists for the Home and Garden Decorating Contest are …

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

The results for the Home and Garden Expo Decorating Contest are in and we are proud to announce the finalists!

They will now be building until 12 noon SLT on Sunday 27th May. After that, voting will begin!

We had a huge response to the contest, and a lot of entries – sadly, with only 12 houses to decorate this year, we had to make a selection.

The final group were chosen by a raffle draw made earlier today by Nikki Mathieson, the organizer of the Home and Garden Expo, who drew the names out of the equivalent of a Second Life hat (a random name generator script).

We are sorry to say that that all those who entered haven’t made the finals but you have inspired us to set up a bigger contest next year, when we hope you’ll feel encouraged to enter again!

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

But now the drum roll ….

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Expo Activity ~ May 22

MtFB Radio takes the airwaves today at The Home Expo.
The radio station designed with the grid flyer in mind. Tune in to live broadcasts or listen to recordings of previous ones.  A nice mix of music that goes well with flying, boating or just about anything you are doing.


They are available to do a live broadcast of your next aviation event.  IM Luke Flywalker to set up a show.

Now available by popular demand 24/7 Music to Fly By parcel media stream sponsored by The SL Aviation Network. Now listen to the awesome mix of tunes from classic rock and country to techno and anything in between anytime on your parcel. Let Luke know if you would like an announcement for your airport, group or aviation event.  Happy to promote your aviation related activities free of charge.

Stream URL for SL: http://mtfbradio.luschaudio.com:11016

MtFB Radio is an RFL of SL media partner.


We start our day with 1,419,750L in the monies raised for Relay category.  WooHOOO!  How exciting for us and for RFL of SL.  If you’d like to join in on this year’s fundraising season, you could IM Nikki Mathieson for the official tools and set out kiosks at your mainstore locations.  This year’s RFL of SL theme is, ‘United We Relay’ and we’d love to become united with even more of you!


In the Expo classroom today we’re going to learn how to deal with good ole’  SL lag.  This class is presented by Bluezy Bleac, who is a member of the Firestorm viewer support team.  The class starts at 10 am SLT.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/178/41/23


The Art Show @ The Expo!

While traveling through the Expo grounds, be sure to check out this year’s Art Show.  There are many wonderful works of art for sale here.  Thank you to the artists who have graced this event with their talent.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/97/84/23


On the Expo Center Stage today!

Make plans at 4pm to come out and dance with us while DJ Nuala Maracas spins those tunes!  Nuala is this year’s Relay For Life chair (her second year) and part of the Event Leadership Team.  Nuala is also a co-owner and longtime DJ on T1 Radio!  Adding to her long list of accomplishments is coordinator of the annual Christmas Expo. Here’s your taxi:


Show and Tell at the Home and Garden Expo

Today at 5pm we will be hosting one of our popular Show and Tell events.

Designers and creators are warmly welcomed to bring their latest works or even work in progress to share and show to people.

These sessions are always great fun and, in the past, have led to some interesting discussions on different aspects of Second life design and designing!

The Deadline for the Decorating Contest is approaching!

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

The time to enter the Home and Garden Expo Decorating contest is rapidly approaching. If you want to enter and still haven’t submitted an entry form, you can find the details here.

Here is what will happen next:

As there are more entrants than homes available, a draw will take place for the twelve finalists who will each receive a home to decorate.

Those finalists will be notified by notecard, and their names (and allocated houses) will also appear on this blog by 12 noon on Tuesday 22nd – so keep watch in case Second Life decides to be difficult!

There will be reserve candidates. If finalists do not contact us within 48 hours (by 12 noon on Thursday 24th May), their home will be re-allocated to one of the reserves. This is because there is only a limited time to build, and we want to include as many people as we can.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition

As the popularity of the contest means that it may take a little while to organise the next stage, we are extending the deadline on completing the build to 12 noon on Sunday 27th.

Voting will then open, and continue till 12 noon on Saturday June 1st – and the results will be announced shortly after that.


Talks at the Home and Garden Expo: Robert Galland of Galland Homes

Join us  on the Expo Center Stage at 5pm SLT for the today’s Talk at the Expo.

Saffia Widdershins will be talking to Robert Galland of Galland Homes. Robert has been running Galland Homes for 11 years now. What changes has he seen? How have his building techniques changed and developed over that time? And how does he see the future for Second Life?

All this and more will be discussed at 5pm SLT – make sure you’re there!

Class: How to make films in Second Life

Whether you are planning on filming your own creations, or thinking of starting a vlog, or planning on creating your own Second Life films, this is the class for you!

Petlove Petshop is one of the most experienced camera people in Second Life, having created her own machinimas (Second Life films) and worked on many of the most popular TV shows in Second Life, including Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting and The Blackened Mirror. Some of her work has been shown at festivals in the real world.

She’ll be exploring how to create machinimas, how to do it cost effectively, the different kinds of software you can use and how to create a workflow that runs from concept to delivery and beyond.

There’s a Great Hunt at the Expo!

The Hunt HUD
The Hunt HUD

For the second year running, the creators of the Meeros and the BeYou HUD have set up an amazing Hunt that takes you across the Expo and give you fun prizes at the end!

You purchase a HUD for L$250 at a kiosk (you’ll find one here), and then, wearing the HUD,  explore the regions to find one of the twenty Awareness Stations that are scattered around the Expo.

The HUD worn (shown next to an Awareness Station)
The HUD worn (shown next to an Awareness Station)

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Activities on Day 2 of the Expo!


Today WHIP Radio joins us as we applaud Second Life radio at The Expo! The WHIP will have the air stream on all regions from 9am to 1pm today. THANK YOU for your support of the Expo and Relay, WHIP Radio!

At 2pm today on Expo Stage 2 Alex Mays will kick off the LIVE music.    Bubbles Trinity Ermintrood takes the mic at 3 and KJJeff Kohn wraps up today’s line up starting at 4pm.



Also at 2PM, there’s a great class about how to create machinima given by Petlove Petshop. Pet will be talking about the essentials of creating machinima and videos in Second Life, looking at the stages of production and sharing tups and tricks for a successful machinima.



On the Expo Center Stage, Saffia Widdershins interviews the fabulous Rob Galland of Galland Homes!  This will be a great time with discussion about the many facets of a successful home design business in SL.  This always loved ‘Chat with the Designer’ series featuring Rob Galland begins at 5pm.


Opening Talk at the Home and Garden Expo!

Meet the Designers: Loz Hyde and Ria Bazar
Meet the Designers: Loz Hyde and Ria Bazar

Join us  on the Expo Center Stage at 2pm SLT for the opening Talk of the Expo.

Saffia Widdershins will be talking to Ria Bazar of Bazar and Loz Hyde of MESHWORX about their new joint venture elev8, and about their work together in Sansar.

And we’ll be hearing a story that’s rather appropriate in the light of events that having been generating a certain amount of attention elsewhere in the world …

Here’s a clue.

A certain ring
A certain ring

See you at 2pm to find out more.

The Home, Garden and Breedables Expo 2018 is now open!

The Home, Garden and Breedable Expo is now open!

Come and visit us – there are seven amazing regions to explore, with stores with homes, gardens and breedables of course, but furnishings, building tools and so much more!

Home Expo 1
Expo Center
Home Expo 2
Home Expo 3
Home Expo 4
Home Expo 5
Home Expo 6

And, if you have enough shopping (is that even possible?), there’s an amazing array of events, including a Hunt, Talks and Discussions, Auctions and Raffles, a Decorating Competition that you can enter, Classes, gachas, game shows, the daily lantern release in a very special garden, and an art show.

And then there’s the entertainment. We have a fabulous array of dance performances, brilliant live musicians and terrific DJs to keep you entertained throughout the Expo. See our schedule for details!

So come and join us! In fact – why aren’t you here already?

Join the Home and Garden Decorating Competition!

This year for the first time, we are having a Home and Garden Decorating Competition!

Twelve homes have been set up on Home Expo 6.

There are six different house styles available, created by six different builders (see photos below).

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Rothko House by Kaerri
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Rothko House by Kaerri

These will be decorated by twelve contestants who will have 500 prims (li) each to decorate the Home and the surrounding Garden area.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Bocas Belle V4 by Spargel and Shine
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Bocas Belle V4 by Spargel and Shine

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.

The  Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs
The Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs

May 19 – 21st – people apply for the competition, stating which house they would like to decorate.
May 22nd – May 26th – the competitors decorate their houses and gardens
May 27th – June 1st – visitors to the Expo can vote on which house and garden they like best.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Eco IV by Maven Homes
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Eco IV by Maven Homes

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.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Grenalda by Glas Houses
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: Grenalda by Glas Houses

Prizes will be announced shortly, but the prize pot currently stands at over L$20,000.

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Kaizen house by Also Known As
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition: The Kaizen house by Also Known As

To enter, complete the  form below:

You can also get a form from the competition signs inworld, and post your entry form in the mailboxes around the competition venue.


Sponsor Spotlight

photo by Roman Godde



Sandi Glas has been a participant at the Home & Garden Expo for several years now.  She shares with us why she chose to sponsor this year’s Expo.

Q:  Hello! Thank you so much for sponsoring the Home & Garden Expo and for your support of Relay For Life!  Is there a particular reason you chose to sponsor this year?

A:  On a personal level, there is the connection to Relay For Life that I have as someone who has lost my father to cancer and as a survivor myself.  As a builder, the Home & Garden Expo is THE event of the year and an opportunity to have my work seen by more people than would just stumble across my store or my MP listings.

Q:  Have you been involved in other events with Relay For Life of Second Life?  Have you been to a real world Relay?

A:  This is my 7th year at the Expo, having taken part every year since 2011!  Yes, I have taken part in real world, local Relay events dating back to when I was much younger than I am now.

Q:  Tell us what you’re bringing to The Expo this year.  Especially about the items you created for Relay. Any other exclusive items you’re planning to release at the Expo?

A:  I’m bringing two new house designs to Expo this year.  One is a prairie style that, at 64 meters long, is the largest house I’ve ever built.  The other is, of course, a mid-century modern ranch because, well…MCM rocks. Those are two that I know for sure.  Anything else I bring I want to be a surprise to myself.

Q:  When did you first arrive in SL and what brought you to Second Life?

A:  I recently celebrated my 10th rezz day!  Initially, I came because I had read the notorious BusinessWeek article about Second Life and, being in college at the time, thought I might be able to get a paper out of the idea of SL’s virtual economy.  I stayed for the delicious guacamole.

Q:  Can you tell us a bit about how you’ve spent your Second Life, besides building and creating awesome products?  Hobbies, interests.. things you’ve learned along the way ?

A:  Besides building, I own a small, six region estate that keeps me quite busy.  I find that the satisfaction I get from meeting new tenants and providing them a place to build their dream home far outweighs the nagging fear that each month might bring financial ruin. 🙂  I do most of the things everyone else does in SL; I shop, I go to concerts, I shop, I go to dance clubs, I shop, I explore the amazing sims created by people with far more talent than I, I shop, I take part in some decidedly adult activities, and I shop.


Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  Glas Houses was established originally for the sole purpose of allowing me to compete as a pro in the build competitions put on by the Frank Lloyd Wright Virtual Museum.  Very much to my surprise, people actually liked and purchased my homes.  FLWVM is, sadly, long gone, but I continue to build houses and people continue to surprise me by purchasing them.  I have since branched off into doing custom designs, which I find delightful because I get to balance the clients ideas of what they want with the urgings of the ghost of Frank Lloyd, who seems to think I should build what I want and the client should shut up.  Frank said that, not me.

Q:   Are you looking forward to Second Life’s new Sansar and will you also set up shop there?  Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A:   I’m a dinosaur who still prefers to build inworld with prims.  Okay, I have failed miserably when it comes to learning how to use 3D programs.  Also, I have a Mac, so the new gen platform isn’t interested in me.

Q:   Do you want to share a look at your life outside of  SL with us? What do you or did you do for a living? Does your family support your SL aspirations?  

A:    I’m a lawyer, but not the kind you call if you have a DUI or murdered someone or your neck hurts because someone ran into you.  I’m the kind you call if you want to merge your company with another one, or your company might have accidentally covered up disposing of nuclear waste by pumping it into the lake a nearby town gets its drinking water from.  I really don’t talk to my family about second life ever since my college roommates took to calling it “Sandi’s naked slavegirl game”.

Q:   Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or a special mentor, friends or  someone who has really inspired your business?

A:   I’d like to thank all my friends who have been patient with me and encouraged my building over the years, with special mention to Mechelle Oceanlane, Wendy Starfall, Elizzabeth Short, and Claire Sykes for their encouragement, and in the case of Mechelle and Wendy, their patience in teaching me basic building way back when.  I want to remember Frey Bravin and Rosalie Oldrich, both of the FLWVM and both of whom are no longer with us. And, lastly, I want to mention Cain Maven, who is a way better builder than I’ll ever be and still treats me like an equal anyway.