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Designing Worlds’ second visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW372 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 Part II from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont
Home and Garden Expo – Decorating Contest, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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Designing Worlds returns to the Home and Garden Expo 2018

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 11th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the second of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

We look at the Hunt (organised by the Meeroos and BeYou), the Breedables Fair, the Art Gallery andone of the great courtyard spaces that were prominent this year – this time for FIN. And we also talk to the designer SkyRider Varriale, who exhibited at the Expo this year, sponsored a region, and donated two houses to the popular Home Decoration competition.

H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

You can read details of the results of the Decorating competition here.

And we take a good look at the twelve houses that were featured in the Decorating contest, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont. And we discuss the contest with Reven Rosca who was one of the organisers, with Kaerri Rae and Saffia.

H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

Designing Worlds pays a first visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018 – now on the web!

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

The latest episode of this season of Designing Worlds – when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo – is now on the web!

DW371 – Home & Garden Expo 2018 I from Richard Elen on Vimeo.

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!

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

And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

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

Designing Worlds pays a first visit to the Home and Garden Expo 2018

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

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 4th June, for the new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams in Second Life, when we pay the first of two visits to the Home and Garden Expo.

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

We talk to the organiser of the Expo, Nikki Mathieson, and to Stingray Raymaker, the ACS representative in Second Life, who tells us about some of the changes Relay for Life in Second Life has seen this year. We also talk to two of the designers who were at the Expo – Robert Galland and Cassie Eldamar, and of course, there’s a lantern release to see!


And there’s plenty to see of the Expo itself, including a fantastic slideshow from Wildstar Beaumont.

Make sure you don’t miss it – by joining us at 2pm SLT.

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in to the web at 2pm SLT on Monday for a showing on SLartist – or catch it later in the week on the SLArtist.com channel, the Aview TV Designing Worlds channel – or on the Prim Perfect or Designing Worlds blogs.

 

 

Results from the Decorating Contest

All photos in this article supplied by Wildstar Beaumont

The Winners of the Decorating Competition were:

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

1st Place (Gold trophy): House Number 1 ʙᴏʙ ᴋ ɴ ʟᴇᴇ ᴅɪᴤᴛʀᴀᴛᴛᴏ (Choiboiami) 28215 votes
Choiboiami won a prize pot from creators worth 28,950 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 1
H&G Decorating Contest House 1

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H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

2nd Place (Silver trophy): House Number 4 Prokofy Neva 22060 votes
Prokofy also received a special commendation forhis blog.
Prokofy won a prize pot from creators worth 6,455 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 4
H&G Decorating Contest House 4

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H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

3rd Place (Bronze trophy): House Number 3 MJ Zaurak 21823 votes
MJ won a prize pot from creators worth 4,055 Lindens

H&G Decorating Contest House 3
H&G Decorating Contest House 3

All the other finalists will receive a trophy for taking part.

A special prize goes to Flame Chaos Freeman and BlueGreyEyeGentleman. Our first reserves, they stepped in at the very last minute when one of our contestants withdrew, and they created a beautiful House 12.

H&G Decorating Contest House 12
H&G Decorating Contest House 12

All the finalists will receive a copy of the house that they decorated (so they can, if they wish, replicate it back home!).

The Decorating Contest raised 137, 142 Lindens, a little over US$551.

 

SURGE FULL PERMED MESH ~ TAO DREAMSCAPE

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Tao Dreamscape of Surge Full Permed Mesh

 

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:  Hello! I have not been very active in Second Life for the past couple of years due to real life demands. I recently decided to get back to working full time in Second Life, and I thought that the expo would be a great opportunity for me to get back into the flow of things, and a great opportunity for me to do my part to help out with a great charity.

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

A: I have been involved with several  previous events in Second life for relay for life, I have however not had the chance to participate in any real life events.

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: The biggest thing that I have worked on for the Expo this year is the building which houses the rest of my items at the Expo. It is an old industrial style building. I had a vision of a building that could be used as a commercial space, and could be converted into an industrial loft home, or pretty much anything someone might use such a building for, including its original industrial use. I had originally planned on displaying it as a home, complete with furniture and decor, appliances etc, but since I only recently quit my rl job, I simply did not have the time to complete it as originally envisioned. I created a chandelier for this building, and this is the item I chose to use for the relay. I do plan to release more items exclusively for the Expo that are in line with my original concept.

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

A: I first arrived in Second Life back in 2007. I had a friend in rl who turned me on to it.

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: In the early day of my time here, I spent a lot of time exploring different social environments, bars, clubs and such. I was especially drawn to spiritually themed hangouts. Nowadays when I’m not working, I’m usually shopping.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A: Other than the fact that it is work for me, and a source of income, it is what I am most passionate about, more than anything else I have tried, and I have tried many many things in my life. This is the one thing that makes me happy, and satisfies my need for creative expression and personal freedom.

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

A:  I am somewhat looking forward to the new generation platform, aside from the fact that I will need to do some upgrades that will set me back a few bucks just to run the platform. I am however excited that Second Life is looking into the future. I feel that in order for Second Life to survive in the long term it will be necessary to evolve in order to take advantage of new technologies and appeal to a younger generation.

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 will let you in on a huge aspect of my Real Life. This is something that has had a lot to do with my absence in sl for the last couple years, due to major upheaval that it has caused. It was a little over two years ago, I came out to my friends and family as transgender. I have had some really difficult times transitioning, but today I feel that I am settling into my new life, and have never been happier. My experience has given me a new lease on life. I have learned to love and accept myself, and in turn I have lots love to give to others. My family does fully support me, and my Second Life aspirations. I am very blessed to have such wonderful people in my life.

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 have a deep admiration for my colleagues who create such beautiful things in Second Life. Their creativity is inspiring to me,and alway pushes me to do better.

VARRIALE DESIGNS ~ SKYERYDER VARRIALE

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: SkyeRyder Varriale of Varriale Designs

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:  I had so much fun last year with a smaller plot and running around pestering the Admins for more space, :P.  I decided to go all out this year. Plus, it’s one of the best charities!

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

A:  Only this one in SL but I am interested in other SL Relay for Life events, time willing. In real life I own a business which keeps me busy but I do donate to the cause.

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 am donating a brand new home for the Expo. it’s an eclectic villa much as you would find in South America or the Caribbean. Intentionally bohemian in style. I am not sure what my second item will be yet.

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

A: I did some freelance work for for Electronic Arts when I heard about Second Life’s economy. I came to explore and never left. That was more than 10 years ago.

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:  The work takes up a lot of time but Sl does make it easy to make friends internationally which I enjoy. SL also has given me the ability to create homes and gardens with virtually, pun intended, no limits to creativity which is important to me.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A: Well, Varriale Designs has been around for over ten years. As with anyone, my first houses were pretty basic but they sold which encouraged me to continue. I have always loved architecture and landscaping and I build homes I would personally like to live in in real life. A major part of my style is to bring nature inside with stone, wood and huge windows to enjoy the scenery although I build period homes also.  Up until recently I did whole region designs and I may do that again, time willing.

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

A:  I definitely plan to stay in Second Life.  If you are talking about Sansar, I’m not sure. I have been there but I will have to see how it goes. It may not fit my needs.

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 am an Artistic Director/ Owner of a dance studio. The studio has been in business for almost 30 years.  

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 originally came here with some friends from EA, TatianaDokuchic Varriale and Harleywan Haggwood.  Tatiana and I own a region together and separately own several conjoined regions known as the Coeur Duchy set in the late 1800’s France.  We rent homes there. Harley rents one of my regions for his very successful store Never You Mind. Tatiana owns a store called Tatiana’s Tea Room. Together we have 9 regions.

@ THE EXPO ~ June 2nd

KONA Radio has the airwaves this morning here at the Expo!

Family Feud is also going on on the Expo Center region, this morning!. Played in tournament style, there WILL be a winner today!

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!! ON STAGE 2!!

the AMAZING Luciano Lionheart takes the Expo stage today!

at 1 pm, back on Home expo 6 we have the fantastic Luciano Lionheart on stage 2.  Luciano Lionheart is a Norwegian crossover singer, known for his interpretations of musical, classical, and jazz standards. He has a famously powerful voice which stretches over four and a half octaves and has been dubbed “The Voice” by his loyal SL followers. He has won multiple awards for his SL performances, including the very prestigious “Favorite Male Singer” award at the Avi Choice Awards 2016.

at 3 is the Avilion MerBallet presenting, The Dreaming Tree!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%206/130/132/23

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!! ON THE CENTER STAGE !!

at 5 pm, on the Center Stage, we have Saffia Widdershins with another Talks & Discussions chat.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

at 6 is the wonderful DJ Gem spinning the tunes
at 7 is live performer Djembe Dragonfire
at 8, to close out the Expo, is Savannah Rain

Savannah Rain wraps up the Home Expo entertainment for the 2018 event!

GALLAND HOMES ~ ROBERT GALLAND

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Robert Galland of Galland Homes

 

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:  I’ve participated in one form or another in the Home and Garden Expo almost every year since its inception.  It’s an event I circle on my calendar and I have helped sponsor before. Most people have been touched by cancer in some form and its a disease we need to conquer.

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

A: I believe so, but because I work in the Home and Garden industry, this one sticks out to me most.

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: You will have to see!  🙂 People can follow my teasers and releases at either https://www.facebook.com/GallandHomes/  or

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gallandhomes/

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

A: I signed up on October 18, 2006 in response to a Yahoo news story that ran that day.  I have heard that date had the highest sign-ups for SL ever, but do not know for sure.  I read about the working economy in the game environment and was fascinated I was going to flip land for fun and that evolved quickly into becoming a builder.  I was amazed how vast the world seemed.

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:  Like many creators, a majority of my time over the last eleven years has been spent on a building platform.  Like most people, I socialized more at the beginning and explored. I flew in SL a bit. I did have a period where I co-owned a roleplay venue and found that I enjoyed that hobby in SL.  As the years have passed, though, I have returned to my primary love and that is creating architecture.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?  

A:  I started Galland Homes as a venture in late 2006 and opened for business on February 3, 2007.  I have always tried to use an interest I had as a child in forming spaces and creating architecture people will enjoy.  I was the kid in that had the two-story clubhouse in the woods with a bridge to the treehouse in the apple tree. I’m amazed none of us were killed.  🙂 In fact, as a child I wanted to be an architect, but ultimately went down a different RL career path.

My focus in the earlier years was in creating large and luxurious houses with water effects that were most at home in canal/country club like atmospheres.  I had a lot of early Tuscan and Hawaiian renaissance homes for example. I think with all artistic forms, what happens in RL has affected what art has been presented in SL.  After the world’s financial troubles in late ‘08 and ‘09, you saw a shift towards people wanting more modest and cozy offerings and people were spending less on virtual land.  I think that things are slowly swinging back, but a lot of my offerings now are more traditional craftsman family homes or southeast Atlantic beach style homes you would find in the Carolinas, Georgia, etc.  I have felt a real pull to return to my roots and am excited to start developing some Tuscan and Mediterranean homes soon.

I participate in a modest number of events, but will be trying to find a balance this year with creating intermittently for events, but offering more mainstore shopping experiences.  I think that customers still like the chance to come and tour a house in a setting that I can present at the Galland Homes in world store. I am enjoying creating and hope that in 11 years, I will still be going and be able to reflect on 22 years of creating houses in Second Life.

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

A:  I have had an account in Sansar since being invited.  I have not done a great deal there or offered builds for sale yet.  I will monitor the world and make offerings when I think the time is right.  It really is a different world than SL and not meant to cater to the same person or purpose.  I believe that for the time being, the financial incentive exists to focus solely on SL.

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 am fairly open about my real life to those who know me.  I have a professional career and my own business in the real world too.  My experience in SL made that possible as I did not have to rely on working for others to make ends meet as I transitioned into having my own rl business.  My family has known about my business in SL since day one and, while they did not understand it at first, has always been supportive. I am a father of three, two of whom are under four, so I balance a lot and sometimes the SL work has to take a back seat, of course.

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: There are a lot of people who have helped along the

way.  Too many to mention and I would not want someone to feel left out.  My earliest friends, Montana Laurasia, Zane Kleene and Cesta Bohemia, none of whom have been active for some time, were huge supporters of me early on.  Some may remember JJ Lanes, the Caribbean furniture maker. Rory and Kris also were once valued partners in crime, but have since long gone as well. I now enjoy camaraderie with so many talented creators in and out of home and garden.

CHAMPION HORSES ~ NICOLYTI

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Nicolyti of Champion Horses

photo by Roman Godde

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: We always try to! It is such a wonderful charity and much needed in this world.

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

A: We have done all the winter breedable fairs as well. No, unfortunately I’ve never had the chance….yet

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: For this Expo, we created a stunning new coat, the Silver Buckskin, available in many different breed packs, to be sold exclusively here at the event. We also created a Champion Warrior, a warpaint Thoroughbred, OOAK (one-of-a-kind), to ‘champion’ the fight against cancer.

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

A: I started Second Life over four years ago, and like many, followed a friend from another game I played. You know, at first, I wasn’t sure it was for me, but I am a people-person, and it was a great fit for me.

Q: Tell us about more about your SL business?

A: I am actually the General Manager of Champion Horses, having been the personal, real-life assistant to the owner, Ken Edge. He has left them in my hands to grow and expand and make people aware of the great race horses they are. Their racing mechanics and fluidity is, I think, the closest Second Life came come to real racing. They are challenging and take real skill. They are also just fun to breed. We have many that just enjoy that aspect.

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

A: You know, I said earlier that I am a ‘people person’.. .that wasn’t always the truth. I was rather closed off in many ways. Second Life has changed me, for the better. In the beginning of my SL journey I explored and experimented, like most, but that random wandering isn’t really for me. I like to have purpose, meaning, and I love to help people. I actually enjoy keeping my ‘campers’ happy, and I love creating all the new horse coats and manes and tails, and learning, in baby steps, the scripting aspect too.

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

A: I have mixed feelings on that. I believe the owner of Champion Horses would like to expand to that platform as well, but I will remain here and continue the good fight 🙂

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 am happily married, with two grown boys. My mother doesn’t really understand Second Life, lol, but they all support me in my endeavors in it, and actually think ‘its cool’. I work for the same man, the owner of the horses, in real-life also, managing his many servers and his radio company and just about anything and everything he throws at me….it can be a lot!

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: Not really, and the horses are their own inspiration. Having had horses in real-life, it was a great fit for me. I will say, I recently lost a very dear friend, in real life and SL, and she was involved in these Champion Horses in a big way, our own little personal ‘champion’. She has been the glue that held this wonderful equine community together, and she continues to do so. She left big shoes to fill and will forever be a part of us. (Blessings to her always, Cheryl Baskein.)

BIOBREEDS ~ OZZIE DRUCKER

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR: Ozzie Drucker of BioBreeds

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

A:  We have participated in past years and this year is no exception.  We always look for ways to do our part for RFL. 🙂

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

A: For years we participated in the Bid Me Bald promotion that the Relay Rockers do every year. And that has been incredibly successful thanks to Trader1 Whiplash. The BioBreeds group made us number one for all those years till the Lindens teamed up on us last year!

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

A: We created 4 “Epics” for this.  A male and female Bunny and a male and female Border Collie. If you care to see them they are here:  Home Expo 6 (227,5,23)

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

A: I first came to SL in 2005 and left soon after because my computer was just not ready to handle it.  I returned in 2008 after hearing Ray Kurzweil talk about virtual reality. I simply planned to immerse myself in SL. And I did.

Q:  Tell us about more about your SL business?

A: Originally I developed a fairly large property company but soon became interested in breedables and opened the first breedable market in SL (The Farm) and then partnered with Bytecode Republic who codes and Charity Goldfarb, who textures, and launched BioBreeds. We created breedable dogs.  We have expanded and now create dogs, horses, Wild Ones, Farmimals and just recently we released Bunnies! 🙂 We have a great group and a staff that is completely focused on helping them in any way possible.

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

A: I think I have covered most of that.  But i think my biggest takeaway from my time in Second Life is learning that no matter where people are from, no matter what their background, essentially we are all the same, with the same problems, opportunities, needs and wants.

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

A:  I joined Sansar ofc.  We have looked at it as a future option.  But right now we are committed to maintaining and and continuing to build our presence in SL.

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 have owned several businesses in RL which has helped me tremendously in launching BioBreeds in SL. My total time now is devoted to BioBreeds.

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: Just like anyone else, I was greatly helped by a number of people when first in SL.  From them I learned the value of helping new people adjust to SL. I continue to do that. Special thanks would have to go to Charity Goldfarb who I helped originally but who quickly became my mentor! Lol  And as far as breedables go, I would thank everyone who has developed those and helped build the breedable community.

It’s time to judge the homes that have been created for the Decorating Contest!

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

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

The twelve homes that have been set up on Home Expo 6 are now decorated – and awaiting your judgement!

You can 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. You can vote for as many homes as you like – and as often as you like, with as many Lindens as you like!

The street – and the houses – look rather different now – drop in and see for yourselves – we think you’ll love what the contestants have done!

Click on each link below to see more information about each house.

Contestants had to specify which three items, purchased from Relay for Life kiosks at the Home and Garden Expo, they used in their builds. In addition, on a voluntary basis, they were invited to supply details of the other items they used in their home, to share a backstory, and a link to any blogs they wrote.

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

The Rothko House by Kaerri
Finalists:
House No. 5 – Alisa Farshore
House No. 10 – Wιʟʟα Cαʟʟιdoяα

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

The Bocas Bella by Spargel and Sine
Finalists:
House No.7 – Trixie Lanley – See Trixie’s blog here.
House No.8 – Mari Moonbeam

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

The Buccaneer Bay Bungalow by Varriale Designs
Finalists:
House No.4 – Prokofy Neva – see Prokofy’s blog here. (several entries, detailing the progression of the build).

House No. 11 – Angeleise

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

Eco IV by Maven Homes
Finalists:
House No.2 – Devin Vaughn
House No.9 – Elayna Rexen

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

Grenalda by Glas Houses
Finalists:
House No.3 – MJ Zaurak
House No.6 – BєBєl Kнαяis

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

The Kaizen house designed by Also Known As
Finalists:
House No.1 – ʙᴏʙ ᴋ ɴ ʟᴇᴇ ᴅɪᴤᴛʀᴀᴛᴛᴏ – see Bob’s blog here.
House No.12: Flame Chaos Freeman (littlemissflame) and BlueGreyEyeGentleman