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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.

 

 

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.

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

@ THE EXPO ~ MAY 27TH

Longtime online and inworld radio broadcast T1 Radio takes the spotlight today at the Expo!

Today is T1 Radio day at the Expo!  T1 has been a longtime broadcaster of Relay For Life of Second Life.  In fact, T1 has been a HUGE part of RFL since 2005!   T1 takes the stream throughout the day on all of the Expo regions.

Beat the Clock game show gets underway today.  Individuals will race through an obstacle course trying for their best time.  There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins for this competition and the prize purse includes linden cash for first place!  C’mon out and compete or even just hang around and cheer on the competitors.  9am

at 2pm today, we are having show and tell as part of the the Expo’s ‘Talks and Discussions’.  Expo exhibitors are encouraged to bring samples of their latest creations and have a chat with Saffia Widdershins and the T&D audience.  At 5pm Saffia returns to the Expo Center Main Stage with a second ‘Talks and Discussions‘ interview today!  She’ll be sitting down with the Relay For Life of Second Life Event Leadership Team of Nuala Maracas, MamaP Beerbaum Alter, Random Padar Darrow, Nikki Mathieson and Stingray Raymaker.

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

Also at 2pm today Petlove Petshop will present her fantastic class on Machinima..  (can take up to 2 hrs).  This class is full of everything you need to know to create video production in our online world.  This class fills up!  Come out to the Expo classroom.

At 3:30 today T1 Radio’s Trader Whiplash brings Relay Rap to the Expo Main Stage!  This radio show has been a popular fixture for about 5 years now.  Today’s show will feature MamaP and Trager Alter who will talk about their new project (since spring 2018) called Relay Refresh.  Joining them to talk about the Home Expo will be Expo coordinator Nikki Mathieson.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/127/126/23

Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition
Home and Garden Expo Decorating Competition Voting Begins Today

Voting begins at the Home Decorating Competition on Home Expo 6 today.  There are 12 homes to look through and we vote with lindens dropped into a RFL kiosk located at the home of your favorite choice.  It’s a full day of fun at the Expo today.. grab  your landmarks and come on over!

 

Talks and a Class at the Expo today!

Today we have two talks and a class at the Home and Garden Expo.


At twelve noon SLT  in the Classroom,  Saffia Widdershins will be leading a class on how to build a brand identity, looking at some of the ways that you can use tools inworld and out to build your brand identity – including the role of social media.

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At 2pm SLT on the Main Stage, Ria Bazar of Bazar and Loz Hyde of MESHWORX will be talking 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 …

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At 5pm, again on the main stage, Eku Zhong will be talking about her fabulous store CUPRIT, about design – and why she’s looking forward to animesh, and about Second Life too.

 

@ THE EXPO ~ MAY 26TH

a favorite SL performer for many, Quartzz kicks off the LIVE music entertainment today at The Expo Main Stage!

We have lots of fun activity in store today at The Expo!  The game shows get revved up with the trial run sessions of Beat the Clock!  Entrance is on the Expo Center region, there is a sign with info inside or you can IM Random Padar to learn how you can join us in this year’s Game Shows, Beat the Clock and Family Feud!  Proceeds benefit Relay For Life!

Located on Home Expo 6 at stage 2 today we feature the amazing show called, “MJF’s MoonwalKING” by Second Life entertainer MichaelJACKSON Follet.  This is a show not to be missed, if you have never seen an MJ Follet presentation. 

MICHAELjackson Follet came to SecondLife on July 14, 2009 with a mission to be a tribute for grieving fans in the wake of the death of the King of Pop in June of the same year. Over the past six years since, he has worked to continue MJJ’s mission of love and healing the world by devoting his time and energy to producing the most accurate and true-to-life tribute to the King of Pop in SL.

In addition to his work for the fans, he has supported several charities, with his main focus being raising funds for the Francesca Rava Foundation N.P.H. ONLUS in Haiti.

Working together with Viviana Houston and CLE Productions he has produced virtual versions of many of MJJ’s music videos and concerts, as well as created new and innovative tribute shows to keep Michael’s spirit alive here in Second Life.  His crowning achievement however, is the beautiful and detailed recreation of Michael Jackson’s own NeverLand Ranch, which is open to the public year round. His work has ensured that this historical place will live on in this virtual environment.

MJF’s latest production is called MoonwalKING. It is an exciting and innovative tribute where the greatest hits of Michael Jackson’s career, take flight into outer space. Join us for a unique MJ experience that should not be missed!

Come early to grab your spot!  The show begins at 2

This show will be followed by DJ Tazzie who will take us through a couple hours of great music and dance.  DJ Tazzie is a T1 radio deejay.
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%206/128/104/22

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Today’s ‘Talk and Discussions‘ series features a chat with Eku Zhong of Culprit.  Saffia Widdershins returns as our host for another entertaining information session.  The show begins at 5pm on the Expo Center main stage.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At noon on this holiday weekend Saturday, you can stop in at the Expo classroom for a class presented by Prim Perfect’s Saffia Widdershins.  Today’s instruction will be around building a brand identity.  Seating is limited so come grab yours early.

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and.. on the Expo Main Stage this evening, we have another GREAT lineup of LIVE music. Beginning at 6 we’ll all meet on the main stage and dance the night away. Bring your requests, your dance shoes, your friends and come on out to the Expo! THANK YOU to all Expo entertainers who encourage any and all tips go to Relay For Life.

6pm – Quartzz
7pm – Ororo Munroe
8pm – Dirty Dee Sweetwater

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

The Grove Country Club Estates ~ Crito Galtier

INTERVIEW WITH OUR SPONSOR:

Crito Galtier of  The Grove Country Club Estates

Photo by Roman Godde

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: To support a great cause!

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

A: The Grove has done a fundraiser in SL. I’ve not been to any in RL.

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 Grove is SL’s premier residential community. We created a snapshot at the Expo giving people a glimpse of our community as well as a beautiful place to rest. Make sure you see our memorial dedicated to those we have lost to cancer.

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

A: I just celebrated my eighth anniversary here in SL. I originally joined to participate in the role play communities SL offered. For most of my early years I played a gladiator at some of the ancient Roman sims. I still take to the arena now and then and enjoy the thrill.

Q: Tell us about more about your SL business? For our readers who don’t know about The Grove.

A: The Grove Country Club Estates is SL’s premier residential community offering people a place to live that is dedicated to quality and uniqueness. Unlike any other community in SL, The Grove offers a wide range of venues for events like our live singers to places to get married or have parties. Spanning twelve manicured sims, The Grove is truly the most beautiful place to call home!

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

A: Aside from all the great friends and relationships I’ve made over the years, my passion in both RL and SL is music. I enjoy hearing the amazing talent SL has as well as making magic happen when they all come together to perform at The Grove. There is no greater joy for me than hearing two singers that I think would be great together and then making that happen.

Q: Are you also planning to set up a community in Sansar, at some point? Do you have long-term goals for your business in Second Life, too?

A: I’m not planning on setting up in Sansar yet.  I’m having too much fun in the SL world. As for long term goals, I plan to continue delivering a rich and active community at The Grove for the foreseeable future. There’s SO much to do!

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 in the very exciting wireless industry in the technology project management field. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time in my 1913 historic home which I completely restored.

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 the great residents of The Grove for making it so special. Above all, I want to thank my staff for creating it as well as helping to support me in the day-to-day operations. I could not do this all on my own and my team really excels at what they do and are as passionate about The Grove as I am. Go TEAM!

@ The Expo ~ May 25th

Here’s today’s line up for the Entertainment Stage at The Expo! It’s going to be another day with great music, discussion and shopping across the event.  Be sure to stop in and check out the Raffles, Auction and Gacha Building while you’re here. So much here that benefits Relay For Life of Second Life.

Wolfie Starfire is one of the entertainers in tonight’s Expo line-up

at the Expo Center Entertainment Stage!
6pm: Harper Messmer
7pm: Melenda Baptiste
8pm: Wolfie Starfire
9pm: Stratus Mactavish

The Expo stage sim gets in go mode today at 2 when Prim Perfect’s Talk and Discussion series introduces us to Expo Platinum Sponsor, SkyeRyder Varriale of Varriale Designs. Saffia Widdershins will continue this interesting and informative series with an interview first, then open it up for audience questions. We hope to see you there!

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

@ The Expo ~ May 24th

Shaye Dezno takes the stage today at The Home Expo!

There’s quite a lot going on today on this 6th day of the Home & Garden Expo with the Breedables Fair!  Since opening last Saturday it’s been a blast, catching up with old friends and meeting lots of new ones.  Thank you for visiting our event and showing your enthusiasm for some of the BEST home life creations in Second Life along with visiting the stages and enjoying the amazing talent that we are so lucky to have in our virtual world.

Today we’ll start with the Expo classroom.  At 5pm, on the Expo center region, today’s class will be presented by Beryl Strifeclaw , who will be instructing guests in building for roleplay.  The class will last approximately an hour and seating is always limited for the Expo classes so plan ahead to get in and get your seat!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Expo%20Center/177/21/23

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On the same region, at the main stage area tonight’s musical entertainment kicks off at 5 with the incredible sounds of Erik Kottzen at the mic.  Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, his shows feature pop, rock, hard rock and more covering bands from Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Guns’N’Roses, Journey, Metallica, Mr. Big, Whitesnake, Queen to Originals and more.

At 6pm the incredible Shaye Dezno will continue to move us with her delightful vocals.  Streaming in from Ontario, Canada Shaye has an incredible range of music on her songlist from country to rock and she is sure to include her endearing personality as she draws her audience in close with her charming giggles and wit.  Her shows are such a treat and we’re happy to have her at The Expo!

At 7 pm DJ Titan Hawksby takes us through the next 2 hours while he spins the tunes from the main Expo stage.  Titan Hawksby has been a popular DJ in Second Life for many years and he is sure to keep us all in party mode as we wrap up another fun and exciting day at the event that benefits RFL of SL.

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

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On the Home Expo 6 region at 5 pm today we have another interview in our series ‘Talks and Discussions‘ with Prim Perfect’s Saffia Widdershins.  Today she sits down for an hour with H0neyheart of Elite Equestrian.  Bring your questions and come out for an interesting conversation with one of SL’s popular horse creators.

Following this chat, at 6, DJ Tristan of WHIP radio will close out today’s entertainment on Stage 2 while he spins the tunes and dances us through the end of another wonderful day at the Expo.  Much going on today and it’s a great day to continue browsing through all the many displays!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Home%20Expo%206/128/104/22