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!
We’ll also be announcing the result of the Home and Garden Expo Decoration Story competition – so don’t miss it!
1st Place: Jarrod Beck for House 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels
2nd Place: Ororeia Resident & Kyra Nachtigal for House 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven
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.
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.
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)!
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?
Photos of the individual houses by Wildstar Beaumont
The fourteen homes on Hope 3 now all have decorators – and until 26th February, the decorators will be at work. After that you get the chance to vote on their efforts!
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.
There are fourteen houses in nine different designs.
House Numbers 1 and 8: Lil Victorian by Painted Pixels House Number 1 will be decorated by Arween Whitfield House Number 8 will be decorated by Jarrod Beck
House Numbers 2 and 9: Lauren Valley by Galland Homes House Number 2 will be decorated by Dictatorshop House Number 9 will be decorated by CaraTriple
House Number 3: The Winter Cabin by Loggin’ Off Homes House Number 3 will be decorated by Dame Roxan
House Number 4: The Skwer by Cain Maven House Number 4 will be decorated by Ororeia & Kyra Nachtigal
House Numbers 5 and 12: Barn House by RVi Design House Number 5 will be decorated by Aja Direwytch House Number 5 will be decorated by SeXXXy Bliss (Silent Hope)
House Numbers 6 and 13: Natane by Glas Houses House Number 6 will be decorated by Kaerri Rae House Number 13 will be decorated by DevinVaughn (with assistants Akira Voorhees, and Fullpleasure)
House Numbers 7 and 14: Martha’s Vineyard Cottage by Little Big Designs (a house for tinies, dinkies or petites) House Number 7 will be decorated by Prokofy Neva House Number 14 will be decorated by Mrs Sterling
House Number 10: The Palomar by Cain Maven House Number 10 will be decorated by Gem Henley
House Number 11: The Beach Cabin by Loggin’ Off Homes House Number 11 will be decorated by Alec Rogue and Roshy Aura
Timetable: February 13th – 19th – people applied 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!
We will be posting more details about the house builds as our decorators share them!
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.
Prim Perfect and Designing Worlds have run talks at the Home and Garden Expo since (gulp) 2011 … and we’d like to invite YOU to be a part of this year’s series of talks with designers, landscapers and creatives within the Home and Garden market.
We’re planning to host events at 2pm (and, if needed, 5pm) every day. If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.
We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions and show and tell events. It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas. We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!
We are also planning to have some of our popular “Show and Tell” events and hopefully some panel discussions on Second Life.
If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete the form below with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!
Closing date: Friday February 14th.
The grand display of Second Life's Home & Garden & Breedable creations!