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Prizes for the Home and Decorating Contest!

As of this morning, the total raised by the voting in the Home and Garden Decorating Contest is higher than last year’s – standing at 159,845 Linden Dollars – that’s 670.30 in US dollars!

Thank you all so much – but let’s keep the votes rolling in – the polls (aka RFL Kiosks) are now open on Hope 3 until 12 noon on Sunday 21st March!

 House Number 1: The Palomar by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Demri Nova and Carina Heartsong
House Number 1: The Palomar by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Demri Nova and Carina Heartsong

And we have a list of the fabulous prizes that will be won too, thanks to the generosity of the Home & Garden Expo merchants!

The results of the contest will be announced on Sunday 21st March at the Show and Tell event in the theatre on Hope 3.

House Number 2: The Villa Barona by Ecila Lane of La Petite Vie, decorated by Chloe Dolores
House Number 2: The Villa Barona by Ecila Lane of La Petite Vie, decorated by Chloe Dolores

1st Prize

Presented by Krystali Rabeni of LOVE SUPERSTORE: 5000L Gift card
Presented by Steele Wilder/Jennifer Steele of Chef’s House: 2000L Gift Certificate
Presented by Kammie2 Resident of Twisted Thorn Textures: 1K Linden Gift Card
Presented by eithne Blaylock of Crystal Witch: L$500 gift card
Presented by Marea2007 Praga of ART & FASHION (Woman/Man Clothing Line/Surreal Sculptures): A Surreal Sculpture

 House Number 3: The Skwer by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Corvi Ashdene
House Number 3: The Skwer by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Corvi Ashdene

Presented by raydenrider resident of XPOSEure: Complete Pose Collection from XPOSEure
Presented by Eric Bloodrose of Polymorph: 500L$ Gift Card
Presented by Annakari Genesis of Dragonsworn: 500 linden gift card to my store
Presented by Tiffy Vella of Eclectica: Eclectica-Curiosities-50’s-Kitchen-Wall-Clock- 6 colours
Presented by OnaJourney Resident of Journey’s End: Moroccan Elephant Fountain
Presented by Alidia Loire of .: RatzCatz :.: 1000 L$ Store Gift Card

 House Number 4: The Lido House by Hattie Panacek of Ex Machina, decorated by AvaJean Westland

House Number 4: The Lido House by Hattie Panacek of Ex Machina, decorated by AvaJean Westland

Presented by SimplifyKidd (Gordon Cole) of Things That Think: The Real Wardrobe + 60% off one product from Things That Think
Presented by Sethos Lionheart of Wythburn: Bistro Patio Set
Presented by Scottlong Resident of Scott’s Fabrications: $400L Gift Card
Presented by Cain Maven of Maven Homes: The Sonoma: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/The-Sonoma/18799007
Presented by kewlmonke Zepp of KoreTech: KoreTech MyDesk Pro
Presented by JolieElle Parfort of Art Dreams Gallery: A Painting of the winner’s choice

House Number 5: The Beach House by Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative, decorated by Terra Tepper
House Number 5: The Beach House by Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative, decorated by Terra Tepper

Presented by Chiana0 Resident of Widdershins: 3 items of their choosing from my store (per designer, no need to split)
Presented by Popikone Resident (Poppy) of N/A Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/141810250@N04/albums/page2: 5 of my art prints of choice from current expo ( as sold in vendors ) alternatively chose from my Flickr albums
Presented by SavannahRaye of The Reckless Angel: 1000L worth of gift cards
Presented by Coco Firegrave of @home: 1000L gift card
Presented by Lilith Sablatnig of LozMac Designs: 500 L$ Gift Card for LozMac Designs

 House Number 6: The Mira by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by dergirlo Resident

House Number 6: The Mira by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by dergirlo Resident

2nd Prize

Presented by Krystali Rabeni of LOVE SUPERSTORE; 2000L gift card
Presented by Steele Wilder/Jennifer Steele of Chef’s House; 1000L Gift Certificate
Presented by Kammie2 Resident of Twisted Thorn Textures; 500L Gift Card
Presented by Marea2007 Praga of ART & FASHION (Woman/Man Clothing Line/Surreal Sculptures); A complete Outfit for woman with real art texture
Presented by raydenrider resident of XPOSEure; 4 Fatpacks of Poses
Presented by Eric Bloodrose of Polymorph; Queen Nefertiti bust statue
Presented by Annakari Genesis of Dragonsworn; 250 linden gift card to my store
Presented by Tiffy Vella of Eclectica; Eclectica-Curiosities-50’s-Kitchen-Wall-Clock- 6 colours
Presented by OnaJourney Resident of Journey’s End; Elephant Cocktail Table

House Number 7: Casa Blanca by Danny Bourne of reBourne Prefabs, decorated by Tiny Twig
House Number 7: Casa Blanca by Danny Bourne of reBourne Prefabs, decorated by Tiny Twig

Presented by Alidia Loire of .: RatzCatz :.; 500 L$ Store Gift Card
Presented by SimplifyKidd (Gordon Cole) of Things That Think; The Real Shelf + 40% off one product from Things That Think
Presented by Sethos Lionheart of Wythburn; Hammock
Presented by Scottlong Resident of Scott’s Fabrications; $300L Gift Card
Presented by kewlmonke Zepp of KoreTech; KoreTech MyPhone 12
Presented by JolieElle Parfort of Art Dreams Gallery; A Painting of the winner’s choice
Presented by Chiana0 Resident of Widdershins; 2 items of their choosing from my store (per designer, no need to split)
Presented by Popikone Resident (Poppy) of N/A Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/141810250@N04/albums/page2; 3 art from my current expo or alternatively choose from my Flickr albumslbums
Presented by SavannahRaye of The Reckless Angel; 500L gift cards
Presented by Coco Firegrave of @home; 500L gift card
Presented by Lilith Sablatnig of LozMac Designs; 250 L$ Gift Card for LozMac Designs

House Number 8: Casa Blanca by Danny Bourne of reBourne Prefabs, decorated by Chic Aeon
House Number 8: Casa Blanca by Danny Bourne of reBourne Prefabs, decorated by Chic Aeon

3rd Prize

Presented by Krystali Rabeni of LOVE SUPERSTORE: 1000L gift card
Presented by Steele Wilder/Jennifer Steele of Chef’s House: 500L Gift Certificate
Presented by Kammie2 Resident of Twisted Thorn Textures: 250L Gift Card
Presented by Marea2007 Praga of ART & FASHION (Woman/Man Clothing Line/Surreal Sculptures): A complete Outfit for Man with real art texture
Presented by raydenrider resident of XPOSEure: 2 Fatpacks of Poses
Presented by Eric Bloodrose of Polymorph: Egyptian Falcon statue
Presented by Annakari Genesis of Dragonsworn: 100 linden gift card to my store

 House Number 9: The Mira by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Prokofy Neva

House Number 9: The Mira by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Prokofy Neva

Presented by Tiffy Vella of Eclectica: Eclectica-Curiosities-50’s-Kitchen-Wall-Clock- 6 colours
Presented by OnaJourney Resident of Journey’s End: Sakura Fruit Bowl Set
Presented by Alidia Loire of .: RatzCatz :.: .: RatzCatz :. Modern Leaves Lamps – Set
Presented by SimplifyKidd (Gordon Cole) of Things That Think: The Real Jewelry Box + 25% off one product from Things That Think
Presented by Sethos Lionheart of Wythburn: Lavender in Swan Planter
Presented by Scottlong Resident of Scott’s Fabrications: $200L Gift Card
Presented by kewlmonke Zepp of KoreTech: KoreTech MyPad Pro
Presented by JolieElle Parfort of Art Dreams Gallery: A Painting of the winner’s choice

House Number 10: The Beach House by Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative, decorated by Sarabi2theextreme Resident & Yoni2sweet Resident
House Number 10: The Beach House by Charlotte Bartlett of Scarlet Creative, decorated by Sarabi2theextreme Resident & Yoni2sweet Resident

Presented by Chiana0 Resident of Widdershins: 1 items of their choosing from my store (per designer, no need to split)
Presented by Popikone Resident (Poppy) of N/A Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/141810250@N04/albums/page2: 2 art works from the current expo as in my gallery
Presented by SavannahRaye of The Reckless Angel: 250L
Presented by Coco Firegrave of @home: 300L gift card
Presented by Lilith Sablatnig of LozMac Designs: 150 L$ Gift Card for LozMac Designs

 House Number 11: The Lido House by Hattie Panacek of Ex Machina, decorated by Gem Henly

House Number 11: The Lido House by Hattie Panacek of Ex Machina, decorated by Gem Henly

Story Prize (for best written or photographic story – you can see details of those on this page)

Presented by Krystali Rabeni of LOVE SUPERSTORE: 5000L gift card
Presented by Steele Wilder/Jennifer Steele of Chef’s House: 22 Item Food Platter
Presented by Kammie2 Resident of Twisted Thorn Textures: 500L Gift Card
Presented by Marea2007 Praga of ART & FASHION (Woman/Man Clothing Line/Surreal Sculptures): Surreal Sculpture
Presented by raydenrider resident of XPOSEure: L$500 GC
Presented by Eric Bloodrose of Polymorph: Vintage Couple Chair [PG]

House Number 12: The Skwer by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by angeleise Resident
House Number 12: The Skwer by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by angeleise Resident

Presented by Annakari Genesis of Dragonsworn: a job? I could use someone like that LOL… lets go with gift card 500 linden again. 🙂
Presented by Tiffy Vella of Eclectica: Eclectica-Curiosities-50’s-Kitchen-Wall-Clock- 6 colours
Presented by OnaJourney Resident of Journey’s End: Sakura Pitcher Bowl Set
Presented by Alidia Loire of .: RatzCatz :.: .: RatzCatz :. Twisted Fountain – All Styles in One (yet unreleased ^^)
Presented by SimplifyKidd (Gordon Cole) of Things That Think: The Foldable Blanket + 50% off one product from Things That Think
Presented by Sethos Lionheart of Wythburn: Teardrop Swing Chair
Presented by Scottlong Resident of Scott’s Fabrications: $500L Gift Card
Presented by Cain Maven of Maven Homes: The Eco IV: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/The-Eco-IV-Contemporary-Home-Unfurnished/1100288

House Number 13: The Villa Barona by Ecila Lane of La Petite Vie, decorated by Kesi Heartsong
House Number 13: The Villa Barona by Ecila Lane of La Petite Vie, decorated by Kesi Heartsong

Presented by kewlmonke Zepp of KoreTech: KoreTech MyPod Classic
Presented by JolieElle Parfort of Art Dreams Gallery: A Painting of the winner’s choice
Presented by Chiana0 Resident of Widdershins: 1 item of their choosing from my store
Presented by Popikone Resident (Poppy) of N/A Flickr : https://www.flickr.com/photos/141810250@N04/albums/page2: of my art prints from current expo ( as sold in vendors ) alternatively chose from my Flickr albums
Presented by SavannahRaye of The Reckless Angel: ANY 5 items in store for free and 250L gift card
Presented by Coco Firegrave of @home: Camping set

 House Number 14: The Palomar by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Madison Gardner

House Number 14: The Palomar by Cain Maven of Maven Homes, decorated by Madison Gardner

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Talks at the Home and Garden Expo: Today with Patch Linden!

We had a fascinating range of talks in the first week of the Home and Garden Expo, and we’re now into week 2 with some great interviews lined up.

Today, Wednesday 10th at 2pm SLT, Patch Linden, Vice President of Product Operations at Linden Lab, will be talking to Saffia Widdershins in the theatre on Hope 3 about Linden Homes, Bellisseria and much more!

This talk will be livestreamed by Strawberry Linden at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWQ3MgOMBpA

And on Friday 12th at 2pm, some of the Moles from the Linden Department for Public Works will be joining Saffia at 2pm SLT to talk about their work for Linden Lab with events, games and, of course, builds such as the continent of Bellisseria!

This will be livestreamed by Strawberry Linden at: https://youtu.be/Fv_7x0xq-Pg

This will be followed by a group of Bellisserian residents talking about their homes and lives, and the community of Bellisseria at 2pm on Tuesday 16th March at 2pm SLT.

And we have more great talks with designers and event organisers to come! Below are just a selection of the talks – as designers talk to Saffia Widdershins and Cinders Vale.

Finally, on Saturday March 20th, we’ll have a second Show and Tell session, where creators can bring their work and display and discuss it with the audience. These events are always very popular!

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 one (1) Relay For Life of Second Life 100% donation item at the Expo. This item 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.

Please see the web page Exhibitor Options 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