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The new website!

The new website!

Have you been missing your updates from the Prim Perfect blog? Have you been missing the jigsaws, the messages about our TV shows, the updates about events, the glimpses of the latest issue and the discussion of important Second Life issues?

Don’t worry – we haven’t gone away!

We’ve moved to our new website – a site which draws together all our productions, has a striking new design, and provides some serious eye-candy!

If you subscribed here but aren’t getting updates, then you probably need to go to the new site and register there.

Keep up with all our latest news – today!

And don’t forget to sign up to our subscriber at the new site!

 

 

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Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Cover

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Cover

Welcome—to a whole new incarnation of Prim Perfect!

You may have been wondering why you haven’t seen the magazine recently, and now you know why!

Over the summer we have been planning a complete redesign of Prim Perfect, both the magazine and the website, with the website becoming a portal for our blog, our magazine, and all our media productions, including Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, The Blackened Mirror, and The Quest for the Golden Prim.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: article

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: photofeature

The magazine has a whole new look—we have become squarer—but I think you’ll see, when you open it up, that there’s a whole new look to the pages, something that we’re very excited about!

Of course, we still keep the level of writing and information you’d expect. There are some of our favourite articles—and some exciting new ones too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Pro

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Pro

For example, we’re going to have a series of articles about controversial topics that Second Life residents argue about, and we’ve asked writers to put the cases for and against. First in the series we ask, “GACHAS: criminal ripoff or a way to play a fun game and take home adorable items?” Cain Maven and Alianna Logan put forward their arguments.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Con

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Con

This issue sees the start of a new series which we’re planning to make highly interactive: Favourite Things. Each month, we’re asking you, our readers, to send us a brief account and a picture of something old or new that you love and would like to share with other readers. It’s a chance to give a boost to your favourite designer, so… why not take a look at the article—and then send yours in?

We’re also going to look under the bonnet at the workings of Second Life. We’re starting this with a series on animations: what they are and how they’re used. We start with a look at basic animations and animation overrides written by Beq Janus.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Froukje Hoorenbeek, Designer of the Month

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Froukje Hoorenbeek, Designer of the Month

Our Designer of the Month is Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie, whose amazing house, created over the last two years, is also a focus for a full photo feature. Joonie Jatho has interviewed Froukje and explored the house, while Judith LeFevre has created the photo feature.

Honour Macmillan has explored an interesting Region of the Month: the Cornfield, which has a long and interesting history in Second Life (read the article to learn more!). Now it is the location for trials of new tools for Second Life—how effective and engaging are they?

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: The Cornfield

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: The Cornfield

Qwis Greenwood continues to explore Second Life to discover small and niche designers who create interesting and unique items that we think you should get to know. This month she finds a store that caters to artists, photographers, and videographers, as well as instructors of training classes and leaders of business meetings.

There’s a beautiful new room design from Samantha Ohrberg, highlighting the skills of mesh designers… and if you would like to start working with mesh, we are re-running Beq Janus’s brilliant series on mesh.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Getting Creative with Mesh

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Getting Creative with Mesh

There’s news of our annual event, Cake Against Cancer, a virtual world event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraiser, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

There’s another in our series of restaurant reviews, this time with a visit to a very special 1950s diner. And you can catch up on news about our TV shows: Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, and The Blackened Mirror.

Our team of talented photographers, led by Wildstar Beaumont, Judith LeFevre, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

All this with News From the Grid and more!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Restaurant Review

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Restaurant Review

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 52 here – and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Sund in Second Norway.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Discoveries

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Discoveries

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: our new animation series

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: our new animation series

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: all sorts of exciting articles!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: all sorts of exciting articles!

 

This is the last post that will appear on the Prim Perfect blog at this location. The blog will remain for the forseeable future as an archoveof our first (gulp) 2,000 posts (and this is indeed our 2,000th post).  To read future posts, go to our new blog at www.primperfect.net/blog – and to make life easier, you can subscribe!

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Prim Perfect Party

Prim Perfect Party

Because we’ve got a lot to celebrate!

Later today we are relaunching Prim Perfect magazine. There’s a whole new look, and new features (as well as some old favourites).  You’ll get even more gorgeous eye candy from our photographers – and great articles from our writers!

New website

New website

And in addition, we are migrating our website from here at wordpress.com to a whole new site at www.primperfect.net. It’s still a wordpress site, but hosted by ourselves, which will make it easier for us to add a range of new features. We’ll be combining the old primperfect.net website with the blog to make for a smoother, more integrated feel. It’s where you’ll be able to read about Designing Worlds shows too, with links to our other media productions, and our other activities.

And if you’re a current subscriber to the blog, don’t worry – we’ll be transferring everyone across later today!

So – as we are a home and garden magazine (as well as so much more, we like to think!), we’ll be holding a launch, relaunch and celebration party from 2pm – 4pm today in the Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo.  We’ll see you there!

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Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo 2014, benefitting RFL of SL, opened today, September 16, and will run through to the 28th.

2014 Home and Garden Expo

2014 Home and Garden Expo

Spread over nine sims, HGE features the finest in Second Life Home and Garden design product and creator tools. Over 85 participating creators have joined HGE, one of the first mega-events of the 2015 Relay For Life fundraising drive in Second Life.

This year’s HGE is supported by nine Platinum Sponsors and eight Gold Sponsors. It also includes, for the first time, a comprehensive shopping guide listing all donation items, new releases, hunt, raffle and gatcha items. New rules and a new layout for HGE reduces lag and provides ample display space for each of the participants’ products.

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prim Perfect at the Home and Garden Expo
As in previous years, Prim Perfect is delighted to be a Platinum Sponsor at the Home and Garden Expo. We will be holding a series of talks and discussions with designers, starting tomorrow, 17th September – and more details of this will be published shortly. Do visit our Lady of Shalott Castle (created by Aisling Sinclair!)

We will also be celebrating the relaunch of Prim Perfect magazine and the launch of our new blog and website on Thursday 18th September – so watch out for more details!

And we’ll be broadcasting our next two Designing Worlds shows from the Expo too!

And every day, at 4pm, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the castle.

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Rezzies
The 2014 HGE also features the debut of the Rezzie Awards. The Rezzie Awards are specifically designed to honour the excellent work of the designers, creators, coders, and builders who make Second Life so visually stunning and interactive, and who inspire roleplay, photography, machinima, and so much more.

Nominations were open to the public through September 12th. The awards jury then selected 4 nominees to represent each of 35 categories. The nominated works are listed on the website and visitors are invited to vote for their choices there. (HGE Staff members will be excluded from the final list of nominees, and are not eligible for awards.) Voting commenced on September 14th, and will remain open through September 27th.The winners will be announced just prior to the close of Home Expo on September 28th!

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Winners will receive an exclusive, customized trophy, designed by Reven Rosca. The Rezzie Awards are organized by Fallacy DeCuir, and audited by Fallacy DeCuir, Kat Alderson and DeAnn Dufaux.

How to get there
Home Expo 1- sponsored by Potomac Signature Homes
Home Expo 2 – sponsored by Dutchie
Home Expo 3 – sponsored by Roawenwood
Home Expo 4 – sponsored by Studio Skye
Home Expo 5 – sponsored by Prim Perfect
Home Expo 6 – sponsored by Galland Homes
Home Expo 7 – sponsored by Meshopotamia
Home Expo 8 – sponsored by Maven Homes
Home Expo 9 – sponsored by Black Tulip

More info:
Official Blog: http://slhomeandgardenexpo.com/
Official Flickr Group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/homeandgardenexpo2014/

Relay For Life of Second Life Officia Site: http://relayforlifeofsecondlife.org/
Relay For Life Official Site about Second Life: http://www.cancer.org/involved/participate/relayforlife/second-life

Home Expo - Master Map

Home Expo – Master Map

Home and Garden Expo 2014’s organizing committee is:
Coordinator: Kat Alderson
Co-Coordinators: Fallacy DeCuir, Reven Rosca, DeAnn Dufaux
Blog and Shopping Guide Coordinator: Eden Knoller with Joonie Jatho and Roman Godde

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

 

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WBCMlogo2014-Do you have a favourite cake recipe? Share it with Prim Perfect – and you can help us raise money to fight against cancer!

Every September, the UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support holds the biggest coffee morning in the world – and this year, we’ll be holding our own event for the second time – and we want YOU to join in!

It’s Macmillan’s biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2013, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £20 million. In the UK, people bake cakes to sell at coffee mornings that they host at their homes, their places of work, their schools, colleges and universities …

And here in Second Life, people organise coffee mornings too.

Last year, we held a very special coffee morning at Prim Perfect, where we raised £85.00 (over US$100) through the sale of virtual cake – and we will be doing it again this year.

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But this year we are inviting people across the grid to join us by holding coffee mornings of their own – in their stores, cafes, and virtual homes. We will either supply cakes for you or you can donate your own – and get your friends to share their favourite recipes too!

We’ll be holding an event – a party at the Prim Perfect offices. We’ll be posting more details about times closer to the event!

How do you sell virtual cake?
Well, we thought our virtual cake was rather good value! We asked people to give us their favourite cake recipe, and put it inside a virtual cake. Then when someone bought the virtual cake, they received a real recipe – so they really had whole cakes, that they could make over and over again – and there were a lot of really delicious cakes to try!

Some people made really exquisite Second Life cakes that you could take to display in your own kitchen.  Others made simple cakes following our instructions, or even simply gave us a recipe and we made the cakes for them. So, you see, anyone can take part!

We’ll be printing instructions on how to make a simple Second Life cake in the new issue of Prim Perfect, and giving away tools to help you make a cake with the inworld copies of the magazine.

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On the grid, all the money we raise from cakes and donations will go to an avatar we have created especially for the event – Macmillan CoffeeMorning (with a registered name of CoffeeMorning Resident). But if you host your own event,  you can donate to our Just Giving page. or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

How can I contribute?
1. You can come to the coffee morning and buy some cake!

2. You can make a cake, add your favourite recipe, and send it (full perms) to Macmillan CoffeeMorning (coffeemorning Resident), who will be putting them out on offer for the coffee morning.

3. Or you can send your recipe to Macmillan CoffeeMorning inworld or at primperfect@gmail.com – and we will bake a cake for you!

4. You can host your own coffee morning anywhere on the grid – and send the money to our Just Giving page. This money will be registered (so we can see how much we raise through the coffee mornings) and will be sent securely and directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

5. Or you can simply make a donation through our Just Giving page, or directly to Macmillan Cancer Support.

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Casa – the new initiative for homes and gardens – opens today – and you can see the Designing Worlds show about it on the web!

Created by Reven Rosca of PRIME and Meshopotamia, and Kaerri Rae of Kaerri launched Casa today, Friday 1st August 2014, with a collection of high end stores and designs in the Home and Garden market, as well as the work of several artists.

And there will be a Grand Opening Party on Saturday 2nd August at 2pm at Casa.

Casa

Casa

Make sure you watch the show too – where you can see what Cain Maven’s new home on Casa looks like furnished, according to some of the ideas discussed on the show, as we explore how we can define quality in a virtual market. And we learn more about mesh templates and how they can be used in building. And there are some thoughts on the gacha phenomenon too – which will be the subject of an article in the next issue of Prim Perfect – part of our exciting relaunch (of which more soon!).

Casa

Casa

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Mesh Creative - Show and Tell

Mesh Creative – Show and Tell

Join us at 1pm on Sunday 25th May at the Prim Perfect Headquarters in Sund, Second Norway, for the latest of our popular talks, produced in association with Mesh Creative.

As you can see from the poster, we have a great line up of regular speakers and guests including Meshworx, Rustica Home, Botanical, Rustica, Heart Garden Centre, The Domineaux Effect and Shai. This session offers an opportunity for Show and Tell, with designers demonstrating their latest work (or work in progress) and discussing it with our audience.

And they will also be talking about their work in general, and discussing problems that they have encountered. They’ll give advice, share ideas and insights into the creation process. There’ll be ample opportunity for you to ask questions too.

And there will be a chance to explore Prim Perfect’s beautiful new offices …

So do come and join us at 1pm on Sunday 25th May on the garden terrace at the Prim Perfect offices on Sund!

 

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