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In Belegaer

In Belegaer, looking over to the Bay of Balfalas

A message has gone out to the friends and followers of the beautiful park regions of the Calas Galadhon estate (which we have featured twice on the Designing Worlds show – here and here; it also made an appearance as the “country” location in the One Billion Rising video!).

Tymus Tenk, co-owner with Truck Meredith, writes:

It is with regret that because of new rl challenges for both Truck and I, it will be necessary that we close Calas Galadhon Park sims to the general public on Monday, August 1, for a period of time.  This unfortunately must include our live music program for that time as well.

To continue financially carrying the estate on our own, we will need to drop at least 4 of our 13 regions and possibly make another of the homesteads into an OpenSpace.  At this time we see that the sims that will be removed are Bay of Balfalas, the new water sims of Belegaer & Sea of Nurnen and regretfully, Eryn Vorn. Those of you who have come to know us over the past 4 ½ years, can imagine how difficult it has been to arrive at this decision.  Our sims are like our kids. Our creative work, our desire to share that with others and to help support Live Music in SL has always meant the most to us.

Eryn Vorn

Eryn Vorn

Truck and I have a hope and a desire to reopen Calas by the first part of September. We want to assure you that we will keep you informed at all times via group notice and the WWW.CALASGALADHON website.

It is very sad that some of the regions will be closed – although I have complete confidence in Ty and Truck to create something quite wonderfully beautiful on the nine regions that will remain. And I’m looking forward to seeing it in September!

Bay of Balfalas

Bay of Balfalas

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Steamcat from Winterland

Steamcat from Winterland

Today’s jigsaw comes from the special and delightful Winterland created by KittyCatS, where KittyCatS owners are having a wintery competition to build the best winter cabin for KittyCats. You can tour them all and vote for your favourite!

Tara Yeats sent me today’s jigsaw photo of her own cabin (No. 13 if you’d like to see it fully!) which has a gorgeous steampunk theme – complete with the special steampunk cats that were KittyCats’ Relay for Life special cats this year.

KiyyCat cabins at Wwinterland

KiyyCat cabins at Winterland

Another great element at Winterland is the KittyCatsS Advent Calendar which is offering a great free gift every day – and if you’ve missed out on some, you can catch up in Winterland.

And to whet you appetite – here’s the jigsaw!

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Yara’s Steampunk Cat in Winterland

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

More LittyCatS cabins at Winterland.

More KittyCatS cabins at Winterland.

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Written by Eva Bellambi
Photographs by Wildstar Beaumont

And the night-blooming flowers open,
open in the same hour I remember those I love.
In the middle of the viburnums
the twilight butterflies have appeared.

After a while all noise will quiet.
There, only a house is whispering.
Nests sleep under wings,
like eyes under eyelashes.

Open goblets exhale
the perfume of strawberries.
A light shines there in the room,
grass sprouts over the graves.

A late bee buzzes at the hive
finding all the cells taken.
The hen runs through the sky’s blue
yard to the chirping of stars.

The whole night exhales
a scent that disappears in the wind.
A light ascends the stairs;
it shines on the second floor: goes out.

And then dawn: the petals close
a little crumpled. Something soft
and secret is brooding in an urn,
some new happiness I can’t understand yet.

Perhaps these words written so long ago by Giovanni Pascoli (1855 – 1912) begin to illustrate the sensation of calm that one feels upon entering the simpler time still found in the Isles of Fatima.

Prim Perfect first brought news of these wonderful sims in the summer issue of 2008.  At the time that Saffia Widdershins reported on the Isles, there were 26 sims.  I am pleased to report that 20 yet remain today.  Happily the stunning sims continue to bring the visitor back to the more peaceful feelings of the countryside and towns of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.  Here beauty, romance, and nature are emphasized.

 

Fatima Ur and Incanus Merlin remain the owners and custodians of this beautiful region.  In their own words (via Second Life profile), the husband and wife team strive to help their guests and residents find a ‘peaceful, calm, and beautiful way of village life in a time when things were less hurried [and] less complicated. Time to connect with and accept the natural rhythms of the world around us.’

As I symbolically retraced Saffia’s steps exploring the sims for this anniversary post, I found that many of the key features of the Isles remain, while other things have changed.  Evolution is the natural way of things after all.  By and large the sims are full of gardens and are green and lush.  I was filled with joy with each discovery of a beach, or park, or pavilion which seemed to have been placed publicly for the joy of we travelers who find our way there.

The vast majority of the sims were open for exploration.  Some owners, however, enjoy their privacy and provided warnings to this effect.  Thankfully, one may even find peace and pleasure within the beauty of those places even if only from a distance.

For the sailor or the lover of shorelines, the vast amounts of water in the Isles will provide recreation, adventure, or areas for relaxation as the water either laps against the hull of one’s vessel or the gentle slope or rocks of the beach.

By chance, I found a blanket spread out and covered in pillows along a stretch of rocky shore one evening.  It was the perfect place to relax from the tensions of the day as the music of the water lulled my senses.  I felt my heartbeat slow, my mind clear, and the peace and calm that the owners and residents of the Isles of Fatima prize so highly.

 

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The Fatimas are operated by MerlinUr Estates, include the full isles of Fatimas Love, Fatimas Desire, Fatimas Beauty and Fatimas Art; and the homesteads of  Fatimas  Romance, Fatimas Dream, Fatimas Smile, Fatimas Blush, Fatimas Cherished, Fatimas Spirit, Fatimas Grace, Fatimas Glory, Fatimas Wonder, Fatimas Blessing, Fatimas Bliss,  Fatimas Victoriana, Fatimas Peace among others.

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In round 5 of Designers Challenge, in which every 2 weeks 2 home and garden designers will take the same RL picture as inspiration and create what they see in Second Life in their own way, Marcus Inkpen of the Looking Glass and Kayle Matzerath of the Garden of Dreams chose an intriguing picture of a fish as inspiration.


Or in the words of Kayle Matzerath: “This scene got inspired by an ugly bowl and an incredibly sad fish who escapes into a world of delicious fishfood and self delusion. Help him stay in his imaginary heaven and try to not wake him up o.O”

His is not just a design, it is a large environment, where humans and fish have taken eachothers place. Everywhere you turn, a new surprise pops up.

Quite the contrast with the intimate and delicate creation of Marcus Inkpen. A perfect glass violin replaced the ugly bowl as living space for the fish. It invites you to contemplate and to meditate on the music within yourself.

You have to go see these for yourself, in the Looking Glass or the Garden of Dreams (follow the beacon)!

More information about the designs can be found on sldesignerchallenge and more pictures in our flickr group.

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In round 5 of Designers Challenge, in which every 2 weeks 2 home and garden designers will take the same RL picture as inspiration and create what they see in Second Life in their own way, Marcus Inkpen of the Looking Glass and Kayle Matzerath of the Garden of Dreams have chosen this intriguing picture of a fish as inspiration.

The results can be seen on friday august 5 in their shops!

The earlier challenges can be seen on our blog SL Designers Challenge and in our Flickr group.

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We’ve all seen (or perhaps some of us own, though this writer will not confess one way or the other *cough*) those adorable, breedable pets. Cats, dogs, meeros, goodness knows what else. And they’re all so cute and cuddly when they are wee, but let’s fast-forward a few months. Now your itty bitty kitty is a big fat cat, glowering at you as she sits next to that food dish – it’s empty again! And she’s eating for two! Or is it six? And you swear you just got back from the food store yesterday… or did you? It’s all a blur! A big, fuzzy, snuggly, adorable blur!

But wait… there’s something new. They’re cute, they’ll make you smile, they’re animated and will definitely add personality to your home. Well, you might want to keep them in the yard, but you get the point.

First, let’s meet The Wandering Duck! I have one myself, and it’s wandering around inside Cafe Curiousity in New Toulouse. Being a Curious Goods and Oddities store, it somehow seems right to have a duck waddling about in the back of the shop. I love him. I think I will name him Chuck.

And if that isn’t enough cute for you…. ta-da, The Walking Chipmunk! I just met this industrious creature yesterday, and I have to say I was impressed. In fact I was bowled over. Literally. He’s a Chipmunk on a Mission, and you’d best get out of his way. (Caution: Chipmunks in the Viewer are larger than they appear.)

But really, posters just don’t do these critters justice. Bounce over to Gumi’s Flower Shop, and see their antics for yourself. That SLurl puts you right in the middle of the fun. Go on now, it’s time to meet the next generation of Second Life animals – You’ll want to be the first on your sim to show these critters off!

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At the Lunatorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton

At the Lunatorium: Photograph by PJ Trenton

Join us in our Northpoint studio at 2pm SLT today, Monday 1st November as we visit the Lunatorium – the environment created by Bavid Dailey and Lunata Lupino.

Lunata creates plants – but plants that are unique to Second Life in that they are all delicately hand textured. Each plant is a work of art, looking like a painting by Marianne North or Margaret Mee. The delicacy of the work is utterly superb – and we’ll be looking at this in the show.

Flowers created by Lunata Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

Flowers created by Lunata Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

We’ll also be taking a look at the underwater regions she has created, working with scripter Bavid Dailey, and meeting some of the beautiful sea creatures that haunt this area.

Bavid has also created an extremely useful tool for shopping – the Personal Assistant – which would help customers quickly locate what they were looking for in larger stores. It comes with all sorts of surprising and very useful extras – and we’ll be exploring this on the show!

All in all, this is a beautiful and very interesting show – make sure that you don’t miss it!

 

Underwater Coral created by Lunta Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

Underwater Coral created by Lunta Lupino - photographed by PJ Trenton

There will be a special gift for those who attend the show in the studio from Bavid and Lunata – and also a chance to see a display of their work in the Exhibition Hall – and a chance to buy some of the beautiful plants featured on the show.

The show starts at 2pm SLT, but you should be in our Northpoint studios by 1.30pm at the very latest to make sure of getting a seat.

Or tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show – where you can now chat with other audience members and even some of the participants during the show – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site.

At the Lunatorium - photographed by PJ Trenton

At the Lunatorium - photographed by PJ Trenton

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Introduced to me by a dear friend, the realm known as the Isle of Mists is a special place, either for couples wishing to spend quiet, romantic time together or individuals looking for a peaceful, meditative environment.

Created by Ashira Legien, it appears that this region has been around since 2007.    It contains 3 public regions – the Isle of Mists, the Isle of Adaron, and Faenor – and two residential regions.  Ashira likes to call the style ElvenCeltic.  It has a natural feel, with worn and rambling hills, old rocks, waterfalls, and tall rough-barked trees with gnarled and complex roots. 

The ancient trees are Ashira’s personal favourites, and she has incorporated buildings into the largest ones.  The huge tree in the center of the Isle of Mists contains Ashira’s Aerie, her store of  Celtic, fantasy, and nature-inspired jewelry, along with original artwork and flying vehicles.  Above the store is a treetop concert venue.  Other ancient trees around the estate are hosts to a gorgeous chapel as well as Ashira’s private castle.

A convenient teleport system helps to get you to the main attractions of the estate quickly and easily.  For the more adventurous, the same golden teleport signs will allow you to rez a dragonfly or butterfly and you can swoop around the realm.   Put on your fins to explore underwater, or rez a manta ray from the teleport signs below.

There is much to explore within the three different regions.  Try to make the time to walk the worn hillsides, sit and meditate near an inspiring view,  climb the ancient Mayan temple, watch the birds and dragons soar through the sky, or discover one of the many hidden places above, below, and within the realm.

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Welcome to the Treasure Hunt for the June 2008 issue of Prim Perfect magazine! This month we have a record EIGHTEEN items waiting to be found, so put on your traveling clothes and be ready to see some amazing designs. For each item, you need to visit the store to discover its prim count. Instructions on finding the prim count can be found on our Treasure Hunt Information Page. For doing this little task, you could win something from the Prim Perfect prize cabinet, generously donated by talented designers and store owners from around the grid.

This time our hunt begins at Creative Fantasy, a collection of sims by Julia Hathor. Somewhere in the Serenity Falls sim you will find this adorable Glen Ardour Bird House with Robin. It’s a miniature version of the Glen Ardour cottage featured in the February treasure hunt. Tiny vines and flowers climb up its walls while the red heart shutters are very romantic. If you listen closely, you can hear birds chirping, as a robin pokes his head through the doorway. It’s a little touch of the United Kingdom for your garden.  How many prims does it use?

While looking for the bird house, I was distracted by a large sycamore tree.  It looks much like the one in my real life neighbor’s front yard with its signature camouflage bark.  This tree at Creative Fantasy is home to a little brown squirrel who twitches its tail at you.  A bird rests on a low branch.  The animation that comes with this tree is fantastic.  If you choose to sit on the tree, you are shown standing on the stump, pulling yourself up to the low branch, and swinging your legs over and around.  With the sunny day, a cool breeze, and beautiful bird songs surrounding me, it was a nice way to pass the time at Creative Fantasy.

In this treasure hunt competition, we ask you to find as many prim counts as you can for each of the magazine’s treasure hunt items (page 1 and page 2), and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreaker question (which you can find in the magazine on page 80). The winner will be the person who is closest to an accurate prim count, and in the event of a tie, the tiebreaker question will be used. Also – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can, and these clues are here to help. You have until July 20, 2008 to send in your entry. Good hunting!

Another clue is coming soon!

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The May edition of Prim Perfect once again invites its readers to go on a Treasure Hunt. This time there are FIFTEEN items waiting to be found, and you need to visit each store to discover their prim count. Instructions on finding the prim count can be found on our Treasure Hunt Information Page. What is your reward? You could win something from the Prim Perfect prize cabinet, generously donated by talented designers and store owners from around the grid.

Our final clue for this issue takes us back once more to Sweetbay Designs. This time, keep your eyes open for this Stone Gazebo. It’s a small but solid square gazebo built from the luminous Cotswold stone. The slate roof is beautifully textured. When you visit, step inside and look up. The detail in there is wonderful. This would make a beautiful cornerstone to someone’s garden.

I’m glad we had a chance to revisit Sweetbay. When I visited for clue number 3, Pip (officially known as Followmeimthe Piedpiper) teased me with a new project of hers. When I returned this time, it was up and running. It’s the whimsical Sweetbay and Oyster Creek Railway. Hop aboard – there are seats in the steam engine or two different coaches. The train chugs from Sweetbay station to the diner, pauses for passengers to embark or disembark, and then turns around for the return trip. It’s a fun way to see the buildings and other creations of Sweetbay Designs. Just make sure you grab that last prim count on your way past.

For this treasure hunt competition, find as many prim counts as you can for each of the magazine’s treasure hunt items, and send the details to primperfect@gmail.com, including your avatar name and an answer to the tiebreaker question (which you can find in the magazine on page 63). The winner will be the person who is closest to an accurate prim count, and in the event of a tie, the tiebreaker question will be used. Also – you don’t necessarily have to find every prim count to win a prize! Just find as many as you can, and these clues are here to help. It’s not too late to enter! We have extended the deadline until Monday, June 9, 2008 to send in your entry. (Yes, your entry may be just past the deadline, but I can put in a good word with Madame Editor for you.) Good hunting!

See our earlier clues here:

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 1: Elements in Design
May Treasure Hunt – Clue 2: Cherished

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 3: Sweetbay Designs

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 4: Oh! Furniture

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 5: The Lair

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 6: True North Designs

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 7: Metaversal Arts Shop

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 8: KitStar Designs

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 9: Kvinta’s Garden Centre

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 10: Sofia’s Furniture

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 11: Bygone Days

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 12: Sky Everett Designs

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 13: Botanika

May Treasure Hunt – Clue 14: Baron’s Bay

Good luck with your entry!

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