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Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

The event to support Elicio Ember, Filling the Cauldron, is in its final weekend now, and we’ve already raised a wonderful total of over £451,000  – but there is still a lot going on! Including shopping in the Market, bidding in the silent auctions, looking at the items listed for the Live Auctions … and coming tio some of the fantastic music, dance and story telling events that you’ll see listed on the schedule.

For example, you can still vote in the Garden Competition and really, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the gardens! Nine talented Second Life residents have created gardens in salute to Elicio, using many of the fantastic plants and landscaping elements he has created. In some of the gardens there are places to sit and relax – and you’ll also find other seating areas where you can sit and contemplate …

Because this is a contest, and you can play a part in deciding the outcome!

Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

We’re asking YOU to vote for the garden you most appreciate based on the following criteria:

  • Overall look and aesthetic
  • Use of Elicio’s creations
  • How much you enjoyed exploring each of them.

When you have decided, visit the voting form and use it tell us which of the gardens speaks to you the most. All the popular votes will be combined with votes from the judging panel to select three Gardens.

And then, in the finale, the one winning garden will be selected as the overall winner, by our Guest of Honour – Elicio Ember.

The winner will win the chance to build their garden as a special exhibit at the Second Life Home and Garden Expo, where it will be featured on the central region!

Entry for the Garden Contest

Entry for the Garden Contest

Then there’s the Photo Contest, which comes complete with some very special prizes.

Elicio’s store, Cerridwen’s Cauldron, offers a marvellous, magical setting both in the air and on the ground. We asked competitors to visit Cerridwen’s Cauldron and capture some of that magic. It doesn’t matter if they selected a part of the skyborne store or the ground-level landscape – they simply had to capture all or part of the region in a way that brings out its beauty and magic.

In return, we’re offering the following prizes:

  • 3rd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$750
  • 2nd place: items from Cerridwen’s Cauldron worth up to L$1,000
  • 1st place: an original piece of real world art by Elicio himself, delivered to you in-world and to your home.

Entries are now closed – but it’s YOUR turn to visit the Flickr group and decide which of the entries you like best!

Mark the ones you like with a “Fave” star. Your faves will be combined with the votes from the judging panel and, like the Garden Contest, will be announced at 3pm SLT on Sunday 9th April at the Entertainment Center on Holly Kai.

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The Ume Tree

The Ume Tree

Today’s jigsaw is another from Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog, Honour’s Post-Menopausal View (of Second Life). Today she received this lovely Ume Tree – a Japanese Apricot – as a free gift from a group she belongs to.

If you too would like this gorgeous tree, I suggest you hurry over to her blog and read all about it – now!

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The Ume Tree, photographed by Honour McMillan

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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.

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The month-long, two-sim Home Show opens today!

The Home Show - a shopping experience on a boardwalk!

The Home Show – a shopping experience on a boardwalk!

Believing that there is a lack of home and garden based events in Second Life, the organisers of The Home Show want to fill that gap. This summer, they are aiming to bring some of the best, well known, and up-and-coming designers together in one event and one location to give customers a great shopping experience.

Map of the Home Show

Map of the Home Show

You can visit the Show here:
Sim 1: Sponsored by Cheeky Pea, Pixel Mode, and Circa
Sim 2: Sponsored by what next, Senzafine, and DIGS

And you can read more on their blog.

home-show-sticker-copyThe Home Show was created by Valena Vacano, owner of Casa de Smurf and manager of Cheeky Pea and The Nest. She has also created Four Walls, a home and garden hunt, as well as Together For Sway.

Look out for the stickers that indicate special releases exclusive to the Home Show.

Someone has been shopping hard at the Home Show!

Someone has been shopping hard at the Home Show!

There are forty-seven participants (by my count).  But why not go over and visit this amazing collection of top Home and Garden designers for yourself?

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Prim Perfect May 2013 - Cover

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Cover

Welcome to our special garden issue and more of our new range of features in Prim Perfect magazine, as well as those you know and love!

This month’s theme is Gardens, and we have advice for those wanting to create gardens and some gorgeous places to explore.

In addition we’re looking at two major events associated with Relay for Life—Fantasy Faire and the Home and Garden Expo (so maybe you’ll take the opportunity to follow through on some of our suggestions!).

Honour McMillan gives some advice on creating a virtual garden, while Aisling Sinclair explains the importance of (and proper ways to go about) working with ground textures.

I had the opportunity to talk with two doyens of the garden—Lilith and Dolly Heart of the Heart Garden Centre—and learn what lies behind their phenomenal success over the last seven or more years.

In addition, Honour McMillan takes us through a history of gardens, with some beautiful examples of all the different eras that she discusses.

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Gardens

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Gardens

We’re looking at gardens in other parts of the magazine too. In our continuing series on building your own home, our designer (and phenomenal builder) Winona Wiefel will be teaching you how to create a second storey in the basic skybox that you created in Parts 1 and 2 of the series. In keeping with our garden theme, she adds a roof garden for good measure!

Qwis Greenwood, in the third of our series promoting small business around the grid, has found two very different designers creating some beautiful plants for your garden—and more!

We’re near the start of some big events. Beq Janus looks back to the wonderful Fantasy Faire, while Ethan Westland looks ahead to the upcoming Home and Garden Expo.

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Gardens to Visit

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Gardens to Visit

We also have the third in our major series on Mesh. Beq Janus explores how you can create mesh objects using simple inworld tools—and once again there are samples to experiment with!

Rosamoo Mendelsohn brings us a 101 Guide to starting to hunt, while there are details from our TV shows, Designing Worlds and Happy Hunting!, available on Treet TV.

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

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Fantasy Faire

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Fantasy Faire

All this with News From the Grid and more!

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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 47 here – and please do leave a comment!

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Heart Botanicals

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Heart Botanicals

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 in the Irish Isles.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

Prim Perfect May 2013 - Home and Garden Expo

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Home and Garden Expo

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.

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 May 2013 - Designing a Garden

Prim Perfect May 2013 – Designing a Garden

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Calas Galadhon

Calas Galadhon

I had a message from Tymus Tenk this morning, one of the owners of Calas Galadhon – the 11-region park estate which we featured on Designing Worlds a few weeks back. He was very pleased to have also been featured in the Gridspotting article in this month’s BoSL magazine (it’s on page 108). I took a look and saw it was by a writer whose style I have long liked – Padraig Ashbourne.  He focuses on the farmland regions that we looked at in the show, but promises future visits to the northern regions too.

Reading the article inspired me to turn back to Wildstar Beaumont’s beautiful pictures of Calas Galadhon for today’s jigsaw … enjoy!

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Calas Galadhon park estate, photograph by Wildstar Beaumont

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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.

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Now available on the web – our latest episode, as we return to the beautiful park estate of Calas Galadhon.

Calas Galadhon is a famously beautiful eleven-region park estate that has recently undergone a period of renovation and refurbishment. We visited once before, back in 2011, but in case there are any viewers who haven’t seen every episode… we fill in the background to the estate before setting off to explore some stunningly beautiful regions! Last time, we focused on the northern sims – this time we turn our attention to the south, we explore—on foot and by water—some of the most beautiful regions in Second Life with Tymus Tenk, one of the owners of the park (with Truck Meredith).

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s one of our most beautiful shows ever – make sure you don’t miss it!

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Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Join us at 2pm SLT today, Monday 18th March, for our new episode of Designing Worlds at our studio in Garden of Dreams as we explore the beauties of the wonderful Park Estate of Calas Galadhon.

And I am having a very hard time selecting images to illustrate this post – because our trusty photographer, Wildstar Beaumont, has captured so many utterly gorgeous images!

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

The Gulf of Lune in Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon is a famously beautiful eleven-region park estate that has recently undergone a period of renovation and refurbishment. We visited once before, back in 2011, but in case there are any viewers who haven’t seen every episode… we fill in the background to the estate before setting off to explore some stunningly beautiful regions!

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

It’s also completely non-commercial space… although there are homes, these are not rented out, and although there are shops, they don’t sell things! Join us as we explore—on foot and by water—some of the most beautiful regions in Second Life  with Tymus Tenk, one of the owners of the park (with Truck Meredith).

We think this is one of our loveliest shows ever – but don’t take our word for it – come and join us at 2pm.

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Or – if you can’t attend in person – tune in at 2pm SLT on Monday for the live show onhttp://treet.tv/live – or catch it later in the week on our shows page on the Treet.tv web site at http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds – our very own version of the iPlayer!

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Calas Galadhon, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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