Saturday, September 27, 2008

Overalls for SL™ Girl Kids!

The overall outfit is now available in green, with embroidered bears!

Girl's Green Overalls

If you're a girl kid in Second Life™, this is one of the most flexible outfits you're going to find, with 17 different pieces in the pack!

You get overalls with prim straps that have 3 different pant lengths (shorts, long pants, and rolled pants with prim cuffs) and a cute flexi skirt. The pant lengths are really different, not just slider adjustments. The shorts have stitching along the hem, the rolled pants have tucked wrinkles around the knees, and the skirt has its own pair of Glitch Pants that have a fabric ribbon to match the skirt panels.

You also get two different shirts; a long sleeved striped t-shirt, and a blue short sleeved t-top with teddy bear fabric binding around the neck, and a keyhole and teddy-bear button in the back. Both shirts come "tucked in" on the Undershirt and Shirt layer, and "untucked" on the Jacket layer, so you can mix and match and layer them with other pants and skirts.

Finally, you get a pair of striped tights that match the long-sleeved T-shirt. Like the shirt, the stripes have no seams (although they do distort when you move, of course, since this is SL.) You'll find that the stripes run the way they would on real tights, too; they don't suddenly become vertical on the foot, like some striped stockings you'll find in world.

All the pieces are copy/mod, so you can tint them, shorten the sleeves on the T-shirt, turn the tights into knee socks or anklets, or do whatever else you like, while still keeping a copy intact. You can also set up your favorite combinations, and save them as outfits.

With these pieces, you can mix and match and wear a different combination every day for weeks! Not even counting what will happen when you mix and match with other outfits you already own. :D

All of this for only L$250. Available now from all Kick the Can stores, in the vendor with the other overalls.

NOTE: The Khaki Overalls and Halloween Overalls now have skirts as well! If you bought either of them, and would like the skirt, IM me, (Robin Sojourner,) and I'll drop one on you.

See you in Livingtree!

Monday, September 22, 2008

I Have a Cunning Plan...

Hi Everyone! I'm sick today, so I'm not doing much at the moment, but I thought I'd take a minute and explain what The Plan is for the coming months.

I'm still working on learning CSS. It's going more slowly than I'd like, mostly because there is so much there to learn, and so much I'd like to do with my website. It seems like every time I do a "test page" I think, "Oh! But it would be so cool if... " and then I find out that there is a way to do that thing, and I have to learn that, too. I decided right away not to keep making pages that I just have to re-make. Instead, I'm going to plot out exactly what I want it all to do, and learn how to do all of that, and then make them.

Kind of hard, when I'm trrying to do so much other stuff too, but hey, that's what happens.

The real problem, at the moment, is that I still like my navigation thinges, and I can't figure out how to get all the same functionality without having them in a table with roll-overs and things. But I'll get there. (At the very worst, I'll keep the table for that, and update the rest of the site, which I have figured out. This is Transitional HTML for a reason. But I'd rather not do that.)

One of the things that I have decided is that I'm going to lose the "Links" section. Mostly because it's almost impossible to keep it up to date and working, and as far as I can tell, no one is really using it anyway.

So that's going to go, and in its place, I'm going to put a section for Fiber Arts, which is something that I'm very fond of. I've decided to start with Embroidery.

Towards that end, I've updated my embroidery digitizing software, and I'm going to start to get embroidery designs up on the site in the next few weeks, (I hope.) The Plan is to also upgrade the Shopping Cart, so there will be a Search Engine, which I badly need, and also the capability for people to instantly download the designs when they buy them. I know that I don't bother buying embroidery designs if I have to wait to get them, and I can't imagine that other people will want to wait, either.

Once I have that, I might have other things that you can buy and download right away. We'll have to see.

But, in the meantime, I hope to have some free designs up, so people can see the quality of my digitizing. I'm also going to see about putting them on some of the more popular embroidery sites, so that I can start earning some income with all of that.

If the embroidery goes well, I might add quilting stuff. We'll have to see.

So, there's still lots of work to do, but things are progressing, albeit slowly at the moment, and there is a Plan. :D

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Texure Lecture tonight in SL™

I'm going to be giving another lecture in Second Life™ tonight, at 6 PM SL time. It will be in the Lecture Area behind the Texture Tutorials, on Livingtree.

This week, I'm going to be starting with a discussion explaining how to make Seamless Textures in Photoshop. (This was requested last week, which is why it's first. People who know all about Alpha Channels can see that part, and don't have to sit through stuff they could probably teach themselves! :D )

After that, I'm going to explain what Alpha Channels are, what makes a 32 bit Targa 32 bits, what White Halos are, and how to avoid them.

Then, if the audience would like to see it, I'll show how to make a stained glass window in Photoshop. (This is the same bit that was shown in the "bonus" time last week, in case you had to leave early, and missed it.)

Finally, there will be a time for questions and answers, although that's likely to run over the allotted hour for the lecture.

It promises to be an informative hour and a bit! If you are interested in learning any of these things, I'll see you there!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Purple Overalls for Second Life Girls!

If you play a little girl in Second Life™, I have a real treat for you!

I've just finished a really cute set of overalls for little girls.

Picture of the Overalls in several different configurations, and from different angles

They are purple, and feature ice cream embroidery on the bib pocket, back pocket, and leg fronts; because what little girl doesn't like ice cream?

The overalls come in 3 lengths; long pants, shorts, and pants that are rolled to mid-calf with prim cuffs that show the ice-cream print fabric lining.

There's also an overall skirt, with matching glitch pants, for days when a little girl just feels like wearing a skirt. It hugs the body to just below the hips, and then widens out into a flexi-prim flare that swings when you walk.

Also included with the outfit is a matching long-sleeved T-shirt and tights, in ice-cream colors stripes. The stripes all match perfectly, with no visible seams at all (although, given the nature of the Avatar mesh, they do stretch and deform as you move.) Even the feet and ankles are made the way striped socks are made in RL, with cherry colored toes and heels, and stripes that match flawlessly all around the foot.

But wait! There's more! You also get a T-top; a shirt made from t-shirt material with a bias tape collar that buttons with an ice-cream-cone button in the back, above a key-hole opening.

Both tops are included on 3 different layers - tucked in for the shirt and undershirt layer, and untucked on the jacket layer, so you can wear the T-top over the T-shirt with the overalls, or wear either one alone, or mix and match them with your other outfits.

And, since everything in the package is Copy/Mod (no transfer) you can shorten the sleeves on the long-sleeved shirt, or make the tights into ankle socks, or tint any and all parts of it, and make dozens and dozens of outfits from just this one set!

Truly, one of the most versatile and fun outfits you're going to find, for little girls on a budget, and for little girls who just like mixing it up!

On sale now, at all Kick the Can locations, including the main store in Livingtree (149, 130, 24.) L$250 for all the pieces (six shirts, four pairs of pants, bib overall "jacket", tights top and bottom, prim overall straps, prim rolled cuffs and flexi-prim skirt.) Mod/Copy/NO Transfer.

See you there!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Texture Q&A

The first texture Question and Answer Session in Second Life™ is over, and I think it went reasonably well. :D

The first two questions were, of course, questions that I wasn't expecting and hadn't prepared for. But after that, we wound up doing about 1/3 of what I had ready. Which meant that we ran almost half an hour over the scheduled time. A number of people had to leave; but the ones who stayed all seemed to enjoy it.

I did learn a few things that I'm going to use for the next time.

For one thing, the Event drop point wasn't where the actual Event was, which caused some confusion. I think I'll put a TP thing out there, to take people to the Lecture Area. It's not very far, but you can't really see it from the drop point (the Texture Tutorials themselves are in the way.)

Mari is insisting that I put the Tip Jar where people can easily find it. So I guess I'll put one of those out, too.

And I believe that for the next session, I'll start with a more structured lesson, and then open it for other questions during the last 15 minutes.

The two questions I had really expected - "How do I make an Alpha Layer" and "How do I make clothes" weren't asked at all. Which means, I guess, that we didn't have any real beginners in the crowd.

Knowing that, I'm far more likely to do things like the section about Stained Glass (which I did use, and which is why I went over the time allotted) than things like the demonstration of White Halo, and how to avoid it. (Which I had ready, but didn't use.)

So, I'll be doing structured lessons most Wednesdays, I think, with Question and Answer sessions after the lesson. The plan is to have basically the same lesson every week for a month, and then move on to another one. That should not only give me plenty of time to prepare, but should allow everyone who wants to see a particular one the chance to do so.

After the month is over, I'll probably put that lesson into a book, or up on my website, or both.

We'll see how it goes.

But it was good to finally use the Lecture Area that I designed years ago, back when I was still in Benten, and never got a chance to build there. I've had it done for a year here, too; and now it's been used. :D

If you have any comments about what you'd like to see taught, or if you were there and noticed something else that I overlooked and would like to comment no it, I'd love to read them!

Monday, September 08, 2008

A Couple of Announcements

First, I've finished the hair for Second Life™ Kids that I hinted at a bit ago.

Picture of the hair- a French Braid - from several angles, in several colors

It comes in 13 colors (at the moment; more are planned) and each pack has 3 different styles. One style holds the end of the braid with a plain elastic band, one with a ribbon, and one with one of those holders that has two balls on it.

All of the fasteners are color-changing, with a menu that has 42 color choices. To change the band and bow, you simply touch the hair anywhere, and the menu comes up. To change the balls, you touch the one you want to change. This allows you to change them individually, so you can have two different colors.

The price of the hair is normally going to be L$250 for the three styles in one color. There are also packs of four colors, at a reduced price.

But, for this weekend, you can get them for L$50 off. (The sale was announced in world on Friday. Sorry that I'm a bit late with the blog post. If you tell me that you saw a reduced price on this blog, you can get the hair for L$50 off until Wednesday night.)

Speaking of Wednesday; I'm going to hold the first of the long-planned Lecture Series this Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 6 pm SL time. It will be at the Lecture Area behind the Texture Tutorial. (So, if any of you wondered what that build was about all this last year, that's it. :D )

This first one will be a Question and Answer session, to give me an idea of what kinds of things people would like to know about.

I'm preparing material about advanced Alpha Channel stuff, that will eventually be in a new SL Book called "Alphas; Basics and Beyond".

For this session, I've got stuff to show how to make a basic Alpha Channel from Layer Transparency in a multi-layer document. (A cupboard door, in this case.) I then go on to show how to add glass to the door, and easily make the "transparent" part of the Alppha semi-transparent. I finish up by showing how to add stained glass to the center opening, and how simple it is to give the different colors of glass different opacity values.

So, that's done and ready, if anyone asks a question about Alpha Channels (which I kind of imagine they will.)

I'm also prepared to explain why leaning to make a real Alpha Channel is worth it, even though it's so easy to just use .png. I don't have the images for that, but if all goes well, I'll be making them tomorrow, so I will.

And I've given some thought to what I'll say if I'm asked about how to make Clothing.

Other than that, though, I'm really going to have to wing it, like I have done for so long at SF cons over the years.

But I will get an idea of what people want to know, and whether or not it's possible to explain that in this kind of lecture.

If it goes well, I'll be doing them at other times of the day, for the people who live in Europe. And I'll probably put together some actual lectures, too, once I know which ones are likely to be well attended. (As opposed to the things that would be fun to talk about. :D: )

So, that's that!

Tomorrow, I'll be in Photoshop most of the day, working on images for the lecture, and I'll let you all know how Wednesday goes!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Vigil Candles for Second Life™

If you have a candlelight vigil planned in Second Life, I have just the candles for you!

These are beautiful, realistic candles with animations that allow you to hold them in either your right or your left hand.

4 boxes of candles, with a a closeup and distant shot of them in use. Legend says Adult Sized - Color Changing, Left and right hand animations included, transfer only - buy in packs.

If you are familiar with my candles, these have the same color changing menus, for both the candles and the Bobeche (paper collar). They also have the same menu choices for On, Off, Full Bright, Auto, or Auto Bright. However, they feature new, more realistic flames and just enough Glow to make them really stunning.

Transfer Only. (No Mod, No Copy.) Sold in packs, so you can distribute them, or as a single pair to wear yourself. Prices range from L$560 for a pack of 20 pairs (that's 40 candles, so it comes to L$14 apiece) to L$35 for a single pair.

You can pick a pack of 20, 10, 5 or 1 pair, or if you know exactly how many you are going to need and don't want extras, you can IM me for custom packs, at a sliding discount.

Demo and candles are available now in the Broom Closet at Livingtree (132, 160, 24), or check my Picks for a TP.

See you there!