Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I'm Taking Some Time Off...

As some of you know, I've been really sick with a chest cold for the last few weeks. I'm so tired of coughing all the time that I'm seriously considering actually going to a doctor! (gasp!!1!)

So, because of that, and because being sick has put me waaaay behind on nearly everything, I'm going to be taking the next two weeks off, and trying my best to get really well, and to get all the things I need to catch up with caught up.

If I feel up to it, I'll keep you posted on what I'm doing while I recover; but if I don't, I'm not going to. Please understand. I love you all, but I have to get well.

Among other things, this means that I'm not going to be in SL™ except to take care of problems. If you are a Resident, and you need something from me, please send me an IM. Those go to my e-mail, so I'll be able to see that you need help, and I'll get in world as soon as I can to help you. But it might be a while.

This also means that the new class, which was supposed to run for the month of January, is going to be in February instead. It's going to be Intermediate Alpha Channels, and I'll teach you how to work with SL glass, including Stained Glass (among other things; it's not quite all nailed down yet.) With any luck, it'll be worth the wait.

So, that's where we stand.

Thanks for your understanding and support, and I wish you all a wonderful and prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Yule Log in Second Life®

With the Holidays fast approaching, it's time to light the Yule Log in SL™!

And I have just the log for you to light. :D

Picture of the Yule Log, with candles out and lit, and different colors picked for each candle.

The log is Blue Spruce, with 3 candles in black cups inserted into it, decorated with the traditional plaid bow with a round shiny red Christmas ball in it, and greens and white branches (with red and gold glitter) fixed behind the bow.

Each candle is scripted individually, so you can touch each one and get the menu that allows you to choose the color you want, light or extinguish it (Full Bright or Local Lights) or set it to Auto so that it will light itself at dusk, and extinguish itself at Dawn.

This means that you can have 3 different colors, or one candle that uses Local Lights, and 2 that are full bright, or only light the one in the middle, or any other combination you want!

All this, for only 12 prims!

No mod, no copy, but they are Transferable, and make great gifts.

Available now, from the Home and Garden Store on Livingtree (85, 128, 24). L$125, 12 Prims, NO Copy/No Mod/Yes Transfer

See you there!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas Gift Boxes in Second Life®

The scripted gift box with Christmas paper is finished!


Like the other two scripted Gift Boxes I have, you have a choice of 11 wrapping paper designs, 11 bow colors, and 11 floating text colors, so you can wrap the present to your taste!

You can also set it so that it will open only for a specific person, on a specific day (or later) and you can set one message that is displayed in the floating text above the box, and another that the box will "say" when it opens and gives the person you specified all the presents that you've stored in its Contents.

When the day comes, and they click the gift, and choose to open it, the top flies off, the ribbon falls to the side, and the box plays a sound, while particles come shooting out of it. (The default sound is chimes playing "We wish you a Merry Christmas", and the default particles are snowflakes, but you can use your own sound and particles, simply by removing the Defaults from the Object Contents, and putting yours in there.)

You don't have to give the box to the person in order for them to open it, so you can keep it and reuse it for the next gift, or you can give it to them after the celebration, when it won't interfere with role playing.

The important thing is that you can put it under the tree, have your loved one open it, and not have the scary moment when you set it for sale for L$0, and hope the person it's meant for buys it before a swooper shows up and steals it all!

With this box, gift giving is fun, and secure; and it will give both copy and non-copy items, as long as they are Transferable.

The box is Mod/No Copy/Transfer, so you can put your own paper on it, too, if you like; or tint the paper that's there, as well as using the scripts. And, of course, you can add things to the Contents, which you kind of have to be able to do.

You cannot resize it, though, or it will break the box. I'm planning to have a larger box, and a smaller one, available soon.

For sale now, L$100, Mod/Transfer/No Copy from Kick the Can and the Home and Garden Store in Livingtree.

See you there!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Limited Edition Holiday Bear for SL™

For the last couple of years, I've made a Limited Sales Days bear in Second Life®, and I've made another one this year!

2008 Holiday Bear from the Vendor

It's actually been out for a couple of days now, but I've been so busy making things that I haven't had time to blog about making them!

This year, the bear is a Polar Bear.

Polar Bear habitat is shrinking so drastically due to global climate change that they were put on the "Threatened Species" list last May, which should give them some protection under the US Endangered Species Act. If you're interested in learning more, or helping the Polar Bears, you can go to the WWF site, or to Polar Bears International, both of which have a lot of information.

He's wearing a scarf with the year on it, and a border and design that I used for the mitts I knitted for Santa in Real Life. He also has a sculpted hat, with the same border, but on solid blue. There are flaps on the sides of the hat, to protect his cheeks, and they have snowflakes on them.

The bear himself is one of my Sculpted bears, and like the others, he's made so that you can easily pose his arms, legs, and head (just enable Local rotation, in the Build dialog; detailed instructions are on a Notecard packed with the Bear.)

Even though he's easy to pose, there are five bears in the pack, with poses that I've already made for you. One is sitting, one is standing, and there are three with Carry animations, so you can drag him along with you held in either your right or left hand, or you can cuddle him to your chest, and give him a squeeze every now and then.

The bears are copy/mod, so you can change the size, pose them, make them huge and put pose balls on them, put them in your bike basket and Link them to the bike, tint them, or generally play with them as much as you want, and not have to worry about accidentally ruining them.

However, they aren't Transfer, so you can't buy them, and then give them to someone else, or loan a friend your bear. (If you want to give them as a present, please use the Gift button on the vendors.)

They are available from now until the end of the year only; on Jan 1, 2009, they will be gone forever.

L$150, Copy/Mod/NO Transfer. Vendors are up in all Kick the Can stores, including the main Kick the Can store in Livingtree, and in the Robin (Sojourner) Wood AV Store also on Livingtree.

See you there!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

New Yuletime Tea Sets!

I've gotten 3 new virtual tea sets done, with Yuletide themes, for your Second Life® holiday decorating!

Interactive Tea Sets

The new designs include a Christmas Tree, a Christmas Sleigh (with Sanata, kids, and presents) and Snow Children (a Victorian boy and girl, dressed all in white and holding seasonal plants, against a backdrop of seasonal greens.)

These are like my other tea sets, but with different designs on the virtual china. And this time, if you touch the napkin, you'll get a menu that gives you your choice of 3 full linen sets (not just a recoloring) that have different embroidery on the napkin, and different place mats under the china.

If you, or anyone in the group the Tea Set is Set to, touches the tray, you can serve steaming hot tea, or clean all the dishes in a flash!

If anyone at all touches the plate of petit fours, they'll get their own plate, with 3 petit fours on it, and an animation so they can hold it.

Touch the Pot, and anyone will get an empty saucer to wear in their left hand, and a cup to wear in their right. Touch the cup, and a menu will appear with 12 varieties of tea to choose from. So you can sit or stand, and gracefully hold your saucer and sip tea.

All of them are on sale now, from the Vendor in the Home and Garden Store, or in the igloos set up on the River, while Livingtree has its Winter Festival!

Which, by the way, is going on now! I'll have more about that later.

Finally, if you've heard that the Lindens slapped me with a "Warning or Suspension of Service" notice last Sunday at 1 AM SL time, because they suddenly found the Kid Skin vendors which have been up for more than 2 years now, and which they approved a year ago, unacceptable, it is true.

The rule, when I was growing up, was "If it's flat, you don't have to cover it." But it seems that this is no longer true in SL™.

I'm appealing the "Warning or Suspension," not so I can put those vendor images back, but so I can get the Black Mark off my record. I'll have more about that when I know more.

In the meantime, the vendors are back, in the same places, but showing only the faces of the models. If you'd like to see a skin, please get a free demo from the pictures above the vendor, and examine it yourself, in a private place.

At the moment, I am planning to remain in SL. I have too many obligations to too many people there not to.

And for all those who have written or IMd me to show your support, I deeply appreciate it. Thanks.