Saturday, December 11, 2010

Floral Energy Pack

The power of a flower, contained in one beautiful backpack!

Hi everyone. Today I am once again participating in Project Themeory. This week we had to draw inspiration from our favorite decade in the 1900s. I chose The Sixties and more specifically the flower power age. It has always seemed like such an interesting time to me and I would've loved to have been around back then to experience the social changes taking place. Also, the 'style' of the hippie movement I feel really fits in with my store, which is all about fun and colorful things.

So without further ado: my new product release! :)

A closer view of the backpack. I actually looked at quite a few photos of diving and pressure tanks to figure out how I should approach this project. Because I wanted to have a flower serve as an energy source of some kind, I figured containment and control would be important. That's where the idea of a tank came in.

The lock and pressure mechanisms. I had a lot of fun sculpting the pressure meter, because it added that touch of realism I was after. I tried to design this backpack as if it truly existed and could be functional. Combining that sense of realism with a quirky concept is what (hopefully) makes this product fun.

The peace symbol at the bottom of the backpack. I thought adding it here would be a nice way to further indicate my source of inspiration.

That's everything =^.^=

You can pick up the Floral Energy Pack for L$75 at my outlet store in the Meow sim. After this weekend it will go back into inventory, to be reworked for a re-release at full price.

P.S.: As always, you can add your own pics of this backpack to the store Flickr pool.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Snooze To Go

A handy little backpack for when you just need some shuteye!

Hey everyone. Today I have the pleasure of participating in Project Themeory. Project Themeory is a weekly grid-wide event. Every Saturday at 12:00 a.m. SLT a group of designers places an item at the front of their stores corresponding to a certain theme, to remain there until that Sunday evening. These items are all new and all priced at L$75 for that weekend only. Each week features different designers and a unique theme. You can join the in-world Project Themeory group for more info and notifications :)

Today was my turn and I am so happy to release this new backpack. My November theme was "I heart RL", which sparked not one, but many ideas. Eventually though, I decided to make something surrounding ... sleep! There's a couple of reasons for this. I do like to sleep/snooze/nap, obviously. (Especially after a period of exhaustion, a nap feels absolutely amazing.) But sleep as a phenomenon is also just really fascinating. We as humans spend close to a third of our lives sleeping. Yet, the need for sleep is little understood. I thought a sleep themed item would be particularly interesting for Second Life as well, since physical limitations don't apply to avatars in virtual worlds.

But anyways, here is my first Themeory release! <3

Closer look at the old alarm clock, with glowing moon and stars. I truly love vintage design. Nowadays I have my phone wake me up (as I'm sure most people do), but if I ever were to buy another alarm it'd be something like this. There's a definite charm to old design. For my Snooze To Go clock I had originally envisioned a transparent face complete with numbers and hands, but then I came to the conclusion that those time indicators didn't add anything. Just the moon and stars in the center looks cuter I think. The idea behind the product is sleep after all.

The front bow. I wasn't sure whether to add the ribbons or not, but a friend advised that I should. I find it valuable to ask for outside opinions like that. When you're creating a product, you tend to lose sight of how others perceive certain things. The ribbons do look nice and make the bow seem grander. So outside opinion wins!

That's all :)

You can pick up Snooze To Go for L$75 at my outlet store in the Meow sim (somewhat of a Themeory hotspot). After this weekend I will take it back into inventory for a while. When I've added some extra touches and created more colors I will re-release it, probably at around L$200-L$300. That won't be for next week though. I have something else in the works for then, ha! :D

P.S.: If you happen to buy Snooze To Go and take pics, you can add your photos to the store Flickr pool. I would love to see!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Office Cute

Cute yet distinguished looking, these office items will give you that all-important, business-y edge!

A friend of mine had suggested a while back that I release some of my sculpt work as separate items, and now I finally have. The Vintage Phone and Postal Packages I'm releasing today were originally made for The Mobile Phone and Snail Mail, respectively. I reworked their lighting and added more colors, hopefully preparing them for a long life inside many (colorful) Second Life offices. In addition, I think the parcels look quite nice alongside my previously released Mail Snail.

Sales poster for my Vintage Phone :)

All available colors: black, blue, pink, purple, red and yellow. My personal favorites are pink and purple, just because they're the cutest. I remember when I first decided to make this phone, I researched what materials old telephones would be made of. (Bakelite was apparently very common and interestingly enough it was developed by a Belgian chemist.) I also found vintage ads for phones and answering machines, which look wonderfully artistic now. I swear: research is often fascinating!

Sales poster for my Postal Packages :)

All available colors: brown, dark blue, green, light blue, pink and purple. Each package has a unique stamp and label. Each purchase also includes two full permission textures for the labels, so that the names and addresses can be customized and personalized. (The standard names and addresses are fictitious, of course.) My personal favorite colors: light blue and green.

Some last store news for this week: I'm retiring the following old pose and animation packs. They don't really fit it in with the rest of the store anymore, so I'll leave them up for another week and then take them back into inventory. You can pick them up at half price now, separate poses being only L$20. I do still like animation, but I'll probably start over with a different, more consistent concept.

That's all I think :)

My Vintage Phone and Postal Packages are available at my mainstore and on the SL Marketplace. The phone is L$125 per color, L$375 for the fatpack. The packages are L$150 for a set of two, L$450 for the fatpack.

Vintage Phone on the SL Marketplace: black | blue | pink | purple | red | yellow | fatpack
Postal Packages on the SL Marketplace: brown | dark blue | green | light blue | pink | purple | fatpack

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Stitchy Outline Bag

Colorful, cute and fun! This sweet little shoulder bag will make you feel like a true lady.

After a long, school-induced hiatus I am finally back with a new release: my Stitchy Outline Bag. I originally made this bag for Mailman Iggy, but I quickly decided that I wanted to carry it around as well. I actually came up with the name first, which made me realize how I should rework the bag. I needed more colors obviously, but I also wanted each bag to have a distinct personal touch. After much recoloring and pattern picking here it finally is!

(Also: read on for new Flickr winners. I have chosen two people, who have submitted photos since the last giveaway, to receive the new release for free.)

Sales poster for my Stitchy Outline Bag :)

All the different colors: blue, brown, green, purple, red and yellow. Each color includes two versions, one with and one without the pattern on the flap. I personally prefer blue and green. Ironically, blue was the color I felt the least sure about, because I didn't feel I could make the waves look nice enough. In the end I think they turned out quite lovely and cute. The green bag I love because it instantly reminds me of Ireland, which I've visited countless times. (Beautiful country!)

Me wearing the bag. The holding pose is optional and can be turned on or off through the bag's menu. I usually leave it on, perhaps because it would be a shame not to after all the fiddling that went into creating it. It's impossible to make poses that fit every avatar shape, so I had to find a happy medium that would work for both tall and short residents.

Close up of the front lock. I like how it catches the light, as this makes the shadows pop. I took extra care in sculpting the shoulder strap, to make it fit around the body as naturally as possible.

There we are =^.^=

Individual colors of my Stitchy Outline Bag are priced at L$250 each, the fatpack is L$750. It's now available at my mainstore and on the new SL Marketplace.

Stitchy Outline bag on the SL Marketplace: blue | brown | green | purple | red | yellow | fatpack

And now: Flickr winners! The first pic I chose is this one by Summer Wardhani. I love the sky and how colorful the overall photo is. It feels very surreal somehow. Second pic I chose is this one by Eliza Janus. It made me chuckle so hard. I will contact you guys personally and send you your prize. I also want to thank everyone else who has submitted photos. A very special thank you to Newreem Waffle, Azure Electricteeth and Callia Pearl for the wonderful photo shoot they did with my Mail Snail. I very much enjoyed all your pics.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Writer's Pouch

A while back Enktan Gully invited me to join his Dollar$tore initiative and today I'm proud to announce my first contribution!

Enky's Dollar$tore, formerly known as Enkythings, is a place where new residents can pick up inexpensive clothing, hair, shoes and other items. I went there myself as a newbie actually, which is why I'm excited to now be giving back as a creator. Enktan is currently in the process of reorganizing the entire store. He's created a new format, where dollarbies will be organized by creator rather than category. It's a great idea in my opinion, sure to connect new residents with stores that reflect their personal taste and style.

So this is my dollarbie: a little Writer's Pouch. It's an idea I'd had since a while and considered turning into a regular release. It's kind of sweet I think :)

Outside view of Enky's Dollar$tore. This place has such a distinctive layout. I still remembered it after 3 years! Ahh, those good old newbie days :)

View of the new Designers Section, which is filling up nicely. For now I'm on a little table because I have just one contribution, but future dollarbies of mine will go up here as well.

My little table. So cute! I hope this item will, in a small way, help support the location. All revenue from sales goes towards maintaining the sim and giving out L$1 payments to random newbie visitors.

That's it =^.^=

My Writer's Pouch will be permanently available at both my mainstore and Enky's Dollar$tore. At my mainstore you can also gift, like with any of my other releases. Hope you guys like! Feel free to submit photos of yourself wearing this item to the store Flickr pool.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Mailman Iggy

He's a snail, on a mission!

I made another Iggy that I hope you guys will like. He may not be the most efficient mailman, but he prides himself on being the cutest. As with previous releases, Mailman Iggy comes in 6 colors: dark blue, green, light blue, pink, purple and red. There are also two versions: a non-scripted, pet version and a scripted, functional mailbox version. Initially I was just going to release him scripted, because I wanted that mailbox for myself as well, but then I figured some might enjoy him as a pet.

Read on by the way for my first ever Flickr winners! Two people who submitted their photos to the store pool will be receiving a fatpack of their choice for free.

Sales poster for Mailman Iggy :)

All the different colors. I can't really pick a favorite here. I wanted there to be as many 'traditional' looking mailbags as colorful ones, and I quite like both now.

Close up of the mailbag. The shadowing turned out rather nice I think. I might release this bag separately in other colors and with different stitching on the flap, but I'm not sure if it needs more detail. Could be cute though, and I've never really made a bag before.

Sales poster for Mail Snail :)

I'm using a different name for this scripted version to avoid confusion, but as you can see it's the same as Mailman Iggy sculpt-wise, bar a few prims.

So what does Mail Snail do? Mail Snail is a fully functional mailbox. People can drop their notecards onto your Mail Snail, after which they'll see a letter fall in the mailbag and a line in chat indicating their message has been sent. (The note hanging from the mailbag tells people how to use the mailbox. If they click on the mailbox, they'll also see a more detailed explanation in chat.) When notes have been sent, you will be notified through email and/or IM. You can then retrieve the messages from the mailbox by left clicking and choosing "fetch messages" from the blue popup menu. The notes will be transferred to your inventory in a dated folder.

There are 5 possible textures for the explanatory note on the mailbag, accessed through the blue popup menu. The lines Mail Snail pastes in chat are customizable. You can also choose whether or not to display floating text over the mailbox, indicating the number of messages received.

That's all there is to know I think. If you have more questions about this product, feel free to contact me :)

Below, the 6 available colors. Just adding this pic so you can see the notes. Apart those and the letter, these colors are the same as in Mailman Iggy of course.

There we go =^.^=

Mailman Iggy is L$225 for one color, L$675 for the fatpack. Mail Snail is L$300 for one color, L$900 for the fatpack. They're both available in my mainstore and on Xstreet.

Mailman Iggy on Xstreet: dark blue | green | light blue | pink | purple | red | fatpack
Mail Snail on Xstreet: dark blue | green | light blue | pink | purple | red | fatpack

And now: Flickr winners! I made a Flickr pool for the store a while back and I love the pics you guys have been submitting. I chose two that have been added since the release of Iggy the Snail to receive a special prize.

The first is this one by Flickr user newnewpon. I really like this outfit and her use of my Burger Vision Belt. Second pic is this one by Flickr user Dyn@Mite2009. Very cute and funny photo! I will contact you guys personally about claiming your prize. And thank you to everyone else who submitted photos as well! There were lots of cool and original entries. I'd love to see more, and I'll be selecting more winners in the future :)

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Tiny Mobile Phone

This week I have the pleasure of participating in the 'I Love Originals' fair!

'I Love Originals' is organized by Artist's Voice, a Second Life group dedicated to preventing content theft and educating the general public about copyright infringement. They set up this event as a form of positive reinforcement, which I think is a really wonderful gesture towards the community, customers and creators alike. For more information on this amazing group, please visit their website.

So, to celebrate, I made this little dollarbie. It's a unique recolor of my (much larger) Mobile Phone and will only be available for the duration of the fair, February 8th-14th, at the Ruthenium sim.

I love my Ruthenium store by the way :)
As you can see, I put the dollarbie at the entrance. You can still gift it as well, like any of my other releases. Just left click the vendor and follow the gifting instructions.

A few interior shots of the ground floor. Those cute little marshmallow chairs are by my good friend Summer Seale, particle queen.

Iggy the Snail, in pink and light blue, overlooking the rest of the fair. I rezzed a green Iggy over the store entrance as well.

Pic of the upper floor. One can't go wrong with a giant Benny the Bear! I put my pose vendors here, which you can't see in this shot.

There we are =^.^=

If you want this dollarbie, go grab it this week. It won't be for sale again after the event. And also: the slurl I'm giving out will take you directly to my store, but be sure to have a look at the other participating creators as well. (Some have special offers for this fair too :D)

P.S.: Please keep submitting your photos to the store Flickr pool. I've been enjoying seeing all your cool outfits and creative snaps. I've been busy with RL for the past few weeks, but new releases are on the way :)