Monday, October 31, 2011

Carry-On Craft

Are you a bird? No, you're a plane!

:) Hey everyone. Today I'm bringing back an old favorite. I originally made my Carry-On Craft in just one color for Project Themeory. I have now revamped it and added 5 more colors for a proper injection of travel cute! The Carry-On Craft is the logical solution to today's transportation issues. It's a bright, playful airplane costume that fits snugly around the body. An optional holding pose is included so that you may rest your arms on the aircraft's wings. The plane's blades also spin when commanded. Driving is surely a thing of the past. You have now become your own form of transportation!

Sales poster :D

All available colors. My personal favorites are probably pink and red. The fatpack is, as always, color scripted for your convenience. I even did some (by my standards) fancy scripting, because I wanted to control what the shadows looked like both when blade spinning was on and off.

View of the wings. The Themeory version of the Carry-On Craft didn't allow you to turn the holding pose off, but this full product release does. I thought it might be useful for photo purposes. You guys have posted some super cute pics of the Themeory edition! I'd love to see more.

Close-up of the engine base. Please note that mesh was used to make the blades spin. (My first use of mesh by the way, woot!) If you want to turn on blade rotation, you need a mesh enabled viewer. The latest official SL viewer supports mesh, but some third party viewers may not yet. If you don't need the blades to spin, any viewer will work. This airplane is modifiable and can be altered like any other modifiable SL object.

There we are. You can pick up the Carry-On Craft at my mainstore and through the SL Marketplace. Individual colors are priced at L$225, the fatpack is L$675.

Carry-On Craft on the SL Marketplace: blue | green | pink | purple | red | yellow | fatpack

P.S.: Flickr winner! I really liked this collage posted by Flickr user Lindsay Rozen, which features my Ducky Adoption Cart. I will be sending this customer a free Carry-On Craft fatpack as a prize. Please keep your pics coming. One of the most rewarding things about being an SL creator is that I get to see how you guys wear my items.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ducky Adoption Cart

Even duckies of the plastic kind deserve warm, loving homes!

:) Hiya everyone. This week's Project Themeory brings us to the fair. One of the more well-known fair activities is the duck pond game, where children fish for duckies and exchange them for prizes. I did a twist on this theme by creating a cart where the duckies themselves are the prizes to be cherished. After all, aren't they just too darn cute? The Ducky Adoption Cart lends a helping hand to fair duckies in search of their forever homes!

Sales poster. I rezzed a copy of the cart at my store as well, so you can have a look.

Ducky on top of the cart. I think the duckies turned out cute, while still looking unique. I considered adding little hooks on their heads like they would have in the classic duck pond game, but it looked cruel in my opinion. The point of the cart is that the duckies are no longer slaves to the game. Ducky freedom now! :)

Two more duckies, relaxing by their little pool inside the cart. I originally wanted to make these green and purple, but I figured it was better to limit the number of colors used in the cart. It's easier to match things up and balance everything out that way. At least it is for me XD

The wheel base. My creations are always rather detailed and prim-heavy, so I tried to be smart about my prim usage wherever I could. There's a total of 10 wheel spokes for instance, but they're only 4 prims. I optimized in a few other places, bringing the total prim count down to 32.

There we are :D

You can pick up the Ducky Adoption Cart at my mainstore for just L$75. After this weekend it will go back into inventory, to be reworked for a re-release at full price.

P.S.: If you take pics of this product, please post them to the store Flickr pool. I would love to see!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Vintage Alarm Clock

Time is ticking by in good old fashioned style!

:) Hey everyone. I have another wonderfully nostalgic product release for you today. My Vintage Alarm Clock is detailed, colorful and fully functional. You can set it to your local time and add an alarm with email or IM notification. Ticking and alarm sounds are optional. Each purchase includes both a high and low prim version of the product.

Sales poster ^^

All available colors. My personal favorites are silver and blue. I don't usually do silver or white versions of my products, but I thought in this case it was kind of mandatory. While making this clock I also discovered some new color combinations that I hadn't considered previously. I particularly like the combination of the red clock with the green face. (I should have figured these colors would compliment each other, as they're opposite on the color wheel.)

The back of the clock. I actually borrowed a real vintage alarm clock to see what all the switches are supposed to do, because I honestly couldn't tell from pictures I found on the Internet. The way I ended up arranging everything isn't completely true to life, but I prefer this configuration. As mentioned above, each clock color includes both a high and low prim version. The low version is 15 prims and doesn't come with the switches on the back.

The face of the clock. I added a tiny handwritten "AnnaMayaHouse" right over the base of the hands. I thought it looked cute, and it's a nice personal touch :)

That's all! The Vintage Alarm Clock is now available through my mainstore as well as the SL Marketplace. On the SL Marketplace you can also download the pdf manual. One clock color is L$250, the fatpack is priced at L$750.

Vintage Alarm Clock on the SL Marketplace: black | blue | gold | pink | red | silver | fatpack

P.S.: Flickr winners! I've chosen three people who've added pics to the store Flickr pool to receive a box of goodies. I loved this pic by Flickr member destinyP. The use of shadows is wonderful and it was lovely seeing one of my items in a fashion spread. The second pic I chose is this one by jjjulia pearl. It's so fun and cheery and instantly put a smile on my face. Lastly I chose this pic by Strawberry Twig. It's downright adorable!

I will contact you guys personally and send you your prize. Your goodie box will contain a Vintage Alarm Clock fatpack and some other, wearable items from the store. I hope you'll enjoy! And thank you to everyone else as well for submitting pics. I love seeing what you come up with.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cupid Training Stand

The striking of hearts requires well-rounded, continual practice!

:) Hello everyone. Week 56 of Project Themeory had as its theme Deathly Dark Days. I interpreted this rather loosely and came up with a cute nightstand for aspiring Cupids. This item was originally meant to be morbid, with arrows actually piercing the hearts. I felt I needed to be true to the spirit of my work however, which is why it's turned out much more fun and whimsical. The Cupid Training Stand provides hopelessly romantic souls with the perfect form of target practice!

Sales poster. I rezzed a copy of the stand at my store as well, so you can have a look.

Close-up of the archery target, complete with tiny heart. I'd sculpted another heart in the past, but this one looks a lot nicer in my opinion. For a while I considered giving the target classic target colors. The pinkish/reddish works better though when taking the overall palette into account. I pay a lot of attention to color combinations, trying to balance things as much as possible.

A closer look at the spare golden heart that is suspended from a coat hanger. I tried adding more of these hearts, but it didn't do anything for the product. The prim count was already substantial, so I decided to just go for one.

The arrow lying on top of the stand. The pink sculpt is a little pair of wings, which has turned out rather abstract I suppose. I knew I wanted the arrow to be delicate and cute. The extra little details make it fit in better with the rest of the product I think.

That's all :D

You can pick up the Cupid Training Stand at my mainstore for only L$75. After this weekend it will go back into inventory, to be reworked for a re-release at full price.

P.S.: If you take pics of this product, please post them to the store Flickr pool. I will be rewarding several photos when I release my next product.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Zippy Bunk

Shhh... It's time for popcorn, stories and general mischief!

:D Hello everyone. This weekend brings a new Project Themeory event. The theme guidelines instructed us to "tell a story", in an artistic way. I took inspiration from my childhood this time and made a fun, colorful bunk bed. My sister and I shared a bunk until I was 10 or so, which was truly a multi-purpose piece of furniture. We used it as a life raft for our dolls during imaginary storms and tucked our blankets in-between the upper slats to create cozy fortresses. The bed itself was kind of bland, so I did my own take on it for this event. The Zippy Bunk has now arrived to address the real need for no-sleep, all-playtime beds!

Sales poster. I also rezzed a copy of this bed at my store so you can test the poses :)

A closer look at the zipper in front. I actually designed these sculpts ages ago for a product I ended up not releasing. I'm glad I was finally able to use them in a new creation, because I do think the mechanism is cute. I had fun fitting the parts together as well, for the blanket fortress. I like the way the fabric falls open right after the zipper slider. It looks quite natural.

A soft pillow on top. The bed has a total of 43 prims, but you could probably do away with a few if you have a limited prim count. The upper mattress has 4 slats for instance and the lower bed a headboard that is not immediately visible from the outside. I like things to look fully functional, which is why I add these little details. (I did not include slats for the lower mattress though, because no one would ever see these.)

VoilĂ , that is all! :D

You can pick up the Zippy Bunk at my mainstore for only L$75. After this weekend it will go back into inventory, to be reworked for a re-release at full price.

P.S.: If you take pics of this product, please post them to the store Flickr pool. I would love to see! I've really been enjoying the pics customers have posted of my previous release, the Carry-On Craft.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Carry-On Craft

Are you a bird? No, you're a plane!

:) Hey everyone. It's time for another Project Themeory release. This week's theme was The Masquerade. As I don't really make clothes, I broadened this subject to carnivals, Halloween and dressing up in general. This in turn inspired me to create a wearable airplane costume that will add a splash of cute to all your travels. Driving is surely a thing of the past. You have now become your own form of transportation!

Sales poster :D

The back of the aircraft, with a better view of the wings and fuselage. Making the plane fit nicely around the avatar was quite challenging. I spent hours tweaking the rim, but the extra effort was well worth it in the end. I'm really happy with how the craft fits around the body. The wings got some special attention as well, with flaps added for more detail.

Top view of the front of the aircraft. I included a holding pose in the plane to prevent one's arms from sinking into the wings. It also adds some more cute to the product I think. Your elbows now rest snugly on top of the wings :)

That is all =^.^=

I am happy to report that I have moved my mainstore to the brand new LISP sim, owned by my good friend Pandora Popstar (aka Lainy Voom). Please update your landmarks if you haven't done so already, as this will be my primary location from now on.

You can pick up my Carry-On Craft at LISP for only L$75. After this weekend it will go back into inventory, to be reworked for a re-release at full price.

P.S.: If you take pics wearing this product, please post them to the store Flickr pool. I would love to see!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mail Snail - updated!

He was a snail, on a mission!

:) Well, he still is. Hey everyone! A year ago almost I released my Mail Snail mailbox and today I am happy to report that this product has been updated to version 1.10. You can now have your friends pick up your mail for you, if you so wish. A customer requested this feature, which I'm very grateful for.

A few days ago I sent out updated boxes to everyone who has previously purchased a Mail Snail. If your box got lost in offline IMs however, or you accidentally declined it, you can always contact me to receive your free update. There's no need to include your transaction history for this, as I have organized records of all my sales. Just mention your name and the color of your Mail Snail and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

So what is the Mail Snail exactly? There were no changes to the mailbox prims, but let me repost the product poster for those who never saw the original release.

All the different colors: purple, pink, red, dark blue, light blue and green. (I'm using the shells as color indicators.) People's favorite seems to be pink, which is my favorite as well.

How does the Mail Snail work? 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. As of version 1.10 you can also let friends pick up your mail for you by adding their name to the configuration notecard.

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.

As you can tell, there are a lot of settings you can customize to suit your personal needs. Instructions are quite tedious to read in-world, so after the update I figured I should make some pdf manuals. I'm hoping these will make reading easier. You can download them through my Mail Snail listings on the SL Marketplace, which I will link at the end of this post. (Click "Download instructions" at the bottom of the listing's page. You don't need to have bought the Mail Snail or even be logged in to do this.)

:) That's all. Mail Snail will be a little more expensive from now on, going from L$300 to L$350. The fatpack is L$1050. However, as stated previously, people who already own the product can receive their update for free. Any future updates will be free as well, and this is true for all my products.

Mail Snail on the SL Marketplace: dark blue | green | light blue | pink | purple | red | fatpack

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Rezzanite Power Supply

Feeling the metaverse blues? Running low on virtual energy? Try Rezzanite!

:) Hello everyone. This weekend I am once again participating in Project Themeory. My theme for March was springtime and I made a fun, colorful battery pack that is sure to energize any avatar. Those gloomy, wintery days will soon be forgotten! The Rezzanite Power Supply has some wonderful little details and comes with animated menu displays.

Sales poster :D

Close-up of the battery. I had a lot of fun figuring out the design on this, which comes complete with warnings and technical information. I spent some time considering different brand names as well. Rezzanite I thought sounded the most powerful, with the most kick. It could be a name of a Transformers robot. "Rezzanite, transform!"

Close-up of the switches on the right side of the power supply. I think these look very cute and whimsical. They were originally meant to go on the front of the battery pack, next to the menus. It would've been a tight fit though, which is why I moved them to the side. This also makes the overall layout of the product more interesting, in my opinion.

There you have it =^.^=

You can pick up the Rezzanite Power Supply 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.: If you take pics wearing this product, please post them to the store Flickr pool. I would love to see!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Darla the Bee

Bz z Zz Bzz... She's a bee, deciding on lunch!

Heya everyone. I've made a new, wearable pet that I hope you'll enjoy. Darla is a cute, colorful bee whose jar for homemade honey is running on empty. She's hoping an elaborate map will lead her to that sweet, sweet treasure: golden flowers overflowing with nectar. Darla comes in 6 colors: brown, dark blue, light blue, pink, purple and yellow. She blinks and resides on 3 attachment points.

Sales poster :D

All the available colors. Yellow was the first I designed and I figured this would be my favorite because it's "traditional". Now that they're all done though, I'm feeling the love for the funkier color schemes. Light blue I think looks particularly nice. As always, the color fatpack is scripted for your convenience. Oh, and why the name Darla? I don't know to be honest. It popped into my head quite early on in this project. I think it might've stuck with me from watching Finding Nemo. (The evil little girl in the movie is called Darla.)

Looking over Darla's shoulder at the treasure map. I designed and drew this map from scratch, which was a labor of love. It was important to me that it looked somewhat realistic, like this bee could truly have some use for it. The level of detail in the map makes the overall product cuter and more fun, I hope.

Close-up shots of Darla's honey jar. It says "honey" on one side and "homemade" on the other. I'm very happy with how the lighting on this product turned out. It's the first release to use an entirely new lighting setup, which creates a softer, more natural atmosphere. I will be fine-tuning this rig going forward.

:) That's everything about Darla. She can be found in my mainstore and on the SL Marketplace. One color is L$350, the fatpack is L$1,050.

Darla the Bee on the SL Marketplace: brown | dark blue | light blue | pink | purple | yellow | fatpack

P.S.: Flickr winner! I have chosen one customer, who has submitted a pic since my last giveaway, to receive a Darla fatpack for free. I really liked this image by Chips Morrisey. The colors and composition are wonderful and the overall image feels very dreamy. I will contact this customer personally to send her her prize. And thank you to everyone else who submitted pics as well. I will be doing more giveaways in the future. Anyone who wants to submit something to the store group can do so here :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Lollistalk

All your candy cravings satisfied by one marvelous, colorful, sugary plant!

:) Hello everyone. Today is my last Themeory release before the event goes on a one month hiatus. My new theme was food and I came up with this idea of making a wild, beanstalk-like plant that grows lollipops. The resulting product can serve as an accessory as well as funky home decor.

Sales poster!

Shot of the plant by itself. As you can tell from the difference between this pic and the sales poster, the product box comes with a separate lollipop that attaches to your hand. I thought that was a nice extra touch :)

Close-up of the upper part of the plant. I drew a lot of inspiration from depictions of the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk while creating this product. When I first considered doing a lollipop plant, that story immediately came to mind. The giant beanstalk in it is extremely wild, magical and whimsical. I figured that kind of look would fit a candy plant perfectly. If I'd had more time I might have added some more twigs here and there, but I do like the overall result.

Bottom part. There's two kinds of lollipops in this plant, all bright and colorful. Originally I was going to make the main stalk a more realistic green, with the lollies providing the color accents. It didn't seem to work though. Now that the stalk is pink it looks more believable that this plant would actually grow the candy. (Over-thinking it maybe, but I do feel it works better this way.)

That's all =^.^=

You can pick up The Lollistalk 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 plant to the store Flickr pool.