Roawenwood Reopening – The Events!

So if you read the previous post which is very…. very…. very long winded you have my congratulations and deep felt gratitude you sincerely have a lot of patience or you’re just way too curious to not or maybe bored… or maybe you just like reading. For whatever reason you did now you get to read more! Ha, bet you didn’t see that coming did you and if you didn’t read the previous post it’s all good, this one is good too. Shorter.

With the reopening of the Roawenwood you just knew I would have to do SOMETHING besides babble on in a long post, so I have.

Roawenwood Reopening Signage v1

First off I wanted to give a nod to my in world group members. A good sized group of individuals some of them being in it or around my place for 8 or 9 years from when I was just starting out for the most part. Some have really been with me through a lot, and some I have talked to quite a bit. I am always humbled to an extent when faced with these people and very grateful, it makes what I do very rewarding in a way. So for those folks who put up with me, my ramblings, and mood swings I gave them a sneak peek.  On the 25th of May through today the 26th the store is open ONLY to group members.

I closed the group late at night on the 24th so only those chosen few could come by to wander the new wood and to take advantage of a store wide 50% off sale!  Everything in the store is marked at a refund of 50% off for those lucky folks.

I will reopen the group on Friday because that is when the general public will be able to journey into the woods.  Oh hey… Into the Woods, *starts humming along to some of the songs from it.* ok… yes, back to business….

On the 27th when EVERYONE can come to the store and we’re officially officially back there will be a 25% discount on ALL merchandise that is on the Five Blades sim through May 30th.

I have been adding little extras as well. Old gachas have been placed out.. the Sleek Bindings for one, I get requests for that one… among a few others, the Tangleshimmer Grove mushrooms and fairy rings, get requests for that one too.. anyhow.. so you can revisit those, from 30L – 45L a pull.

Yesterday for instance I had a limited buy set up. The Galiana Tub marked down to a really low price of 250L for 20 copies only.  They all sold before it even got that late in the day which was very cool, so I am trying to think what else should I do this for over this next weekend.

The picks contest has been resurrected.  Click the sign board, put my place in your picks and at the end of the month a winner will be drawn winning 2500L and a 2500L gift certificate to use or give away.

AND COMING SOON!!!      A photo contest.

June 1st I am going to be releasing details of a contest where you can win 10,000L as the grand prize! Then there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes… hopefully, with enough entrants. *laughs* One never knows with these things.  I have plans, always big plans of things coming throughout the month of June.

Granted for most who read this post you probably won’t be able to come to the store until tomorrow because it is set to group only at the moment but imagine it…. soon…

Have fun and talk to you soon.

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Roawenwood Reopening – the Journey

at the heartFull steam ahead or something along those lines. After being closed for almost 2 months I finally got the gumption, nerve, or just plain stubbornness to get it opened up.

I am if nothing but something of a perfectionist in some things, trying to think up everything that I might need to do or things that I should be doing but not always quite getting there. Or the little touches that make a build good, I can go on and on over them… making it much more difficult than it needs to be. Well, I decided to just batten down the hatches and get it done. So we’re open!

The Roawenwood is officially opened up again (though only to in world group members the 25th & 26th – the rest of you have to wait until Friday haha!), the main store on the Five Blades sim has been totally redesigned and ON the GROUND! Oh… I’ve been up in the sky in boxes and things for far too long, it isn’t something I recommend unless you have something you really like to be honest. But we’re back, the collective we you know… anyhow… I digress.  This build is something rather personal. Here’s where I slow down a little bit and if you’ll come with me for a small journey of exploration as I let you in on a few secrets.

Yes.  This is a store.

Yes. It is meant to be shopped and yes it is a business.

But then again…. it’s not.

The store is made up of several main areas, shopping areas. Two bazaar types with booths of a sort, an area where clothing, accessory stuff is and then a more role-play, landscaping, prefabs type of area. When you drop in you will be faced with the middle basically. The heart of the store, within its heart there is magic, hope, and a quiet place of solitude if you like.  There are paths circling and moving through each area so that you can seamlessly move through the store, hopefully not getting too lost in the process since it is big.

Big for a reason, one I like to breathe, two… because I think wandering, slowing down and taking a moment can be beneficial. Plus, it can take up a lot of space trying to display furniture builds among other things and I like to stage everything nicely.

When I started trying to build my place, my space which is actually over a year now and I never would have thought it would take so long. I wanted something that was “my world”. I wanted my furniture, my stuff everything to be surrounded by… well.. me. I didn’t want to settle for a box with rows of display spaces. I didn’t want to be just another store, or something. I wanted to create something where when you stepped inside you did a quick… “whoa, is this a store?” and get caught up in it for a moment. I’m not saying it had to be a jaw dropping stunning build, yea no, not that. I wanted to evoke a feeling… so I struggled trying to figure out how to balance this want and the business side when it seemed like from the landscape of business in SL people didn’t want what I had to offer in that regard anymore. They wanted quick easy shopping, going to events, who cares about a main store, waste of time, “I just want all my creators in one place so I can go there then go home.” ” What can I buy, who can I buy it from, can I cam shop from the sim next door, don’t make it too laggy, don’t make it too ornate, I just want… want… want…” Exploring, wandering, feeling at home… they had no business in business.  At least, that’s how it felt. I felt old, out of time, from a past era of builders and SL that was trying to keep up with the new faster paced and newly meshed version of SL. So I struggled, wondering where I fit, if I fit. Did I want to become something else, not really and it depressed me mightily feeling like if I did not conform to what I thought was the new standard of production almost like it had become a line job at a factory churning out new items just to make them then I might be left behind because to be honest I love to create. I share bits and pieces of me, my passions, my vision, my ideas. It’s all so much fun for me and it felt like it was dying so slowly. Instead of an idea inspired by a vision or something I wanted to give, to help other people create their world it was becoming like an assembly line. Even people around me could see it.  Concerned friends and family members wondering where the spark had gone, worried trying to kick me in the backside afraid that I was giving up.  I’ll be honest here too.  I was.  I was giving up. Tired, burned out, and dissatisfied with my creations often. Feeling like something was missing, feeling like it was a real job and by real job I mean the sort where you put on your suit in the morning or your work clothes heave a sigh and wince, “well I’m off to work.” To settle in for the day at a dry dead cubicle to make something because it was expected, and I was in an event or something. I very nearly quietly closed. There were steps made to, you could see it if you knew me… It almost all came to an end, sick to my stomach and sneering not wanting to do it anymore but very sad that it might be. I felt like I was losing a part of myself and that my home… was slowly withering.

All very dramatic isn’t it?  I never said I couldn’t be dramatic.

It took a long while for me to kind of come to grips with what it was I wanted vs what I thought was wanted.  And while I know you all aren’t probably _that_ interested in this side of the journey I wanted to do what I tend to do which is share because now… reopening, you get to see that I made up my mind and I like what I have found.

SL is SL just like everywhere else, business will change, adapt and then change again.  I have always been good at adapting changing chameleon like to make up for the new things coming over the past 10 years. It’s always a challenge because technology throws a lot at you within short periods of time so that has been a lot of adapting but I draw the line somewhere. Here.. maybe it’s because I’ve done this so long but there are parts that just need to be out there and well, those who like what I see… my vision, of a peaceful place. A place to not only explore but to share. Little spots to pause a moment and breathe. It’s not all supposed to be rushing around, it isn’t all supposed to be instant gratification, sometimes… it is the pausing. Slowing down, enjoying what we see in front of us, taking the time to bring a friend along…. So yes, my place is a shopping place but it is also something that I share with you. Forests and groves, fairies and magic. Hope, and a love for the path we take not just the destination. I wanted to bring a little bit of magic into everyone’s lives so that is what I am doing or at least that is my intent. No one can take that away from me unless I let them.

If you explore all the little nooks and crannies you will find bits of me. Statues and displays of flowers, things I enjoy or precious moments. You’ll find tributes to loved ones and momentos of events, faires, RFL, and gifts given to me by friends. You will find my love of magic, my love of nature, tranquility and of life. Each corner has areas that have nothing to do with shopping and there’s a lot of little areas mixed in between. Even the gacha redemption spot has little things… pieces and each area I can imagine spending time with loved ones.  So while you explore Roawenwood if you really pay attention and take a peek you will see a large part of me from spiritual to mundane to the physical, it might as well be an open book but then that would be too easy.

Enjoy my store.

Enjoy the experience.

And welcome back to the Roawenwood.

 

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A Midsummer Nights Dream @ the Fantasy Collective

Midsummer Romance SwingThe theme for this month’s Fantasy Collective round was A Midsummer Nights Dream.  I believe they wanted to do something a lil more contemporary, see what people could come up with than the classic things or things from the play.  I wasn’t sure what direction to go into with it but you know with my predilection towards fantasy and lately the outdoors I decided to play into Midsummer romances.

Time to spend with loved ones beneath a tree perhaps, shaded and sheltered under its branches.  Sometimes feeling like you’re the only two people in the world as bees buzz or birds flit from one branch to the next.

The piece I made for the round is a pretty swing, draped in a rich fabric, swirling vines with leaves down the ropes along with flowers peeking.  Grass beneath your feet, flowers blooming while the branches arch over top creating a canopy.

So pretty really… something to have in your space for time by yourself since there are 7 female and 7 male singles animations of time spent with someone either using the single animations or the any number of couples sets.  Kept to be sweet there isn’t anything adult in it though there might be a spanking animation snuck in there.  Shhh, don’t tell.

A lot of sweet cuddles, kisses, time spent and even just simple conversation are all available within it.

Standing and leaning against one of the trees.

It’s all in there… a lot of things to make you hope that that sweet summer time slows down and passes by just a little bit slower.

Available NOW and ONLY at the Fantasy Collective for a very reasonable price of 495L

After the event is over it will go into normal inventory, and the price will probably be adjusted.

So go! Now… quick! Before you forget or miss it.

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Enchantment & the Secret Affair — Thumbelina & the Druids

Simple Offerings Forest Alter

Simple Offerings Forest Alter for the Secret Affair

Two events opening up within a day or two of each other.  Enchantment and The Secret Affair!

Run by lovely people and with tons of really awesome stuff.  This rounds theme for Enchantment was Thumbelina and for the Secret Affair it was ‘The Light of the Earth’ Alban Eilir – the Druid festival of the Spring Equinox. Ok, so you know… both are pretty good themes for me right?  I enjoyed them both very much.

For Enchantment we played around with some fairy fun and I even went out there sizing one for Petite Mesh Av’s.  I get asked about this on occasion, or talked about in group… when and if I’ll make things for this wee group of folks on the grid.  This seemed like a good time to don’t you think?  Might as well.

First item for Enchantment is a tea set made out of acorns and things. Very cute and it comes with the tea tray scripted or unscripted.

Scripted gives a tea cup to wear and drink tea.  The other is just decorative.  There is also a small cup included so you can decorate extra.  Low in land impact and really cute.

Thistleberry Mushroom PlantersThe second item for Enchantment is a set of mushroom planters.  Something from the fairy garden, acorn tops flipped over and a small arrangement of mushrooms inside them.  The set comes with 4 different little arrangements, mushrooms moved around in different ways.

They’re adorable really and only available at the moment through Enchantment.

Get yer taxi here for Enchantment

The NEXT thing is for the Secret Affair.  This is a relaxing piece.  An alter of sorts that is foresty in nature.  15 LI it is an all in one spot including ground cover type thing so all you have to do is rezz and go to be honest.  A rock formation with candles all along the top then a fire at the base with offering of grain outside the fires.  Cut sprigs of mistletoe are cast between the bowls of grains.

Inside the alter there are 6 different prayer or meditation type animations.  It could be used for other things of course… but I think it really is lovely for those who might find use for it.

Thistleberry Tea Set

I like it.  I wish I had more time to play with it and make it more of what I had in mind in my head but I think this is a good try.

I’ve been doing a lot of outdoors stuff lately, seems to have hit a cord.

ONLY available at the Secret Affair

Taxi for the Secret Affair

Both events are in full swing and ready for you to come visit!!

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Wayfarers Roost at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival

FGC Wayfarers Roost Gacha

I have some AWESOME news in relation to my gacha sets.  I’m going to begin offering a handy way to get no transfer/copy versions for people who play!  But first… the new gacha at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival!

So I recreated a scene that I had ages and ages ago modifying it to make something new and in mesh.  A roadside tavern type thing, open floor and all.  It used to have a ton of pieces to it, and while this revamped version has a few for it since it’s a gacha, it is quite a bit different to the old one.

This one for instance doesn’t have kitchen stuff yet, doesn’t have a stage or certain things.  Technically I was thinking of adding pieces that AREN’T gacha related later to try to make a different kind of set. However we have the beginnings…

This gacha set consists of decor, a building, and interactive furniture to create a fun lil space.  The building itself is about 14.3 x q4.3 sqm footprint.  Not too shabby, pretty large. Accessories included will be things like the other rares.  A small low to the ground table for playing cards and chatting.  Sit your backside down and enjoy yourself a bit with a friend.  The other rare is a dice playing game.  Click it and 5 dice rezz… make a gambling game out of it or something yes?  Interesting enough I think for those who really like to RP.  As part of the commons there is a cushioned seat that is rather large but very comfy looking.  Three different cushion colors and each seat has 12 animations in it including one for the guys to drink an ale.  Of course they’re embedded and any props used are an auto attach type thing.

As you can see from the picture there are shelves, plants/vases, a fountain, barrels, lil tables with food and things on them.  Enough to decorate nicely if you like, a tavern, gaming hall, hang out.  I’m sure people could think up all sorts of things.  Perhaps in the future I’ll work on adding more to it since it’s a certain kinda love I got.

The other news I have is that I’ve begun setting up a way for people to get no transfer versions of my gacha items without having to come to me, you get the choice.  Most people don’t like to and won’t anyhow, come to me or bother me about it but I do know there’s quite a few who’d rather do the no transfer thing.  Sure I could really probably make you guys only have no copy and get you to keep playing that darned machine to get decorative pieces or something but I think it’s kinda nicer to be able to turn them in.  Yea I’d make more money torturing you but I suppose this is something of a gesture on my part.

On a spot on my sim for select gacha’s you can go turn them in.  A server/vendor thing has been set up for this one, being the first I’ve done it for to see how it goes.  Go there, landmark included in the package for the items you win, and then after unpacking the item rezz the no copy version.  You’ll get a message thanking you and poof it will disappear.  Don’t panic!  It should all things considering and no real hiccups then simultaneously send you a copiable no transfer version of the item you rezzed.  If for some reason it doesn’t and you see the lil message, along with the poofiness of the no copy item then contact me.  IM, notecard or email (email is included in the NC in the item) the system I’m using keeps a log of the items rezzed and who rezzed them so I can keep track or resend an item if it doesn’t go through.  As long as all of that is working right and I did test this set, then it will be recorded and I can fix it.  I tested this quite a few times so I know it works.

So! There’s my news for today!  A new gacha set at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival and some lovin on my part letting you switch permissions on prizes won.

Have a great week and thanks so much.

 

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