3 new releases for the end of June

Hi Folks!

I managed to squeeze out a few more items for this update:

1) These were on hand in a preliminary form at Home and Garden Expo and ground level in the sim, however they weren’t for sale and really not ready to sell. I’ve since created new textures, added a curved path sculpt and packaged everything. These Stepping Stones are great for rocks along paths or as stones across water areas. I’ve also used them on occasion up against gardens or water ways to better define such edges. They are copy, mod, available in 5 different textures.

2) For those who would like to add sculpted landscaping to their skybox, or maybe even more detailed landscaping to mainland terrain with limited terraforming capability, these are ideal additions to your garden. Sold seperately or in a fatpack, there are five different textures, each coming with five different sculpt shapes to best suit what you are trying to do. You may wish to set these to ‘phantom’ as they are sculptie and will have boundary issues, however they *don’t* come with solid backings, so you will need to add transparent solid prims to back them if you do this. If you would like instruction on how to do this, do give me a shout. All pieces are copy/mod.

3) These trees are all part of one package and are offered with and without fruit. They’re intended to illustrate growth, from sapling to maturity, of an apple tree. The trees range from 2 to 6 prims each and are copy/mod.

Have a great week!

Fantasy Faire update

Fantasy Faire update

I’ve finally put together the bulk of my both at the Fantasy Faire!  You can find Kitheres in the Avatopia sim, just to the right of the path when you arrive, facing directly east.  (Or you can use this handy SLURL:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Avatopia/209/118/22)

Kitheres Dark Fantasy Eyes
Kitheres Dark Fantasy Eyes

There are quite a number of new releases this time around.  I’ve been using the last few weeks to put together two new outfits, Hera and Breanne (pics lower in this post), as well as a bunch of new eyes, releasing some sculpted ears that were made to work with the Delvian skins, and putting together some goodies as RFL donation gifts and freebies.

Elven ears for Delvian skins
Elven ears for Delvian skins

All of the new stuff will ONLY be available at the Fantasy Faire, which runs from June 15-21.  Afterwards, I guess I will have to figure out more space for the new goodies 😛

In any case, I am offering three donation gifts for RFL this go ’round:

SeiRei wings - RFL donation gift
SeiRei wings - RFL donation gift
Breanne - Jacket/skirt combo with leather pants - RFL Donation gift - Also available in teal, red and black.
Breanne - Jacket/skirt combo with leather pants - RFL Donation gift - Also available in teal, red and black.
Hera - corset and bodysuit - RFL donation gift - also available with green, blue or white trim.
Hera - corset and bodysuit - RFL donation gift - also available with green, blue or white trim.

Fantasy Faire is a 9 sim affair and sure to be busy all week!  When you decide to visit, please make sure you take off any unnecessary scripted items.  Primming down as far as you can will also go a long way to making your faire-going experience smoother.

For more info about other vendors at the show, check out the FFC’s Fantasy Faire blog, here:  http://fantasyfaire2009.wordpress.com

Recent News, upcoming events, and setbacks

June has shaped up to be crazy!

This week alone, Organica has participated in Land Expo as part of Akimeta Metaverse Development Solutions, I’ve been making a buncha stuff for my other business, Kitheres, I gave a discussion on landscaping this morning, and next week will be participating in Fantasy Faire, as part of Kitheres, as well as the Solution Provider Conference, put on by LL!

So it’s with regret that I have to say I don’t have a lot to provide for you this update, other than a new huge oak, located on the north end of the store.

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It’s huuge, 9 prims total, uses obong sculpts, and should probably be used sparingly 😉

More is on the way over the next few weeks, however I need to say at this point that i’ve recently been encumbered by a fairly distressing turn of events.

Mainly – a large portion of the stuff I sell at Organica got copybotted at some point in the past two weeks.  I spent the majority of today tracking down the immediate holders and copybot accounts, but there is no garantee that more knockoffs wouldn’t show up again at some point.

Copybotting is insidious, frustrating, heartbreaking, and worst of all prevents true content creators from doing their job:  making new stuff for you.

What I wanted to say to you is this – Thank you all for your continued support and appreciation of my work, be it through your purchase or just your enjoyment of the store and sim.  I know that without it, i’d never have found out about the theft in the first place.  I hope that you all do and will continue to support original content creators, while taking steps to be aware of and avoiding scammers and copycats.

I’m not sure that there’s much more I can say, except that I hope to get back on track this coming week as things calm down a bit, and make some new products… so keep your eyes and ears open for that in the next couple of weeks.

On a parting note,  I was able to put together a very short fly through of the sim this week in preperation for my booth at Land Expo – Sylvan isn’t by any bit of imagination ‘complete’, but i hope you will enjoy this short clip of the sim i put on Youtube.

Thanks for reading this.  Have a great weekend!

Land Expo – June 9-13, 2009

Organica will be at Land Expo this year as part of AkiMeta’s presence! Some info on current and past projects is available and I’ll likely be around for most of the Expo. I’ll also be giving a talk on Thursday at 10AM SLT on Landscaping and Prim economy, at the central discussion area, which is on the central corner of each of the LandExpo sims (1-4).

AkiMeta’s booth is located right next to The Wastelands booth in the south-west corner of LandExpo3, here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/LandExpo3/130/38/2

HG&P Expo Highlights

Despite my previous post about the HG&P Expo, I really should say that there really were some nice exhibits out there.  I don’t think I really took note enough to devote a full blog post to everything I did like, but here are a few tidbits that I did pick up as a result of browsing at the event.

I picked up a few pieces Elle Kirshner’s Second Spaces; she brought these fabulous drafting desks and vanities – each set is highly detailed with little incedentals that a discerning homeowner will really appreciate.    

The drafting table comes with a small light, blueprints, notebook and animated stool – with working and spinning animations – really quite cute!

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The vanities come in three colours – blue, green and pink.  I had some trouble deciding which i wanted, but all of Elle’s designs are really affordable at $150L ea, so I picked up one of each, and the funds from the pink one went to RFL.It’s got neat little makeup tidbits and you can add your own photos to it by control+dragging your snapshots on top of the existing photos.  The stool’s also got a nice animated pose.

 

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I also picked up this snazzy sculpted chair from Gospel Voom’s exhibit.  It’s a ‘MC-Rosewood’ ‘Keeler’ chair, and was available as a RFL donation gift. It’s got 2 poses for girls and 2 poses for guys, plus a ‘keeler’ pose (seen on the right, below).  The chairs a bit big for me – however, at my 5’4″ prim height, most furniture is.  I really do like the simple design though. It’s quite nice for those looking for a modern, low prim chair for most situations.

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Other eyecatchers included Another Man’s Treasure, Barnesworth Anubis, A Take on Simplicity.

Blog formatting

Folks who visit the main site will probably notice the blog formatting’s a bit askew at the moment. I am taking a short lull in my available time to play around and fix my blog up a little bit, as the previous formatting was a bit broken and bugging me a lot. 

For those of you viewing this via RSS, move along, nothing to see here 😛  *whistles and twiddles thumbs*

Closing thoughts on HG&P Expo

Visit Organica this week at the Home, Garden and Patio Expo!

Organica at the Home, Garden and Patio Expo. The show closed May 10.

It’s been a busy for me this week.  On top of keeping up with work stuff and taking a few days to do RL errands and the like, keeping an eye on the Home, Garden and Patio Expo has been an interesting and educational experience.
 

There have been comments here and there about lack of publicity and a slow expo overall.  I can’t say I disagree – I really didn’t see much advertising for the event until at least a couple days in, and would never have joined had i not seen one very small listing about a month back on the SLU forums.  Things seemed rather low key for the whole period between registration and show, so I really have to wonder how much attention promotions got.  I don’t mean to slam the team that organized the event, however, beyond a few forum postings and a little plurking here and there, I saw very little chatter about the event outside of the few home & garden blogs I keep an eye on.

Merchants did not recieve any official promo material beforehand to put in their stores or post to their blogs. Posters carrying landmarks for the event were sent out a couple days after the event began. If there were any banner ads taken out on Xstreet SL  or SLU, i never saw them.  I’m told someone did eventually see a link to the event on the tip of the day dialogue – never actually saw that myself, unfortunately. It is also unclear to me whether there was ever a central blog of any sort announcing changes, new merchants, or whatever – not essential, but would have been nice, since so many people seem to take to SL-related RSS feeds so well.

While there were many live music and DJed events held at the four corners of the Expo sims and they certainly seemed to draw in traffic, it didn’t seem like a lot of that traffic stayed around to circulate around the show.  This is the sort of thing I refer to when I say traffic doesn’t necessarily do a lot if you’re relying on a single traffic draw to transfer interest to other things – IE: Traffic doesn’t necessarily equate to success.  That said, ultimately I’m sure the goal of the All-Stars RFL group was to generate donations to RFL – and ultimately if judged by donations at the Live Music stage alone, I’m sure they did well.

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Overall, the sims were laid out reasonably and the sims were, for the most part, not too laggy (for me at least).  Surprising, considering builds and scripts were the biggest complaints at last year’s Hair Expo.  In any case, I saw a decent variety of content – prefab, furniture and landscape content were all fairly well represented, though surprisingly to me, there seemed to be a larger contingent of content makers I was not familiar with.  Kind of the point, really, but i was surprised not to see contenders like Trompe D’Eoile, Maximum Minimum, Melino Style etc.  

Instead what I noticed was that there is an active creator community centered around lower prim, more economical solutions, tailored for landowners with limited space and prim alottment.  Quality varied considerably.  Sculpted solutions were of course rampant throughout the four sims, however it was surprising to find a number of overly simplistic furniture solutions that I can recall seeing (and even myself making at some point) many years ago. 

In this respect, I found (and have often found) that the home, garden & patio market has always been significantly less competitive than other markets, such as the hair, clothing and jewellry markets.  While it’s true that there’s likely less demand for these items since many Residents choose to adorn their avatars before even thinking about owning land, I think it’s still very important for makers of home, garden and patio content to be a little more competitive and strive towards higher standards.  This would serve to improve demand for items in their market overall. As SL continues to grow, it will be abundantly more important for content creators to recognize what customers are looking for and carve a niche for themselves, becoming the best at what they do.

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As an individual merchant, I had a good experience.  Things weren’t *crazy*, but Organica did reasonably well and saw a fair jump in sales this week.  Late last week, merchants were given an updated map for their assigned lots, and that sorta set me in a tailspin about how to make my design work a bit better for the space.  After some consternation, I was able to fix things and package the whole shabang Saturday night, dropping in vendors late night Sunday.  I found the busiest day to be the first, subsequent days wavering somewhat, but I still saw traffic each day.

I was able to make back my registration fee and a bit besides.  L$6,700 were raised through the RFL item vendors, and the silent auction donation for landscaping I last saw was bidded up to L$18,100 (*woot*).  I really look forward to connecting with the winning bidder and getting things rolling for their landscaping project.

In any case, I was glad to be there, regardless of the fact that things were a bit slower than Expos for other markets.  It was cool to see new and old visitors drop by and provide feedback, and I think I would certainly join in next year given the chance.  I would just hope promotions for future events would be a bit more active.

 

HG&P Expo booth open, Silent Auction info, old product updates

 

Visit Organica this week at the Home, Garden and Patio Expo!
Visit Organica this week at the Home, Garden and Patio Expo!

Everything is set up and fixed – and as of 5AM SLT this morning, the Home Garden &Patio Expo is officially open!

Visit Organica’s booth at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Iridium/67/71/61 , and explore the whole 4 sim exhibition, spanning Iridium, Platinum, Rhodium, and Palladium sims.

As part of the expo, I’ve released the following product that will remain exclusive to the Expo for its duration, then be moved to the main store when the Expo is completed.

I’ve also made available one certificate for 3hrs of landscape design and implimentation as a silent auction prize.  It includes three sketch layouts of the land to be developed, terraforming, as well as mod/copy editions of all Organica materials used in the project.  The service may be used by the winning bidder or gifted to an individual of their choosing, however said individual must be able to bestow building priveleges on the parcel of land in order for the design to be installed.  The offer is valued at $75USD, so bid wisely and generously and you could still come out on top with a great landscaping deal!  You can bid on the silent auction, all proceeds going to RFL, here:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Iridium/248/157/60

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Japanese zen wash basin

Finally, I have one last tidbit that is unrelated to the HG&P Expo, though the changes have already been proliferated to the vendors there;

I’m beginning a series of updates to some older products so that they are a bit less primmy.  So far, I’ve updated the Ficus 1, and Dogwoods 1&2.  I will send out updates to all existing owners of these trees this week, once I can compile a proper list to send out to.  Additionally, look out for more landscaping content and trees shortly!