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RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 – Lunar Seasonal Designs, -Hanaya- , Potomac Signature Homes and Edgewood Farms

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The RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 will open to the general public on February 14th and runs to March 6th. It’s the largest and longest running event dedicated to Home & Garden in Second Life™ and raises funds for Relay For Life – The American Cancer Society. Read more about it on their extensive website.  As you can imagine, there’s all sorts of exhibitors from well known brands to up and coming designers, hobbyists and professional merchants. Each exhibitor is required to release two brand new 100% donation items and there’s also a wonderful 50% donation gacha section and even a special hunt!

It’s out and about in the woods today! Lots of lovely things for your garden and landscaping needs, plus a bit about the Breedables Sim.

Lunar Seasonal Designs make the most wonderful animated items for the garden which are also most amusing – I have quite a few of them. I picked out one of their 100% Donation items – the “Menu Driven and Animated Multi Bird House” is on a pole which you can either sink into the ground or use the circular base. The bird houses are texture change for towers, roofs and stand so you can match up with your existing landscaping. The cutest thing is that 7 different birds pop their heads in and out of the houses. I managed to catch the Bluebird of Happiness here! The Bird House has a Land Impact of 15 and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

Lunar - Bird House

 

Lunar also have such a cute gacha out that you won’t be able to resist! It’s called, “Animated Tweets”. A collection of 15 different animated birds with fruit. Each birdie has a unique eating and moving animation and they range from 3 – 6 LI. Permissions are Transfer only. I put out a couple of these.

Goldfinches Love Crab Apples – two goldfinches (cock and hen) are on a basket of crab apples and every now and then one takes a crab apple and they toss it between them.

Lunar - goldfinches

 

Black Capped Chickdees Love All Apples – well this one does! He’ll hop and inspect the apples, pecking as he goes, as he moves around in a circle at the top of the basket. All items are exclusive for the duration of the Expo.

Lunar - Chickadees Apples

 

-Hanaya- make original design Mesh products that designer Moriko crafts with Inworld building tools and Blender. Using low poly meshes, the pieces reduce impact on the assest server as well as your own client, whilst still providing a good looking product. The products contain Materials so enable Advanced Light Mode to get the best effect.

I put out Hanaya’s two 100% Donation items in the middle of a forest clearing. They looked fabulous! The first one is the “Forest Clearing Birdbath” and it’s 4 LI with Permissions of Copy/Modify. Click the chickadee on/off for tweeting. The water is clear and lightly animated which is beautiful in various windlights.

Hanaya - birdbath

 

This is the “Forest Clearing Standing Vine Lantern”. It has a Land Impact of only 2 and is highly detailed. Fireflies float around the lantern itself and emit gentle lights. Magical!

Hanaya - lantern

 

I also put out the Gazebo because it’s stunning and goes so well in a forest setting. There’s lots of other landscaping items well worth visiting the Hanaya stand for.

Hanaya - gazebo

 

Potomac Signature Homes make country/rustic style lodges, landscaping pieces and suitably styled furniture to decorate the lodges and cabins. I have one of their gazebos in the garden and it’s finely detailed with many thoughtful extras. I put out their two 100% Donation items and also a stunning wishing well that is still on the land!

Firstly, we have the “Echo Creek footbridge” which easily fits across rivers or maybe at the edge of a lake leading towards a boat. There’s a bear fishing accompanied by his bait pot (or it could be honey, knowing bears) which adds to the enchanting nature of this landscaping piece. The footbridge has a Land Impact of 16 and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

Potomac - footbridge

 

Potomac - bear on footbridge

 

Then there’s the “Potomac Mailbox”. Not just a mailbox but it has a couple squirrels and a red flower arrangement included in the piece. I placed this on a large rock and it looked natural as if there was a pocket of soil to support the flowers somewhere underneath. Also looks excellent on flatter ground. This has a Land Impact of 5 and Permissions are Copy/Modify.

Potomac - mailbox sunlight

 

The “Wishing Well” not only includes the well, but also the willow tree, deer, birds and surrounding flowers. All of this for only 17 LI, with Permissions of Copy/Modify. One of the many landscaping pieces available at the Expo from this excellent designer.

Potomac - wishing well

 

Potomac - wishing well close up

 

The Breedables Sim on Hope 10 is well worth a visit. There’s information about clubs, types of Breedables and furniture/landscaping to go with them. I put the “Horse Trainer” out by Edgewood Farms and it’s their 100% Donation piece. You can see the stables created by Cassie Eldemar at the Expo, all pieces are modifable to fit your needs.

Edgewood Farms - stable

 

The Horse Trainer is designed to fit into a medieval sim or any older sim but to be honest it looks good anywhere. The track is animated and you place your horse on it. This is meant to be for ABC Horses and very effective but I was using an AKK horse and he seemed to like it on pose mode! The Horse Trainer is only 3 Land Impact and a great deal.

Edgewood Farms- Horse Trainer

Well, that’s all for this post. Don’t forget that the Expo will open to the public late on February 14th!

 

Direct landmark to Lunar Seasonal Designs on Hope 6

Direct landmark to -Hanaya- on Hope 5

Direct landmark to Potomac Signature Homes on Hope 9

Direct landmark to Edgewood Farms on Hope 10 Breedables

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

 

 

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