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The Art of Tea

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What a difference a day makes, especially when the Labs have replaced a vital piece of hardware which meant folks couldn’t log in yesterday!

Today, I felt inspired by this great new gacha from unKindness – it’s the Tea Time Delight gacha, presently at Whimsical.  It has a whopping 18 pieces, 2 of which are Rares, all to do with drinking tea and eating cup cakes. Other cutlery  and quail’s egg pieces are from .Shi, part of 5 sets available at the new round of Shiny Shabby.  These pieces were so beautiful I thought they deserved to be in an art gallery.

Now tell me you don’t want a cuppa and cake after that!

Here’s the pieces I used in detail:-

.Shi – Vintage Flatwear teaspoon and cake fork in bronze
.Shi – Quail Egg Display with Lights
(both from the Noir Minimalist Set, currently at Shiny Shabby)

unKindness – Tea Time Delights gacha, currently at Whimsical

KraftWork
Fontainebleau – Lips Wall Hanging
Simone Spotlight
KraftWork Wall System – Geometric
(all at the Mainstore)

Black Tea Tray & Homage to Tea design – Moz

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Natural Industrial Style

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OK, so I’ve invented a new décor style – it’s called Natural Industrial! Perfect for the city with industrial style furniture that’s combined with inspiration from Nature, herself. I’m being a bit daft but I wanted to show you the skybox from Galland Homes that is currently at The Chapter Four. It’s called the Mount Washington. Then there’s been some amazing Industrial style furniture recently, so that is part of the scene, both from Newchurch and Fancy Decor. Then there’s that magnificent wall fountain by unKindness.

I wonder if you would really get away with such an open water feature in a real life flat. Let alone a little French Bulldog leaping in and out of it, plus slurping the water occasionally, it’d be very hygenic *laughs* But fortunately, in Second Life® none of those things matters!

 

Now let me take you around the skybox.  You land in a hall and to your left is an open plan room with cosy fireplace which you can turn on and off from the panel by the side of it. The walls are beautiful plain plasterwork right now but you can tint them because the skybox is completely modify, and what’s more there’s a notecard to explain how to do it. I really like the ceilings in this skybox, the rooms have a central portion that is cut out and you almost feel that there could be a skylight window there, but even if there isn’t it does give that extra height.  The floors are a even toned warm wood parquet design.

 

So, if you now look straight ahead, that’ll lead you into a room with a view, literally.  If you click on the window frame you get a choice of real city skylines, I chose London here and you can just see The Gherkin, that iconic shaped tower that we all know and love.  I’m standing in the unfurnished version above.  You have options to use the house for assistance in inputting Second Life® compatible audio streams and/or Quicktime compatible video streams. The house will also store a list of your favourite streams if you wish.  There’s also a Teleport feature which allows you save a series of your favourite SLurl’s into the house’s memory.

 

In the room with a view, another door on the left leads to a more private room which could be a bedroom and bathroom combination.  The flooring is different in this enclosed room.  The Mount Washington Skybox has a Land Impact of only 24, and don’t forget you can tint those walls. I think it’s a very pleasant and versatile home.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden products I used :-

JIAN – Fun Frenchies gacha – 18. Brindle Wanderer from The Gacha Garden until August 31st
KraftWork – Pet Shop gacha – Toys Bowls and Toys
Apt B // Zebra Hide Rug
Apple Fall – Model Plane – Large

All these at the current round of the  Whimsical Event
MONS- 3D – Leafy Photoshoot Decor (black) at Whimsical
Sway’s [Animal] Topiary gacha . Snail no lights and Bunny with lights at Whimsical

[ zerkalo ] – My Heart set – Wind Chime at The Trunk Show

Fancy Decor: Capsule Light (silver, black and lavender), currently at BLUSH
Fancy Decor: Part of Industrial Set at Man Cave until September 1st
Fancy Decor: Wren Lamp
Fancy Decor: Books and Plant
Fancy Decor: Compass Table
Fancy Decor: Industrial Mirror

Newchurch at ON9 Event until August 28th
:: N :: Duane Park Bookcase, Zinc (w/ Books)
:: N :: Collister Lounger, Antique Pine
:: N :: Varick Side Table, Antique Pine
Newchurch at mainstore
:: N :: Alpha Industrial Bar Stool, Antique Pine
and Rattan Baskets

unKindness
uK – Uptown Fountain Wall (part of Uptown Fountain Set)

Galland Homes
Mount Washington Skybox – LI 24
Currently at The Chapter Four to September 1st

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

 

Posh Parakeets

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These little parakeets think they are Posh with a capital ‘P’  as they hang out at the Manor! Of course they reckon the owner has put in the handy fencing and water feature especially for them so they can take their morning bath and dry off afterwards 🙂

Featuring the “Manor Fence Set” by unKindness (my new Sponsor – yaaaay!!), currently at the August round of FaMESHed.  This lovely set has Materials enabled to great effect, the slightly rusty railings, shiny fleur-de-lis decoration and weathered stone pillars are a delight.

HEXtraordinary have created the parakeets from their gacha “Parakeet Pals”, and that’s currently at the Gacha Garden Event.  If you ask me, they look like budgerigars so if you’re in my part of the country, we call those spugs. Anyway, there’s lots of differently coloured spugs in the gacha plus a nice cage for them or else they have a posh twig stand to sit on.  Those are Rares and I didn’t get anything to speak of expect for lots and lots of spugs. However, as you can see they would much rather be outside! It is extreme cuteness the way they flap their wings during the animation cycle. In the picture above, the snowy one was flapping at the time having just taken a dip in the “Soothing Fountain” by .peaches. (Deco(c)rate) and it’s anything but Zen with all the tweeting, flapping and squawking when one of them has spent too long in the bathing bowls.

Here’s the scene repeated in a warmer Windlight setting.  That beautiful tree is by Little Branch and it’s a sweet chestnut, that was also in the Deco(c)rate subscription box which is well worth getting, even at the non-discounted price.

I think the owner of the Manor needs to mow the lawn soon, it’s a weekend gardening job 🙂

 

Here’s the Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

unKindness – Manor Fence Set, currently at August FaMESHed Event
uK – Manor Fence Lamp Stone Base – LI 2
uK – Manor Fence Railing – LI 1
uK – Manor Fence End Stone Base – LI 1
(also in pack – Manor Fence End Destroyed Base and Manor Fence Lamp Destroyed Base)

.peaches. – Soothing Fountain – LI 5
Little Branch – Sweet Chestnut – LI 7 {Seasons}*Animated
Deco(c)rate – “Now and Zen” August edition

Apple Fall –  Hardwick Manor (512) – LI 345

TMG – Red Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
TMG – Purple Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
Two Moon Gardens – free gifts!

Platform created with Vita’s Ground Textures – Mossy Tiles
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/55344

HEXtraordinary – Parakeet Pals gacha – 3 LI each, currently at the Gacha Garden

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

A Little Bit of Zen

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This little garden by TLC Home Collection creates a state of calm where you can sit and watch the water flow, and enjoy the animals. The dragonfly can be set to “active nature” and he’ll fly from lily to lily, it’s really enchanting. The Koi are also interactive and will feed from your hand, just follow the script directions so that they will also swim around in a designated area, notecard explanations are included.

The hanging loveseat by Chez Moi is not only a beautifully detailed and observed piece of garden furniture, but it is also texture change for the pillow and cushion pieces. As with all Chez Moi pieces, the loveseat is packed with poses that everyone can enjoy.

The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (dʑjen), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna which can be approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”. It shows in a way, the progression of that desired state through the different spiritualities. All blossoms on the same tree.

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Here’s the Home & Garden products I used in detail:-

TLC Home Collection, currently at ULTRA Event to August 15th
Zen Minimalist Garden – 21 LI (includes Red-Crowned Crane and Dragonflies)
Koi Collector’s Edition (set 1 of 3) upgraded to make the fish feedable!
(all are Copy/Modify)

Chez Moi Furnitures
Tuareg Hanging Loveseat – 8 LI – Copy/Modify with Texture Change for pillows and cushions, packed with animations – Adult & PG versions
Potted Cactus – 1 LI – Copy/Modify
Both currently at the Indie Teepee Event to August 6th

DYNASTY – Aged Mahjong Set – Brown – this was at Summerfest, hopefully it’s in the store now!
Concept} 12. Ca’Pepe. Square carpet – gacha currently at Kustom9
Concept} 13. Ca’Pepe. Candles
Concept} 11. Ca’Pepe. Bonsai
Calm. Designs – Song . Wall Decor . Jade, currently at The Chapter Four Event

Landscaping:-

Little Branch – WildSassafras.v2 {Animated}
Dysfunctionality – Fluffy Grass – Gridular – texture change for different types of grass
unKindness – “Little Oasis” gacha – Rock Shelf Brown – currently at The Gacha Guardians Event

 

 

Hope you all have a great week!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Brave New Year

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~ Brave New Year ~

“The old year slips away into the past
fading through the obscure as the Shadows take it
For it’s unvisited in the vivid, eternal Now.
And all the New ahead, an unopened gift of hopes and expectations
Much patronised by fortune tellers as they gaze through an overcast mirror
mercurial deep and try to map the implausible.

What a journey to be taken, along with fools and friends
The parallel of our hearts set on the narrow way
Our voices whisper comfort or scream cacophony
The scuff of our feet as we are dragged along, willing and unwilling
Onto the intoxicating plains of the Future.

And if we did know the outcome of such happenings, would we take one step?
That first brave step along the flagstones into an unknown garden
The borders filled with nettle and lotus, tended by wasp and honey bee
Apple trees and desert cacti scraping the sky, their progeny choked or sprouted into a thousand possibilites.

Don’t we all wander the wonders to come?”

 

For: 7 Deadly s{K}ins – JURO  – 12 Omega Face Appliers based on CATWA in three skin tones, with and without hairbase, SLINK hands & feet appliers included. Free group join up this month!

CATWA Paul mesh head
CATWA animated mesh eyes n tears

Omega relay for CATWA
ADAM mesh body
**RE** Eagle Necklace Real Evil Industries

{anc} forget. Swallow [rosepink]
uK – Little Bird Chandelier Light (Scripted)
Two Moon Gardens – Overgrown Glory – Autumn 2

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 – Interview with unKindness at the Expo

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The RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016 is now open and will run 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.

unKindness at Expo
RFL Home & Garden Expo 2016… Prim Perfect presents an interview with unKindness
In the Chair – the exceedingly able Kess Crystal (on Voice)

Interviewees – SL/RL couple Jamie and Poe Cross (Rozenberg) of unKindness

Audience – various reprobates

(With many thanks to Wendz Tempest for rescuing the first few questions when Moz couldn’t hear and was beating up his computer)

Kess asks about the origin of unKindness:

Jamie: I actually originally wanted to do building for homes and garden. But didn’t have the confidence… so I started with clothes and accessories, but I was so unhappy with it, and it really reflected in what I was doing. I was open with that store for a year, and I was really at my wits end. And really depressed, and feeling very lost. Sort of a rock bottom kind of place. But I really needed to get rolling on here and to succeed for RL purposes.

So I actually, silly as this sounds to a lot of people… started doing a positive thinking thing. I dunno if you’ve heard of the Secret? Well it’s a positive thinking guide teaching people to bring to them what they want by envisioning what they want, and pushing out. It’s basically the theory that if you act as if you will accomplish it, you will. It turned my whole world upside down.

Kess remarks that unKindness has a brand new mainstore on their own sim now!

Jamie: I started building for it in March. We did a gacha through Depraved Nation, which was a big help in getting us off the ground. We officially opened in April, so this April will be our first official year. Yeah, things happened really fast once I was where I was supposed to be. It’s been an amazing almost year. Yeah, the store is already only able to hold 6 more new item spots. lol. And I told Poe, that will be filled this month!

Kess asks if there is a genre for the sorts of pieces made for unKindness?

Jamie: Originally when we built unKindness it was meant to be an extension of 7mad’Ravens (Poe’s store)… and geared toward men. Our biggest projects have been the Shanty stuff, and the Americana stuff. But in the end, it’s been sort of a clutter of just things we love and that inspire us. We always like to push our limits and explore new things. So I don’t think this will ever be a shop that can be settled into one distinct genre. Yeah, we are one extreme to the other. A moonshine still, next to science projects, next to tufted fireplaces lol.

Kess asks where does Jamie & Poe’s inspiration come from?

Poe: Themed events dictate some of where we go when we’re building, too.

Jamie: Everywhere. We’re inspired by so much stuff, and into so many things. A lot are things we just want to see realized in world. But also, yeah themed events are really fun for us.  It was funny because when we started Poe wasn’t sure about doing furniture… he does his own stuff but now he’s hooked lol

Poe: I hated the idea of it. Now I’m all like, ooh what can I build next?

Jamie: He was so pig headed! lmao right?!

Poe: But somehow, me, the least likely person, is excited about doing freaking lace doilies!

Kess asks if the success of unKindness has affected 7 mad ravens.

Poe: I’m in the process of taking a bit of break from 7mad while learning to mesh and rig clothes so it’s actually helping by giving me more confidence to build in 3d max because I was so intimidated by the program. Yeah, I’ve made some furniture for 7mad now, too, so I’m just kind of turning that shop into a wtf ever shop, I think!

Kess asks about the strategy employed by unKindness for getting the word out. Prim Perfect held a talk earlier on in the week about the relationship between designers and bloggers and what would be done to improve it for both parties.

Jamie: Art is such a huge part of second life in all ways. So bloggers to me are an enormous part of that. They were for me, the main motivating tool that has gotten us to where we are today. Without them we would not have been able to be exposed to the audiences we’ve been opened up to. When I looked for bloggers, I looked for people who were really versatile. And would find ways to utilize me with other designers. I WANT people to see how compatible my products can be while still being their own brand.

I think with furniture especially it’s very important to show people how it can be used. And how it can be individualized. My bloggers all have such wide varieties of tastes and skills so that none of them come up with the same way to use the same item. Which also in turn inspires me. Because it makes me also consider THEM when I build.

Kess asks how else did unKindness come to be a known name in the H&G world apart from bloggers. Marketing is interesting!

Jamie: We went the standard routes of a blog, flickr, and facebook. And also LTD magazine, and Essentials Inventory have done so much for us, they’ve been amazing. Elvi Hartley and Annie Inspired, I owe so much to them. Because as a new store in a new genre it’s very hard to know when and where to put yourself out there and get attention.

Kess wants to know how long it was before unKindness was accepted as a designer for FaMESHed.

Jamie: lol. That’s actually a funny thing. I was open for only a couple of months. And on the very DAY of their opening for June, I think it was. They had a furniture store bail. And did an open roll call for someone who could make an original mesh item within 8 hours. I called out of work, built a bed and raaaaaan to the event. lmao I was like “they’re gonna kick me out after” but they didn’t, thankfully! It happend really fast, it was a complete stroke of luck.

I’m not a regular, I’m still a guest, but I’ve been very fortunate to get spots there. And now I also do the Love To Decorate event as well with the same people. From there we hooked up with Cheeky Pea because of their work with the Neighborhood event. And eventually we ended up a part of the Cheeky Pea/TMD/Kustom9 sims. Which has been a huge help as well, I think for getting people familiar with us. Yeah, that worked out beautifully.

Kess asked what were the top 3 highlights of unKindness’s first year of business… so far!

Jamie: Top three highlights… one was definitely making it into Collabor88. Which was one of my major goals. We got to guest for the October round for it. The rest has been just… lol. Okay, we’re silly about this but Poe and I are HUGE shoppers. So we get excited when someone we admire buys something from us. So having like the owner of Junk play my gacha machine… made me squeal like an idiot. Lastly, is my bloggers. Who I love love love love LOVE. And they are such amazing people I never would’ve gotten to meet otherwise. Many who have become good friends of mine.

Kess mentions that unKindness have a current contest for bloggers.

Poe: We’re working on ideas for group gifts that will include special items for our bloggers, too.

Jamie: Well currently we do billboards on our sim. We keep four major billboards out with their artwork on it, that you can click and go back to their flickrs. Yeah, and we’d been thinking about something special for them. I think exposure is a huge benefit though. Especially because I always hear my bloggers talking about applying for this store or that, but not meeting the minimum exposure hits they need. So we’re running a contest to have one of their art work pieces featuring our items as a two page spread at the front of the magazine (Love to Decorate Magazine) before the editors notes which will link back to their flickr or blog. LTD from what I know gets around 3,000 hits so that opens a lot of potential for them.

It’s so important to give back when we can, where we can. Yeah, originally, and I still hope to do this, I’d love to do a blogger wall. Featuring their fave picture and holding a notecard or links to their flickrs and blogs. Flickr is a bigger thing for me, I don’t hold people accountable for blogblogs.

Kess wants to know what the future holds for unKindness.

Jamie: Arcade if we can. That’s everything I’m working toward, and to be able to do this full time. So we’re looking at better ways of utilizing time and learning more complex building to be able to go bigger and better. I want to be a shop that it’s impossible to ignore. xD  And to bring things to SL that should be here but for some reason aren’t.

Kess asks if unKindness will settle into a furniture genre or will they keep the styles open.

Jamie: I think eventually I will settle into a genre, but not so much as in style, as much as in what I contribute, for instance right now we do furniture, skyboxes, garden stuff etc. But at some point we’ll most likely settle into one focus and expand on that. I’m really loving outdoor stuff. So that is a bit possibility.

Kess brings up the prospect of Sansar.

Jamie: I think that Sansar has a lot of potential. I know they’re working mostly with Maya at the moment. We use 3dsmax. But yeah I’m all for expanding growing and testing limits. I think that Sansar will open SL up to a new way of looking at sim design. Which is something that really interests me.

Kess invites questions from the audience!

Question from Moz: An observation… when I was blogging for LTD we were told to keep an especial eye out for the unKindness Flickr posts because their vendors ads didn’t look like… well, vendor ads. More Arty, really and I appreciated that a lot because it was that little bit different! And my question… I was going to ask how you keep Poe under control but *laughs*… I’m presuming you both have computers but what happens when one of those computers breaks down?

Poe: Chaos. Chaos happens lol

Jamie: Oh wow, we actually just lost my computer at the beginning of this month. We missed out on a really great event when my graphics card crashed, and we lost a ton of work. So when we upgrades his pc, we went ahead and upgraded mine.

Poe: To be on the safe side.

Jamie: Yeah, better to be safe. It’s hard because our RL job is online, too. We work full time and create on top of that. Creating and all of this, it’s an artistic outlet for us. Like you mentioned with the adverts. We don’t know how to present them any other way.

And on the subject of controlling Poe: –

Poe: Only when there’s food involved.

Jamie: Occasionally he sleeps. That’s when he’s under control… sort of.

Question from eku Zhong of Culprit: Can I ask what RL work… ignore if it is too nosey!

Jamie: Currently we do web publication for international newspapers. Which is a very tedious and underpaid job but much needed. We work 7 days a week from 8 in the morning until 11 at night. Then we create on top of that, which can be very hectic while we’re being self taught all of this.

Poe: I’ve learned to not sleep.

Jamie: It’s worth it, if this is something you love to do.

Jamie introduces Jade Samsara (JadedPanther) who is web publicist for the unKindness Facebook.

Jamie: Wave to Jade for all her hard work. We’re always getting her account blocked apparently!

With no more questions from a delighted and amused audience, that concluded the interview and Jamie and Poe TPed off to do yet more work. Take a breather, folks!!

unKindness Raven Creek Moonshine Still

unKindness Pioneer Vintage Kitchen

 

 

unKindness Cocktail Hour Set

 

N.B. unKindness were invited by Prim Perfect to take part in the face to face interviews at the Expo. Unfortunately, they were too busy to have a store at the Expo this year but were nice enough to give their time in this way to the fund raising outreach. It was a very entertaining evening 🙂

Social Media:
Flickr group – https://www.flickr.com/groups/2609607@N21/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/unKindnessSL/
Mainstore – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Theory/93/191/21

 

Written by Moz Loordes

24/02/2016 at 5:05 pm