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Wishes and Wants

Alaska Metro is participating in a “new to me” event (hey it could be new, or old, I don’t even know) called SAD NOVEMBER. Why so SAD November? I’m sort of ok with November really. Thus far it’s treated me better than September and October so I don’t have this Sad November thing in focus. The event however is cute. I looked through their event and am going to have to do some more shopping. You can check out the gallery HERE. I’m trying a new to me skin today, from Deetalez.  What do you think? Gidge is Wearing:
Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.3
Skin: Deetalez
Sweater: alaskametro<3 “Diana” sweater – Quartz (M)
Hair: Exile::In These Shoes? COLLABOR88
Slink Physique Mesh Body V2.3.1
Eyes: [PXL] RAY Eyes – Grey (S)

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November 2015
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Lake Serpent

Everyone knows about sea serpents, but long ago, somewhere in the history books, knowledge of lake serpents got lost. Maybe it was those few pages that got ripped out, to be used as kindling for the fire. Or, heaven forbid, someone got creative when in the loo. There also seems to be an utter lack of information on the fact that, when needed, serpents can actually shift into humanoid form, to preform certain tasks. Even when grown to gargantuan proportions, depending on the body of water they live in, lake serpents are still rather slim. They have large hornlike protrusions, which allow them to forage for food at the bottoms of lake beds. They shuffle these back and forth, either hoping to scare something out, or finding a tasty root of a plant. They are attracted to shiny things, much like their much larger cousins, the dragons. They will collect their treasures, but since they are more mobile, they don’t have stationary hoards. They instead opt to adorn themselves with their finds, wrapping them with weeds, fishing line, abandoned ropes, or other such bindings.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - Lake Serpent - 1

As The Fog Rolls In

I’m settling into my new place and I’ve got something important to remind you, while I lounge around watching the fog come in. The ARCADE is only open ONE MORE FARKING DAY. Ok if you haven’t been yet – IT IS TIME. The machines are still there and they hope to see you soon I’m pretty sure. One more day. Well two days if you count today. This lovely set from MUDHONEY is part of the offering right now and it’s got some great pieces for comfortable living. I believe firmly in cozy and welcoming decor. I had forgotten MUDHONEY was in this time! OOOPS! I’m going to dig out my TV and start putting this place together soon. I confess I’m really enjoying my new location, I just haven’t dedicated proper time to making it home. Not today though. Today is a lazy day. Gonna run through the ARCADE one more time though. You betcha! Gidge is Wearing:
Ring: (Yummy) True Fate Ring – Gold – Opal COLLABOR88
Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.1
Ring: Donna FLora ALIENA ring R
Earrings: Donna FloraALIENA earrings L
ALIENA earrings R
Hair: Exile::Dancing on my own
Holster: Howl – garter belt gun holster 3 THE ARCADE
Dress: Howl – Military uniforms Female[S] NAVY THE ARCADE
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Left V2.1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Right V2.1
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – L – Elegant
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – R – Elegant
Body: Slink (Read more...)

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We know of Match.Com, Plenty of Fish, eHarmoney, Tinder, and the list goes on, but what do we know of Medieval Dating for the Common Hedgewitch? Well, it was as simple as opening your iPortal of course! To do this, you would need to collect the inner wood of a tree that was struck by lightning, not once, but twice. Then that tree had to have been set on fire, but not getting burnt all the way through, and obviously not at a witch trial! The wood was then to be soaked in the urine of a Unicorn for a whole year, at which point . . .  you know what, lets just say, it took bloody forever to finally get your iPortal Wand made. Or you could go to the next town over and hope to hell the witch over there made a few extras when she made her own. Once made or acquired, you iPortal wand would allow you to open portals to sneak peaks at eligible bachelor warlocks and wizards. Medieval & Fantasy Grid Crier is an inworld group that top Medieval and Fantasy Designers can send out notices in.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - IPortal - 1


Sanura Snowpaw made a heartfelt plea for help yesterday, one that was difficult for her to do because most of the time, she is the one answering the pleas of others. It is always hard for the givers to ask for help. But she is not asking for herself, not really, she is asking for her dog Kassie who needs an expensive surgery. Of course, she is doing her part, too, putting everything in her store Somnia on sale at half price in hopes that folks who like her clothes will come and stock up, taking home twice as much and injecting some much-needed lindens to help take care of her dog. Since she always sells her items with a texture change hud with 8 colors, that is 90 lindens for 8 colors of this sweater and 90 lindens for 8 colors of this skirt. Seriously, even if you do not care about the dog, you should spend, spend, spend just to stock up at half off on wardrobe basics. Since she makes appliers, you can also get all your layering basics too.

If you do not know Sanura’s name from her store Somnia, you may have her name thanks to her organizing the Pacific Crisis fundraiser after the earthquake in Japan, Project Fur Japan to support animal rescue after the quake and Wear Gray, the fundraiser for brain cancer research.… Read the restit can restrain the heartless

A Touch of Cute

So what happens when you mix up a demon and a lolita styled goth dress?
I wouldn’t call myself a traditionally cute avatar. I am forever in the realm of odd and sometimes scary. When not designing, or blogging, I am most often a demon of some sort. But can a demon be cute? Of course! It is all in the eyes of puppeteer, how we perceive our digital flesh. I fell in love with this dress from Adoness. It isn’t something I would normally wear, not for lack of liking the style, but I have entrenched my self so far into a set fashion style, that I feel sometimes it limits what I can make work.  Looking on my flickr, you really wouldn’t think this, as I am all over the place, when blogging. I am not talking about blogging me, but my everyday me, that I go out and explore second life with. Everyday me isn’t seen often. I don’t have a lot of time in the month, to venture off my designing platform, and just enjoy what my peers have created. I found it a challenge, to try to make this dress work.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - A Touch of Cute - 1

Good News

I was very happy to read an update from Ziki Questi with the good news that Kylie Jaxxon is alive and as well as can be expected when living with leukemia. She is getting back on her feet and is deeply appreciative of all the community has done to keep her sim going during her absence. The fundraiser will continue as it is to raise funds for The American Cancer Society. Please read the update yourself for the good news. I do not know Kylie Jaxxson, but I love her sim. From it, I imagine her as someone who finds beauty in simplicity, in the raw and unadorned flotsam of life. I imagine a kind of serenity coupled with an ease with herself, that feeling comfortable in your own skin acceptance that is so rare. I could be wildly off the mark, but I don’t think so. I think we reveal ourselves when we create and landscaping is one of the most elemental forms of creation. There is something so relaxed and comforting in the simple tableaus at The Trace Too that I feel they must be drawn from the designer’s inner self.… Read the restSnapshot_001

hallucinatory heat

  So it is hot again. One of the joys of living in the Pacific Northwest is avoiding blistering heat, but thanks to global climate change, I am afraid that may become a thing of the past. However, I suppose I should keep it in perspective. It is far hotter elsewhere. Most of the time, when you read about someplace deathly hot with temperatures in excess of 120° Fahrenheit, you can also add “but at least it is dry heat” which might be small comfort at that temperature, but it still makes a difference. This was made very clear when I read a news article that left me reeling and think I should be grateful. There is a city in Iran, on the Persian Gulf, that reached a Heat Index of 165° degrees – that is heat of 115° and a dew point of 90. Heat and humidity, that is just not fair. Now my response to heat is to dress lightly, so imagine that heat in a burqa. It makes me very grateful for my much lower intensity heat discomfort.    Of course, in Second Life, the temperature is an always perfect 72° with freshening breezes that are calibrated to never muss your hair.… Read the rest150801_006

Well, that was easy!

Damselfly Marnie hair and Azuchi Suma dress If you have been following this blog lately, you know that Hair Fair happened and while it was happening, I have been publishing interviews with Hair Fair designers. I got a notecard back from one on Sunday. It was from Shyla Honey of Damselfly and began with an apology because she had been out of town for two weeks and wanted me to know she had not been ignoring my notecard queries. I didn’t read the rest because I was in a bit of hurry. I popped over to Hair Fair to buy the two of her Hair Fair releases I had not already purchased and pick up the gifts and shot my pictures of all her hairs. Then I opened the notecard back up and realized that the note was all she sent, reasonably assuming since Hair Fair was ending, I would not continue the interviews. Oh well, at least I have all the pictures. I decided to wear this dress from Azuchi because it has that  huge ruffle across the bodice that normally conflicts with hair and Damselfly hair is often long and curly and exactly the sort of hair likely to cause problems with a bodice ruffle.… Read the restDamselfly Marnie_001

Hair Fair Designers — MissAllSunday Lemon

I have been wearing Wasabi Pills since 2008, though the first year I was wearing Wasabi Pills skin and then later, when she began wearing hair, I started wearing her hair, too. Between Gidge and me, there are nearly 200 posts with Wasabi Pills hair. I do not know if I was one of the first to blog her items, but I do remember that when I first blogged her skin, she sent me a warm and friendly note. I also remember how when mesh hit the grid, she hit the ground running as if all that time before mesh was just preparation for mesh when she really got into creating a new level. Wasabi Pills Saffron Wasabi Pills Saffron It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? MissAllSunday Lemon: Well, I honestly wouldn’t know which was the craziest thing we (me and Rouge Darcy, my partner in Wasabi Pills) did, but at the beginning we had a lot of fun going around with the strangest clothes and gadgets, talking to new people and taking pics.… Read the restWasabi Pills Saffron_001

Hair Fair Designers — Alice Demonia

I wore my first Alice Project hair three years ago this month. Alice Project holds a special place in my heart for scaring me the first time I put on an all white hair that I applied a texture to. I am certain there was an involuntary squeak or two before I realized I had not broken it and just had to add the hud and click. We are friends on Plurk and I don’t think I will be telling any deep, dark secrets if I tell you she has a wicked, sardonic sense of humor. And as you can see from her favorite photo, “Nobody parties like Alice Demonia.” Hair Fair may be closed, but you will be able to find these styles in the stores. I have some remaining profiles to do, so on we go. Nobody Parties Like Alice Demonia by Vanity Mirror – 2013 Alice Project Strawberry It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Alice Demonia: My Second Life has been pretty boring, I think, hahah.… Read the restAlice Demonia by Vanity Mirror 2013

Repairing the World

  There is a concept in Judaism called “Tikkun Olam” which roughy translates to repairing the world. As with any religious concept, there is debate about what that means: does it urge people to because engaged in social justice activism to make the world more just or does it mean making the divinity of god manifest? I am not Jewish so the finer theological argument is not for me to engage, I can simply admire the confident power of that injunction. There is an assumption there that we all have agency, that we can do our part, and that power to repair the world is in our hands. However, since we are not magical creatures, we probably need to start small, with ourselves and our relation to the world, finding avenues to being people together, to create the Beloved Community, another religious concept, this time from Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is a community formed by and of agape or brotherly love, the selfless love of others that seeks justice and dignity for all.… Read the restBandana Day 2015_001

Bandana Day 2015… The End Is Here

It’s Bandana Day, the day we take off our hair just for a day, to show respect for those who have to do without. We have the luxury in SL to be anything, do anything, wear anything. In our real lives we’re constrained by biology in ways many people never talk about. Illness, disability, these things impact our real lives but in SL people can get away from them, ignore them and be free from the constraints that reality places upon us. But for one day we take off our hair to remember that beauty isn’t about hair, it isn’t about a thing you can see. Beauty is about who you are inside. Hair is the ribbon on the package. It’s what inside the package that matters. Hair Fair 2015 wraps up today. It’s your last chance to contribute to this amazing event by shopping at the wonderful shops that are participating. I hope you make it over if you haven’t yet. I hope to see more of you without your hair today. I’m so proud of everyone I’ve seen on the feeds already.… Read the rest

Hair Fair Designers — Helena Stringer

Our Lady of the Bugs was the first hairdo I purchased from The Stringer Mausoleum, long ago for Halloween 2008. Her work is instantly recognizable because it is wild and exuberantly creative, full of wit and a dollop of kookiness. It entertains as well as adorns. Helena Stringer – Pixel Mythos – Bats by Moonlight By Helena Stringer – 2015 The String Mausoleum Kitchen Magnet, Luxuria GigaWatt Bodysuit, Sn@tch Latex Gloves, Glamistry Echium Heels It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life®? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Helena Stringer: The Craziest Thing I have ever done in SL® would probably be taking the reigns of Media Manager for a rather large event, 2 weeks before it was to open. I learned a lot, and was rather successful at it. There was over 200 designers in that event, and I managed to get each of them covered at least 2 times, by a team of 60 bloggers.… Read the restHelena Stringer - Pixel Mythos - Bats by Moonlight - 1

She Stood In the Storm

For some reason, this feels cancer’s year. It has been wreaking havoc with too many lives. It will be a year in August since my sister’s diagnosis and double mastectomy and she is still not cleared to go back to work. Chemo laid waste to her immune system leaving her vulnerable to multiple bouts of pneumonia and a baker’s dozen of random diseases that I have never heard of – one so rare that it had never been seen in that hospital before. Then, just to make things interesting, they found three brain tumors during a scan. In the end, though, she has survived and hopes to be back to work soon. My niece is struggling with her own cancer battle, driving 330 miles to the Mayo Clinic and back again once a week. There are closer clinics, but she has always been an adventurous sort and  managed to acquire a rare and orphan form of cancer that can only be treated there. We had a scare with my one year old great nephew, but thankfully the tests came back negative a few days ago, but it has been a tense two weeks while we waited for results.… Read the restAzul for Lexi Project

Hair Fair Designers — Alice Klinger

Alice Klinger self-portrait – 2013 wearing A&A Elven Hunter Hair in Dark Brown.   My first hair from Alli & Ali was in 2009, when the Darla hair took the fashionista world by storm. I think everyone I know bought that hair. Since then, the brand has maintained its reputation for wild, exuberant hair that suits the bold, the outrageous and the wildest among us.       Alli&Ali Designs Dragon It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Alice Klinger: Probably being in SL as much as I am is the real crazy thing. I used to be there 20 hours every day when I started getting creative here, with only small coffee breaks, but recently learned to enjoy the real sun and my real garden again so, I have cut down on those all-nighters a bit. Alli&Ali Designs Margery and ghee unbroken line minidress IOF: What drew you to designing hair?… Read the restpetitealice

Seraseeya, Watcher of the River of Souls

Seraseeya was an unusual creature. With a foot in both worlds, she was neither human, nor fully a beast. Her mother was a harpy who had the unfortunate accident of picking a human male as a mate. We wont go into details, but the result was Seraseeya, and her 3 other sisters. Things were not too bad to start. The Harpy Broodmothers could tell there was something a bit different about them, they had funny feet and they lacked claws on their hands. There was not a feather on their head, nor much hair to speak of.  They let them be, thinking they would grow into their features. As the years passed, it became apparent that there was indeed something wrong, they looked more human, than harpy. This would not do. More story and credits below the cut. Late one night, a group of Broodmothers crept up on Seraseeya’s family nest. Before her mother could so much as shriek, 2 of Seraseeya’s siblings were murdered. Seraseeya, who just happened to be the strongest of the brood, took her remaining sister, and fled, fumbling in the sky, with the extra load of her whimpering sister.… Read the restHelena Stringer - IOF - Seraseeya - 1

Hair Fair Designers — Mirja Mills

I discovered EMO-tions in April 2010 thanks to a blog post by Sugar Planer. I became a fan of her romantic and wild styles. There is something so undisciplined about Mirja Mills hair. It wants to move and be free. Even with the arrival of mesh, her hair has the feeling of movement and freedom. Mirja Mills Self Portrait – 2014 EMO-tions Stephanie It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Mirja Mills: Craziest , most exciting and silliest in all was the first year .. when I was sooo addicted that logging out meant pain The best feeling was to realize that there were people who liked what I create. And awesome always was and is to make wonderful friends in a virtual world. EMO-tions Stephanie IOF: What drew you to designing hair? When did you start? What are some of the changes that were most significant for you?Read the restMirja Mills Self Portrait - 2014

Hair Fair Designers — Emerrem and Bertha Weiss

  Emerrem and Berthaweiss are two sisters whose bonds in their real life just make their Second Live richer. Their store, .EMBW. was new to me at this year’s Hair Fair and I was excited to see their creations, particularly since I am always complaining there is not enough short hair.

EMBW Psi It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Emerrem and Bertha Weiss: WE LOVE DOING SILLY THINGS! We also photograph every silly moment. Like one time I wanted to see the creator of the little fairies, I tried to select “Edit” but my mouse went wrong to “Sit here,” the next moment I sit on that little fairy’s head with a silly sitting pose, and she carried me up and up and then stuck into the wall. xD EMBW Erulasse includes a hud to change the band on the braid. IOF: What drew you to designing hair?Read the restWith lovely friends ^-^

Hair Fair Designers — Annette Voight

I found Decoy first through my love of shoes seven years ago – not just seven years ago, but seven years ago this month. That means Annette Voight has been around creating through all the changes in design technology, learning new skills and adapting to the trends and revolutions of Second Life with élan. She started making hair just five years ago, but from the outset, her textures were great (redheads have to be picky) and her style casual, but always elegant. Decoy Jen It’s Only Fashion: What’s the craziest thing you ever did in Second Life? Most exciting? Silliest? Is there a story you can share that captures your Second Life experience? Annette Voight: The most exciting experience for me was exploring Numbakulla, this awesome puzzle adventure sim that I stumbled upon around 2007/2008 when I was still pretty new to SL. I was bored of only hanging out at typical places like beaches and clubs, so this was one of the best hidden treasures for me.… Read the restFound