~Together for Sway~

A fellow Sler, plurkie friend, and designer I love has had some disheartening news delivered to her. Doctors have found a brain tumor and she needs to have it removed. This friends name is Sway Dench and you may know her from her stores on SwayLand featuring her home products, animations, cookie bears and her quirky clothing.  Like many people I know in SL, SL is her only form of income and with Sway’s upcoming surgery she will have to be offline for quit awhile while she recovers from her massive surgery. This is where you and I can step in and help Sway through this very significant and life changing event. Valena Vacano has graciously created a charitable event that will help Sway raise some much needed funds to help her to stay “a float” while she is in recovery and unable to create new items.  The event is called Together for Sway and will run from December 15th- December 31st, I will update this post with location information once that becomes available or you can check in with the Together for Sway blog.  The charitable event will include different designers selling products, there will be an auction, and different music events with 100% of all monies raised going directly to Sway.

Here is a message that Sway sent out :

Today I have another kind of news. It concerns me on a personal level and will influence not only my RL but also my SL.

Some of you are already in the loop and I want to thank you guys for being there for me.
Not only have you been listening to me, giving me strength thereby and encouraging me, you also have thought of something exceptional.

Since I can’t contact everybody personally but I think that you should know whats going on I’ve chosen this way to tell you.

Some weeks ago I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. With a high probability the tumor is benign. Presumably the surgery will take place on January 28th 2013. Until then I’m gonna try to be online as often as possible but unfortunately I won’t be able to work as much as I used to.

After the surgery I’m gonna need some time to recover so I will not be able to work for a few month.
I was discussing the fear of loosing my Sim and Shop with some Friends on Plurk and they surprised me with an incredible plan.
To save SwayLand and Sway’s and to help me through this challenging time they have created TFS.
( http://togetherforsway.wordpress.com )

I am overwhelmed and practically speechless about the level of support I have experienced so far.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

♥ Sway

Valena Vacano is looking for people who want to sell items and give 100% of proceeds to Sway, or for bloggers to blog the event, if you want to help out please contact her. If you are not a creator but want to help out we encourage you to visit SwayLand and purchase some of Sway’s cute products or visit the event once it has opened and pick up some items!

We love you Sway and we wish you a speedy recovery.

Together for Sway

Second Spaces & Relay for Life

This morning I started to contemplate what my next blog post would be about and I decided, I wanted to highlight another creator that I really enjoy. As I started to think about specifically which piece to choose to do, I remembered I had read somewhere that Elle Kirshner was participating in some sort of fund raising event & had out special pieces for that. So since I was at work and not suppose to log into SL (even though I did later on) I sent the creator a private plurk (pp) to ask for the details about what she was helping raise funds for. The answer was she was participating in the Relay for Life 2010 Hunt for the Cure! Due to my own RL encounters with cancers among my family & friends I knew I had to blog (& buy) her special items (even though I probably would have bought them anyways).

Thusly (is that really even a word?) I logged into SL, yes at work but at least from my own lappy, and tped directly to Second Spaces too scoop up the goodies! There are four items that Elle is offering for a donation to RFL. The lowest amount that you can give is $10L an item so that is a real steal for a great piece of furniture. The four pieces are re-colors of some of her normal line, and are only available for a limited time (July 4).

Now on to the reviews.

The first item is the Camille Window Seat in purple. I do have to confess I have owned the green version of this window seat for awhile now and I simply adore it. The window seat comes with all of the accessories that you see in the pictures below, right down to the cute bunny pillow. I love all the detailing in this piece, including the shadowing on every accessory, the molding work on the front to appear like cupboards and the little extra scroll at the top of the seat section. This piece is modifiable and the accessories are not attached (so make sure you are in build mode when you rez it to avoid having to move each accessory separately). Thus allowing you to move the accessories around to which ever shelf you want or to take them away and replace them with your own.

Break down:

Poses: 1 but it is animated so you are moving about while sitting there

Color/Fabric: RFL Special Edition Purple, She also offers a green or white version

The Second item is a purple Vanity which again includes all the accessories that you see below. I must confess I’ve never been that big on vanity tables & such in RL or SL but I think that the “personal” accessories really make this a cute little vanity set. Again each little piece in this set is maticulously done with not a little detail over looked down too the photos on the mirror.

Break down:

Poses: 1 but it is animated so you are moving about while sitting there

Color/Fabric: RFL Special Edition Purple, She also offers a green or blue version

The last two remaining items are essential the same item just different colors, the purple & the pink versions of the Stillwell Storage Locker. On these two items I took advantage of the fact that they are modifiable and I played around with the full bright feature on each one of them (you can see examples of both ways below). Again Elle has put a lot of time & effort into these pieces to make them quirky with the different doors being open to different degrees. I’m hoping to place one in my kitchen and put items into each open door, even the one that is open just slightly to give a little surprise to anyone snooping about 🙂 . Also just as in the other pieces the plant comes with the storage locker.

Break down:

Poses: sorry there are none but if you want to try to get your self in one of the cubbys let me know so I can come over to take pictures!! 😉

Color/Fabric: RFL Special Edition Purple, She also offers a gay or light blue version

Conclusion:

I really do like all of these pieces with all that they have to offer from detailing to accessories. Also remember that they are a bargain price (10L a piece) for these limited edition colors only available till July 4th and all the proceds go to help fight cancer.

Location Information:

The pieces can be found at Second Spaces’ Main Location. You can also find a link to the stores blog in my blogroll section!

My first real post!!

As I was sitting at the dinner table with my family I got an email notice from SL saying that I won this weeks profile raffle at Cheeky Pea (CP) *score*. So I rushed through cleaning up from dinner and made my way into SL to discover what I had won. I was delighted to find out that it was the winners choice week *happy dance* Although I was really happy about being able to pick something out that I do not have (since I think I own almost all of Cheeky Pea’s creations in some form or another) it created a dilemma of what to get. I’ve been eying a couple of items so after some debating and opinion gathering I decided to get the Just Relax Bench and I sent a note card to Isla (the owner of CP) to let her know what I had chosen.

Okay and now on to the nitty gritty & my review of the piece.

I really do love this cute little bench (which honestly reminds me a lot of a day bed more than a “bench”). Like most items from CP it has a touch driven menu system allowing you to change colors/fabrics/textures of the item as well as choose different poses. It has really great textures and color combos that you can choose from. I love the fact that is has shadowing (I think this makes a big difference in the quality of the piece) Although I love this piece to bits I did find one small flaw that could urk someone who looks closely at it. The back corners on the long side towards the wall are rounded differently then the ones on the front side edge. I’m not sure if that is meant to be like that or not, but it’s the only little quirk I found in the whole bench, otherwise it’s a great piece!


Here is the break down of this piece:

Poses: 13

Color/Fabric: 6 combos to choose from

Location Information:

This piece can be found at Cheeky Pea’s Main Location You also can find her blog information at the left in my blogroll