Category Archives: Home & Decor

RMK Bunny Hunt Prize Guide

alice-in-rmk_posterThis is the last weekend for the RMK Bunny Hunt! The sim is a gorgeously built wonderland. The game play is fun and innovative. The fantastic prizes are FREE. The creators put a lot of thought into fun details, like entrance of the sim where you crawl through a door and fall past floating teacups to land in wonderland. I had a really good time and was able to collect to all 25 available prizes. It’s not too late to grab these fantastic prizes too.

Check out the Bunny Hunt Blog for directions in several languages. After you land in wonderland, find a prim bunny and follow it. When it randomly drops a ticket, buy it for $0 and take it. Wear the ticket and TP to the participating store (listed here) to collect your prize. You can also trade tickets on the sim in the Ticket Trading Area or in the RMK group via group chat.

Here’s my completed prize gallery to help with hunting and trading. I’ll be giving out my extra tickets this weekend, and I think many others will be doing so as well.

Further coverage: Duh Store, Tickle Me Tummy, Neo, Tarnished Bluebird, Fab Free, Devin Vaughn, Free Style, Ami Tamura, Suvi Breil, Emirun. Thanks to the Bunny Hunt staff and the stores for a creative and thoughtful hunt.

Splurge, Spend & Save: Room Dividers

Splurge, Spend, and Save is a series where I show three options for a particular item:  an expensive but high quality option, a mid-ranged balanced option, and a free or almost free option. Today, we are looking at room dividers for your Second Life home, an extremely useful item for separating living areas.

Splurge

Empty In Between

Empty In Between

Floorplan, Empty In Between Room Divider, 3 LI, $150

With three built-in changeable textures, this divider translates easily into light, dark, and neutral decoring schemes. I really liked the cute chalkboard doodles. It also stands out because it folded into a zig zag shape, as opposed to a U-shape, which makes it easier to place – use it to divider an area equally, or section off a private corner. Taxi to Floorplan.

Alternative: Dutchie Indonesian Folding Screen, 1 LI, $198

Spend

Prouve Dressing Screen

Prouve Dressing Screen

POST Prouve Dressing Screen, 3 1LI, $50

A delightful Fifty Linden Friday find, this screen has 6 built-in textures available and nice peek-a-boo windows. You can change all screens, or alternate textures between the center and the wings. Neat! Unfortunately, the FLF special is over, but you never know what could turn up each Friday! Taxi to POST.

Alternative: BAZAR Arizona Privacy Screen, 1 LI, $50.

Save

Color Me

Nordari Color Me Room Divider, 10 LI, $0

What a fantastic gift to their customers. This freebie is a quality piece that can work well as a partition for a dressing area or a washing area. You can change both the wood frame and the fabric screens with several color options. The translucent options allow a little more creativity in decorating. The only price to be aid is the high prim count, at around 10-11 prims. If you can afford the land impact, go for it! To the marketplace.

Any there you have it. Three different choices, across various price ranges, for your room dividing needs. Until next time.

Splurge, Spend, & Save: Patio Furniture

Splurge, Spend, and Save is my new series where I show three options for a particular item:  an expensive but high quality option, a mid-ranged balanced option, and a free or almost free option. Today, we are looking at patio furniture for your Second Life home.

Splurge

LISP Bazaar

LISP Bazaar

LISP Bazaar, Serendipity Fire Set, Firepit 6LI, Chair 3LI each, $400

If you missed this at Collabor88 in January, fear not, this charming set is available at LISP’s main store now. It comes in fours choices of wood finishes. The design fits in well in various house styles, from a tropical shack to an urban balcony. The various perks you get for your dollars include various poses over the fire, a lid for the firepit, and props that rez from the chairs. Taxi to LISP Bazaar.

Spend

BAZAR

BAZAR

BAZAR Arizona Patio Set, Firepit 2LI, Chair 1LI each, $169

BAZAR makes amazingly detailed products while keeping the land impact extremely low. This set is perfect for home owners who are trying to save their prims without sacrificing quality.  Taxi to BAZAR.

Alternative: What Next’s Mallorica Chairs and Firepit, Firepit 2LI, Chairs 1-2LI each, $125. Special sale items for this week. This set is also my personal pick for my own house. I love how the chairs dispense props and the choice of two colors. Taxi to {what next}.

Save

Al'Ol

Al’Ol

Al’Ol Architecture Woven Chair Set, 14 prims, $0

The talented owner has generously put two free (or almost free) patio furniture sets on their marketplace, as a thank you to their customers. It comes with 5 sit poses and the fine texture work. It may be a little prim-y compared to mesh sets, but it’s a fantastic bargain when you consider that you’re getting this good-looking set for absolutely no cost. To the marketplace.

Alternative: Al’Ol Architecture Patio Set, 24 prims, $1

Any there you have it. Three different choices, across various price ranges, for your outdoor decor needs. Until next time.

Tips for Budgeting Second Life Fashion & Home

Because Second Life is a virtual world, it becomes easy for a casual player (one is not making his or her living off of Second Life business) to get caught up in retail therapy. I have wasted so much money on items that I didn’t use for very long. It’s easy to forget that Linden dollars ARE real dollars. Once I started organizing a virtual budget, my impulse purchases became investment purchases. Here are some First Life tips on budgeting that have been tweaked for Second Life.

Curb your SL indulgences with smart budgeting.

Curb your virtual indulgences with smart budgeting.

1. Treat your Addictions

I am addicted to skins. Rather try to eliminate this need cold turkey, I’m taming it. I subscribe to Skin brands that have a consistent history of giving gifts, like Izzie’s VIP group and WoW Skins VIP Group. I keep an eye on skin brands that frequently participate in events and sales, like Belleza Skins, which has Best Buys and Fifty Linden Friday promotions often. I give more leeway to my skin spending, in small doses, while cutting out clothing spending significantly to balance it out.

What ever your addiction is – shoes, hair, poses, furniture, etc – recognize it. Then, find a way to curb it with hunts, freebies, lucky boards, camping, groups, and sales. “Small doses” of your addiction work just as efficiently as large impulse buys, and they’re a lot better for your wallet.

2. Narrow Budgets by Category

When I bought my virtual home, I set a limit of $100 for individual furnishings, with three exceptions allowed for my most important pieces of furniture: a bed, a kitchen, and a work desk. In the end, I spent about $600 total for those important pieces and everything else in the house is  low cost or free. Using my Premium Account has also helped out with budgeting in that my stipend is disbursed weekly. This way, I don’t blow my self-imposed allowance all at the beginning of the month. If there’s a sale that comes up, and I’m out of the money for the week, I let that sale go.

If having an overall budget limit for Second Life isn’t working, break it down into categories. To get started, begin with the expenses that are easily foreseeable, like “$xx amount for pet care per month, $xx amount for rent per month,” and then divide out the rest for your shopping and entertainment needs. For even more control, break down each category even further by identifying your most important purchases you’d like to make in that category. It will put everything into perspective.

3. Make a Wishlist

I use the Second Life Marketplace’s My Favorites list to keep track of everything that catches my eye. I also keep a big folder of demos in-world. Then, I periodically go through my Favorites list and my Demos folder to remove ones that I no longer want. This narrows down my purchases to things that I could like for a while, and weeds out the ones that can’t hold my interest in the long run.

In first life, the longer you wait to see if you still love something (that new career change, that potential spouse, or that pretty new pair of shoes in the window after a long time has passed), it’s more likely that you won’t grow tired of it later on. The same applies to Second Life. Most to the things you’re thinking of buying will be there later on. The next time you want to buy something, write it down, bookmark, and put it away. You’ll be surprised at the frequency at which you cross off items.

I still have some definite problems with limited-time sales and other shopping events, but budgeting my Second Life has already led to less regret and more bang for my buck. It’s a good start.

Living in a Linden Home: The Quad

I am now the happy homeowner of a my first residence in Second Life! This has added a whole new, fun dimension to my game experience. Here’s a small tour of my humble abode so far:

The House

My atelier @

My unfinished atelier.

Surfboards: {what next} – Surfboard Decorative Props, 2LI, $0

Of the four theme areas, I chose Meadowbrook because of the large windows. I loathe the feeling of being confined, even in virtual space, so I need to see the outdoors. Of the models available, went with The Quad because I wanted a simple one story loft for my first home. Anyone is welcome to stop by my house.

Many people seem to be critical of Linden Homes, but they’re actually a good value. On the quarterly premium plan, I pay about $7.50 USD per month. After you calculate that out, and subtract the monthly stipend you get back, it comes out to L$163 per week for 117 prims, not including the house itself. Not bad at all. I’m going to stay at this house for a while, and then switch to try out different floorplan next month.

The Bedroom

See that pile of books? It doubles as a pose stand!

See that pile of books? It doubles as a pose stand!

Bed: Scarlet Creative – For Lyla Bed, 7LI, $50 (Sale)
Clothes Rack: BAZAR – Arizona Clothes Rack, 2LI, $69
Mirrors: Wayward Muse – Frosted Mirrors, 3LI, $20
Books: Floorplan. – Novels, 1LI, $1 each
Pose Stand: Conspiracy Theory – Catesby Pose Stand, 1LI, $0
Rug: Unknown – Soho Rug, 1LI, $0
Cat: Shop SEU – 1 Prim Anim Cat Orange Grooming, 1LI, $120
Wall Art: Croire – My Favorite Bands, 1LI, $0 (lucky board)

A bookcase that multitasks as a room divider. ♥

A bookcase that multitasks as a room divider. ♥

Bookshelf: Scarlet Creative – For Absencen Bookcase, 6LI, $100
Bench: Laize Days, Nautical Bench, 10LI, $0

The Creative Corner

The alternative to a study or office: an art corner.

The alternative to a study or office: an art corner.

Desk: Standby Inc/Collabor88 – Miyazaki Drafting Table, 6LI, $188
Lighting: BBQQ – Hikari Chandelier, 2LI, $0
Lounger: Trompe Loeil – Pallet Lounger, 4LI, $20
Wall Art: Whiskey Monday/Atelier Kreslo – You Belong in a Boat Out at Sea, 2LI, $0
Paint Supplies: End of Daze – EoD Cabinet, 5LI, $20
Rug: Nordari – Ruggies in Peach, 1LI, $0