Saturday, November 30, 2013

Calas Galadhon's Hauntingly Beautiful Take on Christmas This Year: "One Christmas Night"

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Calas Galadhon's hauntingly beautiful take on Christmas this year. "One Christmas Night"
Truck and Ty did it again. I didn't think it possible for them to top their Calas Galahdon sims but they have added "One Christmas Night" and just WOW!  These guys are amazing.  This is a must see sim.

Silvermyst by Kara Trapdoor

Turn your lights to the suggested sim windlights in the note where you land (or default/midnight) for a very cozy night experience or pop the lights up a little to be able to see further like I did for a few photos that were a bit lighter.  The feeling intended is a quiet winter night.  It all starts with a smooth sleigh ride (one for up to 4 friends or another for couples) that provides  a very scenic tour of the sim.  It's long enough to thoroughly enjoy the ride and see all and if on the couples ride have a very romantic time.  It lands you at a nice skating area near their gorgeous building that houses a large dance area, a cozy fireplace seating area (that has some nice free things if you click around), a huge huge tree with presents underneath, and the piano area for their events.  Explore around and you will find cute animals roaming around, and a reindeer flying tour for singles or couples.  There are also some very nice areas to sit or cuddle and intans all around that sort of look like sun dials.  The sim recently opened to group members and today 11-30-13 to the public.  Check it out for a super nice time.

Untitled by Kara Trapdoor
Enigmatic Deir and I enjoyed both the reindeer tour ride as well as the beautiful sleigh ride followed by some dancing then exploring the skating area, the beautiful ballroom and events building and all the cute little areas around the sim.

Untitled by Kara Trapdoor

Enigmatic and I Enjoying Silvermyst by Kara Trapdoor
One Christas Night at Silvermyst by Kara 2

(And below I snapped a shot of Truck and Ty enjoying the sim themselves!)
Truck and Ty at One Christmas Night by Kara 2

Friday, November 29, 2013

Patron, A Magical SL Shopping Experience Now for a Great Cause

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patron_002 by Kara 2

Each Christmas I blog Elia Wierwight's Patron, a home decor and art area that is absolutely magical.   Last year I went on and on about her Christmas trees and special garlands and beautiful free wreaths among other things.  She has beautiful items for year round decorating, but I especially get excited over her Christmas items.  This year she has all that, the outdoor gallery, plus so so much more that is just so perfect for decorating, but she taken on a cause this year.  So, I will focus on her cause this year while showing a few pics of her place so you can see just how special it all is.
patron_005 by Kara 2

Eliza was watching a documentary with her child and got inspired to help out a cause.  You can read it all in a touching note, "An Elephant's Tale",  she includes at her sim in the information givers associated with this fund raiser.  To make a long story short she designed special elephant Christmas topiary that can be purchased for one's self or gifted that gives 100% of the sale to "Save the Elephant Organisation/Foundation". 
Patron.jpg by Kara 2
★Buy one gift boxed "Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary." for yourself, buy lots and gift the ultimate legacy  to a friend, make a donation, bit by bit we can do this over the next month.
★ Tell your friends, spread the word.
★To sponsor an SEF Elephant costs USD$ 109.20.
★That's approximately L$27,000 per elephant.
★That's 54 donation/sales at L$499 each of the Save The Elephant at PATRON Holiday Topiary per elephant sponsorship.
★Now we multiply that by 35 Elephants which is the current sponsorship goal.
★We can do it !!!
★In fact I have already sponsored one elephants all by myself  (actually with my son because he'd be sad if he wasn't involved)
★Meet the rest of 'our' elephants and read about their journeys to Elephant Nature Park

patron_004 by Kara 2
elephants1 by Kara 2

(Here you can see a photo of the elephant Eliza and her son sponsored, if you read her full note you can see photos of some of the other elephants she has been charged with finding SL sponsorships via purchases of her topiary designed for this)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Scarborough Square Props, Poses, Furniture, A Club, and So Much More!

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Izzy_015 by Kara 2

My good friend Isabella Mavendorf, who I've always known was a talented builder and great maker of sets, poses, props, furniture, and choreographer of dances and shows that move the avatars around by themselves, has been much busier than I realized lately making a whole Scarborough Square filled with stores of her products. 

The whole place is great and especially appealing to my poser junkie side.  The town square is adorable and filled with a variety of products including those mentioned plus clothes and at the end is a nice club.  She also has a dinner theater for shows she develops and directs.  I think her poses and props rival some of the best in Second Life and although this area and many of her products are new, it should become a premier area for shoppers as Izzy has been skillfully making such products for years sharing them with friends and helping with events. 

Izzy collage.jpg by Kara 2

Izzy's unique pose props often have a great number of pose options and many add additional props for the poses that seem to magically appear when a pose is changed.  Some of them have multiple individual poses in various props within a set. I ran around her store taking pics in the sets for this blog as you can see.  Izzy has her own great hunt going on right now in the area, as well as participating in a variety of grid wide hunts with some fantastic prizes. She has many fun items for Christmas out right now too.  I also really enjoyed some of her box pose prop sets such as the My Calendar Girl months of the year sets that I took pics in and made a little collage of to show off here and also the 7 Deadly Sins multi-pose box set.  Be sure to check out this cool area!

Izzy collage 2.jpg by Kara 2

Izzy_006 by Kara 2

Izzy_014 by Kara 2

Izzy_016 by Kara 2

Izzy_019 by Kara 2

hunt i love italy by Kara 2
hunt artists loft by Kara 2
hunt italy by Kara 2hunt rock christmas by Kara 2

Happy Thanksgiving

Ten Historical Thanksgiving Facts


  1. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October in Canada.
  2. The Plymouth Pilgrims were the first to celebrate the Thanksgiving.
  3. They celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day in the fall of 1621.
  4. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.
  5. The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in the year 1621 and invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians also to the feast.
  6. The state of New York officially made Thanksgiving Day an annual custom in 1817.
  7. The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920's.
  8. Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the USA.
  9. By the fall of 1621 only half of the Pilgrims, who had sailed on the Mayflower, survived. The survivors, thankful to be alive, decided to hold a thanksgiving feast
  10. Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the USA.
                                      YOU MIGHT BE A REDNECK IF:
                               You've ever had Thanksgiving dinner on a Ping-Pong table.
                                Thanksgiving dinner is squirrel and dumplings.
                               You've ever re-used a paper plate.
                               If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whip on the side. 
                               If you've ever used your ironing board as a buffet table.
                               On Thanksgiving Day you have to decide which pet to eat.
                               Your turkey platter is an old hub cap.
                               Your best dishes have Dixie printed on  them.
                               Your stuffing's secret ingredient comes from the bait shop.
                               Your only condiment on the dining room table is ketchup.
                               Side dishes include beef jerky and Moon Pies.
                               You have to go outside to get something out of the 'fridge.
                               The directions to your house include "turn off the paved road".
                               You consider pork and beans to be a gourmet food.
                               You have an Elvis Jell-o mold.
                               Your secret family recipe is illegal.
                               You serve Vienna Sausage as an appetizer. - See more at:

(sooooo ewwww to the stuffing secret ingredient..bleh)

And finally a little Second Life Turkey Tail: (Don't forget there are tons of SL fun clothes, novelties, foods, decorations etc on the SL Marketplace and inworld if you look)
thanksgivingSL_001 by Kara 2

 Have a happy Thanksgiving, don't eat too much, and remember to be thankful for what you have and show appreciation to those who have helped you!  I am thankful for the friendship and support my SL friends.  Thanks!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Geeks "n" Nerds Nov. 24 Through Dec. 8 and Strawberry's Monday Meme

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Strawberry Sign's Monday Meme has to do to with the Geeks 'n' Nerds event in SL.  See it here:  I was going to blog this event anyway, so this meme makes the blogging just a little more fun! 

I checked out the event. Their web site says: "About Geeks'n'Nerds 
Now, what is the Geeks ‘n’ Nerds Fair? It’s an event that will be hosted by Wimey for amazing stores to showcase all things geeky, nerdy, and over all amazing that in all honesty, even though there’s a high demand for it in Second Life, There’s just not enough to meet this ever growing popular theme.

Each store will create at least one new item to fit the over all theme of the fair. It can be anything from sciences, literature, popular TV shows, fandoms, whatever you think that best represents the spirit of this wonderful theme."
Geeks by Kara Trapdoor
(I posted this pic on my working Flickr and friend Zach Larsen commented " Version 1.0 of spelling, too : )"  OMG I'm sooo laughing. I had not even noticed that .. even better hehe)
The event is a lot of fun.  I picked up this picture in a gotcha (above).  There are plenty of things you can poses on and buy. There are clothes and novelties and some fun retro stuff too.  Check it out for a little SL fun and some good geeky buys.
Geeks by Kara Trapdoor
(Ok, the cords totally kill me.  I bought them.  I could not resist.  So so many freaking cords associated with all the equipment these days.  That alone drives me nuts keeping them straight and organized enough to deal with them if I have to. LOL the CORDS- got them to hook up to my SL Christmas tree and decorations and maybe the TV and stereo and stuff)
Geeks by Kara Trapdoor

Now for Strawberry's Meme challenge:
So here are the definitions and meme instructions:
  • Geek (n.)- Someone who is smart, enjoys video games, comic books, being on the internet, etc… and usually has a passion or hobby that they obsess over.
  • Nerd (n.)- A socially awkward person with a very high IQ. They gain pleasure from amassing large quantities of knowledge about subjects often too detailed or complicated for most other people.
  • Dork (n.)- Someone who is a bit socially awkward, has odd interests and is often clumsy. Dorks are typically more noted for their quirky personality.
Meme Instructions: Create an image depicting what you consider to be geeky/nerdy/dorky and/or answer the following questions! Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments and if you do a picture for this meme, feel free to share it in the blog memes flickr group.
  1. What do you consider yourself to be? Geek? Nerd? Dork? None of the above? All of the above?
I actually don't think I fit into any of those categories-or maybe I'm a tiny bit of each.  I've always been fairly socially adept but tend to have some very dorky traits for the sake of my own amusement such as being/doing quirky things and I guess I can be a little clumsy out of haste or inattention/distraction usually in SL and sometimes RL actually.  Perhaps in SL that is in part due to NOT being very techy or geeky.  I've always been fairly athletic but that doesn't stop me from falling up or down any stairs on occasion because I'm not watching what I'm doing.. that goes for SL as well.  I've always enjoyed comic books, not much of a gamer other than SL, but did used to enjoy arcade games in moderation, not smart/but like to hang with the brainiacs, and too much trivia  can bug me as I do need my brain space for things that are important to me, the rest slides out easily, but then I do love a little. In high school I hung with the "in" group and also the geeks and brainiacs.  The groups didn't always get along, but I enjoyed all.

     2. What was the first computer you ever owned?
I think some HP desktop.  I also played a little on my brother's Commodore 64 but that as sort of boring then.  I recall the old coding days, that really ruined things for me for years until they figured out hardly anyone needs to know how to code.  Let those people do it and I will enjoy.  My brother does that. bleh

     3. When and how did you first get on the Internet?
AOL e-mail.  I don't know what year that was but I sort of resented feeling obligated to get in and get my messages.  I was very real life.  I never got too into the Internet, face book, etc., until I found SL.  Now I love to browse the Internet, YouTube etc., but SL has me hooked.

     4. Which geek fandom do you subscribe to? I guess none except SL.

    5.  Star Trek or Star Wars? Both!  I can't pick on that really. I loved both but don't really consider myself one of "those people" who go all out, remember all episodes, dress up for theater premiers etc.

    6.  How Geeky Are You?
My score was a 44%.  Ok, that's weird, as its higher than Strawberry's.  I'm really not that geeky or techie or whatever. Not at all.  This thing says about me: "You’re just “meh” with technology. One minute smugly downloading a cool new smart phone app to show off, the next staring in despair at the Microsoft Word help system to write a simple letter"  Well that was fun, maybe I am a little geeky after all. : ) I'm quite sure a couple of my SL friends are shaking their heads if they are reading this, knowing just how NOT geeky I am with the computer since I'm always lost and asking for computer help.

Geeks by Kara Trapdoor

Geeks by Kara Trapdoor

Geeks by Kara Trapdoor

                   (Just a few more pics from the Geeks 'n' Nerds event.. check it out.. lots of fun.)

Geeks by Kara Trapdoor

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Shoetopia through Nov 30th

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Official blog for the event here:

"SHOETOPIA 2013, The long awaited return of the 'Premiere shoe event' in Second Life will run from  Friday, November 15th, 2013 to  November 30th, 2013. Event proceeds to benefit Soles4Souls."
Shoetopia by Kara 2
Shoetopia by Kara 2

Shoetopia by Kara 2

The Well, an Interactive Game

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I saw a few things on the SL feed from Loki about "The Well" at his Escapades sim (which is a great sim in and of itself), so I went over for a look some time ago and took some pics along my journey. Initially a person pays $100L to get a hud and enter "The Well".  The starting point states: "The Well, Sollicitus, a year after the rescue team disappeared searching for a missing boy, now a team of scientists investigate what is down the well..."  The Well is a interactive game/explore that starts at the top of a well and in helping a little boy defeat his monsters leads a player through a series of maze-like tunnels answering questions along the way and avoiding zombies and monsters to successfully make it through and win some cool prizes.  Or you could get sent back to the start a few times like I did when I didn't choose wisely.  I don't want to give it all away, but I took a few pics so you can see some of the things I ran into along the way.
The Well by Kara 2
(The starting point where you enter "The Well"

The Well by Kara 2
(See? I made it through!) 

The well by Kara 2

The Well by Kara 2
The Well by Kara 2 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Fall in Love Event Nov. 23-30

Finesmith - Love Fall Poster by Kara 2

Finesmith - Love Fall Poster, a photo by Kara 2 on Flickr.
(Note: I didn't make this picture.  This is their ad poster.)

Nov. 23-30    Visit here:

The press release states:
Hosted by Winter Zhukovsky
*Come see all the exclusive designs from 35 incredible designers at the Fall In Love event. Keep your eye out for 5 hidden Finesmith items for only 10L around the park!
*You are also invited to a wonderful fashion show on November 26th at 4 PM SLT.
We look forward to seeing you there!

DESIGNER LIST:Ali Adorn - Alodie Arun, Amici Poses - Cara Vespucciano. Blacklace Lingerie - Mariska Simons. Blush Skins - Marie Whitfield. {{BSD Design Studio}} - BabyChampagne Sass., Castiel - Nxraven, CCC - Adriel Huntress & Redtess69, Celestinas Wedding - Sofia Corleone, Elysium - Aleida.Rhode, Essenz – Senzati0n Domenitzo, Fellini Couture - Joy Fellini, Féndty - Roxy Olsonne, F I N E S M I T H  - Yula Finesmith, ~ghee~ -  Warm Clarity, INNUENDO Italian Style - Ciccia Bergamasco, JOLI - Aisling Caiben, Legal Insanity – Datrip Blackbart, Leri Miles Designs - Leri Miles, Liv Glam - SamanthaSJones, Liv-Glam K Collection - Kim Lysette, Loordes of London - Coleen.Macarthur, {MUA} - Shanty Bookmite
[[ Masoom ]] - AmberChaudry.Corpur, PAISLEY DAISY- Joeylin Resident, *PosESioN* - Dahriel Resident, Purple Moon Decorations - Lua Vendetta, Sachas's Designs - Sascha Frangilli, sharp by [ZD] - Cecilia Blachere, shine by [ZD] - Cecilia Blachere, Silken Moon - Malicia Python, Snowpaws - Carrie Snowpaw, *SoliDea FoliEs*  – Mila Tatham, Terra d'ombrA - Maizon Rayna, [W H I T E - W I D O W] - Julie Hastings, Y o K a n a - YokianaSL"

Monday, November 18, 2013

Show Your Joe - Kmart Christmas Commercial TV AD [men in boxers Kmart Co...

I know~sigh~this is not about SL.  But I couldn't resist.  'Tis the season.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Lovecraft Festival

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Hurry on over to the HP Lovecraft Lovefest which ends later this evening.  This is a fun event filled with cool products, tons of tentacles, sites, events, and all for a good cause, autism awareness via Autcom.  Don't miss out on the closing ceremonies at 7pm SLT in the Festival Big Top! Here are a few extra tips, be sure to go onto the ship at the far edge of the sim and click on things, as you can find a secret place deep in the water.  There is also an associated "Rats in the Walls" build too.  This is more than just an interesting shopping benefit event, it's a great explore too.  There is also a lot of information about autism and Autcom, signs, info., and links to cool stores, and some great H.P. Lovecraft role play groups and associated sim info.
Lovecraft by Kara 2
                (Event organizer, Arik Metzger, watches over the sim)
Lovecraft by Kara 2
lovecraft_004 by Kara 2
Lovecraft by Kara 2
Lovecraft by Kara 2 
                                                            (pic from the Freaks show)

Lovecraft by Kara 2

lovecraft_026 by Kara 2

Lovecraft by Kara 2

(something to find deep in the ocean)

Lovecraft by Kara 2
Lovecraft by Kara 2

Lovecraftrats.jpg by Kara 2