The Home & Garden Expo 2013 is coming

Home& Garden Expo 2013 Logo

The 6th Annual Home & Garden Expo, a full week –and then some– event to benefit Relay for Life of Second Life, is about to begin. From this Friday, May 24th to Sunday, June 2nd 2013 (that’s about 9 days) it will showcase more than one hundred exhibitors that will bring exclusive items for homes, garden, landscaping and interior decoration. All money raised from the expo vendors will be donated directly to Relay for Life. There will be more than exhibitions, so for more information visit the official website for the Home & Garden Expo 2013.

Au coin de la rue

Lionheart Kiara is getting street names, and there’s already one labeled: Route 1, Atoll Coastal Road. This is the old pavement way that connects Kiara with adjacent Vitani and Kopa, to the east. Mine has no name yet, so I’m living au coin de la rue… The first one runs parallel to the north of Route 1 and ends at the sim’s emblematic Harry Potter-like Wizard’s Tower; the second one runs perpendicular to both and ends at the sim’s northern edge.

House in Kiara

The house is a modest structure that only has room for the basics. It’s the Little Getaway from Designer Prims. The only modifications I made were resizing and adding a second door to the back of the house, so I could access the backyard easily. Though it looks simple (and it is), it comes with several floor and wall texture options, door locks, and shutters that you can show or hide from view. I also added a car for the first time because I heard that LL worked on sim crossings recently, and that now it’s a little bit easier to travel from sim to sim without being sent to Mars on the try. I hope that’s true, and it seems so because I’ve seen several neighbors enjoying a ride lately.

{ Other items} Nature: 3D Trees: Banyan tree. Botanical: Mesh Mediterranean Cypress. Buddhabeats: Birch (2012). Frog’s Garden: Ivy. Heart’s Garden Center: Harmony grass (short). Organica: Bristlecone Pine (3). Yoneya: Poplar.  ||  Etc: Barnesworth Anubis: Garden fence (white). Haru Motors: HM VW BT M (Black). lame: Mia’s Pergola. PILOT: Larkin Set – Hanging Chair. we’re CLOSED: Awning white (painted red). Zacca: IshiDatami (Shadow).

Au coin de la rue 1Au coin de la rue 2

There’s not much about originality inside the house. I’ve used most of the items before –maybe with some rearrangement– except for Breno’s colorful Cardiff Petal chairs and Second Spaces‘ Eure Drafting Stool (in red) turned into a table, with Dutchie Glass vase with yellow flowers on top of it. Special mention goes to Trompe Loeil‘s Hanging Tri-Planter (yellow one, below), available at Collabor88 event. It looks nice with XED Designs Green phormium (significantly resized for a proportionate look), but I think any other hanging or small size plant will do; actually, adding any other items that may fit in will be more than ok, or even keeping the pots empty, as most people do.

Trompe Loiel hanging

{ Other items} Nature: Dutchie: Aloe vera. #NuLL: Koke bonsai. Tatty Soup: Tall lily vase (white). Xed Design: Potted dracaena (terracotta); Rubber plant (terracotta).  ||  Etc: Aria: Nina pendant light. [*Art Dummy!: For winter contemplation (silence in black); Idle (pompom flowers and vase). Bazar: Arizona – Black board. bitter vanilla:  Stepladder (red). Cheeky Pea: Hutton table (worn, resized and darkened; this item is from The Men’s Dept‘s May event). Culprit: Zen stone candles (from FaMESHed‘s first birthday event). floorplan: Pallet couch (burnt). lame, Kyle’s rug (Sunsplash). ililo (renamed +ilo+): Ind lamp (red). MMGraffiti’s: Wall decoration – Picture frames (blue). PILOT: Miller positive words A to C. POST: Afterburner occasional table (large). SFW Industries: Texture changing rug (Currents). Trompe Loeil: Bamboo ring lamp (from The Arcade gatcha Spring 2013 event); Pallet Lounger. what next: Flyaway wall art (dandelion, black). Zigana: Rug (Mahavra).

Au coin de la rue backyard

Hell, that was a lot of items! And I thought I had kept things homely. The backyard, fortunately, is definitely more simple. There’s only a couple of lame’s Angel’s Hanging Chairs (in white) “attached” to Botanical’s Wooden arbor with ivy. That’s the way they have them on display at the store, and I loved how they looked, so I’m just repeating the same concept at home. The wooden arbor were originally available at The Garden event, but now that it is over you can find them at Botanical inworld store, as well as in the marketplace.

Au coin de la rue pond

The parcel’s east side holds the main garden area. Again, it’s pretty simple: Studio Skye‘s Enchanted pond (available from the marketplace) surrounded by some vegetation. There’s also Cheeky Pea‘s Alice Pergola (another item from The Garden event).

Au coin de la rue side yard

{ Other items} Nature: 19 Motorcycle (EDO Japan): Willow tree. 3D Trees: Triple Beech. Botanical: Cattails; Pond style dragonflies. Culprit: Lotus plants. Garden World: Hosta Corfu Lily. Organica: Lotus leaves. Tiki Tattoo: Papaya tree.  ||  Etc: +ilo+: Garden set. Studio Skye: Wooden Bridge (old mossy).

Suddenly, I feel tired, lol. Furnishing a house isn’t easy for sure. Next time, I’ll rezz a canopy and a toilet, and that will be it. Or hire someone to do it for me, hehe.

Return of the dispossessed

In late January 2013, I was tossed out of Lionheart Estate when two of the sims were unexpectedly closed down. Residents living in those ill-fated spaces –myself included– were given two choices: to relocate to any available parcel in adjacent sims, free of charge, or to ask for a refund of the remaining money in the tier meter as of February 1st, the day of the closing. In my opinion, nothing was done to preserve each neighborhood and their respective local communities together. Everybody was like –I imagine– jumping off the windows and desperately seeking a cute yellow spot on the map before it was too late. But that wasn’t fair at all. First, we didn’t receive a notice well in advance (for most of us, a week was too short a time to plan ahead) as to prepare for what might come. I guess estate owners just wished to avoid pandemonium and having all renters flying away, thinking the whole ship was suddenly sinking, but yet I would have welcomed a meeting to inform the possibly affected customers what were the short term forecasts  if the situation worsened. Then, for many of us, the move also meant higher costs because the available lands –those that nobody else wanted– were usually larger than the plots we had until then. So after initially moving to a different plot in a sim at the other side of town, I packed my things and moved somewhere else.

Kiara's overview

As part of the readjustments, the Lionheart Estate managing team planned to revitalize a third stagnating sim. The new layout would be mixed use and would have a transitional look between commercial and residential zones. But for months since my departure nothing seemed to happen.  Vacating parcels went unavailable and nothing new showed up… until late April, when cobblestone streets started to delineate the new suburban design. By May 3rd, the map was showing yellow lots again, and by the 4th, without too much hesitation, I moved back in.

My house in Kiara

I prefer the look and feel of small estates with contiguous sims that promote the social vibes of a virtual community, rather than a vast expanse of standalone islands for the worship of absolute privacy. If I wanted to alienate myself from the rest of the world, I’d buy a third person game and immerse myself with contemplating the evolution of AI automata.

The Vanishing Cafe

As soon as I got the first look, I rented a small-size plot to place a house (see third picture from the top), and a second one to relocate The Vanishing Café, take three. For sure I’ll be blogging about both of them in the coming days. Right now I just wanted to show you the neighborhood as it fills again with old residents and new blood alike. The pictures are too green and blue, I know, but that will surely change as new people with diverse tastes settle in.

North road

And you know what’s positive about these changes? Lionheart is renewing. From an old town made of prims, it is refurbishing itself with mesh. Except for a few grasses and lupine flowers (made of sculpts), everything you see in these pictures pertaining public works –the cobblestone roads and sidewalks, the street lights, even the birch trees– are mesh objects. At least I think it shows Lionheart management’s interest in revitalizing their services to the current building standards.

Here are a few pictures of more streets around town…

…and how some of the first settlers are adapting to the new environment.

I haven’t revealed their names because I don’t know if they prefer to keep their identities private; I didn’t have time to ask them either.

kiara_plots

There are still a few plots available in Lionheart Kiara, so if you want to check them out and maybe consider moving in, take this taxi. The slurl will land you in the train station. From there walk to the east to take a peak of this side of town. Be welcome.