Sunday, January 25, 2015

Have a Valentine Cookie Party (and pick up some gifts!)

Hello Friends!

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, I made this adorable cookie party kit! Plan a day of preparing, baking, and eating these cute Valentine cookies with friends!  This would also be a fun activity to do with kids! 

Animations include stirring, rolling, cutting, and eating cookies!

Can be installed to rez from a menu in a Dinner Party Kitchen, or placed on any surface. Comes with baking cookies for the oven.

Come visit the landing point to see a demo version.


In addition to all the gifts from last week, I have several more available at the landing.

I purchased and modified this teddy bear, and he is just as cute as can be!  He comes in two sizes, and is holding balloons that emit festive little hearts!  There is a copyable version for free, and also a transfer version available for 10L.  That way you are free to keep one, and give others to friends and loved ones!

I love to decorate for Valentine's Day, and to help you do the same, I've put out some Valentine's pillows and a welcoming wall hanging, all copyable.   There will be more to come over the next few weeks!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Valentine's Day!!

Hello Friends!

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and I've put together this Lover's Dining  Set to help you celebrate with your sweetheart.  Choose from a variety of romantic place settings, as you move through a three course dinner, or enjoy an intimate breakfast of croissants and coffee on the terrace.   The Lover's Sets can be found here.


This week I am offering some cute Valentine's Decor as gifts!  I have a heart garland, a Valentine's heart quilt, and a heart welcome mat.  The items can be found by the Lover's Set. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pedestal Lover's Table Set

Hello Friends! 

I can't believe Valentine's Day is just over a month away! I put together this Lover's Set as a way to show your sweetheart how special they are.  Enjoy a romantic dinner, dessert, or champagne toast to your future together! 

The Lover's Set can be found here.

Also, this week I am offering this pretty Winter windchime as a gift.  It can be found by the new Lover's Set.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Santa Barbara house

Hello Friends!

Turbokitty has been telling/nagging me for a couple of weeks that I should make this version of my newest floorplan, which essentially combines textures from the Montecito and the Sedona. And wow, she was right -- this version really pops!  I love how bright and airy it is, and it is only 112 prims! 

It will be at an introductory price for a little while. You can see it here.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Horror, Part I: Second Life Marketplace Reviews

Nobody is happy with the Second Life Marketplace review system. Not buyers, certainly not sellers, most likely not Linden Lab either.

Yet few want to scrap it altogether. It is the lesser of two evils -- the other being that buyers have no way to warn other buyers off of something poor quality or an out and out scam - OR to give a quality product or customer service the praise it deserves.

Buyers who leave legitimate negative reviews are discouraged because they see unscrupulous sellers who will simply relist an item to get rid of negative reviews. This is against the TOS but it is hard for anyone to keep track of relistings.

And I have heard horror stories about buyers who leave legitimate negative reviews that receive a barrage of irate IMs from the sellers and their friends.

Then there are those who leave spurious negative reviews, typically from those who don't bother to find out what the listing is actually for, before buying.

For example, I sell all kinds of dining furniture, in different sizes and configurations. I sell full dining sets, dining tables by themselves, dining chairs by themselves, and food that can be added to the dining tables.  Yet at least once a week I get a bad review because someone bought a dining table that they thought was a dining set -- despite warnings in ALL CAPS in the listing that the price is for the table only, and other items are sold separately.  I have somehow "cheated" the buyer by sometimes selling only tables, in addition to dining sets.

Another example:  Although my houses listings include clear warnings that no furniture is included, and provide a list of everything that is included, buyers will leave a one star review because they "thought furniture was included".

Then there are the bad reviews because people do not understand basic functions like how to open a box (and not just people new to SL either), or did not read the notecard with helpful info and instructions.

Furniture and clothing makers receive negative reviews because something doesn't fit the buyer's avatar -- but the buyer neglected to try the model / demo before buying.

And then there are the extortionists, who threaten a bad review if they don't get a refund.

There are a few things LL can do to improve that experience :

1. First of all, everyone would be delighted if LL made it easier to leave a review, as Xstreet did with its pop up reminders with links to the products.  Or you could go to a page that had everything you had purchased but not yet left reviews.

Why would making it easier to leave a review be better for everyone? Because as it is now, you have to be very motivated to leave a review -- and for most people that translates into "very angry/disappointed".  So the few reviews there are tend to be skewed towards the negative -- and are much more upsetting to merchants if there are only one or two reviews total. Not that merchants EVER are justified in attacking anyone for leaving a review, no matter how negative -- but I bet it would cut down on some of the acrimony.

To LL's credit, they will remove spurious reviews that do nothing to help a potential buyer evaluate the quality of the product. But that still means the merchant has to flag every review of this sort, and someone at LL has to look into it to see if it is a legitimate review. It an annoying waste of time.  And the sad thing is that since people are so much more likely to leave a review when they are angry than when they are happy, these reviews have a lot of weight.

2. Something that could help cut down on spurious negative reviews is for reviewers to get a pop up reminder of what reviews are for -- ie advising potential buyers whether the item is as advertised, for example, and what they are not for (eg complaining because you did not read the listing.)

3. Also, IMO those who repeatedly leave spurious / off topic reviews which LL has to remove, should have their ability to leave reviews suspended for a certain amount of time.

4. Merchants who harrass reviewers (even really mean reviewers) should have some kind of penalty related to the listing of that product (as they are supposed to have now for relisting to get rid of reviews).

5. High on most merchants' wish list would be the ability to ban people from buying our things on the marketplace. As a buyer I can choose who I want to do business with, but as a seller I can not. And yes, believe it or not, I have had people buy my things over and over and leave a negative review each time. I'd just as soon they shop elsewhere.

The bottom line is that Second Life is supposed to be a place to play, a place to have fun, but there is a little group of mean spirited people who take their pleasure in ruining things for others, whether it is scamming people with crappy (or stolen) merchandise -- or selling empty boxes -- or spitefully trying to ruin the sale of perfectly good products because they failed to read the listing or notecard. When things dont go their way, their first impulse is to look around for someone to blame and attack.

Linden Lab is working on a redesigned marketplace; I hope they will be as good as their word when it comes to listening to feedback from buyers and sellers.

Friday, November 7, 2014

New House and Gifts!

Hello Friends!

After releasing the Montecito house last week, and receiving such wonderful feedback from you all, I decided to make the Sedona.  It has the same floorplan and features rich, golden textures.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

It was made clear to me by those of you who have seen both houses, that many of you couldn't decide if you like the Sedona or Montecito better. Almost everyone said they were unable to choose either, and some wanted both. If it was me I would want the white for spring and summer, the tan for Fall and Winter. So here is a deal I am offering (at least for a while): If you buy one of the Montecito or Palm Beach floorplan houses you can receive a 30% discount on the purchase of one of the other texture versions.  Just IM me with transactions.
Here are a few pics of the Montecito, just for comparison:

This week I'm offering two Fall gifts, both in the Santa Fe House.

The first is this Autumn Leaf & Branch wall decor is copy and mod so you can resize it -- only 2 LI at the current size. Mesh, exclusively @ La Galleria.  It is in the Santa Fe living room.

And the second  are some pretty Autumn throw pillows that are on the back porch of the Santa Fe.