Attention fellow Ozimals Bunny Enthusiasts!

Do you know of any Ozimals bunny auctions that are held frequently in-world and could use some publicity? Let’s face it, the market is a tad unwell at the moment, but auctions remain one of the BEST places to get a feel for the bunny market and pick up some wonderful bunny bargains too!

With that in mind I’m collating information for a FREE publication, ‘The Blessed Bunnies Good Bunny Auction Guide’ which I hope will stir up interest and enthusiasm amongst fellow SL Avatars. It is my intention to publish the guide via ISSU, so that you don’t have to be in-world to access the information that you need, but I will also publish an in-house version too.

It’s my hope that the guide will become a trusted resource for bunny retailers and customers alike, and I will of course continually revise and republish when necessary.

So, I need your help! Do you know of an auction, or  do you host one?  If so, and you want to be included in the FIRST edition of the guide, please contact Kitty O’Toole ( that’s me innit) in-world asap!  To make things a bit easier, here’s a notecard for you to fill in and drop on me in-world.  Copy the details, add your answers and pass to me:)

Please answer the questions below, paste them onto a notecard and send it back to KITTY OTOOLE asap!

NAME OF AUCTION:

NAME OF AUCTIONEER(S):

KIND OF AUCTION-SPEED/NORMAL?

DAY OF THE WEEK AUCTION(S) ARE HELD:

TIME(SLT):

APPROX AUCTION DURATION:

HOW MANY PODIUMS CAN A CUSTOMER HAVE?
(Is there a limit? EG 2 per customer?)

IS THERE A FEE PER PODIUM?

IS GROUP MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED?

IS FOOD AND WATER PROVIDED?

IS THERE A PRIM LIMIT FOR DISPLAYS? IF SO, HOW MANY?

IS THERE A FEE/COMMISSION CHARGE?

IS THERE A TIME NOTECARDS AND NESTS/LIVES SHOULD BE READY FOR AUCTION:
(EG an hour beforehand, two?)

ANY OTHER INFORMATION YOU WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE? (You could provide some history here; biggest ever sale at auction, hints and tips for customers etc.  Use this to SELL your auction house!)

I’m already adding auctions so be sure you don’t miss this cracking chance to attract more customers!

Watch this space for details of when the guide will be published!

Blessed Bunnies ‘Country Charm’ Bunny Display Box

I’m pleased to announce a new addition to my ‘Blessed Bunnies’ range of quality bunny furnishings and accessories.

These are luxury wicker display cases that are absolutely perfect for auctions.

Each one has a lovely comfortable cushion base for your bunny (auctions can go on a bit and bunnies need to be comfortable, don’t you think?) and it’s ‘wipe-clean’ too in case of bunny mishaps.
Not that bunnies would do such a thing, perish the thought! This ‘Country Charm’ display case features a darkened wicker basket body and pillow with a rustic blue and white gingham check. There are handles on two sides crafted from pewter which add a lovely finishing touch. (The handles are for display only)
With a notecard giver script embedded so your customers can simply touch the base to receive details about your bunny’s pedigree, and hovertext capability so that you can draw your buyers attention with an appropriate message (eg ‘LOOK AT ME!! BUY ME!!’ etc.) these bunny displays are an absolute must for any serious bunny businessperson.

Oh, and they’re going to be an absolute steal at just L$75 on Xstreet!
Each basket comes with full instructions and a few pressies too:)
Fancy one? Thought you might….I’ll post here when they are available to buy. At the moment X-Street is being gippy and won’t let me get these online!

Bunny Mondays: Introducing ‘Blessed Bunnies’

So, as I hinted at in my previous post I’m going to tell you where I’ve been and why it’s been so quiet on here. I won’t bore you with all the RL drama that’s also been kicking off, suffice to say I’m still not a well Kitty and if it wasn’t for my friends on Second Life keeping me sane, and grounded, I think I’d be in a very sad state indeed.
But I’ve also found another salvation..a furry, twitchy nosed guru that has bunnied my brain into busy mode and unleashed a ferocious appetite upon me for building and content creation, the like of which after almost 4 years in Second Life I had ever given up the hope of seeing.
I am of course talking about the Ozimals bunnies; those indescribably cute, hopping mad little critters that evoke a wide range of passions amongst SL residents. Some love ’em, some hate ’em and others couldn’t give a flying fig.
I confess that I fell into the latter category until my friend Altair gave me two beautiful bunnies who I called Sookie and Dexter ( I blogged about them previously if you recall) and I was hooked. Since then I’ve produced some beautiful babies from Sookie and Dex, and bought a couple of bunnies to add to my ever expanding family of hoppers. The ever wonderful Katey Coppola (mad-woman genius designer behind the ‘Glitterati’ pose brand) gifted me four, FOUR stunning buns and I’ve even managed to pass on the habit to Amanda and Sable by presenting them with some of Sookie and Dex’s offspring…and now as you can see I have acquired quite a menagerie in all colours, shapes and sizes. They seem to like being referred to as ‘The Bunny Collective’, which makes me think of some sort of mad, bad Bunny mafia but hey, I’m not going to argue with them. I’ve found a new aspect of my virtual life that proves that even after all this time Second Life can and does continue to surprise. Of course, a huge component of the ‘Lapin Lurgy’ is breeding. I must admit that it is immense fun; bonding bunnies to see what you’ll get is really exciting and although I’m not a hardcore breeder I certainly am developing a stock of bunnies that I’m willing to sell / exchange. It’s difficult not to kindle all the nests that my charges have produced; you really cannot beat the excitement of seeing the little ears poking out of the top of the nest and then wham, as if by magic a bunny baby appears! I’ve become a firm-fan of bunny markets and breeding ranches and love walking around them and seeing the stock on offer..as well as the prices too! The most expensive bunny I saw on sale last week was at the princely sum of L$25k so it’s no wonder with prices like these that people are going to give breeding a go. It’s certainly not an easy thing to get into from what I’m learning so far, but for me the main sticking point will be that it’s actually VERY hard to part with my own nests knowing that they were bred in-house. I just become too attached. (I was the same when my cat had kittens in real life, I struggled to part with them too) The last thing I expected was for it to be so difficult to part company with virtual animals but here’s the rub, these bunnies are a very emotive subject and have a strange ability to endear themselves so much that there becomes no definition between them and real life pets. Just as I adore and care for my cats and my dog in real life, I must log on and ensure that my hoppers are all well-fed and doing just fine. I’ve had three episodes of bunny hibernation thus far and I can tell you that I panicked in a highly preposterous manner, but there it is. I can’t physically reach out and stroke them, yet they have touched my heart all the same.
But it goes further than that, in fact my bunny obsession has led me into an arena that I never anticipated entering and now that I am there I am hooked. Believe it or not, dear reader, I’ve become a fully fledged, paid-up member of the ‘Content Creation Cosa Nostra!’
As you all know I already produce shapes under the ‘Kittylicious’ brand, and blinking good ones they are too (L$25 sale still on folks! Go get ’em!) but as a direct result of my bunny adventures I find that I’m now expanding into another area which I hope will be just as successful too. This one is a bigger challenge for me though, and that’s because it requires me to develop my building skills, something that I have never tested until these past few weeks. I must confess though that I am DELIGHTED with the results and have had some EPIC feedback and sales on them already! I’m not name dropping or anything but Torley Linden called them ‘adorable’!) Building is not easy, and I’ve shed some genuine tears in RL over my frustration at not being able to achieve what I want due to my extreme thickness but after much practise I can honestly say that I’m getting there, and then some.
So, I want to share with you the fruit of my labours, and it’s with great pleasure that I am introducing you to:

(Logo taken from the amazing website www.Bunnychurch.com, artist permission sought..)

I decided to call my company ‘Blessed Bunnies’ because it hints at my Pagan beliefs whilst acknowledging the fact that for me, these Ozimals bunnies have indeed been a blessing. I’ve not been in a good place in RL recently, but having these bundles of pixelated joy as a focus has started to help bring me back out into the sunlight again, both virtual and real. Obviously I’ll be featuring the products that I make on the blog, but for now if you’d like to check out my range which includes some beautiful shabby chic, and stylish modern designs, please click HERE for my X-Street listings.

Here’s a few examples of my hutches so far; each one is spacious featuring carpets in the side pods and opening and closing doors embellished with tassels.

There are THIRTEEN to choose from, these are some of the most popular so far…

Oh, and each hutch costs L$100. Bunny bargainalicious or what?

CLICK HERE to check the entire range out!

Bunnylicious!


And it all started with a couple of nests from my good friend Altair Orellana. I’ve been intrigued by the passion and enthusiasm that owning a virtual pet in Second Life arouses, but I hadn’t gotten around to owning one myself.  Although they appealed, I worried about lag; and our home sim seems to suffer dreadfully from it as is, so conscientious sort that I am I decided against having any. But then Altair showed me her home and her bunnies, and well I got bunny broody. She also assured me that they weren’t as mega laggy as I feared, and teh deal was thus sealed!
Altair gave me the pick of her nests.  I was flabbergasted and totally honoured, but I didn’t have a clue!! I mean what do you do with them, how hard are they to look after, and ultimately, is there any point? There seems to be a massive trade in bunnies and bunny-related items, leading to (some would say) over-breeding and a complete saturation of the market.  But I’m not interested in being a breeder, I’d just like a couple of bunnies to call my own -so I gratefully accepted her gift and got myself all set up for the trials and tribulations of bunny ownership.
I got myself kitted out ready for the inevitable arrival of my fur-babies.  I needed a nice wee hutch, and of course some nommage for my wee charges too, after all being born is an arduous task and they would surely be hungry?  I placed the nests nervously in the hutch, rezzed a bean-bag and sat and waited.  It takes about an hour ( you have a constant countdown hovering above the nest) and I must say it was a very tense hour indeed. I was constantly updating my plurk-feed and getting very, very excited. It never once struck me as being ridiculous or silly, I was just dead excited about the imminent arrival of my very own wee bunnies. Mad isn’t it? The countdown progressed, and then the moment was upon me..who would appear first?
The nest on the left hatched first, and a gorgeous little black boy lop appeared. As you can see from the ears sticking out of the straw it wasn’t long before he was joined by….
..a beautiful female with gorgeous upright ears. YAY! I was beyond myself with pride at this point, and at the same time completely amazed as to how immersed I had become in the whole process.
They immediately started hopping around and I was really struck by how well they were (are) animated. Their eyes blink, they hop around within a set-range and not only that but they dream wee baby bunny dreams when they sleep (of carrots and green fields, naturally)
It’s actually quite easy once you’re read up on the process of keeping bunnies.  I found the official  OZIMALS blog  to be a straightforward resource and it is home to an active  forum with many members updating daily, but I must confess that I found the information at Jolly Farm Online to be much more accessible.  There’s a fabulous in-world store associated with the blog from where I purchased my beautiful hutch for a mere L$100.  The owner, Sookie Slafford, breeds bunnies and has an amazing stock available to buy.  Her breeding cabin is an awesome sight to behold too; she has all her bunnies displayed beautifully and should you decide to purchase from her store all the nests are arranged by breed so you can be certain of getting just the right bunny for you.  Not only that she is amazingly helpful to boot.  It’s so worth visiting even if you aren’t looking to own your own virtual pet because it’s just so elegantly constructed.  You can also purchase some great accessories, such as baskets and backpacks and really gorgeous cushions and chairs, I highly recommend it.
A couple of days in and the bunnies are thriving!  They now have names, Sookie and Dexter ( beloved named them after characters from our fave shows)and I’m totally enthralled by them.  I can see how easy it would be to buy loads and become completely overwhelmed but I’m being sensible and just sticking to these two for now, although I’m sure they’d make wonderful parents..ahem. I’m learning lots (getting my head around the stats isn’t easy for me seeing as I am completely number illiterate but I am persevering) I’m also on the look-out for the perfect bunny accessory, so if you have any suggestions to make please feel free to update the comments section below, and any tips you have are very welcome too.
To sum up then, my bunny loving experience has been an overwhelmingly positive and surprisingly joyous one.  My only criticism? No bunny pooh.  I was expecting little brown pebbles everywhere, and I’m disappointed that hasn’t been the case..perhaps Ozimals are planning that function for a future update? I await with baited-bunneh breath…;P