A Cracking Christmas At Cleo Design!


Just like in real life, decorating for Christmas can be a really expensive affair. Pine trees drop their needles everywhere, baubles break and cats have this super-annoying tendency to climb up the tree and send it crashing to the floor. Not to mention that if you hang choccies from your branches they usually last all of five minutes before the dog discovers them and then spends the rest of Christmas with a very guilty look on their chops…and a festive attack of the chocolate induced runs as well. Marvellous.

So this is one reason why I advocate decorating in Second Life, because you can make your (albeit) virtual home a veritable winter wonderland of Yuletide yumminess for not very much money at all, and it’s practically hassle-free. All the best stores like La’Licious, Clutter, Mudhoney, What Next, Belle Belle and The Loft have their Christmas ranges, but one store that’s really stepped up to the mark and totally surprised me is Cleo Design – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oamaru%20Bay/44/206/22

There is a Christmas range in store that is not only pleasing to your purse, but so darned delicious that if you don’t go and peruse the wares on display I may have to get all psychotic and hunt you down and MAKE you visit. Scared? You should be, but of me, not the loveliness that’s on display. We’re talking prim perfection folks, lovely sculpts and nommy textures galore. But it’s not just the quality that speaks volumes about this place, it’s the prices that are the true stars of the show.

For example, see that amazing modernesque decorated white Christmas tree in the picture above? L$75 . I kid you not. The fireplace and all its accoutrements? A jaw dropping 150L AND IT IS EXQUISITE!! I’ve not even mentioned the fantastic festive sofa set (L125) or the matching fire and surround (L$350)or the sumptuous floor cushions (L$50)and decorations yet! ( You can glimpse those at the far left of the picture)

There’s so much in the Xmas range that’s worthy of your Linden dollar that you may as well just walk into the store and buy the whole ruddy lot, because quite frankly it wouldn’t cost you that much if you actually did just that.

I was lucky enough to bump into the store proprietess, Cleom Bailey, whilst I was there ( I was snuggled under the blanket on the rocking chair at the time, L$150) and I asked her about her designs. She was really humble and simply stated that she likes making things and knowing that they make people happy.

Well Cleom,  they do that and then some!

So dear reader, 5 sleeps until Santa! Put your time to good use and go visit the store NOW and get your home ready for the big man himself. He may even leave you a few extra presents as a reward! Here’s your LM: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oamaru%20Bay/44/206/22

Be careful what you wish for!

Now here’s a thing…a couple of weeks ago I decided I wanted some pool furniture.

My house has a pool area built in, and it seemed lacking in any nicies.  After all the rest of my house looks stunning, so it’s only fitting that the exterior should also have it’s fair share of ‘oomph’!

However, funds being what they are I didn’t want to waste any precious Lindens on expensive pool fair, but nor  did I want tat either..I had a brief mosey around Xstreetsl but couldn’t quite find what I wanted, so brimming with  perseverance, I gave up.   Cut to today, when I spotted that amongst all the hunts that are currently driving the grid bonkers is one for ‘Witchy Woman Designs’ Now, I’m bound, almost by oath, to be interested in a store like that aren’t I? The title doesn’t give much away but I figured Pagan items and esoterica would be the order of the day here, so I TP’d in to have a nosey.
I couldn’t have been more wrong! It’s a furniture store, and a rather good one at that. We’re not talking Corn, nor Relic either, but designs that are somewhere between the two.

Carefully crafted traditional furnishings, with nifty colour change features and rather excellent texturing. I was pleasantly surprised, and found myself liking a great deal of the items on display.

There’s a lot of living room furniture in various styles available here.  The prices are more than reasonable, for example L$1200 for a complete set including sofa, two chairs, coffee table, lamp and decoration, and for your dosh you get comfortable sofas and chaises festooned with cushions, and chairs that are chunky, solid and very well crafted.   The pieces would be perfect for the more more traditional styled Second Life homes due to the retro styling of many of the items, BUT there are contemporary touches to be found as well.  The store is based in a large department store style building, and moving throughout there are more wares on display, including some really sensational bed designs in vibrant colours with great textiles that are shaped to perfection. Think four posters draped in silk without being cheesy, and fold-down beds built into bookcases.  I’m especially enamoured with the rather beautiful ‘Miaka’ beds.  Each is beautifully decorated and features M & F sleep poses, but the really nifty thing is that you have to turn down the sheets first before you get in, so your bed turns from all neatly made to pillows stacked by either side in the blink of an eye! Lovely animated touches like these really make your purchases come to life and I can’t help but be impressed! You can even find nursery ware and kitchens too..’Witchy Woman Designs‘ covers practically all of your SL furniture requirements:)

Outside the store is an extensive range of items for gardens and beaches, with some beautiful outdoor beds and snuggle pillows. I’ve already said that the colours are vibrant and the shades selected for the range of outdoor items are a perfect fit.  Anyway, let’s talk about the hunt!

It’s a really easy hunt and the prizes on offer are…you guessed it, poolside items! Loungers, towels and swimming pool accessories.  How spooky is that? Get hunting guys, this one is simple but if you struggle there are hints at the front of the store and also upon ‘The Hunt Locations’ blog.  There are ten items to find so it’s nice and short too – you can complete this one in an hour, but it certainly  reaps great rewards, and if you haven’t got a pool don’t worry – join the group and this months gift is…well, take a guess:)

Isn’t it funny how fate works things out? Not only do I now have my pool items, I have a LM in my inventory to a really great store, and I hope it really prospers..in fact my only issue is that the store is not what I expected from the title…but I’m more than pleased to have found it:)