Thursday 24 December 2020

Happy Holidays

 It's the season and the time of giving and being thankful.

We have battled a year that we will hardly forget. We've ventured through a storm we couldn't predict.

We struggled, cried, mourned at a point that we forgot what sadness is, as we got used to this feeling.

This might not seem the time to celebrate. And yet, I believe that there isn't a year in which we should celebrate more than this wicked 2020.

While being distant from each other, we are learning back again what it means to truly embrace this season. We have discovered once more the true value of affection, and the significance of cherishing those we hold dear, not through a monetary exchange, but by letting them know that no matter what, we will be there.

But I want to, first and foremost, be thankful, to each of you.

As for the majority of us, the outbreak of Covid pandemic has had a huge impact in my life. As some already knew, I had a store in Real Life, that I was forced to close in April because of Coronavirus needed restrictions. Harshlands became my full time job (it's quite hard to find a RL-based job where I live nowadays), and while commitment kept me excited, that came with a cost, with a luggage of stress and fear for the future. 

And so I want to thank you, for supporting Harshlands, especially in this time where we might easily be led to believe that non-primary needs seem to hold no value. I thank you for dedicating your time to my creations. They're made with my heart, and each word, feedback, suggestion, is a treasured blessing that I will keep. Second Life community is an amazing one. We stood strong and united in a time in which we could have been torn apart. We all understood the value of this fantastic platform. 

Second Life became the Real Life we wished for. And it brought us (and still brings us!) the peace we are longing for.

But since it is also the season of giving, I would like to remind you that the Giving Circle is ready for you. Many designer friends (friends, before designers) have teamed up to show everyone of you, how important you are. In our regions we have set up a Giving Circle filled with gifts for you. Please make sure to grab them, and visit each Landmark in it, because there may be even more gifts in their locations.

From the bottom of my heart, whether you will be celebrating Christmas, Yule, Saturnalia, Halloween (it's always Halloween, we know it), or if you are being thankful for what life will bring, Happy Holidays. And thank you for such a weird, twisted, but nevertheless incredible year.

Fingers crossed for a wonderful 2021!

Friday 18 December 2020

Saturnalia is open!

 Hello everyone,

the wonderful Saturnalia event is now open, celebrating the pagan origins of Christmas, and everything Yule-related.

For this event I have prepared something that could fit the general atmosphere and landscape:

The new Fir Trees are animated trees (they also come as static) that come in three shapes: two medium-sized and one giant-sized with low LOD (therefore lower i prims, but Object Details set at maximum would be advised for optimal long distances render).

In addition to multiple shape, they also come in four textures, to properly blend in your landscape: whether it's a snowy forest or a forsaken tundra, there's a suitable variariation.

As a special Saturnalia-only promotion, purchasing the Fir Trees will gift you a copy of the mesh Falling Snow, a last year release that is displayed at the Saturnalia Booth.

Click here to teleport to Saturnalia

Thursday 17 December 2020

Harshlands Christmas Hunt: from Dec 17 to Jan 10

 It's that time fo the year again!

It might have begun few days later than ordinary, but our traditional Christmas Hunt is finally ready to welcome all the adventurers.

The prizes are waiting to be found, at a point that I am sure I could see some of the hunt boxes jumping around! (Maybe that is why it took me longer to prepare this event...).

Being a group hunt you're kindly invited to join Harshlands group, and activate the tag, because to claim the gift, you will have to click on the hunt box.

<<Oh no Kadaj, but the hunt started later, will I be able to find all the prizes before Christmas?>>

Yes you will! Grab the hints notecard by the landing point, and start looking for the hidden treasures with ease. And I promise I haven't included decoys!

<< But, what am I looking for?>>

Well it's Christmas, sure you won't be looking for Easter Eggs! Here's the hunt box

These boxes are scattered around Dragonstone (there's a Giving Circle identical box, and even if it contains a free gift, this will not cound as hunt gift). Use the given direction to discover their location!

Enjoy the Hunt my friends, and may this Christmas be happier than ever, because we all need a little sparkle to guide our hearts towards the end of this year!

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Redeux is open

Hello everyone,

the last 2020 round of Redeux is finally open! 

During these last 48 hours we had to face log in problems, scripts faulty communication, unusable vendors...I guess we had to end this cursed year with a proper bang!

So, hoping everything will go smooth, here's Redeux exclsuive for this months!

The Mountain Cabin is an intimate house that resembles the typical A-Shape cabins that can be found up in the mountainside. It's cozy, and also comes with a snowy variation (part of it can be seen at Redeux, while a full preview is in Harshlands mainstore).
It has a full interior and a Kool System door.

By the same booth you'll be able to snag some deals too!

Saturday 12 December 2020

Christmas Memories Gacha Set - A multi event gacha set

 Hello everyone,

I am so happy to introduce you to a brand new, and very unique gacha set. It is called Christmas Memories and it's made of many decorations and pieces of furniture, not only to deck the halls, but also your whole home!

Click the picture for full size

 Each piece embodies a specific memory linked to Christmas: from the joyful time of sharing traditional music, to relaxing nights sitting by the fire. 

This is a gacha set that is meant to unite people, especially in these days where we are forced to stay apart. It's a set meant to be shared and gifted to your dear ones. It is one of my biggest, and yet, happiest endeavour.

As you might imagine, this is a limited set, that will go away with Christmas.

It's a multi event set but, it has currently made its debut at the Holiday Shop & Hop event by Linden Labs. However, since those regions might easily be full, you might also play the gacha at Harshlands mainstore (and soon to other events).

In addition to Christmas Memories, at the Shop & Hop there will also be exclusive discounts, from 25%, up to 75%, and a gift that will surely go well with the new gacha prizes!

Click here to teleport to Holiday Shop & Hop

Tuesday 8 December 2020

Swank December Round

 Hello everyone,

the last 2020 round of Swank has just begun, and I've decided to prepare something I've been asked about quite some time!

I've always wanted to make a bridge, and many times I have been asked if I ever had this intention. Well...better late than never!
The Stone Bridge comes into two variation, one covered in grass, and one covered in snow. This is the first of many other bridges to come.

You can preview the bridge at Harshlands booth at Swank!

Monday 7 December 2020

A Shopping Carol has begun!

 Jingle your bells, prepare your sleighs, for A Shopping Carol event has started!

Lots of deals and gifts to be found, and we're proudly part of this fun event.

There is no unique loaction, every participating store will offer an exclusive release plus a hidden gift in their own mainstore. And I've got something special for you.

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Yule, Saturnalia, or if you simply are enjoying the unique magic that only winter season can bring, the Votive Trunks are a decor that can easily fit your region or parcel, or even our garden! Coming as single trunk, group of three or a large composition, these trunks have candles with an animated flickering flame.

In addition to the new release, there's also a hidden gift in the region! The Rustic Patio can easily be previewed, as it is used as personal setup booth of A Shopping Carol at Harshlands! (Which will also showcase something very new!)
How to obtain it? Easy enough (well, maybe no): simply head over Harshlands mainstore, and grab A Shopping Carol HUD in front of the landing point. The HUD lists all the designers' exclusives and gifts, as well as hints on how to find them.

Click here to teleport to Harshlands

Friday 4 December 2020

SL Christmas Expo is now open!

 It's the most wonderful time of Second Life!

December has arrived, and the grid is turning white, snowy and merry. With that it comes the annual SL Christmas Expo, a Relay for Life event, where many wonderful desingers team up with a goal. This year we aim to gather 4 million L$ for funding cancer research!

For the event, there are three exclusive RFL releases. All the proceedings going straight towards American Cancer Society, working worldwide to find a cure to every type of cancer.

The Christmas Cut outs are special decorative items to bring some fun in your property, whether it is a small cottage, or a forest. They come with a pose animation, perfect for settiing up some very peculiar photoshoot sessions.

Christmas is about those around us, and the beautiful moment we share together, be it while sitting by the fireplace or through a Zoom call. For this reason I've decided to create the Happy Memory Frame, a memento to celebrate the warmth of our dear ones.

Each frame is customizable, and the built in shadow will allow you to maintain a realistic vignetting effect to every picture.

This frame comes into three texture variation.

And if you want to explore the Expo, why not doing it with style? The Magic Sleigh is a special product, wrapped inside the Stocking Stuffer that you can find available for purchase for 25L$ (that are still going to RFL) at the centre of Harshlands booth.
This sleigh lets out magic particles and a traditional Christmas Sleigh sound that well, you might already hear in your heart!

Christmas Expo is open, but it won't last long! On December 13, the magic will go back to its slumber, until it's Christmas time again!

Thursday 26 November 2020

It's Black Friday at Redeux!

 Hello everyone, Black Friday has arrived, and Redeux has begun its traditional sales and discounts event: Black Friday & Cyber Monday by Redeux.

At Harshlands booth, not only you'll find some deals, from 50% to 75% off, but also an exclusive release, 25% off its final price after the event will be over.

The Woodland Shelves are the perfect outdoor or indoor decor to start giving your house the first glimpse of the cold season that's slowly starting to knock at our doors, with candles and little pine branches.

Click here to teleport to Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Saturday 14 November 2020

Join the Phantom's Symphony at Enchantment

 Hello everyone, another beautiful round of Enchantment is now open.

This month it's all about the incredible story of the Phantom of the Opera!

For this round I'm bringing you a special exclusive release I am extremely happy about

The Old Victorian Piano is an interactive musical instrument. It comes in three texture variations, with different poses and a piano cover that can be opened on touch. But its most noticeable feature is the numerous songs you can play!

22 pieces in it, and yes, the Phantom of the Opera theme is in there too!

You can test it at Enchantment, and enjoy its features!

But it's not over!

As usual, the traditional Enchantment hunt is on, and there's an iconic themed prize!

The Phantom Mask probably is the very first thing that comes into our minds when we picture this story. What a better way to give it as prize? The mask comes i nfour different colours (White, Black, and bloody version of both colours).

Wednesday 11 November 2020

New group gifts

 Hello everyone!

As the second wave of this Covid pandemic has reached and affected most of us, we are now back in a situation that is similar to what we endured at the beginning of 2020.

Many of us are forced to stay at home, and remote working has become a common term that we're now used to see over and over.

This quarantine 2.0 will obviously make us rely on online means of entertainment, Second Life being one (and possibly one of the most complete). For this reason I'm adding a brand new exclusive Group Gift, as well as taking the decision to turn the entire Summer Hunt set as second group gift, for those who couldn't play it before.

The Outdoor Armchair is a way to remind us that, while staying at home, we can virtually enjoy outdoor fun, be it by chatting with friends, or starting an adventure. If you're the comfy type, then this armchair might be useful!

The 2020 Summer Hunt had a specific theme: building a dock. Now the entire set, made of ten pieces, is free to grab for everyone!

Saturday 7 November 2020

Swank Novemeber Round

 Hello everyone,

a new round of Swank is now open, and for this month I have decided to bring something that might look a bit out of my usual schemes: we're going modern! This won't surely be the last time I will be exploring this more traditional Home & Garden area.

The Patio Furniture Set is a way to celebrate the afternoons spent outdoors with friends, while enjyoing a good conversation, or a cup of coffee.

This set includes sitting chair, sofa and corner sofa, as well as a decor table with cloth and extras.

You can try the whole set at Harshlands booth at Swank!

Click here to teleport to Swank

Tuesday 3 November 2020

The Liaison Collaborative Exclusive

 Hello everyone! We're in the Liaison Collaborative for the first time, and I'm so excited to see what I've prepared for this fantastic event!

As this round celebrates the theme of Bonfire Bash, what's better than a...bonfire!

The Camp Bonfire is an interactive set of items that comes in different variations:

The main piece, the bonfire itself has animated fire with sound (that can be toggled on touch), as well as an off fire version, with a constant, slow smoke being emitted from the dying embers. Each version comes in either regular and small size.

To complement the bonfire, there are a series of sitting trunks and stumps, each of them in Single/Multi sit version (stump is single sit, trunk is multi for three people) and Couple (PG) sit option.

You can preview and try the Camp Bonfire in the TLC Demo Area. A teleport is available at Harshlands booth, in the LM below:

Click here to teleport to The Liaison Collaborative

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Tomb of Ancients: a Lovecraftian Event

Halloween isn't simply about pumpkins and witches.

It's the season to truly appreciate the master work of Lovecraft, and his multi-layered universe of horror.

Finally, we have a Lovecraftian thmed event, the brand new and amazing Tomb of Ancients by Starry Sky Productions. The event takes us back to the origins of the Necronomicon, and the Great Old Ones.

For this event, here's my exclusive!

The Bad Omen Altar is my personal tributo to one of the central figures of Lovecraftain mythos, namely Yog-Sothoth, a deity beyond time and space that cultists would call forth through the darkest of rituals.

This product features skulls of sacrifices in agony, in a magic and ever moving liquid, product of mad scientists and cultists work.

The liquid is animated, and you can watch its preview inworld, where the alatar itself is scaled down to properly fit the event booths!

Click here to teleport to Tomb of Ancients

Thursday 15 October 2020

Harshlands for Redeux: October Round

October is known to be filled with many amazing events and celebrations, and one that I was looking for is Redeux.

Beautifully landscaped, offering some of the best deals on the grid. And for this round, I wanted to be no different as always. 

Not only there will be a discounted exclusive, but some other great sales!

The Skeletal Scarecrows are the event exclsuive, 20% off the final price! This is the best time to grab them, not only because of the price reduction, but also (and mostly) because of Halloween! 

These not-so-funny fellow come in three versions: regular, timeworn and mossy, and they also come with a 100% guarantee that they won't just scare annoying crows away.

But as said, there will be other deals.

They told me I went crazy, but I don't care. Only at Redeux, you can grab one of the Halloween favourites, Waited too Long statue for just 50L! If you don't know what's that about, you can click on the link below and find out by yourself.

Click here to teleport to Redeux

Wednesday 7 October 2020

Swank spooktacular round!

 Spooktober has begun, and every regular event has donned the dark mantle of the Halloween season.

For this round of Swank, I've prepared something in line with the theme

The Old Metal Fencing is a modular set made of Kool Door gate, fences (with straight and curved lines) as well as lamp posts.

But it's not that simple: Each piece comes in three texture variants (regular, mossy and bloody) and the lamp posts also have two different candle flame colour (standard and spooky green) and shapes (regular and bent).

Plenty to find one single box, and many flexibility to get spooky, but also vintage!

Along with this exclusive set, the Harshlands booth at Swank will feature some previous Halloween themed products, as well as some new general releases.

Time to get spooky!

Click here to teleport to Swank

Friday 2 October 2020

Halloween Shop & Hop

 The time has finally arrived!

The Halloween Shop & Hop event, sponsored by Linden Lab has begun: 160 designers, 8 regions of wonderful products, discounts and exclusives!

Harshlands has had the honour of being selected as one of the participants. To celebrate this wonderful time of the year, by our store space you will be able to find lots of products, all discounted from 20%!

There are also some new special releases:

Yes, they're back! And they're sporting a brand new rework and variation.

The Skeleton Avatars Gacha series presents its third installment: from all time classics, to orginal themes. And if you're lucky enough, you might also snatch the rare Pumpking skeleton, with a working candle inside its skull..or pumpkin...or well...whatever it is.

Speaking of pumpkins, here's another new release. The Jack-o-Lanterns are a bundle full of decorative pumpkins, to celebrate Halloween and who knows...perhaps spook that special one you've been aiming to scare since Last Christmas.
Each pumpkin come in a regular and rotten version.

Last but not least, the Cursed Tree is also available at Shop & Hop. Coming in three different textures, to fit your graveyards, decaying landscapes, cute and happy's the limit! (literally)

Did I say "last but not least"? Ha! I was joking!
If you...hop at Shop & Hop, you will also be able to grab an exclusive gift I've prepared for you! 
What's the gift? I won't tell, it's up to you to discover!

Halloween Shop & Hop is a fairly busy event, therefore you might experience a full region issue. For that reason, the Skeleton Avatars gacha is also available at Harshlands mainstore!

Monday 28 September 2020

Harshlands Halloween Hunt

That time of the year has finally arrived: Halloween is approaching!

For us at Harshlands can only mean one thing: our traditional region hunt! 

From October 1st until November 1st visit Dragonstone, and look for ten hidden prizes, all scattered around the region. Inside each of them there will be a special reward, never to be seen again! This is a good chance to score some exclusive products before they will disappear with the darkest night.

You will have to look for little moon-shaped objects.

Being a group hunt, you will be required to join Harshlands group, which can be done free of charge at the landing point.

Click here to teleport to Harshlands Mainstore

Sunday 27 September 2020

SaNaRae: the Final Round

 September marks SaNaRae traditional anniversary round, and with a lot of excitement comes a bit of sadness, as this will be its final round, before its permanent departure.

SaNaRae is a work of love produced by one single person, Mewz Artis, who always poured heart and soul to ensure that both visitors and designers had the most pleasant experience. I am honoured of beig part of this!

To celebrate this incredible event, I have decided to release a brand new variation of the previously released Meadow Set.

This Meadow Set - Fall Tones brings the beautiful colours of autumn in your garden and landscapes.

The set only consists of the animated parts of the previous set (therefore grass patches, grass clumps and cornflowers), and for this reason it comes with a reduced price.

In addition to that, at the event area, every designer will be offering a unique gift. You can grab Harshlands one by our booth!

Click here to teleport to SaNaRae

Monday 7 September 2020

Swank: Designers Choice special event

 Another round of Swank is now open, and this month there is a special theme: Designers Choice!

That means each designer can choose their own theme, let their own inspiration run wild. And for September, I've decided to release something that might perfectly fit the previous ruined-themed decor, as well as some of the latest plants and flowers.

The Destroyed Watchtower is a fairly big landscaping product, that features what once was a majestic tower left to bricks and ruin. The Watchtower comes with four texture variations as well as poses (both singles and PG couple).
You can preview and try it out at Swank, so to have an idea of what kind of product it is.

Swank is now open, up until the end of the month!

Saturday 15 August 2020

Great deals and exclusives at Redeux!

 We're celebrating our first year anniversary at Redeux!

To thank the organizers for giving us the opportunity to participate and sponsor every round, I've released something new, and somewhat different from the usual exclusives.

This month I am happy to present you the Meadow Set

This set is a complete bundle to create your own animated garden!

There is animated grass, grass clumps and cornflowers, each of them coming in different colours. Slowly dancing at the wind, this vegetation will surely bring life to your private garden, landscape, greenhouses...or wherever your imagination leads you!

In addition to these, there are also some static extra decors: multiple flowers coming in different variations, and clovers! Who doesn't love clovers?

I've also added a ground texture, with realistic grass clumps.

You can also grab this set with an exclusive discount, only during Redeux!

Moreover, there are some more deals to be grabbed.

Click here to teleport to Redeux

Saturday 8 August 2020

Enchantment open its gates to the Sleeping Beauty

 Whenever Enchantment opens, everyone is welcomed in a wonderful world of tales and beautiful stories.

This month is dedicated to the Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent, a story that took on so many different shapes and variations, but still providing us with wonderful emotions.

For this round I have prepared something inspired by the latest films

The Moors Rocks are a fairly big set of rocks and monoliths. They come as single scenery (not joined items, but as single and shadowmapped product) or as single and separate items (2 monoliths and one platform). And given the theme, they also feature two texture variations: Aurora, which is flowery and full of life, and Maleficent, giving the feeling of a dead land with scorched ground.

What's the point of having the Moors without a proper throne fit for a Queen? The Moors Throne is the second exclusive, presenting the two variations I've previously introduced: Aurora's version is a throne in bloom, with animated branches, whereas Maleficent's throne is a monstrous entanglement of dead branches. Both thrones come with single and couple (PG) animations.

But this isn't over!

As usual, the traditional Enchantment Hunt is on, and starting from the main event region, you can travel across lands to win fantastic prizes. For this round, this is our prize

The Tomb Blooms are said to grow wherever a fairyfolk passes on. They don't have graves to remember them by, but glowing flowers that spontaneously appear. You can get this prize for free, but you have to find it, well hidden in Harshlands mainstore!

Click here to teleport to Enchantment

Friday 7 August 2020

Swank...around the world!

 Swank is open back again, and this month we're going on a trip all around the globe.

Harshlands stopped in Japan with a series of new items!

The Japanese Stone Lanterns are low prim decorations, coming in three different texture variations, to properly fit your land. With a small flame, ignited by an oiled rope, these stone lanterns will be the perfect addition to your gardens, outdoor landscape, and sacred places.

And in addition to that, I am happy to present the remaster of a previously released product:

The Warrior's Gravestone has been optimized, with new features and an overall lower land impact. Not only the texture and model has been improved, but there are now four tone variations!

You can find both products at Swank, along with some additional items.

Click here to teleport to Swank

Sunday 2 August 2020

Sprities - A new companion at Gacha Garden

Gacha Garden is said to be inhabited by fairies and magical creatures. Now it's your chance to travel this world with them!

Introducing Sprities, a new animesh companion, coming as Gacha Set, sponsoring the event. There are many variations to be won, and the Rare one, an homage to season, comes with four unique, hand painted, variations.

Every Spritie has a built in ao. All you have to do is add them to you, and start exploring Second Life!

Morevoer, exclusive to Gacha Garden only, every 20 gacha pulls, you will automatically win the never-to-be-seen afterwards P1-X13, a Sprities from the future, artificially built by some mysterious artisans!

For the entire month, the Sprities can only be found at Gacha Garden, afterwards, they will join the Gacha Court in the main inworld store. As for the P1-X13, it can only be obtainable during Gacha Garden, afterwards it will disappear forever.

In addition to that, next to the Sprities machine, you'll find an exclusive gift!

Monday 13 July 2020

Harshlands Summer Hunt

Hello everyone, starting today, up until August 31st, Harshlands is happy to host another hunt!
Summer Hunt will let you win some exclusive and never-seen-before prizes, in order to build your own dock scenery!

This is a group hunt, so you have to join Harshlands group (free to join) and keep the tag active to claim the prizes.

There are 10 rewards hidden all around Dragonstone. Be warned, the hunt prim can be tricky to find so, I would recommend keeping a LOD factor of 4.000, if you want to make the hunt easier.

And since this is a group hunt, you're always free to share hints and suggestion with every other hunter. (Though giving solutions is always not encouraged...let's keep it challenging!)

Happy Summer Harshlanders, and enjoy the hunt!

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Swank July Round

We're in the middle of summer season, and Swank has gone tropical!
Grab your swimwear and sunscreen, because it is time to set off for a new adventure.
For this round I have brought a special release for your landscape:

This set of Coastal Cliffs is a modular pack, containing three copy/mod cliffs, coming in 3 different textures.
Not only they would fit your tropical setting, but being flexible and versatile, you can adapt them to any environment.

You can find them at the landmark below:

Friday 19 June 2020

SL17B Shop and Hop exclusives

Second Life turns 17, that's one year left to be an adult!
That means we can still play and celebrate like there is no tomorrow!

This year Harshlands have been lucky and honoured of having been selected to be one of the stores taking part to the Shop and Hop event: 200 designers, la creme de la creme of Second Life, offering gifts, exclusives and discounts!

For such an event, I have prepared some very peculiar exclusives...and much more!

It is time to meet the Eophins! A brand new creature, emerging from misty woods.
These little glowing entities come into many many variations!
Not only they have three different shapes, and several colour choice, but they also can be found as Animesh Companions (with a full working AO), Animesh Decor, and user Tiny Avatars!
Available to be purchased as small bundles (based off colours) or fatpacks.
The Eophins will be sold with a starting discount of 20% off the final price.

But where would Eophins live? Here's the chance to grab this new modular set of Garden Rocks, made of four different pieces, each of them with four different textures.
The Garden Rocks will be sold with a starting discount of 20% off the final price.

Did I mention gifts at the beginning of the blog post? Yes there are! Every designer is offering an exclusive gift for everyone! My gift is a special Eophin, never to be seen anywhere else:

The Eophin Headpet sports a very colorful body, and a funny belly sit upon your head, curiously watching over you!

In addition to all of this, by Harshlands booth, every single product offered willbe discounted from 20% to 50%!

It is time to celebrate 17 years of this wonderful world! 

Sunday 14 June 2020

Redeux is open again

The time has finally come, Redeux welcomes us back again, for a wonderful round, with so many incredible designers!

We had the luck of having been chosen as sponsors back again, and for the occasion, I've got a new exclusive ready!

The Rock Pathway is a walkable landscaping decor, featuring four different texture variations, to fit your land and your garden. You can preview it right at the event (the product is downscaled to fit the vendor setup, but the actual version is bigger, even if, being mod, it is resizable).

At the same time, you can also take advantage of some special deals, with 50% discounts and one special product being priced 50L only for the event!

Tuesday 9 June 2020

Swank: a celebration of colours!

Hello everyone,
first of all, sorry for the late notice, as Swank is already open since some days.

I had to deal with RL moving, between two houses separated by 200km. All of this, happening withour a proper internet connection, so, I was unable to keep track of everything.

But...Swank is open again!
June is the pride month, a celebration of every kind of love (for which I've prepared a group gift by the store landing point), and colours play a vital part.
I have joined the movement, and I am happy to showcase June's exclusives.

The Paint Buckets are one of the most iconic and immediate references to colour. They're the source of art, and they can convey so many messages. These special buckets come in three different shapes and multiple colours. In addition to that, a melted paint groun is included in the pack.

To continue with the Pride Month movement, I am happy to present a series of Rainbow Backdrops. They're perfect for pictures...and group hugs! They are offered in three texture variations.

You can find both exclusives at Swank. Your taxi below!

Tuesday 26 May 2020

The final Guardian is awake!

Summer is starting to approach, and so, the last of the Guardians has opened her eyes, and is ready to reveal herself to the world.

The Summer Guardian features two different bark textures, a cleaner one, and a more timeworn choice (similar to the other Guardians). It also comes with multiple textured flowers that you can place wherever you prefer.

The Guardian will be an exclusive release at SaNaRae event, now open!

Tuesday 19 May 2020

Godspeed Cer

I'm normally used to daily news, especially during these weeks of pandemic outbreak.

But I wasn't prepared for this.

Cer (Cerdwin Flanagan) has passed on.
She was so full of life and love, and there was no sign of any problem with her. Only recently she announced taking a small break due to not feeling well.
That was the last time I heard from her.

Cer was one of those unique souls that always tried to bring out the best out of people. She did that with many. She did that with me. I feel like having the same rez day was a sign.
I know she liked my creations, and I felt so honoured about that, but she pushed that on to a new level, by including them in what is now Witch Woods, one of the most beautifully crafted regions, where every single object has a story and a purpose.
It is a sanctuary for many. And that reflects Cer's heart.

She always prioritized the sense of community, and always made sure that everyone felt welcome and important. Her creative mind was the silver thread through which she summoned her magic. Because she was a witch, the good kind. Everyone who met her was enthralled by her charisma and her profound spirit.

If Second Life is a better place, it is thanks to people like her.

Her last legacy are the wonderful and memorable moments of gathering during Fantasy Faire, what we began to call Covfefe Breaks.
For many people, Fantasy Faire 2020 was hard, because of Covid outbreak, and there wasn't a reason to celebrate. Cer gave us a purpose, and made us ignite the spark of inspiration, that will now forever be set ablaze for her.

There will be no funeral pyre in my heart.
I want to hold on tight all the happy moments and memories we built and shared, squeeze them at a point to lose my breath, and find in them the light.

There is a beautiful metaphor of death in a poem by Herny Van Dyke.
When someone we care about passes away, they set sail on a ship, moved by the morning breeze, towards the horizon.
As she goes on, on the blue surface of the ocean, she appears to become smaller to our eyes. We have the feeling she became smaller, but she's still the same.
And when at some point this ship will reach the horizion, she will look like just one small dot amidst the sky, making us say "there, she is gone".
But at the same time there will be other eyes watching her, from another shore, shouting with joy "Here she comes!".

Cer loved to find beauty in everything, and we have been lucky and privileged to have shared part of our time on earth with her.
I am sure that she must have found her daily inspirational theme: ships!
I believe that she jumped on her viking ship, ready for a new adventure. And as we're mourning her, someone will be blessed with her talent, on another silver shore.
Someone will be welcoming her.
"Here she comes!"

I will never forget you my friend.
You will be missed.

Saturday 9 May 2020

The Gates of Enchantment are open

May means Enchantment!
And this round is particularly dear to me.

May will be the month of the Kitsune, the mythical fox spirit of the Shinto folklore. I've always longed for a round dedicated to ancient Japanese lore, and this was the perfect occasion to release some special exclusives!

The Inari Torii functioned as gates to link the material world with the spiritual one, so that humans could bond with the Kami, the Japanese deities. These Torii gates are dedicated to Inarii, kami of fertility, rice, tea, sake and agriculture. Inari is also the kami of foxes.
These gates come in three variations: wood, rocky and ruined, and all of them with the option of having engravings or not.

Since the round is about kitsune, there you are your own Spirit Foxes! They're animesh pets to be rezzed in your land. They come in two coat variations, and three animations: idle, sitting and feeding.

But this isn't over!

As tradition, it will soon begin the amazing Enchantment hunt! Every designer has a prize hidden in their store region. Harshlands prize will be a personal Spirit Fox attachment pet!

This little fox is well hidden in Dragonstone, and you can find some directions by the landing point.

Thursday 7 May 2020

Swank May Round: Boho Chic

Harshlands goes Boho this month!

That sounds like an unusual turn for us, isn't?
Swank opens again for its May round, and for this month theme, I've decided to prepare a set inspired by the beautiful beach Boho weddings.

The Boho Wedding Set is made of several parts that can be purchased separately, or as fatpack.

The Boho Altar comes with a Texture HUD, with the choice to change the wood structure and carpet colour/pattern, 5 different choices each part.

The Boho Bench features the same type of colours of the Altar. It comes in two versions, with couple (pg) poses + multisit, and a multisit version only (in case you're planning to host a ceremony and you don't want random group hugs...)

Next of the set are Boho Lanterns, featuring multiple wood paint colours and a soft light emission.

The Petal Ground is the last touch of detail of the set. A wedding cannot be one without flowers! These mesh grounds come with many different colours and three shapes: a straight line, a small and large group.

You can preview and test the product at Swank: