Thursday, April 28, 2016

"Absurd, creative & debauched"; Guess Which One I Am!



Absurde, créatif et débauché : dix ans après, « Second Life » est t...

I have not failed on a desert island, but on Second Life . Like me, some haggard and clumsy beginners landed on this strange beach to discover what remains of this game that occupied the headlines there about ten years. I expected to find , a decade later, a deserted world, aging technology and a few cobwebs in the corners.It was exactly the opposite.
** Morgane Tual, translated from the original French by Google **

When I was first contacted to be interviewed for this article I truly didn't know what to expect and I cringed imagining some of the possible outcomes.

It didn't help that the journalist, Morgane Tual, just happened to contact me on April 1st. I had already received an invitation to a new "Gorean Inspired Marquis de Sade" roleplay that morning and was on the lookout for more April Fool's fun so when she said she was from Le Monde I took it with a grain of salt.

I asked her to send the questions via email allowing me time to think before responding. She was probably surprised at my long, essay type answers but I wanted to emphasize the sides of Second Life that members of the Historical Communities often explore (creative, historical, educational, fun, friends etc.) in hopes that some of that flavour would filter through.

I'm so glad that she actually took the time to venture into Second Life herself and the result is a much more balance piece than the dreck you usually read.

As a bonus, I got to have the last word!!


Tatiana, quant à elle, éprouve du plaisir dans son métier de designeuse classique, qui peut lui prendre jusqu’à huit heures par jour « quand je suis bloquée par la neige à la maison ». Car sa seconde vie a beau être importante, elle me confie que c’est notamment « la météo de la vraie vie » qui définit la limite entre les deux, et conditionne la déconnexion. « Quand arrive le mois de mai, je préfère passer mon temps libre à travailler dans mon vrai jardin. »
Take a look and see what you think. It's in French but the translations (via either Google or Bing) though a bit clunky, aren't all that bad.
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"Absurd, creative & debauched": Guess Which One I Am! by  on 2016-04-28 An interview can be a scary thing!

Images: Morgane Tula, Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tatiana's Tea Room: Setting up Shop on the Kitely Market


I'm delighted to announce the latest online location of Tatiana's Tea Room on the Kitely Market!

I've been busy setting up shop and porting products over from my main store in Second Life. Everything sold from this location will be marked as Export allowing purchases to be transfer to their owners in other grids.

It really is exciting to be plugged into the Hypergrid!

Needless to say, it's going to take a while before I really feel established but I feel I'm off to an excellent start.  Though there's still a lot to learn, I found the Kitely Market very easy to use and I absolutely love the option of creating product variations.

Kudos to the Kitely team for making merchandise setup so painless.

Have you made the jump to the Kitely Market?  How did it go?  I'm really interested in hearing your stories, tips & tricks.  As a newbie I could really use all the advice I can get.
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Tatiana's Tea Room: Setting up Shop on the Kitely Market by  on 2016-02-11 I'm delighted to announce the latest online location of Tatiana's Tea Room

Images: Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Petit Trianon: Tea Time


Taking a moment to enjoy a well-deserved cup of tea in the Salon of the Petit Trianon before starting my early spring gardening.

It's been a very busy winter (which is fading fast in my SL but, alas, is not over by a long-shot in my RL).  I'm making good progress on Maison Margaux and really enjoying playing with contemporary design.

In my "spare" time I had a lot of fun putting together the shabby-chic Louis XVI "Deer" Chair & Table Set with it's hot chocolate & snowflake cookies.


This snowballed into the revamp of all my Louis XVI chairs.  I've always loved these chairs and so I'm delighted to be able to update them with more textures & more animations for less LI & less L$.

The "Petit Trianon" variety has just been released with plans for more NEW & REDUX in the near future.


Now I have to go and melt some more snow in Provence Coeur.  Soon the tulips & daffodils will be popping up.  Can't wait!
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Petit Trianon: Tea Time by  on 2016-01-31 It's been a busy winter; time for tea!

Images: Tatiana Dokuchic (click to enlarge)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Maison Margaux: Exploring Classic Contemporary Interior Design



"Surround Yourself with Classic Beauty" has been TTR's motto since my very first days in Second Life.  Now as most budding entrepreneurs can attest, choosing a business motto can be serious stuff so I took some time with the selection, wanting something that summed up the "visions of antiques that danced in my head".  Antiques & Classic Beauty, now there's a match thought I.



When I found myself seduced drawn to the dark side (see Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio), i.e. away from the 18th century and into the 21st, by the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015 I had to reevaluate my personal definition of "classic".  Can contemporary interior design also be considered classic?  And what about "eclectic" because if I'm taking a break from 18th century rules there's going to be a whole lot of eclectic going on.  All that dynamic tension that comes from pairing a "Louis" chair with a Lucite table is just too good to pass up!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio


I didn't know her name so I thought of her as "The Woman in Orange".  With her striking attire & direct gaze, she seemed familiar; someone I really should have recognized.  Nevertheless Judith lead me on a delightful chase before revealing her secrets.


I first glimpsed her in a photo of the hallway of the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015.  I thought she was stunning.  Imagine having a home where she is one of the first things you see coming through the door.

Unlikely to happen for me in real life but more than feasible in Second Life!

Monday, October 26, 2015

A Dance ... with Dragons


Great Balls of Fire!!  It started out as another beautiful day at the Petit Trianon; sun shining, birds singing, absolutely perfect for the All Hallows' Costume Dance.

The guests started to arrive; some on broomsticks, others just appearing out of nowhere.  This being Second Life their chosen means of transportation didn't raise much of fuss (well except maybe for that HUGE spider that scurried in ... not sure where that creature was hiding her invitation and I certainly wasn't about to approach her to ask!).  The costumes were fabulous ...