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So this is Christmas…

December 27th, 2010 by Marianne McCann

T’talk about Christmas this year, I need to go back to Christmas of 2007. Before that, I need to talk role play.

Many in SL who role play kids end up in families. They’re adopted by adult avatars, usually a romantically-involved couple, and serve as daughters or sons. the couple get to experience having children together, and the kids get to enjoy having parents to role play off of. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Unfortunately, for every happy SL family, there are hundreds of stories of broken homes. Sometimes the couple decides their children take too much of their “me time,” or the kids end up disliking the parents. More often than not, however, the parents break up.

In the Winter of 2007, things were rocky for my SL parents. They had a Second Life marriage and a first life long-distance relationship that was going through turbulent times. Jealously and anger was replacing trust and love. And it was Christmastime.

We tried to have a holiday. All the trimming were there, including a big, snowy-white christmas tree surrounded by a mound of presents. We decided that we needed all of us – my mommy, daddy, and us three kids – to be there for the tearing of virtual holiday wrap. We made plans. And then we waited. And waited.

By February, we had yet to have that time when we could do any of this, and by then it was all but incidental. My parents did not have much in the way of happy moments at that time, and it would be a day or so after Valentine’s that it was all truly over.

The gifts would be sitting under the tree for months more, eventually returned. We could not really bear to spend time down in the living room in the Summer of 08, looking at the tree, and gifts, from the Christmas that never came.

2008 I spent some of Christmas at Camp HardKnock, 2009 me and my sibs had a somewhat quiet one at home. This year, we decided to take Christmas back, and make it fun again.

So we had th’ big holiday thing at home at the home me an my siblings share. Once again, we had a tree with presents beneath it, but this Christmas they’d be gone before the end of Christmas day!

Christmas Presents

Me and my sister were bursting with excitement! We had to keep skipping and hopping and stuff, just waiting!

Excited kids

My friend who is a boy (but it not my boyfriend!), Johnny, and his Sister Valla came over. We had fun with Christmas crackers and paper crowns…

Valla and Johnny came over

Oh, and fun with pingpongers. They may have been “stocking stuffers,” but they sure were a blast!

Pingpongers!

Then it was gifty time. We all exchanged goodies! I had a gifty f’r Johnny (a knit cap and some cool bow ties)…

I got a gift for Johnny

…an he had one f’r me (it was some cool ice skates):

He had a gift for me, too

We then played and partied at home…

Playing at home

…and posed out front

Ornamental kids

We decided to share the joy, and went to the Hau Koda Infohub and caroled. People actually did enjoy it. One of them even gave us cookies.

Caroling at the infohub

After that we went skatin’. I got a chance t’break in the skates Johnny got me. Thankoo, Johnny!

Skatin'

All this made for a super fun Christmas in Second Life. We took it back, and it was fun again. Thanks also to Johnny and Valla for joining in on this special day. :-)

Winter Newness from You Know, For Kids!

December 22nd, 2010 by Marianne McCann

Four new goodies from You Know For Kids, perfect for the holidays or any time!

First an update on my Ballerina Music Box!

This new edition has a more robust mechanism, playing swan lake. Click it to open the lid, watch the fully sculpted ballerina and key turn, and listen to the music. Wind again to hear more, or to close the box back up!

Also, say “howdy” to the Buckaroo BB Gun! Kinda sorta like what a legandary Wild West hero like Red Ryder might us

It is an actual scripted weapon, so I suggest using it with adult supervision. It shoots tiny BB pellets that can cause (minor) damage in damage-enabled areas. Don’t shoot your eye out, kid.

It includes aiming and holding poses, of course. :-)

Next up: The Glow Bug!

This lovable, huggable, worm-like plush doll is the perfect nighttime friend! Comes with a hold pose, and clicking on Glow Bug’s head produces a soft night light!

Prims are modify for that perfect fit, and Glow Bug is transferrable, making it the perfect gift for any kid — or kid at heart!

Finally, introducing Little World Doll

Little World Dolls, representing four nationalities, these dolls are “goodwill ambassadors” from a simpler time. Designed as dolls and decanters, they are at home in the bath, in the bedroom, or even as a kitschy decoration in your living room! Perfect for playtime, too!

This is a pack of all four dolls! Modifiable and transferrable, great for gifts or just for fun!

All of the above are available at You Know, For Kids in Livingtree and on the marketplace!

More cheek art in the gatcha machines!

December 2nd, 2010 by Marianne McCann

New cheek art out today at You Know, For Kids in Livingtree and Bay City! Better quality art plus more designs!

New Cheek Art

With Second Life’s viewer 2.0 came a new tattoo layer, allowing for this new goodie! Since then, it has been picked up by many popular third-party browsers, too! Although you can only wear them on a viewer that supports tattoo layers, people can see them on you no matter what version of the Second Life browser they’re using!

I recently updated the designs, hand-drawing them and getting a little help from my friend Robin Sojourner to provide better quality cheek art. Also have a couple new ones in the package: 21 designs available, including rainbows, suns, hearts, butterflies and even spiders, skull & crossbones, and snakes!

Sold in a gatcha machine (You know, those capsule machines like you see at the mall or supermarket), so you can randomly win one of the designs every time you buy. Transferrable too, so you can trade with friends!

Available at You Know, For Kids in Bay City – Imaginario and Livingtree!

* Bay City – Imaginario

* Livingtree

But wait… there’s more!

Available in the Bay City – Imaginario store only, it’s Winter Holiday Cheek Art featuring several seasonal designs!

Winter Holiday Cheek Art!

Standard YĆ¼letide fare is there, as well as a couple Hanukkah designs and even some Kwanzaa candles!

Hope you all enjoy!