Monthly Archives: October 2012

NEW -Hanaya- Season Change Windswept Bonsai

After submerging in the world of sci-fi and pathfinding robots for the Cinema event, it seemed to me that it was time to work on something peaceful and zen-like.

Some of you guys, who follow my Flickr stream, may know that my partner Yuukie and I recently moved our SL home to the Sailor’s Cove Sims, an area adjacent to the Blake Sea. One of my first custom orders was for Yuukie – to build mesh outdoor shelving for her bonsai collection, which will be housed outside on our terrace year-around. Here is a pic …

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While working on the shelving, I thought a nice feature for deciduous bonsai would be the ability to change seasons via a menu.

That is how our newest product, the -Hanaya- Windswept Bonsai (Season Change) came about. Without hesistation, I chose the Shakan style of bonsai, as that is one of my favourite forms. More info on bonsai forms can be found here.

The construction of the root structure, trunk and branches was a slow picky process – one of the things I love about creating in Second Life. Once the tree had its form, the work to create foliage, and to plant the bonsai in a pot appropriate to its shape and size was quick work.  More fun followed in devising combinations for the 5 seasonal looks.

-Hanaya- Windswept Bonsai (Season Change)

A single click of the bonsai brings up a simple-to-use menu, which lets you change between 5 seasonal themes:

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn 1
  • autumn 2
  • winter

The menu contains access control, so you can set it to either owner-only, to public access, or limit it to specific avatars.

The bonsai is packaged with 5 matching original mesh display tables. Combined with the bonsai, the Land Impact (including the optional table and ground shadows) is 12 LI.

-Hanaya- Windswept Bonsai (Anniversary Edition)

And since -Hanaya- celebrates it’s second anniversary in a few days, a single season Anniversary edition of the new bonsai will be the November group gift for VIP members of the -Hanaya- Yummy Collectibles in-world group. The gift will be sent out, as usual, on the group on the 1st of the month, and will remain available in the Customer Service area of -Hanaya- in-world for the month of November 2012.

The -Hanaya- Windswept Bonsai (Season Change) is now available for purchase at our in-world store, where it is on display so you can play with it before you purchase.

Too lazy to leave home to shop? Not to worry, our latest release is also available on the Second Life Marketplace.