Monthly Archives: June 2012

A little bit of Venice for your Second Life

On our recent real life vacation to Italy, we were lucky to spend a few days in Venice at a lovely pied-a-terre deep within the city.

Since our flat did not have a usable coffee maker, each morning we walked into the more populated areas in search of our morning espresso. And each morning, I admired balconies with wonderful window boxes, crammed full of flowering annuals, perennials and herbs.

Most of the inhabitants of Venice do not have gardens, so window boxes are a perfect way to indulge in one’s love of gardening. Here is one of the million pics I snapped while wandering in the city – this one taken with the intent to re-create a part of Venice for Second Life.

Snapshot of window boxes in Venice – taken by Moriko’s real life custodian on May 18, 2012

-Hanaya- Venezia Window Box

I recreated the window box itself in mesh, and planted it with a cherry tomato plant, kale, fern, black-eyed susan, rudebeckia and foxgloves. Please note that a current viewer, capable of displaying mesh is required. Both the window box and plants are mod, so if you have narrower windows, you can remove the plants, put in your own and size the window box to fit as needed.

The -Hanaya- Venezia Window Box is on display in the front window of our in-world store, and available for sale there, as well as on the Second Life Marketplace.

The roses of summer

Early summer in my real life neighbourhood, and our garden is all about roses. The newest rose in my garden is the beautifully fragrant Parfum de Grasse – a hybrid tea rose that was developed in France in 2007. It is named after Grasse – a city in Provence, considered by some as the perfume capital of the world.

In Second Life, our rose breeding program recently produced 3 new tea rose cultivars, Tangerine Dream, Pink Love and Forever Pink.

-Hanaya- Dozen Long Stemmed Roses (Tangerine)

Tangerine Dream’s orange-red blooms wow you with their reverse yellow shading, and are complemented by peach gypsophyla. Strong stems with waxy deep green foliage add height to the bouquet.

-Hanaya- Dozen Long Stemmed Roses (Pink)

The vibrant tones of the Pink Love tea rose are offset by the delicate light pink of Forever Pink. Meticulously sculpted and textured blossoms stand proud above a deep pink-hued gypsophyla.

Both bouquets are displayed in crystal vases with gently rippling animated water surface. And they do not need watering!

-Hanaya- Country Life Armchair

Summery fabrics and weathered dark wood are part of the -Hanaya- Country Life furniture series. The overstuffed armchair is perfect for indoors or on your terrace, patio or balcony. Includes 2 menu-driven unisex animations.

Look for matching Country Life pieces at our in-world store, or on the Second Life Marketplace.

-Hanaya- introduces My Summer 2012 Collection

Fresh from a sunny, warm and bright real life vacation in Italy, we are back with lots of ideas inspired by the wonderful gardens of Bellagio and other lovely locations in and around Lake Como, Verona and Venice.

Our new summery furniture and decor mesh product line, My Summer 2012, will bring whimsical, lovingly handcrafted home and garden decor to your Second Life. All pieces are original designs by the -Hanaya- team – you won’t see them anywhere else on the grid.

-HanayaMesh- My Summer Large Cabinet

The two doors and three drawers of the My Summer Large Cabinet are cunningly inset into the cabinet front, providing a beautiful yet functional piece of furniture. All doors and drawers open at a touch.

Placed in your bedroom, living room or dining room, there is plenty of space for your treasured objects on top of the cabinet’s beveled glass top or below it on top of the unit. At only 8 prims and 13 Land Impact points, it is a lovely way to bring a breath of summer into your home.

-HanayaMesh- My Summer Small Cabinet

To introduce the new collection, the My Summer Small Cabinet is currently available as a gift for the VIP group members of -Hanaya- Yummy Collectibles in-world group. The set includes both left and right-opening versions, along with a beveled glass top and interior shelf. To get your copy, stop by the -Hanaya- in-world store and look for the piece in our Customer Information area.

Not a VIP group member? The piece will be available for sale to the general public at the end of June.

Last but not least, a big giant thank you to everyone that visited our storefront at the Home & Garden Expo last month. Your generous donations for Relay for Life and purchases of our products (many of which were brand new for the event) were a wonderful surprise on our return from vacation. The pieces that were at the Expo will slowly make their way into our in-world store and to the Second Life Marketplace.

Have a sunny, warm and sparkly weekend!