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Prim Perfect magazine is back – with a whole new look, and a brand new website!

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Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Cover

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Cover

Welcome—to a whole new incarnation of Prim Perfect!

You may have been wondering why you haven’t seen the magazine recently, and now you know why!

Over the summer we have been planning a complete redesign of Prim Perfect, both the magazine and the website, with the website becoming a portal for our blog, our magazine, and all our media productions, including Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, The Blackened Mirror, and The Quest for the Golden Prim.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: article

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: photofeature

The magazine has a whole new look—we have become squarer—but I think you’ll see, when you open it up, that there’s a whole new look to the pages, something that we’re very excited about!

Of course, we still keep the level of writing and information you’d expect. There are some of our favourite articles—and some exciting new ones too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Pro

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Pro

For example, we’re going to have a series of articles about controversial topics that Second Life residents argue about, and we’ve asked writers to put the cases for and against. First in the series we ask, “GACHAS: criminal ripoff or a way to play a fun game and take home adorable items?” Cain Maven and Alianna Logan put forward their arguments.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Con

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Gacha Con

This issue sees the start of a new series which we’re planning to make highly interactive: Favourite Things. Each month, we’re asking you, our readers, to send us a brief account and a picture of something old or new that you love and would like to share with other readers. It’s a chance to give a boost to your favourite designer, so… why not take a look at the article—and then send yours in?

We’re also going to look under the bonnet at the workings of Second Life. We’re starting this with a series on animations: what they are and how they’re used. We start with a look at basic animations and animation overrides written by Beq Janus.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Froukje Hoorenbeek, Designer of the Month

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Froukje Hoorenbeek, Designer of the Month

Our Designer of the Month is Froukje Hoorenbeek of Dutchie, whose amazing house, created over the last two years, is also a focus for a full photo feature. Joonie Jatho has interviewed Froukje and explored the house, while Judith LeFevre has created the photo feature.

Honour Macmillan has explored an interesting Region of the Month: the Cornfield, which has a long and interesting history in Second Life (read the article to learn more!). Now it is the location for trials of new tools for Second Life—how effective and engaging are they?

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: The Cornfield

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: The Cornfield

Qwis Greenwood continues to explore Second Life to discover small and niche designers who create interesting and unique items that we think you should get to know. This month she finds a store that caters to artists, photographers, and videographers, as well as instructors of training classes and leaders of business meetings.

There’s a beautiful new room design from Samantha Ohrberg, highlighting the skills of mesh designers… and if you would like to start working with mesh, we are re-running Beq Janus’s brilliant series on mesh.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Getting Creative with Mesh

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Getting Creative with Mesh

There’s news of our annual event, Cake Against Cancer, a virtual world event in support of Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraiser, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

There’s another in our series of restaurant reviews, this time with a visit to a very special 1950s diner. And you can catch up on news about our TV shows: Designing Worlds, Happy Hunting!, and The Blackened Mirror.

Our team of talented photographers, led by Wildstar Beaumont, Judith LeFevre, and Honour McMillan, bring you some of the most artistic eye candy from across the metaverse.

All this with News From the Grid and more!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Restaurant Review

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Restaurant Review

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So how can I get Prim Perfect?
If you prefer to read the magazine online but not inworld, there are choices. Firstly, there’s the wonderful Calaméo system, which allows you to moves smoothly through the pages, giving you the feeling of reading a real magazine. You’ll find Issue 52 here – and please do leave a comment!

But, if you like to download your magazines to read as you commute to work, or in the bath, or wherever, you can also download a pdf of the magazine from Calameo – or print it out!

You can get the latest issue inworld – and copies of all our earlier issues too – at our head offices at Sund in Second Norway.  It has a great cafe to relax in while you’re reading the latest issue too!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Discoveries

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: Discoveries

We also have subscribe-o-matic kiosks throughout Second Life – so you can just click to subscribe. You’ll be sent a copy of the latest issue, and then you’ll receive your issues regularly!

Or you can have it delivered to you each month as an IntelliBook, by joining the Prim Perfect Readers group inworld. It costs nothing to join and, apart from delivering the magazine each month, we won’t overload you with chat or messages!

In addition to delivering the Intellibook version of the magazine, you’ll also get a link to the online Calaméo version of the magazine, so you’ll be able to access that too.

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: our new animation series

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: our new animation series

How to Join Prim Perfect Readers

  • Inworld, open Search.
  • Search Groups for Prim Perfect Readers.
  • Click to join

So … enjoy! And let us know what you think of our new edition!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: all sorts of exciting articles!

Prim Perfect Issue 52: September 2014: all sorts of exciting articles!

 

This is the last post that will appear on the Prim Perfect blog at this location. The blog will remain for the forseeable future as an archoveof our first (gulp) 2,000 posts (and this is indeed our 2,000th post).  To read future posts, go to our new blog at www.primperfect.net/blog – and to make life easier, you can subscribe!


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Prim Perfect is having a party!

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Prim Perfect Party

Prim Perfect Party

Because we’ve got a lot to celebrate!

Later today we are relaunching Prim Perfect magazine. There’s a whole new look, and new features (as well as some old favourites).  You’ll get even more gorgeous eye candy from our photographers – and great articles from our writers!

New website

New website

And in addition, we are migrating our website from here at wordpress.com to a whole new site at www.primperfect.net. It’s still a wordpress site, but hosted by ourselves, which will make it easier for us to add a range of new features. We’ll be combining the old primperfect.net website with the blog to make for a smoother, more integrated feel. It’s where you’ll be able to read about Designing Worlds shows too, with links to our other media productions, and our other activities.

And if you’re a current subscriber to the blog, don’t worry – we’ll be transferring everyone across later today!

So – as we are a home and garden magazine (as well as so much more, we like to think!), we’ll be holding a launch, relaunch and celebration party from 2pm – 4pm today in the Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo.  We’ll see you there!


Visit http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/prim-perfect-is-having-a-party/ for actual post date.



Prim Perfect Talk at the Home and Garden Expo: Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip

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Auryn Beorn at the Home and Garden Expo

Auryn Beorn at the Home and Garden Expo

Meet Auryn Beorn of Black Tulip, Wednesday 17th September at 2pm SLT in the Prim Perfect Castle.

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See the full list of our talks here:

Schedule of Talks

And don’t forget – every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle. It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle. And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

 

Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle
Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.

 


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Full schedule of Prim Perfect Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

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Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

Talks at the Home and Garden Expo

We now have a full schedule of the talks that will be taking place daily at the Prim Perfect Castle throughout the Home and Garden Expo.

TIME

DATE

DESIGNER

STORE OR BUSINESS

14:00 Wed 17th Sept Auryn Beorn Black Tulip
14:00 Thurs 18th Sept Prim Perfect Re-Launch
14:00 Fri 19th Sept Sandi Glas Glas Houses
14:00 Sat 20th Sept Tess Spargel Spargel & Shine Homes
17:00 Sat 20th Sept alecat Breda N4RS
14:00 Sun 21st Sept Sandi Petunia & Zandi Moe trappings furnishings & dandelion garden center
10:00 Mon 22nd Sept Froukje Hoorenbeek Dutchie
16:30 Mon 22nd Sept Deann Dufaux Park Place Designs
17:00 Tues 23rd Sept Cube Republic Cube Republic
14:00 Wed 24th Sept sheerpetal roussel DaD Design
17:00 Wed 24th Sept Landru McCallen Wood Works
14:00 Thurs 25th Sept Aki Shichiroji Organica Specialty Landscaping and Home Decor
17:00 Thurs 25th Sept wendi nitely LunaFatale Designs
14:00 Fri 26th Sept Cain Maven Maven Homes
17:00 Fri 26th Sept Robin Sojourner R(S)W
14:00 Sat 27th Sept Mesh Creative
17:00 Sat 27th Sept eku Zhong Culprit

 

Most will be at either 2pm or 5pm SLT each day – but we will be having a few specials at different times – so please check the timetable – either on the blog or in the castle!

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

Prim Perfect Castle at the Home and Garden Expo, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

And don’t forget – every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle.  It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle.  And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle

Lantern Ceremony at the Prim Perfect Castle

Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.


Visit http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/full-schedule-of-prim-perfect-talks-at-the-home-and-garden-expo/ for actual post date.



Join us for the Prim Perfect Lantern Release at the Home and Garden Expo

Original post @ Prim Perfect.

Every day at 4pm SLT, we will be holding a lantern release from the ramparts of the Prim Perfect castle.  It’s a short time for quiet reflection, for thinking of those we have lost, for celebrating those who are still with us.

The Lantern Release

The Lantern Release

The best place to watch will probably the stone circle overlooking the castle.  And after the lantern release, while you are here, you can also explore the element of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, The Lady of Shalott, which Aisling Sinclair has incorporated in this beautiful build.

Come and join us at 4pm each day of the Expo for a beautiful and moving ceremony.

 


Visit http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/join-us-for-the-prim-perfect-lantern-release-at-the-home-and-garden-expo/ for actual post date.



Prim Perfect Jigsaw: Dutchie’s Canal Boat

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Dutchie's Canal Barge Home

Dutchie’s Canal Barge Home

Today’s Designing Worlds’ show will be a visit to the new house that Froukje Hoorenbeeke has created for Dutchie – and to whet your appetite a little, we have a jigsaw of one of the lovely Dutchie canal boats.

Like many of Dutchie’s homes, inspiration is drawn from her native Netherlands, and this is one of the converted canal boats that you might find of the famous Dutch canals, making someone a cosy home.

Her new home is … rather larger – and we’ll be posting more about the show (and where you can see the home for yourselves) later today.

In the mean-time – enjoy the jigsaw!

Click to Mix and Solve

Dutchie’s Canal Barge Home, photographed by Wildstar Beaumont

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.


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Interview with Saffia Widdershins of Prim Perfect: 2014 Platinum Sponsor and Dear Friend of RFL/SL

Original post @ 7th Annual Second Life Home and Garden Expo.

 

Aug29d_001You could never accuse Saffia Widdershins of being blasé.  I had the delight of meeting Saffia along with my HGE partner-in-crime, Joonie Jatho, on a recent Sunday morning. Joonie and I teamed up to ask questions, so while I am typing up the response the work is a joint effort. Saffia, who hails from the United Kingdom, was already well into her day and in spite of the fact that she still had to conduct a business meeting and attend an awards ceremony, graciously gave us nearly 2 solid hours of attention.

I want to note that The Second Life Home & Garden Expo could not happen without sponsors.  As a Relay For Life event, which funds cancer research, we rely on donations of both capital and manpower. We thank Prim Perfect for again being one of our Platinum Sponsors and Saffia for her continuing support for Relay for Life. For years, Saffia and her team on Prim Perfect and its sister TV show, Designing Worlds, have been a part of Home & Garden Expo and have played an important role in the success of the event. Saffia and other team members are also active with RFL’s Fantasy Faire as well as one of the coordinators of the telethon that accompanies each Relay weekend.  Saffia has been a tireless advocate for the charity and there is not enough thanks in the world to express our appreciation of her efforts.

Q: Tell us a bit about your “real” job in Second Life, Saffia!

A: I am the owner and editor of Prim Perfect, Second Life’s first magazine for homes and gardens, which began publication in February of 2007. I am also the producer of and presenter on Designing Worlds, a Treet.TV/SLArtist.com show for Home & Garden design and the designers who create in a virtual world. It airs every Monday at 2PM SLT. Past shows may be viewed either on Treet.TV, SLArtist.com or itunes.

We then went on a tour of Prim Perfect headquarters, a modern residential build created by Loz Hyde of Meshworx.  The first floor is a large public space where you can pick up free kiosks that connects your business with a large network of other home & garden merchants and allows your customers to subscribe to the magazine.

Q: How did Prim Perfect come to be?

I became active in Second Life in January of 2007 and was renting a castle (remember how we all had castles – or beach huts –  back then) that allowed me the use of 200 prims.  I was clueless about how to move furniture around or prim counts; founding out about them after my landlord told me how much I was over limit. I thought, “I can’t be the only one struggling with these problems and began searching for help, noting there were blogs and magazines devoted to beauty and fashion but the only resource for home and garden was “Linden Lifestyles”, a blog that sadly ended in August 2008. I chatted with the owners of the few furniture stores that were around and learned that there were no magazines for Home & Garden, so with one month of Second Life under her belt, I started Prim Perfect. Towards the end of 2007, I had a staff and things were running smoothly so I began looking for new ways to expand and launched MetaMakeover on Treet.TV, which morphed over time into Designing Worlds.  Over the years, A: I’ve been the editor of The Primograph, a gorgeous, rich magazine devoted to Steampunk and Victoriana design, The Quest for the Golden Prim, which is a serial series done in the style of a graphic novel (the last chapter is planned for publication in 2015), AND The Blackened Mirror, a TV show created in a virtual world.

Q: How were you first exposed to Home & Garden Expo?

A: I was doing Metamakover on Treet.TV, when Treet.TV was asked to do a telethon in 2008, and the Designing Worlds team was asked to be on air for the first two hours of the event. The first Expo was built on the corner of a sim in a divide that used to exist between sims. I had never seen so much furniture in one place.  I loved the event so much that Prim Perfect had a space at the second Expo that was built on the corner of one of the four sims that made up the event. I  remember, a special “Blue Willow” hunt and the beginning of the lantern release, which has become an annual tradition at the Home & Garden Expo.

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Q: Do you have any plans to do anything exciting on the Prim Perfect sponsored sim at Home & Garden Expo 2014?

A: At this year’s Expo we will be releasing an all-new Prim Perfect, which will merge the magazine and website into the current address. There will be many new features like the Pro’s and Con’s about controversial issues from opposite sides ( first topic: Gachas!), “Favorite Things” where the author’s will talk about their favorites items in Second Life and person will be interviewed about their favorite things. The magazine will be interactive and readers will be encouraged comment and carry on the discussion or share their own favorite finds. There will be a huge launch party for the new format at Expo so watch the blog’s event listings for details soon.  We will also continue the tradition of lantern releases each day at 4 pm SLT.

Q: Saffia, are you sure you are not a bot because you are literally tireless!

A: LOL, Yes I do sleep, usually having refreshing naps, one in the evening from about 10pm until 1am, then I wake again, work a few hours and then go to bed again at 4am until 9am. In early modern times apparently a lot of people slept like this and that there are historical references to “first sleep” and then “main sleep”!

Q: Please name 3 words that describe yourself.

A: “Passionate”, “committed” and “caring”. Also “nothing I have done could not have been done without a team” and “it’s not just me; it’s all about the team”

Q: What kind of  advice would you give to someone who wanted  to follow in your footsteps?

A:

  • “Find something to do that is different and that you love doing and can be passionate about, especially something that has not been done or being done so badly and you can do better!”
  • “Your endeavor should be something to which you can commit.”
  • “Be prepared to work bloody hard without counting cost. None of it comes easily and sometimes you have to let things go to continue.”
  • “Sometimes people approach me and say ‘I want to do a tv show.’  Then I ask why and how and who do you have on board. Usually they say “just me.” and I always respond “Team”; that the level of involvement required is enormous.  You need a huge team, writers, film, editors.”

“The potential in SL for making stories is still there and is still strong with an ongoing need for writers and a “crying need” for tv people and editors. Media in Second Life remains such an open market with tremendous potential.  So many of the people I’ve worked with have gone on to do commercial projects.”

Q: What do you most look forward to at this year’s Home & Garden Expo?

A:  “Nice people to talk to, a lovely place and the lanterns. The Expo is fantastic with the coolest part being meeting all your friends. I will look on my mini-map and see all those “yellow dots” (friends). ‘Green dots”  are just a friend I’ve not yet met.

And with that she added me to her friend’s list and I now honored to now be one of her yellow dots.

For a historical perspective of Second Life’s Home & Garden Expo (courtesy of Saffia) we encourage you to check out the following resources:

Home and Garden Expo 2009: http://api.treet.tv/media/dw_041_06may09_169c.mp4

Home and Garden Expo 2010: http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-expo-2010

Home and Garden Expo 2011: http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-expo-2011

Home and Garden Expo 2012: http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-garden-rfl-2012 andhttp://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-garden-more-12

Home and Garden Expo 2013: http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-garden1-2013 and http://treet.tv/shows/designingworlds/episodes/home-garden2-2013


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Calling All Designers! Join the Conversation at the Home and Garden Expo with Prim Perfect!

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Sign up for our talks!

Sign up for our talks!

Following the success of our discussion / interview programmes at the Home and Garden Expos for 2011, 2012 and 2013 … and the Christmas Expos and the Birthdays … well, you get the picture!  At the 7th Home and Garden Expo, running from September 16th to 28th, we are planning a further series of talks with designers and landscapers.

These talks will take place inside over very special  our very special poetically inspired castle on the Prim Perfect sponsored region. But we’ll be telling you more about that later!

We’re planning to host events at 2pm (and, if needed, 5pm) every day.  If you would really LOVE to give a presentation, but can’t make that time, contact us and we will see if we can fit you in.

We are happy to host talks, presentations, interviews, question and answer sessions.  It’s an opportunity for designers to share ideas, for people to meet their favourite creators, for communities to come together and talk about their culture and ideas.  We’re very open to hosting what YOU want to tell us about!

If you would like to be a part of our programme at the Expo, please complete the form below with your topic and preferred dates and times. We will try to fit in as many people as we can!

 


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Do you have news for the new Prim Perfect?

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We are re-launching the new Prim Perfect in September, with a whole new look, a new website and … the chance for you to share YOUR latest news!

You can take advantage of our FREE news service to share your latest news with us.

Just complete this simple form at the end of this post and and submit it. To include an image, send it to [email protected] clearly marked to associate with your news story!

The deadline for your news stories for our next edition (which will be launched at the Home and Garden Expo) is August 30th.

And over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing trailers and teasers about our re-launch – so watch out for those!



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Do you have news for the new Prim Perfect?

Original post @ Prim Perfect.

We are re-launching the new Prim Perfect in September, with a whole new look, a new website and … the chance for you to share YOUR latest news!

You can take advantage of our FREE news service to share your latest news with us.

Just complete this simple form at the end of this post and and submit it. To include an image, send it to [email protected] clearly marked to associate with your news story!

The deadline for your news stories for our next edition (which will be launched at the Home and Garden Expo) is August 30th.

And over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing trailers and teasers about our re-launch – so watch out for those!



Visit http://primperfectblog.wordpress.com/2014/08/23/do-you-have-news-for-the-new-prim-perfect/ for actual post date.