Changes

So, a thing happened to me in SL about 2 weeks ago, that I confess, caught me completely off-guard. I was in Natoma, visiting the Ivory Tower, when on the map, I noticed a large swatch of the sim Sage for sale. The price was dirt cheap, so I did the unthinkable and bought it. Why?? I don’t know why it was a complete impulse. But it felt right, and as a firm believer in going with your instincts, I did it. The area is sentimental for me. My first stop after escaping help island was Ambat. Next stop, Teal, where I was forever charmed by Bilbo’s hobbit hole and the particle lab. Sage is right next to Teal, I can see it from my new plot!

I won’t lie, many people will think I’m insane for purchasing mainland. I’m also right next to the Plum sandbox which seems to be constantly griefed. After a few days of omg, omg, I wondered what I would do with this land. Well I’ve finally fixed it up some (just ignore the 8 meter high full bright build on the plot next to mine), and I’ve moved my main store there. I am staying on Amira for just a bit longer, so I have two stores atm. Also, just so you know, my love for Kesseret is unchanging as always ;-). I hope you’ll come by and visit, I put the February group gift out on the table in the store for EVERYONE (see what I did there?). Here’s a teleport directly to the new store!

Etheria2: Painted Ladies – Collaboration & Design!!

Last year, I decided I wanted to do an event that would bring designers of different specialties together in a creative endeavor that would highlight the accessory part of the design equation. I called the event Etheria, and somehow managed to pull it off! Based on the success of the previous event, and after discussing it with some good friends, I decided that the time was ripe for another collaborative event in Second Life. I’m pleased to announce that I’ve managed to convince several designers in SL to join me! What is Etheria? Etheria is a collaborative design event, in which we ask the question, what do jewelers dream? I’ve asked a group of jewelry designers, whose work I greatly admire, to create special pieces just for Etheria. In order to make the event even more interesting, each jewelry designer then in turn asks a clothing designer that they greatly admire, to create an outfit specifically for the jewelry they’ve designed. It requires a collaborative effort on the part of both designers, to work to make the clothing and the jewelry work together! In the last Etheria, I worked with Sienia Trevellion of Lark! I’m pleased to announce that Sienia and I will once again be working together. I’m honored and happy to announce the other paired designers for this event: Caroline’s Jewelry & DCNY, Donna Flora & GizzA Creations, Lolapop! & Schadenfreude, Miao & Somnia, and finally Undefined Lilies & Whippet & Buck.

The six paired designers for this event will be working with a specific theme, which is something that we didn’t exactly do last time round. The theme is, “Painted Ladies.” What is a painted lady? In the American Old West, during the gold rush era, there was a group of men called, the ‘49ers, who swarmed the sierra nevada mountains of California in a reckless search for gold! The truth of this era is that the people who made the most money were the services that supported the gold rush, specifically, those who sold shovels and mules. In addition there was a class of women who also supported the minors, in a rather bold fashion. These woman were labeled by the the minors with names such as “ladies of the line” and “sporting women, while the cowboys dubbed them “soiled doves.” Other nicknames for these women, who were as much a part of the Old West as were the outlaws, cowboys and miners, were “scarlet ladies,” fallen angels,” “frail sisters,” “fair belles,” and “painted ladies,” among dozens of others. In short though these were women who sold their bodies for money. While these woman did indeed sell their bodies, there is a certain boldness and fascination about them, when you look at the old pictures of their dress and style. And that’s what we will focus on for the event.

The event runs from January 1 to 8, 2012. It will be located on the Amira sim, in the middle of the lagoon. I hope you can join us, please keep your eyes open for announcements of the landmarks for the event, they will become available shortly before it opens.

Dark Mouse on Fabulous Fashion TV

Hey! I was invited to be on Fabulous Fashion TV and I’m pretty jazzed about it! (ok maybe a wee bit nervous too) I will have two models, two of my good friends in SL, Kesseret Steeplechase and Hethr Engel. While I love them both dearly, I also asked them because my brain leans toward retro and vintage naturally and both have shapes that I feel represent actual woman and have a retro feel. I will be showing the same outfit, accessorized in different ways. Since I specialize in retro and vintage jewelry – expect more of the same. Please join me for the show, I’ll be on VOICE (omg, omg – prepare for a queens, ny accent softened by 20 years in california), probably nervous and talking about fashion, something I can only pretend to know a bit about. The show is on October 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. SLT. Here’s a teleport to the show! When you arrive at the TP point, turn around and head up the stairs into the building. Oh! And there will be presents!

SALE AT DARK MOUSE!

I just moved a TON of stuff into the discount section of the store – NOW’s the time to stock up on jewelry! I have fatpacks of jewelry for $100L and a single set marked down to $50L. Normal prices are $400-$300L a fatpack, so DEALLLLLLL. I’ve got a bit of the remodel bug so who knows how long they will be there! Get here today! Click this link for a teleport directly to the store!

Etheria is coming

~ Etheria – When Jeweler’s Dream ~ Dark Mouse and Lark for Etheria – This Sunday

A woman’s tears & please VOTE on these issues!

What is it that men say always wins the argument? I’ve been married for 20 years and let me tell you my husband crumbles like blue cheese in endive lettuce at the sight of my tears. That is why I rarely cry when we argue. And why, I cannot in good conscious keep my mouth shut now that I have opened it on this issue. Dark Mouse started appearing yesterday – AFTER MY BLOG POST – in ‘all’ for ‘jewelry.’ I was on page one for 24 hours – and seem to be appearing and disappearing at random now (dynamic search? LOL – it seems to have something to do with having ‘mature’ and ‘adult’ checked – see the JIRA’s below). But seriously this is NOT the point – it was not my intention to get technical support via blog post! I don’t expect to be on page one unless I’ve earned it. And what the kindly customer service representative from LL stated on live chat – that “traffic is totally responsible for your ranking is simply NOT TRUE.” ‘Relevance’ is what is supposed to improve it. That’s why putting your keyword in the name of your store (erm, jewelry) is important and someone recommending you in their picks is a good thing. I’d also like to say that my post yesterday was born of pure frustration and anger – to those who are suggesting that I’m being overly dramatic, the point of my post was my personal realization that I was upset (i.e., overly dramatic) enough to react the way I did to this thing we call a video game. Yep, it’s true – I’m human.

For those of you checking on these things like me, on page two of chat, this relevant item to a search under ‘all’ for “jewelry” can be found on page 2 of results! – Millions Media $500L Unlimited View DVD’s #1 for Movies! YAY I can get movies in SL for ONLY $500L.

And – the ticket that I submitted on May 28, and have commented on yesterday on LL’s support site has not yet been responded to – though I have talked to live chat to no avail.

Please go VOTE on these JIRA’s – research now tells me that this is a serious bug – you log into JIRA the way you log into your account.

~ http://jira.secondlife.com/browse/WEB-2001

~ https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/WEB-1712

~ https://jira.secondlife.com/browse/WEB-1735

And I wanted to say thank you to everyone in world and in comments for the kind thoughts and words of support. I appreciate them more than I can ever say.

Mouse Mimistrobell is pissed…update

***So I just checked and Dark Mouse is back in search. I don’t know why but there you have it. Blog post? Mebbe.***

Seriously people, I’m a slow burn. I rarely fly off the handle, but I’ve just about had it. Ever since I’ve owned a business in SL from the early days of Whimsical Creation Homes to the current days of Dark Mouse Jewelry, I’ve been tossed around by the bullshit system we fondly call SEARCH. At times, I’ve seriously felt that someone at Linden Lab is out to get me. My first 3 months in business – no problems at all. Then I moved to Taber. From day one, my land settings would mysteriously change from ‘any category’ to ‘educational.’ I would change it back. My land description would change (not by me and I was the only person in my group) and I would fall off search for 7 days. I filed ticket after ticket, after ticket. At first, I was told, “what, we can find you in search.” And lo and behold, I was there! Then I was told, well your store is just not that popular, so you’re really LOW in the rankings. Okay, okay, I’d think – you just have to work harder to improve, and you’ll appear in the right place. I got camper machines for a few months. Nothing helped really. Then I was told, well you’re using an alternate viewer…always it was something. I gave up on tickets. I would frequently appear, then disappear again. Then, they changed the way search worked. Now you needed to be ‘relevant’ like if people put you in their picks and stuff. Hmmm, so I got a picks rewards machine about 5 months ago. Woah nelly! That worked like a charm and for the last 4-5 months, I have reliably appeared in search, under the search term “jewelry’ in the first 5 pages in ‘all.’ This was a good thing. I felt like at least I could be found for people to look at my stuff – and I was with my competitors, all of whom I respect a great deal. Then about two weeks, I randomly checked search – and what the hell, I was not appearing! I checked again in the evening and YAY I was back. Next day and for the next few days, I would appear in search in the mornings, but not in the evenings. Then last week, I vanished from search altogether. I got on Live Chat. They can’t help me and I was told to, ‘file a ticket.’ But seriously, I’m so tired of this. I feel like I’m being singled out. Which is just ridiculous, right? Probably I’ll be back there tomorrow, just to annoy the crap outta me.

Change is good, no?

So I changed my shape! OMFG. I received the Sayuri VIP group skin gift from Tuli, which has been blogged within an inch of its life but deserves it. I ‘liked’ it on my shape. I LOVE it on my new shape, yes, I more than tweaked my shape, I changed it significantly. It started with the &Bean skin, which I really really like, and I decided to make some changes for that skin. Then I decided to go further for the new Tuli skin. I like the result. Damnit now I’ll have to buy the fatpack! I am still working on my new releases. Unfortunately, my life has not been my own of late, so not a lot of time to build. But I was stuck in a hotel room with mediocre internet, so I decided to do a blog post. The outfit I put together today is all about the skirt. Lovely, kind of dreamy/floaty skirt from So Many Styles. The texture on the skirt is really just lovely, and the color combo of purple and yellow works for me. I paired the skirts with older Cupcakes tights and my J’s cowboy boots for fun. The tank is from Sprawl (what is the hiatus stuff? bah!). The jacket is from NINIKO, a lovely little shop with a lot of ‘open front’ jackets that are really well made. I could have put a denim jacket with this outfit for the same effect, but liked the NINIKO jacket too. Finally the hair is from fri.day, and I swear the hair from here just keeps getting better and better (yes, yes I want to be fri.day when I grow up….). The necklace is a fun little bargain you’ll find in the Dark Mouse Discount Shop in my store. And finally I added my full of flowers belt to the skirt, cause it’s um full of flowers. I’m trying to get back to normal life again, I’m hopeful that after this weekend, life will be better. Maybe after a bit I’ll be able to share, and maybe, help others who have been through a similar experience.

Outfit Credits

Hair – Maria w/yellow flower (Thoughtful Brown) – fri.day

Skin – Sayuri – tone 2 (VIP Group Special) – Tuli

Eyes – Gold Flakes (Topaz) – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry – Sparkling Water (Gold) Dark Mouse Discount

Camisole – The Fade (Orchid) – Sprawl

Jacket – Soft-Riders(grey) – NINIKO

Skirt – Chiffon Skirt Lila-Yellow – So Many Styles

Leggings – Gold Leggings – CupCakes

Belt – Full of Flowers (Gold) – Dark Mouse

Boots – WesternBoots (Black) - J’s

Poses – A variety from – Long Awkward Pose

and that means, comfort…

I’m a major goof ball. I was beside myself the other day because I had to work during the Linden Home launch. I was uber jealous of everyone porting around from location to location grabbing good spots! Plurk can be torture sometimes! You see I had to transfer land from my group into tier or something…..gah. Have to log in to do that and I was in a meeting! When I finally managed to log in, I got a good first location – great neighbors! Then I dithered (I am the queen of dithering). I didn’t like the elf house and wanted the hobbit house – plus I was in the middle of the sim – could I potentially get a water front property? Would I really luck out and get on Hethr’s sim??? Egad it was torture. So began the odyssey of trying to find the perfect house location. Erm still looking round, grass is always greener and all that crap. I really want the hobbit house most though. Seriously I should be finishing up my various builds but I can’t be bothered. I’m too busy looking for the perfect house with only 117 prims LOL. I HAVE 3500 prims on my land, but NO that’s not good enough – I HAVE to have the 117 prim perfect home! Anywho, while recovering from my utter insanity, I decided to do a wee bit of 50L love. I love me some Kyoot and picked up this lovely top (or dress – up to you). I’ve paired with a great old scarf from Artilleri, my new cocoa stained jeans from Surf Shack Co. My lovely Ving boots from Shiny Things – we need new shoes from Shiny Things! I accessorized with my own j’taime earrings and hip hugger belt. Hair is my new hair called Kate in rum raisen and a lovely new skin from Belleza called, Alyson, which has me thinking…fat pack! Oh and also more 50L love – a telescope for my new hobbit hole from Reek! Awesome sauce, 4 prims (which leaves me with 113!!!!) and poses! OMG! I think I need to go meditate.

Outfit Credits

Hair – Kate (Rum Raisen) – Dark Mouse

Skin – Alyson Pale Group Gift – Belleza

Eyes – Fairy Hansel Bright – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Vogue Lashes 1 – Celestial Studios

Jewelry – j’taime earrings (Garnet/Copper) – Dark Mouse

Scarf – Silky Scarf (Brown) – Artilleri

Top – Low back mini ruffle dress (top only) – Kyoot

Jeans – Hot Cocoa Stained – Surf Couture

Belt – Leather Hip Hugger Belt (Brown) – Dark Mouse

Boots – Ving Boots (Ash brown) – Shiny Things

Poses – A variety from – Lap

Life is what happens when you have other plans

Sometimes I think that I’m a generally clueless maybe even naive person, always caught off guard by the things occurring around me. And now, belatedly saddened by the things occurring around me. I’m troubled by the events of the past few days, alluded to, whispered about, bandied about really – by people who actually know nothing but ‘what they’ve been told.’ If I had a linden for every time in the last few days I’ve seen someone state in that hotbed of intrigue, Plurk, “I heard that this person did this or that” I’d be SLrich. It’s almost impossible to defend ones self against a rumor. There is no proof. There is only, “well my friend such and such told me this or that, and of course I love this person dearly and they’d never lie.” Or, my other favorite generalized statement, ‘this person is crazy (or a moron, or a thief, please fill in the blank.)” Oh rly? I’m still waiting to see the proof of all these various allegations. And so should you before you say more or share the statement with someone else. Did you know that there are REAL people in SL? No really it’s true. We’re all anonymous of course. Which is nice. But our very interaction within SL creates a persona, a brand, a reputation that over time, becomes something that we wish to protect. Or, give up on protecting because the pain, anger and sadness of trying to deny a rumor becomes too much. At present I’m sitting in my family room, typing this on my laptop computer while my avatar, or the virtual representation of my REAL SELF, is sitting in the particle lab on Teal. See, here’s the thing, I’m a real person. I have real feelings, I am by turns jealous, angry, and happy, I have faults, habits, and doubts. Oh and I can be hurt.

People perhaps criticizing my work, or making denigrating statements about things I like can hurt me, or the people I care about. And I can react in a variety of ways that are available to this virtual world that we live in – I can create a blog post, make a Plurk entry, make a statement in the SLForums, shoot tiny pastes like little atom bombs all over the interwebs, IM everyone on my friends list, etc. about this hurt I have. I can just let it go, if I want. It’s too terribly easy to do this.

Over the last few days, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to many, many people, about many, many things, and I’ve been struck by several things. Five different people will perceive the same event in different ways, myself included. I’ve been able to witness first hand, the hurt and pain that can be caused by baseless rumors and innuendo. And I guess I want to say this – Think. Please stop and think about the rumors, the stories you hear. Challenge them. Challenge the person who’s telling it. Ask questions – don’t accept – ask to see the evidence of their statements. Because the truth is this – the next time a rumor runs rampant like a destructive wild fire through peoples lives, it could be you or the people who you love that are burned. And like me, you too could lose a friend.

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