Tuesday, October 28, 2008

New free gift of the week

Hello everyone and hope you are well :-)
Here in Australia we are getting ready to celebrate the Melbourne Cup Horse Races. This is a big event each year so our free gift over the next 2 weeks will celebrate this.
The gift also makes a lovely smart outfit for many occasions.
Over the next day or so we shall also be adding a quiz board to the display so be sure to check for this as prizes can be won.
Enjoy, take care and happy days
Nikki & Georg xxx
Pepita 16,161,324

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Group Only Exclusive!

Every 2 or 3 months we design a group exclusive. This is available to group members only and will not be released for sale to the general public. We have gone back to what we are all about with this design, a nice casual set perfect for Autumn and at only $60 this is a bargain not to be missed. To purchase you only need to be in our group and wearing your group title at the time of purchase.
Being a member of our group entitles you to be the first notified of any sales, free gift of the week, group exclusive and any events that may be happening in our store. It is not a spamming group at all so you will not see the pop up window every day :-)
Cheers and happy Days
Nikki and Georg xxx

Free Gift of the week time :-)

That time again and its the last in the trilogy of our Halloween theme designs (Phew LOL) We are all Halloween'ed out! This is on the formal side and perfect for the upcoming halloween balls.Please Help yourselves and enjoy.
Cheers, take care and Happy Days
Nikki & Georg xxx

Saturday, October 18, 2008

OMG my butt is huge!

Lets face it, skirts in Second Life are far from perfect but hopefully this will help. The linden mesh skirts make your butt look huge and prim skirts need to be resized. But there are some things you can do to make them work as they were designed to work! :)
*Note: Linden Mesh Skirts are an actual piece of clothing on the skirt layer.
Prim Skirts are an object (the little box symbol in your inventory) usually worn with some sort of under shorts.
The "omg my butt is huge" skirt problem or Mesh Skirts:

Left side is normal look and right side is modified

There's a simple fix or workaround for this one, but you need a shape that you can modify. Make sure you're wearing a mesh skirt as well.

1. Right click on yourself and select "appearance".

2. Choose the "Shape" tab then the "Legs" button.

3. Scroll down a little bit and you will see where you can change your butt size and saddle bags.

4. Make your butt size and saddle bags smaller (I make mine 0).

5. SAVE AS... Use the save as button, or else you will overwrite your original shape. Save this shape as something like "Skirt Shape".

See the difference in the following two pics...

Left side is before modify:

So there you go. I do hope this helps.
Thanks so much to
Nyte Caligari
Nikki xxxxxx

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Free Gift of the week!

And again we offer our new free gift of the week!
Gosh time comes around fast!
This week we are more in theme with the up and coming Halloween where we offer a Halloween Punky Witch outfit with broom and Hat included.
Dont forget more freebies can be had by playing our popular "Search me Pumpkin" game, we have had feedback that this is hilarious so we are pleased it goes down well :-)

Take care and Happy Days
Nikki and Georg xxx
Pepita 18,157,324

Modify, Transfer, Copy, transfer, Modify or Copy???

The mind is boggled yes? :-)
A big discussion in the forums recently left us thinking that our current offering of only Modify Transfer permissions was not enough! It seemed 50/50 were for both so we set to the task of offering the Modify Transfer versions alongside Modify Copy versions. So now all of our designs are available in both versions and at this stage we are about 90% through the shop and already this is starting to prove to be a good move.
The remaining 10% of our designs will get finished...ummmmmmm......

When I wake up :-0
T'is a hard life running a shop you know..although my honeypot Georg doesn't seem to think so :-)
Nikki xxx

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Free Gift of the week and some new designs

Hi everyone
Hope you are all well.
This week marks the start of our Halloween trilogy of gifts. The first is more of a fancy dress theme but still very enjoyable :-)

Also included over the next 3 weeks is our Pumpkin Treasure hunt. All over the shop we have placed pumpkins..some contain a free gift from our designs where as others are dummy ones.

You need to follow the instructions they will give you in the chat window :-) Some will hop around to different places and some will tell you to stop clicking me :P

Dont forget to check out some of our new designs as seen below

Cheers & Happy Days
Look forward to seeing you at Pepita 18,157,324

Georg & Nikki xxx

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Naughty, bad, ugly windlight :P

A big issue most of us faced was the *Ugly Ava* syndrome :-) We invested alot into having a lovely looking ava then along comes windlight and what has happened to our beautiful skins and perfectly matched textured prim skirts and attachments :-0
Then the facelight comes to the rescue, but alas this has not been greeted with open arms with alot of people because not only does it brighten up our avas like a christmas tree but all around us gets a good lighting attack too not to mention these facelights can only be seen by those who have set *Local Lighting* enabled in preferences.
Anyway, on my travels through the forums I found some custom made settings that can be added to the environment editor under environment settings which is also found under the world tab :-)
Namssor Daguerre has come up with perfect settings for your ava to look beautiful and bright without the need for a facelight.
Have a look at my ava as an example below.

So..how do we make these settings?

Follow me :-))

On the top tool bar click and go into world

...click on Environment settings
...then environment editor
...a new window appears
...click on Advanced Sky
...There you will see the preset you are in
...you need to click on new as you are making a new one
...call it Ava or whatever you will remember
...then follow the presets I have here below.

Save your presets and enjoy the beautiful you. I must add that unfortunetly...not many people but you will enjoy this look as its your settings only..but I feel better with it and its great for photos and you can share these settings around with as many people as you can. Spread the word :-)
After a relog you will find you need to go back into Environment settings to get it back as SL has its own default settings it reverts back to on each log out.
Here are some links to the forum threads I spoke of earlier..




Tips on Adjusting the Prim skirt and attachments

Boo :-)
Yes thats me somewhere behind the curtain :-)
Noooo, this curtain is actually a prim skirt and today I am going to attempt to be a teacher and try to explain to you how get a near perfect looking skirt :-)
Unless your shape is very similar to my shape, the prim part of the skirt you've just bought probably needs some adjusting. Make sure you are wearing both the under shorts and the prim skirt.
My outfit is a simple system top and pants made by only going into appearance mode and colouring in black.

As we all know, the flexi prim skirt texture looks great on the picture we see when we buy but when we put it on our own avatar it can look a little different with the texture and shade. Nearly all designers will make the prim skirt on they're own avas and as there are not many avas with the same shapes and settings most times a prim skirt will need a little modification/fine tuning to suit your ava. This will seem a long tutorial but is worth the read to look your best :-)

Another problem faced at the moment with the flexi prim skirt attachment is texture/colour detail. As we all run different computers and graphic cards, settings and viewers (windlight, dazzle and normal grid at this time) the way each and all of us see the colour will differ greatly. Again modification/fine tuning should help here.

Before starting any adjustments please take care to write down original settings incase you need to go back to them.

****Adjusting the colour/shade ****
Does the colour of the skirt look darker or brighter than the glitch pants or underskirt? Fix this by again going into edit mode by clicking on the skirt, select texture then click on the box that says color...A color picker box will appear and here you can use the colours below to suit as well as the slider at the side to pick a brightness/darkness. Texture color can also be changed this way too by clicking alternatively on the texture box. I do not recommmend changing the actual colors on any of my skirts as these have already been chosen with care but I do certainly recommend to play with the slider for brightness/darkness levels due to the earlier reason about everybody having different graphics, viewers and settings etc.

****To modify a flexi Prim skirt****
You'll need to make your avatar stand still for this to successfully work. So first, you'll need a pose disk.
To use a pose disk just rez it on the ground. Right click it, and choose stand.

1. Right click on the prim skirt (while wearing it) and select "edit".

2. Hold down the control button and shift on your keyboard. You should see white boxes on the edges of the prim.

3. You can make the entire skirt bigger or smaller by clicking on the white boxes and moving your mouse forward or backwards.

4. Once you've adjusted the size, you will most likely have to re-fit it.

5. Use the green, blue and red arrows to ensure the prim skirt is placed properly on your body.

It is not uncommon to have to make some individual adjustments to the skirt panels, particularly the ones in the back.

To make these adjustments, go to the Edit window, click on "Edit linked parts" at the top of the Edit window. Now click on the skirt panel you want to adjust.

Depending on your body settings, you may need to Stretch the skirt pleats to fit. To Stretch the skirt pleats, go to the Edit window, click on "Stretch (Ctrl-Shift)" at the top of the Edit window.

Now, click and hold one of the little white boxes around the skirt pleats and move it slowly away from your avatar.

Of course if you are fairly advanced with using these controls, feel free to adjust whatever you feel, thats why all of my items are modify :-)

I do hope this helps you to fine tune your Flexi prim skirt if you need to and please feel free to IM me inworld if you have any problems.

Kind Regards Nikki Heron :-) and a big thankyou to Natalia Zelmanov AND Nyte Caligari