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17 Mar

Royally at Pacific Crisis Fundraiser

I’ve been around, but quiet. Time for that to end!

I’ve thrown myself headfirst into opening Royally again. The crisis in Japan and subsequent PCF fundraiser has pushed me further.

I’ve put 2 items up for so far at the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser with more to come. I also have them up in my store. 100% contribution. My stuff is here (and look up, 2nd row above the floor): slurl.com/secondlife/World%20of%20Beauty/250/170/1003

I’ll have at least 2 or 3 more PCF items in the coming days, so stay tuned. And after that, some normal new releases for Royally. And oh yea, Royally is open, nothing new except Fundraiser stuff for now. Royally slurl for the curious: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Kilmarta/184/55/131

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Ship Shape

31 Jul

/me kicks self

Duh. I do have something worthwhile to post! I almost forgot!

SEND ME YOUR SHAPES!!!

Ok, let me explain 🙂

One of my goals for my shop Royally is that I want to celebrate diversity and that includes AV sizes. I realize how much people can and will change their shape to better fit clothes “off the rack” and that sucks.

Additionally, as I’m working on stuff for mai store, some of the things I’m making could perhaps be a tricky fit for a variety of shapes and sizes. Sometime in the future, I will introduce a super cool awesome brand new innovative new thing I have planned to help with this, but for now, I need a little help, and you providing me a copy of your shape will definitely help me.

Obviously, if you bought rather than made your shape, you prolly can’t send it to me, but you can tell me where you got it and I can pick up a demo if one’s available.

But I think many people make their own shapes, and I would love to be able to have a variety of shapes to test on and create different sized/fitted prim bits. So I will probably test fit on a lot of different shapes and will use some as the basis of different size versions, meaning they could fit you perfectly!

Feel free to lock up the perms if you want; I promise I’m not going to give away, copy, wear your shape around town, try to impersonate you, or steal your cupcakes.

OK, I might steal your cupcakes.

SO!
If you make your own shape and want to share it with me (PLEASE?!?)… do the following:
-Make a copy of your shape.
-Change the name to “YOURNAME’s shape”
-Change the perms any way you want.
-Drop it on me (QueenKellee Kuu) in world.
-If you also have a dress shape (system skirt shape) feel free to also drop it on me as well, marking it as your dress shape.

If you have a purchased shape:
-Send me a notecard telling me the store name and shape name/creator name.
-SLURLS appreciated but if you don’t have ’em don’t worry about it.

YES BOYS, you too! Unless you don’t want any of the clothes you keep bugging me to make….

YaY for shape freedom!

Palm Slap to Forehead

27 Jun

Mixed Emotions

Soo….I was getting SOOOO proud of myself b/c after the viper pit party on wednesday night I sat down and got a huge major start on an outfit for my store that I actually think is awesome and will work. (sidenote: my new outfit is NOT the one pictured above, that is a suuuupercute dress from the always fab Big Booty Big Money) I’m still struggling a bit with the prim bits and it’s not nearly anywhere finished but I am very excited because I’m now at the point where every new thing I start seems to have huge jumps in quality. Yay!! Stuff is sticking!! The new outfit is very much based/inspired on a RL costume I modified/made and wore to Burning Man pasts.

When I started this whole clothing designing thing I quickly learned that there’s a few distinct parts to designing clothing in SL: the first being the design of the outfit itself, the second of course being to translate that design in photoshop to create an SL wonder of beauty. Two quite diff skill types but both equally important. So having to worry less about implementing a brand new design has helped me work on improving the photoshop skillz, me thinks. I will probably do a few more crossovers from my RL costume vaults to gain some more practice and it will be fun to maybe put RL pictures up next to the SL ads!

And I do have a goal to wear it to the next viper pit party (fingers crossed it’s finished in time).

So happy happy joy joy tra la la la…..BUT THEN…(insert car tires screetch/record scratch)

Suddenly today I get that feeling, that yHi6&F%6dV#*6br!!!Vve&^ feeling when I saw that the beloved Canimal has released this awesome Slaughterhouse Chic apron. NOOOOOOOoooOOOOO I screamed. Why? Because I have made something enough similar gathering dust unfinished on my hard drive/inventory. Not completely the same, mind you; mine is a set of aprons in a bunch of diff styles and patterns (ranging from girlie to more utilitarian like Cani’s) in a bunch of diff types (normal, worn, dirty, bloody). But mine are soo not nearly finished (it was one of the first items I worked on so the quality is sucky, but I was planning to revisit and finish before opening my store)

And this is not the first time this has happened. A few weeks back when I saw this pic from the loverly dorks I gasped in horror. OMFGBBQSH!TBALLS that looks soooo much like another of my unfinished projects! (the flower outfits) Not exactly to the Tee but close-ish enough. *cries*

See, the issue here is multi-fold. First, flooding the market with a specialty thang. Then worrying that people think that I’m copying, then to worry that the designer themselves accuses me of copying! Now, I do have technical proof that I at least started these designs before the others were released or I saw them but thats beyond the point. I don’t want to step on toes or give people a reason to start drama especially when I’m only starting out trying to establish myself. But this most bothers me because everytime this happens it gets me all depressed and then I don’t work on my store items for a week or more. 😦

Should I start just ignoring all SL fashion and give up shopping completely for awhile? Should I just say F*** it and do what I planned on? Put them on the waaaay backburner and give the established products a metric tonne of breathing room before even think about releasing? forget about ever releasing them? talk to the orginal designers? work on making them specificially different than the others? this is all new terrority for moi.

Clearly, there is one thing I need to do: start finishing things and releasing them right away! That might avoid the whole problem, huh?

/me opens photoshop and gets crackin….

Vomit-Inducing Cuteness

26 Apr

Sorry, my 2.37 readers, that my blaaagh has turned blahhh. I’ve been quite busy with the following tasks:

1. Trying Not To Shop For Avie stuff (clothing, accessories). Status: Epic Fail.

2. Trying To Justify Shopping for Cute Stuff for my Store Build. Status: Can you say Happy Stump?

2. Working on items for my store. Status: Eleventy Billion more unfinished items, Zero finished.

3. Working on the store build. Status: Cursing my Linden-Dirt Terrain; Sobbing from being forced to use precious prims for grassy lawn.

4. Working on the store Branding (logos and display styles). Status: um…I downloaded a buncha new fonts!! I love fonts!!

5. Trying Not To Get Frustrated At Clothing Making. Status: Avoiding Photoshop for the moment!

6. Trying Not To Puke From The Cuteness Overload that is my New Bunny Pet (and baby chick!) from LittleGirl Shop! Status: *Burp*

Vomit-Inducing Cuteness

I do have a goal though. I will be opening my store….soonish. How’s that for specific? 😀

The Queen has a castle!

21 Mar

Royally another angle

Ok, it’s actually a crown. And it’s not a home technically, it’s going to be my store…when I’ve finished enough items to justify opening.

So why do I have a store without anything (yet) to sell? Well, I didn’t exactly plan on getting land this early, but an opportunity came up that I didn’t want to miss out on. So I’ve got a great little spot at a terrific price in a nice neighborhood. 🙂

Right now the build is a work-in-progress…which is how I like it. I tend to build in fits and starts, do a bunch of work and let it sit for a while, look at it, study it, think about what I want, make changes. So this will give me plenty of time to fine tune while I work on my store items.

Which will be….?? I’m struggling to define what I want my store to be. But I do have a name!……wait for it….

Royally

Which I think is quite fitting for a Queen and all. But what will I put in my store? So far I’m working on stuff from clothing to accessories to jewelry to Avie’s and gadgets…every gamet. Which I know isn’t really good for marketing/branding but fokit, it’s my store, I’ll do as I please. 🙂

The truth is, my inspirations are far and wide, and sometimes might be a little strange. One thing I’ve realized in the past few days that is inspiring me the most right now is thinking about Burning Man. Some of my first items will probably be based somewhat on RL items I’ve made/worn/modded to wear there. I think this has helped me a bit as I learn/remember various photoshop techniques for making good SL clothing (and good prim torturing :). It’s good to have a solid visual to focus on. And it doesn’t even have to be that cool: I’ve spent way more time than I’d like to admit the past week squinting at the RL wrinkles on my RL shirts.

Anyhoo…come for a visit!