Unfortunately, for some of us, Real Life has a way of changing our plans. I’m one of those people. On June 21st I’m letting the Kaedara region of sims go. This is a 2X2 section of sims.
Reason being, is that RL is just too full for me, and I cannot handle enough to keep four sims going. I’ve rented out two other 2X2 single sims from close friends at Sunset Rentals, and am downsizing.
The sims will be my homes while in Inworldz, where Mystic and I privately hang out and breed our animals. Our sims are next to other friends of ours, so not all bad.
While I’ll continue to have Kaedara Breedables and maintain the group for both the breedables and Tempest Myst Designs sales, I will sell through markets and not at home. Except for the RFL fundraising events.
Later this year, I hope to get Tempest Myst Designs products listed on the marketplace.
This winter I may even start up another sim when it’s time for book releases. But that’s not a sure thing. I do know I won’t use Kaedara name for it. I’m thinking of changing the region name for the books from Kaedara to something else. That name has attracted a lot of questionables in social media.
The downsizing is going well, and I find I’m actually relieved. Not being able to do the work I need to for four sims was stressing me out. And I’m ready to give up the home based market.
In fact, I may stay low for awhile. Let things calm down a bit from some attitudes moving into areas. Yes, we do have some SL-tudes trying to move in and make things frustrating.
Just like all bad things, this will pass though. In the meantime, I’m just going to play and build in my own little corner of the world.
Here are some pictures of what’s been going on so far with the move.
Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017. It was fun, but I’m sure it’s going to get even more fun this year. Inworldz has been a great grid to be on. Great people, great service.
Big thing for 2017…Kaedara sims are going to the animals! *grin* For the most part. Of the oyo breedables, I’ve managed to keep over 250 retired animals. Inworldz is too small of a grid to expect a ton of traffic, and in my case, I sure don’t get a ton of sales from my builds. So, letting the animals take over most of the sims seems reasonable.
The Elvenglades sim still has the sales shops on it, along with yard décor and landscaping items. The huge Book Emporium building will remain, as will the newest Tempest Myst Designs building. Mystic’s Treasure Trove and gazebos will stay here. The children’s memorial stays put. Only thing left that I’m not sure of is the new Olde’ house set.
In addition, the Relay for Life (and T4T) sales corner is there. Only sales aren’t going for charity right now. The kiosks poofed at the end of the year. When I rez a new one, thinking it just would set for general fund, it poofs too. So…regular sales on oyos throughout year and special fundraisers twice a year now while the season’s active.
Still, it was fun and we did really well in 2016. We raised nearly 120K Izzies for Relay for Life from sim sales and 12k for Toys for Tots.
The story journey across the four sims for my fantasy series was cancelled and turned into a one stop freebie set on the Elvenglades sim. The visitor can still get everything that they could find on the story journey: the books and a book shelf for them.
Thinking the giver for that will stay at Elvenglades store sim.
The other sales sim, Lost Forest of Hudan, is almost finished. This sim is really gone mostly to the animals between our private areas above and the ground level. I’ve created different styles of tree groves and sized them 60X60, which is perfect for showing off lovely horses. Many of my retired and salt free horses are residing on the ground level now.
There are quite a few designed spaces for wild cats along the one end too. I’m adding to those also. I hope to be able to set out most of my retired wild cats there. I also plan on adding in an elephant setting. Most everything still needs pricing before it’s available for sale. And I need to rework the water builds. Having an issue with the permissions on them that I may need to get some help with from the other awesome builders on the grid.
When I get too far down on prim space I’ll use Enchanted Isles space for wild cats.
That seems odd. Saying one needs to economize on prim space in Inworldz. But that just shows how many animals I have. I have considered getting another sim just for them. LOL
Marion Margaret Press will still have a base of operations within Inworldz on Enchanted Isles, attached to the Silverwood Memorial area for Sandie Bergen. This is where I have the most work left to do. The set up needs to be altered a bit. MMP won’t be fully active in Inworldz, but may try to do something two to four times a year as a special event.
First event will be at the Club Twinkle, hosted by Matt and Kels Foxclaw. This event will herald the release of an anthology edition by Sandie Bergen. More detailed announcement will come once I have the exact release date and have procured the event date from Kels and Matt.
We have new store locations for our breedables and Tempest Myst Designs. Tempest Myst Designs is at Bluestar Breedables and Sunset Cove. I’m still setting up Sunset Cove location. Been bogged down by the end of the year paperwork for RL business. The breedables have sales locations at Bluestar Breedables and M&K Stables.
(Above two photos taken in ultra setting. Not working out so well for photos, looks amazing live though.)
The oYos have been a lot of fun to breed. My beloved Arion has less than a month of breeding to go. He will have given over 100 babies and be a bit diabetic from all the sugar he’s had. He’s given a lot of dawn dapples. I bought the nymph coated mare Chloe had and crossed her with him. I’m also building a nice line of nymph hair horses, some on dawn coat. Nymph coat has not yet passed. Hope it does.
The Christmas horses are passing their “kid” coats. I’ve gotten Faith and Joy so far from them. Think those come from the Love and Trust coats. I’m hoping to see the Wisdom and Hope coats pass me something too. And that the one hope horn I have passes.
The blackrose horn is passing well for me. The new texture for it has been handed in, but unfortunately Jenni hasn’t coded it in yet. Very sad about that. I was so looking forward to that horn. I’ll keep breeding them and stashing the bundles and hope they birth with the updated look. She never did respond to my prompt about if the current bundles are worth anything…whether they’ll birth with new texture or old, when she gets around to putting the code in anyway.
I birthed two more starter sets of morgans after getting notice to her that the eyes have not been passing. Mine have not started dropping yet, but Mystic let me know today one of her old starters passed the eye. I’m guessing this means that issue is fixed.
I’m thrilled with oYos. Love them to death. The Inworldz team is great. But doing a lot to keep both grids going at same time. Sometimes it stresses my patience to have to wait my turn. LOL But they do wonderful work.
The hairs are different now in SL for the horses. Barbie wanna be jokes to me. Yeah, I’m being rudely honest. Not holding back. Sorry. I breed for LLLL hairs. When I updated my LLLL sunset dapple in SL and had actual tears in my eyes at her ruination, I don’t feel compelled to play nice.
I sent a notice to Jenni right away telling her to count my vote as absolutely no to doing that in Inworldz if she does take opinions. I tried. I honestly tried to get used to it in SL. Tried to breed for LL which isn’t so bad. Tried for two weeks and then just had to heaven them all. Couldn’t deal with it. Total waste of my time and money there.
Why I’m feeding to retire so many in Inworldz. It’s my backup plan. If the others want the new hairs and they happen, I’m set to stop breeding so many horses and just enjoy the retired ones on my sims. Then just breed the specials with Tempest and the version ones with Marion.
Because, good news!! The Pegasus breeding still works with verson 1 horses. I got a black Pegasus yesterday. Maybe I’ll do more…we have tons of white unicorn girls to use yet. The version 1 horses are heavy on prims, but they’re not any worse on the sim performance than version 2 that I can see.
I have to say, if a person just has to keep breeding through the bad hairs in SL, the SS do look more natural than before and look very good on some of the coats. I’m keeping so many bundles in backup, just in case the mood hits me there. (And a small supply in IW as part of my backup plan.)
Speaking of hairs, evidently, the RFL Purple Hair was supposed to pass, but hasn’t. I’ve got Arion sugared up enough to have nearly 90 kids without the hair. Talked to Kels so she’d check with Jenni and boom! Today Arion with her dawn girl passed the hair onto a dawn. Looks fantastic! Arion’s got 25 days left and he’s going to be sugared like mad during that time. This late in the game, looks like it’s up to me to save the RFL Purple Hair from extinction.
There’s also new random coats and eyes out. I got an Ibis eye today. I would show it, but alas, the eye texture is not working. That baby is sent in to Jenni for repairs. Guessing I’ll get that back in the morning during her normal Inworldz’s check in time before she runs off for work. Does that woman sleep? I’m not sure…
Arion of Kaedara is my pride and joy…he’s being sugared up with every sale I get so I can build my army of foals from him…
Conversation between me and sim partner:
Friend: oh so now he NEVER gets a break
Tempest Myst: lol yes he does…when I’m out of izzies
Tempest Myst: he had a day off yesterday
Tempest Myst: using him to finish up some old girls and then his son grows up in a couple of days and he will have someone to share duties with…need him to give a good male I like with the eye for the second son I’ll keep
Friend: did he get unemployment?
Tempest Myst: lol nah he’s on contract
Tempest Myst: it’s tough trying to find a good stud to sign up for more than 4 months
Friend: so are you saying BB studs are going the distance? you pay them enough and they’ll work forever
Tempest Myst: lol yep
I decided that our fundraiser sales event for Relay for Life in Inworldz will end this Sunday. This is based on how both interest in visiting and interest in buying has slowed down or even stopped on many days.
Not a bad thing…this was a test and I was not sure what the best length of time for such a fundraiser would be in Inworldz. The test is a success and I will do the fundraiser sales again next year.
It does look like the best length of time for such an event is one month, so that will be next year’s goal. I’m also going for a complete redesign of that corner, which I will work on a bit during these next few weeks.
Dee’s Designs will retire, or at least the current building will. Not sure if I’ll keep the name for the next incarnation or not. And in between RFL seasons, I will keep a small supply of special deals available for purchases there…those will go into the RFL kiosk.
My personal challenge for the last five days of the sale, which is until the end of the weekend, is this…
If my sales area brings 10,000 Izzies or more in donations, I will add 10,000 Izzies of my own donation funds to the kiosk myself at the end of the sale.
At the time I write this, I’ve got 2500 Izzies in donations towards that challenge already. We can do this.
Search for Kaedara Breedables, oyos, oyo or breedables. Elvenglades sim of the Kaedar Region.
We’ve had a good run, but it’s been very quiet at our store since the oYo group picked up their activity. To be honest, we lost a few key players who would spend money for RFL and I feared it would hurt our efforts. But I don’t think so. My kiosk has taken in 71k so far, plus the 21k it took the week before, and I’m sure that oYo has some goodies set up for the busy week in October that will really add to the giving.
Team oYo will definitely surpass last year’s giving. Not sure if it will be twice as much, but definitely be a lot more by the time the special week in October ends.
The goal for my sales area was 100K on the season kiosk. It may still get that much. Still time for it. And I got an idea for the final push on the last week of the season…need to talk to Mystic about it to see if she’s up for it, as it would involve her store too.
Sadly, this season end marks the end of my time as an extra large breeder of oYo breedables. I’m still going to breed, and maybe more than many, but already I’m down to half of normal number and plan on being down to 1/4 to 1/3 of what I normally have in near future.
One reason is that with the v2 horse bundle glitch managing that many bundles takes too much of my building time away. But it’s only part of the reason.
Not only do I need to evaluate where most of my game time is going, but also my expenses. This is not a fast sales situation, so it’s not a high rotation of bundles or intake of money. Meaning, I’m using a lot of money that I’d normally pay forward to other builders and to the creators I get my building supplies from.
I need to find a better balance of building/breeding expenses to spend my gaming dollars on. As I’m not going to increase what I spend already. LOL
Over the next week, Mystic and I will look at the sales area and decide which ones we want to take and put away for ourselves to play with. Then, I’ll start making mega packs with the rest. I have some wild cat mega packs already made, as I sorted those already…there were over 100 bundles still in inventory on top of what was out, so they were way overdue.
The horses and other animals I’ve kept up with, so they waited until now.
The mega packs are great deals for any old breeders or new comers we have coming in to the oyo breedables. The price savings make them ideal for setting up a new store to resell them or breed for yourself.
The mega packs will remain in the sales area after the RFL season ends. Those sales will be dropped into the kiosk for the general fund until next season starts.
I say this experiment was a success. I’m very thrilled with the amount of funds the sales raised for RFL from the oyo breedables. I will continue it next year.
Dee’s Designs did squat though. Granted there’s not a ton in there right now, but it is good stuff. Or at least I think so. I shopped for hours online to find original art work. But it seems to not have worked out so well.
I do have an idea for a huge gallery building though…perhaps I’ll build it and use it for next year’s season with better result. I like Dee’s Designs, as it honors my mother’s battle with breast cancer. But she won the battle, so to allow something else to take its place wouldn’t be a terrible thing…
Traffic has slowed and so have the oYo Breedables sales for RFL. Sort of expected that. Figured there would be a rush in the beginning and then occassional visitors until the rush to tip donations over the edge at the end.
I am disappointed with Dee’s Designs though. I’m not going to scrap it…the store stays to honor my mother’s successful fight against Breast Cancer, even if I’m the only one to enjoy it. It will remain and sales will continue to go to the RFL kiosk year round. IF any sales come about.
Shame too. I spent hours looking for some of the textures I used for pictures in there. At least they’re free TOS so I can use them on websites and whatever else I need, so not a complete waste of my time.
At this moment, Elvenglades kiosks have raised 61,100 izzies total. Not too shabby. In addition, Kels told me the oYo bundles I gave her for the first auction raised another 9500 Izzies. That’s good to know.
The bears are loved that I donated and she popped into the vendors. Not sure what those have brought in total. I think some were given away at the picnic and not sure where all the vendors are. Only one I know of doesn’t show but one sale of them, and I’ve had a lot of word of people loving them. Perhaps perms were not changed and they’re giving them to one another…don’t care. They can give to RFL kiosk on their own in return if so.
Kels has 15 Breeder’s Sets of wildz, horses, cats, dogs, and dodos to help finish the rest of the season from me. Of course, I breed way too many and will have more if she needs it.
I think I can call this “experiment” a success. My hope is to raise another 40k between now and the end of the season for an even 100K.
Those horse bundles still break!
The horse issue could hinder that, if I don’t find a work around. I just don’t have time to maintain loose version 2 bundles and spend the few hours or so it takes to send them in and then rename and price them when I get the new ones.
There was plenty of notice before this update, so I picked them up and then replaced them with wildz bundles that do not break. Only V2 horse bundles out now are boxed breeder’s sets, which don’t break for some reason.
Thing is, most of the small group of buyers want the horses. Being such a small group, losing the ability to provide the best selling product is hurting my oYo sales, and the RFL kiosk.
And the lack of knowing what is going on. Oyo isn’t noted for sending out notices and letting us know everything…they work more by word of mouth. So, those of us who cannot attend events/auctions or hang out to see chat all the time, do miss a lot.
(I just informed one other big oYo breeder of her broken bundles and she’s shocked. Knew nothing about it and wonders why there’s no notices to people, or anything being done. Jenni said maybe I should contact others about it when I see their bundles broken. Not my job, but maybe I will. The more that know their bundles are broken, the more they’ll request something be done about it. Or stop breeding.)
I’m left with no recourse, but to plan as if nothing will be done in the near future about this issue. Need to cut back anyway. I’m clearance selling some horses and have my stay at home breeders down to 58 now, with plans to cut that by ten to 12 per month until probably down to breeding about 20 at a time.
I’ve picked up others like sabers, bears, and elephants, so by the time I’m finished breeding for the goals I have set now, I’ll have probably around 75 animals total. A lot more manageable than the 200 I’ve had in the past.
Thinking I may just breed to retire ones for my displays and sales products, and to donate to RFL. It’s a shame no one is supporting Mandy’s wonderfully done sales area, so any sales spots I need will be there. I may keep a selection at Elvenglades for RFL year around too…depends on what happens after the after season sorting.
My work around for the v2 bundles will be to box them all – means that will have to wait until I can find time to take pictures for each one and set them up. I tested with ten loose ones out this time and kept the boxed sets out…9 of 10 loose ones broke, and boxed set ones were okay. Jenni is quick and fixed them right away, but still…
And shopping sucks anymore because other breeders just don’t check theirs. Most bundles at markets are broken. Although, I will admit, it does seem like less broke than before from this last update. Still many of them did.
He’s still alive!
We found someone who’s in contact with my close online friend and cover artist, Ron. I should have been informed but it seems that a windows 10 upgrade wiped out his contacts from his sister’s computer.
Ron’s been undergoing cancer related surgeries, with some hopeful results and some bad results I’m not at liberty to disclose. Around 4 weeks ago he had an ulcer burst and went into emergency surgery on top of everything else.
He is recovering and should have been entered into rehab yesterday. They hope to have him recovered enough to go home in a few weeks. Prayers still needed.
Or good thoughts…He’s Hopi raised so whatever you do, he appreciates.
God willing, I’ll be able to keep all four sims going for years to come. And maybe even add a few. We’re probably going to change jobs and move again, due to impossible circumstances we can’t seem to fix, much as we want to.
This is probably a good thing for us and our lives, so not wholy unwelcome. I just expect things to get pretty bumpy for awhile.
The unfixed bundle situation did make me consider cutting back and letting the sims go…and maybe it will if it’s not fixed. But I’m giving it time…as long as it takes for my current horses to retire, before deciding anything.
My sims are not doing well anymore in traffic. The store one is. The exploration ones are not.
Hudan I can understand. That one is picked up for new forest product to be built…not much to see there at the moment. The forest is being worked on in my build level during the few moments I get.
But the other two finished ones are not. The story journey across the sims appears to be a failure. It begins where the store traffic comes in. People just do not seem interested. That may have to become a freebie bookcase with all the books in it instead for visitors.
Enchanted Isles is my sanctuary and do not think I’ll scrap it. The Silverwood Memorial will remain on it, and so will Marion Margaret Press’s base, which still needs some work done to it. This sim may be my book series’s show off sim.
Moor-Knight will change though. Perhaps I’ll make it the castle sim, with a full castle and full of items for sale in it. People seem to prefer shopping versus exploring and hanging out in nature scenes.
I shall miss the bog and the bog lady’s house when it comes time.
Elvenglades stores will be developed out as planned. And at some point, the product out and more will be in the marketplace.
This is a winter project…perhaps not until after our forthcoming move to who knows where in real life.