New Products at Phantom Rose!

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I know I have not posted in quite awhile, but RL Holidays and Family illness kept me very busy.  However, I was working and I am pleased to announce that Gilt – Mermaid now has its first line of Mermaid fins and Mermaid Hair!

Lavish is my first offering for Fins.  And come in several colors:

Aqua

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Red

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Blue

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Each set includes flexi fins for back, arms, legs and tail fins.  There is a detailed rope belt, with mesh sea shells and flexi ties.  You have your choice of a modest scale top or detailed Mesh shell nipple covers.

Each outfit has a coordinating Mermaid Hair that is sold separately.

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Each wig has a Jeweled Prim starfish hair ornament with flexi streamers.  The flexi hair moves nicely underwater and has optional face light.

The Lavish series also has two Goth Fins available.

Black

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Purple

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These Fins have same pieces as the non-goth fins, but the details include Spiders.

There are two wigs that are sold separately for these sets:

Black

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Purple

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They both have spider detailed shell hair ornaments!  These flexi hair wigs also include optional face light.

I have been wanting to bring my customers my vision for Mermaid Fins for some time and I am so happy that I can finally announce their arrival!  I am working right now on the first Lavish Merman Fins… coming soon!

Thank you to my many customers.

Your support means the world to me!

Warmest Regards,

Lannorra

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Phantom Rose – Inworldz Turns 3 years old!

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Phantom Rose Opera House at Inworldz

This August is the 3rd Birthday for Phantom Rose at Inworldz!   Not only does the sim turn 3 years old, but I just underwent a huge conversion from a full sim to the new 2×2, Quad sims.  So now the estate consists of Phantom Rose, Phantom Mists, Phantom Nights, Phantom Dreams and a scenic, Phantom Isles.  I have been working more than a month to redesign the spaces and even out the primage.  But before I tell you about the conversion, let me give you a little history.

I have long felt that competition is a good thing for products.  And I have lent my support to many of the new grids that started to crop up along side Second Life.  I immediately like Inworldz more than any of the others.  The founders seemed more responsive, they strove to give transparency and legitimacy to their grid and they were further along than others I visited.

I rented land to begin with.  I took time to look around and visit sims and shops.  I liked what I saw.  I told people at the time that I considered my time at Inworldz like a “cottage by the lake”.  A place to visit and have fun.  Not my home, but definitely a vacation home.  Over the time, I decided to get a sim; the pricing was really good and the prims plentiful.  I played around… for long time I was a woodland fairy.  It was a lot of fun and no stress.

Three years ago, I realized that I wanted to expand my Phantom Rose empire and Inworldz was the right place, so I changed the name of my sim to Phantom Rose and started redesigning.  In Second Life, my sim is gothic castles, but here in Inworldz I wanted to do something different, so I decided to concentrate on New Orleans and the bayou.  I felt they gave that decadent, fading beauty that makes a great backdrop for my “gothic romance” theme.  While Inworldz Phantom Rose is not the same as Second Life Phantom Rose, they do share similar elements.

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In both grids there is a spooky Graveyard.  Here is a picture of one part of the Inworldz graveyard.

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They both have a ballroom called “The Ruins”.  At Inworldz, the Ruins is an old mansion.

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And of course, both grids have the Opera House!  I built the Phantom Rose Opera House at Inworldz with inspiration from a real antebellum mansion, Longwood.

The new conversion has given me much more space, although not more prims.  This required some big changes to Phantom Rose.  I have moved the Dark Nights Role Play area to Phantom Nights sim.

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It now has a larger surface play area and still has the upper members only levels.

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I have added the Lewt system quests and also two other 24/7 quests with prizes to keep you busy!  I will do a blog post on the Lewt system at a later date.

I also added some new rental homes

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Captain Jack’s Castle, Phantom Dreams

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Dupre Bayou Cottage, Phantom Nights

I moved Pirate Cove to Phantom Dreams and the Dark Nights bayou is just over the sim line from the Vieux Carre.

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Big Easy Jazz on the Vieux Carre.

I hope you will drop by and visit this month to help us celebrate.   The Phantom Rose Estates is part of the Magellan Sea Community and has access to the Iz’s Oceans.  Many of my Magellan neighbors have awesome sims and its really worth coming out and exploring our area.  Hope to see you there!

Warmest Regards,

Lannorra Sion

Phantom Rose Second Life Turns EIGHT YEARS Old!

Hello to all my Phantom Rose friends and family.

July marks the 8th birthday for Phantom Rose in Second Life(SL)!

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Back in 2006, I had most of a mainland sim named Gabara, and I called my area, Dragon Heart Province.  There was a huge cove and I built a medieval-ish area, with pretty castles that I rented out.  It stayed mostly filled and I made some great friends along the way.

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Cove, Dragons Heart Province

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But Mainland was always problematic… fugly neighbors, griefers, lack of control over your land, Linden owned roads and abandoned land, etc.  So I started thinking of owning a private sim.  In the summer of 2007, I decided to rent a sim and see how I liked it.  It was expensive, but since I was renting and had no up front costs (those huge set up fees that LL charged) I felt it was worth the experiment.  So that July I rented a sim and Phantom Rose was born.

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I wanted to give my renters privacy and I love water, so I came up with the idea to give each castle its own island complete with a private beach.  I wanted to make it easy for people to know what was open, so I designed a central landing point with a rental “board” that was oriented to the sim in north, south, east and west.  I put the rental boxes for the castles on each side correspondingly.

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Now when I started to design Phantom Rose, I wanted to do something different.  Since I have always been a big fan of 70’s gothic romance books, Anne Rice vampires and Phantom of the Opera… I came up with an idea of a gothic romance sim.  I knew I wanted an Opera House for the Phantom, but I also wanted the spooky factor, so I built the Graveyard first.  I found some cool scripted piranha fish, that actually will bite you and simulate blood in water… so cool.  They went into the Graveyard cove.  The Graveyard came out really well and has been visited by 100’s of people over the years and was voted in the top 10 gothic graveyards in SL, according to the slGoth Magazine. (great magazine, btw)

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I didn’t build the Opera House til last.  It was very intimidating build for me.  I was so afraid it would end up being lame or just not majestic enough.  But over the years, I have had many compliments and great positive feedback and although it is a simple build, I think it has its own granduer and beauty.  Many visitors never find the Phantom’s Lair that lies beneath the Opera House, which is such a shame, since its one of my most favorite spots!  It even has a moving wall.

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So after the launch of my new sim, I was gratified to have many new renters.  Around December 2007, I was offered an opportunity to buy a sim from an old friend who wanted to sell.  The price was right and I decided to jump for it.  This necessitated my rebuilding the entire Phantom Rose in a month and moving all my renters.  Yes, you heard me right.

So I developed a strategy where I got the raw file from my landlord and applied that to my new sim.  Then since I had built everything on the island, I copied each build and set it up on the new sim.  Quite an endeavor.  Then once Phantom Rose was totally recreated, I moved my renters.  It was a huge undertaking that I am proud to say went VERY smoothly.  And I didn’t lose any of my renters in the process.

Over the years, many things changed. I closed Dragons Heart and sold the mainland.  Phantom Rose evolved.  I took out some of the castles and moved my elopements to the sim to help pay for the enormous land fees in SL.  I added Pirate Island and the Mermaid Grotto, the Cathedral, the ski lifts to Skate Mountain, and many other things.  And I branched out to other V world grids, like Inworldz, where I built a new, different Phantom Rose. (see website, http://www.phantomrose.com).

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Mermaid Grotto

But the central hub of Phantom Rose, has always been the Opera House.  I am very proud that the Opera House has been a place of acceptance and creativity for many, many new artists for Eight Years… And it still stands after all this time!   My favorite time for the Opera House is Christmas!

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I have forged many great friendships thru the Opera House.  You all know who you are!  Smiles.  Eight years… they have flown by.  I celebrate my 10th SL Rez day this August!

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I want to thank all of my supporters thru the years.  I hope you will all take time to stop by Phantom Rose for one of our birthday events or just to visit.  This next 3 to 4 months will be very busy for me.  I have a lot of RL going on.  So if you don’t see me around, don’t worry.  I am still watching over Phantom Rose and will be in and out.

Warmest Regards,

Lannorra

Haven’t Met You Yet? Phantom Rose SL Michael Buble Event

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If you didn’t make it to the Michael Buble event at the Mermaid Grotto on Phantom Rose last night, you really missed a great event!  Tressa Beaumont masterminded this fun night of great music.

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Tressa outdid herself with decorating the Grotto; giving that smooth, cool vibe to get everyone in the mood.

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Tressa is holding a weekly themed event at the Mermaid Grotto, Friday nights at 8pm SLT.  Please check our calendar at http://www.phantomrose.com.  If we Haven’t Met You Yet, we hope we will soon!

Introducing Tressa Beaumont, Phantom Rose SL Event Manager!

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I am so happy and pleased to introduce you all to Phantom Rose’s new Event Manager, Tressa Beaumont.  Tressa has been in Second Life for over 7 years and has lots of experience.  Her sunny personality is a welcomed addition to the Phantom Rose family.

She has been hard at work this month, creating and hosting some GREAT events.  She kicked off Jan with an 80th Birthday celebration for Elvis, fittingly held at the Graveyard!

Last week she hosted a Mermaid and Pirate event with the music of the great Bob Marley!

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The event was held at the Mermaid Grotto, which is underwater below Pirate Island.

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There was a great turnout and the feedback was all positive.

This week Tressa has more fun planned for you:

8pm SLT – FRIDAY NIGHT IS PARTY NIGHT @ THE MERMAID GROTTO…

This Friday, our music will be from the fabulous Michael Buble!

We have a lovely Mermaid Carousel, A Whack a Pirate Game and try your luck on our Wild Whale Ride!  We have free Pirate Outfits or you can wear whatever takes your fancy!  Come as Merfolk or Landwalker, just make sure you get here!  Come Party with us again.  The usual giveaways will be there too.  Have a WHALE of a time (sorry – LOL – See you there).