Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Year’s Revolutions

Looking back at my new year’s rant from 2011, I can say I am in a much better mood to bring in 2012 than I was for 2011.  Good.  That’s a sign of improvement.  

And I’m sticking to my promise of not making any New Year’s resolutions.  Why wait until the new year to make positive changes in your life when you can do that throughout?

If I did make any promises to myself for 2012, it’s that this is going to be a revolutionary year in my evolution.  At 38, I feel like I am just now starting to really find my voice and embrace it, and give myself credit where credit is due.  For me, that’s a revolutionary kind of thing. Watch out world.  Here I come.

As for Second Life, 2011 was an interesting year.  There were some highs, and lows, but I do believe that things happen for a reason, and I’m quite happy and content to go with the flow and to not sweat the small stuff.  I have my friends (you know who you are) who I love dearly and I feel so blessed to have them in my Life.

One thing I intend on in SL in 2012 is to build more and start creating something I can be proud of.  I’ve already been messing around with prims over the holidays so I’ve got a head start on that…

I’m enjoying piecing together prims and seeing what I can come up with.  So far, it’s nothing totally unique or earth shattering, but it’s a start right?

I might go through my posts from 2011 and put together a list of my personal favourites, but I make no promises because my kids come home today and blogging takes a back seat to playing Super Mario on the Wii with the rugrats.  Priorities.

Until next time, I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012.  

With love, 

Carrie, (aka Billie), or just callmeShebear 😉


"Arctica Dreams" by Rebeca Bashly

I’m a fan of Rebeca Bashly.  Can you tell?  I’ve blogged her work twice in the last couple of weeks.  I don’t know her, I just really appreciate and enjoy her art.  It resonates with me.

Arctica Dreams spans the entire sim of MetaLES.  Upon arrival, it looks cold and empty, with the exception of one large tree, but take a short walk around and you will find a snowy mound to fall through which brings you down below to a dark and icy world of pure beauty.

Before you embark on your journey, click the sign for a notecard with a brief note and some tips to walk through the installation.

You know how much I like to play with windlight, so it was hard to not try out a few different settings, at least.  But cycling through windlight presets, I found that this build is best viewed at the artist’s recommendation of ‘midnight’.  That’s just like me though.  You can’t tell me anything, I always have to figure it out myself :p

Viewing these ice sculptures, I thought about how much artistic vision, creative effort and technical skill that went into creating an end product that looks so effortless and beautiful.  That kind of amazes me.

I don’t know a thing about art.  I am not an expert.  All I know for sure is how something makes me “feel”.  Whether it be writing, painting, music, sculptures, photos/images, or prims in a 3D virtual world, if it makes me “feel” something, anything…then that’s my definition of art.  For me, it’s pretty simple.

I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this installation, so go see for yourself, and pay attention to how it makes you feel.  I spent a good part of my Saturday evening at Arctica Dreams, which turned out to be the perfect antidote to my hectic afternoon of last minute Christmas shopping.  

Enjoy :))

A thousand shades of grey

I don’t have a whole lot to say lately about Second Life.  A lot of times, I sit down in front of my laptop and start doing stuff in my web browser and completely forget that I logged in to SL.  I say that a lot don’t I? 
I’ve been wrapped up in a lot of stuff going on in my life, mainly work and juggling that amongst being a mom of two young children with a husband that works long, long hours.  I’m used to keeping it all together on my own, that’s just how it has always been.  I don’t know any other way.  Sometimes people ask me how I do it.  Honestly, I never think about it, I just do what I have to do, go to sleep and get up the next day and do it again.  

I have little moments in my day that make it all okay.  The ritual morning text messages with my husband, chats over coffee with co-workers, a laugh here and there on my Twitter stream, Words with Friends, a good blog to read, offline i.m’s that make me smile, lunching with friends, making fun of the latest celebrity faux pas, afternoon Earl Grey tea, a cat nap on the streetcar on my way home from work, picking up my kids from daycare with smiling faces, and petting Otis the neighbourhood porch cat on the way home…

Those are my constants (along with my living room being a perpetual mess) and my little bursts of colour in a daily routine that can easily become boring and uninspired – especially at this time of year.

It may seem dull with a thousand shades of grey, but if you stop here and there to have a look around, you’ll see that grey is not such a bad colour after all. 
Enjoy your day 🙂

"Phantoms of Absence" by Blue Tsuki

I am not familiar with the work of Blue Tsuki, but after my morning explorations of his build “Phantoms of Absence”, I have definitely made note of this creator and will be watching for further exhibits to explore.

I think I first came across this exhibit in the Destination Guide, which is hosted my the Musei de Roma Capitale, MiC.  I can’t recall exactly, as I found the landmark this morning in my inventory along with tons of other lm’s of places to explore.  I’ll get to them eventually.

From the notecard:

“Look carefully, you will find people whose memories were discarded in a thrift store box of photographs and now tenuously remembered, visions of strangers who we can no longer know but find an afterlife in a corner of art. Secrets and stories lost.”

If you are like me and love to click everything, you will easily find the hidden viewpoints in all three levels of this installation.  

Be sure to grab the notecard at the beginning for information and some very helpful tips to guide you through.  I didn’t read the notecard until the end, and that’s just like me, but I made it through just fine.

I found this exhibit to be quite emotional.  Walking through each level, there is a feeling of memories that linger, and it brought to mind people in my own life who have passed in the last year. 

It certainly provokes emotion, but I also found Phantoms of Absence to be quite comforting and meditative.  

It was a reflective and relaxing way to spend my Saturday morning.  Enjoy 🙂

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

I wasn’t planning on getting a Christmas tree this year, but when I received a notice that Rebeca Bashly had created some trees for the season, I stopped everything I was doing to head over and have a look.

I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed.  This Christmas tree is quite a contrast from Rebeca’s work that I blogged previously, and it is beautiful.  There is a variety of colours and you get four versions of the tree to choose from, and different gift boxes to rez out around the tree.  

The tree is available for purchase on Marketplace here:
If you would like to see a tree inworld, there is one on display inside at Nordan Art Gallery (click for SLurl).

Or, if you know where I live, you can come on over and have a look at mine 😉