These Boots Are Made For Walking (In A Winter Wonderland)

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While shuffling around waiting for El Niño to do more than drizzle a fine mist over the land, a winter fantasy started to emerge in my drought-stricken brain.  What if it actually snowed where I live?  What if?  Then I realized, “Hey, it’s snowing somewhere in Second Life!”

What do you need when you’re tramping around in the snow?  Snow boots, of course!

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Avatar Bizarre Snow Cutter Boots are the perfect Wintery treat for the footwear enthusiast.  Not only do they look fantastic on just about anyone, but each package includes a male rigged pair, a female/femboy rigged pair, and an unrigged pair for folks who want to resize things.  The color HUD gives you the option of eight different colors, and there’s an extra couple sets of chained claws (unrigged) that can be added to the rigged boots.

These have been materials enhanced for a little extra oomph! and an alpha is included for non-mesh avatars.  These definitely fit the Male SLink Physique, as long as you use the included alpha utilities HUD for that avatar.

Available on the Marketplace and Inworld.

Credits
Photographed at Twisted Krissmuss sim
Shape – Sredni Eel
Skin – Nivaro Crow
Hair – Traveler, Exile
Outfit – Mitternacht Hatter, Avatar Bizarre
Hat – Krampus Hat Naughty, Avatar Bizarre gacha (Twisted Krissmuss)
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It’s a Wondeful Twisted Life – Sneak Preview of Twisted Krissmuss

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It’s that time of year again; a time of giving, and a time of receiving.  Second Life is home to a lot of shopping events these days, but there’s an event that has been around for a long time, and has evolved into something pretty special in its journey through its years.  Welcome to Twisted Krissmuss.

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Twisted Krissmuss was created during the holidays following the first Twisted Hunt.  It started off as an instore shopping event, where people could travel from store to store and buy some wonderful items put out for the event.   Each item for the event was new, transferable, and 100L.

Although the previous organizers have since gone on to greener pastures, they left the event to new organizers, who not only kept up the tradition, but made some changes so the event could be held all in one place.  Merchants can show off their wares, but a specially marked, brand new item will be available for 100L, and it will be transferable.

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Twisted Krissmuss begins on December 7, and ends in the first week of January.  60 Merchants will have some wonderful items for sale, and there will be gachas galore!  But wait, there’s more!  In addition to the stuff you can buy, there will be several parties held in a special events area with live DJs, giveaways, and more.

As if that weren’t enough, there’s a beautiful sim to wander, take photos, and hang out.  There’s also an ice rink for those who love to go skating.  Skates will be available for free for folks.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I love a good Winter Wonderland.

There will be more to come as the event draws near…

A Dark Christmas Story – Krampus Lauf

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Beware.  Krampusnacht approaches.  We will soon have a visit from a being of the Netherworld, an unearthly, Hellish creature, shackled to his punishment, except on one fateful night during the cold Winter.

Krampus is a demon, released from Hell each year by Saint Nicholas.  He wanders the countryside as the Anti-Santa, doling out punishments to the wicked, the naughty, and unpleasant.  When Santa Claus is checking his list to see who’s been naughty or nice, he hands the list over to the Krampus, who uses his whacking stick to beat the unruly.

Those people who have been extra bad get a personal invitation from Krampus; shoved into his basket and taken home to be eaten for Christmas dinner.

If you hear the sound of bells, and the whip crack of a tightly bound bundle of sticks outside your door, you better lay low, for Krampus is nigh.

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Avatar Bizarre has long upheld the Krampus tradition, and faithfully spread the tale through the years by releasing something Krampus-related about this time of year to the huddled Second Life masses.

This year, Avatar Bizarre will be releasing a new Merry Krampus holiday sweater at Twisted Krissmuss, starting December 7.  It is a rigged mesh sweater, available for both male and female avatars.  It should fit most mesh bodies, provided you use the alpha HUD that comes with your mesh body of choice.  But please do try the demo first.

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The other Krampus goodie appearing just in time for the holidays is a Krampus Hat.  This is a gacha item (don’t worry, no rares!) that is available in “naughty” or “nice” versions, and eight colors of each.  If you’re particularly good I may create a copy/modify version of each with a color HUD.  For now, the item is Modify/Transfer and 20L per play.  This gacha will debut at Twisted Krissmuss as well.

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Horrorfestive and Gothmas and Krissmuss, Oh My! Part II

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As I sit here during Stormageddon 2014, which has dumped half a year’s rainfall on Northern California, yet is still just “a drop in the bucket” for ending the drought (can I sucker punch those news talking head people for saying these things?), and a very sleepy cat in my lap wearing the Cone of Shame, I believe it’s time to let you guys in on some more sneak previews and whatnot.

Gothmas by Gaslight will begin on December 15 on The Cursed Sim in Second Life.  A landmark will be forthcoming, just as soon as it’s released.

Avatar Bizarre has a number of brand new items coming out for Gothmas, including these boots.  Nightshade boots are available in a bunch of different colors including traditional Goth Black.  They’re unrigged, which means you can resize them as needed.  These are great for men and for women, and will hopefully fit under a variety of different creator’s pants legs.  Cost is 99L/pair.

But wait, there’s more!

Horrorfestive has begun.  You can find it located >>> right here <<<.  This is a charity event, designed to help raise money for a very wonderful person, who is suffering from a rather insidious debilitating condition.  You can read about it here.

Avatar Bizarre is a late addition to the festival.  I saw the word go out that the organizer was looking for someone to fill in for another merchant who had to back out at the last minute.  The requirements for the festival stated at least one new item was needed for a 100% donation to the charity.  Luckily, I had been hard at work on another pair of boots.  So…Introducing the PANZERMENSCH boots!

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These are unrigged boots, as well, and are available in seven colors.  Please talk to me privately if you’re interested in the rigged version.  The cost on these is 99L/pair.

And then there was Twisted Krissmuss (you can find a list of participating merchants and slurls here).

I’ve already talked about the Really Abominable Snow Beast,   But what you may not know is I’ve made a stunningly Christmassy gown.  It’s rigged mesh with a fitted mesh version included, and it’s available in several colors.  Introducing the Noelle Gown, which is transfer, and only 100L for the duration of Krissmuss!

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I think this is about it for now.  Enjoy your holiday and stay tuned for more fun stuff to be announced!

Holiday Season Brings a Cornucopia of New Things – Horrorfestive, GxG, Twisted Krissmuss, Etc… Part 1

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The Holiday season has blundered into our lives once again, and bludgeoned us with all the usual malarkey involving stuff and things and junk and stuff.  Of course, folks in Second Life are not immune to such shenanigans, and merchants are all over the creating opportunities like bees to honey (hey I’m being G-Rated here).

I have been busy peppering Avatar Bizarre with new things, both for general new releases, and for all the various events I’ve signed up for.

The first thing to tell you about, oh my droogs and devotchkas, are the Morelia eyes.
Morelia veridis is the Latin name for the Green Tree Python.  This snake hatches out yellow, red, or brown, and eventually turns emerald green as an adult.  It is non-venomous and diurnal, meaning it’s active during the day, if you can call a snake coiled up in a cinnamon bun of verdant rodent terror “active”.  The Morelia eyes are based on the python’s slit-pupil orbs, and are available in ten colors.  Each set contains three pairs of prim eyes (full bright, normal, and glow), two sets of mesh eyes (normal and full bright), and a pair of system eyes.  All are copy/modify.  These are currently available inworld at the main store location, plus a few pairs at Horrorfestive, which runs for the next couple of weeks in a sim full of horror-inspired items for the holidays.  You can also find them on the marketplace.  The cost for each set is 75L.

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These will be great for drow and other elven beings, faerie folk, vampires, draconians, and lycanthropes.

I’ve already mentioned the Ozymandias, to be released for Gothmas by Gaslight, in a previous blog post.  What you don’t know is there are more things to be had at Gothmas by Gaslight!

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The Lucretia gown, named after that Sisters of Mercy song we all know and love, is rigged mesh, and will be available in several colors for Gothmas.  It features a velvety skirt with a satin overlay, materials enhanced.  Gothic Victorian is all the rage in some circles, and you’ll be able to get your gown once Gothmas opens on December 15.

And just for fun…

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The Really Abominable Snowbeast is a rigged avatar available for 100L during Twisted Krissmuss.  He’s available on the marketplace and inworld at the main store location.  As you can see by the little size chart, he’s a bit taller than a regular Second Life Avatar.  He also comes with his own mesh Santa Hat for flavor.

Alas, my droogs and devotchkas, I have run out of room to tell you more.  Holiday Season Stuffs Part the Second to commence shortly.

And don’t forget to visit Avatar Bizarre for Twisted Krissmuss, Gothmas by Gaslight, and Horrorfestive!

Sleigh Bells and the Cableknit Sweater

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Winter is coming.  It’s not only a failed attempt on the part of the Starks to instill fear into Westros, but it’s also a (ahem) cold, hard fact.  The Holiday season has slammed its way into our lives like the powerful consumerist juggernaut it is, and with it comes snow, ice, sleet, and all kinds of reasons to enjoy a bit of frostbite with your friends and loved ones.

I live in California, so slieghing behind a magnificent horse wearing jingling tack is just not a normal activity.  But for folks in areas that receive actual weather, and in Second Life, it’s not such a rarity.  Some of my friends had a wonderful time riding behind Buck the Horse in one of Second Life’s most spectacular Winter sims the other day.  You can visit here.  Don’t miss out, because I’m pretty sure this is a holiday thing that will likely be turned into something else later on.

Of course the whole point of my bloggishness is to showcase some brand new Winter wear from Avatar Bizarre!  It’s not usual to find some actual modern day casual clothing options at Avatar Bizarre, since it’s a store that specializes in Gothic, Fantasy, and Historic.  But occasionally, the normal, every day clothing options happen.

This time, it’s a clothing option with a Scottish twist.  Inspired by the traditional woolen cableknit sweaters you might find in any shop on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, the Avatar Bizarre Cableknit Sweater is available in both Male and Female options.

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There’s also a full range of colors available.  Made only from the highest quality vertices wool, spun into thick, warm woolen mesh yarn from the Blender loom, each sweater package includes five sizes with a twist.  You see, these run a little baggy, because sweaters are supposed to be warm, comfortable, and somewhat bulky.  If you have Advanced Lighting enabled, the knitting pattern stands out nicely for a cozy sweatery feel.

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Special thanks go out to Buck the Horse for entertaining all of us in pure equestrian form.  Thanks also goes out to my female model, Misha-Selene, for once again coming through for a wonderful photo shoot.

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Dancing Through a Gothic Wonderland

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Once Halloween comes to a screeching halt, all Hell breaks loose as we gear up for one of the biggest holiday events in Second Life:  Gothmas!  Whatmas?  Gothmas!  It’s that black and romantic time when all the darklings come out of the woodwork and celebrate in a weird and wonderful way.  We don our goth apparel and dance to the ethereal carols of Pretentious, Moi?, Sisters of Mercy, Imperative Reaction, and Thoushaltnot.

Gothmas by Gaslight is nigh, and as you wander the hallowed streets of the cursed countryside, you will be regaled with many fine Gothic wares from a wide swath of merchants across the Second Life grid.

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It’s time once again to give those blackened blue eyes an advance look at what’s coming up from Avatar Bizarre during this most sacred of holidays.

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“Ozymandias Female” – Modeled by Misha-Selene

The Ozymandias, named for the poem by Percy Bisshe Shelley is resplendent in six gorgeous jewel tones.  Although it is a simple outfit with leather pants, silken shirt, and waistcoat, you will look positively stunning in any of the hues.  This outfit is available for men and for women, and the sleeves and pants are materials enhanced.  Shoes are not included, but both pants and sleeves were made to accommodate SLink hands, and SLink boots.

Gothmas opens in December, and both versions of this outfit will be available for 250L.  Please try the demo before you buy.

It’s Time for KRAMPUS!

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Krampus is a Christmas demon who travels with St Nick and punishes the naughty children by whacking them with his stick.  If children have been particularly bad, he tosses them into his basket and takes them home to eat for his Christmas dinner.  Krampus has roots in Germanic folklore, but his influence is spreading across the globe.  Traditionally, young men dress up as Krampus during the first week of December and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells.  In my neck of the woods, a friend of mine crashes Christmas parties, Halloween parties, and just about everything that could possibly warrant a big hairy demon, and scares just about everyone, though Krampus seems to have a lot of fans as well.

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Krampus isn’t as well known in the United States, though his story has begun to seep into American Pop Culture with appearances on American Dad, Grimm’s Fairytales, and other television shows.  It’s a moral imperative to spread the word about this beastie, particularly when so many parents we meet believe it’s  a fantastic idea.

Krampusnacht is fast approaching.  Therefore, it was time to introduce a new avatar into Second Life.  Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to present the Krampus avatar, which includes a rigged avatar with blinking eyes, the rigged basket (sculpted detachable babies), unrigged manacles and chains, and the alpha.  In true Krampus form, he has the horns of a goat, and hooves.

He will be available in a few different colors.  For now…at least for a couple of days…this is just a sneak preview.  This avatar will be available starting the first weekend in October.

So keep your eyes peeled, and don’t let the lack of Christmas demons Krampus your style!

EDIT:  HE IS NOW AVAILABLE inworld and on the Marketplace!

God of the Underworld – Anubis Avatar Sneak Preview

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As Egyptian Gods go, our Jackal-headed friend Anubis is probably one of the best known.  In the Pantheon of desert deities, he gets the dubious duty of taking care of people in the After Life.  He is also the patron god of embalming and mummification. He was originally said to be the son of Ra, but later mythology suggests he was the son of Osiris and Nephthys.  He mummified Osirus and received Osirus’s organs as a gift.

Avatar Bizarre is pleased to bring you the first in its line of Egyptian mesh avatars, which will eventually include Bast, Sekhmet, Sobek, Horus, and Amunet.  Anubis is 100% original mesh and includes the avatar with loin cloth and headdress, plus separate neck piece, wrist and ankle guards, which can be resized, since this avatar will size up or down, depending on your normal avatar’s settings.

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Anubis will debut as part of Gothmas by Gaslight this year.  Gothmas by Gaslight is an annual shopping event put on by Cursed Events.  The landmark will be forthcoming when the event opens on December 15 at Noon.  Till then, it’s Christmas time.  Instead of shaking all the presents and trying to guess what could be in the box, why not set your sights on something you can see and really want?  Although rigged mesh cannot be modified, apart from a bit of tinting, this avatar is listed as Modify and Copy.  All of the separate accessories are Modify and Copy, just in case you need to tweak them a bit to fit.  The full body alpha is full perm, so feel free to share that if you want.

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Avatar Bizarre is also a sponsor and organizer of Twisted Krissmuss. Please feel free to check out the brand new 100L transferable gryphon avatar, starting December 15.  And don’t miss out on the gachas!  Your ride to the shop:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Burmilla/207/203/38

Twas the Night Before Gothmas – Feetie Pajamas for all Ages

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Avatar Bizarre has come through just in time for a snug Winter’s nap.  We all covet the warm fuzziness of our favorite feetie pajamas in the cold Winter months.  What better way to enjoy a hot mug of cocoa (with whipped cream, naturally) in front of a cozy fire during the holiday season than with your very own Santa Feetie Pajamas?  Available in Red, Green, Blue, Purple, and Black, these are 100% original mesh, and are available for men, women, and children!

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You can find all of the Feetie Pajamas in the main store location, as well as on the Marketplace.

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Each set comes complete with a Santa Claus style night cap, and two alphas (full body and foot).  Please try the free demo (transferable, should you need to send one to your alt or a friend!).