Saturday, December 24, 2011

Where do I get stuff for OpenSim?

Where do I get stuff for OpenSim?... This is a question that I get asked a lot by by friends who are still stuck in Second Life counting prims and living on postage stamp size parcels.

So.... I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite places where you get get just about anything you need for your OpenSim experience for FREE.

Favorite Websites:
First, I would like to suggest that you use the Imprudence viewer.  It is the viewer used by most people when exporting and importing items and I have found that it works the best for just about everything in OpenSim.

This is the first website that I found when searching for things that I needed and couldn't make myself.  They have just about everything from Skins and Clothes to Furniture, Buildings, and all sorts of cool stuff.  These items are made by various creators from around the Metaverse and donated for free.
This is another website that has just about everything you could possibly need in OpenSim.  Everything is made by Linda Kellie and is offered for free without any sort of license restriction at all.  She even offers oar files of the regions she has built complete with stores and inventory already set up.

Another is a blog on the Google Sites
This is probably the best thing that I have found on internet for OpenSim because they offer a skin that can be edited in Photo Shop or Gimp to come up with our own unique look.  I am using the Starlight skin that can be found on the resources page of this site.  You will find detailed directions on how to edit your skin here.  There is more information on the Enlades blog on how to import your skins.

If you want to learn how to create things in OpenSim, this is a great place to start. They have great articles on many subjects that can help you create your own items in OpenSim.

OSgrid Regions
As you know, I've moved Ptarmigan Park to the OSgrid and it's been a very good move for me.  There are numerous places to obtain all sorts of items and meet some great people.  Here are a few of the incredible places that I've found in my short time on OSgrid.

Wright Plaza Freebie Mall, Wright Plaza (48,220,22)
This is where I first landed when coming to OSgrid and the first thing I found was a great freebie mall with many different items.  I liked it so much that I set up my own store there at Made by Hylee Store, Wright Plaza (160,21,21)

Littlefield Mall and Community Center, Littlefield (127,128,22)
Note:  This is an adults only community and some of the areas are not suitable for children.
The Littlefield Mall has a lot of items from numerous creators and everything is free!

PSSMG Mall, PSSMG Mall (129,129,23
This is a German region so be prepared to find some items with non-english descriptions such as scaffolds which are actually high heeled shoes (who knew!)  This is laid out like a small German village and is very nice to visit.

Cornflakes (134,131,22)
This is more than just a freebie sim.  It's a feast for the eyes and the senses.  Cornflake Woodcock os one of the most talented and unique builders in the entire metaverse.  If you want a smile on your face, you need to check this region out!

Ptarmigan Park (180,112,34)
And, of course, the Ptarmigan Park Freebie mall which is home to the "Made by Hylee" store.

Have fun Shopping!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Almost Done!

View of Ptarmigan Park from Ptarmigan Sea (click for larger image)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ptarmigan Park is up and running on OSgrid

I'm about 80% done with the move and anticipate that it should be 100% in about a week or so.
Based on the number of emails that I've gotten, I guess I should clarify as to why I moved from Nova.

I believe that the Aurora platform has the potential to be far greater than OpenSim and I applaud Nova for continuing with the beta development.  If you love to just build and hone your skills, I would recommend Nova 100%.  For the price, you will not find a better opportunity.

With that being said, the one thing that Nova lacked was traffic and other content creators which is necessary for where I want to take Ptarmigan Park.

For me, it was time to make a move and I wish Nova all the best.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ptarmigan Park has been removed from the Nova Grid

Ptarmigan Park has been removed from the Nova Grid and will be re-located to the OSgrid in the next couple of weeks.

Monday, October 3, 2011

I've expanded Ptarmigan Park to Two Regions!

Ptarmigan Park on Right.  Ptarmigan Sea on Left

Looking South from Ptarmigan Park to Ptarmigan Sea

Monday, September 26, 2011

Updated Look at Ptarmigan Park in Nova

For those of you who know me, this will not come as a big shock.
I am up to 22,000 prims!

I love building with water!
Some New Builds - Some Old
And, of course, the Made by Hylee Store
Where everything is Free!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Open Letter to the Residents of Nova

 Hi :)

 My name is Hylee Bekkers and I started out in Second Life back in 2006, although my Rez date says April 2007 (long story ;)).  Back then, the people that I met were more interested in perfecting their art and growing the virtual community.  Nova reminds me of those early days, but with much better technology :)

Anyway..... I believe, despite the growing pains that we are all experiencing here, there is great potential in Nova and I want to do my part to help it and it's residents grow.

I love building, creating new things, teaching people what I have learned, and learning from other people who share my passion for the virtual arts.

The developers of Aurora and the owners of Nova can only do so much.  I created Ptarmigan Park and the Made by Hylee (FREE) store to share what I have, but I would like to do more.

I would like to see a group developed to help existing residents achieve their goals, help newbies find their way, and promote Nova to other people.  This group could also be the first layer in a help system much like the forums are on the internet or the SL Mentor program before it was dismantled.

If you are interested in the same thing or already have a group like this, please contact me at or IM me inworld.

Thank You
Hylee Bekkers

Friday, August 5, 2011

I've been exporting textures out of Second Life and ran across a picture of my first build in April of 2007!

I was so proud of this..... at the time.  Wow!

Hylee April 2007 and Hylee today!

This was not my first avatar.  My first was a white wolf.
This is the way I look today in Second Life, Nova, Inworldz, and OSGrid.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

I captured a few pictures from Ptarmigan Park in the Nova OpenSim.

You can get to Nova by using Imprudence or Phoenix using the following url
You can download the Nova version of Imprudence at
If you choose to visit Ptarmigan Park, please let me know.  I would love to meet you there.
For those of you who are still stuck in Second Life counting prims and paying out the butt for lousy service, you really should check this place out!
The grid is part of the new Aurora OpenSim project which I have found to be very stable.  Plus, $9.95 per month gets you your own 65,536 sq meter region and up to 80,000 prims (yep! 80K)
I think it's safe to say that I will probably not be coming back to Second Life any time soon.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I've made the jump to OpenSim!

For those of you who knew me from Second Life, I love building green spaces and most of them have been named Ptarmigan Park.  Ptarmigan Park has a new home, but it's not in Second Life!  Yep.... I finally made the jump off of Linden Labs sinking ship and landed on what I believe is the future of 3D worlds.

Ptarmigan Park is now located on it's own region in the Nova grid.  I encourage you all to visit this grid.  It's maintained by a great guy named Enrico and he is offering some insane deals.  Right now you can get an entire region for $9.95 US per month.  Oh... and the best part... you get up to 80,000 prims!  No that was not a typo!  That was an 8 followed by 4 zeros!!  I honestly don't think the sim will support that many prims, but it is cool not having to count prims any more and I would have a hard time reaching that number anyway.

So check out the Nova website at and download the Nova Imprudence viewer.  Just enter a user name and password when you start up Nova Imprudence and you are automatically entered as a user.  Once you are there, please do a search for Ptarmigan Park!