Monday, June 22, 2009

HairFair 2009

Yet another year has gone by . . .

and here you are, again,

Battling lag, crowds and general sl mayham.

Your reward?

As always there is the quest of the inventory exploading freebies and dollarbies. There is the adventure of finding that new store, like mine last year. There is the joy of finding your favorite sl hair designers, all in one spot, setting out their wears they have been taunting you with, but keeping in secret for the last few months.

Want more info on this event?
Visit the Main Hairfair Website:

This year I made 2 Bandanas for Bandana Day, which is on July 4th. All proceeds from these go to Locks of Love.

I'm also going to be chopping all my own hair this year, last year it wasn't long enough, so keep a watch out, I'll be taking pics of that and placing them on here.

Time for my hairs!

The "Locks of Love" Charity Hair

The Stringer Shrine Presents

Skittlepop Princess

Wow a Shrine hair! I'm going to finally be reopening the shrine line soon, so I thought what better way to promote it, then do a themed hair for hairfair! Funny story about this hair. I asked Sasy Scarborough about the theme for hairfair this year, a few days before it was going to be announced. She didn't want to tell me so what does she say? Think "What is a Skittle? and it has to do with earth". WTF right. Well I was thinking of lawn bowling cause it's played on the ground, and the thingies are called skittles, that you have to hit. I finally got it out of her, she never knew there was a game with things called skittles. So I thought why not do a skittle hair, it begged to be cutsie too. So it has sweeping sculpted bangs and some cute flexi in the back.

50% of all proceeds go to Locks of Love for this hair.

The Stringer Mausoleum Presents

Mens Hair


Okay, I really really hate making man hair, and the mens keep asking me, and it practically kills me. But I have one friend/fan I made last year at hairfair. He always believes in me, and I almost always feel put out if I think I'm going to disappoint him. So he is my little believer. This hair wasn't made for you you little buger, but you inspired me to set it out at the fair, so I hope you can do something with it!

50% of all proceeds go to Locks of Love for this hair.

Unisex Hair

Rocker Vines

Had to make a hawk, like duh! This one was sort of inspired by the Rock band Guns and Roses. Or I should say their album art. Or maybe just rock. Anyways there are thorns and skulls and roses, what more can you ask for?

Womens Hair

Hydra Priestess

I wanted to make a really crazy show stopper for Hairfair, something people could just look at and go wow. I didn't really get it right, but still popped out soemthing very cool in the process. Hydras are mythical beasties, a 2,3,5,7,9 or 12 headed critter, depending on the myth. Most often serpent-like or dragon-like in appearance. It, as you can see here, makes a very cool heapiece.

Cog Mistress

This one was sort of inspired by Ruina, a good friend on mine. She wanted Dreads that were uber long. I went off and stuck shit in them tho, as I happen to do from time to time.

We all know HairFair has awesome freebies, and this year is no different. We could do a few things differently this year, so they let us have not one, but 3 freebie boxes out.


This is a offer I have for L$1. It's a hair of a new sort of direction. I'm doing a line that is inspired by rl objects, and turn those common things into couture hair pieces. Big and bold will be all throught this collection.

I have for free a set of texture testers, called Fluffer. It's a wearable mohawk, basically just to let you see what colours you may like. So there is 120ish textures in the pack! Go Wild.

I have one other gift, which all proceeds will go to Locks of Love. This gift WILL be set to L$1, but all of it is for charity. You'll just have to come and see it!

Now for my final show and tell . . .

With all the past Hairfairs there has been a special silent Auction, with unique hairs made by all of use desigers together. This year they went a different route, tho not as fun, I did really enjoy watching the hairs grow . . . 20 designers making one hair? it was fun to say the least. Anyways this year they are doing a One-of-a-Kind Auction. These hairs are donated by the designers and can be anything from a style they made for hairfair, but modded in a special way, special colours, whathaveyou, or a totally unique hairs. This next pic is my style donated to the auction.

One-of-a-Kind Auction ~ Satin Fantail Mohawk

This is a Unisex style, with 12 colours. You get your normal Black, my special personal collection of shine hairs, which there are 5 and then my limited edition textures "Colour Bleeds" which fade from one set colour to the next in a darkened tone.

This style wasn't really started with an idea in my head per say. Originally my thoughts were of a lizard frill, and my Sister thought it turned out more Fishy. The style totally evolved into something I'm actually sad to see as only a One-of-a-Kind hair, which means I did something right!

This thing has mad flexi, which is something you can not see on an ad,so I took today to learn how to film in sl. This is my first attempt so be nice!

I hope whoever gets the final bid, loves this thing as much as I do!

Hope you enjoy the fair! And congrates to the First Prize winner of the Hairfair 2009 flickr Contest, they used my hair in such a cool way!

Okay now I got to make some stuff for the store!

Helena Stringer
Designer/Owner of The Stringer Mausoleum

P.S. All last years HairFair Hairs will be 1/2 till the end of HairFair, so get them while you can!

Hairfair Store-
Store Flickr Fan Group-

Friday, June 5, 2009

HairFair 2008 Items on Sale!

I've decided as a pre HairFair 2009, that i would set all my HairFair 2008 hairs on sale for 1/2 off. You'll only find these savings at the new Mainstore, on Aurora Vale. Allegory is up on the Unisex wall, I made it super beam, so you'll see it, it's freaking NEON!

I haven't updated the rest of the hairs to the new vendor ads, so they are all in the back "Specialty" Room. I set the backers to white, so they stand out.

Now Yearly Sacrifice was a Limited Edition, due to the themed Headpiece. I've gotten a lot of requests for it recently, seeing as for some reason I've chosen to wear it a lot. *Shrugs Shoulders*

I'm going to take a vote from you guys. Would you like to see this style back, simply called Sacrifice, without the headpiece? For those of you who bought it, do you think this is fair? since it wasn't the hair, but the Headpiece that was the real special edition part?

Please Write in comments, your thought on this matter. A simple Yes or No will do, if you want to type more, that is fine as well.

So the hairs are all set and ready to go out the door!

Find them at Aurora Vale.

Vendor Support Month

Vendor Support Month has already started!

It's a whole month where a select group of designers, ranging in all fields, not just fashion, offer a quality item at L$10.

The official list of participating designers can be found here.

I did both a male and female gift. They are both previews of things to come.

My new Rainbow Skins Line! A sampling of 8 of the 16 tones.

My clothing line, OMFG clothing. Yes I'm trying a hand at it. First up is in my line of clothing is this shirt for the men. I'm very excited to be doing clothing, I've been putting it off for so long due to my suckage at the airbrushing. The skins have helped me out with that, as well as a few other tools, so yay!

You can get these at the brand spanking new mainstore! 3 floors of terror! Well not terror, maybe just for me cause I got to fill it all now!
Come on down to Aurora Vale.

HairFair 2009 Flickr Contest

The time is near.

June 20th marks the start of HairFair 2009. People have been gearing up all around. Designers have been off making lovelies for you to enjoy.

Well the HairFair 2009 Flickr has been opened, and I'd love to see you all in it sporting my hair as one of your top ten! I really enjoyed finding the few last year, when I was a nobody, so it would delight me if you could clutter the feeds with my awesomeness! Hehe kidding, just takes some great pics, you know how I love them so!

Official contest info here
Contest Flickr group here

I put 6 gift vouchers into the pot for the winners, they would get a fatpack of almost any hair(as always it does not include my Rezzable hairs). There are also many other designers giving away gift vouchers. The prizes will blow your minds, really!

I'm making a special pack for all avatars that enter with one of my hairs. I have no clue what it will be as of yet, the idea just came to me. A Special Edition colouration maybe, We'll see.

I look forward to seeing you all in the group!

Now get Snapping


Monday, June 1, 2009

A Hair for an Eye Contest

I thought I'd help a friend out with a little contest!

What does this mean for you? Why free hairs of course!

Ruina Kessel has been a great fan to start off with. She was always so enthused by my creations. Well then she became my model for the store (one of a few that have stayed on). She has put as much effort into being there for me as my own sister, and that says alot (if you know me and my sissy poo, we are super close, unlike most siblings). She makes wonderful photo art with my items, and in turn she one day surprised me. She opened (or re-opened I should say) a shop. What did she have there? EYES! Alas the poor girl did not know that I am an eye WHORE! So I bought a few up. Well, she continued to release wonderful creations, and I have also been lucky enough to get exclusives, eyes made just for me as gifts, and even one named for me! I do still buy a few every week, you sort of have to keep going to the store to keep up! Her creations have also rekindled my demon spirit, so now I'm letting it out way more. I say fuck it, even when I'm all gussied up, I just throw one a pair of ][][][House of Ruin][][][ eyes, and people just stare in awe. Or run, after seeing the gleam in my eyes, and the quick lick of the lips. MMMMM Dinner.

In Ruina's Flickr group she made a sort of plea to her fans there to put some art in the group, so she could have an art flipper in the store. This is cool shit yo! The only issue is there are only 6 of us in the group! So I make a plee to you my friends/fans, to help us out!

Direct insert from ][][][House of Ruin][][][ on Flickr

"Let's try this again, shall we? ;D

I have a picture changer up in the store for the sole purpose of showing off people wearing my creations. And, while I suffer from the standard forms of SL vanity, I'd really like it if the images weren't all of just me :P ... So I am asking you, would you like to help?

First of all, what will happen to the pictures I choose to use:

I will crop them down, touch them up, and format them so that they fit in the changer and look as best as they can. I have a template that includes writing which the picture will be plugged into. I will also post the final formatted image in my flickr (with credits, of course!) and possibly my shop blog (once it's up and running). If you will not allow me to do these things, do not submit your image.

Secondly, the criteria your picture needs to meet for me to choose it:

1. You MUST be wearing a House of Ruin item (duh!). If you aren't sure if it qualifies, you can look at the item name - it should have a tag at the beginning of it like these:

][ . Ruin . ][
][][][ Ruin ][][][

2. The absolute minimum size that your image can be is 800 x 600. Larger is much preferred, and size may play a big role in whether I choose to use your image. This is because I will likely need to crop the image down, and it's much easier if I have room to work with.

3. The image MUST clearly show the House of Ruin item(s) you are wearing (for example, for eyes, the image really needs to be a head shot).

4. Please please please credit the other items you are wearing and the photographer if it wasn't you. I will also need your full SL name, so be sure it is somewhere if it isn't your Flickr name. I use this information in my template.

Thirdly, other things you need to know:

- The House of Ruin item(s) used in the image CAN be a freebie or a hunt item or a group gift.

- The image can be in any format that I can open, but keep in mind, I will only pick images that are clean and clear. So, low quality jpegs are probably not a good idea.

- I reserve the right to not use an image, and to stop using an image that I have used before, without a stated reason.

- I also reserve the right to use images that were not submitted to the group or this project, but that I have been granted permission to use.

- You can submit images to me via Flickr, via notecard in SL (just drop it on my profile: Ruina Kessel), and via email (

And last, but most definitely NOT least ...

Helena Stringer of the Stringer Mausoleum & Shrine, my very dear friend and a wonderful designer, is offering a little contest of sorts to help out! What's in it for you? FREE HAIR! So go pick up the information from the posters next to the picture changer at House of Ruin!


Mens Hair

Something fun I made. It comes in Black with green camo patterned headband.

Basically, every person that enters a valid photo will get the hair, it's really that simple! I did a prize for either sex, but you can only pick one, so if you ladies want the men's pack thats fine, but you can't re-enter to get the female one, sorry! It just would not be fair to the dudes!

Okay so here is what you need to do to make your pictures valid.

1) Go to ][][][House of Ruin][][][

Mainstore: House of Ruin

XStreet: It's in the works of being filled

2) Buy the shlits! Grab up some awesome freebs too.

3) Take those headshots! Please make sure all snaps are high rez and a moderately bigger size. This will make it more workable.

4) Join the ][][][House of Ruin][][][ on Flickr

5) Add your wonderful pics!

What will be considered Valid for the Contest

-All pics that feature ][][][House of Ruin][][][ eyes that are of the purchasable kind. So basically to get my hairs you got to buy some shlits! They are eyes, they are priced in a range that everyone can deal with, so suck it up why don't you!

You can enter in entries that are of the freebie eyes, group gifts, or hunt items, but they will only be used if picked for Ruina's Picture Changer. They will not be eligable for the Hairs for my Contest.

-All Contest pics must clearly show the eyes as main focus of the picture to be eligable. Headshots are what we want people!

-All Contest pics have to be tagged with the following tags:

][][][House of Ruin][][][
A Hair for an Eye Contest

-in the description you must put which eye you are modeling

For those of you that may not want a Flickr account(tho it's free) you can send in your entries the good old fashioned way. On a notecard do the following:

Title the card "A Hair for an Eye Contest- your name here"

Add pics you have taken and have uploaded to sl
under each state the eye which you are wearing

What I'll do with this is upload your picture to the group under my account, but credit you as model/photographer, and everything else to make it a valid entry. (I'm Helena Stringer, hehe).

By entering the contest, you are giving us the right to use your picture for whatever store purpose we may need. So this means it might get use for static posters as well. Also by entering you are agreeing that we may mod your photo, like adding a black border, maybe your name and such.

I'll be checking on the group, looking at valid entries, and then contacting you by flickr mail. I'll be asking you which hair you want, then I'll send it inworld.

My contest by no means means you will get picked for the picture changer. You are going to get the hair tho, as long as you have followed the posting rules exactly.

So get cracking why don't you!

Helena Stringer
Sponsering ][][][House of Ruin][][][ for this Contest