Costa Rica Sims - Interview

Written by Harmonica Aabye
Monday, 29 September 2008 00:00
Okay, so I know that I just blogged Sway's Creations last week, as part of my New Release article. But, I loved her stuff sooo much, that I felt it was necessary to make her my Designer of the Month! HooooO!

Sway Creations Main Store

Sway Dench invited me to her lovely main shop for a muffin (I can't resist muffins) and an interview.

Sway and I eating muffins and drinking martinis

HarMonica: Thank you so much for allowing me to interview you, Sway...I love your creations and think they are so artistic and fun!

Sway: Thanks very much. I am really delighted to be able to meet you tonight, and I am absolutely happy that you like my stuff!

HarMonica: To start, could you please tell me about your SL company, and how it began?

Sway: At the beginning, I started to build things for my personal use only...because I couldn't afford to buy many things. But then, a lot of my friends liked my stuff, so I build for them too! Then, I decided to open my first shop and sell to everyone.

HarMonica: Thank goodness for friends! They always seem to be encouraging us to press forward and keep us motivated.

Sway: Yes, you are absolutely right about that...where would we be without them!

HarMonica: So tell me, what was the first thing you created in SL?

Sway: Omg...good question. Let me think...the first thing I tried was a chair, but it was a first attempt. I wish I had a picture of it!

HarMonica: Oh, darn! I can only imagine how 'wonderful' it must have looked! *smiles*

Sway: No...it was not pretty at all, you are lucky that you didn't see it! :-)

HarMonica: Do you create in RL as well, or is this a hobbie for you?

Sway: In RL, I am very creative as well. I love working with my hands, painting or taking photographs. But, as a profession, I am a web designer.

Furniture & Animation set Make-Up Table: Table with mirror and lots of decoration: Hair brush, Powder box, Eyeshadow, Lipsticks, Cream jars, Make-up and Face lotion tubes, perfume, vase with flower and picture frame. Make-up Chair with 3 animations: brush hair, applying make-up, looking in mirror.

HarMonica: Wow, so building and creating in SL came quite naturally to you then.

Sway: Yes, sure. But the best thing about SL is creating stuff and meeting a lot of people.

Where do you get your inspiration from...to create?

Sway: mmmm.....let me think...the ideas for my animations come from things I am doing or which I love to do. The idea for my cookiebears are from my RL. In RL, I have 10 small teddy bears. I have now created them here in SL. I hope my ideas will never stop! :)

HarMonica: Awww, how cute! How could anyone resist a teddy bear! : )

Sway and her cute teddy bears

HarMonica: What do you hope to bring to people who purchase and use your creations?

Sway: I hope to give them good vibrations, lots of sunshine, fun and simply a good feeling. But there is another aspect....I want people to buy really good and detailed stuff. You see, it is very important to me that the details are okay and everything works fine.

HarMonica: Yes, that is important, I agree. There's nothing worse than buying something from a store, only to find out it's not what you thought it was or it doesn't work properly. I like how you have prim examples of your designs in your stores....so people can actually see how they wiill look and work.

Sway: Thanks! I think this is very important for people, it's also important for me, if I buy something.

HarMonica: So, one of my favorite things you have created so far, is your beekeeper set. Can you tell me why you chose to make this?

Animation Set Beekeeper: Bee yard, Beehive, table, stool with animation, taste honey pillow, beekeeper hat, honey pots and spoon...smoker with animation.

Sway: I love honey :-)) And the bears also do!

*giggles* What resources and tools do you use to make your brand known in SL?

Sway: Quite soon I will advertise in SecondStyle Magazine...and the best thing is if people like my stuff, they wil tell their friends to come to my shop and buy some things for themselves.

HarMonica: exactly....that is a smart plan, Sway. Word of mouth is the best (and worst, at times) advertising!

Sway: But that's all, I don't use any other type of advertising.

HarMonica: Do you experience any kind of content theft with your creations?

Sway: Thank goodness NO! Not yet, anyway.

HarMonica: Phew! Most of your items take skill to duplicate, so I think most thieves wouldn't attempt it!

Sway: And I dearly hope it will stay that way!

HarMonica: Well, Sway...I think you have such unique and fun items! Is there anything you would like to say to the readers of this blog, besides what we have already discussed?

Sway: Yes....I would like to thank all of my clients, friends and anybody who is helping and supporting me. I am happy to be able to be a part of SL and very proud of being a part of the Costa Rica Sims!

HarMonica: Yay Costa Rica! lol Thank you so much for taking the time to sit with me today, Sway....

Sway's Creations Main Store: Sways Creations (101, 96, 22)
Sway's Creations Costa Rica: La Fortuna 2 (79, 93, 23)

visit the
'DivaTude... Fashion Blog'


Jewelry Set "CANDY"

new funny Jewelry ...

Necklace & Earrings "CANDY"

sculpted Necklace and Earrings
black leather cord with colored candys

resize menu


opening realese

new animation - Painting Pillow
sculpted Pillow with color change menu
sit on it and the Sketch Block appears

an addition to the STELLA Jewelry set...
Bellybone & Anklet

and a lovely autumn Cookie Bear
animated plush teddy bear boy
he go fly a kite


Designers @ Sway's Village

i like to introduce the great Designers at Sway's Village...

Amrita by Atsuki Kayo

beautiful prim hair - range from chic to freaky ;-)

Shiki Designs by Jeckie Hax and Shinichi Mathy

Shapes and Fashion... great Female and Male clothes

Thistle Homes by Liz Gealach

verry nice Homes and lovely Home Accessoires

Paradise Pets by Deborah DeFarge and Don Bricklin

great pets... you will love it :)

RiArnya Designs by Arnya Hastings

Shoes and Flowers

Hydi's Stuff by Hydi Loon

Ventilator and Fountains

Dedrie's Designs by Dedrie Bailey

miscellaneous items... Skins, Clothing and some other...

visit the Village and take a look around :-)

Photo Contest - WINNER

thanks to all contestants for their many beautiful photos.

the winners:

1. Dory Snook

2. Poohta Bailey

3. Kairi Gray

3. Hazel Homewood




You are cordially invited to the
Sway's Creations
Marketplace & Village
opening Weekend

Friday 19 SEP - Sunday 21 SEP

New Releases and Special Gifts are waiting for you.

Also we have some great Designer at the Village:

Shiki Designs, Pet Paradise, Hydi's Stuff, Amrita, Baby Love, Dedrie's Designs and more...

Join us and discover the new Sway's Creations.

Take part in the Sway's Creations Photo Contest.
Shoot a picture anywhere on the new Sway's Creations Sim and send it to Sway Dench.

* Rules:
- you have to be seen at the picture
- picture have to be full permissions ( copy, modify and transfer )
- photo title must contain your full avatar name
- deadline to send your picture is 21 SEP
- one picture per person

* Prices:
1 Price: 700 L$
2 Price: 500 L$
3 Price: 300 L$

The winners picked by our jury will be published on monday 22 SEP in the Sway's Creations Group
and their photos will be shown at the Sway's Creations Update Blog and the Sway's Creations Sim.

I'm looking forward to meet you and to see your Photos :-)


Chalk Paint

- Chalk Paint -
painting a picture with a piece of chalk on the street

2 different Animations
Chalk Box - gives chalk
Chalk Floor - 3 motive / heart, butterfly and flower
(works on every floor texture)


Sway's Creations @ Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Sims, a place like no other, having been named one of the "25 Most Beautiful Places in SL" by different publications and "Hot Spots" on secondlife.com.

No other Estate in SL offers as many different environments as the Costa Rica Sims...
... a community made of people from over 29 countries in 6 continents.


"STELLA" Jewelry Collection

sculpted Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings

black leather cord with 2 different stars
resize & color change menu

Moon Glow @ SHIKI

Moon Glow
Autumn Moon Gala Party

The Autumn Moon Festival, the best-loved festival in Chinese culture will be brought to Second Life™ at the Shiki sim on September 14th. Dating back over 3000 years, the festival is a cultural and visual feast. On the night of the brightest and fullest autumn moon, cities and villages glow with beautifully made lanterns hung from houses, shops and temples and carried by children as they walk along the streets. Today the festival is not only lit by the traditional lanterns, but also by elaborate floats and whimsical light shows. Lanterns are made by children and adults from paper or silk and are decorated with traditional scenes from history.

6 - 8 A.M. SLTime