Tuesday, 25 December 2012

The Carter & Dar Show - Interview Liz Gallagher TRU Textures

In the eight years I have been in Second Life which includes the seven I have been trading with TRU Textures I have more or less kept myself to myself.

But following the shock of winning the Avi Choice Awards last week...I guess it gave me enough confidence to come out of my shell a little and to be perfectly frank, networking is an important part of getting your business and brand "out there"

So I started a Facebook Page which now has 473 subscribers where I chit chat occasionally and post exclusive free textures.

More recently, I agreed to be a guest on The Carter & Dar chat show in Second Life and I really enjoyed it ! :)

Not sure how many people struggled to understand my broad Lancashire accent lol...

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Avi Choice Awards 2012 - Favorite Texture Store TRU Textures

TRU Textures Voted Favorite Texture Store.

I feel I must say a huge Thank You and an even bigger Sorry to anyone and everyone that voted for TRU Textures Ltd in the Second Life Avi Choice Awards 2012.

I am so sorry I was not able to be there to collect the award for "Favorite Texture Store"

WOW... I mean...really..WOW lol I am trying not to come over too sickly sweet but I am so touched by this mainly because I did not see it coming and SL is such a HUGE platform with so many texture artists and many (SO many) I admire and envy because of their skills... 

Of course, some of them are with TRU and I have to say Thorian Pennell and Elizabeth Tinsley, (Who are partners of TRU)  have both played huge roles over the years so I cannot take full credit for this award. 

I was under the impression the ceremony was Friday at 2AM UK time which I could not attend. Apparently it was postponed until Today at 10am SLT and I was sadly, unaware. 

I feel sorry for myself for not actually being part of something so very flattering and guilty for those that voted for us and I was not there in person.

Anyway, here is a transcript of the speech I had prepared and I assume read out by the radio host in my absence.

Thank you so much for this.

I was asked to write this acceptance speech at the time I was informed I had been nominated for the Avi Choice Awards, just earlier today actually, so it's a little surreal to try and think of something I would say as though I had already won,  which I really don't think I will,  but anyways... 

I am not really sure who or why anyone would consider me to be a worthy Nominee for such an award,  but who ever you are "thank you" 

I am  just one of thousands of people who are all doing the same thing,  in their own unique and creative ways in Second Life and  I am certain there are many who are much more talented than me, so again, it is an unexpected honor to be even considered worthy,  regardless of whether I won or not. 

Thanks again.

Liz Gallagher
LillyBeth Filth 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Second Life Avi Choice Awards

I wasn't going to write a post about this because it could be misconstrued as gloating. I can assure you, I am not!

I got this flyer about a week ago:

Official Flyer SL Avi Choice Awards.

It's for the Second Life Avi Choice Awards which I have never heard of because I generally keep myself to myself in Second Life so social networking is my weakness.

I glanced at it, wondered why it had been sent to me then forgot all about it.

Today, I was sent a notecard congratulating me on being nominated and asking me to prepare an acceptance speech if I planned on attending and assuming I had enough votes to win, the speech would be read out by the radio host.
I was also instructed to sit on the chair marked "X" if I heard my name called out by the radio DJ.

Sadly, 6pm SL time is 2am UK time  :(

I went to the website and researched what I had been nominated for and the categories and I am guessing its the "Home and Gardens"category but I really do not know.
This is the first I knew anything about it.

I have to say, I am baffled. It's deeply flattering and a huge honor but I cannot understand who or why anyone would nominate me.

I did write a little speech but then it's hard to write a thank you speech when I don't believe for one minute I would ever win.

There are so many designers out there and many much more skilled than I so I can only assume I was nominated because of how old my account and TRU Textures is.

I opened TRU Textures within Second Life in 2005 so it's close to eight years old and I guess most of us oldies have vanished over the years.  I guess the fact I am  "still kicking" is an achievement of sorts :)

Anyway, I won't be attending and so by default, I won't be collecting any awards.. lol (I might have if I believed I had a cat in Hells chance! As if!)

But I felt I should say "Thank you" to those people (Or person? lol) who put my name forward.

It's very touching; But really, I am no different to the thousands of other SL designers who are working from their homes and just trying to make an income from doing something they love....and that's reward enough really.. how many people can say "I love what I do for a living?" I am blessed and grateful.

So anyway, thank you for the gesture and kind thoughts...who ever you are!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Moroccan Tapestry Carpet Rug Textures - Seamless

Moroccan inspired carpet and rug textures.
Designed to look loose and unfitted as carpets or layer as scatter rugs.

Either way they are seamless so they could work as both scatter rugs and fully covered floor carpets.

They have slight bumps and creases to give the effect of being old and worn.

There are 15 designs and as always, they're available for use within Second Life as well as other virtual worlds such as IMVU.com and There.com.

Furthermore, they are available under commercial extended license for game developers and 2D/3D artists from the TRU Textures website. 

To see and purchase them in Second Life for 400 Linden Dollars the set,  please click this SLurl 

Available for use in Second Life, they are also available from the SL Marketplace 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Mossy Stone Wall Textures 3D Maps Diffuse Normal Specular & Height Maps


Ten tiling mossy stone wall textures which include Diffuse, Specular, Normal and Height maps.

2048 x 2048 Pixels
Seamless on both axis.

These textures are available as 2D Diffuse also.

Available for purchase under various commercial user licenses from the TRU Textures website.

Also available for Second Life use and can be seen and purchased with Linden Dollars by visiting the TRU Textures in world store by clicking this SLurl 

Both the 3D and 3D texture packs can be purchased from the SL Marketplace also.

3D Collection can be seen here  900 Linden Dollars

2D Collection can be seen here   400 Linden Dollars





High Resolution Tropical Fish Textures on Transparent Backgrounds.

Click to view

13 High resolution Tropical Fish textures on PNG transparent backgrounds.

Available for purchase under various User Licenses.

For use exclusively within the Second Life environment they can be seen in world here: and cost 400 Linden Dollars.

They're also available from the Second Life Marketplace too. Click this link 

For use in other grids and virtual worlds such as IMVU.com, they're also available from the TRU Textures website under the Any World License.

Additionally, for use in external projects not related to online and virtual worlds, they can be purchased from the TRU Textures website under the Extended License.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Scattered & Seamless Ground Straw Hay Textures


There are hundreds of seamless hay and straw in the form of a seamless photographs but I could not find any like these which are various amounts of scattered hay and straw which can be overlaid on different surface planes.

After three days of trying to work out how to create these and learning tools in Photoshop I have never explored before, I came up with these.

The ten piece texture pack contains three seamless textures which tile on both axis and seven loose scattered straw textures which can be layered over your 2D and 3D scenes.



There is a slight drop shadow too to add depth and realism.

They are sized 1024 x 1024 Pixels and are saved on transparent backgrounds.

For use within Second Life they are available for 600 Linden Dollars for the set.
Here is a SLurl to see and/or purchase them.

From the Second Life Marketplace they can be seen/purchased here

They will also be available under various types of commercial and extended licenses from TRU Textures website