A World Below

A World Beneath the Waves (Low Res)

I am proud to be an official blogger for the Fantasy Faire, and as part of being that, they have asked us to complete a series of blog challenges or memes that tie into the event.  Today, I’m doing the My New Shiny challenge, which is to blog about a store that you previously didn’t know much about.  I’m so happy to feature meadowWorks, created by Garvie Garzo!  One of the things that I love about meadowWorks (besides the exquisite craftsmanship in their sculpture) is the fact that rather than having the minimum of 2 Relay For Life donation items for the Fantasy Faire, they have a stunning [NUMBER], in addition to also having a Relay For Life “Gotya” (gacha) machine and a one-of-a-kind sculpture in the silent auction!  This scene features 4 different pieces from meadowWorks in addition to a lagoon rock from Mer-chandise Cove, plants from Cerridwen’s Cauldron, kelp from Balderdash, and rocks from Jammin!

Mer Tail | Mer-chandise Cove Father of Pearl
Hair | Wasabi Pills Jay – Sorbet * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Hands | Slink AvEnhancement Male Hands (Relaxed)
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose Rock | Mer-chandise Cove Lagoon Single Rock (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)

meadowWorks Apparatus of the Ancients * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
meadowWorks Waterhorse * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
meadowWorks Dolphin Bubble Fountain * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
meadowWorks Legend of the Dolphin Fragments * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Cerridwen’s Cauldron Starburst Duster-Worm
Cerridwen’s Cauldron Hydra Anemone
Cerridwen’s Cauldron Water Underbrush
Balderdash Kelp Forest
Jammin Rock Outcrops

The Prince Beneath the Waves

The Prince Beneath the Waves

The Fantasy Faire opened less than a week ago, and has already raised over L$4.4 million for Relay For Life, making it the highest-fundraising event of this RFL season so far!  I am proud to be an official blogger for the event, and as part of being that, they have asked us to complete a series of blog challenges or memes that tie into the event.  Today, I’m doing the Faire Folk challenge, which is to create a character from the Fairelands using mainly items from this year’s Fantasy Faire, and photograph the character in their home sim.

I chose to create a merman and photograph him in the Fairelands Junction sim.  Saiyge Lotus of Balderdash has done an incredible job of creating Fairelands Junction and turning it into an underwater masterpiece this year.  The main component of the avatar – the tail, pauldrons, and wrist guards – are actually not from this year’s Fantasy Faire.  They are part of a limited edition set that was created by Mer Betta and auctioned off at the 2011 Fantasy Faire.  A few days ago, I was shocked to receive appliers from Opal Lei, the Mer Betta creator, to use the tail with the Mesh Project body!  Their other tails at the moment do not have that – it’s a special thing for this limited edition set – but I hope to see more of their tails have that option in the future.

This year’s Faire is well-represented in the avatar, though.  Even~Tide created the body scales, Tir Na Nog created the crown, The Stringer Mausoleum created the horns and eyebrows, Wasabi Pills created the hair, and Empyrean Forge created both necklaces.  Even better, with the exception of one of the necklaces, all of these items are Relay For Life donation items, meaning that 100% of their purchase price is donated to the fight against cancer.

Fantasy Faire ends next Sunday, May 3rd.  Make sure to stop by before the Fairelands are gone for another year!

Tail/Shoulders/Wrists | Mer Betta Melite-Polaris (Limited Edition)
Crown | Tir Na Nog King Neptune Crown (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Horns | The Stringer Mausoleum Mocklet Horns – L.E. Gothpire (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyebrows | The Stringer Mausoleum Mocklet Brows – L.E. Gothpire (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | Empyrean Forge Manawa Necklace – Lavender (Left) (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | Empyrean Forge Razortooth’s Charm – Silver Engraved (at Fantasy Faire)

Hair | Wasabi Pills Jay – Sorbet * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Scales | Even~Tide FF Dragon Scales – Light * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Face Markings | Fallen Gods Inc DRACO Marks, tintable overlay
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Kami-Hitoe Mermaid AO3-Dance with the Wave

Location | Fairelands Junction

Remodeling Is Fun

Remodeling Is Fun

I’ve been thinking about re-doing my home in Second Life for a while, and thankfully I found a few things that were exactly what I needed to do it at Uber, which just opened yesterday.  First is the Chalkboard Bar by Trompe Loeil.  I bought the full pack that also includes the metal barstools in a variety of colors, and the neon bar signs.  To help me get some painting done, I also have the Makeover Ladder* from N4RS, which comes with the paint cans and drop cloth on the ground.  I’ve been spot testing those three colors of paint, and think I may go with the green to match the lighting on the Bar Fridge from [kunst] back there in the kitchen.  I also have a great piece of wall decor already in place that is available as a Relay For Life donation item at the Fantasy Faire – it’s the RFL Purple Neon Club Light* from De Baza.  On top of the bar fridge is another RFL donation item at the Fantasy Faire.  It’s called “A Faire Memory 2015″* and is from MacMoragh and Muse.

Shirt | AP.PAREL Zip Tank – Spring Stripe (NEW!)
Shorts | not so bad Noam Shorts (kaki)
Shoes | Dufaux TMP Flip Flops (Group Gift)
Necklace | The Forge Plaid Necklace, Neon2 (at Uber)
Bracelet | MANDALA Bracelet LUSTFUL (at TMD)

Hair | MINA Harry (materials) Dark Blond (at Liaison Collaborative)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Face Paint | Fujiwara’s World Berserker Markies ~ Violet* (at Fantasy Faire)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose/Ladder | N4RS Makeover Ladder* (at Uber)

Trompe Loeil Chalkboard Bar Double (at Uber)
Trompe Loeil Metal Barstool Neon Yellow (at Uber)Kunst Barfridge Neon (at Uber)
Kunst Kunsteiner Cans x28 (at Uber) (inside fridge)
Kunst Champ bottles x15 (at Uber) (inside fridge)
MacMoragh and Muse A Faire Memory 2015* (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
De Baza RFL Purple Neon Club Light* (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
N4RS Makeover Ladder* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover – Floor Sheet* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Neon Green* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Purple* (at Uber)
N4RS Makeover Paint – Orange* (at Uber)

The Tinderling

The Tinderling

Cerridwen’s Cauldron has long been known as one of Second Life’s premier creators of fantasy plants, trees, architecture, and so much more.  They recently branched out into creating avatars – the Tinderlings!  These adorable avatars come in both petite and normal avatar sizes, and they even come with a mask on a stand for you to place in your home.

The Forest Tinderling, RFL Edition * is dressed all in purple, the official color of the Relay For Life.  In the photo above, I am wearing the larger version.  In addition to the Forest Tinderling, there is also a mushroom version available, with both versions being Relay For Life donation items, meaning that 100% of their purchase price goes to the Relay For Life.

One of the incredibly cute features of the Tinderlings is their ability to fold up into a little pile of wood with a button click on their HUD.  Then, when you’re ready for them to, they jump up, like I did in the photo above.  The rest of their animations can be taken care of by any standard AO.

I photographed the Tinderling on Wildehaven Marsh, one of the Fantasy Faire sims.  Designed, built, and sponsored by rynn Verwood of Solarium, Whildehaven Marsh features a village-like setting around a central marshy area.  The quality of the build is absolutely stunning.  Make sure to visit it and the other 12 Fantasy Faire sims before the event closes on May 3rd!

Avatar | Cerridwen’s Cauldron Forest Tinderling, RFL Ed.* (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)

Location | Wildehaven Marsh

Fantasy Faire Is Almost Here!

Why I RelayRelay For Life is something that I have been involved with in Second Life for many years now, on many different levels.  One of my favorite RFL events of the year is the Fantasy Faire, which opens tomorrow at 9 AM SLT!  I am proud and honored to be one of the official Fantasy Faire bloggers for this year.  Fantasy Faire has asked its bloggers to do a couple of blog challenges to help foster the community.  This post is Why I Relay.

I relay for many reasons, but the main one is that I can, while so may others can’t.  Like many of us, I’ve had people close to me who have heard the dreaded words telling them that they have cancer.  Some are still with us, but others are not.  One of my good Second Life friends was Madame Maracas.  We lost Maddie to cancer on September 8, 2010.  I have since set up a memorial park in her honor in-world, and enjoy going there to visit and see the photos of her.  I also have an aunt out in California who is currently beating the odds.  Six years ago, she was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer.  She is still with us, and actually I will get to see her and her husband next week.  I can’t wait to talk to her and see how she’s doing.

The Battlemage

The avatar that I am wearing is comprised almost entirely of items from this year’s Fantasy Faire, with many of them being Relay For Life donation items.  In addition, the gorgeous gazebo that I’m standing in is also new for the Faire, and was built by Sharni Azalee, who sponsored, designed, and built the Ichi-go Ichi-e sim at the Faire this year.  Full credits are below!  Since the Faire is not yet open, though, I’m not allowed to provide SLURLs to the sims.  I will go back through tomorrow once the sims open and add those.

Jacket | [Gauze] Alchemist Jacket * (at Fantasy Faire)
Pants | [Gauze] Alchemist Pants * (at Fantasy Faire)
Necklace | OtherSkin Aesculap Necklace Full * (at Fantasy Faire)
Pauldrons | [Gauze] Alchemist Pauldrons * (at Fantasy Faire)
Bracer | [Gauze] Alchemist Bracer Left * (at Fantasy Faire)
Boots | [Gauze] Alchemist Boots * (at Fantasy Faire)
Sword | Fallen Arms Forge For the Living * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Staff | [Gauze] Alchemist Staff – Power * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Daggers | The Dark Fae Dragon Dagger Bands Brown * (at Fantasy Faire)
Mount | White Oak Equines Silver Dapple Unicorn * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)

Hair | Wasabi Pills Jack – Licorice * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Body Hair | #TheMeshProject “Natural”
Ears | MANDALA Steking Ears Season 5

Pose | {Pose Maniacs} Kenzo 1

Gazebo/Globes | The Looking Glass Enchanted Gazebo * (at Fantasy Faire)
Trees | The Looking Glass Twinkle Trees * (at Fantasy Faire)
Kobold/Sign | The Dark Fae Fantasy Faire Kobold * (RFL Donation Item at Fantasy Faire)
Ground | Fanatik Lofoten A Summer

The Sole Survivor

The Sole Survivor

This week, Strawberry Singh’s blog meme was to take a photo in Second Life inspired by a television series.  I figured that everyone was going to be doing Game of Thrones, so I decided to do one from one of my non-fantasy favorite genres – reality TV.  Survivor has long been one of my favorite shows, and this photo depicts a Survivor contestant who has won an individual immunity challenge when he needed it most – he made it to the final 7, but was about to be voted out by agreement of two alliances of 3 people!  That means that rather than going home, he’s now the deciding vote between the two sides of the tribe.  No wonder he’s smiling!  In my mind, he plays the rest of the game perfectly, and ends up being voted as the Sole Survivor, the winner of the season.  Full outfit and scene credits are below.

The outfit features items from a few events, but I’d like to highlight the face paint.  It’s by HopScotch and will be available at Fantasy Faire when it’s open later this week.  Because Relay For Life vendors require 100% of sales go to RFL, the face paint won’t be in an RFL vendor, but the creator has said that a part of each sale will be put into an RFL kiosk.  It was what I needed to finish off this character, and it was released at a perfect time!

Pants | BlankLine Roll-Up Pants (Beige) (at TMD)
Shoes | FATEstep Ziggy Chucks*
Ear Piercing | Cerberus Xing Kunai Earring (silver and black) (for Wayward Hunt)
Bracelet | Howl Star Rope (Black) (for Wayward Hunt)
Necklace | Shi. Evra Pendant

Hair | Damselfly Louie Dark Blondes (at Men Only Monthly)
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Tattoo | Reckless Alvarrez (for Wayward Hunt)
Face Paint | *~*HopScotch*~* Warpaint Arrow* (at Fantasy Faire)
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | Le Poppycock Just a Story (at Pose Fair)

Rocks | Studio Skye Cliff Pack
Dune | Studio Skye Cliff Pack
Grass | Botanical Marram Grass (Green)
Trees | Tiki Tattoo Palms

Faireland Memories (Fantasy Faire Blog Challenge)

Faireland Memories

This year’s Fantasy Faire begins next week, and I’m proud to be one of the official bloggers for it!  One of the things that they have for us to do is a series of blog challenges to get our creative juices flowing.  To get ready for the Faire, I’m doing the first one today – it’s called “I Remember”.  They’ve asked us to think about the past Fantasy Faires and share our favorite stories, memories, transformations, and moments.  Having spent weeks of time in the Fairelands over the years that the Fantasy Faire has been held, I have far too many memories to share, but I do have a few favorites.

I’ll never forget the shotgun wedding (literally) of Alia Baroque and Clover Denzo.  That whole situation never fails to make me laugh when I think about it.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw Elicio Ember’s incredible plants.  I’ll never forget all of the laughs that the Fantasy Faire team had on our constant 24/7 Skype calls as Faire time neared during the years I was on the organizing team.  I’ll never forget the bidding war for the Gate that led to Dark Realms, nearly ending in a magical duel.  I’ll never forget the first time I rode on a dragon-pulled airship.  I’ll never forget the first time I saw a 50-meter-tall colossus avatar, or the first time I spoke to her.

Over the years, I have taken dozens of forms in the Fairelands.  It has been somewhat traditional for me to shapeshift every day of the Faire, and while some have repeated from year-to-year, most are new to utilize the incredible creations of the merchants at the Faire.  One that was worn for most of the 2011 Fantasy Faire, though, is shown in the photo above and credited down below.  The 2011 Faire came at a tough time in my life.  I was making my living from Second Life at the time, but I knew that that was soon coming to an end.  I was living in New York City, trying to figure out what to do and where to go – in fact, a few short months later, I ended up moving to Texas and changing careers completely.  To say that I was a bit depressed at the 2011 Faire would be an understatement.

Then I found Enchanted Mysts.  Built by Alia Baroque, Enchanted Mysts was just what I needed at the time.  It was a place of tranquility when my life was in complete turmoil.  That same Faire, the Forest of Shadows sim had a hunt that rewarded you with different pieces of a satyr avatar.  I quickly became a Satyr using a furset that I bought from one of the Faireland merchants, and spent most of my time sitting on a stump, looking out at the sea.  From time to time, other people would stop by and sit with me.  For this photo, I decided to leave that avatar exactly the way it was back then (although the asset server has apparently eaten the eyes I was wearing then, so I had to use different ones).  The avatar is pre-mesh, so it looks somewhat outdated these days, but I think that most of it has stood the test of time pretty well.  I haven’t found any other sims that have the exact same feel as Enchanted Mysts, but one of Alia’s sims, Athan, comes close.  I’m also using another great pose from this year’s Pose Fair, which is still going on.

I can’t wait to get into the Fairelands once again, but until I do, I’ll keep remembering.

Loincloth | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Tunic (Unavailable)
Horn | Fallen Gods Inc Battle Horn – Celtic
Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc Cataclysm

Hair | Wasabi Pills Esyae Hair – Night Shadow
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Satyr Legs | Satyrs Moon Dionysian Full Furset
Ears | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Ears (Unavailable)
Horns | Fantasy Faire 2011 Hunt Horns (Unavailable)
Skin | AKERUKA Manuel Shaved H Sun Haired

Pose | ::Tabou Irresistable:: Calm Boy – Pose 5 (at Pose Fair)

Location | Athan