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

Spring Season Challenge

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Many Mondays, Strawberry Singh posts a blog challenge or meme, and since I’m a couple of years late to the party, I thought I’d go back and join in on some of the ones I’ve missed.  This one from about a year ago is the Spring Season challenge.  The photo above called “The Birth of Spring” is actually one that I posted about a week ago on Flickr, but I think it’s absolutely perfect for this.  As part of this blog challenge, Berry posted three questions to answer in addition to taking the photograph.

  1. What is the spring season like where you live?
    This Spring was really non-existent.  I live in the north-western part of Texas in the United States, and our February was brutal (for us) – we had inches of ice on the road at times along with snow.  There were times that basically the whole city I live in shut down!  Then we transitioned straight to our normal May weather – mid-high 80 degree afternoon temperatures and very, very sunny.  Our typical spring doesn’t have too much rain, but it we do get thunderstorms and tornadoes.
  2. What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you think of spring?
    New life.  Spring is when everything awakens from its winter slumber and color explodes across the ground.
  3. Which spring-themed sim in Second Life is your favorite at the moment?
    I recently have been working on transitioning my private sim to spring, and I’m doing it just the way I like it, so I’d have to be biased and say that it would be my favorite.  I enjoy looking around other peoples’ spring-themed sims as well, though!

The avatar was built around the incredible skin that Fallen Gods Inc released at March’s round of We ❤ Roleplay.  Their skins are always so inspiring, and many of my wilder fantasy avatars are based around them.  The rest of the avatar pulls mostly from older items that were already in my inventory, but that complimented the skin well to enhance the overall look.  Credits for this avatar are a little bit tough to do because I tend to combine a lot of things together to create fantasy avatars, but I’ll do the best that I can.

Most Leaves | Illusions Hedera Silks
Some Leaves | Rising Silks Gaius II
A Few Leaves | Fallen Gods Inc FLEURS outfit
Mask | [ContraptioN] Masks: Oberon’s Crown
Satyr Legs | Satyrs Moon Fitted Mesh Oak Furset
Bottom-level Tattoo (Face) | Fallen Gods Inc Mark of the Damned 50%
Second-level Tattoo (Face) | Fallen Gods Inc SPIRIT Face Tattoo 50% (Tintable)
Third-Level Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc RAIJU tattoo Soft (Tintable)
Fourth-Level Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc EARTH CRY soft 7
Fifth-Level Tattoo | Fallen Gods Inc The Spirit Within Monochrome

Hair | Wasabi Pills Erik Mesh Hair – Pancake
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Oak
Skin/Appliers | Fallen Gods Inc Wood Nymph, male Spring (from We ❤ Roleplay)
Hands | Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands (Relaxed)
Ears | .:Soul:. Uni Ears – High Elf
Outer Horns | Cerridwen’s Cauldron Pronghorn Gazelle (Common)
Inner Horns | Le Forme Mistery Horns Bronze RARE

Pose/Bird | !bang Spring Friend 3 (marketplace only item)