A Loft To Call Home

A Loft To Call Home

6th Republic, an event that focuses mainly on industrial-style home and garden items, opened a couple of days ago.  It’s a style that I love, but that I don’t use all that often, but the items there were so inspiring.  I’d like to point out just a couple of the items that I particularly like.  First, the desk in the left part of the photo is from Stockholm & Lima, and comes in both an adult and PG version.  The detail in the desk is just extraordinary.  On top of that is a new decor piece from Apple Fall – the ‘Strength’ Fragment.  The bed and cello are both from a gacha machine created by NOMAD.  It has a total of 8 commons and 1 rare, so it’s not too difficult to collect the full set!  Finally, a lot of the miscellaneous accent items are from a new set by BAZAR.  These include the paper bag, the hanging bicycle, the clothing rack, the shoes, and the lamp.  The setting for all of this is a new studio apartment skybox by Pixel Mode that is just absolutely gorgeous.

I’m wearing things from a couple of different events, as well.  My new shirt from …Scars… and jeans from not so bad are both from The Men’s Department, and my necklace by [Body Factory] is available at The Showroom.  Full credits for what I’m wearing and for the room are below.

Shirt | …Scars… U Neck T-Shirt (at TMD)
Jeans | not so bad ZOLTAR jeans faded (at TMD)
Necklace | [Body Factory] Sands of Time Necklace (Silver) (at The Showroom)

Hair | Wasabi Pills Jack – Dark Blondes
Eyes | IKON Sovereign Eyes – Fjord
Skin/Applier | Tableau Vivant Alyx (tone 7)
Body/Hands/Feet | #TheMeshProject Deluxe Male Body
Ears | AITUI Gen 4 Naked

Pose | {Pose Maniacs} Zyon 3

Pixel Mode The Heights Studio Apartment (at 6th Republic)

Stockholm & Lima Industrial Desk (at 6th Republic)
Apple Fall ‘Strength’ Fragment (at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Paper Bag (Decor) (at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Bicycle on the Wall (Decor) (at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Bedroom Rug (at 6th Republic)
oyasumi Pipe Drink Holder (at 6th Republic)
Kuro Decorative Basket (Green) (at 6th Republic)
Dutchie Aglaonema tall
floorplan. caged wisdom
Dutchie Aloe
BAZAR Stockholm-Clothing rack (male) (at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Bedroom Painting 02 (at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Sneakers Decor (male) (at 6th Republic)
Dutchie Sansevieria
Fancy Decor Escape Shelf (Stained) (at 6th Republic)
NOMAD Cello (gacha at 6th Republic)
Dutchie Red Agave
BAZAR Stockholm-Bedroom Curtain (at 6th Republic)
Apple Fall Wooden Tribal Jars
[ keke ] twinkling lights log – bare
BAZAR Stockholm-Bedroom Lamp (left) (at 6th Republic)
NOMAD Industrial Bed RARE (gacha at 6th Republic)
BAZAR Stockholm-Flip Clock (at 6th Republic)
Dutchie Gift: Lillies
Dutchie Aloe Vera

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

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

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

Enter: The Messenger

The Messenger

Putting together fantasy avatars is something that I really love to do, so when I saw Fujin’s WindBag and Raijin’s Drums from [CX] at the Xiasumi School Festival, I knew that I had to do an avatar that incorported both of them.  Then, I saw the skirt of the Lysistrata Fantasy Costume from GizzA at The Chapter Four, and even though it was made to fit female avatars, I knew that I had to make it work for this one.  Surprisingly, the large size fit me without any changes!

I call this avatar “The Messenger” because he looks to me like a messenger who delivers news of war.  With his thunderous drums and sharp gauntlets, he can certainly get his message across.  As usual, click the photo above to see the full-size version on Flickr.

Belt/Skirt | GizzA Lysistrata Fantasy Costume [Silver] Skirt (gacha at The Chapter Four)
Gauntlets | Remarkable Oblivion Azrael – Wrought
Fabric Drape | [CX] Fujin’s WindBag (White) (at Xiasumi School Festival)
Drum Ring | [CX] Raijin’s Drums (at Xiasumi School Festival)
Tattoo (Bottom Layer) | Fallen Gods Inc LUMINOUS Firefly Body Swirls
Tattoo (Top Layer) | Fallen Gods Inc RAIJU tattoo, Mystic

Hair | Wasabi Pills Orion Mesh Hair – Ethereal
Eyes | Fallen Gods Inc GLOWING eyes Silver (tinted)
Skin/Appliers | Fallen Gods Inc  LUMINOUS Firefly
Feet | Slink Avatar Enhancement Male Feet
Horns | Remarkable Oblivion Baphomet Horns – Celestial
Wings | Remarkable Oblivion Holiday Spirit Wings RARE

Pose | Rylan Carling Magic – LTD [Unavailable]

Location | Annon

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)