Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fantasy Faire 2015 - Forever Sprite

Sea Sprites live forever... or, better to say, they live for a very, very, very long time. Jerrilynn Whitefoam was a mere toddler by Sea Sprite standards, but a curious and adventurous toddler all the same. She wasn't entirely content with the underwater universe her parents and grandparents and great-grandparents used to enjoy. She wanted more. She wanted adventure, and experience. This is why she decided to rise above sea level one bright day... and she was so very lucky. She met a weird, winged critter floating in the air. She called herself Fidget Heartweb, a Nature Fairy... and she gifted Jerrilynn with a pair of amazing... stunning... wings! So absolutely useless under water... yet Jerrilynn donned them proudly, like a medal. Her medal for Adventure. Her medal for Being More Than a Sea Sprite. And she was happy because of this, for the forthcoming five hundred years under sea level.

Fantasy Faire 2015 - Sprite
I should have shown you this outfit ages ago, at the very beginning of the Faire... then, as usual, RL intervened. However, the Fairelands are still there for a few hours more, the crowd is definitely smaller, so you still have the chance to grab a beauty or two in the very last minute.

Outfit and accessories: Petite Ursula Gown by Ankle Biters - a special RFL donation item (895 L$) available at Odyssey.
Avatar: Petite Sea Sprite by Fallen Gods Inc. - a special RFL donation item (1.000 L$) available at Odyssey.
Hair: Petite Mouser by The Stringer Mausoleum - the pink/purple set is a special RFL donation item (25 L$), available at YoZakura.
Pose: "Elf" by HelaMiyo - 150 L$. The pose set was a special donation item for the Fashion for Life event, now available in the main shop, with the proceeds still going to the American Cancer Society.

The picture was taken at The Fairelands Junction.

Sakura - Spring's hope - Fantasy Faire 2015

2 In IchiGo IchiE the sakura were in full bloom. The delicate flowers appearing from bare wood heralding the start of spring, of life's miraculous return from the depths of winter sleep. Méi awoke with the flowers, her long slumber at an end. 
The world inhaled, the chill of the air warming with each passing day. The spirits of spring and rebirth unfurled as she moved, hopping at first from branch to branch, running along swaying twigs with a sure step. Méi would not fall. Her own wings would keep her aloft, those and those of her companions surrounding her would carry her from bough to bough.
3  Bringing life and beauty to the world was never easy, there was always a struggle. As her steps brought buds from the bark of the trees she considered this, as she did each year. These blooms were life, they were beauty, they were ephemeral. They were joy to all who saw them, they called for enjoyment, for delight in life as long as it lasts. Méi flew among the trees, bringing life for life's enjoyment. Each flower a bloom for the future, made possible by the growth of the past.
1 Two posts in one day... I know - testament to my lack of organisation. 
This post was planned, but the message it contains reached a new level of personal this morning as I was writing, thanks to another post, and conversations in our second life. So this one is for Ursula.

The Fantasy Faire in 2015 has so far raised L$ 6,268,699  That's $ 25,075! All for Relay for Life - The American Cancer Society. The more money raised, the more research, the faster new techniques and treatments are developed, the faster we find a cure. 

So go - the Fairelands will fade back into the mists for another year at the end of today. Enjoy the Sims. Bump into the talented and generous creators. Complete the hunt and be so covered in prizes you won't see daylight for a week. Hit up the donation kiosks. Cover bail for those characters locked up by the Pawlice. Shop shop shop! The Relay for Life vendors are clearly marked, all the L$ going to RFL. 

Make a difference today.

Hair : /Wasabi Pills/ Jasmine Mesh Hair - (BOOBS) - Licorice
Odyssey
Skin : :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Femme:// Mortulus - Free in each SIM!
Tattoo layer :  :[ET]: FF Dragon Scales - Light
Vallacia
Earrings : RFC - Dragonbead Earring - Cape Amethyst
Spires of Andolys
Necklace : ~tc~ Baroque Necklace - Silver (mc)
Tangleshimmer Grove
Outfit : -AZUL- Pepeke (Dress, Wings and Butterflies)
YoZakura

Visit the Sim
IchiGo IchiE

Protecting the Fairelands : Fantasy Faire 2015

3 Lita mirrored Travellers from other lands had always noted a change in the tides approaching the Fairelands. Waters were no calmer, but the waves had a new quality, a texture, as though the magic of the Fairelands themselves were dispersed below the surface. A strange tide; these visitors thought, even as their vessels were carried toward the docks and those tasked with defending their destination. 2 LITA 10 Warm breezes from the Fairelands carried the scents of the different territories down to the shore. Standing on the docks in Vallacia, her eyes on the horizon, she was blessed with company on the breeze. Tiny butterflies alighted on her face, wings lightly brushing her lashes as delicate tongues dipped and lapped at the fine covering of salt on her skin. She kept up her watch, there were always those attempting to reach the Fairelands who had no business there. The arrows in her quivver would fly true. The arrow nocked to her bowstring was sharp to cut through air and water, though it would never wound a target. It carried a greater power than death, forged as it was from pure hope. It would prove an impenitrable barrier, protecting the Fairelands and all those within. 1 

The Fantasy Faire always goes by far far far to quickly. Today is the last day already! 
If you haven't yet been, please go! Pick up some beautiful items (such as these) while doing something even more beautiful, raining money for the fight against cancer.

Hair : /Wasabi Pills/ Jaden Mesh Hair - FEM - Sorbet
Odyssey
Skin : 7 Deadly s{K}ins - RAIN human snow cleavage
Sylvan of Spells
Butterflies : [ #7 ] HFE _. butterfly kisses ._ PRIM DECO LASHES [mc]
Tangleshimmer Grove
Collar : *{Junbug}* Freyja's Collar - Earth -
Spires of Andolys
Necklace : :GW: One Moment Necklace
Aurora
Armour :  [The Forge] Banshee Armour, Brown
Aurora
Outfit :  [Gauze] The Alchemist
YoZakura
Bracer :  [Stitched] Astraea Bracelet L (Golden)
Spires of Andolys
Poses : Eternal Dream - Lita - Includes bow and arrow
Poppetsborough

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fantasy Faire 2015 - Midnight Sakura

Cherry trees usually blossom in the daytime. Ordinary cherry trees, and ordinary flowers, maybe... but not the mythical Nightshadow Sakura, the admired and treasured plant that maybe two dozen adventurers have ever witnessed to turn into a bouquet of splendid silky flowers for one night only, promptly fading away at the next dawn. For the Nightshadow Sakura is a messenger of great and important tidings... whether good or bad, however, the flowers cannot foretell. They only glow in a soft silky mysterious light, as if smiling, and observe the world with majestic grace...
Midnight Sakura
Outfit and accessories: "K'aalogii" by -AZUL-. This fabulous kimono set is a RFL donation item (850 L$), created in the true and authentic -AZUL- style, which is a synonym for "grandiose" and "regal". :) You can find their shop in the YoZakura sim, so don't hesitate to pay a visit.
Skin: "Oceanica Atlantic Eclipse" by Fallen Gods Inc. - a RFL donation item (1.100 L$) The skin package includes a complete set of mermaid fins and some jewellery, too, so you actually get an avatar for a very reasonable price. Fallen Gods is at Odyssey... where else? :D
Ears: Uni Ears "High Elf" by Soul (399 L$). The ears are not a current RFL donation item, but they are available in Charlie's booth at Ichi-Go Ichi-E.
Hair: "Petula" by Analog Dog - a RFL donation item (350L$) available at Tangleshimmer Grove.
Eyes: Perspective Eyes in "Oxidation" by IKON - an old group gift now available for 150 L$.
Necklace: Oceanica Necklace in "Ivory Shell" by Fallen Gods - included in the Oceanica Skin packages.
Cherry blossom petals with several built-in poses: Runo Runo - 200 L$.
The picture was taken at YoZakura.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Why I Relay. Fantasy Faire 2015

2 The nights were hard. The days were too of course. There was no hour, minute or moment that wasn't a fight. Wasn't a victory, or a loss. The spirit she embodied was with each who needed her, and they needed her all of the time. That she strove against was insidious, well named in its malignancy. Great strides had been taken through time, understanding had bloomed, science and faith combining, moving against the enemy hand in hand. The people had played their part, for whatever they were able. The diagnosis which had been a sentence could still strike terror with each syllable; the caring hand and dedicated mind could now, thanks to the work of so many, allow for hope. She, as the spirit of defence, protection, and hope could take the guise needed most by each who called on her. She has the backing of billions. All who have lost someone to the fight. All who are still fighting. All who, while untouched themselves can see, feel or try to imagine what it would take. For all that has been accomplished, for all that has been lost. For everyone. Fight on. 1 LITA 01 MIRROR_001 Why I Relay.

I took on this blogger challenge last year at the Faire, and knew it would be one I would return to again. Tears have been sliding down my face as I have written this, just as they did before. And that's ok. The Fantasy Faire is far from the only time I let myself think about what cancer has taken from so many, and more selfishly, from my own existence. 
I've written in the past about my aunt. No words can do justice to the sorrow of loss. 
Here, and at the Faire, the loss is felt, but the focus is on the hope. The hope I feel, the hope pouring out from creators and donors, providing a beautiful environment for reflection, and a view of a possible future. 
The question of the challenge, why I relay is painfully simple. 
I relay because there is hope. 
There is hope for two of my cousins, both now facing down their own fight against cancer. 
I hope for them. 
I relay for them. 
I relay for hope.
I relay for the day we won't need hope for this any longer. 

Hair : /Wasabi Pills/ Jaden Mesh Hair - FEM - (BOOBS) - Licorice
Odyssey
Hair ornament :  *Figment* Sakura Hairpin-Silver Red
IchiGo IchiE
Skin :  :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Femme:// Arahven - from the low lag avatar gift at each Fantasy Faire sim!
Eyes :  ~BLD~ RFL 2015 Hope Eyes
IchiGo IchiE
Pendant :  :[P]:- RFL Sword Pendant
Sylvan of Spells
Gown : .PoshTale. Cequi Dress
IchiGo IchiE
Shield :  [CONQUEST] [Shield of Breast Cancer.]
Tangleshimmer Grove

Monday, April 27, 2015

Wildehaven Marsh to Tangleshimmer Grove


Lita 6 mirror 1
The marshlands had been a good place to grow. Few others from the outside world may have seen Wildehaven Marsh as the adventure playground it had always appeared to the eyes of those fortunate enough to dwell there. In the darkest dankest reaches of the mire, where creatures slithered, crept and crawled, they learned the iridescent and beautiful could be found. In the toads eye were held all the colours of the earth, the snakes scale, all the colours of the sky. Here she had grown, running through silt, tripping over tree roots; until she could climb moss strewn branches, and finally, her wings unfurling, take flight.
Lita 1 1 1 [Black Tulip] The Magician #2 - Mirror
Now she had grown, had spread her wing and flown, it was time to leave the marsh. There was a whole word to explore, skills and abilities to develop, always always so much to learn. In the marsh, she had been as cygnet to swan, by necessity her form and choice of vestment most fitted the miasma. Out in the grove, her plumage had changed. Wings hidden, little need here to fly through the trees when such easy paths and waterways beckoned. In the sunlight, her colours shone. Tangleshimmer, this place was called; within it she found new beauty, a new life, and hope.
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More from the Fabulous Fantasy Faire - this time showing a peek at the beautiful sims, as well as the amazing items available, raising money to fight cancer through Relay for Life. I've tried to cover items which bring the most L$ directly to the charity - with grateful thanks to these amazingly generous creators.

Wildehaven Marsh Chapter
Hair :  /Wasabi Pills/ Jasmine Mesh Hair - (BOOBS) - Licorice
Odyssey
Skin :  LURE - Desire Depth - Cleavage
Tangleshimmer Grove
Wings :  Material Squirrel - Thethys Wings 6.0 - Left - RFL Color Set ~
Odyssey
Eyes :  Avatar Bizarre -  Eyes Spectre Purple
Vallacia
Earring :  ALEGRIA Dragonborn Earrings - Light Silver
Aurora
Necklace :  Bliensen + MaiTai - Soleil - necklace
Spires of Andolys
Gown : *{Junbug}* The Succubus in Worn
Spires of Andolys
Pose :  *Eternal Dream* Lita 01 and Lita 06
Poppetsborough

Tangleshimmer Grove Chapter
Hair :  /Wasabi Pills/ Jasmine Mesh Hair - (BOOBS) - Licorice
Odyssey
Skin :  LURE - Desire Depth - Cleavage
Tangleshimmer Grove
Eyes :  Avatar Bizarre -  Eyes Spectre Purple
Vallacia
Earring :  Bliensen + MaiTai - Soleil - Earrings
Spires of Andolys
Necklace :  KittyMoon - Dash of Hope Fairy Dust : Breast Cancer
Aurora
Gown :  Spyralle - Owl Moon Gown - Midsummer Night
Odyssey
Pose : [Black Tulip] The Magician #2
Poppetsborough

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Light in the Darkness - Fantasy Faire 2015

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Sunbeams filtered down through the lush green canopy, warming the woodland carpet of mosses and ferns. These daylight hours were precious, the woods around the settlement friendly and welcoming, she could walk for hours along pathways, through glades, away from the work of the town. Away from needlework, away from the soot blackened range, away from the cares of totting up household accounts. Sylvia came here, as so many others did while the sun shone, to enjoy the quiet, to relax and enjoy her freedom.

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All with a care for their own safety left the woods before sundown...
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Sylvia had reasons to linger through the twilight, staying in the woods past sunset, past moonrise. Her safety mattered of course, but much less to her than her freedom. She had some during the day, but that freedom was held in check. In the moonlight she could run swift as any deer, her antlers brushing leaves and twigs aside. Those in the town feared what lurked in the darkness, she sought it out. Bow and arrows in hand she followed traces and tracks, hunting down the malevolence wherever it tried to hide. Through thicket and in the depths of gorges she would search, always her aim, to keep her freedom, and allow others theirs. 4

This is it! The mists have lifted, revealing the Fantasy Faire 2015! 
If there is one event you go to this year - take my advice, make this it. Thirteen outstandingly beautiful SIMs, the very best designers in SL, all with one aim. Relay for Life. 
Cancer affects so many people, every single step towards ending this disease for good is worthwhile. At the Fantasy Faire, you can help in this fight. Each creator has vendors with the proceeds going direct to Relay for Life. 
These amazing people are so generous with their talent - be generous with your L$, raise money for this most worthwhile of causes - and get some excellent stuff! It's all win!

Daylight
Tiara : .: Fujiwara's World :. Heart tiara ~ Silver RFL
Poppetsborough
Earring : Rainy Fey Creations - Dragon bead Earring - Cape Amethyst
Spires of Andolys
Necklace :  OtherSkin - Cured - Relay For Life 2015 - Female -
Aurora
Shape and Skin : .:Soul:. Davina - (F4) Violent - Toned.
Not a RFL item itself, but the 'Kissers' appliers which go with this skin certainly are!
Ichi-go Ichi-e
Gown :  ::Bite&Claw:: Suriya - Fern
Spires of Andolys

Night
Antlers : *~*HopScotch*~* Wild one Antlers
Poppetsborough
Horns :  :{Oak & Elm}: RFL Velvet rose horns (branched/nose)
Tangleshimmer Grove
Forehead adornment : Lilith's Den - Tilaka -Scorpio
Poppetsborough 
Cuff :  The Dark Fae : Slither Cuffs Copper
Spires of Andolys
Outfit :  Feyline Fashions - FF* Ranger Serra Forest outfit
Sylvan of Spells