Saturday, April 30, 2016

A dryad's dream - Fantasy Faire 2016

Spring was moving through the woods. Winter's chill grip loosened gradually, day by day. As a soft breeze blew warmth through bare boughs, sap began to rise, bringing life back into cold dead wood. Thalia watched the change of season creep toward her, eyes for months shielded by a layer of bark and moss blinking free. Tingling shifted to movement as leaf by leaf unfurled, roots drinking deep as frozen ground thawed. Sunlight was no longer a harsh glare, but reached the softening earth through a canopy of shimmering green.

She had listened long to the stories told beneath her branches. In the gently curving glade she had made her home, people had come each spring, each summer, to rest, to eat and share their stories. Travellers, couples and families, each brought their tales. The families were her favourites, they brought books, bound in leather, or with cardboard covers crumpled from years of use. Tales of magical beings, perilous quests and curses broken. It had been years since she had chosen to put down roots, to sleep for a while in the soil.

This spring Thalia felt the joys of spring more strongly, it was the season for the dryad to climb out of the tree, to feel different grass beneath her feet. There were flowers across the glade she longed to smell, the fitful breeze had never blown their scent her way. This year she would visit other glades, other trees, greet the rivers and streams, enjoying her freedom.

Come on down to the Fairelands!
The Fairelands Junction

Relay for Life total raised currently stands at L$ 5,105,493 that's $ 20,422 real life dollars!

Hair : /Wasabi Pills/ Thyra Mesh Hair  L$ 250 Relay for Life item
Lovely hair, 19 HUD driven colours, 16 colour options for each of the two hair ribbons.
Skin :  [NM] - Aurora - Corset/Brows - Dystopia  Relay for Life item
Captivated by the tone of this skin - pack contains 6 versions with appliers for Maitreya, Belleza and Slink
Earrings :  EF: Talia's Heart Earrings HOPE  L$ 225  Relay for Life item
Delicate but eyecatching jewellery from the masters at the forge.
Dryad outfit : .AiShA. Dryad Relay for Life item
Dryad dress comes in standard size MESH L, M, S & XS. Included accessories, mask, ivy collar and bracelets are resizer scripted. 
Gown : !!TWA!! Maya of Moonhollow Gown  - Mystery
Beautiful elegant gown, the lacework really stands out with a tactile quality.
Treeswing : TLG - Boho Fae - Twisted Tree Light  L$ 200 Relay for Life item
Lovely illuminated entwined tree, complete with a swing! Couples poses included.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Why I Relay - Fantasy Faire 2016

Each year it came to this. In amongst all of the hustle and bustle, the crowds and the adventure, this moment came.Was it coincidental that moments of reflection tended to come near the water? Be it rhythmic movement of waves gently lapping against the harbour wall, droplets of water arcing through the air from a fountain to meld with a pond, or the sudden welling of tears in her eyes.
This year, she did not want the tears. Even as she wiped them away from her eyes, a sardonic smile tugged at the corners of her mouth. "As if anyone wanted tears!" Like everyone drawn in to the Fairelands, she was captivated not only by the beautiful surroundings, as breathtaking as they were; nor by the vast array of goods on offer, as exquisite as they were. She was drawn by what it meant. By what a disparate group of individuals could achieve when they were working toward one goal.

This year I had an idea of the look I wanted to create for my 'Why I Relay' blogger challenge as soon as I saw the skin from Plastik. The more I thought about it however, the less I wanted to think about hope or a cure being something celestial, something otherworldly. In reality, hope can be something made of pain. Pain can inspire hope, calling it into being where there had been no need for it before. Pain can erode hope, wearing it away over time. The less that has to happen, the happier we all can be. Since writing for this challenge last year, there have been losses, there are also survivors. Cancer has taken my cousin, a wonderful woman who was a daughter, sister, aunt and mother. Relatives and friends have received diagnoses, treatment beginning, remission reached. I don't want to write about a cure being something made of magic, from some distant galaxy. A cure is what we relay for, it's why we do this. So research can continue. Real people, right here, working to find a way. The cure is getting closer. Until then, we will come together like this. After that - we'll do it for the sheer love of each other, and all this love can achieve. 

These pictures were taken in Dangarnon one of the Faireland Sims

Skin : :[P]:- Constella Skin:// Lunale  Relay for Life item
Beautiful starry galaxy skin, comes with every applier you could think of, eight eyebrow shapers, eyes, makeup options - as ever - wow.
Branches :  Air Magnolia_Head Accessory_purple_CM - L$ 100  Relay for Life item
Lovely delicate branches, intricate beading, and softly glowing flowers.
Outfit : *LE* Xylia Onyx Pearl - L$ 250  Relay for Life item
Fantastic outfit, all sections can be worn separately, I love the contrast of bronze on white!
Nails : DP - Koffin Nails - Something Wicked L$ 200 Relay for Life item
Pretty pretty nails! HUD controlled, nine colour options. This purple to blue fade is my favourite.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

It was all going swimmingly... Fantasy Faire 2016

Adrienne had had it. Had it up to the gills. It had started slowly, centuries earlier, or so the tales caved into the sacred story rocks told. A new shadow on the surface, on the barrier between their world, and the dry suffocating world above. A new creature, that's all. So they had thought.
It was carved, it had become part of their history. Just a new creature, a new predator. One day there would be no fish, where there had been fish before. Another, there would be a slick of blood and oil marring the surface; bones cracked and burned fell through the water to pile on sands. No predator hunted so indiscriminately, none took so much, sweeping vast swathes of the sea clear.
This night she would rest. They all would. They needed to. Come the morning, with the turn of the tide, the seas would change. Shoals of fish swept away would reform. Bones had always carpeted the deep. The clog of plastic, however, was stifling the ocean. The world above had contaminated the seas for too long. Tomorrow they were going to give it all back. The stones would be carved anew.

Hair : Analog Dog - omega - SPLASH - from omega - blacks/ splash L$ 350 Relay for Life item
Skin : .:Soul:. Gen2 F - Ranitomeya - [F6] - Fade - TT-FB - Brow  Complete Package L$ 1299  Relay for Life item
Top : [ SAKIDE ] Kethya Glow Top Sheer - from full Kethya outfit - L$ 150 Relay for Life item
Mer Tail, Belt and Arm Shields : TempT Mishell Relay for Life item

Swim on down to the Fairelands!
The Fairelands Junction