Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fantasy Faire: Ravenshold

Ravenshold is sponsored by OtherSkin, Plastik, Junbug, Spyralle, The Forge, Death Row Designs, The White Armory, Safe Waters Foundation, The Muses, and the Dark Unicorns of Lovelace and it was created by Rynn Verwood.

It's the basis for the second half of the Fantasy Faire Hunt, also known as "Princesses just don't like stairs, ok?"

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Fantasy Faire Calendar

The Fantasy Faire Calendar Contest is going on again this year, ending on the sixth of May. I took the opportunity of focusing on one photo for each sim to take some extra steps with these twelve using Gimp, and I'm rather proud of the results! I tried to find the picture that I felt best exemplified the emotion of each sim, even if it showed only a fragment of it; each part of the Faireland was so unique and distinct that it was easy to end up with a diverse set of images.

I hope you enjoy!

Sylvan of Spells




Fantasy Faire: Ichi-go Ichi-e sponsored by The Looking Glass

Ichi-go Ichi-e is sponsored by The Looking Glass and was created by Sharni Azalee and Marcus Inkpen. It contains 19 stores.

Let your imagination fly you to a land where anything is possible. Walk on water among pink clouds in this surreal landscape where large Sakura flowers and other exotic flora tower over you in a beautiful dream forest of pinks and grays and fawn.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Squee: Tadeus

The Sunday Squee is when I can talk about things that make me happy and excited. The main focus will be on different things people created, from books to movies to television shows to podcasts, and my effort will be to highlight less commonly known things as a way to share what I love. If you want to join in the Sunday Squee, please link back to me so I can enjoy what you love!

Favorite Blanket

I'm going very personal this week, so this means for one of the first times I'm sharing something in the abstract which I can't share in the practical - my beloved kitty cat Tadeus. I've had him for fifteen years now; he and his sister were an impulse adoption while I was miserable at my first job out of college and I have never regretted having them in my life. I lost his sister, Shinku, over a decade ago to a heart condition but Tadeus is still going strong and meowing up a storm. He's never quite gotten the hang of pictures, though, leading to some funny images on my phone.

What is This?

When he was younger he was not a great snuggler - too busy playing - but in his advanced years he's learned a love for the long term cuddle. These days I rarely wake up without him curled up next to me, and if I lie down to read or take a nap he usually shows up within minutes. He has a loud meow which has become more piercing as he ages, and he's incredibly smart. He won't leave the house without knowing he can get back in, for example, and he knows how to get my attention by tapping me on the upper arm.  He's also a bit of a bedtime clock - around the time he thinks I should go to sleep he comes down the stairs to meow a reminder at me. This morning, he caused me great joy by sitting on the bookshelf by the window and chittering at the birds as they flew by. He's a total scardy-cat, which manifests by running away from new people and attacking new cats, but once he grows comfortable with you he will never leave you alone. He adores being brushed but has sensitive skin, so I use a special rubber brush on him and a human comb for snarls in his fur.

I love him dearly and he brings incredible joy to my life.

Fantasy Faire: Odyssey sponsored by Fallen Gods

Odyssey is sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc, and was created by Alia Baroque. It contains 19 stores.

“As you set out on your journey to Ithaca, pray that your journey be a long one, filled with adventure, filled with discovery.” Barry B. Powell, Classical Myth Konstantinos Kavafis

Odyssey 14

A reader named Loretta String contacted me about the quote describing Odyssey, and it's from a longer poem called Ithaka from a famous Greek poet named Konstantinos Kavafis; I'm quoting below from the full poem I was linked to.

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Odyssey 1

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Fantasy Faire: Fairlands Junction

The Fairlands Juction was created by Saiyge Lotus, the creator and owner of Balderdash. It has links to the other sims along with one of the stops for the hunt, the Wall of Remembrance, and the Silent Auction. Lotus spoke with Sonya Marmurek about why she returns to Fantasy Faire, her inspiration for the Fairlands Junction, and her long history with fantasy in general.

I'll also take a moment below the fold to highlight sponsors of the Fantasy Faire who do not have stores in this post. Sonya Marmurek has done some wonderful interviews with them about their relationship with the Fairlands and with the cause which brings the Fairlands into existence - Relay for Life's campaign to end Cancer.

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Fantasy Faire: Vallacia sponsored by Epic Toys

Vallacia is sponsored by Epic Toys and was created by Mayah Parx. It contains 18 stores.

A floating market town, a bustling trade hub where denizens of the Fairelands come to trade for even the most obscure of items. Dark & weatherbeaten, all matter of constructions crisscross the waters to keep this hodgepodge of shacks,stalls and barges afloat. Magical mysteries abound in this haven for traders and thieves alike.

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Fantasy Faire: Wildehaven Marsh sponsored by Solarium

Wildehaven Marsh is sponsored by Solarium and was created by Rynn Verwood. It contains 17 stores.

Settled at the edge of a lake, the village was created centuries ago, as a safe haven for those who practiced magic. An air of abandonment floats over the town now, however don’t be fooled, its magic is still much alive as one can see in the soft glows shining through the ivy covered windows.

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Fantasy Faire: YoZakura sponsored by Fuubutsu Dou

YoZakura is sponsored by Fuubutsu Dou and was created by Nya Alchemi. It contains 17 stores. Before the faire began, Alchemi spoke with Sonya Marmurek about her experiences with cancer, her inspirations for YoZakura, and one build which haunts her from a previous Fantasy Faire.

In the late hours of the night, visit the Japanese Hanami Festival and dream… Traveler behold As Midnight courts the Moon and Cherry blossoms dance.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Fantasy Faire: Spires of Andolys sponsored by Dwarfins

Spires of Andolys is sponsored by Dwarfins and was created by Jaimy Hancroft and Eowyn Swords. It contains 18 stores. Jaime Hancroft, the designer for Death Row Designs, one of the designers for Dwarfins, and one of the builders for Spires of Andolys spoke with Sonya Marmurek about sponsoring the Fantasy Faire for a second year, coloborating with Eowyn Swords when creating Spires of Andolys, and what makes her happy about building in Second Life.
Crooked little fantasy styled houses inspired by the fairytales of your childhood. Centered around a magnificent castle that would be the envy of Sleeping Beauty. Careful though, the castle guards a secret dungeon hidden deep within its bowels where the darkest villains are forever forgotten.
The Origins of Sanctuary are being revealed at the Spires of Andolys. The imprisoned tyrant Lut has been imprisoned and is now on trial - did he act in the interests of his people, or was he driven by his own twisted desires? The trial will take place in segments throughout the faire.

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