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I love the Faire.  Have I ever mentioned that?

Yes?  Well… ok.  I love the Faire.

In this time when there are SOoooo many shopping events, gacha events, this event that event all of them asking for money I know that it is harder and harder for folks to really be able to help out or go out there.  I mean really, even just all the charity events.  RFL all over and these things.

Fantasy Faire is just different.

I know it has a crapton of shopping sims.  Yes, but the whole intent and purpose is way different.  The core of it.  The heart of it.  Between all the fundraising events like the jail and bails…. which really can be great fun as people are tormented for our amusement and then the tours, the festival offerings, the shows.  Cabaret shows, particle shows, plays, music. Role-plays going on, stories abound linked to the different Fairelands. The beautiful sims to spend time on, a masquerade ball, the auctions, silent and live.

So so so much.  I was actually not aware of some things going on until I started looking at the events realizing just how packed every single  day of the Faire is. You almost can’t do it all… there’s so much, you have to actually plan it out a bit. *laughs*  This year I got to enjoy it a little differently again, more as a Faire goer.  The last few building a sim by the time you get to the Faire you are dropping at your desk and still trying to keep going because you have a few more things that need fixing up.  This year I was able to spend it a little differently when I did.  It was good to remember but I miss creating for it still.

But the real reason for this post is to highlight the silent auction.

Last night the auction that I had posted up for the 6 months worth of product had a bit of a bidding war towards the end and it got up to 35,000L

I know for the promised things that someone can get that really is a bargain still however I am so happy that it was able to make a decent amount for the Faire in the end.  We always hope for more of course, it is for a good cause and granted this is based on a promise.  You really didn’t know what you were going to get and of course that’s a fairly big thing.  What if… on the off chance someone doesn’t like one damned thing I made that period? (you don’t think I don’t think of these things?) So I am grateful, and thankful for the people who were willing to put their faith in my store, product and person.  I won’t let you down.

I hope. *grins*

So to the winners of the Silent Auction!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Kit Lyons (kariritaisho resident), and Cherish Bellic for driving that price up and then in a weird twist of fate decide to split the prize. *laughs* to you both again thank you, and I hope you enjoy all of the little packages that will be coming your way.

So…. now…. what do I do for next year?

 

 

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6 Months of the Roawenwood a Fantasy Faire RFL Auction

(Disclaimer: no I can’t count.  I realize that it’s technically 7 months worth of releases lol)

Would you like to win for yourself and one other person (or an alt) a full 6 months worth of new releases from the Roawenwood?  Well……….. guess what?

As part of Fantasy Faire I decided to go big.  This year like I keep going on and on about is my tenth year in SL, along with the Roawenwood also finding itself in the same predicament, so THIS year I’m going a little bit big in all things when I can.

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This auction will if won give the winning bidder plus one friend/alt of their choosing new releases from the Roawenwood for a period of six (6) months beginning on the first of June and concluding December 31st 2016. Products defined as new may be store releases, event releases, marketplace releases, or gacha sets. Gacha sets made available as part of the ‘new releases’ for the month if applicable will ONLY be given as no transfer objects to the winning bidder and friend.

Limited edition, one of a kind, or special prizes/product releases (such as the Seed of Inspiration used in the Gacha Garden event) are not applicable to this auction and will not be included in the package. Each month at the END of the month all items for the current month that have been released within it as new products will be packed up and then sent to the winning bidder and friend/alt.  Example; on or around June 30th – July 1st the winners will receive a package for the month of June

The winning bidder is defined as the Second Life avatar account that wins the silent auction during Fantasy Faire 2016.  The friend or alt is defined as the Second Life avatar account that is named by the winning bidder at the conclusion of the silent auction for Fantasy Faire 2016.

Only the winning bidder and the friend/alt Second Life accounts named at the conclusion of the silent auction for Fantasy Faire 2016 will be eligible to receive the monthly new releases packages promised by the store entity known as the Roawenwood.  The auction and prizes cannot be transferred to another Second Life account under any circumstances. The prize package cannot and will not be redeemed for Lindens, or monetary compensation of any sort.

The new releases can cover a broad spectrum of content though generally of the Home and Garden category there can be accessories for avatars, some clothing – generally female, and other miscellaneous items as the creative spark hits.  There are no guarantees or promises on content that may or may not be delivered other than what is outlined here and the winning avatar should be aware of the possibility of adult content being a part of the items created for the Roawenwood.

Packages can be redelivered as needed if necessary

ALL proceeds for this auction benefit RFL (Relay for Life) and the avatar/person known as Searlait Nitschke will receive no monetary compensation of any kind in conjunction with the aforementioned auction.

The notecard in world has some recent releases type pictures and all that you can get at the auction site but if you’re looking at the blog you can see things in older posts.  In general, whatever I come up with is fair game.

Running until April 30th @ 5pm SLT

Starting bid as of this writing is 4500L

Have fun and bid!!! It’s for a good cause!

Silent Auction @ The Faire!

 

 

 

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Roawenwood & Fantasy Faire 2016!

It’s here! One of the biggest events of the year… 14 sims.  This year there is 14 sims, wow huh.  Not all are considered shopping sims, there’s ones for quest, for entertainment, the junction with the teleports and silent auction then of course the shopping/themed sims.

I wasn’t able to build one this year.  Not for lack of drive or wanting to but time.  I just didn’t have it.  I knew that real life was going to basically keep me going in one direction from mid January until just about now before it started to settle down which is essentially when all of the Faire business begins ramping up from choosing the themes for the sims, planning and working on them until opening.

I missed it.  A lot.  More than I thought I would.  I even talked to a few people about it.  I knew it would be hard but didn’t really realize how hard it would be for me to not contribute on that level.  I enjoy so much the creation process, the unmasking, the sharing… even the stress, the sleeplessness of it and all of the hard parts, the anticipation, the nerves. It really is one of the things that makes my SL very much a part of me. That sharing aspect… it is also one of those things I work for in RL as well, RFL has a big impact on me both in SL and out of it.  So as it was drawing closer I grew a bit more thoughtful about it all.

Deep Woods Forest SojournI am sponsoring the Junction sim. Saiyge has done another fabulous job creating the spot where people teleport in and it really is supposed to get better.  Conceptually the sim itself is supposed to change over the course of the Faire.  How it looks now…. and how it will look later are going to be two different things and if I have it right from what I understand from her is that it is going to slowly come to life.

Ambitious, very ambitious to be changing, shifting a sim while the event is on going over the course of a week or so.  She’s really outdone herself in trying to create something that people will enjoy.  I’m quite honored to be allowed to sponsor her sim and thankful for it.

Fantasy Faire is more than just a shopping event.  There are so many of those now.  It is really a gigantic collaboration from a group of people who put a lot of time, thought, love, and creation into each small piece of it. It’s about raising money of course, as much as we can for cancer research and such but it also a gathering. Of people, of survivors, of caretakers.  It is a gathering of people who for the most part throughout my participation through the years shown only the very best of what SL or life has to offer. A lot of people working together, spending time together, playing together and sometimes crying together. It’s much much more than just a shopping event and I hope that everyone who goes gets to see a glimmer of the magic that I see every year, that I am proud to be a part of and that I look forward to sharing every year no matter how many years I am in Second Life.

Now…. now that I’ve talked a bit about the Faire I’ll show some of the things that I have for sale there.  I didn’t get what I wanted to get done, never really do but I have a few things so far.  If I get more time then I’ll make something else perhaps but you know how that goes.  With everything else… time is a very hardly fought for commodity.

The first item I’m going to highlight is a Limited Edition type of thing.  I am not going to sell it after the Faire, and it won’t be available anywhere after the Faire either.  It’s a small offering but it will be something like a one of a kind from my place.Rally Racers - Truck

It’s a small pond type structure with trees on either side of it, I have grasses, butterflies floating and ferns surrounding it along with a mossy ground prim thing that pulls it all together.  Simplistic perhaps but I thought of forest nymphs and satyr’s bathing in the woods… deep in the woods where no one was going to stumble upon them.  Since it’s a PG event there’s no sex animations *laughs* but there are some nice cuddly sorts, there’s some bathing things as a couple.  Massages and stuff, so it is a couples set.  A few animations for single sitting around soaking type things are also included.  Grasses, ferns and the butterflies can be taken away from the scene if you don’t want them.  I included the ferns and grasses in the pack too on their own so you can use them wherever.

It is ONLY going to be sold at the Faire, if you like it… should get it now, and ALL proceeds are going to RFL, I won’t ever see a dime from it personally.  Please buy lots. *laughs*

Rally Racers - Crate CarThe other two items I have up there that are new are just for fun and kind of cute.  Since I equate Fantasy Faire with a lot of playfulness always using it as a time to get cute little avatars like kitties to wear, or flying around like a petite, or being a tiny elephant then it shouldn’t really be a surprise that I end up wanting to play or have fun things.  One thing that is a tradition for some of the Faire folk is a bus ride where we pile on, drive around the sims and generally cause havoc.  Very much a fun time. This year I found these lil cars.  Cute as hell, and made them into bumper cars.  I couldn’t help myself.  It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.  I can imagine traipsing around the sims running into things but that might not be so nice to do to people. *coughs* But you know…. there’s a sweet little explosion sound when you crash into things or each other… usually, sometimes it doesn’t like to sound and I don’t know why.  Damn thing.  Anyhow…….. it’s fun.  Just pure fun.

Two kinds.  One is a crate car, and the other is a set of pick up trucks.  Old vintage styled.  There’s quite a few colors included in the trucks one, crate one well… only the one style but it’s perfect for it.  Honest. I had a lot of fun with these and made sure to test them out properly, yes I did.

I hope you have as much fun with them as I did, and hope you get them. *nods*

With that I’m going to close this post.

Remember!!! I’m on the Fairelands Junction Sim!!!  There’s only two stores on the whole sim… mine and Saiyge’s.  I’m along one of the walls as you walk around it.

TAXI to the Faire!!!

Open now through May 1st

The Fairelands Shopping Guide

Fairelands Shopping Guide on Pinterest

 

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Until we meet again…

Hovering I look about me the fog having kept its grip upon the Thicket, the muted colors and sounds feeling even a bit more closed in than usual. It’s terribly quiet, the crowds and people for the most part are gone. It feels like you shouldn’t raise your voice and even if you do it feels like the sound might be swallowed whole before it can actually be heard. Today the Thicket truly feels mournful to me, it’s almost like the sim knows that it is coming to its end trying to hold tight to a few final moments.

Soon it will be gone. The months of planning, work, preparing… all the hope that it will be what I had envisioned, putting it all out there. Hoping that people would understand it for more than the dark woods that it was and then rejoicing when I witnessed for myself that it was happening…

I watched people poke around into the different spots. Finding the ravine filled with sharp thorns blocking the way upwards to the gypsy camp. Finding the spots where the roses thrived amongst the jagged rocks. Pausing to breathe in the Thicket’s hidden little areas… The jail, a favorite spot I believe seeing it come up in quite a few pictures and then of course the landing. The camp.

Life really was here. Folks sat around the campfire whiling away the hours together singing, laughing, enjoying the rum that was left near the barrels and crates… dancing, lounging around the wagons. Unicorns bed down in the grass over there and there were horses grazing over there.

What I had hoped for.

What I wanted for the Thicket… it happened.

The whole week long I watched as people lived, breathed, and experienced the fair and I am so grateful and just thrilled that I was able to provide that backdrop. That setting. That little bit of a respite as we travel together.

It really was all I wanted, and I got it.

It’s been a wonderful fair filled with memories.  From the first fair I did 4 years ago as a vendor each fair has precious moments.  This one has been particularly emotional for me. Stories shared from people, bonding with friends more closely than ever, and traveling when I could even though real life and needing some sleep kept me away more than I wanted to be. I didn’t get to share it the way I wanted exactly but I AM the proud owner of the Fairechylde now, the radio flag ship for the fair that has the most awesome fireworks cannons ever. *laughs* I’ve been told by the way I am now obligated to throw parties since I purchased the ship. That little tidbit must have been in the fine print somewhere, I surely didn’t see it but we’ll see. I’m so not good at hosting parties. hahaha

My after fair post isn’t going to be as long as usual. I said a lot in the pre-fair teaser post about the dedication and what I was putting out there. This is more of a thank you and a look around.

Yesterday I got to do the tour, and a repeat today. Each year a bunch of us pile into a bus inviting folks into our madness as we travel from one sim to the other. Laughing, side splitting tear inducing laughter as we fall off of cliffs, spin in circles getting sick to our stomach trying to cross sims, flying through walls, avoiding hitting anyone on the way, dropping to the bottom of the sea or into lava pools as whoever is unlucky enough to win the draw of having to actually drive through these sims is muttering from behind the wheel. You know these sims are REALLY not driver friendly. This year it was Alia, poor guy.

As we worked our way around, pictures snapped for flickr pools and memories there was one that really hit me for some reason.

In so many ways it just felt like the perfect picture to end the fair with…. The group of us riding off into the sunset so to speak after a long lengthy exhausting fair, laughing… living, joking and relaxing trying to make our way upwards to heaven… which I will tell you, we couldn’t ever quite get up those damned stairs without cheating… we kept flying off and landing in the lava pools below. Typical if not a bit fitting.

Screenshot by Vylna Daviau who graciously let me have a copy to useScreenshot by Vylna Daviau who graciously let me have a copy to useScreenshot by Vylna Daviau who graciously let me have a copy to use

I really hope you had a good fair experience, this year I am leaving it with a smile and I must be nuts because I’m already looking forward to what we will bring you next year.

Take care everyone and thank you so much for donating, working hard, and just being there.

 

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A Fantasy Fair Teaser Post – Mourningvale Thicket

Fantasy Fair is just about here. It opens on the first of May to benefit RFL (Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society).

Each year for the past two I wrote up a little blurb to post on the blog about the fair after it was over. It is like a yearly peek inside what makes Sear tick, a cleansing, and some of what I am behind the screen along with a fair amount of theatrics as I describe the experience or inspiration involved.  I don’t know if I will end up writing another snippet at the end of the fair this year… it seems to be something of a tradition since this time of year is very emotional for me. However I feel like I need to write already…. This year I want to share and reflect before the gates even open. As the fair goes on I’m sure there will be shifts and thoughts that come about but I want to share the inspiration and the dedication of the sim before we all get going in a whirlwind trying to experience every moment, trying to catch up and finish before it opens. With all of the stress, all of the anxiety, all of the expectations, and work I want to take a moment and I’m bringing you along with me. I know now is not the best time as we try to finalize everything but you never really know when that time might come again so I have learned to take life in the moment.

Mourningvale Thicket isn’t meant to be epic.  It isn’t meant to be impressive. It isn’t meant to use the latest mesh or the latest greatest thing that SL has to offer in the way of shinies. It isn’t meant to push envelopes, it isn’t meant to make you catch your breath in awe or in wonder staring up at a magnificent build.

It is meant to make you feel.

It is chaotic in places. It is dark and raw. It is ruined, dead and has a sense of foreboding.

It also has life. Music, love, laughter and celebration.

From one extreme to the other Mourningvale Thicket is meant to take you on a journey. It is not just a shopping sim, I know this is a fair and I know this is meant to be a place to shop and spend your lindens but it is not just that, at least…. Not if I have my way.

In some ways it is understated and on purpose.

It is meant to on some level make you uncomfortable in spots. It is the sort of place that in some areas the darkness has overcome, the curse has taken hold… death and decay with ruins dotting the landscape of blackened earth and jagged rock are the things you will encounter.

There is hope.

Places where life has begun to spring back fighting back against the curse that has most of the land in its grasp.

There is regrowth.

There is celebration.

Depending on how you travel the sim there is a remarkable difference in what you will encounter first.

If you come from an adjoining sim you will be met with darkness.

If you travel in from a portal or landmark you will be met with life.

The extremes can be traveled as you walk along the paths.

Imagine walking from the sim next door met with dead trees, jagged rock, overgrown grass and ruins. Gnarled roots, black trees reaching up leafless to the sky… the sort of place that as a child you avoided your parents admonishing you that the creatures within might spirit you away into the darkness never to be seen again. Subdued one almost wants to whisper as you walk past the ruined buildings. Someone lived here once or it seems like they must have but their story has long been forgotten the cursed earth keeping its secrets locked in the darkness. There are times when you might be tempted to run back the way you came not wanting to travel further but if you keep going with a little bit of faith you will be met with hope. You begin to see renewed signs of life. Roses begin to grow amongst some of the ruins and craggy rock. The thorns are less dangerous looking. A people have decided to try to combat the darkness building their homes amongst the brambles and dead branches. Colorful and full of life they begin to beat back the darkness taking shelter on the outer edges of the cursed woods welcoming you to continue down the path.

If you keep moving forward through the darkness, through the ruins, through the thorns a clearing opens. Small flags sway gently in the breeze; trees have begun to regain their leaves even if still dark and grass is growing beneath your feet as you take in your surroundings. Laughter, celebration… Life. Firelight and campfires keep the shadows at bay, the night safe – the Thicket a place of warmth once more in this small pocket.

Mourningvale Thicket might mean different things to different people and it might mean nothing at all but when I decided to take on this design I wanted to create a world where even in the darkest corners there is hope and light, life amongst struggle, a balance… a journey.

I have been touched many times by cancer, loved ones struggling for life, some surviving… some succumbing to the harshness of it. I have watched a loved one slowly wither away from bone cancer crying out in pain, and I’ve seen a family member struggle for breath when his lungs were invaded by it hunched over powerless to help. I have also embraced and celebrated those who have survived and are still with us.

My sim this year is dedicated to those people.

The survivors, and to those we have lost. It is dedicated in loving memory to an uncle, to a grandfather, and to an aunt who has survived. It is dedicated to the journey that we go upon through our daily lives with the struggles, the darkness… the pain and the harshness… the light, the laughter and the music. To the lives we lead and the moments along the way that define us carrying us towards our journey’s end.

I invite you to join me this fair season in supporting a cause close and dear to my heart. To relay, and to make a difference in someone’s life.

Thank you, for sharing these moments with me and I hope you truly have a wondrous fair experience this year.

Mourningvale Thicket Teaser Poster

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