I am fortunate in many ways, including having friends who are incredibly talented creators and who share review items.  I am especially thankful that they are patient with me…as oftentimes I’m not able to showcase their items until months later.  But even months later, their creations look as amazing as they first did.  

That’s certainly true of the work produced by Eclectica creator Tiffy Vella, jewelry designer extraordinaire.  Tiffy is also a long-time friend from way back in the days of Shenlei Flasheart’s Shengri La Vintage Marketplace…that’s 3-4 years running now!  Even after all this time, she graciously continues to share her creations with me.  Each time she does, I’m delighted and honored to feature her work.  Her design sensibilities and craftsmanship rock.   

Take a look.  Here are two of the latest in a series of items Tiffy shared:  “Cluster” jewellery ensemble (necklace, earrings, ring), and; the gorgeously gem-encrusted “50’s” eyeglasses.

If the devil is in the details, Tiffy is not afraid to go to the smallest level of detail and deliver the most heavenly of creations.  “Cluster” is an incredibly versatile wardrober, jammed packed with a burgeoning array of gemstones that is loaded for bare.  And what’s more the entire ensemble is loaded with a burst of color-changing options.  Click on the earrings, necklace, or ring and change the colors of the gems, the metal, and the necklace ribbon to suit your fancy.  For this post, I chose to match the gemstones and metals throughout each piece (although I could have made the colors different in each of the pieces).  I made the gemstones a combination of pale green and light purple, the metal black, and the necklace ribbon white to match this great little dress from Azul.  This is a jewelry wardrober that fascinates.  The more I play with the options in “Cluster” and examine the full dimensions of the gems in particular, the more I appreciate how really superb Tiffy’s work is.

That type of reaction also occurs with Tiffy’s “50’s” glasses, which she’s updated with even more color and texture options.  Not only can you change the tint, opacity, and texture of the lens, but you can also change the color and textures of the metal scrollwork and the pearls.

In this case, I changed the color of the Clusters necklace to black and the metal to silver in order to compliment the frame of the “50’s” glasses.  And I changed the scrollwork and pearls in the glasses to greens and purples to echo the hues in the jewelery ensemble.  It all works so beautifully together and provides a lovely finishing touch to a gorgeous gown that is the latest group gift from PurpleMoon. 

These creations truly are quite dreamy.  If you want to make them a reality — and who wouldn’t — catch a slurl-flight-of-fancy below and bring these beautiful creations into your life.

Fashion details

Jewelry wardrober (earrings, necklace, ring on left hand):  “Clusters” in evening glitz by Tiffy Vella, creator of Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements

Glasses:  “50’s” scrolls and pearls by Tiffy Vella, creator of Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements

Cocktail Dress:  “Esperanca” by Mami Jewell, creator of Azul.  100% of the sale of this item goes to the Japanese Red Cross to help the victims of the tsunami that occurred one year ago.  When it comes to fashion, it doesn’t get much better than a gorgeous item, with 100% of its sale going to help others in need.

Gown:  “Ninde” in blue by Poulet Koenkamp, creator of PurpleMoon.  This colorway of “Ninde” is Poulet’s 14000 member group gift and is yours after paying 50L to join the PurpleMoon group if you aren’t already a group member.  Poulet gives great gifts…that 50L entrance fee is so very well worth it.

Turning the Tides

For the past several days, I’ve been logged pretty heavily into that place called Real Life.  It’s a pretty chaotic place that doesn’t have much in the way of helpful pointers for navigating this thing called Life.  It comes with a wonky user interface that sometimes works beautifully and other times fails miserably. There seems to be an awful lot of interference in communication.  There’s lag for miles all over on these places called highways and in these other places called offices.  And as far as I can tell, we can’t fly here although we are allowed to *believe* that we can fly.  I’m fairly sure Google runs the Real Life platform.  Google or Facebook…so we’ll see how long it lasts.  Many expect it will go belly up at the stroke of midnight on December 20 2012…no doubt because it didn’t scale.

Before that happens though, I’m resuming my entries on some of the beautiful sims that were built for the Fantasy Faire.  The slideshow below features The Tides, which was easily one of my favorite sims to visit.  Not only because of the magnificent build but just as much because of the otherworldly feeling it evoked.  (Along with the impromptu rooftop party on the last day of the Faire.)  You see, there be Giants in dem dere Tides.  A giant avatar named Colosus as a matter of fact.  Right when you tp’d in, there she was gazing from high above at everyone down below at the landing point.  (In the slideshow I hover over her left shoulder.)  Makes you feel like a newborn all over…and you find yourself staring in joyful wonder yet again at this wildly wonderful imaginative world of ours.   

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To get an even better feeling for Colosus’s scale, check out this great video called “Colosus at The Tides,” filmed by Deception Digital.

Siren’s Secret & Ruins of Nu Orne

The title of this post is a bit misleading.  The slidehow below is made up almost entirely of photos of Siren’s Secret.  Only two photos of Ruins of Nu Orne found their way here and that’s only because I ran out of time.  The Fantasy Faire faded back into starlight before I could snap more images.  Next year I’ll plan the sim picture exercise out better.  As for this year, I’m just happy to have made some progress on the goal to explore the sims and capture them along the way.  All of them were spectacular…as even just one photo reveals.

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Shifting Sands & Devil’s Locket

Here is the second post of some of the photos I was able to take before the Fantasy Faire faded back into starlight.  Today’s slideshow features a handful of images from the Shifting Sands sim and just a couple from the Devil’s Locket sim.  I’m not sure if any photos could capture the magnificence of these builds (like the amazing sand waterfalls at Shifting Sands), but it’s fun to try to show their granduer. 

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Fairelands Junction Build

I’m making progress.  This is the first year of the Fantasy Faire that I lived into my other goal — even if only a little bit — to explore the sims before they went the way of the Sun.  The builds were astoundingly beautiful.  Just from the environment alone, the wonderfully different world of this grand culture within the inworld seeps into your being.  Add the vision and community to it and wow…magic! 

Over the next couple of entries I’ll share slideshows of the pictures I took, none of which do justice to the artistry of these places.  For today’s entry, feast your eyes on the Fairelands Junction, a glorious build that oozes lushness and was created by the ever-talented Saigye Lotus, who is also creator of Balderdash.  Saigye’s gentle eye and imaginative hand also shape the gorgeous Oubilette sim, where Balderdash is located.  I took these pictures of Fairelands Junction last Sunday, while arriving for the first live music performance of the day.  Along the way, I heard the gorgeous vocal stylings of a wonderful singer named Lyrica Acoustic who I hadn’t heard sing before but am very glad I did.  She is quite talented.  And — bonus! — while people-watching, I spotted several petite fae and even a Hipster!  See for yourself:

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Last night, Fantasy Faire organizers announced in group chat the total amount raised was nearly 6.2 million lindens for a total of more than $25,000 USD.  This is the highest amount raised by any RFL group in SL todate.  And this was achieved even through an SL blackout on one day and another day when one or more of the Faireland sims experienced difficulties…no doubt because of the overwhelming numbers storming the vendors.

The beauty of this kind of coming together to create and live into a shared experience and to achieve such a phenomenal result is truly magical.  The level of passion is so very apparent when you look at their weblog.  The incredible purpose, not the wonderful personalities, is constantly stated first and foremost.  The vision constantly has the spotlight, as it should, and is constantly brought to life by weaving a powerful shared story and experience.  Still.  At the end of what had to be incredibly hard work over what had to have been an extensive number of months, it just wouldn’t be right to go forward without a sustained standing ovation for everyone involved.  Fantasy Faire founder Ember Fatina cannot possibly receive enough accolades.  Nor can all those who worked with such convinction and passion to make it all happen.  Dagmar Haiku thank you for the honor of including me with the official bloggers and for the pleasure of meeting you early on prior to Fairelands opening.  From one of countless many — like all of us — that cancer has impacted, to all of you incredible souls, I humbly say thank you.  Forever thank you.  

In Fantasy Faire Fellowship and until we all return to the Fairelands again, thank you, indeed.