Fantasy Faire 2016: Why I Relay


My grandfather was the best person I’ve ever known. Looking at him from an adult perspective, I can see the little flaws that a little girl doesn’t notice in her hero, but even now, I admire him so much. With a kind word and a peppermint, he could fix anything from a skinned knee to a broken heart. No matter what you needed, you could go to him and he would help you find a solution. He taught me to ride a bike, he helped me apply to college, he held my hand when specialists told me I was sick. His cancer was so much scarier than mine.

I always thought he was indestructible, you see. He’d gone to war, moved to new continents, raised several children and buried one. He beat back one cancer, survived a near fatal car crash, and kept going with barely a hitch when glaucoma rendered him nearly blind. Through it all, he had a smile handy and a pocket full of sweets. So when they said he had cancer again, I was worried, but I wasn’t afraid. He was invincible. They would do surgery, he would have treatment, everything would be fine. And then it wasn’t.

He passed away just before his ninety-fifth birthday. I still miss him every day. He is why I relay. Because cancer is a thief. It steals memories, not just from the ill but from the people who love them. It steals the possibility of what might have been. It steals time, and we have so little to begin with.

My grandfather will never walk me down the aisle. My nephews will never know him as anything more than a picture on the wall. He will never come home to my grandmother again or sit on the porch and nap in his rocking chair.

It’s the little things that make a life, and they’re worth fighting for.




You were right there for me

You were right there for me

You guys are probably tired of me talking about how excited I am for spring. Sorry, I’m not going to stop that, especially since designers appear to agree! And today I’m in a picnic sort of mood. Can you tell?

As you may have guessed, I have a soft spot for good wood texturing. This ChiMia table for Dreams is beautifully worn in the way that furniture that you’ve lived with for a while tends to be. I love pieces that look like they have stories to tell about the life you’ve lived around them. Also included in the set are the wall art, the bottle terrarium, and the barely visible (sorry!) spring letters, as well as the previously featured houseplant.

I nearly used that plant again, but Noble Creations has this spathiphyllum vase out for The Unknown Hunt, and it felt pretty perfect here. The plant itself is lush and healthy and makes me think my sister or my wife must be watering it, because I can barely keep silk flowers alive.

Well, maybe I’m not quite that bad. No, I definitely am!



Waiting for the hint of a spark

Waiting for the hint of a spark

You may recall that I mentioned the redesign we are working on for Imogen. A fair bit of the sim is still a mess, but look, we have a campfire! And since this backpack is well stocked for camping, I decided to bring it over here. You know, toast some marshmallows, warm my toes, maybe send up some smoke signals. I wonder if I can use them to order pizza?

Anyway. The bag is one of the Noble Creations contributions for The Secret Affair. It’s resizeable via script and comes with a HUD that will allow you to change the textures of the strap, bag, blanket, and buckles. It was surprisingly easy to fit, I usually have trouble with bags, which is why I so rarely use them. Is that a problem for everyone or am I just script resize challenged? Something to ponder.


Location: Imogen

She called it sweet revenge

She called it sweet revenge

I love to decorate, but today, I just wanted to have fun with it, and this happened. I really don’t get to use these Organica erosion pieces enough. They’re so great. I’m absolutely awful at terraforming and even I can use them!

Really. I once put a quarter sim underwater trying to dig a river. So bad.

Anyway. Some of this is new, some is less new, some is not quite out yet. Details in the credits, since I have to go buy a dress suitable for an RL wedding reception instead of extending play time. Happy shopping!


One day I’ll fly away

One day I'll fly away

I am being lazy today. I simply didn’t have it in me to try to fit hair under the aviator hat that Noble Creations has out for Cosmopolitan. I did want to show it to you, though, because the leather is gorgeous, so I dug out this bust from Ama. Tada! Hair fitting crisis averted.

And you know, it wouldn’t be a good dressing room without a place to put on your shoes, so I added the ChiMia Derby Seats. How fun is this color? I love little punches of color in light rooms. It keeps me from going snowblind!

To be fair, all the white is really my fault. These Bazar shelves come in a lovely wood tone, I chose the white. I also chose to tint the clothes and pillows, only the shoes come in colorful textures. These are just part of the set you can pick up at Home & Garden Expo. As always, there are a lot of sims to explore for this event, so wear your comfy shoes!