Who are we? We are two wacky artists from either side of the country who have discovered that we are kindred spirits- in fact, elf sisters. We both like to be outdoors and exploring, so we've created the blog to share our adventures!
Note: Here be spoilers. Well, sometimes, but you may find photos or info about the location or description of a cache. You've been warned!

Adventuring with the Plurfish at the Renfaire

Blog post by Meri Greenleaf
Monday, October 4, 2010 | | 0 Comments »

Yesterday the Plurkfish and I went on another adventure- to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked because I felt silly carrying around a fish without my best friend there (she couldn't get off work that day), and my fiancé flat out refused to be in a picture with a fish.

Still, I did get pictures! Josh snapped one of me and Plurkfish outside my favorite shop at the faire- the bead shop. ;)

This is a terrible picture of me, so I resized it small. But hey, that's my elf costume I just finished on Saturday- my very first sewn things (a tunic and cloak). I'm really proud of how well they came out! This is just the first incarnation of the costume, though- I'd like to add bits of leather and fur to it and make a longbow and quiver (saw some patrons at the faire with archery gear and I was jealous!), and eventually get/make some leather armor.

Anyway, onto more pictures! I was so embarrassed to ask "Hey, could I get a picture of you holding my fish?" but luckily Don Juan and Miguel are great guys and went along with it. I tried to explain that the fish is traveling the world, but I was so shy that I'm not sure how clear I was. Heh.

Here's Don Juan with the fish:

I love that Miguel is in the background. LOL!

And speaking of, here's Miguel:

I'm really really hoping I remembered to thank them. I was so embarrassed about asking this that I'm afraid I came off as rude. So consider this a heartfelt thank you in case I did forget- they made this shy elf-girl's day. :D

Those were the only pictures I got of the fish that day, but here are a few more from the faire. The first show we saw that day was the Duo of Woo; I'd seen this show years ago, but I don't think they were at our faire for a few years. We sat too far back to get good pictures, but I did get two:

I found videos on Youtube of what they were doing in those pictures: the first you can watch here and the second was part of their Olympics.

After this show we saw Don Juan and Miguel- I got a lot more pictures of them since we had better seats.
Here's Don Juan having a whip contest with Esmeralda:

(I find it so cool that his daughter is part of their act.)

Here's Don Juan using Miguel as target practice:

Here's Miguel as the queen of Spain:

And a French guy:

And a pirate:

Here's Don Juan and Esmeralda (as a pirate) sword fighting:

I took more pictures, but that's probably enough to share. I love this act!

The last show we saw of the day was the human chess match. I only got two pictures of this, though, and it was before it started. Here's the queen:

And here's a less zoomed in picture of her court presiding over the match:

Me and the Plurkfish had a lot of fun yesterday, to say the least!

Geeky adventures with the Plurkfish

Blog post by Meri Greenleaf
Saturday, October 2, 2010 | | 0 Comments »

I'm crossposting this to my regular blog, so you can find that here, too.

The Plurkfish is a small fabric fish who is swimming (well, via the post office) from place to place visiting the artists on Plurk.com; if you don't know what that is, Plurk is a social networking site like Twitter, only better (and sideways).

I was lucky enough to get a visit from the fish this week, so he's been spending the weekend having adventures and getting into mischief with me. ;) The first thing we did was go geocaching; these were just simple park-and-grab ones, but the Plurkfish enjoyed himself immensely. It turns out he's also a good luck charm!

The first cache we hit was called The Dangler, which my dad spotted right away. The Plurkfish got all nosy and wanted to see what we were doing:

But he was so nosy that I forgot to sign his name in the logs. Whoops!

He liked the caches we found that day because they were all his size. No, Plurkfish, a cache container isn't fish food:

"Where are we going next?" the fish wondered.

"Are we there yet?"

I couldn't get a picture at the next two caches without looking suspicious (we were in the middle of a parking lot), so we snuck the cache container into the car- I'm not sure if this was the 2nd or 3rd since both containers were identical (Bull's Eye and Bull's Eye - Again!).

And what's this inside the 2nd cache? Wow, Plurkfish, you really are lucky! It's a pair of dice! Green ones! (This is especially funny because my elf-sister said before we left to cache that I needed to tape dice to the fish for geeky game night later. She's psychic!)

I didn't have anything small enough to trade, so I left money in the cache pretty much equal to the price of dice. As someone who buys dice on a regular basis, I figured this was a fair trade. (I also switched out the baggie in the cache because the old one was too big.)

Then we were on to the second Bull's Eye cache, which was booby trapped with a fold up magic wand (it was like snakes in the peanut brittle- my very favorite prank- so this made me laugh!). After the wand popped out, Plurkfish wanted to try being a wizard for a while:

We reset the wand so that it would pop out for the next unsuspecting cacher... although if a muggle ever found this one and opened it, I'd love to see what happened when they were hit by a spring-loaded wand. Mwahaha! All caches should have something like this to keep the clueless away. ;)

Then off to the last cache of the day, What was it?, which neither dad, the fish, nor I can figure out the purpose of. A guardhouse, maybe?

Alas, here Plurkfish's luck ran out- we couldn't find it. It was too muddy to really look around, so dad and I will have to go back another day. The fish did have fun exploring inside, though! Me, I was creeped out by the spiders that kept escaping from the leaves inside as I poked around. *shudders*

Since it was getting dark and my friends were expecting us, I traded dad for my fiancé, and Josh and I went to hang out with my best friend Care (she's a Plurkie, too!), her guy, and her mom. I'd never met Jason before so I'm quite pleased that he got to meet both me and a fish at the same time. Hey, never claimed to be normal. ;) Here they are with Plurkfish:

Thanks for humoring me, guys. Now onto gaming! We played Munchkin and since I won two out of three games, the fish's luck was continuing.

I tried to convince the other players that Plurkfish should serve as a Henchman card and give me extra hands to hold items, but that didn't work. Probably because a fish has no hands. Heh.

That lack of hands didn't stop him from joining in a fight, though! Here he is trying to steal my fiancé's sword; bet you didn't know fish could sword fight. (Even ones who aren't swordfish, it turns out.)

I wanted to join in, but I'd left my foam mace at home. Alas! Ah well, at least the fish got to join the melee. ;)

And before we left, we got a picture of me and Care and the fish:

Darnit, sis, don't wear those boots- I like being taller than you. :-p

And that's all the adventure from Friday. I'm planning on taking the Plurkfish with me to the renfaire on Sunday (assuming I'm feeling okay), so hopefully more pictures will come soon! I'll get pictures of Josh with the fish then since I forgot to do that yesterday.