Saturday, October 17, 2009

Will you walk into my parlor?



It was a brisk Autumn's eve and I wrapped my coat about me a bit tighter as I stepped among the crunching leaves.



The sun was about to set and I held my lantern higher, the better to see where I was going.




A shrill whistle and approaching steps had me standing still, peering into the dim.


It is but a horse! I exhale my relief and my breath puffs out a white misty cloud.


She stares at me intently - this night mare means to transport me somewhere...


The full moon begins to rise in the distance.



Bobbing to the steady rhythm of a horse's step is normally relaxing but the unfamiliar wood has my senses on alert.


I peek through the bare limbs and see that the moon has climbed higher and higher - how long have we been walking?


Ahead, roof gables stand in silhouette. My equine companion stops to let me off.

The walkway to the door is lined with strange glowing faces and shapes...


The door squeaks on long-rusted hinges and I move into the foyer. My footsteps echo and I call out...is no one here?

A room lit by firelight captures my attention - a study - filled with strange contraptions.


And eerie odds and ends litter the desktop.



The chair nearest the fire looks so inviting I think I'll sit and warm myself just a moment. I can almost hear a voice whispering, telling me to sleep, go to sleep...



The clock strikes midnight and I startle awake.


But I find myself in no cozy fireside chairs or strange rooms in mysterious houses. I have simply fallen asleep with my stack of books



And my old time radio



Such a trick my dreams have played on me!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

Thanks for joining me but what party is complete without a little swag?
Anyone who leaves a comment on this post (until midnight the 18th) is eligible to win these vintage organdy gloves - perfect for a vintage Halloween costume! They are light as a feather and I'll be happy to ship them anywhere.

100 comments:

Sares said...

What a magical post! It made a fantastical dream. I'm glad you awoke before you went to sleep permanently! Happy Halloween and have fun at the parties Molly!

Linda said...

Great Party Louisa. pop over if you have time. Lindax
http://pyewacketts.blogspot.com/

Karin said...

What a magical dream. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Sarah said...

Hello! Your spooky story and beautiful photos have entertained me well-thank you! Happy reading and visiting to you!

6p00e0099829af8833 said...

What a great way to fall asleep-with a stack of books!

Wonderful Dream-and I am dreaming of the chance to win those gloves!

Happy Haunting

Stacy

Viaggiatrice said...

Great pics! Love the spider webs. This party is a special treat for me as I don't get a usual Halloween here in Italy. Happy Halloween!

KarenHarveyCox said...

WOW, what a fabulous post. I love your photographs and how you spun the spookiest tale. You look divine in that hat, like you might just star in one of those grand mysteries. I really enjoyed your Halloween post.
Karen

Maggi said...

Muwahahahahahaha!

Wow, what a magical party! I love when books transport me to a special world. Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party! (And I am *drooling* over those gloves!)

I'm visiting from Beyond to celebrate the spookiest Halloween blog party ever! I hope you are having a fang-tastic time today! You are cordially invited to share in the celebration at my party HERE. I do hope you'll stop by!

Have a spook-tacular day!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Have a magical day dear! This is one of my favorite visits! Blessings and light

Yarni Gras! said...

what an amazing post....I must 'step it up' if I join again next year!

Renee said...

What fun....

Renee xoxoxo

julietk said...

Doing the party round I enjoyed my stop at your party post,swag too how lovely :-D juliet

Julie Ranae said...

I had such great fun at your party...was waiting for the Headless Horseman to appear (as long as it was Johnny Depp!)

Thanks for inviting me in!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

What a magical Halloween party! Love, love, LOVE your photography!

Chickenbells said...

What a truly wonderful Halloween Party! I am enchanted by the tree we found ourselves under...Have a very Happy Halloween!

http://foolsewoode.blogspot.com/2009/10/historically-halloween-has-been-time.html

Twyla and Lindsey said...

A haunting tale! I loved it and a give away too! I've so enjoyed my visit here. Have a magical weekend! Twyla

Staci said...

Wonderful party.
Have a happy Halloween!! :)

Lori said...

I love your little story and the photos are fantastic! Wonderfully and beautifully spooky. Would love to win those gloves as well. Thanks for having me by for a visit.

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

I love, love the photo of the tree! I would NEVER go to sleep with a whispering ghost next to me, oh no oh no.


♥ Maria-Thérèse parties at www.afiori.com

KMfamily ;-) said...

woderfully spooky!! Stoppin over from the party. So glad i did.

mendytexas said...

Love the beautiful horse...and those gloves are lovely too! Great Halloween party! :)mendy

Abi said...

I love this! first class - photos are fantastic :O)
Happy Halloween to you :O)

Pixie said...

What a strange dream! Thanks for inviting me to your party. Im having ever so much fun flitting from blog to blog and party to party. Such a magical and spooky day!

Melissa said...

Awesome Party Blog! Truly wonderful!


Happy Halloween!
Melissa

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

What a great party! Thanks for sharing and inviting us all here on this wonderful Blog Event! If you haven't already, stop by my party! Happy Halloween and Happy Fall!
Cheers

Deborah said...

Lovely photos! So beautiful where you live. This was a delightful party! Do stop by my party and join Alice and Dead Bob. If you dare! **kisskiss** Deborah

ginger@bearbits said...

I enjoyed your mysterious yet harmless adventure. I am glad I stopped by - I am having a few frights today! Happy Halloween!

Caroline said...

Happy Party! :)
http://carolinescrafts-carolinejones.blogspot.com/

Pattee said...

I loved your story and the imagery of you riding a horse into a forest.
Loved the pictures also!

I'd love to be put in the witches hat for these beautiful gloves!
Pattee
Join me on my blog ~ for a Halloween party

slommler said...

I enjoyed your wonderful party!! Your pictures are amazing!! Come to my part of the world and visit mine!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Carolee said...

What an enchanting party post!! And your photos are just amazing!

~ Carolee

Designs By CK said...

Hi there!

Happy Hallowe'en and great party post!!!

SpOOky Best,
Chris (-:

http://designsbyck.blogspot.com/2009/10/fanciful-halloween-party.html

Her Art Nest said...

Wow! Just outstanding...your photos are just too cool. Love all of it. Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway. And drop in for a visit if you get a chance. Nan ncvanhoose@comcast.net

Whisperings 13 said...

What brilliant photos! I am in LOVE with the tree! A truly magical post! Bravo!

Happy Hauntings!
tracey

Lynn Stevens said...

Great photos. Loved your night mare!!! Happy Halloween

Autumn said...

Love the lantern! Love your costumerie! And the vintage gloves - oh my, what a treat! Thanks for the wonderful post!
http://autumnsantics.blogspot.com/2009/10/frightful-soiree.html
~ Autumn Clark

Danielle said...

Wonderful party!
Thanks for having me!!

Karen said...

Thanks for the party!
Magical photos!

Penny said...

Hello,
Oh my! such a pleasant nightmare. I did enjoy sharing it with you
Hugs,
Penny

Lisa said...

Love your beautiful party post - Happy Halloween!

Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Love your Halloween party! Your pictures are awesome, and the poison bottle is super cool.
Happy Halloween!

Barbara said...

Such a great party. Thanks for the fun. Mom's name was Molly and now youngest granddaughter's name is Molly. Love your name!!

jewelstreet said...

Wonderful Halloween story! So spooky!

Lucky winner to win those gloves.

Happy Halloween!

Gayla said...

cool! Love your post

Melissa said...

Amazing photos! Wonderful Party!
Happy Autumn!

Melissa

Oliva said...

Cobwebs!!! You have cobwebs! Fabulous pictures! Great book reads!

Dajon said...

Wondeful - Fab Pictures

Happy Halloween

Jennifer said...

Nice work!
Enjoyed partying with you

Jennifer

Fotf said...

If only i had the stamina to see the party out, i'ts only just starting but already its 23.19 and my eyes are getting weary. Still made it too your gathering. Happy Halloween, would love to win your gloves too :)

Mealy Monster Land said...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
will you walk into my parlor said the spider to the fly!

monster wishes,
Nicole
mealy monster land

Yve said...

Some lovely images, happy halloween :o)

laterg8r said...

gorgeous pics - love the moon rising :D

great party post :D

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

Oh my goodness I just have to have those gloves! They're beautiful! And they'd be perfect for my costume this year... Actually, I think I would wear them every day, just to make me smile... Wonderful post- the pictures are so lovely and perfect for the story.

Suzy said...

Really amazing - I love your photos and story telling- Fabu!!
Happy haunting!

http//www.vivalayardsale.blogspot.com

Valeriote Design said...

Ooohh my favorite kind of black and white photography.. creepy elegance! What a magical place.

LYNDY WARD said...

Greetings & Salutations, just flying by to see all your pretties & say hello.

Thought I'd leave my Halloween Party Extravaganza & Giveaway Link:
http://todaysgold.blogspot.com/2009/10/lady-lyndy-sorceress-of-light-halloween.html

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYBODY...

Cosmic Blessings With Love & Joy, Lyndy

mermaiden said...

such a beautiful story and compelling photos. thanks for the invitation!

Patricia said...

What a grand Halloween post - your black and white photos are beautiful - Happy Halloween to you and have a great new week.

Ana Balbinot said...

WOW! What a fantastic party!Happy halloween!

Michelle said...

what a wonder spooky post! thank you!

Please drop by (my blog) to say hi, anytime!

~Michelle
http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a gorgeous post! Thank you so much sharing your creativity with us! And the gloves are just lovely!

And thank you for visiting my party too!

Betty

Sophia said...

Loving your magical party! Also like your pumpkins. I'm thirsty...where's the kitchen? :)

http://bluechairdiary.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcometo-harrington-manor-halloween.html

Shell said...

A beautiful eerie and magical dream. I like the fact you were riding literally the Night Mare.

Chandra said...

Loved your post!! This is my first visit ever to your blog! Enjoyed my stay :)

Jackie said...

Awesome blog post, just popping by to say hello :)

Anonymous said...

Ooh looks like I'll squeeze in my comment just before midnight! Those gloves are lovely and your photos are too!

If you have time, please stop on by to my blog where I'm having 2 jewelry giveaways!
http://komiscouture.typepad.com

Happy Halloween!
Love,
Krista
-Komis Couture

Email:komiscouture@yahoo.com

ifthehatfitsbyjackie said...

Wickedly Delightful Partay, especially the carved pumpkins!
Booooootiful!
Loverly to meet you, My Pretty.

AwtemNymf said...

cool photos and post! I flew in from Vanessa's Magical Party!
I enjoyed my visit! <{:O)
Be Enchanted!

Kaci said...

Love the pumpkins and the little poison bottle :)

Kathie @ my net finds said...

What a lovely post! :-)

gert said...

Your photos are wonderful!

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

What a great celebration! Please stop by and while they might be a bit on the slacking side, come see some of the cutest Witches on the planet!

http://www.dipityroad.com

TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

Kelly said...

Great story and lovely pictures!

Happy Halloween, Kelly

Kelly said...

Great story and lovely pictures!

Happy Halloween, Kelly

Candace said...

Happy Halloween!
Wow, some shenanigans you have here. I really loved the black and white photos as much as the lovely colour ones and that last photo of the gloves is just perfect.

I'll be back!
Take Scare.
Candace in Athens.

Chris said...

wonderful images and a fun party. thank you!

Amisha said...

Beautiful, beautiful photographs! And someone who likes to create and likes books - a kindred spirit!!!

Piper said...

Beautiful blog and post! I love your photographs! Happy Halloween to you.. hope you can stop over for a quick visit!

Kristal said...

Loved your party, the black and white photos really were unique. A few special things I loved: the spider webs, the Steampunk clock (really loved that one, where did you find it?) and the photo of the books (I'm a HUGE booklover!)

HAPPY HAUNTING!

Mermaid Queen said...

Loved all your photos, and thanks for the party! Your sweet little gloves would be quite a treat to win! Pop on over to my party and see if you can solve the mystery! Take care, Martha

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Your images are hauntingly bootiful! Everyone participating seems so creative.

I am crossing my fingers that they will soon be covered in organdy. :)

TesoriTrovati said...

Lots of spooky-ooky treats to see here! I am not hosting a party this time around, but rather enjoying the ride around the blogdom! Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy the day!
Erin
http://treasures-found.blogspot.com

Sylvia said...

Oh I love the picture of the tree, great photos!!! I had a great time and be sure to come by my party to meet my guests...

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, Wonderful Halloween post! Great story & pics! Happy Halloween to you!

Uncanny Festoon said...

OK Molly you follow me and I will follow you...we seem to have grown in the same pea pod!!! Adore the glove! They pale to your clever story...much to say but must scurry on....see you in a bit


Joy...Always

Belinda said...

my broom is still cruising around! thanks for throwing such a wonderful party!
happy haunting halloween!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh my goodness, what DELIGHT awaited me over here!!! You did an amazing job with this 'Party Post'. And the photo of you was, to-die-for CUTE!!! : )
Happy haunting,

M.L.

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Super duper magical!!! And those lanterns, spooky fab tooo!!

Bwuahahahaaaaaaaa ~ thank you for being a delightful part of the festivities!!

Divaeva said...

Fantastic story with such beautiful pics! Now on to the next party! Blessed October!

queen-of-nostalgia said...

I love your storytelling, and what a fabulous time! Thank you!
If you haven't stopped for a visit, hop on your broom and come to my party!

Cheers!
Kristen

Laume said...

A fun party post and your photos are just wonderful. Now you have me adding several "must read" to my ever lengthening book list.

Deborah said...

That was one spooky story. Glad it was only a dream.I share your predilection for reading. I am an omnivorous reader.

Birgit said...

I have no idea if I am still in the time frame for the giveaway, but, anyway, it was a pleasure to visit your blog! :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit

Stella Dora von Swineburg said...

A wonderful, spooky trip!
Come and visit me and sign up for me giveaway at
http://stelladorasdiary.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-bash-and-giveaway.html

Heather said...

Gah! I'm so sad I missed all the giveaways by being out of town!!

Oh well! I LOVE your moon picture!!!

Please stop by my party, a giveaway is still going on! :)

http://littlebearries.blogspot.com/2009/10/come-in-come-in.html

the ungourmet said...

Hi Molly! Fantastic Photos! And did you make the pumpkins? They are terrific! Have a great week! :D

Annabelle said...

LUV THE DREAM,THE BLUE HALO MOON AND HAUNTED TREE and BUT OF COURSE HENRY JAMES’****
“TURN OF THE SCREW” MY FAVORITE GHOST TALE!!!
EXCELLENT CHOICES! A LOVELY HAUNTING!

Happy Hauntings and a Happy Halloween Too!
A Witch called Annabelle >^..^<

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Molly! So sorry to have missed out on your magical giveaway!

I really enjoyed your Spooktacular party! You're welcome to my party, I'm having a giveaway!

http://llcreations.blogspot.com/2009/10/halloween-party-giveaway.html

Hugs,
Lisa :)

Judy said...

Molly,
Your "spooky" story was really cool. I always knew you should be a writer; the stories you told and the dreams you had from the time you could walk and talk should be put on paper for everyone to read. Then they would know what the rest of us know - you are kinda weird in your own special way.
Judy

Brittany said...

You have outdone yourself, Miss Molly!

1. Great story!
2. Your pictures are fab!
3. Love the spider web and tree images the most!
4. YOU are a beauty!!!!!
5. Seriously, you're GORGEOUS!