Friday, October 15, 2010

Once-Told Tale

Let me tell you the tale of the time I decided to go through the secret keyhole.

I heard tell of the beauty and delights, wonder and magic and treats and clay sprites...


And in! Now for the story to begin!


In the morning the air was biting with cold and fog clings about the fields.


Dewdrops like diamonds decorate the surface of every still thing.


My morning reading I read over and over with no understanding. Familiar words kept coming to me...a chilling fragment of the Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley (husband to ghoul writer Mary Shelley but of course)

O Wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn's being, thou from whose unseen presence, the leaves dead are driven like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing...


The wind moved outside and the leaves rattled and rasped. Fleeing they indeed seem to be, racing across the green.


I look about and half the day is gone! Have I been sitting at the desk all this time? But there are strange things about me that I have no memory of collecting. Jars and books and secret keys...

A jar of shiny green fairy wings? What magic there must be in those...



Tiny bats and candles of wax.


Pirate ships, secret ingredients and old tales?


The pages of a book are open before me, I must write it down this magical tale spinning in my head. But the tale is really true, it happened to me and could happen to you!


Time traveling apparatus with...


A view to the future? Or the past?


Perhaps I'll consult the gazing ball.


Memories float through the air like unhitched spiderwebs. The sights and thoughts surround me. The smell of cinnamon and nutmeg fills the air, warm fresh bread and bubble bubble. Where have I been and am I in trouble?


But the book is closed. I have finished the story. Or is it only just beginning?


But the warmth and memories have already begun to fade. It is already night and a chill is upon my cheek as I wonder where I have gone.



Many thanks to Vanessa for hosting these lovely get-togethers! Thank you for visiting me! Be sure to visit all the other lovely party-goers!

Halloween Party @ A Fanciful Twist


In case you were wondering about a few things...

My quill is a painted turkey feather, not really a hawk feather.

Want to make your own paper bag art like my Percy Bysshe Shelley quote? I have a tutorial here.

Care to make your own jar of fairy wings from maple keys? I have a tutorial for that too! Go here and enjoy!

This is my 300th post, hurray! Perhaps we could do a little giveaway in honor of the fact? A pair of shiny earbobs from my etsy shop may interest you. Leaving me a comment will enter you to win - maybe you could let me know if you'd be interested in winning? Open to anyone!
Poison Berry Pumpkin Patch earrings. Are they little black pumpkins or deadly nightshade berries? Either way they are perfect for Halloween!

(someone mentioned they couldn't win because they don't have pierced ears, but I have clip-on fasteners as well, so if that applies to you, you can still enter and I can swap the hooks out for you no problem!)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Congratulations to lucky winner...

Ana @ A Beleza de Todas Coisas!




70 comments:

belindaschneider said...

what a lovely party post, love the pictures and a fun story.
congrats on your 300th, count me in.
have a magical party blog cruise! and fly on over to mine.

LYNDY WARD said...

Your earrings are magical.
This is sooooo much fun!!!
Love your blog & your creations.
Please fly by for my giveaways too...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

My Haunted Halloween Party Link:
http://bit.ly/dho880
TODAYSGOLD
http://todaysgold.blogspot.com/

Lisa Viger @ Perfectly Peculiar said...

Wow, really well done! Your photography is awesome :)

Jorgelina said...

Wonderful!
Great post!

Melissa said...

Thanks for having me to your party. Love that photo of the spiderweb, it is awesome!

Have a spooky Halloween!

Boom said...

I sprinkled fairy dust over your book. Thanks for such a lovely party. Wishing you a bootiful halloween. Looks like it is wonderful fall there.
http://mygardenrocks.blogspot.com/2010/10/it-begins.html

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

sooo much fun!! I could feel the mist. thanks dear and have fun today!

apinkdreamer said...

fantastic post!!! please count me in your givaway!!!!!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

Very cute post ... loved every photo! Thanks for sharing.

Ana Balbinot said...

Dear Molly, thakns soooooo much for share this wonderful post! I love your party and I will pray to be the one who wins your lovely giveaway!
Thanks for your visit and comment at my party!
Xoxo

Dianne said...

Wow! I absolutely love this story with it's vignettes! It's so fitting for this time of year and so mysterious... Just lovely! And yes I would LOVE to win a pair of your gorgeous earrings!

Linda said...

I had a wonderful time at your party. I love all the photos and images.
please visit me:
momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Molly! I loved all your spooky imagery! Spooky fun and great creative ideas! Congratulations on your 300th post! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

Linda in New Mexico said...

Molly, I love your story...a lovely way to start the day and I will be back for your tutorials. How very kind of you. Would you please enter me in your lovely giveaway? Thanks ever so, The Olde Bagg

Lisa Ladrido said...

Oh Molly, How wonderful, I wanted the story to continue! Your newest follower here from Vanessa's Halloween Party!~Lisa

Happy Halloween

Fair Rosamund said...

What a lovely party, thank you so much for having me over! :) I would just love to win those earrings, they are gorgeous!! ~Lauren

Her Art Nest said...

Hi Molly, I almost missed the party! Your photos are great, especially the fairy wings! I love that idea. Happy Hauntings, Nancy

Faerie Moon Creations said...

I loved your Halloween post! The photos were beautiful and thanks for sharing some tutorials. Many congratulations to you on your 300th post! The earrings are very chic!

I hope that you might come to visit my Halloween faerie tale and follow the adventures of Miss Witch and her friend Keats!

http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-faerie-tale.html

Sincerely,
Theresa

Sophia said...

SUPER party going on here and I SO LOVE LOVE LOVE Percy Byshe Shelley. Oh yeah. :)

If you don't mind, I'd like to get a few of those fairy wings as my enchanted ones back at the Harrington Manor Ball are getting weary already from flying around, gather my guests cloaks, to hang them up in the library. :)

I shall be off to visit with more of your guests...

Sophia said...

Oops...link to my Ball..

Check out Harrington Manor Ball today.

Papillon Bleu said...

How enchanting! Do you think we can fly with those wings?

MarZel said...

What a nice post... I love the nature images. You are invited to: http://theplayoflightandshadow.blogspot.com/2010/10/welcome-to-happy-halloween-party-and.htmlYou are invited to

Wendelou72 said...

Thanks for a wonderful time.
Visit my Blog Party:
http://creativeartseatables.wordpress.com/

Wende

Kelly Jeanette said...

Such a fun and spooky post. Love the images. Happy Halloween and do come join me at my party-http://kellysalteredart.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-party-2010.html

shari said...

oh molly, i sooo enjoyed your party!! i am still in costa rica and there is not much halloween celebrating here. i surely do miss it! So i am visiting everyone's parties today...thanks for having me!! sending spooky wishes...

Kandes Naylor said...

Thank you for the great story and photos! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway and please stop by and enter mine!
http://trickyfoxdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-party-post-mummy-giveaway.html
-Kandes-
Tricky Fox Designs

Wendy said...

Percy and Mary are two of my favorite historical people and I could feel their spirits whispering in the background here. Loved it! I think your earrings remind me of the most delicious, dark goblin fruits.

Divaeva said...

Merry Meet! Great post and fantastic pictures!
Please toss me and entry into the hat for those beautiful earrings. BB <3

Jo said...

What a lovely post and thank you for a chance to win your pretty earings! Hope you'll stop by! Happy Halloween & Pumpkin Blessings!

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

Happy 300th, and Happy Halloween!! Such a mysterious tale, and I love your creations, I would definitely love to win those goodies, only I don't have pierced ears...oh well, too bad for me!

Susan said...

very enchanting post! Love the fairy wings (gonna get the tut, on it)
Thanks for the opportunity to win such pretty earrings.
Peace,
Susan

Please visit me:
http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/

Que Bella said...

What a lovely party! Lovely photos, too. Please enter me in your giveaway and congrats on this being your 300th post!

Sarah said...

Lovely party and fun tutorials-I did wonder what the fairy wings were made of! Your earrings are especailly halloweeny and I would love to enter the draw thanks!

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Thank you for the delightful Tale!!!

Gentle hugs...

Rodica said...

I love you magical pictures! They create the most dreamy Autumn/Halloween atmosphere...

Linda Henderson said...

I enjoyed the lovely story and pictures. The earrings are beautiful and I'd love to be entered to win them.

seriousreader at live dot com

Paper Pile Kitten said...

Such beautiful photos! Great party! Please, stop my Halloween party if you haven't been yet:
http://www.paperpilekitten.com/2010/10/a-magic-halloween-party-enter-at-your-own-risk.html

WrightStuff said...

What treasures - on your post and to be won (I think they would would look very fine hanging from my ears on Halloween!). A wonderful post indeed...

Kari Desi said...

Thanks for having me to your party! I love your images they're all so old world charming. Love those poison berry earrings too!! Happy Halloween. I hope you get chance to pop on by my party too!
http://embracinggraceeveryday.blogspot.com

Paula said...

What a fabulous post! Love the spider's web! Congratulations on your 300th post! Indeed this calls for a celebration! :))
Do stop by http://tatteredgold.blogspot.com for a visit! A blissful autumn to you!

Daph said...

Congrats on the magical 300!!
earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

Kristy said...

here I am once again gazing at your amazing creative soul. And I find myself missing you and your sweet smile. You are still a dear friend to me even if we barely see each other! And I shall be the 34 shiny comment for your wonderful blog! I also will add that I do LOVE your earrings..in fact those pink ones that showed up at my door are worn almost daily! Love you

Anthropomorphica said...

I really enjoyed this, thank you for the beautiful words and images!
Please do pop over and visit me too :)

Sonia ;) said...

That was a beautiful post, loved the photos. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Smiles

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Beautiful post!!

halloween party poetry

Sylvia Smiser said...

I loved imagining what kind of magic those fairy wings would do! What a wonderful post. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Please put my name in the hat for the drawing for those beautiful earbobs!
Please come vist me at my Halloween party and giveaway!
http://anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com/2010/10/fanciful-twist-halloween-party-and.html

Thank you!

Annabelle said...

Molly,
This is a very lovely post,one that is close to my heart for I adore Shelly,actually both Shellys.Enjoyed the story and of course the Spider webs in pictures and referance.I would luv to be entered into the Poison Berry Pumpkin earrings draw. Thanks for the beautiful post.

~^..^~ Annabelle

I'm giving three art prints away for this special occasion so do drop in for a chance to win something Halloweenie if you like.

http://thewoodbeyondtheworld.blogspot.com/

fanciliciousfairylands said...

LOVE the fairy wings and the crystal ball!! Terrific post darling!!

Keisha - Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams said...

Keys, fairy wings and tale of olde! I love it -thanks for sharing those tutorials with us! Please stop by my party when you have a chance!

www.cupcakewishesandbirthdaydreams.com

AlphaBetsy said...

An absolutely beautiful post. I love the fairy wings... so cute.

Rena said...

MOLLYYYY!!! love your post and photos, how fun to have discovered your lovely blog!!

xx Rena

Rena said...

MOLLYYYY!!! love your post and photos, how fun to have discovered your lovely blog!!

xx Rena

mermaiden said...

I'm always up for reading a little bit of Shelley!
Thank you for sharing a most enchanting morning.
Please do be invited to stop by my festivities:
http://mermaidencreations.blogspot.com/2010/10/welcome-witches.html

Kelly said...

Great post, very pretty photos!

Kelly
www.blondheart.blogspot.com

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

Oh Molly happy 300th post, hoooooray!!!

Your photos are so crisp and clear and beautiful! Loved your tale, and your treasures! Your crystal ball was astoudning, and that pen and ink made my heart stop!

What an enchantress you are!

Thank you for sharing your magic!

♥, Vanessa {A Fanciful Twist}

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

Molly, you spin a divine yarn. I so enjoyed my visit with you this cool crisp evening. I would be honored to win your earrings. The color is glorious!

Please come see me when time allows at http://wood-wings.blogspot.com/2010/10/midnight-ride.html

Incipient Wings said...

poison berry.....that's wonderful!
The pirate ship and fairy wings look so awesome!
have a good night

Shaiha said...

I loved your party post and your earrings. Please enter me in your drawing.

blogbaby(at)comcast(dot)net

Janet Bernasconi said...

I had a great time at the party. Love every single pic you posted. You have a cute blog. Hope your Halloween is fun.
XO
Janet Bernasconi
Janet's Creative Pillows

Fantasy Whispers - Vania Cruz-Perez said...

Loved your party!!! The spider web is so pretty, I really like the patterns those little creatures create,

Please enter me in your giveaway....loved those earings!

When you get a chance if you haven't already hop on over to my blog for a chance to win two giveaways as well.

http://fantasywhispersblog-ooak.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-party-and-2-giveaways-2010.html

Vania

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would be thrilled to win the earrings! You make such lovely things...and thanks for the tutorials for your creations! ♥

Shell said...

A truly magical party. I am quite enchanted with your post!!! Now I'm going to your diy post on how you did that lovely Shelley poem fragment.

McKayla said...

Ooooh I likey that crystal ball! tteeeeehheeeee!

By the way, come drop by the Spook Circus at my blog Rainbow Dooky. :)

Patti G. said...

Molly, love your creative post and tutorials too! :)) Thanks for sharing and please count me in on your wonderful earring give a way for your 300th post! WHeeeeee!
Hugs,Patti

Aurelia said...

What a great post :) Happy Halloween Blog Party!

That spiders web with diamonds is just so beautiful, I love looking at those when I go hiking. ...or even in my garden.

This was my first blog party and I've had just a fun time so far :)

http://modernwomans.blogspot.com/2010/10/something-witchy-this-way-comes.html

Michelle Cummings said...

what a wonderful party!
I love your decorations and photo's!!

Hope you'll come visit mine and my post(s) for all of October!
http://faeriedustdreams-michelle.blogspot.com/

Scrap Vamp said...

Amazingly spooky party! Your photos were beautiful and the earrings are to die for! Thanks for the chance to win them! I had a lovely time here and I hope you'll visit me, too!

~Celina
forevervampress@aol.com
http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com

Romeo said...

What a wonderfully spooky story! And the photos?! Oh my whiskers!!!! They are fantastical!!!! Thank you so much for inviting us to your party - it was grand!!!

Purrs!

Romeo and "her"

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Ooh, I just loved your sweet imagery and story! The jar of faery wings is magical. Thanks for sharing your imagination with us! :)

Lynda said...

Im so sorry Im late but I must say that your story was very magical :) I love the photo of the sun bursting through the seams of your belongings :) Have a magical day!