Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ghost and Mrs.Muir

The Ghost and Mrs. Muir happens to be one of my all time favourite classic film that I never get tired of watching. After an early morning view of an old favourite flick of mine "The Wolfman" with Lon Chaney Jr.

I remarked to my husband how well Benicio Del Toro

portrayed the character of Lawrence Talbot in the newly recreated Wolfman ; without doubt Del Toro's love affair with the old classics is evident throughout the new production, something I rarely see in today's remakes.  

And so this brings me to "Ravin' Maven of Classic Film".
When I found this gal's work I was quite taken by how well she was able to capture the complete atmospheric feel of the movie " The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", much like Benicio Del Toro did in "Wolfman". 

So here are some stills for you to enjoy with the video to follow . 

Gull Cottage 

Another gorgeous home by the sea much like Practical Magic only I somehow find this more Romantic..the black and white film and being a classic flick of the past.Ghost stories are truly my favourite.

Mrs. Muir upon first seeing Gull Cottage.Wouldn't you want to live here?

Besides my Gothic Church , this house by the sea would be my other choice and of course a friendly ghost being part of the package deal...haha!

Looking through the glass window pane a disappearing ghost is revealed. Rex Harrison portrayed the sea captain ghost admirably and left every female viewer with the vision what a romantic ghost would be like...everyone wanted to meet a sea captain ghost after that.

 And the beautiful Gene Tierney...Many men adored her why not a Ghost?

Entranced by a Lovely portrait of a handsome Sea Captain.

Writing a Ghost Novel....I would adore having such an opportunity....Ooooh so Terribly Romantic!!!
In a gorgeous old house by the sea prompted to write a story and hear it first hand from the home's ghost himself....imagine what a thrill it would be.

After watching Ravin's video you'll most definitely want to watch the Ghost and Mrs. Muir very soon.
Her video work is astounding and so amazing in capturing the moments we are all familiar with in each and every movie she has meticulously and artfully spot lighted. Check out her site. and enjoy!

Pause playlist above "About Me" to view large video format on this post .

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Charming Collection

"Shall I dwell in my shell?
Shall I not dwell in my shell?
Dwell in shell?
Rather not dwell?
Shall I not dwell?
shall I dwell,
dwell in shell,
shall I shell,
shall I I.....shall I I ......shall I...?"

I'm entangled in a upside world, surrounded by troubles of illness; some of great concern.
Usually, I cope with bad stuff by immersing myself in art, books and music.They are my healers to better health and a sound mind but lately the heavy burden of so many health issues afflicting close family members and a good friend and neighbour is overwhelming and unfortunately causing me to let things fall behind.
Then today, I was pleasantly given a sunny day when Victoria ( Kiki ) left me a message saying she wrote a post about  me on her blog. When I ventured over there I was completely floored to find what a beautiful post she had created about moi! I loved every bit of it including the lovely comments left by your friends Kiki ; you truly gave me a super lift that I very much needed....Thank You!

This is what I did.............................. ~ ^..^~

~^..^~ A Charming Collection ~^..^~

Soldered Heart Bottle, Diorama Jar and Salt and Pepper Shakers I started some time ago.

 "MoonSleep" Soldered Sea Diorama  ....a little boy on the moon sleeping and dreaming above the sea.

Moon Sleep captures a tiny bit of fantasy way up high within the fluffy billowing clouds. A small angelic boy is sleeping snugly upon a golden moon, dreaming dreams that only he alone could know.
And we ,stare in wonder at the whimsical beauty of a little one's innocent happy smile while sleeping. The innocence of a child, if only we could hold onto to it forever.

This was meticulously made with every detail not over looked. From the interior of the Diorama's lid I created a garden beach scene with picket fence, sea star and coral washed upon the sand.I Even incorporated sea grass and a white whimsical picket fence with white rhinestone daisies to symbolize the simplicity and beauty of the sea shore .Inside the Diorama I placed fine white sand and some sea shells and glitter.The Diorama is soldered shut. On the exterior I have placed vintage netting with captured sea shells and mushroom coral and tiny seed pearls. 

In creating this Diorama  I was trying to capture the ideal of purity and innocence ; without a trouble or care in the world. Gazing through the window of Moonsleep one uncovers tranquility within thus unwinding the tensions of the world. Hope this little piece of art has made you smile and given thought.

All snug under the stars

I wrapped the jar in vintage pink tulle ...a found item from a 60's hair salon
and added coral and seashells to it like a fisherman's net catching treasures from the sea

Inside the lid I created a beach scene with a white picket fence,sea grass, a sea star, 
and white daisies with crystals

Not a good pic but this is the bottom of the jar
filled with super fine white sand, sea shells and coral

"StarLight " Soldered Heart Bottle with Star

Vintage  glass star, bird and aqua daisy flower beads

Again I filled the bottle with sand and seashells
In sunlight the glitter and shadow of the elements is truly spectacular

"Coral Flower"

This little silver shaker has a mushroom coral ( not sure on the name) soldered to it's top
I added a little garland of metal stars and crescent moons to the neck of the bottle


A Murex shell soldered to the match of the "Mushroom"
Again same garland used

" Marlborough Bella "

This silver pewter shaker is vintage"Marlborough" engraved on bottom
I made button flowers from vintage mother of pearl buttons and then created a nest with vine and added it to it's neck

And so I decided that I wouldn't stay in the shell today....Instead I  shall create with sea shells and stuff.... And that I did!!! 
I finished what I started many moons ago ; felt better, thought better and became more hopeful....
Again , Thank You for that Kiki!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Soldered Vintage Coral Bottles

These are a couple of reproduction bottles with beautiful etched flowers that I had purchased some time ago. 
The corals were collected from Milton and Kingston when I accompanied my husband on some of his extended jobs away from home. I very seldom come across vintage seashells and corals and when I do I'm thrilled to find such treasures. They acquire such a lovely patina with age and of course they in turn have been fortunate to have been rediscovered, obtaining another life; hopefully for a very long one. 

I've been romancing the sea forever; what can you expect from a gal who was born by the sea. When you glance towards that twinkle in the sun and see the art that the sea has created, you suddenly want to go there in that beautiful tranquil seashore, collecting shells washed upon the glittering sand and then while the day away dreaming. Maybe that's why I have such a collection of natural art from the ocean and from the lovely deep wood surrounding my home; they are my constant companions who lend a hand in my creations.

 Hope you like them. 

•*´¨*¸*.•*´¨***~^..^~*Annabelle¸.•*´¨*¸*.•*´¨* * *

Vintage Corals, Jewels, Crystals  and Reproduction Bottles

Saturday, November 13, 2010

* Watch This Little Fellow *

My mother-in-law Doris sent this video along to my daughter M sometime ago who later showed it to me. I posted the video further down this blog so that it remains always accessible for everyone to see. Last night my son and I couldn't sleep and I don't recall the reason why Jesse came to mind but I ended up showing him the video. After watching it last night, he fell in love with Jesse and without further delay he showed it to my husband this afternoon;now our entire family is in love with this adorable fellow.Thanks Heather for being such a sweetie in training Jesse and filming such a great video. There is no doubt you are one gifted gal just like your Jesse.All the best to the two of you and thanks to Josh Woodward singer and songwriter of "Coffee " for the perfect accompaniment to this unforgettable video. It truly is a song my husband and I can relate to; he is going to place it on his blackberry.... and of course my mother in law who's luv for all creatures great and small started this trail of affection for Jesse. Hope you all love this as much as we do. 

Enjoy!!!! ^..~

p.s. pause playlist to watch video; it's where I first heard the song "Coffee" by Josh Woodward

*** Jesse and Heather *** Best of Friends

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This graphic I designed for Remembrance Day last year is significant for it shows the grave stone belonging to my husband's uncle who died in World War 2 overseas and the Canadian cemetery of other soldiers lost. Many souls were lost , of all nationalities, we all suffered.

We shall always Remember them.........

SEPT 3 1945

Remembrance Day Ceremonies in North Gower and Merrickville Ontario Canada

Our town Memorial 

Escorted by OPP The Merrickville Remembrance Day Parade got started under a cool and sunny November sky

An original of ww2 (eldest) veteran standing to the left of this image wearing dark sunglasses. I wouldn't have known it until they mentioned him in the laying of the wreaths. He stood straight as an arrow accompanied by a lovely smile. Very nice fellow as I'm sure they all are.

These Little Crosses were made by the children from the Merrickville school.

They reminded me of a miniature version of the cemetery in Flanders.

After knee surgery last Spring I'm afraid with the  cold damp weather my arthritis isn't very cooperative and  had one heck of a time trying to get up from my lying position I had taken to photograph these crosses.If only my pants could talk....I now have two Brownie knees...haha! 

Monday, November 8, 2010

* Free Lunch for Veterans *

I suppose there does exist a free lunch after all!
Until now I have never noticed this form of gratitude shown toward our war veterans but what a lovely way to say Thank You . 
Although Vets do have their get together after the memorial service at their local Legion Hall it is a nice invitation for them to have another little treat as well as offering an opportunity to the public in meeting their freedom fighters and giving their personal thank you.
And so when I came upon this sign posted by the local Marlborough Pub and Eatery in North Gower, I just had to write about it and hoped in doing so that maybe some of you Veteran folks would get wind of it and venture out to the Pub for your special day treat :)

It would be lovely to see more businesses offer the same …it's a great way to thank our War Veterans.

Thank You

Friday, November 5, 2010

* Love Prevailed the War *

A few years back I met a fellow from England , Norman, that posted the story of a soldier from World War 1 and I was so touched by the history of this couple that I was inspired to write about them and create the mosaics. It is far too beautiful a story to forget and though some of you have read it and seen the pictures before now I'm sure looking upon them once again gives you reason to believe that Love prevails all, even War.

A Soldier of World War One 1914 -1918

Thanks for the story and photos Shipcompass!
This mosaic is to the memory of Tom Wiltshire and his 6th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment and of the many like him in the First World War and Second World War and others.
Lest We Forget
Original First World War Photos & Ephemera by Shipcompass
"Your Loving Son - Tom". Note on his shoulder "Gloucester" / " T" for Territorial / "6" for 6th Battalion
Tom joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in Bristol on the 8th September 1914 age 24 from the Territorials where he was No. 3121 and served throughout the Great War in the 1/6th Battalion. Posted to France on the 31st March 1915, Tom saw active service in France, Flanders and Italy serving as Private 265783. What follows is a selection of the cards etc sent to his young wife Lilian living in the Windmill Hill, Bedminster district of Bristol, the whole collection is now in the "Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum", Gloucester. Tom died in 1962 age 72.
Visit the Museum at:

Once again Thank you Norman {Shipcompass} for the history and memorable Literature.
In this pale moment of time
I am blinded in the deafened tunnels
Of this Great War
And have not heard from you yet!
Deadening hands…bitter cold from rain and snow
Unworkable to write down my avowals of love for you…
I feel as if I’ve reached the world’s end
Do you not care for me any more???
War desensitizes many
Yet not I … maybe a little… subconsciously!
I know I sense the loss and bear the wounds
As I watch the damp cold earth devour the young
Like it’s in the race for liberty
But only God‘s arms are ever near
And so I have the fortitude against the fear!
Ah, yes! The dreams; if not for the dreams!
My succor of my mortal being
To transport me away from this darkening hell!
My one and only solace is …
I breathe the perfume of the windblown flowers
And feel the glowing warmth of the summer sun
And think of the day I’ll be back home
Of seeing you once more!
The other night I dreamt a dream
A dream of you
I held you strongly in my arms my dearest Lill
With happy thoughts together in Windmill Hill
My mind held you darling Lill… held you captive in my heart!
Till we meet again………
Heaps of kisses for my darling Lill xxxxxx
Love Tom
p.s. Do write…
Just an illusory poem to Lill from Tom

Sometimes a haunting melody can make quiet an impression ~^..^~
Thanks to Vic Mizzy for creating such unforgettable soundtracks and to Hollis Kim for sharing this fab rendition of the Haunted Organ from The Ghost and Mr. Chicken ….will always luv listening to it, no matter the time of year but especially great in the month of October


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Annabelle 2012

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