Saturday, October 17, 2009

Hauntingly Magical Celebration...

It is a blustery October morning, and the sun is hiding behind smoky clouds. The shadowy day was pale and chilly, yet I hoped to make a quick journey to the pumpkin patch. Because today, of course, is the Hauntingly Magical Celebration, hosted by A Fanciful Twist, and I needed some lovely pumpkins to adorn my home!

Pulling my cloak a bit closer about me, I made my way to the pumpkin patch. I knew a shortcut I could take... but I was a bit fearful. The old Haversford Cemetery had a reputation for shifting shadows and whispering trees, and the stories the locals told... But I was running late, and I reminded myself ghosts usually only rattled their chains at midnight, and it wasn't yet noon.

The rolling hills, dotted with their crumbling tombstones, was as silent as... the grave. Then a noise, whisper soft, made my heart beat faster. I peeked around a stately oak, and caught a glimpse of someone else making their way through the stones.
"Hello?" I called, but was answered only with a soft sigh of swishing branches as this mysterious wandered disappeared in a thicket of crimson leaves. Curious, I peered into the tangled branches.
A key, large and rusty, dangled from the branch, a mysterious invitation. Pumpkins forgotten, I reached for the key...
It had to belong to the cloaked figure I spied in the graveyard. I could just follow the path, the branches still quivering, to see where she had gone off to. Just to see if the key was indeed hers. The branches created a darkened tunnel, twisting and turning, until suddenly I stumbled into the open, and saw the House.
Large and stately, it loomed against the pale sky. A heard a door thud shut, but not before a soft laugh floated across the expanse. "Wait!" I cried, "I think I found your key?" I trotted up to the front porch, the echo of that laugh still ringing in my ears. I knocked on the door, but no one answered. I considered the key in my hand, and my curiosity overcame me.
The door opened without a sound, and I poked my head inside the darkened foyer. "Anyone home? Helloooooo..." I thought I heard footsteps above, and a dim light flickered above, making shadows play on the staircase in front of me.
I followed the elusive footsteps, and found myself in a small room, the only light filtering in through a lonely window...

But wait! There was a light in the corner.

A small table stood in the corner, and it looked as though a child had just left his play.

Little wooden blocks lay abandoned, and a magazine lay open to a charming little puzzle. I moved the blocks aside, wanting to see the little story...

A Halloween Party! So the owners of the house were having a party, too, perhaps! I glanced about, wondering where these elusive people might be. I went back to the door and listened - but the house was still. I turned back to study the puzzle...

..but that was strange. I don't think those blocks were stacked like that. A tinkling laugh from behind me sent shivers up my spine, and I decided I had seen enough of this room...
I went downstairs. I would just leave the key on the kitchen table, write a note, and get out of this house.

Back downstairs, I headed down the hall and found myself in a lovely sitting room.


A large fireplace looked lonely next to the forgotten chair, and I found myself wishing that a warm, crackling fire were lit. A glimmer of candles at the other end caught my eye. There was a table set up, and in the candlelight I could make out a stack of boxes. Presents, perhaps? It was looking more and more like a party was being planned.

But what kind of party? Black and white packages were nestled among the candles...

...and mysterious little books were tucked in among the boxes...

I looked up in the flickering candlelight, and let out a muffled scream - someone was there!

I let a sigh of relief. It was merely a statue. "Is that you, William?" For I recognized the bearded Bard, Shakespeare, and felt oddly comforted by his presence. A familiar face in this flickering darkness. But then the words from Macbeth came unbidden into my mind, and I found myself whispering into the darkened room, "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..."

I gave a nervous giggle, and looked at ghostly companions keeping old William company...

These frightful but delightful pumpkins leered and grinned in the darkness, and I continued on into the house, calling out. "Hello? Anyone here?" Still no answer. "Trick or treat?" But still, no answer. A few more steps, and I found myself in what had to be the kitchen. The table was set, but no guests seemed to have arrived...

But this was the strangest kitchen I had ever seen. The shelves held dozens and dozens of tiny little glass bottles, all with very unusual labels...


Wing of Bat? Phoenix Tears? Ground Mummy? I decided, then and there, that it was time for me to leave.
"Ok, well, I am just going to leave your key here, ok?" I called out to the flickering darkness. "Have fun at your party..." I added, at a loss for what else to say to the empty house.

Thank you...

It was a whisper, softer than a sigh, and it was right behind me...

I dropped the key and ran out the back door, not looking back until I was safely out of the house. I turned for one last look. I heard music floating from the window.


Was that - no, could it be? I could hear the strains of "Monster Mash." I put my chilled hands in my pocket, and found a note. Heart beating, I unfolded the piece of parchment, and read:

Dinner is at seven o'clock

Laughing, I folded the note up, and made my way to the pumpkin patch. I was going to need more pumpkins for the pies I planned to bring to this fabulous party.


Thanks for stopping by! I hope you had a hauntingly good time :) I will be doing a random draw Monday morning (October 19) from the comments for a delightful prize!


Credits: In addition to my original artwork, photographs of house and empty rooms (and spooky ghost) are from Country Living Magazine and have been modified, spookized, and hauntified :)

105 comments:

Pixie said...

What a great party! you did an *amazing* job! I love everything. Having so much fun visiting all the parties this morning.

jacque4u2c said...

You really put on the nines! Great job!

Kelly said...

I laughed...I cried...I give it two thumbs up! Seriously though, great post and pictures!

Happy Halloween, Kelly

scrappyjan said...

good morning Krissy, What fun!! You did an awesome job!! Thanks for the fun..
janny

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

michelleK said...

Oh if only that were my house I would be in witchy heaven!

Happy haunting halloween party!!!

<3M

Kristen Beason Designs said...

WOW! Great party and thanks for the invite!

Great name by the way ;)

Kristen

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I had a magical time at your Halloween party. Thank you for having me!

Risa said...

Wow.....what an amazing and captivating story Kristen! I held on to every word and the display pictures are totally awesome! I see your cards shining through and they are beautiful! Great job!
hugs
Risa:)

Princess Crystal said...

Delightful and spooky! Such a lovely party. Where did you get your bottle labels? They are darling, especially the Belladonna one.
Happy Halloween and thank you for inviting me to your party :)

queen-of-nostalgia said...

I made those spooky labels, and actually will have some up in my Etsy shop :) (after I have cleaned up from the party, of course)

Thanks!
Kristen

Jessica said...

Great story-telling and pictures.

Tanya Rudd said...

WOW! What a wonderful adventure you took us on.

Hugs,

Tanya

Kate Hutcheson said...

What a frightfully beautiful party- I had a wonderful time! Happy Haunting!

Autumn said...

I love how you blended this all together. Thanks for partying!
http://autumnsantics.blogspot.com/2009/10/frightful-soiree.html
~Autumn Clark

laterg8r said...

i loveeee your party - great decorations, love your potions - awesome job :D

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

What a great party! Thanks for sharing and inviting us all here on this wonderful Blog Event! Your decorations are to die for and the pictures...just fab! I really enjoyed my stay here. You really out did yourself here. Just AWESOME! Happy Halloween and Happy Fall!
Cheers

Sandi Van Winkle said...

Love this! Thanks for inviting me to your party. I'm having fun visiting everyone's party. Won't you stop by for tea and cakes later?

http://vanwinklesart.blogspot.com/2009/10/welcome-to-spiders-ball.html

Hauntingly Yours...

The Josie Baggley Company said...

Greetings Deary from the ancient land of Ireland where banshees comb their locks to ready themselves for a party like THIS!

Wugs (witchy Hugs) and a wish' May Magic Rage Within Your Little Heart'

Rainey

mermaiden said...

wow, what a great story, and so well illustrated. love it!

Maggi said...

Muwahahahahahaha!

I love this story! The house is so fabulously spooky! Thank you for a hauntingly good party!

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!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful lovely party - I had a great time.

Happy Halloween!

Krissy said...

I love the spooky house! What fun!!

MichelleS said...

This is really well Done!!! And the music suits it perfect! My twins Birthday is on halloween, I SO Need YOU! I could never come up with something this amazig!

elizabeth said...

Wonderful shots! Happy Hallowe'en

Caroline said...

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

Chrisy said...

oooh I particularly enjoyed my time spent in the conservatory with dear William! Thank you for your hospitality! Please come visit at my party for more treats....if you haven't flown in already!

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

beauuuutiful photographs and story!

.oOo.☆♥ Maria-Thérèse parties at www.afiori.com ♥☆.oOo.

Melissa said...

Wonderful! I loved your party post! Truly loved the photos very spooky!

Happy Halloween,
Melissa

belindaschneider said...

thanks for the invite to this hauntingly nostalgic party! you put so much time, effore and heart into it, most delightful!
have a happy haunting halloween!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Ooh, you spin a haunting tale! Wonderful story and bewitching pictures. Thank you for inviting me to your party. I'm so glad I came. Have a magical weekend! Twyla

yyam said...

Fabulous post! I love the story and those lovely pictures too! Hope you are having a wonderful Halloween blog party!

Have a bootiful day!

AwtemNymf said...

Love the photos! You put your heart & soul into this! Love the witchy shoes!
I enjoyed my visit! <{:O)
Be Enchanted!

angelandspot said...

I love that scary kitchen.

Janine said...

What a wonderful Party- post.
I love your photos especially the ones with the bottles of potions and I love your shoes.
Have a great day
Janine

Julie Ranae said...

Thanks ever so much for stopping by to say hello! I hope I can entice you to stop again and check out this past week's posts as I see you support challenge sites. We are beginning a brand new challenge this Thursday, Oct 22...The Play Date Cafe Challenge...read all about it on my blog and enter to win blog candy too!

Thanks so much for hosting such a FANTABULOUS party...it was lovely and I WILL be back soon!

http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

Your photos are great! The lighting is perfect... And those little black and white boxes are darling!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Lovely, wicked and delightful! A feast for the senses (my sense of smell has a good imagination) ;)

Christine Edwards said...

Kristen, what a fun post! You did such a great job with the story and photos...loved it. Happy Haunting at all of the parties!

Mermaid Queen said...

Great post Kristen! I love the black shoes you were wearing too, and all your decorations were great. Pop over to my place to solve a mystery! Happy Halloween! Take care, Martha

Sandra said...

EKKKKK! What a hauntingly wonderful party and story, Kristen!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Wow! I love how you 'hauntified' all your photos!
Your party is amazing! I love your blocks!
Happy Halloween!

Lindsey

gert said...

Luv that big white pumpkin and your blocks;)

Cyn said...

Wonderful party!!! love that ole skeleton key!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What great photos! And I will be looking for your tags on Etsy too!

Thank you for visiting my party and hope you have a wonderful rest of your evening!

Betty

Deborah said...

I cannot believe you are planning to go back to that party (shudder) That thing behind you sure looked creepy. I don't thing I would want to eat anything in that house. And what do you suppose might be in those boxes??
Great story and pictures.
Thank you for stopping by my place.

LYNDY WARD said...

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

What a beautiful green garden house in the backyard...

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

Dee Dee said...

Absolutely delightful post! I tiptoed from the party, and found myself some lovely ribbon to buy from your Etsy shop. Can't wait to get it. Yum! :)

Lynn Stevens said...

What a delightful Haunting tale you tell, Loved every spooky second. Thanks for stopping by my party as well!

overthetopstudios said...

WOW - Love this post and all the pictures. Sooooo Magical! One of my favorites today. Pop over to my blog for a giveaway.
Regards,
Amada

http://overthetopstudios.typepad.com/over_the_top_studios/2009/10/the-uninvited-guest-a-halloween-tale.html

Teacup Mosaics said...

I still have chills running down my spine. WONDERFUL post from the story to the photos. Oh please tell us how the party goes. BOO2U!

Sarah said...

Oh oh oh what a delightfully good party! Wickedly haunting in every way - I loved it!! thnk you for having me!! The pictures were devine!! Beautiful! Happy Halloween, Sarah

inge said...

hello,

real nice story : I wish it happened to me and could party in that lovely house...

Your potionbottles are one of a kind. I love the feeling this is "real"...

greetings from Belgium
Inge

PS : a Belgian halloween ?..; feel welcome at my party at web.me.com/pinkepinke

mendytexas said...

OOH...spooky fun! Love all the "arrangements" of the party here! I had so much fun. Thank you for the invite. Thanks also for coming to my party. Fun Times!
:)mendy

Rhonda Roo said...

This is one my favorite parties! Perfect. Delightful. THANK YOU!
XOXOXOXOXOX

Debby said...

OMG what a fabulous party! Your art is fantastic.

Yarni Gras! said...

haha....love the story. Your photos are amazing. Please enter me in your drawing!

Snap said...

This was a hauntingly great party! You threw an Extravaganza for us! Thanks so much!

Karin said...

I love your photographs, they are beautiful. And thank you for your enchanting story. I loved going on this adventure with you. Happy Halloween!

Renee said...

I totally loved this post. The party was fabulous.

Renee xoxo

ginger@bearbits said...

What a creative post! Your images are beguiling. The mansion looks almost exactly like one we have here. What fun! Happy Halloween!

Annabelle said...

Enchanting story with all of the right stuff for a Spooktacular HALLOWEEN BALL! All this HAUNTING is seriously loading my brain with too much information…I want a little of everything please! Adore your pics!!!

Happy Haunts and a Happy Halloween too!!!
A Witch called Annabelle >^..^<

Piper said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thoroughly enjoyed your post and pictures! Delightfully spooky!

Sophia said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....SO loving your haunted mansion...what a great party you have going on here yet this morning still! :)

...now..off to mingle before heading back to the Manor to tend to my own guests that are now eating a feast of a breakfast!

Kathie @ my net finds said...

What an awesome post!!! Thank you so much for stopping by mine :-)

Torie Jayne said...

Hi, Great Halloween post! Absolutely wonderful Halloween decorations! Happy Halloween to you!

mgster said...

Wow! Your blog is always amazing to me...but you certainly have outdone yourself on this one. Wonderful, and if this doesn't put everyone in the Halloween spirit, nothing will!
cmflan12@gmail.com

Saucy said...

You really went to an amazing effort for this blog event and I thank you, it was excellent! The props, the photography and the story were great. Lurrve.

xoxo
Sasha

Sarah said...

What a creepily beautiful story and party! When I saw the key my first thought was 'don't pick it up!' I am glad you were braver than me though! Happy Halloween!

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

I am moving in, I have all 7,890 bags packed.

We are coming to live at your haunted Mansion ;)

I LOVE those booooooots!

Super hauntingly fabulous post!

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

Laume said...

Okay, that was an AMAZING post! Right up there in the top BESTEST spots in the party! And very creepy, just as you wrote "I heard the strains of Monster Mash" (or something like that), that song started playing on your sidebar! OoooooOOOOooh!

Tara Orr said...

Oh my goodness - you are such a talent! Love how this story unfolds and the photos are breathtaking - as are your projects! Thank you for the continued inspiration.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Ohhhhhhhh, I would have run like heck not I been so eager to get to the end! Amazing and the music too! just luved it!

Julie Ranae said...

FINALLY fell asleep at someone's party last night...so back to make rounds again today...

Thank you for the invitation...so glad you left the decorations up for me!

Please stop by and see my creative offerings for the party...they're still up, too!

http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com

Suzy said...

Seriously amazing! I love your storytelling and your displays of bewitching brilliance! Yours is one of the best parties and I have been to over 50!! Great job- and now I am going to follow you!
Thank you!!

http://www.vivalayardsale.blogspot.com

Amisha said...

Really intriguing tale, have you considered writing a book? And I love the beautiful cards on your blog!

The Decorated House said...

Loved your party!
Thanks for joining in.
Stop by for a visit.
TheDecoratedHouse

Abi said...

Superb party post! loved all the photos. Happy halloweening :O)

Shell said...

A beautiful and enchanting party. I loved you had Shakespeare too.

Chickenbells said...

Oh my. I just LOVED your party...I am so happy to have gone along with you when you found that key...going into such a magical house is wonderful!! Happy Halloween...

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

Cori G. said...

Oh dear! I don't know how it happened, but I failed to leave a comment yesterday...as if it evaporated into thin air...wwwooooo!!

What a frightfully delightfully fun post!!! Your pictures are amazing and your little labels are to die for!!! And Yes! I too would have gone back for the party if only to peek into each and every corner of that gorgeous house ;-).

Happy haunting celebration!!!

xoxo Cori

Penny said...

Thank you for inviting me to such a great Party - It was truly magical.
"Be wary then;best safety lies in fear." W. Shakespeare.
Hope you have a Spooktacular Halloween.
Got to fly.

Hugs,
Penny

slommler said...

Fangtastic party!! Loved the music!! Your photos are fabulous!
Thanks for having me.
Stop by mine
Hugs
SueAnn

jewelstreet said...

Ghoulish! That was spooktacular. Loved it, and the pictures were so haunting.

Happy Halloween!

Junkgirl said...

That was a hauntingly awesome party! Your pictures were amazing!

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

You really know how to throw a spookfabulous party! I enjoyed every bit of it. The photos were all magical. Loved the black and white boxes and the bottles with lovely tags. Great work! Thanks so much for stopping by my party! Have a great week!

Hugs,
Lisa :)

Laurie said...

Beautiful decorations! I loved your story, spooky! Thanks for visiting my blog too! :)

Celestial Charms said...

Wonderful party. I adore your decorations, and that was a lovely story. A great time was had by all.
Happy Halloween
Maureen

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What hauntingly beautiful pictures!
Have a spooktacular day.

domestic bliss said...

So pretty! LOve all of the beautiful pictures! Have a Happy Halloween!
xo
K

Chris said...

Wow! I have a chill in my spine...what a lot of work you put in to this, not only with your own creations but all the photos and story. Thanks for a special treat! :)

Karen said...

Oooh thankyou for this wonderful tale! xx

Jackie said...

Very cool party, I love all the photos! Have a frightful Halloween...and hApPY haUnTInG!

Stella Dora von Swineburg said...

Fabulous party! Thanks for the invite and for stopping by ours!

Room to Inspire said...

What amazing photos! Your party was one of the best for sure - Happy Halloween!

Chelsea

Bella said...

Day 3 and I'm STILL partying. :) What a lovely blog you have! And I just LOVED your party - the photos are wonderfully spooky and magical. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

Kim Dellow said...

Fabulous party! Kim

creativegoddess said...

It may be Tuesday but I'm still making the party rounds! Great party post! LOVE IT!
Thanks for stopping by my party. See you again soon!
Vicki
http://creativegoddess.typepad.com/creativegoddess/

Nilla said...

Wow, you just took my breath away! Well done! Hugs Nilla

Lisa Nelson's Art, Bucks County Designs said...

Sorry to be so late! Your party is beautiful - such beautiful and haunting imagery. Thank you for being a very gracious host. Hope to see you again next year. Until then, have a Happy All Hallows! Hugs, Lisa

Alix said...

Oh dear goodness Mistress Kristen...

I do believe I fainted from the fright. But don't you know I'd have gone back too, arms full of pumpkin pies, just for another glimpse of that House!

How kind of you to invite me along to this most lovely eerie Halloween party. I did so have a wonderful time! .

Please accept my humble apologies for joining your party so late. You see... I was traveling home from New York on Saturday and had no computer access. Now I'm playing catch-up and visiting all of Vanessa's wonderful parties.

Thank you so much for visiting Casa Hice and leaving your little petite footprints on my welcome mat. I hope you will come again, as the door is always open.

And now, I must away and subscribe to your enchanting blog with haste!

Happy Halloween!

Killam Creative said...

Oh, this was an enchanting party!

KathrynAntyr said...

What fabulous photos and decorations. I'm a little late at making the rounds. My weekend was so full! I think I'll slowly work my way around from now until Halloween!

Heather said...

Lovely, Lovely, Lovely photos!!!!!

Come on over for a party and giveaway!

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

Kristal said...

So sorry I am late, lots of BROOM traffic...LOL!! Oh my, what a spook-tacular party you had! I got goosebumps reading it, but I do have the windows open and it's a cold, dreary morning. You did an outstanding job. Thank you so much for inviting me and stopping by my little shindig.

Happy Haunting!

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