Monday, September 29

Poe Poe Pitiful Annabel Lee... a Tabletop Display by Tanya Ruffin

Inspired by a recent trip to Edgar Allan Poe's New York Cottage... it is tiny!

And also by an awesome Stevie Nicks rendition of "Annabel Lee". 
If this doesn't conjure up all kinds of haunted imagery, I don't know what will!

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On this trip, I collected an Edgar Allan Poe key chain
and a copy of Poe's handwritten Annabel Lee poem.

I made a batch of Amazing Mold Rubber and created a mold of the book charm and while waiting, a color copy of the poem.

I created two molds with this batch of Amazing Mold Rubber; a day of the dead skull and the Poe book {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. 

At the Dollar Tree, I purchased a string of skeletons and a tabletop tombstone. I painted a black and brown wash over the skeleton to age it and painted the tombstone solid black.

Then decorated the tomb with my posed skeleton, the book cast in Amazing Casting Resin, and poem that I coated in Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  I've included the poem text below.

I also embellished with a gargoyle (from Dollar Tree that I also made a mold of using Amazing Mold Rubber) and a raven skull from a purchased mold. All embellished with Silver Rub 'n Buff®... lots of Rub 'n Buff®!

I just love that it is actually Poe's handwriting!

Bet you never thought of this kind of souvenir!

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Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of ANNABEL LEE;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love-
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me-
Yes!- that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we-
Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
In the sepulchre there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea. 

~ Edgar Allan Poe

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What keepsakes will you transform

Until Next Time... ~ Tanya

Tanya Ruffin with Create Studios

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1 comment:

  1. This is fantastic - i am a huge Poe fan myself and i am so jealous that you got to go to his house xx


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