Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween/Day of the Dead Blog Hop

I  love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday.You can wear anything you want,  all the chocolate you can eat and you don't have to deal with your relatives or in-laws. Life really can't get much nicer then that. 
Ever since I can remember I have always loved spooky things. Growing up, there were a lot of strange happenings at my house. As children we often saw shadows and heard voices that were not supposed to be there. That may have been part of my attraction to all things spooky and undead. I watched every Hammer Horror film on the Saturday afternoon movie. We played vampire, it was like tag, but creepier and you got to bite people.

When I was 8 or 9 I discovered Edgar Allen Poe's classic poem "The Raven"  I wasn't old enough to interpret  or even understand   the entire poem, but I knew enough to know that it spoke of something utterly terrifying in the world of adults.   It opened the door  to poetry for me and it still remains one of my favorite verses. 

For this blog hop challenge, I knew I would do something to pay homage to Poe and The Raven.
I had all kinds of ideas swirling around my head, but in the end I decided to keep it simple, inspired by 19th century mourning jewelry which I absolutely adore. You can check out my Mourning  Jewelry Pinterest board

My raven bead, my Poe pendant , and my skull charm, a powder coated black chain, a pearl, hematite  a black bead, and 3 black resin roses. 

I thought about adding my "nevermore" word bead, but decided that would be overkill. Haha overkill, I just cracked myself up!

If you want to hear Poe's Raven I suggest this reading by Edgar Oliver.

Please grab a cup of coffee or if its past lunch, a glass of wine and check out the rest of this blog hop. 
You can even put on Pandora Radio Spooky Symphonies  while you peruse this unearthly blog hop.

Diana Ptaszynski
Staci Smith

Kathleen Breeding

Dianne Miller

Lisa Liddy

Toltec Jewels

Laura Medeiros

Veralynne Malone

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Stephanie LaRosa

Nicole Valentine Rimmer

Sarajo Wentling

Dawn M. Gallop

Christine Damm

From ghoulies and ghosties
And long-leggedy beasties
And things that go bump in the night,
Good Lord, deliver us!


  1. "overkill" LOL. I just love your sense of humor in your writing as well as your art work. You ROCK!

  2. Now THAT'S a great necklace! Love, love, love it!

  3. LOVE it! Also, you crack me up...but you already knew that! Thanks for participating!

  4. You crack me up too!!! I love it!

  5. What a great tribute to Poe. It's just perfect.

  6. What a wonderful post!!! The Pandora music the reading excellent! Yes you cracked me up too. I agree LOVE Edgar Allen Poe what a wonderful necklace!!!! <3

  7. I love this post and the delightfully dark necklace!

  8. Great post and wonderful necklace! I had not heard of "Mourning" jewelry before, I took a peek at your pinterest site to see what it was all about. Wonderful items on your board. Your necklace really does capture the 'feel' of the poem. I love it! Cheers!
    Lori in Atlanta

  9. oh that's just perfect! you captured the 'mourning jewelry' vibe wonderfully :) and yeah... the word bead would've been 'overkill' ;) lol

  10. I just love the necklace! What a great piece of mourning jewelry.

  11. How perfectly Poe... or poe-etic! Love the homage.

  12. Love the post, love Poe, love the necklace, love Halloween...dress up, chocolate, no relatives or in-laws! and...LOVE your sense of humor!

  13. OMG! So awesome. Love the Poe theme (and the raven) theme. Very clever.

  14. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Is it overkill to say I almost died laughing at your pun?! I LOVE this necklace, it is a completely unique riff on this theme. Awesome design, Diane!

  15. Simple and perfect! i love your raven beds, by the way. And i have been pinning your mourning jewelry - did you see the post I wrote for Art Jewelry Elements? Theres a new post coming this Friday about hair jewelry.

  16. As a librarian, I love that you went this literary route. Great necklace and inspiration!

  17. Love that necklace! You can't beat Poe for a scary story'

    Happy halloween!

  18. Not only great eye candy to see but a great story to read!! I love your skulls-- any left for sale this year? I, too, am an Edgar Fan. Have you seen the movie "The Raven"? Very well done for the genre. Thanks for the links to Pinterest (I am mildly addicted to mourning jewelry and hair wreaths too) and Pandora. I'm listening as I type, in fact. I'm right now checking out your other posts. Happy Hallowe'en!!

  19. This is spooktacular! I hope you're wearing it today. I adore the image of Poe for the focal. I don't know if his image is creepy because of what he wrote or if he was considered a creepy fellow back then, but I do know his picture sure does give me the willies!

  20. I love Christopher Lee as Dracula! I think it was his voice... and I love Poe, so your necklace hits me in the heart! Love the pendant and the way you used it!