Melange Art Challenge: Inspiration

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

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

The Melange Team's May 20th challenge was "Inspiration". It took me a while to catch up but here I am. I've been thinking for a while about making a series of Authors' Boxes. Here is the 1st, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe (who many believe was inspired by his late wife Virginia). If you want to read the rest of Annabel Lee, click here

I haven't played with wood in a while & had a grand time making this.

Decided to give it a slightly weathered look.

It is also filled with faded secrets in all the nooks and crannies

The notes tucked inside are copies of the writings of Virginia & Poe.

The smaller is a valentine written by Virginia. You can see the original here. The larger is a copy of Poe's Annabel Lee (the rest of the poem is printed on the back). See the original manuscript here.

The current Melange Challenge is Dance. I've several ideas but very little time so I may just post some older pieces soon. To view other interpretations, click Inspiration or Dance . Then click on the links in the comments to enjoy the wonderful variety . If you have the time, play along & enter your own creation!

So many challenges, so little time! I love how the ideas flow from the random prompts, Some pounce immediately, while others slither up behind me. Usually there are two or three but I rarely find the time to finish one - sigh... Some other great prompts this week are Adapt (IllustrationFriday), puppeteer (artonthedarkside) and Altered Ancestors (inspiremethursday). If only there enough time to play with them all.... Take a minute, look around & get inspired!

Please note: All who leave a comment before noon (EST) Thursday June 4 will be entered into 2 random drawings: 1 is for a $20 gift certificate to my etsy shops & the other is for an ACEO. Click HERE for details


  1. Fantastic box! I love that print of yours with Poe and his wife and it goes perfectly with the box...the words on the outside are clever..


    What the heck Stacy, that is amazing. I love the story and how you told it with the different photographs and how the piece all comes together.

    Amazing! Now that should be published somewhere.

    Congratulations on this amazingly creative entry, description, and your art.

    WOW, I can't find enough words to say what I was thinking when I was reading it.

    Amazing, simply, amazing!

  3. This is a really really nice piece. Its creative and deep. I'm impressed.

  4. Wow...this piece is amazing!! i love the concept of the author box...def. do more for a series...i've never seen anything like it!!

  5. That's fantastic. I really want to share it on my blog; would you be opposed to me borrowing one picture, should I link back?

  6. Speechless....I can't think of a word that explains my fascination with this piece! It appeals to the mysterious and treasure-hunt gene in all of us! Wow, Stacey, you really should submit this for pub in a Somerset.

  7. As usual Stacey, you leave me with my mouth open and in awe of the thought and the artistry that you put into each piece. I think that's what separates the sheep from the goats. I will now go stand in the goat line. Hugs, G

  8. Wow! this is brilliant, you are so creative! This must be even more incredible in person!

  9. Oh...I love it!!!! You should definitely do more in this series! And you are so wonderful about providing links to the documents...I always look forward to a good read when I visit your blog!

  10. Stacey this is the most amazing box! I love it!!! I love the poem and it has inspired a piece of work from me in the past. You really have a talent for wood crafting.

  11. Thank you! I really had a lot of fun making this box. Have 3 more designed in my head & just need to make the time to do them ;)

    I do need to clarify 1 thing though:

    I have built similar boxes in the past. But in this case, I bought an unfinished box, disassembled it as far as it would go and started from there.

    Hope that isn't too disappointing. I apologize for not being clearer in the post

  12. What an inspiration! So much detail! Love your work!

  13. That box is amazing! I love the idea.

  14. My ideas have been simmering...wish they would slither up behind me.

  15. wonderful piece by the way...I forgot to add that. It is fantastic!

  16. All I can say is "WOW"!!! SO well done!

  17. Wow, you are something else. That box is beyond amazing.

  18. Dude! That box is fantastic. I just love it!

  19. Thrilling box! Like the way the wood-grain gives it character.


  20. I love the box...you should consider creating more of these.

  21. Stacey, the box is wonderful, I can see it being an heirloom one day!
    By the way, are you a writer as well as an artist? Your styling of words is lovely.

  22. I love that box. I wish I had time to participate in the challenges but before I blink a week has passed!

  23. I love boxes, this turned out amazing, I love it!

  24. OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!
    Did you make the box yourself as well?
    As if you weren't talented enough already?!?!? Wowza. It is so beautiful. Hope you're selling these at appropriate $$$$ prices.

  25. Gorgeous!! I love the tiny details, so much secrecy to uncover. I have such a soft spot for Poe, thank you for showing me this!