Did you ever have an idea hit you in the head? I was driving home Monday from my little brother’s house when I thought I should make a Halloween brooch. I didn’t want it to be over the top Halloween, so I pondered on alternative themes. Then it hit me! Who makes me think of Halloween? Why, none other than Mr. Edgar Allen Poe.
I have long had a love affair with Mr. Poe. I remember as a little girl growing up in Baltimore learning about his poetry and then learning that he died in Baltimore. I remember his creepy little house near the University of Maryland Dental School that I visited often when I was a kid. The brick house with the black iron fence circling it and the dead tree in the front yard. It looked just like I expected his house to look.
Then I moved to Richmond and there are all kinds of Poe sites around town. The Poe Museum with a large collection of Poe items and the room with all the causes of his death in it. If, I recall there are 14 theories of his death. St. John’s Church houses his mother’s grave and around the corner is the home of his beloved Elmira Royster-Shelton.
I found a picture of Poe using Google Image Search and printed it on some nubby ecru textured paper. Using mod podge I adhered it to a fancy shaped flat button. I then sanded the edges a bit. Next, I strung some beads on a thin wire to encircle the picture. I used one of the brooch rosettes I recently made to place it on.
Now, I am all ready for the Halloween season. Me and Mr. Poe will be heading out about town. His town!