Fun Stuff – Haint Misbehavin

Haint Blue – Charleston

Blue porch ceilings are prevalent throughout the deep South. Pale blue is not only visually expansive, but it’s also a ghost buster of sorts. The Gullah culture of the Lowcountry believes that spirits, known as “haints,” can’t cross water. Using light blue paint to symbolize water, the Gullah people applied the shade to porch ceilings and doors preventing evil spirits from entering.

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Museum of Charleston

Haint Misbehavin opens in a dark specimen room of the Museum of Charleston.  A huge Kraken glowers at Annie from inside its liquid grave, distracting her from her ancestor’s treasure trove.  A taste of things to come.

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Spectrolite

Annie fell in love with only one item from the glittering Fae hoard found in the ancestral well—A beautiful Spectrolite pendant. But when she put it on, her life changed forever.

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Standing Stones

Annie and her “tour guide” pixie Oona, travel the ley lines from standing stone site to site searching for a lost Fae prince.

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Chesterton Hall

The childhood home of Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh, Annie’s Art Nouveau idol. The house, in the Shropshire countryside of the UK, was built on a ring of ancient standing stones. Some were even used in the foundation.

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Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh

Margaret grew up in haunted Chesterton Hall and strongly believed in the Fae. Many legends surround the home and she knew them well. It is believed she used this as inspiration for her other-worldly art.

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Glasgow School of Art

Margaret’s husband, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is famous for designing the Glasgow School of Art.   The couple, along with Margaret’s sister Frances and her husband Herbert McNair, were mockingly called the “Spook School” because of the ghostly images in their works. This group of four artists greatly influenced the Art Nouveau movement.

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Glasgow Museum

In researching the background for Haint Misbehavin, I visited the Glasgow Museum where Margaret Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Room panels are on display.   Of course, I have one of Margaret’s prints hanging in my living room

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Willow Tea Room Art

Enjoyed a lovely cuppa at the Willow Tea Rooms on Sauchihall Street, Glasgow and wondered if my Glaswegian ancestors visited there, too.