Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday Night Magical Movie: The Secret of Moonacre

Who wouldn't love that gorgeous room?!

I recently spent some time with fellow fantasy artist Christine Bowman who is known for her enchanting mermaids, fairies, angels and wildlife art.  She also runs a wonderful business called Eco Emi mailing boxes of simply beautiful samples of earth and animal friendly all natural products to try, a great way to learn how to sift through the sea of green product to find the ones you love, so clever!  Christine, like myself, also loves to have either music or movies going while she creates and loves many of the same movies that I do.  Today, on this rainy November day I'm working on a piece far too large to fit on my old wooden art table, and I decided to watch The Secret of Moonacre a lovely film that was recommended to me by Christine.  It's a beautiful, opulent piece of cinema in the true tradition of the fairy tale.

Young Maria Merryweather's (Dakota Blue Richards) father has died, and leaves her a book in his will, a book that tells the legends of her family's history, "The Ancient Chronicles of Moonacre Valley."  Left orphaned she and her caretaker Miss Heliotrope (fabulously played by Juliette Stevenson) leaves London to live with her miserably cranky uncle Benjamin Merryweather to Moonacre Valley.  She soon learns that there is a long time feud going on between her family and the De Noirs who also live in the valley.  The house seems enchanted, and mysteries abound and nothing seems to be as it appears, she decides she must learn more about her family's history. 

She learns in the book of a story from hundreds of years ago about a woman who was so loved by nature that the moon granted her a gift of enchanted pearls that could see the truth in men's hearts.  The woman became known as the "Moon Princess."  The Moon Princess was of the DeNoir family and was to marry Sir Wrolf Merryweather.  When the princess showed the family the moon pearls on her wedding day, they all become greedy, jealous and possessive and the families are driven apart and a curse falls over the valley.  As Maria learns more she discovers that she must locate the pearls before the next full moon or the valley will be destroyed. 

This movie is like a living painting, the scenes, costuming and sets are nothing less than beautiful.  I love Maria's room at Moonacre Manor, the walls and ceiling entirely painted with murals, I would feel right at home there.  Every morning she discovers a new gorgeous dress and cookies waiting for her.  Tim Curry plays the Lord of the DeNoir family with his usual delightfully wicked gusto. 

The band of DeNoir youths that she encounters seem to have wardrobe reminiscent of goth versions of the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange, (but less crude of course, this is a PG movie after all!) I also just love the character of Loveday, the gorgeous, mysterious and reclusive lady who lives in a magical earth house with all of her animal friends. 

If you love a rich tapestry of mystery and magic with a fairy tale flavor, make a cup of tea and indulge yourself in this delightful film.

Monday Movie Featured Item:
Moon Goddess Wall Sconce, available in our Etsy Shop, made right in our studio!

This Moon Goddess wall sconce is an elegant decoration for any moon princess.  Even if you can't paint every corner of your room with magical moon murals, a little art can bring magic into your home.

This wall sconce is made of an iron frame with a 6x6 inch ceramic tile with my Moon Goddess art. We print the art right in our studio and then the print is heat pressed onto the tile and mounted in the iron frame. Hangs easily on the wall, and holds a tea light candle easily either in a tin or clear plastic cup. 

Bright Blessings!


  1. Looks delightful! Can't wait to see this with my daughter!

  2. I've watched that movie on Netflix... enjoyed it :) I fell in love with her bedroom... I want a ceiling like that! Good movie :)

  3. I'm with you, I totally want that bedroom!

  4. Just rented it. Will watch tonight. Thanks for the enchanting rec!

  5. Oooh, awesome! Let me know how you like it!

  6. I watched it twice last night. I have it for 5 days and will wacth it again. It is very magical movie, one I will have to buy some day. thanks again for the rec.

    Oh, and I so want that bedroom.

    Blessings, V.

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