Monday, July 12, 2010

pollyanna prisms

I grew up watching Disney family movies...and I still love the old classics to this day. One of my favorites is Pollyanna, played by Hayley Mills, along with The Parent Trap. (Didn't you envy all that long blonde hair as a kid? I did!)

I especially like this scene in the Pollyanna, in which she brings gladness to crotchety invalid Agnes Moorehead through the magic of prisms. She uses hanging crystals from old-fashioned brass lamps on a string to cast shimmering rainbows in the old lady's room, bringing a little bit of cheer to her grumpy afternoon. It's something I always thought was really charming.

I thought of this scene while we were at the Pasadena Flea Market and saw a vendor with a big bowl of crystal drops and other vintage hardware. I snapped up a handful of crystals for $2 each and latched them onto a length of vintage white lace when I got home. It stirs gently in the breeze, and the prisms really do cast rainbows in the room when the sunlight is just right. Simple and pretty...and something I'm glad I did!


  1. my favorite scene from the movie as well! What a wonderful idea, it made me want to go watch the movie all over again!

  2. Pollyanna was one of my favorite movies, too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful crystals.

  3. i rembered the scene with agnes moorehead and the prisms also . i didnt remember the name of the movie . im so glad you mentioned it here
    that scene was something that i remember to this day .i just might have to see the movie to refresh my memory a little


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