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The Blue Room at Mayo Manor
When eccentric billionaire Mr. Mayo suspects that his manor might be haunted, he calls in the local paranormal group to perform an investigation.
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The Blue Room at Mayo Manor
Team âinesse
MocAthalon 2012
Category: Ghost Hunters

An eccentric billionaire, Mr. Mayo keeps many of his prized antiques in the Blue Room. You can see the grandfather clock made by Thomas Tompion, the "Father of English Clockmaking", himself. On the small table is an old-fashioned radio and globe of the world, both inherited from Mr. Mayo's grandfather, who you can see in the portrait on the shelf, alongside Mr. Mayo's grandmother. The piano is another family heirloom, made by Ludwig B÷sendorfer, official piano maker to the Emperor of Austria; and the stained glass window behind it was made entirely from panels imported from Italy. The teakwood mirror was given to Mr. Mayo's grandmother by an Indian princess. Mr. Mayo's prized possession, though, is without a doubt the gorgeous Persian carpet, which dates back to the 16th century and has been preserved in remarkable condition.

Rumor has it that the Blue Room is haunted. The origin of the haunting is uncertain. It is well-known that spirits will remain attached to cherished objects. But there is also the messy fact that Mr. Mayo tries to keep secret, but which I will reveal to you: Mr. Mayo's great-grandfather found his wife playing the piano for another man. The great-grandfather had long suspected his wife of having an affair with this man, and in a fit of rage he shot them both with a pistol he always kept loaded in the drawer on the table. They say that the suspected lovers died side-by-side on the Persian carpet, which soaked up their blood. Although the carpet has been cleaned many times, the taint of spilled blood still remains upon it.











After many strange incidents, Mr. Mayo decided to call in the local paranormal society to do an investigation. Prior to the night-time investigation, he took the ghost hunters through his house, making sure to spend extra time in the Blue Room. He told them about how he often hears strange musical sounds when no one is in the room, sounds which might be from the piano, or perhaps the broken radio, or the chimes on the clock. Sometimes the photographs are switched around, and occasionally are thrown to the floor. And sometimes he sees ghostly images in the mirror, but then when he looks again they are always gone. Is he going crazy, or is there really something paranormal going on here?



The team prepared for the night-time investigation. They got all their ghost-hunting equipment in order: full-spectrum cameras, thermal imagers, EVP recorders (to record ghostly voices inaudible to the human ear), vibration detectors, temperature sensors, and EMF detectors (to record changes in the electormagnetic field that might indicate the presence of spirits).




During setup, there were sudden and unexplained noises coming from the far wall. They sounded a bit musical in nature, but no one could tell what caused them. The team carried on with their investigation. One of the first things they wanted to determine was if there really were blood stains in the carpet, or if that was just legend. Using a black light, they examined the carpet and found a small section that glowed, making it highly likely that that part of the story was true.



Despite performing several EVP sessions, in which the investigators asked questions and waited for ghostly answers, they never received any responses. By the end of the investigation they had very little evidence of the paranormal. Aside from their personal experience of hearing the musical noise, their only other evidence came in this photograph taken of the mirror. It shows some sort of ghostly anomaly, but the investigators weren't certain whether it was truly a ghost, or perhaps some other trick of the light.



Overall, the investigators concluded that if there is something other-worldly residing in the Blue Room at Mayo Manor, it doesn't seem to be dangerous. They advised Mr. Mayo to just think of it as a bit of living history sharing his house. But if he ever had any problems, he could just call the ghost hunters, and they'd be right back to help him out.

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Commentary: I watch all of the ghost hunting shows, often while I'm building. The storyline often tends to go just as in the story above, although for some reason the ghost hunters almost always get EVPs. The musical sound heard during the ghost hunters' setup is almost exactly like something that happened on Fact or Faked: Parnormal Files. If you call in the guys from Ghost Adventures, you'll probably always find out that there's some sort of demonic possession going on, but if you call in the chaps from Ghost Hunters, you'll be told that the spirits are just people living in your house, and aren't dangerous at all.



Comments

 I like it 
  March 24, 2012
Gorgeous! Score = 5
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  March 23, 2012
Your score = 5 You nailed the end result of those shows. Beautiful room design!
  March 22, 2012
Score = 5
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  March 21, 2012
Beautiful rug!
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  March 21, 2012
@Paul- Katie invented the cheese slope SNOTting.
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  March 20, 2012
That rug is one of the most intricate pieces of cheese slope snotting I have seen to date. It complements the room wonderfully, and I particularly love the frogs on the grandfather clock. Well done all around.
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  March 20, 2012
That rug is very nice. I like to think I'm pretty decent with cheese slopes, but that's well beyond my ability.
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  March 20, 2012
Thank you Katie. ;) My prayers to you and yours.
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  March 20, 2012
Amazing design!
Katie Walker
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White Knight
  March 19, 2012
Incredible ! nice detail !>>....well done
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  March 19, 2012
I absolutely LOVE the rug design and how you made it. GREAT details, hope to see more of this!
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  March 19, 2012
Great story. I see what you were waiting to place was that piano... nice touch! Unfortunately, Katie, MOCpages doesn't have bench marks/grading criteria like I'm sure you are used to using as guidelines when you taught... I'm an ex-teacher too... and I'm not so sure I would really want that here. I've been in the show ring for both dogs and equines and even though there are breed standards it always comes down to the judge. Anyhoo, I would have given you a 5. And yes, I agree with the cluttered business. But everyone here is not a student of Ikebana! Hope this helps! :)
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  March 19, 2012
I love that the rug is raised just a tad gives it some more realism. The rug by its self is increadible too (so jelouse of those cheese slopes). You also are good at creating storys.
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  March 19, 2012
I noticed your comment on Sean's creation and I really appreciated it. Its the two extremes for me. The fine line between an overly cluttered build and a bare/bland creation is a tough blend to find. Ultimately it comes down to personal preference (which is when I absolutely HATE doing decisions like this). Like the difference between a Mark Rothko and a Thomas Kinkade. Simple and interpretive tastes crossed with complex and detailed. Using your creation as an example, the beauty of the creation comes from the walls, stained glass, carpet, photography, and the crafty furniture around the room. However, I felt the foreground just seemed underdone/underused. It might be comparable to the Mona Lisa without a background; it just wouldn't seem realistic. While I absolutely adored how tidy and neat your scene was, I considered the foreground to be a let-down. Even something as small as an armchair or dining table would easily help remove the bland monotony without breaking the tidiness of the scene. You know my views of your cheese mosaics so I won't have to tell you how hard of a decision this was for me. Unfortunately, you and Sean both posted creations that literally broke my heart. I was honestly changing the 4 to a 5 and back again trying to find a compromise. Sadly, consistency and judgmental sense called me down to a 4. These two remain the hardest decisions I have had to make. As I said on Flickr, if I was going strictly on personal feelings, you and Sean would both be sitting pretty on 5's. As it is, my judging science had to take preference. They both strike the exact same hollow chord for me. They are both incredibly similar in their beauty, elegance, and trueness to category, but both don't sit well regarding their seeming lack of consistent detail. As I said before, it simply comes down to personal taste. --Which is the absolute worst place to be, especially concerning two borderline creations like yours.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
Very nice! That rug is gorgeous! :)
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  March 19, 2012
I agree, the shows always end the same. LOL A very spectacular build in every sense of the word. Score= 5
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  March 19, 2012
Quoting Blake Baer Great build Katie. While different parts of the room strike me as bare, I think you nailed the category. However it is the small things like the photography, the fraction-of-a-stud offset on the carpet, and the spooky atmosphere that really improves my opinion of this creation. Ultimately though, the bareness of the scene just didn't fit with me. Score: A very solid 4
I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with you, Blake. I noticed you gave the same reasoning when giving Sean a 4 for the Faerie Flowers, that you thought it didn't have enough in it. I'm not sure what you are seeing, but having an overly-cluttered creation is not a good thing. It takes the focus off of the beauty and focal point of a creation. In this case, the room is a place to keep cherished heirlooms with space, so that they can be appreciated. It is not a room to become filled up and cluttered with odds and ends and junk. To add more would take away from the rug and the furniture that is there. It is disappointing to be judged down for something that would not actually improve the build.
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  March 19, 2012
amazin snot work
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  March 19, 2012
Where to start? The rug is gorgeous, and the fact that it is ever so slightly raised in just perfect. The furniture...wow. The mirror is possibly my favorite, but the clock and the piano are also marvelous. The potted plants top things off perfectly. parts of the scene are a bit bare, as Blake said, but to me it fits the MOC wonderfully. You need to be able to see the action and the main details, so cluttering the floor would have been counterproductive. How else could we have seen the Persian rug?
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  March 19, 2012
AmAAAzing mosaic!
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  March 19, 2012
So good!
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  March 19, 2012
Extraordinary!
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  March 19, 2012
For those that were confused about the category or what exactly we were looking for... this is IT! 5 points ~ Chris.
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  March 19, 2012
Forget the ghosts. The build is fabulous! Just WOW!
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  March 19, 2012
Wonderful!!!
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  March 19, 2012
Great build Katie. While different parts of the room strike me as bare, I think you nailed the category. However it is the small things like the photography, the fraction-of-a-stud offset on the carpet, and the spooky atmosphere that really improves my opinion of this creation. Ultimately though, the bareness of the scene just didn't fit with me. Score: A very solid 4
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
The mosaic carpet is the most amazing I've seen. :D
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  March 19, 2012
Incredible details! The carpet is amazing!
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  March 19, 2012
Wow this is a great room build. I love the amount of creativity put into this moc. I would enjoy to installing some LED lighting kits into this moc. The room looks real enough already. Over all it is a very tasteful room.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2012
Can't wait to see it completed... looking fine! :)
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  March 19, 2012
Such a beautiful creation! Love the designs. -LB Senior
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  March 19, 2012
Once again amazing even for a W.I.P.!
 
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