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Rosamond
About this creation
This MOC originated from a school project. The build is based on George MacDonald's book, The Wise Woman. Much of the book is about the transformation of a spoiled little princess named Rosamond. The princess gets taken from her parents to the one-room (or so it seems) cottage of the mysterious Wise Woman. My assignment was to illustrate the room in the cottage, so of course I turned to the LEGO bins! I'll let the following pictures and italicized quotes from the text do most of the talking.

It was, indeed, a peculiar country, very different from ours—so different that my reader must not be too much surprised when I add the amazing fact, that most of its inhabitants, instead of enjoying the things they had, were always wanting the things they had not, often even the things it was least likely they ever could have. The grown men and women being like this, there is no reason to be further astonished that the Princess Rosamond—the name her parents gave her because it means Rose of the World—should grow up like them, wanting every thing she could and every thing she couldn't have.







Then Rosamond began to feel cold, and saw the fire was dying. She darted to the heap of cones, and fed it. It blazed up cheerily, and she was comforted a little.



"When you are hungry, put your hand into that hole in the wall, and you will find a meal."



She spied what seemed a door behind the tall eight-day clock that stood silent in the corner…off she darted, and putting her hand behind the clock found the latch of a door. It lifted, and the door opened a little way.



4th Wall: I know I haven't been posting much lately, but don't let that trick you into thinking I've stopped building! You can expect to see at least four new MOCs from me by the end of June. A lot of what I'm working on involves either BrickWorld Chicago 2014 or Mike Doyle's Beautiful Lego 2: DARK Contest, hence the lack of uploads recently. For the past few weeks my composing hobby has also been taking precedence. Anyhow, it feels great to post again! Until next time fellow MOCers, cheers!

Thanks for stopping by and Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

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  July 28, 2014
lol creepy! Loved it
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  March 21, 2014
Fantasic Detailing :)
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  March 12, 2014
nice scene, but, the clock steals the show, it s superb!
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  March 7, 2014
The old grandfather clock is brilliant! I have a slightly more modern version at home and it really is big enough to fit a door behind!
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  February 28, 2014
Great MOC and even better...George MacDonald is one of my favorite authors!!!
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  February 28, 2014
Hahaha, you're awesome. Nice one.
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  February 26, 2014
I like the reserved use of the bricky-bricks; I don't like it when people create complete walls unsing only them. The almost sterile and clean composition is also very interesting.
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  February 25, 2014
Thanks one and all for your encouraging and thoughtful comments! Very much appreciated!
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting Tim C There's a certain creepiness to the work that I don't know was intended, being that I'm unfamiliar with the book that acted as your inspiration, but it feels like something I would expect from Poe.
Thanks for the thoughtful comment Tim, always appreciated! I guess there is a slightly creepy element (perhaps just due to my photography, haha), though the book is fairly "light hearted" and humorous—the text is a commentary on child behavior and parenting. But as you know from other similar commentaries (e.g. Nursery Rhymes) there often is a darker element to them. I don't think that's the case here, but interesting observation!
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson Ian, I'm loving the "simplistic styling" of this moc! At first glance it "looks" like a couple of walls and a floor but all it takes is seconds to realize that it's OH so much more!
Quoting Stuart Lucas A deceptively simple looking scene, full of texture and detail.
Thank you Chris and Stuart! I'm glad you appreciated the hidden complexity approach. Speaking of hidden complexity, I didn't make mention of this in the write-up, but there's actually one super unorthodox technique in the base. The ratios in the bottom of the MOC didn't quite line-up, so I layered these score-cards: http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=0&itemID=50511 to make everything level!
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  February 25, 2014
Quoting creator for Christ Awesome! George McDonald is one of my favorite writers, interesting someone made a moc on it. The clock and the floorboards are nice touches as well. PS, for those who are big George McDonald fans, what is your favorite of his books? I personally prefer Sir Gibbee, but all are great. Rock on!
I'm pretty sure The Wise Woman is the only McDonald I've read, though I'm a huge fan of other writers of his ilk and era (Chesterton, Lewis, Tolkien, etc.). Thanks for the comment!
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  February 24, 2014
Nice work, Ian. There's a certain creepiness to the work that I don't know was intended, being that I'm unfamiliar with the book that acted as your inspiration, but it feels like something I would expect from Poe. The stark features still have some very nice details, particularly the clock. Well done, Ian.
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  February 24, 2014
awesome!
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  February 24, 2014
Wonderful job Ian, just fantastic! The profile bricks really add a nice texture, the color contrasts are fantastic, and the clock is boss!
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  February 24, 2014
Ian, I'm loving the "simplistic styling" of this moc! At first glance it "looks" like a couple of walls and a floor but all it takes is seconds to realize that it's OH so much more! Great work! ~ Chris.
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  February 24, 2014
A deceptively simple looking scene, full of texture and detail. Great stuff!
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  February 24, 2014
Excellent use of parts! The horse saddle as forniture is really classy!
Ian Spacek
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Golden Knight
  February 23, 2014
Fabulous model, a lovely grandfather clock and fireplace !>...well done
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  February 23, 2014
Awesome! George McDonald is one of my favorite writers, interesting someone made a moc on it. The clock and the floorboards are nice touches as well. PS, for those who are big George McDonald fans, what is your favorite of his books? I personally prefer Sir Gibbee, but all are great. Rock on!
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Bill Daniels The ohhh ahhhh is very funny!
YUSSS! Another soul who can appreciate my sorry form of humor! ;)
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Kenji ! I usually give 4/5 ratings but this deserves a full on 5!!
I'm flattered, thank you!
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Aidan Frusher Wow! Ian this is awesome! The clock looks great, and the fire place is excellent! Lots of great detail! ~ Aidan
Thanks Aidan! Good to hear from you, man! And I look forward to pitching in my little piece for your BW collab! I've started planing it out in my head.
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Mark Kelso Nice, Ian! Love the handling of the wall texture, and the design and parts usage in the clock is terrific.
Thank you Mr. Kelso! I always appreciate your critique from a professional artist's standpoint. I also hope to have the pleasure of finally meeting you at BW one of these years! :)
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Ben Merrill ...like your use of the mudguard piece to create the arms and shoulders of Rosamond.
Thanks Mr. Merrill! I wondered if anyone would point out that technique.
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting Jackal :] Wow, I have not seen your mocs before and this is just awesome...
Thank very much! I hope you find the rest of my work as pleasing. ;)
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  February 23, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee Ian's a witch!
A witch, eh? All I can say is: it's a good thing very small rocks don't really float in water. ;)
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  February 23, 2014
Great techniques and PU combined with the stellar wall and floor textures make this a fantastic moc!
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  February 23, 2014
Really nice job! I love the cape used as smoke and the bread hole. That function is really nifty too. Great Job!
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  February 23, 2014
Cool! I like how you didn't flatten all of the floorboards to make it more realistic. Nice!
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  February 23, 2014
This creation is amazing! All those details look stunning!
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  February 23, 2014
Nicely done! There are so many beautiful little details everywhere - from the chimney to the fire to that masterful grandfather clock. Well done!
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  February 23, 2014
Wow! Ian this is awesome! The clock looks great, and the fire place is excellent! Lots of great detail! ~ Aidan
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  February 23, 2014
Great work! And I love that book. ;)
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  February 23, 2014
Nice, Ian! Love the handling of the wall texture, and the design and parts usage in the clock is terrific.
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  February 23, 2014
Great job. I usually give 4/5 ratings but this deserves a full on 5!!
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  February 22, 2014
Beautifully Done. Interesting details throughout.
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  February 22, 2014
The sparse nature of this build and the floorboards make this. Brilliant work, Ian!
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  February 22, 2014
I like the floor tiling and the chimney smoke!
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  February 22, 2014
Awesome job! Great playability factor!
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  February 22, 2014
Love it! the coloration on the wall is nice touch! I also find the ways you made the floor boards fascinating.
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  February 22, 2014
Excellent! The smoke technique is excellent and I love the detail you put in the floor. The colors also make this stand out!
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  February 22, 2014
Now that's cool. Great build!
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  February 22, 2014
Awesome build! I love the way you made the clock so ornamental. I like how you made the princess great parts usage. Excellent
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  February 22, 2014
Awesome floorboards. Cool MOC.
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  February 22, 2014
Wow, I have not seen your mocs before and this is just awesome, your sense of humour could do with some work though, kidding, this is great, love the wall design and chimney, great work Ian!
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  February 22, 2014
Very well built. I like the strict colour scheme. The play feature is a nice addon.
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  February 22, 2014
Lovely little scene!
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  February 22, 2014
The ohhh ahhhh is very funny! Great work! I love that clock!
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  February 22, 2014
What hinged sorcery is this?!? Ian's a witch! XD Love the figure especially the face with the narrow jawline. Clever.
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  February 22, 2014
Nicely done, Ian! I like the textures you've created with the floor and the walls. I also like your use of the mudguard piece to create the arms and shoulders of Rosamond.
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  February 22, 2014
This is a really sweet scene! Not only does it have crazy details but its got playability too. I love the detail of that clock the best, very well done.
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  February 22, 2014
Great job on the chimney! Love the fireplace and floor! The clock's the best part of this MOC I believe. So much detail on such a small thing! Great usage of the horse saddle! Oooh! And it even opens up to reveal another room! Great work!
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  February 22, 2014
Another exceptional piece of art!
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  February 22, 2014
Love the video! Nice build!
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  February 22, 2014
Quoting sam the first 'Ohhh!!' 'Ahhh!!' ;D Beautiful work Ian, It looks gorgeous!
Haha, thanks Sam! I'm glad someone can appreciate my pitiful sense of humor. ;)
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus The cape in the bread-hole looks very cool.
Hah, thanks. It's supposed to be a napkin or some such thing.
Quoting David . Excellent! The fire is very ingenious, but simple, and the clock is an awesome feature as well. :) Well done again Mr.Spacek!
Thank you David! Yes, I'm quite pleased with the fire too. :)
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  February 22, 2014
'Ohhh!!' 'Ahhh!!' ;D Beautiful work Ian, It looks gorgeous!
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  February 22, 2014
The cape in the bread-hole looks very cool.
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  February 22, 2014
Excellent! The fire is very ingenious, but simple, and the clock is an awesome feature as well. :) Well done again Mr.Spacek!
 
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