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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Mad Tea Party 2010

Thank you to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting this tea party.
This was a delight to put together.  Have fun!
It was time to start setting up for Mad Tea Party.  I fixed a cup of tea to create the right mood.
It tasted fine...  But when I set it down and turned away - this started happening:
Then the cup and saucer took on a strange, otherworldly glow:
I assumed it was the bright sunlight streaming through the windows and took my cup outside to sip
while "planting" Wonderland characters amongst my flowers.
First I'll  need the teapot and books:

Then I'll  need the cast of characters from Wonderland.
The Mad Hatter and Cheshire cat were standing by...

Alice and Pink Flamingo.  Check..
Look!  Here comes the white rabbit.  Right on time.
As I turned around
 I noticed things starting to sparkle and shimmer.  ?!?
I thought to myself, "I really need to get a new pair of glasses!"
Either that or the 70's were REALLY good to me!
The white rabbit DISAPPEARED!  Right before my eyes.
Wowser.  Whatdya suppose the Celestial Seasoning folks
are putting in their tea now-a-days??
A quick look at Monsieur Bunny, and 
I was pretty sure that later this evening
I was going have some 'splaining to do!
What was happening? Was I going mad? (hee, hee, hee)
The ground became unsteady.
I had not had any beer in a Blue Moon.

NO!  That's not what I meant.  What is happening???

The mushroom started to grow, and Alice seemed to be staring at something lurking
just beyond my sight...
(Actually, since I need new glasses pretty much EVERYTHING is just beyond my sight.)
The earth began to move and this time it had nothing 
to do with Carole King!
Holy cards and rabbits, Batman!

Artwork I made a few days ago seemed to dangle before my eyes.
This Alice box made with digital art.

My late night Mad Hatter creation.

My steampunk White Rabbit.
I designed him digitally first.
Later, I created him with paper, glue, bits and bobs.
Was it the glue??  Was it too strong??
Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
(If you don't know that line than you've
 never seen the movie Airplane)

Again, with the tea.
This time...
What the heck??????????!!!!!
The Cheshire cat was grinning up at me from the teacup.
How strangely, curious it all was.
Quickly, I ran inside the house.  I wanted to escape this madness.
From the kitchen I heard sounds reminiscent of Wild Cherry singing,
"Yeah, they were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin' "

The bird was singing to the Cheshire Cat
The Cheshire cat seemed to have his eyes on French macarons!
Someone had gone crazy with the teacups!
Unbelievable cupcakes!
Even the lonely cupcake I had made was jammin' to the tunes!
"And just when, it hit me, somebody turned and shouted!"
"Play that funky music white boy..."
"Yeah, they was dancin' and singin"
"And groovin' to the movin' "

And just when - it hit me...

I woke up in Purgatory.

Stop.  Wait.  Rewind.

That was the TV show Lost.

Nope, I'm still dancing and singing
 and grooving to the moooovin'.........

Have a great time visiting all of the other parties!!

Click here to hear the music and see the slide show.

Leave me a comment to be entered into a drawing for this pendant.
Become a follower and I'll enter you twice!


Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness! This may be the cleverest post I've ever seen. I don't even know where to many beautiful many great effects.Wow! I absolutely love your steampunk bunny. Brilliant...

My Teddy Bear Tea doesn't quite have the same impact, but it is restful and I would love you to stop by for a visit. You don't have to ask if I'll sign up to follow. I can't wait to see what you do next!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh wow! Your tea party was Amazing! I had a wonderful time! Thank you for inviting me and thank you for the beautiful giveaway! I have become a follower of your blog! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

michelleK said...

That was a great post :D . So much fun. happy mad tea party day.

Wooh and some awesome giveaway goodness.

Into Vintage said...

OH. MY. This is AMAZING. That's why I keep having to use ALL CAPS. You've really outdone yourself here - I can't imagine how long it must have taken you to put all this together. Really, really wonderful. Clever lady. :-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for inviting me for tea. If you still have room for another treat come and visit me!

Kelly said...

What a great post, it was fun to get to see your artwork too!

Have a frabjous day! Kelly

Italian Postcards said...

Your tea and macroons look delicious.

Victoria Sayer said...

Totally, utterly, wonderfully Mad!!
Thanks for allowing me to enjoy this Quite Mad Tea Party.
Please visit me in the Secret Enchanted Forest at 'green and white garden' for some more Mad Tea.

fawndear said...

Loved visiting with you. I adore your Steampunk White Rabbit. My, isn't that Cheshire Cat quite the cup-of-steam creation. Truly a delightful party. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing, creative talent.

Anonymous said...

Love the Steampunk white rabbit and of course, the pendant! Happy Mad Tea party day!

Kathryn Costa said...

Thank you for a delightful time. All of the eye candy makes me feel a bit tipsy. OMG I love the pendant, especially the key. It will be a wonderful keepsake of our magical tea party adventure for one very lucky guest.

Follow your heart and join me as we go to the Forest of Wishes. I have party gifts waiting for everyone!

{{soul hugs}}
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Maggi said...

~*~*~*Hip hip hurray it's Tea Party Day!*~*~*~

Hahahahahaha Airplane AND a steampunk rabbit? Best tea party ever!!!!

Thanks for having me at your tea party! if you haven't been already, you're cordially invited to my mad tea party! Have yourself a mad sort of day! :)

Sandra Van Winkle said...

Thank you for inviting me to such a wonderful tea party. I will be humming that song all day...
Thanks for the giveaway. Please join us when you stop dancing and groovin' here:)

Sandra Van Winkle said...

BTW: Love the Steampunk! and the Mad Hatter's hat!

Designs by Blanche said...

What A Wonderful Mad & Witty Tea Party! I quite enjoyed the cupcakes, tea, & your wonderful humor!

Thanks so much for having us - please drop by for a visit when you can!

Susan said...

That was awesome!!!! Susan

MARLOU B. said...

Lovely tea party!

Have a wonderful party day!!!

Danni said...

Oh wow, your party is gorgeous! Everything is so whimsical and mad- so much eye candy and only these two eyes!

I became a follower, due in part to that steampunk white rabbit... I can't wait to see what you'll make next!

But before then, perhaps you'd care to share some tea with me?

Whisperings 13 said...

The perfect mix of mayhem and madness!
Thank you for the brilliant tea! and
those lovely *chomp, chomp* cakes!
i hope you don't *chomp* mind- but they were just too delish *chomp* to pass up!

Rhonda Roo said...

Freakin hilarious. I mean I howled, and it was kinda a karaoke moment cuz i started singing everytime you mentioned a song (I feel the sky tumbling down...) I'll probably sing play that funky music white rabbit, all day, and Cowboy will wonder what the heck i am up to on the internet-which quite often is even better than the 70s were (wink wink)

Party on!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a fun and funky Mad Tea Party post! I loved the Cheshire Cat in the teacup! Super creative!

Wishing you a Most Happy Party Day!


Lucie said...

Thank you so, so much, Macaroons are my favourite :)

Just A Girl said...

Happy Mad Tea Party DAy!!!! Your tea was delightful, but I think I'm seeing strange shapes in the tea. I must have had too many sweets ;-).

Kelly Lish said...

That was the funnest party I've ever been too!

Christina Silverio said...

What a wonderfully mad party! And your pictures are amazing! I especially love the grinning Cheshire from the teacup. :)
Have a wonderfully MAD time today m'dear!

Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

How wonderful!!! Delicious cupcakes and oh, that beautiful cup!

♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in Swedish Wonderland

Lauren said...

What a fabulous party, your photos are amazing!! :) Happy Tea Party Day! :) ~Lauren

Bill said...

Oh how spectacularly wonderful! Thank you so much for having French Macarons! I love, love, love macarons. But the tea and cupcakes were divine, too. It was so much fun growing large and small over and over again. Thank you for inviting me!


Bill said...

Oh my. I forgot to say I'm still groovin' to the funk! Loved the slide show!


Kristal said...

LOVED your Party!! And now I'll be singing that song ALL DAY!!! You did an outstanding job on all your creations. And I loved the slideshow. Those look like so much fun to create, I need to try that one day!


Scrap Vamp said...

Delicious sweets and perfect tea! Thank you for having me! I'm running late, so must bid you adieu.

Oh, and I became a follower, too!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This was just adorable! I am so happy I came back at a "proper" hour to have tea. I hope you won't be too full after visiting your other guests that you won't want the cake I've prepared with my own two little fingers and phone... 1-800-takeout! ;-)

And I would love to be part of your giveaway.

I would also be delighted to follow...


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I'm the little blue bird you see. Yes, I am a blue magpie. A rare species, indeed.

The Charm of Home said...

Wonderful!! You did a great job on this. Love your Mad Hatter Hat. So neat!

Lenora said...

Great Teaparty! Hillarious! - what fun!

Won't you join us for tea at our
Mad Tea Party - Fairy Tale

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

I'm sitting here laughing...thank you for such an amusing party with such 70's memories!!! If I left a crumb or two please forgive me!

Michelle said...

What a wonderfully Mad Tea Party! I laughed all the way through and especially loved the line about the 70s being good to you. Off now to play that funky music! Cheers!

Pearl and Pebble said...

It was just delightful-in the most perfect, funkiest of ways-thank you! And I'm really diggin' that china. Would you perhaps be a fellow collector??????

Loretta said...

Oh, I really enjoyed your teaparty! It was just fabulous. It's one of my favourites so far today. I hope you'll come and visit my party, if you haven't already. I can't keep up with everyone's names, although I'm sooooo enjoying the wonderful parties going on! Wouldn't Charles Dodgson have fun if he were here too?

turquoise cro said...

FUN, FUN, F U N!!!

Kathleen Harrington said...

I had way too much fun at your tea party. Oh my, it was like time traveling from my early childhood to my mid-twenties. Thank gawd there wasn't the smell of stale perfume or any hallucinogenic bullfrogs. Loved the batman reference! Your party is a visual stunner and a free-spirited romp!

Thanks for the memories.

Coach Z said...

You can send that steam punk rabbit to my house!! LOL

Great party. Please join me at mine and for $50 Visa Giveaway and more!!

Anonymous said...

Omnomnomnom...*munches* away happily on Macaroons and jammin' to your tunes! Thanks for letting me share in your special tea party! If you haven't already feel free to drop by my gathering. ~ Misha/DawaiOser <3

Dawna said...

OH! I so loved your party! Alice In Wonderland meets the movie Thank God It's Friday! LOL I'm glad to have come by. :-)

*goes dancing off*

Pellie / Penny said...

Wonderful Tea Party, I was eying the macaroons also but that darn cat was faster than me.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Unknown said...

Everything looks so delicious. I love your cast of characters for your Mad Hatter tea, and speaking of mad hatter's your hats are divine!! What an enchanting party, your photographs are beautiful.
So nice to meet you.

Theresa MacNaughton said...

What a charming charming tea party! I did so enjoy my stay. Wonderful photos! :) If you have not made your way already, I do hope that you shall come and visit with me, as you join the White Queen and Mad Hatter for some cake ~ and tea

Shell said...

I'm loving your funny Mad Tea party. Can I tell you as a kid I loved that song!!

Kandes Naylor said...

Wow! Marvelous work!!! You have it all. Cupcakes, tea and French macarons! Hooray! If you have time, stop by my place and say hello.


Carousel Dreams said...

Wow, such fun! Loved everything! So glad I was able to make it...I am going to follow you x

AlphaBetsy said...

I love the had hatter hat and the steam punk white rabbit. So amazing!!! I am following as well.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hello dear! The tea is divine and your creations and photos make me feel so welcome!This was exquisite! Blessings and light,

Deborah said...

Beautiful settings and fabulous shots!!! Quite enjoyable.

**blows kisses** Deb

Celia said...

What a beautiful tea party.....and I just love all of your pictures! Thank you for inviting me....please come by and have tea with me too...

Kim Switzer said...

Wonderful party! Thanks for inviting me. I can't even begin to say what I loved best--maybe the dish of clocks. Or the steampunk White Rabbit. Or...Oh, I just can't pick! The whole thing was great!

Elizabeth said...

I laughed and had such fun. Thank you for hosting such an event. I love the special effects. Please visit me when time permits.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful, witty, amazingly creatve, funny and very pretty. Just what I would expect from you. No wonder all the comments were fabulous.
thanks for sharing all your stuff.
A football fan!!!!

Sarah said...

Amazing tea party full of wonderment! Thanks for having me today. I hope you'll get a chance to stop by for a cup of tea with me. ~ Sarah

A Fanciful Life said...

Fabulous party - love the digital effects! Treats were wonderful, I must find the French macaroons in the rainbow colors!
Sharon :-)

Unknown said...

Loved your party!!! Your Mad Hat is just fabulous!! I'm really mad about top hats!!

Please joing me at my blog to continue celebrating!!


kayellen said...

Ahhh what a fun teaparty !! and it is still going!! Yippee~~~~

Love it:)))
Clink Clink our teacups to sweet Vanessa!!

Kay Ellen

Cameron said...

How utterly witty and charming! You are a funny lady (I mean that in a HaHa way rather than Peculiar...though the best of us are a bit strange...heehee) I thoroughly enjoyed that post!

Your digital skills are magical...your art amazing...and your writing...well, it made me do an audible smirk to myself...then do the embarrassed "did anyone hear me" look around :OP

I'm a happy follower now and would love a chance to win your beautiful pendant! Please stop by for a cup of tea at my place...I'm having a giveaway, too!

Best Wishes,

Sylvia Smiser said...

I had great fun shakin' my groove thang and eating those magical cupcakes. Everything was perfect. I am now following your blog. Please enter me to win the lovely necklace. Then if you have not been by already please stop in to visit me at

Lynda said...

I love your story! I love your taste in music..and I especially loved all the goodies! :) Please enter me into the giveaway

Brook said...

I think that you party was wonderful. Sam and I so enjoyed looking at all of your pretties!

Karin said...

wonderful party!


WrightStuff said...

What a delight! I think I might go buy myself some of that celestial seasonings tea... should liven up my afternoon!! A wonderful party, so glad I popped by (I nibble3d a cupcake - is that OK?)

Papillon Bleu said...

Ha!ha!ha! you are creative AND funny! everything I like.
Lovely photos too.
Happy Mad Tea Party to you.

Chris said...

Happy Tea Party to you and you and you!!! You had me at the macarons!! Oh my, and how I love your chesire cat planter. So cute!

Great party post! said...

How cute! You have some mad skills with the editing too!

Anonymous said...

Yours was one of my favorite parties! You obviously had fun! :)

Alisa Noble said...

What a fun time! I should get some of that tea! ;)

Candace said...

Holy Mackerel, this is fantastic! I love all things steampunkery, so the white rab was especially a hit. Love the entire adventure you take us on here! Hope to see you around in Blogovia. Wow, that tea cup and that slide show? A direct hit here at EyeCandy.
Hope to see you around "Blogovia".
Candace, Still in Athens.

Marit said...

What a wonderful mix of art and pictures! Gorgeous!!! You're invited to <a href=">my party</a> too if you care for some more tea...

Liz in Kansas said...

Thank you for a delightful time. I love your 70's twist! Hmmm. I want some of that tea!

Evelyn's Wonderland said...

I loved this tea party! How I wish I was as talented in my photo editing skills. I really enjoyed the story, the funky music and your lovely artwork. Oh! I had some Celestial Seasoning tea during my tea party, you should see what it did to me!

Hope you can stop by for some tea!

Have a lovely weekend!

Carolee said...

Hahaha....LOVED the music, teehee!

An absolutely delightful party...Please do count me on your adorable pendant giveaway - I just became a follower. :)

~ Carolee

Wendy said...

ROFLMAO. giggle, laugh, snort. This is a riot and I love the music. this is perhaps the funniest and maddest tea party I have been to today. I cant stop laughing and I have way to much tea to be laughing this hard. What a BLAST OF A PARTY. YOU ARE TOTALLY BONKERS. I love it. thank you for letting me drop in. I love your artwork. Incredible. cant wait to stop by again.Sign me up for the enchanted pendant, and sign me up again because how could I not follow such a crazy blog.
Please bring some of that madness over and have a few broken cups of tea with us..
Have a Wonderfully Mad and Curious Day...
Wendy from Wonderland

Unknown said...

The visuals are stunning, stunning, stunning. What eye candy. Thanks so much for your creative input. Love this to bits. Creative hugs from Norma

So Dark So Cute said...

i so much looooved your wonderfull teaparty!
greetings form the Netherlands ;-)

yyam said...

What a delightful party! I love the "special effects"! Thanks for having me! :)

Waterrose said...

Oh the ending was perfect...loved the gummy worms...Loved the tea party....thanks for inviting me!

Abi said...

I'm late, but it was worth the wait! Beautiful photos, and so very clever! I love the pendent... simply stunning :O)

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Fun amazing tea party adventure !Please enter in the drawing for that fab pendant. I am now your happy follower .

Liesel said...

Lovely! Lots of beautiful images, and imagination swirling around! You are very talented! Thanks for the delightful enchantments!

Sue@MyArtsDesire said...

Kathy, I had to pop over and thank you for the sweet comment you left for me. Any blog that is named a spectacular mess grabs my attn right from the get-go! But oh my goodness...this post...the photos, your gorgeous dishes, the creativity both in the staging of these photos and your story...if this is a mess, it is the most wonderful mess I've ever seen. I can't imagine how long it took to create this post, but it is amazing! Xo, Sue

Justina said...

Your tea party was splendid ! I loved your little paper cutouts of the characters, and that Cheshire Cat Flower Pot! All of your sweet treats also looked Scrumdiliumptous! Did you make those macarons? I've been dying to try a recipe ! You are so talented with your crafts, and those Mad Hatter Hats that you make out of the old cans of ice tea mix !! Well that is just inventive!!! Well thank you for also stopping by my party as well! The Hatter and I hope you decide to stop by again soon !
La Boheme Magique

P.S. And Please do enter me for your giveaway ! That pendant is so pretty !! I would love to have a piece of your original art :-D

Elaine said...

Oh gosh I loved this post. Amazing photography and that Cheshire Cat in the teacup, genius! And all the oldies music references, hilarious! Cool
steampunk white rabbit too.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at your tea party and I appreciate your visit to mine.

Michelle Frae Cummings said...

I'm sorry I'm late! My MIL's memorial was on the date of the party, so I'm now just getting my wits together to visit all the festivities!

Thank you for a hosting a great party! Everything is so funky and those images were way cool!

~ Michelle

TesoriTrovati said...

That was a ton o' fun! Thanks for hosting such a sweet tea party.
I am hosting a Mad Mad giveaway on my blog I do hope you will have a chance to stop by!
Enjoy the day!

Lori said...

OMG! I just loved your tea party! Loved all the references--too funny! thanks for sharing such a wonderful and hysterical story. Thanks as well for stopping by A Scrapmoms Musings for my Mad Tea Party. I do believe that yours was the Maddest (is that a word?!) Tea Party I've ever attended!!!

AlwaysInspired said...

What a wonderful tea party! I'd love to dance and sing wearing that lovely necklace!

Cosmic Goddess said...

Loved your tea party and fantastic photos! Sorry for not visiting sooner, I’ve been lingering too long at each one :)

Please stop by my blog if you fancy a cuppa and a slice of the Queen of Hearts’ Strawberry Tart…

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my gosh... I love your blog!
I am for sure signing up to be a
follower! I am pretty new at this, if you have time, check out my blog at:
Happy 4th to you and yours!

harem6 said...

Wonderful! We had an amazing time at your party! And your blog is full of so many amazing treasures! Thank you for the treats!
You are welcome to have some tea at our party!We've been partying for a week now!!!!