Friday, June 24, 2011

A Mad Tea Party!


There was once a girl, who sat down to read one day and opened a very special book...



 As soon as she opened it, she found herself thrown into a colorful world of wonders and delights...


She couldn't quite believe her eyes, and looked all around. Suddenly she spotted a little white rabbit. She tried to speak to him, but he seemed to be in an awful hurry...
{the rabbit was found in this lovely shop}


She spotted a very tempting little piece of cake and decided that she really should follow the instructions on the pretty box and take a bite or two (she didn't want to be rude, after all)...




After this she was quite thirsty, but luckily she found a lovely glass bottle and sipped the sweet liquid within...



She began taking in more of this strange place's beautiful things...


...when who should she run into but the Mad Hatter himself!


He made himself quite comfortable next to a large fruit tart, and kindly offered to share...



He invited her to partake in the many treats, but she had difficulty deciding which to try first...







Soon she found herself in a sweet daze of lemon drops, candies and confections...





 She was getting quite full, and decided to take a break for some lovely mushroom tea...


She then spotted a red rose plant which really could use a fresh coat of paint, so out of gratefulness for the many lovely things she decided to touch it up herself...


She decided to reach for one last cupcake...



...when the little white rabbit showed up yet again! He reminded her that it was getting quite late...


 ...and when she looked at the time she decided that she really must be on her way.


She went to take her formal leave of the Mad Hatter...


...and then everything began to look a little blurry...


She awoke back in her home, but found the tiniest and prettiest of teacups resting upon her book...



...and she kept it always, to remind her of her magical journey.


Thank you so much to the lovely and talented Vanessa Valencia for hosting this magical Mad Tea Party! Be sure to visit her blog and check out the rest of the parties!

I am doing a little giveaway as part of the celebration! The winner will receive an 8"x10" print of my painting "Alice in the Forest," as well as 10 handmade clay toadstools made by my mom and her friend Tonya. Simply leave a comment on this post to enter, and please mention that you would like to be entered into the giveaway. I will draw a winner next Saturday, July 2nd.



I would also like to thank my mom Joni, Tonya, and my sister Michelle for a fun day of helping me with the party! We also had another enthusiastic little helper named Rosie, but from the way she is eyeing that fruit tart I think she may have had an ulterior motive ;)


Thank you so much for visiting my little party!! :)

71 comments:

  1. Yay! A wondrous party with sweets to delight and treats to savor! Thanks so much for inviting me :)

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway....thanks so much...heehee!

    Hugs,
    Cameron

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  2. oh! what delicious treats!!! wonderful party!

    http://apinkdreamer.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-summer-party-in-pumpkinland.html

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  3. Hello lovely you! This was delicious and sweet! Thanks! Have fun today! Blessings.

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  4. Lovely party! What yummy goodies and your furry friend is adorable :)

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  5. What a magical Mad Tea Party! All the guests so well behaved, and such delicious treats to eat as well. Pure fanciful fun!
    Thanks for having me over!
    Hugs,
    Terri
    http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party.html

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  6. Such a wonderful party! I fell in love with the photo of the candy sticks on the silver tray. I used to love to eat those when I was a young pixie. Thanks for inviting me.

    http://pixiepages.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-tasting-extravaganza.html

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  7. You created such a LOVELY tea party!!!! I enjoyed every minute - so colorful and full of yummy treats to eat! Thank you for the mad fun and the lovely giveaway offer!!! :)

    http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-mad-tea-party.html

    Enjoy the rest of this magical day!

    :) Theresa

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  8. Your cat so wanted to take your party down! Your goodies look delicious.

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  9. what a delicious tea party! i had a lovely time!
    cheers
    lisa

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  10. Awesome Tea Party. Very well put together (like always) and of course any party isn't complte without a Rosie involved!

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  11. I love your photos and you treats looks so lovely! Fab tea party!

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  12. Oh my, this was just an absolute yumminess overload! Those cupcakes look so, so tasty! I think I'm going to have to take a break from the blog hopping to go raid my fridge now... Anyway, fantastic post! Very sweet and lovely. Hope you're enjoying the festivities!

    Roisin x

    p.s. Nice blog!

    p.p.s I'd love to have a chance of winning that beautiful painting :)

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  13. Yummers! Everything looks so delectable. Thanks for having me to your splendid tea party. Rosie is the sweetest! I of course would love to be entered in your giveaway.

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  14. What a gorgeous tea party! Oh and the sweet treats amazing! I would love to be entered for a chance to win your art work.
    Thank you for having me over.
    I do hope you will also visit me
    http://www.anaboocreations.blogspot.com
    Sylvia : )

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  15. Wonderful post!
    All beautiful and fun.
    Hugs

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  16. a wonderful trip to wonderland, with teacups, treats and magic

    I was hoping , dreaming and wishing I could stay for hours.. but alas I grew..... when you are ready I'm waiting for you... pop over . the kettle is on.. Hugs wendy
    http://blissangels.blogspot.com

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  17. Hello, Lauren
    I loved your Mad Tea Party! What delightful goodies and photos! I just spied the cat on the floor under the table! What a character~
    Yes! Please enter me in your giveaway. Your Alice print is adorable and you mushrooms are so special!
    thank you!
    And thank you for visiting my blog for the Mad Tea Party today!
    Cheers!
    Teresa in California
    tscat@sbcglobal.net

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  18. I would love to enter your drawing...what a sweet print that is! and who couldnt use some toadstools? tpescal@gmail.com

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  19. What a beautiful table of desserts! I think I'll have one of each. Maybe two of the strawberry topped cupcakes :) Thank you for the tea and desserts!

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  20. What a stunning display! I enjoyed every second, each image more beautiful than the last. The Mad Hatter is so sweet! The Alice painting is just lovely! And I love your delicate mushrooms. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  21. WOW!You my Dear put your whole heart into your gorgeous party.You're a very talented blogger.I loved visiting you.I'm going to be a new follower now.Please add me to your givaway--Fingers Crossed---Denise

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  22. What a delightful party! I sooooo enjoyed myself, taking in all the fabulous details and sweet delights. I know how much time and effort went into creating this party and want to say, thank you! You did a fantastic job!
    I would be thrilled should my name be selected. ;-)
    ~ Sarah

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  23. Beautiful photography! Love the Mad Hatter----and his chair : )

    I would love to be entered into your drawing----Such lovely things!
    ~Kim
    Bonne Nuit Designs
    http://faeriebootsandfoiegras.wordpress.com

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  24. A truly delicious and magical Tea Party.

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  25. Your table setting is gorgeous, Rosamund! All those treats look heavenly! Love your Mad Hatter and that book is just a wonderful touch.

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  26. thank you so much for letting me stop and rest my feet while I skip through blog land enjoying all the wonderful places that are in today's Mad Tea Party...ohhh everything was devine and lovely and I nibble on a little treat it was sooo sweet & kind of you....have a honey of a day & may sweet things come your way! Marlene www.honeycombcottage2b.blogspot.com

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  27. Wow I don't even know where to begin! Everything looks so delicious, this is a really wonderful tea party :) I especially loved the little toadstools! They are so great :D Your Alice picture is beautiful, yes I'd love to be entered into the give-away to win them please.

    I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)

    http://modernwomans.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-my-english-tea-party.html

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  28. I had an amazing time at your tea party. The tea and the sweet treats were delicious. There was so much to see and do. So little time so much to eat. pleas visit me at:
    momentsinaneye.blogspot.com

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  29. I love, love, love your Mad Hatter. He is absolutely fabulous! Your treats were very tempting as well. I especially loved painting the roses red!

    Have a mad party!
    Erin :)

    http://www.fairiemoon.typepad.com/weathertop

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  30. What a fabulous post! I love all of the treats and you did a great job of photographing them. You are generous too for offering the prizes. How sweet!

    Many thanks for taking the time to leave lovely comments on my blog today. Have fun making the rounds.

    {soul hugs}

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  31. Happy Mad Tea Party ;o) What a lovely time I had with you ;o) The berries were so yummy and I loved all the treats and mushroom tea ;o) Please count me into your giveaway ;o) Have a wonderful day!

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  32. Wow I loved so many things in your post! The baby teacup was so adorable...the lemon tarts with fresh raspberries..the Mad Hatter..etc etc...thank you for sharing!

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  33. I have enjoyed your party very much.
    Happy UnBirthday to you !
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna
    http://daylily777-myenchantedhome.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party.html

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  34. Hi, I accidentally left a wrong blog address. Here is the correct one
    http://www.anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com
    Thank you,
    Sylvia

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  35. Oh I would definitely love to be entered for your beautiful artwork! And please feel free to hop on over to my blog for a chance to win something from me! You did a marvelous job on the posting!
    Tabitha
    http://pabkins.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-my-wonderland-wedding.html

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  36. So sorry I am late
    For this important date.
    I'm still making my way down the list.

    With too little time
    I'm leaving this rhyme
    For I'm adamant about wanting to persist.

    All this running about
    Has left me dry in the mouth.
    Might I have a cup of tea?


    Your cakes of rose
    and all your sweets
    Are so tempting to me

    Oh my, the time
    It goes so fast
    I must be on my way

    But fear not friend
    I shall return
    Please……Have a beautiful day.

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  37. How magical! Loved it! Loved it all! from the tea set, the little crown trinket box, all the treats and your illustrations! They are whimsical! How cut is your unexpected furry guest', but I totally agree of an ulterior motive! (pulling the tablecloth proved it! lol)

    Thank you so much for having me over! I would love to enter in the giveway. Hopefully I will be the lucky one!

    xo,
    Karla
    www.dreamaginarius.com

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  38. This is one of the lovliest tea parties I've been to today~ WOnderful photos, pretty details. Cool photo editing too.

    I'd like to be entered in your drawing..thx for the chance to win. Thanks, also, for visiting my tea party~
    shawn

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  39. Rosie! Ha ha!
    Your table setting was absolutely gorgeous and I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have to put an "eat me" label on anything as I'd have eaten one of EVERYTHING.
    Also that tiny rabbit was just about the cutest ever.
    Also, the story was fab ending as it did.
    And since I've been a fan of your art since I found you last year, I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Your artwork is fantastic.

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  40. Your party is so beautiful! I love all the colours and pretty bits and pieces. I would love to be entered in your giveaway thank you!

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  41. Oh I love your party! The lemon drops and strawberry cupcakes look oh so delectable! Had fun at yours hope you can hop on over?! Sorry am late(like the hare!).

    p.s. would love to win alice coz am redecorating my room so here's crossing my fingers for luck!

    http://theweekendartist.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011-by-weekend-artist.html

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  42. This is the most colorful tea party I've been so far. :) Thank you for the company. :) And yes please, include me in your giveaway drawing. I would love to have this print of yours. :)

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  43. what a wonderful tea party!! I thoroughly enjoyed having a cup with you ! And I ate too many of your lovely cakes, but they were to difficultto refuse :-)
    Please hop over to my party too !

    Joyce
    http://jetdtsetters.blogspot.com

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  44. I love every single detail in the photos! I love the raspberries!!!! They enlight the table and the candies!!! and...and...everything!!!! The tiny microscopic white rabbit made my heart melt and...where did you find this extraordinary mini tea cup? ( I collect them).
    Thank you for the magic**+*+..+*+.+**+.+*_*+_._+*+_._+*_+_.._+_*_+_-*+++*++***....+*+..*.*...+**+*..+*+

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  45. Thank you so much for inviting me to your beautiful tea! And such beautiful and yummy treats! The fruit tart is one of my favorites too and I hope I get there before the kittykat does!! Thank you for visiting me at The Tearoom as well!

    Wishing you a Happy Mad Tea Party Weekend!

    Betty

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  46. What a perfectly enchanting party!! LOVED the treats!! Thanks so much for inviting me, and please do enter my name in your giveaway drawing!!

    ♥ Carolee

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  47. I am sure Rosie is just trying to help clean up!

    Pray tell, where does one find a tiny tea cup small enough for a Mad Hatter?

    I was eying those mushrooms and am so excited that they are part of the giveaway!

    Please visit me too
    http://dogsmom.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/dreaming-madly-of-tea/

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  48. The kitty is helping, lol. That tart looks so yummy I want to take a big bite. :) A beautiful tea.

    <3

    Betsy

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  49. Everything was absolutely gorgeous!

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  50. Oh all of those beautiful treats! They are just gorgeous! Thanks for having me at your tea party! I would LOVE to win that gorgeous print and those lovely toadstools!
    Thanks for stopping by my party earlier I enjoyed your visit!

    xoxo
    gigi

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  51. This is lovely. But you've made me hungry now! I used to have a lot of tiny little teacups like that, because my grandmother would give me miniature tea sets with tiny flowers painted on them too. I wish I could find them all... they're around here somewhere.

    And I'd love to be entered into the giveaway - both the painting and the toadstools are so sweet!

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  52. loved your images of luscious treats! and the hatter was soooo cute!
    your illustration is a must have!
    vvb32 at yahoo.com

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  53. Well the bowl of mushrooms put me over the edge...and then I saw them again in a box. They are magical indeed. Love them to bits. The photography is stunning and I want something with sugar on it now! Had fun at your party and thanks for having me! *smiles* Norma

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  54. Beyond Splendid Fair Fair Rosamund!!!

    This was a true perfection Mad tea Party! And your beautiful Rosie, hahaheheee!! Love her! ;)

    Thank you for sharing your very magical part of Wonderland!!

    Love, A Fanciful Twist

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  55. Such a wonderful and magical to-do, thank you for inviting me over to share your tea and enchantment! I'd love to have my name thrown into the hat for a chance to win your gorgeous print!

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  56. Thanks for sharing such lovely treats. I definitely want a strawberry cupcake!

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  57. All of these treat look so delicious! I remember those candy sticks from my childhood.... what memories! :D

    Thank you for having me over for your wonderful party. Please join me at mine:
    http://www.inthelandofspice.com/spiceblog/spiceblog/Entries/2011/6/25_Mad_Tea_Party.html

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  58. Such beautiful and yummy treats! Thanks so much for inviting me to this enchanting tea party! I had a lot of fun! I hope you will visit my tea party as well!

    http://scrapvamp.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-2011.html

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  59. Oh me, oh my. Choose me, choose me. I so love mushrooms. Well, not as much as all of your delicious cakes and candies and whatever all, but I do love mushrooms when they're very small. Thank you for the wonderful time! It was so much fun to share tea with a white bunny and Mad Hatter. I think I'll have pleasant dreams tonight.

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  60. Oh my goodness, everything was so delicious! I couldn't eat another bite!
    Thank you for having me!

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  61. Such a splendid looking party! Wow, you have loads of sweet sugary treats, my mouth is watering! Although it's a good thing I can only see them in pictures...too many of those will give me an endless headache! :D

    Anyway, I have a little award for you at my blog! oxx

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  62. Wow!! SUCH A LOVELY PARTY!!! I love all the details and especially the tiny tea cup...and and the Mad Hatter and the book...well everything! Thank you for sharing!
    Eloïse From France

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  63. What a delightfully mad tea party! So many scrumptious goodies to choose from and a lovely giveaway, too. Love the pic of Rosie under the table! Thanks for sharing, Michelle

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  64. I found your blog through Amalia'a. I LOVE this post and can't wait to show my daughters (no they are not little--they are 21 and 23--but they will adore all the eye candy)! Rosie is the perfect finale! Please enter me in the drawing. I am now a follower!

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  65. Oh, what a wonderful party! Your treats are just delightful and so full of color! I can taste them from here! Your hatter is quite fabulous, as well! I love the toadstools and your print is, as always, gorgeous!

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  66. Gorgeous pictures and a lovely party indeed!

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  67. Oh how fun... I am definitely late (just like the white rabbit, dear me). Too much work lately but now with tea cup in hand I am thoroughly enjoying all the tea parties. The wondrous spread of sweets look delightful, wish i could partake. And your painting and the tiny mushrooms?!?! LOVE them. Please enter me for you very generous give away, I shall keep my fingers crossed!
    Thank you for visiting my Mad Catter cat nip and tuna tea party party and leaving your kind comment. I think your helper under the table would have really enjoyed my party. Next time we will have to make sure she is invited.
    Furry Blessings
    Tricia aka Aunt Thelma of the many kitties...

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  68. Hi Lauren, thanks so much for stopping by my blog for my Southern version of the Mad Tea.

    Sorry I am a wee bit late, it has been a crazy weekend. But I really did enjoy your party. All those lovely confections were delightful! I just love all the lemony things ( I love lemons!!)

    I would certainly love to be the proud owner of one of your beautiful pieces of artwork so please include me in your giveaway.

    XoXo,
    Kristal

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  69. what a nice tea party spread. i'm glad i dropped by :)

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  70. OMGoodness! what a wonderful story, and awesome treats! I thank you kindly for the invite, and I am sooo glad I came. I would also be HONORED to win the print and the mushrooms, how lovely (I have nothing like either).
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    please come visit mine :)
    Susan

    http://piecesoffatesusan.blogspot.com/2011/06/fanciful-twists-mad-tea-party-2011.html

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  71. Beautiful!! Love the kitty at the end. What a great time we've had. - Kathy and Max

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