6.26.2010

Mad Tea Party Adventureland!

Three young party goers arrive in the garden, expectant and dreamy-eyed. They received an invitation to a tea party and arrive just in time, which concerns the young ones because every party goer knows that the fashionable never arrive to a party on time or, don't even think it...early!

 "Are you sure this is the day."
"Yes, one hundred percent."
"Did you see any one else or are we the first to arrive?"
"Oh, I hope we're not the first..."
"I'm pretty sure I saw the peculiar cat up in the trees over there."

The cat that was at one moment sitting on a branch across the wood appeared at the tree immediately across from our party goers, at once startling and embarrassing the girls.

Excusez-moi. I can hear you I am standing right here.



Sincere apologies. Have you you seen our host yet? Has he made his appearance? Do you know when he is scheduled to arrive? Have we come too early? Have we arrived too late?  


The cat dissolved until the chattering stopped and the party goers thought they were alone again. So they moved closer to the glow of the lighted trees, trying to make themselves appear at ease among the pansies and poppies, peonies and primrose. 


"Lovely, not a soul in sight..." 
Murmured one party goer as she pouted so lovely the White Hare could not hide in the brush any longer and cheerily pounced into the poppy field to the part goers delight!




You Are Late!


The hare declared in her accusatory and nervous tone. Not at all as gracious as the young party goers have come to expect of their hosts and hostesses.


How is it possible that we are late if there is no one here?


No one here? 
(appeared the cat from no where)


Oh dear we must prepare for Alice is near. Places everyone. Places! 


The White Hare danced around creating more confusion than order.


A rumbling sound was heard from under foot. An earth shrinking movement from the same surface of the moss covered ground. 
Excitement filled the atmosphere as the air filled with the scent of joyful youth and anticipation. 


Hopeful guests pictured Alice drinking and growing and eating and un-growing and tumbling and arriving at the table to feast!
A thunderous sound of disappointment filled the field as in unison the group voiced their disappointment as the queen arrived with a royal display. 




Characters on horseback carried in her unnecessary accessories to the afternoon soire. The Queen of Hearts carried with her the strong scent of roses and although her demeanor is not as awful as once we read of, the air did carry a bit of a chill.


Tea was poured and crumpets and cake passed from hand to hand and an afternoon of delightful conversation was spent among the lighted trees and scented woods.


When smash, dab,  out of nowhere plunked the darling of the day.



Oh dear, I fear I may have landed on a hookah!

She was the life the the party the dear girl!

Anyone in the mood for a game of volleyball? Croquet is so last year.



And so the party commenced and continued until the fireflies joined in and the hoot owls reminded the guests of the lateness of the evening. 
And the party goers agreed that this was worth the wait and no one could tell them that they went to the best party of all because the party goers knew that this mad and wonderful tea party was  the event that could not be captured in print or in pictures. Memory alone could contain the splendor of this day.




For your own snapshots to commemorate this lovely day, visit 
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Free print will go to a randomly selected guest. The only thing I ask in return is that you become a friend of this blog and leave a comment listing your favorite character in this days story.


Simple as that. Become a follower and leave a comment listing our favorite character from the story above. In one short week, that is next Saturday, I will announce the winner.


Love to all.

50 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me!

    Your art is gorgeous! I mean, to die for gorgeous!! I loved the Poppy Partgoers and the Mushroom girl in the Blue Dress...so Lovely!!

    We are having tea and a giveaway at our place, as well...please stop by :O)

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  2. what splendid work you do! wow. so glad you took me by the hand and led me here! lol- and what a wonderful party!
    i do adore, i believe you call her "feathers"?, the pink flamingo girl with the lovie black/white. simply adore it!

    blessings!

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  3. What a delightful story! Your take on the Tea Party day is so original! So creative! Thank you! I love your artwork. What a gift! Jenn

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  4. Oh my, I love your art. It speaks to me! I love the cat and the rabbit... but actually, I love them all!!!!
    Lovely to 'meet' you and your art.

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  5. ahhh fabulous!!!
    annnnd I love your Art work too:)))

    what a wonderful teaparty today~~~!!

    Clink clink our teacups to Vanessa!!!

    Hugs,
    Kay Ellen

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  6. It's a simply curious question to ask which is the favourite as they are all astoundingly and madly beautiful... But if I must choose this way or that then I shall follow the rabbit down the hole... Thank you for such a fun tea party and such beautifully created art work!

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  7. I love the delicateness of your drawings. Your use of color us exquisite. My favorite is the Dark Alice, because blue and red are my favorite colors. All of them have features that make them favorites also :)

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  8. Love all the characters ... My fav is ? ... luv the tea party story ... Thank you so for the invite

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  9. Love the cat, I can imagine he'd be full of one liners

    Atoxim gmail com

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  10. Miss Alice is my favorite :)
    I love the mushrooms!

    ~karin

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  11. I've enjoyed all your beautiful art pieces! You're so talented! I love the last one the most! :)

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  12. What a lovely tea party!!! I have had so much fun and your painting are fabulous!! Thanks ever so much!
    Hugs
    SueAnn
    PS Stop by my tea party if you have time?

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  13. Oh, such lovely pictures and a beautiful story to boot...thankyou so much for having me, I did enjoy myself x

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  14. What a great post! We had an amazing time here!Thank you for having us !

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  15. What a lovely party! The guests are beautiful and to choose a favourite would be too hard!

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  16. Hi I am pleased to meet you through the Mad Tea party what lovely party post and paintings :-) I am visiting you first of all as I start at the bottom, being an unconventional person. I hope it gives those last on the list a little lift to be first for a change :-) I invite you to my party too.

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  17. Your paintings are adorable !! I had a lovely time at your tea party...
    Also, thanks for stopping by mine as well... The Hatter and i hope you decide to stop by again soon !
    -Justina
    La Boheme Magique
    http://labohememagique.blogspot.com/

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  18. Oh I can't decide! I like the young ones - I can relate to feeling awkward at a party! And the bewildered look of the white rabbit is right no! And the blue lady at the end is divine - crushed under the weight of her own fashion!

    But I think I like the young ones the best. The delicate flowers and their delicate faces are so charming.

    Love your work!

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  19. How lovely, Elizabeth..your paintings are charming! And a wonderful narrative to go along with it...I so enjoyed your party. My favourite is definitely Alice with her striped stockings and flamingo hug!

    What a fun time we are all having. My Teddy Bear family is so having such fun at their tea. Thanks for inviting us over...

    Lynette

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  20. Lovely paintings, my favourite is the hare!

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  21. Oh your illustrations are simply gorgeous!!! It was a very lovely party!!

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  22. What a beautiful tea party. I am now following your blog! I loved your art work! My favorite has to be the last alice with black hair in the dark woods holding a red heart. Please come visit our tea party at anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com
    Thank you for having me over to your tea party,
    sylvia
    sylvia@anaboocreations.com

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  23. What a wonderfully mad tea party! I love all your Alice art work. My favorite would have to be the Chesire Cat as a girl! Thanks for having me!

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  24. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and inviting me over here! Love this place, with the beautiful and lovely girls and I'm an Alice fan too! Nice to meet you!

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  25. Thank you for inviting us!!!! Your mad tea party is beautiful!! Love your art!!!

    Lindsey

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  26. Thanks so much for the invite! So very lovely! I'd have to say that I have a fondness for the cat for sure!

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  27. Just beautiful your pictures! I love your art! is great!

    xoxo

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  28. Oh I hope I'm not late for your magical party! I'm taking off my shoes to join you and all the fairies... I can already see the magical circles in the distance, we'll have a blast, we'll make flower-crowns and carry small pouches on our belts with pixie dust and dance under the moon... ;) I love each and all of your pictures in this post.... Let the fairies choose for me! ;)

    Nice meeting you and thanks for inviting me over...

    cielo

    It is always such a pleasure coming here... and good to be with another kindred spirit...

    Hugs and happing wings...

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  29. your work is amazing!!! i love it and thank you for the wonderful time at your party!!!!

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  30. Lovely work!!!!!!!! I really enjoyed your magical party.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog.

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  31. What sweet faces! How could anyone chose a favorite character?

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  32. I do so love this story! And your artwork is charming. So hard to choose a favorite. I do like the first one with the three girls, but the flamingo one is so sweet. And of course the last with the heart. Thanks for sharing in the mad fun! Please stop by my blog for a chance to win one of four prizes: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com

    Enjoy the day! Erin

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  33. I loved your story and your artwork is beautiful. It is so hard to pick one, but I think I will pick the White Hare in the poppy field.

    Thank you for visiting my tea party!

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  34. OOOOOOOoooooooo LOVE your artwork! You are quite the talented one!!! So delightful. **blows kisses** Deb

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  35. ~such sweet painting adn story you have shared...i adore the very first of the party girls...so vibrant and rich in color...simply divine tea party...warm wishes and brightest blessings~

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  36. Excuse me for being so fashionably late...I hope you will not be irate. What a DELIGHTFUL tea party! I did love the Cheshire Cat girl the most - but all your work makes my heart SING. I am happily a friend of your fair blog! If you have not already done so, I'd be honored if you would sit a spell with me~for tea...http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-mad-tea-party.html
    Sincerely, Theresa (aka The White Queen)

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  37. Elizabeth!Dziękuję za wizytę na moim blogu.Domyślam się,że jesteś z pochodzenia Polką, bo masz nazwisko polskie, dlatego myślę, że nie sprawi Ci wielkich trudności zrozumienie mojego tekstu.Mój "angielski" jest bardzo ubogi a na naukę trochę może za póżno- mam przecież dopiero 81 lat- pozdrawiam Cię serdecznie i zachęcam do dalszego blogowania.Maria

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  38. Oh what a splendid party! Love, love your creations. Now off to take a peek around the rest of your blog. And to you to my following :0)

    Cheers!

    ~♥~
    Kristal

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  39. They are all my favourite! Just hearted your shop.
    Hmm... Maybe Alice of Wonderland, the last one! Thank you for the cake xx

    ♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in a Swedish wonderland blog.afiori.com

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  40. I'm late, I'm late! :D

    What lovely artwork here, you are amazingly talented! How in the world can I choose a favorite??? I think the darling cat by the tree is my favorite. Thank you so much for inviting me to your party!

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  41. Beautiful artwork ! Lovely Party ! I like the girl with the flamingo around her neck .I am now your happy follower , please enter me in your fab drawing .
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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  42. Well naturally I like the hare best! ^-^ But they're all so lovely! Alice is quite the cutie too... Thank you for having me and do stop by my party as well if you have a moment!

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  43. Thank you so much for inviting me to tea! Your art work is fabulous! I especially loved the one of the red queen!

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  44. So sorry I'm late for this Mad Tea Time date...I have been toing and froing around the other Mad Tea Parties...whew!...and I still have not come close to seeing them all....yet. Thanks for this quirky trip, and the tea. If you can get the chance, please come to visit me for some more mad tea, in the Secret Enchanted Forest at:
    http://greenandwhitegarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/mad-tea-party.html
    ~Vicki

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  45. Dearest, dearest Elizabeth,

    I am back from my vacation and saw your sweet comment on my last post. I just had to come by for a quick note to thank you for your comment, your enthusiasm and invitation to come by and visit you! Is this your art? Those sweet images are extremely talent-filled, professional and enchanting. I will be blogging again regularly by the end of the week, and would love to see you again. I need to tend to some chores around the house, but I am so happy to have met you! Please, feel welcomed always at Castles Crowns and Cottages! Anita

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  46. I think my favorite has to be Alice with all those beautiful mushrooms. They are all so lovely it is hard to decide. What a collection of characters!

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  47. Lovely tea party, beautiful attendees. Thanks for letting me join you. The Olde Bagg

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  48. I love the girl with the mushrooms....although they are are beautiful. x

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