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Friday, June 24, 2011

IT'S TIME FOR THE MAD TEA PARTY!!!!!




TODAY IS THE MAD TEA PARTY!!! YAY!!! AND WHAT WOULD A MAD TEA PARTY BE LIKE WITHOUT THE MAD HATTER?????  AND HERE HE IS!!!
                                 

AND NOW ON TO MORE FRABULOUS THINGS!!!
I AM HAVING THREE GIVEAWAYS.  TO ENTER, PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR BLOG NAME OR YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN.  I AM SORRY, BUT IF YOU DO NOT LEAVE A WAY FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU, I CANNOT ADD YOUR NAME TO THE DRAWINGS.  I WILL LITERALLY BE DRAWING NAMES OUT OF A HAT WITH ONLY ONE CHANCE PER PERSON.  MULTIPLE COMMENTS WILL NOT GIVE YOU MORE CHANCES TO WIN.  AND PLEASE BE SURE TO LET ME KNOW WHICH GIVEAWAY GIFT YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AS I WILL TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.
                                       
 
                        
Here is the first gift on my giveaways...a children's book by my brother, Troy Howell, illustrator and author recently published in April, 2011, by Amulet books ...'The Dragon of Cripple Creek'  by Troy Howell. This book is a signed copy and a first edition. You can read several pages of the book on Amazon books.com with the 'look inside' option. The theme of this book has an allegorical 'Alice In Wonderland' appeal to it, hence, it is the perfect book for a Mad Tea Party giveaway. The main character, Kat, falls down a gold mine shaft she is touring with her younger brother and dad, in Cripple Creek, Colorado. In the depths of the gold mine she finds a gold nugget and....well....something else....  Incidentally, the story revolves around an actual functioning gold mine...the Molly Kathleen Gold Mine in Cripple Creek, Colorado.
THE SECOND GIVEAWAY IS THIS SWEET TEA CUP AND SAUCER WITH A PANSY MOTIF.
                                                    
THE THIRD GIVEAWAY IS A PAPER CLAY SCULPTURE OF A CHESHIRE CAT MADE BY ME!
                                                                             
(This is not the actual cat you will be receiving. I make many Cheshire Cats and the one who wins the cat
 will be getting a cat twice as large as this one.)

 AND NOW WITH NOT MUCH FURTHER ADO, LET'S GET ON WITH THE MAD TEA PARTY!!!
ALICE LIVED IN A VERY LARGE VICTORIAN HOME WITH MANY ROOMS.
                                     
ALICE WAS GETTING HOT AND BOTHERED AND WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SHE CLIMBED UP ONTO HER FIREPLACE MANTELPIECE.  SHE SAW SOME VERY CURIOUS OBJECTS ON THE MANTEL.  THERE WERE SOME WIZARDS AND SOME MUSHROOMS.  SHE DECIDED TO TAKE A BITE OF ONE OF THE MUSHROOMS.  SHE IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO SHRINK.  SHE TOUCHED THE MIRROR AND IT GAVE WAY TO HER TOUCH.  SHE WALKED RIGHT THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE AND FELL INTO AN ALICE AND WONDERLAND STORY BOOK.
                                    
Alice (doll made by Ashley Daughtery of Art Dolls Only)  found a talking Caterpillar and asked him if he had seen a White Rabbit.  He told her that he had not seen one but told her the Red Queen ( doll by Susan Hopkirk) was just around the corner.  Alice went around the corner and not only found the Red Queen, but there was the White Rabbit too, except he did not have his waist coat on and and he was a tan color. (Rabbit by Lisa Bovina).  Nevertheless, he was still the White Rabbit.
Alice had noticed that a Cheshire Cat's head had kept appearing and disappearing, so she went off to look for him.  But in the mean time she took another bite of a mushroom she had in her pocket and she became her normal size again.
ALICE DECIDED TO GO LOOK FOR THE CHESHIRE CAT AND WENT OUT THE DOOR.  SHE FOUND HIM SITTING, OR RATHER HOOVERING IN A TREE.  HE HAD A HUGE GRIN ON HIS FACE.  SHE ASKED HIM HOW SHE COULD GET TO THE RED QUEEN'S GARDEN.  HE TOLD HER SHE COULD EITHER GO 'THIS WAY' OR 'THAT WAY'.  THE CHESHIRE CAT WAS NO HELP AT ALL.  THEN HE DISAPPEARED.  ALICE BEGAN TO CRY AND DECIDED TO FIND HER WAY TO THE GARDEN BY HERSELF.

ALICE FOUND FINALLY FOUND THE RED QUEEN'S GARDEN, BUT IT SEEMED THAT EVERYONE WAS IN THE HOUSE NOW.  ALICE HAD TO FIND HER WAY BACK TO THE HOUSE BY MANY PATHS.
ALICE FOUND HERSELF BACK IN THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND STORY BOOK, EXCEPT THIS TIME SHE WAS HER NORMAL SIZE AGAIN.  ( ALICE DOLL BY http://thepolkadotpixie.blogspot.com)


ALICE SAW THAT THE ALL OF THE CHARACTERS WERE TURNING INTO PLAYING CARDS.  THEY CAME FLYING INTO HER FACE AND SHE EXCLAIMED 'OH!!!  ALL YOU ARE IS  JUST A PACK OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND TAROT CARDS'.   AND SHE WAS RIGHT!!!  THEN ALL OF THE CARDS FELL IN A HEAP ON THE FLOOR AND SHE WOKE UP.  
THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY BLOG AND FOR JOINING IN WITH THE FUN.  IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VISIT MORE PARTICIPATING BLOGS, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO MY PREVIOUS POST.  THERE YOU WILL FIND THE TYPEPAD LINK TO 'A FANCIFUL TWIST'.  (THE MAD TEA PARTY ANNOUNCEMENT PICTURED WILL NOT GET YOU BACK TO 'A FANCIFUL TWIST' BUT THE ACTUAL URL WILL).   I WILL BE LEAVING THIS POST UP UNTIL NEXT SUNDAY, JULY 3rd,  AND I WILL BE DRAWING THREE NAMES OUT OF A HAT FOR THE THREE GIVEAWAYS ON MONDAY, JULY 4th.  I MAY HAVE SOME MORE DOOR PRIZE GIVEAWAYS SO PLEASE CHECK MY ANNOUNCEMENT GIVEAWAY POST FOR MORE WINNERS.  ALL COMMENTS WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DRAWING AFTER JULY3rd.  ANY COMMENTS AFTER THAT DATE WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR THE DRAWING.

46 comments:

apinkdreamer said...

amazing party!!!! thanks so much for inviting me!!

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

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING DARLIN'! OH HOW I LOVE YOUR MAGIC TODAY!!!!! Please, Please enter me into your give away:

Anita Rivera
rivani@bethel.edu

YOUR BROTHER IS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR? My dream.....oh sweetie, I LOVE YOU CAT! I will cross my fingers and TOES!!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY AT THE PARTY!!!

BLISS angels said...

I had a wonderful time in your wonderland so many faces i knew... I would love to be entered in your giveaway....Hugs wendy
http:/blissangels.blogspot.com
BLISS.WDA@GMAIL.COM
I have a giveaway too please pop over... there's lots of treats too

Terri said...

Oh Alice, do you always eat what you find?
Good thing you were in good company! How fun to come and party with you and your guests!
Hugs,
Terri
http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party.html

Jorgelina said...

What a lovely party!
Hugs

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I didn't know Alice lived in such a beautiful home! It was ever so much fun visiting. Thank you for inviting me and for the chance to win your giveaway! Have a magical day! Twyla

Pixie said...

Thanks for inviting me to your party, I had quite a MAD time.

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

robinsbluenest said...

So sorry I am late
For this important date.
You're the fifth stop on my 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

And your brother's book
And tea cup and cat
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.

Robin @ http://robinsbluenest.typepad.com

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

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

Melanie Statnick said...

Thank you for the invite what Fun, I love the cat in the tree!

Shell said...

A sweet Tea Party. Always happy to see the Chesire Cat. Those Alice in Wonderland Tarot Cards looks so cool.

Sylvia Smiser said...

What a beautiful tea party! I greatly enjoyed all of the artwork! Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway! I would feel very lucky to win any of othe three. I want them all so I was unable to decide which to put in for.
Thank you so much, I had a grand time.
Thank you for having me over.
I do hope you will also visit me
http://www.anaboocreations.blogspot.com
Sylvia : )

Kathryn - Collage Diva said...

You are so generous and all of the gifts are wonderful. I must say you have one very talented brother. What a gem. Thank you for the tour and story.

I have a little party of my own and gifts for all of my guests. I do hope you can stop by.

Follow this direct link: http://collagediva.typepad.com/collagediva/2011/06/tea-party.html

Have a sweet day!
Kathryn, Collage Diva

Buccaneers and Ball Gowns said...

What a lovely house! I had a wonderful time at your party. All the gifts are awesome, but I love pansies so I would have to go for the tea cup!

Debbie said...

just dropped by for a quick visit, my I'm in such a hurry to visit everyone, Lovely party, thanks for inviting me

Janice Moore-Petty said...

Love your Tea Party, Teresa! Having somewhat of a blue mood today your blog was a ray of sunshine for me! Thank you so much! Much love, Jan

MJ Ornaments said...

Thanks for the fun party. Your brother's book looks amazing. Thanks for a chance to win! Pop over to my party when you get the chance. Take care, Martha
http://mjornaments.blogspot.com/

Fair Rosamund said...

What a lovely party in a gorgeous house! And thank you for the generous giveaway--I would love to be entered to win the beautiful teacup(I collect them)! Thank you so much for inviting me! :) ~Lauren

Karla of Dreamaginarius said...

Hi Teresa!
I made it! yay! I am soo loving your Mad Tea party! Specially because you invited my favorite Mad Hatter (wink wink!) I would love to enter to win your brother's children's book! Congratulations to him for being published :)

Thanks for having me over for tea. You are a great hostess!

xo,
Karla
www.dreamaginarius.com

Teresa said...

Wow such a great party. I would love to be entered in your drawing. Picking just one? I would have to say I love the cat the best. Tpescal@gmail.com

TheFairyyellowbugQueen said...

LOVED the cat in the tree. LOVED it! An illustrated book is to my liking and thank you for your generous heart. Well I enjoyed your spot in this world and had a fun time, so thank you for your hospitality! *smiles* Norma

t howell said...

The cat in the tree ...
now let me see ...
that would be me ...
(that would be I ...
me ...
I ...
me ... (throat clearing) me-me-me-me ...
better ...)
(Butter?)
(Better! Better, be-etter, be-e-e-etter! Ahem! Be-e-ehh! Oh dear, my wool and whimsies ...)

(Compliments: your Had Matter*, otherwise known as ...)

now where was I? Me? I ...

Have a rrr-ripping good pah-ty, all.
(Or as the Americans say, pAR-Tee)

* Leave me out of the drawing, please. I have enough of them as it is.

Aurelia said...

I enjoyed your blog party, it was a lot of fun to be here :) I would love to be entered into the give-away to win a copy of the Dragon of Cripple Creek book, that looks an amazing book! I love dragons :)

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

Sylvia Smiser said...

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

Cameron said...

Thank you for having me here....I enjoyed the pictures of the gorgeous house! Do you live there? just beautiful :)

I'd love to entered into your wonderful giveaway....and would prefer the cat or your brother's book, please :D

Thank you, again,
Cameron
paintmyselfpretty(at)yahoo(dot)com

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Great slice of whimsy in this post to have w/ my TEA...great party! Great giveaways as well!!!!!!!!http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-party-for-pink-saturday.html

Alisa said...

Delightful! Thank you for having me!

Karin said...

So fun!

Joyce van der Lely said...

Thanks you for your visit to my party and
WOW ! thanks for inviting me here, what a magical house and I love how you played with that very special book. Also love your Cheshire cat(s)
Then on top you are so generous having a triple give away !!!!
My choice
(my family's choice: we love books here and my 10 yr old son is MAD about Dragons !!!)
would be te book by your amazingly talented brother !!
(I will probably have to get that book regardless, since my son collects anything Dragon.....and is dreaming of becoming an illustrator himself)

So I am SOOOOOOO glad I came to your party, thanks a lot !


Joyce
http://jetdtsetters.blogspot.com

Jen said...

What a beautiful Victorian home and your brother is quite the artist! Lovely tea party. Thank you for sharing :)

A Fanciful Twist said...

Miss Teresa, I HAVE MADE IT!!! Your magical beautiful world is a place to be indeed!!

I am a quarter into your brother's book!!!

You are a beloved friend, thank you for sharing your magical wonderland, and for being ever so dear!!

Love, A Fanciful Twist

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Well thank you so much for hosting such a lovely party! And what generosity! Three beautiful gifts. How wonderful that your brother is an author! I love fantasy titles (but of course). Enjoy all the festivities and thanks for a wonderful time! Theresa

Danni said...

Such a wonderful and magical to-do, thank you for inviting me over to share your tea and enchantment! I would muchly love to win any of the prizes, I love Fantasy, tea cups and Cheshire cats! :)

Though I’m running tardy, I hope you’ll come visit my party!
http://thewhimsicalcottage.blogspot.com/2011/06/fawn-and-goat.html

Kathy said...

Very clever! LOved this and that cool Cheshire ccat! - Kathy

Denise said...

I am also a part of the Mad tea party.Your Party was enchanting, I enjoyed it.It's so nice to meet you my Dear, please jump on over and come to my party.If you like, stay awhile and follow.Your new follower-Denise

Frog and Beef said...

Dear TS,
Howell I remember that doll's dress that brought us to be friends.
How'll, I put it ?
I missed the bash, I was on the road, I didn't see the cheshire cat, I feel like a sick toad.
I would have come, if I only could've; but the journey was long tho I know I should've...
..dropped by and said "Hello", et some cakes and a bowl of jello.
Instead I stared bleary eyed at the route and drove, and drove and drove.
sad to have missed a nice party
denise (The smug beef)

Frog and Beef said...

Hi Teresa,
wow, the blog justs gets better and better, thanks for the invite back!
I adore the pansy teacup and saucer - Pansy Potter was one of my school nicknames- but don't spread that around- oops too late silly me!!!!
love the "queen's garden" _so neat!
denise

Sassy Marsha said...

Oh, what fun! I wish I could have participated in this fabulous tea party but just not enough time!

No, I haven't been to the flea under the bridge mainly b/c I don't want to go by myself and no one else will get up to go that early. (A shop owner I frequent regularly sells there and she always telling me I should go)

The one I REALLY want to go to is the one in Alameda.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

xxoo

Hunnybee said...

Thank you for letting me peek into your lovely party and for sharing your lovely gifts! I am enjoying my whirlwind tour of all the parties!

Have a great day!

Pabkins said...

Terribly sorrow I am so late - and I had thought I hit them all! What a wonderful treat 3 prizes you are so generous! Count me in!

There is a prize at my blog as well!
Tabitha
http://pabkins.blogspot.com/

Renee said...

The house is lovely.

Lovely party.

Bourbonnatrix said...

wow! what a garden! great post :)

Kristal said...

So sorry I am running late to your party. I have been following that crazy white rabbit and he has no idea of the concept of time!!

Your party was sweetness indeed. Thanks so much for inviting me!!!

XoXo,
Kristal

My party:
http://stateofgracegoods.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-2011-jorney-to-gyspyville.html

Marlene ~ mIzZ (hONeY) bEe said...

Thank you sooo much...things have been running me around in circles and I don't know which way to go today ... but my oh my I am soo glad that I open the door to your blog and took a breather for I had the most grand time here.."TIME" Oh my!! I am surely running late for an important date...and by the way I think your brother's book is grand and would bee fun to read it first hand...oops where has the time gone...toodles noodles I am off ~ see you soon I hope... have a honey of a night ~ sweet dreams!

Painting Apples said...

Oh what a lovely tea party! And you weren't a bit late, we tend to tea party for many many days, so many unbirthdays to celebrate you know! LOL
Thanks so much for inviting me! What a wonderful giveaway! All such wonderful items! That book seems like a wonderful read, I may have to look for a copy and tea cups! My favorite! One cannot have too many!;-) And a paperclay ches...Yes, I think that has my mind most intrigued!! Oh I am so glad to have found you,I've enjoyed your party, that Alice art doll is gorgeous and alice in wonderland tarot cards?!? Those are just too COOL!!!
Thanks for stopping by my tea party too!

xoxo
Gigi

Susan said...

I have just returned on vacation and have been going over missed posts and as I came across your lovely Tea Party I had a wonderfully sweet surprise - a dear old friend of mine was playing the part of the Red Queen! - Quite stunning in the role I must say! What fun I had seeing your Tea Party - it was every bit a sweet slice of whimsy!

XO ~Susan