A MAGICAL WHIMSY

A MAGICAL WHIMSY IS DEDICATED TO PROMOTING DOLL MAKING SITES, MIXED MEDIA SITES, AND CHILDREN'S BOOK AUTHOR'S SITES. PLEASE VIEW MY SIDE BARS FOR VARIOUS LINKS TO CREATIVE ARTIST'S SITES.

Friday, July 10, 2015

IT'S HERE! THE MAD TEA PARTY HOSTED BY VANESSA VALENCIA AT 'A FANCIFUL TWIST' BLOG.


 WELCOME TO THE MAD TEA PARTY! COME ONE COME ALL TO THE FRABULOUS TEA PARTY!
A PHOTO OF CHARLES DODGSON, PEN NAME LEWIS CARROLL WHO WROTE 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND' 150 YEARS AGO.

IT IS THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF 'ALICE IN  WONDERLAND'. IT'S A TIME TO CELEBRATE ONE OF THE FIRST MAD TEA PARTIES PENNED BY CHARLES DODGSON, I.E. LEWIS CARROLL, WHEN HE TOLD A TALE OF WONDERLAND MAGIC TO ALICE LIDDLE IN A BOAT RIDE DOWN A RIVER IN ENGLAND ON A BALMY SUMMER'S DAY.

LITTLE DID HE KNOW (NO PUN INTENDED) THAT HIS BOOK WOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST BELOVED AND WHIMSICAL FANTASY TALES EVER WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN.  I, FOR ONE, FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BOOK AT THE YOUNG AGE OF SEVEN.

WELL, WITH NOT MUCH FURTHER ADO, COME WITH ME INTO A LAND OF ENCHANTMENT FOR THE MAD TEA PARTY!

ALICE WAS SITTING UNDERNEATH A TREE, LISTENING TO HER SISTER READ A VERY BORING HISTORY BOOK ABOUT ENGLAND.
SHE MUST HAVE BEEN GETTING VERY SLEEPY AS SHE HAD TO RUB HER EYES TWICE TO MAKE SURE SHE REALLY DID SEE A WHITE RABBIT RIDING BY BEING PULLED BY A RED HEN WITH A CART FULL OF EGGS!
'OH, MY EARS AND WHISKERS!' EXCLAIMED THE WHITE RABBIT. 'I AM LATE FOR THE QUEEN'S MAD TEA PARTY! CAN'T YOU GO A LITTLE BIT FASTER RED HEN?' ALL THE HEN REPLIED WAS 'CLUCK! CLUCK!'

ALICE GOT TO HER FEET AND DECIDED TO RUN AFTER THE WHITE RABBIT TO SEE WHERE HE WAS GOING.  SHE WAS ALWAYS CURIOUS ABOUT NEW ADVENTURES.

SOON, ALICE CAME UPON A SWEET COTTAGE AND SAW THE WHITE RABBIT RUN INSIDE, SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND FOLLOWED THE WHITE RABBIT INTO THE COTTAGE.
WHEN SHE GOT INSIDE, SHE SAW SOME KITTENS AND LOST INTEREST IN THE WHITE RABBIT FOR A BIT, AND SAW SOME CHESS PIECES LYING AROUND.  'CURIOUSER, AND CURIOUSER' SHE THOUGHT TO HERSELF.
ONE OF THE CATS SPOKE TO ALICE AND SAID, "ARE YOU LOOKING FOR SOMEONE?" 

"YES", REPLIED ALICE. 'I SEEM TO HAVE LOST SIGHT OF THE WHITE RABBIT.  DO YOU KNOW WHICH WAY HE HAS GONE? AND WHAT IS YOUR NAME, BY THE WAY?"

THE CAT REPLIED "I AM THE CHESHIRE CAT. AND THIS IS A HUGE, MYSTERIOUS HOUSE. THE WHITE RABBIT COULD BE ANYWHERE."

"WELL," SAID ALICE, "I SEEM TO HAVE LOST MY WAY.  CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH WAY TO GO?"

THE CAT REPLIED "ALL WAYS HERE ARE THE QUEEN'S WAYS.  SHE WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOU WHICH OF HER WAYS TO FOLLOW."

ALICE THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ABSURD ANSWER AND DECIDED TO FOLLOW HER OWN WAY.   SHE SAW A SPIRAL STAIRCASE AND DECIDED TO WALK UP IT.

"CURIOUSER, AND CURIOUSER" SHE THOUGHT. "I WONDER WHERE THIS WILL LEAD?"
 ALICE WENT UP AND UP THE STAIRCASE WONDERING WHERE IT WOULD LEAD.

THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE TOOK ALICE TO A DOOR WHICH OPENED ONTO THE ROOF OF THE COTTAGE. ON THE ROOF WERE TWO PHONE BOOTHS. ALICE THOUGHT TO HERSELF "MAYBE THE PHONE BOOTHS ARE PORTALS TO WONDERLAND".  SHE WALKED OVER TO THE ONE ON THE RIGHT AND STEPPED INSIDE.

IMMEDIATELY, ALICE WAS WHISKED AWAY TO ANOTHER DIMENSION.


ALICE SOON FOUND HERSELF IN A DINING ROOM WITH TEA POTS AND CUPS AND SAUCERS. "AH!" SAID ALICE. "THIS IS MORE LIKE IT!"
ALICE SAW THAT THE CHESHIRE CAT HAD FOUND HIS WAY TO THE MAD TEA PARTY AND WAS SITTING ON A STACK OF CHINTZ TEA CUPS AND SAUCERS.

"HELLO, CHESHIRE CAT" SHE SAID.  AND HE REPLIED "I SEE YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR WAY TO THE PARTY?"  "YES", SHE SAID "AND IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FINDING MY WAY HERE TOO."  
"LIKE I SAID" REPLIED THE CAT "ALL WAYS HERE ARE THE QUEENS WAYS!"  
"BY THE WAY?" ASKED ALICE, "WHERE IS THE QUEEN ANYWAY?"
"OH" SAID THE CHESHIRE CAT, "SHE'LL BE COMING ALONG SHORTLY.  THE WHITE RABBIT WILL BE ESCORTING HER."
"OH!" EXCLAIMED ALICE, "I HAD ALMOST FORGOTTEN ABOUT THE WHITE RABBIT." 

THERE WERE MANY OTHER DOLLS WAITING FOR THE RED QUEEN TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE.

EVERYWHERE ALICE LOOKED MORE DOLLS AND CREATURES WERE ARRIVING FOR THE MAD TEA PARTY.
WHILE ALICE WAS WAITING FOR THE RED QUEEN TO ARRIVE, SHE PEEKED INTO THE DUTCHESS' KITCHEN WHERE THE COOK WAS MAKING GOODIES FOR THE TEA PARTY. 

ALICE DECIDED TO ROAM AROUND THE HOUSE AND CAME TO THE LIBRARY.  SHE ENJOYED VIEWING THE TITLES ON THE FANTASY BOOKS.
"WELL, I MUST BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AS MY STORY IS FULL OF FANTASY!" SAID ALICE.

ALICE PEEKED INTO A CHINA CABINET FULL OF CURIOUS AND WONDERFUL GOODIES.  (PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CLICK ON THE PHOTOS FOR LARGER VIEWS OF THE PHOTOS).
ALICE HAD NEVER SEEN SO MANY TEA POTS AND TEA CUPS AND SAUCERS IN HER LIFE.  SHE WAS BEGINNING TO GET HUNGRY AND WISHED THE QUEEN WOULD COME SOON.

ALICE SAW WHIMSICAL TREASURES EVERY WHERE, EVEN IN THE ART STUDIO!
ALICE WAS BEGINNING TO GET TIRED, SO SHE FOUND HER FRIEND, MS RABBIT WHO WAS A RELATION TO THE WHITE RABBIT.  RABBITS ALWAYS HAVE LOTS OF RELATIVES!  (ALICE DOLL AND MS RABBIT WERE CREATED BY RHISSANNA; PLEASE SEE THE LINK TO HER BLOG AND ETSY SHOP ON MY RIGHT SIDE BAR).
IT WAS AT THIS TIME THAT THE WHITE RABBIT ANNOUNCED THE ARRIVAL OF THE RED QUEEN.

THE RED QUEEN FINALLY CAME DANCING INTO THE ROOM.  ALL EYES WERE IMMEDIATELY FOCUSED ON HER.  SHE ALWAYS MADE GRAND ENTRANCES WHEREVER SHE WENT!
ALICE WAS THRILLED TO SEE THE RED QUEEN.  SHE WAS SO EXCITED SHE GOT UP AND DANCED TOO!

ALICE WAS SO GRACEFUL WHEN SHE DANCED.
THE MARCH HARE AND THE MAD HATTER DECIDED TO DUNK THE DOOR MOUSE INTO A TEA POT.
ALICE THOUGHT THE PARTY WAS BEGINNING TO FALL APART AT THE SEAMS AT THIS POINT.  "STUFF AND NONSENSE!" SHE SAID.


IT WAS AT THAT MOMENT THAT ALL OF THE RED QUEENS PARTY GOERS TURNED INTO A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS.  ALICE WAS SO DISGUSTED WITH THE MAD TEA PARTY AS SHE HADN'T EVEN HAD A HER TEA AND CRUMPETS.
ALICE RAN OUT THE FRONT DOOR OF THE COTTAGE AND SAW SOME ORANGE LEAVES WHICH RESEMBLED THE CHESHIRE CAT.  ALICE THOUGHT TO HERSELF "NOTHING IS AS IT REALLY SEEMS HERE. I AM SURE THAT WAS THE CHESHIRE CAT SITTING IN A TREE.  HE MUST BE FADING AGAIN.  THIS MUST BE WONDERLAND AFTER ALL AS SURE AS I AM DREAMING."
I HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE MAD TEA PARTY EVENT, AND FOUND IT TO BE AS MAGICAL AND WHIMSICAL AS CAN BE.


FOR YOUR CREATIVE PLEASURE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COPY THESE COPYRIGHT FREE CROWNS SO YOU TOO CAN BE LIKE QUEEN ALICE!

WITH THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE STAYED TO THE END OF THIS POST, I AM HAVING A LITTLE GIVEAWAY IN THE THEME OF WONDERLAND.  I HAVE TITLED THIS MIXED MEDIA CANVAS 'TEA TIME GOWN' AND IS A CREATION OF MINE TO CELEBRATE THE 150TH YEAR OF THE ANNIVERSARY OF 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'.

THIS IS MY GIVEAWAY.  I HAVE ACTUALLY ADDED MORE EMBELLISHMENTS TO IT BUT MY CAMERA DECIDED TO QUIT ON ME JUST BEFORE THE MAD TEA PARTY.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING FOR THE GIVEAWAY PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT AND TRY TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU.

I WILL BE LEAVING THE MAD TEA PARTY POST UP FOR AN ENTIRE WEEK, SO YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO LEAVE A COMMENT.

ALSO, I NOTICED THAT A LOT OF BLOGGERS ARE HAVING A SLIGHT PROBLEM WITH THEIR COMMENT SECTIONS.  AN ANNOYING 'POP-UP' HAS BEEN COMING UP AFTER YOU CLICK ON THE 'I AM NOT A ROBOT'.  JUST STAY TO THE LEFT SIDE OF THE COMMENT SECTION AS FAR AS YOU CAN AND AFTER YOU HAVE LEFT YOUR COMMENT WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE WORD 'PUBLISH' THERE IS STILL ROOM ENOUGH TO CLICK ON 'PUBLISH' AND THE COMMENT SHOULD BE ACCEPTED.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR COMING TO THE MAD TEA PARTY!


PLEASE CLICK ON THE 'MAD TEA PARTY' LINK TO VANNESSA'S BLOG ON MY RIGHT SIDE BAR.

GO TO VANESSA'S BLOG FOR THE LIST OF OTHER BLOGGERS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE MAD TEA PARTY.
THANKS SO VERY MUCH FOR HELPING MAKE THIS MAD TEA PARTY AN EVENT TO REMEMBER!

POSTED by Teresa

NOTE:  I AM PREOCCUPIED ON SATURDAY SO I AM POSTING THIS A FEW HOURS EARLY SO I CAN BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE ON TIME!

























32 comments:

Sarah said...

Teresa, I enjoyed your Mad Tea. Clever! Your mixed media piece is lovely.
Enjoy the parties!

aspiritofsimplicity said...

lovely tea party. I enjoyed the snippets from Mr. Carrol himself...and those dancers...oh my, how beautiful.

Lisa Neault said...

What a lovely tea party. I enjoyed the vintage ephemera and the ballet dancers.

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a fun re-telling of the story of Alice and her adventures. I think all your tweaks and nips and tucks are right in keeping with the spirit of the book, and I'm sure Mr. Carroll would heartily approve.

Your mixed media piece is adorable - and I love the Alice Blue I Kid You Not Gown!

Thanks for saving a spot for me at your tea party!

Sandra Van Winkle said...

Thanks for the fun story and images! And thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I do have a sort-of tea party post up. It's been a long Summer for us her at Drachirardnas.

Christina Paul said...

What a great collection of images! So clever! The bunny in the wagon was fabulous!
Cheers!

Kerstin Bulin said...

Love your Mad Tea Party....happy unbirthday to you
Hugs
Kerstin from germany

Sarah Coller said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun putting together your Alice story! Please leave my name out of the giveaway---just wanted to send happy Unbirthday greetings to you and invite you to attend my party, when you've got the time!

Blessings,
Sarah

Sherry's Cabin said...

Such a wonderful story! I loved the whole adventure! Thank you for taking the time to be so creative in this Mad Tea Party!
God bless,
Sherry

beverly e said...

Cute story and images... thanks for the tea!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What a fun Mad Tea Party post! I loved all the dolls and every other fun detail!

I hope you will join me at my blog for a bit of a Mad Tea Party adventure!

Best wishes,
Betty

Danzel @Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes said...

Very cool! I love Mad Tea Party time!

Bill said...

I never expected to see the Queen the dance! And how spectacular that Alice followed suit! It was a wonderful party, especially with so many interesting dolls as guests. I would love to have a chance in your give-away. I love anything about Alice in Wonderland!

Bill

Susan Dietz said...

Fun party! Loved every miniute of it. Hope you get a chance to stop over for a cup at my party too! Hugs,
Susan
http://flutterbeforeyou.blogspot.com/2015/07/mad-hatters-tea-party-2015-blog-hop.html

Carmen said...

Teresa, thank you for visiting my party and inviting me to yours. I enjoyed all the Alice images and dolls and magic! :-)

~♥Carmen♥~

Nicole said...

What a great party! I really enjoyed the story. Your dolls are lovely. Thank you for having me over!

~Strange Girl in a Little House

Have a Daily said...

What a fun party and I so enjoyed the story line! Love your pretty chintz teacups! Searching for the white rabbit is always magical fun! Thanks for offering the wonderful give away. I would love to be included. jmolson53@gmail.com
hugs,
Jann

The Tragic Queen said...

That was fun!
thetragicqueen@yahoo.com
Thank you for the trip!

L J Dogsmom said...

I love visiting with you and admiring all of the treasures.
The bunny and hen photo is vintage goodness! The Cheshire cat purrfection.
However did you get a photo of MY (just kidding) bookshelf???
A lovely Mad Tea adventure! Merry unbirthDaY!!!

http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-fanciful-twists-8th-annual-virtual.html

Eve said...

I have enjoyed a most curious, mad, wonderful time at your party. Thank you for sharing your whimsy and your curiosity cabinet with us!

KathyB. said...

Love the way you told the story of a very mad tea party and also incorporated the tale's history. Creative illustrations and pictures. Now this is the way to present a classic book, very fun !

A Fanciful Twist said...

Lovely Miss Teresa, I love your treasures and tales!!! SO very happy for the legacy Lewis Carroll left for us all. Your post if so full of delightfulness, thank you for being kind kindred creative you!! Happiest mad tea party wishes <3, Vanessa

Anne said...

Fabulous, Teresa!! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit, your party was delightful!
Thank you for being a most gracious hostess, my Dear!
Hugs,
Anne

Darlene said...

Lovely storytelling and pictures I enjoyed your party so much!! please enter me in the drawing, your so creative. take care, Darlene

Art @ Home said...

I love the illustrations to the story, and I hope we'll still be celebrating this book in 150 years! Thanks for the free printable, and for the very generous giveaway. Very lovely of you!

Linking from A Fanciful Twist,
Happy Mad Tea Party!
Ricki Jill

http://ricki-treleaven.blogspot.com/2015/07/8th-annual-mad-tea-party-plus-giveaway.html

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

That was such a fun tea! Loved the story, and all of your treasures! Hope you're having a wonderful day!
-Heather

http://www.stringtownhome.net/2015/07/mad-hatters-tea-party-baby-shower.html

Calamitous Botanicus said...

What a fun trip to take with Alice through a wonder filled place! Thank you for a lovely tea party!
Cheers, Sarah

Monika Bourderioux HAND MADe CREATIONS said...

Thanks for a lovely story and nice illustrated tea party.
Hugs, Monika from the party over here: http://blythetheque.blogspot.fr/2015/07/after-pyjama-tea-party.html

Rebecca said...

You know Alice and Wonderland so well! Your art work and story telling is fantastic! I loved reading your post and can imagine that happening to Alice. Loved the hen clucking, the tea cups and dancing Queen (of course she will always make an amazing entrance) and the Cheshire Cat disappearing into the golden leaves! The dolls waiting for an audience with the Queen... All of it! I hope I have a chance at winning your wonderful art! Please email me at radgibson@aol.com if I have. Thank you! Enjoy the Wonderland Tea Party! ~ Rebecca

Kaye Swain said...

Thank you for a fun visit and a love visit at my site as well. Hoping you have a delightful and TEA-riffic week!

Kaye

Jeanie said...

First of all, this is an enchanting visit! And how I love your marmelade cat! Isn't the tea party magical?

Thanks so much for your visits to Marmelade Gypsy and also for the follow. I am looking forward to clicking that button here in a minute!

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