Saturday, June 27, 2009

The King of Mice and Queen of Painting Attend a Mad Tea Party!

Sound the trumpets, throw the confetti, raise the banners, release the balloons and begin the drumroll, please.....

Today's the day for the fabulous Miss Vanessa Valencia's "Mad Tea Party"!

For those of you not familiar, this year makes it officially an annual event; a magical cyber tea-party of sorts, where just like Alice, you can "begin at the beginning and go on until you come to the end: then stop." :)

Just click here, and you'll be magically transported to Wonderland (the beginning) and make your way from there to visit all the other Mad Tea Partiers, including yours truly!

The King of Mice and I had our own little Mad Tea Party this morning, attended by the White Rabbit in the form of a teapot. Three white rabbits if you count the sugar and creamer...

Don't the cupcakes look yummy?! They're French vanilla, with real vanilla beans and homemade buttercream icing. I topped them with sprinkles galore and sugared black raspberries....

The tea is called "Happiness", and was very kindly sent to me by a wonderful collector who makes these delicious blends herself - soooooooooooooo good! If you'd like to try some, you can visit her at Magical Momentz (I ♥ the Flower Power blend!)

And while we're on the subject of tea, isn't it absolutely liquid magic??!! I adore tea, and think there are very few day to day troubles that can't be assuaged by a deep breath and a cup of hot tea. Pure magic. ;)

I'll be spending the weekend "visiting" with the other Tea Partiers, as I put the details on an Alice inspired tea chest....

It's the very last one I have, and I've been saving it for something special. The piece itself is beautifully made by a local artisan. I love the brass piano hinge at the back. A little sketch, a little paint, and it's transformed....



Oh!! And silly me - in all the excitement, I nearly forgot. I have a little Alice in Wonderland inspired giveaway to share! Just a little trinket - a purple glass bottle, bejeweled and labeled "Drink Me". Fun, yes?! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here, and if you're a blog follower (very easy to sign up), you'll be entered twice. Easy-peasy. I'll draw a name next Saturday morning. :)

Off I go visiting now, running as late as the White Rabbit.....

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ~ Carolee

67 comments:

parasols and maryjanes said...

Yummy. Those cupcakes would certainly make a delicious breakfast too.
Carol R

Designs By CK said...

LOVELY post and it cheered me up! I would love to win the Drink Me piece!

XOXO

Chris (-:

*retro-rudolphs* said...

How lovely Carolee... the cupcakes look so tempting!

Lori

What Happens Next said...

What a lovely party! And I can't wait to see the finished painted chest...

Have a magical day!

xo Debbie

Melissa the Holiday Queen said...

I'll be right over! Please save me one of those oh so delicious cupcakes and a spot of tea!

Maria said...

What a lovely party indeed...yummy cupcakes!
Please stop by my house for a little tea and a giveaway too! xo

www.mariagrimes.blogspot.com

Chickenbells said...

Oh the mouse! He is the perfect host, no? Thank you for letting me come to your party, it was delightful!!

Cre8Tiva said...

i am following you now...i had so much fun with you...i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva

Pretty Things said...

The King of Mice is my absolute favorite!

I hope you'll visit my Tea Party and see what I'm decking out the party-goers in!

Lunaea said...

I definitely need a trip through the rabbit hole these days! Thanks, as ever, for all your creative delights, Carolee!

Maggi said...

All hail the King of Mice and those cupcakes are delicious! Such a fun tea party, thank you so much!

You're madly invited to my tea party, I do hope you'll stop by (if you haven't already of course)! :)

Janine said...

Ah that is the first time I saw the king of mice.
I like him, and your tea-party- fotos look great.
Have a wonderful weekend
Janine

Rhonda Roo said...

Oh! I'm drooling over those bunnies! Hear that? My tummy's growling over the cupcakes! Oh, and happiness tea, what could be better? And the drink my vial, and a hint of things to come! Cant wait 2 c YAY for You!
xoxoxoxoxox

Connie said...

Fabulous photos ... a merry tale! I think I must have a cup of tea!

lea goldberg said...

i'm sooo small you will hardly see me-but then i have had a nibble of a mushroom!
love the drink me bottle too!¬
love lea

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Your paste made me smile! I love cake!!

Melody Lea Lamb said...

OMG! I loved the adventure of your tea party, thanks so much for sharing this with us. It was a delight (I think I can taste the sweets) Beautiful and creative art!

Heidi said...

Your cupcakes sound so wonderful with buttercreme frosting and sugared raspberries!I totally agree with you that a cup of hot tea can make you feel so much better. Its tempting to join facebook just to see what wonderful things you do to the tea chest. Enjoy your party!

MarZel said...

What in incredible tea party and the Kind of Mice...is very charming!! I am a follower too!! Happy Mad Tea Party!!

MagicMarkingsArt said...

what a wonderful party you had here. and your beautiful blue glass "drink me" bottle is another simply gorgeous creation.
~cheers~

Sabii Wabii said...

Vanilla bean! yummmm. This party is quite filling!

PrplCrab said...

ooh, yummy! And I can't wait to see your Alice inspired piece! Wish I lived closer I'd be right over to have one of those cupcakes!

Jax said...

I can't wait to see the finished Alice inspired piece. I am off to find you on facebook so I can watch your progress!

T=ME said...

Some people just have the talent! Enjoyed visiting.Wish I could stay!

TattingChic said...

What a cute post! I love your tea party. That "drink me" bottle is adorable! I'd love to win something like that! :)

DellaRae said...

Your party was lovely....sugared berries..yum...can't wait to see the finished box.

Shell said...

A sweet party and the cupcakes look so good.

Nicole said...

Great tea party! have a *mad* day!

Chrisy said...

Such a sparkling wonderous delightful party you've created here! I'm in love with the rabbit tea set! Thank you so much for having me at your whimsical place. Come on over to my party - if you haven't quietly crept in already....

Heather said...

Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

Sonia ;) said...

Carolee....So awesome..Drop my name in the bottle...Hugs
Sonia ;)

cheribaby888 said...

I would love to attend your party but unfornunately I can not. I could be there in "spirit" if only I had something to drink!! The "DRINK ME" piece could make this happen!

Have a "Magikal Evening"!*~*!~*
Hugs & Kisses xoxoxox...
Cheri R.

LW said...

So nice to meet you at this event of the year…
What a wonderful tea party…

Please stop by for a secret give away to be found by
the golden key…just highlight between the stars.



A very happy mad tea day to you,

Karin said...

a lovely party indeed!

karin

Runako Designs by Dee said...

chocolate cupcakes...my favorite!

You’re invited to please visit stop by and visit my party where we’re having a tea of a time!!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Thank you for inviting me to your lovely tea party! I've had a very good time. I must run it is getting late and I still have a few parties I must attend. Have a magical weekend! Twyla

apparentlyjessy said...

What a lovely tea party spread, I'll have one of those yummy looking cupcakes please!

Jessy

Kat said...

The King of Mice is such a sweetie, I'm going to keep an eye on your blog, I'd love to see the finished tea chest!

Cori G. said...

But not as late as I! Where in the world did you find such a delightful little Tea Set? Your white rabbits are simple divine.

Happy Un-Tea Party Day!!!!

xoxo Cori

Sarah said...

Hi Carolee!
That was a lovely party! I love the king of mice and the little white rabbit tea set and that tea is delicious!
Sarah :)

Renee said...

This was all it was meant to be; pure magic.

Renee xoxo

William Bezek said...

A very Merry Un-Birthday to you, Carolee!

momentsinaneye said...

Oh my goodness. What a lovely tea party you are having. All the treats you have. It is hard to resist all the wonderful goodies you have. Hope that your day is filled with fun. I would love to win the drink me cup.

Bella Dreams said...

I love your art! Halloween is my absolutely favorite holiday! I have so much fun decorating for it! Glad I found you. Thank you for visiting me

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

I can only begin to imagine what you will do with an ALice inspired tea chest!!!! You are a true magical being and a wonderful inspiration!! Many hugs your way my friend!! Thank you for being a fantastical part of WOnderland!!

fairiemoon said...

I can't wait to see your painted box!

A very Merry Unbirthday!
Erin :)

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

Gourdqueen said...

I so NEED one or two of those cupcakes! Drooling!
Linda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet! I'm having fun at your party ! Please visit me!

Stepping off the edge said...

What a delightful tea party! i absolutly love your bunny pot! how precious!
Your work is amazing!
Thank you so for the visit!
I had a wonderful time!
>:0)
Tracey

Jenn said...

thank you dearly Carolee! I helped myself to 2 cupcakes! I hope that's okay;) I've been under the weather for what seems like weeks...this was just the thing to lift my spirits!! xoxo...jenn

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

Darling bottle!

TesoriTrovati said...

Such a lovely party. The King Mouse is a spry little chap. I think those cupcakes look scrumptious!

I am also having a giveaway on my tea party post at http://treasures-found.blogspot.com ...I hope you will stop by!

Enjoy the day!
Erin

BunnyKissd said...

What an adorable tea sea and I lovelovelove the little bottle! Do stop by my blog too for we've finally got the pics up! ^-^

fawndear said...

Sorry I'm late. I just barely escaped from my own mad party.

AS ALWAYS - I find myself enchanted every time I visit. So glad that the King of Mice attended your party. It wouldn't be the same without him.

Can't wait to see your next finished piece.

mythoughtsmyvoice said...

A "happiness" tea? Everyone needs that :-) Yes, everybody needs a dash of happiness tea in their lives. A very clever friend you have to think of such a thing. It must surely makes you smile every time you take a sachet and mix yourself a cup of tea. Do you think the whimsical looking bottle with the drink me sign holds happiness in it too? :-)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Excellent post Carolee. Can't wait to see the tea box when it is finished. What a wonderful reason to have a tea party.
♥, Susan

Nikkormat said...

How fun!!

58 Cherries said...

Cute tea party! The rabbit tea set - wow!

58Cherries

Barbara on Camano Island said...

I am wondering who got to enjoy all those scrumptious-looking cupcakes? Yum! I love the adorable teapot set - who is the craftsperson? I have really been enjoying the Alice-themed postings. Thank you for being you!
Many hugs from C.I.

Marina Capano said...

What a wonderful Mad tea party! so yummy cupcakes!

you´re invited to my tea party, too!

xoxoxo

from cold winter

turquoise cro said...

LOVE your SWEET Bunny teaset and HOPE to win your lovely prize!!!YOU can't beat CUPCAKES!!!

Jen said...

It is so curious that these Mad Tea Parties are still going strong! I've yet to clean mine up, so please feel free to follow me back down the rabbit hole to Haute Whimsy before life goes back to mundane!

Mica said...

Wonderful...loved the photos and Did you really paint the chest in a weekend??? you are good !!!!!Hugs to you...so glad you had a tea party too !!! Mica

HurricaneKassi said...

Im having so much fun, thank you.
-HurricaneKassi

tunibug said...

What a very nice party and your tea caddy turned out beautiful!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a great party! The cupcakes look soooo yummy!

Hugs :)

Irma

Michaele said...

Oooh, I am wondering, what would a modern day Alice drink out of a beautiful bottle like that.....?

It's lovely, as is all of your work- I'm so glad I peeked in!