Friday, June 25, 2010

Won't You Join Me?

Do come in...

Magic and madness are afoot...

You see, I've been working, working, working - spinning like a dervish most days, and until just a day ago had completely forgotten about the Mad Tea Party! A sacrilege of sorts, when you consider how much I adore all things tea, and how much FUN Miss Vanessa Valencia's annual Tea Party event always turns out to be. But the oddest things conspired to remind me....First, there was an email from my very talented woodworker agreeing make me just a few more tea chests (yay!) Then, just a few hours later, there was a crazy, windy thunderstorm, and when I threw open the windows to cool the house a bit, it blew a box of tea right off the countertop, depositing it at my feet (a sign from the Tea Gods to be sure!) Finally, I was surfing the internet for things related to party invitations (more on this at a later date), and I kept coming across the phrase "The Mad Catter"....WELL, you don't need to hit ME over the head...

Okay, sometimes you do. But eventually I come around...

Which brings us to the magic and madness (a Mad Tea Party and a giveaway!) Let's just have a peek in the pantry to see which kind of brew we'll try... Tea? Tisane? Chai? Iced? Hot? Green? Black? Herbal? Rooibos? Decisions, decisions...

I think I'll have the Lady Grey. Love, love, love bergamot. I should add here that my tea pantry is usually not nearly this neat. I knew you were coming, so I tidied up a bit. :)

Now, how about a teapot? Which would you choose?

I think the red and black. OK, it's technically a coffeepot - But it has a very definite Mad Tea Party feel, don't you think?

Now all we need is something sweet to go with our tea...

Lemon bars?

Perfection. I think lemon and tea were meant for each other in the same way as strawberries and chocolate are...or red wine and a really good brie. It just doesn't get much better.

By the way, how adorable is the Alice in Wonderland Tea cozy and hot pad set? They were a gift from a collector, who made them herself. Sooooooo sweet, and not the only gift recently. I must remember to write an entire post about all the goodies people have surprised me with these past months. It's just amazing to think of all the people who support and encourage my work, and to receive gifts on top of that is ...well, overwhelming

I wish I could give a gift back to each and every one of you, but if I did that, I'd need to get a real job before too long...I can do the next best thing though, which is a little giveaway. A very little giveaway - just a couple of inches tall, this one....

A tiny trinket box of cupcakey goodness.

Sweet. :)

All you have to do is leave a comment here, and (this is important!) if you don't have a blog, leave your email address. I'll draw a name via random number generator one week from today, on the morning of July 3rd.

I also have to share I have the most marvelous "Mad Catter" tea chest in progress, so do check back. I'm using my big ginger boy Arthur as a model....

Isn't he a love? I can just picture him serving tea in a big hat...perhaps with the Dormouse....can't you? I'll update this post with a photo as soon as it's finished.

In the meantime, I'm off to do a bit of visiting myself, so make yourself at home - have a lemon bar, enjoy a cup of your favorite brew, and have a look around.

I'll be back very soon!
♥ Carolee

54 comments:

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

Very cute trinket box!!! Love your teapots!!! hugs

Heidi said...

I now have the craving for a cup of Earl Grey. Yum. I love your cat. I miss my orange kitty!

Kelly said...

Wow what a great collection of teapots! Very fun post.

Have a frabjous day! Kelly
http://blondheart.blogspot.com/

dellamarinis said...

Gorgeous teapots and a wonderfully sweet giveaway! (and your Arthur is the image of our Simba, I wonder if he's just as wild) Happy Mad Tea day!

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

I'll have a cup of Lady Grey and a lemon bar - yum!

sassypackrat said...

Sweet little cupcake box!

fiddlestixstudios said...

How funny about all the "Tea" signs,Carol!I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your party!Please,please sign me up for your wonderful giveaway!
Hugs :-),
~Mandy

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Oh my goodness - what visions of loveliness! And a delightful cupcake that will not cause pounds! Thank you for a great party! I hope that you shall come and visit with me, as you join the White Queen and Mad Hatter for tea...Theresa

William Bezek said...

What a well appointed tea cubby, and your collection of pots are fantastic especially the St Basil's teapot!

Kai said...

I am absolutely in LOVE with your blog! What FUN, this tea party! And, oh! You are also an Earl Grey (or at least a LADY Grey) fan! My favorite! Lemon bars? Well, maybe just ONE, please. My - ummm - bottom side wears remnants of MANY lemon bars & other goodies as it is. Sigh. Goodness! See what I mean? Your blog just transports me to other (lovely) places! THANK YOU! And please, include me in your drawing! That is just darling, your cupcake container!

meeyeehere said...

My cat Morris looked just like your kitty.IT makes me miss my Morris.

I would love to win this cute trinket box!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I love your work, and that box is absolutely adorable!

Melissa said...

Thanks for having me to your lovely tea party! I love your teapots, quite a nice collection! The trinket box is Adorable!!!

Happy Tea Partying!!!

Rhonda Roo said...

Mad Catter, too cute!

I totally agree about wine and brie and strawberries and chocolate and tea and lemon! And now i am hungry :p

Have a merry mad day!
XOXO Roo
http://roostreehouse.typepad.com/roos_treehouse/2010/06/were-off-to-see-the-hatter-the-wonderful-mad-hatter-of-az.html

Maggi said...

~*~*~*Hip hip hurray it's Tea Party Day!*~*~*~

My goodness, such an array of pots and teas and things, delicious! That box is too sweet! :D

Thanks for having me at your tea party! if you haven't been already, you're cordially invited to my mad tea party! Have yourself a mad sort of day! :)

Illustrated Ink said...

Lemon bars are my fav, so I'll definiely sit down and share a spot of tea with you, Carolee! I have a tea pot collection too, aren't they fun?

I've been a long time fan of your amazing work, but it's my first time to leave a comment on your blog (I'm a blog stalker, tee hee).

Best wishes, Leila
punchypirate@gmail.com

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Oooh, I'll take a cup of lemon ginger and a lemon bar please :)

Lori

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

How wonderful that the Mad Tea Party reminder was brought to you on the wind! :-) I'd love some Apricot tea with those delectible looking lemon bars. And, what an amazing collection of tea pots! Thank you for hosting this delightful tea party! :-)

~ Deb

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, what an adorable box. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you so much! Loved your teapots and your big bag ginger boy, too! :-)

Hope you'll join me for tea, too!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

My goodness I couldn't have selected one tea if I would have tried Carolee!!! You are the Queen of Tea!
Off to go visit more parties...such fun to see everyone's parties!!
Laurie

The House That Goth Built said...

Delicious trinket box! Divine teapots! The red & black one is to die for! Have to run now....I hear my lemon bar recipe calling my name! Blog isn't up and running yet. Email is thehousethatgothbuilt@gmail.com. Toodles!

Michaele said...

Earl Grey or something with pomegranate please! Two lumps.

And a sweet cupcake too!

Christina Silverio said...

How lovely, and I love the little trinket box!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Happy Mad Tea Party!!! Love the "sweet" box!!!

Lindsey

Tamara C said...

Oh my, tea, lemon bars and a handsome cat - who needs anything else in life?!?! Thank you for sharing your tea party - it was oh so kind of you!

mermaiden said...

wonderful teapot collection! i didn't get mine out this year, but next year is a must :D

Barbara on Camano Island said...

What a "sweet" little box. Please enter me in your drawing, thanks. I love your collection of teapots and I can't wait to see the "mad catter" tea box. Good work Arthur!

michelleK said...

Great post . Adore your trinket box!

Happy mad tea party day!

<3M

Deborah said...

OOOooooo that is a fabulous teapot collection. Me's a bit green!
**blows kisses** Deb

Iva Wilcox said...

Oh I adore lemon bars! And they are the perfect accompaniment with tea! Love your writing about the "tea gods," and your teapot collection is wonderful. Don't forget to take a peek at my Mermaid adventure here IvasCreations.typepad.com while on my way to Vanessa's tea partyHugs to you!!
~ Iva

Brook said...

Sam and I loved all of your tea pots! Thank you so much for having us to tea!

JenW!~ said...

Oh I'm so glad I stopped by. You tea cupboard looks like mine stocked with so many teas, in fact i had to put it in two cupboards I buy so much. I LOVE your tea pots. My collection is slowly growing I am up to 6 now but not all are as fancy as yours.

WrightStuff said...

I love your Cheshire cat! And yes, that tea/coffee pot was a perfect choice!

Sylvia Smiser said...

Thank you so much for having me over for tea and lemon bars. They were scrumptious. I had a wonderful time and am looking forward to seeing your new creation! Please enter me in your giveaway and also come visit my tea party when you get a chance.
anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com
Thank you for being such a wonderful hostess,
sylvia
sylvia@anaboocreations.com

Valeriote Design said...

What a great mix of party wares. I love that black and red coffeepot... definitely has that Alicesque flair.

Your tiny trinket box of cupcakey goodness is divine!

Celia said...

What a magical tea party! I love all of your teapots....a great collection! Thank you for inviting me....please come by and have tea with me too...

Maria-Thérèse afiori.com said...

What a lovely party! Oh those teapots and the box and the cat!

♥ Maria-Thérèse blog.afiori.com

Lenora said...

Nice collection of pots and cups and china things! Hello cat! Thanx for tea! Won't you join us for tea at our Mad Tea Party - Fairy Tale

http://lenorita-lenoramoore.blogspot.com/2010/06/mad-tea-party-2010.html

Waterrose said...

Lovely tea party and thanks for sharing with me!

Scrap Vamp said...

Thank you for having me to tea! I love that red tea (coffee) pot!

Abi said...

What an amazing selection of tea!!! Arthur is adorable :O)

Justina said...

Hey Carolee!
Your tea pot collection is ADORABLE !! Well thanks for stopping by my party as well! The Hatter and I hope you stop by again soon !
-Justina
La Boheme Magique
http://labohememagique.blogspot.com

Carolee said...

Thanks very much for stopping by, and for the kind words. :) The teapots shown here are only a few of my collection, pulled randomly, omitting all the winter ones. I'll have to share the whole collection someday. LOVE my teapots. :)

~ Carolee

Jean said...

Cute giveaway! I love your red coffeepot. I think it's perfect for a tea party.
belatankian@hotmail.com

Lesley's Loft said...

i do believe in cats I do I do I do

Lesley's Loft said...

Pick me puuuuuuuuuuulease!!!

Lori said...

Wow! What a collection of tea and teapots! Loved the sweets and the tea. Thanks for visiting my mad tea party as well! Oh, and I think that little trinket box is adorable!

Fair Rosamund said...

What a fabulous party, thank you for having me over!! :) Love the teapots, and Arthur is too adorable :) And thank you for the chance to win the lovely little trinket box! ~Lauren

Chatelaine said...

Well, I will have a lemon bar and I do love your tea selections. I have an entire cabinet devoted to tea and it's acoutrements.

Your kitty is sweet. Love all your artwork!

Thanks for visiting me for tea too!

Carousel Dreams said...

So sorry to be so late, phew, but I finally made it! Arthur is just so handsome! And yes, he would look marvellous in a little top hat! I LOVE all your teapots - what fun! Thankyou so much for stopping by my tea party x

Jorge de Rojas said...

Carolee, sorry I missed the party, but I loved meeting Arthur. those eyes are just so Halloween!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Whew! I fell down the rabbit hole at the last party and it’s taken me days to find my way out. What a lovely gathering and such delightful company! Thanks so much for having me! (And for not mentioning those crumbs on my dress).

BunnyKissd said...

What wonderful tea pots! I choose the bunny one... ~_^ Do stop by my tea party too if you get a chance; the fairies & I will be waiting! ^-^

Nicola said...

Oh no missedouton theTea boxbutjust in timeforyour giveaway -
HOORAH!!! (tea toppedup and fingers crossed)
Nic xx