Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sometimes a Little Madness and a Little Giveaway...

....And a tumble down the Rabbit Hole...


 Is exactly what one needs to make the world not so topsy-turvy anymore. ♥

Do come in, and grab a cup of your favorite brew (mine is currently this lovely lemon chiffon!)...


And choose one of these yummy cookies (actually a birthday surprise a while back from a very special friend and Alice collector!) This picture, and her thoughtfulness always make me smile. :)

To be honest, my world has been turned completely upside down recently, and in the most devastating way, so I'm afraid I haven't had time for really proper tea party preparations. But with the help of my friends, both real-life and online, I'm picking up the pieces and forging ahead with a new chapter...

  
In the midst of all these changes, I'm back in the studio, and working on - what else? - a new Alice inspired piece...


(A hint - there will be a very LARGE White Rabbit involved.)

Anywho..

I'm sorry this is so short, and probably less than super imaginative....But I thank you ever so much for visiting, and if you leave a comment, I will draw a name in a few days (say next Saturday?) and the winner can choose their favorite print from my Etsy shop. I think Alice tumbling down the Rabbit Hole may even be there, but you can have your pick!

Much love, and Happy Tea Partying...

xoxo,
~ Carolee

40 comments:

petoskystone said...

It's horrible when your life shatters & everyone else's seems to be moving along as if nothing happened. So pleased to read that you've decided to write a new chapter. *hugs* for you & your daughter. Love Alice, Wonderland, & all of its incarnations!

unrulywitch said...

I hope you find the time to take a few days and sequester yourself in your new place and just enjoy and plan,decorate...PAINT,lol. No FB, no news, just things and people and pets that make you happy. Stay inspired and inspiring <3

Melissa Clyde said...

Good to have even a short message from you and updates on your fabulous art. Hope you can continue to stay in touch with so many of your friends and fans, and find solace in your grand creativity. Be well and safe and thanks! Melissa Clyde Ferring

Ann Marie Jones Allen said...

I have always admired your work. I know the struggles that I watched you go through on here and you have handled them all with such grace. I would love to own a piece of your work for it holds both beauty and grace as you do. Thanks for continuing to create for all of us fans to admire.

Ann Marie Jones Allen said...

I have always admired your work. I know the struggles that I watched you go through on here and you have handled them all with such grace. I would love to own a piece of your work for it holds both beauty and grace as you do. Thanks for continuing to create for all of us fans to admire.

Laura said...

I'm learning that even the smallest dose of fun can help us heal. I enjoyed your party! Hope you have a good time visiting all the others.
blessings
~*~

Sandra Van Winkle said...

Carol, you were one of the first people to follow my little blog (that I've now abandoned for the moment). I was thrilled you noticed me. My sympathies. I am humbled by your strength, your grace, and your artistic talents. I'm so glad to read your posts and know that you are healing and moving forward. Blessings to you and may work work always sustain you.

Sharon Rawson said...

Your work is so wonderful! Hope things are better very soon!

minipurl said...

I am so happy to see the very cool artistic side of you. Hugs!!!!!!!!!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dear Carolee,
I have read your earlier blog posts and would like to offer you my condolences. I can tell you from first hand experience how healing art can be, so I am happy to see you starting to move forward and work on creative projects. Thank you for your tea party post today.

If you have a moment, My Little Victorienne and Purple Kitty would love a visit from you at my blog! We hope you enjoy your time there!

Wishing you peace and healing,

Betty

Lori Carey said...

I love your work! Wish I could join your tea party!

JenndD said...

It's nice to see you back doing what you love. I'm sorry the break you took was for such a sad reason. I'm hoping you find peace as you move into the next chapter in your life.

jann said...

We're all a little mad here... Thanks for for all the brightness you bring to the table...��

CCs Whimsies said...

Love you Carolee for your spirit!! And your Art, well.... you are Uber talented!!! Had a lightening thought a second ago....animal portraits...in some new or previous selected art works. Always in my thoughts...love, Crusty

CCs Whimsies said...

Love you Carolee for your spirit!! And your Art, well.... you are Uber talented!!! Had a lightening thought a second ago....animal portraits...in some new or previous selected art works. Always in my thoughts...love, Crusty

beverly e said...

Lemon Chiffon Tea?! Wherever did you find it... sounds so yummy! Love your whimsical art, Carolee. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Neault said...

I hope things go better for you and your artwork is always so amazing. I know the struggles artists go through with distractions and how emotionally draining it can be on our creativity. Thank you for blogging this little spot of heaven and delight. Lisa

Danzel @Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes said...

Lemon chiffon tea sounds amazing! Lovely.

Audra Marie said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort to enfold you. As for your tea party, the tea sounds delightful and the cookies look wonderful.

Rosemarie said...

Love your work and tea parties!! Lemon chiffon sounds wonderful!!

L aura's Reading said...

Sometimes when life crashes around us we must take a deep breath, remember what we are grateful for, and take some time for ourselves and to find a new normal.
You are so warm and generous for inviting us into your home. We all look anxiously forward to visiting the reults of your studio time. I wonder if this giant white rabbit may perhaps have a name? Or a pocketwatch?

Please visit - I have music
http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2016/07/mad-tea-party-2016.html

Magaly Guerrero said...

First of all, I'm sorry you are going through rough times. May things settle down soon. I'm glad you chose to host your tea party anyway. Things have been a bit mad in my world too--illness--but I think that rolling (partying?) with the punches is what keeps us going.

Love your painting. And your yummy tea, too. I shall keep my fingers crossed for the giveaway.

Happy Mad Tea Party! ♥

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for sharing a little bit and playing along with all of us.

Rev. Churchmice said...

Blessings on a summer day!

Anne said...

A visit at the King of Mice Studio is always a delight, Carolee!
Hugs,
Anne
http://alittlefurinthepaint.blogspot.com/2016/07/welcome-to-mad-tea-party-2016.html

Jane K said...

On dark days we need all those little chinks of fun and maddness we can find. Thanks for your party invite, I've had a magical time on my visit.

Deborah ShireGardener said...

I know you won't remember me, we 'met' on the old now defunct Victoria forum. My heart bled for you when I read your news but I am happy to see you creating even in the midst of deep sadness.
I have always adored your art! Find a little madness, a plate of crazy cookies, and a cup of tea and a chat.
Hugs
Deborah

just me... jan said...

When life hits us hard many find their true worth by the means they choose to fight back....stay creative darlin'....your talent is your ray of sunshine!

Carolee said...

Thank you all so much for the kind words and condolences. ♥

Deborah! I do remember you, and will pop over to your blog if comments are allowed...
Are you on Facebook?

~ Carolee

Victorian Tailor said...

I think its great you took the time to put this cute post together! and having a give a way!
beautiful pictures, hoping things will be better for you,
get away and visit my tea here: http://plumfieldhousegardens.blogspot.com/
Blessing to you, Celeste

Nicole said...

I know exactly how you feel. Life can be so crazy. I do hope everything comes together soon. Your tea party was perfect and you did what you could! I'm glad you joined in!

Linda M said...

Just found this blog the other day-LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your work, especially the kitties.

I am so sorry for your loss. My husband passed away suddenly 22 years ago due to an accident. It turned my world upside down. I saw a counselor weekly for about the first 6 months, then gradually less frequently. I also read some books on grieving and as they suggested, did not make any major financial/life decisions. I guess the main thing I learned is that mourning and grief are different for everyone-no two people have the same timetable. Be gentle with yourself and take the time you need to heal. It's a gradual process, but you WILL get through it and emerge as a stronger person on the other side.

dawaioser said...

HUGS - hang in there. There's something about 2016 that is kicking all of our collective booties. This past week has been awful for me as well, so I wanted to be sure and let you know that someone cares. Things will get better, eventually. In the meantime, we'll hang onto the things and people that bring the sweetness to our lives. I hope you find something to make you smile soon. <3

I'm a day-late to the fun and just now getting around to each party, but if you haven't already, do drop by and say hi. :)
~ Misha
http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/870467.html

Art @ Home said...

Carolee, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm humbled that you are hosting such a generous giveaway in spite of all you've been through. I'm sending you (((((hugs))))) and prayers from Alabama.

Lemon chiffon tea? Yes, please! I've never tried it before.

Happy Mad Tea Party!
xo,
Ricki Jill

Lynzie Coller said...

This post was put together beautifully! I love the sweet pictures that you took! I enjoyed it immensely!

Donna Lizbeth said...

Hello! I am a new follower and a lover of all things Alice. So very sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family. Crafting hugs ~ Donna =)

Calamitous Botanicus said...

Forgive me for being late to your party, but I'm so glad I finally made it here because your artwork and treats are a wonder to behold, I could look at those photos all day! Lately, I'm finding less really is more.
I'm so very sorry you lost your husband, I honestly can't imagine it. I do hope you find moments of comfort and peace in the days ahead.
All the best, Sarah

dob David said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful work.
It is made even more meaningful when placed against the backdrop of your current difficulties. The fact that you choose to share and lift others while going through your own challenges speaks volumes!

lillalotta said...

How wonderfully kind you are.
You have such a loving and giving heart, and my thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Girly Pretties said...

Hello Alice,

Love all those cute delicious sweets. Maybe you will feel better inviting you to smell roses...http://blythetheque.blogspot.fr/2016/07/the-most-fragrant-roses-party-la-vie-en.html

Wishing you all the best!

Hugs.

Monika