Friday, June 25, 2010

"A Mad Tea Party" part two


"But rabbit." exclaimed Katey Alice, "Why can't we open the door?" The White Rabbit explained to her that only the Mad Hatter would be able to open the door for her. "Where do I find Him?" She asked. He told her to go sit on the bench in the forest garden and close her eyes until she heard his mad and wonderfully magical music. Then open her eyes and he would appear.


She hadn't been there but a few moments, when beautifully strange and wonderful music filled the air. She opened her eyes and there he was sitting across from her! His music was so magical and she listened for some time before she worked up the courage to ask him the question she had searched him out for.

Mad Music

"Mr. Hatter" she began, " my name is Katey Alice and I have been invited to Miss Vanessa's Tea Party and I need you to help me open the door." "I know who you are." he told her. "Miss Vanessa has sent me to escort you to her Party. It is a wonderful party that happens only once a year. Come with me and I will show you the way."


He took her by the hand and led her back the same path that she walked with Rabbit. When they reached the party door it opened easily and let them in.


There inside sat Rabbit already at the table hiding behind a book. "Again Rabbit! You pop up at all the right places." She laughed.


The Mad Hatter , behind a book of his own exclaimed, "Well are we going to visit or help ourselves to all this deliciousness?"


And so they did. Round and round they went sampling every delicious treat.


Every bite better than the last.


After tasting everything, and feeling quite full, the Mad Hatter proposed a toast to their fabulous hostess. "To the lovely Miss Vanessa for such an amazing feast. Every year gets better and better." he exclaimed with a sly smile on his face. "Till next year, Miss Katey Alice."


And in the blink of an eye he vanished! Miss Katey Alice knew that she would have to wait till next year to do it all again.


A huge thank you to Miss Vanessa of "A Fanciful Twist" for the chance to be part of her Mad Tea Party. I have learned so many new ways to enhance my photos thanks to this wonderful project. I have also gained a few new obsessions! I can not tell you how much fun this was, for me as well as my grand children and the wonderful Miss Karen.


  1. You girls are too cute! I popped over from part 1. This is all delightful! ~ Sarah

  2. Joyce,
    I thought I would be the first to leave a comment, and saw that Sarah beat me to it. I love your grandkids and your photography is amazing. I had the best time doing this together. Here's to many more collaborations to come...clink!


  3. your grandchildren are beautiful...this was truly a most delightful post...thanks for sharing!!!

  4. Briliant! Katey Alice and the Dapper Hatter! what fun!
    Thank you so much for the tea!

  5. Dear Joyce,
    Thank you so much for the lovely tea with you and your grandchildren!

    Wishing you a Happy Party Day!


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

    What a charming pair of players! The tea was delicious!

    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! :)

  7. Kathy Alice and the Dapper Hatter are ADORable!! How proud of them you must be!

    Thanks for the lovely party, I had a wonderful time!


  8. Delightful Tea Party you had there for your grands...
    "Well are we going to visit or help ourselves to all this deliciousness?" - Priceless!!!

    Thanks so much for having us - Zuni and I enjoyed your visit as well!

  9. What a wonderful party! Thank you much for inviting Sam and I.

  10. First I MUST say the photo of your grandson swinging over the ocean is FABULOUS!!! Love all the party shots too. I should like to be invited to tea at your lovely home and climb those massive step and get happy thighs before snacking. **blows kisses** Deb

  11. Oh, what darling photos! Your characters are so cute! Thank you for inviting me to your party. Have a great weekend! Twyla

  12. Hi Joyce,
    I just stopped by to leave a comment


  13. I just came over to read Part 2, it is as enchanting as the first one. Katey Alice and The Mad Hatter are so cute!!!!!

  14. Hi Joyce!
    Your tea party was soooo adorable and little miss katey is so cute !! She makes the perfect Alice! My favorite was her little jump down the rabbit hole.... I love the sparkles you added to some of your photos :-)
    Also thanks for stopping by my party as well! I hope you had a great time! The Hatter and I hope to see you stop by again soon!
    La Boheme Magique

  15. Part 2 was just as magical as part 1....thank you for a lovely tea party.....please come by and have tea with me too....

  16. Dear Joyce,
    Thank you so much for inviting me to your adventure! It was a wonderful time! I loved all the cupcakes! I hope I didn't have too many :) Please come visit me at

  17. Adorable grandkids - love how you've photographed the party!

  18. Such a lovely tea party...thank you for sharing tea with me!

  19. How delightful! I love Katy Alice. I had seen Part I on Karen's blog, and I love how this ended at yours. Katy Alice is precious! Loved having tea with you, and I hope you'll join me for a cup and possibly a treat or two...

    Happy Tea Party!


    Sheila :-)

  20. Ah, such a lovely sweet Alice...I was happy to find the end of the tale. If you have not yet done so, I'd be honored to have you sit a spell with me ~ for tea...
    Sincerely, Theresa (aka The White Queen)

  21. What a delightfully mad tea party! Alice and the Hatter are adorable! Great photos! Thanks for having me!

  22. So sweet! Your pics are gorgeous!
    Please visit my own little party, and try your hand at winning my giveaway!

  23. I also love your adorable Mad Hatter! How could I leave him out of the equation! He's handsome as can be!


    Sheila :-)

  24. Such a lovely party, I so enjoyed both parts!! Your photos are beautiful :) ~Lauren

  25. What a fabulous creative .... out of this world tea party...

    I so enjoyed myself watching the adventures of Ms Alyce...

    Thank you

  26. Ohhh Joyce! Stop on back to my blog when you get a moment! You've won the Mad Tea Give-away love!! Drop me an email with your addy and i will post out your prize!
    {{{{clap, clap, clap}}}}} YEAH!!
    hee hee.

  27. Oh my, my grand children will love to meet your grandchildren and not mention all your delightful tea party fun from tea sets to sparkles to delicious delectables. Thank you!

  28. Hi there Joyce, you WON my giveaway, my original painting "The Little Garden Fairy"!! Please send me your address at and I will get her shipped off first thing Tuesday morning (since Monday is a holiday) :) Thank you! :)

  29. Wonderful post :-) So many parties I am working my way through the list when I have time to browse :-) You are invited to tea and to join my giveaway,every days is an unbirthday, there is still time :-)

  30. This party that you and Karen put together was fantastic! And thank you for stopping by and no worries about comments. I know it is hard to leave a comment every time, one blogger I know asks to leave just a smiley face in the comments. I think that is a brilliant idea.

  31. Glorious story!!! Loved the visit dear! Blessings.

  32. I want to make sure that as much as possible that everyone else in the group is aware of when you post something for our group, The Artistic Mother's Art Group, so that you will receive visits. We now have 99 participants. That is so great! Because we are so large, it is not possible to visit each and every post that every member puts up; so when you post something related to The Artistic Mother's Art group, I would suggest that you start your title off with "Artistic Mother" to maximize your chances of others from the group paying you a visit. I look at the blog roll for our group every day; and when I see those words, I automatically know that this is a post that I don't want to miss. Please continue to check the blog roll on my blog for Artistic Mother Group related posts on a regular basis so that we can continue to encourage one another in our efforts to do a little something creative each day. Only five show at a time. Just click "Show All" to see all of the blogs. Also, keep in mind that if you are leaving encouraging comments, that will ensure that you will receive some back yourself.

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  33. This is just wonderful!!! What a great idea, beautiful costumes, treats and pictures! I love everything about it - and am sure the actors did too!
    Thank you to for your sweet comment about Somerset - it really does mean a lot, Kristin xo

  34. Oh my goodness! This is just the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Beautiful children and such a memorable event for them.

  35. Hi again!
    I just wanted to thank you for your kind congratulations on my first blogiversary - it's wonderful to have your support!
    Happy Tuesday, Kristin xo

  36. hi joyce,

    thank you so much for your always sweet comments!

    i thought your adorable grandkids looked familiar -- from karen's post!

    happy rest-o-summer!


  37. Thank you for your visit and well wishes for Kenda's first day of Kindergarten! I hope your granddaughter has a wonderful experience too - and YES it is going by so so fast . . . Kristin xo

  38. joyce,

    I just love this little story and all these darling photos!!! beautiful job!
    thanks again for popping over to my artseat!
    stay well,

    ps. truly enjoying this music....

  39. I love these pictures!!
    Thank you for your visit and kind words! To answer your question, I was lucky to find some cabinet cards at a vendor fair Art Unraveled. They are not easy for me to find and unfortunately, I have not found one so cool and perfect for the one inch frame because of it's small size. But you can try yard sales, thrift stores, etc. Cabinet cards or old tin types are what you're looking for.
    BUT I agree - and think they would make such cool gifts - as a matter of fact, I am going to make a few necklaces similar to that one but use a family photo instead. I took a picture of my grandmother's hands just before she passed last week. I thought a black and white one inch version would look beautiful with the crystals - and I suppose any vintage photo or family shot would do. . .
    Kristin xo

  40. Hi again!
    I just wanted to thank you for your sweet birthday wishes to Kendra! I will read them tomorrow and I know she will love them. Thank you once again, xo