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Come In……We’ve Been Expecting You……

Welcome to our Halloween Blog Party.  How nice of you to stop by…..Come right this way…..skele-finger

It has been a hectic time around here, so much to do so little time.  But I won’t bore you with all the strange events that have been happening in our abode…..I think first we should sit for a spell and have a couple refreshments and I will show you around….table_2

Help yourself to a cookie…..cookies

Or try a cupcake…..cupcakes_2

I tried out an idea that we had, that adding a Miniature Reese’s Cup to the batter would be worth trying.  I made Devils Food cupcakes added the Reese’s Cup.  After they cooled I frosted half with Peanut Butter Frosting and the other half with a recipe I had read on Tasty Kitchen.  Here is a picture of how the cupcake experiment came out….cupcake_half

Notice how the Reese’s Cup sank to the bottom.  It also didn’t melt, it kind of hardened.  The frosting recipes are wonderful (for the recipes just click on the above links).  The peanut butter is wonderful on the Devils Food cupcake. :-)

Anyway, make yourself a potion to wash it all down…potions_2

Now that we have had our refreshments I’ll just show you around.  Here are some pictures of the family room…..livingroom_2

The fireplace mantle…..mantle

My tribute to the Haunted Mansion….haunted_mansion

Our hitchhiker, Gus….

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One of our old favorite decorations…..our fiber-optic black cat…fiberopticcat

Here are a  few more photos from around the house…..skullandhands

busts

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Our Halloween Tree….righttree

Young and Old Mr. Gracy Ornaments. Characters from the Haunted Mansion….twogracys

ornaments

The  Bat Wing Mantle Clock is in a new spot in the house….  batwingclock

I also made a Phantom Manor Gingerbread House….gingerbread_5

gingerbread_gate

gingerbread

I kind of have the Haunted Mansion on the brain so I am going to do two giveaways.  The first is a Haunted House candle holder….hauntedhousegiveaway

The other will be for two Halloween Eggs I painted.  I painted a few of them to put in my kitchen fruit bowl….eggs_2eggs_close

To enter to win just leave me a comment.  I will randomly draw winners on Sunday, October 24th in order to get them shipped in time for Halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have fun Blog Partying and have a spooktacular Halloween!

Look What I Got In The Mail…..

In June I participated in the Mad Tea Party and enjoyed bog hopping to all the blog tea parties!  Everyone’s so creative and it’s just a good time to see everyone’s tea parties!

I got lucky too!  I won a giveaway from Inge at PinkePinke.  What a wonderful surprise.  I recieved this lovely package from Belgium (love the bunnies!)…IMG_7172Inside that package was the cutest bag with tag…….IMG_7176 Inside were these most wonderful Artist Trading Cards…IMG_7183IMG_7184

and this lovely pendant….IMG_7181

Inge is quite a talented paper artist and I just adore the ATC’s and pendant!

It has been a real summer around here with all the super hot weather but I am already looking forward to the Halloween Blog Party!  I do love Halloween!   I just don’t want the summer to fly by any quicker than it is!!!  It’s hard to believe that it is the end of July already.

Give Away Update!

If  you are looking for the Tea Party it is the following post!  I just wanted to announce that I am extending the deadline for entries for the give away.  There were sooooo many parties to attend that I think more time is needed.  I will draw two names Saturday, July 3rd.

Remember to be entered in the give away to just leave a comment after the Mad Tea Party.   Thanks!  IMG_6781

Welcome to My Mad Tea Party!

I am so happy you came!  I’ve been expecting you!

“Who are you?”

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Don’t mind Caterpillar……

I am so excited!  This day has finally come and there is quite a buzz around the Tea Parties.  I have been busily preparing a fanciful Mad Tea and expect to have a great day of party hopping with everyone……

So come on in….. Hurry it’s time…Don’t be late…..

Party Time!

Party Time!

Grab a refreshment and a bite to eat…..IMG_6763

Take your pick…….A cupcake and a cup of tea?

Tea and a Cupcake

Tea and a Cupcake

Those are  Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes!  My Favorite!!!!  Look at the filling…..mmmmmmm  If you want the recipe just click the below picture!  Trust me they are delicious.

Strawberry & Mascarpone Filled Cupcake

Strawberry & Mascarpone Filled Cupcake

You better get a cupcake now, I see Rabbit showed up and he’ll be making short work of them!

Rabbit and Cupcake

Rabbit and Cupcake

Maybe you would like a Buttermilk Blueberry Scone too.

Tea and a Blueberry Buttermilk Scone?

Tea and a Buttermilk Blueberry Scone?

Blueberry Buttermilk Scone

Buttermilk Blueberry Scone

The scones are yummy too and if you want the recipe click the above picture.

Lets grab a tea….so many choices maybe some iced tea, green tea, black tea, or herbal tea….

Take some tea!

Take some tea!

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

Lets have some iced tea on this beautiful hot summer day and let’s mingle.

I would like to introduce you to some of our other guests……

There is Shadow……our Halloween kitty who is now as big as a whale!

Shadow

Shadow

There is Leo…..our gentle soul……

Leo

Leo

He is not impressed with his tea….

Leo Doesn't Like Tea

Leo Doesn't Like Tea

And Molly our sassy girl…….

Sassy Molly

Sassy Molly

She’s just joining in all the fun!

There with Molly is the Garden Gnome and Ibex having some tea..

Gnome and Ibex

Gnome and Ibex

There’s the gnome again by the pond….

Gnome by the pond

Gnome by the pond

Over there at that table is a silly lot……

The Mad Hatter and Rabbit

The Mad Hatter and Rabbit

There coming through the foliage is Brandon’s  creation, the Mountain Climber Nutcracker.  He climbed up here to have a quick tea before he makes his journey home next week!  He is finally going home!

Mountain Climber Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Nutcracker

Over here are some of Brandon’s other creations…..

Greyhound, Skull, Bear and The Mad Hatter

Greyhound, Skull, Bear and The Mad Hatter

Well, I think the guests are getting restless.

Bear Eating Teacup

Bear Eating Teacup

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so delighted you came by.  Leave me a quick comment and you will be entered to win either this Teacup with Watermelon Mint Iced Tea and a hand painted tag….

Tea Cup Giveaway

Tea Cup Giveaway

Or this Basket with Berry Basket Iced Tea and a small canvas I painted with hydrangeas….

Tea Basket

Tea Basket Give Away

So don’t forget to leave a comment and I will randomly draw two names Tuesday night.

I hope you enjoyed our party and have a great day!!!  I also want to thank Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for organizing such a extravagant Mad Tea Party!  She is so creative and her blog is just beautiful and amazing!

Have fun attending all the Tea Parties!

Mad