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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

Our Third Annual Gingerbread House

Only a few more days until Christmas!  I love this time of year.  I love Christmas music, the decorations,  It’s just a darn good time.

I started our Third Annual Gingerbread House last Sunday, a week later than anticipated.  I wanted to do a haunted gingerbread house for Halloween but didn’t get to it.  When I was looking for inspiration for that I found plans to make a gingerbread  Phantom Manor.  We love Disney’s Haunted Mansion….Love It!   I thought The Phantom Manor would be a really neat gingerbread house to make this year.  It didn’t get done for Halloween but I used the pattern to make our Christmas gingerbread house….

Pieces of Gingerbread

Pieces of Gingerbread

Building the Gingerbread House

Building the Gingerbread House

Getting Closer To Finished

Getting Closer To Finished

The patterns are good.  My building skills are not so good.  I had no problems until it came to putting the roof on…..it took 4 or 5 redo’s but I finally got it.  My biggest problem is my impatience.  I just can’t wait for the icing to harden then the roof would collapse and you just have to do it all over again.

That’s how the gingerbread house stands as of now.  I just got tired of cleaning the kitchen!  I will  be making sugar cookies until this week and  when I make icing again I will put the finishing touched on the house and will post those pictures then.

I am officially done shopping for the holidays and everything is wrapped and packages mailed!  Now all I have to do is bake cookies and get my house clean before Christmas!  I will post soon with more Christmas stuff!

Summer’s Here!

Summer’s officially here it started off a little bit bumpy for me.  The day after our son’s last day of school I got sick and and am now beginning to feel better.  Lots of things I wanted to do and places I had planned on going that I had to pass on which made me a little upset but nothing could be done about it.   I will just have to do them now!

Now I started painting some projects that have been looming and have a bunch more I want to get moving on.  I also re-listed my Bat Wing II Clock on Ebay

UPDATE:  SOLD!

Bat Wing II Clock

Bat Wing II Clock

Bat Wing II Clock

Bat Wing II Clock

Bat Wing II Clock

Bat Wing II Clock

We have been busy with yard work and gardening.  I really need to get a load of mulch but really despise moving and spreading it.  Maybe this week I will get motivated to do it because I am already tired of weeding!

This year I bought trough-like planters for on the decks and they are begining to fill in nicely

Trough Window Box Planter

Trough Window Box Planter

I noticed a trend in my flower preference this year, Orange!

Orange Begonia

Orange Begonia

I am really liking all the orange flowers.

Our garden is starting to come to life, too.   It is amazing to watch everything grow from seed into plants.  The only problem this year with the garden is Molly

Molly

Molly

Every time I go down to water or weed she believes she is helping me by digging at the plants!

Then the most amazing thing happened yesterday!  I baked a Banana Cream Pie.  I figured I had better take a picture of it because I haven’t done that in over a decade!  The last one was a complete disaster.  This one was actually pretty darn good.

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie

Banana Cream Pie