Friday, June 26, 2009

A Magical Mystery Tour

This morning, as I walked outside, I spied The White Rabbit in my front yard. Resplendent in a fancy jacket and with a wicked twinkle in his eye, he told me he was rounding up the guests for Vanessa Valencia’s Mad Hatter Tea Party.

“But, how will I ever get to that magical land called A Fanciful Twist” I asked? It’s a legendary spot, but nowhere to be found on a map.

The rabbit got very close, and whispered, “look over there”.

Nestled in the grass was this:

What? Vanessa sent a Mad Hat? Such a clever hostess! I peeked underneath the hat, and there was a rabbit hole.

I stepped in and…

I landed with a thud and a light bounce. "Ooof!" Wandering to the end of the rabbit tunnel, I found the door to A Fanciful Twist. But, being a magical door, it was too big – I couldn’t reach the door handle!

A plate of cupcakes topped with mountains of magic frosting (and instructions) sat by the door.

Being magic cupcakes, they will always be your favorite flavor. “Mmmm… mine’s red velvet!”

Aw fowt m'sewf gwah-ing tower... "Pardon me!" How rude... speaking with my mouth full like that! Let me try that again:

I felt myself growing taller with each bite. I easily reached the door and stepped through.... There was Vanessa's marvelous garden gate:

Image provided by A Fanciful Twist

Park your tricycles outside the gate and walk through for a Sparkly Good Time. With any luck, He’ll be there…

Be sure to follow me down the rabbit hole to A Fanciful Twist. You don't want to miss the Fabulous Soiree she's got going on over there. You'll find the list of party guests in her sidebar.


TattingChic said...

OMGosh, Kate! What a wondrous and magical post! I was totally caught up in your beautiful images you sketched! WOW! Such beautiful work! It's amazing!

Don't catch cold sleeping outside that garden gate! ;)

ElegantSnobbery said...

Oh how cute!! You're so clever, Kate!

Chrisy said...

Lovely whimsical drawing magic here! Please come on over for a visit to my party for fun, games and giveaways!

What Happens Next said...

I absolutely loved your party!!

You must put me on your permanent guest list! :)

xo Debbie

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Wow, Kate! I hope you get a million great gushes today on those terrific drawings. Not only are they well-done but so clever, too. I wish I had a thimble of your drawing skill. Way to go!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post! Such a creative imagination you have. Your blog is beautiful.

KathrynAntyr said...

What fabulous illustrations! You are a talent my dear. It is so great to meet up here again. What a wonderful reunion. Enjoy your day of tea party hopping.

xoxo k

Rhonda Roo said...

Uber Fab, Ms. Kate!
Love the drawings, such a talent!
Is there anything you can't do?

MagicMarkingsArt said...

Kate - such a lovely tea party spot - with wonderful, whimsical sketches.
I really enjoyed my visit and your delightful art.

rochambeau said...

Good morning Kate! Such lovely drawings you made for the party!
Have a wonderfully MAD day!
Please pass the cupcakes!


Sabii Wabii said...

Kate! great drawings! How fun to be at the party together.

Molly said...

I swear I could taste the cupcake in my mouth with that bitten cupcake drawing!

Lovely party! Thanks ever so much for letting me drop by!

somepinkflowers said...

i am ever~so happy
i popped in here
to see you magical drawings!
my oh my!!!

you have so much
going on in your Talent*Department
you must have them
working Over*Time...


will come back
for more after

as if... }

3rdEyeMuse said...

those sketches were WELL worth the wait!! ... you could have left your wonderful words out and I still would have known exactly what was happening! :)

happy Magical Mystery Tour day!!

Snap said...

Your illustrations are so wonderful.
Well done!

lori vliegen said...

fabulous, fabulous!! two thumbs up for your beautiful sketches, too!! you do parties right, girl!! thanks for the fun....i'll be wearing this smile that you put on my face for a while! :)

LW said...

This is magical, what an enchanting story.
I adore your artwork, it is truly wonderful.

I will be back to read some more.

A very happy Mad Tea Party to you,


Pretty Things said...

Oh I just loved the "falling" bit!

I hope you'll stop by my Tea Party and see what I'm decking out all the party-goers in!

Maggi said...

What a magical journey to the party! Simply splendid!

You're madly invited to my tea party, I do so hope you'll join me! (unless you already have of course!) :)

Twyla and Lindsey said...

What beautiful drawings! They made this party especially Special! Have a magical weekend! Twyla

Laura said...

Hi Kate-

I was so glad to hear from you.

Your drawings are great! I think the hat is my favorite part.

I need to come back and 'catch up' on your archives---bye bye!

Deborah said...

Beautiful drawings and a delightful party! Do stop by for tea with me! **blows kisses** Deborah

Gourdqueen said...

Incredible drawings! I feel the need to follow you and that is what I shall do! Great party!

Anonymous said...

great illustrations

Chickenbells said...

Oh oH!! Such amazing drawings...I just adored your party, and thank you so much for having me!!

Christine said...

Your illustrations are wonderful! They look so aniated that the first thing that came to my mind was that video by the band A-ha"Take on me"~your drawing looked as if they were moving. How wonderful to see that not only are you a talented jewelry designer but an illustrator as well:)

Hope all is going well~I've been a absentee blogger as of late..time seems to be slipping through my fingers.I feel like the white rabbit every day it seems!

Shell said...

Lovely drawings..they are enchating.

T=ME said...

Beautiful....the whole darn thing!!!! said...

Mister Lovee is looking over my shoulder, and we are swooning at you drawings!!! Oh my gosh Miss KATE!!!

What a wonderful treat you have shared beyond words!!

Your pencil is magical in your hands!!!

I am sorry I was not here sooner. I have been on my bathroom floor all day in agony!! A bug caught me!!

But I am glad to be here now, albeit in a funky state. At least you can't see me!!

xoxo, thank you for being a wonderful friend! love, V

KarenHarveyCox said...

I adore your sketches, each one is so lovely. I especially loved the garden gate. What an enchanting tea party.

Today was my daughter's High School graduation party. So, just like White Rabbit, I am late for this very important date to visit everyone's tea! I had a wonderful time visiting your blog.

Happy Mad Tea Party, Karen

Stepping off the edge said...

Resplendent indeed!
Brilliant work!

apparentlyjessy said...

You are very talented at sketching my dear! I really enjoyed visiting your party!


Kat said...

Your drawings are wonderful, what a fun, magical post! Happy tea party day!

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

What a wonderful post...and gorgeous drawings. Have fun at the party!

Renee said...

Absolutely lovely, your drawings are wonderful and I love how you fell.

Renee xoxo

Runako Designs by Dee said...

such a magical post...thank you thank you for inviting me, I love the art work, I'll definitely be back..bookmarked!

You’re invited to please visit stop by and visit my party where we’re having a tea of a time!!

msartist said...

Amazing and whimsical post! How lovely~ I hope you made it for tea and a visit at my party! I have been enchanted and can't wait for another visit~ Theresa

The Artful Paper Doll said...

Beautiful drawings. WOW! You did a great job on this. Thank you for a delightful day at the party.

Sending fairy wishes for a .•*˙˙*•.magical.•*˙˙*•. day!

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I'm so happy to be visiting your party! Delightful!

Isabel said...

What wonderful wonderful drawings miss Kate!!! Can I have one of those giant cakes...mmmm...
You story took me back to my childhood and all those our I spent reading Alice in Wonderland and imagining other adventures for Alice :)

fairiemoon said...

What lovely illustrations!

A very Merry Unbirthday!
Erin :)

Anonymous said...

What fun artwork! a most enjoyable party:)
Thanks so much
Happy Party Hopping


Jen said...

It is so curious that these Mad Tea Parties are still going strong! I've yet to clean mine up, so please feel free to follow me back down the rabbit hole to Haute Whimsy before life goes back to simply mundane!