27 June 2009

A Mad Tea Party....and an extra GIVEAWAY!

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?" ~ Alice, from Lewis Carroll's Alice In Wonderland

A little nonsense a good thing.

Today is Mad Hatter Tea Party Day sponsored by the dear and lovely Miss Vanessa Valencia at A Fanciful Twist. I love that girl and her wickedly awesome skills. She is a talented writer, photographer, sculptor, painter and all around artsy-fartsy gal.

In addition to all the stuff and nonsense and all the cupcake towers with extra sprinkles and lacy gloves and chirping birds and even sitings of the Mad Hatter himself during her party today... there is more! Vanessa is having a Buy One Get One sale in her Etsy shop...no limits! These prints of her original artwork are really incredible, printed on canvas, ready to be framed. I received 6 of them in December 2008. I have one in my studio to remind me that my muse is within me all along. Her designs are whimsical and sensitive and so achingly beautiful. I am particularly fond of........no, wait! I am not going to tell you which ones I like best! (I will reveal it with the giveaway winning post.)

With the weight of the world bearing down on us, this is a great way to join the blogosphere in a celebration of light and love and fantasy and fabulosity. To celebrate with her...I am doing a GIVEAWAY!

To enter my giveaway, all you need to do is go to Vanessa's Etsy store here, then come back to my blog and leave a comment on which one of her fab-u-lous prints is your favorite. (This picture is from Vanessa's blog...she is really talented, this one! Doesn't this party look like so much fun?)

Here are the giveaway details:

  1. Go to Vanessa's Etsy store here.
  2. Look over all the prints for sale.
  3. Come back to this post and leave a comment stating which one is your favorite.
  4. Giveaway ends on WEDNESDAY, JULY 1ST at 10pm cst. (REVISED time! I realized as I was going through all the great parties on Vanessa's Blog that it will take me at least until then to make it through! Go and visit all the others there too!)
  5. One entry per person, please!
  6. One lucky random winner will receive some pretty pearl earrings!

(Example of earrings to be won! These earrings, called Cranberry Bites, were featured in the Winter 2008 Stringing...I will make similar ones for you with your choice of pearl color! Just follow the directions above...but hurry! I will pick a winner on Sunday night June 28th!)

And...you really should go check out her blog. Like.... right now. I mean it. What are you still doing here...?! You won't be disappointed!

Check It Out::Through The Secret Keyhole

Enjoy the day!


Connie said...

i liked ALL of the prints, but especially the Fungi Sisters (be kind - pronounced Foon Gee, they're sensitive!).
Love your jewelery...and i read about your spectacular packaging!

Lorelei Eurto said...

Hi Erin!
what a beautiful artist you have showcased here! So whimsical, I love it!
My favorite is Lydia the Owl Trainer, of course!!

Doreen said...

Oh, how to pick just one?? My favorite is Strange Beautiful Lady.


I picked out three favorites where the main figure was pictured from the back...wonder what that means?

permanentcloud said...

the curious playroom is by far my favorite. wonderful! :)

and I really like your blog!

Be~Jeweled by Jana said...

I love the whimsical nature of her work. I think my favorite is Pans Widow. Thanks for the inspiration and offering a giveaway!

Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said...

the girl in the music box has always been my fave piece...thanks for joining us...i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva

MagicMarkingsArt said...

thank you for sharing your inspirational spot ~ so many wonderful things to see throughout this tea party day.
your earrings are simply gorgeous as is vanessa's "Enchanted tea time" print.
~ cheers ~

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Hi Erin! Her work is awesome!

My favorite print is "Declaring Your Love in the Rain".


LW said...

Just one is so hard to choose for I love all of Miss V’s work…
But today I would have to say it’s

She dreamed of a faraway place … that catches my eye.

Please add me to your give-away list and stop by for I am having a
Tea give-away as well....
However, mine is a secret that you must find…

Happy mad tea day to you,


Sherry said...

I attended Vanessa's tea party last year...she is truly a gifted artist and a wonderful story teller.

I've purchased some of Vanessa's work and love what I have. Today I choose "Reverie" as my favourite print. Thank you for having a giveaway of a pair of your beautiful earrings. I'm thrilled to be able to put my name in the hat!

Maria said...

Oh so many favorites!
BUT, if I had to pick just one....Super Bake Girl "CUPCAKE"

Please stop by my tea party and say hi...

sharon said...

This artist is lovely Erin...thank you for sharing! My favorite is The Curious Playroom!! Wish I had one just like it, and the dress too!!

MJ Ornaments said...

Just one? Wow this is hard. I'll say A Peculiar Day. Thanks for the chance to win!

fawndear said...

What a fun party.
My favorite from Vanessa (so hard to choose) would be the miniture tea set or the Blissful Daydream. Sorry I couldn't choose just one.
Hope you have an enchanting weekend.

You can call me Tawny.... said...

i adore ms vanessa's blog!!
its simply magical!

& my fave print has to be super bake girl... i have a "thing" for cupcakes...

bohemian art chick said...

thank you for the party. I like Vanessa's midnight fairy print


Emily Anne Leyland said...

Oh my, to say which of her prints is my favorite would be too hard. I love them all. Thanks for a great giveaway, they are gorgeous!!

Pretty Things said...

I love "The Siren Finds her Passion" -- I love all of the ones where she uses newspaper for the dresses, and have a number of them, but don't have that one!

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

Mellisa said...

Hi Erin (did you get my email to the other email address last night?)

Although the colors are beautiful on all the prints, I think The Fancy Peacock is my favorite. Thanks for having the giveaway :)

Maggi said...

I hope you've been enjoying all of the fabulous festivities today! My favorite print of Vanessa's is "The Curious Playroom". Enjoy the day!

You're madly invited to my tea party, I do so hope you can drop by! (If you haven't already! lol :)

Gabrielle said...

I love them all and really wish I could buy a few, but I was particularly drawn to the woman with the pink skirt that was in fact her tea party table. Fabulous! I love your quote at the top of your blog!!

Chrisy said...

I'm a fan of Vanessa's Fungi prints....but gosh everything is gorgeous! Come on over to my party - if you haven't quietly crept in already....

rosebud101 said...

Love my pet is clearly my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Lovely blog and party. Now for the fave print- I have miss Bliss and that is still my favoriet but the runner-up would have to be Reverie- of course everything she makes is wonderful. Love your cheery out look and blog.

Brooke said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Isn't she a talent?? So amazing. I love everything she does but I do love Tea Party Sojourn.

Gourdqueen said...

My fave has to be A Curious Playroom.

LaLa said...

Dancing and singing and having lots of fun but, I have a gypsy heart and so I must run....................

Mad indeed and silly too, I had a lovely tea with you. Thanks for the goodies and flowers too but, now I must, bid you ado.

There are many more parties and cups of tea. My friends are all waiting to share some with me.

Good bye my sweet friend. Please take a moment to visit me too. I do so enjoy sipping tea with you!

Love LaLa

Chickenbells said...

What a MAD giveaway...I have always loved the SuperBakeGirl...and the owl print she usually has up there, but I didn't see it this time....

Renee G said...

I think my favorite is Firefly Magic.


The Giveaway Diva said...

love the Lydia the Owl Trainer!!

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

Nx said...

Hi there.
Thanks for your comment on my Tea Party post. Just took some time to look through your work - it's beautiful. I will definitely be stopping by often. I have to say 'The Bird girl' is (one) my faves-it's difficult to pick just one. Vanessa is a very inspiring soul.
All the best

Sarah said...

There are so many lovely ones it is hard to pick. I love The Butterfly Collector this morning so that can be my favourite for now!
Lovely earrings!
Thanks for visiting my party too!

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my tea party. What a wonderful giveaway. I like the Curious Playroom the best!

Florida Beaders said...

I loved many prints. "She dreamed herself a Cypress Grove" spoke to me, as I remembered discovering little cypress trees in the yard and rescuing them from the big old mean lawnmower. It is fun and fanciful.

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I love all the bliss ones and got a peculiar day and another! Yay! Love your place here dear! Blessings.

Her Art Nest said...

The prints are all so amazing. It's hard to pick just one, but I think "Hidden in the Attic" is definitely my choice. Would love to participate in your giveaway. Your earrings are really quite lovely, and I would be honored to win! Love your blog! Thanks for participating in the Mad Tea Party event so I could view your work! ~Nan

{Daydreamer} said...

Pan's Widow is my favorite.
Thanks for stopping by.
H :)

Christine said...

what a great idea! I don;t need to visit her shop as I know her prints:) I have the girl among the cypress trees myself but I think her paper dress girl paintings are my favorite, especially the one with the purple background:)

Thanks for dropping by my blog as well Erin! Enjoy your weekend and let the partying continue:)

Dee said...

Hi Erin,
Fancy seeing you at the Party...isn't it grand. I like so many of Vanessa's prints, but I'm taken with "Bliss" Her work is beautiful!! Thanks for having me.

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

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

OH MY GOOOOOOOOODNESSSSSS!! Miss Erin, this is beyond words!!! A Print giveaway, from my shop, and pearl earrings!! The Mad Hatter is doing a jig just for you, and says he might even take me to visit you one day!! Since his family are your neighbors, in a way ;)

YOu are a love! Your jewelry is sooo beautiful! Your banner is divine!! xxoxo, you already know how much I adore and value our friendship, Love, V

dragonflydreamer said...

Camillia is my favorite, although it is hard to choose as she is such a talented artist. I love the earrings you are giving away, they are very beautiful. I really love your blog and will be following along with you since I need all of the lovliness and inspiration I can absorb. Thank you for such a sweet chance to win something so beautiful. This Mad Tea Party celebration has been such a delightful way to forget my cares for a bit and meet so many wonderful and creative women.

xo dragonflydreamer xo

bluemuf said...

Lovely post, My favourite print is Circus, Circus. Also, I just love your jewelery.

Have a Magical Day

Unknown said...

What a clever way to have a giveaway. My compliments. Thank you for a delightful visit.

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

Cheers! =D
~Kitty Kellie
The Artful Paper Doll

Unknown said...

That was a really tough choice because there were so many. If I have to pick I'll say "The Curious Playroom" is my favourite.

BTW, your blog is delightful and so are you for being so generous!


Unknown said...

Difficult choice, but it has to be Blissful Daydream! Thank you for dropping by my blog. Your jewelry is beautiful.

Melissa Valeriote said...

How magical! I'm having so much fun party blog hopping. So happy to discover the many wonderfully creative souls that have come to inspire and delight.

DellaRae said...

My favorite is "The Girl in the Music Box". I love the way the paper adds demension to her tutu. It is a beautiful piece of art.

Kristal said...

Wow, to narrow all of Vanessa's wonderful stuff down to one is hard, but I love "Delightful Fright" (Love Halloween!) Thanks for stopping by my party too!

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

I just loved all of her prints, but the one I liked best is the Lantern Dance. They are all so magical.

Hugs :)


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet! And of course it's Camillia of the curious playroom! I love them all...but especially the pretty girls she paints!

BunnyKissd said...

Ooo... I seem to be taken with the mermaids lately, and my favorite of the prints she has available is The Siren's One Wish... Such a pretty piece!

Oh, thanks for stopping by on party day; we finally got the pictures up if you want to stop back!

Renee said...

Vanessa is such a beautiful person and my favourite print of hers right now is 'Love is Real.'

Renee xoxo

Theresa said...

My favorite print of hers is sweet cake. But there are so many ;)
I enjoyed my visit to your blog and tea party~Theresa

KayEllen said...

Hi Tea party friend:) OH my goodness that's a hard call..I love soooo much of her work...hmmmmm

The Curious playroom is pretty amazing:)

Great idea for us friends to Looky Lou.... again and dream....


Kat said...

Oh no! It's a tie, I think I like Reverie and The Siren Finds her Passion the most. Or maybe Bliss.. I like Bliss too. Arg! I can't choose. Sorry I'm late, everyone has so much to see and do!

Diane said...

I know I'm late, but that is okay. I love Hidden in the Attic. Very nice work!
Thanks for stopping by, and leaving such a beautiful comment =)

Laura Bray said...

What a sweet soul you are-to ensure that Vanessa is getting her due! I am big fan of hers, but I am quite intrigued by The Curios Playroom!

Anonymous said...

Even though I really like all of the prints, today my favorite is Strange Beautiful Lady... there's just something so intriging about it!
:) Missy

sandi said...

Decisions, decisions!
Have to go with "The Curious Playroom - Land of Enchantment". Luv the colors - all my favs.

And, that little dangle...maybe one of your favs?!!



fairiemoon said...

Pretty earrings!

A very Merry Unbirthday!
Erin :)


Lanimoz said...

*:*:*:Make and make-believe! Tea parties are better on day three...don't you agree?!!*:* *:*Your earrings are divine!! Such an excellent hostess to direct us to Mme. VV's shop - Escape at Twilight is most apt. Pip pip!!*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*: *:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*

Beverly Herman said...

My favorite is
"Tales From the Edge of the World"


Cottage Way of Life said...

Still trying to make my way through all the parties ... visiting everyone is such fun! How can I choose which of Vanessa's prints I like best?? They are all wonderful!! :-)

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!

Deborah said...

Hello! Thanks for stopping by my party! Sorry about Alice drinking all the wine...I was lucky enough to acquire a few of Vanessa's little creatures, prints, and even a theater. I adore her. LoVe your blog! DeeeeeLightful! **blows kisses** Deborah

Mrs. Mootz said...

My favorite is Forest in a Teacup! It was a hard choice though because all her prints are so cool.

Thanks for visiting my tea party and for having me at yours :)

Marina Capano said...

Hi! thanks for your invitation!
what a cool giveaway!
I love your earrings!!!
I adore the Vanessa´S work. She is great artist and just beautiful person!
so, I love all her work, so Camelia is my favorite!!!


Stephanie said...

how can you pick? That Ms Fanciful is the best...well if I must,
sweet bake girl louise....

happy to have shared tea with you!

rochambeau said...

Hello Erin,
Your earrings and your site are both very beautiful& peaceful. And so generous to offer one of VV's prints! My favs are the curious rooms. I like them both.

Thank you for dropping by earlier!

megan v said...

Thanks for inviting me on over to your blog!! I'm so happy to have discovered it now and will be back for more!

My absolute favorite print of Vanessa's (since I first discovered her over a year ago)has been and still is "Strange Beautiful Lady - Carnivale" which is this one:

It's so beautiful and dark and eerie and magical. I'm obsessed!!

p.s. thank you also for stopping by my party!!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Hi Erin, dear! I still am, too. Slowly, when time allows. I can't wait for my prints from Vanessa!!! I hope your day is filled with light and wishes come true...
Blessings great gal.

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Great idea for a give away! I love Vanessas' work! This one is especially sweet.

Skellyton Art said...

Thank you so much for finding your way to my tea party!
Your jewelry is beautiful.
What a generous offering!
Vanessa's prints are magicial. I would have to say my fav is the "Strange Beautiful Lady"!

Betty said...

Wow! what a fantastic giveaway! I've had Super Bake Girl in my favorites for a long, long time!
Thank you so much for inviting me today!

SpiritMama said...

What a great post, and such beautiful earrings!

My fav choice of Vanessa's prints is: The Siren Finds Her Voice. What a hard choice with so many great works!

Thanks for inviting me to your tea party!

Robin said...

So sorry I am late
For this important date.
I'm still making my way down the list.

With too little time
I'm leaving this rhyme
For I'm adamant about wanting to persist.

All this running about
Has left me dry in the mouth.
Might I have a cup of tea

Sweet Cakes would be the print of my choice
Though they all are so lovely to me.

Oh my, the time
It goes so fast
I must be on my way

But fear not friend
I shall return
Please……Have a beautiful day.

turquoise cro said...

I LOVE ALL those prints!!!! tee hee She is a DELIGHT! Happy Tuesday!!

Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought said...

Oh how to choose! I just love "The Siren Finds Her" and "Reverie."

I love your earrings too!

Mo'a said...

Mr. Hatter is quite puffed up about all the compliments he is receiving...and thanks you.
I have been a Vanessa fan since she first started her magical blog...:)
My favorite of her paintings is/are The Curious Playroom.
I love the earrings...now I will check out the rest of your blog...Nice to meet you.

Whisperings 13 said...

I would have to say that "A Strange Beautiful LAdy" is my fav. that and of course the same with the Carnivale version!
Thank so much for the invite! I'm so glad to see that I am not the only one still partying it up! What an enticing blog you have!
Kudos-! and your work is jsut amazing! right up my style!

pamelahuntington said...

Thank you for the invitation.. your
blog is simply delightful.. I so
enjoyed seeing your work.. I love the way you use so
many lovely different elements for these treasures!

Elena_Valeriote said...

My favorite piece of Vanessa's art is "The Siren Finds Her Voice". It's a truly inspiring picture and seems to almost perfectly depict the emotion that I, myself, feel when I play the piano.

The earrings posted here are beautiful!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Oh me, oh my...how to decide?!!!! But I believe it's MidNight Fairy..Thank you for your generosity. I am still making my way around all the parties. What fun it has been. ~ xo Lynn

Rhonda Roo said...

Oh my goodness! Trying to pick one print is liking picking only one pair of shoes to wear for the rest of your life, heehee!!
I quite piggishly took major advantage of Vanessa's fab sale and I think i am collecting V's prints like some kids collect baseball cards. :-)
I would have to say, the one that never fails to make me sigh, is strange beautiful lady....
Thank you everso for dropping by my blog! Loving it here!
xoxoxoxoxo Rhonda Roo

Lanimoz said...

Oooo! You win! A FQ clutch for directing me toward my next great read! Thank you thank you!! Email me at myhelio@msn.com with mailing instructions when you get a chance!

Shai Williams said...

Wow this is really tough. I fell in love with Tea Party Sojourn but then I saw Victorian Witch and Pans Widow...

I can't choose!!!!

Sueann said...

The curious room is my favorite! Thanks for visiting me and my party. Hugs

Our Hands For Hope said...

I went looking for one of her little fawn knomes but none left...so sad. So "cupids revenge" would be my second choice.
I'm coming back to read through your other blog. Looks like good morning coffee material.

C said...

Pant pant pant.....just catching my breath. Thank you so much for inviting me to come over to your party - even though I am VERY late. You make beautiful things Erin. Really lovely. Thank you for sharing - and thank you for visiting me too. From Ireland, Carol :) x

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Hi, Thank you for visiting my Tea Party . My favorite print in Vanessa's shop is FireFly Magic. Every evening at dusk I have been watching the fireflies in my yard , I guess that's why it strikes my fancy. 8-)

Cindy said...

Hi Erin
I'm entering your giveaway just int he nick of time! Your earrings are beautiful...love thos faceted pearls. My favorite print is definitely "Reverie"...it is so dreamy. Thank you for this opportunity..and signed up for your GFC while I was here visiting your beautiful blog.

ostrich girl said...

Wow you are too cute! I love your blog and your beautiful jewelry!I am so glad you enjoyed my little party! I hope we will have tea again soon!
so good to meet you!xo Sheri DeBow


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