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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Little Girl in the Garden - and GIVEAWAY! **(Extended)**

Somewhere not far from here.....on a moonlit night in a little bed....



A little girl sleeps soundly in a quiet house.....





A peaceful sleep....while dreams of childhood games fill her mind....

...of dancing in the wind and spinning and swirling about....

....of laughter and of butterflies in her hair....

Dizzy from twirling, she spies a pretty green door....

....with a mysterious invitation to "Join us in the Garden"....who is this "us" she wonders to herself....

She finds her way to the little Garden and a table waiting for its guests....

....bedecked with pretty plates....

...fancy food and sweets to delight and savor...

...and tea ready to be poured....

"Welcome to your Dream," says a strange Lady in a large, feathery hat, "share a cup of happiness with Rabbit and myself." 

"This is MY dream?" asks the little girl unaware that she was all the while, comfortable in her bed.... "Of course" answers the Lady, "What will you do first?"
The little girl licks her lips at the sight of the goodies before her....


.....but before settling into her seat....she gives a long and deliberate blink.....she is out of her fancy dress...the butterflies alight to new perches...and she sits, ready to eat.....in a most sensible change of clothes.
...."I'll start with that cup, please...and pass the sugar...I like sugar!"

..."As you wish, Sweetness....and a dash of cream to make your happiness richer!"





"I'll not have such long sleeves and poofy layers slowing me from devouring these yummy sweets...even if they are only Dream Things!" she smiles.


The Lady laughs out loud with approval...

...the candles glow....
....the fairies...

..and other friendly folk are present....

....the tea is sipped....


....the sweets, indeed, are devoured, as evidenced by the face of the little girl :)

"What a delightful dream," she utters full with cakes and berries and lots of happy thoughts.
"Yes, thank you for coming," the Lady replies wistfully. "Now it's time to send you back."
The Lady approaches the little girl with outstretched arms and envelops her in a warm, cinnamon-scented embrace....because the girl's shirt told her to....
...and away she went back to her cozy bed, in the glow of the moonlight, in the quiet house....
But, if one looks carefully, I'm sure a bit of cake crumb can be spotted on her content, little face :o)

So glad to have you in our Dreams and Realities!  It is always a treat to have guests!
As a special thank you for your visit and support, I'd like to give each of you a chance to win a pair of earrings made by me :)

The are sterling plated chandeliers with an antiqued finish....sparkling and pretty in party colors of garnet, teal and clementine gold.  Fresh water pearls add lustre, as well.

To enter the drawing please leave a comment after this post with email information AND you must be a follower of this blog (please tell me you are in your comment).  A winner will be chosen Monday, June 28th and notified then! 

Wishing you all a wonderful Tea Hopping Saturday....until the next dream....
Cameron

P.S. Thank you, Vanessa, for hosting this incredibly Mad Event!!!

***EDITED 6/27***  I have decided to extend the deadline of the Giveaway to Wednesday, June 30th!
This being my 1st year participating in this wonderfully Mad Tea Party, I didn't realize just how many parties there would be and how long it would take to visit as many as possible :)

In the interest of allowing more time for guests to arrive, I will choose a winner and post Thurs, July 1st.  Thank you to those who have entered so far...so sorry for any confusion!  


24 comments:

meeyeehere said...

I follow you! That looked like a very fun party indeed!!! Wish I could have been there with my kiddos too!

Fair Rosamund said...

What an enchanting tea party Cameron!! :) That little girl looked like she enjoyed her treats indeed :) I am a happy follower and would love the chance to win those stunning earrings! I am doing a little giveaway too, come by and enter when you get a chance! :) ~Lauren

inge Bekaert said...

Hello Cameron,

your little Alice must have been thrilled to be part of this special party.

You may be sure these are memories children cherish ! when she's a bit older, she will host her own parties in your garden. I know she will... mine does ! LOL

I made myself a follower. I like your selfmade earings : they fit in the theme of this party perfectly with the swirls !

greetings from belgium
Inge

web.me.com/pinkepinke
Feel welcome to pass by at my party : I have a blog give-away too...

Maggi said...

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

What a beautiful dream!

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! :)

Phoebe said...

Wonderful!
I have a story to share with you.
I was happily scanning away, getting some old sheet music ready to be put up on Flickr as a public domain collage source. I had come across your site yesterday, and was intrigued and fascinated by the elaborate story world combined with photos that you and A Fanciful Twist had both created. I wanted to make one too, but alas, time was short, so I vowed to visit your site the next day and join you at your tea party. Unfortunately, I got distracted and, as I said, was busily scanning such jems as "Three Blind Mice", "Mistress Mary", and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star." As I turned the page to scan the next song, the title leapt out at me and I remembered; "Oh my Gosh!" I have to go to the Tea Party!"
What do you supposed the title of that song was?...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/phoebe_photo/4736736264/

Deborah said...

Oh what a sweet tea party!!! OOooooo love your jewelry, you clever one!
**blows kisses** Deb

mermaiden said...

iced tea and butterflies- perfect!

sheree said...

wonderful party with such a cute guest and i always like to see photos of the people I follow, we always seem to exclude ourselves fromt the photos!!

thankyou for having me to tea Miss Cameron and little Miss Maggie, it was truly a treat

xxx
Sheree

Jenn Erickson said...

Beautiful tea party! Lucky little girl! Exquisite earrings! So happy to have been a part of the magical experience of the Mad Hatters Tea Party 2010! Cheers! Jenn

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oh what a sweet time I've had at your wonderful tea party. Thank you for inviting me. Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

Elizabeth Barczynski said...

I had a wonderful time at your sweet tea party. Your little girl is so lucky to have you to create these magic filled summer days for her :)

harem6 said...

We had so much fun! Thank you for having us at this lovely party!

Karen said...

Thanks for a magical tale. I bet your little girl loved every minute :) x

Waterrose said...

Such a lovely tea party...thank you for sharing tea with me! Don't you just love it when kids wear their delight on their face!

Justina said...

Cameron,
Your tea party was so quaint and enchanting and your daughter must've had a blast ! I know I did !! She's so lucky to have a mommy to play tea party with her ! Little ones love that ! Also thank you for stopping by my party as well , the Hatter and I hope you decide to stop by again soon !
-Justina
La Boheme Magique
http://labohememagique.blogspot.com/

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Charming tea party! Thank you so very much. I am happy to have stopped by and now to be following. :) Thank you for the offer of a lovely dor-prize! If you have not yet done so, I'd be honored to have you sit a spell with me ~ for tea...http://faeriemooncreations.blogspot.com/2010/06/its-mad-tea-party.html
Sincerely, Theresa (aka The White Queen)

Sylvia Smiser said...

What a wonderful tea party! I enjoyed all the treats and tea! I hope you will have a chance to come visit us at my mad tea party at anaboocreationsbysylvia.blogspot.com
I woud love a chance to win those beautiful earrings as garnet is my birthstone and would be so fitting. I am following your blog!
Hope to see you soon and I would love it if you chose to follow my blog as well.
Hugs,
Sylvia

dandelionlady said...

I adore your tea party and the lovely dress for your little girl. My girls would be so jealous, I may have to fashion some like it for them! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my party. What fun it's all been!

dawaioser said...

Your little girl is a cutie pie! Thanks for letting me share in your special tea party. If you haven't already please stop by my gathering.
~ Misha/DawaiOser <3
http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/747155.html

daylily777 said...

What a sweet, pretty Alice in a wonderful dream !
A beautiful Tea Party ! I am now your happy follower , please enter me in your drawing .
Blessings,
~Myrna
daylily777-myenchantedhome.blogspot.com

dellamarinis said...

A lovely post with a beautiful tea setting but I think was touched me most of all is the very sweet expression of your daughter! As a mom myself, I know how precious she must be. She will enjoy these pictures later as a wonderful memoir! With best wishes.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That is the most adorable child! How precious and dear she is, and what fun she had at the tea! Loved this post! :-)

Your earrings are lovely, but alas my ears aren't pierced. So I will give my chance to another, but I thank you for your generosity and for inviting me to tea. I wouldn't have missed this for anything!

Happy Tea Partying...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sandi M said...

I'm now following you :) Lovely set up for tea and what a fun picture - Hug Me with a face full of chocolate. What would we do with out our kids? Your earrings are divine by the way!

vintagesusie & wings said...

What a WONDERFUL dream my friend & such a lovely tea party! Thanks for inviting me & I adore the dress your sweet dreaming baby had on....sooooo cute!
Smiles,
Susie

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