Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Art That Happens To Be Your Life

This was the last week for Art That Happens To Be Your Life, the photography class that I've been taking for the last 12 weeks. I've enjoyed this class tremendously, learning so much valuable information. One thing I also learned was that while I enjoy photographing people, I really enjoy photographing non-people such as my cats, food, flowers and just things of interest and beauty that attract me. Allison Tyler Jones, who is a professional photographer and taught the class, is a wonderful photographer and shared so much of her knowledge and general experience. Most weeks we had an assignment to post and she then critiqued each one. Just as valuable was reading the critiques for the other students.

This week, I'm starting Repurpose, Rethink, Reinvent which Jenni Bowlin is teaching for the next 12 weeks. It's all about the creative lifestyle with a focus on vintage inspired art. I'm really looking forward to this class, too. As if I don't have enough to do with all my Silver Bella swaps! It all makes for a fun and memorable summer. What's on your list for the summer?

Monday, June 29, 2009

2nd Annual Mad Tea Party: And A Fine Party It Was

Vanessa's Mad Tea Party this past weekend was just a hoot. I spent hours pouring over the other blog parties and made it to almost all of them, I think (the party continues :-) ). It was so much fun but exhausting! I had to take a break several times and then come back for more. What a talented and creative bunch of ladies. It was fascinating to see the different ways that each blogger expressed herself. From stuffed bunnies and clay figurines to real puppies and a multitude of costumed people, it was a treat for the senses. I am already looking forward to the 3rd annual Mad Tea Party.

I was glad to discover many of the blogs with their wonderful eye candy. I'll definitely be going back to many of them. And thank you to those who left so many kind comments about my party. It doesn't take much to get me into a fairy outfit or anything foofy!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Let the Mad Tea Party Begin

It's a Mad Tea Party celebration. Welcome, friends!

What a grand day it is.

I am the Garden Fairy, your hostess.

Mr. Rabbit says it's just about to start.

Mr. Gnome is glad you're here.

Oh, what fun we will have!

The frog king will join us in a while, just as soon as he finishes this chapter.

All forest friends are invited.

A little tea is lovely. Muffy and Mr. Bear enjoy having theirs together.

The kitties are happy to be here.

The cat queen is wearing her finest today, especially for you.

Oh, look who has fluttered by!

Nice landing!

Gosh, she is pretty.

Oh, and another friend has joined us!

A good view is had from above.

Time to eat soon!

Tick tock, tick tock says Mr. Clock.

The crystal swan is swimming in a sea of gleaming beads.

Just resting for a while.

Would you care for a chocolate?

Or perhaps a piece of cake?

Go ahead, take one!

Oh, wait! I'm just about to cut the princess cake.

Miss Gracie is choosing well.

Would you like your tea and dessert in the garden?

What a beautiful day it is!

I think I'll sit just for a spell.

Look who else is joining the party.

Oh, goodness!

I have a secret to tell you, my butterfly friend.

I'm so happy this sweet friend is here.

Mr. Bear, may I offer you a bite?

Now let me pour you some more tea, dear one.

We are so lucky to be together today.

Oh, Miss Gracie!

Hmmm.... what magic is needed here?

Let's just have one more cup of tea!

Of course I'll pour again!

Just say when, Mr. Bear.

Muffy loves the Garden Fairy.

Gracie wants to tell you something.

And she has something to say to Mr. Bear, too.

Are you a member of the clean plate club?

Let's use the golden spoon today.

Take a plate, please. We have extra guests.

Why, here's a seat for you.

May I pull your chair out for you?

If only we could do this every day!

If you need salt or pepper, the bunnies will help you.

This little teapot is for the fairies and gnomes.

Don't you just love it when everything sparkles?

Well, let's have just one more cup of tea for the day. The Garden Fairy enjoyed having you today; please come again! Thank you Vanessa for this glorious tea party day. Oh, and won't you visit the other tea parties today? Just start at A Fanciful Twist where all are listed. I hope to see you again soon!