She lived in a place not far from where you are now, and she may remind you of someone you know or someone you've been before...she didn't always stand out for any exceptional reasons that I can think of, and did not consider herself magic by any means. The tragic thing happened to be, that she was suffering from a strange ailment. It could have been a spell placed on her by a witch or a fairy that had fallen from grace...or even elf (because they can sometimes be mischievous) or perhaps she had walked through an enchanted spiderweb. Whatever the case may have been, the girl in the butterfly robe was unable to see the colors that surrounded her. And often she found herself in a very un-colorful world where things were always black and white and hardly any shades of gray.
She was not always happy about this, but didn't quite know what to do (along with finding her surroundings more than a little drab, she was sometimes quite confused...as I'm sure we all know that it's easy to be that way when you live in such a world) She had lived like this for so long, she was having a hard time remembering what colors the things that surrounded her could possibly be.
One day, while out walking among the rocks in her land...the girl came upon quite a fantastic scene.
There was an entire tea party set up just seemingly waiting for someone to stumble upon it! She looked and sighed thinking to herself that it would be so much better if she could see the true colors she imagined it to be. She walked around the tea party searching for whom it might belong to, and that is when she spied a rather large top hat sitting next to the tea pot.
She paused to think that maybe it would be OK if she put the hat on for a little bit...just to try it out. But she was very scared and wished that there was someone there that she could ask about what it is that she should do. She looked over each shoulder, but only saw some very drab monkeys and they didn't seem to want to say a thing, because they all looked away and pretended not to see her distress...All of a sudden, the girl felt her courage growing as her heart whispered to her to put on the hat. Before she lost her nerve all together, she found herself quickly putting the hat on her head.
And then a strange thing started to happen...
Colors started to fade in swirling around her where there were none before. She stopped to pause...could it be the hat? Was this a Magic Hat in the middle of a Magic Tea Party? She lived in a land full of magic, so the girl decided that this was most likely the case.
After wearing the had she decided it was most fantastic indeed, but she found it to be a little big for her head...as it kept slipping down over her eyes obscuring the views of the colors that were finally starting to creep into her life...She was a little worried as the thought occurred to her that she might have to wear this hat for the rest of her life, unless she wanted to slip back into her small black and white world.
The girl had decided that if wearing the over-sized magic hat helped her to see the true colors of her now much larger world, that she would have no other choice but to wear it, and that she would just decide to be grateful to have found the magic anyway. Suddenly, the thought of stumbling into this magia felice (happy magic) just around the corner made her impossibly happy and she soon found herself giggling with delight...
...Which caused her to almost topple off her precarious perch and made her new hat fly right off her head...
and that's when the colors around her really exploded!
You see...just by having the courage to stop and try something totally different, take a bit of a risk and follow her own inner voice...it caused the magic of the hat to flow into her heart and open her up to the colors of the world that had always surrounded her (but she quite often didn't see...)
Sometimes that's how Magic works you know.
She immediately hopped up and decided to explore her new exciting surroundings as the Tea Party suddenly looked so much more edible...you see, the colors gave her an appetite that she thought she'd lost. Upon the bright quilt she found herself sitting on, there were plates heaped with goodies and she was surrounded with tea party friends in the forms of now very jauntily dressed monkeys where there was once sad drab little fellows, who were now all of a sudden quite eager to share her smile (I think often monkeys can be fickle like that)
The girl thought after exploring the party, that one of the most fantastic things she found was a white metal bowl full of the most colorful eggs she'd ever seen...
She decided right then and there to pick one up and crack it open to see if there was anything inside (you see, she had fared so well with the hat, her courage was starting to grow and she was feeling bold...)
Can you imagine what was in it?
When she cracked the egg open, jewels of which the like she had never before seen spilled out...along with cupcakes of every color in the rainbow! The girl threw off her butterfly robe and danced a happy dance all along the rocks. After dancing for quite some time, she became a little tired and in need of some refreshment. This is when she remembered that she happened to be at a Mad Tea Party and this may have been the best place in the world in which to be parched...
If only she wasn't alone. I mean, of course she did have her small monkey guests, but they were not the best of entertainers, no matter how jauntily they were dressed and how eagerly they smiled. This is when she happened to look over her shoulder to see the mask of the Naso Turco wedged between two pillows...Well, that could only mean one thing! And before she could even think another thought...
Whom did she find herself sitting next to? Yes! It was Lo Sciocco Favoloso (the fabulous fool) who was also sometimes known as Lo Sciocco a Piedi Nudi (the barefoot fool) and the true owner of the bird mask that had previously been resting between the pillows, as if waiting only for a thought to bring forth its magic.
After searching her mind for only a moment, the girl really couldn't think of a better companion for this Mad Tea Party...for his legendary magic entertaining skills were well known in her land!
Lo Sciocco Favoloso immediately served the tea and they started to eat cupcakes, while Lo Sciocco Favoloso serenaded them with the most fantastic songs for no reason what so ever (except that they were enjoying each other's company very much by this point...and I find that magic creatures are so often impromptu like this)
And then Lo Sciocco Favoloso jumped off the blanket to do what he did best...
He had brought along his extraordinary gift of entertainment (he keeps it under his hat, you know) and performed a whole magic act for the girl. She was utterly enchanted...and was surprised to find herself no longer the confused person she was before, as Lo Sciocco Favoloso swirled his ribbons and danced among the rocks...
Lo Sciocco Favoloso juggled and twirled as the girl laughed and clapped. She honestly could not remember the last time she had such a magical day...perhaps it was long long ago in a time before she walked through the enchanted spiderweb? Or when she was bitten on the ankle by an Elf (they really can be nasty creatures you know...or perhaps they're just bored.)
Whatever the case may be, at the end of the day...
Lo Sciocco Favoloso took the girl by the hand and told her that the magic of the world actually lived right inside her heart, and that she was only temporarily blinded to the colors caused by the confusion of looking outside herself. By having the courage to listen to and then to follow her heart when she first put on the magic hat, that even if the colors of the world could sometimes fade, she would now be able to remember how to see the colors forevermore.
The girl knew that this must be true because it made her heart expand with happiness as she found herself laughing with joy...and whenever she had any trouble with feeling confused, she only had to remember to have the courage to look into her heart (no matter what was happening outside of her) listen to her own little voice, and remember the lesson of the Magic Hat and the Mad Tea Party and the kind words of Lo Sciocco Favoloso, if only be reminded of her own magia felice every day of her life from then on...
And she pretty much lived a very happy and colorful life for ever after...
Many special thanks to:
Rich Charpentier for reaching far beyond his comfort zone to find his inner whimsy and proving his creative skills with a camera and a computer and the special way he sees the world once again (he who gets it, and didn't laugh at once unless it was from pure happiness) And for having the courage to take my hand while I led him into a Mad Tea Party.
Clay Lightfoot and his amazing talents and willingness to play and have tea on the rocks...bringing his joy and smile! And when he isn't juggling, acting, or singing is the best and brightest bank teller in our little village.
That girl in the butterfly robe, who is learning to remember to look inside of her own heart and find the magic and colors of the world every day. Who, when asked if she could prop a Mad Hatter's Tea Party...threw back her head and laughed as this was one of the things she'd been waiting to do her whole life.
And finally, our fabulous hostess...Vanessa, who inspires every day creativity with her beautiful life and gentle wisdom. A special friend and wonderful woman who weaves stories and creates beauty just by breathing life, love, and joy into everything she does...if you would like to visit more participants of The Mad Tea Party, please click on her name above and get ready for a wonderful treat!
Really, all of you... kudos!
okay 2 questions...where can i get some stripped tights and how do you get the 'you might like these stories' on your posts...i an't figure it out at all, but i want it...anyway i had a wonderful time with you...i am having my tea by the sea...with flowers in my hair...come join me...hugs, rebecca/cre8tiva
wonderful kudos to all of you - lovely photo's and stories.
and ~ it looks like everyone involved totally enjoyed themselves ~ which is what it's all about :)
WOWIE WOW WOW.
Fantastic photos and outfits! Really, really cool. Thanks for having me!
So Enchantingly Magical. I don't want to leave and return to my Mad House.
Beautiful. I'd better stop using big words that can't begin to describe how wonderful I found your party! Thank you so much for sharing your magical creativity!
What a beautiful tale of a colorless world brought to life by a colorful girl...or magical hat ;-).
You are SO LUCKY to live in Prescott!!! It's one of my favorite corners of the world. Hubby and I were there a month or two ago and plan to go back soon.
Happy Tea Party Day!
What a wonderful Tea Party ! Love your photos. Beautiful scenery. You all did a great job.
That was truly one of the most creative ones I've read! Bravo!
I hope you'll visit my Tea Party and see what I'm decking out the party-goers in!
AMAZING photography! You are such a talented girl! Thanks so much for the enchantingly beautiful mirage in the desert. It was a treat!
I had a lovely time at your magical party. I loved the story of the girl and the way you and your friends portrayed it. I also loved the place it was held-wherever that is it is beautiful. Juggling bank tellers-fantastic!
Easily one of the best posts at the tea party today: so very creative!! I appreciate your effort and your creativity, it was delightful from start to finish!
Bravo! *hearty applause*
What a fantastic Party!! a fav so far I must say! it was lots of fun! xo natalea
eeekkkkk! What a beautiful party and amazing PHOTOGRAPHY!!!
I will tell Mary Poppins YOU said hello:)
Clink Clink to Vanessa!
Oh my goodness, this was so fun to read and look at, what fabulous pictures and story! Thanks for a wonderful time!
You're madly invited to my tea party, I do hope you'll stop by (if you haven't already of course)! :)
WOW!!!!!!!!! I love how events like this inspire such talent---I am amazed----Thanks for your vision--I enjoyed my visit and am leaving awe-inspired!!!!
A delightful tale and made me happy.
Happy Mad Tea Party Day
A magical story and photos! Very inspiring. Thank you for coming to tea in my garden this morning, for it has led me to your beautiful story!
Your photos are just AMAZING!
I have truly been inspired today by your posting!
Thank you for visiting me :)
Very cool tea party! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
I'm enchanted and loved virtually joining you on the rocks by the water, sipping tea and daydreaming. GORGEOUS MOMENTS!!
When you get a free moment please stop by my journal and help me celebrate with 2 (!!) tea parties.
What an enchanting story of tea this is, full of color and magic and wonderment.
In addition, the company was just a delight; Lo Sciocco Favoloso is a charmer indeed.
Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeelightful! My head is spinning from those amazing cloud photos! Whew! **blows kisses** Deborah
A truly enchanting mad party! I love the life that color brings. The image of you and your company enjoying the sky....Ahhhh.
Marvelously done! My compliments.
Fantastic shots! What kind of camera did you use? Kudos to the players. Loved the clouds. Best tea party award!
Very cool tea party!
This was simply fantastic.
Your vivid imagination, paired with the wonderful backdrop, fabulous Clay, and stunning post production by Rich made this a true delight.
What a truely fantastic party! It was a blast! Twyla
WOW! What an imaginative party.
Mad Tea Party Giveaway!
Absolutely brilliant! Love the setting, the clothes, the story -- basically it all! Kudos to all for a job very well done. I had a delightful time.
Enjoy your day visiting all of the tea parties.
Cute photos! It looks like you guys had fun! Love the juggler's mask!
OMGoodness that was wonderful! My head is spinning from those awesome cloud pics. Fantastic!
**blows kisses** Deborah
Simply awesome I loved every inch of it. The pics were beautiful, the characters lovely, and the story was just perfect.
A wonderful and magical mad tea party. A beautiful lesson learned as well. I had a wonderful time here. I do love The Fool.
What a party! Wherever you live, it's pretty in black and white too. :) Martha
absolutely wonderful...thank you
Of course we all love the mad tea parties. One of the most amazing things about them is the places where we get and the wonderful people we are meeting. I love it up here! You did an amazing job arranging a tea party for us and since I have plenty of time I will stay a while, I won't bother you. I even might come back! Thanks for your visit at my place, nice to meet you!
Loved, loved, loved your party!
You pulled me right in!
Looks like fun! Fantastic photos and I love the story!!! You are creative indeed!! :)
Oh my...my fav so far (she whispers)...the photos...the colours! Thank you so much for having me at your whimsical place. Come on over to my party - if you haven't quietly crept in already....
WOW. Absolutely, incredibly fabulous
Wow - very whimsical party! Thanks for sharing :-)
Thank you so much for showing me the colours.
You are such a beautiful and magical spirit.
I love this post and you have a fantastic blog.
Ooooh! That was quite wonderful and the photos ... oh my, fabulous!!!
An enchanting party most well met my most whimsical mistress.
The playful and fanciful images made for a playful and magnificent feast capturing the interest of the inner child, which we hide within us. Thank you for inviting my child to come out and play with you.
As Auntie Mame said, "Life is a banquet and most fools are starving to death."
I think I recognize that lake. It's in Az que no?
What a magical party you have
created for all of us.. the pictures
are just tooo amazing ... what
scenery, Love those socks!!!
Looks like everyone had fun Sadria. :)
In answer to what we were shooting with. I use a Canon 5D MarkII and a 40D as well. Kept bouncing between cameras and lenses. It was a fun change of pace for me. :)
A most amazing and beautiful post~wow! The story , images and colors are wonderful~they remind me of where I grew up in CA.
(You should check out the photography pf Martha Casanave). I love that your friends helped you out with this fantastic photo shoot~I would love to see more:)
You and your barefoot fool look absolutely marvelous here, at The Mad tea! So glad to have found you & your creative world here today!
Special thanks to:
For creating the magic!
This is so great!!! Blessings.
What a magical Tea Party indeed!! All your pics and your story are lovely!! Thanks so much for the invite and for visiting my Tea Party as well.
Your photos are amazing and your story so delightful, thanks for such a magical tea party.
You’re invited to please visit stop by and visit my party where we’re having a tea of a time!!
Beautiful pictures! That sky is amazing. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Oh my goodness! How absolutely fun! Thanks for inviting me to your wonderful tea party!
OH MY GOOOOOOOOODNESSS!!! I peeked in earlier, but I have spent the better part of my day on my bathroom floor sick with the flu, eeeeks!!
BUT!! But but, I have no words!! You are right, I am smitten! Rich is a God his camera skills and your whimsy ideas can rule the wonderland world!!!!
This is so incredibly wonderful Miss Sadira!! Just amazing beyond words!! Look at that sky!! Oh, this really should be a book, or giant art prints people can buy!! BRAVO!! xoxo, your pal, V
I love it!
You´re invited to my party, too!
*:*:*:Make and make-believe! Such a lovely:*:* *:*party!! I am floored...or should I say rocked or maybe even juggled? Your dress hem is divine!!*:*:*
I am awe struck by the sky in your photos. I've been to Prescott, and I remember the beauty there. I probably shopped at your store. :o) Prescott is magical, and your lovely party brings it all back! just wonderful... --robin
Truly magnificent. The scenery! The sky! Was/is it really like that in life - "unmad" life? All the colors, the patches quilt to sit on, the pillows. The rocks! The mbrellas! Exquisite. - Jeanne in Oregon
That was really a delight to read. You have some special friends!
I am having a giveaway on my blog http://treasures-found.blogspot.com and I do hope you will come by and say hi!
Enjoy the day!
You have captivated us all with your wildly imaginative adventure. Surely this is a work of art. I loved every minute, and the creative muse must be grinning.
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
Striped tights are the bomb! Love the pics!
What a magical picnic tea party, the landscape is just absolutely stunning! I very much enjoyed my visit!
those pictures are amazing! So fun! Thank you for floating in my pool, you can stay as long as you need! :)
Wow - that's quite a tea party you had!! Amazing pictures.
I LOVED THIS!! So colorful! :) And all the participants in the shoot are fabulous!
Those photos, those photos! Oh my, I love the big big surreal sky and the colors. You guys out did yourselves, truly. What an exciting party, what a feast for the eyes.
I'm so sorry to be so late.....so many tea parties to attend.
But if I may, I would love a cup of tea. Thank you
That was....you are....fabulous.
Well, it has been splendid....I truly have enjoyed myself...but I must be going. I have many more tea parties to go to still.
Have a most beautiful day.
Stunned into magical silence...
..even the sky co-operated..
What lovely, romantic party of two for tea.
Thanks for inviting me and making it three!
Stop by and visit if you have the time. I'll pour you some tea with a twist of lemon and lime!
Beautiful photos! Such a lovely interesting tea party. Love the striped tights :)
Im off to browse the rest of your blog :)
Those photos are amazing! Well done.
Sorry to be so late today, but real life kept me from the festivities yesterday. What a fun, creative story and amazing photos! Good job to you and your friends for an extra fun tea party!
And thank you so much for having visited mine too!
Wishing a beautiful day,
It was certainly magic that brought me here today because your tea party has inspired me more than anything has in a very long time. You are a very gifted writer and so imaginitive that I must thank you from the bottom of my heart for the fabulous tea party you hosted and your merry guests who helped you make it all the more merrier. I too have been struggling with living in a world that had lost all of its color. What a lovely parting gift you have given me...hope and inspiration. I will most definitely be following you now and feel so grateful to have been guided to you by Alice.
xo dragonflydreamer xo
I love the moral that courage brings forth the potential of magic moments.
Thanks for visiting my party.
WOW! What an incredible story. The photos are GORGEOUS and I think the clouds in the sky really did much to enhance this visually from above to perfectly balance the variety of goodies you had at the tea party.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I certainly had a wonderful time here. Sending you fairy wishes for another incredible day!
The Artful Paper Doll
I really cannot express the smiles you put on my face and the ooo's and ahhh's that kept coming out!!!!!
Totally awesome and unforgettable!!!!!
Wow! What a lovely enchanted picnic!
A very Merry Unbirthday!
O! YOU should make some prints of these pics! SWEET!
OH WOW! I would like to sprinkle some fairy dust and come to your party! How magical and wonderful!
Wonderful story...amazing photos and beautiful setting...those clouds are spectacular. Your beautiful props and outfits are such fun.
Is that Lake Powell?
I believe I recently...just a few days ago heard you say you weren't feeling very creative. AHEM! Miss Sadira of Foolsewoode (and Rich and Clay as well)...this is absolutely AMAZING! The styling, the photos, the models, the imagination...you my dear, are so incredibly wonderfully fabulous! Thanks bunches and bunches for this wonderful post. It's truly inspiring.
What a fabulous event! Thanks for inviting me !:)
How remarkable, magical and enchanting!
Kudos to you and your crew! Stunning tea party! The photos, the actors, the tale that was told. all brilliant!
oh my goodness...what a magical journey! The gorgeous sky and view and the beautiful colors and the lovely message....enchanting indeed! xox...jenn
I LOVE your darling tea party post! The background is AMAZING! Love your party! :)mendy
Simply breathtaking!!! I adore these photos!!!
Happy Party Hopping
Such a clever story! And lovely pictures.
Wow! Amazing party! Thank you for visiting with me!
HOW I enjoyed this magical tea party under these gorgeous skies, surrounded by this surreal landscape...
magical, simply magical...
Oh my goodness! What GORGEOUS images you ave captured, with both your words and your photos! I think I may have the same mysterious ailment that the girl in the butterfly robe is suffering from! Perhaps I can borrow the hat?
Anyway, thank you so much for stopping by on party day; we've got the pictures up now if you'd like to stop by!
Sadie, I love your story and the photos, which captured your vision beautifully... Thank you for sharing!
I enjoyed both the story and pictures :-) How nice to think that magic not only happens in the fantasy world but definitely in the real world as well. Will remember that :-)
Your photos are over the top!!!! Love them!! Beautiful story too!
How utterly and perfectly delightful!
I can't tell you how much your enchanting party means to me! Love every single thing about it. The colors, the decorations but especially your story. It means more to me today than you'll ever realize!
Thanks for stopping by my blog. I was running late with the party, but have since had a chance to get caught up (do we ever?) First time to your blog, but I am in love. And to see your on Shelfari, my favorite hang-out!!
WOW... I'm speechless....
What an awesome post!
Your pictures are awesome!!! I have been out of it lately because I am packing my things and getting ready to move to Albuquerque. I shall blog about it today! I am very busy with this huge life change, and I am a little overwhelmed! We should catch up very soon!
Wow, your party was amazing! Thanks for stopping by!
i'm late in visiting. while you spent the day on the computer saturday, i was completely without access to all the marvelous partying...
but what a beautiful story and what marvelous images! a lovely party indeed
what an amazingly wonderful adventure!! thank you, thank you for sharing all this beauty.
What fabulous pictures! And that is probably the best location for a tea party. So pretty!
I'm breathless and amazed by your tea party! 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 before life goes back to mundane!
beautiful scenery. Great pictures.
Woah!,... You are most deinatly blessed by the creative and talent fairy! Your tea party was wonderfully inspiring and a joy to experience. Trully fabulous photography flawlessly beautiful.
This was like a mini movie. wonderful
Thank you also for your visit and post!,.. Peace
what a great party!!! Hugs to the madness!! Barb
Your photos are absolutely beautiful. I am so inspired by your wonderful talent! Thank you for sharing these amazing little works of art! ~Nan
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