Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mad Tea Party... Come on, just a quick cuppa & you can be on your way!!

OK, First I apologise, I've been flat chat running around like a headless chook, 2 weeks of intense work with deadlines of 'Needed Yesterday', and tonight what I really need is "a cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie-down" which in Aussie speak is... to chill out. BUT... I want to party...

OK, here in Australia, 'Tea' is also supper, supper is also dinner, a mum (say me) yelling "TEA'S OUT" mean's dinner is ready and family members should assemble at the bench and take their plates laden with whatever I've found in the fridge that wasn't was limp or mouldy across to the TV... when asked 'What's for Tea?' by my ever hopeful babes, I often call the one pot wonders I've chucked together something exotic to make it (seem) more attractive.... 

BUT...

A 'MAD TEA PARTY' though is more than just wearing a party hat & sitting in front of the tele watching a repeat of 'Family Guy' while making sure the dog doesn't knock over your wine, it's actually a virtual event that is shared by amazing people all over the globe, people who plan & organise, who create magic on their blogs & hopefully people who are OK when you really WANTED to party, but forgiving because you've been as busy as a centipede on a hot plate, so sorry, but I ain't exactly offering the matrix of entertainment envisaged (by either of us)... 

Then, EUREKA, I thought, don't get your knickers in a knot & just join in, so here I am...

Tea, the tea I don't hollar at dinnertime is the tea I have been drinking since my childhood, the tea I gagged on when the leaves floated to the top of my china cup as a babe, the tea I used to sit & sip in my great Aunties house, the one I had with my grandma when she made her butter scones, the one I still savour when I visit my mum & we finish pot, after pot over a weekend, the cup my hubby brings me in bed before my toes hit the floor because he knows I'm not a morning gal... tea... I've had it made in a billy, pot & with a bag... straight, with milk, green, black, peppermint & everything in-between... I have so often admired the Japanese tea ceremony & longed to partake in something so refined... but alas, Aussies love their tea, but they'd drink it out of a rusty can if that was all that was available... 

To Celebrate the wonderful event of Vanessa's MAD TEA PARTY you can...
WIN A VOUCHER FOR ANY ONE ITEM FROM MY SHOP... and if you are one of my followers I'll also throw in (no, not the kitchen sink or free steak knives) an extra piece of art, my little 'tea party aceo shown here...



OK, here's the deal... I'm off for 2 weeks... I'll be finishing my paintings for the 'Mad Tea Party' (see previous posts) & they are going in my Etsy Shop (be posted in time for the winner to have more choice)... so, leave a comment, (it's easy, anything will do) and in 2 weeks around the 9th of July, I will randomly pick a winner - any item from my shop, whatever, one prize, winners choice... 

East meets West... my morning cuppa


Now for that "cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie-down" actually maybe throw a teaspoon of scotch in with it, my 94  year old tee(tea?)totalling grandma always swore it was the best way to get a good nights sleep...

Thanks for dropping by, now go on, I bet there's a cuppa waiting at your next party stop too ;) Promise I'll track you down if your announced the winner ;)

24 comments:

Magic Love Crow said...

Shelle, Happy Mad Tea Party, my friend! That's really interesting, that tea means supper or dinner in Australia! I would be so confused if I ever visit you! LOL ;o) But, I know I would love every minute of it! I also love tea and you know, I could drink it at anytime of the day, but I do mostly drink mine after 5:00pm. Two large cups! I love big cups! No dainty things for me! LOL! And, I love green tea! Please put my name into your amazing giveaway! Have a great time away! Hugs ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

Oh, one more thing, I have to try the teaspoon of scotch ;o))

Ann said...

have a lovely tea party!! sounds like such fun!!
enjoy your time off!!
scotch..what a lovely idea!!!

Sunshineshelle said...

Thanks Stacy don't be worried we'll have you understanding our language quick as a flash, just follow our lead ;) & Ann, yes scotch... maybe I'll add a teaspoon of tea rather than visa vera LOL ;)
Happy Tea Party girls!!!!

laurie said...

you always make me smile,, I do love your work too, but I could read your stuff all day,

Cameron said...

Look at that view! Gorgeous trees to gaze upon with that cuppa in hand!

You are so funny....I love reading your posts...I was chuckling, entertained....then felt exhausted from that whirlind that is your wonderful life...heehee!

Thanks for having me!

Nelly said...

I am laughing over here in the US, I though you Aussies spoke English. That second paragraph was like you were speaking a foreign language!LOL

I CANNOT wait to see your Mad Tea party all finished up. So exciting. I have always wanted to participate in this.

Have Fun the next two weeks!

New End Studio said...

"They kept their billy cans brewing..." that line from a Max Boyce song about the tea breaks for the council road crew- and you with your billy, too!

My drink is tea, never drink coffee. Have lots of cups all day and night no matter the weather. No sugar. Green tea sometimes with or without honey. Mostly good old black tea or orange pekoe blend tea for the main drink. Darjeeling's a favorite and soon to try white tea. Despise cold tea and never drink iced tea. Haven't tried with scotch, yet...

Have fun and thanks for the entry!

NatashaMay said...

Thanks for the tea. :) I always enjoy stopping by.

artistamyjo said...

Love your post,you always make me smile.Just learned some new things too......now where's the scotch?
hugs, amy

Linda in New Mexico said...

Goodness girl, slowwwwwwwwww down. Take a rest. Breath deep, go to sleep......you did your very best. And I loved it. Happy Mad Tea, Oma Linda

apinkdreamer said...

what a wonderful party! thanks for inviting me!!!

http://apinkdreamer.blogspot.com/2011/06/mad-tea-summer-party-in-pumpkinland.html
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Kiki Howell - Author said...

Had it on my calender to stop by today. I love tea (have my own shelf for the habit), love Alice, and love your wonderful art. So, please enter me.

Kiki
~where love is a mystical thing~

Deborah said...

I always enjoy your posts and your paintings! Tea...supper...I will answer to it all!

Oh and I hope you enjoy your 2 weeks off!


http://carterdealejos.blogspot.com/2011/06/its-tea-time.html

Magaly Guerrero said...

I can actually see you and the gang in front of the TV eating something yummy and colorful while trying to keep the dog from creating rug/wine art. Hm, I didn't know there were so many ways to say dinner!

Mina said...

I love reading your Aussie sayings (and then getting interpretations). ;-) Your giveaway is so very generous and I would love to be entered. Happy day to you, my friend!

Fair Rosamund said...

He he, what a fun post! Enjoy your cup of tea and thank you for inviting me! :) ~Lauren

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

You are such a doll!! Thank you for sharing your nook in Wonderland even though you are soooo crazy busy!! Youa re so much fun!

Love, A Fanciful Twist

Karla of Dreamaginarius said...

Love tea time! Thank you for taking a moment to share tea time with me :) I will see you in a couple of weeks to see if I am the lucky one :)
xo,
Karla
www.dreamaginarius.com

Linda said...

You did a great job..fun post. I had a great time. Thank you for sharing and I am now a follower. Please come to my party:
mometsinaneye.blogspot.com

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I always have such fun visiting your blog & this delightful post was no exception! I search the store shelves for different kinds of tea to try but I must admit, I never thought of adding a wee bit of scotch! Go Grandma!

Danni said...

Thank you for inviting me over to share your tea and enchantment! I swear by a little scotch in the tea for a good night's sleep too.. when chamomile and mint just won't cut it, lol!

Though I’m running tardy, I hope you’ll come visit my party!
http://thewhimsicalcottage.blogspot.com/2011/06/fawn-and-goat.html

Mina said...

I am super behind and am just now notifying you that I left an award for you on my blog on the June 30, 2011 post. You don't have to do anything with it, just to let you know you brighten my day.;-) Hugs to you!

Ayala Art said...

I'll mad-tea party with you... you won my blog giveaway!! yaay!