Saturday, June 25, 2011

Mad Tea Party

There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it.

“No room! No room!” they cried out when they saw Alice coming.
“There’s plenty of room!” said Alice indignantly, and sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.

ATC "Alice"
“Have some wine,” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.

ATC "March Hare"
Alice looked around the table, but there was nothing on it but tea.
“I don’t see any wine,” she remarked.
“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.
“Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,” said Alice angrily.
“It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare.
“I didn’t know it was your table,” said Alice: “it’s laid for a great many more than three.”

ATC "Mad Hatter"
“Your hair needs cutting,” said the Hatter.
“You should learn not to make personal remarks,” Alice said with some severity: ”it’s very rude.”
The Hatter opened his eyes very wide on hearing this; but all he said was:
Alice thought over all she could remember about ravens and writing-desks, which wasn’t much. The Hatter was the first to break the silence. “What day of the month is it?” he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket.

ATC "Pocket Watch"
“What a funny watch! Alice remarked. “It tells the day of the month, and doesn’t tell what o’clock it is!”

It was at a great concert given by the Queen of Hearts, and I had to sing “Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at!” said the Hatter.
“Well, I’d hardly finished the first verse,” said Hatter,”when the Queen bawled out “He’s murdering the time!”

“How dreadfully savage!” exclaimed Alice.
And ever since that,” the Hatter went on in a mournful tone, “Time won’t do a thing I ask! It’s always six o’clock now.”
A bright idea came into Alice’s head, “Is that the reason so many tea things are put out here?” she asked.
“Yes, that’s it”, said the Hatter with a sigh: “it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.”

“Suppose we change the subject,” the March Hare interrupted, yawning.
“Wake up, Dormouse!

ATC "Dormouse"
The Dormouse slowly opened its eyes. “I wasn’t asleep,” it said in a hoarse, feeble voice, “I heard every word you fellows were saying.”
Tell us a story!” said March Hare.

“Once upon a time there were three sisters,” the Dormouse begun in a great hurry: “and their names were Elsie, Lacie and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well __”
“They were learning to draw,” the Dormouse went on, yawning and rubbing its eyes, for it was getting very sleepy; “and they drew all manner of things __ everything that begins with an M __”
“Why with an M?” said Alice.
“Why not” said the March Hare.

The Dormouse had closed its eyes by this time, and was going off into a doze; but, on being pinched by the Hatter, it woke up again with shriek, and went on; “__ that begins with an M, such as mouse-traps, and the moon, and memory, and muchness __ you know you say things are “much of muchness” __ did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness”!
“Really, now you ask me,” said Alice, very much confused, “I don’t think __”
“Then you shouldn’t talk,” said the Hatter.

This piece of rudeness was more than Alice could bear: she got up in great disgust, and walked off.
“At any rate I’ll never go there again!” said Alice, as she picked her way through the wood.
“It’s the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!”
Just as she said this, she noticed that one of the trees had a door leading right into it.

ATC "Tree"
“That’s very curious!” she thought. “But everything’s curious today. I think I may as well go in at once.”
And in she went.

If you want to see where Alice went head over here.

As for a special treat I'm giving away the first ATC titled Alice. If you would like to win it, leave a comment on this post by next Friday. I'll be using to do the magic. :)

The rest of the ATC's are up for a trade. If you want to trade give me a shout in the comments or e-mail me. :)

Quotes taken from Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


  1. Well thank you for having me here in Wonderland! Your ATC illustrations were so cute to go along with the story :)

    Please enter me in your draw! Happy Madness to you...heehee!!

  2. Great pictures, love your version of Alice!

  3. Such a lovely tea party post and great illustrations.

    Zoe x

  4. What lovely illustrations special I love alice! What fun it would be to have her! So am crossing my fingers while drinking some tea! Thanks for the treats and off I go for the hop. Drop on by for a cup or two?

  5. What lovely illustrations I might say! I would certainly love to have alice so here's to crossing my fingers to that! Had a lovely time and thanks for the tea! Hop on over mine for a cup or 2?!

  6. Beautiful illustrations, charming and full of tenderness.

  7. Wow I love the little ATCs you've done for the tea party. The dormouse is very cute.

    Here is the link to mine if you would like to visit.

  8. Wonderful illustrations for a magical story!

  9. Lovely! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Feel free to stop by anytime!

    Tabitha of

  10. Anonymous25 June, 2011

    such fun,, beautiful work, thank you for sharing

  11. What precious illustrations. Thank you for a delightful time.

    I too have a party and gifts for all who visit. I do hope you can make it by!

    Follow this link:

    Sweet day to you!

  12. Love your ATCs! The mad hatter was awesome. Thanks for inviting me over!

  13. love the dormouse! lovely post!

  14. Anonymous25 June, 2011

    What a lovely tea party post. I enjoyed being confused. I hope it is not rude to say I enjoy all your ATCs. I look forward to visiting again.

  15. what a wonderful party! thanks for inviting me!!!
    ❀◕ ‿ ◕❀

  16. I love the art card spin on the tea party. The cards are terrific! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Thanks for having me at your party.
    Love your ATCs

    Hop over to my party for a nice cup of tea :-)


  18. What a lovely tea party...sweet little pictures and story...thankyou for having me x

  19. Oh how fun!!!! I love that you created all these lovely pieces of art for your tea party. :) So magical! Please do enter me in your wonderful giveaway and enjoy the rest of the tea party fun! :)

  20. How lovely tea party! Your ATC's are fantastic and yay! please do include me! I want I want!
    Thanks for having me in! :)


  21. Love your artwork and story telling! Pop over to my blog for another party!
    Take care, Martha

  22. Lovely ATC's! And a sweet tea party!

  23. Simply lovely. Thank you for the invite. xx

  24. Beautiful illustrations :)

    I'm also taking part in the Mad Tea Party blog hop and hope that you'll visit my party to have some fun there too :)

  25. What a fab post! I enjoyed reading your story and seeing your artwork illustrate it well! How fun!

  26. Oh wow Natasha these are all fabulous and loving the story you tell with it. Enjoy the weekend. Annette x

  27. Thank you so much for inviting me to tea! Those ATC's are wonderful! I hope you will visit my tea party as well.

  28. thank you for sharing your talents with us. the tea party was wonderful!
    Thank you for having me over.
    I do hope you will also visit me
    Sylvia : )

  29. Your ATCs are wonderful and a fab subject ;0)

    love Dawn xx

  30. What a wonderfully mad tea party! Your ATCs are fantastic. Thanks for sharing, Michelle

  31. Fantastic illustrations!
    Thank you for having me!

  32. what fun, creative your atc's! Thanks for the whimsical story~ Come have a cup of tea with me...

  33. what fun, creative your atc's! Thanks for the whimsical story~ Come have a cup of tea with me...

  34. What a fun party, your artwork is lovely! Thank you so much for inviting me :) ~Lauren

  35. Super lovely artwork and what a party!

  36. I love your artwork!

    Have a mad party!
    Erin :)

  37. Hi, I accidentally left a wrong blog address. Here is the correct one
    Thank you,

  38. I would love to win that lovely ATC :)
    Your party and story were delightful, thanks for the invite. please do visit mine. :) I also have a giveaway.

  39. Very cool tea party your ATC's are wonderful.. and very entertaining.. what a fun idea.. off to have more

  40. very cool! you do great work! happy tea partying! :)

  41. Such a wonderful and magical to-do, thank you for inviting me over to share your tea and enchantment! Your ATCs are beautiful!

    Though I'm running tardy, I hope you'll come visit my party!

  42. Lovely story! Hope you're enjoying the festivities too!

  43. Such lovely paintings. Thank you so much for sharing your party.

    If you get a chance, please stop by to visit.



  44. What a fun way to have a party. Loved all the illustrations. Very nice. Thanks for the invite. Please visit me at:

  45. OH!! So sweet, just like you!! Your wonderland is delightful!! ;)

    Love, A Fanciful Twist

  46. I love your ATC's and I enjoyed your party. I would love to win your Alice ATC. Thank you for the opportunity. Have a nice week! Twyla

  47. I have enjoyed your party!
    Happy UnBirthday to you !

  48. Love this tea party post. Your ATC's are gorgeous. Your are so talented and creative! So happy to get to know you here!!

  49. how did i miss this post?
    moving on.
    i'd be tickled to trade atcs with you.

    i haven't made any in a bit, but i've been working on some over the past week - after one of Your posts reminded me how much i enjoyed working on playing card sizes.

    let me know if you are wanting to trade.

  50. It must have taken you ages to do this. Thank you for a very interesting and enjoyable time reading your Alice account and seeing your delightful atc's. I adore anything to do with Alice.
    My email button is on my blog - please can you email me your address as I want to send you a postcard I have done.

  51. What fun, Natasha!! I made a mini album based on Alice last year. Had so much fun with it. Love your artwork and writing. Just what I need to brighten my morning.
    Have fun with the spraying!

  52. what a cute series! i would love to win one of your ATCs!

  53. I loved your illustrated story. You are Mad I tell you positively off your head!!!!LOL
    Thanks for this I will be smiling all day now.

  54. These illustrations are just like reading an illustrated book on line! Very very enjoyable. Your art is so expressive Natasha May!! *smiles* Norma


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