Saturday, July 13, 2013

Mad Tea Party & giveaway

Have you met Gunter? If not, you can read about him here. 
We've had lots of fun over the years.  He tends to be naughty but his heart is in the right place.  (I know because I sewed it into his stumpy little body!)

Lately, Gunter has not been happy with me.  I feel bad because we got busy with things (life..) and forgot a basket....on the floor... in the closet!   Oh my GOSH was he sore about THAT.  He muttered something about knowing how Harry Potter felt, living in a closet!

Anyway, I decided to make amends by letting him join today's tea party!  He ran outside and told Mr. Rabbit to wait for him.

Then he waited patiently while I strapped his camera on and then he dashed out the back door and scurried down the rabbit hole...
and promptly landed on his head in the Queen's rosemary!

(There is something to be said about not having actual arms and legs makes Gunter's life difficult at times.)
I had warned him about the queen so he got directions from a friendly hedgehog on how to get OUT of the garden!

He wound his way back to safety and ran into Benjamin Bunny.  What was HE doing there?  I didn't know he had a JOB!
Anyway, Benjamin was supposed to offer everyone mushrooms but told Gunter to steer clear of them....(thank goodness, we all know what happens if you eat mushrooms!) 

Then he was offered something green to drink by a nice turtle but decided against it.  If that stuff made Mr. Turtle grow things out of his shell, HE sure didn't want any!!!

Then he wandered around trying to find the white rabbit to ask for directions.  He thought he found the tea party but instead found Mrs. Conch and Little Miss Teapot.  Yep, they drank the green stuff and look what happened to them!

Poor Gunter got lost and came across King Toad who offered him that dreaded green stuff again. He politely declined and asked for directions instead.  King Toad said he had been out courting Thumbelina and didn't know where this year's party was so Gunter continued on his way....

As luck would have it, he came across a very pretty neighbor of the Cheshire Cat.  She knew where the party was and offered to help lead the way.
"First you go around Shamrock Station, then through the Gardenia Forest..."

from that point he just followed the mushroom path!

When he arrived, the party was under way!  The table was set with an assortment of goodies and tea.  

 Gunter visited and snacked away....happy to be at the party.  He even tasted one of those polka dotted mushrooms!

Things started getting fuzzy.......and he thought he was going MAD!  

But then he realized, he wasn't going MAD, he just needed something he was more accustomed too.  After all, he IS a GNOME....

So, what does a gnome like to drink, you ask?   BEER!   

Yep....just like a man to go to a tea party and ask for beer and pretzels!  At least he is happy...

Everyone who visits has a chance for a giveaway. Just include your email or blog link so I can reach you.  I will announce the winner on July 20th.   
The winner will receive a set of goblet charms (hard to see in the photo) that are perfect for wine stems or tea cup handles.   I've also included a few other things.. 

Thank you for popping by and thank you to Vanessa at "A Fanciful Twist" for hosting!  Please click on her link to visit other parties!


Laura S Reading said...

What an adventure! All the best parties are ahrder to find.

And I gave into peer pressure too and tried the mushrooms. :)

Tami Von Zalez said...

OMG a beer-drinking gnome, you are my kinda gal!

Popped by from the Mad Tea Party, come give me a visit

tvonzalez at

annemarie said...

What a great post!!

Marina Capano said...

What a fun tea party!

love it!


visit me anytime...

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niffy said...

Oh that was fun! Thank you!

gin said...

fun party! i am glad for Gunter to be back in the social life.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

I have enjoyed your wonderful tea party!

Flora Cruft said...

Gunter is such a star, what a fun tea party!

Thank you so much for having me, and happy Mad Tea party!

Now do come visit my 2 interwoven fairytale inspired stories-

1. The White Queen as she prepares her Mad Tea Party for her eleven dancing sisters in:

2. The dancing princesses dancing their way all over the land to reach her Mad Tea Party:

I'm looking forward to serving you a home made rose macaron or two at my tea party! said...

GUNTER!!!!!!!!!!! hahahaa, love him!

I loved your photos, treats and mushrooms tooooo!!

Thank you so much for being a part of the Mad Tea Party ♥

DREAMER said...

Gunter mite be upset cause I took a little sip of his fun and thank you for inviting me and coming to mine :)
Xoxo gina

Ricki Treleaven said...

LOL a beer-drinking gnome! LOVE it.

Very fun party! Thanks for having me!

Happy Mad Tea Party Day!
Please visit my party!
Ricki Jill

shana said...

I always wondered what Gnomes drank...I thought it might be garden hose water!

Mad Madam Mel said...

A fabulous party, thank you so much for inviting me :)

Poor Gunter, being forgotten in a cupboard !!

I am so pleased you managed to pop by and visit with me earlier !!

Mad Madam Mel xx

Cobblestone Prims said...

I love your Mad Tea Party...thanks for being a part of it.
Have a nice day
Kerstin from Germany

Rachel said...

Lol this was such a wonderfully fun party. I loved reading about Gunter' s adventures.

Shauna Henry said...

Gnomes are some of my favorite things! I love that he drinks beer. And what a beautiful cat!

Great party! Thank you for having me!

If you haven't already, please do stop by my party as well, but beware the Jaberwock is lurking about!


Tammy said...

Well that was fun. Very imaginative! I think I'll have beer and pretzels, too. :) Those robin's eggs were always my favorite for Easter. Best wishes, Tammy

Theresa MacNaughton said...

What a fun party! Loved reading about Gunter's adventures! Thank you for inviting me to your party and for stopping by mine, as well. :) Enjoy the festivities! Theresa

OmaLindasOldeBaggsandStuftShirts said...

I love Gunther even if he preferred dos xxxxx's to earl grey. Smart Gnome.
Come by and see our Bad Alice and Dude, we'd love to see you in our neck of the woods, Oma Linda

Anthea said...

That was great fun, thanks.

Lisa said...

so fun!! I love Gunter and the Chesire cat!!
thanks for having me

kathyinozarks said...

what a fun adventure and tea party! count me in the giveaway thanks

Coach Z said...

Very fun! Thank you so much for inviting me. Please pop on over and enter my giveaway!

The Gossamer Tearoom said...

What fun! That Gunther is a wacky one, he is!

Thank you so much for visiting me at The Tearoom!

Wishing you a lovely rest of the Mad Party Weekend!


Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Very clever. Love all the garden storybook characters!!!
Thank you for inviting us for tea.

Unknown said...

I remember ole Gunter....I am not surprised at his antics at looks like he made a total piggle out of himself.

Jennifer Michelle said...

Ah Gunter what a sweetie! This is so lovely, I did enjoy the beer hehe!

Sylvia Smiser said...

Lovely tea party. That drunk gnome was a blast! LOL.
I hope you will visit my blog, I too am having a giveaway.
Happy Madness and Muchness week,

A Little Creation said...

I think you are having way too much fun there!!
Chris =]

Birgit said...

Leave it to Gunter to show us around -- lovely post, Val. :) I bet he was glad to be outside once again!


jillytacy said...

Boy, Gunter sure had a fun adventure! I love it! I'm glad he finally got to enjoy the beer and pretzels. I'll keep that in mind in case I find a gnome in my yard.

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