Saturday, March 29th, 2014 | Author:

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!
Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you’re at!”

- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

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A Mad Hatters tea party! Held sometime during the summer at my place or yours, with the idea being that all tea etiquette rules go out the window (or through the looking glass). You know like leaving the crusts on the cucumber sandwiches or adding radishes to the scones.  Or how far is it to Seattle or by bus ….

So cast your memory back to Alice in Wonderland, when the March Rabbit meets with Alice as he is running late for a tea party. At the beginning of Chapter 7, Alice finds herself at a very long table, yet everyone is crowded at one end of this table. This, of course, is the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

As the story goes, the Mad Hatter has been condemned by the Queen of Hearts for ‘killing time” with his singing. All the clocks and watches say tea time, all the time. And Alice is impolitely treated with riddles that have no answers and silly nonsensical poems.

This has all the makings of a fun event and there are many ways to explore your creative side.

Let’s start with the invitations. Do you want hats to be the theme? Or maybe the theme is Wonderland and all the characters? Create your own silly rhymes to go with the theme. If you want others to dress up, make them aware of that in the invitation. Ask them to wear an outrageous hat. Or better yet, tell them you have a Mad Hatter hat making session planned.

A Mad Hatter tea party is all about non conformity, so enjoy and mix and match your dishes, glasses and silverware. Use different chairs too! Table cloths in pastel colours and tea pots with flowers make a great table setting for this affair. Some paper lanterns or playing cards are great decoration ideas to consider too.

Consider creating a looking glass that every one walks through to enter the party into Wonderland. Find a place for the Cheshire cat or at least his smile to appear. And don’t forget Dormouse, he would be happy to be placed in a teapot on the table.

Now, time to plan the menu. How do Tweedledee and Tweedledum tarts sound? Courisier and courisier tea cocktails? The Mad Hatter did offer Alice some wine!  Take a ribbon and a name tag and tie it on the base of each glass. Write “Drink Me” on them. Make cookies that say “Eat Me”.

Everyone could become Mad Hatters, and create their own hats.  Or play croquet, card games and silly rhyming games. Play “opposites”. Everything in Wonderland is not as it appears to be. Make rules that everyone is called their name backwards and when responding to a question then should answer the opposite of what they really mean. Ter-riffic!

Best of all fun, a have Party Hatters Mad!

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Author:

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With a Stampin’ Up! personalized stamp you can create a cool address label or even use it for everything from marketing your territory on catalogs or other samples to having a fun way to give a personal touch to thank you gifts and goodies. Here are just a few customization ideas (for you or for the perfect gift):

  • Address stamp
  • Thank you
  • From the classroom of (for a teacher gift)
  • From the kitchen of
  • Made with love
  • This book belongs to
  • From the desk of
  • Just married
  • Save the date
  • Promote your business (add your name, website, and contact info)

132852 Circle Monogram Stamp $29.95*

Shop at stampinup.ca and choose me as your demonstrator.

* Stamps will be available for ordering on Stampin’ Up!’s online store which will allow for a preview option before the order is submitted. The font and design of the stamps are set. Stamps are non-refundable.

 

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Author:

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The Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit contains everything necessary (minus scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards and it also makes the perfect gift for that creative someone you know!

Why shop for cards when you can have 20 beautiful cards ready to go in just minutes? And best of all, they’ll be handmade!

Contact: club@stampinarts.ca to place an order or book a party!

 

Thursday, February 13th, 2014 | Author:

Okay, tea fans, I tried it today with a flavoured tea, and truth be told, it tasted just fine. Now this way of drinking a beverage with grass-fed butter originated in Tibet BUT they drink tea not coffee. So much for needing to be only coffee!

However tea only has 11mg of caffeine vs 45 mg per 100g in coffee, so maybe you won’t get the same energy boost, but if you don’t like coffee, this maybe more palatable for you.

The MCT oil, well, it’s the add on that the guy who trademarked the name “bulletproof” and it is what might make this doable to fast until early afternoon. That part has some science behind it, although not much, google it to get the whole story with the sales pitch.

Happy sipping! Happy stepping, so far I’m maintaining my almost 5k per day, yippee!

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 | Author:

Lately we’ve been enjoying a great morning ‘wake up’ drink — Bulletproof Tea.

It’s based on the concept of Bulletproof Coffee, but we use Tea. This recipe is from a discussion in a Facebook group:

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Two tsp of Irish Breakfast tea or your basic Assam tea in a coffee press (eeww, okay a well rinsed tea press) add 10 oz hot water, steep 2 minutes, for stronger tea add more tea don’t steep longer. Next, find yourself a personal blender bullet thing with a good seal on it: add a generous 1+ tbsp of butter, plus 1+tbsp MCT oil pour the hot tea in and blend. Drink fairly quickly, this isn’t a sipping tea as it will not taste good cold.

Taste test: Pretty darned good that is if you don’t want a real caffeine hit it certainly doesn’t taste like butter maybe cream but not butter. And the oil? well I’m used to that texture.