Saturday, June 26, 2010

Zuni’s Mad Tea Party Adventures

I didn’t make it to the party! I tried, I really did! I missed a very Important Date!

Fortunately,  Zuni was able to give me a glimpse of the goings-on for Mad Tea Party hosted by Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist.  Zuni was agreeable to share her adventures here with you as long as she got “something special” (ie. seafood)!

Naturally cats are curious creatures, as evidenced by all the cats in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass. There was Dinah, Alice’s darling cat and her kittys - the white one and the black one- always playing with balls of yarn and not like getting groomed. And who could forget the Cheshire Cat?

So Zuni was on patrol as folks were setting up for tea parties and even had her entourage with her including a photographer whilst she was yielding to her curiosity.

OK, Truth be told, sometimes, especially in the darkness of night, she very much reminds me of a raccoon. Yes, a raccoon. I could be mistaken for that girl in that commercial letting a raccoon into her house, because I cannot tell you how many times I have gone out at night with a flashlight, spotted her tail and exclaimed, “There’s a Raccoon!”…..only to find out it was our darling Zun-Zun-ikins!

She lead me to some sights underneath the beloved ferns … and frankly I was disbelieving at first…It looked like a Fairy Tale Tea-Party from my childhood dreams…filled with Hansel and Gretel type visions (oops, that’s another story) and lots of honey - could it be?

Zuni cast her glance to me, and then leapt up to meander along the fence as if to say, “But, of course!”. On the other hand, I was still a tad perplexed, but decided I would go along, as she was the one telling the story …

She encountered a chain of temptations as she strolled the fence-line…Butterflies, Honeybees, other Cats (namely Cookie and Web-der), "Something special" - being a coastal kitty that means Fish, and of course Hearts galore - as she is loved, loved, loved! But trudge, trudge along the fence-line she went.

Ok, honestly, I had no idea where this was going!  Trying hard not to get too excited, with the look in her eyes, she let me know JUST what was going on..

The makings of a Mad Tea Party!!! The table was set, the flowers were extra pretty- Gardenias!  I could actually smell their lovely scent!  The tea pot steamed with what?  Chamomile, Mint, Lemon Verbena? Mmmmmm....  I could only imagine the scurrying around that Zuni saw getting this all set up ;)

This was her way of letting me know there were goings-on that were extra extraordinary….she was sooooo excited!

Zun- Zunikins! What would Alice say?.... A wink of her eye and a twist of her head, Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread, She spoke not a word, but went straight to her work (oops, wrong story – Again!)

The other kitty-cats lined up in a row, ears perked, listening intently.  There was so much going on, it was hard to keep up with her story, yet curiouser and curiouser I became!

And there it was….the through The Looking Glass vision Zuni showed me of my Ancestors. There they were in a corner of the garden looking over us.  She was flipant, of course, as she showed me, but I was quite a bit taken aback. “Yes, they are always here, don’t you know that?"

And so it was, into this madness I accepted all that she showed me. I stepped through the Looking Glass, lost in her adventures as she led the way.

In her impatience, she gave me an inquisitive look as if to say, "Don't you want to see who else was at the Mad Tea Party?

Yet another Fairy Tale tea set awaiting who knows who, maybe you?

Zuni poured her heart into it -
(OK honestly, I did not realize that what I was typing was the layout of the charm brooch! cat=Zuni, poured=teapot, heart=heart), Madness, I tell you!

-Pointing the way to a plethora of A Fanciful Twist inspired  Mad Tea Parties across the world!
Zuni said it was time for her nap - Imagine That!

Did I mention that among her entourage there was an Interpreter?  Well, there was.  Zuni left a little note that read ...

Dearest Vanessa, Mr. Lovee, Baby, Matty, et al,

      Boy, ya'll sure caused a ruckus around here!  You should have seen Blanche running around like a Mad-Woman!  I got my fill of 'something special' for sure!  Between all her photo-shoots and boating/fishing adventures I had about all the fish and shrimp I could stand (not really).  Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for your hospitality and kind spirits.
Much love, light, and good naps,
P. S.   Special message for Baby -


P.S.S. Vanessa has posted an update of a turn of events in her houshold.  Our heartfelt best wishes, positive thoughts, and much white light sent your way - To you, Vanessa - and to yours. 


  1. Zuni is so precious! Thank you so much for having me over and for stopping by my party earlier.
    (psst - the mask was actually from a darling little shop in Venice that I went to this past Oct. Talk about a magical city! Venice IS wonderland! ^.^)

  2. Thanks for you and Zuni for a lovely time. Happy Tea TIme!

  3. Oh, how special is Zuni? What a lovely party adventure :)

  4. Oooo...Zuni is so wise. Delightful party. And thanks for stopping by to see Miss Sarah and her friends.

    Thanks for the tea and the magic!

  5. Thank Zuni with some good treats! What a wonderful time I had at your tea party. Zuni naps just like our kitty :-)

    Your jewelry is absolutely lovely!

  6. Thank you for having me over for tea Zuni. Your quite the handsome cat! I am having so much fun attending all of the parties.

    Blanche, your jewelry is so pretty!
    Happy creating, gail

  7. Thank you to you and Zuni for a delightful tea party!

  8. ~*~*~*Hip hip hurray it's Tea Party Day!*~*~*~

    I'm so sorry you missed the party but Zuni was a wonderful host! Such a magical time to be had by all! The jewelry is beautiful!
    Thanks for having me at your tea party! if you haven't been already, you're cordially invited to my mad tea party! Have yourself a mad sort of day! :)

  9. Thank you for a delightful time. Zuni is gorgeous! I would love to scratch him behind the ears and rub that fluffy belly. What lovely baubles you do make. Follow your heart and join me as we go to the Forest of Wishes. I have party gifts waiting for everyone!

    {{soul hugs}}
    Kathryn, Collage Diva

  10. What a fun cat and so helpful! lovely.

  11. Thankyou so much for stopping by earlier. I so enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing your Mad Tea Party with a feline feel to it. I loved the china cup...and I loved the last photo of Zuni, soaking up some Zzzzs.


  12. Thank you and Zuni for a delightful time!
    Happy Tea Party Day to you!!!

  13. Zuni is absolutely adorable! And I just LOVE all your tea dishes. Beautiful. Thanks for your visit; I have enjoyed your party. :)

  14. Blanche, thanks so much for stopping by my blog, and for admiring my wildlife party! I am in love with your Zuni! She reminds me of beloved Molly, who is no longer with us, but certainly remains in our hearts! Thanks for a delightful post for the party!

  15. Very cute!~ Love your earrings.

  16. Oh I LOVE Zuni! The last shot is especially delightful. Thank you for the fun. Love your creations too!
    **blows kisses** Deb

  17. Love your cat's name! And what a wonderful friend to take you on an adventure! Your jewelry is lovely and your tea quite delicious. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my Mermaid tea adventure!
    ~ Iva

  18. Oh Zuni of the beautiful name and the adorable face, you have led me around a magical world of tea and secret spaces that only cats know and I am quite exhausted now! I had such a lovely time thank you! When you are sleeping, you look a lot like my cat Lily-do you know her? She goes to lots of secret places too!

  19. I love Zuni!!! Thank you, Blanche, for the wonderful party! Thank you for also coming to my Blog. I really enjoyed it and you are so talented!

    Kit from Paperkitz

  20. What a magical kitty Zuni is! Thank you for taking me along on her wondrous adventure!

  21. Thank you for inviting me to tea Zuni! I had a a most wonderful time!

  22. Happy Mad Tea Party Day! Your Zuni is wonderful. Stop by our party if you get the chance and be sure to say HI!

  23. Thank you, Miss Blanche and Zunikins for the lovely visit...your jewelery is truly lovely ( I am partial to the mecklace with the little bee in it!) and I so luv that your ancestors keep watch upon enchanting!
    Thank you for topping by my Mad Tea Party and Zuni are welcome anytime :)

  24. Blanche, I adore Zuni! What a clever cat! And I adore all of your teasets and wonderful jewelry pieces. Just a great post!

    Happy Tea Partying to you...


    Sheila :-)

  25. Good thing your cat sniffed out the tea party or you would have missed all the fun!

    She is a beauty and so are all your mini tea sets, so cute!

    Thanks for visiting my party too!

  26. What a wonderful adventure Zuni had and thank you for sharing!! Love your work by the way!!

  27. What a wonderful adventure Zuni!

    It is such a beautiful post! I love all the eye candy you've made!

  28. Hello Blanche,
    Your Zuni is such a beautiful girl! I enjoyed seeing your pretty jewelry, also. Thank you for your visit!
    Cheers, Andrea

  29. Zuni is such a clever kitty to have given you the adventure she did. She is as gorgeous as she is clever. Wonderful jewelry pieces. Thanks for a grand Mad Tea Adventure and thanks for stopping by my pinkness of Tea, says The Olde Bagg

  30. So glad that ZuZu had a delightful adventure in your lovely tea.

    Happy Mad Tea Party.


  31. Zuni ~ adorable! The jewelry ~ exquisite! So glad to have stopped by for a spell on this most happy of Tea Party Days! Jenn

  32. Thank you Zuni for the tour....what a lovely tea party you put together! Thank you for inviting me....please come by and have tea with me too....

  33. Zuni is such a lovely host. Thanks for having me over for tea. Hope you can stop by and join me as well.

  34. Love Zuni and your tea party ... this is so fun

  35. What a delightful tea! Thank you so much for letting us stop.

  36. Thanks to you and Zuni for the adventure!

  37. I so enjoyed following the adorable Zuni on her adventures, thank you!! :) ~Lauren

  38. Thanks to you and dear, dear Zuni for a delightful visit. I scrolled back through your other posts and will visit when I have more time. Love your jewelry!! - Kathy

  39. So nice to be taken on a tour by such a charming puss cat. What a lovely party :)

  40. Zuni, you look so sweet ! Thanks for the Tea Tour Adventure & thanks to your person , too.

  41. Thanks for stopping by the Fürst's tea party, I'm still making my way through the list on the second day (sometimes starting at top, then the bottom, then in the middle..) Your party is lovely, such wonderful photos, a beautiful tabby and very special jewelry – gorgeous charms! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  42. ahhh Zuni is a fabulous cat!!! we had two cats,Buster and Tigger that looked just like Zuni. I think it is the tiger dots and stripes that sets them apart. lol. your post was delightful. thanks for having me for tea.hugs JoAnn S

  43. Whave a LOVELY tea party!! Thank Zuni for taking us on such an exciting adventure ... I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it...

    Your jewelry is STUNNING!!!


  44. What a delightful tea party! And Zuni was a great story teller and host!!
    Thanks ever so much for visiting my tea as well. We so appreciated it!

  45. Well, Zuni was a MOST gracious host I do believe. What wondrous treasures we did find at our tea party! If you have not already done so, please come and sit a spell with me - for tea... Sincerely, Theresa (aka the White Queen)

  46. What a lovely story! I enjoyed the pics of Zuni! If you care for some tea, you're very welcome at my place!

  47. Oh thank you so much for inviting me I really adore zuni! Thanks for the perfect tea party!



  48. What a VERY lovely tea indeed! I wish I could really come and share it. Please come and visit my party, if you haven't already. I'm so confused with all the names, but isn't this such fun? Charles Dodgson would approve, I'm sure, if he could be here too!
    Zuni is one of the CUTEST cats I've met yet...

  49. Meow! My beloved Felix who has passed more than 20 yrs. ago but lives in my heart forever, was the EXACT markings as your sweet thing, but had blue eyes and chocolate tips on ears and tail as he was part tabby and part chocolate siamese. He was a talker. Loved having tea with you and love your photos. Very inviting. Thanks for the lovely time. Creative hugs from Norma

  50. Thank you for having me to your delightful tea, and thank you for joining me for a cup of tea today.

  51. Thank you for hosting this wonderful mad tea for us!!! wonderful photos and what fun!!!

  52. Zuni was a marvelous tour guide! Thank you both for inviting me.

  53. Thanks to you and Zuni for inviting us to this magical party. You know cats were worshiped by the Egyptians for very special reasons. There is magic there. Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

  54. Thank you Zuni for hosting such a delightful party! You are a most gracious hostess.

    I send good wishes to you and your human companions...All Things Happen for a Reason...

    Peace, love and Grace Goods!


  55. What a lovely tea party and a wonderful story. Loved Zuni!
    PLease come visit us for a spot of tea at your leasure.
    Hope to see you there!

  56. Hurray for Zuni! I had a wonderful time!

  57. Sorry I am so late! I think I got a little lost along the way! Zuni is just lovely, and such a gracious hostess x

  58. I'm sorry I'm late! My MIL's memorial was on the date of the party, so I'm now just getting my wits together to visit all the festivities!

    Thank you for a hosting a beautiful party! Everything is so magical!

    ~ Michelle

  59. That is a wonderful brooch! Thank you for the tea!

    ♥ Alice Maria-Thérèse Afiori in a Swedish wonderland

  60. Still making my tea party rounds! I don't know if I will ever get through the list. Come by and say hello. I am having a giveaway. The deadline to enter is tomorrow!

  61. Oh little Zuni is so sweet! thanx for the lovely party!

  62. Whew! I fell down the rabbit hole at the last party and it’s taken me days to find my way out. What a lovely gathering and such delightful company! Thanks so much for having me! (And for not mentioning those crumbs on my dress).

    I loved the cat tail sticking out of the bushes - teehee!

  63. Thanks so much for stopping by my party and inviting me to yours! What a lovely time...and a sweet kitty!!

  64. Blanche,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for following along as well. You are always welcome anytime sweet friend. Come by and say Hi!

    Many blessings to you and yours.
    ~Kelly :)


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