Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's My Party, I'll Collapse If I Want To...

Well I must that say the 2nd Annual Mad Tea Party hosted by the fabulous Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist was a ton of fun! I'd never been a part of a blog "party" before (which is really where you make a post for the party's theme and then visit everyone else's "parties" on their blogs) and I happened across Vanessa's blog and thought, "What the heck!" and signed up.

Then I was nervous because I knew I couldn't create a post half as fabulous as hers (have you seen it?!) but then I remembered that I had all of these pictures from my bridal shower and honeymoon and I figured I could pull it off. Speaking of pictures: some were from Disney World, some were from my "Alice in Wonderland" themed bridal shower and the shoe pictures were of an artistic window display I saw in New York City.

So Saturday morning I woke up and decided to start visiting the blogs of those people that signed up. They were listed in alphabetical order and by the time I got to the "C"s, I knew I was in trouble. I thought about stopping but then I thought about all the people that put so much work into their party posts (and believe me, they did!) that I knew I had to visit them all. They had giveaways, stories, pictures, videos, music, history of the story itself and of course pictures of Tim Burton's upcoming Alice movie. EVERYTHING! It was amazing to see all the different takes on a "Mad Tea Party".

I was trying to figure out why I was having so much giddy fun visiting everyone's party and this was my conclusion: I felt like a kid again playing make believe. It was so fun to comment on someone's blog and say, "Oh my that tea was delicious!" and "I'll have another biscuit, thank you!" It brought me back to all that time I played tea party when I was younger and it was a delightful (yet exhausting) day!

I say exhausting because all together I visited over 200 blogs. Of those 200+, I left comments on every one that had a party post so in the end I left 163 comments all together (yes, I counted, lol). And I didn't want to just copy and paste the same thing so I wrote something original on each one (other than the invite to come to my party of course). I wanted them to all know their creativity was appreciated and enjoyed. The only think I grew to despise by the end of the day was word verification, LOL. And thank you to everyone who commented at my party! I appreciate your sweet comments so so so much! I have to say, it was totally worth it and I'm already thinking of what I'll post for the 3rd Annual Mad Tea Party! lol

Anyhoo, I loved the party so much that I was kind of thinking of hosting my own...BUT I would need some people to party with me! Is there any interest out there for a blog party around here? Any theme ideas? I was thinking of maybe "Christmas in July" or ??? Talk to me people!

In other news, I finally bit the bullet (Chris' discount through his job helped me take the plunge) and bought this magazine:



This is "Marie", a Marie Antoinette inspired mixed media magazine by the same company that does Somerset Studio. I love these magazines! They are expensive but so inspiring! While at the bookstore I also got a biography on Elizabeth Taylor to add to my collection. I think I need to add some more males to my shelves, poor Sidney Poitier is surrounded by chicks at the moment! lol

I do have one thing to show you today (I was able to get some creating in between all the blog partying, yay me!). Another layout of Toot this time. I was going for a "shabby chic" sort of look. I'm still trying to find my own style and hopefully I'm getting close. lol



The paper is from the May kit at LPS, the vintage looking embellishments were from a RAK I won a few months ago and the crochet flowers are from Paper Blooms.




I can't stand just gluing or taping buttons on my projects so I sewed the buttons onto the ribbon, lol.

So who caught The Bachelorette??? Please tell me I'm not the only one that thinks Jillian has gone off her nut! Let's dish!

Have a great day everyone!

39 comments:

  1. U sound like U had fun with the blog party!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeee the LO...and hehehehe I don't think Sidney minds!! LOL!!! I think a blog party sounds like fun....but I personally would need a weekend! Darn job takes up my daytimes!! LOL :):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  2. omg, that LO is beautiful- I loved the Alice post, and YES, Gillian is nuts, but I believe ABC is telling her to keep Wes for the ratings cuz she seriously can't be that stupid! I don't believe in reality tv- no Wes, no drama!!!!!!!
    Damn, Michael was a cutie too!!!!! I'd dance with him any day! :P xoxo

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  3. Sounds like a ton of fun and wow 200 Blogs...I can't imagine visiting that many Blogs. Was it just one day? Now...that LO is ROCKING....STUNNING....FABULOUS!!! I think this is one of my favorites!!!!!! Michael was a sweetie!!!! :( Wishing you a perfect day!!!

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  4. The Tea Party was MAD fun, and I found a lot of new blogs to read (like yours).

    I'm sifting through them, and wasn't able to leave a comment on each one because I had to work all weekend.

    I'm always up for a party, so I'll be interested to see what you come up with.

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  5. What an absolutely beautiful layout! I like the slightly old fashioned feel blended with soft, soothing colours.


    Thank you for your comments, sweetie! I hope you have a marvelous last day of June :)

    ♥ Jessica

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  6. You've got an incredible blog. This is my first time visiting it. I love it. I hope your week has started off well. Cheers!

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  7. 200 blogs! Good grief!! Be careful, you might get carpel tunnel then how will you type or scrap!

    Glad you got your mag...how bought a Marie party???

    Your layout is so beautiful and I love all the elements that you incorporated into it!

    I didn't get to see all of The Bachelorette, The Italian changed it to the Dodger game! The nerve!!

    Hugs,
    Karyn

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  8. Sounds like you had a fun, though exhausting;), time at the blog party! Oh my goodness Maggi! You MUST do more LO's like this one, so beautiful. My fav yet, for sure...love it!

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  9. maggi ~ that layout you created is beautifulllllll!!! i love it ~ the colors the embelishments ~ all of it!!!!
    {xoxo}

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  10. Yes, I love A Fanciful Twist, but I wasn't up to joining what I knew would be a massive group...but, a party does sound like a lot of fun! Have to think about a theme...hmmm...

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  11. Oh my goodness Maggi, seriously, I think you ound your style. You reallllllly have done an amazing piece of art there(of course the subject helps since she's way to cute for words).

    I'm TOTALLY down for a blog party. Count me in! I love the idea of Christmas in july...it's only one of my commonest sayings ever...even when it's not July I'm often saying "OMG, it's like Christmas in July" only its' like May...lol...wow I'm a geek.

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  12. RAD! Sounds like a great time!! LOVIN your vintage LOs! Super awesome!

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  13. Wow Maggi girl, that LO is stunning!
    And that magazine looks amazing!

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  14. Your layout is precious and Maggi you lead such a full life.

    I watched the Bachelorette and she is nuts. I wanted her to end up with Jake, but I think she really is stupid enough to choose Wes. I will keep watching this one but only to keep their ratings up.

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  15. I love your blog, your creativity is awesome...that layout rocks!!

    I think a Marie or Christmas is July sounds perfect for a party!!

    Gillian is a bit of a quacker now...Wes...seriously...I know it is probably for ratings (I hope)some great guys for her to choose from...don't mess it Gillian!!
    Enjoy the rest of your day!!
    Hugs, Nerina :)

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  16. The Tea Party sounds like it was a fun way to get to know other blogs and read blog authors that share similar interests. I'm always looking for women with young kids who love vintage things, toddler crafts and baking!

    since Summer is here, how about a Victorian Garden Party?

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  17. seriously jillian makes me friggin angry. she has the chance of a lifetime and she picks up some dirty cheater that you could find at any hole in the wall bar. she says she wants one thing, but totally goes the opposite way...grrrr! if she can't see through him then she's dumber than i thought.

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  18. Gillian has lost her mind! (By the way, A fanciful twist is one of my favourite blogs). Jake was the perfect package. I posted about the bachelorette on my blog today and have had no comments. I began to wonder if it was just me and my blog friend Alicia who watched! I got to really like Michael. Ed is 'nice' but blah. I have a feeling at the end she will have decided between Wes (slimeball) and Ed. (snore). I think she will pick Wes because she is dumb as dirt. Jake needs to be the next Bachelor. I can't wait for the Bachelorette reunion episode because psycho David will be back. He scared me.

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  19. I would totally do a blog hop party with you! I am sure Taylor would love to be in too! Great layout!!!!!

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  20. Great post as usual lady, What about a pin up party...or a Hollywood siren party....

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  21. That layout.... is beautiful!!!!! This could totally be your style, I think I like it the best of all the layouts I have seen of yours!!

    As for Bachelorette... yes Jill must be crrrrazy! I thought she looked like she had such a wonderful time with Michael and HELLO he is a MAN admitting that he wants to get married young and have kids, it's all she wants! Wes makes me sick!

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  22. I joined the Mad Tea Party , but then I had to back out a week before.I was so sad.I had several college assignments due and a major dr appt(spinal injection) etc and I just didn't think I could do it. If you did host a party I'd join you. How about Wizard of Oz Theme? The great thing about that is all the vibrant colors!! Actually,there is so much to the movie that anything is posible...flying monkeys,witches,green,flowers,the forest,farms etc..ooh,I'm getting lots of groovy thought!

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  23. I can totally relate to your post about the tea party...everything.. even the validations!! by Saturday night the no show tea blogs definitely gained a sight of relief on my part! I didn't even think to count, was better off not knowing. But it was a great time. Your lay out is wonderful, you did a marvelous job!

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  24. Maggi,

    I am sooooo down for a blog party! I will have to brainstorm a theme idea or two....I'll get back to U! I can't BELIEVE you visited all those blogs! Truly a craftoholic, you are! Which reminds me! When do we see YOUR interview!

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  25. I love these page layouts. I've never seen anything like these!

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  26. Hi honey, first off you are so AWESOME for commenting and visting that many blogs, seriously!

    Yes I think the Christmas in July blog party would be fun! I'm kinda a sucker for Christmas...

    I just love the picture of the little girls in that kit you got.

    Everytime I see Toot's I just want to pick her up and cuddle her ... Oh well.xxxooo

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  27. Ohh just read the suggestion for blog party, they all sound so great!xx

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  28. i'd be down for hangin at your block party - like the wizard of oz and xmas in july themes (i never seem to get around to scrapping xmas). 200 blogs - wowser, so cool of you to leave comments on each :)

    love your vintage look on the LO

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  29. Hey babe!!! I sooo can't wait until Tim Burton's 'Alice' comes out!! And that layout is absolutely gorgeous! I love the vintage feel(of course. lol) and the colors and the beauty of it.
    NOw, I am going to go check out your other posts and see what this "party" blogging was all about. 163 comments? yow! :P
    B

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  30. WOW sounds like an AWESOME blog party!!! I'd love to join :) thanks for the lovely comment on my blog & I LOVE your scrap book page! : ) XOXO

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  31. Thanks, I am glad to be home - but it was hard to leave Disney. We had such a blast!!!!

    I am really loving the vintage feel of your layouts - isn't it so much fun when you finally get to a point where you have a style that you enjoy and that you lean to that just makes you happy!

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  32. What a fabulous and awesome blogger girl you are! The "tea party" sounded like so much fun! I am going to check out A Fanciful Twist now :)

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  33. Well my name is Marie and my birthday is on Christmas.. does this mean you're throwing ME a party? lol! I'm up for anything girl!

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  34. wow 200 blogs....it sounds like you had fun! And Maggi your layout is simply stunning, I just love your work :)

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  35. Hi there,

    Thanks for dropping in and the goodie is a dome ice cream cake covered with sliced jelly roll....Yuummm!!!

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  36. Oh it's me again .... left an award for you at my place honey.xx

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  37. OH, Maggi!! Your blog is just delightful!! Every time I stop by, I am here at least a half an hour!!
    Your Toot lay out is gorgeous, your latest "exclusive" interview for craftaholics is very informative. You are a great reporter. And your Tea Party post was outrageous. I loved it!! great job!!

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  38. I love your blog!! I love you and I love your layout of Toot...GREAT job!!

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  39. Oh I missed this when I was on earlier this week. I think I'm following too many blogs!!! But I love blogs! I think a blog party sounds great! As for a theme, well, I wouldn't know where to begin! Sounds liek fun though!

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