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Welcome, my name is Sylvia Smiser. I am a self taught artist. I enjoy creating one of a kind art dolls and sculpted figures. Vintage Halloween styled artwork and Dia de los Muertos art dolls is what comes naturally to me and what I am most passionate about creating. I am a proud member of the wonderful art groups EHAG (Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild) and PFATT (Primitive Folk Art Talk & Tea). I am a participating artist at Ghoultide Gathering. I am honored to have been published in Art Doll Quarterly, Dolls magazine, Somerset Studio Gallery and Celebrate 365 Magazine. I am also a Physical Therapist and Mama to 15 year old Boy/Girl Twins. My husband is a wonderful man who is very supportive of my art and together with our two doggy fur kids we make one happy, busy family.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

*WeLcoMe! OnE * AnD ALL +o A FaNciFuL * MaDd TeA PaRtY* AnD : ) GiVeAwAY!

This was such a Mad Hectic Week that I had gone to sleep thinking that participating in this year's Mad Tea Party was going to be out of the question.  I was so sad and disappointed. (Sigh)
Then a magical thing happened!
I woke up from a deep and tired slumber to a Wonderful sight!
I couldn't believe my eyes! 
In fact I rubbed them twice then thrice

The mysterious garden fairies set up a magical tea party just for us!

As I got closer I saw all the deliciousness before me.

And What a gorgeous MaD Quilt!  
Those sweet little fairies sure were busy last night!

Triple layer cakes and Thistleberry Tea! YUM!!!

Chocolate dipped pretzel wands!

Strawberry Cupcakes with chocolate drizzle...Oh My!

And tasty watermelon cookies too! 
WoW, what a treat!

They even hung the tea party garland I was working on and sprinkled it with fairy magic!

"I do hope you will join me for a spot of tea!" said Miss Pink

"It's the perfect temperature", piped up Timmy the Tea Cup.

"And Oh so delicious", chuckles Mrs. Periwinkle.

Thank you for stopping by my Mad Tea PartY, I hope you had a Magical time!
I will be giving one lucky winner my Mad Tea Party Garland.  Each piece was sculpted and painted on a wood base by me, Sylvia Smiser.
Please leave me a comment and I will pick a winner in a weeks time by random number generator. 

Now I must get ready to visit all the other Madness going on around Ms. Vanessa Valencia's Blogosphere! 
If you'd like to join me in visiting all the other Wonderful Tea Parties please use this link to Ms. Vanessa's A Fanciful Twist Blog for a list of all the participants. 


  1. What an adorable and creative idea! I love it

  2. Hi Sylvia
    Oh I am pleased you were able to join in the party, and what a lovely tea party picnic, I wish the fairies would make me a scrap patchwork quilt, and what a lovely idea for a garland !
    Thank you so much for inviting me, I hope to see you soon at my party too, everyone is invited :)
    Mad Madam Mel x


  3. Thank you for inviting me to your tea party. Your sweet treats were so yummy and the tea was extra special. Your table was set so nicely.

    Please visit me:

  4. What a lovely tea party! And I love your garland, Mrs. Periwinkle's expression is magical.

  5. Thank you for the magical tea party! I enjoyed it very much! Have a wonderful weekend! Twyla

  6. Wonderful party Sylvia! Would love a chance to win your charming garland!

  7. Lovely party, Sylvia! Love the garland, and that crazy quilt is just fabulous!!

    ♥ Carolee

  8. Happy Mad Tea Party Day! :) Those treats looked delicious. And your garland is so whimsical and fun - how generous of you to be giving it away! :) Hope you will come and visit with me, too. :)
    Theresa :)

  9. Your tea party is charming - I love that whimsical quilt so much!

  10. How lovely indeed! Hop on over to mine if you'd like some bubble nut bread...(though I think we may have run out...) :D


  11. Aren't mysterious garden fairies wonder-ful?!? I enjoyed my time here, and want to thank you for having me!

  12. Ohhh...i love your Tea Party...and this wonderful little Teapotts...all of it look very nice.
    Have a magical day


  13. Absolutely lovely! Your chocolate layered cake looks divine!!! I would love to enter to win your adorable garland! Thank you so very much for inviting me to your wonderful tea party!

  14. What a charming mad tea party! My mouth is watering!

    Thanks very much for having me :)

    Please come take tea with me at my tea party picnic:


  15. Oh, what a magical and beautiful tea party you found :) that quilt is beautiful, and look at all those treats!

  16. I'm so glad you were able to be part of the party, I loved reading your little story and the pretzel wands were scrumptious! :)


  17. Your party was so much fun and I LOVE the pretty garland... thanks for the tea and sweets!

  18. What a lovely party!
    Everything was delicious.
    Thanks for having me!

    That quilt was madly perfect for this tea in the garden :)

    My best,


  19. I would have loved to drink tea and eat pastries on your quilt. Gorgeous garland you have there!!!

  20. Looks like a tasty party! And I love that crazy quilt! :)

  21. Your party is lovely, that quilt is so much fun! I have about 18million questions I would love to ask you about sculpting / folk art / dolls / art groups. But for now I just want to tell you that I think your Steampunk x Halloween Owl doll is amazing! I'm glad you had a tea party today or I never would have found your art!

  22. A crazy quilt for a Mad Hat tea party - makes perfect sense!

    Give me a visit some time ~

  23. What a great party! Such a lucky girl to have such generous garden fairies!! I had a lovely time. I hope you can visit me as well: http://beneaththewitchesmoon.blogspot.com/2012/07/mad-tea-party.html

  24. Love your party! Thank you for visiting mine and for your sweet comments. The faeries help me out on occasion too, they're just wonderful! I would adore your garland! I already have a couple of whimsical garlands up in my house and yours would be such a lovely addition! Thank you for giving me a chance to win.
    Furry blessings,

  25. Such a delightful party! I am so full now I must hop along, wont you follow me down the trail to my party next?

  26. Oh wondrous!!! Just wondrous!! That quilt, swooon, and that spread, and that garland!! Thank you so much for being such a delightment always!!

    Happy Mad Tea Partying!!

    ♥ Vanessa {a fanciful twist}

  27. Oh what cute decorations - perfect for a Mad Tea Party for children, as well, complete with the cute kids toy tea sets ornaments. They'd be a sweet delight for a Christmas tree too!

  28. Thank you for such a fun time at your tea party!
    Your garland is precious!!!
    Please enter me in your give away!

  29. Seet party and I love your blanket. Perfect for the grass

  30. What an amazing party! I wish I had faeries to help me this past week. All is beautiful but your garland is whimsical and fanciful. Fingers crossed it shows the fae folk the way to my door.

  31. I had a great time visiting you today! Your quilt is just GORGEOUS! Did U make it? Your garland is just as precious! You are as talented as the fairies, that left you that divine tea party.
    Cheers, Kelly

  32. Thanks you for having me to your tea party is was delightful. Your garden fairies did a superb job.

    I love your crazy quilt! My grandma made all her grandchildren (10+) each a crazy quilt. I will always treasure it!

    Your garland is adorable, I love it!

  33. Oh my goodness. Oh dearest me. I have to have more of that Thistleberry Tea.
    What a grand party from such little friends. Those playful pixies sure know how to decorate. What a wonderful treat they put together.
    I had to had two pieces of the cake and I am still licking my fingers from the cupcake. I do love chocolate drizzle.
    I am having so much fun, I might just be little late to the next soiree.
    And a few of the fairies may have to roll me there.
    Thank you so much for a delightful time
    Please stop by for a Mad spoonful of tea
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland


  34. Oh Sylvia! What a lovely Garland! Your work is so extraordinarily delightful. I love to see what you are up to from time to time. Its like saving a special dessert for a time that you can truly have time to savor it! Thank you for visiting my party earlier. I have enjoyed your party so very much!


  35. Oh just what I want a Mad Tea Party on a Crazy Quilt. We will all fit in just fine. Pour me a cup of tea and I will tell you a few tales.
    Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  36. Sylvia, you must have some wonderful little fairies in your garden. Such a spred! Love that garland! How clever you are. Thanks so much for popping over to my tiny Mad Tea Party. And, yes, I did make the Mad Hatter Doll. He is one of half a dozen Art Dolls that I made with papier maché heads.(I think he is my favourite....shh don't tell the other dolls)

  37. How sweet of the garden faeries!!! I LOVE the quilt and your beautiful tea garland, too! And such yummy treats! Looks like the perfect tea party to me!

    Thank you for having me!


  38. Such a nice surprise! Love the Victorian quilt~ Have fun visiting all the parties :)

  39. Oh that mad tea party garland is over the moon. It's over the moon. I hope I win, I do!! Well firstly, look at that magnificent quilt. What a treasure that is. I wouldn't want one drop of tea to fall on it...nor one crumb of cake. But what fun I had on this quilt; sipping and munching under those fairy lighted tea pots on the garland. I had a difficult time leaving this cozy spot. *smiles* Norma

  40. Am goin mad over your quilt! what a work of art! would love to sit on it and have some tea as well! thanks for inviting me =)

  41. Those fairies sure know how to party! What fun! Your quilt is gorgeous! All those fancy stitches! Wow. I would love the chance to win that darling garland--thank you! So glad you could visit me. Miss Lizzee wants me to tell you thank you for stopping by my give away. She says she earns extra treats for that you know!


  42. Mr Periwinkle is my absolute favourite! What a delightful event you held.

    Please do visit my tea party!! http://queencreative.com/illustration/fanciful-tea-party-2012/

    Lots of sugar and spice and everything nice.
    Queen Creative

  43. WOW, those fairies were busy and they did an AWESOME job!! I loved everything they made...and I especially love the garland that you made...It would be so great if I won...I have no Tea Decor! I was wondering if you could leave a note asking the fairies for the recipe for the watermelon cookies? LOL
    Thanks for visiting my family and I.

  44. Yay for garden fairies, what a wonderful tea party they created. Oh and I'm totally in love with your quilt, that is beautiful!

  45. This is really very lovely. I'm sorry if I'm a bit distracted, I'm following the secret patterns in this glorious quilt. Oh, the tea? Very nice. And the cake is wonderful, thank you. And chocolate pretzel wands? Perfect! Thank you so much for inviting me and for visiting my own Mad Tea Party.

    The garland? It's gorgeous!

  46. Your blanket is amazing!! Very enticing for a mad picnic. As it is raining here i shall virtually transport myself to your outdoor wonderland :P
    I seem to be running awfully late for all these tea parties so must dash....
    but do pop by


  47. Sylvia you are a very lucky lady!
    This tea party was indeed very special!
    HAppy Mad Tea PArty!

    PS: I like your doll with a blue dress. ;-)

  48. Aren't garden fairies simply the best?! They made us such a wonderful tea party! Nothing is better than triple layer cake with thistleberry tea. I've never sat on such a mad quilt before, and it was so absolutely comfortable. I think the garland made everything extra special, because how could anyone resist talking teacups and teapots? Thank you so much for such a mad time!

  49. Oh my, what a beautiful quilt, Sylvia! Perfect for a Mad Tea Party! So many goodies and tea cups; such a lively party. Thank you so much for inviting me and for visiting mine!

  50. Enchanting tea party out in the garden.Such delights to eat.I love the banner!Now I must make one some day.Thank you for coming to My party too. What fun!-Denise

  51. Hello There, Sylvia!
    Thank you so much for visiting me at The Tearoom and coming along on the little trip!!! I am SO glad you were able to party with us all after all! So many yummy treats and such an adorable little garland!

    Wishing you a wonderful rest of your Mad Tea Party weekend!


  52. A lovely party with lots of scrummy goodies, and a beautiful quilt to keep after the cakes are gone. Thankyou for your visit. xxx

  53. Those fairies sure do come in handy at times. Looks like it was a thoroughly enjoyable party! Thanks for inviting me along.

    P.S. That garland you made is adorable!

  54. What a great party, and such a beautiful garland! I too, am a lover of all things Halloween :)

  55. The fairies set up such a lovely spread:)
    I particularly enjoyed the dipped pretzel wands
    Thank you for inviting me and thanks also for visiting
    Stampinmamas place

  56. Ooh, hello Sylvia, love. How wonderful to have you stop by the shop, and how delightful to see another party with party favors. Yay!!
    Thistleberry tea and chocolate dipped pretzel wands?!? I am so there. And to top it off with your dreamy garland, sprinkled with none other than fairy magic?!? You are a heavenly host, simply heavenly. :)
    Please do count me in for this dreamy giveaway.
    Wondrous wishes!
    (Tried to follow but google connect not working today. I'll be back.)

  57. Sylvia,
    a simply magical party!!!!! oh I enjoyed! So glad that you visited me too! I love your idea to use my tea dye on your art dolls!

  58. I love the use of the antique crazy quilt for your Mad Tea. Love it!

  59. Such a delight! Your garden fairies did a wonderful job. I am off the tell my garden fairies that I visited a most beautiful garden and party. Thanks for having me.

  60. so clever! please drop by my blog as I have a giveaway too!

  61. Fairies are just the best!
    Sarah :)

  62. I had such a marvelous time at your Mad Tea Party and oh, my favorite chocolate dipped pretzel wands and thistleberry tea! Thank you too for coming to my party and leaving a sweet comment! Perhaps we will see one another at next year's party?!
    Beth P

  63. I have enjoyed your wonderful Tea Party!Sorry I am late for such an important date!

  64. Amazing tea party! Thank you for having me over! The garland was lovely!


  65. That garland is the cutest! And I really like your picnic blanket too.

  66. What an adorable garland! That quilt is just gorgeous, too. I am so sorry I am late to the party - I seem to have gotten lost along the way. =) Thank for for the treats! Blessings!

  67. Hi Sylvia, just stopping by to let you know that you are the lovely guest chosen to receive the Mad Hatter tags. Yay! Thank you so much for playing along.
    When you have a sec, please stop by the shop to email your forwarding info. Just click email under the header or sidebar.
    Have a beautiful weekend.
    Much love,

  68. Nice to meet ya at your tea party and meet another doll artists. Love going thru your blog :O) Oh yea the tea party was fun too :O)

    Karen Blevins
    Kareybeths Kreations n prims on Facebook & Ebay
    PrimsGoneWild on Etsy


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