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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 13, 2013

WeLcOmE To OuR FaNciFuL GaRdEn ToUr, MaD TeA PARTy aNd GivEaWay!!!

Welcome Friends! 

Come on in, let me show you around. 

All the flowers are in bloom. 

In many beautiful shapes and colors. 

The rain we've had lately has kept them dancing. 

Even the trees are full and lush.

It's the perfect setting for a tea party.

But not just any ol' tea party. 

A MaD tEa PaRtY!!!

Wait...What is...WHO is that?!

Could it be....
Let's take a closer look and see.

But much to my dismay, he disappeared in a poof of smoke! 

In his place there were two beautiful butterflies. 

Do you see them? 
I think they have gone to explore. I do hope they will return. 
Maybe for a spot of tea. 

It's a lovely setting and there is fresh blackberry sage tea waiting for us. 

Would you like cream and sugar with your tea?

How about a tasty cupcake? 

Oh my, there are red velvet cupcakes, Boston cream pie cupcakes, minty chocolate chip cupcakes, chocolate fudge cupcakes, and black forrest cupcakes. 

* Decisions...Decisions...Decisions *

How about one of each! 

While deciding on a cupcake or three, guess who came back to join us?

It's the butterflies! They seem to be lost. 

They just whispered to me that they are not lost. But, they are looking for a new home!

These two are hand made butterflies sewn from muslin with a bit of batting for a quilted appearance and then painted in acrylics. 
These can be a special accent to a handmade quilt or a hanging decoration near a window so they can flow in the breeze. 
These two beautiful butterflies are my GIVEAWAY!

All you have to do is leave me a comment below and you will be entered to win. 
Two people will be chosen at random and the winners will be announced on Sunday July 21st. 
Please leave me an e-mail address so that I can get a hold of you if you are a winner. 
If I cannot get a hold of you by July 28th a new winner will be chosen, until the butterflies both find good homes.

ALSO, I will be announcing ANOTHER GIVEAWAY in the next couple of months so be sure to sign up to follow my blog, using the widgets on the right. 

In the meantime, make sure you visit Ms. Vanessa Valencia, our Fabulous Fanciful Blog Mad Tea Party Queen Hostess. Here is the link: A Fanciful Twist  there you will find the list of other parties to visit. 
Thank you Ms. Vanessa for organizing such a grand event! 
I so enjoy this every year!!!

*A special Thanks also goes out to my wonderful son for his help with this year's festivities. 


  1. I do think I ate too many cupcakes, but they were good. Lovely to meet you (especially the Halloween part. I LOVE HALLOWEEN.) Your flowers are DIVINE. want to be part of the giveaway!

    My party link is here:

  2. Lovely tea party! And whats a tea party without eating too many cupcakes??? lol Those butterflies are lovely and thank you so much for the chance to win one.

    nuleaf at comcast dot net

  3. Oooooh! Your flowers are so pretty, especially the Hydrangeas. Sadly, I've been unable to grow them in my zone 10. It's too hot and moist here.

    Anyway, lovely tea setting and thanks for sharing your magic with me. Drop by my party when you have a free moment. :)

    ~ Misha


  4. What a lovely party! I LOVE YOUR ART! Thank you so much for the giveaway. The flowers are beautiful! The cupcakes look scrumptious, too!

    Come Visit: www.theplayoflightandshadow.com!

  5. A sweet Tea Party with beautiful flowers, yummy cupcakes and butterflies! I enjoyed my time at your party.

  6. A butterfly would be divine.
    You can find me at http://heartsdelights.blogspot.com

    Thanks for the wonderful cupcakes and yes, the tea is one of my favorites.

  7. I am so glad you said I could try one of each. There was not room in my pocketbook to hold them all, and hide them away. Plus I was far too tempted to wait and taste them in private!

  8. Oh Sylvia, your party was truly divine! I still adore your Alice and Ches by the way that I won the year before last. Your creations are wonderful beyond words!

  9. what a lovely tea party! those cupcakes look absolutely divine! have a wonderful day!

  10. Absolutely lovely garden !!!

  11. What a marvelous garden and a beautiful tea party picnic on the grass!


  12. A beautiful garden and a wonderful party! Thank you!


  13. Hello Sylvia! I've had a delightful time at your tea party!!! Thank you for inviting me! If you have some time, please stop by and visit Alice, Mr. Donkey and moi!!



  14. beautiful garden!! and the boston cream pie cupcake was delicious!!
    thanks for having me!

  15. Thanks for having me to your tea party...everything was delightful. The flowers are lovely and the cupcakes look delicious! I had a wonderful time!

  16. What a lovely mad tea party! Those cupcakes look yummy!

    Thanks so much for having me, and happy Mad Tea party1

    Please 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!

  17. Sylvia, you are SO lovely!! FLowers knock my socks offfff!!!! Swoooooon!

    Love the butterflies!!

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

  18. Delightful tea Sylvia and I must say I was very fond of the cupcakes! Thank you so much for hosting such a delicious tea!

    ~ Deb


  19. Sylvia, thanks so much for coming to my party and leaving such kind comments. Your party is lovely, and the butterflies are so pretty. What a generous giveaway!

    The cupcakes look sinful....may I have two?

    Ricki Jill

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

    OOoh a minty chocolate cupcake for me please !!
    And how lovely of you to have a giveaway also :)

    I hope you will pop by and visit my party also:

    Mad Madam Mel xx

  21. Such a delicious looking tea, Sylvia! Thank you for having me! : ) Your butterflies are beautiful.

  22. Love your tea! Beautiful flowers, love the disappearing Hatter! Hope you will visit me!

  23. Darling Tea Party ! Yes please include Me in Your giveaway.It was a pleasure visiting You :)Denise

  24. Dearest Sylvia,
    What a delightful party. I must say I had the hardest time making a decision on what cupcake to eat, so I admit I tasted them all,and they were indeed SCRUMPTIOUS! The butterflies are enchanting.
    Thank you for a delightfully mad tea party.
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland
    **Please drop in for a spoonful of tea

  25. darling tea party thank you the cakes were delightful ... I ate too much but they were sooo good `*.¸.*´ ¸.•´¸.•*¨`*. ¸.•*¨*.¸¸.•*¨`*•
    (¸¸¸.•*¨`*•.•´*.¸.•´* .•´*¸¸.•*¨`*• ♥♥ hugs wendy

  26. Oh those cupcakes look heavenly! And now I have a new dollmaker to follow :)

    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!



  27. My nose is tickling from all the delightful scents in your garden. Thank you for a lovely party!

  28. What a beautiful party! I love your flowers. Thank you for stopping by my party and inviting me here. I am so glad I came today!

  29. What a FUN tea party! I adore cupcakes - and these look oh so good! :) I also have quite the fondness for butterflies - thank you for offering them up as a giveaway. Thanks for hosting a fabulous party, and thank you for visiting mine! Theresa

  30. Hi, Sylvia! Thank you for inviting me to your whimsically made tea party! Loved the cupcakes and those butterflies are beautiful! (Luv all your creations). I wish I could grow flowers like that...


  31. So lovely. Everything! Thank you for inviting us.


  32. Such beautiful flowers and delicious looking cupcakes - and very cute butterflies! A lovely pic-nic.

  33. What a gorgeous garden and scrumptious cupcakes! That tea sounds divine. Those little butterflies are just darling! Thank you for having me to your fabulous Mad Tea Party.

  34. I have some serious garden envy! What a beautiful party you've thrown! I'd love to be entered to win one of your precious winged treasures. My email is artful.danni(at)gmail.com.

    Thank you for having me for tea! My party is still going if you fancy stopping by:

  35. I have a hat that I bet a butterfly would look lovely on! They are so pretty and I hope to win! My email is MAnnMCreations(at)gmail.com.

  36. Oh what a lovely tea and yes please, 3 cupcakes! Those butterflies are lovely. So bright!

    And wow, your dolls! Just wonderful! What a happy discovery!

  37. Thank you so much for stopping by The Tearoom and having tea with me!

    Your party was so nice! I loved all the flowers, especially the purple petunias! And how did you know that Boston Cream Pie and Black Forest are some of my favorite cupcake flavors? So yummy!

    I'd love to enter your giveaway and will be happy to enter you into mine!

    Wishing you a lovely rest of your day!


  38. I'm so glad you still had cupcakes left! Not that I need any more cupcakes, mind you. I'm so roly-poly right now after visiting so many mad tea parties. But one more cupcake never hurt anyone! It's wonderful to see butterflies flying around your party. Butterflies are becoming more scarce these days. I do so hope one lands right on my nose! Mad people are especially fond of butterflies on their noses. Of course, I'm sure you already know that. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!

  39. I have enjoyed your wonderful tea party! The cupcakes look so yummy & those butterflies are beautiful!


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