Welcome to the
Mad to Glad Tea Party 2016
These days there is so much to be mad about, sad about, absolutely devastated about.
Wherever I look I see people questioning why...
wondering how we got to this place....
wondering if the things they do matter...
if they matter....
and they do.
They do matter.
So as I pondered these things, along came the time for
Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist to post the invitation
to her annual
Mad Tea Party.
Each year I look forward to this wonderful party. The loveliness, the creativity, the joy of it all.
As I pondered these things I decided to hold a
Mad to Glad Tea Party this year.
First we must entice a rabbit with a bouquet of basil and fresh dill.
Everyone knows that rabbits are great for inspiration.
Sir Fernly Fern and I thought a long time. I stroked his silky fur. He nuzzled me and nipped me when I stopped petting him. Sir Fernly Fern doesn't shy away from comfort as we humans sometimes do.
The idea to turn Mad to Glad came to me as we snuggled. Tea, friendship and art journaling - the focus for this year.
I used craft paper instead of a pretty cloth so we could spill as much as we wanted, or write, or paint.
Guest tags were replaced by black sharpie free flowing names on the table. Naturally we set a place for the Unexpected Guest.
Silly labels made us laugh.
And we can't forget to stop and smell the roses.
While I know that a cuppa tea can often change my mad to glad, I had more planned for my party friends.
I gave each friend a piece of cold pressed watercolor paper and told them to write what was making them mad or sad or anxious or worried. Like 18th century letter writers would conserved paper, we turned the paper and wrote crosswise. In days gone by the paper was expensive. We used it as a design element.
After choosing some colors to paint over the words we picked up our cards and spread paint.
My spot at the table after painting a few layers.
More color. More layers. We stopped only when it became apparent that our pages needed to dry before adding any more. We hope to continue these now glad pieces. Pieces that inspire us to move forward when it seemed hard to move a muscle.
Please be sure to visit A Fanciful Twist for links to see all the Mad Tea Parties that are happening today. Just click on the invitation to zip over there.