Welcome, friends, to the 10th Annual Mad Tea Party! Let us tip our tea cups to Lewis Carroll. Won't you join us in our absolutely absurd, and ever so fun, party to sip virtual tea and enjoy beautiful photos, stories, art...and surely a white rabbit or two along the way.
So...you decided to stay. Welcome to Sherry's Cabin where stories of mysteries and art mix and mingle.
Have a cup of tea while we visit?
...one sugar flower or two?
“Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone: “so I ca’n’t take more.”
“You mean you ca’n’t take less,” said the Hatter: “It’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
...and you must have a humbug, of course! The Hatter made them just for you.
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
Ah, now that we have some tea and sweets, would you like to chat about my imaginary friends in Cedar Wells? You are sure to love Sarah and the other members of the Book and Brush Club. Club night is the perfect mix of art supplies, mysteries, and laughs!
Did I tell you they had their own tea party?
The Red Queen was a sight to behold!
cookies, cakes, wine, and tea...
the Mad Hatter in all his glory--
and a corpse.
Can I offer you one more cup before you go? I enjoyed our visit and hope you will drop by again!
May God bless your Mad Tea Party Hoppin' Day!
Be sure to sign the guest book by leaving a comment.
Many thanks to our hostess, Vanessa, at A Fanciful Twist.
Be sure to stroll on over to the rest of the Party at
“Have some wine,” the March Hare said in an encouraging tone.
Alice looked all round the table, but there was nothing on it but tea. “I don’t see any wine,” she remarked.
“There isn’t any,” said the March Hare.
“Then it wasn’t very civil of you to offer it,” said Alice angrily.
“It wasn’t very civil of you to sit down without being invited,” said the March Hare.
Ah, but you, my friend, are invited!
My friend Vanessa over at a Fanciful Twist is hosting a Mad Tea Party this Saturday! The virtual tea parties started back in 2007 on a very bored day. It's been a few years since we've had the annual tea party/blog hop, so I'm excited to invite you to join the fun. Grab a cup of tea...it might be iced in this summer heat...and check back tomorrow for the virtual tea party!
What, you ask? Why would you want to attend a virtual tea party? To sip virtual tea, of course...to take time to enjoy lovely photos and art, and to stop and smell the roses, virtual, though, they may be!
Wondering just what you might see?
Just a peek from the past of the Hatter's humbugs for tea...
I am counting the days until our Christmas in July celebration! ARC ebook copies of Not a Corpse Was Stirring are going out this weekend, and I’m excited to hear what readers think of the latest mystery in Cedar Wells.
I decided we needed treats. What Christmas party doesn’t have great, albeit unhealthy, food? I started a Pinterest board for Christmas in July ideas, but you might want to take a peak and save it for December. Treats are good no matter the month!
I think I’ll give these brownies a whirl this weekend. I’ll keep you posted! What is your favorite Christmas treat? Be sure to share it in the comments. 😁
Ebook preorders are currently available on Amazon!
I hope you’ll join me for another Cedar Wells Mystery!
As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend, let’s not get so caught up in the every day that we forget those who’ve given their lives for us—the American soldier and Jesus Christ.
On the author front...We are on the final countdown to the launch of Not a Corpse Was Stirring July 11th, and I’m so excited! I’m celebrating with a week-long Christmas in July Launch Party! I’m gathering ideas, and I would love to hear yours! What author/book swag do you love to receive?
From the barn...Ned says hi! We are in search of a Ned companion. It’s a challenge to find another little ball of fire within driving distance, but we’re not giving up! He really needs a friend to occupy that little mind of his.
What’s on your To-Do list that brings you joy?
It's that time of year—time for spring cleaning. You know that I am by no means a minimalist. I like my vintage finds (aka someone else's junk), and I like my spaces cozy. BUT, there's something amazing about clearing out and turning loose of the things that are cluttering your life. You know how to clean closets and cabinets, but do you do the same for your creative space? Do you take the time to make it a place you want to be?
Spring Cleaning Tips for your Create Space:
Now that we've got that cleaned up, what about your spiritual life? Could you use some spring cleaning there?
We’ve been surviving rolling blackouts, zero degree temperatures, and snow for days. West Texas definitely isn’t built for this! We’re thankful we have a fireplace and jugs of water.
It’s the perfect weather for a good mystery and some art supplies this evening. I looked at my Instagram stats, and no surprise, these were the two most popular posts of 2020.
Not only do I love art journaling about books I’m reading, so do my characters in my Cedar Wells Mysteries series! You should join us in the fun...that might even keep me from talking to imaginary characters. Probably not.
I’m reading The Secret, Book and Scone Society by Ellery Adams (which is free right now on Kindle). It makes me want to bake scones...and I don’t think I’ve ever even eaten one. I went so far as to find a recipe. We’ll see how that pans out.
Want to be part of the Book & Brush Club? Grab a pen, some markers, paint—whatever supplies you have on hand— and show us what you’re reading! #bookandbrushclub
We are already a month into 2021, and I’ve had a question that's been on my mind for awhile.
Are you living life as an adventure, or are you just getting by day to day?
I have to admit I do both. But my hope and my heart is to live a daily life of adventure with Jesus. There's a podcast I listen to called Adventures with Jesus, and it reminds me that every single day is a gift and an opportunity to spend it with our Lord. So let me ask you again, are you just getting by, or are you taking every opportunity to be adventurous?
Sometimes I have people tell me, “I wish I had your talent for art,” or “That's so awesome you're writing books… I could never do that.”
To be honest, God has given me gifts, but I have no secret, amazing talents. Instead, I am willing to take on the adventure--the adventure of trying different art mediums and putting my work out there for others to see…the adventure of trying to write cozy mysteries…the adventure of telling people about Jesus.
Did you know it only takes about 20 seconds of crazy boldness to do something you never thought you could? I'm not talking about the hours and hours it takes to create a masterpiece or to learn a new skill. That's not where the adventure is. You can do that behind closed doors. I'm talking about pushing “Publish” or “Share” or saying, “Hey friend, do you know Jesus?”
I'm guilty of missing opportunities—many of them, in fact. I’m aiming to have more 20 second crazy boldness and less Just making it by ‘til Jesus comes.
Will 2021 be your year? Will you allow yourself 20 seconds of boldness every day? What is it that you wish you could do or want to do, but you just don't think you have the skill or the courage? It's time for a radical adventure!
I would love to hear what your adventure will be.
Share with us in the comments, so we can encourage each other and hold each other accountable!
It's never a dull moment around Sherry's Cabin! Grab a glass of tea, pull up a chair, and let's share a story.