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The Practical Magic… Looking Glass Trip

25 September 2010

For you my little witches…  A Practical Magic inspired  story…

Aunt Louise and Aunt Thelma are enjoying an afternoon of chocolate cake and goodies after spending the day working on their spells.

Conjuring is such thirsty work don’t you agree?

While they’re enjoying themselves let’s take a look inside their workshop…

It looks like they’re cooking up something fun…  lets take a closer look.

Aahh yes… a tincture of Bella Donna…

To be placed in the tiny vials.  Just the thing to help one get a little “shut eye” .

But what’s this?  Well it looks like they’re brewing up a few heavenly concoctions as well…  Crystalized Amber to be turned into the most delicious perfume…

Anise pods for another wonderful tincture…

Rose petals to make a lovely water for toning your skin…  maybe that’s why the Aunts don’t age?

Powdered Sandalwood for incense, that’s a bit of Bella Donna laying on the table just behind…

Bits and bobs for other goodies…  Sage and Ecanacia, lovely teas for the tummy and immune system.

Quail eggs, Dove and Eagle feathers,  you just never know what you will find…

What a magical place… loads of drying herbs and flowers…

Bunches of Sage and a jug of Lavender oil

As much as the Aunts are enjoying themselves…

They are thinking of wonderful far off places…

“Let’s pack our bags and go for a bit of fun…”

“Light the sage…  oooohhh see it’s working…”

The guardian at the gate watches…

“Are we ready?”

“Quick Louise look through the magic looking glass, do you see where we want to go?”

“Oh yes… there it is…”

“Sedona!”

“Only, something’s different…”

“We have wings!!!”

“Louise, look at your eyes!”

“Thelma, your hair!”

“Did you know this would happen?  I think our instincts are getting a little rusty.  Maybe we can find a physic work shop while we’re here.”

“However I do love these wings!”

“Shall we go for a stroll?”  ”Oh do, lets”

“Tea time, not quite as good as midnight margaritas but much easier on the head!”

“So thoughtful of you Thelma to pack the china”

“Shall we go to another magical place?”

“What do you see Louise?”

“Oh that looks lovely over there…”

“Oh I completely agree…  Lets go!”

“After all our own home is beautiful and magical!”

“Just us, these two old bitties living in this big house with all these cats”

“It’s good to be home!”

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Mad Hatter Tea Party

4 March 2010
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I got to be part of a crazy, fun tea party photo shoot the other day.  The Santa Barbara News Press in honor of the new Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland film that is coming out wanted to stage a tea party in the style of the movie.  Ray and Kathy of Village Modern Foods came up with some great whimsical ideas for the food and I did the decor.  We shot it at one of my favorite places, Lotus Land in their Shakespeare garden.  The News Press brought out a few kids from the Boys and Girls club to partake of the goodies and we all got dressed up in costumes.  Lots of fun AND I got to eat the food!  Usually when I create the party I am not there to eat.  That happens later when my job is done and I have gone home.  I might have to rearrange things in the future…  I like eating fancy food!


I set up a stack of suitcases as a chair as they did in the movie.

I also used black as a base color to keep it kind of edgy like the style of Tim Burtons films.  If it were all china and pretty colors it would look too sweet and traditional.

Each place setting had a black cloth under the plate to keep things from being too cute.  I used a miss-matched collection of my own china, tea cups, and silver wear.  I envision this party as being a bit of an impromptu gathering with pulling whatever you have out of the cupboard.  Nothing has to match, in fact it is better if it doesn’t.  The linens, black chairs and silver tea pots came from Glenn at Event Rents.  They have a great selection of beautiful linens.  I wanted the surreal colors of dream scapes and nightmares mixed with more traditional lace.  The photographs don’t show it but the linens had a great luster of different tones that came out in the sun light adding to the fantastical quality.  The tea cakes were equally wild made of watermelon radishes. Very tasty despite the name.  The tea was a cinnamon decaffeinated black tea, very good, though I could have used a bit of caffeine at this point.

Each table place had a napkin tied with a polka dot black ribbon and an old skeleton key.  I had way more tea pots on the table than you would normally need but in addition to containing tea they worked as decoration.  If you had enough pots each guest could have their own.  Believe it or not much of the china including the tea pots that I used came from thrift stores.  These wonderful shops are a tremendous resource.  You just have to go often to catch the goodies.

Each place setting had as a name “card” a bottle filled with water and food coloring and an old fashioned shipping tag with the guest’s name on it.  It is reminiscent of the “drink me” tag on the bottle that Alice drank after falling down the rabbit hole.  The scones were in a heart shape.

The Mad Hatter and a playing card disguised as Ray and Kathy from Village Modern Foods.                                                                                                                                             A great statue at Lotus Land.

Cheers everyone!!!!!