Monthly Archives: July 2021

Mad Tea Party 2021: MyMsMellow in Wonderland

My daughters and I had two goals for participating in this year’s virtual Mad Tea Party being hosted by A Fanciful Twist. Those goals were: 1) decorating a tea box to store our teas and 2) playing as Mad Hatter dressing the newest addition to our family, our recently rescued from the living on the street dog MsMellow, in various hats and jewels.

“Mad Tea Party storage box!”

The tea box is off to a great start!

It was originally a box intended to store silver service / flatware. It was old and musty.

—We stripped the interior,

—sanded and stained exterior,

—added new velvet lining,

—painted the inside of the lid,

—embellished with shiny heart stickers,

—added clear acrylic divider trays,

—and stocked it with teas that we had in the kitchen cabinets.

“Inside view of the Mad Tea Party Box!”

Im so pleased with it. I’ll also likely keep adding to the embellishments of it in future months. Wouldn’t a crystal knob be so perfect on it? Completing the service tray that accompanies it will be fun, too!

“MyMsMellow ready to try on hats!”

Next, we decided to try being the Mad Hatter and trying to dress our dog in hats…


While MsMellow continued to be extremely kind and all, she was actually unexpectedly a bit bonkers about the hats and became a little too excited hopping around for us to get even a single decent photo of her in the many hats she tried on.


Bonkers, I tell you, Bonkers!!


Insider Secret: … all of the best dogs are, though!


Here are the photos:

Even though we don’t have any posed glamour shot portraits of MsMellow in hats, daughters and I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and had so much fun with the trying. It was the BEST.

13/10 great experience as Mad Hatter. ❤️

I would absolutely do every bit of it again.

Your Friend, AmberHH


—If you’re also participating in the Mad Tea hop, I’d love for you to leave a comment with your link! ❤️

—Whether you’re participating or not, you’ll want to visit our hostess at A Fanciful Twist to see her party and find links to other participants

—you can see my 3 previous mad tea parties at these three links:

Mad Tea Party! 🐇♥️

Once again this year, I’m so excited to announce that I’ll participate in a Wonderland themed “Mad Tea Party!” blog hop event organized and hosted by the always lovely Vanessa’s site, A Fanciful Twist!

New this year, we’ll also hop on Instagram!

Mad Tea Party! You’re invited!

For more information about how to join, what to expect, and to see links to Tea Parties hosted in previous years, you’ll need to visit

You can see my participation in 2016, 2015, and 2014 at these links:

So exciting! Now, to prepare … !!

💚 —Amber


Cards pulled
Peek a few spaces here

Notes to self:

Be authentic.
Be strong, but not rude.
Be kind, but not weak.
Be bold, but don’t bully.
Be humble, but not shy.
Be proud, but not arrogant.
Go to sleep with a dream.
Wake up with a purpose.
#Selfie 🤳🏻

Collage. Sign design. Name.

Generally good ideas:

🌿 Be present, not perfect.

🪨 Be love, be light, be peace, and definitely be a little go f*ck yourself when the situation calls for it.

🪵 Enjoy a creative mess as much as idle tidiness.

WhatAmberLoves…collages of mirrors
WhatAmberLoves… plants on most tables here


Orchids and succulent and stacked dishes

So many things have been happening that I might want to write posts about … so many wonderful things I’ve been documenting with photos, ready to share here soon … new dog, new recipes, renovating an old house across town from where we currently live, adventures, and more …

I’ll be back here with those photos soon!

🤍 —Amber