Yesterday, I borrowed my favorite 14-year-old and 10-year-old, nieces Madison and Cari (that's Cari above), to go see Tim Burton's new "Alice in Wonderland" movie, and I'm happy to report we all loved it!
Down one of the hallways at my local theatre is this large "Alice" tea table display, and the girls humored me by posing with all the pretty tea things. My favorite scene, in fact, involved Alice and a teapot, and those of you who've seen the movie will know just what I'm talking about! (She also got a new dress in this scene.)
Cari is a big Johnny Depp fan and wanted her photo made with him. I thought he was terrific and not at all scary as the Mad Hatter. I'd recently read the book and didn't realize until just before we saw the movie that this version is actually a sequel that has Alice as a young woman visiting "Underland," not Wonderland, but there is enough likeness to the original tale that Alice fans won't be disappointed.
And Alice fans will be thrilled with the new issue of Somerset Studio, which is simply jam-packed with "Alice in Wonderland" art, including quite a few pieces with teawares in them.
I particularly enjoyed the feature on a "A Tea Party for Alice & Company" by Amber Demien with artwork by Shirley Zirkle. While I've seen "altered teapots" embellished with everything from moss to costume jewelry, it had not occurred to me to alter teapots and teacups with decorative papers and paints. These whimsical designs (there are six more on the next two pages) are bound to get your creative juices flowing just as they did mine, and this wonderful feature alone is worth purchasing the magazine!
Need more Alice inspiration? Fellow blogger and tea lover Janeen recently hosted a wonderfully creative Queen of Hearts Tea Party that will surely make you smile as much as it did me. And when I got home from the movie yesterday, I had an e-mail from Fancy Flours promoting their "Alice" baking goodies.
Finally, niece Cari had picked for me some red roses I promptly brought home and floated in this Fenton rose bowl. (I like to imagine she walked up to the roses and said "Off with your heads!" Sweetly, of course.) Have you seen the new "Alice" movie? I'd love to hear what you think of it!