Monday, September 24, 2012


Finally, it was time for the party. After weeks of gathering goodies, some from me and many from a lot of lovely ladies on Etsy and Blogland, the baskets were made, the food was prepared and my studio was turned into...

...a Gypsy Tea Room!

It looked really magical and lovely. Daisy was exhausted after it was all put together. Rufus on the other hand, a typical male, was no where to be found.

I set each reader up in their own little corner for privacy. The tables looked great, I reused a lot of things I had made for our son Zach and Natasha's Alice In Wonderland Wedding Party, like the tableclothes, they gave everything a very whimsical feel.

We had lots of food, I am a big believer in more is better, you can always use it later but it is terrible if you run out. I came up with a new little goodie by mistake. I was making sweet turkey sausage tarts and they just did not look interesting enough so I put cranberry in the bottom, ground turkey with onion, and topped with turkey gravy. Voila! Turkey dinner in a tart.

We had some lovely Giveaways too. I wll thank everyone who contributed at the end of this post, but one lovely Etsy shop owner sent enough gorgeous earrings and phone charms with bags and Fairie Catchers to use in the Giveaways. I also had some nice red agate buddha necklaces, red agate pheonix pendants and spell candles with little pentagram charms I bought from the lovely Rosa of The Veil on Etsy and necklaces I made. Everyone loved their little giveaways. I had the guests write their names on the backs of their tickets which were quite large and fanned them out like a deck of cards while my lovely assistant, Natasha, picked the lucky recipients.

Everyone got a little gift when they left too. I ordered healing stones in their natural state ( Natasha said that was the purest way to have them work) and everyone got a healing stone in a little bag with the meaning on a thank you note and a card from DOGS RESCUE MATCH so hopefully people stop by for a visit and meet the pups.  And Brenda set up a lovely display for people to see the adopted babies and the ones still looking for forever families and volunteering information.  There will soon be a PayPal Button on the website so everyone can donate there too.  Every little bit helps.

The gift baskets turned out amazing. With the contributions from all of you lovely ladies, the great things Brenda brought and a nice basket our delightful Angel Card Reader, Allison, contributed, there were some incredible gifts. I had five witch themed baskets, one spa basket, two cooking baskets, which were actually together but the sweet lady who won them, Carol, donated one back.

We had two cute witch tins and the tickets for the witch baskets went into one and others went into the other tin so if you won you could choose the basket you wanted. Can you believe that my daughter-in-law, Natasha, who never wins anything, won 3 of the witch baskets. Of course the sweetie donated two back. For June we are doubling the amount of baskets because we will have more time to prepare and gather goodies.

Everything was absolutely wonderful with one little glitch. About an hour into the party, I plugged the kettle into the socket for tea, I already had a coffee maker in the other socket, and the power in the studio blew. I panicked because the same thing happened at the Wedding Party only it kept happening all night. My husband and son had just left with our granddaughter to visit my brother-in-law and I rushed to see if it was the breaker and it did not work. Being the good witch that I am I always have an abundance of candle. I grabbed everyone I had all over the house and lit the studio with candlelight. Thank goodness everyone was so understanding and it gave a mystical glow to the room. The wonderful readers, Brenda, Unity and Allison were able to start their readings until my husband came back, thank goodness he was not far yet. Problem was corrected, thanks honey, and the evening went off without a hitch.

  • And we raised a total of $815.00.  I think that is pretty amazing for our first time.

  •  Thank you all so much, this was a group effort and I truly could not have done it without all of you and my patient husband and my furry babies Luca, Stella, Layla, Rufus and Daisy who did not get all of my attention for a few weeks but they will get lots of love and hugs now.

As you can see, we all just sat by the fire yesterday and enjoyed the day. We are already preparing for June but right now all that is on my mind is............HALLOWEEN!


  1. Ahhh Sue!This is amazing!! It is a complete Gypsy Wonderland. I love everything about it. The decor is so detailed and so well put together you are so talented. Every photo is picture perfect. And all that food!! I love the display of it all. So much hard work..Even the dogs are pooped.. LOL! I am so happy it was such an success! xoxo RaAnne

  2. Looks amazing! I'm so glad I could help in some small way.

  3. What a great party that must have been! I am so glad that everything went so well. :)

  4. So good that it went all well and WOW you did earn alot for the first time.

  5. Oh my goodness Sue! I just don't know where to start. You did such a fantastic job on everything. Your studio looks so warm and inviting and the temporary loss of lights was just a whisper that the fur spirits were with you. ;-)

    I cannot believe how much you collected for this beautiful organization in this first party and the pups are so fortunate to have your unending support. Warmest hugs to you my witchy love, Mina

    PS...I am going back to enjoy these photos one more time. They just make me smile.

  6. Wow... wish I could have come! Oh well, I'm glad I could be there in spirit. :) Congratulations on your success!!!