Saturday, July 13, 2013


Wonderland Mushroom Tea Book

Welcome dearies! What would a mad tea party BE, without a recipe book for mad mushroom tea, to take to the party! I've made a little book to hold recipes for mad mushroom tea, and have begun with one recipe which is a very old family treasured brew! I'll be collecting more recipes to put in the book, so if you know of any please feel free to leave it in the comments section and I'll add it to the book.

Here is what the little book looks like so far:

It's the front cover and it looks oh so boring right now. I'll be adding a title a bit later. Let's open it:


 Okay that look a bit more interesting. There's an advert for the publishers, and an illustration showing a wee mushroom. It's a beginning anyway. Let's see if there is more:

Oh, it's a closer look. Well let's get even a bit closer. What kind of mushroom is this anyway?


Is there more? Oh! it's our first recipe (my own!):

 This little book is made in the 'piano hinge' style, using three large pine needle sections from a species of large pine tree somewhere in the U.S.A. The cover paper is hand made Japanese paper using plant fibres and leaves, as you can see. Inside paper includes hand made sumi-e Japanese paper, and two sheets of used tea bag paper (my favourite.) The mushroom is painted using acrylic paint and stickers help make it kind of fancy looking. The spine is adorned with a mother-of-pearl button and two copper-coloured sequins just for fun. This will be my giveaway. I'll be adding things to the little book (hopefully your own family recipes for mad mushroom tea.) Just leave a comment below and I'll do the draw in one week (so, next Saturday 20th July, 2013.) Remember, to pop by to the beautiful Vanessa to view her gorgeous offering of delicious eye candy, and to see all of the participants in this wonderful mad tea party 2013! Ta! Love you all, Norma, x


  1. That is a really cool idea and a great post for a tea party!

  2. Heloo there!!

    Honestly, what a beautiful book Norma!!

    Thank you for being a part of the Mad Tea Party ♥

  3. absolutely and utterly fascinating....I will never tire of looking at these wonderful micro creations Norma I would love to sit at the end of your table watching you make one.

    Enjoy your weekend

    hugs from Helen :)

  4. Ooooooo, love it!!!

    It's so beautiful Norma!

    Thank you for being a part of the Mad Tea Party

  5. Norma that's so beautiful!
    Mushroom tea:) I bet it tastes lovely!
    Have a magical day dear friend.

  6. What a lovely idea, and so well made! Thank you!

  7. I used to drink mushroom tea in college ;P
    The book is very pretty. WOW!

    Happy Mad Tea Party Day!
    Please visit my party!
    Ricki Jill

  8. Hi, Norma. Mushroom tea - great idea! I love your rustic, nature-inspired book, too. So creative. :-)

  9. The Mad Tea Party sounds like a fabulous idea! I have a feeling the final tea book will be quite entertaining.

  10. I am so pleased you managed to pop by and visit with me earlier Norma,and thankyou for the tealeaf reading :)
    What an unusual recipe for tea !! perfect for a woodland fairy :)
    Mad Madam Mel xx

  11. Your tea book is delicious Norma - I love copper hues. When I was in 5th grade they taught us how to make cattail tea. I used to drink ginger tea with my sister and it would be easy to make by slicing ginger root and boiling and then adding a sweetner to taste. Good for the tummy. Keep on creating! ~*~Lisa

  12. Hi, Norma - I have become a convert to tea drinking over the past year but have not yet tried making up my own brews. This post inspires me to do so.
    I like your book very much!

  13. I like this!
    you are very very very, really very creative!!!!

  14. That's beautiful! Very different selection in the party. Love the textures!

    My fairy party:

  15. loved your tea party shots....every one. You truly know how to Wonderland in a lovely different way.
    Come see us, if you please, Bad Alice, Dude and Oma Linda

  16. Very pretty - and after following that recipe I'm sure one would have a great time! ;)

  17. a pine needle spine? oh, you know you have me right there.... but truly, you had me at the mushroom and pinecone page...

    so lovely, norma...


  18. such a gorgeous tea book!!
    thank you for having me

  19. What a creative and artistic post! Thank you so much for having me, happy Mad Tea Party!

    Please do come visit my 2 interwoven fairytale inspired stories-

    1. The White Queen as she prepares her Mad Tea Party for her eleven dancing sisters in:

    2. The dancing princesses dancing their way all over the land to reach her Mad Tea Party:

    I look forward to serving you a home made rose macaron or two at my tea party!

  20. Very creative! I enjoyed your post. Thank you. Please come and visit: get my freebies and enter my giveaways

  21. Sorry we're late, but we started to work backwards through the links and found ourselves here .

    Your little book is original and creative. You are very artistic, and I love your interpretation. The brew sounds healthy.
    Thank you for inviting us.

  22. ok, very very interesting: mushroom tea, well, and I love again that little book, so charming to collect recipes in it!
    have fun x Stefanie

  23. Hmmm...mushroom tea! Sounds so very interesting indeed. The little book is so beautiful! You have crafted it amazingly well. Thank you for the party and giveaway!

    I invite you to pop on over to my party, as well. :)

    Enjoy the Mad festivities! Theresa

  24. I like what I see of the book.

  25. This is so pretty! I love your creation :)

  26. mad tea party - great!! I love your little pine needles mushroom book!
    :-) mano

  27. Only recently have I become a mushroom fan. I prefer them stuffed and deep fried but I am learning!

  28. Hi Norma,
    Thank you so much for this lovely giveaway. Please enter me for a chance to win. Also, I hope you will get a chance to visit my tea party. I have a giveaway also.
    Happy Madness and Muchness Week!

  29. Norma what a fantastic and wonderful book, I'm sorry I don't have a recipe for mushroom tea, I love mushroom in my food,but did not know they could be used for tea, wish you a lovely day.

  30. Oh my! How could I forget Vanessa's mad tea party? I couldn't make it this year but I still love to visit with her and her guests.
    Love your mad tea recipe book. You are genius, my friend.
    I actually like the front cover just as it is. It's gorgeous, especially with that spectacular binding. Bravo!!
    Always a pleasure visiting with you, Norma. I'm taking a break from my art table at this time, but I'm still enjoying the creativity through my gifted bloggy friends.

  31. Hi Norma,
    Sorry I am so late to the party, how very white rabbit of me! Yikes!
    Anyway what a lovely tea party you have had here, the mushroom tea was very relaxing, thank you so much!
    That book is so adorable with the little recipe inside as well! How magical!
    Whoever got that giveaway was one lucky gal!

    Please come by my party for a nice cold class of homebrewed iced chai and some banana bread if you get the chance!


  32. How did I not make it here on Mad Tea Party Day?! Your mushroom book looks so cool. I've never heard of mushroom tea, but it makes perfect sense now that I think about it. Especially if they are "mad" mushrooms!


Your comments make my day! Thanks for dropping by and we'll see you soon, I hope, *smiles* Norma


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