Saturday, December 10, 2011

Come all Ye Faithfull Followers and Readers

Original oil painting by Helen Tilston

Last night I had a dream. In it I was hosting a party for all my followers and readers.  It was so vivid:- images of the invitation, menu, music and guests were all there.  In the interest of preserving the identity, mystery, mystique, charm and carisma of my readers I have decided it shall be a masked ball.



The Master of the Household has received Her Majesty's command to invite
all my faithful followers and readers to a Reception to be given at "Innisfree" my island home on
Original pinting by Mary Rose Holmes
December 18th. 2011.  A special space shuttle will transport you from wherever in the World you are.

Indian Rocks Beach Sunset

 We shall watch the sunset as it kisses the Gulf of Mexico and embraces  the ocean and all who live by her shores and also cast her mantle of protection on the visitors who live here with us this day.
Drinks will be on the porch.  Many of you will know each other as pen friends only, therefore, adequate time shall be left for conversation and the gentle lapping of the ocean and the chords of the harp and angelic voice of our Entertainer.


 The menu will be elaborate with local specialty seafood and locally grown produce and fruit to sustain you as you meet  and become more acquainted with such beloved friends.
 Deserts

 What I shall be wearing:
Masks will be provided.


RSVP (As Entertainment, Orla Fallon has agreed to be here with her harp). Music requests will be accepted.


I know all of you will be in attendance.



What will you be wearing? Can you post a picture of your outfit  on your blog on December 14?

One day later the Space Shuttle will depart from Cape Canaveral and transport you to your homes.



( Photos, not captioned are  Pinterest)

52 comments:

  1. Oh dearest Helen, I don't think I have ever been part of such a wonderful dream! This all sounds heavenly, and of course I shall be attending! Fortunately I went to a masked ball in the summer, so have the perfect outfit to wear ;)
    I presume Spotty will be invited too?.... I better start washing him now!
    Have a lovely weekend. Abby xx

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  2. Oh, Helen! That is such a wonderful idea! I was giggling when I read your post! I'll be there! Definitely! The only problem is: I am so afraid of flying! I'll swim over the atlantic ocean! Shall send you a pic of my outfit... xxx

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  3. How delightful, Helen, and I do admire your choice of frock and will strive to adequately complement it as well as bringing along my bodhrán for a suitable rhythmic accompaniment to the proceedings. May there be much merriment on the night.

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  5. I'm there! What a party that would be! I'll have to search for an outfit now! Many thanks for stopping by xxxxx

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  6. Helen! This is so exciting! Do you want me to post a picture of my outfit on my blog? I shall be wearing black, for sure... I always wear black... but we'll see...

    Nachos on the menu? Yes? Then I'm definately coming!

    CIAO

    ANNA
    xx

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  7. What a lovely invitation.. A masked ball, how exciting
    Thank you .. i will be there ,hopefully i will do you justice with my outfit, just love your lovely dress
    look forward to joining in the good cheer and all those wonderful delights on your christmas table.. meeting all the lovely blogging friends.. it will be so grand. see you on the 14th

    xxxval

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  8. Hello Helen, what fun! I would love to come to your party. Love Linda x

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  9. Hello Helen:
    Mr and Mrs Lance Hattatt have great pleasure in accepting the kind invitation of Mrs Helen Tilston to a party to be held on Sunday, 18th.December 2011 at 'Innisfree', Indian Rocks Beach.

    They shall set sail directly via Cunard as they are afraid of flying. Luggage will be sent on ahead provided that is not to much of a problem.

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  10. Helen,
    you are a wonderful artist.
    This is some party, after being on the rocky coast of Maine, that beach looks devine.
    So does the party, I have a mid-
    night blue evening gown, with
    huge chiffon long sleves. That will have to do. I'll take the train.

    yvonne

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  11. Hello Abby at My Spotty Pony

    Of course Spotty is included and don't worry about washing him, we will shower him with hugs and kisses and he will be just fine. I can just envision him riding galloping along the ocean.
    Such fun
    Helenx

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  12. Hello Christa at Emilie's Daughter

    Your are probably, as I write, bobbing along the Atlantic ocean, as you swim toward my shore. We shall have the guest room waiting for you.
    You may wish to post the image on your blog this Wednesday and a link to mine.

    Fun and games

    Helen xx

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  13. Mise

    I am so glad you are bringing your bodhran. An important instrument. I will ensue there are lots of spoons too, so the audience can keep the beat. I know you will be suitably fashionable and please bring along Pink and Blue Daughter.
    Helen xx

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  14. Hello Diane

    I am delighted you will be attending. I know you will look stunning as your gown trails along the pearly white sand.

    Helen xx

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  15. Hello Anna

    So happy you will be in attendance. Of course Nachos will be served and I shall endeavour to include Nachos Figueras on the list and ask him to bring his polo horse, as Spotty Pony is coming.
    If you wish post your picture on your blog on Wednesday with a link to mine and I shall do a follow up post
    Helenx

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  16. Val's Alentejo blog

    How delightful Val that you will be travelling all the way from Portugal to my party. I shall ensure your guest room await you.
    I would love to see you post your outfit on your blog on Wednesday and link it to my blog. I shall do a follow up blog showing the outfits.
    Fun and frolic

    Helen xx

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  17. Flowers on My Table

    Hello Linda

    I am so happy you are coming to my party and I know you will look smashing. You can bring Lois too, as Mise's two daughters will be travelling from Pretty Far West.

    I look forward to seeing your party frock. I would love to see you post your outfit on your blog on Wednesday and link it to my blog. I shall do a follow up blog showing the outfits.
    Fun and laughter

    Helen xx

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  18. Hello Steve

    I know when you come to our party you will find images of beauty

    Helen

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  19. Jane and Lance Hattatt

    It is with the most tremendous joy that I read of you intent to attend my soiree.

    My butler shall be keeping an eye out for your luggage and my lady in waiting will be on hand to assist when needed.

    I shall be counting the "sleep and get up's till your arrival"

    Until then
    Helen xx

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  20. La Petite Gallery
    Thank you for complimenting my art.

    I am so honoured and delighted that you shall be attending my soiree.

    Your gown of midnight blue sounds so romantic and I can just imagine it at sunset. It will be in one with the colour of the ocean.
    I look forward to seeing your party frock. I would love to see you post your outfit on your blog on Wednesday and link it to my blog. I shall do a follow up blog showing the outfits.
    Fun and joy
    Helen xx

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  21. What a lovely idea. I am so sad to have to refuse your kind invitation as we will be preparing to leave on holiday. I'm sure it will be an event to be remembered!

    Thank you for your visit.

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  22. Oh yes yes I'll be there with bells on for sure... can't wait!!!
    Thank you for this beautiful soiree!
    You party sounds divine. Now I must find the perfect oufit!!!
    So excited, I'll be back all gussied up on the 14th.
    Sending you
    Lots of Love always,
    Terri
    xxoo

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  23. Hello lovely Helen, thankyou so much for your very kind remarks on my blog. I forgot to say when I last visited how much I love your painting at the start of this post. The colours aere wonderful and it has such a mediterranean feel to it. Have a lovely week, big hugs, Linda x

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  24. Hello Elizabeth

    Your presence will be missed at our dream gala.
    Enjoy your vacation/holiday

    Helen xx

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  25. Hello Terri @ La Dolphina

    I am delighted you will be attending our dream soiree.

    No doubt you will look stunning as you waltz through the doors of our magestic ballroom.

    Looking forward to seeing you gown posted on Wednesday this week on your blog.

    My best
    xxx

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  26. Hello Linda @ Flowers on my table

    Thank you for visiting again

    Your kind comment on my art is appreciated.

    Fondly

    Helen xx

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  27. O my, this is the loveliest party I would have ever attended...I love your outfit and now am thinking what to wear, what to wear. I know what my cats would wear.

    Oh the food, simply the fact that it is by the ocean...you know how to live royally...of course I will be attending.just giddy about this.

    xx

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  28. Mrs Little Jeans, Ollie and Augustus
    I am delighted to have the space shuttle stop by and transport you to my party. Ollie and Augustus will look divine in their tartans.They will feel at home as there will be a horse and some children present too. With such wonderful guests, as the saying goes "the party will happen"

    Helen xx

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  29. What fun! You make it look like such a vibrant place.

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  30. OOOOH a masked ball, I've always wanted to go to one! It sounds a perfect party. Please reserve a place for me on the space shuttle. If I don't get to post a photo of what I would like to wear, please imagine me in crimson velvet, long,low cut wiith priceless antique lace at neck and wrists....Jane xx

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  31. Count me in, it sounds like the most divine party!!!

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  32. It sounds perfect Helen! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for becoming a follower! I look forward to getting to know you too :)

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  33. Oh Helen what a lovely idea - it sounds like heaven - what to wear - i think i would have something made, long and floaty with a totally ott white feathered mask - would be so very special - what a great post xxx

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  34. It felt like your dream,
    I join you?
    I would be very happy.
    a hug
    Susy x

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  35. What a beautiful dream Helen,
    a masked ball. It sounds great!

    Your a wonderfull artist, with beautiful paintings.
    I would probably use one of these in one of my collages.. If your oke with that..

    Thanks for following me!

    Have a lovely day!
    Linda

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  36. That was so much fun to read! What a great imagination you have. Love your artwork too. Happy holidays.

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  37. Hello Gesbi

    It is indeed a joyful and fun place to live.

    I shall reserve a prime spot at our table for you
    Helen xx

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  38. Jane the Booklady

    Your space is reserved on the Space Shuttle and I love the description of your crimson velvet gown with priceless antique lace at cuffs and neck. You table await you

    Helenxx

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  39. Acanthus and Acorn

    We are delighted you are attending. The Butler will be at the gate awaiting your arrial
    Helenxx

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  40. Oh, what fun and joy! I would so love to be there too! Was too busy to find a frock, but I am good with last minute decisions. I'll whip something up!

    Nothing better that to travel into the land of the imagination!

    Cheers!

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  41. Hello Jessie

    So glad you will grace the party by your attendance. Don't forget your dancing shoes. All Irish attendees will be requested to dance the Siege of Ennis.
    Helenxx

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  42. Fashion and Frank

    How delighted we are to have you in attendance. Frank will be in excellent company in the animal kingdom. So far we have a horse, 2 cats, a few dogs and children to amuse the pets. You will look divine
    Helenxx

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  43. Hello Suze

    We are delighted to hear you shall be in attendance. We shall kill the fatted calf.
    Helenxx

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  44. Hello Linda (a day full of)

    I am delighted that you approve of my art. I am happy to talk to you concerning a collage, please email me
    tilston188@gmail.com
    Helenxx

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  45. Hamptontoes

    Thank you for visiting and welcome as my follower.

    Your kind words and compliments are much appreciated
    Helenxx

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  46. Victoria Art

    I am glad I can count on you attending. I also know you will look spectacular in a couturier designed creations.
    Helenxx

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  47. Oh my I missed the party!!! Looks like all had a wonderful time!!! Wishing you well! Cathy

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  48. Wait for me! I know I'm a day late, but... I have my own transport and... the party is not until the 18th, is it?

    So, Helen... go to muy blog, as... lovely pics are provided...

    It's going to be a great party! I'm bringing Marcello and Alain (You can only dance with them until midnight, though...)

    Looking forward to the 18th!


    ANNA
    xx

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  49. Meeting our blogging friends has to be the most special outcomes of blogging! I just had the the dreamlike opportunity of meeting two very dear ones, and it was one of the most memorable experiences ever!
    To be at your gracious party, in such a setting, surrounded by so many wonderful people...would be heaven!
    I apologize for missing the fashion show...I'm sure all the frocks will be lovley! Will a spacesuit be needed for travel?
    xo J~

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  50. Darn! I was going to wear the same dress you chose! What are the chances? Luckily I own it in two colors so I shall wear the pink.

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  51. Wonderful post and images, Helen!

    Thank you very much for your lovely comment and your wishes for Oskar!
    Also my best wishes for a wonderous week qnd
    Merry Christmas!
    karin

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