Sunday, July 22, 2012


Chapter four
Here we are again. You’re undoubtedly thinking to yourself, “What else could this din-a-ling possibly have to say about Oz that she hasn’t already said in the past three posts.  You have to understand the reason I keep going on and on it because I find Oz to be so amazing and wonderful and I’ve always wanted to live there. It all started when I was eight years old and I read my first Oz book. I was completely head over heels in love with this magical place. I’ve always thought that it is quite possible these books are what turned me into someone who loves to read. By now you all have a fairly good idea of how crazy I am about Oz and all things Oz so instead of giving you any more facts gleaned from the many books or the wonderful movie I’m going to pack it all in. Yep, I’m not going to say another word on the subject. Instead I’m going to let you take a peek behind the curtain and see what the others have to say before we get to the part where we find out where Dillywink will be heading off to no doubt the main reason you’re here.

"I was beginning to think she was going to make this party last all week. There must be something wrong with the workings of her mind. No one in their right mind would go on and on like this for so many days."

"Thank goodness that's over with. If she had made us pose for one more photo I was out of there. It's such a relief to be sitting down, these diamond slippers are killing my feet. I don't suppose any of you know where my wand got off to?"

"Stop your whining, at least you can sit down. She's done something to me so now I can't even sit and these shoes are pinching my toes and mashing my bunions. I've noticed you can't seem to keep a hold on that wand of yours. You're probably sitting on it."

"Dorothy, did you hear I'm getting a new home?"

"Yes Dillywink, I heard."

"Dear, we've all heard about you getting a new home so there's no need to keep telling us. It's not likely we're going to forget.
Now my bottom is going numb from sitting here and my dress is starting to wrinkle."

"Just listen to you whiny babies. None of you have anything to be complaining about. I don't see any of you stuck in a plastic bag. Plastic doesn't breath you know and it's probably 110 degrees in  here and my nose itches and I can't move my arms so I can't scratch it. I don't suppose one of you two could lend a hand."

"We didn't even notice you laying here. Who are you and what are you doing in That bag?"

"What do you mean, who am I? I'm the Red Queen, that's who I am. Who the heck are you two? I don't recall seeing either of you until this morning but of course I've been laying on a shelf and haven't seen much of anything since she stuck me in this bag and surely you don't think I agreed to being stuck in here. How stupid are you?"

"Hey lady, did you hear I'm getting a new home?"

"Yes you dumb twit! I've heard you say that at least a dozen times now. Instead of being so annoying do something useful and scratch my nose since neither one of those other two would do it and can't get a hand free."

"Sure thing. Hey maybe I can help you get out of the bag. Whatcha' think, Queenie?"

"Well, would ya look at this?!? There's a little girl hiding in here."

"How humiliating!! This is no way for the queen to be treated!
First I'm stuffed in a bag and then hidden away on a shelf and now this?!? That last bit is the final insult! I'm the queen and this will not do!

Off with his head!"

"Hey Mister, did you hear I'm getting a new home?"

"Yes, I've heard, and about 30 times in the past half hour. Why don't you give it a rest son?"

"I see you've found your wand Glinda, can I touch it?"

"Sure, but only with one finger. It has powerful magic you know."

"What's with the old man over there? Do any of you recognize him?"

"There's something wrong with him. Did you notice except for his head he's all pale and colorless? You three need to go over there find out who he is and what he's doing here."

"So, you say your name is Santa Claus and you are a symbol of Christmas and you know when someone is naughty or nice and you bring toys to the good little girls and boys? That's your story?"

"Yes, on Christmas Eve I get in my sleigh that is pulled by eight flying reindeer and we fly throughout the night from house to house and I leave presents in the stockings hanging from the mantel of the fireplace or under a decorated tree."

"And you say you get into the houses by going down the chimney? Isn't that a bit risky? I mean, what if there's a fire or what if there isn't a fireplace so there's no chimney?
 Another thing, how do you know who's naughty or nice? Oh, and where did you get reindeer that fly? Are you some powerful wizard?"

I think you have some idea of what it is like around here so without further ado I'm going to announce who has been chosen to provide a home for Dillywink.

Before telling you who it is I'll explain the process that was used in selecting who it would be. It's a simple but well thought out process and it goes something like this:

"Ken do me a favor and pick a number between zero and ten." (me)

"HUh? What time is it? Is it time for breakfast?" (my son Ken)

"No it's still too early for breakfast. Just pick a number between zero and ten, okay?" (me)

"Why did you wake me up if it isn't time for breakfast?" (Ken)

"Just do it for me, okay?" (Me)

"Eleven." (Ken)

"Real funny! Now, just pick a number will you? I don't want to get out the throwing knives or dart board." (Me) These are methods used for choosing winners in previous giveaways.

"Whatever! Six. Okay, now will you leave me alone so I can go back to sleep?" (Ken)

So looking at the list I see the name in the number six position is:

Ireland Brady.

Ireland Brady would you please get back to me with your mailing address so I can send little Dillywink on his way? As you've probably noticed he's really excited about heading out to his new home.

"Dorothy I'm going to miss you most of all."
"Yeah, yeah Dillywink, I'll miss you too."

"Does anybody know why she's got so many boxes out? Why would she need so many? Look, there are more of those bags like the one the queen is in. You don't think she's going to stick us in one of those do you?"

Thanks for putting up with my silliness and for coming back day after day to celebrate with me. It's been fun for me and I hope for you as well. And a special thanks to you Oma Linda for hosting this fun affair. I know you had to give me a shove to get me started but once I did get started there was just no stopping me. I so enjoyed seeing what all of the others who were participating in this affair had to offer and I even won a giveaway. Until next time.

Enjoy your week and as always, thanks for stopping by.


Linda Wildenstein said...

Oh my, this was so cute and funny. Now I the Queen of the Cuckoos grant you permanent status as an official Cuckoo. You may now legally be a wonderful "Cracked nut" like the rest of my cuckoos. Honest to goodness you are so funny. I love it. Thanks for a super duper Oz event.
I'm sitting here thinking if Ms. Maddy did this in 3 weeks....what will she do with a lot of time. Oh goodness, I can hardly wait til next year when we Celebrate Oz 2013. Love ya cuckoo, Oma Linda

Katy Cameron said...

Oh my, there's lots of bears here cowering in horror at the plastic bags!!!

Linda Wildenstein said...

Oh how silly of me. Congratulations to Karen Anne of Ireland lucky ducky. Dillywink could not have gotten a sweeter home to go to. Oma Linda

Mary @ Colony Mountain Stitcheries said...

It's been a heck of a party, and I've enjoyed it all...surely learned a lot about Oz. Great job, Maddy!

The Bear's Blog said...

Congratulations to Karen.

Boy, it sounds like you have your hands full with that bunch. Good grief.

Hopefully they will get their acts together and remember that Santa walks among them.

Prudence's Mom ♥

Mina said...

LOL! This was hilarious! I love the entire dialogues between the Red Queen and Dillywink as well as with Santa. I am still chuckling! Wonderful Oz party, Miss Maddy Rose

A huge congratulations to your lucky winner! Have a beautiful week, my dear friend.

IrelandBrady said...

Oh my goodness! Maddy, I am speechless! I fell in love with "Dillywink"! To think I won him just blows me away! I am giddy with delight and happy dancing all over the house! Now this is totally OZ-SOME!

Hey Dillywink ... we can hardly wait for your arrival! Your new family awaits and the fairies are all abuzz with excitement and anticipation ... I think they are planning a party for you, but they are being very secretive at the moment. Just know you will be very loved!

I am so happy I was number 6! Thank you Ken for a very wise choice!

Maddy ... I love the way your characters come to life in your photographs and interviews! It is a wonderfully creative way to showcase your Oz-picious talents!

Big Hugs,
Karen Anne

Gina said...

I have really enjoyed reading your posts Maddy. I have smiled and laughed and oohed and aahed over every one. And love the backstage bitchin today :D Congrats to Ireland on winning your fabulous Dillywink :D XXX

DogsMom said...

Congratulations to Karen and Dilly Wink both.

You had me so excited when the Red queen was introduced. Does this mean we can visit again next week for the party hosted by A Fanciful Twist???

Kays Kids said...

Congratulations to the winner. Now all you special dolls just be careful or you might get put in one of those bags!!!!
Hugs Wilbur's Granny

orchid said...

Dearest Maddy,
Congratulations to your lucky winner!!!
And your hard work really paid off♡♡♡
Big Big admiration and Congratulations to you as well☆☆☆

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my dear bs, xoxo Miyako*

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I enjoyed this immensely! Congrats to your lucky winner! Sweet hugs!

Magic Love Crow said...

Congrats Karen Anne! Yeh! So happy for you! Maddy, I have enjoyed every minute with you! It has been so much fun! You have put a smile on my face ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Lisa said...

I love it! Now I just need to see one of the flying monkeys! Oh no!
I enjoyed the silliness.


April said...

Hey!!! Do you know Dillywink is going to a NEW HOME????!!!! WELL, DO YOU??? HUH HUH HUH?????? LUCKY Ireland Brady!!!The Luck of the Irish!!! I hope you have a Lollipop ready for Dillywink..he's a Lollipop Kid, right? So happy to have found your Blog and your marvelous creations, Maddy!!! I feel like I have won a Fantastic GIFT just by finding YOU!!!

Diane MacNaughtan * Dianie Mac * said...

Hi Maddy,
It was a wonderful party. I love stories and your stories are the best.
Congratulations to Ireland Brady :)


yoborobo said...

Maddy - you are so funny! Sorry to have missed all of the party, but this caught me up. :)) And the dolls are so wonderful! Did you know there is a new OZ movie coming out? A prequel of some kind - I think the trailer is up (from Disney). Not sure when it's coming out. xox

Bren said...

Fun, funny post, congrats on the winner of Dillywink, sounds like they will have their hands full with him :-) As always wonderful job on the dolls

Ascension said...

Me ha encantado seguirte en esta aventura.
Enhorabuena a la ganadora, se lleva una autentica maravilla.
besitos ascension

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Oh, Maddy ~ the dolls are absolutely gorgeous.
I can't believe the work you've done on all of them!
Congratulations, Karen.

IrelandBrady said...

I am so excited! Dillywink aka Dilly Boy (yep! I have already given him a family nick name!) is due to arrive tomorrow! The entire household is in excited mode and eager to give him a hug, a lollipop (to make him REALLY feel at home!), the fairies and other mysterious creatures are planning one "Dilly" of a party upon his arrival into our magical world of "The Brady Bunch"!

Will take pics and share them with you at my blog once the festivities have calmed down!

I'll pop by here to give you a link to come over and see Dilly Boy in his new digs!

Happy Day!

Plumrose Lane said...

My goodness your creations are SO fabulous!

Flora said...

Wow what an amazing set of art dolls and you gave one away???!!! I'll bet it was very fiddly work to get them all done so perfectly and they really should be on display so everyone can appreciate your talented work!!!

IrelandBrady said...

Dillywink aka Dilly Boy has arrived at his new home!

Come on over and share in his first day with the Brady Bunch ...

Maddy Rose, Dilly Boy is an amazing example of your artistic abilities. I cannot begin to thank you enough for this priceless gift ...

Big big big hugs!

IrelandBrady said...

PS ... you may need to cut and paste the above link to visit Dilly Boy in his new digs! He's looking forward to sharing with you ....