Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ Gala!

"Why don't you come along with us? We're on our way to see the Wizard now."

For 70 years children of all ages have been tripping down the Yellow Brick Road to the Merry Ole Land of Oz.

Today, we celebrate this most ambitious movie of it's time.

It pulls at our heartstrings for it's ability to make us feel like a child again.

Who could ever forget the anticipation and excitement as it draws you into it's magical land?

Let's follow Dorothy, her friends and Toto, yes, Toto too, on her journey back home.

Watch out! There will be a witch and flying monkeys that might thwart your goal.

There are parties to attend and wonderous creations to behold!

Let's put on our ruby slippers and click our heels and spend the day in Oz.

"I can't wait forever to get those shoes!"

"Only bad witches are ugly. "

"Going so soon?"

"I wouldn't hear of it."

"Why, my little party is just beginning."

I hope you've enjoyed your visit here, somewhere over the rainbow.

As the Wizard says: A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

To show our appreciation for the support for our Wizard of Oz Gala, we would like to share some Wizard of Oz treasures. To win this give away, shown in the following photo, all you have to do is bring us the witch's broom!

If that proves too difficult for you, just leave a comment on this post to be eligible to win.

"Are you ready, Toto? Let's go!"


Cast - Starring:

The Ruby Slipper replicas
Muffin as Toto
Twyla as Dorothy's feet

Set Design by:

Special thanks to Lindsey for the Exclusive Creations she provided.
Now go visit all the other Wizard of OZ Gala participants on the side bar!!!!


Bearly Sane said...

Boy you two sure have been busy cooking up some bewitching stuff! Had lots of fun reading.

Laurie AE said...

WUNNERFUL!!!! My mood is as spiffed and buffed as Dorothy and Co. did after their arrival at Oz (remember the Lion and his crisp curled mane w/bow topper?)

Oh -- you should know this -- I was at the movies yesterday and saw that for ONE DAY ONLY selected theatres nationwide are going to show the Wizard of Oz for one day only. Wouldn't it be magical to see it on the big screen?

Thanks for sharing the Oz fun, so many creative things to oooooh over, and I can tell you must have had such fun setting up and photographing all of it.

Cheers, ladies!

Printersdevil said...

I have to withdraw from participation in the Wizard of Oz Gala. I had hoped to work this out, but couldn't. My dear niece is a great fan and collector and I had asked about using some of her stuff---dolls, costumes, and many varied items from plays of the the show. We had even discussed ways I could do a blog event with this. Then their home was crunched (literally) by a huge tree a little over two weeks ago. This 60 ft. tree fell through the outside wall and roof and destroyed things during a storm. Although the things in her bedroom and cabinets was spared, everything from the house was removed by the insurance cleaning people and is stored. They are now out of the hotel and into a temp house, but all of their things are stored. This week they have been slowly getting things brought back as they were cleaned and brought back with things they need to live, but alas all of this stuff has not been returned. I will be visiting all the sites. I hope you see this in time to pull the name of Playing Dishes from your list. Taylor is a senior this year in high school and their first show of the fall will be Wizard of Oz. I will share some things after it with you!!!!

Melissa said...

I love how your photos went from sepia to technicolor.

Thanks for sharing and hosting this little shindig.

My entry will post once it's actually Saturday here.


Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

Hi girls! Wow, what a great party! Very clever going from sepia to color, LOVE it!!!
That banner is SO darn cute.
Tell us more about the ruby slippers! Did you make them? I know there's a gal on etsy that makes nice repros.
I just love the little Madam Alexander witch, she is so cute.
Ok...gotta skip on down the yellow brick road! Thanks for having me!

Lindsay-ann said...

Happy Wonderful Wizard of OZ Gala to you all today. I really enjoyed this beautiful and very creative post. I loved seeing all your treasures and Muffin made a great Toto.
Have a lovely weekend.

Anonymous said...

Those ruby slippers are fantastic, as are all those beautiful handmade tags, banner, and other decorations!You have been working so hard and it is a big hit with me as I know it will be with all your other guests. I love how your little dog got in on the party!
Blessings, Sarita

Deborah said...

Simply magical. I wish I had heard about this event before so I had more time to cook up something. I love what you did. I love the little collectible fisures. So sweet.
The banner and tags are also wonderful.

Anonymous said...

This is so awesome and fun, fun, fun!!!

I've posted and have wee give-away too!

Pearl said...

Hi Twyla and Lindsey...
I sure have enjoyed being at your OZ Gala! Everything is soooo Beautiful, and your passion for this great movie really shows... Excellent Post!
Of course, I'd love a chance to win your sweet give~away, too!
Y'all are so thoughtful ~hugs~
I just put up my post for the PARTY, and I'm sorry for being late in signing up... Hopefully you'll get a chance to add my name to your sidebar so some folks can stop by my place as they Follow the Yellow Brick Road... Thanks again for Everything! This was such Fun!

~Magical Hugs~

Shirl said...

Hello Twyla and Lindsey. Well the day is finally here and what a Gala event you have going on here. Just beautiful! So many fun things, and how creative and adorable your handmade things are. You have quite a collection! I really enjoyed the ride!
Thank you both for hosting this fun event!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

SparkleFarkel said...

WHAT A STUPENDOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS CELEBRATION! (My eyes bloggy-feasted 3 times before I was able to pull myself away from all your emerald green fun to comment-- I feel like a Lollipop Kid in a candy store!!! I'm truly "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"! A Wizard of Oz anniversary party was THE best idea ever! Thank you, THANK YOU, THANK YOU Lindsey and Twyla, for hosting the blog-social event of the year! I'm going back for more, afterwhich I will definitely will return (I'm sure, throughout the day, too!) to Oz-chat, toss rainbow confetti and dodge winged monkeys, of course! Thank you, again, for all your Wizard of Ozzy endeavors-- Ruby Slippers for everyone!

Valerie said...

This is such an artistically beautiful blog post - the way you did the black and white and then (just like in the movie) as we scroll down - gorgeous color!

Love it.

And then we get to enjoy your beautiful paper crafts and creations.

Cute little Madame Alexander doll.

And those fantastic ruby slippers - perfect.

Prescious little Muffin as Toto and those shoes on your Dorothy - so cute.

Thank you for hosting this!

parasols and maryjanes said...

Such a cool Oz day. Thank you for hosting it. Your party is full of very clever tidbits--those cute little striped legs, those tags (how I love them!), your little Muffin, well, I could go on and on. So precious. You have thought of everything.
Carol R

Unknown said...

WOW!, I just love how you went from black and white to color!!! Your table and each detail are wonderful. I love the decorations too. I have a gift for you over at my post...something told me that you were as much in love with this movie as I am, to throw this gala.

Thank you for hosting such a fun event. I love everything, and sigh, those ruby slippers.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful gala! Thanks for hosting this fun event and for the beautiful post! Love it! ( I think I may have that broom! lol )

Jorgelina said...

Happy Wonderful Wizard of OZ Gala!!!
Wonderful, it is my favorite film.
Of girl always it played that she was Dorothy or Glinda.
what a great party!
Those ruby slippers are fantastic!!
Happy weekend.
Magical Hugs.

SparkleFarkel said...

Such creativity, Lindsey! The banners, the Glinda BIG badge-- and even the subtle, itty-bity touches! (My favourite being the crepe paper Yellow Brick Road!) ***get's caught up in Oz-blog gazing at the Over-the-Rainbow splendor, then snaps to*** WHOA! I'd better get dressed! Has anyone seen my rubber slippers???

Heidi Ann said...

I am on The Yellow Brick Road, "Off To See The Wizard"- but I had to stop to leave a comment! Thank you for hosting the Gala - and please enter me for a chance to win that Oz fabulousness!!

SparkleFarkel said...

The mailman just delivered! To heck with the Ruby Reds, I'm wearing wonderful, beautiful, my-toesies-couldn't-be-happier GREEN HOUSE SLIPPERS today! Thank you, THANK YOU, Twyla! (More appreciation to be sent your way.) They are lovely and such perfect timing, as well!

P.S. I loved how you allowed us to "open the door" into Technicolor, just like the movie-- CLEVAH! And I love "your little dog, too"!

Chandra said...

I enjoyed your crafty goodies! I loved the banner too! Thanks so much for doing this, I have had fun preparing for it.

My favorite thing you did were the Wicked Witch of the East's feet. Do tell how you made those!

I *think* the witches broom is on the sticker sheet below the blue box...where the tin man, toto, and lion are cleaning. ???

So, enter me into your giveaway if I didn't get it right! :)

Lynn said...

You did a superb job with this!! Love it!!

Made me think about a sweet lady in our church 20 yrs ago I think. She was a teenager when the movie came out. Some how there was a raffle connected with the theaters for a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers (there were several pair she wore in the movie) as part of the movie debut. Dorothy's ruby "dancing shoes" were the ones raffled off. This sweet lady in Memphis, TN won those ruby slippers. She and the ruby slippers would visit the different schools in Memphis and share fun and facts with the children about the ruby slippers and the movie. She really made a "mission" of it. Eventually she had the shoes auctioned at Christie's in NY. The substantial $$$ realized became her and hubby's retirement fund.

Thanks for letting me share this special story.

Lynn said...

That first sentence in my comment sounded a bit strange....I think it was about 20 years ago she had them auctioned....that makes more sense. (smile)

SparkleFarkel said...

***leaves broomstick at blog doorway*** Oops! Forgot to leave this! (You know what? Nothing says Wizard of Oz Gala Giveaway like the smell of a smoldering, melting Wicked Witch!)

Anonymous said...

Sorry I'm late this morning! Computer ISSUES!

Everything is absolutely clever and cute! I tried to pick a favorite something but I just couldn't! I love it all.

Thank you Twyla, Lindsey, Jordan and Muffin! ♥

★Carol★ said...

Oh, I had SO much fun at your party!! This has been a great start to my day! This was always my favorite movie as a child, and I'd look forward to it every year. I wish I had discovered your party sooner, so I could have participated, but this has been a week of helping our daughter get ready to go back to college today. She has ALOT of Oz memorabilia that we could have shared. Ah well.
Please enter us in that great giveaway! And thanks again for a wonderful time at your party!

Beedeebabee said...

Hey Girls! What a fantastic post!
So well thought out and beautifully done!!! Loved your decorated table and Lindsey as Dorothy's feet (perfect!!!) and Muffin as Toto too! I'll try to hop around a bit later on today and visit as many blogs as I can. Big Hugs, Paulette :o)

Unknown said...

Oh My gosh! I LOVE IT! For some reason I was thinking the big day is the 25th so I'm caught a little unprepared, but my DD and I will have to do something fun to celebrate anyway. And please--do tell where a person can get a pair of her own replica Ruby Slippers!! I NEED some!

Tristan Robin said...

oh, my! for an Oz collector, this is one fab give-away!!!

I wish I had known about the party before today! I've just become a follower so that I don't miss the next one!

Marie said...

Fabulous! I want to scoop up Toto and run away. Love the tags especially. Thank you for hosting such a fun event. So clever!

yosemite faith said...

very cool. have a great day!

Unknown said...

Okay, call me a horse of different colors, such a sap I am...I cried all the way through your posting at the beauty within you. Thank you for making this experience magical. For all the love and time you put into making the Gala so special for us. Thank you from all of us at Once Upon a Fairyland...The Gnomes are clapping, the Fairies are flying and the Elves are doing cartwheels! Oh joy, in the morning!

Colleen said...

Twyla and Lindsey, What a fun party scene you have created! I cant wait to look at it at my leisure! Got to groom my 3 mini schnauzer girls this morning while it is cool. I think I will sing the Wizard of Oz songs to them while I make them all pretty! I love being a part of your Gala party, thank you for letting me join the fun. I might try to get the girls picture on one of my quilts today and add it. Wish me luck on that one. Probably easier to piece a quilt top than to get all 3 still at one time. LOL, Colleen


You Two Crazy Crafters are AWESOME!!!
That was a AWSOME GALA!!!!
You did A LOT of WORK and it's ALL WONDERFUL!!!
and I LOVE IT!!!
Sorry I posted late...
Jordan did a great job helping also!!
Deb :)

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Yawn. Stretch. It's just 7:15 in the morning over here. I first looked in a half hour ago (I'm dedicated!!!) and the party hadn't begun yet but look at all the fun now! Oh boy!

What great hosts you are, you've made a magical party for all of us. Thank you so much for everything!

Off for breakfast now, I'll check back in later ...

Kathy said...


parTea lady said...

The banners, the tags, the tablescapes and props, oh my! What fun! I've really enjoyed my visit to your party in OZ.

Simply Shelley said...

I enjoyed my time here in the wonderful land of oz.....thanks for the,I am off to skip down the yellow brick road to visit some other oz fans.


❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Everthing is so beautiful!
Wonderful Celebration!I am enjoying the party, Thanks so much for hosting.8-)

Stacy said...

Wow, that was so much fun looking at all of the Wizard of Oz goodies in your post! I love how it started in black and white and then went to color just like the movie!

Betty said...

Thanks so much for hosting this great party! Your tags are all wonderful and your set decorators are the best!!

Unknown said...

Loved this post!!!
The garland is adorable. Those ruby slippers - they look so authentic.

Enjoyed my visit,

Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

Love love love Muffin as Toto! awww so cute sat there looking up at you! Thank you for a fun day and some blog inspiration - I've really enjoyed posting x

April said...

Oh how lovely, what fun!

Thanks for the idea ladies

April xx

NicNacManiac said...

Oh my gosh....this is totally off the wall, including your sepia to technicolor unveiling!! All of your creations are fabulous and the collectables...awesome!!
Of course, I loved this movie and actually just watched it again last week!!
Thanks for hosting such a super fun event!!!
Enjoy the rest of your day!!
Hugs xOxO, Nerina :)

Colleen said...

I am having such fun today viewing everyones posts. Thank you Twyla and Lindsey for hosting such a wonderful occasion!

The Vintage Vagablonde said...

What fun!!!!! I did a quick post but will be returning this evening to share my "Wizard of Oz" post.

I have to do a bit of work around my house before I get to participate in the fun :(

Thanks for hosting such a memorable event......I have so many memories of this classic!

Be back tonight to visit and share with everyone :)

Katrina Hunt said...

great job everyone!!! i have a friend that is a Wizard of Oz fanatic!

Heartfelt living said...

How absolutly wonderful! The Wizard of Oz is such a timeless, ageless story. My daughter and I love to watch it and how much fun it was to read your post! Great job ladies.
Love the banner!!!
Have a great Saturday and remember there's no place like home.

Marina Capano said...

Hi! congrats! perfect post! this my favorite movie and book! I love it!
what a just beautiful tags!
all is fantastic! thanks so very much, you was working so hard!


KatCollects said...

I love this fun post, you did a great job! I hope you are having a fun weekend.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi! I'm so sorry to be late to the Gala and a party crasher as well Twyla and Lindsey! But I couldn't resist making a small post and I've linked back to your celebration. I can't wait until I have time later today to take in all of the festivities!

Thanks everyone for all of your hardwork and making this special day!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

This was so much fun. I think I see the witches broom...oh yes! There it is! :0)

Love the ruby slipper replicas. Love it all! Now I have to watch i again. Wish I could have participated today but after getting hit with lightning, our TV and computer are finally back up just this afternoon. Thank you Dear Hubby!

Fun post.

Anonymous said...

Just had to come take another peek! Thanks, girls for hosting such a fun party! ♥

Unknown said...

Twyla and Lindsey! You are a magical duo! It was thrilling to scroll down photo by photo see the details of your party come to life before my eyes! This has been the most fun, and I can't wait to visit the other parties! Thanks so much for hosting this party! Elizabeth

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

OH WOW!~!~ You girls did am amazing job!! I LOOOOVE the banner so much, heck, I love everything!

Thanks so much for hosting! It makes me want to watch the movie again tonite!

I finally got my post up around 6 pm; haven't been feeling well today:(

Noelle ♥

♥ Noelle ♥ said...

i think i found the broom... below the ruby slippers on your party table; leaning against the red box!!

this was SO fun!

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

Oh what fun!! And so much effort, all your craft creations look fantastic!

I'm so pleased to have been part of the fun and joined in.

Victoria xx

Beki said...

What a fun post and I love all your creations!
Thank you for letting me join in.
Beki xxx

queen-of-nostalgia said...

You little cuties! I had fun over the rainbow with you! I want to borrow those shoes :)

M.E. Greene said...

I grew up in Kansas--and even lived through a huge tornado--and The Wizard of Oz was a mainstay of my childhood. We watched it every year when it came on television and to this day it always makes me think of home. What a lovely party!~

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Hi Twyla & Lindsey,
Congratulations on such a beautiful event!Everything is wonderful! Thanks for hosting.8-)
ps Such a grand give-away.

Tiffany said...

Thi is sooo awesome! I wish I had known ahead of time, I could have put something together and participated. I just came from Pearl's Sentimental Journey. I love, Love, LOVE THIS!!!! can't wait to check out all the blogs that participated! Please count me in for the prize! Yeah!

MaryEllen said...

How wonderful!!!!!!
Your Oz Blog was just sooo fun to read! I love all your collection, decorations.. and everything!!
This party is a success!!

Thank you for inviting me to particpate! I'm having a ball.
You are both just so sweet and very special!
love, MaryEllen

Elyse said...

happy wonderful wizard of oz gala to you both!

what a fabulous job you did putting this all together -- even beginning the post in black and white -- SO CLEVER!

the tags are awesome. all of your details are. you must have had the best time putting all of this together! (i have the mcdonald witch, too!)


Sally Annie Magundy said...

Hi again! :) Thanks so much for adding me to your list of participants! I look forward to working my way through and seeing everyone's posts.

Thanks again for having this event, it's been alot of fun remembering watching TWOO once a year when I was a little munchkin. ;)

No longer a little munchkin, I still love it very much!

Natasha Burns said...

Wow what a fun party, thak you so much for hosting it Twyla and Lindsey! I love youre creations and what a cutie Muffin is!!!
My party post is finally up if you'd like to come visit :)

Elena Lai Etcheverry said...

Your pictures are amazing! I forgot to make my post live! am going to do it now even though it is late. so sorry everyone!

Teresa said...

You know, having played the Wicked Witch of the West in our school show XXX years ago, I really got into her head and came to understand her. And, she gets a bad rap!

Wonderful fun here today- thanks!

Lori said...

Oh you guys are so adorable!!!Those are marvelous ruby slippers!! There will never, ever, ever be a day I don't hear Somewhere Over the Rainbow and not be brought to tears!!!! Lori

Vintage Christine said...

The year The Wizard of Oz was made was an incredible year for movie-making, but Judy Garland singing "Over the Rainbow" totally takes the cake. Always like to read about others who love this movie as much as I do.

Brenda Pruitt said...

How darling this is! You creative crazy crafters!

Jessica Rodarte said...

Everything is so lovely! :) Please excuse me as I'm running a little late!

Dolly said...

Oh my! I am ever so impressed by your collection!

Printersdevil said...

I loved your Wizard of Oz Gala. I am so sad that I didn't get to participate. I really enjoyed spending time here viewing all the links to the parties. I hope to be able to go and see the HD movie although it is not showing in my hometown. We are planning to make the drive if my friend got the tickets.

Thanks for hosting this!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Just found you via Lemondrop Vintage, and so glad I got to see what a beautiful job you did designing the OZ bash. I'll be back!

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I just had the best time on the OZ adventure! This is one of my favorite movies and you brought back all the wonderfulness of it all! blessings,Kathleen

Grumpy is my granma name! said...

Love The Wonderful Wizard of Oz! My built in back porch is filled with Oz memorabilia! My dogs name is even "Sir Winkie of Oz", we just call him Winkie! A few years ago my family dressed up like the characters for holloween we had so much fun going to the mall, Wally World and out trick or treating. I love all the stuff you have on here. I'm clicking my heels together now

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Anonymous said...

Fab Oz post! I can't belive it's 70! I have just started reading the book as it is different from the film. The slippers in the book are silver - apparently they made them ruby in the film for maximum technicolour impact. I love the ruby slippers in your post. There's no place like home....Kate x

Unknown said...

What a fun party! I loved every minute! I know what the previous post I was actually looking at this post and commented on the post with the picture of the emerald city on it, LOL!

You both did such a lovely job!

The Wrought Iron Gate said...

Twyla and Lindsey, thank you so much for hosting such a wonderful party. I'm just getting around to commenting, since I only returned from a trip today. I composed my post before leaving and scheduled it to post on Sat., so I could participate. Muffin is adorable as Toto, and your handmade items were lovely. Oh, and I love your new banner, it's stunning!

Best Wishes,
Kay said...

What a beautiful post!! Love the banner.

Jodii said...

thank you for hosting such a great gala. I am having a wizard of OZ themed 40th next year and you have given me some great ideas. thank you so so much

Queenie's Vintage Finds said...

I know I'm so late...but I so enjoyed the Wizard of Oz Gala! You girls did so good with all of the cute things...I loved the commentaries too. I love the card that toto left, lol! Those tags are precious you all made! My favorite character in the Wizard of Oz was the Lion...must be my love for kitty cats! LOL!

Nina Bunk said...

just wanted to tell you as soon as i saw the banner you made, i knew i had to make one! my daughter just turned 3 and is obsessed with everything dorothy! take a look at her dorothy party, the pics don't do it justice!! thanks for the inspiration!

Dianacgmq said...

Hi Twyla & Lindsey, Congratulations on such a beautiful event!Everything is wonderful! Thanks for hosting.8-) ~Myrna ps Such a grand give-away.

Lewisvwbt said...

Twyla and Lindsey, What a fun party scene you have created! I cant wait to look at it at my leisure! Got to groom my 3 mini schnauzer girls this morning while it is cool. I think I will sing the Wizard of Oz songs to them while I make them all pretty! I love being a part of your Gala party, thank you for letting me join the fun. I might try to get the girls picture on one of my quilts today and add it. Wish me luck on that one. Probably easier to piece a quilt top than to get all 3 still at one time. LOL, Colleen

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