Mermaid Author Readings At Whistle Stop Gardens And Tea Room

Sunday, February 10, 2019

My dear friends, 

I promised an oath that I would show you photographs of my mermaid author readings at the tea room. 

I have had a few more, however, I was so caught up in the twirling tizzies I forgot to take pictures. 

The poke bonnet is what I made from a thrift store straw hat that cost about $3.00 dollars. I love the outcome of the poke bonnet, however,  after seeing the pictures I don't think the bonnet enhances my face shape as well as some of my other hats. I only wore it once. For the other readings, I wore a prairie bonnet.
At my author table, I let the little girls hold the merrymaid Scarlette Rose doll. The roses are what Oliver eats in the story and the driftwood is his cane that he carries.
 When I have an author reading, my back story is about me being an old mermaid that's 246 years old. I wear old~fashioned clothes because I have been landlocked for so long. Where my old fashioned clothes came from are shipwrecks and I salvaged the old trunks and took the clothes to wear. I wear old fashioned gloves so that you can't see the webbing in between my fingers. {smile}

In order to see a real mermaid that's been landlocked all you have to do is check their toes or hands. If there is webbing, then they will know it's a real landlocked mermaid.

I have dreamt of writing stories my entire life. I try to emulate Tasha Tudor and Beatrix Potter. I can't wait until my next few books are published. Do you think I'll be able to bring my dear Henny Penny to the author reading too for the next book titled, "The Tale of Henny Penny Goody Two~Shoes."? {wink wink}

There is no other place I would like to have readings than a tea room. Perhaps one day I will have little readings at my forever home and serve tea. It reminds me of the little marionette plays that Tasha Tudor would put on at her home, and I want to do that as well, except for mermaid-themed productions.
The little birthday girl enjoying her scone.
 Not all of the little darlings wanted tea, so they enjoyed pink lemonade.
Here's another close up of my poke bonnet, emphasizing on the inside of the bonnet with trim stitching and pleated gatherings. I used quilting thread to hand sew the bonnet together. 
Look how sweet they are. The parents have been so generous in buying my storybooks for their daughters to take home as a souvenir. This is how I am able to make a living from being an author. So many kind and generous souls that support me. I couldn't do it without them nor you.

If you'd like to buy my book, feel free to follow the link {here} or swim to the sidebar and utilize the Amazon link.
Perhaps you'd like to know what my story is about before purchasing, so here is a synopsis: It's a tale about reaping what you sow. The Tale of Merrymaid Scarlette Rose is an American children's book that follows mischievous and disobedient young MerryMaid Scarlette Rose as she is chased about the water garden of Mr Sir Barbaric. She escapes and returns home to her mother, who puts her to bed after dosing her with tea. The tale is derivative of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter, except it's a little adventure about a mermaid.

I had begun pondering the idea of a book about a mermaid when I worked at Weeki Wachee Springs in my teens. The concept began as a diary entry.

 My dear sweet companion Oliver Twistytop.

 Such pretty little place settings.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Always remember to dream a little dream. I am most sure of the belief that all of your dreams will come true if you'll dare to dream.

Most affably yours til my next swim, Raquelxxx


  1. Oh, what a beautiful place to have your reading. You look so pretty in your bonnet, and the little girls are adorable.

    The Tale of Merrymaid Scarlette Rose sounds like a wonderful story. For what age group do you recommend the book, Raquel?

    1. Nil, Thank you sweetie pie. I do appreciate that. How's your week going? The age group I would recommend for The Tale of Merrymaid Scarlette Rose would be 7-12.

    2. Great! Most of my friends have older kids, but there's one with a small girl. I think she would enjoy your book. :)

    3. Oh my, That would be such a kind gesture to purchase my book. I would love to know what she thinks of it. Do let me know. Muawwhhhh...