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Afternoon tea and Little House Neighbourhood progress

Hi everyone, I have had a lovely week this week, I finally got the chance to use my two tiered cake stand that my sister bought me for my 50th birthday last year, it is a very pretty design with flowers and butterflies on it and I absolutely love it.  I invited my sister one day and my friend on another day but basically made the same sandwiches  for both days. We had salmon and cucumber sandwiches, ham sandwiches, scones,  fondant fancy cakes and crunchie chocolate rocks and it was absolutely delicious!  Of course we had tea which gave me the excuse to use my favourite strawberry tea set and matching plates. 
I bought some lovely white napkins and a matching table cloth for a crisp white finish as I do not think there is anything nicer than  a clean white tablecloth for afternoon tea, do you agree?
I sometimes think I may actually be brave and invite some blogging friends that live close to me – would anyone come? lol   That would be fun to have a stitching day with people I had never met before but had chatted to on line!   If I invited you what stitching piece would you bring to stitch on the day?
I just love these tiny dessert forks and the matching teaspoons.
And now for my stitching progress on Little House Needlework pattern The Little House Neighbourhood.
I just need to stitch around the door and the fence   
I just love these patterns, they seem to grow so quickly.    
 I have a number of Little House Needlework designs in my stash that I have yet to stitch, I just love them!  
Thankyou for all of your lovely comments and welcome to my new followers.
Happy stitching until next time. 
Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    I love your tea set! It's gorgeous! And your tea looks delicious! I love your LHN piece too!

  2. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    The project you are stitching looks wonderful! And the cakes and sandwiches… mmmm

  3. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Looks scrumptious and sounds like a wonderful afternoon!

  4. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    I just love your cake stand and would dearly love to come for afternoon tea, but as I live in Ireland I fear it maybe a tad too far. You are right the crisp white linen sets everything off just perfectly and nothing can or does match it. If I were to come for afternoon tea and stitching I think perhaps I would bring a small sampler. Nothing overly complictated so I could also concentrate on the tea and conversation that would no doubt flow.
    You are making great progress on your LHN project and I can't wait to see more.

  5. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    Lynn – Your afternoon tea and goodies looks delicious! There's nothing I like better than a good cup of tea (or coffee) in the afternoon. I'm partial to Apple Cinnamon tea or Honey Vanilla Chammomile. If I lived near you and were invited to an afternoon of tea stitching, I would most certainly accept the invitation! I would probably have to find a new smaller piece to start as my current WIP are all big one. I would like choose one of my new LHN pieces to bring.

    Your Little House Neighborhood is shaping up nicely. I've completed LHN Acorn Hill and have added just a few other smaller patterns to my collection, but there are so many more that I want! LOL

  6. March 20, 2011 / 1:42 pm

    I love afternoon tea, and yours looks fantastic 🙂

    Now if i lived close enough i would love to come and stitch with you, i'd bring along my Little House Neighbourhood to stitch on too 🙂

    Great progress 🙂

  7. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    Afternoon tea looks absolutely delicious!

    If there was someone around my part of the world who invited me I'd be there with bells on! And probably bring a monochrome design, since that would need the least amount of brainpower.

  8. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    oooo afternoon tea scrumptious 🙂 mmm how long would it take to get over the pond to you ???? and I would bring some of my LHN crazies to stitch along with you … would be lovely if could ..lol love mouse xxxx

  9. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    I love you tea set! It all looks wonderful! I would certainly come to tea, but sadly don't live close enough. How about a virtual tea?

  10. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    What a pretty tea set! Afternoon tea is wonderful and I would most certainly attend if we lived closer. And I had an invite of course!
    One of the new starts I've been considering would be perfect for the occasion. It's called Ballade aux Fraises by Tournicoton. Stitching on it would always remind me of my visit and tea served with the straberry tea set!
    I am loving your LHN. I have many of her designs as well and always find they are an enjoyable stitch.

  11. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    Your tea party looks delightful, Lynn–delicious and so beautifully presented 🙂

    Your LHN piece is really coming along nicely, too–there is just something so comforting about stitching little houses, isn't there?

  12. March 20, 2011 / 3:59 pm

    Your afternoon tea looks yummy!

    Lovely progress on your LHN. I love Diane's designs and also have a few in my stash 🙂

  13. March 20, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    What a delightful afternoon tea setup. If I lived close I would sure come for tea. What a time we would have talking stitching.
    I love your LHN piece. They are indeed wonderful to work on. Those small finishes keep us encouraged. Have a wonderful week filled with stitches.

  14. March 20, 2011 / 7:39 pm

    Lynn, Your tea set is so pretty, I love any kind of china:) Also you're making great progress on your LHN love those charts:)

    Mary Louise

  15. March 20, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    I love your tea set,it's so cute.Looking forward to stiched little house.

  16. March 20, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Lovely Pattern – Why am I hungry all of a sudden?

  17. March 21, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Lovely tea, with a beautiful presentation. Your tea set is really pretty especially on the white tablecloth! Since I live in Kentucky, USA, I probably couldn't make it to your tea, but I would if I could. I would probably bring my L*K Christmas Spirit series to work on, because of the long flights, I really might get it done before Christmas – LOL!

  18. March 21, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Hi Lynn,

    Oh my!! Just look at that spread! Finger
    sandwiches, mini cakes, chocolate crispy
    treats, and of course scones with cream.
    Bliss. I must say Lynn that if you put the
    call out for stitchers to come to your house
    for a feast like that you might get more
    then you bargained for.

    Love your strawberry tea set and the wonder-
    ful matching utensils. It's the perfect
    setting for the weekend that Spring officially
    arrives … at last!!

    Your LHN Neighborhood is looking great so far.
    I've got this one in my stash too and it's
    such a wonderful design … but then I'm
    inclined to think that about all of LHN's
    creations, and CCN as well. They really are
    lots of fun to stitch.

    I've been exploring your blog and am in awe
    over your incredible stitching and finish-
    ing skills. You do such amazing work and
    are so creative. It's very inspiring to
    see and your tutorials are terrific as
    well. Have you ever considered a tutorial
    on making those fabric covered boxes??

    Your new stitching/craft room looks
    like the perfect place to be either
    creative in or to relax and dream in.

    Any signs of Spring in England yet???

    Have a great week! Cheers

  19. March 21, 2011 / 8:42 am

    Your tea setting is so pretty! All those little sandwiches look wonderful too. I would dearly love to sit and stitch with you….wish I lived close. I'd bring one of my LHN designs to stitch while sipping tea…what a wonderful thought.

  20. March 21, 2011 / 8:42 am

    WOW! looks delicious!! And your LHN piece is coming along great.

    I wish i live close by, surely would love to be invited…piece to stitch, any that is kitted to take along.

    Happy Spring!!

  21. March 21, 2011 / 8:42 am

    nice tea set! 🙂
    so wonderful stitching!

  22. March 21, 2011 / 9:05 am

    Your table looks delightful Lynn. Who wouldn't want to be invited to your house for tea?
    Sadly it's a bit too far for me but if I did come I don't think I'd have time for stitching.
    I'd far rather spend the time exploring your beautiful new craft room and looking at all of your stitched treasures.

  23. March 21, 2011 / 3:20 pm

    Ooh yum, your afternoon tea looks lovely. I love going to afternoon tea and would love to come to yours but I live way too far away!!

  24. March 21, 2011 / 3:40 pm

    Your stitching looks lovely but your tea looks divine!!!

  25. March 21, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I dream of visiting the United Kingdom someday – your dishes are so pretty and the food so yummy looking. It would be fun to see all your work in person!

  26. March 21, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    I'm waiting for a flight in Chicago and will be in Manchester in the morning so shall we say 4pm? :))))
    No idea what stitching I will bring – something small and ladylike to go with the beautiful china!

  27. March 21, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Your Afternoon Tea looks delightful!
    Great progress on your LHN too

  28. March 21, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Ooh, your afternoon tea looks like it was gorgeous! I'd definitely come if invited, although not sure how close we are lol. I love your cake stand, so pretty.
    Lovely progress on your wip, LHN designs are so nice aren't they.

  29. March 23, 2011 / 9:04 am

    only….wow 🙂

  30. March 23, 2011 / 9:04 am

    What a lovely tea party Lynn. A two tier cake plate would make any tea party complete and you certainly know how to fill yours with delicious goodies. They look almost too delicious to be real. They're not make of fimo are they! Only joking…haha :>)
    Great progress on your LHN design. If i came to tea with you I would bring a companion piece to yours. It's the Jardin Prive design of the little houses which I am stitching at the moment.
    Angela x

  31. March 23, 2011 / 9:19 am

    Wow the party!!
    thanks for the share 😉

  32. March 24, 2011 / 9:50 am

    All looks delicious….
    And the stitch is so pretty!

  33. March 24, 2011 / 9:50 am

    ooohh, the party's a great idea!! Wish I were living somewhere nearby. If were coming, I'd definitely bring along something that needs to be finished to seek your advice and help!! LOL

  34. March 24, 2011 / 4:24 pm

    bellissimi gli stand!!
    confermo sarebbe davvero bello passare un pomeriggio con le persone che si sentono tutti i giorni tramite mail e che hanno la stessa passione…..inizia a preparare lo stand che parto subito forse per domani dovrei arrivarci!!!!!!^__^
    bellissimi i LHN!!!!!

  35. March 25, 2011 / 9:58 am

    Hy Lynn, thanks so much for your visit. What a lovely blog! You're a great stitcher!!! Hugs and happy week end!