We had some lovely food … I made my most extremely very special chocolate cake.. with strawberries and cream …. yum!
We visited Antony – the National Trust property where parts of the recent Alice in Wonderland film were made.
Then suddenly they were all gone and Ben was worn out!!
And I sat down and finished my sewing. Another applique and embroidery design. This one is really really easy, the daisies are all sewn in back stitch and there are only the fewest number of French knots (after the marathon Polar Bear experience I was easily able to restrain myself!)
And the pocket now features on my new pattern … the Daisy Apron. Just right for all those summer tea parties, particularly if you’re planning to serve a very special cake (like me). The pdf pattern and tutorial is available from my Etsy shop.
Meanwhile, I’m offering blog readers the chance to win the apron you see in these pictures. It’s made from Cath Kidston cotton duck and the pocket is vintage linen/feedsack lined with a vintage Laura Ashley stripe fabric. It ties at the waist with a satin ribbon trimmed with ric rac braid for a real fifties feel.
If you’d like the chance to win this apron, then you can enter my draw using the form at the top of the blog. (and don’t worry, I will NEVER pass on your email details). Just for fun, please tell me what food you would serve at your summer tea party!!
As well as the apron, I’m offering two lucky runners-up the pdf pattern and tutorial so they can make their own. So that’s three prizes: First prize is the apron, and two runners-up receive the pattern and tutorial. The draw closes midnight BST on Saturday 19 June and yes, I will post overseas.
Good luck to all ….
PS Had to do the draw this way, the canine random number selector (aka Amy, whose birthday is today) is growing far too fat!!
What a great weekend you have had. Nice to have some quiet again though!
Gorgeous choccie cake.
Love the pinny have entered as instructed.
Your cake has me drooling like a Newfie! Oh it looks yummy! Happy birthday to Amy, dear girl. And I hope Ben gets to share in Amy's birthday with special treats too. What a delightful sounding week you've had. I love this embroidery pattern. Oh how sweet!
wow, it's gorgeous! Your color choices are always beautiful, and the stitching is PERFECT (as always). 🙂
The apron is too pretty to use, I would be afraid I might stain it being that I am always clumsy with liquid pouring. For a tea, I would serve creme puffs with lemon zest flavored filling with tiny cucumber sandwiches, and tiny egg salad sandwiches. I can make the latter two, but I can't make a creme puff, but I sure can pretend.
Thanks for the comment re the dressmaking. Just remeber I have had years…..!!! of practice. have a go you will be surprised at what you can achieve. Your sewing skills look pretty good to me!
Knickerboker Glories….I'm not being rude…. a tall glass with a concoction of icecream, summer fruits. whipped cream and sprinkles…no nuts for me though as I'm allergic. Bliss! Fabulous apron.
Very pretty apron and the strawberries and cream look yummy.
the apron is so gorgeous…daisys are my favourite…just sent you an email…thank you for the chance to win xxxx
Everything just perfect! Love the apron and the fabric. Thanks for sharing. Greetings from Germany
Absolutely beautiful – love this apron so much. I would serve fresh fruit trays with cream cheese dipping sauce – yummy.
That apron is gorgeous! I can't believe you're giving it away. My neighbors where I used to live had a Newfie — he was a really nice dog.
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The apron is beautiful. I love reading all the bits about the newfies.
What a pretty apron! I love your pups, they are just too cute 🙂
As for a tea, I'm not sure what I'd serve, as I've never been to one before…shame on me.
Cheers from Fairbanks Alaska
Just love the apron! Tea? Well, I think finger sandwiches filled with cream cheese and strawberry jam, fresh fruit and assorted mini cakes.