I went to go to your blog to post a response to your comment on my needlepoint scissors case; only to find out that you don't have a blog :-(
So, about the needlepoint - I think you should try it. It is no harder than cross stitch, just uses different stuff. And, it's HALF a cross stitch, instead of a whole one! That means it takes HALF the time, right? I will say, that if using scroll rods or stretcher bars, it IS harder to put the needle through - it's more like poke and pull stitching than sewing stitching like we do on linen. But using that method saves on stretching the canvas out of shape and it doesn't have to be blocked before framing or finishing. You CAN hold the canvas in your hand and "sew" the stitches, but the canvas will work itself out of shape. They have some really wonderful fibers that can be used in needlepoint that you can't use in cross stitch unless you go up to like the size of Tula (which I have done, but don't want to do all the time).
Also, there's this blog I'm following and they just did this Alice in Wonderland Tea Party and I thought of you - if you haven't already found this spot, you might want to check out A Note of Friendship. They have entries on their tea party as well as downloads so you can have your own. I thought that the name connection - Alice - might interest you.
And about not having a blog - you gotta girl! You need to start showing us all that terrific stuff you're working on! I promise, if you let me know, I'll be your first follower. You leave such nice comments on the blogs, we'd like to return the favor. I can't tell you how much it means that someone actually reads what I blather on about - and comments on it. Thank you so much!