A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th Of July!



I hope you all have a happy and safe 4th of July! Fireworks were going on around here until 2am this morning...a little early???? Chicken on the barby for us, and Red, White & Blue strawberry & blueberry shortcake.

Have a great day, and if you are in a drought stricken area like we are here on the West Coast.....stay safe and watch the fireworks! We already have a few wildfires going.


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Friday, July 3, 2015

Free Shabby Lane Shops Digital Recipe Book and July 4th Sale!

Happy 4th of July! I want to give you the code for a free recipe book from Shabby Lane Shops! Just click this link or the photo and...there you go!!!


http://www.shabbylaneshops.com/pages/freerecipe.htm

Antiques And Teacups is proud to be a Shabby Shops member...and you'll see my ad inside! Happy creative cooking!


And I am having a JULY4TH sale at Antiques And Teacups on all purchases over $25.00 through July 7th going on now...also at Time Was Antiques.

My sale at Antiques And Teacups at Etsy starts a 12:00 am July 4th!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Happy 4th Of July! Antique Postacrds, Red, White and Blue!

Welcome to my 4th of July edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea!



An antique postcard to set the theme...



I looked around...in between guests and chores...to see what I could pull together for a 4th of July tea, because we have a day or so breathing space...ahhh...the quiet....and a cup of tea in the sunroom sounds perfect! 





I found a blue teapot, red, white and blue teacups....some star necklaces left over from another patriotic party and some patriotic cookies!!!  The tablecloth is a family item and there are some tea making things too...





The teapot was made by Wedgwood, England in the 1940-1950s and is made out of what is called Embossed Queens Ware. It is very simiar to jasperware but is a different composition and features a high gloss glaze.




I love the applies grapes, and the ruffled top. The mark indicates that it was manufactured at Etruria and Barlaston...to areas were lots of potteries were in Stoke-on-Trent. Barlaston is where the Wedgwood Museum is...which is well worth a visit.





The first of my 2 teacups is a 1940s Royal Albert, England blue rose design...as you may know...I love any color as long as it's blue, soooo a no brainer here...




The color is so pretty! And the shape is lovely too. The mark was used during the 1940s and 1950s. A lovely teacup...



The other teacup is a Aynsley, England in red, white and gold...




with gold overlay from the 1950s....it has an elegant shape too....the pattern number is 11058....




Definitely a perfect red, white and blue teacup choice! For more info on the china at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.


I also added a heart shaped tea infuser for loose leaf tea brewing cup by cup...



and an over the cup tea strainer with teapot shaped handles, both of which we also carry at Antiques And Teacups....I needed a bit more bling in the photos! After all, the 4th of July means sparklers and bling!!!






Lastly...goodies!!! I love...but don't dare buy often...Lofthouse soft sugar cookies. A 4th of July tea was a great excuse, as I have been so busy I couldn't shoehorn in a baking session...they are divine! 



So, store bought, but patriotic colors...and then I found a blog post of someone who has duplicated them, so I thought I'd pass it along....from The NoviceChef...



You can find the recipe HERE




So that's it for my 4th of July tea! I am...




Wishing you a glorious 4th! 


Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Strawberry Time!

Hello and welcome to another Tuesday Cuppa Tea for June! And a glorious June it has been so far!



It is definitely early summer here in the Pacific Northwest...proven by the opening of the strawberry fields in town. That was the inspiration of my teacup post today. 





This is one of my favorite teacups in a pattern called Strawberry Time that was made by Royal Grafton, England between 1957 and 1961. I love the shape...and I love strawberries! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups...click on the photos...






The pattern number is 2121. It is such a breath of summer sweetness!



Strawberries are an early summer essential around here. We drove the 2 miles to the coast last week to a U-Pick organic farm called Graymarsh Farm here in Sequim...







You can see the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park, still with some snow field. The other photo looks to the water of the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  It was mid week, and early in the day, but we weren't the only pickers....





A little later...next moth in fact, the Graymarsh U-Pick lavender opens up, the week before our annual Sequim Lavender Farm Faire, but the crop is turning purple nicely...



Then it was time to slice, sugar just a bit and serve with a homemade non dairy angel food cake...




Sometimes we serve it with the non dairy coconut ice cream I get at our organic market. Yummm! Or...sift a bit of powdered sugar over them. Sugar shakers, sugar casters or muffineers have been used for several hundreds of years for that. Here is a tin one from England in the 1970s...


or maybe you would prefer a ceramic sugar shaker by S. Radford's, England from the 1930s? All are little bits of culinary history. 



This is one of my favorites because it is so funny...a Wales souvenir muffinneer...the eyes are "googly" eyes and move around as the shaker is used....


For more info on the sugar shakers at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.
I hope you can get fresh strawberries where you are...they are truly red gems of early summer!  Thanks for joining me!  We are still out and about, so I may be delayed getting back to your comments, but...I'm coming!


Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!



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