A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Happy New Year To You All! Antique New Year Postcard

And the best of good wished to you all for a wonderful, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  Here is our second to last antique New Year postcard...I will post my favorite tomorrow!

This embossed divide back postcard has one of my beloved vignettes...this of a snow scene with a Norman style church with a holly frame. It is difficult to see, but there are gold metallic words A Happy New Year.

The card was postmarked for Dec. 31, 1913 from Milton, NH to Razor Falls, Maine. Written in pencil, it is a reminder of the time when the postmaster or postmistress knew everyone. The address has only the name and city...nothing else. Now that is a time long ago and faraway for most of us!

To see this or other antique postcards at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Have a lovely evening, don't forget to be thankful for the blessings of the past year as we look forward to the blessings and challenges of 2012.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dec. 30th Antique New Year Postcard, Winter at Prince Edward Island from Coastal Living

Goodness but it's getting close! Today is Friday Dec. 30th...amazing! Pouring here, but it is the Pacific Northwest! Here is my antique New Year postcard for today:

This is a card with few words that communicates so well. Peace for your New Year. The card was postmarked for Boston, NY for Dec. 30, 1913 and mailed to Hamburg, NY. I love the snow scene with the deer. Sigh...so lovely!

Any big plans for the  weekend or for Friday night? We will be staying in out of the rain today...was at Costco to change cell carriers yesterday...that's always a challenging prospect...to make the right decision!

For more info on the antique postcard at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photo.

I have several blog friends from Prince Edward Island in Canada and came across a great photo essay of that gorgeous place from Coastal Living magazine that I thought you might be interested in. There is also a blog post on Time Was Antiques Family blog which includes a review of an English cozy mystery called Murder At Sandringham House written by an author from Prince Edward Island from a great series. Too fun!

More photos from the article:

Have a wonderful day, savor the end of the year, and have a cuppa tea with a friend!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday Teacups And Tea Things, Hunting Scenes Teacup and Antique New Year Postcard

Things have been a bit disorganized this week with the holidays, visitors and a bit of hookey! So I am late with my post for Thursday Teacups And Tea Things. I am joining Teacup Thursday with Miss Spenser and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady.

I chose this teacup, English Hunting Scenes by Royal Winton Grimwades, England because the week after Christmas, especially Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, is a famous week for lots of fox hunts around England and lots of traveling! This cup and saucer has a luster finish and has the hunt on the saucer and coaches on the cup. Cute! Am I glad we don't have to travel in coaches! A hard, cold, uncomfortable as well as drawn out and down right dangerous way to travel!

And our antique New Year postcard today is an embossed one with lots of gold metallic on it that was postmarked for Dec. 30th, 1912 at Grand Central Station, New York and sent to Buffalo, New York. The poem says:

Compliments of Jan.1st
I wish for you dear
Friend, Good Fortune
through the year attend

To see either the teacup or postcard at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.  I hope you have a lovely day today visiting the blogs, teacups and thingies...and have a cupp of tea with a friend!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Aynsley Teacup, Antique New Year Postcard, New Year Tables, Roast Beef Bites

I hope you all are having wonderful times with family and friends for the holidays. If you haven't seen it, my previous post has the annual Christmas broadcast video from Sandgringham by Queen Elizabeth II which is outstanding!  It is Tuesday for Tuesday Cuppa Tea and I will be joining the blog parties listed below as well.

This is a gorgeous Aynsley, England teacup with a beautiful gold lace interior pattern. I love the color! It just somehow looks like the perfect thing to ring in the New Year with. The cup and saucer dates to the 1960s. I love it!

I have had a lot of cups of holiday tea the last few weeks...I do love the seasonal flavors!

I have been sharing antique Christmas postcards and will share antique New Year cards this week. Todays is an art nouveau design from 1910.

The poem is charming:

You see not a
step before you tread
on another year
But what looks dark
in the distance
Will brighten as
you draw near.

Definitely a heartening sentiment! The card was postmarked from Marion, Ohio to Prospect, Ohio on Dec. 31, 1910. I love the design!

To see more about either the teacup or postcard at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

With the New Year approaching, I found these neat design ideas in the Cottage Journal from Hoffman Media:

The cottage journal also had a great appetizer recipe for New Year's Eve which I think I'll be making:


Makes 2 dozen

24 thin slices Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3 potatoes)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (4-ounce) package blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 pound thinly sliced roast beef
Garnish: fresh chives, paprika

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, combine potatoes and olive oil, tossing to coat. Place potato slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, turn over, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp.
3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, blue cheese, chives, horseradish, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
4. To assemble, spoon about 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture on each potato slice. Top with roast beef and an additional 1/2 teaspoon sour cream mixture. Garnish with chives and paprika, if desired. 

I think that sounds delicious! So...what's on your menu????

Our Christmas was lovely with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at church, goodies, presents, cards and calls to and from friends. Last evening we had a Downton Abbey PBS marathon and watched all od season 1 again with Season 2 to look forward to on Jan 8th. We are looking forward to that.

This is the Christmas card we received from our son and daughter in law:

Have a great day visiting the other blog parties, some of which are listed below:
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~  http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~  http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~  http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ 
Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Lady Katherine~  http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ 
Teatime Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

The Queen's Christmas Message from Sandringham

I just had to share this outstanding message from Queen Elizabeth II from Sandringham. We love to listen each year, but this one was truly wonderful. Especially as Prince Philip is still in hospital after heart surgery on Friday. 

Merry Christmas!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Pink Saturday, Pink Ornament and Nativity With a visit From Snowmen, Antique Christmas Postcard

And a very Happy Pink Saturday with How Sweet The Sound and a most happy Christmas Eve!

First...my pink!

This is a West German mouth blown and hand decorated Christmas ornament from the 1960s.

This is a pink Nativity scene from Cintli at Pike's Place Market in Seattle

This is another charming pink Nativity that I found on Google photos.

This is another of my snowman collection made for me by a girlfriend several years ago. I just LOVE him!

And so he doesn't get lonely, a Debbie Mumm snowman mug from a few years ago. I think he is charming...and he holds a great amount of hot chocolate!

And lastly, my antique Christmas postcard for today. As I live at the coast, I like the sailing ship vignette.

This is embossed postcard was postmarked Dec. 24, 1913 from Winter Harbor, Maine to Dryden, Maine and has the English greeting A Happy Christmas To You and the poem:
May friendly winds
the sails
fill fair and free,
To speed Good Fortunes
Argosy to Thee

Have a wonderful day visiting the Pink Saturday blogs and a special Christmas Eve. We are out to dinner at a local restaurant and then the annual candle light Christmas Eve service at our church. We just love that special time together celebrating the Lord's birth. 

And to all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Thursday Teacups and Tea Things, Christmas Teacup, Teapot and More

Welcome to Thursday Teacups and Tea Things with Time Was Antiques...the last one before Christmas. I am also joining Teacup Thursday  with Miss Spenser and Vintage Thingie Thursday with Coloradolady. Today is the Winter solstice...shortest day of the year. But tomorrow will be a little longer! It's also Hannukah, which is the Feast of Lights. A perfect thing for the season!

To light the darkness, my vintage teacup today has a design of lighted candles and holly and the good wishes of Merry Christmas. The teacup was made in Japan in the 1960s. I love the design...I'm a sucker for Christmas china and love greenery and candles!

To go with the greenery theme is a teapot shaped teabag caddy made at the end of the life of Royal Patrician, England in 2009. I love the poinsettia design. I am echoing the poinsettia theme with my antique Christmas postcard for today:

The embossed postcard has a great design of poinsettias, a poem and a bit of illuminated manuscript thrown in. The poem says:

To Greet you with
all Kind Thoughts
This Christmas
And may True
Friendship be
ever Thine

The card wasn't postally used but was used as a greeting card or gift enclosure but from the  card itself, handwriting and the group it came with, dates to around 1908-1910. I think it is lovely!

And on a more contemporary note, I found this coffeepot or tall teapot with a holly plaid design and the scripture from Isaiah 9:6

For unto Us a Child is born;
Unto us a Son is born

For info on any of the items shown at Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.

So to everyone, Happy Thursday Teacups And Tea Things, and Merry Christmas!


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