A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Christmas Tea With Sandi, Christmas With Victoria, New Etsy Shop

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea, I am so pleased to be sharing today with some many fun blogs and blog parties including 2 special Christmas themed ones Christmas Tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage today, December 5, 2011 and Christmas With Victoria with Kathy at A Delightsome life tomorrow Dec. 6th, 2011 as well as the other wonderful usual tea themed blogs listed at the bottom.

I have a wonderful Christmas design cup and saucer this week...it is in a pattern called Noel by Royal Grafton, England and was made in the 1950s.

The pattern was actually made by several different manufacturers. I have had the pattern by 6 that I know of, which is good because Christmas china is relatively difficult to find and you can mix and match manufacturers in this pattern at least and get enough for a matched set if that's what you want. I love the holly and pine cones. So festive!

On a server, I havehere a few favorite things for Christmas. I have just started unloading the Christmas decorations, and then had an Oh My Gosh! moment and realized Sandi's Christmas Tea was today! So... a little rushed and not the best. So...My 1992 The Heart Of Christmas by Victoria book is always the first off the bookshelf. 

Pleas forgive the photo quality...here in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year good natural light is a bit hard to come by!

This is a pair of Margaret Furlong shell ornaments that I treasure. One has a teapot and one has a teacup. I purchased them through Victoria Magazine about 1992 too, I think. I love her items. She is a wonderful artist who lives in Oregon.  I have several of them in various places around the house.

And also treasured for me are the crocheted Christmas tree forest I have that my mother made me over the years. The body or base is crocheted forest, then the shell branches and snow are added and they have a styrofoam cone inserted so they stand up. We used to live in Lassen National Forest so they are favorite decorations. Nostalgic!

My antique postcard #5  for today, features a wonderful embossed, snow covered English church with holly and metallic gold. The postcard was postmarked Dec. 23, 1908 and mailed from Buffalo, New York to someone in Colden, New York.

To see more about the Noel cup and saucer or the antique postcard at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Oh...I just forgot! I have just opened at Etsy shop for Ruths Bargains for some of the vintage home decor items that sort of didn't fit with the tea and china of my regular Antiques And Teacups site. I'd love to have you visit! You can click the photo above, or on the sideboard. It's always fun to start a new  thing!

Have a wonderful time visiting the other Christmas themed and tea related blog parties, including the ones listed below.

From The Heart Of Christmas from Victoria magazine

The Spirit Of Romance
May you have the gladness of Christmas
Which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas
Which is peace;
The heart of Christmas
Which is love.
Ada V. Hendricks

Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
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
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

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  1. I love the Noel teacup .. I fall for holly and ivy! I have several Margaret Furlong angels and adore them. I don't have the teacup ... I'm jealous! :D :D Happy Tea Day!

  2. What a pretty Christmas teacup, Ruth, and your shell ornaments are adorable! I like the crocheted trees too. How I would love to be able to do that! It's lovely that your mother made them for you. Thank you for sharing this with us today and have a delightful week.

    Christmas blessings,

  3. Congratulations on your ETSY shop ... I'm going to make my way over! How wonderful to have such wonderful hand made crocheted items, priceless that they were crafted with love, by your mother, truly a beautiful treasure. Wishing you a fabulous week! xo HHL

  4. How lovely! This is one of the nicer holly patterns ever made. Welcome to Etsy! Stop by my place some time and say "hello".

  5. I love your Christmas teacup! I don't have any Christmas-themed teacups or teapots! Maybe Santa will bring me one this year! Thanks for sharing all your lovely decorations!

  6. Beautiful post! Your holly tea cup is so sweet and is just right for this time of year. Royal Grafton makes really lovely chine. Very festive! And your crochet tree is wonderful.
    I hope your new Etsy shop does really well.

  7. I love your china. I adore your crocheted Christmas trees. They are just darling.


  8. Very pretty post and blog. I love your 1908 postcard. I have a few of those wonderfully embossed cards and cherish them. Thanks for sharing. Lisa

  9. Hello Ruth! Love this book! It is a great source of inspiration at Christmas time! Love this teacup - it is so beautiful! I do so appreciate you joining and sharing with A Return to Loveliness - I hope you have a blessed day,


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