A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Gingerbread Christmas Tea, Antique Postcard and more!

Whow...but there's a lot to do in blogland today! How fun! It's Tuesday Cuppa Tea here, and I am joining 3 wonderful blogs for Gingerbread Christmas Tea and other great blog parties, some of which are listed at the end of the post.

My teacup today is my favorite Christmas mug made by Dunoon, England.  We carried the whole set of 3 mugs in a set called Season't Greetings last year, but sold out the cheeky little English robin first...but not before I bought 2 from stock for us. I absolutely love this little guy! To many in England, this is the quintessential Christmas card to receive! So...he lives in the back of the cupboard until Thanksgiving where he makes his annual holiday appearance until he goes back into hiding!  We do have some of the Santa mugs left at Antiques And Teacups, but I'll share that one another day.

I would like to share another of my Christmas cross stitches. In 2000, I made a set of 12 of these cute little cat angel ornaments, but gave all but these 3 away as Christmas gifts. They were done on paper canvas, cut out around the cross stitched design and I backed them with shiny red metallic paper.

I have spent a lot of time in my Christmas books the last few weeks, and this was no exception.

This is a wonderful Victoria magazine annual Christmas With Victoria Volume VI hardback book from 2002. I just love these books!

And a favorite recipe is from this volume...Cranberry Shortbread.  I have often made it since getting this volume, and often at Christmas make it for gifts for the neighbors. In fact, I have received a hint from one a week ago asking if I was planning to make it again this year!

And for our Dec. 12th antique Christmas post card....

This embossed divided back postcard with a vignette is a bit unusual. The vignette is not the usual snowscene...sort of a fall landscape. But what intrigues me...is what does the shape represent that holds the message A Merry Xmas?  I can't figure that one out.  The postcard is postmarked for Dec. 19th, 1911 in Cambridge, Maine going to Dexter, Maine. Fun , anyway!

And here are some of the other Tuesday tea related blog parties I am joining. And don't forget the Gingerbread tea!

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

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  1. Ruth, your Christmas mug is really sweet adorned with the little birdie. I have cranberry shortbread in my pantry right now. That issue of Christmas with Victoria I don't have and I wish I did. It looks lovely.

    Merry Christmas,

  2. Hi Ruth,
    so nice that you love my Angels and that they remind you to your childhood.
    Your robin mug is so cute. I can understand that this model was sold out quickly. Your cross stiched cat angels are unbelievably nice made. Made me smile. To have a glimpse into the nice Victoria books is always enjoyable, so much inspiration. And the Cranberry shortbread looks tempting, too. I guess, the area from where your antique Christmas Card came has no snow in winter. May be thats the reason for this scenery. Thank you for sharing this delightful post.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. A cute mug and I love the cat angels. So cute. Victoria is always on my reading list.

  4. Hello Ruth
    I'll have to write down your link info and start joining you as well for tea on Tuesdays. I prefer small gatherings and do like your blog.
    The feathered friend mug is sweet and those cat angels are very cute.

  5. Oh your birdie tea mug is darling! I do love birds on cups! It is so nice to have these pieces in our collection that come out seasonally. Your cat angels are adorable and so beautifully crafted! Well done!

  6. I love to pop over her on Tuesdays! What fun you all seem to have! Love the cute mug and the counted cross stitch ornies!

    Enjoy the season!

  7. I really like Dunoon mugs, and have several, but I have never seen the one you have shown...lovely!

  8. I can see why the mug is such a favorite ... I'd love it too! Lovely kitty angels. Happy Tea Day!

  9. oooh im in love with the robin mugs, anything with robin on it, i love! shortbread is one of my fave, yummy! i do love the white christmas tree on the magazine and your cross stitches are lovely!

    Happy Tea Time!


  10. Your little bird is quite the fellow. I wish we had real ones around here. I can see why your mug is so treasured.

    Victoria Magazine has provided me with some favorite recipes too. Thank you for suggesting the Cranberry Shortbread.

  11. What a cute bird mug. The Dunoon company makes pretty designs. Thanks for sharing your Victoria books, I would love to reach into the picture of the antique white and gold teapot and just touch it. Happy Holidays and Tea Time! Pam

  12. I love your cute mug! I love to drink tea in mugs, also!! I love your cross-stitch, too. I used to do it, started way back in the 1970's, but haven't done in any in a long while. The cranberry shorbread sound wonderful...yum!!

  13. I adore your bird mug! When I went out with my husband this morning the garden was filled with the sweetest birds! I love the detail in this mug! I love all the Victoria magazines and books - the Christmas ones are some of my most treasured - timeless! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,


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