A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Shelley Pink Stocks Teacup, Easter Tea, Staffordshire Posy Candle Holders, Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Hello.! I am joining Beverley for Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound and  Sandi for her April 2nd Easter Tea at Rose Chintz Cottage, and then my regular meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

For my pink...I am sharing these vintage English, hand made bone china flower candleholders in a style called Sraffordshire Posies. They are called that because Staffordshire is home to a district called The Potteries where all the major makers had their potteries until recently. One of the joys of visiting the potteries in and around Stoke-on-Trent and it's surrounding distrists which make up The Potteries area in Staffordshire was to visit the manufacturies who did this kind of work and watch them at work. Alas...they have all closed, although they may still be doing it at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlastan, I'm not sure.
Eah and every petal of these flowers is painstakingly made by hand from a lump of white bone china clay, fired and then hand painted. I did a post about them a while ago, which is located HERE with photos.  The candleholders above, which I used for years on my spring table, especially at Easter were found in the Potteries years ago. They were made by Radnor, a mark of the Hall Bros., England in the 1940s who lasted until the 1960s.

I have a Shelley, England low Oleander cup and saucer in the Stocks pattern with pink trim to bring for Sandi's Easter Tea. I plan on bringing Darjeeling tea and Easter cookies...without milk, of course!

The cup and saucer was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed, which is such a shame!

The candleholders and the Shelley Teacup are available at Antiques And Teacups. For more info, just click on the photos.

And here are my cookies, actually courtesy of  allrecipes.com:

Peanut Butter Easter Eggs



Original Recipe Yield 2 large eggs


  • 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 8 (1 ounce) squares semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon shortening


  1. In a mixing bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter and milk (if needed for moisture) until blended. Shape mixture into two 1/2 pound eggs or make a bunch of smaller eggs. Freeze eggs for 1 hour.
  2. While the eggs are freezing, cut semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces and place in top of double boiler with shortening. Melt over medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth. Stick a long-tined fork in top of each peanut butter egg, dip it in melted chocolate to cover then drain on waxed paper. When the eggs are cooled and set, decorate the eggs to suit your fancy.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy the most important part of the year for Christians, the Holy Week before Easter Sunday. I am joining the following blogs for Tuesday tea related posts:

Monday Marketplace
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tea With Friends
Celia ~ http://attitudeivlife.blogspot.com/  Afternoon Tea
What’s It Wednesday


  1. Oh I love those candlesticks! I have a basket that looks exactly the same, it was my grandmothers and one of my favorite things.

  2. It is sad that so much knowledge and craftsmanship of pottery disappeared. Very cute candlesticks! The flowers look real. Difficult to understand that they are made ​​by hand. Cute cup with spring flowers. The chocolate eggs look yummy out! I wish you a nice sunday! Zinnia

  3. I'm loving those candleholders! Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  4. Very pretty!

    My Pink, you might want to link up with my Color Connection meme as well.

  5. Hi Ruth,
    What lovely flowers on those candle holders! My uncle who hails from England has told me all about The Potteries and how he used to enjoy visiting there. He always enjoys coming for tea because I try to serve him a proper English tea when he and my auntie come for a visit. I could listen to him for hours!
    Your Shelley teacup is so pretty. Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday!


  6. Your Staffordshire candle holders are so pretty! It is a shame that all those potteries have closed isn't it? The chocolate/peanut butter eggs look delicious. I remember making something similar when my kids were little but they were a lot more complicated. They did taste good though. :) Have a great week! Pamela

  7. What a stunning teacup and saucer. Thankyou so much for sharing with us all.

  8. Delectable candle holders and cup!

  9. Hi Ruth,

    I just adore your stocks patterned teacup! I love the scent of stocks. So gorgeous and elegant. Happy tea day!

  10. Your English candle holders and your teacups are stunning! Thanks for sharing and for hosting. HAPPY EASTER,

  11. Happy Easter, Ruth! A lovely time of year and a celebration for we Christians!
    Love the Shelley teacup! I wish my hubby liked chocolate and peanut butter together but alas, he doesn't. But I sure do! Your cookies look delish. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a lovely Easter celebration.


  12. Hi Ruth, I love the candleholders and your floral tea cup! The peanut butter eggs look great as well. Happy Easter!

  13. What beautiful candle holders! And your Easter tea is lovely. Thank you for hosting and have a blessed week!

  14. Hi Ruth
    The candle holders are unique and the Shelley teacup is stunning, I especially like the big handle.
    I know a DH that would like those peanut butter eggs. One of the ladies groups here makes some as a fundraiser every year and I buy one for him.

  15. Hi Ruth,
    You have a beautiful Shelly teacup! I use to make chocolate eggs years ago at Easter time when my kids were young. Thanks for the reminder, I think I'll make some for my grandchildren this week and try your recipe.
    Wishing you a blessed Easter,

  16. Hi Neighbor! Sequim is one of my grandson's favorite places on earth... Home of the Olympic Game Farm... We've gone every summer for the past three. What a darling and quaint little spot of heaven you have there. Hopefully your weather hasn't been as horrible as ours down here. YUK.

    LOVE the candlesticks.... so pretty. They remind me of my Mum. She'd have loved them.

    Have a wonderful Easter.


  17. Oh... and PS..... I asked another blogger a long time ago about Ruby Beach... our pup's name is Ruby so we'd better get up there and check it out. It looks beautiful.


  18. Hi Ruth,
    I am very fond to those posy candle holders. I had the fun to see once, how such flowers where sculptured. Really an amazing work. The Shelley tea cup is a treaure, too. Thank you for sharing this and the yummy recipe. Have a great Easter week.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Hello, Ruth,
    Only just now did I notice that you had antecipated this week's Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
    Your Shelley tea cup is a pretty! So fresh and delicate! So fit for Easter Time!
    Have a great Easter week.

  20. I love Your candle holders and the pretty Shelley teacup. That recipe looks so good...Thank you for sharing.

  21. I love the candlesticks. Lovely teacup and my mouth is watering over the peanut butter Easter eggs! Happy Tea Day!

  22. Hi Ruth! Love all you've shared today! Such a sad thing that these potteries close and the art is lost beyond museums. I have a couple pieces like the candle-holder from my grandmother. And, my other grandmother always made the eggs! Not this year - perhaps next year. Shouldn't even be on my food list anymore - but oh, so good!
    God bless you with better - and beauty - this Resurrection Sunday!

  23. I love the peanut butter eggs! Thank you for hosting and have a blessed Easter.

  24. Ruth, gorgeous teacups!! and those cookies sound and look most YUMMY!!! Happy Afternoon Tea xo HHL

  25. How lovely your teacup is. You know it brought back so many memories when you talked about Staffordshire and the potteries. I grew up there and used to go with mum and dad to the potteries to purchase china for their general stores.
    It was a magical time. I think I read somewhere that a couple had bought and opened up one of the old potteries again.
    x :)

  26. completely wonderful!! Thanks for linking up to Tea Party Tuesday.

  27. I adore your candle holders! I have a pin just like them and I assume it would have been made in Staffordshire. ( didn't know that until I read this post!). I love the Shelley cup you are sharing today too, it is one of my favorite patterns, I just adore the flowers on it!


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