A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Pink Sweet Pea Chintz, British Wedding Cake, FREE BATES T shirt drawing

Hello my lovelies. It's time for posting with Beverley for her Pink Saturday post.  Today we are actually sunny...albeit only 34 degrees, after a night in the teens and about 1/2 inch of snow. I know, I know, for most of you that's not worth counting! But for us on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state it's a big deal! We used to live at 5,000 ft and got over 200 inches a season, so I LOVE this!!!!

But the sun today has me thinking about the coming spring, so I have a pink Sweet Pea chintz cup and saucer with matching plate for my pink made by Royal Standard, England in the 1950s that I just love.

Isn't that the hope of spring personified???? For more info on the teacup trio on Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos.

And din't we all love the wedding of Matthew and Mary on the Downton Abbey series 3 premiere? I found a PBS blog that gives an Edwardian recipe for a wedding cake, which in England are usually a form of fruit cake. Will and Kate had one as well.

Fiona Cairns made William and Kate's confection, and shared a recipe she thinks is similar to Downton Abbey's tribute as well as William and Kate's cake. For the Royal Wedding Fruit Cake recipe, which is a bit involved, click the fruit cake photo above,  for an ABC news article.

See the video for William and Kate's Royal Wedding cake below as well:

Video from the 2011 wedding of William and Catherine about their cake which, because it's ABC News, has an ad in front. But a neat video. 

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  1. Beautiful cup and saucer! Loved all the Downton trivia!

  2. Ohh Sweet Pea ! Wouldn't a cuppa be lovely in that teacup.
    Happy Pink Saturday

  3. That is one of the most unusual teacups I have seen. No wonder you treasure it.

  4. i love sweet peas so any cup and saucer or other china with them on them would be a favourite for me Ruth. My sister married in British Columbia where their wedding cakes are traditionally fruit cakes too. She had to get the baker to make a book cake in white cake for her wedding. She's not a fruit cake lover. :) Enjoy the weekend.

  5. OH what a gorgeous chintz- I have never seen that pattern, it is so full of beautiful colour!

    THANK YOU for the cake recipes/info.

    As always I learn something when I visit you.

    Have a truly fabulous weekend.

  6. Your chintz cup and saucer are gorgeous. My only chintz is a gravy bowl. I would love to collect more! FREE BATES!! (Did you see the picture of Hugh Bonneville ripping open his shirt at a press conference and baring his Free Bates t-shirt?

  7. Beautiful Chintz teacup & saucer with matching plate! Happy Pink Saturday!

  8. A most enjoyable post with the lovely teacup and the adorable video.

  9. Ohhhh so pretty! Happy Pink Saturday!

  10. The chintz tea cup set is beautiful. I watched the first Downton Abbey show this past week. I need to get the previous series because I am hooked.

    xo, Jeanne

  11. Visiting from Pink Saturday! I love the chintz cup and saucer. I don't think I've ever seen a sweet pea pattern on chintz before. It is very pretty!

  12. The detail on the cup and saucer is amazing!

    Happy Pink Saturday,


  13. Beautiful tea set.

    Catching up with PINK Saturday entries.

    My PINK
    Have a great week ahead.

  14. What a stunning design! I have never successfully grown sweet peas, though I've tried several times, so maybe I'll just aim to "grow" some on my teawares!


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