A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Blog Giveaway winner, Happy Birthday Jane and Odds and Ends For Christmas

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea, although I may or may not be close to a computer to do comments much this week...along with most of you blogging friends!

Because of the time of year, this last weekend started the wonderful steamroller for Christmas with shows, friends, baking...you know. But first...my teacup ia another design called Noel, but by Queen Anne from the 1950s with enamel poinsettias. Certainly invokes the Christmas Spirit...

It's perfect with some of the wonderful holiday teas. I think I mentioned, my current favorite is Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride by Celestial Seasonings...

I have a lot to share today, so I'll move along...Congratulations to Judith of Lavender Cottage at Lavender Cottage who's comment was drawn by Random.org as the winner of my Part 2 7th Blog Anniversary Drawing. Congratulations to Judith. It's funny, because the winner of the drawing for Part 1 was Lavender Dreams...but speaking of Judith...

Judith shared this half moon Merry Christmas wooden half moon she painted in the 1970s, and I had to laugh, because I did one too! And Here is mine...

They were obviously popular then...Thanks to Judith, I got it out from it's dwelling place in the back of the closet and it is now hung...looks like it needs a straightening up...lol!

I want to also wish a Happy Birthday to Jane Austen who was born on Dec. 16th, 1775. 

The image above is the colored version of her pencil self portrait.  2013 has also been the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Pride And Prejudice. I often wonder what she would think of the legion of fans her works have.  Below in the 10 pound note released in her honour this year...

Another reason to visit the UK and bring home a portrait of Jane....

I'm sure you are super busy this week as well. As well as meeting with friends and family, visiting and having out of town visitors, we are taking time for the wonderful concerts, Christmas programs and plays. 

We went to our church program was Friday evening.

Last night we went to the annual concert for the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers. Who have, been around for 12 years, and thanks to director Michael Stephen Rivers have an incredible tightness and energy that is a joy for this former choir director to heart, as well as an incredible heart for God. It really welcomed the Christmas season with joy!

Later today we are attending the Celtic Christmas Celebration with Geoffrey Castle and Cirque du Soleil type performers, which will be fun!

On Tuesday, we are in Seattle for the ACT production of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens...if it's around anywhere close, we go see it...and if not...

There's the George C. Scott version...here with Michael Redgrave as the Ghost Od Christmas Past....or...

The musical version Scrooge with Albert Finney and probably our favorite version....

The later this week it's Seattle again for Oliver! the musical version of Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, at the 5th Avenue theater in Seattle...
which includes a friend from here in Sequim in a dual role....

Below is our local actor Carol Swabrick Dries in one of her roles as Mrs. Sowerberry....

Oliver! is close to my heart, because I was a professional actor/singer in a repertory company, the Harry Zevin Company, in the late 1960s right out of high school and was privileged to perform in a traveling production with Georgia Brown who originated the role of Nancy on the London West End and on Broadway. I was just chorus, and my Covent Garden part was the strawberry vendor...did quite a few different musical shows for a few years...but that's another story for a different time....

So, with a glimpse of a fairy tale gingerbread carriage from My Little Bakery,
That's a wrap for today...so much, so little time. I'll be in and out...mostly out it seems, over the next 2 weeks, so will be slow at commenting and visiting and posting. I may try scheduling a post...I've never done that!

So visit the wonderful blogs and have a wonderful Christmas!

Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Tea With Celia
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://www.thewritersreverie.com/
Tuesday Tea       
Tea On Tuesday
Time For Tea
Tuesday Tea Time
Tea On Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Tea In The Garden Tuesday
Lavender Cottage  Tea Time
Tea In Texas
Playing With My Camera Teatime           
Tuesday Blog Shop
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea

What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday
 Coloradolady  ~ http://coloradolady.blogspot.com/
Vintage Thingie Thursday
 Mrs. Olson ~  http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday
Tea Time Thursday
Pink Saturday


  1. I am excited to be the other "lavender" gal to win your second giveaway, thank you so much.
    The poinsettia teacup is pretty and your painted half moon is fabulous! I cannot imagine painting the 'Welcome' like a candy cane. So glad you dug it out to share.
    The gingerbread carriage is breath taking, a lot of work to make it.
    Thanks for hosting,

  2. Hello Ruth,
    What a wonderful post! Your Christmas teacup is lovely and the gingerbread carriage is simply darling! Congratulations to your winners and enjoy your week of festivities.

    Christmas blessings,

  3. What a perfect way to celebrate by attending the Celtic Christmas! The Noel cup and saucer with the poinsettia is so lovely. You are having a fun and festive holiday with all your activities. Merry Christmas to you!

  4. Congrats to Judith! She and I are lavender friends, too! How neat! I love my beautiful mug and sweet gifts and I'm showing them on my blog today! Hope you can stop by to visit! Holidays hugs!

  5. Congrats to the winners. Your poinsettia teacup is lovely! Sounds like you are having a great time enjoying the Christmas activities.... thank you for hosting.. hugs, C. (HHL)

  6. Hi Ruth,
    It's a great tea post you're sharing with us today! Beautiful cup and wonderful half moon Christmas decorations! And I loved your reference to Jane Austen on her birthday.
    I'm only a bit disappointed for not being able to leave my link, despite having already tried three times...
    Thanks for hosting and have a great Christmas Time.

  7. Hi Ruth,
    what an interesting life you have. Thank you for all the wonderful musical pictures. Oliver Twist is one of the famous Christmas storys. Your tea cup is really elegant. And the gingerbread carriage is breath taking. Congratulations to Judith for winning the random and to Jane Austen for her birthday. I guess she would be delighted by the many fans. Thank you for this lovely tea party and have a great Christmas time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  8. Hi Ruth, I enjoyed this post and think your Queen Anne teacup is very pretty and Christmas-y. There are certainly lots of activities going on in your area to enjoy this holiday season. It is interesting to learn of your acting/singing days many years ago and I can see why you enjoy stage productions so much. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season. Blessings, Pamela

  9. Dear Ruth, Your half moon you painted is lovely, and I love the Christmas teacup you featured in this post. Looks like you're going to be very busy attending Christmas concerts and plays. Tis the Season! Merry Christmas to you and yours! ~ Phyllis

  10. Hello Ruth,
    I am so glad to see that you are having a very fun and festive season. Yes, it gets really busy around now, and we don't get to our computers as much. But I think that is a good thing : )
    I adore your Christmas cup!
    Have a wonderful time with all your activities and family.
    Congratulations to Judith!

  11. What a beautiful Noel teacup! It looks like you have been very busy with all sorts of wonderful holiday entertainment! How fun!

  12. Congrats to Judith, and my goodness, what a fascinating post today! If I don't catch you here again soon, I hope you have a very, very Merry Christmas!

  13. Hi Ruth,
    Sorry I am late this week. I thought I had linked up but I guess not. Your Christmas Teacup is so very pretty. I must search for some Christmas Teacups when treasure hunting. The pictures are so delightful too! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Hope to visit you next week before Christmas!


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