A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Tulip Time! Tea Friends!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for the first one in April! However, I am posting this on Sunday, March 30th which is Mothering Sunday, or Mother's Day in the UK...

My wishes to all my UK friends, family and blog followers. Hope it's been a special day. In honour of this first Mothering Sunday in the life of William and Kate's baby son George, the couple released this photo yesterday by their favorite photographer Jason Bell...

A wonderful photo! I love the way George is focused on their dog Lupo. Happy first Mothering Sunday Kate!

Back to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!  Although our Tulips are still budding, not flowering because of the record setting winter of rain we have had...leading to the terrible mudslide in Oso, Washington...please continue to pray for the families and rescue workers are the work continues...last year at this time we went to Butchart Gardens to see the gardens in spring. I came upon a few photos as I was sorting photos...

And that led me to my unusual...for me...choice of teacup today. It's a more modern form and material from the usual bone china teacups, but tea cup it still is, albeit in stoneware by Franciscan, USA in a pattern called Tulup Time...

The Tulip Time pattern was made between 1963 and 1973. Franciscan is an unusual company, in that it started in the USA and was actually moved to the UK in 1983 while under the ownership of Wedgwood. In 189 Wedgwood became Waterford Wedgwood, and in 2009 WWRD or, Wedgwood Waterford Royal Doulton, which continues to make several of the Franciscan patterns, although not in the UK.  Collectors look for the USA made pieces.

Definitely a more substantial feel than the bone china, but so evocative of the times...Click on the photos for more info at Antiques And Teacups...

I want to thank several of my tea blogging friends who sent me a postcard during their recent tea meet up in Berea, KY. I was so touched that they took the time to do that! Here is the back of the postcard, followed by the links to their accounts of the tea...

Angela at Tea with Friends
Linda at Friendship Tea
Phyllis at Relevant Tea Leaf
Nancy at Rosemary's Sampler

So to these and you, my other tea friends...I raise my cuppa with a cookie from Nadia at My Little Bakery on this lovely spring day...and share with you a sign I took a photo of in England a few years ago that made me laugh, and is so appropriate for us here in Washington state as well as England!  Yep...we are slippery when wet...Cheers!

Below is the linky for your tea post for Tuesday Cuppa Tea and a place for comments...which I just love! Then a list of some of the blogs I am joining...although there are many more. Spring cleaning has GOT to include a blog roll refreshing!!!  When you link, please be patient...sometimes it takes a few minutes to get the Linky to respond correctly, which seems to depend on how many links it is doing for blogs at the same time. IT'll get there!

Just a mention...Antiques And Teacups is having a 15% Off SPRING coupon sale!

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  1. Oh La La .. loving those darling cookies ... great tea cup and the garden photos have brought a little spring excitement to my day ... thank you for sharing and hosting. Happy week my friend, xo C.(HHL)

  2. Hello sweet Ruth! It is so good to stop by for a visit as it has been way too long! Your header is simply lovely as are your photos :)

    I hope you are doing well, dear friend. Your comments on my blog always leave me with as smile. Happy Monday! Hugs to you!

  3. Hi Ruth. What a lovely photo of the Royals. The teacup and plate are a sweet set and I love turquoise/aqua and tulips. The English street sign is so funny. I hope you are enjoying drier weather. Pam

  4. Hello Ruth,
    There will be no sign of tulips here for some time as we are having the worst weather in a decade. I'm beginning to think spring will never come to my part of the world. I love that yellow chintz and those cookies are simply beautiful! Have a lovely day, my friend.


  5. Thank you for the lovely tea party dear Ruth! I love the royals and their adorable baby and he looks like he's grown some already, playing with the doggie and all!
    The yellow chintz is gorgeous and the cookies are yummy! Have a wonderful week.

  6. AHHHH Tulips...... I am hopeful mine will make their way from under the snow and begin their blooming! What a lovely tea party you are having.

  7. A pretty spring teacup with the aqua tulips this week Ruth. It was nice of the girls to send you a post card, it's been fun reading of their adventures. The yellow chintz teapot on the front of your card is one I'd love to have and regret not buying one when Victoria sold them in the back of the magazine years ago.
    Thanks for hosting.

  8. The photos of Butchart Gardens are amazing, and you're right, that teacup is *not* the sort I normally associate with you, and yet it's beautiful anyway! I really like the pretty blue of the tulips!

  9. Bring on the tulips! I have a sweet spot in my heart for Franciscan ... my favorite Aunt set a wonderful table with the Franciscan Apple. I did not know it moved to the UK. Happy Tea Day and thank you for hosting!

  10. What an interesting posting Ruth and lovely photos. I saw on the news, the shot of William and Kate and the baby. Darling! Hope you week is tea-riffic.

  11. We are a little behind you with weather. Still waiting for some bulbs to bloom.
    I was very sad to hear about those in the mud slide. My heart and prayers go out to each family.
    Your tulip time tea cup is wonderful! I believe we had those in the 60s in my family. They are very familiar.

  12. I love that picture of Kate, William, and George. Thanks for hosting!

  13. Hi Ruth,
    I really like your Franciscan Teacup that you featured today. My friend collects Franciscan Starburst and it is similar in colour with the turquoise blue and bursts of yellow and mint green. I am always searching for pieces for her and recently found some dinner plates for her birthday at Penny Lane in Bellingham. Have you been there? Franciscan patterns are so retro. I have been so upset about the slide near Darrington. Hubby and I have treasure hunted there and it is so close to home. We are praying also for this lovely little town. I am wondering where your Antiques and Teacups shop is or if it is an online store only. I would love to visit you when we go looking for collectibles in Washington on the weekends. Thank you for visiting me and have a wonderful week! Karen

  14. Thank you for hosting Ruth. I love that picture of the royals, and the sign is too funny. Those cookies are beautifully decorated!

  15. The tulip tea cup is so cheerful! Love the picky of the Royals. Just darling. A pleasure to visit as always.

  16. Hi Ruth,

    A glorious collection of photos of such pretty flowers! Your teacup today is quite different, indeed! Love the blue and green hues and the simplicity of its design, perfect for spring! Thanks so much for hosting and have a lovely week!



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