A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Easter Week, Shelley Spring Bouquet Teacup, Antique Postcards

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! This week I have a spring theme as well as a an Easter theme, as that is fast approaching.

I am sharing a new to me Shelley England teacup from an estate group of Shelleys I recently acquired. This one was a pattern I had never had before in 25 years of collecting and dealing in Shelleys...

The pattern is called Spring Bouquet and is number 13561.

The pattern is a lovely mix of different spring flowers, with gold trim.

The pattern is in the Gainsborough shape, which is a favorite of mine, and the teacup and saucer was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. I love the twisting handle, pedestal and flaring rim. For more info, click on the photos or visit Antiques And Teacups.

I found a little friend this last week on a visit to JoAnns Fabrics for some material, and brought him home...

I just thought the little guy was so cute! His fleece is actually stiff fabric ruffles.  

I took these photos on a sunny afternoon in the sunroom, but today when I went to photograph my afternoon tea...it was cloudy, and not nearly so bright...but it is the Pacific Northwest, and sunny weather in spring is a bit unpredictable...

My little friend joined me with my Shelley teacup filled with Darjeeling tea from Harney & Sons and a plate of mini confetti cupcakes with bunny ear and egg confetti and mini lemon cakes...which I didn't make...and some milk chocolate Easter eggs I borrowed from my honey's stash....on my Shelley cake plate. The embroidered cloth I have had for years, and love the fine cross stitch and inset thread crochet.

Easter is a special time of year..cementing the meaning for Christians of their faith. But I also want wish my Jewish friends a happy Passover which begins today.

This is my Passover or Pesach plate I brought home from Hebron in Israel several years ago. To read more about it,the meanings of the symbols and to find my recipe for Choreseth, you can read my Easter week 2011 blog post about it HERE

So I hope you have a wonderful week! The message for Christians is bound up with the message of this antique Russian Easter postcard...

In Russian says Christ is Risen! The same greeting we would say in English...He Is Risen!
I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Easter tea...

Below, there is the linky for your tea related posts. Please remember to take your time when linking up...sometimes he is SSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWWW...but get's there. Helps us develop patience, I guess!   I love to hear from you! Have a wonderful week!


  1. Spring Bouquet is a pretty teacup and I like your new frilly friend you invited for tea this week Ruth.

  2. Ruth what a darling little lamb ~ perfect for your Easter tea setting. Your teacup is lovely and a wonderful representation of the flowers to fill our gardens. Happy Easter my friend..blessings, C. (HHL)

  3. What a pretty Easter post and tea time. I love that Spring Bouquet teacup! I hope you have a wonderful week and a blessed Easter, Ruth.

  4. Your Shelley Spring Bouquet teacup is lovely, Ruth! I love the spring flowers. Your little lamb is adorable and looks right at home there with your tea. Thank you for sharing this with my Easter Tea and Happy Easter, my friend! Have a wonderful week.


  5. Your Shelley Spring Bouquet is gorgeous! Love the sheep. Fun post for celebrating Easter and Spring. Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting.

  6. That little sheep is so adorable. And I enjoyed seeing all your postcards. The artwork on those vintage cards is so much prettier than anything we can find today. Have a wonderful week and a happy Easter.

  7. My you were so fortunate to obtain more Shelley cups and saucers. The Spring Bouquet is a gorgeous pattern and perfect for Easter time. Your new lamb is precious in the tea setting. Have a blessed week!


    1. Such a pretty teacup for your collection Ruth. Have a Happy Easter!

  8. Your table looks so pretty with your cute lamb, your mini cakes and your gorgeous Shelley teacup, Ruth. I love the topper on your table, too. Thank you for hosting and Happy Easter.

  9. I loved your beautiful Tea cup and your Easter Tea
    Joining you has been a pleasure

  10. Once again, I would never have suspected that to be a Shelley teacup -- and I just love it! Was thinking today about pairing the spring flowers growing in my garden with the teacups that depict that flower (forget-me-nots, roses, jonquils, etc.). And thanks for the lovely Easter postcards as well. Happy Easter!

  11. Hi Ruth,

    What a lovely array of Easter tea time sweets, prettily presented for the upcoming celebrations! Your collectibles from Russia and Israel are lovely and I'm sure bring back fond memories of your travels. Your fleecy friend is too cute!

    Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter!


  12. Beautiful teacup! The colors are so vibrant! It matches the brightly colored snacks for your tea :). Thanks also for sharing the pretty vintage Easter cards and for hosting. Happy Easter!

  13. Hi Ruth,
    I love your Shelley teacup featured today. So perfect for spring and Easter. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea once again. I look forward to visiting your beautiful blog each week. Have a very Happy Easter! Karen

  14. Hi Ruth: Love the Easter tea cup. It did not look like an Shelley to me. Have a wonderful Easter. Blessings dear lady. Hugs, Martha

  15. Visiting you is always a delight and an education. Thank you for hosting. I am always find much to enjoy, whether I link up or just visit. Best wishes for a blessed Easter.

  16. Hello Ruth, Happy Easter! Your post today is so pretty. I agree with Martha, I didn't guess Shelley either! lol! But it is a gorgeous one. The colors of the flowers are vibrant. I adore the thistle!

  17. Hi New Friend Ruth! I'm learning tea cups, I read your Dec 2012 Red Velvet Royal Standard with photos. I'm considering buying... but I questions the markings. I'm following you at Beverly's Wishin Well. Any help would be great.... I'm so inspired to create beauty and calm in this stage of my life! Be Blessed!

  18. Gorgeous teacup! The bunny is sweet! I am delighted that you shared with A Return to Loveliness,


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