A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Canada Thanksgiving, Spode Buttercup, NW Tea Festival

Hello and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea. We have had stormy weather on and off this week interspersed with gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures...typical fall! The photo collage above is from the Aiken House and Garden blog...she does gorgeous photos! It just needed to be shared with you!

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I chose a fall color teacup today that I have shred before, but I love it. It's the Buttercup pattern creamware cup and saucer made by Spode, England...

I love the molded pattern...lattice and ribs, that feels so tactile in the hand, and the brown and yellow color scheme. This 1970s version is a reproduction by the company of an 1895 design that was very popular but was discontinued when war broke out in the 1940s and then reinstituted in the 1970s. The pattern number, as you can see is 2/7873. This was after the split with Copeland but that's a long story for another blog post! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

If any of you follow my Facebook page, Antiques And Teacups, you might remember I was bemoaning the fact I wasn't going to make it to Seattle last weekend for the NW Tea Festival...but I did!  At the last minute on Saturday a girlfriend was able to come so we attended....

Not a thrilling photo, but here is my CRV on the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle...our usual way into town.

This is the map of the NW Tea Festival at Fisher Pavilion in the area called Seattle Center by the Space Needle...parking was a pain, but worth it...even if only for the day. We have usually stayed overnight for 2 days, but getting there for one day was better than not.

This was the Black Dragon Tea Bar with tastings...

The Essential Baking Company had organic goodies for sale...

Barnes & Watson explaining their teas and giving samples...

Jasmine Teas booth with samples of many varieties...

More tea samples....

And Tea Time magazine was there, but we missed the presentation by Lorna Reeves. But...one of our blogging friends was a speaker on Oolong tea...Steph from Steph's Cup Of Tea! This photo is from her blog report...

Before we headed back to the ferry...we stopped at the snack bar for some....tea...and a piece of tea cake...Blueberry Orange Coffee Cake that was delicious! 

So we had a great time but arrived home late and tired...but happy we'd made it after all!  I am joining...

Thanks for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.  Have a wonderful week and enjoy the fall colors!

Below is the linky for your tea related posts which, I'll just remind you, is SSLLOOOOOWWW but does appear. Have patience! As the little snail said...


  1. Happy thanksgiving Ruth. We used to be able to celebrate with out Canadian cousins when we lived closer. I am so glad you were able to get to the Tea Festival and admit I am a bit jealous. Nothing like that around here.

  2. I'm so glad you got to go to the Tea Festival, Ruth. It looked like a lot of fun. Your Spode teacup is a pretty one and lovely for this time of year. Thanks for sharing and have a splendid day.


  3. I love your Spode teacup ... lovely design and color. I'm jealous, but so glad to you got to the Tea Festival. My step-daughter lives near Seattle and I've threatened to visit one year during the festival. One year I'm going to make it! Happy Tea Day and Thanks so much for hosting.

  4. I would love to go to a Tea Festival, Ruth. You do some fun, interesting things. Your Spode teacup is so pretty and Fall looking. Thanks for hosting your party n

  5. Hello! I'm so sorry I missed saying "hello" on a 1:1 level. Next year let's have tea! :-)

  6. Hi Ruth: Always fun to visit you. I have that very cup you shared today. I just have to find it. I will try and share it next week. Have a great Happy Tea Day. Blessings, Martha

  7. A friend has a set of Spode's Buttercup pattern. Yes, it is tactile to handle and is warm and inviting during the autumn. However, she uses it all year. I have never attended a tea convention. Lucky you. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I would love to go to the Tea Festival with you! How fun that looks like! I just love the tea cakes. Beautiful teacup too!

  9. Happy Thanksgiving Ruth ... Your Spode Buttercup set is wonderful as is that delightful festival...I'd love to attend !!!!Thank you for sharing all the fabulous pictures... Hugs

  10. Pretty tea cup set! I love that pattern and how timely that we used it tonight for dinner. Thanks for hosting, Ruth....Christine

  11. Spode is always beautiful! Thanks for hosting sweet Ruth. We are having tea even at Halloween season!

  12. Thank you for the Happy Thanksgiving wishes Ruth. Boy, I don't need to see turkey for a long time!
    I'm glad you made it to the festival, I was following on FB in our tea group and would love to attend some time.
    Thank you for hosting your weekly tea gathering.

  13. Hi Ruth,
    Sorry I am very late to link up this week - so busy with Thanksgiving Day entertaining. I love your Spode teacups. The Buttercup pattern is very pretty! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. A belated Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! Karen

  14. Hi Ruth! It looks like you had a good time at the tea festival. Your teacup is very pretty. Thanks for hosting, and have a great week :)

  15. Sounds like a great day. So glad you were able to make it.

  16. Wonderful that you were able to make it for the festival, it sure looks like it was a good time. all the best and Happy Thanksgiving as well, love your buttercup tea cup

  17. Thank you for the invite. Happy to be linking up.I love your little sparky raccoon and pumpkins button.

  18. Loved everything about this post, Ruth! Your teacup is very pretty and fall-like, and I really enjoyed seeing the tea festival. That blueberry orange cake looks "mighty tasty"! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad you found a book on blue and white! I have one called Blue and White in Your Home. I haven't looked at some of my Victoria books in a long time, so maybe will start with that one! I think it was from the Peggy Kennedy era. Yes, I checked: 2001. Did they do another Blue & White book? Hope you are enjoying an especially beautiful Autumn! Blessings, Bess

  19. SO glad you got to go to the event!! What fun :)

  20. Hi Ruth, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Aiken House and Garden does have gorgeous photos! The teacup is beautiful and I'm so glad that you got to attend the tea festival! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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