A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Happy New Year! Shelley, Antique Postcards, New Year Treats

I hope you all are having wonderful times with family and friends for the holidays. This is our last Tuesday for Tuesday Cuppa Tea in 2014 which is amazing, and I wish you all the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous New Year in 2015!

The teacup I have for this week is a Shelley, England...couldn't end the year without a Shelley, now could I???!  

The pattern is Sheraton in the green colorway, a pretty design with floral bouquets and lattice work....

The shape of the teacup is Gainsborough, which is one of my favorites...and I love the gold trim.

As you can see, the pattern number is 13290, and it was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. It was also made in blue and pink versions, each as pretty!

I am sharing antique Christmas postcards today for New Year greetings, that range from 1899 to 1925. I just love them!  This is an art nouveau design from 1910.

The poem is charming:

You see not a
step before you tread
on another year
But what looks dark
in the distance
Will brighten as
you draw near.

Definitely a heartening sentiment! The card was postmarked from Marion, Ohio to Prospect, Ohio on Dec. 31, 1910. I love the design!

Some other New Year postcards in my shop....I don't know about you, but postcards are such a window on the past...you can learn so much!

To see more about either the teacup or many of the postcards at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

With the New Year approaching, I found these neat design ideas in the Cottage Journal from Hoffman Media and on Pinterest:

The cottage journal also had a great appetizer recipe for New Year's Eve which I think I'll be making:


Makes 2 dozen

24 thin slices Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3 potatoes)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (4-ounce) package blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 pound thinly sliced roast beef
Garnish: fresh chives, paprika

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, combine potatoes and olive oil, tossing to coat. Place potato slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, turn over, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp.
3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, blue cheese, chives, horseradish, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
4. To assemble, spoon about 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture on each potato slice. Top with roast beef and an additional 1/2 teaspoon sour cream mixture. Garnish with chives and paprika, if desired. 

I think that sounds delicious! So...what's on your menu????

And I'm all set for the year...with a Downton Abbey desk engagement calendar...with a photo opposite every week...this first week features Tom Branson with the movie quote :
"I don't believe in types, I believe in people."
Am looking forward to season 5 starting here in the US on Jan. 4th...uhoh...better have my post done.....

And on the wall, my annual Teapot calendar....Life is good! As usual, when we go to bed on New Year's Eve we always spend time in prayer for the coming year...because although we don't know what the future holds, we know Who does!

Have a great day visiting the other blog parties, some of which are listed below....and Happy New Year!  Please remember to be patient with Mister Linky when you post your tea related posts...he is SSLLOOOOOWWW but does show up!  :)


  1. The Shelley Sheraton teacup is lovely as are the vintage postcards. I am definitely ready for season 5 of Downton Abbey, the daytime calendar must have been a gift - very nice!
    Thanks for hosting Ruth and for linking to Mosaic Monday.
    Best wishes for 2015!

  2. The teacup is exquisite! And I do love all those vintage postcards.

  3. Best wishes for 2015, Ruth, and thank you for joining me for tea this past year. Your Shelley teacup is lovely and I too love the Gainsborough shape. Your calendars are wonderful and the post cards are a treat to see; indeed, a window to the past! Thank you for joining me today and Happy New Year!


  4. Hi Ruth,
    Your Shelley teacup is a beauty and I so enjoyed the vintage postcards. I also loved the prayer that you and your hubby say on New Year's Eve. What a nice way to start the New Year. The appetizer looks delicious and I would love to try that one, too.
    Thank you for hosting your lovely party and Happy New Year to you and your hubby.

  5. I like the green in this pretty teacup as it's very springy looking. I wish you and your husband a very blessed year ahead. Pam

  6. Happy New Year Ruth! Thanks for hosting!

  7. Hi Ruth! Nothing is better to have tea in than an Aynsley. You have an amazing collection. Always a pleasure to see what you will share. You never disappoint. Have a wonderful New Year. Hugs, Martha

  8. Shelley--I should have known! :) Beautiful teacup as always. I really enjoyed seeing all those vintage cards, thanks so much for sharing. I got that teapot calendar too--it is going in my kitchen. Thanks for hosting your parties this year--I hope you have a very happy New Year!

  9. So many great things in this post, Ruth! The teacup is beautiful. Some day I'm going to find out all the different shapes of teacups, you're the one who first introduced me to the idea that the different shapes have names. I love vintage postcards, and imaging the lives of the sender and receiver . . . And yummy, my husband would love those roast beef bites, I'll bookmark this. And yes, I'll be watching Downton on Sunday!

  10. Hello Ruth, Recently I purchased tea strainer in here http://www.partnerantiques.com/russian-silver-1899-tea-strainer-first-kokoshnik-mark-kostroma-city.html, it is very nice. I am using nowadays and also I am searching tea cups, and found it in your blog. This is really so beautiful collection and I am planning to purchase it. Thanks for providing it. This is very useful for me. And the post cards are also wonderful.

  11. Hello Ruth! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Thank you for stopping by my blog for a visit after my 5 week absence. I also want to thank you for hosting this party. Your Shelley cup is gorgeous. What charming post cards you're sharing, too.Looks like you are all set for the New Year with your calendar! Happy 2015, dear friend~

  12. Of course you need to end the year with a Shelley Tea Cup, and what a cup! Your postcards are also lovely. Happy New Year!

  13. Great post. Love the clock face table setting. I never seem to get to my New Year's projects. I need to start now for next year I think. I love the teacup. I am always attracted to china with elements similar to this. Gorgeous. Happy New Year and thanks for hosting.

  14. Hi Ruth,
    Your Shelley teacup is just stunning! Love the colours! The vintage postcards make me nostalgic. It's such a step back in time. Thank you for the yummy recipe. Thank you also for hosting each week! Happy New Year Dear Friend! Karen

  15. I have those same 2 calenders two. I have been praying for your husband and home things are getting better Ruth. I love the recipes you feature and am so glad you shared.

  16. Hello Ruth,
    You picked a beauty of a cup to end the year with. That Shelley is stunning in green and gold. Lovely!
    All the post cards are interesting to see too.
    I am wishing for you a wonderful new year!

  17. Your teacups - esp that green and gold fancy Shelley (swoon!) are gorgeous. Love your collection of antique postcards......and I am SO EXCITED about the new season of Downton Abbey I almost can't STAND STILL!!!! : - )

    Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!

  18. Happy New Year to you! Wishing you a year full of tea-lights.

  19. Happy New Year, Ruth! Love that gorgeous Shelley tea cup... and all your vintage postcards! Fun!


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