A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Merry Christmas!

Welcome to the Christmas edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea! 

Amazing...but it's here! As the Christmas star shines on the church in the snow we gather to celebrate the birthday of Jesus!

I am slao joining Judith for Mosaic Monday...my first ever collage from the photos I am using in this post....

My teacup is a Spode Christmas Tree design...a gift last year from a friend...and ready for our Christmas tea party....to celebrate another successful season at my websites...and take a relaxing break as things have slowed down...and look forward to my Honey's appointment at the cardiologists on Christmas Eve...

The tea party is in the sunroom in a small glimmer of winter sunshine between the rain clouds....The snowflakes were crocheted by my sister many years ago.....

I am drinking...as I type...my very most favorite holiday tea...Candy Cane Lane green tea by Celestial Seasonings...thanks to several bloggers for recommending it when I was looking for a green tea...I LOVE this mix of peppermint and vanilla and have ordered a case because I know it will disappear soon....

The ribbon pinecone was an easy craft I taught our church ladies to make several years ago...just folded and pinned ribbon on an egg shaped styrofoam ball...but so pretty!

And I got a box of macarons from our local bakery for this Christmas tea...they were an assortment of raspberry, pistachio, caramel and chocolate. Delicious! A bit of a splurge, but it was a real treat!

Another of my Christmas cross stitches that dot the walls at Christmas...I've been doing them for 40 years...this dates to 2005...

The Christmas nativity ornament is on the bookshelf....

The holly topiaries and snowman weathervane is on the fireplace mantle...

And the folk art snowman a friend made for me in 2000 hangs by the china cabinet...do you have precious decorations that have to be there at Christmas??? I certainly do!

And on the dining room wall...my Christmas Cross cross-stitch...a large project I did in the 1990s...

It was a big project, but I loved it...and still do!

I wish you the most marvelous Christmas filled with love, laughter, food and friends...where the greatest gifts can't be bought in a store but in hearts full of love...for Jesus and each other!

Merry Christmas!

I am joining the following blog parties. Hope you can visit them...the ladies are so creative! And the linky is there for Tuesday Cuppa Tea...remember it is SSLLLOOOOOWWWW but does show up! I'd love to have you link your tea related posts!


  1. Candy Cane Lane...that sounds so good! Have a wonderful holiday week! Merry Christmas!

  2. Love your Christmas cross-stitch projects, Ruth. Love the snowman too. I also enjoy Candy Cane Lane tea. I've not been able to find it locally but have purchased it online. The macarons are so pretty! Enjoy your Christmas. Praying that your husband does well and gets a good report.

  3. Those stitch projects are what I call long term amazing. Loving your snow globe! Hope you have a great Christmas week and I continue to hold your husband in prayer.

  4. Beautiful cross-stitch pieces and other holiday decor. I like your Christmas teacup and the macarons...after purchasing some myself and eating a few I won't need anymore for a long time. They're very sweet aren't they?
    You created a great mosaic to share at Mosaic Monday, you'll find making them addictive.
    Thanks for linking and Merry Christmas!

  5. I loved seeing all your pretty decor, Ruth, especially your cross stitch works which were done so lovingly. I will need to try the Candy Cane tea for a new tea to try. Best of luck at the hubby's doctor on Christmas Eve. Prayers will continue. May you have a blessed Christmas week!

  6. Your collage is like a whimsical post card. So very lovely. I'm off to make a cup of tea!!! Merry Christmas!!

  7. Ruth, your cross stitch projects are just wonderful and it's fun to bring them out every Christmastime. I haven't tried the candy cane lane tea. I'm not very of peppermint in my tea so ... Love your Spode Christmas teacup. I have four mugs in that same pattern. I wish you and your loved ones the loveliest Christmas and I will continue to pray for you and your hubby. Joy to you!

    Christmas blessings,

  8. Merry Christmas Ruth, have a wonderful holiday week.

    Another beautiful cross stitch project. Such patience. I generally just do smallish projects when I do cross stitch.

  9. I enjoyed seeing the festive Christmas decorations (am so impressed at your cross-stitch skills!), and like you, I am enjoying Candy Cane Lane tea this week. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  10. Your cross stitch projects are beautiful! I have made a couple pictures, and I know how much patience they take. And I love the folded ribbon pine cone too.
    Your husband remains in my prayers. Keep us posted.
    Have a very Happy Christmas, Ruth; it's been great getting to know you through your tea parties this year. Your blog friend, Deborah xo

  11. Everything is so beautiful and festive! Merry Christmas!...Christine

  12. Hi my friend: Continuing to pray for you and your hubby and wishing you a blessed Christmas Week. Hugs, Martha

  13. Hi Ruth.
    Wow! Your collage is amazing! Love your pretty Christmas cup and the candy cane green tea sounds delicious. All of your Christmas Cross Stitch is gorgeous and the pink and green macarons look fabulous. Hope your Christmas is perfect Dear friend! Blessings! Karen

  14. I love all your holiday things but two really stand out: I LOVE your pine cone! I did a post all about pine cones yesterday - you may get a kick out of it. I'd lpove to learn how to make those, that's SO NIFTY!! And those macarons - you so deserve them.

    I just signed up for a class in early Feb to learn how to make them....golly, even the CLASS to learn them are expensive, haha. Again, a splurge, but they're worth it!

    God bless, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - thank you for hosting all year!
    I will keep your husband in my prayers.

  15. YOU have a lovely, lovey Christmas Ruth!

  16. Looks so nice.... and I love Candy Cane Lane Tea... .and I try to buy enough to last all year. :)

  17. Looks like a yummy tea time. Love Macroons and the tea you have there. As a paper lover, I am drooling over the pinecone! I will be thinking of you and your husband tomorrow for all good news. Wishing you Merry Christmas and all the best 2015

  18. I do love that Spode teacup and if I have flavored tea Candy Cane Lane is a favorite.

  19. Hi Ruth, So many lovely things... I don't know where to start. I do love the nativity ornament and the pine cone made from ribbon... I may have to steal that idea! And what a beautiful cross you've stitched. Merry Christmas! ~Michelle

  20. Hello Ruth,
    Your Christmas tea looks delightful! Your decorations are nice too!
    Thanks so much for visiting my Christmas in the Parlor post and letting me know you did.
    Have a blessed Christmas!

  21. Blessings of the season to you, Ruth! A lovely post, milady. What program did you use for the collage? I use PicMonkey and Canva but haven't seen that template or frame in either. Love all the vintage imagery. May you and yours enjoy a blessed and joyous Christmas and New Year.

  22. Love seeing all your beautiful Christmas Cross Stitch projects. What a joy to be able to bring out and enjoy year after year. Everything is so nice for your Tea; cookies look yummy.

  23. Merry Christmas Ruth. Today's post felt like a cozy chat with a friend - perfect! I am going to try and remember the tea and see if I can find a box before the season is over.

  24. Merry Christmas Ruth - love your Christmas Spode teacup - beautiful! I do hope you had a blessed Christmas and hope you have a blessed New Year, I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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