A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, October Colors, Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. It is so very colorful with the autumn leaves flaunting glorious hues....

The tea party this week I put together in my sunroom on my little tea table is drawn from stock at Antiques And Teacups. I am calling it my Fall Tea...

I started with my family embroidered ecru linen runner, and put a fall colors tea cloth from the 1930-1940s over it with hand embroidered cross stitch salmon and rust colors with 4 matching tea napkins....

At least you can see the pretty colors with this photo. Then I added...taadaa...a Shelley teacup! What a surprise, right???!

This teacup is in the Bramble pattern and was made between 1963 and 1966 when the pottery closed. The design is a briar rose in pink, grey, black and lavender...a bit more understated than many of their patterns.

The shape is the Lincoln shape, which was only made briefly at the end of Shelley's history. But it's a nice sized cup of tea, and feels lovely in the hand!

There was no pattern number on this teacup...with some research I could probably find it in the Shelley pattern books I have, but with the last few weeks I will just say...unnumbered.

And another Shelley tea cup in the Swirls pattern in the art deco Regent shape...which is quite different than the other Shelley...

This teacup has the wonderful art deco ring handle. The pattern number is 12876, and it was made on and off between 1940-1952 in about 6 different colors and combinations with and without gold trim. So different from the other teacup, but in tune with the modern trends that began after World War II and eventually put the major potteries out of business because they didn't adapt to modern styling soon enough.

For a real change I also found this really unusual 3 footed Japanese porcelain teacup from the 1920-1930s...

This is really hand painted start to finish, which you see when you look closely. I think the design is chestnuts....

I couldn't identify the maker, as many of these teacups were never marked with a maker's mark, and many of the later 1950s Japanese teacups had foil stickers with the maker's mark, which washed, wore or fell right off. It's such a plus when you actually find one!

I just thought this was so unusual and fun! And I love footed teacups! Lots of folks collect them just for that reason. Adds a bit of spice to the tea table!

The tea I have today is an organic Green And Black Chai from Stash Tea. I like to have some green everyday, but have to mask it with something else, and the addition of black and the Chai spices does that nicely!

And as for the cookies, the plate I am using for my cookies is a Betsey Ross House green transferware souvenir plate from the 1940-1950s from Royal China, USA.

I love transferware, and green is one you don't see that often. I also like the American patriotic theme. So fun! For more info on any of he china items at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

The cookies I made for tea are an old recipe I got when we were first married 42+ years ago from a can of Libby's Pumpkin Puree...although I now use an organic brand from our local organic market....They are a perfect fall treat! here is the recipe which I stumbled across online...just the same as my can label!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze (recipe follows)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.  Makes 36.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.

 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

How cool is that!?!  And we just finished off our half of a batch I made...froze the other half. How long they will stay frozen, is another question...lovely with a cup of tea, Chai or not!

I'll leave you with this photo I took this week outside our organic farm market, Sunny Farms. So much joyful color!

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


  1. Hi Ruth, Lovely tea setting and teacups. My favorite is the Japanese cup, very pretty. I like your transferware plate, I have a smaller Anne of Green Gables home plate that is the same green color, although I have never been there. Your cookie recipe sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing it with us.
    Have a wonderful week,

  2. Lovely fall tea with your beautiful cross stitch linens! Thank you for the pumpkin cookie recipe. I tend to make pumpkin muffins and breads but not cookies. This will be a nice addition to my fall pumpkin recipes. Glamorous Shelley art deco teacup. How fun it would be to collect all of the colors in that pattern. Thanks for hosting!

  3. Hi Ruth: Love the tea cups you have shared this week. My favorite is the very last one. I have a plate that matches it. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

  4. Your teacups are all quite unique, Ruth. The footed one is really cute. Love the green plate and your cookies look wonderful! I always used Libby's to make my pies but, alas, I can't get it here any more. It's hard to find good pumpkin puree. Thanks for sharing and hosting.

    Autumn blessings,

  5. How wonderful to have family embroidered linens, Ruth, and the colors are perfect for Fall. All of your teacups are gorgeous, and I love that Patrioitic plate. The cookies sound perfect with a cup of chai tea. Thank you so much for hosting!

  6. As always, lovely teacups with a bit of history to go with them. I only have one footed teacup which belonged to my mother, and it is Japanese made. Enjoy the fall, which according to the calendar doesn't begin until Dec. 22nd, but we had snow flurries over the weekend in Michigan!

  7. Hi Ruth,
    Your pink embroidered linen runner is so pretty with your lovely Shelleys today! The handpainted one is really unusual. Your pumpkin recipe looks amazing! Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting! Karen

  8. The embroidered runner and napkins are nice and a pretty selection of teacups for an autumn tea.
    I'm going to pin your cookie recipe for something other than tea bread and tarts I've been making with pumpkin.

  9. Whoooooooooooo - your pumpkin spice recipe sounds terrific. I love the footed Japanese cup and saucer. So glad you shared that loved embroidery too!

  10. The Japanese teacup is adorable! I'd love to add a footed teacup to my collection. It was also interesting to see the other Shelley teacup shapes. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  11. Oh my - such a glory of tea cups - my heart was enchanted with the chestnut one especially. The cookies sound delicious and I just happen to have all the ingredients - kitchen here I come.

  12. Ruth your cookies look delicious! Thanks for hosting!

  13. Hi Ruth! Lovin' all your goodies this week. The Art Deco Shelley in gold is a stunner--very unusual handle. Yes--I'm a Shelley fan. There's something so elegant and delicate about them all. They just shout "Quality!" But that hand-painted Japanese footed cup is beautiful. The art draws you into the pattern. Not sure if I could drink from it--but it would be lovely on display. Pumpkin cookies are a favorite--but I'm making mine gluten free these days. Blessings to you!

  14. The napkins and runner with the cross stitch are exquisite! Beautiful setting too.
    Gorgeous Shelley as well. All is lovely.
    Thanks for the recipe and for hosting this lovely tea party.

  15. Ruth, your linens are gorgeous! All of your teacups are pretty. The last one is very unique! Love the Betsy Ross plate!! So happy to be joining your party tonight!

  16. The linens are stunning!!! Lovely setting.......

  17. What pretty cross stitch....something handmade makes your tea extra lovely! Your recipe and teacups look so perfect for Fall, I especially like the Japanese cup, how pretty!

  18. Ruth, those cookies sound like something I need to have a few of right this very minute! Love your cross-stitch tea napkins, too! That is the first teacup I've ever seen with legs. I'd be afraid someone would break off a leg and I'd forever have a leaning cup.


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