A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Are You Ready For December?

Because I'm not sure I am...Lol!  With our trying a new medication for my husband, our last 2 weeks have been tentative at best...he wasn't up to Thanksgiving dinner, so turkey sandwiches filled the gap.... But life goes on despite the medication side effects.....

I  did a small teatime in the sunroom today in a rare break in the clouds and rain...we have had a very stormy few days....and we had found a childhood beginning-of-the holidays treat from my childhood...dark chocolate covered gingerbread. My English grandmother had a close friend from Germany who sent these to us each year for Christmas, but I haven't had any for years!

I have a wonderful Christmas design cup and saucer this week which you have seen before, but it is a Christmas favorite...

The holly and nut or pinecone pattern is called Noel by Royal Grafton, England and was made in the 1950s, and was also made by several other potteries...

The pattern was actually made by several different manufacturers. I have had the pattern by 6 that I know of, which is good because Christmas china is relatively difficult to find and you can mix and match manufacturers in this pattern at least and get enough for a matched set if that's what you want. I love the holly and pine cones. So festive!

I haven't gotten much of Christmas out yet, but did get out the Christmas teas...

and this was my favorite from last year, and I bought more in Victoria, BC a bit ago...so far, still my favorite...Christmas Tea from Murchie's.

The chocolate covered gingerbread biscuits are made by Bahlsen...a mildly spiced gingerbread...I really like it a bit spicier, but still a nostalgic taste...and look so inviting...

I put them in the family Noritake Revenna..... and here is what I have done decorating so far...sorry about the light, but it has been pouring!

And one of the first things out of the first Christmas box was this angel cross stitch on a frame I did about 20 years ago...I have lots of cross stitch projects around. I used to make everyone gifts, but they got overloaded! Lol! But I enjoyed making them! And plan to hopefully do a few more when my retina problem gets resolved...

On a server, I have here a few favorite things for Christmas. I have just started unloading the Christmas decorations and I also had to get out my 1992 The Heart Of Christmas by Victoria book...itis always the first off the bookshelf this time of year to peruse during a quiet teatime...much needed the last few weeks... 

Pleas forgive the photo quality...here in the Pacific Northwest at this time of year good natural light is a bit hard to come by!

This is a pair of Margaret Furlong shell ornaments that I treasure. One has a teapot and one has a teacup. I purchased them through Victoria Magazine about 1992 too, I think. I love her items. She is a wonderful artist who lives in Oregon.  I have several of them in various places around the house.

And also treasured for me are the crocheted Christmas tree forest I have that my mother made me over the years. The body or base is crocheted forest, then the shell branches and snow are added and they have a styrofoam cone inserted so they stand up. We used to live in Lassen National Forest so they are favorite decorations. Nostalgic!

And one of my antique postcards which I will be sharing during December as usual.  This one features a wonderful embossed, snow covered English church with holly and metallic gold. The postcard was postmarked Dec. 23, 1908 and mailed from Buffalo, New York to someone in Colden, New York.

To see more about the Noel cup and saucer at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.  I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and didn't get too frazzled on the day after! I totally skipped any shopping this year...  Thanks for visiting and sharing a cuppa with me and have a wonderful week!

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  1. Dear Ruth, love your Christmas tea cup! It is really pretty and gets one in the spirit of the season.
    I had to smile when I saw the chocolate covered gingerbread biscuits. I am from Germany, but only discovered them when we moved to the US. Usually I buy them at Traeder Joe's, but last week I went to the World Market store to stock up on sweet Christmas treats and besides plenty of other things got exactly the same that you have. We haven't tried them yet, but the Bahlsen brand has a good reputation in Germany.
    Thanks for hosting your tea party!
    Wishing you a wonderful week!

  2. Good morning, Ruth! I hope your dear hubby's medication works out for him.
    I adore your Christmas teacup that you've shared, and I must try that Christmas tea. I also love your cross stitch piece, and I still love to do cross stitch projects now and then. Your mom's crocheted trees just warmed my heart. What treasures they are, along with those sweet angels. Thanks so much for hosting your tea party, and have a great week.

  3. I like all your Christmas keepsakes, Ruth! It's a joy to pull out our treasures we have stowed away all year. Those cookies are making my mouth water; they look very good. I doubt we have anyplace here that sells them, but I might have to mention them to my son and d-i-l; they do a weekly Trader Joe's visit. I might go search Amazon as well. I have that same Victoria book; it was my mother's and I will be enjoying it again soon. Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy Advent Season filled with many blessings! Bess

  4. Ruth, I am fascinated by antique postcards, and these are really beautiful with the gold. Hope the new medication works out well. Wishing you all the best.

  5. Chocolate + gingerbread sounds like a match made in heaven! I'm also loving your cute crocheted Christmas trees and Noel teacup. I saw a similar teacup at the thrift store earlier this year and now I regret leaving it behind. Thank you for hosting and enjoy the first week of Advent.

  6. Of course we both have the same Christmas tea and I buy the chocolate covered gingerbread hearts too. I just found a wonderful, and new mincemeat recipe using cranberries. Are mincemeat tarts part of your seasonal treats too?

  7. Ruth that is a pretty teacup. Thanks for hosting and for joining HSH!

  8. Ruth, I had to come back and share my pecan tart because I thought of you as I enjoyed a thin slice with a nice cuppa tea. I just visited Christina's lovely tea post. Thank you for hosting.

  9. Ruth, I had to come back and share my pecan tart because I thought of you as I enjoyed a thin slice with a nice cuppa tea. I just visited Christina's lovely tea post. Thank you for hosting.

  10. Ruth, I am so sorry that your hubby is struggling with his medication! I pray that it is getting better. I love old postcards! How precious to have trees made by your mom. The teacup is perfect and reminds me of one of my favorite books, "A Christmas Tea". The cookies sound yummy. I have never heard of them before. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  11. Have a blessed and wonderful Advent Season, dear Terri.

    I haven't even begun to decorate for Christmas yet. I either have the time and no pep, or a little bit of pep and no time. I may never get to it, I swear. This is the first year in over 20 years I wasn't finished decorating right after Thanksgiving. Here I am a week later and still not any closer......what can I say. Lol.

    That teacup holiday pattern is my all-time favorite. I think I have 8 of them now. I used to have Christmas tea parties every week of December. Would love to this year too, but is very unlikely.

    I need some sleep, haha. Hugs and best wishes, sweet friend! ♥


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