A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Happy Easter!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for Easter...which is next weekend, on April 1st.  But first, to my Jewish friends, Happy Passover...Pesach Shaolm. Passover starts on April  10th. This is my Passover plate I brought home from a potter's studio in Hebron, Israel in 1985.

And to those of you who celebrate Easter...best wishes! Hi Is Risen!

My tea this week in the sunroom is on my tea table against my one low window wall. It's closest to my neighbors, and because of some med requirements to limit my sun exposure, I needed a section of the sunroom to sit in the shade...and it has afforded a great wall to use for a back drop.

I have used another of my ebroidered tea cloths.... this one has a wonderful flowers and foliage pattern embroidered into the corners. Love vintage embroidered linens!

For pouring tea, I am using my Leonardo Tea Time English bone china teapot...it has images of some of my favorite Royal Albert teacups on it...like Old country Roses and Lady Carlyle among the pink polka dots...

And I have antique  plated made by Rosenthal, Bavaria Germany from 1891-1906. I am using the plates for the coconut nest cupcakes I made with Tulips on them to use for tea stacked on my tiered server I have had for ever...

The pattern is called Versailles, and I love the botanical design. They made another very similar pattern around the same time, also with the French name Malmaison also with Tulips...

And, of course, teacups! This week a Shelley ...I know, surpise, surprise...and a Queen Anne...

This is a Shelley China, England Dainty shape teacup in the Primrose pattern, number 13430. Cheery, isn't it?

The Primrose pattern was made throught the 1930s to 1966 when the pottery closed, and with this mark from 1940-1966. The Primrose pattern was used on at least 6 different Shelley shapes plus lots of combination with different borders, colors and trim options. It's always fun to find one I haven't seen before. I've been collecting Shelley China for 40 years and selling it for almost as long, so...if you follow this blog you already know it's my favorite!

My other teacup is this sweetie from Queen Anne from the 1966 when they...meaning Shore & Coggins...merged into Ridgway in the Great Slice And Dice as I call it....when we lost so many great potteries including Shelley. Queen Anne was retired at the same time...sigh...

The tea table needed some napkins, just in case for crumbs, so I used a set of 4 embroidered and appliqued linen ones from the 1950s...of course, the fact that they are blue and white didn't hurt either...  :)

And the tea is in this vintage octagonal tea tin...love the panels and flowers...

Lastly, for teatime treats, I made Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes. I used a recipe from an old Cooking For Two cookbook by Better Homes And Gardens I have had since the 1980s.

 I added chocolate frosting from the old famous Hershey's cocoa tin and added toasted coconut and some malted milk speckled eggs I found at our local grocery. Had to have something fun! The recipe for the cupcakes, which follows, only makes 6, so perfect for the 2 of us.

Coconut Macaroon Cupcakes

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup sugar
a few drops almond extract
1 egg
1/3 cup coconut, toasted
powdered sugar (if you don't frost, like I did)

more toasted cocnut, eggs for decoartion and approximately 1 cup of frosting


Grease and lightly flour a 6 cup muffin pan, or use paper liners

In a small bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Set aside

In a small electric mixer bowl beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds.  Add the sugar and almond extract and beat until fluffy.

Add the egg and beat on medium for 1 minute.

Add the flour mixture and beat on low until combined. 

Stir in coconut. If necessary add a few drops of milk until batter is right consistency, not too dry.

Fill the muffin cups 2/3 full.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the pan to a wire rack to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool...or frost as I did

They dry out fairly fast, so store air tight and eat quickly

Thanks do much for joining me for tea and Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I hope your week is a joy, and there is lots of time for reflection on the meaning of the season and celebrating the Resurrection and new life! 

He is Risen Indeed!

I am joining:

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. Beautiful tablecloth and tea things, Ruth. Thanks for hosting....Christine

  2. What a lovely decorated porcelaine! Thanks for hosting. Monika

  3. Id love to sit a spell and have some tea and a coconut cupcake, Ruth. I so adore your teapot and both teacups are so pretty. Of course, your vintage tablecloth is a beauty. Thanks for hosting and Happy Easter week!

  4. Your table is lovely, Ruth! I love the Shelley of course and your teapot is a sweetheart. Your cupcakes look wonderful too. We will have to skip an Easter dessert this year because of me. But once I'm able to eat treats again, I plan to make up for lost time. ;-) Happy Easter, dear Ruth, and enjoy all that this beautiful holiday offers. His is risen indeed!


  5. Another charming tea time! I love how you incorporated the mini Eggs into your yummy chocolate coconut cupcakes. Yum! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful Easter!

  6. What an amazing tea table!Love each piece of it:gorgeous embroidery tablecloth and beautiful tea cups!Thanks for sharing and hosting.Have a nice week.Maristella.

  7. Beautiful linens and pictures.... Thank you for the link party.

  8. Oh lovely - love the linens and the yellow teacup is definitely my favorite.

  9. Such beautiful tea wares and Happy Easter to you! I will be linking tomorrow - lovely linens also!

  10. Ruth that is a very cute teapot! Have a wonderful Easter!

  11. Ruth, I love your post. I noticed the lovely collection of cobalt glass. Very nice. I love the vintage cards as well. The tall plate rack sure helps to get more on the table. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy Easter. Sylvia D.

  12. Ruth, I love your pretty teacups, postcards, and linens! Happy Easter and thanks for sharing with SYC.

  13. Ruth, thank you for hosting and for sharing all your lovely tea things! All beautiful, but that embroidered tea cloth is exquisite.


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