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Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party

We all have charities that are close to our hearts and Marie Curie is one that is special to me and my family. They look after the person as well as treating the disease and the work they do really does help people in the most difficult of times. Every year they hold a Blooming [...]

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Pink Lemonade

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip, hooray! This weekend is set to give us the hottest day of the year so far so we’ll need a little refreshment. I serve a homemade pink lemonade at my tea parties which everyone loves and it’s really easy to make. Image Credit – kissthebride.biz [...]

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EAT! Tea & Cake Planet

Ruby’s Tea Party has been invited to the first EAT! Tea & Cake Planet and I’m so excited about it! A whole weekend of celebrating all things tea with a load of cake thrown in for good measure, it’s going to be a fantastic event. There will be four sessions over two days and you’ll [...]

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The Infamous Banana Bread

Those of you who have visited me when I run the tea room at Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair will know about the banana bread that I bring with me. The secret is to add lots of chocolate chips and really overripe bananas. I must confess that it’s not actually me who makes it, my boyfriend [...]

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Lydia’s House

Lydia’s House is an interior design consultancy that sells beautiful, hand-picked antiques and vintage furniture. It’s also a social enterprise offering  training in recycling and upcycling of furniture to adults who are socially excluded.   I met the lady in charge, Catherine Trillo, back in November 2013 just as she was about to open a shop [...]

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Mr. Kringle’s Vintage Emporium

On Saturday I’ll be at this delightfully vintage fair at Castlegate in Newcastle city centre. Pop along and say hi and take a look at all the vintage wares. I’ll have a range of teacup candles, cake stands, vinyl cake stands and plate clocks with me.        

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Great British Bake Off 2013

If, hypothetically, Great British Bake Off had called and asked Ruby’s to add the vintage pretty to their marquee this year, what might the pictures look like? The BBC do, of course, make any suppliers sign a confidentiality agreement on pain of death so if this had happened I certainly couldn’t say. However, a picture [...]

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Living North Christmas Fair 2013

I’m really excited to attend this year’s Living North Christmas Fair at Newcastle Racecourse as an exhibitor. I feel like a little Christmas elf at the moment, working round the clock to make lots of lovely vintage gifts. I’ll have teacup candles and tea stands for sale as well as some beautiful vintage plates upcycled [...]

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DIY – 3 Tier Cake Stand

People often ask me where I get my cake stands from and sometimes they’re amazed when I say I make them myself! More recently a lot of people have asked me  how to make them. It’s actually a very simple process that just requires some accurate measuring and a bit of nerve!   You will [...]

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Elderflower Cordial

After another gloriously sunny week I wanted to share this recipe.  My girlfriends gave me a book for my birthday full of homemade drinks recipes and I’m working my way through each one with relish.  This week I made Elderflower cordial using flowers from the giant elder bush in the back garden of my new [...]

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