Monday, April 26, 2010

HAPPY TEA CUP TUESDAY NO. 9!









Hello Ladies! Happy Tea Cup Tuesday. This is number 9! Before I share my tea cup stories, I want to give you an update on the continuing saga of my life. Today, I receive a call from the police department in Florida, who had arrested someone who had one of my stolen checks. Good you say! No not good, this woman received my check as part of a secret shopper program. She thought she was being paid for reviewing the bank's teller. So now she has to defend herself from charges of stealing, when she did nothing, but maybe act a little unwisely.

In the mean time, I have found out that this is happening from China! So, how did China get my information? Only God knows. Now, the icing on the cake, they just got into my new account today, the one that is only days old. I just do not know what to do. I would join "Life Lock" but I have to wait until I have a safe account to pay them with! God help me!

Now that I have that off my chest, back to Tea Cup Tuesday. Normal things, nice things, things that don't make me want to cry, kind of things. The four tea cups I want to share with you this week are all pink. The first one is a very old demitasse cup. My husband brought this for me years ago. I bet he doesn't even remember. I will have to remember to ask him. I just love the faded flowers, it shows this cup was used and loved. The second one is part of my everyday dishes. It is a Mikassa, and it called "April Rose". All the dishes, as well, as the cups have this beautiful raised design on them. I love the single pink rose. The next cup for your viewing pleasure is from my favorite company, Haviland Limoges, France. It is of course a soup cup, but when I have had teas and need extra cups, I will include this one and always get a great response because of it's beauty. The shape of the cup is very different too, like a clover. The design on the cup is raised at the flowers, just stunning! Last but not least, is the pedestal cup. It looks like a more expensive English cup, but it is not. It is Royal Sealy China, from Japan. I love that the inside of the cup is fully decorated and that the saucer is open cut. I think it is just so dainty, don't you?

Well, I feel better, just talking to you about my cups. Thank you for letting me blow off some steam here today. Just remember to fill in Mr. Linky and you all set. I would appreciate, you putting our button on your blog. We had 26 people last week, I am hoping more people will see it and join. It is so much fun looking at your beauties.





Don't forget to visit my friend Terri at http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/. Her cup is amazing as always! Please say a little prayer for me, that I will stay sane! Happy Tea Cup Tuesday and blessings, Martha

39 comments:

Bettyann said...

Miss Martha, such lovely cups, it seems husbands don't really remember what they gave us lol...sorry about the continuing saga of the stolen checks..makes one want to shut everything down...take care..

Lisa said...

I am glad you could share! These are very lovely this week!! Pink is never wrong!!
Hugs, Lisa

Patricia said...

Oh, Martha - now I know why people cry on the Life Lock adds - this is so awful. You are in my thoughts. Happy Tea Cup Tuesday !!! Your shades of pink on each cup are beautiful. It would be hard to choose a favorite but I simply love the tulip cup and saucer. Please try and have a good rest of the week.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Hi Martha!
I feel SO badly for you with this fraud issue and know how scarey it is! And how strange to be coming from China?! Our credit card was compromised a couple weeks ago and am SERIOUSLY considering LifeLock also. Its worth every penny.
I love your teacups as always and enjoy you tempting us with the bedazzeling jewels also! The last one is my favorite too :-)))
Lynn

Terri said...

Beautiful cups again Martha! And I am so sorry about your ongoing saga with your bank account. I do so hope all will be worked out soon.
Many hugs to you,
Terri

Natasha said...

Martha, what terrible news! I wonder how this is happening? I hear this kind of thing can happen when you use your credit card in one of those portable devices...I sure do hope it gets sorted soon.

I am so glad that you feel a little better after posting about your pretty cups. They really are so beautiful.

I hope that your week gets better, Martha, and thank you for having me today.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Sweet Martha,

I will definately keep you in my prayers! Blogging is always such therapy and those pretty teacups are just so beautiful and cheerful!

I have joined you with delight this week my dear!~I hope you will also pop over and join in the fun with me as well..,

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

bunny said...

CHINA? Wow...your right...how did that happen...? Wishing you a better rest of the week and an end to all this nonsense. Oh yeah...and these cups are gorgeous.

(((big bunny hug)))

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Martha,

So very sorry to hear that you are having this trouble and really hope that you can get this all sorted out.
The cups you have shown today are all so pretty and the pink of the first and last are gorgeous.

Happy week and I hope that it will get better.
Hugs
Carolyn

tales from an oc cottage said...

I have that first c/s too!!!! I LOVE reticulated plates! And the last c/s is just dreamy! I have never had my financial info taken...knock wood...but several years ago my sister found out that she was in the middle of a Nigeria credit theft ring when Scotland Yard showed up at her door! How frustrated you must be!

m ^..^

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Martha, wow! I've missed out on a lot lately. I had no idea you've been going through such crazy times. It is absolutely astonishing what people can get away with in this world. Fortunately, you and the detectives and everyone else are on the case and surely things will be sorted out -- in time! I mean, come on -- it's definitely a crock and they know that you aren't responsible for any of it. How many people have been affected though? Just crazy! Your teacups are so lovely -- especially that first photo with the little saucer with cut out edges. Delightful! Wishing you all the best. You always manage to stay positive and humorous no matter the chaos around you! Many blessings, Tammy

Kelly said...

Oh martha I'm sorry to hear about the identitiy theft! People have no morals! Twice I have had catalogue accounts opened in my name and address and my account has been cloned too!! I hope it gets sorted out for you soon xxx


I love the first teacup!!!

Bluebell said...

Hello Martha, I have never visited your site before, but I love all things teacup well, any china really especially pink. If you look on my blog at some of the old posts you will see lots of china bits especially teacups as I have been collecting them for my daughters wedding she wants vintage teacups and side plates and I have collected over 100 from local charity shops and other places and I love them all. Sorry about your cheque problem that is a real worry hope you can resolve it soon.
Love Jillxx

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Martha,
I am just speechless about what to say to you about this identity thieft thing! It keeps getting worse! They must have your social security number to be able to access even you new accts. Still no idea of how they were able to get it?? My thoughts and prayers are with you always, dear friend!
And now for the tea cups.....I adore all of them and would just LOVE to have them in my collection but the one in the first 2 pics really makes my heart skip!! Gorgeous!!
Hugs to you,
Debbie

Susan said...

Oh, Martha, you have so many fabulous cups. How do you display them, Martha? I love the first one the best....soooooo gorgeous. Thanks for doing this, Martha. Hope your day goes well. Sincerely, Susan

Kiki said...

Hi Martha...oh my gosh..what dazzling beauties...I am smitten wiht all the pink and bobbles..gorgeous! I love that red jewel..woah!! Truly gorgeous pieces..I would love to sip a cup in one of those!! Happy tea!! And wishing things all get sorted out asap~ hang in there! HUgs!
Have a sparkly happy day!
Kiki~

Denise said...

Martha, your tea cups are simply gorgeous! Each one is so unique and your pictures are always so lovely. I hope things improve for you Martha. I know what a nightmare it is. I've had it happen a few times but not quite to your extent. We actually got as far as knowing the persons name that stole my identity but she disappeared and we couldn't locate her. But I truly believe they will slip up someday and they will get caught. My best wishes to you Martha. Hugs, Denise

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Martha,
You have the most gorgeous teacups! I just love them! I think the first one is my favourite although the two handled soup bowl is a cute thing too. They are all so lovely!
You left me a comment the other day wanting to join my Tea Time party. I can add your link if you wish; just let me know, ok?
Before I go, I must tell you; I am so sorry you are having such a hard time of it! Surely it will all get straightened out shortly. I will most definitely pray for you and the situation you find yourself in! The Lord bless you, dear lady, and may you find yourself relieved of this horrible mess before you know it! Wishing you a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

CARMELINA LOUNSBURY said...

Oh I just find that first cup to be so deliciously pretty! I love it!

Here's hoping all of your stresses go away! It's never fun to have things weighing upon our countenance,right! Thinking of you!

I have also joined in on the tea cup theme today! and as I told Terri, this week, I didn't break any bone china! Isn't that wonderful! Ha!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here!!!!

Msartist said...

Dear Martha, I feel for you, my hubby had his identity tapped into and it took a bit to straighten out. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel! So hang in there! Your cups are lovely! ~All my best, Theresa

Beth said...

Martha, Your teacups are so beautiful. I just love them! Sorry about the issues you are dealing with. You don't deserve it. I pray this will all be resolved soon.
God bless, Beth

Kissed by an Angel said...

Dear Martha, so sorry that your ID theft is still not resolved!!! I am loving your tea cups today!! No 1 in particular!!
Blessings
xxxx

Jenny said...

Oh Martha, how horrible. That sounds like so much of a mess!

On a lovely note, though, you always have such lovely teacups! I really want to come to tea at your house.

Although I would be there for a long time just trying to pick what I wanted to drink from - ha!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Martha,
Sorry to hear of all your troubles. I must have missed the complete story but I do hope this will soon be finished, I'll be praying.
Your teacups you've shared are just beautiful, I love how you you pair them with your pretty jewelry.
Good luck to you,
Mimi

Sares said...

They are all beautiful, but girl, you know the last one is my favorite! I am so so sorry to hear you are living through such a nightmare with this whole stolen identity thing. It's so sad there are such people in the world and these people sound particularly cruel. Hang in there Martha, this too shall pass.

GardenofDaisies said...

What beautiful pink floral teacups!!
So sorry you are going through this nightmare with your checking account! Hope everything gets resolved very soon!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh dear Martha.. you always have beautiful teacups.. wish I could give you a visit.. am sure I don't want to go back.. coz am pretty sure I am in teacups heaven!.. thanks for sharing and have a good week!

CIELO said...

Hi Martha... first time here, and I'm linking... also, The house in the roses is having a “Victorian Teacup Party” on Mother’s Day and I’m inviting you.... come see!

cielo

Rita said...

Dear Martha,

so sorry to hear about your fraud and understand how you're feeling. You're in my prayers my dear and hope you'll be feeling better soon.
Again the cups your are sharing today are marvelous. Love each one of them. You've got such a collection and I'm a bit jealous as i started mine only a couple of years ago when I inherited some set from my late mother.
yours are so precious and a real treat for the eyes.
love
rita

paperbutterfly said...

Martha,
I am so sorry to hear of your woes. So serious and waiting for the banks to get organized can have a few frustrating moments. You are right though that God can sort it all out!! I pray that you continue to have confidence in Him.
LOVE teacups! You have some very precious ones.
Do stop by for tea any time.
May your week be full of unexpexted blessings!
Pam

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I'm always so amazed at your collections, Martha! That last teacup is really doing it for me today!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Nezzy said...

Oh sweetie, I hate ya had to go through this. It's so sad that our identity can be so easily compromised. My prayers are with you.

I'm singin' "I'm a little Tea Pot" as I adore your charming little cups.

God bless ya and have a wonderful Wednesday!!!

Carolyn said...

Hi Martha!

My goodness! I am so sorry to hear the horrible troubles you are having with id theft...that is such a horrible thing! I cannot imagine where to even begin to deal with it! My prayers are with you!

Your tea cups are absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for hostessing the party! I just read the post before mine about the little song "I'm a little tea pot" and now it is stuck in my head! LOL! :)

Hugs ~ Carolyn Cottage Sunshine

rosechicfriends said...

Hi Martha!
Sorry to be so late but I jus couldn't get back with everyone, finally found some time!

You poor dear what a horrid thing to have to deal with...I will say a prayer for you!

Oh what gorgeous tea cups you have shared! I really enjoyed my visit!

Hope you have a blessed rest of the week!
Lorena

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Hi Martha,
I stopped by because we have followed each other by way of my blog The Greentiques Solution. I would like now to personally invite you to join me at my new blog called Tools Are For Women Too! http://toolsareforwomentoo.blogspot.com/ Right now I have a giveaway going on, a link party planned for Monday, a Link Party Directory where bloggers can list their parties , and just a lot of great stuff. Please stop by if you can. Rory

Rebecca said...

Sweetie...you are in my prayers. Email or call me. My # is on my website page.

xoRebecca

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, Martha ! I am so sorry that this has happened to you & I do pray that all will turn out for the better for you. What horrible people to do this to anyone ... I know I'd be as heart sick as are you.

Doors open, c'mon over ~

Your teacups are absolutely gorgeous & so are those plates. You have some lovely treasures, Martha.

Have a great weekend.
TTFN ~ Hugs of love, Marydon

A 2 Z said...

Hi Martha,

That is a scary story. China? The internet is something of a miracle but then there is a darker side to it. I hope it gets sorted out real soon! Your blog is so peaceful and beautiful and ooooh those teacups are magnificent! You must be a serious collector. I hope to join you next Tuesday!

Take care,

Anne-Marie

Jillian said...

Your teacups are just BEAUTIFUL! Wow, you really have a nice collection... I collect the cream soup cups...kind of like the one you have shown. I have one Haviland as well. But, I think I really like the thin taller cup. So sweet.

Jillian
Bella Rosa Antiques