Jun 13, 2010

Tea Cup Tuesday #16 & A give away!

Hello Tea Party Ladies! This is our 16th week and I have reached a mile stone with 301 followers! So to celebrate, I am going to have a give away this month. Since this is a tea cup post, I thought I would give a way a tea cup trio. I hope you like it, I have added a little bling, as always! We will make this easy, all you have to do is add my button to your blog, and leave a comment. Noah will pick a name from a hat at the end of the month! Please let me know when you have added the button. It can be my button or the Tea Cup Tuesday button or both. I will add you name as often as you comment and you will get an additional entry for each button. You have changed me, thank you for your faithfulness to me!

Now on with the party! My first and favorite cup for this week is 1990, Venetian glass, by Murano. It is a flared cup with a curled loop handle. The cobalt blue glass with a lacy white enameled decor overlay. My pictures do not do it justice. It is stunning. I paid $4.00 for it at an estate sale. I have seen it priced in Cups & Saucers, Identification & Values Book for $450.00. Who can afford to spend that much money on a cup? I was blessed to find it for sure.

My second cup is Mitterteich, Bavaria, Germany circa 1930. This cobalt blue, cream and gold cup has an unusual pointed scalloped foot. It features a zigzag handle with a beautiful gold print rose design on the inside and on the saucer. The foot looks like a king's crown. It is so beautiful.

Cup number three is a Royal Stafford China circa 1950. It has beautiful blood red design with gilted flowers and a heavy etched gilt band. This is a gorgeous cup, and is also featured in the a Cups & Saucers Identification & Values Book. I love when I find things I own in books or magazines. It makes me feel like I am not the only person who thinks something is pretty. I always question my taste in things, never really sure if any one else would like it. So, it helps to see them in magazines or books. Weird, I know, therapy!

My last cup is an Aynsley circa. 1950. It is a low Doris shape with a "D" shape handle. It has a deep blue trim with a cream body and a rose design on the inside of the cup, very pretty. I don't own many Aynsley, and I have seen some of yours they are amazing! Don't forget to visit Terri's post at http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/, she always has some amazing cups. Terri also has a give away going! Yeah, her things are amazing!

Now my give away. This lovely trio is called "Mayflower" and it is by Vernon Ware. I hope you like it. I have had it in my collection for years. I believe it is circa 1950. If you look closely you can see that both dishes have a duffle like edging.

You know what to do about "Mr. Linky". Join early, join late, just join and please let me know if you want to be included in the giveaway! Well, let's party on, ladies! Blessings, Martha


Susan said...

Hello Dear Martha...Stunning cups. Absolutely stunning. I can't participate in Tea Cup Tuesday today because I've run out of cups! Sad but true. But come summer and yard and estate sales, I'm sure I'll get more.

I have one of your buttons already on my blog at all times so you can sign me up!

Martha, be sure to check my blog today as there is a Book Giveaway going on with sign-ups for today only. Drawing will be tonight. Please come by! Sincerely, Susan


So many pretty cups. I love the blue set. And I love that gold bracelet! Please tell sweet Noah to draw my name:)
I hope all is going well with you.
Blessings and hugs!

Itch2stitch.com said...

Absolutely wonderful teacups! Hugs and love to you! Suzie xxx

Beth said...

Good Morning, Martha! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I have added your button to my blog. It's a fun button - love the Victorian lady. Congratulations on your 301 followers! That speaks well for you and your writing. I just love the Murano cup and saucer. What a deal you got! Wow! My second favorite is the red Royal Stafford. Love how you decorate your cups with jewelry, too. Creative and stunning!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Appleshoe said...

Hello Martha- These are all so lovely. I love the many styles you have. I honestly cant pick which one of these is the prettiest and that gold bracelet is quite stunning. It looks like a river of gold. Lovely. Take care.

Willow said...

Congratulations of the followers. Your cups are beautiful. I put your button on my blog and please enter me in your drawing.


Jan said...

Oh, Martha...you never stop amazing me with your teacups and photos! Love the patriotic feeling this week (along with the added BLING). I DO have TEACUP TUESDAY's button on my blog and am proud to do so! How sweet it would be to win!
Have a great week ahead!

A Hopeful Heart said...

ALL your cups are exquisite. I especially love how you photographed them with the pearls. SO lovely.

I'm telling you, I need to attend an estate sale sometime. Y'all find SUCH amazing things at estate sales...even better than at thrift stores.

I'm not sure how to add your buttons to my blog. Where is the HTML code that I usually copy and paste? I'm not extremely computer savvy, so without the HTML code, I have NO IDEA what to do. I've been wanting to add the Teacup Tuesday button, as I think it's a great way for other bloggers to find out about the lovely tea party you host every Tuesday.

Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
You have the loveliest teacups! I got so excited when I saw your red, white, and gold teacup because I have the same Royal Stafford only mine is black, white, and gold! I posted about mine on the 9th of February if you would like to check it out. Mine had been a shower gift from my brother. Aren't tea parties fun? I have added your link to my post. Enjoy your day.


Claudia said...

Beautiful teacups, Martha. My friend, Marjane, of thebeehivecottage.blogspot.com collects Mayflower by Vernon Ware. She just found a whole lot of it and filled her hutch up with it. I think her mother collected it.


Claudia said...

That should be Maryjane. I typed too fast!

Brenda-shabbycatsandroses said...

Hi Martha :) You always have such wonderful teacups to show us, I really like glass cup, though I would be so afraid to touch it, lol :)

Happy Teacup Tuesday to you!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Diann said...

Hi Martha!

Congrats of hitting over 300 followers! Love the Venician colbolt blue and white set! Just gorgeous. And I love the red set! I have the hardest time finding red teacups and saucers. And this is a beauty! All of them are just lovely!

Okay, now I have to run over to my blog and add your button because you know I am just dying to win this pretty trio! LOL

Have a wonderful week!

Bella said...

Lovely tea cups. I love that last trio - so pretty!

Draffin Bears said...

Congratulations to so many followers, dear Martha.
Soooo many wonderful cups and what a thoughtful giveaway.

I hope that your week is going well

Bella said...

Hello Martha,
Your cups always amaze me! You have the most unique teacups I Have ever seen!
Thanks so much for hosting tea.. I am enjoying joining in:-)
I grew up in the foothills of CA.. Sylmar ( I haven't been back in 30 years), are you close by?

xinex said...

You have the most beautiful and amazing and rare teacup collection, Martha. I just love looking at them. Congrats on your 300+ followers. I added your Teacup Tues. button on my side bar...Christine

rose said...

love your items esp. love the cobolt blue. rose

Cabin and Cottage said...

Your Venetian glass cup is stunning! I have stood on the very corner that is depicted on it! It would make a fabulous souvenir! :) Thanks for hosting a fun party! Jacqueline

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Wow, Martha, I am so impressed by your collection. It's wonderful! I can't believe you found that beautiful blue teacup for $4! I can't choose a favorite because I love them all!

Creative Grammie said...

Martha, you have such a stunning collection. I'll probably only be able to participate in Teacup Tuesday for only a few weeks, my collection is so small compared to yours. LOL
Actually, I can't participate just yet, this month is full of birthday celebrations. I do promise to join in soon. Thank you for sharing!

Dawn said...

WOW! I feel total shame showing my thrifty TC&S when I stop by here but I always LOVE what you show so delicious. I love them all but this weeks fave has to be the German one black & gold the patterns and shape of the cup is just darling I love the shapes of cups! thank you for sharing you must have tons as you can share so many each week. please put me in r give away although How you can bare to give any of yr items away I do not know thanx for sharing

Love Dawn xx

KathyB. said...

I especially love your Aynsley cup and saucer! All your teacups are exquisite and your collection appears to be priceless. Thank-you for hosting this enjoyable Teacup Tuesday Martha, I am very much enjoying myself.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What beautifully elegant tea cups.


Penny said...

I love cobalt blue and your blue teacups are so beautiful. Your Red set is divine also but the blues are heavenly.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Hello, Martha!!
300 + followers!! Holy Moly!! Terrific and Congrats to you, my friend!! I definitely would love to be entered in your charming giveaway!! And you know that i am a follower!!
I love all of your tea cups and what a find on the one for $4.00 valued at over $400!! Yippee for you!!
Okay, I know a lot of bloggers have recently posted where they keep all of their dishes for their tablescapes but I want to know where do you keep all of your tea cups?????


Bookie said...

Such unique cups! Esp. the cobalt blue one since I am a blue and white person! You are teaching me to look at cups in a new way; I will be more observant when I am shopping.

BECKY said...

Hi Martha! Congrats on your new milestone! Over 300 Followers!! Wow!! I was thrilled when I reached 50! I'm so excited because I managed to participate in your Tea Cup Tuesday today! Don't enter me in your contest, though....for no other reason than to let someone else win! :)

Charlie said...

Beautiful teacups as always. I love them I think I might have one of those. I'll have to look. I've decided to play again after a little break. It's just too much fun.

Denise@alloverroses said...

Martha you have the most beautiful collection of tea cups I have ever seen. They are always so unique. Thank you for hosting this each week...it is so much fun!

Mary said...

Hi Martha!
Very beautiful teacups...just how many do you have, girlfriend :)
I really love the cobalt blue glass one...very pretty!
Thank you for hosting!
Blessings, Mary

Snap said...

Stunning cups, Martha. Thanks so much for hosting. This is my first Teacup Tuesday and I hope there will be many more to come!

carpe diem said...

me encantan todas pero la de Murano me chifla!!!
un abrazo, Olga

Concetta said...

Dearest Martha,
I love the blue glass tea cup - I think it is my favorite - so delicate. Thank you for another marvelous tea-time and sharing all of your exquisite treasures with us!
<>< Connie

parTea lady said...

You have an amazing teacup collection. They are all fabulous. Your jewelry is also wonderful. What great photo styling!

Thanks for the great giveaway. I've never had a three piece tea set.

Terri said...

Beautiful cups Martha! I love how you pair them with jewelry. That is uniquely you, isn't it.
I hope you are doing very well.
I am a little late getting started visiting blogs today, so off I go into the land of china!

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...



Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Martha, these are all just beautiful. I've never seen anything like the cobalt lacey cup and saucer. Just stunning. And your patriotic jewelry is lovely, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I was just visiting Terri and telling her how amazed I am at all the lovely tea cups I have seen on your blog. I especially love the second one from Germany with the pointed feet. That is SO unusual.

I could never join your group, even though I know you were so sweet to invite me. I simply don't have any cups, so it would be a short post with no pictures! I do however, love to stop by on Tuesday to see what beauties you have to show us. You have such a diverse and eclectic collection. Thanks for letting me just stop by and see all your beauties.

someplace in thyme said...

Hi Martha, I would love to join Teacup Tuesday. Please let me know what I need to do, thanks so much, Char

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Hey Martha,

I would never want you to think I wouldn't join your group because of YOU. YOU are the reason I show up each week. I simply don't have tea cups. I own maybe four or five, and that is it.

I'm an (close your eyes if you are offended - tee hee) insulated mug with handle and lid kind of gal who drinks COFFEE through a straw. I share tea once a week because it's fun and drinking tea (and coming up with clever Tuesday Tea posts) can be fun once a week. But tea cups are simply not something I have ever had a desire to acquire. I'm really not into anything that breaks anymore. That was me maybe 15 years ago, collecting and such, but now I'm a no frills kind of gal.

So please don't EVER think I am not joining the fun because of you or because I feel like an outsider. I'm not joining because I simply don't want to collect tea cups. BUT, I really LOVE looking at your beautiful collections and am in awe of everything you have collected, even though I have no desire to collect them myself. I also love the little vignettes you create, so it's fun to see what you will come up with next. So I'll be delighted to show up each week to see what you and Terri cook up. And that will put a smile on my face and hopefully put your mind to rest.

BTW, is there a source online where I can find information about a set of dessert plates, cups, and matching tea pot that I think were made in the late 50s to mid 60s? Maybe earlier? There's no marking except USA on the bottom of everything. The design looks like it might have come from maybe somewhere in that time frame. It's a really cheap set of four plates and cups because the finish is cracking on them and they have never been used until now to my knowledge, but I was just curious. I'm posting them on my blog on Saturday and again next Tuesday. I thought you might know where I can find an approximate date or even decade they were made.

Sares said...

Beautiful cups Martha. I like the blue rimmed cup with the little flowers hiding in the bottom of the cup. It's like a peek a boo bouquet!

Ro Magnolia said...

Oh, I just discovered your blog and it's too late to join in for this past Tuesday, but I will definitely join in next week. What a lovely, lovely blog you have. How could you ever question your taste? Those tea cups are absolutely beautiful - you don't need to see them in a catalogue to know you have some gems!

The Murano glass one is very unique, isn't it? I've never seen anything like that.

Please enter me into your give away. I'm so excited to be entering one. I've been nervous to try before since I'm new at this blogging thing.

I'm going to get your button now to put on my blog - if I can figure out how to do it. :)

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your tea cups with us.

Marydon said...

To learn of your china history/info & values & even replacement purchase(s) people can go to ~

Another set of gorgeous teacups, Martha. I love the red set. I have not had the privilege to own a Murano teacup set. Lucky you are. Harold went to the Murano glass factory in Murano & even he fell in love with the gorgeous beauty created.

What a fabulous blingy giveaway ...

TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Vintage Porcelain Art By Amy Enright said...

Hi Martha! I would love to participate in the Pink Saturday and Pink Tuesday,how do I get the buttons? I'm a newbie blogger, so please forgive me! :0) I'm a china painter, so teacups are my thing!

ooglebloops said...

Lovely teacups!!! Also love your studio area- so many goodies!!! I "play" in a Tea on Tuesday group - you should drop by. Great giveaway - I will try to figure out how to load your button to my sidebar later today!!!

Patricia Torres said...

Dear Martha... Your blog is simply overflowing with love & creativity... its simply awesome!! Loved all your collections.... They are such a treasure!! and by the looks of things.. so are you!!

mo said...

Martha! I am a lavender rose...perfect for me. Thanks for your link to find this out. *hugs*

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