Jun 7, 2010


Hi Ladies: Welcome to our 15th weekly Tea Cup Tuesday! I am still as excited as our first one! Many of you ladies have asked me how many tea cups I have. I don't know and it would be very hard to count because some are stored for certain seasons and others are all over the house. I have six china cabinets that I store things by color. I have been thinking about thinning out some of my tea cups, but I have a hard time deciding which ones. All my things have stories behind them. I am the only sentimental one in our family. Someone has to be the keeper of precious treasures, don't you think? Am like most people, I collect what I love and tea cups and tea pots have been a long time collection for me. My tastes have changed, I only collect really beautiful ones. (Are there ugly tea cups? I doubt it!) As I have shared this collection I realized, my collection is quite extensive. I think, not sure, but I may have to ask for prayer to eliminate some. (Don't start yet, I am working myself up to the decision!)

This week I have that beautiful FRANZ Tea Pot and Tea Cup, I promised to show you. This stunning set is called FRANZ Porcelain, "Papillon Butterfly" pattern. I have admired these tea sets for years. I have only seen them behind glass. Just the spoon goes for $25 on Ebay. I purchased the whole set for $35. I was so excited. I think it is so amazing looking! Look at all the detail.

The next cup is by Taylor & Kent of Longton, England. I love the large white and pink rose. I don't think I ever drank tea from it. I will have to do it, just to see what it looks like filled with tea.

Cup number 3 is a can shape cup. If you look at the handle it looks like the Christian Fish. I believe it is French, but I am not sure. The cup is not marked. I love can shape cups, they are hard to find and they are always beautiful.

Last but not least is a Schumann from Aezberg, Germany. It love like pink lace with gold trim. Look at the handle, it is just amazing! This one is my favorite this week. Aren't you just loving this song? It always reminds me of my 2 daughters. I miss them being little girls.

Thank you so much for being a part of this party! All you have to do is add your name to "Mr. Linky" and have fun. Join early, join late, just join the party. It would not be the same without you! Don't forget to visit Terri at http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/. Terri is an amazing woman, you don't want to miss her post! Blessings my friends! Martha


Patti said...

Oh, Martha, everything is beautiful!!! That butterfly teapot is exquisite. (How appropriate, I'm listening to "Butterfly Kisses" right now...lovely song).

No, I won't be praying for you to be able to let some of the collection go. How could you ever decide what to part with? Impossible.

Thank you for sharing your lovely collection. I am going to take part for the very first time and showcase only one of my teacups. My collection is not large (maybe 15), so if I posted more than one a week, I wouldn't have anything to share before long.


Betty said...

Your pieces are so beautiful. I just love them all and I also love what you did to your blog.


Needles Everywhere said...

Oh that butterfly set is breath taking. You have such a beautiful collection and I look so forward to Tuesday now. Not sure what I'll post this week. Once again, I love the added bling. It sure does give a great perspective on the sizes and just adds a special touch. Thanks so much for sharing your collection.

Jo said...

How pretty - can I submit a post abt teapots or do i need to have teacups in it?

Terri said...

OH Martha, so much to see and so much to say!
First off, your new blog look is just fantastic, and so patriotic! I love it.
Secondly, the butterfly set is gorgeous, I have purchased a tea cup and spoon for a friend once. I love it too.
Your other cups are beautiful as well. You must have hundreds of cups. You will outlast us all on Tea Cup Tuesday! Lol!
The can shaped tea cup is totally original, isn't it? I have posted one today too. Marie Antoinette's cups were that shape.
As for thinning out your collection, Why not sell them in your Etsy shop? I know you will make a good decision about it. I am sure I am not the only one here who would love to shop in your china cabinets!!!
I enjoyed visiting you today.
Hugs to you,

Susan said...

Dear Martha...OMG. That Franz is a winner from the word "go." How exquisite. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You have a magnificent collection....better than the Queen of England! You GO girl! Sincerely, Susan

Victoria said...

Wow Martha..what a magical post..this series was so delightful and beautifully inspiring...very charming! Yay! Great photos! Happy tea Time!
Wish I had more lovely tea cups to share..I will gladly enjoy yours and dream!!

Julie Woods said...

I have just died and gone to vintage teacup heaven! I love your cups and saucers! xx

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

So Pretty!! They all belong behind glass - I'd be so afraid to break them!

The Charm of Home said...

Wow, that last cup is gorgeous! Love the new look of your blog.
Writing tea post now. Blogger was out awhile for me in the midwest. Be back soon.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi Martha :) As always, you have some beautiful teacups to show for us! I really love that set with the butterfly handles...how adorable is that!!

I was able to get my post up for Teacup Tuesday, YEAH!! Blogger finally got the issue resolved. They made some upgrades, and those upgrades were causing the problem for hundreds of people! They have changed things back...I say leave well enough alone, right!

Have a great week!!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL doesn't cover it, Martha! LOVE those butterflies ~ I've never seen anything like that. Your home must be just full of 'eye-candy' to look at. And grouping all your teacups and pots by color is the perfect way to see them all.
As always, I wish you a warm and wonderful week and send my friendship!

Diann said...

All of your teacups are just beautiful! That STUNNING teapot and matching teacup set is AMAZING! I know it is wrong to covet but, Oh my I am doing some major time coveting!

xinex said...

So many pretties but I adore the butterfly set....Christine

Theresa said...

Dear Martha, How lovely the butterfly set is! It is both whimsical and beautiful~ I can't believe all your treasures. Thanks for sharing and hosting such loveliness. All my best, Theresa

Ginger said...

Martha you always have the most beautiful, exquisite teacups and saucers and you dress them up so beautifully with your lovely jewelry. Always so much fun to visit you. Thanks for sharing.


Appleshoe said...

Oh my... Hello Martha, those butterflies are beyond words. They are the most beautiful set I have ever seen.. and still beyond words. Thank you for posting them. I will be keeping an eye out for them now. Take care.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Your FRANZ tea set is stunning! I am familiar with those and they are so delicate. I fell in love with them when I first saw them. You are a lucky lady to own them. Enjoyed your post as always! Connie

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, your teacups are something else! Each one is so lovely and I don't know which is my favourite. I always enjoy them adorned with your lovely jewelery. Thanks for sharing. I have added your link to my party as well. Hope you're having a wonderful week, my firend.


Lisa said...

Oh how lovely!! You have the best tea cups!
Love them all!! Hope you have a great week!!
Hugs, Lisa

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

I love your new header Martha!! Although I looked and looked again and have not seen even one teacup :-))
Now I know why you show so many teacups each tuesday!! Even at that you will never get to them all!! You are crowned the Queen of Teacups!!
I love each and every one you've chosen to share this week! And all their fancy bling bling too!!
Hugs and Smiles,

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

You have so many unusual tea cups and pots! The butterfly set is so unique and just beautiful!


Kelee said...

Hi Martha!

I adore your teacups--especially that top one. It is so charming and whimsical!

Thank-you for visiting and your kind comments.

love, kelee @ www.katillacshack.com

My Vintage Treasures said...

Beautiful dainty teacups...luv them all :)

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I so enjoy looking at your collection. Don't thin it out just yet, you might regret it. I know from experience! I'm sentimental too and everything in my home has a story as well. If you do end up thinning out your collection, gift it to someone who'll appreciate it and love it as much as you do!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I am in total awe of your tea cup collection. You showed more in this post than I own. And they are all gorgeous and rare. Love them all.

There is NO WAY I could join you in this collaboration. I would be removed by week three for showing the world's ugliest coffee mugs that have no saucers. However, I will be here each Tuesday to see what beauties you have to offer. I might even find one at the thrift store one of these years and join in for a week. Thanks so much for the invitation, though. It was kind and very thoughtful of you (and so like you, too).

Kimberly said...

Just lovely. I love tea cups and tea pots. Great taste.

Julie Woods said...

I have just joined! xx

Unknown said...

They are all so beautiful... and I am totally in love with the first one!

I joined your meme today... thanks!


Mary said...

Hi Martha!
Wow! The first butterfly teacup is beautiful, how unique! You have such a large and beautiful collection. I love the way you display them in your pictures. I have to say, my favorite this time is the last one...Soooo pretty :)
Thanks for inviting me to Teacup Tuesday and for being such a lovely hostess!
Blessings, Mary

Jacoba said...

Martha, your collection is really out of this world!
Have a wonderful day,Jacoba

Werna Gail said...

Really enjoyed your blog, I like the way you add the vintage jewelry to the tea cups. You and the other tea cup lovers have convienced me to give this a try.

Beth said...

Martha, The Franz teapot, cup and spoon are simply amazing! I've never seen anything like it! I'm so glad you were able to add it to your collection!
Hugs and blessings, Beth

Denise@alloverroses said...

Martha your new blog design is so beautiful! You have by far thee best collection of tea cups of anyone! My favorite is your last one! Oh so gorgeous! And each and every week your pictures are lovely!
Have a wonderful day!

paperbutterfly said...

My dear, you have out done yourself!! Love the Christian fish sign for the handle. The pink and white rose teacup is so dramatic! But really I can't pick a favorite this week!!
I like to colour code my tea treasures too!
Hope you can stop by for tea later.
Have a blessed week.

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, Martha! These are awesomely unique!

Anonymous said...

oh that first cup and pot are fantastically whimsical! i love that! never seen anything like it!

thanks for sharing!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Anonymous said...

What a joy! Your Franz tea set is Gorgeous! And the tea pot, too, for just $35! What a blessing! I have the same teacup! How funny and wonderful! I love your German cup the best. There's somthing remarkable about teacups from Germany that tugs at my heart. Have a blessed day! Thanks for all the fun and for sharing your increadable collection woth us.

Beansieleigh said...

Oh, I love when the designs and patterns are INSIDE the cup, as well as on the OUTSIDE of the cup! I'm afraid I don't have any like those yet, but I always have my eyes open for such sweet things! Patience is a virtue as my small collection grows! I'm so glad to FINALLY be able to join you today, with a specific (Royal Albert) tea cup to show today. I do have so much fun, almost feeling like a little girl again, each Tuesday that I'm able to participate! Thank you so much for hosting, and I hope you're enjoying this beautiful day, and a wonderful week! ~tina

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness. How could you possibly choose a favorite, however the first one with the butterfly's is so unusual and beautiful. What a fabulous collection. Love them all. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Susan Freeman said...

Hello Friend! What fabulous cups you have. The Pappillon set is so very pretty. What treasures!! Thank you for being our charming co-hostess for Tea Cup Tuesday.

Susan and Bentley

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I've never seen anything quite like your fantastic china--what a collection you must have! I'm joining Tea Cup Tuesday for the first time. Thank you for hosting! I'm new to blogging since April and still having lots of fun! Jacqueline

Anne Maskell said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love them all!

jane maday said...

Wow, those butterflies are so unusual. And what a great bargain you got! I posted my teacup today, thanks for hosting!

Nancy's Notes said...

Your teacups take my breath away! They are the gorgeous and truly exquisite and I dearly love each one! Brilliant way to display them!

I am happy I found my way to your blog, I joined in for the fun at Marty's party too! I blogged about my sugar and creamers today!


GardenOfDaisies said...

Each of the teacups and accompanying bling was gorgeous!!

Moments of Grace said...

Dearest Martha,

I am simply awed by your teacup collection. How beautiful is each one and how lovely to be able to share them with us. Oh my, I do love each one of them.

Your new look is absolutely wonderful. I love the vintage look to all the patriotic graphics. Debby does such wonderful work.

I have something I would like to send to you. Please email me your address so I can put it in the mail to you. www.grace4marie@msn.com.

Blessings to you today,my friend.

In Grace,

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Martha! Bling and butterflies ~ it doesn't get any better than that! Beautiful.

I'm hostessing a WEDDING BLOG PARTY on the 25th that I would love for you to join ~ you can read more about it by clicking the bridal button on my sidebar ~ if you are interested. I bet you have some lovely things to share! And I'm also having a sweet little giveaway, too!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

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Kerrie said...

What an amazing collection!! The little teapot with the butterfly is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Jocelyn said...

What gorgeous pieces! Very unusual, and amazing!



Hi Martha, Your butterfly collection is so beautiful and I love the other teacup and saucers you showed. I can see why you really don't want to part with any of them, they are gorgeous!

Tara said...

Six chins cabinets?! I hope they all have doors on them so you don't have to endlessly dust them! I always love seeing your beautiful things and these are all new to me. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the success of Tea Cup Tuesday Martha!

Bunnym said...

I have run out of adjectives to describe your collection...wait a minute..how 'bout...insanely stunning?

love ya,

GardenOfDaisies said...

I would love to join you for teacup tuesday one of these day! I need to make a post that concentrates pictures of the teacup. :-)

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow Martha! Amazing teapots and cups. The butterflies are so wonderful and unique. You always have so many treasures to share. Blessings to you and yours, Tammy

KathyB. said...

Martha, the Franz tea set is unlike any I have ever seen before and it is beautiful.Is it hard to store it without risking breaking the butterfly adornments?

The Taylor & Kent rose teacup is stunning. I can see why you are hesitant to pare down your collection.

Kissed by an Angel said...

Hi Martha, your tea cups today are just stunning!! I have never seen anything like them!!! You will find it very hard to 'thin' your lovely collection!!

Unknown said...

All totally stunning BUT the butterfly sppon and teapoy oh darling cup is just to die for I am in heaven (I am not a butterfly lover but I can just see the work and beauty in this stunning work!) oh I have to go and look at it again! thank you for this so much just shows what is put there I would imagine not in my pockest would ever be enough pennies to get this set! *swoon*

Love Dawn xx

Unknown said...

I went on e-bay and I can manage to get the TC&S for £49 but I will be leaving it lol and I am so happy you found these and got them at such a bargin. As I am not a collevtor I wouldn't know one brand from another and so I just buy what I can (cheap form charity shops) and what I like to look at I think it's going to take some serious searching to find something of this quality at a great price you did really well

Love Dawn xx

Olga Poltava said...

My goodness, I've never seen such stunning tea cups before. I didn't even think that tea cups and tea pots could be THIS beautiful.

Wanda Lee said...

Dear martha,

Thanks so much for ALSO JOINING IN WITH PAMELA AND I FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY TEA TIMES AT MY BLOG/OUR BLOGS, THIS WEEK!..,WE ALWAYS SO APPRECIATE YOU COMING BY AND LEAVING YOUR KIND WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AS WELL!.., I'm so sorry to hear that you have had difficult times as well my dear lady!.., You will also be in my thoughts and prayers!


Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

The Old Parsonage said...

Hi Martha

Just popping bu to play catch-up. I love your tea cup days - such fun!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Martha,

I love all your beautiful china and you must have the best collection around.
Thank you for sharing all your fabulous treasures.

I hope that you are having a lovely week

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