Dec 4, 2010


Hello dear Tea Cup Ladies! Hope you are well on your way to getting all your Christmas things done. I still have a lot of shopping to do. Today I have joined 2 other parties, as well as our weekly Tea Cup Tuesday No. 39. I hope I can do this, so please bear with me if I mess up. I don't join other parties very often, I know my home is not as beautiful as some of the ones you will see, however, I love Christmas, so I am playing! The parties I am joining are "Christmas with Victoria" and "Deck the Halls". The address to these parties are on my side bar, in case you want to party too. The china cabinet above holds my Pink Treasures!

I hope that if you are here because of the other parties, you will feel free to join Terri and I for our weekly Tea Cup Tuesday Party. We would love to have you join us. All you have to do is show us your Tea Cups. I will, of course, start with Tea Cup Tuesday. You would not believe what I found at an Estate Sale this weekend. I am so excited about the cups I found. I am only going to show you two of the four cups I purchased. You will have to wait to see the other two, sorry!

The first cup is an Aynsley, Gold Fruit Athens, signed by the artist. I have wanted this cup for so long, however, it was always too expensive for me. Saturday, it was mine, yeah! I was so excited, when I purchased it, that when I got into my car, I unwrapped it and just held it. How could anyone get rid of such a beauty? Were they insane? On drugs, what is the reason? Needless to say, when I saw the price, it was mine. Although it is not a Christmas cup, let's pretend it is ok? I am not going to say much about the cup, it speaks for itself. This may not sound so spiritual, but I thanked God for my good fortune that day, especially this cup! These cups go for $200 plus. I purchased it, at my cup limit.

Cup Number 2 is a Royal Grafton. Isn't it beautiful with the pink rose in the middle. It too, was purchased at the Estate Sale on Saturday. I love the red colors. I think it is very Christmasy! (Is that a word?) I have a few Royal Grafton cups, they are so elegant!

The next cup is a Royal Stafford. It looks like the sister of the Royal Grafton. This one is a burgundy with gold. They are both beautiful. Great colors for Christmas. I am planning to have a ladies group over and these cups will be on the table for sure.

I am also featuring a vintage, Fritz and Floyd, Santa Claus Teapot. I am not a Santa collector, however, I do have a few very pretty pieces of vintage Christmas Santa's.

Since I plan to show you the Christmas decorations in my home. I thought I would start with the Christmas Tree. Did I ever tell you, I do a different tree every year? Well, I do, I have a rather large collection of trees things. This year I did a vintage Madame Alexander Doll tree, with vintage glass ornaments and pink, glittered poinsettias. It also has a vintage, ruffled, paper garland. I think it came out so cute. I hope you like it too. I have collected vintage glass ornaments for years and have a large collection.

This time of year it is hard not to see the rather large collections of Christmas items I have. I guess, I will be making a lot of confessions this month! Did I ever tell you I collect nativity scenes? Well, I do, don't say anything, just look at how beautiful this is. This one is vintage, Italian, paper mache and stands about 10 to 12 inches high. It has the stable and other pieces, but I ran out of room. Baby Jesus, gets put in the manger on Christmas Eve! I love nativity sets, I wish I could show them all to you, but I run out of room in my house so I have to change them out each year just featuring 5 or 6 at a time.

This vintage crystal punch bowl is beautifully hand cut. I have filled it with vintage, gold foil, Christmas bulbs and these forest elfs. At least I think that is what they are. I have done a Christmas tree full of them in the past and I just love the look on their faces.

I love put a poinsetta and a bow on things. That is what I have done to this dessert plate holder. I have Green Depression glass plates on there now, but that will change to a Cranberry color in the next few days.

This next picture is my "Victoria" picture. Notice the vintage Christmas pins. I do have a small collection of these ladies "heads". This is the only one I have that is wearing a Christmas outfit.

I believe this post is getting rather long, so I am going to just post "Mr. Linky" for you.

Remember to show us something with Tea Cups and please play along. Visit everyone you can, no matter how long it takes. More Christmas decorating to follow in the month of December. God Bless you everyone! Martha


Bookie said...

Wow, you made a haul at the sale. The gold cup is beautiful, but the red ones hold their own with it I think. Such lovelys!!

Everything else is pretty too...nativity is nice. I could collect them if I had ANY room left to store them. I blogged about my own nativity memories today.

Enjoy this lovely season...looks like you have a great start as pretty things are part of the pleasure!

Eileen said...

That first tea cup is just gorgeous! Everything looks so pretty. I just love your photos. I am working on my Christmas with Victoria party post now - better get back to it. I just had to stop and see your treasures - they are always so lovely.

~Sues Treasures on the Porch~ said...

Love your tree it is so romantic and sweet and all your wonderful tea cups. I look forward to every post!

Bettyann said...

wow Martha your home looks lovely...hope all is well with your family..

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Oh My Goodness!!! Martha, where do I begin... OK I want to stand in front of your china closet for maybe a few hours and STUDY everything that's going on in there!!!AHHHH!!! and wander around says LOTS of "Oooohs and Ahhhhs"! Everything is gorgeous, and I have such a week spot for Christmas tree pins! LOVE THEM!!! AND those cups&saucers are "To Die For"! That first one, IS MY FAVORITE!!! Wow did you hit the jackpot!!!
I'm looking forward to seeing the other two sets!
Hugs, Donna

Anonymous said...

Beautiful tea cupe and Christmas decoration, I lake it!
Kisses, Zondra Art

Kathy said...

Hello Martha - such beauty to behold - love your teacups and your gorgeous Christmas decorations! You have a beautiful tree! Everything is so special - thank you for joining me this week at Christmas with Victoria - you've made it all the more special,

Rozen van papier said...

Hello Martha,

Thank you for joining my blog. You have a beautiful inspiring blog with beautiful Christmas pictures, and I will visit it many times in feature,

regards from France,


Concetta said...

Dearest Martha,

You can't help but get into the Christmas spirit viewing all of your lovely collectibles! Everything looks so beautiful!
I did not see where we could link up to your tea party this week.
Have a blessed day dear friend!
<>< Concetta

luisa said...

Martha,my god!!!!!!!!All is gorgeous,your cup gold,ornaments of christma.Really to visit his blog is beautiful.Congratulations from Argentina Patagonia.God blesses you Martha.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
Your decorations are lovely and your teacups are exquisite! I especially love the red and gold ones! Thanks for sharing your pretties.

Christmas blessings,

GwendolynKay said...

Everything is lovely as always! I do love the first shot.. the one of the hutch, showing all your pretties.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
your golden tea cup is really a tresure. It looks fantastic. What a lucky person you are. I think this cup is just made for you. Also the red ones are very nice and christmasy, yes, it is a word for me. You have decorated so nice all the rooms and I love your nativity scene. Wish you a merry Christmas time.
Greetings, Johanna

Moments of Grace said...

Dearest Martha,

Your home is lovely and your collections are gorgeous. I had to look at each photo several times just to take it all in.

I pray your holiday season is rich and blessed with all good things. I thank God for the blessing of you friendship.

Blessings to you today.

In Grace,

Beth said...

Hi Martha! Love your Gold Fruit Athens and your Royal Stafford cup. How beautiful! Your Christmas decorations are just beautiful, too!
Blessings, Beth

Terri said...

Oh Martha! Your holiday post is magnificent! Your tree is magical, totally amazing. Your decorations are fab. I can not believe how much you have collected and wonder if you have a warehouse to hold it all! we talk about the cups....OMG...
You found that cup at a sale?????
Did you buy a lottery ticket too????
I can totally see you sitting in your car lovingly hugging that cup!
The two other cups are amazing as well, and so Christmassy (and yes Virgina, that is a word, at least as far as I am concerned).
Hooray for you! I am tickled you have found your favorite cup and others as well.
I am off to send you Mr. Linky.

The Charm of Home said...

That tea cup is beautiful! That was a deal, if you got it at your tea cup limit. I am glad you got it because you appreciate it. LOL They are all pretty. Love your tree and your other decorations too!

Jocelyn said...

Wow Martha, what an incredibly beautiful collection. The tea cups are gorgeous. Beautiful post.

Have a blessed week!


KathyB. said...

Christmas has come early for you, to find the teacup of your dreams at an estate sale for the price of your teacup limit is a wonderful present! The teacups you featured are very beautiful Martha, and as usual, I love reading your comments about your collecting.( Do you do stand-up comedy on the side?) I suspect you are a lot of fun and your family, especially your grandchildren, get a kick and lots of joy from your decorating and celebrations of the many special times of the year. Plus, if you were a relative of mine, I would know just what gifts would make you very happy.

p.s. I want to shop at estate sales where you live!

Patti's Artful Design said...

Your decor and home are lovely. It reminds me of the Victoria magazine you have in one of the pictures! Thank you for stopping by and becoming a follower, Martha! I shall do the same. Happy holidays to you!

parTea lady said...

Oh my goodness, how do you ever get visitors to leave your home - there is such an abundance of beautiful things to see. The cups today are really gorgeous and your Christmas decor is lovely.

Anonymous said...

Oh so beautiful...I am usually a pink floral lover on tea cups sort of gal...but these read beauties are simply stunning! it's actually helping me to sway towards decorating with red...which is something I've been thinking should be my next home decor trend here! so thanks!

just gorgeous...and ritzy too!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Lady Katherine said...

I love all your Christmas Decor, I have not began yet. Oh, but the cups are lovely! I wish I could just come sit and admire all your lovely treasures!

Elizabeth said...

Love your decorations...the garland across your china cabinet, the Madame Alexander dolls as ornaments, and especially the nativities.

So happy for your tea cup find. I believe the Lord blesses us with things like that!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Martha
Thank you very much for your visit and your lovely words
Your Christmas ornaments are very pretty and your tea cups, of course!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Martha... you're such a sweetheart...I LOVE the photos you share from your home. My home is humble in appearance, but it's full of love. I suspect that your home is the same way :) :) :) Oh, you know what, I thank God for the nice things that I'm able to purchase, especially at yard sales. I do consider t hose extra blessings...for sure!!! My mom LOVES Madame Alexander dolls. I might have Madame Alexander Christmas tree ornament somewhere. I'll have to go take a look!!! Your tea things are lovely and so are the nativity and everything else :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Love your tree jewelry and that pretty red/gold teacup is making me swoon! Lovely holiday decor~

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents said...

Oh Martha what beautiful things you have. I too collect old ornaments and I notice you also have Willow Tree Angels. Everything is just beautiful. Thanks for joining my humble little blog.I am now a follower of yours-I can't wait to see your next find.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Martha,

Wow to all the prettiness at your home.
I do not know where to start the china cabinet will all your pink treasures and then the gold cup! so beautiful. Also I loved seeing all your Christmas decorations and tree and the sweet Nativity scene. Must be looking a lot like Christmas there.


Home and Heart said...

Everything looks so rich and elegant!! Amazing!

Marie said...

Thanks for sharing your decorations! They are beautiful. We use to put up a tree in our front bedroom decorated with Madame Alexander dolls. My husband and I are no longer able to put up all the Christmas trees we use to. We have one up all year long in the living room and it is done with angels.
I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas season.

Unknown said...

Good shopping! Wow, what a lot of beautiful things, so nicely arranged and your tree is splendid!

Linda said...

Hi Martha,
LOVE all your teacups and your tree is so pretty!!
I loved seeing your Willow Angels and I am an avid collector of these!! Love them and all angels.
I enjoy your post and all your beautiful teacups.

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