Feb 7, 2011


Hello Tea Lovers! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No.48! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that your favorite football team won. Our day was fun and loud here at home. I loved that Darth Vader commercial. The little boy reminded me of Noah.

I have big news! I am excited to tell you that at long last, I am working on my own web site. I have always wanted to have a brick and mortar store of my own. It looks like this is a close as I am going to get. Don't get me wrong, I am very happy about my new adventure. It is a dream come true for me. I am hoping that by next month, I could be open for business! The plan is to start with just thinning out some of my collections. That will keep me busy for sometime. (You will not be able to call me a Hoarder anymore!) I want to selling my things to you! Please wish me luck, I have so much to learn. I am a little afraid, (ok, very afraid), I don't want to fail, I want to make a profit (very important). I am told it is a lot of hard work. However, it has been a long time desire of mine my heart and I am not afraid of hard work. Ebay fees are killing me and I just cannot get a hang of the Etsy site. Please pray I can learn what I need to learn. If you have any suggestions, PLEASE let me know. I know nothing!

Enough about my dreams, on to the tea cups! Have you noticed we have had a lot of new ladies who are sharing their treasures? It has been so much fun to watch. You never see the same cup on any Tuesday. The way you ladies fix your pictures, they can make you drool (at least I do). This little black cup is a Lefton, too cute! I have had it forever, I don't even remember where I picked it up. Love the little legs.

My next tea cup is one of my all time favorites. It is a Taylor & Kent. I purchased this at an Estate Sale in Pasadena a few months ago. I have told you before that my limit is no more than $10 per tea cup, this cup was $6. I was going to put a piece of bling next to it, but I just could not. It stands alone in it's beauty.

I love tea cups so much, I bet you are thinking this chick is "weird". I guess I am. I am just hooked on tea cups. Look at this next one. It is a Royal Chelsea with amazing pink roses and the painted gold all over the cup. Look at that handle! Too cute!

What about this red and gold Royal Stafford? I paid $6 for this cup too! Did you notice the pedestal base? It is shaped like a crown. The pin in this cup is vintage and hand painted on a piece of porcelain. It is beautiful close up.


I took more pictures of tea cups than I should have so I am stopping here. I know I am running late with "Mr Linky", my day got away from me. Remember to keep that sense of Romance in your home. Thank you so much for joining our party. I love visiting you and I always love to stop by for some tea.

Hugs! Martha


Marie said...

Hi Martha - Best of luck and congrats on following your dreams. Your tea cup collection is gorgeous, I'm sure you'll have a huge line of friends waiting to buy them.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Are those gorgeous or what! Royal Chelsea & Royal Stafford are some of my favs! Congrats on starting the website. It's a lot of work, but I have found it a great thing. A great improvement over the bricks & mortar we had for years. I love the online world!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Martha! Your dreams will certainly come true. You've dreamt it and now you are taking steps to make it happen. You will succeed! You certainly have enough stock to get you started off. Ha! I love that magnolia teacup. Absolutely magnificent. I am always amazed at what you have to share. Hope you are doing well! Have a great rest of the week. Tammy

Gee said...

Hi Martha,

Im back for the time being. I will be on and off in joining the tea parties. Well, congrats on your coming on line shop dan i really hope you i can get hold some of yr teacups. I hope you will put them on sale for me to have it.

Tara said...

I wish you luck with your new website Martha! My cousin and I have been trying to decide if we want to expand our booth business into online sales as we've already had people inquire about purchasing things they see on our blogs. It's a bit overwhelming though. I don't want to do Ebay and Etsy looks complicated to me. Just another thing to learn! I will be very interested to hear how it goes with you.

Your tea cups are as pretty as ever! I hope all is well with you and your family!

Wanda Lee said...

Best wishes for success and most of all God's blessings with your new venture Martha!..,These teacups are fabulous as always!

Thanks for co-hosting, 'Teacup Tuesday' once again!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

hi Martha, congrats on you coming shop and am so happy for you! wish we live nearby so I could visit you and buy some beautiful teacups of yours! thanks for sharing your pretties today! I really like you teapot!. love the colours and the flowers! Happy TT and have a great day!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Martha,
this are amazing news. I wish you luck with your business. Won't it break your heart, to sell some of your pretty cups? I don't think it is so difficult to have that online-business. It is always easy to learn things, to need and love to learn.
Your todays cups are so outstanding nice. I love the little black one with the tiny feet, the Taylor & Kent cup with the modern rose which remind me somehow to the expressionists. And also the Royal Chelsea with that pink roses is very nicely designed. The Royal Stafford cup with its deep rich red looks really royal. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful treasures and for hosting this sweet event.
Greetings, Johanna

Anonymous said...

Dear Martha your tea cup collection is gorgeous! Good luck with your business.
Kisses and happy week.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Congrats on your new website, Martha! I love all your teacups but the red one is especially beautiful. The Royal Chelsea is darling too; love those pink roses! Thanks for hosting.


Linda Jennings said...

Congratulations on your upcoming online business. I look forward to visiting!

KathyB. said...

Martha, as usual, your tea cups are beautiful. I completely agree with you on not putting bling with the lovely teacup, it does well all by itself. I hope your new venture is a blast AND profitable.How can it not be, with your collection?

Kim Hanauer said...

Hi Marhta,
I love how you show your tea cup collections with jewels and baubles! All my favorites. Love your blog and waiting for your website. How fun. Thnk you for sharing all your lovelies!
Kim :0)

ooglebloops said...

Good luck with your brick and mortar venture!! I know what you mean about eBay fees, and Etsy business is soooo slow.
I can't believe the beautiful cups you find for UNDER $10!!!

parTea lady said...

Lots of wonderful cups today. The Taylor & Kent teacup is stunning and unusual looking. I love that tray of bling photo and the pretty rose teapot.

Congrats on your new business and I know you will do a super job - looking forward to seeing all the treasures there.

Denise said...

Martha,Best of blessings on your new adventure.Love your beautiful teacups.I'm in a teacup tues. also.Have fun dreaming.Denise

Rozen van papier said...

Martha, your teacups are just wonderful! And really the rose teapot is georgus! Good luck with your new website.

Regards Janny

Anonymous said...

Martha, your cups are lovely. The Lefton cup/saucer is so beautiful. I really like the scenario panels painted on it.

On your Royal Stafford I thought the portrait cameo of the girl was actually painted on the inside of the cup! It should be - don't your think?

About your dreams - Go for it! I am...and I understand not knowing much about the computer, but you will learn as you go. No one would help me with my blog (sometimes I need my hand held), so I sat myself down after months of procrastination and did it. I still don't know how to use everything on the site to its fullest, but I just do what I can.

I know about wanting to make a profit, it's important to me, too, if I'm ever to be able to do what I am more suited for. You will. I encourage you to follow your dream by taking one step at a time, and by trusting in God.

God bless you on your venture,

Anonymous said...

Sorry I added my name to Mr. Linky, I did it before I realized it was already there. Didn't mean to 'hog' the list - tee, hee... Always pays to look before you leap.


Heirlooms For You said...

Martha, Thank you for letting me link up with all of you ladies. I have been a follower of yours for along time. sad to say I am one of those who looks and don't leave comments. I'll work on that. I am heading over to check out some of these pretty blogs. Thanks again. Carol

Pellie / Penny said...

I am blown away by all your cup - but I think my favorite is the Royal Stafford.
Best wishes and best of Luck on your new e-store. I say a prayer or two that the demands of having such a store is not more than you can handle.


Jocelyn said...

What absolutely gorgeous tea cups! I hope your website goes well. I would not even know where to begin. Just keep at it, and it will come together.


Jessa said...

Wonderfully beautiful all of them. The rose one with gold leaves is my favorite. Your blog is done up beautifully too! Thanks so much for adding to The Valentines Party! (p.s. if you keep having trouble with the linky, inlinkz does a free list type of linky).

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Hello!! I could have sworn that i linked up last evening but i just found out that i was mistaken. They do say that mind is the first thing to go!
Good luck with your new endeavor! I hope it all works out for you. I had to close my booth at the Antique Co Op...too much work when you already work full time!
Now onto the tea cups! I am swooning over the black one with the couple on it!! I love black and whenever i find a tea cup with one of those couples on it, I buy it.
The others are also very charming!
I am having a Giveaway, please stop by!


The Tablescaper said...


Good luck on your new venture. I'm sure you'll do great!

- The Tablescaper

Elaine said...

Wow Martha, a four in one post of some really gorgeous teacups. My favourite has to be the black, pink and gold Lefton design though - luscious! Wishing you the best of luck with your on line store. Elaine x

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Martha,

You have such an exquisite collection of tea cups, love them all my favourite this week is the pretty Taylor and Kent.
How exciting about your new venture, and wishing you all the very best.

Happy week

Susan said...

Loved looking at all your startlingly attractive things, dear Martha. Oh that little girl pin had me fooled. At first glance, I thought she was painted in the bottom of the cup. ha! You took great pictures.

I'm so excited about your website! Does that cost a lot of money, Martha? Ohhhh, so much to learn, isn't there? Take care. Hugs to you.Susan

La said...

Good luck with your online store! The only failure is in not trying in the first place. I had an eBay store for a year until they increased my fees CONSIDERABLY. I still post auctions from time-to-time, but the store is closed.

Love your teacups!

paperbutterfly said...

Good for you for following your dream. Persist and it will all come together in God's timing. You are a BRAVE woman!
God bless!

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

Martha, I'm so excited for you following your dreams. I'd love to do that, too, sometime :) :) My only advice would be to do get PayPal. All of my friends who have online-stores have PayPal.

Your tea cups are beautiful!!! All so different. I'd have to say the red really caught my eye. Remember, red is my favorite color ;) :) Nope, I think your perfectly normal with your love of teacups ;) :) You always present so beautifully..and I LOVE all the bling, too :) :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Under Her Wings said...

Oh, I love everything! What a beautiful array of tea pots and cups and saucers. Makes me want to go out and buy more! Hmmm....is that envy? I hope not! Blessings, Gloria

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Simply beautiful!

My Cottage Diary said...

What a pretty teapot and gorgeous teacups! I love teacups, too, and I don't think you're weird at all! I hope your website will be a huge success! I commend you for your courage to step out and try something new. Way to go! Bess

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

You have the most beautiful teacups!! Sigh!!!That teapot in your first photo.. I have that too! It is one of the very first teapots I found at an antique store. One of my favorites. My best wishes on your new endeavor. I am sure you will do great! I will stand in line to acquire one of your teacups hopefully soon!! Hugs!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh how beautiful! I am visiting via the linky.

I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Martha, I've never seen pink Wedgwood! If you could, please post them. I'd love to see them.

Happy days to you,

p3chandan said...

Hi Martha, you have treasures in your lovely collection of teacups! Im sure you will be successful if you decide to sell them. Judging from your lovely vintage collections, you are stlylist person and very sentimental one too!

Kerrie said...

WoW! so beautiful!

Silvia said...

Hi Martha,
your badge in my blog!

♥ Miss Tea said...

I *drool* as i saw your lefton, taylor and kent, royal chelsea and royal stafford's teacups, they're so beautiful!! i wish you all the best with the website, i know i'll be super excited!! Happy Valentine's day and thank you soooo much for following my blog! x

Rose said...

you always the prettiest items., i wish you the best in following your dream. rose

Heather said...

Hello, Martha! I wanted to stop by and say "thank you" for becoming a follower! You certainly have a lovely tea cup collection! Best of luck on your new business venture. It all sounds very exciting!

Vendange said...

Hello Martha, it's always so nice to stop by your blog and see you lovely items. Your teacups are just amazing. Look forward to some more. Happy Valentines Day.

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