Monday, March 7, 2011

FEATHERING THE NEST WITH TEA CUPS!



Hello my tea cup loving friends! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 52. As usual, Terri and I are excited about another week to share our love of all things tea. Hope your week was wonderful. Last Saturday we were celebrating snow, this past Saturday it was 80 degrees in our fine town. That is what I love about Southern California, you never know what to expect.




I will continue to share my pink and green cups this month. As I said before, I have a lot of green cups so you might see them on into next month as well. Before I start, did I ever tell you I collect sterling silver? Well, I do. I love to use it all the time. Besides the usual flatware, I love silver baskets, especially those with vintage glass centers. Today at the thrift store I found this Sterling Silver Tea Cup & Saucer Display Stand Holder. I did not own one and this one was only $1.99. It was very tarnished, but well worth the cleaning it needed. It is so beautiful. The necklace in this picture is a rose quartz. I gave it to my mother-in-law years ago. My father-in-law, let me have it back when she went to be with Jesus.





The cups on this holder are Royal Albert's "Blossom Time". I know this is a common pattern, I just love the colors. Love it so much I have two. I usually don't by two of the same cups. Not even sure why I purchased two of these. I will probably sell one on Ebay. Tara sent me the following site about the history of this plate. It was very interesting http://www.royalalbertpatterns.com/reference%20pages/History%20Of%20Blossom%20Time.htm .



The next cup is also a double set. It is a Coalport, pattern name "Junetime". Love the swirls that make up this cup. Notice the scallop saucer. The dessert plate is not scalloped.




My next cup is Mitterteich of Bavaria, Germany. Love the legs and the Art Deco design it has.






As promised last week, I am showing you more Shamrock designs. This set is another Belleek. I love the basket weave design it has. I have had these forever, my husband, Kelly, purchased the tea pot for me maybe 20 years ago. The rest I purchased here and there. Somehow, I always remember who gave me a gift, anything else I just plain forget. Anyway, this tea pot is special to me. Fond memories!



Well, I better stop for today. You know what to do with Mr. Linky. Please make sure that your post have something to do with tea cups. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

39 comments:

Terri Gordon said...

Hello Martha, Oh you have such beautiful tea cups and what a lovely post, the necklace is just lovely. It is always such a treat to visit your beautiful blog. Thank you for hosting and sharing all of your beautiful things. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Terri

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha, my friend,
I love the rose quartz necklace! The Bloom Time is my favourite of your teacups today. I absolutely love that pattern although I don't own any myself! You have such a fine collection of teacups! Love coming to visit you and thanks for coming by and having tea with me too.

Blessings,
Sandi

Terri said...

Beautiful Martha! Your pinks and greens look so fabulous! I love your silver basket that you bought for only 1.99! You are super lucky!
Your tea cups are so gorgeous. I love them all, especially the "Bloom Time". I agree with you, it is a well known pattern but it is so very pretty! It is a very pretty springtime cup.
Hugs to you!
Terri

Tara said...

Have you ever read the story behind the Blossom Time China pattern? I thought it was neat:
http://www.royalalbertpatterns.com/reference%20pages/History%20Of%20Blossom%20Time.htm

Susan said...

Hello Dear Martha! So happy I found another cup and saucer so I could join Tea Cup Tuesday! Loved seeing all your treasures, as always! That Bloom Time one is gorgeous as is that swirly combo. Wow! You sure can pick them. Take care, Martha. Susan

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Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Martha I love your beautiful teacups. And your silver server is gorgeous. When my BFF went to be with Jesus, I was given many of her silver pieces, as her family did not want it :-( Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

I love the tea cups! Fun green ones! Enjoy your tea!
Hugs, Lisa

debi said...

Martha, you have so many beautiful teacups, teapots, and dishes! Where do you keep them all?!!
I love the two double set teacups. They are perfect for spring!

The Vintage Rose said...

Martha, Thank you for your visit and I have linked up to this week. Your posts are always such a delight to read. So many beautiful things. What a bargain for the silver teacup holder. The Royal Albert that you call 'Bloom Time', I have always known as 'Blossom Time'- It shows the Apple Blossoms in bloom. It is one of my favourites, although I always seemed to miss out when bidding on Ebay over here. Maybe I should get one from America now that our (Aussie) dollar is doing so well. If I can get safe and reasonable postage. {I made a mistake in my previous comment and deleted it.}

Antiques And Teacups said...

How special to have a Belleek teapot! A lovely setting. I love your teacup choices!
Ruth

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful tea cups!
Happy Women's Day!

♥ Miss Tea said...

Hi Martha,

Always enjoy your teacups collection, love the necklace and lovely silverware! i especially love the bloom time teacup and the bavaria too! everything looks so beautiful! Thanks for hosting the tea party and sharing those wonderful collection of yours! Blessings, Susan.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Dear Martha, I have to give you a standing ovation for being such an awesome teacups collector! I really awed at your collection and Belleek is one collection that I've been eying and never get the chance to have one! I really love your post today! the Royal Albert Blossom time teacups are just stunning! my fave too! Green and Pink perfect combo, right! ;-)

thanks for hosting and sharing and have a great week!
xo
fitty

Liz said...

Love the Belleek - really stands out!
Liz

Johanna said...

Hello Martha,
all your tea cups are so lovely and you always make such nice combinations. And this Belleek set is gorgeous. Thank you for hosting and have a nice weekend.
Greetigns, Johanna

Beth said...

Martha, Your Bloom Time, Junetime, and your Belleek are all just gorgeous!
Blessings, Beth

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Martha,
I just love your first tea cup. I love all of the them but the first one you have shared with us has just tickled my fancy!!
I so enjoy looking at all the pretty things you have to show us and may I say, what a find at the Thrift Store!!

Hugs,
Debbie

ooglebloops said...

Love the Coalport, and of course, the Belleek!!
You will have to give me your eBay link!!!
Drop by for Tea on Tues if you get a chance!!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your teacups are so pretty...and the shamrock tea set is precious. I am wishing I had one right now!!

Marianne said...

Hello Martha,

First, I love the soft paintings of roses on your top platter - just beautiful! My favorite cup is "Bloom Time", I mean, really, what a pretty scene on a cup and saucer!

Rose quartz is lovely isn't it? I had little earrings made of them for a long time, then I lost one.

Thanks for sharing,
Marianne

Lynn said...

All your tea cups are so pretty and each has its own individual personality. How lovely, your shamrock teapot from your husband. In your very first picture, you show a rose tray. Would that be RS Prussia or RS Germany? I collect pieces since my hubby is German. Some of them all just say Barvaria. I so love your tray no matter who made it. Blessings.

Donna said...

Martha, I just ADORE the photos of those lovely cups and the teapot with the beads. How pretty! I would sure love to see your English garden by the way. I love English anything.. Yesterday I posted about 'romantic bedrooms' and though our home is very 'country style' our bedroom is still quite 'English'. I'm so glad to get a chance to visit you and get to know you. I'm pretty new to the tea party linky events. Thanks so much for hosting!

xo Donna @ Comin' Home

Kerrie said...

Everything is so beautiful!

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Martha
I love your Royal Albert´s tea cups with that beautiful landscape
I am glad visiting you every week
A Kiss

Jann said...

So very lovely, Martha, all of them! I especially love the pink and green "Blossom Time"--so pretty!

KathyB. said...

Martha, as usual all the teacups are so pretty. The Coalport is bright and unique. I especially like the Belleek, and the Belleek I have seen in person is more beautiful than pictures convey. You have so many treasures and it does my heart good to see how you enjoy them. Thank-you again for hosting Teacup Tuesdays.

victoriantailor said...

Hi Martha, noticed you visited my blog, thanks, your blog is adorable, my mother had these pieces of belleck also, my niece has them now,
Celeste, www.victoriantailor.com

Willow said...

So many lovely tea things, but of course my favorite are the belleek.

Denise said...

OOOHHH everything was lovely Martha,nice visiting you today.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh those teacups are lovely!

We bought our buffet, table, chairs and hutch while stationed in Germany. They were from Belgium.

Do you have any of the other pieces?

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Martha,

I love the Belleek and the Royal Albert blossom time.
Enjoy your weekend

Hugs
Carolyn

Angela McInnis said...

Hi, Martha! What a lovely blog you have. I am your newest follower! thank you for visiting me. I hope you will come by often. I, like you, am always up to something!
Angela @ amcinnisartworks

Mary said...

You have such a beautiful collection of teacups, I love all your green and pink but I'm drawn to the Belleek, I have to find me a piece of Belleek, my grandmother collected it, I wish I had one of her pieces. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. I'm adding you as a favorite blog, I'm looking forward to visiting again. Mary

Char said...

Oh Martha, be still my heart, what beauties you have for us this week.
Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Martha,

What an absolutely delightful array of pretties, teacups and teapots you have shared with us!

Thanks for visiting and joining us for last week's TTTT and also for my 73rd, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', as well! ~

(My apologies;I was out of the office and therefore unable to pop by until now)..,

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda

Deanna said...

Hi Martha,
what a sweet blog you have. Love the teacups and the pottery with the shamrocks.

Love the Glee version of Hello!

Happy PS
Deanna :D

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Hi Martha, We are joining your party today, we hope you will stop by for a visit! Hugs Marilou

Kathleen said...

Love your Belleek ! Thanks for linking up with my annual blog crawl!