Dec 5, 2011

CHRISTMAS TEA CUP PARTY!



Hello Ladies! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 91. There are a lot of parties going on in Blogland this week. It is my hope to be a part of as many as I can. I have to tell you about my week. Since Thanksgiving, I have had a time of it. I live in Southern California. If you watched the news at all, you may have heard about the bad winds we have had this week. My house was hit hard with wind damage. I lost a part of my back deck, which also holds my washer & dryer and well as many other items, including my laundry. The winds were so bad I lost the top part of it, as well as part of the Sycamore Tree. In California, you can not touch the Sycamores, without a permit. My house looked like a war zone.




When daylight came, I found my laundry in the back yard as well as part of my tree. It was a mess. I am still cleaning up after that mess and the winds have not stopped. It was so scary, it felt like the roof was going to blow right off. This week was my time to put up Christmas. I am so behind. I am grateful that nothing else happened. We had trees down, power lines down, gas shut off. I loss my gas.




It did give me a chance to reflect on what is important about Christmas. My family! God gave my a wonderful Son-in-law, Kevin, who put back the deck so I did not have to pay anyone to do it. He is so precious to me, when I think about what he did, it makes me cry. My daughter did not have power in her house for days, so I was lucky to get to have Noah for a sleep over. There is always a silver lining. I hope all of you are fairing better than I have with this weird weather.




Even though I am not as far along as I would have liked to be with my Christmas decorations, I do have a few cups to show you. I am starting with the Traditional, Copeland, Spode Christmas Tree pattern. Very classic, just screams Christmas!




This next cup is a StaffordShire, England. "View Near Hurley Berks", Thames River Scenes by Palissy Pottery. Love the rich burgundy colors of this tea cup.




The third cup is much like the Staffordshire, but it is a Mason's, Vista England. It is very beautiful and filled with details. It too is a rich burgundy color. These colors are are perfect for Christmas.




I feel like I have so much to say today, but I am late so, I will stop and invite you to join us for the party. Mr. Linky is ready to so. Please visit Terri, she has the cutest picture of her new treasure, her grandson. You just want to give him a big kiss.



I would appreciate your keeping me in your prayers. I have a lot of things going on in my life and I need the Lord to guide and provide. Thank you dear friends!



See you at the parties!

Hugs, Martha

19 comments:

Mom Walds Place said...

It is good to hear that you and your family made it through. As lovely as your transferware tea cups are, they are not as important s you. Merry Christmas!

Bookie said...

I live near Joplin, Mo so I know how the wind can terrorize and damange! Sorry you had to deal with it. However, have enjoyed your Christmas cups and china today. Thanks for sharing.

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Martha
Love and Happy Christmas!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dear Martha,
You have had a time of it! I'm so glad you're all right and that you have family to put things back together again.
I love your red cups and china; my favourite! Thank you for sharing even in the midst of the trouble. Take care and my prayers are with you.

Christmas hugs,
Sandi

Carrie said...

Those Santa Ana winds are terrible...so sorry you had to go through this distressing experience, but happy that you are getting things repaired.
Your teacups are very nice designs. I have the Spode "Christmas Tree" dishesand mugs for 12, plus serving pieces, but no teacups!
Yes, I will be praying for you.
God bless,
Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

Terri said...

Hello Martha! So good to see you here. I am sorry about your wind damaage! Wow! That must have been scary. Glad it is over, and that you got an extra night with Noah out of it! Yay!
Your decorations look fabulous! I have not yet started at all! So you can rest easy, you are ahead of me and probably many others. Time has been moving so quickly lately.
Your tea cups are beautiful! I love each one. I have some red and white transferware ones too. They are fun to decorate with this time of year.
Hugs to you,
Terri

Antiques And Teacups said...

Oh my goodness! I did read about the wind. I remember the Santa Anas when I was down in SoCal for grad school. Scary! I am so sorry about your damage, but at least you are all right and it could have been worse! Beautiful Christmas Tea and TT post!
Ruth

Lisa West said...

Hello Martha, I haven't done Teacup Tues for a while but your post and home are beautiful as always. Sorry about your wind damage but I do have you in my prayers. May the Lord bless you and keep you through the issues you are depending on His guidance for. Lisa

Micupoftea~ said...

So sorry about your home damage, but nobody was hurt...that is important! I hear ya...winds have been howling here for days and since we live in the hills near the SA River, we get 'em hard...60-80 mph gusts! Pretty cups, lovely photos, Martha. Have a blessed Advent~ Thanks for hosting :)
shawn

Patti said...

Oh, my sweet friend, I'm sorry to hear about the wind damage you incurred. Thankful, though, as you are, that you have a wonderful son-in-law to repair the damage.

I miss you alot!!

Oh, I have always loved that Spode Christmas tree pattern. SO pretty.

Love you!!!

Patti

Kathy said...

Having lived in San Diego 100 years ago - I am familiar with Santa Ana winds, but I never recall anything so damaging or strong! So glad you weathered this to share with us! Gracious you really did go through it! Amazing power in wind! Love your teacups - you have an amazing - fantastic collection and display it so well. I had the one I won from you on my desk - looks great this Christmas - it is set aside now for our Christmas party this weekend!
I hope this message finds all well and that things get back to order for you soon! Thanks for sharing with A Return to Loveliness!
God Bless,
Kathy

Crimson Heart Studios said...

Hi Martha, We had just a touch of that wind here in Arroyo Grande. Sorry to hear about the damage, but it sounds like it could have been much worse. I have a teacup collection, 50 cups and saucers that my grandmother collected for me when I was a child. I cherish them. I have a vintage garland tutorial and giveaway you might like. Come say hi. Thanks, Cindy

faith hope love ღ said...

nice post friend...thank you for sharing...wish i could visit everyone more frecuently but are many..and the hours are different but prayers and blessings on your way..remembering the real reason for the holidays..days of peace love and thinking...loves from our home to yours...maranatha..

Lady Linda said...

Dear Martha...you must be ready for a new year! WOW...so much has happened to you this year. Glad you are ok
Linda

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

My goodness! I'm happy you and your family are okay, but I'm sorry for your loss! There have been so many bad weather events this year! You are so kind to host a teacup party! I love teacups and have enjoyed your collection,as well ad, the others! I hope things get better soon. Take care!

Just Between Us Girls said...

I am so sorry about the damage to your home and to your life. Wonderful your son has been helping you. I love your blog. So beautiful ....so creative.
Please stop by my blog and enter my free giveaway.
Thank you so much.
Pat

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Lovely and beautiful! I love all your plates and beautiful teacups Martha. Wonderful and thank you for hosting. Merry Christmas.
FABBY

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there once again Martha,

Back in spirits, 'much merrier and much brighter'.., Aaah!.., A sigh of relief; I have thank God prevailed,( and after well over twelve hours and counting), 'Silken Purse' blog post is in full Christmas party mode, despite my computer.

Joy!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

P.s. ~ Kindly please do always fell most welcome to link up Martha. As we fellow tea lady bloggers well know, 'the more the merrier'! ~ I love your teacups also; I think the Christmas one is my fav, although I adore red and white transfer ware also. Merry Christmas dear lady!

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