Monday, June 27, 2011

THE BEGINNING OF MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH TEA CUPS!



Hello Ladies! Here we are again, excited about another Tea Cup Tuesday! This is our 68th party and Terri and I are still excited about each week's treasures! Thank you for making it so special each week. Because of this party, I have made some life long friends. Who would have thought? I really do have the best followers in Blogland!




I have finally finished decorating my home for the month of July. Noah just loves it all. He made his Mama get in gear and do their home as well. I have to tell you a quick Noah story. He was eating a chocolate popicle on my bed on Wednesday. I told him he had to have a towel on his legs because I did not want chocolate on my pillow cases. He did, but of course, you guessed it, chocolate was on one of the cases. I said, "Noah, what happened?" His reply was "I sorry Grandma. Don't worry, it had holes in it anyway!" The cases were white, vintage, Battenburg lace. How can you get upset with such a thoughtful answer? Here he is dressed as a policeman, like his Dad! Too cute! (Thanks for allowing the Grandma moment!)



Ok, tea cups! This first tea cup my not even be a tea cup. I found it years ago at an antique shop. It is too big for a soup bowl. I am thinking maybe it is a demo cup! It is by C. Ahrenfeldt, Limoges, France, Depose. It is 4" tall and 6 1/2" wide. It is so beautiful. I remember paying $32 for it. I broke my $10 limit. I have never found it in any books. Maybe one of you know what it was used for? The bowl is not a part of the cup. I just added it because to goes well with the cup.




Since I have not shared any Limoges in the last couple of posts, I thought I would share another one today. This cup was a gift from a dear friend from church. It is a turn of the century cup that was part of a set she had. It is a Vignaud, Limoges, France, L. Bamberger & Co. It has a mustard color trim, very pretty and different.




Next in line is this Bavarian Trio that was given to me by a dear friend. It was this Trio that started my love affair with Tea Cups. The cup is a cream color, just beautiful. After I received this in 1985, I was hooked. That is when my "tea cup problem" began. I discovered a whole new world of things to collect! I have not stopped collecting them since.





In my defense, I am selling some of my cups on my website. So I am getting better. Last but not least, is this Royal Dover China cup. The blues are so brilliant. Perfect for my Red, White and Blue decor.



I have included some new items that I have added to my website. I do hope you will stop by and visit. Please sign the Guess Book during your visit. I'd like to know what you think.





Here is this week's Mr. Linky. Terri is using this new type and I just love it. It does cause me to jump around a lot with my visits. Some cups I just can't wait to see.



Have a great week! Hugs, Martha

Monday, June 20, 2011

REMEMBERING A SPECIAL DAD AND YES, TEA CUPS!




Hello my tea cup loving friends! Hope you all had a great Father's Day weekend and are ready to share your treasures with us this week. I lost my father about 15 years ago and somehow on Father's Day, it always feels like it just happened. I wonder what would Dad say about my life now? Would he be proud of who I have become? I know for sure, he would love playing with his Great-grandchildren. Dad was a man who loved his family. His family was always first in his life. Somehow, I knew, if Dad was around, everything was going to be ok. I know because of his example, I can trust in a Heavenly Father, who will never leave me nor forsake me! I guess you realize I am still feeling a little tender about Father's Day, even yet!



So before I break into tears and someone comes in and thinks I have gone crazy, on to the tea party! The first tea cup I am going to share with you is a Adderley, from England. The pattern name is "Blue Chelsea". Love the slate blue design on this trio.




Cup No 2 is a demitasse cup. It is marked "RW", Made in Germany, US Zone. It is a simple cup with gold trim.





Cup No. 3 is an Aynsley. I am sure some of you could spot a Aynsley right away. The colors are dark blue, brown and cream. It is very pretty.





The last cup is also an Aynsley. I love that the design is in the middle of the cup. Those cups are some of my favorites. This cup is on a white background with a light blue, floral design.





Keeping with the Aynsley theme, the white tea pot is also a beautiful Aynsley. It has a stunning simple design which just makes it so special.



Did I ever tell you I like to collect "4th of July" things? Well, you guessed it I do! This week I have taken pictures of little vignettes around my house for this month. In my never ending desire to prove that I am not a hoarder! I hope you enjoy them.




Here is this week's Mr. Linky. Please remember to visit Terri as this is our 67nd
week of having tea parties!



Oh yes, before I forget, we have a winner for the Tea Cup Giveaway in honor of my new website. Drum roll please . . . Kathy from A Delightsome Life! Kathy please email me with your address and I will send you your cup! If you get a change, please visit Kathy she is delightful.



I am saying good bye with some new items I have listed on my website. Please stop by for a visit and sign the guestbook. Remember I offer my followers a discount, just email me before you pay.





Thanks for your support! Hugs, Martha

Monday, June 13, 2011

DAZZLE THE EYE WITH TEA CUPS!




Hello dear Tea Lovers! Thank you for joining Terri and I again for another Tea Cup Tuesday, No. 66, to be exact! Hope you had a wonderful week. It was full of parties in Blogland, which is always fun. I am excited to share that Wednesday, I start watching my granddaughter, Princess Maya, for the summer. I get her once a week. It is so wonderful to be able to see her weekly, I just can't begin to share the joy I am feeling. So get ready for some pictures of her next week.





Before I start sharing my tea cups for the week, I want to show you a picture of a scrapbook, I just finished for my Mama. Did I ever tell you I scrapbook? Well, I do, and it is so much fun, but very messy. Tell me what you think? I have been thinking of adding some scrapbooks to my website. All anyone has to do is add your pictures. It seems that scrapbooking is so personal, I not sure if they would sell.





Anyway, to start with today I am going to share this wonderful Portrait Trio. It has I mark, I usually don't show marks, but I am this time in case anyone recognizes it, you can let me know. I think trio's are amazing! They are quite pricey, so I don't have a lot. I love portrait anything. Next week I will try to remember to show you my Cameo collection. They are just stunning.





This next cup is Made in Japan, by the Yokuto China Company. It is one of my all time favorites! It is handpainted. I did not add any bling, because it just did not need anything to make this cup more amazing!







These next two cups are Coalport. They are the same pattern. The only difference is one is a demitasse cup. They are a rich Royal Blue. I forgot I had them, so it was like Christmas then they came up this week. Now, I remember I have had them for years. Now, it is all coming back to me! :) (They say the memory is the first to go. Not true, I know that for a fact!)




The last cup is the giveaway cup. Next week will be the drawing. I will let Princess Maya pick. Let me know if you want your name to be added to hat! I have added a lot of pictures of paper weights, this week. You guessed it, I collect paperweights!



Here is Mr. Linky for this week. Please only included your link if it has to do with tea items. Sometimes some of you ladies forget!



Here is a teapot I have listed on my website. If you have not visited, I invite you to do that. Sign the guest list! Remember, I offer a discount to my followers, so email me and let me know what you are interested in. Have a wonderful week.

Hugs, Martha