Sunday, September 25, 2011

DRESSED UP IN TEA CUPS!




Can you believe it is Tuesday again? Life is going by so fast. Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 81. I am so looking forward to this week. My Granddaughter, Sophia, should be born this week. The excitement is so thin around here, we jump at every phone call. Then Saturday, Oct. 1, I will meet with the Editor of Romantic Homes. We will be discussing if I am "magazine worthy." I am excited just to be invited to "talk."



I have some orange cups to share with you this week. I am not a "orange" person, but my home is filled with those colors this month getting ready for Halloween. Noah is so funny, he came in the house after I had started decorating for Halloween and he said "Grandma it looks beautiful!" He then goes through and picks what he wants to take home to his house, because he "needs it." It is thinning out by Halloween items.




This first tea cup is a trio from R.S. Japan. It is an amazing orange color, done in Lusterware. The inside of the cup is white. Cup Number two is also a R.S. Japan. This one has a cherry blossom pattern. I have no idea how old they are. I have also included some pictures of a R.S. Japan Tea pot and creamer. These are all done in the Lusterware.




Cup Number three is this beautiful Brown and White, RW Bavaria, Made in Germany, demitasse cup. It has hand painted gold roses as part of the design, with a gold rope trim border. Did I ever tell you I collect cottages? Well, you guessed it, I do. Here are a few of my collection in this group of pictures.






The next cup is by Johnson Brothers. It was made in England and is called the Ice House, part of the Friendly Village Series. Love colors on this set. I don't know if you can tell, but it has teal, rose, yellow, blues and greens. It is just stunning.




I am going to show you one more cup. It is one of my favorites. It is an Aynsley, I think it is stunning.




The picture on top is of the cup I am going to give away. This is your last week to join the giveaway. Read the previous post for all the information. Here is the Linky for this week. Terri and I are looking forward to seeing all your treasures.



Hopefully, next week I will announce the winner of the tea cup and the arrival of our new Grandbaby!

Hugs,
Martha

Friday, September 16, 2011

TEA CUP GIVE AWAYS AND DECORATING FALL STYLE!



Hello Ladies! Happy Tea Cup Tuesday, it is our 80th! I have not had a give away in a while so, I think it is about time. September 23rd is my birthday and I thought it would be a good time to give back to all you wonderful ladies who have been so kind to me this year. As many of you who follow my blog know, my year has been filled with ups and downs. You have been there for both. Always encouraging and always understanding. This is my way of saying thank you for your friendship. Thank you for helping me figure things out, for laughing and crying with me! You are the best!



All you have to do to enter is become a follower. Extra entries will be given if you put my button on your blog, or follow me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pretty-Vintage-Things-by-Marthas-Favorties/. Please just let me know what you have done. What will you be winning, you ask for all this trouble? You will get a chance to win this beautiful cup, vintage cup with a few more surprises. I think the cup is a Royal Sealy. It has a Reticulated Saucer, that is Pierced Porcelain. This beautiful Lusterware cup is also footed. I know these cups are very sought out by collectors. Notice the cup's cut-outs on the saucer are the shape of an apple core. Too cute! Thought it would be great for your fall decor. I will pick the name on Sept 27th, the last Tea Cup Tuesday of September. That give you ladies a little time. You can let me know what you have done in your comments or on Facebook!





We are on pins and needles each day, waiting for the new baby to come. Sophia is due any day now. My daughter is ready and the rest of us are just nervous. So, we wait.



Since my daughter's Baby Shower, I have been in a clear out mode. My daughter, Vanessa, recently told me she wants all my tea cups when I am gone. That made me feel so good. I did not think anyone in my family would want my precious tea cups. I am still going to be thinning them out. I have almost 500 and I think that is just too many for anyone to own. So you are going to see a lot more give aways and a lot more on sale on my website http://prettyvintagethings.com/. This cup is a Royal Albert, "Lady Hamilton" Tennis set, sometimes called TV set, Tea & Toast, or Snack Set. It has beautiful vivid colors. It is currently on sale and I thought I would share it before it is gone forever. (Can you tell it is hard for me to sell?) It is beautiful.




My next cup is a T & Y Limoges. You would never guess that the cup is Limoges. It is so different from the Limoges I usually collect. The color are rare together too. The flat gray with a gold trim. Of course the colors are perfect for Autumn. This cup came out of a bin today. To be honest, I forgot I owned it. I may just have to leave it out in one of my china cabinets. I think it looks like it belongs in a very old house. The other odd colors are slate blue and orange. What do you think? Do you like it?




This last picture is of a Tea Pot that I can't remember any thing about. It is an Ellgreave, England pot. I have just gone blank about this pot. I am (ok for the most part) very good at remembering where or who I got an item from. Not with this one. Nada! (That's nothing for all you non Spanishing speaking Ladies!) Ok, so I need prayer, not going to let it freak me out. I think it is pretty.




Well, here is Mr. Linky for this week. Once again, Terri and I invite you to show us your pretty treasures. I wanted to let you know that I did visit everyone last week. Blogger was not letting me comment on many of your posts. They said they were private. At first, I thought, I might have to get my little feelings hurt, then, I got over it and figured there was a problem. Not every one would all of a sudden go "private". (Would you?) On some, it posted anonymous. Did any one else have that problem? Or could it be, that you all said "ENOUGH MARTHA!". Hope not!



Terri is teaching this wonderful class and also is having a give away. You can see what she is up to by going to this site http://creativeworkshops.ning.com.

Lots of hugs, Martha

Monday, September 12, 2011

TEA CUPS & ANGELS!





Wow! What a weekend! I think I cried off and on for most of this weekend. I don't you how you felt about it, but to me it was like 9/11 had just happen yesterday. It was so bad the commercials made me cry. God Bless this great country of ours. To be honest with you I was glad when 9-12 came. A relief that nothing awful had happen to us by some crazy person. I know God says "Let not your heart be troubled", I confess, I like my ducks all in a row. When things are not in my control, I come a part. My family was everywhere but home on Sunday, which made the day even worse for me. There is a Scripture that reads, Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is needed and Mary has chosen what is best! I know I have not quoted that exactly, but I wish I was more like Mary. The funny thing is, my middle name is Mary. My heart goes out to all who suffered so much that day. As a Nation, we suffered with them.



Moving right along. Hope you are having a great week so far. It is Tea Cup Tuesday No. 79 and Terri and I are looking forward to seeing all your treasures. I love that I can change my thoughts to what is of no importance, in comparison to what we just re-lived. I thank God for His Mercies that are new every morning. So, Ladies, what did we find that has inspired us this week? I have been in a creative mood this week. I have made these cute angel candle holders to sell on my website. Didn't they come out cute? I have had these angels for a while. They have been waiting for the perfect, vintage cups. They look so beautiful with the candles glowing. Did I ever tell you I collect Angels? Well, I did, I have stopped now. One day, my husband was counting them and he got tired and stopped. I knew then, I needed to stop too! I still have too many.



I have notice that a lot of you have begun to change to fall colors. I think I better get in gear too. I love Autumn, the leaves falling and those amazing colors. Most of all I love the cool temperatures. I am tired of the heat!



Here is my first tea cup for this week. It is a Mustache Cup. It is a R.S. Prussia. I have had it for years. It is strong and sturdy, like a man's cup should be. The Old Lady Tea Pot, is English. It belong to my Mother-In-Law. It is special to me because I loved her so.





My next cup is R.C Rosenthal, hand signed, Kronach, Germany. It is so 50's looking. The colors are orange, blue and brown with a cream background. They remind me of when I was a little girl. This is a demitasse cup. Beautiful!




My last cup is a Noritake. I love the details on this cup. Even the orange looks so pretty. I am not an orange color person. However, it seems that for next few months I am surrounded with those colors. Noah has already complained that I don't have Halloween Decorations up. "Granma, your are late!" I have my orders.




Before I say good bye, I have to tell you of another first for me. I am on Facebook (note the button). I am not sure what to do with it. I will learn, so please be my friend on Facebook. My picture looks like Tim the Toolman Taylor's neighbor! (You only see the eyes.) It was a mistake and I don't know how to fix it. I don't know how to post on Facebook either. (I know, I am a piece of work!) I do know I need friends and help!



Here is Mr. Linky for this week. Terri is always so faithful and getting it ready for us. By the way, she is teaching a class. When you visit her, check out her class. I will be putting a button on my blog in the next couple of days so you can get there directly. Terri is amazing!

Love one another! Hugs, Martha

Sunday, September 4, 2011

THE TEA PARTY!




Hello Ladies! Did you ever have a great plan and then when the time came to put it in motion, you forgot? Well, that is what happened to me this weekend. We finally had that baby shower for my daughter this weekend. Transporting china and crystal is never easy, but it was done without one fatality. The tables look beautiful, however, my big plan for taking pictures was totally forgotten. I could kick myself. I did get a few, mostly of family. This sweet little girl is my niece, Rachel. I never thought twice about taking pictures of the china.



Vanessa had such a great time and she was so happy. Vanessa is the one in the middle, she is between my Mom and my other daughter, Monique. It was worth all the work to just see her face. It is the most amazing feeling to see your children have children. I can't explain it. I think of my mother, who not only sees her child have children, but her grandchildren are now having children. God has given her the privilege of knowing and loving her Great Grandchildren! It is just an amazing to me. I hope that everyone of you ladies will one day, know what it feels like. You love them so much, that your heart can hurt just thinking about them.



This post will be different because, I am sharing pictures I did manage to take. To tell you the truth, I was just having so much fun, I forgot. I hope you don't mind seeing faces you do not know.



One of the pictures I just had to show you were of these cute little feet my best friend's daughter, KD, made for the Tea. They were so good. She cut each foot out by hand. In fact that young lady, made all the sweets for us.




Here is Mr. Linky. Please dazzle us with your tea cups. My life is a lot more peaceful now. I promise to catch up on all my visits.



The first two pictures is a tea cup and a sugar & creamer set I was given by my Mother that day. A woman after my own heart! Thank you so much for allowing me to share this very personal party. Please take the time to visit all our friend. Don't for get the ever amazing Terri! I have also added many pretty items onto my website. Please take a peek. Remember to email me and I will give you a discount if you are a follower!

Hugs, Martha