Monday, December 26, 2011

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH!




JESUS CHRIST IS BORN! Merry Christmas! This Christmas Week has gone by so quickly. As I look back on this week, it feels like a big blur. It was delightful just the same. It started with Christmas Tea, shared with my two favorite sister-in-laws, Maureen & Kathy! I never take pictures of food, but I just had to show you this. Everything was served by a "food artist" and it looked as good as it tasted.




Of course, there was Christmas Eve Breakfast, were my children and grandchildren opened presents after we shared a delightful breakfast. My daughter, Vanessa and her husband, Kevin always do the cooking and as usually it was a treat! Everyone is a child at Christmas!







That evening we all celebrated Christmas Eve with the entire family. There are a 23 of us. We to go my nephew's home, that he keeps enlarging each year. His home is so large, we all sat on one long table. The view is spectacular and the food is endless. Our family always likes to entertain each other, this year was not exception. We did Karaoke and laughed until we cryed. By the way, the pipe is a prop, my nephew does not smoke!






For Christmas Day, we had our annual Christmas Dinner with our own police officer, Kevin and his partner, as well as, two of LA's finest EMTs! We have been doing this for the past three years and it is so much fun. Noah gets to ride in his father's police car. He also got to put on some of the EMT's clothes. They truly are Los Angeles finest. The best part was the police escort to the Freeway!




I was so tired today I took a 2 hour nap and forgot about Tea Cup Tuesday. If Terri had not gotten hold of me, I could have forgotten completely. I have a few of my favorite Christmas cups to share with you. You have already seen these but, they are worth repeating. First the Spode cups!



The next cup is the red, English, transferware, love it.



The handpainted Germany cup that hangs so beautifully on the tree.



Don't forget to stop by Terri's this week. She is doing a salute to Tea Cup Handles. Here is Mr. Linky. This beautiful card was a handmade gift from my talented friend Terri!



Have a wonderful week. See you next year! I will be having a give away to celebrate by 4th year of blogging!



Hugs, Martha

Sunday, December 18, 2011

WISE MEN & WOMEN STILL SEEK HIM!



Can you believe Christmas is going to be here in a few days? So much to do! OK, why is it that when we are at our most busiest time, there is so many wonderful things to see on your blogs? I can just get stuck for hours if I am not careful, peeking into your homes. I am a "Peeking Blogger". If I commented on every blog I looked at this week, I wouldn't have time to sleep. Your homes are just "droolingly" beautiful. Have I told you lately you are amazing? The more I get to know you the more blessed I feel.




Let's get started with this week's party, No 92 no less! My first cup is this vintage Carlton Ware piece made in England. It has a gold center and handle with dark to lighter burgundy colors on the body. Very pretty!




The next cup is a Royal Konigl pr Tettau Cup and Saucer. This cup is Made in Germany, US Zone. It is a cream, burgundy and gold color. It is a trio, perfect for Christmas!




Last cup I am sharing this week is a Old Ivory, Syracuse China called "Romance." It is a lovely Maroon color and is Made in America.




We had our Annual Cookie Making Party at my sister's house yesterday. This is my daughter, Vanessa, son, Kyle and of course Noah! We have been doing this every year for at least 25 years, maybe more, no one can remember. The boys had so much fun!




I know time is short for many of you. Terri and I are so blessed to have been a part of this wonderful "Tea Party" for the past year. Here is this week's linky. May Jesus be your greatest gift this year! May He richly bless you this Christmas. If you would like to know more about Him, email me. It would be my honor to introduce you to God's greatest gift to Man!



Christmas Hugs and Kisses! Martha

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TEA CUP CHRISTMAS TREE HOW LOVELY ARE YOUR BRANCHES!




Hello Ladies! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 92. I hope you are all doing well and that your holiday preparations are well on their way. This week, I am doing something different for Tea Cup Tuesday. I am showing you pictures of my Tea Cup Christmas Tree. I have decorated the tree with pink demitasse tea cups. I hope you enjoy it! My Christmas Tree last year was made with vintage, Madame Alexandria Dolls. It was featured in a magazine.



As you can see this year's Christmas Tree is all about the pink tea cups. This first cup is a Bavarian Demitasse Cup with an old rose print. You can also see the Staffordshire Red Transferware in this picture.



Do you see the little chintz cup? It is an antique Lord Nelson Chintz cup! So cute! The pink cup with the tassel like bottom is Bavarian.



This next cup is a Haviland, Limoges! Of course, my favorite designer of tea cups.



This next cup is a German made. Love the pink and gold edges. I hope you have enjoyed the fun peek into this year's tree and the wonderful way you can use any collection in your home to make a Christmas Tree that is uniquely your own.



Here is Mr. Linky. Please take a moment to visit Terri. She is a new Grandma and is filled to joy these last few weeks.





Don't forget our reason to celebrate this season! The Birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus! Love you all, Martha

Monday, December 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