Jan 2, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH A GIVEAWAY!



Happy New Year Tea Cup Lovers! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday, No. 94, our first of 2012. January 1st also marks my 4th year of blogging! When I started blogging, it was just a way to share my feelings. I have always journaled, now I had spell check! (A dream come true!) As I reflect on the ups and downs of last year, I am excited about the New Year. I am looking forward to a year that will be filled with God's blessings! I am so grateful for all the wonderful things that happened in the mist of a troublesome year. These good things are what are going through my heart on this day of annual reflection.




Each day I realized more and more, just how much my friends and family mean me and my dependence on them. Thanks to family and friends, I have felt great depths of compassion, love and encouragement. Regardless of what happened to me, my children circled the wagons to protect me. God gave me some amazing son in laws and a new grand baby, Sophia! Thank you for letting me share my crazy life another year! I am so thankful for the life long friends that I have made in Blogland these last four years!



As we start our first Tea Cup Tuesday for 2012, I want to announce a Giveaway, to celebrate my Blogging Anniversary. Is there a better way to start the year? I hope you like this cup. I think this Lusterware beauty is stunning! Rules to follow are below.




I was so lucky to find an Estate Sale this weekend. Just look what I found. This is an amazingly beautiful Aynsley. Love the teal color and the roses. I was very excited to find this. I am not sure if I even have a dozen Aynsley cups. They are so beautiful and fast becoming my favorite cups. (Don't let the Limoges cups know!)




The next cup I also found at this same Estate, it is a Foley. It reminds me of Terri so much. This cup is so her style. Don't you think? I just love it. For $10, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse.





This next cup is a Crown Ducal, Made in England, "Florentine" pattern. Love the fruit around the rim of this cup. I always do white decor for January. I love the crisp look of a winter white.





Did I ever tell you I collect vintage purses? Well, I do. Here are a few I wanted to show you. Sometimes, I forget what I have (a really bad sign!)

Here is this first Mr. Linky for 2012. Please don't forget to visit Terri, I do believe she is also having a Giveaway too. For mine, the rules are as follows:

1. Become a follower
2. Leave a comment, each one counts.
3. Follow me on Facebook
4. Visit my website and leave a comment there.
5. Let me know what you have done.

Enter as often as you like. Noah will pick from his hat (Pirate) the last Tuesday of January! That gives you four weeks to enter.

For now, Happy New Year! Let's believe God for miracles and have a great year together!

Hugs, Martha

42 comments:

Ruth...Time Was Antiques said...

I love the Aynsley...just beautiful...my favorite today! Happy New Year!
Ruth

Sherry said...

Oh, Martha, Sophia is adorable! What a sweetie! I love your vintage bags too! So many pretty things. Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!
Sherry

Wanda Lee said...

Dearest Martha,

Oh how adorable! ~ They are the sweetest gift and grandchildren of any New Year to be sure! Little angel Sophia is a doll and proud little brother, just too cute!

May 2012 be abundantly blessed by and of the Lord in the lives of you and your family my friend.., You have touched my heart deeply with your kindness!

I love all that you post Martha.., Yet oh my! This is almost one of my favorites to date! ~ The exquisite teacups, antique purses and jewelry.., Beyond lovely!

Many thanks for co-hosting Teacup Tuesday with Terri, dear lady; what a delight and blessing you are to many each and every week!

Hugs, Wanda Lee

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Martha,
Happy New Year, dear lady! So many lovely teacups and I love the Giveaway cup too! I'm a follower. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Kathy said...

What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Happy upcoming Blogiversary! Your teacup is beautiful! I am a happy follower! I love the Ainsley teacup, especially since I just found to plates similar in color! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
God Bless,
kathy

xinex said...

Happy Anniversary, Martha! What a wonderful giveaway. You found some really nice teacups and your grandkids are adorable. I hope you get to meet my brand new one. Happy Anniversary!..Christine

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary!! I love the babies and the tea cups!
Hugs, Lisa

xinex said...

I am already a follower, Martha....Christine

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Happy 4th anniversary Martha! Won't enter the giveaway since I don't have room for more teacups in my 5th wheel home but love the photos you shared! The bling, the teacups, the vintage purses! Although I haven't been blogging as long as you, I too enjoy the Blogland friends I have made.
Happy 2012!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Martha,

I follow your blog via Google Friend Connect. Your teacups are so lovely...and you always accent them with the nicest jewelry, too :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

HI Martha,

I also follow you on Facebook, too :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

p.s. Thanks for hosting this really nice giveaway.

Zaa said...

Happy New Year Martha... OMG ..What a lovely collection of sweet cups and saucers..I love the little " Foley"... I'm a follower( ha ha) ... Enjoy your week, Dear Lady...Hugs

Pat's Pink Apron said...

You have a beautiful collection. Thank you for hosting. Happy New Year! Pat

Susan said...

Hello Dear Martha!

Happy 2012! Can you believe it?

Well, I have to tell you, Sophia is a little angel. And that handsome "hermano" of hers is going to be a heart-stopper, too, some day.

Your new cups are fabulous.

My entry to the giveaway will be this comment, okay, on today's post?

Take care, Martha. I feel so blessed to know you. Susan

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Hi Martha,
Oh my goodness - that teacup in your giveaway is gorgeous! I also adore the Aynsley cup - the delicate teal color is yummy. I'm already of follower of your blog!
Happy New Year!
Cindy @ Art,Books,Tea

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Martha, I'm not entering the giveaway, just stopping by to wish you a happy new year. May 2012 be filled with health and happiness, peace and prosperity, love and light. Blessings, Tammy

♥ Miss Tea said...

Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! such blessing that we got through another year and every year brings us both ups and downs! I absolutely adore your teacups, the aynsley and the foley are gorgeous! I'd love to enter your lovely giveaway! I'm already a follower and I adore your vintage purses and the beautiful pearls and jewellery are all stunning!

Blessings,
Susan

♥ Miss Tea said...

I also have followed you on facebook :)

Noah And Sophia are adorable!

susan

♥ Miss Tea said...

I have visited your beautiful website and left a comment in the guestbook too :)

Lovely website you got!

Susan

♥ Miss Tea said...

I have done all the requirements for the giveaway, wishing everyone good luck!

blessings,
susan

mississippi artist said...

A beautiful post as always. Your grandchildren are adorable! I love the purse! Hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Brenda said...

I am already a follower and I have now done all requested to enter your giveaway for the beautiful Lusterware! Thank you!
So Year #4! That's quite a milestone! Congratulations!!
It is really wonderful to have amazing family that love and care for you. Your grandchildren are beautiful and there's nothing like having a new baby in the house!
Your Aynsley is such a delight. So sweet and delicate. I love how you display your beauties! SWEET! is all I can say about the Foley. I love the design. The vintage purse looks great. You find some of the most wonderful things. I really enjoyed your post today!
Here's to your health!
Brenda

Terri said...

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging Martha! I am so glad we met and have been able to play together in Blogland!
Your cups are all stunning today. I love each one, especially the new Anysley!
Your giveaway cup is beautiful. What a generous prize!
Hugs,
Terri

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

great giveaway, how nice. Thank you. happy new year and many good things to you in 2012. I follow your blog!

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I also follow on FB, forgot to say that!

Trisha said...

I always love to see the amazing treasures you have! I need to get some more tea cups so that I can join in on the party again. Here is hoping that 2012 is the best yet!

~Trisha

High Heeled Life said...

Martha Happy New Year!! Thank you for along with Terri, hosting such a lovely gathering of people, who share such loveliness over afternoon tea!

Your new additions and your evening bags are gorgeous!

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! It really is a world of its own (BlogLand) and it's citizens are some of the friendliest people.

Please count me in on your give-away ... of course I am already a follower... xo Blessings, HHL

Charlotte said...

All of your teacups are fabulous! I really like the one you said was your favorite of the bunch...I don't think the others will mind:) You have been very blessed!
Charlotte

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Martha,
You share very exquisite cups with us today! Wow!
My favourites are the Aynsley and the Foley, so beautiful and elegant! How lucky you were to find them at the sale.
But the sweetest, loveliest "things" are your grandchildren!
All the best for you and for them in this new year.
Hugs

Mom Walds Place said...

Lovely selection as always. I wonder, do you leave your displays out to enjoy for awhile, or do you tidy them right away after taking photos?

Sally said...

Love all the cups from your post. The Foley is my fave! Teacups and saucers remind me of my great aunt who inspired my love of beautiful antiques!

Thanks for the chance to win :)

Johanna said...

Hi Martha,
congratulations to all the lovely events in your new year, like the 4th year of blogging and little Sophia, who is as sweet as little Noah.
Your todays cups are still a bit more elegant and festive. It is amazing that this is possible, because you always share such beauties. I really love them all and the vintage purses are so elegant. What may have they seen in all the time. Your giveaway cup is so beautiful. Although I think I shouldn't enter because I have won already a marvellous tea cup from Terri. I wish you a great 2012.
Best greetings, Johanna

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Martha
I wish you a very Happy New Year full of new Tea Cups !!!!
Love

Kathy said...

Hello Martha, just love your teacup posts! Your grands are precious! so glad you shared with my first Home and Garden Thursday! I appreciate you,
Kathy

Atelier de Charo said...

Hello Martha, Happy New Year!
I love very much your beautiful teacups collection!!!

Big Hugs
Charo

Lady Linda said...

Congrats on your blogging Martha! It is so fun blogging. Love your cups.
I'm a follower and will pop over to your website and FB. Happy New Year.
Love, Linda

mitz said...

...ohhh my, dont you feel rich with such glorious tea cups in your collection.. simply grand.. thanks for the opportunity at your candy
mitz_zee@yahoodotcom ( follower )

Wanda Lee said...

P.S...,

Dearest Martha;

Hello once again,

What adorable little ones; just precious! Every teacup, fashion accessory and bit of jewelery and bling is simply fabulous!


I especially love your amazing blue teacup from amongst your fabulous collections!

Thank you so very much for so generously and kindly gracing our blogs with your various lovely Tuesday tea party links. Thanks also for visiting our blogs time and time again and leaving sweet words of comment and encouragement with your participation for our Tuesday Tea's for our, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', as well as for my, 'Tuesday Tea For Two', weekly blog tea party.

Pam and I are going to very much miss you as we leave blog land for quite a long while. This is due to very important personal reasons that were unforseen; (even two weeks ago).

Dear Pam and I had a long and friendly conversation just two days ago. Upon my informing Pam that I needed to 'bow out gracefully', from blogland for the forseeable future, she requested that I also send this message of deepest gratitude and regret on her behalf also. As I bid you a fond farewell and as we both leave you and other very lovely fellow bloggers for the time being my friend.

Have blessed New Year in 2012!

Hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee, (and Pam; Pam is from her own, 'Breath Of Fresh Air', blog.)

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

I just found your blog. You have found some beautiful tea cups. I have just become a follower and would love a chance to win that pretty tea cup.
Hugs Jackie

Susan said...

Do I still have time to enter the giveaway, Martha? Hope so.

Love your blog! Love you! Susan

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