Monday, May 21, 2012

IT'S A CELEBRATION OF BIRTHDAYS AND TEA CUPS!

Hello Ladies: Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 114. I hope you have had a wonderful week. Mine was busy, my Grandbaby, Sophia had a bad cold last week and it seems she is finally be getting over it.
On Sunday my dear Mother, (Sophia's name sake), celebrated her 80th Birthday. The whole family gathered to celebrate, to eat and go swimming. My Mother, who is usually not very good at receiving gifts, was so happy. She always thinks we should spend the money on ourselves and not waste it on a gift for her. (According to her, she does not need anything!) She was showered with gifts and praises and she was so good. She accepted everything with gladness. We never heard, "that too expensive, you need to use this money for the kids". She was able to spend the day with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was in her glory with her children.
I think that is where I got my love for family and children, from my Mama. She always thought that the most important role we can have, is as a parent to our kids. As long as our family is together, all is well in the world, and we can handle anything. What a blessing it was to be able to surrounded Mom with her family. Everyone was so delighted to be able to honor her. Even Sophia, who is not very user friendly, was specially kind to her Great-grandma Lola.
The only one who did not make it was my son, Kyle. His Grandfather shares the same birthday with my Mother, so we were divided. He got to spend time with Grandma last week, he honored his Grandfather on Sunday. What is so funny is my Father and my Mother-in-Law, also shared the same birthday. They both have gone to be with the Lord. They loved the family gathering. I remember my father saying, the one thing he was going to miss when he was gone was his family! I am so sure they are both watching us from Heaven.
My heart is full this week with family. It was almost to hard to think about tea cups, but I did. All the Tea Cups I am sharing this week are pink. I have added to my collection of cameos and portrait pins. Did I ever tell you I collect portrait pins and brooches? Well, I do they are one of my favorite collections. This first cup is a Royal Standard of England, pattern name "Rose of Sharon". The Rose of Sharon is one of the many names that the Lord uses for Himself. Of course, He would want to use a rose to refer Himself too. Roses are stunning! The Portrait Brooch that is pictured with it is hand painted, Limoges. It is framed in 22 KT gold. I was lucky enough to find it at a thrift store for $5.99. Both the cup and the brooch are amazing.
Cup No. 2 is a Royal Albert, England. Pattern name "American Beauty" Love the rose here too. The pin in a vintage, hand painted Limoges. Hope you enjoy it!
This last cup is a Royal Chelsea tea cup. I love the gold leaf design on this cup. The cameo is real and is done in sterling silver. Just beautiful.
Here is this week's Mr. Linky. Terri is feeling better and going to try to post this week. Don't forget to visit her. This is the last week for our give away. Please take a look at the first post for this month for all the details. Don't forget to let me know what you have done.
Thank you so much for allowing me to share my family with you. They are a part of me, without them, I am nothing. Lots of hugs, Martha

18 comments:

Betty Stapleton said...

Hi Martha, love the three cups n' saucers. Especially the Rose of Sharon, my mother in law has American Beauty as her good dishes. Always so pretty. The cameo broaches are lovely too.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
You've had a very full week. I love Sophia's hat; she's a cutie!
Your teacups are all lovely but I really love the American Beauty. I have such a love for roses! Thanks for sharing your pretties once again and have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Martha...I am so embarrassed as I thought I was linking up to this week and put it on lasts weeks. So then I added it to this week. I was so excited when I did these two posts because they involved beautiful tea cups and I knew I could be a part of your party. They are always SO beautiful as is your blog. Very calming and I feel such tranquility and loveliness when I come here.

Your teacups are always so pretty and Sophia is just adorable!! You truly have a treasured life.

Nann

Zinnia said...

So cute Sophie is! I like her little sun hat. Wonderful that your mom had a good birthday. Your brooches are so beautiful. I love the roses on cup number two. I wish you a great week full of wonderful moments! Zinnia

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Happy Happy Birthdays"... Your family is SO Beautiful!!! I especially want to give Big Squishy Hugs to your "Two Sweet Sophia's"...Your Mom does NOT look 80! She must be tickled PINK to have her little great granddaughter named after her. I LOVE that! AND Your Mom's name is #1 in the baby girl category now! WOW, Isn't that the SWEETEST THING EVER! All these little girls are being named after her(tell her I said so!)
All your family "AND YOU" are So Beautiful!
I love your rose cups&saucers but I especially (((LOVE))) those portrait brooches. They too are a passion of mine. They ALWAYS follow me home. Little pieces of art and history! I don't have many though, BUT I'm working on it,hehe!
Have a fun filled week,
Big Hugs to you,
Donna

EllenaElizabeth said...

Looks like it was indeed a special day. Aren't times like this wonderful?

Sweet Pea said...

Martha, you are indeed blessed to have such a beautiful family. Birthdays are wonderful excuse to gather with them all.
I have enjoyed learning about them all,

Brenda said...

I enjoy all of your cups and brooches! Such beauty in each piece. But what I love and enjoy even more is your lovely family! Your grandson Noah, looks just like you so much. He and Sophia are very blessed children.

My mother also turned 80 this month. I featured her in my Mother's Day posting. http://downmemorylalalane.blogspot.com/2012/05/tribute-to-my-mother.html

Happy birthday to your mother. It is such an honor to see her. You have a lovely family.

Many blessings to you.
Brenda

Creations By Cindy said...

What a wonderful birthday celebration! Family...so blessed to have family! Love your teacup you found at the thrift store. It is beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Susan said...

Hello Dear Martha...Lovely gathering with family! You are so blessed. Hope your Mamita lives many more years. Glad Sophia is better, too. You look wonderful! Happy! Healthy! and with all your sweethearts. Thanks for sharing. Oh! The pink tea cups are beautiful, too. Pink's my favorite color, of course. Susan

Johanna said...

Dear Martha,
you are so blessed with a lovely family. How nice that your Mom could celebrate her birthday with her family. I don't know what I love more: your tea cup collection or your portrait pin brooches. They are all so outstanding. Thank you for sharing the delights of your life and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh Martha,

How awesome you sweet Mamma celebrated her 80th birthday. I wish her many more happy and healthy birthdays to come!

Your family is beautiful.

And so are you pretty teacups.

Thank you for co-hosting a wonderful linky party, which I look forward to each week.

God bless!

Terri said...

Oh Martha, you are really blessed with your family! Your mum looks amazing for 80 years old! (please tell her I said so, and happy birthday)...and you look so happy holding Noah and Sophie! Just radiant. I know what you mean about family. There is no love like that from your family.
Your three rose cups are so pretty. I love each set! Roses on a cup are always delightful. And your cameos too are just stunning!
Hugs,
Terri

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Martha, you have the most beautiful family! So glad that you all got to be together to celebrate such a special ocassion. Your teacups and jewelry are exquisite today, as always. I especially love the hp limoges pieces and the Royal Albert American Beauty teacup. I'm having a great software giveaway on my blog so please stop by and enter!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie

Lady Linda said...

I think the baby is even more of a beauty than your lovely teacups. You sure have a lot of double birthdays.
Such fun...

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Martha, all your cups, pins and brooches are gorgeous! I especially fell in love with your Rose of Sharon cup! So beautiful!
Cindy

christopher said...

Hello have just found your blog.
Ooh you are a lady after my own heart.
I too think family is all important, and i love vintage!
I actually only have the saucer left from the chintz.my cat eats from it.
and i have a cup , which is only half a cup,flat one side, and has a saying on it.
"just half a cup please".
Keep well i will be back to visit.this blog.Rosemarie.x

Annesphamily said...

Your family is beautiful! Isn't it fun how you can share the loves of our lives with each other? I love how you show off these tea cup treasures with your gorgeous jewelry pieces. Hugs Anne