Tuesday, April 24, 2012

I AM LATE, I AM LATE TO A VERY IMPORTANT DATE!

Hello Ladies: Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 110! Can you believe we have been doing this so long? Hope you had a good week. Sorry for the late post. My Noah is having surgery and he had post opt today. So I had to watch Sophia. She loves me know and hugs me. PTL! It only took her 6 months. I have been a little under the weather. My blood sugar has been low since I have started exercising. (Yes, I am still exercising! I am so proud of myself.) I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Guess I am going to have to do the thing I hate to do and that is call the doctor. Yuk! I was complaining to my daughter today about how tired I get after exercising, she so sweetly reminded me that I had not exercised in 55 years! I guess it will take some time.
I have some fun cups to show you this week. Not sure I have ever shared them before. The first two cups I am sharing are both Limoges. They are so very different. This first one has a wonderful shape and is so wafer thin. It feels like my hands can just press too hard and break it. It is very old, so obviously, it is strong enough to survive. It is so beautiful.
This next cup, again is a Limoges, it too is vintage, but feels heavy and strong enough to do some damage if need be. This one as well as the first one is hand painted, with heavy gold gilding.
Cup No. 3 is a vintage Chintz. It is an antique Lord Nelson. You just can never get enough Chintz.
I was lucky enough to go to an Estate Sale this weekend. Didn't have a lot of money but I found these two items I just could not live without. The first is this beautiful, vintage rose, needlepoint pillow. Did I ever tell you I collect vintage, needlepoint pillows? Well, you guessed it I do. I have a lot of them. I take them out for different seasons. When I found this beautiful rose pillow I just had to have it. I was lucky enough to get it for $5. It is unbelievably beautiful. As someone dear to me said "Good, that is just what we need, one more pillow!" I just think you can never have enough pillows!
Well, here is Mr. Linky for this week. I just have to share this last piece I purchased. It is a c 1900 Blue Flow tray! Not sure if I am going to keep this or sell it yet. I just think it is stunning!
I was planning to have a giveaway set up. We will have to wait until next week. Terri and I have been partying for over two years. We need to do something special. Don't forget to visit my dear friend, Terri. You will never be disappointed! Hugs, Martha

Monday, April 16, 2012

THE COLOR PURPLE!




Hello Ladies: Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 109. I am running so late this week. It is almost 9 pm and I am just thinking about the post now. My daughter had surgery today and thank God, everything is fine. I was up at 3:00 am this morning praying for her. A mother never stops worrying about her children no matter how old they get. They are always our little girls. You would be so proud of me, I am exercising. First time in my life, mind you! I have a friend who is a trainer and she is working with me. I had not said anything, because I thought I would have quit already but, I am liking it. I am not very good but it is a start. I know this was from God, because I would have never done it on my own. She asked me! Even my fingers are sore.



I am going to be sharing more purple cups this week. I think they are so sweet looking. I am also sharing some of my "Color Purple" Decor for this month. Did I ever tell you I collect Fenton? Well, you guessed it, I do. These are two very large vases along with a very small one.




This first tea cup is a Royal Albert. The pattern name is "Sweet Violet". I believe it is ca. 1970. It has a beautiful wavy design to it and a delicate handle. Just perfect for an afternoon cup of tea.





Cup number 2 is a demitasse cup. It is a numbered, vintage, Lenox. I just love the look of this cup. Really the pictures do not do it justice. This cup I believe is circa 1920. It is in perfect condition and just stunning. I have no idea if it came with a saucer. When I purchased it, years ago, it was alone. Isn't it beautiful?




My third cup this week is Staffordshire, England, Royale Garden, Chintz Collection. This cup features a beautiful pale yellow background, very different for Chintz.




This last cup is also a Royal Albert, England. This cup has a very old look to it. Very elegant. The Tea Pot along side it is a double cup Sadler.





Here is Mr. Linky for this week. Both Terri and I thank you for your faithfulness to this Tea Party. We both love to drool over the tea cups. I have put some new tea cups on my website Pretty Vintage Things. Stop by and take a peek! Hugs, Martha

Monday, April 9, 2012

ARTFUL DISPLAYS AND MORE TEA CUPS!



Hi Ladies! Hope you had a wonderful Easter Sunday. I was lucky to spent the Easter weekend with my Grandchildren. (I know I have other relatives that I love and spent time with also but, the Grandchildren, oh my!) We did the Easter Egg Hunt and spent the morning doing all kinds of special Easter crafts. All three of them looked so cute. I have perfect Grandchildren. Princess Maya is growing up so. Where does the time go? Sophia has teeth, she is only 6 months! I hold on to every minute I get to spend with them. God truly has given me 3 great treasures!





Well, for many of you, Easter Break has started! A great time to relax and maybe add to your Tea Cup Collections while you are out and about. Both enigmatic and charming, I believe our personal collections are an extension of who we are. Our collections are the finishing touches that truly make our house a home. I find that when I am acquiring objects of beauty, they rarely have anything to do with their use or even the price. The hunt is often just as thrilling as the purchase itself for me. So this Easter Break, go hunting! Did I ever tell you I collect perfume bottles? Here are a few of my rather large collection.




My home has undergone it's monthly, make over. All my Easter items are down and replace by beautiful violets and purples. Those are the color cups I will be sharing with you this month. This first tea cup is a Radford China, Made in England, Purple Violets. With a lovely white base with rims of gold gilt. It looks so pretty with purple violets and the super ribbed design. It is an amazing piece that looks like lace to me. I have it sitting on a matching egg cup. Did I ever tell you I collect egg cups? Well, I do. (Let's not talk about it!)




Don't you just love this tea pot? Love the Violets! It is an Old Foley by James Foley, Staffordshire, England.



Cup No. 2 is also a Violet tea cup. It has a gold crown mark and is also Made in England. This cup has a very elegant look to it.




Cup No. 3 is an unsigned beauty. Maybe made in Japan, not sure. It has a lovely Violet design. It almost looks like a vintage, fabric print. It has a cute pedestal base.




Ok, Ladies, here is Mr. Linky for this week. Terri and I both share a love for Tea Cups and always look forward to what you are going to share each week. This last picture is of four handpainted Royal Doulton, dessert plates I am offering on my webside Pretty Vintage Things. Thank you so much for shopping at my store. It is so appreciated! I have been asked to do a radio program on my collections. I am so excited. I will let you know more information as I learn.




Have a wonderful week. Remember all our blessings! Hugs, Martha

Sunday, April 1, 2012

TEA CUPS AND BUNNIES KEEP MULTIPLYING!



Hello Ladies! Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday, No. 107! Next week is Easter, and if you are anything like me, we still have to get our Easter Baskets ready. Noah has already asked for a few things in his basket. He is so easy, I could buy him things from the thrift store and he would be excited with that. I had the privilege of babysitting, Sophia alone this week for the first time. She was wonderful for 45 minutes. It was a little ruff after that, to say the least. I told Mom, I would watch her again for 46 minutes. This little granddaughter of mine is a Diva. She likes what she likes and you better figure it out fast. This Grandma has to keep trying harder.



Before I start this week's Tea Party, I want to thank you for all faithfulness to my website. I even had a sweet lady want something that she saw from my blog. I love that! I am open for anything. My first tea cup is a German, Hutschenreuther, Richelieu, Pink Roses with gray scrolls and pink roses. To be honest, I don't even remember where I purchased this. That is not a good sign!




Cup No. 2 is Royal Albert from England. The pattern name is "Serena" Royal Albert's are so beautiful. Love the pink roses on this one.





Cup No. 3 is a Royal Grafton from England. This is a beautiful purple and pink tulip pattern, very cute.




The last cup is a Coalport also from England. The pattern name is "Junetime". The colors are so vivid and they look so Old World. This is a trio, but I forgot to picture the dessert plate.




Here is Mr. Linky for this week. Don't forget to visit Terri, she always has amazing tea cups. I have put the Grafton tea cup on my website this week. Still trying to thin out my collection. Have a wonderful week. I hope you like Sandi Patti, Easter is just not the same without her music. Blessings, Mrtha