Mar 10, 2014


Hello Ladies!  Welcome to Tea Cup Tuesday No. 208!  Hope you had a great week, filled with wonderful things to be thankful for.  Our Noah is still a little under the weather, but not enough to keep him from celebrating his 6th Birthday.  We had a weekend filled with fun and everyone can now use a little R & R.  

It turned out that my Laundry Room, was the most damage by the termites.  So, I am under full construction to re-do my Laundry Room.  It had been years since I had done anything to it. I was not really ready for the large expense, but it will look very pretty when they are done.  Always have to look for a silver lining, otherwise, you go nuts.  A bit of advise, if you think you have termites, do something about them as soon as possible. I learned that lesson the hard way. They have to come back and re-treat the new lumber.  Also, found out the very large and old Sycamore tree next to the house has termites.  Not sure what I need to do next about that.  This is what the wood looked like. I am so thankful, I did not go through the floor.

I just finish a new article for Shabby Lanes Magazine on collecting plates.  I am featured quarterly.  Who would have thought? Let me know if you see it.  Have a new cup to share with you this week.  It was a thrift store find.  You may have noticed  I have not been purchasing a lot of new cups, I am trying to scale down, but this one is a beauty.  The price was right $5, so I had to do it.  It is a David Michael, Staffordshire, England.  So very pretty, don't you think?

The next cup is a vintage Coalport.  It really is a soup bowl, but I store it with my cups.  I have had this one forever, my husband purchased it for me years ago at an estate sale.  

The last cup is a Queen's Fine China,  pattern name "English Chintz."  The beautiful brooch is a hand painted Limoges. 

I am reading this wonderful book about being thankful. So, I am going to try to only focus on the things that I am grateful for.  Right at the top of my list are these wonderful Grandchildren.  

Princess Maya, Gold Award for academics and excellent state test scores!!
I am sure the brains come from Grandma!

Our birthday boy, Noah! Age 6!

Let's not forget Sophia!

God has been good to me, bugs and all.  Have a wonderful week.  I look forward to visiting all your pretty homes and having tea.  Hugs, Martha


Antiques And Teacups said...

I am so glad that Noah is feeling a bit better. How awful about the laundry room...if it's not one thing, it's another! But your teacups are lovely and the grandchildren a joy, so I know you are rejoicing.

Karen said...

Hi Martha,
Congratulations for being featured in the Shabby Chic Magazine. You really do have a gorgeous collection of plates. I love your pretty teacups today. I hope Noah continues to improve and that your termites disappear.
Have a wonderful week! Karen

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh no, not termites!! Gorgeous plates, Martha! I love the first teacup; so sweet with the little roses. You are a proud grandma and so you should be. Hooray for grandchildren! They are a delight! Thank you for sharing and feel better soon, Noah!


The Charm of Home said...

Blessings indeed! Your Grandchildren are so beautiful. I love your new little teacup and the price is right! Thanks for hosting!

Beth in NEPA said...

Hate the word termite.
Happy Noah is doing better. Your plates are LOVELY! Thanks for sharing them.

xinex said...

Cute grands! Congrats to Maya! Your teacups are very pretty, Martha...Christine

Terri said...

Hello Martha,
Your tea cups are lovely, especially one for 5 bucks! And, your plates looks wonderful displayed that way.
I am sorry you have all that termite damage. You give good advice.
I am concerned about Noah. I hope he has a full recovery soon! Happy 6th Birthday to this special boy!

Terra said...

What an honor to be featured in the magazine. I like all your plates on the wall surrounding the floral painting. Your grandkids look like they are fun to be around.


Congrats to beautiful Maya...grandchildren are such a blessing! Your teacups are gorgeous, all of them! Your plates are so lovely, my fav! Thank you for hosting sweet lady!
Have a sweet week.

Tea in Texas said...

What a beautiful collection of teacups and saucers this week. I love your thrifty find for the roses are so pretty. I'm so glad your termite damage is being taken care of. Thank you for your kind comments and I really enjoy linking up to your party!


KathyB. said...

You are so right. Your grandchildren are true blessings and a thankful heart is the best medicine , for you and those around you.

I love your new teacup, now that is a deal I could not pass up either.

Oh my goodness, the termite damage is terrible. I am glad too that you didn't go through the floor and that it is being taken care of now.

Thank-you for hosting this tea-time Tuesday Martha.

La Petite Gallery said...

I had those termites in Florida, such a mess. Now in Maine we have Carpenter Ants big ants and they are wicked.. Glad things are looking better with Noah.

Happy St Pats Day.. yvonne

La Petite Gallery said...

I had those termites in Florida, such a mess. Now in Maine we have Carpenter Ants big ants and they are wicked.. Glad things are looking better with Noah.

Happy St Pats Day.. yvonne

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Gosh, I'm glad we don't have termites here, they sure can make a mess. I like the English Chintz teacup and your grands are adorable - congrats to Maya on her achievements.
For some reason I cannot link to either you or Terri this week as I'm getting an error message.

Clara said...

So happy Noah's doing better. I noticed your teacup with two handles. my husband just asked me last night why mine had two handles and I couldn't tell him why. There's a picture of it on my blog header. Do you know why?

Felicity W said...

Happy B-day to Noah.

You must have a nice collection of plates. I am thinking of collecting plates and turning them into cake stands.

Love your rose cup in the first pic.

Hope the weather gets fine soon.

Best to you,

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Martha,
Happy Birthday to Noah and Congratulations to Princess Maya. Not only the brain but also the prettiness came from Grandma, I am sure. Little Sophia are very sweet, too. You are surrounded of so much sweetness and your collection is part of it. Whow, those termites damaged the wood heavily. I wish you a good progress with the redo of your Laundry Room. Thank you for sharing thos Tea Time and for hosting this wonderful event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Snap said...

Beautiful grands, Martha. I know they give you great joy (and excitement). Glad to hear Noah is feeling better. Lovely teacups. Coalport really made some gorgeous designs. Happy Tea Day and thanks so much for hosting!

Deborah Montgomery said...

I would love to see your magazine article. those tea cups are beautiful. Esp. like the first one -- what a deal! Sorry about the termite problem. what book are you reading on thankfulness?

Clara said...

Hi Martha!
Thank you for answering my question about the teacup. You did mention that in your post but I wasn't sure if mine was the same. Or if yours was larger. If that makes since LOL.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

All your teacups are so beautiful! A new laundry room will be so nice! Yes, family is so special and you are blessed!

Susan said...

Yes, dear Martha, grandchildren are a great blessing in our lives. Straight from the hand of our Lord.

Each of yours is absolutely adorable.

Oh my GOODNESS, imagine the destruction those termites caused! Thank goodness you are taking care of them.

Your cups are lovely, as always. The chintz is my fave.

Take care, Martha. Hugs to you. Susan

Anonymous said...

Oooo - nasty termites! What a mess! But, I daresay you will have no trouble properly outfitting the new laundry room with lovely decor - and a washer/dryer, too! Looking forward to the reveal when it is done!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You were so right to get that "new" teacup. It's lovely and very delicate. Good luck with the laudry redo!

Veronica Roth said...

You're almost at the end of the termite saga. Hooray! The children look so beautiful. I love seeing photos of them. Big hugs and I hope your week is bumping along wonderfully. :)

SarahGeorge said...

Sorry for the termite repairs. So happy for your grand daughter :) And congrats on being featured! You sure have a gorgeous collections of "collectibles" :)The new thrift store find is so very beautiful!And the wreath at the top of this post is my fav! lovely!

Dee said...

I am glad you see a silver lining in circumstances such as your laundry room . It does make life much rosier.
I have no doubt your adorable grands get their brains from you....I think mine did too LOL. Your home is looking so Springy and lovely.

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Martha said...

Lovely tea cups. Sorry about the termites but you'll get a new laundry room!

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

I love that you're writing about your passions - very cool Martha!
and gratitude really is the healthy choice =)
thanks, as always, for sharing...

Kathy said...

Termites are terrible here - they can do such aweful damage - you have been through a lot - the reconstruction will give you scope to redo though :)
I'm glad Noah is better and love your teacups - the Irish quote is one of my favorites - so delighted to join you all this week - I do appreciate you hosting,

Annesphamily said...

Your phamily is beautiful! I am always cheery having a visit here. The tea cup sigh! Have a beautiful week and I know how grateful I am with my phamily. Blasted termites. I remember my folks had them in our lil back yard house. I lost all my lp album collection and many, many beautiful books!

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