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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Teacups and Roses and an Antiquing Adventure

So today I am firing up the red minivan
and heading for the far-off distant land
of Somerville, New Jersey.

Which is about 32 minutes away.

And is home to something called Somerville Center Antiques 
and a host of other dens of digging delight.
I've never been there, but my young friend Emily and I are putting on our hunting gear,
bringing a camera, and setting forth in pursuit of the interesting, the cheap, the quirky, and . . . lunch.
If we're not back by Thursday, it means the shopping was really good.

But before I go, I'm sharing some beautiful roses with you. 

My daughter Anne gave them to me last Wednesday, and even arranged them in the rose bowl.
They are holding up awfully well, don't you think?
How sweet is it, to make your own humans, and then have them grow up and give you flowers?
Maybe I should have had more kids.

Of course, then I'd have to have more of these:
 Birthday tea cups.
 Starting with the yellow cup -- February is for Alida.
 I think those are buttercups.  Aconite?  Any gardeners out there?
 For Anne, it's July and what I think are pansies.
 Which don't really thrive in July, except that the cups are English Staffordshire,
so perhaps in England pansies are still ripping along in that month.

As I recall, we got these for our girls -- when they were quite young -- at Disney World.
Or maybe it was Hershey Park.  Or quite possibly Great Adventure in Virginia.
Girls?  Do you remember?

The cups are lovely quality.  I paired them with old silverplate teaspoons bearing my initial.
I am The Mom, after all.
Napkins and doily -- vintage linen and lace.

And now it's off treasure hunting in deepest darkest Somerville!
P.S.  Our girls' birthdays are in February and July.  Howard and I have birthdays in . . . February and July.
Just a bit of trivia in case it ever comes up on Jeopardy.

It's Tuesday -- Tea Party time in Bloggerville.
Join in -- check out the wonderful blogs below, and their tea time or tabletop link parties. -- Cass

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life hosts Tabletop Tuesday.  Click here!

The Plumed Pen and A Breath Of Fresh Air host
Tuesday Tea For Two and Teapots And Tea Things.  Click here!

 It's Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine, at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor.  Click here!

 Martha of Martha's Favorites is our hostess for Tea Cup Tuesday.
 Martha and Terri of Artful Affirmations share the hosting duties for this fun meme.  Click here!

 At Rose Chintz Cottage, it's Tea Time Tuesday.  Click here!

And before I forget -- a belated Happy Thanksgiving
to all the fine folks up north in Canada.
I could hear the belts loosening all the way in New York on Sunday!
Although it would be easier if you just changed your date to the last Thursday in November.


  1. My B'day is on February too!! Have a great day in Somerville....hugs, Flavia

  2. I love the birthday tea cups and need to get mine!!!! Happy Tea Day!

  3. Dear Cass,

    What lovely yellow roses and oh-so-beautiful teacups for your exquisite teatime vignette.., It is just so refreshingly pretty!

    (I have B-day in February also).

    Happy hunting and have oodles of fun.., We'll look forward with great relish to seeing your treasures!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  4. Cass,
    Beautiful cups but the rose bowl is really beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful "hunting" trip. More fun with a friend. Stop by and see what I found last weekend.....


  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful flowers with us. Good luck on your shopping trip.

  6. Cass -- I want to come too!!!!! Lovely tea cups and what a thoughtful daughter -- the flowers are beautiful! A lovely post!

    Oliver is pouting -- it's his way to tell us that we had left him!

  7. Beautiful Tea Cups!!
    Have fun on your trip!!

  8. Hello Cass,
    What a beautiful crystal rose bowl and holding beautiful roses too! So sweet of your daughter. Such wonderful teacups to celebrate birthdays! Your shopping trip sounds like so much fun! I hope you come home with many treasures!
    As for Thanksgiving, I'm not sure why Canada celebrates it earlier than the States. We do appreciate it however!
    Thank you for sharing this with us today.


  9. How sweet a post. I have the same sort of teacups from Royal Daulton. I love your flower pictures too.

    if you would come visit my blog and check out my jewelry giveaway = )

  10. Have fun shopping. Wish I could go, will have to shop in my mind when you return with pictures.Richard from My Old Historic House.

  11. Oooh lucky you! It sounds like you are off on a grand adventure! I hope you find wonderful treasures.
    Your two tea cups are so pretty. I have a June cup for my daughter. Yours are sweet with the pansies and yellow flowers (I can't tell the type.)
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  12. You are The Mom and you make humans-nuff said.

  13. Thank you for
    the tea; loved
    how pretty the
    cups were....AND
    the yellow roses!
    xx Suzanne

  14. Hi: I love birthday cups. With all the cups I own, I don't have a birthday cup. I should fix that. Yours are so very special. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. Blessings, Martha

  15. What delightful tea cups! I can not wait to see what treasures you find to share at the antique stores.

  16. The teacups are lovely, the daughter who gave you roses even more so!


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