I couldn’t resist coming home with some roses from Trader Joe’s recently~ since they were a bargain price of $9.99 for a 14-stem bunch, with a 6-stem bunch to be had for just $5.99~
I love roses in all their stages~ when they just begin to unfurl~ but they are especially appealing to me, fully open and approaching the shabby stage~
My Great Aunt’s tea cup, marked Avenir China, Limoges France, is serving up roses here but most recently was serving up rose petal tea~
Since at one point in the 1920′s as many as 48 companies were producing wares marked Limoges, her pattern has been as challenging to identify as a box of unmarked chocolates~ which I can’t determine the content of without a “pinch” test. . .
After searching online and Replacements, I was able to narrow it down to a pattern by G. Demartine & Cie, which produced and decorated porcelain from the late 1800′s to early 1900′s, but only as far as a pattern number and ‘manufacturer status unknown’.
Unknown status or not~ I’m taking time to stop and smell the roses :)