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Monday, 28 March 2011

How to Survive Mothers Day

This sunday, for those of you who are not aware, is Mothering Sunday in the UK. (Sunday 3rd April 2011) Since we have a great range of antique items to impress your mother with, we thought it would only be fair to prepare you for the event in every possible way with a comprehensive survival guide.

Tip One - BE PREPARED! We all know that there's nothing worse than an angry mother so make sure you have put in the ground work for the big day.

Tip Two -  AN OUTING. Going on a mothers day outing is expected so anything short of a relaxing lunch, civilised afternoon tea or walk in a national park WILL be frowned upon. Don't let her con you into thinking she "really doesn't want any fuss" - she does!

Tip Three - FAMILY GATHERING. Chances are that gathering all members of the family, grandparents, siblings etc is not possible, although some effort towards inviting a group of close family members may be appreciated (unless there are ongoing family feuds - in which case don't bother!)

 Tip Four - FLOWERS. Traditionally, flowers are a nice gesture to make to your mother and will certainly put you in her 'good books' for the day!

Tip Five - THE GIFT. This is without doubt, the most important part and can make the difference between a year of  friendly exchanges and feeling the 'mothers wrath'! Here are some ideas that we have thrown together to inspire you and ensure you win your mothers affection on the day....

 A pair of early 20th century Japanese Cloisonne enamel vases will be perfect for displaying the flowers you've bought as well as being an elegant and decorative present. VIEW ONLINE
A small George III mahogany dressing mirror would be a practical and thoughtful present, ideal for on top of her chest of drawers or dainty enough to add some class to her ensuite bathroom. 

 This mid 19th century miniature Mahogany Continental three drawer jewel chest could be an attractive yet practical addition to her dressing table, with elegant turned legs and a useful purpose. VIEW ONLINE
 This 19th century Victorian oblong stool would be ideal for using at a dressing table or as a piano stool. It's multiple uses make it an excellent choice for the discerning lady. VIEW ONLINE
A fun pair of 20th century oak and mahogany bookends could be the right choice for the mother who's a keen reader or fan of interesting objects. VIEW ONLINE
 This mid 19th century mahogany brass bound jewellery box is in excellent condition and is the perfect size for storing jewellery or trinkets. VIEW ONLINE
 This large 19th century Victorian Sunderland glass "Dump" or paperweight has groups of flowers inside it, cleverly made and pretty to look at. VIEW ONLINE

This Victorian ruby glass dish has a clear glass handle and crimped feet, a pretty and very feminine item, ideal for serving snacks, nuts etc in whilst entertaining. Also useful for pot pourri!  

A late 19th century print of a Birkett Miles Foster watercolour, depicting a bright country scene of children playing in a stream. An excellent choice for the art enthusiast or the mother with wall space to fill. VIEW ONLINE

If you're still not sure what to go for, then a gift voucher might be the way forward. Our vouchers are redeemable online, in our shop or even at the warehouse. They are available in £50 and £100 denominations and can be sent electronically, for you to print out if you are little last minute with your present buying! VIEW ONLINE

Thank you for reading our Mothers Day survival guide, we hope you are able to not only survive the day but enjoy it and do convey our best wishes on Mothers Day to all of your mothers!

Graham Smith Antiques

83 Fern Avenue
Newcastle upon Tyne
0044 (0)191 281 5065

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