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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Good Things Come in Small Packages


The ad says:

"Good things come in small packages ~
always have, always will."

Oh, indeed! These little enamel boxes recapture the 18th century craft of enameling. In Georgian days it was the fashion to give these little boxes as a token of friendship or to celebrate an event.

Decorated with the designs of Mary Engelbreit and produced by Alastor Enamels of England, these exquisite little boxes would please any ME fan. So you can imagine my delight when I opened this presentation box to discover . . .

This little jewel ~ a gift from a very thoughtful student.


  1. What a lovely gift! I love ME, but didn't know about the little boxes.

  2. A lovely gift indeed! How delightful!
    Have a great week!


  3. I've always loved this type of small enamelled box, your ME box is a delight.
    What nice students you have.

  4. What a sweet enamelled box~ and what a wonderful gift to receive from a student! You must have been/ARE and EXCELLENT teacher :-)

  5. That IS a very lovely & thoughtful gift, Sarah!

    I have to share a story...when I was a pre-teen, I was very tall for my age. My 2 best friends were itty-bitty little things & one of their mothers said to me "Good things come in small packages". I felt bad about being so tall & relayed her comment to my mother. She promptly told me that the next time I heard her say that I was to reply "SO DOES POISON!" LOL Very uncharacteristic of my mother to be nasty but I never forgot her expression.
    Funny, the things you remember...that had to be 40 years ago, at least.

  6. Ahhh but MOTHES can have a nasty side when it comes to taking care of their daughters hearts:)

    A lovely box..what a treasure and a dear story..Love your mom:)

  7. Oh, how sweet and thoughtful! I've never seen one of these. ME things make me smile.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. So thoughtful, fun and pretty!

  9. How sweet!
    I have never seen ME enameled boxes; they are lovely. And, yes, clearly a very thoughtful student!

  10. Dear Sarah,
    you must have been a very beloved teacher that your student honored you with such a wonderful enameled box. It is a lovely way to say Thank you. I am sure you deserved it well.
    Greetings, Johanna

  11. What a fun gift and a very thoughtful student. It's lovely and that's one of my favorite illustrations by dear Mary. Did your class always look like Mary E. lived there with you? Mine does! Thank you for sharing!

  12. I love Mary E, and that is a sweet gift!

  13. How wonderful, Sarah! Thank you so much for sharing with us on ME Monday. I, too, am fortunate to have two of Mary's little enamel boxes. They're so special. One of mine is for Christmas and the other reads "It's the little things that count".
    How special that your student gave you one.

  14. What a nice tribute to you that one of your students thought so highly of you to give you this special gift. My (wonderful) mother-in-law had so many little gifts from her nursing students and when she passed away, I kept them - it reminds me every day how one person can affect the lives of so many others.

  15. Such a lovely gift! I know you will cherish it always! I just love it!

  16. What a lovely gift. I love ME pictures and colors. Have a great day.

  17. What a generous student & beautiful gift Sarah. It is gorgeous.

    Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

  18. What a thoughtful gift that was Sarah! It's so pretty!

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  20. What a wonderful and special gift for you.

    I love hinged boxes, and I have a small collection of Limoges boxes.

  21. I have always loved the little tiny beautiful boxes. I have one tiny one that is a gold pineapple. Sarah, so happy you are joining the party. I got you listed. :) xo

  22. Oh, Sarah! What a wonderful gift! There is nothing as wonderful as a tiny box, and I have a few tiny limoge ones. But this one is just so pretty!


    Sheila :-)

  23. Now that is a sweet gift and you obviously cherish it, it sure is special.

  24. I love Mary Engelbreit, too! My favorite thing of hers that I have is a coffee mug that says "Let's put the fun back in dysfunctional"! What a great way to start the morning:) Your box is so pretty.

  25. Love it Sarah! I think that student knew you well. laurie


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