Monday, January 11, 2010

Luxuries Large and Small


These lovely little luxuries are ring boxes from the Muse Collection by Charlotte Moss at London's Halcyon Days. For your dressing table, vanity or evening bag, they are "descended from the rare and beautiful enamels of 18th-century England. Prized by discerning collectors worldwide, both as tokens of taste and sentiment and as works of art, they are destined to become the antiques of the future."


Says the designer of her collection, which includes atomizers, handbag mirrors and tiny vanity trays, "I have bought these wonderful enamels as gifts, and received them as gifts, for years. It is a great pleasure and opportunity to be entrusted with creating designs for today. Once again I’ve chosen to invoke the muse - images and motifs from the lives of women who continue to inspire - myself and others."
You would be correct in assuming that these pretty little numbers come with price tags containing quite large numbers.


I received as a gift this Christmas my own tiny, shiny box. It is not fancy enamel nor is it covered in pretty patterns. It is plain, coral pink and heart-shaped. It is from the not so exclusive, one on every corner, Hallmark collection. And it is currently my most prized, sentimental and inspiring possession.


It came from my daughter and contains a photo she took of us (with the camera in her laptop) on Thanksgiving Day 2009. That's her, below, squeezing the life and love out of me. And though this box was a gift, it came at a very large price. Letting her go last year to live her own life was more difficult than anything I have done with or for or because of her in the last nineteen years of my life. But it was worth it.

I have proof in a priceless pink box.




"Every luxury must be paid for, and everything is a luxury, starting with being in this world."

Cesare Pavese, Italian poet, critic and novelist, 1908-1950


Thanks to Rosemary and her dentist's fancy magazines for the top image. It is quite a luxury to have a friend who thinks about you while waiting to get her teeth cleaned. Images and descriptions of Moss's Paris, Nantucket and New York boxes are from Halcyon Days' website. And to Katey, well, you know.

18 comments:

pk @ Room Remix said...

That brought tears to my eyes. What a sweet gift to get from a daughter who obviously loves you very much. Not to mention it's adorable (as is the box it came in)! Happy Monday...

Averill said...

That picture is so lovely and the memory is priceless.

{On a more materialistic note, I love the pagoda box in particular!}

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

A priceless gift for sure, Tracy!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a lovely photo!
What a keepsake.

Maria Killam said...

That is so great, I love that photo! Beautiful idea of a ring box!

Content in a Cottage said...

Tracy,

Perfectly lovely post. Thanks for the mention.

Rosemary

SogniSorrisi said...

What a wonderful photo of you and your daughter!

TheCluelessCrafter said...

I love enamel and have to agree that I, too, am "always on a visual treasure hunt".

How appropriate this post was. I am literally in the middle of searching for vintage enamel trays to hang in my studio-which is now all WHITE:-(

Melanie said...

Okay, I wanted to cry. I LOVE things like this. Something that didn't cost much but means the world to you.

My son is 15 1/2 and I sometimes think about the day that he will be leaving and it is coming up too fast!

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Tracy,

There is NOTHING like a mother's love. Thanks for sharing.

~janet

Struggler said...

Oh, what pretty boxes, and how moving your words are about your daughter.
I like the concept of the 'visual treasure hunt', too.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

That is so precious!

Janet said...

What a wonderful gift and a wonderful daughter.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Glad I found your blog. Beautiful boxes...especially the last. I feel your sentiment. I have one going off to college in the fall!

red ticking said...

lovely post... i love your blog.. x pam

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Karena said...

Beautiful little gems, very precious and verrry special gifts!

Maria Killam said...

Hi Tracy,
Thanks for your comment today!
I still love these little boxes :)
x
maria