22 Jan 2010

SHOW & TELL


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In our living room is a big cabinet along almost the whole wall with a vitrine where I keep other things than cats.

There are some very precious things in there from Napoleon's times which I inherited, medals, old coins and other antiques. I think with this vitrine I will have quite some things to show and tell about.





so I take out this :



When our son was born I had to give a little box with blue, pink and white dragées (sugar almond sweets) to family, friends, collegues, neighbours etc. which is the use in Belgium when a child is born.

The boxes sold in specialized shops were very expensive and considering the amount of boxes I needed, it would have cost a fortune which we didn't have. So I had an idea, I asked my boss if I could choose a piece of fabric, to which of course he agreed, then I cut it in little squares with special zig zag scissors, bought some pounds of dragées, and made little bags like the above one. My friend who had a son one year later was pleased with this idea and did the same with a more "romantic" fabric.

These little bags are now 35 and 36 years old. I don't know if the sweets are still good, anyway I wouldn't try, it's just a nice souvenir.



These are Dragées boxes of today, they are far more creative and funny. When our son was born they were only in white, pink, or blue and no design of course besides a golden inscription.

12 comments:

Loree said...

What a sweet reminder of your son. They used to have the same tradition for weddings here. BTW, those sweets keep for ages. Don't know about 35 years but I have eaten them after 2-3 years and they are always good.

Puss-in-Boots said...

What a lovely idea it is to give a gift like that. And you still have them.

I love your cabinet. I go over to Ken's and we watch the Antiques Road Show and your cabinet reminds me of similar ones I've seen.

I can't wait to see what little treasures you have there.

Debbie said...

How cute!!~

diane said...

That is an interesting custom. I went to an Italian wedding years ago and they gave little bag of sugar coated almonds to the guests.But I didn't keep mine I ate them!

wenn said...

nice collections!

Hootin' Anni said...

I really enjoyed viewing this today Gattina!! What treasures.

My show n tell is nothing but January Clearance items that I found if you'd like to view them....

HERE

Maribeth said...

That is very sweet. Mostly at bridal showers, weddings or the baby showers do we make gifts such as this for our friends and guests.

Melli said...

Wow! And in the states we just pass out CIGARS! I like your little candies much better! They're cuter too!

Tracie said...

I love your little candy bags...what a great idea and a special keepsake.

Thom said...

Awesome photos. Thats a great idea for a gift...where's mine? LOL

Dr.John said...

In the US when a child is born you give out pictures but the baby gets gifts.

Pamela said...

that is so cool --- the candy -- and you kept it.

I'm guilty of not keeping things that were important.