the charm of a bracelet…and a winner

i have always loved charm bracelets.

i love their little jingle. i love their uniqueness. i love that they can be huge and heavy, loaded with momentos from a full life. i love that they can be dainty and in the beginning phase of being filled.  i love that they are a priceless yet tangible way to document and remember tender moments, grand events, celebrations, lives lived, babies being born, grandparent’s anniversary dates, sorority life, relationships, vacations, bucket list items being checked off. special little whatevers all jingling around together.

i love the charm of tiny little sentimental pieces that symbolize anything and everything.  ask anyone wearing a charm bracelet about their charms and the stories behind the charms…you will most certainly be treated to a lifetime of stories symbolized in a little bracelet. i absolutely adore sitting and hearing an older lady telling about her charm bracelet, most often full of decades of memories.

i have a few charm bracelets and they might be my all time favorite  jewelry, other than my wedding ring.  which incidentally, speaking of sentiment, was my grandmother’s, given to her by my grandaddy as an anniversary gift. i always loved “trying it on” when i’d go visit her when i was a little girl.  anyways. the eve of my wedding day to dan, my life long friend kristin gave me a james avery silver charm bracelet with a dogwood charm, which symbolized our spring wedding on Easter weekend and “the new beginning” of our life together.  she and dan have added many many more charms over the years. i wore it consistantly for years until it became to heavy (& loud) to sleep in.  when i began to just wear it occasionally, the girls would say, ” you need to wear your charm bracelet all the time. we can hear you coming:)”

that bracelet has “mary james” ( emi’s favorite shoes, mary janes, as she mispronounced them), ballet shoes and ballerina for madi, cheerleaders and megaphones for savannah, a butterfly symbolizing caroline’s “first day of spring birthday” and the list goes on. and on.

i also have another silver charm bracelet that is also very sentimental to me.  a few months after gregg passed i began a bracelet with charms that all symbolized something either about him or our life together. he coached track, soccer and basketball. he used to live in hawaii and we traveled there just before he died, so i have a dolphin and a pineapple. a cactus charm he brought me home from a trip to arizona. and the list goes on. and on.

my precious friend cathy penton made some beautiful charms for me made from vintage french ledger papers on one side and with the girls initials on the other. she has made the girls and i some gorgeous photo charms that we treasure. ( i’ll share those another day).

when my mother in law, lil, passed away i inherited her gold charm bracelet with gold silhouette charms representing the girls. priceless.

i have a tiny little charm bracelet worn by my mom when she was little girl.  i also started a charm bracelet for each of my girls when they were little.

i absolutely thoroughly enjoyed reading all your own favorite pieces of jewelry. from fun funky trendy pieces to priceless treasures from loved ones….thank you for sharing those with me.

congratulations lindsay, the #12 commenter. i will forward your email to michelle verbeeck for your custom cuff.  everyone else, we will be doing another special together later in the winter….thank you!

October 28, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Darian - My sister amd I have matching James Avery bracelets; exact same charms in the exact same place on our bracelets. Only difference is the big sis and little sis charms. We are both in our 50s and it keeps us close as we live in different cities.

October 28, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Kerri - love your charm bracelets. and i love the previous comment. since I am an only child, I cherish the idea of having my two girls having matching sister charm bracelets! so sweet!

October 28, 2012 - 8:07 pm

Michele - Love your charm bracelets and all the memories they hold for you!

October 29, 2012 - 10:11 am

Kristin - Awe. One of my favorite things about you is that you hold moments with your people precious just in life and know how to be grateful as you recount each one. Your bracelets are just another reflection of how you express those blessings. I love that! Love you friend.

October 29, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - Oooh pretty! :)

October 29, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Judy - i’ve always loved charm bracelets too paige…funny you mention that you started bracelets for your girls when they were little because i’ve been wanting to start one for my 8 year old granddaughter taylor….should i get one to “fit” on her little arm now and then start another one as she gets older and “bigger” as she says? i did get her a gold bangle when she was in a local beauty pageant a few years ago and also want to do the “add a pearl” necklace too but i really want to start the charm bracelet.

thanks for any advice you can give me!

October 29, 2012 - 5:58 pm

Bev - I love those….. I only have one but it is full of memories . It is a real keepsake for your girls…. if they choose !!!!

October 29, 2012 - 9:53 pm

Camille b - Beautiful post. I feel the same way about charm bracelets. I have 3. I have a gold one I’ve been adding to for years. I’ve always said they tell the best story. Thanks for your post

October 30, 2012 - 8:12 am

tara - charm bracelets are so southern.
you’ve inspired me to pull mine out…I have a gold one and a silver one.

you’ve also inspired me to get one for Lydia….every girl needs one, right?

yours are all beautiful!!

November 2, 2012 - 3:37 am

Kathleen Winfrey - Oh my god! I love charmed bracelets! I am inspired to collect more and to make my own designs.

heading to the country living fair

one of my favorite people in the world is here with me & we’re heading out to the Country Living Fair! this will be the third year that it’s here and seriously right around the corner from me.  and another favorite person in the world is also here… savannah came in for a surprise visit and she’ll join us too!!  big fun!!

i’ve shared about previous years here, here & here.

these images are all from last year. this year i think i’m going to pass on taking my big-girl camera and dealing with all that and just using my phone.

if you’re nearby i highly recommend coming on over!

October 26, 2012 - 7:36 am

Lori H - Sooo jealous! Have a great time :)

October 26, 2012 - 9:04 am

Kelli - Oh I wish I could go today, but my friends and I are going on Sunday! We have gone to all of them too, and we are so excited! You look uber cute heading out today. Have fun!

October 26, 2012 - 12:03 pm

simone - Those chairs, any chance you could pick me one up please?! Have a wonderful time!! X

October 26, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Kerri - girl you are rockin’ that outfit! really wish I lived alot closer, I remember your pics from last year! have fun and enjoy your weekend! I will be preparing for Sandy which is expected to hit the East Coast by Sunday night!

October 26, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Shannon - I wish they had this in near me. It always looks like so much fun with some great shopping. I can’t wait to see everything you find!!!
Have fun :)

October 26, 2012 - 4:01 pm

suzanne - Saw the photo on IG
and it made me smile.
I remember pinning a
CL fair pic from your
blog, last year…..Could
it be that time, already?!

Enjoy every moment
and YES, just roll with
your phone ~ you need
your hands free for all
the goodies!!

xo Suzanne

October 26, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Michele - Love the picture of you – you’re beautiful! How I wish I lived closer. Have a great time! xoxo

October 27, 2012 - 4:21 pm

jen@thecottagenest - How fun! I’ve only been once in Ohio but it’s been a few years and I need to go again. I hope you had a wonderful time!

October 27, 2012 - 9:06 pm

Bethanie - The Country Living fair was wonderful, but truly the highlight of my day was meeting you! :) You are as adorable in real life as you are on your blog each day. Hugs, B

October 27, 2012 - 9:17 pm

bethanie - The Country Living Fair was wonderful, but truly the highlight of my day was meeting you! You’re as adorable in real life as you are every day on your blog! :) Hugs, B

October 27, 2012 - 9:45 pm

Yvonne - I’m so jealous. I’ve wanted to go every year since reading about it in Country Living. Unfortunately it’s just too far for a day trip, but maybe one day I’ll plan a long weekend and drive down for the event. Have fun! Lovin’ your cowgirl boots!!!

October 27, 2012 - 10:06 pm

LLH Designs - Looked at that cute pic of you at the top and thought it was one of your girls! CUTIE!!! xoxo!

October 28, 2012 - 3:47 pm

donna - once again………………. I LOVE your outfit! Hope you had a wonderful time :)