This is another of my most treasured pieces of jewelry and it means more to me than I can tell you. The bracelet that Rob originally gave me was a small, dainty one that was getting weighted down by my big charms. For our anniversary, quite a few years later, with the help of my mom, he found this big, chunky, antique bracelet for me on ebay. I had all my charms transferred to this one and I love it. It's big, chunky and jangly! All things I love!
Are you a collector? What, in your mind, constitutes a collection? Is it 2 pieces of something? Or, do you have to have 3 of any one type thing for it to qualify? In my mind, where there are 3 like items, there is a collection.
I have LOTS of collections! Today, I thought I'd show you one of my most treasured collections (since I have zippity-zilch-zero stitching to show).
My Charm Bracelets.
I wear them all the time and always get comments and/or compliments on them.
When I was confirmed in our church, at the age of 11, my parents gave me a sterling silver charm bracelet with an ankh cross on it. This was the start of my charm collection. I have been collecting charms for it ever since. This bracelet, in many ways, tells my life story, which I suppose, is what charm bracelets often do and is what makes them so personal and loved. I am still collecting for this heavy weighted beauty and so it continues to grow and tell my story.
I have charms from when I lived in Korea
I have a charm from the Cowboy Hall of Fame
Charms from Disneyland and Disney World
A charm from England commemorating the Queen's Silver Jubilee
A hula dancer from Hawaii
A sunflower from when we lived in Kansas
A tri-corner hat from a family trip, when I was a kid, to Williamsburg, VA
Initials of the boys in those funky people figures from a recent trip to Williamsburg
There are cheerleading charms
An antique banjo from a trip Rob and I took to New Orleans
A baseball for Rob - he's a huge fan and should be your "phone a friend" should the need ever arise.
A hockey player for Matt
A Golfer for Tyler
This bracelet, more than any of my others tells my story. It is one of my most treasured items and could never be replaced.
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But, there are more. When Matt was born, Rob gave me a gold charm bracelet with a baby buggy to represent Matt's birth. When Ty was born, he gave me gold baby shoes to commemorate him. I love this bracelet and it has continued to grow as well. This bracelet has a guitar from Nashville
my high school class ring
an Apple gifted to me by my mom when she and I went to New York
a "slipper" from Hawaii
a small basket to represent my days of selling Longaberger Baskets
hearts from Rob.
You know, if I consider 3 of something to be a collection, there must be one more coming...
This next one was given to me by my mom (she is a part of all of these, isn't she?). She had started one for herself that represented my dad's army career. He loved the army, loved serving and would serve today, I'm sure, if they'd have him. They should take him - he's more physically fit than most 40 year olds I know. But, I digress..... This bracelet represents his wonderful career. I loved hers so much she did one for both me and my sister. We love them! Included on this bracelet are:
a saluting officer
a paratrooper (he jumped out of a LOT of planes)
an officers hat
a steel pot helmet and of course,
an American Flag!
Isn't this special?
What do you collect? I'd love to see it!
Rob and I went out and about yesterday in the thumb area for the garage/antique sale trail. I found a few things I'll show you later. This is what Rob found:
NO!! I wouldn't let him bring her home!
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Have a great week everyone!