When I was a little, my sister & I had a charm bracelet each which we adored. You know the old fashioned type with charms you had to take to the jeweler to get soldered on – not the the Pandora-esque type. They were kept in a safe place by mum – now, if you know my mother a ‘safe place’ can be very safe in that it may be safely hidden away for years before it is re-discovered!!! – Luckily this safe place remained within memory so the bracelets could be brought out for high days & holidays to be worn with pride & we would feel very grown up.
Mostly though I just loved to look at the charms & collect more for birthdays & special occasions (for being a bridesmaid, souvenirs from holidaying relatives etc) Mum kept a list of who had gifted each charm & the date/occasion, a treasure trove of memories. Mum had a charm bracelet too & I remember being fascinated by all the miniature things & the charms that had moving parts. Yep, easily pleased I know!
In this age of electronic gadgets & plastic toys it is nice to pass on the tradition of something so simple & while it may never be worn it can be kept forever & is full of memories. With each new niece on the scene I have gifted them a charm bracelet and for birthdays & Christmases have added a charm.
My sister & I gifted one together to the latest niece in the family for her christening gift. While far far away & unable to attend the christening I did send a little bag for the bracelet to live in. The image above shows the bag (it’s the tiny size drawstring bag from Jeni’s pattern) with my old bracelet for scale.
… & so the big brother didn’t feel left out, he got a bag too for storing important boy treasures in. (fabrics (I think) are Heather Ross, Michael miller & Amy butler dots)
Do you have a tradition that you pass on?