by Nova on June 3, 2013

drawstring bag

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)

Obans bag

Do you have a  tradition that you pass on?


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

fiona June 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

What a lovely bag and a beautiful gift. My sister and I had treasured charm bracelets too :)


Fran June 3, 2013 at 7:17 pm

That brought back memories! Such cute bags too.


Sasha June 3, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I love this post. It’s so incredibly sweet and so are the little pouches :)


Katy June 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Great idea! I vaguely remembering my mum having a charm bracelet, but I was such a tomboy I never wore jewellery. In fact I rarely do now!


Katherine June 4, 2013 at 12:23 am

Brings back memories for me too! Have just bought my wee niece one as well. :-)


Flying Blind June 4, 2013 at 7:23 am

Beautiful xxx
I went through the ‘badge and magnet from anywhere and everywhere’ phase, as have our kids. We bought the girls some enamel charms and a bracelet when they were 2 or 3, which are sweet, and now they are 6 they have discovered them, but I definitely think they will need replacing with ‘proper’ ones!

Now I like to collect fabric souvenirs from every real or online shop I visit!


Kim June 4, 2013 at 8:17 am

that’s such a lovely tradition, and one that rings a bell. Such a beautiful way of celebrating and passing on memories and treasures of your childhood.


Meredithe June 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

That’s so lovely! Like that tradition.


Julie June 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I also have a charm bracelet started by my mom. My mom had one a now my daughter has one. I love charm bracelets. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of making a bag for it. I wear my bracelet regularly.


Julie June 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

What a lovely tradition to pass on. My sister started me off on the Pandora charms, and we have bought special ones to commemorate grandparents passing away, birthdays etc..


Franziska June 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

Yes. One tradition is that my parents gave us kids a gift when going on holidays. We’ll do the same soon with our kids.


Fiona June 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Lovely idea. I had a charm bracelet as a kid too. Such a special tradition.


Lisa Lee June 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I love it! It felt as though you were writing my story! I loved my mother’s charm bracelet. My daughter loved mine, and now she has her own- right down to the list of where and when each charm was acquired!


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