Saturday, August 30, 2008

Charm School Saturday

I love my charm bracelet! I started it about twenty years ago. It has charms from all over the world. Where I've been, where my friends have been. Some of the charms reflect my hobbies, interests and that of my family members too.

I started my charm bracelet when my mom gave me my grandmother's charm bracelet. So it has her touch to it to... I really do love it. I love the way it sounds and the weight of it.

This little bracelet was an accidental find. I purchased a jewelry box at a garage sale several years ago. When I opened it, it had several lovely pieces in it. This was one of them. I went back and asked the lady if she still wanted it and she said no... It was her mothers' and they didn't care to have it any more... Oh.... (akward moment)... okay thanks!

I think that it is probably pretty old... maybe from the fifties... The charms are very sweet and actually have moving parts.

The wheels on the train actually spin, there is a tiny little pocket knife that the blade folds out, the doctors bag opens, the tire pump works, the steno pad has several silver pages, The little step ladder says "step up to my heart".

Both of the articles below are interesting and shed light on why and when we decided they were must- have items.

Treasured Charms - The History of Charm Bracelets

History on a Wrist "Charmed Bracelets"


Would you like to join my charm school? If you have a charm bracelet and want to show it off, leave me a comment on this post (along with your url from your post) and I will create a list on this post. Then we can all see your charms! : )

If you want to invite others to the party then you can use this image and link back to this post. Just click on the Title of this post, above, and copy the web address into your browser window.

Look at all the Pretty Charms!

Jill ~ At Home In the Country
Cindy ~ My Romantic Home
CeeKay ~ Thinkin' of Home
Kathi ~ Bittersweet Country
Deborah ~ Pictures,P0ts and Pens
Debi ~ Whats Cook'n In Junk
Maria ~ The Best Things in Life are Cheap
Joanne ~ The Simple Wife
Chris ~ Cats On My Quilts
Pearl ~ Pearl's Sentimental Journey


Anyone who leaves a comment between Saturday the 30th and Monday the 2nd (Labor Day) will be entered in a drawing to win this charming gift. 4 Spring Green Placemats with scalloped edges, 4 April Cornell napkins in the Mums pattern and a cream bone china dessert dish.

So good luck and I can't wait to see all of your charms!


Jill said...

Hi Liz,
I have posted my charm bracelet on my blog! That was fun.

Yes, by all mines I would love to put my name in the bonnet for your lovely giveaway!


Jill said...

Well what was that? I meant to say by all means...I would love to

My son was telling about blackberries and I didn't catch my typo!

Oopsy Daisy

Cindy said...

I love your charm bracelet! I found it sad that someone didn't want their own mother's bracelet but I'm glad it found it's way to you.

I don't have a charm bracelet but after seeing yours I want one now!

Cindy said...

I did find a charm bracelet, not a traditional one...I just posted it on my blog!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Hi Liz...I have a post for my charm bracelet but it is an old one. If you would like to post the permalink to that, just let me know. I would love to join in on your party!
And please also enter me in your giveaway...looks like my kinda "stuff"! Happy Labor Day!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Liz, thanks for stopping by & for the invite over here. I don't have a charm bracelet to share, but I'd sure love to get in on your giveaway. I love all of that!


MJ @ 517 Creations said...

I LOVE charm bracelets! Both my grandma and mom have one. They are "making a comeback" here in Texas...a lot of the junior high and high school girls have them. James Avery (a jewelry store in OK, TX, and GA) has made them popular again! :)

I'd love to be added to the drawing. :) Thanks!

Unknown said...

Hi MJ!
I couldn't comment on your blog, but your name is in the pot!
Have and awesome weekend!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Don't you just love the charm of a charm bracelet! I like the story they tell with each one. Thanks for sharing.

Have a *SWEET* Day!

Janna said...

Cute post!! I'm not entering your drawing (to keep it out of the family) but I just wanted to say it's a super cute little giveaway you've got going there... you sure it's going to make it out of the house? ;-)

Love you!

Tammy said...

I just found your blog - wish I'd known about sharing charm bracelets in time to get a post done. Mine doesn't have very many charms, but each one is close to my heart.
I'd love to enter your giveaway, too!

Words.Chapter.Book said...

I haven't thought about my charm bracelet in forever. Thank you for reminding me-I'm off to look for it. Love looking at the charms on others. Please enter my name in the contest-you blog makes my heart smile!

Mimi Sue said...

What a darling blog you have. Not to mention your beautiful home. I'm so sorry that I don't have a charm bracelet so that I could come and play. I think I might have to start one! I'll be back when I have more time...Mimi

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

I love charm bracelets and I do have three of them. I'll try to get mine posted in the next couple of days.

Did I hear someone say "giveaway"?!! I would love to join in.

Deborah in NC

Kathi Howard said...

OHHH the charm of a charm bracelet. I have had mine since the high school fad in the 70's. I still wear it, love it and will add to it! I don't blog yet...I just read them! Can I e mail a photo?

Joy Jones said...

Hi Liz! What beautiful charm bracelets you have! Thanks so much for this darling idea! I do have one special charm bracelet that my mother started for me from the day I was born. I need to pull it out from it's special place and take a picture to post on my blog. Thank you so much for letting me know about your fun post! Have a great holiday weekend. ~ xoxo ~ Joy

Unknown said...

Hi Kathi,
Your name is in the drawing! Just check back to see if you won. If I pull your name you can e-mail me your info ... don't worry. We'll figure it out.


Kathi Howard said...

I figured it! it was easy!

Unknown said...

I wish I had known about the charm school and had posted! I have several, my favorite is actually my charm necklace. Your's is so full, are you actually able to wear it comfortably?
I'm visiting via Bridget's silly blog.

Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What wonderful bracelets! I've never seen a charm bracelet as full as yours, wow~
What a shame those people didn't want their mother's trinkets. Such neat charms on there too.

This is something I've always wanted to collect but haven't. I do have an old one from my great aunt, I *think*.. I'll hafta look!

I do have a Titanic charm, and of course a vintage GWTW book that opens. : )

I have the new kind with the links but it's not the same.

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Liz,

I have wanted a gold charm bracelet since I was a little girl. Perhaps I'll have Mr. Decor buy the bracelet for Christmas and start collecting.

I absolutely adore the cakeplate. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

I've just posted my charm bracelet, Liz!

Have a wonderful Sunday,

{oc cottage} said...

Oh, darn, whih I would have know!
But what darling bracelets!!!

M ^..^

linda t said...

Wow! What an awesome give-away!!
I am crazy about cake plates! Yours is a beauty!

Debi said...

Hello Liz,

Wonderful Charm school post!! I absolutely love charm bracelets!!! and I will post on mine today... Sunday... but oh wow do I love your too. Wonderful ones!! My first on got lost as a teenager... but just got a new one... last year at Christmas. My present to myself!!

And oh yes... I would love it if you enter me in your drawing!!

Janna said...

Wow, you're getting so fancy!! I love all the photos on the side and the new background fits your blog much better! It looks more like you! :)

Debi said...

Hi again Liz,

I did it!

Rita's Recipes said...

I still have my high school charm bracelet. It's like a little gold "scrapbook". I love your china ones. Just discovered your blog this evening. Charming!

Gayla said...

Love your blog. My charm bracelet from my childhood is somewhere. I'll look for it tomorrow, but in the meantime, could I please be entered in your giveaway? Thanks.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

How sad that the people didn't want the mother's charm bracelet. How good someone who could appreciate it took it home.

I have one with collected charms from my teenage years which I'm thinking of sending to my daughter for HER daughters. I just didn't have time to take a picture or I would have joined in. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz, what a sweet charm bracelet. I have one somewhere!! oops!

Oh, I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Thank you for your kind words about my spaces on RMS. I just don't go there much anymore.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Joanne : The Simple Wife said...

I think I missed the deadline, but my charm bracelet is actually the header on my blog. I've also blogged about it here:


P.S. My friend twinkle sent me here!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I am so glad I found this post. I love charm bracelet and I have three of them so I am posting about all three of them.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Forgot to leave my URL
Love this post because I love charms.

bj said...

I have a fabulous charm bracelet that I will post on my blog this week. I will let you know...and thanks for this fun thing to do.
Your bracelets are beautiful...

Kathi Howard said...

Liz, I posted your link on my blog. Stop by for a look, I am still working on it! thanks for the great contest. I can't wait to see who won! kathi

Kathi Howard said...

Ohhh and I would appreciate any hints or suggestions. thanks, kathi

Pearl said...

Ohhh... I just love your Charm School idea and have enjoyed looking at all of the photos! I have a few, myself, and as soon as I can get my photos uploaded, I would love to share them with you!

Your Give~Away items are lovely and I'd be grateful for a chance to win! Thank you, again, for this beautiful walk down memory lane with charms!


Julie said...

Oh no - I am so sad that I missed out on this post. I would have loved to share with everyone my charm bracelets. I adore them!