Saturday, October 4, 2008

A Charmed Life!

I was a bit late into the Italian charm bracelet craze. Mostly due to cost of the charms, but I loved that you could find just about anything at the time that you wanted to add to your bracelet. Mostly I received the charms as gifts from my friends at work, and found some on sale, and hadn't really thought about adding anymore since the mall kiosks have long gone, and they have mostly disappeared from retail.
I wear my bracelet often, and had a few charms in my jewelry box waiting to add to another bracelet, as mine was full.I recieved a charm for my birthday, representing my anniversary, and this sparked a thought that maybe you could buy them online. sure enough.... I found some good sites that I purchased from with some birthday money generously given by my friends at work. I found italiancharms.com, and most of theirs are $1.95, and a bit more expensive, but Pugster.com had buy 2 get one free last week, and coolcharms has quite a big selection,and you can order custom charms like my Jackson 4/15/07.
I rearranged the charms that I had, and my bracelets are, one - mostly me, and my likes, and my Russell. Then I put in succession on the second, a story of my kids, there are more than my bracelet can hold, so I need a 3rd bracelet still. I was hoping pictures would be clear, but alas... no such luck...
So imagine with me, the bolded titles are what I have for each kiddo, and more to come!
First Garen - missionary in Wisconsin- shape of the state, drum set charm

Randi - mission in Idaho, she loves to travel and collects globes, my first volleyball player (4 to follow), she and Heidi's favorite flower - yellow tulips

Heidi (yellow tulip 2), married her golfer Matt, they created my baby Jackson 4/15/07, live in Colorado.

Brendon served in the Philippines,my boy who learned to sail(boat), married his marathon girl, Stephanie, they are now on an ADVNTURE in Missouri, so he can wear a stethascope and become a Dr. Brendon is a surfer with Grant, and his dad.

Grant served in Brazil, married his Ballerina, Julia,in the San Diego Temple,

Jordan , who drives a baja bug, returned from the land of Lighthouses, serving in North Carolina, and married his Breana, who loves to read books.

Cody, our gaming nerd on the computer, is serving in Honduras,

Skyler is our Skater and loves his skateboard, and is a dirt bike rider!

So the bracelet is already too big, and I am not sure how to divide it up, but it has been fun to look down this week and think of my amazing kids, their wonderful choices, and talents, and our 5 new family members because of it all.....

12 comments:

Lisa said...

I love this, what sites are you getting them from?

Grammy Staffy said...

I just love your charm bracelet. I am sad that I just found out about them from you last week. It is something that I would love to do. When I was yound I had silver charm bracelets but the new ones are easier to wear and are more specific.

It is so cute how you represent each child and other special things in your life....

Did you put on a charm for me???... I'm special to you too...right....just kidding... HeeHee

I have cried all week over Erin not getting this baby but the talks at conference this morning seemed to be just for us. I will decide as Elder Anderson said to be faithful and not doubt.

Thank goodness for our church leaders. Have a good day, Love Lura

Grammy Staffy said...

upps, I meant to say young....not yound in my last post....

Katrina and Jeff said...

I first saw italian charms in Italy on my mission and then noticed them later invading stateside. I love how well you know your family, it is so endearing.

Christensen Family said...

I have never seen those before. I guess it hasn't gotten big in Utah yet. Or maybe I'm just way out of the loop. I don't get out much! :) They look very fun and cute and you are very creative to come up with all of those things for all of your kids.

Erin said...

I have one from Paul. I love it! Your's is awesome!

Heidi said...

WOW!! you have addes A LOT! I cannot believe it!

Sew Unique Baby Bowtique said...

I LOVE my Italian charm bracelet too. I had lost mine for awhile and just found it last week and was thinking that I needed to update mine too! I LOVE yours... you can also get TONS on EBAY.. brand new and cheap, cheap, cheap!

Marie said...

I have never heard of an Italian Charm Bracelet, but they sound like a wonderful keepsake of all the important people and times of your life. Perhaps one day I will have the opportunity to start one for myself, but in the meantime I shall just enjoy looking at yours!

Lauri said...

When I was YW president, the stake YW presidency gave the girls one of the bracelets and added a new charm each year at girls camp. We started adding to it too through the years so the girls had a really cool young women's charm bracelet. I love that yours too has meaning behind it.

Emily said...

I LOVE how much you love all your children and their spouses. I bet your the best Mother in law to have! I just adore you so much and I am so happy you blog! Thanks for all your comments on my blog they lift me up so much and make me feel special!

Ashley said...

I have one spot left on mine, and I was saving it for when I found out whether I was having a boy or a girl. I want to get a little K for Kennedy. The problem is that my bracelet will be filled up at that point. I'll have to get another one for subsequent children.