I have kept track of requests for challenges and a handful of gals have asked if I had a collection of charm bracelets (April, Janis, Lisa). I have my charm bracelet from my growing up years. The charms were mostly collected during travels during middle school.
I don't see charm bracelets often at estate sales. As many readers know I recently lost my Auntie Kathy. When going through her things, I found her charm bracelet. Hers puts mine to shame in the amount of charms she has collected.
We moved a ton when I was younger. My Dad worked for an international construction company and we moved about every three years. With those moves came the fun of traveling to other countries.
From left to right. Oregon (where I live now and was a home base my growing up years). Mickey Mouse (Disneyland and we lived in California). Pick axe for Alaska (we lived in Fairbanks as well as Anchorage). The Parthenon (Easter vacation in Greece). Ivory turtle (arghh, I can't recall). Sombrero (Mexico).
From right to left. Ivory elephant (we lived in South Africa). Dutch shoe (trip to Amsterdam). Table Mountain (South Africa). New York (trip). Alaska flag.
After seeing my aunt's bracelet it really made me wish I would have worked harder to acquire more charms. I am missing some from Bora Bora, Tahiti, Swaziland, Rio De Janeiro, Singapore, Thailand and a handful of US States.
My aunt has 30 charms on her bracelet. I like to think it shows she had a full and interesting life. I don't know what all the charms meant to her, but she certainly had a wide variety of them. She was a nurse overseas on a tiny island called Kwajalein for most of her career. She travelled a ton and loved Hawaii and Bali. She scuba dove. She retired here in Oregon a few years ago. She was 67 when she passed away.
I love her little ivory Buddha and her delft shoes from Holland (trip).
A charm bracelet really is a little souvenir of life. I think I need to start adding more to mine.
If you have an idea for a future collection challenge, leave me a comment and finish the sentence "show me your collection of ____". A new collection each Tuesday.
Happy day and live each day to the fullest.