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Calling All Charm-aholics!
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I love charm bracelets. I have two, and I’ve been building both of them for a while.

One I use to celebrate my writing accomplishments. The initial charms stand for publishing houses, for example, “E” is for Ellora’s Cave. The other charms stand for the genres I write in. And looking at it, I realize my poor little bracelet is in need of an update…

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The other is my travel bracelet. I love this bracelet. My sister gave me the silver bracelet with the tag inscribed “Lori” when I graduated from college (Lori is my family nickname). I carried it throughout my travels, adding charms when I visited new places.

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What got me thinking about charm bracelets was the fact I had a hard time coming up with a birthday gift for my daughter—until I decided she needed her first charm bracelet. She loves animals. Cats and dogs. In the past year and a half, she’s rescued and rehomed over thirty animals. She also has four cats and seven dogs of her own. So I made her a “crazy cat lady” bracelet.

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Charm bracelets are very personal things and they tend to reflect something about the persons who wear them. I’d love to know if you have a charm bracelet, and if you do, would you like to send me a picture to include here? (Email me at Delilah@delilahdevlin.com.) I’ll add them as I get them!

From Shirley Long:

Here’s what she said about them…

I actually have 2 charm bracelets. First one I got for my birthday at 14 with a birthday charm. Throughout school, charms were added for events like 8th grade graduation, May Queen 1963 (telling my age here), basketball, school emblem, UIL typing medal. Sitting here looking at it brings back huge memories.

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The 2nd one was more in my high school years ~~ birthday charms for 17 & 18, district champs for the football team, Christmas 1967, graduation day May 23, 1969, one from the guy I was dating on my 18th birthday. One is gold & one is silver & I cherish them both. Don’t wear them much anymore but they are both very special to me.

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Another of mine…

I forgot about this one. It’s my “inspiration” bracelet. It’s one of those European bracelets with the slide on charms. I have a treasure chest, mermaid, fairy, suitcase, lovebirds, a skull, etc. for inspiration for stories and I added a turtle, because hey, the turtle may be slow, but he gets places because he doesn’t stop. 🙂 Not sure why I added the pig, other than the fact I live in Arkansas and couldn’t find a razorback, and hey, I live in Arkansas—square in the middle of the Bible Belt—but still manage to do what I do…

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From Linda Richter:

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Lincoln charm—his birthplace; 3 grandsons and daughter charms; poodle—I love them; last 4 have been rescued; alligator for Louisiana; hat for Texas, etc. Have to find my Christmas one. Need to add all my great grands now.

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From Jeri Westerson:

Here’s a note from Jeri, and be sure to check out her website at: www.JeriWesterson.com.

This was made for me by a gal who is starting her own business of crime jewelry for mystery writers. Since I write medieval mysteries, she put all sorts of medievally things on it.

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From Beth Caudill:

Here’s Beth’s note…

The first picture (CharmNecklace.jpg) is actually a necklace.  My mother-in-law gave me this Origami Owl necklace for Christmas one year. The inside charms are a baseball, I heart books, a dog, a heart shaped family icon, and two birthstone charms for my sons.  The two pearls are colors for my husband and I.

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The second picture features my current charm bracelet.  (I had one as a kid but it only had 4 charms on it.  I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger.)   This charm bracelet represents my life with my husband.  It features places we’ve been together and our kids.  My latest addition is the Sorcerer Mickey hat.  Sadly in DisneyWorld they only had Pandora charms, I had to order the hat charm online to get something to represent our recent vacation.

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This is a great idea for a blog post.  Thanks for the opportunity.

12 comments to “Calling All Charm-aholics!”

  1. Shirley Long
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 10:49 am · Link

    I actually have 2 charm bracelets. First one I got for my birthday at 14 with a birthday charm. Throughout school, charms were added for events like 8th grade graduation, May Queen 1963 (telling my age here), basketball, school emblem, UIL typing medal. Sitting here looking at it brings back huge memories.
    The 2nd one was more in my high school years ~~ birthday charms for 17 & 18, district champs for the football team, Christmas 1967, graduation day May 23, 1969, one from the guy I was dating on my 18th birthday. One is gold & one is silver & I cherish them both. Don’t wear them much anymore but they are both very special to me.
    I’ll send pics if I can figure out how to do it.



  2. Delilah Devlin
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 11:20 am · Link

    They sound wonderful! I’d love to see the pics! I’m sure everyone else would too. 🙂



  3. LINDA RICHTER
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 11:46 am · Link

    Hi, I too love charm bracelets and have a couple. One that is for Christmas time with Christmas related charms made by a lovely lady in Texas. My other one is one I have been putting together for years and I will get them out and post the photos. I want to make or get one with angels. I truly believe in angels and the Arch Angels and collect angels, angel pins which I wear most everyday and am looking for an angel anklet to wear. One day I will find one or make one.



  4. Pat Freely
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 11:46 am · Link

    I have four silver charm bracelets. One is places I”ve been, another has patriotic charms, another has charms my mother had and last just fun pieces. My sister put these together. She also designed about ten other fashion type ones and gave them to me before she passed away.



  5. Delilah
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 12:03 pm · Link

    Linda, your charm bracelet sounds lovely. And I adore the idea of that guardian angel bracelet.

    Pat, so sorry for your loss, but it must be really nice to have those bracelets your sister put so much love and effort into.

    Would love to share pics, y’all!



  6. LINDA RICHTER
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 1:07 pm · Link

    I love the posted bracelets and have sent one to your email need to locate the other.



  7. Delilah
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 1:18 pm · Link

    Linda, thanks for sharing the gorgeous bracelet!



  8. Ginger Robertson
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I do have a simple bracelet that I purchased to remind me oft son. This was when he was a Marine and I missed him dearly.

    I will take a picture and send tomorrow.

    Your bracelets are adorable. And, such a thoughtful and wonderful gift for your daughter.



  9. Delilah
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    · June 10th, 2014 at 10:45 pm · Link

    I look forward to seeing and sharing your bracelet, Ginger!



  10. Beth Caudill
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    · June 11th, 2014 at 12:17 pm · Link

    I just sent in my email. I actually have three charm jewelry pieces but I only sent in two.

    The first is of an Origami Owl necklace from my mother-in-law and the second is my current charm bracelet. I just updated the bracelet with a Sorcerer Mickey hat charm to represent our vacation in DisneyWorld.

    I had a charm bracelet my parents started for me as a child but I only ended up with 4 charms on it. I didn’t appreciate it when I was younger. I’ve been more active with my current one.

    I hadn’t thought about doing a bracelet to represent my writing work. I may consider doing that. Thanks for the great idea.



  11. Gemma Juliana
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    · June 12th, 2014 at 1:00 pm · Link

    What a wonderful blog theme, Delilah! I am a charm bracelet nut and have two, but they are packed away so I can’t share any photos today. One is a “mystical magical” bracelet with mermaid, star, angel, crystal, unicorn, etc. and the other is a travel bracelet from the days I traveled much more than I do now. You’ve inspired me to start a new one – an ‘author and inspiration’ bracelet!

    What a special gift for your daughter. She will always connect with the love and care you put into creating the bracelet.

    Beth, I had no idea there are charm necklaces. Love the idea!

    Thanks ladies for sharing your photos, these items hold lots of love & happiness energy!



  12. Gemma Juliana
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    · June 12th, 2014 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Jeri~ can you please share the website or contact info (if it’s okay with Delilah) for the gal who is doing crime jewelry for mystery writers? I’d love to check out her items. Thanks!