Charm Inspiration…

Jun 23, 2011

I’ve really had fun making charms for Terri and Ansley as well as friends and family. I like to collect little things here and there to create something meaningful from a special moment or event. Then I’ll think and think on it until I come up with a unique way to incorporate the item or items into a small token to give as a remembrance of that day.

Last year, while I was in Greece for Cocoa Daisy Destination ~ Mykonos I brought back a little bit of sand, some coins and evil eye charms. I had no idea what I was going to do with them at the time but figured something would come to mind. Well, I will be rooming with Christine and Ronda at CHA-S next month and decided this would be a fun memento to give them in remembrance of that trip. We were roomies in Mykonos and the bond we formed will last forever.

Last summer, while visiting my mom’s side of the family in West Virginia, all us girl cousins were having a blast together target shooting. I saved all the blanks from the pistol and decided to create a charm for each of them. I used the blank as a vase then added a few rosary beads, rhinestones and millinery flowers. This is just a little something fun for all of us to remember that day.

Ha… and my neighbors thought I was outside picking weeds to toss in the trash… nope I was picking them to save for charms. I made Terri and Ansley each a wish charm. Inside the bottle are the seeds from a dandelion weed. I saw this idea on Pinterest a few months ago and could not wait for the weeds to start popping up. I really think this one is super cute and plan on making Ansley share hers with me. Terri is too far away to make her share.

Ansley asked me to make her a charm with tiny hearts inside so off to Hobby Lobby I went and found just the right sized hearts. The love charm accents the bottle perfectly. And speaking of the bottles I found mine at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section. I’m going back today to get more. These will forever be a staple in my supplies.

So next time you’re on vacation or at a special event with friends or family save a few small items and create a memory charm or two. I think these are a wonderful way to reflect on special times.


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  • Maggie

    You are so amazingly creative, not to mention thoughtful. I am going to start collecting tiny items and hopefully I’ll be able to give small charms as memory gifts. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Bren Yule

    Lisa these are just precious! I love it when I find a kindred spirit that makes me think, “She gets me!” We have that same chip in our brains. My kids don’t quite get it. They love me, but they think I am a horder with all my crafty stuff. I love my stash. If we were neighbors, it could be fun but dangerous! Scatter Joy, bren

  • Janice

    Greetings Lisa,

    The charms are so sweet and simply adorable..though the bullet blank is a bit sick…. no? but you know.. its cute as heck and I love it! How creative you are.. and as usual I am inspired.. off to get little bottles!

    • Lisa M. Pace

      LOL… Janice I am from Texas so the bullet blank doesn’t bother me. We were only target shooting and it was super fun.

  • Olivia

    What an adorable idea!!! I would be honored to be your cousin and receive such a memento. I’m sure they will really appreciate it, while enjoying the memories for a lifetime. You did good!


  • annemk

    these are so cute Lisa, and such a great idea!
    I will have to try this, too.

  • vicki cook

    …had a “BLAST” target shooting, lol :D

    These are all such unique ideas and fit each situation to a T! I have always loved these tiny glass bottles ~ and now you’ve inspired the perfect gift idea for a hard-to-buy-for friend! – vicki xo

    P.S. I fell head over heels for your first book & am delighted to learn there are more on the way!

    • Lisa M. Pace

      Have fun, Vicki but I warn you these are addicting… so glad you are enjoying my book. Delight In The Seasons will debut in January at CHA.

  • kelly

    Soooo cute!! do you have to use glue to keep the cork in?? if so what kind? Thanks for the inspiration!! Kelly

    • Lisa M. Pace

      I don’t use any adhesive. I just push the cork down as far as I can get it in the bottle. I would think any clear drying adhesive would work. If you solder you can solder around the top. That would be cute.