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Friday, 16 May 2008
Rowan's birthday is still far off but the time has come to begin thinking about The Charm. When she was a baby I thought long and hard about a birthday gift that could be added to each year, that wasn't bulky or breakable and wouldn't demand a lot of space for display like many collectibles do.

I settled on a charm bracelet. The old fashioned Victorian kind~ a little digging revealed that Queen Victoria loved to wear and give charm bracelets and in 1889 at the Paris Exposition, Tiffany & Co. launched their first charm bracelet and a fashion staple was born. Throughout the 20th century charm bracelets remained popular, from the war era when soldiers brought home charms from far away places for their sweethearts, to the nostalgic bracelets my friends and I had in the early 80s.

What a great idea! However, I went looking for a traditional charm bracelet at the height of the modular Italian charm phase. Add that I wanted something to grow with a child from age 1 into adult hood. Ha! Easier said than done.

But I persisted and finally found a silver link bracelet to do the trick.

For Rowan's first birthday she received a sterling rowan branch charm from Scotland ~ to represent our heritage, her name and its meaning. Last year, a fabulous Etsy seller (Anniepants) made Rowan a lovely little teacup and saucer which marked her love of a good tea party. And now, year 3.

So the hunt begins. She is pretty keen on horses. But then she also has imaginary mice. Her Puppy has become her constant companion, but no charm could really capture his scruffy stuffed self. Her imagination is incredible, but how to capture that in a charm? Or her squeaky voice, or her sense of humour? Or the depth of her eyes? OK~ I probably can't, but I will start looking for that 'just right' charm to capture some small part of her magic in this 3rd year of her life.


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