Monday, February 25, 2008

Charm Love

Every Saturday that I work at the salvage studio is fun – usually really fun. We’re only open two days a week, so those two days can be special. Last August, we had our first charm swap. 25 women attended bringing 25 hand-crafted charms each of them had created. Everyone traded with everyone else, and it was charm love galore! So we had to do it again. Yesterday, to borrow a phrase from our friend Deb Jensen, was “Charmed I’m Sure II”. Only by now, we had two groups of charm lovers trading – one in the morning and another in the afternoon. As the first wave of charms landed on our trading tables, I literally felt my heart beat faster. And by the time we were immersed in deciding which prize to select on each plate, we totally forgot to take even one picture from the morning swap! Fortunately by the afternoon, the camera made it out of my purse, and we took two pictures. Obviously, we were still totally distracted by even more swell charms arriving, and knowing we would go home with one of each.

Afternoon swappers at the studio

After the swapping was done (and my heart rate was in a healthier range), each person shared a little bit about their charm – how they made it, where they found that cool component, what tool did they do what with. Genuine admiration and appreciation was shared by all. The wonderful energy was memorable.

Someone said they couldn’t wait to get home and look at their charms more closely – like when we were kids with our Halloween candy. I loved that analogy.

Our next charm swap will be August 23, 2008. If you are interested, just send an email to and we’ll put your name on the waiting list. (This go around, everyone on the waiting list made it in.)

This morning I’m truly feeling I have a charmed life. --Beth

1 comment:

paris parfait said...

Oh what fun! Lovely to see such creative ideas.