Some time before last Mother's Day I started creating my LoveLetter Charms with the general idea that Moms, Grandmas, and others would love getting their kids and grandkids initials stamped on my unique PMC (fine silver) pieces, put on necklaces, and worn in celebration of the ones they love. Over the last six months my initial idea morphed and grew into something even larger, inspired in part by my customers, who are continually suggesting new and interesting ideas to me. For example, now I am adding charms with encouraging words on them, such as dream, heal, imagine, faith, smile and not only moms and grandmas are wearing charm necklaces but friends (young and old), children, brides and bridesmaids, and many more (even one guy in San Francisco, but I think that was a special situation...).
I also sell my charm necklaces at Zinnia's (a local gift boutique), in Scotts Valley. They are a great store, known for really caring about and listening to their customers. It turns out that various brides have asked for a charm with the word "forever" on them. I can't believe I didn't think of it first!! Of course I created it right away, and suggested that it could be combined nicely with a "love" charm, and/or with the groom's initial or birthstone.
You could also use the birthstone as the stone for the month of the wedding, or any combination that suits the bride-to-be... And for us "older" brides, why not put something together in celebration of our weddings, as an anniversary gift! Or drop a hint for those husbands of ours who seem to be a bit absent-minded? ;)
Zinnia's customers also asked for a "laugh" charm. "Live, love, laugh," that could even be my motto! Laughing is always good, right?
Inspiration comes from many sources... sometimes it is sitting right in front of you, and all you need to do is actually SEE it! For example, outside my studio I have a view to my garden, which many dragonflies seem to call home. So I found a dragonfly print I absolutely love and try to incorporate as much as possible. Just a little bit of "me" that finds its way into my work. Another little bit of "me" is my love of the beach, so recently I created a little round sand dollar charm, to celebrate that aspect of my life.
Inspiration comes from many places, and I can't wait to see what is coming next. What inspires you? Are there any specific charms you would like to see made?? Use the comments below, if you wish!