18 Things you can Learn About Me from My Charm Bracelet

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

Today is my birthday and each year I have plans to do a post about X amount of things about me that you didn’t know.  Every year I don’t do it.

This year as I was creating the lesson for Week #3 of my new Inspired eCourse I realized it would come out today and the project I’m sharing is a charm bracelet.  The idea is that it is an autobiography of my life.  It got me thinking that there is a lot that people could know about me just from looking at my charm bracelet.

Today I’m sharing a lot of the charms and what they mean to me and you can learn a lot about me from my charm bracelet.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

1.  When I was in elementary school I started taking clarinet lessons.  I disliked my teacher and my parents had to force and bride me to go to my lessons.  (I got to get my ears pierced at age 12 I think instead of waiting until I was 16 if I went.)

When I reached high school I switched to saxophone and also had an amazing band director.  I loved it.  I loved it so much I was a music major in college.  (The first of a few majors I switched throughout college.)

Writing and performing music isn’t so much a part of my life anymore, but I do love listening to music.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

2.  I had a cat named Hunter S. Thomcat.  (Named after the author Hunter S. Thompson.)  He passed away at the beginning of last year.  He was such a goofy and funny cat and had a ton of personality.  I still miss him a lot.

He was a big cat, but seemed to be totally unaware of it.  He’d plop down on anyone who came over.  He had at least daily rituals of running around like he was a kitten.  You couldn’t keep a glass of water on a table because he would knock it over so he could see the water running.  He also liked drinking out of glasses, so we would have a decoy glass out for him to drink out of so he’d leave our glasses alone.  He loved watching water, but he hated to get wet.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

3.  Photography is a passion of mine.  I started taking photos when I was young with an old camera my parents gave me.  Somewhere in my early 20s I really got into it again and my dad let me use his SLR camera (of course, it was film back then.)  A photographer told me the best way to learn photography was to take a lot of photos, so I did.  I tried all the different settings, took notes and then created a gigantic binder with all the photos and the camera settings listed so I could learn how to use the camera better.

Now I have a DSLR camera and I still love taking photos.  From a single road trip I might have 300 photos for just one day.  I hate the whole debate about taking photos versus having an experience, that if you take a lot of photos you’re not actually experiencing the event.  Taking photos is a major part of the experience for me.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

4.  I have always been crafty.  My mom was/is very crafty and I grew up making lots of stuff.  (And, of course, I still do.)  I don’t just make jewelry, I make a lot of things.  Of course, you’ve probably seen my art journal pages.  I also scrapbook.  I sew a tiny bit.  My mom and I made all of my tablecloths, cloth napkins, invitations and every decoration for my wedding ourselves and I love DIYing.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

5.  I love road trips.  Very often my hubby and I will hop in the car with no particular end goal in mind and just drive and see what we find.  Also quite often, he will put together a road trip and not tell me where we’re going and the whole thing is a surprise to me.

The ironic thing is that we just have one car.  I got rid of my car years ago and never replaced it because I just don’t need it and I don’t want to contribute to the killing of our planet any more than I have to.  Either we’re together or I can walk or take the bus anywhere I need to go if he’s not home.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

6.  I do freelance general transcription on the side of my jewelry teaching.  I also spend a lot of time at the computer with writing these blogposts, editing photos and videos for tutorials and emails.  Since the computer is a major part of my life it’s on my charm bracelet.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

7.  My husband’s name is Jim.  (We’re Jim and Kim.  Cute right?)  This was a photo from our honeymoon in Niagara Falls at the Cave of Winds, one of the highlights of the trip.

He’s everything to me.  We’ve had our ups and downs like any couple that’s been together for going on 14 years, but our relationship and love is our top priority.  We’re one of those couples that people get annoyed with that actually love spending time together.  One of the reasons I love my business is that I can work around his schedule so we can spend time together.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

8.  I love waterfalls.  This photo is also from our honeymoon.  Niagara Falls is one of my favorite places.  I love the beautiful nature.  I love all the kitschy nostalgia of it.  The actual town is just a regular town and then you drive and bam!  you’re at the falls.  I had one of the best hoagies ever at a place downtown.  (One of the best….I live near Philly, so, you know, no one competes with Philly on hoagies.)

Often our road trips take us to waterfalls.  We’ve been to tons of them.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

9.  I’m really into nature and butterflies especially.  In the summer the trail that I often walk on is full of butterflies and I draw them in my nature journal all the time.  I have a book to help identify butterflies, but the number of butterfly species is completely overwhelming and so many of them look similar.  You can rarely get close enough to a butterfly that’s still long enough to see an exact pattern on its wings.

I also have the start of a butterfly wing collection.  I, of course, only pick them up when I find dead butterflies on the ground.  Never alive butterflies.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

10.  I have been a lot of amazing places, but my probably my favorite is the Erie Canal.  I was completely obsessed with locks when I was a kid.  I remember watching a ship come into a lock, the water fill in and thought it was so cool.  Many years later I finally got to go down the Erie canal and experience the locks myself and it was just as cool as I thought it was when I was a kid.

(The photo is from Lockport, NY)

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

11.  Trees are my favorite.  I mentioned above that I loved butterflies.  Trees are my favorite thing in nature.  They’re my favorite thing period.  I’m sad when I see trees cut down.

We had a green (eco-friendly) wedding at my parent’s river side property surrounded by trees.  I couldn’t imagine being married anywhere but surrounded by trees.

When I’m having a bad day, I go to a place with a lot of trees to feel better.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

12.  The Beatles are my favorite band.  (U2 is my second and then there are a ton of others that are all my favorites in no particular order after the Beatles and U2.)

This is a photo I took of the side of a Hard Rock Cafe of a Beatles quote that I adore.  (Also, we don’t really like Hard Rock Cafe or chain restaurants.)

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13.  Rose Quartz is my favorite gemstone.  Pink is usually my favorite color.  (My favorite color changes all the time.  Why choose one?)

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

14.  I love traveling.  I don’t just love road trips like I mentioned above, but I also love vacations.  However, I hate being away from home for too long.  A week is perfect.  Beyond that and I start to miss my routine.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

15.  I dream of visiting Paris.  I have never been there, but it is a goal of mine.  I hear it’s not exactly what I probably think.  LOL.  But I would love to experience the whole grittiness of it as well as all the beauty of it.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

16.  Spirals are my signature motif.  I find spirals everywhere and I’m drawn to making spirals all the time.  I love the symbolism of spirals.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

17.  How old I am!  (And proof that today is my birthday.  LOL)  This was my grandmother’s charm and my mom gave it to me when she passed away.  My name is on the other side.  My grandmother got it (I’m not sure if it was a gift or she had it made) when I was born.  It’s probably my favorite charm.

Bonus tidbit:  My grandmother always called me Kimmie Jo.

What you can learn about me from my charm bracelet

18.  My first and last initials are K.  Just kidding, you already knew that considering this is KimberlieKohler.com

My little brother’s name starts with K and so does my mom’s name.  My parents say it was an accident.  They just happened to like the name Kimberlie and my brother’s names and they both happen to start with a K.  I don’t know for sure.  🙂

I hope you liked getting to know me better and seeing the charms on my charm bracelet.  There are a few more, but they’re mostly repeats of things I really love.

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Charm Week Day 5: A Variety of Charms

Charm Week + Charm Bracelet eCourseToday is the final day of Charm Week and I have a variety of charm tutorials for you!

You can use these charms in your own personal charm bracelets.  And you can learn to make your very own charm bracelet from the chain up in my Charm Bracelet eCourse.

spiral wire charmSpiral Wire Charm

Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

ECT TV Episode 30:  Tassels (learn 2 kinds of tassels)

Tassel Charm

 

Jazzed Up Tassel Charm (Charm Week 4)

 

How to Make a Button Charm Bracelet

Button Charm Bracelet (ECT TV Episode 18)

Unconventional Charms

Using Vintage Materials to Make Charms (Charm Week Day 3)

Button and Key CharmECT TV Episode 19:  Making Charms with Unconventional Materials, Including this cool Button and Key Charm

How to make a button charm

ECT TV Episode 20:  Making a Button Charm

 

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm (Day 1 of Charm Week)

ECT TV Episode 34How to Make Your Own Decorative Headpins & Bead Dangle Charm (ECT TV Episode 34/Day 2 of Charm Week)

My Charm Bracelet

10 Things You Can Learn About Me from My Charm Bracelet  (For fun you can see my own very personal charm bracelet!)

You can use these charms on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

 

Charm Week Day 4: Jazzed Up Tassel Charm

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

It’s Charm Week!  Today is Day 4 and this is the Jazzed Up Tassel Charm.

A little bit ago I showed you how to make a Tassel Charm.  This one takes that tutorial, plus the skills from the Waterfall Necklace tutorial.

Click here for the tassel charm tutorial.

Click here for the waterfall necklace tutorial.

Tassel Charm

Materials and Tools:

  • Some little beads
  • Charms of your choice
  • A larger bead
  • Some little charms
  • Bead Cap
  • 4mm jump rings
  • 20 gauge half-hard round wire
  • Wire Cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Bent nose (or other) pliers

Step #1

Tassel Charm

Make a few wire wrapped bead links.

(For help with this, click here.)

Step #2

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Make a few chains with the bead dangles randomly placed.

Click here to see how to do this with my waterfall necklace tutorial.

Step #3

Tassel Charm Tutorial

If you like, make a bead dangle.  I used an open spiral headpin.  Click here to see how to make an open spiral head pin in a recent ECT TV Episode.

Step #4

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach the bead dangle to the end of one of the chains using a 4mm jump ring.

Need help opening jump rings?  Click here.

Step #5

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Attach charms to the chain wherever you like with jump rings.

Step #6

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Slide the chains onto a piece of wire.  Place the top loop in the chain in the wire.

Step #7

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Twist the wire.

Step #8

Tassel Charm Tutorial

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Slide on a bead cap.

Step #9

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

Create a wire wrapped loop on top.  (See the tassel charm tutorial for the detailed instruction.)

Trim off the excess wire and make sure the ends aren’t poking out.

Tassel Charm Tutorial

 

This particular charm turned out kind of long, but you can make yours shorter.

You can add more bead dangles, more charms or less,  Add in your own personalit

You can use this charm on your charm bracelet.  Learn how to make your own with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

 

 

 

 

Charm Week Day 3: Using Vintage Items to Make Charms

Unconventional Charms

Charm Week Day 3:  Using Vintage Items to Make Charms

In ECT TV Episode 19 I discussed using unconventional charms in jewelry making.  You’ll also find a cool charm tutorial there using buttons and a key.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

I wanted to show you a few charms I have made with vintage and/or unconventional materials and explain exactly how I made them here to inspire you.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Ruler and Crystal Charm

I love the juxtaposition of the pretty, clean, clear crystal with the beat up ruler.

To make this charm:

  • Cut a ruler into pieces.  You can use a plastic or wooden ruler.
  • Drill 2 holes in the ruler.
  • Wire wrap a crystal.
  • Attach the crystal to the ruler using a jump ring and then use a jump ring on the top to attach the charm to your bracelet.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Crystal and Skeleton Key Charm

Again, apparently I have a thing for crystals and old things.

To make this charm:

  • The crystal is from a chandelier.  I made 2 wire wrapped loops – one on each side.
  • Add a tiny skeleton key using a couple jump rings.

The second wire wrapped loop on the crystal is how you attach this charm to the bracelet.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Sewing Notions Charm

I purchased a jar full of sewing notions at a yard sale with all this in it.  I simply used jump rings to put everything together.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Button Charms

You can use just a single button and attach it to your charm bracelet or do a small strand of buttons like I’ve done here and attach it.

This is a wonderful way to use all those buttons you’ve been collecting and saving from mom.

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Button and Skeleton Key Charm

This incorporates buttons like in the last charm, but then I added a tiny skeleton key to the end.

I find most of my skeleton keys, including these little cabinet keys, at flea markets.  You can usually negotiate a better price if you buy several at one time.  😉

Charms made with Unconventional Materials

Crystal and Number Charm

To make this charm:

  • Wire wrap the little number.  You sometimes have to get creative depending on the number.  Some of the numbers (like 0 or 8) you can simply use a jump ring.
  • Make a wire wrapped loop on each side of an upcycled chandelier crystal.
  • Connect using jump rings.

I found these little numbers on Etsy.  You can find cute little metal things like these at flea markets or antique shops.

I hope these have opened your eyes to the possibilities of charms and what you can use to make charms!

Unconventional Charm Bracelet

Put these charms to use with my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse

Charm Week Day 1: Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm

Infinity Headpin and Bead Dangle Charm

This week is charm week here at Emerging Creatively Tutorials!

Each day you’ll find another charm tutorial right here.

Today is Day 1 and I have a video tutorial for you!  Learn how to make an infinity headpin and then make a bead dangle with it.

Infinity headpins

The bead dangle is one of the building blocks of charm bracelets.  It’s as simple of a charm as you can get and you can use it to build up and add more to other charms.

And making your own headpins add extra personality and expression to your jewelry creations.  Plus, if you happen to have beads with large openings, sometimes headpins from the jewelry store do not work because the beads slide off.  These headpins will keep your beads right where you want them.

Here’s the Infinity Headpin & Bead Dangle Charm Video Tutorial:

Infinity headpin dangle

I’m so excited about the re-release of my Charm Bracelet eCourse.  You’ll learn with videos and PDF eBooks how to make a charm bracelet from making chain, headpins and a clasp to making charms and putting it all together.

You want to wear your family on your wrist?  You’ll learn how to make photo charms.

You want to express your creativity with funky, chunky bracelets?  You’ll learn how.

It’s full of instructions plus ideas for you to express your own creativity.

Plus, now you can buy it all at once or make payments.  Learn more here.

Charm Bracelet eCourse