Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I love inspirational quotes.  I love wrapping presents.  I love making jewelry.

When all these can be combined into one project,
I'm doin' a happy dance.

I was recently asked to create a custom bracelet,
serving as a reward for achieving important weight loss goals.

With her permission, I'd like to tell you about the bracelet and Chandra's weight loss journey...

Today she received the package with her bracelet, so we can talk about it... 
I didn't want to spoil the surprise!

 A peek inside the bag...

So far Chandra has lost 80 pounds and counting... 
*Cheer cheer, clap clap, cheer cheer*

She has composed nineteen weight loss goals,
including losing a certain percentage, number of pounds, or reaching a weight milestone. 
I created a charm to represent each of the nineteen goals.
Once a goal is reached, she will attach a new charm to the bracelet.

Now she can wear the bracelet as a reminder of the goals she's already conquered,
and as she reaches more milestones, she'll have a bracelet chock-full
of one-of-a-kind dangly sparkly charms in her favorite colors!

I have to admit I got carried away greatly inspired when I started the project,
and really wanted to get it right, since she entrusted me with this important task.

Each of the charms is individually wrapped in tissue paper,
so she doesn't know what it looks like until she reaches the goal it represents.

Each wrapped charm is packaged into a sealed handmade envelope that has the Goal Number on it,
and an inspirational quote or short explanation of the charm's symbolism.

The first charm on the bracelet is a lock. 

Here's the quote attached to the envelope:

The lock and key are said to symbolize the arrival of a new place in life. 
The lock also signifies protection. 
At the end of your journey, you’ll have the key!

That's all I will show for now.
The rest is for Chandra to discover.


  1. What a wonderful idea and a great incentive for Chandra! I wish her all the best in reaching all her goals. Good job to both of you!

  2. That is so cool! I can't wait to see the next one and hear the quote!!! That inspires me too!

  3. I LOVE THIS! It is amazingly creative and thoughtful. My sister went through hell with breast cancer about a year ago. Something like this would have been perfect to encourage her as she struggled through the challenges of chemo and all the surgeries. Happily, she is done with all that. Hopefully forever!
    Your friends are lucky to have you.

  4. Jenny, thank you for the kind words and touching comment. I hope your sister is doing well now.