What I Wore on Sunday, August 14, 2016

by mary September 11, 2016

On Sunday, August 14, I wore this really fun dress that I got recently (on sale) at Zumi's, here in Des Moines. 

I love the colors & uneven hemline on this dress, plus it's super comfortable!  Poor Belle was still wearing her cone at that point; the next day we "liberated" her!

The fun purse is from the 1960s that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

With my fun dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made.  The first is a necklace I made from an old hotel key fob that I picked up at a vintage clothing store in Boise, Idaho last summer.

I also wore a fun pair of earrings I made out of old catalin game pieces that I picked up at a garage sale last summer.

Catalin is one of the early plastics, developed in 1928 & popular in the 1930s.  I love the color of these vintage catalin pieces. 

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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What I Wore on Thursday, August 11, 2016

by mary September 4, 2016

On Thursday, August 11, I wore this amazing 1940's dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.  I'm not sure if it's rayon or jersey or a combination, but it's wonderfully comfortable!

The dress is missing its original belt, so I used a black silk belt that matched the color of the buttons.  The other thing I love about this dress is that it's longer in the back than in the front, although you can't really tell that in this picture.

I don't remember where I got the hat, but I love how it goes with the dress.  The purse was one of my mother's.

With my fabulous dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.

The first is a necklace I made out of a vintage Avon pendant.

I added a vintage picture on the back; I believe the photo is from WW2.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from some new-old-stock (NOS) beads I found at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

I just love NOS beads!

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my facebook page.

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Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how

colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead

to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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Who Can Resist Electronic Resisters?!

by mary August 30, 2016

About a month or so ago, my husband Steve & I stopped at Found Things in its new location in downtown Des Moines.  I always loved Found Things when it was in East Village, so was excited to check out Marsha's new digs on the west end of downtown Des Moines.

We found several fun things that I just had to take home, including this jar of colorful electronic resisters.  I didn't know for sure what I was going to do with them, but they were just too interesting to pass by!

Last week, I dumped out the jar & started playing around with them.  Here's what I've come up with so far . . .

First, I made this simple pair of earrings out of 2 matching resisters.  I loved how easy to wrap the little wires sticking out of them -- it was like they were made to be jewelry!

Next, I decided to try a bracelet . . .

For the bracelet, I alternated the little resisters with old tokens I had picked up at a flea market.  I just love how colorful the resisters are!

Finally, I made this necklace with 2 of the little bit larger resisters . . .

For the pendant, I used an old pinback button that I picked up at the What Cheer flea market last month.  As soon as I saw this pin at the flea market, I was attracted to its graphics -- especially the color & the "28" (for some reason, I really like numbers).  As I was looking through things to use for a pendant with the resisters, this pinback button seemed the perfect match!  For the necklace, I prong-set it in copper that I dipped in liver of sulfer to add patina.  The gemstone beads are black onyx.  For the chain, I used antique copper belcher chain.

I had such fun working with these resisters that I was tempted to see what else I could make, but decided instead to check out some of the lithograph tin that I got from my husband's cousin several months ago!

To see more of the fun stuff Marsha has at Found Things, check out the shop's website at http://foundthingsdsm.com, or its Facebook page.  To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com, or my Facebook page.

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What I Wore on Tuesday, August 9, 2016

by mary August 25, 2016

On Tuesday, August 9, I wore this fabulous 1950's eyelet dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago, & a patent leather purse I'm pretty sure I also got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  I especially love the wide collar & big bow on the front of this dress.  The belt was missing for the dress; while it was probably made of the same material as the dress, I decided to add a vintage black belt (also from D's Closet Vintage) for contrast instead. 

According to the Fashion Guild website, eyelet material is characterized by small cut-outs surrounded by embroidery, generally in cotton & light colors; & often used in summer dresses because of it's built-in "air-conditioning".  In terms of its history, I found one reference in a blog, "Vintage Pretties" that suggested it probably originated in the 1700s.

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made.  The first is a necklace I made from a broken vintage necklace, vintage chain, & tiny crystal beads from several broken necklaces that I wire-wrapped.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of parts of other broken jewelry.

I liked the way the black accessories contrasted with the cream color of the dress.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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What I Wore on Saturday, August 6, 2016

by mary August 20, 2016

On Saturday, August 6, I wore this fun "80s does 40s" dress that I found at the Majestic Lion antique mall that used to be here in Des Moines. The purse is a Kelly-style bag I picked up at Dorothea's Closet several years ago.  I think at the time, I bought maybe a half dozen similar bags in different colors & sizes that had all come from the same original owner.

Although I don't do many 80's clothes, I really liked the colors & pattern on this one, the sleeves, & the way the skirt flairs at the bottom.  I guess the other reason I liked it was the fact that it does have a 40s feel.  One of the interesting things about the 1980s is how nostalgia for the styles & tailoring of the mid-century influenced fashion.

With my dress, I'm wearing 2 pieces of jewelry I made recently.

The first is a necklace made from an old pop bottle top (the kind with a cork insert) that I prong-set in copper.  I love the names of the old soda/pop -- I don't remember "Lemonette" soda, but love the looks of the bottle top!

I also wore a pair of earrings that I made out of old Bakelite game chips that I got at an antique mall here in Des Moines a year or so ago.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet vintage clothing, check out the website at http://dorotheasvintageclothing.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

by mary August 17, 2016

On Wednesday, August 3, I wore this amazing 1940s dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

I absolutely love the colors on this dress, as well as the way it feels on!  And it even has its original belt!  I'm also carrying a 60's purse & wearing a 60's hat that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, my favorite vintage clothing shop!

With my 40s dress, I'm wearing 3 pieces of jewelry I made -- one based on each of the colors in the dress. 

I made this necklace using an old Nehi pop bottle top -- the kind with a cork insert.

According to the Mississippi Business Journal, the Nehi Bottling Company was founded in 1927.  I mostly remember Nehi from Radar's fondness for grape Nehi in the television show, MASH.

I also wore this Mexican-themed charm bracelet that I made with old Mexican coins, as well as Cracker Jack/gumball charms & gemstones.

Finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made with old bakelite game chips that I got at an antique mall here in Des Moines.

I like the way each piece of jewelry complements a color in the dress.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewerly, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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August 5, 2016 What Cheer Flea Market Finds

by mary August 14, 2016

On Friday, August 5, my husband & I attended the summer What Cheer Flea Market.  Although he didn't find anything, I felt like I hit the jackpot!

I found quite a few things for jewelry-making -- including several interesting charms (I especially like the AC donkey charm from the World's Fair & a little Minnie Mouse heart-shaped locket), as well as watch fob & other chain.

I also found more vintage pin-back buttons & bottle caps . . .

I looked on-line, & I believe the "V for Victory" button comes from World War II. 

I also found this fun lithographed tin container.

I loved the graphics & plan to cut out some of the images to use for pendants.  Here's the other side of the container.

And I found another vintage soda pop bottle.  I love the name "Jic Jac"!  I looked it up on-line & it looks like it was produced from 1953 - 1977.

I'll hang one of my vintage soda bottle top necklaces on it at one of my next shows.

I also found a few vintage holiday items for my own collections, including this paper mache turkey.

And these Halloween postcards (reproductions, I think, but they'll still display nicely) & this Halloween beer can from 1982.

And, lastly, I picked up these vintage Beatles & Monkees cards from the 1960s.

I don't know what I'll do with them really, but the Beatles cards brought back so many memories (I can still remember watching them perform for the first time on the Ed Sullivan show), I couldn't resist them!

Now I can't wait to start making jewelry out of some of my great finds!

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What I Wore on Saturday, July 30, 2016

by mary August 12, 2016

On Saturday, July 30, I wore this amazing 1940's "New Look" taffeta dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage some years ago.

The hat, belt (the dress was missing it's original belt), & purse are also from Dorothea's Closet.  One of my favorate things about this dress, aside from the print of white flowers with blue square centers, are the big pockets in the skirt!

With my dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.

I made this necklace out of a link from a broken Paris souvenir bracelet, an old perfume bottle charm that I found at a shop in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, & other French-themed charms & French coins.  The gemstone beads are lapis to pick up the blue in the souvenir link.

I made these earrings out of blue bakelite game chips that I found at an antique mall here in Des Moines, plus little square links from a broken necklace.  I like the way the little silver squares in the earrings pick up the squares in the dress pattern.

This is probably one of my favorite vintage dresses that I've gotten over the years at Dorothea's Closet. 

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading & have a good evening!

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Pauline's Jewelry Box was founded by Mary Nelson in 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa.  I chose the name Pauline's Jewelry Box because my mother's name was Pauline & I have many fond memories of looking through jewelry box & playing with her jewelry

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