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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What I Wore on Sunday, July 24, 2016

by mary August 4, 2016

On Sunday, July 24, a friend & I attended "Rock of Ages" at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  "Rock of Ages" is a rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs of the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the 80s.  Although the dress I'm wearing isn't from the 1980s (more like from the early 2000's), at least it matches the colors in this fabulous 1980's purse that I got a couple of years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  I love the colors in this purse!

With my fabulous 1980's purse, I wore 3 pieces of jewelry I've made in the last year that picked up the colors in my dress & purse.

I made this necklace using vintage bakelite game discs that I got at an antique mall here is Des Moines, & vintage chain & beads.

I made the charm bracelet using other vintage bakelite game discs from the same find, & some beads that complemented the colors of the discs.  These discs remind me a lot of old tiddly-wink shooters!

And I wore thsi fun pair of earrings I made out of old lithograph tin speedboats that I found at an antique mall outside Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

I love the graphics on these little boats!

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.

And that's it for tonight!

 

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What I Wore on Thursday, July 28, 2016

by mary July 29, 2016

On Thursday, July 28, I wore this very fun 1950's red, white & blue dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago, & a fun 1940's tile purse I found on Ooh La La Vintage last year.

I love the buttons on this dress, especially the ones on the arms just down from the shoulder that stick out when you have the dress on!

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

I made this necklace out of half-circles I cut out of vintage lithograph tin from an old doll house, plus wooden half-circles & beads from a broken vintage bracelet I found at an antique shop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

I really love the patterns on the old lithograph tin.  I think these pieces came from the doll house's kitchen.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made recently out of vintage bakelite game pieces I found at an antique shop here in Des Moines, & little silvertone metal "4-leaf clover" pieces from a broken vintage necklace.

I like the way the discs in the earrings echo the buttons on 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, July 23, 2018

by mary July 25, 2016

On Saturday, July 23, I wore this amazing flowered print dress from the 1930s.   I especially love the caplet sleeves & the ruching along the shoulders.  The original belt was no longer with the dress, so I used a 1980s belt I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage that matched the colors of the flowers!

I found this dress at a garage sale that we just happened to check out while we were out for a morning walk with Belle, our beagle.  It had belonged to the woman's great aunt.

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

I made this necklace using a vintage watch part, an old Cracker Jack/gumball compass charm, & watch fob chain.

I thought it was so cool how well the little compass fit into the watch part where I presume a gear might have been originally!  I liked too how the orangish red of the compass worked with the colors of the flowers on the dress.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of vintage amber crystal beads from a broken necklace I found at a flea market & wire.  One of the things I really like about these earrings is that they are really light, even though they have some nice length to them.

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

Thanks for reading & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Thursday, July 21

by mary July 22, 2016

On Thursday, July 21, I wore this fun 1960s sheath dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I love the colors of the dress & it's super comfortable for the hot weather we are having -- 90+ degrees with heat indexes over 100 degrees!  I got the hat several summers ago in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; it's not vintage, but I thought the colors fo the straw flowers really worked with the flowers on the dress!

With my dress, I wore a necklace I made last fall, using a vintage hotel key fob, vintage rosary beads, & a small vintage key that I wire-wrapped.  I found the key fob at a vintage clothing store last summer in Boise, Idaho.

The key fob feels like it's made of leather.  They sure don't make hotel keys like that anymore!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old catalin game chips that I got at a garage sale last summer.

I really like the color & texture of these old catalin chips.  I also used links from a vintage chain for these earrings.

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 Thursday, July 14, 2016

by mary July 14, 2016

I see that I haven't posted anything for almost a month.  It's been an off summer for us, as our little beagle, Belle, has been down at the Veterinary Health Services at the University of Missouri-Columbia getting radiation treatment for a tumor on her left front paw.  She's been there since June 20, & will be there a few more days to finish her treatment.  In the interim, we've been visiting her weekends when we can & missing her terribly.  We also talk to the Health Center & to the student she is staying with to hear how she is doing.  That's pretty much dominated our attention.

Today, though, I volunteered at Calvin Community's birthday party for residents with birthdays in July, & wore one of my summer vintage outfits, so I thought I would do a "What I Wore On . . . " blog post.  So here goes . . .

On Thursday, July 14, I wore this really fun 1960s black & white gingham drop-waist dress that I found at an antique mall in Boise, Idaho last summer.

I also got the 60s daisy pin at the same antique mall, but different booth.  I love this dress, & remember wearing drop-waist dresses like these back in the 60s!  My hat & purse are also from the 60s & come from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.  I made the charm bracelet out of small vintage white dice, & added a Cracker Jack/gumball good luck charm & black beads to match the dots in the dice.

I made this asymmetrical pair of earrings with the same size white dice & black bead for one earring, & a black dice & white bead for the other.

I really like vintage dice, & thought the colors & shapes were a good complement for my 60s dress.

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

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June Fairgrounds Flea Market Finds

by mary June 22, 2016

Saturday June 18 was the monthly Fairgrounds Flea Market.  I haven't found much at the last few flea markets there, but this time, I felt like I hit the jackpot!

The first thing I found were these old-cork filled pop bottle caps.

Here's an example of a necklace I made earlier this year from a bottle cap.

I'm thinking about trying to make a pair of earrings with a couple of the bottle caps, since I have pairs now that match.

I also picked up a nice piece of chain & 2 Cracker Jack/gumball celluloid cat charms.

I was especially pleased to find the cat charms, as cat charms are very hard to find -- much harder than dog charms for some reason.

The "piece de resistance", though, was this amazing piece (actually 4 large pieces) of barkcloth!

I absolutely love the flower pattern on this barkcloth & plan to use this to cover my tables at the next jewelry show I do -- at the Waukee Art Festival in July.

I was especially pleased with what I found since we weren't able to go to the Walnut Antique Show the day before. 

That's all for today -- thanks for reading, & to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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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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