What I Wore on Wednesday - January 28, 2014

by mary January 28, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a really fun brightly colored tropical maxi from the 1960s/1970s. 

 

The label says it was "Made in Hawaii for Kimo's Polynesian Shop".  Kimo's Polynesian Shop opened in 1964 in the San Fernando Valley.  It was one of two shops in the area (the other was Hawaii in the Valley) that specialized in Hawaiian clothing.  Other shops in the area included the Bora Bora Room Tiki Bar.  The surf craze of the 1960's (including music by Beach Boys and Jan & Dean) made Hawaiian clothing popular again, as did the TV series Hawaii Five-O in the 1970s & 1980s. 

With my fun Hawaiian maxi, I decided to wear a pair of earrings I made out of vintage lucite plastic pieces & matching glass beads.

The hot pink & bright green of the earrings are pretty much a perfect match for the Hawaiian maxi!

I also chose a "Come Fly With Me" charm bracelet that I made this fall with Cracker Jack, gumball & vending machine charms from the 1960s. 

My favorite charm is the little Sabena Belgian Airlines charm -- the Sabena Belgian Airlines began in 1923 & operated until 2001.

It was a beautiful spring-like day here in Des Moines this afternoon, with temparatures in the upper 50's -- perfect for a dress that makes me think of the tropics!

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

As always, thanks for reading and for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- January 21

by mary January 21, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet outfit is a really fun 1950's felt circle skirt & a pink "Futura-Lon" orlon sweater with pink pearl buttons.

The circle skirt was one of 3 styles of full skirts popular in the 1950s.  It was called a circle skirt because it was cut in the shape of a donut, with the inner circle the waist measurement & the outer circle creating the fullness.  Many had appliques, frequently a poodle -- although flamingos, martinis, telephones & the Eiffel Tower were also popular.  They were especially popular among teenagers for sock hops.  They make me think of the movie Grease.

Orlon acrylic fabric was developed by DuPont in 1941.  Initially there wasn't much of a market for orlon, until it was made into a bulky yarn & used in sweaters in the 1950s.  One of the things I love about orlon is its softness, almost as soft as cashmere! 

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  First, a 1950's themed charm bracelet that includes 2 "Be-Bop" record charms, as well as a pair of jitterbug dancers, a soda bottle, sunglasses, & radio.  The White Rock Cream Soda charm is especially rare.

I thought the charm bracelet was perfect for my 50's outfit!

For my earrings, I chose a tough girl look! 

I thought the pink hearts, silver pistols & black beads were a great complement to my skirt & sweater, & fit the "bad girl" image sometimes associated with the 1950s in movies like Grease,

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

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Repurposed/Upcycled Jewelry Made with Lithographed Tin

by mary January 18, 2015

Recently, I got a big "treasure" box of lithograph tin scraps from my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran.  They came from old tin doll houses, candy & cookie containers, trays, etc.  Ken uses them to make the wings for birds that he makes out of barnwood for yard ornaments.  I had asked him if he did anything with the scraps & since he didn't, he said I could have them.

I thought I would see if I could make jewelry out of them. None of the pieces were very big, but they had some really great colors & patterns on them, so I decided to give it a go.

I decided to start by cutting little circular discs of various sizes from some of the scraps, then sanded the edges smooth.  Next, I sorted them out & started playing with different designs & combining them with charms & beads.  Once I had a couple ideas laid out, I punched holes as needed to make a necklace & 3 pairs of earrings.

Here's the necklace . . .

I really like the bright colors & flower patterns on these discs, & thought the silver butterflies for the pendant & dangle at the back made a good complement for the flower theme.

For the earrings, I tried several different combinations of discs, beads & charms . . .

One of the things I really like about using these tin discs is that they make really light-weight earrings.

I have quite a few discs left, & am thinking about seeing how they would work in a charm bracelet, & combining different complementary patterns next.  I'm also going to start looking for lithograph tin items the next time I am treasure-hunting at a flea market or garage sale!

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses! 

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What I Wore on Wednesday - January 14

by mary January 15, 2015

Wednesday's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit was a "New Look" suit made by Woolf Brothers from the late 1940s/early 1950s. 

Woolf Brothers was a Kansas City based luxury good department store that was founded in 1865,  For over 30 years in the mid-1900's, it was one of the largest & most respected luxury good department stores in the midwest, with branches in 5 other major cities.  In 1992, however, major changes in retail clothing & other economic factors led them to close the store permanently. 

This suit features the narrow waist & full skirt associated with Christian Dior's "New Look" of the time, & is trimmed at the collar & cuffs with persian wool.

With this suit, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  First, I wore a Steampunk-style charm bracelet featuring onyx & amethyst gemstones & some of my favorite charms -- including a little brass female figure that reminds me a bit of Rosie, the robot maid in the Jetsons!

Here's a close-up of the little brass figure . . .

I also wore a pair of black & pink crystal earrings made with charms from old broken rosaries & crystal beads.

I really like working with broken rosaries -- the charms are lovely & they often have such wonderful crystal beads & chain.

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

As always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

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Treasures from Saturday's Estate Sale

by mary January 12, 2015

Checked out an estate sale in the neighborhood this last Saturday & found a couple of goodies! 

My first & best find was this small pennant from the 1937 Iowa State Fair!

I thought it would make a fun background for one of my cowboy themed charm bracelets.

The other thing I found was a plastic shoebox of odds & ends . . .

I'm not sure what I'll do with most of the things in it, but there were a few items that looked promising, plus I can always use a plastic shoebox!

I especially liked the little token with the rabbit coming out of a hat, & the button from a 1941 tournament.

I also found another soft plastic Nativity to add to my vintage Christmas holiday decorations -- not that I needed it, but it's hard to resist when you find one that you don't already have!

Not a lot of treasures, but as my husband Steve always says, "All you need is to find one good thing & it's worth the 'price of admission'!"

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What I Wore on Wednesday -- January 9

by mary January 9, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is a really fun pair of 1960's Bobbi Brooks black cigarette pants with blue & green circle print, and a black bolero with little pom-poms -- both from the shop.  (By the way, this week's "What I Wore on Wednesday" is actually what I wore on Friday, as the shop was closed on Wednesday because of the dangerous cold weather we had here in Des Moines that day.)

Cigarette pants are slim-fitted pants that have a straight opening at the foot rather than a taper or flare.  They initially gained popularity in the 1950's.  In the 1960's, fashion model Twiggy was known for her cigarette pants. 

According to the Fashion Guild, Bobbi Brooks was founded in 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio.  In 1959, it became the first women's garment-making company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.  During the 1960's, Bobbi Brooks was one of the 5 largest garment companies in the US. 

With my Bobbi Brooks pants & bolero, I wore 2 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry. 

I made the necklace below with pieces from a 1970's bracelet & a broken Vendome chain & green beads.

And I made the charm bracelet from "Lansing" style green & white flower buttons, & a sewing machine charm that likely came from a vending machine back in the 1960s.

I especially like the fact that the spinning wheel on the sewing machine actually moves.

That's it for this week's "What I Wore on . . . ".  To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the shop's website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

And, as always, thanks for reading & for supporting small businesses!

 

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January 3 Fairgrounds Flea Market

by mary January 4, 2015

Another good day at the Fairgrounds Flea Market.  Although I didn't find a huge number of things, I did have a couple of great finds!

First, I found (actually, Steve spotted them) a box of vintage glass crystal chandelier pieces.

I love working with old chandelier pieces!  Here are a few of the necklaces & a pair of earrings that I've made with crystal chandelier pieces.

Sorry for the quality of this next picture -- it was before we got our new digital SLR camera.

I also picked up a few charms, including 2 Iowa license plates, a hand with some kind of symbol on it, and a playing card nail clipper (I'm hoping to remove the playing card, so I can use it in a charm bracelet). 

I've used the little license plates in charm bracelets before (like the one below), but this is the first time I found Iowa plates, so I was rather excited about that!

And here's one of my charm bracelets with little playing cards -- I think they are some of the cutest charms!

As soon as I get done putting Christmas decorations away, I'm looking forward to getting back to jewelry-making & using some of my new crysal pieces & charms!

As always, thanks for reading; and to see more of my jewelry, check out my website at 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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