What Wore on Thursday - May 21, 2015

by mary May 22, 2015

The third Thursday of the month is bookclub, & for that I wore this super fun 1950/1960s bowling shirt.

Here's a pic of the back of the shirt . . .

According to the Bowling League website, bowling shirts have been around as long as bowling, & were originally designed to resemble Hawaiian shirts, with the same boxy structure & top-to-bottom buttons.  Like this shirt, bowling shirts often had the name of the bowler on the left side above the pocket.  This style was popular during the 50s & 60s, but over time became outdated & the style changed to polo shirts.

When I googled Golden Bowl - Spring Valley, I got an article about moonlight bowling there in 1989!  I also found a picture of the big sign out front on Flickr that looked like the place was no longer open.

With my bowling shirt, I wore this fun bowling charm bracelet that I made.

The bowling dice are from an old bar game, while the little bowling ball & pins charms are celluloid Cracker Jack/gumball charms from the 40s & 50s.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old buttons.

Although I don't bowl anymore, I really enjoy wearing my bowling shirts & bowling charm bracelet!

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage 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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What I Wore on Saturday - May 16

by mary May 17, 2015

On Saturday I helped my mother-in-law with her garage sale & wore this really fun vintage tropical-themed blouse -- another of my wonderful finds through the Facebook group Ooh La La Vintage!  Lately, I've become especially fond of tropical-themed tops & dresses!

The weather was great for the garage sale & we had lots of traffic, so it was a fun day!

With my outfit, I wore one of my newest "On the Road" charm bracelets.

I made this bracelet using Cracker Jack/gumball charms of US highway signs from several different states (including Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, etc.), a Mobil pegasus, a Mobil oil can, a stop-&-go light, & several cars.  I like the way the colors in the bracelet complement the colors in the blouse.

I also wore a pair of wire-wrapped earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage wooden beads from 2 different broken necklaces & silver-tone beads from a 3rd necklace.  The wooden beads make these earrings really light to wear!

I'll have both the charm bracelet & the earrings at ArtFest Midwest out at the Iowa State Fairgrounds June 27 & 28. 

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage -- either at the shop here in Des Moines or on 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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What I Wore on Friday - May 8

by mary May 8, 2015

Today's vintage outfit is a fabulous 1950's blouse with this amazing hibiscus print!

I found this blouse through a Facebook group I belong to -- Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell.  OLL focuses on "Bakelite, mid-century, 50s, Rockabilly, Pin-Up, Burlesque, Lucite, Tiki, 40s, Swing, Western" fashion.

With this fun blouse, I wore several pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry, including one of my newest charm bracelets.

The theme for this bracelet is Big Band music -- it includes record charms & musical instruments from the Big Band era (saxophone, trumpet, piano, etc.).

The other bracelet I wore is one I made in a Sculptural Jewelry class at the Des Moines Art Center this spring. 

The bracelet is an anaclastic form, meaning it's curved in opposite ways in 2 directions.  It's made out of copper sheet & nickel silver wire, & was really fun to form.

I also wore one of my newest pairs of earrings.

I made the earrings out of vintage plastic pieces from a broken necklace & agate gemstone beads.

Finally, I wore a necklace I made in an Open Studio class at the Des Moines Art Center several years ago.

The necklace is made out of sterling silver & a Colorado fire opal that I picked up at the Des Moines Lapidary Show.  I love the way the opal almost glows against the background!

If you're interested in seeing more great vintage clothing, check out the website for Dorothea's Closet Vintage at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.my shopify.  And to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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

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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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