What I Wore on Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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

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

 

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What I Wore on Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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

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

 

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6th Annual Garden Art Show & Sale - June 7, 2015

by mary June 9, 2015

On Sunday, I set up at Ken Keiran's 6th Annual Garden Art Show & Sale.

Ken is my husband's cousin & the owner of WhirlyThings.  He makes whirlygigs out of bicycle wheels & vintage glass cups, jello molds, hubcaps & more.  He also makes "barn birds" out of old barn wood & lithograh tin.  He has a huge back yard, & invites family members & friends who are also artists to set up for the afternoon as well. Ken & Marta also serve refreshments.

This year, the show included 3 of us that made jewelry (all very different styles), a friend who makes glass beads, a woman who makes mosaic pieces for the yard, a couple that make wood benches, a guy who makes copper geodesic domes for the yard (varying in size from a foot diameter to 6 feet diameter!), & a photographer.  A new addition this year was a friend who played guitar & sang throughout the afternoon!

It rained during the night, so we were all initially worried a bit about the weather, but it was great -- pretty warm, but with a slight breeze that made it quite pleasant.

There was a nice crowd & it turned out to be a totally lovely day -- I really enjoyed visiting with everyone that stopped by -- had a chance to catch up with people I used to work with, talk with some of the "regulars" that come every year, visit with some of the other artists, & meet new friends.  Plus sold some of my jewelry, including several of the new pieces I had made just for the show, like this wire-wrapped moss agate necklace & this pair of earrings made from some of Ken's vintage lithograph tin scraps!  (Pardon the quality of the pictures -- I was in a hurry to get things photographed before the show.)

A great day!

And now it's back to making more jewelry for ArtFest Midwest on June 27 & 28!

 

 

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What I Wore on Friday, June 5, 2015

by mary June 5, 2015

On Friday, I wore this really fun 1960's midi/maxi that I got earlier this spring from Dorothea's Closet Vintage!

I love the print & I especially love the butterfly wing or hanging sleeves!

With my midi/maxi, I wore 3 of my newer pieces of jewelry . . . I made this necklace out of a vintage lucite "cabichon", copper, & lucite beads.

I made the matching pair of earrings from 2 more of the lucite cabichons. 

For both pieces, I soldered the bezels for the lucite cabs, & hammered & patinated the copper with liver of sulfer.

I also wore this charm bracelet I made recently.

I used vintage metallic Cracker Jack/gumball charms of various types of dogs & a fire hydrant, plus an old dog license from Cedar Rapids for this bracelet.

I'll have the doggie charm bracelet at Sunday's Annual Garden Art Show & Sale here in Beaverdale; & the necklace & earrings at ArtFest Midwest here in Des Moines on June 27 & 28.

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.

Until next time . . .

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What I Wore on Sunday, May 31, 2015

by mary June 2, 2015

On Sunday, my husband Steve & I went to see the musical "The Addams Family" at the Des Moines Playhouse.  For the play, I wore this lovely vintage silk oriental jacket with frog fasteners that I got via the Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell Facebook group several months ago.

The silk really shimmers in the camera flash!  Frog closures, like those on this blouse/jacket, originated in China, & were introduced to the west in the early 19th century through the military.  Frog closures are designed to add ornamental design to a garment, in addition to serving as a way to close it.

With my silk blouse/jacket, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I made recently using vintage confetti lucite pieces.

For the necklace, I wore-wrapped the lucite pendant with round copper wire.  I used copper chain & added mother-of-pearl beads to complement the confetti pattern in the lucite.

For the earrings, I used similarly patterned confetti lucite pieces & wire-wrapped them with square copper wire.

I love the look of confetti lucite & thought it complemented the oriental jacket nicely!

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

Until next time . . .

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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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