What I Wore on Sunday, September 13, 2015

by mary September 13, 2015

My mother-in-law & I have season tickets to the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  On Sunday, September 13, I wore this fun 1960s novelty print dress to the Playhouse to see "Into the Woods", a musical by Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine. I found this dress over the weekend at a garage sale -- it has the best novelty print of musical instruments & wine bottles, etc.  !  I got the vintage hat recently through the Facebook group, Just Love It Vintage; & the yellow raffia purse years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

Belle decided she needed to be in the picture with me!

With my new vintage dress, I wore 2 of the new pieces of jewelry that I will have at next Sunday's Valley Junction Art Market.  I made this necklace from vintage half circles & spacer beads I picked up in July during my travels in Wisconsin.  I still haven't figured out if the half circle beads are made out of wood or plastic!

I also wore a pair of earrings that I wire-wrapped using vintage wooden & silvertone beads.

As always, the Playhouse put on a good show, & we enjoyed ourselves.  I enjoy seeing the shows & having the opportunity to dress up!

To see more fabulous 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.



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What I Wore on Thursday - September 10, 2015

by mary September 10, 2015

On Thursday, September 10, I wore this fabulous 50's dress & jacket, & hat!

This dress is another great example of Christian Dior's New Look, which featured rounded shoulders, a cinched waist & a full skirt.  I picked up this dress at Dorothea's Closet Vintage "as is" because it has a bit of fading in places.  I loved it so much, though, that I didn't care; as a friend says, it's "visibly vintage!"

The hat is a really fun example of a 50's mushroom cloche.  I think it's covered with bunny fur, although it may be some kind of feathers.  I got it in a box with 7 other hats from a friend at the September Fairgrounds Flea Market.  She had set them aside just for me, knowing how much I love vintage hats!

With my 50's outfit, I'm wearing 2 pieces of jewelry that I made recently.

I made this necklace out of an old cameo brooch that had a broken closure.

I also used amethyst gemstones, faux pearls, & prince of wales chain to complement the pendant.

I also wore this pair of purple & gold earrings.

I made the earrings out of vintage lithograph tin pieces that I domed, & goldtone beads.

I wore today's outfit to the September birthday party at Calvin Community continuing care retirement community here in Des Moines.  The hat, especially, was a hit!

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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Treasure Hunting at the Fairgrounds Flea Market - September 5, 2015

by mary September 5, 2015

Finally, the monthly flea market at the Fairgrounds is back!  (They don't have one in July because of the Good Guys car show & in August because of the State Fair, although it seems like even longer since we were able to go to one!)

Although quite a few of the dealers we like to check out weren't there this month, I did find a few fun treasures, including these little celluloid charms . . .

I'd never even seen the skeleton or the bat charms before!  For some strange reason, I only bought the skeleton & one of the bats at first -- then, when we got home, I regretted not getting the other bat & the cat.  Steve was really sweet & went back to the market after lunch & picked up 2 bats (I hadn't seen one of them) & the cat!  After he got back, I made this fun Halloween charm necklace, with 3 of the charms, a couple of bone beads & vintage chain!

I also picked up this cute prayer box charm.

I've only found one of these before -- at a garage sale.

And I found this really cool "traveling needle case" that was made in Occupied Japan . . .

I bought it for the graphics -- thought it would make a great background for photographing jewelry -- especially pieces with a travel or "souvenir" theme!

And, finally, I picked up a box of vintage hats -- including a cloche from the 1920's -- from a dealer who is a dear friend who had set them aside for me!

So, while some of our favorite dealers weren't at the market, it turned out to be a good day for treasure hunting for me!

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