What I Wore on Thursday, March 24, 2016

by mary March 29, 2016

Thursday, March 24, was the meeting night for the book club I belong to, & I wore this vintage 1950s sweater from Dorothea's Closet Vintage that sparks joy for me!

Wearing something that sparks joy was important because our March book was "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.  One of the key take-aways from the book is that you should keep & surround yourself only with the things that spark joy in your life. This sweater sparks joy for me because I love the big flowers on it, the colors, & it's orlon -- one of my favorite materials!

Overall, our group liked the book, & just about all of us had followed at least some of her advice for tidying!  I've gone through most of my winter clothes & have downsized a fair amount; & today, I went through my hats & identified enought vintage hats to "move on" to fill 3 good-sized totes!

With my fun sweater, I wore a necklace I made recently out of a snake focal piece I picked up at a flea market.

I used turquoise gemstone beads to complement the snakes eyes, as well as vintage silver beads & carnelian gemstone beads.

I also wore one of my favorite pairs of earrings that I made several years ago & haven't wanted to sell.

I like the way the colors in the necklace go with the colors in the sweater.

To see more of Dorotheas 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.

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 19, 2016

by mary March 24, 2016

On Saturday, March 19, I wore this early 1900s blouse that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage recently.

I love the collar on this blouse, & am amazed to think how good a shape it's in, considering it's over 100 years old!  It did have a few issues -- the sleeves had been cut off around the elbow & there were a couple of tears, but my mother-in-law was able to fix those.  I especially like the way she covered the holes with little applicaques that look like they were made to be there!

With my early 1900s blouse, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made using vintage lucite.

I made this necklace with a piece of vintage lucite that had little pieces of the sea imbedded in it!  I used mother-of-pearl & seashell beads in the chain to complement the pendant.

Here's a close-up of the pendant -- I set the lucite piece in a partial copper bezel & prongs.

I made the earrings out of confetti lucite pieces that I wire-wrapped using copper wire.

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Thursday, March 17, 2016

by mary March 20, 2016

On St. Patrick's Day this year, I wore this really fun 1950/1960s woman's bowling shirt that my husband, Steve, found for me on eBay.

Bowling shirts are box cut shirts, with contrasting colors, butto-up fronts, & a pocket.  According to the site, "History of Bowling Shirts", classic bowling shirts are never patterned in anything but solid colors with solid lines as accent.  The site also noted that the Woman's Bowling League began in 1917.

I presume the shirt belonged to a bowler named Agnes.  I adore bowling shirts, especially from the 1950s & 1960s.  This is at least my 5th or 6th bowling shirt!

With this fun shirt, I wore a necklace I made last fall out of buffalo teeth & bone beads.

I found the buffalo teeth at the fall Lapidary Show here in Des Moines.  I really liked their color & shape.  I thought the necklace added a nice accent to the block color pattern of the bowling shirt.

To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Monday, March 14, 2016

by mary March 17, 2016

On Monday, March 14, I wore this really fun gauzy tie dye shirt from the 1960s/1970s that I got through one of the vintage Facebook groups I belong to.  My purse, which I found at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, is also from the 1960s.

According to "Tie-dye thru the Ages", tie-dying is considered to be a product of pre-history, & became popular in the US in the 1950s.  I remember tie-dying t-shirts in the last 1960s & early 1970s with girlfriends, although none were as well-done as the one I'm wearing here!

With my tie-dye blouse, I'm wearing 2 pieces of steampunk-style jewelry I made last year.

I made this necklace using vintage watchparts, heart charm, keys, & watch fob chain. 

I made the earrings out of vintage watch & watch fob parts as well, plus little red rhinestones. 

According to the website "History Origins - Steampunk", steampunk started out as a science-fiction sub-genre in the 1970s. 

I like combining the 2 styles -- tie-dye & steampunk -- one that represents & celebrates nature & pre-history, & the other that represents & celebrates technology.

To see more of my jewelry, check out my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  And, as always, thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 12, 2016

by mary March 14, 2016

On Saturday, March 12, I wore this great 1950s knit dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago, & a 60s purse that I picked up there last year.

I especially love the collar & buttons on the dress.  The other thing that's fun about it is the label, "R & K Original - For the Girl Who Knows Clothes"!

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my typewriter key jewelry that I made this year.  I made this necklace using copper sheet that I ran through the rolling mill with screen, sterling silver sheet that I hammered, sterling silver wire, copper chain, & moss agate gemstone beads.  The typewriter key came from a portable typewriter I found at a garage sale; it's set in a copper bezel & the whole pendant is patinated with liver of sulfer.

I made the earrings from 2 keys from the same protable typewriter, & textured copper, & moss agate beads.

I have found that I really enjoy working with typewriter keys!

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Thursday, March 10, 2016

by mary March 10, 2016

Thursday, March 10, was birthday party day at Calvin Community again.  This month, I wore this really fun green & white (after all, St. Pat's Day is only a week away!) Diane Von Furstenberg 70s wrap dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.  I'm carrying a mother-of-pearl plastic purse, also from the 70s, & also from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

According to the Vintage Fashion Guild site, DVF is best known for her cotton jersey wrap dress of the mid-70s; the dresses generally had long sleeves with French cuffs (like this one).   In 1997, DVF relaunched her line of wrap dresses, & each year has reissued one or two from her 70s collection.

With my DVF dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made.

I made this necklace out of half circles that I cut out of lithograph tin, as well as wooden beads I found at an antique mall in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. 

The lithograph tin I used in this necklace came from an old metal dollhouse, so the tin half circles are printed on both sides, making the necklace reversable -- or 2 necklaces in 1!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with links from a broken vintage necklace & jade gemstone beads.  The earring wires are non-allergenic niobium.

These aren't the earrings I'm wearing in the photo though, as Steve took that after I got home.  And, when I got to Calvin, one of the Activities staff gave me a pair of Schiaparelli earrings they had gotten through donations; she said they immediately thought of me when they saw them!  I couldn't resist putting them on right away!

The picture doesn't really do them justice, as they are much brighter & more colorful in real life!  I was thrilled, as besides being a beautiful pair of earrings, these are my first Schiaparelli jewelry!  And perfect for my St. Pat's outfit!

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 jewerlry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading, & have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 5, 2016

by mary March 7, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, I wore this fabulous 1940s gabardine jacket that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I especially love the buttons on this jacket & the peplum!  The jacket label says it was made by Bettilou Tailored Fashions.  When I looked on-line, I couldn't find anything about the label, & am wondering if it might have been hand-made.

I'm carrying a cute little 1940s alligator purse that I got through a vintage fashion Facebook group I belong to.

With my outfit, I'm wearing 3 pieces of jewelry I made this last year.

I made the necklace out of vintage lucite pieces that I set in copper that I had hammered & patinated withliver of sulpher. 

I got these little pieces in a lot of jewelry, & have really enjoyed working with them!

I also wore a western-themed charm bracelet I made last fall.

I made the bracelet using gemstone beads (picture jasper, chocolate jasper, & fire agate), a new-old-stock (NOS) cowboy hat I found at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, & a variety of Cracker Jack/gumball charms.  My favorite of the latter is the little picture of Roy Rogers!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with brass beads & Bakelite game discs I found at a antique mall in West Des Moines.

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Saturday, March 5, 2016

by mary March 7, 2016

On Saturday, March 5, I wore this fabulous 1940s gabardine jacket that I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I especially love the buttons on this jacket & the peplum!  The jacket label says it was made by Bettilou Tailored Fashions.  When I looked on-line, I couldn't find anything about the label, & am wondering if it might have been hand-made.

I'm carrying a cute little 1940s alligator purse that I got through a vintage fashion Facebook group I belong to.

With my outfit, I'm wearing 3 pieces of jewelry I made this last year.

I made the necklace out of vintage lucite pieces that I set in copper that I had hammered & patinated withliver of sulpher. 

I got these little pieces in a lot of jewelry, & have really enjoyed working with them!

I also wore a western-themed charm bracelet I made last fall.

I made the bracelet using gemstone beads (picture jasper, chocolate jasper, & fire agate), a new-old-stock (NOS) cowboy hat I found at a bead shop in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, & a variety of Cracker Jack/gumball charms.  My favorite of the latter is the little picture of Roy Rogers!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made with brass beads & Bakelite game discs I found at a antique mall in West Des Moines.

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.

Thanks for reading!

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What I Wore on Tuesday, March 4, 2016

by mary March 3, 2016

March 4 is my husband's mother, Jo's birthday, & to celebrate we went out to lunch with her, her husband Marshall, & his brother Craig.  For my vintage outfit, I wore this fabulous 1940s boucle knit sweater that I found at a vintage clothing shop in Boise, Idaho last August when Jo & I went out there to visit her older sister Marie.

According to the site, Appleseed's, boucle' was popularized by the fashion designer Coco Chanel.  I especially love the texture of this sweater & the off-white appliques near the left shoulder & above the waist on the right.

With my vintage sweater, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I made last fall.

I made the necklace out of pencil sea urchin spines (2 came from vintage earrings that I found at a flea market), botswana agate gemstone beads, & vintage brass book chain.

My husband, Steve, & I used to have a saltwater fish tank & had several sea urchins over the years, although none had spines as large as these!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of typewriter keys, moss agate gemstone beads & copper.

The typewriter keys come from an old portable typewriter that I found at a garage sale.  To make the earrings, I set the keys in a copper bezel & then soldered copper wire around the bezel & used it to make a wire-wrapped bale for each earring.  I used niobium earring wires to pick up the color of the copper.

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

Thanks for reading!

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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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