What I Wore on Saturday, May 21, 2016

by mary May 27, 2016

On Saturday, May 21, I wore this amazing 1940s novelty print dress with butterfly sleeves & peplum!  I picked up this dress several years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage Clothing.  It's one of my very favorite dresses from the 1940s!

I looked up the history of butterfly sleeves on-line, & several sites suggested it's origin was the national costume of the Phillipines.  I also looked up peplums, which appear to have been around since the 1800s, & were popular in the 1930s & 1940s.

With my dress, I wore a necklace I made just recently.  The rhinestone studded focal piece comes from a vintage broken necklace I got in a lot of vintage chain at the Des Moines Fairground Flea Market.  I added black, gray & clear crystal beads, & vintage chain.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made some time ago, also using black crystal beads & links from a broken vintage necklace.

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, to to my website at http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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May 2016 What Cheer Flea Market

by mary May 18, 2016

May 6 began a new season of What Cheer Flea Markets -- and what a great beginning!  The weather was perfect & it was the biggest flea market yet at the What Cheer county fairgrounds -- not a single space as empty!

We had a great time checking out all the dealers, & I found a number of fun things to use in jewelry making &/or display!  Poor Steve didn't find anything for himself, but did spot several things for me!

One of the things Steve spotted for me were these vintage soda pop bottle tops -- the kind that were lined with cork. 

As you can see, we also found 4 vintage pinback buttons -- 3 from WWI & 1 from the 1950s; plus a broken vintage Paris souvenir bracelet & a couple of rough cut gemstones.  One of the buttons was for Victory Boys, which was used to raise funds during WW!.  Earlier, I'd found a Victory Girls pin-back button that I made into a pendant by setting it in a bezel.

I hope to do something similar with my "new" pinback buttons. 

Laat week, I made a French-themed charm bracelet using one of the links from the Paris bracelet, as well as links from 2 other souvenir bracelets & an Eiffel tower charms that I'd collected over the years.

And, yesterday, I finished a necklace using one of the soda pop bottle tops, that I prong-set in copper.

I looked up Nehi lemonade soda on-line, & found that Nehi soda fruit flavors date back to 1924 until about 1955, when the company changed its name.  Some may remember Nehi from Mash, where Nehi grape was Radar O'Reilly's favorite drink.

I also picked up this lithograph metal tray that I hope to use to make jewelry -- I plan to cut discs out of it that I can use in necklaces & earrings.  They had blue & white trays as well, but I'm sort of partial to red!

Finally, I found 2 things for displaying jewelry.  We found 2 plastic "things" at one of the $1 an item "booths".

 

Steve spotted them & came up with the idea that they could hold up to 3 postcards each that I could use as a backdrop for earrings.

I found the next item . . .

She was a little more expensive, but I loved her from the moment I saw her.  She's about 2/3 to 3/4 lifesize, but will make a great model for jewelry.  I debated about getting her, but knew if I didn't, I'd regret it!  And, something I didn't realize until we got home was that she had holes in her ears for earrings!  Then I knew I made the right decision.  Here she is modeling earrings.

We were pretty exhausted when we got home from all the walking in the sun, but it was a good exhaustion from a great day flea-marketing!

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

Thanks for reading, & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Saturday, May 7, 2016

by mary May 11, 2016

On Saturday, May 6, I wore this fabulous flower print dress from the 1930s that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing several years ago, & this great hat that I got from the owner of a bed & breakfast a friend & I stayed at last summer in Cedarburg, Wisconsin!

The material covering the buttons on the dress is a bit worn, as is the backing on the belt, but I still love this dress for the print & the way it feels on!

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

I made the necklace out of 1/2 circles that I cut out of vintage lithograph tin & little wooden 1/2 circles & beads that I found at an antique mall just outside Manitowoc, Wisconsin a couple of summers ago.

I made the earrings out of copper discs that I domed & enamelled in a class I took at the Art Center this spring.  I thought they really turned out to be quite fun!

My little photographic friend is Belle, our beagle.  She's almost 7 years old, but thinks she's still a puppy & loves to be photographed!

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, & have a great evening!

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What I Wore on Saturday, April 30, 2016

by mary May 4, 2016

On Saturday, April 30, I wore this fun 1940s lounge/smoking jacket that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago.

I especially love the subtle pattern in the jacket, as well as the contrasting lining that shows on the sleeve!  I suspect this may have originally come with a pair of wide-leg palazzo pants.

With my jacket, I wore 2 necklaces that I made recently.

I made this first necklace out of a vintage Bakelite fur clip that was missing it's back that I prong set in copper that I had patinated with liver of sulfer.

I made the second necklace out of a piece of authentic sea glass that a friend had given me.  She & her husband travel & routinely collect it from various beaches.  For this necklace, I "set" the sea glass by crocheting around it with wire.

I'm a huge fan of both Bakelite & sea glass, so really enjoyed being able to make both of these necklaces!

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

Thanks for reading & have a great evening!

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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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