What I Wore on Sunday, July 24, 2016

by mary August 4, 2016

On Sunday, July 24, a friend & I attended "Rock of Ages" at the Des Moines Community Playhouse.  "Rock of Ages" is a rock/jukebox musical built around classic rock songs of the 1980s, especially from the famous glam metal bands of the 80s.  Although the dress I'm wearing isn't from the 1980s (more like from the early 2000's), at least it matches the colors in this fabulous 1980's purse that I got a couple of years ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  I love the colors in this purse!

With my fabulous 1980's purse, I wore 3 pieces of jewelry I've made in the last year that picked up the colors in my dress & purse.

I made this necklace using vintage bakelite game discs that I got at an antique mall here is Des Moines, & vintage chain & beads.

I made the charm bracelet using other vintage bakelite game discs from the same find, & some beads that complemented the colors of the discs.  These discs remind me a lot of old tiddly-wink shooters!

And I wore thsi fun pair of earrings I made out of old lithograph tin speedboats that I found at an antique mall outside Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

I love the graphics on these little boats!

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

And that's it for tonight!

 

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What I Wore on Thursday, July 28, 2016

by mary July 29, 2016

On Thursday, July 28, I wore this very fun 1950's red, white & blue dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage several years ago, & a fun 1940's tile purse I found on Ooh La La Vintage last year.

I love the buttons on this dress, especially the ones on the arms just down from the shoulder that stick out when you have the dress on!

With my fun outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.

I made this necklace out of half-circles I cut out of vintage lithograph tin from an old doll house, plus wooden half-circles & beads from a broken vintage bracelet I found at an antique shop in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

I really love the patterns on the old lithograph tin.  I think these pieces came from the doll house's kitchen.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made recently out of vintage bakelite game pieces I found at an antique shop here in Des Moines, & little silvertone metal "4-leaf clover" pieces from a broken vintage necklace.

I like the way the discs in the earrings echo the buttons on the dress.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the 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, July 23, 2018

by mary July 25, 2016

On Saturday, July 23, I wore this amazing flowered print dress from the 1930s.   I especially love the caplet sleeves & the ruching along the shoulders.  The original belt was no longer with the dress, so I used a 1980s belt I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage that matched the colors of the flowers!

I found this dress at a garage sale that we just happened to check out while we were out for a morning walk with Belle, our beagle.  It had belonged to the woman's great aunt.

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.

I made this necklace using a vintage watch part, an old Cracker Jack/gumball compass charm, & watch fob chain.

I thought it was so cool how well the little compass fit into the watch part where I presume a gear might have been originally!  I liked too how the orangish red of the compass worked with the colors of the flowers on the dress.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of vintage amber crystal beads from a broken necklace I found at a flea market & wire.  One of the things I really like about these earrings is that they are really light, even though they have some nice length to them.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the website at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.myshopify.com.  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 Thursday, July 21

by mary July 22, 2016

On Thursday, July 21, I wore this fun 1960s sheath dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

I love the colors of the dress & it's super comfortable for the hot weather we are having -- 90+ degrees with heat indexes over 100 degrees!  I got the hat several summers ago in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin; it's not vintage, but I thought the colors fo the straw flowers really worked with the flowers on the dress!

With my dress, I wore a necklace I made last fall, using a vintage hotel key fob, vintage rosary beads, & a small vintage key that I wire-wrapped.  I found the key fob at a vintage clothing store last summer in Boise, Idaho.

The key fob feels like it's made of leather.  They sure don't make hotel keys like that anymore!

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old catalin game chips that I got at a garage sale last summer.

I really like the color & texture of these old catalin chips.  I also used links from a vintage chain for these earrings.

To see more of Dorothea's Closet Vintage clothing, check out the 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 Thursday, July 14, 2016

by mary July 14, 2016

I see that I haven't posted anything for almost a month.  It's been an off summer for us, as our little beagle, Belle, has been down at the Veterinary Health Services at the University of Missouri-Columbia getting radiation treatment for a tumor on her left front paw.  She's been there since June 20, & will be there a few more days to finish her treatment.  In the interim, we've been visiting her weekends when we can & missing her terribly.  We also talk to the Health Center & to the student she is staying with to hear how she is doing.  That's pretty much dominated our attention.

Today, though, I volunteered at Calvin Community's birthday party for residents with birthdays in July, & wore one of my summer vintage outfits, so I thought I would do a "What I Wore On . . . " blog post.  So here goes . . .

On Thursday, July 14, I wore this really fun 1960s black & white gingham drop-waist dress that I found at an antique mall in Boise, Idaho last summer.

I also got the 60s daisy pin at the same antique mall, but different booth.  I love this dress, & remember wearing drop-waist dresses like these back in the 60s!  My hat & purse are also from the 60s & come from Dorothea's Closet Vintage.

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made.  I made the charm bracelet out of small vintage white dice, & added a Cracker Jack/gumball good luck charm & black beads to match the dots in the dice.

I made this asymmetrical pair of earrings with the same size white dice & black bead for one earring, & a black dice & white bead for the other.

I really like vintage dice, & thought the colors & shapes were a good complement for my 60s dress.

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

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June Fairgrounds Flea Market Finds

by mary June 22, 2016

Saturday June 18 was the monthly Fairgrounds Flea Market.  I haven't found much at the last few flea markets there, but this time, I felt like I hit the jackpot!

The first thing I found were these old-cork filled pop bottle caps.

Here's an example of a necklace I made earlier this year from a bottle cap.

I'm thinking about trying to make a pair of earrings with a couple of the bottle caps, since I have pairs now that match.

I also picked up a nice piece of chain & 2 Cracker Jack/gumball celluloid cat charms.

I was especially pleased to find the cat charms, as cat charms are very hard to find -- much harder than dog charms for some reason.

The "piece de resistance", though, was this amazing piece (actually 4 large pieces) of barkcloth!

I absolutely love the flower pattern on this barkcloth & plan to use this to cover my tables at the next jewelry show I do -- at the Waukee Art Festival in July.

I was especially pleased with what I found since we weren't able to go to the Walnut Antique Show the day before. 

That's all for today -- thanks for reading, & to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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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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