What I Wore on Friday, November 27, 2015

by mary November 27, 2015

On Friday, November 27 -- Black Friday -- I wore this fabulous black dress from the 1920's & hat from the 1980s that I picked up at Dorothea's Closet Vintage!

One of the things I especially love about this dress is the amazing soutache around the necklace, down the front, & across the hipline.  (Soutache is narrow decorative braid used to trim clothing.  From what I could find online, it was used at least back into the 1800s.)  I also love the drape & cut of the hemline in the front!

With my outfit, I wore 3 pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry.  I made this necklace out of vintage rosary chain, crystal beads from a broken necklace, & part of a broken earring.

I especially like the art nouveau feel of the unusual rosary connector!

I also wore this steampunk style charm bracelet I made.

Finally, I wore this pair of earrings I made from an old tintype, crystal beads, & rhinestone key & heart charms!

I like the way the asymmetrical earrings connect & communicate with each other.

To see more 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.

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What I Wore on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

by mary November 4, 2015

On Tuesday, November 3, I wore this super soft 1950s cashmere sweater by California Girl that I got through one of the Facebook vintage groups I belong to, a vintage sheer black jacket I got from Dorothea's Closet Vintage, & a fun black hat I got in Cedarburg, Wisconsin earlier this summer (from the owner of a bed & breakfast a friend & I stayed at).  And, I carried this super fun 60s black patent leather purse with amazing atomic print on it that a friend custom painted!  I think the purse really makes the outfit!

I tried to learn more about California Girl sweaters online, but couldn't really find much other than a few other sweaters on Etsy. 

With my outfit, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I've made that complemented the colors in my atomic purse -- including this fun "A Woman Can't Have Too Many Shoes" charm bracelet.

Most of the shoe charms are vintage Cracker Jack or gumball charms dating from the 1920's through 1960s.

I also wore this pair of copper puzzle earrings that I made recently.

To get the texture on the earrings, I ran lace through the rolling mill with the copper; I also used liver of sulfer to get the patination.  The beads on the earrings are turquoise gemstones.

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

Thanks for reading & have a great day!

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What I Wore on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

by mary October 29, 2015

In honor of it being Halloween week, I wore this really fun 1920s Halloween party costume/dress that I got at Dorothea's Closet Vintage a couple of years ago.

This is one of 4 Halloween outfits/costumes I have from the 1920s.  I picked up this other dress just this last spring on one of the Facebook vintage groups I belong to. 

One of the things I found really interesting is how similar the material is on both dresses in both texture & colors.

Here's a picture of one of the costumes, a clown . . .

I got it from a woman that has a little shop in this funky antique mall in Valley Junction.  She knew I collected vintage Halloween & set it back for me.  Interestingly, the material seems very similar to the 2 dresses I have.  The costume seems to be a child's medium to large size.

My final costume from the 20s is a devil . . .

I got this costume at an antique show.  It appears to be an adult size.

But back to what I wore . . . with my 20's Halloween party dress/costume, I wore 4 pieces of Halloween jewelry I've made, including this necklace . . .

The charms are celluloid; I picked them up at the September Fairgrounds Flea Market.  I also wore this charm bracelet I made with vintage Cracker Jack/gumball charms, including a rat, bat, witch & cat!

And, I wore this pair of earrings with Cracker Jack/gumball skull charms . . .

And, finally, I wore this skull ring I made in a lost wax casting class last year at the Des Moines Art Center.

He was a lot of work to carve, & then to clean up after the casting, but I've grown really fond of him!

Well, that's it for today's post . . . To see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.  Thanks!

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What I Wore on Friday, October 23, 2015

by mary October 23, 2015

Today's vintage outfit is this really fun 1960s/1970s hippie dress with bright embroidery on the sleeves & down the front.

I love the bright colors on this dress & the butterfly wing sleeves.  The maxi dress traces its history to Oscar de la Renta creation in 1968.  By the 1970s, it was a "must-have" fashion item; however, by the end of the 70s it was no longer popular.  I picked up this dress recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage.  It reminds me very much of dresses I wore in the 1970s!

With my maxi, I wore 3 pieces of jewelry I've made, including this necklace that I made out of old catalin game pieces I got at a garage sale & red plastic beads.

I also wore this brightly colored bracelet that I made out of old bakelite (?) game pieces I found at an antique mall here in Des Moines.

And, finally, I wore this pair of earrings I made with vintage buttons.

It pretty much rained all day today, so it was nice to be wearing a brightly colored dress & jewelry to offset how gloomy it was outside!

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!

 

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What I Wore on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

by mary October 18, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14, I wore this fun 1940s dress that I picked up at Dorothea's Closet earlier this spring!

It's made by Hattie Leeds.  I tried to find out more about brand, but when I googled it, all I got were other Hattie Leeds dresses on Etsy.

With the dress, I wore 2 pieces of jewelry I'd made earlier this year, including this necklace.

I made the necklace out of vintage wood beads from a broken bracelet that I picked up at an antique mall just outside Manitowoc, Wisconsin this summer.

I also wore this pair of earrings.

I made these from vintage tin lithograph from an old tray.  I cut out the discs & then domed them.

To see more 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.

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What I Wore on Saturday, Octobr 3, 2015

by mary October 3, 2015

On Saturday, October 3, I wore this fabulous 1950s rayon jacket by Jean Lang that I picked up recently at Dorothea's Closet Vintage, a 1940s raffia hat I got at an Inn in Cedarburg earlier this summer, & a 1960s black patent leather purse by Garay that I got some time ago at Dorothea's Closet Vintage. 

The jacket has good sized shoulder pads, a peplum (which I love), & big bows with rhinestones on both sides of the collar!  I believe it once had a matching skirt, as there is "2 pieces" is hand-written on the back label. I tried to find out more information about Jean Lang & Garay as designers, as I've heard of both before (in fact, I think I may have other Garay purses), but couldn't find anything on the internet about them other than other fashion items on Pinterest or for sale on Etsy.

With my vintage outfit, I wore 2 pieces of my jewelry. 

I used a broken rhinestone fur clip for the pendant for this necklace.  For the chain, I used crystal beads, rhinestone rondelles, & chain from a couple of broken necklaces.  I chose this necklace to complement the rhinestones on the jacket.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made from black crystal beads & silver pieces from a broken necklace.  I chose these earrings to complement the black jacket & the silver in the necklace.

The jacket was perfect for this fall day with temps in the 60s.  I love the big brim of the hat, although I had to hang onto it at times with our windy Iowa weather!

To see more 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.

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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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Treasrue Hunting In Boise, Idaho

by mary August 30, 2015

A week or so ago, I spent 4 1/2 days in Boise, Idaho with my mother-in-law (MIL) visiting her 90-year old sister & niece.  While there, we did some power-shopping, including checking out an antique mall & a vintage clothing store.

I picked up a fun 60's drop-waist dress & 3 tops from the 40s & 50s, plus these fun pieces for jewelry-making -- including an old hotel key fob, 2 cow tags (the numbers 6 & 181), & several broken bakelite pieces.

So far, I've made a necklace from the hotel key fob & an old key I had . . .

and another necklace out of one of the cow tags & some bakelite game chips I'd found awhile ago at an antique mall here in Des Moines . . .

and I've got a design going for the green bakelite piece on the right!

I also picked up some vintage jewelry from a friend of my MIL, who was cleaning out the estate of a family member . . .

Yesterday, I made a necklace from the hand-painted glass cameo in the upper right (it's "c-clasp" was broken). I wire-wrapped the cameo with copper & sterling silver, & added vintage chain, chalcedony & amethyst beads.

I'm really intrigued by the paper-clip pin in the lower right & eager to try designing something out of it as well.

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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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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