What I Wore on Wednesday - July 1, 2015

by mary July 1, 2015

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit, in honor of July 4 this Saturday, is this really fun vintage red,white & blue dress -- I especially love the blue & white gingham "apron" & the bright red buttons!

Gingham was originally imported into Europe from Malaysia by the Dutch.  Initially it was a striped fabric, but by the mid 18th century it was characterized by it's checkered pattern.  A number of movie stars have appeared in gingham, including Katherine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story", Bridgette Bardot at her wedding to Jacques Charrier, Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells) in "Gilligan's Island", & Jane Fonda in "Cat Ballou".  Most famous probably was Judy Garland in "Wizard of Oz". 

With my red, white & blue dress, I wore 3 pieces of my jewelry that feature bright red to go with the dress's buttons & belt!

First, I wore this necklace made from a vintage pin, red beads, & vintage chain.

I also wore a charm bracelet I made recently, featuring patriotic charms (statue of liberty, capital, eagle, liberty bell, & Uncle Sam), & red, white & blue beads.

And, finally, I wore a pair of earrings I made with vintage red & brass beads, brass rings, & red & brass parts of a pair of vintage broken cufflinks.

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 and for supporting small businesses!

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What I Wore on Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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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What I Wore on Sunday, June 21, 2015

by mary June 21, 2015

On Sunday, I wore this fabulous dress that I found yesterday at a garage sale while Steve & I were out walking with Belle!

This dress is from the 1930s.  1930s fashion featured defined waistlines (in contrast to the 1920s), butterfly sleeves like those in this dress, and were generally calf-length in the daytime.  Floral patterns like the one in this dress were very popular.

I didn't buy the dress at first because it's a bit big for me, but thankfully, Steve talked me into going back for it after we got home from our walk & it was still there!

With my new dress, I wore one of my newest charm bracelets.

The charms on this bracelet are Cracker Jack/gumball charms & are focused on the theme of Big Band music, including a Glenn Miller album & musical instruments that were common in Big Bands.

I also wore one of the pairs of earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage lithograph tin discs that I domed with a dapping block. 

I'm in love with my new 1930s dress -- I'm sure it's going to become one of my favorites!

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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6th Annual Garden Art Show & Sale - June 7, 2015

by mary June 9, 2015

On Sunday, I set up at Ken Keiran's 6th Annual Garden Art Show & Sale.

Ken is my husband's cousin & the owner of WhirlyThings.  He makes whirlygigs out of bicycle wheels & vintage glass cups, jello molds, hubcaps & more.  He also makes "barn birds" out of old barn wood & lithograh tin.  He has a huge back yard, & invites family members & friends who are also artists to set up for the afternoon as well. Ken & Marta also serve refreshments.

This year, the show included 3 of us that made jewelry (all very different styles), a friend who makes glass beads, a woman who makes mosaic pieces for the yard, a couple that make wood benches, a guy who makes copper geodesic domes for the yard (varying in size from a foot diameter to 6 feet diameter!), & a photographer.  A new addition this year was a friend who played guitar & sang throughout the afternoon!

It rained during the night, so we were all initially worried a bit about the weather, but it was great -- pretty warm, but with a slight breeze that made it quite pleasant.

There was a nice crowd & it turned out to be a totally lovely day -- I really enjoyed visiting with everyone that stopped by -- had a chance to catch up with people I used to work with, talk with some of the "regulars" that come every year, visit with some of the other artists, & meet new friends.  Plus sold some of my jewelry, including several of the new pieces I had made just for the show, like this wire-wrapped moss agate necklace & this pair of earrings made from some of Ken's vintage lithograph tin scraps!  (Pardon the quality of the pictures -- I was in a hurry to get things photographed before the show.)

A great day!

And now it's back to making more jewelry for ArtFest Midwest on June 27 & 28!

 

 

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What I Wore on Friday, June 5, 2015

by mary June 5, 2015

On Friday, I wore this really fun 1960's midi/maxi that I got earlier this spring from Dorothea's Closet Vintage!

I love the print & I especially love the butterfly wing or hanging sleeves!

With my midi/maxi, I wore 3 of my newer pieces of jewelry . . . I made this necklace out of a vintage lucite "cabichon", copper, & lucite beads.

I made the matching pair of earrings from 2 more of the lucite cabichons. 

For both pieces, I soldered the bezels for the lucite cabs, & hammered & patinated the copper with liver of sulfer.

I also wore this charm bracelet I made recently.

I used vintage metallic Cracker Jack/gumball charms of various types of dogs & a fire hydrant, plus an old dog license from Cedar Rapids for this bracelet.

I'll have the doggie charm bracelet at Sunday's Annual Garden Art Show & Sale here in Beaverdale; & the necklace & earrings at ArtFest Midwest here in Des Moines on June 27 & 28.

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.

Until next time . . .

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What I Wore on Sunday, May 31, 2015

by mary June 2, 2015

On Sunday, my husband Steve & I went to see the musical "The Addams Family" at the Des Moines Playhouse.  For the play, I wore this lovely vintage silk oriental jacket with frog fasteners that I got via the Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell Facebook group several months ago.

The silk really shimmers in the camera flash!  Frog closures, like those on this blouse/jacket, originated in China, & were introduced to the west in the early 19th century through the military.  Frog closures are designed to add ornamental design to a garment, in addition to serving as a way to close it.

With my silk blouse/jacket, I wore a necklace & pair of earrings I made recently using vintage confetti lucite pieces.

For the necklace, I wore-wrapped the lucite pendant with round copper wire.  I used copper chain & added mother-of-pearl beads to complement the confetti pattern in the lucite.

For the earrings, I used similarly patterned confetti lucite pieces & wire-wrapped them with square copper wire.

I love the look of confetti lucite & thought it complemented the oriental jacket nicely!

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

Until next time . . .

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What Wore on Thursday - May 21, 2015

by mary May 22, 2015

The third Thursday of the month is bookclub, & for that I wore this super fun 1950/1960s bowling shirt.

Here's a pic of the back of the shirt . . .

According to the Bowling League website, bowling shirts have been around as long as bowling, & were originally designed to resemble Hawaiian shirts, with the same boxy structure & top-to-bottom buttons.  Like this shirt, bowling shirts often had the name of the bowler on the left side above the pocket.  This style was popular during the 50s & 60s, but over time became outdated & the style changed to polo shirts.

When I googled Golden Bowl - Spring Valley, I got an article about moonlight bowling there in 1989!  I also found a picture of the big sign out front on Flickr that looked like the place was no longer open.

With my bowling shirt, I wore this fun bowling charm bracelet that I made.

The bowling dice are from an old bar game, while the little bowling ball & pins charms are celluloid Cracker Jack/gumball charms from the 40s & 50s.

I also wore a pair of earrings I made out of old buttons.

Although I don't bowl anymore, I really enjoy wearing my bowling shirts & bowling charm bracelet!

To see more 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.

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

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What I Wore on Saturday - May 16

by mary May 17, 2015

On Saturday I helped my mother-in-law with her garage sale & wore this really fun vintage tropical-themed blouse -- another of my wonderful finds through the Facebook group Ooh La La Vintage!  Lately, I've become especially fond of tropical-themed tops & dresses!

The weather was great for the garage sale & we had lots of traffic, so it was a fun day!

With my outfit, I wore one of my newest "On the Road" charm bracelets.

I made this bracelet using Cracker Jack/gumball charms of US highway signs from several different states (including Pennsylvania, California, Massachusetts, etc.), a Mobil pegasus, a Mobil oil can, a stop-&-go light, & several cars.  I like the way the colors in the bracelet complement the colors in the blouse.

I also wore a pair of wire-wrapped earrings I made recently.

I made these with vintage wooden beads from 2 different broken necklaces & silver-tone beads from a 3rd necklace.  The wooden beads make these earrings really light to wear!

I'll have both the charm bracelet & the earrings at ArtFest Midwest out at the Iowa State Fairgrounds June 27 & 28. 

To see more vintage clothing, check out Dorothea's Closet Vintage -- either at the shop here in Des Moines or on 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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What I Wore on Friday - May 8

by mary May 8, 2015

Today's vintage outfit is a fabulous 1950's blouse with this amazing hibiscus print!

I found this blouse through a Facebook group I belong to -- Ooh La La Vintage Swap & Sell.  OLL focuses on "Bakelite, mid-century, 50s, Rockabilly, Pin-Up, Burlesque, Lucite, Tiki, 40s, Swing, Western" fashion.

With this fun blouse, I wore several pieces of my hand-crafted jewelry, including one of my newest charm bracelets.

The theme for this bracelet is Big Band music -- it includes record charms & musical instruments from the Big Band era (saxophone, trumpet, piano, etc.).

The other bracelet I wore is one I made in a Sculptural Jewelry class at the Des Moines Art Center this spring. 

The bracelet is an anaclastic form, meaning it's curved in opposite ways in 2 directions.  It's made out of copper sheet & nickel silver wire, & was really fun to form.

I also wore one of my newest pairs of earrings.

I made the earrings out of vintage plastic pieces from a broken necklace & agate gemstone beads.

Finally, I wore a necklace I made in an Open Studio class at the Des Moines Art Center several years ago.

The necklace is made out of sterling silver & a Colorado fire opal that I picked up at the Des Moines Lapidary Show.  I love the way the opal almost glows against the background!

If you're interested in seeing more great vintage clothing, check out the website for Dorothea's Closet Vintage at http://dorotheasclosetvintage.my shopify.  And to see more of my jewelry, go to http://paulinesjewelrybox.com.

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

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What I Wore on Thursday - April 30, 2015

by mary April 30, 2015

This week, I'm writing about What I Wore On Thursday, rather than what I wore on Wednesday. 

Today's Dorothea's Closet Vintage outfit is this really fun 1960's blue & white jersey dress & jacket from "Shelton's Strollers".  The purse is also from the 1960's & has a built in mirror as well as a little change purse connected by a chain.

Jersey was first produced during medieval times on the Island of Jersey in the Channel Islands.  According to The Fashion Guild, jersey is the simplest knit fabric & can be made with any natural or manufactured fabric.

With my dress, I wore one of my bracelets & a pair of earrings I made recently.

I made the bracelet using white beads that came from broken vintage jewelry I'd picked up at flea markets & garage sales, etc.

I made the earrings out of old lithograph tin pieces that I cut from scraps that my husband's cousin, Ken Keiran, gave me.  Ken uses pieces of old lithograph tin to make wings for Barn Birds that he sells at craft fairs & farmers markets, etc.  The gemstone beads are sodalite.  I love the pattern on these little tin pieces!

That's it for this week!  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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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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