Mother's Day Gift Ideas

by mary May 3, 2014

More ideas for Mother's Day gifts -- this time from Vintage 35, one of my favorite shops in Valley Junction, that aims to "rescue, repurpose, & relove" everything vintage!  Vintage 35 is located at 221 5th St., Valley Junction, West Des Moines.

Here are some things that caught my eye the other day when I was visiting the shop . . .

First were these hand drawn prints from Burlap Bungalow -- I especially like the colorful garden print -- perfect for this time of year!

Or what about these fun totes & messenger bags by Purple Pin Cushion -- made from vintage & scrap material.  Either would be perfect for taking to the Farmers Market or rummaging!

Or what about a fragrant body lotion or scrub made from natural ingredients by Adagio for mom to pamper herself with!

Something else that caught my eye were these prints by Red Door Press -- I was especially intriqued by the fact that they do these by hand using letterpress printing, a technique that generally hasn't been used in mainstream printing since early in the 20th century.  (These would also make great great graduation gifts!)

Tricia Hall, one of the shop's owners, also makes a line of fun & funky jewelry herself, recycling vintage treasures that she finds rummaging -- the shop has a great selection of her necklaces that should please just about any mother!

And then there are these fun stars made out of barn wood & recycled metal by Whirlythings -- one of these would look great inside the house or out in the garden!

And, finally, you might want to check out one of my hand-crafted charm bracelets made out of gemstones & recycled vintage jewelry, charms & found objects!

To learn more about what's going on at Vintage 35, go to or  To see more of my jewelry, go to

Thanks for reading & for supporting small business!



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More Mother's Day Gift Ideas

by mary April 29, 2014

Mother's Day is now just a little over a week away, so I thought I'd share more ideas for Mother's Day gifts -- this time from Beaverdale Books (2629 Beaver Ave., #1, Des Moines, IA), my favorite bookstore & one of Des Moines' only independent bookstores!  Alice has a great variety of books that would make a perfect gift for just about any mother, as well as a small selection of jewelry & other gifts . . .

One option that I thought looked interesting would be a journal -- 2 that caught my eye in particular were "Mom's One Line a Day Diary" for busy moms that don't have time to write a novel or even a short story about their day, or "Mom - A Mother's Journal" that includes prompts to make it easy to think about what to write.

Or, if you're looking for something for your little one to give his/her mother, there are several especially cute books to choose from, including "Mommy's Best Kisses", "The Best Mama in the World" & "Mommy Hugs".

Another fun option for the little ones is "Just Me & Mom", which is full of activities that they can do with Mom!

There's even something for those who are looking for a gift for a grandmother . . . "The Little Big Book for Grandmothers"!

Or, how about a cookbook for the mom that loves to cook, but doesn't have a lot of time -- "The Busy Mom's Cookbook"!

Two others that looked really interesting to me were "She: A Celebration of the Greatness of Every Woman" (short essays) & "Well-Read Women - Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines" (quotes).  Both include great illustrations & would be a great gift for any woman, whether she is a mother or not!

Or, if what your mother really likes to read is fiction, what about Amy Tan's "The Bonesetter's Daughter" or Kimberly McCreight's "Reconstructing Amelia".

And, finally, you might want to check out one of my hand-crafted necklaces or charm bracelets that the shop carries . . .

To learn more about what's going on at Beaverdale Books, go to or  To see more of my jewelry, go to

Thanks for reading & supporting small businesses, & have a Happy Mother's Day!


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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

by mary April 24, 2014

With Mothers Day just a little over 2 weeks away, I thought I would share ideas for Mothers Day gifts that are available from some of the shops that carry my jewelry.  Today's focus is on Dorothea's Closet Vintage Clothing.  The shop carries a full range of vintage clothing & accessories -- purses, scarves, hats, lingerie, shoes, etc..  Today I'm going to focus exclusively on some of my favorite jewelry -- both vintage & some of my own -- something just about any mother would enjoy!

The first piece is a fun red & white "polka-dot" necklace from the 1930s ($38) that I have been eyeing for several months now.  I think it would look perfect with a nice summer dress or a top & pair of shorts.  If no one buys it in the next month or so, it will probably go home with me!

The next piece is a really cool gold & green eggplant bakelite brooch with pave set rhinestones from the 1960s ($40) that would look great on just about any sweater or coat.  It has a hook so it can also be worn as a necklace.  I've always been fond of bakelite & think this is a really lovely statement piece.

The third piece is a pair of screw-back thermoset earrings from the 1960s ($27).  I just love the shade & shape of the blue thermoset pieces -- these would look great with a blue or white dress or blouse!

The final piece of vintage jewelry is a dress/fur clip from the 1940s with blue & clear glass cabochons ($28).  I think this piece would really look lovely on a coat collar or suit jacket!

I'll finish up with 2 pieces of my own jewelry that are available at the shop -- first, a necklace that features a vintage silver-tone woman's portrait for the pendant, as well as faux perals, black agate gemstone beads, rhinestones & other elements salvaged from broken jewelry ($35).

And, second, a gold-tone bracelet with vintage white charms ($30) that was inspired by the hundreds of pelicans my husband & I saw last spring at Water Works Park here in Des Moines.  This would look great with summer whites!

For more Mothers Day gift ideas, stop by Dorothea's Closet at 1733 Grand Ave. in Des Moines (open Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 pm), or check out the shop's website at or my website at

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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