Thursday, June 12, 2014

Creative Ideas for Wearing Vintage Brooches

Here is my long list of creative uses/ideas for vintage brooches. If you have additional ideas post them below in the comments!

1. On a scarf
2. At your waist, on a belt
3. On the lapel
4. At the throat of a high necked blouse
5. Turn brooches into hair clips
6. Create a choker with a brooch.
7. Wear in the center of a strapless gown's bodice.
8. Pin to a jacket without buttons.
9. Turn a handful of beautiful brooches into a bridal bouquet.
10. Attach a curtain.
11. Place on top of a napkin at a place setting.
12. Have them framed.
13. Top special gifts with a bow and a brooch.

If you are looking for vintage brooches-

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Everything Old is New Again Vintage Sweater Clips

If you have ever watched an episode of Glee, you know that sweater guard clips are not just for Grandma anymore. Guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury played by Jayma Mays can be seen wearing sweater clips on her colorful sweaters.

What are sweater guard clips?

They are essentially clips that hold light weight sweaters in place when worn loosely around the shoulders. The peak of their popularity was the 1950's. They come in many different styles, materials, lengths and designs. You can also wear them on a blouse as decoration or for securing a scarf.

Here is a link to a set in my shop to give you an idea:

I've had great success selling sweater clips in my shop. They are one of those items that are both fun and functional.
Many people are crafting new sweater clips. There are many tutorials on line for how to do this. You can use new or broken bits of jewelry. If you are looking to buy a set, Etsy really is the best place to do that. Sweater clips are a small investment that can perk up any outfit.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Everything Old is New Again....

Check out my latest blog post about vintage.  Some good basic information.  It is on the Buffalo Etsy Team blog this week!!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

7 Super Facts You Didn't Know About Costume Jewelry

1.  Opals were Queen Victoria's favorite stones.  She gave them as wedding gifts to her daughters. 

2.  Ancient man wore garnet for protection against being struck by lightening.  

3.  Pearls were the most popular necklace in the 1920s. 

4.  Screwback earrings date from 1909.

5.  Chatelaines- a central piece that was hooked or pinned at the waist.  Attached were chaines with swivel attachment for hanging a variety of household necessities such as scissors, needles, thread, knife, coin purse, pencil, scent bottle, etc.  

6.  The snake motif, believed to be a symbol of eternal love was used throughout the Victorian period. 

7.  Gutta-Percha- made from the sap of a Malayan tree used to make lockets, brooches, bracelets and walking cane heads. 

Here is a cute pair of screwback earrings!

Bell, Jeanenne. Answers to Questions about Old Jewelry, 1840-1950. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 1999. Print.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Very Vintage Valentines

Interesting Facts About the History of Valentine's Day
1.  Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the middle ages.
2.  Americans began exchanging hand-made Valentines in the early 1700s.
3.  Valentine's Day is mentioned by Ophelia in Hamlet.
Suggested Classic Movies for Valentine's Day:
Roman Holiday
Shakespeare in Love
The Notebook
Pride and Prejudice
Letters to Juliet

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Wisdom of I Love Lucy
1.  If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!
Lucy never gives up trying to get into show business.
Season 3 Episode 11: Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined
2.  Arguing is a normal part of marriage.
Lucy and Ricky argue often over show business, money, etc. At the end of the day they always kiss and make up.
Season 2 Episode 2: Lucy Changes Her Mind
3.  Looking your best and keeping up with the latest style is important.
Lucy always looks fabulous.  Beautiful hair, fashionable dresses and tasteful accessories.
Season 4 Episode 20: The Fashion Show
4.  A true friend will bail you out every time.
There is no truer friendship than that of Lucy and Ethel.  They are partners in crime.
Season 5 Episode 1: Lucy Visits Grauman's
5.  Think outside the box.
If there is a will there is a way.  Lucy thinks creatively when planning all her schemes.
Season 4 Episode 8: Lucy's Mother In Law
Do you want some Lucy style?  Here are some accessories to bring some Lucy like fashion into your life. For 10% off use coupon code PECOLLECTIBLES10.