Stunning One of A Kind Vintage Jewellery Pieces

I wanted to share with you my favourite vintage brooches and my dazzling one of a kind creation necklaces made from upcycling vintage brooches and vintage beads.

 

If you want something that you can be sure no one else has, then visit my etsy store where you will find a wonderful selection of vintage pieces just for you.

What makes vintage so unique for me is that it means quality, it means it was made with care and attention that mass produced cannot match.

For me it means history. Whatever the item it has been pre loved it has been pre cherished. It is a key to the past with every item having its own history and every vintage item particular the older pieces have a beautiful romanticism about them, quite often we won’t know the history of each item, but it is easy to be swept away to past times .

For me it means individualism. Most items are one offs or limited finds. There are so many different styles and beautiful flourishes to vintage items that our modern mass produced items just cannot come close.

I do hope you find something you like in my store and you will continue to love and cherish the item as someone else did before you.

 

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This necklace was made with a selection of vintage leaf brooches and secured on to a vintage chain.  You can purchase this item here in my etsy store.

 

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This stunning one of a kind necklace has been made from a broken vintage earring and attached to a vintage chain.  You can buy this item here.

 

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This handmade earrings are made from beads that came from a broken vintage crystal necklace!  I think they look beautiful – very sparkly too.  You can purchase them here.

 

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This stunning necklace again is made from a vintage chain and a vintage brooch.  I love repurposing broken vintage items in to wearable jewellery again!  You can buy it here.

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I just love this one of a kind vintage necklace.  It is made from quite a heavy chain with a repurposed brooch in the centre to make the piece dazzle!  You can purchase it here.

I hope you love these pieces as much as I do.  Please visit my etsy store for more one of a kind pieces or other vintage jewellery from the 1950s to the 1980s.

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A Vintage Idea: Using cloth napkins and giving paper towels the elbow!

I am forever researching vintage ways of life, vintage entertaining, vintage style  and other vintage inspiration.  It would be naive of me to think it was all wonderful in the past, but I do know that sometimes life was a lot less complicated and stressful.  So I got to thinking what small idea could I adopt that would be of benefit to me and my family.

While I was in my local charity shop recently I spotted some beautiful embroidered cloth napkins.  They were stunning so I decided to buy them.  It got me thinking about how much paper towels we as a family use.  If you are anything like me I use paper towels a lot from cleaning up food spills to shining the taps in the bathroom.  So to cut down our household budget but also in the name of being more eco-friendly I decided to try and go paperless in the kitchen.

When you think about it, it is a very vintage idea as families’ years ago didn’t have the option of having paper towels in their kitchen.  Of course as consumerism took over and convenience was the name of the game, disposable products because a mainstay of our everyday purchases.

So my little experiment has been working well.  I decided to purchase cloth napkins from a local charity shop costing me 20p each.  I purchased enough that would do four of us five times – leaving me time to put them in the washing machine ready again for use.  I also purchased a few table cloths and a few t-shirts which I cut up and have been using as cleaning cloths, for shining the taps in the bathroom and for making my vintage jewellery sparkle!

The most difficult part of the experiment was remembering to put the tea towels and napkins in a place where everyone knew where they would be but once I was in a routine it became second nature to do it.

I would encourage you to have a go, it will reduce your grocery shopping and you will be doing your bit for the environment.  I have put together some tips to help you:-

  • Visit your local charity shop and buy cheap cloth napkins, as most are vintage you will be able to buy some really stunning ones, purchase enough to do you to wash day.
  • Remember to put your items in easily accessible places and let your family know where to find them so they can join in.
  • Buy some cotton t-shirts at the charity shop for dusting and cleaning or better still if you have any at the bottom of a wardrobe gathering dust – use them!
  • If you don’t want to go full cold turkey – keep a spare roll of paper towels in the house but store them out of reach – just to be used in an emergency!

If I have inspired you to have a go at using cloth napkins let me know how you get on.  I have to say that new isn’t always better and if we can learn from times past then we need to embrace it with open arms.

Let me know how you get on.

 

Elf x

 

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A Very Vintage Beauty Product – Olay Review

Olay has been used by women everywhere since it came on to the market in 1952.  The Beauty Fluid was created by South African chemist Graham Wulff, inspired by his wife wanting a lighter brand of moisturiser to use during the day.

Olay has a new fan – me!

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I can remember my mum using it but of course it was called Oil of Ulay back then.  It was very much aimed at an older woman but also had a mother/daughter focus.  This name was used in the UK, Oil of Olaz in European Countries and Oil of Ulan in Australia. After the brand was purchased by Procter and Gamble in the mid-80s it reinvented itself in the nineties to become just Olay with an estimated 60 million women a year using the product.

I have been using the Olay Complete Care Day Fluid Moisturiser with Spf 15 for several months now.  Olay suggest it hydrates, nourishes and protects your skin.  It has an award winning  3 in 1 multi layered technology gives your skin everything it needs most during the day in a lightweight fluid texture formula:

1) The SolaSheerTM technology with broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection SPF15 gently protects the surface of your skin from daily incidental UV exposure,

2) Nourishing vitamins (B3, E and Pro V B5) pamper your skin and strengthen its natural moisture barrier,

3) The 24 hour moisture hydrates your skin 7 layers deep to let your inner glow come through.

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I have to agree that it does hydrate and nourish my skin. It is absolutely fantastic for protecting the skin against the harmful rays of the sun.  It has a beautiful smell without it being heavily perfumed; it brings me back to when I was young.

I have used it daily and can notice a difference in how soft my skin feels and looks, it also protects it from harmful UVA/UVB rays, it works perfectly under makeup and is lightweight.  At less than a fiver  you can’t go wrong.  It is an absolute pleasure to use.

If you use it already or would like to give it a go, let me know.  I would love to hear from you.

 

Elf x

 

 

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My Favourite Vintage Jewellery to add some Sparkle to Autumn

While it may not officially be autumn, there is certainly a nip in the air.  So when the weather starts to bite I start contemplating taking the jumpers out of storage but I also think of how I can switch things up a bit so go and check out my jewellery, well the jewellery that I have decided to keep for myself.

Are you like me?  I tend to get bored of the same old jumpers and cardigans but I never seem to tire of sparkly jewellery!

Here are some of my favourite pieces of vintage jewellery to tempt you.  They will certainly add some vintage glamour to your autumn outfits.

 

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This is a stunning one of a kind necklace is made from a vintage 1950s brooch. Re-purposing vintage brooches is just one way of reusing brooches if you don’t normally wear them.

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I just adore sparkle.  Period is 1950s and this is a stunning crystal style necklace with mother of pearl. Who wouldn’t love to wear this?  Sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle!

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Wow, wow and wow again!  Another sparkly number only in gold colour.   I absolutely adore this one and found it very hard to put it up for sale after re-purposing vintage beads to add a bit more colour to the necklace.

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Sometimes less is more.  From the 1950s this is a stunning mirrored bead necklace. It is absolutely lovely on.  How amazing does this look?  I constantly admire this piece so maybe it will make its way in to my collection instead of my Etsy shop!

 

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my favourite pieces of vintage jewellery.  These vintage pieces will certainly complete any outfit and let’s face it a girl can never have too much jewellery.

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Mixing modern and vintage fashion jewellery

There are times when friends hand me a large bag of costume jewellery that they never get round to wearing.  While the majority of my one off pieces are vintage, I wanted to try and incorporate the modern pieces to try out some new looks.

 

Another reason was to stop anymore waste going to landfill.  I guess that is one of the reasons why I love vintage – not only do the pieces have a past but they are being reused, again and again.  The ‘green factor’ is so important to me.

 

Below you will see how I have mixed what is an already stunning necklace with a pendant from the 1950’s.  The collar necklace is very trendy but adding the triangle pendant has added a bit more fun to it.

 

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The necklace below I feel has been a complete success.  Though a thoroughly modern piece, adding the 1950’s goddess pendant brings a sense of style and fun and the design is brought to a whole new level.

 

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I have to admit that I am extremely pleased with these new vintage / modern one of a kind pieces.  It is getting that little bit more difficult finding vintage items, most of my items are now one offs or very limited finds which is why if you see something you like, my advice is to purchase it now before it’s too late!

These lovely pieces can be purchased from my etsy store here.

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