Saturday, December 20, 2014

Make Someone Happy

Today while at the movies they showed this Coca-Cola ad during the "pre-show entertainment. It made me weepy in it's sweetness.  Coca-Cola, you got it right!

Friday, December 19, 2014

1960s Coro Flower Rhinestone Earrings- Before & After Repurposing

Aren't these earrings cute?  They're vintage Coro screw back earrings, circa 1960s.
Vintage Coro floral gold and rhinestone screw back earrings
But to me, screw backs are very uncomfortable.  Every now and then I can tolerate the pain of a clip, but there's something about a screw back that just never feels right to me. Or probably anyone.

So of course, I decided to do a little repurposing.  I wanted to keep them simple, so I just added a clear crystal bead and pierced ear wires.
"during" my repurposing- cleaning, clipping, filing, wiring
Now they're still just as beautiful, and I think even a little more so, but they can be worn very comfortably.
Repurposed Coro Earrings- from screw packs, to pierced ear wires
 I haven't yet gotten around to listing them in the Resparkable Etsy Shop, but if you'd like them by Christmas, email me and I can ship them out immediately.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to Wear a Vintage Brooch or Pin

I collect lots of vintage brooches and pins, from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s.  Don't think that brooches are just something your granny puts on her coat, sweater or scarf when she's feeling fancy!  Although, those are all very stylish ways to add a little vintage charm to your day very simply.

But here are a few other ways you can wear a vintage brooch that perhaps you haven't thought of yet...

* on a hat
* on a purse
* on the cuff of your jeans
*on the collar of...anything!
*paired with other brooches, on any piece of clothing- the more the merrier!
*on a pillow
*on a headband
*on a belt
*on a dog collar

The possibilities are endless, really!

I have vintage pins available in the Resparkable Vintage Etsy shop... most of these (and a few others!) are listed, or will be soon.  If you see something you like, but don't see it in the shop, just let me know! All of them are for sale, whether they are listed here or there.
Vintage Coro large gold leaf with rhinestone brooch

Vintage Crystal Hearts and Flowers Pin

1940s Small Gold Pin with Red

1960s Enamel Ribbon Flower of White and Red

1960s Enamel flower- Bright red with green

1960s/1970s Damascene Daisy Pin

1940s/50s Rhinestone bow pin

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1950s Paisley Earrings- Before and After Repurposing

I found these 1950s screw back earrings and fell in love with them!
1950s Paisley Gold and Blue Screw Back Earrings
I love the paisley shape, the blue stone in the middle, and all the little sparkly rhinestones surrounding.  And although they showed a slight bit of wear, all the stones were in tact.  And for vintage earrings of this age (1950s era) they looked like they had been very well cared for.

The only problem was, they were screw backs that were just a little too painful to wear for very long.

Therefore, these earrings are exactly the type of vintage jewelry I get most excited about because they provide a great opportunity for repurposing!

I removed and filed down the screw backs, cleaned them up so they sparkled like new, and wire wrapped them with a rectangular blue mottled stone and attached them to pierced ear wires.

Still beautiful, still have the charm of vintage, but with a modern flair... and as a bonus, they're no longer painful to wear!
Repurposed 1950s Earrings
They will be listed in the Resparkable Vintage Etsy shop very soon!  But if you are interested, just shoot me an email and they can be yours.  :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

December Reads

The books I'm mentioning in this post just happen to be the books I'm reading this month (and maybe into the next month as well...), but they aren't necessarily books you'd associate with the month of December.  I don't mean to be misleading!

I just finished reading these two.
The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin and Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
I liked Glitter and Glue a lot.  It's the second memoir I've read by Kelly Corrigan.  Love her writing style, she's around my age, and I can relate to her books.  So her book was a sure bet for me. 

I loved The Storied Life of A.J.Fikry. I'd never read anything by Gabrielle Zevin, but now that I have, I'm going to have to check out some of her previous books.  This was a book lover's book for sure.  Read the summary here at Amazon and then buy the book.  It's magical!

These are next for me, and they were all ready for pick up from my library at the same time... I'm not sure I can read them all in the 3 weeks I have them for, but I will surely do my best!
YIPPEE!! A big batch of books! 
Is there another A.J. Fikry in this bunch?  I can only hope!  In case you can't see the titles/authors, here they are:
To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (I'm about 80 pages into this one.  So far I like it, but it's not my favorite.)
Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey (Really interesting premise.  Sounds like it's a mystery and our narrator will be someone with dementia who thinks her friend is missing.)
Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc (I somehow got this title while listening to something about the Serial podcast. So it could be amazing!)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (I've previously read Eleanor and Park, also by this author.  I have reasonably high hopes for this one.)
Bark by Lorrie Moore  (A collection of short stories I read about recently in the NYT.  The title grabbed me, but I don't usually read short stories.  But I might be about to discover something great!)
Life in Motion by Misty Copeland (I love memoirs, and this one is a story of an "unlikely ballerina".)
The Body Book by Cameron Diaz (I'm not super excited about this one, but I'll thumb thru it for sure.)

I love sharing titles of good books...  And I love it when people pass along ones they think are worth checking into!  So if you have something you think others might like, please leave it in the comment section!