Saturday, April 23, 2011

Lovely Vintage!!!

We visited my grandparents last weekend for my grandfather's 96th birthday! They have been slowly giving things away since the reality is they will not be around much longer (my grandmother is turning 94 this summer).

She gave me 3 large jewelry boxes full of stuff that used to belong to my late great aunt. This is just a taste of some of the goodies in there! I love old brooches but rarely wear them because I do not want to intentionally put holes in my clothes.

There were more clip on earrings than anything else!!! These I do not wear since I feel like they look too big on me and I am petite! The variety here is amazing...again this is only a small percentage in the boxes.

Neat necklaces! I love the large heavy metal pendants which I may incorporate into one of a kind necklace designs.

I discovered many sets too!

These require some research. I am guessing the code of arms belongs to her name "Kydd" which is different from mine. The other symbols I have no clue about! Her high school class ring from 1932 in Somverville, MA was also in there. That I gave to my dad who has a place to display it.

These pieces I plan on keeping since they relate to my Scottish heritage. The bagpipes and spoon are sterling and I love the patina on these.

There were a bunch of beaded strands that were not that exciting. However I took them apart and cleaned the beads. These will make fun, one of a kind lanyards!

Also in there is a very old pin of Felix the Cat. This is stamped although I can not quite make it out! My guess is it is from the 1930s, back when he was creepy looking. Likely the most valuable piece in there!

I have been wanting to make Autism awareness lanyards for a while now and have finally created one! The colored beads accent the puzzle pieces. I love how it came out!

Thank you for reading! Until next week. ~Val

20 comments:

  1. Great little treasures you were given! I like the pretty flower bracelet on the third pictur

    ...Now Miss Val no one can be more petite that me (well I used to call myself petite... after I gained weight I just call myself short!!) I am 5'1" How tall are you? Just by looking at your face I imagine you as a tall gal!

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  2. These are really beautiful. The brooches are like little art pieces. I could see them pinned in the middle of black velvet and framed. Your new lanyard turned out great! And I am the opposite of petite - lol! xo Pam

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  3. Love vintage jewelry...it is so interesting and unique. Sweet lanyard too! What about the jewelry boxes?...vintage too?

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  4. what an amazing lovely collection - how wonderful!

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  5. What a lovely collection..it must have been nice to sit and sift through it all!!

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  6. Val , I am drooling over these goodies, are they so gorgeous or what!! What fun! I keep a whole box full for using in my creations, and always keep a lookout for more. Not counting the hand down treasures from my family in my jewelry box!

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  7. Miss Val I lie at the DMV I say I'm 5'2" lol! Have a great day! I know pictures can be deceiving I'm much prettier in person!! lol louder!

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  8. WOW good score!!
    And the autism lanyard is amazing, thank you for thinking of this great cause :)

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  9. Wow!!

    There are so beautiful all these things!!

    Kisses,

    Irina

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  10. HI Val, wow, great vintage jewelry that you received from your grand parents. I know you said you took the beads apart to use them...do you think you will create something special with some of the other vintage pieces?? They are awesome.

    Ruth

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  11. You REALLY lucked out -- I never find these kinds of goodies when I'm looking at vintage jewelry!

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  12. This is a wonderful treasure! Lucky you! The necklaces and the earrings are amazing :)

    thank you for visiting my blog!

    Mary

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  13. Those are amazing treasures!!! I can't wait to see what you make with some of them. The Felix pin is a little creepy, though, I agree. XD I love those rose pieces, they're really gorgeous. Nice lanyard you made, too. Those colorful beads go perfect with the colored puzzle pieces in the ribbon charm. :) You have a great eye for that!

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  14. Ohh my god! This are real treasures. Even more because they are from your grandma!

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  15. Lucky you, lots of interesting pieces!

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  16. Love the photos of your treasures - especially Felix. Must have been great fun sorting through the things.

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  17. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. :) ~Val

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Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val