Friday, June 17, 2016

Granny's Closet- The Jewelry {& an announcement!}

My Granny rocked the accessories.  All my memories of her include a unique and varied set of bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and broaches.  After giving her hair a final shot of hair spray, she always made sure she had on her lovely matching jewelry before leaving the house.  While she did have several nice pieces, many that dated back to her parents and had great sentimental value, she also collected quite a wide variety of costume jewelry over the years.  As we have been cleaning out her home and sorting her belongings after she passed away last year, we have found box after box of jewelry.  

You've probably picked up on the fact that I love all things vintage.  Blame the nerdy historian in me, the conservative feminine styles, or the overall sentimentality, but I love using, wearing, and knowing the stories of old things.  I'm the keeper of my family photos and genealogy. I like making new things from old ones.  Last summer when we started the cleaning process at my Granny's, we found some great clothes that she had made and worn in previous decades.  This post from last summer has lots of pics of the dresses I found, repaired, and have worn from her closet:

So a couple of weeks ago, my mom, sister, and I sat down to sort, clean, and prep some of the costume jewelry for an auction later this year.  The family heirlooms are set aside, the sentimental pieces are saved, and we have taken some lovely things to wear and keep.  As we were sorting, I couldn't help but take some photos of my favorites.

Check out these lovely oranges and reds:

And the blues and greens:

Golds and silvers:

The flowers (!):

Blacks and whites:

And the cameos:

I hope that these lovely pieces find their way into hands that love and appreciate them the same way that she did.


Last summer I used the post about my Granny's clothes to kick of the Why Make Beautiful Things Series, which featured some lovely guest posts and a giveaway with seven beautiful items.  I'm excited to let you know... that I'm continuing the series this summer!  Next week, check back Monday through Thursday for four new guests posts about women making the world a more beautiful place.  And next Friday, I'm hosting a giveaway you won't want to miss!

In the meantime, go back and check out these gem posts from last summer's series.  I've been rereading and enjoying them all over again, and I hope you do too!

Why Make Beautiful Things 2015 Series
Why Make Beautiful Things- My original post with seven reasons why making beautiful things matters
Granny's Closet- pictures of me wearing some of my Granny's vintage dresses
Love is the Beauty of the Soul- Guest post from Emily on hospitality, beauty, and home through the lens of being a military wife
Simple Beauty in a Picture- Guest post from Steph about the importance of printing and displaying family photos
God Cares About Skillful Design- Guest post from Kayla about the importance of good & thoughtful design in our work
The Beautiful Giveaway 2015


  1. Hi, I had trouble posting my contest entry, My favorites are: 1)immaculate heart 2) fawnly print & 3) yellow apron

    Maria Luby