Thursday, April 29, 2010

Vintage Jewelry Repairs

I looked at my grandmother's wedding ring yesterday. My grandparents were married in 1940, so this ring is really art deco! My grandmother gave me her jewelry box about a year before she died, and the ring was in there. She said that she quit wearing it because it caught on an oven door and it broke. I wasn't always interested in that style of jewelry, so only recently I have decided to try to fix the ring. But, it is quite badly damaged, and I don't want to do more harm. I also don't trust any local jewelers to do this.

Photos to come!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Coty's Airspun--Light and Soft Since 1935

If you would like to get that soft, ivory finish to your face that is so often seen on the glamorous stars of the silver screen, Coty's AIRSPUN Powder is one fabulous way to do it. (And it's particularly excellent if you're like me and you dislike the heavy feeling of liquid foundations.) Not to mention that it's pretty accurate for that style, in that it has been in production since 1935. And it has a nice smell, tenderly reminiscent of my grandmother.

This box I bought for $6.34, not bad considering that I have had it for two years, and there is still plenty of powder in it.

It goes on light and soft, you don't have to smear your face too much like you do with a lot of "cake" makeups. It comes in a few shades; I chose "translucent," which is rather pale but it is "translucent," so the color isn't too pronounced.

The box, when empty, is definitely worth keeping. My grandmother used to keep hers, and would use them to put bobby pins, bits of jewelry, and other miscellaneous in.I find it quite admirable that the box hasn't changed much after all these years!

Friday, April 9, 2010

1930s Night

1930s Night was a success! (Note: I have not posted any photos of my guests because I currently do not have their permission.)

I served Kix cereal as an appetizer...

Then I had a big bowl of it when everyone had left! It was still as good as I remember it.

I made vanilla sponge cake with strawberry cream cheese frosting. That seemed '30s-ish to me.
Front view of my dress. I bought a simple velvet gown with plunging v-neck at a second hand store for only $5. Velvets were big in the 1930s! And for this party....
I cut the back out of the dress! Since I'm not very good with sewing, I thought this was quite an achievement, but not many guests seemed impressed. Haha... Also, I wore a vintage faux diamond necklace of my grandmother's (probably from the '50s, but it looked the part), and iridescent dangle globe earrings.Shoes I wore. These were also second-hand.After eating delicious potato soup that my father had made from scratch, we played Clue. I also had Monopoly, which was a genuine '30s game, but there were also murder mystery type games then, which are now out of production. Everyone preferred to play Clue.