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Ode to Etsy & Grandma Janice.

7 Oct

 

There are certain things you remember from your childhood. Smells, songs, landmarks, old stories; they all serve as reminders of the simplest of times. One of my earliest fashion memories, is of  my Grandmother Janice’s long silver engraved locket. My Grandmother is 100% Swedish and the necklace was a gift from her parents when she was young.

My Great-Grandfather Henning and Great-Grandmother Elsie were both from Småland, which is a province in Southern Sweden. They didn’t meet however until both families had migrated across the Atlantic, worked their way through Ellis Island and set up their homesteads in Providence, Rhode Island. (What a story that is but I will save it for a different post.)

 

 

Anyway, the locket seemed magical when I was young. To me, it represented our lineage, it held secrets from a distant time, it potentially had been passed down from generation to generation. Likely it was my youthful imagination that gave the locket it’s lore but nonetheless it is something I won’t ever forget. When my Grandmother wears it now, as she did on my wedding day in June, it reminds me of my childhood. It brings me back and makes me happy.

I sifted through the vintage wares on Etsy and found some beautiful antique lockets and pendant necklaces. They are absolute STEALS!! (almost all of them) Click on the photos to view all the details.

 

Luella says… Find a Keepsake. 

Vintage Valentine Locket

 

Vintage Givenchy

 

Bird and a Book Locket

 

Emerald & Gold Bird Pendant

 

Antique Gold Black Bow Locket

 

Antique Gypsy Wood Beads

Aqua Locket

 

60's Mod Pendant

 

Antique Black Mourning Locket

 

Silver Multi-Strand with Pendant

 

Antique Peacock Locket

 

Yellow Magnolia Pendant

 

Blue Bird and Copper Locket

 

Antique Georgian Era Necklace

 

Vintage Lace and Copper Locket

 

Antique Rose Gold Pocket Watch Necklace

 

Brass Bird Locket

 

Carved Art Deco Pendant Necklace

 

Copper Key and Locket

 

Start creating a legacy, one piece of jewelry at a time. The best thing about vintage and antique finds is wondering all the places they have been. Now they can become a part of your story.

 

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I Do, in June.

22 Sep

  

J’aime vintage. I got married in June, to a man named Ralph, in my favorite place in the world, my parent’s backyard in Brookfield, Wisconsin. I am now a wife and I have a husband. Crazy but true. I can’t say I spent my childhood dreaming of my wedding day, it was more that I was dreaming of who I would be married to.

Even still, when it was my turn to be a bride, I wanted to plan it like an intimate dinner party. I love vintage as aforementioned and thus was born my theme. Mismatched china, a sideboard to hold our cake, handmade table numbers made of vintage French apothecary and soap labels, ball jars, green depression glass and cream hobnail vases, Lisianthus, Gardenias, Peonies, Green Hydrangeas and Ranunculus flowers, tuxes and candles; essentially “splendor in the grass.”  To accomplish this, let’s just say a lot of DIY, Etsy and imagination.

I knew some things were beyond my control and I left those to come as they may. At the end, it was an evening filled with lovely memories I will keep with me always. It was perfect. Wonderful friends, family, decadent food, drinks, dancing and laughter.  We are blessed. I know I relied on others inspirations to create my own so enjoy! 

(photos by Krystal Muellenberg and Studio Noveau

   

   

   

  

“Let’s turn to the West, Let’s turn up the music, Let’s hope it’s always as good as this” – Chris Pureka

(Venue: Shully’s Garden Tent, Cake: Sweetness by Alice, Flowers: Esther)

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