Vintage Sparkle

I’m a big fan of vintage, especially when it comes to jewellery. Its my opinion that vintage and retro jewellery, whether costume or that made from precious metals, was made to a much higher standard then that of today.

I’ve been putting my love of all things vintage to good use. I’ve set up stalls at Battersea, pimlico, and other various locations within london and Kent and I’ve been selling everything from funky retro clothing to 1920’s rhinestone bracelets.

Whether its at craft festivals, vintage fairs or good old bootsales, I’ve discovered that I’m actually rather good at selling this stuff, which has to be down to my fine eye for vintage flare. When it comes to jewellery, I’m a natural! I’ve always been a bit of a magpie and this is of great benefit when your choosing pieces specifically to sell. I won’t lie, its required me to engage in a good bit of research… Yes, I now have a load of names of both jewellery designers and manufacturers who’s pieces are worth buying, stuck in the fore front of my mind but its great fun all the same.

Here’s some images of some of the pieces I’ve brought over the past few months.

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The above is just some of what I’ve had on the stall. Brooches are probably my favourite thing to buy and sell! There really are some fantastic designs out there in need of discovering. It seems crazy how two brooches of the same age can vary so much in value purely due to its design, I’ve even had costume pieces valued to be worth more than silver pieces. But brooches and jewellery in general aren’t just something for the stall! I’ve also got a fabulous personal collection of my own. I love silver, especially old vintage silver! Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of gold and own a nice collection of gold jewellery, but my silver collection is much greater. Below is a new early 1950s silver and marcasite necklace that I got this week along with another necklace and earrings I brought from eBay.

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The following images were taken today. These are some of my newest pieces of vintage costume jewellery that I’ve acquired for the stall . This was all delivered today having been sent from France and I’m totally in love with the rainbow crystal necklace with Art Deco clasp that was purchased in Italy some 47 years ago. I’m also smitten with the single pearl necklace with Rhinestone clasp and stunning M&S Rhinestone necklace with matching bracelet… Stunning.

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I’m currently in the process of creating a page specifically designed to showcase some of the latest items I’ve uncovered and plan on selling. Of course, everybody is free to check it out.

Thanks for reading… Clairelouise.x

Kids Halloween Crafts – Making Treat Bags

This is the perfect activity to get kids in the mood for Halloween.

These treat or even party bags are extremely simply to make. Kids can follow the step by step guide below or use the ideas to create their own designs.

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Step 1: For this particular treat bag you will need to work with a black paper bag. Take your bag and lay it flat on some newspaper.

Step 2: Take some orange foam or card (we used sparkly card) and cut out 3 pumpkin shapes.

Step 3: Take some white foam or card (we used sparkly white card). Cut out the shape of a couple of ghost (you can draw this with a pencil first). You will also need to cut out the shape of a grave stone and a circle for the moon.

Step 4: Arrange your shapes to create a scene like that of the one above. Only when you are happy with it use glue dots to stick it in place.

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Step 5: take some large googly eyes and stick them in place on your middle size pumpkin.

Step 6: With a permanent black marker start adding some detail to your ghost and add a cross to your headstone.

Step 7: Use the black marker to add the eyes to your remaining 2 pumpkins, not forgetting to give them all a mouth each.

Step 8: Cut some cloud shapes from a piece of white foam. Stick these to your bag so that they slightly overlap and cover the bottom of your moon. Use sticky tabs as to create a slightly 3D effect.

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Step 9: Use the black maker to add detail to your foam clouds like the flying bats we’ve added to ours.

Step 10: Take some black sparkly gem boarder and cut into two strips.

Step 11: Add one of the boarder strips along the top of your treat bag and the other along the bottom.

Then your done… Just fill with treats for trick or treaters.

The very cool thing about this treat bag is the wiggly eyes! They look very spooky as they jiggly about in all directions.

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We have lots more kids crafty Halloween projects on the way. These include Halloween bookmarks for party bags, candy buckets and spooky masks. So, Make sure you check back soon.