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July, 2009

  1. Van Dell Bobbles

    July 28, 2009 by siera104

    This summer has been my Van Dell Summer. Last spring I bought this beautiful necklace from a local antique shop called Appleseed’s (it’s now only opened intermediately announced via Times-News). I took it home and seen a Van Dell label on the back.

    First Van Dell

    Van Dell is a costume jewelry company operating in the 1940’s usually used brilliant Austrian Crystals and relatively heavier gold plating on their jewelry; hence why they still look so good over these years. Van Dell’s jewelry usually contains furnishes, flowers and bows.

    Early this summer I searched Etsy for some Van Dell jewelry some pieces struck me, here they are. A green stone round necklace with signature Van Dell flourishes, with matching earrings.

    I really love the weight of the chain, from pinkdahlia22’s Etsy Shop http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=7173224 Finally Etsy seller Nonpareils http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5153010 provided me with simple yet classic Hematite earrings sand necklace set, I love to wear the set to work days when I where lots of black and white.

    I also purchased form Nonpareils, a triple bow and turquoise stone necklace, the gold plate has not stood the test of time but I like how the brassy tone accentuates the blue stones. When I was sorting through my great grandma Sally’s estate I found a worn box… with the Van Dell tag inside… containing a Van Dell pin, flourishes, flowers, and bows. What a find… I didn’t even know it was in my basement in a box of china! Here are some Van Dell pieces I fancied from recent Etsy search for this post. 


  2. Colorful Kitchen

    July 15, 2009 by siera104

    I found a colorful stripe queen size flat sheet at Elmer’s for $5.99. It has become the color pallet for my Kitchen

    I made curtains for the sink and the door

    Curtains for window and door

    Brandon donated the bookshelf to the kitchen; the finish was the same as the cabinets. The back of the shelf was some Masonite and not too pretty. So I bought some sample cans of paint the same color teal and green from the inspiration fabric.

    I save my old pretzel and biscotti containers for kitchen staples. I also made my own baking soda label and stuck it on a container for parmesan cheese. I really like my cute and bright kitchen now.

    I found these shaggy rugs in the same color skeme as the curtains at Gabes for a reasonable price, I made sure they were machine washable before I put them in my kitchen.

    Colorful Rugs