Showing posts with label vintage finds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vintage finds. Show all posts

Thursday, December 2, 2010


After weeks of cleaning, pricing, planning and prepping, it is finally here!  My first Jenny and Pearl Boutique.  If you are in the Southern California area, please pop in and see me.    Share this info with your friends and family!

I have so many beautiful things to show you - loads of beautiful items for everyone on your Christmas list, even one or two things that might catch your fancy!  The address and hours are listed at the top of the page.

 Cute Kitchen Collectibles

 Gorgeous Glassware

 Delectable Delights

 Chenille Bedspreads

 A Hankie Covered Christmas Tree!

 Unusual Antiques

 Beautiful Gift Items

 Vintage Purses

 too many things to list and of course...

one-of-a-kind Jenny and Pearl jewelry.

For my distant readers, don't despair, when the boutique madness has ended, I will get back to listing in my etsy stores and making more jewelry, so you can share in the fun!

Mention that you read my blog or are a friend of Jenny and Pearl on Facebook and get $5.00 off of any boutique purchase!  See you there!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A Banner Day!

Every now and then I get the itch to renovate.  It often strikes at very inopportune times and when it does - watch out!  My family knows that nothing is safe when I decide to start tossing things out or moving things around and they better get on board or get out of the way!

Next week I will show the before pics of my current decorating project and show you the progress along the way.

One of the easiest redos is replacing wall art.  For years I had a simple string on the wall in the kitchen with little clothespins attached.  It displayed a rotating collection of the children's artwork, snapshots, Valentines cards or whatever struck my fancy.  I took it down a while ago and replaced it with a large framed picture but I'm missing my little clothesline and I think I need to put it back again.

One of the latest trends in home decor is banners which is basically a redo of my little clothesline.  So, I have decided to show you a few cute items pulled from my shop that would make great banners and sweet additions to your home decor.  If you want to duplicate the banner look, I am happy to add a banner  kit, including vintage thumbtacks, twine and clothespins, to any purchase. 

So, take a peek and see if you can find something you like to spruce up your home sweet home!

I have always loved the look of vintage botanicals.  This is a collection of  Redoute botanical postcards.
 There are two different sets available, with eight in each set, perfect for a banner or for framing.  The best thing about these beautiful flowers is they never need watering!

I love typography and numbers (don't ask me why.)  These BINGO cards would look great marching across the border of a boys room.  These better sell fast (only $6, am I crazy?) or I will keep them myself!  There are other pieces of yellow ephemera plus some cute Raggedy Ann and Andy prints that would make cute banners in a child's room.  Think of the possibilities!

Banners are cute, but some things deserve a frame.  I recently discovered these adorable vintage children's prints.  This is one in a set of four.
They need a sweet frame to do them justice.  I know you have a Wal-Mart or Ikea in your neighborhood.  For less than $10 you can frame almost anything!  You can buy them individually, or buy the set.  They are from the 1960's and have a sweetness and innocence about them.

Whoa... this is bizarre!  I posted the picture above and thought, "why does that baby look so familiar?  Well, I was at a picnic on Friday and I took a photograph.  This was the photo that I took.

This is Maddison.  She is Cheryl and Josh's baby girl and, yes, she IS the cutest baby currently on the planet.  The resemblance to the baby in the picture from the 1960's is kind of spooky.  But Maddison is definitely cuter - and she is real - and she smells good - and has a very nice mommy and daddy.

She is mesmerizing me with her blue eyes and now I have nothing left to say.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Let's Make A Deal!

I have a great new contest!  It's actually an experiment - something I've been wanting to try.

I've been reading a lot about bartering lately, trading goods or services without involving cash.  There are loads of barter sites, some that charge a fee to join and others that are available at no cost.  Craigslist has a barter section and it is growing exponentially as  people find themselves strapped for cash and looking for new and creative ways to get the things they want or need.  I have used Swaptree to trade old books, games and DVD's for titles I want.  It works great!

Since I know that many of you (I'm including me) are 'strapped for cash', I am offering you a deal!

Tell me what you will give me, in exchange for something that tickles your fancy, floats your boat or rattles your cage in either of my etsy shops -  Jenny and Pearl (selling vintage items) and Jenny and Pearl Too (selling handmade jewelry).

I have plenty of things listed, big and small, and will be listing more over the next couple days, so you are sure to find something that you want for yourself or to give as a gift.

You can offer items you want to get rid of, things you have made or, if you live in Orange County, services you can provide.  Keep it family friendly and make it worth my while!

Follow these simple steps to participate

~ You must be a follower of this blog, OR a friend on my Facebook page OR have chosen one of my shops on etsy as a favorite.

~ Visit my etsy shops Jenny and Pearl (vintage) and Jenny and Pearl Too (jewelry)

~ Pick an item or items you would love to have!

~ Tell me what you will give in exchange in the comments section below.  Let me know how you are following Jenny and Pearl (I'm obsessed about being followed.  It's like my own private band of stalkers!)  Make sure I have some way of contacting you!

~ Contest ends Tuesday, August 3 at midnight PT.

I may accept all or one of the barters offered.  If everyone is trying to pawn off ugly acrylic neon sweaters from the 80's, I will have to politely decline.

Here are some tips.  If you barter the following, I can pretty well guarantee I will accept

  1. a trip to Tahiti (or Toledo, for that matter - I need a vacation!)
  2. a professional massage (emphasis on professional)
  3. a scholarship to Yale for my children (come on Sweet T, I'm counting on you!)
  4. the thighs I had when I was 25 (liposuction, anyone?)
I will not, repeat, will not accept trades involving the following
  1. your children (period)
  2. your husband (unless he's an electrician, handyman or carpet cleaner - if so, send him over!)
  3. Richard Simmon's exercise videos 
Make it fun and remember, coffee and baked goods are part of my love language!

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

    I'm not a collector.  I buy really cool stuff that I like and then resell it, with the thought that if I think it's wonderful, maybe somebody else will too.  That is my goal.  My husband is always telling the kids to nail their things down or "mom will sell them".  He's so not right!

    You know you're a collector if you need 'just one more' cabinet for your dolls or action figures, or you sent the kids to live with Grandma, so you could turn their room into an Elvis shrine, or you leap out of bed in the morning and race to the computer to see if you are the winning bidder of that amazing mid-century lamp on ebay.  You know who you are.  Remember the Beanie Baby craze?  Never did get that.

    On second thought, I do have certain things that 'catch my eye', 'float my boat' and just make me smile.  They are a little unusual, but I like quirky.  So here are a few of my favorite things.  I do not, I repeat do not collect them.

    ~ old sign letters - usually the letter R, but I have been know to nab the occasional S or K or L or A.
    ~ Chinese Checker boards -  I love the way the colors pop!  They're fun and nostalgic

    ~ picnic baskets - I have one or two (or five or six, who's counting?)  They are great for storing collections (not that I have any) or taking on a picnic!

     ~ marbles and buttons - The marbles are a natural extension of the Chinese Checkers and the buttons, I just don't know why

    Two other things that I have collec... I mean accumulated are old keys and vintage jewelry.  This brings me to this

     and this

    and this

    There's more where these came from.  They are in my new etsy shop Jenny and Pearl Too where I am selling my own one of a kind jewelry creations, incorporating vintage jewelry, old keys and other quirky elements.  There are no two pieces alike and they are all handmade by me!  I would love for you to visit my shop and tell your jewelry-loving friends.  Especially if they are jewelry collectors 'cause you know how obsessed collectors can be!

    Monday, July 5, 2010

    Monday Morning Surprises

    This morning, I woke up and made my way to the computer.  Bleary-eyed from sleep, I could barely see the keyboard let alone read the screen, so I went hunting for my glasses.  When I opened my purse and started digging around the bottomless pit, I found my sunglasses instead.  I continued digging and found another pair of sunglasses.  The third time in I pulled my hand out and lo and behold a third pair of sunglasses.  The strange part of this is, I only own one pair.

    I stood there laughing out loud (my family already think I'm crazy, so a little maniacal laughter won't hurt) when I realized, I had absconded with someone else's sunglasses the night before and not just one someone else, but two!  I'm a bit alarmed this morning as I am becoming aware of my kleptomaniac tendencies.  But, I am really not responsible for anything I do at a party, particularly one where I am fearing for my life as my husband and children fling flaming sticks through the air.

    So, if you recognize one of these pairs of sunglasses.  Give me a call.  They just might be yours!

    My second surprise this morning came when I finally found those darned glasses and made my way to the computer.  I opened my mailbox and made the most lovely discovery - way better than three pairs of sunglasses! 

    Celeste, the brains behind one of my favorite sites, has honored me today by featuring my little etsy shop in her blog Etsy it up!  Thank you, Celeste! 

    The cool part of this is, if you go to her site and follow the instructions, you may qualify to win a $20 gift certificate to my shop Jenny and Pearl.  While you're there, check out some of the other contests that are still open.  I'm hoping I might win a beautiful ceramic plate from Aedriel Originals, so please, leave that one alone!

    But, the fun doesn't end there.  You still have until midnight tonight to enter my Jenny and Pearl Mystery Contest, just click here or on the Win! link near the top of the page for the contest rules.

    Double up your chances to win!  I will be listing more ephemera, linens and other beautiful things all week, so check back often.

    See, not all the fun happens on the weekend.  TGIM - Thank God It's Monday!

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    Key To My Heart

    I love old keys.

    I don't know why, but I love the shape of them, the history behind them, their patina.  It is one of several things that I collect.  I had rationalized that they are small and don't take up much space so it's okay to hang on to them.  They fit quite nicely in my old 'Chock Full O' Nuts' coffee tin.

    One day I realized that my tin was 'chock full' and I really should do something with these, so I sat down and made myself a necklace, with a nice big skeleton key and a heart.  If there is one thing I like more than keys it would be vintage jewelry, so I incorporated an old heart from one piece and a big chunky chain from another and here are the results.  I made several more of these, gave them to friends, sold them in boutiques and then kind of forgot about them.

    Now, when I say I love vintage jewelry I'm not kidding.  I have old jewelry boxes stacked and drawers full of amazing things, some of them in mint condition and others just bits and pieces.  Again, I rationalized, they're so small and don't take up much space but... six jewelry boxes, ten wall hooks several tins and a plastic rolling cart later, I came to the conclusion.  "My name is Karen and I'm addicted to jewelry."  Rather than enroll in a 12-step program to cure my addiction, I was once again inspired to create.

    Looking through all these bits and pieces, I went beyond the keys to making more elaborate necklaces.  My darling family bought me all the equipment I would need to create amazing jewelry and I started with great gusto, sold a few pieces and then lost steam again.  I was suffering from chronic pain and handling all the fine work was just too difficult.

    So, why am I telling you all this?  I am going to start selling my jewelry again.  Starting with the necklaces I have already created, I will be offering them for sale, beginning next week.  I have to fine-tune a few things here and there, take pictures and get them posted, but here is a sneak peek at some of my creations.

    I can't wait until my 'babies' are ready and 'on the shelf'.

    Stay posted and I will let you know when my collection is launched.
    So put away your pennies and get ready to shop!

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    Solve the Mystery and Win!

    This week's contest idea came from this.

    I recently placed this item for sale in my etsy shop.  The problem is, I don't know what on earth it is.  My husband figured it was a burger press, since it is very heavy, but when I looked online at other burger presses, they looked nothing like this.  My friend Carol, who bought and sold antiques and 'treasures' (we don't call these things junk) for years, contacted me after seeing it in my shop.  I would expect her to know what it is but she had no idea.  So we remain stumped.

    Lately, I have acquired several unusual and mysterious kitchen items like this one.  They all came in a large lot from the same estate.  This lady had every kitchen gadget known to man and a few unknown.

    This week's contest is straightforward but not necessarily easy.  Take a real close look at our mystery object.  Examine it carefully.

    Now, tell me what it is.  If you don't know what it is, make up something. 

    The winner of this week's contest will be the person with the best story describing what they would use this item for.  It doesn't have to be right, although that would be great and would definitely get you brownie points, just be creative!  Next Tuesday, my esteemed panel of judges (consisting of my husband and three children), will choose their favorite story and the winner will receive...

    the mystery utensil!

    Just kidding.  The winner can choose any single item (including the mystery utensil) from my Housewares or Linens categories, valued $20 or less.

    I have plenty of beautiful things to choose from and will be adding more all week.  Take a peek and see what you like or pick out something to give as a gift.  Remember, when you submit your entry below, make sure to leave your name or an email address so I can contact you if you win.

    Good luck!
    (Contest ends Monday at midnight PT)

    Tuesday, June 29, 2010

    Giveaway Winner!

    Thanks for all your feedback, links, postings and general goodwill during our first ever giveaway.  I loved hearing from you and finding out what makes your heart go 'pitter-pat' in my store.

    Now, let's get down to business.  Once all the entries were in and assigned a number,  I picked a number at random.   The person with the winning number is...Cristina P!   Congrats, Cristina.  Here are two of the items Cristina especially liked.

    This vintage Griswold skillet "would be awesome to make tortillas on!!"

    And, once you've made tortillas, you need a lovely place to serve your food.  This cheery tablecloth is "perfect for serving mexican food".

    Some of you (you know who you are), tried really hard to win.  Don't be too disappointed.  I will be announcing the rules for my next giveaway tomorrow, so you will have another chance.  Plus, I am listing loads of fun things all week. 

    See you later today for my regular daily post.

    Thursday, June 24, 2010

    If It's Free, It's For Me!

    I don't know about you, but I love to get a deal.  I inherited this from my mom, who always made a beeline for the sales rack in every store, before we looked at anything else.  "For $12.00, you can't go wrong!", right mom?  I'm always looking for a way to make a dollar stretch further and when I get a really good 'steal', I make sure I let others know about it.

    I have decided to offer a great deal to you by christening this my first "Jenny and Pearl Giveaway".  One lucky winner will receive a $25.00 credit towards anything in my Etsy store.  I have lots of fun finds priced $25 and under, and I am listing new things continually, so you may find a couple things that tickle your fancy.


    You have until midnight PT on Monday, to enter .  At that time I will randomly draw a name and inform the lucky winner next Tuesday.  They will pick their item(s) and receive a lovely package in the mail.  If you are local and would like to put the shipping cost toward more stuff, we can arrange to get it to you personally!  Sounds good?  I knew it would!

    There are several ways to get your name into the drawing.  There is no limit to how many times you can enter.

    1.  Browse my etsy store, Jenny and Pearl and leave a comment here on any item that you like.  Every time you leave a comment, another entry!  Be sure to leave your name, nickname or initials to identify yourself!

    2.  If you have a website or a blog, add this blog as a link.  Let me know you've done it and, voila! - three entries.  For those of you who have already done this (Barb, Norb, Doneanne and others), I will give you credit!

    3.  Sign up as a follower through Google, another entry (those already signed up will get credit).

    4.  Post a link to or the jenny and pearl etsy store on your Facebook page - one entry.

    5.  If you have an etsy account, mark my store or an item as a favorite and let me know - one entry.

    As you can see, there are plenty of ways to enter.  Remember, midnight PT on Monday is when the contest ends and email me when you have completed any item.  Any questions, contact me.  Good luck!

    Saturday, May 22, 2010

    One Man's Trash

    I hit the neighborhood garage sales today. On my way home from my son's Little League game (which they won- GO Red Sox!), I was lured in by the arrows and the signs scattered throughout the neighborhood. "I'll just go to one and then I'll head home" is what I told myself, but an hour and a half later, I had the trunk filled with treasures and finally pulled in the driveway.

    Not only did I find some great stuff, I met some interesting people - a couple down the street who publish a literary magazine for young girls and a sweet couple on the corner who have lived in the neighborhood since it was surrounded by avocado groves. They were selling the contents of his brother's home. He had been a hoarder and it is taking them years to dispose of his belongings. "He liked his things more than people", they said.

    When R and I headed back out, the house at the end of the street had a "Free" sign in their driveway and we picked up the old STOP sign for her room. Now that's my kind of sale!

    I noticed two themes running through my purchases today. One was a modern mid-century vibe. I was drawn to the color orange and found some funky canisters and a beautiful pillowcase with a Scandinavian feel. I also found an amazing Red Wing bowl with beautiful clean lines.

    The other theme was definitely shabby. Some vintage linens caught my eye, a quirky old shoe form, a red painted box (I LOVE boxes!), a pair of odd looking cats, a very sweet metal soap dish and my favorite find of the day, an antique bird cage.

    Now comes the hard part, what will I sell in my etsy store for someone else to treasure and what will I keep?

    I don't NEED anything else cluttering my house, but my two favorite finds are the pillowcase and the birdcage. I could paint it and buy a bird, or I could leave it as is and put a plant inside and hang it in the back patio. What should I do?

    Well, I love my stuff but have learned over the years to hold it loosely. In the past couple of weeks we have had one friend flooded out of their home and two other friends' homes broken into and robbed.

    These are horrible losses and not to be taken lightly, but it helps to keep things in perspective. If we don't cling too strongly to the things that we own, they won't end up owning us.

    "Don't store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. Instead, store up your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. Your heart will always be where your treasure is."
    Matthew 6:19-21 CEV

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    Banana Bundt Bread

    I have been listing vintage recipe books in my ebay and etsy stores and it inspired me to share with you one of my family's favorite recipes that I just baked fresh today! I am NO great cook, my husband is the chef in our family, but I do like to bake now and then - not too often, or I would eat it all!

    I think my sister and I begged this recipe off of Linde many years ago, but I'm not sure where it came from. Anyway, she is getting credit. I made one slight adjustment to the original recipe, substituting half of the oil for applesauce to make it lighter. It tastes great either way.


    1 1/2 c. sugar
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 c. flour
    1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional)
    3 ripe, mashed bananas
    1 tsp. vanilla (I LOVE Mexican vanilla!)
    2 eggs
    1/2 c. canola or vegtable oil
    1/2 c. applesauce

    Grease and flour a bundt pan. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

    Combine the first five dry ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients. Mix until well blended. Cook in 325 degree oven for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before turning out onto a plate.

    SO simple - and your family will love it! A few extra tips - the riper the bananas, the better. The flavor intensifies. You can store them in your freezer until you have three ripe ones, or you're ready to bake. Just thaw, peel and mash!

    Also, I add walnuts and, as far as my dad is concerned, the more the better. I often add a full cup of chopped nuts instead of 1/2 cup. I also make this recipe without.

    This bread freezes well and stays moist for days.