Charm Bracelet Collection Vol. 2

Welcome to the second installment of my Charm Bracelet Collection! In Volume One I shared my personal charm bracelets, which are bracelets that I have built up over the years with charms I have found. Today I am sharing pre-made charm bracelets. The wonderful thing about pre-made charm bracelets is that they often already have a theme, which is what I wanted when I started to get into charm bracelets.

Pre-made charm bracelets are typically made of a cheap metal commonly called as “pot metal” as opposed to sterling silver. I have one exception within my collection.

This is an extremely picture heavy post! While I wanted to showcase a detail or two from every charm bracelet, I decided not to for a few, because there are just so many!

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Charm Bracelet Collection Vol. 1

Many of you know I have a rather large charm bracelet collection, and when I asked what y’all would like to see on the blog, I had many requests for my charm bracelet collection. Since then, I’ve been debating on how to go about doing this, because I have so many, and ultimately decided to split my collection into three posts.

For the most part there are two kinds of charm bracelets out there; ones that are personal, they are built up over the years by the owner purchasing individual charms and attaching them to a bracelet, then there are pre-made charm bracelets, often they feature several charms (I have a handful that only have one charm), and often with a theme, already attached. Typically personal charm bracelets are built using sterling silver charms, while pre-made charm bracelets are made using cheap “pot metal” and then often chromed, and/or painted with enamel. Like individual charms, pre-made charm bracelets made excellent souvenirs, and there are many that were made for a specific location, like Las Vegas and Hawaii. Because of the various types, and theming, I have decided to share my collection in the following way:

Vol. 1: Personal Charm Bracelets
Vol 2: Pre-Made Charm Bracelets
Vol 3: Pre-Made Souvenir Charm Bracelets
Vol 4: Pre-Made Disney Themed Charm Bracelets

The subject of Disney and Disneyland is a love it or hate it category for many, and as I have quite a few, I thought it best to give it its own volume.

Most of my charm bracelet collection is made up of vintage pre-made charm bracelets, but I do have a few personal charm bracelets, which I will focus on today, as well as a couple new charm bracelets.

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Vintage California Souvenir Linens

Not too long ago I asked you, the readers, what you would be interested in seeing on the blog. I had an idea awhile ago to share some of my collections, but I was afraid you might find that boring! But when asked many of you had words of support! So today I bring you my collection of vintage California linens.

Today I decided to focus on table clothes, scarves, and handkerchiefs, but I also have aprons and pillow shams, that perhaps I’ll share in another post. This is an extremely picture heavy post. While I am sharing ten linens, there are over 70 photographs, as I wanted to not just share overall images of the linens, but also close-ups of some areas to highlight the delightful detail and humor of these works of art. You can also click on the images for a larger view. I hope you enjoy!

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Greetings from Portland

Patrick and I are in Portland for a couple of days for his work, and I tagged along to spend some time with friends, see my dad, and do a bit of shopping. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to share more of my vintage postcard collection! This time I bring you vintage Portland postcards!

I can’t help but say that I fee like these postcards totally lie about what the sky looks like in Portland! It’s not blue with little fluffy clouds. It’s more just grey…because the sky is just full of clouds! Seeing blue sky is a rarity in Portland, and when you do, you instantly think the city had a population boom! Even as I type, it’s grey out, with a chance of rain.

Anyway, I’m off to shop!

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Palm Springs

Palm Springs Postcards

Eons ago I shared a selection of vintage Los Angeles postcards I had collected over the years, mentioned it would be a series, sharing other vintage postcards from my collection. Well, here we are well over a year later and I am finally going to share some more gems with you! I decided to share vintage Palm Springs postcards, as Patrick and I just returned from there, after spending the weekend for some of the Modernism Week events, and I don’t have anything to show for it! So vintage postcards it is!

One of my favorite areas in Palm Springs is La Plaza, a shopping center from the 1930s located in the heart of Palm Springs.

Here are some bonuses regarding La Plaza. I snapped these enlargements of articles and pamphlets during my 2013 visit to Palm Springs. Click to enlarge them and read what La Plaza offered in the 1930s and 40s.

To see what La Plaza looks like these days, check out the following posts.
La Plaza
La Plaza Dos
Out and About in Palm Springs

I’ll end with two postcards from Smoke Tree Ranch.

Smoke Tree Ranch is made up of privately owned homes, as well as rentals for getaways and facilities for events. One of its most notable frequenters was Walt Disney. Walt loved Smoke Tree Ranch, and could often be spotted sporting a tie featuring the Smoke Tree Ranch brand embroidered on it. In fact so frequent was it, when the first Partners statue (the statue of Walt and Mickey) was created for Disneyland Park in 1993, the brand was placed on the tie. Look for it next time you visit the Disneyland Resort. You can read more about Walt and Smoke Tree Ranch here.

I hope you enjoyed! Hopefully it won’t be over a year between this and my next vintage postcard post!

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Greetings from Los Angeles

I seem to have caught a slight summer cold, and have been trying to rest up as much as possible lately, especially since Cast Member canoe races have officially kicked off, and I’m overjoyed to be a part of this tradition at the Disneyland Resort. With all of that being said, I sadly haven’t been out much, but this offered the perfect moment to introduce a new series!

One thing I don’t often admit to collecting is postcards. Usually they are ones of local interest, or perhaps have a cute pin-up cartoon on them. But I recently realized I have amassed quite a California collection, and I thought it would be fun to share them, like I did with the vintage photographs series I had sometime ago, which I may like to pick up again, as I might still have a few stragglers that never got posted.

I usually prefer the old linen postcards, which the fair majority of these will be, but of course there are a few glossy ones that may sneak in here and there throughout the posts. And what better way to kick off this series than some old images of Los Angeles? I can just hear Sid Hudgens now, “Come to Los Angeles! The sun shines bright, the beaches are wide and inviting, and the orange groves stretch as far as the eye can see. There are jobs aplenty, and land is cheap. Every working man can have his own house, and inside every house, a happy, all-American family. You can have all this, and who knows…you could even be discovered, become a movie star…or at least see one. Life is good in Los Angeles…it’s paradise on Earth.”

Look for more vintage postcard posts in the future!

How about you, do you collect postcards? Vintage or maybe new ones from your travels?

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Palm Springs

Viva the Mexican Tourist Jacket

While my closet is full of beautiful cocktail dresses and other lovely frocks, some of my favorite items are my more casual ones.  I have a huge passion for the southwest, and especially California.  I adore palm trees, cacti and old Spanish Missions and all of these come together in one of my favorite vintage items, the Mexican tourist jacket…

This is the most recent addition to my collection, purchased from Diz Has Neat Stuff…While as horrifically un-PC as it is I couldn’t resist the cockfight “chicken dispute” on the back…

For the last few years I’ve been buying these colorful wool felt jackets, attempting to own one in every color while also having a wide design collection as well.  And so far, my collection is of a decent size and I’m only missing a few colors.  When looking at Mexican tourist jackets, one will find that the most common color is red, with the most common design being a dancing couple on the back, such as this one…

Personally, I care little for the dancing couple design, and tend to avoid buying jackets featuring them, owning just this one, which I purchased because I didn’t have a teal colored one yet, and at $16, it was steal.  I find the second most popular styles to be much more interesting, which are variations of Mexican village scenes embroidered with yarn…

Another design variation are jackets which feature appliques that are like detailed silhouettes, cut felt with light single strand embroidered details…such as these two…

Made popular during the late 1940s and into the 1950s, the Mexican tourist jacket was made available in a range of ways.  One could take a sunny vacation in Mexico and return with one, order one as shown here in this ad provided by the ever knowledgeable Lizzie of the Vintage Traveler

Or those with sewing and embroidery skills could make one! Using a pattern such as this…

Interested in making one? You can buy this very pattern from Floradora Presents.

Mexican jackets were even available for little girls.  You can find children’s sizes every so often on-line or in shops.  I bought one not too long ago to hoard for any future child we may have.  I just couldn’t resist at $10.  Sewing patterns for child sizes also exist, such as this one available on Etsy.

In later years, the Mexican jacket moved away from the dancing couple and scenic motifs to feature more floral embroidery designs such as this one, which I, personally, care for a great deal less.

The thing I really love about the Mexican tourist jacket is the colors.  There are so many and it makes for the perfect travel jacket.  Traveling light is important to me, and a key element of that is taking only one jacket.  And, well, it’s kind of hard to have one jacket that goes with every outfit, but since these jackets often have so many colors, it makes it easy to pair it with anything!

So, have I inspired you to buy your own?  Guess what, I’ve saved you the hunt! Check out this treasury I created on Etsy.  Just so you know, I have only seen one lined Mexican jacket in my time (actually owned by one of my friends who found it at the Bins!) so know that they are unlined, and your skin is in direct contact with raw wool felt if you wear short sleeves with the jacket.