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For The Love of Vintage Enamel Flower Pins

I LOVE VINTAGE ENAMEL FLOWER PINS!

Yes, I did scream that.  I do!  I love them!

I LOVE VINTAGE ENAMEL FLOWER PINS!  Yes, I did scream that.  I do!  I love them!  There's something just so very cheerful about them - they're always colorful, bright, and usually pretty big.   And you can  wear them in so many different ways.  Obviously, my absolute favorite way to wear an enamel flower pin is on my jeans jacket, but any jacket will do.    If you have just the right chain, you can usually wear them as a pendant.  Another fun way to wear an enamel flower is on your purse - maybe on the strap, or right in the middle.  So, pin on a bit of sunshine and cheer today!

Having a bit too much fun playing with vintage enamel flower jewelry

There’s something just so very cheerful about them – they’re always colorful, bright, and usually pretty big.   And you can  wear them in so many different ways.   Obviously, my absolute favorite way to wear an enamel flower pin is on my jeans jacket, but any jacket will do.

If you have just the right chain, you can usually wear them as a pendant.

Another fun way to wear an enamel flower is on your purse – maybe on the strap, or right in the middle.

So, pin on a bit of sunshine and cheer today!   (or … just have fun playing with them – like I do!)  LOL

I just listed a few of these in my Etsy shop, so check them out!

Martha Sleeper – Silent Film Actress to Fashion Designer

Maybe I said this before when I was researching a Nelly Don dress, one of the most enjoyable parts of selling vintage clothing – for me – is research and learning.  It seems selfish not to pass along information when I find it. Including a lot of historical detail  in a description can be overwhelming for some, so I’m passing some knowledge along here!

I purchased several pieces of clothing from the estate of a woman whose family owned a high end clothing boutique from about the 1940s through the 1960s or 70s.  Almost every item was either tailor made, designer (remember the Mingolini Guggenheim?), or at least had an interesting clothing label.

Now that we’re well into summer, I’m desperately trying to pull a few more summer dresses out to get into my shop.  This dress caught my eye because the turquoise and white cotton print looks so cooling.  One look at the label, “Martha Sleeper Creates For You  100% Cotton San Juan, Puerto Rico” and I knew I had some research to do!

Martha Sleeper Label

Martha Sleeper Label

It turns out that Martha Sleeper started her career in silent films and then moved on to Broadway in the 1940s.  Then, in 1949 she took a vacation to the Virgin Islands and ended up in Puerto Rico where she loved it so much, she stayed.  While looking for a way to support herself in her new life, she began designing jewelry – a hobby she enjoyed prior to WWII.  Finding that “too tedious”, she started designing clothing and in 1950, opened a shop. She designed the silk screen prints for her fabric and 80% of this printed fabric was processed in Puerto Rico.  By 1955, her island inspired clothing was being exported to other islands and to the US.

Martha Sleeper Vintage Summer Dress

Martha Sleeper Vintage Summer Dress

In 1964, Ms. Sleeper opened a shop in Palm Beach, Florida at the urging of her friends and divided her time between Palm Beach and Puerto Rico.

Martha Sleeper died on March 25, 1983 of a heart attack at age 72 in Beaufort, South Carolina where she lived with her third husband.

So now that I’ve found out just who Martha Sleeper was … can I really sell the dress?  Well it depends.  Does it fit me?!

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