Random Musings

The Secret to Productivity? Procrastination!

Victoria Klein

The Secret to Productivity? Procrastination!

How to be productive and procrastinate at the same time.

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The Beginner's Guide to Researching Vintage Costume Jewelry

Victoria Klein

The Beginner's Guide to Researching Vintage Costume Jewelry

  Do you have an old piece of costume jewelry lying about? Perhaps it was your grandmother’s? Or maybe you found something special at a thrift store and would like to know more about it. Have you ever wished you could pick the brain of a longtime vintage jewelry dealer about a piece’s history? It turns out that many dealers have generously shared their knowledge with the general public. Take a look at these encyclopedic sites. They are a great starting point when researching a mystery piece of jewelry. You might just find enough information here to identify your jewelry....

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Treasure or Trash? A Quick Guide to Vintage Brooches

Victoria Klein

Treasure or Trash? A Quick Guide to Vintage Brooches

Have you ever wondered about a vintage brooch that caught your eye at a garage sale or thrift shop? Or a piece in a family collection? Collecting costume jewelry lets you own a piece of the past and wear it, too. You can express your style through your collection and learn about history at the same time. Brooches and pins are great for the beginner collector because they provide clues about their origin that are easy to spot. Brooches from the 1950s to the 1980s are also fairly common and easy to find, and come in a wide variety to satisfy...

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The Secret to Sizing a Bracelet

Victoria Klein

The Secret to Sizing a Bracelet

Bracelets are so easy to wear and add a little extra flourish to your day as well as your outfit. But have you ever had the experience of buying a bracelet based on a standard length for the "average" human and then not having it fit how you'd like, even though it's the same length as other bracelets you own? The online world gives you so many possibilities to add bracelets to your collection that you'd never find anywhere else, yet how do you ensure that the bracelet you order online fits?  As I'll explain below, just like knowing precise...

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Fall Sunlight and New Beginnings

Victoria Klein

Fall Sunlight and New Beginnings

The sunlight seems to have an extra special richness in the fall, doesn't it? Nothing is better than a long walk through the autumn sunshine when it's just a little bit cool before the real cold sets in. We have had a particularly mild fall here, just perfect for long walks. Ten years ago, we moved to our first home in October, and now we have moved again in early November. When we first moved, our children were barely toddlers. Now we have a teenager.   I thought I'd feel ambivalent when my children moved through the stages of childhood, as...

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