Thursday, June 7, 2012

Trip Down Memory Lane

As usual I failed to take a before pic of the components used to create. The blue rhinestone, vintage brooch was missing whatever was attached to the center at one time, so.....
Got the trusty glue out and added a filigree piece, a vintage rhinestone button and now have this. It still has the pin intact, but will probably use it as a focal piece for a necklace.
What do all these pieces have in common? Except for the one in the top left corner, they were all earrings or part of an earring at one time probably 70's and 80's. You know - the era of the "big" earrings.
And, yes I wore my share of the big ones.

Cass @ That Old House (here) recently posted about big earrings and getting your ears pierced. Love what her Mother told her. I got a good laugh reading her post, as I remember very well when I pierced mine "during the middle ages". Yes - You read that right - I pierced my own. Would I do it again - NO! Would I recommend you pierce your own - NO!
Let me "splain" this situation. It was during the era that "everybody was getting their ears pierced" as that was the cool/neat thing to do!?!? You have to realize this was during "the middle ages". Today it is no big deal.
Would my Mother let me get mine pierced - NO. So.....What did I do? I got brave one day when she was not there, and sterilized a needle and thread in a pan of boiling water, and put ice cubes on both sides of my ear lobes to numb them (don't laugh - we are talking middle ages here), then pierced the first one (Ouch! That hurt). Got it doctored up and almost chickened out doing the other one, but decided I would look strange walking around with one pierced ear (like I said, we are talking the middle ages here), and did the other one. I repeat - Would I do it again - Noooooooo !!
I remember my Mother telling me they were going to get infected, cost her money, etc., etc.
I think that motivated me to take extra care, and keep them doctored up."My Ears Survived" !!!
I even took a break from earrings for pierced ears and wore "the big ones" clip on type for many years when they were in style. When I decided to wear those for pierced ears again, I thought the holes may have closed up and was surprised to find they had not. I did good ! :-D

Thanks Cass for the trip down memory lane.

Just another Dab of This and That.
What ever your plans for the weekend - Have a great one!


Laura said...

This post brought back great memories-
especially since I LOVE earrings and jewelry in general.

Enjoyed visiting,

White Spray Paint

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You know I love your pile of bling. The blue rhinestone and the center you added will be gorgeous as a pendant.
Had to laugh at your self piercing job...too funny. My mom would never let me get my ears pierced either, I was 19 when I finally had them done. I think she finally realized it was no big deal because right after I did it, she let my sister do it; she was only 12 at the time.

Donna said...

Love your bling and you made me laugh! I remember having my ears pierced and they did get infected even though they were done by a qualified person!
Love the memories!

Our Hopeful Home said...

You know I love to use old earrings, too. Great way to repurpose. You are too funny, I was allowed to get my ears pierced when I was 13 after much begging.

PAT said...

I got as far as a cousin holding a sterilized needle, ice and a potato to hold behind my ear...then I backed away. It would be another "few years"...when oldest daughter had hers pierced that I said, what the heck might as well have mine done too. I was around 31 at that time.

Love the brooch makeover.

Happy Weekend, Glenda!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, I recall when I got my ears pierced, came home and my daughter a baby at the time promptly pulled one of them out.. ouch!
You asked if that was our hay, yes darling.. We live in the middle of town on 40 acres, way too much mowing for me to keep up with anymore, a guy comes in cuts, and bales. It's a beautiful sight right now all mowed down with the bales still in the field, they should come out in the next few days..
hugs ~lynne~

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I actually pierced my own ears too! I was too chicken to trust anyone to get the holes where I wanted them so I bought the earrings that slowly pierced through your ears over a few days and then you would wear them until they healed. Would I recommend that too? No!

Funny story and trip down memory lane. Yes, I had some big earrings too :)

Cheryl said...

I remember those days of "self piercing" of ears. I went to a jeweler and got "the gun" HURT like a son of a GUN. Oh the horrors of childhood LOL
big hugs,