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Supporting Local Charities

The Season of Giving

The season of giving is here! And, for us, it’s about so much more than gifts of jewelry. Even though we are an ecommerce company selling globally, we don’t live in the ether of the internet. We are proud to live and work in the Mid Ohio Valley.

We like to show our appreciation for our community by loving on our local charities. Here are some of the amazing local organizations and community programs we support. Thank you to all of the hard-working people that keep these services and support systems running!

Donate your time or money to the Humane Society of Parkerburg

Here one of the HSOP’s volunteers loves on one of the shelter dogs.

Humane Society of Parkersburg

Here at Heirloom Finds, we have always been passionate about our four-legged friends. (Sometimes they even come to work with us!) That’s why we have been loyal supporters of The Humane Society of Parkersburg, WV for the past several years. They are a not-for-profit organization that relies heavily upon donations to provide for their animals. If you’re thinking about giving a forever home to a pet this Christmas, think about adopting one of their adorable fur babies! If you would like to make a donation, click here. You can also connect with them on Facebook!

West Virginia Women Work Charity

Here are just a couple of the nearly 1,000 women West Virginia Women Work has served.

West Virginia Women Work

We believe in empowering women. We celebrate their style with our jewelry and their independence with our donations to West Virginia Women Work. This nonprofit’s main focus is “to help women explore, train and secure employment in nontraditional occupations, especially the skilled trades. “ They have served nearly 1,000 West Virginian women with their coaching service, classes and exploration workshops. Click here to support WV Women Work or connect with them on Facebook.

Shop With A Cop

We value our local youth which is why we contribute to the Shop with a Cop program. All about spreading Christmas cheer, this program has Parkersburg City police officers meeting local, disadvantaged youth at an area Walmart to purchase presents. The children shop the store accompanied by the officers and choose Christmas gifts they are otherwise unable to afford. This program runs entirely on contributions. If you would like to help too, please visit their website.

The Good Samaritan Center

Hunger is an overwhelming and worldwide issue that we believe in combating on a local level, which is why we support a local charity called The Good Samaritan Center. Right in our own back yard, The Good Samaritan Center is a collaborative food pantry and assistance ministry supported by 15 local churches. They provide much-needed food to local individuals and families all year round.

SW Resources Client Employees

Pictured are a handful of the over 200 client employees who currently receive the services of SW Resources.

SW Resources

Our relationship with SW Resources began more than five years ago when we contracted for them with help packing our products. In 2013, we hired two of their clients as members of our staff. This year, we were thrilled to provide jewelry as Christmas gifts for all their clients. SW Resources provides “vocational training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to achieve their full potential.”

All of these programs and organizations care passionately about the local community and the people and pets at the heart of it. During this time of the year, we are reminded of the integral part they play in keeping the area happy and healthy which is why we want to say thank you to all of those caring, encouraging, empowering and giving people, so THANK YOU! Here’s to a bright New Year working side by side!

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Instant Holiday Gift Box Upgrades

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Dress up your Heirloom Finds jewelry boxes to add creative pizzazz to your gift giving.

Your Heirloom Finds jewelry arrives boxed and gift-ready, but if you’re wanting to add a little more seasonal splash, here are four ideas using odds and ends you may already have around the house.

Sticker Bonanza

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These bright office supply stickers add fun pops of color to our white jewelry boxes.

The colorful, inexpensive round labels you find in the office supply section of discount stores make fun mosaics. Simply adhere like fish scales to the lid of your box.

Sheet Music and Vintage Jewelry

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Sheet music, a pretty ribbon and a gorgeous vintage clip-on earring combine to make one classy package.

This lonely clip-on earring lost its mate years ago, but now it makes an elegant adornment on this box wrapped in old sheet music.

Glitter Tape

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Sparkly craft glitter and double-sided tape create instant glitz.

If you have double-sided tape and loose glitter, you can shimmer up your own glitter tape. Simply arrange the double-sided tape on the lid of the box, then (carefully) shake on the glitter. Make sure to lay down large sheets of newspaper underneath to collect the excess glitter. You can also do this with confetti.

Mini Snow Globe

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Crafting a DIY snow globe adds classic holiday fun to this Heirloom Finds jewelry box.

Take the clear plastic top from a vending machine toy and repurpose it into a tiny snow globe, using glitter or white paper as snow. Attach the plastic dome on with glue, let it dry, and enjoy the nostalgia.

And remember, gifts are supposed to be fun to give, not stressful. If fancy wrapping isn’t your scene, don’t sweat it! The most meaningful gift you can give is your presence of mind when spending time with loved ones.

by Sara Bir

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Bake Colorful, Cranberry-Studded Holiday Bread

Cranberry bread is a delicious alternative to traditional holiday fruitcake.

Fruitcake gets a bad rap. The best examples are dense with flavorful, recognizable fruits—none of those scary kelly green cherries. In England, where fruitcake is serious business and not the butt of jokes, the rituals of preparing holiday fruitcake begin months in advance, so the flavors can age and develop by Christmastime.

This holiday recipe is family tested and approved!

My family always avoided those gluey brown bricks you see at the grocery store. We baked dozens of cookies and kept them in tins in the chilly garage. Mom made multiple batches of her Aunt Margie’s cranberry bread, a bejeweled loaf sweet with golden raisins and tart with garnet-hued fresh cranberries. I always thought of them as quick breads, but they’re much more akin to what fruitcake should be: complex, festive, gorgeous. Unlike their English cousins, these cakes don’t need months of aging and periodic infusions of rum. They keep well, use readily available ingredients, and can easily be made on a whim. In my family, it’s not Christmas without them.

Cranberry bread adds delicious flavor to your holiday baking lineup.

Cranberry Bread Makes three 7 x 3-inch loaves or two 9 x 5-inch loaves These loaves freeze well and make wonderful gifts around the holidays, especially if you bake them in smaller loaf pans. The original family recipe says you can bake two loaves in 1-pound metal coffee cans, though we’ve never tried it before. You may bake them in any size loaf pan, as long as you don’t fill it more than 2/3 with batter. (We use two 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch pans, plus one 7 x 3-inch pan, just because that’s what we happen to have.)  2 large eggs 4 cups (1 pound, 2.5 ounces) all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pans 2 cups (14.5 ounces) granulated sugar 1-1/3 cups orange juice (store-bought is just fine) 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups (9.25 ounces) golden raisins 2 cups (9.25 ounces) fresh cranberries, thawed if frozen 2 cups (8 ounces) toasted pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously butter and flour the loaf pans. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking powder. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until lightened, about three minutes. Add the eggs one at a time and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add half the flour mixture and mix at medium speed until combined. Dissolve the baking soda in the orange juice (it will foam slightly) and, with the mixer running on low speed, slowly add to the batter. Scrape down the bowl, add the remaining flour mixture, and beat until smooth. Fold in the raisins, cranberries, and pecans (the batter will be quite stiff). Divide the batter between pans, filling no more than 2/3 full. Smooth the tops with a spatula, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a loaf comes out clean, about 45 minutes for smaller loaves and 1 hour and 10 minutes for larger loaves. (You may need to tent the loaves with foil midway through baking to keep the tops from browning too much, especially with the larger loaves.)

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Cool on a wire rack for five minutes, then remove the bread from the pans and cool completely. The bread will keep well wrapped for up to a week; freeze for up to two months. by Sara Bir

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Clever Iconic Jewelry Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Iconic jewelry is always in style, but it’s especially big this year. With one fell swoop, you can round up the passions of the women and girls on your holiday shopping list and select perfectly-suited gifts. Give them jewelry that will remind them of their own hobbies, loves, and interests and bring a smile to their faces every time they put it on.

The Music-Loving Teen

These crystal microphone earrings will bring out her inner songstress.

 

This stretch bracelet is ideal for any music enthusiast.

Cassette tape earrings have a great retro vibe.

The Favorite Teacher

Celebrate learning with this fun magnetic clasp bracelet.

She’s sure to love this unique pencil bracelet.

These glitzy apples are absolutely perfect for a fabulous teacher.

The Gardening Sister

This magnetic clasp bracelet is all about garden fresh produce.

Nothing says “flower garden” quite like a gorgeous array of butterflies.

These cute ladybug earrings will definitely steal her heart.

 

The Trusty Hairdresser

Show your stylist some appreciation with this necklace’s sparkly pair of shears.

These iconic baubles are absolutely ideal for your favorite hairdresser.

Pick a shiny stylist themed bracelet that’s as glamorous as she is.

The Best Friend Who Loves to Cook

This crystal cupcake necklace is simply too sweet!

This tea kettle pendant necklace captures that quintessential kitchen feel.

Incredibly clever peas in a pod jewelry is perfect for the chef in your life.

The Spunky Little Girl

A super fun bracelet for your tiny dancer.

The cool kid in your life will definitely love these fun stud earrings.

Let your sports star shine with this crystal soccer necklace.

The Cat-Loving Aunt

You can’t deny that these hoop earrings are purrfect.

How about this sweet kitten themed magnetic clasp bracelet?

This movable feline brooch is definitely the cat’s meow.

The Equestrian Cousin

This pendant necklace captures a stunning wild horse spirit.

The horse fancier in your life will love these silver tone ponies.

Equestrian glam is what you can expect from this necklace and earrings set.

The Quilting Grandparent

Show your grandmother just how much you care with this heart charm bracelet.

She’ll love this iconic measuring tape necklace.

Any crafter will get a kick out of this thread spool necklace.

The Nature-Loving Sister-In-Law

If she likes camping, she’ll love this lantern pendant necklace.

This eagle themed ring is naturally majestic.

She’ll find these origami squirrel stud earrings to be exceptionally cute.

And while you’re at it, why not get a little inspiration for yourself? Iconic jewelry is a fun conversation starter, and it sparks interest every time you wear it.

by Sara Bir

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Make a Sparkling DIY Jewelry Christmas Tree

Heirloom Finds DIY Vintage Jewelry Christmas Tree

Make the holidays even brighter by crafting your own decor using vintage jewelry.

We know we’re not the only ones who stockpile sparkly bits of broken jewelry. Heirloom Finds co-founders Kim and Jeanne are always bringing home boxes of assorted vintage treasures from auctions and estate sales, and inevitably they contain some mismatched earrings or loose baubles. We gathered all of those shiny pieces together to make a glorious, glitzy Christmas tree centerpiece.

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We sorted our vintage jewelry craft supplies by color.

Materials:

  • Foam cones
  • Stainless steel scouring pads, such as Scotch Brite
  • Hot glue gun and plenty of extra hot glue sticks
  • Assorted pins: straight, pearl-headed, and U-shaped
  • Glass, pearl, and metallic beads in assorted sizes
  • Jewelry wire cutters
  • Needled-nosed pliers (not required, but helpful)
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Besides an assortment of vintage jewelry, this project only requires basic craft supplies.

Get a foam cone form. The one we’re using here is 12” high, but a 9” or smaller cone is more realistic for a modest collection of jewelry odds and ends.

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We found it was easier to unroll the scouring pads before trying to stretch them over the foam cone.

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We needed a total of three unrolled scouring pads to cover our 12″ foam cone.

Unroll the Scotch Brite (we’re actually using off-brand scouring pads from the dollar store) and slide it onto the tree. Although they may not look too impressive at first, the scouring pads create a glittery background for the pinned jewelry and will add fullness to the finished product.

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Be sure to pick out your tree topper first and set it aside for later.

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We’re starting to add beautiful baubles to the tree with pins and hot glue.

Select a piece to top your tree and set it aside. Now start pinning and gluing the jewelry on. It’s best to get the larger statement pieces on and work from there, adding smaller bits as you go.

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Chains, pearl strands and tinier baubles are great for filling in the smaller spaces.

Fill in any empty spots with beads, pearl strand and pieces of garland-like chain. The pins will keep most jewelry pieces in place, and the u-shaped pins (optional but handy) are especially useful for anchoring larger pieces. The hot glue really secures them so they don’t slip.

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Our DIY jewelry tree is almost finished. We just need the star on top!

Last, add your tree topper. We hot-glued an old hat pin to the back of this star to hold it in position at the top of the tree.

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Our gorgeous vintage jewelry tree is complete!

All done! Now you just need to decide where to display it. A glamorous wintertime tablescape would be absolutely lovely, or perhaps your desk at the office needs some fabulous Yuletide cheer. You can adapt this craft in many ways to fit your own creative style and holiday decorating desires. For example, try covering a foam wreath in metallic wire organza ribbon and festoon it with your choice of jewelry to create a fantastic hanging display.

We love giving new life to discarded objects, especially when it’s so striking. Forgotten heirlooms can become new heirlooms, infused with memories and meaning.

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Planning Ahead for Your Holiday Party Style

Holiday Party

The work party, the family gatherings, the cozy hours spent with friends. Before you haul out your tinsel and boughs of holly, take a step back and do the one thing that will secure your sanity though the holiday season: get your fashion plan together. If you have your holiday style sketched out ahead of time for all the parties and gatherings planned between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy those special moments that much more.

We’ve pulled together our favorite celebratory accessories for three popular holiday events. By adding new jewelry, you can mix and match winter wardrobe essentials that are already in your closet to easily build new and eye-catching outfits for every occasion.

We’ve focused on three events you could expect to attend during the holiday season: a semi-formal work party, dressy cocktails with friends, and casual family get-togethers. Finding spectacular jewelry to rock at these events is a great gift for yourself. The newfound baubles you select for the season will be perfectly fashionable all year long.

Work Party

Remember Day to Night Barbie from the 1980s? A force to be reckoned with in the office, this Barbie had a pink power suit with a pencil skirt that reversed to reveal a magenta tulle number for her hot night out with Ken. You don’t need to sport Barbie’s metallic tank top under your blazer, but her desk-to-party strategy is certainly a smart one. Pack some bright jewelry and killer shoes in your tote to instantly transform your office looks from business as usual to smart and dazzling. Our sapphire snowflake pendant necklace pairs nicely with solid turtlenecks or blouses, and its dramatic glamour adds refined pizzazz to professional attire. Alternatively, our pearl and silver bangle stack brings bold elegance to nearly any blazer or sweater. From there, all you need is a swift swap from practical footwear to platform heels or structured metallic boots to complete the workday to soiree transformation.

Work Party

Bring glitz to your work party with this glamorously festive sapphire snowflake necklace.

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Transform your look from workday to holiday soiree with this stunning faux pearl and silver tone bangle stack.

Friendly Cocktails

Though the mood may be casual, an evening with friends is a great chance to pump up the glamor, let loose and really shine. Our color craze collar necklace is just playful enough to bring a touch of the unexpected to any cocktail party. For a different look, match our multi-cut pave crystal earrings and our crystal-encrusted stretch link bracelet with a lux satin or dupioni silk ensemble. You can’t go wrong dressing up a basic shift in a shimmery fabric with fabulously fun accessories.This spectacularly colorful kaleidoscope necklace is perfect for a casual holiday cocktail party.

Party with Friends

This spectacularly colorful kaleidoscope necklace is perfect for a casual holiday cocktail party.

Cocktail Bracelet

A wintry evening spent with friends is made even merrier with this pave link stretch bracelet.

Cocktail Earrings

Treat yourself for the holiday season with these party-ready crystal drop earrings.

Family Get Together

To relax and unwind with family, long pendants are a great alternative to statement necklaces. This smoky blue crystal and gold-tone tassel necklace and earring set would pair perfectly with a cozy turtleneck sweater and jeans. For a trendy geometric look, our green cascade drop earrings make a statement without being overly formal.  To convert an everyday outfit into something special for your holiday gathering, incorporate a faux fur vest or layer on a draping wrap cardigan.

Family Get Together

Glam up your family gathering with this stunning crystal fringe necklace.

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These seasonally on point geometric earrings will look great for the holidays as well as year-round.

What’s the secret to shining brightly through the holiday season? Just a bit of planning. Pick out the perfect party baubles now and you will sail through the madness of the holidays with plenty of time and energy to spend on spoiling the ones you love.

by Sara Bir

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