Violet Gilkes' Profile

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Violet and I grew up with my 2 sisters and 1 brother in "The Bronx" (aka "Da Bronx" to some) in the "50's through the '70's.
During the '50's, and early 60's, I remember seeing girls wearing "Birthday Corsages" that were made with candy, ribbon, and sometimes with real or make-believe flowers added on as well. How I had wished I had one!
Years later, in the mid '70's, my parents opened a Flower Shop, and I learned how to make flower arrangements, corsages, bouquets, etc. However, my parent's business mainly focused on making wrapped bunches of flowers to sell on street corners and subway stations, and by then I didn't notice many girls wearing candy corsages anymore.
But about 5 years ago I started thinking about those cute candy corsages, and after some research, I said to myself, "I wonder if that fun…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 5
  • Joined July 28, 2010

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Candy, Ribbon, Silk or Paper Flowers, Tulle and Chenille, Sand, Twine, Handmade Accents, Glass, Clay, Stones, Wood, Mirror, and anything Recycled

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About

Hi Everyone,

My name is Violet and I grew up with my 2 sisters and 1 brother in "The Bronx" (aka "Da Bronx" to some) in the "50's through the '70's.
During the '50's, and early 60's, I remember seeing girls wearing "Birthday Corsages" that were made with candy, ribbon, and sometimes with real or make-believe flowers added on as well. How I had wished I had one!
Years later, in the mid '70's, my parents opened a Flower Shop, and I learned how to make flower arrangements, corsages, bouquets, etc. However, my parent's business mainly focused on making wrapped bunches of flowers to sell on street corners and subway stations, and by then I didn't notice many girls wearing candy corsages anymore.
But about 5 years ago I started thinking about those cute candy corsages, and after some research, I said to myself, "I wonder if that fun fashion could be revived after all these years?" So that's how I began making my Birthday "Candy Corsages"
Each year used to have it's own candy (like " bubble gum" for age 13, Tootsie Rolls for age 12, etc)
However, the traditional corsage for some ages like the 18th birthday, for instance, was decorated with cigarettes, and would not be considered a good idea now, so for age 18 I decided to substitute the cigarettes with paper "Money" (not real bills).( I would also Welcome any other suggestions from the Etsy Community as appropriate substitutions for the cigarettes).
I also make corsages for Weddings, Baby and Bridal Showers, Holidays, Graduations, etc with Handmade, Retro Style or Modern Accents.
I hope there are some of you out there that remember those Candy Corsages and will enjoy reminiscing and sharing this fun "Blast from The Past" with others.

Sincerely,
Violet

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