UniqueLA Spring Show 2013

UniqueLA Spring Show 2013

We are super excited to be accepted into the 5th annual Unique LA Spring Show!  Details to follow, for now, we’re running off to celebrate with paws and thumbs in air!

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‘Tis Happy Hearts Day Soon…a.k.a. the Day All Males Dread…

But lest you worry your sweet handsome heads, my dear opposite sex, this Valentine’s Day shouldn’t cause your boxers to get too twisted.  Instead, check out the awesome 25% off sale on all things Valentine’s RDLM!  From custom hand-stamped pieces, to delightfully unique Sterling spoon rings with sweet sayings, we have you covered this year.  So just click here, and relax. It’s in the bag. 🙂

Sterling Spoon ringBillet Doux necklace"Coup de Foudre" bracelet ("Love at First Sight")

xoxo & miaow,

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T’was a warm one…

But we made it through this past weekend’s St. Philip’s Arts in the Plaza festival!  A big thank you to all our new customers, friends and especially those few kind souls who helped us put up’n’ take down our lovely booth.  A big round of paw applause to you!

 

Whoopsie…we’re back!

Do forgive, we caught a case of the Tucson Gem Show ‘goodies’ but we’re on the road to recovery & making lots of spectacular new designs!

We feel rather lucky that we’re based in the city which hosts one of the world’s renowned gem shows, however the pocket book always takes a slight dive during the two week spread of events.  Too many delicious baubles and unique picks to choose from but we managed to get out of the enticing vortex of goodness in time to feed the pusses back at la maison!

Here’s a smattering of new designs that’ll be up and available within the next two weeks:

Gem Embellished Typewriter Watch Key necklace

Round Open Watch Face Sterling Post earrings

Vintage Encased Watch Face w/ Pocket Watch Key necklace

Moveable Watch Face w/ Ruby ring

Typewriter Parts Mash Up bracelet

We’ll let that set in for now and get back to the work bench so these delights can get online ASAP.  Let us know if you like what you see!!!

miaow,

Rue de la Marguerite cat with watch necklace

Looky what’s up on the site…

Delicious new Typewriter Collection items are now up and available, just waiting for you to snag them!

vintage watch, antique typewriter key

"La Clé 8e" $155.00 Black & gold plated brass chain, vintage encased Bulova watch face, 1930s Royal typewriter key (no. 8), antique 1900s key, oxidized Sterling silver hammered toggle clasp and gold plate findings, gold plated cat charm. Approx. length - 35”

 

Check out the newest Limited Edition items as well – click here, s’il vous plaît – and enjoy a lovely holiday shopping experience online.  Do let us know if you have questions, the pusses love to get feedback!

miaow,

Gearing up with Vintage Typewriter Keys & Watch Parts…

…Namely for this Sunday’s sure to be delectable trunk show at C’est La Vie

After a long day of putting finishing touches on new items, editing photos and scribbling up enticing product descriptions, I’ve finally managed to crack open the delicious Blue Moon that’s been staring me in the face for the last few hours.  With all the upcoming festivities, it’s been a rather exhausting preparation week but worth every ache and pain.  The new 1930s Royal typewriter keys limited edition collection is Rue de la Marguerite steam-punk style perfection, here’s a teeny taste of what’s coming up on the online store:

vintage steampunk typewriter key jewellery

“27” necklace, $120.00 - Oxidized Sterling silver circular chain, repurposed watch bands, vintage Gruen watch face with 10k rolled gold plate bezel & stainless steel backing, 1930s Royal typewriter keys (no. 2 & no. 7), Sterling silver findings. Approx. length 40”.

dutch world trade beads antique typewriter keys jewellery

“Dutch No. 5” necklace, $265.00 - Dutch donut world trade beads have been intricately woven on nickel-free bead chain through silver plate chain, complimenting the 1930s Royal typewriter key (no. 5) as the focal piece. Sterling silver findings. Approx. length - 30” – claspless.

vintage watch part steampunk Bulova jewellery

“$4” necklace, $139.00 - Antique brass Figaro chain, rose engraved silver plated spacers, industrial washers, vintage Bulova watch face with 10k rolled gold plate bezel & stainless steel backing, 1930s Royal typewriter key (no. 4), Girard-Terregaux & Co. watch part, Sterling silver findings & cat charm.

antique typewriter key jewellery steampunk style

“Marginal Commands (3)” $135.00 - Antique brass & copper curved-link chains let dangle 1930s Royal typewriter keys from oxidized Sterling silver findings. Approx. length - 30” – claspless. • These may be purchased as separate pieces at $55.00 each.

Okay, that’s all you lovelies get for now.  They should be up on the online storefront by tomorrow evening, so as per usual, keep your eyes, ears and paws at the ready.

miaow,

Rue de la Marguerite cat with watch necklace

History lessons…

on African trade beads, that is.

This morning I had the best history class since Mrs. Cowart’s 11th grade American History class.  Instead of scribbling notes on the rise of monopolies and Prohibition in my college-ruled notebook, I got to sit amongst some glorious vintage world trade beads of Czech, Venetian and Dutch descent that were found and used for a variety of purposes across Africa.  Whether they signified status or worked as a monetary source, these strands made me drool.  A lot.

trade beads, collage, rue de la marguerite

(clockwise from top right) Vaseline green & blue beads, Dutch donut beads, Medicine beads, Hebron crumb beads

Luckily, I scored the Hebron crumb and Dutch donut strands…. Merry X-mas to me, compliments of Mr. Steve Ellis.  Wheee!

miaow,

Rue de la Marguerite cat

 

Beaucoup Apologies…

we’ve been a wee bit busy…..

rue de la marguerite, pocket watch, necklace

"Pocket Watch" $75.00, a hit at the show..

Fresh off our first ever festival show at La Encantada, we’ve been working our paws and opposable thumbs to the bone and it looks like it’s paying off!  Despite a rainy Sunday start, the weekend show went extremely well and the chats couldn’t be more pleased.

Pardon moi, however, as I must attend to kittens trying to add their two cents by walking on the laptop here.  Be back ce soir!

At last, vintage typewriter keys!

Yesterday I hit the jackpot.  I mean JACKPOT.  And it only took five pit-stops to do so….

1930's Royal Typewriter, a.k.a. the jackpot

The perpetual hunt for watch parts takes me all around this little desert town, so this was clearly a wondrous end to yet another long, traffic jam’d treasure quest.Wouldn’t you know it, but a vintage 1930’s Royal typewriter in stellar condition was waiting for me at Casa de los Niños, and five minutes later, I happily pranced out of the store with it.

The magical thing about this find – besides the fact that it was still in working condition after 80+ years – is that I’ve been looking for antique typewriter keys for months.  Months.  Soooo, taking a hammer, wrench, pliers and other assorted mechanical tools, I went to town.  And looky what I got….

delicious antique typerwriter keys...

Part of me was torn about removing ’em all because it was REALLY cool to type with, that part being the 14 year old Moulin Rouge obsessed tween who wanted to doll up in Victorian clothes with Ewan McGregor and sing Bowie songs back and forth to each other to Baz Luhrmann’s direction.

Alas, I make jewelry.  So they had to come off. The back ache is worth it.

These sweet pieces shall be infused into an upcoming holiday line verrrryyyyy soon.  Keep your eyes, ears and paws at the ready.

miaow!

r.d.l.m.

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