Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Holiday Backlog

The cufflinks have become so popular - I stopped listing them on Etsy because I have such a large backlog! I want to make sure everyone gets their order in time for the holidays.

I am still listing custom earrings and bracelets for the next week. They are not as time consuming as the cufflinks and I can ship them in time for the 24th.

Here's a photo of my backlog of cufflinks and earrings as of December 3 (this doesn't include the bracelets in the works). If you ordered from Haute Keys after November 23rd, chances are your initials are shown here. :-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's That Sound?


What's with the bell on the old typewriters?

When a typist filled a line with words, she had to know when she was getting close to the edge of the paper. If she did not return the carriage (the round thing that looks like a rolling pin), her words would go to the very edge of the paper - or off the paper altogether!

The typist had to set the right margin tab - when her typing got close to the margin, the typewriter's bell would ring. This would let her know to finish up the final word of the line, then hit the carriage return lever.

And I mean hit! She had to push the carriage from left to right to start typing a new line.

The Margin Release Key - very popular for my vintage jewelry, by the way - allowed the typist to go past the stop, hopefully for just a few letters.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Etsy Treasury & Black Friday

This week has been crazy for Haute Keys - yesterday felt like Cyber Monday had already arrived! The monogram cufflinks and earrings seem to be the perfect present this season.

My cufflinks were featured in an Etsy Treasury - 'Dashing through the snow' created by 'IttyBittyBag'. Thanks also to 'S and O Productions' for highlighting the treasury on their blog.

And the week's activity will continue with the Etsy Black Friday sale - Haute Keys is offering 20 percent off all ready made bracelets!

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Studio

Here's my studio in action - the bracelet and cufflinks on the bench are custom orders I plan to finish this weekend. Usually there are 4 or 5 bracelets being assembled, but I just wrapped up several orders and will start some new items on Monday.

On the right is my Foredom drill - my "go to" tool for all my grinding and polishing needs. My "high tech" equipment includes toothpicks and painter's tape.

All the findings (chain, clasps, jumprings, etc.) are on the side table in easy reach. The drawers hold wire, crystals and stones for future projects.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Check out

I spent some time organizing my Haute Keys website today. Let me know what you think!

I am busy making many new items for the Holiday season - many new styles of bracelets and a different type of earring. I will also be selling cufflinks at both my website and Etsy very soon as well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Exclamation Point Mystery

So out of all the typewriter keys I have accumulated for my jewelry, I have only come across two sets that have an exclamation point. Anyone who had an old typewriter - or whose mother had one ;) - knows what one did to create the exclamation point: first, you typed an apostrophe, then hit backspace, then typed a period. Voila!!

No Return!

On manual typewriters there was no RETURN key. The typist had to manually return the carriage (more about that in a future post!). How did she know when it was time? A little bell would ring to tell her she was getting close to the end! The typist would have to finish up the current word, then return the page to start typing on the next line.

With the advent of electric typewriters, the RETURN key was added and used whenever the typist wanted to start this new line.

Of course, on today's keyboard this key is called ENTER - word processors don't need a hard return - the words are placed automatically on the next line. Today, ENTER is used only to start a new paragraph.

So, there are no RETURN keys - on the vintage typewriters!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Where's The One??

Recently I saw someone selling some typewriter keys online. The seller described them as great, but "the set was missing the 1 key".

Well, that key wasn't missing, it just never existed! Back in the day of manual typewriters, one had to use the small letter L to make a 1. Try it - it still will work quite well. :-)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Remember Correction Ribbon?

When I learned to type I was terrible! I am not so great now, but between Spellcheck and the backspace button, I survive, lol! I had to use White Out constantly. But then I got a typewriter that had the correction ribbon! It was so easy peasy - just backspace, hit the key that typed a white letter over the mistake, hit backspace AGAIN, and type the correct letter. Five hours later and the term paper was finished! :P

Friday, August 28, 2009

Random Acts of Keys

I like this new bracelet because it is so random. It is a mix of different size keys, different link layouts and different colors. And I think the gunmetal bracelet lets the keys be the "star".