Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | La Bonne Vie Rockin’ Roses Necklace

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La Bonne Vie Designs | Rockin’ Roses Necklace

The first feature in our Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway Series. La Bonne Vie Designs was founded by Marlene Debeljak in 1999 and has quickly grown, feeding off of her passion for design. Her very popular Rockin’ Roses necklaces (pictured to the left) are handcrafted from a mixture of upcycled and new fabrics, adorned with vintage jewelry pieces. Every Rockin’ Roses necklace is unique and sure to be a conversation starter!

Marlene shares her story below:

“I am so proud to say that my products are all American made! Now more than ever, the idea of handcrafted, made in America means so much to our country.

I became interested in design at an early age. I remember creating doll clothes from pages of sketches that I had spent hours designing. After my first home economics class in seventh grade I was hooked on sewing. I could not have been more thrilled with my project, even if it was just a strawberry place mat. It was perfect for one place setting!

As time went by I made many “real” prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses with purses to match, baby items and gifts. I was suddenly in a little cottage business doing exactly what I loved – designing and sewing. Being creative was always an outlet for me. I made sure to organize my time to allow me to get in the studio no matter how busy I was. Being married, raising three children and holding down a career outside the home was challenging at times. However, my passion to keep the business going was my drive.

In 1999 I wanted to make it official and named the business La Bonne Vie Designs (The Good Life). Since that time, La Bonne Vie Designs has continued to thrive! I have sewn for celebrities, have my work at upscale boutiques and art galleries and am a vendor at premium shows. I am happy to say I am really leading the good life!!”

Enter to Win a five rose Rockin’ Roses necklace, embellished with a time worn vintage rhinestone circle brooch by leaving a comment on this post. Be sure to leave your email address or your entry will not be counted. A winner will be chosen at random on November 24th and contacted via email.

For more information visit and be sure to check out Marlene’s Etsy shop to order Rockin’ Roses necklaces as gifts this holiday season. You can also follow Marlene on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t forget to tell her FOLK said hello!

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84 Responses to Christmas Gift Guide Giveaway | La Bonne Vie Rockin’ Roses Necklace

  1. RoseMary King says:

    Congratulations to La Bonne Vie Designs on living her dream. :) )

  2. Cindy Ferguson says:

    What an inspiration for all of us to follow our dreams! Thanks

  3. Lisa says:

    That is a great story and idea. I wish I could sew.

  4. Bonnie Jobe says:

    Lovely necklace and the pin finishes it perfectly…thanks for the opportunity to win!

    bkjobe at hotmail dot com

  5. Pam Ballard says:

    Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway. I love it..

  6. crystal p says:

    I love this story. I agree it iscrucial that wesupport the American Dream. Thank you for your story.
    Mrsairmanpetty at gmail dot com

  7. Thanks for sharing Marlene’s story and for the great giveaway. She’s an inspiration!

  8. Nicole Roux says:

    These are absolutely darling. Shopping local and/or American made is so important to keeping small businesses alive – especially during the busy holiday season!

  9. Kristen Sherman says:

    I adore the necklaces and they are at such an affordable price for gift giving!

  10. Linda Roy says:

    Love this necklace

  11. Lauren Wanveer says:

    Lovely! I heart upcycled jewelry :)

  12. Vicki Martin says:

    How lovely, Always good to buy American made!

  13. Lori Heagney says:

    Fabric flowers are my new favorite thing! Beautiful! lori.heagney at yahoo dot com

  14. Laura Melton says:

    Gorgeous piece!! Love hand made with love finds!!

  15. Erica Deuel says:

    It is gorgeous!!! I love this necklace and adore handmade things!!

  16. Chenoa says:

    Beautiful! A true inspiration for all of us to follow our dreams!

  17. Joy h says:

    Love antique looking handmade gifts. Would certainly be proud to be sporting this on Christmas!

  18. Kathy Marie says:

    This message just resonates that it is never too late to be successful doing what you love!
    I’m so proud that you followed your heart :-)

  19. Brenda says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway this would be very awesome to win! Congrats on your success!

  20. cindy says:

    I just love unique handmade jewelry. This is just beautiful.

  21. Jen Hottovy says:

    What a beautiful necklace. I would be ecstatic to have one of my own!

  22. Mimi says:

    Would love to win one! So adorable, off to visit the etsy shop!

  23. Susan Bayard says:

    I own two of Marlene’s beautiful spring/summer bags. No matter where I go, I always receive wonderful remarks about them. I also own two Rockin’ Roses necklaces and am complimented each time I wear one at the up-scale restaurant where I’m employed. Hoping to win more, Marlene!

  24. Solange says:

    You story is inspiring. I have heard of you before and thrilled that I found you. It would be so awesome to wear your necklace.

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  26. Sarah Nutter says:

    This is stunning!!!! What a gorgeous necklace and great giveaway!!

  27. Doris Henson says:

    I wouldn’t be able to do this necklace justice….but I wanted to tell you how beautiful it is…someone will be a lucky winner.

  28. Pat says:

    Simply Beautiful!

  29. Teresa Vanselow says:

    What a beautiful necklace!

  30. Cheryl Frederick says:

    Beautiful and very unique. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Renee Lane says:

    Quite beautiful and made in America…love it

  32. Lisa Jones says:

    Beautiful necklaces… Great giveaway!!

  33. Allison says:

    I love anything vintage! Beautiful!!

  34. Christie says:

    Your work is beautiful! Thanks for this opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  35. Cara says:

    Love it! Thanks for this opportunity! :)

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  38. Janell Gardner says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait to wear it! ;) I can see how beautifully it would dress up my casual t-shirt, jeans, & dirt kickin’ boots!! Keep up the amazing work.

  39. Hanna says:

    Very pretty! I do love a fancy necklace :)
    Fantasticafternoon at yahoo dot com

  40. Nanci says:

    Beeeeeautiful necklace!! anxious to look at more of your items on etsy!! Thanks for being
    so thoughtful. Merry Christmas!

  41. Denise S. says:

    Beautiful necklace and great giveaway!

  42. connye Neal says:

    Lovely unique necklace!

  43. DTab says:

    Marlene does such awesome work! This is such a unique necklace ,that can go with just about any kind of outfit! You should also, see some of the vintage purses she makes and designs, I have one and just love it!!!!!! (:

  44. Jeannine says:

    Adorable! jdigioia at mac dot com

  45. Kristi says:

    So gorgeous! Thank you for entering me :-) Love it!

  46. Glenda says:

    I love thus necklace. Trying to learn to make. My son is getting married in June and his bride to be is very interested in timeless pieces Love the give always thank you

  47. Katie G says:

    Stop it. This necklace is stupid awesome. Holler at me upcycled! ENTER!

  48. Kathleen Ditmore says:

    Love all things vintage. Lovely! Thank you for providing the opportunity to win something so beautiful!

  49. Meribeth Miller says:

    I love the necklace, would be ever so happy to wear it!

  50. Ti says:

    Love this! thanks for the chance to win… blessings to everyone!!!

  51. Erica H says:

    What a beautiful necklace! The muted colors are prefect for winter.

  52. heidi defaut says:

    I LOVE the things you make. I do a lot of the same kind of thing and have always wished I could make a living doing it. You inspire me.

  53. Diana Morton says:

    Beautiful necklace. Would love to be that adventurous to start a business doing what I loved!

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  55. Gina says:

    These are beautiful and unique.

  56. Shawn Johnson says:

    Hello, I just love the necklace and I just wanted to tell you that when I was young I had this stuffed animal, I think it was a dog or a bear and I would make clothes for it!!!!!

  57. jennifer humphrey says:

    I love Marlene’s style from her rockin roses to her purses to her revamped furniture she does. If there is anyone who deserves to reach her dreams its her!

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    Love the necklaces. Great giveaway.

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  64. Lucy says:

    OH my goodness! this is beautiful!!

  65. Amber says:

    So gorgeous! I would love love love to win one of these!

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  67. Michelle says:

    Love it!

  68. Laurie Buck says:

    How beautiful! Love roses and love handmade. Although I had to put my email into the post, here it is anyway:

  69. Kathy says:

    So pretty, please add my name. Thank you.

  70. Jeanette Roodhouse says:

    What a creative necklace. Love it!

  71. Beth D. says:

    Love the rockin roses necklace! Thanks for the chance to win!

  72. I just love this, this is beautiful and would look great with jeans, a little black dress, shall I say just about anything!!

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  76. Pamela Christopher says:

    So lovely. Would love to wear this. God bless.

  77. Helene says:

    very different!

  78. Judy says:

    So cool and pretty.
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  79. Rachael W says:

    Lovely! Thank you for entering me!

  80. Rachael W says:

    Baby it’s Cold Outside–Natalie Cole and James Taylor. Love the song and LOVE the necklace!

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