Thursday, December 3, 2009

EtsyAustin's Craft Riot - a Handmade Revolution in Shopping

Know I've been remiss in posting new material, but I've been BUSY!!!

Here is a great event I'm participating in this weekend (and helped plan), if you are in the Austin area, please be sure to come check it out! We have several Etsy team members participating and it will be great sampling of wares for holiday shopping. Santa will be on hand for photo ops, and since we are teaming up with, the $3.00 admission will also buy you a glass of wine (bottled water for tee-totallers and underage patrons)!

I forgot to add earlier - we have fantastic goody-bags we are handing out to the first 25 people each day, I've seen them and they are spectacular!

For more details about the participating artists, be sure to visit:

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bead Sale Today & The Vintage Stockpiler

Over the years I have amassed quite a collection of beads, findings and other "stuff" needed (yes, needed) to make jewelry. Now that I am painting too, I've had to come to terms with the fact that I might never use everything I have in my "bead room" and so, I've decided to sadly part with many of my treasures.

The thing with vintage finds, is that when you stumble across something really great, you must buy it or very possibly never see it again - and before you know it - you have hundreds (maybe thousands?) of beads, stones, pearls, buttons, ribbon, the list goes on!

I have also opened an additional Etsy shop to deal with this addiction:

So if you can't make it to today's sale, please be sure to visit my shop when you feel the need to add to your stash!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Interview with Roxana Ramseur, Costume Designer!

Cusom Bridal Millinery, Roxana Ramseur Vanessa Muncreif and David Gavril, Married August 2009Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear
Santa Fe Opera’s Alceste, 2009 Composer, Christoph Willibald Gluck, c.18 Director, Francisco Negrin Choreography, Anna Yepes Costume + Set Design, Louis Desire Tom Corbeil, bass-baritone + Paul Groves, tenor (reclined) Photo, Ken Howard Armor, Roxana Ramseur
As promised, here is the interview with the talented Roxana Ramseur! She is an extremely creative individual and capable of anything she puts her mind (and hands) to! For more on Roxana & photos, please be sure to check out her blog:

dc: First of all, please tell us about what you do?

roxana: I design and build costumes for theater and dance, as well as, theatrical millinery (hats) and crafts (everything that is worn, but is not a hat or clothing (wings, masks, jewelry, shoes, armor...).

dc: How did you get started?

roxana: I've been making things pretty much since I can remember. One of my earlierest memories of sewing is from when I was a tot. Mom would give me a big, dull plastic needle and I would force it (it's very difficult to sew with a dull needle!) through a folded scrap of swiss-dot or whatever remnants were lying around, stuff it with fiber fill, and make tiny pillows.

dc: What is your training and background?

roxana: I have a BA in Textiles and Apparel Design from UT Austin and augmented those classes with UT's amazing costume design (w/ Susan Tsu) and draping (w/ Jim Glavin) classes. the rest of my training comes from work experience in my field - the best way to learn!

dc: When did you know this is what you wanted to do?

roxana: Finally, in the last semester of my undergrad junior year, I admitted to myself that I was studying to be a fashion designer - I had previously considered it an unrealistic sort of job - and declared my major. I left fashion and moved to theater 5 years later, after deciding that I needed more daily access to making things.

dc: What is your favorite project you ever worked on?

roxana: I found immense satisfaction carving bead foam with an electric knife and a rasper to sculpt warrior masks for the opera "Radamisto" designed by Gideon Davey at the Santa Fe Opera (2008). the shape was fill-out with oil clay, a paper-mache cast was made for the mask, which was finally painted and decorated.

Santa Fe Opera’s Radamisto, 2008 Composer, Handel, c.18 Director, David Alden Costume and Scenic Design, Gideon Davey Crafts Head, Roxana Ramseur Warrior Masks and Armor

dc: What would you like to work on next?

roxana: I am very excited to be designing costumes for writer/director Young Jean Lee's new work "Lear" commissioned by the Soho Rep., which an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear". It will open in this coming January at the Soho Rep. in NYC. I designed her last play "The Shipment" which is currently on tour and playing in Paris and Berlin in the next weeks.

Thanks Roxana, we are all very inspired by what you do and probably a little envious, it sounds very exciting!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my all time favorite holidays, probably because it also my birthday, but I've always loved trick-or-treating, the costumes, and the whole ritual of it all!

While I appreciate store-bought costumes, I truly love making them for my kids & myself. Today I will share a few of our favorites!

If you like costuming, be on the lookout for my upcoming post featuring Roxanna Ramseur, baby-sister to my friend Raquel, and very talented New York costumer & milliner responsible for out of this world designs - she did the hats for "Wicked" on Broadway!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Quick Post!

Just a quick post today, as I am prepping to leave this week for yet another out of town show!

At the urging of fellow jewelry designer, Jonna Barr, I decided to try out a new venue (for me), The Peddler Show in Rosenberg, Texas - southwest of Houston.

For those of you unfamiliar with this series of shows, the Peddler Show is held in several cities around Texas, usually twice a year in each locale. Once known as the Country Peddler Show, these venues have become geared more toward artisan wares and less toward "country". I am excited to try out something new & gain some new customers! I will be sure to take pictures to share with you upon my return.

If you are in or around the Houston area, consider stopping by and checking it out!

Here are the details:

Rosenberg Fall Show
Friday October 23 - Sunday October 25, 2009

The Peddler Show offers shoppers a one-of-a-kind custom shopping experience that can't be duplicated. A trip to the mall will never feel the same after you've seen the vast selection of unique items the Peddler Show has to offer!

It's never too early to start shopping for Christmas! Beat the crowds at the mall and find everything for everone on your list this year at The Peddler Show!


Friday Sneak Peek/Stroller Free: 12pm-1pm
Friday: 1pm - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Monday, October 12, 2009

Something Fishy at the Good Art Co.

As some of you may know, this summer I joined The Good Art Co. Gallery in Fredericksburg and am displaying works there.

This is a great little gallery, well worth the visit (a short drive to Fredericksburg, Texas from Austin) and it offers a really nice variety of work by local and regional Texas artists. The gallery is owned by Jill Holland, whose work I love - subtle and abstracted with atmospheric colors and unique applications of non-traditional materials.

My latest collection features a grouping of colorful fish, I am intrigued by their beautiful luminous color and they are just fun to paint!

On the first Friday of each month, The Good Art Co. participates in Fredericksburg's monthly "Art Walk", along with many of the other galleries in town. Each gallery teams up with one of the local wineries in the surrounding Hill Country area, and it's a wonderful way to spend an evening (or entire weekend) in Fredericksburg!

Here is a sampling of work by the artists in our gallery, ranging from wildly colorful & abstract to the subdued and more traditional:

You will also see one of my favorite pieces in the gallery, a large Koi fish by Keely Smith - this is a spectacular catch!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Meet the Artist - Etcetera Trunk Show!

That would be me! Come join us on Wednesday, October 7th from 9am until 1pm; I will be showing new jewelry designs to coordinate with the beautiful clothing of Etcetera presented by Haute Chics, Jana Lee Gondren, Laurie Mertens & Stephanie McCollum!

If you are not familiar with the this wonderful clothing line from New York, you need to get acquainted! These are clothes to build a warddrobe around with intricate dressmaker details, beautiful fabrics and styles that are current, but not trendy. These are garments you could easily wear for the next 10 years (or more!) and just keep adding to your collection! For a look at the current collection, visit:

I really like how each season the collection offers new items that coordinate with items you have purchased for previous seasons, and the Haute Chics will lend their expertise at finding the most flattering styles and fit for YOU!

My latest jewelry designs are the perfect compliment to this season's collection and great for updating your existing warddrobe. As a special promotion for the day, I will be offering a "buy 2 earrings, receive the 3rd pair free", equal or lesser value. Etcetera is also offering a 20% sale off of that fashion staple, black, for both the holiday line and fall line.

You will find us tomorrow at Jana Lee's home:

Jana Lee Gondran's Home
9301 Simmons Road
Austin, Texas 78759

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Last Day to come out to Round Top!

A good time is being had by all, great antiques, vintage & handcrafted finds + fun & friendly people (not to mention slightly cooler weather) are the formula for a perfect Sunday outing!

Do you like our "greeter"? Chad has a booth next to mine filled with furniture, old hardware, old jewelry, emphemera, oddities - you name it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Back home again after a day at Round Top. Thanks to our fast-thinking neighbors, the booth remained unscathed even after the torrential downpour Monday night and the resultant, ankle-deep flood!

More fun was had by all and foot traffic a little busier now that Marburger Farms has opened it's gates. I do find it hard to believe that people will pay $25 per person to get into Marburger the first day, when all around are great venues like the Texas Rose where you can shop for free, but plan to go check it out myself this week and see what all the excitement is about...

Today's featured dealer, is a friend and favorite of mine, LeAnn Stephenson of The Vintage Laundry. Her blogspot, is one of funniest blogs I've ever come across and a welcome diversion. I especially love her "Want it Wednesday" posts!

LeAnn is a true renaissance woman, she is a talented graphic designer and decorator and has a great eye for vintage finds! If you can't make it to Round Top to check out her vintage goods in person, be sure to catch her at the monthly City-wide Garage Sale in Austin, another great place to shop! You can also visit her Etsy shop:

Joining LeAnn this week, is her niece Morgan Avary, who follows in her Aunt's footsteps with a business of her own, "Vintage Gal Rings". Her rings are beautifully displayed and make a great gift for either you or a friend! You may contact her at:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Round Top Continued....

One of the highlights of Round Top for me, has been meeting Stan Williams, friend of LeAnn Stephenson ( and the subject of one of my next blogs) and thrifter extraordinaire. Stan has written a wonderful book titled, "the find", which is filled with beautiful homes decorated with unique flea market, vintage, and thrift shop finds, a particular interest of mine. So I now happily own a signed copy and am looking forward to a quiet moment to put my feet up and read it at my may be a while!

Stan also blogs daily on "elegant thrifter" at be sure to check it out!

Melissa manned the fort today in Round Top, and I will be taking my turn tomorrow - so stay tuned for more vintage finds & updates!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Round Top - Day 1

Just a very quick post to say it was a fun, but very long, hot, sweaty day at Round Top!

I really had to keep my blinders on to refrain from buying something great at every booth - not an easy task.

Here are a few quick photos of our booth and some of the surrounding booths - will have more tomorrow on book signings and other items of interest!