Tuesday, February 23, 2010


I am SO ready for Spring, we have had enough of the cold, nasty weather - it's actually sleeting here in Austin today!

With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to for today's Turquoise Tuesday featured items to be something to make us think of warm weather, sunshine and best of all, summer clothes!

I love white and turquoise together, especially with the pop of lemon yellow; a fresh color combination that would be just the thing with a crisp white sundress or to punch up a plain white t-shirt!

The Lilypad Necklace - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26052195
Featherweight Earrings - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=26052878

And please be sure to visit my Etsy shop for more designs! debbiecarroll.etsy.com/

Friday, February 19, 2010

Meet Gina Dunn, A Featured Artist from Artisan Style! Upcoming Show, "Uncommon Ground", March 12th in Dallas

With the upcoming group show at Artisan Style, rapidly approaching, I'd like to introduce fellow artist Gina Dunn whose wonderful work will be feautured!

The theme of the show is "Uncommon Ground" and this title is a perfect description of Gina's art, especially her lovely depictions of trees - a common subject, but presented by Gina with a fresh perspective!

Gina Marie Dunn

Education: BA in Communitcations/Public Relations from Loyola University New Orleans, Minor in Studio Arts

Current City/Hometown: live in Dallas, originally from Brooklyn, NY

Tell me about your work in one sentence.  With the subject matter of my paintings varying from cellular abstractions to modern landscapes, there is a dreamlike, organic aspect to my work that pervades.

Describe your normal day. What would your *ideal* day be like?  On a "Normal" day, I am up at 6:00 a.m. to get in a run before my husband and three kids are up at 7:30 (I am training for my sixth half marathon), then hubby is off to work and the kids and I spend the morning either hanging out outside if weather permits, playing with toys, or going to and from activities.  While the kids take afternoon naps I usually get some time to paint out in my studio. Painting time has been very limited lately with the arrival of our third child just two and a half weeks ago, but I look forward to painting more when the baby gets on a more regular schedule in the next few months.  Right now I am just trying to enjoy my kids as much as possible because they grow so fast.

What are your passions? my family, art, yoga, writing 

What are your goals?  to become an internationally recognized artist 

Who are your creative influences? Marc Chagall, Vincent Van Gogh, Joseph Cornell, Frida Kahlo 

Are there any other relevant experiences that shaped who you are today and what you do?  It is in my blood to create. My mother is an amazing artist who has taught me so much about painting. I still have so much to learn from her.  She's the only one in my family who will give me an honest critique! :) 

Is there anyone (celebrity, dead, alive, in your life) that you really look up to as an inspiration?  While pregnant with my third child, I have painted more than I ever have in my life. The pregnancy was a very difficult one, full of concerns and worries, and to process all of the stressful news we received I took the term "art therapy" to a while new level.  I took bouts of insomnia and turned them into productive hours in the studio. Luckily our prayers were answered and our son was born perfect and healthy, but the experience of carrying him has changed me forever, and I lovingly call him my little muse.  I feel some of my best work has been created in the past nine months. 

What motivates you on a daily basis?  Do you have a "guilty pleasure" that you can't miss out on to get you going?  On a daily basis, I am motivated by fresh air, sunshine and the laughter of my children. My "guilty pleasure" comes at the end of the day when the kids are in bed and my husband and I cuddle on the couch and indulge in our favorite TV shows and nightly dessert of chocolate chip cookies or an ice cream sundae.  I would rather run five miles every day mainly so I can enjoy dessert at night!  

What's your working style?  Do you work for 12 hours straight nonstop, or do you take lots of breaks?  Although I could easily work the day away if given the opportunity (I have too many ideas for my own good sometimes),  being the mother of three children under four simply does not allow for that.  Instead, I work in spurts, whenever I can carve some time out of the day, whether that is late in the evenings, early mornings, on Fridays when I have help at home, just whenever.

What are your websites/social networking links?

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Not too long ago, a woman emailed to say that she really loved a necklace of mine that she had purchased from the Haberdashery Boutique when visiting Fredericksburg. Unfortunately on the trip home she left her bag - with the necklace in it - on the airplane and arrived home to find no necklace!

She asked if I could make another, so I'm searching for more vintage coral pressed glass, but in the meantime was inspired to make these two designs similar to (but not exactly like) the original!

Flower Press Necklace
All Tied Up Turquoise Necklace

For a variety of turquoise designs be sure to visit my shop!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Turquoise doesn't always have to be paired with silver, or even metal; it's such a versatile stone it really can be mixed with a multitude of materials.

In this week's featured piece, turquoise actually plays a supporting role, letting this lovely vintage bakelite pendant take center stage. Other organic elements such as carved bone, and wonderfully smooth vintage wooden beads, lend their stage presence as well.

For more turquoise designs, please be sure to visit my Etsy store, where I also have some Valentine goodies on hand...if you need to drop a hint, feel free to forward the link!

To view this week's sale item: http://bit.ly/bThleE

Friday, February 5, 2010

The Haberdashery Boutique & Jill's Forecast for 2010!

One of my favorite places to shop - anywhere - is the Haberdashery Boutique in Fredericksburg, Texas. Owner, Jill Elliott, who also happens to be one of my favorite people, loves all things vintage as I do, and her vision of a "modern vintage boutique" is right on the mark! With Valentine's Day approaching, a trip to Fredericksburg and The Haberdashery Boutique, would be a great way to spend the day or the weekend!

Jill carefully selects beautiful and beautifully made clothing with a vintage flair (no troublesome stains or vintage wear and tear to worry about) and to-die-for accessories like hats, shoes, handbags, headbands & jewelry. I met Jill at the Austin Christmas Affair a few years ago, and knew her shop would be the perfect place for my jewelry, and it has been a wonderful and enjoyable partnership ever since! The gorgeous pieces I've purchased from Jill, have become cherished staples of my warddrobe.

I recently caught up with Jill and she was kind enough to chat about the boutique for my readers, she also shared photos of the recent renovation of the store, and the adorable embellished headbands that she designed and crafted herself!

So, Jill, tell us about the store and what is going on this year?

Ok, so we are finally organized and ready for 2010 in our store with newly finished beautiful wood floors. Yea! I wish I had sanded them 5 years ago, the entire store looks so much better, everything is highlighted!

Spring clothing has started to arrive and the store is transitioning once again to the next season. I love this time of year…lighter fabrics, more color, new styles. I just read in the Wall Street Journal from last week that “everything is in” for fashion. The designers are showing hodge podges of everything from years past, creating new looks for today. We are finally at the fashion point when your personal style and body shape is determining what to buy and wear. FINALLY!!! I was never one to be “on trend”…I didn’t wear mini skirts when they were “in”, skinny jeans never looked good on me, and I’ve never liked trench coats, but I always felt like I was “in fashion” anyway. I wore and still wear what I like and what I think looks best on my body shape. I am so happy to hear the fashion “Knows” feel the same. So, wear what you like everyone and you’ll be perfectly in fashion. The fashion trend is out!

For our early spring deliveries, I’m seeing lots of saturated colors like navy, purple, orange, turquoise, acid green. On the opposite scale you’ll see the fabulous neutral shades in whites, creams, and grays, with lots of organic cottons, knits and linens, but all very textural. Buy classic pieces so you don’t get sick of wearing them and this also allows you to change the “look” of the piece by adding different layering pieces under or over the piece, and different jewelry and scarves.

I’ve seen lots of fun hair accessories recently. I started making flower headbands for the store in November as a fun and inexpensive accessory. I use beautiful silk and fabric flowers with feathers, pearls, felted wool (I felted myself), jewelry pieces, beads, etc…Each one is a little different and they are selling very well.

The store will celebrate it’s 9th anniversary on March 17th, on St. Patrick’s Day. I remember the first day I was open; I was so scared no one would find me in the back of the Hill Country Music store. Thankfully, a few people did find me and I sold $67.00 that first day. Every time I sold one item, I’d buy 2 to replace it. That’s how I finally got to where I am today…a beautiful store with lots of beautiful clothing and accessories, in a Historic Building right in the heart of Main Street Fredericksburg. No matter where I go from here, I’ll always remember my first tiny store and the opportunities and training that it brought me in my humble beginnings. Thanks to my dad for letting me set up shop in the back of his music store so I could learn the ropes.

In a year when money seems to be tight for many of us, I’ll be concentrating on great values on clothing, an fabulous accessories and pretty jewelry, plus of course those obscure and unique fashions from far and wide. Come shop with us and see what treasure you might find!

Check out Jill's shop online: http://www.haberdasheryboutique.com/

Also be sure to follow Jill's blog: http://haberdasheryboutique.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Another gray, gloomy day here in Austin, where is the sun????

Today's featured turquoise item will hopefully brighten your day - it is my "Like Water for Chocolate" necklace - yes, like the movie - one of my favorites! This is a chunky piece which combines two great materials, turquoise and vintage lucite! It is all knotted on cord and the colors work beautifully together!

To see more designs featuring turquoise, please visit my shop at: debbiecarroll.etsy.com/

On sale until NEXT tuesday, when a new item will be featured!

A short post for today, I will be blogging about one of my favorite shops - The Haberdashery Boutique in Fredericksburg, later in the week, so stay tuned!