Origin Desginer Market - This Weekend!

Its here! Origin Designer Market is happening this weekend!!!!!
We have so much in store for you, I can't even contain my excitement {and nervousness}. Enjoy a craft cocktail from the AMAZING Sourced Craft Cocktails, while shopping from 35 designers who all call Texas home.  We have lined up the best vendors to make your last week of holiday shopping a breeze. To help inspire you, we've curated a Holiday Gift Guide. You'll find all of these designers at Origin Designer Market, along with plenty of additional delightfully unique gift options.
1. She’ll love dressing up the walls with fail’s 3 Strand Organic Mobile, $323
2. She can travel in style with this Drawstring Travel Bag Set from Little Minnow, $34
3. On trend and only available in person, snag her a one of a kind vase, mug, or plate from Era Ceramics,  $28-$78
4. She is worth a splurge with a handmade quilt like the Cascade Quilt from Initial K studios, $425
5. Let her entertain in style with Eliana Bernard’s Marble Round Serving Tray, $160
6. Nourish and feed her skin to keep the winter at bay with Boyd’s Farm Soap & Serum Bundle, $48
7. Dress up her arm with Elisha Marie’s Dawning Bracelet, $146
8. Help her stay in the holiday mood with this spicy Orange and Clove Candle from Slow North, $34
We still need help getting the word out so please follow us on InstagramRSVP to our Facebook event, and definitely share the word.  We need as many people as possible to make this one amazing event we want to bring back year after year!
Interested in doing more?  Sign up to be one of our volunteers and get to know us, and our community even better.  I can't wait to see you all there!

Trail of Lights - Night Lights Preview Party

I am having my first Austin holiday show this Friday evening, December 9th, at the Trail of Lights Night Lights Preview Party!  I am honored to be one of the vendors selected by Edible Austin as a part of their maker's market from 6-10pm.  
If you are not familiar with the Trail of Lights, you are not from Austin! Our iconic holiday party is back with a vengeance and is bigger and better than ever!  If you want to beat the crowds, see live music by Greyhounds & Shiney Ribs, drink some fancy hot drinks, and snag a few presents, this event is for you!  Buy tickets now before they are all sold out!
What began as a small gathering in 1965 known as the "Yule Fest," a gift to the city of Austin from Austin Parks and Recreation Department, has now grown to be a community-wide celebration of the unique spirit and people that make Austin the place we love to call home. In the 52 years since the first Yule Log was lit, the Trail of Lights has expanded to more than 40 displays, 2 million lights and holiday activities that create countless memories. Each new display, community performance and lighted tunnel has added a new layer to the holiday tradition and brought us together more as a community. Today, the Trail of Lights is one of the three largest events in Austin and receives national accolades while remaining a deeply cherished local tradition. 
I hope to see you there!

Forma, Spring 2016


For Spring 2016 I focused on simple geometry and the interplay of shape, proportion, and negative space.  Forma is the result of a conversation between these ideas.  Our classic hammered texture adds interest and dimension, allowing these pieces to shine in their simplicity.  True to our core, each piece remains extremely lightweight, encouraging you to wear them again and again.  They might just be your new favorite piece!




Be among the first to shop the collection online.

photographs by George Barberis

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I am proud to be a part of the third annual FELIZ this Sunday at Austin’s Palm Door!  With a careful selection of independent designers, makers, and artists, it will be a one-day sale like no other. FELIZ is an opportunity for Austin’s creative community to unite in a fun, inspiring and laid-back setting, meet artisans from around the country and shop their wares directly.  I hope to see you there.

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Custom Ceremony {Update}

One of the main reasons for closing Schatzelein last year and building a studio behind our house was to give me more time to expand fail along with expanding my creative talents and skills.  Designing and crafting custom ceremony rings was something I wanted to focus on, not only because I think Austin needs more non-traditional ceremony rings, but because it also allows me to push my creativity.  The stress and excitement of creating a wedding band in precious metal with precious stones is thrilling and nerve racking, but the results are absolutely worth it.  Being a part of that process, and being honored to create a ring that signifies a commitment as important as marriage is pretty special.

My goal in creating custom rings is to make rings that are organic, unique, every-day wearable, and price conscious.  My customer doesn’t want to see another woman with the same ring and generally need a ring that is just as easy to leave on, as take off.  I tend to love a hammered texture, and organic bezel is my preferred setting, and I love to offset it with flush-set small precious stones.

So… here are a few of the rings that I have created in the past few weeks and months.  More are in the works and will come soon!

Stalnecker-Stengle Ring 3

Martin Ring 3

oval rosecut diamond in 18k yellow gold

MIchelle Ring 3

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Magnum at Ransom

I was the lucky guest of Ben & Natalie at last Friday’s opening of Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age at the Harry Ransom Center.  I was excited by the promise of duck-fat fries, free cocktails, and some schmoozing, but I was not prepared to be blown away by the exhibit, which made me almost completely forgot about the former!

For a little background, “Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century, shaping history and revolutionizing photography’s influence on modern culture. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus ensuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence” – HRC

I don’t even know what to really say about how entranced I was at the collection.  Not only were these photographs beautiful, but they told stories, known and unknown, they opened up new worlds, and showed familiar ones in new lights.  All I can say is go, explore, remember, learn, and get inspired!  I included a few shots of my favorite photo stories below to give you a little idea of what to expect.  So go!  Its free!



Strange Bedfellows – White Supremacists and The Nation of Islam

Paul Newman - because I love him!

Paul Newman – because I love him!

Afghanistan in the 60's - Doesn't look much different from today

Afghanistan in the 60’s – Doesn’t look much different from today

Gypsies Series

Gypsies Series

Biker Gang Series

Biker Gang Series



Harlem - notice the dog

Harlem – notice the dog

Jim Goldber's series Rich and Poor - incorporating image and text

Jim Goldber’s series Rich and Poor – incorporating image and text

Great Brittan

Great Brittan


Tienanmen Square

Tienanmen Square

The Texas border

The Texas border




Fashion Magazine, Austin - 1 of 2 - gotta find one of these!

Fashion Magazine, Austin – 1 of 2 – gotta find one of these!








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fail Fall 2013

page 5I am pleased to launch my fall 2013 collection, Ellipse!  For this collection I focused on softer rounded shapes and a more organic feeling.  I also incorporated more color than ever before with organic turquoise, iolite, kyanite, and lapis nuggets.  I really enjoyed being more sculptural with this collection, layering wire, sheet, and stone, and I always enjoy the challenge of taking conventional materials but utilizing them in different and new ways, having a variety of price points, and a balance of delicate and bold.  The entire collection can be found on the fail website and also coming to our retailers across the country.

I hope you enjoy the it as much as I do!

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Local Threads

While traveling recently, I kept going into small local boutiques carrying clothing from independent designers, at reasonable price points.  I am a big supporter of local shops, eateries, and makers, but realized that I didn’t have a go-to for clothing here in Austin.  I started to scratch my head thinking of where I could shop locally in Austin for clothing, and better yet, clothing from independent makers, that was affordable.

When thinking of this, and polling the girls in the office, we all came up blank.  There are a ton of vintage stores in Austin, a handful of local shops that carry cheap “party girl” clothing, and super pricy stores that carry amazing clothing, just not in my budget.  Honestly, I think this is a recurring theme in Austin’s retail scene, and was one of the reasons that I originally opened Schatzelein.   Its this type of conversation that really makes me sad about closing the doors to Schatzelein in May.  I know there is a population out there looking to find high quality and high fashion pieces locally and affordably.

I wanted this post to highlight some of Austin’s best local clothing boutiques, but now its turned into a call for suggestions.  Please, tell me where you shop locally for clothing, and better yet, clothing from independent makers.  Hopefully I will have some places to scope out and share with you all soon!

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Handmade Roundup {Renegade Craft Fair Austin }

At this years Renegade Craft Fair in Austin I had a little help from Katie and Maggie, which allowed me to finally take time to check out the show, meet new makers, and grow budding friendships.  I found so many great new artists and I wanted to share my favorites from Austin and beyond.  All of these designers have websites, allowing you to snag handmade goodies any time.  I hope you were able to discover someone new!

IMG_1634Linoleum prints by artist and musician Dana Falconberry

eleventy-fiveSuper sweet graphic onesies from eleventy-five

amanda michael designsThe cutest Kitties from Amanda Michael Design

nell & maryLinen tea towels and canvas totes by Nell & Mary

IMG_1631Custom portaits by Emmiebean


Old Factory Soap CoOrganic soap and cutting board seasoning sticks {which came home w me} by Old Factory Soap Co. 

purl & loopThe cutest DIY felted animal kits from purl & loop

satchel & sageBeautiful textiles and prints by Satchel & Sage sloan & tommyGeometric jewelry by Sloan + Tommy

IMG_1594For those special occasions, tees from Little Gents in Training

IMG_1597Colorful servingwear from Ceramica Botanica

Filed under: diy, events

Dusen Dusen at Olive

I have been intrigued by the clothing line Dusen Dusen for a while, but hadn’t been able to track down their line here in Austin until now!  Olive is hosting a spring launch party for Dusen Dusen tomorrow, Wednesday April 10th, from 5-7pm.  I have included some of my favorites from the spring line below.  I cant wait to see them in person!  Get the details and RSVP here.

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