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Boutique Spotlight: For The Love of Parts & Labour

We feel so lucky to have had this chat with Lizelle Villapando of Parts & Labour (1117 S. Congress Ave.), at such a pivotal moment for the business. Lizelle’s artful and happy space is a staple of the South Congress shopping district here in Austin. Now after 13 years in their storefront, P&L are moving to a to-be-determined new location in January. All are invited to come celebrate the transition at their party this Friday, December 2 with fundraising fun, drinks, art sale and a DJ. Claire Sommers Buck: Tell us a bit about your background & how you got started doing what you’re doing. Lizelle Villapando: Hmmm... As for my "background," I studied photography and my business partner, Talena,...

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New Lanna Collection: Thai Adventure Meets Everyday

With the end of summer comes reflection on the idea of "getting back to real life" and out of a vacation mindset. Since each of my collections is inspired by a place I've traveled, sometimes I am lucky enough to go on a vacation and call it work. But when I come home, I design jewelry for the everyday.  I went to Thailand to visit friends who were teaching there. We took scooters to the beach and stayed at a national park that happens to be an island. We rode a long-tail boat, snorkeled and camped in hammocks - didn't even have a tent, and woke up to the ocean. The next stop was a cave lodge and hostel in Chiang Mai. That triangle piece shown above came...

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How To Clean + Care For Your Jewelry

Brass, bronze and sterling silver jewelry has an appeal that is hard to match. The warm earthy tones, the low cost and the rustic appeal all contribute to its lovely charm. Unfortunately, over time and when not worn, these lovely metals can tarnish and turn dull. This natural oxidation process is intriguing, simply because it gives the jewelry character and builds upon its story. However, every once in awhile, that dull finish needs a facelift and the jewelry needs a good cleaning. Besides, who wants their jewelry just sitting around, looking drab? Let’s make those beautiful handmade pieces shine so we can wear them with confidence! At the CSB Jewelry studio, we have tested some great DIY, all-natural jewelry polishing...

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Renegade Craft Fair | Maker Spotlight | CSB Jewelry

The Renegade Craft Fair does a lovely series of Maker Spotlights on their blog and we were fortunate enough to be featured when the fair rolled through town. Check out our interview with them and an insider's scoop into our east Austin studio & production processes HERE.  Thank you again RCF team! Can't wait to see you again in November! xo

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