I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jenny Nguyen, the talented bag designer behind the Austin-based Jenny N. Design. My article about Jenny appears in the January issue of Austin Monthly, which can be found on newsstands around town now.
Back when I was browsing Etsy for engagement rings, the work of Jaime Jo Fisher was definitely at the top of the list (I eventually wound up with a beautiful ring set by Kate Szabone). Jaime Jo is an amazing--and totally adorable--jeweler here in Austin who creates rings, necklaces, and earrings from a variety of unexpected and found materials--like shower curtains, pool toys, vintage glass beads, yarn, and sequins.
If you're interested in learning a bit more about the Austin craft scene and the recent launch of The Wondercraft, you should check out my article about both in the August 2009 issue of Austin Monthly.