Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Little Piece of My Heart

“Silver threads and golden needles can not mend this heart of mine,” Austin, Texas native Janis Joplin sang. There may be truth to the lyric, but most ladies would agree that silver and gold make rather nice pick-me-ups when blue days come calling. In today’s economic era, with shopping malls closing their lights to all but a few elderly mallwalkers and the cleaning crew, lovers of handcrafted accessories tend to fill their “shiny object” needs online, browsing the virtual aisles of independent jewelry artisans like Chris of Carolina Bleu to locate something truly special. An Austin native herself, the craft professional behind this unique business lures the eye with the subtle graces of her work, as in her Full Circle earrings, their shape emblematic of life’s cyclical loves and losses. She inspires the spirit with neckware made to dangle, like promises, close to the heart, exemplified in the Loved Ones locket. And she stirs the soul to imagine its possibilities with captivating crystal the likes of Petite Champagne Billy.

In fact, if it’s true, as Paul Simon wrote, that there are “fifty ways to leave,” there must surely be fifty ways to love as well, and at least that many choices of ways to express it through the Carolina Bleu catalog. Our favorites would have to include those of the Economic Crisis Sale, a line of tiny, delicately charming jewelry priced at a mere ten dollars per item. And speaking of affordable, Carolina Bleu has even agreed to go one better: The winner of today’s giveaway will receive one free pair of beautiful Amy Earrings, courtesy of the artist who conceptualized them. To qualify, visit www.carolinableu.etsy.com, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/22/08.

**We have a winner! Shauna who said, "I love the abundance necklace. Its definitely a piece that needs to be added to my collection!Love the paul simon comment as well...its so true"**

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RandomGirlRetuns said...

I love the vintage blue kimono and the pretty pink punk dress. There were these beautiful blue earrings but I couldn't find the name of them.

By the way anyone who mentions paul simon in their blogs is a genius as far as I'm concerned.

Jenn S. said...

I like the catch of the day necklace.

Jingle said...

I love the catch of the day necklace! Gorgeous!

Jingle said...

I'm a subscriber!

arielle said...

The Vintage tablecloth apron is so pretty! And the come around earrings I like a lot too!

ariellezander at gmail dot com

arielle said...

I'm a subscriber too!

Carolyn said...

I couldn't pick just one, so here goes. The wiser time reserve for lauren, catch of the day in blue and bird in the hand necklaces, the namaste and I'll fly away earrings. Gorgeous jewelry on her site.
thanks for sharing it with us

ceashark at aol dot com


carolyn s

Carolyn said...

I', a subscriber to Wishing Willow

thanks

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elenalecue said...

i collect bird designs, so i really love the "i'll fly away" necklace"

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elenalecue said...

i'm a subscriber

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Kerrie said...

I like the Wiser Time Reserved for Lauren necklace, and the Vintage Key necklace...I'm a sucker for anything with keys! =)

Kerrie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Jennifer said...

Lovely prize. :)

I adore the Threefold Earrings.

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Jennifer said...

I am a subscriber. :)

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Super Blogger Girl! said...

I like the catch of the day best!!!

cute!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Shauna said...

I love the abundance necklace. Its definitely a piece that needs to be added to my collection!

Love the paul simon comment as well...its so true

amzonwmn_us@yahoo.com

Shauna said...

I am also a subscriber!

Roberta said...

Hi, I loved the abundance pendant, made of labrodite. It is exquieite. thanks for teh chance to win.

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

Roberta said...

I am a subscriber

rhubbert(at)socal.rr.com

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

The Vintage Key necklace is fantastic! But I love the Cry Me a River, too. Difficult choice.

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

Also, I subscribe. Thanks!

Jess said...

I love the give it time earrings - so pretty...

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Liz said...

i dig the santorini earrings!

Peggy said...

My favorite is the champagne and caviar earrings,so beautiful.
So many beautiful pices I had a tough time deciding. Thanks for the wonderful contest

Peggy said...

I subscribe

mrs.mommyy said...

love the enter and mingle necklace mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

mrs.mommyy said...

subscriber mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Keyomi said...

i love the simple leaf nouveau earrings. very pretty.

thanks.

Keyomi said...

i am a subscriber too :) yay

cathyhall said...

I loved the simple leaf nouveau earrings, they look gorgeous!

cathyhall said...

I am a subscriber

Norris Family said...

I love the raw brass vintage she orbits locket.

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Chelle said...

I love the bird in the hand necklace...it's beautiful!

Chelle said...

I'm a subscriber :)

Mel said...

I adore the raindrops earrings! All of her wares are beautiful!

Ann said...

This jewelry is absolutely gorgeous!!! It was really hard to pick one favorite but one of them is the Longevity necklace. Thanks for this fantastic giveaway. The earrings are just amazing!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

Ann said...

I'm a subscriber and so happy to be one! I love your blog!

ann dot guns at mac dot com

southernjvj said...

I love the "tiny economic crisis" earrings. They cute. I also love the vintage key necklace.

samsakara said...

I love the frio river necklace.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

southernjvj said...

i am a subscriber

mar said...

Come Around Earrings is my favorite - lovely!

Becky said...

I absolutely adore the enter and mingle necklace. How cool is that? Love love love it.

Thanks so much!

Becky said...

I am a subscriber!

actingchic_93 said...

I would like the round and round she go's its really pretty!!
nataliegrace@suddenlink.net

Anonymous said...

how can I choose just one? But if I had to, I guess I'd have to pick the "I'll fly away" blue bird earrings!
Heather
mshes29@yahoo.com
www.basiquesboutique.typepad.com

Just Another Hofeling said...

Love them all ,but if I had to choose it would be the Island Hopping necklace.

Just Another Hofeling said...

I subscribe>>

reb said...

I love the full cirle earrings.

rebbi511 at peoplepc.com

kygirl said...

i'll fly away.

sweet little brass birds set

Sonya said...

Hi,
I really like the thirteen earrings. They are so pretty.

Joseph said...

I subscribed and I love "I'll fly away"

JoEllen said...

I love the Toas hoop earrings!
joellenzafacon(at) gmail dot com

JoEllen said...

I'm a subscriber...

diesel51 said...

Threefold Earring, have a great holiday season.

janehixon said...

the Taos Hoops are my favorite, but all of the jewelry is very unique and lovely.......

janetfaye said...

I like vintage key necklace

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Andreah said...

I like the She Orbits and The Catch of the Day necklaces.

Andreah said...

I'm a subscriber.

Whimsical Creations said...

I like the white wing dove earings.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

Melissa B. said...

I like the Vintage Key Necklace.

Whimsical Creations said...

i am a subscriber.

=) melanie
http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
melanieadey at hotmail dot com

pootieposh said...

My favorite is the Loved Ones Locket.

pootieposh said...

I am a subscriber

Naomi said...

I love the pine cone earrings and the tiny bird earrings.

soccermama1971@yahoo.com said...

I love the picnic anyone skirt.

Anna Lloyd said...

I love the namaste earrings. All her jewellery is the type that really complements a face.

Anna Lloyd said...

I'm a subscriber.

Anonymous said...

My fav. is the Manhattan earrings. All the jewelry is great!

susan wiener, swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

beartifix@aol.com said...

I love owls, so my favorite is "tiny economic crisis". Thanks!

beartifix@aol.com said...

I am a subscriber also.

Proud Wife of a U.S. Soldier said...

I LOVE the white wing dove earrings. They are beautiful & elegant. These are gonna be out on my wish list!

Tanya W. said...

My favorite is the "i'll fly away" earrings.

judybrittle said...

I just love the White Wing Dove earrings. Those are very beautiful.

judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

MaggieM said...

I am absolutely in love with a necklace that's on reserve for someone, called "Wiser Time". It's a 22 inch sterling silver chain necklace with a vintagekey, vintage copper and brass beads, it's just gorgeous! but I would also like to point out that I think it's pretty neat that she also makes pretty aprons from old tablecloths. Talk about recycling.

MaggieM said...

I'm a subscriber by email

maggie@mannwieler.com

Jana said...

the white wing dove earrings are lovely. subtly eyecatching. classic.

Kristin said...

I love the namaste earrings. The design is so delicate and gorgous-like lace.

legenderry[at]cox[dot]net

Sonya said...

catch of the day and I'll fly away would be great Christmas gifts at my house.

Mia J. said...

I really like the santorini. I like the colors and the leaves are very pretty.

sphinx63 said...

I really like the Longevity necklace a lot. Thanks!

sito50 said...

I like the Make Aprons Not War apron. (Her capitalization is different, but I couldn't remember it long enough to post correctly) I love that she uses vintage tablecloths to make these.

sito50 said...

I'm a subscriber

mverno said...

the island hopping necklace

Annie said...

The Vintage Kimono is AWESOME!!

I love it!!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Annie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks

nancyrobster@gmail.com

Kitty said...

I like the catch of the day!

mannequin said...

I just love those "I'll Fly Away" Earrings. I am trying really hard to think of someone I can give them to for Christmas since this is not the season to buy for ones self. And so I am reminding myself over and over again.
These are just absolutely beautiful and yes, as much as I like Janis, I agree that gold and silver are best!

mannequin said...

I'm a happy subscriber!

Angie said...

The vintage key necklace is very cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

angiedkelly at gmail dot com

Angie said...

I am a subscriber. Thanks again!

angiedkelly at gmail dot com

zoe hunter said...

I really love the:
Longevity necklace, very cool. Thanks for the contest.

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber.

Mar said...

I love the necklace catch of the day. It is a perfect shade of blue

Hayley said...

I love the planetary necklace- thanks for the chance to win!

oreo89 [at] gmail [dot] com

Vicky H. said...

I like both Vintage Kimonos and the Blue Catch of the Day chain.

lilnamekangelivy[at]aol[dot]com

Anonymous said...

I think they are called "tiny economist crisis sale" They are earring with a smoky amber color bead. Very pretty!
Thanks,
Linda
spagsrags1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

EDRing said...

I really liked the jesse hoops.


Ellen
eering99@hotmail.com

The Green Yak said...

I really like the design on the "a bird in the hand" necklace! Something I would definitely wear :-D


greenyak [at] yahoo [dot] com

crystal said...

I really enjoyed the Vintage Classy Feel of CarolinaBleu!! I love her "Time Flies" creation:)

cyclona66@aol.com

Anonymous said...

santorini

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Hil'Lesha said...

So classy! I love the abundance.

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

Abby said...

I'll fly away earrings are my favorite!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

elenalecue said...

i like the Abundance pendant!

elenalecue said...

i'm a subscriber via therethere (at) mail.ru

Dumaurier said...

I love the thirteen earrings

Ashley said...

I love- "Give it to me" earrings!
I love the blue color.
Ashlomb@yahoo.com

Tracy said...

pretty vintage brass la fleurs set upon contrasting oxidized sterling silver french hooks!

strawberry3d said...

i just love the rain rain go away necklace.

Stephen said...

I'll fly away... whee!!! thanks.

hazel said...

I love the "santorini"
mitanari[at]yahoo.com

getpalmd said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10803431
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9836346

Love both!

ky2here said...

Here's mine, I love the flourite beads: frio river.

patty said...

I love the abundance pendant. Very beautiful.

idahomom said...

The catch of the day would be perfect for grandma.

grandmap said...

I really liked the jesse hoops.

chattypatty said...

I like the "Rain Rain Go Away" necklace. Thanks.....

TXsunlover said...

I love the spring will come vintage apron and the santorini earrings.
Thanks for the chance to win!
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

TXsunlover said...

I'm a subscriber!
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

kagey10 said...

I really fell for the Catch o the day necklace. beautiful.

thanks so much!


karissag at gmail.com

kagey10 said...

I am subscriber by email!


karissag at gmail.com

okbarbie5 said...

I love your Amy earrings...they are sooo pretty. Thanks for the chance to win a great gift!

Deedles said...

I'll fly away necklace is my favorite.

Shelley said...

My fave is the I'll Fly Away earrings. So Pretty.

Thanks for the giveaway.

tskrush AT cox DOT net

Julie D'Arcy said...

So hard to choose... Love the smoke and mirrors earrings, as well as the Santorini earrings, but my favorite is the Urban Ginko necklace--haven't seen anything like it!
jvdarcy@yahoo.com

llinda29 said...

jesse hoops are just my style

Jamie said...

I like the 'abundance' necklace

Jgold@ramapo.edu

Michelle said...

i would have to choose the longevity necklace. Thanks for the chance to win.

The Creative Critiquer said...

I think the I'll Fly Away Earrings are just precious. They made me melt because they reminded me of some jewelry my great grandmother had. Gorgeous!

elkaye said...

I like the maxine earrings.


elkaye[at]gmail[dot]com

Sarah Z said...

I love round and round she goes necklace and off center necklace!
Thanks
Sarah
believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

Newfangled said...

I absolutely LOVE the petite champagne billy earrings and the like water earrings. Very pretty and unique jewelry!

jenniferbrown[at]gmail[dot]com

One Night Off said...

I like the blue kimono and the pine cone earrings.

Thank you!
onenightoff (at) gmail (dot) com

One Night Off said...

I'm a subscriber.

Thank you!
onenightoff (at) gmail (dot) com

grannyvon said...

I love the Simple Circle Vintage Copper Circles Earrings.ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I am a subscriber. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Christina said...

I have champaign taste! My favorite is the abundance pendant!

Christina said...

I subscribed!

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I love the simplicity of the enter and mingle.

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Imanoptimisticbeauty said...

I subscribe!

imanoptimisticbeauty(at)yahoo(dot)ca

drming said...

My wife loves the Vintage tablecloth apron.

Tonya said...

Rain Rain Go Away is really nice

Internet Finds said...

I like the round and round she goes necklace.

jeanilynne[at]gmail[dot]com

Internet Finds said...

I subscribed via email

jennmalan said...

love the vintage blue kimono really cute

Fangirl Jen said...

The JoJo Hoops are pretty, simple, and elegant.

Charlotte said...

I love the Full Circle earrings!

charlotte(dot)evard(at)comcast(dot)net

~ Sara ~ said...

My favorite thing was the Crown Jewels earrings. OH SOOOO pretty!

Vivien said...

I like the white oaks earrings

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puffpastry.etsy.com

Stacey Moore said...

love the vintage key necklace!

blogged you at prizeatron:
http://www.prizeatron.com/2008/11/contests-for-november-16th.html

thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

Stacey Moore said...

we are subscribers!



thanks!
moore.g@insideconnect.net

cpullum said...

I like the come around!!!!

Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tina12312 said...

I love the jesse hoops! Thank you!

Sarah said...

I love the "rain rain go away" necklace... Thanks!

Beth said...

I love the vintage loved ones locket in the bright yellow. I saw so many pretty pieces..its hard to select just one!

I'd like to subscribe by the way.
adsalez@aol.com

shellydelight.etsy.com said...

The loved one necklace is my fav. Love the gold/mustard color.
Thank you for the opportunity to win!
Michelle
Shellydelight@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I am in LOVE with this item: pretty pink punk dress
Its one of the most gorgeous dresses I've ever seen!

~Mindy

mh562261 at wcupa dot edu

Melinda said...

Ooo I like the vintage apron or the pretty pink punk dress. I'd love to win either.

~Mel (mjf926 at gmail dot com)

JillianLVeit said...

I love the come around earings!

hazel said...

I love the petite champagne billy earrings!
mitanari[at]yahoo.com

Lauren in TN said...

I like the give it time earrings!

lauren
croasla0(at)sewanee.edu

makeetis said...

I liked the rhyme or reason necklace. brewerchickey78(at)yahoo.com

so alaurable said...

I like the long way home necklace and the full circle earrings.

so alaurable said...

Oh, and I'm also a subscriber. Thanks for the giveaway!

vboackle said...

i like the catch of the day necklace.

Samantha said...

My favorite is her "like water" earrings. Pretty color :)

abbydonkraftwerks (at) gmail (dot) com

Tabby said...

I love the Tomboy earrings.

Pinkadot said...

I like the longevity necklace. So feminine and beautiful.

kristilb19 said...

The longevity is gorgeous! I love a lot of the items though!
kristilb19@yahoo.com

Melanie said...

I really like round and round she goes..it's a great contrast!

Melanie B

melanieinaz2003@yahoo.com

Lucky Ladybug said...

My favorite product from Carolina Bleu is the wiser time necklace :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

ols[dot]moonmaiden[at]gmail[dot]com

Lucky Ladybug said...

I subscribe to your feed in Bloglines :)

ols[dot]moonmaiden[at]gmail[dot]com

mogrill said...

The Catch of the day is cool!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the vintage I'll Fly Away little blue birds!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - For an extra entry, I'm a faithful and happy subscriber to Wishing Willow, which gives me a dose of daily BEAUTY!

Cortney said...

I Love the Long Way Home necklace beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway!

angela said...

Bird in the hand necklace.

Dee said...

I like the frio river necklace.

mhgatti (at) yahoo (dot) com

sara said...

I love loved ones in copper..necklace!

sara_mcclintock@yahoo.com

Mama Zen said...

The Raindrops earrings are my favorite!

kelli at pfrog dot net

raych said...

I LOVE the raindrop hoops!

Debra said...

I love the tiny economic crisis line - the champagne and caviar piece is so great!

littlelatina said...

catch of the day

Smooshy said...

the island hopping necklace!

socmama said...

I really like the jesse hoops earrings.

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks!

Michele said...

Ohhhhh, the Island Hopping necklace is to live for!! It is so gorgeous! I also liked the kimono's, they looked real cozy, and I am into cozy!

Michele said...

I am also a subscriber, thank goodness! Can't miss out on all this great stuff, thank you!

Cherie J said...

I love the lyla earrings. Thanks for the contest!

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

Becca Ann said...

I like the tiny economic crisis earrings

Dixie said...

The La Reina earrings are gorgeous!

Dixie said...

I subscribe!

Lynsey said...

Love the lyla earrings

Deborah Wellenstein said...

The "I'll Fly Away" necklace is really great. Thanks!

Jayme said...

i love the rain rain go away...reserved for amoa. beautiful colors!

jayme[dot]bouwens@yahoo[dot]com

Jax said...

LOVE the rain rain go away necklace.

blackhibiscus1 at gmail.com

Jax said...

I'm a subscriber!

sherri419 said...

Thanks for showing me another great Etsy shop! I really like the threefold earrings!!!!

sherri419 at gmail dot com

valerie2350 said...

I'll fly away :)

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