September 2008

Yesterday’s I Made It! Market /Sundae Market in Schenley plaza was a lot of fun. Well, the only part that wasn’t fun was when a sudden burst of wind sent handmade goods crashing to the ground and launched a few huge tents across the market. I heard the screaming, looked up and saw one tent tumbling towards my section and people covering their heads. It was crazy. Luckily, nobody was hurt and everyone pitched in to help the vendors who got tossed around by the wind.

Despite the gloomy weather at the beginning of the day, business was pretty good. I got some good feedback on my new designs and new t-shirt brand. I was also lucky enough to have some family visit and watch my table for a bit so I could check out all of the other crafty vendors. There was a lot of cool stuff and the DJ was rocking all day.


  • trading one of my tote bags for a really cool pair of resin earrings by Rockyn Robyn
  • getting to meet Cosy of CosyKnits and the Pittsburgh Craft Collective
  • getting a chance to visualize and reflect on table set-up and more in order to plan for Handmade Arcade 2008

Here is a photo of my space at the market:

I have so much to do before Handmade Arcade! I just burned a few new screens and I am really excited to print some new stuff.

Thank you to Ben (i think?) of Sundae Market and Carrie from I Made It! Market– this was a really great event.


I have recently set up a new in-house craft studio in the spare bedroom. This is in addition to my basement screen-printing studio. While it might sound like I am taking over the house, you have to understand that Steevo has like 18 million bicycles and all of the parts, spandex gear, shoes, cases of clif bars, gallons of gu, etc. to go with the bikes. Enough to fill up two houses, so I think it works out. One of the new things that I have been working on is clocks. A long time ago, I was dabbling around making lamps and clocks and I finally got back to it. Here is one of them:

I am also working on some new designs for screen-printing. Look for new shirts, clocks (screen-printed), dresses, tote bags, and onesies for the lil’ ones. I’ll post some photos soon.

A few nights ago, some friends stopped over to our house and were kind of freaking out and pointing when I came to the door. I turned towards my mailbox, the direction they were pointing, and saw a huge insect a few inches from my face. A praying mantis!I hadn’t seen a praying mantis since I was a little kid.

I took a bazillion photos of it and we all marveled at how cool and beautiful it was. After watching it for several minutes, it actually became a little bit creepy. It was rocking back and forth and rubbing it’s pincher like hands together. Not to mention, it kept looking at me!

Well, I think they signify good luck and I was happy to see it. We could use some good luck as we move forward on the 3-year, slower than molasses, remodeling job on our house.

To start this blog off right, I think I will start off by telling you that my nickname in high school was “garb,” short for my last name.  This was also my brother’s nickname and actually stuck with him a lot longer as many of his friends still call him that.

What is in a name? I had an internship at a photography school/workshop facility in Italy during one of my college summers.  As any woman who has visited Italy knows, “Ciao bella” is heard frequently.  I had some long hours to think while working in my 13th century castle darkroom.  I remember thinking that ‘garbella’ had a nice ring to it and decided that if I ever had a business, then it would be named garbella.

So, there you have the meaning/ loose connection behind the name.

Check back soon for new designs, ideas, featured crafters, everyday musings and wonderings, etc.

It is official.  I have become part of the blogosphere!