November 2008

Now that we are all full with delicious food and have spent some time with friends and family, many will start to think about holiday gift giving.  In order to get the gifts, many people were up shopping early this morning at the malls and chain stores.  Maybe it is time to mix it up a little bit this holiday season?

  • Consider making your own gifts!  I love receiving handmade gifts; they are so special.
  • If you are not the crafty or creative type, then please consider buying handmade for the holidays this year.  Here is a link with a list of reasons why buying handmade makes sense.

It feels good to support local and independent artists.  I received an order through my Etsy shop this evening and the customer said “always glad to spend locally!”  It turns out that the customer address is right near my office.  So not only is she satisfied with spending her money locally, but she is going to have the item hand delivered and her shipping fee refunded!

Looking for some ideas or places to pick up awesome gifts from local or independent artists?

  1. Etsy ! There are thousands of shops on Etsy selling anything you can dream of…. Use the “Shop Local” tool to find an artist near you.  Or use the color tool, or the category listing… there are many ways to search.
  2. Holiday Craft Shows!  This is a great way to check out some of the amazing items being made in your area.  Check your local paper and holiday listings to find out more.

Upcoming shows for Yinz in Pittsburgh (Stop by and say hello to me!)

* I Made It! Market
December 6th, 12-5 PM
Union Project * 801 North Negley Ave * Pittsburgh, PA

* Holiday Arts & Crafts Show
Sunday, December 7th
CC Mellor Library * 1 Penwood Place * Pittsburgh, PA

CityCraft Handmade Holiday Happy Hour Market
Thursday, December 18th, 2008, 5-9 PM
Navarra (next to Bossa Nova) 131 Seventh Street (Downtown)
Pittsburgh, PA

Ohio Folks

Bazaar Bizarre- Cleveland
Sat. Dec. 13th (12 PM- 9 PM)
Sun. Dec. 14th (12 PM- 6 PM)
78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., North parking lot, North entrance — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St.

Rhode Island Folks

Providence, RI
235 Westminster Street, Providence, RI
Craftland 2008 will be open 7 days a week from December 5-24, 2008.


On your quest to find the perfect handmade gift, check out some of these shops.  You can always stop by my shop, garbella, too!

Here are some of my friends’ shops  and shops that I love for you to check out:

  1. Awesome Photographs by my friend Matt Dayak

    This is one of my favorites.  Check out his gallery to order ready to frame prints of all sizes!

    This is one of my favorites. Check out his gallery to order ready to frame prints of all sizes!

  2. Recycled Notebooks by Subu

    Recycled Notebooks by Subu

    Recycled Notebooks by Subu

  3. Recycled and new fabric fashions- fingerless gloves and scarves- Xmittens



  4. Amazing Jewelry by Mel McCabe

    Carnelian Waterfall earrings by Mel McCabe

    Carnelian Waterfall earrings by Mel McCabe

  5. Beautiful buttons from Tabyn McCabe/ buttonbee
    love these buttons!

    love these buttons!

    Happy Shopping!


Wow… what a great event!  Thanks to everyone who stopped by the garbella table this past weekend.  I had so much fun and got to meet a lot of awesome people.  My family also came through for me big time; I couldn’t have kept up without them.  It is estimated that 10,000 people came to Handmade Arcade!  That is awesome.  Kudos to the HA organizers and all of the vendors, the great DJs (I loved the music), the food vendors, especially My Goodies Bakery and Franktuary (Deanna and Megan are cool).   This was the first of many holiday shows for me this year.  I got some great feedback, tried out a new display, and determined that I must pack the car the night before a show so that I am not scrambling to set up in time!

If you stopped by and are interested in something that you don’t see in my etsy shop, please send me a message or e-mail and let me know.  I’d be happy to do a custom order or the list a new item.

I am still recovering from HA, but it is a good recovery.  I am getting ready to finally post new clocks and screen-printed art blocks on the site, so check back in  a day or two.

My table at Handmade Arcade (photo courtesy of Subu of the Pittsburgh Craft Collective)

My table at Handmade Arcade (photo courtesy of Subu of the Pittsburgh Craft Collective)

Today was an off-day and tomorrow I am back in the studio working on custom orders from the show, some new shirts for the Lil Kiziguwaz and some other large screen-printing jobs.  Somewhere in there I am going to list my new clocks in the etsy shop and start getting ready for all of the upcoming shows!