It is that time of year again… and it is getting busy in the garbella studio.  I am working hard to make goods for all of the upcoming shows.  Check out the list!~

Holiday Craft Shows (where you can find garbella!)

Nov. 21st- Detroit Urban Craft Fair–  10 a.m. to 7 p.m., The Majestic Theater, Detroit, MI

Nov. 27th-28th-  Bazaar Bizarre East, 10 AM-8 PM, Cleveland, OH

Dec. 4th- Dec. 31st- Craftland Show– Providence, RI

Dec. 5th- I Made It! Holiday– 12-5 PM,  Union Project, Pittsburgh, PA

Dec. 5th-6th- Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Show–  11 AM- 7 PM,  Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, Chicago, IL

Dec. 12th-Handmade Arcade, 11 AM- 8 PM, Hunt Armory, Shadyside, Pittsburgh PA

Dec. 12th-13th-Bazaar Bizarre West- 12-9 PM(Sat) and 12-6 PM (Sun), Cleveland, OH


This is how my day started off: hairdryer broke, ran out of cream for my coffee, and my car wouldn’t start.  Not the best, huh?  Well, I am having a great day now!  I arrived to work in a not-so-great mood, logged onto my computer, checked e-mail, and got an e-mail from Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh Indie Craft Fair) that said:

Dear Amy:

Congratulations! You have been accepted to Handmade Arcade 2009!

Yay!!  Thank you Handmade Arcade for saving my day and actually making it a great one. Now, I need to get busy with the makin’.  I am participating in more shows this year than ever before, and am now in several local and not so local stores.  Lots of inventory needs to be made and lots of  re-stocking needs to be done. Oh, and lots of packaging and shipping.  Also, lots of coffee needs to be consumed.  This weekend is nothin’ but craftin’ and  I am looking forward to it.

megaphoneEmily of Subu, Inc. fame can be found sporting a new garbella top around Pittsburgh.  Check out her blog for her review!

While you are at it, check out her Etsy shop.  Pick out a nice recycled notebook for yourself, and one for your friend, and maybe for your co-worker…

If you are in Pittsburgh and you really miss the sound of the G20 helicopters flying over the city, then this is the notebook for you!

Thanks for the shout-out Emily!

Hey yinz! Mark your calendars! …  Sat. Sept. 5th…

Crafts N’ At is handmade crafty awesomeness: Pittsburgh style.  Come out to get inspired, support local artists, enjoy some BBQ, to check out an amazing array of goods/services in the silent auction and raffle, to support a good cause, and to have fun!

crafts n’at is an opportunity for independent crafters to show and sell their wares, establish their business, and to celebrate creativity. it features over 50 vendors, make & take crafts for children and adults, craft demonstrations, live performances, a chinese auction and raffle, and an outdoor BBQ.

the union project
801 north negley avenue
pittsburgh, PA 15206

get directions here.

Saturday, September 5, 2009
{Labor Day Weekend}
10am to 6pm

crafts n’at is brought to you by the pittsburgh craft collective. we are a group of 50+ members working to create a strong and vibrant craft community through social and resource networking, education and workshops, and information sharing.

the pittsburgh craft collective will work each year to raise money for a charity in conjunction with this event. this year’s show will benefit [ gravity + grace ] and the parkinson foundation of western pennsylvania (PFWPA).

[ gravity + grace ], a contemporary opera written by frank ferraro, reveals his struggles with parkinson’s disease and will premier sept 25th at the hillman center for performing arts.

all net proceeds of [ gravity + grace ] will be used to support the PFWPA programs and services for people with parkinson disease, their families and caregivers.

hope to see yinz there!

Come check out the awesome I Made it! market at the SSW Exposed festival this weekend. I’ll be vending there all weekend along with 70+ other artists and crafters!

Artist Market:  Friday 5-10 pm

Sat. 2-10 pm

Sun. 2-6 pm

Ibrahim -screenprinting

Steevo and I are lucky enough to have a ton of awesome kids in our neighborhood.  We are really close with 4 families, who are refugees from Somalia.

So, during Spring Break we decided to host a party for the kids at our house.  We had music, dancing, snacks, pizza, cake and….. screenprinting!  As I have mentioned before, I screenprint shirts for a Somali hip-hop/R&B group called the Lil Kiziguwaz.  All of the neighborhood kids love the shirts.  So, as a surprise at the party, each kid got to screenprint their very own Lil Kiziguwaz shirt.  We even made a baby onesie for one of their Mothers who was expecting.  Congratulations Makay! (She gave birth to Mukufu Osman on April 12th).  These kids always make my day.  When I come home, 95% of the time, one of the kids (usually 5-10 kids) are outside and come running over to say ‘hello’ while screaming “Amy…Amy….Amy!”  It makes me feel all good inside. 🙂


Also, check out Steevo’s blog post about the party.

Fatuma is crafty!

Fatuma is crafty!