Wow.  I have been so busy that I never had a chance to publish this post….. written over a month ago!

I had 4 days off in a row!  last weekend and it was great.  I was busy the whole time, but some of it was relaxing (working in the garden).

Highlights:

1) Being interviewed by Pittsburgh Superstar, Documentary Maker Extraordonnaire, Rick Sebak (WQED)!!!!

2) Attending my friend and neighbor’s wedding.  Somali weddings are so much fun!

3) Having the chance to pay back (a fraction)  my friend Matt for all the work he did on our house.  I helped to prep and paint the exterior of his house.  We still owe him hours and hours, ok, maybe weeks of help.

4) Working in the yard, prepping the garden.

5) Getting in a good amount of studio time in preparation for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn (June 6th and 7th, so soon!)

Being Interviewed by the one and only, Rick Sebak!

Being Interviewed by the one and only, Rick Sebak!

OMG, I'm talking to Rick Sebak, what do I do with my hands?

OMG, I'm talking to Rick Sebak, what do I do with my hands?

So, garbella got some press this week in the Pittsburgh City Paper.  It is my first printed (not web) press!  Oh, okay, it really doesn’t say anything about garbella, but the article mentions that Lindsay Welsh is wearing a t-shirt that says “I [bike] PGH.”  I made that shirt!  So, that is kind of press, isn’t it?  It made me smile, anyway.  🙂

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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. 🙂

Fortuna-screenprinting

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

Fatuma is crafty!

Fatuma is crafty!

succulents!  handmade awesomeness!  books!

succulents! handmade awesomeness! books!

In the mood to shop for books, plant, and handmade art/craft?  Well, you are in luck.  Come to the latest I Made It! market happening this Saturday in Oakmont, PA in conjunction with the library book sale and the Garden Club of Oakmont’s  Annual Plant and Flower sale from 9 am – 3 pm in the parking lot next to Brr-Kees.

The Plant and Flower sale benefits community projects.  Also, I Made It! supports local artists and crafters.  Come by to support everyone and leave feeling great about yourself!

Come check it out!  If you want a preview of some of the local vendors who will be at I Made It!, then click here.

Also, if you love succulents too, then come by and check out my brand  new succulent inspired designs on Saturday.

Awesome upcycled Make a List notebook from remaker

Awesome upcycled "Make a List" notebook from remaker

So, I always make lists.  The problem is… I rarely scratch off everything on my list before I make a new one.  I made a list over the weekend of things that I needed to get done, supplies that needed to be ordered, appointments I needed to set.  It was 4 separate lists, 4 pages long by the time I was done! This list is different though.  I am committing to this list.  I will scratch things off as I complete them and I think I should be able to have everything scratched off within the week!

I am going to spend more time scratching things off the list and less time reading blogs this week.  That being said, I think the following blogs are awesome and should not be neglected.  So, I put together a list of blogs that I like for your reading pleasure.  Maybe you can pick up the slack for me and keep readership up while I am crossing off my list?  Oh, okay… I’ll probably read just a little bit, so I’m not out of the loop, but I’ll still keep up with my list.  Maybe I should add “Keep up with RSS and read blogs daily” to my list?  Then I can still have the satisfaction of scratching it off.

Indie Craft/Design/Business Blogs

  1. Poppytalk and Poppytalk Handmade
  2. Indie Fixx
  3. Design Sponge
  4. Bakery
  5. Handmade Business Blog
  6. Heart Handmade

Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh Representin’

  1. Pittsburgh Craft Collective
  2. I Heart PGH
  3. Handmade in PA

Bike Related Blogs

  1. Steevo
  2. Pgh Racing
  3. Urban Velo

This is just a sample of some of my favorite blogs.  There are plenty of other awesome blogs out there.  Maybe next week  I’ll make another list of awesome crafty bloggers, local and not so local.  I’ll add that to my list.   🙂

Well,  this week is off to a great start!  First, the I Made It! Market was great this past weekend.  Everyone was really friendly, I think the sunshine and nice weather really helped with that 🙂  Sales were good and I got some new tea cups and mugs from Jeff of  Jeff Guerrero Ceramics.  Awesome!

Also, I am really excited to report that …….. drum roll please…… my friend Taryn and I got accepted as vendors for the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn!  We are thrilled.  She and her business (Tomgirl)  live in San Francisco, CA.  We have done a number of art shows together while in college, but this is going to our first time vending together at a craft fair.  We are going to have so much fun!    I love vending at craft shows and I love spending time with her, so I can’t wait for Renegade- Brooklyn!

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I called Tom last night to tell her the great news and I imagined that her face looked like this when she heard what I said.

So, we have a lot to prepare…..  I have so many new ideas and can’t wait to start making them happen.

I Made It!  April 4th at Union Project

I Made It! April 4th at Union Project

Comeout and say ‘hello’ to me and all of the other vendors at the I Made It! Market at the Union Project tomorrow.  I’m sure that there is going to lots of great crafty goodness for sale.  Show some support for local artists and crafters!

I know it has been a long, long time since my last blog post….  It is Spring time now, and I am turning a new leaf.  I am going to start back by posting two (that’s right 2) entries on one day.  I was inspired to get back to the blog by Tara from Handmade in PA.  She is going to be posting blogging tips tomorrow (I definitely need to check those out!)  Her blog is great and features all sorts of amazing work from artists and crafters in the Keystone State!

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My day is off to a great start because of Handmade in PA.  I received a message on Etsy from a previous customer who saw one of my clocks featured as a favorite on the blog this morning and purchased it right away!  Thanks!  So, check out Handmade in PA.  Do it.