Designer of the Week - GiaBella Boutique
This week meet Cara Fareri (Daughter) & Carolyn Edelman (Mom) of Giabella Boutique. They live in South Florida (Boca Raton area). Cara has 2 girls - Gia is 4 and Bella is 2.
JM: When did you get started knitting & crocheting?
CAROLYN: When I was a flight attendant for Pan Am, the International flights were long and I learned from the European girls.
JM: Is one harder to learn than the other?
CAROLYN:Yes. Knitting is more difficult; it is done with two hands. Crochet you do not have to look at your needle the whole time, like knitting.
JM: What are your favorite types of yarn to work with?
CAROLYN: I enjoy working with all types, but I mostly use the high-end European yarns. If you are going to put that much work into something, you need to use only the best yarns.
JM: When did you start selling your designs on eBay?
CAROLYN: We began in 2001 when Gia was a baby. Before Gia was born, my outfits were carried in Neiman Marcus in NYC. After Gia was born, we were carried in several Dallas-area Boutiques. I also make handmade teapot lamps and chandeliers and the stores sold those as well. Before Ebay, I designed and worked on my line of children's chandeliers and lamps.
JM: Do you remember the first item you sold on eBay? How much did it sell for?
CARA: Yes! It was a white chenille romper and hat and it sold for $125. An overseas bidder won it, and sent cash in a magazine - we were shocked!
JM: How did come up with your name, GiaBella?
CARA: We began with JellyBean Boutique in 2001- Jellybean was Gia's nickname - and when Bella was born, we decided to incorporate both names.
JM: Do you belong to any boutique group?
CARA: We belong to ODOD. It is the only group we have been with. We were approached by other groups over the years but the timing was never right until this year. We waited until we found the right fit. We love that our group has an accessory line - ODODtoo - because it fits us so well - we can list hats, leg warmers, purses - another avenue for our creativity. Our group is like our family - wonderful people who are supportive, encouraging, funny, talented and most of all Original!
JM: What is your favorite thing to create?
CAROLYN: We love everything! We like funky and whimsical but with a classic look. Our clothing can be worn anywhere, from fancy portraits to school to the beach!
JM: If you could learn some new skills, what would they be?
CARA: We are always ready to learn something new. It keeps the creativity alive! We would love to learn more about photo editing and lighting. Auctions have become so professional on Ebay, you have to keep up with every aspect of the business.
JM: If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
CARA:Italy because Italians have a flair for fashion and high quality yarn.
JM: What other things do you enjoy besides creating?
CAROLYN: Carolyn enjoys gardening, faux finishing, entertaining and working on the pottery wheel.
CARA: Cara likes reading, shopping for her children, LOST, watching football and being with her family.
JM: Anything else you would like to add?
CARA:When we first began on Ebay there were only a handful of children's designers who did hand-crochet and hand-knit work. Now, there are so many! Ebay has come a long way!
Oh and we are pleased to announce the newest addition to our Ballet line - Tutus! Our Tutu line will be launched December 28th..
Do you have a question that you are dying to ask Cara & Carolyn? Comment about something she said or designed? Post it here and she will answer it!
Leave a comment:
Lisa Fox | Monday, January 2, 2006 10:49 AM | flag
I think I've been buying from you guys since you started! I love your stuff and always get compliments on the unique clothes we get from you...I always tell people it's my friends in Florida again!! Would love to see more of mom's handpainted goodies...let me know where to find you :O)
| Sunday, January 1, 2006 11:41 AM | flag
Kr*sta -The best tip we can give is to use the BEST yarn you can afford and learn to create your own patterns. That way you can adapt your knitting and crochet to your sewing. Good luck and have fun! Happy New Year! Cara & Carolyn :-)
Kr*sta | Saturday, December 31, 2005 10:09 AM | flag
Your designs are beautiful! I too crochet and have been combining my love for crochet and sewing together for designs I have made for my Neice and now my new baby girl. I was wondering if you could offer some tips or tricks?
| Friday, December 30, 2005 5:41 PM | flag
great article cara! and carolyn, those chandelier lamps are amazing! i never knew you guys did those too! beautiful work!
Love your work! | Friday, December 30, 2005 10:56 AM | flag
I am especially fond of those pants sets you do! AWESOME! And I love your chenille romper too, I missed that craze with my girls but I still LOVE it so am always on the search for one sentimental designer! LOL!
Sue - lil_syds_mom | Thursday, December 29, 2005 5:47 PM | flag
Huge GiaBella fans here in Chicago! First time I saw some of their designs, I could hardly believe my eyes! They are beautiful, yet practical! Please keep it up ladies!
Teri (princesstomato) | Thursday, December 29, 2005 3:09 PM | flag
Love your designs, Cara!
Cara & Carolyn | Thursday, December 29, 2005 11:12 AM | flag
Thanks for your sweet comments everyone! Each one is much appreciated :-) Cara & Carolyn
Tracie ~ My3PinkCherubs | Thursday, December 29, 2005 9:51 AM | flag
My girl's and I are big Giabella Boutique fans! We just love your designs!!!
| Thursday, December 29, 2005 7:42 AM | flag
Wow! What beautiful and unique items. I look forward to seeing and purchasing your designs for my two precious grandaughters.
| Wednesday, December 28, 2005 9:12 PM | flag
Love everything you've done! your outfits are gorgeous! The new Tutu line is wonderful and will you do any more of the teapot lamps! I would love one of those!!! : ) brenda/swirlsandtwirls
Joyce Lewis/Orientalirisgarden | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 3:15 PM | flag
Way to go, Cara!!!
Jennifer~Jaybird Designs | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 7:39 AM | flag
LOVE your stuff!!!