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Tshirts, Anyone?

In the few weeks, I’ve been on a tshirt designing stampede. Kinda like these elephants:

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I really enjoy apparel design. It isn’t always easy, but there’s something about seeing what you made being worn around.
Like, Hey, this is cute enough that I don’t feel like I can only wear it in the safety of my own home.
That, my friends, is winning 🙂

Here’s a few of the little tees I’ve been up to:

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I managed an event for college students called Love Night at the end of February. And yes, I’m making a cameo there. The shirt was really simple, but the heart came in either pink or blue and they were only $7.50 a piece. Bam!

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I did these shirts for Bayside Church volunteers and staff members to wear at events this spring. We chose a variety of shirts from American Apparel in both v-neck and crew neck. Really simple, just the church’s hand written logo (so trendy right now) merged into a circle! There wasn’t time to have these sent out for screen printing, so the printer used the least amount of ink possible on the design. Turned out well!

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These haven’t gone to print yet. This design is one of my favorites that I did for the Thrive Conference 2013. I say one of because I did 15 mockups total for this tee. But, it was a good learning experience involving a preexisting logo and working with a whole bunch of people on one piece of apparel – something I’d never done before.

And that awkward model? He’s with NextLevel Apparel, my fav brand of shirts to print on…other than American Apparel, of course 🙂

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These are waiting for client review and are based off branding done for First Covenant Church’s Children’s Ministry by my friend Renée Hong. The top design has some extra height to avoid the potentially awkward placement some tees deal with when printed as…erm…unisex apparel. The bottom look is less mind boggling 😉

Here are a few things I’ve learned about tshirt design:
• Go with digital printing when possible! This is a fairly new process of printing, but it doesn’t require the ink overlay necessary for screen printing and allows you to use more color and detail than screen printing does. Checkout all the differences here.

• Avoid the boob bandaid. Yes, seriously. A shirt with a “one liner” across the chest is not unisexually flattering.
That was an awkward sentence.
Height is essential to tshirt design. If you’re using a narrow, horizontal design, consider placing it in the left hand corner of the tee near the collar.

• Simpler is better. This is more of an opinion I guess, but I really think this is important. I don’t like to use a lot of color in a tshirt design and it’s even a necessity if you’re trying to keep costs down. Some printers charge extra for multi-colored prints. And the more complex a shape is, the less crisp it will look in a screen print because the ink is literally applied (via stenciling) to the surface of the shirt and then the access is squeegeed off.

Now, here’s my question – what do you like to see in a tee? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up! Any plans? I personally love Valentine’s Day. Just romance me and I’ll be the happiest Valentine ever.
I’ve only been asked to be someone’s Valentine once. There was a boy who lived on my street and was a few years younger than me, but he made me the cutest card and everything. I think I was in 5th grade.
Here’s a little number inspired by V-Day:

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Just inspiration. I would never spend $915 on a cardigan…even if it is cashmere 🙂
even&odd summer day dress, $54 / Derek Lam cashmere cardigan, $915 / Accessorize ballerina flat / Wendy Nichol stud earrings / Bangle bracelet / Topshop, $9.48

Warm California Winters

Warm California Winters

 

A.P.C. cropped sweatshirt / J Brand slim jeans / H&M shoes, $13 / Triangle earrings / Mulberry wrap scarve / Wayfarer style sunglasses / Revlon, $6
Winter days are getting warmer here in California! I can even leave the windows of the house open in the afternoons. It’s so nice to get some fresh air after the crazy freezing temperatures we’ve had here over the past several weeks! Here’s an idea of what I’ve been wearing ^. I like to keep my outfits colorful and not too casual. And if it’s a little chilly out, I grab a jacket and trade my flats for boots! I love California 🙂

Christmas List

I can’t believe it’s already December. And Christmas is only a few weeks away. The traffic is backing up within 5 miles of the mall, festive music’s on the radio, my office Christmas party has come and gone…and Broadacre Coffee is serving the best peppermint mocha in town. Sounds like it’s time to post a Christmas list!

 

1. A navy duffel coat – I like the length of duffle coats and the brown details, which make them easy to transition from casual to dressy. This one from Nordstrom’s Juniors’ department (B.P.) is my fav and the fur is detachable.

2. A pair of Big Star jeans – I used to love the Remy’s, but they only come in low rise now…Maybe the Alex mid rise skinnies in Olympia Dark. This company is also eco-friendly and the jeans are manufactured in California. It’s a win-win to me!

3. Troopa boots – During the wet winters in Northern California, I love to wear boots. I hike in them, work in them and wear Uggs around the house. These lace-up Troopa boots from Steve Madden are super cute, and the zipper on the side is really convenient.

4. A brass shower head – OK, this one may surprise you, but…we really need a new shower head. Our full bath’s best feature is a resurfaced claw foot tub with antique brass facet, surround and a white porcelain shower head. I can’t imagine ever replacing the tub, but the shower head dumps water on the showeree. Waste of water and coldness ensue. But, porcelain and/or brass shower heads are not easy to find. Overstock.com is wonderful though and they have a great selection of brass shower heads. I like this one!

5. Bamboo Roman shades – We’ve been wanting to replace the ummm…well-used metal blinds in our dining room for some time, but because we have so many windows, window coverings for our sunny bungalow have always been way out of our price range (21 windows in all)! Enter JC Penny with these affordable and multi-sized (we need a 59″, 47″ and two 35″) Roman shades that would offer a much-needed facelift to a room we have yet to make many changes to.

6. ALÄNG ceiling lamp (One 14in and one 18in) – Our home suffers from the plague of the boob-lights and broken ceiling fans. I kid you not. We’ve gotten rid of one boob light and two of the fans, but there are still several more that need replacing. This new ceiling light from Ikea would be great in our kitchen (where most of the lighting is recessed, but there is one boob light {why?!}) and the larger version would be perfect in the guest room (which is currently home to a broken ceiling fan).

Just a few ideas. Making it super easy for JBoat and my mother this year by posting my list on the world-wide web 😉