I was approached by a happy, repeat customer about doing a custom design for her little girl and her friend. They are about the same age and they each have a beloved stuffed doll: (IKEA’s) Carrot Guy and Broccoli Man:
Aren’t these the most adorable things ever? I love IKEA.
So, we had a little back and forth, I sketched up a concept design that was just as she was envisioning them. Then I set to work and here they are, all completed:
One for each of them now, and one for them each to grow into!
They went out in the mail today!
Recently, I had a request to customize the Party Llama design. This customer was going to be celebrating the 1st birthday for his daughter and they’re Peruvian, so he loved the llama and wished for some party balloons to be added. It’s such a cute idea! Here’s how it turned out:
Whew! This one has been lying dormant for a little while, due to Christmas secrets; can’t risk letting the cat out of the bag too soon! So, my brothers are all man-sized now. And, as most of my siblings are all grown and out on their own, we do a name exchange for Christmas. This year, I had one of my brothers who is a language-lover. He’s studying cultures and languages and it seemed like a great gift idea to make him a shirt to reflect that!
I decided to go with bunches of translations of the word “Welcome”. Thanks to Google Translate, I can be sure I’m spelling things correctly (though, I admit to being less than certain that these are the correct form, but it’s the thought, right?). Here’s the list of languages I came up with:
Mirëseardhje – Albanian
স্বাগত – Bengali
欢迎 – Chinese
Fáilte – Irish
Bienvenue – French
Mai – Maori
καλωσόρισμα – Greek
Benevento – Italian
Akeyi – Haitian
And here’s the end result:
Whew! It’s been a busy summer so far. Hubby and I moved to a new place (which is amazing and wonderful, and I may or may not occasionally look around and wonder how I’m Grown-Up enough for this!). Turns out, unpacking with a toddler around takes a little longer than before. However, we’re making good headway and my work area is starting to take shape. It still has a ways to go, but I can get things done now, and that’s a start.
So, a friend commissioned me to make two onesies for some of her friends who are Croatian. This means I get to play with foreign languages again. Happily, Croation uses an alphabet similar enough to the Latin Alphabet, that I could just type up the fonts in Word to use as a template.
Mali Mado means “Little Bear” which is a play on the friend’s last name. And Prva Velika Gospa means “My First Velika Gospa” which is a big, annual Croatian celebration.
I love how they turned out!
A friend of mine approached me the other week asking for a custom order for a sibling set for a couple brothers who are expecting a new brother. After throwing around a few ideas, we settled on a set of trains: one engine, one boxcar and one little caboose!
I sketched up some images and we went back and for a little to make sure that things were exactly what my friend was envisioning. She asked for blue shirts and left the colors of the images up to my “artistic expertise”. Here’s the end result:
A friend of mine is having twins, due sometime in the next few weeks. Babies are always exciting, but twins are double the fun! So, being me, I decided to put together a custom design for the new little ones. Since her in-laws are from Poland, my friend and her husband are planning to teach their kids Polish.. this was the first time I’d done shirt in a language I don’t speak when I came up with the text myself. (Hooray for Google Translate!)
I decided to go with onesies in the newborn size, and added the text “Love” and “Joy”, respectively “Miłość” and “Radość”.
I love the way the rays turned out and how they’re mirrors of each other.
My friend also has an older son, who’s going to have to adjust to these two new additions to his life. For the older siblings, I always like to give a little something too, since they are bound to notice all the new fun presents are going to these little guys and may be feeling left out. So, I made a shirt that says (if my Google Translating is correct): “Best Older Brother”.
Here’s another jewel of a custom order. I was approached through Etsy and asked if I could put together something involving the saying “All that and a bag of chips”. This particular saying is dear to my heart since I have fond memories of regular use of it way back in high school (though, occasionally, it was a bag of Skittles..), so I was more than happy to immortalize it by putting it on a shirt!
I sketched up a first draft and with a little tweaking, we settled on this finalized design:
This shirt is all that and a bag of chips!