Slowly, but surely, I’m working to gather some creative momentum again. The past few months, I’ve organized my work space and made some good progress on some old projects that have been wanting for attention.
However, my first real foray back into the thick of things came as a custom order. This gentlemen reached out to me and was interested in a previous design – the Broccoli and Carrot friends. It seems these wonderful little figures have won many hearts!
I enlarged the design a bit so it would better fit on an adult sized shirt. They are even better at that size!
Here’s a peek at them in-progress:
And, complete – ready to be shipped:
I’m excited to send these off. What a wonderful way to get back into the swing of things!
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! 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!
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!
Most of the quirky designs on the shirts in my shop stem from my own fun and silly ideas. However, a fair amount of my orders are comprised of personal requests; custom orders from people who have something specific in mind that they aren’t able to find anywhere else.
It makes me so happy to work with someone to help take a nebulous idea they see with their mind’s eye and make it into a reality. Those are my favorites.
Here’s the latest result of this process, a onesie for one who’s family friend is nicknamed Butters:
If you have an idea for a design in mind, let me know! Together, we can make it happen.