11/18/14

Holiday Sweatshirts

Al and I just started screen printing holiday designs onto the softest (alternative apparel) sweatshirt and we put them in our etsy shop!
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The car on this sweatshirt is a land rover Defender 110 that Jeff bought when we were first married off of craigslist. It is kindddddd of slow, so he rarely gets to drive it, but it definitely makes for a good looking tree hauler.  Funnily enough, Jeff didn't mind much about how I drew the car, but was much more particular about the tree.  He told me that the limbs would not hang over the car as much as I made them in my first drawing because the defender was so wide.  I told him it just shows how big of a tree it can carry :)
Needless to say, he took time and fixed the tree and it looks much better.
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These trees were inspired by the trees drew for Shea's birthday invitations and just ended up loving.  I made her one with the trees that says happy holiday on it underneath for her favorite holiday, her birthday :)
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Jeff got so excited about me using his car and the tree that he made his own rendition with the 'over the river and through the woods'.  Love that guy.
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I figured we needed something to represent my love for knitting.
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#celebratealways
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Giving the chickens a little love.
So, head on over and grab one if you want!

11/17/14

How the Holiday Sweatshirts actually made it to the shop

Allison and I have been making shirts since 8th grade and screen printing since we first started lullaby lubbock when the twins and Ella were about 9 months.
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 We made these horrible hibiscus flowers and these terrible snowmen shirts for the kids.  And we hand dyed all of those babies.  We were pretty obsessed with RIT dye at that point.  And we loved how adding those buttons added to the entire look.  Its hard to say what exactly they added.
OH, we thought they were so cute.  We have since improved the entire look…
 We always want to put our shirts in the shop (looking back, I am glad some of them we didnt), but we are always a little late on it or lose steam before we actually put them up.
Thats where Sweet Tees came in.
A few months ago, my friends Jennifer and Brandie started a tee shirt company called Sweet Tees Shop.
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Isn't that the cutest name ever? (You can follow them on instagram and they are on etsy too.)  I love it all- they knew they could design shirts so they found away to get them out there and created a company. It was truly the most inspiring thing for me.
They were so inspiration for me- they just did it.  They figured out all the little things and just did it. They are doing so great and I could not be more excited for them! (Go check out their cute holiday shirts!)
This was around the time I started making thanksgiving tees for my kids. And I actually made them before the night before thanksgiving, like usual.  Huge thrill over here.  I know the gizzard thing is weird, and the sweet as pie is recycled and renewed from last year, but I thought I was hilarious, and luckily my kids wanted to wear them.
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I didnt sell them in the shop, but it got me excited to be making shirts before the night before their wear.
Along the way, I started dreaming about having Rainbow Roost sweatshirts and putting them in the shop.  I had bought the hello sweatshirts last year and realized that was all I was wearing this fall and winter.  I tried to find the actual sweatshirt online and figured out how to buy them wholesale with a tax ID.  So I ordered some, printed off a million ideas of how I wanted to make the logo on the shirt and then actually printed one.  I was critical of it at first, but now I love it.
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I had more fun doing that than I have had in a really long time.
This summer has been a hard one for me for a few reasons and I was in the biggest creative slump of my life.  I prayed and prayed for more creativity and ideas. I lost my appetite (not weight, of course.  that would required actually not eating instead of just loosing my appetite and still trying everything just in case it sounded good once it was in my mouth), couldn't sleep, or wanted to sleep all the time, and just was having a hard time.  I loved making the leggings, but the sewing part is hard for me.  My favorite part is designing them.  So, I ended up with a lot of swatches of fabric and not enough motivation to make them into anything. Making shirts was one of the first times that I have come alive in a while.  I remembered why I love it so much and I am just so thankful for the creative outlet that it gives me.  It is truly an answer to prayer for me.
SO after the shirts came in, I just kept dreaming of holiday shirts.  I tried printing off and making a lot of different options and eventually felt like I had a few I loved.  I told Allison about the shirts, and she, of course, had tons of amazing ideas for shirts she wanted to put in the shop. My cousin Lindsey came over and made some with us and came up with the cutest ideas ever for shirts and we were all set to make them (until the screen didnt burn due to the incredible cold front that came in and warped my light that I burn screens with). It was still fun.  Then, Al came in town and we stayed up until 3 in the morning printing shirts.  We got so excited and had so much fun being together and making shirts.  It was just like we lived down the street from each other in Lubbock again, or were at our parents house making shirts again for lindsays 16th bday.  It was so much fun.
All that to say, holiday shirts are in the shop and we are so excited.  I want to add my kid leggings and headbands and am testing some patterns to see if they work, so be on the lookout for those, if you want.  You can almostttt call me stella.  I think I have almost gotten my groove back.
Thanks to Sweet Tees for your creativity and for the incredible inspiration.
Thank you guys for buying scarves from us, good kid jars, crochet hats, and whatever we have put up in the past.  We hope you like the sweatshirts!

11/5/14

Turkey Time

I can't believe I am actually posting a holiday post in the current month. I have been a little behind lately and I don't think there has ever been a year where my annual Turkey shirts were posted before Thanksgiving Day. I haven't printed the girls Thankful list on the backs yet so I guess I shouldn't give myself too much credit just yet...
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I have changed up the turkey through the years and have still never really settled on one I love. This one at least looks happier than years past shirts. I have switched back and forth from screen print to vinyl each year. Overall the screen print look is my all time fave on a shirt but sometimes the heat press vinyl is more predictable and faster. I did my turkey and words using a screen this year and heat pressed the heart with glitter vinyl. So, it's really the best of both worlds for a tshirt making gal.  
Every. single. year. Kristen and I talk about maybe putting some of our Holiday shirts in our etsy shop but every. single. year. we can't get our act together in time. Even though Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I am going to make a few extra of these Turkey shirts if anyone is interested. They will be in our shop. And I'm not just talking kid sizes. You know how much we love to wear a cheesy themed adult tee. Too much.
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Speaking of Turkeys, Ella had to come up with a Turkey disguise for a school project. She wanted it to be all about the hair and for it to have a crazy hair do. I educated her on what a perm was and then this fabulous Turkey was created. Ella is also very intrigued on perms now and would love one. Maybe I should tell her the story when I permed Kristen's hair. From a box! How crazy are we?! It ended in a very short haircut for Kristen. Perm in a box is not the best route to go.
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Happy November everyone! 

11/1/14

Little of Lately

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birthdays//friends//lake weekends//park play//marooning out//birthday shirts for their old teacher//chickens//shoes//student of the months
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bringing back the bunks
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field trip with the whole school//sass didnt want me to wear my workout clothes for fear I would embarrass her because I look "weird" with my hair in a bun and running clothes.  Jokes on her bc I cut my hair.  Clearly I am the embarrassing mom.  Wont be the last time// everyone got sick and it was so so sad.  It took aves the longest to get well and shea wanted to give her a little encouragement.

10/29/14

Senior Citizen Day and Little Lion Cheerleaders

We had our last home game on Friday so the girls had a dress up day at school. We went all out since it would be the last theme dress up day. Who am I kidding though, I would have gone all out anyway. 
We had SO much fun with this one! Ella and her sweet friend Reagan from class went as matching old lady close-knit friends. Reagan's mom and I did some planning on this one, I made the shirts and she made the walkers. It was hysterical!
I was cracking myself up over the shirts. I made Ella and Reagan's say Close-Knit Friends and McKenna was OVER THE HILL. 
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The walkers have the best back story. Callie went to Home Depot with a picture from Pinterest of the walkers. The lady was so helpful and took her all around the store showing her all the things she needed to make them. She then told Callie to just come to the break room and she would help her make them. She helped Callie make both walkers and then told her it would be no charge because Home Depot would donate them! What?! How crazy nice is that?! I couldn't believe it. So so sweet. We took a picture of the girls holding up a Thank You Home Depot sign so Callie could give it to them. 
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The girls walked in the classroom together and the kids loved it! Everyone was cracking up and wanted to touch the walkers and honk their horns. McKenna sprinted into her class so excited to show off her gray hair. It was my favorite theme day by far. 
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I helped serve lunch at the school that day so I got to eat with my Granny Ella. (who obviously forget to put in her dentures)

The washed out their gray hair before the game that night and went from senior citizens to little cheerleaders. The girls had done a cheer clinic last weekend and got to preform at the pep rally and then again during halftime at the game that night. They did a dance and then a couple of cheers. I have to share with you a little video of McKenna doing her cheer. It just melts me. She is so tiny and confident. 
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