As I briefly mentioned yesterday, people can create their own products with Artisan 82 designs via spreadshirt.com. This means that should you desire one of my Very Dapper Gentlemen designs on a product that is not in my shop, you can create it yourself. Cool, right? You could make a Very Dapper Frog mug for your Great Aunt Millie! or - A Very Dapper Bear phone case for your cousin! or - A Very Dapper Owl onesie for your friend's new baby!
Here's how you do it, in five easy steps:
Open the Spreadshirt design thingy at this link: www.spreadshirt.com/design-your-own-t-shirt-C59. Choose your product over on the left.
Once you've picked your product, click the Choose Design button. Enter the name of the Artisan 82 design you love and click Search.
There it is! Click on that. You can close the Choose a Design dialogue box, if you want.
Click on the image to position it. Click on the button on the right to make sure the image is centered horizontally.
Choose your size and colour options on the lower right and click Add to Basket.
You'll be prompted to either proceed to checkout or design another product. When you proceed to the checkout, Spreadshirt will handle all your payment and shipping information. If you have any customer service or technical inquiries, you can contact them or visit their help page.
5 easy steps and your custom Artisan 82 product is on the way. Happy designing!
One night last week I had the idea to open an apparel shop for Artisan 82. I was looking at print-on-demand companies in hopes of getting a shirt to wear to craft shows and thought that it would be awesome to offer my designs on apparel to the general public.
With excited enthusiasm I jumped into editing images, uploading files, and trying to feel my way through some simple HTML code. Late that same night, I had a pretty decent looking apparel shop. Awesome. I shared the link to the Artisan 82 Facebook Page, asked my friends and family to help promote and got some really encouraging feedback on the designs.
And then... and then...
I went to order the shirt that had started me down the apparel shop road and encountered an $18 shipping fee. Gah! $18 to ship a t-shirt. Are you kidding me?!?
This is the bane of the Canadian online shopper's existence. In a world where so many of the products we want to buy are sold from the USA, it is so frustrating to painstakingly pick out an item you want, only to find out that shipping is cost prohibitive.
As an online seller, I've faced similar frustrations with shipping items out. For instance, it is cheaper for me to ship an item from Ontario to Southern California than to southern British Columbia. I hate that I have to charge Canadian shoppers more for an item that originates in their own country.
So the point of this rant? I shut down my original apparel shop. I can't ask someone to pay those kinds of shipping rates. I won't.
The great news is, I've got a new apparel shop, with awesome international shipping rates. This shop is hosted by spreadshirt.com and these are their shipping rates:
$5.50 to Canada! So much better! AND another great feature of this site is that users can print their own products, to their own specifications, using my designs! So, if your Great Aunt Millie desperately needs a coffee mug with my Very Dapper Beaver, and I haven't listed that product in my store, YOU CAN MAKE IT! (More on how to do that later.) I'm so thrilled with SpreadShirt! Check out my shop-in-progress here:
Are you wishing for any products that you don't see listed? I'd love to hear your feedback and suggestions on items to add.
It's March Break time here in our neck of the woods, which means, like me, many people will be travelling with their children. I've got a long, loooong airplane ride with my two and three year old daughters coming up. I've been brainstorming ways to make their trips (and thereby the trips of the people around them) more comfortable. I found this free pattern for a plain children's travel pillow. Using this basic pattern, I added my own elements to turn it to an adorable sleepy bunny with a super-practical handle. I highly recommend you read through Hiragana Mama's tutorial before starting the steps that follow.
- fabric for the pillow body
(I used some chenille I had in my stash. Polar fleece, flannel or an old sweatshirt would be awesome too.)
- craft felt in various colours
- stuffing / fiberfill
1. Print out the pillow pattern from here and my additional pieces here. Cut out all the pieces. My pattern pieces require no seam allowance.
2. Stitch the ears together with 1/4" seam allowance leaving the bottoms open. Turn the ears right-side-out. Stitch the eyes, nose, and mouth pieces onto the face. (Tip: use fabric glue or a gluestick to hold the pieces in place while you sew.)
3. Stitch the face onto the good side of the pillow top (fancy quilting folks would call this an appliqué.) Be sure to catch the ears in the top seam of the face as shown. Appliqué the tail onto the pillow top.
4. Transfer the face details onto the face piece with a pencil or dressmaker's chalk. Embroider them on in a contrasting thread.
Sidebar: You could definitely embroider the details on the face by hand. Lazy person that I am, I used my sewing machine. I set my machine to a medium stitch width and a stitch length just below 1, as pictured.
5. Cut about 15 cm (6") of ribbon to make a handle. Pin as indicated. Sew around the outside edge of the pillow, leaving a space between the ribbon ends to turn and stuff. (Tip: make sure you don't catch a bunny ear in the seams.)
6. Clip your curves, trim your seams, and turn that bunny right-side-out. Stuff it and hand-sew the opening closed with a blind stitch. (Tip: If your pillow looks lumpy, try throwing your pillow in the dryer for a bit to pouf up the stuffing.)
... and that completes the pillow. Here's hoping that this bunny will bring comfort to my daughter during our travels. Do you have any tips or tricks for travelling with children? I'd love to hear them!
I decided to do an owl in a tuxedo for my ninth character in this set of magnets. I think he's turned out very dapper indeed!
This morning I copied him (and his friends) onto shrinkable plastic, painstakingly cut him out and shrunk him in the oven to the mini size you see at right. He still needs a coat of matte varnish and a magnet on the back.
Oh - I also printed out some teeny tinier versions of the whole set to use as wine glass charms. I still need to work out a few bugs, but they're looking adorable!