Since I was a wee lass I’ve been a rather crafty person. And no, I’m not saying that just to inflate my own ego. I learned how to sew so I could make/alter/deconstruct my own clothes simply because I hated current fashion. And well, to be quite honest, I still do that to this day because the options for clothing out there for females in my opinion still sucks the big one.
I learned how to quilt shortly thereafter and have made close to ten quilts. This includes cutting the pieces, sewing them together, and then the hardest part, “quilting” or sewing the front of the quilt to the back of the quilt then hand stitching the sides together.
Instead of buying gifts? I’ll make them. I suppose it was only fitting that I would get into the screen printing industry where I do hands on work in printing and making the images and art as well as printing them on the the t-shirts that people wear everyday. I may be sweaty and covered in t-shirt chemicals and ink, but I come home a happy sweaty ink covered girl. And that I do believe, says something.
But basically, the point of all of this is that I firmly believe in the DIY ethic. I firmly believe that the act of creating something yourself is wonderful journey full of learning and excitement. Granted, the end product is always nice as well, but the physical act of getting to that end product is what intrigues me. It’s the concept of coming up with an idea, figuring out a solution to reach your end goal, and actually completing it that fills me with an unmeasurable happiness. There is also something to be said about owning something like this. A person who receives the end result will forever hold a piece of the person who created it. It’s a beautiful cycle and I will forever love it.
With that said, I decided I would take this passion of mine and use it to help promote the site. With good reason. We are a DIY and grassroots operation and I wanted our first batch of merch to show this. So, I bought the materials I would need and got to work. Here is the end result of these attempts. Now all of this we are giving away for a donation ($5 or more per item is what we are asking for everything but the stickers, buttons and koozies, we are giving those away for free, just ask!). So if any of you are interested, contact me or Tim or e-mail the podcast at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work out an arrangement.
The reason we are selling this is to help offset the cost of keeping this thing going. It can be a little pricey at times.
I am however, getting some shirts made at the print shop I am working at use for promotion as well. Those will hopefully be ready by the end of this month. So not EVERYTHING we’ll have will be DIY… but regardless, it will be my sweat on those t-shirts, not anyone elses, so enjoy, and be sure to contact us if your interested in something!
Here are pictures of my endeavors. (I greatly apologize for the lighting, I’m a vampire at heart so my room is very dark at all times.)
OMBG shirts – Iron on transfers
OMBG Buttons – I didn’t make these.. but the lovely Miss Brooke Duncan did from Stick It To Me Buttons.
OMBG Stickers – I made all of these (except the top one, that one is made by the Sticker Guy it’s a full color print on vinyl for inside or outside usage) It was kinda fun to figure out how to get this to work.. but basically, they are pretty pro looking with a gloss finish.
Old Man Caps – Did this with iron transfers.
OMBG Bags – Hand stenciled and painted by yours truly.
OMBG Tanks – Hand stenciled and painted by yours truly.
OMBG Bags – Sewn, Stenciled, and painted by yours truly.