I wanted to bring your attention to a brand new blog I recently started. If you're reading from the blog (and not a reader) you may have already seen this cute little graphic in the left sidebar. This is Family Friendly Print on Demand, by the brilliant designers with shops at zazzle.com.
Why would I do this, you ask? Good question. Allow me to explain.
Let's start with the "family friendly" part. If you're a mom with kids between the ages of 6 months to 20 yrs., you already know how hard it can be to find appropriately clothes for them. It seems all the hot potato designers have it in mind that little 9 year old Emily should be dressed like a hootchie mama, and little 6 year old Tyler should resemble a gang banger. Well, many (not all, but many) of the designers at zazzle.com are stay at home moms just like me, and who knows better what G-rated clothing looks like, than us? EXACTLY! The t-shirts and gift items I'll be featuring at Family Friendly Print on Demand are entirely G-rated, and created by people like me, who love what they do. We're not hot potato clothing label, we're independant designers that sorta dig designing G-rated goodies for the whole family.
Why "print on demand"? Because it's awesome! It's a great way to shop for totally unique, and in many cases 100% customizable and personalizable t-shirts, mugs, eco-friendly totes, business cards, birthday invitations, and lots more really great items. But the prices are higher than Wal-Mart, you say. Yes, yes they are (sometimes!), but when was the last time you walked into your local Wal-Mart and found a completely unique t-shirt, set of wedding invitations, or awesomely cool tote bag that you could personalize for free? Never, that's when. Indeed, you can find those items at the local stores but you're not supporting independant artists when you shop there - they just run those things off the press by the kajillions, and you're wearing/using/buying the same thing millions of other people have. On the other hand, print on demand is exactly what it says, and when you order (for example) a custom, personalized soccer champ t-shirt it's custom printed just for you, with exactly what you wanted on there, and nothing you didn't want.
Why am I promoting these other artists? That's an easy one, they're brilliant! Just take a look at some of the designs you see there and you'll agree these are very talented people. Many of the designers on zazzle.com do what they do for a living (or at the very least to supplement their income) and I'm all about helping them do that in whatever way I can, by promoting their work. Exactly the same way when you buy a t-shirt or a tote bag from me it helps me pay the phone bill or put gas in my vehicle, when you buy from them it does the very same thing. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a zazzle.com affiliate and when you purchase someone else's awesome product through Family Friendly Print on Demand I receive a small commission for that sale. You get a great product, the artist makes a sale, and it's a total win/win for everyone.
So if you haven't already, click over there and take a look at what's being featured. I'll be highlighting a variety of products (seasonal goodies, sale items, etc.) once or twice a week so be sure to follow the blog to stay informed on what's new!