after i polled everyone for their favorite colors, i started hunting for design ideas. and then since my source for wholesale bulk shirts had moved to the midwest somewhere, i turned to amazon for our tees. i originally wanted to do them in a heather gray, but because i couldn't seem to find everyone's sizes in the same color i ended up ordering plain white shirts. i guess that ended up being okay anyway, because that way any of the vinyl colors would pop. at least that's what i told myself.
the old lady helped me narrow down the designs for the shirts, and then once all of the shirts arrived i started cutting out the vinyl. of course, for one reason or another i found myself finishing everything off at the last minute. most of the shirts arrived on time, but i ended up having to reorder a couple of them because i'd mistakenly ordered v-neck instead of crew for one size. and you know it wouldn't be me if everything went smoothly.
once i got rolling, everything seemed to flow pretty well and i was in a groove until i got to the old lady's shirt and the vinyl she'd chosen didn't want to stick. i literally had one shot at it because i didn't have another shirt to work on, and i was SO PISSED when half of it just flat-out refused to adhere. i was sweating it big time. GAH:
so i asked her if she minded if i subbed in a silver metallic vinyl instead - and as i expected, she was totally open to whatever i could get to work. i cut out another piece of vinyl and this time it pressed on perfectly. phew.
and then the day before the big day, i got a bug up my butt to make the girls some little matching crossbody zipper pouches to hold their money and whatever else they wanted to put in there. i found some embroidery files that i'd bought ages ago and hadn't had a chance to test out yet, and put my machine to work. i threw in a cute little monogram charm and look how cute:
i'd already made special ears for them a week before, and so this is what each of the girls got:
and the bean's looked like this:
so fun! props for the best group photos ever. you'll see.