family reunion t-shirts

Ruby's arrival conflicted with the family reunion this year, so we didn't get to attend (which was a real bummer).  But I did get to help with some family reunion t-shirts.  Way back in the day, a family member ran a flour mill and the brand was Green's Perfection.  There are precious few flour sacks still around, and they have become kind of a hot commodity in the family.  I might get in trouble for posting this, but Jared and I have one (I guess that is one of the perks of naming your first born son after said family member).  :)


I used a photo of the flour sack to make the family t-shirts.  With a bit of editing in Picnik, I was able to get a nice, bright text on a solid white background.  Then I set up a quick shop at CafePress (it's free!), and the shirts were ready to purchase for whoever wanted one.  So easy!


One thing I love about CafePress is there is something for everyone.  You can upload your designs onto all kinds of products, so if grandma isn't a big t-shirt wearer, she can get a tote bag or an apron or something.  The onesies and kids tees are my personal favorite. Oscar and Ruby are perfection, after all (to me).


Need more family t-shirt ideas?  Jordan at Oh Happy Day posted about Angela Hardison's collection of family reunion t-shirts, and I think they are all brilliant.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a graphic designer in the family?

23 comments:

Landry said...

Oh, no!! I am a devoted reader (first time commenter), but you broke my heart by using CafePress! :)

My husband started Zazzle.com, a direct competitor to CafePress and, in my completely biased opinion, Zazzle's products are much higher quality and they have an easier interface and more options for setting up a storefront. Will you check them out and see what you think?

Thanks, Jill!

Landry said...

P.S. Love the family reunion shirt design though! They turned out great!

Jill said...

Sorry Landry! I will absolutely check out Zassle. :)

Kami @ Everyday Heaven said...

I am so in LOVE! My Great Grandfather owned and ran the mill in Teton, ID. I about died when I saw Driggs, not many people in the world know where Driggs, Idaho is. Actually my Aunt and her family lived in Felt and worked in Driggs, what a small world. I haven't seen a logo from our mill since I was a little girl, but I will find one and next year it will totally be on a t-shirt.

vanessa said...

Great idea for the shirt! And the other shirts on that link are cool too. Love your blog!

Gwen said...

Wow! I LOVE these shirts. This is a fabulous idea. I've been reading your blog for two years, and I love everything that you do, but for some reason this just blew me away. I loved your post about Picnik (which I am now using all the time), and this is another great use for that site. I also really love the way the framed flour sack looks.

I know exactly what you mean about having a family heirloom that everyone wants. I have a sign that was painted in the early 1900s by the man who owned my grandparents' dairy farm before my grandparents did. Several people in my family want it, but my grandmother gave it to me before she passed away. There must be a reason she wanted me to have it!

Jill said...

Perfect timing! My family's reunion is this weekend, but we had mugs made up instead of tees and other things. I don't think most of the people there own, let alone know how to use computers. lol We're also having a silent auction with things people bring. There's a lot of crafts which is great to see!! Too bad you weren't able to make your reunion.

Anonymous said...

I am in Driggs right now!

I've enjoyed your blog for awhile, but haven't ever commented. Our kids are about the same age (my baby's a bit older), so I can totally relate to how you're feeling right now! I have been inspired by your craftiness...so thanks!

Anyway, my husband and I live in CA during the school year (we both teach...me part time) and Driggs, Idaho during the summers! We love it here...you should come visit in a few years when you feel like taking a road trip with your kids! How fun to see Driggs on your t-shirts (which turned out great, by the way!).

Amy

Jill said...

Amy - I am totally jealsous! Do me a favor ... go to the Corner Drug and enjoy a huckleberry milkshake for me. Yum. :)

Ann said...

These are great! Can you tell me approximately how much the shirts were (or Landry on zazzle.com)? Would be great to do for a gathering. My husband happens to be a graphic designer too.

Tempest Ahoy said...

These look great!!! What a nice momento.

Dayna said...

Very cool approach to a family reunion t-shirt.

Also, tell your daughter that her ruffly pants are really awesome. What a hip chick!

Emily said...

So cool!

Melanie said...

I think my favorite part of our family reunions, besides the family and food, are the T-Shirts! We have some really creative people in our family and I wear our shirts year-round. I like the baseball style you've got going on, though.

Angie said...

Love the shirts!! Add me to the Driggs, ID club. :) My grandmother grew up there, and my dad spent his summers there helping out on his grandpa's ranch. We used to visit in the summer, but I haven't been in years. I remember it being a lovely little town in some beautiful country.

I'll have to look into both of those printing sights. Looks like it could be lots of fun!

cindi @ Tally's Place said...

Absolutely love your t-shirt idea. The graphic is retro and hip and another way of using something originally intended for a different use.

the Smedley's said...

I love you blog page! Great ideas with little expense! Right now I am working on a quiet book with some ideas from your blog!

I, like several other readers, was exicted to see the mention of Driggs, Idaho. I am actually headed there tomorrow for a family reunion! And we love the drug store huckleberry milk shakes! I am hoping to take my almost 3 year old out huckleberry picking while we are there!

Thanks for all of the great ideas!

Becky

Elizabeth said...

Those turned out really REALLY well. So cute!

Tricia Lee Riggio said...

looooove the little ruffle butt...oh and your cute shirt too!!! Glad to see you back and craftin!

Katie said...

It's funny to see all of the Driggs connections. I grew up there, its definately not the same place now though! I Love you shirt!!!

Alisa said...
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Alisa said...

My Great Grandfather owned and ran the mill in Teton, ID. I about died when I saw Driggs, not many people in the world know where Driggs, Idaho is.

Cool Shirts

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