A little over a week ago, I had this idea for a t-shirt design (which is so weird because I have never done that before. Hooray for trying new things!) that I wanted to make to sell as a fundraiser for a charity. It’s meant to convey kindness and compassion, reaching out to others to others in need (something our world so desperately needs right now) and doing it all with one of my favorite things; DOGS.
I got out my dry erase board that I used to draw little stick figure sketches for my book. Since I’m not a very good artist, I had to literally get down on one knee to figure out how that looked so I could draw it. It’s a little wonky but you can clearly see (below) what I’m going for with it. Because it was so wonky, I knew I needed to find a real artist who could translate my little drawing into something more substantial and with cleaner lines, so I took to the internet to ask for referrals to a female artist who’d be interested in doing a little project for me. I got several messages from people with links to their websites and it made me so happy to see such great work from them! I also heard from one organization called Stands who told me they could do it, and that my husband had their contact info because he’s worked with them before, so just get their info from him.
Ok, so first off, I’m a genius and didn’t know that.
I went in to Wil’s office and asked if he knew people at Stands and his response was “YES! They are amazing. It’s all women who work there (except for their one male secretary) and they do incredible work. I’ve done a few shirts with them. Why?” So I had to explain my idea and asking the internet for an artist blah blah blah and he was all “Uh, why didn’t you just ask me?”
Yeah…like I said…genius.
So Wil did an email introduction and I talked with Riley, who offered to do the artwork for me for free so I could use it wherever I wanted to support the charity of my choice, which is so completely unexpected and incredibly kind of her to do. I sent her a picture of my dry erase board drawing and she loved it and didn’t want to change much about it. I agreed and she came back with the CUTEST translation of my drawing! We sent the artwork off to Cotton Bureau and within a couple of hours, BAM! My idea was suddenly available on a shirt. HOW COOL IS THAT?
This shirt is available here for two weeks and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these shirts will go to Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA in support of the Wiggle Waggle Walk that’s at the end of this month. The shirt comes in men’s and women’s cut, and comes in a variety of sizes. And if you’re like “Hey, I love PHS and all they do for the 11 cities they service but I don’t need a t-shirt” but would still like to support the cause, you can just make a direct tax-deductible donation to them on our personal donation page at their website!
If you’d like to see more info about the Wiggle Waggle Walk (and TINY 5 MONTH OLD MARLOWE!) Wil made this video of us during the walk back in 2012. GAH! SHE’S SO CUTE! (this video gets me choked up every time I see it, so brace yourself.)