Friday, October 30, 2009
In other news...
6:31 pm est
Someone very near and dear to me has passed onto to the big meeting in the sky.
Someone who I feel assured would be happy just to be remembered
as a good man who enjoyed life and who would consider the greatest tribute that could be made to him to be passing on the
wonderful gift that so many of us have been blessed to enjoy.
Get out there and spread some love around!!!
Craig M. Lamb passed away on Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at his home in Madison. Craig Lamb was born in
Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 7, 1948, the second son of Meyer "Mike" and Minnie (Smith) Lamb. Craig attended the Janesville
Public Schools and graduated in 1967 from Janesville Senior High School (the last class of Fighting Bluebirds!). Craig worked
in his father's store, Lamb's Clothing, in Janesville throughout his high school years before he attended the University
of Wisconsin-Rock County and Butler University in Indianapolis from which he graduated in May 1971. In 1977 he married Judy
(Gesteland) and they welcomed their son Aaron in 1978. "This is Craig. I'm about to beep!" This salutation to
his voice mail summarized his character and his irreverent spirit. At every family and social event, Craig was Craig. He could
recall, at a moment's notice, an historical event, a funny story, or the exact lyrics to any rock 'n' roll tune.
Craig would find a way to link the lyrics of a favorite group - the Lovin' Spoonful, the Byrds, the Beatles - to the situation
and bring in a light-hearted spirit. He reminded all of us to count our blessings and cherish those around us. In the past
decade, Craig persevered through numerous physical challenges (some life-threatening) but they never broke his spirit. He
dedicated his recent years to maintaining his independence and to helping others, particularly the people he met in AA. He
was proud to complete 10 years in the program and often spoke of how AA enabled him to transform his life - first through
helping him fight his own addiction and then through helping others do the same. Craig is survived by his wife, Judy of Madison;
his son, Aaron (Margrethe) of Malden, Mass.; and his brother, Bruce of Janesville. Craig was preceded in death by his parents,
Mike and Minnie. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway
Road, Madison, with a reception immediately following. Craig requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name
to the charity of the giver's choice. The body gave out on Oct. 26, but Craig's optimistic spirit survives in his
family, extended family and many, many friends. "There are places I remember/ All my life, though some have changed/
Some forever not for better/ Some have gone and some remain . . . In my life I loved them all." - "In My Life,"
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Rubber Soul, 1965
Jumping in the water...
6:27 pm est
Here we go. In the sort of situation where not quite sure if I'm prepared to just start
going at it with this stuff, but here we go. I know from experience that I can spend months perseverating on having
things be perfect and ignore the fact that all that's really getting done is that huge holes are being made in the mud
as I spin my tires.
The switch to sublimation
printing has been made and I am very, very happy with it. The images are crisper, color brighter and, in my opinion,
the shirts that I am using are far more comfortable than the cotton t-shirts that I was using before. A very pleasant
surprise because I hear the words "polyester" clothes and I think of that old scratchy, non-breathable stuff but
these shirts, made by vapor apparel, are wonderful.
addition, the change in printing style is allowing me to start to make other styles of shirts that I was not able to before.
Long sleeve t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, hopefully jackets soon...then onto mugs and plates and license plate holders
and all sorts of goodies that I will get to play around with.
So it is exciting right now!
be aware that I am still building up my stock of imprintable clothes so it is possible that it may take me a week or two to
get something that is ordered out to you, but they will be done ASAP.
Thanks for checking this out!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sorry if you are looking right now...
9:56 pm est
but things are temporarily on hold for me while I work on switching over to another printing process that should work better
all the way around...a bit higher quality and easier to print. As soon as possible is the best that I can come up with
for a date for a return.
In the meantime, if you really want to get one of my shirts, please send me an
e-mail at email@example.com and something can be worked out through a third party printer. The price will be a bit more
than the $20 I have been charging, but the shirts can get done.
Thanks for your interest and support!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Well...things continue on...
8:04 pm est
Haven't seen much activity on here as of yet...but navigating the world of cyber advertising
is in the future. We will see...
interested, I hope to make a big change in my printing process in the near future. Switching from direct to garment
printing to sublimation printing. The positive? Much more accurate printing results (much easier to get things
exactly lined up), somewhat sharper images (at least it seems like that should be the result), improved washability (from
what I gather, sublimation prints will not fade from washing), the ability to branch out into other products (mouse pads,
puzzles, clocks, keychains, a whole wild and crazy range of things) and easier printing for me. The negative?
Sublimation can only be printed onto man made materials...have to switch to polyester.
I am not much of a fashion interested guy and hearing polyester still makes me cringe and think of a horrible
fabric, but apparently that's not the case anymore. Great moisture wicking, surprisingly good feel...nice stuff.
Problem is it seems like it is quite a bit more expensive but we will see how it all works out.
Have been great responses to the shirts I have sold...it makes me very happy to know that people are enjoying
my designs and not just having a shirt to wear but loving the shirts they have to wear. Have to have gratitude for the
opportunity to do that!!!
And I have met some
cool people as a result...people who are on the same page as me. In my experience, people who share a common solution
have a much more powerful bond than people who just share a common problem. Instant friends and fellowship with people
who I immediately feel love for. That is a great thing and, if I am thinking right, that plus the enjoyment I am bringing
people makes this whole venture worthwhile.
hope everyone out there remembers to insist upon enjoying life!!!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
It appears that I'm ready to go...
10:44 pm est
Sorry if this causes any inconvenience, but for now I am only selling through PAYPAL payments.
If you need to make other arrangements, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your interest!!!
Welcome to my site!
My purpose here is to make designs that I appreciate and hopefully someone out there will too.
Things that allow me to celebrate some of the gifts that I have been given and enjoy life...
The creating of the designs and this business is an offspring of my quest to absolutely insist
upon enjoying life. Spending too long in the shadows of misery compels me to enjoy the sunlight of the Spirit in all
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