June 14, 2011

Father's Day T-Shirts

 
I had no idea what I was going to do for Father's Day this year.  Not for all the dad's in my life or for my husband. No clue. So when inspiration struck, I was so glad it was not too scary, could be done in a day, and best of all?  The girls could help.


Let me tell you a little bit about my family.  My parents divorced when I was 6 months old and both remarried a few years later.  I am so thankful that God put these people in my life for a myriad of reasons but one is that as an only child, I then gained 3 brothers and a sister.  They are all step-siblings but I don't really remember a time not knowing them.

So through this blended family there are many kids.  My stepfather had 2 kids and between the two of them I have 3 nieces and 3 nephews.  My stepmother also had 2 kids and between those 2, I have 2 nephews.  Do you have all that straight?? It is a lot. I know.

So.  I decided to make t-shirts for all the grandfather's for father's day with their GRANDFATHER name.
WARNING:  
I am not a professional.  
I am a messy girl with paint and tend to be impatient. 
Do not look directly at imperfections and embrace the IDEA of it all. 
I also think imperfections add to the homemade aspect and it is sorta sweet.
 My Dad is Poppy.
My Father-in-law is Paw Paw. 
My Step-Dad is Papou.
 And then there is my husband.  The sweetest Daddy to my two girls.
All I did was go to Michael's and purchase some plain t- shirts and fabric paint.  Make sure you slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt before painting.  I forgot to do this on the first one.  Woops!

Using stencils with several different fonts, I painted their names with fabric paint.  
  Also, for a little fun I put an EST. 2006 or whatever year the first grandchild was born of that specific grandfather. It's a funny touch and I hope they get it. Sometimes my humor hangs out in the dangerous realm of nerdy and no one gets me.  I know YOU all do. It's why I love you so.
I had the girls put their hand print on the back of each shirt. 
Cati signed her own name and I signed Ella's with the year. 
I am sending these t-shirts along with more fabric paint to each grandparent so the other grandkids can put their hand prints on the back and sign their names. 
I hope they all find it as special as I do. If it were me, I would wear it proudly with oodles of love in my heart. There is nothing like the the nostalgic gifts, right?
Hugs my dear friends!

21 comments:

  1. What a great (cute, cheap, fun) idea! I just might have to steal it :) Have a fabulous day!

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  2. Ummm yeah .... this is awesome! Love it! I know my dad would wear it. :-)

    Miss you friend! Your blog is getting so huge! And I love the design. Hugs!

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  3. What a cute idea!! Who doesn't love a homemade gift anyway?! So sweet! I think the poppy one is my favorite!! :) I'm sure all of the men in your family are going to love them!!

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  4. Awesome! they will be thrilled! Bless your creative heart :) No one had any doubt you'd come up with a great idea!

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  5. can i just come over to your house whenever you craft and tag along? I don't know how you find the time! I'll pitch in for the extra supplies :)

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  6. well they certianly look professional! I like hearing about your family, thanks for sharing that! I think I packed my husband's fathers day card! I have no idea where it is, I hope he understands.

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  7. Wow, they are great.

    Have a nice evening.
    Katharina
    www.deko-impressionen.blogspot.com

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  8. What a great idea! I needed one too, I will so be doing these;)

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  9. Oh Jess, they are so PERFECT! I don't know a dad or grandpa who wouldn't be proud to wear those! I like the messy look too, makes it kind of vintage. By the way, they didn't look messy to me! You always amaze me girl!

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  10. Oh my ...I wish you could get a group pic with all those men in your life. What a blessing to have lots of loving men in your daughter's lives! I know they will be good looking in these cutie cute cute shirts! Wear 'em proud boys! :)

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  11. Jessica! What a happy surprise to learn your children have a Papou! I myself am half Greek (my dad) and half Scottish (my mom), so my daughter, Zoe, has a Papou!

    Great shirts!

    Sheila

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  12. Jess, these turned out so cute! Love them! And I'm sure the recipients will too.

    Hugs,
    Me

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  13. I love this idea, Jess! Reminds me of the shirts my sisters and I used to make for, well, everyone with puffy paint. Awesome. :)

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  14. Adorable! I love handmade gifts- especially ones that you can wear!

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  15. i love the perfect imperfectness of it all. and i got the date thing straight up. great minds.....

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  16. LOVE these t-shirts!
    what a great idea.
    hugz,
    cheryl xox.

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  17. I love it! How did you do the white brushing on the shirts around/through the letters?

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  18. really cute and i love that they are so personalized!

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  19. These are adorable. The perfect gift!
    QUESTION??? Like Heather above, I was wondering how you did the white brushed effect on the shirts and through the lettering...did you just use a paint brush????

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    1. Hi Debie! Yes! I just used a paint brush and dry brushed the paint for a little distressed look. :)

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