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How to Remove Stickers Safely from a Guitar March 29, 2016

When a kid plays guitar, they usually stick stickers custom NHL decals stickers all over it. If that guitar has been given to you, or you just don’t like the stickers anymore, you will need to remove them without leaving behind that disgusting sticky residue. Follow along to learn to do just that.

1. Fill a small tub with lukewarm water. If the water is freezing cold, this method will not work as well. On the over hand, if it’s boiling hot, it will just melt the sticker and make it very sticky. It could even damage the paint or hardware on the guitar. Try to find a happy medium. A good way to do this is to fill the tub halfway with really cold water and then fill the other half with really hot water. They should cancel each other out and you should get a nice warm temperature.

2. Dip a rag into the water. To do this, simply wrap the rag or cloth around your finger and dip your finger into the water. No need to soak the cloth, just get it a little wet. Always keep some of the rag dry or keep a dry rag nearby in case some of the water gets into your hardware.

3. Wet the sticker. Begin to rub the sticker custom mlb stickers in a small circular motion with the wet part of the cloth, paying particular attention the the edges. Always rub it softly so you don’t rip parts off of the sticker, you want it all to come off in one piece. Don’t sweat if the sticker does rip, just take care in the future. Ripping might be caused by:

  • Wetting the cloth too much
  • Rubbing the sticker too hard
  • Rubbing the sticker for too long.
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  • 4. Slowly peel off the sticker. If you did it right, the sticker should peel of in one piece. If not, keep peeling the little parts of the sticker off until it’s completely off. The best way to peel the sticker off is to get your nail under one edge of it and then peel around the edges of the sticker, gradually getting closer to the middle.

5. Clean the guitar. You will probably find that after you have peeled the sticker off, there is some stickiness on that part of the guitar. If it doesn’t bother you, keep it and it will come off over time through playing. If it does bother you or there’s a lot of it, there is a way to get rid of it. Simply rub it with the wet cloth like you did to get the sticker off. Parts of it should start falling off. When there’s only a little bit left, dry it with the dry part of the cloth or the second dry cloth just to get the water off.

6. Repeat with the rest of the stickers.

If you peel off as much as possible and there is glue residue remaining use Eucalyptus Oil. This is an all natural product and will dissolve the glue easily, without damaging gloss or wood grain.

Tip:

  • If you don’t have long nails, a thumb pick works well to peel the sticker off.
  • You might need to add hot water to the tub when it gets cold.

Warnings

  • If you don’t rub the guitar in a circular motion, you will get lots of straight scratches. They can be seen from a mile off.
  • Rubbing the guitar too hard will only scratch it.

Things You’ll Need

  • A guitar

  • A tub

  • Warm water

  • One or two cloths/rags.

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How to Make a Pirate Hat March 22, 2016

At some point in their lives, everyone wants to dress up as a pirate. And no pirate costume is complete without the appropriate hat. You can make a pirate hat out of almost anything, including newspaper, poster board, or even an old cowboy hat. You can even make one using wrapping paper and a bowl from your kitchen!

Method 1. Making a Newspaper Pirate Hat

1. Find a sheet of newspaper. Unfold the sheet of newspaper and spread it out on a flat surface. Make sure you have enough room to work.

  • A solid sheet of newspaper makes for a large pirate hat. If you’d like a smaller hat, try cutting off about 14 inch (0.6 cm) from one of the edges.
  • 2. Fold your paper in half horizontally. Keep the corners matched up so your hat is nice and even. Run your finger along the fold to make a good crease in your paper.

    • If you’re working with kids, try telling them to fold “hamburger” style to make sure they get the fold right.

    3. Bring the corners to the center. Take the top right corner of the paper and bring it to the center of the newspaper making a triangle. Do the same thing with the other corner.

    • You should have two triangles now, with the vertical edges lined up in the middle of the paper. For a good hat, try to keep the edges straight. Make good creases when you have everything lined up the way you want it.
    • Add some tape to the triangles if they start to unfold.

    4. Fold the bottoms of the paper up. You should now have a piece of paper that looks roughly like a pirate hat, except for two bottom flaps. Fold one bottom flap up to the bottom edge of the triangles, and tape it down to secure it.

    • Turn the hat over, and do the same with the remaining bottom flap.

    5. Add decorations to your finished pirate hat. Your pirate hat is almost finished. The only thing left to do is decorate it. Draw a skull and crossbones on the hat, or print one out and glue it on.

    • You could also draw a skull and crossbones on a piece of poster board. Cut out the design and then glue it on to your hat.
    Method 2. Making a Poster Board Pirate Hat

    1. Assemble your workstation. To make this pirate hat you will need the following:

    • Black poster board
    • Scissors
    • Glue
    • A pirate hat template
    • Spare sheets of white paper iron on NHL Embroidered Patches
    • Pens, pencils, markers, or crayons
    • 2. Create or print a pirate hat template. You can find a pirate hat template online, or you can draw one yourself directly on the poster board. If you need to make multiple pirate hats, consider drawing a stencil on a separate piece of poster board.
      • If you’re drawing your own template, you have some freedom when it comes to the shape of your pirate hat.

        3. Copy the template onto the poster board. If you printed your template out online, place it on the poster board and trace the shape of the hat. Make two copies of the pirate hat shape.

        4. Cut out the two pirate hat shapes. Make your cuts as clean as possible. When you’ve finished cutting out your hat shapes, line them up with each other. Make sure they’re both about the same shape.

        5. Draw a skull and crossbones design on a separate piece of white paper. Cut out the design and glue it to your hat.

        • Draw features on the skull and crossbones using the markers. If you’re working with kids, have them try their hand at drawing the skulls.
        • If you don’t have any spare paper, you can draw the skull and crossbones directly on the hat.
        • 6. Finish building the hat. Glue the top edges of the hat together. Do not glue the bottom edges of the hat together, or you won’t be able to wear it.

          • Allow plenty of time for the glue to dry before trying the hat on.
          Method 3. Making a Tri-Corner Pirate Hat

          1. Gather your supplies. To make a tri-corner pirate hat, you will need the following:

          • A pencil
          • Twist ties
          • Scissors
          • Glue
          • A bowl about the size of your head
          • A ruler or other straight edge
          • Brown wrapping paper or a grocery bag
          • 2. Make a band for the bowl. Cut a strip of paper about 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide that can wrap around the rim of the bowl with 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) extra so the strip overlaps itself.
  • Don’t worry if you have to glue 2 smaller pieces of paper together to form your band.

    3. Cut the rest of your paper. Christmas iron on transfers You’ll need enough paper to make two rather large cuts to form the top of the hat and the brim. Cut the first square to about 16 inches (40.6 cm) square and the second piece to about 24 inches (61.0 cm) square.

    • If you want to add a leathery texture to your hat, soak the pieces of paper in water and wad them up. Remove them from the water and flatten them out to let them dry overnight. Be careful not to rip your paper if you try this!
    • 4. Form the cap. Place the bowl upside down on a table, and place the smaller of the two squares on top of it. Begin shaping the paper over the bowl by carefully pressing the paper down and around the rim of the bowl.

      5. Add the band. Once you’ve pressed the paper over the bowl, glue your 2 inches (5.1 cm) strip of paper around the base of the bowl to form the hat band.

      • You may have to use a lot of glue to properly secure the band to the bowl.

        6. Cut away the excess paper. When the glue from the hat band is dry, cut away the excess paper beneath the hat band. Leave a little extra to tuck under the bowl of the hat.

        • To make cutting easier, slide the bowl over to the edge of a table and rotate the bowl as you cut.
        • Once you’ve cut away all the excess paper, remove the bowl. Test the fit of the cap by placing it on your head. If the cap is too large, crumple it some more and try adding another band for more support. If the cap is too small, you’ll have to start over with another bowl.

          7. Prepare the brim. Take the larger piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the center of the square. Make a mark about 20.75 inches (52.7 cm) from the bottom of the paper. Draw diagonal lines from the mark down to the corners to form a triangle.

          • Once you’ve measured the triangle, cut it out.[22]
          • Make a mark halfway down the side of each triangle. Draw a line to the opposite corner of each mark to make two smaller triangles.
          • Using the bowl as a guide, trace a circle in the center of the triangle. You should now have a circle with six small triangles in the center of the large triangle.
          • Draw three lines in the circle to cut each of the six triangles in half, making twelve triangles.
          • Cut the inner triangles so that they spike up, but are still attached to the paper. Fold them upward until they resemble a crown.

        8. Attach the brim to the cap. Apply some glue to the twelve triangles and secure them to the inside of the cap. You may have to use a lot of glue to get them to stick. Don’t worry if you make a mess, as this is the inside of the cap and you won’t be able to see it in the final product.

        • Let the glue dry completely before continuing.
        9. Round the corners of the brim. Fold each of the points on the brim to the center of the hat. The tip of each point should just touch the base of the cap. Make a crease on each of the folds and cut the points off.
        • Round off the corners by cutting away the straight edges left from removing the tips. You should have three rounded triangles on your brim.
        • Wrap the rounded corners around a pencil and roll them up to the base of the hat. When you remove the pencil you should have a corner that stays slightly rolled.
        • You can even roll the tips of each corner if you like, to add even more character to your hat. To do this, use your pencil and roll the tips in the opposite direction.
        • At this point, you should start to see the pirate hat coming together.
  • 10. Connect the corners of the brim to the cap. Wrap a twist tie around the eraser end of the pencil and twist it a few times. You should have a loop and two ends. Remove the twist tie from the pencil. Do this three times.

    • Line up the brim a little higher than the cap and make a hole through them. Run the straight ends of your twist tie through the hole. Turn the hat over and flatten the two ends to secure the tip of the brim to the cap. Do this for the other brim tips.

      11. Decorate your cap. iron the transfers You should now have a solid tri-corner pirate hat. Add a skull and crossbones if you like, or some buttons. You can even decorate the hat band, though most of it is hidden by the rest of the hat.[35]

      • Glue a few real buttons over the brim connectors to give your pirate hat a more authentic feel.
        Method 4. Making a Pirate Hat from a Cowboy Hat

        1. Find a hat from your local thrift store. Look for a wide-brimmed cowboy hat. Choose a dark color, like navy or black.

        • The color is really up to you. If you want to make a brightly colored pirate hat, go for it!
        • Choose a material that is flexible. Felt or velvet hats are ideal.

          2. Stitch or staple the sides of the edges of the brim to the crown at two sides. This will draw the brim up at the front and back, resembling a tri-corner pirate hat.

          3. Decorate the hat custom sublimation patches. Find a skull and crossbones design in the iron-on patches section of a craft store. You could also cut out a skull and crossbones from an old t-shirt.

          • Stitch the skull and crossbones design to the front of the hat if it’s made from fabric. If you’re using an iron on patch, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for attaching the patch.

            Tips

            • Earrings and a ring make fine accompaniments to the pirate hat costume.
            • Make an eye patch from black fabric or thick black paper. Cut the shape of a patch and attach black shirring elastic to the patch with glue or staples.
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How to Add Jewels and Beads to a Shirt March 10, 2016

Take the concept of “bejeweling” your button down, stuffy cotton shirt to the next level and sew chunky jewels and beads down the button seam. You don’t need advanced seamstress skills to create this look glitter iron on stickers. Just basic knowledge of how to wield a needle and thread and a wide selection of beads and jewels will help you design this hot look.

Select Your Supplies

1. Choose a button down shirt to bead. You’ll want a color and design that will compliment the beading and jewels you plan to add (or you may want to match the jewels and beads to the shirt).

  • Consider choosing a shirt that is 100% cotton as this fabric will hold the beading better than a more delicate material.
  • Pre-wash your shirt so that you have the proper fit and size prior to sewing (to avoid having the shirt shrink after the beads have been sewn onto the garment).

2. Select beads and/or jewels iron on transfers for t shirts. Visiting a bead store will be your best bet to have the widest selection. Consider bringing your shirt with you so you can see what the beads/jewels will look like before you make a purchase.

  • Make sure each jewel/bead has a hole that will allow you to sew it into place.
  • Ask the bead store clerk how the beads/jewels you select will hold up being washed.

3. Obtain a needle and thread that you can use to sew the beads/jewels. Go for stronger thread since you will be attaching a bulky item to your shirt.

  • Make sure the thread color matches the beading/shirt color so the thread will be unnoticeable.

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1. Lay out a bead/jewel pattern. Before you sew, lay out the beads/jewels on the shirt to make sure you like not only the pattern of beads/jewels but also the overall design you are trying to create with the beading.

  • Consider taping the beads into place while you work so you don’t forget the pattern. Use a fabric tape that will allow you to adhere the beading/jewels without damaging the shirt.

2. Sew beads/jewels into place. Add several stitches to each bead/jewel to ensure it is set in place.

  • Knot each bead/jewel thread on the backside of the shirt so that the knot is not visible.
  • Consider double sewing each bead/jewel for extra support.

Tips

Consider using beads or jewels as the shirt buttons. Find a bead that is small enough to fit through the buttonhole.

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How to Decorate Your House at Christmas March 9, 2016

Decorating a house in anticipation of Christmas is almost as fun as opening presents on Christmas morning. Whether you’re having guests over for a holiday party or you want to make your house feel cozy and festive for your family, this article explains how to show your Christmas spirit by including traditional decorations glitter iron on stickers, making the outside of your house sparkle, and adding sweet touches throughout the house.

Traditional Decorations

1. Buy or trim a Christmas tree. Many consider the tree to be the most important Christmastime decoration; if you don’t do anything else, get a tree! Choose either a real tree or an artificial one. Set it up in the room where you and your family will be opening presents together on Christmas day. Decorate the tree in your personal style NBA wall wecals. Here are some festive ideas:

  • String lights on the tree. A tree lit by white or colored lights is a beautiful sight to behold during Christmas season. Small white lights are popular, but you can also buy white, blue, red, or multicolored lights to string on your tree. Start at the bottom, leaving the end of the string of lights long enough so that it reaches the closest electrical outlet. Wind the lights around the tree in a spiral pattern. Tuck the other end of the string of lights into a branch at the top of the tree.
  • Decorate with ornaments. Consider making your own ornaments using dough, buttons, or crystals to add a personal touch to your tree. You could also buy classic round baubles and ball ornaments from the store. Disperse the ornaments evenly around the tree, taking care not to leave big bare spots.
  • Decorate the tree with some garland or some popcorn chains.
  • Add a tree topper. It’s traditional to place a star at the top of the tree, symbolizing the Star of David that led the three wise men to find Jesus when he was born. You could also top the tree with an angel, a snowflake, or another festive decoration.
  • Decorate around the bottom of the tree. You can purchase white fabric to drape around the tree. Sprinkle white glitter on it so it resembles freshly fallen snow. Throughout the Christmas season, place presents you intend to give people under the tree.
  • If you feel that putting and setting up the tree is a bit too much, try delegating tasks to others to help you. A party can help get the tree decorated quicker and into a more festive looking state.
2. Hang stockings. String store-bought or handmade stockings across the fireplace, over the mantle, or in another spot in the same room as the Christmas tree. Use red or green ribbon or twine to hang the stockings. Each member of the family should get his or her own stocking.
3. Don’t forget the mistletoe. You might be able to find a bit of fresh mistletoe in a nursery – or even in a hardwood tree in your yard or neighborhood – but you can also buy a faux mistletoe plant to hang in a doorway in your house. Hang it from a small hook in a doorway between rooms. Tie a small red ribbon over the hook to make it look more festive. And of course, encourage people to give each other a kiss if they find themselves standing beneath the mistletoe together.
4. Hang some lights elsewhere around the house. Hang some lights at the top borders of walls where the ceiling meets the wall. If possible and if you have enough lights to do it, strand up some lights around the room you will be presenting most of the Christmas festivities in.
5. Set Up a Christmas Village, if you have a few Christmas Village houses to present to people. These houses have become a symbol of old time and years past and a representation of what Christmases gone by have been like.
6. Display a manger someplace inside the Christmas festivities room or near the Christmas tree. You may want to include baby Jesus before (if you are afraid of losing him to the original box or forgetting to place him in the cradle later), but that can be left up to you to decide.
7. Decorate some of the other rooms in your house diy glitter textile wallpaper . Hang more ornaments with paperclips on nails and screws that are only used during Christmas. Make things festive inside the house.
8. Set up a Christmas tree in a child’s room, if you can be assured that they will not try to mess or play with it, or break it in any way. Some tweens and early teenagers can be trusted to not break the ornaments.
9. Display some of the Christmas cards as they arrive. Use some of supporting banisters and windows to hang the cards.
10. Set out any entryway doormats inside or outside that have a festive Christmas theme (if any special ones are present).
11.Set up a festive Christmas table centerpiece table setting and table (drapes).
12. Get some Christmas music ready to be played in stereo. Prepare some CD’s or cassettes, or find stations on the computer that play solely Christmas music. There are a few Christmas stations on Pandora, iHeartRadio and Live365 that play Christmas music all year long. There are others in assorted areas of the Internet that can be found, but these are three of the more popular areas that can be trusted to play all the favorite Christmas tunes all year long.

Outdoor Decorations

1. Decorate the door with a Christmas wreath. Most people display them. A wreath symbolizes eternity or eternal life. Buy or make a wreath made with fresh holly or sweet-smelling evergreen to hang on your front door. A wreath will make your house look welcoming to guests, and indicate to passers-by that your home has the spirit of Christmas.

  • If you want a wreath that lasts more than one season, make one out of felt or pinecones instead of fresh greens.
  • You could also buy a wreath made from wire or plastic that you can use season after season.

2. Put up outdoor lights. If you have small trees or bushes in your hard, consider getting a few strands of outdoor lights to put up. You can buy lights that are shaped like nets, which makes it easy to lay them over bushes, or go for a string of lights to wind around your outdoor vegetation. You could also use lights to frame your door or windows.

  • Consider buying decorative lights shaped like icicles to hang above your door.
  • Some lights come with timers so they’ll automatically shut off after a certain time of night.

3. Create an outdoor Christmas scene. If you want to go all out, consider getting plastic or inflatable characters to place in your hard. When people drive or walk by your house, they’ll stop and gaze at the pretty scene you’ve created. Consider the following options:

  • Set up a Nativity scene. You can simply set up statues of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, or make a more elaborate scene that includes the wise men, animals and angels.
  • Make a Santa and reindeer scene. Buy a plastic or inflatable Santa and set him up in a sleigh. For a striking touch, add eight reindeer plus a Rudolph deer with a bright red nose.
  • Create a fun winter scene. Buy a plastic or inflatable snowman, Grinch, or another Christmas character to set up in your yard. Inflatable snow globes have also become popular yard decorations in recent years.

Unique Touches

1. Place candles in the windows. If your style is subtle and serene, consider placing an electrical candle in each window of the house. Turn them on at night so that they can be seen from outside. This is a beautiful way to decorate for Christmas without spending too much money or going overboard with big decorations.

 2. Make paper snowflakes. Kids love to cut intricate snowflake patterns out of paper. Make them look even more festive by painting them with a layer of clear glue, then adding glitter. When they dry, tape them to the walls and windows using clear double-sided tape.

3. Use red and green accents. Red and green are the colors of Christmas, so anything that has this color scheme will make your house look more festive. Get creative with red and green items you already have around the house, or involve your kids by asking them to help you color some red and green decorations to hang. Here are some ideas for using red and green to accent your home:

  • Exchange your normal throw pillows for red and green pillows during the holiday season.
  • Tie red or green bows around doorknobs around the house. You can attach little Christmas bells to them as well.
  • Use red and green dishcloths to make your kitchen look Christmassy.
  • Buy a poinsettia plant to add a natural red and green element to your home.
  • Set out red and green candles on your tables and bookshelves.

Tips

 

  • If you have a book (such as The Night Before Christmas (A Visit from St Nicholas[1]) by an anonymous source or some other popular tale that you read year in and year out to others) sitting in places around the house, display it on top of the mantle around the holidays. Set it up so it can stand up freely on it’s bottom edge. If you don’t have one, spend a few dollars and get a copy. Get yourself into the Christmas spirit during this time of year.
  • If you have bed wash that is festive, change the bed wash to the more festive theme.
  • Make sure that all clothes that could be laying around, are in their proper baskets. Use primarily the Christmas-themed shirts/sweatshirts/dresses (some exceptions can be made).
  • Never decorate solely around your fire plan. Keep the plan in mind though.
  • Decorate doorways that lead into your house with a tiny bit of festive popcorn strands, if you’d like. Don’t ever display Christmas lights to either side of the doorway. People will still need to come through the door, and if plugged in at the time, can not only cause electrocution, but may sometimes lead to people not being able to escape quickly and cause an escape path to be blocked from a quick escape.
  • Make sure all trash is sorted into it’s assorted trash bins.
  • Make sure to put away any decoration boxes that won’t be used during the holiday season.
  • Make sure that exit doors to fire escape paths are never blocked by decorations. You can display paper “on” the door, but never around or at the edges of these doors.
  • Keep all wrapped presents out in sight for a few days prior to Christmas (unless little fingers tend to discover or uncover these special things. They become festive timepieces for the holidays and set the mood.
  • Keep a trash container around the room you are working in, at all times. There are just sometimes when pieces go astray when you least like them to, and containers are hard to find if not closely nearby.

Warnings

  • Don’t overdo the decorations Halloween heat transfer for t shirts when it comes to decorating banisters overlooking a stairway handrail. If you have some grassy-green garland, it’s okay to display one round of it, but make it so that you can still keep a firm grip on the handrail without the garland coming loose.
  • Don’t completely redo the colors of the walls (in paint) just for the holidays. Painting that much for just a few days or months of the year is quite overkill and can be avoided.
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How to Start a T Shirt Business March 8, 2016

T-shirt businesses custom NHL lettering are fairly common nowadays, but don’t be fooled: starting your own t-shirt business won’t be easy and won’t produce a steady source of income overnight. To make your business successful, you’ll need to do plenty of research and design high-quality merchandise people will actually be interested in buying.

Planning and Research

Identify your target market. Since the t-shirt market is already so developed, your own business won’t survive long if you try to compete with every other t-shirt business. Instead, focus on one target market or niche.

  • Make your target market specific without becoming too obscure. For example, “funny graphic shirts” would be a bad market since it’s too broad. A better choice would be something like “funny graphic shirts about cooking and baking” since that addresses a focused yet widespread target group.

Study the competition. Learn about other t-shirt sellers who share similar a similar niche. You’ll need to be able to compete with them on all levels so that customers will be willing to choose your product over theirs.

  • Pay attention to your competitors’ product quality, design variety, pricing, and customer service. Also note how they promote their products.
  • Studying the competition isn’t as hard as you might initially believe it to be. Follow the brands on their blogs and social media pages, and sign up for their free digital newsletters.

Hire partners and other employees. Even if you’re starting the business on your own, you’ll probably need to hire help and delegate tasks to other people. Focus your efforts on the business aspects that come naturally to you, then hire partners to help you with the rest.

  • A successful t-shirt business needs skilled designers and printers, but it also needs people who can make websites, manage people, and market the product. Moreover, if you struggle to manage your finances, you might also need to hire an accountant or someone else to do that for you.
  • Even if you have some skill in each area, you will probably need to hire partners as your business grows simply to keep up with the demand.

Choose the best print method iron on the transfers for your business. There are three main print methods used by t-shirt businesses: screen printing, heat transfer, and direct-to-garment. Each option has pros and cons, so you’ll need to figure out which one is right for your intended business model.[2]

  • Screen printing is cost-effective for large batches, but it can be expensive if you want to offer multiple colors. It also works best with simple designs, and the quality can start decreasing once designs become too complex.
  • Heat transfers make it easier to print shirts on demand. The designs need to be professionally printed on high-quality heat transfer paper, but you’ll need to invest in a heat press machine and transfer the design to each shirt yourself. The overall quality is less durable than screen printing and direct-to-garment printing, too.
  • Direct-to-garment printing creates high-quality images and makes it easier to produce small orders in a wide range of colors. The designs themselves can also be very detailed without a drop in quality. It won’t be very cost effective for large production runs, though.

Set goals. Establishing specific business goals will make it easier for you to know what you’re working toward. If you don’t set any goals, you can easily become aimless and find your business struggling as a result.[3]

  • Set long-term and short-term goals. Determine how many shirts you plan to sell this year, month, and week. Once you start meeting your short-term goals, you can adjust your future short-term and current long-term goals accordingly.

Organize your financial records. You should understand your financial situation before you even enter the designing phase of your business. Make sure that you’re keeping a record of your finances throughout the entire process, as well.

  • Keep all of your business expenses on the same bank account and credit card. If possible, don’t use this account or card for anything other than your business.
  • Know what to expect before money starts changing hands. Get quotes from multiple printers and compare cost to value. Factor in the cost of labeling, packaging, storage, and shipping supplies, too. Ultimately, the cost of production will be the key factor in determining the sale price of your product.

Establish your own brand. Even if you only have two or three designs, you should still market them as part of a larger brand instead of selling them separately and anonymously. Keep the content and quality of your shirts consistent across the brand.

  • Creating a brand will make it easier to advertise. Customers who purchase from you will associate the t-shirt with your brand, and might be more likely to return to your brand later or recommend it to others.
  • Additionally, creating a brand before you start selling will make it easier to expand your business if you decide to add more designs later.

Product Creation

Create unique designs custom images printing. The graphics and slogans used on your shirts don’t need to be complex, but they must be original enough to stand out in a flooded market. You can design everything yourself if that’s your area of expertise, but if it isn’t, work with a designer to create something that works.

  • Check out online design communities like Dribbble and Behance, or freelance networks like Freelancer and Elance. Search through the work of existing freelance designers in these networks and contact the designers you like about working with you.

Check your design MLB iron on transfers for jersey . Before finalizing your design, check the way it looks on digital mockup images. Since customers will want to see the design before buying, you’ll need to make these same images available to customers once you start selling.

  • You could use photo imaging software and digital t-shirt templates to create your own design previews.
  • Alternatively, you can skip the digital mockup and simply print one sample shirt with that design. If you choose to sell that particular design, take a digital photograph to show your customers how it looks.

Use high-quality materials. Take time to choose the right type of blank shirts for your business. Aside from the cost, you also need to choose blank shirts made with comfortable material. The fit and sizing of those shirts should be agreeable, as well.

  • Do your own research and make a choice based on your own interests and needs. A few popular t-shirt blanks include Alstyle, Alternative Apparel, American Apparel, Anvil, Gildan, and Tultex.
  • Once you narrow down your choices, order a blank from each company and check the product itself before finalizing your decision.

Find the right printer. No matter which print method you choose, you’ll need to hire the services of a professional printer. Do your research to determine which printers might offer the best price and service for your business’s needs.

  • If you print using heat transfers, you should look for local print shops that can work with you. You’ll also need to invest in a high-quality heat press machine.
  • If you use screen printing or direct-to-garment printing, find online printers with good reputations. Note that screen printers will often print batches and ship them to you, but direct-to-garment printers will usually print individual shirts and ship them directly to the consumer.

Test the quality of the final product. Order or print up a sample version of your product to check the quality of your merchandise. You’ll need to sell high-quality products if you want your business to survive past the first few months.

  • If you’re dissatisfied with the way the product looks, figure out what the problem is and correct it. The design might not look as good in print as it did digitally, and the problem may lie with the design itself, the printing method you chose for it, or the company doing the actual printing.

Get feedback before opening shop. Run the design and final product past potential customers before rolling it out and trying to sell it. Make sure that there’s interest in a design before you invest the time and money required to sell it.

  • Post images of the design on social network pages. Understand that friends and relatives might be biased toward you, however, so some of the feedback might be idealistically positive instead of realistically so.
  • Consider running a crowd-funding campaign. If people like your design well enough to pledge money to it, the design itself has good odds of success.

Sales

Pick an online market platform. You can either create your own website or rely on a third party website to host the online storefront of your business. There are pros and cons to either option.[5]

  • Creating your own website allows you to have more control over how merchandise is displayed and sold. It can cost more money, however, and it might be more difficult to inform potential customers about your brand.
  • Third party websites can be less expensive at the time of start-up, but you’ll usually have to split the cost of each sale, so you’ll need to sell your shirts at a higher cost or settle for a smaller profit. This can still be a great option, though, if you aren’t confident about your ability to maintain your own website or market your product independently.

Consider non-digital sales. Many—if not most—contemporary t-shirt businesses strictly sell their product online, especially if they use direct-to-garment printing. If you print using heat transfers or screen printing, however, you might want to consider selling some of your products at craft shows and related events.

  • If you someday hope to sell your shirts in stores, be honest about that goal and make a conscious effort to strive for it. It might be difficult to achieve at the start of your business, but if you can become successful online and at small in-person venues, you can maximize your odds of someday selling your wares at an actual storefront.

Advertise online. Since most of your sales will probably be online, most of your advertising will likely be online, too. Many forms of online advertising are even free, which is great if you don’t have a large marketing budget.

  • Establish business accounts on social networks like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also connect to your customers directly through e-mail lists and blogs.
  • Network with t-shirt blogs and other blogs connected to your target market. As you establish good connections to these other bloggers, you can ask them to help your business by making a note of it on their blogs.
  • Free forms of advertising can be a good start, but you’ll eventually need to put money into marketing if you want your business to continue expanding. Do your research on paid online advertisements to determine which might be the best setup for your brand.

Market your brand in person. Even if your business is primarily or entirely online, you should still do a little marketing in person. Traditional advertisements might not be very cost-effective for this type of business, so focus most of your efforts on promotional advertising.

  • Essentially, promotional advertising heavily relies on your willingness to give out freebies. If you can factor it into your budget, give out a handful of free t-shirts at an event or donate old stock to secondhand store. Consider sponsoring a local little league or bowling team, and provide the shirts free-of-cost. You can also give out stickers, postcards, and other small promotional stickers.

Be persistent. Don’t expect immediate success. Running any business will require a considerable amount of hard work, and you’ll need to keep working at it to achieve success.

  • If your shirts are selling, identify the problem and try to fix it. It could be an issue with the design, the price, or the overall quality.
  • Continue to analyze your strategies and plans throughout the life of your business, even when it’s experiencing success. Never settle for “good enough.” You should make your business the best it can be.

Enjoy your work. It’ll be much easier to remain passionate about your t-shirt business if you enjoy the work, so do what you can to blend your passions into your overall business model.

  • It’s perfectly normal to feel burned out at times, but you can’t let those periods slow you down. Read motivational books or find out what others are doing to make their businesses both successful and enjoyable. Seek advice from mentors, and go to past customers and supports for encouragement.
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How to Decorate Living Room Walls March 7, 2016

A well-decorated living room iron on stickers can make you and your family feel comfortable together while presenting an appealing face to any guests you end up entertaining. Large amounts of empty wall space can make a living room seem bare, though, making wall decorations an important step in finalizing the look of your space. Traditional options, like paintings and shelves, work just as well as more artistic options, such as fabric and mirrors. Simply choose a look which appeals to your own sense of aesthetics.

Steps 1

Hang a painting. One of the simplest, most obvious options for living room wall décor is a wall painting. Depending on your budget, you can even consider asking an artistic friend to create something, commission an artist, or settle for a print of previously-created artwork.
If you have a young family, consider turning your living room into a kid-friendly space by featuring your kids’ artwork on the walls. The pictures will likely add a bright splash of color and your kids will feel proud.

Steps 2

Add shelving. Shelves are a simple, inexpensive way to decorate your walls. You can place a variety of object on your shelves, from knick-knacks and photographs to lamps and mementos from family vacations. Line your shelves with objects that say something about your family to give your living room a warm, personal touch.

Steps 3

Display a favorite photograph custom images printing. You can go a standard route by hanging small photographs of loved ones on your wall, or you can make a more dramatic statement by enlarging a single photograph and centering it above a sofa or other large piece of furniture.

Steps 4

Paint a glossy stripe along the perimeter of the room. If the walls of your living room are painted with a matte paint, adding a wide, horizontal stripe creates a subtle hint of texture. Choose a glossy paint color that closely matches the matte color already on your wall. Keep the stripe at eye level or higher to maximize the effect.

Steps 5

Hang a canvas. Use interior latex paint to paint the canvas a bright color. Select a single large canvas to cover a wide living room wall, or speckle the wall in multiple canvases of varying sizes.

Steps 6

Cover an accent wall with fabric diy art textile wallpapers. Fabric is a unique alternative to paint or wallpaper, and it gives a wall texture and design. Start by upholstering one wall with it, since covering your entire living room space in fabric may make your space look too busy.

  • Stick with lightweight fabrics, like cotton or linen, since thick fabrics may look too heavy and overbearing.
  • For a less dramatic approach, hang a framed square of fabric on your wall instead of upholstering the wall itself. This option is less expensive and easier to change out.

Steps 7

Reflect the light with mirrors. Select one wall, preferably one facing a window. Hang a variety of circular or rectangular mirrors on the wall to capture the light and send it bouncing around the rest of your living room. Your room will look brighter and more inviting, and by selecting mirrors in a variety of shapes and sizes, you can add more character to your wall.

  • Create a subdued version of this technique by hanging polished silver platters or trays on the wall. The silver will still reflect the light, but will not reflect images as well.

Steps 8

Transport yourself out of your living room by hanging clocks set to different time zones. If you have loved ones in other cities, or if you simply dream of visiting faraway places, incorporate the sentiment into your living room wall décor by hanging several simple analog clocks in a straight line above your sofa. Set the clocks to whatever time zone your dream destinations lie in, and place a small plaque beneath each clock to identify the city that each respective clock belongs to.

Steps 9

Hang plates. Select plates in varying hues, and made of differing materials, to cheaply add both color and texture to your wall. Place the most eye-catching plate in the center to act as a focal point.

Steps 10

Line the walls with books. Select sturdy shelves that can handle the weight of books. You can either line these shelves around the perimeter or focus them on a single wall. The books not only act as decoration, but as entertainment, making this an aesthetically-pleasing and practical option.

Steps 11

Use frames to add an artistic touch to otherwise ordinary objects. Select a poster, vintage landscape blueprint, fancy calendar, or a greeting card with a nice front design. Fix these objects to the back of the frame. For calendars, remove the front glass so that you can still access the pages.

Steps 12

Refurbish ordinary objects by hanging them in shadowboxes. Think along the lines of skeleton keys, plates, vinyl records, and vintage analog clocks. The more unique the object, the better conversation piece it makes to visiting guests.

Tips

Assess your budget. Some wall design ideas cost more than others. Plan out how much you can afford to spend, and then price your idea before you begin purchasing the pieces you need to make it a reality. This way, you can avoid any nasty budget-breaking surprises.

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Custom MLB Teams’ Logos , Cubs’ Joe Maddon doesn’t have a playing-time problem 1 March 1, 2016

MESA, Ariz. — Since the unexpected return of Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs, I’ve been asked multiple questions about playing time. Who gets the bulk of it? Is Jorge Soler now a part-time player? And wasn’t Javier Baez supposed to get some at-bats in the outfield?  Custom MLB Teams’ Logos                            

I think people are missing the point.

First off, if you wondered these things after Fowler’s return, you should have been asking those questions even before Chris Coghlan was traded and Fowler re-signed. The Cubs had four starting-caliber outfielders then, and they have four now, but for some reason Coghlan never got the same level of respect as Soler.

I understand that Soler is a great physical specimen and everyone assumed he was to be the everyday right fielder this year, but I don’t think it was that cut and dry. Coghlan’s OPS, a pretty all-encompassing stat, was .784 last season while Soler produced a .723 mark. And Coghlan was easily a better defender, save for Soler’s arm. And once again Soler missed time due to injury and struggled when the temperature fell below about 45 degrees, which seemed to happen often both early and late in the season. But Soler had those nine plate appearances in the National League Division Series, which seemed to define his year. He got on base nine times in a row using a keen eye and/or some wicked contact, giving hope to his 2016 season.
In any case, manager Joe Maddon had a playing-time problem before Fowler’s return, and he supposedly has one now — it’s just moved positions as Jason Heyward is back in right and Soler is mixing in with Kyle Schwarber in left. Schwarber is another player who still has work to do on his game. There’s no reason to believe he won’t improve, but remember he went just 8-for-56 against lefties last year, with a .213 on-base percentage, and had those miscues in the field he’d like to eliminate. Of course those numbers should go the right way with more experience, but the Cubs are in a win-now mode, so why not have backups like Soler or Baez around? They would be starters on other teams. That’s pretty cool.

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