Back in the day when I had more free time, I used to paint sweatshirts. I made shirts for every holiday – shocking, I know! My favorite one by far was the shirt I made for Halloween. It said “Trick or Treat” in candy and other Halloween themed letters. My mom loved it, so I made one for her too. I can’t remember exactly how long ago I made these shirts, but it was when I was in either high school or college. I just celebrated my 40th birthday, so suffice it to say regardless of the exact timing, it was a very loooooooong time ago.
So for the last 500 years, I’ve carefully pulled this very old sweatshirt out of the closet once a year to wear it on Halloween. It’s on its last legs after all these years of use. The paint has started to crack, the sweatshirt is stretched out and looking a bit worse for the wear. Each year on November 1st when I carefully hang it back up in my closet I wonder if it will last until the next Halloween or not… my mom’s shirt bit the dust several years ago. I kept thinking that I should just make a new one. The only problem with that plan is that I just don’t enjoy redoing designs I’ve already made. For some reason it’s tedious and just not fun for me.
Luckily, my husband had a brilliant idea to save the day – and my beloved “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt. He told me about a website called Zazzle.com. You can create your own designs, add them to the site, and have them printed on shirts and a plethora of other items. So I decided to draw a new version of my “Trick or Treat” design and color it with colored pencils. Since I was drawing it rather than painting the same exact thing again, it wasn’t an annoying project for me. (In fact, I enjoyed it so much I decided to make little signs like it for each holiday and season… stay tuned for more!)
My husband scanned my drawing and with the magic of technology and his brilliant computer skills, he turned it into an image to post on Zazzle. I put my “Trick or Treat” image on a shirt and ordered one for me, our daughter, and my mom (to replace her old one, of course). I was so excited and nervous to see how they would turn out, but I was thrilled when they arrived. They totally preserved the hand drawn look of my original drawing without the tediousness of creating each item individually. I love them as much as my original shirt from so long ago. I was so excited that I started exploring the Zazzle site some more and found that I could put my design on lots of different items… pillows, mugs, stickers, greeting cards, treat bags, totes… and on and on. Our house is going to be full of “Trick or Treat” items this Halloween!
I always got lots of compliments whenever I wore my original “Trick or Treat” sweatshirt – people often said they wished they could get one for themselves. So at the risk of sounding like Yogurt from the movie Spaceballs (“Merchandising!”), I thought, “Why not?” and posted my “Trick or Treat” items for sale on Zazzle. Please check out my new little Zazzle shop at https://www.zazzle.com/most_wonderful_time if you think you might want some of my “Trick or Treat” items to brighten your Halloween this year!