Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Madness

I was hoping to upload a picture of what I've been working on all weekend...our new family business. Last summer Scott sold his lawn care business after 25 years. It wasn't the greatest time to sell but it worked out okay. Over the next few months he toyed around with various business ideas including selling used cars which didn't last long - figured out pretty fast he's not cut out for that business! So in a round about way he settled on t-shirts. He's one of those guys that tends to get a t-shirt just about anywhere he goes and figures there are lots of other people like that too.

But he wanted to do more than just sell t-shirts, he wants to be able to design them from scratch and offer custom "logo wear" at reasonable prices. The idea is to have a "booth" he can easily set up at horse shows and motocross races where he can both print and press on the spot and take orders for more specialized designs. The past few weeks we've been developing a variety of designs with a focus on the horse theme that can be easily customized and this weekend I really got down to business creating samples for all the girls that ride with our trainer. Equestrian Girl and I will wear our samples to a showmanship clinic on Wednesday and bring the paper copies of the others to show everyone. I can't wait - they look soooo cool!

We've installed Photoshop on both of the kid's computers and Equestrian Girl has shown a lot of talent with graphic design. I found out she's been creating banners for for months now and even earns "howrse" money selling them and she's done all that just using Picasa and Picnic! I can't wait to see what she can create with Photoshop. This will be a great learning experience for both kids since we plan to involve them in all aspects of the business from the creative to the financial. I'm sure I can find a way to count this as curriculum!!

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