Saturday, June 3, 2017

REO Speedwagon

 Great concert last night.  They played so many songs we knew - many I had even forgotten about!

Fun time.  I thought that Riding the Storm Out would have been the most popular to the audience, but I was wrong.  I don't even think anyone stood up for that one.  The audience favorite?  Skip down to the video below to find out!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Spreadshirt vs Cafepress - Patties T-Shirt Comparison

 Welcome to another t-shirt challenge!  This time we are comparing a Spreadshirt t-shirt to a Cafepress t-shirt.  Both shirts were ordered on the same day with the same design.  Let's see how they compare!

This is the pocket logo on both shirts - the Spreadshirt on the left, the Cafepress on the right.
 The Spreadshirt pocket logo came out a little bit bigger than...
 ...the Cafepress pocket logo.  Again, I used the same graphic for both submittals.
 The Spreadshirt pocket text appears to have an offset white border, almost like a shadow effect.  On the design I submitted, the white border was equal width all the way around.
 This is how it looks on he Cafepress shirt.  The white border is even all the way around, just like I ordered.
 Now let's take a look at the back of the shirts.  The size came out about the same on both.  Note the Spreadshirt shows a maximum width of 14 inches while the Cafepress site shows a maximum width of 10 inches.

This design did not go over 10 inches, so both shirts ended up similar in size.
On the Spreadshirt t-shirt, the graphic colors are more vivid, but also less accurate in my opinion.
 On the Cafepress t-shirt, the graphic colors are a bit more washed out, but also closer to the correct colors in the design I submitted I would say.
 A closeup of our favorite cowgirl on the Spreadshirt.
 Same cowgirl on the Cafepress shirt.
 Text on Spreadshirt.  Very vivid.
 Text on Cafepress.  More accurate.
 If you're curious about what the submitted design looked like, here is a sample.  I'm not uploading the entire design since someone online may swipe it.
Another sample from what was submitted.

Which t-shirt is better?  Personally I like the Cafepress shirt.  However, my wife was walking through the room as I was taking pictures of the shirts, and she picked the Spreadshirt.

You pick which you like better.

Zazzle versus Spreadshirt - The Question Mark

 Welcome to another t-Shirt challenge!  I order a t-shirt from Zazzle (on the left) and a t-shirt from Spreadshirt (on the right) on the same day.   Here is what I received from each.  The only difference in the designs that I submitted was that I fattened the question mark on the pocket logo of the Spreadshirt.  The rest of the pocket logo and the entire back graphic are identical on both shirts.
 Here is how the back came out.  Zazzle on left, Spreadshirt on right.  Again, the design submitted was identical for each shirt.  Note that the Zazzle shirt came back with the graphic printed smaller.
 The Zazzle shirt came back printed on a Haynes product.
 The Spreadshirt came back printed on an American Apparel product.
 Let's take a closer look at both.  From a distance, the back of the Zazzle shirt looks great.  The Zazzle site stated the max width was 14 inches, which is what I requested.
 So does the Spreadshirt - and the graphic goes more shoulder to shoulder as I desired.  The Spreadshirt site stated the max width was 14 inches, which is what I requested.
 The question mark graphic on the left side of the back looks great on the Zazzle shirt.
 It looks just as fine on the Spreadshirt product.
 An even tighter close-up of the Zazzle shirt.
 An equally tight close-up of the Spreadshirt.
 A close-up of the Zazzle text looks great...
 ...but a close-up of the Spreadshirt text looks even better!
 The text on the front of the Zazzle shirt looks very nice...
 ...but again the text on the front of the Spreadshirt looks even better!
 Zazzle shirt martini glass and guitar I would rate as "good".
 Spreadshirt martinit glass and guitar are "great"!
 The backs of the shirts side-by-side.  Zazzle on the left, Spreadshirt on the right.
 Front of the shirts side-by-side, Zazzle on left and Spreadshirt on right.
 As we had already figured out, the 14 inch width I requested on Zazzle came back more like 11 inches.
The 14 inch width I requested from Spreadshirt came back at 13.5 inches.

In summary, for simple graphics with text I prefer the Spreadshirt - especially if the width of the graphic is important.  

You may see things differently.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mussel Shoals

 We spent last weekend in Mussel Shoals visiting friends.  A great weekend getaway!
 My beautiful wife.

The Pacific Ocean.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Starting Karate!

Troy and Teo started karate this month - at the same school their dad attended over 20 years ago.  And the same instructor even!  Here they are preparing for their first class.

STEAM at Richland Elementary

I was able to attend the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) day at Troy's school.  Here is Troy with a friend, building a Lego boat to hold pennies.  They were eventually able to hold 43!

Belly Up - Marcy Playground

We snagged some tix from a friend to see Marcy Playground and Fuel at the Belly Up!
 First up - Marcy Playground!