I Knew the shirts looked fun and something that would make a little girl feel very special, but I had no idea how BEAUTIFUL this shirt was until I got one in the mail. This shirt is not made out of a cheap t-shirt but a very nice white shirt. The shirt has this amazing beading on it that really makes this shirt beautiful and stand out above any other child's shirt I have ever seen.
The owner of this shop is a perfectionist when it comes to doing these and she makes sure the wording is perfect before she actually puts it on the shirt. We sent several emails back and forth because she wanted to make sure it was just what we wanted.
They also make stationary that looks just like the shirts and the stationary can be done for BOYS too. It is so hard to find cute boy things and they wanted to make sure boys did not get left out.
When did you open your Etsy shop? I opened my Etsy shop, Red Tulip Brand, in February because starting just this year, I have been able to take time to be home full-time with my two little girls, ages 7 and 3. I’ve been a garden/landscape designer for the last ten years and I also have a degree in graphic design, so I’m basically designing all the time and I’m constantly compelled to make 'stuff',... doesn't matter what it is. I come from a family of Italian craftsmen, tailors, painters and poets, so it’s part of my wiring. My sister and I grew up sewing, painting, gardening and cobbling together anything that struck our fancy. You name it, we did it, with whatever we could find, which was surprisingly a lot, considering our family money situation. Since we couldn’t afford things, we would figure out a way to make them. So, my Etsy shop is really just an outgrowth of what I do all the time. I’ve always got ideas for all sorts of different things I want to make. I particularly like doing detailed handiwork. I love hand sewing, making jewelry, etc. I started doing some floral beading on some of my daughter’s shirts and that led to the idea and concept of this type of shirt. I started making them for friends and family and now, here we are.
Tell me how it works for someone to order one of these shirts? It’s a collaborative process. Each one is custom made so I work with each customer on a personal level. We start with what someone would want the definition to say. It could be general or specific. Frequently, someone gives me their ideas and I make wording suggestions and help write the copy. Other times people know exactly what they want it to say and we don’t deviate from that. I recently did my first international shirt for someone in Italy and it was funny because I had to communicate to them that it had to be given to me exactly the way they wanted it, letter for letter, because I don’t speak Italian! So, I couldn’t really proofread it! It ended up working out so well and was so enjoyable that I became friends with this person who lives on another continent, thousands of miles away!
Either way, my main goal is for the people I work with to be completely happy with their experience ordering from me and with their item. I usually get to know each customer pretty well because we are communicating about the special qualities of someone in their life.
How do you care for these shirts? It’s actually fairly easy. Each shirt comes with care and maintenance instructions and it hardly takes any more attention to launder it as it does anything else. The main thing is to be mindful that it’s a beaded article. That said, I try to alleviate having to worry about that by putting a protective backing on the inside of the shirts and tote bags that covers the stitching. That prevents things from getting caught on it when the shirt goes in the washer or when you are putting things in the tote. That way your beading stays secure.
Your best bet is to turn the garment inside out and wash it normally in cold water. It can be put in the dryer on a low setting, but personally, I prefer to put less wear and tear on it, so I hang it or lay it out to dry. I also like to avoid washing it with jeans or or similar rough articles for the same reasons. The heat press system I use to apply the custom image is of professional quality. By using this process, the designs will maintain normal wear and tear durability for as long as possible.
I saw you had another Etsy shop, can you tell me about it? I opened that up in February right after my first shop. It’s called Pretty Mades All In A Row and it features my jewelry designs. I love to make jewelry that derives it’s aesthetic from nature. That’s the garden designer in me. My favorite period in design is the Arts and Crafts movement. The motifs from that particular time are my absolute favorites. I love it’s organic nature... the botanicals, insects, etc. And I like jewelry that has that vintage quality and look to it. That’s what I try to create.
Buy It - At Red Tulip Brands sister shop Pretty Mades All In A Row they offer free shipping and discount on multiple purchases and if you buy 3 pieces you get one free.
Win It - Red Tulip Brands is offering one of my readers a $15 gift certificate that can be used at either Red Tulip Brands or Pretty Mades All In A Row. At Red Tulip brands prices range from $9-$28 and at Pretty Mades All In A Row prices range from $9-$16. This giveaway is open to my readers in the US and Canada only.
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