My Big Project

Here’s why it is taking my so long to complete my eveningwear project. Last year, I started chairing Spiritwear for the PTO at my kids’ school. The previous chair gave me the contact info for the screen printing vendor that she had dealt with. This vendor is possibly the most annoying individual I have ever encountered. Everything I asked him to do, the answer would be “yes”. Then, he would decide on his own, without telling me, if he was going to do it or not. He drove me completely batty, to the point where I was wondering if he was going to deliver anything at all. He did, eventually, deliver the items, only a couple of weeks late. In the meantime, I was fielding requests from people who had ordered the stuff, and I had no idea what to tell them. It was very stressful.

I went online and found that pretty much everyone has this same experience with screen printing vendors. It seems to be a career that attracts people who are completely unreliable.

So this year, I decided that I’d just do all the screen printing myself. And I did. It was a lot of work, but somehow a lot less stressful than last year’s experience. I even did some tie-dye in blue and gold (school colors).

All this screen printing has left me very little time to sew, or do laundry, or cook, or any number of other things that normally occupy my days. I’m looking forward to getting back to my regular life.



  1. Susan
    Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    “screen printing for a living instead of getting a real job”

    WOW! I have never posted a negative comment anywhere, but this remark just blew me away. Maybe this attitude is why you got lousy service.

    • Posted October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps if he had been the only vendor I had ever dealt with in my life, you might have a point. He isn’t. He isn’t even the only vendor I’ve talked about on my blog.

      It is curious that you “have never posted a negative comment”. 100% of the comments you’ve left on my blog are negative.

      • Susan
        Posted October 11, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        I’ve never left a comment on your blog before. Perhaps you have me confused with someone else.

  2. Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Holy cow! What you needed was a committee! Or an army of craft slaves!

  3. Posted October 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Holy cow! What you need is a committee! Or a horde of craft slaves!

    (Apologies if this posts twice – I got a funny error message when I hit “post comment” the first time.)

  4. Posted October 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So this year, I decided that I’d just do all the screen printing myself.

    Woot!!! Wow! How many did you do? And have you just gotten yourself a volunteer job for life? πŸ˜‰

    • Posted October 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! I did about 150. Honestly, I don’t mind doing it. It’s a lot of work, but I make stuff all the time anyway. I might as well make stuff for a fund raiser for a few weeks a year.

  5. Posted October 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Ok. I first read this post on my phone, and the picture didn’t show up until I clicked through to the actual photo. WOW. That’s a LOT of screening!

  6. Posted October 11, 2012 at 6:49 am | Permalink | Reply

    Hi Claudine, Your shirts look terrific and I salute your commitment to school spirit! I have worked with an online company called and they have been fabulous with everything I have ordered for delivery to an FPO address overseas. They have a great selection of shirts and also great design software on their site — plus super fast delivery. I also assert that I have no commercial connection with them other than my customer experience. Just in case you don’t want to interrupt your other “big” projects next year. πŸ™‚

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