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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Unique Political T-Shirt Designs

Normally when it comes to politics I prefer to not design products because I think it is wise to stay neutral as I would not want to offend clients. So for the last nine years, I stayed away from political designs until two days ago when my husband promoted my graphic design work to a buddy of his that brought this type of shirts for his shop.

My husband asked me to design unique statement shirts for his friend. Normally I would jump to it, but since the designs were to be controversial, trendy and political statements I found that I was dragging my heels.

I thought about the designs for a good six hours then decided that to not do the work for this client I would be showing prejudice so I accepted the contract and designed political party statement shirts for republican, democrat and democratic socialists.

The t-shirt designs were rejected by the client due to the costs. What he was willing to pay was out of range and now I can offer the shirts to the general public.

What I like about the shirts is that the designs are in good taste and that the supporter can wear them without saying a word. All will know what they support or believe in without bashing anyone or political party.

The shirts are shown on men however they are available in a variety of styles for men women and children. You can also choose different colors and if you are not happy with the text, you can also add your own words. Please click the highlighted blue link below the image to view the different styles at my Zazzle store.

Economy Booming Under Trump Politcal T-Shirt

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Favorite Summer Black Dress

When it comes to putting together outfits for summer I always look for casual and easy care black dresses. I shop for cotton blends that are wash and wear and for styles that can be worn casual or can be dressed up, Warm season black dresses are a must-have for every woman’s wardrobe because the color coordinates well with other colors and the little black dress never goes out of style.
Basic tank dress with yellow sunflower accessories

My favorite styles are the tank because you can wear it with sneakers or flip flops or dress it up with your jewelry and a fashion bag. This style dress is perfect when the days are hot. Add a fashion tote bag and you are ready for shopping, going to the beach or sightseeing while on vacation

Tank style dress with super cute beach design. 

Black Beach Tank  Dress - Palm Tree Print

Here are some causal tote bags. Many of the styles and colors will coordinate with a black dress.

The classic black tank dress is perfect for spring or summer. It is 100 percent combed and ringspun cotton, 4.2 ounces so the weight is good, not too thin. The fabric feels like your favorite tee on your skin. *This dress is body hugging so if you want it to be a little roomier then size up or shop for a basic t-shirt style black dress. The t-shirt style is fun and flirty, however, the cut is looser and does not feel like your second skin. 
Love My Little Black Dress - Red Heart

Shop for black dresses and accessories at Zazzle, com.  Click the blue text to view or to buy.

Retro Style Sunflower Home Decor

When it is time to decorate for the spring and summer season I tend to decorate with flowers that I grow in my cutting garden. The home always feels warm and cozy when there is a vase of black-eyed Susan’s and sunflowers on the table. I also like to accent my homes décor with yellow and white sunflower accessories; tablecloth, coffee mugs,  plates, and throw pillows are a few decorations that will add ambiance to the home.

This week while going through a trunk in the attic I came across a sunflower cluster bouquet that was painted 35 years ago. The paper was discolored due to the age and the floral still life had not been completed. It was one of those paint by number drawings that I enjoyed doing when I was younger.

The still life picture was not completed, vase and table had no color, but I thought the flower cluster would look nice on home décor products.

The arrangement in the painting had yellow sunflowers with green leaves, orange coneflowers, and touches of blue. I thought I would scan it to make it digital then edit it on photoshop to restore it. After hours of editing, I decided it was ready to be uploaded to Zazzle where I could design a few of the home products.

The retro style home decor turned out better than I had hoped. I like the look of the unfinished sunflower bouquet. I also like the areas where the paint bled.

If you like retro style floral patterns that will look fabulous in a Country or Cottage style home then you will love the sunflower throw pillows, tablecloth, and bathroom accessories (see below)

This tablecloth is so pretty for a special occasion or every day. I can visualize the kitchen table with this yellow floral and white cloth and a centerpiece of flowers.

White Table Cloth with Yellow Sunflowers - Floral

This paper plate was designed to go with the tablecloth. The text is for Mother’s Day however you can personalize the text or remove it.

Mother's Day Paper Plate with Retro Yellow Flowers

Accent your sofa or your bed with pretty yellow and white sunflower throw pillows. Personalize with your own initial or remove. The choice is yours. Add a few solid color pillows to your pillow décor.

Pretty Yellow Sunflowers - Floral Throw Pillow

Moss Green Linen Like Throw Pillow

Yellow Linen-Like Throw Pillow

For your bathroom decorate it with a retro floral pattern shower curtain and matching bath towel set. If you would like to view the sunflower products larger or if you would like to buy them click on the blue highlighted words under the product image.

Do you decorate your home with the color yellow?

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Cottage Style Floral Print Bath Towels

Recently I designed bath towels with a vintage style floral print for a customers cottage style bathroom. The bathroom color scheme was light gray with white trim, and décor was shabby chic so the feminine floral print was complimentary.
Cottage Style bath soap and sprig of lavender

My customer informed me that when she shopped locally or at online stores but all she could find was solid gray bath towels and she wanted bath towels with a delicate vintage style flower pattern. Know that when I get customer requests I tend to work on the design diligently. Many times I will work straight through until the design is completed and links are sent to the customer. I happy to say that the customer did buy one of my bath towel set designs.

I am grateful to my customer because she gave me the opportunity to create a design for her cottage theme bathroom and she made me realize that gray was a color that is in demand. I learned that most shops in town offer solid color gray towels and it is really hard to find a gray pattern and impossible to find pastel flowers on gray towels.

Here are a few of my gray towel designs maybe you are need of feminine bath towels for a Shabby Chic, cottage or Victorian theme bathroom . You can buy the set or you can but them as separates. Plus if you do not like the background color you can change it to one that you like.

Vintage Pink Floral with Monogram Bath Towel Set

Retro Daisy Floral with Monogram Towel Set in Gray

This design features a gray leaves on white background with pink and yellow flowers. This towel set is good when you need a “touch of gray”

Shabby Chic Pink Floral Pattern Bath Towel Set

All towels are fully customizeable so you can also create your own design by uploading your photograph and personalize with your own monogram. Know that specialty towels that allow you to personalize with a monogram are thoughtful bridal shower gifts.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Fashion Hoodies for Everyone

Hoodies are trendy fashion because they are comfortable and look good with leggings and jeans. Men, women, and children wear hoodies during the cool season as an upper layer or they wear them over a t-shirt when the weather is not too cold. You can wear a hoodie for a casual look or dress them up with your accessories.

Red Rose Hoodie for Valentine's Day by sgolis

Instead of wearing a sweater one will take along a hoodie to wear when it is windy or the weather is cool to cold. They are perfect for travel, taking out on the water when you go sailing.

A hoodie is a sweatshirt with a hood. Fashion hoodies are available in pullover or zip-up and come in a variety of colors, neutrals, dark and some come in pastel colors for early spring fashion looks. You can shop for a classic hoodie with no artwork or for a designer look.

The feature of the fashion hoodie is the look and being able to wear it casual or dressy. Dress up the hoodie by coordinating it with trendy leggings and fashion accessories. Such as the black pullover hoodie with red heart design worn with red and black pattern leggings and black accessories. A fabulous outfit for Valentines Day and beyond

The benefit is the comfort and easy wash and wear care. Zazzle hoodies are a cozy blend of polyester and cotton fleece. These easy-care hoodies need no ironing but I do recommend that you refrain from drying on high heat and that you remove from dryer when the hoodie is slightly damp, shake and put on a hanger.  *Colors of the design do not fade as long as you refrain from washing in hot water and drying in a hot heat dryer.

Here are a few fashion hoodies that I designed and other finds from


Safari Life Hoodie

Pink Artist Hoodie for Girls


Fish Tales Fisherman T-Shirt, Black T-Shirt

Vail Vibrant Logo Hoodie


Real Trees, Fall Style Hooded Sweatshirt

Valentine Red Heart Sweatshirt

Valentines’ Day Clothing for Everyone

Dressing up for Valentine’s Day is fun for kids and adults. Children and teens will wear a t-shirt, leggings and red accessories to school or to parties. Women will wear a heart pattern shirt or red dress and men will dress for the holiday by wearing a patterned tie or casual shirt. Overall kids and adults have fun on Valentine's Day when they wear a festive holiday pattern or other red clothing.

Sweet Heart Candy Pattern Valentines' Day Tie

Here is a casual outfit that I created from a red heart collage. The design features a large red heart on smaller heart background.  You can wear the tee with a festive holiday pattern legging, jeans, or whatever you like.

Happy Valentine's Day by sgolis featuring red heart clothing and accessories

On Valentines Day children will exchange cards, attend parties and teens may go to a dance. Adults usually spend time with their special someone and celebrate the love that they feel for each other. Everyone who celebrates the holiday will dress up in some form of Valentine’s Day clothing.

Red is the primary color for Valentine's day and is symbolized in love, hearts, and roses.

Do you wear the color red on Valentine's Day?

Here are a few of my valentine designed T-shirts for him, her and kids. Click the link below to view the entire collection at my Zazzle store.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Redo Bathroom with Botanical Accessories

An easy way to redo your bathroom is to accessorize it with botanical accessories. You can choose from a variety of floral prints and all will complement a neutral, cream, white or light beige bathroom beautifully. Even if you have a green accent wall most flowers look fabulous with the color green.
I like to redo my bathroom in late winter because the floral products make the room feel warm and cheerful. When you redo your bathroom with a botanical shower curtain, towels, bath mat and other accessories you will bring the garden indoors. As a rule, when the crocus starts to bloom in the gardens I will redo my bathroom with spring flowers. Tulips, daffodils, and irises are a few of my favorites and all look fabulous when they are printed onto bathroom accessories with coordinating towels.

Here is a set that I created from a photograph of purple irises blooming in a lush green meadow.

Bathroom Redo - Purple Iris Botanicals by sgolis featuring a flower stem

Know that you can buy this botanical bath set or you can design your own flower pattern bathroom set. Then redo your bathroom for spring and summer.