We Have Merch!

Last summer, Shari and I started kicking around the idea of opening a merchandise (merch) store. We wanted to have a way to bring our creative ideas to life and give us an opportunity to share those ideas via an online store.

The first step was finding a platform that would allow us to create designs that could then be placed on t-shirts, mugs, stickers, etc. Having no graphic design background, we needed a user-friendly site that would allow us to use existing graphics and customize them to fit our needs. After playing around with several options, we settled on a company called PlaceIt.

After a few days of spending hours in front of the computer (and maybe uttering some bad words) we learned the basics of working with the pre-made templates and had several designs that were ready for the next step – create our merch!

Right off the bat we knew we did not want to maintain inventory and handle orders and shipping, so we spent some time researching our options for online, print-on-demand companies. We were also looking for a place that offered a built in storefront presence that would allow us to add our designs to multiple products and integrate them right into a sales page.

There are many out there, all with their own pros and cons. We decided to try two of these, and set up our shop on Teespring (now “Spring”) and Redbubble

Once we were happy with the look of both stores and had a feel for the process of creating individual items we ordered a few things for ourselves to check quality and fit.

Originally, we thought we would have one store that would handle all of our items but found that we liked things about both of them! We determined that we liked the design process and the quality of the clothing items better on Teespring, so that’s where we will be sellling most of our items.

The options for stickers, and the quality and price point, were better on Redbubble so that’s where our sticker shop will be!

We are still learning new and better ways to create designs and Kris is starting to work with GIMP, a program similar to PhotoShop that will allow her to do things like remove the background from an image to create a sticker, for example. 

We’d love it if you’d browse our stores to see what we’ve created up to this point.

Click here to visit our Merch By The Girls store for shirts and mugs. From now until March 21, 2021 you can get 10% off by using the promo code PREAT2021 at checkout.

Looking for a sticker to decorate your water bottle? Click here to visit our sticker shop.

We will add new designs as time allows (we’re going to be a little busy for the next 6 months you know!) and hope you find something in our stores that makes you smile!

Bayley’s “Goals” For 2021

What a lucky dog I am!

2021 started off with my moms celebrating and doing a happy dance because something closed and then they got to pick up a check and go to lunch – I’m not sure what that was all about but it made me happy to be included in the celebrations.

A few weeks into this new year I overheard a conversation about a new place for me to stay while my moms go on their trip (I guess they’re going to see a bald guy and then smoking something in the mountains. I don’t know).*** That got me thinking about things I want to do this year while they are gone. Here’s what I have decided for my goals for the year.

Number one: Spread the love!

The first thing I will do when spending time away from home is to scout out the new property and pee on every rock, tree, plant, and fence post that I can find! This way all the critters that live there will know I am the Queen Border Collie and will show me respect and bring me all their toys and let me be first in line for treats. At least I hope that’s how it will work out anyway.

Number two: Get in good with the feline of the household.

Next on my list will be to ask if there are any cats in the house. If there are, I will find them and stare at them for a loooooong time so that we have an understanding. They will be my secret spies and tell me when another dog has peed over my pee so I can go right outside and put fresh pee on their pee, asserting my dominance in the pack.

Number three: The nose knows.

Because I will be staying with two different families at two different properties over a 6 month period, I think I will have plenty of opportunity to smell everything that looks interesting. When we are on our normal walks my moms let me sniff stuff, but not to the extent that I would like. Sometimes a dog needs to spend a little extra time analyzing a smell and they just don’t get that. I will spend as much time as I like sniffing new stuff in my new environments!

Number four: Eat stuff that makes me feel good.

There is no doubt that I will have a chance to broaden my horizons when it comes to cuisine. There is sure to be a change in my food offerings, and if there are cats in the house I can’t wait to see what’s in their dish (and what they might bring to the back door after a few hours of hunting!)

Number five: Be my best self.

As always, I will continue to work hard at being a good girl. I know there will be a lot of changes in my routine between now and the fall and I plan on going with the flow and letting the humans who are taking care of me know that I am very grateful for their love and kindness. Besides, I’m a Border Collie. I have to do my best always!

Thoughts shared by Bayley

*** For clarification on Bayley’s thoughts here, the first leg of our Appalachian Trail adventure has us starting at Wayah Bald in North Carolina and making our way through Smoky Mountain National Park. We are NOT spending time with a bald guy nor do we plan on smoking anything while we are on our trip!