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FizzyT, July 24th, 2016

cushy1One of my favourite items here at T-Shirt Towers is the cushion. It’s an excellent gift, and your can use one of our templates to create something with your own personal stamp on it, or upload a favourite image.

Today’s top tip is for if you’re uploading a photo onto a cushion. Using our 3D template, you can see exactly how the finished item is going to come out. The cushion on the left is with the image of flowers uncropped. You can see how the shape of the original photograph is rectangular, and stretches across the cushion. For your image to cover a greater surface area of the cushion, crop it into a square shape and see how different it looks, like the second image. Of course, you’re going to lose some of the edges of the photo, so if you’re taking a picture especially for the cushy2cushion, then try and imagine a square frame around your subject.

Either upload your image ready cropped, or click on the little icon next to the image button and have a play with cropping it yourself. Have fun designing!

FizzyT, July 15th, 2016

8V7A8497You could be forgiven for thinking that the country’s ever so slightly confused at the moment. Brexit, Boris and some other chap have left us in what’s known in the trade as a bit of an omnishambles.

Still, summer is here, schools are breaking up all over the place and hundreds of schoolchildren are looking forward to 6 weeks of lie ins and no homework. Who cares if the nation rots when you don’t have to do times tables until they’re coming out of your ears.

Thank you gifts with a personal touch are just the thing for teachers, friends or collegues, whatever time of year. Our most popular teacher mug ever bears the slogan ‘Keep Calm and Pretend it’s on the Lesson Plan’ wise words, maybe we could have a ‘Keep Calm and Pretend You Know what You’re Doing’ for the new incumbents at Westminster as well!!

FizzyT, March 4th, 2016

8V7A3040-2I have an inbuilt theory that if you take someone a cup of tea or coffee in the morning on any special occasion, be it birthdays, wedding days, Mother’s Day etc, you’ll be in credit for the whole day.

If this sounds like your kind of plan, then take a look at our beautifully made bone china mugs. Tall and elegant, and the perfect morning pick me up. Upload your own design, or use one of our templates and we’ll make it for you. Then all you need to do is just fill up with hot water, plonk a tea bag in, and hey presto, brownie points are all yours.

 

FizzyT, January 19th, 2016

carolinelucas1401aI’ll be honest, I’m not 100% sure what the Speaker of the House of Commons actually does. Are you? I have an inkling that it’s something to do with being a sort of prefect separating squabbling schoolchildren, only with politicians.

John Bercow, current Speaker has just issued a ban on slogan t-shirts in the House of Commons. After Green MP Caroline Lucas sported a t-shirt with a ‘No More Page Three’ slogan, a 12 page dress code was launched, demanding that men wear suits and ties and women sport similar formal attire and banning “the ostentatious display of badges, brand names, slogans or other forms of advertising of either commercial or non commercial causes is not in order”

Definitely reminds me of my school prefects.

FizzyT, January 18th, 2016

pizap.com14531366645581Don’t you just wish that January would take a hike? I’m all for the new year, but right now I’m sick of getting up in the dark, and coming home in the dark; I feel like a mole,never seeing the light.

The first thing I do when I get home at the moment is to light the stove and make a cup of tea. This is an old T Shirt Studio number that’s been through the mill so many times, but testament to the durability of our wares. The colour hasn’t faded although it’s sat outside in the garden for weeks on end, been through my rickety old dishwasher and generally not been very well cared for. Still, it welcomes me home and keeps me warm. You’ve got to love it for that.

FizzyT, January 11th, 2016

david_bowie_07Didn’t we all grow up listening to David Bowie, getting lost in his music and wondering how he got to be so damn cool? Something, everything about the man was just spellbinding. He made new rules and amazing music; so many people site him as an influence, everyone looked up to his individuality. All of us wanted to be like him.

So it was with utter and genuine shock when the news came that he had died today, just a few days after his birthday (my birthday too, incidentally). Keeping his illness quiet, he slipped away without fuss or drama, so soon after releasing his last video Lazarus, surely portentous as we realise in hindsight?

A sad, sad day and a bloody good chance to dig out those old songs and love them anew.

 

FizzyT, January 5th, 2016

conchita teeWhat brings the New Year but colds, dark mornings and a freezer full of Stilton along with some broken resolutions! Time to break out of the old yukky habits and burst into the new year loudly. Albeit belatedly.

I love this new template which has a bit of a trompe oeil effect. I was wondering about posting a picture of some intestines or something rather unsavoury, and then I saw Conchita and thought it could be the most motivating t-shirt, like ever!

Happy New Year, and let this be the one to do like the Wurst!

FizzyT, December 31st, 2015

neil gaimanBetween the chaos of Christmas and the excitement of new year (not to mention the joy of endless leftovers), there’s often a bit of time to ponder the old year and look ahead to the new.

I so often find that this time of reflection, accompanied so often by indigestion, involves an attempt to slough off the strains of the past 12 months, and set unreachable goals for 2016.

This quote by the wonderful Neil Gaiman I like, however. Light and attainable, something to hold on to for the upcoming 12 months…have a good one!

FizzyT, December 18th, 2015

elfieWell, I think I’ve found the most annoying Christmas jumper of the year. Maybe ever. So terrible that I’m tempted to buy it for a secret santa next year, just to annoy the crap out of someone. Or everyone.

This culprit currently in the sale at ASOS features the two most hated things taht may ever have been invented; the selfie and the selfie stick. Together with a  cringeworthy elf joke. It’s a trio of hideousness. Truly. Even with the greatest irony in the world, I couldn’t force myself to wear it. Which kinda makes it the most genius Christmas jumper ever!

FizzyT, December 15th, 2015

pink-floyd-dark-side-of-the-moonMy mistake, when I saw the news this morning I thought it says Major Twin Peakes launching into space and all I could imagine was some mammoth mammary mountain reaching high into the stratosphere, Katie Price lying on her back kind of thing. But no, we’re putting a chap in space, well done us. Or rather well done Major Tim Peake, sorry about the whole name faux pas, oughtn’t really have made me snigger in the way it did, but I am quite childish.

Anyway, what with my word associations all going a little awry today, I thought a little lunar number might be make up for it. Bon voyage, Major!