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FizzyT, January 28th, 2017

We’re really excited by the new addition to the T Shirt Studio stable, slate coasters0E7A0556 beautifully printed with your own words or message. Table rings are to be a thing of the past (in my house, anyway) as these brilliant, customised coasters look amazing and protect surfaces.

Available in either a smooth or a rougher edged finish, these beauties only cost a fiver and are just fab to scatter around your house, ready for you to plonk your mugs of tea or coffee or glasses or beer down.

Take a look and get designing today!

FizzyT, December 9th, 2016

0e7a5315To my tiny little mind, present buying shouldn’t start until December. That makes me pretty disorganised according to most people, who had their lists done and dusted in September, but there you are. I don’t know anyone grown up who actually needs anything, so present buying becomes a quest to hunt down gifts that show love, affection and a bit of thought.

One of my favourite ideas is a personalised mug for friends. Pictures, slogans or a list of tea requirements hit the spot every time. Or a picture on a phone case. For a tenner, it’s a gift you know will get used and appreciated.

Or for the ultimate in hug value, take a look at our teddy bears, cows and dogs. Personalise their t-shirts with a picture or a message, and watch the recipient go a little bit misty eyed when they unwrap their very personal gift.

A bit of thought, and a couple of clicks, that’s all it takes. Happy present buying!

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 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, 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 11th, 2015

T Shirt Studio has teamed up with the Royal Air Force to create some truly stunning designs. The shape, colour and arrangement of everything is a perfect fir for what we wanted to achieve. Any kind of collaboration is incredibly rewarding; translating someone’s designs, making them a beautiful reality is beyond satisfying, and when it’s for the Royal Air Force, well, an extra bit more special. Enjoy! tss-raf-per-ardva-ad-astra

FizzyT, December 9th, 2015

i 6Excited that we’ve got iPhone 6 cases to personalise. Such an awesome Christmas gift, as you can only imagine how many people have iPhones on their wish list. Actually, you can’t. There’s too many of them.

Phones cases are one of our most popular Christmas items, and you can definitely understand why. The amount of new iPhones soaring across the skies to reach us in time all need to be protected from nights out, falling out of pockets and big hairy teenage feet.

Choose something different this year, and give an iPhone a chance!