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I Heart Entrepreneurs!

Posted in Birdy's world of entrepreneurship with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2010 by birdy27

Ecopreneur Design by Birdy27

I heart entrepreneurs! I think I started realizing this after spending probably 50+ Sundays at the flea market with I don’t know how many other vendors. Tweeting regularly on Twitter with bunches of other entrepreneurs also contributed to this feeling. We create, we struggle to get the word out, we put our hopes and dreams on the line, and ride against the tide. I don’t know if it is courageous or crazy, but we believe we can do the different and build a business and a life for ourselves based on our talents and creativity. This “forge ahead despite the odds” often strikes me as, well, strange; however, we do it any way.

So I’m ready to commit to my support of entrepreneurs. Will you join me? Do you know vendors in your area or on or with really cool stuff? If so, will you at least consider purchasing from them instead of going to Macy’s? Will you tell others about the awesome, unique apparel or designs you copped? Will you promise not to just walk by a booth or quickly navigate away from the web page of a designer or crafter? We, the craziest of crazies or bravest of brave could use your help. For, after all, we really are keeping the American entrepreneurial spirit alive against the big boy corporation mentality. (Not that there”s anything innately wrong with that. But does it uplift the creative heart?)

Creating this cool new design for eco biz owners got me thinking about this. (Available on tees and other items through Birdy27’s Zazzle shop, Who U Be Tees, and on’s marketplace.) And I realized I really do heart entrepreneurs.

If you think about it, you might just find that you heart entrepreneurs, too!

Chirp, chirp.



Designing Work Is Never Done!

Posted in Birdy27's world of design with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by birdy27

Whew! When I started my t-shirt business, the only thing I really knew how to do was write slogans/concepts. I had no idea what I was getting myself into! If you had told me five years ago that I’d also become a graphic designer, that I’d be selling products with my designs on them at a craft fair/flea market, that I’d learn how to build a website, I would have denied it all.

One thing I haven’t mastered is getting designs ready for various holidays; you have to think ahead in order to get the timing just right. And I never noticed how the holidays just keep on comin’. I find myself scrambling to do my holiday-themed designs early enough.

Now that Valentine’s Day is almost here, it’s time to start working on my 2010 St. Patrick’s Day designs. I’m decidedly not Irish and that has been a source of inspiration. I’ll post a few of them soon.

Since I started working with online print-on-demand companies, I’ve actually sold hundreds of  my slogans/concepts, the majority I’ve designed myself.  Scores of people I’ll probably never meet are wearing t-shirts with my designs and I’m eternally grateful to them all. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my fans in person at the craft fair/flea market. It touches me when someone likes what I’ve created enough to hand me their hard-earned money. And the coolest thing is that they walk away smiling because I’ve created something they value. I LOVE it!

But designing work is never done, so I better get back to work. I tried to add some images in this post, but, um, I failed. Until i figure out how to do it right, you can find my designs at:

– Birdy27’s Zazzle shop:

– Who U Be Tees:

Oh, I should also say that my company name is ALA International. Go to the ALA International website to get to all of my shops and to see some of my cool designs.

I haven’t added anything lately to Kool Kids Tees and I Shop I Am Tees, but I’ll try to get to that soon. Go to my ALA International website for the latest Birdy27 info or bookmark this blog. Chirp, chirp!