Design 32 : “Fly Free” T-shirt, mouse pad and blank notecard

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Fly Free mouse pad, sold on Zazzle

Lying with the sand against my back, I photographed the sky at Capitola, California. I snapped a flight of pelicans as they flew overhead. My first time to get pelicans! Usually I just get seagulls. It wasn’t until later when I viewed the images at full size that I realized one of the birds was actually a kite.

Fly Free blank notecard

I wrote a haibun about the soaring pelicans and their strange friend on Cactus Haiku.  A friend of mine loved it and encouraged me to make a t-shirt.  I liked it too so first on Zazzle (because they were having a sale so I could get my sample cheaper), I created a blank notecard and mousepad with the haiku because in Zazzle, you can set it up so people can change the text if they want to.  So if someone wants to change the haiku on the card to “Happy Birthday!”, they can.

Now because the mouse pad and the card are different shapes, square vs rectangle, the design had to change to accommodate the sape.  Mostly I moved the text.

However, with Merch Amazon, you can’t change the text but the t-shirt printing is soooo much better than Zazzle.  I really wish Zazzle did a better t-shirt printing (colors look faded) as they have such a wide variety of fashion choices for women.  MerchAmazon, stylewise, is very basic. Due to the “as-is” text,  instead of the haiku, I replaced the text with a simpler phrase that captures the heart of the haiku, “Fly Free”.

Also as T-shirts look better with a vertical photograph and this one happened to be horizontal (the majority of my photographs are), I played with putting it at a tilt to fill more space but also to try to capture the dynamic sense of freewheeling flight of the pelicans. I am a little worried about the placement as I would have liked to put the top corner higher but Amazon has a prescribed place where you can put your design. I’ll have get a t-shirt to check it.

Fly Free Kite and Pelicans T-shirt

So what do you think? On a t-shirt is a haiku fine? Or do you favor the simpler phrase?


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Disclaimer: I am the t-shirt designer and created the poem. T-shirt designers in the Merch Amazon  and Zazzle programs get a royalty. I am also a Zazzle and Amazon affiliate so I may also earn the affiliate fee if you buy something through clicking a link above whether or not I’m the designer. Amazon requires this quote for their affiliate program: “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.”


4 Replies to “Design 32 : “Fly Free” T-shirt, mouse pad and blank notecard”

  1. Brian Frum says:

    Those are really very pretty!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think the simpler phrase is better as no one is going to stand in front of you for five minutes trying to read the poem. However, I like the poem better!

    • MNL says:

      Thank you for liking the poem better — I appreciate that! But I think you are right, people might get uncomfortable with someone trying to read them.


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