In the past Kalissa had shirts printed and she sold them when we had the antique booth. She sold them at vendor markets too.
She recently decided to dabble in the market again. She has spent the last month or two designing shirts. She periodically sends me designs and I try my best to offer some constructive criticism. I chime in with the color I think shirts should be printed in…I suggest ink colors or font styles.
Here are a couple of the designs she sent to me…
We chatted about them all. I did some input. She liked some of my comments, others, she didn’t.
A few weeks later she stopped at my house and had the shirts she had printed. She asked if I wanted to see them. I said sure. Here they are…
Take a Hike…
and First Aid… The was also printed in a blue sweatshirt.
I asked her where “Bloom Where You’re Planted” is? She didn’t order it. I told her I was so sad as I wanted to buy that shirt. She didn’t have that one printed. UGH. I was so sad.
A few weeks later Kalissa stopped at my house…Look what she had. I grabbed a shirt and said, “oh let me be your model”… I was completely joking. But she snapped a picture of me and posted it on her Etsy site. I am not shirt-selling material!!
She looks much better. I bought the shirt right on the spot.
I have always loved the saying “Bloom Where You’re Planted”. It’s been my mantra most of my life. I started my life in southern Minnesota the daughter of dairy farmers. I went away to college at Mankato State, about 45 minutes away. From there I married and moved to Grand Meadow/Stewartville area in Minnesota. From there it was was Chester, Iowa. Then it was Lawler, Iowa…and to a different house in Lawler. Then we moved to the farm where Kramer worked outside of Waucoma…and now I’m here in town in Waucoma. The last four moves were only within a 7-mile distance and all were in the same school district. It was important to us to keep our kids at the same school so we hunkered down and made it work.
I’ve been planted in many places. Kramer was the main breadwinner so we went where his job took him. I followed that guy where ever he went and tried my best to make a home for our family there. I tried to bloom where I was planted.
I’m so thankful that my home is here. I feel like my roots here are deeper and the soil is much better…I plan to stay here until I can’t.
I’ve always been a pretty optimistic person. I’ve always thought there was good to find no matter where I was. So the saying fits me well. I needed a “Bloom Where You’re Planted” shirt, and I immediately bought one from Kalissa.
I love the flowers on the shirt …I’m going to toss on a jean jacket and wear this shirt much of the spring and summer when I’m out. I really like it and love the color too! Best of all…it’s very “me”. I love the feminine design of it and best of all, it’s just a t-shirt so it’s comfy, yet I can easily dress it up or down. I’m so happy she surprised me and got these printed.
She decided to sell them on-line so set up an Etsy shop. She is also putting them in a vintage store in Sumner Iowa called Maker’s Market.
Kalissa has sold shirts in the past. She did this one…which was wildly popular…
…and this one which was also super popular.
She had both of those reprinted too.
So that’s her little side-hustle. All of us Kramer’s joke about ourselves. We all have these little side jobs. We’re never content with only one main job. It’s not that we need the money, each of us just likes variety and loves a challenge. We like to bloom where we are planted…and it looks like Kalissa is planting herself into the t-shirt designing business!! You can find here HERE on Etsy.