Tuesday, December 16, 2008

More Stuff on Etsy

Added some stuff on Etsy...will be adding more before the holidays are over!

Monday, December 8, 2008


Here are some pics from this past weekend. I got some fuzzy ones of the living nutcracker guy, I drove by the short north later that day and he was outside in the freezing cold standing next to utrecht..as stiff as a statue. That guy has talent..and big balls as well, ha. I was thinking about it, that guy can basically say he gets paid to do the robot, and of course stay really really still....pretty sweet, he must be a really good dancer too. Anyway, pictures...go.

Woo, the tornado weekend is over!

When I say tornado I am not talking about a giant twisting wind machine. Though my schedule this weekend DID feel much similar to the aforementioned weather catastrophe. at 7am Saturday I headed off to North Market to sell some goods, during this sale I played music with my brother at the market and had my good friends Borden (I will mention him in a bit) and Emily babysit my booth thanks guys! After North Market I headed to the much discussed (in Columbus because it is supposed to close due to budget cuts) Davis Theater to play drums *and violin* for Seussical the Musical (Next weekend is the last three times you will be able to see this adorable production) Then I went home for less than an hour to go eat and go to the Treehouse *used to be Andyman's and played with Matt Monta and the Hot Coal Band as well as opening for Matt with Andy and Chris Shaw Duo (I want to change the name to simply "the Shaw Brothers"). So I got home at like 4:30am and was up that entire time. I came home with some cash in my pockets so it was worth it.

OK so, THANKS to all who came out and supported me at North Market, I felt really good about the day overall. Borden actually got interviewed by the Palestra an online news source for college kids partly started by Joe Weasel from what I understand who at one point was an NBC sports reporter and owner of a funny name. GO BORDEN! I am actually really glad I did not get interviewed because I suck on camera, I think Borden did a great job and who better to ask about buying locally than Borden? Those of you who do not know him, just go meet him! He is a really smart guy and loves to talk your ear off about some cause, which I love by the way, it is always nice to know someone is thinking about (and acting on) various causes. I know I try my hardest to atleast KNOW about the world around me and try to help as much as I can. ANYway, thanks Borden and Emily for helping me out! Here are a few snap shots of the video and here is a link to it as well, a bunch of great shots of my work!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

its going down!

So much work being done this week! Suessical the Musical, first gig with Matt Monta this weekend, first solo gig at North Market for me Friday 11:00am-1pm, and I STILL have time to make some new sweet shirts! Oh, and a bunch of new wristbands, one of them which is pictured above....THIS SATURDAY NORTH MARKET!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Shirts!

So I have one color done on these brand new designs! These are new super soft Hanes cotton tees that I have never used before, they are really nice! Here is a preview, can you guess what the will look like when it is done?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

been a while

Sorry, it has been a while. Life has been crazy here just getting things situated. I started teaching violin lessons (anyone, anyone?) and drum lessons as well and am getting used to all the new students and prepping for lessons and such. I really enjoy it. On top of that I am playing with Matt Monta (myspace.com/mattmonta) and it has been fun but taking up more time as well. He is a greeeat song writer so check us out December 6th at the Treehouse (formerly Andyman's) So Bootleg news?? I am working on a ton of new wristbands with lots of recycled fabric, hey the economy sucks so my fabric has got to be cheap! Also, it is environmentally sound! I got some cool new grey and blue striped ones made out of this super soft cotton shirt as well as some bright yellow and aqua wristbands, I might have pictures here soon. I also just burned a new screen with a ton of new designs on it so I am going to try and print some new shirts as well. I am not totally sure the screen burned very well the emulsion looks like it might start flaking off so I will try. Anyone have some screen filler? I need to buy some. Anyway, hope all is well out there see you at the North Market Craft Extravaganza Way Too Long of a Name festivities December 6th! 8am-5pm (and yes,,i am playing with Matt Monta AFTER that..its gonna be a fun...busy......horrible day) i am also playing Seussical the Musical at the Davis center that day ...oh man.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wow...ha featured again!

So just go to mixed plate blog...and you will find this....(a giant picture of my face) Check out the interview they did with me here, so cool!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Featured on Mixed Plate

Liana from Mixed Plate Blog was nice enough to feature me in her holiday gift guide. This is a great blog that features indie crafters and artists alike. So check her blog and holiday guide out. There are some really great finds in there especially under the "under $20" section (like my cub scout wristband), I was surprised at some of the great stuff that was so cheap! Thanks Liana! I am also featured in some other sections so go shop! :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


So I was looking on notcot.org a really cool site (just check it out) and I came across an article about the new Keane album art work. This artist takes thousands of pictures of a person and then creates a life size sculpture of them and covers it with those photos, really cool idea and it ends up being kinda creepy and very glossy. Here is the article with more pictures.

Sunday, October 12, 2008


So I went to Wholly Craft today in Clintonville and gave Olivia some of my wristbands. Maybe she will be able to sell them. I had some I wasn't selling, but I think are really cool so maybe it will be the right market for them. I made some cool hang tags out of a box that once held guitar strings made by Elixir and I had some cool hemp string with them but since we did not have a way to attach them to a wristband (I need to get safety pins) Olivia just used her tagging gun..the little plastic tag thingys that are annoying to rip off of clothes. Anyway..too much info I know. So I transferred the money I made at the last North Market into my Bootleg bank account I have and now I have more money in there then my checking..which is cool but not cool at all at the same time. More money to buy t-shirts and shtuff, less money to eat with..ha, oh well atleast I am making some money! Oh yeah I got pics from Independent's Day.

Friday, October 10, 2008


So I have a new website...well it's still the old website, but it's a new address.


I got together with my designer from a while ago and he helped get the site running again, but ilovebootleg.com had been snatched up by another company..and it's not even a real website, its just holding it incase anyone wants to buy it. So anyway, I am not buying it from them so I got a new one. Right now, it is the old website and technically you can buy stuff but some of the stuff is out dated so I would not really buy anything off of that site, I need to overhaul but this is the start of a new begining. New website iheartbootleg.com write that down!

Thursday, October 9, 2008


Thanks to all who came out to North Market this past Sunday. I actually made some money and I met some cool people. Shout out to the guy in the Clippers hat, I believe your name was Drew..ehh sorry! But I know your friends name was Brittany. I appreciate the help with the store names! Also thanks to everyone who just shows an interest in my stuff, I love making t-shirts and wristbands and what not and it helps to have some support in terms of people saying "hey, this is cool stuff". I am getting ready to release some special silver ink Ohio Pride Wristbands with black pinstripe fabric and some with special sewn on labels, those are gonna be nice. More about those soon. My camera was not working so I did not get pictures but the day pretty much looked like the above picture (of the last North Market Sunday) More soon...

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Wristband in Blog

One of my wristbands is featured on Indie Parade. It is a cool website where people share handmade goods that they found on the web they think are sweet...like my wristband! Woot. Above is a flyer for North Market Artisan Sundays too...noon to 5pm final installment of the year, then it's holiday season..yeah!

Friday, October 3, 2008

another installement of...

North Market Artisan Sundays is coming on Sunday October 5th. I will be there hawking my goods! Maybe some surprises this Sunday but I am not promising anything, depends on whether I have time or not to do some things. Come out and see me, YAY!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New Flickr Page

I just bit the bullet and created aNOTHER flickr page, my old one can still be accessed but I won't be updating it because I have no idea what the password is. I am not even sure what my account name is, I lost all the info and I have tried to get it back but Flickr will not give it to me with the account names and passwords I gave them so apparently my account never existed..or I really forgot my name..oh well. Here is the new one though, so enjoy! The link to your right works as well.

My Etsy Shop

I have been updating it a lot, so check it out.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


So my new found friend from Etsy Daniela wrote about me on her blog...thanks so much Daniela! It is always nice to have someone write about you to see their perspective on your work. You can only describe yourself so much to people without sounding repetitive and like an ass at times. "Oh it's like the most original stuff out there" Ha. Anyway check out her store on etsy as well, I love her clean design sense. If I were a girl, I might buy something from her! :) Thanks to all who came out to Independent's Day as well, I am off to a gig now but I will post some pics up soon..actually Mike from What The Rock!? has to email them to me because my cameras batteries are all weird, I charge them and they still don't work...hmph. Alright, till next time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008


Some new stuff I have been working on for Saturday at Independent's Day 
The last shirt photo is not necessarily new..but it may be new to you... I just liked the picture. I am printing some more shirts today so I might have photos up, otherwise just come to Independent's Day it's all day and its free...my stuff won't be free but still, come out people jeeze!! :)

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Independent's Day

I kinda forgot how close Independent's Day is. If you do not know what that is well check it out here:


I was looking on the website and there are a ton of great people signed up. Check out the exhibitors's section. I am real pumped about this show, there are a ton of cool things going on and I wish I could be there the entire time. I am playing a gig that night in Hilliard but I will try and come back cuz there will be live music all night it seems like..or atleast pretty late at Skylab and the Vault...which is an old bank vault, I have seen it before but not really gotten to hang out there, sounds really cool. Vendor's, live music, food, creativity workshops, and more...awesome.

Friday, September 12, 2008

pics from north market

I told you I would post some pics. Not a lot, but I had one less table of goodies, just some stuff on top of bins.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New Item Posted

So another installment of North Market Artisan Sundays is now gone, thanks for all who came out, I appreciate the familiar faces and support. I want anyone who is reading this to come out to the next one on October 5th, it is the last one. I think this event is really cool and needs some more publicity and advertising. I don't think the North Market usually does as well on Sundays and this is a cool event to spark some business there and it is great for Columbus. The more things going on the more things go on..if that makes sense. If no one comes out then..it just continues to suck..not that C-Bus sucks..im just saying...the perpetuation of suck only allows for more sucking...? Ha, but seriously. So please support things like this, it seems to have done ok, but not really well, luckily for me it was not that expensive to do as a vendor but if I knew the sales would be like they are this year for the next year (if they even do it) I would not do it again.

That being said, I posted a new wristband on etsy and my display looked sweet in my mind! :) I came home and realized the Ohio wristbands I had on my display are not actually finished..ha. Only one of them was completed, so I will finish those and post some on Etsy. I am working on getting a web designer to overhaul my website, sorry it has been down..it really needs to be up again..grr, web design is evil. I appreciate all who signed my mailing list and I will be sending out some stuff soon to those people as well. If you want to be on it, post a comment on here I will be happy to add you. Thanks again, the next sale I will be doing is....lemme check my calendar and get back to you! :)

will post pics of north market too in a bit.

Friday, September 5, 2008

lots of stuff going on

It's like a pioneer PORN shop in here! Ok, maybe more like a Japanese sweatshop....lots of wristband making going on in the Bootleg attic here. I got some more Ohio wristbands cuz they are just so in demand...ha. I have made some reversible ones so you can do blue and red or if that doesn't go with your outfit, yellow and red. Right now I am on a yellow, blue, green, brown, orange kind of run so a lost of the new wristbands have those colors in them and I think they are sweet. The other reason I am in that mode is because I try to use all my fabric up so the bands although different in style tend to be similar materials and color. Today I will be doing a bit different colors (I finally changed the thread in my machine). A new cub scout wristband is underway utilizing a cub scout scarf I found at the thrift store, at one time I had a slap bracelet with that logo and it was sold quickly. I am working on a new display for the wristbands as well, gonna be sweet. Here are some sneak peeks.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Cool T-shirt Site

I found this cool site called Design by Humans. You can submit designs and if they pick yours you get money kinda like threadless. Looks like they have a new shirt every day, pretty sweet. Here is the link. If you have any cool t-shirt links let me know, I am always looking for inspiration. Other than that, North Market sale coming up this Sunday! I am going to be working hard this week to get some stuff done after my band is done in the studiO, we are working with Joe Viers and it sounds amazing so far. Hopefully today we will be done (crosses fingers) and we will have a cd to put out shortly..man it's gonna be good. And if anyone wants to see my band Friday September 5th we are playing at Ruby's on Summit with Paper Airplane...gotta plug.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

back from the beach..and then some

Ok, ok, it's been a while! Sorry, jeeze get off my back! The beach was fun (seems like a long time ago now) and not I am back in Ohio. I have been doing some freelance graphic design so it has taken up a lot of time, on top of that I am gigging a LOT with the acoustic duo (myspace.com/2shaws) so that is good. Funny, cuz I still don't have ANY money..oh well..life goes on. I can NOT wait till my ad agency paycheck. ANYway...I have been selling Ohio Pride wristbands a lot lately, they seem to be the talk of the town so if you do not have one, well get one! I plan on posting another on Etsy here soon and I will be at the North Market September 7th for another installment of Artisan Sundays...woo that is coming up soon. I am also working on getting a web designer (it is a LONG process..too long) and I think I actually have a few people that might want to ACTually do it! So sorry about the website if you have gone and it says like "this website does not exist..wanna buy it??" please don't buy it! Ha, so more to come soon!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Da Beach

Off to Rehobeth Beach, Delaware tomorrow morning (Saturday). I am so excited to not have to do anything for a week...oh man. My life right now consists of playing a show almost every night with my brother or band which is great! I love it, but its tiring, especially when a lot of the shows you don't get a TON of people that are interested. It is really great though to get that one table at a restaurant that loves you. Today we had a couple buy two cds from us, they had just heard us for the first time today so it was so great they had faith in us. So anyway, no complaints that my job is playing music right now but it does get tiring like anything else. so BEACH! and Dogfish Brewery restaurant, and beach, and rented house with family and cooking and fun times, and beach, and hopefully Andy and I will get a long and write some songs together. Bootleg news? Well, check out my etsy page...and I will be back in a week! WOOT! BTW, I googled beach..and this is what I found.