Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Final Cut

I finished my first little Skelly Baby movie. Okay, "movie" is a stretch, it's only 25 seconds :)

My goal is to eventually (maybe this weekend) offer customized movies on my Gladditudes Etsy shop!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Skelly Baby Comes to Life

I created Skelly Baby in 2007/08 (I "conceived" the idea in '07 ;) -- but it wasn't until last year that I named the baby. What took me so long? It wasn't until (what felt like) the entire world started copying my work through copyright infringement that I realized Skelly Baby wasn't just another design in my shop, but a character. I had gotten so discouraged because I was having to send take down requests at Etsy, Amazon, eBay, Aliexpress, etc., and I was having trouble getting those marketplace sites to acknowledge my notices. Eventually this was resolved, but at the time it felt like an insurmountable task. But instead of giving up, I named the baby! (and got Skelly Baby trademarked on top of the registered copyright).

My next art-venture was to bring a bit of life to Skelly, this is my first go at animation.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Sugar Skull Skelly Baby

I created "Sugar" this past August.
Sugar Skull Skelly Baby or "Sugar"
On September 27, the night of the full moon and lunar eclipse, I intended to sit down and create a new non-maternity Halloween design, but -- as often happens-- ended up being inspired to design something completely different. I had a lot of energy that evening, and kept going outside to see if I could get a better view of the red moon, as we had some cloud cover that night. The inspiration struck me to do a girl version of "Sugar" with a rose instead of the bow that is on the original girl Skelly. I made a rose in Illustrator and tried placing it to one side, then the other. It looked out of balance, so I tried three roses, like a crown.

I liked the way it looked, but had to redo the scrolls and details of the sugar skull design. Hmmmm.... I thought to myself... It reminded
Frida Kahlo
Mexican artist
me of the pictures of Frida Kahlo with the flowers on her head, and especially of the costumes and makeup I'd seen using her iconic unibrow. So I moved around the scrolls and hearts into a brow-ish configuration, and it just clicked. I fell in love with the new Skelly Baby, and I named this one "Frida."

I don't know if anyone else will see that connection, or care, lol. But it made me happy, and I went outside again, this time with binoculars. The clouds had parted, and I got a fabulous view of the moon, dusky red with a sliver of bright light glowing on one side.

"Frida" Sugar Skull Skelly Baby
The next day I thought to myself that "Frida" needed a dad-to-be shirt that matched her funky self. Pizza and beer were not going to cut it. So I created a tuxedo skeleton shirt design using a Mariachi jacket and bow, with a rib cage peeking through. I noticed that the mariachi jackets were often worn with ornate silver belt buckles, and again I thought, hmmmmm.... I looked up the Spanish word for daddy and came up with Papi. I'm not sure if that is the word most commonly used, but it fit with the Jennifer Lopez song "I love my Papi," and gave it a little more meaning. (The detail that makes my nerdish self very happy is that my tshirt fulfillment company will produce that shirt with silver metallic material for the "Papi" buckle.)
"Papi" tuxedo skeleton costume

The crown of flowers and sugar skull Skelly would work equally well with Frida makeup or full sugar skull make up. I love this little girl dressed up like Frida Kahlo!!
Frida Kahlo costume (

Frida Kahlo inspired crown on Etsy

Day-of-the-dead makeup

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Original Maternity Skeleton X-ray T-shirt

I've wanted to do some blog posts on the baby skelee shirts that have been a popular seller for me since 2008. I'm starting with the original Maternity Skeleton T-shirt which also comes in gender versions: girl with bow, and boy with hat (added this spring). This design evolved last year to include a heart for the baby too. (I get my best ideas from my customers!) It was by customer request that I added the twins maternity shirts, and then the next year, the triplets. There is even a version of the Maternity X-ray shirt that is for women with situs inversus (internal organs flopped).

t shirt for pregnancy costume
Boy baby xray design with ball cap and ribcage
Girl baby skeleton with bow and ribcage for Mama

This year I dedicated an entire page on my website to the different Maternity Xray versions. I also retooled my European T-shirt site, adding my newer designs -- I had to make "Mom" into "Mum" on the tattoo shirt and I'm currently working on a fish and chips Daddy shirt, since pizza and beer do not translate very well across the pond! I added a special category in my online T-shirt Designer where customers have access to the different skelee designs and can customize their own shirt. In that category I have some designs that include the whole skelee design (ribcage and baby), which is usually two designs combined. This allows for some cost cutting options.  The combined versions have a max height of 15 inches, so the design is a little smaller than the original version, which is around 18" tall. 

Gladditudes shirts are made when ordered, allowing for customization. The shirts are printed with cut vinyl which is heat pressed into the shirt. There can be up to three colors per design. I offer versions such as the glow-in-the-dark Maternity Halloween T-shirt that are all one color, cutting down a bit on the cost by eliminating extra colors. Here is a value priced non-maternity shirt version of the glow-in-the-dark skeleton shirt on a mens/unisex t shirt.

The maternity shirt design has evolved too. My shirt fulfillment company last year introduced their own custom-made maternity shirt. It has a body-hugging, stretchy fit with a round neck. It is fairly long to accommodate different heights and belly sizes. Many of my customers prefer to purchase a non-maternity shirt, since they plan to wear it earlier in their pregnancy. The designs also come on a plus size t shirt and men's shirts for those that want a roomier and longer fit.

A note to sellers -- the ribcage and baby skelee that make up the Maternity Skeleton X-ray design are copyrighted by Gladditudes and cannot be copied and sold without written permission. Gladditudes owns the copyright simply by the act of publishing original art (according to U.S. copyright laws), but does have an official copyright: VA 1-835-531, which also covers derivative works. As of now (2013) I have given exclusive U.S. licensing reproduction rights for iron-on transfers to only one company in the U.S. -- but for finished t-shirts, this design is only to be sold on the Gladditudes websites, and Spreadshirt's U.S. and EU websites (with my permission).

If you are a DYI craft blogger using my design to show a project, and not selling or giving away templates, stencils or transfers, please include the following credit (with link preferably):
© Gladditudes 2008-2013. All rights reserved.
Link to:

As always, please contact me (Elisabeth) with any questions or customization requests :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Personalize a Santa Hat or Stocking

Here are two seasonal products that have just been reduced in price. Personalize a Santa Hat or Christmas Stocking starting at $9! With the purchase of any two items -- shipping is free! (code: GLADD11 -- coupon good through December 5, 2011)

Here is the Santa Hat:
Customizable Santa Hat

Here is the Stocking:
Customizable Christmas Stocking

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FENTON! Christmas T shirt

I saw this funny video on youtube this weekend and just had to make a shirt about it.
Fenton the dog in Richmond Park

Here's the shirt, this time he's chasing Rudolph!

Fenton! T shirt

I also put it on a couple of long-sleeve products... email or facebook me at Gladditudes if you would like to have the design put on a different kind of shirt.