Thursday, December 12, 2013

Commander Christmas RiverMarket

The big Commander Christmas is happening on Saturday. Brent has been studying the weather and we have been trying to figure out our game plan for setting up. Praying the rain gets in and out in a hurry. I know "they" are expecting thousands of people to attend this event. Very Exciting!! I know we are suppose to be selling from 10am-10pm.
We ordered some mannequins to display our shirts-and let me tell you, Ive had a lot of fun decorating them up!! I remember getting to dress the mannequins when I worked at Abercombie back in my early college days.
  My thoughts for us....Trying to show our Artist meets Hunter style....Hey Anthropology...if you are reading this, I hope you are thinking you want to hire me!! :)   I first went and got some different dried material from Sanders Wholesale.
Then I added some things we had around the house.The female figure has  LOTS of pheasant feathers coming out the top.... Love these!!!
  And on the man one.. I had this shot gun shell garland that my "Close" friend Rachel and I had made years ago.
It is literally strung together by that old blue fishing rope. Perfect!!! Cant go wrong with curly willow, moss (plays up the beards!!)
, and more dried pieces to give it that swampy cool feeling. The twisted green twine helped hold it in place.
These will look good against the pallet backdrops that Brent built.
On the little boy one, I added lots of moss, curly willow and shed antlers-Fun!
 Here is a little sign I made to take. It was done in that chalk board paint on a canvas

  As far as inventory, We will have plenty of our signature bearded duck shirts-remember...15% of the sales of these goes to our local Food Bank until Christmas day. Its a Win-Win for everyone!!! We have already donated almost $675 to them so far. We will also have our super comfy sweatshirts, new youth long sleeve deer tees
mascot tees., and baby onesies. (even have some with the duck on them!!). Here is the schedule for the day.
Hope to see you there- Look for our Mr P's Logo sign.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BLACK FRIDAY SALE (and Sat too!)

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday is almost here and we have been working hard to be stocked and ready for you guys.  For our customers who want the ease of not leaving their home, we are offering free shipping to ANYWHERE in the USA on Friday and Saturday. Just enter Promo code FREESHIPPING at checkout. So easy!!!! Website is
   For our customers in the Monroe/West Monroe area, we are having a big sale on our mascot tees. Stock up now! These make great stocking stuffers.
They will be $5 off all adult and youth sizes on Friday AND on Saturday. (We decided to throw Saturday in there too!!). This will take place at Miss Persnickety Joon on Antique Alley.
They are next to The Costume Shop. Love going to Antique Alley and seeing all the decorations for the holidays.
 So.... The adult shirts are normally $28, now $23 and the youth are normally $24, now $19.
We have rebel, tiger, ram, panther, eagle, lion, bobcat, gator, and mustang tees available. We have them all pulled and on a table ready. If you have never tried one our tees before, you are in for a treat!!! They are SUPER Soft and made of a tri-blend of combed cotton, poly and rayon. Once you have one, we promise it will be the only type of tee you will ever want to wear.
We are also stocked up on all the new designs.. the duck, Shirley the elephant, the deer, the donkey, etc. etc.
   Over at Herringstones in Monroe on Forsythe Ave.,
, they are stocked up with our Warhawk thermals, Duck sweatshirts, Deer sweatshirts
and tees, Tiger sweatshirts, Warhawk Color block sweats and Bulldawg off the shoulder sweatshirts!! Yay!!!
   Special thanks to our #1 fav (and only!! haha) employee Jordan who has put in some hours lately tagging and delivering shirts.
Also- we got a shout out about our sale in the popular blog
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful for all of you.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Chief, Chief, Chief

Finally!!!! We got our Chief design figured out. I knew I wanted it to be the old school chief who oozes wisdom and toughness.
Hope all the West Ouachita Fans out there are pleased. To start, I researched a lot of pics of existing Chiefs/Indian, and then I started sketching.
 Next the Extra Fine Tip Sharpies got ahold of it.
 The eyes were the toughest and most important part. I kept adding a little more shading to it.
Once satisfied, I printed out a copy for myself to color on
 and to show the graphics man what I was thinking. Then, voila.... The end result!!
This design will be featured on a short sleeve American Apparrl tri-blend athletic gray tee S-XXL (and on a youth 8,10 and 12) AND on that wonderfully super soft Alternative Apparel Color Block Sweatshirt. The one with red sleeves and a gray chest. S-XL. $38. This design is a Pre order only( not a stock one), so get your order in now. We will be taking orders until Tues Nov 19th. Also- we now have a few (we literally printed 15!!!) of the Color Block Deer Sweatshirts in AND, we kept hearing from you guys that you wanted the deer tee
in bigger youth sizes-Done! Now available in 8,10 and 12!!!

As always, thanks for shopping locally ;)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Media Day!!! From KNOE to DeltaStyle....

Wow! For the month of Oct, we raised over $250 for our local Food Bank. All from collecting 15% of the sales of our youth and adult long sleeve duck shirts. It was a pretty cool feeling to write out that check and go deliver it to the Food Bank.
 I've never been there before~ it's located out off Kansas   Lane kind of in the same area as the airport. Let me tell ya- the people were "happy, happy, happy" to get the check. They had no idea we were even doing this. One of the people in charge, Belinda Carver, actually used to be one of my neighbors. Small World!! Our plan is to give them a check each month. (For Nov and Dec). We are collecting this for them until Dec 25th.
  The very next day, I get a call from Belinda and she asks if I can meet her bright and early the next morning to be on KNOE to talk about the shirt.
Oh Lord... I said yes, but was a little nervous. Any way,  I meet her the next morning around 6ish. Everyone was very nice. We got "miked up" and waited for our turn. We watched the show from behind the glass while we waited our turn.
April (who is gorgeous) did the interview and it lasted a whopping 3 minutes. Wheeeew. Glad that was over, but thankful for the publicity on the shirt.
Later that day, Rachel Cagle with DeltaStyle came over and brought me the latest issue (Nov) that featured Mr P's Tees.
What an amazing day of media!!! The article looks fantastic.
We were pumped and so very thankful. Then, as she was leaving, she surprised me with an autograph print of our duck signed by the guys of Duck Dynasty. Wow!!! I couldn't believe it~ I almost cried~
 I was just so incredibly touched that she went to all the trouble to have it printed and get the guys to sign it. Thank u again Rachel!
   Needless to say, it was quite a day!! As always, thanks for reading and supporting a local family business. We are also excited to announce that we are coming to LAKE CHARLES!! Come shop at Pattons Western Wear and check out our designs.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Making of a Mr P's Tee

Before we started this little business, I had not given much thought to everything that goes into making a t-shirt. Let me tell you, it is quite the process!! I wanted to show you guys how it works...
 So, after we figure out what we want to create, I sit down and start drawing. It doesn't necessarily come out like I want the first go around. Let me tell ya, when I first drew the hippo design, it looked like a certain male body part...... I never even "saw" it until a friend pointed it out (thanks Z) !!  Below is NOT the drawing I did, but this hippo is in the same position...
hahahahah  Def not what we want for a kids shirt!!!!
  Moving on.... The drawing is always done in pen and ink..I love to use extra fine sharpies.
Then, the drawing is taken to Tommy's Tees over in Ruston. My sister works over there, so many times, she delivers for me.
I always try to email Lindsey ahead of time to tell her how many shirts, # of colors, etc that we will be needing so we can get on their schedule. Lindsey is the girl who organizes everything for us.

Next, the drawing is given to their graphic designer Jeff. Hey Jeff!
He scans in the drawing and adds color for me to see. Sometimes he adds the fonts too.
On the Hippo design, he showed me different color combinations. The font this time was all hand drawn. Once the design is finalized, he prints it out on a vellum type sheet of paper. The hippo was printed twice. Once for the white ink and once for the purple.

Now its put in this big machine that burns it onto a screen.
BTW- Danny is the guy who runs the back and showed me how this all works.

Next, they kind-of hose the screen off and POOF, the image appears (Danny-please excuse my very very elementary way of describing this whole process!)

Then the shirts are put on this board. (Check out Matt's FRO-WOW!!!)
 Here is the purple ink we picked...
Then the colors are wiped on the screens. They normally do lightest to darkest. So here is the white
And then, here is the purple..

This kind of reminded me of wind shield wipers.
Once these colors are all done, they shirts go through this heating machine that seals the colors in. They literally come down a conveyor belt.
 All done!!! Ready for me to pick up, tag and sell. Wow~~ the day in the life of a Mr P's Tee.
Thanks to Tommy's Tees in Ruston for letting me photograph the whole process.