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11 October 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Keep Calm T-shirts: They Do Carry On

You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the “Keep Calm and Carry On” trend that’s been circling the globe. The British motto is ubiquitous, appearing on mugs, doormats, baby clothes and all sorts of various products.

Do you know where this saying originated?

According to Wikipedia, “The (Keep Calm) poster was initially produced by the (British) Ministry of Information at the beginning of the Second World War. It was intended to be distributed in order to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster. Over 2,500,000 copies were printed, although the poster was distributed only in limited numbers.” In fact, only a handful are still in existence outside of the government archives.

The Keep Calm and Carry On poster was “rediscovered” in 2000, and since the Crown Copyright expired after 50 years, the Keep Calm logo is now in the public domain.

BlueCotton took its very first “Keep Calm” order in 2010, and the trend has gradually picked up steam. It is hard to walk past our printers without seeing one ready to ship daily. It is a perfectly simple and versatile design style. Simply remove Carry On and replace it with anything you desire. For inspiration, take a look at a few designs that our customers have created below!

KeepCalmVolleyball

KeepCalmTeach

KeepCalmSax

KeepCalmRelay

KeepCalmPhyllis

Keep Calm shirts

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18 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Lexington Bee Company’s T-shirt Buzz

This week we’re sharing your message with a quality custom blog post. We got the buzz from Nathaniel Philips of Lexington Bee Company on why bees are so important to our way of life, and why should you support your local beekeeper!

Lexington Bee Company

One of my favorite job duties here at BlueCotton is getting to know our customers. I just watched a documentary called Vanishing of the Bees (narrated by the lovely Ellen Page), when I saw Lexington Bee Company’s t-shirt order fly across my screen.

How did you get into beekeeping?

My interest in beekeeping began when I was in college at the University of Georgia. I took an entomology class and became fascinated by the study of bees. I started volunteering at the UGA bee farm and reading books to learn how to keep bees. After that I built my own hives and what started out as a hobby during college, grew into a lifelong passion.

What do you find the most fascinating thing about bees?

A third of the food we eat depends on bees for pollination. Without honey bees, the fruits, the vegetables, and the flowers that depend on them would disappear. Not only are bees responsible for pollinating the plants that produce the food we eat, but they are also the only insect that produces food consumed by humans. Albert Einstein once said that, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”


If you had 30 seconds on all major networks, what would you say about bees/beekeeping?

Support your local beekeeper. Not only does eating local honey support a more environmentally friendly agricultural model, it’s also better for you. Honey is a collection of simple carbohydrates and an assortment of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. Processed honey sold in grocery stores loses many of its subtle flavors and nutritional values when it is filtered for clarity and superheated to extend its shelf life. At Lexington Bee Company, all of our honey is 100% pure, raw, unheated, and unfiltered. We harvest our honey with minimal straining to preserve all the natural enzymes, pollen, and floral essences the honeybees put into it for the highest quality flavor.

What’s your favorite kind of honey? Can you tell us a little bit about different kinds of honey (from trees/flowers/etc)?

The flavor in honey is the result of the pollen and nectar gathered in a certain locale during a certain season, which can lead to delicious results. Depending on what flowers and trees are in bloom determines what the honey will taste like. One of the most flavorful honeys is Sourwood honey, which is produced in the mountains of North Georgia and Western Carolina during the months of June and July. Sourwood honey is extra-light to an amber color and extremely aromatic with a distinctively rich honey flavor.

What’s your favorite bee/beeswax/honey product?

The appearance of honey in grocery stores has increased exponentially in the past few years. From chips to candy to sauces, honey is adding flavor to a variety of food products. Acting as a natural sweetener, honey is a healthy substitute for refined sugars. So, given the delicious flavor and added health benefits, any food containing honey is my favorite honey product.

If you would like to be featured on our blog and answer a few questions about your organization, business, club or team – please contact leann@bluecotton.com.

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23 November 2011 ~ 2 Comments

The Electric Mayhem: 8 Muppetational T-Shirt Designs of the Muppets’ Most Famous Band

Today is the 23rd of November in the year 2011. If you don’t know the significance of that date, it can only mean one thing–you’re not a true Muppet fan. That’s right, my friends. Today is the day that The Muppets’ first theatrically-released film in 12 years–appropriately titled “The Muppets”–finally comes to theaters! I’ve been a fan of the Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_(Muppet), and the rest of the gang (seriously, I could go on and on and on) for as long as I can remember. It would be an understatement to simply say that I’m excited.

As much as I love the core characters, one particular group of Muppets holds a special place in my heart. Of course I’m talking about one of the greatest rock bands in existence–Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The band consists of five members: Dr. Teeth (obviously) on keys, Janice on lead guitar, Sgt. Floyd Pepper on bass, Zoot on sax, and fan-favorite Animal on drums. Are you familiar with the band? If not, you need to watch this segment from the original “Muppet Movie.”

In celebration of the release of the newest Muppet film, I’ve compiled a collection of eight Muppetational t-shirt designs featuring The Electric Mayhem. Check them out!

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10 October 2011 ~ 0 Comments

25 Volleyball T-shirt Designs for Fall 2011

Back in September we set you up with a few of our custom marching band t-shirts that were created in our Design Studio. This week, we’re serving up a smattering of the volleyball t-shirts who bumped, set and spiked their way through our Design Studio this fall.

 

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12 September 2011 ~ 1 Comment

This One Time… at Band Camp…

It’s football marching band season! Field shows, parades and fight songs are taking over football fields across the country. Over the past two weeks we have noticed a spike in marching band and sectional t-shirt designs. Take a look at a few of our customer created t-shirt designs below!

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08 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras! Today is Fat Tuesday…the peak and end of the Mardi Gras season. While we normally associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States goes down in Mobile, AL. Outside of the United States, this time of the year (immediately before Lent) is called Carnival. The Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the biggest carnival in the world, and the biggest popular party on the planet, according The Guinness Book of World Records 2010. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is also considered the world’s most famous. Stay tuned for more Mardi Gras facts and trivia in our Mardi Gras video that will post later this week. In the meantime, check out a couple of our Mardi Gras inspired designs below.

 

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