Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Convention

The USEA yearly convention is going to be in Cincinnati this year which happens to be just a bit south of me.

I'm not sure where the idea came from although I've been told it originated with me (I truly don't remember that, but ok) but Friends of Ferdinand is going to have a booth at Convention. It is HIGHLY unlikely that we will make any money through this endeavor but our goal is to simply grow our name and hopefully grow our base of support.

Our main trainer is an avid eventer and the majority of our volunteers are also in the eventing world to some extent. This is the world that most of us know the best even though many of our horses end up being exceptional hunters or trail horses, etc. Convention moves areas every year. Last year it was in Colorado and next year it will be in Texas so it just seems to be the right time for us to do this.

And somehow I find myself in charge of this little adventure. It's already been a learning experience to say the least. I am both excited and a little nervous. More than anything I want us to make a good impression, get our name out there and hopefully find some horses good homes.

We are also going to be selling some t-shirts, stickers and a few other items. The front of the shirts will have our logo. If you haven't seen it before here it is:
The back of the shirts will have a design that was entirely created by me. I find myself a tad excited and more than a little embarrassed. Mostly I'm embarrassed because I am a complete and utter amateur who likes to dabble. This is not false modesty on my part. I have done a lot of dabbling in graphic design and art, mostly for my sister, but I've never really put anything I created out there for public viewing. It is quite intimidating! I'm afraid that "real" designers will scoff at my attempt. (Okay that sounds a little dramatic but hopefully you get the point, lol.) And I'm nervous because now if everyone ends up hating the shirts there will be no one to blame but me. Yikes! (The one advantage to me designing the shirts is we didn't have to pay me, so there is that.)

But I figured I'd give you guys the first glimpse of what the shirts will look like. We don't have a huge budget so colors were limited to only two and they both had to be light colors. Did you know that dark t-shirts cost $.50-$.75 more per shirt? I didn't but I do now. As well we couldn't afford to have a bunch of different styles so they are pretty much just your average t-shirt, nothing fitted or v-necked, etc. We did get a limited number of long sleeved shirts and hoodies, though.

Anyways here are the designs:
These are actual samples that we've gotten so far
We ordered mostly the blue design but some pink for those who want a little more flash.
This was my original design before I realized we had to limit ourselves to only two colors (in the design itself) and only light colored shirts
If you happen to be in the area and are coming to convention please stop by the FFI booth. I will be around the entire week. Convention is December 4th-8th. I think we are selling the t-shirts for $10 and I think we will have a few give-aways as well.

And, if anyone is interested I am thinking about snagging one of each size for a give away here on the blog.  So let me know if you'd be interested.

14 comments:

  1. I love the logo you designed!! Very cool, and the tagline is great. I bet you'll sell more than you think!

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  2. That is so cool! Love the logo :)

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  3. Your logo is nice! No one will laugh at. That giveaway idea sounds good, too. :)

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence! :D

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  4. I never win giveaways (sad and true), but I would totally buy one. Is that an option?

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    1. I get it, I never ever win give aways either. We do plan on putting them up on our website sometime after convention, barring that I know we can work something out. :)

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  5. Come to Texas next year! I'd definitely be interested in a giveaway :)

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    1. If I ever make it to Texas I'd love to come and meet you and Simon. :)

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  6. Oh My Gosh! I LOVE those Tshirts! They are amazing!

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  7. omg I LOVE the shirts and the design! I think you did a GREAT job. And that's really exciting you get to go to the convention :)

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