Last year I made my husband this spreadsheet nerd shirt.
This year he got another one for his birthday:
Rhett loves brackets. I don't know if it comes from playing sports growing up. He was a wrestler, so lots of tournaments and brackets. One time he was playing with our nephews and they dumped out a whole box of old action figures and made a bracket with over 100 guys and fought them, using a coin to determine the winner, all the way to 1 champion. I think it may have even been double elimination and took all afternoon.
I've grown to appreciate the bracket too I guess. Whenever we want to watch a movie and can't decide, we do a 8 man double elimination bracket. So we each pick 4 movies and take turns choosing which movie wins down to the champion. This works really well in big groups too because at the end, whichever movie wins, each person gave input so technically it should best represent the group.
So enough of our nerdy every day bracketing.
I used freezer paper stenciling to make the shirt. The t-shirt I just bought at Wal-Mart.
Man I wish I had a Silhouette machine.
I chose to paint the negative space on this one, so I cut out all the letters and ironed them on, then for the brackets I just used a paper cutter to slice thin strips of freezer paper and ironed them on in the bracket shape.
Obviously imperfections due to hand cutting everything.
Yesterday was his 30th birthday and this was his handmade gift. I think he liked it-- he opened it and asked where I found it. I told him I made it, there aren't many bracket lovers out there I don't think.
So far I like this nerd birthday shirt tradition, he has a few other nerdy loves, but topographical mapping is a challenge for a shirt I haven't figured out yet. I'd rather not have to learn about topographical maps in order to do it for next year.