Bingo, Bango, Bongo!

That post title doesn’t really mean anything, but it’s a quote from the great Bill Schonely, the best play-by-play announcer of all time. When someone would do something really awesome, The Schonz would randomly shout, “Bingo, Bango, Bongo!” There were other things, too. Like, “Rip City!” or “Ocean to Ocean…” or “Lickety Brindle up the Middle.” I listened to him call Portland Trail Blazers games on the radio my whole life, and no on will ever be as awesome as The Schonz. Seriously, Josh and I saw him walking down the street last year and I literally started hyperventilating. He’s that rad of dude.

Anyway, this post is about a T-shirt I screen printed and embroidered, but you’re going to have to humor me a bit while I digress…

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I'm not a crazed fan! Really. I'm not. I swear.

It’s been well established that I’m a crazy fan of Portland Trail Blazers basketball. And keep in mind, Trail Blazers fans are a special breed of crazy in general, so that’s saying something. This season, we are actually season ticket holders. We have seats waaaaaay up in section 322 to each and every game this year. This is going to sound cheesy, but this is actually a life-long dream of mine. When I was a kid it was nearly impossible to get tickets. When Josh and I moved back to Portland, no one was going to the games, because of the whole Jail Blazers thing, and we were able to score all kinds of free or deeply discounted tickets (great seats, too). So we went a lot. (An aside: for the longest time, I thought that if I was at the game, the Trail Blazers couldn’t lose–it wasn’t until Portland played the stupid Clippers that season that I attended a Blazers’ loss.) That year, 2006-07, was Brandon Roy‘s Rookie season–he eventually become Rookie of the Year, Ime Udoka made the team (he’s a Portlander) and Nate McMillan was coaching. The vibe was changing, and fans kind of knew that it was Zach Randolph‘s last season before he was traded. Portlanders knew the team was changing–and something good was going to happen. Then Portland won the #1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

It was amazing.

Blazermania was back.

But, Greg Oden–our #1 pick–got injured out was out all last season. Free and discounted tickets were still fairly easy to come by. This season, with Greg back, Brandon Roy having made the All-Star team in 2007-08 and Rudy Fernandez coming over from Spain, we knew it would be tough to get tickets, let alone keep riding the Free Ticket Express. So, we sucked it up and bought season tickets. (Actually, George Bush bought us season tickets–that’s how we spent our “Economic Stimulus” check.)

Which means that, for 42 games of basketball, I need more T-shirts.

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We sneaked down to the parking garage at the Rose Garden to take this picture. I like the giant Brandon Roy feet in the background.

Using one of the cheapo pajama top long-sleeved T-shirts from Target, I created my opening game look. First, I cut off the arms to three-quarter length. Then I embroidered, using the alphabet from Jenny Hart‘s Sublime Stitching, “Rip City!” onto the back.

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The embroidery's not what I'd call "centered" or "straight" per se, but it'll do...

Then, using InDesign, I made a star stencil with a 7 in it (the 7 for Brandon Roy’s jersey number and the star because he was an All-Star last season). I cut out the stencil using freezer paper, and stuck it on one of our old, crappy silk screens. Then I spray glued the 7 and stuck it in the middle–basically creating a reverse stencil within a regular stencil, if that makes sense. I inked it up, and it resulted in this snazzy–and quick–screen printed shirt.

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This was a super quick process to make a screen print. I did it the afternoon of the game, and even had time to wash the shirt before I wore it.

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A very happy Trail Blazers fan.

I’m actually planning a few more shirts to wear throughout the season. The next one is going to be a Channing Frye shirt. Channing is definitely the weirdest member of the Blazers team and has totally embraced being a Portlander. He has an awesomely bizarre blog as well, that’s totally worth checking out–even if you don’t know a jump shot from a lay up.

In related news, through running the Obama Craft Project site during the general election (it’s still going strong, too, I’m just not posting projects everyday anymore), I got to know Susan Beal–Portlander, crafty gal, Bead Simple author and BLAZERS FAN! She and her hubby have had us over to watch a couple of away games (Casa de Sewer-Sewist is without cable television), and Susan and I went to the Blazers vs. Kings game on Monday night. Anyway, if you noticed the lovely vintage-looking earrings I’m wearing in the first photo of this post, they are some that Susan made.

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The deep scarlet color of these beads is one of my very favorite colors. Remind me to wear jewelry more often.

Anyway, as a public service announcement, I wanted to let y’all know that Susan has super cool kits up in her Etsy shop so you can make your very own. There’s more information over on her blog. Personally, I think that they would make great gifts for someone who’s interested in learning how to make jewelry, but don’t know where to begin, or maybe a creative teenager who’s into DIY. (Which reminds me, I used to love to make jewelry when I was a teenager and then quit when I went to college. I should dig my jewelry-making tools out of cold storage and give it a whirl again sometime.)

~Sarah

P.S. Rip City!!!!!!!!!!!!

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