Lightning Works in a Small Business

Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 9:51 pm

What a week I had. I spent several days with Mrs. Martinez, Carlita’s Mom, learning all about her business and actually creating a personalized product just for me! Mrs. Martinez provided me with a write up of exactly what we did, since I was working hard and could not record the steps myself. Read below for her letter:


Lightning T. Bear was a great help in my business. We even had some time to make Lightning her very own personalized clothes.

I am the owner of Dream Lake Designs, we make promotional and personalized products for customers. Promotional products are purchased by companies to help advertise their business. Personalized products are items that a customer can put their own design or name on a product. We create products with an embroidery and sublimation.  

Step 1:  — See picture
First we have to design the product our customer wants.  Lightning did a wonderful job on designing her outfits.  We use 2 different programs to design items to be embroidery and sublimated.

Lightning creating the 2nd design.

Lightning creating the 2nd design.

Step 2:See Picture

My Embroidery Machine has 16 needle and can do up to 1600 stitches per minute. Since it is so loud and running fast, Lightning and I agreed that we had to turn the speed down. Lightning had over 100 colors to pick from but we tried a new thread that I received, it glows in the dark!  Now my head is filled with new designs for the Glow In The Dark Thread. Fun Times



Sublimation — See Picture
I printed out the design Lightning created and the first thing she told me was “it is backwards”.  I was happy that she was paying very close attention. Then I explained to her that when it prints out on the paper it is backwards, but when we press it onto the shirt it is the correct way. I have to make sure that Lightning didn’t get too close to the heat press because it was set for 400 degrees and she could have really hurt herself.








Step 3: Picture
The last and final step is to make sure that the product came out great, and since I had such a great helper they came out wonderful.

Step 3 Finished


Good or Service:
We provide both a service and goods.  Service when a customer brings me a blank item for me to decorate.  Goods when I purchase the blank item and put the design on it.  Sometimes this really gets confusing.

Carlita is lucky because she gets to see the items I create since I work out of our suburban home. 

I help our school community by doing fundraisers. We created Lightning’s brother, Thunder, and sister, Cloud, to help raise money for new playground equipment. If we didn’t help our school community we would have less money for the playground. 

Lightning was a big help today and had a lot of fun. I think she would be a great designer. I might need to call on her sometimes when I need help with designs.

 Take Care,

Mrs. Martinez

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