Thursday, May 3, 2012

Custom Race Shirt โ€“ Part II

by Meghann on May 3, 2012

Well, it might not have gone exactly as I had envisioned, but I got the shirt.

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And I learned a very important lesson – don’t wait until the last minute to get stuff done. Noted.

It’s my own fault really. Let me explain.

Not only did I wait until the last day to have the shirt printed, I also waited until the last hour. Bad, Meghann! Two years ago I had shirts printed for Derek and I at Mother Falcon. It was a great experience, I brought in a design I had created online and two tech tees. They took my shirts, took the designs, and printed them up within the hour. No problem. The shirts came out great, in fact Derek still wears his to bed and the print has held up pretty well in the two years since they were created.

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I thought I would have the same experience this time around – i.e. I would bring the shirts in with the design and walk out the door an hour later with a finished product. No big deal, right? Wrong.

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I brought a purple shirt in assuming they could print white on the purple. They couldn’t, but that was totally my fault for not checking ahead of time. They said I could get a white shirt or they could print black on the purple. I didn’t think I had time to go buy a white shirt, so I agreed to black on the purple.

After they sold me on that (the printing would have been $25 for both front and back – OUCH!), they then said it would be a 24 hr turn around for tech tees. What? Apparently there’s a “special” process for the tech tees. This was all new news to me considering that wasn’t part of the protocol before. We have an 8:00am flight in the morning, so it wasn’t even an option. I tried to talk them into skipping the pre-treating process, but no dice. Darn. Time to start thinking of a plan B.

I knew Big Frog also did custom shirts, so I crossed my fingers and called the Orlando store. The girl who answered was super sweet and very helpful. I asked her if they printed on dri-fit tee, she said yes. I asked what the turn around would be and she asked if was a light shirt or a dark shirt. She said they could do a light font on a dark shirt, but it would take longer. I told her no problem, that I would pick a white shirt up if I needed to (there was a Target on the way). She said to come on in and she would work me in first thing. Great.

I went to Target, got the white shirt, and made it to Big Frog by 4:30. The lady I spoke with on the phone greeted me right away and assisted in recreating the design I brought in on PhotoShop. Once the design was finalized, they printed the shirt. It was literally less than 30 minutes from the time I walked in the door until I had the finished shirt in my hands. It was awesome. Even better, the custom printing only cost $12! That’s HALF of what it would have been at Mother Falcon.

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The shirt came out great and Kelly already loves it. Victory!

So if you’re looking for a custom race shirt – go to Big Frog! They have locations across the U.S. (including Tampa!!), are super helpful, and work fast. I’ll definitely be going back. ๐Ÿ™‚

Like I said – lesson learned. I will not be waiting last minutes on projects like that again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had a Peanut Honey Pretzel LUNA bar while running around. It was my first time trying this flavor. The bar was super sweet and rich, but I did enjoy the nice crunch the pieces of pretzel gave it.


After the shirt was finished (right on time – thank goodness) I met the GLOWING Katy Widrick for tea at Starbucks.


I had to give a big congrats to the expectant mama-to-be in person! I’m not sure we’ve seen each other since November! We had so much to catch up on. Katy only had an hour to spare and it was hard to let her go at the end of it – we just kept thinking of new things to talk about and ended up saying “bye” 10 separate times. I need to come to Orlando more often, that’s all there is to it.


We finally said a final “bye” and I headed to my sister’s place, where her fiance had dinner ready. Love that. ๐Ÿ™‚


He made stir fry with sticky rice, lots of veggies, and baked tofu. He is da bomb.


With mint chocolate chip ice cream for dessert.


They spoil me here. Now I just need to get the two of them to visit Tampa so I can return the favor (hint, hint).

Sorry, Sadie and Oliver, I’m taking of your room tonight. I hope the pups don’t mind.

Good Night!

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