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Market to Market Relay 2016 Recap

Last Saturday was my favorite race of the year!  Market to Market Relay Ohio.  This was my third year participating in the race (and it’s also the race’s 3rd year).  New this year was an earlier start time.  In the past 6 AM was the earliest start time, but this year they added 5:00 and 5:30 waves.  Lucky us drew the 5 AM wave. So the day started at 2:30 AM.  It’s so hard to wake up so early!!

Upon arrival at the start line (which is an hour away from home!) we picked up our “baton” and proceeded to the photographer for our official costume contest photo.  If you’ve read my previous years’ recaps you know the costume contest is my favorite part of this race (2015 and 2014).  We’ve won the costume contest both years and we were looking for a threepeat!

Market to Market Relay Ohio - fruit running costumesWe went with a fruit theme and everyone got to pick what fruit they wanted to be.  I sewed all the costumes using Patterns for Pirates’ Essential Tank and embellished them with heat transfer vinyl and/or screen printing paint.  I had a little help with the HTV on the strawberry and watermelon.  I also made the headbands out of felt.  I was so excited to see us all together looking so cute!

We sent our first runner (grapes) over to the start line and at 5 AM the trombone wielding, pink fuzzy guy led the pack.

Market to Market Relay start lineShe ran in the dark.  Runner #2 ran in the dark and I started in the dark as well as my leg started around 6:40.  Thankfully halfway through my first leg the sun started to make it’s way up and I was able to turn off the headlamp and see where I was going.  I was feeling pretty good about my run, but keeping my pace a bit on the slower side as I was anticipating a 5 mile run.  Turns out the leg was only 4.3 miles, so I was saving gas for no reason.  But I had two legs ahead of me so I was happy with that.  And well, we’re in it to win the costumes, not the race.  😉

Market to Market Relay Ohio

It was a beautiful morning and we all ran through our first leg feeling good.  Then it was back to the top.  By the time my second leg rolled around the sun was shining really bright and the heat and humidity were really picking up.

dsc_1538I threw on my visor to give me some sun protection (blue eyes problem) and grabbed my handheld water bottle and braced myself for a 5.6 mile leg. 

Market to Market Relay Ohio I started the leg feeling pretty good.  I didn’t get very far before the wind knocked my pineapple top off my head, so I ended up having to just carry it.  So, with a water bottle in one hand and a pineapple top in the other I cruised through the first two miles of the leg.  I could definitely feel the heat, but I had the shade of the trees to help it feel somewhat bearable.  But I spend the next 3.6 in the sun.  The hot, hot sun.  I was fading fast, but I told myself I just ease back and keep running until I was passed by April (she’s was on our 3rd M2M team and I knew she would pass me on this leg).  But just before 4 miles I needed a break.  So I walked.  I poured a little water on my head, drank a little and tried to give myself a pep talk.  I started running again and right at 4 miles April caught up to me.  We chatted for a minute and then she went on ahead.  I had been playing leapfrog with another runner and in commiserating about the heat she mentioned it was lunch time.  And then it dawned on me that I hadn’t eaten!  No wonder I had no energy.  It was now after noon and all I had eaten was an egg sandwich at 3 AM and a Quest Bar after my first leg (around 7:30). 

I hopped in the van after my leg and devoured my lunch!  We continued moving through our legs, chatting with other teams along the way, occasionally  running into our two other teams, and just having fun.  We sent runner 7 out on her second leg and shortly after we got a notice of a lightning delay.  Our poor lemon had to run the last 2 miles of her leg in the pouring rain with a lightning rod on her head!  (the headbands were made of foil wrapped in felt)

Market to Market Relay 2016For every 30 minutes of lightning we had to move forward an exchange point.  So we waited for a bit, then moved on.  So runner #8 didn’t get to run her second leg.  And at the next exchange it was the same situation. And then again.  It had been stormed for an hour and a half at this point.  So we just hung out in the van, sang along to the radio, ate lots of chips and begged the lightning to stop so we could run the last leg of the race.  We made it to the last exchange point and decided whoever wanted to run could run.  And our second team was planning to do the same, so we could all finish together.  Just as we were preparing to head to the path a huge streak of lightning flashed right where we were standing, so we packed up and drove to the finish line exchange.  We ran in for the team finish and our 2016 relay was in the books. 

Market to Market Relay OhioDespite the disappointing ending to the day we still had a great time and are looking forward to doing it again next year. 

We hung out a big after the race for our free pizza and beer and to hear the result of the costume contest.  Even though they wouldn’t be able to hand out the time awards because of the adjustments that needed to be made for the lightning delays we were told they would announce the contest winners.  Finally it was time!  After a quick tally of the votes the costume contest winners were announced and once again we won!!!

Market to Market Relay OhioI tell you what.  Waiting for those results and listening to them announce the runners up is torture for me.  A lot of thought and hard work goes into our homemade costumes, so it really means a lot to me.  My team is awesome for wearing the silly headbands I made for them or carrying them while they ran! 

So, now the pressure is on!  It’s time to start thinking about next year’s costumes!  We’ve got a reputation to maintain! 

 

Ava and Mama Ava

What sounds super fun to do on an 80 degree morning?  Take pictures in long sleeved shirts!  I’m getting a head start on my fall wardrobe with the new pattern from Made for Mermaids.  The Ava and Mama Ava patterns are the perfect relaxed fit top and tunic to go with all your leggings and skinny jeans this fall!

Mama Ava from Made for MermaidsI sewed up this v-neck sweater knit in the top length to pair with skinny jeans. It’s going to be so cozy this winter! 

Made for Mermaids Mama AvaI love the relaxed fit without feeling sloppy. 

Made for Mermaids AvaAnd how cute is this curved hem tunic on Cupcake?  Oh, this is the perfect top for leggings!  And I just loved this striped fabric and knew she would, too.  This is her new favorite shirt!

Made for Mermaids AvaI love this one on her, too!  The key to this top is fabric choice!  You need something drapey and flowy!  This rayon/spandex blend is exactly that! 

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for MermaidsCupcake didn’t love this one as much as the other, until she saw momma had a matching shirt! 

There are 2 neckline options, 3 hemline options and 3 sleeve length options with this pattern.  So you can mix and match for your perfect combination.

Mama Ava by Made for MermaidsThis is such a fast sew and on sale through Sunday, so you should head over and pick up these patterns before then!  Buy one or buy both in a specially priced bundle!

Mama Ava and Ava by Made for Mermaids

 

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Sew Caroline’s Magnolia Shorts

Last week I did a little more pattern testing for Sew Caroline.  Her new Magnolia Shorts pattern is now live and on sale through the end of month.  Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI made this pair in a very flowy rayon spandex knit I found at Joann’s.  This pattern is designed for flowy fabrics, such as voile, rayon, or guaze.  Something with a great drape. That’s what makes these shorts look more like a skirt!

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsI wore these to IKEA one day and a friend thought it was a skirt.  She was surprised to learn I was actually wearing shorts.  And since I was wearing shorts I was super comfy! 

Sew Caroline's Magnolia ShortsThese are a wonderful addition to my mom wardrobe!  I feel put together wearing them, but comfortably so!  I can keep up with the kiddos without worrying about flashing an audience. 

I’m hoping I can find some time to whip up another pair soon! Probably something in a solid color fabric to pair with fun tops.  So if you’re looking for a fun addition to your wardrobe pick up this pattern while it’s on sale!

 

Behind the scenes.  Pumpkin wanted in on the photoshoot, too.

Sew Caroline's Magnolia Shorts

Back to School Dresses

It’s hard to believe but school has started around here!  My Cupcake is a first grader this year!  She goes to school all day!  She’s loving it so far.  Though I think lunch is her favorite part of the day.  And my Pumpkin headed off to her first day of preschool yesterday!  I can’t even believe it!  Though it should come as no surprise as she is almost 4!  So, in preparation for their big days momma got sewing!  I found the cutest pencil fabric and knew I had to have it for first day of school dresses.  And it was the perfect time to finally try out the Harper Dress from Made for Mermaids.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressI let the girls pick out what color fabric they wanted for the bodice and they both picked pink.  I was kind of hoping one of them would pick a teal blue, but they said pink.  So pink it was!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressCupcake loved how full the skirt was.  She’s not usually a girly girl, but she loves this dress!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd I added a fun pop of color with the buttons.  So cute!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressAnd the twirl factor! Cupcake approved!

Made for Mermaids Harper DressExcuse the seriousness of Pumpkin, but she wasn’t too sure about this school thing.  She was very slow to get moving yesterday morning.  She hid from me when she woke up.  And well, it was raining, so that didn’t help.  But those cheeks!  Those are some kissable cheeks.  Back to the dress.

Made for Mermaids Harper DressThe flutters and the pintucks are such sweet details!  And even though the pintucks take some extra time they are so worth it! 

Made for Mermaids Harper DressPumpkin approves of the twirl factor as well.  And coming from her that means a lot!  She is the twirly dress expert! 

Both girls had great starts to the school year and they both looked adorable! 

 

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1 Fabric, 3 Ways

So, Cupcake likes dinosaurs.  Like really likes dinosaurs.  Do you need more proof of dinosaur love? I’ve got plenty!  So, when I saw a preorder for this adorable dinosaur fabric I bought way too much!  The great thing about it, though, was that it was white fabric, which opened up lots of possibilities. 

Dinosaur shirtPlease ignore my need for a pedicure.  One of the items I made for her was this cute tank. And then I dip dyed it in the color of her choice.

DInosaur shirtShe thought the effect was pretty cool.  And frankly I thought so, too.

Dinosaur shirtShe also chose the color for her skort.

Dinosaur skortAnd while we were dying the skort purple I added a few pieces of her tank dress.

Dinosaur DressThis one I dyed before sewing it so I could do two colors.  She wanted it two colors.  And I love the way it turned out.

Dinosaur dressThese have been on regular rotation in her summer wardrobe.  Any time they are clean she wears them right away!  The good news is I have plenty more of this fabric, and it’s easy to pick up some fabric dye, so I can make her some new outfits for fall and winter!