Happy Summer 2016

Happy Summer everyone! Since my last post, school got out and we’re just enjoying our {very short} summer! It’s already July 7, and my kiddos go back to school on August 9th. That is a month + a day or 2 away!!!! We still have more beach, more camps and more fun to squeeze in! I’m not ready to think about school supplies yet. We are nowhere near done with summer reading or math packets. I did, however, check new school uniforms off my list. Not. ready. nope. no. summer rules. As Mallory would say “summer is my life!”.

I thought I’d share with you a few of our summer pics. Here are my 3 this week on the 4th of July obviously! “G” is 10, Browder is 13 {gasp} and Sissy is 8. Don’t you love our store bought shirts? Pay no attention to Browder’s 2015 version.

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This keeper is from our beach trip we went on as soon as school let out. #chacos

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Another one from our May/early June beach trip. We were in Perdido Key, FL and are headed back there soon for another family vacay.

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This may be my favorite picture from the summer!

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I am also working part time this summer (3 days a week) and squeezing in a little monogramming/applique work too. Here are some shirts I did for some sweet sisters up in Birmingham. These are all Blanks Boutique t-shirts that my customer purchased and had shipped directly to me. We are also adding new designs here & there and you can check them out at Applique Cafe!

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Enjoy the rest of your summer! Thanks for stopping by! 😉

Photo Editing Update

Good afternoon! If you read my recent blog post {about my computer crash of 2016}, I have an update for you! I’ve blogged before about photo editing and which programs I use – search PHOTO EDITING on my blog.

Photoscape – I use this for adjusting photos, cropping, lightening, combining pics, adding watermark, resizing, etc. = pretty much everything. It’s FREE!

Before the *CRASH*, I also used Photoshop Elements 10 to remove the background of my design photos for the website. I was unable to get PE10 back after the crash because a) I couldn’t figure out how to download it again for the life of me because I have zero record of my serial number and b) I now have Windows 10 and PE10 is an older version and unfortunately not compatible with Windows 10. I DID download a trial version of PE14, and I played around quite a bit with removing the background. I watched lots of YouTube videos. I am just not that photo savvy folks! By the way, PE10 had a handy dandy Magic Extractor tool that made it super easy to remove your background (I did a blog post on this too). Around the time they came out with PE12 I think, they decided to leave that handy dandy tool off, so PE12 and after (or maybe 11 or somewhere around then) you have to remove your background using some other very difficult {to me at least} methods.

SO………………. I finally had sense enough to google “removing backgrounds from photos” and discovered Clipping Magic! It’s essentially the Magic Extractor from PE10 but has a lot more features and is MUCH easier to use. The only downside is that you pay a monthly fee, but it is totally worth it to me! $3.99/mo gets you 15 projects/month and credits carry over. $7.99/mo gets you 100 projects, and $14.99/mo gets you 500 projects/mo. I went with the cheapest version since I only really need this for new designs and we MIGHT do 15 in a good month!

It is SO EASY! You just click on the parts you want to keep with GREEN, and parts you want left off (the background) in RED. As you do this, it forms a border around the parts you want to keep – see the yellow line. You can also adjust this easily! Here are a couple of examples…

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Here is my before and after! Check out their website too to see other features and neat things Clipping Magic will do! I use it for design photos, but you might see some other use!

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The Gulledges are in SURVIVAL MODE around here. It’s May, which means we have 28 events on our calendar and school is wrapping up. Sunday was Jeff’s birthday AND Mother’s Day (plus we had our last soccer tournament all weekend in Decatur, AL). My triplet nieces and nephew turned 16 yesterday (and all 3 passed their driving test!). My middle child “G” turned 10 today. Jeff and I celebrate 15 years of marriage Thursday (Whoop!) and Browder will turn 13 (GASP) on the 25th. And school gets out May 20th for my oldest and May 27 for my youngest 2. Then it’s SUMMER!

Applique Cafe NEWS: All of our DESIGNS are on sale through May 17th, and you can see what’s new below! Lots of cute stuff for SUMMER!

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Until next time…..

All You Need is LOVE!

I just wanted to let you know that all of our Valentine Designs are 50% off right now at Applique Cafe! I’m not sure which is my favorite, but I do love the new Heart Bicycle design! There are more on our site, but here is just a sampling…. Lots of LOVE here……

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I started back to work today! It was a little strange to get up before the sun to really get ready to go do something. Normally I throw some clothes on and put my hair in a ponytail for carpool. I dropped the kids off at school and headed downtown. I drove that route for 10 years, but haven’t driven it in about 8, so that was weird too. When I walked in the building, NOTHING had changed! A few different people and a dear friend of mine wasn’t there who passed away a little over a year ago, but other than that the decor was the same. Even sitting on the toilet in the bathroom was strange because I sat on it for 10 years and everything looked the same!!!!! Meaning the wallpaper! 😉 They already had me a computer with my old email address (which they never deleted), so I had over 2,000 emails going back to 2007 in my inbox. A lot of the folder labels were the same and in my handwriting. It was like backwards deja vu!! I have a lot to learn but am really excited about being back, and I was home by 2:00 to check the kids’ homework and work on Applique Cafe stuff too. We are working on new designs and here’s a pic of 1 I sampled yesterday…

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Vintage or redwork stitch designs are super fast to sew and this would be so cute for boys! I do recommend using a water soluble stabilizer on top when doing these designs. It helps with t-shirt puckering! This one will be listed soon!