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! ūüėČ 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!

Catching up!

Hello Friends! Let me start out by saying that I just logged in to do a quick post, and had 27 comments waiting to be approved. I. am. so. sorry!! Normally I get an email when anyone comments and it gives me the option to approve it or spam it right there on the spot. I swear I haven’t just missed 27 emails in the past month!? Not sure what happened there! I replied to a few, but if I didn’t reply to yours and you STILL need help, comment again, or shoot me an email at rosemarygulledge@appliquecafe.com! I didn’t want to assume you still needed my help a month later…..

It’s been a while¬†since I posted last. We had a great Christmas and low and behold it’s already almost February!? How in the world?? It’s going to be summer again before we know it. I say I had a great Christmas (and I/we did), but let me just tell you how fun it is (not) to have laryngitis for 3 weeks. I am just now getting somewhat back to normal. I woke up hoarse on December 19th, just as the kids were getting out of school. It went from bad to worse to ok-i-am-so-tired-of-this over the course of 3 weeks. I got several shots in my booty and made a couple of trips to various doctors. Finally after 3 weeks I went to see my ENT, who stuck something down my throat (gag!) and told me I had nodules on my vocal chords. Evidently this is pretty common with people who sing. I only sing in church with the rest of the congregation, so whatevs. Fast forward to today after 3 weeks of steroids, and I am finally (pretty much) back to normal. It could come back, but hopefully it WON’T!!! If anyone ever suffers from this, let me know and I can give you a list of helpful hints that were shared with me by friends who have experience with nodules!!

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In other big news, I decided this week to return to the “real world” and will be returning to WORK next week *super* part time. Before I “retired” in 2007 to be home with my kids, I worked for a fabulous company for 10 years. They contacted me this week about coming back to work! I immediately declined because I have the craziest schedule with 3 kids in 2 schools, and wasn’t looking for a real job. However, after some back and forth and a lunch meeting on Thursday, I decided I was going to be an “adult” again. I start on Tuesday, and will be working 3 mornings a week from around 8:00 until 1:30. Not a bad schedule!! I will still have my Mondays, and my Fridays, and my afternoons, and library duty, and weekends, and I WILL STILL HAVE APPLIQUE CAFE!! I am actually hopeful that being structured again after 9 years of complete freedom and chaos will be good for me and I will probably get WAYYYYY more done with Applique Cafe than I do now. We will still come up with new designs! I will still do blog posts! I will continue to monogram and do appliques for my longtime local customers! I will still keep up with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and all that! Nothing is going to change here, other than the fact that I get to put on real clothes and go somewhere a few mornings a week to work with adults. It’s super exciting and also scary! This will be a huge adjustment for me and my fam, but since I worked at this company before (for 10 years), I hope to pick back up where I left off! Stay tuned!

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Speaking of new designs, I just listed these earlier today! Y’all. It’ll be Easter before we know it! I’ve also listed more new stuff since my last blog post, so check them all out at Applique Cafe! We hope to work on a new batch of designs over the weekend as well! Have a great weekend!

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