Happy Anni to us!

It’s Back to School time! My kids started last week and so far so good! My oldest is driving (w/ his permit – eeeek!) and I’ve got all of the school covered this year – lower school, middle school and upper school! My sister in law has triplets, and they are all headed to college this fall. The girls left Friday and their son leaves tomorrow – all going to Auburn (War Eagle). It’s made me realize how fast this is happening and I only have 4 more years with my oldest. The cliche “time slow down” drives me crazy, but it really does go by so quickly! 🙁 Trying to enjoy it all and embrace the crazy schedules.

We have been turrible at new designs this summer. I mean turrible! Jeff took a promotion at work and with the aforementioned crazy schedules of 3 kids, we haven’t had a lot of time. Now that school is back in sesh, hopefully we can do better. Here are a few new ones we added this summer!

Don’t forget our order-taking NOTEPADS!! Several shipments went out this week and we appreciate every single order! With our lack of designs lately, it’s fun to have something else available to our customers!

Lastly, we don’t do 50% off often, but when we do, we do it to celebrate our 9 years in business (+ Back to School)!! 9 YEARS!! I saw this picture the other day in my Facebook memories. This was where it all began! I had a desk in the corner of our bedroom in our old house and that’s where it all started. We had no clue what we were doing, but 1,042 designs and 9 years later here we are! And this girl is now 10, has braces and is in the 5th grade!

Shop our SALE through Monday, August 20th! www.appliquecafe.com

May is Cray

May is BANANAS!! Amiright? My kids have just over a week left of school. This week we celebrate birthdays of 5 immediate family members + Jeff and I will celebrate 17 years of marital bliss on Saturday. When I flip the calendar to May 1, I feel actual tension in my spine because I know what’s to come. 2 out of my 3 kids have pretty much tapped out on school. Luckily the oldest is still with the program, I think… He turns 15 on the 25th I might add! Anywho….

We have not done any new designs in a loooooonnnngggg time. Mostly because we are in a busy season of life and my digitizer husband is working more than usual. B) I drove to West Point, GA Monday to take my machine to Sewingmachine.com after it threw a rotate-something error after doing 20 graduation towels last week. Basically it died. I’m praying I get it back tomorrow or Saturday so I can finish more graduation gifts and 200 “Felties” I promised someone by May 20th.

With that being said, we are having a design sale!  It lasts through Tuesday so don’t let it pass you by!

Did you hear about our new *Embroidery Order Notepads*? They are selling like hotcakes! People have commented that they are loving them and using them for craft shows, in stores and for just plain old orders too. I have to say that they have sold just about the exact same amount (small vs. large) and I just did a re-order today. Lots of people buy 1 of each size, but we’ve also sold twosies of the small pad, or 2 of the big pad. We’ve also sold a mix of a few big ones and a couple of small ones. I’d love to hear how everyone is using them!!

It’s a little more work packaging the notepads and printing packing lists, stamping them with my cute THANK YOU stamps and stickers, weighing them and getting them ready for shipping, BUT, it has been SO MUCH FUN to be excited about something and I’m happy to do the extra work for you! I may be a little bit of a perfectionist about how they are packaged too! This whole stack went out one day this week…

You can check them out here: Applique Cafe Embroidery Notepads.

AND don’t forget that all DESIGNS are on sale through Tuesday! Now, let’s all say a little prayer that I get my machine back this weekend….

Happy November and DIY Costumes!

It’s November already, although it hardly feels like it. My weather app says it’s 85 degrees. I’m still wearing my stinky summer OTBTs and my closet is still in summer mode. This is the worst time of the year to attempt to dress with the season and not sweat to death. Monday was Halloween, and below is my trio in our (mostly) DIY Costumes. My 10 yr old’s costume was a 2:00 day-0f purchase from Target (Santa pjs) and I made the beard from a piece of white felt, jumbo cotton balls and too many glue sticks to count. Oh and a piece of elastic! It was in shambles before we hit the first house and was no where to be found 20 minutes later. He also wore a Santa hat so Skinny Santa had a great night of trick or treating. Bonus: PAJAMAS!! He can wear them to sleep in too! Side note: his friends were a snowman and an elf, so they were a cute trio!

My 8 year old knew a week or two in advance that she wanted to be Larry Culpepper (see Dr. Pepper commercials). Luckily the 10 year old played Larry last year so all we had to do was pour out some DPs and hot glue them to the lid of a shoe box and attach a cooler strap. By the end of the night I think 1 can was left, but she was adorable in a sea of girly costumes and loved every minute of it.

The 13 year old. This was our Sunday afternoon painting-in-the-driveway project. If you live in the Southeast, then you know who Alexander Shunnarah is or have seen a billboard or two (or 380). He wanted to dress normal and be a “bottle flipper”, but one day while driving to work last week I saw a billboard and decided this would be much funnier. His costume was a hit in the neighborhood and on Facebook! Plus it only cost me about $13 in alphabet stickers.

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In other November news… did you see our Girly Turkey aka Digitizer’s Pick? I sewed this on a little t-shirt Monday and it’s one of my all time favorite Turkeys! Plus only 3 fabrics. It’s $1.50 for a ltd time!

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Here are a few of our new designs also! The Holly & Wreath are both raggy, and I used 1) red gingham on bottom, 2) white flannel in the middle, and 3) green polka dot on top. Check them out at Applique Cafe for a better photo! These designs plus all the others are 40% off through Tuesday, November 8th, which happens to be ELECTION DAY!! Won’t we all be glad when that’s over!?!?

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Enjoy the rest of your week!