Merry Christmas!

It’s been a while since my last post ~ Christmas season busy-ness is to blame! Yesterday afternoon I got a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Frappaccino (yum) and inadvertently took 2 Excedrin (grabbed those instead of Ibuprofen). I was wired!! I don’t recommend that combo. This is a result….

Much better than a pile of Christmas cards sitting on the counter and the kids LOVE it! It’s just red ribbon I happened to have a spool of and a pack of clothes pins (wooden) from Publix. I’ve also used that raffia twine in the past but couldn’t find any around the house.

I have some progress to report on our sewing room slash office. We’re still trying to work with the white walls (emphasis on trying). Yesterday I went to Hobby Lobby and got Jeff a matching bulletin board. The open frame was 50% off and I used a 40% off coupon on the actual cork board (regularly like $16.99). AND… you may or may not notice that these are not our regular chairs, although they look identical. Ours, with armrests, are down in Spanish Fort, AL being refinished/painted black. Long story short I have a college sorority sister who refinishes furniture. I got a dresser from her for Mallory’s room this week and traded the dresser for the chairs when her husband came through town. I LOVE LOVE LOVE restored/refurbished/re-purposed furniture. I think I posted a while back that I had purchased liquid sander and 2 cans of spray paint to attempt to paint the chairs myself. Those items went back to Walmart and Home Depot today! I’ll be sure to post when I get them back, maybe as early as next week. My friend’s business is called Chic Restoration – her Facebook page is: Chic Restoration. I will post her pic of Mallory’s dresser below and will try to post a pic of it in her room later! LOVE IT! When I get the chairs back I’ll recover the cushions in something other than RED.

The dresser looks great in Mallory’s room! I’ll work on a picture for my next post!  

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! I’m so thankful for family and healthy kids (AND family). I’ve read on Facebook today that a friend of a friend of a friend lost her husband last night after a long battle with cancer. He was younger than me with a young son and a daughter on the way. I think I have also posted about a little girl from Montgomery named Karlie who was put BACK in ICU tonight. She contracted HUS disease weeks ago (a month or longer ago) and is still battling all of the complications. She is around Mallory’s age. So we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus and pray for these families who have lost a loved one and who are on their knees praying for healing for their precious daughter!! 

Mallory & I watched this flash mob video today – you may have seen it circulating Facebook ~ I LOVED IT!!!! A) who doesn’t love a good flash mob and B) the songs and reactions of the people were wonderful!! If you have a few minutes watch it!

p.s. I did a guest blog post not too long ago on the Rock Bottom Tees blog ~ you can read the post HERE, which was published today!

another p.s….. While I was at Hobby Lobby yesterday waiting for them to put my bulletin board together, I saw this fabulous fabric (and bought a yard). The picture is not so great (I-phone), but the colors are GREAT!! It’s a good thick fabric too! $8.99/yard so catch it on sale or take a coupon!

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Applique Cafe!


  1. Merry Christmas to you and your family! And everyone else too! I will be praying for Karlie and all who are ill and hurting this holiday season. We lost 2 fine men of our community this past week suddenly, and I have a friend whose daughter’s fiance’ died in a wreck 3 weeks ago. Such loss and pain in this world, but as Christians we know we shall see them again. We celebrate the birth of Jesus as the Greatest Gift ever given.

    I have some personal joy today as my youngest daughter, age 20, returned home safely from 11 days on mission in Africa. She and 2 other young ladies ministered to and taught children of the Rafiki Orphanage and School in Winneba, Ghana. I am so proud of her! Also she found out tonight she has made a perfect 4.0 this semester at Mississippi State University.

    I love the pic of your studio! Before I moved to a smaller house (kids are all grown), I had a huge sewing room. Now I am cramped and work between two rooms. In the New Year I hope to set things up more efficiently. I have sewn for over 40 years and embroidered for over 10 years.

    Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  2. Merry Christmas to you too! We will be praying for Karlie and for others who are sick during this holiday season, and also for those who have lost loved ones. Thanks so much for all you do for all of us! Your blogs are always a bright spot in my day!

    Have a wonderful day!


  3. Hi Rosemary, love the holiday card and thanks again for your guest post! Also, that dresser looks like a terrific find and Happy Holidays to you too!

  4. Where did you get the desks and file cabinet? I’ve been looking for something similar to finish our office/craft room and haven’t had any luck finding anything affordable.