My Sample Owl

I’ve had 4 e-mails today about the JUST BLANKS shirts I mentioned in yesterday’s post. I thought I said that I had a sample (the owl) available, but I guess it sounded more like “I have a box of Just Blank tees to sell”. As I replied to the e-mails, I really haven’t decided what to do with them yet. I bought them from a clothing line that was not going to use Just Blanks anymore. It was one of those ‘friend of a friend hook-up deals’ so I took advantage. At some point I will get the box out and take inventory and THEN decide if I have any to spare!? I honestly don’t know what all is in the box, what sizes, or what style (I think she sent short and long sleeved tees). Anyway… I DO have this sample Owl shirt in a size 4/5. The tag says “shrinkage is expected” but the shirt appears to be a good 5 to me? Here is a closeup of the OWL, which is not available yet on! This is a brand new design that will be listed possibly tonight.
And here is a picture of the shirt. It’s very soft thick cotton and has the ruffle on the sleeves and bottom. Again, size 4/5 and I’ willing to part with this one for $18 plus any shipping.
Just e-mail me if interested ~
**As noted on the top of my blog, wheels are in motion to switch over to a WORDPRESS blog! The domain has been picked and will CHANGE to I had a really hard time deciding whether or not to change the domain from my name, and even asked some friends what they thought. This was my one chance to make the change so I decided to go for it! In hindsight, on that April day in 2008 when I decided to start a blog in the first place, I probably should have come up with something more cute or clever than my name! It’s worked for all these years (and who really cares?), but I figure why not take my name out of the equation while I have the chance! HOPEFULLY, all of my many posts, comments, pictures, etc. will all migrate over the new blog with little trouble. HOPEFULLY there will be little down time. I will keep everyone posted as best I can. If you aren’t familiar with wordpress, then check out some of the blogs on my blog list ~,, and My goal is to *organize* my blog better and spend more time on posts, maybe pick up some sponsors and still have links to the other important stuff (instead of it all being on the same page).

More. Fabric.

First of all this is one of my lovely assistants this morning. I like to take sample photos outside, preferably in good sunlight. Not so sunny today but better than inside. I had her hold the hoop up so that what little sunlight there is would shine on the applique! Don’t you love her pigtails?
My other lovely assistant (note For Sale sign above G’s head…sigh…see previous post). Owls are IN! We have 2 already and both are great designs. I’m loving this new one too which will be listed this week at! I also did this sample on a size 4/5 Just Blanks long sleeve ruffle tee (it has ruffles on the sleeves and bottom). If you’re interested in the shirt let me know! I have a box of these shirts (some short sleeves too) so I’m going to try to do samples on them when I can. Not sure what is in G’s mouth? Part of a cheese stick I think.
And now to my very (unplanned) trip up to Beth’s on Friday. I met a friend for coffee and then had 2 hours to kill and needed wanted some Spring-y Easter-y fabric, so I drove up and just happened to have my camera on me because I was heading to a Grandparent’s Luncheon at B’s school at 12:30. Perfect! Beth’s is sort of in Montgomery and sort of in Wetumpka. I’m really not sure and have not even noticed the address. I like to go there and also Caffco Floral Outlet all in one swoop. I get my clear bags from Caffco.
You may need to click to enlarge the photos to see the fabrics more closely. You don’t need to click and enlarge to see that Beth’s has EVERYTHING!! It is by far the best fabric store around these here parts! If you want ginghams, polka dots, Fabric Finders or basically any type of cute fabric, this is your one stop shop! Lots of dainty cute florals and as you can see (upper left) they also have all of the cute Fabric Finders team prints.
Polka dots and ginghams for days…. You can fill your fabric collection with every kind of floral or print fabric you like, but you cannot beat good ole ginghams and polka dots. I always tell people that appliques deal with such small spaces, so try to think that way when shopping. I have some BEAUTIFUL floral prints in my collection, but I always go back to polka dots, stripes and ginghams! Small florals work too!
These are NICE solids ~ (can’t think of the name/type fabric right off the top of my head).
Ginghams in every shade, color, size, price range you can imagine…
Fabric Finders team prints ~ Auburn and Alabama
I picked out a few dainty little florals, and then they told me about “upstairs”!! I had no idea upstairs existed, but evidently this is where the good stuff is! They have so much fabric that they can’t put it all downstairs ~ the lighter spring-y-er stuff was up here and I picked out several more… They also hold classes up there!
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Did I mention they have fabric for days?
They also sell TONS of patterns, notions, buttons, blank bibs and burp cloths and other things, and if you look at the “cart” on the right side of the photo ~ in the bottom drawer they have tons of scraps which sell for 50cents each! It’s fun to dig through and see what’s in there! There are also a couple of classrooms to the right of this picture. They hold tons of classes. AND… Beth told me Friday they are also going to start selling  EMBROIDERY THREAD and some stabilizers! One stop shop!
Here are the fabrics I came home with ~ I’ve had my eye on this ric rac stripe!
I’ve never been a huge lavender or purple fan (except for that plum phase I went through about 12 years ago where I decorated my bedroom in all plum). Now that I have a girl I’m appreciating it more and these lavenders are so dainty and cute! I also like lavender with green.
Here are the floral prints I got and I just did the new owl in the paisley and it turned out CUTE! Again, appliquesmall spaces so the small florals work.
I thought these were both Spring-y and Easter-y. I saw the pastel tricheck on Facebook the other day so I was so glad when I found it!
I long for the day (hopefully soon) when I have a SEWING ROOM and I can organize all of my fabrics. I’m putting it off until then.
AC News: everything is 30% off (excluding gift certificates and “design on a dime” designs) until Sunday. I am working to sample a couple more new designs also so they will be listed ASAP. Reasons for this sale: everyone was buggin me asking for one, Auburn won the National Championship and we have EXCEEDED 3,000 Applique Cafe fans on Facebook!
Blog News: I spoke to a “guy” yesterday about the WordPress blog migration. I also got a quote from a guy who hosts one of the blogs on my list that I love. I’m hoping to work on this project and that the transition will be smooth with little “blog down time”. I’ll keep you posted…

New Year and BLOGS!

It has been crazy since my last post. Holidays are over, back to school, back to work, back to reality, back to getting up before 9:30 AM…. I appliqued a few shirts this week for a friend heading to Disney next month and did a bib/burp baby gift. That’s about it! Wednesday morning I got a call that someone wanted to see the house. It was a M-E-S-S ~ serious Holiday hungover house mess! I had 1 hour to completely clean it. They came. They saw. Yesterday (Thursday) morning I get another call from the same realtor ~ they wanted to come see it AGAIN! Again, I had about an hour to get the house in order. Did I mention that I had to put all of my sewing stuff up Wed., got it back out Wed. afternoon and then had to put it all back up yesterday. It is still all “up” which means hidden in my closet. As of last night these people liked our house, but we didn’t hear anything today so we hope that means they are taking the weekend to mull it over!?
In Applique Cafe news, we put out several new designs over the Holidays ~ Valentines and Easter. Check them out ~ New designs are listed first…! We’ll have some more new stuff in a week or so.
In BLOG news, I think I have definitely decided to switch over to a WordPress blog. I’ve started following several blogs (which have all been added to my blog list) and they are all WordPress and I love them! They are very neat and organized and appealing. Very professional. Not that I’m professional, but I think it’s time to make the switch. I have the # of a guy who can hopefully help me do this. I have over 3 years of blog juice and posts and Google status and I don’t want to lose any of it. Stay tuned!
In other blog news, I’m a huge fan of The Pleated Poppy! She is the one who does the WIWW and while I tried to keep up with this, it only lasted me a few days. Anyway, she wears these cute taupe colored Target boots that are cute ~ seen in a lot of her photos. I went to Target this week and they had my size, on clearance, for $12.56! I was excited! So excited that I commented on her blog about my find. I got a REPLY back from her! She actually read my comment and replied! I was so excited! I also like to read Fly Through Our Window. On both of these blogs this week there was a story of Edie, who is also a fellow blogger. Her blog is and you MUST read this post: It is incredibly and beautifully written, even though it’s a tragedy. All great blogs! All wordpress!
We are getting ready for the BCS Championship Game! WAR EAGLE! I promise to post something more than words next week! Have a great weekend!