Sample Sale

I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I think most bloggers agree it’s easy to get in to a blogger’s slump. A) Life in general is so busy = lack of time and B) a general lack of anything interesting to share. Other than samples I have barely turned my machine on, which is nice! I AM working on some onesies today for a customer. Speaking of samples, I did my last batch of boy samples on size 5/6 (I’d say = 4T or 5T) Kiddy Kats white short sleeved t-shirts. I sold one already and have a few left. The price on these is $12/each and I’ll add a name for $3. I might also be willing to strike up a deal if anyone wants 2, or all 3. Any shipping would be extra.

I really love the new birthday designs! We need to come up with some girl ones, eh?


This is also a sample tee but for some reason I don’t have a photo of the shirt. It’s the same 5/6 Kiddy Kats white, short sleeves.

If you are interested in any or all of these, please email me:

We have been super busy lately with several things, including furniture shopping for our den. I have been to the furniture store about 6 times. Picking out a couch is not easy! We’ve had our den furniture since I was a single gal living apartment life across town over 10 years ago. We’re also installing a bookcase (today) in our den and a wall of desks in our “mystery room” aka Browder’s office off the kitchen. Did I mention that our washing machine broke a couple of weeks ago? On top of all that “house stuff”, registering the kids for school next year. My “G” will be in Kindergarten!! Both boys playing soccer = a crazy calendar!! Would you like a sewing room update? Well, there is none!! The piece of fabric that was pinned above the window is still there. Still pinned there. One day….

Have a great weekend! All designs at Applique Cafe are 30% off through Wednesday (Feb 8th)! We have 5 new ones to work on over the weekend too! Hopefully my next post will be a little more exciting…

Sewing Room Update

Not a whole lot to report. I DID go to the fabric store today (Montgomery is seriously lacking in this department). I also DID find the below fabric (from my dream) after someone told me they had it at the fabric store I usually have to go to because it’s all we got!! (OK, it’s King Cotton). But, I’m afraid the green didn’t jive so much with my green desks (I took a green knob with me). I spent a good 45 minutes milling around looking at fabric and left without a single sample to bring home. Greens are hard!

 So…. I’m back to this fabric, so I decided to “pin” it up above the window with 2 thumb tacks to see if some type of valance might work for the 2 windows and add some somethin’ somethin’ to this room. This wall is pretty small, so I’m thinking curtains might be too much and too bulky. They would have to be very thin panels if I went the curtain route. So, I am going to look at this for a day or two (or a week) and then go from there. I am still considering painting the room. With that being said, this room is pretty small so I’m afraid to do anything crazy! Plus, this is the room to the right as you walk in our front door. I don’t want anything too nuts. I’m leaning towards a creamy or natural color paint color ~ something with just enough color to offset the white trim and enough to make the creamy-white Expedit stand out. Maybe something along the lines of the natural basket color was suggested. The background of this fabric is actually a little creamy so I think it would work! Browder’s room is painted Elephant Tusk so I might even try some on one of the walls. The jury is still out on that!

Here is a current view of this wall. If I do the valances hopefully the TV can come out from the wall/corner a tad!

 I have to say I’m feeling the guilt after stating that I threw my applique samples away after new designs are listed. I USED to keep them, and then found that I had 2 drawers full of pieces of stabilizer with designs on them that I never looked at or used. I’m thinking of what else I can do with them!

I have also been feeling guilty that a year ago, all I wanted to do was sell our house so I could have a sewing room. We sold our house and moved (twice) and I have my sewing room, and all I do is sit around whining about how it’s not decorated the way I want it to be!! I BLAME PINTEREST!

On another subject I finished Catching Fire last night, which is book 2 of the Hunger Games trilogy. I have not bought book 3 yet, Mockingjay I think?, but plan to do so this week! Can’t wait for the movie to come out!!

Thank you again for all the great suggestions and comments that came in! They are all still stored in the back of my head!

Thank You!!

Thanks for all of the comments and emails and suggestions as to my Sewing Room! I got tons of great suggestions, most of which said to get out the paint brush! I’ve just removed the “junk” (camera bags, piled up artwork, kids games, etc.) from the top of my Expedit and in some of the cubbies. I was thinking step 1 might be to hide said junk and maybe that might help. Step 2 is going to be to visit the fabric store next week and rule out any other fabric. I LOVE the fabric I got and posted, but I honestly didn’t look much so I’d like to make sure there is nothing else out there that might not limit me to yellow and blue.

Here are some of my favorite Pinterest pins ~ sewing/craft rooms and all have the Expedit. These are all from my Sewing Room Ideas Board on Pinterest.

Black/brown Expedit ~ I’m not 100% sure what black-brown looks like in person, but I like it in this room! It looks good with the green (my desks?).  I also noticed the ribbon and tags (??) tied on the baskets. Someone suggested that!

 Again, green, black & white – colors similar to my room. p.s. my floors are a khaki carpet.

These walls appear to be white or a very light gray?? I like the decor up top – this is what made me clean off the JUNK! I like the baskets and lighting and pictures on top!

 OK… last night we took my mom to eat Mexican (surprise surprise) for her birthday and I drank 2 glasses of (caffeinated) sweet tea. After that we enjoyed some Nancy’s Italian Ice for dessert (side note: if you click on the Nancy’s link, that’s my Browder front & center – the top half of his face anyway, and those are his friends). We were home and in bed by 9:00, and I was comfy in my bed all night with my eyes closed most of the night, but I think I may have slept an hour or two. It was one of those nights where I looked at the clock and it was 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 1:00, etc. all night long. I drove Browder to school at 7:00 and didn’t think I was going to make it home. I had 2 hot flashes and felt like I was going to puke!! After I got home and showered I was fine!? ANYWAY….. in my delusional half awake sleep I dreamed of the below picture. I decided I was going to find this or a similar fabric and I was going to paint my sewing room a lighter gray (someone on Pinterest also suggested this). Problem solved!! I had figured it out!! This is partially why I’m going to look at fabric one last time next week before I make any decisions, due to my dreams!!

I think everything lies in the fabric, so next week I’ll go check out my other options! Several people mentioned curtains. The room (or the wall w/ the windows) is really too small for curtains, but valances might be an option! Thanks again for everyone’s input! I really really appreciate it! Have a great weekend and I’ll update asap!