If I stitch one more state…

Hey guys!

As many of you may know, we recently created all the 50 states wrapped in Christmas lights.  The first 20 are listed and we plan to list more tonight.  This has been an extremely time consuming process and I do believe my eyes are starting to cross!  If I stitch one more state, I fear I might develop a nervous tick.  Due to the fact that most of my testers are busy (understandably) this time of year, I am having to stitch about 90% of them myself.  Am I complaining?  No WAY!  I adore my job!  Am I letting you into my crazy world of applique for a few seconds?  Absolutely!

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This is the RARE photo of me that you will see… very little makeup and slightly exasperated.  Don’t you absolutely LOVE the dry wall patches in the unfinished wall behind me?  Fancy huh?  Yep, this is my drafty, unfinished, sewing…. closet.  My fabric is in piles and my blanks are unorganized.  It is what it is.

As I started stitching New York tonight… (or is it New Jersey?)…. I found myself feeling slightly stressed.  Maybe it had to do with the fact that my 7 year old daughter poured out an entire bucket of Halloween candy on the kitchen floor… Maybe it was due to my almost 6 year old son’s distraught voice over the fact that the newest Star Wars Rebels didn’t record…. or JUST MAYBE, it’s the fact that my husband is away on a hunting trip (nah, he travels for a living, I am use to it!)  So, please y’all tell me I am not alone.  I am not the only one with baskets of laundry (clean AND dirty) filling my house.  I am not the only one with a sink full of dirty dishes that I should have washed 2 days ago… ok, the REALLY dirty ones are washed, but I will admit those water glasses may be here next week.

I guess it’s true.  We are AL exhausted.  Thankful and blessed… but utterly exhausted.  Have you ever tried to explain to anyone what you do for work?  I did… and once someone asked me if I ever get bored.  I had no words to respond that that query.  They just don’t get it… but I DO… and YOU DO…  and let me just say, I am thankful for yall.

I think it’s nice to find a little humor in the agony, don’t you?

We are all in this together!  Happy Thursday peeps!

In scraps and threads,

Emily

Our sale ends today!

I was walking down my front steps this morning admiring my newly acquired pumpkins… Again. I just like looking at them… They make me smile! You’ll see a white one and an orange one pictured. They remind me of how different we all are, yet God loves us all the same. We each bring something different but it’s all good.

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It’s silly but I love these pumpkins as much as one can love a vegetable… Pumpkins are vegetables, right? Tomatoes always confuse me! Ha! I love them… But differently. Without my orange pumpkin, my white pumpkin would blend into my porch. Without my white pumpkin, my orange pumpkin would look “ordinary”. Together they bring out the best in the other… They bring balance. (In my best pumpkin opinion!). I wonder what I bring out in others?

Food for thought!! (Mmmm toasted pumpkin seeds…)

Don’t forget, our 80% off sale ends tonight!!!
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Happy Fall Y’all!!

This is ME.

I don’t typically write posts that are personal in any way. In fact, many of my posts are quick copy and pastes of newsletters or other social media posts. I strive to cover all my ground to keep all of you up to date. I don’t have a HUGE blog following so it normally gets slightly neglected.

I value my privacy and truly believe privacy is a lost art… A tool that is rusting in today’s society. This post will in no way be a tell all or a BEHIND the scenes scoop of Appliqué Alley … But I would like you to know a little more about the designer you entrust with your creations. Honestly, I’m pretty normal and there isn’t too much to tell. ☺️

First off… My name is Emily and I’m currently 32 years old. I’m a simple work at home mom trying cling to God, get in shape, keep a happy husband, entertain my children, work, get enough sleep (NOT), etc etc etc. I enjoy a good book or movie and a glass of wine. I might have a slight addiction to my scentsy burners. (I like my house to smell yummy.). I have an even bigger addiction to make up and perfume. I’m not kidding y’all… I AM ADDICTED. I love it!!! I struggle to balance it all … So if you have any pointers, I would LOVE to hear them. Working at home is a HUGE blessing for our family dynamic but it doesn’t come without it’s own trials. It’s always a work in progress.

Here’s the last “family portrait” of my little family:

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I started Applique Alley 4 1/2 years ago. At the time, I had a home painting business (canvases, door hangers, and such). I LOVE PAINTING… But I was still searching for something. Then a friend purchased an embroidery machine… She couldn’t always find what she was looking for … I could draw … The rest is pretty much history. I bought the software and promised myself (and my husband) that I would teach myself and pay it off in a month. Thanks be to God, I was able to do just that.

I have been very blessed to come across some amazing women over the last 4 1/2 years… I have also come across many people that surprise me! (Good and Bad)

I attended a women’s retreat this past weekend with one sweet girl that I met through my work. I tried to prepare my heart but sometimes I simply don’t know how to do that. Honestly, I have trouble clearing my head enough to prepare DINNER at times… Ha!!

I was excited to learn some new things but I was just as excited to get out and be EMILY. At first, it was pretty much what I expected… Good fellowship, good food, and good stories… Then, it all started sinking deeper. Today, I am not the same as I was yesterday … And it’s good. I am choosing not to share what I learned (for now) because I doubt God would speak the same message to you as he is speaking to me… If I’m being honest again, I AM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT HE IS TRYING TO TELL ME!!! I’m not sure… But I know it’s something good.

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Ok. So this isn’t an earth shattering blog post that will go viral and become a national trending topic. That’s ok. There’s enough to inform and possibly maybe even enough to inspire? Simple and real… THIS IS ME.

Cleaning up this Alley Act

We have recently started following Clean Mama at www.cleanmama.net.  She has been featured tons of cool places!!

You can find her Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CleanMamaPrintables?ref=seller_info with lots of cool printable goodies.  We already have our binders ready!  She even has a really cool prayer planner that we have found to be perfect for our quiet time.

Oh…. the best part?  They’re totally cute!

Tonight we are working on our recipes and menus for the week/ month.  We have been scouring Pinterest and looking through old cookbooks for some “classics” but we are coming up shorter than we would like.  Every thing we find is either too complicated or too “out there” for a weekly family meal.  We are really desiring to start some traditional, ” I remember when Mama made _____” type of meals.

Ok… send us your favorite recipe at appliquealley@hotmail.com and you will be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Alley Gift Certificate!  For every recipe you share, your name will be thrown into the jar for another chance to win.  We will select the winner May 10! 🙂

We made this cute recipe printable and wanted to share it with all of you!

You can get it here:

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