Friday, October 9, 2009

Cajun Corner – Vol. 1, No. 20 – OCTOBER 9, 2009

Cajun Corner – Vol. 1, No. 20 – OCTOBER 9, 2009

Bon Jour! Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.


The 2nd Annual Pensacola Beach Arts & Wine Festival is now over. The festival was quite a learning experience for us. It was much smaller than I had envisioned. It is only the Second Annual. This is a good start for the beach and I’m hoping that they continue the festival and help it grow. The beach does not have another arts and crafts festival and there are so many talented artisans in this area and especially on the beach.

We began Saturday with me worried that we wouldn’t have enough products to sell. We did. The new canopy was a dream. It was real easy to put up and take down. There was a steady flow of people passing by, but not a lot of people. The trolley did drop off and pick up people throughout the day right in front of our booth. That meant that people were browsing around while they waited on the trolley. That’s a good thing. There were a lot of tourists and a good share of islanders, as well. Our wonderful neighbors/helpers were a big asset to our booth. By the end of the day we realized several things. One was that we needed music. There was no music. We brought music on Sunday but we were rained out.

Next year we will have the same booth, with ample products, but with several changes. That was the beauty of this festival. It was small enough for us to learn. Our booth sat behind and to the side of the other booths. We needed some sort of attraction because we blended into the scenery. The music probably would have done the trick, but next year we will also have lots and lots of color. It’s a good thing that we didn’t have time to embroider our tablecloth with our logo, as we had planned. The tablecloth was used folded in half. It was much too long for our table. We also did a lot of the right thing that we will repeat next year. Many of our new business cards were handed out. There were several inquiries into business logos on shirts and other non festival type embroidery possibilities. The public relations alone was worth the whole thing. In my view, the weekend was very successful.

The table cloth issue gave me an idea about the display tablecloths. Next year we will have a piece of cloth, like a runner, going from back to front (rather than side to side as most runners lay) with our logo on the runner, rather than the tablecloth. That way no matter how large or small our table, we can still center our logo.

Of course, the SOB and Shark Alert Team patches were very popular. We sold many of those. The surprise was that the next most popular item wasn’t the little tote bags, but rather the sleep masks. Everyone was looking at those little masks. Many of them were sold.

The red aprons with the Cajun Stitchery logos embroidered on them were adorable. I planned to take pictures of all 3 of us sporting our aprons on Sunday but, that did not happen.

Since we now have the canopy, tables, chairs, tablecloth, business cards, receipts, bags, etc., we will not have these expenses next year.

Always remember that we are just a call or email away at or 850-261-2462 and place your order.

One day, Boudreaux was sitting on his porch and a truck drove up to Boudreaux's house and a man stepped out. The man introduced himself to Boudreaux, told Boudreaux that he was from Texas, and that he was getting some information about land in the area.

The Texan said, "Mr. Boudreaux, how much land do you have here where you live?"

Boudreaux said, "Mais, I have about two acres."

The Texan said, "That's not much land. Back in Texas where I'm from, it takes me just about all day to drive my truck down my driveway to my house."

Boudreaux thinks about what the Texan said for a while and then responds, "Yeah, I used to have a truck like dat."


French phrase of the week: garçon (n.m.) 1. boy. 2. son. Mon garçon reste pas loin d'ici. (My son lives not far from here.) vieux garçon bachelor; man who has never married.

Pronounced: gar (like the fish), so (as in song)


An aspirin in a vase of cut flowers will help the flowers remain fresh longer. Also, an aspirin planted near tomato plants will help ward off diseases and strengthen the plant.

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C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

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