Saturday, May 1, 2010

Cajun Corner Vol. 2, No. 17

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 17 – may 1, 2010

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


Don’t forget to visit often.

April 22nd was Earth Day. A week later we are worried about a huge oil spill that threatens our environment, our livelihood, and our way of life. By the way, sea turtle hatching on Pensacola Beach begins today. The good news is that Pensacola is preparing for it now. They are gathering names and contact information for volunteers. If you want to do something now, then clean up the beaches. It’s easier to remove the oil from the beaches if they are clean. So, get out there and pick up any debris that isn’t sand and get it off the beaches. Think of it like sifting a huge kitty litter box.

We did get the screws for the cap sash in this week but we’ve been so busy this week that we haven’t had time to work on that. We will get to it.

Last Sunday evening I decided to check the Etsy site before going to bed. It’s a good thing because we sold 2 handkerchiefs. It was so exciting. Someone in Michigan wanted to purchase something I made. Wow! First thing Monday morning that package was in the mail.

We did a lot of designing this week for various jobs. Who would have thought that frogs would be so popular? Apparently, they are. Right now I’m trying to work on a design for t-shirts about the impending oil slick. I posted on Facebook asking people to let me know their ideas about this design. One lady suggested a broken heart with tears. Another suggested words: “Big sleasy greasy bussiness the leak is out !!!” I’d like to see something a bit more positive. If you have ideas, please send them to me.

By contrast, the garden is simply lush. We eat fresh salads almost every evening. In fact, we have so much lettuce that I’ve been taking salads to events where I would usually just bring a bag of chips. We have tiny green tomatoes on our plants. The onions are ready to harvest. I can’t wait until the lilies bloom. Those plants are full of buds.

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A very drunk patron at a bar is trying to impress everyone with his fighting ability. "I am trained in every hand-to-hand combat there is," he says. To further prove his point, he walks up to Boudreaux, who happened to be in the bar, and whops him behind the neck! "Karate chop from China," he says. Poor Boudreaux gets up off the floor and sits back in his seat, saying nothing. The big man hits him again. "Judo from Japan." L'il ol' Boudreaux once again picks himself up off the floor and continues sipping his beer. The man grabs him putting Boudreaux in a state of suspended animation. "That's a nerve pinch from Korea." After a few minutes, Boudreaux is able to move again. Instead of getting back on his bar stool he walks out. Ten minutes later he walks in with a large board in his hands and hits the drunk square in the head with the board, laying him flat out on the floor. Looking down at his tormenter, Boudreaux says, "Two-by-four from Home Depot."


French phrase of the week: Si c'est pas les maringouins, c'est les chaboulures. (There'salways something wrong. If it's not one thing, it's another.)


Any major oil spill causes great environmental damage. The oil spill that took place on the San Francisco Bay in 2007 resulted in spillage of 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel from the container ship Cosco Busan.

But what makes the San Francisco Oil Spill unusual, is the oil spill cleanup technique that was adopted. A group of volunteers cleaned San Francisco’s beaches using unconventional products, namely human hair and mushrooms.Though unconventional, it is an organic and eco-friendly way of cleaning up oil spills.

Hair is a natural absorbent that soaks oil very well. In the San Francisco Oil Spill, masses of matted hair the size of a doormat were used to soak up oil. (These mats are woven from human hair donated by salons.) After the visible effect in the San Francisco oil spill, others have also started using these for cleaning up oil spills

You must be wondering where mushrooms come into the picture in this whole process. Oyster mushrooms have the power to convert toxic oil to compost. In the San Francisco oil spill, once the hair mats had soaked up the oil, oyster mushrooms were layered between these mats. In about 12 weeks, these mushrooms not only absorbed but turned these oil-soaked mats into non-toxic compost.

The success of using hair and mushrooms in the San Francisco oil spill cleanup calls for more such innovative, cost-effective, and eco-friendly techniques of cleaning oil spills. One such eco-friendly technique that has proved to be effective in oil spill cleanup is bioremediation technology.

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C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall
Cajun Stitchery
(850) 261-2462

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SALE OF THE WEEK (Good through Thursday, May 6, 2010)

BULK SALE: 10 tank tops for $10 each. Does not include embroidery.
Fruit of the Loom - #2930Heavy Cotton™ Tank TopColors: Ash, athletic heather, Columbia blue, j. navy, orange, royal blue, true red, white.
5.6 oz. 100% cotton (ash is 98% cotton/2% polyester, athletic heather is 90% cotton/10% polyester). Double-needle cover stitching on self-jersey trim on neck & armholes. Double-needle bottom hem.

See attached photograph.

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