Saturday, July 17, 2010

Cajun Corner - Vol. 2, No.27

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 27 – July 17, 2010

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


Don’t forget to visit often.

I almost made it on time this week. I hope my lack of consistency caused everyone to go to the blog and look at the new photographs that we posted this week.

Did you hear that the Deepwater Horizon well may be capped? Say a prayer that it truly is capped and the flow of oil into the Gulf has completely stopped.

I haven’t listed anything on Etsy in over a week. Unbelievable! You know why? Because we’ve had so much work that I haven’t had time for those little creative items. That’s a good thing but I still need to tend to the Etsy store. My latest idea is that I need to list several items in one day. I am pleased that even though I haven’t listed anything new, there are still visitors each day – although those numbers are dwindling now.

After our last Cajun Corner, I did get an email from our friendly Island Times lady who told me that the Arts & Wine Festival is on for this year. Yippee!!! Cajun Stitchery better get going on creating enough stock to satisfy the hoards of people that we know will be dropping by our booth.

The bags that we ordered came in and we filled an order for a wonderful friend and customer. She ordered two bags and two sets of pillowcases. One set of pillowcases was for her elderly mother who loves the color pink. We put her name, Sally, and pink butterflies all over the ends of the pillowcases. They turned out beautiful. In fact, the entire order turned out lovely and we’ve enjoyed the praises from our customer – keep it up Lynn. I tease her and tell her she’s trying to win the best customer of the year award. You know, I probably should create such an award but oh those poor losers. (Snicker, snicker)

The 4 dozen caps also arrived and George, the cap man, has been working on those. Those caps are going on sale for the August 21st Mystic Krewe of Nereids SPLASH party at Paradise Bar & Grill on Pensacola Beach. If you are in the area, please make a point of joining us. Support our local businesses, please.

Another fun order was for the red lips designs. The customer ordered a hanky with regular red lips. Then she ordered another hanky with red lips and a zipper closing the lips. Those red lip designs are a hoot. To fill the order, we have to do a stitch out. A stitch out is using some fabric and stitching out the design to make sure nothing goes askew before we do the final stitch out on the end product for the customer. The practice stitch outs for the red lips went on a piece of white, sheer fabric that ended up kind of cute. I took it to my Wednesday girl’s night and one of my friends snatched that up in a hurry. Ha! It was only scrap, but she loves it.

For our red lips customer, we also embroidered a golf towel. I’ve seen golf towels for sale but since I don’t know anything about golf or what is needed for golf, I never paid much attention. This customer wanted one of our hand towels, with a grommet in one corner, and a name in the opposing corner. When she said it was a golf towel, I told her that I have lots of golf designs, in fact, I have a golf font. Once she saw the golf font, she was sold.

Another bag that came with last week’s order was for a diaper bag a customer wants to give for a baby shower present. The customer copied the picture that her friend had of the baby’s logo off of Facebook. It certainly was not a clear picture because there was a glare that just about covered the picture, but that’s what we had. I digitized a few designs and one was chosen. She has also ordered a baby sling to be shipped to Cajun Stitchery for the same logo to be embroidered. The diaper bag was finished last night but I haven’t had a chance to show the picture to the customer. I’ll post the picture once I let the customer see it.

This same customer, who I think is also trying to win the best customer of the year award, ordered some more napkins. She told me that the couple to be wed has maroon and forest green colors in their kitchen and they are the Hookers. My instructions were to use those colors and come up with a design. Of course, there’s the obvious. One night I went through literally thousands of designs looking for simple designs of anything that hooks. My first thought was fishing, a lure. I finally gave her three designs: one was The Hookers and a fishing lure; one was The Hookers and several hooking devices; and the last was The Hookers and a very fancy lady. She chose the one with the hooking devices. I tweaked that design a bit to make it more symmetrical and voila, we had our design. Those napkins were embroidered today. The customer has not seen them yet but the pictures will be posted after they are sent to the customer.

Another customer wanted three sets of four white napkins with a pink camellia and one set with a P, another with a K, and the last with a C. This customer also inquired about finger towels. You know, the little hand towels with the fringe on the end. We didn’t have any in stock so we began looking for them. Wal-Mart didn’t have them, nor did Dollar Tree, Target, Beall’s, or Big Lots. A wholesaler had them and we ordered the minimum shipment, which means that we are going to have lots of finger towels for sale at Cajun Stitchery. I couldn’t believe that we couldn’t find finger towels anywhere. If you need finger towels and can’t find them, when this shipment arrives, we’ll have them. It’s a new wholesaler for us and we’ll see how punctual they are.

Christmas is coming and customers are starting to do their Christmas shopping at Cajun Stitchery. It is a very good idea to get this out of the way early.

Our sleep schedule remains messed up. This is partly the reason Cajun Corner is so late this week.

We are still getting the bell peppers and green beans from the garden. Yummy.

Today I stitched out something that I’ve wanted to do for awhile – our leopard font. It is really cool. It still needs a bit of tweaking before I want to offer it for sale but, I took my stitch outs to my girls last night and did get a lot of ooooohs and awwwwws. There is also the zebra font that I’ve never tested.

Speaking of the girls, we had a wonderful Nereid meeting last night. Those girls are so supportive but we can fight like cats and dogs, too. The bottom line is that we are all like sisters and it’s wonderful. Everyone should have a group of friends that stick together through thick and thin. I adore all of these women but shhhhhh; please don’t tell them because it will go straight to their already inflated heads.

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


Boudreaux and Thibodeaux were walking through the woods the other day, when a flying saucer landed near them. A door opened, and two little green aliens climbed down out of the spacecraft.

Thibodeaux turned to Boudreaux, "Mais, look at dat. What you tink dat is?"

Boudreaux, aiming his shotgun at the little space critters, replied, "Thibodeaux, I don' know, but you hurry back to de camp, put on de rice pot, and start makin' a roux!


French phrase of the week: Quand tu vois des bourgeons sus les pacaniers, c'est un signe qu'on aura p'us de gelées. (When you see buds on the pecan trees, it's a sign that there will be no more freezes.)


Ammonia: You learn something new all of the time. I did not know this. Notice the dates.

From Wikipedia

Ammonia was used during World War II to power buses in Belgium, and in engine and solar energy applications prior to 1900. Liquid ammonia was used as the fuel of the rocket airplane, the X-15. Although not as powerful as other fuels, it left no soot in the reusable rocket engine and its density approximately matches the density of the oxidizer, liquid oxygen, which simplified the aircraft's design.

Ammonia has been proposed as a practical alternative to fossil fuel for internal combustion engines.[35] The calorific value of ammonia is 22.5 MJ/kg (9690 BTU/lb) which is about half that of diesel. In a normal engine, in which the water vapour is not condensed, the calorific value of ammonia will be about 21% less than this figure. It can be used in existing engines with only minor modifications to carburetors/injectors.

To meet these demands, significant capital would be required to increase present production levels. Although the second most produced chemical, the scale of ammonia production is a small fraction of world petroleum usage. It could be manufactured from renewable energy sources, as well as coal or nuclear power. It is however significantly less efficient than batteries. The 60 MW Rjukan dam in Telemark, Norway produced ammonia via electrolysis of water for many years from 1913 producing fertilizer for much of Europe. If produced from coal, the CO2 can be readily sequestrated [35][36] (the combustion products are nitrogen and water). In 1981 a Canadian company converted a 1981 Chevrolet Impala to operate using ammonia as fuel.[37][38]

Ammonia engines or ammonia motors, using ammonia as a working fluid, have been proposed and occasionally used [39]. The principle is similar to that used in a fireless locomotive, but with ammonia as the working fluid, instead of steam or compressed air. Ammonia engines were used experimentally in the 19th century by Goldsworthy Gurney in the UK and in streetcars in New Orleans in the USA.

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C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

P.S. You are always welcome to stop by and look at all of the catalogs and pass some time with me, cher.

SALE OF THE WEEK (Good through Thursday, July 22, 2010)


Recycled Large Round Barrel Duffle with initials embroidered = $20.00

Liberty Bags - #8806

Recycled Large Round Barrel Duffle

Colors: black, forest, navy, red, royal blue

50% recycled 600 denier. 23 1/2"W x 11 1/2"H x 11"D. Adjustable/detachable shoulder strap and attached diagonal web handles. Zippered main compartment with rain cover and front zipper pocket. Color matched hardware.

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