Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cajun Corner Vol. 2, No. 45

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 45 – November 20, 2010

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


Don’t forget to visit our catalog at and often.

I still haven’t received the certified copy of my birth certificate but we do have some news on this topic. Georgia Vital Statistics has an email. After contacting them via email and explaining the urgency of the matter, they replied that it takes 3-4 weeks turn around to get a certified copy of a birth certificate. It’s been 3 weeks and week number 4 is next Tuesday, so I’m praying the birth certificate arrives next week.

The Cajun Stitchery Party was definitely a success. Our hostess, Dee, was such a delight and went all out for this event. Her home is right out of a beautiful homes magazine. She has mermaids everywhere in her huge home. In fact, the following morning found me limping around with leg muscles aching. Dee has a great dane named Grace, who is truly a gentle giant. All of the merchandise was placed on tables and hung on a beautiful oriental screen. I gave my little introductory speech about doing embroidery on ready made items. The inventory and shipping issues were covered. All of the Etsy items were there as well as many other items. Samples of several items that can be ordered were displayed. I brought the catalog with the Singer designs and one catalog from the wholesale vendor that I use the most, as samples. More than that would be overwhelming. About 12 or so people attended. Some were already friends and others were new acquaintances. Only a few items were purchased from the tables but there were several custom orders placed.

This week has been busy filling the orders from Sunday as well as some other orders. My wholesaler should be happy with me this week because we ordered 19 micro fleece jackets in one order and those have already arrived. I can’t wait to get started on those. This week we have filled an order for an orange and white cell phone holder and wristlet with the letters VOLS embroidered for my friend Patsy Carol. We embroidered a Blue Angels type airplane with initials on a burgundy micro fleece pull over, “MaKenna” on a blue bag, and “Markie” on a black bag for my friend, Mary. We have also ordered a white apron for Mary that will have embroidery on it. My friend, Deb, had us embroider a crown and the letter P on some beautiful pillowcases. The embroidery was in black. The pillowcases are a gold color with sparkles. This design has actually been reblogged on the internet. Another Mary wants a monogram on some little hoods that she made to attach to towels for her grandchildren.

Then we have the robe issue. My friend wants terrycloth robes for Christmas. I have been searching the internet for some nice robes. It’s hard to determine if things constructed of fabric are quality fabric or not on the internet. Like the towels I bought, they were very poor quality but the advertisement for them was “premium”. You would never state in your description, “buy these towels, they are really not very good.” I have found a place that has what appear to be really nice Turkish towels and robes. I’m still trying to get an account with them. I have a robe that George got me one Christmas which is top of the line. I found my robe on this website. I have also been reading a lot about how to tell if terrycloth items are quality or not and about the different types of robes. I don’t want to sell cheap things. People look at our items and the prices and I guess I empathize that they are looking for the lowest prices. Embroidery is not cheap. Not my embroidery. And I don’t want to put quality embroidery on cheap items. Certainly there are low cost items that are constructed well, there are novelty items that don’t need to be constructed really good, but I am very detail oriented and when you get an embroidered item from me, you know that I have looked at that embroidery from every angle to give you the very best. Sometimes little flaws naturally do occur; usually I’m the only one who notices. Top of the line terrycloth is more absorbent, heavy and thick with a luxurious feel. A really good terrycloth robe, spa and hotel quality, will sell retail for around $100 or more. A poor quality terrycloth robe will sell retail for $20-$30. But spa and hotel quality robes are not always what is wanted or needed. These robes are very warm. What about during the summer when it’s hot and you want something to cover up but you are not really looking for warmth? There are very nice robes that fit that situation, like waffle weave terrycloth. One of my favorite summer robes is satin. You can definitely get a good robe in the $20-$30 range; it just depends on whether you want absorbency and warmth or just a cover up.

The house next door is coming along. George has been working diligently on it all week. The AC guy is supposed to come over on Monday to give us an estimate on the AC and heat unit. We can use lots of prayers that the estimate is something affordable. While George is waiting on the drywall to dry in the green house, we have been talking about what to do with the utility shed in the back of our house. It’s a real nice utility shed. At least it was until Ivan visited and took the roof. It’s been sitting out back in this battered condition since Ivan. The blue tarp has long since disintegrated. We thought we were going to have to tear it down completely but George got in there this week and we are hoping that it is salvageable. It would really be nice to have that shed in good condition. George is back and forth from the house next door to the shed. His To-Do list just keeps growing.

The dreams of what we will do with the green house keep growing and my vision gets clearer all of the time. In my mind, I’m already decorating.

Ever since we decided not to smoke in the house, we haven’t. This house has been smoke free for two weeks. That’s another reason the utility shed would be nice – it would give us someplace outside to smoke when the weather is bad. Smoking outside has certainly curtailed our consumption of cigarettes.

Yesterday was my day. I started out with my gift certificate to get my hair done. Oh yes, this is the very first professional hair color job that I’ve ever had. My hair was cut and colored and styled. My eyebrows were waxed, as was my upper lip (getting old sucks). I was there from 9:30 to nearly 1 p.m. and had a blast. In fact, we are talking about having a Cajun Stitchery party at the salon. That would be fun. When I left that salon, for the first time in a very long time, I felt pretty. It was a glorious time.

Later that afternoon, I hemmed my new pants to my new outfit that another friend gave me for my birthday. New hair do, a touch of make up, a new outfit and we went to the Grand Marlin with the gift certificate that I received for my birthday. That was the first time George had been to the Grand Marlin and the first time I had eaten inside. The food was wonderful.

There was no Cajun Corner on Friday because Friday was ME day and I had a great time. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Tonight is the Wooley Booger Bawl at Paradise at 5 p.m. A new Queen Sugah will be crowned. There is an excellent article in this week’s Island Times with the history of the Wooley Boogers.

Tomorrow morning we are celebrating Becky’s birthday at H2O. Becky has so graciously asked that anyone wishing to give her a present, please get a present for a child 1-6 years old, wrap in Christmas paper, state “boy” or “girl” and the age. Becky will take the gifts for the Santa Rosa County foster children. These will be their Christmas presents. I’ve already embroidered 2 little t-shirts that are so cute.

Christmas is coming and customers are doing their Christmas shopping at Cajun Stitchery. Get this out of the way as soon as you can. For all who have businesses out there, remember that we also sell personalized gift baskets.

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


This may be a repeat. If so, sorry:>(

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux are standing next to their car, realizing they’ve locked the keys inside. “Do you have a hanger?”

Boudreaux says, "Mais, non”

Thibodeaux asks, “Well, ya have yer phone? We can call a car-lock place”

Boudreaux says, “Non, it’s in da car.”

Thibodeaux says, “Well, we had better hurry up. It’s starting to rain and da convertible top is down!”


French phrase of the week: Il y a pas rien qu'on peut faire pour lui. (There's nothing we can do for him.)



10 Ways to Reuse a Glass Jar

Got any empty glass jars? Get creative and find ways to reuse them!

1. Beach in a jar – This is a fun project for kids who have visited the beach recently and gathered seashells. We just went to Florida and YES we brought home seashells and authentic Florida sand. Simply put some sand in the bottom of the jar (colored play sand works great for this) and add the seashells. A larger shell can be glued to the lid for a finishing touch. Letting the kids paint the shells first is another fun way to add some color.

2. Lantern or candleholder – This is a good project for a glass jar of any size. The kids can use glass paint to create a stained glass look. Use the candle for dining outdoors in the evening…add a citronella candle and you have a bug deterrent too.

3. Use glass jars as paint containers. Just fill with a little paint and away you go. They last longer than plastic, they don’t stain, and since you are reusing something you already have, they are practical too.

4. Flower vase – Glass jars make charming vases. You can give them a layer of paint or a ribbon if desired. Then have your kids pick some wildflowers and you have a lovely arrangement.

5. Snack jars! I like to keep nuts, raisins, shredded coconut etc. glass jars when I can. They stay fresh and they aren’t in close to proximity to plastic.

6. Bank – Jars make great banks. Simply cut a slot in the lid to put change in, and let your child decorate the outside as he or she chooses.

7. An ispy jar – Fill the jar with rice and a few secret objects like a coin, a paperclip, a button, a bead, a small toy, dice, etc and have kids see if they can find all the treasures. Of course make sure to keep and eye on young ones when doing this.

8. Jack-o-lantern jar – This is a great Halloween project. Cut shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth out of masking tape, and place them on the jar. Paint with orange paint, and remove tape when dry. Add a candle or small light to make it glow.

9. Candy jar – This can be decorated any way your child likes. Fill it with candy or other favorite snacks and give it as a gift, or keep it on the coffee table for guests to enjoy.

10. Planter – Put pebbles in the bottom of a small jar, then fill with potting soil. Plant herb or flower seeds, and put in the windowsill.

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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 Wednesday, November 24, 2010)

Alpine Fleece - #8708

Alpine Fleece Scarf

Colors: black, charcoal, navy, red

SALE: One Alpine Fleece Scarf with name or initials embroidered on each end = $18.00

100% polyester anti-pill fleece. 9" x 60" scarf with finished edge.

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