Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 48 – December 12, 2010

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 48 – December 12, 2010

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


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Another busy week at Cajun Stitchery. So busy, in fact, that this issue of Cajun Corner is two days late. I have to tell you, that I am enjoying every moment of this season. I simply love to embroider. It feels like Santa’s Workshop over here and looks like it, too. Everyone has such good ideas for embroidery. We have embroidered at least three dozen tea towels. I’m all out of red and green tea towels and there are only two white ones left. Guess I’ll be ordering more tea towels. Black satin jackets are filling up the embroidery room. We’ve embroidered on small bags and large bags, handkerchiefs, napkins, and all sorts of stuff. I’m hoping December is our best month yet.

While I was busy getting all of these Christmas presents completed for others, I have not done much shopping for my own presents. My daughter-in-law’s birthday is tomorrow and I had my niece, DeShawn, send one of her lovely birthday packages. I will definitely be sending Hank and family embroidery for Christmas. That’ll teach them not to know Mama does embroidery for a living. Hank’s present is usually a lot of fun because we send him money but play games. One year we gave him $100 in $1 bills. We attached the $1 bills, one at a time, to a ribbon. We put the ribbon in a box and sealed the box but cut a slit in the top that said “pull here.” As he pulled on the ribbon each dollar would appear. We’ve actually thought about doing something similar with pennies but that would make the package heavy and I don’t want to spend the extra money on postage. Lol. We will think of something fun.

One year Mama did something similar for me. As I recall, it was a ball of yarn or ribbon and as you unwound the ribbon a little gift would fall out periodically. It was fun.

This past Wednesday was a Christmas party for my Wednesday night girls. We had a glorious time. The food was out of this world. After dinner we settled down to the business of gifts. This year we played Dirty Santa. There were 13 of us and it was hilarious.

George has been working on the house next door all week and it’s coming along. Walls needed to be replaced or finished and he was busy with that work. I think all of the walls are up now. We have decided to save the floors. They are old wooden floors but once you get through all of the years of glue and grime, they are still pretty. There is one board in the great room that has been replaced with a different kind of wood but, I think that will just add character. The heater is working perfectly.

I finished the job for Lee Tracy, timely. She said she would pick it up tomorrow. I think it turned out lovely. Sure hope she thinks so.

The SOB brunch was a lot of fun with a lot of wonderful women. The girls were trying on the satin jackets and I sold some SOB patches. We ate and drank and talked and cut up. Finally, we got in cars and made a caravan to Jane Cooper’s home where we sang the 12 Days of Christmas. We ended up at my friend, Paulette’s, home where we continued to party until about 10 p.m. when Elaine took me to my car and I drove home. These all day and night parties are exhausting. Only the very hearty should attempt this.

Another friend of mine, Joy, who is much, much younger than I, messaged me a few weeks ago with a link to a website where this lady made tissue holders for her children for Christmas. One of the tissue holders had “You Have A Booger” embroidered on the front. Joy thought that was hilarious and suggested that I make some. Well, you know how I am about throwing things away and the environmental issue. Instead, I made “You Have A Booger” handkerchiefs. They sold. I’m sending Joy one for Christmas via a friend.

Today George and I joined the krewe and friends to participate in the Beach Christmas Parade. Oh, it was cold out there. That wind was biting. But we had a wonderful time. We did not use the float for this parade. We walk. That way we can hand out the candy or beads to the children, personally. It’s not a big parade but it is fun. It really was nice at the end of the parade getting into the car and turning on the heater.

Next Friday night is our Krewe Christmas Party and I anticipate another fun and fabulous evening.

The Mystic Krewe of Nereids will have their ball tickets on sale beginning December 18th. The Black Tie Ball will be on February 12th at Castaways. Tickets are $35 each. Please contact me or any other Nereid for tickets.

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.


Thank you to Marshall Larrivere for the following:

'Poo Yie!' exclaimed Boudreaux, taking the

huge Bic lighter in his hands. 'Where dit yew git dat monster??'

'Oh Main’,' replied Thibodeaux, I got it from my Genie.'

'You haff a Genie?' Boudreaux asked.

'Ya, shure It's right here in my tackle box,'

says Thibodeaux.

'Could I see him?'

Thibodeaux opens his tackle box and sure enough, out pops the Genie.

Addressing the genie, Boudreaux says, 'Hey dere my bayou buddy!

I'm a good friend of your master. Maybe you grant me one der wish?'

'Yes, I will,' says the Genie.

So Boudreaux asks the Genie for a million bucks.

The Genie disappears back into the tackle box leaving Boudreaux sittin there waiting for his million bucks.

Shortly, the sky darkens and is filled with the sound of a million ducks. Flying directly overhead.

Over the roar of the million ducks, Boudreaux yells at Thibodeaux, “Poo Yie” Thib, I asked for a million bucks, not a million ducks!'

Thibodeaux answers, 'Oh yeah, I forgot to tell yew dat there Genie is hart of hearing. Do yew really tink I asked for a 10-inch Bic ?


French phrase of the week: je t'aime gros I love you very much. [feminine: grosse]


(Some of you already know my passion for this project:>)

How to Make a Potato Clock

By an eHow Contributor

Don't be shocked, but the next time you order "fries with that," you'll be eating nature's veritable battery. Potatoes can function as an electrolyte and provide the minimal voltage necessary to power a simple LED clock.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You'll Need:

• 2 Drywall Nails

• 3 Alligator Clips

• Copper Wire

• Galvanized Nails

• Galvanized Nails

• 2 baking potatoes

1. Assemble your supplies. You'll need two common galvanized nails; three alligator clip/wire units - that is, alligator clips connected to one another with wire; two short pieces of heavy copper wire; a simple low-voltage LED clock unit; and two potatoes. Obtain a simple LED clock unit that functions from the power of a 1- to 2-volt, button-type battery.

2. Open the battery compartment and remove the battery.

3. Note that there is a positive (+) and a negative (-) terminal point where the battery was installed.

4. Identify the potatoes as number one and number two.

5. Insert one nail in each potato.

6. Insert one short piece of heavy copper wire in each potato, placing it as far from the nail as possible.

7. Use one alligator clip/wire to connect the copper wire inserted in potato one to the positive terminal in the clock unit.

8. Use one alligator clip/wire to link the nail in potato two to the negative terminal in the clock unit.

9. Use the final alligator clip/wire to link the nail in potato one to the copper wire in potato two.

10. Set your clock.

Tips & Warnings

• Experiment with bananas, lemons or even a carbonated cola drink as a power source.

• Some hobby shops have all the necessary materials - except the potatoes - in a simple kit.

• Experiment by using copper pennies for the copper electrode.

• Kids will have fun learning what other simple low-voltage devices - like an old computer case fan - can be powered by a potato battery.

• Make certain the nails you choose are galvanized. The "battery" chemical component requires the zinc used in galvanizing.

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C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

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