Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cajun Corner - Vol. 2, No. 49

Cajun Corner – Vol. 2, No. 49 – December 21, 2010

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


Don’t forget to visit our catalog at www.companycasuals.com/cajunstitchery and www.cajunstitchery.etsy.com often.

Santa’s workshop is alive and flourishing at Cajun Stitchery. The booger hankies are a real success. The Heaux, Heaux, Heaux towels are not far behind. I’m learning to digitize for Mylar and so far everyone loves the Bling.

Mardi Gras is right around the corner and we are starting to see orders for Mardi Gras embroidery. Think purple, green and gold.

We finally pulled up the pepper plants from our garden but the onions, garlic, cabbage, carrots and broccoli seem to love the cold weather.

All of our personal Christmas shopping is done and wrapped and mailed. Whew. I wasn’t sure we would get ourselves ready for Christmas.

Today was a special day in our neighborhood – the burned house was bulldozed and came tumbling down. The house burned and was condemned in 1998. It only took 12 years to get rid of that mess.

George and I baked cookies this weekend and delivered to all of our neighbors. We dressed up in Santa hats and holiday attire and went door-to-door delivering our cookies. That was a lot of fun.

With Christmas just a few days away, I get all mushy and corny. My happiest Christmases had nothing to do with presents. The gifts that meant the most have always been God, family and friends, love, smiles, giggles and laughter. Tears of joy usually climb up the top 10 ladder, as well. My cats taking turns jumping in and out of boxes is fun to watch. Watching my retriever, Evie, try to fit her large body underneath the tree so she can lie on the soft tree skirt is very interesting. The smell of cookies baking.

One Christmas, when the boys were young and we lived in Orlando, we decided to teach the boys about giving. We chose a friend of our’s and we played secret Santa. If you ever do this, I highly suggest that you chose someone nearby rather than all the way across town. Each night for the 12 nights before Christmas we would sneak to our friend’s home and leave a little gift on his gate. Then we would all run and hide and get back in the car and go home. We would giggle and enjoy the fun. Our friend, Andy, never mention the gifts. We thought for sure that he would talk about the mysterious gifts. But he never did. That’s okay because that is the whole point of Secret Santa – to give anonymously. It gave our family a lot of joy remembering those 12 nights. Many years later, after Andy passed away, another dear friend of our’s was visiting. We had never really mentioned doing this outside of our 4 family members but we were reminiscing with Valerie (who was dating Andy at the time of our Secret Santa) one evening and told the story. Val didn’t laugh. Turns out we never heard Andy talk about it because Val thought it was another girlfriend. Maybe it was Andy who thought it was another girlfriend. I’m not sure of the details. Nevertheless, we were blessed by playing Secret Santa that year.

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


Thank you to Marshall Larrivere, again, for the following:

Cajun diet

Thibideaux was turning 78 and was overweight, so his doctor put him on a diet.

The doctor said, "I want you to eat regularly for 2 days, then skip a day, and repeat this procedure for 2 weeks.

The next time I see you, you should have lost at least 5 pounds."

When Thibideaux returned, he shocked the doctor by having lost nearly 60 lbs!

"Why, that's amazing!" the doctor said, "Did you follow my instructions?"

Thibideaux nodded... "I'll tell you though, by God, I thought I wuz' gonna' drop dead on dat' 3rd day."

"From the hunger, you mean?" asked the doctor.

"Hell no! It wuz' from all dat' damn skippin'!"


French phrase of the week: S'avoir un petit Noël joyeux. (Have yourself a merry little Christmas).


Rather than purchasing more and more ornaments for your tree or decorations for your home at Christmastime, use your imagination and make your own. If you are not a crafty person, and don’t have a child nearby to make your decorations, use potted plants (poinsettias or chrysanthemums) or get a living wreath. Glitter will not hurt your plants.

Please let me know if there is something that you would like to see in the weekly email. You may always call me at (850) 261-2462 or email me at cajunstitchery@yahoo.com.

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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.

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