Sunday, April 3, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No.13

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 13 – April 3, 2011

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


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I was expecting my friend from Orlando in last Sunday. She is an embroiderer, also. In fact, she is a machine technician for one of the big embroidery machine companies. Her job keeps her traveling and last week she had a job in Pensacola. She was going to get into Pensacola Saturday, work Sunday and we were going to catch up with each other Sunday night. As it turned out, her flight from Atlanta to Pensacola was delayed. Instead of arriving at 10 p.m., her flight arrived at 12:30. The car rental businesses were going to be closed and she was sort of stranded. We agreed that I would pick her up at the airport and she could stay with me. Her flight arrived at 12:30. George and I were driving around and around at the airport waiting on her to come out of baggage claims. Finally, we parked and I called her. She was here and waiting on her luggage. I told her we were outside and would wait on her. We waited and waited. After awhile, she called. She was in a line of passengers waiting to find out what happened to their luggage. The luggage was finally located. It never made it onto the plane and was still in Atlanta. Delta said they would deliver her luggage to my house on Sunday. Poor little thing had no clean clothes and no tools. We left the airport around 2:30 a.m. She had to be at her job by 9 a.m. She is tall and slender and I’m short and squatty but she wore a pair of pajamas and I had a new polo shirt in stock that fit her. I drove her to her job and we got there by 9 a.m. Her luggage arrived mid-morning at the house.

She left Tuesday morning and we had a ball while she was here. We worked on patches, and digitizing. She taught me to embroider on card stock. Really, it can be done. I asked her who in the world would order custom made embroidered card stock. She said that it is very unique and some people like this sort of thing for their wedding invitations and other cards. Interesting.

I attended the Studio 98 open house Friday night. Wow! That was a wonderful party. It was well attended. The band was fabulous. The food was delicious. The punch really had a punch. It was fun watching the young girls dancing and playing around. Reminded me of my youth. Of course, I wore my Studio 98 visor, too.

Back on March 8th, I was contacted by a friend who wants quotes on embroidering her new krewe logo on caps and visors, and t-shirts and polos. That tells me that the logo must be no wider than 3.5 inches (t-shirts and polos) and no taller than 1.5 (visors) and 2 (caps) inches. The design is beautiful. Thank goodness she said there is no rush. I have diligently been working on this logo since March 8th. I cannot quote a price until I know how many stitches are in the design. The only way to know the stitch count is to digitize the logo.

There are a few issues with this logo. One is that the letters in the krewe name are gold with purple spots and outlined in green. The gold lettering and the green outline are not a problem. Putting the purple onto the lettering is a big problem. This is one area that my friend from Orlando was trying to help. I have now learned masking. But this lettering will take a very long time to stitch out. The other thing that is a problem is that she has 2 tiny parrots in the logo. To get these parrots to resemble parrots at such a tiny size is not easy. Then under the name of the krewe name is “formed 2011” even smaller than the krewe name. Any lettering under .5” is small. Even at that I can usually find a font or make the lettering nice down to about .3”, but less than that and you need to get a specialist in tiny fonts. At this size the satin stitch cannot be used. The “formed 2011” is .13”. Even straight stitching didn’t look good. Luckily, my friend explained that in those cases, you enlarge it to something that can be done and tell the customer that lettering that small cannot be done. There is no font to plug in. I had to create the lettering, stitch by stitch.

I actually digitized this logo at 5” and plan to reduce to the 3.5”. First, I need to stitch it out again and again until it stitches out properly at 5”. Right now it has 16,000 stitches.

I purchased a couple of patterns with baby booties for the baby shower people. The first pair that I made took awhile to make. It usually works that way because you are learning the directions. These booties are adorable. I made a pair to match one of the cute little hats that I made. The pattern shows these booties in an assortment of ways, different fabrics and trims. What really caught my eye were the embroidered booties with the date of birth embroidered on the sole and the ornate monogram – single initial – on the top of the booty. Now I can’t wait for an order.

Our first iris of the season bloomed this week. The camellias are about over. The roses and snapdragons are in full bloom and look like they are velvet. Even the abutilon and hyssop are blooming. Sassy the Satsuma has many flowers and the lemon next to Sassy is covered in blooms. I love spring.

My friend, Chrissy, won last week’s contest. Another friend, JoAnne, won a contest during the week on the blog. Ladies, your items are ready for you.

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This may not be a Cajun joke but it sure is cute, nevertheless. Thanks to Courtney Winstead for the following:

Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health

agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas.

As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas.

The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned.

Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to

her car.

She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient.

Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station, filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.

As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street.

One of them turned to the other and said,

"If it starts, I'm Converting!"


French Phrase of the Week: Cochon de lait (milk pig or suckling pig) The Cochon de Lait Festival is a treat you should not miss.


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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