Friday, July 29, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 30

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 30 – July 29, 2011

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


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Another week without my girls.  Wednesday night I got in my car to go and the Power Pup died.  No fear.  George went out the following morning and installed a new battery and the car is fine now.  But I did miss my girls for the second week in a row.  Tonight is our monthly Nereid meeting and I cannot wait.  In fact, I may be taking some homemade hummus with me.

George and I love beans.  Beans don’t always love us.  Nevertheless, I was looking in the cupboard the other day and I saw a bag of chick peas.  I began cooking them as I would any other dried bean.  Hours and hours went by and they still were not soft.  That is when I decided to look up how to prepare chick peas a/k/a garbanzo beans.  I always thought they were a Mexican bean but apparently chick peas originally come from the Mediterranean area.  Hummus, that wonderful dip, is made from chick peas.  Then I looked up recipes for hummus, just to make sure.  Sure enough, chick peas and some spices and you have hummus.

Another discovery was that chick peas have a nutty taste.  They are delicious and George mentioned that they taste similar to boiled peanuts.  So, we began eating them like boiled peanuts.  We have a new snack food at our house now.  They are wonderful.

The idea of hummus remained in the back of my mind.  After we had our fill of chick peas, I decided to try making hummus to share with the girls tonight.  I located a recipe called “Quick and Easy Hummus.”  Oh, that is for me.  The only thing better would be “Hummus for Dummies.”  The recipe seemed straight forward enough.  Get a can of chick peas.  I had leftovers and they didn’t come in a can but that shouldn’t be a problem.  Put the chick peas, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, ½ teaspoon of cumin, 3 cloves of garlic, and 2 oz of fresh sliced jalapeno pepper in a food processor or blender.  I have two food processors.  One is a little baby one and the other is the big one.  I thought I would use the little baby one.  I put about half of the chick peas in the baby food processor and started processing.  That worked very well.  I added the lemon juice, cumin, and used garlic powder instead of cloves of garlic.  That worked well.  It just so happens that we are growing jalapenos in the garden.  The recipe did say “fresh.”  I picked a fresh jalapeno right off the plant, took the seeds out and sliced the jalapeno.  I don’t know what 2 oz of jalapeno looks like, so I added the whole jalapeno to the chick pea mixture and cranked up the food processor.  I guess I should have processed the peppers first because they weren’t really getting chopped up well.  I poured everything into a bowl and began fishing out the pieces of pepper and some of the chick peas that hadn’t been processed completely.  All of that went back into the food processor.  It looked pretty dry.  The recipe did say to add 2 tablespoons full of the juice in the can.  I didn’t have a lot of juice; so, I just poured what I had into the mixture and processed some more.  Still had a dickens of a time chopping those jalapenos, but they were getting smaller and smaller.  Now was the time to taste.  It tasted wonderful, like a spicy hummus.  Then my mouth began to catch fire.  Apparently our fresh jalapenos are super hot.  My girls will never stand for something that spicy.  So, I added the rest of the chick peas and began processing those to reduce the heat of the pepper.  Now I had too much hummus to fit into the little food processor.  I ended up taking out the big, supersonic blender.  I bought this blender for George when I was working and he was cooking dinner and taking care of Mama.  This was his dream blender.  We have only used that blender once or twice since I bought it.  Here was our chance to use it again.  The blender did the trick.  I did add a tablespoon of water because the hummus was kind of dry.  Adding the extra chick peas did the trick.  It is still spicy but oooo la la is it good, cher.  It is chilling in the fridge right now.  I sure hope I don’t forget to take it tonight.

I mentioned the supersonic blender.  I have learned that men, specifically George, like power everything.  Several years back, George bought a shop vac.  I loved that vacuum cleaner.  It did wet/dry vacuuming.  The filter was a sponge, so I didn’t have to constantly pick up filters at the store.  It was easy to just dump the canister when it was full.  There was enough power to do the job fast and clean.  I was happy. Then one day my shop vac died.  George bought me a new one.  When he brought it in, I could see the pride in his eyes.  He knew he purchased the most perfect vacuum cleaner in the world for me.  However, his joy was not necessarily reciprocated by me.  The canister had to be capable of holding every piece of dirt in my house for 50 years.  The thing was huge and much too big for me to maneuver through my little house.  Who would want to disappoint George?  More than the size, he was proud of the powerful suction.  I turned it on and I could have sucked everything from my utility shed into the thing without leaving my kitchen.  The hose was much too big for my little hands to hold and when turned on, I was at the mercy of where the hose wanted to go, rather than vice versa.  That was the most powerful vacuum cleaner I have ever seen.  He returned it to the store and bought me something much more manageable.  So, when I say I bought George a supersonic blender.  It was the most powerful blender on the market at the time.

This week I embroidered and appliquéd a design onto one of the white beach towels.  I am so pleased with these towels.  The mermaid design turned out beautifully.  The customer plans to give this as a gift to her daughter.

I realized that the Pensacola Beach Arts and Wine Festival is just a couple of months away.  I began creating pot holders.  In my cache of embroidery designs, there are some in-the-hoop pot holders.  Once these were stitched out I realized they were too small.  Yes, they could be used as pot holders but I like a bigger pot holder.  So, I measured my favorite pot holder and began digitizing my own in-the-hoop pot holder.  We had several tries that failed, but in the end the pot holder was created.

Have I ever told the story of the pot holders?  Pot holders were the first thing that Mama taught me to sew.  She would take a bottom piece of fabric and a top piece of fabric.  In the middle she would put scrap fabric until she got the thickness she desired.  Then she would take the entire sandwich of fabric and quilt it by sewing straight lines at even intervals and then turning the fabric and more lines, forming squares.  The edges would be trimmed and bias tape applied to the edges, leaving a loop at one corner for hanging the pot holder on a hook.  That’s simple enough.  To do that on an embroidery machine is not so simple.  Scrap fabric can be used but only if the layer of fabric covers the area of the pot holder.  Rather than bias tape, our pot holder has a satin stitched edge.  Some of our pot holders have a ribbon or fabric loop, some do not.  Of course, with the embroidery machine, we can do plain quilting, but also add some beautiful embroidered designs, as well as personalize the pot holder.   Some of the designs have some intense embroidery on them with lots of stitching.  Right now, though, I am thinking about selling for $8 each.  They would make great gifts, especially when personalized to say (Name)’s Kitchen or something like that.

SALE:  One of my wholesalers is having a closeout sale on this shirt.  The sale is good until they are out of stock.  They are completely out of the colors but do have white remaining.  I can sell these for $12, plus shipping.  It is a good deal and would make a nice present for any guy.  These are going fast.  If you want one let me know ASAP and I’ll check the wholesaler’s stock for you.  See attached photo.

JC514 Jonathan Corey Birdseye Herringbone Golf

  • 6.4 oz. 100% combed, ring-spun cotton
  • Tipped birdseye collar & welt cuffs
  • Three woodtone buttons
  • Extended tail with side vents

Color:  White/burgundy

Sizes:  S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X

Color:  White/khaki

Sizes:  S, M, 3X

Color:  White/Royal

Sizes:  S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X

Color:  White/Spruce

Sizes:  S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X

CHRISTMAS is around the corner.  Unbelievable, I know.  But it is July.  Get that Christmas shopping done now and enjoy the holidays.

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Barefoot, I walked along the edge of the bayou
Where the child I had been, ran and laughed and played.
The cushiony emerald green grass I trod on
Tickled my feet and made my heart smile.

The old hickory tree was still there, brave and tall,
And small clouds floated above it, standing out
Like swatches of cotton against the denim sky,
The golden sun completed the heavenly picture.

A passing boat disturbed the water and its wake
Sent ripples of gold-brown water to the shore,
With little fingers reaching out to bathe and tickle
My tired and aching naked toes.

I saw again the other shore where long ago,
I gathered berries and climbed trees to pick muscadines.
I saw the heavy vines we used to swing out over the bayou
And let go just at the right moment to drop into the water.

The little rustic house I lived in when I was young,
No longer stands. Someone built a car-wash right where Grandpa's garden was,
And the State put in a new road and built a new bridge
Right where I used to tie up my little pirogue.

There is one thing no one can ever change, though.
No matter where I go or where I've been
No matter what I've done, no matter the places I've seen,
The bayou will always be the home I hold in my heart.



Cajun French Phrase of the Week:

Avoir= To have
Cajun says
J'ai=I have
T'as= You have
Il a= He has
Elle a=She has
On a =We have
Vous autres a= you have plural
Ils ont=They have
Eux autres a= they have
Eusse a=They have


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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In-The-Hoop Pot Holders

It dawned on me recently that our annual Arts & Wine Festival on the beach is just a few months away.  It is usually the first weekend in October.  I found some tutorials on making potholders in-the-hoop but they just don't seem big enough.  I'm on a quest for the perfect embroidered potholder done completely in-the-hoop.

Potholders were probably the very first item that Mama taught me to sew when I was a little girl.  She would lay a piece of fabric down and then we would use our scrap material, neatly layered over the fabric until we felt it was thick enough.  Finally, we would lay another piece of fabric on top of the layers and start machine quilting.  Anything is fine.  The point is to sew around to hold all of those little scrap pieces in place.  We would sew straight lines across, usually at one inch intervals; then up and down.  After the quilting was done, we trimmed the edges to make them straight, sewed around the edges and finally, add bias tape around the edges.  Potholders are great beginner projects for children.

A few decades down the road from those early days and I'm still making potholders.  The embroidery machine is funny about how many layers of fabric it will stitch.  I am working on that.  I started off hooping some plastic.  The heavy plastic is sturdy and after the satin stitches are applied, you can pull the item away from the plastic with a clean edge.  I sew a single stitch line around the shape of the potholder.  Then I apply 2 layers of fabric.  Put that back in the machine and sew another line around the shape.  Take the hoop off the machine and trim the excess fabric.  This is just like an applique.  Then put the hoop back into the machine and stitch the middle design.  Depending on the size of the middle design, you may want additional quilting.  This is the time to stitch the stipple.  Then take the hoop off the machine and add a couple of layers of fabric to the bottom.  I just pin the fabric to the plastic but make sure the pins are far away from the path of the needle.  Put the hoop back in the machine and sew another outline.  Take the hoop out and trim the edges.  Then I take 2 pieces of fabric, folded in half and pin them so that the folded edges meet in the middle on the back of the potholder.  Pin in place and sew another outline and trim.  Finish with your satin stitch.  The reason for the folded pieces is to put your hand inside, creating a mitt.

Yep, that's a lot of trimming and putting the hoop in and out of the machine.  You can save time and effort by not doing the "mitt" and just pin all of your layers of fabric on the bottom before the quilting and let the machine run to the end.  I'm still working on more layers of fabric.  Yes, I know I could and should probably use batting.  In fact, the machine doesn't have a problem with batting at all and I would get the thickness much easier.  Let's face it, I'm stubborn and I want to use up that scrap fabric.  Anyway, I'm still perfecting the process and hope to have lots of beautiful potholders on sale at the Arts & Wine Festival this year.

C'est tout, mes amis

Friday, July 22, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 29

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 29 – July 22, 2011

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


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This has been a fun week.  Our new account with Senior Xtremers has kept us busy.  I looked on the BLAB TV programming schedule and Senior Xtremers will air today at 2 p.m.  If you are in the area, you should watch the show.  The merchandise will be sold on their website at, which is under construction but there are some pictures and videos available.

I missed Wednesday night with my girlfriends this week because George and I needed some time alone.  We were celebrating George finishing some electrical work next door, as well as Cajun Stitchery’s new client.  It was a nice evening.

This week also held another meeting with my new friend and WBL colleague, Jennifer Harrison.  Jennifer is a very interesting young lady.  She is part owner of Gulf Coast Premier Promotions.  This girl can maneuver herself on the internet.  I was impressed.  GCPP can create a website for you and run it, too, if you want. 

It is very interesting to me the new businesses and occupations that evolve from computer technology.  A lot of people are starting their businesses at home via their computer and the internet.  Not everybody is a good salesperson.  Not everybody has a large marketing budget.  The internet seems to be the perfect tool.  You have to make your presence known on the internet.  You need to get search engines to pick your website up and show it when people search for your area of expertise.  You also have to garner a good reputation.  Just having a website is not enough.  Marketing requires you to constant work at it.  You are building a business.  If you are successful on the internet, the entire world sees you.  Otherwise, well, you can figure that out.  The problem is that it is not as easy as it sounds.  If you are constantly on the internet marketing yourself, you don’t really have a lot of time to process orders or do your own work.  Marketing takes a lot of time.  As a sole proprietor with no employees, working out of your home, you have to do the job of the business, including bookkeeping, clerical work, answering phones, sales, marketing, keeping your stock up to date and current, etc.  That’s a lot of work.

New businesses like GCPP can handle this marketing and internet for you.  They can get you on various sites, such as, Facebook, Google+, website, blogs, advertising, etc.  They can keep plugging your name in and making sure the SEO (search engines) are picking you up.  They can manage your social media, promote your website, and organize you on the internet.  Who would have thought, even 10 years ago, that this type of business would ever be needed?  Technology is so fascinating.  I wonder what the next new business opportunity will be with the internet?

GCPP is on the cutting edge, all they need now are some pretty shirts with their logo embroidered. Lol 

I have a new theory about computers.  My last laptop and my new laptop are refurbished Gateway computers.  They are refurbished at the factory and updated with the most current OS (Windows7 for my new computer).  I’ve got the speed and I’ve got the memory (500 gigabytes).  The old laptop lasted for about 5 years.  But since technology is such that your computer is outdated within 3 years, why pay for a new top of the line computer system?  I suggest opting for a much lower priced refurbished computer that will last at least as long as the current technology.  This kind of speaks to the ecology part of my brain.  There isn’t a whole lot you can do with an old computer, but buying refurbished computers makes me feel sort of earth friendly.

 One of my nieces introduced me to Google+ recently.  Apparently Google+ is trying to create its own sort of social media similar to Facebook.  I’m still learning it but it appears to me to be a combination of MySpace and Facebook at this point.  I remember when MySpace was all the rage.  Then came Facebook and you almost never hear about MySpace anymore.  Is Google+ the next step?  Time will tell.

Oh but I had another visitor this week.  My friend and consultant from the UWF Small Business Development Center met with me this week at the house.  Janet has taught me so much about business.  I refer everyone in business or starting a new business to her.  She told me this week that every county in every state has a SBDC.  They even have a national association.  Funny.  This is the only one I have ever heard about.  These people give group courses on business.  They meet with you individually.  Whatever you like.  And you know what?  They really are business consultants.  Of course, my Janet, affectionately known as “my peep”, is the best of the best.  I can honestly say that I have a business consultant. 

Let me tell you a little about what these people do.  One of the best things that they do is that they watch my back.  I can email or call my peep anytime and tell her what’s on my mind about Cajun Stitchery.  She never tells me to do this or that.  She is much too classy for that.  She and her staff will research ideas for me and show me options.  Sometimes, in business, as in life, it is just nice to have someone who wants you to succeed and that you can bounce an idea off of. 

If you are in business and don’t have a real, written, business plan, you have no idea what you are missing.  Janet told me early on that it wasn’t so much finishing the business plan that was important.  The important thing is the process of creating the business plan.  My background crosses t’s and dots I’s.  My business plan was pretty thorough.  To-date, I don’t think my business plan is completed, nor will it ever be.  It is more of a living document for me that changes with the time and circumstances and keeps Cajun Stitchery on track and aiming for success.

If you have a business, whether it is just an idea right now, or you have been in business for years, I highly suggest that you search out your local SBDC and get yourself a business consultant.  The cost:  absolutely free.

The white beach towels arrived.  As much as I have struggled trying to figure out how to determine a good towel over the internet, these are beautiful towels.  By the way, the trick to figuring out a good towel over the internet is weight.  The towels are 100% cotton, velour on one side and loops on the other.  When they arrived I measured and they were 35” x 61”.  I washed and dried all of the towels and they now measure 35” x 60”.  They are all pre-shrunk now and ready for embroidery.  Cajun Stitchery is selling these towels for $20 each.  Drape this pretty towel on the back of your beach chair and let the embroidery show over the back.

I did a little research on the internet to get a feel for how much a beach towel would cost.  First of all, unless you go to a custom embroiderer or wholesaler, I couldn’t find white beach towels for sale, at all.  Second, when I did find them with a custom embroiderer, let’s just say that $20 is a real good deal.  I can also get other types of beach towels from cabana stripes, animal print, solid colors, jaquard, or with designs.  My wholesaler does have a minimum requirement and these are nice towels.  These would make nice presents.

We still have some of the $2 cloth napkins, $4 cloth napkins, market baskets, and fingertip towels.   We also have several ball caps, visors and ponytail caps in stock.

CHRISTMAS is around the corner.  Unbelievable, I know.  But it is July.  Get that Christmas shopping done now and enjoy the holidays.

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What shall I say about a Cajun?
They are utterly impractical, never predictable,
Something irascible, quite inexplicable, Cajun...
Strange blend of shyness, pride and conceit.
And stubborn refusal to bow in defeat...
He's spoiling and ready to argue and fight,
Yet the smile of a child fills his soul with delight..
His eyes are the quickest to well up in tears,
Yet his strength is the strongest to banish your fears...
His faith is as fierce as his devotion is grand..
And there's no middle ground on which he will stand..
He's wild and he's gentle, he's good and he's bad,
He's proud and he's humble, he's happy and sad..
He's in love with the ocean, the earth and the skies.
He's enamored with beauty wherever it lies..
He's victor and victim, a star and a clod,
But mostly he's Cajun and in love with his God..

Author Unknown


Cajun French Phrase of the Week:

  • Ca c'est bon- That's good!
  • C'est magnifique- That is great!
  • Mon cher- My dear.
  • Fais-do-do- An Acadian dance.
  • Lagniappe- Something extra, similar to a bonus.
  • Laisser les bons temps rouler- Let the good times roll!
  • Bonjour Mes Amis- Good day my friends.
  • Merci Beaucoup- Thank you very much.

Taken from:


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.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beautiful white beach towels

The beach towel order came in this week.  They are solid white, 100% cotton, velour on one side and loops on the other side.  I washed and dried all of them to pre-shrink.  They started out as 35" x 61" and ended up at 35" x 60".  Not bad at all.  They are beautiful and soft and fluffy.  Perfect for embroidery.  To be that nice, they did cost a bit more than I'm accustomed to paying for towels.  Ouch!  They really are worth it.  I'm selling them for $20 each, plus embroidery.  Looking on the internet, that seems to be a really fair price for a nice beach towel, especially a white one.

Now I'm trying to gather photos of the towels that I embroidered for my girlfriends this year to have them in one place.  I still think I'm missing at least photos of one of the towels we embroidered.

C'est tout, mes amis

Sunday, July 17, 2011

High School Girlfriends

The winner of last week's contest won this beautiful pink, canvas purse with her initial monogrammed in green.  Just in the nick of time, too.  She is leaving this week for New Orleans where she will be spending a few days in the french quarter with her high school girlfriends.  They get together once a year in a different location each year.  They have been doing this since the 1960's.  Earlier we embroidered market baskets for each of her girlfriends.  I sure hope they like them.

C'est tout, mes amis

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 28

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 28 – July 15, 2011

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

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There is a saying on the beach that you never know how many friends and relatives you have until you get a beach house.  That is so true for many of my friends on the beach.  Their homes have been packed all summer.  Of course, that means that they are entertaining and I don’t get to see them as often as during the fall and winter months.  I sure miss my girls.  Thank God for Wednesday nights.  Those of us who are not encumbered with visitors gather on Wednesday night and enjoy a good meal and stimulating conversation.  This past Wednesday there were only a handful of the normal group but it was really nice. 

I also look forward to meeting with my friends at WBL meetings.  Although it is a meeting and much more regimented than Wednesday night, I enjoy those women.  Just like Wednesday nights, when a lot of people come to the meeting, it’s fun and informative; but, it’s also so nice when there is a smaller, more intimate group. 

I received the most adorable email yesterday:

“Dear Aunt Peggy -

I was real pretty in my embroidered collar - much fancier than the other dogs at our hotel in Cedar Key. Next time my mom will put my collar on right side up!


Amber Lee Johnson

Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Super Model”

That email was accompanied by photographs of Amber Lee.

The new computer is working fine.  As each day goes by, I remember something, a website, a program, or whatever is on my favorites list of the old computer.  Nevertheless, none of those things have really hampered day-to-day business.  This is a nice machine.

As I mentioned last week, the most difficult thing about the new computer was loading my Quicken program.  By the end of that ordeal, I was flustered and frustrated.  So, Quicken a/k/a Intuit sent me an email asking me to let them know what I thought of their service.  Really?  They made straight F’s and my comment was that if I didn’t need the thing for my CPA, I wouldn’t have it at all.  You can imagine my surprise when, later, I received another email, same email, asking me what I thought of their service.  Rather than berating them once again, I just deleted the email.  You would think that would be the end of it.  If that is what you think, then you have not dealt with this company.  Later, I received another email with the subject line:  “Quick Books Pro POS.”  At this I even called George over to look at it.  Did a light bulb go off in their head and they realized how unhappy I am with them?  Could it be they don’t like their service, either?  Well, I had to open this email.  Much to my surprise, the Intuit Company says POS means “Point Of Service.”  In my book POS still means something totally different.

The most frequently asked question this week was:  “Do you REALLY belong to 58 groups on Facebook?  Yes, I do, but I don’t even know what they are.  I am only active in 2 groups.

I told you about our new customer, Mike Cotton, last week.  We had a meeting this week and at this point we have his logo digitized and stitched out a few time for testing.  This weekend I will be playing around with the embroidered logo on several items that he brought for us.  He is trying to put together a merchandising line of products for his TV show, Senior Xtremers, and I am the embroiderer.

Revamping old t-shirt crew collars was fun last week.  I did a few and have a few more to do.  It is absolutely amazing the change in the look of the shirt.

This week I ordered a dozen white beach towels.  I need them to fill an order for a friend who loved the towels I embroidered with the mermaid in Mylar.  She wants one for her daughter and one for her son-in-law.  For her son-in-law, of course, she wants a merman.  For this type of digitizing, I don’t send to a digitizer because I doubt seriously that the customer would want to pay the $30 digitizing fee.  The problem is that for me to do the digitizing takes a long time.  She ordered the towels a month ago.  So, I’m waiting on the towels to arrive so I can begin the embroidery.

We still have some of the $2 cloth napkins, $4 cloth napkins, market baskets, and fingertip towels.   

A few people sent in guesses last week for the contest but no one sent the correct answer.  The fashion designer who made jersey fashionable was Coco Chanel.  Before Chanel jersey was only used for underwear.  Coco Chanel created fashionable and comfortable clothing with jersey.  Had it not been for Coco Chanel, we would not have T-shirts, polo shirts, or the little black dress. 

CHRISTMAS is around the corner.  Unbelievable, I know.  But it is July.  Get that Christmas shopping done now and enjoy the holidays.

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 Cajun folklore is filled with stories and legends, and many of them involve crawfish.

One of the more inventive ones is this:

In the 1750s, when the Acadians first migrated from Nova Scotia to Louisiana,

hundreds of North-Atlantic lobsters, sympathetic to the exiles, decided to follow

them southward along the Atlantic Coast and through the Gulf of Mexico to

the bayous. Along the way, as they swam, the lobsters somehow acquired progressively

smaller shells. By the time they reached Louisiana, they had become

what we now know as crawfish.


Cajun French Phrase of the Week: Grand Beede'-----------Big clumsy man

(Taken from


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.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 27

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 27 – July 9, 2011

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


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The 4th of July weekend was filled with fun.  This weekend is filled with the Blue Angels at the beach.

As planned George and I joined several neighbors for the 4th and enjoyed our friend from Pennsylvania who plans to move back to the Pensacola area in September.  I did bring my baked bread to the event.  I baked bread all weekend just to make sure that it would turn out okay.  I made bread with my home grown stevia.  It was good but green (stevia is green).  Then I made raisin bread.  George and I ate all of that.  Then I made herb bread with herbs from my garden, and a plain white bread.  We brought the herb and the plain white bread to our 4th of July gathering but I don’t think anyone ate it.  That’s the problem at a lot of these gatherings.  There is so much food and everyone brings something that you cannot possibly eat it all.

This week, however, has been mostly consumed with my crashed computer.  Yep, last weekend I turned my laptop on and there was no picture; just black.  So, I had to buy a new one, which arrived on Wednesday.  The remainder of the week has been spent loading my programs on the new computer.  Not that I have that many programs.  Actually, Wednesday I had all but my Quick Books Pro loaded.  Working day and night since Thursday, I finally got Quick Books Pro installed today.  I had to buy a new one because the old one doesn’t work with Windows 7.  Poo yie, what a hassle.  I’m just glad it is installed now.  Monday will be spent on bookkeeping.  This is also the reason that Cajun Corner is late this week.

Facebook now has “groups.”  I belong to 58 groups, most of which I’ve never even opened to look at them.  I do try to be active on 2 groups.  One is the WBL group, which is the Women’s Business Luncheon group; and, the other is the Support Local Pensacola Businesses group.  Since I’ve spent so much money this week, I’m really trying to get out there and post photographs of my embroidery everywhere.  Support Local Pensacola Businesses group received several photos and comments from me. 

Well, I decided that since it was Blue Angels week, I would post a photograph of my little purse that I made for the Fiesta Ball with the Blue Angels embroidered on it.  I guess timing is everything because several people “Liked” it.  Almost immediately after posting that photo a FB friend that I have never personally met, Mike Cotton, commented “what is your phone number?”  Cajun Stitchery is a business and I have no problem giving out my phone number, which I did.  He called and may want some ball caps and polo shirts.  Woohoo!  He explained that among other things, he is a film maker.  I have heard that this area is trying to build its film industry.  Mike has a television show called “Senior Xtreme” which presents local seniors who participate in various extreme hobbies, athletics, music, etc.  The whole point of the show, I believe, is if you are a senior, get off your sofa and start doing things.  Be active in some way.  Anyway, Mike invited George and me to the premier of the airing of the first show.  It was at Kooter Brown’s.   Laugh if you will but this is not Hollywood and Senior Xtreme is not CSI, either.  We did go and we had an enjoyable evening.  We got to meet Mike in person, and vice versa.  The program appeared very professional and entertaining.  The extreme seniors featured on the program were at the viewing, as well.  Besides, I do want to support local Pensacola businesses and hope they support me.

You know how a carpenter’s home is the last to be repairs; and, a mechanics car always needs a tune-up?  It turns out that an embroiderer doesn’t have a lot of embroidery for herself.  Prior to going to the Senior Xtreme premier (and after loading Quick Books Pro) I spent the day embroidering for me.  I took one of my t-shirts (office uniform) and embroidered a new neckline.  Then I embroidered large flowers on the front and a beautiful lace dragon on the back.  It actually turned out very nice.  I wanted to wear it to the premier and I knew the dress would be casual.  Embroidering a new neckline on t-shirts is a lot of fun.  The important part, of course, is that the crew neckline, that is so constraining, is gone.  Jersey is about the most comfortable fabric available.  Why not turn your comfortable, plain looking t-shirt into a comfortable, stylish shirt?

SALE:  We still have some of the $2 cloth napkins.  These are the 20 inch square, restaurant quality napkins with hemmed edges.  The colors that we have in stock are: 

1.      Purple

2.      Lavender

3.      Royal Blue

4.      White

5.      Teal

6.      Brown

7.      Sea Foam Green

8.      Navy blue

9.      Pink

The pink, navy blue and some white napkins were actually found in my fingertip towel stock this week.  I’m selling all of these (in-stock) napkins for $2 each; first come, first served.  They make great Christmas presents.  I highly suggest you buy them now.

We do have 5 dozen ivory napkins, 20” x 20”, with hemmed edges, restaurant quality, for $4 each.

SALE:  It’s Christmas in July, mes amis.  More stock clearance…fingertip towels for $2 each.  These make beautiful Christmas gifts.  The hot pink is especially fashionable these days.  The black towels would be beautiful with a design or monogram in solid white.  These are the colors in stock:

1.  White

2.  Pink

3.  Yellow

4.  Green

5.  Black

We still have some market baskets in stock: purple, red, hot pink, blue, and the black with white polka dots.  These are the regular sized market baskets that are 18"L x 11.5"W x 9"H with Collapsible/Removable Frame.  The price, without embroidery, ranges from $22 (for solid colors) to $28 (polka dot), each.   A name or initials would be $5.  Of course, the more embroidery you want on the basket, the more the cost.

Last week’s contest was so much fun.  Several people tried to guess the answer.  A few came very close.  In fact, some got the answer, but in English.  My nickname was always in Cajun French.  My mother’s nickname for me was Tit (pronounced teet) Crot.  The winner was Paulette Provost.  She will receive the cute pink canvas purse with her monogram embroidered on it.  Remember, you can only win once every 2 months to give everyone a chance.

CONTEST:  First person to answer correctly is the winner.  What fashion designer made jersey fashionable?

The winner will receive their monogram on a set of 4 in-stock napkins (see above for available colors).

CHRISTMAS is around the corner.  Unbelievable, I know.  But it is July.  Get that Christmas shopping done now and enjoy the holidays.

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The following is taken from Wikipedia:

Rougarou represents a variant pronunciation and spelling of the original French loup-garou.[1] According to Barry Jean Ancelet, an academic expert on Cajun folklore and professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the tale of the rougarou is a common legend across French Louisiana. Both words are used interchangeably in southern Louisiana. Some people call the monster rougarou; others refer to it as the loup garou.

The rougarou legend has been spread for many generations, either directly from French settlers to Louisiana (New France) or via the French Canadian immigrants centuries ago.

In the Cajun legends, the creature is said to prowl the swamps around Acadiana and Greater New Orleans, and possibly the fields or forests of the regions. The rougarou most often is described as a creature with a human body and the head of a wolf or dog, similar to the werewolf legend.

Often the story-telling has been used to inspire fear and obedience. One such example is stories that have been told by elders to persuade Cajun children to behave. According to another variation, the wolf-like beast will hunt down and kill Catholics who do not follow the rules of Lent. This coincides with the French Catholic loup-garou stories, according to which the method for turning into a werewolf is to break Lent seven years in a row.

A common blood sucking legend says that the rougarou is under the spell for 101 days. After that time, the curse is transferred from person to person when the rougarou draws another human’s blood. During that day the creature returns to human form. Although acting sickly, the human refrains from telling others of the situation for fear of being killed.[2]

Other stories range from the rougarou as a headless horseman to the rougarou being derived from witchcraft. In the latter claim, only a witch can make a rougarou—either by turning into a wolf herself, or by cursing others with lycanthropy.[


Thanks to Paulette Provost for the following recipe:

Elephant Stew

1 medium sized elephant

Salt and pepper

2 rabbits (optional)

Cut the elephant in small bite-size pieces.  This will take about 3 months.  Add enough gravy to cover.  Cook over kerosene fire for about 4 weeks at 465 degrees.  This will serve 3,800 people.  If more are expected, 2 rabbits may be added, but do this only in an emergency.  Most people do not like hare in their stew!


Cajun French Phrase of the Week: chouchoot---------------thingamajig

(Taken from


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.