Saturday, December 3, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 48

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 48 – December 5, 2011

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Last Saturday on Buy Local Day, Cajun Stitchery had a table at the Perdido Bay Golf Club.  One of my WBL ladies manages the place and generously offered vendors a means of getting their wares to the public.  This was not just your run of the mill craft fair.  She had a generously sized table and chair for Cajun Stitchery right in front of the door from the bar/restaurant to the golf course, covered, of course.  Then she had hors d’oeuvres served periodically throughout the day.  The crab cakes were to die for.  You couldn’t have asked for nicer weather.  Several ladies from WBL had tables and I met several new friends.  It was a wonderful day.  I would definitely do this one again, if the opportunity arises.

I finally worked with the boring needle.  Oh, that is a nice addition.  In the past when I make the can wraps, I have Boudreaux stitch out the design and included in the design are 4 little eyelets to enable me to run the elastic.  After the can wrap is embroidered and taken off the hoop, I take a hammer and hole punch to get the fabric out from the inside of the eyelets.  The hammer and hole punch method is a real pain and time consuming, not to mention that there always remains bits of fabric in the holes.  With the boring needle, I can stitch out the design but when it gets to the eyelets, it does a circle with the boring needles, which takes out that inner fabric, then, the machine stitches the satin stitch for the eyelet.  I do have to stop the machine each time the boring needle punches a hole and remove the little fabric circle, but that is much easier and cleaner than otherwise.

The other new method of removing those little eyelet holes is grommets.  I have had and have used the grommets for eyelets in golf towels.  The problem with that is you have step one, which is to hammer the die to create the hole, then, step two is to hammer the grommet into the hole.  The grommets are usually loose at first.  I keep hammering to tighten the grommet, frequently smashing it.  This week we received our newly purchased grommet machine.  It is not the big automated one.  It is manual.  You place the grommets in the dies, then put the fabric in between and press the handle and voila, you have a grommet attached with a hole.  This machine was pretty expensive but Cajun Stitchery can use it and it sure makes the process easier and much more professional looking. 

The next machine that I want isn’t a machine at all.  It is snap dies for the grommet machine.  With the snap dies, I can attach snaps to items.  I guess the real purpose of the grommet machine is for tents and sails and other canvas type items, but it will work on my items, too. 

We have gone a whole week without problems with our U-verse.  However, this week we have been working with AT&T on our smart phones.  For all of the years that we each had the little razer phones, we never dropped a call.  Now, with the smart phones, George will call me from Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Lowes, etc, and I either get his voice garbled or we cannot make a connection until he goes outside the building.  He has always been able to call me from these stores with the little razer phone without any problems.  Also, now I seem to be dropping calls a lot.  When we look at the little bars on the phone that indicate the wave strength, we only get one or two bars and sometime none.  So, we have spent a good portion of this week on the phone with AT&T.  Yes, in the middle of talking with the AT&T lady the call was dropped.  They tell us that the issue was turned over to one of their engineers and should be fixed by Tuesday.  We’ll see.  In the meantime, we are still learning to use the phone.

Speaking of the phone, the main reason we got the smart phones was so that we could use The Square to accept credit card payments.  I took The Square to the Buy Local Day event at Perdido Bay Golf Club but never needed to use it.  One of my customers did pay with a credit card this week, though.  It worked and was simple to use.  Now that, my friends, is one pretty cool little device.

I received a belated birthday gift from a dear friend of mine this week.  Earlier this year, she and her husband had taken a cruise in the north Atlantic to whale watch.  On the cruise they went to Quebec and Nova Scotia.  While in Nova Scotia, she located some craft ladies who she had make me a scarf.  She wanted to give me something from my ancestral homeland.  I cried when I received it.  It is so beautiful and delicate and I will wear it with pride.

A lot of my time this week has been spent listing Christmas items in our Etsy Store.  Please browse the store and, of course, if you have questions, just ask me.  We have 3 or 4 more items to list and that’s it for Christmas.

We are gearing up for the next holiday season and that is Mardi Gras.  Yes, I’m still making the custom Christmas Stockings, aprons, etc.  We are just not making anymore Christmas items that are not custom.  We’ll sell what we have in stock now.  I do have some ideas for Mardi Gras items so stay tuned.

If anyone is interested in bath robes, let me know.  I ordered some waffle weave robes, 48” long, hotel quality, one size fits all.  They are going to cost about $50 each, plus shipping.  Of course, the more I purchase, the lower the shipping rate.

We still have all sorts of ready made items in stock, such as napkins, pillowcases, towels, shirts, jackets, totes, etc., plus handmade items that have not been listed in our Etsy Store.  Please feel free to come by and look at all of the items for a unique Christmas shopping experience.  Call first to make sure I’m at home, though.  The coffee is always ready at Cajun Stitchery. 

CHRISTMAS is around the corner.  Get that Christmas shopping done now and enjoy the holidays.  Shop local and buy made in the USA.

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Thank you Marshall Larrivere for the following:

Boudreaux staggered home very late after another

evening with his drinking buddy, Landry. He took off his shoes to

avoid waking his wife, Betty Lou.

He tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the

stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom

step. As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung

around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each

back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful.

Managing not to yell, Boudreaux sprung up, pulled

down his pants, and looked in the hall mirror to see that his butt

cheeks were cut and bleeding. He managed to quietly find a full box

of Band-Aids and began putting a Band-Aid as best he could on each place he saw blood.

He then hid the now almost empty Band-Aid box and

shuffled and stumbled his way to bed.

In the morning, Boudreaux woke up with searing

pain in both his head and butt and Betty Lou staring at him from across the room.

She said, “You were drunk again last night weren't


Boudreaux said, “Why you say such a mean thing?”

“Well,” Betty Lou said, “it could be the open

front door, it could be the broken glass at the bottom of the stairs,

it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be

your bloodshot eyes, but mostly ..... it's all those Band-Aids stuck

on the hall mirror.”


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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