Friday, December 16, 2011

Cajun Corner - Vol. 3, No. 50

Cajun Corner – Vol. 3, No. 50 – December 16, 2011
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Here we are a little bit more than a week away from Christmas.  Do you have all of your shopping done?  Are the packages wrapped and under the tree?  Have you mailed all of your Christmas cards?  Sent the out of town packages?  I have done none of that yet. 

This week has been filled with parties and gatherings.  Tonight is the last party on my agenda and it is the biggy.  Tonight is the Mystic Krewe of Nereids Christmas Party.  I plan to spend the night and return home tomorrow sometime.

This has been a wonderful and busy Christmas season.  I’m hoping and praying that all of our customers feel that shopping at Cajun Stitchery is a fun and easy shopping experience. 

A perfect example of the ease of shopping with Cajun Stitchery occurred this week.  I was on Facebook doing my usual marketing.  I was advertising our market baskets as a means of advertising small businesses with logos embroidered on the side of the baskets.  A sweet friend of our’s contacted one of her friends, all on Facebook, saying that she may need one of the market baskets.  The lady who became my new friend did not need a market basket but needed a bag to carry her perfumes, which she sells.  I happened to have a little carrying case that suited her needs perfectly.  The carrying case was black with white polka dots and trimmed in hot pink.  She wanted “Got Scents?” embroidered.  I explained that although embroiderers do embroider directly on prints, I find that the embroidery usually gets lost in the print.  I suggested that she might like to have the “Got Scents?” embroidered on an appliqué patch.  She agreed.  I created the computer simulated design and posted it for her to see.  She loved it and ordered it.  Then she asked if I might have a laptop case/satchel to carry her new 17” wide laptop.  Most computer cases or briefcases are not wide enough for the newer laptops.  As it turned out I did have a black laptop case in stock.  She wanted her name embroidered in hot pink using the Chanel font.  Another computer simulated design was created, posted and ordered.  I sent her a PayPal invoice which she promptly paid.  When the order was completed, I posted photographs of the actual items.  Yesterday she picked up her order.  It was so simple.  Of course, anyone can shop online.  And shopping online is simple.  While shopping online, do you ever have a question about the item?  Is there anyone at the store that you can ask?  If you went shopping in person, you could ask the salesperson but who do you ask online?  If you shop at Cajun Stitchery, you can ask me.  Even if I’m not online at the time, you can leave me a message or send me an email and I will answer you promptly.

For me, the beauty of this is that I made a new friend.  Our customers are not just people who come into a store, get what they want, and leave.  Our customers become my friends.  And I would never cheat or bamboozle a friend just to make a buck.  My friends are people that I care about and I want them to get quality for their money.  Now that’s something that you don’t find at Wal-Mart.

Speaking of the market baskets, those things are selling like hotcakes.  I had to place two orders this week, alone, for them.  The solid colored market baskets are $22.00 each.  I will embroider a name or initials for $5 with purchase of the market basket.  The polka dot baskets are a bit more expensive, $28 each.  Yes, they have several designs and prints of market baskets.  I sent one of the polka dot baskets to my daughter-in-law for her birthday last week.

At our party tonight, we will be exchanging gifts.  My gift will be my latest idea on market baskets with bling.  The basket is purple.  The krewe name outline is embroidered in gold and the outline is filled with green rhinestones.  Purple, green and gold.  Yes, Mardi Gras season has also begun.  I think these market baskets are adorable with Krewe names.  I know the members in our krewe are always carrying fabric, decorations, food, and all sorts of things.  These baskets are perfect.  I have used mine in lieu of my purse and just put a little purse for essentials in the basket. 

We also exchanged gifts at our Wednesday night party.  My present was absolutely perfect.  It was a silver colored serving tray with a silver colored spreading knife with a shell for the handle.  This will go with my new accumulation of items required for entertaining at home.

The gift that I gave was a bottle of wine wrapped in one of our red Merry Christmas aprons with rhinestones.  As it happened, the lady who received the gift is a chef.  How perfect was that match.  Of course, she loved the apron.

Last week was the Pensacola Beach Christmas Parade.  I remember last year it was so cold.  This year was perfect weather.  We thought it might rain but it didn’t.  It never rains on our parades.

The waffle weave robes have also been a big success.  The customers who purchased the robes absolutely love them.  I noticed that each of the robes had a tag on them which reads “Monarch”.  Apparently this is the retail store.  When I matched the style number from our robes with the retail robes, I found that the robes are selling for $60 each, retail.  We are selling them for $50.00.

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.  And if we don’t have what you are look for, we should be able to find it for you.  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:


After three weeks in the Garden of Eden, God came to visit Eve. 'So, how is everything going?' inquired God.

'It is all so beautiful, God,' she replied. 'The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, the smells, the sights, everything is wonderful, but I have just one problem..

It's these breasts you have given me. The middle one pushes the other two out and I am constantly knocking them with my arms, catching them on branches and snagging them on bushes. They're a real pain..'

And Eve went on to tell God that since many other parts of her body came in pairs, such as her limbs, eyes, ears, etc. She felt that having only two breasts might leave her body more 'symmetrically balanced'..

'That's a fair point,' replied God, 'But it was my first shot at this, you know. I gave the animals six breasts, so I figured that you needed only half of those, but I see that you are right. I will fix it up right away.'

And God reached down, removed the middle breast and tossed it into the bushes.

Three weeks passed and God once again visited Eve in the Garden of Eden.

'Well, Eve, how is my favorite creation ?'

'Just fantastic,' she replied, 'But for one oversight. You see, all the animals are paired off. The ewe has a ram and the cow has her bull. All the animals have a mate except me. I feel so alone..'

God thought for a moment and said, 'You know, Eve, you are right. How could I have overlooked this? You do need a mate and I will immediately create a man from a part of you. Let's see....where did I put that useless boob ?'

Now doesn't THAT make more sense than the rib story ?

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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