Saturday, February 4, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 4

Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 4 – February 4, 2012

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


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This week has been filled with the Krewe of Bananimals. They seem to be a really fun krewe on the beach and have decided that Cajun Stitchery will do their jacket back embroidery.  The design that they chose is so much fun and very colorful.  So far this week we’ve stitched out two of the jacket backs.  We are starting to get calls from the krewe for directions to the studio and lots and lots of questions.  The most unusual question was if we could stitch the design on white fabric so the jacket owner can stitch the fabric onto the jacket.  She was somewhat concerned that a white jacket would get ruined easily and she just hates to pay for the embroidery only to throw it away after a season.  Her solution is to have me embroider the design on white fabric that she will attach to the jacket and then remove when she is finished with the jacket and put it on a new one.  She didn’t request a patch, which would involve additional digitizing and embroidery stitch count.  George actually came up with the best solution:  when you are finished with the jacket, just cut the design out of the back and sew it onto the new jacket.  Nevertheless, I explained to the lady that she would need to get some white fabric about the same weight and color as her jacket.  It is easy to say you are going to get white fabric but truthfully there are so many shades of white.  Getting the wrong shade of white is not very attractive.   The whole concept of attaching the white fabric eludes me.  But she knew what she wanted to do.  If she has a creative vision, I certainly will not stand in her way.

The idea of being able to embroider for new customers is very exciting to me.  I get to meet new friends and provide a service that comes from my heart.

From now until Mardi Gras I will be spending most of my weekends at Krewe Den with the Costume Committee.  This year will mostly entail alterations of our costumes.  There is also a special project that needs embroidering.  You just cannot beat hanging out and working with special friends, on a beautiful beach, doing what you love to do.  If this is a dream, please don’t wake me.

Last night was our Krewe Kocktail Party at Krewe Den.  Last year was the first year we had the cocktail party rather than our usual ball.  George and I could not attend because we had the flu.  All year I’ve heard about the wonderful time everyone had.  This year we definitely were going to attend and, indeed, we did.  It was fabulous.  It was everything the girls said.  Although we did have music, it wasn’t the loud, blaring music that you would have at a ball.  We were able to actually have conversations and enjoy getting to know people in a comfortable setting.  One of the highlights for me is getting to know our Love Slaves and Mermaidens better.  These people do a lot of work for us and they deserve to play with us, as well.   The food, of course, was delicious and just kept coming.  George and I brought our bottle of wine, but about my second glass, I noticed a punch bowl.  I really think that “punch” is definitely the correct word to describe that drink.  When I finally spilled my drink all over the floor and gathered napkins to clean it up, it was time to bid our farewells and go home.  We had enough fun for one evening. 

There hasn’t been a lot of time this week for playing on Pinterest, although I do try to look at the pictures when I can. 

Our Etsy Store needs some work.  In fact, December and January were the best two months that we have had at the Etsy Store.  I really need to get to work on it and put some new blingy stuff in the store.  I also want to work on more fashion scarves, Made in the USA, of course.

One of the joys of gardening is being able to share.  A neighbor dropped by the other day and left with a pot of thyme and some hyssop plants.

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to SMILE:>)

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Craft Project:
Take cheap, mismatched plates and glasses, glue together and spray paint.  Voila!  Unique cake stands.  (Found this on Pinterest.)

Another Pinterest find:

Here are the steps!

  • Add a few small drops of rubbing alcohol into your broken powder makeup compact or casing.

  • After you add the alcohol to the broken powder you will notice it seep into the powder causing it to become soft.

  • Smudge the soft soaking powder around, making it into a paste-like substance and re-form it by smoothing it out with your finger. You will know exactly what to do!

  • You can then smooth the surface out with the bottom of a spoon if you choose to, but remember that it does not have to be perfect to work perfectly.

  • Let it dry overnight for best results.


C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

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