Friday, July 20, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 27

Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 27 – July 20, 2012

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


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I sure hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  It has been beautiful here but a bit rainy, too.  At least we are not suffering from a drought.

The round monogram is ongoing.  Once the monogram was digitized, I put it into my new digitizing program to get the direction of the stitches correct.  The new program tore the design apart and caused some unsightly and noticeable overlaps.  I ended up re-digitizing the entire design in the new program and that worked very well.  I need to learn the new program anyway.  I did a stitch-out of the design and it turned out beautiful.  A picture was sent to the client who loved it.  Then I noticed that there are places where the fabric is showing through the stitches.  The thread was almost too loose, so that’s not the problem.  The problem is probably the pile of the fabric.  To resolve the issue I need to use a wash away topping.  This is upholstery fabric and I worried about water marks.  Luckily, the customer left some scrap fabric and I embroidered a design on the scrap using the wash-away and then washed the topping away.  After the swatch dried, there were no water marks.  Hooray!

As a side note to the round monogram story, the customer asked the name of the font that we used because a friend wants to match the monogram with her own monogrammed headboard.  Unfortunately, we used a bit of this font and a bit of that font and in the end the monogram was digitized to fit a circle.  The answer to her question is it is whatever she would like to name the font.  We created it and it is truly one of a kind.

Last year a gentleman approached me and asked if we would do tee shirts, hats, etc., for a television program that he produced called Senior Extremers.  We agreed and filled the order.  This year we were asked by this same gentleman to fill an order for Florida’s Surfing History, Part I.  We have filled most of the order.  I did not see the film when it debuted in downtown Pensacola and was surprised when I received a free copy of the DVD.  George and I watched and found it to be a very well done documentary and we learned a lot about how surfing came to Pensacola Beach and how it has progressed.  Many of the old timers were interviewed and others mentioned.  The documentary is filled with fascinating stories of surfing at Pensacola Beach.  If you get a chance to see this documentary, you really should, especially if you have been in Pensacola long enough to get a flavor of our beach and beach people.

The baby blanket was finished and the blanket, bibs and other items were mailed to my granddaughter in Wimauma.  Makayla’s due date is August 2nd, which just happens to be Keenia’s birthday, as well.  Poor baby, Keenia says she is very tired and ready for this pregnancy to be over.

I thought neutering your dog made him calm down.  Not so in our Sam’s case.  He has been running like all get out every day since his surgery.  He has also been popping his lips and making funny sounds.  I think he is doing that because we hush him up when he barks too much.  Instead of barking, he pops his lips.  He is one funny dog.

Have a wonderful week.

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Thanks to Paulette Provost for the following:


Let me tell you, Jesse hated this job. And you would too,
I imagine, if you had to do it.
Jesse was a chicken plucker. That's right.

He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days
pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us
wouldn't have to.

It wasn't much of a job. But at the time,
Jesse didn't think he was much of a person.
His father was a brute of a man.
His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill
And treated Jesse rough all of his life.

Jesse's older brother wasn't much better.
He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.
Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in
West Virginia. Life was anything but easy.
And he thought life didn't hold much hope for him.
That's why he was standing in this chicken line,
doing a job that darn few people wanted.

In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems
that Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real
Physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head.
He was a small child, skinny and meek.
That sure didn't help the situation any.

When he started to school, he was the object of every
Bully on the playground.

He was a hypochondriac of the first order.
For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something to be
looked forward to.

But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist.
He found books on ventriloquism. He practiced with
Sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until
He could get a real ventriloquist dummy.

When he got old enough, he joined the military.
And even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms
persisted, the military did recognize his talents and
Put him in the entertainment corps.
That was when his world changed.
He gained confidence.

He found that he had a talent for making people laugh,
and laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes.
Yes, little Jesse had found himself.

You know, folks, the history books are full of people
who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success
of themselves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of
who didn't overcome it.

Instead he used his paranoia
to make a million dollars,
and become one of
the best-loved characters of all time in doing it!

Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who transferred his nervousness
into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmy's given in a single category.

The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian who brought us

Barney Fife
Jesse Don Knotts.


C’est tout, mes amis

Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462

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