Sunday, October 7, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 38

Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 38 – October 7, 2012


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Peggy’s Eraser is an embroidery notion that removes embroidery stitches.  There have been rave reviews about it and the item has been available longer than I’ve worked with machine embroidery.  It is just that Peggy’s Eraser has always been too expensive for me.  This week I needed to rip some stitches and borrowed Peggy’s Eraser from a customer.  It was really nice and although it did take awhile to remove the stitches, it was not nearly as long as it would have taken without the Peggy’s Eraser.  It looks and handles just like an electric razor.  George went out and bought a new electric razor for Cajun Stitchery and it seems to do the trick just as well as the Peggy’s Eraser.  It is a very handy tool because as much as you try to do perfect embroidery, sometimes stuff just happens.

We attended a friend’s surprise 60th birthday party last night and presented him with a gag gift of disposable underwear.  On the front was embroidered “iPeed” and on the back “iPood”.  The iPood design was found on the internet when I was browsing some embroidery ideas.  They had it on the back side of baby diapers.  I just thought it was adorable.

Our tablecloth is coming along.  I can only work on it during my free time and there isn’t much of that lately.  So far the tablecloth has about 366,000 stitches and it isn’t finished yet.  I’m excited about it.  I’m finally able to use some of the heirloom stock designs that I’ve longed to embroider and never had the opportunity before.  The thought has crossed my mind to sell them but gee whiz, I would have to sell them for hundreds of dollars.  Perhaps a design that is not so heavily embroidered would sell better.  Nevertheless, that’s in the future.  Right now I’m working on mine.

This week was filled with robes, shams and monograms.  It is October and Christmas is right around the corner.  Are you ready? 

Ideas for embroidered Christmas gifts:  linens, sheets, pillow cases, blankets, bedcovers; towels, bath, beach, hand, wash, fingertip/tea; kitchen towels, pot holds, trivets, coasters, napkins, tablecloth, placemats, apron, plastic bag caddy; and, of course, handkerchiefs, shirts, jackets, and caps.

We have several small cherry tomatoes but I’m still waiting for the beefsteak plant to form tomatoes.  They have flowers, but only a few.  Our fingers are crossed.

The horseradish plant is kind of yellowish.  Hope that’s not a bad sign.  We keep reading that horseradish is pretty invasive.  I sure hope so.  I love the flavor of horseradish, not to mention that it is a natural pesticide for the garden.

We just harvested as many bell peppers as we could carry and there are still more out there.  It is definitely a bell pepper year.

Have a wonderful week.
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A Very Nice Trellis with Vines

My neighbor down the road a bit has a terrific trellis arrangement that helps out both in the summer and in the winter, and looks very nice to boot.
They have a large south facing porch across the back of their home, and put in an open roof structure and trained vines to cover the roof and some of the vertical surfaces. The vines provide some very welcome shade on the porch during the summer and also shade some of the south facing windows. In the winter, with the leaves gone, the area under the trellis gets filtered sun that is very pleasant to sit in on sunny days when the full sun might be a bit too bright. The windows behind the trellis also get some winter solar gain through the vine branches -- this can be adjusted by pruning. In the fall, the vines put on a very nice fall color display.
The vines take some time to get established -- they thought about 5 years to get to full coverage. And, some trimming and pruning is needed each year to keep them in the areas you want. They have trained the vines to cover both the roof surface and some of the vertical surfaces where they wanted sun protection.


to find pictures of the house and trellis.


C’est tout, mes amis


Peggy Henshall

Cajun Stitchery

(850) 261-2462


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