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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 41
Cajun Corner – Vol.
4, No. 41 – October 28, 2012
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
Last weekend a dear friend of ours passed away
unexpectedly from a heart attack.He was
only 60 years old.This week I’ve
learned that my dear Aunt Philo is in poor health.It is that time where life stops giving and
I know there is a season for all things but I
don’t like to be sad.It seems to me
that if you let sadness into your life, it can become all consuming.Besides, sadness is not going to make things
better.Of course, you don’t want to
appear heartless, either.Usually when
things are sad around the house I try to come up with something uniquely humorous.There used to be a game where you put your
head in a picture frame and the first in the audience to laugh lost the
game.We have played that game many
times in our family.
Do you remember the Laverne and Shirley show from
back in the 1970’s?There was one show
where Shirley was trying to cheer up Laverne and drew an upside down face on
her forehead, then bent over backwards on the sofa so it would look like a
right side up drawing.You’d have to see
it to get the humor.Yes, I did that
once.In fact, I was playing around with
the kids and did that.We all laughed
and the game was over but I forgot to wash my forehead.The doorbell rang.The visitor kept staring at me for sometime
before he asked what was on my forehead.I rushed off to wash my face.
Then there was the time that I ran into the room
with a scarf tied around my head and I was a ninja.That caused a real belly laugh.I’ve done backbends, splits and various other
acrobatics to get a laugh when the family is blue.The laughter usually comes when I realize
that I cannot get myself out of the position in which I just put my body.Most of the time, I just use laughter.How can anyone stay sad when someone around
them is laughing?It is not possible.
A friend of mine loves goose down pillows.Well, we weren’t that fancy when I was
growing up.Mama had chicken feather
pillows.Each morning there would be
feathers littered all over my bed because the hard ends would poke through the
ticking and I would pull them out in my sleep.Mama would gather them up and save them.Ever so often Mama would make new pillows and we would spend the day
pouring the chicken feathers into the new ticking.Feathers would be all over the place.The pillow topic is pertinent because I am
washing my bedroom pillows.They don’t
get washed as often as they should but I am washing them.They will be all clean and fluffed tonight;
although these pillows aren’t even chicken feathers but rather polyester fiber.
Last night many of the girls got together at a
friend’s home on the beach.We were
officially going over to visit our friend who just lost her significant other
and was spending a few days on the beach.Unofficially, we were planning a belated birthday party for the
hostess.Oh what fun we had!Our birthday girl did not see this one
coming.Since I am the official gift
hander outer, she received gifts that were placed on the sofa next to her.One after another she unwrapped beautiful and
fabulous gifts.She finished opening the
gifts on the sofa and was picking up the tissue paper and bows when I told her
to hold on, there was another stack of gifts right behind her.The gifts just kept coming.Then we had the birthday cake.OMG!This cake was peanut butter and nothing less than a slice of
heaven.I’m sure it did not contain any
calories at all.It was so light and
fluffy and tasted so good.
Tomorrow night the Krewe of Wrecks first meeting
for 2013 Mardi Gras Season.Oh my
goodness, how times flies.
This past week Cajun Stitchery’s Etsy store began
stocking its Christmas items.We have
less than two months until Christmas.Drop by when you get a chance and browse a bit.In the meantime, I will be listed the items
in the attached photos soon.
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With Christmas right around the
corner, here is a simple DIY project that would make a nice and useful
Christmas gift for anyone.Found this at
Learn how you can make a fun and unique
chalkboard out of an old cupboard door. Search through second hand stores or
yard sales to find unwanted doors, or you can even buy an inexpensive,
unfinished one at your local home improvement store. This chalkboard is fun to
use in a kitchen, an office, or any other room.
Instead of using an old cupboard door, why
not paint the doors that are on your cupboards!?! I think this would be a fun
way to decorate a toy room, office, or craft room.
·Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
·Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are
estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or
less time depending on your circumstances.
·Cupboard Door (I got mine at a
home improvement store)
I used a spray paint primer and a brush on
chalkboard and latex paint. You can use either brush on paint or spray paint.
It really doesn't make a different, it is just a matter of personal preference.
Start out by making sure your cupboard door
is clean and dust free. If possible, remove the handle. If you cannot remove
the handle, cover it completely with masking tape.
Cover your work surface with newspaper (I
also use wax paper sometimes). Make sure you work in a well ventilated area.
Set your cupboard door on the work surface and grab your primer. Use thin
layers of the primer to cover it. Wait until one layer is dry to the touch
before adding another. When you are done with the primer, let it set to
completely dry (follow the directions on your paint can).
Once the primer is dry, you are ready to
paint the border of the door. I chose a red paint. You can tape off the center
area of the cupboard door if you like, but I was just careful when I painted
around the edges. Use as many layers as you need to get the shade you want.
Like with the primer, when you are done painting the border, let it set to
completely dry (follow the directions on your paint can).
Now, you are ready for the chalkboard
paint. Use a quality paint brush to apply a few layers, allowing each one to
dry between coats. Let the chalkboard paint cure for as long as the paint can
says. My chalkboard paint can also suggested I condition the chalkboard paint
by rubbing the side of the chalk over it and then wiping it off. Don't skip
this step, I did with another project and I could not totally erase the lines.
Now you can use your new cupboard door
chalkboard and enjoy! If you want to hang it, you can screw it directly to the
wall and paint the screw heads. You can also use eye hooks screwed to the top
or buy picture hanging hardware to attach to the back of the cupboard door.