Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cajun Corner - Vol. 4, No. 45


Cajun Corner – Vol. 4, No. 45 – November 25, 2012


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Ah, Thanksgiving week.  I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.

We planned on spending Thanksgiving Day with friends.  George is funny about Thanksgiving and Christmas.  No matter where we go or what we do, he has to have that turkey smell in the house.  Wednesday was our Thanksgiving with each other.  I baked the turkey, sweet potato soufflé, bread and cornbread dressing.  Yes, I used real recipes and it all turned out wonderfully delicious.  We cleaned off our kitchen table, which is usually used as our desk/office and piled with stuff.  Rather than a buffet at the stove, the food was all set out on the table.  It was a delightful time.  Wednesday evening we watched Polar Express. 

On Thursday morning I prepared the green bean casserole and we went to our friends’ home for the day.  There was lots of wine and food.  We actually intended to leave around 4:00 but I think it was more like 6:00 before we left.  That’s a real testament to how much we enjoyed the day with our friends.

We had arranged that some of our neighbors would drop by Thanksgiving evening just to get together.  They arrived around 8:30.  It was a bit cool outside, so, we all gathered around the table and enjoyed our time together.  Finally, we did end up sitting on the deck after Evie got a bit irritated with Sam under the table.

By Friday morning I decided that I was never eating another bite of food.  Famous last words, huh?  Today is Sunday and we still have leftovers. 

Friday evening we were invited next door to an evening in front of the fire pit with our neighbors.  Oh my gosh, that was fun.  George was pooped and left earlier than I did.  I guess we stayed out there until about 10:00.  The beauty of getting together with the neighbors is that you don’t have to drive home.  In fact, my neighbors walked me home.  We must do that more often.

My favorite radio station has been playing Christmas music for a couple of weeks now.  What’s with that?  I love the idea that they play Christmas music from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas, but to start a week earlier is too much; it is still the Thanksgiving season.  Nevertheless, the Christmas music is playing everyday over here. 

The Etsy store has been busy lately.  There are a lot of items listed.  The other day I noticed that several Etsy stores are selling embroidery designs.   There is nothing wrong with that.  I just had not noticed it before.  Ever since I first purchased Doris, I’ve looked at all of the beautiful embroidery designs on the internet.  Doris came with a disk of Singer designs.  There were lots of free designs online, as well, especially at the various embroidery machine websites, like Singer, Baruden and Husqvarna.  As I learned to use the embroidery machine, I found more and more embroidery design websites.  Some designs I purchased, some were free, and some came with the various machines and programs that I’ve purchased.  Eventually, I began learning to digitize some designs with my programs.  It wasn’t until this year that I began digitizing more intricate designs.  I still think that I’m a novice at the digitizing thing, but I have come a long way. 

All of that said I started wondering if my designs were good enough to sell online.  I did have the Classy Cajun monogram set that was recently digitized, and several other designs that I’ve done.  There is now an Embroidery Design section in our Cajun Stitchery Etsy store.  There aren’t a lot of designs in there right now but there are a few.  We’ll see if anyone wants to purchase them.  The beauty is that after the design is created, it is offered for sale and is emailed to whoever wishes to purchase them.  Unlike other tangible items in the store, the designs can be sold over and over; therefore, the price is pretty low, usually $5 or less.  A lot of the wording was taken from perusing other shops and their terms, conditions, warnings, etc.  Time will tell if this is an avenue worth pursuing for Cajun Stitchery.  Why don’t you go check it out?

Right now we are busy embroidering names and designs on bags and satin jackets, as well as some heirloom embroidery. 

Ever since the purchase of our professional grommet machine, I’ve wanted a similar machine for snaps.  This week the machine was purchased and should arrive next week.  These machines are so much better than hammering those little metal pieces.

We did have some sad news recently.  A friend’s mother passed away on Friday.  It wasn’t a surprise.  Her mother had been ailing for sometime.  The funeral is scheduled for Monday in Mobile.

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Tip of the Day:

Keep matches in a mason jar - with a strikeable sandpaper lid!

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Found this at:

Start Wrapping Earlier

Say goodbye to Christmas chaos this year. Follow these simple gift-wrapping strategies to give family and friends one-of-a-kind packages this holiday.

Avoid a gift-wrapping time crunch and start wrapping gifts as you buy them. Add ribbons, bows, and tags later. Label presents with sticky notes so that you don't forget who gets what.


Ideas for Paying it Forward
(This is also a pretty good blog article)

  1. put a quarter in a meter, any meter, that’s about to expire
  2. leave a copy of a really great book you’ve read in a cafe for someone else to enjoy
  3. be nice to the customer service people who are trying to help you with your technological difficulties
  4. tip your restaurant server generously
  5. thank the cooks, waitstaff and bussers personally
  6. say something nice or funny or goofy to the toll booth attendant (like, “Don’t drive too fast, now” or “Glad to have encountered you today”, or something less hokey)
  7. forgive a driver directing road rage at you
  8. buy or pack a meal for a homeless person (or give him/her your to-go box from a restaurant)
  9. give a warm coat to a homeless person
  10. offer to do pro bono work on a project where your skills are needed
  11. mentor someone
  12. make a donation
  13. say a prayer or whisper a kind wish for someone
  14. compliment a stranger
  15. send a box of donuts or bagels or muffins to a construction site
  16. next time you leave a foreign country, give all or some of what’s left of your currency to someone who resides in that country
  17. next time you’re at the airport, offer to pull the bags belonging to a woman or a mother with child out of the conveyor belt
  18. praise generously
  19. give local tips (re: restaurants, sights, etc.) to a tourist
  20. show respect equally to all human beings
  21. put a tip in a street musician’s jar
  22. let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store
  23. tell a funny joke to a stranger
  24. give someone a chance to prove him or herself
  25. encourage someone to pursue their dream
  26. allow someone to let his or her light shine
  27. show support to an artist or writer or musician
  28. hold the door open for someone
  29. tip a cab driver generously
  30. teach a child something you wish you knew at that age
  31. smile at someone who’s sad
  32. smile at strangers
  33. offer sincere, kind words to someone who’s hurting
  34. visit a hospice and spend some time with a terminally ill patient
  35. volunteer at a battered women’s shelter
  36. spend some time with a senior citizen living alone
  37. give up your seat on a crowded bus or train or ferry
  38. inspire someone to be the best that they can be
  39. give someone the benefit of the doubt
  40. offer to babysit for a single mother
  41. offer the FedEx, UPS or DHL delivery person something to drink especially on a warm day
  42. help a pregnant lady
  43. sit and talk with a homeless person and learn their story
  44. loan something to someone and forget about it
  45. loan money on Kiva
  46. contribute to a friend’s child’s education fund
  47. give blood
  48. show respect to a soldier regardless of your pacifism
  49. donate to or volunteer for the Make-A-Wish Foundation
  50. replace an angry or bitter thought toward someone with a loving thought (or at least try)

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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