Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No.1

Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 1 – January 6, 2013

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Happy 2013!!!!

George ended up spending the week in Atlanta with his sister and dad.  They buried Mom on Friday.  George says it was a very nice military funeral.  They folded and presented the flag to Dad, played Taps, and the Navy officers escorted Dad. 

It was a difficult week.  The New Year holiday made it a bit difficult getting the funeral plans finalized, but in the end they did what had to be done.  On top of everything else, George’s birthday was Wednesday, the day they received Mom’s ashes.  George and his sister left Atlanta yesterday morning.

A lot was done at Cajun Stitchery during the week.  The dogs, cats and I spent the week alone with an occasional visit from neighbors.  We were able to churn out some beautiful embroidery though and work on some creative designs.

This upcoming week already looks busy with more heirloom embroidery and a large ball cap order.

Sometime ago a friend told me to sell no more than 4 or 5 different types of things in your store.  Just have a lot of each of those things.  Etsy allows 10 categories of items in each Etsy store.  My new embroidery friend in Alaska reiterated this to me.  She has over 1,000 items in her EBay store.  They are all embroidered towels, mostly hand towels, and a few bath towels.  Her EBay store is booming and keeps her busy everyday. 

Reviewing our Etsy sales from last year it appears that the one item that sells most is handkerchiefs.  Our plan is to build up our handkerchief supply and turn our Etsy store into just handkerchiefs or handkerchiefs and another item, perhaps scarves.  That is Step 1.  Later on we may open a second Etsy store for a couple of additional categories.  The Etsy rules do allow you to have more than one store but they make a point that they do not encourage this practice because it can become confusing.   Now the question is what to do with the other items that I make. 

Yesterday was the Queen’s Brunch for our krewe.  We get together over mimosas and bloody Mary’s, eat a fabulous brunch, socialize and then our past queens retire to a private room where the envelope containing our votes and kisses are tallied for our new queen.  Only the past queens know who will be the new queen until the announcement at the King Kake Party.  We usually begin the Mardi Gras season on the island with our King Kake Party that same afternoon.  At that time we serve King Cake and then announce our new king and queen.  This year John Thomas was crowned King Nerius XXII and Peggy Henshall was crowned Queen Doris XXII.  It was simply a magical day for me.  Those girls are the very best.  I really like the tiara a lot.  I wore it until bedtime last night.  Actually I wore it to bed but it wasn’t comfortable sleeping with the thing on my head.  The tiara returned to my head this morning and I wore it all day. 

I began designing my royal logo last night and posted it on Facebook. 

We also found that the Pensacola News Journal wasted no time in publishing an article on our party before the evening was over.

Today we had a birthday meal for George at a friend’s home.  I wore the tiara.  Food was great.  Conversation was wonderful.  We had a lovely afternoon.

This Mardi Gras season is very short and very busy, but I plan on doing it all and attending it all.  Here we go…


Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler


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Thank you Harold Wilkes for the following contribution:
The General went out to find that none of his G.I.s were there. One finally ran up, panting heavily.

"Sorry, sir! I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I'm here."

The General was very skeptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the G.I. go. Moments later, eight more G.I.s came up to the general panting, he asked them why they were late.

"Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I'm here."

The General eyed them, feeling very skeptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too. A ninth G.I. jogged up to the General, panting heavily.

"Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but..."

"Let me guess," the General interrupted, "it broke down."

"No," said the G.I., "there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them."
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C’est tout, mes amis
Peggy Henshall
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