Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 7



Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 7 – February 24, 2013


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George finished the ball cap order.  Yee Haa!  The customer will come over on Tuesday to pick up the caps.

Clothilde decided to act up a bit this week but that issue has been resolved and she is working just fine.

We worked on several tee shirts this week, embroidering new necklines and cutting out the old and several types of items.  There has been a lot of designing and digitizing going on, as well. 

Happily, we received our new order of thread.  The mill where I order thread sent, at my request, some very thin serger thread to do fine monograms.  I haven’t tried the new thread yet but am very excited about this.

George and I have been planning decorating the house next door.  The ideas are coming together and we are getting excited to see this project to fruition.  There are 20 windows that need curtains.  Of course, they will all be embroidered as well as, hopefully, rugs, duvets, pillow cases, shams, etc.

In our stash of stock designs, we have myriad of cartoons and other “licensed” designs.  At least, I thought they were licensed.  I’ve never offered them before but I noticed that many of these designs are being offered for embroidery at various Etsy businesses.  I looked the designs up online and apparently the purchase of the designs is the license and you can sell the embroidery.  So, I’ve started offering them with the rest of our stock designs.  Of course, I cannot sell the designs, only the embroidery.  The designs include: Mickey, Minnie, Aladdin, Alice in Wonderland, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Bambi, Barbie, Aristocats, Bugs Bunny, Care Bear, Cat in the Hat, Betty Boop, Harry Potter, Little Mermaid, and lots more.  If you are interested, just ask me about your favorite cartoon character and I will let you know if we have it in stock.

I posted some of the Mickey and Betty Boop embroidery designs on Facebook last night.  One response is that Mickey is my great granddaughter’s favorite character.  Guess there will be some Mickey embroidery going on pretty soon for that baby.

Last week one of our customers needed a piece of fabric embroidered to say, “…and they lived happily ever after.”  The fabric is being made into a pillow.  George and I thought that was so cute that we are thinking about making a set.  The first one would be in a fairytale type font with all of the curly cues and swirls for the first letter only, and say, “Once upon a time…”  The second would say, “…and they lived happily ever after.”  Don’t you think that would make a cute pair of shams?

Today, George and I worked in the garden.  It was a fabulous day.  The weather has been rainy for 2 or 3 days and this morning the sky was clear and the sun shining.  It was a perfect gardening day.   First we cleaned the garden and turned the compost.  Then we planted peas, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, and all sorts of vegetables. 

We stopped in the middle of gardening to make a run to Dollar Tree.  I was poking holes in paper cups to plant seeds and thought things would go faster if I had an ice pick.  Dollar Tree does not have ice picks.  Of course, Dollar Tree, in and of itself, is a dangerous place for me.  I brought a list of 5 items that I needed.  One of the five items, the ice pick, was not available.  I spent $14.  And that was with George not letting me go up and down each aisle.  I love that store.

Today is my Aunt Philo’s 94th birthday.  She is now the matriarch of the family.  A happy birthday wish goes to Aunt Philo.

We are getting ready to watch the Academy Awards tonight.  So, I’ll close for now.

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Academy Awards Interesting Facts

By Jennifer Rosenberg, Guide

The Very First Oscar Winner
The very first person to receive an Academy Award didn't attend the first Academy Awards ceremony. Emil Jannings, the winner for Best Actor in the 1927-28 Academy Awards, had decided to go back to his home in Germany before the ceremony. Before he left for his trip, Jannings was handed the very first Academy Award.

The Only Oscar to Win an Oscar
Oscar Hammerstein II won the Oscar for his song, "The Last Time I Saw Paris," in the movie Lady Be Good (1941).

Midnight Cowboy (1969), the winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, is the only X-rated movie to win an Oscar.

Brother and Sister
Ethel and Lionel Barrymore are the only brother and sister to ever win Academy Awards for acting. Lionel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Actor in A Free Soul (1931). Ethel Barrymore won an Oscar for Best Actress in None But the Lonely Heart (1944).

First Color Movie to Win Best Picture
Gone With the Wind (1939) was the first movie filmed in color to win the Best Picture award.

Posthumous Nominations
There have been a number of people nominated for Academy Awards after their death. However, the first person to be nominated posthumously and actually win was screenwriter Sidney Howard for Gone With the Wind (1939). James Dean, on the other hand, has been the only actor to be nominated twice after death; once for Best Actor in East of Eden (1955) and again the following year for Best Actor in Giant (1956).

Wordless Winners
Three actors have won Academy Awards for playing characters that utter not a single word throughout the entire film. Jane Wyman won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Belinda, a deaf mute, in Johnny Belinda (1948). Sir John Mills played the mute village idiot in Ryan's Daughter (1970), for which he won the Best Supporting Actor award. Most recently, Holly Hunter won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the mute Ada McGrath in The Piano (1993).

The Host With the Most
The list of hosts for the Academy Awards ceremony is dotted with such prestigious names as Will Rogers, Frank Capra, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire, Jack Lemmon, and David Letterman. However, one man has dominated Academy Award history; Bob Hope hosted a womping eighteen Academy Award ceremonies. Billy Crystal, who has hosted the ceremonies eight times, ranks second as the host with the most. Johnny Carson comes in third after hosting five Academy Award ceremonies.

Oscar's Name
The Oscar statuette's official name is the "Academy Award of Merit." The name "Oscar" is actually a nickname that has been around for decades with unclear beginnings. Though there are several different stories that claim to tell the origin of the nickname "Oscar," the most common attributes the nickname to a comment made by Margaret Herrick. Herrick, as the story goes, worked as a librarian at the Academy and upon first seeing the statuette, commented that the statuette looked like her Uncle Oscar. No matter how the nickname started, it became increasingly used to describe the statuette in the 1930s and was officially used by the Academy beginning in 1939.

A Winner Who Was Never Nominated
The only Academy Award winner who won but was never officially nominated was Hal Mohr for Best Cinematography for A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935). Mohr was the first and only person to win via a write-in vote.

The Phrase "And the winner is..." Is Discontinued
At the 61st Academy Awards, held in 1989, the Academy decided to replace the trademark phrase "And the winner is..." with the phrase "And the Oscar goes to..." Did you notice?

The Streaker
During the Academy Awards ceremony held on April 2, 1974, a man named Robert Opal ran across the stage naked, flashing the peace sign. David Niven had been on stage to introduce the Best Picture category when the streaker ran behind him. Thinking quickly on his feet, Niven remarked, "The only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping ... and showing his shortcomings.”

A 20-Year Wait
In a strange turn of events, Charlie Chaplin's1 movie Limelight, which was produced in 1952, won an Academy Award in 1972 -- twenty years after its first release. According to the Academy's rules at the time, a movie could not be considered for an Academy Award until it had played in Los Angeles. When Limelight finally played at a theater in Los Angeles in 1972, it became eligible for an award.

C’est tout, mes Amis
Peggy Henshall
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