Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 15

Cajun Corner – Vol. 5, No. 15 – April 21, 2013


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All of the furniture is now in the house next door.  With the sleeper sofa and Mama’s bed, we can sleep 4.  All of the windows have curtains, or more appropriately, covers.  Proper curtains with embroidery will take some time but that is the next step.  Ah, visions of overnight guests are filling my mind.

We have begun the task of going through the boxes of stuff for the kitchen.  Yes, I have begun tossing things out.  Used aluminum foil pie tins went into the trash, as did empty jars.  Some empty jars may be antique and were kept for the time being.  One was a glass jar in the shape of a maple leaf.  I believe that syrup originally came in that jar.  There are also several jelly jars from long ago.  We found a can of sardines – unopened.   We were stumped when we found the box of wine that was never opened.  Is that stuff still good?

Some of the stuff is going to Waterfront Mission unless someone pop ups and wants it.  We don’t need her microwave, toaster oven, or Mr. Coffee, since we have those things already.  If anyone wants them, they are yours for the taking.  First come, first served.

It is mind boggling how many sets of dishes she had.  Going through the items from the kitchen drawers is interesting.  There are some things that we cannot figure out what they are.  Other things are unique items.  Still others are obviously very old.  There are pots and pans, bake ware of all kinds, measuring cups, you name it and she probably had it.  I’d venture to say that there are more boxes from Mama’s kitchen than anything else.  The amazing thing about that is that she didn’t cook – ever.  She collected and read cookbooks and had to have every kind of kitchen utensil, but she didn’t cook.

The most recent box that has been opened seems to be full of spices.  That is where we have stopped.  There will be more to come on this topic next week.

Last night we had a few guests over for a shrimp boil.  Shrimp have been on my mind for awhile.  We had tours of the house next door going on for awhile.  One guest suggested that we have a slideshow of the “before” pictures on the TV as we give our tours of the renovated house.  Not a bad idea.  I wonder how I would get that on the TV?  Does anyone know?

One of our friends brought a salad that everyone raved about.  The last bit of that salad was my lunch today.  It had broccoli, grapes, crasins, cheese, and all sorts of things in it and it was delicious. 

The wine flowed, as did the conversation.  I try to invite guests who I think will be interesting to each other and that seemed to be the case last night.  Everyone not only got along well, but interacted in some very interesting conversations.  We all ended the evening on the back deck just talking and drinking wine.

The dogs were very well behaved during the entire evening.  Sam, “the puppy”, no longer jumps on everyone.  He still sniffs and gooses everyone but hopefully he will stop that as he matures and is around people.  Otherwise, even the dogs got along with the guests.

Last week I was playing around with some cutwork embroidery designs trying to use the boring needle rather than stopping the machine to do the cutting.  So far, it hasn’t worked but I haven’t given up hope.   Practice makes perfect and I’m convinced this will work.

I did make some lace coasters for next door on the embroidery machine.   I used plastic for the stabilizer so that the coasters would be waterproof.  They turned out very nice.

Have a wonderful week.

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How To's and Projects


Finished gift box   January 2000  Heart shaped gift boxes


Instructions for making heart shaped boxes:

Materials needed:

  • Card stock paper or poster board
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Spray paint
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Decorating accessories;
  • ribbon, lace, flowers, buttons, etc...


Draw these hearts on 1x1 inch graph paper.
(The inner heart is suppose to be drawn 1/8 inch

inside the outer heart)

Heart shape patternsCut card stock or poster board according to the
following dimensions and patterns.

For Small Box:

  • Cut one strip 1"x 10" (For top of box)
  • Cut one strip 2.25"x 9.5" (For bottom of box)
  • Cut two heart shapes (Small hearts on pattern)

For Large Box:

  • Cut one strip 1.25"x 18.5" (For top of box)
  • Cut one strip 2.75"x 18.25" (For bottom of box)
  • Cut two heart shapes (Large hearts on pattern)


Taping the boxesNow you are ready to assemble the box:

Pre tear several pieces of masking tape for use.

Take the two heart shaped pieces that are for the size of box you have chosen.
Starting at the bottom point of the heart, tape the thin strip of poster board to the larger of those heart shapes.  Then tape the thick strip to the smaller heart shape.  (These steps are shown on the smaller box in the photo.)

Bend the strip slightly inward at the top mid-point of each heart as you tape the pieces together.

Overlap the ends of the strip, being sure to bend the strip at the bottom of the heart to make a point.

(Tip:  Apply tape to strip edge first as seen in photo then roll the strip along the edge of the heart folding the tape over onto the heart at the same time.)
( Do not worry about bumps and folds in the tape.)

After you have fully assembled your box you need to texture it:

Tear small pieces, (approx. 1/2") of masking tape and stick them randomly all over the top and bottom pieces of the heart box. Cover the box completely with the tape pieces. (This step is shown on the large heart box in the photo.)

(Tip: Be careful not to fold tape to the inside of the box, this would give it a messy unfinished look.)

You are ready to finish the box:

Set out the box pieces on newsprint in a well ventilated area.
(Tip: Make sure that the inside of each box piece is facing down so that only the areas that are covered with tape are showing.)

Spray paint thoroughly and let dry completely.

Decorate the box with ribbons, lace, doilies, buttons, charms, anything you like!  Fill with candy or small gifts!

Happy Creating!

Peggy Henshall
Cajun Stitchery
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