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Saturday, June 15, 2013
Cajun Corner - Vol. 5, No. 23
Cajun Corner – Vol.
5, No. 23 – June 15, 2013
Jour!Welcome to Cajun
Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.
George and I love to experiment.Last week George read that you can dissolve
the egg shell right off the raw egg with vinegar.Once dissolved, the egg will bounce.He took the raw egg and put it in a glass,
then filled the glass with vinegar.Sure
enough in a couple of days the egg shell was gone and the egg in-tact.It felt rubbery, so I took the egg to bounce
it in the sink – SPLAT.Well, that part of
the experiment wasn’t true.I’m just
grateful that I tried to bounce it in the sink rather than the floor.
It turns out there is a mystery on PensacolaBeach.Several of the girls found gnome statutes in and around their front
yards this past week.No one knows who
put them there but the guessing has begun.To make this even more intriguing, the statutes arrived on different
days.Emails have been flying
speculating on who the gnominator is. I’m sure this will be a topic somewhere
in the next issue of the Island Times.
A friend contacted me for some embroidered
towels.She is helping with a cooking
contest on the beach and wanted something to give to the participants.She explained to me that her sister had given
her a kitchen towel that she absolutely loved and would like to get these type
towels embroidered.At first she said
they were made from cheese cloth, but I questioned that there would be cheese
cloth kitchen towels.After a bit of
research, she sent me an email directing me to where these towels can be
located.They are flour sack kitchen
towels.Off to Wal-Mart I went in search
of these fabulous kitchen towels.They
were readily available and I purchased 20 of them.Once home, I decided to wash and dry to
pre-shrink for embroidery.After they
were laundered, I measured to see how much they shrank since the label said
100% cotton.They didn’t shrink at
The flour sack towels were not cheese cloth but
very similar.Although Wal-Mart calls
them flour sack towels, they are not.I
remember spending summers with my grandmother in Woodstock, Georgia.She was an avid cook and her flour came in
flour sacks.They were more like
linen.The “flour sack towels” would
have let you sift flower through them.The more I worked with these towels, the more familiar they seemed until
finally the light bulb went off in my head.They are made of gauze which is basically cheese cloth.
When my sister, Nancy, had her first child,
Deshawn, our little family began learning about babies.It wasn’t until Hank was born that Pampers
were invented and on the market.The
diapers we used for Deshawn were gauze diapers, exactly what Wal-Mart is
selling as flour sack towels.The only
difference is the towels have a hem on each end.A few years after Deshawn was born, Nancy had Joey.Then after Joey was Hank.By that time Mama, Nancy and I had determined
that gauze baby diapers made the best dust rags and kitchen towels in the
world.So, here we are and they are
selling them as towels.They are super
absorbent.They would have to be,
right?To be baby diapers they would
need to be absorbent.
With the “flour sack” towels in hand, I decided
to see how they would handle embroidery.The first design I tried was a 6” by 3.75” mermaid design.It turned out perfect.That towel has now been listed in our Etsy
store.Today I’ve been busy working on
my friend’s order.Oh, and did I mention
that we purchased 15 more flour sack towels today?
Another friend is about to become a mother-in-law
and asked me to be thinking of something for the newly weds.The bride is trying to embrace her Philippine
heritage and my friend would like the embroidery to reflect this.At the same time, the bride is not a “bling”
person and steers more toward mute/earthy tones.This weekend I’ve been doing a bit of
research on Philippine history and culture.Since the Philippines
are island, the décor is not that different from any other beach décor.However, I did run across a Filipino legend
or two or three at Wikipedia that intrigued me.
Sirena is a mermaid, a sea
creature with a human upper body and a fish tail instead of lower extremities.
They attract fishermen and tourists.
Sirenas are reportedly often seen ashore by fishermen, especially in the towns
bordering the Pacific Ocean.
Siyokoy are mermen, sea
creatures that have a human form and scaled bodies. The Siyokoy is the
male counterpart of the Sirena. The lower extremities of a Philippine merman
can either be a fishtail or scaled legs and webbed feet. They could also have
long, green tentacles. They drown mortals for food. Siyokoys have
gill slits, are colored brown or green, and have scaly skin, comparable to that
of a fish.
then there is:
Filipinos in the Medieval Period said that it started somewhere in a place now
called "Tandang Sora". There was a fisherman that was attracted to a
tilapia, a kind of fish that is abundant in tropical countries. This fisherman
was sexually attracted to the tilapia and raped the fish. After 4 months, the fisherman
was shocked when he saw that this tilapia was pregnant. He could not believe as
for what he saw that night, it was also the very night that the fish will have
her delivery. The fish gave birth of a half human, half fish creature. As the
fisherman knew that this creature is so valuable, he then named it
"GEM". They also said that when a "Sirena" get a hold of a
stone called "DARNA'S STONE" this creature can be seen as a whole
I think the décor should be mermaids.
Have a wonderful week.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
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