Sunday, July 13, 2014

Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 18 – July 13, 2014



 
Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 18 – July 13, 2014

Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.

 

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First of all, we have a new catalog website: http://www.my-catalogs.com/cajunstitchery/

This website takes the place of the older “imprints” website.  Hope this one works better.  Now if I can just figure out how to link it to the blog and Cajun Stitchery website that would be great.  Browse around and look at some of the great items Cajun Stitchery sells.  Bulk orders do get discounts.  I’m not sure if the catalog allows for that but if not, contact me for the discount.

What is all of this hoopla about the movie Frozen?  Cajun Stitchery now has the Frozen embroidery designs.  However, to pitch the designs properly, we needed to see the movie.  George got the movie Friday and we’ve now watched it three times.  Love it.  Of course, we have always loved cartoons.  The music, the art, everything about this movie is, well, pretty terrific.  If you have children, grandchildren, younger nieces, or other children in your lives, especially girls, make sure you get them Frozen everything.  Go to our catalog and pick out something and we can do the embroidery.  My favorite character is Olaf.  Don’t forget that we can always include the child’s name or monogram in the design.

With Frozen in mind, it is not too early to start Christmas shopping.  In fact, a lady contacted me wanting one of our large laundry bags in our Etsy store.  Instead of white, she wanted red fabric.  Instead of being so large, 24” x 38”, she wanted 24” x 24”.  Instead of a plain sack she wanted “Santa’s Toy Bag” embroidered on it.  We put the design together with Santa, sleigh, and 8 tiny reindeer flying through the sky to a Christmas tree with the wording “Santa’s Toy Bag” embroidered on it. 

I suggested to the lady that we include the child’s name.  However, she informed me that the child, who turns 8 years old today, believes that he really is Santa.  She just wanted him to have a sack to carry his stuff over his shoulder.  Well, it takes all kinds.  As Elsa says in Frozen, “Let it go.”

The past two weeks have been consumed with a continuous embroidery design project.  The project was 315” of continuous embroidery.  I think it turned out beautiful.  There sure is a lot of measuring and math involved.  As a child, I remember thinking I’d never use this stuff in real life.  Not a day goes by where I’m not using the math, algebra, and trigonometry.  Sewing is all about mathematics.

I am working on some more continuous embroidery at this time, trying to prefect various types.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 17 – June 29, 2014



 
Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 17 – June 29, 2014

 

Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.

 

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When I see any one of you, our e-newsletter subscribers, I’m usually taken aback that you know what is going on in my life and the life of Cajun Stitchery until I realize that you must be reading this e-newsletter.  This helps to keep you informed.  Our subscribers are friends, relatives, or customers.  I love hearing from you, too. Let me know what is happening in your life, business, or even if you just want to drop a line to say, “Hello.”

The garden is bountiful this year and George has worked very hard on the garden and yard; although, the weeds seem to have a hold on the yards.  Weeds are a constant battle when we are trying to get beautiful green grass.  Just as one man’s junk is another’s treasure; one man’s weeds are another’s prized store bought plants.  A friend of mine who lived in Iowa told me that asparagus grows wild in Iowa.  In Florida asparagus plants are prized.  A friend of mine from Central Florida told me once that dollar weed can be used in salads.  I would love to send her our entire dollar weed collection but the more you pull, the more it comes back.  I like to watch the P. Allen Smith gardening show on PBS.  Earlier this spring he was talking about his beautiful lantana blooming.  We struggle to control the lantana in our yard from spreading everywhere.  All of this is to say that as we struggle to control weeds in our yard, George and I will sit back in the evenings with a glass of wine and decide where these plants would be treasured.

Speaking of our garden, we have a couple of blueberry bushes.  Each year we watch as the fruit appears.  We keep an eye out as the fruit begins to ripen.  Then one day we will go out to look and all of the ripened fruit is gone.  Obviously, birds and squirrels have the same idea.  There is apparently a special variety of blueberry that grows here.  We tried planting blueberries for years to no avail until one of my friends, a master gardener, gave us the blueberry bushes that we have now.  Our newest theory is that we need to plant more blueberry bushes in a place closer to where we can see them everyday, rather than on the other side of the yard. 

On the embroidery scene, lately I have made several of our little corset bags.  Years ago when I was pretty new to embroidery and soaking up information from the embroidery sites on the internet, I ran across a site from, I believe, South Africa called The Purple Hat.  This lady had some of the cutest embroidery designs and a lot of in-the-hoop designs.  The corset bag was one of them.  I bought it.  I’ve made these little bags every once in awhile since.  There are about 5 or so pieces to the bag and it takes about an hour to make one. The problem that I have with the little corset bag is that the 5x7 size is almost large enough, but not quite, to hold my android.  The android won’t go past the waist.  So, I made a larger version, 7x10.  The 7x10 version is large enough for my android, plus a few small items.  They are really cute and have a carrying strap/ribbon.  They can also be monogrammed.  The only drawback is the closure. It is open at the top with no closure.  However, the bag is fully lined.  These bags are now listed in our Etsy shop.  Lots of people have stopped by to look at them but no buyers yet.

We did have a customer last night who purchased a black, military style cap with gold fleur de lis embroidered on it.  Frankly, I’m surprised the fleur de lis caps and visors haven’t sold better.  Where are all of my Saints fans?  It is summer and football season is right around the corner.

Another ongoing project is creating a tweed fill design.  This project is still in the works but it certainly seems that a tweed fill design can be done.

I’m always looking for new monograms to create, especially antique/vintage types.  Pinterest has been a great help in this area.  The problem with creating monograms is that I am not a designer.  I can usually take a picture and digitize it into embroidery, but with monograms you usually have one or a few letters of a particular style but not the entire alphabet.  Designing the missing letters is a real challenge.

This week I received a call from an old friend of mine who worked with me in Pensacola during my paralegal days.  It is always such a pleasant surprise to hear from old friends.  She has an upcoming baby shower to attend and wanted to know if I could monogram baby blankets.  Yes, I can.

HAVE A HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

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To deter spiders from staying or coming inside your house:


Add 20 or 30 drops of peppermint oil to an 8 ounce spray bottle first then fill the spray bottle with water (leave an inch of head space from the top)
Shake for at least 30 seconds before every session you use the spray bottle.


Spray around : The inside of window sills ( all the way around )


Around door frames ( all the way around )


Under the kitchen and bathroom sinks
In the 4 corners in a room on the ceiling


You can also place a few drops of the peppermint oil on cotton balls and place in closets, kitchen cabinets, behind couches…. any out of the way place to keep spiders from returning.


Repeat the process once a week


You can plant it near doors and windows.


Thought this was cute:

Want to freak out your neighbors?  Name your Wifi “FBI Surveillance Van 7”.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 16 – June 14, 2014



 
Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 16 – June 14, 2014

 

Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.

 

ΘΘΘΘΘ

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My wonderful embroidery tech visited last week.  Clothilde received a real good check-up.  She had me order a few parts for upgrades which have since been received and the machine has been upgraded.  Clothilde is purring like a kitten and sports a brand new laser and bobbin guard.  While here I was able to introduce her to lemoncello.  I believe she really liked it and I have promised her a bottle on her next visit.  We were also able to take her to Tippy’s Tavern for dinner one night.

Installation of the bobbin guard was a piece of cake.  The laser was a bit more challenging.  Our tech had already returned to Orlando before the new laser arrived.  She was on speaker phone as she walked me inch-by-inch through the process of installing the laser.  We got to the point of aligning the laser when I just could not get that light to shine, as it should, on the needle hole in the needle plate.  There are only 2 screws holding the laser in place and those screws needed to be a bit loose in order to align the laser.  While trying to align, one of the screws came loose and I just could not get it back in the proper hole.  George had to help.  To make a long story short, George looked at the laser and talked to the tech and realized that I could not align the laser since I had it in backwards.  He turned the laser around, screwed the 2 screws in, and after fiddling a bit with alignment, it was done.  Leave it to me to install the laser backwards.

Yesterday, once we got off the phone with our embroidery tech and the laser was installed, I hung up the phone and put it on my cell phone stand next to my computer and went back to digitizing.  After an hour or 2 I decided to take a break and grabbed my android and went outside.  The phone was dead.  I pushed the on/off button and nothing happened.  I connected it to the charger and nothing happened.  We even changed the battery.  Again, nothing happened.  Neither of us could revive it.  This morning we drove to the AT&T store and a very nice gentleman named Josh tried to revive the phone, to no avail.  It was a new phone or nothing.  I purchased (well, we got it on our plan) a Moto X.  Apparently, this is the new and improved version of my Atrix 2.  I have played and played with this phone today.  I have read instructions and at one point called Josh for a little help which he was kind enough to assist.  As the kids today say, “This phone rocks.”  I can hook it up to my computer to charge the battery; or, plug it into the wall.  It has a voice command like my old Atrix 2 had, but this one has better response and does stuff for me.  So you think that sounds crazy?  I don’t even have to touch the phone to make a call, send a text, or even do searches on the internet.  This is just day one with this phone.  Imagine what day two will bring?  Oh yeah, the advertisement for this phone says it is the only phone assembled in the USA.  Okay, it wasn’t made here, but at least the USA got a part of the action.

We have to come up with a name for my phone.  Doris, Boudreaux, and Clothilde are taken by my embroidery machines.  It must be a Cajun name.  I am thinking about Marie.  Are there any thoughts out there on Cajun names for the Moto X?

The garden is bountiful this year and we are enjoying the fruits of George’s labor. 

I do a lot of monogram digitizing.  People want their name in “this” font.  There are a lot of monogram alphabets that I have done one or two letters, no one bought them and they are just hanging out there.  I think I’m going to complete these alphabets and offer them in my Etsy store.  Yes, I know, it is another project for my long list of projects for our Etsy store.

I did get to enjoy an evening with the girls last night.  It was delightful.  The food, of course, was fabulous.  That break from reality is always appreciated.

HAVE A HAPPY FATHERS DAY

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 14 – May 27, 2014


 

 
 
Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 14 – May 27, 2014

 

Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.

 

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Oh what a week this has been.  We had a large project of monogramming 57 shams for a hotel in Louisiana.  It was a domino effect and we ended up getting the shams on Wednesday.  We worked 12-14 hours a day and finally finished them Saturday evening.  Our customer had to leave Pensacola at 5 a.m. Sunday morning to get the shams to the hotel to meet the deadline of Sunday.

While embroidering these white shams, a small glob of black grease fell onto the fabric.  I finished the embroidery and promptly put baby powder on it.  There were several little dots of black grease.  The black grease is lint that gets caught up on the needles and absorbs the oil/grease of the machine.  The baby powder did absorb some of the spots but not all.  I put some dishwashing soap directly on the grease spots and rubbed it in a bit and then hand washed the sham in cold water.  The grease came out completely. 

There was a day, many years ago, where I could work 24 or 48 hours straight.  Yes, I’ve done that.  Nowadays that just isn’t in the cards.  To celebrate the completion of this order, George made us a wonderful steak dinner Saturday night and presented me with a surprise.  He bought me a bottle of lemoncello.  Oh my goodness, that stuff tastes like lemon meringue pie in liquid form.  We thought I would fall fast asleep after dinner but that was not the case.  I guess I was wound up tight because sleep did not come easily.  Sunday we decided to truly make it a day of rest … and we did.  I fell asleep on the sofa watching movies and slept a good 3 hours. 

When I awoke, we went to the Musicians Memorial at Vinyl Music Hall, here in Pensacola.  George is involved with this group and it was good to see some old faces and new faces.  We only stayed for an hour or so but enjoyed every minute.  The music, of course, was wonderful.

I found out yesterday that we may be getting a surprise visit from my embroidery tech.  Yes, I plan on introducing her to lemoncello, too.  She hasn’t told me exactly when she plans on staying or for how long but she is always welcome and Clothilde is also looking forward to her visit.

Did I tell you about the light and fan pulls?  I saw something on Facebook one day that were two little tabs with a light bulb on one and a fan on the other.  You attach these to the fan and light cords/chains on your ceiling fans.  That is a brilliant idea.  I have been meaning to get some tassels or something to extend the length of the chains on mine.  I love ceiling fans and have 7 of them in the studio.  I just cannot reach the chains.  Even when I get the stool out to reach the chains, I usually cannot tell which is for the light and which is for the fan.  Oh yes, I made a set of embroidered pulls for each ceiling fan in the studio.  It all started with one tab a simple rectangle and the other a circle.  Then I made one the shape of a light bulb and the other remained a circle with the outline of a fan embroidered within the circle.  I love them and they are so practical.  Of course, I put them in our Etsy Store.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 13 – May 17, 2014


Cajun Corner – Vol. 6, No. 13 – May 17, 2014

 

Bon Jour!  Welcome to Cajun Stitchery’s weekly email and welcome to our family.

 

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Spring has brought beautiful weather to our area, along with all of the plants and flowers; but this year we have encountered some surprises, too.  Early this Spring George bought a half whiskey barrel to put in the front yard.  He was going to plant a papyrus plant in the barrel, which he did.  Since he also took apart our raised garden and rebuilt it, he used some of the soil from the garden in the barrel.  The papyrus began growing happily as did several other plants that we thought were weeds.  Many of them were weeds except we recognized some Johnny Jump Ups.  So, we left those alone.  Then we recognized a tomato plant. We let that plant grow, as well.  Then a familiar looking plant began growing.  It was an eggplant plant.  I guess there were lots of seeds still in the garden soil that decided to grow.  The papyrus is very happy and getting tall.  The Johnny Jump Ups are a beautiful purple, green and gold.  The eggplant is growing but hasn’t had a flower yet.  The tomato has flowers and now is sporting some small fruit.  How about that for simply planting a papyrus in a half barrel?

Of course, the new garden has shallots, lettuce, carrots, radishes, and lots of plants.  The shallots are almost ready to harvest but the rest are still growing.   He planted pots of all kinds of peppers and more tomatoes.

The gladiolas seem to travel and we have a few gladiola patches here and there in the yard.  The gladiolas that have bloomed are a shade between red and orange, more like a deep coral.  They are beautiful. 

The roses are blooming, as are the gardenias, bottle brush and jasmine.  The yard has a wonderful fragrance.  The hydrangeas are turning a beautiful blue and the bushes are covered in these flowers.

We are enjoying sitting outside with the fragrances and colors.  It is so soothing.

It turns out that the blackberries are not blackberries at all.  They are dewberries.  They look and taste exactly like blackberries but have less seeds.  They are also bountiful this year.  The blueberries are not ripe yet but we will have a nice harvest when they do ripen.

Everyday is a joy to sit outside, especially in the mornings, with a hot cup of coffee and enjoying nature.

Sometimes I will list items on Etsy that I really never expect to sell.  Sometimes it is something funny; sometimes beautiful; and sometimes very expensive.  When it comes to really fine embroidery with lots of stitches and very time consuming, the price tends to get high.  Sometimes it is just difficult to price items.  Nevertheless, I had a beautiful white handkerchief listed.  It has a hefty lace border and is very elegant.  I listed it several months ago for $60.  I knew it would never sell but I wanted to show what we can do, as well as get people to visit the store to see what kind of hanky would cost $60.  As it turned out, a few weeks ago a gentleman made an appointment to come over and look at ladies handkerchiefs for a special occasion for his daughter.  He bought the lace handkerchief for $45.  I gave him a discount because he really liked the hanky and he was a nice guy.  Rather than take the handkerchief off of Etsy, I made another one.  It sold last week for $60.  I was pleasantly surprised, again.  Maybe there is hope for the $90 hanky that is listed on Etsy. 

Lately I’ve been working on my continuous embroidery skills.  Continuous embroidery is where you hoop a design and stitch it.  The design is too large for the hoop, so, after the first hooping, you re-hoop to stitch the continuation of the design.  I’m working on some beautiful edges.

It started when I purchased the European pillows from my friend, Pandora de Balthazar.  They needed pillowcases and I didn’t have any that fit.  So, I made a set.  Pillowcases are easy to make.  The edges of the pillowcases needed to be finished and such special pillows deserved some special pillowcases.  I used some heirloom designs and a bit of creativity and voila we had pillowcases.  They were so beautiful that I took photos and posted them on FaceBook.  Almost immediately we got an order.

Another project with the continuous embroidery is a scarf that I finished this past week.  It is just a poly blend kind of fabric but the embroidered edges and ends are gorgeous.  Again, it is done in white on white.  I figured out the cost and listed it in our Etsy Store today for $150.00.

Lots of embroidery has been created lately.  Beautiful baby bibs, pillows, and patches, but I’ll save that for another issue.  In the meantime  . . .

HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY
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