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Lots of Caring and a Little Bit of Crafting

Lots of Caring and a Little Bit of Crafting

My mom’s not doing so well these days, and I have become her primary caregiver. I have only done a few crafty things since my last post.  I made shark soaps for my grandson’s birthday party, finished a bracelet that was inspired by Pinterest and a blog challenge, and sewed a few dozen yo-yo’s while watching Lifetime movies with Mama. I’ll try to get some photos up, soon.

Valentine Earrings for Mama

Valentine Earrings for Mama
Valentine Earrings for Mama

I’ve posted this on facebook, but not here, I don’t think. My mother has lung cancer. She’s beat cancer twice before, both uterine and breast cancers. I like to think she can do it again, but she turned 80 in August, and that makes it harder this time.

She’s had radiation, and did well with that, but a recent bout of bronchitis had me pretty scared. An antibiotic and prednisone has her back on her feet AND behind the wheel, I’m happy to report.

There’ve been lots of other family illnesses to deal with lately, too. Needless to say, I’ve not done much crafting.

I AM trying to do special things for my mom, though. Yesterday, I took her a red velvet cake from Harris Teeter in Charlotte. When she was helping me keep PJ, my grandson, there, we scoured the city for red velvet cake and cupcakes. We decided we like the ones at the Harris Teeter the best of all! Their cream cheese frosting is not cloyingly sweet or fake tasting, and they’re topped with white chocolate curls instead of the usual red velvet crumbs.

In any event, I found these Swarovski crystal hearts at Fire Mountain Gems. They’re called “Wild Hearts,” and the color is light Siam. Other shades of pink and red were sold out, but that’s okay. I noticed not long ago that Mama doesn’t have any red earrings, and I wanted a pure red, anyway.

They are sold in pairs, and I bought two pairs. That was a good thing, because if you put too much pressure on them while you’re wrapping your head pin, they’ll split. I don’t want broken heart earrings! It’s also easy to take a chunk out of the top of the heart while you’re wrapping. These two survived, thankfully. My wire wrapping needs much practice, but I’m pretty pleased with the results. I hope Mama will be, too!

Biltmore and More!

Biltmore and More!
Biltmore and More!

Mama and I traveled to Asheville, Friday, and met Adrianne, her family and in-laws at the Biltmore Estate! I wish I had tons of photos to share, but you are only allowed to use your camera outside the house.

Cynthia, Adrianne’s mother-in-law, and I traded out as photographer. What a lovely backdrop, eh?
Peter James was an angel, despite the huge crowd that was there to see the house decked out for Christmas.

I finally did get a picture of Mama in front of the house, but I couldn’t get her to quit counting her money. I think she was considering buying the place!

In addition to the amazing handcraftmanship found throughout the house itself, there were vintages dresses on display in the guest quarters. I would love to see the needlework on these gowns up close. Since there’s no photography allowed inside the house, I’ll have to scout around the web to see what I can find in the way of pictures.

This article from Victoriana Magazine is all I could find on the subject of dress at the Biltmore House. It included this photo, and the dress on the right was on display in one of the rooms. It was no where as grand as a couple of the ballgowns that were done in jet beads on lace. One of them also appeared to have silk roses embroidered in among the beads and lace. There was also a green velvet “reading gown” that looked like it had been made out of Scarlet’s mama’s draperies! Gorgeous!

I was so insired by the ball gowns that I went to eBay and bid on this vintage beaded panel. I fell asleep before the bidding was over and lost by 25 cents. Oh well, this close up looks like it was done with bugle beads on tulle.