These last several weeks have been rough, so there's very little to see, but I kinda hate to have a huge gap in these posts. Most of my days consist of me caring for my grandmother who had several strokes and now for my mother as she just had surgery. But, let's take a peek.
On Sunday (the 19th), I pulled out both the crockpot and the instant pot. In the crockpot was a roast for dinner while the Instant Pot was brewing up chicken stock. These dueling appliances would help ensure dinner and leftovers for the coming week.
With a few minutes at home on Monday, I started pulling together ingredients for my next edition of the Bead Box.
Then, it was off to my mom's for a sunny day while sitting with my grandmother.
Oh, that's not my grandmother, but my niece's cat who was also enjoying the sunny day.
I was also able to get a little work done on Tuesday as I shared the earrings I made for the January We're All Ears Challenge.
Though I'm not typically a morning person, it's necessary for me to leave the house just as the sun is rising in order to get to my mom's house before she heads to work.
On Wednesday, I was treated with this beautiful sunrise as I headed out the door.
Much of the rest of the week was spent trying to fit everything in as I juggled chores for my house and caring for my grandmother. That Saturday was also my mom's birthday as well as an obligation in Mobile. Back at home, I worked on more chores.
Sunday was a bit of rest before I headed back across the Bay for Mardi Gras Ball rehearsal. Though I knew I wouldn't be attending the ball, I wanted to participate in as much of the build-up and prep as I could.
Mobile, Alabama is the original home of Mardi Gras in the States after all!
After spending Monday with Mawmaw, I returned home to puppy snuggles on the couch.
It was good to relax as I knew the next few days would be rough.
Mama's surgery was on Tuesday. While I fretted in the waiting room, finding this gem among the kids' books brought a smile to my face.
Mama's surgery went well enough that she was able to go home that evening rather than staying overnight at the hospital.
I still stayed the night at her house to make sure she and Mawmaw were well-cared-for. Then, after a long day with the two of them on Thursday, there was more Ball prep as I headed over that evening to help prepare food for the event.
Friday was more of the same, but Saturday was the big day - The Ball. I spent the morning helping to decorate as well as getting a look at some of the other decorations that I would miss that evening. But, I had my own plans.
Pat and I had dinner out then headed to the Seanger in Mobile for a concert.
We saw The Indigo Girls!!
It was a wonderful show and a great way to finish up the week.
I'm hoping that I'm starting to find some routine in this new schedule and can begin to get some work done - especially now that mama is healing well. Though, Mawmaw isn't improving as we had hoped. We'll get through it, we have to.
I did find and share a few snippets of inspiration over these two weeks that I'll share here for you.
- These beautiful sky-gazing embroideries from Maria of Desert Eclipse Studio are so lovely!
- If you're working on Valentine crafts, these Valentine Flower Images from The Graphics Fairy might help.
- I'm always loving the jewelry tutorials from Moois Van Me. She created a round-up of all the ones she shared in 2019 so you can find them all in one place!
- A simple sliding knot is one of those skills that I'm constantly having to look up in order to remind myself of how they're created. Make and Fable shared a concise tutorial on making one.
- Have you see the amazing bird sculptures created by Lisa Lloyd from PAPER!? You must see them!
- I'm a sucker for anything fairy-related, so I was quick to bookmark these Flower Fairy images from The Graphics Fairy.
- Over at Hearty Craft, you can learn to make a Valentine Card Stitched with Silk Ribbon.
- This DIY Diffuser Necklace is seriously easy peasy!!
- While I'm not a knitter, this Knit Your Own Necklace Cord Tutorial caught my attention.
- I am IN LOVE with these Fantasy Sketches from Renata Krawczyk.
- Nunn Designs shared three video tutorials on making embroidered jewelry.
- Make a chunky Chain Reaction Bracelet with this tutorial from Jewelry Making Journal.
- Emmi Khan creates beautiful embroideries of organs that incorporate nature. Just dreamy!
- For more inspiration, check out this list from Daisy Yellow of 22 Practices to Cultivate and Nurture Creativity.
As I continue to try to work on my goals, I'm reminded that everyone has obstacles to overcome, and we all have to just keep pushing forward. Here's hoping your dreams are in sight!