Karla Krafts

This is where I log craft projects, ideas, products, materials and sources including links. I'll also document sources of inspiration. I love crafts, including knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, stained glass crafting and others. My specialties were knitted baby caps and glycerin soaps I call "Gemsoaps." Now, I'm into embroidery and beading.

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Location: Millers Creek, North Carolina, United States

I am a retired science teacher who loves creative endeavors. I love to learn. I love to laugh and make people laugh. I am married to a wonderful man and have one beautiful, brilliant daughter. My first grandson was born 2/17/2010!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

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!

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