Friday, November 21, 2014

Biltmore Christmas Candlelight Tour

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

Just saying it with pictures...

It was so cold and windy on the way to Asheville, then it began to rain - thank goodness it was not snow.  But on the way home, just as we approached Weaverville, it began to flurry.
We did the audio tour this time and I enjoyed hearing all the history about the family.
During the candlelight tours several of the guest rooms are included on the tour, and I enjoyed that, you actually got to view what the bathrooms were like, very simple - bathtub, toilet and sink.  In fact the house was originally wired for ac/dc voltage and hot water was pumped to the third floor within minutes, at a temperature of 10 degrees below boiling.  At that time the only light blubs were 15 watt so the rooms were rather dark, but it just adds to the character of the house. The indoor pool was heated, the original underwater lighting still works, the pool held 70,000 gallons of water.
  Mr. George Vanderbilt collected rhinoceros figures (really peaked my interest since that is such an unusual animal, although beautiful and maybe very misunderstood).
George built the estate while he was a bachelor and on December 24, 1895 it was officially opened.  In 1898 he married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser, in 1900 their only child, Cornelia was born (there is one bedroom where all the children were born).  She married the Honorable John Francis Amherst Cecil in 1924.  They had a son, William, and a daughter, Diana.  The Cecil's opened the estate to the public in 1930.
Today Mr. Vanderbilt's grandson, William A.V. Cecil owns Biltmore; his son William A.V. Cecil, Jr. serves as CEO, while his daughter Diana Cecil Pickering is president of the Family Office.  There are 1,800 employees today.
These trees are on display in the gift shop, "A Christmas Past", which is part of the stable area.  The Stable Cafe is the actual stable, the stalls now serve as part of the restaurant, adding a charm all its own.  There is another eating area upstairs, that is were the male stable hands and groomers lived.
 The estate asks that no pictures be taken of the interior, a rule which I hope everyone respects.  I did see a man sneak his camera out in the Tapestry Room and take a picture.  He glanced at me, I gave him "the look", had he been caught he would have be escorted off the property.
More about the estate

Have a wonderful weekend, and hope you have a bee-u-tee-ful pre-Thanksgiving week.


Friday, November 14, 2014

The Book

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence
 Here it is.........the sacred book, no, not a book, THE BOOK.  Let's back up......remember "The Devil Wears Prada", the mock up book that was so sacred, it was delivered to Meryl Streep each evening?  Got it?  Okay, well we have one of those books too.
It's Mom's book of her ideas for whimsical animals, fabrics, even her patterns are traced on the pages.  I'm the only one who knows where it is at all times, what's in it, I can jot notes down, so it's always in a safe, hiding place when me 'n Mom are away from our craft room.

"Psst, hey Flora....."
"What, dribble nose?"
"Hey, I gots this a'ful cood from the big P, so don't make fun of me."
"Yeah, she got to go to Biltmore and got a prezzie - we stayed home."
"Oh, the 'i-ron-ee', we found the "book"
"Look!, that's a new pattern for, looks like a bunny, sorta....."
"Hmm, Mom's idea of what a bunny looks like is distorted.'
"Pretty big word coming from you, dim wit."
"Shut up LuLu."
"Well, shut the front door, it's a wabbit."
But, the front door isn't open, stupid!
"And you have the nerve to call ME stupid?"
"Let's get outta here, they're comin' upstairs."

Hey Mom, The Book is laying on the floor by my puter!
"Those little creeps!"

Heaps of Hugs
Last evening we went to the Biltmore Christmas Candlelight Tour so we will have pictures next Friday.  It was bee-u-tee-ful. 

Our flowering cactus

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tis the season...

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence
Thanksgiving will soon be here.
This was early on Saturday, November 1, morning.  It snowed all day.
Maybe more coming our way today - YIPPEE.  Yes, we LOVE snow.  (o:

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 at 10:10 a.m
The 35' Frasier Christmas Tree is delivered at Biltmore Estate

Twas a dark and overcast morning, just perfect for the pomp and circumstance of the Biltmore Estate Christmas Tree delivery. The tree is a 35' Frasier (Frasier's are originally from NC, discovered by Mr. Frasier, and now are very popular in England).
The tree is unloaded by employees, carried into the main dining room and up righted by hand.  It was a wonderful morning and a sight that I will long remember.  Did a bit of shopping at The Christmas Shop (Passholders Appreciation Day with a 20% discount throughout the estate).  November 7 through January 11 (2015) the decorations are displayed.  Half way through all the live greenery (including the trees) is replaced with fresh greens and trees.  It is done overnight while  the estate is closed.
Prudence stayed all snuggled in her blankie in the car, she is coming down with the sniffles, we bought her a wonderful Christmas CD of an old music box collection of Christmas songs.  She has been playing it non-stop.  She sends her hugs and she will see you next week.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence & Family

Deb's Candles & Dreams 

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Carol (just click on her name) and I welcome you to our 3rd annual online craft show.
Here are our offerings at BEARS...just b-claws

Some offerings (*) are now in our Etsy Shop 
BEARS...just b-claws by joyce

*The First Thanksgiving
Miles and Patience are all ready to share their pumpkin harvest.  Mice are 6" tall made of wool felt, Stained Osnaburg, rusted nails for feet and rusted safety pins for arms.
(A Soft-In-The Head Pattern)
Offered at $48.50 + shipping
The Mittens were hung on the mantel with care.....
(Now available in The Bear's Gift Shoppe)

These little cuties are ready and waiting for Santa Mouse.  Made of wool felt, greens, berries, and just a hint of Sweet Annie.  Mitten is stuffed with a smidge of crushed cloves.  Ornament is 6" high (including wire hanger).
Offered at $12.00 each + shipping
*The Christmas Branch
Little Miss Bunny is bringing home her treasured branch for Christmas.  On her way she stopped to put seed out for the birds.  She is made from felt, rusted nail feet and floral tape covered arms.  And, YES, she has a little cotton tail.
Offered at $34.00+shipping
*Not A Creature Was Stirring
These little babies found an old sardine can and decided it would be perfect for a little bed.  Materials are wool felt, ribbon, cord, cotton fabric, and sisal for whiskers.
They are offered at $12.00 each + shipping
*♫ Noel, Noel, Noel ♫
This little Christmas mouse is all ready for bed but she hears Carolers and begins to sing as she trots to her little mouse bed.  Noel is 6" tall, made of stained Osnaburg, felt ears, rusty nail feet and safety pin arms.  Her little candle and holder are made from an acorn cap, hot glue and a thin dowel.  (A tutorial for the candle/holder is listed on our "The Crafty Corner".)
Noel is offered at $32.00 + shipping
*Noel is also offered in a little green nightie
She is made from grey wool felt and carries a wee little red candle.
She also is offered at $32.00 + shipping

Thank you for dropping by, if you are interested in adopting one of these little ones please e-mail me at

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 31, 2014


It's Halloween Friday
by Prudence
 The Witch

by Jack Prelutsky

She comes by night, in fearsome flight,
In garments black as pitch,
the queen of doom upon her broom,
the wild and wicked witch,

a crackling crone with brittle bones
and dessicated limbs,
two evil eyes with warts and sties
and bags about the rims,

a dangling nose, ten twisted toes
and fold of shriveled skin,
cracked and chipped and crackled lips
that frame a toothless grin.

She hurtles by, she sweeps the sky
and hurls a piercing screech.
As she swoops past, a spell is cast
on all her curses reach.

Take care to hide when the wild witch rides
to shriek her evil spell.
What she may do with a word or two
is much too grim to tell.
Wishing you a fun and safe Halloween.


Hope to see you tomorrow at
 THIRD ANNUAL online craft show.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Biltmore Gardens

It's Funny Friday
by Prudence
The main greenhouse with two adjoining smaller greenhouses on each side.
Last Friday we went to Biltmore Estate and Mom wanted to visit the gardens, and what "eye candy" with the yellow and orange mums bursting with color.  The purple mums were just beginning to bloom, I wonder if they stagger the planting so there is always color, my guess is yes.  The little pansies (happy faces) were very young but those little sweeties were blooming.
Let's just say it with pictures.....
 Main greenhouse
One side of the formal garden
Heaps of Hugs

These  wee little mice are all ready and waiting for Santa.  They will be available at the show.  Hope you can drop by and say hello.

Friday, October 17, 2014


It's Funny Friday
by Prudence

The Lane
South side looking from the upstairs back porch
West, from the porch
North from the porch

Happy weekend, everybeary.  Later today we're going to Biltmore Estate to take pictures and pick up our Christmas Candlelight Tour tickets.  On the way back Mom has to get her allergy shots.  SHOTS - my mohair curls just thinking about needles.  Today she gets 3 - but now she only goes every other week.  Better her than me.........OUCH!!!
I posted a fun gift giving idea over on The Crafty Corner, Mom has been doing that with friends for several years.  Maybe you would like to take a peek.

Heaps of Hugs

"What Flora?"
"I wish they would give Mom 3 zillion needles - big, long ones."
"Ya know Flora, there's  reasons why I don't like you."
"Yeah, name one?"
"Only one, twigs for brains?"