Saturday, April 10, 2010

Beading while at the hospital with my dad

4/11/2010   I started this red/white/blue patriotic spiral bracelet at the hospital yesterday.  I photographed this backwards, as it should show the red beading first not the blue.  

                                                  seed bead spiral is pink/peach
seed bead gold and gold/blue
seed bead blue and silver
rose and raspberry
teal and turquoise
all five below
I took my 91  1/2 year old father to the hospital on Wednesday morning. After spending most of the day in the ER they admited him to a telemetry floor with right lower lobe pneumonia. His heart enzymes were elevated, but so far his EKG's have all been normal. So hopefully he didn't have a heart attack too.
Dad will definately still be in the hospital over the weekend. I know he looks a lot better with each day that he is on the respiratory treatments and antibiotics. He is complaining about the hospital food. So, thats a good sign.
Yesterday he was sitting up most of the day. He is hating that the Red Sox have lost their last 3 games.

My dad is normally healthy, active, drives, and is very sharp for his age. I love him dearly, and can't wait for him to get discharged home.
Yesterday my mother who is 87 started with a real bad cold, and this morning she had laryngitis. She won't be going to visit my dad, but I have to run and check in on her.

While spending the days at the hospital I completed 5 spiral beaded bracelets.  The bracelets are hard to photograph to see the detail. There is a core row of beads thru the center of the bracelet, and then other beads spiral around the core to form a rope. Some have matte beads mixed with AB beads and also some are metallic colors. These bracelets are created with Nymo beading thread that is coated with beeswax and a beading needle.
I used size 10, 8 and 6's. The larger the number the smaller the bead. I am thinking of having a giveaway when things quiet down for me. click on the photos to view as a larger photo. Leave a comment if you wish and you may win one.

Spring flowers, shrubs, and trees are blooming everywhere. In my parents yard yesterday I noticed that their clematis had blossoms on it.

Well, that's it for now. I am off to the hospital again.


no1 said...

I couldn't be so lucky as to win twice, bit I am posting a comment anyway to tell you that these are lovely!!

Barbara Hagerty said...

Your bracelets are beautiful, Elaine! Glad to hear that your father is better! I hope your mother gets well quickly!! XOXO

Nancy B said...

They look beautiful! Glad your Dad is better.

Jolene said...

those are so pretty. I envy everyone that can make jewelry. I'd love to learn how but think I need someone to take my hand and say this is how you do it.

Patti G. said...

Elaine, ohhhhhhhhhhh I am praying that your Dad is feeling better. Sounds like he is coming around, with sitting up more and caring about the baseball! :0) Your poor Mom is not feeling well then now either! ACK! You take care of them and YOURSELF!!!!
Your bracelets are stunning! OF course you would bead while sitting and make such pretty pieces!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh WOW Elaine...These are GORGEOUS!!!!! I love each of them!!!! I'm so glad to hear your dad is getting better and I too pray your mom is not getting sick with phenomia!!!!

Anonymous said...

these bracelets are absolutely beautiful. I am glad your dad is getting well.
Hope your mom get better as well.

Carol's Crafts said...

Yeah!!!! Your dad is home from the hospital. I know you and your mother are both relieved. Make sure he gets plenty of rest. I love your bracelets. They are so pretty and I sure hope I win one. LOL

Angie Hall Haviland said...

BEAUTIFUL bracelets, Elaine!!

Diann said...

Love your beautiful bracelets and would love to be wearing one of these treasures! Diann

Sherri Auld said...

Elaine these are just beautiful. I am so gla to hear your dad is home and doing better. I hope your mom is well quickly so they can enjoy being back together.

Susieqtpies said...

Hi Elaine

So sorry to hear of all the medical troubles! You need to keep your hands busy though! I love this bracelet. I've NEVER made any like it!

WoW! Enter me to win, too!!

Susan aka old time "udderstamper"

Nina Originals said...

I'm glad your Dad is getting better and hope your Mom is too. Beautiful bracelets. I always take beading when I have to spend time waiting.