The Ivory Tide 1st Collection

6 Apr


The Ivorytide

I’ve just begun my own store via Zazzle. This is super thrilling-as everyone begins somewhere. Take a look at my 28 items for Spring and Summer. Whether you need a gift or something for yourself Zazzle ships it to you! Above is the Palm Canvas Print-perfect for your dorm room, new apartment, or redecorating.


Baby Flag Romper

Is a friend having a baby or are your friends new parents? Purchase this adorable baby romper for your own child or as a cute gift. Just in time for celebrating our wonderful flag in the grand ole USA! Click link above.


Silver Sea Journal

Finally inspire someone to begin a journey of self-discovery or imagination about the world we love. Perfect for a writer, dabbler, or beginning poet. Maybe even just right for that traveler or graduate setting out on the horizon.

Thanks for stopping by to browse my store on Zazzle! I’m just getting started; this is the very first collection.

Caroline Clemens-designer-2017




Teens Visit the Biltmore-Part Three

5 Mar


Welcome back to the final post on my tour with the teens to the Biltmore!

Oh yes, I found them as we exited and headed to the lawn and garden portion of the tour. This is a pretty view with the chateau and fall trees behind them as they walk over a bridge. Did you know that the Biltmore is still privately owned? I’d say they are doing a fantastic job of making it a family business. Certainly they work very hard. It’s not about the riches, it’s about the history and culture of the place. It allows you to go back in time while you walk around. Face it when this place was built electricity didn’t exist, nor plumbing. After it was discovered they added those items into the interior. That means refrigeration didn’t either. I believe my dad once told me that refrigeration is probably one of the great saviors of mankind, but we take it for granted.

Dare I say cell phones weren’t around and now most people have one in their hands, look above.

The architecture alone is eye catching and can be seen everywhere. The middle picture exemplifies that Gothic look which writers write books and poems about with mystery and magnitude exonerating some ancient past. And then there’s the vines in the first picture; you don’t grow those overnight. I have always wanted to grow wisteria over a pergola and have never done that. Things come to those who wait while pursuing other dreams. I’m certain I will do that. We didn’t venture into the greenhouses on this trip but you can bet they were filled with orchids and such. In the third picture can you see the white horse?


A picture is worth a thousand words as the cliche goes and I say this one speaks that eloquently. I’ll never know what they were talking about because I didn’t ask. This was their moment in time.

While practicing my selfies (I need to smile more) a half-clothed male statue photo-bombed me. That was exciting. Ha! In the center photo I used a filter to give it a soft glow making it seem more like a fairy-tale castle or a sunset view. If you didn’t know better you might think I’m in Europe but I’m not. It is worth the trip as Asheville is surrounded by the mountains. There’s a newly built brewery with live music just down the road from the Biltmore.


I couldn’t help but notice this little guy, a cherub, holding a wreath and frolicking across the lawn in a playful manner. The backdrop has all the fine detail of the Victorian era-late 1890’s with the light green color of aging bronze due to the oxidation of copper. Mark Twain called this period ‘The Gilded Age’ for some of the lavish lifestyles created due to the wealth of some during the late 1870’s-1890’s. Most definitely it was prosperous after the ending of the civil war and later mobility due to Ford’s invention of the model T. With Edison inventing everything else under the sun this is my favorite time in history.


Thank you for reading my personal post on a recent tour of the Biltmore. It is a place that has been inspiring in my life, though, I can’t point to a specific reason as it just is. I’m happy my teens came and I was able to share with them something that I love. There’s nothing like a live history book. Hope you enjoyed my posts. See, I still haven’t mastered the selfie.

Caroline Clemens

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Teens Visit the Biltmore-Part Two

3 Mar


Let me begin part two of this series from our visit to the Biltmore last Thanksgiving with … if you’ve never seen a mountain or vista in real life and only in a book, well, there’s no comparison. Your eyes will tell you, the beauty, the magnificence lasts forever!

This is when our visit got real. We stepped out onto the portico and looked through a screen to the North Carolina Mountains beyond. Behold the beauty of the United States of America, this is what our grandfather’s saw and wanted to protect; this is what the Indians had for countless years to themselves. My husband introduced me to our parks out west like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Natural Bridges, Mesa Verde, and the one made famous by Ansel Adams. His grandparents lived out west for a short time and talked about it with him, so much that he wanted to see the places with me! It was an adventure.

Why do I tell you this? Because this place is as grand as the canyon (well, maybe), and its right here down south in beautiful North Carolina.

I wonder what they are imagining? Maybe something great, or that wow the earth is beautiful and natural. Whatever they see it’s planted in their brain like a tree, a seedling from mother earth. I’m glad we made the trek.

It was out on the veranda the girls made a connection and yes, the teen kind. A couple other students, classmates were also here at the Biltmore on this very day! Back in our day one would probably never know that unless we saw them. With their connections they snap-chatted, posted Instagrams, etc. Suddenly the smiles came readily.

Hey mom, you are not so boring after all. Guess what? Our friends are here! This place is cool-so cool that others are visiting too. Phew, glad that happened. It is how they communicate. Wake up world the young are moving faster in many directions and we must impact them just a little before they leave the nest. I know my grandparents were a huge influence on me as were my husbands on his life. We were very fortunate to have had that exposure, that historical exposure that helps us to know we are all the same with individual traits.

Above pictures are the music room with piano, a text check or face time photo, an accordion sconce, a screened vista view from balcony (looks like a tapestry), and lastly the library. The library is exquisite with volumes of books, artistic ceiling paintings, red sofas, paneled walls, and an enormous fireplace, all the while a movable ladder’s in place to help you find a classic novel. I’ll mention George Vanderbilt, who built the place in around 1895, took five years, thousands of workers, had a hospital on the premises, was an art aficionado, avid reader, spoke eight languages, and brought many items over here from Europe. He modeled the place after chateaus from across the ocean. If this is your first time here I’d recommend the audio as you’ll find out facts that maybe you didn’t learn in school. The painting on the ceiling is still regarded as one of the finest, titled Chariots of Fire by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini from the Pisani Palace in Venice. Facts from the book Biltmore Estate House Gardens Winery 1985, The Biltmore Company. Visit the Biltmore.


A commissioned piece! Can you imagine dressing up with the gown and beautiful hat atop styled hair while a famous painter painted you? I can’t either but just imagine it for a moment. All the attention is on yourself and who couldn’t use a little of that? No chores that day, someone else is minding the children and you’ll have a lovely tea come midday!

Or maybe champagne when you get to see the final eight foot plus completion. Amazing. She’s lovely, Mrs. Edith Vanderbilt, the wife of George Vanderbilt. Where on earth did they get all the money to build this place? Let’s have tea and continue on …


No words are necessary.

Extraordinary details are everywhere. It’s a delight for the eye and you find yourself picking out favorites. The room above with the green drapery, light floor, and fine loveseat is my favorite! It faces the west, is on the corner and light filled. I decided this is where I’d like to stay for the summer. The picture to the right of that, namely the curtain drawn back with a brace to open the window, I believe I could write a poem. And probably I will.

This is my husband Michael who has brought so much to my life. We worked out a majority of our life together and the rowing machine (center photo) is a favorite of mine. I need to do that again. We visited many large mansions in our day along with national parks, east and west coast, and much in between. I wanted to mention here that the drive coming into the Biltmore is like going back 100-200 years. The old growth trees and plantings are unbelievable! I only wish we had more places like this to visit. The third picture is one of my favorite photos I took while there; I found this little sparkling tree off the kitchen. It seemed it was all by itself. The window behind made it a piece of art I’d say. Around this time I lost the teens in the mansion.


Finally, this last photo taken for my personal pleasure seems surreal. For me this signifies what I always thought Paris might look like on the inside. I’ll hold that view as I’ve never been there before. I shall dream. Come back and read part three of Teens Visit the Biltmore. We must find out where they went off to.

Caroline Clemens

Thanks for visiting my blog. Photos by me. Nothing may be reproduced, copied, or reblogged. No sharing. This is a personal account of a trip to the Biltmore which I wish to share with my followers as they have helped me to become better and better at writing, photography and blogging. Thanks to all of you.

Teens Visit the Biltmore-Part One

2 Mar


I took a trip to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina for the third time in my life and I brought my teens. What you ask is the Biltmore? If you are asking that then probably you are not from the south, or in fact, most likely not from the states. Why did I bring my teens over the holidays when being a teen means: in school, on your phone, how many likes on Instagram, and what’s your snap chat? Me, I was thinking where will you be going to college a year from now? But first I must show them something important to me: history, beauty, architecture, and my connection to the past. Quite simply, I love the Victorian era and this is pretty darn close, as close as I’ll ever get to it.


Take a personal tour with me as these are photographs by me and for my personal use on my blog ‘theivorytide.’ The Biltmore Estate in Asheville does not allow photographs for monetary gain and I can see why as they have transformed the place since first opening to the public on a grand scale. I encourage you to visit and take your family with you. Yes, I would take the teens again as I knew it would open their eyes but, of course, we all know teens need prodding in a positive-encouraging type of way. Above is the garden room and it is my favorite room on the first floor. I can imagine myself sitting there with folks from a bygone era discussing important matters (like wars, railroads, and prohibition), possibly what to add on to the mansion next, or admiring the ferns in abundance.


The official dining room is magnificent with its height and grandeur of size encompassing a large live Christmas tree, table and chairs fit for a King and Queen with all their friends, ancient-like tapestries with story telling stitches, and animal heads of state. Animals on the wall; you ask why? Because hunting was more than sport, it was protein for the body and sustenance which lasted a good long while. The chandelier is especially gorgeous and for me it looks medieval or Spanish in nature. I am no way near an aficionado on such items so please correct me if you know differently. Remember, this is a personal post to my blog about something that I love. What are those teens thinking? Soon you will see.


Is this not a beautiful gingerbread house adorned with snow, reindeer’s, wreaths, and holly? I made gingerbread cookies every year up to a few years ago when I gave up on it. I lost that loving Christmas spirit-yes, life gets to you at times. Then somewhere a miracle happens or maybe you climb out of that dungeon and walk among the snowflakes again cherishing everything so important to you. This beautiful place reminded me of the things I love and the things I used to look forward to like special holidays, grandparents, and cheer. Later on towards the night we went to the Grove Park Inn to eat and saw the winner’s of their annual gingerbread house contest. I had always wanted to go and see that and had never made it . Now I got to see it and it was special indeed.


Do they look interested yet? The Biltmore Estate is like nothing they have ever seen before! These teens have grown up on Hanna Montana, Disney, Fairly Odd Parents, princess movies and more in the car, You-Tube, cell phones, Instagram, and now they were seeing something bigger and real, unlike anything they had ever witnessed. There is so much history here you cannot believe it. I was glad I brought them. Still, they were walking on the ground floor. Would they get bored? I didn’t know. Above picture shows their dad instructing them on something he remembered from past visits with me. We didn’t get the audio tour as we’d remembered fairly well. I’d purchased tour books years ago with all the details and even visited the winery the first or second year it opened.


Back to the garden room where they showcase lovely red poinsettias and greenery on the tiled floor with glass ensconced wooden beams above. We had our picture taken here and purchased Christmas ornaments for next year’s tree. About this time I noticed the teens looking at their phones, something everyone does now a days, at least several times a day!


A quick break outside and off to the stables for shopping and lunch before we hit the outside veranda and second floor. Straight ahead in the photo is the old stables that were used for horses and carriages, guests included, which now they have made into outdoor eating, shops and a pub styled grille inside the horses stables complete with their own brew. I had a tomato and bacon grilled cheese sandwich with a superb tasting brew of theirs. I wanted to buy some to go but didn’t see that option. I will tell you and I’m not kidding, it was the best lunch ever!

I call the above picture blondes with boots. Do you remember what its like to be a teen? Having to be stylish while your mother and father took you to a gigantic museum? And they didn’t bring your friends? Stay tuned and come back for part two of Teens Visit the Biltmore.

Caroline Clemens

Photography by me. Nothing may be copied or duplicated from this site. No sharing or re-blogging. I’m practicing my photography, writing, touring skills for blog use from a personal perspective. Let me know what you think.

Thank you!

Online Store

7 Feb


I’ve always wanted to open an online store and now I have! Please visit TheIvoryTide to see my products for sale via my designs. I had fun selecting the photos and products.

You can visit here:  TheIvoryTide

Thanks for following me; you never know what’s next!


definitely more to come …

Poetry Leaves

31 Jan


It is with great pleasure I bring you the brand new cover for my poetry collection. Made by Dani from Brazil, a digital artist, I am truly in love with my cover and craft!

Available on Amazon. I expect the print to be ready soon. For now the digital is available online.

Caroline Clemens~pen

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Fields of Gold

17 Jan

Have a listen. I was introduced to this song over five years ago, for that I am grateful. Touching, soulful, and a spirit you can almost envelop with closed eyes and open heart surrendering; she passed on but we can still listen. This is a reminder that life is short, it’s over in a day, so live it the best you can.

Go out and listen to that live music wherever you can! Support local artists in many platforms; you might just love it, too. My journey online started then and has been ongoing. My contribution to the arts is through blogging, poetry, writing books, and a love of music. Thanks for following. You can find me on Amazon under the pen Caroline Clemens.

My life is full and extremely busy this winter but I will return in the spring with a post on the lovely Biltmore Estate from my Holiday visit, and a  “If I Were President” post before then.


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Opera Mom

9 Jan

I follow Heather on WordPress and am amazed at her dedication towards her skill that she has worked so hard at in her young life. Continued good luck.

Charlotte Hoather

Over the Christmas break at home, I watched with my Mum a TV programme called “Dance Moms”. My Mum is a fan of this program with its many controversies, in the UK it is on 5 Star every weekday with a double bill on a Tuesday. The show comes in for a lot of criticism because it is speculated the fights between Moms are staged to boost the ratings and that some of the competitions are fake. The dance teacher Abby Lee Miller also divides opinion because of her personal teaching style.

I thought it would make an interesting blog post to ask my Mum what it was like being an Opera Mum.

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How would compare yourself with the Dance Moms in the TV programme?

Unlike the Dance Mom’s in the series, I’ve always been a hands-off dance/singer Mum and…

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21 Dec


Before I depart for the holidays and parties I wanted to show off, just a little, my pictures from a recent trip to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina. This is a tease for a future post on the historic estate still privately owned and maintained. Incredible!


I took the teens so they could experience something that is meaningful to me. You will need to come back and read my post to find out that answer. Stay tuned.


I have a poetry collection available on Amazon and after I snapped this photo I couldn’t help but think about my poetry. Poetry is that inner sanctuary that not everyone writes about but when you find a poem that you like it makes you feel connected. One doesn’t have to wonder why anymore … it just is. This picture has a blind enclosure, reflection on the window, and the beauty beyond. My poetry collection is titled “Autumn Quotes” by Caroline Clemens.


Finally, I’m a stylist now and working on the young is so easy. They already just want to shine and all I do is add a little sparkle!

Thanks for stopping by and come back in the new year. I will have a post on the Biltmore, more photography posts, and maybe some music. I should go out clubbing, that’s what the very young tell me. Who knows?

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A Holiday Novella

5 Dec


My Holiday Novella is a contemporary story stretching from the south side of Chicago out to Wyoming and back. Brandon is a young man who has lost his parents and almost his will after a tour in the army overseas. Working for his uncle in the barber shop and wanting to escape the noise & crime of the city he reads about an opportunity out west in Wyoming. After he gets there he meets a young girl, Leia, like himself she is just getting by. Just in time for winter, and maybe some cheer, find out what happens when Brandon takes a chance on a new life. Purchase and read from Amazon via kindle. It’s 2.99 or FREE if you participate in their program.

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