I returned to the UK and the day job. But readers, I found I just couldn't do justice to a caring profession when I was walking around in a thick fog of sadness. Apart from my husband I was on my own, with very little support. Of course I carried on, but when I got back home after work however, I found that I had acres of time with nothing to fill the long winter nights. In danger of falling apart I had to find something pretty darn quickly to fill my time. And so, I brought out the beads and the wire and made a whole bunch of 'things' - that's the best word for those early attempts. But of course, as time passed, the 'things' began to resemble something that I might actually wear.
HA! They were all spammers, as I did not have the know how at the time to switch on comment selection, but the plus side to it was that I found out where to buy fake Raybans, weight loss pills and penile enlargement agents, sometimes from the same outlet.
I've continued to write and modify my website and enjoy posting this blog religiously each week on a Friday.
I've recently acquired a fabulous new DSLR camera, taken lessons on how to use it and set up a little home studio, having decoupaged a second hand dress form and put up a backdrop to ensure that I never get another bollocking from my friend again.
I love wire, and the ability to connect two pieces of metal without the application of heat is a very tricky and intricate process, but now the time has come to add another string to my bow.
Caprilicious is my alter ego, and people who buy from me are almost buying a piece of my soul - they are my soul sisters. I send their jewellery out as soon as possible and then wait with bated breath for them to mail me and tell me how much they love the piece of my soul that they hold in their hot little hands - and so continues the Caprilicious sisterhood.
I make around two or three pieces each week - it would be rude to hide them all away in a cupboard and so I put them on my website for anyone who fancies them to enjoy.
I have made many new friends since starting Caprilicious - women I would never have met if I had carried on walking in my narrow path as a medic, and that is a fantastic byproduct. I couldn't imagine not knowing Rachel or Neelam, Bernadette or Divya to name but a few and it's amazing how this has happened.
I am usually quite reserved, and to make friends literally out of the ether was extremely unexpected. Also, I have found it easier to start a conversation when I am wearing a piece of Caprilicious - people seem to come up to me and talk about my jewellery, and when I tell them I made it, that is usually the beginning of a long chat. In a strange way, the jewellery seems to do the talking - well, perhaps that's why it is called 'statement jewellery'!
I made polymer clay beads to resemble resin amber and Yemeni ebony prayer beads with a silver inlay - the 'silver' in my beads is aluminium wire. I spent time refurbishing the pendant and restored a missing end cap with faux amber and added a bunch of hotfix crystals where they had gone missing. This yielded a handsome piece of jewellery, very ornate, yet easily wearable.