Over The Rainbow
And so was born a vibrant crystal and dyed jade necklace, all the colours of the rainbow seemed to be in it. One of the strands was made with orange crystals, to which I added jade teardrops, dyed in a deep magenta. As the crystal beads are opaque and do not glitter, the necklace can be worn during the daytime and I even test drove it at work, toned down even further with a white shirt. The clasp is a carved aventurine which I imported from Malaysia and the necklace can be worn with it at the back, or to one side. A very versatile mood elevator for a modern lover of statement jewellery, and most definitely an explosion of colour!
Colour is an old Friend
And this makes a lot of sense as you get more bang for your buck out of simple clothes, just by swapping your accessories around. I love white, probably influenced by my mother who had the largest collection of starched white cotton sarees. The injection of a shot of colour is always welcome and an otherwise sombre garment can become a fabulous outfit in an instant.
In The Pink
Be Careful What You Ask For,You Might Get It!
Now, the odd job man was originally a carpenter by trade before he retired, so I accepted that he might be the one to ask. I wanted it all rustic looking and distressed, but with a leg on the back on a hinge, so that it could be freestanding like an easel, or placed on top of a chair. I wanted inexpensive material, about ten quids worth, to go into it. I even said, perhaps it should just be four pieces of wood nailed together without the need for the mitred joints seen in the frame above, to make it even more rustic looking - how much simpler could the remit be? Well, have a look at what appeared in my house a few days later.
The reasoning behind this abomination is that the 'odd' job man is a joiner/carpenter and cannot do rustic - everything has to be straight and tidy, and higgledy- piggledy and charming is not in his consciousness. I spray painted it black and rubbed it down a bit with sandpaper and this is what I am left with, sigh! The spray paint eventually cost more than the materials for the board. Oh well, I tried!