Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello, and good day readers. I hope you are all keeping safe and well and out of danger. In ten days time, we will be allowed more freedom than we have had for a long time - but I think I'll take a rain check on it and wait just that bit longer before venturing out into the world. I feel a bit institutionalised and overwhelmed - to suddenly have the freedom to go to the movies or a theatre, or to meet up with friends in a pub - EEP! Just a bit too difficult to digest.
People about to be released from prison usually experience fear, anxiety, excitement, and expectation all mixed together, and I'm sure you will all recognise one or more of these emotions in yourself. I certainly do, although I've worked throughout the pandemic and gone in every day, met people and done all the things I did before Covid hit us, albeit now in a mask and visor. The only member of our household who was happy through the pandemic restrictions and will most certainly be cross when they are lifted is Wilfred - he loved having us at home, waiting on him hand and foot, at his beck and miaow!
To calm myself down I made a serene necklace of pale green, graduated amazonite, with just the right amount of brown veining running through the beads. Crystal Vaults tells me that 'amazonite beckons in captivating shades of turquoise-green, promising to soothe the spirit and calm the soul. Its energy is as powerful as the river for which it is named, and as bold as the legendary women warriors with whom it is connected, yet it tempers aggression, tames the irrational, and stills disquiet. It provides harmony and balance. As a powerful talisman of healing and prosperity, Amazonite has been used in jewelry and cut into beads since the time of the early Mesopotamian cultures.' And the write-up goes on amusingly to say, 'Hide an Amazonite in a child’s or teen’s bedroom to encourage tidiness, and keep a dish of Amazonite on the kitchen table to persuade others to assist more with chores.' Do try it and see if this tip works for you. I contrasted it with a large vintage Moroccan copper bead, set asymmetrically to one side.
All this week I've spent an hour or two every evening patiently sewing tiny beads onto a piece of printed velvet, which I will eventually turn into a bracelet.
Obviously, it's going to be a while before I finish it - I have yet to completely pick out all the yellow bits and will then fill in the rest of the colours. I hope it works out as I have envisaged, but it will definitely be a long time before it is done and dusted. I have draped the velvet over an aluminum form which is how it will be held in shape once it is completed.
I'm going to end here - it is about 230 am - we got caught up in watching a movie on Netflix and it's time I went to bed. Have a great week people, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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