Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for joining me once again on the Caprilicious Blog. This week has been a bit of a washout as far as making jewellery goes, mainly because I have been nursing my poor husband through a bout of food poisoning. He probably got it from a dodgy egg that he cooked himself
and because we tend to eat almost separate meals - me with a bit of spice and Mike eating the blandest food in the house, I escaped the actual symptoms myself. I didn't escape them entirely, however because I lived through them vicariously, minute by minute. I wasn't spared a single second of them, and I have to say they certainly didn't improve with the telling. I learned one thing through this - I am absolutely not cut out to be a nurse!!
Just before the explosive effects of the egg took over my week, I spent some time sorting out the seeds I had collected from various seed pods in my garden last year. The soil will warm up once Easter is done and I want to sow these directly into my flower beds. One of these is Nigella, or as it more commonly known, Love in a Mist.
Love In A Mist
Just the thought of these pretty flowers prompted me to unearth all the blue gemstone beads I have in my stash and put some of them into a necklace, using one of the diamanté clasps I showed you last week. As blue is one of my favourite colours, I found plenty to choose from and picked blue agate and jade teardrops to use in this necklace which sits close to the base of the neck in asymmetric beauty.
The Takeover - Inch by Little Inch
This, readers, was what my conservatory once looked like - a sitting room with cane furniture which we used very occasionally - when it rained in the summertime perhaps, or where Mike puffed on a contemplative stogie while he used the telescope to do a bit of stargazing.
This was well before Caprilicious was part of my life. Once I got involved in writing my website and posting pictures of the jewellery I made, I realised that I had to take a good picture - shoddy, unfocused photographs simply wouldn't do. After all, I was asking people to fall in love with my jewellery without having to touch and feel it - my photographs would have to be the next best thing.
I already owned a little Canon point and shoot camera and to get the best from it I invested in a Modahaus tabletop stand on the back of a review in the Beading Gem's Journal and a collapsible PhotoBox for larger necklaces.
Mike's little keyboard, where he pounds out his five stride jazz when I am at work is slowly disappearing in the detritus of my photography, and the treadmill, which has always been parked in one corner, used only by my eighty-five-year-old mother when she came to visit (shame on us!) three years ago, is no longer visible, hidden behind a backdrop.
And the irony of it all, is that I still sit in my armchair in front of the telly, a tray in my lap with my beads and wire to make my jewellery, while the photography of the finished article has taken over an entire conservatory! I hope you will agree though, that it has all been worthwhile. I know there is always room for improvement, but my photography skills have come on in leaps and bounds.
That's it for this week, folks. I am working part of this weekend and hope to correct some of the sleep deprivation I have suffered this last week while I (sort of) nursed my poor husband back to health. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place
I'm Neena Shilvock, and I'm crazily addicted to jewellery. I've been designing and making quirky and interesting statement necklaces for the last five years and my passion hasn't cooled off one little bit - in fact it has got worse, such that I'm even dreaming jewellery.
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