Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, I'm so happy to be here today. The sun is shining and the weather is getting warmer. Last weekend hubby and I decided that it was warm enough to go and sit outdoors at our favourite cafe in town and watch the world go by over a glass of wine and a little bowl of triple cooked chips. We insured against a freak cloud covering over the uncertain warmth of the watery sunlight by overdressing - layers and layers of clothes went on until we resembled Sumo wrestlers. We rolled into the cafe only to find that there were no freak clouds and we were sat in mini saunas of our own making - we probably lost a couple of pounds just through sweating into our layers ( I only wish it were that easy!).
The onset of spring always brings hubby out in bouts of sneezing - he cannot cope with the pollen from the May blossom, but it is hard to get him to stay out of it. By the time the slightly warmer weather arrives, all of us in the Western hemisphere are fed up of huddling indoors and want to shed our clothes like snakeskins and go out in the weak sunshine. Fortunately he seems to get over his allergies once the blossom is gone and is free from the sniffles for the rest of the summer.
The flowers have started to bud and the whole place is beginning to resemble a garden, which is a change from the wasteland it resembled a few short weeks ago. This necklace is inspired by the flowers that I am looking forward to with all my heart. The name of course comes from the song by James Taylor - someone who's music I was first introduced to in my childhood, who is still going strong in his seventies.
I have had these beautigul handmade glass beads embellished with little flowers in my little bead hoard for ages. I am totally in awe of people who can manipulate glass to make something so beautiful - imagine the heat of the furnace, the burns that are inevitable and tubes of glass melted to a toffee like consistency and then twisted and turned at arms length to become these beauties. If you've never been to a glass blower's yard, I'd urge you to do it sometime.
I couldn't resist wearing the necklace, as you can see, and it truly is pretty. The earrings were made earlier, when I first got these beads.
I hope you are all planning a lovely Bank Holiday weekend - I plan to rest up as I've had a couple of hectic weeks at the day job, and I also have a bead embroidery project brewing in my head which I shall start up tonight. All the 'ingredients' have been assembled and it's time to get started.
Have a fabulous weekend and I'll catch you soon,