Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you today? Britain was supposed to be basking in a heat wave this weekend, but unfortunately this turned out to be a fake news. I wonder if the Met office was giving us a false sense of wellbeing, so we'd all go down to London and line the streets in the hope of watching Royalty strutting their stuff. In any event, they needn't have bothered - those who wanted to go would have been there with bells on, whatever the weather. The Queen has been out on the balcony, but couldn't manage any more celebrating, but everyone else had a great time. I enjoyed the two day break and chilled out at home with hubby in the garden, my cat and my beloved beads!
Quite a few people wrote in to me to ask about the burning of the Sanctuary, which I talked about in last week's blog. Hubby didn't want to go for some mysterious reason, although I did, so we watched it second hand - here are a couple of short clips for you. I thought it was incredibly moving, that they burned out such a beautiful creation in an effort to heal an entire community.
As I explained to you last time, I've been beading around several little cabochons for a few weeks now, and I set them into a single piece - to me it resembled a Catherine wheel, with the central oval cabochon and the others seeming to spin around it. I decided to give it a fringe of golden seed beads, dripping with citrine teardrops. And when that was finished, I thought it needed more and I added another layer of fringe, this time in a medley of blue seed beads, with pale blue agate sprinkled generously through them. It was meant to go onto a torque initially, but I felt it could do with a more opulent necklace, and a string of peach quartz, coated with titanium vapour seemed to be the ideal match, with a few seed pearls thrown in for good measure.
I found a few dichroic glass cabochons in a pot - I must've bought them years ago - I wonder what I was storing them for? Perhaps they were waiting for a rainy day. The colours are so beautiful, I can't think why I didn't use them earlier. Well, that stops now - they have come back into circulation and will appear in some of my next few pieces, methinks.
I'm off to spend the rest of the 'Jubilee Weekend' with the hubby and cat. That's me for now, have a great time if you're out celebrating and I'll catch you next weekend, same time, same place.