Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, I hope you've had a fabulous Christmas and are enjoying a well earned couple of days off before you have to go back to work. I've had the whole of the Christmas period off from the day job, surprisingly. I cannot remember a year when I haven't worked at this time of year since I started in my first job as a junior doctor in Peterborough in 1991!
However, all that wrapping presents, cooking and clearing up after takes its toll, I s'pose and I feel pretty tired now. Fortunately, there's still another holiday next week and the weekend looks like it is going to be quiet.
I received a packet of diamante beads in the post just before Christmas and while I was looking at them and turning them over in my hands as a prelude to putting them away in a little box I have for shiny stuff ( once they go in that box, they never seem to see the light of day as I turn into Gollum!) I spied a string of abalone beads that have been lying around for almost a year. The string of abalone seemed to call out to me and when I broke up the line with the diamante beads they looked perfect together.
I wrote about abalone farming earlier and have included a link to that blog post in case you fancy a read.
I truly loved that necklace and test drove it to work - thank goodness I did, because it was snapped up the very next day!
I spent the rest of the week playing with wire and a design by Nicole Hanna. I've made this pendant before and it is very difficult to make. At one point I had 13 wires in my hands, all being woven together, with one side being reverse engineered to match the other, with multiple curlicues and many layers. Aching fingertips and arms were totally worth it when the whole thing came together eventually and I was able to string it onto a necklace of AB coated glass teardrop-shaped, ruby coloured beads.
We cooked Roast beef and Yorkshire puddings with all the trimmings for Christmas - well, ok, I cooked the meal - I thought it was cooked well apart from the Yorkshire puddings, which turned out like mini muffins (??) - I'm not sure what went wrong but I tried to make two of them instead of the four to six that the recipe was meant to deliver and probably got the numbers wrong when I tried to reduce the quantities - oh well, everything else was pretty good, though I say so myself.
I hope you've all had a good time and that you are well rested and relaxed after the day, whatever it was you ate or drank, and you're getting ready for the next celebration, ringing in the next decade on Tuesday night.
Have a fabulous celebration and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
Happy New Year,