Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello readers, thanks for joining me. Reading the title of the post today, you must wonder who died and made me the Emily Post of the whimsical world, but bear with me and all will be revealed.
It is of course the fault of my crazy muse, as for some reason she turned Caprilicious towards whimsy this week. Dragonflies, butterflies, ladybirds, flowers, leaves and romantic vines crept into my work.
I think it was all because Ms Muse and I happened upon Anna Brandford and her delightful books for children. I was an imaginative child and an avid reader as I was growing up - I would have loved her books. This article in particular caught my interest.
And from reading this passage, the idea for a piece of jewellery grew and grew until I simply had to sit down and make it.
"Because fairies are quite shy of being seen by most humans, they are very good at turning themselves into dragonflies the moment we look at them. This is a very clever trick of theirs but there is a good way of checking whether what you are seeing is a real dragonfly or an actual fairy-in-disguise.
If you catch me squinting at dragonflies this summer, that is what I'm doing - just following Anna Brandford's advice.
One rainy afternoon, Mike and I sat down with a load of Jack Lemmon movies and some wire and this is what came out on the other side!
If you, or your children have an interest in fairies and want to know what to do if you should meet one, I refer you to The Fairy Flute, Rose Fyleman's excellent treatise on the matter. It was written in 1921 and tells you all you need to know on the subject. Here's an excerpt from The Fairy Flute telling you exactly what to do should you meet a fairy.
The week has been crazy busy at work, and I had started to get things together for the fair. I was most disappointed when it was cancelled at short notice - I may or may not have secured a table at a replacement date some time in July - I will know more next week.
It's not surprising then, that The Dragonfly Fairy was my magnum opus for the week. I have the weekend unexpectedly free to do with as I wish, perhaps inspiration will strike me as I do a bit of gardening, if the weather is any good.
Have a lovely week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same place, same time
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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