Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you? Lovely to find you here again, and I hope you enjoy your little glimpse into life at Caprilicious.
Last week it was storm Arwen, this week it is Storm Barra - a different name with the same result, driving rain, tumultuous winds and bone chilling cold weather. We are now besieged by the Omicron variant of the Covid virus and have to wear a mask everywhere - not that I ever stopped, as it is mandatory in the hospital and I wear one anyway in shops and the supermarket as a matter of course. I've had my vaccine pass for ages and now it has become mandatory for everyone. Through all this my fingers have been busy, producing the gifts that I require for the festive season and getting ready for the Caprilicious showcase on the Earrings Show on Facebook on Saturday evening and all day on Sunday.
The Mandala Necklace
Carl Jung described a mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self”. A mandala, which means a “circle” in Sanskrit is a geometric design that holds a great deal of symbolism in Hindu and Buddhist cultures. In their most basic form, mandalas are circles contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single, central point. Kelly Dietrich says, on her blog devoted to Mandalas (and I had no idea that there was that much to say about them!) that 'there are five components to a mandala - symmetry, geometry, colour, number and intent' and that they are used for meditation and yogic practices. Philistine that I am, I picked this one because it was pretty. However, what redeems me is that apparently you ought to pick a mandala that appeals to you - it is your subconscious mind doing the work for you, so I managed to get it right, after all. I hope you like it too.
I teamed it with discs of turquoise dyed howlite, with little electroplated, faceted haematite beads sparkling between them and a couple of Bali beads as an accent.
A couple more pairs of earrings for the Earrings Show were put together during the week - one is a symphony in pink and the other in green. I've named the pink ones The Pink Panther earrings - anyone who's a fan of the Pink Panther movies will know that it was actually a jewel, targeted by the cat burglar played by David Niven.
This will be my last appearance on the Earrings Show this year and if you have a moment, do come over and join me - there's still time to get your orders in for Christmas. Click on this link to take you straight to the show - Caprilicious is on from 2030hrs on 10/12/21 to 2030hrs the next day.
Our tree was up and trimmed this week. I stood in the cold and rain to get this picture through the glass of the porch to share it with you on the blog (can you hear those violins?).
That's me for today, folks. Do join me on the Earrings Show if you can on Friday night and Saturday , it's lovely to see a familiar face. I'll catch you next Friday here on the blog, same time, same place.