Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how are you today? In the UK we are in yet another lockdown situation which, truth be told should have come a bit earlier, and the USA has turned into a Banana Republic. A hard frost grips the land and it is very cold outside, although not as bad as the temperatures in the Ban.. sorry USA. At least they have ratified a new POTUS now and can begin to heal.
I've had a long week off work, sleeping late every night and lying in every morning. I usually save up a lot of leave till January so that I can make my customary visit to India to see my mother but this year I have plenty of days left that I have to take before the end of the financial year for fear of losing them.
On the first day of the New Year, I received a note from a customer in the USA who is herself a jewellery maker. She dropped in on my stint at The Earrings Show and picked up three pairs of earrings, which took four long anxiety ridden weeks to get to her in South Carolina, due to Covid and Christmas. I was worried that she might complain about the length of time her parcel took to get to her, but no, she was so complimentary that she started my year off with a warm glow!
I guess it goes to show that everyone needs validation and encouragement, and a virtual hug goes a long way towards giving people a sense of value. In turn, I send one out to you, do feel free to pass it on.
I spent the week chilling out in front of the TV making 'fringies'. I also taught myself some new bead embroidery stitches from videos on You Tube - I'm so grateful to the ladies who posted them, as I couldn't have learned these new techniques without help.
Here is an 'alternative' view of the earrings I made this week - once made, I wrapped the fringes with an elastic band, having wet them first. This 'sets' the fringes overnight, so that they drape properly when released.
I have a few more days till I go back in to work, and will most likely start on a new necklace tomorrow. It is hubby's birthday and Leicester theatre has announced an online showing of Sunset boulevard - we're going to dress up and watch it, I only hope the technology works. If you want to join us, and support the theatre at the same time, click on the link - it costs only £20 per home.
That's me for this week folks. Stay warm and safe, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place. Until then