Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
It is lovely to go away, but Oh so nice to be going back home. My family and friends have been wonderful, all rallying around me for the exhibition and to give us a memorable holiday. I met old friends and made new ones, saw some really interesting sights, and spent some quality time with my mother, who is 87 this year.
Bang in the middle of all the preparations for the exhibition, my mother was admitted to hospital, but like the trouper she is, she insisted that the show must go on - and so it did! It almost killed me to do all that I did, knowing that she was so unwell, but in the end, all of us lived to tell the tale. My sister in law had to bear the brunt of caring for my mom in hospital and for that I am eternally grateful to her.
Rachel, whom I met through the Capriicious Blog helped me through the exhibition - I couldn't have done it without her enthusiasm and infectious smile. She remembered the names of each piece of jewellery in my collection, and enjoyed showing people around. Here are some pictures she took, for you to look at.
My brother was missed sorely through all of this - he was always the life and soul of every party with a great big booming laugh emanating from a slim and slender frame. He is such a loss, but I suppose the only way to look at it is that we were lucky to have him for the 46 years he was with us.
I only went into jewellery making to help me cope with his loss and in the three years since, have made major strides in this, my avocation. Thank you all for helping me to take Caprilicious Jewellery forward, and I will do my best to come up with better and more interesting designs in 2015.
I need to get back and rescue Charlie and Wilfred from the cattery. This is the first time they have been separated from us and imprisoned since we brought them home in July 2014. I'm not sure how they will behave - Harold, our previous cat used to ignore us for weeks as a punishment when he was brought back from the cattery.
I shall write a more detailed report once I get back home. Have a great week and I'll catch you later, same time, same place