Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you all this week? September is halfway done and it will soon be autumn - just now the sun is shining and it's still warm enough to go out without a wrap. Pumpkin chai latte is apparently the drink of the season - although I imagine it's just an evocative title - bringing a waft of cinnamon, log fires, wood smoke and damp leaves to our imaginations - pumpkins actually taste of nothing - at least nothing especially nice.
I found an extremely pretty lucky charm on one of my vendors websites and thought it was too sweet to pass up and this week I put it into a simple necklace. The pendant is so busy that I felt the necklace warranted a certain degree of simplicity. Inlaid with malachite, turquoise and abalone and a number of tiny micro-pave set stones, it has protection against the evil eye at its centre and is liberally sprinkled with a sun, moon, stars, a horseshoe, Hamsa, a dove of peace, four-leaf clover, and a Kawai kitty, among others - by the law of averages, one of them should be at work at any given time and serve the wearer well.
There is now a palpable, gut wrenching need to try to inch back towards the way we were - to wear nice clothes, jewellery, go out to dinner, the theatre, anywhere where there are groups of people and have some fun, to feel alive. With this in mind, I made a pair of earrings that signify fun and nights out. They are made with antiqued silver wire and tiny faceted ruby beads with a teardrop of lapis lazuli dangling from a pair of blue studs set in silver. I made them so that the dangle can be slipped off and hung on any other pair of studs.
I would say that they looked like holly berries except they are the wrong shade of red - however, they are very pretty, though I say so myself - and I hope you'll agree.
Here's a look at the final flowers in my garden - I threw a couple of packets of seeds into the flower bed and got these poppies and Love in a Mist to cheer us up while the rest of the garden yellows and moves towards autumn. There are loads of buds, so the flowers should bloom for a while yet.
That's me for now folks, have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.