Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello, good people, I hope you're having a good start to the weekend, with fabulous sunshine wherever you are. The garden has kick started itself and there's loads to be done this weekend. I'm very proud of my little container of irises that I finally managed to grow. My neighbour gave us the bulbs a number of years ago, but they refused to flower for me until I dug them up and repotted them with the bulbs exposed at the top of the soil, and voila! my first crop of flowers appeared.
The Moulin Rouge is one of the first nightclubs in Paris - almost 132 years old and has been at the forefront of all cabaret acts in Paris. They have up to 60 dancers performing each day with hundreds of costume changes through the spectacular show. The can-can originated in the Moulin Rouge and it has become the most famous show in the world as the dancers of the Moulin Rouge high-kick their way to become icons of exotic glamour and legendary champagne-fuelled nights.
I've been to watch the dancers at the Moulin Rouge and the Lido in Paris, these being the most spectacular shows and though they are quite different, they are awash with music and colour. The girls remind me of flowers in their frou-frou skirts, twirling and pirouetting to a live band, and although touristy and glitzy, it is such a fun way to spend an evening (albeit expensive).
I made the pendant for this necklace in the spirit of the Moulin Rouge - exuberant, high kicking and fun. It contains three pieces of solar quartz which are cross sectional slices of a stalactite, surrounded by multi colour soutache braids. At the lower edge, the braids loop back and forth in an effort to recreate the frothy frills of the can-can skirt. A brass peacock feather and shiny crystals add to the fun and the whole piece is colourful and reminiscent of the spirit of the Can-can and just right for June which is of course, Pride month. The necklace is simple with lapis lazuli teeth, spaced with little colourful semi precious gemstone beads so that the attention is all on the pendant.
I hope pictures of the pendant bring a smile to your face and evoke joy in your heart - that's precisely the effect I'm trying to achieve here. At this point in time, we need some joy - even if it comes in a little box with a Caprilicious label on it. It will be a great little necklace to wear on holiday with a simple dress and we will soon all be going on holiday - Oh yes, we will!
That's me for this week folks. Have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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