Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how's the world been treating you this week? Summer in the UK is winding down with a whine and a creak, though everyone is hoping for a last minute resurgence of warm weather going into September. However, if one reads about the wildfires in Greece and California, a bit of gentle rain can easily be put into perspective.
Mike and I are upset because our much longed for holiday to Crete has been cancelled - however, it just means that I will have more time to spend in India when I eventually get there. We could really use a break just now, though - along with the rest of the world! I'm consoling myself that at least I have a garden to go out into - many people don't - my sister who lives in an apartment in India has been restricted to living within her four, albeit spacious walls, for most of the last year and a half.
It's a bit annoying when one has to constantly look around for consolation at all times to feel a bit better about one's own situation, but I guess all of us are in the same boat.
I recently received a beautiful silver dragonfly pendant in the post - the wings are particularly lovely and studded with tiny micropave semi precious gemstones, a couple of little amethysts and opals. The body is made of a pink tourmaline and abalone and the level of detail is such that it even has a pair of gem studded eyes. The whole effect is so pretty I felt that I ought to mark the beauty of the wings by naming the piece 'On Dragonfly Wings'. The necklace itself has been consciously kept unfussy, to maintain the focus of attention on the pendant with a couple of strings of little faceted iolite rondel beads and tiny seed pearls to add even more sparkle to the piece.
On Dragonfly Wings
I researched the dragonfly and found to my amazement that there are so many species and there is even a British Dragonfly Society! I've included a link in case you want to take a look for yourselves.
I've begun a new beaded embroidery necklace using lamp work poppy beads that is a commissioned piece - a lady in India loved the original, but wanted a narrower necklace. I hope I will be able to carry it to her sometime soon and that she will love it - she loves Caprilicious and has been one of my best customers in India. I feel like (read hope) the time is coming when I might get to travel back and need to have it made up for her. The original piece was sold many moons ago and now lives in Chicago.
Here are a couple of photographs I took at the photo shoot with Danielle. For these I asked her to channel Anne Boleyn and what she would say as a 21st century independant woman if someone told her that her husband had decreed that her head should be lopped off - for all we know the original Ms Boleyn had the same expression on her face. We only have historian led impressions, translated into film and television which show her walking serenely to her death, not wanting to display her anxiety and horror. Danielle is a self confessed history buff - and she was offered a chance to rewrite a 'horrid history'.
And here's a more 'non-Boleyn' related shot ..
That's me for this week, folks. Have a fabulous week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.