Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello good people wherever you are. I hope you've all had a fabulous week and are gearing up to enjoy the weekend. This is probably the end of a very short, rubbishy summer in the UK - we've had about 10 days of sunshine this year. But Hey, Christmas will soon be here, so there's something to look forward to. There, I've used the 'C' word and find that there are just 117 days left, OMG, OMG!!
I've been ever so busy at work these last few weeks, it seems like the September rush of babies has arrived early - I just hope we've broken the back of it and that consequently, September will be less manic than usual.
This is the only piece I had the time to finish and that is only because I started it last weekend, before the day job intervened. It was fabulously sunny and warm, and predictably, I made a piece of jewellery with flowers in it. I do hate being so predictable.
Orchids have some of the most beautiful flowers and I once nurtured ambitions of growing them in my conservatory - that was before I started to make jewellery and photography equipment had not taken over every inch of free space. Kind people often bring me an orchid when they visit, the kind you can get in supermarkets and Marks and Spencers. However, my husband has absolutely no clue about indoor plants, let alone orchids, and sets about killing them with kindness, over watering them until the poor things groan and keel over, dead as door knobs.
The four strands of faceted chalcedony beads are an interesting shade of blue and I opted for a contrast with the little red centres of the diamante orchids.
I started a piece of bead embroidery around a slab of agate and hope to have it finished over the weekend. The picture was taken last night, and the piece has advanced somewhat since then. Every bead is double stitched onto the backing piece of felted ard using Fireline - this is a microfused braided nylon thread which can carry a weight of eight pounds without snapping. More to come next week.
That's me for this week, people. Have a great week, and I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.