Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how are you this week? In the UK, the end of the tunnel is nigh upon us with lockdown set to ease (not end, though) gingerly on the 12th of April, and we take faltering baby steps into the wide blue yonder. Foreign travel is still going to be limited for a while and with the rest of the world still poorly vaccinated and a lot of Europe in lockdown, it makes sense to stay put.
My fritillaries, wood anemones and narcissi are out in the little patch on the front of the house and as ever, they are a joy to behold. I even have my first camellia - we bought the little shrub last year in full flower, so I'm enjoying the buds blossoming this time around.
The slab nuggets from this piece were cut from a piece of citrine druzy such as the one depicted here. As with all druzy, the edges glint in the light, and the beads look like sugar slices half immersed in coffee. The pendant is set in silver and contains moldavite and turquoise as well as a single green onyx. The accents pick up the turquoise in the pendant with antique silver beads I found in India. The blue brightens up the yellow/brown of the citrine - an entirely brown necklace is not my idea of fun, however beautiful the beads may be individually! The piece was inspired by photographs I took on a trip to Positano a number of years ago, with its dramatic vertical panorama of colors; the green of the Monti Lattari, the white, pink and yellow of the Mediterranean houses, the silvery grey of its pebble beaches and the blue of the sea.
I have been plugging away at my embroidered piece and it is almost done - well, it may be finished come the end of next week, unless something else crops up. I'm quite happy with the way it is turning out, slowly but surely. I've never done a whole piece in one colour and it's doing my head in a bit, but I'm restraining myself from going into my usual frenzy of multi colour beads.
That's me for this week folks, have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place. Oh, and before I forget, Happy Easter, to those who celebrate!
Until next week,
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