Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello lovely people, how are you? I hope you're all safe and sound this week and not on the verge of another lockdown, wherever you are. I'm thoroughly fed up of all the craziness, aren't you? I never thought when I watched those disaster movies that I would one day have to live through one. I've been keeping up with all my Caprilicious women, and only two of them have had the lurgy - one has recovered completely and the other is slowly getting there. Do take care of yourselves, especially as they are predicting another wave come winter.
I've hit a roadblock for the time being with ideas for new jewellery. It's hard when all around there's doom and gloom and no one wants to wear jewellery because there's nowhere to go. However, I feel the need to make things - it's very hard to sit still and do nothing of an evening. Clickety clack, nickety noo, go my pliers and needles as I sit in front of the telly. We're watching Curb Your Enthusiasm - Larry David makes us laugh, but the language!! If you are against swearing on the telly, go for Seinfeld instead, Curb turns swearing into an art form.
So, what did I get up to this week? I decided I'd make some earrings. I was on the Jewellery Show last week and will be on the Earrings Show in October, so I thought it warranted some new pretties. Besides, winter is around the corner, and winter to me means ........drumroll.......CHRISTMAS!!!!! Everyone wants a bit of glitz and glamour and everyone wants to be ready for that Santa bloke - whether he turns up or not. If we can forget the drabness of our lives for but one moment, everything will be OK, right?? Yeah, right! But still, one can but try to get over the humdrumness (apologies for the made up word, but it felt right).
I love the little diamante elements and the Biwa pearls imported from Japan, and hunting for the right gemstone beads and crystals to use in these creations is a lot of fun. I recently discovered cotton pearls - they are made of compressed cotton with a pearl coating instead of the usual urea resin or glass finish. The weight of these beads is feather light, much lighter than normal pearls, making then ideal for beadwork and earrings. They have an interesting textured finish and as I love anything different, I picked out a few - I think they are a lot of fun, and hope you will too.
I always have a pair of 'fringies' on the go - they are a great way to keep my fingers occupied and although they are showy, they are very light and boho.
Next week I shall have my nose to the grindstone at the day job as the NHS tries to catch up with all the work that lay abandoned during the lockdown period - but no doubt, I shall still find time to play with beads and chat to you. That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.