Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how is everyone today? The sun is shining here in the UK and we are being lulled into a false sense of happiness and security - everyone is champing at the bit to get out and about and the world, which had shrunk over the last year seems to be set to become accessible once again. Those of us who work in hospitals know enough to be fearful of this phenomenon - hordes of young, under vaccinated people are now coming into A & E with Covid, including a number of young pregnant patients. The 19th of July is going to be crunch time, when the wearing of masks is no longer compulsory, although I think a U-turn is inevitable with this one, as sadly is another lockdown.
I played with a handful of beads and tiny pieces of felt to make these earrings. Caprilicious is on the Earrings show on Facebook in August and I need a few new pairs to show. I like the juxtaposition of the icy blue crystals and the clear glass teardrops, and the contrasting coral and silvery edging. As they are made of such light elements, the earrings sit comfortably without dragging painfully on the wearer, although I include support butterfly backs with them for those with especially delicate lobes.
One of my lovely customers bought a necklace from me a number of months ago and wanted it remodeled. As I am due to see her shortly, I thought I'd better sort it out. I hadn't done anything about it for ages, I so hated the thought of cutting up what I thought was a pretty piece of jewellery. The sticking point was the focal element of the necklace, a diamante pair of butterflies that I had placed to one side of the necklace. The butterflies appeared to be flying in two separate directions and I thought it was fine - but she would have preferred them to both be flying in the same direction in a sort of butterfly marchpast.
I attempted to buy more pearls and make her a new necklace, but my vendor sent me beads that were wildly dissimilar. Eventually I cut the original piece up and made the necklace below with a bracelet to match. This one is pretty too, but not something I would have designed in a million years. Hey ho! The customer is always right, and hopefully she will wear the new necklace with pleasure. Anyway, she is such a lovely person that I find I cannot refuse her anything - well, almost anything!
There is a bracelet to match, three lines of pearls with a matching clasp, but I hadn't time to photograph it for todays blog.
The garden continues to delight me - every time I go into the conservatory to take pictures for the blog, I photograph something in the garden that catches my eye. We're getting ready for our junior doctors leaving do at the end of July - I have this barbecue every year, but had to cry off in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, we are going to have a little marquee in case of rain and have a massive blowout.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a lovely week and stay safe- I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.
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