Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, I hope you're enjoying the weather this weekend. I don't want to rain on anyone's chips, but if a couple of minutes in the sunshine are very possibly the best we're going to get to smile about this year, we'd best enjoy it before it's all gone. I've been rooting through old albums from holidays long past - nostalgia for what was, and what might never be again.
This is going to be a quick post as the garden beckons - the sun is shining and i'm off to sit under a parasol and sip a Becks Blue shandy with hubby and Wilfred. The bees are buzzing around and I caught an opportunistic picture of one rampaging through the sweet peas with pollen smeared all over it's bottom.
Last week I was playing with a moonstone from my Jaipur stash and had just finished attaching it to a necklace blank with a beaded bezel - I had no real idea where I was going with it until I saw this picture of the Keukenhof gardens, just outside Amsterdam that I visited many years ago - possibly in 1984! It was my first trip into Europe on a tour bus and the Keukenhof gardens were impossibly beautiful. I'd love to go there again, but it is just open to the public for about eight weeks in the Tulip season between the end of March and mid May. It's still a bit chilly at that time and although I plan to go back, every time we think about booking a pre summer holiday, it seems too much of a chore to pack all our winter gear and stout walking shoes/wellies (there are 32 hectares of garden so even a short walk is very long) to go on holiday when we can be as warm as a piece of pie, right here at home.
I decided that I would sew colour blocks of 'flowers' around the central moonstone which would represent the body of water in the picture above. There are plenty of water features in the Keukenhof with lakes and ponds and canals galore and although the gardens are shut at night, I imagined what they must look like on a moonlit night. Here's the necklace right up to where I stopped last night.
That's all I have for you this week, good people. Have a lovely weekend, wear your masks when you meet people, and stay safe. It isn't over yet, not by a long chalk.
See you next Friday, same time, same place.