Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello, good people, and thanks for joining me once again. It has gone cold in the UK and set to get worse. However, what we experience here, especially in the Midlands where I live is piffling compared to North America, so I shouldn't really make a big deal of it. Moaning about the weather is part of the British psyche and I've lived in the UK long enough to participate in the national weather angst!
I saw this picture on Facebook and thought it was so cute, I had to save it for everyone here.
I've made one of the prettiest necklaces using a bunch of tiny seed beads, and I've been so keen to show it to you. Unfortunately, I suddenly decided that I absolutely needed a particular clasp when I saw it used by another beader - I've been hunting for the selfsame thing all over. It's quite difficult, hunting down something when you don't know where the other person got it from, what it's name is, or what to put in a search engine when looking for it. I can't remember who the lady was who had it on one of the pieces she had made, or I might have asked her, although she might not have told me.
But, determined as I am, I spent days looking for it and finally struck gold. Hubby was pretty annoyed with me, as I seemed to be on the computer all the time - he was probably just looking for a bit of attention. However, I've had a hard week at work, and the last thing I needed of an evening is conversation. Watching rubbish on the telly while beading or scrolling through various shops on my phone in silence seems to be the better pastime than making an effort to chat. Never mind, next week is likely to be better and I will stroke his ego and give him some attention at the weekend.
As I said last week, I'm going on the Earrings Show in December - the 10th and 11th is the Caprilicious show, so I've begun to salt away a few pairs of earrings specifically for that. I always like to have lots of stock, so that ladies who like earrings have something new to look at, and I like my earrings to be as different as possible to what the others display. I make the components myself rather than assemble what I have bought from others, and therefore it takes a while to put them together.
Anyone who knows Caprilicious knows my love of peacocks - this pair was made using purple crystals at the centre of the eye, surrounded by silver lined seed beads in four colours. I'm not sure the camera picks up the way these earrings glow - silver lined beads have an ethereal sheen and I think this is a very pretty pair of earrings, as light as a (peacock) feather.
I picked up two pairs of stick beads of lapis lazuli and turquoise - the beads themselves are so pretty, I felt that they ought to be presented in as simple a manner as possible. I spent a few months wrestling with the idea of adding little embellishments to the tops of the beads but in the end, have presented them simply with little micro pave bails and sterling ear wires that enhance rather than detract from the beauty of the stones.
Unfortunately still photographs do not pick up little nuances, such as the glow of the silver lined beads, the little glints of pyrite in the lapis beads or the glints from the micro pave diamante - some degree of movement is required for that.
I'm looking forward to this weekend which is going to be about pampering - long lie ins, soaks in the bath, and generally a relaxed time, both to get over the week I've had, and to get ready for next weekend when I'm going to be on call again.
29 days to Christmas, folks! Hubby is buying me a new laptop in the sales and I'm half excited, while the other half of me is a bit anxious about losing all the photographs stored on my old laptop. Yes, they are sitting in cloud storage as well, but there's nothing like being able to access them straight up from the computer. Oh well, I'll just have to grin and bear it.
That's me for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.