Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello, how are you doing, good people? I am happy to be back here again, and of course, it goes without saying that it's lovely to see you too. Fourteen days to Christmas - where has 2020 gone? My regular annual trip to India has been put on hold unfortunately, although hopefully the vaccine will make some inroad into this situation.
I find myself in that awful place where there are loads of ideas bouncing around in my head, but as yet, there is nothing concrete. My muse has gone into a sulk and I've been left stranded, but my hands still want to play at the end of every working day, they have got used to it. Oh well, I thought, I shall amuse myself by practicing my beadwork, perhaps learning new things, maybe even learn how to read a beading pattern. Following a pattern is my particular bugbear - I've never been able to do this even when I played with knitting as a teenager, and beading patterns seem much more complicated. Recently, I had a friend visit me with a bag full of unfinished projects and she was emphatic that it was all so easy - her work is beautiful, although unfinished. I don't believe in leaving anything unfinished, it would drive me crazy, and I worry that the complexity of working to a pattern will make me produce unfinished projects of my own. I decided that I would try to make three-dimensional geometric shapes. Let me show you some of my efforts - I spent a couple of evenings making these fugly objects, and I cut them up as I went along, as there's no use wasting beads in rubbish that even the bin would shudder at.
I made up a necklace for one of my customers - she bought a pair of earrings a while ago and requested a matching necklace to be made to her design. It took ages to get the necklace made - my suppliers sent me the wrong connectors and we went back and forth trying to get them to understand what was wrong. and then the post took ages to bring the second lot to me. But it is finally made and is winging its way to her as I write.
That's me for this week, folks. Before I go, with Christmas upon us I’m offering you some help with your presents - if you haven’t seen the pop up yet, you can pick up a gift certificate with a 25% discount for a friend- just message me on email@example.com with your friends’ name and email id and I can send out a gift certificate for them to use for the full amount in your name - with lockdown and the inability to travel and poor delivery services we’re experiencing, I think this will make a great gift and with 25% off, you’ll be able to afford that much more as well.
Have a wonderful week and I'll catch you next weekend, same time, same place. I hope Ms. Muse is back from her travels, wherever she is.