Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello folks, how are you doing today. This week in the UK the weather God has smiled on us - I only hope he keeps on smiling for another couple of days - I'm about to host 25 people for my annual barbecue. If you didn't know already, junior doctors up and down the UK all move to their new posts on a rotation of at least seven hospitals in their trainee career, and there is now a fixed day for all this mayhem to occur - the first Wednesday in August! I urge you all to take care of your health and not go near a hospital in the first two weeks in August as it is pretty chaotic, with only the consultants manning the fort.
Anyway, our juniors leave us as well, and I've been hosting their leaving do for over 15 years now, so much so that everyone knows in the West Midlands that the barbecue in held in my little garden on the last Saturday of July.
This is a video making the rounds in some of the jewellery groups I'm a member of and I thought it was sufficiently interesting enough to post in my blog for you to take a look at - all this sounds like hard, not to mention dusty work! Oh Dear!
Somewhere in the cosmos, a star is reaching the end of its life. Maybe it’s a massive star, collapsing under its own gravity. Or maybe it’s a dense cinder of a star, greedily stealing matter from a companion star until it can’t handle its own mass.
Whatever the reason, this star doesn’t fade quietly into the dark fabric of space and time. It goes kicking and screaming, exploding its stellar guts across the universe, leaving us with unparalleled brightness and a tsunami of particles and elements. It becomes a supernova.
In 185 AD, Chinese astronomers noticed a bright light in the sky. Documenting their observations in the Book of Later Han, these ancient astronomers noted that it sparkled like a star, appeared to be half the size of a bamboo mat and did not travel through the sky like a comet. Over the next eight months this celestial visitor slowly faded from sight. They called it a “guest star.”
Two millennia later, in the 1960's, scientists found hints of this mysterious visitor in the remnants of a supernova approximately 8000 light-years away. The supernova, SN 185, is the oldest known supernova recorded by humankind. Death by supernova probably isn’t something we have to worry about in our lifetime, or our children’s or grandchildren’s or great-great-great-grandchildren’s lifetime. IK Pegasi, the closest candidate we have for a supernova, is 150 light-years away — too far to do any real damage to Earth (this is the point at which we must all cross your fingers, and squint for good measure, hoping that the scientists are right!).
Here's the Caprilicious version of a Supernova! Tiny golden seed beads have been embroidered around an agate slab nugget, along with black and clear AB coated crystal beads.
As you can imagine, it took ages to bead, and was all I could complete this week. I had my favourite Caprilicious woman and model come to stay over the weekend and we spent a couple of hours picking out jewellery for her to try on while I clicked away happily in the background.
This time, I thought I'd get her to show off some of my silver neck pieces. They are very different from the usual silver necklaces seen on other websites, and because of the silver, they have an intrinsic, investment value and are heirloom pieces that will hold their value in years to come.
Both of us enjoyed ourselves thoroughly - she changed outfits and make-up, sunglasses and hats went on and off, hair went up and down. She climbed nimbly onto chairs and stools so I could click pictures from different angles, and the photos turned out beautifully. Here are some of the best pictures from the one hundred photographs I snapped.
That's me for this week folks, have a fabulous week, and I'll catch you next weekend, same time, same place.