Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello people, how are you? It's cold out there, although still warm for this time of year - I still haven't had to get my winter coat out of the cupboard. 28 days to Christmas and I now have boxes full of my decorations filling a room in my house, delighting Wilfred the cat as he thinks the boxes are a new hidey hole for him, and the baubles are toys to play with.
Lockdown is due to end in a few days time and we are now in Tier 3 - this means Christmas is kinda cancelled as we're only allowed to meet in groups of six in parks and other public open spaces. The only places that will be open will be gyms (Oh joy!) and churches, neither of which I frequent.
Everything is as clear as mud! I had invited a young student up from Bristol to stay with us over her holidays in the festive period, but it isn't about to happen as both Bristol and Warwickshire are in Tier 3 and transport links are bound to be severely disrupted. The situation will be reviewed in two weeks time, but I'll bet that there won't be too much change.
Never mind, I still have my Christmas tree and a few lights and baubles to keep me occupied.
All of last week was spent sewing tiny beads, one at a time onto the latest necklace I started up a couple of weeks ago. I was inspired by a piece of Swarovski 'coral' that was given to me by friend and fellow beader, and a photograph I saw of a huge wave - I tried to recreate the wave in a painterly manner in the true tradition of 'painting with beads'. I decided the Swarovski crystal could be used to represent a piece of driftwood lying on a beach, and even found a couple of crystal starfish in my stash to add a bit of colour and interest.
I spent what was left of the week making up a few earrings from the components I have collected in a little tin box for my last appearance for 2020 at the Earrings Show on Facebook - do drop in if you have a minute between 830 pm on the 28th to 830 pm on the 29th of November. If you haven't the time, all the remaining earrings will be on the website once the show is over.
That's a wrap for this week, folks. Have a great week and take good care of yourselves. I'll catch you next week, same time, same place.
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