Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, how are you today. I'm back after a week off, having fun with my friends. If one of them hadn't brought her two children, and my husband wasn't in the house, it would have been as if there were no intervening years. Age has not dulled our 40 year old friendship, and we sat around squabbling and reminiscing, gently pulling each others legs - we first met when we were just seventeen years old, and went through a lot of strange and difficult times in medical school by being a support system for one another, and that continues, to this day.
We weren't able to go anywhere as one of them tested positive for Covid on arrival at our place - so we just masked up and sat around telling yarns, roasting one another, and comparing the number of swear words in Indian languages that we knew - I'm proud to say I remembered plenty, although there were a few I hadn't heard before. The house was full of noise and laughter, and smells of food being cooked around the clock - it was a very warm and loving visit and I'm so happy we could do it, and I'm sure we'll do it again.
The piece I finished this week is one that you have seen in the making earlier on. It took simply ages to complete, mainly because I put in loads of tiny beads to signify 'grass' as it was meant to be set in a wildflower meadow. The little pewter art nouveau lady was imported from the USA, and is made by Vintaj. She sits, draped artfully in scarves and wraps, her long hair flowing around her, in the style of an art nouveau Mucha drawing. I sat her on a knoll of grass under a wisteria, with a tiny patch of ground and sky just visible to one side, surrounded by the wildflower meadow. Mucha I ain't, but this is my effort at a romantic and wistful setting. I ended the necklace with tourmaline and jade beads and a little toggle clasp. The whole piece from start to finish took me 3 weeks to complete.
I think it is even more stunning in real life than in photographs, because of the 3-D dimensions of the piece - it has to be held to be truly appreciated.
The day job has been really busy and added to that I lost Wi-Fi during the heat wave and couldn't get Virgin Media to send someone out for 3 days. I've truly earned this weekend - I'm going to sit around, doing absolutely nothing, relaxing with a cuppa tea until it's Monday again.
Next weekend is party time - my junior doctors are leaving us - is it a celebration that they are getting closer to that consultant or GP job, or one that they are finally leaving us to wreak havoc in another department? That's for me to know and the hospital they go to to find out. Actually, this bunch have been lovely and deserve a good end of term blow-out, which I shall give them.
That's all for this week, folks. Have a wonderful week, and I'll catch you again next Friday, same time, same place.