My best friend who lives in Canada had a big birthday at the end of July and I knew that I wanted to make her a proper, hand knotted pearl necklace with sterling silver findings. I gathered everything I needed; pearls, silk thread, sterling silver toggle clasp, sterling silver beads, sterling silver french wire and watched many a video on the internet as well as consulted books on the subject. I decided to use a pair of jewellery tweezers to help with the knots as I felt this looked the most user friendly way to choose. I stretched the silk thread the day or so before starting in order to lessen the stretch once the necklace is worn. It took an afternoon to do the knotting and threading, after a couple of false starts and a few choice words. I was really pleased with the end result.
I duly sent the jewellery off, but as sometimes happens, circumstances conspired against me and the parcel's progress went a bit quiet. I had sent it with tracking and signed for, to try to ensure it arrived safely, but after a good fifteen days, missing my friend's big day (bother), it hadn't arrived and I was more than a little worried. However, when I checked the tracking progress again, it suddenly reappeared and my friend has now received it. She left me a lovely phone message and I think she liked it!
The garden is slowly starting to show its late summer colour - this year, the dominant colours are blue/purple/lilac, thanks to the agapanthus, clematis and hibiscus.
One of my favourite plants for July/August is Hibiscus Syriacus 'Oiseau Bleu/Bluebird' which has the most exotic looking flowers and which has flowered brilliantly this year. It is always featured on my blog.
However, to offset all the pastels, I have enjoyed seeing the crocosmia (here, it is 'Columbus') unfurling, with the rich yellows and oranges providing a lovely hit of colour. Lots to enjoy in the August garden.