Last Friday my eldest daughter held an African Jewellery party, showcasing all the work she has been doing over the past six months.  The week before we all spent every waking moment preparing the house to receive the 24 guests who would be attending, focusing on her presentation speech, display board and costume.  Lillie worked exceptionally hard (as did her siblings) and the party went just as planned. This is a photo heavy post as we were so pleased with how everything turned out.

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We made some paper bunting from coloured card, cutting out letters of a contrasting colour and sticking on card rectangles:

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Lillie made some bright display boards, adding information about what different colours mean to different tribes (this supplemented the information in her presentation report on African Jewellery):

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We had bought her a mannequin to display some of her best work:

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We also used an authentic African art work:

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The rest of the display was made up of her home-made African Jewellery.  Lillie had spent hours each day creating the most beautiful pieces from paper beads she had made herself, as well as learning wire techniques:

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She had made some material bracelets:

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as well as some twisted wire ones:

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and multiple rings, some of them very unusual:

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But it was her necklaces which I think stood out.  Each was made from a mixture of regular seed beads and home-made paper beads, taking into consideration the meanings of the various colours:

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Here are some close-ups:

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Lillie also made some beautiful ear-rings, which matched some of the necklaces.  She had been advised to sell them separately rather than in sets:

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Lil had packed each of the pieces of jewellery in little bags, adding a home-made label with the name of her ‘company’ on them.  She also priced them according to the advice she had been given by a local jewellery shop owner.  We also purchased some brightly coloured envelopes to use as gift bags and I found some pretty gauze bags for her to pop the necklaces in, once purchased:

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Because she had worked so incredibly hard on this project and we wanted her to look the part, we bought her a pair of trousers which she paired with some home-made jewellery and a black top:

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She was ready to go!  But were we really prepared for the 24 guests we had coming?  You’ll have to wait and find out tomorrow 🙂

 

17 comments on “African Jewellery Party: Part One

  1. sugarandspiceandalljewellerynice

    Thank you for all your help!

  2. All the jewellery looks wonderful!

  3. Wow! The party was amazing! All the jewellery was gorg and Lillie looked b-e-a-u-t-iful!

  4. How exciting! What lovely jewelry your daughter made. She is talented.
    Blessings, Dawn

  5. Your daughter looks beautiful. The jewelry is stunning. and the display is magnificent!!!

  6. Congratulations, L. What a great deal of work and time and love must have gone into this presentation. The decorations are perfect and the jewelry is lovely. I think the blues and greens are my favorite. You did a fantastic job! I love, love, love your outfit. Wish we lived closer to you so we could have come and bought some of your jewelry. I can’t wait to see the next post.

  7. It looks amazing. She really has worked hard to produce all of that jewelry.

  8. Wow! An amazing show! Super job and love the outfit too!

  9. Carolyn Lewis

    Lillie did very well, the jewellery looked amazing. Well done Lillie. xxx

  10. Great job Lillie. You did a great job with your display board and jewellery.

  11. Wow! She did a wonderful job. I’m so impressed with her work. Wish I could see the video of her speaking on this. Love the table and display also.

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  13. It looks amazing! She did a great job.

  14. Wow!!! You guys never go small, do you? She has done such amazing work – and the pants are great, too 🙂

  15. Looks amazing, what a lot of hard work! Btw I think it has been a while or did your site get a make over? Love the header and it is so organized 🙂

  16. Love the new look!

  17. Wow! You are one talented young lady, Lillie!!! Your jewelry is gorgeous, as are you in your new outfit to match your handiwork! Congratulations on all your hard work and beautiful display!

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