Friday, 8 August 2014

Summer Sale - 30% Discount....

Well I've finally gotten to the end of my Bead Fest bead making marathon and all I have to do now is individually wrap each bead and pack them up ready to fly out ahead of me... not much to do there then!

While I've been busy with this preparation my Etsy shops have been a little neglected. Actually that's a bit of an understatement for my jewellery shop which for some time has needed a major overhaul and restock and I'm hoping to tackle this on my return from the US...after all I will have lots of new beads to play with.

In the meantime though, I've decided to pave the way by having a sale in both my shops. From now until close of play on Wednesday 14th August you can get 30% of all items using coupon code SUMMER30.

Components at THEA elements
Jewellery at THEA jewellery

I will be closing the shops on Thursday 15th August until early September so now is the time to grab yourself some great bargains.

Many thanks


Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Last Shop Update of Summer

Well here we are at the end of July already - I can't believe where the time has gone!

So far it's been a pretty good summer here in the UK but I must admit I haven't seen that much of it as yet as I've had my head down working hard on making beads to take to Bead Fest Philadelphia with me. It's only 3 weeks away now and the excitement is now mixed with a little panic and trepidation!

Amidst all this however I just wanted to take a  moment to let you know that I will be having a small shop  update tomorrow evening (30 July 2014) at 7pm GMT (UK time). This will be the last update of the summer and I will be closing both my shops for 2-3 weeks on August 16th.

Many people have asked whether the items I've been making for Bead Fest will be available in the shop and my plan is to list any remaining items as soon as I can in September. I will also resume production in September so if there is anything in particular you want but don't see just drop me a line via Etsy at that time and I'll see what I can do.

If you are going to Bead Fest do come and say hello - you'll find me at the 'Suburban Girl LLC' booth #471A. Otherwise don't forget to check here and on my facebook page for pictures and posts from Bead fest and in the meantime I hope the rest of the summer (or whatever season you're in) is wonderful for you.

Take care.



Thursday, 3 July 2014

AJE Component of the Month - June reveal

This months challenge components have been supplied by Linda who has very recently started working with clay and lovely pieces they were too...

I chose this pair of blue stoneware rose charms thinking that I would probably make a pair of earrings. However, they're quite large charms and I felt that to avoid making them too heavy my design would have to be quite simple - nothing wrong with that of course but it wouldn't make for the most interesting post for this challenge. So I decided instead to work with just one piece and create a necklace instead.

One of the things I liked about these pieces is the natural colour and texture of the stoneware. It's been quite warm here in the UK over the last couple of weeks and I'm one of those people who, as soon as the weather warms up breaks out the loose, natural linen clothes and Linda's charms are a perfect complement to that look. I also like to keep my jewellery quite streamlined and easy to wear in summer - nothing too fussy or heavy.

So the piece I made is a long beaded necklace that slips straight over the head and has the charm as the focal of a layered pendant section.

The necklace is strung on waxed linen with stone coloured farfalle beads, dark blue Czech glass saucer beads with a picasso finish and tiny brass spacers all from Smitten Beads. I've also used the brass spacers in the loops which attach the necklace to a lovely stone coloured lampwork hoop from Outwest.

The rose charm is suspended from the hoop along with two of my own bronzclay leaves on brass chain and finished with little blue Czech glass drops. I love the cool feel of this piece and it somehow seems quite calming.

I did try to work both charms into the necklace but couldn't get it to balance satisfactorily so I went with my default 'less is more' approach and I'm happy with the result.

You can see what the rest of the AJE team and our guests did with their challenge components using the links  below.

Thanks for joining us.


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Sunday, 15 June 2014

AJE - 7 Days of Giveaways...!

I just wanted to give you all a heads up about a very special event that will be starting over on the AJE blog tomorrow...a whole week of giveaways!!!

The AJE facebook page recently sailed past 1000 likes and as a team we decided we wanted to celebrate and share that celebration with you
. So we've all put up one of our own handmade art jewellery elements and each day 2 of these will be up for grabs for one lucky winner... which of course means you can have seven attempts to win one of these great prizes!

You can find full details of the event here...just make sure you set yourself a reminder to pop by each day and. On behalf of the AJE team I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows the blog and shares with us on our Facebook page for making this such a great community.

Good Luck!


Sunday, 1 June 2014

And the Giveaway Winners are...

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the giveaway and subscribed to the newsletter mailing list so that now I don't feel like a Billy-no-mates talking to myself! But on to the important thing and that's the Giveaway winners...

The main prize  up for grabs was £30 to spend in either of my shops THEA elements and THEA jewellery and the lucky winner is...

Cory Tompkins

I also promised a couple of extra prizes and one of my 'Stone rose' pendants will shortly be winging it's way to...

Yvette Goodrich

And one of my Tribal Spearhead' pendant sets will be off to...
Deb Floros

Congratulations ladies - I will be contacting you all shortly.

Thanks again to everyone who took part and I look forward to keeping you up to date with more news in the near future.


Saturday, 31 May 2014

AJE Component of the Month - May Reveal

Each month one of the AJE team creates components for the rest of our team and a number of guests to design a piece of jewellery around. This months components were supplied by Sue Kennedy of Sue beads and I got to work with the cute set of chicklet beads second from the left in this picture...

Because these beads are flat I decided they would work well as bracelet focals but as I've made a few strung bracelets recently I wanted to do something different. I've always been fond of beaded copper bangles and used to make a lot of them so decided to go that route. These bangles are formed around a core of heavy gauge wire but on this occasion however, instead of wrapping the core with wire I decided to try wire macrame in order to get a flat band effect.

I threaded the beads onto the core with some Czech glass and copper accent beads and used 0.9mm copper wire to 'tie' simple square knots around it.

The ends of the core wire are looped with a couple of jump rings and a hand forged hook added to complete the bracelet. I used Liver of Sulphur to oxidise the wire and enhance the textural detail.

A fairly simple design but I really like this type of bangle and I think I may be making a few more.

You can see what everyone else made with their components by clicking on the links below and joining us on our blog hop.


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