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Illuminate light festival in Plymouth - check out our Glowing Bead workshops!

Last weekend I was thrilled to be a part of Plymouth’s illuminate light festival.

Illuminate was a fantastic visual feast for the senses and showcased projections and light art installations from local, national and international artists. It was held in the stunning Royal William Yard, with light installations dotted throughout the buildings, archways and the Secret Garden, where the Glowing Bead workshops were held!

If you’ve known Shh for a while, you may remember that I ran similar bead workshops for New Zealand’s LUX light festival in Wellington (you can see pix here and here). Children make their own glow in the dark beaded necklace, bracelet or headband using a variety of neon strings, glowing and non-glowing beads. The sessions are always so much fun to run, so I was excited to be part of illuminate and run them again in Devon!

illuminate light festival glowing beads shh by sadie plymouth

The workshops ran every evening throughout the festival, in rain or, erm, non-rain, and I was amazed by the creativity and enthusiasm of each and every child (and adult!). Every person eagerly wore their beaded creation as they left the workshop, with a few little ones telling me they were going to “keep it on forever”. Awwww!

As usual, I was so busy running the workshops that I forgot to take any actual pictures of the beads! Whoops. THANK YOU to everyone who visited us this year at illuminate, and HUGE THANKS to the wonderful illuminate volunteers who helped you all make your glowing jewels!

Check out some of the fantastic illuminate light works here.

See the latest Shh by Sadie workshops and classes here.

Sadie xx

Posted on November 27, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, events, workshop / classes.

Fun handmade wedding favours - customised bag charms!

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When planning my wedding last year I wanted a fun, cute little wedding favour for our female guests. I had been looking for something unusual and something that the guests could take with them as a reminder of the day. The favour also needed to be lightweight and easy to transport as we were getting married in France. Not much to ask!! ;-)

After looking for several weeks online and not finding anything I liked, or that was within a reasonable budget, I decided to make something myself!

And that’s when I came up with the idea of the Shh Charmed Heart bag charms - I designed them for my wedding guests! I had a lot of fun creating all kinds of colour combinations - bright contrasting colours, pastels - metallics. It was exciting!

I also designed a little gift tag that accompanied each charm and placed them in a brightly coloured organza bag. You can see the process and the finished product below.

And you can see more bespoke bridal Shh by Sadie jewellery here, including the Charmed Heart charms.

If you’d like to order the Charmed Heart charms as wedding favours (or for another special occasion) they’re available in gold or silver hardware and beaded in your selection of colours. Pick a rainbow of colours, or choose simple white and gold - it’s your choice! Prices start at £10.

Sadie x


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Posted on November 20, 2018 and filed under bridal, custom orders, behind the scenes.

Bespoke bridal and bridesmaid jewellery - creamy pearls and Swarovski crystals

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I always love working on personalised and bespoke orders and this bridal jewellery commission was beautiful!

Lucy wanted three sets of coordinating bridesmaid jewellery for one adult bridesmaid, one teen bridesmaid and one teeny tiny set for a much younger bridesmaid (unfortunately Obi the dog preferred a tux over a pearl necklace!!).

Lucy was planning a relaxed, elegant wedding in Oxford, with a traditional church ceremony and boat house reception (with punting!).

We discussed style and colour options, and she selected classic creamy pearls combined with Swarovski crystals with a rainbow aurora borealis lustre. She wanted three coordinating “plaited” pearl cuff-style bracelets, sterling silver pearl studs, and three mix and match single strand bracelets.

I used a combination of white, cream, peach and darker grey rainbow freshwater pearls, along with the Swarovski crystals, and I know I’m biased - but I think the bracelets turned out beautifully and complemented the navy bridesmaid dresses perfectly.

You can see more bespoke bridal Shh by Sadie jewellery here.

And if you’d like to chat about a custom made bridal or bridesmaid piece, click here. Prices begin at £15 for a single strand bracelet.

Sadie xx


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Posted on November 1, 2018 and filed under bridal, custom orders, behind the scenes.

Handmade wedding jewellery - pearl and crystal bracelets for a French wedding!

handmade wedding jewellery UK

Well here is a sneak peek into my very own wedding day and the jewellery I made for myself, my bridesmaids, and the VIP mothers of the bride and groom!

If you know me you may be surprised that I decided to make very simple, classic, neutral coloured jewellery for myself and my bridesmaids. I am never one to shy away from a colourful statement piece! However, my wedding decor theme was very colourful - bright pinks, blues, oranges, and so I wanted to tone down my jewellery because I didn’t want to look OTT and would have to live with any colour-clashing decisions for the rest of my life :D

Chris and I booked a 14th Century French chateau for our summer wedding and wanted a laid-back, elegant, wedding theme with splashes of colour. My bridesmaids were wearing bright jewel-toned blue dresses, and the flower girls were wearing pink floral dresses, and all would wear pink flowers in their hair and carry colourful bouquets.


And so onto the jewellery…

For my own wedding day jewellery - I had intended to make my own chunky baroque pearl earrings, but then actually found my dream pair of rose quartz and pearl drop earrings online, so I bought them instead!

I would be wearing a large crystal hair comb and my antique turquoise and diamond ring, and so decided to make myself three pearl and crystal bracelets to wear with them on the big day.

(Non jewellery-related, but In case you love shoes as much as I do - I chose Betsey Johnson Blue Stela glitter bridal shoes in soft pink.) Click here to see more of the shoes I had on my wedding shoe shortlist!

For the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom, I made them both simple creamy freshwater pearl and glass crystal bracelets as part of their wedding day gifts.

For my Maid of Honour and bridesmaids - they each had two pearl and crystal 24 carat gold plated cuff bracelets, matching my own.

For the flower girls - both little Ivy and Bella wore matching pink and white peanut pearl bracelets - so cute and playful!

I didn’t get many photos of the jewellery on the actual day - oops! But you can get the idea from the below photos :-)

Are you planning for your wedding?

Sadie x

And here are some more wedding blog posts -

The wedding shoes I drooled over.
My handmade wedding favours - cute little colourful bag charms.
More Shh by Sadie wedding jewellery.


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Posted on November 1, 2018 and filed under bridal, custom orders, behind the scenes.

Custom pearl bridesmaid bracelets and handmade Mother of the Bride pearl jewellery

Bespoke bridal jewellery pearl bracelets Devon

Here’s another recent bespoke bridal jewellery commission I worked on for the lovely Rebecca.

Rebecca wanted a set of freshwater pearl bracelets for her three bridesmaids and a matching one for herself, the beautiful bride! She also wanted a gift for the Mother of the Bride, a similarly-styled bracelet and necklace set for her mother.

Her wedding colour scheme was pastel yellow and pastel moss green to suit the English countryside themed wedding day, while the Mother of the Bride would be wearing a jewel-toned blue dress.

For her bridal and bridesmaid bracelets we selected a combination of freshwater and vintage pearls to complement the vintage style of her wedding theme. For her mother’s jewellery we again chose freshwater pearls, though we used chunkier baroque pearls. We added navy pearls with a rainbow lustre and a touch of Swarovski crystal sparkle to add glamour - you can never go wrong with a touch of Swarovski! :-)

It was lovely working with a bride who wanted to include colour in her bridal jewellery - I’m thrilled with how they turned out.

You can see more bespoke bridal Shh by Sadie jewellery here.

And if you’d like to chat about a custom made bridal or bridesmaid piece, click here. Prices begin at £15 for a single strand bracelet.


Sadie x


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Posted on November 1, 2018 and filed under bridal, custom orders, behind the scenes.

The beginnings of a small jewellery business part one... kitchen tables and Mighty Mighty Markets

 Here I am at my very first market at Mighty Mighty Markets on Cuba Street, Wellington in 2011

Here I am at my very first market at Mighty Mighty Markets on Cuba Street, Wellington in 2011

Hi everyone!

This week has been a time of reflection for me. Today marks six years to the date that I released my first ever ‘official’ collection, Sueños del Sol. And on Friday I had the pleasure of talking to a whole lecture theatre (eek!) of final year marketing students at Plymouth University about Shh by Sadie and the journey that has brought me and my million beads to where it stands today.

In preparation for my talk I sat down and spent an afternoon trawling through my old Shh photo archives and, oh my goodness, it was amazing remembering some of the jewels I’ve made, markets I’ve attended, people I’ve worked with and all of the ups and downs along the way.

When I began teaching myself to make jewellery in 2011 I never dreamed that anything would come of it, let alone that anyone would buy it - it was simply a new exploration, a new hobby, and I enjoyed wearing the earrings and bracelets I’d made for myself.

Shh by Sadie handmade statement jewellery

Working full time in my ‘day job’, I soon started attending markets on Saturdays with my borrowed table cloth and vintage teacups and saucers to display my jewels on (the teacups often had more interest than the jewellery!). I just wanted to sell jewellery so that I could go home and make more. (Well, that hasn’t changed!)

I was also selling online via Etsy, and I still don’t know how I managed to actually sell anything with the terrible photos I took! I remember taking my first product shots late one Saturday night, on a badly lit kitchen table, balanced on teapots and teacups (the jewellery, not me), because I was so eager to get my Shh by Sadie Etsy shop up and open. Yet people did buy the jewellery (which was at that time mostly brooches made of felt and fabric, button and flower earrings, and simple bead earrings and necklaces), and often came back for more!

 I ALWAYS appreciated it when my lovely friends visited me at markets and came and had a giggle with me :-)

I ALWAYS appreciated it when my lovely friends visited me at markets and came and had a giggle with me :-)

Shh by Sadie at Matchbox Studios, Wellington

From there I went on to be stocked in my first few real shops - Rex Royale and Emma on Cuba Street, along with The White Room Gallery in Island Bay. Markets continued, stockists grew, and I was even featured in a few blogs, publications and the Mighty Mighty Market poster plastered across Wellington that I had to close my eyes every time I walked past because it was so hideous… :D

I’ve posted some photos of the early Shh days here - hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I did. You’ll see that there was always a love of pink! And a lot of skulls back then too!

If you remember any of these Shh jewels or markets, I’d love to hear from you or see your photos.

I’ll post the next phase of the Shh journey next week.

Sadie x

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And if you made it this far - here’s that Mighty Mighty Market poster!!


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Posted on October 9, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, collections, events.

Brighton Pier photoshoot collab with Colourbloc Photography

Shh by sadie Brighton pier funfair colourbloc photography

On my recent trip to Brighton I was thrilled to meet with Clare from Colourbloc Photography for a little impromptu photoshoot on Brighton Pier.

Clare is a talented commercial photographer who loves bright colour as much as I do, and so we had a lot of fun dashing around the funfair looking for inspiration!

My favourite ride was the carousel, and I did get a couple of odd glances whilst clambering up onto the ponies, bracelets raised high (all in the name of photography!).

Clare was so friendly we spent as much time chatting as we did frolicking around fairground rides. She's an experienced photographer who has an eye for colour, composition and carousel pony shots ;-)

You can check out our photos below, and see more of Clare's photography on her Colourbloc website and Instagram.

I enjoyed it so much that I want to do it all again!

Sadie xx


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Posted on September 3, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, style, travel, collections.

Resort style fashion editorial photoshoot number two - behind the scenes!

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After another very early morning, I was also recently involved in a shoot with an absolute dream team at The Grand Hotel in Torquay. The images are also under wraps for the time being, but you can get a behind the scenes peek below.

The Grand Hotel was stunning - the view from the pool area felt like you could have been in LA - with a slighter colder climate of course! A beautiful large Victorian hotel, it's located right on the seafront. The staff couldn't have been more hospitable - and even fed us lunch while we were working! I'm definitely returning to try their al fresco summer dining by the poolside.

Photography: Emma Barrow
Hair: Brigitte Fisher
Make up: Emma Roberts using MAC
Model: Alice Randle from Mosaic Models
Photography Assistant: Jenny at Doble Photography

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Posted on April 18, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, style, collections.

Fashion editorial photoshoot number one - behind the scenes!

fashion editorial photoshoot Sarah Brittain Edwards Plymouth

I recently had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team in Plymouth. I also styled the shoot, and you'll see a peek of upcoming Shh pieces in the photographs!

Photography : Sarah Brittain Edwards
Hair: Jo at YOKE
Make up: Rebecca Searle using Delliah
Models: Lucy & Sophie

Photographer Sarah Brittain Edwards braved the Plymouth wind and took some stunning photos - I'll be sharing them with you as soon as they're released. I also took some studio shots with Lucy and Sophie.

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Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, collections, style.

Children's Beaded Jewellery Workshop at Ocean Studios, Plymouth

Photos from the recent Children's Beaded Jewellery Workshop at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth. Children, and adults, came along to make necklaces, bracelets and anklets galore!

Find out about more upcoming jewellery events here.

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Posted on April 8, 2018 and filed under behind the scenes, events, workshop / classes.

New! Shh by Sadie Tribe Leather Fringe Bags

Make way for our colourful leather fringe bags! Now you can make a statement with your bag as well as your jewellery!

Bright, beautiful embroidered bags with genuine leather fringe detail. The bags have a detachable, adjustable length strap so that they can be worn as a cross body or shoulder bag, and also as a clutch!

We have worked with fair trade artisans in Thailand to bring you these ethically made, perfectly hand-crafted bags.

Check them out below - which is your favourite colour?

SbS x

Shh by sadie tribal print leather fringe embroidered bags

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Posted on January 10, 2018 and filed under style, behind the scenes, collections, bags.

New necklace - Skinny-licious Miami Nights!

More jewellery maths here (did you see the Acapulco short necklace?)...

This time I combined the styles of Miami Nights and Twilight Long necklaces and made the Miami Nights Skinny!

Both the original necklaces are popular and versatile, and I thought that a skinny version of Miami Nights would be an easy to wear, light and layerable piece, that like all Shh pieces, can transition from day to night.

See the results below! 

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Posted on November 19, 2017 and filed under style, collections, behind the scenes.

Custom order: short Acapulco necklace

I'm always happy to tailor my Shh designs to suit a customer's needs - and in this case the result was beautiful! The customer wanted the Acapulco pattern in the style of a short Miami Nights necklace. See how it turned out below...!

What do you think? What two necklaces would you combine?

Sadie x

PS. If you have a piece of jewellery that you'd like to design, redesign, or fix, you can get in touch here.

Shh by sadie bespoke jewellery

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Posted on November 16, 2017 and filed under style, custom orders, behind the scenes.

XO Acapulco - how the newest Shh cuff is made!

Hey guys and gals, it's Sadie!

I've been working on a new bracelet, XO Acapulco. In fact it's THE biggest bracelet I've made to date and is inspired by the popular Acapulco necklace.

I thought I'd share with you a little about the design process!

 - It starts with the inspiration (above) - well that came from my love of colour, print and pattern. I LOVE the Acapulco necklace so much, it's my personal favourite piece. I also enjoy wearing the big, wide Bananas bracelets, and so started thinking about a big cuff bracelet that would coordinate with the Acapulco necklace.

- Then I begin designing the pattern on my laptop. I often share this process on the Shh Instagram stories - so you may have seen this! When I'm happy with the design, I make the prototype.

- For the wide bracelets I have a different bead loom. Even stringing the loom for a piece as large as this takes ages! I have to be careful that the threads don't ping off as then I have to start all over again....argh!

- Then it's a matter of following my design and beading, beading, beading. This bracelet took approx 4-5 hours of beading (with the odd tea break of course!).

- It's then ready to be finished with 24 carat gold plated shiny bits, photographed and listed online!

Hope you enjoyed this little trip behind the scenes! 
Big love,
Sadie xx


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Posted on October 26, 2017 and filed under collections, style, custom orders, behind the scenes.

New colour options: Sign II bracelet

Check out the gorgeous new colour options for the Sign II bracelets coming soon! Which is your favourite?

All beaded pieces are woven by Sadie on a bead loom, finished with 24 carat gold plated clasps, and designed to make you feel a million bucks!

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Posted on May 24, 2016 and filed under collections, style, behind the scenes.

Crystal quartz designer bridal necklace

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Looking for bridal jewellery ideas or inspiration? Take a little browse at our Shh by Sadie handmade bridal necklaces. Each one is made to order and most are customisable and can be tailor made to suit the needs of each beautiful bride!

View Shh by Sadie's bridal collection, Worship Me, here.


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Posted on April 11, 2016 and filed under collections, bridal, behind the scenes, style.

Bespoke designer crystal necklace - Rock Me crystal quartz

Here's a peek at a recent custom order Rock Me crystal quartz necklace with Parisian glass crystals. This little gem is heading to Singapore with a chunky silver Rocked Up necklace so they can be layered together. Request your custom order here.

#welovelayering

#moreismore ;-)

SbS x

designer crystal quartz necklace with parisian crystals handmade in new zealand

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Posted on March 30, 2016 and filed under behind the scenes, bridal, collections, custom orders.

New flamingo pouches! Flamingo-licious!

Hello new Shh pouches! We're thrilled with our new reusable flamingo pouches to keep all of your Shh by Sadie treasure safe! 

Pouches will accompany all new orders at Shhbysadie.com.

shh by sadie flamingo pouch designer statement jewellery handmade in new zealand
shh by sadie flamingo pouch designer statement jewellery handmade in new zealand

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Posted on March 27, 2016 and filed under behind the scenes, collections.

New pieces coming soon: amethyst and Australian jade

Here's a sneak peek of some gorgeous new pieces coming soon to Shhbysadie.com, being road-tested by Sadie herself!

The chunky pendant is a gorgeous amethyst stone, hanging next to a cute little milky-turquoise hued Australian jade pendant. Complemented with box chain.

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Posted on February 9, 2016 and filed under behind the scenes, collections, style.