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Jane Austen-inspired Jewelry at Summer Camp

July 25, 2013

Dear Summer Camp attendees,

As mentioned in the last post, Ciarrai Studios has designed a special necklace, Mr. Darcy’s Heart, for a silent auction during Jane Austen Summer Camp. But there also will be several other selected jewelry pieces for sale at the Camp Store.


Mr. Darcy’s Heart makes its debut at Jane Austen Summer Camp this weekend. Bid on it in the silent auction to take this lovely piece home with you, or purchase it from Ciarrai Studios’ Etsy shop through the end of July.

Take a look at these lovely pieces below, accompanied by a special message from Ciarrai Studios:

Ciarrai Studios is thrilled and honored to be a part of the JASNA-CT Jane Austen Summer Camp. Our handmade literary jewelry, including two of our most popular pieces: The Tea at Pemberley Charm Necklace and the Captain Wentworth Love Letter Charm Necklace will be available at the conference gift shop.


The Tea at Pemberley Necklace will be available for purchase at the Summer Camp Store during the conference.

About the Tea at Pemberley Necklace:

Featuring a glass vial of real tea leaves, a handmade resin charm with text taken from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a crystal teapot charm and tiny porcelain teacup, The Tea at Pemberley necklace will make you feel as if you have been invited to Pemberley for tea with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. The Tea at Pemberley Necklace is shown here with a Peridot green teapot and a pink floral teacup but it will be available at the event in an assortment of teapot colors and teacup designs. You can also create a personalized Tea at Pemberley necklace with your choice of teacup and a teapot in your favorite color or birthstone at the Ciarrai Studios online shop (

Fans of Persuasion and of Sense and Sensibility should look for the Tea with Captain Wentworth necklace and the Tea with the Dashwoods necklace, both of which will also be available at the event.


The Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace is another piece that will be available for purchase at the Summer Camp Store.

About the Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace:

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope”. Inspired by Captain Wentworth’s impassioned letter to Anne Eliot in Persuasion, this charm necklace features a handmade resin charm with text from the novel, silver charms of a pen and a love letter, and a Swarovski crystal heart. The Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace comes accompanied by a decorative print of the Captain’s letter, hand-sealed with an old fashioned wax seal. Truly the perfect gift for any Jane Austen fan!


The Captain Wentworth Love Letter Necklace is accompanied by a print of the good Captain’s impassioned letter to Anne Eliot.



About Ciarrai Studios: Handmade Jewelry for Book Lovers, Tea Drinkers, and Lovers of Lovely Things.

Jewelry designer, Kerry Gauthier uses her love of classic literature (and a near obsession with T. S. Eliot’s poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”) as inspiration for her handmade literary jewelry, which she sells in her Etsy shop, Ciarrai Studios (

Book lovers and bibliophiles will love Ciarrai Studios’ made-to-order and personalized jewelry inspired by great works of literature, including: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables, Alice in Wonderland, the poetry of Emily Dickinson, and more.

Ciarrai Studios’ invites you to enter our Anniversary Giveaway Contest by signing up for our monthly newsletter mailing list at: Not only will you receive information about new products, special events, sales and promotions, but you may also win free Ciarrai Studios’ jewelry (including a personalized Tea at Pemberley necklace) and Jane Austen teas from Bingley’s Teas Ltd. (

Please visit our Etsy Shop ( and blog ( and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter: (@Ciarraistudios)


Summer Camp weekend is upon us!

July 25, 2013

Dear Jane Austen Summer Camp attendees,

We’re so pleased you will be spending time with us at the conference this weekend. Here are a few last minute details to make your conference special.


Check-in at the Inn at Middletown (70 Main Street, Middletown) is 3 p.m. Registration begins Friday at 6 p.m. or soon after in the Foyer on the second level. The Inn is fully booked for our weekend, so if you plan to have dinner at the Inn on Friday night before our lecture at 7:30 p.m., make a reservation. Directions and information can be found on the hotel’s website: Valet parking is included with every admission except Austenland movie passes. Drive up to the Inn’s front circle and let them know you are with the Jane Austen conference.

Camp Store:

The camp store will be open at times throughout the conference. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.
We are also pleased to announce  that Ciarrai Studios has designed a new necklace, Mr. Darcy’s Heart, which debuts at Jane Austen Summer Getaway. A silent auction will be held for the Mr. Darcy’s Heart necklace during the conference.


Regency costume is welcome and encouraged throughout the conference, as is modern dress. If you don’t have a Regency outfit for the ball, just wear something festive that will allow you to dance comfortably without tripping. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Saturday workshops:

Saturday workshops are hands-on (unless you wish to simply observe, which is fine). The reticule and wallet workshop involves hand-sewing, just as Jane Austen would have done (no prior knowledge is expected). The hairstyles workshop is best enjoyed by attempting the styles shown on your own hair. Here is a list of supplies you may wish to bring:

There will also be Regency-themed raffle drawings on Saturday and Sunday.

Registration is now closed. We cannot accept walk ins at the  door.
If you have questions as you travel to the conference, you can call or text Caitlin at (203) 218-6930 or Susan 203-788-7236
Finally, you may want to tuck a Regency limerick into your valise. You never know when one might come in handy! (Hint, hint!)
Just one more day until we’re all enjoying a weekend of Regency festivity!
Warmest regards,
Caitlin Augusta and Susan Read Conference Co-Chairs

Have we got news for you! (Sunday movie update)

July 10, 2013

Hold onto your bonnets and top hats, ladies and gents. If you’re attending Jane Austen Summer Campers are in for a nice surprise at Sunday’s ice cream social and movie viewing (well, not anymore, because we’re telling you about it right now).

Instead of any of the Austen films we previously proposed, we will now be giving summer campers a sneak peak of the as-yet-to-be-released-in-theaters Austenland! If you haven’t registered for the conference, there’s still some time—but not much. All registrations must be received by July 19.

You can register for Saturday or Sunday day passes. There are a limited number of spaces for non-conference attendees who are interested in seeing Austenland. Please send your registration in NOW so we can be sure to reserve a spot for you. The cost is $20 for ice cream and the movie and does not include parking (valet and street parking available).

Register here!

Watch the Austenland theatrical trailer:


Registration Deadline Approaching!

June 30, 2013

Jane Austen Summer Getaway is just a few short weeks away, and the excitement is mounting! But in your excitement over the approach of this great event, don’t forget to register and send in your fees. The deadline is approaching even faster than the event weekend itself. Registration for Jane Austen Summer Getaway closes Friday, July 19.

No on-site registrations will be allowed during the conference. All registrations and fees must be received by July 19.

No online registrations will be permitted after the 18th and the Paypal option is no longer available for paying registration fees.

For registration details, Click Here

Summer Getaway Workshop: How to do the hair-do of the day

June 28, 2013

Ladies and Gents, are you eager to learn how to dress your tresses in true Regency fashion? Attendees at the Jane Austen Summer Getaway will join workshop instructor Kandie Carle for a hands-on session in Regency Hairstyles. Renowned as ‘The Victorian Lady,’ Kandie brings her meticulous knowledge of historical fashion to this Regency hairstyle workshop.

Regency Hairstyle, Kandie Carle

Instructor Kandie Carle sports a Regency-appropriate hairstyle. Learn to “do” your hair in Regency style at Jane Austen Summer Getaway!

To participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop, please bring hairpins—not just bobby pins, but hairpins (see the photo below)—faux hair pieces such as rats and/or braids to augment your own locks, ribbons or any other hair ornamentation, a curling iron if you have one, and light hairspray of your choice. You’ll learn techniques for manipulating your hair (or making up for a modern hairstyle) to achieve a Regency-era coiffure!

Hair is What You Make of It ALHFAM supplies pics

For the Regency Hairstyles workshop, be sure to bring the right supplies. Pictured above are a few examples. Bring only those that you require. (CLICK to enlarge the image)

Summer Getaway Workshop: Regency Reticule & Wallet Making

June 16, 2013
Greetings fellow Janeites!
Six weeks separate us from Jane Austen Summer Getaway in Middletown, and every member of the organizing committee is working diligently on preparations to create the best possible experience for all attendees. As you’re all aware, the weekend is going to be chock full of fascinating and informative lectures and workshops. Everyone gets to attend the same four workshops—there’s no choosing necessary.

One of the classes you will attend is Regency Reticule & Wallet Making. In this class you will make a Regency-style reticule (lady’s purse) or pocketbook (lady’s or gentleman’s wallet). I’ll give you a brief overview of these accessories and show you several examples of different styles that were popular during the period. I’ll also show you finished examples of the reticule and wallet styles that you’ll be making in the workshop.

Lady's pocketbook or lettercase, 1780-1800

Lady’s pocketbook or lettercase, 1780-1800

Please note that every part of the process during the workshop requires hand sewing. All sewing supplies (thread, pins, needles, and scissors) will be provided and the materials for the reticules and wallets will be pre-cut. Each person will receive the sewing kit and will be able to choose either a reticule kit or a wallet kit. Several Regency-appropriate color options will be available. A few ironing stations will be set up in the room so you can properly press your projects.

If the idea of hand sewing intimidates you, don’t fear! I will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and will even demonstrate the few very simple sewing stitches necessary to complete your project. I have simplified the construction of these reticules and wallets as much as possible to allow even inexperienced sewers to complete the projects easily.

Painted silk reticule, c. 1800, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Painted silk reticule, c. 1800, Museum of Fine Arts Boston

If you don’t finish your reticule or wallet during the workshop period, you can take the sewing kit and the project instruction sheet with you and finish up on your own. You’ll also get a copy of the pattern to take home so that you can make more reticules or wallets from any fabric you choose. And there’s nothing preventing you from sewing more reticules and wallets on a sewing machine, instead of by hand!

Extra reticule and wallet kits, in fancier materials and with instructions included, will be available for purchase at the Camp Store.

I can’t wait to see you all and show you how easy it is to sew these lovely Regency accessories!

Warm regards,

Stephani Miller, Jane Austen Summer Getaway workshop instructor

More ways to attend Jane Austen Summer Getaway

June 4, 2013

If you’ve been lamenting the fact that your packed summer schedule won’t allow you to attend the full Jane Austen Summer Getaway weekend with your friends at JASNA Connecticut, then despair no longer! Now there are more options for joining us and learning about life during Jane’s time.

Instead of attending the full weekend conference (from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon), day passes and special event passes are now available. Hop on over to the REGISTRATION information page for complete details!