a beautiful little life…

Summer-Memory“Summer Memory” Original art by EA Klann, oils on canvas, 40″x60″ CAD$4900 2015.

The shift has happened, and even before the calendar tells us us it is so – Autumn has arrived.  Here on the West Coast of Canada we are back to cool temperatures, with dark mornings and steady drizzle that has breathed life back into our Summer parched gardens and forests.  It’s a contemplative time for me.  It’s a season with start-of-school memories that inspire positive change and fresh starts.  It feels like a good time to reset priorities and make sure that I am creating the “beautiful little life” of my daydreams.

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I’m not an epic person… I’ve never striven to live large, exude drama or be the center of attention.  Rather, I cherish the quiet details.  I find that for me the difference between average and extraordinary is always in the details… for example, when selecting a car, all of the many options included ample power, demonstrated safety standards and comfort.  The one I fell in love with also was an evocative shade of blue, had controls that felt like an extension of my hands, and a minimalist aesthetic in the cabin.  Another example… Every morning I drink my morning cafe au lait from a Timo Glass – the most perfectly practical and elegantly restrained design of drinking vessel I know.  Details.  It’s always the same for me… whether it’s something as significant as a car, or as simple as a cup, I find divinity in the details.

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So… the “beautiful little life” is all about tending for the details.  One by one, day by day they all add up to a life that is lived with care, and savoured day by day.  Today, on this rainy day, I am focused on that…

C.

 

The Oddlings: Recent works by Andrea Klann

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Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.41.13 PMPlease join us on Wednesday, the 3rd of December here at Tartooful in Edgemont Village as we toast the newest series of stunning original artworks by Andrea Klann.  We’ll be popping the cork on proseco starting at five, and will be at the gallery until at least nine.  As always, her rich and mysterious works delight and beguile as they hint at otherwordly matters.  Executed in oils on canvas this series offers a fascinating range of subject matters from landscapes to portrait.

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Screen Shot 2014-11-29 at 8.43.31 PMHere at the gallery we have “decked the halls” with all our favorite treats – warm woollies from Avoca of Ireland, Sweet toys by Maileg of Denmark, bath luxuries by Tokyomilk and Marvis, lots of local artisan goods and of course, the latest glittering treasures by Trollbeads of Copenhagen.  We hope to see you and share of glass of holiday cheer at Tartooful from five until nine on Wednesday!

C.

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Trollbeads Design Challenge: Day 23

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IMG_5972Big Pink Rhubarb Cake  Serves 12

For the yellow cake:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
Yolks of 4 large eggs, beaten
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1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

For the rhubarb layer:
3 cups rhubarb, sliced into 1/2″ pieces
1/2 cup sugar
1 package strawberry Jello
3 cups miniature marshmallows

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Creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream(for optional garnish)

Grease and flour a 9″ x 13″ pan. Preheat oven to 350°F. First make the yellow cake batter. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add egg yolks, milk and vanilla until fully mixed. Finally add flour, baking powder and

IMG_5969salt to the mixing bowl and mix until fully combined. Set aside.

Evenly distribute the rhubarb on the bottom of the greased baking pan. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup sugar and contents of one strawberry jello mix onto the rhubarb. Layer the marshmallows on top of the rhubarb as evenly as

IMG_5966possible. Lastly, pour the cake batter over the entire surface of the rhubarb/marshmallow. It’s okay if a few marshmallows poke through, it will be a thin layer of batter.

Bake for about 35 to 45 minutes until the cake is set. Allow to cool and sift the powdered sugar through a strainer to dust the top of the cake. Serve with creme fraiche or vanilla ice cream.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Double Lobster Clasp”, “Pink Prism”, “Brown Desert” (retired), “Limited Ed. Kimono Series”, “Jugend”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Trace, Pink”, “Golden Cave”, “Ball of Yarn”, “Unique”, “Ruby”, “Rose Quartz”, “Zanzibar”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Bead with Garnets”, “Custom bead by Georgina of Trollbeads Canada”, “Unique Amber”, “Pink Desert”, “Red Pink Prism” (retired), “Rosa Pearl.

C.

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Please Vote for Melanie!!!

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Oh. MY.

Melanie Matthews’ gorgeous “Compass” design is among the finalists of the Peoples Bead contest this year!!!!

OUR Melanie!  From Tartooful!

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We are soooo excited.  Please, please take a few moments to take a peek at her design and vote for it!  She’s too modest to ask you to vote for it when you pop by the gallery… but really – isn’t it so exciting?!  It’s designed to spin and rotate,  so you can set the compass in the direction of your dream trip.

“Spinning Compass The collection is missing a compass. A spinning compass to be precise! Dreaming of going somewhere, spin the compass for some direction. This silver bead would have grooved edges like a coin to enable easy spinning. The N, S, E and west would be on the edges and the central axis would spin on the core.”

check out all the finalists… and vote for Melanie Matthews 😉  HERE

C.

 

 

 

 

In the Mood for a Little Trollplay? It’s Party Time!

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…In the Mood for a little Trollplay?  We are!  Time for a Party!

Please Join us from 11 until 5 on Saturday the 12th of April for a day of Trolling that promises to be great fun… We have so many treats in store for you!

  • Book your appointment now for a custom glass bead made before your eyes by glass artist, Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada.  To book your appointment drop by the gallery, phone us at 604.924.0122 or email us at tartooful@gmail.com.  A portion of proceeds to benefit Microfinance.

  • Enjoy special selection for the day, with lots of new style uniques and a wide variety of natural stones in the gallery.

  • Everyone loves a SALE!  Purchase a Fantasy Necklace, and receive a selected Fantasy Pendant at no charge  OR purchase three beads and receive a $33 credit towards the balance of your order OR purchase a bangle and two stoppers to receive a silver core “diamond” bead in the colour of your choice – pink, white, black, ice blue or deep blue.

  • Show us your favorite bead compositions!  Wear your favorite design to the party and tell us why it’s special to you… Is it meaningful?  Beautiful?  Rare?  Does it tell a story?  We want to know.  Knock our socks off, and you could win the grand prize of a Trollbeads Jewelry Box!

  • Clean out your beadbox!  Do you have beads that just don’t seem to settle in properly?  No worries, bring them with you and between 2-4pm, enjoy some spirited trading with the other collectors, and perhaps your bead can be re-homed in exchange for something wonderful.  There are some amazing collections among our Trollies, you never know what might turn up!

  • Indulge in a glass of prosecco and a sweet treat while you browse, we can’t wait to see all of you and catch up!

This is one that you won’t want to miss, so mark you calendar, round up your girlfriends, and be sure to ring us for a custom bead appointment.  This is going to be fun….

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: The Swan Bracelet

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swan6This bracelet combines soft and misty lavenders, lilacs and blues for a gentle ode to Spring… I was inspired by the new Swan silver, and wanted to pair it with the lock of the same name.  The palette had to match the quiet elegance of a swan, so I began with some delicately patterned new classic core uniques with white, lilac and gold.

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swan4It was easy to add a grouping of floral silvers, to give the swans a lovely home…. “Forget me not”, “Mom’s Bouquet”, and “Cherry Blossom” make the bracelet feel like a garden.  I am quite fond of the new “Kaleidoscope” silver, and can see using it on many different types of bracelets… With its narrow silhouette, it will beautifully balance “Dream Catcher”, “Troll coin” and even “Happy Fish”.  Here its little bit of extra height allows me to sneak a Dromedary into the garden.  As one does.  (“Dromedary? What Dromedary? Absurd”.)

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I couldn’t resist playing with the quirky camel.  I have a soft spot for them, and besides, it’s a handsome animal, gazing nobly off into the distance…. Furthermore, the sparkling glass ball that this one is perched on matches the cool lilac tones so perfectly.  Oddly enough, both the pink and the blue deserts that we are receiving at the moment have a distinct lilac cast to them, so they play beautifully together.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Swan Lock”, “Purple Prism”, “Kaleidoscope”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Cozy”, “Blue Desert”, “Mom’s Bouquet”, “White Petals”, “Silver Mountain”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Swan”, “Golden Cave”, “Cherry Blossom”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Chalcedony”, “Blue Desert”, “Forget Me not”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Dromedary”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Rosa Pearl”.

C.

 

 

Change is Hard.

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IMG_4593What a ride we have been on the last few years.  Together Cristi and I have had many adventures, and we’ve experienced huge changes in both of our lives.  So much learned, so much achieved.   After today, Cristi is going to be heading off for a new adventure with her quirky, underbitten hound Remi in tow… at least for now.

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IMG_4589Cristi, thank you for all the friendship, hard work, inspiration, encouragement and laughter.  I’ve been honoured to become a part of your life… and look forward to seeing where you go, and what you do next.  You are beautiful, smart, and so caring.  I love you dearly, and already I can’t wait for our next project as a team together.  xo C.

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Are you ready for Valentine’s?

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This is the question today…

Whether it’s a small gesture, or a lavish expression of love, Tartooful has you covered.

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photo-9With succulents artfully tucked into atomic inspired wooden planters… (Think clever alternative to the usual ho hum roses…) Mid century glass candlesticks by iitala and orrefors, worthy of the most romantic candlelight dinner… tiny perfect Trollbeads just waiting to be slipped into a glass of champagne….

photo-8Tartooful is the perfect spot to browse for a devastatingly apropos gift for your special someone.  For your young daughter?  Perhaps a mod posy for her hair?  We have adorable felt hairclips that she will love.  For your husband?  Perhaps a thoughfully designed gift by RedFlag…a dopp kit, or maybe a vintage brass key hank.  (Rugged and handsome!)  For your son?  No question, our cactus planted into atomic shaped wooden blocks will it his style… and oh my, for your sweetheart….

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Well, for the woman who is the love of your life we’d recommend you take a peek at the sparkling rings of the Mollard Collection…

IMG_3206These curated estate jewels range widely in style and price, with something for every taste and budget.  Each one has been professionally appraised, and is sold at merely half of that figure, making them a beautiful and brilliant choice.  We currently have a stunning array of pieces in store, so do drop by…

xo

C

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: The Vogue Project Day 1

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This week we take inspiration from that Grande Dame of fashion, Vogue Magazine.  If we only bought one publication a year, it would be the September Vogue… I’ve spent countless hours over the decades poring over that epic volume, garnering ideas about fashion, colour, decor, homes, food, and people.  The December issue is a close second for sheer daydream value, as it’s filled with gowns, jewels and cocktail worthy ensembles to fill a girls’ dreams.  Let’s take a peek inside the pages of this encyclopedia of current taste and find some images that teach us a little something fresh about colour….

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day1-frontOur first image shows Pixy Geldof wearing a lush printed dress by Carven.  This page’s unusual palette caught our eye, as it has an intriguing combination of several trend colours that we can see being relevant well into the spring.

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day1-bfmNote how the designer has blended several shades of cool greens with the warm parchment and spicy chestnut.  The claret lip, contrasted with the blush collar and nail brings this vintage feel garment firmly into the now.  The final touch is the slate blue background of the shoot, which resonates nicely with all the cool tones.

day1-slateblueI would have thought to blend the chestnut and green, or the chestnut and blue – but perhaps not all three, and the additional touches of claret, pink and parchment take the palette to an entirely new level.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  (The fourteen year old deep down inside of me is practicing that mona lisa smile in the mirror right now…)

day1-burgundyFor rich golden browns we reached for unique ambers, the slate blues were ably provided by our perennial favorites, “Azure Bubbles”, and the rich claret comes in the form of “Third Eye” and its companion Classic Core Uniques.  The myriad of greens are brought to the bracelet by “Black Flower Mosaic”, with its highly textured blue and olive

day1-slateblue2tones.  Even the dichroic glass accents in this example perfectly fit the needed palette.  The  gorgeous rich green unique at right is just what the bracelet needed to express not only the colours of  inspiration photo, but also the verdant print of Carven’s dress.  Finally, a hint of lilac pink is added by the “Golden Cave”.

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The over sized and dramatic scale of the photograph’s jewellery dictated the style of the silvers for this composition.  “Opposites”, “Large Berry”, “Thoughts”, “Zanzibar” and “Transformation” shine in this role.  All the beads used for this project may be found online in our Tartoofultoo online gallery.

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Oh – and in the spirit of the season we decided to add a companion cocktail ring to each bracelet… (As one does…) Here we showcase a lovely smoky quartz and yellow gold ring from the Mollard Collection of vintage jewels.  It makes me smile just to see it, it’s just delicious.

Tomorrow:  Vogue Day 2… Ciao darling, don’t ever change, we must do lunch.

C.

 

X By Trollbeads News: Simple is Beautiful – and now so Affordable!

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 5.08.45 PMHere’s the hottest of hot news since Trollbeads unveiled their groundbreaking X series in September…

We just received word that we could offer our customers a very special promotion that simplifies the process of easing into X!  It’s so easy:

1.  Select a lock

2.  Select a decorative link

3.  we’ll complete the rest of your bracelet with Black Rubber X as our gift to you, so you can walk out the door wearing your beautiful new bracelet!

Simple, beautiful, affordable, irresistible.

If you’ve been mulling X, but haven’t known how to begin, this is the time.  You can find X by Trollbeads on our online gallery at tartooful.goodsie.com, drop us a line at tartooful@gmail.com, or ring us at the gallery at 604.924.0122 and we’d be happy to help you pick our just the right beginning for your X!

See you in the Village!

C.