Into the Black – and beyond!

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It’s that epic season once again… when we all scramble to put ticks on shopping lists, fill stockings, and just generally make wishes come true.  In the midst of what becomes a dizzyingly busy time, Tartooful is a calm little eye of the hurricane, where we still enjoy pampering each and every customer… so it makes us particularly happy when Black Friday comes and we can offer a wonderful treat, at a sweet little price!

IMG_1387This year we’re delighted to present the latest “Black Friday” creation from Trollbeads, the “Shimmer Royal”.  For those of you who don’t recall, past years have also featured faceted glass, in shades of black and grey with rich goldstone accents.  This bead is destined to become their companion on many of our ladies most glittering bracelets.  It’s absolutely stunning, in a deep, indigo shade of blue that is inky and sparkling… it’s a perfect match to the retired “Blue Goldstone”, so if you have one of those it’s time to dust it off and get ready to play together a brand new design with it at its heart.  Of course, it’s perfectly suited to the many space themed bracelets that are currently on so many play trays!

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This bead is priced at CAD$74, the same price level as most other faceted glass beads… and ladies… It. Is. Worth. It.  However, there are lots of other sweet treats to be had this Black Friday Weekend:

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free-braceletPhew!  It’s a lot to take in, I know.  All this, and wait – there’s more.  These items may be ordered between now and Monday noon… and if these aren’t the items on your personal lust list – we’d be happy to craft your own personal “Black Friday” grouping of buy three, get the fourth free , and buy a decorative lock, get a bracelet chain or leather free.  With tiered gifts, huge selection in store – including Christmas glitter uniques – and not to forget that stunning “Shimmer Royal”… you’ll find everything on your wish list this Black Friday Weekend.

How to purchase?  Email us at tartooful@gmail.com, phone us at 604-924-0122 or message us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… (we’re *everywhere*!). Better yet – if you are in our neck of the woods, drop by for a visit and see all our glittering goodies in person… we’d love to help you find everything on your personal “list”.

See you in the Village!

C

 

 

 

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Trollbeads Day 2017 at Tartooful

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It’s almost Trollbeads Day… and this year we have some very special treats in store for you!

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This Saturday, 17th of June we are delighted to present a gorgeous array of SS17 Unique Glass from the talented Trollbeads artisans.  In addition, we have a collection of premiere Jumbo Unique glass that have to be seen to be believed.  As if that wasn’t reason enough to come raise a glass with us… we also will be unveiling the fabulous Trollbeads Day 2017 Stone bead, the Golden Rutilated Quartz.  We’ll have the usual menu of attractive pricing , with buy three get the fourth free, or a free bracelet chain with decorative lock.  So many reasons why this year’s celebration is a must.

This Saturday the 17th of June also marks the opening of

Imagine: Recent Works by Ronnie Watt.  

These works shimmer with the heat and warm light of Ronnie’s home country of South Africa.  The complex brushwork energizes these pieces and the delicious, astonishing palette delights the eye.

Come enjoy these beautiful works, and meet the artist from 2-4pm

…So many good reasons to spend a little of your Saturday with us at Tartooful.  See you there!

C.

 

 

Merry Christmas to All… and to All a Good Night

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A Visit from St. Nicholas

2‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
5Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
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3But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rein-deer,
With a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment he must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the housetop the coursers they flew
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too—
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head
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Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight—
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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Black Friday Sale at Tartooful

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s already almost the end of November, and it’s fast approaching the busiest shopping time of year!  Between the gorgeous ambers that we have been lucky enough to find, the stunning Limited Editions for Christmas and Black Friday 2016, oh – and shopping for gifts for others… there are so many tempting treats at Tartooful.

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Over the next few days, we at Tartooful are excited to be able to present some great “Black Friday” SALE pricing on yummy Trollbeads Treats… 

  • 30% off all earrings, rings and on selected Fantasy necklace styles
  • 10% off on all purchases over CAD$200
  • free purple jewel pouch with purchase, while supplies last
  • 25% off on “Daylight Brilliance”, this year’s stunning “Black Friday Limited Edition
  • “Build Your Own” Group 1 kit CAD$160 (in store or by email/phone)

Browse our online shop now, or we would be delighted to offer personal service by email:  tartooful@gmail.com or telephone:  604-924-0122.  Hope to see you in the Village soon!

C.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Lightly Into the Dark

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img_2251Today, November 1st,  is a cluttered black square of type in my calendar… It’s the first day of the month, with all of the financial deadlines and chores that accompany a fresh month…it’s the day after Hallow’een, so we are all just a little groggy from sugar overload and a sleep punctuated with fireworks and firecrackers.  It’s also All Saints Day in the Christian calendar, or Samhain in the Celtic Pagan calendar.  No matter what your cultural background, here in the Northern Hemishphere there is no questioning the shift in light that accompanies the beginning of November.

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Gone are the memories of Summer – we are well and truly into the dark months of the year!

3-1The beginning of November feels like a shift.  Suddenly we expect the nights to be long, we expect the days to be cold and we look to the days of Winter ahead.  I awake in surreal darkness, convincing my skeptical body that it really is time to get up… and on rainy days it sometimes feels as though it never really gets fully light.  Curls of slate  coloured clouds catch on the curves of our local mountains and lazily hang there waiting for a breath of wind to push them along.  No wonder, then, that just now the veil feels thin between the world of the living and the world of those who have gone before.

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4-1So what are we to do?  Shiver here in our dim, grey existence?  Hardly!  We North Westerners have perfected our strategies for warmth and light. We celebrate the contrast of light and dark in thousands of tiny ways.  Some examples… You’ll find brilliantly uplit, spectacular trees in most gardens in my neighborhood.  That pop of green light is even more beautiful for being embraced by darkness.  we light our houses more and more as the very darkest time of year approaches, and by Christmas the entire city is aglow.  Inside you’ll find candles and fireplaces are de rigueur to banish the November chill and in the very darkest months I’ll even light candles at the breakfast table!

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In the same way, I seem to gravitate to warmth and light in my personal objects and jewellery… a little more warm metal: a touch of bronze, copper and gold just feel wonderful at this time of year.  Amber has a natural golden glow that is irresistible, particularly when blended with warm metals and some black or grey for contrast.  This leather bracelet is just the thing to have a touch of sunshine that can be carried with me through my day!

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C.

 

Trollbeads Amber Deliciousness

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This has to be the most exciting group of amber kits that Canada has ever seen from Trollbeads.  These are simply amazing!  So many delicious designs packed into each gorgeous group of beads.  How to pick?!  Each kit is priced at CAD$373 or USD$283.

Drop by to see them in person!

xo

C

 

Trollbeads Event At Tartooful!

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At Tartooful, there’s nothing that we love better than throwing a party…

…and there’s no better excuse than a big, beautiful shipment of unique glass beads and the most exciting carved amber designs that we have ever been privileged to see.

These are some absolutely drop-dead beautiful beads, and any one of them would instantly be the jewel of most collections.  We are thrilled to be able to present them to you!  This alone would be cause for celebration, but add to that a menu of classic trunk-show specials, and it becomes spectacular.

The fine print:

  • Purchase one item, get the fourth item of equal or lesser value as our gift

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  • Purchase a decorative lock and receive the sterling bracelet chain as our gift

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  • Every purchaser is entered into a draw to win a coveted 40th anniversary jewellery box.

Our event kicks off Oct 17th and runs until Oct 23rd, so we are looking forward to catching up with all of you in the Village!  Not in our neck of the woods?  No worries.  We will be posting our unique  beads on our Facebook page, where they may be easily browsed, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  For regular collection orders, be sure to check into our online shop, and simply let us know in a note what item you’d like for your fourth item free.  We are also happy to work with you via email at tartooful@gmail.com, or give us a ring at 604-924-0122 for a friendly consultation by phone.

So… dust off those wishlists, bring us your partly completed projects and get ready to be inspired!

C.

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: “More is More” Fantasy Necklace

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Amethyst and amber makes such a perfect colour combination for Autumn, don’t you think?

3Today we’re playing with the classic palette of deep, lustrous garnet and a royal tone of purple.  Inspired by the exceptionally pretty stone on this Fantasy necklace, we decided to tease together a quick and simple necklace, using the elegant “Freedom Feather” silver pendant as a focal point.  This useful pendant is designed to frame the droplet at the bottom of a fantasy necklace, and gives a much more substantial and dramatic effect than the droplet alone.  It feels like an integrated part of the necklace, not an added “bead”, and could easily be worn completely on its own on a Fantasy necklace.

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We could have placed the Freedom Feather silver, and left it at that beautiful and simple design.  We could have just added an amethyst bead above… or maybe just the faceted cherry amber and amethyst… but no.  We were in a “more is more” sort of a mood… so we stacked the necklace with a raft of delicious beads!  In the end, that’s the joy of the Fantasy necklace as a design tool – it only takes a few moments to create a new design, so it can be composed and redesigned however you like, as often as you like.

C.