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.

 

 

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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.

 

My new favorite toy by Kolton Babych

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Meet my new favorite toy!  It’s a charm chain, designed by Kolton Babych and exquisitely made of Sterling silver.  This ingenious little jewellery component is going to change the way I wear so many of my favorite pieces.

Ingeniously simple, it’s a oxidized sterling silver chain with one of his lovely talismans on one end, and a lobster clasp on the other.  The chain is satisfyingly round and juicy, and the signature Kolton Babych tag is a nice extra touch.

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The uses for this simple little device are many… it may be used to cluster together a number of other pieces, such as multiple bracelets, or even necklaces.  If you have a stack of bangles, try pulling them together with this little chain, and it not only gives a whole different look, but also prevents any that are a little too large from slipping off.  A series of necklaces are instantly updated with one of these cinching them on one side.  Want one of your favorite necklaces to be just a little longer?  No worries, just clip this on at the back and add a few precious inches of length, as well as a pretty charm at the back of your neck.

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Finally, just think how well this would work as an accent on your Trollbeads bracelets…  The charm adds a modern, artisan touch to the classic foxtail chain, and it’s just the right length to be an extra layer of security, and act as a safety chain.  Try using it to cluster together a group of your favorite bracelets to create an ultra luxe design, or to link your bracelet to other artisan bangles or chains.

I’m going to need a few of these little toys, I think!  Simply brilliant, don’t you think?

C.

 

Kolton Babych at Tartooful Today!

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Today’s the day!

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stellacharmKolton Babych is coming to Tartooful today:  5-9pm, and he’s bringing a fabulous array of his beautiful work for us all to enjoy.  Come see the last precious designs from his acclaimed “Heroes and Thieves” collection… and enjoy a privileged first look at his upcoming Luxe collection, featuring gold and precious stones.  Bring a friend, treat yourself, plot for the holidays ahead – do you really need more reasons?  Do drop by and raise a glass of bubbly with this delightful, talented local artist…

See you in the village!  C.

 

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Kolton Babych at Tartooful

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You will not want to miss this.  Local artist and jewelery designer Kolton Babych will join us at Tartooful on the evening of October 26th 2016!

He’s going to share with us the final release of unique pieces from his gorgeous “Heroes & Thieves” collection, and will offer a sneak preview of some of his upcoming ultra luxe collection, featuring rich gold and precious stones.  It promises to be an inspiring evening, and is a great opportunity to not only treat yourself, but also think ahead to holiday gifting and even custom projects that you may have been mulling!  Kolton is a favorite designer among Tartooful insiders, and is a rising local star whose works will be showcased at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards in their collection of gifts to their nominees.  This is your personal invitation to come meet him so you can say “I knew him when…”!

Put it in your calendar, grab your best shopping partners in crime and come out to meet the artist and have a glass of bubbly.. See you in the Village!

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.