Trollbeads Inspiration: Singapore Sling


IMG_2048Anyone who knows me well is familiar with my weakness for a palette that I like to call “Singapore Sling” colours.  It’s the name of an old fashioned, girly cocktail that’s packed with gin and unabashedly pretty.  I have to confess that I like the name of it, and the way it looks, much better than the way it tastes… but just in case you’re feeling brave:


1/2 oz grenadine syrup

1 oz gin

sweet and sour mix
club soda
1/2 oz cherry brandy

Pour grenadine into the bottom of a collins glass, and fill with ice. Add gin, and almost-fill with equal parts of sweet and sour and chilled soda. Top with cherry brandy, and serve unstirred, garnished with a cherry.


There’s just something about the combination of pink, apricot, buttery yellow and tangerine that just melts me.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Small Flower Clasp”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Ladybug”, “Pink Desert”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Universal Unique”, “Rose”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Wine Harvest”, “Rose Quartz”, “Classic Core Unique”, “Rose Quartz, round”, “Flowers”, “Crown Chakra”, “Classic Core Unique”.

IMG_2051Whether you’re partial to gin cocktails or not, this sweet yet slightly spicy palette is a good way to enjoy some of the new classic core uniques with playful animal motifs this Summer…




Trollbeads Inspiration: New Growth!

The graceful KW has created a gentle & subtle new composition for spring…

Its ruby highlights, paired with fresh whites, make for an unusual and refreshing palette.  The deep tones are reminiscent of the new growth visible in the garden on the tips of tree branches, new shoots of peonies, and far rhododendron buds.  This distinctive shade of raspberry red speaks to me of the earliest days of Spring…

This well matches set of uniques appeared at the most recent Tartooful Trunk show, where KW snapped them up!  They are dramatic, and most unusual.  I’m so pleased that she chose to purchase several of them at once, as effective matches to them would have been very difficult to find again.  In the photo above you’ll see how she has ended the bracelet with a “Happy Fish”.  This is a perfect spot to place this petite bead, to be able to enjoy the detailed image visible only from the side.

The slightly Japanese feel is soft and moody, and is a great fit for our cool, west coast cherry blossom spring.  The delicate tone is enhanced with the use of “Rose Quartz” and moon blue “Chalcedony”.

Clockwise from Clasp: “Pearl Lock”, “Happy Fish”, “Pearl”, “Spiral”, “Unique”, “Zanzibar”, “Chalcedony”, “Treasures”, “Unique”, “Lotus”, “Rose Quartz”, “Lotus”, “Unique”, “Harvest Treasure”, “Chalcedony”, “Zanzibar”, “Unique”, “Etruscan”, “Pearl”, “Silver Stopper”.


Trollbeads Inspiration: Citrine

This juicy bracelet features a simple citrus and black colour theme, where the brilliant yellow and orange beads can take centre stage.  For a touch of subtle interest I selected a very unusual unique as the feature bead – it has a rare combination of periwinkle and tangerine.  To settle the blue-grey into the bracelet nicely I used a “Khaki Stripe” with a very blue cast to it, and a “Milan”, where the blue is also very clear.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Freja Lock”, “Milan”, “Universal Unique – orange stripe”, “Flowers”, “Black Gold”, “Honeydew Amber”, “Two sides to Everything”, “Diamond Bead, Black”, “Universal Unique – periwinkle & tangerine”, “Orange Steel”, “Transformation”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Power Chakra”, “Chick”, “Limited Edition Diamond Flower – black & white”, “Universal Unique – orange, yellow & lilac”.