Trollbeads Joy – New Uniques Now In Stock!


new-uniques-4We just received an enormous, absolutely gorgeous shipment of Universal Uniques from Trollbeads Canada… so many different, hard-to-find colours and patterns, we are in heaven.

Naturally, like any good Trollie we right away began playing and building bracelets to see some of the possible combinations for the new designs… This delicate palette of softest pink and fresh green was a pleasure to play with, and simply loved the camera!

new-uniques-5Perhaps it’s because so many of these bead designs are so transparent… they allow the light to pass through and reflect off the polished silver core at the heart of each bead.  The refracted light illuminates each bead, making each one appear to glow from within.

new-uniques-3We paired the glass with iconic winter design silvers such as “Snow”, “Large Berry” and the new “Christmas Tree”.  Who says a Christmas Bracelet has to be red and green?  This warm yet icy combination would suit me just fine….


Clockwise from clasp:  “Lock with buds”, “Universal Unique”, “Autumn Splendour”, “Universal Unique”, “Large Berry”, “Universal Unique”, “Organic Hearts”, “Universal Unique”, “Hearts Within”, “Universal Unique”, “Universal Unique”, “Snow”, “Universal Unique”, “Christmas Tree”, “Universal Unique”, “Universal Unique”.

To see all our new Universal Uniques be sure to stop by our online shop – Tartoofultoo




Trollbeads Inspiration: Mediterranean Blue Christmas


This is one of Cristi’s latest designs, and isn’t it gorgeous?  Full disclosure:  her name for it is “Puttin’ on the Glitz”.  Don’t get me wrong, we love corny at Tartooful – but this is just such a delicately lovely bracelet I couldn’t bear to burden it with that name.  (Sorry Cristi….)

putting-vertical… So I looked at the classical curls of the gold and white Christmas Ornaments, and the brilliantly hot blue of the fresh new Diamond Bead… and what came to my mind was a Mediterranean getaway.  Can’t you see sun burnt grasses, blindingly blue ocean and crisp white houses?  I might have been tempted to channel Doctor Zhivago, with white furs, turtleneck collars and Lara’s golden hair and blue eyes… but really I’d rather make a mental trip to Greece this time of year than Russia – so away we go!

ornate-ornamentThis photo shows how very luxe this design feels, with tons of glitter in the dangle, a large, richly patterned silver, “The Diamond Bead Black” twinkling in the back, and the warm glow of “Silver Trace, Gold”.  (Breakfast Champagne on the patio, anyone?)

putting-on-the-glitz-s-curveThe icy new “Diamond Bead” is a fascinating shade of blue.  It dances the line between turquoise and cerulean, playing beautifully with the turquoise accents in this ornament, the teal unique in the middle and even with much more subtle “Traces”.


Clockwise from Lock:  “Dichroic Flower Lock”, “Traces”, “Limited Edition Christmas Ornament”, “Pearl”, “Silver Trace, Beige-Blue”, “Winter Snow”, “Diamond Bead, Blue”, “Dew Drops”, “Limited Edition Christmas Ornament”, “White Stripe”, “Universal Unique”, “Heart Ball”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Limited Edition Christmas Ornament”, “White Paper Fold”, “Diamond Bead, Blue”, “Sweater”, “Golden Quartz”, “Limited Edition Christmas Ornament”, “Cream Armadillo”.

diamond-bead-closeThis lovely composition really speaks to me… I may have to schedule a little time at our Trollbench, playing with my collection to create something fresh for myself.  (Isn’t that the fun of Troll?) I’d love to wear something in this palette using my Fantasy necklace with pearl… wouldn’t it be a perfect accessory going into the holiday season?  So fresh and pretty with denim, but sophisticated  and dressy with a little black dress.

Thank you, Cristi…


Trollbeads Inspiration: Icy Wishes


We’ve had a few days to begin playing with the new Holiday 2012 Trollbeads collection, and already we’re seeing so many possibilities…

The creamy whites from both kits play nicely with so many different palettes, they are going to be very versatile.  In this photo you can see the glitter dot from the Decoration kit, with the bold new “Christmas Tree” and a fascinating teal Universal Unique.

The “Sweet Christmas Kit” contains this glitter swag patterned bead, which is very reminiscent of one of last year’s Christmas Limited Editions… It has a little twist; the dot and swirl feels just a little like “Traces”.  This unique Christmas Ornament Tassel is a perfect match…

Of course, the bead that everyone wants to see is the new “Diamond Bead, Ice Blue”.  This stunning sparkler is an intense blue, and after just a little experimentation we find that it works beautifully with not only turquoises but also virtually all the light blues.  Imagine how amazing a black and blue bracelet would be with two Diamond Beads framing a dramatic silver as the centerpiece… There really are so many lovely bracelets in this bead’s future.

The new collection contains some very strong silver designs as well… “Soft Heart” promises to become a favorite modern design.  It looks marvellous on a chain or bracelet or bangle all alone – but here you can see it blended in on a full design.

Another exciting silver design is “Bougainvillea”.  This bead was hard to envision from a photo, but in person it is a satisfying and generous cascade of tiny flowers that wedges neatly in between other beads on a bracelet.  We can’t wait to see this bead in gold!

Speaking of which… we couldn’t resist adding this “Happy Universe” to the bracelet.  Doesn’t its touch of warm 18k gold add a lovely note to the composition?  It is nicely echoed by the glitter beads, and feels so heavy and solid in the heart of this design.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Lock with Buds”, “Christmas Rose”, “Universal Unique Limited Edition Christmas Tassel”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Soft Heart”, “Diamond Bead, Ice Blue”, “Winter Snow”, Limited Edition Christmas 2012″, “Christmas Tree”, “Universal Unique”, “Happy Universe”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Polar Bear and Baby”, “Diamond Bead, Ice Blue”, “Bougainvillea”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Christmas Rose”.

Be sure to drop by the shop in the village to see all these beauties for yourself… or if you live a little further away then pop by our online shop:

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Stay tuned for more inspiration from the new collection…


Trollbeads Inspiration: Tropical Getaway


The clouds only returned to the North Shore a couple of weeks ago, but already we’re missing our sunshine… We’re in those doldrums between the release of the Autumn 2012 collection and the fast approaching, fabulous Christmas 2012 Trollbeads collection.  For those of you Northerners who also are craving a little light, join us for a little tropical getaway… courtesy of RT’s “Bahamas Bracelet”.  So sit down, cuddle up to your coffee and take a few minutes of warm relaxation….

This bracelet was inspired by a spring trip to the beautiful Bahamas… clear blue water, white sand beaches, palm trees swaying in the warm wind… ahhh (I’m in my happy place…)

You may recall that we took a peek at this bracelet, back when it was barely a whisper of sand on a beach towel….

Where else to begin, than with a perfect “Beach”?  This one really is deep and luminous, with a generous dose of rose gold sparkle.  Behind it you can see RT’s high contrast “Urchin”.

RT’s design trademark is a predominance of extraordinary uniques… and this bracelet is no exception.  This intensely blue and textured unique was one that we found just for her on our Spring trip to Trollbeads’ own Tivoli, in Copenhagen.

This unique is brings to mind the regular collection design, “Urchin”… it has the same creamy background, and the same budded dots – but on a very different scale.  These dots are tiny and widely spaced, giving this bead the look of a “Baby Urchin”… So sweet!

This crisp turquoise and white bead is so perfectly tropical, it makes me yearn for gauzy printed sundresses, crisp cotton beach towels and a killer bikini.  It’s interesting to note that this is the only bead on the bracelet that includes pure white – all the other whites are in fact a warmer ivory tone.

This amazing unique sings on this composition… so unusual, and such a great colour combination!  RT’s “Mermaid” is right at home in these warm waters, as are a number of other appropriate silvers… “Pisces”, “Palm Island”, “Crab”, “Treasures” and the “Fish Lock” all complete the beach theme of this design.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Fish Lock”, “Pisces”, “Classic Unique”, “Conch”, “Blue Fizz”, “Joyful”, “Urchin”, “Beach”, “Treasures”, “Blue Stripe”, “Classic Unique”, “Palm Island”, “Conch”, “Classic Unique”, “Crab, “Classic Unique”, “Classic Unique”, “Mermaid”, “Classic Unique”, “Turquoise Ribbon”.

Well… it was a short getaway, but so worth it.  Please return your seat to the upright position and ensure your tray tables and belongings are stowed in preparation for landing back in our cold & soggy hemisphere…

Thank you for flying Tartooful Daydream, (and thank you RT!)