Trollbeads Inspiration: Merry Christmas!

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“The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus” By Ogden Nash

In Baltimore there lived a boy.
He wasn’t anybody’s joy.
Although his name was Jabez Dawes,
His character was full of flaws.

In school he never led his classes,
He hid old ladies’ reading glasses,
His mouth was open when he chewed,
And elbows to the table glued.
He stole the milk of hungry kittens,
And walked through doors marked NO ADMITTANCE.
He said he acted thus because
There wasn’t any Santa Claus.

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Another trick that tickled Jabez
Was crying ‘Boo’ at little babies.
He brushed his teeth, they said in town,
Sideways instead of up and down.
Yet people pardoned every sin,
And viewed his antics with a grin,
Till they were told by Jabez Dawes,
‘There isn’t any Santa Claus!’

Deploring how he did behave,
His parents swiftly sought their grave.
They hurried through the portals pearly,
And Jabez left the funeral early.

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Like whooping cough, from child to child,
He sped to spread the rumor wild:
‘Sure as my name is Jabez Dawes
There isn’t any Santa Claus!’
Slunk like a weasel of a marten
Through nursery and kindergarten,
Whispering low to every tot,
‘There isn’t any, no there’s not!’

The children wept all Christmas eve
And Jabez chortled up his sleeve.
No infant dared hang up his stocking
For fear of Jabez’ ribald mocking.

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He sprawled on his untidy bed,
Fresh malice dancing in his head,
When presently with scalp-a-tingling,
Jabez heard a distant jingling;
He heard the crunch of sleigh and hoof
Crisply alighting on the roof.
What good to rise and bar the door?
A shower of soot was on the floor.

What was beheld by Jabez Dawes?
The fireplace full of Santa Claus!
Then Jabez fell upon his knees
With cries of ‘Don’t,’ and ‘Pretty Please.’
He howled, ‘I don’t know where you read it,
But anyhow, I never said it!’
‘Jabez’ replied the angry saint,
‘It isn’t I, it’s you that ain’t.

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Said Jabez then with impudent vim,
‘Oh, yes there is, and I am him!
Your magic don’t scare me, it doesn’t’
And suddenly he found he wasn’t!
From grimy feet to grimy locks,
Jabez became a Jack-in-the-box,
An ugly toy with springs unsprung,
Forever sticking out his tongue.

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The neighbors heard his mournful squeal;
They searched for him, but not with zeal.
No trace was found of Jabez Dawes,
Which led to thunderous applause,
And people drank a loving cup
And went and hung their stockings up.

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All you who sneer at Santa Claus,
Beware the fate of Jabez Dawes,
The saucy boy who mocked the saint.
Donner and Blitzen licked off his paint.

Merry Christmas, One and All!

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: The “Magpie” Bangle

golden-combinationThe Magpie Bracelet

golden2This bracelet is pink and gold and sparkly and shimmery and shines like the stars.  (Ladies, I can see you drooling from here…)

However.  You may be asking “Why Magpie?”… I’m calling this one “The Magpie” despite a total lack of black & white, feathers, beaks or wings…

blue-desertbecause it’s the perfect bracelet for creatures that are attracted to shiny things!  Magpies are common birds that are cousins to the crow.  Quirky and intelligent, they are notoriously attracted to shiny things and will shamelessly pilfer them.  They can’t help themselves, they just get a little silly when faced with a perfectly shiny morsel.  Their nests are beautifully littered with trinkets, foil wraps and carelessly stored jewels.  I confess, I’m a magpie.  Anything with a little shimmer, a little hint of shine and sparkle, and I am in.

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This golden bangle, with it’s sugary confections of pink and blue deserts, as well as the Diamond Bead with gold core… well, it’s lust at first sight for me, and simply makes my magpie heart sing.

C.

PS.  We love the fresh slate to navy tones of the new Blue Deserts… gorgeous for this Winter.  They’re so dark and warm, they’re almost Brown Deserts.  It’s like someone in the atelier at Trollbeads just decided they missed the brown ones too much, and that they were going to start making them again, and simply call them Blue to stay under the wire.  Fabulous.  They’re a “must have” – regardless if you already have one in another shade.  Bravo to the unruly artisan at Trollbeads!

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: AV’s Garden of Gold

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Wow.  Just look at this golden garden that AV has been patiently growing on her bracelet…

One bead at a time, she has slowly acquired a stunning group of Trollbeads’ 18 karat designs.  There really is nothing quite like gold Trollbeads… they not only glow with a richness that reaches back across the centuries, but they even feel warm to the touch, instantly giving your skin’s warmth back to you.  These beads are powerful elements that don’t need too many companions to create a gorgeous composition.  Here AV has combined a few jewel tones with a little more gold in the “Third Eye Chakra” and of course a lot of sparkle in the “Diamond bead, White”.

It’s simple, powerful, personal and beautiful.

C.

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ps.  Don’t forget to pop by our Trollbeads Event on Thursday – only two more sleeps to go!!!

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Blue & Gold 2011

We’ve started to play with the new Winter 2011 beads, and so far the combination that is singing to us the most has to be the new Blue Diamond Bead with gold….

This rich and royal composition is warm, glowing and dramatic.  We’ve added several amazing gold and silver beads to create an over-the-top statement bracelet that one could enjoy every day…

Clockwise from clasp:  “Basic Silver Double Lobster Clasp”, “Gold Spacer (retired)”, “Diamond Bead, Blue”, “Stars”, “Trollstone – blue (retired)”, “Smoky Quartz”, “2+2 gold & Silver”, “Limited Edition Christmas in Hawaii”, “Grey Prism”, “Mistletoe”, “Diamond Bead, Blue”, “Limited Edition Christmas in Hawaii”, “Around the World gold and silver”, “Milky Way”, “Gold Spacer (retired)”.

In this design I relish the complementary tones of the warm golden browns and the rich cobalt blue… this shade of blue can be difficult to wear, particularly close to the face, but warmed by the gold in this composition it becomes quite approachable.  One bead that plays a pivotal role in this design is the Blue Trollstone.  Now retired, most Trollstones were a circus blend of pastel colours – so this blue example is quite unusual and very collectible.  It contains flecks of warm golden colour, making this bead almost feel like Lapis Lazuli… it ties together the blue and golden brown in this bracelet perfectly.

It’s a joy to play with so many beautiful beads all in one bracelet, and trying it here has inspired me to try other compositions with gold… stay tuned!

C.

 
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Trollbeads Limited Edition Flower Diamonds

The long-rumoured Limited Edition Flower Diamond Trollbeads are officially released today – and we can’t wait to see them… we’re expecting them at Tartooful any moment!  Trollbeads’ announcement says:

“Bring your fantasy to life and get a little magic in your daily life. Brighten up your day with crystals from Swarovski.

We now have a beautiful and special limited edition for you – Flower Diamond Kit.

Indeed sparkling jewelry has always been fascinating and a thrill to most women all over the world. Swarovski crystals are treasured and adored. They convey special sentiments with charm and delightful sparkle. Let yourself be tempted by these adorable and elegant flowers.

This limited Edition consists of 6 flower glass beads as you know them, but from inside the Swarovski crystals sparkle like the most beautiful jewels.  Welcome magic – welcome joy!”

C.