Trollbeads Autumn 2015 Event at Tartooful 10-12 September, 2015!

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We are excited to share with you the gorgeous new Trollbeads Autumn 2015 collection – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please Join us at Tartooful
10-12 September, 2015 from 10 – 6pm…

For a very special Trollbeads event, featuring the fabulous new Collection… as well as our extraordinary service, design consultations, trading with other collectors and tempting event pricing.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!  Can’t make it in person?  We’d love to offer you personal service by email tartooful@gmail.com or by telephone 604-924-0122 – or look up the collection in our online shop!

C

Trollbeads Inspiration: “The Gold of the Sea”

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IMG_0658Some spectacular Trollbeads amber uniques arrived at Tartooful this week, and I couldn’t wait to sit down and play together a delicious golden concoction purely of these beautiful beads.  With such a wide array of colours, sizes, shapes, textures and finishes, these beads offer a complete palette with which it is a pleasure to design.

IMG_0662background image courtesy of “An Icon in Jewellery Design:  Trollbeads”.

IMG_0659I recalled that there were some very inspiring images of amber beads in the coffee table book that Trollbeads published a few years ago… so I used it as a backdrop for today’s photo shoot.

As it says in the book: “The Trollbeads with amber, hardened tree resin, tell a fantastic story.  Between 30 and 50 million years ago, 

IMG_0665resin flowed from prehistoric coniferous trees across an area ranging from the Ural mountains in the East to the massive Swedish forests in the West.  The resin dropped to the forest floor, where it lay for several millions of years, hardening to amber, often with an insect or a tiny plant fragment inside it. 

IMG_0666Later, rivers and ice flows spread the amber far and wide. Today amber washes up on beaches all over the globe.  Thousands of pieces of amber jewellery have been found in Denmark’s heaths and moorlands.  Danish Iron Age tombs have revealed that beads of amber and glass were often combined to make elegant necklaces for prominent women of the period.”

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I can’t sign off without mentioning that these ambers *feel* fantastic to wear… they are so light and warm, even though they are generously sized.  They click together in a satisfying way, and shimmer and glitter in the sunshine!

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All beads in today’s post currently in stock at Tartooful.

tartooful@gmail.com  604.924.0122

Trollbeads Inspiration: Inky Azures

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IMG_0620A new wave of Azure Bubbles arrived recently at the gallery, and we fell in love with this changeable beauty of a bead all over again.  This grouping of glass are all deep, inky blues with a host of micro bubbles in each one.  The usual large bubbles are still there, but in the layer below that there is a subtle, milky way swath of the tiniest of bubbles.

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IMG_0618They look almost like the silver dots in group two glass “Milky Way” – but even smaller.  It’s fascinating stuff!  For those of us who have a mild obsession with this particular pattern of bead, it represents an entire new are of collecting to be done.  Some of them are almost chocolate in colour, with just a hint of blue that shows when the light reflects off the core.

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IMG_0617Others are a more slate blue, still others are a deep violet with subtle ribbons of indigo.  My favorites are those that have a hint of green in the blue, with lots of micro bubbles, and a flash of burgundy as the light hits them.  Gorgeous!

These new Azures are bang on for Autumn colour trends, and will be

 

IMG_0621phenomenal paired with rich clarets – think Rubies, cherry ambers or the upcoming Hessonite Garnet!  Today I’ve chosen a spectacular group of unique ambers that sparkle and glow in the sunlight.  They make a perfect foil for the deep navies of the Azures.

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This bracelet was a cinch to play together… the Azures and Ambers work together effortlessly and with the addition of a few bolder silvers and a handful of Scot Bouwens’ beautifully organic glass – voila!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Azure Bubble”, “Magical Lamp”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Stone Flower”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Silver Ornament”, “Cliffs”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Jugend”, “Magical Lamp”, “Azure Bubbles”.

All beads currently in stock at Tartooful. – tartooful@gmail.com 604.924.0122

C.

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Unapolagetically Pretty

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IMG_0542Today’s bracelet is a riot of colour… a pink and green confection that is blatantly and apologetically pretty.  It brings to mind big, blowsy roses, greenly fragrant pelargoniums and giant beach balls of pink hydrangea blossoms.  Why not enjoy a  late Summer splash of bright and happy colour while the sun is still bright and warm?!

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IMG_0540What better silver to anchor the center position of the design than a big, dramatic “Rose of June”.  It’s fabulous value in the collection at $59 – it feels like it should be at least a $75 bead, doesn’t it?  I love everything about it.  The slightly messy, very natural feeling petals, the finely detailed leaves on the verso, and of course the small, precious pearl that nestles among the foliage.

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IMG_0538Itty bitty silvers just wouldn’t feel right with this big bad girl of a bracelet, so I continued with only a few silvers, with each one of some substance.  “Spiritual Ornament” has good presence, with it’s larger dimensions, and detailed patterning.  “Paradise Birds” is satisfyingly heavy and feels wonderful in the hand.  As an aside – I notice

IMG_0539that Paradise Birds has been shuffled to the “retired” section in my ordering catalogue… without any fanfare it would appear that it has been retired.  If you haven’t already picked up this beautiful bead, I highly recommend it as a great addition to any collection.

For glass beads I simply reached for a juicy array of uniques in hard to find shades of raspberry and a sweet, clear green.  Delicious!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Unqique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Unique Glass’, “Ltd Edition Christmas Glass”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Rose of June”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Forget me not”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Heart Conch”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Christmas in Australia”, “Pink Prism” (retired).

All beads shown currently in stock at Tartooful.

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Late Summer Blooms

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IMG_0605The other morning when pottering in the back garden I came across this big, beautiful oriental lily in full bloom!  I had completely forgotten that I planted these bulbs… so it was a wonderful surprise.  It is a showstopping plant that has the most intoxicating fragrance, and glistens in the sunshine.  What a treat, especially in the late Summer garden, when so many other plants are now past their very best and looking just a bit tattered.

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IMG_0602Of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to create a “Late Summer Blooms” inspired bracelet.  The arrival of this beautiful, retired Tibetan Series glass bead provided the starting point.  “Kyang” features a delicate shell pink base with a whimsical black and white overlay, and mandarin dots that nestle into the wave of black and white.

IMG_0604I often see this bead placed on bold black white and orange compositions… it is lovely there too – but I thought I would try it on a bracelet that brings out the lovely shade of pink on its base.

I chose a handful of delicate pink beads to accompany this venerable design… a “Rose Quartz”, “Engraved Romance” and this glittering heart unique.  All the pinks glow with a warm hue.

IMG_0608Warm pinks for the Late Summer Sun

IMG_0603There is no mistaking this pink composition for a Spring bracelet – it feels like pinks that have been toasting in the hot Summer Sun for months and are on the brink of turning for Autumn.  To gently transition these pinks to late Summer and hint at the Fall season to come, I added lots of warm espressos and hits of chocolate.

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IMG_0606I love the way that the espresso uniques chat nicely with the hint of black in the centerpiece “Kyang” bead.  I didn’t want to add too much orange to this composition, but alluded to and echoed the mandarin dots in the Tibetan bead with the amber tones of the small and beautiful uniques that help to give a finishing flourish to this bracelet.

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  Clockwise from clasp:  “Golden Flower Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Art Deco” (retired), “Pink Petals”, “Unique Glass”, “Desert Rose”, “Royal”, “Limited Edition Summer 2014 Flourish”, “Engraved Romance”, “Kyang” (retired), “Rose Quartz”, “Unique Glass”, “Etruscan” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2010”, “Summer Dot”, “Art Deco”, “Unique Glass”, “Rosa Pearl”.

All beads featured today are currently in stock at Tartooful.  tartooful@gmail.com, 604-924-0122 or drop by and pay us a visit in the village!

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: “Just Like Heaven”

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IMG_0571“Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream” she said
“The one that makes me laugh” she said
And threw her arms around my neck

“Show me how you do it
And I promise you I promise that
I’ll run away with you
I’ll run away with you”

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IMG_0570Spinning on that dizzy edge
I kissed her face and kissed her head
And dreamed of all the different ways I had
To make her glow
“Why are you so far away?” she said
“Why won’t you ever know that I’m in love with you
That I’m in love with you”

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Soft and only
You
Lost and lonely
You
Strange as angels
Dancing in the deepest oceans
Twisting in the water
You’re just like a dream
You’re just like a dream

IMG_0567Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes

And found myself alone, alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me

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Soft and lonely
You
Lost and lonely
You
Just like heaven.”

“Just Like Heaven” is track #1 on the album “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me”, by The Cure.  It was written by Smith, Robert James / Gallup, Simon / Thompson, Porl / Tolhurst, Laurence Andrew / Williams, Boris.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Golden Flower Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique Glass”, “Art Deco”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Mothers Rose”, “Unique Amber”, “Three Siblings”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Summer Dot”, “Flowers”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Unique Amber”, “Light Blue Stripe”, “Scarab”, “Silver Trace, Beige Blue” (retired), “Limited Edition Blue Quartz”, “Desert Flower”, “Trinity”, “Diamond Bead, White”, “traces”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Rose of June”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Rose Quartz”, “Maternity 18k & silver”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Mountain”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Unique Amber”, “Engraved Romance”, “Limited Edition Blue Quartz”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Silver Trace, Beige-blue” (retired), “Dichroic Ice”, “Scarab”, “Pink Petals”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Scirocco”, Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Happy Fish 18k & Silver” (retired),  “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.

All beads pictured are currently in stock at Tartooful.

tartooful@gmail.com  604-924-0122

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Limited Edition Blue Quartz

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IMG_0065Goodness… what a party that was!  Thank you to all you amazing ladies who came out, messaged, tweeted and phoned in to help make our Trollbeads Day 2015 so much fun!  I hope that all of you had a great time at the event, and are now happily ensconced, playing with all your beautiful new treasures!

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IMG_0063Melanie and I were having such a lovely time, chatting with so many of our favorite Trollies, that we almost were distracted from the new releases… (*Almost*)… With not one, not two but three new releases in June, there’s a lot to keep track of.

IMG_0059First came the City Series of beads with complex and fabulous silver designs for Amsterdam, London, Rome, Shanghai, Seoul, New York, Tokyo and Capetown.  These delightful treats are only available worldwide until the end of June, after which you will have to find each bead only in its home country.  We have some of these lovelies in stock, and

IMG_0060can still fill your wish lists, but time will run out quickly, so let us know if you’d like any of these and we will be sure to save you some!

Next came the immediately legendary Trollbeads Day 2105 Limited Edition Glass.  We are currently out of stock on those lovelies, but let us know if you are still searching for that elusive creature and we’ll do our best to fill orders if at all possible!

IMG_0057Finally, the Limited Edition Summer Stones series launched for 2015… and there are some great beads in this set!  We’ve taken some time to play this week, and there are so many colour combinations that benefit from the addition of one of these stones.  The Citrines are gently lovely, and blend effortlessly with everything from pastels to

IMG_0055Ambers.  Howlite is a welcome addition to the collection of White Trollbeads.  Often in all-white combinations, texture and clarity become the focus, so Howlite with its distinctive grey veining and shape offers a fresh new option.  Orange Agate is brilliantly beautiful and will be drop dead gorgeous with jewel tones such as turquoise, emerald green, lapis blue or rich royal purples.

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Carnelian shows a wonderful range from light honey to nearly blood red, all of it so natural and warm.  It is particularly well suited to earth toned bracelets, but is surprising and so beautiful with peachy pinks as well.  The matte finished Green Agate will play perfectly with all the beachy tones that we West Coast ladies love… and some of the less-patterned examples have a subtle, teal look to them that will be wonderful with favorite beads such as Black Flower Mosaic and Azure Bubbles.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Swn Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Art Deco” (retired), “Aqua Edge Petals”, “Blue Quartz”, “Florence”, “Shanghai Dragon”, “Labradorite”, “Whitecap”, “Green Jasper”, “Dragon Egg”, “Aqua Edge Pumpkin”, “Blue Quartz”, “Organic Bubbles”, “Royal”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Glass”.

Finally, there’s the Blue Quartz… which is precisely the colour I like to call “Beautiful Blue”… not quite Tiffany, not quite Bird’s Egg… it’s perfect with the Aqua Edge series of glass and just sings here among mossy greens!

All beads shown here are currently in stock at Tartooful.  If you see something irresistible, drop us a line at tartooful@gmail.com!

C.

30 Day Challenge: Day 29 – The Gratitude Bracelet

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IMG_9853Many years ago now, I was at the life celebration of a dear friend who was taken from this world far too young.  We were all doing our best to maintain our composure, and express the happy, positive attitude that our friend epitomized… when a song she had chosen by the artist Dido began to be played.

 

“I want to thank you for giving me the best day of my life
Oh just to be with you is having the best day of my life”

IMG_9852Here we were, gathered to express our gratitude for her beautiful life, and in the midst of our grief, she thanked us.  It was a powerful moment, a devastatingly beautiful and emotional moment… and an experience that will never leave me.  It taught me a critical lesson in the enormous power and strength of gratitude.

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IMG_9854We are very close to the end of the 30 day challenge… and I wanted to take time now, before it is all over for another year, to make up a gratitude bracelet.  This design is composed entirely from beads that have been gifted to me.  Of course, there are too many beads from my lovely community of Trollie Friends to fit them all on just one bracelet…but this composition can be a symbol of all the love that can be carried on each of our bracelets.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Chess Lock – from Melanie”, “Unique Amber – from Lisa”, “Heart – from Greg”, “Unique Glass – from Krista”, “Ball of Yarn – from Nadine”, “Unique Amber – from Nadine”, “Unique Artisan Bead – from Georgina”, “Unique Glass – from Paddy”, “Deck of Cards – from Trollbeads Denmark”, “Violet Petals – from Lisa”, “Retired Turquoise Dot – from Melanie”, “Unique Glass – from Laurie”, “Paradise Birds – from Phillis”, “Unique Glass – from Cristi”, “Unique Glass – from Trollbeads Denmark”, “Unique Glass – from Lisa”, “Smiling Cylinder – from Eric”, “White Steel – from Rob”, “Zanzibar – from Greg”, “Rosa Pearl – from Nadine”.

To all of you who have contributed to both my collection of beads, and my collection of beautiful days… Thank you.

C.

 

 

30 Day Challenge: Day 28

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Today I created a bracelet that makes my eyes deliriously happy!

IMG_9833This composition utilizes beads that used to be on several different bracelets, in completely different colour combinations… and a month ago I never would have thought to put them all together in this way.  I’ve helped in the design of dozens of rich purple and golden toned bracelets, but somehow, the shimmery, iridescent tones of this

IMG_9835combination feel fresh to me.  This bracelet includes some beads that I’ve had for ages, and others that are very new to me.  Perhaps part of the reason that I couldn’t imagine this particular composition before, is simply because I didn’t have just the right beads to tie it all together.  It’s a good reminder that as one adds pieces to one’s collection, it’s worth stopping to review the possibilities, and see if new, even more exciting compositions can emerge.

IMG_9832Shimmer, shimmer and more shimmer…

IMG_9837My silvers usually serve mostly to divide chunks of colour.  However, in this case my silvers with Dichroic Glass accents – “Trinity”, “Carved Flowers”, “Dichroic Flower Lock” and “King & Queen” – are a critical part of this bracelet.  They help to firmly set the shimmering mood for this design.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Dichroic Flower Clasp”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Trinity”, “Limited Edition Faceted Aurora”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Carved Flowers”, “Aurora Flower”, “Golden Quartz”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “King & Queen”, “Issey” (retired), “Elfbead”, “Unique Amber”, “Van Gogh – Limited Edition Netherlands World Tour”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Family of Mushrooms – Limited Edition World Tour Lithuania”, “Unique Glass”.

Trollbeads Day 2015 at Tartooful

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Is it just me, or does it feel like it’s time for a party?

Yep.  Definitely time for a party.  It’s time to have a big, classic “Trunk Show” Event to celebrate everything about the Trollbeads we love!  We’ve got lots of plans afoot for a memorable day, and we hope that you will all be able to come out and join us for a beautiful day.  Put it on your calendar in ink:

June 6th, 2015 10 to 6 at Tartooful!

You can look forward to…

*Release of the Limited Edition Trollbeads Day 2015 Glass Bead!

*Extraordinary selection and customer care

* Buy Three, Get the Fourth Bead at no charge

*Buy a decorative lock & receive the bracelet chain at no charge

*Buy a sterling bangle and receive two stoppers and a group 1 glass at no charge

*Trade beads with other collectors in attendance

*Complimentary design consultation

*prizes, bubbly and treats!

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See you there!

C.