30 Day Challenge: Day 29 – The Gratitude Bracelet


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.


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.



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.




Trollbeads Inspiration: Composition in Blue

N.O.’s bracelet shows an artist’s touch…

Recently one of our favorite Trollies came in for a little visit and was wearing the bracelet pictured above.  It’s a particularly pretty combination, and one that I thought would be inspiring to the ladies who are currently designing collections with an emphasis on blue.

N.O., you may recall is the same talented lady who so kindly baked a Trollbead themed birthday cake for Cristi in the Autumn, and who stunned us with her bounty of gorgeous Christmas cookies… The same care and artful touch is applied to her Trollbeads bracelets, as is evident in this beautiful composition.  I particularly admire that here she has effectively married rich and pale blues, as well as light and even white tones…

Clockwise from clasp”  “Mexico Lock – retired”, “Silver Mountain”, “King & Queen – retired”, “Turquoise Bubbles”, “Carved Flowers”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Unity”, “Pale Blue Gold”, “Dichroic Flowers”, “Beige Blue Dot”, “Frames”, “Turquoise Ribbon”, “White Pearl”, “Azure Bubbles”, (non Trollbead), “Pale Blue Shadows”, “Hearts, Large”, “French Anemone”, “Winter Jewel, Small”, “Diamond Bead, white”, (non Trollbead), “Limited Edition Haiti Trollbead”.

Thank you, N.O for letting me photograph your bracelet and share it with the blog…


New Trollbeads Now in Stock!

Our restock of Trollbeads has arrived – Christmas 2010 beads, Special Editions, and lots of all our favorites.  We’re thrilled to see the new designs, they’re even prettier in person:  the Diamond Bead Pink is absolutely gorgeous!  Hurry in for best selection, these special editions are not going to last.


Trollbeads Fantasy Necklace

Trollbeads’ Fantasy Necklace with Pearl

Lately a number of our Trollbeads collectors have noticed the Fantasy Necklaces on display at Tartooful.  I know many ladies have added these pieces to their wishlist for this Holiday season… so it’s time for a little tutorial on how to make use of this unique item of jewellery.

The necklace is a simple, fine, silver chain that comes in varying lengths.  There is no clasp, and each one comes with a pendant attached at the bottom.  Pictured above you’ll see the Fantasy Necklace with pearl, a classic piece that works well for day or evening wear.

The simplest way to use the necklace is to simply slide a bead over the two halves of the chain, down to the pendant where it rests and becomes a focal point.  Several beads may be “stacked” on the pendant in this way, creating a chatelaine effect.  Depending on the beads selected, this can be a very casual look, or quite formal.

In the case of the longer lengths of chain, there is another method of arranging the necklace that creates an entirely different effect.  One makes use of one of Trollbeads’ beads with three holes, such as “Climbing Hydrangea”, “Strawberries”, “Zucchini Flower”, “Troll Tree” and so on.  This bead is used to double and divide the chain, thus shortening it and creating additional visual interest.  it’s a very difficult technique to explain in writing, but very simple in practice, so I’ll show you a video tutorial by Trollbeads that shows how easy it is:

I must mention before I sign off how much I love the combination of beads on the necklace above… “Azure Bubbles” has of course become a favorite bead for many  – but I particularly love it paired with this Limited Edition “Haiti Bead”.


Lavender & Teal Trollbeads Inspiration

Teal & Lavender Bracelet

Looking over the Trollbead display today I was struck by some of the unusual and beautiful beads that we have at the moment.  I decided to play and designed the bracelet above, which features lavender and teal as the principal colours.

clockwise from clasp:

large flower clasp, “limited Edition Chinese Jade, lavender”, “Amazonite”, “Two Sides to Everything”, “Limited Edition Haiti Bead, lavender”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Turquoise Prism”, “Frames”, “Lavender Prism”, “Water”, “Limited Edition Haiti Bead, Teal”, “Origami”, “Limited Edition Haiti Bead, Rainbow”, “Limited Edition Chinese Jade, Green & White”.

This bracelet showcases the rich tones of the jade and Haiti beads, but retains a softness that makes it wearable for everyday… I like the range of textures in the beads; the shimmery rainbow, the opaque jade, the porcelain quality to the Haiti beads and the glittery prism give lots f visual interest.  Keeping this in mind I chose some of the simplest finishes in the silver – the smooth, modern designs of the collection.