Bird Dreams: New Works by Anne Griffiths

“Bird Dreams in Florence”

Oil and resin on canvas, 60″x36″ 2010 C$2600

We were delighted recently to receive a few new pieces by talented local artist, Anne Griffiths… Pictured above is a wonderful image that blends an urban landscape of Florence with dreamlike birds that are inspired by her west coast home.  This painting has a warm, peaceful feel about it, and the red bicycle parked in the bottom right hand corner is a wonderful punctuation mark.

For more information about the art of Anne Griffiths, please visit her page on our website, or come experience them in person at Tartooful in Edgemont Village:  3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver BC 604.924.0122.

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Trollbeads Inpsiration: A very grownup pink.

In Italy they say that pink is for little girls and that women wear red.  However,  this pink bracelet is all grown up – with subtle textures, greys, natural stones, black and touches of gold…

Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Clasp”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Pink Gold”, “Unity”, “Pink Ribbon”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Lucky Knot”, “Rose Quartz”, “Brown Dot”, “Pink Desert”, “Rose”, “Labradorite”, “Pink Ribbon”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Rose Quartz, Round”, “Black Gold”.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Starter Bracelets III

Winding Path Bracelet

Today the we look at a few more ideas of how to go about the sometime daunting project of starting a Trollbeads bracelet.  Cristi & I were chatting about it today at the shop, and we agreed that it’s really very difficult to go wrong with Troll.  There’s no “right or “wrong” – only bead combinations that make you happy or not.  In this case, it’s all about you…

The “Winding Path” bracelet pictured above showcases the beautiful knot forms that are found in many of the silver beads in the Trollbeads collection.  It includes:  “Freya Knot Lock”, “Black Silk”, “Three in One”, “Brown Dot”, “Three Siblings”, “Milan”, “Lucky Knot”, “Grey Wolf”.  Total:  C$385.00

The Holly Bracelet

This bracelet is one I designed with a dear friend in mind.  She has a knack for living gracefully, for savoring the smallest of everyday details and is a total pleasure every time I see her.  Among her many talents, she is an amazing cook, and shares her passion in her blog: http://www.littleredlane.com/ She once told me that she was inspired by the style of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” character, Holly Golightly – hence the bracelet’s name.  This distinctive shade of fuschia makes her heart sing, so her bracelet has lots of it’s rich tones – both in real life, and in the photo above.  The beads include:  “Lace Lock”, “Silver Trace, Pink”, “Heart Print”, “Red Prism”, “Heart”,  “Pink Bud”, “Hearts, Large”, “Red Feather”. Total:C$393

Autumn Bracelet

This bracelet was inspired by the golden light of a late afternoon in the Autumn.  The Autumn dangle, with it’s mysterious swirls of subtle colour, makes a wonderful centerpiece… and the golden amber tones of the shoulder beads set this bracelet up perfectly for the addition of rich purple tones, lapis blues or emerald greens.  This bracelet includes:  “Dichroic Flower Lock”, “Translucent Flower”, “Large Berry”, “Autumn Dangle”, “Harvest”, “Beige Flower”.  Total: C$380.00

Winter Bracelet

This bracelet is apropos for the season, but more than that features a classic and very wearable white and gold color theme.  Of course the collector may go on to add other beads in any color that they choose, but clean white is always a dramatic way to begin.  This bracelet includes:  “Flower Pearl Lock”, “Snow”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Winter Dangle”, “Crown Chakra”, “Small Berry”.  Total:  C$355.00

Lavender Bracelet

Lavender is one of my favorite flowers, and one I have fond memories of growing by the bushel in a garden I one had in Victoria.  This bracelet is inspired by lavender and the warm places it grows.  This bracelet includes: “Dichroic Flower Lock”, “Pink Desert”, “Hydrangea”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Ladybug”, “Blue Desert”.  Total: C$309.00

If you have any questions about Trollbeads or would like to purchase please don’t hesitate to contact us:

3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver

604.924.0122   www.tartooful.com

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Starter Bracelets II

The Tuscany Bracelet

A perfect way to recall the romance of Northern Italy…

“Dichroic Flower Lock”, “Milan”, “Harvest”, “Florence”, “Small Berry”.

total: C$238.00

Today we take another look at some inspiring bracelet designs that are beautiful  ways to start a Trollbeads collection.  These bracelets only feature a few beads, but each one is designed to feel balanced and complete right from the beginning.

The Ocean Bracelet

“Fish Lock”, “Caribbean”, “Treasures”, “Turquoise Bubbles”.  Total: C$238.00

Little Sweetheart Bracelet

Wouldn’t this one be perfect for a young girl?  One or two beads a year, and by the time she was sweet sixteen she’d have a full bracelet.

“Small Flower Lock”, “Light Blue Pastel”, “Heart”, “Rose Ribbon”.

Total: C$226.00

The Peacock Bracelet

This design is much richer, for a woman who is old enough to appreciate the subtle tones and textures of the murano glass, silver and dichroic accents.  The “Trinity” bead makes a dramatic centerpiece, enhanced by the two complementary murano glass beads on either side.  Finally, the two prisms frame the bracelet, giving it a touch of light and sparkle.

“Dichroic Flower Lock”, “Lavender Prism”, “Blue Green Feather”, “Trinity”, “Purple Stripes”, “Turquoise Prism”.

Total: C$407.00

The “Purest Love” Bracelet

The focal point of this gorgeous combination is of course the 2+2 bead.  This bead is made up of two rings of textured sterling silver, and two rings of 18k gold.  Trollbeads suggests that it speaks of two siblings, independent but forever linked.  With that in mind this bracelet would make a beautiful gift for a loving Mother of either two or four children…

I think that the 2+2 bead could also be about the magic of being part of a couple… each person unique and complete as an individual – but made stronger and even better by being joined with the other.  This makes this bracelet ideal as an engagement gift, or as something “New” for a wedding day.

“Freya Knot Lock”, “Pink Prism”, “Two + Two silver & gold”, “Grey Prism”.  Total:  C$747.00

Stay tuned for one more day of inspired starter bracelets to come… For more information or to purchase don’t hesitate to contact us:

3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver, 604.351.5687

tartooful@gmail.com   http://www.tartooful.com

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La Dolce Vita: Trollbeads World Tour goes to Italy

Welcome to “La Dolce Vita”. During this stopover in Italy, you will be swept off your feet and taken away on a breathtaking trip for the senses. You can taste some of Italy’s most delicious food, experience a love promise in Rome, and witness the importance of this country’s myths over the centuries.

Italy, the country where ‘love’ means only ‘eternal love’, ‘family’ is everything, and friendships last for life!

Meet the Italy World Tour beads:

Spaghetti

Spaghetti is an icon of Italian cuisine and a symbol of the Italian spirit. The great film director Quentin Tarantino has even named an entire film genre after this famous pasta – the Spaghetti Western. An essential ingredient to your bracelet.

Designer: Tomas Cenius

Romulus & Remus

According to the myth the twins Romulus and Remus were abandoned by their mother and raised by a wolf. They created a city on the seven hills where they had been raised and named it: ‘Rome, the Eternal City’. This bead is a tribute to the great Italian capital.

Designer: Tomas Cenius

Love Locks

On the famous Milvio Bridge in Rome couples in love hang their locks, engrave their initials, and then throw away the only key in the river.

Designer: Tomas Cenius

Caprese

The Caprese salad comes from the island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples. The dish shows the three colors of the Italian national flag – for Italians a symbol of freedom, unity and pride! Viva Italia!

Designer: Lise Aagaard

“La Dolce Vita”, indeed!

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