Trollbeads Limited Edition Christmas Ornaments

We have fallen in love with the perfectly charming little Christmas Ornaments that Trollbeads has introduced this year… whimsical and sweet, they are a return to the magical Christmases of childhood.

They are composed of a round droplet of murano glass, suspended from a universal sized sterling silver ring in a burnished, satisfyingly heavy gauge.  With dots, flowers, swirls, glitter and abstracts, there’s something for every bracelet.

The whimsical final touch is the scalloped silver detailing at the top of the ornament.  It perfectly evokes the traditional ornaments that we hang on the tree every year.

Just looking at them turns me into a child again, wanting to play with these little treasures.  In fact, I couldn’t resist hanging them on a tiny tree for our Maileg Mice…. Enjoy a few pictures of shameless mouse cuteness!

 

 

 

You can find all these ornaments today in our Tartoofultoo Online Shop

C.

New Maileg Spring 2011

The new family of rabbits and mice by Maileg of Denmark are sweeter than ever, and we can’t wait to have them on the shelf at tartooful again.

Over Christmas happy tartoofulers took every last perfect mouse home, so we’ve missed having their funny little faces about.  The new collection for Spring are beautifully dressed in exquisite Danish cotton floral prints, in shades of brilliant emerald green and warm corals.  The ribbon trims, tiny buttons and little shoes are the details that sing.

They’re on their way now… soon we’ll have Christina Rabbit, Cornelia Rabbit and all their little rabbit & mouse friends (tucked in their matchbox beds, natch)….

C.

Tartooful gift ideas for little ones… Part I

Meet OX…

At tartooful we really like kids.  We like them so much we have four of our own!  So we’ve picked up a few ideas about what they like this time of year, that tartooful parents can also live with….(You won’t find anything with batteries, flashing lights or sound effects in tartooful.  Thank goodness.)  All our products are beautifully-made, have lasting appeal, function well, and are aesthetically pleasing, so you won’t mind if they’re strewn across the bedroom floor daily.  Most importantly, they’re supercool and kid approved.  This is only some of the gift-y ideas that we have, we’ll share a bunch more in “Part II”.

The top item on all our kids’ lists has to be Uglydolls.  These funny, fuzzy monsters are the born from the genius minds of two art school grads that fell in love and made a business and a life together.  The Uglies are washable, come in three sizes and each of the dolls comes with a hilarious little story card that describes its personality.  It continues to amaze me how universal the appeal of Uglydolls really is – from newborn to my age, we all seem to love them.  In addition, this year we have “action” figures… which have been wildly popular with the tween set.

For the girly girl on your list consider one of our exquisite tutus and ballet slippers.  The tutus are gossamer fine, with ribbon trim and edging that give them a beautifully classic look.  The ballet slippers are butter soft leather, with appliques or ribbons that make them both comfortable and simply beautiful.  Your little ballerina won’t want to take them off, and you won’t mind a bit.  The tutus are as adorable as a petticoat under an everyday dress as they are at ballet class…

For the sporty kids (and grownups!) on your list, think Floorball.  These amazing sticks and balls are a way for the hockey nuts in your family to play pretty much anytime and anywhere.  They can be used in the gym, in the driveway, in the rec room, on the beach, at the part, on the tennis court….. with lightweight but tough carbon graphite shafts and highly engineered blades that curve to cradle the ball and allow for amazing stickhandling, the sticks are so much fun they won’t want to put them down.  You’ll feel good knowing that they’re building solid hockey skills in a safe, affordable and fun game that they can take anywhere.  We can make up kits for solo practice, or for the whole family!

Maileg continues to outdo themselves, making absolutely, perfectly adorable toys.  These mice will keep warm this Christmas in their little red hats they got from the Pixys… but after Christmas they can come out of their stockings, take off their hats, et voila!  A new little mouse to play with all year.

We also have Mum Mice and Dad Mice, so you can have the whole family!  There’s even a pram…. With their all-natural construction and classic Danish aesthetic these are toys that you can feel good about giving your children.

Tune in tomorrow for more tartooful gift ideas for the little folks in your life….

C.