Holiday Roundup at Tartooful….

Well, here we are at the end of another sparkling Christmas season at Tartooful….


It’s been so very busy in the gallery, with bustling shoppers looking for just the right thing for their loved ones.  It’s always a pleasure for us to see our favorite customers’ families this time of year… all the ever-taller children lined up in front of the beads, picking one each for Mother… so sweet.


We have enjoyed having our usual quirky crew of Maileg pixies and mice ranging 1476008_10151805394313030_1483811128_nabout the place, especially all over the glowing Christmas Tree!  The little cotton mice, dressed in their Christmas best,  popped up in the most unexpected spots!  My old dollhouse from childhood has been in the window, delighting the lines of preschoolers as they went for their walk each morning… (“Where are the mice today?  Oop, they’re in the bedroom now, playing with their train set..”)

Avoca of Ireland’s blankets and scarves dot the gallery with brilliant flashes of colour, and the soft scents of local body luxury company, Pink Door fil the air.

Drive-by-6The original art of Tracy McMenemy has been a true pleasure to experience in the gallery through all of December… In her “Drive-By” series her technique of combining photography and painting produces such an ethereal and peaceful feel, it has been wonderful to have her images on the walls.  It feels like having a window that peeks through to the forest!  Many of these lovely pieces of art have gone home with happy clients, but a few remain in the gallery and are well worth viewing, either in person or online, if you have not already had a chance.


coral2…And then, of course, there are the Trollbeads!   Through December we have created so many holiday combinations for our collectors, and enjoyed catching up with so many of you.  At the gallery it was a “Very Trollbeads Christmas”, with special treats to the staff from Tartooful and to and from so many of our ladies… Truly we felt treasured and appreciated, but we know that we are the lucky ones to know all of you.  What would we do without all your constant support and love?!

coral6It’s been a phenomenal year for collectors of Trollbeads, with so many gorgeous collections and special editions from which to choose.  It promises to be another year filled with the unique beauty of Trollbeads designs, with the very first release of 2013 already being previewed online, with advance sales now being accepted!  More details to follow in my next post….



Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this an extraordinary year at Tartooful… full of beauty, inspiration and joy.



A Very Tartooful Christmas

We have had such an exciting time the last week or so at Tartooful…


Our long-awaited Maileg Pixies, mice in matchboxes and Princesses have finally arrived…( they’re a little jet lagged from Denmark, but can’t wait to go home with our customers!)


We just received beautiful new sparkles from the Mollard Collection, with rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings from every era over the past century… platinum, gold, diamonds and coloured stones are shimmering in the shop, ready to bring smiles to faces on Christmas Day!


Don’t miss the subtle and lovely Pyrrha, made with care right here in Vancouver.  Using reclaimed sterling silver with designs from wax seals from the 19th century, these pieces carry deep meaning are will become treasured talismans.


Fresh new RedFlag bags and accessories with exclusive colours and designs also just arrived at the gallery.  Be sure to take the time to savour the meticulous details on each piece while you choose just the right item for your loved ones who are passionate about great design.


Anyone who has walked past the shop at night has stopped to gaze at the new pieces by Steelwood Design, glowing in the window.  This local atelier creates beautiful, functional pieces created from recycled wood and metal sourced from the North Shore.  Their lamps, benches, tables, servingwares and so much more are inspired by the raw beauty of the West Coast, and are perfectly designed for the way we live here.


There’s so much more in the shop than I can list here… delicate Shamila jewels, sweet hand beaded bracelets, and of course – lots and lots of gorgeous Trollbeads!

Come see us and let us help make your holidays magical this year… we’ll cheerfully help you find just the right thing for each of the people on your list, and have you wrapped and ready to go in a jiffy.

See you in the village!