Spring Trollbeads 2012 part 2 – Chocolate and Cream

Trollbeads has concocted some sweet treats for us!  The Chocolate and Cream kit is deliciously warm, with melt-in-your mouth vanilla and mocha tones.  These are beads that will play beautifully in a huge range of bracelet designs… think of all the soft blue and grey compositions that will look amazing with the addition of a couple of these ivory beads… I can’t wait to see them blended with blush pinks, apricots and lilacs.  There’s no question that the three ivory designs in this kit are destined to become classics.  The soft browns will be stunning with ambers, warm purples sage greens and any of the organic tones that were featured in the blockbuster Autumn 2011 collection.  The three darker brown designs in this kit are wonderfully transparent, with the brown dots, stripes and flowers floating magically in clear glass.  I’m looking forward to trying these designs with soft blue-greys to see how that combination looks – I’m thinking that it would be very “west-coast beach”.

Cream Armadillo

An old Indian prayer to the armadillo: “Protect my borders, teach me my shield, reflect my pain so I shall not yield.”

Chocolate Dot

Decorative drops of delicious dark chocolate on base of white chocolate. A must for the chocolate lover!

Nougat Flower

Creamy flowers dropping their shadows on a white ground. Certainly, they make one think of soft, delicious and creamy nougat.

Cappucino Flower

Small and beautiful flowers in cappuccino colours elegantly emerging from a creamy base.

White Paper Fold

Tonal white in a fascinating pattern – just as the bead was folded in paper. There is something magical about this Trollbead.

Chocolate Stripe

Dark brown as the most delicious chocolate. Alternating stripes of frosted and transparent glass, letting the light shine through so it adds depth and movement.

Now… you’re going to need a few sweet silvers to go with these confections!


Tea is a good drink. It keeps us warm and is a symbol of care. This is for you for the wonderful times, we have had.

Cake Form

A bead for the chef, for she who always makes sure we have delicious cake.

Coffee Mug

To you whom I have shared so many cups of coffee and good times with. You know me so well…

We love this new Striped Onyx Kit… here’s what Troll has to say about it:

“Not one bead is alike in this beautiful kit created years ago at the dawn of day. Onyx is a real power stone – it sharpens your mind and gives you natural authority. These genuine natural materials are absolutely unique. They vary in colour and have unique inclusions and features that show their great age and natural beauty.”


Next up:  Silvers, a new natural stone, and a new lock!


Trollbeads Inspiration: H.O.’s lush garden of colour…

This lovely bracelet feels like a lush North Shore garden in full bloom, full of mossy greens, clear running streams, and woodland flowers.

The glass take centre stage, with only tiny “spacer” silvers between each one, repurposed from another bracelet.  The glass selection is a good blend of uniques, retireds and standard collection designs, with a graceful colour gradation from emerald green, through pink to deep purple.

I particularly admire the colours she has chosen to showcase in the centre of the bracelet – the “Antique Flower”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Double Flower” (retired), and “Azure Bubbles” are simply gorgeous together.  The subtle, moss green acts as a foil to the sweeter pink tones and gives interest to the entire composition.  The unusual lilac colour of the dichroic glass dot in the Black Flower Mosaic is the crowning touch, and makes the whole bracelet sing.

Finally, silver “Lotus” frame the composition, and give emphasis to the “Large Flower Lock”, giving it even more visual substance.  I like to finish bracelets with smaller designs that are well matched: either two silvers such as “Lotus”, “Small Berry”, “Lucky Knot” or “Hydrangea”… or Prism beads of various colours are also favorites of mine.  Prisms are a wonderful way of finishing two-colour compositions, as they can emphasize each of the two elements in the design.

Thank you for letting us share your bracelet…


Trollbeads Inspiration: Ocean Blues

We are loving the new range of ocean blues that came out with this year’s new Spring collection… they play so beautifully with some of or favorites from the Fall 2010 group, and together make a very wearable bracelet that feels just right with our laid-back, beach inspired, west coast palette of soft blues and greys…

clockwise from clasp:  “Fish Lock”, “Light Turquoise Prism”, “Clear Blue Bubbles”, “Treasures”, “Blue-Green Feather”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Midnight Flower”, “Jellyfish”, “Ocean”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Beach”, “Waves”, “Cool Dusk”, “Turquoise Prism”.


Trollbeads Inspiration: Lilacs in Bloom

Every garden that I’ve ever had has had a lilac… huge, out-of-control, gorgeous bushes that put on a massive show every spring.  I was a little taken-aback when I realized that my present garden was lilac-less.  Now, when I see them in bloom all over the neighborhood, I think I will have to get one.  I’m going to look for a Persian Lilac, a delicate little bush which takes over a lot less of the garden, but has a heavenly scent  with all the oomph of it’s bigger cousins.

Meanwhile, I was inspired by all the lilacs to build a bracelet… (yes, inspiration really can come from anywhere…)

This bracelet includes a couple of the Spring 2011 collection: “White Petals”,  and “Pastel Flower”.  There are also a number of familiar favorites, such as “Florence”, “Light Green Stripe”, “Lavender Stripe”, “Green Jade” and “Purple Bubbles”.  However, the showstoppers on this bracelet have to be the new Limited Edition Diamond Flower beads – Antique Flower.  I’ve used two of them to frame the centre of this bracelet.  Their tiny purple flowers are perfectly evocative of lilacs…


Trollbeads inspiration: pink & black diamonds

This bracelet composition is inspired by the pink & black beads of the “Flower Diamond” Limited Edition series.  We added lots more of the subtle pink tones, and then softened the black by adding “Khaki Stripe” and our perennial favorite, “Silver Mountain”.

The “Khaki Stripe is particularly effective here, as it pulls together the black and the pink in an unexpected way… this bead has a very unusual, lilac cast to the Khaki element.  We often see the amazing electric blue tone in this bead, but lilac is a fresh discovery.

I chose to add the smiling, “Frog” silver bead to the design to stop it from being too terribly serious… who could resist his silly, crosseyed grin?  (interesting side note:  one of our brilliant trollbead collectors had her “Frog” engraved with a crown on it’s plain, polished underside – to show that he was really a prince…)

Clockwise from clasp:  Basic Double lobster clasp, “Silver Mountain”, “Lamb”, “Flower Diamond Limited Edition Pink”, “Flower Diamond Limited Edition Black”, “Summer Dot”, “Summer Jewel, Big”, “Flower Diamond Limited Edition Pink”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Fantasy Flower”, “Frog”, “Rose Quartz”, “Pink Ribbon”.


Unique Blue & Green Trollbeads

We just received two new series of beads at Tartooful:  a set of green and blue floral uniques, and the “Flower Diamond” Limited Edition.  We couldn’t resist playing today, and seeing what we could build with all the juicy new designs…

We photographed the uniques, so we could really show off each one’s colour and texture.  I particularly like the one with the large, scalloped flowers and one distinct dot… quirky and lovely!  In our bracelet we blended the dark turquoise blues and racing greens with rich purple, using lots of the uniques and “Diamond Flowers”, but also a few of the regular collection that worked into the design…

Come see them while they’re fresh!


Diamond Flower Trollbeads now at Tartooful

They’re finally here…

…and they’re just as pretty as we imagined… delicate, subtle and sparkling.  (and already flying out the door!)



Trollbeads Inspiration: RT’s pink update

Remember this bracelet from a  few months ago?  It’s just one of the dramatic pieces designed by one of the loveliest of Tartooful’s ladies.  I called this her “Sexy” black & pink bracelet… She’s made some changes and additions, and sent me some snaps to show off the beautiful results:


A raspberry OOAK, a soft toned Kimono bead, a Chalcedony and a few of the new releases, including a fantastic “Shadow Flower” entirely change the feel of the bracelet.  If feels as though it has come into bloom for Spring!


Word is that she’s working on a new composition… can’t wait to see how it turns out!


Trollbeads Limited Edition Flower Diamonds

The long-rumoured Limited Edition Flower Diamond Trollbeads are officially released today – and we can’t wait to see them… we’re expecting them at Tartooful any moment!  Trollbeads’ announcement says:

“Bring your fantasy to life and get a little magic in your daily life. Brighten up your day with crystals from Swarovski.

We now have a beautiful and special limited edition for you – Flower Diamond Kit.

Indeed sparkling jewelry has always been fascinating and a thrill to most women all over the world. Swarovski crystals are treasured and adored. They convey special sentiments with charm and delightful sparkle. Let yourself be tempted by these adorable and elegant flowers.

This limited Edition consists of 6 flower glass beads as you know them, but from inside the Swarovski crystals sparkle like the most beautiful jewels.  Welcome magic – welcome joy!”


Tomorrow is Troll Day at Tartooful


… and we’re busy as happy little bees, getting ready to host the best Troll shindig Tartooful has ever had.  Great, dollar-stretching show specials, bubbly, sweet treats, the most amazing ladies on the North shore, and of course, oodles and oodles of gorgeous beads.  Don’t miss this one…

Thursday 26th May, 2 til 8 at Tartooful

3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver BC  604.924.0122