Trollbeads Event At Tartooful!


At Tartooful, there’s nothing that we love better than throwing a party…

…and there’s no better excuse than a big, beautiful shipment of unique glass beads and the most exciting carved amber designs that we have ever been privileged to see.

These are some absolutely drop-dead beautiful beads, and any one of them would instantly be the jewel of most collections.  We are thrilled to be able to present them to you!  This alone would be cause for celebration, but add to that a menu of classic trunk-show specials, and it becomes spectacular.

The fine print:

  • Purchase one item, get the fourth item of equal or lesser value as our gift


  • Purchase a decorative lock and receive the sterling bracelet chain as our gift


  • Every purchaser is entered into a draw to win a coveted 40th anniversary jewellery box.

Our event kicks off Oct 17th and runs until Oct 23rd, so we are looking forward to catching up with all of you in the Village!  Not in our neck of the woods?  No worries.  We will be posting our unique  beads on our Facebook page, where they may be easily browsed, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  For regular collection orders, be sure to check into our online shop, and simply let us know in a note what item you’d like for your fourth item free.  We are also happy to work with you via email at, or give us a ring at 604-924-0122 for a friendly consultation by phone.

So… dust off those wishlists, bring us your partly completed projects and get ready to be inspired!



New Uniques at Tartooful!

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Today in BC we are celebrating “Family Day”, a provincial holiday that allows us to take a day with our loved ones and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.  It’s a gorgeous sunny day, and you can be sure that the ski hills, forest trails, parks and beaches are packed with happy families!


Accordingly, Melanie and I are taking the day and relaxing with our kids… but you can still enjoy a little Trollbeads Temptation from the comfort of your couch – we’ve just received a massive order of the latest unique designs from Trollbeads, and we’ve uploaded them to our online shop, Tartoofultoo for your browsing pleasure!


Happy Family day, everyone!





My Trollbeads Today…

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Today the kids are heading back to school for Spring term… the sun is shining… trees are blooming in the garden… and my bracelet for today feels like the new season!

photo 2I just had to share this recent bracelet design, as I am enjoying wearing it so much.  I adore the softest shades of blue, from periwinkle to aqua.  This bracelet incorporates my deeper teals, but really celebrates the lighter blues that give me such joy.  Many of the beads on this design are very humble, but old favorites nonetheless – a couple of “Blue Deserts”, a “Silver Mountain”, a “Light Blue Shadow”… and then there are a couple of the celebrated, tiny new uniques that helped to refresh the whole design!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Magical Lamp”, “Etruscan” (retired), “New Unique 2014”, “Light Blue Shadow” (retired), “Neither Fish Nor Bird, Large” (retired), “Blue-Green Feather” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “King & Queen” (retired), “Chalcedony” (retired form), “Trinity”, “Silver Mountain”, “Christmas in Australia Limited Edition”, “Carved Flowers” (retired), “Blue Desert”, “New Unique 2014”, “Cells” (retired), “Deep Bubbles” (retired), “Sandi” (retired).

The brilliant, little, swirly bubble feels like a relative of the beloved “Azure Bubbles”, and my most recent addition is a very pale blue with what feels like mother of pearl patterning.  (Wonderful!) Many people ask about the bead that is at 5 o’ clock on the bracelet above… a celadon green bead with gold sparkle, it’s a very odd “Blue Desert” that I was delighted to discover.  However, in my opinion it’s the retired Chalcedony that steals the show… I love how it glows between the two dichroic glass beads.

What are your Trollbeads today?


Trollbeads Inspiration: The Butterfly Bracelet


Spring has officially “Sprung” at Tartooful… with fabulous new Universal Uniques just arrived in stock and brilliant sunshine streaming through the Village, we are all smiles.

butterflyToday’s bracelet is inspired by a photo that was recently sent to me by an email customer… the joyous combination of bright red, turquoise, purple, aqua and orange stayed in my head.  Perhaps even more inspiring was the fantastic blend of textures found in

butterfly-amazonitethe glass… just one more reason why we adore the new style of Universal Uniques.  With so many patterns, sizes, colours, textures and degrees of clarity to choose from there really is a bead for every possible creative project.

butterfly-pink&blueThis palette sounds like a bit of a jumble, and wouldn’t normally be “me” I love the very subtle, shifting and hard-to-describe colours.  However, this bracelet is even more than the sum of its parts.  It’s a wonderful example of the power of juxtaposition.

butterfly-frontBy placing complementary colours side by side – like the orange and brilliant aqua shown at right – each one of the colours appears more brilliant.  The eye is minutely fatigued by looking at any one colour, and so experiences the opposite tone more strongly.

Think of the effect it has if one looks for a long time at a green square… then look away and gaze at a white wall.  The eye deceives you into seeing a red square hovering there on the wall.  It’s compensating for the excess of green, with the complementary tone of red.  The same phenomenon is at work in pointillist paintings and even traffic lights.  Here, it allows us to feel the full brilliance of each colour.


Science is fun!  However…you don’t have to find colour theory as fascinating as I do, to enjoy this delightfully happy bracelet.

Thank you to BD for the inspiration…