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: Cool Spring

This unseasonably cold spring sees us wearing light colours, but layering to keep warm in the chilly, pale sun.  This bracelet feels just right for now – with warm whites and golden glow combined with a touch of cool shimmer.

This bracelet includes (from left)

basic double lobster clasp, “Crown Chakra”, “Cool Dusk”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Light Blue Dot”, “Horses”, “Milky Quartz”, “Summer Jewel, Big”, “Silver Mountain”, “Conch”, “Yellow Prism”, “White Stripe”.


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!”


See you at the Troll…

It’s going to be so much fun….

See you there:  2 til 8, Today at Tartooful

3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver.  604.924.0122


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


Trollbeads News Roundup

Lots of news this week in the Trollbeads Universe – they recently announced the winner of the Peoples’ Bead 2011 contest, and today introduced us to their new World Tour collection celebrating the Baltic states.

The announcement about the Peoples’ bead reads:

“We are very proud to announce the winner of Peoples Bead 2011. Maybe not too surprisingly, the fans and collectors voted for ‘Rolling Waves’. 
Denise Tong is our new Trollbeads designer, sharing with us the symbolic image of Rolling Waves.  Not only is the bead graphically beautiful – but it also has an empathic, symbolic message of the strength and unpredictability of our nature.  
Denise Tong is trained as a Chemical Engineer, and also has a degree in Fine Arts – the analytical mind vs. the emotional mind. What seems like a contradiction has given her the ability to see things in different perspectives.  “Inspirations come from everything and everywhere… one just has to be attentive to her surroundings and feelings.  Once an idea is formed, senses are activated, feelings are evoked, the light at the end becomes visible, then it all comes down to mapping a path to the light and trying out different means to make it happen, back track if it doesn’t feel right.  The winning bead is inspired by the tsunami that swept the east coast of Japan and left devastating damages on 11 March 2011″, Denise Tong says.”

We look forward to offering “Rolling Waves” at Tartooful when the Autumn 2011 release happens late this summer!

The new Baltic World Tour beads are dramatic and beautiful… Any Tartooful Trollies going to that part of the world?  The faceted amber is gorgeous, and I’d LOVE to have one of these little mushrooms on my bracelet!

Trollbeads introduces us to the collection:

“We invite you on an unforgettable journey to the Baltic States!
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are called the Baltic Sisters – they have much in common yet they are very different – just as sisters can be!
This collection explores Lithuania – the Baltic Heart.
Take a walk on a beach sparkling with amber, taste the most delicious beer in the world, and cheer on the amazing basketball players’ victories.
At night, take a stroll through Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, and hear the thrilling howl of the iron wolf.”

Of course, closer to home we’re counting down the last few days until the “Little Troll” trunk show:  5 days to go!  Here’s another little teaser of the shimmering beads that are still arriving…  See you there!



7 days… Til the Little Troll

One week today, and we’re getting a little giddy with “Bead Joy” at Tartooful… We love how intense this “Beach” is, and isn’t this “Whitecap” amazing?!  It’s got huge swaths of colour blocks on it, making for a very dramatic look.  Often “Conch” is really huge, but for those of you who like your beads more petite, this one is exceptional – it matches the others in the set perfectly in size…

Just one week, and we can’t wait…