Trollbeads Inspiration: The Calm Between Storms…

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IMG_0855Well, here we are in the very busiest time of year… the gallery is hopping with holiday shoppers, the streets are bustling, and the sound of live music can be heard drifting through the Village.  Most of us are dashing from one errand to another, busily preparing our homes for the upcoming gatherings, and attending various holiday celebrations that are already underway.  It can all be a little overwhelming… but it’s part of the rhythm of the seasons and what fun to have a such a joyful time as this in the very darkest time of year.

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The key to maintaining sanity seems to be to take little breaks, and enjoy those moments of calm between the storms…

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…So enjoy dressing up, designing and wearing your most extravagant bracelets ever – but today, on this quiet Sunday before Christmas, take a moment with a cup of tea and savour this calming bracelet…How fitting that it features a number of beads from the “Balance of Nature” kit.

IMG_0856This Autumn 2015 series has intrigued, delighted and, at times baffled us at Tartooful.  On the one hand the designs are absolutely gorgeous – exactly the sort of subtle, natural tones with which we love to play.  On the other hand, we are, at times, hard pressed to determine which bead is which – many of the designs can mimic each other in their extreme forms!  Rainbow of luck, Power of Hope and Shades of peace are close relations.  No matter – we love them, whatever their names are…. (“A bead by any other name would look as sweet…”)

IMG_0860 (1)Today I teased together a soft and pretty plum, grey and celadon composition that is designed to be that moment of calm… While it could be seen as hinting at the Spring to come, the subtly earthy tone of the plum, makes me think that this could be an all season bracelet.  I’ve included “Pink Conch” in the crew, as it is surely a cousin to the “Balance” family.  Recently the “Pink Conch” examples that we have been receiving have a lovely olive tone to the stripes that open up new possibilities for that already lovely design.

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IMG_0857I’ve included generous helpings of sparkle in this bracelet – nearly half of the beads in the design are ones that dance with gold.  For me, a large part of the appeal of this bracelet is the way these subtle colours play with each other.  On the other hand, I think that without the contrast of the deeply patterned silvers, the distinctive texture of the natural stones, and the brilliant light of the “Dichroic Ice”… it might be too homogenous and fall a little flat.  I’ve found that before when trying to design with all deserts or all azures – they are lovely but they benefit from the addition of contrast.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Lace Lock”, “Purple Prism”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Mothers Bouquet”, “Shades of Peace”, “Unique Glass”, “Pink Conch”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Power of Hope”, “Dendritic Agate”, “Rainbow of Luck”, “Tropical Travels”, “Purple Flower Mosaic”, “Ruby Rock”, “Purity”, “Eidelweiss (Switzerland World Tour)”, “White Petals”, “Grey Prism”.

Savour the calm – and then dive into the glorious chaos!

C.

Tartooful Toadstools

Now in stock at Tartooful, these amazing toadstools!

When I was growing up, it was always a mark of Autumn when a magical circle of these red and white toadstools appeared in the same spot in a neighborhood garden.  This year, they have appeared in the window of Tartooful!

These stools are fully functional, well-built and sturdy enough to hold an adult.  However, the whimsy and detail will delight your favorite kids…  The real wood, varnished stems are set into a bed of ridiculously green artificial grass… and atop it all, the distinctive mushroom cap – padded to be comfortable, and upholstered in vintage styled red and white polka dot cotton.

Since they’ve been in the window a steady stream of fascinated children have had their noses pressed to the glass… I know that if even one of these stools were in my kids’ playroom, it would serve not only as a decorative accent and seat, but also as a toy, becoming the setting for lots of games involving Maileg mice, Lego, Playmobil and very likely an Uglydoll or two….

Hmm… imagine how dramatic one of these would look under the Tree on Christmas morning!

Toadstools are C$118.75

Come by and take a peek in the window…

C.