Fathers’ Day Tartooful Gift Guide

“Trollbeads “Big Earth” is a great choice on a leather neckband.

We’ve had lots of ladies popping into the shop looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation for the special Dads in their lives,  so we thought we’d compile a few of our favorite suggestions…

Trollbeads always seem to be our go-to suggestion, but they really do offer something for everyone.  My top Trollbeads pick for Dad this year is a saddle brown leather neckband with a clean, simple silver accent.  I like “big Earth”, but there are so many that look great – pick the one that works best for your favorite Dad.

The smartest thing in the whole shop has to be the Timo Glass.  This brilliant, practical piece was created by legendary Finnish glass designer Timo Sarpaneva for Design House Stockholm.  He selected borosillicate glass for it’s clarity, toughness and amazing resistance to extremes of heat and cold.  This makes the glass perfect for any kind of beverage:  coffee, tea, water, wine, scotch, a whole can of beer or pop (ice cream!)  It also keeps the glass clear and glossy even after countless trips through the dishwasher.  He made the rim imperceptibly thicker to resist chipping, and just a little thicker in the middle as well, for comfortable hands even when holding a hot drink.  We’ve noticed in the shop that even the toughest guys stop and comment on this glass – it just feels good in the hand.  One customer bought a box of four one day, and was back for more the next day, having caught her tough-guy husband sheepishly taking one out of the dishwasher and rinsing it, because he preferred it over their old mugs for his morning coffee.  Truly, this is one, perfect glass.

A lot of the Dads who have been in Tartooful lately have admired the original art by Rob Zylstra that is currently on our walls.  The brightly colored, retro feeling robots and aliens feel like the cartoons we grew up with, and a great addition to any “man cave”

Now this is seriously cool:  the black, hypalon series of bags from Vancouver’s own RedFlag are not only cutting edge design, but also resistant to chemicals, extremes of heat and ultraviolet light.  Made from a high grade of rubber that is more commonly used in boat construction, these ultra tough bags are the perfect size for workout gear or short trips.  The sueded finish will slowly smooth to a satin, in a pattern that reflects how the owner wears it.  RedFlag also makes other alternative use material pieces, such as brass key hanks, recycled sailcloth wallets and super-functional shave kits.  These designs will please the pickiest Dad…

This list wouldn’t be complete without talking about Floorball equipment by Salming of Sweden.  These beautifully designed, affordable sticks and balls are for a brilliant form of off-ice hockey that is increasingly being played here on the North Shore.  The carbon graphite shafts are lightweight and strong, and the blades are curved for great ball control.  They’re a blast to play in the driveway with the neighbours, but are also great at the beach, at the park, at the cottage… programs will be running this summer at the North Shore Winter Club, West Van recreation, and the Olympic Oval..  For more information about programs, contact Modern Hockey at greg@modernhockey.com

For more smart Fathers’ Day solutions, come visit us in person at the shop!

C.

Happy Valentine’s Day


It’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s so easy to dismiss the holiday as another example of consumerist nonsense.  Instead let’s take it as a gentle nudge to show our appreciation for all our special people.  It doesn’t take a tacky box of waxy chocolates or a garish card to show someone that you’re glad they’re there; it’s the small gestures that mean a lot.

The key is to think of the one you love and to find a way to show that you’re tuned in to their unique fingerprint as a person.  For one person that might be a batch of homemade cookies… for another a tiny posy of garden blossoms… or perhaps a romantic picnic lunch to be shared in the middle of a busy work day.

If wrapping up a treat is part of your plan for the day, at tartooful we do have lots of goodies for Valentine’s:  lovely Christy Feaver or Bouton Rouge jewelry… Timo glasses (to accompany that bottle of wine)… sweet scents to pamper… funky & functional Astrosatchels… adorable tutus for the smallest of sweethearts… and of course, Trollbeads.  But even so, we try to help select and present the gifts with a personal twist, because a Valentine just isn’t tartooful unless it is heartfelt.

The chocolate and strawberry extravaganza pictured above is an incredibly “tartooful” gift from one of our very favorite people, Nadine.  Those of you who read out blog regularly will probably recall her incredible Trollbeads birthday cake for Cristi, and her beautiful Christmas cookies, complete with bikini-clad gingerbread ladies.  Her latest creation was nestled in a heart-shaped tin, and included traditional Valentine’s candies and chocolate dipped, personalized strawberries for all of us.  Nadine, you’re amazing, and we all feel totally spoiled!  Thank you so much…

Wishing all of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day…

xo

C.


The Return of the Timo Glass

The Timo Glass

I’m thrilled to announce the return of the Timo to Tartooful.  It’s been a  long wait, but finally we have the legendary glass back on the shelf.  It’s my all-time favorite Tartooful product:  useful, perfectly designed, beautiful and affordable.

The Timo Glass was designed by Timo Sarpaneva for Design House Stockholm.  Sculpted of solid, heat resistant borosilicate glass, this vessel is clear and feels wonderfully smooth in the hand.  The glass is designed to hold any sort of beverage, and feels equally appropriate for water, beer, soft drinks, wine, tea or coffee.  When he designed this piece, Timo Sarpaneva drew on all the wisdom and technical prowess of a long, storied career as a glass artist and industrial designer.  He incorporated subtle details that make the glass unbelievably tough, and so comfortable in the hand.  He picked a specific type of glass that allows for both hot and cold beverages, and stays perfectly clear and smooth even after a lifetime of trips through the dishwasher.  He sized it a very sensible 10 fl oz, allowing for a generous morning latte, or for an entire can of beer or soda to be poured into the glass at once.  Red wine swirls nicely around the bowl of the glass, releasing the full bouquet.  This is the one, brilliant piece that can replace every glass in the kitchen cupboard, streamlining storage and simplifying life in a beautiful way.  It’s the last glass you’ll ever need to buy.

All that, and you can buy a box of four of them for C$32.75

How perfectly tartooful.

C.

To find out more, or to purchase, contact us:

3183 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver BC 604.924.0122

www.tartooful.com