Trollbeads News: Collectors’ Amber Event at Tartooful!

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Back by popular demand!

Trollbeads Amber Event:  17-21 September 2016

amberscurveWe’re delighted to present a very special Event for Collectors of Trollbeads Amber… kicking off this Saturday, the 17th of September, until Wednesday the 21st.  Come enjoy an extraordinary selection of these unique Baltic jewels, and be amazed and the endless variations in colour, tone, cut and texture.

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To view examples of these amber beauties online during the event, be sure to check our facebook page, or ask for images in you email by contacting us at tartooful@gmail.com

See you there!

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Transition

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IMG_2063Have you felt it in your part of the world?  Here on the West coast of Canada, there’s been a subtle shift in the light these last few days.  Even until last week, I felt as though I was in the middle of an everlasting Summer.  The days were long and warm, with bocce games that stretched into the evening.  The light was bright and clear, and the skies were blindingly blue.  One day recently there was a little wind winding through the garden that played a scattering of pale, dry leaves off our dogwood tree, and suddenly I could see the first signs of Autumn.

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IMG_2053It wasn’t really the leaves on the pathway, that alerted me to the upcoming change in the seasons… there other clues as well.  There has been a shift in the angle and colour of the light that unmistakably whispers “Autumn”.  The light is still bright, but it’s just a bit more golden and mellow.  The sky is still brilliant blue, but there’s a bit of a haze in the morning and evening.  Night falls much earlier now, and after dinner we are more likely to be having a sunset stroll than struggling to spot our bocce marker in the dusk.

IMG_2060IMG_2064As always, seasonal change suggests a change in the way we dress, the colours we wear, the textures we enjoy in our homes… and of course, a change in the way we wear our Trollbeads.  I set out to design a bracelet that felt just right for this time of year, when we are still enjoying lots of Summer warmth, but are looking ahead to the Autumnal months that are just around the corner.

I began by reaching for my very favorite, aqua tones that feel like the beach glass of Summer.

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IMG_2055I blended those watery blue greens with a selection of inky blacks, most of which have an element of earthy texture or glitter.  That little touch of warmth helps to keep the feel natural and not too terribly stark.  Many of the aqua beads also have an earthy element that I enjoy… for example, the ribbon of stone texture that wraps around the “Traces” bead, or the marvellous green and stone textured unique at left.

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I was delighted to find this generously sized, black and taupe unique to place right at the heart of the bracelet.  It’s colours and pattern are the perfect inspiration to lead all the other black elements in the bracelet, and it matches the drama offered by the Emerald and Amazonite that are on either side.

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There’s a feeling right now of being in the calm before the storm.  Perhaps it’s simply because my young family will be returning to a new school year, and all the frantic scheduling that accompanies that change… but I am savouring the quiet last days of Summer.  I wanted the silvers to also reflect the mood of the season, so I looked for ones that were simple and fluid in appearance.  “Path of Life” and “Starry Night” have a near meditative calm about them, and I repeated each design twice for optimum impact without complexity.

If you are contemplating the season to come, and mulling how to update your favorite Summer design for Fall, why not drop by the gallery one day, (or drop us a note with a photo of your bracelet) and let us have a little play?  We can find a couple of inspired additions that will give a whole new twist to your bracelet and have you freshly designed for Autumn.  This is the perfect time to do so, as our “End of Summer Sale” is now on until 31 August, and you will enjoy 15% off all our Trollbeads!  Drop by and pay us a visit, or shop online using promo code friend15 to claim your discount.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Soft Wind of Change Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique “Dirty” Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Starry Night”, “Unique Glass”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Traces”, “Path of Life”, “Emerald”, “Unique Glass”, “Amazonite”, “Path of Life”, “Traces”, “Milan”, “Unique Glass”, “Starry Night”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.

 

 

TrollFriends Sale Now On!


Starting today until the end of the month we are delighted to offer 15% off on everything Trollbeads!  You can shop online at http://www.tartooful.goodsie.com using the code friend15 or shop our extraordinary in store array.  Want more personal service but just can’t get out if the house?  No worries!  Ring us at 604-924-0122 and we’d be happy to help you pick just the right things by phone.  

Ready set shop!

C.

Trollbeads Inspiration: Simplicity

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Today at the gallery we are playing with a simple design of pure, Trollbeads silver…

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I decided today to create a leather necklace that felt sleek, sophisticated and modern.  I carefully combed through the Trollbeads silvers, finding and selecting  all the boldest, simplest, heaviest designs.  These are geometric forms that give me such joy.  Their naturally balanced symmetrical forms are satisfying to work with, as they easily stand alone, or combine nearly effortlessly with similar companions.  Each one feels like a tiny, modern art sculpture – can’t you imagine them placed on nicely lit, miniature plinths in an art gallery for mice?

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6I began by placing “Victory” in the center of the necklace composition.  This marvelously large and dramatic piece melds organic, round forms with angular, chevron forms.  This was a fit choice, as it happily accommodates both rounded designs such as “Three siblings”, “Transformation” and “Trefoil Knot”, as well as more angular items such as “Smiling Cylinder” and “Two Sides to Everything”.  As I built outwards in the composition I occasionally added a matched pair of beads.  This gives a sense of balance and rhythm to the design, without the rigidity – not to mention predictability – of a perfectly matched set of paired beads.

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From left to right:  “Water”,   “Neverending”, “Two Sides to Everything”, “Three Siblings”, “Transformation”, “Endless”, “Soft Heart”, “Victory”, “Frames”, “Endless”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Trefoil Knot”, “Love Within”, “Water”.

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Uniques Event Begins!

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It’s happening again!  Trollbeads has sent us a HUGE array of unique kits to share with you.  Not only have they sent us all these yummy glass, but even added a tempting group of amber!  So quick – hustle on in to Tartooful to pick your very favorites and find all the newest and most exciting glass and amber designs…

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Not close to the gallery this weekend?  No worries, you can find all the kits displayed on our facebook page, for convenient, pajama clad shopping.  Just comment on the kit that interests you and let us know… even if you only want some of the beads in a given kit, be sure to hit it up with a comment so that if there are other ladies who would like to split, we can help to figure it all out.

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Trollbeads Kit Event Now On!


Troll dreams are coming true at Tartooful at the moment, with a huge array of luscious glass unique kits now in stock – but only for one more day and then back they go to Denmark!  

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see these beauties do drop in.  We’ll be open on Monday the 11th of July for special hours:  Noon to Five pm pacific time.  Too tricky to schedule a visit in person?  No problem you can browse the photos that we posted on our Facebook page and pick your favourites  there…

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A Perfect Summer Weekend

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DSCN2294.JPGIt’s shaping up to be a perfect Summer weekend.  With Canada Day tomorrow, Trollbeads Day Saturday, and July 4th for our US neighbours on Monday… well my goodness there’s just a lot of reasons to celebrate.  So we’ve decided to do something extraordinary… something really different, and just a little bit crazy this year for this very special weekend.

We’ve decided to take the weekend off.

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It’s time to recharge our creative batteries, catch up on some sleep, and go have a bit of fun!

Tartooful will be closed Friday, July 1st until Tuesday July 4th.

But don’t worry, we can’t stay away long… we’ll be back at it on Tuesday, no doubt newly inspired, with all sorts of wonderful new ideas to bring to the gallery.

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As for Trollbeads Day?  We’re planning a wonderful event to properly celebrate the 40th anniversary of our favorite bit of fabulousness.  There’s nothing that we love more than a party, but we want to be sure to hold it when all of you can attend… and the long weekend promises to be too beautiful to keep all of our local Trollies here in town!  We’ll let you know the date as soon as Melanie and I have hatched the final details of our plans…

40th anniversary Bracelets are in stock and ready for you to come enjoy starting Tuesday July 5th, and we have a wonderful selection of fresh glass, stone, amber and silver in the gallery, so do drop by to have a peek.  Want to be sure to reserve your bracelet now?  No worries, you can shop now on our online gallery and pick just the right thing.

Have a Perfectly Beautiful Summer Weekend!

C.

 

 

 

 

Trollbeads Inspiration:Lemon Tart & Earl Grey Tea

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IMG_1961This afternoon I’m sitting in a ray of sunshine at my desk at Tartooful… and I am craving a cup of classic Earl Grey Tea and a traditional lemon tart…. Do you know the kind I mean?  It would have a home made butter crust, with little fork marks around the slightly imperfect edge.  It would be made with free range, happy-chicken eggs with deep, rich eggs yolks… and the lemon curd would be that same, ridiculously beautiful shade of yellow.

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IMG_1953…Not too much sugar, but just enough to take the edge off the tart, citrus flavour of the fruit.  That kind of lemon tart is so satisfying.  It scratches every sort of snacking itch… buttery, flaked, baked, sweet and sour pure afternoon sugar fix.  No matter how delicious, I could only ever eat one of these decadent treasures.

The Earl Grey tea, with its subtle hint of Bergamot, is an essential element, necessary to bring a little balance to the afternoon treat.  The tea cuts the tart, firmly forbidding it from becoming cloying.  Sipping from the hot cup demands that one slowly savour the whole experience.

Sigh…. are you there with me?  It’s time for afternoon tea.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Golden Flower Lock”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver MOuntain”, “Water”, “Unique Glass”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Amber”, “Smile of Stars”, “Unique Glass”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Unique Amber”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Unique Glass”, “Smile of Stars”, “Unique Amber”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Glass”, “Neverending”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Hidden Garden Bracelet

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The arrival of this stunning “Glass Trolls” made me want to create a bracelet matched its dewy and light as air mood.

With delicious shades of apple green, to golden honey, to aqua and forget-me-not blue, the dichroic glass acts as an inspiration and focal point for the whole bracelet.

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This allows me to pull together a diverse set of blues and greens that include turquoise, teal, sage, birds egg blue and even this gorgeous Emerald that takes the center position in the composition.

A pair of newer design uniques come in handy for knitting together the palette as well… these swirled glass patterns hide every shade in the bracelet, with periwinkle to teal and all shades of blue between.  I love the dimension of pattern in these glass; they invite the eye to dive right into their cerulean depths.

I find that “Tropical Travels” is a good match for the size and lush mood of this “Glass Trolls”, and I’ve added a slightly smaller “Royal” and “Ornamental Flower” to complete the set of silvers.  To me, the overall mood of this bracelet is a Summers afternoon in a rich garden.  Perhaps this verdant place is in an exotic locale, like a Florentine Palazzo’s courtyard, adorned with vines and fountains….

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Small Fish Lock” (Summer 2016 Release), “Unique Glass”, “Ancient Palace”, “Royal”, “Blue Agate”, “Florence”, “Traces”, “Glass trolls”, “Unique Glass”, “Blue Agate’, “Emerald”, “Blue Agate”, “Unique Glass”, “Tropical Travels”, “Florence”, “Blue Agate”, “Silver Mountain”, “Ornamental Flower”, “Turquoise Ribbon”, “Unique Glass”.

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