A Very Tartooful Christmas to You


It’s hard to believe, but here we are at Christmas Eve already.  The year has simply flown past!

IMG_7815I simply adore Christmas, everything about it is so terribly Tartooful.

It’s a time of beauty and light in the middle of our darkest months… a time to connect with family…

IMG_7816to find and share treasures with loved ones… to indulge the senses and to perform revered family rituals and traditions.  Is there anything more fun than finding that perfect treat that will light up the eyes of loved ones?


IMG_7813On this special day of the year I’d like to share with you, as Tartooful’s little treat to you, this fabulous Christmas bracelet that belongs to one of our equally lovely ladies.  Isn’t it perfect?  With a gorgeous mixture of small & beautiful uniques, limited editions, Christmas themed uniques and just the right silvers, this is a meticulously designed bracelet that will delight for years to come.  It was such fun for us to see the design take shape, and finally be finished just in time for the Christmas season.


clockwise from clasp:  “Swan Lock”, “Christmas Unique”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Christmas Unique”, “Mistletoe”, “Christmas Unique”, “Unique”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2013”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Swan”, “Christmas Unique”, “Christmas Unique”, “Christmas Limited Edition 2013”, “Unique”, “Christmas Unique”, “Mistletoe”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Unique”, “Unique”.

From our family to yours…. Wishing you peace and prosperity, health and happiness for the Christmas Season and for the New Year to come!


Holiday Roundup at Tartooful….

Well, here we are at the end of another sparkling Christmas season at Tartooful….


It’s been so very busy in the gallery, with bustling shoppers looking for just the right thing for their loved ones.  It’s always a pleasure for us to see our favorite customers’ families this time of year… all the ever-taller children lined up in front of the beads, picking one each for Mother… so sweet.


We have enjoyed having our usual quirky crew of Maileg pixies and mice ranging 1476008_10151805394313030_1483811128_nabout the place, especially all over the glowing Christmas Tree!  The little cotton mice, dressed in their Christmas best,  popped up in the most unexpected spots!  My old dollhouse from childhood has been in the window, delighting the lines of preschoolers as they went for their walk each morning… (“Where are the mice today?  Oop, they’re in the bedroom now, playing with their train set..”)

Avoca of Ireland’s blankets and scarves dot the gallery with brilliant flashes of colour, and the soft scents of local body luxury company, Pink Door fil the air.

Drive-by-6The original art of Tracy McMenemy has been a true pleasure to experience in the gallery through all of December… In her “Drive-By” series her technique of combining photography and painting produces such an ethereal and peaceful feel, it has been wonderful to have her images on the walls.  It feels like having a window that peeks through to the forest!  Many of these lovely pieces of art have gone home with happy clients, but a few remain in the gallery and are well worth viewing, either in person or online, if you have not already had a chance.


coral2…And then, of course, there are the Trollbeads!   Through December we have created so many holiday combinations for our collectors, and enjoyed catching up with so many of you.  At the gallery it was a “Very Trollbeads Christmas”, with special treats to the staff from Tartooful and to and from so many of our ladies… Truly we felt treasured and appreciated, but we know that we are the lucky ones to know all of you.  What would we do without all your constant support and love?!

coral6It’s been a phenomenal year for collectors of Trollbeads, with so many gorgeous collections and special editions from which to choose.  It promises to be another year filled with the unique beauty of Trollbeads designs, with the very first release of 2013 already being previewed online, with advance sales now being accepted!  More details to follow in my next post….



Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this an extraordinary year at Tartooful… full of beauty, inspiration and joy.



Trollbeads Inspiration: Pale & Pretty in Vogue


This gorgeous photo shoot in this month’s Vogue Magazine really needs no words… so soft, pretty and delicate, we found it exquisite and so inspiring.  We’ve paired it with the new golden bangle and the simplest of compositions – two “Blizzard” and a golden “Stay Positive”.  Isn’t it stunning?  I could wear this every day.


Celadon, white and gold…. a delicious new favorite colour combination!



Trollbeads Inspiration: Midnight Blue

The new Trollbeads designs for Christmas come out to play and stay out way past their bedtime in this formal bracelet, featuring midnight blue and lots of over-the-top glamour.

A triple pearl, black with lots of blue, violet and green peacock shimmer takes center stage, but barely hangs on to the spotlight next to it’s dazzling neighbour, the “Diamond Bead, Black”.  Both of these beads are exceptionally nice examples of their design… the pearls are big with tons of rich colour and the Diamond Bead has fascinating patterns of bubbles.

This “Black Flower Mosaic” is among the most blue that I have seen yet… with gorgeous blue shimmer in the dichroic glass accent notes, and a generous does of blue hidden in the mosaic pattern, this bead is more blue than black.

This gorgeous “Milky Way”, with its delicate pattern of tiny silver spheres,  rivals the “Diamond Bead Blue” for drama, and is a wonderful partner for it on this bracelet… the “Hong Kong Skyline” and Limited Edition “Bavaria” Bead echo the distinctive cobalt blue around the composition.

How fortunate that a group of Limited Edition Christmas Ornaments arrived with exactly the right tone of blue for this bracelet.  Fully embracing the festive spirit, we chose not one, not two, but three fabulous tassels to dress up this bracelet design!

We created rhythm in this composition by selecting silvers with a common design element:  the knobbly, budded, “Berry” texture.  Here we’ve added the “Large Berry” close to the heart of the design, used two of the new “Winter Berries” and of course, finished the bracelet with the “Lock with Buds”.

Clockwise from clasp:  “Lock with Buds”, three “Limited Edition Christmas 2012 Ornaments”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Winter Berry”, “Hong Kong Skyline”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Limited Edition Bavaria Bead”, “Bougainvillea”, “Diamond Bead Black”, “Triple Pearl, Black”, “Diamond Bead Blue”, “Large Berry”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Milky Way”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”, “Winter Berry”, “Malawi Unique”, “Limited Edition Christmas 2012”.



“Share a Christmas Card…”

In these digital times, receiving a postcard in the mail is such a rare treat.  That is why Trollbeads would like to invite you to participate in a wonderful global event, named “Share a Christmas Card”.

With this event we invite you, as well as many other friends of Trollbeads from around the world to exchange Christmas cards, and by doing so to participate in the Trollbeads Christmas Lottery, where you have the chance to win beads from our beautiful Christmas 2011 collection.

Register today

Starting from today, you will be able to pick up official Trollbeads Christmas cards at your local retailer or you can be creative and create your own postcards.

Register your participation in the event on Trollbeads Universe. You will get a lottery ticket when signing up for the event. For each postcard you receive and register on our Trollbeads Universe, you will get one more lottery ticket. And every time one of your postcards are received and registered you will also get a lottery ticket.

We will then draw a winner each day of December, and as we all know, there is no greater joy than giving someone a gift, so we are anxious to get this event started!

You can find all the info you need on Trollbeads Universe, so hurry over to the site and register for this fun event!

You can pick up your complimentary trollbeads Christmas Postcards from Tartooful, beginning November 12th, just perfect for sharing with your new Trollbeads friends across the globe…


Trollbeads Winter Wonderland

Trollbeads just announced their Special collections for Christmas of 2010!

“Welcome to a winter wonderland!

This Christmas we have a brilliant blizzard of glittering snowflakes and stars for both your bracelet and earrings.

And to make absolutely sure there is no excuse not to be spoilt by your family and friends, we have Little Precious in gold, and The Diamond Bead, Pink for your wishlist.

We also introduce a brand new engravable bead with a twist – Love Within hides three hearts on the inside so that it can be engraved around the outside.

Finally we have the winner of People’s Bead 2010 – Ice Bear!

While we enjoy our white Christmas, we haven’t forgotten those on the other side of the world that celebrate Christmas with beach parties and blossoming cherry orchards (or those that wish they were there).

So for them we have two Limited Edition glass kits – Christmas in Hawaii with blue nuances and Christmas in Australia with patterns of cherry blossoms.”

We just can’t wait to have this beautiful collection on the shelf at Tartooful – this is going to be a very Troll Christmas!