Trollbeads Inspiration: “Just Like Heaven”


IMG_0571“Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick
The one that makes me scream” she said
“The one that makes me laugh” she said
And threw her arms around my neck

“Show me how you do it
And I promise you I promise that
I’ll run away with you
I’ll run away with you”


IMG_0570Spinning on that dizzy edge
I kissed her face and kissed her head
And dreamed of all the different ways I had
To make her glow
“Why are you so far away?” she said
“Why won’t you ever know that I’m in love with you
That I’m in love with you”


Soft and only
Lost and lonely
Strange as angels
Dancing in the deepest oceans
Twisting in the water
You’re just like a dream
You’re just like a dream

IMG_0567Daylight licked me into shape
I must have been asleep for days
And moving lips to breathe her name
I opened up my eyes

And found myself alone, alone
Alone above a raging sea
That stole the only girl I loved
And drowned her deep inside of me


Soft and lonely
Lost and lonely
Just like heaven.”

“Just Like Heaven” is track #1 on the album “Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me”, by The Cure.  It was written by Smith, Robert James / Gallup, Simon / Thompson, Porl / Tolhurst, Laurence Andrew / Williams, Boris.


Clockwise from clasp:  “Golden Flower Clasp”, “Rosa Pearl”, “Unique Glass”, “Art Deco”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Mothers Rose”, “Unique Amber”, “Three Siblings”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Summer Dot”, “Flowers”, “Dichroic Ice”, “Unique Amber”, “Light Blue Stripe”, “Scarab”, “Silver Trace, Beige Blue” (retired), “Limited Edition Blue Quartz”, “Desert Flower”, “Trinity”, “Diamond Bead, White”, “traces”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Rose of June”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Rose Quartz”, “Maternity 18k & silver”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver Mountain”, “Moroccan Cushion”, “Unique Amber”, “Engraved Romance”, “Limited Edition Blue Quartz”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Limited Edition Howlite”, “Silver Trace, Beige-blue” (retired), “Dichroic Ice”, “Scarab”, “Pink Petals”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Scirocco”, Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Happy Fish 18k & Silver” (retired),  “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.

All beads pictured are currently in stock at Tartooful.  604-924-0122


30 Day Challenge: Day 7


Today I was in a light sort of a mood… wanting something natural, simple and clean.  A fantasy necklace with a few spring greens was just the thing.

IMG_9459I picked this lovely sage green and gold stripe from my palette first and decided to work from there.  I added some golden ambers to play up the glitter, but added the buttery amber as well, so that it didn’t feel too terribly formal.  The clear golden yellow glass with stylized green flower is one of my favorite beads… it is absolutely at home here among other greens and golds.


The translucent Chinese Jade lays a nice wide foundation for this composisition – I like my fantasy necklaces to be stacked in a pyramid shape!  The sage and white scallops help to bring in just a touch of white, so that the necklace’s pearl drop feels like it’s part of the overall design.


From top to bottom:  “Unique Amber”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Limited Edition Chinese Jade”.  Design composed on a 90cm sterling silver Fantasy Necklace with Pearl.


Sapphire Night: A Sparkling New Year


photo 1What a spectacular year 2014 has been for collectors of Trollbeads…

The golden shimmer of the Spring Collection quickly became must-haves, gracing nearly every bracelet we create.  It’s hard to imagine how we got by without designs like “Scirocco”, “Magical Lamp” and “Ancient Palace”!

Next we were charmed by the delicate hues of Trollbeads’ emeralds.  These subtle beauties are just the right shade of green to enhance all our favorite beach glass compositions, and the pretty cherry blossoms that accompanied them were a gorgeous addition to our Spring Trollbeads wardrobe.


Over the Summer we loved to play with the new pendants for our necklaces, and adored the Limited editions that raced through the shop as quickly as the warm months… we were particularly drawn to the inky blues of the “Coolness” series, and it has proven to be most useful as the cooler months set in.  For Autumn Trollbeads gave us a very strong collection with rich colour and pattern, as well as fascinating motifs that were inspired by the aesthetics of Eastern Mysticism.  Classic silvers such as “Ganesha”, the stunning “Large Lotus”, and the humble but oh-so-useful “Lotus Top” are among our newest favorites.  I particularly love the pair of silvers shown above:  “Spiritual Adornment” and “Spiritual Ornament” display the art of the Trollbeads designers and silversmiths.

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Finally, for Christmas Trollbeads treated us to a host of new designs, including a new “Bow Lock”, some prettily romantic hearts, dramatic drop earrings, two limited edition kits of Christmas glass and of course – delicious gold!

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clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Christmas Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Christmas Unique”, “Blossom Bead”, “Unique”, “Crown Chakra”, “Moon Ocean”, “Spiritual Ornament”, “Diamond Bead with Gold Core”, “Sapphire”, “Silver Gold Trace”, “Spiritual Adornment” “Moon Ocean”, “Crown Chakra”, “Unique”, “Angel Feathers”,  “Unique”, “Unique Amber”, “Unique”.

All those lovely treats through the year…  and I haven’t even mentioned the incredible array of unique glass designs that amazed and delighted us throughout the year.  This truly has been the “year of the unique”, with phenomenal diversity and quality of unique glass designs.  We simply can’t wait to see the new Spring series for 2015, as it promises to be simply beautiful.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make 2014 an inspiring, beautiful and fun year at Tartooful… we wish you the loveliest of New Years, filled with love, health and joy.


Trollbeads Inspiration: A Moment of Golden Calm

IMG_7700Everyone needs a moment like this….

IMG_7695Well, we’re officially in the middle of the busiest season of the year… There’s so much to do, and so little time in which to do it!  Shopping lists, parties, end-of-year concerts and recitals, baking, wrapping, decorating… it’s dizzying.  Not only are we running about being Santa’s helpers, but we’re supposed to be doing it all gracefully, with

IMG_7690adoring children by our side, making precious childhood memories.  That’s certainly how I remember my Mother juggling it all.  I don’t know how your house manages it all, but I think I don’t quite measure up to “Graceful” all the time.  I think it’s more of a “Frazzled and Grumpy” approach.  Still, it’s good to have goals, and when those

IMG_7689magical moments do happen, it’s all worth it.

We have one amazing lady who we count as a client and friend, who does manage to navigate the rough waters of life with exceptional grace.  She works in a challenging and exhausting field, keeps a beautiful home, is a great Mother, Wife and Daughter

IMG_7696and still produces the most phenomenal baking I have ever seen.  (Truly, it puts the most perfect confections in magazines to shame…)  I know what you’re thinking, but no, despite all that we adore her!  She has an aura of kindness and calm that follows her, and is so inspiring.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that a calm and elegantly beautiful bracelet design like this one, belongs to her.


IMG_7692This breathtaking bracelet is quite possibly the loveliest I’ve ever seen.  With the subtlest of soft, warm blues, a hint of blush pink, a deft mix of textures, the sparkle of diamonds, and a generous dose of gold, this is a tour de force bracelet.  Just looking at it is like honey for the soul, and as good as a day at the spa.  It’s a moment of calm that we can all enjoy, thanks to N.O.  (Thank you!)


Clockwise from clasp:  “Golden Flower Lock” (retired), “Gold Spacer” (retired), “Unique”, Non-Troll, “Artisan”, “Unique”, “2+2 gold”, “Mirrored Armadillo by Artisan Kathy Perras”, “Three Flowers Gold”, “Unique”, “Bougainvillea gold with Diamonds”, Artisan, “Stars, silver and gold with diamonds”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Mini Heart Bead, Gold”, “Diamond Bead with Gold Core”, “Lotus, gold”, “Silver Mountain”, “Endless, Gold”, Unique, “Labradorite”, “Initial N, Gold”, “Blue Desert”, “Gold Spacer” (retired).

This Winter has been particularly challenging for our dear friend and her family, so please send her all the positive, happy energy vibes you can spare…



Trollbeads Inspiration: Winners Circle


IMG_7007Congratulations once again to Tartooful’s very own Melanie Matthews, as her Compass themed entry made it to the 100 final designs in this year’s Peoples Bead design competition.  This Autumn she was delighted to receive

IMG_6997a token of appreciation from Trollbeads for the role she played in this year’s event:  a bracelet with one of the new “Perfect Balance” beads, as well as a coveted “Chess” lock.

IMG_6994She was kind enough to allow us to play with her new treats here in our North Vancouver shop, and to photograph them with some of Tartooful’s stock, to allow us all to see how the  “Perfect Balance” bead will fit in with some of our favorite beads.

There are so many bracelet designs that would benefit

IMG_7004from the addition of one of these beauties… I can see a turquoise, black and white palette… or hot pink with a couple of blasts of black… or deep greens, teals, greys and blacks… but in the end the bracelet that we loved the most was a classic black, white and grey composition with highlights of creamy gold.  Of course, two beads that simply had to join the bracelet were the diamond bead, black and the diamond bead, white….


IMG_7001Those two indispensable beads were joined by a deep, beetle-y “Blue Tigers Eye’, which I often favour over the “Black Onyx” as I find the slate shimmer just fascinating.  Other touches of grey came from a sparkling “Blue Desert”, grey prism and a “Snowflake Obsidian”.  I love the concrete feel of obsidian, it adds an urban,

IMG_7002almost gritty note.  Highlights of various shades of gold come from a “Scirocco”, “Silver Trace, Gold” and a lovely amber unique.  The silvers were chosen to be substantial in feel, and very clean, modern and simple.  The final touch is a sprinkling of black and white uniques that help to tie the whole thing together neatly.


Clockwise from clasp”  “Chess Lock”, “Unique”, “Scirocco”, “Unique”, “Stay Positive”, “Blue Desert”, “Diamond Bead, White”, “Unique Amber”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Smiling Cylinder”, “Perfect Balance”, “Love Within”, “Diamond Bead Black”, “Silver Trace, Gold”, “Snowflake Obsidian”, “White Steel”, “Nomad”, “Unique”, “Scirocco”, “Grey Prism”.


Change is Hard.


IMG_4593What a ride we have been on the last few years.  Together Cristi and I have had many adventures, and we’ve experienced huge changes in both of our lives.  So much learned, so much achieved.   After today, Cristi is going to be heading off for a new adventure with her quirky, underbitten hound Remi in tow… at least for now.


IMG_4589Cristi, thank you for all the friendship, hard work, inspiration, encouragement and laughter.  I’ve been honoured to become a part of your life… and look forward to seeing where you go, and what you do next.  You are beautiful, smart, and so caring.  I love you dearly, and already I can’t wait for our next project as a team together.  xo C.






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: Spiced Amber


amber-close1With Autumn closing in quickly… the warm sunny days fading to cool & grey – we are finally facing the reality that Winter really is coming.  In fact, there is a snow warning out for Vancouver for the coming weekend, which should really throw us all for a loop, as Vancouverites are always completely

amber-close-purpleunprepared for any amount of snowfall.  I may not have salt in my shed, or have any idea where to look for my snow shovel… but most importantly I have made up a nice warm and spicy amber bracelet, just right

amber-close2for the snowy season about to arrive.  The truth is that Vancouver really only has to deal with snow a couple of times each Winter, so even the municipalities are a little laid back about making expensive preparations for those few days of the year.  The result is streets that remain unplowed, traffic chaos for those fools who rush out anyhow, and tons

amber-staypositiveof people just take the day off.  It’s sort of like when you were back in school – snowflakes means an impromptu “Snow Day” where everyone claims to be working from home.  But in fact we’re out rolling around in a scant inch of damp snow with the dog and our kids.  With so many hills – North Vancouver is on the side of a mountain range –

amber-close-mountainflowerIt doesn’t take much slush on the ground to create a traffic nightmare.  No worries here… I can walk up to the gallery and will keep warm with this amber and gold confection.

In this bracelet we combined caramel tones with beautiful ambers and glittering touches of gold.


amberscurve2Think “spiced apple cider” or mulled wine”… We found some lovely uniques that help to give a little depth to the design, as they incorporate not only some rich glitter accents, but also some nice deep purply blacks.  It’s the time of year for dramatic jewellery, so

amber-close-lockwithtasselwe’ve pulled out all the stops on gold, and even added a limited edition Christmas tassel to the golden flower lock.  I like to add these tassels to the small side of a decorative lock, layered on before the bracelet chain.  This keeps the tassel neatly in one spot, and adds interest to the clasp which often lays on the top of the wrist.


Get cosy… We’ve popped all these ambers and uniques into our online shop so that you can enjoy browsing them even if you’re snowed in!




Trollbeads Trunk Show: Friday the 13th


more-rodsOur Autumn Trunk Show – is coming up fast in just two days!  Friday the 13th is going to be your lucky day this Autumn, with a wide selection of new beads, uniques and gold… not to mention trunk show specials:

Buy a minimum of 3 beads and receive a group 1 credit, ($33.00 value)  or buy a decorative clasp and receive a silver foxtail bracelet chain at no charge ($48 value).


glass-rodsAll that, and we’ll have talented Trollbeads Glass artisan Georgina Black in the room, making custom beads and helping us to raise funds for an East African microfinance project by!  Not to be missed.

We’ll be open from 11-7 on Friday to allow everyone to fit the event into their schedule.


Be sure to come by and visit us, (just think – you can try to squeeze us for details on the super secret “X By Trollbeads” project – launching September 18th!)

Our Tartoofultoo online shop will be holding a Trunk Show as well…Have you had your eye on one of our special uniques?  Or maybe one of the new collection?

  • use coupon code “gotrollie” to receive $33 off on your $133 or more order,

  • or purchase a decorative lock and email us to let us know what length of sterling bracelet you would like us to include in your order as our gift to you.

or even just ring us at the shop with your trunk show purchases:  604.924.0122.  We’d be delighted to help you find just the right thing by phone and can process your credit card purchases on the spot securely and ship your items to you at no charge.


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Trollbeads Inspiration: Triple Threat


Something as beautiful as these Trollbeads Gold beads can stand alone… as is elegantly shown by these simple sterling bangles.

triple-5We chose some of our favorite gold beads to highlight on Trollbeads’ new sterling bangles, each one centred and framed with Troll’s simple sterling stoppers.  It goes to show that even just one little gold, all alone can make a huge design statement.


triple-4Blending different metal tones is white hot, which is good to know if you’re the sort of person who keeps track of that kind of thing.  I’m happy to say that the vast majority of our lovely Trollbeads collectors are not the least bit concerned with what other people think of their personal jewellery choices.  They’ve been merrily mixing metals for years, and looking fabulous doing so.

So simple, so gorgeous.  Love it.