Trollbeads Event At Tartooful!

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At Tartooful, there’s nothing that we love better than throwing a party…

…and there’s no better excuse than a big, beautiful shipment of unique glass beads and the most exciting carved amber designs that we have ever been privileged to see.

These are some absolutely drop-dead beautiful beads, and any one of them would instantly be the jewel of most collections.  We are thrilled to be able to present them to you!  This alone would be cause for celebration, but add to that a menu of classic trunk-show specials, and it becomes spectacular.

The fine print:

  • Purchase one item, get the fourth item of equal or lesser value as our gift

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  • Purchase a decorative lock and receive the sterling bracelet chain as our gift

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  • Every purchaser is entered into a draw to win a coveted 40th anniversary jewellery box.

Our event kicks off Oct 17th and runs until Oct 23rd, so we are looking forward to catching up with all of you in the Village!  Not in our neck of the woods?  No worries.  We will be posting our unique  beads on our Facebook page, where they may be easily browsed, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  For regular collection orders, be sure to check into our online shop, and simply let us know in a note what item you’d like for your fourth item free.  We are also happy to work with you via email at tartooful@gmail.com, or give us a ring at 604-924-0122 for a friendly consultation by phone.

So… dust off those wishlists, bring us your partly completed projects and get ready to be inspired!

C.

 

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Trollbeads Inspiration: “More is More” Fantasy Necklace

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Amethyst and amber makes such a perfect colour combination for Autumn, don’t you think?

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We could have placed the Freedom Feather silver, and left it at that beautiful and simple design.  We could have just added an amethyst bead above… or maybe just the faceted cherry amber and amethyst… but no.  We were in a “more is more” sort of a mood… so we stacked the necklace with a raft of delicious beads!  In the end, that’s the joy of the Fantasy necklace as a design tool – it only takes a few moments to create a new design, so it can be composed and redesigned however you like, as often as you like.

C.

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Autumn Pinks

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Have you begun to transition your Summer bracelets for the new season?  Even if you’re the sort of terribly organized and decisive person who creates forever bracelet designs, there’s always room for a seasonal “tweak”….

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In some cases, to “winterize’ a pink bracelet design I’ve played with chocolate browns, rich cinnamon tones or greys.  They’re all great solutions, depending on what sort of pink you have to begin with.  In today’s project I’ve utilized some of the beautiful new designs from the Autumn Trollbeads collection.  They’re a subtle blend of hues, with soft buff tones, glittering copper and hints of pink, purple and blue.

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They demand similarly subtle companions, and are the perfect way to create a soft pink bracelet that transitions gracefully from late Summer to Autumn.  Try layering this type of bracelet with an all amber bracelet, or a copper bangle to give it even more of an Autumnal feel.

When creating this design, I began with Fragile Purity, as I liked the way it set the palette of soft pink, with just a touch of light mossy green.  That unabashedly pretty bead is framed by two of the new collection additions, “Soul of Sunshine” and “Nature Unity”, which right away take the edge off the “pretty pink” and make the design so much more subtle and interesting!  Note the way that the pink brings out all the hints of pink, green and blue that are hiding in these fascinating beads…

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This Rainbow Bridge just begged to be a part of this design.  It possesses the perfect blend of green, apricot, plum and even hints at blue around the edges.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Carolina Jessamine Clasp”, “Unique Glass”, “Freedom Feather”, “Desert Rose”, “Nature Unity”, “Pink Conch”, “Ornamental Flower”, “Unique Glass”, “Soul of Sunshine”, “Fragile Purity”, “Nature Unity”, “Unique Glass”, “Wisdom Weed”, “Rainbow Bridge”, “Blossom Shade”, “Soul of Sunshine”, “Royal”, “Unique Glass”, “Rosa Pearl”.

How do you transition your bracelets through the seasons?

C.

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 News: Buy Three Get Four Begins

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From today until April 8th we are delighted to offer a special price promotion just for our Trollbeads collectors.

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With the purchase of three items, you may now receive a fourth item of equal or lesser value as our gift!

(Happy Dance!)

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With a delicious array of uniques, as well as all our production favorites posted now in our online shop, it’s so easy to take a few minutes to yourself and have a little browse.  Pick your three favorites, check out online, and then drop us a note to let us know what you’d like for us to send to you as our gift!  If you’d rather have a personal touch, phone us at the gallery at 604-924-0122 or email me at tartooful@gmail.com and we’d be happy to work with you to craft just the right group of items.

C.

 

Trollbeads Inspiration: Dream Away

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IMG_0866Today I’m playing with “Beautiful Blue”.  This hard-to-describe shade of blue is one that appears in a number of unexpected spots in the Trollbeads collection.  You’ll find it, peeking out from among the sandy speckles of “Milan”… or hiding right at the edge of the light stripes in “Khaki Stripe”.  There’s even a hint of it in the petals of “Flowers on Indigo”.

IMG_0867Two of the most delicious bead designs from the Autumn 2015 collection also feature this “Beautiful Blue”.  “Dream Away”, with its distinctive raised and textured glass dots is an intstant scene stealer of a bead… Often oversized, it  demands the spotlight, and we find ourselves centering it an many bracelet designs.  Here I’ve given the center spot to a lovely “Blue Tigers Eye” and

IMG_0869gave it further emphasis by framing it with a pair of “Lotus Tops” and then a pair of “Dream Away”.  It makes for a strong, symmetrical heart for the bracelet design, and firmly sets the colour palette.  Next the challenge was to find more “Beautiful Blue” to build out the rest of the composition.  I reached for “Black Flower Mosiac”, and the new “Pure Heart”.

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Additional hits of blue are provided by “Traces” and “Ancient Palace”, while navy to black grounding is given by “Black Silk” and an exceptionally deep “Azure Bubbles”.

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“Pure Heart” was the first bead from the Autumn Collection to find its way onto my personal bracelets, simply for its uncanny ability to play with “Milan” and “Black Flower Mosaic”, two very beloved patterns.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Large Flower Lock”, “Pure Heart”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Rolling Waves”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Traces”, “Khaki Stripe”, “Compass”, “Dream Away”, “Lotus Top”, “Blue Tigers Eye”, “Lotus Top”, “Dream Away”, “Hong Kong Junk – Limited Edition”, “Milan”, “Ancient Palace”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Sea Urchin”, “Black Silk”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “Purity”.

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Finally, when selecting the silvers for this design I imagined a little story… a sailing trip across a moonlit sea, with ripples of “Beautiful Blue” dappling the surface of the water as the little shop bobs along… so you’ll find a tiny boat, waves and even a compass to guide your way.

C.

 

 

Tartooful News: Black Friday Fun…

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As any Tartooful regular can say, we never miss a chance to throw a party!

IMG_0836With the notorious Black Friday shopping specials only a few days away, we’ve decided to join the fun and throw our very own Trollbeads event.  This Friday and Saturday we will be proud to present a very special selection of *SALE* priced beads and premade bracelets, as well as a *TOP SECRET* bead designed by Trollbeads just for Black Friday 2015.  (This is one bead that you will absolutely need.)

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The Gorgeous new Diamond Bead, Emerald Green

IMG_0837With so many beads still tempting us from the Autumn collection, lots of yummy new uniques and stones in stock and a whole new group of beauties for Christmas there are more reasons than ever to come by and pay us a little visit… Oh, and UM you might want to think about gifts for the holidays…. for other people as well as yourself. (one for you, two for me…)

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So.  The nitty gritty.  We’ll be offering selected items on special, Black Friday pricing that we can’t announce until the day, but in addition we will also be presenting traditional, holiday trunk show specials with all the trimmings.  Choose three beads and we will be pleased to gift to you a fourth one of equal or lesser value.  Pick your favorite lock and receive a bracelet chain as our gift.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”, “Positive Change”, Unique Glass”, “Malachite”, “Black Flower Mosaic”, “String of Lights”, “Unique Glass”, “Diamond Bead, Emerald Green”, “Unique Glass”, “Fireworks”, “Unique Glass”, “Malachite”, “Unique Glass”, “Snow” (retired), “Unique Glass”, “Unique Glass”.

You can expect bubbly, treats, a wonderful selection of Trollbeads, and of course Tartooful’s  warm hospitality and caring service.  Please send us your special requests so we can do our very best to make your wishes come true… and come decked in your favorite holiday compositions!  We look forward to seeing (or messaging with) all of you….

C.

 

Trollbeads Autumn 2015 Event at Tartooful 10-12 September, 2015!

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We are excited to share with you the gorgeous new Trollbeads Autumn 2015 collection – and we’re throwing a party to celebrate!

Please Join us at Tartooful
10-12 September, 2015 from 10 – 6pm…

For a very special Trollbeads event, featuring the fabulous new Collection… as well as our extraordinary service, design consultations, trading with other collectors and tempting event pricing.

We look forward to seeing all of you there!  Can’t make it in person?  We’d love to offer you personal service by email tartooful@gmail.com or by telephone 604-924-0122 – or look up the collection in our online shop!

C

Trollbeads Inspiration: Inky Azures

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IMG_0620A new wave of Azure Bubbles arrived recently at the gallery, and we fell in love with this changeable beauty of a bead all over again.  This grouping of glass are all deep, inky blues with a host of micro bubbles in each one.  The usual large bubbles are still there, but in the layer below that there is a subtle, milky way swath of the tiniest of bubbles.

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IMG_0618They look almost like the silver dots in group two glass “Milky Way” – but even smaller.  It’s fascinating stuff!  For those of us who have a mild obsession with this particular pattern of bead, it represents an entire new are of collecting to be done.  Some of them are almost chocolate in colour, with just a hint of blue that shows when the light reflects off the core.

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IMG_0617Others are a more slate blue, still others are a deep violet with subtle ribbons of indigo.  My favorites are those that have a hint of green in the blue, with lots of micro bubbles, and a flash of burgundy as the light hits them.  Gorgeous!

These new Azures are bang on for Autumn colour trends, and will be

 

IMG_0621phenomenal paired with rich clarets – think Rubies, cherry ambers or the upcoming Hessonite Garnet!  Today I’ve chosen a spectacular group of unique ambers that sparkle and glow in the sunlight.  They make a perfect foil for the deep navies of the Azures.

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This bracelet was a cinch to play together… the Azures and Ambers work together effortlessly and with the addition of a few bolder silvers and a handful of Scot Bouwens’ beautifully organic glass – voila!

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Freya Lock”, “Azure Bubble”, “Magical Lamp”, “Paradise Birds” (retired), “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Stone Flower”, “Spiritual Adornment”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Unique Amber”, “Flowers on Indigo”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Silver Ornament”, “Cliffs”, “Unique Amber”, “Azure Bubbles”, “Jugend”, “Magical Lamp”, “Azure Bubbles”.

All beads currently in stock at Tartooful. – tartooful@gmail.com 604.924.0122

C.