Trollbeads Trunk Show… Thank you!

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What an amazing day…

glass-makingThank you so much, to all of you who made the time to come out in person, write in by email, call the gallery or chat with us here on facebook.  We have the most incredible group of Trollies on Earth, no question about it.  So much inspiration, so many laughs, so much love!

Georgina-at-workIf you were not able to attend in person, you missed a great day.  Georgina is such an artist, and created some truly beautiful glass beads for us.  We had a wonderful crowd out, and between sips of champagne and delectable bites of NO’s homemade brownies there were some excellent bead trades made….

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So many ladies were able to find special beads to add to their collections… and even we ladies at Tartooful each picked a new treat!  There’s nothing like a new little sparkle in the bead box to inspire new compositions… I hope all of you love your new additions, and I hope to see lots of new designs over the next little while!

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However, the really big question is, “who won the Jewellery box?!”

Well, after much consideration – this was *Hard*!… we finally had to select just one bracelet and story for the Grand Prize of the Trollbeads, white lacquer Jewellery Box… and the Winner is:

Iris Wong!

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Iris is a recent convert to Trollbeads, but already displays great sensitivity and artistic sense when creating her designs.  She deftly composes bracelets designed to evoke certain moods – wistful, yet hopeful melancholy, warm comfort, or joyful abandon.  This one enfolds the pains of daily life into a core of strength at the heart of the design.  It’s a touching and beautiful design, and just had to have the award.  Thank you to all of you who entered your gorgeous designs.  I feel so fortunate to have been able to enjoy seeing them all!

xo

C

 

Trollbeads Trunk Show at Tartooful April 10-14, 2014

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Tartooful has been a very busy place the last few days, as we have been working hard to put the finishing touches on our Spring Trollbeads Event, beginning today!  From today, April 10th 2014 until Monday April 14th we’ll be running a variety of very tempting Trunk Show pricing specials… Select one of:

  • Purchase three beads and receive a $33 credit towards the balance of your order.  To redeem this offer in our Tartoofultoo online shop enter coupon code “trollplay” at checkout!
  • Purchase a bangle and two stoppers and receive any silver core “diamond bead” as our gift.
  • Purchase a decorative clasp and receive a sterling foxtail bracelet chain as our gift.
  • Purchase any regular collection Fantasy necklace and receive your choice of one of selected Fantasy Pendants at no charge.

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For more details on any of the Trunk Show pricing offers, or to place your order, please email us at tartooful@gmail.com or telephone us at the gallery at 604.924.0122.

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The “main Event” of the Spring Trunk Show will take place on this Saturday, the 12th of April, from 11-5.  We’ll have Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada visiting us and making custom Trollbeads in the gallery.  We will also be offering a grand prize of a White Lacquer Trollbeads Jewel box to the “Bracelet of the Day”, so wear your favorite composition, and be sure to tell us why you love it.  Finally, from 2-4pm we encourage you to bring a few beads along to exchange with other Trollbeads Collectors.  It’s a wonderful way to Spring clean one’s Trollbox, and get to know one’s fellow Trollies a little better!

We have wonderful selection in the gallery now, and can’t wait to see all of you!

C.

In the Mood for a Little Trollplay? It’s Party Time!

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…In the Mood for a little Trollplay?  We are!  Time for a Party!

Please Join us from 11 until 5 on Saturday the 12th of April for a day of Trolling that promises to be great fun… We have so many treats in store for you!

  • Book your appointment now for a custom glass bead made before your eyes by glass artist, Georgina Black of Trollbeads Canada.  To book your appointment drop by the gallery, phone us at 604.924.0122 or email us at tartooful@gmail.com.  A portion of proceeds to benefit Microfinance.

  • Enjoy special selection for the day, with lots of new style uniques and a wide variety of natural stones in the gallery.

  • Everyone loves a SALE!  Purchase a Fantasy Necklace, and receive a selected Fantasy Pendant at no charge  OR purchase three beads and receive a $33 credit towards the balance of your order OR purchase a bangle and two stoppers to receive a silver core “diamond” bead in the colour of your choice – pink, white, black, ice blue or deep blue.

  • Show us your favorite bead compositions!  Wear your favorite design to the party and tell us why it’s special to you… Is it meaningful?  Beautiful?  Rare?  Does it tell a story?  We want to know.  Knock our socks off, and you could win the grand prize of a Trollbeads Jewelry Box!

  • Clean out your beadbox!  Do you have beads that just don’t seem to settle in properly?  No worries, bring them with you and between 2-4pm, enjoy some spirited trading with the other collectors, and perhaps your bead can be re-homed in exchange for something wonderful.  There are some amazing collections among our Trollies, you never know what might turn up!

  • Indulge in a glass of prosecco and a sweet treat while you browse, we can’t wait to see all of you and catch up!

This is one that you won’t want to miss, so mark you calendar, round up your girlfriends, and be sure to ring us for a custom bead appointment.  This is going to be fun….

C.

 

 

Trollbeads Winter Event Begins Today!

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Please join us today in the Village as we host what is sure to be an exciting event… we have gorgeous stones, uniques and ambers, just waiting for you!  Of course, all of our favorite production beads are here too – some of them in very unusual and lovely expressions.  Bring a friend, make a night of it, and enjoy our festive atmosphere, with bubbly, sweet treats and so many pretties!

  • Pendant Gift with purchase of Fantasy Necklace

  • Bracelet Gift with purchase of decorative clasp

  • Group I Gift with purchase of three beads

Can’t make it to the village?  You’ll be missed, but you can still get in on the Troll Treats.

Use coupon code “snowtrollie” to receive a group 1 credit on a minimum three bead order.

To participate in the Fantasy necklace or Bracelet Promotions simply email us at tartooful@gmail.com or phone us at 604.924.0122.  Special Pricing Promotions continue online until the end of Sunday the 10th of November – but we’re closed Sundays so if you’d like to chat about your order please ring us by end of day Saturday.

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See you in the village…

C.

 

Trollbeads Trunk Show Tomorrow! Today, we play with Rings…

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Tomorrow we are giddy to be hosting our Winter Trunk Show… with tons of gorgeous stock, great Trunk show specials, bubbly, treats and of course the company of so many great ladies, it is sure to be a fun time.

However, today we needed something to distract us – like kids on Christmas Eve, we are maybe just a little *too* giddy.  So we are keeping out of trouble by playing with all the yummy rings that we have in at the moment at Tartooful.  Between the Mollard Collection of fabulous estate pieces (like the art deco and platinum lovelies shown above…) and the Trollbeads Rings that just arrived… well there are lots of toys for ladies who love jewellery.

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Have you ever seen the Trollbeads Rings?  It’s easy to be blinded by the beauty of 3-ringsthe beads and overlook these designs, but they are worth a second look.  The Eye of Aphrodite shown above is a fascinating orb of glass perched on a textured silver band that is comfortable and distinctly Troll.  I love to stack them with the peacock pearl ring, with its’ perfectly round silver band. 

For the ultimate luxury statement, how about a whole stack of all pearls?  Gorgeous.

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If you haven’t had a chance to play with these lovely pieces be sure to take a little time with them at the gallery, they really are so much fun… especially mixed with art deco platinum and diamonds!.

See you tomorrow at the Party!

C.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: AV’s Garden of Gold

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Wow.  Just look at this golden garden that AV has been patiently growing on her bracelet…

One bead at a time, she has slowly acquired a stunning group of Trollbeads’ 18 karat designs.  There really is nothing quite like gold Trollbeads… they not only glow with a richness that reaches back across the centuries, but they even feel warm to the touch, instantly giving your skin’s warmth back to you.  These beads are powerful elements that don’t need too many companions to create a gorgeous composition.  Here AV has combined a few jewel tones with a little more gold in the “Third Eye Chakra” and of course a lot of sparkle in the “Diamond bead, White”.

It’s simple, powerful, personal and beautiful.

C.

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ps.  Don’t forget to pop by our Trollbeads Event on Thursday – only two more sleeps to go!!!

C.

Tartooful Trollbeads Event! 7 November 2013

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There is nothing that we love more at Tartooful… than a great Trollbeads Party!

2013_Christmas_Close_Up_02The gorgeous new Winter Trollbeads have given us just the reason we needed to pull out all the stops and celebrate.  We’re bringing in a huge selection of carefully hand picked beads… so you expect to find the extraordinary examples of each design that you’ve been seeking…

slider-3Come and play with all the new designs, explore the range of natural stones, and be amazed by the beautiful patterns dreamed up by Trollbeads artisans for their uniques.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to relax with friends, enjoy a glass of bubbly and be inspired by the designs of the other collectors in our midst.

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To add to the fun, we will be offering your choice of …

Gift of selected Fantasy Pendant with purchase of Fantasy Necklace

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Gift of sterling foxtail chain with purchase of decorative clasp

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Gift of Group I Glass or Silver with purchase of three beads

It all happens on the 7th of November, from noon ’til 8pm

at Tartooful, of course! 

To arrange for telephone purchases please contact us at the gallery at 604.924.0122, or email us at tartooful@gmail.com.

See you in the Village…

C

 

 

Trollbeads Trunk Show: Friday the 13th

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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).

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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 globalgiving.org!  Not to be missed.

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

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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.

C.

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Inspired by the Art of Trollbeads Glass

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IMG_2604It’s an exciting time at Tartooful… with so many new Trollbeads designs in the gallery to explore, we are finding gorgeous new combinations every day.  If you have not yet seen the full collection, be sure to visit us in the Village, or our online shop, where we have the full series.  In addition, we are making preparations to host Trollbeads Glass artist, Georgina Black, at Tartooful on Friday the 13th of September from 11:00 am to 7:00pm.  She’ll be making some custom beads with all proceeds going to globalgiving.org, and all of our customers will be able to enjoy seeing just how Trollbeads creates these treasures we love so well.

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We’ll have lots of fresh uniques to tempt you in the gallery for the day, as well as fun promotions, champagne and treats.  These events are always such fun, with all our lovely Trollies – it’s a great chance to meet some of the other collectors in the community.

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See you in the Village…

C.

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Trollbeads Inspiration: Soft & Beautiful…

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IMG_2571Right away we can see that the new collection is going to be wonderfully adaptable, and will find its way onto all different sorts of compositions.  At first glance the new “Purple Heaven” series seems intense, brilliant and ready to be paired with acid greens or brilliant scarlets.  Observe the warm claret glowing through the violet in “Aurora Flower” – it’s easy to see its relationship with the design of the original “Aurora” bead.  However, after a little play we found the softer side of these beads to be just as compelling.

IMG_2572The bead shown at right is “Moonlight Bubbles”.  It’s appearance at Tartooful is very different from the stock photo from Trollbeads, which suggests that this bead will likely have a wide variety of appearances.  Our first run of beads are so beautiful… softly transparent, with hints of coral, lavender and periwinkle blue.

IMG_2574Ivory has been the neutral colour of choice for our discerning collectors  over the past year, which has left many of us scrambling to find those rare retired or unique beads to provide enough touches of warm white.  We are delighted that the Autumn Collection presents us with two new glass with shimmering antique white backgrounds.

IMG_2567“Ivory Violet” is creamy white, with with floating dots of opaque white on which are executed tiny violets in shades that range from lilac to pale blue.  The shadows cast by the dots adds an extra dimension of interest to this sweet bead.  We’ve paired it here with some of the new silver series which offers a different flower for each month.

IMG_2569Each silver flower is enhanced with a tiny seed pearl that is artfully tucked into a bud, blossom or leaf tendril.  The rose will be particularly welcome for those collectors who have been itching to add the “Rose Pendant” to a bracelet but who found it to be just a little too big.  The second ivory toned bead is shown here…

It’s “Purple Rippling Bubbles”.  This is one of the first beads that I will personally want to add to my collection.  The abstract pattern, thick, magnifying layer of clear glass, and delicious subtle colour all combine for a truly beautiful bead.

IMG_2568The two engraved glass beads in the collection are a fresh design for Trollbeads, and can add a lovely textural note to a composition.  I look forward to playing more with these beads to see how they perform with various colours and composition approaches.  I have a feeling that the “Engraved Azure” will marry light and dark blues together beautifully, and that the “Engraved Fuschia” will play the same role for pinks and purples.

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Clockwise from clasp:  “Water Clasp”, “Moonlight Bubbles”, “Daisy of April”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Engraved Fuschia”, “Ivory Violet”, “Rose of June”, “Aurora Stripe”, “Sapphire”, “Triple Pearl Black”, “Engraved Azure”, “Aurora Stripe”, “Daffodil of March”, “Ivory Flower”, “Engraved Fuschia”, “Purple Rippling Bubbles”, “Calendula of October”, “Aurora Flower”.

waterlockThere are two new superstars on this bracelet that I haven’t even mentioned… the “Water Lock” is a winner, with beautiful fluid lines that are reminiscent of art nouveau design.  Most importantly, it is very comfortable to wear, and offers ease of use as it has a smooth finish, but remains simple to open and close.

sapphireFinally, the sapphire is absolutely lovely.  It has a wide range of expression, with some examples being dark and relatively clear with little hints of sparkle.. others are lighter in some areas with grey or even periwinkle.  I’m sure the darker ones are technically better, but I think that I might like the softer ones better – but that’s personal taste.  We even found one with some warm hints of sand on one side, that would look amazing on a natural tones bracelet with some of the Summer Stones.  Think of the sapphire as being like blue jeans… it’s going to come in every shade of blue, and it’s so useful that you’re going to want more than one kind.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you over the next couple of days… and of course don’t forget that we are having our Glass Artist Event next Friday the 13th.  It’s your lucky day – we’ve just heard that we’re going to have a huge selection of brand new uniques in the store just for the event, as well as trunk show levels of regular stock and special event promotions.  So exciting!  Be sure to make time to come out to browse our Troll goodies and see just how the glass artists at Trollbeads make our tiny treasures.

C.