With it being the Easter holidays, I was determined to get take my little ones to visit ‘The Deep’ in Hull. For those who are not aware of it or for my international readers, The Deep is home to over 3,500 fish, spectacular sharks and a colony of penguins!
I am quite fond of Hull, as when I was young I used to be a professional ice skater, and used to train there at the Olympic sized ice rink. So I am doubly excited about venturing up that way, though sadly I wont be making a visit to the ice arena 😦
Anyway, I could not resist the opportunity to create a bracelet (and necklace) to wear for the day … and of course I had to make it aquatic / oceanic themed!
First up is my Fantasy Necklace with Pearl, featuring the ‘Jewel of the Sea’ and ‘The Diamond Bead IceBlue’.
And here is my bracelet, featuring a nice mix of older and newer beads in aqua and rocky tones …
Todays post brings a bit of inspiration by way of the bracelet that I have been wearing over the Easter weekend.
Featuring the full Trollbeads Easter 2015 Collection, I named the bracelet ‘Easter Cheer’ as I find the colours so bright and cheerful. They remind me of the lovely daffodils that we have flowering in the garden at the minute, and so the Daffodil Tassel is the perfect centrepiece for this bracelet.
At either end of the bracelet I used the silver bead ‘Spring Leaves’(as can be seen in the two images above). I really like how this bead sits against the glass and finishes off the bracelet. It works wonderfully either side of a focal bead on a bangle too.
‘Honey Dawn’ with its slightly pearlescent finish adds a lovely warm tone to the bracelet, to contrast against the cool crispy greens. I have been stacking this bracelet alongside an all silver and bronze X Jewellery (formerly X by Trollbeads) bracelet featuring the beautifully detailed ‘Bloom X Bite’ links.
The ‘Daffodil Tassel’ delicately brings together the greens and yellows and is a lovely focal piece. At the centre of the bracelet it elegantly dangles down pointing towards my fingers.
I love how the ‘Easter Dragon’ and ‘Dragon Egg’ add a whimsical feel to this bracelet as a contrast to the delicate flowers.
Trollbeads used (left to right): ‘Dragon Lock’, ‘Spring Leaves’, ‘Snowdrop’ , ‘Narcissus of December’, ‘Honey Dawn’, ‘Easter Dragon’, ‘Turquoise Feather’, ‘Daffodil Tassel’, ‘Forest Anemones’, ‘Dragon Egg’, ‘Honey Dawn’, ‘Daffodil of March’, ‘Light Green Flower, ‘Spring Leaves’.
Did you create an ‘Easter’ bracelet? Did anyone indulge in the Trollbeads promotion of buying a Leather Bracelet and Lock and getting a free Trollbeads Easter Egg dangle?
This post brings some Trollbeads inspiration, where dark meets light and soft meets edgy.
After finally purchasing a Fantasy Necklace with Onyx in the recent promotion, I could not resist also getting the Troll Tree Fantasy Pendant. This had been a pendant that had long remained on my wishlist, but kept getting overlooked as I always thought it looked better on the Onyx necklace than the Pearl, and until now I hadn’t owned one.
Rather than styling the Troll Tree with the more obvious combinations of greens, browns, oranges, purples or perhaps blues (colours that I would associate with nature or mystic), I decided to instead dress the Troll Tree in something very pretty, feminine and pink … the beautiful glass bead ‘Mother’s Rose‘!
I have to admit, I do have a bit of an obsession with pink, and when I first got the Mother’s Rose bead, it quickly made its way on to my beloved Trollbeads Skeleton Necklace. I am not quite sure how he felt being dressed in pink roses but I think he looked very handsome!
I often team my necklaces with matching bracelets / bangles (or vice versa), and this design was no exception. Here I used the Mother’s Roseand Prince & Princess bead for the ‘soft /light ‘side and Sahara Night Facet and Fairy for the ‘dark/edgy’ side. In between I put the Rose of June silver bead.
I absolutely love these pieces as they describe my style perfectly. My wardrobe varies from long feminine floaty dresses to black leather trousers and sheer chiffon blouses. Most of my clothes are blush or dusky pink (no surprises there!), black, white or cream and grey; so these beads complement it perfectly.
There are so many varied pieces in the Trollbeads collection that it create endless possible combinations, allowing the wearer to completely personalise their jewellery to their own tastes, mood or outfit. It is this versatility, along with the beauty and quality of the pieces that I personally find so special. I would love to hear from other readers which beads they feel best describe their style 🙂
Whilst rummaging through my bead box for different beads to use on a bracelet to showcase the new ‘Party Time’ bead, I took the opportunity to rearrange my collection. Following my love of pink and pastel rainbow colours, I picked out some of my favourite beads and put them together to a lovely effect.
Whereas I would perhaps include one silver bead with dichroic glass, I included all the ones that I have, along with a matching lock! When I wore this bracelet out in the sunshine the other day, it truly glistened, radiating beautiful rainbow hues of all colours.
Here are some close up shots …
I could not resist taking these photos to put on here, but even these do not do this bracelet justice – it really has to be seen in the sunlight to fully appreciate the beauty of these beads!
Trollbeads featured (left to right): ‘Dichroic Flower Lock’, ‘Moss Agate’, ‘Fairy’, ‘Faceted Rose Quartz’, ‘Pink Petals’, ‘Rosa Pearl’, ‘The Trinity’, ‘Sea Anemone’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Chrysanthemum of November’, ‘Purple Flower Mosaic’, ‘Troll with Big Feet’, ‘Mothers Rose’, ‘Hope’, ‘Three Flowers’, ‘Turquoise Feather’.
This Trollbeads blog post brings some bracelet inspiration utilising the stunning Limited Edition Trollbeads Tourmalinated Quartz bead from 2012, which I featured in my last blog post.
With the Tourmalinated Quartz at the centre, this bracelet brings together different shades of green, floral and oriental silvers and just a touch of gold to create an elegant yet striking piece. Below are some close up photos along with a bead index at the end.
Trollbeads used (left to right): Dandelion, Canadian Jade, Nightingale, Cherry Blossom, Tourmalinated Quartz, Spiritual Adornment, Unique, Babylonian Nymph, Green Pastel Agate, Calendula of October.
In this Trollbeads blog post, I have put together a bracelet to mark ‘World Prematurity Day’.
November 17th 2014 is World Prematurity Day, where organisations around the globe join together to raise awareness of babies born too soon.
Purple is the colour used to represent Prematurity, and is the basis for this bracelet.
This year 15 million babies will be born prematurely around the world, 60,000 here in the UK. This is cause close to my heart as all of my four children were born prematurely, and I am currently expecting another baby that is also expected to be early.
The care and compassion given by neonatal nurses within Special Care Baby Units / Neonatal Intensive Care Units can never be underestimated. The ongoing work of charities such as Bliss and the medical research within this field is invaluable, and I myself have benefited from treatments.
In the centre of the bracelet is the new ‘Hope Facet’from this years Fall collection. For the tiniest of babies, ‘hope’ is all that the parents can do.
I have included the ‘Lavender Facet’and ‘Ruby Rock’, which are beads from the last two years Mother’s Day releases. ‘Chrysanthemum of November’marks World Prematurity Awareness month.
The silver hearts on the bracelet represent unconditional love, whilst ‘Angel Feathers’and ‘Heaven’s Garden’ are included as a reminder for those babies that sadly do not survive.
Finally, a little Troll ‘Fairy’ at each end of the bracelet is there to keep watch.
Other beads that I would have included if I had them would have been ‘Maternity’, ‘Paternity’, ‘Fatih Hope & Charity’ and ‘Shooting Stars’ (to make a wish upon). ‘Guardian Angel’with a ‘Hope Facet’ either side would have also made a fitting necklace.
This is just one reason why I love Trollbeads, you can wear your heart on your wrist! One bracelet can speak a thousand words!
Trollbeads used (from left to right): ‘Fairy‘, ‘Purple Flower Mosaic‘, ‘Calendula of October‘, ‘Amethyst‘, ‘Eternal Love‘, ‘Purple Rippling Bubbles‘, ‘Angel Feathers‘, ‘Hope Facet‘, ‘Chrysanthemum of November‘, ‘Lavender Facet‘, ‘Heaven’s Garden‘, ‘Third Eye‘ (Chakra), ‘Christmas Heart‘, ‘Ruby Rock‘, ‘Fairy‘.
This post brings some Trollbeads Halloween inspiration. I originally had my Halloween bracelet with opulent shades of red, purple and green, but decided to change it to something a bit more mystical. I was desperate to incorporate the ‘Hope Facet’from the recent Fall collection.
Here is what I came up with …
Trollbeads used from left to right: ‘Khaki Stripe’, ‘Eight Faces’, ‘Hope Facet’, ‘Pumpkin’, LE ‘Aurora’, ‘Sleeping Bat’, ‘Inner Glow’, ‘Angel & Devil’, ‘Black Mosaic’, LE ‘Trollbeads Day Bead 2014’, ‘Sahara Night Facet’.
The ‘Black Mosaic’ adds the perfect mystical quality to this bracelet, it really is a lovely bead. I also have the ‘Purple Mosaic’ but the bead that I have does not include areas of dichroic glass that are as pretty as in this black version, it really is a stunning example of this bead.
The ‘Trollbeads Day Bead 2014’works perfectly on any Halloween bracelet, and I love how this bead embraces the original Trollbeads quirky style.
This bracelet will be a staple piece to accessories my outfits over the next few days, of course along with my treasured Trollbeads ‘Skeleton Necklace’.
The inspiration behind this bracelet comes from my mind being occupied by ‘pink’ things at the minute.
I am a mum to four little boys and I am currently expecting my fifth baby, which is a little girl! Being a girly girl at heart, I am relishing in the chance to indulge in all things pink!
I was actually surprised that I don’t have that many pink beads, a lot of purples but not many pinks. So here is what I came up with …..
Trollbeads used (clockwise from top): ‘Sakura’ (from Kimono Kit), ‘Scirocco’, ‘Cherry Blossom’, ‘Faceted Rose Quartz’, ‘Eternal Love’, ‘Pink Prism’, ‘Pink Diamond Bead’, ‘Rose of June’, ‘Gold Silver Trace’, ‘Pink Prism’, ‘Christmas Heart’, ‘Engraved Romance’, ‘Chrysanthemum of November’, ‘Cozy’, ‘Desert Rose’, ‘Fairy’, ‘Stories of You Lock’.
Being limited on my number of pink beads, it actually encouraged me to mix a range of pink tones together, including rose pink, peach pink, baby pink and cerise pink. Floral and heart silvers continued the girly and feminine theme, the Pink Diamond Bead added some special sparkle. I am really pleased with the overall effect … though I will definitely be on the look out for some pretty pink uniques. I am forever on the look out for the beautiful ‘Rose Bud‘ which was released in 2002, but sadly as this left the collection in 2006 it is a bead which is very hard to come by now. One day I will find one though!