Pandora Bella Bots

Don’t Robots bring back happy childhood memories? If you’re in your 30s, or younger, you’ve grown up with some pretty amazing robot technology. I’m almost 60, so the robot toys we had were mostly of the clock-work variety, a key in their back, or hip,( Barbie Doll legs didn’t bend when I was a child!). There were no hand-held game consoles until the late 1970’s. My dear younger brother, Michael, had one of the earliest, a “Merlin” electronic game and we, his much older siblings, were awed by it!

Robot toys were considered to be toys for boys, but not so much in my home. We older sisters loved to play with our brothers’ toys. My older brother, Vic, had the walking, beeping, sparking, eye-flashing early types of robot toys.

I collected miniature toys and dolls in my younger days and so, my joy in Pandora’s Bella Bots this Spring, is obvious.

I think it’s such a sweet and very collectible bead. It’s a fun piece for doll and toy collectors, as well as bead fanatics, and can be worn as a pendant if you don’t own a charm bracelet.

I thought one Bella Bot might be enough, but, I do more ” feeling” than “thinking”, and so, when the Pandora Rose Bots arrived in store, a couple of weeks after the Sterling Silver version, there was no doubt that a friend for the silver Bot was essential.

Bella’s head, arms and legs all move which is such an enchanting feature of this wee robot charm. Excuse this next photo for its poor quality, but it shows how she is constructed.

I am delighted with the knowledge that the “Bot” collection will grow very soon! The more friends the better. Robot, or A.I. driven interactive robot dogs are so much fun and so it seems likely that Pandora has one in the works. The Pandora Autumn collection will be released at the end of August.

Do you have a Bella Bot already? I’d be interested to hear how you feel about this endearing little Bot.

Pandora Summer Bracelets

Summers in Southern Ontario are hot and humid and wonderful.  I work as a manager of a Pandora Shop in Shop and truly love my job. I get to talk with amazing people every day who share some very personal and meaningful stories with me and I feel honoured to be part of those exchanges. I also get to play with beautiful jewellery and help customers to restyle and re-appreciate their collection of Pandora jewellery. I wear Pandora rings, earrings and necklaces and always, multiple bracelet at work each day. It’s easier for me to take photos of my bracelets than attempt to show my other jewellery in photos . If I were thirty years younger, I would attempt it!

For practical reasons, it helps me to show the different options of bracelets , and also ways to style them, but for personal reasons, it gives me so much pleasure to look upon them as I work. Summer brings out two impulses in me. I love brilliant, vibrant and intense colour combinations just as well as I love pale, cool and calm colours. Below is one of my favourite  vibrant combos which I posted on my Instagram account @sarinak23 

Another combo full of colours which I love is the next one.

Pandora’s Spring and Summer Collections for this year feature both bold and bright colours as well as pale and romantic colours.  The new Shimmer Murano glass beads are pale and lovely to gaze upon. The craftsmanship in these beads is exemplary. The middle bracelet from below is my absolute favourite.

Next is my favourite purple combination so far this summer, but there are many weeks to go….

The pale and summery stack below is soft, romantic and full of marvellously,  detailed  beads.

The Flamingo bead in the centre of this stack is another brilliantly designed and crafted piece of jewellery.

These last two summer stacks also show the beautiful details and shimmering quality of Pandora beads.

I am so fond of Pandora beads and truly enjoy styling them and sharing my enthusiasm for them with customers and my wonderful, engaging followers and those whom I follow on Instagram.  Do you have a favourite Pandora bead? Happy summer 2017 everyone!

New Pandora Bangle

Here is a quick look at the newly released Pandora Bangle. I am very excited to have one at last and it is all I hoped for, and more. In comparison to the Trollbeads Bangle, which I already own and love, I find my new Pandora Bangle to be equally comfortable and beautiful.

It has always irked me that I cannot wear Trollbeads on my Pandora bangles and bracelet, as well as other brands with smaller cores than Pandora, as I can wear Pandora beads on Trollbeads bracelets.

The little stoppers with silicone interiors are similar to Trollbeads stoppers, and they slide on and off in the same way. With Pandora’s design, there is a clever end cap which is easily removed with a gentle push upwards and slight twist to one side. As there is no need for threads on the ends, the tips are now small enough to style Trollbeads, Summersday beads and other brands on these Pandora bangles. 

@marthnickbeads asked me if the balls on the ends are comfortable on my wrist when resting on a surface, but, although I have only had one day to enjoy them, I have to say “yes”. The above photo also shows that the Trollbeads stoppers are almost twice as large as Pandora’s. Trollbeads stoppers do fit on the Pandora Bangle, but Pandora’s are too small to wear on the Trollbeads Bangle.

I have enjoyed interchanging different brands, Trollbeads, Pandora beads, Elfbeads, and Summersday beads on both bangles this evening.  For many years now, I have preferred wearing Pandora’s original Bangle with only one clip on it, secured in place with a silicone insert, or with just one bead and then one clip which matches the clasp, to hold the bead next to it. Now that look and feel which I enjoy, is much simpler and sleeker and I am delighted with the way it looks, with either one bead, or more.

I think it is so much fun to be able to mix more brands on different Bracelet options, making the combinations and stylings seemingly endless. Here are just a few I tried today. 

The new bangles are available in three  sizes and two styles. The one which I chose and is featured in this post, is the plain one which retails at $85.Cdn and the other has endcaps which have pavé-set clear cubic zirconias. They’re also very beautiful and retail at $140. Can. 

Let me know if you think you might add one to your collection, or if you have any questions about this new Pandora Bangle.

Passion for Purple and Green

My passion for the combination of greens and purples began in the sixties when my family moved to a new home and my Mum encouraged me to decorate my new room any way I chose, no restrictions. I chose a wallpaper which was brightly coloured purple tulips  with intense green leaves row upon relenting row, on a white background. I only had that bedroom for a couple of years, and seem to have always sought to recreate the spirit and vibrancy of that room ever since. This quest is easily captured in my choice of beads and combinations for my two Instagram accounts which are devoted to beads.

This photo is a blend of Pandora beads, Pandora Essence beads, Trollbeads and Elfbeads. 

Here are my favourite new Summersday purple flowers and purple ribbon bead with two of my favourite Trollbeads ‘Mosaic’ beads.

The photo above is from my IG account @sarainak23 and is predominately devoted to Pandora beads and bracelets. The two silver flower beads with chalcedony flowers are the first Pandora beads I bought many years ago, and the Purple Field of Flowers Murano glass is one of my most recent purchases.

The addition of blue crystal beads is a way to soften and change the look of greens and purples together, as is turquoise.

The above is another of my favourite stacks of late, and I especially love the new green and purple enamel Hearts of Pandora bangles.

Here is one final photo which celebrates this love of colour combinations.

In my choice of fabrics for sewing and quilting projects, paints and wallpapers for decorating, flowers for my potted plants inside and outside and, for a shameful amount of my bead and jewellery collection, purples and greens abound.

A Summersday Beads Love Story

In September of last last year I received a parcel from my dear IG friend, Nicole. I have been following her account @trolli_mutz  for a long time, and have always admired her brilliant, whimsical photos and beautiful beads. My fancy was particularly caught by her Summersday beads. The centre bead above is a Trollbead and the outside two are Summersday beads, my first two, which she sent me as gift. That is when my passion for Birgit Landgraf’s beads became a minor obsession.

Summersday beads are made by Birgit Landgraf in Germany, where Nicole also lives. She told me that she has been making beads for 11 years. Two years ago she left her job with an insurance company, to become a full-time bead maker. Shortly after she began a bead making class, she saw Trollbeads in a store and she “fell in love immediately”! She describes herself as “totally hooked on working with hot glass”. I have been obsessed with hand-made, lamp-wound beads for a long time myself, as a collector, and I have fallen in love with her work. I love flower beads, and Birgit’s are my favourites in my collection.

In the photo below, the three centre beads are Summerday. They seem to work perfectly with with these Pandora beads.

I now own 27 of her beautiful creations, and she is currently making a few more for me. Nicole has given me seven Summersday beads and has helped foster my love affair with Birgit’s  beads. I, like Nicole, (who has collected her beads for many years), am “hooked” on Summersday beads.

You can see her marvellous beads on her website SUMMERSDAY . I have scrolled through from her first post, to her most recent many, many times. If you are tempted to buy some for yourself, I suggest that you join her mailing list and get updates when new beads are added.

Above, left to right, the beads are an Elfbead “Blush Monroe”, Trollbeads “Seabed”, Pandora cerise Droplet, “Peachy Keen” Summersday, Elfbead “Wish Blush Pure”, “Indian Summer” Summersday, Pandora Droplet, Trollbeads “Sea Bed” and “Blush Monroe”, Elfbead.

I love Birgit’s choice of vibrant, intense use of coloured glass as well as her delicate and more subtle use of colour.

Above,  all but one are Birgit’s beads, (the top bead on the second strand from the left, is a Trollbeads “Aurora Flowers”)

I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my next Summersday beads beadmail, and thank Birgit and Nicole for having added so much excitement and beadlove to my life.

Beads on the Beach

I am so lucky to live only a 45 minute drive from this beautiful  beach on Lake Huron. I try to go once a week each summer to relax in blissful abandon. I used to just take a book, but this summer it’s beach, book and beads.

Here is a single Pandora bead, a Disney Ariel’s Colour Murano on the new Ice Blue leather bracelet. This combination really does mirror the lake on a sunny, summer day. I used the Olloclip to peak inside and it was amazing. It resembles the bubbling, churning, frothing waves!

The sand and pebbles make lovely backgrounds for bracelets with beads photos.

Yesterday was so hot, only the lightest combinations were comfortable. I love trying the Trollbeads Bee stoppers in any combination which will have them.

I always seem to put Muranos glass beads on every bracelet I wear , and just because I attempted this pretty combination of wonderful Pandora beads, does not mean I have lost my passion for them!

I had to create shade with my beach umbrella, which doesn’t make for great photos, but it was necessary.

Goodbye beach, until next week.

Soleil Beads

Recently I purchased a bead from Glass Artist, Hillary Campfield’s  from her website SoleilBeads. I ordered “Beach Flower”, on the left, because of its beautiful colour, and because I love flower beads, which I hoped would work well with my many coloured flower beads. The beautiful blue bead was a lovely surprise, as Hillary kindly added it to my order without charge. Imagine my excitement!

They are both much bigger than all of my beads but I am very happy with their beauty, colours and quality of craftsmanship. The colour of Beach Flower fits beautifully with many of my beads, which I had hoped, and it makes a wonderful focal bead. Above, it is framed by two Pandora Disney Tinkerbell beads and the gorgeous new Pandora Tropical Parrot. 

Today I went for a swim in Lake Huron, my favourite summer getaway on a day off work. See how perfectly the Blue bead fits with my Elfbeads Jungle Dunes. The sun was suitably blinding and thus the waves of heat coming from the sands have helped to make it appear like a mirage.

It is a rich, watery mix of blue and turquoise. I tried using both beads in various combinations on my Trolbeads bangle and my Pandora leather and silver bracelets with the following, lovely results.

I am very happy with these two spectacular beads and have been enjoying them, usually simply framed by similarly coloured glass beads, just so I can admire them unfettered.

Hillary posts new beads every Thursday  evening on her site, each one is unique and beautiful. I am now checking it regularly, waiting to find the next bead to add to my collection. I have to thank Martha and her beautiful IG account and blog post for featuring her own Soleil beads, which is what sent me hurrying over to Hillary Campfield’s site to make a purchase of my own.

Bead Frenzy

This beautifully beaded dragon is one of the many pieces for sale at BeadFX in Toronto. I was there yesterday after a lovely birthday lunch at a Thai restaurant in The Beach area of Toronto with my family. The lunch was in honour of my niece , Phoenix.  

The bead woven dragon is the work of an indigenous Mayan bead artist in Guatemalamala. To read about the company which imports them, you can go to their website  Tropic Options

My daughter and I love this store, it is definitely the best in our area for all bead supplies, really, all supplies, needles, silver clay, silver, gold wire, and every colour and make of beading thread imaginable.

There are dozens of panels throughout the store like this one! There are pearls, crystals , ceramic, semi-precious and glass beads from around the world. 

I foraged through baskets full of handmade lampwork beads by Toronto artists and came home with a couple of beauties.

I chose this tiny, beauteous treasure made by Carol Cooper, who happened to be working in the store that day!

It fits perfectly on my Pandora Essence bracelet. The dragon ceramic pendant will become a pendant on a necklace which my daughter is making as I write this. We always get carried away there, what we call our ” Bead Frenzy”, which many beaders can understand when  surrounded by millions of desireable beads, all in one enormous, wonderful store. The staff are very patient, and I am sure they’re used to people getting dizzy and flighty in their store.

On our way home we made a detour around a second traffic accident on the main highway and ended up in the amazing Trollbeads store in Brampton, Earthworks, which was also a very convenient excuse on my part!

I bought only one bead  there, Graceful Sky, and am very happy with it. It was a perfect day spent with family, my dear sister and niece and my daughter , who is my bead foraging companion. 

For a taste of Bead Frenzy…BeadFX