Taking a Little Inspiration from Nature – Trollbeads Winter Bracelet

This Trollbeads blog article takes a little inspiration from the world outside with a Trollbeads winter bracelet design and complimentary fantasy style necklace

I’ve made no secret of my absolute hatred for January. I find the month utterly dismal. Denmark is currently entombed in snow and far too much for my liking. This brings practical issues such as the roads being treacherous, my horses being stable bound, sky high heating bills in attempt to keep a two hundred year old house toasty warm and finally, the daily chore of trying to keep my pond from freezing solid. I do find the snow romantic and pretty when nothing actually needs to be achieve but unfortunately for most of us, day to day life can’t cease due to the weather.

While the end of January hails the launch of the Trollbeads spring 2013 collection, I’ve been working on a few winter themed bracelets to showcase here. While my garden is covered in snow, I decided to snap a few pictures and take inspiration directly from nature herself.

Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

The area immediately surrounding our house is littered with evergreen trees currently covered in show laden branches.

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While neither myself nor my fiance are gardening enthusiasts, our tulip tree is undoubtedly the pride and joy of our garden. Unfortunately but predictably it’s looking incredibly bare at present but in just a few short months it will be covered in glossy green leaves and perhaps, if we’re lucky, some beautiful pink tulips.

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I chose a selection of nature and winter themed silver beads with a colour scheme of dark greens and whites. The Trollbeads retired vine, otherwise known as old vine, takes centre stage.

Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

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Trollbeads Winter Bracelet

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I switched between two different locks, the Trollbeads tree lock and finally, my cherished tulip lock.

Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

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Finally, while the majority of the trees around my house are evergreen, in honour of those that aren’t I decided to make a complimentary fantasy necklace. The Trollbeads troll tree is one of my favourite pieces, despite the fact it appears here very rarely. Unfortunately I only have the one chain and while the amethyst stone doesn’t particularly match the colour scheme, it works for the sake of display purposes.

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Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

While winter and specifically snow offers annoying practicalities, it also has a raw, untamed beauty. Snow seems to envelop the world in a certain silence as if all other living things are collectively holding their breath.

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Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

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As it won’t be long until my blog takes a distinctly spring like theme in celebration of numerous new collections, it seemed appropriate to honour the current season. Green is quite out of my comfort zone. It’s not a colour that I wear much and with this in mind, not a colour I use a great deal in bracelets. I have another winter themed bracelet show case coming up before everything focuses on spring collections, with slightly more predictable colours. With this specific creation however, I wanted to try and capture a little of what my small corner of the world looks like at present.

To those suffering with heavy snow falls, stay warm and most of all, stay safe if you need to travel.

Trollbeads Winter Themed Bracelet

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Bead Index

What follows is an index of the beads used to create the bracelet featured in this article.

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Comments
  1. lu

    Hi Victoria, I love your tulip lock!!!!!!!!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi :)

      Thank you! It’s one of my favourite pieces :)

      It doesn’t feel the season for floral locks but it reminds me of my tree when it’s actually got some leaves and flowers! ;)

      I hope you’re enjoying your weekend :)

      /hugs
      Victoria

  2. Tracy

    Love your take on the winter bracelet! I’ve just started my winter bracelet and had wondered whether the RBF white coral was white or more ivory, so I was happy to see it on your bracelet!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Tracy :)

      They are indeed white. The only thing I would say is as they are a natural material, they’re matte and slightly porous so they can pick up dirt. A quick wipe over with a damp cloth returns the to their white state though :D

      And also for anyone interested in where the coral is sourced – it’s the dead bits that wash up on the shore. I had a huge conversation with Amanda regarding this some time ago as I was concerned as to how it was sourced :)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  3. Debbie

    Hi Victoria,

    Oh your poor fish :-( Brrrrrr!

    I love the trolltree – thanks for showcasing it. I am not really a necklace person so probably won’t endulge in him, but he is lovely :-)

    Your locks are beautiful, particularly the tulip lock, and it seems to me that the current Troll locks are not quite as nice as the older ones. I known companies need to move on with their designs but in my opinion the older charms and locks really do encapsulate the best of Trollbeads.

    Thanks for this post, very apt given that I am currently snowed in :-( Of course not as much snow here as you have in Denmark, but you know the UK – a couple of snow flurries and everything grinds to a halt!

    Best wishes,
    Debbie

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi Debbie :)

      Pain in the backside with the fish pond!

      Hopefully they’re asleep at the very bottom and I keep pushing gallons and gallons of hot water through the pump to keep it from freezing too deep. The sooner it warms up just a tad the better for me :(

      I’m glad that you like the Tulip Lock – I’d find it very difficult to choose an absolute favourite Trollbeads lock but this is very high up the list. You’re correct about the locks I think. Both the anniversary Troll Lock and then the Tulip lock are quite substantial designs. The Troll Lock is, of course, quintessentially Trollbeads. Recently I’ve felt like the locks have taken a back seat to the beads. I could be entirely wrong but that’s how it’s felt to me as a collector. Fortunately I love the Redbalifrog locks and now the Novobead clasps too and I think this is precisely one of the advantages of indulging in multiple brands ;)

      I have heard that the UK is suffering slightly and yes, I understand how it is over there ;) Here most people have winter tyres and even part of the driving license requires learning to drive in these conditions. I never had that when I learned back in the UK! I find the snow beautiful and romantic and all of that (just like many people do) but it becomes a hassle when it’s so heavy and been on the ground for weeks :( Roll on spring I say! Right now, I’d even settle for grey and miserable if it didn’t involve snow!

      Stay warm over there and if you do have to venture out, please stay safe :)

      Victoria

  4. Jennifer

    Hi Victoria – very pretty bracelet. I like green, so I am fond of green bracelets! And I see the Ohm owl peeking out too. :) Your home sounds lovely, and I like how you have tied the meaning into your bracelet. I am starting to not enjoy the months of January/February very much myself. I used to enjoy the cold and snow, but every year I enjoy it less…our forecast for Tuesday is a high of -6 C (20 F) and a low of -14 C (6 F) and we still have snow on the ground. I plan to be huddled up with several warm cats!

    • endangeredtrolls

      Horrid isn’t it!

      I’ve had quite severe knee and ankle injuries in the past (both riding accidents) and my joints ache so badly in this cold :( My poor horse is suffering also – I keep wishing I could bring him inside :(

      It sounds like your temperatures are mimicking ours (or vice versa ;)) and I’m tired of it now :(

      I shall endeavour to publish lots of articles to keep you entertained!

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

  5. Helenka

    Hi Victoria,
    I have been following all the wonderful articles and wanted to tell you, when you display your bracelets I Love that you mix them up….This is a beautiful bracelet.

    • endangeredtrolls

      Hi :)

      How kind of you to take the time to comment :)

      I’m really glad that you like my bracelets. I don’t generally wear green but it reflects how my garden looks at the moment :)

      I hope you’re having a good weekend :)

      Kind Regards
      Victoria

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