Saturday 20 September 2014

Fabulous Friday vs Saturated Saturday

So who else has new collection news exhaustion?!

Bravo to all the "Hot Off the Press" Bloggers and Retailers alike as I was pretty much glued to my mobile and then my computer screen for most of yesterday... what a Friday!

Trollbeads Gold Love Art Collection and the People's Bead Winner "Perfect Balance"

Trollbeads Christmas Collection 2014

From Trollbeads we had the previews of the new Gold Love Art Collection, the announcement of the People's Bead Winner (Congrats Mirjam!) and previews of the Christmas Collection, all available to buy on the 1st, 10th and 17th October respectively.

Then came an unexpected preview of the new X by Trollbeads Christmas Collection entitled Glow X Amaze - available 5th November.  Initially when I read the title I thought there might be a glow in the dark link (my mind works in weird ways) but when I saw the new red Limited Edition links I got a little bit excited!  Black & Red, Red & Bronze, Silver & Red, Red & Silver & Bronze, oh my!!

X by Trollbeads Christmas 2014
Glow X Amaze

So, now, on Saturday, I'm sat with my coffee mulling over the choices... what on earth do I do next with my current budget - I am determined to try and make good my promise to myself to spend less on jewellery this year, as well as my "upgraded" New Year's Bead Resolution to have saved more than I spend on jewellery.  I am well on my way with the former and hoping to meet the latter with 3 months left ticking on the clock.

So back to the beads...  What are my top picks from the affordable?  I say affordable as whilst I am very taken with the Gold Love, Live and Forgive bead and the Silver and Gold dangle Lucky Love, these are way out of my league unless I have some unexpected dramatic change of fortune.

Trollbeads Gold Love, Live and Forgive and Silver and Gold Lucky Love Beads

X by Trollbeads Visible Path

There isn't a price point for Visible Path yet from the Christmas X release but I've not yet bought any of the X pendants and I'm assuming this one will also be unaffordable on my current budget.  I do see some X pendants in my future but not my immediate future!

Initial thoughts are again I favour a lot of the X links... I'm beginning to see a pattern here, not bad for a brand that are barely a year old!

X links Flash of Light and Single Lots of Love

Limited Edition Red Rubber X Links for Christmas!!

X double link Slide Ride and Bronze My Star

From the Trollbeads Christmas release I've been a lot more choosy, there aren't individual pictures of the glass yet and I know I don't want either of the two kits in full.  So they are very much a wait and see, and also a see in person for actual finish - I liked a lot of the glass last Christmas, but found the finished designs could be a lot less like their perfect stock photo examples.

Trollbeads Heart 4 You and Holly Bush

Trollbeads Snowballs

Just 3 of the silver, unusually for me I really like one of the heart offerings, definitely want to see the other side but from the "front" I do like this.  I'm also so glad to see Holly in silver, being a bit of a fan of Holly in a nice hedgerow!  Finally I've chosen Snowballs as a possible contender, I wasn't sure at first but the more I look at this bead the more it grows on me!

Finally the People's Bead was announced and again I like the simplicity of this glass bead, I'm not a fan of black and white beads normally, but I think this is nicely done and as long as the quality control is handled well I think it will work beautifully on a bangle for those of us who've never quite mastered those black and white combos!

People's Bead Winner 2014 - Perfect Balance from Mirjam Seling

Right I don't know about you folks but I need another cuppa and possibly a lie down after that little lot!

What do you think of the new previewed Collections?  Splurge or Save? 
How do you decide what to get first if your wishes exceed your budget?


  1. I also thought maybe there would be a glow in the dark rubber link! Am sure it would be possible - you can get lots of glowing rubber things that go in tents! Anyway.... I really like the Flash of Light and Bronze Star links. Hearts are not my thing (unless bought for me but that never happens!). Red really doesn't suit me but I'm glad they are bringing out more colours in the rubber links. The pendant is exciting but like you I think this is out of my budget. Unless I bought absolutely nothing else for several months but that just won't happen as too much on my list already!

    1. Yes I have multiple list issues too right now ;)

      I think I'm going to prioritise the red links once the X Christmas Collection is released, I'm hoping they might do another starter bracelet similar to what they did when the blue links appeared.

      I keep getting distracted by other projects too, so I have several on the go... time to sit down at the end of the month and to figure out a slightly more comprehensive plan I think!

      Mars xx

  2. I, too, was blown away by the releases! It was almost hard to keep up with them all :D

    After some reflection, I've added four or five silvers and X links to my "want" list, but I'm comfortable with letting them sit a bit lower on the list. Which is good, as there are still several releases by other brands that haven't been previewed yet! I think I need to wait a bit more to see what those are, and then figure out how to splurge on a few ;)

    1. Yes it's not over yet! I'd love to hear which ones you want to wait for, as always keen to know what I might be missing out on!

      I'm leaning towards the getting some projects finished, or nearer to finishing than going all out on new beads. Having said that I'm also starting with Elfbeads too, which are new to me, so still juggling - it will be really close to see how near my New Year's Bead Resolutions I get by the end of this year.

      Mars xx

  3. There are a few Faerybeads coming that are lovely, but since they are a bit more of a splurge they are really are a bit more of a "wish" than a reality. Mostly it's the Ohm Christmas release that had me intrigued since it looks like it will be a big one, :) But then when the Sugar Sleigh Ride was previewed today ... Oh. My. I think it may have usurped one of my planned October bead spots! It just seems like such a fun bead :D I did enter their contest to win the bead, so maybe I'll be lucky enough to win one and I can go back to my regularly scheduled October plans ;)

    And redbalifrog releases always seem to come out of nowhere so I am thinking they should be coming soon-ish. Since Amanda doesn't do previews, it is a bit harder to figure out where (or if) I need to fit them into my plans.

    I was hoping to get my camper bracelet a bit further along, but since we've decided to end the season on a high note with the trip that we just completed, I guess I can push some of those beads a little further out.

    1. Yep I loved the Ohm Sugar Sleigh Ride, masterpiece! I don't have a current use for it and trying to be rather strict (in a very loosely defined way) with my buys...

      Faerybeads are lovely, but mostly out of my price range, but I guess that's something to think about for next year - so far I've not bought many "big spend on 1 piece" nor will I ever at this rate. It's hard when I look at things like TB Shooting Star which I'd love, but then I think about how many beads I could buy for that... I guess as I make and break a lot I like the variety more.

      Will keep my fingers crossed for you in the contest, that way you could have both!

      Mars xx

  4. You could try to win the Sugar Sleigh Ride too? :) They've said today that there will be more than one winner ....


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