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Post by SilverBells on Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:54 pm

@Cloverbead wrote:These are my first ever Trollbeads bought nearly 5 years ago in Denmark.  I was so thrilled with them and looked at the all the time on the holiday....they soon got new friends Smile


Really love those sage colour beads  I love you gorgeous  sunny 
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Post by SilverBells on Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:57 pm

@Pandabee(uk) wrote:This was mine, it took me over a year to collect enough beads for a full bracelet.....those were the days. I have also stopped taking photos of beads on my phone.


Love this Pandabee(uk)  flower there are some really lovely beads on there - mermaid was on my first bracelet too  sunny 
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Post by SilverBells on Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:00 pm

@Trollperle wrote:Your boyfriend has excellent taste, Stacecase Smile

Silverbells, thank you so much for sharing Brightonbelle´s and your beads Smile Your combos are gorgeous!

And I thought mostly elder ladies wear necklaces Wink Cats, your combo is beautiful, makes me work harder on my neck problems !  I love you 

@plumbun wrote:@ silverbells, awesome that you still keep your first combo together. it's very fun/fairtale "troll"

@bb, you have such a wonderful way of placing milans and mosaics in your bracelets; your combo here shows that off so well!

Thanks Trollperle and plumbun  I love you Hug 
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:46 pm



April 15, 2011 I had the successful conclusion of a project that was long, difficult, and filled with obstacles.  I needed to reward myself so, I went shopping Smile .  Although I was aware of Pandora from their huge billboard ads along the highway, I did not know of Trollbeads.   I wandered into a nice little dress shop in Madison, Wisconsin; they had TB; the shop gal loved her TB; the rest is history.  
I originally purchased Antique Flower, Small Berry, Blue Triple Pearl, Hydrangea, and Blue Petals on a bracelet with the Big Flower Lock and two stoppers.  (I should have known I was hooked because the very next week I drove one hour to go back to the shop and purchase the Amethyst and Lavender Stripe.)  I wore this bracelet every day and I was content for a couple of weeks.   If TB is an addiction, those first couple of weeks is sort of like the incubation period but after that, its a full-blown addiction.  Wink 

There were nine shops within a one hour drive which also helped feed the addiction for glass beads.  I did start ordering some silver beads online but after receiving seven beads or so, I felt I was being sold fakes so I stopped and patiently waited for the 3 get 1 promotions.    And now we don't have those promotions anymore but we do have the store closing sales...and so it goes.  Wink   

As you can see from this first bracelet, I tend to be monochromatic.  This site has broadened my horizons regarding TB combinations which is both  Twisted Evil and Evil or Very Mad .

I love seeing everyone's "firsts". Very Happy 
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Post by Fera on Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:28 pm

What a great start! Love your firsts Gail201
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:09 pm

[quote="Cloverbead"]These are my first ever Trollbeads   I was so thrilled with them and looked at them all the time.... Smile

I know what you mean.  I did the exact same thing with my first beads Very Happy
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:23 pm

@Fera wrote:The first Troll I bought was the Baby Dragon. He lived on my standard necklace. Smile
Then I bought my first bracelet, in April (I think) 2009... I ended up with around 300 beads 5 years later... I wonder how that happened... Shocked  Not all there

I know what you mean. Reconstructing my 1st TB for this thread and realizing that it has only been 3+ years for me....yikes Shocked 
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:32 pm

@Trollperle wrote:... I chose the lilac flower for my spirituality, the green one for my health, the Lucky Dragon for, well his name already says it (plus he is a dragon, need I say more  Laughing ), and Freya´s knot for my love of the old Norse and this goddess in particular. : 



Isn't it just the nice part of TB that we can determine the meanings of the beads for ourselves Question  We don't have to accept some artist's version of what a bead for "good health" or spirituality has to look like.

That Lucky Dragon is so darn charming.  Wink 
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:37 pm

@Brightonbelle wrote:

I can't show pics of my first beads because most of them have flown the nest. (Silverbells might still have some of them though.  Wink )  I bought them when I got a job after more than a year out of work.

I think this is the first pic that I took of a combo after hiding for quite a long while.  I called the bracelet ARCTIC CHILL.


BB, you do the prettiest combos in my fav color pallet.
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:41 pm

[quote="ceruleanbluebird"]This is my very first bracelet: a southwest theme.



CB, amazing vision for your 1st bracelet. (I could not have been that focused, as a newbie. My taste was all over the place.)
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:44 pm

@SilverBells wrote:This is my first bracelet which I still keep together - it has various silvers including mainly fairytale ones and the purple kit plus a couple of other production glass beads - at first I only had the silvers and no glass but it really came together with the purple glass and I still love it  sunny 


I love the many shades of purple, lavender, violet that TB has. So nice that you kept this together.
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:49 pm

@Catsworld wrote: 

I only meant to do a necklace, not a bracelet, ...within a few weeks I then had several bracelets...

Pretty necklace. Looks like it fits in well with your wardrobe.
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:53 pm

[quote="stacecase"]This was the first actual bracelet combo I took a photo of, roughly two weeks after I started collecting (sorry for the bad flash/overexposure  Embarassed ). As you can see, I didn't stay a TB purist for very long. My first non-Trollbead was the Unicorn, but if TB had had a unicorn, I would have bought it instead. It's very meaningful to me.  

Love the combo you created. IMO TB has really interesting beads in the brown tones.
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:58 pm

Plumbun,
You had a lot of insight early on if you stayed away from the glass beads for six months.  Exclamation  Love your first choices for silver.
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Post by Gail201 on Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:00 pm

Pandabee,
Love the rainbow effect I love you and the very good-looking Troll Baby.
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Post by natalyk on Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:17 am

Love your first bracelets Gail, Catsworld and Silverbells. Panda - you were so adventurous right from your first one Smile

My first bracelet was very monochromatic too - not adventurous in any way except maybe mixing brands and all OOAKs - sorry for the horrible picture quality - can't find a better one:


Interestingly, I have only a few beads from that silver brand now and only a few OOAKs. So my collection went another way from there.

And this was my first full bracelet not even 4 months later:
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Interestingly, I have only a few artisan glass beads, so this is still not a typical combo for me.

Fast forward a year later after that first one, which I haven't kept intact, I have 6 full bracelets, one that is missing only a couple of silvers and some assorted beads for the bangle and the FN.

Not sure what to think of my addiction now though, I am not feeling any immediate need to get any beads right now, and I feel as though I haven't purchased anything in a long time, although my credit card report says my last purchase was made about a month ago  Not all there That is not a long time, is it? And I only got 2 beads then...

I still wear a bracelet every time I head out of the house, but I am definitely not as excited about them. There are a few beads I love that I do not own, but I don't have time lately for bead play (I used to find it) and I don't want to start a whole new bracelet... I am even considering asking for vacation money (my pre-bead-addiction present of choice ) instead of bead money for my birthday and upcoming silver wedding anniversary...

Hmmm...

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Post by Gail201 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:13 am

@natalyk wrote:

...Not sure what to think of my addiction now though, I am not feeling any immediate need to get any beads right now, and I feel as though I haven't purchased anything in a long time,...




I am (sort of) right there with you.  I am not feeling it like I used to.  Don't know why.   The beads are beautiful, they allow me to be creative, they are unique.  I don't know what's up with me.
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Post by SilverBells on Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:06 am

@Gail201 wrote:
@natalyk wrote:

...Not sure what to think of my addiction now though, I am not feeling any immediate need to get any beads right now, and I feel as though I haven't purchased anything in a long time,...





I am (sort of) right there with you.  I am not feeling it like I used to.  Don't know why.   The beads are beautiful, they allow me to be creative, they are unique.  I don't know what's up with me.

Me too, and I feel a bit guilty for spending too much in the past - even on beads in the sale!  Sad 
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Re: How It All Began - Show your very first beads

Post by strike on Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:16 am

I started with Trollbeads around May 2010. For me, I had seen people list Trollbeads in some of the Pandora Facebook groups, but they had never really appealed to me. And then for some reason they started to.  Laughing  So I went online and found out that there was a small little shop only 15 or so minutes from me and took a trip. It was a tiny little display but I came home with an organic bubbles. I didn't even have a bracelet yet (although that was ordered a few days later).

The next closest stores (at the time) were an hour drive, so I made one or two trips to those but mostly bought online. My second bead was a dark leopard (although I didn't know the name when I bought it Laughing)



My first completed bracelet was my "woodland" bracelet, which took me about a year to complete, but which stayed together for quite a while, probably until about six months ago. It was where my organic bubbles lived. This is the last version, not the first  Wink 
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Post by Amanda Mac (Dot) on Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:45 am

Here are mine, July 2009:



Autumn/ Winter 2009:

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Post by Gail201 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:45 pm

Strike,
For your first bead the Organic Bubbles in the woodlands green colors was beautiful. Where I shop, that would have been an unusual color for the bead. Around here they came in a mix of blues and browns, sometimes with a touch of purple.
The woodland bracelet that you ultimately created was beautiful. Love the fern and gnome silvers on it.
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Post by Gail201 on Tue Jun 17, 2014 2:47 pm

Amanda,
You started off with a great pallet of colors. It must have been loads of fun choosing beads to add  Wink Wink Wink 
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Post by retiredk9racer on Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:45 pm

My first bracelet (it started with the swan lock, blue/green trace and two stoppers).  Within three days, it grew to this (pardon the horrible picture - that is two cameras ago and I have certainly learned something about focusing and lighting since then!):



Within a week, it looked like this:



And by the end of the month (I started collecting in June 2010), I had enough beads to make a patriotic bracelet for 4th of July:



And this combination:



It didn't help that a local shop decided to give up the line and offered me a tremendous deal for her inventory - thankfully her rep had allowed her to trade in some of her inventory towards more expensive beads that she wanted for herself so I could afford to take her up on her offer!
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Post by Trollperle on Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:01 pm

Ah, Pandabee, your first bracelet looks a bit like mine - lots of colour, ecclectic and just wonderful Smile

Cloverbead, those beads look really good together and I can feel the joy they must have brought you during your holiday. Holiday beads are one of my most favourite kind Smile

Ceruleanbird, your combo is very southwestern - it reminds me of our trip down from NY all the way to Texas and oneards to the west coast by car a „few“ years back. Wonderful vacation we had that year Smile

Gail, dear, I would not call that monochromatic, but excellent taste Smile While I started out wildly colourful with almost nothing matching and if, then by chance, I now appreciate those elegant combinations as much as I do the wild ones, and yours is truly lovely - wonderful way to reward yourself!

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Post by Cloverbead on Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:49 pm

Great first beads and bracelets Smile
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