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Trollbeads: United Kingdom World Tour Collection
Welcome to the United Kingdom...
Today, it's is finally time for Trollbeads to take you on an inspiring tour of the four beautiful countries that form the United Kingdom. This collection is probably one of my favorites and will be sharing why this is as well as delve further into these charms.
Let the unique style of the traditional Kilt introduce you to the Celtic culture of Scotland and Northern Ireland, experience the Welsh tradition of carving Love Spoons for the one you adore and enjoy a taste of English afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter!
Watch as Trollbeads introduce the World Tour United Kingdom collection in this short film and answer this question, "Winding through a maze in the UK, a young girl is chasing something. What is it?":
Traditionally, this silver charm would conjur up images of proud bag pipers pipers and energetic Cèltic dances. The traditional kilt has been worn in Scotland and Ireland for generations to show the uniqueness of Celtic culture.
Trollbeads included the Celtic Kilt in the United Kingdom collection and I must say it is truly one of my favorites. My husband is 100% Irish and this one really does make me think of him and his family. At our wedding, my husband wanted to have a bag piper in traditional garb (kilt included) to play at the church. Well, my brother-in-law, is in the NYPD and knew someone who could do this and as the best man, graciously paid to have someone play the bag pipes before and after our mass outside the church. So, for me, this charm is a pleasant reminder of one of the best days of my life, our wedding day.
For centuries, young Welsh men used the long winter evenings to carve Love Spoons for their loved ones. Love Spoons symbolize a life of health and happiness. Give this bead to the one you hold dear to make your dreams come true.
This silver charm is another one of my favorites and this collection seems to have a few for me as stated earlier. I feel that Love Spoons is a symbol of true love and knowing all the years that it took for me to find my husband, my true love, I never take it for granted. When I saw this one, I knew immediately I must have it to remind me of my husband and the undying love we have for each other. It is also special to me, because this is the first one of the collection that I purchased, because of what I felt it meant personally to me.
English Tea Party
The Tea Party is a quintessentially English affair, which Lewis Carroll introduced to Alice, The Mad Hatter, The March Hare and The Dormouse with chaotic results! This little bead holds more than a story about tea time, so take a closer look at the details.
As a child, I read Alice in Wonderland from a book that was actually given to my mom as a child from her aunt. When I saw this charm, it reminded me of that time in my life and that book, which I still own and have in my personal library.
Also, I this silver charm has a duel meaning for me and reminds me of my husband's family, specifically his grandmother, who is no longer with us. When I first met my husband, he introduced me to her and we sat in her house and talked for hours drinking tea (her favorite drink), while she told me all sorts of stories from her youth. She was a lovely, wonderful woman and from that first meeting she became so special to me, almost like another grandmother. We lost her a week after my second child was born (almost 2 years ago), but I still think of her often and miss her dearly.
So as I said previously, for me this charm has a double meaning with the book I read as a child and my husband's grandmother.
All regions of the United Kingdom are represented in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack flag, which is a striking symbol of unity as well as diversity. You can find these colors on their flag or even on some of the buses that travel in their country.
This is the only glass charm in this collection, but it is truly a beauty and anyone who sees it most likely would think of the United Kingdom, knowing that these are the country's colors. I see this one and think of the Royal family and their fairy tale weddings, such as Princess Diana's wedding and the most recent royal wedding of her son, Prince William. Even though the royal family is not perfect and have had their fair share of scandals, they still are one of the most prestigious family in the world. Love or hate them, most still can't help but be curious and want to know more about them.
Concluding the United Kingdom...
It has been my absolute pleasure to tour the United Kingdom today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. Join us for the next hub, when we tour the next country in the Trollbeads World Tour.
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