etsy finds | 6 GREAT PIECES OF SNAKE JUWELRY

6 great pieces of snake juwelry selection made by DANCERS ROAD

This months Dancers Road animal of the month is the snake; a beautiful, mysterious creature whose appearance inspires many artists, designers, craftsmen and women. Here are some of my favourite snake juwelry pieces found on Etsy*. I think these items all make wonderful Christmas presents!

You can shop them here: necklace left upper corner, black snake necklace, black and gold brooch, red double snake necklace, golden bracelet, red blue and gold brooch.

*Etsy is an online global platform on which you can find vintage and handmade items from small creative business owners that put great love and devotion in their work and sell products made of fair materials for fair prices. You can currently find my shops there under the name Dancers Road (vintage) and Saravi (handmade items). With the ‘Etsy Finds’ blogposts I aim to help more people discover the wonderfulness on Etsy and to promote small businesses and creative entrepreneurs (such as myself) from all over the world. Why not buy your holiday gifts at small businesses that will give you personal service instead of at the big multinationals?!

 

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FAUNA | ANIMAL OF THE MONTH NOVEMBER

One of my favourite blogs used to be Animalarium by Laura Ottina. This blog is fully dedicated to animal illustrations and featured with every blog post a different animal or a different animal theme. This wonderful blog still exists so you can still see all the beautiful and funny illustrations but unfortunately it’s not active anymore and no more posts are being made. Because I love and adore all animals (except maybe wasps and mosquitos) and because I miss the Animalarium posts I decided to make an ode to the Animalarium blog and to one georgeous animal every month.                                                                                                                                                    For this new series I proudly present to you the first Dancers Road animal of the month: the snake. A beautiful and mysterious animal that inspired so many artists from different times and places. This November you can expect a couple of posts where the snake plays a leading part, starting with this post with snake illustrations: enjoy!

illustration by Sleepy
illustration made by Sleepy
Olaf Hajeck
Olaf Hajeck
fresco from Pompeii
fresco from Pompeii

 

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PERSONAL | Making friends with the trees and my new camera

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

Last week my camera broke. He and I were having some problems and irritations for a few months, amongst others because he kept telling me his lens was not attached even though I knew it was. So we were not so close lately and it was no surprise but but still it was a sad moment. Especially because I knew I had to spend some of my savings on a new one, since I use my camera almost every day.

P.  was so sweet to accompany me on my quest for a new one and we went for some serious camera investigation to the store and online. Finally I decided it was going to be the Nikon D5200 with a 18-270 mm Tamron lens. A slightly better camera than my old one with a way better lens. And boy do I love that lens! It is great, it is sharp, fast and it makes a cute little mechanical noise when it zooms. I just love it. So it did not take me very long to become friends with my new camera and forget about the old one (sorry Nikon D5000).

Yesterday morning me and Noga went for an early morning walk in the forest and I shot these wonderful pictures of my friends the trees with my new friend mister Nikon D5200. The trees are changing their summer wardrobes for their more warm and fiery autumn ones and that transformation is as beautiful as always. There even were a few mushrooms already. In a quiet forest the changing of the season is an unwavering certainty in an unstable world.

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

making friends with the trees and my new camera - blogpost from Dancers Raod

 

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COLOUR INSPIRATION FROM THE BIRDS!

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

 It is a battle lost before started to try to imitate nature but getting inspired by it is a much more achievable goal. Maybe I say it to often but I LOVE vintage books and these beautiful colourful birds come from a book written by Don Harper in 1986. I like the color combinations  and I am already dreaming about making cushions in the colours the Pearl NeckAmandine (second photo) or painting my nails in the colours of the Chloebia gouldiae (sixth photo)! Were do you find your colour inspiration?

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

blogpost from DANCERS ROAD colour inspiration from the birds

AUSTRIA

Austria by Dancers Road

Last week me and P. were in Munich. We came for work but also took a little off to visit my absolute favourite place in the whole world: Austria and to be more specific; The Wilder Kaiser Mountains in the Kitzbüheler Alps.  I spend a lot of time in this area as a child and this place has great value to me so it was great to be able to show it to Paul.  We only had an afternoon but the sun was shining, everything was green and growing and the mountains were magnificent as always.

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Austria by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

 

DREAMING OF LONG SUMMER NIGHTS

collage by Dancers Road

picasso

This evening the sky turned Peach and the birds were up till late, making me long for more sweet sultry summernights to come…

Dancers Road

PRODUCTS & PHOTO CREDITS: Vintage bird brooch from PinkFoxFindings // Vintage flower brooch from MeyankeeGliterz // Vintage Palmtree brooch from finickyforager // Vintage earrings from Dancers Road // Painting by Pablo Picasso // all other potographs are mine, thank you.

FAVOURITE BOOKS #1 DINOTOPIA

dinotopia book at Dancers Road

It must have been in the summer of ’97 when I read Dinotopa for the first time. It’s only of important events in life you remember where you were when it happened. I was at the back of our garden, in the orchard where me and my sister both had our own hammock, hidden in the high grass, when I first opened the book of Dinotopia. I lend it at the library (one of my other hiding places at the time) and kept renewing it for months untill I eventually I had to give it back with pain in my heart. Needless to say I loved it. It was not just the story, the subject of Dinosaurs and the beautiful illustrations (by James Gurney) that got me. It was also the first time I became aware of the  possibility of creating something fictional but making it look scientifically real. I’ never had much interest in reality, so I easily became immersed in the Dinotopia fantasy world were people live in treehouses, or on boats, wear beautiful bohemian nomadic cloths and flowers in their hair and live peacefully together with giant dinosaurs. And although at the moment I enjoy my time here in the real world  I still go back often to Dinotopia. Last Christmas P. surprised me with this new edition of the book which made my heart jump as you can imagine and I wanted to share some of thes beautiful pictures with you. If you havn’t read Dinotopia yet, go find yourself a hammock and dream away! Or read it over and over again, like I do ;-}

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Dinotopia on Dancers Road

Read more about Dinotopia on the official website or visit the website of the author James Gurney.