FILM | TOAST

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

Yesterday I watched the film ‘Toast, a story of a boy’s hunger’, about the childhood of Nigel Slater (English food journalist and TV personality). Nigel grows up in Wolverhampton in the 1960’s, with his mother who can’t cook but who he adores and his chilly father. His mother dies of asthma quite early in the film and his father remarries their cleaninglady who is an amazing cook but not a very warm person. The stepmother is  played by Helena Bonham Carter and Nigel competes with her for his fathers attention using food, the whole film by.  I’m a great fan of Helena Bonham Carter and if this movie would have been about fixing cars then I still would have watched because she is in it. But this movie isn’t about fixing cars, it’s about a bittersweet story of becoming who you are and doing what you love.  Another great reason to watch this film besides Helena Bonham Carter and the story are the ‘vintage’ sceneries and costumes especially the over the top floral dresses the stephmother wears. The story is a little sad but it ends well (for some characters ;).

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

film tip | toast a story of a boys hunger

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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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ETSY FINDS | ABSTRACT SCULPTURES

ETSY FINDS | ABSTRACT SCULPTURES | selection made by Dancers Road

These gorgeous sculptures vary in material from marble to wood and in price from only 42 euros to 335 euro and I could absolutely picture all of these on my desk or on the desk of someone I love. They are great gifts and with Christmas coming closer, really worth taking a look at. I all found them on Etsy!

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?!

From left to right, you can find these sculptures here: white sculpture on wood, wooden sculpture, black marble sculpture, stone and gold sculpture, stone sculpture, beige stone sculpture, black and copper sculpture, white marble sculpture.

 

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TRAVELLING | PARIS JE T’AIME

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris is beautiful in any season at any time; autumn or spring, day or night. Paul and me spent the last three days of our autumn holiday in this ever magnificent city. My feet are still hurting from all the walking we did but the weather was too beautiful and the autumn shades were too  enchanting to spend too much time underground so we walked a lot. We visited the Centre Pompidou (interesting retrospective of Wilfredo Lam), Palais du Tokio, Montmartre, the Sacre Coeur, foundation Espace (nice exhibition about artificial climates), foundation Gartier (great exhibition with artists from Congo) and lots of cafes and restaurants. I’m afraid I gained a few pounds from all the good food I have been enjoying. I came back yesterday quite late and I must say; Paris I miss you already. I also miss Paul a lot because he had to stay in France for work :-[.

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

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Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

Paris je t'aime blogpost by Dancers Road

 

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DANCERS ROAD | WHAT’S NEW?!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

When it takes me a while to list items in the Dancers Road Etsy shop I know I did some great findings. Because if I don’t list the items fast it usually means I would rather keep them for myself then sell them ;-]. One of the reasons I started my shop was to be able to hunt for vintage treasuries, which is one of my greatest passions, without my house starting to look like a warehouse. So keeping things is not an option, unless I get rid of something else and things I got already attached to are an even bigger problem for me to sell…

This week I listed quite a few new items and I must say; there are some diamants, figuratively speaking ;-] among them. Today, while it was raining outside I took some time to arrange them and take some photos. I always love displaying them like this.

My new favourite is the old camel figurine and the handmade carved wooden Reuge Music Box, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found that one and saw the brands sign. Reuge is an old brand from Swiss that makes music boxes since the beginning of the 19th century. I love their collection and this is a great piece.

You can already find most of these items in the shop and the rest will follow soon. If you would like to reserve something or make a pre-order feel free to send me a message!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

 

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

new vintge items in the Dancers Road shop!

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ETSY FINDS | GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR MEN

Great gift ideas for men by Dancers Road

Last Wednesday it was Pauls birthday, YAY! We celebrated with pie in the afternoon and tapas in the evening. If you’re ever in Rotterdam and in the mood for tapas remember to go to La Cazuela. A lovely authentic Spanish restaurant with a great ambiance, close to Central Station, we had a wonderful evening there and the food was amazing.

It always takes me some time to think of a nice gift for a man… even my own man. But this years gifts were quite a success. I gave him a handmade personalized wallet I bought at Jemariku on Etsy. Etsy is great for buying personal and personalized gifts. The wallet is beautiful and you can personalize it with letters on the front and a cute little sentence on the inside. I choose our initials ‘PS’ on the outside and the sentence ‘Hey big spender, I love you!’ on the inside. But it can also be the guys favourite quote or any other short text. I also gave him the book Greek Myths by Imme Dros’ which he loved and a trip to the museum for airplanes. To add a little fun to it all I hid a scratch card in the wallet to use his birthday luck for a little gambling.

All products on the photo, exept for the book and the scratch ticket  come from Etsy and you can buy them here: Vintage Bionoculars, Vintage Harmonica, Vintage Sweaters, Vintage leather backpack, Vintage Army Backpack, Vintage Hat, Handmade leather wallet, handmade dog softie, handmade soft monster.

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FLORA | Plants & Flowers

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

What fun I had creating this Blogpost for this months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme ‘Plants & Flowers’! It gave me the perfect excuse to buy myself some pretty flowers and show of my collection of West Germany vases. And, let’s be honest; to rid the vases of dust because collecting those vases is one thing but keeping them dust free is another thing ;-]. It resulted in this very colourful photoshoot of my livingroom with my plants, the flowers and Noga sleeping in the corner. What do you think?!  I can’t wait to check out the other contributors!

Urban Jungle Bloggers is a Monthly series hosted by two bloggers: Igor from Happy Interior Blog and Judith from Joelix.com. Every month they come up with a  fun theme around ‘Urban Green’ in order to bring more green into homes and blogs. Every green loving blogger can join in. You can check the posts from other Urban Jungle bloggers here.

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

contrabution from Dancers Road for Urban Jungle Bloggers theme Blooms'n'Green

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