Something I haven't talked about so far is my latest tattoo, I have waited for some time to be able to book with the legendary Angelique Houtkamp of Salon Serpent and finally I managed to see her. I will be revealing the tattoo when it's healed over on Instagram, alongside my new wood watch.
Angelique sells her artwork, limited edition prints like this below of wolf girl. I bought these two plants in Wildernis which is just along the road from Salon Serpent. I find the spotted one really fascinating, it looks like someone has painted the spots on!
We can't talk about plants without talking about planters and pots, this for me is all part of the fun, finding the right pot for the plant, allowing enough space for it to grow and allowing it fit with the decor. This year's story for plant pots is natural baskets, seagrass, wicker and woven. The above two came from a man on a street market (Lindengracht on saturdays).
|this is the orange tree blossom from a mini tree I have in my house, the smell is absolutely amazing|
The good people at Urban Jungle Bloggers have also found some great colouring illustrations for us this month, I only had a small set of coloured pencils which came out of a Christmas cracker, so my palette was somewhat limited! Still it was pretty relaxing to do even so. Also in the photo above you can see one of the little mother of pearl spoons I bought in Zenza.
These two hands came from de Weldaad which I featured in the last post. The victorian tile is actually English, I intended to buy some antique Delft Tiles, even beaten or battered ones just as a souvenir, but boy were they expensive!! The tile above came from a man specialising in tiles, mostly Delft, on Noordmarkt and his prices were much better than in any shops. It seems that the cheapest you can find old Delft tiles for is around 20 Euros, but frequently they are up to 60 Euros and more, so you would need to be a pretty serious collector to buy these. I stuck with the English one because it has the same colour tones as those set into my new cupboard.
This is the old Indigo scarf with tassles I bought on Noordmarkt from Stern Africa. It feels like a light denim and the tassles are a status symbol for men in certain parts of Africa. Birgit really knows her stuff and can give you so much information about the things you buy from her. This type of cloth is from the Mossi people of Berkina Fasso, it is thin strips of fabric sewn together to form a whole cloth and then Indigo dyed. The prices from Birgit are about a third of what you will pay elsewhere, so well worth finding her.
Have a lovely week everyone while we are getting ready for some time off over Easter. J x