Friday, 14 June 2019

Dragonflies


I've always loved dragonflies. Their delicate looking bodies and wings, yet I often see them balancing against strong winds like acrobats. I realized that although I love taking pictures of them I literally have no knowledge about them so thought it would be fun to look up some facts and share them with you along with a few of my favorite photos I've taken of them.


There are over 5,000 species of dragonflies.

Dragonflies have 6 legs, a thorax, a head, and an abdomen. The abdomen is long and segmented. Despite having 6 legs, the dragonfly doesn't walk very well. It is a great flyer, however. Dragonflies can hover in one place, fly extremely fast, and even fly backwards. They are some of the fastest flying insects in the world reaching speeds of over 30 miles per hour (source).


One of the best things about dragonflies is that they like to eat mosquitoes and gnats. They are carnivores and eat all types of other insects too including cicadas, flies, and even other smaller dragonflies.
To catch their prey, dragonflies create a basket with their legs. They then swoop in capturing their prey with their legs and biting it to hold it in place. They will often eat what they have caught while they are still flying (source).


They have been around for 300 million years. Prehistoric dragonflies were much larger and could have a wingspan of 2 ½ feet (75 cm)!!

At the shortest, the life cycle of a dragonfly from egg to the death of the adult is about six months. There are even dragonflies that live for several years as aquatic larvae before they emerge and live for a few months as adults. Most dragonflies don't die of old age but are caught by predators.  Even if they do survive, they still don't live much longer than a few months.
A surprising and interesting fact about the dragonfly is that they will spend only a very short part of their life span as actual adult dragonflies. They will live as nymphs (aquatic larvae) for up to four years, molting their skin between 8 to 17 times depending on the species, and finally, when they mature into adults, they can only live for a few months.


Quite a few things I did not know, how amazing each aspect of nature is! I love the beautiful creatures we get to see around here!


Dragonflies are insects that belong to the order of Odonata. ... According to the myth, after St. George wounded the dragon, his horse was cursed by the devil and became a giant flying insect. That's why in the Romanian language the word dragonfly translates into Devil's Horse (source).

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Newly Listed: Cowry Shell Earrings


Cowry Shell Earrings, Sterling Silver Cowrie Seashell Jewelry by StaroftheEast
Bubbles Black & White Photography Print Art Modern Minimalist Fine Art Photography by CarolynCochrane
Black and White Photography, jellyfish home decor, ocean animal print wall art  by LynnLangmade
Shell Photography, Beach Photograph, Sea Life Photo, Minimalist, Black & White Print by BLintonPhotography

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Art Deco Pedestal Table Make over


This adorable Art Deco pedestal table has been waiting for some TLC for 3 years!


It had a lot of damage, most of the wood veneer was damaged or peeled off. We could have replaced it but we wanted to give it a new look instead.


After lots of sanding, filling, varnishing and more sanding it was all smooth and fixed. The feet all needed to be reglued as it was dancing like a drunken sailor.


After all the fixing the fun part could begin.
I painted it entirely cream.


But the top got only a border as I wanted to keep the lovely Art Deco design on the top and also still some of its original wooden look.


Then I went stencil crazy and gave it all kind of checkered details.


With some adorable vintage leaf transfers and some hints of green and pink this pedestal table is all fresh with a romantic vintage flair.


The checkered details remind me of old palaces with their marbled floors, like this one in Warsaw.




I'm in love with the unexpected combination of patterns and colors and am happy it finally gets the chance for a new life.


Or it would be like having a piece of Rome in your home :)



It is, of course, one of a kind and available at StarHomeStudio.


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Some Home Renovations


If you have been following our blog for a while you might remember this shed. It had a new door and path a few years ago. With the thought that I would also organize the inside a bit I took an inside photo back then but never got to the organizing.


This shed holds our warm water boiler, washer, dryer, lawn mower, a toilet, garden tools, and general tools. A tiny place with lots of stuff. On top of that, the shed is not a straight rectangle but instead, polygon shaped, hence why the washer and dryer were so oddly placed. I actually thought it wouldn't fit side by side or if it did we would lose a lot of space as we can't put them all the way against the back wall but during one sleepless night I thought about something and the next morning I measured it up and turned out my plan was doable.


While the washer was almost against the toilet before, now there is plenty of space between those two things to easily open and use the washer.


It was a simple solution. I measured the odd space and had a white MDF cut in shape, this gave a large table space for detergents and sorting laundry, the lost space in the back was not such a loss because of that. Besides the general space got much larger so we actually won space.


Mum also wanted a faucet there, so I dug up this sink we had at the attic (given to us ages ago), I bought brackets for it, and I took the old faucet from our kitchen (we wanted new ones in the kitchen for ages anyway so that got done in the procress as well). As I did all the plumbing work etc it hardly costed a thing.


When the floor got so open the ugly gray floor bothered me so I painted it teal for some fresh color. And even though we added a sink the space is still bigger then it was before with all the same stuff in it. It is still a weird mixture of stuff but it is a handy space which we use all the time.


The shelves I also completely reorganized before there was all kind of bags, boxes and old drawers, just when I started this project I found these crates at the curb, which were perfect! Total cost for this entire makeover was 48$ (paint, MDF, plumbing tools, new trash bin to fit the space at the left and brackets to hang the sink), the value for us; a million bucks :D


And it seems renovations are contagious as I decided to also tackle our entry stairs, which you can also see here when I did some other TLC in this area.


There are some small finishing touches to do but it is a much cleaner and fresher entry now :)


DIY in your home is so satisfying when you see the before and after, a house is like a living thing, it constantly needs work and attention :D

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Newly Listed: Asymmetrical Pottery Earrings


Asymmetrical Pottery Earrings with Pearls Blue Beach Pottery Sea Tumbled Pottery by StaroftheEast
Botanical photography leaves woodland dark spring, Maidenhead fern by GinetteBrosseau
Abstract Water Photography, Deep Blue Sea Print, Home Decor, Ocean Art Print by Bright35
Jellyfishes, taken by me at the San Francisco Aquarium.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Newly Listed: Sea Urchin Lamp


Sea Urchin Lamp, Nautical Lighting, Table lamp, Sea Art Sculpture, Beach Cottage, Mermaid light by StarHomeStudio
Pelican Beach Art Print, Vintage Pink Orange Peach Tree Wall Art Home Decor Photograph by SevenElevenStudios
She made a wish in weeping rain by GordanaPhoto
Cannon beach print, Haystack rock print, Oregon photo, sunset print, Haystack canvas by AngieMcCullagh

Monday, 20 May 2019

Goodbye Simon :(


Today we had to let go of our sweet, sweet Simon. The sweetest, friendliest dog we ever had. He was with us for more than 15 years, he came when he already was an adult, and it was instant love. He was always cheerful, sweet and gentle to both people and all the other doggies we have and had throughout the years. We will miss him terribly.


For the past 2 months he has been having seizures from time to time, but the past 2 days he had 5 and was clearly suffering. He had already been on Rimadyl for the past 15 months to manage arthritis. It pained both him and us to keep him around so we had to put him to sleep today to let him go peacefully, he now is resting between trees, flowers and butterflies in the mountain close to our home next to more fur babies we lost in the past. Even with the amount of dogs we have they all have their own place in our hearts, Simon's place is big and impossible to fill. Words can not describe how special he was and how much we love him, our home is not the same without him :(


Friday, 17 May 2019

Newly Listed: Dragon Leather Bag


Dragon Leather Bag, Leather Scales Bag made with Vintage Findings, Scales Leather Bag by StarBags
Dragon Painting, Dragon Art, Fantasy Art, Fantasy Painting, Watercolor Painting, Art Print by TheColorfulCatStudio
Gray Day, fine art photograph, abstract, landscape, forest, modern art, wall art by GBebsPhotographs
Muted Minimalist Ocean Photography, Fine Art, Waves Landscape Photography Print Nautical by EyePoetryPhotography

Monday, 13 May 2019

Vampires and Napkinholders


I caught a nasty flu/ throat infection at my dentist, so while being sick I decided to finally watch True Blood which I only had watched a few episodes a few years ago.
It has pretty gruesome scenes (vampires often do that) and sex scenes, so not everyone's cup of tea. The last thing you expect in such a series is a crochet napkin holder.


The exact same kind we have in our shop! It is from the 1970's and I guess they were selling the frames and people crochet them according to patterns as I found a few during a Google search but none are exactly the same.


But here it is, Sookie Stackhouse sitting at her kitchen table, which was her Grandmother's kitchen (the same place where she was brutally killed btw) with a crochet napkin holder. It gave me quite a laugh.


So if you would like to 'Get the Look' of the True Blood kitchen, you can find our napkin holder at StarHomeStudio :)))

Sunday, 12 May 2019

A Love Letter to a Mum



Aziz Nesin, born Mehmet Nusret, (20 December 1915 – 6 July 1995) was a Turkish writer, humorist and the author of more than 100 books. Born in a time when Turks did not have official surnames, he had to adopt one after the Surname Law of 1934 was passed. He chose the surname "Nesin". In Turkish, Nesin? means, What are you?
After serving as a career officer for several years, he became the editor of a series of satirical periodicals with a socialist slant. He was jailed several times and placed under surveillance by the National Security Service for his political views.
Here below is a poem he wrote about his mother, which touched me deeply, below you'll find the translation, his mother lived mostly before the Turkish republic was established, during the Ottoman Empire. (source: wikipedia)

Happy Mother's day to all good mothers out there!


ANNEMİN ANISINA


Bütün anneler annelerin en güzeli,
Sen, en güzellerin güzeli.
Onüçünde evlendin,
Onbeşinde beni doğurdun,
Yirmialtı yaşındaydın,
Yaşamadan öldün.
Sevgi taşan bu yüreği sana borçluyum.
Bir resmin bile yok bende,
Fotoğraf çektirmek günahtı.
Ne sinema seyrettin, ne tiyatro.
Elektrik, havagazı, su, soba
Ve karyola bile yoktu evinde.
Denize giremedin,
Okuma yazma bilmedin.
Güzel gözlerin,
Kara peçenin arkasından baktı dünyaya.
Yirmialtı yaşındayken
Yaşamadan öldün.
Anneler artık yaşamadan ölmeyecek,
Böyle gelmiş,
Ama böyle gitmeyecek.


1965, "Taşkent - Moskova Yolu. Uçakta" -
Aziz Nesin


IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER


Of all the mothers, you are the very best,
You, the prettiest of the pretty.

Married at thirteen,
Gave birth to me at fifteen,
You were twenty-six,
When died without living.

I owe you this loving heart.

I don't even have your photograph,
It was a sin, having photographs taken.
You saw movies nor theater.
You had at home no electricity, no water, gas or stove,
Not even a bed you had.

You didn't see the sea,
You could not read or write.
Your beautiful eyes,
Watched the world from behind the black veil.

Twenty-six years old,
You died without living.

Mothers will not die without living anymore,
It was like that,
But it won't be like that.


1965, Tashkent - Moscow flight.
Aziz Nesin