Thursday, 20 October 2016

Caretta Caretta

Not far from our town is a smaller town in an amazing bay called Dalyan.

Yesterday I made a necklace inspired by this place. Beside its obvious beauty it is especially know for being the beach where every Summer about 2000 Loggerhead Sea turtles (Caretta caretta) lay their eggs. The hatching of the eggs is a big attraction and there are many volunteers to keep the beaches safe for them but also to check for wounded turtles.

I made the necklace with large pieces of Variscite stone resembling the bay, and a vintage sterling silver sea turtle with moving petals and feet.

There is a sea turtle research, rescue and rehabilitation center where people from all over the world come to volunteer passionately, their website is DeKamer (in English).

I'm very happy how the necklace turned out, it really feels like a piece of home for me :)

Dalyan has also huge and ancient grave tombs carved out in the mountains and is about an hour drive from us, the entire Mediterranean coast is full with amazing bays and beaches with loads of history too.

The necklace is available at Star of the East, and if you ever decide to visit, let us know :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Newly Listed: Soft Knitted Skirt

Soft Knitted Skirt Hand Knitted Cozy Winter Rainbow skirt Clothing size medium by StarsWear
Shabby Chic Photography Pastel Hydrangea Flower in Romantic Ivory and Violet by TreetopPhotoShop
Dreamy Clouds Sky, Spring Summer Nature Photography, Wall Art, Home Decor Fine Art Print by DebiBishop
Nature Print, Purple Wall Decor, Heather Photography Print, Botanical Print, Home Decor by AgaFarrell

Monday, 17 October 2016

Kilim Love Vol. 2

Another Kilim wave today, I love how the texture and colors of these beauties makes everything so much more special!
This bag is another doctor's bag but much larger than the one we sold, it can be used as a weekender, won't that make your trip stylish?

The leather is upcycled too, eco friendly till we drop ;) And is available at StarBags.

This Kilim is in good state and too pretty to cut up! It can be used as rug, as a big cover for a large cushion or can be used in less classic ways like hanging above your bed...

It is available at StarHomeStudio, among other vintage beauties.

Our kilim above could also be used like they did on Gravity Homes, as an accent on bed. (p.s. our rug is dry cleaned ;)).

And a little furniture project in between. This super rustic wooden stool, it never has been glamarous but was in very sad state when we got our hands on it.

After some crazy paint work, no sanding to keep the rustic, aged appeal in tact, and varnishing.

And building a bigger seat which also made is stable...

Filling with foam and batting.

Last finishing touches, with nails and brass bead caps, you never know when you might need some good jewelry supply stash :)

And tadaaa! A super bohemian / rustic and yes finally a bit glamorous little pouf/ stool.

The top is also handwoven, all vintage materials, brought back together, re-used, so very satisfying :)

The ottoman is also available in our StarHomeStudio, among other one of a kind furniture.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Newly Listed: Sterling Silver Aquamarine Necklace

Sterling Silver Aquamarine Necklace, Art Nouveau style, Leaves of Nature by StaroftheEast
Skyline Landscape Photography, Aqua Sky Photo, White Clouds, Trees by TreetopPhotoShop
Beach house photography, art photo print, ocean, wall home decor,  Florida picture by MFphotoart
Ocean Photography, Wall Art, Beach Landscape, Seascape, Art Print, Wall Decor by ColorPopPhotoShop

Monday, 10 October 2016

Our Creative Space and a New Family Member

These pictures are actually from a while back but I forgot to blog them :)
Here is mum knitting this top we have in the shop.

Instead of knitting the black and white together (and seeing them through making it grey-ish), mum came with the genius idea of knitting with a gazillion yarn balls, making her crazy in the progress...

Well she did finish it eventually but she had to un-knot the mess every few rows, it was madness really and took ages :)

Aaaand we have a new adopted family member, just when we got to 9 doggies we are back at double digits... she is crazy and seems to be already the head of the pack, she has an attitude but is also very sweet. Her name is Truusje, something very Dutch, but she got the nickname of 'crazy melon' because of her crazy movements and round belly :)

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Newly Listed: Cascade Skirt

Cascade Skirt Cascading High and Low skirt Preloved Patchwork Quilt fabric Clothing size small medium by StarsWear
Hot Air Balloons Photography, Fine Art Whimsical Dreamy Sky Pastel Landscape Print by WildWildernessPhotos
Large Sea wall art, water landscape photography, ocean wave art print, pastel nautical decor by RivuletPhotography
Hydrangea Floral Photograph, Ethereal, Pastel, Romantic, Flower photograph, Wall decor by hellotwiggs

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Revived Memories

We already finished another armchair! This one went pretty fast compared to many others, mainly as it only has little feet to sand and varnish, no paint work, which was nice for a change :)

The brass feet went in the tumbler for a nice cleaning, the wood was sanded and varnished. The chair came from a friend who ripped off the old upholstery and filling planning to upholster it himself but he eventually found that the chair was not his style and gave it to me :) It was nice that the old work was already removed, the less work for me, but hence the reason that there is no real 'before' picture.

With mostly vintage embroidery and the remaining part some deep red velvet it has a very dramatic atmosphere :)

Super happy how it turned out! You should see mum and me looking through dozens of embroideries to find the perfect ones, it is like a woman going to a first date and not knowing what to wear!

The chair is among other one of a kind furniture pieces available at StarHomeStudio.

Another special piece I recently listed is this dollhouse.
Made in 1905 by the owner of the actual building for his son! The original building was shortly afterwards replaced by a bigger one unfortunately so no images available online. It was in Amsterdam, the address is actually written on it which is why I know it isn't there anymore. It was a Tobacco Warehouse.

We had it in our living room when we still lived in Amsterdam and I grew up seeing it. Our own house was a bit like it, and somehow it seems it was time to say goodbye to that time, after almost 20 years living in Turkey.

The details are amazing, and it is super heavy made of solid wood.
You can see more images of it in the shop.

And if you are in to dollhouses, I loved these miniature projects made with every day items, like this adorable furniture piece made with two matchboxes.

And these cute tiny clothes hangers made with paperclips.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Newly Listed: Ginkgo Leaf Necklace and Earrings

Ginkgo Leaf Necklace and Earrings, Botanical Jewelry, Metal and Unakite Gemstone by StarDelights
Leaves, Tree Branches, Earth Tones Nature, Fine Art Photography Giclee Print, Home Decor, Wall Art by stilldez
Owl Winter White Snow Forest, Tree Branches,Wildlife Nature Woods Photography Photo Print by EclecticForest
Winter Wonderland, Fine Art Photograph, New York City, Snow, Nature by kameronelisabeth

Thursday, 29 September 2016

From Ugly Duckling to Pretty Swan

We saw potential in this chair right away, the wood carvings are handmade which is often not the case, but the paint work was a yucky brown like they often are.

Somehow the brown stuff 'flattens' the dimension of the woodcarving, as soon as it is cleaned up the carving becomes so much clearer, which I have noticed with other furniture pieces too.

Sanding took many days with all the details, we contemplated to only varnish it, but eventually choose to paint it as it does make it different than usual and that is what we strive for.

Painting it took ages too, it needs several layers and all the different colors and carvings doesn't make it easy at all, but I finished it eventually :)

After varnishing the paint it was time to add filling and upholster it, which doesn't take that long compared to how many days the woodwork took.

The last finishing touches like some hand sewing and the trims in good day light...

And here she is :)
It is very colorful but not 'yelling', all colors come back in the paint work and embroideries, I love the weird choice of colors :)

The back is amazing too with a beautiful vintage hand embroidered embroidery, the arms and front are also hand embroideries, people used to have so much patience when there were no mobile phones/ internet/ TV!

I bought the striped fabric a few years ago in Amsterdam and we have been saving it for something special, it found its right place here.

Revamping these old forgotten pieces of furniture is extremely satisfying and fulfilling, turning them in the unexpected, given them a whole new look and life makes us very happy :)

Not to mention the old embroideries which we collect from all over the world!

You can see more pictures and details at StarHomeStudio.