Thursday, 19 September 2019

Newly Listed: Bird Bag

Woodland Bird Bag - Golden Oriole, Vintage Embroidery, Blue Green Colors, Patchwork and Leather Bag by StarBags
Completely coincidental: the bag we've made has the exact kind of bird as my new friend (hope she's doing alright). The embroidery is vintage, funny how things fall in place sometimes.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Kitchen Update

I finally got a little visible progress in the kitchen.

Removing the protective stickers already helped a lot.

The table is another project that I hope to finish this week. It is a gorgeous table which was our table in the Netherlands but it has been in the house in K├╝tahya for 22 years to it got some water damage. You'll see soon how that turns out.

I bought a special tile paint, it shines like tile and keeps the texture.

Ahhhh so much better, wish I had cleared things up before taking the photo but I had been painting for 4+ hours by then and just wanted to go home. The kitchen feels much more like it belongs to us. The shiny handles wouldn't be our choice either but we can live with those :) In the future we want to move the kitchen to a room that for now will be our office, a closed kitchen will be more practical with the dogs, but that is a big (expensive) change that will have to wait some years. The kitchen is also not designed very practical, I think there is like 8-9 meters between the fridge and the stove :D The kitchen is the only place we are not happy with of the house, but it is huge so that makes it up quite a bit.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Making Friends

3 days ago I found this little guy in our garden, while it tried to get away from me it clearly could not fly. I could barely grab it before one of our dogs got hold of it, our spaniels have never hunted in their lives but they do unfortunately have a hunter instinct.

Not sure what to do with it I brought it between our two front doors, safe from our dogs but also a door between it and the street cats!
I brought some water and seeds but when I cam back for it an hour later 2 cats were looking at it right in front of our gate, and our dogs were looking at it from the other door, the poor thing didn't know what to do.

Fearing that the cats would make a meal out of it as it was already dark and they were lurking at it. I brought it to our laundry shed. Put a towel in one of the laundry baskets along with water and seeds and it slept in there the first night. The next day I had to go very early to the new house so I couldn't take it anywhere but I checked on it and it was now standing on a handle.

The next day I read that a broken wing could take anywhere from 2-4 weeks to heal and as our situation was not ideal I rang our vet who informed me that the directorate of national parks takes in birds and other wildlife and brings it to vets, so I brought it there, this is their lovely office, right in the park.

I had made a box with a wooden stick and air holes for better transportation, I hope it will recover fully. I still have no idea what kind of bird it is, if anyone knows, I'd love to know as well :) Thanks to someone on Instagram I now know that it is a female (or immature male) Eurasian Golden Oriole.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Progress, Progress

It has been quiet on our blog, things have been hectic with the moving. It doesn't helps that the houses are not in the same city, everything takes a bit more time, but slowly we are making progress. In the meantime I did manage to finish these three chairs of which I had shown the first a while back.

As for the house, a big ugly hole is now filled with an induction cooking plate. The tiles I'm planning to paint tomorrow, I have washed them and applying painters tape, so I'm ready to go and get rid of these busy tiles.

In our basement we made a storage room for all our big products, we built those metal storage shelves and have been filling up our car every trip, I have been carrying around so much lately that I think I sport about as much as a fitness fanatic :D too bad that I'm not losing any weight!

We got a warm water heater, warm water is always handy, and the bathrooms are slowly getting cleaner too :)

The biggest adventure as of late was getting an electricity line.

There was, of course, electricity at the house but the previous owner did not go through the hassle to have the electricity go from industrial (which is used while building a home) to regular. It is costly and an absolute bureaucracy and all-around pain.

On Monday our electrician called that everything would be at the house the next morning at 9 am. To my surprise when I got there, half of it was indeed there (I expected everything to be late). The electrician and half of the materials had arrived and about 15 minutes later a tiny excavator arrived to dig a ditch for the electricity line. 2 seconds later it stopped working. It looked antique and after 1 hour and 15 minutes of watering, oiling and staring at it they gave up and it went away and another one was called.

At just after 11 so 2 hours in, a second excavator started.

And hit a water line, right away...even though we had asked the water company where the line was, but turned out that we were not correctly informed.

Everywhere became muddy but I told the excavator guy to continue (they are paid per hour and the clock was ticking). Knowing that the water company wouldn't come straight away to fix the pipe.

Lovely waterworks in the meantime.

Although a bit messy and muddy things went along.

While the electrician laid down the line, sand and such I wanted the excavator to do some other work while waiting, again time was ticking and I wanted to make good use of it, but very soon he got a flat tire :D

And my shoes were feeling odd, when I looked down I saw that they got very wide as they were completely falling apart, I hadn't used them for a while and the glue had dried, at the end of the day I hardly had any shoes on, it was funny but very inconvenient :D

After almost 2 hours, at 1:15 right after lunch the water company arrived. The favorite job of all Turks is to watch 1 person work while at least 4 other watch how he works :) But things get eventually done, you just have to be chill (it took us a while to get used to this utter mess but that is how life is here). And if you show impatience or annoyance, it will just take longer.

The excavator guy arrived shortly after that with his fixed tire, he was gone for two hours (not on my bill) and it actually turned out in my favor as he normally would have to wait for the water company, so a lucky break for us.

The road was at the end of the day better than it was before, everything got done, it took longer than anticipated but all is well that ends well. It will take about 2 months (!!) for all the paper work to be done to get the electricity in my name, crazy.

Friday, 30 August 2019

Newly Listed: Hand Knitted Bedspread

Hand Knitted Bedspread, bed throw, Super Soft Couch throw, Couch Blanket, Handknitted Afghan, Pastel Colors by StarHomeStudio
Flower Art Print, Macro Photography, Hygge Art, Boho Wall Decor by JudyStalus
Blue, green summer nature photograph cool tones, pale blue, deep green, winter white air original fine art photo by shannonpix
Owl Winter White Snow Forest Feathers Tree Branches Birds Wildlife Nature Frozen Woods Photography by EclecticForest

Monday, 26 August 2019

Big News!

It has been quiet on our blog, as our life has been hectic these past few weeks! We bought a house!
This has been going on for 4 weeks now but as of Friday the house is officially ours. It is not in he town we live in now but 40km away. The sea is a bit further away but because of that the house was affordable and it is HUGE! It is 375 square meter (4000 square feet). It has a huge basement which is perfect for our work, much more convenient than we now have. The house we live in now is 140 square meters plus my little house of 40 square meters. So this is double the size which is really what we needed with the number of materials we have, and stock of items.

It is brand new we are the first to move in. It does mean that it needs cleaning and as we are now completely broke we are slowly doing it ourselves.

All windows etc still have their stickers but they have been on it for way too long, it has been torture getting them off. The tiles wouldn't be our choice much too crowded, planning something about those!

There is so much stuff we need to buy but we have to wait a few months as we just can't afford it right now, if you were planning to buy something from one of our shops, please buy now :D We need money ha ha! :)

The garden also needs a lot of work. No grass, but trees, giving shade, oxygen and will be a water-efficient garden.

One part of the huge basement, can't wait to move our workspaces in here. At home we now have two workspaces, here it will all be in one which will make things much easier and efficient.

Every time we go to the house we fill up the car, as we can't pay for movers right now we are moving as much as we can ourselves for the moment. Eventually we will need a big truck.

I've been steaming off the window stickers, still a lot of windows to do but I finally found the best way to do it. Good thing we have a steam cleaner.

It says max. 3 months everywhere but it has been a year :/

Can't wait to show the fun part like decorating but things will progress very slowly, I'll show the progress. The house we live in now we will fix up for both Airbnb and to put up for sale. Selling might take a while so we will make sure the house brings money to finance all the work for both houses. It is going to be a hectic year or so, but we are very excited!

Friday, 16 August 2019

Patched Up

We scored these 3 chairs quite a while back and they have been in our overfull attic ever since. They are very solid and heavy and have a fancy shape, however, their original upholstery was done with fake leather that was worn down till the thread, at some places there were even holes, even worse was that they were extremely sticky, some kind of chemical reaction to the leather with the heat or something.

They were extremely well upholstered, which was a pain to remove.

And while pealing things off it became clear why they are so heavy, 3 layers of wood! One layer for the feet, one for the seat and then the body as well, very well made (except for the choice of fabric).

The dark brown paint got sanded and then they got painted black.

Each will be different as we are using vintage embroidery for them. They will look great together as well as solo.

To match each embroidery we cut 60 (!!!) pieces of velvet from discontinued fabric catalogs for the back sides of the chairs.

180 pieces of straight cut velvet, it was a mess :)

But the results are worth it in the end, we had a perfectly matching patchwork.

Time to dress up the chair.

What a difference :)

I still had some hand sewing to do.

And time to cover up the ends and staples.

The saw was my birthday gift of this year, yes that was what I wanted :)

It is always the little finishing touches that take the most time.

All nicely covered up now :)

Now time to put all pieces back together!

I've made this chair in 5 different rooms and the terrace, she has traveled and my muscles are getting bigger :)

But the result is satisfying and worth all the muscle aches.

Hard to imagine that this is embroidery! The fabric is white!! Not a millimeter of fabric can be seen with all the stitches.

Cutting those pieces of fabric and painstakingly sewing them together was well worth the effort.

Beautiful from each and every side, one down still two to go!
Available at StarHomeStudio.