Thursday, 20 September 2018

Newly Listed: Sterling Silver Urchin Necklace

Sterling Silver Urchin Necklace with Cubic Zircon Green Oxidized Sea Urchin Sterling Silver Necklace by StaroftheEast
Bird Photography taken by me in our garden :)
Serene Photography sitting dock green water lake solo perspective Florida solace celery, Serenity by brandMOJOimages
Botanical print, green art print, naturalist, grey wall art, winter decor, rustic home decor, floral art by dullbluelight

Monday, 17 September 2018

Newly Listed: Beach Pottery Rings

Beach Pottery Rings Sea Tumbled Pottery, Brass Rings, One of a Kind by StaroftheEast
Nautical Art Print, Jersey Shore Art, Beach House Decor, Sandy Beach Art Print by KEnzPhotography
Nautical Boat Photography Print, Weathered Rowboat Canvas Photo, Beach Cottage Decor by DawnaMoorePhoto
Wooden Pier Print, Coastal Wall Art, Sea Photography, Ocean Photo Coastal Beach Home Decor by PurringDreams

Friday, 14 September 2018

A Little Break

These past 2 weeks have been pretty draining and tiring. Some good stuff some bad and I'm feeling it. Needed a little break so took my camera and shot these pretties.

Feels like Spring, nature, dreamy and freedom...

But was only a 5 minute break between a parking strip and bicycle road in the middle of our town, no time for a real break lately, but hopefully soon a beach break :)

Monday, 10 September 2018

Ghost Net

Not a Halloween post as the title might suggest. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have been left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. These nets, often nearly invisible in the dim light, can be left tangled on a rocky reef or drifting in the open sea. They can entangle fish, dolphins, sea turtles, sharks, dugongs, crocodiles, seabirds, crabs, and other creatures, including the occasional human diver. Acting as designed, the nets restrict movement, causing starvation, laceration and infection, and suffocation in those that need to return to the surface to breathe. (from WikiPedia)

There are an estimated 640,000 tons of fishing nets in the oceans. These fishing nets remain adrift for a substantial amount of time and are responsible for the accidental capture of many marine mammals. This problem only continues to get worse each year. Even our reefs can be negatively affected. (from AricSwim).

I always collect trash during our beach combing, unfortunately I can not take it all (as there is so much) but I always try to get those nasty nets and fishing lure from the beach as they can get back in the sea with the next storm. The one I used for this Wall piece was a basket to catch crabs, I found a bunch of them and as they are metal I like to make something interesting of them as they are beautiful in their own way. This time I decided to make a conversation piece with one of them, and I think I succeeded, I wrote a lot :)

The piece is available at StarHomeStudio.
If you want to find out more about ghost nets and how they horribly effect marine life (not for the faint hearted) Google provides plenty of info and sad images.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Newly Listed: Live, Laugh, Love Tote

Live, Laugh, Love Tote, Wool Suiting, Leather and Antique Lace Tote Bag by StarBags
Blue Moon, Full Moon photo, moon phase photograph, night sky with tree branch sillhouette by moondreamin
Fine Art Photography, Castle Staircase, Abstract Art, Fairytale Art, Spiral Design by PrettyPetalStudio
Photography Backdrop, Old vintage background, Food and product styling photography by InkAndElm

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Newly Listed: Monet Earrings

Monet Earrings, Vintage Tin Earrings Statement Earrings Leaves and Flowers Art Earrings by StaroftheEast
Original Abstract Painting Autumn Landscape Fall Colors Brown Red Blue by NatureandArt
bird art, plants, colorful, green, lavender, Grackle and Succulents Archival garden art print by amberalexander
Abstract ORIGINAL painting- orange crimson grey magenta by devikasart

Monday, 27 August 2018

Tender Loving Care

I scored this cute but sad little side table with hand carvings a few weeks ago.

It clearly used to be beautiful, all made of heavy solid wood with inlays on the top and hand carvings but it was not protected against the sun and other outdoors elements.

We removed the top, cleaned off the leftover varnish and reinforced the skeleton.

I then painted it with 5 colors of paint, layer for layer from dark to light to let the carvings pop.

Elastic webbing on the top instead of heavy wood.

Foam and betting.

And beautiful vintage Kilim pieces, as you can see I used the paint colors to match the kilim.

Nothing is straight or perfect as all materials are handmade and vintage, but we are embracing the imperfections :)

Available at StarHomeStudio!

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Newly Listed: Knitted Wing Cowl,

Knitted Wing Cowl, Feathers Cowl, Scarf Soft Pastel Scales, Succulent Leaves, Birds of a Feather by StarsWear
Nature Print, Landscape, Tree Photo, Bird Art, Nature Wall Art, Home Decor by KateRyanFineArt
The Art of Staying Aloft No.18 Red-bellied Woodpecker (Pheucticus ludovicianus) by SmallMysteries
Butterfly photo take by me up in the mountains near our house :)

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

When Life Gives you Lemons, make Lemon cake

Back in March someone gave me this bowl because I like 'old stuff'. I said 'thanks' but inside I was thinking 'ugh'. Mum however saw potential in this bowl that was missing a handle.

'We'll make a ship out of it', she said. I thought it would be a very ugly ship :)

We first thought of hiding the feet behind some pieces of driftwood but that would cover a lot of the 'ship' so I thought of removing the feet. Even with a torch they wouldn't budge so I took the bowl to town and had it cut with some more heavy duty tools as a hand saw didn't do the trick either.

Old knitting needles, drilled base and some Sugru (special silicone glue which was about the only new thing we used for this project) started to make this look like some kind of ship.

Then with wires the details on the mast.

And then spray painting it all white, as it was going to become a 'ghost ship' Mum said and finally I started to love it.

'It needs a Mermaid, a decent pirate ship has a mermaid on the front', Mum came back with a mermaid in 2 seconds, a piece she had bought about 10 years ago on Etsy and had been hanging in our atelier ever since. I bent the arms down and she was ready to be attached.

A light spray paint to let her blend in.

The sails, first with paper.

Then with Mode podged hardened vintage lace. A green plastic net (found on the beach) an anchor made of a beach found fish hook and some more details and paint...

Attached to an impressive piece of driftwood and this is not an ugly bowl anymore. I loooove it!

We scratched off some of the paint so that it still has some old charm.

The little flags are made of soft metal and match the wavy hair of the mermaid.

A definite one of a kind, if you have any ugly bowls, please give them to me :D
Available at StarHomeStudio!

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Get The Look Vol.11

I think part of the plant fun are the pots they are in. Love a nice group of plants. And if you'd like a big pot the one below is from our shop a real old beauty.

I'm not a fan of hunting, but back in the day when there were no supermarkets it was a necessity and the bow and arrow was one of the tools used for hunting. I do love the various shapes they come in. Ours is very primitive and entirely hand carved.

I love dainty modern metal furniture, the of west elm are cool, and ours is maybe even cooler :)

A cabinet of curiosities is not everyone's cup of tea, but I do love prettily arranged (cruelty free) bookshelves with some natural biology in the mix. Our tortoise shell is naturally found in the mountains, we hardly have squirrels but we have tons of tortoises rooming around the forests here.