Sunday, 22 March 2020

Crazy Times...

Is there any other subject lately anywhere? The Coronavirus has been on the news for weeks but as it is spreading and thousands of new cases are coming in every day, life is drastically changing for everyone.

The world never felt this united, everyone is affected by it, everywhere people are talking about staying at home, social distancing and quarantine. The numbers are now growing at a very scary speed, while China seems to have it under control, Italy, the USA, Spain, and Germany are now in such growing numbers that health care systems might very possibly collapse.

Staying at home is just the only way to try to straighten the curve so that the health care system can manage the sick.  Being stuck at home for weeks especially in cities is kind of a jail experience, but it is a small sacrifice compared to what some people are selflessly enduring right now.

In that sense, we are very lucky. We are usually a lot at home as we work from home. We have a garden so if rules get stricter we still can go outside without seeing anyone. The doggies are great companion, and we create create create to keep our minds sane.

As our ateliers are in our new home but our home itself hasn't moved yet we are not in a perfect state. Money has run out and things are too crazy to finish our move now so we will just have to wait for things to calm down.

With even less time outside than usual, I made this lamp that took me an entire day till midnight and then some more hours the next day.

It originally was a crystal lamp but it was missing pieces. The crystals will come handy in other projects. I used vintage lucite leaves for this lamp. We bought these many years ago and who knows what we were planning with them because we bought tons of them and hardly used them.

I'm never alone at home :)

p.s. the mirror used to be a clock, a (plastic) copy of an old French type, it was a curb find in Amsterdam many years ago, I turned it into a mirror, always love to turn 'trash' into treasure. The clock part I used for another project.

So after many hours I absolutely love how this lamp turned out.

While the world is upside down it is good to put energy into positivity, creativity, and (fur) family to keep us sane.

I'd like to hear how you are spending your days during these crazy times? How are you feeling about what is happening?

Stay safe and healthy everyone, we are all in this together, the world is smaller than we thought after all.

The lamp is available at StarHomeStudio.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Newly Listed: Knitted Wing Cowl

Knitted Wing Cowl, Feathers Flame Cowl, Scarf Reds and Pinks Scales Wrap, Flower Leaves, Vegan Cowl by StarsWear
Hummingbird Photography, red and blue hummingbird on branch, summer, hummingbird wall art, home decor by LynnLangmade
Cardinals on Tree Branches Photo, Red Birds in Gray Cloudy Sky Photography, Birds in Tree Branches Nature by MicheleBlanche
Red Berries Bittersweet, Red Brown Blue, Simple Style Nature Photography, Earthy Woodlands, Fine Art Print by DebbraObertanecArt

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Up-cycle, Puzzle, Reuse

I've just finished an adorable little side table.

It is entirely made out of pre-loved items, except for the glass on top.

I had to cut the wood twice as the glass did not fit this way, I also had to have a second piece of glass cut because of the reseizing of the wood. Funny enough a similar table I made last year gave me the same problem.

Ripping off the fabric, resizing the wood and starting all over again.

The top tray got spruced up to refresh its look.

 I hand stitched the embroidery to the fabric-covered wood.

It is a pretty Hungarian embroider, very feminine and romantic.

The embroidery will stay clean thanks to the glass.

The diamond-shaped foot gives it also a modern look. The tray and foot were thrifted in Florida for this exact purpose.

Available at StarHomeStudio among many other one of a kind furniture pieces.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Get the Look Vol.19

Hand shaped door knockers originated in Muslim countries and symbolize the Hand of Fatima (recognized and used as a sign of protection as Evil Eye, just like the Hamsa).
We have two of these in the shop, beautiful solid brass vintage pieces, ready to give your door some character.

Don't you just love the textures of baskets? They give a rustic beach/ cottage vibe and can have a purpose too. Ours has a lovely stripe here and there giving it some extra color. These are great for couch throws storage, to cover ugly plastic plant pots, storage for logs for the fireplace etc.

Maybe this many swans is a little too much, although a lot of things do look more fun when grouped.
This little swan dish is a beautifully delicate piece made by Fitz And Floyd from 1981.

I hate hunting trophies and taxidermy but naturally found curiosities are always cool. We find some really cool bones on the beach, sometimes we don't even know what kind they are. This skull is of a wild boar, we have lots of them in the woods, and at night they come out in search of food.

While they look a lot alike the lamp above is electric and has a vintage look, while ours below is the real vintage deal. Both are very cool, perfect for a rustic or steampunk vibe.

Who says that beach vibes need to be blue, pink looks pretty beachy too.
Love the lovely shell print above, our pink beach decor is a beautiful vintage enamel piece from the brand Bovano of Cheshire, an atelier in Connecticut making only enamel pieces.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Cozy Creative Space

We haven't done any update on our move, we are still moving :D It has been almost 6 months, we are still in our old home, going to the new house 3 times a week. Our workspaces are now all there, and everything is almost ordered as it should, I'll blog about the new workspace once everything is done.
With the workspaces not under the same roof Mum has been knitting a lot, here she is very comfy and strictly supervised by the 3 Juanita's. Here an old blogpost about the Juanita's (Lulu, Olivia and Truusje).

Lulu's crescent moon eyes don't miss anything, not a stitch can be dropped under her supervision.

 Mum is right now knitting something that requires 8 skeins at once, kind of hellish if you ask me, so she needed a comfortable set up to keep sanity.

The Juanita's do get exhausted, luckily there are 3 of them so they can keep guard in turns.

I do hope that this set up will keep my mother sane, things don't look that good, and she only started yesterday :)

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Newly Listed: Brass Accent Lamp

Brass Accent Lamp, Mid-century Lamp, Open Metal work, Lighting, Vintage Brass Decor, Vintage 1950's by StarHomeStudio
Milky Way Colorado, Astro Photograph, Ouray Night Photography, Landscape Decor, Night Sky Photo by SynVisPhotos
Owens Peak, night photography, nightscape, night time, star photographs by NightscapePrints
Colosseum Night Print, Rome Photography, Italy Decor by HMPhotographyGifts

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Newly Listed: Vintage Trunk Coffee table

Vintage Trunk Coffee table, End table with Mid Century Legs, Wooden Suitcase Furniture, Navy Blue Footlocker by StarHomeStudio
Push Pin Map - Executive Style 13x19" | Personalized Travel Map by KRMaps
Nautical photography prints sailing gift - Boating knots coastal wall art by LindseyEditions
Sailboat Nautical Coastal Photography Anchor, Beach House Decor, Marine Coastal Art Decor Maritime Sailing by EmilyJungmeyer

Friday, 31 January 2020

Goodbye Ernie, Hello Luna

We lost our sweet curly Ernie. He was the brother of Lili, Mimi and Toffee, all four grew up in our house and after 14 years it was tough to see him deteriorate all of a sudden. He had dementia, causing him to walk around in circles all the time. He lost a lot of weight and he just wasn't there anymore. We miss him terribly, he was incredibly sweet and just one big teddy bear and the King of the curls. As the second of the siblings is gone we are trying to prepare ourselves for the other two. The only hard part of taking care of so many dogs is losing them.

With losing Ernie and Simon we were down to eight dogs, a number we haven't had for 15 years, at one point we had 15 and for many years 13. In the past few years we kept the number at 10. A lot of people find it crazy to hear how many dogs we have but honestly, they are pure joy and love and we love having them. Their favorite hobby is sleeping and they are pretty calm and quiet as we are usually home. We have a big garden and a doggy door so they come in and out whenever they want, they also have each other.

Last Sunday we got up at 6am and drove to Izmir. We first went to the flea market as it is a 3-hour drive we wanted to visit there as well. We scored some awesome finds.

And then we picked up this pretty girl. She was taken from the shelter and brought to the animal hospital as she was so skinny.

You can see her ribs but her spirit isn't broken, she is very cheerful and already very attached to us. She is very sweet. She is extremely obsessed with food. but we're sure she'll calm down when she realizes she never has to stay hungry again. We've never had a dog that was that emaciated. People...

Although declared healthy at the hospital she has diarrhea and an eye infection, it might be side effects of her weak immune system, we have her eyes under control and will keep a close eye to everything else. It will take months for her to get to a good weight and be completely healthy.

She felt at home right away and has a good bond with Mimi. We called her Luna.