Thursday, 16 November 2017

Get The Look Vol.8

With less than 40 days left to Christmas I think it is alright to show some Christmas items here! I love wreaths, but I like them when they are made with things that won't die. Our pretty wreath was handmade in 1875! And still pretty!

I love love love Christmas trees, but do not like the idea of killing one for a few weeks pleasure so always look for alternatives instead. The one above is perfect for those with little space, made out of branches, totally adorable!
Ours is made with driftwood and is a great size for a smaller home.

Love the old times look of this kitchen, hanging copper pans and stuff gives such a festive vibe in the kitchen. Below you can find some stuff to start your hanging stuff collection :)

I have a soft spot for pretty organized workspaces, maybe because ours never stays organized for very long. This one also has a cool sewing chest, we have one even cooler available, a very pretty mid-century organizer chest with 6 cubbies.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Goodbye Leo

This week we had to let go of Leo, son of Daisy and brother of Ufo, whom both passed away a few years ago. Leo's health was getting worse, he was practically blind and completely deaf but worse was he had hardly any strength in his legs, which was both awful for him to feel and us to see. Leo was born in our house as we had found his mother (unknowingly) pregnant. He was never a happy doggy, somehow even though he never had it tough and his name was Leo and his color sunny he never saw things on the bright side. But he we still loved him and he will be missed...

Friday, 10 November 2017

Newly Listed: Knitted Gray with Purple Bag

Knitted Gray with Purple Bag, Hand Knitted Bohemian Purse, Flowers, Leaves and Beads, Little Bag, Chain Strap, Kiss-lock by StarBags
Fuchsia pink flower photograph french decor france photograph flower print architecture photograph rosa canina photograph by oohprettyshiny
Azalea Print, Pink Azalea Art, Pink Azalea Canvas Wrap, Bright Pink Azalea, Edisto Island, South Carolina by SheenWatkinsStudio
Rustic Colorful Flower Photo, Old Vintage wall, Pink and Red Country Art, Old Stone Wall and flowers, Fine Art, Large Wall Art, Fuchsia by SGPFineArt

Monday, 6 November 2017

Zero Waste, Lots of Pretty

We finally finished these cushions we have planned and been making for a while.
Just like this bag and this ottoman these are made with upcycled fabric strips, knitted into fabric.

They get a pretty texture and blending of color like some kind of abstract painting.

The backside is made with patchworked fabric, pieces of fabrics taken from catalogs, the buttons are made of the same fabric. Making these cushions completely zero waste and very eco friendly, not to mention very pretty :)

We keep knitting these fabrics to re use them and to shrink our stash of rags, but it doesn't seem to get less at all :)

We can make them in other colors or different sizes.

Available at StarHomeStudio.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

From Nay to Yay

These super fun retro chairs had a lot of potential but were extremely sad looking and were in desperate need of TLC. I thought that they would take 2-3 days but they took much longer than anticipated.

The original upholstery had zippers to close around the difficult shape of the chair, I understand that it is quicker but it is really ugly.
The reason that the transformation took longer started with the screws, they wouldn't budge, they were not going to turn so had to be cut off and soldered new ones in its place (which I couldn't do myself).

Than getting off the partially peeled yucky brown paint off turned also to be much more work than anticipated, each chair took me 1 day to get paint free with help of a heat machine to soften the paint before brushing it off with a metal brush.

Once clean of paint I applied two layers of anti rust paint, sanded it and then added two layers of black mat paint. The feet also got new caps as the old ones were pretty worn down.

While the paint was drying we found the perfect embroidery among our stash. We initially thought of patchworking various embroideries but this large piece was a better choice at the end.

After sewing the pieces together by machine I dressed the chairs, already looking fabulous!

But now came the part that I had to sew by hand (instead of the zippers), and while doing that the fabric needed to be pulled tightly so that it would all fit like a glove and not a potato sack :) But I managed eventually.

So happy with the result! The chairs are retro but also boho and feminine, colorful and cheerful!
So much more fun and unique than the original red fake leather.

It is a limited edition of two, can be bought separately but I do hope that they'll stay together as they look so fabulous as a set :)

They are available among many more one of a kind furniture pieces at StarHomeStudio.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Newly Listed: Natica Lineata Shell Earrings

Natica Lineata Shell Earrings - Sterling Silver Natica Lineata Orange Seashell Jewelry by StaroftheEast
Sunset Sail, Boat, cream, water, blue, calm, peach, pink, ocean, harbor, sailing, ship by shyphotog
Misty Lake Mountains Sunrise Photo - Lake Eden, Vermont - Nature Landscape Print Fog by StephsShoes
Beach Photography - seashell gold print sea shell wall art coastal Photograph, Washed Ashore by CarolynCochrane

Monday, 23 October 2017

Newly Listed: Bohemian Kilim Bag

Bohemian Kilim Bag, Leather Tote Bag made with Vintage Kilim and Leather, Boho Tapestry Bag with Kuchi Charm by StarBags
Blue Brown Photography, gold light photo leaves branches wall art rust leaf picture, November Bliss by CarolynCochrane
Italy Photography, Colorful Italian House, Rustic Wall Art, Italian Decor, Travel Photography, Wall Art by CrystalOrbitStudios
Persimmon Still Life Dark Brown Orange Fruit Photography Print Food Kitchen Art Dining Room Decor Bowl by LupenGrainne

Monday, 16 October 2017

Upcycle - Recycle - Relove

This ottoman is not as bad as a some we have revamped before but it was super boring and out dated.

I thought it would be the perfect project for the ottoman I mentioned in this blogpost about recycling fabric and clothing with knitted fabric.
I cut the strips of fabric and knotted them together to become a kind of yarn.

And Mum knitted for many days, I had to make a new supply of fabric strips everyday, we used a ton of fabric but still our scrap basket don't seem to get emptier at all!

We choose the colors according to a vintage kilim which I wanted to used for the top.

While Mum was knitting the sides I peeled off the old upholstery, sanded, painted and varnished the feet and added new webbing and foam.

Time for the fun part; dressing up!

You see at the back side of the fabric how many pieces of fabric we used with all the knots.

Tadaaaa! I love the result!
The kilim is so pale because it has been faded by the sun making it very pastel which I like.

With fluffy trim in between the kilim and knitted fabric to bring them all together.

This one of a kind ottoman is now available at StarHomeStudio among other one of a kind furniture.

And we are planning to make cushions in an attempt to shrink the stash of rags :D

Thursday, 12 October 2017

New Family Member

We have a new family member. With already 10 dogs we didn't really 'need' another one but she happened to just be a dislocated family member who now found her home :)

She is a terrier and sausage mix, and has a super long body with short legs and a very funny walk. She is super sweet and the rest of the pack was very quick to accept her. She came last Friday and not even a week later she is completely at home. Like all the other family members she is adopted, we are all for the 'adopt, don't shop' movement :)

We called her Lulu and we already love her :)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Newly Listed: Long Coral Earrings

Long Coral Earrings, Sterling Silver Earrings Red Coral, Handmade branch earrings Silver Oxidized with Red Coral by StaroftheEast
Cardinal Photography Red Bird Songbird Photo Colorful Wall Decor Bird for Frame Nature  by KneeDeepStudio
Flower photography - Tiny red flowers - Living room decoration by InaDabi
Cardinal on Winter Day Bird Photography Red Bird Art Photo Songbird in Tree Rustic Wall Decor by KneeDeepStudio