Saturday, 28 December 2013


A very good friend of mine has a cat that she loves dearly named Mr.Walker.
For her Christmas present we thought to make her a bag picturing her cat.
We have documented the process so that maybe you can also make yourself a bag (or a wall hanging) of your favorite pet.

We had only a picture of Mr.Walker, a bit too crowded for the purpose, but it was meant to be a surprise, so we went ahead and made first a line drawing of it in Photoshop.

Then we printed that image on thin fusible interfacing, on the side where the glue is, other wise the image would be inverted.

After ironing the interfacing to the wrong side of the main fabric, I went over the main lines with a neutral colored thread on the machine with a free stitching foot. This will be my guide for the further steps.

Then, with the picture in front of me I spray glued a piece of white upholstery fabric on the right side of the fabric and went again over the lines of the body of the cat at the wrong side of the fabric. This step is repeated several times: spray glue a piece of fabric on its place, stitch at the other side and cut off the fabric outside the lines.

Here is a black patch where Mr.Walker's chin is.

Stitch and cut.

Now the black part on the cat's head is stitched and cut, the white nose is outlined from the back.

You can't see it here, but the eyes are taffeta, that shimmers yellow and green, just like cats eyes.

A white patch for the nose. The fabric is called colt hide and has a fur embossing, perfect! By the nose the direction of the 'hide' is up. By the body is down like in real life.

For the interior of the ears, I needle felted with the machine some wisps of white roving.

And stitched on top of it.

A bit of paint for his nose.

The background was too crowed to apply in the same way, but here came an English chintz in handy.

All these further steps are done at the right side of the fabric. The chintz is stitched in free motion along the print and the fabric is cut away with sharp embroidery scissors.

Continue to apply pieces of fabric till the effect is to your liking.

But what is a cat without his whiskers?

Fishing line makes fine whiskers.

And here is sweet Mr.Walker in the garden.

There are quite some steps, materials and tools involved so if you can not make it yourself you can order a customized bag with your furry kid in our bagshop :)

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

When you sell online Christmas seems to take 2 months, but it is really here now :)
Merry Christmas everyone, may it be bright and white!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Newly Listed: Black Knitted Leather Clutch

Newly listed for today is this though looking clutch made of a beautiful multicolored with black wool and upcycled black leather.
Abstract Glitter Photography - Lost in the Blues by AmeliaKayPhotography
PAPILLON BUTTERFLY Tapestry Abstract Original Color Art Photograph by StaticMovement
Smeer - Fine Art Color Photograph by PhotoGrunt

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Newly Listed: Ombré Leather and Wool Cowl

A new cowl listed in our new shop StarsWear, I love the shades of brown in it.
Bird Photography The Art of Staying Aloft Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura by SmallMysteries
Seashell photography- Teal neutral- Nautical decor- fall colors- beige geometric swirl by Raceytay
Spadefish Samba- limited edition reproduction of Atlantic Spadefish by orchidstreetstudio

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

The Magic of Felting

I have done it now several times, but every time is like magic!
Knit, knit, knit till you have an outrageously large and shapeless garment, throw it in the washing machine ...and voila, a perfect fit.

This is a free Ravelry pattern. Don't you love Ravelry? You can find it here.

The pattern is skimpy with directions. The slippers  are knit and than folded in an ingenious way. I strongly recommend that you mark the folding places like you see in the first picture, otherwise, the moment that you start folding you don't know anymore what is up and down and you are toast.

But the slippers are toasty :)

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Newly Listed: Mystical Healing Citrine Stone Necklace

For you daily dose of magic: healing power stone necklaces.
Modern photography - woods diorama - girl in forest trees - miniature art by ErinTyner
beach photography sunrise photograph coastal decor wall art by TheGinghamOwl
Nature Flower Photography - Little Light - Photography Print by JMBarclayPhotography

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Newly Listed: Red Birds Burlap Bag

Newly listed is this adorable woodland bird bag, hand embroidered on Burlap, a vintage piece given new life.
Whimsical Red Bird Print Bird Illustration, Home Decor, Red Bird, Red Berries by Fawal
Illustration of Lady with flowers she was always very careful by corid
Fine Art Print Red Bird by SugarCreekArt

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Newly Listed: Sterling Silver Amethyst Necklace

Todays inspiration is this beautiful Art Nouveau style amethyst necklace.
Lone Leaf 8x10 print by MemoriesByTessa
Bonnet Babe - Print of Original Portrait of Asian Lady in Purple Hat by CheeseSoup
Purple Rain Urban Photography Abstract Landscape City Art Flowers Leaves by LandofBohemia

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Newly Listed: Kaleidoscope Bag

You might remember this project we showed a while back. Here is the end result, the Kaleidoscope bag.
Kaleidoscope Geometric Art Print by twoems
Rainbow Paper Star Urchin Ornament, Spiky Decorative Sphere, Kaleidoscope by kissadesign
Geometric Art Print - Honeycomb Hexagon Pattern - Colorful Modern Home Decor BySamantha

Monday, 9 December 2013

New Shop: StarsWear!

A project that we have been wanting and planning to do so has finally been realized this weekend.
Our new shop StarsWear has finally been opened.

The concept will be close to our bag shop, StarBags, as most materials we'll use will be vintage, therefor most pieces will be one of a kind.

The first few pieces have already been listed, keep an eye on the shop for new pieces to come :)

Besides clothing we'll also list some textile accessories like scarves, cowls and more.
All will be repurposed, embellished, embroidered with vintage yummy materials.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Newly Listed: Bon Voyage Weekender

Newly listed is this beautiful weekender made with an amazing vintage embroidery.
The Art of Staying Aloft No. 21 House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus) by SmallMysteries
Misty Romantic Japanese Landscape art print pine trees sunrise lake lavender vanilla by ucuspucus
Village Rooftops, pale neutral colors, watercolor and gouache, buildings by plumwaterdesigns

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Newly Listed: Pirates at Sea Necklace

This necklace is for those who lost their heart to the sea or maybe even a pirate :)
Ship Photography Dark Stormy Nautical Boat Photography Print by JessaMaePhoto
Crichton's Island Map Oversize Postcard Barrie's The Admirable Crichton by imaginactory
Autumn, Fall, Nature, Boho, Hippie, Woodland, Skull, Fine Art Portrait by SamieSam

Friday, 6 December 2013

Newly Listed: Pink Sea Urchin Leaves Necklace

A feminine necklace today, with soft pinks, pearls, shells and leaves, like a Spring garden.
Flower Photograph, Magnolia, Nature, Romantic, Soft Pastel by willowvale
Milk - Faded Rose Photography Print by Be1Atelier
Nature Photography Fairy Leaf -Still Life Woodland Rustic by galleryzooart

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Newly Listed: Landscape Agate Necklace

I love the look of this natural stone necklace, it reminds me of moss, lichen, mountains and lakes, which these photographies represents perfectly:

Macro Photograph of Moss, Woodland Wall Art Fine Art Photography Print by SuzanneHarfordPhoto
WOODS, LAKE, FOG, mist, green, zen, nature photography print by greyskyphotography
Lichen Moss and Ice on Rock Pale Photograph Closeup Nature Textures by BaileyAroPhotography

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Thank you!

First of all I want to thank everyone who supported Sandra these past few days, she so much needed it. Our giveaway has come to an end, but any purchase will still be greatly appreciated by her, she has a lot of beautiful items in her shop so be sure to remember her when you need a gift.

She was supposed to be released yesterday from the hospital, but unfortunately she will be there a little longer. I got a message from her cousin telling that she is doing well but that her clinical status is not completely solved yet. Hopefully with all your help she will have a big smile on her face once she arrives home (hopefully in a few days).

And here is the randomly picked winner from our giveaway:


Please contact me for your address and to let me know in which color you want your tree :)

Friday, 29 November 2013

The Season of Kindness

I am sure that all our readers remember our Etsy friend Sandra, who lost her husband almost a year ago.

Sandra has a hellish year behind her. Besides her grief she has encountered lots of ill will from the people that were supposed to stand by her.

Sandra and her little boy lived in an old farm house and used an other space as a workshop that both belonged to her husband and his siblings. It was accorded that she could stay there and pay the taxes and the upkeep.

A few weeks after her husband's death, they told her to vacate the workshop. She didn't protest and converted  the stable of the farm in a new workshop. She did most of the work herself, but still, she had to make expenses to do it that she could hardly afford.

And, of course, when that was done, they wanted her out of the house. They started a pestering campaign , cutting her phone, her electricity, when she had work in the kiln, etc.
She has resisted as much as she could, but the stress was too great and finally she caved in and has moved to a rented apartment.

Sandra is a very brave young woman, and in the middle of all those unsavory maneuvers, she never stopped working, making products to sell locally and on Etsy.

Despite her best efforts, she is really struggling financially.

Kindness should not be limited to this season. But it is the season of celebration, family warmth and joy, and the season to remember those who lack all that.

Sandra has a bunch of great new items in her shop. She has the most lovely Christmas ornaments for a price that most people can easily afford. And we all need Christmas ornaments, don't we? And presents for a bunch of relatives, right?

If every one that reads this would buy at least a small item from her shop, Sandra and her little boy would have a Christmas, maybe not happier, but at least a bit more carefree.

To thank you for your kindness, we will send one of our Christmas trees (in the color of the winner's choice) to one or more of the people who buys from her. We will lot a Christmas tree  for every fifty entries.
Leave the transaction nr. in your comment here (or contact us through Etsy if you like to keep it private) to enter the raffle to win a Sea Urchin Tree.

Please, spread the word among your friends and let's share the kindness.  It is the Season of Kindness.

P.S. We had written and planned this post for the weekend, but are posting it earlier because Sandra is in hospital since last Wednesday.
She has pleurisy, and they have put a chest tube in her back to expel air from the pleural space.
She will be home probably on Monday, but as you can imagine, the situation is even more dire now.
Please help if you can.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Newly Listed: Ikat Elephant Bag

The elephant is such an amazing, gentle and noble animal, please read at Wikipedia all the amazing facts about them, unfortunately how humans are hunting them for ivory trade is saddening you might want to consider a donation at ElephantConservation or other foundations to help them.

Ikat Leather Bag - Boho Elephant Safari - upcycled eco friendly by StarBags
African print old and wrinkled elephant photograph by thehootinowl
Timeless African Acacia fine art photo print by shashamane
Driftwood Grain Nature Abstract Photography Print by TheVintageChicPlace

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Newly Listed: Striped Sea urchin Spine Earrings

I love stripes, especially when they are created by nature! These sea urchin spine earrings are entirely made by nature.
Seashell Ocean photography Macro photography Lilac Violet by peraboom
Photography print nautical decor ocean print beach photography shell by mylittlepixels
African lilac white daisy's fine art photograph nature botanical by fineheartworks

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Newly Listed: Jellyfish Ornament

I so much love how this Jellyfish ornament turned out that I took pictures of it today between two heavy rain storms :)
Dreamy cloud photo print, Once in a Dream - shabby chic wall decor by MyMonography
Dreamy ocean beach photography nature photography turquoise aqua mint green by joystclaire
Solo - print by Elly MacKay - theaterclouds