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

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Newly Listed: Woodland Bird Bag


Woodland Bird Bag - Vintage Embroidery, Blue Patchwork and Leather Bag by StarBags
Blue Moon, July Full Moon photo, moon phase photograph, night sky picture with tree branch sillhouette by moondreamin
Wild Grass Large Photogram Blue Botanical Cyanotype Art Print, Durham by RunningCedarStudio
Flower Photography, Magical, Cherry Blossom, Landscape, Wall Art, Nature, Home Decor, Fine Art by StudioYuki

Monday, 25 September 2017

Get the Look Vol.7


Kind of a man cave but I dig it :) The maps and mid century chair are always a hit with me.



While magazines are maybe not as popular as they used to be with the internet and all its gossip and what-not it provides, I still like a good old magazine rack near by.



My eternal love for kilims is still going strong, this home has a lot of kilim and boho going on, the kilim is my favorite part, and the cool plants.



I love old shelves, cabinets and cubbies, it seems like everything looks cool in them :)


Tuesday, 19 September 2017

My Diving Adventures Continue


For the past 3 weeks, I've been diving every Saturday and thoroughly enjoying it! This time someone had a camera with them so I asked to have a few pictures too as I do not have a under water camera for deeper water.


The waters here are not as colorful as some tropical places but you can still see some cool and odd things under water.


I initially thought this to be part of the branch, like a flower, put it turned out to be a nudibranch, the Flabellina affinis to be precise as there are hundreds of types.



We also went through a cave, it was a tight swim so we went though one by one and actually did not swim but rather let ourselves drop to not damage the life attached to the rocks.



I need to find a way to figure out what these weird things are, as soon as I do I'll update the post with names :) Update: thanks to Mum's excellent investigating skills, turns out that this is a Nudibranch too, Latin name is Discodoris atromaculata common name 'Swiss Cow' :).


A Starfish cozily in between seasponge.



A large Lion fish, beautiful as they are they are also extremely poisonous.





Another weird creature that I need to look up, those two antennas are its eyes, but further than that it is not really clear what it is :) Update: yet another Nudibranch! This one is Umbraculum Umbraculum or the English name Patella Nudibranch.


I hope you enjoyed my dive too :)!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The Beauty of Recycling


''Clothes are the 2nd largest source of pollution, after oil...''

Did you know that? Well it is not surprising considering that a pair of jeans with a t-shirt (which you very likely might be wearing right now) costs about 12.500 liters of water to produce, and that is just the water no transport and electricity in the equation yet a lot of resources to say the least, and unfortunately a lot of it goes to waste as things are thrown away once out of fashion.

A great solution? Buy 2nd hand, buy less, repair, give to someone who needs it. There is so much 2nd hand clothing that still 85% end up in landfills, which is just ridiculous.


We have always been extremely resourceful in re-using, repairing and recycling fabrics and clothing's for our own items and for those we sell.
Both our clothing and bag shop are 95% made out of vintage fabrics, recycled clothing etc, it is just very satisfying to give old things new life and to avoid things going to landfills.
But with each thing we make we always end up with small pieces of fabrics, these cuts end up in these 4 huge baskets. These baskets have been here for  more than 10 years and we constantly use fabric of them. We've made dozens of bags with patchworks out of these small pieces. Also inner pockets for the bags are chosen from here. But it never gets less as new pieces are also added all the time.

So in an attempt to get these baskets a little emptier Mum knitted fabric strips into this awesome bag. Just cutting the strips was already a lot of work but the result is gorgeous.



I hand stitched straps to them and added the lining, but the knitted part is of course the true labor of love part.


We love how it turned out, and even though a lot of fabric was used the basket doesn't seem emptier at all lol :)


So I came with the bright idea to make an ottoman with this knitted fabric, I will cut the fabrics and knot them to each other this time around. As it was my idea I will have to suffer some consequences too but this might actually make some difference in the stash of rags :)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Newly Listed: Blue Lace Jacket


Blue Lace Jacket, Baby Child Coat size 12-18 months Vintage Embellished Floral Lace Fabric Clothing by StarsWear
Nature Photograph - Sky, Dreamy Clouds, Whimsy, Blue Sky - Drifting by willowvale
Vintage Headboard Backdrop Teal Blue Marble Wall with White Tufted Bed Classic Photography Background by DropPlace
Queen Anne's Lace Flower Photography Print, Blue, White, Flower Wall Art, Floral Photography Print by RockyTopPrintShop

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Newly Listed: Embroidered Bird Tote


Embroidered Bird Tote Leather Buddy Birds Tote Colorful Bohemian Bag with Love Birds by StarBags
Wildflower, Floral,Wall Art, Home Decor, Photography, Nature Print by LeAnnStamper
Tulip Magnolia Art Watercolor painting print, floral watercolor print by CathyHillegas
Poppy Art, Poppy Painting, Wall Canvas Art, Blue Floral Art, Pastel Flowers by PaletteKnifeArt

Monday, 4 September 2017

Under the Sea



It might not come as a huge surprise to find out that I'm a professional Scuba Diver, considering our love for the sea. However I haven't been diving for the past 12 years!



I finally went diving on Saturday, my first dive was not deep just to be sure I remembered everything, I staid more than an hour but only around 5 meters depth.


There were lots of fish there, and I so regret not going much sooner, I am planning to go once a week now as I enjoy it so much and the sea is so close by, it is ridiulous not to dive :)



My second dive was up to 22 meters deep, there was an old shipwreck but as my underwater camera is only good till 5 meters I couldn't take any pictures.


Above the sea I enjoyed the lovely breeze and sound of the sea :)


 If you have always wanted to dive, do it, its great fun :)