Thursday, 14 March 2019

Newly Listed: Bohemian Agate Necklace

Bohemian Agate Necklace, Coral Statement Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Bohemian Dreams by StaroftheEast
Nature Photography, Surreal Haunting Woodlands, Fantasy Fairy Lights Stars Birds by KathyFornal
food photography, star anise, spice, kitchen decor, earth tones, star anise by shannonpix
Sparrow Bird Photography Chipping, nature, woodland, striped, reflection, rustic home decor by VanillaExtinction

Monday, 11 March 2019

Colorful Ottoman and more Roundness

This ottoman project was fun. Didn't take ages and I love the result.

The feet needed cleaning, a very thick layer of some strong oil paint was not easy but for a good paint result, it needs to be done. The base is a pre-cut round MDF, which we ordered when we ordered a smaller one for the side table I blogged about a few days ago.

I wanted the feet to match the colorful embroideries we picked out for it.

After painting I varnished them and they got felt to protect both floors and the feet. Each foot got fixed firmly into place with 4 long screws each. I painted the wood black for a smooth finishing.

The embroidery was actually a bit too big for the wood but they just had to be together.

I sewed the sides to the round pieces with a slight rimple to make the top smaller, and the foam filling got a special top with soft filling to give it a soft round belly and to fill up the too large embroidery.

I hand sew a colorful vintage cord for a fun finishing touch.
The side embroideries were originally done on wool but the wool had some moth damage so we cut the flowers out and Mum appliqued them to some new strong upholstery fabric.

The entire ottoman is full of colorful handmade details and it makes me all cheerful, I'm sure it will brighten up any room you put it in.

It is available at StarHomeStudio among many other one of a kind furniture and decor piece.

 And one of the side projects sprouting out of the coffee table was this, I used the too small glass to frame a marble painting.

I put the marbled paper between the glass and a metal sheet covered cardboard and soldered it all together. I also soldered loops for hanging and metal leaves for some extra dimension.

You can find this also at StarHomeStudio.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Newly Listed: Outlander Capelet

Outlander Capelet, Fluffy Cowl, Letitia MacKenzie, Outlander Scarf Warm Wrap Cowl, Warm Gray Capelet with Vintage Pin by StarsWear
All photographs were taken by me during our last USA trip, from top to bottom they were taken at Sanibel Island, New Orleans and Pensacola Beach.

Monday, 4 March 2019

Big Little Project

We got these cool brass feet during our last trip to the USA. And I thought a cute little side table with a vintage embroidered top would be fun to use it.

This little plan/ project took more than a month! Things did not go as planned. The first problem was how to make the top, the embroidery would need protection (glass) and this would all need to be kept together neatly.

We first ordered a nicely cut round MDF but we were not able to find nice clamps to keep the wood, embroidery, and glass together. We then ordered an MDF with a frame, so that the embroidery and glass would fall into the frame, however, the seller seemed to have disappeared as it never got send (no worries we go our money back as it was a very trustworthy site).

Finally, we found a beautiful brass tray, we would just need to put the embroidery and glass in it and we would be done.

However, the embroidery I initially had picked out for the project did not fit in the tray (I did not add a picture of it here) so I had to choose another embroidery. This one needed some repair and then be fixed to some cardboard to keep it neat.

I had a piece of round glass cut but it was too small as I had only brought the tray and not the embroidery which added height and the tray's diameter was not straight! Finally, with a second piece of glass everything fell in place.

What should have been a quick and easy project turned in to quite the project, with all kind of side projects spurting out of it as I have an extra piece of glass which is now in progress for something else, and the round MDF will turn in to an ottoman :) But I got there in the end, you can find it among many other one of a kind furniture pieces.

Pffeeww and then people wonder why handmade is 'so expensive' :)

Friday, 1 March 2019

Newly Listed: Sterling Silver Coral Branch Necklace

Sterling Silver Coral Branch Necklace with Red Coral and Silver Branch by StaroftheEast
Ship Photography, Red Boat Fine Art Print, Hopeful Seaside Art, Dreamy Rowing Boat by JudithKimberPhoto
No. 3 Sea Coral, Red Coral, Beach Art, beach decor, Watercolor by willowlief
Lighthouse Photograph, Coastal Decor, Beach, Minimalist Coastal Art, Nautical Wall Print by EyePoetryPhotography

Monday, 25 February 2019

Fool's Spring

We had about a week of 20 degrees Celsius, which is normal here, actually, we had a very wet and cold Winter for our standards, we kind of missed the Sun which is very unusual here!
As a result daisies popped up everywhere, I love the wildflowers around here. Funny enough we learned to make daisies in our marbled paper course as well.

I will have to perfect them this week, I have the flower part under control, the stems and leaves I still need to work on.

Today it is pretty cold again but the daisies are still in the mountains hanging on, in hope for warmer days :)

I found a video on Youtube, so you get a bit of a better idea how it is done.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Newly Listed: Red Chrysanthemums Bag

Red Chrysanthemums Bag, Crocheted Chenille Puffy Happy Sunny Bag by StarBags
Flower Photography, Red Chrysanthemum, Fine Art Print, Red Flower, Floral Photography by CreamDaisy
Flying Bird, Cardinal, Bird Photography, Red, Nature Photography, Wings by SmallMysteries
Rustic Red Decor, Red Barn Print or Canvas Art, Rustic Red Barn, Farmhouse Decor. by LisaRussoFineArt

Monday, 18 February 2019

Betty Boo-Boo

You might remember, although if you don't I won't blame you because of the number of doggies we have :), Betty Boo-boo who we adopted last year.
She was in bad shape, one of the worst we've had, much worse than we initially thought.

Her hair has grown back beautifully, even though she is still rough around the edges it is a huge difference of how she was. Her hair loss was due to Mange which was also the source of a nasty smell. We also found a few bumps which turned out that it could turn in to cancer, those were removed. She had a cough for months (most likely kennel cough) which finally went away after several antibiotic treatments. On the bright side it turned out she was neutered already (while that was initially the reason why they did not want them to release her to us!), most likely in a different kennel or by a previous owner, but we did not have to put her through that.

Initially, I thought her legs were bad due to lack of exercise in the kennel but it turns out a skeleton problem, the vet thought it might be malnourishment during her puppy period or a birth defect. She kind of has a waggle-walk like a duck but further than that it doesn't seem to bother her. She still seems always surprised when she gets called, loved or pet, and she always has a wagging tail for us. She most likely is about 9 instead of 3 like they said, she has the start of cataract in her eyes, even though her eyes look clearer than when she first came. All this does make you more aware why we shouldn't go and buy puppies but help the forgotten bigger pups instead. Like always: adopt, don't shop :)

Friday, 15 February 2019

Newly Listed: Fairy tale Deer Jacket

Woodland Mori Girl Jacket, Fairy tale Deer, Plus Size Clothing Vintage Gobelin Tapestry Fabric Clothing by StarsWear
Pine Tree Photograph Olive Green Photograph Nature Large Photography Wall Art by KalstekPhotography
Nature Photography, Pine Cone Photo, Woodland Wall Art, Fine Art Print, Lodge Decor by NewLeafPics
Forest Photography, Redwood Trees, California Sequoia Forest, Art Wall Wilderness Woodland by lostkatphotography

Monday, 11 February 2019

Newly Listed: Vintage Tin Earrings

Vintage Tin Earrings, Sterling Silver Statement Earrings Soldered Hammered Delft Blue by StaroftheEast
Poppy Pods Photography, Dried Seed Heads, Nature, Home Decor, Poppy Still Life by VictoriaEnglishCharm
Boreal Nest Print, giclee bird art print, illustration birds nest, speckled birds eggs by GollyBard
Blue by Geninne

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Marbling Paper

Like almost every Winter, I've been attending some courses that are arranged by the Ministry of Education and are free of charge (except for the materials that you buy yourself). This Winter I'm continuing my two-year Jewelry course for its second and final year. More interestingly, I have been attending a Marbling Paper course, or as they call it in Turkish, Ebru Sanatı.

Something that is not done much anymore in Europe, but is in Turkey a traditional form of art. While in Europe it was a popular thing to use for handbound books (which in itself has almost disappeared), here there are many motives and techniques and are meant for framing.

I missed a few weeks while we were away but I caught up pretty quickly. It is once a week but takes the entire day as it does take time to settle as you need a lot of stuff for it.

It involves art and science as each layer of paint must be prepared differently so that it can push aside the previous layer.

You also can not work hours on it and need to be pretty swift and transfer your piece on paper right away. The water is of course not only water but contains a special seaweed which gives the water a consistency strong enough to let the paint stay on top instead of sinking.

There are many techniques to marble and create motives. Our course is just a few months so won't be enough to learn all but it is a great start.

The brushes are also traditional and are made of rose branches and horse hair.

"A day without learning is a day wasted. There is so much to learn and so little time to learn it."
— from Wisdom from World Religions by Sir John Templeton