Thursday 29 December 2016

Happy New Year!

With the end of the year almost here it always makes you think of the past 12 months and what lies ahead. 2016 has been for many a horrible year. England and America are going in to a strange political era, and the world seems a mess. We have had it worse, yes much worse, but with the internet we are aware of every single thing that happens in the world making us sometimes scared and in despair. We should be too civilized to go to war, but unfortunately we are not (yet?).
May 2017 be the end of wars and terror, like we hope every year.
I hope 2017 will be a year of surprising good things, and the end of many bad, we can all make our surroundings a bit better by being kind to others and good to our planet, each person counts and we are stronger together.
See you next year :)!

Wednesday 28 December 2016

Newly Listed: Bohemian Seashell Felt Bag

Bohemian Seashell Felt Bag, Knitted Seafoam Felted Wool Bag, Gypsy Style Dream catcher, Blue, White, Teal and Green by StarBags
Seagull Collage, Fine Art Photography, Wall Photo Print, Blue Sky Clouds, Water Ocean Bird, Nautical by ArtistWithTheCamera
Sea print, large clouds ocean photography, sea landscape, water art, blue wall art, vertical large poster by RivuletPhotography
Beach Glass Photo, Beach Glass, Sea Glass, Fine Art Photography Prints, Starfish Sand Dollar Blue White Decor by BLintonPhotography

Monday 26 December 2016

9 Natural or Recycled Planters ideas

When you look at Pinterest it seems that you can make a planter of almost everything, here are a few of my favorites :)
I love old clocks, and love this clock planter, although I would only do this to a clock if it is all rusted and broken.

Love these shoe planters, seems a bit odd but I saw various shoe planters on Pinterest and I actually saw it once in real life and liked it a lot. Nice way to let the shoe rot with nature instead of a landfill.

Love this coffee pot terrarium. I think we have two of these kind of pots, you know how it goes; the coffee machine stops working but you don't have the heart to throw away the pot as it is perfectly fine :)

Love these tea cup planters, very cute and great way to use the single odd and widowed cups with a new purpose.

This planter is more a piece of art than a planter, entirely made out of recycled materials, love this cutie from IronMaidArt.

These stone planters are from our shop and just listed yesterday, entirely natural stone with natural holes created by the waves.

It is sad that sometimes tree need to be cut down, but it makes it a little less sad when the remains are used, especially when it is green.

Love these cute tin planters. Here in Turkey you have large tins for oil, that is olive oil and such for food. After the tins are empty a lot of people use them as planters and the plans seem to love the tin as they always grow fantastically in them, and they make for very colorful planters.

These gold sprayed bottle bottoms look very cool. Did you know that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish left in the sea? Also did you know that a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose? Crazy, right? They really should be refilled again and again, it is crazy that they are used just once. It is a horrible thought and good to keep in mind before buying plastic. Here is a video about that, in a beautiful artistic way to grab people's attention, here is video 1/3, please watch all 3 of them, they are intriguing and educational:

Thursday 22 December 2016

Holiday Vibes

We had some crazy weeks and are now calming down. Just today we finished these 3 custom order bags below of which I showed a peek last time. And Christmas calmness has now officially begun :)

Since we have our pack of dogs we gave up on the Christmas tree, all our decorations have been at the attic for years, I kind of miss it, but on the other hand we don't have much time for it and the dogs would make a mess, and we love the dogs much more than a fake festive tree ;)

 It kind of feel like a Spring post, but I like it :)

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and hope that you get wonderful gifts, and most importantly will be surrounded with your loved ones!

Monday 19 December 2016

Our Creative Space...

We are working on some adorable custom order bags with vintage embroidery and patchworks.

The patchworks are all made with vintage fabrics, making these bags not only pretty but eco friendly as well.

You can see our bag selection at StarBags.

Wednesday 14 December 2016

Newly Listed: Sterling Silver Urchin Necklace with Cubic Zircon

Sterling Silver Urchin Necklace with Cubic Zircon Pink Sea Urchin Sterling Silver Necklace One of a Kind by StaroftheEast
Abstract Landscape, Large Wall Art, Pastel Birds, Cloud Landscape, Stormy Desert Sky, Cotton Candy, Mountain by BeelineStudio
St Petersburg landscape photography, city water art print, large wall art, artwork, pastel wall art, living room decor by RivuletPhotography
Pink flower art, rustic flower print, decor, farmhouse, country cottage, flower art, dried flower art by dullbluelight

Monday 12 December 2016

Sunny Sunday

Yesterday we kind of had a perfect day. After several weeks of Christmas season business and mum hurting herself with a nasty fall in the garden a few weeks ago and damaging a few ribs very badly in the process, we haven't gone to the beach in weeks and really needed some fresh air and a break.

The weather was amazing, sunny and warm, in the middle of December, we are really lucky, we know :) Also we had the entire beach for our selves, such luxury!

The sea was clear and calm, the sand had pretty motives.

Everything shiny and fresh.

And picturesque still-lives to boot.

Olive was enjoying it too, running around, always a joy to watch a happy doggy :)

A little sweet water stream.

Today we woke up to a dark clouded sky and it has been raining all day, the rain is very welcome but I'm happy that it waited a day :)

We of course went home with some lovely shells and driftwood :)

Monday 5 December 2016

Our Creative Space...

Mum has been knitting, well she almost knits non stop its her favorite thing to so (beside buying yarn to knit).
She made these beautiful triangles from 100% to felt after it is all sewn together.

However the bag turned out tiny after felting! After so many hours the result was very small, pretty , but small.

So she started again, this time much bigger triangles.

This time it really turned in to a bag or lets say a decent sized bag :)

Here you can see them together to compare. Looks fun as a mother-daughter duo, but they are available in the bag shop separately.

After mum finished the knitting and felting, I sewed the zippers and linings and riveted leather straps to them. They are available at StarBags, among many other special bags :)

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Newly Listed: Woven Copper Bracelet

Woven Copper Bracelet Herringbone style Wire wrapped Statement jewelry by staroftheeast
Rust- Photography by ShibbysShoppe
Conceptual Fine Art Photograph. golden hair, creative, contemporary art. modern art, ship birds clouds by violetgrayart
Metal Wall Art, Rust Photography, Metal Print, Wrought Iron Photo, Copper Wall Art by SCPerkinsPhotography

Monday 28 November 2016

Flower Power :)

This time our furniture piece started as a non furniture :) These large industrial spools are used often as tables and stools, the have metal pipes going through so are super strong and handy as they are neatly round already :)

I started by stabilizing it by adding wooden lats between the bottom and top, and adding wooden feet.

Then a strong fabric was tightly upholstered around this structure to make it evenly round, and on top of that a layer of foam to make it bigger and soft.

The bottom is usually just upholstered but because of the thickness of the velvet and the metal pipes of the spool I finished it off a little differently.

I upholstered a thin piece of round wood.

Which I then nailed to the bottom, covering up all uneven parts and finishing it neatly, it's all in the details :)

Here is the little ottoman after upholstering, but that was not all of course.

After making an arrangement of handmade fabric flowers I hand sewn them all to two sides of the ottoman, this part actually took much longer than the upholstery part. And yes, that is me at the end of November in my t-shirt outside!

And here it is, almost all made of vintage materials and fabric, a super flower power ottoman :)

It is cheerful and fun, and so love re-using all this old stuff.
It is available at StarHomeStudio, among other one of a kind furniture pieces.