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

Monday 4 February 2019

Newly Listed: Crazy Daisy Bag

Crazy Daisy Bag, Crocheted Chenille Puffy Happy Sunny Bag by StarBags
Pole Amande, Nature Photography, Fine Art Print, Flowers, Color Block by labokoff
Seed Pod Photograph, Poppy Pods Print, Nature Photography, Modern Rustic Art, Poppies by LupenGrainne
Woodland Tree Roots Photography, Fine Art Print, Tree Roots Print, Gnarled Roots by lostkatphotography

Friday 1 February 2019

Newly Listed: Test Tubes Vase

Test Tubes Vase, Rustic Driftwood Rack, Botanical Display, Reclaimed wood Home Decor by StarHomeStudio
Art, Photography, Venice Photography, Italy, Wall Art, Vintage, Turquoise Door, Print by cottagelightstudio
Beach Photography, jellyfish, ocean, sea, beach wall decor, wall art, Ephemeral by LynnLangmade
Old Rusted Teal Turquoise Door, Knob Lock, Rustic Home Decor Art Print Photography Art Print by jessicareisspix