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Newly Listed: Ombre Knitted Bag

Ombre Knitted Bag, Soft Romantic Bohemian Bag, Gray, Pink and White by StarBags
Forest Print, Winter Landscape, Landscape Photography, Foggy Forest by EyePoetryPhotography
Botanical Photograph Pink Gray Flower Dreamy Garden Nature Floral Minimalist by GalleryZooArt
Paris Photography, Montmartre Parisian Rooftops, France, French Wall Decor by rebeccaplotnick

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Newly Listed: Live, Laugh, Love Tote

Live, Laugh, Love Tote, Wool Suiting, Leather and Antique Lace Tote Bag by StarBags
Blue Moon, Full Moon photo, moon phase photograph, night sky with tree branch sillhouette by moondreamin
Fine Art Photography, Castle Staircase, Abstract Art, Fairytale Art, Spiral Design by PrettyPetalStudio
Photography Backdrop, Old vintage background, Food and product styling photography by InkAndElm

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Newly Listed: Bohemian Leather Knitted Bag

Bohemian Leather Bag, Knitted Leather Tote Bag made with Vintage Kuchi Tassel Charms, Boho Bag by StarBags
Seabirds Photograph, Coastal Seascape, Ocean Landscape, Beach Decor, Beach Photography, Coastal Seabirds by BreeMadden
Sand Photography, beach photo, wall art seashore print coastal photograph, Sandy Shore by CarolynCochrane
Seaside Simplicity, Fine Art Photograph Nature, Beach, Coastal, Sea Grass, Fog, Fence by mariegradypalcic

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Newly Listed: Crocheted Moss Green Bag

Crocheted Moss Green Bag with Leather Straps, Bohemian Kuchi Bag by StarBags
Old Stone Church Photograph Ireland foggy medieval  travel photography ruins by FirstLightPhoto
Kitchen Decor Fine Art Food Photograph Wall Art Fresh Herbs Thyme by LupenGrainne
Green Wall Print, Rustic Home Decor, Green Moss, Antique Bricks by LisaRussoFineArt

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Once upon a time, long, long ago a king and queen ruled over a distant land.  The queen was kind and lovely and all the people of the realm adored her.  The only sadness in the queen's life was that she wished for a child but did not have one.

One winter day, the queen was doing needle work while gazing out her ebony window at the new fallen snow.  A bird flew by the window startling the queen and she pricked her finger.  A single drop of blood fell on the snow outside her window.  As she looked at the blood on the snow she said to herself, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as ebony." 

Soon after that, the kind queen got her wish when she gave birth to a baby girl who had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.  They named the baby princess Snow White, but sadly, the queen died after giving birth to Snow White.

Soon after, the king married a new woman who was beautiful, but as well proud and cruel.  She had studied dark magic and owned a magic mirror, of which she would daily ask,

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

Each time this question was asked, the mirror would give the same answer, "Thou, O Queen, art the fairest of all."  This pleased the queen greatly as she knew that her magical mirror could speak nothing but the truth.

One morning when the queen asked, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" she was shocked when it answered:

You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But Snow White is even fairer than you.
The Queen flew into a jealous rage and ordered her huntsman to take Snow White into the woods to be killed.  She demanded that the huntsman return with Snow White's heart as proof.

The poor huntsman took Snow White into the forest, but found himself unable to kill the girl.  Instead, he let her go, and brought the queen the heart of a wild boar.

Snow White was now all alone in the great forest, and she did not know what to do.  The trees seemed to whisper to each other, scaring Snow White who began to run.  She ran over sharp stones and through thorns.  She ran as far as her feet could carry her, and just as evening was about to fall she saw a little house and went inside in order to rest.

Inside the house everything was small but tidy.  There was a little table with a tidy, white tablecloth and seven little plates.  Against the wall there were seven little beds, all in a row and covered with quilts.

Because she was so hungry Snow White ate a few vegetables and a little bread from each little plate and from each cup she drank a bit of milk. Afterward, because she was so tired, she lay down on one of the little beds and fell fast asleep.

After dark, the owners of the house returned home.  They were the seven dwarves who mined for gold in the mountains.  As soon as they arrived home, they saw that someone had been there -- for not everything was in the same order as they had left it.

The first one said, "Who has been sitting in my chair?"

The second one, "Who has been eating from my plate?"

The third one, "Who has been eating my bread?"

The fourth one, "Who has been eating my vegetables?"

The fifth one, "Who has been eating with my fork?"

The sixth one, "Who has been drinking from my cup?"

But the seventh one, looking at his bed, found Snow White lying there asleep.  The seven dwarves all came running up, and they cried out with amazement.  They fetched their seven candles and shone the light on Snow White.

"Oh good heaven! " they cried. "This child is beautiful!"

They were so happy that they did not wake her up, but let her continue to sleep in the bed.  The next morning Snow White woke up, and when she saw the seven dwarves she was frightened.  But they were friendly and asked, "What is your name?"

"My name is Snow White," she answered.

"How did you find your way to our house?" the dwarves asked further.

Then she told them that her stepmother had tried to kill her, that the huntsman had spared her life, and that she had run the entire day through the forest, finally stumbling upon their house.

The dwarves spoke with each other for awhile and then said, "If you will keep house for us, and cook, make beds, wash, sew, and knit, and keep everything clean and orderly, then you can stay with us, and you shall have everything that you want."

"Yes," said Snow White, "with all my heart."  For Snow White greatly enjoyed keeping a tidy home.

So Snow White lived happily with the dwarves.  Every morning they went into the mountains looking for gold, and in the evening when they came back home Snow White had their meal ready and their house tidy.  During the day the girl was alone, except for the small animals of the forest that she often played with.

Now the queen, believing that she had eaten Snow White's heart, could only think that she was again the first and the most beautiful woman of all.  She stepped before her mirror and said:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?

It answered:

You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But Snow White, beyond the mountains
With the seven dwarves,
Is still a thousand times fairer than you.

This startled the queen, for she knew that the mirror did not lie, and she realized that the huntsman had deceived her and that Snow White was still alive.  Then she thought, and thought again, how she could rid herself of Snow White -- for as long as she was not the most beautiful woman in the entire land her jealousy would give her no rest.

At last she thought of something.  She went into her most secret room -- no one else was allowed inside -- and she made a poisoned apple.  From the outside it was beautiful, and anyone who saw it would want it.  But anyone who might eat a little piece of it would die.  Coloring her face, she disguised herself as an old peddler woman, so that no one would recognize her, traveled to the dwarves house and knocked on the door.

Snow White put her head out of the window, and said, "I must not let anyone in; the seven dwarves have forbidden me to do so."

"That is all right with me," answered the peddler woman. "I'll easily get rid of my apples.  Here, I'll give you one of them."

"No," said Snow White, "I cannot accept anything from strangers."

"Are you afraid of poison?" asked the old woman. "Look, I'll cut the apple in two.  You eat half and I shall eat half."

Now the apple had been so artfully made that only the one half was poisoned.  Snow White longed for the beautiful apple, and when she saw that the peddler woman was eating part of it she could no longer resist, and she stuck her hand out and took the poisoned half.  She barely had a bite in her mouth when she fell to the ground dead.

The queen looked at her with an evil stare, laughed loudly, and said, "White as snow, red as blood, black as ebony wood!  The dwarves shall never awaken you."

Back at home she asked her mirror:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?

It finally answered:

You, my queen, are fairest of all.

Then her cruel and jealous heart was at rest, as well as a cruel and jealous heart can be at rest.

When the dwarves came home that evening they found Snow White lying on the ground.  She was not breathing at all.  She was dead.  They lifted her up and looked at her longingly.  They talked to her, shook her and wept over her.  But nothing helped.  The dear child was dead, and she remained dead.  They laid her on a bed of straw, and all seven sat next to her and mourned for her and cried for three days.  They were going to bury her, but she still looked as fresh as a living person, and still had her beautiful red cheeks.

They said, "We cannot bury her in the black earth," and they had a transparent glass coffin made, so she could be seen from all sides.  They laid her inside, and with golden letters wrote on it her name, and that she was a princess.  Then they put the coffin outside on a mountain, and one of them always stayed with it and watched over her.  The animals too came and mourned for Snow White, first an owl, then a raven, and finally a dove.

Now it came to pass that a prince entered these woods and happened onto the dwarves' house, where he sought shelter for the night .  He saw the coffin on the mountain with beautiful Snow White in it, and he read what was written on it with golden letters.

Then he said to the dwarves, "Let me have the coffin.  I will give you anything you want for it."

But the dwarves answered, "We will not sell it for all the gold in the world."

Then he said, "Then give it to me, for I cannot live without being able to see Snow White.  I will honor her and respect her as my most cherished one."

As he thus spoke, the good dwarves felt pity for him and gave him the coffin.  The prince had his servants carry it away on their shoulders.  But then it happened that one of them stumbled on some brush, and this dislodged from Snow White's throat the piece of poisoned apple that she had bitten off.  Not long afterward she opened her eyes, lifted the lid from her coffin, sat up, and was alive again.

"Good heavens, where am I?" she cried out.

The prince said joyfully, "You are with me."  He told her what had happened, and then said, "I love you more than anything else in the world.  Come with me to my father's castle.  You shall become my wife."  Snow White loved him, and she went with him.  Their wedding was planned with great splendor and majesty.

Snow White's wicked step-mother was invited to the feast, and when she had arrayed herself in her most beautiful garments, she stood before her mirror, and said:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?

The mirror answered:
You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But the young queen is a thousand times fairer than you.

Not knowing that this new queen was indeed her stepdaughter, she arrived at the wedding, and her heart filled with the deepest of dread when she realized the truth - the evil queen was banished from the land forever and the prince and Snow White lived happily ever after.

(Grimm's Fairy Tale version - translated by Margaret Hunt - language modernized a bit by Leanne Guenther)

All bags are available at Starbags, each is one of a kind :).

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Newly Listed: Knitted Fish Bag

Knitted Fish Bag, Ombré Striped Pisces Purse with Chain by StarBags
Hawaiian Art, Sea Turtle, Ocean Photography, Tropical Decor, Fine Art Print, Wall Art by PausePicture
Dorset Sea, Landscape Photography, Nature Print, Wall Art, Ocean Lover by AnnieKathleenArt
Photograph from my last dive.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Patchwork Challenge

I wanted to make a patchwork bag in which the bottom and the gusset would continue seamlessly in the body of the bag.

I hadn't used that construction before so it was a bit of a puzzle. I ironed the patches in a diagonal on interface, starting with the gusset/bottom part and filling the front and back afterwards.

It wasn't the most straightforward way possible, but I only could figure it out by doing it so.

After the bag was assembled this way I cut it open to be able to sew the patches together in a flat surface.

And then you can see how easy it really is if you know how ! Well, next time it will be easier :)

I love how slick the seamless construction looks!

The bag is available at StarBags, among other patchwork bags :)

Monday, 19 March 2018

Newly Listed: Escher Inspired Bag

Escher Inspired Bag, Hand Crocheted Ton sur Ton Bag in Cream, Brown, Gray and Green tones by StarBags
Owl Winter Snow, Forest, Tree Branches, Birds Wildlife, Nature, Frozen Woods Photography by EclecticForest
Seashell Photograph Beach Art, Coastal Wall Print, Beach Photography, Cottage Coastal Decor by newleafpics
Old Stone Church Photograph, Ireland, foggy medieval ancient stone building, eery ruins by FirstLightPhoto

Monday, 18 December 2017

Newly Listed: Knitted Sea Urchin Bag

Knitted Sea Urchin Bag, Hand Knitted Quirky Purse, Tentacles, Fun, Alien, Little Bag, Kiss-lock by StarBags
Garden Rainbow, Nature Photography, Rainy Landscape, Rain, Water, Fine Art by mooncrater
New York City Photography, NYC, Manhattan skyline, cityscape, city lights, urban decor, modern by ScarlettElla
Abstract Photography, Bokeh, Christmas Lights, Decor Abstract Art Colorful Neon by riotjane

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Newly Listed: Woodland Owl Bag

Woodland Owl Bag - Vintage Embroidery, Sunny Orange Colors, Patchwork and Leather Bag by StarBags
Nature Photography, Autumn Home, Rustic Fall, Woodland, Tree Photo, Leaves by Kristybee
Woodland Photography, Fall Foliage, New England, Earthy, Rustic by cloven
Landscape Photography, Autumn, Church Steeple, Rustic, Woodland, New England by cloven

Friday, 10 November 2017

Newly Listed: Knitted Gray with Purple Bag

Knitted Gray with Purple Bag, Hand Knitted Bohemian Purse, Flowers, Leaves and Beads, Little Bag, Chain Strap, Kiss-lock by StarBags
Fuchsia pink flower photograph french decor france photograph flower print architecture photograph rosa canina photograph by oohprettyshiny
Azalea Print, Pink Azalea Art, Pink Azalea Canvas Wrap, Bright Pink Azalea, Edisto Island, South Carolina by SheenWatkinsStudio
Rustic Colorful Flower Photo, Old Vintage wall, Pink and Red Country Art, Old Stone Wall and flowers, Fine Art, Large Wall Art, Fuchsia by SGPFineArt

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 :)

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

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Newly Listed: Kaleidoscope Hobo Bag

Kaleidoscope Hobo Bag Crocheted Flowers, Colorful Boho Purse by StarBags
Enchanted Garden - Fine Art Photograph by UnaPhoto
Lilac Bicycle Photograph, Rustic Distressed, Shabby Chic Cottage Home Bike  Flowers by TammieJeanPhoto
Michigan Print, Purple Thistles, Distressed Wildflowers, Purple Green Textured Wildflowers by 1029GallerybyEvie

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Moroccan Tiles

Yesterday we finished this beautiful patchwork bag. We used all kind of vintage and pre-loved fabrics and added some doilies which we had dyed a while back.
The result reminds me of the beautiful Moroccan tiles which I love.

Don't you just love the combination of various patterns?

I found all these tile images on Pinterest, among many others.

I love how little pieces of fabric can turn in something beautiful and useful.

The bag is available at StarBags.

Would you like to have a home with these tiles? Only for one room perhaps to not get overwhelmed :)?

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Newly Listed: Bohemian Floral Bag

Bohemian Floral Bag - Vintage Embroidery, Black bag, Flower Power, Kiss-lock by StarBags
Red Tulip Print, flower photography nature wall art, dark botanical, Petals in the Grass by CarolynCochrane
Butterfly with Red Flower Photography Print, Spring Green Garden Art, Fine Art Print by StudioZoom
Photo Print of red water lillies blooming - Red on Black by hbphotographs

Monday, 24 July 2017

Beach and Bags

We went to the beach yesterday, funny enough we hardly go to the beach during the Summer.
It is just too hot to stay long and too crowded to actually find something or to enjoy it as much as we enjoy it during the Winter months.

I had just finished two beach totes so used the opportunity to take pictures of them on the beach :)

While the views are gorgeous we were frustrated by how much garbage people leave behind once they had their day on the beach, it seems people come to eat and do not care about the mess they leave behind :(

About the totes; they are made of linen and have machine embroidered anchors. The straps are upcycled leather, riveted to the bag. They have a fun anchor charm for a fun finishing touch.

The heat has gotten to me this year, and I am looking forward to cooler times when the beaches are ours again, calm and clean.

Both anchor bags are available at StarBags.