Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Antique Halloween Postcards Turned Into Awesome Jewelry

 Antique Postcard Jewelry by Laura Beth Love
Vintage Halloween postcards transformed into unique jewelry
(don't worry - no original post cards were harmed in the process!)

I love the change in season from summer to fall. By late August/early September our local grocery store already has Halloween candy on display! Is it a bit too early for that? Maybe, but the lure of Halloween is one that I’ve always found especially charming. I love vintage Halloween items. Decorations, masks, costumes and postcards from years past have quite a different charm than those we see today.

The nostalgia of yesteryear is apparent in these vintage collectibles, and for many, brings back memories of childhood fun and games, costumes and trick-or-treating.

Halloween truly is a timeless holiday. What other time of year allows us to be something we are not, to fully use our imagination and allow reality to slip away, even if just for one night?

Halloween Postcards

I once read somewhere that Halloween collectibles are more desirable than collectibles from any other holiday, with Halloween postcards being some of the most sought after items do to their rarity. The illustrations and color lithography on these cards are beautiful. 

Depictions of witches, black cats, jack’0 lanterns, as well as fortune games and scenes of children bobbing for apples are common designs. I personally am intrigued by those with anthropomorphic figures; the corn-cob man and the grinning pumpkin head girl, vegetable people with smiling faces.

It’s amazing to think that at one time (around the late 1800’s and on) Halloween postcards were once as popular as Christmas cards!

Be sure to check out my Halloween Postcard Jewelry. A few of them are reversible, with a different vintage Halloween image on each side. Others feature a single image on one side. Each is very cool!



I’ve been making jewelry from antique and vintage postcards for a number of years now, and in my opinion, the Halloween images are the most intriguing than those of any other 
holiday. (Aside from Halloween I also make them with Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day 
and St. Patrick’s Day postcards) …And don’t worry, no original postcards are harmed in the process!

What do you think?

Have a great week & Happy Fall!

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Thursday, September 21, 2017

New - Soft & Shimmery Rose Gold Style Decor

Not only do rose and gold make a GREAT combination, rose-gold themes are so hot and completely on trend this year! 

I created two brand new rose gold themed designs for home decor and personal style. The first design I did was a hand-drawn mandala illustration that I drew in ink pen and then added color digitally. The second design I created was an acrylic abstract painting that I did in white with shades of pink and rose and just a touch of shimmery gold. I LOVED how it turned out! 

These designs have a soft, feminine look and I think they are great for all ages. I'm excited to share them with you! Click the text below each photo for more information for each item.  Each can be found in my Society6 shop or my Redbubble shop, and be sure to check out all of the other products in my S6 & RB shops (not shown below) - phone cases, travel mugs, notebooks, tshirts...that are also available in these beautiful patterns! I hope you like them! 

Rose Gold Mandala

Bohemian Mandala in Rose Gold Shower Curtain



Heartfelt Backpack


What do you think?

Have a great week!
Love, Laura

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

5 Ways To Add Cool Style To Your Dorm Room

Dorm rooms don't have to be dingy. As a matter of fact, it can be really uninspiring to live in a space that does not energize and motivate you, bring you joy and make you feel good. Did you know that your surroundings can directly influence your mood? I don't think it's any surprise that things such as colors and scents can make you feel great...or not so great.

So what do you do when you are not allowed to personalize your space by doing things like painting the walls or burning candles? Fear not, you can still have amazing style while still adhering to campus dorm rules. Obviously, common dorm rules are usually against doing things that would permanently alter the room (such as painting) or that go against safety (such as candles) but there are still lots of ways that you can make your space cozy, stylish, and all your own while still adhering to the rules. 

Starry Dream Rectangular Pillow

1. Don't be afraid of COLOR!

First and foremost, don't be afraid to use color! Choose colors that make you feel good and help you relax. Add them to your room by way of your bedding, pillows, wall art, and carpets.

She Who Dares - Indigo Ombre Bath Mat

2. Plants = Energy 

Plants add instant energy to a room. No matter whether you prefer cactus, succulents, or trailing vines, plants are also a great way to incorporate color into your living space. Plants are living things - take care of them, talk to them, give them names. :)

3. Make it cozy and comfy

A pretty floor pillow makes a great place to relax and meditate, and adds extra seating when friends come over to hang out. Adding a couple extra pillow shams to your bed can also up your comfort level and create extra seating space.

4. Add a wall tapestry or curtain and use it creatively

Tapestries have many uses - they're not just for hanging on walls, but are great for creating a bit more privacy in your room when used as a visual divider. Choose one in a size that fits your space! 

Greens No. 1 Window Curtains

Gypsy Soul Mystical Stars Purple Wall Tapestry

5. Use lighting to set the mood

It's amazing what a string of Christmas lights can do. Draped string lights can add a great twinkle and relaxing mood to your room. 

What do you think?

Have a great week!

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Vintage China Bracelets! (& More)

Hi friends! This week I have four new broken china bracelets in my shop - they are so much fun to wear; stylish, and just plain cool! These bracelets are made from antique china shards that I hand-select for the best combination of patterns for each bracelet. Once I choose the patterns I then hand-smooth all of the edges of each shard until they are perfectly smooth. 

To keep these bracelets lightweight and comfortable to wear, I do not do any soldered metalwork on them, but instead I adhere each shard to silverplated bracelet blank using a strong jewelry adhesive. Once completed, each finished bracelet measures about 7" in length - a small to medium size - but I will gladly add additional chain links at the end of the bracelet to extend the size if needed (at no additional cost!) so be sure to let me know if you would like yours custom-sized. :)

As always, here's what's new in my Etsy shop so far this week. More on the way!

All items shown are available in my Etsy shop.

I hope you like them! Let me know what you'd like to see next! 

If you've purchased from me and want to show off your jewelry please send me a photo of you wearing it and I would LOVE to feature it on my blog and/or my Dishfunctional Designs Facebook page! 

Feel free to send me photos through Facebook or email them to me at sales@dishfunctionaldesigns.com or even through an Etsy message. I LOVE seeing folks enjoying what I make so send me those photos! 

All items shown above are available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

Have a great week!

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2017 all rights reserved