Friday, November 16, 2018

A Rockhound's Crystal Hunting Field Trip: Amethyst Hunting!

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Rock hunting for gems and pearls old-timey style ca1480


Agh! I can't believe I almost forgot to write a blog post about my recent trip crystal hunting for amethyst gemstones! I guess I have just been too busy lately and it slipped my mind. But I remembered this morning and figured I had better do it right now! 

Last month my daughters and I had the amazing opportunity to go on a field trip to a private farm to search for quartz amethyst crystals. We only had a few hours to do so, so it was a very early Saturday morning for us to get up and quickly get ready to hit the road for a few hour drive to our destination. It was a cold and very rainy October morning but nothing was going to keep us away from hunting for gemstones! 

Being a rockhound my entire life and always searching for that elusive, unique or unusual stone, I knew this just might be a once in a lifetime opportunity so nothing was going to hold us back! Soon we arrived at our destination, in the middle of a huge stretch of farm country, thank goodness for GPS or I don't think we would have ever found it. 

We unloaded our supplies and headed out into the rain and mud, so excited and happy! We weren't there for two minutes and my daughter looked down and found her first amethyst crystal! Soon the rain turned into a slow drizzle and then stopped completely, and we even had a few moments of sunlight. One by one we found the crystals, clear quartz, purple amethyst, gray smoky quartz, and golden citrine, but mostly purple amethyst. 




We weren't even there for two minutes and my daughter found her first amethyst crystal! That smile says it all!







Early morning, rainy, cold, muddy, paradise!!




Essential tools: Your oldest sneakers or mud boots, warm, old clothes that you can get muddy, a warm rain jacket with a hood, rubber-coated gardening gloves, a bucket, the longest screwdriver you have, a garden tool or two for digging in the dirt, a large plastic baggie to keep your finds safe, and a clean wet washcloth in another baggie to clean your hands with. I also had a couple old towels and two old gallon milk containers filled with tap water in my truck for washing up if needed.




Crystals just lying there in the mud. 



See the dark tip on that crystal above? That's a purple amethyst crystal!  



Crystal points of all shapes and sizes and shades of purple.



That folks, is one large beautiful crystal cluster peeking out through the mud! (see what it looks like cleaned up at the end of this post!) You have to look very closely! It's so easy to walk right past them. You have to train your eyes to look for colors and shapes - same as if you are looking for arrowheads.



We each came home with a gallon-sized bag full of mud covered crystals!




Looks can be deceiving! These muddy crystals need a good cleaning. 





Sorting by sizes and cleaning them up - this is the way my kids did theirs.




Here are a few of the larger clusters that I found. The one in the back center (photo above) is the one I show in the ground a few photos back. This photo is dark, but they still need a good cleaning with Iron Out to remove all the brown and rust colored staining.








What do you think? 

Have you ever been crystal hunting?


Have a great week!
 Laura

Article and images copyright ©Laura Beth Love for Dishfunctional Designs™ 2018 all rights reserved

Monday, November 12, 2018

A Midas Touch Of Gold For Your Autumn Thanksgiving Table


Gold Painted Turkey from The Glitter Guide


Oh my gosh Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Next Thursday! This is the time of year when the pace really picks up and all of a sudden the holidays are here. 

How do you decorate your Thanksgiving table? ...don't say with a turkey! I already guessed that! :)

I love the look of gold in autumn, it's such a warm tone and coordinates so well with the turning autumn leaf shades of yellow, orange, red, and brown. Adding a touch of gold is a great way to dress up your Thanksgiving table, and it's much easier and inexpensive than you might think. 

There are many free, natural items that you might be able to find in your own backyard or on a nature walk that you can use for your table. Think about acorns, fallen brown leaves (press them between some paper and in between heavy books to flatten them out while they finish drying), branches, stones, feathers, pinecones, gourds and pumpkins left over from Halloween...what else can you think of? I can promise that you don't need much, because a little touch of gold goes a long way. 

A small bottle of metallic gold colored acrylic paint can be found at just about any craft store for around one dollar. As a matter of fact, you might be surprised to find that your craft store might just offer more than one shade of gold for you to choose from! Pick up an inexpensive craft paint brush and that is all you need, plus a little bit of creative fun time. You have a week and two days to prepare! 

Paint your items and allow ample drying time, at least 48 hours. Take a look at what some other creative folks have created with a bit of gold paint and a little bit of ingenuity... 


Make your own ornate framed chalkboard DIY from HGTV



DIY Golden Acorns 



Give Thanks festive printables from a bird and a bean



Gilded branches make a beautiful & inexpensive centerpiece


 Painted Leaves by Laura Beth Love Dishfunctional Designs
Hand-paint some pressed leaves from your own backyard. DIY from Dishfunctional Designs



Gilded harvest place cards (above and below) by Cupcakes and Cashmere






Paint some metallic tipped feathers DIY from Dishfunctional Designs



DIY Thanksgiving pear place cards by Freutcake



Create a gold pumpkin vase



DIY Glittered Corn Thanksgiving Centerpiece from Martha Stewart



Elegant DIY Thanksgiving tablescape from The Glitter Guide



DIY Gold Pinecone Garland from The Sweetest Occasion



DIY Gold Magnolia Wreath by Dorsey Designs



Thanksgiving inspired gold table decor by a pumpkin and a princess



Which is your favorite? 
How do you decorate for Thanksgiving? 



Have a great week!
 Laura

Saturday, November 10, 2018

New Abstract Ink & Watercolor Art In Home Decor


Sun Splash Red Blue Ink Abstract Painting Wall Mural by Laura Beth Love #laurabethlove
Sun Splash Wall Mural in Red and Blue



Hi friends, I hope you are having a nice autumn! I'd love to hear about what types of creative projects and endeavors you have been up to, so be sure to share in the comments below! 

I've been dabbling a little bit with watercolor painting over the past year and most recently have been playing with ink, creating some fluid art in abstract, organic designs. I really like the way these turned out and so I listed each of them in my print on demand sights - so they are all available on Society6 and on Redbubble, printed on any type of item you could imagine, art prints, framed prints, canvas prints, bedding, pillows, blankets, wall tapestries and wall hangings, tableware including mugs, travel mugs, cutting boards, serving trays, apparel t-shirts, sweatshirts, iphone cases, skins and laptop sleeves, shower curtains, rugs, towels, and most recently furniture such as bar stools, benches and tables! 

I thought I would share a few of my favorites below, so check them out and leave me a comment and let me know which you like the most! 



Buy Organic Flow Green Plum Abstract Ink Painting Laptop Sleeve by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Organic Flow, abstract ink painting in plum and sage


Buy Becoming Abstract Painting in Amethyst Rose Canvas Print by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Becoming abstract painting in amethyst rose


Buy Sun Splash Abstract Painting Canvas Print by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Sun Splash, abstract fluid art painting


Buy Meandering Blue Abstract Painting Duvet Cover by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Meandering Blue comforters, duvets, and pillows


Buy Blue Green Teal Fluid Art Abstract Painting Throw Pillow by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Blue Green Teal fluid art throw pillow

Buy Ethereal in Ink Black Comforters by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Ethereal In Ink Black comforters, duvet covers, pillow, and home decor


Buy Meandering Green Abstract Painting iPhone Case by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Meandering Green phone case


Buy Daydreaming 3 Abstract Painting Liquid Art Floor Pillow by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Daydreaming 3, floor pillow


Buy Dream No. 2 Olive Lime Moss Plum Travel Mug by laurabethlove. Worldwide shipping available at Society6.com. Just one of millions of high quality products available.
Dream No. 2 Olive Lime Moss Plum, travel mug


Which is your favorite? 




Have a great week!
 Laura




Article and images copyright ©Laura Beth Love for Dishfunctional Designs™ 2018 all rights reserved

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New Vintage Lace Jewelry - Lace & Glass Necklace


 Antique Lace Jewelry by Laura Beth Love Dishfunctional Designs


"A remnant of cloth from a baby's first dress, a bit of lace from your wedding veil or vintage handkerchief, a piece of your grandmother's quilt, or perhaps a square from one of your father's ties—what better way to preserve a small snippet of a precious textile than to transform it into a beautiful, wearable piece you can enjoy every day?"   
- Laura Beth Love, Boho Chic Jewelry: 25 Timeless Designs Using Soldering, Beading, Wire Wrapping and More, 2014 FW Media, KP Craft


 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs

Wow, it's been a while since I've made some of my vintage lace & glass jewelry (learn how in project Lace & Glass Necklace, page 97, Boho Chic Jewelry Book). I try to offer a nice selection of different items in my shop, and my vintage lace jewelry seems to always sell out quickly. 

Every now and then I get in the mood to switch gears and create something a little different. My lace and glass jewelry is one of those go-to items that I enjoy creating on a whim when the mood strikes. I figured I would make a few of these unique pieces and get them in my shop for the holidays, so here they are. 

I think the piece featured below turned out especially nice. I individually hand-beaded each gemstone link one at a time, and it took me an entire afternoon to put this one together! The chain and wires are all solid sterling silver and the gemstones are genuine pearls, rainbow moonstone beads, and quartz crystal beads.

This piece is long! It measures about 31" in length and easily slips over your head...I think I added the lobster claw style clasp out of good habit! :)  The lace is antique Edwardian era and is a shade of creamy vintage off-white.

The two pieces shown at the bottom of this page are a bit different, with an antique black finish and unique chain, and pendant style with small crystal for some variations. I hope you like them!



 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique Lace Jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs




 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique Lace Jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



 Antique lace jewelry by Laura Beth Love, Dishfunctional Designs



What do you think? 


Have a great week!
 Laura

Article and images copyright ©Laura Beth Love for Dishfunctional Designs™ 2018 all rights reserved