Thursday, April 2, 2020

Learn How To Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs - New Workshop!




Have you ever wondered how Ukrainian Easter Eggs are made? 

Now you can learn how to make your own Ukrainian Easter Eggs, called Pysanky, in my online workshop! 



Watch at your own pace and learn step-by-step while following my detailed instructions and demonstrations how to create this beautiful traditional craft.

I'm excited to share my egg decorating workshop with you! 

Check out the short video clip below for a sneak
peek of my Skillshare workshop:
Pysanky: Learn To Make Ukrainian Easter Eggs! 








And while you visit Skillshare, be sure to check out all the different types of instructional videos available to you, each from professional artists and craftspeople. Don't miss out! 




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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Free Printable! Cover Your Sneeze Please Art Print






I love creating artwork and have been meaning to get some free printables for you to use up on my blog for the longest time...and now I have lots of time to do so! 


This is the first (hopefully of many) printables that I will be offering you here on my blog and so it is my trial run. If you download the artwork and print it out, let me know how it goes for you, as I am still at the starting point and eager to work out any glitches. 


You are free to print a copy of this artwork for display in your home or work, but you are not allowed to sell any copies of it in any form (this means you may not sell the digital file, prints of this artwork, or items such as t-shirts with this artwork printed on it. More on that below in the fine print.) Just know that it's for your own personal use and you may not sell it in any form. 


Ok, on to the good stuff. This is an original watercolor painting of the popular evil eye motif which I combined with the graphic font to create this cool little poster that's perfect for reminding your kids (or anyone else) to cover their sneeze, please! It's perfect for teacher's classrooms and doctor's offices, and you are free to print out 5 copies for your own personal use! Please read the legal usage rules below if you are going to use a copy. If you would like to use this image for other applications or for more copies, please contact me to purchase a usage license.


 Free printable from Laura Beth Love
This is a sample version of the image


I created this special file in an 8-inch by 8-inch square so it's perfect size for display and easy to print out right from your home printer. I also saved it as a .PDF file so you could have the best possible print quality.  


To get the file, simply left click on the above image to be taken to the file (Do not "right click and save" on the above sample image because that is just a small .jpg sample sized image and is not the full size or print-quality file.) 


You can also get the .PDF directly by going here.


Please enjoy this print and be sure to check back for more free printables! Also, I would LOVE to see how you display my artwork in your own home so be sure to post a picture on my facebook page, tag me on Instagram @laurabethlove, or email it to me at sales@dishfunctionaldesigns.com so we can share it with everyone! 






The legal stuff: This original artwork was created by me, Laura Beth Love, and I retain full copyrights for the sale and distribution of this artwork. You are permitted to print out up to five (5) copies for your own personal use. You are not allowed to sell prints of this artwork or any other type of tangible copies or facsimiles of this artwork such as t-shirts with this artwork, nor are you allowed to sell a digital copy of this artwork either by itself or as part of a collection without purchasing special rights from me.





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Friday, March 27, 2020

How To Safely Shop For Groceries & Disinfect Them in COVID-19 Pandemic




There has been ongoing debate as to whether or not you should take the extra time and care to disinfect your groceries to prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

In the end, no matter what your opinion is, the choice is up the the individual. 

Being an asthmatic, I always like to err of the side of caution, so I am being extra careful with my own families groceries. 

I actually do a process that is similar to the one that is demonstrated in this video, but I never set my produce on the surface of my sink! I use a clean towel instead. 

I hope all of you and your families stay safe and well as we work through this road-bump.

Laura




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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Craft Time For Toilet Paper Hoarders: Toilet Paper Tube Art


Why do you need so much toilet paper?

It's all over the news. People are hoarding rolls and rolls of toilet paper like there's no tomorrow. (There will be a tomorrow people, I promise, just stay home for a bit, wash your hands and take care of your families!) In the mean time, go easy! 

There are lots of people in this world and everyone needs some, so please take only what you need, and share your extras. There are elderly folks, young couples with babies and lots of young children who need it too, so just keep that in mind. Anyway, now that I've helped to spread the social message, what the heck are you going to do with all of those leftover empty cardboard toilet paper roll tubes? Read on...


Fritz Junior Jacquet had the right idea when he decided to transform empty cardboard toilet paper roll tubes into fun crafts. The toilet paper roll face was born and now with a little bit of know-how and a bit of practice, you can make your own. 



Instructions:

1. Wet the toilet paper roll tube. Make it soaking wet, but don't soak it in water for too long or it will completely fall apart. Just drench it.

2. Use your fingers to manipulate the cardboard, pinching and forming it to create facial features; eyes, a nose, a mouth, puppy dog ears? You get the picture. 

3. Allow it to completely dry and harden.

4. Paint with your favorite paints. I recommend acrylic paints. Allow to dry. Enjoy. 

Check out these amazing examples to inspire you. What other things could you create? How about cats and dogs, or even an alien? I want to see what you create, so if you make this craft be sure to share photos on our Facebook page!









Above you can see part of the process, once the cardboard tubes are shaped and allowed to dry. Now they are ready for paint!









All images & artwork from Fritz Junior Jacquet



What do you think?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Antique Shop Curiosities: Unusual & Creative Things Found At An Antique Shop


The creativity of people never ceases to amaze me - even in an antique shop - sometimes especially in an antique shop - where you can find all kinds of contraptions and thingamajigs made or crafted long ago by someone's creative spark. It's kind of odd how the person is long ago gone, but the item still remains, isn't it? After all, it's just a "thing" made by a human who is so complex and who has such great potential. Yet the thing is what remains, years and years later, long after the person has died. In some ways, it is the mark that that person left upon the world. A creative finger print.

In the "old days" folks would create things with innovation, using odds and ends of bits and pieces of what they had on hand. Not because it was trendy to upcycle or that they were environmentally conscious (not that they weren't,) but because those bits and pieces might have been all they had on hand to use. These folks actually had to think to create something, not stop by their local big box craft retailer or flip on QVC to purchase the latest boxed craft project, or even subscribe to receive a box in the mail at timed intervals, all parts included. 

Today I'll share with you just a couple of things I came across last week when I visited a local antique shop. I hope these things inspire you to create something unique as well!

First up (photo above and below,) behold the humble piece of broken jewelry and junk drawer oddity, creatively transformed into a miniature diorama! Yes, the doll house sized rooms you see above and below are created from bits and pieces of old jewelry, findings, and odds and ends. 


Mini rooms created from bits of old jewelry and miscellaneous findings


Mini rooms created from bits of old jewelry and miscellaneous findings


My heart made a little jump when I came across this next one, and if you are a quilter or love to sew, you are sure to love it too. 

Yes, this one made me grab my camera! How cute is that? This little sewing bird looks to be handmade and has a hole for scissors that give the bird his beak. Wooden pegs hold spools of thread - with one serving as a hat - and other sewing notions surround him. Love it!







This next one was found at the same shop, and though not antique, I thought it was creative and pretty, so out came the camera. This person took pressed leaves and flowers and decoupaged them to distressed wood cabinet doors, a small cabinet, and canvases. There were a few areas of the flowers that looked very delicate that could have used more glue, decoupage medium, or even a thin coat of liquid resin to increase their life because you could see them pulling away from the wood, but they were pretty either way and I hope they serve as creative inspiration for  you!








Let me know what do you think!

Which do you like best?

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Sunday, March 8, 2020

New Broken China Jewelry In My Etsy Shop


Happy March! Hope you are adjusting just fine to Daylight Savings Time! Come and see what is brand new in my Etsy shop today! 
































All items shown are available (while they last) in my Etsy shop

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