Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Salvaged & Upcycled Telephone Booths

Old English phone booth restored and turned mini-library in Coopersburg, PA 

Did you ever think that phone booths would be one of those unique things that would be salvaged and upcycled into something new and different? 

Well some clever and creative folks decided to do just that when faced with the opportunity of transforming an old phone booth into whatever they desired. 

The results? How about a library? Check out these cool telephone booth transformations and maybe you'll be inspired to think about how you would transform one yourself.


Phone booth turned mini-library



Phone booth turned fish tank via Bitrebels.com



Old phone booth turned beach shower booth



Old phone booth turned bar



Phone booth turned wine storage via DIY network



Phone booth turned toilet in the woods



Here a old phone booth has been turned into a defibrillator station - smart idea!


Phone booth turned mini art gallery


You might also like:








Article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2021 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. For any link updates or corrections leave correct info in comment area. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Brick By Brick: Clever & Creative Ways To Reuse Old Bricks!

Don't let those old leftover bricks from your last landscaping project go to waste! There are a myriad of things you can do with them to create something great for home or garden.

Whether it be a bench, birdbath, firepit or more artistic endeavor, put those old bricks to work for you! 

Sometimes all you need is a spark of inspiration...

Create a garden pedestal for a birdbath like this one by Robin's Nesting Place



Use old bricks as garden edging like this one found on Pinterest


Create a recycled brick bookcase like this one 



Use leftover bricks to create a garden greenhouse

DIY upcycled brick planter box from The Project Pile has step by step instructions

Bricks with holes can be used as planters for succulents or other small plants. via



Create a recycled brick bench for your outdoor landscape 


Create a recycled brick garden bench and add paint for a clean, 
bright look like this one from houzz


Create an easy to make garden bench with leftover landscaping bricksa


Feeling artistic? All you need is a little bit of paint to create garden brick books like these from Salvage & Selvage 



A fire pit is the perfect thing to make with leftover bricks!


Create an informal paved path like this one from Home-Dzine...



...Or this one from DBMLandscapes


Painted salvaged bricks can add a pop of color to your garden landscape

Now you never have to wonder what to do with leftover bricks! Which is your favorite?


You might also like...





 




Article copyright Laura Beth Love 2021 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. For any link updates or corrections leave correct info in comment area. 

Sunday, July 25, 2021

How To Use A Bead Board (With Video Talk About Beads)

If you are new to jewelry making you probably have seen bead boards (aka beading boards aka bead design boards) at your local craft store or maybe you've seen them in bead catalogs while shopping for beads and other jewelry supplies. 

When I first started jewelry making and would visit my bead shop I would see these beading boards, but I would always ignore them–probably because they have numbers on them and I a have a pretty strong aversion to math!

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But once I got past learning the most basic of jewelry making techniques–mastering my wrapped loops and collecting all the tools I would need–I eventually sat down to create my first "big" project, a long, hand-beaded necklace, and learned very quickly that I would need to work on a towel or other cloth so that my beads did not roll off of my table and into oblivion! 

It was then that I realized, hey, that bead board may not be too bad of an idea!  And so I purchased my first one, for approximately $5.00 USD at my local Michael's craft store. 


A necklace I constructed using my beading board

But although it seemed pretty straight forward, I wasn't 100 percent sure exactly how to use it, and I was also still in my early days of understanding color and different types of beads whether they were stone or glass. It seemed like there was so much to learn.

Now, years later, I have put together a short YouTube video showing you how I use my bead board along with a few useful tips to help you along your jewelry making journey.

A necklace I constructed using my beading board

So head on over to my YouTube channel and check it out, and while you are there, be sure to take a peek at what else is new...

Also in case you haven't heard:

Recently I created a video workshop for how to create stamped molten solder components that you can find here, and afterwards I created another 2-part video workshop to go along with it where I show you how to turn these unique findings into jewelry. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 on my YouTube channel as well. Be sure to check them out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe! 

And be sure to check back again soon - I have some great videos coming up!


 Pin this post!


You might also like:


Part 1 workshop:

Part 2 workshop:



Article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2021 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. For any link updates or corrections leave correct info in comment area

Saturday, July 24, 2021

New Video Workshop: (Part 2) Turning Stamped Soldered Components Into Jewelry


In my first stamped soldering workshop I showed you how to create beautiful components and frames using wire and solder, and I also promised another workshop to teach you how to transform these unique pieces into jewelry. 

Because this new workshop is so long, I broke it into two separate videos, and Part 1 was recently released on my YouTube channel and now Part 2 is available!

Be sure to check it out and while you're there, don't forget to subscribe. 

So gather your tools and materials and come and learn something new!

And by the way, if you missed the first video where I teach the basics of this technique, you can watch that here!

And be sure to check back again soon - I have some great videos coming up!


 Pin this post!



Part 1 of this workshop:




You might also like:








Article copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2021 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author. For any link updates or corrections leave correct info in comment area