Sunday, March 17, 2019

Announcement: New Jewelry Now Available At laurabethlove.com


I'm so happy to announce that I am once again offering my jewelry for sale directly from my website at www.laurabethlove.com! It's been a long time since I've offered my jewelry for sale directly from my own website—over the years I've relied on Etsy as the sole online marketplace for my jewelry, but with rising Etsy fees and their extended control over my shop, (and their ability to shut any shop down for any reason whenever they please and without notice) I felt that it was time for me to no longer put all of my eggs in one basket and once again gain better control and ownership of my online presence. 

Not only has Etsy recently raised their seller's fees from 3.5 percent up to 5 percent, but now Etsy has also decided to take an additional 5 percent of whatever my customer pays for their shipping...and to me that is just really unfair and excessive, especially since I only charge exactly what shipping and packaging costs. So instead of having to increase my prices to offset the rising fees, I felt moving much of my new inventory back to my own website would be the smart thing to do!


So from here on out, be sure to check my website for new jewelry. Here are some of the new pieces I listed this week that are available directly from website right now. All are for sale at www.laurabethlove.com 










All items available at www.laurabethlove.com


Have a great week!
Laura



My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at
www.laurabethlove.com
and
www.dishfunctionldesigns.etsy.com




Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

In My Never Humble Opinion... College Admissions Scandal





In my never humble opinion...

Yesterday I read with shock and disgust about the college scandal where actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman among many others are charged with paying huge bribes for their teens to attend universities which otherwise they would not have had the qualifications to attend. (If you missed it, here's the article)

Because these teens were falsely admitted into these programs, other truly qualified teens were turned away because frankly, there’s only so many spots to fill.

I’m a single mom who works multiple jobs to raise my own teens single-handedly. My kids work unbelievably hard to maintain straight A’s in school — my older daughter taking multiple AP classes, spending endless days, nights, weekends, and yes, holidays, writing papers and studying for exams. I can’t afford special classes or tutors to help them prepare for the PSATs and SATs, and just recently we scraped to get the money together to just to pay for the AP exams. My kids know this, and they never complain, and would never ask for anything such as an SAT prep class that they know we can’t afford —instead, they do as much work as they humanly can to get the best grades they can. They work for it.

To those parents and families who had a part in this scandal I say this: How dare you think that your child is more deserving than mine.

What I can tell you is this: Last night I went to bed with the satisfaction of knowing that even though my family may have a speck of what yours has financially, my kids and I have so much that you’ll never have; integrity, work ethic, and good common sense.

In this situation there is such a lack of thought or care about the students who were turned away from those schools due to your actions. In reading all the articles and opinions about this scandal one of the most prolific words thrown around is “privilege.“ That’s barely the tip of the iceberg. It’s one thing to have money and think that you are privileged due to that, but it’s completely another thing to have such a lack of character—and to be a parent with such a lack of character—that you would even consider participating in such an elaborate illegal scheme.


You know what's more important than the caliber of school you attend? Being a decent human being. 

Like I said earlier, this entire scandal may be shocking and disgusting, but when I go to bed at night I sleep so well not just due to the fact that I know I have great kids who work so hard to earn all that they have, but also due to the fact that I am a great mom. 

So to all you other great moms, dads, kids, and families out there—keep working hard and doing your best. Not all that we do pays off financially in the end, but to have the peace of mind that you did things the right way and with honesty and integrity...that is priceless. 






What are your thoughts?


Have a great week!
Laura


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at
www.laurabethlove.com
and
www.dishfunctionldesigns.etsy.com




Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author

Saturday, March 2, 2019

My Amazing Thrift Shop Haul Video & Secret I Learned From The Cashier




Most people know that thrift shopping can be hit or miss. There have been many times I've left my favorite thrift shop empty handed. But there are other days when I've found such an amazing bargain that it makes up for all those empty-handed days! 

I guess that's one of the things that makes thrift shop shopping so attractive and fun - it can be kind of a low budget treasure hunt where you never know what you might find. 

We all have our mental lists of things that we look for when thrift shopping, whether it be something in particular such as materials for a project we want to make, or clothing, or vintage and antique items to resell. 

I always look at the china and dinnerware, glance at the glassware, figurines and tchotchkes, and check and see if there are any craft supplies such as knitting needles, fat quarters or fabric remnants and lace and things like that that I can use for creating things. I will also take a look at the skirts or whatever else I customarily glance at just to see what they have. 

As I wrote in past blog posts about thrift shop shopping, there are good shops and not so good shops, shops that are mostly clothes, shops that are mostly nick-knacks, overpriced shops, smartly-prices shops, shops that run sale days, and overpopulated shops that just have too many shoppers.  The key is to find balance and to know what the general feel is for that particular shop. For me, each shop that I visit kind of has it's own pros and cons. Some days aren't great shopping days, while others are. 

This was one of the good days! Watch the video below where I share my treasures, as well as a cool tip I learned from the thrift shop cashier! 


Here are a few more looks at my haul. 
Guess how much everything cost?

I came home with an armload!



Vintage jewelry with sterling silver and gemstone beads





 These handmade glazed clay pottery beads from the 60's are amazing!





 Copper acorn motif bracelet - genuine Malachite beaded necklace above





Carnelian & sterling silver beads




You never know what you might find!



What do you think? 

What's the best deal you've ever gotten at a thrift store? 

Tell us below!




I hope you have a great week! 
Laura



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






Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author


Friday, March 1, 2019

Sneak Peek At What's Coming This Week



Take a peek at some of what's coming this week!

Hot off of my workbench... Lots of favorite patterns on the way and a few brand new ones too - all from antique and vintage broken china, each piece handcrafted by me from start to finish and each one is one of a kind.

They are calling for 2-4 inches of snow here tonight and then even more on Sunday night, so this is a great weekend to stay inside and get lots of creative work done. Stay warm!








Which is your favorite? 


I hope you have a great week! 

Laura


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



Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author


Thursday, February 21, 2019

Lend Me Your Ear: New Artisan Beaded Earrings

Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


February has been a month for change, to switch gears, mix things up a bit, and add some variety to my work. I have amassed such a huge collection of beads of all sorts—mostly semiprecious gemstones of all different colors, shapes, and sizes, that my bead boxes were beginning to overflow, so knew it was time to turn out some earrings. 

These are on a mix of different types of earwires. I handcrafted the sterling silver wires (they are the upside-down U or C shape), hand-shaped them and gently hammered them to harden the silver. They really have that artisan, handcrafted look that I just love. 

For some others I used premade stainless steel earwires that are hypoallergenic and are in the more standard earwire shape. 

All of these are listed for sale in my Etsy shop under the "Earrings" category, which you can find here

Some of the beads I used are hand-painted porcelain or ceramic, crystal, jasper, moonstone, blue Peruvian opal, garnet, chalcedony, mother of pearl, malachite, prehnite...and more. 

Take a peek!

Blush Chalcedony & sterling silver


Mother of pearl, labradorate & shell soldered earrings


Rose quartz and sterling silver earrings


Red jasper and sterling silver earrings


Leopard jasper and sterling silver earrings


Honey jade and sterling silver earrings


Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


Hand-painted porcelain & crystals


Malachite and sterling silver earrings


Blue Peruvian opal, rainbow moonstone and crystal & bird earrings


Ocean jasper, garnet & sterling silver earrings


Prehnite, Tourmalated Quarts, Hill tribe sterling silver earrings


Red Tiger Eye and rose charm earrings with sterling silver earwires


Red jasper clip-on style earrings


Smoky quartz, mother of pearl shell and sterling silver earrings


Italian glass & turquoise earrings with sterling silver earwires


Carnelian & sterling silver earrings 


Turquoise & Hill Tribe silver earrings with sterling ear wires


Amazonite, aventurine, ceramic and silver soldered earrings


Turquoise, tigereye, crystal artisan soldered earrings



Artisan gemstone and soldered earrings
What do you think? 


I hope you have a great week! 

Laura


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



Article & images copyright ©Laura Beth Love 2019 and may not be republished in print or other media without express written permission from the author