Thursday, October 12, 2017

In Grace and Love

I just love this quote from Heather K. O'Hara and I wanted to share it with you. Hope you have a great Thursday! 

Have a great week!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Put The Pumpkin On The Table - Creative Pumpkin Centerpieces & Tablescapes

By Karin Lidbeck for Country Gardens
(Image credit: Andre Baronowks for Country Gardens)

Since we've got plenty of time while we wait for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, why not put together a fall pumpkin themed centerpiece for your table - or take it even further and create an autumn pumpkin tablescape?

Nowadays we have so many options - not just orange! White and green pumpkins are at the height of their popularity right now. Feeling super-inspired and creative? Then you might just want to paint your own pumpkins or gourds whatever color you choose, giving them the ultimate personalized look!

I've chosen a few of my favorite pumpkin centerpieces and tablescapes below to awe and inspire you, and maybe give you a few ideas. Use them as inspiration for your fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving tables. Click the photo or text below it to visit the original post! Let me know which you  like the most by leaving a comment below!
Beautiful natural centerpiece

How pretty! Copper and neutrals from Liz Marie Blog 

Pretty coastal style from H2OBungalow

Use a hallowed pumpkin as a vase and fill with seasonal flowers.

Fall table via Sucasasuafiesa

All white: hydrangeas, antlers, candles, & pumpkins

More orange and blue, yay! from StoneGable

Love this more traditional box design with candles, pumpkins, & gourds

Natural & neutral greens and whites

Blue Willow china & pumpkin from

A variety of different sized candles 

Succulents in white pumpkins

Which do you like best?

You might also like:

Dishfunctional Designs: Decorating With Unusual & Unique Pumpkins for Autumn and Halloween

Have a great week!

Orange & Blue For Autumn

I can't not talk about orange and blue. What a great color combination! And not only that, what a great way to display your blue and white china but with some orange pumpkins or gourds during autumn. 

Whether you collect blue English transferware, Blue Willow china, or my favorite—amazing Flow Blue china— autumn is one of the best times of the year to show off your blue china by pairing it with the warm orange and yellow tones of the season. 

Right now I have the plate shown here (flea market find, two for $4!) displayed on a table with a few mini pumpkins on top. And that's it—plain and simple, no froufrou, no glitter, no ribbons, no magic dust, just a mini celebration of color. As a matter of fact, if I were going to add anything else at all to this look, it would be a bed of two or three fall-colored autumn leaves below the pumpkins, and that's it. 

I love looking at and being inspired by amazing and creative tablescapes (and I have a new blog post coming soon showing a few of my favorites!), but to tell you the truth, they're really not my personal style for my own home. 

Unless I am dressing up my table for a one-time special event such as Thanksgiving, I keep my table pretty much straightforward and simple. Sometimes I just don't have the time to put into it, or the extra money to spend on it! 

Plus, the more stuff I put on my table, the more nosy my cat gets - and he has to take a really close look at everything. 

How do you decorate your table for fall?

Have a great week!

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

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Those Sunday Mornings

I don't know if it's because of the changing light of autumn or just because I got a full 8+ hours of sleep, but there's something magical in waking on a Sunday morning — coffee cup in hand — and being completely inspired to make art. 

Do I paint with watercolors, or maybe acrylics, or do I create some ink drawings? I go back and forth, deciding on my tools and my medium — my mode of transport to get whatever creative magic from inside my being, out — and into the world. 

It's my raw drive, my spiritual push into the universe. At least, that's what it feels like. 

Nothing else will do. I can go downtown on Sunday morning and walk around our charming little farmer's market and pick up an amazing pastry or maybe some apples or locally harvested honey—but my mind is like the transcendental silver string that connects me to—and never leaves—my place where I create art. 

I want to choose the brushes, the colors, I think about watercolor painting and I imagine the movement, the flow and spread of color in the water, the bloom, the transparency, the drying, the contemplation of the next layer.

Without any formal training, thoughts of rules—and fear of not following them—try to push into my mind. I push them away.

I want to create something new, to pull it out from inside myself - I know that it's there, I can feel it all the time. I think about how I can get it out of me and into the world. But even that's not really enough for me. I want to make something beautiful. I try. 

It doesn't have to be fantastic or amazing — it only has to be.

Have a great Sunday!

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

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Broken China Jewelry - Quick Update New Items

Hi friends, this is just a quick update to show you a few new pieces of broken china jewelry that I finished a few days ago and recently listed in my shop. 

I'm working on some new pieces today and hopefully will have those finished and up in my shop within the next day or so, but I thought I'd go ahead and share these pieces with you right away. 

I get a lot of comments on the Statue of Liberty china pattern. You don't often come across historical America or Americana patriotic china patterns, so this really is a unique piece! 

The purple or plum transferware plate shown at the end of this post is the plate I used in my instructional DVD, Make Vintage and Upcycled Jewelry: Dishfunctional™ Plate Necklace, which you can find here

Learn how to make broken china jewelry with my DVD workshop!

I hope you like them! All items shown are available for sale in my Etsy shop, so be sure to check them out for more info on each piece.

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 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

Have a great week!

My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at

Article, images, and designs copyright ©Laura Beth Love for Dishfunctional Designs™ 2017 all rights reserved

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tom Petty 1950-2017

I was shocked and sad when I heard that Tom Petty had died - and at the young age of 66. He left behind a lifetime of music that so many people loved, and that he will be remembered by for ages to come.  

What an amazing and good legacy he has left behind. Rest in peace Tom.

Have a great week,