Category Archives: Featured Artist

Featured shop!


Today I was honored to log in to my facebook page and find that my shop, Twice As Loved, is the featured shop at Etsy Military Wives page.    Etsy Military Wives is a group through Etsy made up of military wives, obviously.  There are so many talented wives in this group.  To find some great products made made and sold by these women please go to and use the keywords Etsy Military Wives.  So many wonderful items will pop up.  Please go and check them out and support our military families!

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as I feature another crafty military wife.



Featured Artist: Robin Kanoy (Mimi’s Bead Box)

Featured Artist: Robin Kanoy (Mimi’s Bead Box)

Today’s featured artist is Robin Kanoy (my mom!) 

Yellow Lapel Pin Purple Butterfly Lapel Pin

What is the name of your shop/business?  Mimi’s Bead Box

How did you come up with the name?  I have four special granddaughters and they all call me Mimi.  Also, I like to use beads in most of work.

How did you get started making beaded art?   I have always enjoyed making pins and dolls out of beads.  I have started to recently make hair bows and head bands as well.

Where do you sell your work? I have a shop on Etsy that I have been trying to build up.  Also I have participated in a craft show in Greensboro, NC at First Christian Church this spring.  I look forward to participating my many more craft shows in the future.  Right now I mostly sell to people I know.

Metalica beaded necklace Green Glass Beaded Bracelet

Friday’s Featured Artist – Hannah Fairbrother


What is your real name? Hannah Fairbrother

What is the name of your shop/business/company?  Harosef Design

Where are you from? Salt Spring Island, BC

What type of upcycled crafts do you create?  I make upcycled clothing, bags, and housewares with funky original screen prints and designs.

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How did you get started in upcycling/ crafting? I have always crafted, growing up I would make jewelry, clothing, and always be drawing something (usually cats). I started my business a couple years ago, and being a struggling artist I couldn’t afford new fabric. Thrift stores are great places to find fabric to work with, and I like the idea of re-creating something beautiful from something others have given up. Why buy new when there is already so much good fabric and notions out there that people have discarded?

What do you do when you aren’t creating? I spend a lot of time reading, getting out in the beautiful nature that surrounds the gulf islands, exploring, climbing mountains and generally just taking in the fresh air. I love these little islands 🙂

What is your work space like? I have taken over my living room, fabric crowds every corner of the room, overflowing every shelf….its a bit crazy! I do all my screen printing up in my fathers old workshop, and the rest of the sewing is done in my living room. I recently bought a new serger, so am learning how to use that as well as my regular Janome.

Who or what inspires you in either life or in your business? My family inspires me to continue being creative in my business and my life…My fathers declining health has helped me realize that life can be shorter than you initially imagined, and that we must live every moment as fully and as happily as possible. Be yourself, be happy, and live your dreams.

What are your personal and/or business goals? I would love to be at a place in my life where I am completely supporting myself off of Harosef Designs, where people want to wear the clothes I design and covet what I make. I believe determination, hard work and a lot of happy thoughts will get me there!

Friday’s Featured Artist….


What is your real name? ….. Donna Finney    What is the name of your shop: D. K.F. Design ( )
Where are you from?…Grand Island, NY (we overlook the Niagara River, about 8 miles upstream from Niagara Falls)

What type of upcycled crafts do you create?…..Tote Bags & Journals. I use upcycled denim & upholstery fabric, trims, & sometimes old jewelry for embellishments
                                                         Tote Plum Dandy w/ Handcrafted Embellishment                   Journal Floral Chintz              SALE Tote Bag Blue Floral Denim Mocha Organizer Terra Cotta Shamrock Embellishment
How did you get started in upcycling/ crafting?……I work as a product designer, prototyping concepts for clients who manufacture children’s products (car seats, strollers…that sort of thing) I had lots of leftover fabrics and looked for ways to use them. Then I added upcycled denim, trims and embellishments to the mix to add interest and character.

What do you do when you aren’t creating?….Together with my husband, run around with our teenage kids getting them to their activities…they keep me busy. I run, bike & walk for fun & exercise

What is your work space like? ….My sewing studio & office is upstairs in my home, in a spare bedroom, but I also make pottery in a garage bay of my home. I raise the garage door and have a river view as I work. It is beautiful and inspiring.

Who or what inspires you in either life or in your business?….My 2 kids inspire me to be the best I can be….in every facet of my life. Because of them I work hard to support my family, set a lifestyle example and stay healthy. They are my biggest inspiration and my most valuable treasures.

What are your personal and/or business goals?…To live a long, healthy life, spend time with my family, and work in a creative capacity as long as I live. I don’t ever expect to fully retire…I love what I do way too much!

Featured Artist…I’ll begin…

Featured Artist…I’ll begin…

I was recently asked about being featured in a blog for one of my Etsy Teams.  This is very similar to my response.  I might start featuring other artist on my blog as well.

Who are you?

Hi, My name is April Murray.  I am the owner and creator of Twice As Loved  I live in Asheboro, NC.  I up-cycle old things to create new, one of a kind, pieces such as Silverware & Tool Wind Chimes, Cheese Grater Earring Stands, Fork Ornaments, and Fork Business Card/Recipe Holders.

Where is your favorite place to visit?

My favorite place to visit is in the extended “triangle.”  I love to visit the NC Zoological Park.  We have a family membership and we love to take our daughter there to run around and explore.  We go there often to check out any new animals or exhibits. I could sit all day and just watch the chimps if my daughter would let me.
How did you get started in your business / craft?
I started creating silverware wind chimes in September, 2011.  I was looking for a creative item for my sister’s birthday.  I saw something similar in a local craft store and thought “I can do that!”  I had so much fun making the one for my sister that I just couldn’t stop thinking about how I could make different ones.

What is your most cherished handmade item?

My most cherished handmade item is probably the one that I made for a give-a-way that a friend in Pheonix, AZ won.  It was around Valentine’s Day, so at the top is a heart shaped cookie cutter.  Hanging from it are measuring spoons decorated with red beads.  It was the smallest I had made but so special.  My three year old was very fond of it and told me how beautiful it was.

What kind of items do you create?

I chose to up-cycle items to create new and unique items for couple reasons.  I believe we all have so much “stuff” already on this earth.  Stuff that we don’t use anymore.  So, why not create something new out of it and give it a new “life” instead of just letting it sit around not being used or have it be laying in landfill somewhere.

Who or what inspires you most of all?

My aunt, Becky inspires me to be creative.  She is the most creative person I know.  Not only is she creative but she is a teacher just like I am.  While I was growing up she was always teaching me something new whether it be about manners, history, math or a craft. Over the years I have spent much time in her kitchen where we have talked about cooking, baking, and even just about life in general.  Therefore, making wind chimes and other unique gifts using items related to the kitchen remind me of her.

Where do you create?

I create in my kitchen, den, office, mudroom, outside, really wherever I can find a quite space sit and focus.
How did you choose your shop/business name?
I chose the name “Twice As Loved” because all the items I make have been loved once, and will be loved again (just in a different fashion).  Therefore, they are getting twice as loved compared to other things that get thrown away when they are finished being used.

When you are creating what do you do?

I am a mom, wife, youth leader at my church, and teacher.  When I am not creating (or teaching) I am playing with my three year old daughter.  She keeps me on my toes and loves to be adventurous.

What are your goals in life and business?

My personal goal is to be successful enough in my business to not have to teach anymore.  My goal in my business is to be able to open up a Craft Consignment Shop.  In this shop I would rent out space to other vendors as well.  All items would be created out of something that has already be loved once.  My hope is to be able to open up a shop like this in the next couple years.

Where can we find your work?

My work can be found at:

My work can also be found at a local shop in my hometown

Vintage Cottage

118 Sunset Ave.

Asheboro, NC 27203