Category Archives: Monday’s Crafty Military Wife

AutumnFest 2012 Southern Pines

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Come out to AutumnFest 2012 in Southern Pines, NC tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 6.  Stop by the NC Military Wives Making Handmade Goods booths.  Spaces 92 and 93.  These lovely military wives will be selling handmade crafts. The show starts at 9am and lasts until 4pm.  Stop by and mention this blog post for 10% off of Twice As Loved items. 

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NC Military Wives Selling Handmade Goods

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{This flyer was created by Jewel Charsley, fellow military spouse, and owner of Strawberry Jude Hand Grown.}

Sorry I have been out of commission for a while.  I am a teacher as well, and have been focusing on the start of school.  I am back at it now.  I didn’t have a Crafty Military Wife lined up for today, but I will advertise for these lovely ladies from a group I am a part of. Please check out these amazing shops via Facebook or Etsy.

Here are the links to each shop. Check them out and tell them April from Twice As Loved sent you.

A Need To Be Me Botique: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shelby-Lea-Photography/150694948291874  & http://www.etsy.com/shop/shelbylea

Created by DonnaK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Created-by-DonnaK/141175319266891 & http://www.etsy.com/shop/createdbydonnak

The Crochet Lady: http://www.facebook.com/The.Crochet.Lady1 & http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheCrochetLady1

The Feisty Dragon: http://www.facebook.com/TheFeistyDragon & http://www.etsy.com/shop/thefeistydragon

Strawberry Jude Hand Grown: http://www.facebook.com/StrawberryJudeHandGrown  & http://www.etsy.com/shop/StrawberryJudeHG

Twice As Loved: {ME}: http://www.facebook.com/twiceasloved & http://www.etsy.com/shop/twiceasloved

 

Monday’s Military…Mom/Grandmom?

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Monday’s Military…Mom/Grandmom?

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Okay, I know that Monday’s have been set aside for Crafty Military Wives…however, today I didn’t have anyone lined up for it.  So, I am going to tell you all about an amazing Military Mom, my mother-in-law, Linda Murray.  As you know my husband is in the Army National Guard.  I can’t tell you how very scared, worried, proud, and most of all mad at the recruiter Linda was when she found out Brad was joining the National Guard.

She was a very dedicated mom!  She and I drove all the way from NC to Ft. Sill OK to see Brad graduate from Basic Training.  We consoled each other as Brad was away in various locations for training, Officer school, etc.  Yes, she made me crazy sometimes but that is what mother-in-laws do sometimes.  I loved her just the same though.

She sent a package (at least one) every week to Brad when he was deployed to Iraq.  Brad often had so much stuff he shared most of it with his soldiers.  She and I would talk endlessly about what we were going to see him next.

I should probably tell you that I was pregnant and ready to burst when Brad was due to deploy.  Linda always call, texted, emailed, instant messaged me to check on me and make sure I was eating healthy.  Well, luckily Brad was able to be there when I gave birth to our beautiful and amazing daughter.  Guess who else was there at that hospital too? You guessed it our moms (and a few other very special people).

Well, Brad had to leave on deployment two weeks after our daughter was born.  Though he didn’t leave the country for another two months.  He was able to come home and be with us at our Church when our daughter was dedicated.

Linda was a very proud Grandmom too.  She always had photos of her grandchildren and stories to share with whomever would listen.  Whether it was someone in the store (She was an avid coupon-er!!)  or someone at church.  I often find myself wanted to call her and tell her something that my daughter says and does.

While my husband was deployed Linda’s cancer came back. This time melanoma cancer.  She had already gone through what the doctor’s said was breast cancer, then lung cancer.  She was a fighter!!  She didn’t let anything (especially cancer) stop her.  She kept busy coupon-ing, shopping, teaching, but most importantly playing with grandchildren and send packages to her deployed son.

Linda Murray inspired me more than most people!  She was a dedicated mom, mother-in-law, wife, grandmom, teacher, giver to the community, etc.

We lost her to cancer on July 5, 2010.  We still love her and miss her very much!!!  Our daughter claims to talk to her sometimes, as she looks up toward Heaven.

The picture of the wind chime that I use as my logo picture on my blog, Facebook, and Pinterest is of the windchime I made in remembrance of Linda.

Photos courteous of Sassyfras Studios. (An amazing sassy sister photo taking duo.)

Monday’s Crafty Military Wife, Patti Morgan (The Feisty Dragon)

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What is your real name?

Patti Morgan

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

The Feisty Dragon

With which branch of the military are you affiliated?

Army (wife).

Where are you from or where are you stationed?

We hail from the Metro Atlanta area of Georgia, and are currently stationed at Fort Bragg.

What type of crafts do you create?

For my shop I make various styles of jewelry.  I have always favored hemp, but I also make chainmaille jewelry and beaded earrings and bracelets.

I typically sew Halloween costumes for my son (and, if time permits, myself) and I have started recreating some of the costume accessories for my shop.

Outside of my shop, I dabble in crochet, knitting, quilting, needlepoint, and cross stitching… though I do not proclaim expertise in any of these. 

Turquoise Beaded Wrap Bracelet on Dark Brown Leather  Toy Story: Woody's Gun Holster Costume Piece  Firey Red Beaded Bracelet on Silver Chain  Spiral Hemp Bracelet/Anklet with White Beads

How did you get started in crafting? 

My mother always encouraged my sister and me to try new things until we found something we liked.  She taught me to sew on her machine, and showed me her old macramé books when I was amazed at the plant hanger she showed me she had made. She taught me the basics of macramé, crochet, sewing, and cross stitch.

What do you do when you aren’t creating?

I’ve got my 4 year old son keeping me on my toes, a yard that keeps growing and old cars that need fixing. We enjoy geocaching when we need something to get us out of the house and on an adventure!

Besides that, if I’m not making something I know how to make, I’m learning how to make something completely different!  I crave a challenge, and “new” is always a challenge!  

What is your work space like?

My current “official” work space occupies the informal family room; centrally located in our house, it opens to the kitchen, both hallways (to the front door and bedrooms) and the sliding glass door opening to the back yard.  I rarely stay there for long unless I’m sewing, since most projects I can move around the house with me to simultaneously craft and entertain my son.

Who or what inspires you in either life or in your business?

My husband, of course, inspires me in life.  He is unfailingly supportive of all I do, no matter what it is.

My new friends (Lauren from The Crochet Lady and Jewel from Strawberry Jude HandGrown in particular) have been an excellent support group and source of inspiration; their drive and focus within their own work makes me strive to improve my shop every day.

What are your personal and/or business goals?

I hope to move out to a farm before I’m too old to enjoy it!  Horses, goats, chickens, a big garden… that is my dream.

As far as my business goes, I would love to be able to pay the mortgage out of what I earn! Or, at the very least, make the car payments.  

Can your work be found/bought in other locations than on Etsy? 

I hope to be at more craft shows in the future (like the one I will be at on October 6 in Southern Pines, NC), but currently Etsy.com is my primary shop host.

Purple Ribbon and Natural Hemp Keychain   Beaded Hemp Bracelet with Metal and Wood Beads  Pirate Sash- Red and White Stripes  Pewter Colored Pearl Earrings

Etsy Shop, The Feisty Dragon

Facebook Page: The Feisty Dragon

Head on over to The Feisty Dragon and tell her Twice As Loved Sent you!!

Monday’s Crafty Military Wife, Donna K Baes { Created by Donna K }

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I am happy to present to you all Monday’s Crafty Military Wife, Donna K Baes, creator/artist with Created by Donna K.

What is your real name? Donna K Baes

What is the name of your shop/business/company?
Created by Donna K

With which branch of the military are you affiliated? 
USMC, USAF, USArmy
Wife of a retired Marine(30 years)
Mom of a former Airman
Mom of a current Soldier stationed in Ft. Riley, KS

Where are you from or where are you stationed?
I grew up in Michigan, married my High School sweetheart and have lived primarily in Okinawa and NC, currently in Eastern NC between Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point.

What type of crafts do you create?
Mostly…paper crafts. I’m a card person, but I love making altered gift items as well. I LOVE paper…wait…did I say that already?

Red Ivory and Blue Vintage Style Altered Spiral Note Pad with Chunky Red Button AccentI heart my dad  hand stamped card - Army - camouflagePrimitive Americana Stars Refillable Covered Post It Note Pad - Americana GiftsFloral Gift Bag with Tag - Gift Card Holder - Unique Gift Card Holder

How did you get started in crafting? 
A friend introduced me to scrapbooking in 1999 and I’ve been a paper *hoarder* ever since.

What do you do when you aren’t creating?
I spend time riding my bicycle (gearing up for the MS 150)
LOVE going to the beach, riding our Harley and…COFFEE breaks!

What is your work space like? 
I share my space with one of our guest rooms. Not the “ideal” studio, but it works for me and our current home.

Who or what inspires you in either life or in your business? 
My inspiration comes from my husband and my children mostly. Family and relationships are most important to me in life and I love my hobby because it allows me to enjoy both.

What are your personal and/or business goals?
Personal…focus more on fitness (I’m almost 50 ya know!)
Business…I haven’t figured that out yet. I have enough clients to keep me busy but not sure where I’m heading just yet.

Beautiful Gift Bag - Gift Card Holder with Tag - Crochet FlowerOh Baby Gift Card Holder - yellow boy or girlFloral Note Pad with Vintage Style Papers red button gingham ribbon - Teacher AppreciationWords Theme Photo Frame for the Words With Friends, Word Search or Scrabble Lover

Monday’s Crafty Military Wife: Lauren Kenefick (The Crochet Lady)

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Monday’s Crafty Military Wife: Lauren Kenefick (The Crochet Lady)

Each Monday I will be featuring one crafty military wife.  Check out today’s.

What is your real name? Lauren Kenefick

What is the name of your shop/business/company? The Crochet Lady

With which branch of the military are you affiliated? US Army 82 CAB, Ft Bragg, NC

Where are you from or where are you stationed? We live in Carthage, about 35 miles from post out in the country….love it out here!

What type of crafts do you create?
I Crochet, just about anything, from baby hats, doilys, Convertible Mittens and Prayer Shawls…..What can I make for you!

Crocheted Primitive Heart Shaped Pink and White Crocheted Coasters Mug MatsConvertible Crocheted Mittens Purple WoolCrocheted Shawl, Triangle, Pink and Green Tweed VarigatedLittle Bitty Ditty Bag Drawstring Pouch Purse Crocheted Small Red with White and Blue Stripes

How did you get started in crafting? I learned to crochet from a book while I was in High School, but as a kid I was always crafting, creating or making something!

What do you do when you aren’t creating? I am a mother of 3 teenage / young adults, and I am going back to school full time at the local Community College this fall!

What is your work space like?
Most of the time I crochet in the living room in the corner in my chair, but my yarn is kept in bins and a wardrobe upstairs in my bedroom.

Who or what inspires you in either life or in your business? My children inspire me a lot! We are always exploring new ideas and avenues together. I encourage them to strive to be the best they can be, and they inspire to me to do also.

What are your personal and/or business goals? Personally this year coming up is going to be a challenging year. Three of us will be attending the Community College, my youngest will graduate from High School and my Husband of 21 years will be retiring from the Army. We have been through the thick and thin of deployments over the years. Business wise I would love to see my shop reach 200 sales before the end of the year and to have a profitable new year!

Crocheted Mary Jane Shoes Booties 3 - 6 Months Yellow with White DaisyCotton Hat, Girls, Sun Hat, White with Lavender Trim, CrochetedCrocheted, Raspberry Pink, Mary Jane Shoes Booties 3 - 6 Months  Bright Pink with White DaisyDiaper Cover, Purple Flower, Crocheted, Photo Prop

To purchase one of these beautiful items just click on the picture.

Lauren’s Etsy Shop: The Crochet Lady

Lauren’s Facebook Page: The Crochet Lady

Be sure to tell her that April Murray with Twice As Loved sent you!  Thanks fans for supporting us military families!  We appreciate you!