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Two days until a craft show!

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This Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, I have been invited to be a vendor at the NC Secretaries’ Conference.  Above are just a few of the items that I will be selling there.  (silverware windchimes, silverware ornaments, cupcake/candle saucers, magazine/map envelopes, etc.)

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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

Let Freedom Ring…with spoons

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Let Freedom Ring…with spoons

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For the first time ever we hosted an Independence Day Cookout at our house this week.  I had a wonderful time preparing for the special event. I asked all of our guests to dress in red, white, and blue.  Believe it or not, they all did!  (Of course, I had to persuade my husband to wear his Army National Guard shirt that has an American Flag on it.)  I decorated the patio area with red, white, and blue streamers.  I tied red, white, and blue ribbon around some small mason jars and placed tea light candles in them.  I bought some red and blue citronella candles to keep the mosquitoes away.  I placed some red and white striped (Christmas) candles in larger glass containers surrounded by red and white mints in the middle of the tables.  I even painted the shed behind my house a “barn” red to match!!  I figured it wouldn’t be quite right without a signature silverware windchime with red, white, and blue.  Here are pictures of the windchime.  I will be posting it to my Etsy shop webpage.  And just for those of you that read this blog.  Here is a 20% discount code for my Twice As Loved Etsy Shop. { INDEPENDENCE2012 }

Remember I can custom make a windchime for you.  Contact me at agraymurray@gmail.com.

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!

Getting Ready For “Christmas in July”

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Getting Ready For “Christmas in July”

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, decorating the tree, buying gifts, etc.  Well you are in luck, my friends!  I have started making my Christmas Fork Ornaments already!   You can hang them in your kitchen as a decoration during the year and place them on the Christmas tree during the holiday.  What??  You don’t celebrate Christmas?  That’s okay! Some of my friends don’t either, but I still love them!  You may still love these Fork Ornaments as Kitchen Art!!  Check these out.  Do me a favor. If you aren’t a fan already on my Twice As Loved: Wind Chimes and More facebook page, head on over, check it out, LIKE it and tell a friend!  Thanks friends! To purchase a Fork Ornament please visit my online shop at www.twiceasloved.etsy.com

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Jello and Ice Cream anyone???

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Jello and Ice Cream anyone???

My new windchime leaves me wishing for some Red and Orange Jello and a scoop of Ice Cream.  Wonder why?  Take a look for yourself.  

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Interested in purchasing this windchime?  Go to: https://www.etsy.com/listing/102417444/upcycled-measuring-spoon-windchime

This windchime was made with love by using upcycled antique measuring spoons and a Hagan ice cream scoop. The top of the windchime is a copper jello mold.

The spoons are securely attached to the Jello mold by fishing line. The fishing line is adorned with red beads and orange/white swirl beads.

This would make a great gift for any occasion.
-Wedding
-Engagement
-Graduation
-Mother’s Day
-Father’s Day
-Birthday
-Grandparents’ Day

If you like this item, please visit the rest of my shop. http://www.twiceasloved.etsy.com

Find out more about Twice As Loved Artist http://www.etsy.com/people/twiceasloved?ref=owner_profile_leftnav

For other handmade items on Etsy search: teamhandmade
For other military wife owned shops on Etsy search: Etsy Military Wives