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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!!

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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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Upcycled Silverware Windchime Teal Blue Red Beads

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Upcycled Silverware Windchime Teal Blue Red Beads

Making this upcycled gravy boat windchime at White Lake, NC made me think about all the “boat” rides I have gone on there or somewhere else.  Many days in my youth were spent on a boat in either Jordan Lake, NC or Badin Lake, NC.  Days were spent fishing, tubing, tanning, and relaxing.

Yes a gravy boat is quite different than a fishing or sports boat. But still the same the memories come back.

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This windchime can be found and purchased at https://www.etsy.com/listing/102362816/silverware-windchime-upcycled-gravy-boat

This windchime was made with love by using upcycled silverware and gravy boat.
There are two forks and two knives attached by fishing line. The line is adorned with red and teal blue beads. The tines of the forks have been bent for additional attraction.

The flower molds on the handles of the knives make this a great piece of art to hang in a garden. This windchime could be hung up inside or outside.

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

Craft Fair Sneaky-Peak

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Here are some wind chimes and fork ornaments that I will be selling at the craft fairs I am attending on May 12 and 19.  See my event page for more information on the craft fairs and locations.

Why do I work so hard in my part time business?

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I started this small business because it was fun to create new things.  My reasons have since changed.  My goals have changed.  We have decided to expand our little family.  We a sweet little daughter now, and she wants a little brother.  Therefore we are hoping to start the adoption process soon.  Before we do I am trying to make enough money to pay off my credit card.  Once my credit card is paid off I will put all proceeds from my small business Twice As Loved toward the costs of adoption. 

We are so excited and very determined.  So, expect to see lots of items in my Etsy Shop and at Craft Fairs.