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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 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!!

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

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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