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Thankful on Thanksgiving Day

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Since I will be turning 31 in a few days, I will telling you all 31 things for which I am thankful.

1. My daughter, Chloe –> who is my biggest fan, and I am hers too.

2. My husband, Brad–> who loves me in spite of my emotions and silliness.

3. My parents, Larry and Robin (and their spouses)

4. My sister, Bobbie –> who is my very best friend in the world.

5. My cousins; especially the ones I am very close with–> who have be there for me and let me be there for them.

6. My aunts and uncles; especially Becky and Penny–> who have listened to me vent, cry, express excitement and joy, etc.

7. My former teachers; especially Mrs. Ziegler, Mr. Dunn, and Mrs. Hall

8. My current students the think I am so awesome.

9. My job that stresses me beyond belief, often.

10. My church, First Christian Church – Greensboro

11. My church family that loves my family and me, gives the strength and faith I need, and always makes us feel welcome.

12. The church youth group that I help to sponsor.  They are some of the best kids I have ever had the privilege to know.

13. Our dogs, Nattie and Ginger

14. Caffeine

15. Chips and salsa

16. The North Carolina Zoo –> where our family has spent countless hours seeing the animals and just walking.

17. Our new (to us) house that we will be moving into in a couple weeks.

18. Brad’s family that makes me feel welcome and loved.

19. Clothes and shoes that so many people in the world do not have.

20. Food and shelter that so many people in the world do not have.

21. Our military that will protect us.

22. My friends (new and old)

23. Our babysitter, Annette–> who makes our daughter feel loved and cared for when we are at work

24. My side job of being an entrepreneur

25. My nieces and nephews

26. pizza for days when I don’t feel like cooking

27. The opportunity to serve others through volunteer work

28. The sun

29. Our garden in the summer

30. Aldi’s Grocery Store, where I feel like a winner every time I check out.

31. HUGS AND KISSES from loved ones.

 

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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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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

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

Silverware Windchime {Silver Platter Green Beads}

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Silverware Windchime {Silver Platter Green Beads}

I enjoyed making this Silverware Windchime  {Silver Platter Green Beads} at White Lake, NC on vacation this week at our family’s house.  I was inspired to use the green beads because of the greenish tent glimmering in the lake water.  This windchime was so soothing to listen to as we swam nearby or sat on the pier at the Murray Lake House.  I imagine a buyer placing this on a pier by the water. (Though it could be placed elsewhere as well.)   Enjoy the slideshow. If you are interested in purchasing this windchime please visit Twice As Loved on Etsy. (https://www.etsy.com/listing/102241003/silverware-windchime-silver-platter)

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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

Featured Artist…I’ll begin…

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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 www.twiceasloved.etsy.com.  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:

www.facebook.com/twiceasloved

www.twiceasloved.etsy.com

www.twiceasloved.wordpress.com

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

Vintage Cottage

118 Sunset Ave.

Asheboro, NC 27203