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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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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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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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Musical themed wind chimes.

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Musical themed wind chimes.

I love to be able to create new things out of old things.  I recently had an order for a musical themed wind chime.  Well, for two, actually.  Here are the pictures of them.  They were a huge success and the customer, one of my fellow teachers, loved them.

 

 

 

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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

Sugar Dish Topped Wind Chime

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Sugar Dish Topped Wind Chime

This is a one of a kind wind chime made with love by upcycling antique silverware with an antique silver plated sugar dish at the top. There is one serving spoon in the middle accompanied by two Tea stirring spoons and two forks. The tines on the forks have been twisted and bent while the whole forks have been sanded to give it a more unique look. The spoons have been bent and twisted as well. This wind chime is also decorated using black and red beads. The silverware and beads are held tighly to the creamer by sturdy fishing line.This would make a fabulous gift for someone who has “everything” or for the eco-friendly person in your life who likes interesting upcycled things.This would make a beautiful and unique Valentine’s Day gift for someone Special!
 Buy this wind chime on Etsy by going to this link.  It might not last long, don’t wait!
$40.00 USD

Hello world!

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Hello World! 

Welcome to my blog!  I make wind chimes by upcycling materials such as kitchenware, tools, and trinkets.  I have an Etsy shop where I sell them.  www.twiceasloved.etsy.com Check me out on Facebook as well, www.facebook.com/twiceasloved. On this blog I will be posting pictures of my work.  I hope you will like what you see!