Michelle Warren, owner of Love n’ Life Arts & Crafts in Manteo, is a creative force, and she wants to help others channel their inner muse, too.

“We created the business and the name with the idea that we should love each other on purpose, and do life on purpose,” Warren says.

“When you take the time to do the things that you love — and make crafts for people that you love — there’s an appreciation and ‘feel good’ that comes with a handmade item.

“Ultimately, we feel like the stresses of our world today can be overwhelming, and we just hope that getting creative, breaking away from some technology, and connecting with others could offer benefits to our well being.”

Don’t get hung up on the term “crafting,” she says. Crafting is more than just sewing, painting, drawing, or knitting.

“Anything that you make with your imagination and hands can be considered a craft: writing, photography, woodworking, cooking and baking, and gardening are just a few that come to mind.”

In addition to stocking basic craft supplies, the shop offers Bonnie Plants, hay bales, OBX honey, and locally made jams and jellies, “and if we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’re happy to order for you.”

The shop, which opened in May 2016, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday — all year — which is a bonus for locals.

“Since many craft projects, school projects, celebrations and other events take place throughout the year, the demand for our supplies is continual,” she says. “We also benefit from being able to offer our customers supplies needed for rainy days, cold days, making memories, gift giving, and to just squash the boredom of winter.”

Warren offers classes in knitting, painting, wreath-making, kids crafts and mixed-media. Class times and fees vary, but she does host a free card-making class.

“We’ve been told that our store is relaxing, inspiring and fun. We’re friendly people here...and we even have a few ‘fluffy’ chairs for those that just want to sit awhile, so feel free to come and socialize,” she says. “Relationships are important to us, and we want our customers to enjoy their experience and friendships that bloom during their visits here.”

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