Category Archives: Artwork



ChatterboxBeach has found a home not only on Etsy, but also in an adorable shop called The Orange Blossom Resale in Hampstead, NC. Our handmade crafts fit right at home among the many vendor booths that feature an eclectic array of home décor, jewelry and fashion items. Located in a strip mall on Highway 17, the store is a convenient drive from Jacksonville, Wilmington and the Crystal Coast and Southern beaches. We love to browse each time we add more items to our booth.
The chef hats, scarves, pillows and dishcloths that we sell on Etsy also are featured in the store. Additional items are also available at The Orange Blossom, include paintings, aprons, pocket books, cup cozies, knitted necklaces, wine bags and mini quilts. ChatterboxBeach hopes to add new products each week.
Let the store owner know your favorite ChatterboxBeach items so we can keep them in stock. Let us know what you are looking for, too. We enjoy tackling new projects together.
Contact us anytime at and stop by The Orange Blossom Resale at 14884 Highway 17, Hampstead NC 28443, (910) 821-1544.
Store hours are:
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 4 p.m.
Monday: Closed



painting camellias 2014 locals only honorable mention

The buds on my camellia bush are wrapped tight and tidy as if the petals are huddling to protect themselves from the cold. But soon they should self-combust and explode in beauty, making me marvel at the strength of their soft, fragile-looking pink petals.

If I can summon up the courage to brave the cold like they do, I’ll clip some of the elegant flowers, bring them indoors and float them in a bowl of water like my mother did so many times when I was growing up.

Her camellias served as a centerpiece for many festive occasions.

In addition, the flowers have become the focus of many of her paintings.

Recently, she entered a watercolor of camellias in my hometown’s Locals Only Show. The flowers in this art were open full, and she captured the shadows brilliantly, earning her an honorable mention award.

In addition, one of her acrylics featuring camellias is hanging upstairs in my home. Similar to the award-winning painting, the artwork captures the warmth of a bouquet of blooms in shades of pink with yellow centers surrounded by green glossy leaves that are displayed in a vase.

Whereas fresh camellias reach a peak and then fade, my mother’s paintings keep the wonder of the flowers alive indefinitely. The blooms warm my house every day, and I don’t have to brave the cold to admire them.