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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 chatterbox_gifts@yahoo.com 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



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I can’t resist eating cookies, and now I can’t stop making them.

But forget flour, sugar and chocolate chips. These cookies are made of fabric.

Fabric fortune cookies are lots of fun. They can be used as place card holders, a home decoration or a special gift. Just slip a note inside the fabric cookie for party favors, valentines or invitations.

The first time I made them was for my book club. We were meeting for an end-of-the-year party, and I slipped quotes from the different books we had read during the year inside a batch of my homemade fabric cookies. Because we all have different tastes, I made the cookies out of a variety of colors so the club members could select the ones they liked.

Then we each took turns reading the quotes and guessing which book they came from and which character said the words. I mixed the batch with serious and funny lines. We laughed so hard, we were the loudest table in the restaurant. But it was great revisiting our favorite characters and moments from the novels.

I made fortune cookies again for two friends who enjoy needlework. We get together about once a month for coffee or to visit quilt shows. I slipped quotes about friendship and sewing inside the cookies and shared them. My friends were delighted by the experience.

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It’s truly what’s inside the cookie that counts. Messages can be simple such as “Get Well Soon” or “Happy Birthday.” They also can be more heart-felt. I’ve thought of slipping one in my son’s lunch box with a “good luck on your test” message or putting one on his pillow to say “thanks for making your bed this morning.”

I’m planning to make several sets for stocking stuffers this year. I’m hoping the personalized messages will be a hit, especially for two difficult names on my list. A similar gift should work for my neighbors, a favorite aunt, my teen-aged nephews and teachers, too.

I also plan to pair my fabric cookies with a restaurant gift card delivered in a to-go box to celebrate my good friend’s birthday.

Fabric cookies don’t add calories, but they can be served for almost all occasions.



Valentines — Out-of-the-Box or Traditional

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Back to School — College Coasters

Coasters are great gifts for college freshmen.

Many people are stumped when looking for a clever gift idea for returning college students. ChatterboxBeach has a solution – fabric coasters. We add fabric coasters to a college freshman care packages. They are attractive and useful for young students who need a place to set their glass while they study diligently for hours.

Students studying need a place to set down their glass.

They look nice on a coffee or end table. And we make a set with football fabric, making them a great gift for young men and tailgating, too.


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Back to School: Button Flower and Notes

A mini-notebook could brighten a student's day.

ChatterboxBeach offers a variety of back-to-school items. One of the most colorful is our Flower Button Mini-Notebook. This adorable orange and pink notebook cover is adorned with a bright flower button and covers a 4.5- by 3.25-inch mini-composition book. The notebook fits nicely in a pocketbook or on a desk. It’s perfect for jotting down notes and reminders. Include it in a college freshman care package or slip it in your daughter’s backpack with a note of encouragement on the first page as she starts a new school year.


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First Anniversary — Notecards Feature Original Paintings

Notecard a gift of flowers.

ChatterboxBeach is celebrating our 1st Anniversary throughout August by highlighting some of our top-selling items and the paper gifts we offer. After all, etiquette says paper is the way to observe a first anniversary!


An assortment of notecards is a thoughtful way to mark a first anniversary. ChatterboxBeach offers a variety of notecards featuring pictures of original watercolor paintings by North Carolina artist Anne Waller. The cards are blank inside, allowing you to add your own special message. They come with an envelope and are packaged in resealable plastic bags. The cards, which measure 5- by 7-inches, also look nice on display.


As a bridesmaid or a friend, I always like to send a little paper something to a bride on her first anniversary. The blank notecards wrapped in a special ribbon are just right for sending the message “I’m thinking of you” on your first anniversary!


I also like to include notecards in care packages for college freshmen or give them to friends on their birthday or when they have something unexpected to celebrate.


ChatterboxBeach wants to thank our customers for a great first year. We look forward to highlighting our paper gift products throughout the month.


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