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Writing and crafting play tug of war with my time.

When I sit down to write, my sewing projects shift to the short end of the rope. But when my attention pulls in the crafting direction, blank pages go unwritten.

Balancing the push and pull between fabric and paper is a constant challenge.

After many months of concentrating on creative writing, I am renewing my commitment to crafting just in time for spring. My mom and sisters, too, are getting out their paints and fabrics. Maybe as the days get longer, I’ll have more time to write about what we’re crafting.

So stay tuned to the ChatterboxBeach website. The craft side is starting pull ahead once again.






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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Similar to the arctic vortex that dipped over the nation this week, my crafty side took a deep plunge over the past six months.

Glancing around my sewing room, I see that most of my projects have remained frozen in place while my attention has been elsewhere with the duties of daily life. Sadly, half a year of prime crafting time has been wasted.

My New Year’s resolution is to remedy this imbalance in 2014.

One of the best gifts I received at Christmas was a 2-year pocket planner from my sister, who knows that organization is the key for me to stay on track with my projects.

The cover of the calendar features a bouquet of colorful flowers. They will be my inspiration.

So let the crafting thaw begin. I’m ready to sew.



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