Earlier this week, I visited family, and we helped my sister get organized and begin preparations for a holiday open house. The event is planned for Dec. 2 at The Orange Blossom in Hampstead, NC, where she sells handmade crafts, painted furniture and a variety of soaps, candles, jewelry and other gift items.
ChatterboxBeach ornaments, paintings and greeting cards also are available at The Orange Blossom.
Browsing through her shop at 15201 U.S. Highway 17 N, I marveled at the workmanship of the various vendors. Among a variety of beach-themed and vintage décor, she sells handcrafted pens made with historic wood, delightful and festive ribbon wreaths, soy wax candles with fragrances including Frazier fir, hand-knit T-shirt rugs, decorative pumpkins made out of wine corks, original paintings, vintage cross stitch, artistic photos of the nearby beaches, and local honey.
Her shop makes me feel cozy and welcome. New items are added almost every day. Her Christmas tree is filled with burlap balls and soft velvet hearts. Her painted furniture is a must-see. She uses Country Chic paint, which also is available for purchase in the store, to transform functional tables, benches and bureaus into pleasing pieces for the home.
I left the shop with the purchase of a decorative metal basket painted in bright-yellow and shrimp-orange; three jars of Country Chic paint in the colors of Bee’s Knees, Full Bloom, and Cheesecake; and a good feeling about my purchases.
The open house on Dec. 2 is squarely marked on my calendar. Food and door prizes are planned. But shoppers don’t have to wait until the open house to visit the store. They can shop now.