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THE ORANGE BLOSSOM RESALE

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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
http://www.ChatterboxBeach.etsy.com
http://www.facebook.com/ChatterboxBeachGifts

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM CHATTERBOXBEACH

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Some things happen every Christmas.

The kids volunteer to help pack food boxes for needy families.

Our neighbors across the street bring us a decorative plate of home-baked chocolate chip cookies.

And my mom, sisters and I spend part of the holiday knitting together in front of the family Christmas tree.

The room feels cozy with our needles tapping as we work, our laughter punctuating our chatter and the colorful yarns matching the glow of lights from the tree. It’s a family moment that belongs on a Christmas card.

We would like to send a Christmas card to all who have browsed or purchased from ChatterboxBeach this year. Best wishes to you and your families. May 2015 be a very Happy New Year!

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LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN

This necklace would make a great gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself!

This necklace would make a great gift for someone special, or a treat for yourself!

I like to get all of my holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving.

It’s a tall order. But I’m a much more relaxed person when I succeed with the challenge and can sit back in December with all of my presents wrapped and placed beautifully underneath the tree. I also wrap extra gifts in case someone unexpected surprises us with a present, and I buy something for myself to put among the packages just for fun.

Most of my gifts have a homemade component, whether it’s an ornament attached to the bow or a set of dishcloths stuffed in a stocking.

Some years, I come up short on time and fail to make something for everyone on my list.

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That’s when I turn to Etsy and the local craft shows.

This year I found a hand-crafted letter opener for my son who collects stamps, a ceramic dish made in a high school art class for myself and a collection of soap cozies that will make great stocking stuffers.

ChatterboxBeach has a great selection of doll clothes, seashell wreaths, genealogy tools, note cards and necklaces. A vintage dollhouse also could make someone happy.

We’ll continue to add to our inventory throughout November and December, so check back often. With most of our shopping accomplished, we have more time for crafting.

http://www.ChatterboxBeach.etsy.com

WARMING UP WITH DISHCLOTHS

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Similar to the person who hasn’t exercised in a while and wants to start a new fitness routine without overdoing it, I’m easing into this year of crafting by knitting dishcloths.

Some people think this is a waste of time. The owner of an upscale yarn shop near my sister’s house sure did.

My sister stopped there for convenience instead of driving across town to a national craft store retailer.

A group of retirement-aged ladies sat comfortably knitting sweaters in intricate patterns in the center of the pleasant shop. They were surrounded by shelves from floor to ceiling stocked with beautiful, colorful and expensive yarns.

When my sister asked the owner to show her the 100 percent cotton yarn that was for sale, the shop owner asked my sister what she was planning to make.

When my sister answered, “Dishcloths,” the owner dropped the reading glasses from her face and let them dangle on their beaded chain next to her shirt.

“If you’re going to invest money and spend all of that time knitting, you should make something better than a dishcloth,” she said.

My sister left without a purchase.

Most people who have used hand-knitted dishcloths will agree that their benefits are plenty. Not only are they strong, soft and durable, but they also are a great tool for washing dishes and wiping up spills in the kitchen.

Their usefulness is versatile throughout the home and office.

I keep a set in my car to wipe the morning dew off my windows when I have to drive somewhere early in the morning.

In the bathroom, the gentle cloths can be used as baby washcloths or facecloths.

They also can be used to wipe the ink off of white boards or when cleaning mirrors and glass doors.

As a sewing project, knitting dishcloths is a good way to practice or try out new stitches. Novices can work on their basic knits and purls. More advanced knitters can experiment with some of the new patterns they’d like to try – from basket weaves to cables. For knitters attempting a new stitch, it’s better to mess up on a small dishcloth than a whole sweater.

Dishcloths also make useful and thoughtful hostess gifts, teacher gifts and presents for graduates, moms, aunts, teens, neighbors, seniors and friends.

The yarn comes in a variety of mix and match colors and goes on sale at various times throughout the year. One ball usually makes two regular-sized cloths.

So this January, I’m getting back on the knitting treadmill and experimenting with styles and stitches in a variety of dishcloth patterns. By February, I’m hoping to be in good enough shape to try knitting some drink cozies.

I’m ready to sew.

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A YEAR COMPLETE A year ago, I set a goal to explore what I could learn crafting each week with my mom and two sisters. We each dabble in different arts. Some of us paint. All of us do needlework. … Continue reading

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    WALK AWAY FROM THE SEWING MACHINE It was one of those mornings. I spent way too much time searching for fusible interfacing in my closet. The right color thread wasn’t right at all. The ends of my fabric … Continue reading

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LOSING SLEEP Sometimes late at night when I can’t sleep, I start flipping through the TV channels. Recently, I came across a show about crafting sometime after 1 a.m. I was so sleepy, but too restless to settle. I couldn’t … Continue reading

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GIFT RETURN My son was invited to his fifth-grade friend’s birthday party, and we needed to buy a gift. “What does your friend like?” I asked my son before we went shopping. “He said he wants money,” my son answered. … Continue reading

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CRAFT SLUMP

CRAFT SLUMP I called my sister. “I’m in a craft slump. What should I do?” I asked. Since Hurricane Sandy hit the New Jersey shore, I’ve gotten way off center. “Get busy!” she said. I looked through my unfinished projects … Continue reading