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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.





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.