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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

SAY ‘YES’ TO CRAFTING

Sometime "yes" is all you need to say on Valentine's Day.

Sometime “yes” is all you need to say.

SAY ‘YES’ TO CRAFTING

When my sisters, mom and I were together for the holidays, we sat around the dining room table and took turns rattling off our New Year’s resolutions.

We each resolved to spend more time doing hobbies we enjoy: genealogy, writing, painting furniture and art.

Not one of us mentioned crafting, which was our number one resoution for 2012.

“Aren’t we going to continue crafting?” I asked, as my mother poured more coffee into our holiday mugs.

In unison, the answer was “YES.”

We no longer have to declare sewing and knitting as a resolution. They are a part of our daily lives and routines.

Not long after we left the table, my neice wanted to show us how to make a rose out of an old T-shirt. We sat together cutting flowers out of fabric and watching her go to work with her glue gun to produce beautiful rose pins. I wore mine. Someone else put hers on a wine bottle cover. Someone else set her rose against a pitcher for display.

The impromptu project was fun and inspiring. Afterwards, we had time to disperse. Two sisters went shopping in search of furniture to paint. My mom sketched something in a notebook. I sat down with my laptop and wrote an essay for writer’s group.

Later, we gathered again in the den.

“Can you pass me that magazine?” my sister asked my mom.

“Pass me one, too,” I said.

Once again we were thumbing through knitting magazines looking at patterns and searching for ideas.

QUESTION: WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM A YEAR OF CRAFTING WITH FAMILY?
LESSON ON WEEK 32: Crafting doesn’t have to be a full-time occupation.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What are some ways to combine crafting with other hobbies?

PROGRESS: Scrabble “YES” listed on Etsy for Valentine’s Day — or as a reminder to continue crafting.

http://www.ChatterboxBeach.etsy.com

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Valentines — Out-of-the-Box or Traditional

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Each year I hesitate before reaching for those store-bought valentines that come in a box for the school children and include an extra big card for the teacher. I hate forking out money for something that is going to go … Continue reading

Visualize. Organize.

I cross stitched my New Year's resolution and made a magnet to hang on my refrigerator.

If I want to adopt a resolution for 2012, the goal comes down to two words – visualize and organize.

“Visualize” opens all kinds of creative doors for crafters. We each see the world through our own eyes, so each item we make reflects what we see. We can all follow the same scarf pattern. But if we compare the finished products, they will each end up featuring different sizes, different colors and different flaws.

What I like about crafting is that each time I work on a project, ideas for the next project start flowing through my thoughts and fingertips. I don’t want to lose my passion for the next idea, which is why I am usually working on several projects at once.

This is where the “organize” resolution steps into my craft area. I have all kinds of tools – paper, scissors, fabric, beads; needles, yarn, pencils, patterns. They each need a place, so I can find them when I need them. Otherwise, my projects come to a standstill while I search through drawers and closets. Or even worse, I end up spending money on supplies I already own.

For 2012, I want to visualize and organize. The possibilities are vast.

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Get Skinny, Make Money

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  The meaning of my Christmas tree changes after December 25. The twinkling lights that gave me a feeling of waiting and hope throughout Advent, now inspire me to act and shine brightly in the new year. The possibilities of … Continue reading

First Anniversay — Under Cover

This wine bottle cover adds elegance.

ChatterboxBeach is celebrating our 1st Anniversary throughout August!

 

For your anniversary celebrations, we have made a variety of bottle covers the fit nicely over wine and sparkling cider. They come in a variety of colors. Some are embellished with seashells.

Slip a happy anniversary note in this heart pocket.

Others don silk roses or heart pockets. Most are hand-knit. We also sell fabric covers.

 

As a bridesmaid or a friend, I like to give a couple whose wedding I attended a bottle of wine or sparkling cider on their first anniversary to let them know I am still happy for them and remember their wedding. A special wine bottle cover adds the extra touch and says “I’m thinking of you” on your first anniversary!

 

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

 

To see more gifts available from ChatterboxBeach, visit

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterboxBeach?ga_search_query=ChatterboxBeach&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

Enjoy browsing!

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.

 

To see more back-to-school gifts available from ChatterboxBeach, visit

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterboxBeach?ga_search_query=ChatterboxBeach&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

Enjoy browsing!

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.

 

To see more gifts available from ChatterboxBeach, visit

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterboxBeach?ga_search_query=ChatterboxBeach&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

Enjoy browsing!

Back to School — Ballerina Clipboard

Ballerina fabric covers this small clipboard.

ChatterboxBeach offers a variety of back-to-school items. We like our small clipboard covered in ballerina fabric. Add your own pads and pencils, and you’ve got a great back-to-school gift for your favorite dancer. We use a small clipboard like this at home to write daily to-do lists for the kids.

 

To see more gifts available from ChatterboxBeach, visit

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterboxBeach?ga_search_query=ChatterboxBeach&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

Enjoy browsing!

First Anniversary Scrapbook

Fill a floral accordion book with newlywed memories.

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!

Fill a beautiful handmade accordion book with memories of your first year together. ChatterboxBeach offers an accordion book covered with pink flowers on one side and a gray background on the other. Both patterns provide a great backdrop for photos, poetry or scrapbooking.

Book comes tied with a special ribbon.

Each of the eight pages measure about 5 inches by 5 inches. Fill the pages on both sides with momentoes from a special occasion or pictures of someone special. The book is tied with a special ribbon.

As a bridesmaid or a friend, I always like to send a little paper something to a bride on her first anniversary. A blank or filled accordion book says “I’m thinking of you” on your first anniversary!

I also like to include accordion books 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.

To see more gifts available from ChatterboxBeach, visit

http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChatterboxBeach?ga_search_query=ChatterboxBeach&ga_search_type=seller_usernames

Enjoy browsing!

Fill a book with pictures on both sides and display on table as a centerpiece.