I always wanted to live at the beach! Vacationed here a few times and fell in love with the quaintness and beauty. I moved here in 2012 and live on Oak Island.
I grew up in New England and raised my family in MD. It took some time but, I am so happy that I chose here.
I started my own pet-sitting business, Salty Paws, and worked part time in a shop in Southport for 6 years.
My daughter who lives in Little Washington, a graphic designer who is very creative, started her own Etsy page about five years ago. It began when she was planning her wedding and searching for unique ideas. She started with wishing stones and then she would send me orders for brides looking for cleaned oyster shells. She would pass the order on to me and I would fill a priority box of shells and ship all over the country (and make a little extra cash). It grew quickly and soon brides or people wanted shells for place cards, etc. Katelyn being a graphic designer, was able to design our tissue for decoupaging the shells. She listed on Etsy and received 4K likes in one day.
She has hers on Etsy and sells worldwide. I do the market circuit.
Each shell is unique and becomes its own beautiful piece of art!