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19 BAUBLES, BANGLES & BEADS For years Autumn Wilkins has collected items she finds — buttons, beads and other doodads. She keeps them sorted in her Wilmington studio by theme and color in Mason jars and an old apothecary-style chest with little drawers. “There’s beauty in everything,” Wilkins says. “Even the simplest little piece of junk to somebody else might be something really beautiful to another person. And so I like taking these things that people are throwing away and putting them in designs that people find amazing.” Wilkins, a freelance graphic designer, started Doodad Mosaics in a midtown Wilmington garage studio about three years ago. She makes mosaics and sun catchers reflecting themes of nature, flowers, landscapes, animals and sea life. “I love the outdoors,” Wilkins says. “That’s just what I’m drawn to.” She also created a piece for an ocean plastic-themed 5327 Megan’s Place Fabulous 1-level living $189,000 3 W Henderson, Unit B Income producing $299,000 $669,000 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM exhibit at Expo 216 in downtown Wilmington. Wilkins finds discarded items and visits yard sales, thrift stores, value stores, Goodwill, the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity ReStore, looking for “anything that’s kind of interesting, catches my eye and colorful.” Besides buttons and beads, her doodads also include broken jewelry and glass and old vases. “If I see something on the side of the road that people are just throwing out, I’ll stop and pick it up,” Wilkins says, adding she uses found windows to frame her art. Wilkins was inspired by a friend in Washington, D.C., who used resin to make jewelry. Wilkins took some of her doodads, made a design in a window and poured on resin to see how it would work. She eventually refined her craft into a stained glass-like finish. Variety in materials is important, Wilkins says, adding she wants people to see something different every time they look at an art piece, such as a button with a special design carved in it. “That’s one of the things I try to achieve with my art: just finding things that seem so ordinary by themselves, but in a composition they make sense,” Wilkins says. Susan Snider | 910.622.4394 • Kelly Strickland | 910.612.6537 Larisa Gadalla | 910.777.4882 • Michelle Clark | 910.367.9767 • Wendy McElhinney | 910.515.5495 Linda Woods | 910.233.8900 • Alison Long | 910.520.5949 As our agent, Michelle demonstrated a strong work ethic, was always available for consultation, continually updated us with relevant sales data and supplied us with all the information and guidance we needed to successfully navigate through a challenging real estate environment. — Bill and Pat $549,900 6338 Oleander Drive, Unit 19 Great condo in Bradley Creek 912 Arboretum Patio and sunroom overlook pond 2012 Northstar Not a typical Landfall home 822 Fox Ridge Pond front in Landfall $899,000 $359,900


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