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Contents KEYS JEWELER HAS LOYAL, and substantial following Page 6 LURE ‘EM IN WITH TACKLE Page 8

ON THE COVER: Fisher and Abigail Stevens of Marathon are ready for a Keys-style holiday season. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly

PIERCED METAL ART makes a 3D statement Page 10 SOME IDEAS TO SHOP LOCAL Pages 12, 16, 20 and 24 GIFTS THAT GO UP IN SMOKE: hand-rolled cigars from the Keys Page 14 WOOD CARVER INCORPORATES function into form with local wood Page 22 GO GLUTEN-FREE WITH THESE easy holiday substitutions Page 26 PERSONALIZED AND HOMEMADE gift cards wow the givee Page 28


Publisher Jason Koler

MMXVI Keys Weekly Newspapers 9709 Overseas Hwy Marathon, FL. 33050 P. 305.743.0844 F. 305.743.0866 Key West 5450 MacDonald Ave. Suite 5 Key West, FL. 33040 P. 305.453.6928 F. 305.509.7347


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Managing Partner Britt Myers Editor Sara Matthis Director of Sales/ Marketing Lesley Aaron Account Executives Anneke Patterson Hollie Will

Staff Writers Kristen Livengood Hays Blinckmann Gabriel Sanchez Theresa Java Office Manager Lynn Ritli Art/Design Travis Cready Javier Reyes

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The Fine Art of Jewelry: Suzette Kelly Designs By Hays Blinckmann


“I even have a few client/ friends that have a ‘Suzette Kelly’ jewelry box; all the jewelry inside was created by me,” joked Kelly. Her pieces are not only original, but timeless as well.

ometimes lovely people make truly lovely things. Suzette Kelly is a natural jewelry maker, with a classic sense of design and a flair for modern chic. Her one-of-a-kind originals have adorned women around the world for more than a decade. Originally from St. Louis, Kelly has spent most of her life in Key West but also is an avid world traveler. Her artistic sense is built on an inherent curiosity for beautiful things and her adventurous spirit. She started fashioning necklaces and earrings on the side, and at the urging of friends and family, began a series of small trunk shows slowly growing in popularity over the years. Her reputation has developed as a premier designer in Key West and shows are often sold out to repeat buyers and new enthusiasts.

Her creations can be found online or in Key West at Wanderlust and Ocean Key House. Also see her Facebook page and Etsy shop. Sign up for her mailing list and don’t miss one of her fabulous trunk shows.

“My designs are set apart because they are truly made from the heart,” said Kelly. “I have always had a love for jewelry since I was a little girl playing dress up in my Grandma's jewelry box. They are classic with a touch of sparkle.” Kelly’s adept sense of fashion has kept her designs fresh and ever-changing to reflect her customers’ sensibilities. Often she works with clients, adjusting and personalizing to fit particular tastes and needs. Her pieces are combinations of materials — sterling silver, vermeil (gold finish), 14kt gold-filled, semiprecious stones, and Preciosa and Swarovski crystal.

“The beauty of Key West inspires me. All the gorgeous colors of the water to the array of colors of our local flowers.” Top to bottom: Suzette Kelly wouldn’t make anything that she wouldn’t wear herself. Kelly’s earrings are made from sterling silver and clear quartz. The larimar-stone earrings are classic go-to accessories — perfect for dressing up or just paired with casual jeans.


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—Suzette Kelly, jewelry designer

Lynn O. Goodwin Broker/Sales Associate

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220 Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach

11338 6th Avenue, Marathon

Newly remodeled 1 bedroom 1 bath single family home steps away from the open water. The bonus room could easily serve as a second bedroom. MLS 572721 $369,000

201 East Ocean Bldg 1-107, Key Colony Beach

Breath-taking views from this direct Ocean front unit. Many recent updates. Steps from the Beach and Pool. Great complex with large pool, lighted fishing pier, shuffle board, and tennis court across street. MLS 571531 $450,000 (Also available MLS 569913)

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This cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath half-duplex has a wooden t-dock to accommodate 40'+ boats. Currently in the vacation rental program. Located very close to area restaurants, shopping and the Key Colony Beach Marina. MLS 571639 $434,500

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Canal front, single family home. Rental Ready in desirable neighborhood. Roomy Three bedroom, 3 bath nicely appointed East facing over canal. Hardwood kitchen cabinets and granite counters. Licensed and often used as a vacation rental. 75' on canal and plenty of room for a pool. MLS 570482 $799,000

Key West High School graduate Neil Mellies shows how custom lures are made – starting with quality products and a vice to hold the hardware.

By Kristen Livengood Winter means it’s kingfish time in the local Keys waters. And, Neil Mellies stays busy making local charter and commercial fishermen custom tackle for their trips, but he also stays busy making custom lures and flies for those looking for the perfect gift.

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Set in resin inside cigar boxes, or sold as gift sets in Plano tackle boxes, Mellies starts with the best quality materials, like durable bucktail, and heavy duty metals to create the custom tackle. “These make great gifts,” he said. “Any guy is going to love tackle.”

Looking for college game day colors in a custom set? Mellies can do it locally, in about a day. Heck, he makes commercial orders, usually hundreds at a time, in just a few days. Mellies can mix and match colors and materials because much of it is already in stock, the other just a click away from his established suppliers. They’re tough, too. The lures are set with a waterproof sealant. Mellies said the tackle is good for a lifetime — “or until you lose it” — and can can stand up to the rigors of Florida Keys gamefishing. “It’s usable artwork,” he said, saying that he sees his lures hanging in the rearview mirrors of fishermen’s trucks. “Artwork you can fish with.” The custom lures can be found at Hurricane Hole Marina’s gift shop, or by calling 305-304-5033.

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11338 6th Avenue, Marathon MLS 572721 Newly remodeled 1 bedroom 1 bath single family home steps away from the open water. The bonus room could easily serve as a second bedroom. Call for an appointment to see this newly remodeled, adorable conch cottage that is truly a home you must see. $369,000 Lynn Goodwin 305-923-9487


311 5th Street, Key Colony Beach MLS 568181 Fantastic Half Duplex in Key Colony Beach walking distance to the Cabana Club, shopping and dining. Deep water dockage. Two floors of living, spacious floor plan and cathedral ceilings. Sunsets every night from the back yard. Fantastic Vacation rental potential. $675,000 Call Roy Haase for an appointment 305-766-0902




315 25th Street, Marathon MLS 568263 Stilted 3bedroom/2.5 bath 1,488 Sq. Ft. single family home in a gated community. There is plenty of storage space and covered parking for 2 cars. Spend your time in this spacious home or on either of the 2 balconies or at the community swimming pool. $269,900 Call Tobe Creed for an appointment 305-731-3938

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65821 Overseas Highway Unit 200, Marathon MLS 571568 This home is a great family retreat & has a large screened in porch for outdoor living (That can be closed in). It does have a bunk room with single bunks for the kids or even big kids. The lot is spacious w/ room for grills, picnic table & covered storage. $185,000 Call Tobe Creed for an appointment 305-731-3938


201 East Ocean Bldg 3-107, Key Colony Beach MLS 569913 Breath-taking views from this direct Ocean front unit. Many recent updates. Steps from the Beach and Pool. Great complex with large pool, lighted fishing pier, shuffle board, and tennis court across street. $450,000 (Also available MLS 571531) Call Lynn Goodwin for an appointment 305-923-9487


28 Sadowski Causeway, Key Colony Beach MLS 571639 This cute 2 bedroom, 2 bath half-duplex has a wooden t-dock to accommodate 40'+ boats. Currently in the vacation rental program. Located very close to area restaurants, shopping and the Key Colony Beach Marina. $434,500 Call Lynn Goodwin for an appointment 305-923-9487

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Caleb Goins uses a plasma cutter at his outdoor studio.

Pierced Metal Art

By Sara Matthis A t first glance, Caleb Goins, 31, is like any other local — he loves fishing and spearfishing, has a young son, a laid-back attitude and a mop of unruly hair. But to see him in action, creating his pierced metal art, is to watch a very experienced artist at home with his craft. A visitor to the Keys since he as seven years old, Goins has split his time between the Keys and Asheville, North Carolina. “I’ve get the pirate blood from my dad,” Caleb said of his love affair with the islands. He also credits his father getting him started in the arts in 2000 when they conceived of the brand and interior finishes for Bonefish Grill in St. Petersburg, which has since gone national.


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But the art is all his own — no computer images and nothing cut by an automated machine — which sets his work apart from the imitators. “I start with soap stone,” he said, gracefully sketching with something that looks like a stubby piece of chalk. Then he retraces the line again, with a thick blue marker. Then it’s all about a steady hand. “The plasma cutter has a 40,000 degree Farenheit flame, cutting as fine as 1/16 of an inch,” Caleb said. “It’s basically like having a laser on your finger.” His canvas? Usually it’s 1/8-inch gauge aircraft-grade aluminum — perfect for the Keys climate — but he also works in other metals. After the work is cut, Caleb uses a variety of methods to buff the piece and add texture. His clients are mostly fishing enthusiasts such as charter captains, like Capt. Dave Schunke of the fishing television show “Mavericks.” One of his earliest fans was “The Spanish Fly” — Capt. Jose Wejebe who passed away in 2012 at the top of his television popularity. His daughter, Krissy, inherited about a dozen pieces. “My favorite piece depicts my dad and the show,” she said, “but I really like the one of the wahoo, too.”

On Jan. 11, Caleb’s work will be auctioned off as part of the event surrounding the Fish For Jose fishing tournament. He donates the work, and the proceeds support the Make a Wish Foundation. Recent work includes pen-andink drawings. Caleb said that while exploring the graphite side of art is new, it’s not a total stretch. (“My parents told me that when I was little all I wanted was a crayon and a piece of paper,” he said.) He’s also developing another metal technique — where the image is graven rather than cut. “I use a grinder on sheet metal,” he said. “It has a threedimensional, illuminated quality that is very interesting. There’s a client out in California that has also commissioned some engraved Yeti cups picturing sea kelp and other Pacific creatues.” Caleb has an adorable 2-yearold son, Oliver. “He just goes nuts when he sees fish,” said Caleb.

Of course, so does Caleb. He’s a lifelong angler and spearfisherman, relying mostly on memory and impression when sketching. That personal saltwater experience explains not only the physicality of the art — broad strokes and manly materials — but also the natural grace of the flowing lines, translated by a seasoned athlete, which depicts the age-old contest between man and fish. His pieces range from friendly little 12-inch “Zany Fish” to panels as long as 6 feet; a vignette he calls them. (The most recent mural was installed at Brutus Seafood in Marathon; it shows Sombrero Light and many Keys species of marine life.) Many are custom pieces that tell a story: about the angler and the species he loves to fish, friends, family and even the client’s boat. Business owners all along the Eastern Seaboard have commissioned Caleb to create signage, too. One local example is the sign plate on The Art Studio in Marathon. “Caleb is truly gifted and talented. It was like he was inside my head and could see exactly what I wanted,” said owner Sheila Cook. “But I think I was equally impressed with his kindly manner and work ethic.” “He’s just a good guy,” said Krissy. “Those kind of guys are few and far between. And he’s an incredibly talented artist.” To view Caleb Goins’ artwork, visit his Facebook page or www. His line of men and women’s apparel is available at DK’s Beach Boutique in Key Colony Beach. 11

Assorted Truffles Key Largo Chocolates has cornered the market with fine royal truffles made by master chocolatier, Kristie Thomas. And, they ship! Key Largo Chocolates: $24 Key Largo

Growler This is a take-away serving size, and a perfect holiday gift idea. Try the light Iguana Bait or the creamy Porter’s Stout from Florida Keys Brewing Company Co.: $16 for 64 oz. Islamorada

Mango Ketchup Meat Eatery and Taproom, or M.E.A.T, produces their very own homemade chipotle mango ketchup. It’s a blend of sweet and smoky taste with a kick. M.E.A.T.: $9 Islamorada

Hobie Mirage Eclipse The Mirage Eclipse offers walking fitness with easy steering, right on the water; or it can quickly adjust to be used as just a paddleboard. It’s lightweight, durable and colorful. Florida Bay Outfitters: $2,499 Key Largo

SeaFox 226 Dual Console Powered with a Yamaha 4-stroke (200 hp), its loaded with every option including aluminum trailer and electric toilet. Huge discount, only one left. Unique Marine: $59,990 Tavernier

Yazbeck Thazard Wet Suit By limiting the amount of water inside this open cell wetsuit, wearers enjoy a warmer fit, as the body has to work less to heat the inside of the suit. Formula One Freediving: $298 Marathon


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Hearts on Fire The Aerial Eclipse diamond necklace is a stunning representation of the sun and can be worn alone, or layered with other diamond pendants. Blue Marlin Jewelry: $2,250 Islamorada

Emerald Ring This sterling silver solitaire from Emerald’s International is perfectly affordable for lovers of the green Columbian gems. “They are beautiful,” said owner Carl Schütze. Emerald’s International: $450 to $850 Key West

Casual furniture & unique accents for patio, home & resort

PrimaDonna Lingerie

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A floral toile with black embroidered flowers on a light lace background, this ultra feminine bra provides the very best support for any modern woman. Lion’s Lair Swimwear & Lingerie: $166 Islamorada

Tankini This flattering Tommy Bahama pearl halter tankini is designed with a tummy-control panel and shirring for slimming effect. UPF 50+ sun protection. DK’s Beach Boutique: $96 Key Colony Beach

Terry Poncho This beautiful terry poncho comes in dazzling colors and can be worn year round. Throw it over your swimsuit, with shorts, skirts, leggings or jeans. Vignette: $140 Key West


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MADE IN THE KEYS Cigars known as ‘King of the Keys’


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By Gabriel Sanchez


he story of the Rodriguez Cigar Factory begins in 1947 on La Finca de Carmencita tobacco plantation, where Angel and Daniella Rodriguez started their empire. That plantation, located in the central Cuban town of Siguaney, was primarily used for growing, cultivating, and fermenting Cuban filler tobacco, and was producing 120,000 pounds of tobacco annually. The central region of Cuba was known at the time for growing tobacco with strong leaves and higher nicotine and oil contents. In 1960, however, the Cuban government nationalized the plantation and consequently forced the Rodriguez family to immigrate to the United States. They landed in Key West.

Founded in 1984, Rodriguez Cigar is doing a fine job of perpetuating Key West’s reputation for excellent cigar making that dates back to the early 1800s. Sticking to what they know has been the key to their success, but a dedication to creating premium products has elevated the quality of their cigar collections said Danny DiFabio, grandson of Angel and Daniella Rodriguez. DiFabio began operating the family business in 2009, and has sought out the highest quality tobacco ingredients from Ecuador and Nicaragua. “I’m proud to say that a lot of connoisseur and cigar aficionados have sought us out,” said DiFabio. But what makes a premium cigar? DiFabio says it boils down to a few things — quality ingredients, how its constructed, and how its aged. “How you blend the raw materials creates the refinement in taste that’s balanced, and rich,” said DiFabio. The cigars feature a family secret — Daniella’s secret “goma tragacanto,” with hints of vanilla and a little sugar — used to seal the hand-rolled smokes. Rodriguez Cigar Factory cures cigars at least a year, some longer, before they become available for sale. Almost 100,000 cigars are “at rest” in the Key West humidors, sitting at an ideal 68-70 degrees. DiFabio said the curing period allows oils in the wrapper and binder to fuse. “We have a lot more control than other companies in the industry, and quality control is the most important thing we go after,” said DiFabio. “To create a cigar that speaks for itself is the ultimate challenge. And I feel very comfortable that our cigar is now on that level.”

To learn more, visit www. or stop by the shop at 113 Fitzpatrick St., Key West.

RODRIGUEZ CIGARS The cigars come in a variety of sizes — robusto, torpedo, corona, toro, and gran toro. • Vintage 125 • Series 84 • Series 84 Maduro • Reserva Privada aged four years 19

The Book of Palms The Book of Palms is beautifully illustrated encyclopedic treasury of 240 exquisite illustrations. The research is from expeditions through Brazil and Peru from 1794 to 1868. Books and Books: $20 Key West


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Diptyque candles are known for their authentic scents. Feu de Bois is one of the most popular choice and an ideal way to create that winter feel during the holidays in the Keys. Besame Mucho: $62 Key West

A family owned business Salt Scrubs

Mon.-Fri. 8:30-5:30 • Sat. 10-1 • Sun. by appointment 1700 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Suite 2, Key West, Fl 33040

Made locally, Keys Salt Scrub will exfoliate, rejuvenate, and moisturize your skin. Offered in delicious scents such as key lime, coconut, and lavender. $20.95 Keyswide


Lounge Chairs Create a beautiful outdoor space with durable furniture found at Island Dreams Décor in Big Pine Key. The St. Tropez are made from 100-percent recycled materials and come in a rainbow of colors. Island Dreams Décor: $320 and up Big Pine Key

Throw Pillows Casa Casa has a delightful array of decorative throw pillows that are perfect for the Keysy, beach home. Sayings, mermaids and reef scenes are well represented in the inventory. Casa Casa Interiors: $18 and up Marathon

Small Business Saturday

Saturday Nov. 26th, 11am-3pm. Doubletree by Hilton Grand Key Resort 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West VENDORS TO INCLUDE:

Multiple Lularoe Consultants • Scentsy • Tupperware 31 Bags • Jamberry Nails • Clothing • Home Goods Jewelry • Plus Much More!


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Tropical Napkins A table will look good all year round with colorful fish print hand towels. The napkins come in the same color schemes with three different edges. Fast Buck’s at Home: $12.95 Key West


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By Theresa Java Captain Doug Berry works all day with his hands carving fine art in the Upper Keys. His work takes many functional forms from carving boards to furnishings to jewelry boxes. “I do a lot of carving and a lot of inlay work,” said Berry, a 30-year resident of the Florida Keys.

Wooden craft

Organic wooden sculptures are beautiful and functional

His inlay work is embellished with fine stones like turquoise, amethyst or red coral. First, he etches out an intricate image or design, pours in the semiprecious stones and then epoxy coats it. It’s this fine-detail work that he’s most proud of, he said. Currently, Berry is finishing his “River Runs Through it” table masterpiece. It’s a table with turquoise inlay and said he believes it to be his finest accomplishment to date. But just last week, he delivered a commissioned “rocket launcher” (fishing rod holder for the boat) with mother of pearl and turquoise inlays. And last year, he made a very special jewelry box detailed with porpoises. “The client loved it so much, they keep it on the coffee table as art, rather than use it to store jewelry,” he said. Berry prefers black walnut burl for carving. For other things, he uses a wide variety of woods like zebra wood, padauk lumber, of course mahogany, sepele and purple heart. Berry estimates he puts in about 60 hours per week in his workshop. It’s a newish career — resurrected after 22 years as general manager at Worldwide Sportsman. But he’s been working with wood his whole life; his grandfather was a wooden sailboat builder in New England.

Berry used copper pods with turquoise inlays, river pebbles and black coral to detail this custom table.


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In addition to the items mentioned above, the inventory is wide and varied: custom shadowbox frames and serving trays. He also builds tournament trophies and plaques for just about every competition including the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series and is the go-to man for sculpture bases for local artist Pasta Pantaleo. Ninety-nine percent of the work, he said, is a commission for a specific piece. “They’re hand-me-downs or heirlooms; I build things to last forever,” Berry said. See Berry’s work at local art festivals (Artwalk at Morada Way, San Pedro’s Art Under the Oaks, and the Islamorada Chamber of Commerce’s Island Fest). For more information, call 305-587-1506 or email



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Kids’ Sunscreen Baby Bum sunscreen is for the delicate and still developing skin of babies. It’s water resistant and lasts up to 80 minutes before the next application, pediatrician approved, and free of harmful ingredients. Angler’s Closet: $18 Marathon

Calico Critters One of this year’s most popular children’s item is the Calico Critters Collection — plush but poseable rabbits and all the accessories like clothing, vehicles, housing and a stage (pictured). Imagination Station: $60 Key West

Butterfly Garden Buy the kit and send away for the caterpillars. Kids are in charge of the whole process, watching the creatures grow to be released into the garden. Sweet Savannah’s: $25 Marathon

Magic Curlers Tweens and teens love the Magic Curler styling set (18pack). Twist a section of hair and use the included hook to slip it into a self-curling, plastic net sleeve. Best used with damp hair, and leaving hair to set overnight. Amazon: $20 Keyswide

DIY Shark The Nuts & Bolts shark construction set comes with 198 pieces and the tools (wrench and screwdriver) needed to put it together. The fins and head are plastic. Top rated for kids, but adults should plan on helping. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters: $18 Marathon


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HOLIDAY HACKS Living gluten-free and happy through the holidays By Kim Bassett There’s a lot of hubbub about gluten these days. The most frequent questions I hear are, “What is gluten?” and “Why is it put into food in the first place?” Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. It’s put into foods to help them keep shape, almost acting as a glue holding food together. Who has problems with gluten? Individuals with: • Crohn’s Disease • Celiac Disease • Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity • Gluten Intolerant

Researchers estimate that 6 to 7 percent of the population may fall into one of these categories, which amounts to about 20 million people in the United States alone. Knowing that, how in the world can you enjoy eating throughout the holidays if you happen to be one of those “lucky” 20 million people? Here is a handy list of popular holiday foods that don’t typically contain gluten.


• Plain turkey. Skip the gravy and traditional stuffing. Bonus: Turkey contains a lot of yummy protein too. • Plain ham. Meats are often gluten-free. • Regular mashed and sweet potatoes. Skip the butter and check with the chef to be sure no flour was added to the potatoes. • Vegetables and fruit are often healthy gluten-free options. If the veggie is covered in a cream based sauce, skip it, as most cream sauces have flour. • For dessert, choose a gluten-free cookie or brownie mix available now at most grocery stores. And my personal favorite:

Pineapple Fluff Pie (Makes two pies) INGREDIENTS 1 can crushed pineapple, well drained 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 can sweetened condensed milk 9 ounces Cool Whip 2 ready-made gluten free graham cracker pie crusts DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients together and pour into pie crusts (split mixture). Refrigerate overnight or until firm (4-6 hours). Top with Cool Whip before serving — Former CEO of Fisherman's Hospital and long-time Keys resident, Kim Bassett has more than 25 years experience in nursing and hospital administration. Kim now serves as president and CEO of Steward Norwood Hospital in Massachusetts.


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By Sara Matthis

MADE IN THE KEYS From you! By you!

Homemade gift tags add personalized touch

I admit to being a total gift-wrapping freak. One year, God bless me, I made all my own Christmas wrapping paper. For my troubles, Santa brought me a teensy bit of back pain that wore off about the start of the New Year. Now, I try to keep my creative endeavors to a more manageable size: gift tags.

First, a couple of words on “sourcing,” or where to procure your supplies. While die-cut gift tags are available at craft stores on the mainland, crafty locals can also make them out of cereal boxes. Then, start thinking outside the gift box — tiny shells in place of buttons, homemade potato stamps, etc.


• Elegant. Dip a wreath stamp in glue and then dust with glitter. Make the berries with a dab of red paint. Finish with a fancy velvet ribbon. • Youthful. Bends some pipe cleaners into a zigzag Christmas tree shape and finish with a gold star. Easy enough for kids to make and it keeps them busy! • Santa Belt. Okay, more difficult on the elf scale, but the tab off a soda can makes a perfect Santa buckle. Use felt or black paper for the belt and glitter glue for buttons.

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• Washi Tape. You can find this magical craft supply in the Keys. Cutting it into geometrical shapes, on a plain cardboard or white background, to look like a genius.


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