Looking for some shiny treasure while you are at the beach? You need to look no further than Creations by L! Tucked in the little shopping center across from Catcher’s Marina at 5500 Marina Dr. Suite 2 in Holmes Beach, is a great little shop where you can pick up your own Island treasure. This lovely little spot has beautiful jewelry hand made by store owner Lois Manza. If you are looking for something to sparkle in the gorgeous Anna Maria Island sun, you can pick up a ready made piece off the shelf. If you have something specific in mind, want to create a custom keepsake of your trip, or need a rainy day activity, you can head to the beading table, and create your own masterpiece. The selections range to fit any budget including glass beads, semi-precious stones, and even Swarovski crystals. Lois will help you create something to be proud of! Throughout the year Lois hosts beading classes, so check with her to see when you can come in and learn the tricks of the trade!
And when I tell you there is something for everyone, I know where of I speak! She offers classes (and insight) for all levels of interest. Not only does she have supplies for beautiful pieces for grown up tastes, but all four of my children were able to make something to take with them. She has key chains and bag tags that the boys were able to create. My six year old made an alligator with colorful plastic beads, that he proudly sports on his backpack. My eleven year old son choose a glow in the dark alien face he could use as a key chain. My nine year old daughter made a beautiful anklet that I really thought should have been for her mother! Lois even had a collection of colorful shaped beads that my three year old was able to use to create a necklace for herself. The kids have also created some jewelry for their grandmother, with gorgeous glass beads and colored crystals, made to match Grammy’s favorite colors. Lois patiently teaches the novices, helping with their designs and creations, and offering suggestions and directions to assist the process.
There are items for all interests and budgets. Beautiful handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings twinkle in your eye as you walk in the door. One of my favorite beachy items is the Barefoot Sandal. A great way to dress up your tootsies on a day at the beach – these whimsical, or dressy (depending on your style) designs combine the fun of an anklet with the fashion of footware. Sandal style without having to shlep your shoes-what a unique way to add flair to beach feet! There are all sorts of fun things to choose from on the display tables, including bookmarks, and cell phone charms, key chains and anklets.
There are lovely crystal pieces for a night out, casual stone pieces for island hopping, and custom pieces available to highlight your wedding or special event. There are sets and individual pieces, and walls of beads to look at, for creating your own design. The signature piece of the store, though, has to be the new Anna Maria Island Charm Bracelet. The display case sits front and center, and lets you make your pick of the perfect design. With its beautiful charm choices, you can create a piece that epitomizes your trip to Anna Maria Island’s little piece of paradise. Did you ride the trolley, see some dolphins, find a starfish? Include it on your charm bracelet – this is a perfect keepsake of a fabulous vacation!