OCEAN GROVE, NJ — Serenity by the Sea owner Sarah Taylor Izzo has been busy at her sewing machine at home, whipping up face masks from fabrics in all sorts of patterns and colors.

Known for her handcrafted lines of home textiles and tutus for children and pets, she has been met with a growing demand for face masks during the current coronavirus outbreak. And while her “little shop of wonder” in Ocean Grove is currently closed, Izzo is meeting the challenge of creating masks in her own special way.

“I’m usually making hotholders and tutus, but right now I’m working day and night making face masks with beautiful intentions for everyone who needs them … to keep them safe, to protect their families,” Izzo said, an experienced seamstress whose known for her bold and vibrant creations.

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She’s regularly adding to her wide array of printed fabric for the masks — from animal paws and angel wings to bamboo and batik patterns, among so much more, including solids.

Face masks come with washing instructions and a hand-written note from Izzo, who sends “love and light” with each package — whether it contains one specially made mask or dozens.  

Masks are adult size and are pocketless. Cost is $6 per mask, with flat-rate shipping of $7.75 for quantities of one or more. To place an order, visit Serenity by the Sea’s Facebook page, where there are videos of available fabrics from which to choose. Simply send Izzo a private message with your order,  or call or text 973-699-1760.

Meanwhile, visit Serenity by the Sea’s new website, which provides a glimpse into the little shop of wonder and amazement, and where many of its handcrafted and specialty items can be ordered online.

One new item is its line of Serenity Treasures — a package of seven “surprise” items chosen to “to keep the zen state of mind flowing,” Izzo said. “Each Serenity Treasure package contains seven items that are lovingly chosen by us, and each item is wrapped individually with peace and loving intention.”

Also featured is Serenity by the Sea’s new tote bag, adorned with original ‘Groovin’ in the Grove” artwork and made from sturdy canvas with strong handles — ideal for carrying books or taking to the beach.

Do you want to remove the negative energy around you? Get yourself a bundle of sage sticks. The burning of sage is a ritual handed down from Native American civilizations that is said to help people achieve a sense of calm and heighten relaxation, similar to meditation.

And with the focus on cleanliness and good hygiene in these times of “stopping the spread” of COVID-19, Serenity by the Sea’s own line of scented bath soaps are available on line. Handcrafted from olive, coconut, soybean an sunflowers oils and organic shea butter, these soaps are paraben and palm-oil free and contain natural fragrances that are blended to make each soap smell exotic, unique and inviting.

At Serenity by the Sea, it’s always about creating beautiful things and introducing specialty items that includes handcrafted and fair trade treasures, one-of-a-kind artwork, eco-friendly merchandise, and personal care items that relieve stress and promote relaxation, including CBD oils and creams.

Izzo is known for her custom-designed lines of hotholders and other home textiles, tutus for children and pets, bracelets and affirmation art. In fact, her keen eye for items that are “deliciously delightful and zenful” makes a visit to Serenity by the Sea a different experience every time. And now many of these items are offered on its website, which is offering free shipping through April.

Here is just a sampling of what you’ll find at this beautiful little gem at the Jersey Shore.

  • Unique Finds for Any Holiday or Special Occasion
  • Treasures from Around the World
  • Bamboo Fabric Clothing and Other Eco-Friendly Items
  • Custom-Designed Hotholders and Potholders
  • Bracelets, Beads, Baubles
  • Crystals, Charms and Trinkets
  • CBD Oils and Creams for Humans and Pets by Brady’s Botanicals
  • One-of-a-Kind Tutus for All Ages … and Dolls and Pets Too.
  • Gems from the Earth and Sea
  • Scented Soy Candles, Luxury Spa Items and Soaps
  • Yoga-Inspired Items
  • Handcrafted Home Décor and Wall Art
  • Hostess Gifts and Custom Gift Baskets

For the latest updates, visit its Facebook page, or to inquire about a specialty item, call 973-699-1760.

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