She’s a mother, grandmother, friend and wine bottle light creator. Peggy New of Conway has created more than 2,800 Wine Lights since she started her own business in 2009. Wine Lights are used glass bottles that have been drilled to add a string of lights and then individually decorated by hand. Each bottle is unique and themed to include animals, sports, flowers, and more.

“My inspiration comes from a desire to create unique, beautiful and functional things,” said New. “Being able to sell them just means I can continue. It is important to me because it uses both my organizational passion and my creative abilities.”

The exposure from a local festival or craft fair has given Wine Lights the opportunity to shine. Last year, New booked 47 shows and this year, she is already up to 30 shows.

Her most popular bottles have been designs with grapes and designs featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, she claims that her favorite creation is the frosted bottle with a lighthouse decorated with mother of pearl and aqua beading because it reminds her of a foggy day at the beach.

“When you have a story to tell, you are not only selling the item, but you are selling a part of yourself; an idea, feeling or memory you want to express,” said New. “The best part of selling is connecting with the buyer and knowing they ‘get it’ and leave a little happier.”

The bottles for Wine Lights come from more than 30 individuals, several bars and restaurants. “My crop of volunteers provides me with awesome bottles. But I never divulge who drinks what or how much,” said New.

Wine Lights are available for sale at local craft shows and festivals as well as online at www.facebook.com/thewinelights

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Originally from Virginia, Jennifer C. Sellers is passionate about sustainability and conservation in South Carolina and throughout the world. She earned her BA in English from Coastal Carolina University and her MAS in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. She is a university sustainability coordinator that implements programs and teaches people about going green and being sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @MyGreenGlasses

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