Maine Made Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching, and as usual, MP is behind schedule! Thankfully, there are plenty of great shops and purveyors nearby to help with gift giving. Take for example the smart folks at Coffee by Design, who are offering a special, dark roast just for dads. Even better, one dollar for each pound sold of this coffee goes to …

Portland Flea-for-All

Note: The Portland Flea-for-All will be moving its location to 585 Congress Street in Fall 2016, according to a June 14, 2016 article by Kathleen Pierce of the Bangor Daily News. MP and CP#1 enjoyed a girls’ day out recently, while the boys headed to the Museum of Science in Boston for the Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit. We ladies decided …

Handmade Baby Quilts

The car thermometer read 8º when MP drove the kids to the school this morning. The serious chill in the air made her crave hot tea, a fire in the woodstove, and her favorite quilt. It’s moments like these that lead MP on searches for items like Maine made blankets. Sure enough, she came across a lovely little Etsy shop …

Lilleputt Studio

Friends and family are having a lot of babies lately, which means MP needs to come up with a thoughtful gift or two. Thankfully, she needn’t look any further than Portland’s Lilleputt Studio. Designer Annika Schmidt makes beautiful textiles for little ones. MP loves her brightly colored bibs, infant smocks, and handmade pillows for the nursery.

What a Mom Wants

MP will admit it, she loves Mother’s Day. It’s like having a birthday all over again. She’s treated to breakfast in the morning, homemade cards from the kids, and the family road trip of her choice. Sometimes, if she’s been an especially good Mom, there might be a small gift waiting for her at the kitchen table. There are a …

Handmade Easter Gifts

Since we’ve been away, MP is a little bit behind on everything, especially her Easter shopping. She likes to put some candy in the kids’ baskets, but small gifts are always fun and memorable. This sweet mouse from Laika Handknits is just the right size for little hands:

Handmade Valentine’s Day Gifts

Wow! Thanks to all of you who entered our Valentine’s Day giveaway. We’re so glad that everyone is as excited about The Bakers Confections Etsy shop as we are. Now for the drum roll… …. congrats to Ashley! She wins a cake pop kit or cookie pop kit of her choice, plus some super cute decorative straws. Hope she sends …

Super Cute Kids Storage

Without fail, MP feels a little disorganized after the holidays. There are decorations to put away, bags to unpack, and new toys to find space for around the house. This Christmas, the Cute Potato kids were especially blessed with art supplies. The influx of crafty goods inspired MP to reorganize the team’s arts and crafts cabinet. Enter Nykki Grindle from …

Handmade Dolls by Erin Vazdauskas

MP loves the art fairs and craft shows that pop up during this time of year. There are so many talented people to discover. Case in point: while shopping Brunswick’s Artsy Affair, she came across these collectible dolls from talented mom and crafter, Erin Vazdauskas.

Clay Tile Mom

MP was recently introduced to the work of Portland-based artist Jessica Teesdale. Known as Clay Tile Mom, Jessica creates keepsake hand and foot print tiles. The busy mother of three started her business in 2008. Since then, Jessica schedules print sessions at her home studio, playgroups or spaces like Smudge Art Studio in Freeport. The tiles are popular with families who …