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Etsy Maine Gift Guide

MP will admit, there are so many gift guides online, it’s enough to overwhelm even the most enthusiastic holiday shopper. However, it’s hard not to give the talented artisans we have in Maine a shout out. There is something about giving a handmade gift from home that makes the holidays extra special. Here are a few favorites: This nightlight from …

Go Babe Slings and Bird & Bear Boutique

One of the things MP loves most about shopping fairs and festivals is the wonderful, creative people she meets. Over the summer, she had the chance to chat with two talented women—Molly Perry of Go Babe Slings and Lauren Watkinson, owner of Bird & Bear Boutique.

Maine Artisan Bread Fair

MP would travel anywhere in Maine for good bread. This Saturday, the Maine Grain Alliance is hosting its annual bread fair with over 60 food vendors from across New England. Even though Skowhegan is an hour-plus drive, the promise of skilled bakers offering wood-fired pizza, decadent pastries, and crusty baguettes is enough for MP to get the family in the …

Gifts for Father’s Day

We’re biased of course, but we happen to think that DP is one incredible Dad. MP and the kids plan to spoil him for Father’s Day with delicious food, a little dancing, and a day out on the town. We’re also considering a great Maine-inspired gift—something he can enjoy all to himself. Here’s a list of our favorites: A tour …

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and MP likes to give and make special gifts for the family. It never ceases to amaze MP how many choices there are for creative gifts in Maine! Following are a few favorites: 1. A crocheted hat for kids and adults. 2. Get festive with felt heart garland from InJoyEcoCutie 3. This balsam pillow from Lakeside Quilts …

Handmade Quilts + Dolls from Wildflower Soup

During this white and wintery time of year, MP craves color. What a treat it was to discover the Wildflower Soup Etsy shop. Shop owner and Brunswick Mom, Tammy Johnson, makes dolls and colorful quilts that are sure to brighten anyone’s day. Take a look:

The Merry Crown Society

While shopping the Craft & Art Show at the Yarmouth Clam Festival this summer, the team discovered The Merry Crown Society. Shop owner, Bonnie, who hails from Fryeburg, designs whimsical crowns, wands, swords, and masks using felt made from recycled plastic bottles. CP#2 was completely smitten with Bonnie’s booth. If MP allowed it, he would spent hours trying out cool disguises.

Whimsy Skirts + Accessories

Bright colors. Pretty accessories. Twirly skirts. These are a few of the Cute Potato girls favorite things about summer dressing. While visiting the In Bloom Market in Cumberland a few weeks ago, MP discovered the work of Kendra Haskell. The Scarborough designer has an eye for summer style. Her clothing line, aptly named Whimsy, offers colorful cotton skirts for women and girls in bold …

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 …