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 …

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 …

Mom Made It! Homemade Cakes

CP#1 wanted a Hello Kitty themed party for her fifth birthday. To help create a memorable cake, MP enlisted Cathy Ducey, baker and owner of Mom Made It! in Scarborough. Cathy, who makes everything from scratch in her home kitchen, was kind enough to let MP bring some gluten-free ingredients to make CP #1 a rich, chocolate layer cake.

Erin Flett Pillows

While flipping through an old notebook, MP came across a list of highlights from Portland’s Picnic Art + Music Festival. She was thrilled to re-discover Erin Flett’s business card taped to one of its pages. The accomplished, Gorham designer makes colorful pillows—each featuring an original screen print on vintage reproduction bark cloth. What MP didn’t realize then is Erin also makes …

Colorful Knits for Winter

According to her Facebook page, Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte is a lawyer and a banker by trade, but this Portland mom also has a wonderful creative side, which is apparent in nearly every piece she designs. Her side business—Lovemook Knits—features everything from sweet hair accessories to ultra warm sweaters. We especially love her whimsical knit hats for little ones. Fun flowers, …