Archive for October, 2010

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the Maine Etsy Team. And we love what some of our favorite designers have such fun offerings for fall. First, MP was literally oohing and ahhing over the adorable knit hats at Three Kittens Knitting in Limington. Cathy Bernier’s hats are perfect for a quick costume.

Add a green onesie and you have the cutest frog costume ever

For a colorful table, Moon Dog Farms offers these adorable felted pumpkins. We like them because they’re perfect for Thanksgiving, too.

MP loves collecting fun decorations that we can use year after year. These creative bottle cap magnets from Pumpkin Seed Mama are made for hanging up refrigerator art.

Moms need to be festive, too, right? Check out these fun Halloween candy earrings, made from vintage buttons, from Portland-based jewelry designer Katie Sullivan Jones.

Happy Halloween everyone!

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There’s something especially cute about a little boy in a cap. CP# 2 prefers his papa’s hat of choice—a wool flat cap DP wears around town.

CP #2 emulating his papa

MP has been in search of a cap CP#2 can call his own. Thankfully, Dory Smith Graham of Bar Harbor’s Worthy Goods makes colorful, functional hats for kids and adults. We especially love the whimsical fabrics and patterns she uses for her designs. Her soft, cotton hats are cozy and washable, making them all the more kid-friendly.


One of Graham’s many cute & colorful caps (photo courtesy of Worthy Goods)

We’re fans of these organic cotton trapper hats, too (photo courtesy of Worthy Goods)

You can find Graham’s Worthy Goods shop here. Or, if you want to see the hats up close—visit her booth at the Picnic Holiday Sale in Portland.

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MP can’t help herself. As the calendar approaches Halloween, she starts thinking about holiday shopping. Maybe it’s because she worked in retail advertising for so many years. Regardless, she was thrilled to discover the Center for Maine Crafts in West Gardiner. Don’t let the rest stop location fool you—this beautiful shop is the real deal. For adults, you’ll find stunning jewelry, pottery, music and more gifts at every turn. And the children’s section? Let’s just say MP was beyond pleased, especially because there is an impressive display of local authors available, including team favorites like Wendy Ulmer and Lynn Plourde. She’s certain CP#1 will like Brunswick author Katie Clark and her quirky adventure, Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck.

In addition to books, MP also liked the fanciful, wooden pull toys from Heritage Collectibles in Sebec.


Heritage Collectible's handmade pull-toys


And just when MP thought she’d seen it all, there was a sweet collection of hair accessories by Baubles and Bows near the register. The mix of colors and fabrics are so much fun… it almost makes MP want to be five again.

As it turns out, MP is not the only one thinking about the holidays. The Center for Maine Craft has a new gift shop across from the food court at the Bangor Mall, too.

Happy early shopping!

The Center for Maine Craft
West Gardiner Turnpike Service Plaza

Holiday Store at the Bangor Mall
Open October – December, 2010

For hours: http://mainecrafts.org/

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After several trips to our local orchard, The Cute Potato house is positively brimming with red fruit. We’ve made applesauce, apple crumble and an apple tart. And while MP loves all of these wonderful fall treats, they’re not so kind to her waistline. Thankfully, she spotted a super cute Apple Print Bag like this one on Martha Stewart Crafts.

We love these bags for toys, books and of course, apples

It’s a messy project for sure, but surprisingly easy. And the kids liked that they could make their own tote bags for library books. (more…)

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Note: Sweet Fabrics owner Jana Markow now lives in Vermont, but you can still find her beautiful work in stores throughout Maine. 

While we were shopping the Commons—a thoughtful gift shop in Eastport—we discovered these simple, fabric ukuleles from Calais-based designer Jana Markow. We love her whimsical fabric choices and details, especially the clever ukelele strap.

Jana has been sewing for nearly 25 years. Her company, Sweet Fabrics, offers clothing, toys and more handmade gifts for kids. Jana says her two children inspire her to create toys that are better than most plastic versions. And clearly, she has succeeded. Her wool felt lunch bags and foods are a great addition to a play kitchen.

We’re also fans of Jana’s veggie-themed baby tees. The appliqués are so cute and colorful. We can’t wait to buy one for a new baby gift.

To see more of Jana’s work, visit the Sweet Fabrics shop online.

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We’re fortunate to have a great group of readers at Cute Potato, who offer wonderful suggestions for these pages. Dena Davis, a mother of two from Thomaston, emailed about Freedom Riders—an equine assisted therapy program in Warren for children and adults with special needs. Run entirely by trained volunteers, Freedom Riders offers small classes to teach horse care/riding skills, as well as coordination exercises for balance and core strength.


A young rider meets his horse for the first time




Freedom Rider volunteers support students every step of the way


On October 9th, Freedom Riders will host its Annual Student Horseshow at the non-profit’s arena in Warren. The team can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday than supporting such a generous group of people. Dena, who is also an ambassador for independent bookseller, Barefoot Books, is holding a raffle to benefit Freedom Riders, where participants could win $50 in children’s books. For tickets and more information, visit Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook.

Freedom Riders Annual Horseshow
Saturday, October 9
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
1051 Atlantic Highway


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