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MP was shopping at the Center for Maine Craft’s new location in South Portland and discovered the wonderful work of Jean Fink. The Unity-based fiber artist makes sweet, little dolls using wool from her farm’s sheep.

Love the red hair and rosy cheeks…

CP#2 likes this guy’s cowboy print pajamas… so cute!

In addition to dolls, Jean also makes cotton baby dresses in colorful, geometric prints and coordinating “bloomies” to wear underneath. Don’t you love handmade items like these? They’re so perfect for a shower or new baby gift.

To find Jean’s work, visit the Center for Maine Craft or her Esty shop, Wool Art by the Sea.

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We’re so fortunate to have readers like you. All of your suggestions for favorite local getaways were wonderful. Thank you! Congratulations goes to Sandy Abbott, who returns to York with her loved ones every year:

My family goes to York Beach every summer for a long weekend. My grandparents lived there, and when they died, we continued to take our sons there and do all of the same traditions my grandparents and parents did with me. Plus we added some of our own. We go to the Goldenrod, York Animal Kingdom, Sandy’s Purple Palace, the Nubble Light, Sweet Josie’s, and more. My children are grown with children of their own. We continue our annual tradition with the 5th generation, staying in a wonderful inn on the beach…  At 59, I have not missed a year, nor do I intend to!

Like Sandy, the Cute Potato team enjoys visiting the Nubble Light in York, especially for the wonderful foods nearby. We’re big fans of the old-fashioned ice cream at Brown’s, which was once lauded by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s as his favorite ice cream shop in the country. Now that’s saying something!

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Summer is officially here! MP can enjoy a cup of coffee and a good novel in the early morning hours while the kids sleep in. There are several books on MP’s list, but she couldn’t resist reading J. Courtney Sullivan’s Maine first.

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Does Father’s Day seem to sneak up on you every year? If you’re searching for ideas, here are a few last minute gifts for Dad:

Local Sprits
Cold River Vodka has a loyal following, but did you know the Freeport distillery also makes gin? Toast the man of the house with a G & T, and let him enjoy a few minutes to sip and enjoy.

Homemade Tee
The kids surprised DP with a Viva El Papa shirt one Father’s Day. This year, we’re planning on another Team Potato original. MP found this letterpress card in Portland and was inspired. A yellow T-shirt and some black fabric paint should do the trick.

This card will make a fun T-shirt design

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The team at Cute Potato likes to think we are ice cream connoisseurs. We have our favorite stands, but any chance we get, the CP family enjoys trying new places. We were so glad to have discovered the Mosquito in Raymond. First, who can resist the fun name? Co-owner Travis McClellan says he named the shop after a whimsical gift exchanged between his parents: a giant, metal mosquito sculpture made by local artist Lou Mastro.

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Congratulations to Karen Nadeau! She’s won a month-long, family membership to Peek-a-Boo Center in Westbrook. Karen says her team enjoys hiking throughout the state during the summer:

We get out and hike, hike, hike! We frequent Bradbury Mountain, Acadia National Park, Fuller Farm Sanctuary in Scarborough, Mt. Agamenticus, and lots of other places. It is always nice to get out and exercise with the family, while teaching them to love and respect nature! We love the outdoors… and Peek-a-boo too, of course.

The Waterfall Trail at Fuller Farm Sanctuary in Scarborough.

To find family-friendly hiking trails near you, visit Maine Parks & Lands or the Maine Land Trust Network, which offers a complete list of Land Trusts by county.

Happy summer hiking, everyone!

Note to readers: Peek-a-Boo play center closed in June 2014.

 

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