Posts Tagged ‘Etsy’

There’s not a parent in Maine that’s not familiar with the daily winter routine. Every morning, without fail, we’re ushering our children into warm socks, boots, mittens, scarves, snow pants, coats, and hats. Sometimes the routine goes smoothly, and sometimes well, not so much. And who could blame the kids for not wanting to get in full cold weather regalia? No child wants to feel like—what’s hilariously described in A Christmas Story—as a tick that’s about to go pop, right?

That’s why MP turns to great local Etsy shops like BabbidgePatch Hats. Shop owner Cathy Costa made CP#2 a Star Wars hat last season, and he looks forward to wearing it each day. Cathy makes beautiful knit hats adults and kids want to wear.


We love this retro heart knit.


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MP’s sister is having a baby in August. As you can well imagine, MP is so excited to have a new nephew! The baby shower is fast approaching and MP has been on the look out for some unique handmade gifts.

While searching Pinterest, she discovered Carolyn Caffelle from The Wishing Elephant. The talented, New England mom was featured on the Martha Stewart Show last October for her adorable sushi costumes. Carolyn also makes the cutest cotton bodysuits for babies in all kinds of creative designs—from hamburgers and French fries (for twins) to these irresistible Love Bus onesies.

Carolyn’s original appliques are made from hand-cut, Eco felt.


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If you don’t have time to make your own Valentines, find a variety of fun, handmade mini sets from Topsham’s LuckyLu Creations. Etsy shop owner Kara Dowling says she’s loved paper crafts and scrapbooking ever since grade school. Today, the expectant mom works late into the evening designing her whimsical greeting cards and gift tags.

We’re fans of Kara’s Itty Bitty Love notes. These simple, hand stamped cards are just the right size for kids to give friends at school:

These sweet mini notes come in packs of 12 and are blank inside

And Kara’s gift tags make a charming addition to small tokens of love:

Add fun tags like these to homemade treats

You can visit LuckyLu Creations on Etsy or Facebook.

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CP #2 is about to celebrate his 3rd birthday and because he is our resident rocker, MP decided to throw him a rock and roll themed bash. To help, she enlisted the talents of Olio Designs in Rangeley. Shop owner/designer Meg Shelton is a dynamo when it comes to party favors. Even Martha Stewart Weddings noticed Meg’s talents and named her one the magazine’s favorite crafters. Needless to say, MP knew Meg would rock this assignment.

CP#2 in his element


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Last week, we highlighted Jess Proctor’s super cute, reusable sandwich bags. We’ve already used ours for picnics, packed lunches and snacks on the go. And MP is thinking they will be perfect for the beach this weekend.

Enter to win this set of reusable snack and sandwich bags

Speaking of the holiday weekend, wouldn’t it be nice to win something fun? Here’s your chance. Tell us where to find the very best July4th parades, fireworks and celebrations in Maine this weekend, and you could win a set of Jess’ snack and sandwich bags. We’ll select one lucky person at random and announce the winner on Tuesday, July 6. Good luck!

For details on the set, visit Jess’ Etsy shop, The Reuse Zone.

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While visiting the New Gloucester Community Market on Sunday, MP met the lovely Jessica Proctor—a Portland-based mom with an Etsy shop called The Reuse Zone. Jessica sells a variety of green products, but our favorite is her reusable snack/lunch bag. Each washable bag is made of 100% cotton and lined with ripstop PVC nylon, so it’s easy to shake out and wipe clean. The bag seals shut with a handy Velcro® closure.

Some of our favorite prints & patterns

We love this effortless way of being green. And it doesn’t hurt that the fabrics are super cute, too. We’ll definitely be back for more.

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CP#1 celebrated her birthday over the weekend, and we wanted to find her a special crown to mark the occasion. Lucky for us, we discovered the wonderfully talented Kirsten Hardy, who runs a home-based business in Bar Harbor called Annabel Fuzz. Kirsten whipped up a beautiful, felt crown in a day, and to CP#1’s delight, it arrived in a perfectly pink package.

Kirsten has two daughters, so it’s no wonder she knows a thing or two about the importance of pink and princess crowns to the preschool set. In fact, she got her start designing bonnets for her own girls. When the owner of Stone Soup Toys in Bar Harbor spotted the bonnets, she asked Kirsten if she would like to sell them in her shop. The rest, as they say, is history. Annabel Fuzz offers everything from wrap skirts and bonnets in fun, feminine prints to the birthday crown you see here.

CP#1 wearing her new crown

A bonnet from Annabel Fuzz

The crown is great for parties and dress up, but most of all, we like that CP#1 can use it from now until she’s twenty-one (as long as hearts and flowers are still her thing).

Know a princess in need of a party hat? You can find Kirsten’s crowns on Etsy, and her popular bonnets (just in time for gardening season) at Stone Soup Toys, Roots & Tendrils in Belfast and Oak Handmade Clothing & Gifts in Boston.

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