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With Easter only two weeks away, MP has gift-giving on her mind. Enter our newest sponsor, Maineland Design Co., an online shop created by South Portland artist Andy Rosen, his childhood friend Luke Myers and curator Kim Myers. Their playful gift collection is a perfect balance of classic and modern design that suits all ages. Following are a few favorites:

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MP has to admit, now that CP#1 and CP#2 are seven- and eight-years old, it’s more challenging to find them gifts for under the tree. These days, MP is leaning towards items that are equal parts useful and fun. The kind of gifts that last well beyond trends or sudden whims. Enter L.L.Bean’s latest gift guide. MP was surprised to find herself dog-earring more than a few pages of the catalog. Yes, there are the expected turtlenecks, flannels, and shearling slippers, but look a little closer and you’ll find some incredible gifts for the 7-up set.

Trailblazer, Jr. headlamp
CP#2 loves to read in bed. Seriously, if you asked him, he’d tell you reading the Captain Underpants series was his favorite activity right behind drawing comics. While Trailblazer headlamps are great for camping, MP believes they’re equally useful for kids who read themselves to sleep at night.

273977 Trailblazer Jr. Headlamp

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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:

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A sweet, cotton patchwork quilt for babies and toddlers.

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Update: Shoreside Chic is now called Boheme Chic.

Whenever MP is asked what she’d like for a special occasion, the answer, without fail, is jewelry from Shoreside Chic. Portland-based jewelry designer, Kate Clark, makes simple but beautiful pieces inspired by vintage and nautical designs. You’ll find everything from bold statement necklaces to classic earrings and bracelets you can wear everyday.

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Kate’s Haberdashery Collection features this vintage, lucite link necklace. Love.

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A vintage, hammered cuff from Kate’s Portland collection.

 

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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 few beautiful items that are on her wish list this year. Her dream gift is a bag from Michelle Rose of Minka in Kennebunkport. MP has long coveted Michelle’s artfully designed leather handbag, but now Minka is offering a sleek looking shopper, too. Decisions!

A Mom can never have too many beautiful bags.

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