For a moment, let’s consider the story of the sand dollar. As a small, flat sea creature that travels from the depths of the ocean to the shores of our beaches, the sand dollar is a treasure to find. Any of us who spent time by the sea shore during our youth probably had a collection of them.  They were a challengeto find,neat to look at and fun to gather. As we become adults, our hunt for the sand dollar may continue but our assortment from the past may not. My collection and the shells that were with them,are long gone along withmy own childhood.

But Sarah, one of our artists, has found a way to revive these memories and honor the sand dollar’s natural beauty—by creating them into pendants.She has mastered transformingthe remnants of these small sea creatures from the brittle shelled objects of desire we collected into something that won’t gather dust on your shelves.

It all started with a spilledglass of wine. Sarah and her husband were enjoying an eveningby the fire, each with a glass of red wine. She had placed a handful of sand dollars by the fire to dry out. Over toppled a glass, and before she could save it, the red liquid had been absorbed by one of the sand dollars. Sarah and her husband observed that the stain of the wine brought out the texture of the sand dollar;a beautiful display of nature’s patterns.

That was justthe beginning. Since then, Sarah has discoveredthat she can dyethese a multitude of colors andcombinations. Once the color is set,she then adds layers of a clear coatin order to strengthenand ensureultra-violet protection. The result?A lovely, uniquenecklace that will be the perfect accent to any outfit. There are such a variety of colors and sizesto choose from that you are sure to find onethat fits your personal style.No two sand dollars are alike, so even if treated with the same shade of dye, the result will change every time. It’s magical in a way, and with every one of Sarah’s Sand Dollars that leaves the shop, the lucky recipient will be able to take a piece of Maine’s coastline treasures home…and acknowledge that sometimes you don’t always have to cry over spilled wine. 🙂

See a variety of Sarah’s Sand Dollars available now.

 


We have been spoiled by a delivery of ELEVEN new canvases by Benjamin Williamson Photography. Ben is a photographer specializing in the Maine coastline, specifically the midcoast and Casco Bay.

"Reid State Park" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" | $300

“Reid State Park” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Morning Rose" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Morning Rose” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Bioluminescense" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

Bioluminescense” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Barred Owl" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Barred Owl” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Spring Point Ledge" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Spring Point Ledge” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Portland Skyline" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Portland Skyline” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"North Side Portland Head Light" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“North Side Portland Head Light” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Path To Popham" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Path To Popham” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Wharf Street Puddle" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Wharf Street Puddle” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Bathed In Moonlight" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Bathed In Moonlight” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

"Bowdoin Mill Sunrise" by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24"x36" Canvas | $300

“Bowdoin Mill Sunrise” by Benjamin Williamson Photography | 24″x36″ Canvas | $300

 

These gorgeous canvases are available in our Bath and Portland locations. They measure 24″ x 36″ (2ft x 3ft) and are $300 each. Bring home your piece of Maine today.

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Happy Father’s Day, Andy!
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Andy is the co-owner of Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine, but his name is not on the sign. If you’ve visited us in our physical stores it’s very likely that you have met Andy, Lisa-Marie’s husband.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to come in in person yet, meet Andy – the other half of Lisa-Marie’s.
He flies under the radar accomplishing all the little tasks that make the business run smoothly.
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He pays our bills.
He ships your packages.
He washes the floors.
He gets change from the bank.
He breaks down cardboard and takes out the trash. He makes sure morale is up by cracking silly Dad-jokes.
He fixes the credit card machines when they stop working.
He is our IT saving grace.
He backs up the computers so that the artists get their Sold Items reports.
He paints the storefronts.
He REpaints the storefronts when the ladies decide they don’t like that color.
He steps behind the counter to sell things when an employee is sick.
He makes coffee.
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Andy is not only a fantastic father to his children, he is a kind, gentle, supportive, and loving man to all of us at Lisa-Marie’s and every customer he comes in contact with. He is the ‘Lisa-Marie’s Dad’ and we’d be lost without him.
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Happy Father’s Day to all the people out there who are a dad to someone, in whatever form that takes!
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#lovelisamaries


We had an awesome time for Old Port Fest 2018 in Portland’s Old Port. The girls were sporting their Lisa-Marie’s shirts and when it got cool out, donned the SUPER SOFT sweatshirts that we were selling. They certainly were a hot ticket item!

The Maine T-shirt and sweatshirt line can be found HERE!

Old Port Fest 2018

Old Port Fest 2018

Old Port Fest 2018


We aim to please and it’s not hard when we have artists like Benjamin Williamson with us. His photography is stunning and once you start flipping through his collection it’s pretty hard to decide on just one. So why choose just one?! This local customer started with just a couple of pieces and after her most recent custom order, she has come to Lisa-Marie’s and purchased EIGHT photographs by Benjamin Williamson.

When she received her most recent piece she wanted to show us her most recent one in the frame she picked out. Then she sent us a photo of a couple of her pieces as they hang in her home. As you can see, she is quite pleased.

Keep up the great work, Ben!

Happy Customer gets NINTH piece


We are super proud of our Portland store team! This Valentine’s window is so clever and creative and our hearts burst just like a whale’s spout! Whale you be Mine?

This window features many Maine made items including

-a whale made from barn wood
-nail art by Heather Kelly
-a Valentine’s bowtie
jewelry from Lovell Designs
-a heart mug by Devenney Pottery
-a rocks glass made from a Grey Goose vodka bottle with a Bloody Lobster mix from Waldo Stone Farms
-a wallet by Flowfold
-the Mini Maine necklace
-a moose couple heart ornament
-a Maine and Portland Latitude and Longitude pillow by JCR Custom Designs
Red Sea Glass jewelry
-a framed sea glass couple
-a sea shell beach lamp by Barbara Gail
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-a barn wood state of Maine made by Portland store manager, Barb.


When you hear wooden snowflake ornaments, do you think of an orchard? I didn’t think so.

You may have heard of Dole’s Orchard in Limington, Maine because of their awesome pick-your-own-fruit business. But did you know that they specialize in box making, custom woodworking and laser engraving as well? We are loving this other family owned and operated business!

This year they came up with a BRAND new product, well, actually six! They designed six different styles of intricate wooden snowflake ornaments that are just STUNNING. Some have a subtle silver or gold finish but most are in the natural wood state that they were cut in. It’s hard to pick a favorite style!

They were written up in the Portland Press Herald just before Christmas and we were listed as the exclusive place to buy them. Suddenly we had people coming in and calling every day asking for them! You can see the article here.

We have some left in each of our locations and will try to keep them stocked on our website as well. See what’s available here.

Here’s the Star Ornament and Branches Ornament. Which one is your favorite?

 

 


It has been two weeks since Christmas day so hopefully everyone who purchased one of these Custom 2017 Ornaments by Beth Doan – Maine Artist has given it to the recipient. Because I just can’t wait any longer to share the images of a few of the ornaments that she custom designed for our customers. They are SO darling and we can’t wait to see what she comes up with for 2018! Got ideas? Email marie@lisamariesmadeinmaine.com and she’ll help you order your customized ornament for 2018!

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Baby's First Christmas

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Baby's First Christmas

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Baby's First Christmas

 

 

 

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowmen Ballet Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowmen Guitar Ornament

 

 

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowmen Family Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowmen Family Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowmen Family Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Blueberry Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Christmas Wreath Ornament | I Love you Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Lobster Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Snowman Ornament

Custom 2017 Ornament | Beth Doan Maine Artist | Lobster Boat Ornament


With today’s blizzard I got to spend some time cleaning out my email inbox from crazy December and couldn’t help but share. We love hearing from our customers AND our artisans…. here’s just a few of the lovely comments we received over the past week. 🙂 #lovelisamaries