Recently we had a customer who was passing through the Portland Jetport on her way out of Maine reach out because she saw our kiosk display in the terminal. In the display was a Nancy’s Bags Wallet that we carry that is personally used by a Lisa-Marie’s team member, Marie. When Martha reached to Lisa-Marie’s via email about this wallet, Marie jumped on the opportunity to share some info (and her personal joy) for these wallets. First Marie sent along some pictures of the available styles.

Nancy's Bags Wallet

Nancy's Bags Wallet

Nancy's Bags Wallet

Martha had a few follow up questions…

Marie,

Could you please answer some questions about this wallet?  It appears to be light weight and very attractive.

How many slots does it have for credit cards, driver’s license, etc.?

Can it hold a check book and register?

Does it have a coin compartment and, if so, what type of closure does it have? In the picture I think I see a zippered section which may for coins.

What is the price of the wallet and can you choose the fabric pattern or are they sent out randomly?

Thanks for sending the pictures.

Marie thought it would be more fun to make a little video for Martha rather than struggle to find words to describe the coolness of this wallet. Let us know what you think!


Dear Lisa-Marie AKA Mom,

Every day you have always put others first. Your siblings, your parents, my dad, Dad’s parents, me, and my brother have always felt your love and support. You amaze me with your seemingly unending ability to make the people in your life happy. And now, you are putting the artisans and craftsmen that we support ahead of your own wants and needs. This post is to say that it does not go unnoticed. Nor has everything you have done for me in my life gone unnoticed.

I remember being little and helping you paint little wooden cat and dog heads to add to your work. You taught me what it was to help contribute to the family.

I remember sitting on the edge of your bed when you were pregnant and you asked me what we should name the baby if it was a boy. Then you named my baby brother the name I picked out. You taught me that my opinion was important and that you valued it, even at the age of 4.

I remember going to yard sales and you finding things that I thought were destined for the dump, and you turned it into something wonderful. You taught me that everything can have a new purpose.

I remember finding you in the parking lot after school before we opened a shop and you were selling things to fellow parents out of the back of the van. You taught me that hard work never stops.

I remember bringing my friends home after school to study without warning. You taught me that you don’t need to be  related by blood to be family and that my friends were also your children. You welcomed them into our home with open arms and a hot meal. You taught me that there is always something in the fridge or cupboard that can be made into something, even when it looks like there is nothing. (Do you remember the New Years Eve that I showed up with about 20 of my friends and you and Dad said it was okay for everyone to stay? Parents of the year award should have gone to you!)

I remember when you decided to open Lisa-Marie’s in Bath and how nervous you were but you trusted your gut instinct. I was put to work on the weekends and though I may have complained at the time, I learned that being a part of a family that runs a business is a true privilege. You taught me to listen to my intuition.

I remember calling you when I was in college, crying because I was so overwhelmed with my course load and you told me that you believed in me. You taught me that sometimes it’s okay to cry.

I remember many things about the amazing childhood that you gave me. I have learned more from you than I could ever list. You are a strong, independent, savvy, self-sufficient woman who will not take no for an answer and loves endlessly and unconditionally. I am so lucky to be 50% you.

Thank-you for everything that you do for me, our family and the hundreds of other Maine families that you support. Your hard work and devotion to making the business succeed is truly incredible. And it doesn’t hold a candle to the hard work, devotion, sweat, tears, blood and LOVE that you have put into being the greatest mom a coupla kids could ever ask for.

I admire you every day. I can only hope that one day I grow into half the woman you are.

Happy Mother’s Day, Momma.

Love you bunches forever and for always.
~punkin pie


Whenever possible, Lisa-Marie finds display pieces and store fixtures from stores that are closing and other artists that are selling pieces they aren’t using more. After many years of use in the Bath location, it was time to move the cash counter and get some new counters. Lisa-Marie reached out to one of our craftsmen, Joe, who builds furniture as well as lobster trap caddies. After a few weeks, in his spare time, Joe built the most beautiful counters for us. They are on wheels so if (when) we rearrange again, we can simply roll them into their new location. We LOVE how they look and the way they immediately upgraded the space people walk into when they enter 170 Front Street. Thanks Joe for all your hard work. Our new counters are BEAUTIFUL!


This week, Lisa-Marie took a day and added a some miles to the van driving all over Maine meeting with some of our artisans and craftsmen to pick up some new inventory to kick off Spring.

The first stop was for the biggest boxes with North Country Wind Bells.

Andy loads large boxes filled with North Country Wind Bells into the Lisa-Marie's mobile.

Andy loads large boxes filled with North Country Wind Bells into the Lisa-Marie’s mobile.

Next were the candle stops.

You can't miss the Danica Candleworks sign!

You can’t miss the Danica Candleworks sign!

Colorful taper candles by Danica Candles

Colorful taper candles by Danica Candles

The busy workweek behind the hard work of The Primitive Keeper.

The busy workweek behind the hard work of The Primitive Keeper.

Then a visit with A&E Stoneworks.

Andy transfers stonework done by A&E Stoneworks from their van to the Lisa-Marie's mobile.

Andy transfers stonework done by A&E Stoneworks from their van to the Lisa-Marie’s mobile.

This all led to a VERY full fan!

Fully loaded van full of North Country Wind Bells, A&E Stoneworks, and Primitive Keeper Candles

Fully loaded van full of North Country Wind Bells, A&E Stoneworks, and Primitive Keeper Candles

They finally landed in Bath and Andy catches his breath before unloading the the very full van.

They finally landed in Bath and Andy catches his breath before unloading the the very full van.

When the boxes were dropped off, the Bath staff got right to work getting the labels on the new products.

Bath store ladies get tickets on the new pottery from TB Pots.

Bath store ladies get tickets on the new pottery from TB Pots.

Come in soon to get the first pick of the new inventory. You never know when it’s the last one we’ll get from these creative and innovative artisans and craftsmen.


We had a great time last week working with a return customer who hand selected items to put be put into five different gift baskets to be given to people working on the Christening at BIW.
Featuring
Garden Fresh Design Blueberry Towel
Chocolate Covered Blueberries by Wilbur’s
Soap and Lotion set from Stonewall Kitchen
Blueberry Tea with a Sparky’s Mini Honey
Blueberry Spread from Berts’ Awesome Stuff
Maine Mud
and Sea Mist Soap from Casco Bay Soap Co.

 


We had an awesome time at the New England Made Trade Show catching up with old friends and making some new ones!

Catching up with Julie of Earth Angel Arts

Discovering the new items Doles Orchard had to offer

Baltic By Design had a new cribbage board that had all of us excited.

Scoping out some pottery

There were so many artisans and craftsmen to discover that Barb and Marie had to take a rest in this beyond comfortable hammock.

Seeing the new items from Mary Michola Fibich

Maine Made, Made in Maine, Maine Craftsmen, New England Made Trade Show

Reordering more tasty pickled treats from Maine Homestead

Gail of Miller Designs has been with Lisa-Marie’s Made in Maine since we very first opened our doors and has been friends with Lisa-Marie for even longer. Marie remembers seeing Gail at craft shows when she would help Lisa-Marie out when she was 10.


As you may know, we spent all of last week rearranging, cleaning and painting in our Portland location.

We have had the store arranged like this for about 7 years and it was time for a change.

To start we needed to get our carpets cleaned. So, on Day 1 we moved all of our inventory into the back and moved all of our furniture and display fixtures from the front of the store to the back of the store, exposing the very dirty carpets.

After the front half of the store was clean, we flipped the whole store on Day 2 so the back half of the store could have clean carpets like the front of the store.

After the carpets were freshly cleaned (boy did that feel good!) it was time to give some of our displays a fresh coat of paint to brighten everything up. Day 3 and Day 4 were devoted to painting, waiting for paint to dry and then putting the newly painted display fixtures into their new spots in the store.

On Friday we were in the home stretch! We spent all day Friday and much of Saturday reassembling the store putting all of our Maine made products back on the shelves ready for our customers to come in.

And by the end of the day Saturday, Marie and Barb were so exhausted from all the hard work during the week that they decided to have a little fun with the helium in leftover Valentine’s Day balloons they found when cleaning.

And here’s the blooper….

We work hard but we play hard too. Come see all our hard work and the fresh new look!

 

 


If you are from Midcoast Maine, know about local Maine artists or have an affinity children’s book authors who also illustrate their own work, you have probably heard of Dahlov Ipcar. After 99 years of creative life, Ipcar passed on February 10, 2017. She was painting that morning. Dahlov was such an inspiration in my childhood that her passing has made me very reminiscent.

My first job was as Page in the Children’s Room at the Patten Free Library. I remember being a child and sitting in the Children’s Room and it felt so big and bright and colorful with its antelopes, cheetahs and zebras prancing across the big walls. That was the beginning of my appreciation of Dahlov Ipcar.

I was so thankful that after construction was done and many updates to the functionality of the library were improved the vivid mural was still hung throughout the Children’s Room walls.

The Ipcar presence is strong in Bath, Maine. The statue in Library Park – “The Spirit of the Sea” was done by Dahlov Ipcar’s father, William Zorach. It’s a landmark in Maine that is known to people from all over the country. With Dahlov’s mural hanging in the Children’s Room and her books available for checkout from the library, you can be completely absorbed and inspired by the creativity of this family.

Lisa-Marie’s has carried Dahlov’s children’s books for many years. Sometimes we are even lucky enough to have a booksiging with the author and/or illustrator. In Dahlov’s case, she is both. Dahlov was doing book-signings well into her 80’s and though they became fewer and further between she was able to come to Lisa-Marie’s. Once, Andy even picked her up at her home in Georgetown and drove her into Bath. While she was signing, she requested a piece of good chocolate to help her through the signing – something Lisa-Marie was pleased to provide. Lisa-Marie’s still carries a variety of Dahlov’s children’s books.


We are thankful for the fond memories that we shared with Dahlov and for the the many wonderful books and paintings that she left us to enjoy for generations to come.

~Marie


We had an awesome time last Friday at our Sweethearts Open House in Bath and in Portland. The weather was blustery but people were happy for a cup of hot tea and a snack while meeting some of our jewelers.

Both locations had a spread of delicious food featuring EnlightenMINT tea from Zen Bear Honey, Bert’s Awesome Stuff Mango Chutney over Cheddar Cheese on a cracker, Bar Harbor Jam’s Blueberry Hot Pepper Jelly over whipped Cream Cheese on a cracker, and Chocolate Covered Cranberries. The mint/honey tea got rave reviews! We served it with fresh mint and lime. It’s delicious cold served over ice. (Perhaps with a touch of whiskey added…)

EnlightenMINT Honey Tea from Zen Bear Honey, Chocolate Covered Cranberries, Bert's Awesome Stuff Mango Chutney, Bar Harbor Jam's Blueberry Hot Pepper Jelly

Our Bath location hosted Tenley of Lobster Designs and Sarah of Sarah’s Sand Dollars. After years and years of being in the same store and having probably done the same shows a few times, this was the FIRST time that Tenley and Sarah met. Sarah is a lobsterman herself, and Tenley’s husband is a lobsterman and she has stern-manned for him before so it’s clear that both of these amazing women are inspired by the ocean and the rough work that it creates for Mainers. We love that these creative women can create such beautiful pieces of jewelry from the wilds of the water.

Sarah of Sarah's Sand Dollars, Tenley of Lobster Design

Cullen Concannon of Cape Elizabeth (I really enjoy saying that just for the alliteration of it) was in our Portland location displaying her jewelry made with sterling silver, sea glass, beach stones, and other stones. We couldn’t help but ooh and aaah over the pieces that she had never made just for the event. Nicole in our Portland store bought some earrings before anyone else could even get the chance!

Cullen Jewelry Design

Cullen Jewelry Design

Cullen Jewelry Design