This kids Maine T-shirt featuring “Maine” spelled out in Lobsters is created by Painted Turtle Illustrations. The idea for Painted Turtle Illustration originated back in 1989 when Leane started a children’s t shirt company called Sweetpea’s Tees. The business was put on hold after a few years as Leane’s life as a mother of three became a little too hectic to maintain a side business. It wasn’t until a few years ago when Kate unearthed the original Sweetpea’s T shirts (the same ones she wore when she was four years old) that the business was brought back to life and re-branded as Painted Turtle Illustration. The designs have received a bit of a facelift and been expanded upon, but the whimsical spirit of the original designs has been preserved.