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Ocean Conservancy

I'm just going to leave this here while I talk about the ocean... Now you know how I feel. Just this morning, I sat on a flat rock, and took that video. Living near water is an essential component to my happiness. When I am this close, I feel like I'm in it, I feel it on my skin, in my skin. I know that sounds bananas, but it's the best way I can explain.  The beauty and vastness of the ocean is particularly grounding, and we all need it to survive.  In the beginning of the summer I decided to do a little experiment. Last year, I sold 12oz Poland Spring bottles to thirsty shoppers. This year, painfully more aware of...

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This ones for you! A love letter.

Oh, Haaaay there friend! Here I am, sitting in the man chair in my happy place (the shop), reflecting on all the wonderful souls who have come into my life through this business over the years.  In fact, I've been doing a lot of reflecting lately and thinking about what parts of my business really make me tick. What lights me up? I always thought it was the jewelry, the creating. Making pretty things, happy things. But I'm realizing more and more that it's actually not that. It's the people. It's YOU. The people who love the jewelry. The people who tell me how it makes THEM happy or how sharing it made them happy. The people who love the...

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5 Great Father's Day Gifts Under $40

(most are under $20!) Here at the shop in Bar Harbor, everything looks very colorful, girly and happy. However, we have some gifts for Dudes too! We have to tempt the guys with something while they're sitting in "the man chair" so I'm always on the hunt for good "guy stuff". Here are a few things that I hand picked to please the man-dad in your life. Tee-hee, "man-dad". Father's Day is this coming Sunday, and men are so hard to shop for. I hope this helps! Plus, I just added a NEW online collection of things found in the Bar Harbor Shop!  What else would you like to see there?xoAnne Ps. We even found a few more manly goodies over on...

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What I learned from teaching art to kids - a chronicle

There was a job posting for an art teacher.. We were in the "down time" in Bar Harbor. Restaurants closed. Everyone trapped inside. Snow days, Netflix... "I'm an artist," I thought. "I like kids" I thought.  All true. And I have even taught art before! I've worked with kids many times over the years. I led workshops in Brooklyn..  And I was bored. So I applied for the job assuming it was a long shot.  I got it. I became the art teacher at Summer Festival of the Arts vacation camp in Bar Harbor for a week. Here's what I learned: I LOVE TEACHING ART TO CHILDREN. Children make art on their own with whatever is available, without instruction.   The things...

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