I was so excited to be part of the Sample the States Maine bloggers! I grew up in Maine and all these wonderful products brought back so many great memories. My family still lives in Maine and actually visit these wonderful artisans in person!
What is Sample the States?
Sample the States finds local artisans to feature in a quarterly box of goodies. They do one of my favorite things- support local businesses. Sample the States is all about shopping local! Their mission is to share the best products made right her in the United States. By “traveling” to each state and sharing the best products and services with our readers, they hope to inspire more Americans to shop right at home. The first stop is Maine! Follow along and meet some wonderful artisans and get some great Christmas gift ideas!
Opening this box of goodies was so much fun. It was like Christmas here. The first thing to go was the berry flavored popcorn. It was gone so fast, it never made it into the picture. I hope you enjoy reading about each of these products. You will be able to buy your own Sample the States Maine box soon! Starting November 4th you can get this box at a steal of a price for only $79.95! PLUS, get free shipping by using Maine at checkout! Don’t wait, the boxes are limited in number.
Meet Mainely Cole’s:
Mainely Cole’s mission is to make available the very best products from ingredients found around the world. Products that are all natural and organic that will help provide the vitamins and minerals that your skin needs to be healthy and amazingly beautiful, while still being good to the environment around us. I have to admit- these products are my favorite. I can’t get enough natural lotions and soaps. The Goats Milk lotion is amazing and definitely should be on your wish list. The body butters are great for dry skin, especially the winter dry skin! The soap – Ocean Bluff, has olive oil and shea butter in it. It feels amazing on your skin in the shower. It actually brings me back to those days at the beach with my family. Be sure to visit Mainely Cole’s. Their products would make wonderful and unique gifts this coming holiday season. Right now, they are offering us a discount of 25% off our entire order. Just enter Code: Craft at checkout.
Meet Blueberry Moose:
Looking for handcrafted, custom and upcycled items in Maine? Then you have got to check out The Blueberry Moose!
“The Blueberry Moose is a collaboration of family talents and interests. Our family is invested in this planet. After all we live here too!” – The Blueberry Moose
I received this beautiful gas stove burner grate. It is enlivened with high heat enamel so you can really use it on your stove. Or use it as a unique trivet!! I know this would make an amazing gift for that hard-to-buy-for family member. Its unique and fun! Make sure you check out all of their beautiful items they have available on Etsy!
Meet the Maine Home Shirt:
With the Main Home Shirt, it has a different meaning for every person who owns one. The Maine Home Shirt offers T-shirts, hoodies, and reusable tote bags.
I received one of their reusable tote bags. I use these every week when grocery shopping. I know I will put it to good use! You can never have too many reusable tote bags!
Meet Goose Pond:
Goose Pond has been creating original designs in ornaments and jewelry since 1982
Over 70 detailed designs, many three-dimensional , or with moving parts. Choose traditional, whimsical, nautical, nature and wildlife motifs. Each ornament comes with its own decorative hook.
I received this beautiful Moose ornament. My husband always says he has never seen a moose. Now he can see one on our Christmas Tree every year. It is beautifully made- so delicate looking and unique.
Meet Coastal Maine Popcorn:
Coastal Maine Popcorn is a family favorite snack! Offering over 30 flavors of the most delicious popcorn you have ever had!!! All of their corn is air popped for the most fresh, crunchy snack you can imagine!!
This popcorn is a tasty mix of Strawberry, Raspberry and blueberry flavors. It was so tasty, the boys ate it up the first day. I can’t believe how many flavors there are to choose from.
Taste Haven’s Chocolates!
Haven’s Candies creates unique home made and hand dipped chocolate and candies. They offer quality gifts, baskets, corporate gifts and collectibles.
If you know me, you know I LOVE chocolate! Of course, so do my boys so I had to hide these so I could try them myself. After all, I am Reviewing them so I need to know what most of them taste like. These are delicious! My favorite was the coconut cream chocolate. They were all so soft and delightful. For a sampler, it was a big box! I may have said another product was my favorite, but I think it’s tied with these Haven’s Chocolates!
Linda and Billie Jo, owner of Crazy Train Candles, have perfected their Craft. Sister’s from Oxford Maine who work together to make a Maine Candles that not only look Beautiful but they smell Fantastic while burning clean
I received the Coast of Maine scented candle and 2 cute tarts! The mason jar candle smells and burns perfectly. It really is true that smell brings back memories. I remember those days at the beach, collecting shells and building sandcastles. I grew up in Maine, so we didn’t swim in the ocean much after we were old enough to know better. Again, these candles would make a perfect Christmas present for anyone!
Meet Love Me Rocks!
Love Rocks Me™ began as a tribute to the great state of Maine in 2010 when the owner created an outline of the state with “love rocks.” The success of this photograph printed on canvas inspired more designs in the series which she photographs the outdoors at her home overlooking Casco Bay. The cards and prints on high quality matte stock are made in Maine.
This card is so pretty, I think I might frame it. I won’t be able to part with it. Love Rocks Me really rocks! 🙂
Meet Bar Harbor Jam Company:
The Bar Harbor Jam Company was founded in 1989 as a winter project at the Cottage Street bakery in Bar Harbor, Maine. For years, the Cottage Street Bakery was transformed into a jam and jelly making factory in the winter months. Originally producing about 10,000 jars of preserves in several varieties, the company has grown immensely in recent years.
I love blueberries and Bar Harbor Jam makes some of the best. It is delicious on toast in the morning with a big cup of coffee. Yummy!
Meet Marquis Creations:
Christy Marquis started Marquis Creations in 2011 after taking a stained glass class. Not only does Christy have unbelievably lovely handwriting, but she makes unbelievably pretty jewelry as well!
These earrings are beautiful and I can’t wait to wear them to church tomorrow. Have a jewelry lover on your Christmas list? Check out all her creations.
Use code “MAINE” to get 25% off at Marquis Creation’s Etsy Shop!
Meet Maine Candle and Soap Company!
Based in the town of Greenville, Maine on the shores of beautiful Moosehead Lake, they make everything from candles to body wash inspired by the natural beauty around them.
I love this honey candle! It is so unique and smells terrific. It’s so pretty, I don’t want to burn it much. Another perfect Christmas gift for any candle lover!
Meet E Thorp Studios:
E Thorp Studios is a Maine-Made business of arts and crafts- great pottery! Elizabeth Thorp started selling her art work and pottery in 2003 while she was still in college. She feel in love with clay while in school and decided to pursue her passion full time in 2007.
This soap dish is a perfect companion for my new soap in my Sample the States box. I love pottery and I love how unique this soap dish is. It compliment any bathroom decor.
I had so much fun reviewing all of these wonderful Maine products! You will love them as much as I do! Even if you don’t want the whole box, you have many new local artisans to use for Christmas presents! You can get your own Sample the States box on November 4th! This box will be only $79.95! PLUS, get free shipping by using Maine at checkout! These boxes are limited and are first come first served. So don’t wait! Be sure and follow Sample the States on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!
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