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On Moving, and Becoming a Part-Time Mainer.

On Moving, and Becoming a Part-Time Mainer.

It's been complicated to figure out how to share this, because my business has always been defined in part by "Made in Maine." But, for the moment, I'm not in Maine! And it's changing the way I work a little bit. My partner Mike has decided (after many years of hard work and preparation) to go back to school to be a vet. (Right now he hopes to become a large animal vet, and hopes to find work serving dairy farms in Maine or New England). It seems hard to believe but in fact there is NO school for veterinary medicine in the...

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Big news - a new studio in the works!!

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Big news - a new studio in the works!!

Morris & Essex is growing up and moving out of mom's house! With a growing business and a new baby on the way, I'm moving my silkscreen studio out of the house and into a new space. It's a great big space in the beautiful town of Cornish, Maine, just a few minutes away from home. Rumor has it that this building used to be the exhibit hall for the nearby fairgrounds. It's a gorgeous, antique building with tons of history, updated with solar panels and now with a beautiful big silkscreen studio coming together on the bottom floor.  This weekend we finished...

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Staying warm, baking cookies.

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Staying warm, baking cookies.

We've been taking advantage of a few quiet winter moments to bake a few batches of our favorite cookies. Hattie's a great helper, she's not really gotten the concept of cutting or frosting cookies yet, but she's pretty good at mixing and very good at tasting. The recipe is from The Joy of Cooking, and it's been my go-to cookie recipe since I was as little kid helping my mom with baking. We always add a few extra drops of almond extract for extra yummy cookies.  Rich Roll Cookies from The Joy of CookingCopyright 2006: The Joy of Cooking Yield:...

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Morris & Essex featured in Portland Press Herald Holiday Gift Guide!

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I'm still blushing from this wonderfully flattering mention in Sunday's Portland Press Herald. The PPH Source section is focused on everything local and sustainable, and last year they featured Morris & Essex in the "Homegrown" column. This year they put together a short list of sustainable gift ideas, including Morris & Essex Hand-Printed Bamboo Scarves: Gift guide: 13 green ideas for friends, family – and maybe even you. We're in great company there, alongside Weft & Warp, Erin Flett, and Johnny's Seeds, among others. I will admit to being tickled by the Angela Adams comparison, though I'm not sure I deserve it!     ...

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Lacy Blue and Silver Scarf

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Lacy Blue and Silver Scarf

I'm kind of proud and maybe a little bit embarrassed to admit that I've been working on this design for at least two years!! And it's finally done!  I've always loved intricate, lacy designs and always find myself doodling these kind of starburst patterns, so it's hard to say exactly when this idea started.  There was one very slow craft fair a few years ago, where I had lots of time for sketching and dreaming (that's the last time I sign up for a craft fair in May! I think it's just not the right season) and I started sketching up this idea for a scarf or...

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