The Changes, They Are A’Coming

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It’s been a of couple weeks since the Boston Wine Expo, and I have been really busy getting ready for the my next trade show, the New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show. It is right here in Portland, Maine, which means I get to sleep in my own bed. As many of you know, New England has had a very white winter. Some of that white caused the Boston Wine Expo to go for only one day because … Read More

Sipping Sustainably

By Abby Quillen, Guest Blogger JANUARY 19, 2015 Reposted from: Green Breweries and Wineries Americans consume 9.4 billion gallons of alcoholic beverages a year: 87 percent beer, 8 percent wine, and the rest spirits. The environmental impact of producing, packaging, and selling all those beverages could make an environmentalist reach for a drink. Breweries and wineries consume large quantities of water, raw materials, and other natural resources. But there’s good news: Green beer is no longer something people drink just … Read More

Another First

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There is a lot of excitement in my house this week. We are getting ready to exhibit at the Boston Wine Expo 2015. It’s my first trade show. For me, the preparations for this trade show equal that of getting ready for a stage production. Yes, I said stage production, as in the theatre stage. A long time ago in a place far, far away, I used to be a theatre director. For me, getting ready for this trade show … Read More

As Time Goes By…Again

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This past month Mainely HRT (me) has dedicated her social media time to sharing ideas of how to repurpose reusable items instead of discarding them. I have had a great time this month, and I hope the people who have been following me have enjoyed it as well. During this time I have had a chance to think back to my childhood, and I have realized I was taught to repurpose long before it was the ‘vogue’ thing to do. … Read More

Health, Happiness, and Humor in 2015

As we get ready to usher the old year out and receive the new one in, please remember the resolutions that you are about to make don’t necessarily have to be wrapped in negative language like ‘l won’t’ or ‘I’ll stop’ or ‘I’ll lose’.  The word resolution means ‘the act of resolving’, and the word resolve means ‘to come to a definite or earnest decision’. The reason I am giving a wee definition lesson is that nowhere in the words … Read More

‘Tis The Season

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The celebration of the winter holidays have begun…well, actually it feels like it as been going on since before Thanksgiving, and that kinda makes me sad. I get that retailers want to have as many shopping days as possible, but it is unnerving to have Christmas carols playing before the squirrels have finished eating the insides out of my jack o’lantern. What happened to the saying “for every time there is a season”?  We just rush through every celebration with … Read More

Three, Two, One, and I’m Finished

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Today marks a milestone in the life of my business, Mainely HRT. I sewed my last personally-made bag. That isn’t to say I won’t be sewing new designs and mock-ups, but I now have enough to do with the marketing and sales of the VinsKeBags, VesKeTotes, and VesKeBags.  All my bags will now be sewn by wonderful people here in the fine State of Maine. As I started to think about wonderful people that sew, I was swamped with memories of … Read More

Leaf Peepers

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This past week I just missed hitting the back end of a car (twice) because I was too busy taking in the glory of New England, the changing of the leaves. I do recognize that there are many states that are experiencing the changing of the leaves, and I am sure they believe they have the prettiest leaves in the whole world, and I will let them continue to believe that.  However, do the people that come to their state … Read More

The Waiting Game

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Today as I patiently anticipate pace the floor waiting for the new release from one of my favorite authors, I realize that I may be putting a lot of pressure on someone else, even if it is just in a cosmic way. OK, so I really like what she writes, and when I finished her last book I did wonder why the next one wasn’t waiting for me on the shelf at the bookstore. Just so you don’t think I’m … Read More

Home is Where the Food Is

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This summer I had a wonderful opportunity to spend some real quality time with Eldest Child and Ultimate Child. They are amazing young women with generous hearts and brilliant minds, and are both independent and fiercely driven. However, when they visit, the moment they cross the threshold of our house, they make a beeline to the refrigerator to check to see if anything has changed. I might understand this better if they still lived here, but they have their own … Read More

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