enter to win a free seawicks candle

remember a little while back i did a blog post about this fantatic little shop that just opened up in my town? and remember i told you how amazing their 100% soy candles are? and remember i told you the candles are just perfect for wedding favors? 

well you could WIN one of those candles!

seawicks is giving away a "beach girl" glass candle and a "beach girl" candle tin to one of my lucky readers! yippie! 

all you need to do to enter is like the seawick candle company facebook page (and while you're there why not like my page, too!) and then leave a comment below telling me where you'll put your awesome new beach girl candles!

entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on thursday, august 22nd. only one entry per person and you must leave an email address in your comment.  

UPDATE: and the winner is...willow! congratulations, willow, your candle is on its way! 

maine made artisan cutting boards {giveaway}

one of the best things about writing a blog is that you can feature business and services from your friends. it can act as a forum for me to promote people and businesses i know are doing exceptional work. i try to focus exclusively on maine businesses and today i want to introduce you to Of Maine Wood. see below for instructions on entering the giveaway!

Of Maine Wood is a new and emerging family business in Blue Hill, Maine. i've known the family, the chittendens, since i was a little girl. actually, they lived right down the road from us in new hampshire and one of the sisters used to babysit me. so it's with great enthusiasm that i introduce their products to you. 

they craft kitchen and table boards "to celebrate the natural marvel of wood and the love of food presentation." Tina, one of the sisters, explains the company this way: 

The key elements of our business really center on our desire to use local woods either to Maine or the American North East that have either fallen in storms or have been collected locally. We then mill our own logs in Blue Hill and use a solar kiln to dry the boards. As the drying process uses solar energy, in cloudier months such as last February, it may take a bit longer. We are not in a hurry!

Once the boards are dried (takes about three months) we then really look at each one carefully to get a sense of the individual grain pattern and texture of each tree and then use templates to cut the boards. Each one is from a single piece of wood - no lamentation.

Once the board is cut, it is then hand sanded and finished with a beeswax/mineral oil finish.

We have two lines: the core collection and the live edge. The core is more closely associated with serving and presentation but can also be cut on (we stamp one side of each board and recommend that if someone is going to cut on it, that they use that side) Live edge pieces are all completely individual.
what a gorgeous and thoughtful wedding or anniversary gift these boards would make. i can just picture a display of exquisite cheeses laid out across the board ready for a party, can't you!?
a solar kiln is used to dry the wood
how the boards are laid out on each plank
cutting out the boards
the finishing process
the core collection
the brett set

 

want to win one of the boards?! we're giving away:

The Classic board (9 3/8 x 15 1/8 inches). It's perfect for preparing vegetables and meats, but also functions as an excellent small serving tray. The Classic board fits into every kitchen setting. $65.00 value! (US shipping only)

follow these simple instructions to be entered to win a gorgeous board from Of Maine Woods!

1) like Of Maine Wood on Facebook (required). feel free to like A Sweet Start on Facebook, too (optional).
2) leave a comment on this blog about what you would use the board for.

we'll pick a winner on april 26th and announce it on both Facebook pages. you have until 11:59 p.m. on thursday, april 25th to enter the giveaway. good luck! 

nautical maine home goods

last week i had the pleasure of attending an open house at uptown studio in rockland, maine. what a great store. it's owned by tori, who is an artist. her store is almost more like a gallery really. she has fantastic nautical inspired home goods: table clothes, aprons, linen napkins, tote bags, and more. her goods would be perfect gifts for the special people in your wedding. or, if you're attending a maine wedding, they would make perfect gifts for newlyweds.   

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