maine made wedding favors

i have the best idea for your maine wedding favors! here in our little town of damariscotta, maine, there is a shop that crafts the most amazing 100% soy candles. they're just about the only candles i've ever used that smell exactly like the scent. for example, i have the garden lilac scent and it totally smells like lilacs, not like your grandmother's soap. so, let's learn a little more about the seawicks candle company

the owners

founded by michael and cara, seawicks started in edgecomb, maine about six years ago. for years they sold their candles wholesale but they just opened their first storefront in my town. they pour all their candles by hand and right now have about 21 scents and are always adding more. michael and cara have awesome taste. their little shop is lightfilled and full of goodies from local artisans; goodies like saltwater taffy, jewelry, linens, scarves, soaps, note cards and even vintage beachy antique furniture. i want to live in their shop! 

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wedding favors

they often get orders of candles for wedding favors and i'm telling you this would be the perfect favor that your guests would actually LOVE! pick a scent that works with your wedding theme. you can order online or shop at a retailer in your area. 

other gift ideas

other ideas for these amazing candles: gifts for attendants, thank you gifts for parents, housewarming gifts for the wedding couple, "welcome to maine" gift bag items, a gift for yourself to remember maine, a gift for your wedding officiant (wink, wink!). either way, feel good about your purchases since they donate $.50 from every glass candle purchase to conservation efforts. what's not to love about this maine company (and they didn't pay me to say that!)?

all photos by a sweet start 

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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
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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!