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In Praise of Yellow – Unexpected Blessings

November’s ability to surprise us ~ at least those of us who’ve lived here for a while ~  is a given in Maine. A couple of weeks ago, despite temperatures about to plunge into the teens, and with snow in tomorrow’s forecast: behold! Just outside by the doorstep a solitary rosebud. My brother loved yellow ~ perhaps because he was colorblind. He didn’t mind a bit when the...
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Small Biz — Big Buzz: a few thoughts about Small

What’s with this Biz Buzz? Saturday, November 29, marks the 5th national Small Business Saturday celebration. That’s the Buzz. ***A “buzzable” update: We’re donating a pair of Diamond Studs to give away on New Year’s Eve for Shop Small Freeport participants. So what else is new? Most small businesses are a-buzz daily – week in, week out. It’s not a...
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Jewelry and Chocolate

Quelle Surprise: finding an article in my go-to gem newsletter linking two favorite passions, some might say weaknesses: Gemstones and Chocolate! Each is, or has been, touted for healing and/or medicinal qualities. Think Emerald, associated with soothing energies for the eyes, among other positive attributes. Who knew that chocolate was also touted as offering health benefits – way back...
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Jade I

Forget diamonds!   It’s all about Jade – at least for some of Asia’s wealthy! It’s also all about Jade, right here on Mechanic Street in Freeport, Maine on September 19 – 20th. That’s when our world-renowned Jade experts will showcase a rare collection of natural Jadeite Jade jewelry. Wary about purchasing Jade, especially on exciting travel adventures? Join...
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Celebrating a Longtime Star

Our news is bittersweet.  Jim, our longtime colleague and friend is retiring.  Sculptor, master model-maker, artist, professor, sailor and advisor, is retiring.  We are happy for him, even though we will miss him!  Jim has possibly touched your life too, if you have one of our creations.    He sketched the design at left for the unique pendant that Deane created in our upstairs...
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From Road Kill, Life

Porcupines and Curative Stones? Last month while mushroom hunting, a Lisbon, Maine man witnessed a porcupine being hit by a car. Remembering that his uncle had taught him the animal might contain a valuable Bezoar stone, he cut open its stomach only to find instead a baby porcupine ready to pop. Massaging it, he watched as the tiny tyke (known as a porcupette) began to breathe.  (See video...
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