Maine Made + One-of-a-Kind
Hi! My name is Dana. I was born and raised in Maine, left for college (Endicott College, go Gulls!), got my first real job at a publishing company in Boston, and moved back to this magical, beautiful, serene state when my husband and I started our family.
For awhile, I spent my days at home with our baby and started a freelance editorial business. Once we had our second child, I needed *more*. Being a stay-at-home mom, wife, and work-from-home business woman were all important titles but they didn't give me the creative outlet I craved. So, I started My Mini Maine.
It began as sea glass art. My family and I would visit the local beaches and scour the sand for hours. I started collecting driftwood and making wall hangings with different materials. I also made air plant holders from beach stones. One summer I started selling my goods and plants at the local Farmer's Marke. My wall hangings evolved into macrame and my rock plant holders evolved into work with crystals and plants.
Although you may not be getting a piece of Maine sea glass from me anymore, I strive to integrate locally sourced materials into my goods whenever possible. And while each product may not have a literal piece from Maine in it, it was lovingly handmade in my studio right here on the coast and most definitely inspired by the beauty of the state. Each piece you purchase from me is a little piece of love from Maine.
And now here I am. Over the past four years, I've:
created my own workshop series that have translated into meaningful experiences,
taken part in collaborations with local businesses,
created my own market (during Covid!) to support other local businesses,
had my art featured in local stores around the Portland area,
shared my love of Maine and the natural environment around us, and
supported many local initiatives and causes that I truly believe in.
It's crazy to look back at how this hobby turned into a business. And not only did my business evolve, but I did too! I've learned about crystals and their properties, really delved into the importance of self-care--mindfulness, meditation, yoga, herbs + apothecary--and have honestly learned that it's not really work when it's something you love. On top of it all, I've met so many inspirational, caring, kind makers, business owners, entrepreneurs, couples, students, and friends along the way.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and visit my site! I hope you find something you love.
Social Responsibility + Giving Back
It's important to me and my customers! Below are examples of how I practice.
Much of my macrame is made from recycled cotton and is eco-friendly. I primarily use Ganxxet cord--a woman-owned company that uses sustainable practices for creating cord, including colored cord.
- The wood we use for swings/shelving is reclaimed from different locations around Southern Maine.
- I've discontinued the sale of Palo Santo, smudge sticks, and abalone shells.
- I use recycled packaging materials whenever possible.
- Any stick used in a wall hanging has been responsibly sourced from local beaches.
I truly believe in giving back to the community and supporting causes I believe in. Since my business began, I've donated a portion of my sales to: Black Table Arts, Black Owned Maine, Maine Needs (donation in kits), the Midcoast Humane Society (donation in product for their plant sale), the Theater at Monmouth auction (donation in product), and the South Portland Land Trust.