Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Butterflies in my Stomach; Determination in my Step

What do you get when you throw out a challenge to Dave Milan of the Town of Bucksport and Leslie Wombacher of The Bucksport Chamber of Commerce regarding the topics of shopping small, spending your money locally, and helping to bring hope and life into the town of Bucksport's Business Community in the wake of the announcement of the closing of Verso Mill?


This one is mine. The home of Creatively Maine.
Open House December 4th from  4pm - 7pm

Last Thursday, Leslie approached me to discuss the opportunity to host a "Pop Up Shop" in one of Bucksport's empty shop fronts beginning on December 4th. The Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Bucksport had teamed up with an idea to bring more local shopping options for the town's people. Twelve days to turn a completely empty store front to a fully-stocked local shop? With their support, the backing of the building owners, and the help of other local businesses, like Bangor Savings Bank, what seemed improbable became a reality.


A shop of my own on Main St, Small Town America. Brick and Mortar. This blank canvas will soon be filled with needful things, homey creations made one at a time with respect and love by your neighbors.

What will fill this space? Goods made from wood: turned bowls, carved serving boards, outdoor furniture, wooden toys meant to last for generations, baskets, guitar picks and more. Fabric Designs: felted mittens and hand-dyed and felted hats, shawls, mason jar cozies, original designer clothing, recycled bags, purses, snapper towels, bee's wax wraps, pillows, crocheted children's character hats, and fabric bowls. Homestead soaps, lotions, massage oils, candles, and scent tarts to pamper and delight your senses. Original paintings, pottery, and glass designs- things to please the eye and with the magic to help transform a house into a home. And, a selection of jewelry created from eggshells, wampum, altered art pieces, hand-crafted glass beads, silver and copper work. And, so much more. ♥ I am so blessed to personally know each of the 21 artisans who are committed to adding their unique touch to this shop.

Together, we are Creatively Maine. 

Creatively Maine will be open for business through the month of December.

Our hours are:
Thurday, Friday and Saturday from 11 am -7 pm and
Sundays from 11 am - 5 pm.

Join us for our Grand Opening on December 4th. We'll have hourly drawings all day. You're Invited to our Open House from 4 pm - 7 pm. Light refreshments will be served. In an effort to give back to the Bucksport Community, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount when you bring in a non-perishable food item with you to Open House. We'll donate your items to the local food cupboard. On Saturday, December 6th, join us for "Meet the Designer". Visit with Artisans to talk about their craft and see live demonstrations through the day.

For the Month of December, please pledge to shopping locally. Every dollar spent within our community directly supports the families that make up the backbone of our towns. Together, we all make a difference.

Thanks for sharing today's exciting news with us friends. We'll share more images of Creatively Maine and its products as it takes shape here and on our Lally Broch Farm facebook page.

~Sonja ♥ 


  1. Woohoo! I am so excited for you and the other artisans!

  2. This is such an exciting adventure for all of us!! Thank you for making this a possibility!! <3
    Che Sweetland
    Gentle Meadow Goat Farm Soaps and Lotions

  3. Sonja! You have found your niche!!! Blessings upon your opening! I think this is going to be a big hit for the cooperative and the town alike. I'll just bet the local papers will write about it too!