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Traditional Hooked Rugs and Accessories with a Twist


Round hooked mug rug, polar bear, approximately 5 in diameter, gift, stocking stuffer , cottage, ski house

Polar bear mug rug/ coaster. Handmade in Maine by Ellen Skea Marshall. I LOVE this!  Completely handmade, Ellen even hand dyed the blue for this piece. And this is her own created pattern.

While this is truly the best ever coffee cup companion, I really enjoying looking at this guy & decided to use him for my eyewear care {Polar Bear rug to place my reading glasses}.


Ellen Skea Marshall

I have identified as many things in my life. A daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, a teacher, a wife, a mother, but now, along with those things I am a fiber artist.

Living in the mountains of Western Maine, I am surrounded by beauty. Having lived in many parts of the country I have lots to draw upon when I sit down to draw, design, color plan and finally hook.

My mother’s mother, who was gone before I was born, was a rug hooker. My grandfather used to muse that he was afraid to leave home because his clothes would be turned into rugs while he was away. I am fortunate to have grown up walking on her rugs, not imagining at the time that I would be carrying on her tradition of hooking while giving it a modern twist with design elements and a use of fabrics that she didn’t have access to.

I love what I am doing now and hope that you will enjoy my designs, my work and want to stop by my ETSY shop and see the  patterns and finished pieces.

Please share this with others. The art of traditional rug hooking is making a comeback and it is very exciting to see. I am fortunate enough to be able to hook along side very talented women in Maine and continue this very important heritage craft.

Two Cats and Dog Hooking provided this product to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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handmade in Holland

Reviewed: Fabric Basket

Triangles? Polar Bears?  A print with both in subtle shades of purple, lilac, and yellow on a natural background. Luisa uses organic cotton and organic cotton canvas for this fabric basket.  A 6″ by 6″ size for storing all kinds of little things. Right now it’s holding some back-to-school supplies. But who knows what else I might use it for.

Purposeful for kids, big people, and polar bear admirers♥

Fabric Basket - Geometric Polar Bears in Purple, Lilac + Yellow on Natural

LOTS of other great prints. And MORE more than baskets. Check out the entire Etsy store inventory (Custom orders available)

Handcrafted and Eco Friendly in Holland
After 5 years working in Marketing, I decided to change gears, quit my job and stay home with my, then, 4 month old daughter. I have never looked back!Seven years, thousands of hours of sewing and two daughters later, I am still as happy to be home, look after my family and create beautiful items, made with gorgeous prints!I let the fabrics inspire me and determine what I make! I love picking out pretty and colorful fabrics and then mixing and matching them to carefully create beautiful, simple products.

Caring for the environment is very important to me and so I try to use as much eco-friendly materials as possible, be it organic or vintage fabrics or sewing notions, recycled/recyclable packaging.

Notes From Dawn received a fabric basket from B*LOTA in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Horse or donkey owner? Keep reading.

Here’s where you can get a custom handmade fly mask. Colorful Equine makes masks for the horse, gaited horse, burro, mini donkey, and mini horse. I reviewed the horse size mask, well, because I have a horse. There were a few different styles and I went with the regular mask with ears. The fun part was selecting the mesh color and trim color. (customized adjustments and custom colors are available- email Colorful Equine) 


Mesh 6 blue and trim 9 green


The fly mask gives my mare great protection from flies and other biting insects. (wish it could help with ticks) From my inspection, it offers good, clear vision. It is the right size, easy to put on, and wears comfortably. All edges are trimmed in fleece for a rub-free design. Durable stitching and strong Velcro for closure. And let’s not forget…colorful!

Specs:  “The mesh is a TEXTILENE Synthetic Fabric (woven PVC coated polyester). It is an all weather mesh, breathable, tough, attractive, fade resistant, and offers 70% UV protection. The trim is made from fleece. The ears are a 840 Denier X 1680 Denier nylon mesh (100% Nylon). This is a very durable yet soft feeling and drapable mesh.”

About the company, written by Renee, owner of Colorful Equine:

Once the economy went sour, I lost my job.  I was employed by the same company for 13 years – what a shock to be out of work.  With so much time on my hands, I thought I might as well learn to make fly masks for my horses.  I really liked the idea of having mesh and fleece choices –  great colors, great fun, great looking masks.  My friends started requesting their favorite colors and encouraged me to go public with this idea.  I have never looked back and can honestly say, I love every minute of this – it’s fun, it’s different, and it’s colorful.  I must say, there’s nothing like a “Colorful Equine.”                                                                               

Great looking and creative masks – A mask that truly compliments your horse.  Having 10 mesh colors to pick from and a variety of fleece options gives you a custom style mask.  The “Dazzle-Me” line offers a look you can’t find in any store.  Styles offered – Falling Stars, Patriotic, Spades, Aztec, and so much more. 
Colorful Equine not only cares about the outside of your horse but feels the inside is pretty important also – “Improve the Lives of All Living Creatures” with Dynamite Nutritional Supplements.  A quality product  at a great price – you won’t be disappointed. 
Notes From Dawn received a horse fly mask from Colorful Equine in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Hillary Sciarillo is the Co-founder & Creative Director of Yellow Label Kids. As an enthusiastic new mom, she started this ethically made, Eco minded collection. Yellow Label Kids offers you clothing and toys that are created, not produced. 

yellow label kids

fun, stylish and functional

ethically crafted and environmentally responsible


Yellow Label Kids offers children clothing (sweaters and hats) and toys (dolls, puppets, and rattles). I reviewed the Frog and the Panda hat. Although both these hats are made of conventional cotton, they do have products that are made with bamboo yarn. (website’s Earth Friendly tab) I asked Hillary/YLK why only some of their products were made with Eco fabrics. Her response:

Because eco materials are unfortunately not available in all of the developing countries where YLK products were sourced. YLK began first and foremost as a Fair Trade company and began to incorporate eco-friendly materials as they became available.

My Frog and Panda hats were HAND-made in China. YLK products come from several different countries; I was told that “finger puppets, hand puppets, waldorf dolls, sweaters and some hats have been manufactured in countries such as Bangladesh, Peru, India and Armenia.”



Spring isn’t here yet-

Need a hat? (age 0-3) Hop on over to the Yellow Label Kids website!

Notes From Dawn received fair trade, earth friendly hats from Yellow Label Kids in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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