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Meet a Coastal Maine Artist
Issue 46 Celebrating our 20th Anniversary
Newsletter

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Christmas Spirit® would like to introduce Joan, one of our most popular Maine artists. Joan's artwork is inspired by the rugged coast of Maine, and she enjoys painting on a variety of Maine surfaces. In honor of Joan, Bar Harbor, Maine's Christmas Spirit® Shop will pay for standard shipping for all orders placed on its Website www.ChristmasSpiritShop.com by June 1, 2010. To receive this special offer, enter the promotion code JOAN at the bottom of the address collections page during your checkout process.
Joan Painting Scenes on Maine Scallop Shells
Joan Painting Scenes on Maine Scallop Shells

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
Pemaquid Point Lighthouse
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Joan is a self-taught artist with no formal training except high school art classes. She began painting for craft shows in 1981 while working for the school system in Downeast Maine. After 31 years, Joan is now enjoying a well-deserved retirement. She is busy painting for us as well as Disney World and several Historical Societies. Joan will also do custom orders. She loves to paint winter coastlines and New England country scenery using many different surfaces as her canvas. In her free time, Joan enjoys quilting, knitting and reading Amish series novels.

Glass Balls

Joan is so talented, she can paint her scenes on almost any media. In this section, we showcase her Maine scenes that she hand-paints on glass balls. Joan's attention to detail bring her scenes to life. She can paint any lighthouse and has painted most of the Maine lighthouses. If you have a favorite lighthouse, Contact Us. We're sure Joan can paint it for you.
Maine Lupine Wildflowers
Maine Lupine Wildflowers
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Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse
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Baker Island Lighthouse
Baker Island Lighthouse
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Nubble Lighthouse
Nubble Lighthouse
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Wood

Coastal Lighthouse on Net Float
Coastal Lighthouse on Net Float
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Like many artists, Joan uses natural materials as her "canvas". These wooden net floats were once used by fishermen to keep their nets afloat. They now become a unique backdrop for Joan’s paintings and add a little bit of seafaring history to these pieces. Joan also uses recycled barrel staves and driftwood to create a panoramic view of her lighthouse and ocean scenes.
West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on Barrel Stave
Close Up - West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on Barrel Stave
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Seashells and Slate

Joan’s paintings turn recycled scallop shells and pieces of roofing slate into miniature works of art. Her work features many of the prominent lighthouses to be found along the Maine coastline, as well as Maine's more natural beauties, like Lupine wildflowers.
Portland Head Lighthouse on Shell
Portland Head Lighthouse on Shell
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If you'd like to see all of Joan's work, just type "JD" into the SEARCH Box on any page of our Website, www.ChristmasSpiritShop.com.
Lupine Coastal Scene on Slate
Lupine Coastal Scene on Slate
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West Quoddy Head Lighthouse on Shell
West Quoddy Head
Lighthouse on Shell

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Reminder - Get FREE SHIPPING year-round

Just a reminder for 2010, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, we are still offering you, our loyal customers, a special offer good any time this year. For all orders of $20.00 or more, placed on our Website, the Christmas Spirit® Shop will pay for standard shipping to one address when you use the promo code NEWS.

So, for example, if you want to order something for Wedding gifts after this promotion ends, you can still get FREE shipping. Just order $20.00 or more and enter the promotion code NEWS at the bottom of the address collections page during your checkout process.
Wedding Ornament
Wedding Ornament
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ISLAND UPDATE

The month of May opened with our 1st cruise ship of the season, the Costa Atlantica. A beautiful, warm Spring day greeted the passengers as they disembarked for a day long visit to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. The passengers came from all over the world: Canada, Australia, England, Italy, Spain and France, to name a few. Many of them spoke little English, but they all appreciated the wonders of a Christmas Shop open in May! In most of their native countries, shops such as ours don't open until right before Christmas. We did very little talking, communicating with a lot of pointing and hand gestures. Thanks to all the pictures and examples around the store, they seemed to get the idea of personalizing ornaments for friends and family. Once they saw their names on ornaments, they were excited to select gifts for friends and family back home.

Beehive Hike
Beehive Hike as Viewed from the Trail Below
Photo by Beverly Bono

The best part about this hike is that there are 2 ways to get to the top: the challenging path that uses ladders or the less strenuous way that gradually winds a path to the top. Hikers make the decision about which way to go at the marker pictured above. Either way, when you reach the top, the view out over Sand Beach is spectacular! This couple was capturing the achievement of climbing the ladder trail.
Cruise Ship
Cruise Ship, Costa Atlantica, Anchored in Frenchman's Bay
Photo by Glenn Cooper

The weather has been ideal for hiking. It is cool enough that a brisk hike warms you to just the right temperature. Although the most challenging hike on the Island, the "Precipice", is closed to protect the nests of young Peregrine Falcons, the 2nd most challenging hike, the "Beehive", is open! It is called the "Beehive" because of the shape as viewed from the trail.

Top of the Beehive
Reaching the Top of the Beehive
Photo by Beverly Bono


CHRISTMAS SPIRIT®'S SAMANTHA

Recently, we had a nice visit from our extended family and Samantha insisted on playing one of her all-time favorite games- "Pickle in the Middle". Despite her hind legs not functioning at 100%, she insisted on racing back and forth between pitcher and batter, trying to retrieve her ball. Occasionally, she'd beat us to a fly ball.



Periodically, she'd lie down and try to rest, but the retriever instinct was too strong! Needless to say, at the end of the day, both participants were exhausted, but still fast friends. Samantha has a special place in her heart for kids.
Samantha with her ball
Samantha "Retrieving" Her Ball
Photo by Beverly Bono
Samantha Sleeping
Samantha Sleeping in One of Her Favorite Spots
Photo by Beverly Bono


WEBSITE NEWS YOU CAN USE

New Page Layouts

We are constantly striving to improve our Website. In the last Newsletter we introduced the new SORT feature on the index pages. At the same time, we made another subtle change to the index pages that one of our users noticed. She said:

"Something looks different and for the better. Are the items larger, closer together? A page seems to have more to see; you can more easily compare the ornaments."

She wasn't sure exactly WHAT we had done, but she knew it was an improvement.


Screen Shot of
Screen Shot of "NEW" Layout
Screen Shot of
Screen Shot of "OLD" Layout

Actually what we did was standardize the picture sizes on the index pages, which let us display more on a page (5 across, instead of 3). The benefit to our customers is that more ornaments are displayed at one time, enabling easier comparisons between the styles on the page. At the same time, the standardization enabled faster loading of images. We’d love to hear your observations or suggestions about our Website, so Contact Us with your feedback.


CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS

"Just got my ornament in the mail...I LOVE IT!!!! Every detail from the design to personalization to careful packaging was perfect. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I will be back again next year to purchase my annual ornaments. I'm glad to learn I can email to see if you carry specific types of ornaments." Sherri from VA. "Thank you and Merry Christmas to all of you. I got the 4 ornaments I ordered today. They are wonderful! I definately will be ordering from you again!" Sharon from MN.
"Hello, Just a note to say that I received the WONDERFUL ornaments that you shipped. Each one is more beautiful than I had imagined. Glad I thought to order these from you!" Patricia from VA.


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