Mason/Dixon is inspired by a northern gal's love for the south, and you'll find our products reflect the things we admire most about both regions. Combining a love for graphic design + handmade, mason/dixon started out as a small side project and turned into a full online retail shop. We're a husband and wife team in our beautiful farm town of Shelton, CT. All of our frames are made in house from reclaimed wood we've locally sourced, and our signs are all custom designed and hand painted.


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While on vacation for the last few weeks I knew I wanted to do something other than gardening/landscaping/farming to make it actually feel like I was on vacation from work, so I was itching for a daytrip somewhere. Well, I can't believe that our daytrip would end up being about 10 minutes from the house to a little part of Seymour, CT that I never even knew existed. How on earth I haven't known about this amazing little part of town is beyond me, but I'm about to become it's newest regular.

We stumbled upon this part of town last Tuesday, but most places were closed (good to know, Wednesday - Sunday is your best bet for visiting). So we returned on Thursday and planned to spend the early afternoon there. Our first stop was The All American Valley General Store. The second I set foot inside that store I felt like I had died and gone to southern heaven. The store sells produce + goods from local farms, local handmade items, and the food coming out of the kitchen is amazing. They have live music every week and the ambiance and decor make you feel like you've stepped right in to the Yankee version of the Whistle Stop Cafe. So needless to say, I'm in love. 

After lunch we visited a few of the local shops, most of which were a part of the Seymour Antiques Annex. These aren't your typical antique stores, they have some of the best antiques and displays I've ever seen. Everything was right up my alley, there was no shortage of mason jars, enamel ware, old crates, and everything in between. I allowed myself to spend only the cash I had in my wallet and it certainly was a challenge. Thankfully I'll be returning soon though and that means I can add to my enamel ware collection, right?

Our final stop was Wildfour Confections, which is an adorable and delicious cupcake shop. It's owned by a sweet young gal by the name of Alyssa DeMatteo who is a resident of Seymour and man can she make one good cupcake. 

I can't say enough about how sweet this little downtown is. My day was completed by the sounds of the passing train, which really made me feel like I was back in the south. I highly recommend it for a daytrip!


Cabin Fever Escape: Maine

I had this week off from work and I spent the few weeks before desperately searching for a place to get away. I started my search looking for a place down south since my soul is longing for some time in the Carolinas, but I realized my cheapest option for such a last minute trip would be to join my mother on a business trip to Maine. She was staying at The Grand Hotel in Kennebunk for two nights before heading up to Brunswick for the rest of the week. I jumped at the chance to return to Kennebunk since falling in love on my last visit. The Grand Hotel is by far the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in. Their decor is gorgeous and ahead of the curve, it's spotless, the beds are luxurious and they even deliver you orange juice and muffins in the morning and give you a departing gift bag of bottled water and freshly baked cookies when you leave. It's just steps from Kennebunkport where there is amazing shopping and delicious eats like the ever popular Clam Shack. Across from our hotel is H.B Provisions which is an adorable general store. It very much reminded me of places I would frequent down south. They have all the odds and ends you need while on vacation, including the most delicious whoopie pies.

During our stay we ate dinner both nights at David's KPT which has beautiful views and amazing food. I tried raw oysters for the first time which surprisingly I loved! I thought the briney liquor was delicious and exactly what I wanted to be eating while next to the ocean. Around the corner from the restaurant are some really fun shops. One of my favorites is the Daytrip Society which is full of unique items and has a good amount of handmade in the USA products as well, which I really appreciate. 

We also did some antiquing along Route 9 and found some great things. We even found a gorgeous secret beach by accident. There is this charming horse farm on the way in to Kennebunk that I love and wanted to get a closer look. So we drove down their road which actually lead to a beautiful beach with cavernous salt marshes. On the way back from there we stopped at my very favorite place Snug Harbor Farm. I have blogged/instagramed about them in the past so I don't think my love affair with them is a secret! They have the most gorgeous selection of plants and their gift shop is somewhere I could spend hours in. I've said it before but I must say again that their staff is so kind which really makes the experience even better. 

This trip was exactly what I needed. Just a few days by the ocean with my Mama, relaxing, eating delicious food, sleeping in a cozy bed and bringing home some fun gifts for myself. I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world again. 

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