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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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October 14, 2021

October Update

October is almost over and I can’t believe that another season has come and gone. In the past 10+ years that I have lived and worked on Mackinac Island, this was one of the busiest seasons that I have seen. 
It was a really fun season! Highlights of the season include having the Lilac Festival back this year, enjoying the Grand Hotel’s new pool facilities with the boys, spending time going on family walks and bike rides, visits to Fort Mackinac + Windemere Point, plus night’s outside having s’mores and playing in the backyard! 
I think I always say this, but I cannot believe how quickly the season flew by! The boys have been back in school for almost two months now and we are getting settled back into the fall / school routine. 
I’m sad that I won’t be commuting over to the island much this winter, but I am excited for more time working on home projects, starting to order for the 2022 season (already!!) and spending more time together with the family. 
I hope this fall you are falling into a routine that brings you joy and works for you and your family!
Xo,
Nicole 
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Artists Market

 

In 2015, I opened The Artists Market of Mackinac Island, which is truly an incredible place.

When I was buying goodies for Little Luxuries, I kept on seeing more handcrafted and unique goods that I knew needed a special place. I wanted a place where artists from all over the country would be showcased right here on Mackinac Island. Which is why in 2015, I opened The Artists Market on Mackinac Island, which is truly an incredibly special place.

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is home to over 100 artists each season and every season we bring in more! Some artists have retired from their careers and end up finding a creative hobby. Others have put their creative minds to use, supporting themselves through college with this hobby. One of our youngest entrepreneurs is the artists behind Ava’s Candles. Ava is just in middle school, but her and her mom create these beautiful candles with Petoskey stones shaped around the wick. Our artists are from all over the United States, with a lot coming from right here in Michigan!

One of my favorite parts of The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is introducing YOU to small businesses from the heart of the United States. Each time you shop at The Artists Market, you are truly supporting a small, local shop that helps to support over 100 other small artisans, families and students.

If you’re looking for a truly unique gift that you won’t be able to find elsewhere, go visit The Artists Market of Mackinac. This little shop has a special place in my heart and brings a smile to my face every time I see an order go through because I know we’re helping other family’s stay in business.

 

Xo,

Nicole

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We are so excited to have Shore Bags in our sister store,  The Artists Market of Mackinac Island. This incredible company is new to the shop and we wanted to take a chance and introduce them to you!
 
Shore Bags has been in the cotton canvas industry for over 20 years and in 2015 they started created eco-friendly bags from raw content, which means they are bio-degradable helping to reduce waste and avoiding plastics! Every purchase supports women, as they are 100% minority women-owned. They oppose unfair manufacturing practices of any kind and create bags that you will want! 
 
Shore Bags headquarters are located on just across the shores on Lake Michigan and we are so excited to partner with them in selling their bags.
 
All-In Pouches: are conveniently sized for thousands of small goods-- from a collection of markers or road trip snacks to charging cables and makeup. These pouches have a sturdy metal zipper with pull tab and handy loop ring for snapping them anywhere you'd like. Size: 11" x 7" x 3”.
City Shopper Tote: This simple bag features leather handles and a full lining, making it both elegant yet basic. It also features heavyweight canvas, inside pocket and leather trim. Size: 17.5" x 17.5" x 6".
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It’s definitely been a different start to the 2020 season on Mackinac Island, but now that it’s here, we are SO busy!

A big change at the Artists Market of Mackinac Island this summer is that we have a WEBSITE! We love seeing what goodies you are finding in our online shop. Our blog is conjoined with our sister store, Little Luxuries of Mackinac Island, but all our products can be found over on our website: www.mackinacartistsmarket.com.
Since we have a new website and SO many new products this year, we’re sharing some of our favorites new products!
Red Cabin Studio
Red Cabin Studio’s new product, Framed Tiles: With two sizes and numerous designs, this product has been a hot item in the shop this year!
Northern Nail Polish
Northern Nail Polish: Northern Nail Polish uses the most natural, vegan ingredients known to form a long lasting, chip resistant nail polish that can be easily removed by our natural and nourishing soy-based polish remover. All polishes are 10-toxin-free, cruelty-free and vegan, and pigmented with natural minerals so they won’t leave stains on your nails after removal!
Inklings
Scratch Off Lunch Box Cards: Make your little monster's day with this set of 24 scratch-off lunchbox notes, and hide your OWN message in a scratch-off! Making them is easy: write your message in the white rectangle and cover it with the scratch-off sticker provided. Scratching will reveal your hidden message! These tiny notes are the perfect size to slip into a lunch bag or pocket of someone special.
That Art Girl
Lake Life Coloring Board Kit: Have fun while designing your own home or cabin decor, This pre-printed board is the perfect way to leap out of the coloring book. Make your work a lasting piece of art on a wood board, one that you can display with pride.
Sun Sprinkles
Sun Sprinkles Earrings: Each and every one of Sun Sprinkles products is handmade and designed from carefully selected materials.  Our jewelry is lightweight and comfortable to wear all day long.  Each piece is  inspected for quality and made to last.
Ethic Goods
Dark & Stormy Earrings by Ethic Goods: These triangular resin hoops are anything but basic. Ethic Goods, employs women impacted by trafficking in China.
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While I love ALL our products at Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas & Paddle, I wanted to share with you my top favorites that I am loving this season! 
Little Luxuries: 
Melamine plates: These plates are so fun and simple way to make your gathering more festive!
Archipelago Oat Lotion: This lotion makes my skin silky soft and smell so good! 
Michigan Gummies: I can eat the whole bag! They are SO yummy! 
Baskets: The perfect basket for plants, throws, towels! 
Artists Market of Mackinac Island: 
Bath Tea from Janet Marie: This is new this year and I love it! I'm a bath girl! 
Lenny and Eva Bracelets: I’m a bracelet girl too! 
Lilac Festival Poster: I love this year's poster. It has a vintage look and is very warm and welcoming.
Canvas and Paddle: 
Checker board: I love a game of checkers and this is perfect for summer months! 
Vintage Thermoses: I collect them! There is something something about a thermos that I just love!  
Swan Creek Candles: I adore the smells and the look of these cozy, Up North candles! 
Next time you’re on the website, or in the shop, check out these products that I love! 
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