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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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Christmas Break is well under way! It’s been such a busy month, but with school finally out, it’s time for me and the boys to do fun Christmas crafts!

Here are some of the fun Christmas crafts that I found on Pinterest that I’m hoping we’ll do over the holidays:

Image from: One Little Project 

Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees found here

These are so easy to make, but will be fun for the boys!

Here’s what you’ll need to make these ornaments:

  • 3 popsicle sticks (one with about 1″ cut from the end of it)
  • 1″ x 1″ square of brown card stock
  • A star cut from glittery card stock
  • A piece of twine, approximately 6″ long
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors and a craft/utility knife

And to decorate them, you can use whatever you have on hand!

  • Tiny pom poms
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rhinestones
  • Buttons
  • Glitter

Image from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Another fun craft is No-Cook Cinnamon Ornaments that will be the perfect addition to the Christmas tree or a great gift for the grandparents.

Other Items You’ll Need:

What To Do:

  • Combine the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Then, add 3/4 cup of very warm water and mix well.

You can find the entire recipe and craft idea here.

Image from The Resourceful Mama

Another favorite that I’m excited to try with the boys is this Burlap Reindeer Ormanent from the Resourceful Mama found here.

What You’ll Need:

  • Burlap cut into triangles
  • Googly eyes
  • Mini Clothespins
  • Small Red Pom Poms
  • Glue
  • Craft Jute Twine or String

Directions:

1. If you have the premade triangles like we did, you can skip this step. If not you will need to cut your burlap into small triangles. 

2. Glue two googly eyes onto the burlap and a red pom pom for the nose.

3. Add two small clothespin for the antlers.

4. Form a small loop with the twine (or string) and glue to the back of the reindeer ornament to hand the ornament.

I can’t wait to be creative and craft with the boys this holiday season using fun craft ideas like these from Pinterest! If you don’t follow me on Pinterest, give me a follow here! Tell me, what other crafts are you doing this holiday season?

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Stocking Stuffers
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season? We’ve picked out some of our favorite little luxuries from the shop that we know you’ll love giving and they’ll love receiving!
Crystal Clear Brightening Mini Mask: Gifting to someone that loves self-care? Gift them a face mask! These masks help promote smooth skin, while also hydrating the skin- which we all need during the long winter months!
Musee Bath Balms: These new bath balms are so beautiful and we want everyone to shop them because of how much we love them! The shop is filled with many different scents and varieties - Just Breathe, Golden Hour and Dreamweaver. There are bath balms for the kids too - featuring a baby shark, Amelia Earhart. 
Wooden MI Map Ornament: Perfect for any fan of the Mitten state, this fun ornament features a silhouette of Michigan’s two peninsulas and highlights the cities, foods, icons, culture and natural beauty that make our state so great! 
Snuggle Season Mug: This mug is one of our favorites for the long winter months! Bundle up with this mug, hot cocoa and marshmallows under your coziest blanket for the cozy winter season. 
Hammonds Dunking Spoon: If you give a mug, you also have to give something to go inside the mug! 
Farmhouse Candle: We have so many holiday and winter scents in stock! One of our favorites is Sugar + Spice: Fill your home with the sweet smell of the holidays! Gingerbread mixed with Cinnamon, Clove and bourbon!
Olive Oil Soap: Rich and herbal, Nablus sage olive oil soap is a sage experience that will delight your dermis. This soap is made with 100%  certified virgin olive oil and is perfect for hydrating your skin during the winter.
Christmas Tea Towel: Help them spruce up the kitchen with this truck and buffalo check ruffled tea towel. 
To make it easy for you, we’ve put together some pre-made stocking stuffer boxes.
Or if you’d rather, put them all together in your cart and add a few more things like jewelry, Michigan made food items or something they’d love from our Island Girl collection.
Xo, 
Nicole 
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December is here and truthfully I cannot believe the last month of 2020 is here. It's been a mix of emotions as we all can relate. Normally this month our family has holiday functions every weekend and school + community events on week days. This December, those functions are not happening, but our online businesses are keeping me busy. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! As much as the online business is so much different than in the store, it is fun being creative through social media! I enjoy explaining some of our products to you so you can better understand them. Ask me anything, I'm here to help! 
This Sunday is the Christmas tree lighting on Mackinac Island and it will be virtual so all of you can experience the joy of the perfectly lit tree on Main Street. 
Go to the Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau's facebook page to find the details to join in! 
Everyone has so many different holiday traditions. A few that our family has started since the boys have been little are Elf on the Shelf, gingerbread house making, a chocolate advent calendar, Christmas light drive, Christmas eve homemade pizza, and Christmas morning crepes. Check out my favorite crepe recipe here!
This month I will be sharing photos of our Christmas decor in our own home, photos of Mackinac Island and family recipes. The stores are open every Tuesday in December for island residents and December 26th - January 1st from 11am-3pm. 
I will continue sharing some of our favorite products through Instagram and Facebook and new items are still arriving. 
I hope you are able to spend this holiday season with loved ones and you can find peace and joy during this special time. 
Nicole
xo.
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25 Items at Little Luxuries that are under $25.00 and perfect holiday gifts! 

    1. Baitx Evergreen Candle: The sweet smell of a freshly cut Christmas tree in your home. It has notes of citrus and a woody balsam core that makes you think you’re standing in the middle of a Christmas tree farm!
    2. Moisturizing Waterless Hand Cleanser- Grapefruit: Cleanse + Sanitize + Moisturize:  For waterless hand cleansing sanitizer as an alternative when water and soap are not available. Made with our unique formulation containing 62% ethyl alcohol with our own blend of oils and skin conditioning ingredients that leave your hands feeling moisturized, refreshed, and thoroughly clean. 
    3. Lucky Stars Mug: Give someone this Quotable Mug with the Irish Blessing to encourage them along the way and bring a smile to their face every time they pull it out of the cabinet!
    4. Cherry Republic Sour Patch: Have someone on your list that has a sweet tooth? This Michigan made candy is perfect for them! 
    5. Spiral Notepad: These cute little pads make the perfect gift paired with a Little Luxuries pen! 
    6. Island Girl T-Shirt: Know someone that loves Mackinac Island? Surprise them with an Island Girl of Mackinac t-shirt to remember their favorite days perusing in the shop before going on a bike ride. 
    7. 1Canoe2 Bandana: Bandanas are in! Shop these stylish accessories for a pop of color! Wear in your hair, around your neck or style on your tote bag!
    8. Dog Blanket & Bone Set: Calling all dog lovers! This is the perfect present for someone who loves their furry pets and would be hurt if you forget to get their pet a present this year! 
    9. Nalgene Water Bottles: A new favorite this year, use your Little Luxuries Nalgene Water Bottle to stay hydrated at work, the gym or on the go
    10. Manicure Set: Stay polished on the go with this 5 piece manicure set! Kit includes tweezers, scissors, clippers and emery board
    11. Tartan & Ticking Dish Cloths: How cute are these holiday dish towels? The perfect hostess gift or just drop in the mail to send to your extended family members as a way to say “I’m thinking of you this holiday season.”
    12. Mackinac Island Map Tote: Everything you love about Mackinac! Now on a durable and colorful tote.
    13. Sleep Mask: Our sleep mask is not only stylish but blocks out the light while lavender aromatherapy calms and soothes the psyche.
    14. Mackinac Bath & Body Lotion: Michigan made goat's milk lotion. You will fall in love with this wonderful moisturizing lotion that comes in four different scents.
    15. Amano Rainbow Studs: The perfect earrings for your stylish friends! If these don’t bring a smile to your face, we don’t know what will!
    16. Wee Bee Jammin’:  Just the right amount of Champagne has been added to the classic strawberry preserves. The color is bright with a little sparkle! Serve it with brunch....add some to a mimosa or prosecco! Cheers!
    17. Whole Bean Lake Charlevoix Coffee: Paired with a mug or by itself, this medium roast coffee will bring a smile! It’s micro-roasted artisan coffee from right here in Northern Michigan.
    18. Tried & True Hand Cream: NEW to the shop this fall, this hand cream will help with the rough winter air! Choose from Gardenia Lily, Lavender Vanilla and more!
    19. PDM Ornament: Handmade ceramic Michigan inspired Christmas ornaments that will look great on your Christmas tree!
    20. Cotton Baby Blanket: Need the perfect baby present? Add this muslin swaddle blanket to the gift! It’s the perfect size and gets softer with each wash.
    21. Birch Christmas Tree: Welcome the Christmas season with these beautiful birch stemmed Christmas trees.
    22. CatStudio Glass: This original design celebrates the Great Lakes....the world's largest body of fresh water.
    23. Michigan Things Print: Do you use your hand as a map when showing people where you're from? Do you know how to play Euchre? Do you head Up North in the summer? Do you call pop...pop? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must be from Michigan! Celebrate what makes Michigan and the people who live here special in this new original design featuring 20 of our favorite "Michigan Things."
    24. Face Mask: Brightening crystal mini masks - brighten & clarify. Free of parabens. Let’s make this crystal clear - we think you’re a gem. Self-love is very important, so get ready to enhance your self-care regime with our sheet mask crystals and never let anything dull your sparkle!
    25. Cocktails to Go: Travel-friendly kit includes the top-shelf ingredients and instructions you need to craft and enjoy cocktails on the go!
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Holiday Bucket List

Have you already written out your holiday bucket list? I've made mine with the boys and I can't wait to start tackling these fun and festive projects!

xo, Nicole 

Nicole's Holiday Bucket List

1. Make a homemade ornament
2. Bake your mom's or grandma's favorite holiday recipe wearing your Christmas apron!
3. Complete a holiday puzzle
4. Build a gingerbread house
5. Watch Christmas Vacation in your favorite Christmas pj's
6. Go on a winter family hike
7. Send out holiday cards to friends and family
8. Make homemade bread for your neighbors
9. Give a toy or canned goods to those in need
10. Listen to your favorite Christmas music while baking cookies
11. Sip on hot cocoa while watching the Hallmark channel
12. Read your favorite Christmas book over Facetime to your nieces and nephews
13. Drive through your town looking at Christmas lights
14.Send Christmas cards to a nursing home
15. Dress up in your best holiday outfit and go out for dinner or make a fancy meal at home
16. Support your local businesses and buy gifts in your town/city
17. Support your favorite small business online shop!
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