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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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Summer is coming to an end and college students are getting ready to go back to school. Which means they’re packing their bags and getting together everything that they’re going to need for the school year. It got me thinking about what I would need to head back to school - so I went around the shops and found 5 items from each shop for a total of 15 Essentials for College Students!
 
Little Luxuries
  1. Inspirational Soft Cover Journal: Every student needs something to write down their notes in, so why not get an inspirational journal that’s adorable and uplifting!
 
  1. Island Girl Lilac Collection Hand Sanitizer: Not only is it easy to take on the go because it comes in two different sizes, but it also smells amazing! Who doesn’t want to smell good while also being able to keep their hands clean?
 
  1. Mackinac Bath and Body Room & Body Mist: Everyone loves products that have multiple uses. Room & Body Mists come in four different scents and can be used on your body as well as in your room, making them perfect for a student living in the dorm!
 
  1. Island Girl Tote: Let’s be honest, college students are always on the go and sometimes run late. The Island Girl Tote is perfect for those with a busy lifestyle because it’s easy to grab things, slip them into the tote and go! It’s also a great size so you can fit all of your books and other college essentials inside.
 
  1. Rifle Paper Weekly Desk Pad: In college it’s important to be organized and keep track of when homework is due and when exams are, that’s why this Weekly Desk Pad is perfect! Just place it on your desk, write down any important tasks for the week and there you go, you’re organized and prepared to take on the semester!
 
The Artists Market
  1. Mulberry Pines Essential Oil: We all know that college can be stressful and there’s nothing more relaxing than diffusing some essential oils. Plus, essential is literally in the name!
 
  1. Mackinac Mittens: If you go to school somewhere where winters are anything like they are on the island, you’ll definitely be needing a pair of these mittens to keep your hands warm!
 
  1. Lipstick Holder: Attach it to your keys or your backpack and you’ll never lose your lip gloss again!
 
  1. Red Cabin Studio Stickers: These stickers are the perfect addition to any laptop or water bottle!
 
  1. Masks: Considering they’re required, masks are the most essential thing there is right now so why not make sure you have one to go with every outfit? These Karen Allen masks are two-sided, have adjustable ear straps and a strap that goes around your neck so that you’ll never lose it!
 
Canvas and Paddle
  1. Rolltop Backpack PLUS: This backpack has enough storage to hold everything you need for classes!
 
  1. Keweenaw Coffee: Caffeine is always a must when it comes to college. It’s perfect for those early morning or late nights spent studying!
 
  1. Canoe Canvas Pouch: Throw all of your pens and pencils into this pencil pouch and you’ll be all set to take notes in class!
 
  1. Canvas and Paddle Water Bottle: Do you want to be able to take your favorite drink to class and have it stay the same temperature the whole time? This water bottle is amazing because it has a copper plated inner wall that helps retain the internal temperature longer!
 
  1. Jumbo Notepad Meal Planner: If you’re someone who has a busy schedule and doesn’t have time to plan what to eat every day, this meal planner is meant for you. It makes it easy to plan your meals ahead of time and you’ll never have to worry about what to eat!
 
College can be stressful, but I hope that these essentials will make things a little easier and a little more relaxing!
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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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True North Handbag | Sea Bags: Featuring an intricate compass rose printed on recycled sailcloth, this Handbag is the perfect gift for the one who has kept you sailing in the right direction or to keep as a reminder to stay true to yourself. The close-up view creates a unique, decorative pattern that continues on the back. Zip-top option features a recycled white sailcloth gusset with a white zipper. A matching Wristlet is the perfect companion for easy organization. Printed on recycled sails. Handcrafted from recycled sails on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine, USA.

Greetings from Mackinac Island Candles: These soy candles are made in the USA and are perfect for sending a Greeting from Mackinac to someone you love - or take one home for yourself!

Mackinac Island Tea Towel: Cat Studio original design is printed using the labor intensive hand-swipe silk-screen process with 12 colors (that's 12 screens used for each towel!). The design is framed with a hand-embroidered border on a 100% hand-loomed cotton towel generously sized at 20x29 inches. Three cheery woven stripes run down both sides and hand-dyed rick-rack at the top and bottom add a charming vintage touch. All this delightfully presented in a fab organdy re-usable pouch ready for gifting!

Island Girl Crew Neck Sweatshirt: Enjoy this new Island Girl crewneck sweatshirt with a new Island Girl logo: Lilac!

Mackinac Island is My Happy Place: This waterproof pouch, designed in Michigan is the latest original piece from Tandem for Two. We love this pouch and know you will too!

Elizabeth W Hand Spray: It’s like perfume for the hands! Three incredible scents to help your hands stay refreshed throughout the day.

100 Things to do on Mackinac Island Before You Die: To the Anishinaabe-Ojibwa people it was a gathering place, a sacred burial ground, and the home of the Great Spirit Gitchie Manitou. Throughout the 1600s French voyageurs, explorers, missionaries, and fur traders arrived at Mackinac Island. Its strategic location in the straits between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas made it a military outpost the British and Americans found worth fighting for through the War of 1812. By the late 1800s Mackinac was a destination for city dwellers seeking fresh air, scenic beauty, recreation, and amusements. Today, passenger ferries transport visitors to the car-free island, where getting around is by foot, horse-drawn carriage, or bicycle, the air is still clean, and the scenery spectacular. Most of Mackinac is a state park, fringed with grand Victorian cottages and the whitewashed fort overlooking the compact village of pastel-colored hotels and shops (including the famous fudge makers). 100 Things to Do on Mackinac Island Before You Die helps you make the best of a day trip and reveals dozens of reasons to spend a night—or longer—at this captivating spot.

Beth Mueller Otto Bowl: Beth and Nicole, owner of Little Luxuries, have worked together since 2009. Beth has created a beautiful collection of specially made pottery for Little Luxuries. Handmade in Vermont. Bowl is 3 inches in diameter x 1 inch deep. handmade and hand painted.

Jenna Kator Collection - Boyne City Handbag: Behind The Design: Boyne City is a small town attracting visitors all four seasons out of the year that enjoy boating, camping, skiing and street festivals. It is nestled along the shores of Lake Charlevoix and the readers of USA Today named it one of the Best Lakes in America. Boyne City is known as the State of Michigan’s “Premier Main Street” as it hosts several festivals throughout the year. The Boyne City Handbag is your daily go-to showpiece as its design fits every occasion.

Root Candles: The art of fine dining requires the careful selection and display of eye-catching dinner candles. The understated elegance of Root Dinner Candles will grace any table setting with unique character.

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Mackinac Island Lilacs

Mackinac Island Lilacs

This year, we are really missing having all of you here for Lilac Festival! Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau is doing a great job to bring you virtual events over on their social media pages, so be sure to tune in on their Instagram & Facebook!

The Barn Social Lilac

We wanted to highlight some of our favorite memories from last year’s lilac festival! Last year we had so many fun artists at Artists Market that you were able to interact with. The Barn Social was there doing a live painting, Mary Lou Peters was also there meeting you while live painting. Red Cabin Studio popped in for you to meet, along with so many other artists that we love!
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
One of our favorite events every year is the parade! The boys love this part of the week and I admit, I do too! It’s always so fun to see how creative the different businesses can be! The boys also love heading down to Windemere Point for all the children’s activities. In past years, there was a lilac planting class at St. Anne’s that was always really neat to see, especially since you got to take home your own lilac plant! 
There are so many lilac goodies in the shop, but I just wanted to take a minute to highlight a few! 
Lilac Pin
Lilac Enamel Pin: Show off your love for Lilacs with this lilac enamel pin! Perfect for a denim jacket, backpack or tote bag!
Beth Mueller Pottery
Beth Mueller Lilac Pottery: Beth Mueller pottery is a favorite around the shop, especially when it has lilacs on it! The online shop is stocked with lilac pottery just for you! While you're there, check out the new Otto Bowl by Beth Mueller that makes the perfect sized jewelry holder.
Lilac Tray
Lilac Trays: These lilac trays are made exclusively for Little Luxuries! They are perfect for afternoon tea or an evening cocktail with your favorite snack! Head to the website to shop!
We really wish that you were hear to smell and see the lilacs! We’re trying to share all our favorite products of lilacs on our social media pages, along with current pictures of the lilacs to help bring a little joy to your day.
 
Xo,
Nicole 
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