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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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This holiday season, I am thankful for so many things and just wanted to take a minute to name a few: healthy boys, Andrew, a wonderful home on Mackinac Island, a community filled with love and support, and you! I am thankful for customers who return each season to Mackinac Island and who love Mackinac as much as we do!

Little Luxuries, Artists Market, and Canvas and Paddle would not be here without your constant support and enthusiasm, so thank you! During season, the shops are filled with so much laughter and enthusiasm that it always reminds me of why we are open! 

I hope that each time you enter the shops, you can find happiness in the environment and find joy in the little luxuries that you take to your own home. 

With all that this holiday means, I am overcome with gratitude for another wonderful year and look forward to what the new year and new season will hold for our family, Mackinac Island and you.

Xoxo,

Nicole 

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Today’s Monday Maker is a local favorite, Kate Dupre! Kate’s work has been featured in Little Luxuries, Doud’s Market and now is available at the Artists Market on Mackinac Island. She has created custom prints available at Doud’s that highlights the best picnic spots on Mackinac Island. One of her trademark designs in creating maps of Mackinac Island and now other cities throughout Michigan. Her designs are also featured on Michigan pins, available at Little Luxuries! Some of her other prints in the Artists Market include Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island Fudge, I’d Rather Be on Mackinac and more Mackinac related designs!
Kate Dupre
Kate’s newest business venture is the Watercolor Cafe, next to the marina where the old JL Beanery used to be. We are really excited to have her as part of Mackinac Island’s downtown businesses! This year, Kate will be hosting Paint & Pour at Watercolor Cafe, plus other fun art workshops for you to experience. Watercolor Cafe will open Memorial Day Weekend, stay tuned for updates via her Instagram here! 
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Next time you are on Mackinac Island, be sure to pop into the Artists Market and Watercolor Cafe to see a wide array of Kate’s work.
Kate Dupre
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Easter Weekend is almost here, which means fun treats, egg hunts, pastel colors galore, egg dyeing and more exciting memories to be made! As the boys get older, it’s fun to see them remember the traditions that we celebrate each year and look forward to doing those same fun things again! Here are a few cute pictures of the boys enjoying our Easter traditions last year:
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Last year, I made this sweet and savory Bunny Munch that everyone, kids included, loved! I plan to make it again this Easter for all to enjoy.
Moritz Fine Designs
Ingredients:
-4 cups chex cereal (your preference on wheat, corn or rice)
-2 cups stick pretzels
-2 cups cheerios
-1 cup candy coated Easter eggs (Hershey’s, Cadbury, M&M’s, or whatever you prefer!)
-1 12 oz. bag of white chocolate chips
Directions:
-Mix all ingredients (minus the white chocolate chips)
-Microwave and melt the white chocolate chips for 90 seconds, pausing to stir as needed, until it is completely melted.
-Pour the chocolate over the mix and stir in thoroughly.
-Place the mixture on wax paper and put in the fridge until it is hard and ready to enjoy!
Recipe and Photo Credit from Moritz Fine Designs
Another tradition that the boys are starting to love is dyeing eggs! Instead of purchasing Easter Egg dye, we have tried making it! An article from Country Living had a recipe where you use different kinds of fruits and veggies to make the coloring, which is fun for the boys to see how that works!
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The recipe is simple:
-1 Quart of Water
-1 Tablespoon of Salt
-2 Tablespoons of Vinegar
-2 Tablespoons of the fruit, vegetable or spice for coloring
Directions:
-Mix all those ingredients together and boil.
-Simmer for 30 minutes, strain the dye, let it cool and then dip your eggs!
Recipe and Photo Credit from Country Living
 
I hope that you enjoy Easter Sunday surrounded by your loved ones, with sweet treats and colorful eggs!
Little Luxuries
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Little Luxuries
We are excited to welcome new products to Little Luxuries for the 2019 season! This week, we are letting you in on a few new product lines that will be in the store this season. 
Beekman 1802
Beekman 1802 is located in Sharon Springs, NY. This lifestyle brand has become nationally known and grew faster than Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his parter Brent Ridge could have ever imagined. They learned to run their farm, making artisan goods and now are known all over the world. We will be carrying a variety of their beauty and body products this summer. If you have never tried the products before, we highly recommend you do. The large soap bars are wonderful! 
Pieces of Me
Pieces of Me is a jewelry lifestyle brand “Celebrating Strong, Beautiful Women, One Piece of Jewelry at a Time.” Pieces of Me was founded to help women find their feeling of value and true freedom. We know that you will love the jewelry we are carrying from their line AND it's a Michigan maker! 
Bee's Wrap
Bee’s Wrap was started as a more sustainable way for food storage in 2012. Created from organic cotton, beeswax, jojoba oil and tree resin, Bee’s Wrap has created a sustainable and reusable plastic wrap. 
Dave's Sweet Tooth
Dave’s Sweet Tooth is an old fashioned (no machines, microwaves or assembly lines!) company creating an incredible toffee experience. We will be carrying their tasty sweet treats for you to tote around on the island when you are in need of an afternoon snack. They melt in your mouth and are SO good! 
June & December
June & December is a Michigan based company creating goods for home and life. They want all of their products to invoke memories and stories of day to day life, that can create meaningful conversations. Their products that we carry will remind you of special memories and hopefully help you create a few new memories, as well.  We have carried the line for a few years now and each year they come out with new items and beautiful new designs. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 
Boogie Toes
Boogie Toes will be a new parents favorite purchase! Created with anti-slip bottoms and filled with cute rattles on the toes, these socks will keep baby occupied and also safe when walking! 
Our Opening Celebration is Friday, April 26th from 10 AM - 6 PM. We hope to see you there for the festivities and to check out our new products! 
Nicole Doud
All Photos are Courtesy of their brands' websites
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Living on Mackinac Island with three young boys is always an adventure! During the summer, Andrew and I stay busy with work, but in our home, Sunday’s is a very special day of the week. On Sunday, we reserve the entire day just for the family. 
We start the morning with a big breakfast at home, then we venture outside to see what the day will hold! Usually we head downtown and visit some of our favorite spots on the island! Our boys love to go places! 
Great Turtle Toy Store
Stops usually include Great Turtle Toy Store to browse the latest toy selection, popping into Little Luxuries, The Artists Market and Canvas and Paddle just to check in, then we head to Doud’s Market, where the boys run around the store for a few minutes and grab a snack. With little boys, the mornings start early, so this is just all before lunch! If it is nice out, we will have lunch in Marquette Park, thanks to Doud’s Market. 
Doud's Market
Since we have the entire Sunday to spend together as a family, we also have time for a bigger activity. The boys have their favorites that we do often: 
The Butterfly House: The Butterfly House on Mackinac Island has between 50-100 different varieties of butterflies! Louie and Tommy's favorite butterflies are the Monarchs.
    Fort Mackinac: With live demonstrations and tours, this fort is every kid’s dream! All of the buildings on the Fort are set up with period settings, giving them each a unique theme and teaching important points about Michigan’s history. Not to mention, the fort has an amazing view of the island! 
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      Grand Hotel: Weather permitting, Andrew and I will leisurely roam the grounds while the boys are a little faster at exploring their favorite spots on the beautiful trails. If the weather isn’t as nice, we can all head inside to the arcade games, which the boys always love!

        Grand Hotel
        After a fun day of exploring Mackinac Island and all of our favorites, we will head back home to grill out for dinner. The excitement isn’t over, however! After a tasty dinner, we visit Windermere Hotel for a tasty treat. If it’s not quite bedtime, the boys will play on the playground at the school playground before we head home to end the evening. 
        Living with children on Mackinac Island is definitely different than living anywhere else! Andrew and I love sharing our favorite place with our boys, knowing that it is their favorite place too. We can’t wait to see you and your family on Mackinac Island soon! 
        Nicole Doud
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