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We are so excited to have Steel Southern Designs, out of Georgia at the Artists Market of Mackinac Island and we are featuring them today on Monday Maker! Steel Southern Designs made The Artists Market of Mackinac Sign that proudly hangs in the shop!

Steel Southern Designs

Steel Southern Designs was born out of a desire for two sisters to spend more time with their growing families, rather than working outside the home. They dreamed up an idea to create custom cut pieces that would turn into beautiful focal points and talking points in homes all over. 

Steel Southern Designs

They currently have the capacity to cut designs up to 5’ X 10’! The entire business is family owned and run, and all of the designs are created using aluminum, stainless and milk steel. If you take a look at the pictures on their website, you will truly see that they can do just about anything! Their creative motto states: “If you can think it, we can cut it.” 

Steel Southern Designs

We are excited to have this new artist to the shop! When you are on Mackinac Island, be sure to pop in to see our selection of their fun designs that decorate our walls!  

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Favorite Recipes Edition II: Oatmeal Energy Bites


Oatmeal Energy Bites


When everyone is hungry, it’s helpful to have a quick snack to have easily accessible. You want your snack to be healthy, tasty and kid-approved. I’ve found these Oatmeal Energy Bites that everyone (even the pickiest eaters!) can agree upon.


1 Cup Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)

1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips

1/2 Cup Raw Honey

1/4 Cup Ground Flaxseed


Mix all the ingredients together.

Roll out teaspoon size balls onto a baking sheet (it’s easiest if you cover the baking sheet in parchment paper for a quicker cleanup!)

Freeze them for one hour.

Store in the fridge or freezer and enjoy!

Once you try them, they will become a staple in your family and something the kids will always want you to keep on hand!

This recipe and the photos was taken from Hip2Save.

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Lakeshore Dry Goods
This week’s Monday Maker is focused on Lakeshore Dry Goods, based in Petoskey, Michigan! 
Lakeshore Dry Good creates organic cotton t-shirt hair towels that will completely change the way you feel about the days you have to wash your hair. Power couple, Pam & Christian Colby created this company to bring a new experience and a healthier way to dry your hair. Their Sunrise Bliss line is made with organic cotton to help reduce breakage, frizz, tangles and the amount of time it takes to dry your hair. 
Once you own one of these towels for yourself, you will want to give them to everyone you know! The Sunrise Bliss towel makes a great Mother’s Day present, birthday gift, bridesmaid gift, teacher gift or best friend gift or just because surprise.
Lakeshore Dry Goods 
I personally love using this towel and anyone I talk to shares the same feelings! The really work great and I’m so glad that we can carry this line of organic hair towels in the shop!
Currently, their towels are available in 15+ retailers around the USA and growing! The Artists Market is a proud retailer of this product and the only retailer on Mackinac Island to sell this product. If you want to make a change in your hair care process, adding this towel to your drying process will do wonders for your hair care. Next time you pop into The Artists Market, check out our selection of Lakeshore Dry Goods’ Sunrise Bliss Towels - you won’t be disappointed! 
Lakeshore Dry Goods
Photos Courtesy of Lakeshore Dry Goods
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Today’s Monday Maker is about Emmy Lou Bags! Emmy Lou Bags is owned and designed by Tammy, who resides in the Midwest, specifically Wisconsin, but she is originally from the great state of Michigan! 
Emmy Lou Bags
She creates unique, but functional bags with quality and purpose. Emmy Lou Bags creates and sells handmade bags, clutches and pouches. Every single bag is handmade by Tammy herself, right out of her home. You will notice that her products are made with different fabrics and leathers and all are unique and creative!
Emmy Lou BagsEmmy Lou Bags 
The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is the only retailer in the state of Michigan to carry Emmy Lou Bags. Next time you are on Mackinac Island, don’t forget to stop in and check out our selection of these products.
Photos Courtesy of Emmy Lou Bags
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Letter writing seems to continually become less and less commonplace in today’s society. However, at The Artists Market on Mackinac we have found a few artists and companies who will make you want to reach out to your best pals via snail mail, because of their trendy and chic letter products. 


Photo Courtesy of Hazel + Dolly

Today’s Monday Maker is focusing on Hazel and Dolly, a Detroit company focused on bringing back the art of letter writing! Rachael, owner of Hazel + Dolly guarantees locally sourced sustainable materials that are created into modern and fun cards and prints. 
Photo Courtesy of Hazel + Dolly
Their designs range from cute kiwi on the front, to sayings like, “This is a paper hug” and other sassy sayings. Next time you are on Mackinac Island, pop into The Artists Market to see what card you can find for your favorite pen pal or if you don’t want to wait to shop her latest line, visit her website here! Hazel + Dolly also specializes in custom press, so if you have any idea that you’ve been thinking about for a while, reach out and see what Rachael from Hazel + Dolly can do for you!  
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