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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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Cityscapes
The Artists Market of Mackinac just welcomed a new artist to the shop, so it’s time to introduce them on Maker Monday!
Cityscapes
Cityscapes started when Jess, the owner, was a lifeguard in inner-city Cincinnati. She started to capture the architecture and heart of her city after her shifts at work. Now for over 15 years, she has been documenting the change and helping to remember the history of the city where she lives and other cities around the United State and the world. She says “I’ve found that thinking ‘local,’ like my tiles, both honors and transcends the places we call “home.” All of the tiles are fashioned into black and white, making them very nostalgic.
City Scapes
Jess was able to come to Mackinac Island and capture some of the most iconic scenes and then create them into beautiful tiles for you to take home with you! Some of the views she was able to document include icons like Fort Mackinac, Arch Rock, St. Anne’s, Doud’s Market and  Pink Pony. She also captured tandem bike riders, the view form M-185 and more memorable moments.
We hope that you enjoy these beautiful handmade tiles of our happy place!
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Jenna Kator

On Saturday, June 22nd Little Luxuries is welcoming Jenna Kator into the shop for her annual Trunk Show! We’re switching it up for our Monday Maker and sharing more about Jenna Kator, as a Michigan designer! 

Jenna Kator Handbag

In 2008 during the economic downturn, Jenna Kator took the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started marketing her vegan handbags at affordable prices, to give women a little pep in their step, while helping them save money.

Jenna Kator Wallet

Jenna Kator’s roots are here in the great state of Michigan. She pays tribute to the state in every bag and wristlet by naming them after different Michigan cities or landmarks.

Jenna Kator Handbag

The Women’s Wellness Weekend that is held on Mackinac Island each fall has been largely influenced by Jenna working to bring women to the island for a weekend of women, wellness and a wee bit of wine!

Jenna Kator Handbag
To meet Jenna Kator, handbag designer, come to Little Luxuries on Saturday, June 22nd from 2-4 PM. During the event, all handbags at 10% OFF and there will be a wristlet giveaway during the show! See you then!

Jenna Kator

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The Barn Social
The Barn Social is this week’s Monday Maker! The Barn Social is known for home goods with a charming and rustic flare. 
The Barn SocialThe Barn Social
A husband and wife team, the initial concept was to make fine art screen prints with the highest quality designs and typography. What started out as a dream has turned into a successful business for this couple! They now sell pieces all over the world and own a 14,000 square foot retail space and production studio. The Barn Social is based out of Cadillac, Michigan. Today, The Barn Social has expanded to include products and services from local artists with national recognition and an emphasis on function.
The Barn Social
The Artists Market of Mackinac Island and Little Luxuries are having different events all week long in celebration of this year’s Lilac Festival! Stop in on Sunday, June 16th from 12 PM - 2 PM to meet the faces behind The Barn Social! 
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Today’s Monday Maker is about a local favorite, Mary Lou Peters! Mary Lou lives, paints and teaches in her home on the Straits of Mackinac.
Mary Lou Peters
One of Mary Lou’s favorite places to paint is right here on Mackinac Island. She has worked to develop her own distinctive style - a whimsical approach to common themes. The hope is that her paintings leave you feeling happy and wishing you were in the place that she painted! Most of Mary Lou’s work that we carry is at The Artists Market, but a few of her magnets are sold at Little Luxuries!
Mary Lou Peters
In addition to painting she is the author of four books and has illustrated three books. Mary Lou also teaches painting classes in Mackinac City, on Mackinac Island and in Sanibel Island, Florida.

 We are excited to have Mary Lou meters join is during Lilac Festival at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island from 2 PM - 4 PM on Friday, June 7th.

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Mackinac Mittens

Today’s Monday Maker is Mackinac Mittens! Mackinac Mittens are made right on Mackinac Island by three Mackinac Island school teachers. They take vintage sweaters and repurpose them into mittens, scarves and hats. Since they are made from vintage wool sweaters, each pair is different! They are adorned with unique buttons to create a fashionable look that will keep you nice and warm.
Mackinac Mittens
Once you purchase your wool item from Mackinac Mittens, you will want to wash them just like you would any other wool item, inside out and on cold with a gentle detergent. Reshape and lay flat to dry - remember not to dry clean them!
Mackinac Mittens
Mackinac Mittens used to be carried at Little Luxuries, but have been moved to the Artists Market of Mackinac this season. Since the days continue to be chilly, stop in for a warm pair of gloves to keep your hands cozy.
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