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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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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.
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Little Luxuries will be opening on Friday, April 26th for its 11th year! 
So many new and exciting products are arriving daily at the shop! Did you know, in order to get all of the items to our front door, boxes have to either arrive by airplane or ferry boat? After the mail arrives on the island, it is placed on a drey, which is basically a horse drawn wagon. The wagon then brings all of the boxes with our beautiful goodies to our front door! All of the mail from the USPS is delivered to the Post Office on Mackinac Island. Little Luxuries staff goes to the post office daily! If a large shipment comes in, a garden cart is used to pick up the boxes and brought back to the shop. 
The team has been working for a couple of weeks now to get everything perfectly in place for our opening day. Our new products will be available in the shop on our opening day, April 26th and then will be listed on our website shortly after. If you happen to see a product on our social media that you are interested in purchasing and cannot find it listed online, please call 906.847.9980 between 9 AM - 5 PM. 
We can’t wait to see you!
If you’re planning on coming to our Opening Day Celebration, RSVP here! 
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Oops! Our Monday Maker is one day late because we have been so busy in shops, getting ready for the big opening! 
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Today, we are featuring The Little Craft Closet, based in Cadillac, Michigan. The Little Craft Closet focuses on using wood, metal and other repurposed materials to  create jewelry and accessories with a vintage feel and with a strong Northern Michigan aesthetic. Nickie, owner and creator, focuses on each piece empowering you to “Embrace Life: Embrace You.” 
The Little Craft Closet
In the pieces that Nickie creates, you can see a strong resemblance and lifestyle appeal to Northern Michigan. Each piece is made with the adventurer in mind. The accessories are made to be simplistic enough to wear while being active, yet dainty enough to wear to a formal event. Each piece is so creatively designed, that it’s hard to have just one favorite. 
The Little Craft Closet
We hope that the next time you are on Mackinac Island, that you stop in to see us at The Artists Market. Look at our selection of pieces from The Little Craft Closet. Select a few pieces to take home with you to remind yourself of your favorite trip to Mackinac Island and the time you spent Embracing Life and Embracing You.
 
Photo Courtesy: The Little Craft Closet
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Take the Monday Blues away by supporting a Michigan artisan, Ovella Wool, who we are featuring in today’s Monday Maker!
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Ovella Wool all began in 2014 on a whim. Owner and creative, Justen was in the process of learning more about sustainable products for her family (mainly regarding cloth diapers) when her research led her into getting rid of fabric softener. Because she was no longer using fabric softener, she needed to find an alternative and taught herself how to make wool dryer balls. Through trial and error, she learned what worked and what did not work. Eventually, she perfected her technique and was gifting them to friends, as she encouraged her circle of influence to make this sustainable shift from fabric softener / dryer sheets to wool dryer balls. She happened to give them to a friend that worked at a wellness store and next thing she knew, she had her first retail store carrying her dryer balls! 
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Since 2014, Ovella has expanded their line to include Verde from Ovella Wool products. These products are natural laundry detergent, home cleaners and soap. 
Did you know that Ovella is Gaelic for sheep? It was the perfect name for her business. As the years have progressed, Ovella Wool now purchases their wool from a local wool processor, and Justen dyes all of the wool herself.  Fun fact: her favorite colors are the colors in The Terra Collection! As Justen says: “Wool is such a great material, from being non-combustable to mildew resistant to completely reusable and renewable, it has so many functions that we can use it for. Wool dryer balls are just one of those.” 
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Next time you are on Mackinac Island, stop into The Artists Market to see what we have in stock from Ovella Wool and give it a try! Your laundry will never be the same after. 
Photos Courtesy of Ovella Wool
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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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