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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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I cannot believe Labor Day weekend is just two weeks away!! With our summer weather starting later than normal this year I feel a little cheated on from our regular summer season. We are trying to take advantage of the warmer days and sunshine. In two weeks our family routine will be a little different with our oldest son, Louie, beginning kindergarten. I am so excited for this new adventure for him. Tommy, our 4 year old son, is slowly gaining confidence with riding his bike, but he would prefer to be pulled in the wagon by mom or dad! Tommy LOVES visiting the library and the butterfly house here on the island. John, now nine months old, has almost eight tiny teeth! He has mastered his crawl, is learning to climb stairs, pulling himself up AND poking his little head into every nook and cranny he can get into. It's going to be a wild time for Andrew and me keeping up with him! 
John DoudDoud Boys
This summer we have not once, rode our bikes around the island - - we hope to do that before August leaves us. However, we have played at Turtle Park, jumped in the lake, visited the playground several times, enjoyed Music in the Park (put on by the Mackinac Island Arts Council), and even visited my parent's cabin 1.5 hours south of the bridge on the sweetest little lake. We have started a late summer bucket list and hope to accomplish everything by Labor Day! 
Doud Family
I always enjoy the changing of seasons, especially summer to fall. It's like a heavy weight lifted off your shoulders when September arrives on Mackinac Island. Business owners and employees have survived another chaotic summer and can coast until the end of October when our 'season' comes to an end. Fall brings more family time for us, more time to enjoy the little things, and of course, more cozy outfits and chai teas :) 
Doud BoysJohn Doud
I hope the next few weeks of August are filled with fun things on your summer bucket list, and hopefully visiting Mackinac Island is one of them! ;)
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Courtney Fischer
Today’s Monday Maker is about Courtney Fischer Jewelry, based in Michigan, but her work can be found all over the United States.
Courtney Fischer Earrings
Courtney works in her backyard studio where all of the pieces are hand forged. All of her jewelry is created to have a timeless look, with a twist of modern. Her jewelry is meant to be enjoyed and wore on a daily basis. She draws her inspiration from nature, which you can see when you pick up her work. In her spare time, she also teaches jewelry making workshops!
Courtney Fischer
We love working with such creative and talented artists, such as Courtney and we think you will love her jewelry as much as we do! Next time you’re on the island, stop in to see her creative work!
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Happy Weekend! I can’t believe that summer is rapidly coming to an end. College students are starting to pack up and leave the island as they had back for their fall semester! Thinking about packing up, has me reminiscing of graduation college years ago! As I look through the shop, I see things that I wish I would have had as a college student - so I’ve rounded up a list of 10 Back to College Essentials that you need before the school year commences! 
Jenna Kator Dexter
1. Jenna Kator Dexter Bag: Don’t just show up to class with last year’s bag! Use the Jenna Kator Dexter Backpack, which has a full zip-around closure under snap flap, perfect for taking everything to class! 
Ionia Jenna Kator
2. Jenna Kator Ionia Wallet: If you use need something smaller to carry, slip your money, cards and ID in here and you are all set! 
Island Girl
3. Island Girl Sweatshirt Dress: Want to look cute, without having to put a lot of effort in? Slip on this dress with leggings for the cutest fall look! 
Mackinac Island Pouch
4. Tandem for Two Pouch: Remember your favorite days on Mackinac Island with this colorful, made in Michigan pouch!
Rifle & Co
5. Rifle & Co Canteen: You’ll have the cutest and more stylish water bottle with this fun and happy print! 
My Happy Place
6. Polka Dot Mitten “My Happy Place” Sign: Going out of state to school? Take this My Happy Place sign along with you, so you never forget where you came from! 
Mackinac Bath & Body
7. Mackinac Bath and Body Room & Body Mist: Keep this on hand to spruce up your dorm room or apartment before friends come over! 
Happy Spirtz
8. Happy Spritz Face Wipes: Use these face wipes in your daily routine for a quick pick me up! 
Pieces of Me
9. Pieces of Me Cuff: Take the quiz to find out your persanality before heading back to school remembering who you are!
Island Girl Blanket
10. Island Girl Blanket: Cozy up with this soft and colorful Island Girl blanket, reminiscing of days on Mackinac.
We know that college will be starting soon, but I hope that this list of some college essentials will help remind you of your favorite days spent on Mackinac and help make your dorm room a little more cozy. 
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Cellar Door
Today’s Monday Maker is about everyone’s favorite, Cellar Door Soaps! Their soaps are found all over the world and right here on Mackinac Island!
Cellar Door
Cellar Door Soaps uses 100% plant based oils and shea butter to create an amazing product made right here in Michigan! They have soaps that are perfect for each season and represent the great state of Michigan! Some favorites include: Dapper Dan, Kitch-iti-kipi Spring, Mackinac Island Lilac and Michigan Meadows. Typically, one of their bars of soap will last you 3-4 weeks, even with daily use.
Cellar Door uses a blend of 5 plant based oils in all of their soaps: olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, castor oil and shea butter- making their soap a vegan product. Even when they scent and color their soaps and candles, they remain completely phthalate and paraben free.
Cellar Door
Next time you stop in, check out the Cellar Door soaps and candles! We know you won’t be disappointed!
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Bloomwolf

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island is excited to add a new artist to the shop, Bloomwolf Studio! Couple, Betsy and Luis started Bloomwolf in 2015. Since opening four years ago, business has boomed for this Florida run business! They are now carried in over 140 shops across the United States. They believe that beautiful paper can help to create a beautiful life - and we have to agree! Seeing their beautiful designs in the shop brings a smile to everyone!

Bloomwolf

We now carry Bloomwolf Studio's stickers, weekly calendar pads, greeting cards and our personal favorite, their colorful Michigan map. All of their pieces spark joy in a whimsical and fun way! The bright color palettes are bold and playful and remind us of how beautiful life is! Their products are the perfect gift to let someone you love know that you are thinking about them. Drop a note in the mail with a sticker enclosed and guaranteed it will brighten someone's day. We can't wait for you to stop in and see this new line!

Bloomwolf

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