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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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Little Luxuries
Hello June! 
We're so happy June is here and we really hope the weather warms up for us this month! June means Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island.  We cannot get enough of the fresh, floral fragrance from our lilac bushes.  If only they were in bloom a little longer! We have a great lineup of in-store events at Little Luxuries and the Artists Market during the festival. Follow us on our social pages to stay up to date! 
Our growing boys are ready for summer weather and outdoor activities. We can't wait to enjoy pool time, bike rides, ice cream treats and more outdoor adventures. Our oldest, Louis, just mastered riding his bike with no training wheels and Thomas, who just turned 4 years old is now learning to ride a bike with training wheels. Baby John is loving the new foods we are giving him and always laughing at his big brothers! 
Our friend, Kate Dupre, recently opened her own business called Watercolor Cafe next to the Mackinac Island State Park boat marina. We are so happy for this new adventure for her. It's off the beaten path a little, so be sure to check it out on your next trip to the island, you won't be disappointed. It is located where the old J.L. Beanery was.  My favorite is the iced chai and the smoothie bowls! 
Jenna Kator 
Jenna Kator Trunk Show Event - Jenna Kator, the lovely MI handbag designer will be at the store on Saturday, June 22nd from 2pm-4pm sharing her inspiration with you and her latest collection. 
Little Luxuries
Lilac Festival - Lilac Festival will be happening June 7th - June 16th! When you are on the Island for the festival, stop in to see our lilac goodies on display! We have so many candles, pillows, lotions, pottery and more lilac inspired items! 
Polka Dot Mitten
Polka Dot Mitten has been restocked for the season, with a few new, fun designs! Stop in to see this Michigan artists' work and find out just why we love her work so much!
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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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Mackinac Island Father's Day

Father’s Day will be here before you know it! We have rounded up a few of our favorite things in Little Luxuries that are perfect for the special Dad in your life!

Sunday Funday

  1. Sunday Funday Shirt: If your dad loves catching a game on Sunday’s, make sure he has this shirt to cheer on his favorite team!
  2. Collegiate MSU or UofM Pillows: Does your dad have a strong allegiance to MSU or UofM? Grab him one of these uniquely embroidered pillows, honoring his favorite team.
  3. Michigan Beer: Little Luxuries sells a wide variety of Michigan beer. Stop in to mix-n-match a 6 or 12 pack for Dad to enjoy! Don’t forget to pick up a coozie, too!

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Along with so many other dad gifts that we carry, we also have a great selection of Father’s Day cards, to capture just what you want to say to your family man! We’re open daily, starting at 9:30 AM, we can’t wait to see you and help you pick out the perfect present!

Father's Day on Mackinac

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Today’s Monday Maker is Elizabeth Hans, a Mackinac Island local who creates necklaces, earrings and barrettes that are sold at The Artists Market! 

Elizabeth Hans

Elizabeth works to create jewelry and barrettes from beautiful and unique natural materials. Her work is created from natural, semi-precious stone beads, pearls, crystals and shells, as well as unique objects, like Massachusetts sea glass, from where she grew up! The beautiful hair barrettes are made from handmade, heavy watercolor paper. 
Elizabeth Hans JewelryElizabeth Hans Jewelry
Elizabeth and her husband Dan reside on Mackinac Island May - October and then live in Pennsylvania the rest of the year. Next time you are in the Artists Market of Mackinac Island, stop in to see her beautiful designs! 
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