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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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Lilac Festival
Can you believe that Lilac Festival is already here? With the official start being today, Friday, June 7th, I thought I would share some of my favorite Lilac products at Little Luxuries and the Artists Market!
  1. Lilac Votives at Little Luxuries: These tiny votives are soy and burn for 25 hours! They are made here in Michigan and have the perfect lilac smell to remind you of Mackinac all year long.
  2. Lilac Bar Soap from Mackinac Bath and Body at Little Luxuries: Keep the memories and scent of Mackinac Island's fragrant lilacs with you all year long. This bar of soap will leave you moisturized and refreshed!
  3. Lilac Bath Bomb from My Secret Stash at Little Luxuries: Drop this lilac bath bomb in the tub and enjoy a relaxing bath. This bath bomb was made in Michigan. 
  4. Lilac Tea Towels from Mackinac Memories at The Artists Market: These tea towels are so cute and remind me of warm days on Mackinac all year long! These towels are not only cute, but very absorbent and practical! 
We carry so many lilac products at Little Luxuries that sometimes it can be hard to know what to choose! I would recommend choosing from any of the products above (since they are my favorite!) or I would recommend purchasing our first ever Little Luxuries Love Box! This box is just available for June and has so many great lilac products included! You can purchase it here!
Hoping to see you this next week for all the fun festivities at the shops (read about them here!) and on the island.
June Love Box
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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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