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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 :) 
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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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Nicole
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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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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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The Mackinac House

The newest boutique hotel on Mackinac Island, The Mackinac House is officially open for the summer! 

The goal of The Mackinac House was to make it different than any other hotel on the island, by creating a boutique hotel that offers world class service and luxury accommodations.

The interior designer, from Traverse City, Michigan, pulled from the color palette of the iconic Pink Pony as well as a collection of bright island-like colors. 

The Mackinac House will offer guests a selection of 19 rooms to choose from, each uniquely decorated with bold themes that are reminiscent of Mackinac Island and its heritage. 

The Mackinac House
Artwork by Marlee Musser
The piece of land where The Mackinac House stands used to contain a personal home. The resident’s home was purchased by the city of Mackinac Island and moved to the center of the island, Harrisonville. Something like this had never been done before on the island and was an exciting accomplishment. 
The Mackinac House

We’re excited to have this new luxury lodging accommodation on the island. We think that you will enjoy It as much as we do!

Xo, 

Nicole 

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Autumn Summer
Today’s Monday Maker is about a new artist in the shop, Autumn Summer out of Maryland! One of the coolest things about this company is that for every product sold, a tree is planted!
Autumn Summer
The company was created out of the founder, Ryan’s love for woodworking. Since the company’s creation, they have stayed true to their mission of creating products that help tell a story. To help create stories and keep everything natural, they do not use any stains or dyes on the walnut wood, they only use a natural, clear oil to help preserve the wood.
Autumn Summer
The Artists Market is excited to be carrying products by Autumn Summer. We currently carry their bottle openers, cuff links, journals, key chains and more! Be sure to stop in and see what product you can buy that will then help plant a tree!
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