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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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Welcome to the Weekend! I can’t believe that it is already almost the middle of July! We have new products that are arriving almost daily, so I wanted to drop a note on the blog and tell you what I am currently loving for summer!
Body Oil
Mackinac Bath & Body Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Body Oil: This body oil is as refreshing and good for your skin as a dip in the Great Lakes--without the goose bumps. It feels great on my skin and gives me an extra pep in my step for the day!
Island Girl
Island Girl Dolman Shirt: I love this t-shirt because it’s the perfect fit for summer, while telling everyone about the Island Girl that you are!
Relax by Lollia: This perfume is my all-time favorite! It’s elegant and feminine, without being overpowering. If it’s date night or a special occasion, I put on a dab of Relax by Lollia!
If you can’t make it in the shop personally, pop over to the online store where you can purchase any of these products. I’m sure that you will love them just as much as I do!


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Today’s Monday Maker is about Little Traverse Tileworks from Petoskey, Michigan! Little Traverse Tileworks brings over 30 years of experience to their art and production. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Little Traverse Tileworks creates ceramic tiles for not only shops around Michigan, but also for commercial installations. This company began in 2010, with the purpose of providing quality ceramic tiles to the retail industry. You will find their work in different homes and businesses around the country. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Their work in the Artists Market of Mackinac Island represents the Up North atmosphere and Mackinac Island memories with tiles featuring Great Lakes, bicycles, Michigan, sailboats, the Mackinac Bridge and more. 
Little Traverse Tileworks
Next time you are in the Artists Market, stop in to see Little Traverse Tileworks beautiful selection of art to take home with you!
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4th of July

Happy Independence Day from Mackinac Island! I’m taking today to spend some time with my favorite boys, doing our 4th of July Mackinac traditions! 
Each 4th of July we start by celebrating with old fashioned family games at Windermere Point. Games like three legged races, water balloons balanced on spoons - the typical games you grew up playing every summer. We’ll take the boys down to watch and participate in all the fun and excitement. Their favorite part, of course, is the bounce house! During the day, there is a parade including the Mackinac Island fire truck that will go down Main Street, which we will watch, as well! 
After all the excitement, we will wait in anticipation for the sky to get darker and the firework show to start! 4th of July on Mackinac Island is so special and I’m so grateful that the boys get to grow up in such an incredible spot as this. I hope that however you are spending your holiday, that you are with those you love.
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