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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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This is our last full week with the shops being open for the 2021 season! I wanted to take a quick minute to highlight Top 9 Favorites from the shop this week!
Fall Favorites Crewneck: We love all things fall! Wear what you love about fall this season in this super soft, cozy crewneck. Plus, isn’t this color just perfect?! The best part is, it’s on sale for 20% OFF!
Bear Creek Farm Granola Bars: If you’re in a pinch and need a snack filled with nutrients and protein, check out these granola bars! Made in Michigan, they are one of my favorite go-to snacks!
Robyn Love Prints: I love these beautiful Michigan and Mackinac prints! They highlight the best parts of Michigan in a beautiful and unique way. The colors are stunning in their watercolor. This would be a perfect addition to any room in your home!
Baby Clothes from Milkbarn: Milkbarn has the softest, organic cotton that will fit your baby with form and functionality! Once you feel their material, you won’t be able to buy just one! Plus, our summer baby clothing is 40% OFF!
Polka Dot Mitten Ecclesiastes PlaqueThe fall colors, plus this verse would be a beautiful addition to your fall decor! We love supporting Michigan female artists like Katie from Polka Dot Mitten, so having her work in the shop every year is so special! 
Island Girl Silipints: Summer may be over, but these silipints are great for year round use! Remember your favorite summer memories while drinking your iced tea or iced water inside this winter from your favorite Mackinac Island Silipint! 
Jenna Kator Collection | Houghton Handbag: The Houghton Handbag’s inspiring design lifts you to new heights. Houghton, the Gateway to the Keweenaw perfectly blends the outdoors and history with a small college town feel. The iconic Portage Lake Lift Bridge and waterfront path are just a few of the sights that will catch your attention. The vibrant downtown features quaint shops and dining that have transformed the historic buildings into unique + charming gems.
Square Plaid Scarf: Large and cozy for fall, this fringed trim plaid scarf will keep you warm on your fall and winter days out and about! 
Fall Card: Don’t forget to mail a fall card to someone you love this season! You could even send them a little treat from our food section to go along with the perfect fall card! 
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Is it too early for Christmas highlights?! Since the shop will close on Monday, October 25th, we have been getting our Christmas goodies in a little early! We wanted to share our top finds with you - head to the website to shop and see what else you love!

Christmas Eve Wishes Set: the perfect holiday family activity, especially those kiddos that still believe in Santa! Filled with sparkly glitter, the Christmas Eve wishes jar reads:

“Glitter, Glitter everywhere. Christmas Eve is in the air! Toss the sparkles in the grass. They’ll glimmer in the dark as Santa flies past. Then write a wish and cork it up tight. Place it near Santa’s cookies and say goodnight!”

Santa Mug: It looks vintage and is so big - great for hot cocoa! We love the all-white design. It’s the best Santa mug to use all season long.

Cookies for Santa Tray: Do you have a tray for your kids to set out for Santa? This one leaves the signature blank - for you to add your kids’ names! There’s a spot for cookies and milk, plus carrots for the reindeer! Such a cute tray for Christmas Eve!

Sugar Cookie Recipe Towel Set: Need a special present for the baker in your family? Gift them this holiday set - a sugar cookie recipe towel set with a scoop! Hopefully they will share the batch with you!

Metallic Foil Candles: These vanilla scented candles will bring the coziness of the holiday season into your home!

Christmas Definition Platter Set: Add these beautiful serving platters to your home for Christmas - or give as a gift to your favorite hostess! This set is hand painted and has the definition of Christmas on the smaller plate.

“Christmas (n.) that merry, cozy, magical holiday, a time when family and friends come together with joy. And laughter. The happiest season of all. December 25th.”

Santa Melamine Plates: The plates you loved all season long, but now with Christmas designs! These plates have images of Santa going through his Christmas Eve rituals. Bold colors that are fun for the entire family!

Water Wick Candles: So beautiful for your home! With six different colors, including red and green for the holidays, these candles are the perfect touch in your home for the holidays.

Crochet Check Santa Sleeper: The cutest Christmas sleeper for your baby.

Christmas Dangle Leg Gnomes: These little Christmas gnomes are so cute and can be used through the winter as decor, as they are a modern gray + white design.

We hope that you’ll start your holiday shopping with us - finding the cute and cozy decor for your holiday home!

Xo,
Nicole
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Another season is wrapping up! I cannot believe that we have just two weekends left until we close our doors for the 2021 season. 
 I had an incredible staff this summer. I was able to have two interns from CMU, plus my manager is a recent graduate from CMU. These girls all came from their Fashion + Merchandising program - they were so talented, sharing fresh and inspiring ideas. If you came to the island this summer, you would have noticed their beautiful window displays! 
My other employees were also all very talented and all had amazing, go-getter attitudes! I was so appreciative of how hard they all worked - and how they all worked so well together.  Living together and working together can get challenging, but these girls became the best of friends, always showing up to work with a smile and a fresh perspective! 
We recently had the Jenna Kator Retreat on the island - three of my employees who attend college came up just to work the weekend. It was fun to have them back in the shop and to all be together again!
Having summer employees is always hard, because you only have them for such a short amount of time before they have to leave to head back to college again. I’m always sad to see them go, but I always enjoying seeing the growth in them over the summer.
With the season quickly closing, I just wanted to reflect on the amazing season with our 2021 employees. I’m thankful for them and their hard work this year!
Xo,
Nicole 
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