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A different Christmas

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A different Christmas

My husband and I are usually alone on Christmas Day. Gatherings with Myk's family happen before the big day and my family are all overseas. The weather was so good this year we decided to spend the day exploring. I made beef stew in the crock pot so that we would have a hearty meal on our return and packed up a picnic lunch. We grabbed our winter gear and headed out to Empire, MI.  I had always wanted to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes. They were amazing. It felt so good to get some exercise and fresh air. It was...

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Winter Windows

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Winter Windows

Poppins closes at the end of October and re-opens in May. Even though the shop is closed we still want to look pretty for the winter months. The display will be up after the holidays so the theme is always winter as opposed to Christmas. This year we decided to be bold and bright! We hope this window will brighten the gloomiest of winter days. We created these colorful frames using colored paper and chicken wire, plaid trees from foam core cardboard and we made it snow with cotton balls on mono filament.  

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Fall in New York

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Fall in New York

Every November I travel to New York City as a buyer for Nephew's of Mackinac. I have worked for this family-owned Mackinac boutique for over 20 years. We head to New York to meet with a few vendors who do not travel to regional shows. I look forward to this trip each year. I love New York in the Fall. The city is so inspiring.This year was extra special. My Mum came to meet me from the U.K. and we hadn't seen each other in over 18 months. We booked an Air BnB in Chelsea which proved to be an excellent location for...

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Welcome

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Welcome

Hello.... Poppins is taking a little breather after a busy season on Mackinac. The shop will open for a few days between Christmas and New Year and in January I will start preparing for the 2016 season. The winter months are filled with lots of research, buying and planning. Although the shop doors are closed I still stay quite busy. I hope to share some of my news in this blog. Markets, new discoveries, travel and beautiful Mackinac Island. Thank you for stopping by.. Kate          

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