Michigan Summer Stuff

Get ready for summer! Michigan Made Products and Gifts offers something for everyone…from car detailing products, to summer apparel, outdoor fun stuff, body products that makes your skin look and feel good. The Beach Glass Soap products are sure to please any girl. The Beveled Glass Sun Catcher are available with a variety of Michigan theme images. The EZ Vane Weather vanes are available a variety of collegiate, holiday, seasonal, and other designs and include choice of mount. The Vacation Journals are great to take along on your vacations to capture moments, memories, and information. Fling-A-Ring is a great game for the whole family – at home or take it with you camping! Sweet Stick Campfire Roasting Sticks with fanciful designs and quirky sayings are great for roasting marshmallows and hotdogs over an open fire that has a beautiful silhouette fire-pit ring or custom fire-pit ring. Keep your drinks at arms reach and off the ground with Xtremetal’s Beerstix – available in ground or patio style in a variety of designs. The birdfeeders are sure to please the birds and adds decoration to your yard. Speaking of the yard – the Yard Guard Lawnmower Attachment makes mowing the yard much easier. Summertime is the time for ice cream – try the different flavors of ice cream toppings such as Cherry Fudge and Traverse City Cherry Dessert Topping. When you’re out hiking or biking – don’t forget to take along the B’Nut’s Trail Mix – a great all natural healthy snack that provides lots of energy. Planning a trip to Mackinac Island? The Mackinac Island Adventures Booklet is a booklet of information that answers many of the everyday questions about visiting and living year round on Mackinac Island. And let’s not forget our furry friends – they’d appreciate the Unbreakoball ball to play with in your back yard while looking great in their dog bandana or harness coat that keeps them cool! There’s so much more Michigan made products – check them out for yourself below and shop our Michigan summer gifts today!

Must-Read Books

For some people, nothing will replace a book in their hand – not a Kindle, not a Nook, not an Ipad, or the smartest phone ever invented! Reading a book is a great escape and takes us to places we may never get to in any other way.
We may read for entertainment, to pass the time, to visit other worlds, to expand our sense of what is possible. We hunt for treasure, rarely satisfied, but seeking new things to which we can aspire, clues and answers to what our lives are meant to be. At best, perhaps, we read to challenge ourselves and to be changed.
Air Pirates Book authored by Brian Chase
Chase takes his readers on a journey across the world of crime, visiting Amazonia in the middle of the Colombian civil war, and trekking through other countries as well, to show how individuals smuggle drugs into the United States. His book exposes the lies he says are perpetrated by governments in the war on drugs. He also explores the death of cocaine kingpin and leader of the Medellin cartel Pablo Escobar who the U.S. government claimed they had killed in 1993. When interviewed by agents from both the Department of Justice and the CIA over this issue in 1997, they were allowed to ask Chase just one ‘yes or no’ question according to the agreement given by his attorneys. The question was simple, to the point and Chase quoted it word for word: “Is Pablo Escobar still alive?” Read more about the Air Pirates book and the author Brian Chase, along with excerpts of the book.

There are 508 Stars in the Sky Book authored by Marky Allen
There are 508 Stars in the Sky Book is a fun and delightful story of two little girls who set out on a backyard adventure to answer one of natures great wonders: How many stars are in the sky? Jane and her cousin Madison are two young girls who embark on a backyard adventure as they try to answer the night sky’s greatest challenge — numbering the stars in the sky. Karen Fulton’s artwork fully complements Marky Allen’s gentle and entertaining picture-book story. There Are 508 Stars In The Sky is enthusiastically recommended reading for any child who has ever gazed with wonder at the stars in the heavens and wondered the same thing as Jane and Madison! Read more about the There are 508 Stars in the Sky book and about the author Marky Allen.

So why read with the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, smart phones, and the television droning in the background all day and half the night?
  • Reading, unlike passive forms of absorbing stories, is an act of creation. You form images in your mind.
  • You control the pace. You pick up the book when you want to read, and you stop whenever you want. You start reading exactly where you want when you return to the book.
  • Reading tones your mind in the same way as exercise tones your muscles.
  • A book makes an excellent companion on a plane, bus, or train. It’s entertaining, quiet, and small enough to fit in your bag or briefcase.
  • You can write in a book. You can underline words that seem to speak to your life.
  • Because you invest part of yourself in actively reading a worthwhile book, it becomes part of your life and part of you.
  • A book is a gift from a writer. Why? Because an author thought long enough and deeply enough to write a whole book about some fascinating topic. He or she didn’t simply tweet about it or speak off the cuff on a TV interview. A book represents somebody’s heartfelt work. Accept the gift, and you will be richer for it.
Buy your gift of a book now! Air Pirates Book and There are 508 Stars in the Sky on sale now.



Give your pet the best! Products for and about our furry friends. Many will provide a sentimental journey you can hold onto to relive precious memories with your pet for a lifetime.
If having trouble deciding on a gift for someone who “has everything” – give their precious pet a gift instead!


Rocks and Flowers – A Beautiful Combination Inspires Unique Gift Items

Lapidary and Flower Art Gardens Natural treasures of the Michigan landscape are the raw materials for Chuck and Pat Lightfoot’s Lapidary and Flower Art
The delicate and often ephemeral beauty of flowers grown in Michigan, as well as hard, enduring rocks and minerals found in our State, are the inspiration for their creations.
Chuck and Pat Lightfoot, who live in Caro, Michigan, are rock hounds, always on the look-out for a pretty stone wherever their travels take them. Being dedicated Michiganders, they’ve specialized in rocks and minerals found in our own Great Lakes State.
Now, they’re not only collectors, but accomplished lapidarists – craftspeople who cut and polish stones. The beautiful results are then used in the creation of a variety of distinctive personal and gift items, such as keepsake boxes, nightlights, wine stoppers, keychains, magnets, pocket knives and a unique Michigan plaque.
Petoskey Stone is one of their most popular materials. The distinctive 3.5 million-year-old fossil coral is readily recognized as a natural product of Michigan, and is showcased in many of the Lightfoot’s creations. They’ve even incorporated Petoskey Stone into their handcrafted greeting cards!
Other stones they frequently use are Kona Dolomite, a pink to red stone found near Marquette, which contains Stromatolites, 2.1 billion year old algae. Another is Verde Antique Marble, a green stone with gray veins which comes from the Ropes Gold Mine near Ishpeming. The now-closed mine was the only producing gold mine in Michigan.
Copper, which was mined extensively in the Western U.P.’s “Copper Country” during the 1800’s and 1900’s, is incorporated into the Lightfoots’ Michigan plaque. Nuggets from the Keewanaw Peninsula symbolize the Mackinac Bridge between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Lapidary and Flower Art Gardens Flower gardening is another keen interest of the Lightfoots. Their two-acre yard includes 14 flower gardens featuring mostly perennials such as lilies, roses, and butterfly bushes. To enjoy her hobby year ’round, Pat began pressing flowers and adding them to a variety of items such as greeting cards. Her creations, which Michigan-Made.com sells in sets of four, make a beautiful background for memorable messages to family and friends – whether they reside in Michigan, or anywhere else around the world!


Dixie Dave Minar

Dixie Dave's Wild Game Recipes Cookbook
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Mike Avery's Note in Dixie Dave's Cookbook Dixie Dave's Suggestions from the Chef
Dixie Dave - Just a few words about the care of game & fish Dixie Dave's Fish Stock Recipe
Although Dixie Dave Minar began his culinary career in Florida, he was always a Michigander at heart.
He found his real calling when he moved back to Michigan in 1987 and took over The Old Dixie Inn in Birch Run, Michigan. Along with his wife Terry, Dave turned it into an up-scale, white-tablecloth restaurant that became famous for its outstanding wild game menu.
With customers constantly asking him for his recipes and culinary secrets, Dave decided to compile a cookbook. Now in its fourth edition, “Dixie Dave’s Wild Game Recipes Cookbook” contains over 180 recipes for fish and fowl, venison, rabbit and other wild game.
Available at Michigan-Made.com, the cookbook includes 60 more recipes than previous editions. AND – Dixie Dave is very happy to personally autograph and inscribe a copy to you or to any friend, relative or acquaintance who appreciates the special enjoyment of cooking wild game.
Dave’s renown as a top tier wild game chef grew substantially in 1991, when he made his debut on Mike Avery’s Outdoor Magazine television show. Each week since then, Dixie Dave can be seen at the end of the program, preparing another wild game dish for viewers to enjoy.
Dave’s passion for “the wild” extends far beyond the kitchen. . . when he’s not in his chef’s hat and apron, Dave is enjoying the great Michigan outdoors, as a hunting and fishing sportsman. He also devotes much of his time to cooking wild game dinners as fund-raisers for charitable groups.


Saverine Creek Organic Heirloom Jewelry

Deb Groat Family FarmThe exquisite creations of artisan Debra Groat raises the meaning of “natural beauty” to a whole new level – the raw materials of her necklaces, earrings, bracelets and other heirloom jewelry pieces are living items, rare seeds lovingly cultivated on her own family farm.

If you’re like most people, you thrive on the artistry of Mother Nature. With Debra’s unique jewelry items, you can make that natural beauty part of your own persona.

Deb Groat Seed GardenDebra discovered the jewel-like quality of rare seeds and beans in 2003 when her brother grew and dried some of them on their family centennial farm in East Central Michigan. “I was astonished by their intricate beauty,” says Deb. “The seeds were gorgeous; opening each dried pod was like finding a treasure.

I felt their individual beauty needed to be showcased, and making them into jewelry seemed to be the perfect way to present them.

The rich, true colors of the seed and bean “jewels” encompass the entire spectrum. . . .from the deep garnet hue of the Mandan Red Corn to the onyx black of the Cherokee Trail of Tears bean Cherokee Trail of Tears Seed; from the caramel and cream of the Paint Dry bean Paint Dry Bean to the azure and silver of the Hopi Blue Flour Corn. . . . .each reflects genuine, innate, organic beauty.

Dried Bean PodsDebra uses over 20 different seeds and beans to craft her jewelry items. Each item, of course, is entirely hand made, and therefore each is unique. Although Debra may make several items in the same design, each is intrinsically different because there is no “mass production” whatsoever. Each seed and bean “jewel” is distinctly its own creation, having been planted in the moist rich earth, nurtured by the sun and rain, harvested, dried and shelled by hand, and then lovingly fashioned into pieces of wearable art. In addition to her in-stock pieces, Debra will gladly work with you to design and create an item or a set which is distinctly your own.

Cherokee Trail of Tears NecklaceWhen you purchase a piece of Saverine Creek heirloom jewelry, you literally have an instant “heirloom”. . . .each of the seeds and beans are heirloom seeds – genetically untouched rare beans and corn passed down from generation to generation, ancient strains once propagated for their life-sustaining nutritional properties. Saverine Creek Heirlooms helps to keep these rare strains alive, by incorporating these beautiful “gems of the soil” into unique handmade jewelry.

Heirloom RosaryLike jewelry made from precious or semi-precious stones, Saverine Creek Heirlooms will last a lifetime, and be passed down from generation to generation. Naturally preserved by drying, the seeds and beans which comprise the jewelry pieces will exist indefinitely in this preserved state, and are not affected by body oils, moisture or humidity. No special care is required.

Mandan Red Corn NecklaceIf you have a passion for the natural world, if you appreciate all things organic, if you treasure the agricultural heritage of ancient peoples throughout the centuries, AND love naturally beautiful things, Saverine Creek Heirlooms provide exactly the gift you’re seeking. Whether for yourself or others, a one-of-a-kind piece created by Debra Groat incorporating gorgeous, rare seeds or beans, will make the statement that you not only have exquisite taste, but also truly appreciate the distinctive beauty that’s only found in nature.

If you would like to purchase a one-of-a-kind piece of rare seed or rare bean jewelry, shop Saverine Creek Organic Heirloom Jewelry.