Michigan in Paisley by Mel Blohm

Michigan in Paisley by Mel Blohm

Michigan in Paisley by Mel Blohm

Mel Blohm was trained as a fine artist at Grand Valley State University and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. From Grand Rapids Michigan, Mel’s passion for art and design was handed down from his parents, who were very creative individuals. They were crucial in the development of his creativity. Mel Blohm said, “When I was a kid my parents went out of their way to make sure I was exposed to a variety of different experiences including trips out East, hunting & fishing, art museums, and much more.” His parents were very supportive of anything he wanted to try. They encouraged him to explore the world around him, and treat others the way he would want to be treated.
Ever since Mel was a kid he would doodle and play with his light table while tracing images of Disney characters. His parents would take me to all sorts of craft shows and art galleries. When he started to grow older, his dream was to become a famous artist like his idols (Dali, Picasso, Warhol, and Frank Lloyd Wright). Several years ago Mel decided to focus on what he loved, which was drawing and doodling. During that time, he was also helping his wife plan their wedding. She wanted him to design their wedding invitations and he ended up creating some beautiful gold metallic paisley letters.
Over the past few years, Mel Blohm has been interested in the ways people look at art. While pursuing this idea, he began to push the bounds of what paisley patterns can create. He found that leading a viewer into the composition with the organic shapes that the paisley patterns create allows the viewer to be captured in the soothing, swirling effect. This method of composition intentionally leads each viewer to follow a similar path as they enjoy the piece.
Paisley Michigan Print
Paisley Upper Michigan Print
Paisley Lower Michigan Print
Paisley Michigan Beer Can Glass
Paisley Michigan Glass
The artist, Mel Blohm
The artist, Mel Blohm

Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company

Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company

Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company

The Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company fudge is handmade using the old recipe. They still are using the spread, fold and loaf method that has been handed down from generation to generation. The Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company fudge is made of the finest of natural ingredients assuring freshness in every slice. There is no other quite like it, they guarantee it!
  • The creamiest fudge around using the same old recipe.
  • All Natural Ingredients!
  • Shelf life at room temperature – 12 weeks.
  • Shelf Life refrigerated -24 weeks.
  • In a freezer – indefinitely.
Mackinac Island is famous world over for fudge and now is your chance to enjoy it anytime. The perfect gift for the person that has everything. The Original Mackinac Island Fudge Company fudge is available in these delicious flavors:
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  • Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
  • Chocolate Turtle Pecan Fudge
  • Chocolate Walnut Fudge
  • Butter Pecan Fudge
  • Cookies and Cream Fudge
  • Maple Walnut Fudge
  • Moose Tracks Fudge
  • Rocky Road Fudge
  • Chocolate Cherry Amaretto Fudge
  • Traverse City Cherry Cheesecake Fudge
  • Caramel Apple Fudge
  • Strawberry Fudge
  • Banana Walnut Fudge
  • Raspberry Cheesecake Fudge
Chocolate Fudge
Chocolate Turtle Pecan Fudge
Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
Chocolate Walnut Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Butter Pecan Fudge
Cookies and Cream Fudge
Moose Tracks Fudge
Fruits & Nuts Fudge Sampler
Ice Cream Flavor Fudge Sampler

Introducing Sister Bees All Natural Skin Care Products

Sister Bees Beeswax Skin Care Products

Sister Bees Beeswax Skin Care Products

Sister Bees began their journey in Ludington Michigan as two best friends wanting to provide the very best for their family. The all natural skin care products are made with local beeswax and local honey. From their hives, as well as other local beekeepers, they have developed an all-natural skin care product line which includes the amazing benefits of beeswax. They look forward to bringing skin care products “from their hive to your home”.
The Sister Bees Lip Balm is made with all natural flavorings and ingredients including beeswax. It feels smooth going on and refreshes your lips for hours. Enjoy such flavors as Coffee Vanilla, Chai, Cherry Pie, Orange Vanilla, Apple Cider, Vanilla Brandy and more!
The Sister Bees Butter has the texture of butter and is made with all natural ingredients including beeswax. The Worker Bee Butter for rough overworked skin provides the same benefits, but with a manly scent. Use Bee Butter for Dry skin, Bug Bites, Cuts, Burns, Diaper Rash, Eczema, Make-Up Remover, Shiny Hair, Fine Lines, Puffy Eyes and Psoriasis. Beeswax is an excellent addition to cosmetic products for many reasons:

  1. When used in lotions and creams, beeswax creates a barrier which helps to seal moisture into the skin. This is especially beneficial in lip chap during the dry winter months.
  2. This barrier also helps to protect the skin from environmental toxins and irritants.
  3. Unlike petroleum jelly, which is used in a large variety of beauty products, beeswax will not “suffocate” the skin, but rather, allow it to breathe while still providing a protective barrier.
  4. Beeswax helps to thicken homemade cosmetics and lotions because it is solid at room temperature and has a relatively high melting point of 147 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Beeswax has Vitamin A, which improves hydration to the skin and promotes cell regeneration.
  6. Beeswax helps heal minor skin cuts, abrasions, scrapes and wounds.
Sister Bees All Natural Bee’s Beard Balm provides great moisture for men’s beards and gives it a slight hold. It is made of all natural ingredients including beeswax, Shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, frankincense, tea tree, carrot and cedar wood essential oils.
Not leaving our fine furry friends out, the Sister Bees All Natural Paw Putty is an amazing paw wax that soothes, protects, heals and nourishes your pets paws and snout. This beeswax paw wax helps to heal dry, cracked paws that have been damaged by the elements.
Because this Beeswax Butter is made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives, we recommend storing the all natural butter in a cool place to prevent melting. For best results, use product within six months of purchase.

Introducing Bee Joyful Beeswax Food Wrap

Beeswax Food Wrap

Beeswax Food Wrap

Beeswax Food Wrap is an reusable alternative to plastics. Say goodbye to toxic plastic wraps and hello to healthy, reusable, Earth-friendly natural wraps! These convenient fabric wraps are coated in natural beeswax and Jojoba oil. They use the heat from your hands to safely seal and protect your food. Simply use your hands to mold the Bee Joyful Food Wrap around the product you wish to protect and you’re done! Easily cleaned with cool, soapy water, you can use them again and again.
Business owner Jessica VanderVere believes Bee Joyful isn’t just a business name, it’s a mindset, a way of thinking, and a way of living at peace.

Jessica VanderVere

Jessica VanderVere

Jessica was raised in a cabin deep in the forest near Allegan, Michigan. Her parents were big believers in being earth-friendly, self-sufficient, and living simply, so her roots in sustainability runs deep.
They lived their lives “off the grid,” meaning no electricity and no running water. Jessica learned a lot about being resourceful. When you grow up without modern amenities, you discover your true creativity – something she is thankful has stuck with her through the years.
Fast forward to today. As a single mom, raising five children, she no longer lives in a cabin in the woods. She does have electricity, but the same lessons about creativity that she learned from a simple childhood lives on. Sustainability, being Earth-friendly, leaving things better than how you found them, are all lessons she is teaching her children who are active participants in the Bee Joyful Shop.
Jessica may not wear her faith on her sleeve, but she does take words of encouragement from the Bible. One verse that has resonated in her life over and over that she thinks about often is Romans 12:12: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” To Jessica, that verse encourages us to always be joyful, no matter your situation. “Bee Joyful” isn’t just a business name, it’s a mindset, a way of thinking, and a way of living at peace.
The Bee Joyful Shop started as a simple idea. Creating and using sustainable, Earth-friendly materials to store food, instead of harmful plastic wraps, isn’t new. In fact, Jessica’s grandmother used beeswax wraps as a way of sealing food long before plastic wrap was invented. Jessica thought that what would be a good thing for her family and may be something her friends and neighbors would want to use too. After a little research, a few notes, and a trip to the fabric store, Jessica started made her first food wraps. They worked just like she thought they would! Soon after, she opened her Bee Joyful Shop not knowing if anyone would be interested in buying them. Four months later, Bee Joyful Shop proudly sources beeswax from a local, generational beekeeper, making each piece by hand, using fabrics made in the USA. They strive to keep packaging material to a minimum, using 100% recycled materials. Their goal is to be a zero waste business.
From Bee Joy Shop’s simple beginnings, their wraps are sold all over the world. The three pack combo Bubbly Bee pattern are best sellers. We also take special orders. If you have a theme or pattern in mind, let us know and Bee Joy will do their best to create it just for you. We also do bulk orders with special pricing for stores.
The Bee Joyful Shop is proud to be a family business, helping people make Earth-friendly, sustainable choices, founded on the principle of being joyful in your circumstances.

Introducing Designer Works LLC

Michigan Sign Blue

Michigan Sign Blue

Designer Works LLC is a small wood crafting business that began in 2015 creating Michigan themed items such as keychains, coasters and wall art. Based in Ferndale Michigan, Designer Works stemmed from Sam Walker’s passion to create and build unique and beautiful items aimed at inspiring and enriching our surroundings. Sam personally handcrafts all of the items to guarantee quality. Customer satisfaction is his #1 priority! All of the products are high quality, Michigan themed items made from natural wood or reclaimed wood. All of the wood crafted items can be massed produced to fill larger orders.
Reclaimed Wood Michigan Sign Available in 4 Colors or Custom.
Rustic Michigan Coaster Set with Holder
Wood Michigan Keychain

Introducing Michigan Signs by The Blue Spruce Decor Co.

Michigan Signs by The Blue Spruce Decor Co

Michigan Signs by The Blue Spruce Decor Co

These Michigan Signs are handcrafted from pine by The Blue Spruce Co in Lapeer, Michigan. Specializing in rustic decor, each sign is proudly hand sanded, stained and lettered with a crisp, professional appearance. Lettering is in white unless you specify something different. Stain choices include Honey, Special Walnut, Espresso and Kona. These Michigan signs are made to stand alone or can be hung on a wall.
The Grateful Michigan Sign measures 18 inches wide x 5.5 inches tall. The T in Grateful is crossed with the Michigan map. Love your home state? This sign is for you! Just say yes to Michigan!
The Welcome To Our Michigan Home is perfect for your front porch or entry way and makes a great housewarming gift or any occasion gift. The O in HOME is replaced with the Michigan map. The welcome sign measures 18 inches wide x 5.5 inches tall.

Introducing Kooty Key – The Germ Free Tool!

Kooty Key Germ Free Tool

Kooty Key Germ Free Tool

Germaphobes rejoice! The Kooty Key with antimicrobial properties is a hands-free, germ-free utility tool used to avoid nasty germs that are on publicly used handles and keypads. Just hook this little device to your key ring and you have a germ-saver with you wherever you go. Even if you aren’t a “germaphobe”, you’ll love how easy it is to avoid nasty germs in public areas with the Kooty Key. Use the HOOK END to open doors. Use the Rubber Tipped End to push keypads and buttons. The Kooty Key has antimicrobial properties to ensure that it is NOT harboring dangerous microorganisms, bacteria, viruses and will NOT be a vehicle for the transmission of germs.
With door opening capabilities, Kooty Key is also equipped to help the user avoid touching other public devices such as key pads at gas pumps, ATM machines, elevators, retail checkout payment pads, and slot machines. You can also use the Kooty key to push open mail receptacles, trash receptacles, turn on water fountains. The Kooty Key is a low cost option to help battle against your daily exposure to germs.

Use the Kooty Key instead of touching:

  • Door Handles
  • Mailbox Handles
  • Toilet Handles / Flush Buttons
  • Slot Machine Pads/ Pull Handles
  • ATM Keypad
  • Payment Machine Keypad
  • Elevator Keypad
  • Gas Pump Keypad
  • Trash Cans
  • Vending Machine Buttons
  • Cross Walk Buttons
  • Drinking Fountain Buttons
The Kooty Key is the brain child of Ken Kolb of Clinton Township Michigan. Ken is a champion bodybuilder and an auto parts salesperson. Since he was on the road most of the day he routinely accessed public restrooms, restaurants, banks, stores, etc. Over the years he noticed how air blowers in restrooms were becoming more prevalent do to the focus on ecology. Restrooms that have air blowers usually do not supply paper toweling as an alternative drying method. In the past many people concerned with proper hygiene would dry their hands with the paper towel and then use it to grab the door handle of the restroom upon exiting. One day—during the peak of the flu season he was standing at the sink washing his hands, watching people use the facilities and then immediately exit the restroom without hand washing or cleanup of any kind. He thought about how often he had struggled to find a method of grabbing the handle upon his exit without re-contaminating himself with the millions of germs residing on the door handle. At that moment as he reached for his car keys a thought was born — the Kooty Key!
The Kooty Key comes equipped with an opening to attach to a key ring, belt loop, retractable badge, or add a carbine clip and hang it from your purse. The Kooty Key is an easy to use hands-free, germ-free utility tool!

Introducing Zip-Fresh Clips!

Zip-Fresh Clips

Zip-Fresh Clips

Zip-Fresh Clips proven design provides a simple, convenient, and easy way to close and reseal opened bags – from pantry storage, fridge, to freezer. Don’t waste your money on metal or spring-loaded chip clips – they all break sooner or later – guaranteed! They are made of cheap steel (Steel + Water) = RUST. These clips are superior to conventional clips, locking in freshness with the only clip that slides (zips) on the bag firmly with ease. Zip-Fresh Clips are the only clips with “Lifetime Warranty”. Lifetime warranty – superior quality! Plastic injected – retaining memory, and won’t stretch or wear out. Polycarbonate Plastic .100 inch thickness. The unique design inherits memory super closing strength. Impossible for the product to stretch or break. Bags of chips, cereal, sugar, pet food, etc will stay fresh for months! Available in four vibrant translucent colors, these clips are the highest quality and most affordable chip clip on the market today!

CLIPS FOR EVERYDAY HOME USE

  • Look Great – Forget about those ugly and cheap multi-colored plastic clips, our simple stainless steel clips fit in with any kitchen décor.
  • Use it for your potato chips, cereal, cookies, flour, sugar, frozen food, coffee, trail mix, or anything else you need to keep fresh.
  • MULTIPLE USES: In addition to preserving your chips, use it to preserve other open bags or to display important papers.

THE PERFECT PET FOOD CLIP

  • Customers are raving about the quality of our Zip-Fresh Clips for pet food.
  • Reseal small to large dog feed bags.
  • Great for doggie snacks and treats.
  • Quick Seal prevents spills – Saving you money!

FARM, HOME & GARDEN CLIPS

  • Zip-Fresh Clips prevents spills, keeping seeds & pet feed fresh!
  • Heavy-duty, durable for calf, horse feed and cracked corn bags.
  • For all seeds, mulch, fertilizer, feed bags and pet foods.

OUTDOOR & CAMPING CLIPS

  • Indoor and Outdoor Use – It doesn’t just have to be in the kitchen.
  • Use them in the garage, shed, office, or wherever you require a durable clamp.
  • Freezer-safe, dishwasher-safe, can withstand the most harshest weather conditions.
  • Used to hang clothes on line (home or camping) it’s impossible for winds to blow towels off the line.
  • From gardening to pool covers – you “NEED” the Zip-Fresh Clips in your garage!
Zip-Fresh Chip Clips
Zip-Fresh Pet Clips
Zip-Fresh Farm Home Garden Clips

Introducing Moms’ Michigan Made Cookies by Bavarian Inn

Moms' Michigan Made Cookies by Bavarian Inn

Moms’ Michigan Made Cookies by Bavarian Inn

Moms’ Michigan Made Cookies are made with quality Michigan ingredients by Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Bavarian Inn is now in its 4th generation of owners. The recipes for the gourmet cookies come from generation of moms, featuring quality Michigan ingredients, shipped in a unique box in the form of a “glockenspiel” just like the one attached to the Bavarian Inn building. The cookies are hand made in the Bavarian Inn bakery with generations of deliciousness!!!
Moms’ Michigan Made Cookies are perfect as a gift for a special occasion, or for yourself if you are craving a taste of Frankenmuth. Each box includes 10 cookies with your choice of 6 delicious flavors – Alpine, Glockenspiel, Germantown, Heavenly Hazelnut, Peanut Butter Chunkies, and Stollen – choose 10 all the same or mix and match. These scrumptious gourmet cookies incorporate flour from Star of the West Milling Company, sugar from Michigan Sugar Company, cherries from Traverse City, and cranberries from Cheboygan – just to name a few locations.
All cookie orders will be baked and shipped on Tuesday. To ensure freshness, orders must be placed by 4pm Friday to be shipped out the following Tuesday.
Alpine Gourmet Cookies
Germantown Gourmet Cookies
Glockenspiel Gourmet Cookies
Heavenly Hazelnut Gourmet Cookies
Peanut Butter Chunkies Gourmet Cookies
Stollen Gourmet Cookies

Introducing Valganics Handcrafted Soap

Spearmint Vegan Soap

Spearmint Vegan Soap

Based in Canton, Michigan, Valganics Handcrafted Soaps loves making vegan soap with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil and Essential Oils. Valganics Handcrafted Soap, Body & More™ was started from a path to pursue creation and contribution by helping others. From a vision and a purpose due to life experiences, creativity transpired that can only come from a sensitive heart. From the name, to the ingredients, to the quality – a story is told.
Val Ristovski, the Soap Artist, was led into soap making as a result of a series of events she had experienced over the years. She always had very sensitive and problematic skin since childhood. During the harsh winters when the weather is really dry, her knuckles would actually split and bleed. During the summers she would sunburn very easily if not careful. In 2006 she had a malignant skin cancer melanoma removed. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. This single event was enough to trigger her awareness and made her very conscious about what she put on her skin and that of her family. During this journey of change, she began to focus attention on nutrition and lifestyle and avoided unnecessary chemicals in our home.
Val read and studied many books on soap making, which began with 25 books. She felt that by educating and helping herself she would be helping others by providing an alternative soap product. She started to make soap for her family and friends and developed a new respect for all of the ingredients. Val decided to focus her energy on creating soap from scratch using a version of the Cold-Process Method. The versatility of soap allows her to be as simple or as artistic as she wants to be and have full control of the ingredients. As for the ingredients, it was an absolute must to decide on the oil base she was going to use and not deviate from her “standard”.
Val’s philosophy on soap and its purpose is that using it should be an enjoyable experience knowing that it was made with a lot of effort and care. Getting back to basics and understanding the labor-intensive old-fashioned way of how soap was made many years ago can help reconnect us to something that has been lost in history – replaced by technology and mass production as it exists today. Soap is meant to clean your skin and hair – plain and simple. For those of us who are sensitive like Val, as well as those who have developed sensitivities over the years, her hope is that you will find relief and perhaps gain insight and understanding about real, old-fashion, all natural soap.
Rosemary Mint Vegan Soap
Lavender Lemongrass Vegan Soap
Activated Charcoal Vegan Soap