Hillsdale MI Strip |Stocking stuffers

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I did some stocking stuffer / Friend gift shopping downtown Hillsdale Michigan today!!  I love stockings!   I love the little gifts! The meaningful and the unique~ Gift cards are always great!  Humans like to touch things~  Ask my five year old…. A physical gift is so personal.

I have a handful of favorite stores~ I shopped for all the ladies on my list in less than two hours~ EASY!  If you end up at any of these shops to buy gifts send me a picture of what you gifted on my facebook wall and be entered in a drawing for a free photoshoot ($400 value)!!!  Drawing Held  on December 24th!

Most of these shops are open as early as 9:30 am (or earlier if it has the word coffee somewhere on their sign)…Stores on the “H strip”  close about 6pm.

I started at Checker Records for my usual: Medium mocha with almond milk, 2 shots, no whip. I bought a hat for myself and am going back for some guitar strings for Perry’s stocking! Here are a few more stocking stuffers!  (If you have a realllllly big stocking may I suggest a record player?!?!) 2016-12-16_0012

I stepped into the beautiful  Maribeth’s to eye drool all over their ornaments… I don’t like to buy ornaments for myself..  For it to be meaningful it has to be a gift or handmade… i will keep it forever!   This is were I bought my ornaments for ornament  exchanges.  Which I don’t get to go to anymore… because I don’t have employees.  WAIT!  I can still have this party…That means I can buy one for me! Just like bosses day!

They have soap, candles (I was told they will be marked down this week!), the nicest slippers, cups, jewellery, those awesome moon necklaces  are on sale! I bought a sweater (the softest thing ever….I’m not here for me -I am not here for me!)for my mother in law and few little trinkets for my friends!


I popped into Volume One to get some vintage books… Not a stocking stuffer but if you want to go on a hunt for something vintage or super unique this place is fun.  They have a section with some old records!  Love that section.


I got to step into my friend Patti’s adorable (newly remodeled) place (name drop!) Maggie Anne’s!  This is my most favorite places to top off my stockings (and under tree gifts)! What’s cooler than socks for Christmas (socks in a stocking is a need!)  They have the cutest socks in town!  Seriously! Michigan awesome gear (and food… food is the most practice and welcomed gift!) is also available!  Mugs!  I love mugs.. they have great mugs. Stationary, scarves (I bought two!  They are so soft.. the have a couple newer styles I haven’t seen anywhere else too!).  Maggie Anne’s has a few sales going on!  They even have a deal of the day!  I took advantage of the sale socks yesterday!

2016-12-16_00062016-12-16_00052016-12-16_0007Modeling one of the unique scarves I’ve been wanting!  Love it!



Smith’s was inviting as always!  I like to just walk in and sniff flowers and buy chocolate…. If you haven’t had debrand’s chocolate (located in Fort Wayne) then here is your chance for some reallllll good chocolate.  They make this stuff in a castle. Can’t go wrong.  They have yummy teas, trinkets, a brilliant display of body care and smellys.  And because they are a flower shop.. you can’t go wrong with flowers.  They have these tiny poinsettias that i squealed over. I got some for my neighbors!  CUUUUTE.


Merry Christmas everyone!!!!

Hillsdale Michigan | Hillsdale College | Michigan best | Shop local |stocking stuffers for her





Christmas Photobooth week 2 and 3

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I just need to say Thank You to some amazing vendors and helpers~ A special thank you to Smith’s Flowers Town and Country for the greenery and your vision and your need to please! Thank you to Crystal Dane for helping with organizing, greeting guests, lending your Syrup buckets, doors, cloth, and signs, and great conversation! Thank you to Kay L Garrison and Christy Ash for the lanterns! They were a favorite! The most beautiful lanterns ever! Thank you Glei’s Orchards and Greenhouses for the trees and Jilly Beans Coffee House for the Trees! @Marybeth’s for the awesome wool rug! Checker Recordsto Checker Records and Jilly Beans Coffee House for supplying my coffee and a warm spot to thaw! Marybeth’s for saving that rug for me! And a HUGE thank you to Abe Dane and Lucky Buck for letting me use the historic Stock’s Mill! This wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity and hospitality! And Finally and most importantly my husband Daniel! He was my muscle and brains! He was my Chip. He built the arch, hung the lights, lifted furniture/tanks/trees up two flights of stairs, Filled in holes, made the place safe, cleaned the floors, painted walls, was there when it was the darkest without flinching (except the bike freaked him out). He put to side his needs to watch the children every weekend. He thought of the heater… He is my practical man. I would have failed in many ways if it wasn’t for him. Thank you so much! *tissues please*
I do this for my community and with my community. This wasn’t for me. This was for you. I love you all! Thank you for making my business what it is. I love my job because you love and trust me. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Here is a fun recap!

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Photobooth at the Mill 2016 Blog 2

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It’s not finished yet!  But maybe you would like to see what is happening so far!


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Christmas Photobooth Year 2~

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If you just want one or two photos for your Christmas Card this year or just a photo for your facebook during the Holidays… This is the shindig for you!

Last year I rented Litchfield Michigan’s historic exchange building!  It was a huge hit and was super beautiful!  Looking forward to using this gem again in the future!

This year curiosity has directed me to another historic building in Hillsdale! Stocks Mill! When I was a kid I used to get tester donuts (so good by the way) on my way to school. Climbed up multiple flights of stairs to get them too.   I used to photograph seniors near this majestic building when I first started photography! And now I have exclusive use of the inside!!!!!

Ok.. here is how it works:

    1. Like my facebook page: luna dulce photography (Please… this is important to keep track of dates and times.)
    2. Send me a message on the facebook business page with the date and time you would like to be photographed (I will only respond to photobooth photos on the facebook page!!!  November 26 (9am-4pm), December 3(9am-4pm), 4(12:30am-4pm), 10(1pm-4pm),11(12:30am-4pm) first come first serve on times.
    3.  Check in!  Someone will be there to assist you! Cash or check only! $43 for 4 photos !  High resolution photos you can use on facebook/printing/or cards!
    4. Photos will be shot within 15 minutes or less. Please be ready when you arrive! Stay and enjoy a donut!
    5. Choose a set up!  Designing is in the works (changes will be posted!)!  Here is a sneak peek:set-up-onesetup3


6.  wait for your  emailed link and download!

Book Now!!!  17 spaces available for November 26, December 3, 4, 10,11

Here are some other photos while taking our tour!