Manistee, located on the shores of Lake Michigan, is one of my favorite Michigan cities.
The town is old — built on lumber money — and has a waterway, drawbridges, museums, ships, a lighthouse, trains, and, well, everything I love, all in one beautiful little city. The people in Manistee value history, relaxation, tourism and family time. There is a breathtaking boardwalk that runs along the water behind the downtown. Several pocket parks allow time to relax and smell the flowers and playgrounds and sandy beaches give the kids space to run. They have plaques along the sides of the historic buildings that tell the landmark’s history and plenty of unique boutiques, bookstores, antique shops and more to make shopping fun. And, whenever a building is vacant, the store’s windows are used to display town artifacts, promote a festival or showcase some of the other businesses nearby. It is a true example of residents working together to keep their town beautiful.
When I saw this paper by KaiserCraft, I knew it would be perfect to showcase a few of my favorite photos from Manistee.
The title (and journaling) is actually a photo of a plaque that hangs in the coffee shop.
The flowers, also from KaiserCraft, where airbrushed with Copic Sketch Markers to match the blues in the photos. The ribbon is from May Arts and I stapled it on with the Tiny Attacher from Tim Holtz.
I hope you enjoyed my little trip to Manistee … I cannot wait to return!