10 Crafty Chicago Moms You Need to Know

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Chicago moms are one crafty bunch. With skill, creativity and a certain genius that can only come from sleep deprivation, our local talents make goods for kids and babies, selling them on Etsy and in neighborhood shops. Want to meet a few? Click through our album to get to know Chicago moms (and one amazing grandma!) that craft everything from hair accessories to superhero capes to eco-friendly plushes.

Marta Poynter of Bright Little Island

Business is built around family time for this Lincoln Square mom. Marta created her company, Bright Little Island, because art was always part of her life. A one-time painter, she needed a new creative outlet because, as she describes it, “oil paints and babies do not mix!” At the end of her pregnancy with her oldest child, she decided to end her career as a flight attendant and fill the gap in the market for handmade hair accessories for little ones. Her pieces are largely made of Japanese art fabrics, wool felt, grosgrain ribbon and DMC embroidery floss. You can find her cute products in her Etsy shop, at Monica + Andy, Preggers and The Red Balloon Co. Also, be on the lookout for her new line of bow ties coming out this summer.

Are you a mom that makes something for kids and babies? Introduce yourself to us in the Comments below!

— Natasha Davis

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