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.
Tami Gagne of Peanut Envy
A self-proclaimed fabric hoarder, Tami surrounds herself with vibrant prints and colors. Her company, Peanut Envy, makes one-of-a-kind plush Matryoshka dolls, owls and other sewn wonders. Tami started Peanut Envy after the birth of her third child because she "wanted to create something beautiful that could serve as a keepsake that a child could love and pass down to siblings or their own children one day.” Sewing and making jewelry have become a family affair at her home in Berwyn. Tami home schools her daughters (8 and 5) and her son (4), which allows them to create, sew and learn together. She also loves reading, bike riding and gardening with her kids. You can find her awesome creations in her Etsy shop, at craft fairs and at Local Goods Chicago.
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— Natasha Davis