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Sweet Pepita

Shannon Delanoy launched her Baltimore, Md.-based clothing line Sweet Pepita in 2007 after her daughter Alice Antonella Pepita was born. She was searching for more environmentally friendly children’s clothing, and came up short. “Sweet Pepita was created as a solution for parents drowning in a sea of pink and blue, worried about the social and environmental impact of the children’s clothing industry,” Delanoy explains.

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the littlest bean

When accessory designer Jen Menkhaus landed a job at a well-stocked craft store at the age of 18, she knew her passion for handmade was only taking root.

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You could say that Jennifer Michael of CraftyStitches in Sterling, Va., was born to sew—her father was a tailor and mother a seamstress. More recently, she’s discovered a love for quilting. Michael finds a lot of satisfaction in the process and techniques, and takes special care to pair the perfect fabrics. One of Michael’s hottest items is the “The Perfect Bridesmaid,” a jewelry roll that features a zippered pocket, an arm for rings and bracelets, and a Velcro pocket. Click below to hear her story.

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girls can tell

Sara Selepouchin of girls can tell in Philadelphia, Pa., isn’t just an artist. She’s a trained architect. It’s her drive to create technical drawings (a passion that stems from the seventh grade) that links her two careers.

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