Growing arts and crafts market isn't just for kids

Laura Zumbach

This Mother's Day, Nicole Hoffman is going handmade. Hoffman, 32, of Chicago, mulled a rainbow of acrylic paints at arts and crafts retailer Michaels' South Loop store, picking out materials for a painting made with canine paw prints, instead of a brush, that she plans to make for her boyfriend's mom while dog-sitting for the family this weekend. She considers herself a dabbler in the crafting world but recently gave glass blowing a try and got inspired. "It's fun to create something from nothing," Hoffman said. Arts and crafts — no longer just for summer camp — have been growing...

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