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Growing arts and crafts market isn't just for kids

Growing arts and crafts market isn't just for kids

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 in popularity. It's paying off for retailers capable of...

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