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10 Kick-Ass Maker Moms to Support This Mother's Day

With Mother’s Day coming up, we thought we’d showcase a few overachieving moms who run their own businesses—selling products they make themselves. 


Maker: Jamey Allsop
Allsop Home & Garden is known for its elegant, festive solar-powered lights—perfect indoors or out. Father-daughter duo Jim and Jamey Allsop started the company to innovate a better wheelbarrow, but their lights are what really caught our eye. Learn More


Maker: Lauren Wimmer
Since launching her jewelry line in 2003, New York designer Lauren Wimmer has made a name for herself in museums and specialty stores around the world, including The Art Institute of Chicago, Bergdorf Goodman, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and of course, right here on The Grommet, first with a collection of hand-dyed, silk-wrapped statement pieces, and now with an artful new take on a timeless favorite—the ID pendant. Learn More


Makers: Kris and Whitney Foley
Created in the mountains of Aspen, Colorado by mother and daughter Kris and Whitney Foley, Static Schmatic is an all-natural anti-static spray especially formulated to eliminate static from your hair, clingy fabrics, and even that fluffy pile of clean, freshly laundered clothes—all without leaving any scent or residue. Learn More


Maker: Jennifer Blake
When it comes to dish and hand towels, not all are created equally. The Coin Laundry is a Montana-based company that makes an assortment of towels to absorb whatever you dish out, all with a touch of 1950s style to any kitchen, bathroom, or bar. Jennifer Blake uses earth-friendly inks and solvents to silk-screen design motifs like Mason jars and foot pedal sewing machines for a timeless look. Learn More 


Maker: Mimi Younkins
Mark Furman and Mimi Younkins are co-owners of R. Murphy Knives founded in Boston in 1850 by Robert Murphy. R. Murphy Knives have had a special place in the kitchens of cooks with discerning taste. The company is located in Ayer, Massachusetts where each knife is produced using a handcrafted manufacturing process for unparalleled quality and a more consistent edge. Learn More


Maker: Shireen Maria Thor
bittersweet makes sleek hair tie bracelets out of stainless steel. Slip the bracelet on, then the elastic over to rest in the groove. The story behind the bittersweet is super sweet. Shireen Maria Thor and her husband, Arni, are both engineers. One Christmas, Arni created a metal bracelet holder for Shireen’s elastics. He engraved her name in Persian (her mom’s native language). But because Persian reads left to right, it said Maria Shireen—which translates to bittersweet. Learn More


Maker: Rachel Bollin
Founder Rachel Bollin wanted to root out artificial chemicals at home after her husband suffered health problems. She started making all-natural laundry products and her business, B & N Laundry, took off. Their stain stick is made in California with a goat milksoap that contains enzymes to fight stains and leave fabric soft. Learn More


Maker: Arleene Taylor
Arleene Taylor had to forgo wearing necklaces when her baby son always got his hands—and mouth—on them. She decided to make jewelry that was attractive and wearable for moms, whether they were around their babies or not. The pieces are multi-functional, which we think any woman can appreciate. Learn More


Maker: Janelle Fitzpatrick
Janelle Fitzpatrick was all too familiar with tacky plastic and metal safety gates. When she moved into a new home, she invented this effective, attractive alternative. Each lightweight gate is is Made in America with Repreve canvas that’s constructed from recycled water bottles, with boning to give it extra structure. Learn More


Maker: Anne Fletcher
Anne Fletcher, the Maker of Orta (Italian for “kitchen garden”), was a frustrated home farmer. She would plant tiny seeds and diligently water everyday, until she didn't, and the vulnerable seedlings would wither and die. Working on a solution in her garage, the self taught potter, designed and produced a terra cotta, egg carton shaped vessel with porous walls and a built in water reserve that keeps seedlings hydrated for a few days. Learn More

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