By Sondra Barr
With her daughter as her tester, North Phoenix resident Megan Gladney creates unique personalized children’s gifts and decor.
From personalized crayons, barrettes, pom pom garlands, and DIY paint kits, Megan sells these handmade items through her Etsy shop Carefree Highway Market (@CarefreeHighwayMKT). The idea was formed from the mother and daughter frequently creating crafts together.
Her number one seller? Unicorn crayons. “Our 5-year-old, Gemma, decided on the idea and of course they became the number one seller,” says Megan, a Tramonto resident.
Megan’s hand-crafted items have developed quite the following and even attracted the attention of celebrities, including Chrissy Teigen.
“She happened to be in town for a few days and reached out to me. I dropped all my orders and went to work to match the pastel theme Luna [Chrissy’s daughter] had for her fifth birthday party. A friend luckily told me to make crayons for Chrissy’s son, Miles…and they appeared in his cute little hands on Instagram.”
The best part of crafting unique items for kids? “My products are colorful and fun during an uncertain time for so many,” Megan says. “They bring joy to children and adults alike.”