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Accessories for the younger set

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ST. ALBANS, Vt. -

Two year old Makayla Brosseau shines. And not just because of those big blue eyes and cute smile -- there's also a little baby bling.

"She's wearing a wool flower clip and a chunky necklace," said Teresa Brosseau, who started Makayla's Garden.

Gina Bullard: Does she like wearing all the accessories?

Teresa Brosseau: She does. We call them her 'pretties.'

Brosseau makes kids headbands, barrettes and chunky necklaces.  Although she has a full-time job and two kids, she wanted a creative outlet at night. So a year ago she started making accessories for her daughter Makayla.

"It's something fun after the kids went to bed, never meant to be a money maker or anything," Brosseau said.

But people started noticing and business picked up. Brosseau said there is a demand for kids jewels. "I just realized how much joy it brings to everyone -- just that little accessory in the hair really makes a picture," she said.

The biggest challenge for Brosseau is making her items stylish, yet safe and comfortable. "Very high gauge necklace -- the wire has to be coated in a certain material so it can't be broken," she said.

And even if it is broken, Brosseau said it can only break at the clasp and is designed so no beads fall off.

The biggest seller -- the stretchy headbands. And her biggest customers are photographers who say parents like a little extra sparkle for portraits.
"I enjoy getting the pictures back. It's just special and very rewarding," she said.

Brosseau isn't in this to get rich. It's still a midnight hobby that makes her and her daughter smile. "She'll have an opinion one day and I might not be able to do this so maybe I'm taking advantage of it right now," she said.

Having fun dressing up and being young, thanks to this mom's Made in Vermont creations.

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