Life handed Candice Blansett-Cummins a left turn
when it came to raising her kids. Her son, 7, has been diagnosed
with Asperger's Syndrome and her daughter, 11, with Type 1 diabetes
and celiac disease. "You make lemons into the lemonade no matter
what they are," says the creator behind Wishcraft, an arts and crafts workshop at 2312
W. Roscoe, Chicago.
So when she introduced gluten-free art
materials, green cleaning products, natural-made oil paints, she
wasn't just jumping on the gluten-free, allergy-free
"I thought twice about taking my business in that
direction because I had a little bit of hesitation about turning
something so awful for our family into something that maybe would
support our family," she says.
But Blansett-Cummins says she realized that by creating an
environment that works for her children she was creating an
atmosphere where other children would feel comfortable, too. She
says she wanted a place where children with different needs would
not feel singled out.
Check out the Crafter School Program, an after-school
program where kids work on homework, reading and a creative
project. Cost is $75 per week. The studio also offers arts and
"In traditional fine arts education, you are taught
there's a right and wrong way. We don't have mistakes here, we have
what we call left turns." At Wishcraft, kids are encouraged to
follow the left turn to see where it leads them, she
Much like in life.
For information, visit wishcraftworkshop.com.
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