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Melissa Crowe, mother of one daughter in Portland, Maine.
Why We Love Her:
Sometimes, out of nowhere, we discover a new life calling that’s drastically different from our longstanding dreams and ambitions – and nothing sparks such an epiphany like motherhood. The only question is, do you follow your gut? Melissa did just that after giving up her eleven-year-in-the-making college degree, English professor career and life savings to uproot the family and live the life of a stay-at-home, home-schooling artist. While some may have called her crazy, we think it’s such an incredible example to set for her daughter: As long as you have passion, talent and dedication, you can take the unconventional yet monumentally fulfilling path – emphasis on the talent. Melissa’s custom portraits are handcrafted from felt and cotton, providing a refreshing departure from a household standard.