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Made In NY: Vibrant Ideas Blossom Into Creative Brooklyn Products

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Just in time for holiday shopping, NY1's Shazia Khan looks at products from New York City in her week-long series, "I Got It Made In New York."

It all grew from a Friday night craft session.

“One of the things we wanted to make one day, which is totally Michelle’s fault, is a terrarium, and we kind of got addicted until we had about 50 each in our apartments,” says Katy Maslow, co-owner of Twig in Brooklyn.

That addiction blossomed into a business. Maslow and co-owner Michelle Inciarrano opened Twig in Gowanus in October.

Terrariums are plants encased in glass. Moss, rocks and gemstones are used to create everything from hills to an ice rink. It's your own little world, you're just not living in it.

“We do everything from hikers to heartthrobs, and we custom make everything to suit what the person wants,” says Maslow.

The gal pals gather moss from upstate and hunt locally for rocks and glass.

And the terrarium twosome told NY1 that when it comes to making their green wonderland, not all glass is created equal.

Sufficient air circulation is necessary, but you don't have to contain your imagination. The glass choices are plenty for that perfect gift, from cake stands to lockets, which let you take your green on the go.

Another Brooklyn business is also big on imagination, taking particular inspiration from children.

“They're so uninhibited with their artwork that the results can be incredible,” says Cherie Aarts-Coley, owner of Poloppo.

So, Aarts-Coley decided to put children's artwork on shirts, mugs, magnets and more. The name of the company is Poloppo, but don't bother with the dictionary.

“It represents an imaginary place that children have created entirely on their own,” says Aarts-Coley.

Coley, who has a background in art and design, works out of her home and a nearby studio in Prospect Heights.

She and a small staff scan, Photoshop and permanently transfer the artwork onto shirts and mugs so kids can wear their imagination and adults can drink it up.

“We’re creating really treasured objects right here in New York,” says Aarts-Coley.

For more information in Twig, visit twigterrariums.com. For more information on Poloppo, visit poloppo.com.

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