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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

As parents, putting family first can make us feel like our own interests and hobbies are pushed to the backburner. However, sometimes you meet a mom or dad who carves out time to pursue their passions — and make a living from it, to boot. While compiling this list, we’ve had the chance to hear from incredible parents around the globe. What they all have in common is a love for beautiful things — and the savvy to share it with others on Etsy.

The shops on this year’s list are as diverse as the sellers behind them. From couture kids clothes to vintage home goods, each object showcased here is a representation of the creative stories behind them. Warning: this is online shopping, taken up a notch. Prepare to become addicted! (And if you think we missed a shop, nominate it in the comments!) — Amy Levin Epstein

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Anna Joyce

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Anna Joyce, mom to Angelina, 6, and Iris, 4, living in Portland, Oregon

Blog: http://annajoycedesign.blogspot.com/

Shop here for: Handmade clothing and housewares inspired by vintage textiles, nature, her daughters and 1970s children’s books.

Signature Item: Applique hoodies, $64

Anna has a BFA in print-making from the California College of Art, but it wasn’t until 2001, when she was given a sewing machine, that she first taught herself to sew. It seems she was a quick leaner; since she introduced floral-appliqued hoodies to her Etsy shop two years ago, she’s consistently sold several of the gorgeous items each week.

As a mother, Anna loves that her designs are being enjoyed by kids everywhere. “I have a customer in Japan that has commissioned work for each of her two daughters,” she says. “The shipping is always about three times as much as the cost of the work, but it doesn’t matter to her. I love that her girls are growing up with items I made for them halfway across the world,” says Anna.

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