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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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TreeFall Design

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owners: Manda, mom to 2 daughters, Bella, 7, and Lily, 4, living in Leeds, UK

Shop here for: Handmade children’s clothes and accessories

Signature Item: Animal Appliqued Blouses, $32

Manda devoted her studies at the Leeds School of Art and Design to furniture-making and restoration until arthritis halted her woodworking career. She didn’t consider sewing until she became pregnant with her first daughter, pulled out an old sewing machine, and started working with textiles. “I wanted to create a nursery that was beautiful and individual but on a very limited budget,” she says. We — and fans of her Etsy shop – are glad she made the switch.

TreeFall Design’s tunic blouses are like tiny baby couture, each one handmade for little fashionistas. And Manda is ecstatic about Etsy: “It has allowed me to showcase new designs on a regular basis, in a way that a brick-and-mortar shop could not. Being able to design a prototype, without having to invest precious time or money making large numbers of a new item and being able to put it in the shop to see whether it is popular or sells, has been invaluable.”

Manda has been featured in Country Living magazines in the UK and U.S., while the shop’s quilts, blouses and cushions have been found in magazines like The Quilt Maker and Australia Homespun.

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