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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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Tweet Design Shop

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owners: Tracy Wagner, mom to Henry, 3, living in Atlanta, GA

Shop here for: Adorable screen-printed Ts and postcards for kids

Signature Item: Lion Tamer T-Shirt, $15

Parents looking for kid-friendly yet sophisticated T-shirts and notecards will find them at Tweet Design Shop, a petite Etsy store just over a year old.

By trade, shop owner Tracy is a graphic designer and fine artist, but she says Etsy is what has introduced her to a larger audience. “There are so many people — and so many opportunities,” she says. Although her store is still small, with only four items on the roster thus far, she’s already been featured in Home Companion magazine. And she has big plans for her little shop in the future, including more prints of her playful illustrations, custom paintings and even a line of clothing based on her work. This is one up-and-coming Etsy mama on a mission!

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