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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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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012




The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Julie Hu, mom to daughter Tina, 5, living in Beijing, China


Shop here for: Original felt food and toys, DIY felt patterns and kits

Signature Item: Felt fruits salad, $4.99

As an engineer, Julie was used to feedback from customers — whole months after she submitted a design. Online, everything moves a little faster: “At Etsy, I am able to know whether others like my design quickly, perhaps just a few minutes once I publish it,” she says. And customers are becoming fans for good reason: Julie’s shop is full of inventive, whimsical felt toys and DIY patterns for dollhouses, cupcakes, and tea sets.

While she loves the interaction between vendors on the site, Julie most appreciates that Etsy allows her the ultimate life-work balance. “As a mother I wouldn’t like to leave [my] kid and go out to work,” she says.

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