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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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Twig Creative

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owners: Michelle and Steve Hunt, parents to Jordan, 2, living in Salt Lake City, Utah

Blog: http://www.twigcreativeblog.blogspot.com/

Shop here for: Sustainable furniture and wooden-toy versions of popular tech gadgets, such as iPads and Instragram cameras

Signature Item: Wooden Instagram Camera, $40

Kids are often an inspiration to their parents — but for Michelle and Steve Hunt, that inspiration translates directly into their growing Etsy business. “We’ve always wanted her to grow up playing with toys that encourage imagination and creativity,” Michelle says of her daughter. From the beginning, the company has been a family business, with Steve merging his background in industrial, graphic and advertising design with Michelle’s skills in interior and jewelry design to create products that are a nod to both old and new.

Plus, working with her husband is a partnership Michelle appreciates. “It’s thrilling to share the same passions and to be able to work side by side with each other,” she says. Like others on this list, Twig Creative is a darling of the design blog world, being featured on sites like Apartment Therapy and Design Mom. Other fans include mega-tech companies like Apple and Instagram, who have purchased Twig Creative’s low-tech versions of their modern products.

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