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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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Watermelon Cat Company

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owners: Susana Aparicio with husband Juan Alonso, parents to Vera, 3, living in the Netherlands

Shop here for: Handmade wooden toys

Signature Item: “Forzudos” wooden toy set, $26

Selling other artists’ wonderful items in their online shop Watermelon Cat inspired this creative couple to start making their own. “We both love design,” Susanna says. “We have an architecture studio in Haarlem where we work on all kinds of projects, from building design to toys!”

Each product Susana and Juan create is unique and carries its own ID number. While this is a brand-new shop with a teensy assortment of quality, handmade toys — including their signature “strong men” set — we’re excited to see what’s next for these two. Fans of their current offerings can expect new toys and designs in the future.

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