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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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Colette Bream

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owner: Colette Bream, mom to daughter Skye, 3

Shop here for: Natural pillows, toys, bedding and accessories for children

Signature Item: Linen Party Hat, $18

“I was always making things,” explains this mama, who creates sweet and whimsical pillow designs and soft toys for kids on her Etsy shop. When Colette had her daughter though, her focus changed: “I had a desire to rid her room of anything that wasn’t natural. I was looking for something beautiful in its simplicity.”

Knowing she had to start her business from scratch, Colette turned to Etsy, a move that paid off. “You get immediate feedback from the community, which is great because it gives you an idea of whether or not you are doing the right things,” she says. With over 500 sales in just about a year of being open, we’d say she’s on the right track.

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