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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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Jikits

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owner: Kim Baise, mom to Donovan, 9, Calliope, 5, and Sidney, 3, living in Los Angeles, California

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

Shop here for: Custom mobiles

Signature Item: Mobile Home on the Range, $75

Kim’s mobiles are playful, one-of-a-kind and, luckily for her customers, non-toxic. “A customer contacted me to ask if I could remake one of the planets [on a Planet Claire mobile] that had been eaten by a hungry toddler at a birthday party,” Kim recounts. “Luckily it was made with paper, flour, and non-toxic, water-based paint!”

This artistic mom, who holds an MA in fine arts from NYU, met her better-half musician husband and soon combined their creative ventures together to support their family. “Our children are thriving,” she says. Since opening her shop, Kim’s work has been featured in Babiekins and Nido magazines.

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