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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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Oh Dier

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Katie and William Dohman, parents-to-be living in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shop here for: Handmade, vintage-inspired wood signage, which can be customized for nurseries and playrooms

Signature Item: “You’re killin’ me smalls” acrylic sign, $38

Some of the best stories start with a simple gift. One Christmas, William, one half of the Oh Dier team, gave his wife Katie a “think” sign as a gift. “My response was: ‘You should sell these!’” Katie says. He did, and the rest is history. William quit his “day job” two years ago, and the couple has been crafting — and selling — together ever since.

With a little one on they way, the couple’s focus on their products is evolving. Just how exactly will Oh Dier’s bright, bold woodwork translate for the younger set? “Recently that’s parlayed itself into proportional blocks, artwork for nurseries or playrooms, and other fun objects for the young and young at heart,” Katie says. “Little kids deserve good design too!”

You can probably expect to see this whimsical shop in more media outlets, too; the editors at Rue, Midwest Home, Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge are already fans.

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