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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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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012



The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Jennifer Hagler, mom to Israel, 3, living in Boise, Idaho


Shop here for: Hand-crafted, geometric jewelry

Signature Item: Gold-dipped earrings, $18.99

Etsy shop owner isn’t the only hat this mom wears; she’s also a self-described “interior design junkie, novice photographer, and crafter,” as she writes on her blog, where her stark, geometric aesthetic is apparent.

This same look carries over to Jennifer’s Etsy shop, which she decided to open a few years ago as a platform to craft and play with different materials. What started as simple experimentation grew into something Jennifer didn’t expect: “It didn’t become a business until I began making jewelry,” she says. “It’s been a whirlwind for the last year.”

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