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 Epsteinsee the full list »
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Owners: Ashley Rush, mom to daughter Rowan, 4, and son Lofton, 20 months, living in Atlanta, Georgia
Shop here for: Hand-made silver and gold-filled jewelry
Signature Item: Crescent blade earrings, $65
Ashley owns not one but two successful Etsy endeavors — metalmade, where she sells sterling silver and gold-filled delicate pieces of jewelry, and Rowan’s Room, which focuses on home decor, like ribbon mirrors and chalkboards. With a degree in photography, this versatile artist has also sold antiques and has experience as a wardrobe and prop stylist.
It was only after Ashley took a class in jewelry-making that metalmade was born. Oh, and speaking of births, Ashley says the doctor who delivered her daughter turned out to be a satisfied customer: “She showed up to the office one day sporting a pair of my earrings … the crescent blades, as a matter of fact. She had bought them on Etsy and had no idea I was the artist!”