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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Owner: Melissa Szapiro, mom to Theo, 7, and Julian Micael, 5, living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Shop here for: Personalized, antique-looking clay jewelry
Signature Item: Bridesmaid necklaces collection, $180
This Argentinian-born mom studied fashion design at the University of Buenos Aires and learned to make handmade paper with Argentinan artist Silvina Perez. After moving to Canada with her family, she started a stationery and letter-printing business, eventually deciding to experiment with jewelry — specifically, clay creations pressed and painted by hand.
For Melissa, this shop is a labor of love, not ambition. “My biggest plan is to keep enjoying making [jewelry],” she says. “I’ve owned a thriving business in the past. My lesson is to keep loving what you do. That’s what brings you income, but most of all, happiness.”
Her favorite part of the gig? Working with brides-to-be to make their day super special. For instance, one bride sent Melissa a print of green and red tulips, which she used as inspiration for a custom bridesmaid necklace set — that has since become a bestseller.