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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 Belle and The Beau

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Amy Suzanne Callaway, mom to Hannah Lynn, 10, Lily Ann, 8 and Andrew Micah, 4, living in Auburn, California

Blog: http://thebelleandthebeau.com/

Shop here for: Preppy, bright neckties and bowties

Signature Item: Boys’ neckties, $22

When her son was born, Amy couldn’t find the special accessories for him as she had for her daughters. So she started making her own — and found other moms and dads were craving the same cool accents for their little dudes. Her shop boasts a perfectly preppy line of bow ties, hair bows, and other accessories to accent a look. Since opening her shop three years ago, she has sold thousands of neckties to wedding parties and was named an Etsy featured seller in June of this year.

Next up: Amy’s expanding into the worlds of suspenders, pocket squares and accessories for girls and women. Keep your eye out in your favorite wedding mags for her creations; so far she’s been featured in Brides, Southern Wedding, and BabyTalk magazines!

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