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: Kathrin Ann Bender, mom to a 6-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, living in Cologne, Germany
Shop here for: Rubber stamps in the shape of large and small dots
Signature Item: Giant dot stamp for jam labels, $18
Kathrin believes “you can never have enough dots.” And she feels so strongly about this that she’s designed an entire product line around this (not-so-spotty) concept. Each dot is hand-drawn, ensuring each creation is original — and slightly imperfect. “That’s why all of
them are a bit odd,” she explains.
While she studied photo and graphic design, Kathrin currently holds a desk day job and uses the shop as a creative counterweight. She began with rubber stamps and, when people responded well, she simply kept growing and expanding her wares. For her, Etsy is a virtual shop window. “It is not only a great presentation for my rubber stamps, it is also a place to meet nice people to connect with — both clients and other creators,” she says.