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: Ali Loopz, mom to 4-year-old daughter, living in Hong Kong
Shop here for: Art prints, calendars, flash cards
Signature Item: Animal calendar, $15
After becoming a mom, Ali decided to make some handmade felt toys for her young daughter. She had no idea putting a few on Etsy would turn into the successful online business she oversees today. Loopz has since transformed into a colorful warehouse of bright, graphic characters, from superheroes to wide-eyed panda bears. “During the creation of the animal felt toys, I got addicted to drawing, and now my shop is focused on cute and modern art prints,” Ali says. Her designs are printed on everything from flash cards to calendars.
Since she began selling her calendar creations a year ago, Ali’s sold about 200. And the shop continues to get busier each day. Her next move? To create more educational art for children of all ages.