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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 Party Fairy

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owner: Dianne Wood, mom to two grown daughters, 45 and 41, with four granddaughters, ages 6-21, living in Danville, Virginia

Shop here for: Party baking supplies, paper straws, favor bags

Signature Item: Party favor bags, 6 for $24

Dianne starting crafting early in her childhood. “Growing up as the oldest of five children with two working parents, I had no ‘crafting supplies,’” she says. “I remember making wreaths out of paper plates, leaves and such, using tape, and hanging them on our front door.” Eventually Dianne grew up, became a mom, started a custom curtain and home-furnishing business, and even designed lines of women’s and children’s clothing that were sold in department stores and boutiques.

Now a grandma, Dianne hasn’t slowed down at all. Today, The Party Fairy ships her party-perfect products to retail giants like Sur La Table, Home Goods, and Crate and Barrel. Next up? Cupcake boxes, sandwich boxes and printed paper cups. You’ll never want to settle for plain paper goods again!

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