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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Owners: Carrie Shryock, Beth Syder and Karen Shyrock, all in their 30s; their studio is located in Columbia, Missouri. Karen has two girls, 5 and 3, Beth has a 19 month-old daughter, and Carrie is an aunt to Karen’s kids.
Shop here for: Letterpress prints, binders and cards
Signature Item: Letterpress Recipe Binder kit, $46
Never underestimate what three hard-working ladies can do. Carrie and Beth were just two childhood friends daydreaming in a single canoe, you might say — when they grew up, started careers as illustrators, and asked Carrie’s sister-in-law Karen in on the fun. Today, 1canoe2 is popular with heavy hitters like Anthropologie (who stocks their stuff) and Southern Living magazine (who featured their state print line last holiday season). This fall you might even see their work on the small screen; their Hail to the Chief print was purchased by the production team behind Mindy Kaling’s latest show on FOX.
This shop’s signature letterpress recipe card boxes are the epitome of Etsy: useful and unique. And we’re not the only ones who think so. Thus far, the three friends have sold over 2,000 of these truly original organizers — we’d call that a recipe for success!