Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2011
We work on a lot of "best of" features here at Babble, but we can truly say that our annual Top 50 Etsy Moms piece is one of the most inspirational, pleasurable writing experiences of the year. The chance to meet these incredible women - some of them life-long artists, others former 9-to-5 corporate workers, all of them devoted mothers - and hear their stories makes us realize how much we're all capable of. It's also a reminder of just how important the handmade community is, most specifically Etsy.com. Etsy has given these women a chance they may otherwise never have had to explore, develop, and share their art and craftsmanship through a larger-than-life network. It's also given them the opportunity to work from home, to set their own schedules and raise their kids the way they want - and that's incredible.
That being said, this piece is also one of the hardest features to write. Etsy is by no means solely for moms - there are incredibly talented dads and singletons and students as well - yet the flexible, creative community is the perfect environment for mothers. That's why we consider this just a small sampling of the most successful, talented, inspiring moms on Etsy, and it's why we update this list year after year. (Although we try and highlight different shops each year, we do have two repeats from our 2010 Etsy Moms list. When you read their write-ups, you'll understand why.) So if you know an incredible Etsy Mom that you'd love to see featured next year, nominate her here. And in the meantime, support the handmade revolution!
- Michelle Horton
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Decoy Lab | Maiko Kuzunishi
Maiko Kuzunishi’s Rankings
- #7 Gifts
Who: Maiko Kuzunishi, mother to a 3-year-old daughter in Kansas City, Missouri.
Why We Love Her: Maiko didn’t have a picture-perfect childhood growing up and is determined to give her little girl all of the time, love, and happiness that she never received. Thanks to Decoy Lab’s success, Maiko has the flexibility to work at home and give that attention to her daughter while making enough money to support them. And in turn, her little girl has given her a sense of purpose and a fearlessness – which encouraged her to open her shop in the first place! “Sometimes it’s easier to do something that you’ve never done for the love of someone,” she says. “If it was just for myself, I would have just put it off.” But her shop isn’t only for her daughter – it’s for anyone who appreciates impeccable craftsmanship and unique home d’cor.
Shop Here For: Wooden clocks, original prints, and other fun additions to the house.
Signature Item: Modern Owl Clock, $78