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
4 / 50
BabyEtte | Beth Ritzman
Beth Ritzman’s Rankings
- #2 For Mom
Who: Beth Ritzman, mother of 5 (ranging from 6 weeks to 11 years) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Why We Love Her: Beth taught herself how to sew while pregnant with her first baby and immediately started making slings for everyone she knew (way before “babywearing” was a trend). Even though they all encouraged her to go into business, Beth wanted to remain a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom. Thankfully Etsy has given her the flexibility to do both. She never expected her shop’s popularity to explode the way that it has; BabyEtte now solely supports her large family. (Beth’s husband has since quit his job to help run the family business.) We also love that Beth is as passionate about safety as she is her craft; she’s a member of the Baby Carrier Industry Alliance and is continuously working to create industry safety standards.
Shop Here For: Superwide Ring Slings in a variety of styles, which give much more support than the typical narrow slings.
Signature Item: The Original LBD, $48