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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Studio Mela | Shelli Dorfe
Shelli Dorfe’s Rankings
- #4 Art
Who: Shelli Dorfe (known on Etsy as Dazey Chic), mom of 4-year-old Brayden in Minnesota.
Why We Love Her: In the past 5 years, Shelli has built one of the top 10 most successful art shops on Etsy, and it all started out as something to do while on bed rest during her pregnancy. Although she always loved to draw, she was able to churn out more and more pieces while stuck in bed. Then Shelli’s friends started to ask for their own pictures, and before she knew it, Shelli was a selling (self-taught) artist and a mother all at once. Now little Brayden helps stamp packages and put stickers on envelopes for mommy’s growing business.
Shop Here For: Feel-good art prints, featuring a mixture of drawings and graphic design.
Signature Item: So Very Happy, $23