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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This Is All I Know | Amanda Blake
Amanda Blake’s Rankings
- #8 Art
Who: Amanda Blake, mother to a 6-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon.
Why We Love Her: The daughter of two potters, Amanda was used to trekking around to art shows and being surrounded by creativity her entire childhood. Although she was initially drawn to photography, a college painting class ignited her interest and encouraged her to become a full-time artist. Having children hasn’t changed her priorities or deterred her from art – if anything it just forced her to rearrange her life. Instead of experimenting for hours, Amanda is more deliberate and productive during the small bursts of work time. She also spends more time promoting her work online (hi, Etsy) rather than appearing at art shows. Amanda says that her children make her a better artist.
Shop Here For: Prints of Amanda’s original oil paintings.
Signature Item: Tonight Her Dreams Would Be Beautiful, Limited Edition Print, $45