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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Cozy Blue | Liz Siglets
Liz Siglets’s Rankings
- #8 Gifts
Who: Liz Siglets, mother to a 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son in Asheville, North Carolina.
Why We Love Her: Although Liz has only been selling her handmade gifts for the last four years or so, she has one of the top 20 bestselling Etsy shops for home goods, with her items frequently circulating the blogosphere. We love Liz’s courageous approach to her craft. After having her first child (which opened her eyes to the power of creation and creativity), she quit her nursing job to focus on her family and her business, taking her life in an exciting and unconventional direction. According to Liz: “I had no idea how much becoming a mother would shape me and allow me to make such passionate choices when it came to life and work. As it turns out, work and family are one and the same, and it feels like this is the way it was meant to be.”
Shop Here For: A wide variety of sure-to-be-loved gifts – even if it’s just a gift for yourself.
Signature Item: Custom Heart Tree Print Pillow, $34