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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Olliegraphic | Meg Bartholomy
Meg Bartholomy’s Rankings
- #9 Gifts
Who: Meg Bartholomy, expecting her first child in November while in the process of moving from Chicago to Denver.
Why We Love Her: We’ve been fans of her Etsy shop for a few years now (she started Olliegraphic in 2008 to fulfill her craftiness), so we were excited to see that Meg is now an expecting mom after years of making children’s products. (We especially love her custom-made pillows!) While she’s trying to take advantage of her last few months of quiet work time, she’s also looking forward to having her own living, breathing, in-house model to try out her products: the new baby!
Shop Here For: Custom products (like plates, bowls, pillows, and prints) designed with cartoon characters drawn to look like your child.
Signature Item: Custom Personalized Plate, $24