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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Sun Basil Garden | Lauren Miller
Lauren Miller’s Rankings
- #4 Gifts
Who: Lauren Miller, mom of two boys (7 and 8 years old) in Middletown, Delaware.
Why We Love Her: Lauren quit her job after 10 years in corporate banking on the day her first son was born premature, and for the next few years she stayed home raising her sons. Once they were well past the toddler stage, she decided that she needed to do something for herself – which is when she decided to make happy, all-natural, unique soaps in a house full of messy boys. Lauren said she’s made soap every single day since she started 3 years ago. That dedication has made Sun Basil Garden the 11th most successful Etsy shop for bath and beauty.
Shop Here For: Soap so pretty (and funny and unique) that you’ll be reluctant to use it!
Signature Item: The Sweet Treats Soap Gift Set, $24