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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Nicholas and Felice | Felice Luftschein
Felice Luftschein’s Rankings
- #2 Jewelry
Who: Felice Luftschein, mother of two boys (8 and 6 years old) in Philomath, Oregon.
Why We Love Her: This husband-and-wife team has created the 7th bestselling Etsy shop for handmade jewelry – quite a competitive, abundant category – all while spending time together with their two sons. Although Felice admits to being ambitious when it comes to their shop (as proven by their 12,000+ Etsy sales, plus weekends selling at the Eugene Saturday Market), she says that motherhood reminds her to put down the pliers for a little cuddle time.
Shop Here For: A wide variety of jewelry and accessories, from aluminum earrings to hair forks. They even sell a collection of “geeky” science jewelry for nerds at heart.
Signature Item: Celtic Budding Spiral Sterling Silver Earrings, $20