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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Tinahdee | Tina Gasperson
Tina Gasperson’s Rankings
- #8 Jewelry
Who: Tina Gasperson, mother to five children (ranging from 10 to 29) and grandmother of four (ranging from 1 to 6) in Florida.
Why We Love Her: When you see Tina’s jewelry, it’s immediately apparent that she is incredibly talented and artistic, but you might not know that jewelry is only her most recent creative endeavor. In addition to raising a family of five (and now enjoying her four grandchildren), she’s also a writer, a musician, and a song writer, with a growing interest in photography. And in the past, Tina has done fashion illustration, wedding gown design, and textile work. Yet among all of her artistic interests, she says: “Jewelry-making is a particularly rewarding and soul-satisfying endeavor, and I believe this is one of those things that I will want to keep doing forever. I think it’s a part of my soul. It just took me a while to discover it.” No matter how rewarding, Tina’s number-one goal has always been to watch her kids grow up and to be there for them, which is made possible through Etsy.
Shop Here For: Unique rings ranging from $25 to over $1,000, including wedding sets.
Signature Item: Unique Wedding Ring: Duck Band Ring, $110