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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Just Hatched | Amanda Troxell
Amanda Troxell’s Rankings
Who: Amanda Troxell, a home-schooling, stay-at-home mother of two toddler sons (with another boy on the way) in New Castle, Indiana.
Why We Love Her: What started as a desire to give her oldest son better toys than the mass-produced options turned into an Etsy shop that’s been featured on top shopping blogs and online magazines (including Babble). But we think Amanda’s comments say it all: “My creativity was awoken when I became a mother and began making things for my children – each handmade item an expression of my love for them, squeezed out through my hands. Seeing the world through the eyes of my children has inspired me to simplify our lives and seek only the things that are lasting and valued. Making handmade toys for them naturally led us to open our little shop and share them with others, which we are humbled and honored to do.”
Shop Here For: Wooden puzzles and play sets finished with nontoxic watercolor paints and homemade beeswax wood polish.
Signature Item: Wooden Leaf Puzzle, $38