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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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The Trendy Tot | Jen Dimler

Top 50 Etsy Moms of 2011 - The Trendy Tot

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Jen Dimler’s rankings

Top 50 Etsy Moms - Sun Basil Garden

Who: Jen Dimler, mother to a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl in Massachusetts.

Why We Love Her: After having her second child, Jen ditched her corporate job to stay home with the kids. Then she realized that she needed an outlet beyond her mommy duties. That’s when she started nurturing her long-ignored creative side, leading her to kids apparel. Jen’s only been sewing for about four years, but she’s already gotten significant recognition from top sites (like Cool Mom Picks, Child Mode, and LilSugar) and magazines (like Vogue Kids Brasil, La Petite Magazine, and New York Family), making The Trendy Tot one of the most desirable kids apparel shops on Etsy.

Shop Here For: Everything from little-girl dresses to ponchos.

Signature Item: Black and White and Red All Over Elephant Dress Jumper, $49

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