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 Mod Mobile | Allyson Hill
Allyson Hill’s Rankings
- #6 For Mom
Who: Allyson Hill, mother of one son in the Hudson Valley, New York.
Why We Love Her: Because Allyson makes exactly what every mom needs in her car. Between chauffeuring kids to extra-curricular activities and traveling to away games, mom needs to keep her home-on-wheels tidy and stylish – which is where Allyson’s pretty auto trash bags, tissue holders, and zip pouches come in handy. Even more than style, Allyson’s products are made for organization and convenience, limiting accidents caused by digging around the car. (For instance her tissue holders attach right to the overhead visor so that they’re easy to reach for backseat spills and unexpected sneezes.) With almost 10,000 sales, The Mod Mobile has shown that it offers exactly what moms need.
Shop Here For: Everything to make your car organized, neat, and pretty – even when it’s filled with preteen boys.
Signature Item: Auto Trash Bags, $19