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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Piddix | Corinna Buchholz
Corinna Buchholz’s Rankings
- #10 For Mom
Who: Corinna Buchholz, mother to 4-year-old Declan in Portland, Oregon.
Why We Love Her: Corinna grew up in an incredibly creative family (her Barbies had a hand-crafted, 6-story apartment building filled with wooden furniture and handmade clothes), but she didn’t start Piddix until she was on maternity leave, looking to do something with her creative energy. In the last four years, Piddix has grown into a full-time business, much in part to her successful collage sheets (which are often used by other creative moms). Not only is Piddix the 5th most successful handmade shop on Etsy (with almost 27,000 sales), but Piddix graphic designs are now in Target, Trader Joes, Urban Outfitters, Harrods of London, and hundreds of other small and large businesses. Corinna is living proof for her son that it’s entirely possible to create anything you can imagine.
Shop Here For: Collage sheets
Signature Item: Flora and Fauna collage sheet, $3.50
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