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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Paloma’s Nest | Caroline Colom Vasquez
Caroline Colom Vasquez’s Rankings
- #1 Gifts
Who: Caroline Colom Vasquez, mother to 4-year-old Paloma (and one on the way!) in Texas.
Why We Love Her:Although Caroline has been crafting since she was a little girl, she turned her talent into a career once her daughter was born in 2006. Being able to create your own schedule and work from home is ideal as a parent, but it quickly blossomed into the family business. According to Caroline, she and her husband work harder, with a stronger sense of purpose, now that theyâ€™re parents – which is something that they want to model for their daughter. They only hope their children will eventually find careers that fulfill their callings, since they know first-hand how rewarding it is to love oneâ€™s job. A successful job, might we add, considering Palomaâ€™s Nest is the #1 bestselling ceramics shop on Etsy (by far!), with almost 13,600 sales.
Shop Here For: Modern heirlooms, great for weddings, baby showers, and major life milestones.
Signature Item: Ring Bearer Bowl, $42
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