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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Savor | Lisa Salamida
Lisa Salamida’s Rankings
- #2 Gifts
Who: Lisa Salamida, mother to her 11-month-old daughter in San Francisco.
Why We Love Her: Lisa’s Etsy shop is the 3rd bestselling bath & beauty shop and the 9th bestselling handmade shop on Etsy, selling over 25,000 soaps and scents in the last four years. For a while Lisa was balancing her full-time newsroom job with her successful Etsy business, but she didn’t return to news after her maternity leave was up. Working as a full-time Etsy shop owner has given her a drive and responsibility that she never had while working for someone else. Of course, it’s harder to find crafting time with an infant, but Lisa hopes to be a positive, inspirational role model for her little girl.
Shop Here For: Luxurious bar soap, children’s soap, and crÃ¨me fraiche whipped soap, as well as body mists and scrubs..
Signature Item: Coconut Moochi Coconut Milk Soap, $5.50
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