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I was raised by a strong, ingenious and resourceful single mom. My mother always encouraged me to live without boundaries and to barrel down any creative path in life I wanted. If it wasn’t for her strength, tenacity, and support, I wouldn’t have such a fulfilling and interesting life. (You can read more about my mom in the story I submitted to ScoutieGirl’s Kick the Door Down eZine.) I knew I wasn’t the only one who had their mother to thank for their success. I put a call out for stories from the Etsy community, describing how their mom, grandma, aunt, or mother-in-law played a part in their accomplishments. I received nearly 200 responses. Here are just a few. I’ve put together all of the stories in this downloadable PDF


Kristal of RikRak: “I am so lucky that my wonderful mom teaches me, by her fabulous example, how to be a creative problem solver, a great brainstormer, encourages me to create on a daily basis and always inspires me to be a thankful and appreciative soul. These are all attributes that have directly influenced my daily business growth.

“As we all know, running a little business single-handedly can be tough, grueling, hard work. Dealing with folks in all aspects of business can be rough, whether you’re a corporate giant or a new-to-Etsy seedling! 

“I always see kindness first in my mom. This gives me great perspective. I always try to keep that foremost in my work: in what i make for my shop, how I interact with my clients, my daily work blog posts, what I write in the social media cyberworld, how I (hopefully) react when things aren’t as I had thought/hoped/planned. It isn’t always easy, is it? But my mom’s grace amid tough times teaches me kindness is worth it!”

 

Big smiles, Kristal and her mother

 

Primelia of Monkeyontheroof: “My Grandma always said, ‘Everything can be worked out with kind words.’ I keep this thought in my head all the time when communicating with my customers. I answer every Convo promptly, keep an upbeat tone, thank every customer right off the top for visiting our shop, praise everyone who includes us in their Treasury and always leave feedback with a personal kind note.”

 


A family photo from Primelia

 

Kathy of KathyPanton: “My mum died from ovarian cancer nearly three years ago, but there are three words that she told me a few months before she died that resonate in my head: ‘You are strong.’ She said it with such gusto that I can still hear her saying it now. I hear her saying it whenever I am having trouble or lacking confidence in my Etsy business, as well as in life.”


Kathy and her mom, Marion

 

Ginna of vespertinecafe: “When I was at college for sculpture I had a difficult time figuring out what my art should be ‘about.’ So many of my friends were tackling social injustice, war, September 11, etc., but all of my work was just about nature, color, and form. I called my mom and explained that I was feeling my work lacked a purpose and her response has been a touchstone for me ever since. She said, ‘Does beauty need a reason?’ I went forward from that day more focused on craft because it allowed me to explore beauty and to realize what an important thing it is in the world right now. I now have my own brick and mortar store in my hometown where I sell my work as well as hers, my friends’, and other artists from my area, as well as some I’ve met on Etsy.”

Ginna and her mom in Venice

Tara of ScoutieGirlBlog: “Now, my mom isn’t a lawyer or a doctor or even an assistant with a steady job. She was a seamstress who worked from home and was her own boss (a luxury that was her own making). She learned to never accept ‘no’ — or ‘too busy’ — as an answer. I learned that I could have whatever I wanted and go wherever I wanted to go as long as I was creative about it. I learned that when you gave a lot you got a hell of a lot more back in return. I learned that if you embrace abundance, you’ll be more abundant than you can imagine!”

 

Tara with her mom, Rosanna

Robie of Parsimony: “My grandmother (now 93 and sewing for 86 years) has taught me that you never know if you can do something until you do it. She used to make wedding dresses and bridal party dresses back in the 1950s. As I was learning to sew and still insecure about my skills, I asked her how she knew she was ready to make a wedding dress. She replied, ‘By accepting the order.’ She created her first wedding dress trembling in fear, but made it perfectly, nonetheless. She went on to share with me that you never get better until you take on tasks higher than your current experience. It paid off for her and it has paid off for me. Thanks, MeMaw. I love you!”

 

Robie with her MeMaw Alma and Aunt Bonnie

 

Chrystal of Chrystalyn: “I’ve learned so many important lessons related to business from my mother. However, one of the most important is to not be afraid to do what others are not. It’s one thing to ride a wave or trend and know when and how to cash in, but I think some people’s ideas are just ahead of the game (as many of mine have been). If that is the case, don’t stop until you’re playing the game. Eventually, if there’s enough passion and perseverance, you will be successful.”

 

Photo of Chrystal and her mom, Melody

Melinda of Vintagefriends: “Lita, my mother, learned to dumpster dive at the Goodwill in 1957. I was two years old. It was soon obvious she had a natural gift for finding real treasures inside the thrift stores.

“Pushing my stroller with her right hand, she could walk down the aisles of clothes racks, letting the fingertips of her left hand feel the details. Silk? Wool? Cashmere? Linen? She was always right.

“Later in life, my mom became ill for a number of years, but every time we got together, we’d ‘hit the thrifts’ and have a marvelous time. She passed away two years ago, still young and still astonished by the miracle of life. I miss her so much, but she left me many of her old treasures.” 

 


Melinda and her mother, Lita

 

Char of delightdesignbiz: “My mother was the ultimate ‘work-at-home mompreneuer’ when we were growing up, back before it was cool to be such a thing. She started crafting in the early 1970s when my brothers and sister and I were still very little. I honestly can’t remember a time when she wasn’t crafting or making money with her talents. I know that she is the reason I’m able to stay at home with my three children, run a successful business, and homeschool, too! Her inspiration, encouragement, tenacity, work ethic… I can’t say thank you enough for those traits she passed on.

“My mother had plenty of advice, and I have learned so many lessons from her over the years, but I’d say the best advice is the  cliche, ‘Love what you do.’ It doesn’t feel like work when it’s fun, and you can get paid for it, too? Bonus!” (Char’s mom is Cheryl from Mycraftbooth). 

 

 

Char and her mom Cheryl in handmade pilgrim outfits! 

 

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John of Roguepandaindustries: “The night before I left  for my semester of study in Cape Town, South Africa, my mother pulled me aside and gave me a two dollar bill. ‘What’s this for?’, I asked. ‘Fold it up real tight and stuff it way down deep in your wallet. That way wherever you go, you’ll never be broke,’ was her answer. This was coming from a woman who grew up dirt poor, a coal miner’s daughter in Latrobe, PA who worked her way through undergrad and med school. The lesson I learned from this is that you’re never so down and out that you can’t get back on your feet — but also, don’t think the high times will last forever.”           

John and his mother, Shirley Ann

 

Charan of creativewithclay: “When I was a kid my mom ran a boutique store in India specializing in clothes for brides and bridesmaids. She dragged me along whenever she needed help. I never really enjoyed doing the billing or taking orders for dyeing fabric, etc., but she told me to just do it and there will be something I will gain from it. What fascinated me was the color in fabric and helping people choose matching or contrasting colors for their outfits. I enjoyed helping them decide what embroidery designs to pick and working with tailors to give them new ideas and patterns.”

 

Photo of Charan with her mother

 

Sherry of SherryTruit: “My grandma, Sunna ,was my favorite person in the world. She was also the first person who realized how much I loved craft and nurtured it. I went to college to please my parents, but my grandmother always told me to ‘Follow your dreams, and no one else’s.’

It took me a while to to find that path, but here I am. She was right. Seriously, where else can you get up every day and design and run your own business?”

 


Photo of Sherry and her grandma, Sunna

Kim of notyourmamasmix: “My great-grandmother taught me the wisdom of weaving stories into tatting, knitting, and crochet — ultimately, the love of working with yarn and thread and producing something beautiful from it. Long after the artist is gone, the art remains. It should tell a story and always does if we only take the time to listen to it.” 

 

Cara of stonesofhealing2: “When I was still a baby my mom started her own business and successfully ran it from our home for the duration of my childhood. She did this purely so that she could set her own hours and be with me as much as possible. I am proud to be repeating history — I am a successful WAHM (work-at-home mom) and I am so blessed to be able to take care of my baby myself. If she hadn’t shown me this was possible, I don’t know that I ever would have tried it. I am thankful every day to have such a strong, independent and inspiring role model as my mother.”

Photo of Cara and her mom, Alexis

 

Kate of TheSteelFork: “My mother was so practical and straightforward about money. Everyone was entitled to it, she thought, provided they earned it. Her attitude made it easier for me to price my artisan wares. While making my things is creative, the transaction is pure business. No hurt feelings! This approach has also helped when I’m working with subcontractors and vendors — I try to encourage money talk up front, just to show that it’s not a taboo topic. I think we call this ‘transparency’ now, but for my mom is was just good sense.”

 

Kate and her mom, Rebecca Francis

Mary Ellen of MaryZoom: “As I grew up and began crafting as a hobby — then as a business — I would often become discouraged when a seemingly unsolvable problem would arise. My mom’s answer? ‘There’s always a solution.’ We would put our heads together, and there would be! Amazing!”


Bobbie of ShimmeringSky: “My mom’s been gone for almost four years now, but she still influences me every day. She was a master knitter who owned her own seasonal home-based business selling handknit children’s sweaters. The ways she managed her business shaped how I make decisions about my business: start small and grow slowly, keep the supplies and overhead low, the prices reasonable (without starving!) and the quality the highest. I also saw firsthand how word-of-mouth advertising about a high quality product can make all the difference to a business. My mom never placed an ad or made a brochure — people just found her.

“Managing your own business is hard, but having a business guardian angel helps a lot.”

 

Bobbie in a handknit sweater by mom

Brig of BrigaBauble: “When I started doing craft fairs a couple of years ago I found that my gift for gab was always taking a break when customers came by my table. However, the first craft fair my mom worked with me was, for me, an amazing success. My mother was selling my baubles like some sort of supernatural QVC host (without the tackiness). 

“I watched as my mom played the role of ‘proud mama’ to one customer, describing the pieces of mine that she wears and why she loves them. Two minutes later, she was the gift giving guru, advising customers on how to shop for the perfect gift. Mid-way into the show my mother and I were playing off of each other like a modern mother/daughter Abbott & Costello

“From that first craft fair, and all of those that my mom has had time to attend with me, I learned from my mom how to turn my gift for gab into a selling tool without being annoying or pushy, and to have a blast while doing it.”

Brig (the baby) with older sis Katrin, mom Joanie and grandfather Gene

 

Sandy of EverydayEcoTreasures: “My mom taught me that it’s dangerous to take myself (or the greatest extension of myself heretofore, my crafting business) too seriously. The joy gets sucked out and it’s no longer worth it. More accurately, actually, she showed me how much more fun it was to allow yourself to enjoy your chores. I can easily convince myself that I ‘need to focus’ and stop having so much fun. ‘Work isn’t fun,’ I tell myself: ‘It’s work.’ But you know, Mom taught me that I get to decide what is work and what is fun. She’s someone who you just can’t help but like. She always sees that things are pretty darn awesome and just getting better.”

Sandy and her mom, Patty


Happy Mother’s Day, Etsy moms! Where would we be without you?
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  • catnapcottage

    catnapcottage says:

    This is so sweet! Great Job! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!!

    3 years ago

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch says:

    Thanks Daniellexom, Where whould we be...

    3 years ago

  • ebrukSupplies

    ebrukSupplies says:

    Great article , I also learn to make a lot of from Mom. Thank you Mom for everything.Happy Moms Day to everybody.

    3 years ago

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk says:

    Thank you , I learn to knit an sewing from my Mom and Grand Mom.So I have a shop on ETSY. Thank you Mom and Grand Mom.

    3 years ago

  • Ayca

    Ayca says:

    Great article! Happy Mothers Day to all of the mothers, grandmothers, GodMothers, StepMothers. All of ya'll!!

    3 years ago

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds says:

    Wonderful feature. I am eternally grateful to my mom for teaching me how to sew...it's through women like her, and her mom before her, that this wonderful craft gets passed along. My grandmother made her living as a seamstress in the old country. The craftsmanship she and my mom demonstrated were superb. Handmade laces, gorgeous silk brocade dresses, a beautiful crocheted yellow dress for me when I was a little girl....just some of my special memories....

    3 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    this is so sweet! very nice! happy mom's day from your pillow guys: PARK matt & carlos

    3 years ago

  • ME2Designs

    ME2Designs says:

    Wonderful stories - Happy Mother's Day to all!

    3 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    WHat a great way to honor maternal types everywhere! Thanks Danielle, for getting us all to put on our thinking caps and pay tribute to our Moms@

    3 years ago

  • sokubag

    sokubag says:

    I am been a mother on this day of last year. Thank you my Mom, and thank you my baby.Happy Moms Day for all Moms.

    3 years ago

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop says:

    Happy Mother's Day!!! <3

    3 years ago

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom says:

    Happy Mothers Day to all...

    3 years ago

  • giusypatch

    giusypatch says:

    Ohh I love to read those stories!! Happy Mother day to all!

    3 years ago

  • uncorked

    uncorked says:

    Aww- wonderful stories- one of my favorite articles- off to check Scoutie Girl! Happy Mother's Day Moms!

    3 years ago

  • tiemee

    tiemee says:

    Totally awesome and heartwearming. Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Wonderful stories ! I had a great mother but I'm blessed with having 3 daughters! Happy Mother's Day to all Etsian Moms!

    3 years ago

  • diytherapy

    diytherapy says:

    moving stories...

    3 years ago

  • PatternsAndSuch

    PatternsAndSuch says:

    My mom was smart! We lived on a farm so if we were sick and couldn't go to school, we had to stay in bed. Boring, right? Her trick was, if we were well enough to get out of bed, we did chores! So for us, it was better to go to school! Smart mom! Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    Wonderful stories! Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • missindie

    missindie says:

    Aww cute stories!! Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms! :]

    3 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    Just lovely Danielle, thanks for including my grandma and me. I love the full stories on Scoutie Girl. Happy Mother's Day everyone! xo

    3 years ago

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie says:

    These are truly inspirational stories! Thanks to all so much for sharing. It makes me thankful for my supportive mother.

    3 years ago

  • Creativewithclay

    Creativewithclay says:

    Thank you Danielle. I was talking to my mom this morning when I checked this article. It was a great way to wish her Happy Mother's day!

    3 years ago

  • HollyStorm

    HollyStorm says:

    This is my first Mother's Day without my mom, so it is an especially hard one. She always was the one to say that I could do ANYTHING and I miss her so much. Thanks for the touching article.

    3 years ago

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo says:

    Happy Mother's Day to my mom who is 4000 miles away! :-*

    3 years ago

  • meoneil

    meoneil says:

    Such a lovely tribute. This morning I have already heard from all 4 of my children and I then thanked my husband for making me a mum. These articles could not help but make me think of anecdotes about my own mum (who died 8 years ago).

    3 years ago

  • feesk

    feesk says:

    Heartwarming article- great reading for Mothers Day morning! Especially when your mother is far, far away, like mine. Miss you and Love you mom. Happy Mothers Day to all!

    3 years ago

  • tlgentile

    tlgentile says:

    so cool, danielle!! thanks for including my mom and me! we have so much to learn from our moms - thanks for making it a little easier ;)

    3 years ago

  • emmjeyessvintage

    emmjeyessvintage says:

    What a touching post. Really warmed my heart to read about these fantastic Etsians and the women who inpired them the most. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

    3 years ago

  • BrigaBauble

    BrigaBauble says:

    So much fun reading everyone's "mom" stories. Thanks for including mine Danielle!

    3 years ago

  • LisaMarino

    LisaMarino says:

    Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. I enjoyed reading them. Mom's are the best and my mother inspired me to be all that I can! Thank you MOM! I miss you! Happy Mother's Day everyone!

    3 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Sweet stories! Happy Mother's Day to my Mom and all Mom's! (-:

    3 years ago

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay says:

    How wonderful! What a lovely post for mothers day! We have already celebrated this day in the UK but wishing all of you moms across the waters a very special day :)

    3 years ago

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads says:

    Great stories! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!

    3 years ago

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo says:

    Lovely. I now have a whole bucketful of inspiration and wisdom. Thank you etsyians. And thank you, even more, wonderful moms.

    3 years ago

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge says:

    What a nice way to honor all the great moms out there! Happy Mother's Day, moms of the world!

    3 years ago

  • woolies

    woolies says:

    Happy Mother's Day! My mom taught me to knit and sew, I have her to thank. Although I lost her almost 28 years ago, she lives in my heart.

    3 years ago

  • Floralina

    Floralina says:

    So sweet, we all have our Mothers to be thankful for.

    3 years ago

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery says:

    Happy Mother's Day! Cherish your mother every day! I still do, even though she is no longer with me here on Earth.

    3 years ago

  • BarkingSandsVintage

    BarkingSandsVintage says:

    Hooray for Moms! Thanks so much for putting this together.

    3 years ago

  • GaLiMa

    GaLiMa says:

    wonderful article!

    3 years ago

  • theshagbag

    theshagbag says:

    So many inspiring stories, I feel touched by all the love and support. Happy Mother's Day!!

    3 years ago

  • 6catsart

    6catsart says:

    Nice to read all those inspiring stories. My grandmother was an amazing inspiration for me.

    3 years ago

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields says:

    Great article. I love the because I said so card!

    3 years ago

  • lucillejean

    lucillejean says:

    A beautiful article....Happy Mother's Day! My mom is more of an emotional inspiration than a creative one. She works hard, never gives up and cares a whole lot. My grandmothers are both inspirations for my shop as well. Lucille and Jean are the middle names of my grandmothers (their first names just didn't sound right together!).

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Happy Mother's Day to all!

    3 years ago

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade says:

    my mom is the reason i'm doing the indie designer/fabricator route. she taught me how to make and sew, as well as giving me the independent spirit and the skills to work for myself!

    3 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    Beautiful. I love this and made me tear up (I'm so emotional today!) Thank you. And the 'I said so' quote, well that must be genetic..heard it many times growing up and I hear myself say it now quite a bit. Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd says:

    Wonderful article/stories. We would not "be" if it were not for our mothers!!!

    3 years ago

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage says:

    Loving these stories. My grandmother was a seamstress; my mom can't sew on a button - but is always supportive of my creative endeavors, cheering me on and proud of my shop. Love you, mommy!

    3 years ago

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage says:

    LOVED the article.

    3 years ago

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt says:

    I love the old photos and the stories. Happy mothers day to my mom and all you moms out there!

    3 years ago

  • LittleGreenSquirrel

    LittleGreenSquirrel says:

    I miss my mom - always a bit more on mother's day. But I'll aways love and appreciate her. So, although she's not here, her words of wisdom still make me smile: "Don't put your arms out the widow, they'll get whacked off!", "If you are bored, you are boring." and "Apple pie without the cheese is like a hug without the squeeze." Thanks, mom! And many happy returns of the day to all the moms out there!

    3 years ago

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz says:

    Aw, thanks SO much for including me and my mama in your article today! I love, love, love reading everyone's stories and I couldn't wait to call my Mom and wish her Happy Mother's Day, and tell her, "MOM, your picture is on the BLOG at ETSY!!" Such a fabulous Mother's Day gift to be included... :-)

    3 years ago

  • gogovintage

    gogovintage says:

    Heartwarming,wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing a piece of your lives. gogo v

    3 years ago

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles says:

    This is a beautiful feature Danielle. I loved reading each one of these and can't wait to have a bit of time to read all the stories. (better get my kleenex out first!) I come from a great line of crafting women and couldn't be prouder. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

    3 years ago

  • SewSweetDaisy

    SewSweetDaisy says:

    I have my mom - who passed away over 20 years ago - to thank for my learning to sew and the love for doll clothes. I've started my etsy site now for her and I enjoy every bit of my time I spend sewing doll clothes. Thanks, Mom, for everything!!

    3 years ago

  • meteor

    meteor says:

    Happy mothers day!

    3 years ago

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket says:

    So sweet! I wish you all a loving mother's day!

    3 years ago

  • CjkidzTreasures

    CjkidzTreasures says:

    really wonderful comments! My mom raised 5 kids on a shoestring budget, she sewed all of the girls (and there were 4) holiday dresses that matched. These were very special to all of us throughout our years growiing up. She was a Girl Scout leader and was always "making thing", craft items to help us earn our "badges". As a family we made handcrafted items to give to our dad, grandparents, birthday gifts, etc. She gave me the inspiration to do what I came to LOVE. I had 5 children and continued crafting at night when they were all in bed. It relaxed me and gave me my own "space" My children are all grown now and now I have grandchildren. We now craft together. Passing it on....

    3 years ago

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney says:

    I love the stories! Thank you for putting this post together for us! And happy mother's day to all you moms!!

    3 years ago

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda says:

    Really heartwarming stories! Thanks very much.

    3 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    Such wonderful, awesome stories! Moms are the BEST. I love mine, and wouldn't be doing what I do now if it weren't for her support and encouragement. Thanks momma! Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!! <3

    3 years ago

  • janeeroberti

    janeeroberti says:

    God I love the pictures! (and the stories too..)

    3 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    what beautiful stories I think we all have to tell about someone special in our lives. Happy Mothers Day!

    3 years ago

  • YesterdaysMemories09

    YesterdaysMemories09 says:

    Thanks to all who shared a Mom story. My Mom has been in Heaven a number of years now, but her strength, work ethic, stick-to-itiveness, and love have blessed me all of my life.

    3 years ago

  • NotYourMamasMix

    NotYourMamasMix says:

    What a great article and thanks for including my story. Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • JemmDee

    JemmDee says:

    I love to read heart warming stories like these. Thank you! Happy Mother's day! And to my own mom I say: Thank you! You'll always live in my heart.

    3 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    What wonderful moms we have out in the Etsy community! Add my momma Barnes to the list. She's amazing, giving, caring and most of all the woman who raised my wonderful husband!

    3 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Wonderful stories

    3 years ago

  • chrystalyn

    chrystalyn says:

    Such a great way to celebrate moms! Thanks, Danielle for helping me honor my momma today. She'll be so excited to see she's on Etsy! (-;

    3 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Wonderful stories

    3 years ago

  • mylittleaura

    mylittleaura says:

    My family (and mom) are far far away so it's very heart warming read nice stories about other families, Happy Mother's day!!

    3 years ago

  • annashoub

    annashoub says:

    Awww, sweet. etsy is a haven for work at home moms.

    3 years ago

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio says:

    Great memories...I hope I am passing on words of wisdom to my son!

    3 years ago

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera says:

    Great Mother's Day article. I love my mom too! And she's been so inspirational to me! By the way, I just sold my 3rd item!!! My shop's been on Etsy 4 months, I've been taking a lot of Etsy's advice, and it looks like it may be paying off as I made my 1st two sales 2 days ago and then my 3rd sale today! I'm so excited!

    3 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great article....Happy Mothers Day to all moms!

    3 years ago

  • dahliadesigns

    dahliadesigns says:

    Moms are the best!

    3 years ago

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset says:

    my artwork is always inspired by my moms patient teachings, the mentor as always stands in the shadows of the master

    3 years ago

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks says:

    What a great article.

    3 years ago

  • nickiefrye

    nickiefrye says:

    Aw, this is sweet. I hope my children have such nice things to say about me when they are grown. :) Sending a shout out to my mom, who is also my best friend & mentor. Love that lady!

    3 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:

    Very sweet... Happy Mother's Day to all moms and moms-to-be!

    3 years ago

  • LittleGemsbyKari

    LittleGemsbyKari says:

    Fantastic stories! Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth says:

    I love this article. Horay for moms!!

    3 years ago

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople says:

    Sweet article & great picks! Thanks for teaching me how to sew Mamma Mia!!! OXOXOXO

    3 years ago

  • Parsimony

    Parsimony says:

    I think I could read this blog over and over again - thanks so much Danielle for a great topic and for including my entry!!! (For the record, that picture is 20 years old!) =)

    3 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Beautiful story! Thanks Danielle and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

    3 years ago

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky says:

    Thanks so much for giving me the chance to honour my late Mom (& her pre-Etsy crafitness!)by telling her story Danielle - she was a great lady & I miss her every day. Happy Mother's Day to my Moms *looks up* and to all the great Mothers in this article and throughout Etsy. Bobbie (not Pam, lol) Shimmering Sky Designs

    3 years ago

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets says:

    so fun to read - and thank you for putting all the entries together for us to read (and download)!

    3 years ago

  • laspottery

    laspottery says:

    Happy Mother's Day! Wonderful stories!

    3 years ago

  • pamwares

    pamwares says:

    How Fun! Great read! Happy Mom's Day to all!

    3 years ago

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations says:

    very sweet, I use to have a piece in my shop that said because I said so, my Mom always said that to me

    3 years ago

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious says:

    Happy Mother's Day all!

    3 years ago

  • SewMerry

    SewMerry says:

    What a great article, Danielle! I loved reading everyone's stories. Happy Mother's Day to all Mamas!

    3 years ago

  • prettydarncute

    prettydarncute says:

    I love all the stories. I miss my mom. I love you.

    3 years ago

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer says:

    Wonderful Stories. :)))

    3 years ago

  • DocksideDesigns

    DocksideDesigns says:

    What great stories. Happy Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    Beautiful stories!

    3 years ago

  • artofjane

    artofjane says:

    These stories are wonderful. What's more powerful than a good mother?!

    3 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Happy Mothers Day to all... If you are feeling Mother ! , you are mom !!!

    3 years ago

  • DiamondDollsCouture

    DiamondDollsCouture says:

    I love reading all the stories! :) Happy Mother's Day to all..

    3 years ago

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda says:

    Inspirational stories all. wow.

    3 years ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes says:

    I love a good story and an old pic too

    3 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

    Incredible, moms are the best!!!! XO Emily

    3 years ago

  • applechampagne

    applechampagne says:

    aww... what an awesome post! happy mothers' day to all moms around the world! hugs and kisses aplenty! =)

    3 years ago

  • AllureByU

    AllureByU says:

    Happy Mother's Day!! Mums are the best. I love my mum so very much. I wouldn't be what I am if it's not because of her.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great post, its nice to see so many great mums! Also hand knitted jumpers are ace : )

    3 years ago

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome says:

    Great reading and I love the photos.

    3 years ago

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat says:

    What a nice place !

    3 years ago

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina says:

    Wow! It is so interesting. Such a good feeling.Thank you for the idea and wishing all the best to all mothers! :)

    3 years ago

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams says:

    What a beautiful article about mothers! So Inspiring to read these stories and to remember my own mother, who as a painter herself, supported my path to the arts.

    3 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton says:

    Thanks so much for including my little story! I got such a surprise!

    3 years ago

  • battysbath

    battysbath says:

    Loved this feature.. and love my mom!!!

    3 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Enjoyed reading all the mom stories, my mom passed from cancer almost 3 years ago our last good day together as a family was Mother's Day of 2007. She's the reason there is a Bacon Square Farm today. Thank you mom~

    3 years ago

  • prettylittlepearl

    prettylittlepearl says:

    Lovely Article! But I cant get the OpenZine to open.... I had it open yesterday, today it wont work and my mom wants to read what I wrote! lol

    3 years ago

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns says:

    Great feature! Every day should be Mother's Day!

    3 years ago

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck says:

    Happy Mother's Day! We do the most important job.

    3 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Happy Mother Day!

    3 years ago

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    oh yay to wonderful mommies! i'm so honoured to be part of the cheerleading-our-moms squad! thanks for having me. these are so inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • nowonder

    nowonder says:

    Such wonderful stories!! Happy Mother's Day to all!

    3 years ago

  • pasin

    pasin says:

    Great sellection

    3 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    what touching stories and some brought a tear to my eye.

    3 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    What great words of wisdom mothers have given and still do. Awesome inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay says:

    These are great stories of moms! My mom was my sewing inspiration too! I love you mom!

    3 years ago

  • peppershaker

    peppershaker says:

    hello. how many items would be good to have ready to sell in your store before getting it up and running?

    3 years ago

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture says:

    This article was so heart warming for me. I'm blessed to still have my mom and both grandmums in my life. I love them all so much, there are not enough words to describe it. They have all taught me everything I know about being kind, honest, loving, strong, confident, creative, a great cook and respectful not only of fellow brothers and sisters but also mother nature. Thank you for this delightful article. My heart overfloweth with love for my mom and my grandmums. ;)

    3 years ago

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign says:

    Lovely and inspiring peeks inside the lives and inspiration of so many Etsians...loved this so much. But the opener: "Because I said so!" ...well, let's just say it really caught my eye b/c that was my mother's stock answer to just about any request of mine as to "WHY can't I" (go there, do that, etc.) "Because I'm your mother!" Looking towards the heavens >

    3 years ago