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Quit Your Day Job: redrubyrose handmade and vintage goods


Rowena, the bag designer behind Etsy shop redrubyrose, began her creative journey as an illustrator. She temped off and on in office jobs before finding an illustration agent who helped her secure clients in national publications and additional lucrative opportunities. After many long nights and odd hours the thrill of the industry began to fade for Rowena and she started to consider setting up shop on Etsy. As a former shopper-only on Etsy she had a unique intuition about the shopper’s experience, which helped to boost Rowena to almost instant success upon opening her clutch shop. She was eventually able to cut back her hours in illustration until she made the switch into running her Etsy shop full time. Rowena’s now working harder than she ever has but still finds time for tea, raising chickens, and gigging in a band.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had little projects on the go. My dad’s a printer and mum’s an artist so there were plentiful materials around the house to plunder for arts and crafts experiments. This eventually led to an arts foundation, followed by a degree course at art school in Edinburgh, where I chose to specialize in surface decoration and textile design. The course was great, but commercially driven; I remember creating some wall hangings with my printed fabric which my tutors perceived as being too “crafty,” so my making instincts were put on the back burner at that time.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
After graduating from art school I made an immediate decision to be my own boss and to make a creative living under my own steam. I had no clue how to do this so I dragged my portfolio ’round endless design agencies asking for ideas and suggestions. Slowly freelance jobs came my way and I ended up building an illustration career (supplemented with temping in office jobs when work was scarce). I picked up an illustration agent and eventually found myself working for clients including national newspapers, magazines and book publishers, along with guest lecturing at colleges and on courses.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I suppose I’ve never thought of my work as a day job, more a lifestyle. Weekdays, nights and weekends have always blurred into one. If I was working on a big illustration commission I’d work night and day and then take a week off, so it never felt like a tangible work thing that I wanted to quit. However, after ten years of illustrating, a few niggles were starting to creep in; I think I was getting a little tired and losing my edge. I had a few prestigious jobs that were not so great to work on, with ego-driven art directors and endless reworks. More importantly, cash flow was an issue and with a mortgage to pay I found the waiting on checks in the post (especially on long commissions) was stressful. Although I still got a huge thrill seeing my work published and in print, it didn’t feel quite as important as it did in my ambitious twenties.

Etsy was like a bolt out of the blue. I stumbled across it one night and was instantly drawn into it: the whole premise of using the global reach and access of the Internet to support and nurture artists and designers around the world was amazing and exciting. It all seemed so uncomplicated! At the time I was still waiting on a check for a large illustration job and I wondered if this was a way to help tide me over in the lean times. I never dreamed it would become such a large part of my life.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
I was initially a buyer on Etsy and that was really helpful preparation, as I got to see the whole process from the other side. To me it was vital to see how I was treated by sellers, how items were packaged and how good the communication was. I decided to dip my toes in the water and open two shops, but I still had ongoing illustration projects that were taking up much of my time. My first shop featured my alternative process photos (polaroidsandpinholes) and the clutch bag shop followed on from that. The clutches were a fairly new thing for me. I’d made a few as Christmas presents for friends and family and really enjoyed the process of making again: it was a tangible, beautiful, and functional object to make and engaged me again with my love of textiles. I made a few more and listed them and they started selling. It was only a few months later when orders were keeping me very busy that I took a conscious decision to not promote my illustration work anymore and focus all my attention on Red Ruby Rose.

From a business point of view, I had a fair amount in place already being self-employed. I was used to working to short/stressful deadlines under my own steam and happy to do picture editing and photography. What I could never have been prepared for was the sheer amount of work involved when you are making, marketing, listing, packaging and posting a product from start to finish. I’ve never worked so hard in my life.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
For my first year on Etsy (2008) I hardly promoted at all and didn’t spend any money on advertising, I just made and listed all day long. The marketplace was smaller then and, at that time, I think it was a very effective way of being visible on the site (listing frequently). I was lucky in that I was extensively blogged about and that attention brought customers. I do remember knowing at one point over the summer of 2008 that if I listed a certain style it would be sold by the morning. Those days have long gone! I still find that making and listing is the best way to spend my time, but I now actively approach blogs, offer giveaways, and for the past year I have spent money on targeted online advertising. The Etsy marketplace is now so big that I think you have to actively drive traffic to your shop rather than relying on being found within Etsy.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
Promotion is such a subjective thing, what works for one person may not work for another. Personally I have found that sales/price reductions and offers like free shipping don’t work so well for me. I also try not to hang out or promote in the Etsy Forums too much. I get very tempted to sit there with a cup of tea and absorb myself in the hot topics but I know that I’ll end up getting ruffled and if I spend the time making new stuff it’ll be a more constructive way to spend the day. A business mistake I regret is not buying enough of a fabric that turns out to be really popular and I can’t source anymore. That still happens a lot but I can’t predict what will sell and what will stick. I just buy fabrics I love and try not to second guess their popularity.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up between 7 or 8 (earlier if our chickens are squawking and waking the neighbors), I’ll look out of the window to check if they’re okay and haven’t been gobbled by foxes, then go straight into the studio, log into Etsy and spend the first few minutes of the day catching up with Convos, orders and my usual blog/Facebook rituals.
  • My boyfriend, Rob, works from home as well. He’ll bring me a cup of tea and we’ll chat about our upcoming day.
  • I do most of my bag making in the morning so I have a productive few hours up to lunchtime making up stock and custom orders.
  • If Rob’s not too busy on his projects we may go out for lunch, or he grabs us a sandwich.
  • I listen to BBC Radio 4 in my studio most days and I’ve sadly started to structure my time around the programmes.
  • By the time the Archers are on at 2 p.m. I know I have to start preparing the post for the day. My packaging takes ages to do and it’s always a rush for the last post at 5 p.m. The post office is just around the corner, which is a great help.
  • After the post run I have a couple of hours break and then in the evenings if I’m not going out or gigging (I’m in a band) I’ll start work again, often up until the early hours.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
The thing I like most about working on Etsy, as opposed to illustrating, is that I don’t have to please anyone apart from my customers! It’s a lot simpler. Also, despite the long hours, I’m completely my own boss, and that is very rewarding. The only thing I miss now is not having more time, I don’t know where all the hours go!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest thing that I’ve specifically discovered about selling online is the thorny issue of copying, both from a moral and legal standpoint. Copyright infringers have affected both of my shops in different ways, but I think the moral aspect of it is more hurtful. When I started Red Ruby Rose there were some lovely bag and purse makers already established on Etsy. I wanted to share their marketplace but I certainly didn’t want to step on their toes by using the same fabrics or house styles. I was naive to think that when I got established the same would be true of newer shops. In hindsight I took the copying way too personally and it was a good life lesson in toughening up.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I’m not really one for looking back, but in hindsight I’m curious how the shop would have developed if I’d completely used my own prints from the start rather than the mixture I currently have of carefully sourced commercial prints and my own textile designs. My advice to others would be work hard on your product and stock before you even think about sales and marketing. If you have the right product the rest will follow.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
As well as not looking back, I don’t tend to look too far into the future either, which is maybe an odd way to run a business. I’m so happy here and just want to carry on! Over the last few months I’ve been faced with the question of whether to go into wholesale, as I’ve had a lot of requests. I’m reluctant, as I love the whole one-woman-show thing and it would mean expanding the business and taking on hired help. For the near future I want to keep things small and cozy, but I want to extend the range of my own designs and maybe venture into homewares, along with other items.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I think, above and beyond, the thing that will carry you through is passion. If you’re truly passionate about what you do and willing enough to work incredibly hard, things will work out for you. There are always going to be practical reasons why you shouldn’t make that leap, especially coming from people around you (believe me, I heard them all at the beginning of my illustration career), but it’s amazing how resourceful you become when you believe in your work and feel the terror of the next mortgage/rent payment looming. It’s a hoary old cliché but true to say: jump and the universe will catch you.

Customer wedding photo of redrubyrose clutches. Photo by Anika London Media

Thanks to Rowena for sharing her story. You can see some of Rowena‘s art in the Related Items.
Check out previous Quit Your Day Job
posts here.

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles says:

    Great story and LOVE the bags! :)

    5 years ago

  • krystajackson

    krystajackson says:

    Yay! I missed QYDJ last week! Congrats on your hard work!

    5 years ago

  • Mypolkadotpottery

    Mypolkadotpottery says:

    Very inspirational!!

    5 years ago

  • myjewelry

    myjewelry says:

    Beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • meditation

    meditation says:

    Great story :)

    5 years ago

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose says:

    CONGRATS! You are an Etsy queen :)

    5 years ago

  • okaySK

    okaySK says:

    great seller. good advice. big fan of the redrubyrose, the article is helpful and honest.

    5 years ago

  • Addy

    Addy says:

    I'm so glad to see you featured! I love the bag that I bought from you!

    5 years ago

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth says:

    Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid--another great quote to add :) Enjoyed this article and best of luck to redrubyrose.

    5 years ago

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven says:

    Beautiful story, I love the bags. Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury says:

    Lovely interview and I've been a fan of your shop for a long time :)

    5 years ago

  • jenhough

    jenhough says:

    wow! so great to hear this story! thank you for sharing, and you are as cute as your bags :)

    5 years ago

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt says:

    aw, Rowena, so lovely to see you here. Continued success as always. xoSherry

    5 years ago

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun says:

    Great story ,beatiful bags

    5 years ago

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign says:

    Rowena- I am just so pleased to see this story! Your clutches are fabulously chic :)

    5 years ago

  • whphotography

    whphotography says:

    I've loved these clutches for a while ... thank you for creating such beautiful pieces : )

    5 years ago

  • AMIdesigns

    AMIdesigns says:

    Fantastic interview, one day I hope to own one of these clutches :)

    5 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    what gorgeous bags!! thanks for sharing your tips and successes!

    5 years ago

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques says:

    wonderful story, wishes for your continued success.

    5 years ago

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha says:

    Love your bags and designs and thank you for the wise insight:)

    5 years ago

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio says:

    Lovely story...and great bags. Good luck with all your endevors.

    5 years ago

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears says:

    So nice to see a UK seller up here again. I love Rowena's bags and no doubt if I sold more bears I'd be buying so many of them!

    5 years ago

  • Kjmakes

    Kjmakes says:

    Not only does Ruby have some of the most beautiful bags I have ever seen, she is genuinely a true beliver in the handmade and is, as good a buyer as she is a seller. I hope to one day own an original redrubyrose clutch.

    5 years ago

  • BurningRiverTattoos

    BurningRiverTattoos says:

    This is my favorite series, so inspiring. Great work Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers says:

    Lovely to hear your story - I LOVE my redrubyrose hipster bag :) Good luck for the future!

    5 years ago

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural says:

    such lovely bags + photos of where you handcraft them. such a genuinely friendly + helpful interview. thank you!

    5 years ago

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK says:

    Go Rowena! Go UK! The way you describe finding Etsy as a bolt out of the blue, thrilling and intuitive, is expressed so beautifully. Totally my experience too. :) Very useful & valid information you've provided about how the marketplace has changed here over time. And I have the feeling that packing up orders always takes you far longer than anticipated too. Ha. All of your advice is wonderful. Jump and the universe will catch you - couldn't have put it better myself. Good on ya gal.

    5 years ago

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl says:

    She's so inspiring and admirable. I heart Rowena and redrubyrose!

    5 years ago

  • BellaED

    BellaED says:

    It works when Etsy promote you all the time and for those who make it to the front page. My poor friend had her store on Etsy for 2 years and she never made it to the front page. Her work was beautiful. I feel uncomfortable saying this but if you don't know someone that work for Etsy you won't make it here. I see the same shops over and over in the front page. The treasuries that made the front page are made from the same persons always. I don't see anyone new here or new items. I don't get it!

    5 years ago

  • RandomlyGenerated

    RandomlyGenerated says:

    Hurrah for a UK story - good on ya, Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe says:

    Great story, Rowena's shop is lovely, I've purchased before and the quality is just amazing. Some really useful tips here too.

    5 years ago

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco says:

    Awesome story!! I dream of quitting my day job every day!! It will come one day

    5 years ago

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign says:

    wonderful interview + advice:) RedRubyRose is so talented! Beautiful work! Great article!

    5 years ago

  • SparkleMe

    SparkleMe says:

    you make beautiful clutches. I recall a time when you were on Front Page very frequently. I'm sure that helped to get you noticed and improve your sales.

    5 years ago

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople says:

    lovely purses! very elegant & fun! XO

    5 years ago

  • galit

    galit says:

    I love this shop!

    5 years ago

  • bohotreasures

    bohotreasures says:

    looove your purses!

    5 years ago

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman says:

    She's such a talented photographer and maker! :)

    5 years ago

  • juneshin

    juneshin says:

    I've loved Rowena's shop for a long time and it's so great to hear your story. Here's to your continued success!

    5 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    LOVE the purses, so charming and well-made!!! XOX

    5 years ago

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns says:

    fantastic seller, Rowena is an inspiration.

    5 years ago

  • meringuedesigns

    meringuedesigns says:

    i've admired rowena's bags for a while. you can see the quality in her work. fantastic.

    5 years ago

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump says:

    Thanks for another great QYDJ interview! Endlessly inspiring. :)

    5 years ago

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 says:

    Congrats and keep growing!

    5 years ago

  • 6catsart

    6catsart says:

    Great article for inspiration. Love the floral clutches.

    5 years ago

  • Stylishknitting

    Stylishknitting says:

    Great story ,beatiful bags.....

    5 years ago

  • Agentsofkarma

    Agentsofkarma says:

    No wonder your packaging takes so long, it's gorgeous! If you ever want to blog about creative packaging, I'm sure you'd have a huge, eager audience. Bravo.

    5 years ago

  • Stylishknitting

    Stylishknitting says:

    Great story ,beatiful bags..

    5 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Congrats rowena plus I enjoyed reading your story~ Wish you continued success, always have admired your purses, nice to see the face behind the bags. :)

    5 years ago

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage says:

    love your work and your hair

    5 years ago

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe says:

    love qydj! thanks for another inspirational article! And congrats Rowena!!

    5 years ago

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie says:

    Those are really beautiful bags and very well made! Good for you, Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry says:

    Really lovely story. Good luck and may much more success come your way.

    5 years ago

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance says:

    Beautiful bags and wonderful story!

    5 years ago

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry says:

    very beautiful purses, lovely packaging!

    5 years ago

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth says:

    i want a clutch now!

    5 years ago

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe says:

    Fantastic Story! Congrats and wishing you much luck in your future endeavors....whatever they turn out to be!

    5 years ago

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle says:

    I love Rowena's work! I own a beautiful RedRubyRose clutch. I love this quote: "What I could never have been prepared for was the sheer amount of work involved when you are making, marketing, listing, packaging and posting a product from start to finish. I've never worked so hard in my life." Awesome!

    5 years ago


    KIMMSMITH says:

    A very inspiration story! I have had my eye on your clutches for a while now, stunning!

    5 years ago

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts says:

    Super story, very inspiring... x

    5 years ago

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled says:

    Brilliant article - have always admired those gorgeous items in the redrubyrose shop! It's lovely to see the person beind the store and like Amity says, Go UK! :)

    5 years ago

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms says:

    Inspiring story and gorgeous bags!!!

    5 years ago

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele says:

    Great story ,beatiful bags

    5 years ago

  • 3GIRLSandagoat

    3GIRLSandagoat says:

    Hello Rowens, nice to find a telling article on someone I know... thanks for our support in the past...

    5 years ago

  • CreativeJenPrints

    CreativeJenPrints says:

    "Jump and the universe will catch you"... indeed. Very inspiring, love the bags. Heehee yes- go UK!!! :)

    5 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Love these articles...thanks for sharing your story and being so inspiring!

    5 years ago

  • sixbabygirls

    sixbabygirls says:

    I have Hearted RedrubyRose from the beginning ! Her Clutches are Divine !

    5 years ago

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop says:

    Inspiring!!! best advice: "making new stuff it'll be a more constructive way to spend the day" ...thanks for sharing :)

    5 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    So inspirational! Congratulations! Thank you for being so open in your interview. It is an interesting dilemma: the want to expand your business with wholesaling and new products, but not wanting to lose the one-person business cozy aspect of the job. Maybe we could have a follow-up in 6 months or a year? A new series called "Quit your day job - a year later" maybe?

    5 years ago

  • dottyral

    dottyral says:

    Yay for Rowena! Great read! Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Great article! Thanks for the info and words of wisdom!

    5 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    already one of my favorites! inspired!

    5 years ago

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic says:

    What an honest and open article from which we all can learn. Thank you for your integrity and tremendously beautiful product!

    5 years ago

  • momochas

    momochas says:

    I´ve always admired her shop, it´s very stylish and cute!. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, it´s great to know the person behind!

    5 years ago

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 says:

    your clutches are beautiful

    5 years ago

  • Kankou

    Kankou says:

    Well done Rowena whom we are proud to have as a member of our UK South West Arts and Crafts team -SWAC-! What you said about developing the right product first is so right. No point advertising and drumming in potential customers if they have little or "not-so exciting/different" stuff to look at. That can be subjective -that's taste! but still your crowd of followers can't be wrong and your clutches are fab! In reading your interview, it reinforced my intuition to follow my instinct and inspiration.

    5 years ago

  • ApricotStreet

    ApricotStreet says:

    I love her stuff, and it's comforting that she is so honest about her work. There have been a few "Quit your day job articles" that were almost impersonal, but this is spot on

    5 years ago

  • popcultureprincess

    popcultureprincess says:

    What gorgeous clutches! Thanks for sharing your story and ideas! Lovely...

    5 years ago

  • karuski

    karuski says:

    Love the way she describes ups and downs in an honest way. It is so true that we need to learn to become tough too. When you come up with a lovely product that sells nicely it is obvious that copycats are around the corner. It is very disheartening but in the end the original designs stand out. Just like her clutches.

    5 years ago

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber says:

    What a beautiful story!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your continued success.

    5 years ago

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels says:

    Great purses! Thanks for your Quit your day job story!

    5 years ago

  • abbyart89

    abbyart89 says:

    I love these quit your day job blog posts. It's inspiring to see former art students doing what they love, and being successful at it!

    5 years ago

  • sewgracious

    sewgracious says:

    Congrats on your story, Rowena! Great items! Wishing you continued success!

    5 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    Beautiful work and inspiring story, thanks!!

    5 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    You have great items. Congrats! Wish you all the best :)

    5 years ago

  • NestleAndSoar

    NestleAndSoar says:

    Rowena, I think it is the best that you can stay in the present and tend to your passion. That is a lesson I needed to hear today! Thanks...

    5 years ago

  • SYFjoolz

    SYFjoolz says:

    Yay for Rowena!!! I absolutely adore the clutches that I've purchased from her shop! Her bags are impeccably crafted and packaged so beautifully. And she's a delight to exchange convo's with. (Can you tell that I'm a big fan?)

    5 years ago

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns says:

    Congrats!! Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • thelandlockedsailor

    thelandlockedsailor says:

    Gorgeous! Right down to the packaging. And the chickens sound like fun, too! Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • mykonos

    mykonos says:

    Beautiful work!!

    5 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    i love the fabric you choose and the simple shape and style of the clutches. Congrats on your success.

    5 years ago

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey says:

    Great story. Beautiful shop. Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • sismandeer

    sismandeer says:

    I love my RedRubyRose bag, too! and I appreciate being able to read the story behind the store.

    5 years ago

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter says:

    They are absolutely GORGEOUS purses! I learnt a great deal from your interview about doing the hard yakka before sales and marketing comes into it, thank you for all the advise and the chicken stories.

    5 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    What a beautiful product & inspiring story...Congratualtions!!

    5 years ago

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies says:

    awesome story and amazing clutches! Love it that you design some of your own fabric too!

    5 years ago

  • EverydayEverythings

    EverydayEverythings says:

    I love your clutches! Thanks for sharing your story.

    5 years ago

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass says:

    Great story of evolution.

    5 years ago

  • bluebutterflyshop

    bluebutterflyshop says:

    You were my original inspiration to open an etsy shop. You continue to be someone I learn from! Beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom says:

    Thanks Rowena for sharing your experiences.... they do inspire us newbies to continue creating.... Congratulations...

    5 years ago

  • theStarcraft

    theStarcraft says:

    wonderful story and article. very inspiring!! congratulations on your success. xoxo

    5 years ago

  • 1920

    1920 says:

    love the work! always love the "Quit Your Day Job" section.

    5 years ago

  • videogamegal

    videogamegal says:

    Beautiful bags! CONGRATS! Gives newbies like me some inspiration. Thanks <3

    5 years ago

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams says:

    An inspiring story from a talented artisan!

    5 years ago

  • MickeysCreations

    MickeysCreations says:

    I love the clutches! Great story!

    5 years ago

  • artbooksandcanvases

    artbooksandcanvases says:

    The button fabric bag is my favorite- inspiring story!

    5 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    I love your bags and your job! Thanks for the inspiration!:)

    5 years ago

  • TheVintageHorde

    TheVintageHorde says:

    I love your bags!!! I used to make bags. I am still a bag lady!

    5 years ago

  • cthings

    cthings says:

    Rowena congrats on the quitting your day job!! You have a lovely store. I always have admired it. Your hard work paid off! Continued success for you!!

    5 years ago

  • braggingbags

    braggingbags says:

    I LOVE the way you package your items ~ I will surely take this inspiration & look towards ways I can improve my shop. Great article!

    5 years ago

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio says:

    I have admired your work for a long time - good for you! All the best. Kathy

    5 years ago

  • sjeskey

    sjeskey says:

    She made my "something blue" for my wedding in 2008 and I received so many compliments on my purse. LOVE IT! Thanks again :) - Stephanie

    5 years ago

  • wingbysea

    wingbysea says:

    Clutches for bridesmaids are such a nice idea - I love it. Beautiful shop, such stunning fabric selections!

    5 years ago

  • Myhaleygirl

    Myhaleygirl says:

    It is always such a neat thing to see the person behind a shop!

    5 years ago

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits says:

    I have been admiring her beautiful shop for years :)

    5 years ago

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox says:

    I love Rowena's work and more than appreciate her sharing about her creative process and inspiration on her lovely blog. I just can never decide which one of her beautiful bags I'd most like!

    5 years ago

  • KomfyKozy

    KomfyKozy says:

    Cute bags. Great article.

    5 years ago

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane says:

    lovely printed clutches!

    5 years ago

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy says:

    wonderful, thanks!

    5 years ago

  • chezvies

    chezvies says:

    Great story and beautiful pouches:)

    5 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    You are not only a great creator of these beautiful clutches but you also were a great illustrator. You're an artist true and true! great story!

    5 years ago

  • plumfactory

    plumfactory says:

    I love these purses. Great story.

    5 years ago

  • NatalieBriggs

    NatalieBriggs says:

    Great story! very inspirational :)

    5 years ago

  • Nishale

    Nishale says:

    so lovely purses!!! greeat story!

    5 years ago

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner says:

    Love the clutches! What an inspiring article! =)

    5 years ago

  • cronopia6

    cronopia6 says:

    Great!,love your purses!

    5 years ago

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei says:

    thanks for sharing, I love the part where you mentioned 'passion', totally true! I absolutely love what I do now & strongly believe this will show too in my work. Thanks for an inspiring story, you have just motivated me to work harder and always believing in the best, thank you!

    5 years ago

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics says:

    truly inspirational article. Congratulations on your success Rowena, you have beautiful creations and deserve the rewards!

    5 years ago

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow says:

    Beautiful bags!!!

    5 years ago

  • tweeded

    tweeded says:

    Congrats on all the hard work! I hope that one day I can have a typical day like you. Nothing sounds better than working on cute projects all day =)

    5 years ago

  • GabbyandZack

    GabbyandZack says:

    Love your bags!!

    5 years ago

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome says:

    Yay for Rowena and her lovely shop. Thanks for the inspirational story!

    5 years ago

  • Isabeau

    Isabeau says:

    A very inspiring story, and lovely, lovely bags! One day I will own one of the peacock feather design clutches. :)

    5 years ago

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey says:

    beautiful shop, i enjoyed the artical, well done.

    5 years ago

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage says:

    I love this series - I always wait for another article to come out, it's always so inspiring. Good luck to you and to all of us!! You have a lovely shop :)

    5 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Your clutches are really beautiful, Rowena. I found your story thought-provoking as well as inspiring. I'm so happy for you ~ and cliched or otherwise, I love that quote: "Jump and the universe will catch you."

    5 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Really inspiring, your bags look great all the best for your shop in the future : )

    5 years ago

  • msatsia

    msatsia says:

    I love your clutches! Your story is inspirational.

    5 years ago

  • pinkphile

    pinkphile says:

    Great story!! love your purses =)

    5 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    i really enjoyed your story {especially the hoary old cliche!}. it's kind of reassuring to read that even as a successful seller you are promoting your business now too. it goes hand in hand with hard work and beautiful design. congrats on your success :)

    5 years ago

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage says:

    I love your history of life! I would love to the same and work for etsy all the time! Thaks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • BenandJess

    BenandJess says:

    The quit your day job stories inspire me. Thank you, TJ

    5 years ago

  • CuddledUp

    CuddledUp says:

    Your story is inspirational. I appreciate the reminder to do the work, then promote! Had to use that on my facebook page today. :) I made sure to use the link for this blog so everyone can be as inspired as I was.

    5 years ago

  • annapopovich

    annapopovich says:

    Thank goodness for Radio 4... Congratulations and good luck.

    5 years ago

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat says:

    Great article, beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing your story Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • blusher2

    blusher2 says:

    I LOVE your Honesty!! Great Advice to be yourself in regards your Product and to Not become 'caught up' in what you 'shoulda coulda' do. Thats SO cool you have Chickens!! xoxo paula

    5 years ago

  • nonsuch

    nonsuch says:

    Glad to hear that I'm not the only person who schedules their day around Radio 4! :) Congrat's on the success, Rowena and long may it continue. x

    5 years ago

  • MissMaryElliott

    MissMaryElliott says:

    I adore your bags they are truly beautiful! I'm looking for radio 4 now :)

    5 years ago

  • IsleOfKnots

    IsleOfKnots says:

    Thanks for inspiring

    5 years ago

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio says:

    Congrats and great work! :)

    5 years ago

  • entrecieletmer

    entrecieletmer says:

    This was great to read. I am very new here and I very inspired by your story and tips.

    5 years ago

  • Floweredsky

    Floweredsky says:

    Very beautiful product , inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • goodgirlsstudio

    goodgirlsstudio says:

    Great interview. Thanks for the does of inspiration to start my day! Wishing you continued success!

    5 years ago

  • moosomething

    moosomething says:

    WOW! I love all of these clutches! Very cool!! Every "quit your day job post" drives me a little closer to doing it myself! So thank you for your story!!

    5 years ago

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics says:

    Way to go Rowena. Your article inspires me to someday run my etsy shop fulltime. Keep up the hardwork!

    5 years ago

  • cuteandcreepy

    cuteandcreepy says:

    Very inspiring and the clutches are beautiful, one day I would love to have one myself. Keep up the awesome work!

    5 years ago

  • femmesecret

    femmesecret says:

    woo.. i love your bag really beautiful

    5 years ago

  • pouch

    pouch says:

    so lovely to see a fellow Bristolian doing so well on etsy! Congratulations Rowena, really nice to read some background info on you and how your business started :)

    5 years ago

  • 4girlsdesigns

    4girlsdesigns says:

    Great story and beautiful purses! I appreciate your honesty and sharing your perspective so much. Looking forward to seeing where you go from here. Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • semfox74

    semfox74 says:

    A clutch from Red Ruby ROse was one off the very first things I bought on Etsy,a few years back. I love Rowena's choice of fabrics, and linings and her service was exceptional. Great article, she deserves every success. Thanks

    5 years ago

  • Feille

    Feille says:

    You have very beautiful clutches, and totally love your thought processes about certain things, in your interview. Many well wishes to you :)

    5 years ago

  • CeliaSews

    CeliaSews says:

    Pretty and inspiring - like the 'jump and the universe will catch you' saying - true eventually but it doesn't always feel like that straight away : ) xx

    5 years ago

  • AllyBu

    AllyBu says:

    Love your clutches! Congrats.

    5 years ago

  • EverydayEverythings

    EverydayEverythings says:

    Very inspiring. Beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

    Georgeous work, great story. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • AbigailGutting

    AbigailGutting says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Your clutches are beautiful.

    5 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    Love, LOVE the bags!!

    5 years ago

  • artdodger9

    artdodger9 says:

    Great story. I'm always inspired reading QYDJ. Thank You!

    5 years ago

  • KismaeGrimes

    KismaeGrimes says:

    I love the fabric and the bags are beautiful.

    5 years ago

  • Knitting4Ewe

    Knitting4Ewe says:

    Beautiful bags and a great article!

    5 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Your bags are gorgeous! Best of luck to you with all of your creative endeavors!

    5 years ago

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison says:

    What a great article, I really enjoyed it. I also love that you have chickens! Your work is beautiful, you have such talent. May you have continued success, Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • JaimeNicole

    JaimeNicole says:

    I adore your style! Yours is a shop I like to browse through.. each item is perfect.

    5 years ago

  • BeachBabyDoll

    BeachBabyDoll says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

    5 years ago

  • taylorceramics

    taylorceramics says:

    Thanks for a great story.

    5 years ago

  • retrofied

    retrofied says:

    Love love love your clutches!! Your fabric choices are amazing!

    5 years ago

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard says:

    Rowena, You are truly an inspiration! I adore your bags! Can't wait to see where you go from here!

    5 years ago

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams says:

    This was such a beautiful article. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • AdriannaLudi

    AdriannaLudi says:

    beautiful items! thank you for the info, all this really helps me!

    5 years ago

  • thewren

    thewren says:

    lovely story. :)

    5 years ago

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube says:

    great story.... i hope to be as successful. thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    luv the original fabrics, and your story is fantastic. Etsy really blew me away too. Isn't it the greatest?

    5 years ago

  • jaroftea

    jaroftea says:

    Keep up the good work! So, I quit my day job... now what? crosses fingers ;)

    5 years ago

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns says:

    I love your shop, congratulations on all your success!

    5 years ago

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk says:

    Wonderful story! Congrats!

    5 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    I just love hearing everyones storys. It always makes me feel so much better when I'm freaking out about my own shop. Thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • NorthwestBridal

    NorthwestBridal says:

    Great QYDJ story, very inspiring! Now, off to look at some beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Thanks for your story! I totally agree that you have to actively drive traffic to your shop rather than wait for it to come. Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky says:

    I love hearing about their typical days. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into working for yourself.

    5 years ago

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone says:

    amazing fabrics Rowena. very nice. the teal feathers , red ruby rose and coral chrysanthemum colours look really vibrant.

    5 years ago

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo says:

    Lovely interview! Congratulations! I've been a fan of your shop for awhile:)

    5 years ago

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo says:

    Great interview~

    5 years ago

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio says:

    These are so beautiful! It seems every time I log on to read a story it costs me money : )I need to start making more in my own shop so I can shop more! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

    5 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Great article! Nice clutches!!

    5 years ago

  • sparkleezcrystals

    sparkleezcrystals says:

    Great article! Success to your business! I am hoping that Etsy sales will pick up for me so I can quit my day job, too!

    5 years ago

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery says:

    Wonderful article with some great advice and tips and gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing, Rowena, and congrats on your success :)

    5 years ago

  • charlesvintage

    charlesvintage says:

    wow! great article and absolutely STUNNING bags!

    5 years ago

  • 2ndtimevintageshop

    2ndtimevintageshop says:

    Super story with some great ideas for us newbies. Thanks much

    5 years ago

  • emjayslovings

    emjayslovings says:

    Very inspiring, Rowena! Thanks for sharing. I am encouraged. I haven't made the first sale yet and have been on Etsy for over a year. I'll keep on though. I have NO $$ for advertising, so will just keep networking. Just started that in the last month. Wish me luck and good continued luck to you! MJ

    5 years ago

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit says:

    Great story! Congrats on your success!

    5 years ago

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals says:

    What a beautiful shop!! Wow- I am really inspired.

    5 years ago

  • bugsandbearsboutique

    bugsandbearsboutique says:

    What a great story and inspiration, and the clutches are just beautiful!!

    5 years ago

  • TheCrochetKid

    TheCrochetKid says:

    I find this really inspiring, I've not had many sales yet but am looking forward to putting in the hours:-)

    5 years ago

  • kitschwear

    kitschwear says:

    another great "QYDJ" article. I love reading these and this one was no exception.

    5 years ago

  • oui2reveille

    oui2reveille says:

    You are very driven! Your purses are adorable. Thanks for all your insight!

    5 years ago

  • vintagerunway

    vintagerunway says:

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your life with us. i love your clutches!

    5 years ago

  • LissaKate

    LissaKate says:

    What a great article. Thank you for sharing your story! Look out universe!

    5 years ago

  • Luv2Have

    Luv2Have says:

    Fabulous article, Redrubyrose is one of my favorites and she is a super nice person!

    5 years ago

  • HydrangeaRow

    HydrangeaRow says:

    What wonderful work! Thanks for sharing your insights--

    5 years ago

  • LogCabinCreation

    LogCabinCreation says:

    What an inspiration - I have quit my day job as well and am working to make crafting my full time income - not a job for the timid!

    5 years ago

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch says:

    Thanks for your honesty. Your story is so inspiring and motivational to me!Best wishes for contnued success!

    5 years ago

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled says:

    These clutches are adorable. Love your story too.

    5 years ago

  • cowgirlcaities

    cowgirlcaities says:

    Love it!!! - love the bags darling--simply wonderful!!!

    5 years ago

  • takofibers

    takofibers says:

    This is the most wonderful story I've read on the Etsy blog so far! Its always so great to see people transforming my dreams into reality, so I know I can do it too!!

    5 years ago

  • countrymunchkins

    countrymunchkins says:

    Great article! I am really inspired! And I might just buy my first clutch!

    5 years ago

  • WandercraftDesign

    WandercraftDesign says:

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your story!

    5 years ago

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor says:

    love the article, being new it's great to get some good advice. Fantastic shop!

    5 years ago

  • OnHerMaryWay

    OnHerMaryWay says:

    Thank you for reminding us of the cliche 'jump and the universe will catch you'. It helps rid of some of those nagging 'fears'!

    5 years ago

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy says:

    Great article - so honest and insightful. Love her bags and best wishes for continued success! : )

    5 years ago

  • mccheeksmayhem

    mccheeksmayhem says:

    really inspiring and lovely bags too

    5 years ago

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns says:

    Thank you for sharing!! I've loved your bags ever since I saw them on the FP. Congrats on your success!!!

    5 years ago

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms says:

    What a lovely story! I smiled when she said she started structuring her time around radio programs; so do I! I've admired Redrubyrose since I first saw her shop. Thanks for sharing with us.

    5 years ago

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat says:

    Nice to see a fellow clutch maker here. Congrats on the feature. Best of everything.

    5 years ago

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Rowena, your bags are lovely!

    5 years ago

  • SweetiePieCaketopper

    SweetiePieCaketopper says:

    I can see why you are so popular after looking at your clutches. I'm new to ETSY. I hope it's not too late for newcomers. Enjoyed all of the cute shops that have responded to this article. Just great.

    5 years ago

  • jezzeprints

    jezzeprints says:

    Wonderfully inspiring interview, and I just love the dress in the first photo!

    5 years ago

  • studiotullia

    studiotullia says:

    Thanks for your honesty, passion and courage. Good luck!

    5 years ago

  • zazuandvioletshats

    zazuandvioletshats says:

    I found the perfect bag from Rowena for my daughter's wedding, I can't wait to give it to her at her bridal shower. Very special, and nice to read about her process.

    5 years ago

  • lilew

    lilew says:

    Thank you! Wonderful story, very inspiring. Lisa

    5 years ago

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy says:

    Wonderful! Rowena has been one of my favorites from the very beginning of my Etsy adventure. Best wishes for continued success!

    5 years ago

  • Meganoosh

    Meganoosh says:

    Love the article and the bags. A truly unique idea. And no cliche's given. I truly believe that if we do fall into our passions, the universe will catch us. :)

    5 years ago

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery says:

    Thank you very much for your informative article. I feel passionate about my art which has trouble selling on canvas but is selling on a dishtowel. Funny how things work sometimes.

    5 years ago

  • eviekemp

    eviekemp says:

    That was one of my favourite QYDJ posts yet and I love Rowenas creations! Very inspiring

    5 years ago

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign says:

    Very inspiring! Beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue says:

    Thanks for the story. Love the clutches, they are really lovely.

    5 years ago

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery says:

    Really inspiring article and gorgeous bags! Thanks for your insights.

    5 years ago

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, alot of good info. The fabric that you use is beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • douina

    douina says:

    Rowena I loved your story,, I will most definetly use some of your practices to sell more of my jewelry.

    5 years ago

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio says:

    Beautiful bags and it's always helpful to hear of a seller's success!

    5 years ago

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations says:

    Thanks for sharing your story with us :)

    5 years ago

  • ButtermilkVintage

    ButtermilkVintage says:

    Haha. I listen to NPR all day in the U.S.--and find myself scheduling around programs, too. Thanks for sharing a bit about your past, present, and future with us, Rowena!

    5 years ago

  • DoodlebugAccessories

    DoodlebugAccessories says:

    What an inspiring story! Beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    loved your story, congrats on all your success and best of luck in whatever your future holds!!!

    5 years ago

  • puck513

    puck513 says:

    Great Article...

    5 years ago

  • JazziJua

    JazziJua says:

    Great Article and Beautiful Clutches!

    5 years ago

  • socalsweetpea

    socalsweetpea says:

    Your shop is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I learned a LOT from your post.

    5 years ago

  • DblCreationsLP1

    DblCreationsLP1 says:

    I really enjoyed your article. Very informative and helpful, especially to a new comer to Etsy. Stepping out on faith, knowing who you are, and believing in yourself and your passion makes all the difference. This has truly been an exciting, challenging, exhausting, scary and fun venture for me. Being your own boss you wear many, many hats. Looking back is not an option for me. I am truly blessed and thankful to have such a very loving, strong, and supportive husband, daughters, friends, and family. But most of all God.

    5 years ago

  • WSDreams

    WSDreams says:

    Great article and gorgeous purses! :)

    5 years ago

  • GemstonesByBren

    GemstonesByBren says:

    Great story. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • citizenrosebud

    citizenrosebud says:

    Great post. Warm and personal and real, and has some beautiful product.

    5 years ago

  • ROSjewelrydesign

    ROSjewelrydesign says:

    Thanks so much for the advice! As a newbie on Etsy, I very much appreciate it. I love your attitude and your bags are adorable.

    5 years ago

  • LabSpace

    LabSpace says:

    Fab read. Loved it! So inspiring.

    5 years ago

  • chrysalis1

    chrysalis1 says:

    I can only say what everyone else has~very inspiring & gorgeous items!Many Blessings*** Maureen9presently trying to find the time to get on Etsy to sell my jewelry,etc.).

    5 years ago

  • PennyFarrow

    PennyFarrow says:

    Congratulations on your success,its a great success story. Thanks for sharing it, its inspirational

    5 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton says:

    gteat story

    5 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton says:

    great story

    5 years ago

  • AmericanPurseSupply
  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz says:

    Thanks so much Rowena for your practical advice but also your insight - this gives me hope - I love making my stuff too - love the comment about the universe catching you - thanks for sharing your story:) Your clutches are lovely:)

    5 years ago

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette says:

    "Jump and the universe will catch you"...I think I'm going to print that out and hang it on my wall for inspiration!

    5 years ago

  • CleanerScience

    CleanerScience says:

    Beautiful work! And great inspiration to keep working from home!

    5 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Great post!

    5 years ago

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels says:

    Beautiful work and great story! Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels says:

    Beautiful work and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • CarlaValverde

    CarlaValverde says:

    I just LOVE those bags! gorgeous work!

    5 years ago

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp says:

    Looooooooove you work! You are an inspiration to us all!! My favorite is the original Ruby clutch and the peony.

    5 years ago

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios says:

    I've always wondered about you, Rowena--thanks for the peek into your life and awesome work!! Your clutches are always just right....

    5 years ago

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U says:

    Beautiful, all the way around-congrats to you and your success. I like the "jump and the universe will catch you!" here I go....

    5 years ago

  • DyeDyeMyDarling

    DyeDyeMyDarling says:

    Beautiful bags! Lovely and honest article. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

    5 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Rowena you are so talented. Your story is very inspiring. Thank you! :)

    5 years ago

  • lunamia

    lunamia says:

    Love the clutch bags and the article too. Keep on doing what you are doing, you have talent. lunamia

    5 years ago

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue says:

    Brilliant! Your sage words came at just the right time: the thorny issue of being copied. Gosh, isn't that true! It's hard to deal with. I am currently trying to rise above it. I started out here selling ladies hats. Now I have a little fiber shop (with an amazing 600+ sales!!) Etsy is an amazing incredibly special place. I've followed all the success tips here in the blog + more from fab stories as the one above. Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • benoitdesigns

    benoitdesigns says:

    I enjoyed reading. Thanks! And what lovely work!

    5 years ago

  • Asia3

    Asia3 says:

    inspirational and beautifully honest. I care for your dedication to being present, it speaks your success and your might to enjoy a nice cup of tea.

    5 years ago

  • BabbsBoutique

    BabbsBoutique says:

    Congrats for the feature Rowena! I've been a long time admirer of your work. This article is such an inspiration, I really enjoyed it. :)

    5 years ago

  • Patsysbeads

    Patsysbeads says:

    Love your story and your clutches are beautiful. Thanks for the great information and inspiration. My dream is to work fro home someday.

    5 years ago

  • thegraphicrabbit

    thegraphicrabbit says:

    hope the universe catches me! great story and work!

    5 years ago

  • ialbert

    ialbert says:

    Thanks for such an inspiring interview, best wishes for future.Love your work.

    5 years ago

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns says:

    I've been a fan for a long time and I can't wait to have an excuse to buy one of the gorgeous clutches in her collection!

    5 years ago

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA says:

    Beautiful story! Copyrights issues have been coming up all the time . I guess I am not the only one having this problem. I always love reading this! Can't wait for the next one!

    5 years ago

  • ponycircus

    ponycircus says:

    love your story! thank you so much!

    5 years ago

  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage says:

    So inspiring! You are very talented.

    5 years ago

  • AlteredEras

    AlteredEras says:

    I am not a handbag (purse) girl but yours are gorgeous. Thanks for a fab article :)

    5 years ago

  • mackenzieframes

    mackenzieframes says:

    Glad I'm not the only one that structures her day around BBC Radio 4!

    5 years ago

  • NiuTaller

    NiuTaller says:

    Thanks for sharing this!! it's been interesting and useful!

    5 years ago

  • EllieThouret

    EllieThouret says:

    This is such an inspiring story. I LOVE the packaging!

    5 years ago

  • curlyrip

    curlyrip says:

    Totally helpful. Specifically liked the section on how you spend a typical day thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby says:

    Great shop, great article. Loved reading it! Thanks for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • MellybeeShop

    MellybeeShop says:

    Thankyou for this especially from a fellow UK etsyshop. I have yet to experience etsy success but am still making and selling in craft and art fairs and independent shops. I think your right in how the etsy market has changed and that you may not get noticed just by renewing but perhaps use it as a way to sell to contacts you already have and from there build up...

    5 years ago

  • kalicat

    kalicat says:

    The idea of using clutches for the bridesmaids is very nice, I like how individual they all look as ecah one is different. And the best thing is that they will all be able to reuse their wonderful clutch at many other occasions

    5 years ago

  • Viverre

    Viverre says:

    Loved reading this! It's so nice to see someone from the UK featured here - gives me more confidence to get on with my own shop. :)

    5 years ago

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon says:

    A lovely story, very inspirational, and gorgeous bags!

    5 years ago

  • BeggarsBowl

    BeggarsBowl says:

    Really great story loved reading it! Very inspiring too, I can relate to the fabric and illustration loves! :) Kitty x

    5 years ago



    Great read

    5 years ago

  • roomofyourown

    roomofyourown says:

    Inspiring and encouraging story.. Beautiful shop!!

    5 years ago

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery says:

    Yay Rowena! Lovely to find out a bit more about you.

    5 years ago

  • substancedesigns

    substancedesigns says:

    Absolutely stunning clutches and a wonderful story! Thank you!!

    5 years ago

  • sidorjam

    sidorjam says:

    I love these stories, beautiful bags! using them for bridesmaids gifts is such a great idea.

    5 years ago

  • jewelrybycarolyn88

    jewelrybycarolyn88 says:

    thanks for the tips. I know I can use some of them to help my business improve. Carolyn

    5 years ago

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit says:

    Great article - very inspiring! Your work is so beautiful.

    5 years ago

  • grannysthimble

    grannysthimble says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and passion. I found it to be very inspiratational. Your work is wonderful.

    5 years ago

  • lievre

    lievre says:

    You cannot go wrong with Liberty of London fabrics. She has such pretty things.

    5 years ago

  • waste2save

    waste2save says:

    Very inspirational success story!

    5 years ago

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture says:

    Rowena, you are amazing. Your bags are absolutely gorgeous! You are obviously in your niche. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!

    5 years ago

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels says:

    Very inspiring story! Makes me keep on going and gives me the curage not to give up that easy. I love the clutches your ilustrations on them are gorgeous!

    5 years ago

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture says:

    Rowena, you are amazing. Your clutches are gorgeous. You are obviously in your niche! Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers

    5 years ago

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings says:

    Really beautiful products - I am sorely tempted to treat myself at some point to one of your clutch bags. :) Wishing you continued success! Natasha

    5 years ago

  • Ladendesigns

    Ladendesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing! Inspiring and motivating! Love your clutches- awesome fabics! BTW, cute hair!

    5 years ago

  • PatsyDesigns

    PatsyDesigns says:

    I wonder if a lot of us Etsy folks start out making gifts for family and friends and it just seems to evolve. Wonderful clutches - great colors! Wishing you continued success!! Patsy

    5 years ago

  • TheWishingElephant

    TheWishingElephant says:

    I love the shipping boxes.. so unique! I've just recently played with the idea of funky packaging and now I'm sold!

    5 years ago

  • kyebags

    kyebags says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! This interview met me right where I am and I found it especially encouraging. I am right in the spot, afraid to take the plunge into full time place... and hating every moment of it because although I know it's what I want, so many voices around me convince me otherwise. So glad to know it IS possible to suceed. Also, thanks for the tips. Although the growth in etsy members is great, I've definately noticed the drop in my sales and have found it discouraging trying to come up with fresh new ideas to draw people in. You have been a great help!

    5 years ago

  • PorsbyDesign

    PorsbyDesign says:

    Inspiring! Stories like yours keep me creating ever day. Hopefully someday soon I can quit my day job too.

    5 years ago

  • Mestee

    Mestee says:

    I love your designs! I also love your story, it's nice to hear what I keep thinking "work, work, work" then leap for the moon!

    5 years ago

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns says:

    It is great to see such a success story. It helps me to stay excited about creating.

    5 years ago

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay says:

    Great article! Beautiful purses!

    5 years ago

  • JeweledDiversity

    JeweledDiversity says:

    Wonderful story and adorable clutches!!! Thank you for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix says:


    5 years ago

  • merryalchemy

    merryalchemy says:

    I love your clutches. They are absolutely stunning. Congratulations on your success!

    5 years ago

  • pomegranatebay

    pomegranatebay says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and keeping the new sellers inspired. Lovely work.

    5 years ago

  • keeleybehling

    keeleybehling says:

    Great advice! I am a newbee to Etsy and it seems like I learn something new every time I read an article. Wisdom is priceless. Thanks for sharing!

    5 years ago

  • twopaperpals

    twopaperpals says:

    You love what you do...that's inspiring! Who wouldn't want to own one of your beautiful clutches! Love them all!

    5 years ago

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott says:

    Great story! You're an inspiration..thank you!

    5 years ago

  • lissionetsy

    lissionetsy says:

    Thanks for sharing :) really inspiring x

    5 years ago

  • citlali

    citlali says:

    Your work and photos are beautiful!

    5 years ago

  • hauntingbeauty

    hauntingbeauty says:

    Really enjoyed your story and tips. Your "typical day" is what I aspire to. Brace yourself because I'll be updating my ESTY with a vengenance soon!

    5 years ago

  • ButterflyPillowCo

    ButterflyPillowCo says:

    Very inspiring as I am learning how to market myself online. I can't wait to have my 1st sale!

    5 years ago

  • ButterflyPillowCo

    ButterflyPillowCo says:

    Very Inspiring as I learn how to market on the internet. Can't wait to make my 1st sale!

    5 years ago

  • MermaidCreek

    MermaidCreek says:

    Love your story! It's very motivating!

    5 years ago

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic says:

    Great story and beautiful bags!

    5 years ago

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator says:

    You really do have beautiful items, I can see why you're so popular!! Congratulations on all your success, I look up to you. :)

    5 years ago

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations says:

    i've admired those clutches from when I started on etsy.. she has such a unique vision and style -- great work, inspiring story..

    5 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

    Long but least :-) Incredible blog post. Love this shop! Thank you for sharing.. Emily at EL Vintage

    5 years ago

  • MBraze

    MBraze says:

    WOW! Truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing and being so honest. Alot of useful information on every aspect of your creative journey. Thanks again for motivating me to "Jump"! ;)

    5 years ago

  • retroshackinteriors

    retroshackinteriors says:

    This is such a wonderful story. Very inspirational and I love the way you told us about your day and your journey to where you are now. It's so very different for everyone. Thank you for sharing.

    5 years ago

  • McHats

    McHats says:

    Beautiful story, and so well written I felt I was a part of it. thanks for sharing.. Sue

    5 years ago

  • babila

    babila says:

    Ciaoo Rowena! Your story is full of love for your job. Good luck.

    5 years ago

  • museumshop

    museumshop says:

    You go girl. Great purses

    5 years ago

  • kokopelligirl

    kokopelligirl says:

    Loved this article,beautiful clutches redrubyrose!

    5 years ago

  • AndreaFarmerArt

    AndreaFarmerArt says:

    Inspiring article. Gorgeous bags! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    5 years ago

  • lurly

    lurly says:

    LOVE your clutches! Thanks for being my inspiration today - I was needing it!

    5 years ago

  • Morningglories1

    Morningglories1 says:

    Great article, thanks for the inspiration!

    5 years ago

  • lisudesigns

    lisudesigns says:

    beautiful bags, and thanks for sharing your story. love it..................

    5 years ago

  • bantamchicken

    bantamchicken says:

    Thanks so much for your inspiration:) I will jump!

    5 years ago

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez says:

    I just love your bags! good for you :)

    5 years ago

  • clawsanpawspottery

    clawsanpawspottery says:

    I really liked the article very inspirational. I love the bags. The love you choice of fabric design placement. You are very talented.

    5 years ago

  • MyHappyHome

    MyHappyHome says:

    Such lovely purses...and packages! Congratulations and thanks for the story :)

    5 years ago

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag says:

    Love her frankness.....thank you!

    5 years ago

  • UrbanVarieties

    UrbanVarieties says:

    love your story!! and love the prints as well!

    5 years ago

  • kaymobo

    kaymobo says:

    I love reading about sellers who have done so well! Very inspirational. Beautiful clutches!

    5 years ago

  • gypsyeye

    gypsyeye says:

    I have loved your clutches for some time, thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    5 years ago

  • LauraGourmel

    LauraGourmel says:

    Thank you for sharing with us your story. very informative!

    5 years ago

  • Rox3Dover

    Rox3Dover says:

    i love the new to the site and hope this works for me as much as it has worked for you :)!!!!

    5 years ago

  • MelissaCaronJeweller

    MelissaCaronJeweller says:

    Very inspirational! Beautiful work!

    5 years ago

  • iluvwallpaper

    iluvwallpaper says:

    Inspirational story and I love those purses.

    5 years ago

  • Flatoutfunky

    Flatoutfunky says:

    You are very brave! good luck in your business! and thanks for sharing your story

    5 years ago

  • goorsendjewelry

    goorsendjewelry says:

    Thank you

    5 years ago

  • PatBarnes

    PatBarnes says:

    I enjoyed reading your article.I found it most helpful as a new etsy artist. You just go girl!!! Love your work.

    5 years ago

  • latedajewels

    latedajewels says:

    Congrats! I hope to have your success in the future... It is so hard to juggle a full time job and a side business. I wish you the best of luck and have certainly learned from your interview. Thanks for being so candid.

    5 years ago

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling says:

    Thank you for sharing, you have a lots talent. Your bags are beautiful. Barbara

    5 years ago

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling says:

    Great story thank you for sharing, you bags are beautiful.

    5 years ago

  • stratdesigns

    stratdesigns says:

    Redrubyrose was one of the very first stores I stumbled across in Etsy. I remember being so inspired by the quality of product, photography and the number of sales! I was so interested to read the interview, and when I made my first treasury I knew I had to include a redrubyrose clutch! I will own one myself one day - if I can only choose which one...!

    5 years ago

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly says:

    I love your bag designs, thanks for sharing your story!

    5 years ago

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma says:

    So inspiring - our family's goal is too make selling on etsy our main income - we are about 1/2 way there. Warm wishes.

    5 years ago

  • uniquebeadedtreasure

    uniquebeadedtreasure says:

    Congrats to Redrubyrose in her success! She seems totally focused on what should be the most important aspect in any type of business & that is quality materials with quality craftsmanship!! No matter what size your business may be, you should always keep these two things at the forefront!!! Way to go Redrubyrose!!

    5 years ago

  • JLynnOriginalDesigns

    JLynnOriginalDesigns says:

    Gorgeous clutches and great story!

    5 years ago

  • piasayshi

    piasayshi says:

    Very inspiring. Thank you for this! :)

    5 years ago

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore says:

    I loved the story, congratulations to Redrubyrose on your great accomplishment. I LOVE the clutches. The best of luck to you. (If you are ever need of some beautiful wholesale trims to enhance a bag, be sure to look me up! I have beautiful trims for all occasions)

    5 years ago

  • bMichelleDesigns

    bMichelleDesigns says:

    I love these clutches! What a wonderful shop you have. Congratulations on your success. :)

    5 years ago

  • meteor

    meteor says:

    very helpful information, very nice and open hearted person...thank you :)

    5 years ago

  • PoppyGrin

    PoppyGrin says:

    Very positive story! I am sure, your talent, style and beauty feeling will attract even more customers.

    5 years ago

  • PoppyGrin

    PoppyGrin says:

    Very positive story! I am sure, your talent, style and beauty feeling will attract even more happy customers! :)

    5 years ago

  • INKhandcrafted

    INKhandcrafted says:

    This was such a wonderful read! I learned a lot and hope to one day be as successful. Being new to Etsy, I have much to learn about and this was very helpful:)

    5 years ago

  • FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

    FruttiTuttiBeadCandy says:

    Nice to see a successful uk etsian doing well love the clutches too.

    5 years ago

  • alwayssunday

    alwayssunday says:

    Great name and beautiful clutches. Your story is inspirational!

    5 years ago

  • TimeNLove42

    TimeNLove42 says:

    love them all bags, but I am wondering which are your own design in terms of textiles.

    5 years ago

  • hmpietz

    hmpietz says:

    inspirational article - thanks for telling your story

    5 years ago

  • deedlebugdesigns

    deedlebugdesigns says:

    LOVELY bags! Great story, too--thanks for sharing your experience!

    5 years ago

  • KidzCapz

    KidzCapz says:

    Love the clutches, and thanks for the encouragement. I'm really new and need some so that I don't just give up because of the sheer volume of offerings on Etsy! Promotion is definitely the most difficult aspect for me. I need to go in search of some more how-tos in that department!

    5 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    I wish I could quit my day job, I love this..... Monica

    5 years ago

  • aistheta

    aistheta says:

    Great story with lots of good experiences shared. I love the bags they have a true designer's style. Very graphic.

    5 years ago

  • sarsenio

    sarsenio says:

    I just LOVE redrubyrose! definitely one of my favorite shops of all times on Etsy! It even got at a point I had to stop visiting her shop, because I couldn't prevent myself from buying one bag each time! ;-)

    5 years ago

  • sublimenprojects

    sublimenprojects says:

    great bags! i loved reading your story!

    4 years ago

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