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Quit Your Day Job: Anna Joyce

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Tell us about your line of goods and what inspires you.
My product line is a collection of appliqued hooded sweatshirts, housewares, and design items for children. I make everything in my home studio in Portland, Oregon.

Does living in a creative area like Portland lend to your artistic energy?
Oh yes! Portland is so full of creative people making inspiring things and so many shops that are selling wonderful local goods. I love living here and I really feed off the support of the creative community.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
After art school I waited tables for ten years and also spent some time as a shop girl designing and selling wedding invitations.

I opened my shop in 2006 after a friend introduced me to Etsy. I had an eight-month-old baby girl and every intention of being an active seller, but the demands of motherhood caused me to neglect my shop. After the birth of my second daughter in 2008, I had fallen back on waiting tables instead of sewing and making art. I had a conversation with my mother one evening when she gave me this advice: “Take some money from your savings and follow your dreams — if in three months you are out of funds and have not sold anything you will know that you need to take another path.” It was great advice and I am so glad I decided to take the chance to follow my dreams.

How did you transition into full time Etsy selling?
I spent a month cleaning, organizing and preparing my studio before going full time. I knew I needed my work space to be ready to handle whatever my life, business and my creativity would throw at it. I also set aside enough money for three full months of my nanny, by far my biggest business expense.

I also developed a logo, and set about branding my shop so that it would be consistent with all of my other promotional materials. All of these preparations took place before I started selling full time on Etsy. I wanted to make sure I was ready to face my customers in a professional way.

What are your best marketing tips?
I use my Facebook fan page to let people know about new products, sales and promotions. By far, the most important way to get press and blog coverage is through great photography. Working on your photos, styling and even spending money on professional photography is the best way to get your products noticed.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My hooded sweatshirts! I enjoy designing new styles and making each and every one. The feedback from my customers is that they are  happy to have an everyday item like a hooded sweatshirt that is  comfortable, cute and unique.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
The business mistake that I struggle with the most is not to buy too much inventory. I tend to get very excited and buy too many materials at once, only to find that the product I was going to make is either unpopular or too time consuming to be profitable. Now I often make a list of pros and cons to help me decide what to do. I try to look at mistakes as a way to gain experience instead of letting them bring me down.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Without hesitation, my biggest challenge is balancing my family life with my professional life. It is a challenge for me to turn off my work life when it is time for me to focus on being a mom. I spend many late nights working after the girls go to bed.

About a year ago I added another day of my nanny to the schedule. Not only did my sales increase, but I was able to be a better mother because I was not trying to fit in my work when my girls needed my attention.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Anything you miss?
I truly enjoy the freedom I have working for myself. Making a living from my art is a dream come true. What I miss about working for someone else is never thinking about their bank account and leaving work at work!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path knowing what you know now?

 

  • Save, save, save and have a very solid plan before you make the leap to quit your day job. I think you should have at least three months of your expenses saved up (plus a little extra for the things that come up). 
  • You should have an organized work space that is ready for production and clear goals that you are constantly working towards. 
  • Keep all of your receipts for business expenses in one place because taxes are stressful enough!  
  • Believe in yourself, have an original product that you love making, and when you think you can’t work any harder push yourself just a little more. If you really want it, go get it!

What goals do you have in store for the future of Anna Joyce Design?
I am so excited about the future of my business! My goal is to write an applique and lifestyle book, sharing some tricks of the trade, patterns of my designs and advice on mixing pattern and color. I would also like to expand my product line into a collection of textiles, paper goods, wallpaper, upholstery — I could go on forever.

 

Thanks for sharing your story, Anna. Check out her work in the Seller’s Items below.

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    Your shop is just beautiful. An inspiring interview too... congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    Gorgeous items, and a very inspiring interview. The stuff about branding before you started the shop is amazing, I wish I'd thought of doing so. (I was such a newbie!)

    3 years ago

  • Huismus

    Huismus says:

    What a lovely shop you have! Thanks for an inspiring read.

    3 years ago

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage says:

    my best wishes for your goal of writing a book. what a complete circle that would be. i love your work. thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • Peppersplacedesigns

    Peppersplacedesigns says:

    I am happy for you, your story is very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    Beautiful products Anna! The love your put into your work is apparent. Great advice too. Congrats on your success in following your dreams

    3 years ago

  • CalliesCraftCottage

    CalliesCraftCottage says:

    I wish my studio was as organized. Actually, I wish I had a studio, now my crafts have a cubby in the corner of the basement but also take over the family room, kitchen, etc. And I really feel that comment about too much inventory. I have done that as well.

    3 years ago

  • TheLetterStudio

    TheLetterStudio says:

    How exciting! I love your fresh colorful designs!

    3 years ago

  • BooPatch

    BooPatch says:

    sigh....a nanny. That was a BRILLIANT idea!! I find myself doing my work after bedtimes.....when there's not enough time and not enough light.... Great job! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas says:

    Lovely story! It is inspiring to hear that the more you put into your business the more you get out of it! Way to go!-Val (a fellow Portlander).

    3 years ago

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage says:

    lovely shop

    3 years ago

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire says:

    What sweet work!! I just love the pillows. Much success to you now and in the future. :)

    3 years ago

  • castawayshall

    castawayshall says:

    Inspiring good common sense. Wish you much future success. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan says:

    Interesting and cool.

    3 years ago

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue says:

    great interview -- and wonderful shop! wishing you continued success and happiness :)

    3 years ago

  • brandmojoimages

    brandmojoimages says:

    Very sound and solid advice. Thank you for sharing your story and your successes. We lived in PDX for about 6 1/2 years about 6 years ago, and what a stellar arts community it is! We still benefit from the friendships of those artisans we met then. All of the best to you and you goal for this year!

    3 years ago

  • madewithhope

    madewithhope says:

    I love this story! Thank you for being inspirational. Your items are beautiful and perfect for spring.

    3 years ago

  • mother8daughter

    mother8daughter says:

    Perfect items for spring! Love the hoodies!

    3 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    Wonderful interview ... I *especially* loved the part about the advice from her mother. (And I can totally relate with the motherhood part - it can be so difficult to carve out time for your craft.) Congrats to Anna on all of her success! Thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery says:

    Wonderful interview. I think your work is great. Best of luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • riricreations

    riricreations says:

    LOVE your designs~ congrats and keep on creating beautiful things!!!

    3 years ago

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket says:

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on your success!!

    3 years ago

  • FearlessDressing

    FearlessDressing says:

    Thank you so much, I had my own business and was sidetracked by raising my family also. Thank you for your advice and inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • needleyou

    needleyou says:

    Love to read these & she has beautiful work. •"Believe in yourself, have an original product that you love making, and when you think you can't work any harder push yourself just a little more. If you really want it, go get it!" --- her advice helps ; )

    3 years ago

  • HaleyByHand

    HaleyByHand says:

    Great feature on one of my fave etsy sellers! Thanks for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • TheCaramelJar

    TheCaramelJar says:

    Amazing products and great advice! Congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Congratulations on the feature! Your applique designs are wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious says:

    Oh SO Lovely ~ You are on the right path for Success ~ may ALL your dreams come true! Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing your story ~ BeeGracious ~ in all we do! Frankie

    3 years ago

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage says:

    this is so inspiring - gorgeous shop too! congrats :)

    3 years ago

  • gracecreations

    gracecreations says:

    Great advice. And I've been working on my pictures so you confirmed what I've already been thinking and doing. Love your work and that you are pursuing what you love to do. Thanks.

    3 years ago

  • RiverStation

    RiverStation says:

    Beautiful items and amazing workspace too :) Congratulations! So glad you listened to your mom and followed your dreams!!

    3 years ago

  • ColourbyCA

    ColourbyCA says:

    LOVE your patterns and designs, adorable :)

    3 years ago

  • tweal

    tweal says:

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing the advice. I like your products a lot, especially the sweatshirts. And I have to admit, I am jealous of your studio/workspace and those lovely organized spools of thread :)

    3 years ago

  • TsMeDesigns

    TsMeDesigns says:

    Thank you so much for all the advice. Having proper time and space set aside is a problem for me, and probably a lot of us. I live in a very crowded apartment with 3 other people and my "studio" consists of boxes of supplies in every possible closet and I work from my lap, the couch or the kitchen table. With your advice, and the nagging annoyance for not having enough work space, I think I am finally going to do something about that as soon as this semester is over. So thank you!

    3 years ago

  • bluelala

    bluelala says:

    So cute! Congrats Anna!

    3 years ago

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth says:

    What beautiful items and vibrant colors! I, too, love the advice from mom.

    3 years ago

  • sweetbellacards

    sweetbellacards says:

    What a beautiful shop and such an inspiring story! :)

    3 years ago

  • StacyRaeT

    StacyRaeT says:

    Great shop! Contrats to you!!!

    3 years ago

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace says:

    Great advice. Keeping receipts together in one place is something I struggle with but you've inspired me to designate a spot :) Wish you continued success and I'll bet that book will come to fruition, you have a lovely spirit. I like that the moral of this story could be "listen to your mother" :)

    3 years ago

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus says:

    Gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing! EtsyLove from, Jamie

    3 years ago

  • Leeya

    Leeya says:

    LOVELY items! So happy to hear about your success

    3 years ago

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign says:

    I needed this article right now. I'm at one of life's crossroads, and I think your mother's advice may help us both! Love your hoodies!

    3 years ago

  • PaperBoxStudio

    PaperBoxStudio says:

    Love your shop and you color combos! Looks like your story inspired many... including me.

    3 years ago

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns says:

    beautiful work!!! simply amazing! inspiring story as well :) thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara says:

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us.

    3 years ago

  • carolinabeadshop

    carolinabeadshop says:

    Enjoyed your article! I know everyone can benefit from it. Your work is very nice. Love your hoodies.

    3 years ago

  • RosellaResin

    RosellaResin says:

    Great post and awesome items!!

    3 years ago

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie says:

    This is by far my favorite series that Etsy does. Great advice about savings, branding, and having a plan before taking that big step. Congrats!!

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Great to see you as a featured seller, thanks for welcoming us into your beautiful home!

    3 years ago

  • tomatored

    tomatored says:

    GREAT shop! inspirational story!

    3 years ago

  • SunshowerStudio

    SunshowerStudio says:

    Love your designs, you are a very talented artist and a very Good Job goes your way. Love your hoodies!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt says:

    AGH!!!! Now I am going to have to save up for a Tumbling Vine Hooded Sweatshirt! I LOVE IT!!!!!! Congrats on your article, love your patterns, you are very talented....you will be hearing from me soon! :)

    3 years ago

  • KrystalCirca1984

    KrystalCirca1984 says:

    Good solid advice, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • Numbers14

    Numbers14 says:

    great advice

    3 years ago

  • Numbers14

    Numbers14 says:

    great advice

    3 years ago

  • babyjives

    babyjives says:

    I love your work and what an inspiring story that hits close to home. I started my business after my son was born too and am now struggling to balance work and life. I think a nanny day is in my future as well!

    3 years ago

  • klosti

    klosti says:

    Great advise and beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • vermontbranchcompany

    vermontbranchcompany says:

    Thank you for sharing. You make beautiful things. It is wonderful to make your living from the work of your hands.

    3 years ago

  • sizzlestrapz

    sizzlestrapz says:

    Wonderful work! Your comments touched basically what I am doing! Keep up the great work and good luck :~)

    3 years ago

  • ThreeMerryMakers

    ThreeMerryMakers says:

    Very inspirational! I definitely need your organization! Great planning tips and beautiful work! I hope I can follow in your footsteps one day! Congratulations on all you do

    3 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather says:

    Congratulations on following your dreams! I really like that you were practical and prepared everything before taking the leap to full-time! :) Very smart!

    3 years ago

  • princcessnadia

    princcessnadia says:

    Beautiful work and I love that I can relate to your story (I am a mom of 5) thank you for sharing!!!

    3 years ago

  • LoveHonorUpcycle

    LoveHonorUpcycle says:

    Thoughtful interview. I love your shop (and your studio). Kudos to your mom by the way! My mom gave me an old Flavia greeting card that said "Follow your dreams the rest will follow." I think of it often.

    3 years ago

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto says:

    You are so right about Portland being a great city to create in, lots of talented people call it home.

    3 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Beautiful work- the bright, fun, and whimsical colors/patterns really gives your collection a distinct personality!

    3 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    Gorgeous shop and great story congratulations!!!! <333

    3 years ago

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe says:

    Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels says:

    this is so great! wishing you success! your shop is wonderful:)

    3 years ago

  • fantasyfloorplans

    fantasyfloorplans says:

    Moms give the best advice.

    3 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Awesome - so inspirational! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • SplashBag

    SplashBag says:

    Congratulations on your success! The initial steps & planning stages you went through were well thought out and so important. Thank you for inspiring us!

    3 years ago

  • LysanderNViviana

    LysanderNViviana says:

    Very inspiring and great items, thanks for the wonderful tips!! Congratulations and keep up the good work!!

    3 years ago

  • NeedlesnPinsStichery

    NeedlesnPinsStichery says:

    Great story and what a wonderful looking shop!

    3 years ago

  • annajoyce

    annajoyce says:

    Thank you all so much for your comments- they mean so much. You all inspire me!

    3 years ago

  • teetoo

    teetoo says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! A great article and such a lovely shop! All the best!

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Love your shop and items! Congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • LessThan3byClaire

    LessThan3byClaire says:

    Love her stuff! rememmber seeing it around portland when i lved there last summer!..really regret not getting a hoodie when i was there:(

    3 years ago

  • gemboxjewelry

    gemboxjewelry says:

    Very inspiring interview- thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • lovepetals

    lovepetals says:

    GREAT ADVICE!!! I never thought about the branding. You have really inspired me. God Bless and keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • thepixelprince

    thepixelprince says:

    Great story! Good luck Anna

    3 years ago

  • AltarDesigns

    AltarDesigns says:

    Loved reading your story! And love your art! I have had you favorited for a while now...and will make a purchase hopefully in the near future! Very inspiring to me....thankyou!

    3 years ago

  • aldari

    aldari says:

    Gorgeous shop! Congrats!! :)

    3 years ago

  • bedouin

    bedouin says:

    Love this interview ~ creative and inspiring. The pacific northwest rocks!

    3 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Portland is such a hotbed of creativity! I live 60 miles away but visit whenever I can. I love your designs Anna-- best wishes for continued success!!

    3 years ago

  • quiltsbykandy

    quiltsbykandy says:

    Congratulations on your success. Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story with us. Kandy

    3 years ago

  • CathyMcMurray

    CathyMcMurray says:

    Way to go, Anna! Such sound advice, especially for working, creative moms.

    3 years ago

  • handpaintedbyarlene

    handpaintedbyarlene says:

    This was great! Very informative too. Thanks for the tips. Arlene

    3 years ago

  • sistersoncanvas

    sistersoncanvas says:

    congrats!

    3 years ago

  • PeacockMercantiles

    PeacockMercantiles says:

    Wow, what a beautiful shop! Thank you for the real advice. As a beginning etsy seller, I really appreciate knowing the details of how you started. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • MyLittleJems

    MyLittleJems says:

    I so enjoy Etsy for the community and for stories like yours. I too have been waiting tables for far too long. Great advice and a beautiful shop. Congrats and good luck!

    3 years ago

  • ellenhowardhandmade

    ellenhowardhandmade says:

    amazing shop. congrats! I really love your designs and style. For many years sewing went out of favor. I am so happy to see so many young moms stitching it up these days. Enjoy your girls, time really goes by fast.

    3 years ago

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy says:

    Such an inspiring story - thank you for sharing. And thank God for your mother - she gave you some great advice. Congratulations on your success! Beautiful shop by the way. :)

    3 years ago

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy says:

    love this! thanks for sharing your story. :)

    3 years ago

  • vtdesigns

    vtdesigns says:

    Congratulations on following your dream - what great advice from your mom! Great shop! You give me inspiration to keep plugging away and trying to make my shop work for my goals.

    3 years ago

  • collettegrace

    collettegrace says:

    so so so inspiring, I needed this. I love to hear from moms who are doing what they love while being a good mother, this is what I'm working towards.

    3 years ago

  • collettegrace

    collettegrace says:

    so so so inspiring, I needed this. I love to hear from moms who are doing what they love while being a good mother, this is what I'm working towards.

    3 years ago

  • collettegrace

    collettegrace says:

    so so so inspiring, I needed this. I love to hear from moms who are doing what they love while being a good mother, this is what I'm working towards.

    3 years ago

  • TubeHeaven

    TubeHeaven says:

    beautiful stuff and great, clear points. having a nanny sounds wonderful!!

    3 years ago

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages says:

    I love that you gave some down-to-earth advice to save and prepare. So many times we hear "just go for it!" "take the leap", but it's good to hear someone say that you need to brace yourself for the switch too. Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio says:

    Beautiful story! I am very happy for you! Its wondeful that your mom is so supportive and gave you such great advice!

    3 years ago

  • NovemberStudios

    NovemberStudios says:

    This is Etsy's greatest marketing tool- the false hope that one day you will be able to quit your job. Good grief.

    3 years ago

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue says:

    Loved your story! encouraging for us newbies to really give it our all :) and I love your bird pillows!!!

    3 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Great idea to jot down your pros and cons when purchasing inventory...I'll have to try that. Thanks for the article and advice and congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • AmorOrquidea

    AmorOrquidea says:

    Very touching interview! I know the feeling when it comes to juggling Etsy life, work life, and time with my two daughters. Beautiful designs as well, thank you for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • SunshineSparrow

    SunshineSparrow says:

    love your stuff! great advice. hope one day it might happen for many of us on etsy!

    3 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Very nice! Wishing you continued success!!

    3 years ago

  • ConceptsInClay

    ConceptsInClay says:

    Another great success story - so motivating for us all! Thanks for the inpiration!

    3 years ago

  • xandaroe

    xandaroe says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. You go girl !

    3 years ago

  • sadiesez

    sadiesez says:

    I love fabric!! Your Items are really cute, continued success to you :)

    3 years ago

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions says:

    Very inspiring and great advice. Thank you for sharing, and congrats on your success!!

    3 years ago

  • betsylou

    betsylou says:

    Thanks for the practical tips.

    3 years ago

  • TheWeirdGirlWorkshop

    TheWeirdGirlWorkshop says:

    Beautiful work! I can see why the hooded sweatshirts are so popular- they are adorable!

    3 years ago

  • GypsyThreat

    GypsyThreat says:

    Wonderful interview and great advice!

    3 years ago

  • ClothandPatina

    ClothandPatina says:

    Your shop is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this inspiring interview. Here's to your continued success.

    3 years ago

  • pigeonpaperie

    pigeonpaperie says:

    Lovely interview..great advice.

    3 years ago

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz says:

    Very inspiring story. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Beatiful items

    3 years ago

  • ElfiePins

    ElfiePins says:

    Go Portlanders! Amazing items and inspiring story. Simply lovely. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • HoopMamas

    HoopMamas says:

    Super great article! It is very helpful in my transition to make my art my Full Time gig!!

    3 years ago

  • Judeco

    Judeco says:

    I love the beautiful bold colors in your work!! I hope to join you in making the jump soon. Thanks for your inspiration and encouragement.

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    Beautiful story! And, I love your shop!

    3 years ago

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies says:

    Beautiful story! And, I love your shop!

    3 years ago

  • BellaPuzzles

    BellaPuzzles says:

    Great interview, Anna. The bit about balancing work with life is so easy to relate to. I admire you for getting everything beautiful and professional BEFORE you opened your shop. Good decision!

    3 years ago

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli says:

    Very good advise and thanks for sharing your story, good luck!!!

    3 years ago

  • SaraFeiss

    SaraFeiss says:

    I love your shop, just added you to my favorites! You have such great designs! Thanks for sharing your inspiring story and I wish you continued success!! :)

    3 years ago

  • botny

    botny says:

    such an inspiring and down-to-earth story!! i LOVE the advice your mom gave you, mom's are always right whether we like it or not! :) your work truly shows that you love what you do!! truly stunning work!!

    3 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Love your shop . Congrats to you .

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Congrats! Beautiful works.

    3 years ago

  • BarkingBirds

    BarkingBirds says:

    I love that birdie hoodie!

    3 years ago

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin says:

    Really adorable! I love all the pattern and colour/color! Robin

    3 years ago

  • BeenAroundTheBlock

    BeenAroundTheBlock says:

    Fantastic! I just moved into a new home where I have my very own craft ROOM instead of "workspace". I hope this can help me grow and develop in my work just the way you talked about. Thanks for the wonderful story and for being a great inspiration! That's a very smart mother you have. :)

    3 years ago

  • BeenAroundTheBlock

    BeenAroundTheBlock says:

    Fantastic! I just moved into a new home where I have my very own craft ROOM instead of "workspace". I hope this can help me grow and develop in my work just the way you talked about. Thanks for the wonderful story and for being a great inspiration! That's a very smart mother you have. :)

    3 years ago

  • loopzart

    loopzart says:

    " I try to look at mistakes as a way to gain experience instead of letting them bring me down." Great article! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • VARTJewelry

    VARTJewelry says:

    Love your work studio and your line. Nice and neat! My dream is to have my own work place and expand my work. Well congrats to you :D

    3 years ago

  • JanMadeIt

    JanMadeIt says:

    Love your stuff! Some of it reminds me of the Partridge family logo... (ooops. is my age showing?)

    3 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    LOVE it!! amazing photos. xoxo, shauna & stephen

    3 years ago

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite says:

    it is all just wonderful !!!

    3 years ago

  • Toriapasquinucci

    Toriapasquinucci says:

    Keep up the good work :)- love the bottle of wine in the corner! LOL!

    3 years ago

  • OnASundayAfternoon

    OnASundayAfternoon says:

    I love your products!! Congrats on your success! What a great interview!

    3 years ago

  • OnASundayAfternoon

    OnASundayAfternoon says:

    I love your products!! Congrats on your success! What a great interview!

    3 years ago

  • Esma

    Esma says:

    Great article, thanks for sharing! It all really comes down to hard work and planning. I really like the letterpress!

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    i have recently also "quit my day job" as this blog always encourages. i hope that i can produce as attractive professional looking crafts as you have. congratulations..

    3 years ago

  • Reinhabit

    Reinhabit says:

    This story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing! :)

    3 years ago

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios says:

    Your interview was inspirational. Wishing you continued success.

    3 years ago

  • EmeraldCut

    EmeraldCut says:

    Beautiful handmade goods! You have such an optimistic, yet realistic, view on creating and selling. I enjoyed reading your interview, and left with some pointers.

    3 years ago

  • TheLaughingButterfly

    TheLaughingButterfly says:

    Lovely items in your shop!

    3 years ago

  • starloverlindsey

    starloverlindsey says:

    Awesome story! :)

    3 years ago

  • sofialgarvia

    sofialgarvia says:

    Great story! Congratulations - your effort and organization methods sure gave me a good feeling that I will achieve my own results someday!

    3 years ago

  • KingdomKards

    KingdomKards says:

    Love your work! Such an inspiring story! And, good advice...

    3 years ago

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest says:

    Congrats! Love your Spring Flower hoodie!

    3 years ago

  • JadeExpressions

    JadeExpressions says:

    You're so talented. I love your shop. Your items are unique and look very well made. It's hard to find quality handmade products in the US. Nice success story! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • annajoyce

    annajoyce says:

    AHH! You are all making me want to run down to my studio, start working and never stop. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • ohjustjess

    ohjustjess says:

    i just adore these features! such a wonderful seller, really inspiring ;) wishing you all the best.

    3 years ago

  • camilladesigns

    camilladesigns says:

    Put a bird on it! All joking aside, beautiful stuff!

    3 years ago

  • Princessnoir

    Princessnoir says:

    Thank you for sharing. Most inspiring, incredibly helpful information. Wholeheartedly agree that one needs to work on a strong brand first that identifies with one's work/style. I have alot of work today before I open a store on Etsy. Many thanks. I send good thoughts and best wishes for your buddy company.

    3 years ago

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets says:

    Thank you for sharing you wonderful story!

    3 years ago

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly says:

    Your work is absolutely beautiful Anna. I love your designs and can't wait to get myself one of your sweatshirts!

    3 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Your interview ran chills up and down my spine it was so inspiring and straight forward I love your shop and your work space. You are doing so good congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • katarinathorsen

    katarinathorsen says:

    This is just the inspiration I need as I change my life course! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • HomemadeByMrsB

    HomemadeByMrsB says:

    Great article. Its always so nice to hear happy success stories. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • mamashay

    mamashay says:

    lovely! inspiring! many congratulations!!

    3 years ago

  • willowbaus

    willowbaus says:

    Yeah for you Anna!!!!! A well deserved moment in the spotlight. One of these days I will follow your advice and hire a nanny. Hope to see you soon. xo Willow

    3 years ago

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest says:

    Congrats on such a great shop! Inspiring story and some really great advice for us beginners. Keep up the hard work and thanks!

    3 years ago

  • ashleychilds

    ashleychilds says:

    inspiring... i make the same mistakes as well, too much inventory! congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • ParisPhotographer

    ParisPhotographer says:

    Great article and very inspiring x

    3 years ago

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb says:

    congrats on the feature! very inspring, thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb says:

    congrats on the feature! very inspring, thanks for the tips.

    3 years ago

  • belesblooms

    belesblooms says:

    Great story very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • 100applegate

    100applegate says:

    Great story and beautiful work!! I quit my job 10 years ago and have been living my passions! It is the only way to go!! Enjoy!!

    3 years ago

  • HMFeathers

    HMFeathers says:

    thank you for your advice and tips! definitely valuable points. congratulations on a beautiful shop.

    3 years ago

  • OverAndOverAgain

    OverAndOverAgain says:

    fun designs! i like the advice from your mom, too. i just put in my two weeks notice in at my day job yesterday because it's become unbearble there. with massive lay offs, an increased work load, low compensation and little training offered by my employer i had no incentive to stay. i figure that i'll change gears while i'm young and have no children and can live rent free with the parents for a little while. with more free time i really hope to get my etsy store to the point where its self-sustaining and a major source of income. i want to take business classes, get a part time job and save up to open a brick and mortar store in the near future. stories like yours give me hope that it is possible to succeed in following a dream. keep following yours!

    3 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    fantastic story. very inspiring and great advice! congratulations one your achievements to date!

    3 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    how sweet!

    3 years ago

  • nenemott

    nenemott says:

    A very inspiring story, great work, love all of it. You show what commitment is all about.

    3 years ago

  • littlepart

    littlepart says:

    your work is beautiful and your story so inspiring...it IS possible with two little ones!!

    3 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    So very gorgeous...congratulations, sister! Aloha...Connie

    3 years ago

  • imogensattic

    imogensattic says:

    I love the simplicity of your designs and your colour choices make them stand out from the crowd. You've inspired me to be more organised too, thanks.

    3 years ago

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn says:

    I can see why your hoodies are so popular - they are adorable!! Continued success to you!

    3 years ago

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani says:

    I love your products!!!

    3 years ago

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison says:

    beautiful colours on hoodies - so original.

    3 years ago

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations says:

    beautiful work ! congratulations on your success. Being a mom and balancing work is work in progress.. Dont give up !

    3 years ago

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad says:

    great interview and advice!!

    3 years ago

  • meandriz

    meandriz says:

    What a motivating interview!! Love your products!

    3 years ago

  • hanscreations

    hanscreations says:

    Thanks for the advice great article and I love your sweatshirts! Now it's time to organize my work shop lol :)

    3 years ago

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 says:

    "Try it for 3 months".....I like that. I was thinking on a long-term basis and getting a little overwhelmed 3 months seems do-able for some reason. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • mittisha94

    mittisha94 says:

    Love your shop, congratulation for the success.

    3 years ago

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    ArchetypalTheatre says:

    Way to go Anna! Your girls are lucky to have such an inspiring mama!

    3 years ago

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry says:

    what a beautiful and organized studio! and such unique work! true inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • toriska

    toriska says:

    Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    How awesome...love your work, thanks for the inspiration. I need it.

    3 years ago

  • ChristinasMagic

    ChristinasMagic says:

    Inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • moderncrush

    moderncrush says:

    I have seen the sweatshirts before and LOVE them. Such a wonderful talent - I am so proud that you made it!

    3 years ago

  • CraftyStitchez

    CraftyStitchez says:

    Awesome designs! Thanks for the great advice. It comes in handy when you are new in Etsy like I am!

    3 years ago

  • miamimere

    miamimere says:

    Very cool, good for you for following your heart!

    3 years ago

  • dharma8designs

    dharma8designs says:

    I love your hoodies and designs.

    3 years ago

  • giantdwarf

    giantdwarf says:

    So happy + proud to see you here. Congrats, Anna! xo

    3 years ago

  • HardworkingBlossom

    HardworkingBlossom says:

    This was inspiring to read. I have just opened my etsy shop and am leaping into a new part of my life. It's great to hear your loving what you do. Way to go!

    3 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    great story

    3 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    great story

    3 years ago

  • hydrangeasdecor

    hydrangeasdecor says:

    Beautiful work. Very inspiring to me because I'm pretty nervous if I am wasting my time here or not. I have many talents and wasn't using them! I did quit and am following the life my favorite art teacher told me to do 10 years ago! To live, create and love it. If you live to create It will all work out.

    3 years ago

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie says:

    Great story. Love those pillows.

    3 years ago

  • shopdomestica

    shopdomestica says:

    I can't believe I missed this til now! Congratulations - loved this story and love Anna Joyce everything. You deserve the best because you put it into your work. Awesome!

    3 years ago

  • crystalynneart

    crystalynneart says:

    Congrats on seeing your dream come true and thanks for taking time to inspire those of us still dreaming. Great work too.

    3 years ago

  • Allybeans

    Allybeans says:

    Congrats on your hard work! I just had an interview today with our local press and it really opened my eyes to something I had not noticed before. I am in the same boat as you. I have two little ones and have such a hard time balancing work from family time. I love what I do, and I know that to be successful on Etsy you HAVE TO WORK! It's not just renewing here and there, it's a full-time job for me. I give you such credit and can hope that I continue doing well also! Bravo!! :)

    3 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Wonderful interview, and great advice. :) I just quit my dayjob, and am greedily absorbing all these words in the hopes that this might mean the start of my successful businesses also. Wonderful, wonderful products....congratulations! Heidi

    3 years ago

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince says:

    Great interview, you have been a shop favourite of mine for ages. I have had my eye on one of you hoodies for ages, now winter is coming in Australia, now may be a great time. All the best for the future. Kylie

    3 years ago

  • CoquesiaBelle

    CoquesiaBelle says:

    It is always great to see an artist from Portland featured here on Etsy, I am thrilled to know that whenever I get an opportunity to move back I will be returning to a great Etsy community! It's a great place to live and you have great advice for those of us just starting up. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • secretchief

    secretchief says:

    So inspiring! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • DeirdreLeePortraits

    DeirdreLeePortraits says:

    Love your shop!!! Great interview...inspiring and informative!!! :-)

    3 years ago

  • LikeaMirror

    LikeaMirror says:

    This is just what I needed to read! It was very informative and inspirational.

    3 years ago

  • ellaandjoe

    ellaandjoe says:

    A really inspirational interview, well done!

    3 years ago

  • DVWOODWORKING

    DVWOODWORKING says:

    Nice story. I love the hoddies. Someday I hope to quit my day job too.

    3 years ago

  • LindersCreations

    LindersCreations says:

    What a wonderful shop and your story is very inspiring

    3 years ago

  • LindersCreations

    LindersCreations says:

    What a wonderful shop and your story is very inspiring

    3 years ago

  • HeritageofHome

    HeritageofHome says:

    Yes. Careful of buying too much inventory! That is me! Then I get overwhelmed and don't create anything! Yikes! thanks for the peek into your shop and lifework.

    3 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    This is great advice you share> "I try to look at mistakes as a way to gain experience instead of letting them bring me down." I love the applique look, too.

    3 years ago

  • BonCreationz

    BonCreationz says:

    This article is truly inspiring and lovely to see such exciting goals! I also have a problem with buying too much inventory and then becoming overwhelmed. I am a true bull in a china shop!

    3 years ago

  • babycakesnbeyond

    babycakesnbeyond says:

    I really enjoyed reading this article. Your items are so beautiful and unique.

    3 years ago

  • btosun

    btosun says:

    Great advice. Your items are beatiful.

    3 years ago

  • Mycutietootie

    Mycutietootie says:

    Without a doubt the most helpful article I have read on Etsy! It gave me new hope and reminds me why I am doing what I love to do! Things will come together if its meant to be! A mom of 7 I know the struggles of the balance of time and children! Thanks for the article, first thing to do now,,,,ORGANIZE MY WORKPLACE!!!!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • thequiltedspot

    thequiltedspot says:

    Keep doing what you love....Your story was so inspiring.... I will come back to it when I begin feeling unsure!

    3 years ago

  • StraightUp

    StraightUp says:

    I like this article. The seller seems very goal-oriented and strong.

    3 years ago

  • LMVintage

    LMVintage says:

    Great story - really inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • LMVintage

    LMVintage says:

    Great story - really inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • prisonbreak007

    prisonbreak007 says:

    i like your store ,very lovly

    3 years ago

  • foreverbouquet

    foreverbouquet says:

    Great Advise ..... every little bit helps those of us starting out. Thanks for sharing and I wish you continued success!

    3 years ago

  • AmazingMiniatures

    AmazingMiniatures says:

    Love your story and love your clothing designs. Congrats on your QYDJ post!

    3 years ago

  • AmazingMiniatures

    AmazingMiniatures says:

    Love your story and love your clothing designs. Congrats on your QYDJ post!

    3 years ago

  • EscargotArtsyBits

    EscargotArtsyBits says:

    I enjoyed reading about your success. i've recently gone all in as far as starting my own jewelry/misc on etsy. I haven't sold anything yet and the jewelry showcases go fast! Any ideas on making me different from the other 1000s of jewelry artists on etsy?? Thanks

    3 years ago

  • ritzydesigns

    ritzydesigns says:

    I love all the bright colors. You are a great inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing and good luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • hagitzehavi

    hagitzehavi says:

    GREAT shop!

    3 years ago

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap says:

    These goodies rock I love wearing goodies but they aren'tvery flattering and I can feel a tad grumpy so these are such a cool idea!

    3 years ago

  • offthewallelegance

    offthewallelegance says:

    WOW! Perfect article for me at this point in time. Thanks so much for sharing! May I borrow your mom?! : )

    3 years ago

  • foreveryouandme

    foreveryouandme says:

    Thank-you for the wonderful article!!

    3 years ago

  • Chunchitos

    Chunchitos says:

    Wow, very interesting and very good advice to work!

    3 years ago

  • littlefingersgifts

    littlefingersgifts says:

    Great information - very thorough! Just what I needed to hear! Thanks - gorgeous work!

    3 years ago

  • CherryRunWay

    CherryRunWay says:

    This was such a great article!!

    3 years ago

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei says:

    wow... writing a book! I would love to see this day :)) wonderful hoodies, so adorable!

    3 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    Anna! What a wonderful chain of events. Congrats on having the courage, determination and dedication to go full time. I'm getting there and look forward to the day. In the meantime, I will live vicariously through you! Love your hoodies and your applique aesthetic! Good luck and congrats again.

    3 years ago

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin says:

    All the great shops are from Portland... i must go there...

    3 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Quitting riiiiiight now!

    3 years ago

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin says:

    Best advice I have seen on a blog for a while! I hope to one day do the same as you, but I will definitely save this blog link and do every step. Thanks :)

    3 years ago

  • VintageExpedition

    VintageExpedition says:

    I love reading stories about others to keep the inspiration alive! It is a fun process and tends to bring up a little anxiety when things are quieter. I like being able to read and hear what is going on outside of my world! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree says:

    Lots of good advice! You took a real risk, thats awesome!

    3 years ago

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit says:

    beautiful items... beautiful photos... beautiful workspace... love it all! thanks for sharing the story.

    3 years ago

  • Kimiadesigns

    Kimiadesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspirational!!

    3 years ago

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop says:

    Congrats on your success! Your story is very inspiring and I wish you continued good fortune!

    3 years ago

  • EnergyDrawings

    EnergyDrawings says:

    Your shop is neat :)

    3 years ago

  • bibliographica

    bibliographica says:

    Wonderful read, and so inspiring! Thank you for the window on your world. :)

    3 years ago

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss says:

    Im in love with your shop! think i just faved everything ;)

    3 years ago

  • OutNumberedNovelties

    OutNumberedNovelties says:

    Congrats, your mother has sound advise. Your items are beautifully done. Thank you for sharing,

    3 years ago

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls says:

    Love your shop and items. Your interview is very inspiring. I would love to find a balance between my jewelry business and being a stay at home mom!

    3 years ago

  • KraftyKirst

    KraftyKirst says:

    Great interview, very inspiring!

    3 years ago

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  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet says:

    Congrats !! LOVE your shop !

    3 years ago

  • LoveIt2TimesVintage

    LoveIt2TimesVintage says:

    Loved this interview!

    3 years ago

  • LowlaBug

    LowlaBug says:

    Congratulations! This was really helpful

    3 years ago

  • LowlaBug

    LowlaBug says:

    Congratulations! This was really helpful

    3 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    cute items!

    3 years ago

  • watflooswing

    watflooswing says:

    really enjoyed your interview~~and love your product!

    3 years ago

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 says:

    I love a great sweatshirt. I love yours.

    3 years ago

  • SweetDishnDarling

    SweetDishnDarling says:

    Wonderful advice :) Beautiful items!

    3 years ago

  • EmeraldPixie

    EmeraldPixie says:

    Lovely work! Great story. Gives me hope.

    3 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving says:

    I enjoyed reading your interview. Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • SpectraStones

    SpectraStones says:

    You are an incredibly talented artist! I am simply enchanted by your work, and I'm sure I'll be shopping soon. (Would do it right now, but I have to get back to working on my etsy shop.)

    3 years ago

  • PureBathandBeauty

    PureBathandBeauty says:

    So very inspiring I can't wait to be there with you.

    3 years ago

  • YamyMontano

    YamyMontano says:

    I loved the interview very inspiring, very nice items

    3 years ago

  • AlphabetMonkey

    AlphabetMonkey says:

    Very inspiring story...especially taking on board your advice about balancing motherhood and sewing..not trying to fit it all in at the same time. Thanks

    3 years ago

  • thebuttontreecompany

    thebuttontreecompany says:

    Congratulations, dear!- Riezl

    3 years ago

  • DistortedEarth

    DistortedEarth says:

    Great story! Congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • PrimaveraDesigns

    PrimaveraDesigns says:

    Beautiful shop, fun wearable products. What a great story. Wishing you much luck and continued success!

    3 years ago

  • 2esmom1

    2esmom1 says:

    I have long been an admirer of your work and covet almost everything you make! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • 2esmom1

    2esmom1 says:

    I have long been an admirer of your work and covet almost everything you make! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • 2esmom1

    2esmom1 says:

    I have long been an admirer of your work and covet almost everything you make! Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • BereniceDesigns

    BereniceDesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! You are an inspiration to all of us! Congratulations and the best of success!

    3 years ago

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead says:

    Congrats on your well earned success.

    3 years ago

  • modernserenity

    modernserenity says:

    very encouraging and inspiring. congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • stormlove15

    stormlove15 says:

    Very inspiring. Keep moving forward...

    3 years ago

  • LaBelleMadeleine

    LaBelleMadeleine says:

    I wish you the best!!! congrats!! and thank you for all the advices.. :)

    3 years ago

  • pillowville

    pillowville says:

    Good for you! A shining example of making the mix of work, creativity and family balance and grow!

    3 years ago

  • Sunshineshelle

    Sunshineshelle says:

    Beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • PaintPretty

    PaintPretty says:

    What a great success story. Love the fact that your mom was so encouraging and supportive. Lovely studio in which you work, and . . . . . . lovely items. You are an inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • herbleedesigns

    herbleedesigns says:

    Organic is the word that comes to mind when I look at your work. Your story was very inspiring. Best wishes in your continued success!

    3 years ago

  • Atipica

    Atipica says:

    Very inspiring! Your work is beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • robbiekaye

    robbiekaye says:

    So inspirational! Love to see you thriving and doing what you love - thank you!

    3 years ago

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa says:

    I love your style. You are focused . Thanks for your inspiring story. Good luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi says:

    Beautiful product!

    3 years ago

  • CINDAS

    CINDAS says:

    Just the inspiration I needed today. Thanks for sharing your success story.

    3 years ago

  • LittleBitsBooks

    LittleBitsBooks says:

    Love your studio space and everything you make in it - thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

    3 years ago

  • magicwithyarns

    magicwithyarns says:

    Hello. Wonderful story. Keep on going...and don't burn out too soon. Take a break once in awhile. Wishing you lots of success...............Lisa

    3 years ago

  • sunkae

    sunkae says:

    C O N G R A T S

    3 years ago

  • marykerran

    marykerran says:

    Congratulations. I love your clever mind.

    3 years ago

  • soapsnfavors

    soapsnfavors says:

    Congratulations on your success! Thank you for your great advice.

    3 years ago

  • MadMamaMiller

    MadMamaMiller says:

    Great designs! And I LOVE your workspace!!!

    3 years ago

  • AngelInMyAttic

    AngelInMyAttic says:

    What great stuff, and a brilliant article xx

    3 years ago

  • PrincessTingTing

    PrincessTingTing says:

    Thanks for sharing your lovely success story!! :)

    3 years ago

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome says:

    Great story, great designs, great future ideas...much success to you!

    3 years ago

  • MrsTShirts

    MrsTShirts says:

    Wow, Just started my shop, you are inspiring me!

    3 years ago

  • GLAMOROUSDECO

    GLAMOROUSDECO says:

    This is so inspiring <3

    3 years ago

  • metalicious

    metalicious says:

    Wonderful article and so inspirational! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • crosstownsocialclub

    crosstownsocialclub says:

    What an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!!

    3 years ago

  • tallook

    tallook says:

    Great article and I love the pillow!

    3 years ago

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving says:

    Such a great story and very good advices to go by. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera says:

    Great story. Love the simplicity of your designs. Congratulations on taking the big step to self employment and the ability to stay home with your children. Keep that dream going! Bravo.

    3 years ago

  • twopearlsinapod

    twopearlsinapod says:

    Thanks for sharing ur story and tips! Keep up the good work! :))

    3 years ago

  • threadsofchange

    threadsofchange says:

    The fact that you manage to do all this PLUS raise two children is beyond my comprehension and truly inspiring! And thank you so much for sharing the importance of the organized work space. This is something I struggle with on a daily basis!

    3 years ago

  • rahyaeb

    rahyaeb says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • ChrisWDesigns

    ChrisWDesigns says:

    Fabulous article and I love your work!

    3 years ago

  • MiriamDawn

    MiriamDawn says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It gives me great hope and inspiration as I too have a young kids and have let things go but am trying to get upto speed again.

    3 years ago

  • AmaadarPhoto

    AmaadarPhoto says:

    Very inspiring, and great advice. I wondered if quiting my day job was a realistic goal.... now I know it's absolutely possible! Thanks for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • FireDancerDesigns

    FireDancerDesigns says:

    I am always inspired when I read about other moms who have made it work! I have two little ones as well and am truly struggling to try to balance everything. I constantly trying to do at least two things at once: being a mother and a designer. Thank you for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • bobetsy

    bobetsy says:

    excellent story! looks like i'm in good company with those who need more organization, smart planning and saving, and -- a nanny! very inspiring to see what it looks like. :)

    3 years ago

  • StarDanceDesign

    StarDanceDesign says:

    I think the not ove rbuying inventory is an important point! Thanks

    3 years ago

  • glamstarvintage

    glamstarvintage says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing with us! I absolutely love your designs!

    3 years ago

  • MyPricelessCreations

    MyPricelessCreations says:

    What a wonderful thing for a Mother to encourage and the support to follow your dreams. Very happy for you Anna and your products show that even in your pictures. Thank you so much for sharing I found it needfull even at 65yrs. because one is never too old to still dream.

    3 years ago

  • blackcrowdesign

    blackcrowdesign says:

    I loved reading about your shop. So inspiring to see someone make their dreams come true!

    3 years ago

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio says:

    Very inspiring Anna! and hurray to your mother for a support ans wise advice!! I am also struggling with two kids and it takes a lot to close your door to your 1 year-old because you know you must work... but it's for the best :) I love the white T-shirt in your shop a lot!

    3 years ago

  • TamsyTrends

    TamsyTrends says:

    Such an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing your story and for all your advise to other sellers.

    3 years ago

  • ashizzled

    ashizzled says:

    Absolutely lovely.

    3 years ago

  • WoodCurve

    WoodCurve says:

    Congrats! This is my dream as well...Goodluck in the future!

    3 years ago

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls says:

    Love your story! Mine is similar in a way of Juggling being a Mom and finding time to design and sew to bring out the best of your creation.

    3 years ago

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels says:

    Very inspirational

    3 years ago

  • CraftyColors

    CraftyColors says:

    Fantastic story. Very inspiring to a newbie-stay-at-home-mommy of a 3 year old. Thanks for the story.

    3 years ago

  • pasqueflower

    pasqueflower says:

    Great shop! Inspiring words. I'm in the process of converting a small bedroom to a real studio---I feel better having read your interview. I think the long-term benefits of having a REAL work space will more than outweigh the temporary interruption in producing new items this week. I wish I would have had the foresight (as you did) to do that before I opened my new little shop. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • FiredEarthEtc

    FiredEarthEtc says:

    The very best to you, organization is a big key before getting started. I'm always happy seeing Etsy success stories.

    3 years ago

  • Parsiart

    Parsiart says:

    Really inspiring! Thanks for sharing your lovely success story

    3 years ago

  • maxandlucie

    maxandlucie says:

    Really great designs, so glad to see a success story. Portland is a great place to be an artist. Congratulations to you!!

    3 years ago

  • MoStAnythingHawaii

    MoStAnythingHawaii says:

    Love your shop and your story! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • verymaryvintage

    verymaryvintage says:

    Thanks for sharing, I need the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • acageybee

    acageybee says:

    This >>> "too time consuming to be profitable" is sooo true! I have had lots of fun ideas for new products that ultimately got put on the shelf (or stashed in a box somewhere!) because it wasn't practical to make them in a large quantity. Great story!

    3 years ago

  • BettyOttesenSewing

    BettyOttesenSewing says:

    Give thanks to wise mothers! I wish you continued success.

    3 years ago

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket says:

    mothers always give the best advice don't they! i love the bird applique sweatshirt, very cool.

    3 years ago

  • kiwicarioca

    kiwicarioca says:

    Congratulations - I'm sure you're an inspiration to every one here. Great to see people following their dreams and making it happen. Great read.

    3 years ago

  • SoUniqueBowtique

    SoUniqueBowtique says:

    Totally needed to hear this. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    3 years ago

  • springflowerchild

    springflowerchild says:

    It's funny, my own mother was just encouraging me today to pursue my dream of making art and making a living too. I love the idea of getting a nanny. I know it's worth EVERY cent. I have two children the same ages as yours and it's impossible to get anything done when they're around and besides, I love for us to have uninterrupted time together.

    3 years ago

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby says:

    Wow, who knew hoodies could be so gorgeous!!

    3 years ago

  • justbecausejewelry

    justbecausejewelry says:

    Anna, I just "opened" my shop yesterday and I feel so lucky to have come upon your interview today. Thank you for lots of great advise and inspiration. Best of everything to you. Natlaie justbecausejewelry.etsy.com

    3 years ago

  • paleredhead

    paleredhead says:

    How very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story, Anna. Your work is beautiful! I, too, just opened my shop... You're truly a dream come true for many here! Keep up the good work! :-)

    3 years ago

  • DiannesBaskets

    DiannesBaskets says:

    A goal to work towards! Congrats on your success and good luck with the future!

    3 years ago

  • PitterPatterShop

    PitterPatterShop says:

    You were on my favorites list even before reading this. I loved hearing your story. You're so inspiring to me! (I also have two little ones, and find it challenging finding a good balance between work and Littles)

    3 years ago

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz says:

    Your designz are so fresh, bright and modern - still learning how to carve out a path for myself on Etsy - its hard to balance work (I have my own housekeeping business) and homelife and do my clay work - thank you for your insights and advice. Keep doing what you're doing - your work is lovely! Cheers, Amanda:)

    3 years ago

  • LittleBlueMoon

    LittleBlueMoon says:

    i feel so inspired. always great to read and learn. :}

    3 years ago

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle says:

    very very cute store and designs! I really enjoyed reading your interview. I can also relate to buying too much inventory and getting excited over something new. Thank you for sharing! congrats!

    3 years ago

  • oui2reveille

    oui2reveille says:

    Good for you! You have followed your dream....and you are organized! Great combination. Thanks so much! Reveille

    3 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Very inspiring. Your creations are very nice :0)

    3 years ago

  • stkavanaugh

    stkavanaugh says:

    Being new to ETSY - I find your story very inspiring - I wish you great sucess with your shop.

    3 years ago

  • poppysbeads

    poppysbeads says:

    Such an inspiring story and one that as a mum I can really identify with. Thank you for sharing it. Good luck for the future with your beautiful creations.

    3 years ago

  • Thaiclothes

    Thaiclothes says:

    I love your product and your studio is very very beautiful and great place for working ^^

    3 years ago

  • ellinna

    ellinna says:

    Interesting story! Be happy, Anna! Success!

    3 years ago

  • LoreleiDesigns

    LoreleiDesigns says:

    What?? I'm not supposed to overstock inventory? That's my absolute favorite part: shopping! Very interesting and helpful. Thank you so much and congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • merrirose

    merrirose says:

    Thank God for people like her, willing to share.

    3 years ago

  • mylsarthouse

    mylsarthouse says:

    wow! Thank you for sharing. A great on.

    3 years ago

  • Chopard

    Chopard says:

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing with us. Wishing you success ;)

    3 years ago

  • CraftandCard

    CraftandCard says:

    Wow! What an inspiring story! I'm going to print it out and stick it on my wall! Good Luck for the Future. xx

    3 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    i like your advice and the idea of having an extra day to do better at both sides of life. beautiful shop too! congrats :)

    3 years ago

  • 0juracoquet

    0juracoquet says:

    So many similar things that I come face to face in my life too.. :) I know, how it's hard to balance between professional and being a mom life. Thank you for sharing and for all that great advices that inspires and makes me go on. Best luck. You made a good job. And I really love what you do.

    3 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Both practical and inspiring ~ congratulations on making the leap and being disciplined about what you're doing. Your products are practical and inspiring, too!

    3 years ago

  • MindAndHandsTogether

    MindAndHandsTogether says:

    Very inspiring story! Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • Majutsu

    Majutsu says:

    Nice story. I wish you good continuation!

    3 years ago

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop says:

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • riefka

    riefka says:

    Thank you for sharing your success story. Very inspiring story. I hope oneday I could follow your way "quit my daily Job".

    3 years ago

  • GrassiniDesigns

    GrassiniDesigns says:

    Beautiful work and truly inspiring interview- you touched on situations I struggle with daily-

    3 years ago

  • ideasthatbloom

    ideasthatbloom says:

    Great story, but If I had a supporting paycheck I could do it too. I'm too nervous being single and taking that plunge. Good for you!

    3 years ago

  • ScrappyTudeStudios

    ScrappyTudeStudios says:

    Thanks for sharing both your creative and practical sides! I'm looking forward to reading your book someday!

    3 years ago

  • designsonpark

    designsonpark says:

    You are amazing! So inspirational! I have been on Etsy for a few weeks now but I haven’t sold a thing. I have fun being creative with my jewelry but I was starting to doubt myself. But now I know I should give it a time. Thank you so much sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • hotpinkchick

    hotpinkchick says:

    This was a great feature! Lovely seller who does fantastic work.

    3 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    I can identify with nearly everything said...My biggest challenge (or one of them) is also balancing my family life with my professional life. It is never easy ... Very inspiring interview, beautiful beautiful work! Good luck!

    3 years ago

  • RaesSpirit

    RaesSpirit says:

    Beautiful work and inspiring story. Sounds like you have a very supportive mother with great advice.

    3 years ago

  • StickersPlus

    StickersPlus says:

    Very inspiring bio!!! What a gorgeous shop! Best of luck to you...Stickersplus.

    3 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    I love your work. Nice feature.

    3 years ago

  • EdnasHandKnits

    EdnasHandKnits says:

    I really enjoyed the article...keep up the good work. I found it helpful even if I am retired and have the time....

    3 years ago

  • silversamba

    silversamba says:

    great story and lovely work!

    3 years ago

  • QuiltAndFiberArts

    QuiltAndFiberArts says:

    Great Niche you made for yourself! Your mom is inspiring and so supportive, and wise. I'm in that beginning spot. I spent the past 6 weeks working on my blog site, taking photos, editing, listing, designing my logo, email templates, signature, and custom widgets on my blog to make everything consistent. And that's the short list! I have to finish my shipping policies and edit my profiles because of the insane cost of shipping. I launch the whole shebang on Mon April 11. Your story is inspiring and I picked up a few gems of wisdom from you. Thanks for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • SharkCandy

    SharkCandy says:

    What a great story! So glad to have read it :)

    3 years ago

  • WildSunflowerStudio

    WildSunflowerStudio says:

    What stunning stuff, Ms Anna!! Fabulous collaboration with the letterpress birds! Maybe you have already developed a prototype for a parsons chair cover that could be done via special order.... bet they would be stunning done with your designs running down the back - Scandinavian style. Love all of your work! Thank you for the information and inspiration!!

    3 years ago

  • ShesaGem

    ShesaGem says:

    beautiful work

    3 years ago

  • thunderrose

    thunderrose says:

    Your work is beautiful ! I am happy for your success.

    3 years ago

  • AGlowingState

    AGlowingState says:

    Your work is truly beautiful and your story inspiring. I have 3 kids and work a fulltime job in corporate America. I'm just starting my ESTY business and stories like yours truly help. Good luck and congrats on your success ^.^

    3 years ago

  • zurisbows

    zurisbows says:

    That was very helpful advice ! Buying excessive inventory is something that I have to keep an eye on as well! You make lovely appliques!

    3 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke says:

    Thank you for sharing with the rest of us: inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • LYONSDENTHRIFTSTORE

    LYONSDENTHRIFTSTORE says:

    Beautiful work and wish you all the best. Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • yoyocodesign

    yoyocodesign says:

    Great advice, love your art. Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket says:

    Very inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom and experiences with us.

    3 years ago

  • powwowlodge

    powwowlodge says:

    Hi Anna Joyce, Love your story and your work - very inspirational. Your studio looks amazing, organized and beautiful. Many blessings, SunJay

    3 years ago

  • RedCrowArts

    RedCrowArts says:

    very inspiring - your work is beautiful and unique. I am sure we will see you at the top soon :>) all the best to you - Judy

    3 years ago

  • RedCrowArts

    RedCrowArts says:

    very inspiring - your work is beautiful and unique. I am sure we will see you at the top soon :>) all the best to you - Judy

    3 years ago

  • Eriador

    Eriador says:

    Your work is awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, I have a lot to achieve!!

    3 years ago

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts says:

    Yay you! Way to juggle all the balls with such great success. My husband and have been making a go of it as full time artists for 14 years now, but every day is a new challenge. We don't have kids (just a flock of chickens), so hats off to you as a Mom, as well. You're an inspiration to artists everywhere.

    3 years ago

  • littlebirdcreative

    littlebirdcreative says:

    love this q & a! it's helpful to know how you've become a success so that i can strengthen my business. thank you for sharing your insight as well as your creative talents.

    3 years ago

  • RainyRootsStudio

    RainyRootsStudio says:

    Ok...I guess I'll eat rice and beans for a little while longer....... I'm re-inspired! Thanks so much.

    3 years ago

  • localevintage

    localevintage says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips and wisdom with us!

    3 years ago

  • jennyandpearl

    jennyandpearl says:

    beautiful! thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • maijafashion

    maijafashion says:

    very, very inspiring!!!! wish all the best and lot of success!!!! :)

    3 years ago

  • shopperdesign

    shopperdesign says:

    Thanks for sharing. Your things are so lovely, a little reminiscent of Vera which I love, love. Good luck and keep it up.

    3 years ago

  • emmacarpendale

    emmacarpendale says:

    Such an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • copperandglass

    copperandglass says:

    Thanks for the inspiration anna joyce. I look forward to the day when I have the organization part of home business in place.

    3 years ago

  • WatchpitalSewItSeams

    WatchpitalSewItSeams says:

    Awesome and Extraordinary!! Thank you. Thank you just what I needed to hear!! I'm a beginner with Etsy. Remember to Dance to the Music in your Heart!!

    3 years ago

  • carmenpattistudio

    carmenpattistudio says:

    I've been lazy lately, and you just remind me if you want your shop to successful, you have to work hard to reap the rewards, good for you! Your shop is lovely! I need a new camera.....

    3 years ago

  • emilyryan

    emilyryan says:

    Congratulations Anna! Yay!

    3 years ago

  • creativelychristy

    creativelychristy says:

    What an inspiration to a newbie like me. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Love your leaves! What beautiful natural designs. Congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop says:

    Very interesting and unique insite into an Etsy success

    3 years ago

  • AsphaltAndMe

    AsphaltAndMe says:

    Just when I'm contemplating: "what exactly AM I doing...?" I read a great story like yours. It encourages me to keep plugging along. Although I can't quit my dayjob or freeze my kids till I get it all worked out, there will hopefully be a time when I can (quit my dayjob that is...)! Congrats, and best of luck for continued success!

    3 years ago

  • AnitaArtCraft

    AnitaArtCraft says:

    Waaa, inspiring!! I start tomorrow.

    3 years ago

  • MargheritaCouture

    MargheritaCouture says:

    Nice colours & designs, great inspiration to us all.

    3 years ago

  • endofthedaycrafting

    endofthedaycrafting says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love your items....well done and happy selling!! Smiles, Debra

    3 years ago

  • rowejones

    rowejones says:

    I really needed this. Thank you. I too have set up shop, however, left it due to mom obligations. Your story has truly inspires me to get going.

    3 years ago

  • rowejones

    rowejones says:

    I really needed this. Thank you. I too have set up shop, however, left it due to mom obligations. Your story has truly inspires me to get going.

    3 years ago

  • paintdate

    paintdate says:

    Your work is beautiful and enjoyable to look at... and wear, I'am sure! I really like your idea of being totally ready for production by getting your studio organized and all your paperwork and letterheads(?) consistent, GREAT ADVICE! Thank you so much, and best wishes for really geat success!--Bobbi Baltzer-Jacobo

    3 years ago

  • bbppdesigns

    bbppdesigns says:

    absolutely love the mix of colours, textures and pattern in your designs

    3 years ago

  • SoulShineArts

    SoulShineArts says:

    Thank you for your inspiring words. The mothering thing and balancing family life is the hardest part about being a seller

    3 years ago

  • ThriftyVintageKitten

    ThriftyVintageKitten says:

    Such pretty items! Congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • picturerenewal

    picturerenewal says:

    Thanks for the advice. Your hoodies are too cute!

    3 years ago

  • KnottyLoop

    KnottyLoop says:

    Congrats and thanks for sharing.....Great shop!

    3 years ago

  • aschwer

    aschwer says:

    Congrats! Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring,

    3 years ago

  • HollyDaise

    HollyDaise says:

    Uplifting creations, I feel happier just from having veiwed them! Great advice. Thank you for sharing. Hx

    3 years ago

  • PoppiLinnStudios

    PoppiLinnStudios says:

    Beautiful shop and creations! Wish I would had started sooner, I waited until my kids were teens to get back to my creativity. Better late than never! Good Luck. -Lynn

    3 years ago

  • OriginalsbyInstinct

    OriginalsbyInstinct says:

    Very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Your products are unique and beautiful. Way to go...good for you.

    3 years ago

  • OriginalsbyInstinct

    OriginalsbyInstinct says:

    Very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Your products are unique and beautiful. Way to go...good for you.

    3 years ago

  • Donkeystudio

    Donkeystudio says:

    Good advice, 3 months isn't long though!

    3 years ago

  • SoBayBaubles

    SoBayBaubles says:

    Great story, and very nice products. I haven't yet taken the plunge into full-time jewelry-making. Not sure if 3 months is enough for my family, but maybe that's just my fear taking over. Your courage is inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • SoBayBaubles

    SoBayBaubles says:

    Great story, and very nice products. I haven't yet taken the plunge into full-time jewelry-making. Not sure if 3 months is enough for my family, but maybe that's just my fear taking over. Your courage is inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • Flatoutfunky

    Flatoutfunky says:

    I love your sweatshirts!!! What a great idea, I'm a mommy of soon to be two.. I understand the challenges.. Good luck to you, thanks for sharing.. It gives me hope for the future..

    3 years ago

  • evittscreekarts

    evittscreekarts says:

    Thanks for sharing the tips! I think I would do well to buy a great camera, AND save three months worth of expenses! I find I work every free minute I can with the day job and yearn for the freedom to just have one job (the art one of course!) It's a lot more scary with silver prices leaping every week. Best of luck to you, your work is fabulous!

    3 years ago

  • kendalcroix

    kendalcroix says:

    Love the shop and a great story indeed.

    3 years ago

  • empressi

    empressi says:

    Your items are beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration. It can be tough to take the plung from working for someone else vs. being your own boss. I am balancing both along with 2 kids as well. Keep up the lovely creations fellow Portlander!

    3 years ago

  • SilverLeica

    SilverLeica says:

    Inspirational article :) Thank you for sharing & congratulation !

    3 years ago

  • littlekittenvintage

    littlekittenvintage says:

    This is so wonderful! Congratulations on taking a risk and following your dreams- your mother sure is a smart lady!

    3 years ago

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations says:

    Love your work and love that studio - very inspiring to upgrade my space to be more efficient soon. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsnestdesigns

    sparrowsnestdesigns says:

    So inspiring! Congrats on your success :)

    3 years ago

  • sparrowsnestdesigns

    sparrowsnestdesigns says:

    So inspiring! Congrats on your success :)

    3 years ago

  • FISHeFISH

    FISHeFISH says:

    thanks for sharing!!

    3 years ago

  • maracujadesign

    maracujadesign says:

    Oh, for an organised workroom! I have yet to take the leap into the full shop presence but will definitely take your advice, and the Easter holidays to get my workroom in to some kind of shape. thanks for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • DesignsbyLQ

    DesignsbyLQ says:

    Moms are so smart! ;) What a great interview, very inspiring and full of great advice. Your product is fab. and your studio, beautiful and organized.... I spend as much time organizing as I do working on my designs. I hope to change that in the near future. Thank you and Best of luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Making every moment count for family and art is a challenge worth investing in. Although you may not realize it, your family benefits from seeing your dedication and perseverance. Liz

    3 years ago

  • LesasPlunderPlace

    LesasPlunderPlace says:

    Wow! I love your mother's advice! What a terrific shop and interview. I'm saving this one to refer to again.

    3 years ago

  • JuJuBeader

    JuJuBeader says:

    Very good advice. Can you please explain a little bit about branding?? What I mean is, what kind of steps were involved in that process? Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • abbiecaplin

    abbiecaplin says:

    having been in busines for myself since i was a little girl, i congratulate you on your progress and the organization - if your space isn't organized it makes it very difficult to create - to follow our dream, we have to set goals and not be afraid to move forward - listen to your instincts

    3 years ago

  • beatrizchamussy

    beatrizchamussy says:

    very inspiring! keep going !!!

    3 years ago

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals says:

    I LOVE this story, and these designs!! I may have to order a tee...

    3 years ago

  • yayadiyclub

    yayadiyclub says:

    Very inspiring!Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • NavankaCreations

    NavankaCreations says:

    What an inspiration !! Loved your mom's advice. So happy for you. Success stories like you inspire a newbie like us tremendously. Thanks for sharing and good luck for the book and everything else.

    3 years ago

  • nobicollins

    nobicollins says:

    Very inspiring products as well as your story, thank you. :D

    3 years ago

  • Estrellitabymama

    Estrellitabymama says:

    your are soooooo creative with your designs, who knew a hoody sweater could be so chic looking :-) I run my mom's etsy shop for girls dresses, she dosnt know how to use the computer or for that matter the English language. I translated your story and she is very optimistic about her disigns. thanks a bunch

    3 years ago

  • BentWhimsStudio

    BentWhimsStudio says:

    Congrats and best wishes to you!

    3 years ago

  • StitchSenseDesigns

    StitchSenseDesigns says:

    Beautiful shop! The photos are fantastic & what an inspiring story!

    3 years ago

  • juliecristello

    juliecristello says:

    Beautiful, simple products Anna! Best of luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • melange4you

    melange4you says:

    Looks great.......thank you...

    3 years ago

  • melange4you

    melange4you says:

    Looks great.......thank you...

    3 years ago

  • FeliKiwi

    FeliKiwi says:

    Very original and equally inspiring. Keep climbing...!

    3 years ago

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn says:

    Thanks for sharing your words of inspiration. Working toward making this my job.

    3 years ago

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst says:

    very original

    3 years ago

  • EstellineDesigns

    EstellineDesigns says:

    Thank you for sharing. Your work is beautiful. Good advice. I made the mistake of not thinking through everything, no sales as yet. I work 2 to 3 days a week. (I lost my job 2 years ago). This leaves me little time to work on my products. I am almost finished with making a counted cross-stitch wedding keepsake. I hope that I can get it done by the end of the month. I am in the process on getting a website with a blog. Maybe that will generate some sale.

    3 years ago

  • KiwiTiniCreations

    KiwiTiniCreations says:

    A very inspiring story! Best of luck to you and keep on creating!

    3 years ago

  • ShimmerandFizz

    ShimmerandFizz says:

    love your shop... great article!!!

    3 years ago

  • madebydawnrenee

    madebydawnrenee says:

    Love your shop and love that you're a fellow local! Great work!

    3 years ago

  • jauntinggypsy

    jauntinggypsy says:

    thank you, I needed this

    3 years ago

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts says:

    I admire your "go-after-your-passion" attitude. Your mama must loves you very much if she encouraged you the way she did! Your story inspires me and I wish you, your store, and your girls ALL the best.

    3 years ago

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