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Quit Your Day Job: Mae Chevrette Art

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Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
Creating art has always been my passion, but I chose not to study or pursue it as a career because I didn’t think I could earn a living making things. After graduating from college in 2009, I got a job as a research technician at a large medical school, coordinating a behavioral psychology study. I felt very lucky to have a stable, interesting job I did well with a boss and coworkers I enjoyed working with, but the daily lack of creative freedom was very frustrating.

During the several months between graduating and being hired into this job, I discovered Etsy and began selling my artwork to earn some income while I was unemployed. The response was so rewarding that I kept my shop open even after becoming employed. Over time, I put more and more energy into Mae Chevrette Art, eventually realizing that it had become equal to my day-job salary. I knew in my heart that this rare opportunity to support myself by doing what I love was one I couldn’t pass up. With the encouragement of my boyfriend Mike, I took the plunge and haven’t looked back.

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full-time Etsy selling?
I took an honest look at the benefits and risks of losing the set 9-to-5 workday and guaranteed paycheck in order to spend my time doing what I loved. Knowing that my income might vary from week to week, I made a serious effort to curb my spending whenever possible, and I’ve felt so much better for it. I also saved up as much as possible before quitting my day job. Though I was impatient to begin my new career as a full-time artist, having a small cushion in the bank made the transition much less stressful.

What is your favorite part of the process in painting?
I love everything! From the smell of a new canvas to the layers of paint and glue on my fingers as I sign my name on a completed painting, the entire process feels like a tangible extension of my heart and soul. If I had to pick just one part, it would have to be the moment when what is on the canvas begins to resemble the image that has been in my head. Since I work with such a variety of materials, often using paint, chalk, ink, paper ephemera, photographs, metal scraps, and more in a single piece, it’s an awesome feeling to see them all begin to come together and create the look and feeling I’ve been imagining.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien. I have this written and pinned next to my desk because it is so true, especially for a small business.
  • Be attentive, treat your customers how you would want to be treated, and go the extra mile to make each transaction a positive experience. I’m convinced that stellar customer service is the best form of marketing your entire brand.
  • Take advantage of social media! I share a lot on my art blog, Flickr and Facebook business page. Regularly sharing new work and inspiration helps keep my style fresh in people’s minds and lets them see me as an artist, a person, and a lover of the creative world rather than just a shop name.
  • Good photography is essential. Not only does it sell your product, it also attracts attention from bloggers and editors who are looking for well styled photos of interesting products to share with their readers. This can bring your work to an entirely new market, and all it costs is some time and effort.
  • Keep business cards on you at all times, and try not to be shy when talking about your craft. If you don’t talk your work up, who will?

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Prints of my painting, To Be Brave, have been the most popular of all my artwork. It was inspired by some words I had written on a Post-It and stuck to the dashboard of my car to motivate me as I drove alone from my home in Seattle and out to Massachusetts for college. I think many people relate to the idea behind this painting… we all know that very big, amazing things wait for us in all areas of life if we are brave enough reach out for them, and its nice to have a visual reminder of that.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
Luckily, I’ve never had any promotions fail completely. The only business mistake I regret is not being very organized in the beginning, as I was doubtful of my success at first. Getting all my ducks in a row (creating a business plan, researching supply costs, learning tax and accounting stuff, registering my business, branding, etc.) would have been far easier had I done all of it before things got busy.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
It is very challenging to balance the fun stuff (making art) with the not-so-fun stuff (everything else). For all the time I get to spend actually creating art, I spend just as much time on packing, shipping, promoting, brainstorming, emailing, doing inventory and accounting tasks. It is amazing how much time the business side of things pulls me away from my studio.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part is knowing that my income is a direct result of how hard I work and how much art I make. This can be scary during creative ruts when I can’t seem to get ideas to move from my head onto the canvas, and am left with a bunch of half-finished paintings and frustration. I have to remind myself not to try and force creativity, but to go out and live life and let it come back on its own.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
Sleeping in! No, just kidding, although that is a perk. I sometimes get a rush of inspiration that has me painting until 5 or 6 in the morning, so it is great to be able to make my own hours and capitalize on that inspiration when it comes.

I really enjoy knowing that I am now supporting myself by doing what I truly feel like I was born to do. The creative freedom is priceless. And although I’m working much longer and harder than I did in my previous job, the entire process of creating and selling my artwork is so fulfilling that it rarely ever feels like work.

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through Etsy?
The relationships I’ve formed with other artists and customers have been very inspiring. I never thought that something I made with my hands and heart could touch other people so strongly, but I often receive emails from people who have bought or been gifted a piece of my art telling me about the special meaning it holds for them. I’ve teared up more than once after reading an especially heartfelt email.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?

Three things I have found to be invaluable:

  • Surround yourself with positive people who support and encourage you as an artist and businessperson. I have several friends and family members who have gone out of their way to help promote my artwork, shared their skills or connections, or just offered up genuine words of encouragement. It makes a huge difference to know that other people believe in me and want me to succeed.
  • Research and soak up as much information about your craft and small business ownership as you can! There is always more to learn. Experimenting with new techniques can liven up your work and keep your shop fresh.
  • Stay true to your own creative style. It can be tempting to imitate a style or product that another artist or shop has found to be successful. However, original creations that come from your heart have an energy that will intrigue customers and make you feel great about what you’ve made.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
One of my biggest goals since moving to Boston has been to start exhibiting my work locally. Also, since a lot of my work is inspired by travel, I’d love to plan a road trip soon to collect inspiration and materials, perhaps even selling my work from the road.

Anything else you would like to share?
To everyone who has purchased my artwork in the past or who is thinking about purchasing in the future: Thank you, sincerely, from the bottom of my heart. Your decision to support handmade and independent artists is the reason all of this was possible.

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

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • JuliaSherryDesigns

    JuliaSherryDesigns says:

    Amazing media paintings. I love your story and your shop is Fantastic!

    3 years ago

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio says:

    Congratulations on your great story! Best of luck to you!

    3 years ago

  • TheArtsyGirlStudio

    TheArtsyGirlStudio says:

    You are an inspiration to all the newbies on Etsy, especially ME! I love everything about your art~ Congratulations on being a featured artist!

    3 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    I adore this shop!! Ive already featured her prints quite a few times on my blog..great to get a look inside her studio and hear more about her success~ cangrats and much much more ♥

    3 years ago

  • ShepherdoftheSea

    ShepherdoftheSea says:

    Quite awhile ago I googled my favorite ee cummings quote & your artwork came up; I've been in LOVE ever since! Your work is incredible!

    3 years ago

  • LifeInAPhoto

    LifeInAPhoto says:

    Hi Mae, you have been one of my favourite artists on Etsy for a while now! I'm so happy you finally getting this well-deserved attention :) Good luck with everything!

    3 years ago

  • suepeters

    suepeters says:

    You are an incredible artist and such a nice person. Only good things will come your way! Contrats on your Etsy interview and much continued success to you!

    3 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    Gorgeous inspiring art. I love how something you wrote on a post-it for yourself can be turned into a beautiful piece of art that inspires countless of other people. Great advice too, especially 'stay true to your own style' and the business cards thing. I do the same thing, though bringing it up was pretty hard in the beginning!

    3 years ago

  • KristinaandJenney

    KristinaandJenney says:

    Your work is amazing and your story very touching!

    3 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    I've admired your work for a while so I am super excited to see you here and read your story! Congrats to you!

    3 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    Congrats on the feature - your work is amazing!

    3 years ago

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies says:

    Simply amazing

    3 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Oh my goodness your work is SO pretty. I Love it. Great story and great shop. Congrats.

    3 years ago

  • joyinmystudio

    joyinmystudio says:

    Such an inspiration!!

    3 years ago

  • dannyphillipsart

    dannyphillipsart says:

    Congratulations. Left you a comment on facebook. Great encouraging story!

    3 years ago

  • MegAuchenbachJewelry

    MegAuchenbachJewelry says:

    so glad to see you in the etsy headlines - you are one of my favorite shops- i LOVE the print i bought :)

    3 years ago

  • emilyuts

    emilyuts says:

    These are really groovy! :)

    3 years ago

  • CeramicsChina

    CeramicsChina says:

    Very perfect design

    3 years ago

  • NowISee

    NowISee says:

    I love words and yours are wonderfully and creatively put together. One of my favorite quotes, and one that seems to fit you, "to thine own self be true", anything thing else leaves a whole in our heart ;) Keep up the great work.

    3 years ago

  • rubisco

    rubisco says:

    such beautiful, uplifting work!

    3 years ago

  • eMVeeBikinis

    eMVeeBikinis says:

    beautiful work and a great story thanks for sharing:)

    3 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    congrats!

    3 years ago

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio says:

    Congratulations on your success! :)

    3 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    Congrats! Your work is so beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • zelda110

    zelda110 says:

    great story, great work!

    3 years ago

  • TrulyAesthetic

    TrulyAesthetic says:

    Absolutely amazing! This really hits home for me because I'm also a research technician and I'm in the same boat. I am so happy for you and I wish you continued success :)

    3 years ago

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt says:

    So nice to see the face and "meet" the artist behind these wonderful pieces. Love your story and your inspiring messages. Ordering your "To be brave" for my college bound daughter (and your circle goes round). Thanks and all the best.

    3 years ago

  • Honeypuddle

    Honeypuddle says:

    Fantastic stories like yours give newbies like me the confidence to believe that we can all be successful if we work hard enough at what we love! Good luck, and continued success!

    3 years ago

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky says:

    Oooohhh I've been eyeing these pieces for a while now! I'm so happy for your well deserved success. Awesome work!

    3 years ago

  • CuffLinqUnCommon

    CuffLinqUnCommon says:

    Congrats, Mae. Love your story and your work. "To Be Brave" is excellent.

    3 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    Wow just way too talented, peace and love karen DevineCollectible

    3 years ago

  • jerseymaids

    jerseymaids says:

    oh i LOVE her work!! i just quit my day job myself and the first gift i gave myself was one of her prints. it will be hanging in my new studio when we move, it's all framed up and makes me smile and feel inspired every day! congratulations, mae, well done!

    3 years ago

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart says:

    A truly inspiring story!!! Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

    3 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Thank you for sharing your story ~ your art is amazing! :)

    3 years ago

  • RachellovesBob

    RachellovesBob says:

    Congratulations, a motivating and inspiring story. Thank you.

    3 years ago

  • marlenedesigner

    marlenedesigner says:

    I find your work beautiful and inspiring. I happened to feature one of your pieces in my blog a little while ago: http://marlenepatterndesigns.blogspot.com/2011/05/10-beach-images-to-welcome-weekend.html

    3 years ago

  • GardeningGalAtWork

    GardeningGalAtWork says:

    I just read some (not all) of your story and the responses, and I have to tell you that I had to print out the Conan O'Brien quote - size 32 font in red, and it's going in my craft room when I can see it from every angle!! I lost my "real" job 3 years ago and it was only this April that I considered Etsy as alternative employment - I am so much happier, and am not working on the "I can support myself doing this" phase. You are very inspirational and I hope everyone receiving this email will take the take to read - it's a revelation!

    3 years ago

  • GardeningGalAtWork

    GardeningGalAtWork says:

    The "not working" in my prior post was intended to say "now working" -- and I forgot to mention how much I love your shop!

    3 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Great artwork and a great story toward your success, thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri says:

    You go Mae! To be so young and know what you want to do and how to do it successfully is such a blessing! Thank you for sharing your story and your tips with us! Amazing art! May God continue to bless and keep you!

    3 years ago

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie says:

    very inspiring story - thank you. and i love that conan quote

    3 years ago

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks says:

    I am so so happy to see you featured here, Mae. Very interesting and informative. You look fabulous, too!

    3 years ago

  • Hypnotransformations

    Hypnotransformations says:

    Awesome shop!! I just quit my day job too (thanks to ETSY) and I totally love what you said, "Surround yourself with positive people who support and encourage you as an artist and businessperson." I don't think I would have found the courage without these people in my life.

    3 years ago

  • joykruse

    joykruse says:

    Absolutely love it. What an inspiration. Love the artwork too. Wonderful.

    3 years ago

  • digiliodesigns

    digiliodesigns says:

    Wonderful motivational story thank you for it!

    3 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    Congrats to you your living my dream also. Some day:) well keep all that creative juice flowing and don't look back!!!

    3 years ago

  • artofisaac

    artofisaac says:

    Great artwork and an inspiring story.

    3 years ago

  • TheOldPinkPorch

    TheOldPinkPorch says:

    Beautiful work! Congrats on your success! Thank you so much for sharing your story.

    3 years ago

  • NostalgiaAtHighTea

    NostalgiaAtHighTea says:

    Your work blows me away, its so inspirational. Wow :)

    3 years ago

  • loveinbloomboutique

    loveinbloomboutique says:

    Hooray for the possible! Congrats on making a living doing what you love. I love it when artists I have featured in a treasury earn a featured seller spot! Way to go! http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTA5NDM3Mjl8MzA1ODE3MTI5/how-to-defrag-your-hard-drive?ref=pr_treasury

    3 years ago

  • JamiesArt

    JamiesArt says:

    Very motivating and inspirational! Thank you for the great tips and amazing story. For some reason I find art being one of the harder things to promote so it is very encouraging to read features like this on other successful artists and learn from what has worked for them

    3 years ago

  • PurpleBears

    PurpleBears says:

    Thank you for the attitude reminder. Your inspiring work reflects your positive attitude.

    3 years ago

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts says:

    Very well-thought out advice that I really appreciate! Thank you for sharing...and I absolutely love your work!

    3 years ago

  • BirdTrouble

    BirdTrouble says:

    "I have to remind myself not to try and force creativity, but to go out and live life and let it come back on its own." a-freaking-men. now this is a good quote! you're good at that ;) congrats on your success!

    3 years ago

  • Dollymama2

    Dollymama2 says:

    What an inspiration, thank you for all the advice. Good luck with all what you doing, keep it coming.

    3 years ago

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM says:

    Can't wait to say that my work is also my passion. Great inspiration. xo

    3 years ago

  • Auntdelta

    Auntdelta says:

    I love the art!

    3 years ago

  • BattaniBambino

    BattaniBambino says:

    Thank you for the inspiration, seriously! LOVE the Conan quote! Best to you!

    3 years ago

  • PernillasSS

    PernillasSS says:

    Such a stunning shop and thank you for sharing your story!!

    3 years ago

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore says:

    Aloha Mae :) Congrats on the feature, you most definitely deserve it! Your art is just lovely....I'd love to add one to my pad. Keep it up sistah! Enjoy the ride, Sam...{antha} www.3rdaveshore.com

    3 years ago

  • dearshabby

    dearshabby says:

    And here I thought I was the only one who just could not make my art come together some days. I have to fight through those thoughts that creep in like, "I must not really be cut out for this" Thankfully I know to plow through the thoughts, and get to the less creative aspects of my business. Thank you for taking the time to inspire us. Your artwork is as pretty as you are!

    3 years ago

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi says:

    thank you for sharing your experience...yes, I will brave!

    3 years ago

  • ALittleWorld

    ALittleWorld says:

    Very inspiring! Amazing work!

    3 years ago

  • MightyPlush

    MightyPlush says:

    Really inspiring and great advice! Thanks! Also beautiful art.

    3 years ago

  • GwenDelicious

    GwenDelicious says:

    Gorgeous work! Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • PrettyBam01

    PrettyBam01 says:

    wonderful ad... helpful information... I LOVE IT! Beautiful pieces of art!

    3 years ago

  • whimsyleaf

    whimsyleaf says:

    You makes such lovely, inspiring art. Congratulations, Mae!

    3 years ago

  • saltwatergypsy

    saltwatergypsy says:

    So inspiring! Thank you for all the tips and insight! Congratulations on your success! Saltwater Gypsy

    3 years ago

  • BragginRightsBath

    BragginRightsBath says:

    Wow- your story IS so inspiring... Your work: incredible. Thank you for opening up your life for us to envision.

    3 years ago

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts says:

    I love your courage, your energy and ideas! And your work!! I like what you say about knowing your success is directly related to the work you put in each and every day-so true. Your obvious appreciation and grateful attitude toward those who support you will sustain you in your profession. Best wishes always- you deserve much success!!

    3 years ago

  • graceforgrace

    graceforgrace says:

    Such an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • geekycrafter

    geekycrafter says:

    Very inspiring story; I find it especially encouraging as a newbie here. Your work is also lovely! Congrats. :)

    3 years ago

  • masalachai

    masalachai says:

    You've been a favourite of mine for a while! I really enjoyed reading your story, congratulations on living the dream :)

    3 years ago

  • masalachai

    masalachai says:

    You've been a favourite of mine for a while, congratulations for living your dreams!

    3 years ago

  • PrairiePrimitives

    PrairiePrimitives says:

    Just discovering you today! Love your style! Congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard says:

    All I can say is wow! Thanks for the encouragement!

    3 years ago

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard says:

    Thank you for that truly useful information.

    3 years ago

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard says:

    Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • uplifterscard

    uplifterscard says:

    Well done for having the courage (and it does take courage) to follow your heart.

    3 years ago

  • CabinCastle

    CabinCastle says:

    very inspirational, i love your art!

    3 years ago

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring and I love the quote from Conan - so true!

    3 years ago

  • fromNoniWithLove

    fromNoniWithLove says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! I love the prints...and am planning to order one for my niece who is graduating soon! Soooo perfect..

    3 years ago

  • currentworksofglass

    currentworksofglass says:

    Great to see you following your passion!

    3 years ago

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie says:

    Hi Mae Just had to post after I've poured through your interview, your shop and your blog! I am currently going through the biggest creative rut that I've ever been in. .. but I'm thinking and seriously hoping that you may have just helped pull me through. I just LOVE your works and have been visually touching the different layers on the canvas. A visit to your studio is a powerful artistic tonic! Thanks so much - big HEARTS to you girl!!!

    3 years ago

  • ClassicCityCoaster

    ClassicCityCoaster says:

    Looooooooooooooooove your stuff!!!!

    3 years ago

  • monogramshoppe

    monogramshoppe says:

    Thank you for the encouragement that I needed. I just started a shop and have been doubting my ability to succeed. I feel now that I can do this!

    3 years ago

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted says:

    Great story and great art! Love the colors you use!

    3 years ago

  • agape510

    agape510 says:

    love your story

    3 years ago

  • jsdaniel

    jsdaniel says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • CauldronCraftMinis

    CauldronCraftMinis says:

    This was an amazingly touching interview for me to read. I go back and forth about trying to make a living doing art, continue on a more 'stable' career, or try and do both. It's lovely to see someone actually choose the scarier and harder path without any regrets. Much success to her and all creative souls!

    3 years ago

  • FindingGems

    FindingGems says:

    congrats! wonderful story....amazing artist.

    3 years ago

  • mymagicattic

    mymagicattic says:

    Inspiring - thanks!

    3 years ago

  • HammerAndZipper

    HammerAndZipper says:

    Congratulations - very inspiring story. You are a nice person and am glad nice things are happening for you. Best Wishes dear artist!

    3 years ago

  • sunrisefolk

    sunrisefolk says:

    Congrats!!! I love your work!!

    3 years ago

  • lesperancetile

    lesperancetile says:

    Wonderful work and great story - thank for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • oui2reveille

    oui2reveille says:

    Thanks Mae for your courage. You know we all need to be encouragers and be thankful for our creativity, even when in a slump.

    3 years ago

  • TheDulceVida

    TheDulceVida says:

    love your designs. You inspire me to achieve my dreams. I will begin my journey.

    3 years ago

  • HopesAndDreamsStudio

    HopesAndDreamsStudio says:

    I am so impressed with your journey. Congrats and many blessings.

    3 years ago

  • kylieparry

    kylieparry says:

    Inspiring story and words of wisdom. I love your art- can't wait to own some :)

    3 years ago

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned says:

    Love your work and your inspiring words! Great article!

    3 years ago

  • TheTaTaShoppe

    TheTaTaShoppe says:

    Great article-your positive attitude shows up in your beautiful artwork! Much luck to you! BTW-I'm putting Conan O'Brien's advice on my computer too!

    3 years ago

  • choosingbeauty

    choosingbeauty says:

    What an awesome interview! I've admired Mae's work from afar but, now that I know a little more about her story and philosophy, I think I need to purchase something soon. :)

    3 years ago

  • xuludesign

    xuludesign says:

    I dont know why but I had tears befor I could finish reading your article. That is the biggest compliment for you. My blessings and love to you for to do great in your work. I'm an artist, still struggling with my day job to take etsy full time. Take care- juhiM

    3 years ago

  • LolaFalkDesigns

    LolaFalkDesigns says:

    Beautiful and inspiring story!

    3 years ago

  • Caradonnaphotography

    Caradonnaphotography says:

    Congratulations on one terrific success story!! Your work is awesome, and I love all of the different art forms you use to complete each piece. So inspirational, makes me want to jump up and cheer!! Congrats again!!!

    3 years ago

  • CoutureTable

    CoutureTable says:

    Love the inspiring story! Thank you for sharing. -ox

    3 years ago

  • noraalice

    noraalice says:

    I love your attitude! And your work, such lovely blues.

    3 years ago

  • brillianttreescoll

    brillianttreescoll says:

    Thanks for the great interview - congrats

    3 years ago

  • faeriehira

    faeriehira says:

    fantastic!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • ApplewoodHandwovens

    ApplewoodHandwovens says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and offering such positive information.. I wish you continued success

    3 years ago

  • indigocrab

    indigocrab says:

    I am proud of you for taking the plunge! I too was educated in medicine and not art, but there has always been that creative side just screaming to get out into the world. I stopped working as an to persue my love for creating beautiful things. We are blessed! Good job!

    3 years ago

  • PerfectBeadedJewelry

    PerfectBeadedJewelry says:

    You inspire me!

    3 years ago

  • AlexandraAndCo

    AlexandraAndCo says:

    It is always exciting to see someone living their passion and dreams. To be brave... Congrats!

    3 years ago

  • ChevereVintage

    ChevereVintage says:

    Very inspiring thanks!

    3 years ago

  • UrbanTickle

    UrbanTickle says:

    You ARE in my favorite shop....love your work and I am dreaming of buying some prints for my room. The walls are a soft teal and some of your work will fit right in. COngrats on the feature. :)

    3 years ago

  • sisforsupplies

    sisforsupplies says:

    Congratulations on your success!!!!!!

    3 years ago

  • yhtanaff

    yhtanaff says:

    Great work!!!

    3 years ago

  • metalicious

    metalicious says:

    Gorgeous work and such an inspirational and down-to-earth interview. Thanks so much for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • AngysArte

    AngysArte says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts to the world and for sharing your heart and soul through your work:O)

    3 years ago

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio says:

    Wonderful tips!! Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • GotchaCoveredQuilts

    GotchaCoveredQuilts says:

    Thanks so much for your generousity in sharing your journey.

    3 years ago

  • beadsimplybeautiful

    beadsimplybeautiful says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and for sharing a part of you with the world.

    3 years ago

  • LaurenDanner

    LaurenDanner says:

    I can feel your love in your work - it's beautiful! Thank you for getting out there and sharing your gifts!

    3 years ago

  • TheScarletSageTree

    TheScarletSageTree says:

    Love your work, and especially all the blue hues, as am a complete beach person! Your story was a very inspiring read for me, and wow, Conan O'Brien's quote makes me look at him with new wonder! Wishing you your road trip and lots more on this wonderful creative voyage of yours :) - Suzanne

    3 years ago

  • MALIjewelry

    MALIjewelry says:

    Wow-I loved reading your story! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    3 years ago

  • soulspeakarts

    soulspeakarts says:

    Your work and your testimony are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing and for sharing your wisdom with an Etsy newbie!

    3 years ago

  • OrionOctober

    OrionOctober says:

    Your work is beautiful! Congrats on the success!

    3 years ago

  • CharmingClassicality

    CharmingClassicality says:

    Great story and art! They both inspire me to stay true to my Art loves.

    3 years ago

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts says:

    I really enjoyed the staying true part to our own creativity and not to mention the awesome artwork love the typography and colors.

    3 years ago

  • shouldershirts

    shouldershirts says:

    Such an inspiring story for us all. Congratulations on following your dream and making it work. I really love your work.

    3 years ago

  • KuduCards

    KuduCards says:

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and your success story very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • MariaNicolaou

    MariaNicolaou says:

    Amazing story and you really are brave!!! I don't think I would ever have that much courage!!! Happy arty-crafty from now on!!! And good sales to you!!!

    3 years ago

  • beachngoodthings

    beachngoodthings says:

    You are so inspiring! I love your work - looks like whats inside of my head and heart. Congrats on making all the decisions you've made. Very encouraging! Therese

    3 years ago

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew says:

    Such an inspiring interview. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • americanwabisabi

    americanwabisabi says:

    Inspiring story -- positive and very motivating! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • SmartArtFineArt

    SmartArtFineArt says:

    Terrific interview and art. Thank you for the inspiration.

    3 years ago

  • rayray2010

    rayray2010 says:

    Wow! Love the work! You have inspired me.

    3 years ago

  • EverydayWandering

    EverydayWandering says:

    Very fun & inspiring work!

    3 years ago

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius says:

    wonderful philosophy of life , really love this interview ! congratulations , and thank you for sharing those succesful storys who make us believe that amazing things can happened! you make my day! :)

    3 years ago

  • tomatorosato

    tomatorosato says:

    great job, great words. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • RedHareCreations

    RedHareCreations says:

    I read these all the time, and love them all the time... but this one is truly inspiring! I'm BOOKMARKING IT so I can read it again and again whenever I need that little bit of fuel I've burned out, or that tiny kick in the butt I sometimes need on a given day. I freakin love this. You rock.

    3 years ago

  • Paintpotsplus

    Paintpotsplus says:

    Congratulations. I love to read these success stories. Thank you for sharing. I hope you have many years of continued good luck with all your hard work.

    3 years ago

  • LaModage

    LaModage says:

    love the inspriation of your story... love your creative style! loved brousing through your blog (you have a talent as a writer as well) ... and 'liked you on fb'.... glad to know hard work and being nice pays off!!!!

    3 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your story and good luck...

    3 years ago

  • swurme

    swurme says:

    This interviewed provided the encouragement I needed right now. Mae had a lot of great tips and an amazing shop. Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • WillistonLetterCo

    WillistonLetterCo says:

    I just purchased a print of one of your works a few days ago, and it's a gorgeous addition to our home. I adore your style and know that my first purchase will not be my last! Congratulations on a beautiful business and a wonderful feature story.

    3 years ago

  • CamelotBags

    CamelotBags says:

    You have wonderful energy! Keep it going! Your words have inspired me to keep moving through the first learning months on Etsy.

    3 years ago

  • JazzySeams

    JazzySeams says:

    Love your colour combinations! Thanks for sharing your story, very inspirational, I needed that! :)

    3 years ago

  • LisaMicheleProducts

    LisaMicheleProducts says:

    Thanks for sharing your insight and beautiful work! Your comment, "The hardest part is knowing that my income is a direct result of how hard I work and how much art I make." hit home with me. I am still trying to balance home life and parenting with trying to expand a creative business....very true statement that not everyone wants to own.. How much we devote to our craft/business will result in our income..:)

    3 years ago

  • DazzlingArts

    DazzlingArts says:

    Love It! Maybe I can use my creative passion as my job. That is my goal. Enjoy the ride!

    3 years ago

  • catboysen

    catboysen says:

    So proud of you... Keep going.....

    3 years ago

  • alignyourstyle

    alignyourstyle says:

    Beautiful! I enjoy her honesty & ability to share her concerns.... relatable & inspiring. :)

    3 years ago

  • Rosabellebyvasu

    Rosabellebyvasu says:

    I love ur ideas, and how u decided to take this brave step, its so amazing, I am a student right now, planning to study designing, but when i saw that people appreciate my work so much, it means the world to me, Amazing interview, very inspirational. Love ur work.

    3 years ago

  • OraclesForest

    OraclesForest says:

    Super story, Keep up the Great work!

    3 years ago

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery says:

    This is very inspirational, thank you for your advice.

    3 years ago

  • TheVintageHandbag

    TheVintageHandbag says:

    Your story is just the shot in the arm that I need right now to help get me motivated to work on my other artsy Etsy store. I really enjoyed learning about you and your fab shop.

    3 years ago

  • Emariecreations

    Emariecreations says:

    Amazing shop!

    3 years ago

  • jsierra09

    jsierra09 says:

    awesome inspiration and advice, as I've been seriously contemplating taking the that big step!! working from home, creating my art has been my dream for many years now!!! Thanks Mae & best of luck to you!! Peace

    3 years ago

  • allybstudio

    allybstudio says:

    What beautiful work! So unexpected, and persona,l and accessible all at the same time. Thank you for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • wiredroxz

    wiredroxz says:

    Thanks for the inspiration......and love your artwork :)

    3 years ago

  • bodegaofplenty

    bodegaofplenty says:

    great work, great story, and I am truly jealous of your workspace ;)

    3 years ago

  • EvoArt

    EvoArt says:

    I love that you are true to your own style - very inspiring! I look forward to seeing your exhibits in Boston some day :)

    3 years ago

  • NaturalAesthetics

    NaturalAesthetics says:

    That was very inspirational! Very good advice.. That's amazing that you took that plunge and did what you felt was right! Your artwork is beautiful! Best of luck to you and keep up the good work!

    3 years ago

  • IntheMoodforVintage

    IntheMoodforVintage says:

    I have been dying to get artsy again but have been too busy. After reading about you, I went out and bought some canvas, lots of acrylic paint, oil paint, pastel crayons and new paint brushes! What am I going to do with them? I have no clue...yet...lol. Your work is refreshingly vintage! Love the strong weathered, textural work mixed with soft, delicate soft colors. Very ying/yang. Love it.

    3 years ago

  • dslookkin

    dslookkin says:

    This was such a great interview to read - thank you for sharing your story! I actually just wrote down that Conan quote and put it up in front of me. Thank you! Really great advice and lovely, inspiring paintings. xox

    3 years ago

  • Studiojones1

    Studiojones1 says:

    Great inspiring story!!

    3 years ago

  • ReincarnationsArt

    ReincarnationsArt says:

    You hit the nail on the head! The number of hours you work on your own creative endeavors never seems to matter, as an artist you are simply driven by the passion and love for what is creation! Thanks for your own inspiring words for all of us artists following in your Etsy footsteps.... Btw, beautiful art and store!

    3 years ago

  • ChicElegance

    ChicElegance says:

    Beautiful paintings. Great story.

    3 years ago

  • jbequette

    jbequette says:

    You said: Stay true to your own creative style. It can be tempting to imitate a style or product that another artist or shop has found to be successful. However, original creations that come from your heart have an energy that will intrigue customers and make you feel great about what you’ve made. All right! All right! I won't try to imitate your fantastic style! But I will be inspired by it! Lovely work!

    3 years ago

  • InaMae

    InaMae says:

    Love your paintings! Congratulations on making the leap from working a 9-5 job to staying home and doing what you love! A dream come true :)

    3 years ago

  • callmedoll

    callmedoll says:

    I almost fell out of my chair when I saw your name on this post. I remember you from tshirt surgery. I remember your road trip, your painting of sweet vidalia onions, and your shop "some birds." Omg that was like ten years ago. Anyway, congradulations, you deserve it! Look how far you've come! Way to be brave!

    3 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    I saw the Rolling Stones live, too. You have a fun style in calm colors... good mix. Liz

    3 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    such an inspiring read! thanks for sharing x

    3 years ago

  • diaxeirosjg

    diaxeirosjg says:

    LOved to read your info thanks for sharing... had your work once in a special "gift" treasury and since than loved it double:)

    3 years ago

  • KayLeverton

    KayLeverton says:

    Beautiful person, inspiring art and a story of inspiration. From one in a 'can't get it out of my head phase' I thank you . I'll have another go today. Thanks for your work, may your dream come true a hundredfold.x

    3 years ago

  • miniaturepatisserie

    miniaturepatisserie says:

    Thanks for the amazing story and inspiration!!

    3 years ago

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot says:

    Thank you for sharing! Keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • artdp

    artdp says:

    Thank you for sharing your etsy success story and giving me hope and insperation for my shop :)

    3 years ago

  • shannamastersdesigns

    shannamastersdesigns says:

    Your work, and your shop, are beautiful. Great inspirational interview.

    3 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke says:

    Thanks for the interesting interview and the inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • MyCribDesign

    MyCribDesign says:

    Congratulations very inspiring story xx and beautiful paintings xx

    3 years ago

  • myalexasstore10

    myalexasstore10 says:

    Congratulations! Great story.

    3 years ago

  • cupandpenny

    cupandpenny says:

    Beautiful paintings!

    3 years ago

  • AnthroPhilanthropy

    AnthroPhilanthropy says:

    I cannot tell you just how much I needed to see your story- TODAY! I am re-launching my shop and hope to make my creative future happen for me as well. Thank you! You are not only talented, but truly inspirational.

    3 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    Thank you for sharing your joy with us!

    3 years ago

  • LynJewels

    LynJewels says:

    Congrats! You have got a beautiful shop. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I totally agree with the statement and I am going to put it on my wall too. “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien. Thank you once again

    3 years ago

  • featherandwind

    featherandwind says:

    Wow! I love your artwork, it's so inspirational!

    3 years ago

  • MagpiesHaunt

    MagpiesHaunt says:

    Good for you!! Your story is sooo inspiring. I find myself in a similar situation to what you experienced. The office job is secure but I would like more time to be creative and invest more time into my Etsy shop. As they say 'Feel the Fear and do it anyway!' - there's a good one for your art. I'm getting ready to take the plunge. Best of luck to you.

    3 years ago

  • TheRecycledCatholic

    TheRecycledCatholic says:

    What a wonderful story and how trully kind you are! Thank you for sharing your life

    3 years ago

  • creatonsbyjanetjewel

    creatonsbyjanetjewel says:

    Awesome! Thank you for the inspiration I needed to keep going!

    3 years ago

  • SweetlyScrappedArt

    SweetlyScrappedArt says:

    Congrats on the feature. Your work is truly beautiful and it's so nice to see how much heart you put into it :)

    3 years ago

  • misgrant

    misgrant says:

    Your work is so beautiful! Thanks for inspiring this new Etsy Artist!

    3 years ago

  • feliceshappydesigns

    feliceshappydesigns says:

    An inspiring story, awesome paintings and beautiful photos of them!

    3 years ago

  • BlackberryHillDesign
  • GlitzandPaper

    GlitzandPaper says:

    I love reading these stories!! So inspiring!! Your work is amazing!!

    3 years ago

  • ThanksInAll

    ThanksInAll says:

    This is all great advice. Thank you for sharing your wisdom:)

    3 years ago

  • FlowersPower

    FlowersPower says:

    Thank you for sharing... Amazing...

    3 years ago

  • landofaahs

    landofaahs says:

    Congrats on your success - you're an inspiration to those of us that are new here!

    3 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly says:

    Great inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • MickeyandGrace

    MickeyandGrace says:

    Gorgeous art...wonderful to hear your story...thanks for sharing with all of us. Continued success to you!!!

    3 years ago

  • Shellyka

    Shellyka says:

    you're really inspired me! Thank you so much!

    3 years ago

  • sirikul

    sirikul says:

    Great story! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • viveradesign

    viveradesign says:

    Have been loving your works... it's very encouraging to hear the story. :) Thanks for sharing that with us. :)

    3 years ago

  • NapaValleyPooch

    NapaValleyPooch says:

    Loved your story! Please tell me. HOW OH HOW step by step did you get your Etsy page with prices to be sitting right on your Facebook business page. All you have to do is click on the image and it takes you right to your Etsy buy page. How do you do that. I would very much like to do the same. Thank you, Claudia Napa Valley Pooch http://www.facebook.com/pages/Napa-Valley-Pooch-Designer-Dog-Apparel-and-Accessories/126781380734107

    3 years ago

  • NamiCharms

    NamiCharms says:

    great stuff. thanks for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • crosstownsocialclub

    crosstownsocialclub says:

    This is such a great story!! Thank you for sharing, extremely motivating and inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes says:

    Your artwork is amazing and I've been a fan of yours for a while! Way o cgo!

    3 years ago

  • FlowerSculptures

    FlowerSculptures says:

    Wonderfully innovative work! You're an inspiration!

    3 years ago

  • stickerzlab

    stickerzlab says:

    I really LOVE your work ! Thanks for sharing :)

    3 years ago

  • soopertramp

    soopertramp says:

    You are quite talented and an inspiration! Many thanks for sharing. :)

    3 years ago

  • ruthiestitches

    ruthiestitches says:

    Very Uplifting and motivating! I'm gonna show this to my sun who is working on being a Screen Play Writer. Just good advice.

    3 years ago

  • debsea61

    debsea61 says:

    thank you for sharing your story - it is pure inspiration. your heart shows in your work, it is just wonderful.

    3 years ago

  • ShawnBoenArt

    ShawnBoenArt says:

    Fun, amazing, inspirational ..... I choose to follow in your footsteps ... I will keep my motivation going. thank you!

    3 years ago

  • CandyAndScotch

    CandyAndScotch says:

    Great story, very inspiring and your art is beautiful! All the best to you! :)

    3 years ago

  • THREEerincadigan

    THREEerincadigan says:

    I find the more meaningful art is the easier it is to sell. However you pieces have the extra added advantage of being serene and beautiful. they really draw you in. You can see and feel the time care and emotion you pour into each one. You success is no surprise! May your life and business continue to be a successful adventure!

    3 years ago

  • ruthwaters

    ruthwaters says:

    Amazing artwork. Great advice. Inspirational stuff. Thanks!

    3 years ago

  • 2ndCoat

    2ndCoat says:

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! It helps others and acknowledges all your talents!

    3 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    The one of the Salt water made me smile :)

    3 years ago

  • LunaDesignStudio

    LunaDesignStudio says:

    Amazing interview!!

    3 years ago

  • kaorus

    kaorus says:

    I really do love your art so much! You inspired me! Thank you for sharing your story!!! I want to see you!

    3 years ago

  • cardhugs

    cardhugs says:

    Your use of color is fantastic! Very encouraging to me since I hope to use art as well as photograpy when I start putting items in my new shop soon. I wish you all of God's blessing and continued sucess! I see you use Priority mail through the Postal Service. Also a very wise choice as they handle items so carefully. Thanks so much for sharing your story!

    3 years ago

  • LindaSuzStudios

    LindaSuzStudios says:

    Love your outlook on life and sharing your art and soul with other etsy devotees. Much continued success to you! Thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    This is such a great and very inspiring interview that is just the spark that I've been needing here lately. Thank you your interview has made my day Debra

    3 years ago

  • WadesWoodWorlds

    WadesWoodWorlds says:

    Satifaction is the result of hardwork ,dedication and following your dreams of your heart.and you have it. Great Job!

    3 years ago

  • AqillaDesign

    AqillaDesign says:

    Inspiring blog!

    3 years ago

  • 2Martha

    2Martha says:

    WOW ... very inspiring, THANKS!!!

    3 years ago

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap says:

    You can truly see all the love you have for what you do through your pieces. Congrats on your success in doing what you love!! Best wishes!

    3 years ago

  • FashGal

    FashGal says:

    Beautiful story.... Thanks for speaking from your heart.

    3 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    Beautiful person, beautiful artwork!! Thanks for sharing yourself and your story - much continued success!!

    3 years ago

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette says:

    Thank you all so much for all your sweet, genuine comments... I truly appreciate each and every one of them.

    3 years ago

  • ACraftandAPrayer

    ACraftandAPrayer says:

    I've purchased one of your prints, and I just love it! Such good art, and it is cool to know more about the person who made it!

    3 years ago

  • leftbeachfotos

    leftbeachfotos says:

    Your work is amazing and your story is an inspiration to me. Congratulations on your success and doing what you love. ~nicole leigh

    3 years ago

  • JennifersAnimalHouse

    JennifersAnimalHouse says:

    Very inspiring story - much continued success!

    3 years ago

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery says:

    What an amazing woman, artist and business woman. I am inspired and overjoyed that you shared such a poignant story. Best wishes and great success to you in the future! Keep creating inspiration through your artwork and daily life.

    3 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Amazing story. You are one of a kind. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • ReMainDesigns

    ReMainDesigns says:

    Beautiful work!! I love that you encourage and inspire with each piece. You're an example of a grateful spirit!!! Good luck!

    3 years ago

  • MelindaRoseDesign

    MelindaRoseDesign says:

    I love your artwork!

    3 years ago

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette says:

    Thank you all so much! Every one of these comments has made me smile and really appreciate being a part of the Etsy community :)

    3 years ago

  • simpleeluxx

    simpleeluxx says:

    What an amazing job : )

    3 years ago

  • ElwynJewelry

    ElwynJewelry says:

    Great story. Love your energy and kindness. Totally agree with this quote “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” — Conan O’Brien. Wish you all the best :)

    3 years ago

  • nicholeraedesign

    nicholeraedesign says:

    Your art is amazing, completely moved by your style!!! I also do some mixed media book arts etc. Your art reminds me that I need to follow my heart and do what I love!!!

    3 years ago

  • suchaclevergirl

    Claire from suchaclevergirl says:

    incredible. so proud of you! thank you for sharing your story with all of us!

    2 years ago

  • visheshtantry

    Vishesh Tantry says:

    Love your story love your art! True inspiration to any artist on Etsy!

    2 years ago

  • carlylecerf

    Carly Le Cerf from CarlyLeCerf says:

    That's nailed it for me! I'm onto it! Thanks so much for your inspiration x

    32 days ago