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Quit Your Day Job: marymaryhandmade handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
Since I graduated from college in 2003, I’d been working in the jewelry industry as a bench jeweler.
For a few years I worked in a dark room with no windows. I hated not seeing the sun or knowing what the weather was like outside, so I eventually decided that this wasn’t my ideal life. But during that time I learned as much as possible, expanding my skills and knowledge of different jewelry techniques and learning more about the industry itself. I knew that I wanted to work as a jeweler, but the idea of starting my own business was very scary.

My sister introduced me to Etsy. Seeing so many people selling their work, and some supporting themselves fully through their Etsy shops, was really inspiring. After lots of thinking, dreaming, and praying, I dove in head-first. I quit my job in May 2009 and opened my Etsy shop at the end of June.

How did you prepare to transition into full-time Etsy selling?
I quit my job before I had my shop up and running, so I needed extra money to pay the bills and buy supplies while I tried to get things rolling. I spent a lot of time researching different Etsy shops and reading articles on the Etsy Blog.

What is your favorite part of the process in jewelry making?
I really love designing new pieces. I think it’s fun to see the progression from sketch to finished work. I also love doing custom orders — I’ve received amazing requests and have heard a lot of wonderful stories from my customers. That’s another great thing about Etsy — customers can work directly with the artist. When people see my work, they think about animals and objects that have meaning to them (or to their loved ones), and they’ll convo me about making a custom piece. It’s really satisfying to make someone’s idea a reality.

What are your best marketing tips?
I think my best marketing has come through blog features. The most important key is to know your target audience. If you aren’t focused on the right group of people, it can be a waste of time and money. I also did a few giveaways on blogs that featured similar work, and the responses have been really great. Also, make social media your friend. I get a ton of exposure while learning what people like the most in my shop.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
The most popular pieces in my shop are definitely the sloths. They’re unique and cute, and people really seem to like them. Of all the sloth items, the Happy Sloth Necklace has been my best seller by far.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
To be honest, I actually don’t heavily promote my work. The little promotion I’ve done was pretty successful, but it’s hard to tell, and sales might not increase right away. As long as I’m getting my work out there for more people to see, I feel good about it.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Managing my time well can be so difficult, especially now that I have a six-month-old son. It’s hard to keep a schedule with a growing baby. Luckily, my husband also works from home, so he can help me with the business and the baby. Even so, keeping a good balance between work, me time (what’s that?), and family can be very difficult.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
When I started, I didn’t realize how much more there is to do beyond actually making jewelry. I knew I would need to do my own bookkeeping, packaging, shipping, ordering, etc., but I didn’t realize how much time that would take away from being in the studio. My work can be super scary at times, since it doesn’t provide a steady paycheck. Just dealing with the unknowns of the day-to-day can be very stressful.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I love the freedom that I have. If it’s a nice day, I can go outside and enjoy it with my husband and son. That personal freedom is invaluable.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
Take advantage of the information that’s out there. Learn as much as you can and look at other shops. Stay open and flexible and don’t be afraid of change. You don’t have to have it all figured out right away. Keep in mind that everybody’s story is going to be a little different. For me, quitting my day job first was my only option. I had to make it work. That’s not for everybody.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
I have lots of ideas for new pieces that I can’t wait to get into the shop. I also want to extend my line to include more unique pieces: earrings, rings, and bracelets for each animal/object.

Anything else you would like to share?
I just want to thank Etsy for this wonderful opportunity, and say thank you to all of my amazing customers! I’ve “met” some really great people through the Etsy community. I also have to say that the only reason for any of this is God, and to Him I am forever thankful.


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

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby says:

    Very charming work. Congratulations on all your success. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

    4 years ago

  • ArtByJacy

    ArtByJacy says:

    So cute!! Wonderful writeup, congrats and God bless your business :)

    4 years ago

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter says:

    I love your shop! Congrats on this great feature!

    4 years ago

  • followingfireflies

    followingfireflies says:

    congratulations on being featured!

    4 years ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat says:

    Such cute items!

    4 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Such beautiful work! And how scary it probably was quitting your job and plunging in, so glad that all your hard work is paying off. And congratulation on your nearly new baby, what joy and ,yes, more hard work, God bless!

    4 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    Your designs are so sweet! Very good advice too- thank you!

    4 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    Congrats! Your jewelry is so unique and fun!

    4 years ago

  • handprintlady

    handprintlady says:

    super cute stuff-I like the simplicity and I have to say, I haven't seen anything like it, so it is unique!

    4 years ago

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve says:

    such a CUTE shop! congrats :D

    4 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Congrats on the feature. LOVE the organic, fun nature of the designs - perfect for grown-ups and kids alike. A modern Hello Kitty if you will. xo, MJ

    4 years ago

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers says:

    So fun !Just love your work.Sloths Rule!

    4 years ago

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord says:

    Lovely shop!

    4 years ago

  • thecupcakekid

    thecupcakekid says:

    Aw, so cute! The Happy Sloth must soon be mine!

    4 years ago

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather says:

    Love it! Congrats :)

    4 years ago

  • seaglassgems4you

    seaglassgems4you says:

    Your designs are adorable! Best of luck going forward!!

    4 years ago

  • oddlyeven

    oddlyeven says:

    Wonderful article and congradulations.

    4 years ago

  • isewcute

    isewcute says:

    adorable items...I love the ice cream cone!

    4 years ago

  • seasonsofthevalley

    seasonsofthevalley says:

    What a wonderful and inspiring post! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Beautiful shop~ congrats~~ wish you continued success always....!!

    4 years ago

  • ClockTales

    ClockTales says:

    these animal jewelry are really cute!

    4 years ago

  • brassflystudio

    brassflystudio says:

    wonderful and inspirational! wishing you much success!!

    4 years ago

  • kumosgreetings

    kumosgreetings says:

    I love your work! :)

    4 years ago

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo says:

    Absolutely lovely!

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    how stinkin' cute are your necklaces! great shop! (and congrats on the feature!)

    4 years ago

  • WitsEndMagick

    WitsEndMagick says:

    I can see why the happy sloth is a favorite ; - ) Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • soandsuch

    soandsuch says:


    4 years ago

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam says:

    I love your sock monkey's too CUTE! Congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro says:

    Adorable and whimsical work. Congratulations and much success going forward.

    4 years ago

  • peaceworkdesigns

    peaceworkdesigns says:

    Wow! Thanks for such a great post. My favorite is that cute little acorn!

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    So cute. Congrats on the feature. :)

    4 years ago

  • chachingck

    chachingck says:

    What a wonderful line of art!

    4 years ago

  • chersbabyshop

    chersbabyshop says:

    Congratulations on the Feature, It's important to Love what you do, both with work and family. I wish you success always, and a Forever Happy Family Oh, I also Love your Shop and will let others know about it

    4 years ago

  • TheMarulaTreeSoapCo

    TheMarulaTreeSoapCo says:

    Great interview! I am the proud owner of a Happy Sloth Necklace and I couldn't love it anymore than I do. It was very cool to see this "behind the scenes" aspect of how it was created. Thank you so much for making such cool pieces! Nikki

    4 years ago

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone says:

    mmmm, they're good.

    4 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    great designs! Thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Congratulations! Fun work!

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Cute stuff. Well deserved feature. Much luck and enjoy that baby.

    4 years ago

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords says:

    Wonderful article! I love your little Kiwi and Anteater, so adorable!

    4 years ago

  • brilliantmorningmist

    brilliantmorningmist says:

    CONGRADULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS, Thank You for sharing your inspiring story and tips, God Bless your Shop.

    4 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    love your work. so cute and intricate. i know how much time and effort and love you put into each piece. it shows! congrats on the feature and best wishes!

    4 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    Congratulations on the feature and your lovely shop!

    4 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Wonderful charms! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • LaloveBenedict

    LaloveBenedict says:

    Wow, very brave of you to dive in like that! I love your playful animals.

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    so adorable! i love the way you've decided to photograph them. the necklaces really stand out.

    4 years ago

  • dropkicktims

    dropkicktims says:

    I love your shop! I've been 'stalking' your spork necklace and dropping hints that no one seems to be picking up that I want it on facebook for months haha. I think I'm about to splurge and treat myself to it. Congrats on the article! :)

    4 years ago

  • pompandpride

    pompandpride says:

    i too quit my full-time job and dove into etsy selling afterward. so inspiring to see how well it's working out for her! beautiful work as well.

    4 years ago

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat says:

    Very sweet pieces! Congrats on the interview!

    4 years ago

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage says:

    Adorable! Congrats! :)

    4 years ago

  • misty714

    misty714 says:

    These are charming!!! I can see why they are popular! I love animals too. It is great that you have found a way to express that love through jewelry!! Nice! misty714

    4 years ago

  • marketflink

    marketflink says:

    I love the Kiwi... amazing. Thanks for sharing your story. Good Luck and enjoy that baby!

    4 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle says:

    Your animals are extremely cute. I loved them. Congratulations to you! Best,

    4 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    I love the animals. Your work is amazing! Congrats! Monica TheIDConnection & NanaBellAntiques

    4 years ago

  • HappinessAbounds

    HappinessAbounds says:

    Adorable! I love your spork!

    4 years ago

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry says:

    Your work has so much character and really makes me smile! Thanks for that, and also for sharing your story. It gives me hope!

    4 years ago

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns says:

    These are such cute little treasures. Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    Congratulations to you, and all your hard work!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    love the simplicity of design! super!

    4 years ago

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez says:

    I've loved your work for a long time! Congrats on the feature you deserve this! :) Elisa

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    ADORABLE!!! congrats

    4 years ago

  • JessPurses

    JessPurses says:

    love you work and great advise to all of us concidering that big leap of faith with our craft.

    4 years ago

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns says:

    Adorable items in your shop! So happy you're "living the dream". Thanks for your inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Your shop is awesome!!! Congrats!!!!

    4 years ago

  • wisconmon

    wisconmon says:

    Love this! Hearting your shop. :)

    4 years ago

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught says:

    Really sweet jewelry. I see a present in someones future.

    4 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Oh my god....those little SLOTHS! Haha, so damn cute..... Heidi

    4 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    So chic cute refined and elegant all at the same time - congrats!

    4 years ago

  • Moondoonie

    Moondoonie says:

    Unique and inspiring. What more can a girl ask for?

    4 years ago

  • Moondoonie

    Moondoonie says:

    Unique and inspiring. What more can a girl ask for?

    4 years ago

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset says:

    love the sloths! congrats and your story is very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    love your stuff!

    4 years ago

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    TheWellingtonBoot says:

    I'm also a fan of the sloths - they're my favourite animal!

    4 years ago

  • soulstone321

    soulstone321 says:

    I love the cute simplicity of your pieces. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • collettakay

    collettakay says:

    Great interview! Working from home is so wonderful when you have young children. How great that your husband works from home too! Good luck and I love your jewelry. Colletta

    4 years ago

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt says:

    Who knew an anteater could be so adorable?? But it really is... Congratulations on your successes!

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Love your modern aesthetic, your pieces are great! Continued success!

    4 years ago

  • colleenvera

    colleenvera says:

    Mary!!! Loved reading about you, family and the shop. It has been a long time since RIT days. I love the work, so adorable. Best wishes -Colleen Vera Melisz

    4 years ago

  • colleenvera

    colleenvera says:

    Mary!!! Loved reading about you, family and the shop. It has been a long time since RIT days. I love the work, so adorable. Best wishes -Colleen Vera Melisz

    4 years ago

  • LilypadLaneDesigns

    LilypadLaneDesigns says:

    God can do immeasurable more than we can ever ask or imagine...isn't that amazing? May He bless the work of our hands... Thank you so much for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • THREEerincadigan

    THREEerincadigan says:

    Wow! I see why the sloth is a favorite! It made me smile right away. I'm with you on the scary aspect of quitting your day job before, really being up and running. I did the same thing! It's hard to not watch the shop all day! Great interview! And great pieces :) Happy sloths for Everyone! ***3EC***

    4 years ago

  • DDMPhotography

    DDMPhotography says:

    I love your work! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    GloriousGirlJewelry says:

    Always an admirer - so glad to finally meet the artist behind the adorable pieces!....just said to my 18 yr. old son the other day while browsing your shop, " Isn't this the cutest sloth you have ever seen?!!!"

    4 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Working in a room with no windows would be like working in a cave...I would hate it too. Glad you quit to pursue your own business! Super cute items! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • SpringwoodSoaps

    SpringwoodSoaps says:

    Your jewelry is just adorable! Congrats on the feature :)

    4 years ago

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman says:

    Very nice work. I see why you have been able to quit your day job. Nice smile, too!

    4 years ago

  • sherisewsweet

    sherisewsweet says:

    Congratulations on making your business work for you! Lovely jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • Peachygirl

    Peachygirl says:

    Way to prepare for and then follow your dream! What a story and I'm coming away from reading it extremely encouraged! Thank you for that!

    4 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Adorable shop!

    4 years ago

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop says:

    Thank you, for sharing your story. I love the style of your work. Mary

    4 years ago

  • OrderlyCivilians

    OrderlyCivilians says:

    The sloth is truly adorable! All the best of luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • VernonAve

    VernonAve says:

    love your work!

    4 years ago

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio says:

    I heart you mary-mary. :)

    4 years ago

  • BettyAndFrank

    BettyAndFrank says:


    4 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    Such a charming shop, congrats! (I confess, I'm jealous)

    4 years ago

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe says:

    wow, this work is great! it's unique and original. i'd love to see some sellers featured on "QYDJ" that don't have a partner's/spouse's income to fall back on. it'd be interesting to hear about a seller supporting themselves only 100% on their etsy business.

    4 years ago

  • Spleodar

    Spleodar says:

    Lovely work!

    4 years ago

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo says:

    Love your work. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • maro47

    maro47 says:

    Great designs!

    4 years ago

  • heycaryann

    heycaryann says:

    Cute jewelry! I'm inspired. I also make jewelry, and it's so difficult to make it work! Inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • hadleyclay

    hadleyclay says:

    Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • debs1967

    debs1967 says:

    Very cute jewelry. Congrats on your feature!

    4 years ago

  • moldsrus

    moldsrus says:

    Love your Jewelry!!

    4 years ago

  • DebzDoodlez

    DebzDoodlez says:

    So darling!

    4 years ago

  • earthwriter

    earthwriter says:

    I love your heart-warming inspiring thoughts that you shared. They made me smile and I feel very encouraged and supported. Thank you so very much for sharing that. I love your jewelry, it's beautiful, the ladybug and koala are very cute, you're very talented! I'd love to design silver jewelry like that, great work, keep it up! *warm hugs* and Peace to you. :)

    4 years ago

  • idsoriginals

    idsoriginals says:

    How did you find the right audience for your blogs?

    4 years ago

  • idsoriginals

    idsoriginals says:

    your work is very unique!

    4 years ago

  • riskodesign

    riskodesign says:

    Congratulations! :) And wish that you may grow more and more with your work. You really have beautiful designs :) Peace.

    4 years ago

  • DancingLightBijoux

    DancingLightBijoux says:

    Oh, gosh, I used to live in upstate NY. I bet working on your beautiful little treasures is what gets you through the looooong winters.

    4 years ago

  • DeezignerBliss

    DeezignerBliss says:

    Love your cute necklaces! Congrats and Continued Success!

    4 years ago

  • darlkay52

    darlkay52 says:

    Very inspiring! Your work is so cute!! Your talent is a large part of your success also!

    4 years ago

  • peanut1726

    peanut1726 says:

    congrats on your success, yes the people I have met have been awesome too! something about Etsy followers that makes them special, again congrats on your success Pat Wilkes

    4 years ago

  • ScarletFury

    ScarletFury says:

    Really cute work! My son and I are looking at them and he LOVES them!

    4 years ago

  • RomanceinSilverAH

    RomanceinSilverAH says:

    Hi Love the detail you put into each piece, you have a steady hand. They are so adorable all of them. The momma sloth and baby are really nice. Of course I love the Lady bug. Thanks for your story very inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden says:

    LilypadLaneDesigns says: God can do immeasurable more than we can ever ask or imagine...isn't that amazing? May He bless the work of our hands... Thank you so much for sharing your story! I agree! So glad to hear your story and hear to Whom you give the Glory! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • whimsyleaf

    whimsyleaf says:

    What adorable little dangling critters!

    4 years ago

  • ClaireAndJamie

    ClaireAndJamie says:

    Absolutely adorable things! And I know firsthand how hard it is to learn to saw so smoothly, so I'm quite impressed!

    4 years ago

  • tribenouveau

    tribenouveau says:

    great little characters and imagination!

    4 years ago

  • FoggyBottomGenStore

    FoggyBottomGenStore says:

    Really nice work on the critters. Congrats on the new little two-legged critter also. It's great to hear success stories like yours.

    4 years ago

  • lindasartquilts

    lindasartquilts says:

    I can certainly see why your "Happy Sloth" is a big hit. It is not only a piece of fine jewelry but it makes the heart say, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh." Congratulations on your success and thank you for sharing your insights and experiences.

    4 years ago

  • EgyptianInspirations

    EgyptianInspirations says:

    Well done. I love your kitty necklace.

    4 years ago

  • birdsongbows

    birdsongbows says:

    Congratulations! What a cute shop. I've got my eye on that sock monkey necklace. :)

    4 years ago

  • amarkofmyown

    amarkofmyown says:

    "...the only reason for any of this is God, and to Him I am forever thankful." AMEN!

    4 years ago

  • MadAboutHue

    MadAboutHue says:

    Very inspiring story! It's also interesting to note that pretty much everyone says the same thing about time management. You have to live, eat, and sleep your etsy shop to keep it going strong. But what creative person wouldn't take that over working for a jerk in a cubicle, 5 days a week? Looking forward to the busy full-time. :)

    4 years ago

  • TheOliveBlossom

    TheOliveBlossom says:

    Congratulations! I'm sure you are just as much a lovely Mother and Wife as you are an artist.

    4 years ago

  • museumshop

    museumshop says:

    Beautiful items. No wonder you quit your day job. I am sure you are selling a bunch The leaf artist

    4 years ago

  • mijunglee

    mijunglee says:

    Your hard work is paying off! The necklaces are charming.

    4 years ago

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick says:

    Love your work! Your story is very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • AubreyPlays

    AubreyPlays says:

    such unique stuff. Congrats and thanks for the tips!!

    4 years ago

  • SaysTheStone

    SaysTheStone says:

    Don't be afraid of change...I like that! Very honest and real. Best of lucks!!

    4 years ago

  • TableTopJewels

    TableTopJewels says:

    Thanks for the insight and all the best for continuing success

    4 years ago

  • hairofthehare

    hairofthehare says:

    I love this Etsian feature. The jeweler makes such beautiful, fun, quirky pieces that really connect with people (I am in love with her Kiwi bird and the platypus). It's helpful to know that I am taking the right step in the direction of something I truly love, and that I just have to keep work at it. The advice about blog features and giveaways is helpful, too!

    4 years ago

  • LillieRainDesigns

    LillieRainDesigns says:

    Very cute line. Congrats on being featured..................such an inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • melshandmadejewelry

    melshandmadejewelry says:

    Oh wow! You have really come along way..I keep pushing forward myself :) Great tips and I LOVE the Sock Monkey :) They are my favorite...

    4 years ago

  • jamiesondesigns

    jamiesondesigns says:

    Love your story blessi

    4 years ago

  • urbanwillow

    urbanwillow says:

    Thank you for sharing, you've worked really hard, congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • stonehorsedesigns

    stonehorsedesigns says:

    Thank you for sharing all of your great knowledge!

    4 years ago

  • saturdayfinds

    saturdayfinds says:

    Thanks for your input I sure love selling on Etsy, it is a great outlet for us Vintage Lovers~

    4 years ago



    Keep up the good work and don't look back. It is beautiful work you are very blessed. Josie

    4 years ago

  • khowardquilts

    khowardquilts says:

    What great designs! No wonder you haven't had to do much promoting. These have so simple modern lines to them and so much life, too. All sellers would love to come up with their own unique designs that sell themselves.

    4 years ago

  • adrianadossantos

    adrianadossantos says:

    Thank for sharing your inspiring experience! Your work is beautiful!!!

    4 years ago

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop says:

    adorable and fun work. thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • starlingbathbodyhome

    starlingbathbodyhome says:

    Thankyou for sharing your story & tips. Your shop is gorgeous. God is good. xxxx

    4 years ago

  • PeaceFreedomFashion

    PeaceFreedomFashion says:

    Well Amen, this sure keeps me going. Thanks for all the advice.

    4 years ago

  • thearrowmaker1

    thearrowmaker1 says:

    Your old boss lost a very talented worker. Very cute pendants.

    4 years ago

  • WhiskersAndTea

    WhiskersAndTea says:

    I've favorited that sloth! I love your work! Very inspiring, I'm not bold enough to take the leap & quite my day job, that's gutsy. Way to go, doing what you love & making a living off it!

    4 years ago

  • watermediaworks

    watermediaworks says:

    Wow, I admire your pluck! Your work is fantastic, and I've got some new favorites in mind for birthday presents!!

    4 years ago

  • PointsArt

    PointsArt says:

    I love the anteater! So sweet and unique. Congratulations on your success thus far and thanks for the encouraging feature!

    4 years ago

  • DistinctlyCrafted

    DistinctlyCrafted says:

    You are an inspiration! Your work is just so elegantly simple and absolutely adorable! Good luck......just love the little kiwi!!!

    4 years ago

  • designedbylynda

    designedbylynda says:

    It's great to see you made it. Inspiring

    4 years ago

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa says:

    Great job- your jewelry and your inspiration. God bless you!

    4 years ago

  • SewingMates

    SewingMates says:

    Love your work! Glad to hear a success story.

    4 years ago

  • RescuedRemnants

    RescuedRemnants says:

    "know your targeted audience." That's the second time I have been "told" that in less than 24 hours---Guess I needed to hear it! Thanks. Great Article.

    4 years ago

  • GlassWorksEtc

    GlassWorksEtc says:

    I love your work!! You've found your niche....I must admit I'm not very comfortable with blogs; but sounds like the way to go, i'll make an attempt to step out of my comfort zone. Thanks for the advice.

    4 years ago

  • PlayingGrownUp

    PlayingGrownUp says:

    Great interview. And props for giving God his glory! He is so good to us, isn't he?!

    4 years ago

  • thelaughinghouse

    thelaughinghouse says:

    Wow! Well done :))) It's always inspiring to hear stories like yours. keep it up, & yes, glory to God! ^^

    4 years ago

  • BijouxUniques

    BijouxUniques says:

    Congratulations, I love your shop. The mother and baby sloth are my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • ChevereVintage

    ChevereVintage says:

    very cute stuff!

    4 years ago

  • NaTuRaLLyMYsTiCaL

    NaTuRaLLyMYsTiCaL says:

    You have amazing work,and a truly inspiring story..I hope to one day be successful on Etsy.Im just starting out,and cant wait to get my shop going.

    4 years ago

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 says:

    You are so refreshing, thanks for the great advice!

    4 years ago

  • art4ear

    art4ear says:

    Wonderful work! Congrats on your great success.

    4 years ago

  • rencrl

    rencrl says:

    Well done

    4 years ago

  • WednesdayAprons

    WednesdayAprons says:

    thank you for your work...trying to get my small shop up and running...learning something new everyday.....

    4 years ago


    HOHOHATS says:

    Mary, may I suggest a manatee for your menagerie? They're a big deal in Florida along with sea turtles, sand dollars, sharks and pelicans. What a great variety of animal mascots you could have for each region of the US! I'm impressed with your work.

    4 years ago

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads says:

    Love your work! Love your story!

    4 years ago

  • kreationkollect

    kreationkollect says:

    Amen 2 you & your work. :O)

    4 years ago

  • PatrioticCards

    PatrioticCards says:

    Congrats on being featured...Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • luxurybyvera

    luxurybyvera says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • JoeyandMe

    JoeyandMe says:

    Happy for you. Crafting with a young son can be a challenge. Congratulations! Joey And Me Handbags.

    4 years ago

  • CalliopeAZCreations

    CalliopeAZCreations says:

    Great story...terrific product.

    4 years ago

  • polkyanddot

    polkyanddot says:

    Great story! You are very talented. Love that monkey!

    4 years ago

  • modstitches

    modstitches says:

    Best wishes with your son. Enjoy him, the first years pass so quickly.

    4 years ago

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello says:

    What a lovely and inspiring interview! Being unemployed and trying to make our businesses work, it feels a little less scary to know how well you are doing without years and years of advance planning! And I agree with you! Blogs are a better promotion tool than most people think! I find I get more followers (and quite often), more traffic to my Etsy shops after meeting lots of people at blog parties, etc. Wishing you much continued success and thank you so much for sharing your insight and your creativity! Betty

    4 years ago

  • wyldewoodpapers

    wyldewoodpapers says:

    Wow! Takes a huge leap of faith to do what you've done. Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • vglaser

    vglaser says:

    Thanks for the inspiring story and sagely advice. It helps me want to keep trying new things.

    4 years ago

  • PernillasSS

    PernillasSS says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story!! Congrats and well done!! :)

    4 years ago

  • AbsolutelyDottie

    AbsolutelyDottie says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful, unique and incredible. I really wish you much success! Nancy

    4 years ago

  • Thorawish

    Thorawish says:

    I love animals and the way you portray them is so simple and sweet. Your work is very refreshing. Thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • bridalblingboutique

    bridalblingboutique says:

    Congrats to you! Your work is absolutely charming and a new favorite for me! It was inspiring to read your story. Best wishes to you.

    4 years ago

  • harvestmoonsoapco

    harvestmoonsoapco says:

    Amazing article...amazing pieces!

    4 years ago

  • Zodiaque

    Zodiaque says:

    Very simple design but so unique and appealing. I have a 5 month old, so know how it is trying to keep a shop running while taking care of a little peanut. Good Luck with everything!

    4 years ago

  • yourpincurlgirl

    yourpincurlgirl says:

    Thanks for the advice!

    4 years ago

  • FeistyOwlStudio

    FeistyOwlStudio says:


    4 years ago

  • smallchangewares

    smallchangewares says:

    Really great advice! Awesome shop - you're very tallented! :)

    4 years ago

  • redposie

    redposie says:

    Great ideas and I love the sloth, he is a cutie! thanks for letting us on your ideas.

    4 years ago

  • WiseSewcialTies

    WiseSewcialTies says:

    Super cute

    4 years ago

  • theotherart

    theotherart says:

    Thanks for the advice!!!! Very usefully article. I am opening my blog and I will remember your good ideas !!!

    4 years ago

  • BetteOh

    BetteOh says:

    Your work is unique and it's nice to hear about the process behind your success. Thanks for the tips!

    4 years ago

  • marissavogl

    marissavogl says:

    You have worked sooo hard, CONGRATULATIONS on your success!

    4 years ago

  • hobbiesfromtheheart

    hobbiesfromtheheart says:

    Great interview! Loved your answer for the last question. God is truly the only reason for everything we do. I am too forever thankful! :)

    4 years ago

  • MissRobin

    MissRobin says:

    Great story. i would love to hear a little more about the blogging. I am fairly new to it so I'm not sure what blog you are referring to. Your own personal/business blog or one on Etsy? (I didn't think etsy had one that 'we' could blog on. Thanks for your advice and continue the great work!

    4 years ago

  • geekycrafter

    geekycrafter says:

    Your charms are super cute! Thank you for sharing your advice.

    4 years ago

  • zurisbows

    zurisbows says:

    Your necklaces are precious! Just adorable, especially the sock monkey necklace! May God continue to bless your business! Can't wait to see your earrings and bracelets!

    4 years ago

  • RhodaDesignStudio

    RhodaDesignStudio says:

    How sweet are those! I can see why the sloth is one of your main sellers. Very cute! Congrats on being featured. Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom with us :) Rhoda

    4 years ago

  • NancyKippesMariani

    NancyKippesMariani says:

    I love your jewelry,,really beautiful.....I wish all the Best....:) :) :)

    4 years ago

  • VitalTemptation

    VitalTemptation says:

    What a lovely story! Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful work!! I love the monkey and the koala!!

    4 years ago

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue says:

    Wonderful shop and interview...I love the "whimsy" of your product...thank you for the advice and inspiration.. Renee

    4 years ago



    Great Shop interview!!! Your work is precious:) lISA

    4 years ago

  • LissylooDesigns

    LissylooDesigns says:

    Very cute jewelry! Congrads!

    4 years ago

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 says:

    Charming story Mary!!! Thanks for sharing and good luck on all your future endeavors. Christine

    4 years ago

  • LiorahLleucu

    LiorahLleucu says:

    Such cute designs! Congratulations on your success.

    4 years ago

  • africapintail

    africapintail says:

    good good good

    4 years ago

  • LaNuSa

    LaNuSa says:

    Great interview!!!! I wish i could leave my daily Job and dedicate what i really love,but from the moment it is imposible...

    4 years ago

  • alexandrafa

    alexandrafa says:

    Great interview!!! Congratulations! I love your work, just adorable.......

    4 years ago

  • irinacarmen

    irinacarmen says:

    love your work!

    4 years ago

  • mywonderfulthings

    mywonderfulthings says:

    great story to read so inspired and what fun style you have good luck in future for all your new ideas and shop

    4 years ago

  • AllSoCute

    AllSoCute says:

    Love your work and story! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • pandyamy

    pandyamy says:

    Great interview and cute pieces.

    4 years ago

  • BonCreationz

    BonCreationz says:

    Your story is very inspiring and your pieces are beautiful! Thank you for perking up my day.

    4 years ago

  • Dryw

    Dryw says:

    Lovely designs! Well done !

    4 years ago

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie says:

    I love your shop and your necklaces--too cute! Congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • persnickitude

    persnickitude says:

    The sloth is pretty cute...i can see why it's a hit!

    4 years ago

  • kiwietchocolat

    kiwietchocolat says:

    What you do is very beautiful and your experience so inspiring ! Thanks for sharing it with us ! :D

    4 years ago

  • marystreacle

    marystreacle says:

    Really happy for your success. Your jewelry is super cute.

    4 years ago

  • dreamcdesign

    dreamcdesign says:

    Congratulations on your success! You work is absolutely beautiful! And the sloth is really cute :-)

    4 years ago

  • FiliGraceJewelry

    FiliGraceJewelry says:

    Congratulation! :) What a cute jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • blancahelga

    blancahelga says:

    Thanks for the nice advises!

    4 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Very sweet pieces! {Lovely to see our native koala amongst them.} Your tip about targeting blogs well with regards to your target audience is so important. All the best of success and happiness!

    4 years ago

  • CakisCottage

    CakisCottage says:

    I love your jewelry ,really great ! Thanks for sharing

    4 years ago

  • eastwitching

    eastwitching says:

    Excellent interview - so clear and VERY helpful. I recognised your designs straight away. They are so playful and clean cut andso they stand out - love the way you present them in your photography too - always a pleasure to view them.Alison

    4 years ago

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft says:

    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story! :)

    4 years ago

  • pveshop

    pveshop says:

    love your work and thanks for sharing your story! pve

    4 years ago

  • DesignsStainedGlass

    DesignsStainedGlass says:

    Your designs are very cute. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • PCanPotter

    PCanPotter says:

    May God bless the work of your hands... And He has done so!

    4 years ago

  • AndreaGulickx

    AndreaGulickx says:

    Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational.

    4 years ago

  • brownleeartstudio

    brownleeartstudio says:

    Your work is delightful. I love the monkey and the sloth best.

    4 years ago

  • LauraRoberson

    LauraRoberson says:

    Great feature! Best of luck.

    4 years ago

  • WindyAcreTreasures

    WindyAcreTreasures says:

    Such fun work! May we all be inspired to seize the day with inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • KozyAfghansbyPhyllis

    KozyAfghansbyPhyllis says:

    Great shop! Love your pieces! Good luck and thanks for sharing!!

    4 years ago

  • ApronsByVittoria

    ApronsByVittoria says:

    Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.. Very creative items :)

    4 years ago

  • LeFilenSoi

    LeFilenSoi says:

    thank you, it really reassures me to read your words. God bless you

    4 years ago

  • abbyberkson

    abbyberkson says:

    I had never seen your work before, and it is SO adorable! I love it, and this was a great, inspiring, grounded feature. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • missmagpiesshoppe

    missmagpiesshoppe says:

    I really enjoyed reading about you, thank you for sharing. Your shop and your jewelry are simply beautiful. I hope you continue to be blessed and that your business blossoms even more.

    4 years ago

  • DirUndMir

    DirUndMir says:

    regards from germany, I like your creations, something special.

    4 years ago

  • doggonepurrtty

    doggonepurrtty says:

    Very unique. Never saw anything like it. Thanks for sharing and best of luck!

    4 years ago

  • TheCovetingCrow

    TheCovetingCrow says:

    "Less is more." Simple, fun pieces....your work is fun and whimsical! You're an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • DesignByNatasha

    DesignByNatasha says:

    I love your work, you talanted , strong and very brave woman. Thank you for sharing your story , you help me to believe in myself more too. My shop is new on etsy and I am very happy with this site, I wish you the best in your business. Thank you !!!

    4 years ago

  • IrishWoodCraft

    IrishWoodCraft says:

    Well done on the success. I have to keep my job but am working on my woodwork and my Etsy shop. Slow going but i have 3 sons under 12..Doh. Anyway, good luck

    4 years ago

  • Perladesign

    Perladesign says:

    Nice collection you have. Thanks for your marketing tips.

    4 years ago

  • KCThreads

    KCThreads says:

    Your work is adorable! Kudos to you on going independent entrepreneur! Lovely to work at home with family near....

    4 years ago

  • Babydollskincare

    Babydollskincare says:

    Congratulations on your success and being featured on Etsy. You have inspired myself and others to go with your dreams. There's hope.

    4 years ago

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo says:

    Great work! I can see why your happy sloth necklace is a best seller. Congrats and best of luck!

    4 years ago

  • lsjmixedmedia

    lsjmixedmedia says:

    wow a great read. i just quit my job 3 weeks ago. i can completely relate! it has been a pretty terrifying move but really the only option for me if i want to be a successful artist.

    4 years ago

  • claudiahershman

    claudiahershman says:

    Helpful tips...and such fun work! Congrats on your article.

    4 years ago

  • thedragonflypath

    thedragonflypath says:

    Thank you for sharing your marketing tips with us. Your collection is very lovely!

    4 years ago

  • Eggzilarations

    Eggzilarations says:

    That makes a great deal of sense. I so need this to work for me. I had a miserable job selling life insurance and it darn near killed me. Thanks for giving me a path.

    4 years ago

  • BohoChicJewelrybyMel

    BohoChicJewelrybyMel says:

    Beautiful and very inspirational! Godd luck in your seems that you are on the right path...! Love your style!

    4 years ago

  • ButlerPottery

    ButlerPottery says:

    Love your pedants. Inspiring story.

    4 years ago

  • daisychainextra

    daisychainextra says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! I have a six month old son, and a five year old too, so I can definitely relate to the challenge of trying to fit everything in! I love your ice cream necklace.

    4 years ago

  • mrsginther

    mrsginther says:

    I love your shop and amazing pieces..........very unique! My best to you!

    4 years ago

  • Castleofcostamesa

    Castleofcostamesa says:

    Thank you for sharing your tips. It is inspiring and fun to hear about a fellow "colleague" on the same path! Blessings to you and your loved ones!

    4 years ago

  • Leeya

    Leeya says:

    Adorable necklaces! Your success is well deserved!

    4 years ago

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt says:

    When you said that it's okay if you don't have it all figured out at once I breathed a sigh of relief - I'm new to Etsy and I feel like I learn so much in one day that I can't possibly learn everything I need to know fast enough - thanks for the reassurance!

    4 years ago

  • studiofsquared

    studiofsquared says:

    a truly inspiring story! if we could all hear the call of the Universe so clearly maybe we could all find such amazing success. thank you for sharing your story! I got goose bumps!

    4 years ago

  • InspiredDesignsbyKim

    InspiredDesignsbyKim says:

    Congrats on the write-up! Such an inspiration! Love that little acorn!

    4 years ago

  • katielynnjewelry

    katielynnjewelry says:

    Thanks for the tips, I need all the help I can get with marketing! :/

    4 years ago

  • CeeGeeJewellery

    CeeGeeJewellery says:

    Gorgeous work, congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • HatsIncredibleShop

    HatsIncredibleShop says:

    beautiful work! I am looking forward to the day I can quit my day job also! I am taking all your advice :-)

    4 years ago

  • igotbeads

    igotbeads says:

    The happy sloth necklace IS really cute! I see why it's a favorite...You have a great eye for capturing the true essence of the animal while making it a fun and adorable charm to wear. Best of luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations says:

    This has got to be some of the cutest jewelry I have ever seen. Would love to quit my day job too!! Thanks for you inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • Tersjustbeachy

    Tersjustbeachy says:

    simply adorable!! Best of luck to you and your business!!

    4 years ago

  • LttleEvrydyCreations

    LttleEvrydyCreations says:

    Very inspirational story. Love the sloth. What a juxtaposition, someone who works like crazy and her best seller is the sloth! Lesson: Slow and methodical will get you through. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • nanabox

    nanabox says:

    Very beautiful jewelry. Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • BoutiquebyGrace

    BoutiquebyGrace says:

    Your jewerly is absolutely adorable! I love the ice cream cone.You have been very blessed . GOD is good!!!

    4 years ago

  • BoudicaBags

    BoudicaBags says:

    I love love your jewelry! Your info was oh so helpful, thank you! Anni

    4 years ago

  • creationsbymonica

    creationsbymonica says:

    Just lovely-very creative and fun !!!

    4 years ago

  • RecklessCrush

    RecklessCrush says:

    Congrats on your article and being featured! Love your work! I will be definitely purchasing something soon! I especially love that you thanked God for everything! :) God is great!

    4 years ago

  • lenkamuchnik

    lenkamuchnik says:

    I found it very useful to read your story. And your little animals adorable! Success and happiness in your family!

    4 years ago

  • HollyKnitter

    HollyKnitter says:

    Thanks for a great article!

    4 years ago

  • thevintagehatbox

    thevintagehatbox says:

    Excellent advice!

    4 years ago

  • obamaboxes

    obamaboxes says:

    Lovely story! Continued success and balance in your busy life!

    4 years ago

  • CheriArts

    CheriArts says:

    Oh my goodness!!! I didn't realize that this story was about you until you said your best seller was your sloth necklace. I haven't yet purchased one, but I've had my eye on the baby sloth necklace for probably a year now. I plan to some day get it. I adore your jewelry, especially the animal pieces!

    4 years ago

  • kinaink

    kinaink says:

    Super valuable advice to anyone considering a similar path. I have a one year old girl and another baby on the way in a couple months, and I have to say that it's super challenging. Good for you though, you're an inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • sandrubies1a

    sandrubies1a says:

    Hey! Congratulations! I love your designs and very good advice.

    4 years ago

  • maramao

    maramao says:

    love your work! the sloth is super adorable, I think it won't be long before I'll have one myself to keep me company.. congrats for your well earned success

    4 years ago

  • rneely

    rneely says:

    Great advice for us, we are newbies to Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • WhimsybyKT

    WhimsybyKT says:

    Thank you for sharing your story!! I feel inspired and encouraged knowing that so many others have been successful doing what they love to do! It gives me hope for my own shop and reminds me that if I keep working hard, anything is possible. I am a single mama to 2 little boys (4 and 3) and have the rare fortune of being able to stay home and raise them myself :) When I start doubting the path I've chosen, it sure does help to read about people like you, who have found their groove and are doing so well! I think your work is amazing! Keep it up! ;)

    4 years ago

  • SpinWithin

    SpinWithin says:

    Yep, I have to admit that the Happy Sloth is also my favorite. Great work!

    4 years ago

  • BucksCountyImages

    BucksCountyImages says:

    I have enjoyed reading about your successful Etsy shop. You may have pin pointed what I need to do and that is blogging. I have tried everything else with zero success. I praise the Lord for all things and made my request to Him for what I need to do to generate sales on Etsy. HE may have used you to answer my prayers. May God continue to bless us both.

    4 years ago

  • MadameLeavesly

    MadameLeavesly says:

    Adorable work! And a very inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • AllaPrimaLady

    AllaPrimaLady says:

    heart warming story..I am new to Etsy. Thanks for your tips. I am retired from the jewelry business and my daughters carry it on with their husbands. 2 of them design and one is a jeweler (since a young girl). I am now a fulltime artist. Karen Roncari

    4 years ago

  • JKistlerStudios

    JKistlerStudios says:

    Great feature! I had already hearted her shop, so I was excited to read the interview! Such neat work, I love the cheerfulness and creativeness of it, and the clean lines. Wish you continued success! :-)

    4 years ago

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible says:

    awe, so sweet peace and love karen DevineCollectible

    4 years ago

  • bakerapparel

    bakerapparel says:

    Great article! Thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • ZilaCreations

    ZilaCreations says:

    You are truly and inspiration, especially the part that you give thanks to God....since I am trying to do the same thing through my shop, "The Hossanna Gallery" Thank you for your story.

    4 years ago

  • EllaDeanDesigns

    EllaDeanDesigns says:

    I really hope one day I can live off of just my etsy shop! I love animals and your jewelry is so cute. I am going to browse them all now :0)

    4 years ago

  • knittedbybarbara

    knittedbybarbara says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Your work is so cute and wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • JennifersAnimalHouse

    JennifersAnimalHouse says:

    SO very cool, personal and beautiful. Awesome job!

    4 years ago

  • ORINewYork

    ORINewYork says:

    Thank you for sharing the story!!! So helpful!! I love the cute stuff you create!!!

    4 years ago

  • lindakirstencole

    lindakirstencole says:

    Great article, sounds like you are molding the life you want.........VERY creative jewelry.....

    4 years ago

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva says:

    Very cute work! You have such a creative ability

    4 years ago

  • HappyDappyBits

    HappyDappyBits says:

    Your work is amazing and totally adorable! Congratulations on the feature and all of your success. :)

    4 years ago

  • TheBodySugaryShop

    TheBodySugaryShop says:

    Very Beautiful!! Thanks For Sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • mossnk

    mossnk says:

    hi,true encoranging nice story.

    4 years ago

  • viancamercedes

    viancamercedes says:

    Thank You! For sharing. Beautiful Shop...

    4 years ago

  • JewelryBySofiaNunez

    JewelryBySofiaNunez says:

    Congratulations! Your jewelry is really nice...and congrats too for your new baby !!!

    4 years ago

  • GussiedUpBaby

    GussiedUpBaby says:

    I have a new baby too (3 months) and understand how time consuming they can be. I am supposed to return to my day job in another week or so, but I really want to stay home with the kids. I'm so happy for you. congratulations on the new baby and quitting your day job. Hopefully I can do the same. Thanks for all the great advice. Very encouraging!

    4 years ago

  • Myriaddesignjewelry

    Myriaddesignjewelry says:

    Your concept for the art pieces are great, wishing you continued success.

    4 years ago

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery says:

    This is good advice. Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • SisterCreationsVT

    SisterCreationsVT says:

    These are sooo cute. Love the simple design of your jewelry. God Bless.

    4 years ago

  • kickthemoonfarm

    kickthemoonfarm says:

    Your jewelry is full of heart. Thank you for sharing and for your sweet attitude.

    4 years ago

  • LiveLaughSew

    LiveLaughSew says:

    Simple yet so cute! :)

    4 years ago

  • critterpat

    critterpat says:

    Love your designs! Animals rule. Thanks for the advise.

    4 years ago

  • AnniesShabbyAttic

    AnniesShabbyAttic says:

    Your designs are charming! I enjoyed reading how you promote yourself and thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your new baby!

    4 years ago

  • LoveStitchesByNaomi

    LoveStitchesByNaomi says:

    I love the article! Totally encouraging to me. I just started an Etsy shop a couple weeks ago and haven't gotten far with it yet. A friend kept encouraging me to do it so I kind of just set it up without knowing too much except that I could sell handmade online. A cople years ago I started my own alteratiion and custom sewing business so that I could stay home with the kids I hoped to have someday (now I have a one year old and another on the way). But I kind of wanted an outlet for doing my own things too which is how my Etsy shop came about. I totally love what you said about God! I thank Him everyday too!

    4 years ago

  • sharinghisgifts

    sharinghisgifts says:

    I love your story and the jewerly you make. So cute... I have just opened my shop on etsy and love the advise from so many sellers. I'm looking forward to success ahead.. Keep up the good work.

    4 years ago

  • leighsdesigns

    leighsdesigns says:

    Thanks for all the great advise on blogging. I love your jewelry. Best of luck to you.

    4 years ago

  • AmyJiggetts

    AmyJiggetts says:

    I agree, the Lord is good! Faith is awesome, great shop and story. Really like the vibrant backgrounds in your pictures.

    4 years ago

  • CitrusSunrise

    CitrusSunrise says:

    Thanks for the inspiring article! I love your work and hope that your success continues!!

    4 years ago

  • beatroad

    beatroad says:

    Love the happy acorn necklace. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • JolieEnRoseVintage

    JolieEnRoseVintage says:

    Such beautifully made pieces I love the acorn and the ice cream!

    4 years ago

  • TheElfMonkey

    TheElfMonkey says:

    Lovely work you got there. I love the sock monkey piece :) Thank you for sharing your story :)

    4 years ago

  • tinarosa

    tinarosa says:

    Great interview! cohesive, cohesive, and cohesive! I need to find ONE style for my shop

    4 years ago

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD says:

    Thank you for offering your wonderful advice!

    4 years ago

  • Rockcakes

    Rockcakes says:

    great to hear your story.

    4 years ago

  • Simag

    Simag says:

    I LOVE your shop! CONGRATS on this great feature! Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • bottlesbythesea

    bottlesbythesea says:

    Your story is inspirational!

    4 years ago

  • topc

    topc says:

    Thanks for this really great information. Best wishes

    4 years ago

  • MiniatureJoy

    MiniatureJoy says:

    Excellent article and super designs - just love the sloth. Congratulations on your success and best wishes for the future.

    4 years ago

  • mlome

    mlome says:

    Very creative. Just adorable designs. Thanks for sharing this.

    4 years ago

  • OverboardStudio

    OverboardStudio says:

    Love the monkey. Reminds of the monkeys I saw in Costa Rica. Keep up the good work. As a new shop owner, thanks for the advice.

    4 years ago

  • AlikiBags

    AlikiBags says:

    So glad I took the time to read your post - very helpful and inspiring ! Thank you ! Looking at all your hyper cute jewellery pieces really cheered me up ! x

    4 years ago

  • birgitvankeer

    birgitvankeer says:

    Wow the jewelry you create is soooo cute! I absolutely love the acorn!

    4 years ago

  • LWJewelryCreations

    LWJewelryCreations says:

    your necklaces are so cute! great shop! congrats on the feature! blessings, Lauren

    4 years ago

  • Fiberfigments

    Fiberfigments says:

    Love your work and your advice is much appreciated.

    4 years ago

  • KnightsArtStudio

    KnightsArtStudio says:

    "I also have to say that the only reason for any of this is God, and to Him I am forever thankful." I like your interview very much and I totally agree with your having given God the credit. I, too, give Him the credit. Yes, I also concur with another of your observations. You mentioned not realizing how much time you would be away from the best part of your business. Yes, I find that I don't care nearly as much for doing the online business and connecting and advertizing and blogging and etc..... I would REALLY rather be in my studio! But alas, as you already know, if you want to be successful financially then you have to do what you "don't like to do". God bless you, your business, and your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us. We can all encourage one another and learn from each other. Come and visit my site and let me know what you think. I can say that I definitely like YOUR style!

    4 years ago

  • simplybarefoot

    simplybarefoot says:

    Thanks for the upbeat article, very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • jbequette

    jbequette says:

    Really cute items! I'm new on Etsy, and will take all the advice I can get. Yours is very helpful. Good luck to you and your family.

    4 years ago

  • DianesAtticTreasures

    DianesAtticTreasures says:

    Great charms, your very inspiring. I just got started in my shop, so articles like yours are very helpful. God bless you in all you do.

    4 years ago

  • shellypsoulcircles

    shellypsoulcircles says:

    Wonderful article! Thanks so much for helpful advice to a novice Etsy seller...Your work is unique and delightful and reflects your inner happiness. It is nice to hear someone acknowledge & thank God for their blessings......

    4 years ago

  • shopjomama

    shopjomama says:

    thanks for the tips. I'm hoping to head in the same direction. Wish me luck!

    4 years ago

  • WaveCloud

    WaveCloud says:

    I heart marymaryhandmade! Great article!

    4 years ago

  • magicwithyarns

    magicwithyarns says:

    As a new shop owner, thanks for the asvice

    4 years ago

  • PrettybrideShop

    PrettybrideShop says:

    Great items!! congrats on your business and thank you for the useful advise.

    4 years ago

  • rosealida

    rosealida says:

    Congrats on the success. Your characters are adorable. Can't wait to see the spin offs as rings and things.

    4 years ago

  • MelinaFilomena

    MelinaFilomena says:

    Congratulations, Lovely work & great advice!

    4 years ago

  • AlongCameMary

    AlongCameMary says:

    Very cute! I think you should do a pug. My niece would love to have a pug necklace. Thanks, good luck!

    4 years ago

  • anyssasmom

    anyssasmom says:

    Very Inspiring article. I love that you Thanked God.... The ultimate Creator!

    4 years ago

  • differentrose

    differentrose says:

    How very inspiring. May God bless you 100 times over.

    4 years ago

  • sewhomey

    sewhomey says:

    Your items are wonderful! Congratulations on your success!

    4 years ago

  • martket

    martket says:

    Lovely! I admire you for being a partner, a mother and a successful freelancer! Congrats!!! :))

    4 years ago

  • PetuniaandIvy

    PetuniaandIvy says:

    Great insight! Thanks for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • SewCarolineSew

    SewCarolineSew says:

    Your animal jewellery is so cute. Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • AnneMashekCreations

    AnneMashekCreations says:

    I really love your necklaces! The ladybug is my favorite of those featured. I just opened my crochet shop a few months ago, and it is inspiring to see how well you've done without heavily promoting your products. Great blog!

    4 years ago

  • OraclesForest

    OraclesForest says:

    Great Story, Keep up the fine work!

    4 years ago

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Nice interview and love your designs. I can see why the Happy Sloth necklace is your most popular, it's adorable.

    4 years ago

  • ElusiveWolf

    ElusiveWolf says:

    I just started my own etsy store after making an interstate move and discovering my new job had been lost due to downsizing... Talk about scared! It's so relieving to see your store a success! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS!

    4 years ago

  • VVsDesign

    VVsDesign says:

    Great work and lovely characters ! congrats and more success !

    4 years ago

  • amgia

    amgia says:

    Gorgeous work! Such an inspiration :)

    4 years ago

  • OliCreations

    OliCreations says:

    Inspiring article, and i love the monkey, guinea pig and icecream my eye on those!

    4 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    Beautiful and special work. Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • Knitca

    Knitca says:

    Love every piece of your work. Well done!

    4 years ago

  • consciousmatter

    consciousmatter says:

    Love the ladybug!!

    4 years ago

  • singingturtle1047

    singingturtle1047 says:

    What a simple affective creation. So cute and each one has their own personality. Very well done, my friend!

    4 years ago

  • coniLab

    coniLab says:

    Very inspiring story, thanks for sharing it with us and let us learn from it :)

    4 years ago

  • FreshStitches

    FreshStitches says:

    Great interview... and such wonderful work! I've just favorited your shop... thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • scrappyturtles

    scrappyturtles says:

    Always love to read of those who are able to quit their day jobs. Of course I would pick the li Turtle as my favorite...

    4 years ago

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap says:

    Such great advice and so inspiring for me! Congrats on your success and I wish you the best!!

    4 years ago

  • chasingcloudsstudio

    chasingcloudsstudio says:

    What a charming group of products! Thanks for your advice.

    4 years ago

  • PourBoyCeramics

    PourBoyCeramics says:

    Very cute sock monkey. Thanks for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • HeartShapedHands

    HeartShapedHands says:

    Thanks for your tips. Congratulations on your success with your talents! Hope that it continues ♥

    4 years ago

  • BAhandbags

    BAhandbags says:

    Your designs are so adorable in their simplicity. Thanks for sharing so many great tips! I hope my shop takes off like yours has! I would LOVE to quit my day job!!!

    4 years ago

  • CurlicueCreations

    CurlicueCreations says:

    Such cute jewelry. I'm glad to have met you & thanks for all the words of wisdom for a newbie!

    4 years ago

  • MCsHandmadeTreasures

    MCsHandmadeTreasures says:

    I just opened my shop in May and I really appreciate your advice and ideas! No wonder the Happy Sloth is so popular. It is soooo cute. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • EmeraldGoddessMt

    EmeraldGoddessMt says:

    Thanks for sharing your tips. You do really lovely work. Congratulations on your success. I am hoping to be able to quit my day job and do this full time too!

    4 years ago

  • maartjejewels

    maartjejewels says:

    This is so cute! And I hear you when it comes to finding the time when you have children. Thanks for the share!

    4 years ago

  • maartjejewels

    maartjejewels says:

    Also, can you share with us how you make these amazing pictures? They are very clean but also very colourful, and really makes your pieces stand out.

    4 years ago

  • MDCInteriors

    MDCInteriors says:

    Your story is very inspiring! Love the sock monkey.

    4 years ago

  • Abovooriginals

    Abovooriginals says:

    would love to see a mermaid

    4 years ago

  • craftykates

    craftykates says:

    I love that you just dove right in. I am about to do the same thing after much prayer and working like a mad woman I have stared listing my thing here. I sell locally at a couple of show per year and really need to do this to help build a business outside my local area. Thank for this inspiring post.

    4 years ago

  • Sheamamanaturals

    Sheamamanaturals says:

    lovely story

    4 years ago

  • LoonMoxly

    LoonMoxly says:


    4 years ago

  • CalienteJewelry

    CalienteJewelry says: adorable!! would love to see some bunnies. ;-)

    4 years ago

  • AMomsDesigns

    AMomsDesigns says:

    Precious items! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • snowwhitedancer

    snowwhitedancer says:

    So simple yet so adorable! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • wwbc

    wwbc says:

    What could we possibly add to all of the praise above? !!! Best wishes for a prosperous future.

    4 years ago

  • ShirlBCreations

    ShirlBCreations says:

    My favorite is your Sock Monkey

    4 years ago

  • NostalgiaAtHighTea

    NostalgiaAtHighTea says:

    I love your work, the animals are so adorable especially the happy sloth! Great work :)

    4 years ago

  • JulieEllisDesigns

    JulieEllisDesigns says:

    Your work is beautiful. Great article. Best of luck to you and your family.

    4 years ago

  • folkartwoodcarving

    folkartwoodcarving says:

    Uniquely you.

    4 years ago

  • ElizasJewelry

    ElizasJewelry says:

    You are living your dream! That is wonderful! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • cedarismensjewelry

    cedarismensjewelry says:

    I love your work! Your designs are very nice. Congratulations on your current and future success.

    4 years ago

  • BettyOttesenSewing

    BettyOttesenSewing says:

    Thanks for sharing - you are an awesome person!

    4 years ago

  • JustLaminates

    JustLaminates says:

    Cute items! thanks for the inspiration

    4 years ago

  • SELVIDGEByRachidaS

    SELVIDGEByRachidaS says:

    The designs are beautiful

    4 years ago

  • crankosauruspress

    crankosauruspress says:

    Wonderful, whimsical designs. I teach high school jewelry and showed some of your work to my students this past spring. Great inspiration for getting them going on metal fabrication. One business question- how do you create a blog feature? Is it something that you are invited to do or can pay to do?

    4 years ago

  • Ivanpetersbourg

    Ivanpetersbourg says:

    very goods animolz

    4 years ago

  • avintage

    avintage says:

    I have driven myself crazy for a long time, trying to set up everything perfectly and understand everything before "plunging". Your comment: "You don’t have to have it all figured out right away." is a great Mantra. Best wishes, Andrea

    4 years ago

  • LaurensCreation

    LaurensCreation says:

    Have to agree with "avintage-Andrea". I'm a perfectionist and trying also to set up everything perfectly. AND, still trying to figure it all out. It's one day at a time. Love your work...... All the best, Lauren

    4 years ago

  • cherishedpal

    cherishedpal says:

    I have just gotten my shop up and going, waiting for my first sale, thanks for your advice, love your jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • britchicdesigns

    britchicdesigns says:

    Very inspiring and great advice. Your jewelry is very cute!

    4 years ago

  • theminabucket

    theminabucket says:

    I love the simplicity of your necklaces. The baby sloth is one of my favorites. Wishing you much success!

    4 years ago

  • HautetoSew

    HautetoSew says:

    I can see why the sloth is your best seller! Super adorable!

    4 years ago

  • LongLeafSoaps

    LongLeafSoaps says:

    I love the little pinwheel earrings! And its easy to see why the sloth necklace has been's adorable!

    4 years ago

  • thespatsfactory

    thespatsfactory says:

    Really ispiring story! And awesone job! Thanks for sharing. I'm new here in Etsy and articles like this one are really helpful.

    4 years ago

  • cottagelanedesigns

    cottagelanedesigns says:

    So inspiring to read! Your work is beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Alchemian

    Alchemian says:

    I think that PASSION is the true day-job-killer. For us it's been that. Insisting on the quality of what we enjoyed to create was the key to customer satisfaction. Cheers!

    4 years ago

  • meligami

    meligami says:

    An amazing and inspiring artist. Best of luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • FallenAngelDesigns

    FallenAngelDesigns says:

    Well done! I adore your sloth necklaces, they are just the cutest, they always put a smile on my face when I see them on Etsy :)

    4 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    ADORABLE items! Congratulations on all your success and best of luck for the future!

    4 years ago

  • esalcedo

    esalcedo says:

    Very brave, I wish I could just up and quit my job like that...

    4 years ago

  • marilynsbotique

    marilynsbotique says:

    It is most important to be doing something creative, this is what the Soul demands.

    4 years ago

  • BabyBin

    BabyBin says:

    love your work!

    4 years ago

  • nicholeraedesign

    nicholeraedesign says:

    You have beautiful work !!

    4 years ago

  • tk4christ1986

    Kathy C from TCsgirlscrafting says:

    Love your guinea pig necklace; it will one day belong to me! : ) Kathy

    1 year ago

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    Fun work! Wonderful!

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