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Quit Your Day Job: Seven Ply

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How did you originally get into making jewelry?
I started making jewelry at a really young age. I think I was around seven — maybe earlier, if you count macaroni necklaces. I found a bead store not too far from my house named Rix Pix, and that was it for me. I was hooked.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
As long as I can remember, I have always worked in retail or food service. Neither were really fulfilling; most days I couldn’t wait till my shift was over so that I could go home and work on something creative.  Around the time I found out I was expecting my first baby, a friend introduced me to Etsy. I was instantly hooked on the idea that I could make a living doing what I loved most while staying home with my newborn. It seemed too good to be true. I knew that it would be a lot of work to get started, but I was up for the challenge.

How did you prepare for the transition into full-time Etsy selling?
I prayed. You might think that sounds crazy, but that’s really what I did. My husband took on more work so that I could stop working and put my focus into launching Seven Ply. My husband and I spent many late nights designing my logo, business cards, Etsy banners and the overall look of my shop. It was important to me that once Seven Ply was up and running, it had a clear brand and image.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Facebook and Twitter have been a great way for me to spread the word about Seven Ply.
  • Since I lack the funds to advertise, I focus on great customer service and presentation.
  • I believe that if each customer has a great online buying experience, they will tell their friends (and maybe even come back to shop again).

Tell us: Who in the family is the skateboarder?
My husband is the skateboarder. It’s the reason I married him. Well, and the fact that he’s pretty cute.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My custom Bling Bling Ring has been my top seller this year. It’s been featured in numerous magazines, on fashion sites and has become a customer favorite. I even had the pleasure to make a set of custom wedding bands last spring.

Have you ever come across a skateboard you didn’t have the heart to repurpose?
Yes! I have a skateboard that hangs on my bedroom wall. That deck sums up my two favorite things: broken skateboards and Boston terriers. It has been completely split in half, but my dog’s face is still intact. However, we recently added a pug to the family, so I will have to keep my eyes peeled for a broken deck adorned with a pug face.

Why is recycling important to you and your business?
Recycling is extremely important to me because of my son. He deserves to have a healthy Earth to enjoy. It became my responsibility to do my part and teach him so that he can, when he is old enough, do his part too. Recycling is also important to me because without it I wouldn’t have a business. Skateboards are thrown away on a daily basis. If I can rescue some decks from making their way to the dump, then it’s a great day in my book.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Having a rambunctious three-year-old and trying to run a business makes my daily schedule a bit hectic. From making breakfast to packing orders and building the most insane Lego tower, traveling to the post and then home for a nap — each day has its own challenges.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I love waking up, snuggling with my son and not having to worry about punching in on time. However, I sometimes miss the social aspect that a workplace has to offer. At this point, the hardest part has been keeping up with the growth of Seven Ply. I can only do so much in a day, and I sometimes wish there were more hours to create.

Going back in time, what advice would you give yourself knowing what you know now?
I would tell myself to be more confident with my designs. When I first started out, I doubted myself. My husband always pushed me to continue. Patience and perseverance are key to success in this business.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I am forever grateful for Etsy and the opportunity that it has allowed me. Don’t be afraid to take that leap! I will also be launching my Seven Ply website any day now. I am really excited at how it’s coming together — stay tuned!

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

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Lynn, so nice to see another woman using a belt grinder! Great story. Love your shop.

    4 years ago

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Great article,... Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Your shop is so cool! Who would have thought that busted up old decks could be so beautiful! Thanks for sharing a little about yourself with us.

    4 years ago

  • duncancreative

    duncancreative says:

    this so inspires me! i have a newborn and would love to created a business where i could spend more time with him.

    4 years ago

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    yay! many congrats - great story, nicey and so happy to see you as a handmade olympics finalist, too! yay you!

    4 years ago

  • carousel2

    carousel2 says:

    your work is A M A Z I N G....love that you can stay home with your lil one :)

    4 years ago

  • Leocardia

    Leocardia says:

    Great! I didn´t know how fabulous recycled skateboards can be.

    4 years ago

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas says:

    Because there is so much jewelry on Etsy you have to be very unique to stand out and you certainly are! How clever of you! Congrats.

    4 years ago

  • mlr4516

    mlr4516 says:

    Your art is fabulous and I, too, am owned by a Boston, they ROCK!

    4 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    very nice & cute! congrats! keep on making great work!

    4 years ago

  • castawayshall

    castawayshall says:

    Great encouraging story. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • castawayshall

    castawayshall says:

    Great encouraging story. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals says:

    Wow~ such an amazing story =) Love your work, congrats! www.plumeandpetals.etsy.com www.plumeandpetals.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch says:

    Great work! Thank you for sharing your story :)

    4 years ago

  • tomoknits

    tomoknits says:

    I love your shop! Congratulations on your success and your awesome family :)

    4 years ago

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    We have admired your unique skateboard jewellery for awhile now. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin says:

    Great story! Your jewelry is so fun and unique, congratulations!! xoxo

    4 years ago

  • FindingFelicityLLC

    FindingFelicityLLC says:

    I look forward to reading the QYDJ interviews every week. Congrats to you and best wishes for future success!

    4 years ago

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS says:

    Awesome story, Congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    great shop. Thanks for sharing your story. ;)

    4 years ago

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens says:

    Recycling is so important, I wasn't aware that skateboards were thrown away how wonderful that you have found a way to use them in your designs. My daughter has a pair of pugs, they are her precious babies.

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Congratulations on your success! I so admire all y'all that could quit your day job!

    4 years ago

  • shopcuriosities

    shopcuriosities says:

    Awesome way to recycle! Loved the story...very inspiring! We have a BT too!! Great dogs!

    4 years ago

  • AppleSproutStudios

    AppleSproutStudios says:

    What an inspiring story for those of us just starting out. Wishes for your continued success!

    4 years ago

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises says:

    I really liked your story! And your dogs are adorable :)

    4 years ago

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden says:

    So inspiring! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the new website!

    4 years ago

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine says:

    I love your rings, so colourful! Congratulations on your Etsy success.

    4 years ago

  • ecouturejewels

    ecouturejewels says:

    This kicks a$$! Love your pieces, and I love the cohesion your collection has. I so admire you!

    4 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    love your work very creative way to reuse and recycle!!!!

    4 years ago

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium says:

    Your story is so inspiring! You have reignited my faith in my work! thank you :) and hope all goes well, your work is amazing! I shall be visiting you website!

    4 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    what a wonderful idea! Thank you for sharing your story - and i wish you continued success!

    4 years ago

  • sweetperversion

    sweetperversion says:

    Nice work!

    4 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    Wow! Amazing work- and a fantastic story. Very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • TwoBackFlats

    TwoBackFlats says:

    very very cool!

    4 years ago

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords says:

    Rad! Love your work! Thanks for sharing, and good luck with your new website!

    4 years ago

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles says:

    good for you, it's so nice to see people having success on Etsy - it keeps me focused!

    4 years ago

  • pixiedustdesigns

    pixiedustdesigns says:

    Way to go! Proud to be a shop that sells (and sells out of!) Lynn's awesome work! We love Sevenply in Shepherdstown, West Virginia!!!!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Great jewelry! Love that you recycle!

    4 years ago

  • bitteroclock

    bitteroclock says:

    Very neat stuff! So creative. Good job, Seven Ply!

    4 years ago

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo says:

    Lynn's necklaces are fabulous! I bought one and now I want one in every color!

    4 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    Inspiring and amazing work! Good job :o)

    4 years ago

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt says:

    Awesome story and really great inspiration!! Thank you for sharing - I love your work and your dogs are awesome!! :)

    4 years ago

  • ThornAppleMarket

    ThornAppleMarket says:

    Love your stuff! Congratulations on the success!

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Great article. Love your product, so original

    4 years ago

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts says:

    What an awesome way to recycle; I've never seen skateboards being recycled before.

    4 years ago

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign says:

    I really, really like your work! I love that it is (was) such an unlikely outcome for these skateboards when they were originally created! Wonderful reincarnation of these items! Congrats and much continued success!

    4 years ago

  • dodres

    dodres says:

    Great story. So inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Your items rock! It's awesome that you are teaching your son to respect the earth. Each week my 5-yr old daughter accompanies me down the street to the recycling center — so important to teach them early on. Congrats on your success and good luck with your website!

    4 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Very cool and wonderful way to recycle and make great jewelry at the same time!

    4 years ago

  • ekra

    ekra says:

    Great story! Thanks for sharing your experiences and pictures of your family and work space!

    4 years ago

  • MrIdahosVintage

    MrIdahosVintage says:

    incredible story, very smart and inventive a great combo..believe in yourself..I am with you

    4 years ago

  • wearaddiction

    wearaddiction says:

    fantastic work. I would love to quit my day job (OMG, how I wish that!!!)

    4 years ago

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes says:

    awesome ideas!!! good luck :)

    4 years ago

  • jcjewelrydesign

    jcjewelrydesign says:

    Congratulations! Love your products and packaging! :)

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Awesome story! Your shop is beautiful! Congrats!!!

    4 years ago

  • Evenrose

    Evenrose says:

    Wonderful. I hope someday soon to do the same. Hooray for WAHMs and recycling!

    4 years ago

  • shebanme

    shebanme says:

    Love recylcled items. I use alot of differant recycled items in my work too! Love your jewery!

    4 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    congratulations! and I like the new hair color :)

    4 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:

    Love your shop! Congrats on your success!

    4 years ago

  • acuriousbrood

    acuriousbrood says:

    Thanks for sharing your daily "grind".

    4 years ago

  • jypsyecult

    jypsyecult says:

    LOVE the idea of "recycled skateboards" made into jewelry. Very refreshing! xoxox jypsye

    4 years ago

  • iheartchelsyanne

    iheartchelsyanne says:

    I've always admired your work. Great to see you featured here!

    4 years ago

  • actionjackson

    actionjackson says:

    Great interview! Also, this jewelry seriously rocks. :)

    4 years ago

  • taraleasmith

    taraleasmith says:

    This is awesome, so very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Work! And Great Story! Thanks so much for inspiring me! Congrats and I wish you continued success! ;)

    4 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Great story! Congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • birchandbird

    birchandbird says:

    Great article! Love your shop and hearing about how it all started :)

    4 years ago

  • jerisophia

    jerisophia says:

    your dogs are so cute!!!! oh, and you and your son too!

    4 years ago

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions says:

    Nice shop!

    4 years ago

  • swishvintage

    swishvintage says:

    Awesome story! And very awesome jewelry:)

    4 years ago

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught says:

    LOVE your stuff!!!!

    4 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    Mad Props to you for all your hardwork.

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Wonderful, congrats to you, enjoyed your story plus your little guy is adorable....

    4 years ago

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset says:

    great interview and love your shop! good luck!

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Nice to see you featured on the Etsy blog, love your work its true - it is important to recycle!

    4 years ago

  • SouthernMetalStudio

    SouthernMetalStudio says:

    LOVE your work! Super cool! I'd love to have an armfull of those bangles!!! :)

    4 years ago

  • annasm

    annasm says:

    Really appreciate you sharing your story...which prompts new hope for my "career" path :P And I love your work, especially the jewelry...just so inspiring and lovely! Thanks and good luck with everything!

    4 years ago

  • EstherFink

    EstherFink says:

    Your work is so inspiring, keep it up, what a great shop and story. blingandthingsbyesther.com

    4 years ago

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns says:

    Congrats! Wonderful story!!! Your jewerly is so cool and unique!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • pleinairpainter

    pleinairpainter says:

    love their things! great repurpose!

    4 years ago

  • sosaecaetano

    sosaecaetano says:

    Very touching and inspiring... Thank you so much for sharing with us!

    4 years ago

  • Sinami1

    Sinami1 says:

    You are so creative! Congratulations :)

    4 years ago

  • OlenaBacasArt

    OlenaBacasArt says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. Good luck!

    4 years ago

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic says:

    Great items and great story! Love your work space!

    4 years ago

  • PatinaArtsAlchemy

    PatinaArtsAlchemy says:

    Unique and eco-friendly, too! The bangles are my fave.

    4 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    Real Fun shop :)

    4 years ago

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen says:

    Congrats! Love your work!

    4 years ago

  • josephinebrooke

    josephinebrooke says:

    What a wonderful guy you must have...and congrats on following your dream girl! I love your work - my fav so far is the blue necklace with the dove. You make me want to buy more art supplies and start skateboarding :) Thanks for the inspiration! josephine@ everydayjuju.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • remainewicked

    remainewicked says:

    Women and power tools, it doesn't get better than that! Congradulations and keep up the great work!

    4 years ago

  • FeltTheFluff

    FeltTheFluff says:

    You are on to a great idea with this! I have also quit my day job and having the extra time to focus on my sculptural needle feting is starting to pay off. I love the chances Etsy has given all of us. Keep up the spirit, I love your shop!

    4 years ago

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow says:

    Great story! I remember first seeing your shop as featured seller in the summer and loving it! So wonderful to see how well things have continued along since then. Very cool!

    4 years ago

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi says:

    how fun...thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Way cool! Great tips.

    4 years ago

  • SpiritAndKitsch

    SpiritAndKitsch says:

    wow thats great, i have quite a few of my son's broken boards that i thought were just to cool...they are awaiting new lfe.

    4 years ago

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo says:

    Great article! I love your commitment to recycling. Congrats and best wishes for future success!

    4 years ago

  • nicolecarey

    nicolecarey says:

    great interview and lovely jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign says:

    I've been a huge fan of your work since I joined Etsy, so nice to hear a bit of your story! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry says:

    Thank you for sharing - great write up and awesome jewelry!

    4 years ago

  • onetrueness

    onetrueness says:

    Great story and unique stuff! Jewelry is a tough biz. Keep advancing with every success.

    4 years ago

  • IngredientsOfaWoman

    IngredientsOfaWoman says:

    I loooooove the colors you use. Vibrant! Happy! Thank you for sharing your world :-D Many blessings, Alba

    4 years ago

  • sewKreativebyKathryn

    sewKreativebyKathryn says:

    Great idea. So creative. Congrats ! Amazing what we can find in recycled items. Who knew???

    4 years ago

  • owlbot

    owlbot says:

    Great story and awesome shop! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates says:

    I've always loved Seven Ply, and I enjoyed learning more about the story behind the store! :)

    4 years ago

  • byTonetti

    byTonetti says:

    Congratulations!! I bought a pair of earrings from you in December and they are so cool!! I was going to give them to someone but I kept them for myself! What a beautiful article!

    4 years ago

  • tinkandesigns

    tinkandesigns says:

    Love your stuff, and very unique, glad to hear your business is goin well, it gives us all some inspiration

    4 years ago

  • TubeHeaven

    TubeHeaven says:

    so cool! great idea, and great execution. i love that your husband has been a source of inspiration, but also great encouragement. i share that experience with my husband as well, and consider myself greatly blessed. good luck!

    4 years ago

  • rose1114

    rose1114 says:

    Great inspiration. Thanks for the encouragement.

    4 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Great story . It is the best to be able to stay home with your kids. Love your dogs too.

    4 years ago

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca says:

    Beautiful and inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • AleciaWesner

    AleciaWesner says:

    Great story!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    such a good idea.

    4 years ago

  • karoart

    karoart says:

    great interview, enjoyed reading it

    4 years ago

  • The10TieCo

    The10TieCo says:

    Really enjoyed the interview and the shop! There is a skateboarder inside of all of us (I used to skate when I was in Junior High)

    4 years ago

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography says:

    It is always great to see someone making a success of a unique idea - wishing you much continue awesomeness!!

    4 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    What a creative way to recycle skate boards and they are fun too. Love those bracelets.

    4 years ago

  • MoStAnythingHawaii

    MoStAnythingHawaii says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have a really cool shop with amazing items!

    4 years ago

  • kiddykapes

    kiddykapes says:

    Congrats! I was so excited to see your work when I was living in Philly. We share an obsession with boston terriers. Keep up the amazing work!

    4 years ago

  • kelliechristie

    kelliechristie says:

    That was a great read Lynn, I look forward to more buttons! Congratulations :)

    4 years ago

  • mlbk28

    mlbk28 says:

    What timing! I'm wearing a fab necklace from Seven Ply today and have had tons of compliments on it!

    4 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    Congratulations on your success! Recycling is awesome, and your products are stunning.

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Continued success to you. Great shop.

    4 years ago

  • calicodaisy

    calicodaisy says:

    Nice profile!

    4 years ago

  • SpadesandSparrows

    SpadesandSparrows says:

    My boyfriend bought me two necklaces from you for Valentines day - LOVE THEM!

    4 years ago

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance says:

    congratulations lyn. love your products and your ethics. skateboards are so often far too covered in amazing colours and graphics to go to waste. i look forward to seeing your website launch x

    4 years ago

  • amyfine

    amyfine says:

    very cool

    4 years ago

  • brownfamilyvintage

    brownfamilyvintage says:

    I really like your story. I am currently trying to the same thing. It is taking time to get a client list going....any tips help. Thank you

    4 years ago

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns says:

    Congratulations! So happy for you, and just a teensy weensy bit envious! :-)

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Far too much minimalism on etsy - love your style

    4 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    What a great interview! I have been a fan of Lynn's art for a while now & look forward to purchasing a recycled skateboard ring!!

    4 years ago

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene says:

    You have a awesome shop and a inspiring story! Congrats on the feature and best wishes on continued success. :)

    4 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Inspirational!

    4 years ago

  • beautifulspoon

    beautifulspoon says:

    i saw lynn's shop on here awhile back. what a great idea! :)

    4 years ago

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy says:

    One of my favorite sellers... such a great article! Congrats to you!! You are an inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • JdeSignSbyJay

    JdeSignSbyJay says:

    What a unique idea and shop. Wonderful items♥ Loved your story. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard says:

    Cool Stuff!

    4 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Congrats on the success of your shop - love the vibrant colors and elegant simple designs on your collection!

    4 years ago

  • ARTOFME

    ARTOFME says:

    sweet

    4 years ago

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns says:

    Great article! Congrats on all of your success, and your shop is wonderful!!

    4 years ago

  • ChicRepeat

    ChicRepeat says:

    Really Unique creations. Keep it different and fun. Good job.

    4 years ago

  • chelseavintage

    chelseavintage says:

    What an awesome idea! I love this!

    4 years ago

  • battlevictorious

    battlevictorious says:

    I officially found a new favorite store! Thanks for being an inspiration. =)

    4 years ago

  • Plinkjewelry

    Plinkjewelry says:

    great read

    4 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    Thanks for sharing your life--and lifestyle--with us. You're a real inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    What a fabulous, unique idea!! Much continues success to you and your family!!

    4 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Love that your dogs are included, mine are always with me too. You make great things. Way to go.

    4 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    Thats super cool.

    4 years ago

  • keniki01

    keniki01 says:

    Hoping some day I can achieve this as well! Thanks for the inspiration and you have some great items for sale!

    4 years ago

  • lulusnest

    lulusnest says:

    Really nice lady and even better that she's cool with her art. Lovely interview too. It has such a nice flow. I'll get there one day. Thanks Etsy for the inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    i love your shop and work! such a great concept. and your walls are so divine :) congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • LittleRedShoeDesigns

    LittleRedShoeDesigns says:

    Thanks for the motivating words--there are so many parallels to your story and my life, and this makes me hopeful! Best of luck in 2011!

    4 years ago

  • henatayeb

    henatayeb says:

    Such a cool shop. I love the bangle.

    4 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei says:

    Wow, this is so creative!

    4 years ago

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome says:

    Hey Lynn, congrats! Great story, fun read. Good luck :)

    4 years ago

  • DashfieldVintage

    DashfieldVintage says:

    What a clever idea!

    4 years ago

  • ktowersphotography

    ktowersphotography says:

    awesome well done

    4 years ago

  • ktowersphotography

    ktowersphotography says:

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    4 years ago

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    ktowersphotography says:

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    4 years ago

  • bmused

    bmused says:

    Great story! I love your designs!

    4 years ago

  • colesjewel

    colesjewel says:

    SO CREATIVE! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • colesjewel

    colesjewel says:

    SO CREATIVE! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio says:

    Awesome! I love that you're recycling to make your products!

    4 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    Lynn - I love the imagination in your designs and am very happy to hear that you're recycling old boards... Imagine what you could have made with the old plastic boards from the 70's.

    4 years ago

  • PaperedFair

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    .i heart recycled inspiration. .good work.

    4 years ago

  • NaturalAmber

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    I ahve always been a huge fan of your work, you are unique, your shop is spectacular, and I loved getting to know you a little better!

    4 years ago

  • RedoDecor

    RedoDecor says:

    How very inspirational! . www.redodecor.etsy.com

    4 years ago

  • TheMysticCircleArt

    TheMysticCircleArt says:

    Sweet! Love your shop :)

    4 years ago

  • bhangtiez

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    Love u'r shop........keep up the amazing, upcycled, and super awesome skills & art....congrats!

    4 years ago

  • OddLittleHippo

    OddLittleHippo says:

    Way cool! Amazing shop, I love supporting husbands!

    4 years ago

  • thepinkswan

    thepinkswan says:

    very inspirational! :)

    4 years ago

  • mytreathawaii

    mytreathawaii says:

    Great work. Your story inspires me. Love your PUG!

    4 years ago

  • HeartlandCloset

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    I love it, how beautiful! I date a skateboarder and relate on so many levels.

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

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    4 years ago

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for sharing your story. :) angie www.ferntreestudio.com

    4 years ago

  • HighStrungBead

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    Congrats! Awesome power tools!

    4 years ago

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    halliesellsseashells says:

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    4 years ago

  • dreadsandcurls

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    Lynn is the best! I've used her custom buttons on my shop items and couldn't have been happier. Plus her jewelry gets compliments whenever I wear it.

    4 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

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    Thank you for your most inspiring interview it is very encouraging to always read and hear about someone that is doing really really good and the most wonderful part of your success is that you are so young and you are building your business and having a chance to spend each and everyday with you son and still help make a living for you and your family.

    4 years ago

  • LilyLoVintage

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    So inspiering! Nice :-)

    4 years ago

  • Simag

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    L♥ve your shop! Congratulations on your success & your awesome ☆ family :)

    4 years ago

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    Great article. Congrats!

    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies says:

    Very inspiring! And who would've thought about making skateboards into wonderful jewelry? Fantastic! Congrats.

    4 years ago

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    awesome shop! I have a boston too :)

    4 years ago

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    vintagefusionjewelry says:

    beautiful work

    4 years ago

  • ellenhowardhandmade

    ellenhowardhandmade says:

    awesome use of the skateboards. enjoy your son, the years go by fast. great dogs too.

    4 years ago

  • HeavenlyMoon

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    Your story was such an inspiration. It's so wonderful that you ahve a lovely husband who was supportive to help you get started. Thanks for yout story as it is helping me push through so that I can get my own company started.

    4 years ago

  • ZellerZazzles

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    This makes me feel better - I just put my resignation in at my 'big girl' job this past week and I'm taking the leap into focusing on my event planning business and building my etsy shop. I'm glad to see so many people say they wish they had taken that leap of faith sooner! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    4 years ago

  • busybodybelle

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    Congratulations on a Shop "Well Done"! Will be watching for more of your designs.

    4 years ago

  • shaylynn3

    shaylynn3 says:

    From a woman of faith i loved and appreciated your comment that your prayed when starting your business. I too pray alot and am in the very beginnings of starting my Etsy store. Thank you for all your inspirational thoughts!

    4 years ago

  • GrowingUpWild

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    What a fun read and a great Etsy shop! I appreciate the inspiration here!

    4 years ago

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    Great Article! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • carriebu

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    Totally inspired

    4 years ago

  • FayandKay

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    Reading this as a newby to Etsy has inspired me - thank you!

    4 years ago

  • BlueDoorStyle

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    Your are teaching your son so may things about life and the world! Enjoy your business and your time, congratulations on your success.

    4 years ago

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    Inspirational story and great photos! Congrats

    4 years ago

  • Jcthecutie09

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    Wow! I am inspire. I want to start my own business in photography but always been very harsh on myself. When I lived in Germany- alot of my friends wanted me to take photos but let them down because I was afraid of disappointed. Now I am back resided in the states and decided to be a stay a home mom. I want to start a business. Great blog!!! Awesome stuff :)

    4 years ago

  • darsthings

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    Just started this. I really want this new adventure in my life to work. I just lost my job and need to take charge of my future. So, I thought I would try doing something that really gives me a kick and hopefully makes someone else happy from my wonderful finds. I feel confident that I can make a go after reading your story. Thanks

    4 years ago

  • studio2355

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    Nice niche you found for yourself, thanks for the information.

    4 years ago

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    happyfamily says:

    Congrats to you, what a cool store! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

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    Congrats to you, what a cool store! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Princessandmypea

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    Your story was very inspiring. I also quit my job and now am trying to branch out on my own. This is after years of making my items as gifts for friends and them telling me to sell them. Your story lets me know that it can happen to me too :) Thank you so much for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • ThePerennialPast

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    This is so fantastic. Again, I just am so in LOVE with the fact that so many people can stay home with their kids and still make a living AND love what they do all at the same time. Isn't life grand when it's like that? www.etsy.com/shop/theperennialpast

    4 years ago

  • SusanStudio

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    great story and shop!

    4 years ago

  • RoyalMediums

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    Love the colors of your products. I enjoyed the belt sander too ha ha. http://royalmediums.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

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    wow so artistic

    4 years ago

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary says:

    thank you for sharing with us! so so inspiring....blessings, ophelia

    4 years ago

  • AltogetherLeather

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    Such a fantastic story, and I love your products! Great work getting to where you are today! :)

    4 years ago

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    Nice story of how one can change herself and life all together. Only listen:) Thank you for sharing and inspiring...

    4 years ago

  • chenzi

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    Thank you for sharing such an inspiring success story! What a great way to be good to the environment and also make beautiful things people can enjoy! : )

    4 years ago

  • 4UbyK8

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    Inspirational. Good Luck

    4 years ago

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    Great story, very inspiring! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • Glassnfire

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    Full time glass artist part time Etsy seller appreciates your story. Thanks Ron Murphy

    4 years ago

  • KittyandZeke

    KittyandZeke says:

    Nice article, sweet shop!

    4 years ago

  • pepindor

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    I am new on etsy and just started my own shop... :)Thank you for sharing... absolutely love your story and your shop. Congratulations!!!

    4 years ago

  • MerolaMoya

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    Having grown up with skateboarders (some of my favorite people!) in the Garden State, your shop holds a special place in my heart. :) I have seen your jewelry in magazines! Very inspiring, so glad you got to share your story! Good luck!

    4 years ago

  • VenitasBoutique

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    My son was a skateboarder on the streets of Tallahassee, lots of skinned knees but he survived. I like your unique works, thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    Neat recycling idea. I love dogs. Yours are so cute!

    4 years ago

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    i love your stuff!!! i already have couple things on favorites =)

    4 years ago

  • chulaart

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    Awesome and inspiring work! Thanks:)

    4 years ago

  • kimychan

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    I love it..super eco-friendly..nothing go to waste. It is a great joy to be a home with your kids and watch them grow.

    4 years ago

  • indiagemsbeads

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    great !! too good

    4 years ago

  • wildolive

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    My sister loves her Seven Ply bracelet and gets lots of compliments (it's especially great when a 10-year-old boy recognizes that it's a skateboard!). Congratulations on getting to do what you love...full time!

    4 years ago

  • mallbeads

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    Hi, I like your jewellery. I am the seller on etsy, we are selling the pandora style beads, swarovski crystal beads, and other different style beads. wellcome to my store.

    4 years ago

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    I can't tell you what a thrill it is to see a scroll saw in a QYDJ article! :) Love your work. Keep it up!

    4 years ago

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    very cool design

    4 years ago

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    Great way to recycle boards! Great designs. Keep up the good work! :)

    4 years ago

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