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Quit Your Day Job: Something’s Hiding in Here

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How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I guess you could say I started my first business when I was in grade school. I made my own stationery and sold it in a “shop” that I ran out of my bedroom (my parents were my best/only customers). It sounds funny, but I’m basically doing the same thing today.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
I pretty much had a dream job. I spent the last eight years at Anthropologie where I directed the company’s store and window display. Just before leaving I moved to their new wedding brand, BHLDN, where I designed the event decor product. I love the company, I love what I did, and I love the people I worked with — but one day, while in a meeting, it hit me. I knew it was time. I can’t explain it any other way. When I told Stephen I was ready to leave my job and focus on our business, he said “It’s about time.”

How did you discover Etsy?
We needed money to buy a new computer. I remember telling Stephen about this thing called “The Renegade Craft Fair” and how I imagined we could earn money if we made “stuff” to sell. He thought it was a crazy idea but went along with it. On our first day at Renegade we found our cash box full enough for a new computer. The day after the show, we had so many emails asking us if we had an Etsy shop. We quickly put one together.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Hmm. This is a hard question. Our original mustache on a stick has been consistent for over three years. Our bow ties have us sewing night and day to keep up with orders. Our wood rings are something that we get lots of special requests for and our paint-by-number USAs sell as fast as we can make them.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
The obvious stuff is all true: wake up when you want, work in your pajamas if you want, drink champagne while answering emails if you want…but what I really love is that the risks and the rewards are all ours. Not everything is going to be perfect, but the opportunities we discover and the challenges we face are because of decisions we make. Feeling that type of ownership over what you do each day is liberating.

What do I miss? Not much. I would have to say the people I worked with, but I’m lucky enough to be friends with the people who inspired me most, so now we get together for dinner and drinks — not at the copy machine.

Did you do anything to prepare for making the transition?
We’ve kept pretty good records over the last year, so I had a solid understanding of how much more money we could be making if I had more time in our studio. I put my last few paychecks in a savings account and that was pretty much it. I think the most helpful part of my transition was the encouragement of our friends, especially Stu and Janet of Three Potato Four and Sue of Giant Dwarf, who are also self-employed.

What updates have you made to your amazing space since we last checked in with you?
It’s feeling more like a studio with a bed in it than a home these days, but we love it that way. We’ve updated our studio with a letterpress room, and we’re working on a sewing loft. Next we’re planning to redo the wood shop and create a permanent area for photography. Phew!

Your online presence makes you out to be an incredibly busy bee. How will time management be different now that your focus has shifted?
It’s true, we’re always crazy busy. We like it that way. We stay up late, wake up early, and spend every second we can in our studio. When I was working, I found it refreshing to come home and immerse myself in something that was mine. This hasn’t really changed since I left my job — now I just work in my studio around the clock.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • The best tip is: the golden rule. It sounds simple, but we treat people how we want to be treated: this goes for customers, shop owners, editors…everyone. It’s especially important because, over time, these people have become our closest friends.
  • Our second tip is “please and thank you.” A heartfelt thank you note goes a long way! Lastly: Take a LOT of photographs and make them accessible. We post process and product shots to Flickr so it’s easy for people to capture and use them for online features.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
Paying to be included in a curated shop is the worst thing we’ve done so far. We had a website we love offer us a spot in their holiday shop. We were really disappointed with the curated selection: it was way too corporate and impersonal. In general, we don’t really advertise, although there are a few small businesses we love to support, and a small ad is a great way to do that. We make mistakes every day, but that’s the beauty of it. There’s always room to improve.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Taking time for myself is a big challenge. I’ve discovered that I’m a classic workaholic. People have told me this for years, but I’ve just realized it’s because of me — not where I worked. I love balancing many different projects, and if my to-do list isn’t impossibly full, I find ways to add and add and add.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?

None of it is easy. I don’t think anyone starts their own business because they want something simple or easy. It’s exhausting, but it’s yours. Somehow, that makes it ALL worth it!

Are things easier or harder working so closely with your significant other?
Working with Stephen is my absolute favorite part of having our own business. Something’s Hiding in Here is a true reflection of our collaboration together. It’s sappy, but even after all these years, we can’t get enough of each other.

What advice would you give someone considering taking the leap?
Just JUMP!


Is there anything else you would like to share?
We’d love to introduce you to some of our favorite people who also happen to run our favorite Etsy shops: Erin & Nicole, Sue, Sarah, Ashley, Anabela, Kate and Sian.

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

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Watch our video tour of Shauna and Stephen’s place!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit says:

    Very nice read... Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo says:

    Adorable!

    4 years ago

  • seawillowherbs

    seawillowherbs says:

    Love your shop! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage
  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz says:

    thank you for sharing! love your bow ties and wood rings! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • tweal

    tweal says:

    so inspiring - love it!

    4 years ago

  • ModernVintageDesigns
  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons says:

    Hadn't seen this cool shop before, I love the paint by number items. Great feature!

    4 years ago

  • JadieCakes

    JadieCakes says:

    What great advice! Your shop is so unique! I love it!

    4 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Lovely and cute!

    4 years ago

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine says:

    "It feels more like a studio with a bed in it" - so true! It's difficult to separate work and home, our vintage and our craft items and tools are everywhere.

    4 years ago

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours says:

    Congrats. Very cool stuff thank you for sharing with us.

    4 years ago

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz says:

    Great information and love your products. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux says:

    Inspiring!! Love all your great advice, especially "just JUMP!". Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Beautiful! Very inspiring! =) Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse says:

    Congrats on your success and living your true dream! I am an avid collector of paint by numbers prints, so your US map idea is fantabulous!

    4 years ago

  • AronaWalsh

    AronaWalsh says:

    What beautiful creative work!

    4 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    What a fun shop!

    4 years ago

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs says:

    Lovely shop. Especially like the paint by numbers necklace. All unique and beautiful.

    4 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    I LOVE that you ran a stationery shop out of your bedroom when you were in grade school...my 5 year old has a bedroom stationery shop as well! Maybe one day she'll be as successful as you all. Congrats on quitting!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Your work and dedication are amazing! Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    love the faux wishbones! congrats on the feature, loved your story:)

    4 years ago

  • BizzyBetty

    BizzyBetty says:

    Very inspiring I absolutely loved your story and your beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    I just love this couple. Wonderful shop and great interview.

    4 years ago

  • cre8ivecat

    cre8ivecat says:

    So fun! Thanks for sharing and best wishes!

    4 years ago

  • SSorensenDesigns

    SSorensenDesigns says:

    I love your story! Congratulations on your great success! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    4 years ago

  • tortugasdesign

    tortugasdesign says:

    I've been a long admirer...I love your work! Thanks for inspiring me!

    4 years ago

  • CheriesArtsnCrafts

    CheriesArtsnCrafts says:

    Interesting and wonderful, just makes me feel happy reading about lovely successes! Best to you both, Etsy on! Cherie

    4 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    Great article!

    4 years ago

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions says:

    Love the paint by numbers -- really interesting stuff!

    4 years ago

  • gealee

    gealee says:

    Thanks your awesome! Jumping soon!

    4 years ago

  • abigailleigh

    abigailleigh says:

    This was a fabulous read and CONGRATS!!!

    4 years ago

  • buffalump

    buffalump says:

    Have always been and continue to be a BIG FAN of SHIH. Way to go Shauna and Stephen!

    4 years ago

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques says:

    LOVE it all, the story, what you create, and especially your attitude!

    4 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion says:

    Great story, lovely work!

    4 years ago

  • wearebandits

    wearebandits says:

    I love those bow ties.

    4 years ago

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    JasminBlancBoutique says:

    Inspiring story! Love what your words are giving me...so thank you for that :)

    4 years ago

  • KasiaOla

    KasiaOla says:

    Great interview and really interesting items!

    4 years ago

  • KasiaOla

    KasiaOla says:

    Great interview and really interesting items!

    4 years ago

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink says:

    Wow what a wonderful journey! Your shop is lovely. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • gingeraly

    gingeraly says:

    Love your marketing tips :) you have a great shop!

    4 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio says:

    Congrats! Love your studio!

    4 years ago

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture says:

    So inspiring and interesting interview :D I love mustaches! ^_^ Congrats!!!

    4 years ago

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga says:

    Love the items in your shop

    4 years ago

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga says:

    Love the items in your shop

    4 years ago

  • aynart

    aynart says:

    love those paint-by-number shapes! great work area too! WOW!

    4 years ago

  • EstrellaBonita

    EstrellaBonita says:

    Such passion for your work, very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    thanks everyone! i feel so lucky to be a part of the etsy community... it's like having a million best friends that you haven't even met (yet). xoxo, shauna

    4 years ago

  • priya123

    priya123 says:

    Great interview!

    4 years ago

  • genisepark

    genisepark says:

    Way too much fun.

    4 years ago

  • fieldguided

    fieldguided says:

    Oh man, my heart just burst reading this. Such a dream come true. xo

    4 years ago

  • aiek

    aiek says:

    I must say I really enjoy reading the Quit Your Day Job Features but, this one by far is the best. Something about it makes me feel really good inside. Thanks for sharing!! Great Interview. Good Day!

    4 years ago

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards says:

    very inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing your story, it seems that it's exactly what I need to hear today!

    4 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    Thanks for the great ideas--I love the concept that the risks and rewards are your own. Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • berkleyillustration

    berkleyillustration says:

    Go Shauna!! We're so happy for you guys and can't wait to see all the goodness that comes from your full-time makings. :)

    4 years ago

  • Paulielu

    Paulielu says:

    Love her pics!! she must have a great camera!! I loved it :)

    4 years ago

  • natureaccessories

    natureaccessories says:

    I love the person behind the shop, inspiring ...congratulation

    4 years ago

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes says:

    Very inspiring. I'm quitting my day job in a few weeks and will just be selling here, so this is all good advice for me!

    4 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    congrats littlepancakes!!! -shauna

    4 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    I second the best advice. Nice article Sam :)

    4 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    awesome interview! and great work! keep going and thank you for sharing! keep going.

    4 years ago

  • NellieFellow

    NellieFellow says:

    oh my goodness! You are so great! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • Handamade

    Handamade says:

    Very nice and love your story. Thanks for sharing.:)D

    4 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    hi Paulielu! thanks. i use a nikon d60 (and it's several years old). BUT i've found that even more important than the camera are these three things: 1.tripod, 2.digital grey card (for white balance), 3.basic light kit with shades. -shauna p.s. as an extra special treat buy a remote shutter release so you can take photos of yourself for all your future etsy features!

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    congratulations! continued success to you both!!

    4 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    Lovely inside look at a successful Etsy shop. I too work with my husband in the same shop. On separate things, and can't get enough of each other. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • nonsenseinstitute

    nonsenseinstitute says:

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you!!! :o)

    4 years ago

  • Addy

    Addy says:

    Great read - thank you for sharing! I loved checking out all your favorite etsy shops - Sian's is great!

    4 years ago

  • ashleyg

    ashleyg says:

    congrats guys!!! It's so deserved!!!!

    4 years ago

  • christinetillman

    christinetillman says:

    HIgh Five! Steven and Shauna- someday we'll meet!

    4 years ago

  • sadiedesignsca

    sadiedesignsca says:

    Awesome! What a great feature and what an amazing space they have!

    4 years ago

  • vintageseventyfive

    vintageseventyfive says:

    Great interview ... and shop too :)

    4 years ago

  • pamwares

    pamwares says:

    i have admired your shop for some time. you are loved. and congrats feature! lucky!

    4 years ago

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez says:

    Great feature & what an inspiration... You both work hard & are a success....I don't know ya....but I'm proud of ya.......keep it up supers!

    4 years ago

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt says:

    Thank you for the shot of you two with your work station. It still lingers in my head. You should have it printed then framed. Amazing items as well. Congrats of course.

    4 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Love you guys, so awesome to read a little more about you & your work :) Thanks for taking the time!

    4 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    I very much enjoyed your interview. Great shop! Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway says:

    such an inspiring story!! love love love your work! congrats :)

    4 years ago

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium says:

    A beautiful story and beautiful work :)

    4 years ago

  • VannaBananaBaby

    VannaBananaBaby says:

    I love your shop and your story. The Golden Rule is great advice that we sometime forget :) Thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • HollyDaise

    HollyDaise says:

    You guys rock! A real inspiration with a dream life! Congrats. Hx

    4 years ago

  • doingitherself

    doingitherself says:

    I love your shop, the vintage paint by numbers are ingenious!

    4 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    Love your shop + enjoyed reading about your background. It's hard not to be a workaholic when you love what you do! Congrats on your success!

    4 years ago

  • Divaliscious

    Divaliscious says:

    How inspiring! Really! I just opened up back my shop and need to start listing once again - and knowing there are successful people out there (you two!) who simply decided to take the leap and 'JUMP' into your business full throttle makes me want to simply make yet another pot of coffee and get my art stuff organized and ready for selling - thank you thank you and thank you!!!

    4 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Congratulations for such a fine job!

    4 years ago

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson says:

    wOW!Your shop has such wonderful items..Going to t send you a convo now for an order...

    4 years ago

  • KayleeCreated

    KayleeCreated says:

    I love this!

    4 years ago

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Great Shop! Great Article1 Congrats on the Feature...you deserve it! ;)

    4 years ago

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore says:

    a w e s o m e :) Enjoyed the interview (congrats on that!) and your listings are really great. A warm mahalo to you from Hawaii. too blessed to be stressed, Sam www.3rdaveshore.com

    4 years ago

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Very nice! From one dream job to he next, luck lady! Congrats, and much continued success to you two :D

    4 years ago

  • ellenhowardhandmade

    ellenhowardhandmade says:

    great work, congrats on your success.

    4 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    It all sounds great to me. Nice work, love those paint by number maps!

    4 years ago

  • lfop

    lfop says:

    Great interview! Congrats Shauna & Stephen!!!

    4 years ago

  • WakaWakaBeads

    WakaWakaBeads says:

    wonderful story!

    4 years ago

  • soule

    soule says:

    great advice! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    Good for you guys, sounds too good to be true! (but I'm sure it is...)

    4 years ago

  • AdoringVintage

    AdoringVintage says:

    An inspiring and fascinating story, thanks for sharing it and being such an inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter says:

    awesome shop and great story

    4 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Awesome. Just....awesome! And I'm jealous of the letterpress~ Heidi

    4 years ago

  • doraann

    doraann says:

    Your studio looks amazing. I always love the quit your day job features, they make my more determined to one day be doing the same. Now off to browse through your shop

    4 years ago

  • amberike

    amberike says:

    I like the variety in your shop. You make some fun pieces!

    4 years ago

  • missrmwolfe

    missrmwolfe says:

    You guys are awesome! Love your work. Great interview. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • missrmwolfe

    missrmwolfe says:

    You guys are awesome! Love your work. Great interview. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • GoshnPoche

    GoshnPoche says:

    Thank you for the encouragement and the inspiration, as for working around the clock, we all know that that is part of the bargain!

    4 years ago

  • SHAZARcollection

    SHAZARcollection says:

    wooow good for you & congrats on your success.

    4 years ago

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk says:

    WOW!

    4 years ago

  • isheshop

    isheshop says:

    this is one of the best in Quit Your Day Job/ she is so sincere!

    4 years ago

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons says:

    Very witty and cute items in your shop! A gorgeous article!

    4 years ago

  • DigiSweet

    DigiSweet says:

    Wonderful article. Love your shop!

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Lovely and cute!

    4 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    Congrats :))

    4 years ago

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen says:

    Your studio space is amazing!

    4 years ago

  • oldnorthstate

    oldnorthstate says:

    i remember them! such a lovely feature! such a lovely life!

    4 years ago

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG says:

    How absolutely lovely!

    4 years ago

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe says:

    A great read! Best Wishes to your continued success! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Congrats guys, what a fantastic story, wish you both continued success in the future, wherever the journey takes you, like your shop too~!

    4 years ago

  • richardlowe

    richardlowe says:

    We love your article. We also work together which brings lots of support and ideas from each other.I have worked my art all my life and can stay away from it only so long.My wife had her own shop for over 25 years and loves creative products like you both do. Will send people to your site.

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Such a cute article, its great to hear your story. Hope theres much more success to come!

    4 years ago

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords says:

    Loved your story, especially enjoyed reading about your first "shop," very cute! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • InvitingJoy

    InvitingJoy says:

    I always love these. Thank you for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks says:

    Wicked!

    4 years ago

  • theromanticpanda

    theromanticpanda says:

    Bowtie Makers and Window Display Artists of the World Unite! I favorited your shop quite a while ago and as a current Visual Merchandiser and part-time Etsy Seller, I am happy to see you featured and thriving! Keep on living the dream!

    4 years ago

  • AudreyJeanneRoberts

    AudreyJeanneRoberts says:

    I really enjoyed your story and love your work! Continued success :-)

    4 years ago

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo says:

    WOW! Beautiful read! I love your story, congrats and wishing you all the success! :)

    4 years ago

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy says:

    You are what I consider super stars of inspiration and creativity! Thank you Shauna (& Stephen) for sharing your insight and business tidbits! xo, Katy

    4 years ago

  • dogEdelites

    dogEdelites says:

    Love your style and originality!!! Very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Congrats on your success. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    4 years ago

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads says:

    Love your story, studio and items!

    4 years ago

  • orangegirl

    orangegirl says:

    I adore your work!!! You are so creative and inspiring. Thank you for your beautiful work and generousity. Thrilled to see you featured today!

    4 years ago

  • geralyngray

    geralyngray says:

    I loved this article......6 months ago I left Paper Source to dive into being self employed......the surprise is how much my husband is involved in the business too.....I won a contest for window display last month.....I have a brick and mortar store and an etsy store........I was glad when you said you were exhausted......because that's how I feel but, I am ever so grateful!!!! I can't wait to see your store.

    4 years ago

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman says:

    If it is to be, Its up to me!

    4 years ago

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman says:

    She's too pretty to be wearing those glasses.

    4 years ago

  • CoquetteBath

    CoquetteBath says:

    very unique items! Love the rings!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill says:

    very fresh and lovely items. Love the studio pics too, I need to get some of mine now :)

    4 years ago

  • jungledread

    jungledread says:

    Love the colour-themes in your store, and your fresh approach to small business :)

    4 years ago

  • kararane

    kararane says:

    just adore your couple biz,,,always wonder why people spend more time with their co-workers than their family. My love & i gratefully work together 2 :D

    4 years ago

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods says:

    yes! the faux wishbones. i love those. it's hard to collect these when one no longer consume tweety and feathered friends. :)

    4 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    i work with MY significant other...so i get that delicate "dance" :) i love this shop and can't wait to buy a map for each of my kids...and a mustache...and a ring ;) love it. great feature!

    4 years ago

  • AmorOrquidea

    AmorOrquidea says:

    I hope to get there someday.... Love the mustache on a stick!

    4 years ago

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra says:

    So inspiring. As is sit here and read your story I feel like one day I will just have it hit me as well. I love what I do now but to be in charge of your own life and destiny is something awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • tugboatprintshop

    tugboatprintshop says:

    Congrats on the feature Stephen + Shauna! You two are AMAZING and completely inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings says:

    It is so good to hear such success as I take a leap of faith! I love the mustache on a stick, last year for Christmas we all had coke bottle glasses, hmmmm... this coming year may be a mustache year!

    4 years ago

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  • coconutcrochet

    coconutcrochet says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

    4 years ago

  • sunkae

    sunkae says:

    Uppps, I would like to say GREAT!!!

    4 years ago

  • CuffandCollar

    CuffandCollar says:

    Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • RuebiRetro

    RuebiRetro says:

    This is such a wonderful and sweet story. Thanks for sharing. :)

    4 years ago

  • RuebiRetro

    RuebiRetro says:

    This is such a wonderful and sweet story. Thanks for sharing. :)

    4 years ago

  • MKDesignsCo

    MKDesignsCo says:

    What a great story. Wonderful words of wisdom and I just love the items in your store. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations says:

    A great read and such an inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • Beteabon

    Beteabon says:

    Thank you for sharing! :) Your product is so fun...Great reminder to jump in, it was encouraging to read because some days jumping in feels like going off the deep end. Lovely to hear from those who have 'swam the channel'. :)

    4 years ago

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo says:

    Great shop and yes, inspiring. Wish I didn't have such a big mortgage, and kids getting ready to head to college soon.....as much as I dream about quitting my day job.....

    4 years ago

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture says:

    inspiring and encouraging! Cheers! ;)

    4 years ago

  • forgetmenotshop

    forgetmenotshop says:

    You have inspired me! If even working for Anthro(my most favorite place) you still wanted to forge ahead with your own ideas, then it will happen to the rest of us with a bit more perseverence. Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams says:

    I've been a fan of your store and style for some time. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit says:

    Great story, really inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    i like all these items. great job

    4 years ago

  • yoyomi

    yoyomi says:

    Love these paint by numbers, just beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • elegancewonder

    elegancewonder says:

    Thanks for sharing, it's really inspiring. I wish I can be self-employed one day. :)

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Very inspiring ! Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • handmadebylacey

    handmadebylacey says:

    Congrats on your feature! Your shop has tons of cute and unique items. Thanks for sharing your story that gives the rest of us motivation to keep working toward that great leap of faith. So inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • oaties

    oaties says:

    excellent article, love the shop so much. jealous of your studio -- it's exactly what i want for myself ..!

    4 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    fun products and great interview

    4 years ago

  • diymold

    diymold says:

    Hah... So lovely items!

    4 years ago

  • giantdwarf

    giantdwarf says:

    What dreams are made of. Congrats, guys! xo

    4 years ago

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 says:

    awesome!

    4 years ago

  • NerdJerk

    NerdJerk says:

    It's wonderful to see other Etsy sellers making a living by doing what they love. It's also awesome to see Etsy sellers uniting and acknowledging their relationships with others (aka Sue from GiantDwarf and Stu & Janet of Three Potato Four). Thanks for helping inspire us to keep on doing what we love.

    4 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth says:

    Very inspiring. Love your enthusiasm! ♥

    4 years ago

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene says:

    Truly inspiring! Congrats on the feature. :)

    4 years ago

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage says:

    luv all your clever designs! the faux wishbone is too cute. + your printing studio is dreamy... congrats on the well-deserved feature!

    4 years ago

  • BodyLuminosity

    BodyLuminosity says:

    If you love what you're doing, it's not really work, is it? :) Great article! Wishing you every success!

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Thanks for the great article

    4 years ago

  • LaBellaTerra

    LaBellaTerra says:

    Great article! Terrific shop! Even though it's work - it's fun!

    4 years ago

  • jenkasun

    jenkasun says:

    Kudos to you for taking the leap and leaving an amazing job to create an amazing-all-you business! I loved reading about your successes!

    4 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    I saw your studio in the open studio on flickr. I love it!

    4 years ago

  • nearmoderndisaster

    nearmoderndisaster says:

    love love love. one of my all time favorite shops. so great to see a new article on s&s.

    4 years ago

  • akane

    akane says:

    I am so inspired by your story and shop! I follow your blog and your shop is one of the best on Etsy by far. It's no wonder that I love your design aesthetic, since I also love Anthropologie. I'm jealous of your courage to jump into something so wonderful! Can't wait to see all your future creations!

    4 years ago

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles says:

    OMG...went to see the video...tell the truth is your loft always that neat & clean? ...even if it is, please lie to me so i can live with my pigpen studio another 3 months...i promise to clean it then, honest! GREAT interview for a couple of "clean-freak, nare-do-wells" :D

    4 years ago

  • somethingshidinghere

    somethingshidinghere says:

    streetnoodles... i confess, it's hardly ever that clean. imagine an inch of sawdust covering EVERYTHING and various projects EVERYWHERE - that's closer to reality!

    4 years ago

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography says:

    Great interview! Congrats & beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • loyaltyandblood

    loyaltyandblood says:

    Congrats you guys!!!! Hope we see ya'll soon!!!! xoxo

    4 years ago

  • itsmolly

    itsmolly says:

    You are such an inspiration and I love, love the items in your store! YAY... and thanks MaryMary for a fabulous interview! I'm hyped now :o)

    4 years ago

  • maretti

    maretti says:

    Very inspiring! Congratulations :)

    4 years ago

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets says:

    your product photos are fabulous and I love your bangs!

    4 years ago

  • RainyRootsStudio

    RainyRootsStudio says:

    Great stuff!

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Great story. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • LARRY52344

    LARRY52344 says:

    great story hope my success will be as pleasent as yours i'm new on etsy and enjoyed your story.

    4 years ago

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz says:

    you two are amazing! gosh, i am just jealous. well done. keep being wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring interview and I would love to see more of your workplace.

    4 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thank you for such an inspiring interview and I would love to see more of your workplace.

    4 years ago

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage says:

    Every time I read one of these vinyetts, the people say just do it. I love that. I love that faith in self is rewarded.

    4 years ago

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject says:

    Super inspiring interview - thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns says:

    Congratulations! If I ever get where you guys are, i hope to have as much fun :)

    4 years ago

  • AuntEthelsHouse

    AuntEthelsHouse says:

    Big fan! Love you guys do. Super clever and super cute!

    4 years ago

  • Scrapples

    Scrapples says:

    Very cool. Even though I am not opening a shop I always find these stories inspirational. It's also very good advice even for running a blog which is my personal mode of artistic expression. Thanks for your story. KHill www.aneverydayprincess.blogspot.com

    4 years ago

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes says:

    love you guys!! freaking cute and awesome

    4 years ago

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam says:

    I like everything about this interview. I really dig the paint by number sets too. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • thecarnivalbythesea

    thecarnivalbythesea says:

    really inspiring! i love your shop :)

    4 years ago

  • kristinkaycreations

    kristinkaycreations says:

    You have some very creative products! I enjoyed reading your interview.

    4 years ago

  • ILoveYourStyle

    ILoveYourStyle says:

    You are a very cute couple with a very cute shop! So creative. I wish you continued success! Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • BeachTreasureStudio

    BeachTreasureStudio says:

    Such inspiration! Thank you for sharing your home and all your lovely belongings. Cheers!

    4 years ago

  • Omiya

    Omiya says:

    Great story!! LOVE your creation, beautiful products!!! Thank you for sharing:-)

    4 years ago

  • Omiya

    Omiya says:

    Great story!! LOVE your creation, beautiful products!!! Thank you for sharing:-)

    4 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Always wonderful to see creative people doing what they love and making a living from it. And being self-employed, it's so lovely to know all that hard work you are putting in is rewarding to yourselves. All the very best to you!

    4 years ago

  • SamsWelding

    SamsWelding says:

    Great article!

    4 years ago

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin says:

    Loved the candid responses. Your happiness is bursting through this interview. Man, I wish I had more self-employed friends! It must be nice to have all those other quit-your-day-jobbers around you. If you know of a savvy artist/crafter looking to spend all day in the studio, send him my way ;)

    4 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    congrats! loved reading this article ~ sounds so great to be busy doing what you love with your fav person. great work :)

    4 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    Beautiful shots!

    4 years ago

  • beliz82

    beliz82 says:

    I enjoyed reading this article Congrats an thank you for sharing

    4 years ago

  • karoart

    karoart says:

    very inspiring, thanks

    4 years ago

  • oldecityvintage

    oldecityvintage says:

    Love the shop; love the story. Very inspirational. And I LOVE their loft!

    4 years ago

  • artistiquejewelry

    artistiquejewelry says:

    Really neat! I love all your great ideas. Sounds like your work space is wonderful.

    4 years ago

  • monatao

    monatao says:

    very nice to read your story! inspiring and it encourage me, thanks!!!

    4 years ago

  • Quiltedhearts5

    Quiltedhearts5 says:

    Way to go...BIG congrats...love the read

    4 years ago

  • bmused

    bmused says:

    Wonderful shop! I enjoyed reading your story!

    4 years ago

  • YankeeDaughter

    YankeeDaughter says:

    You are a true inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • malonesworldphoto

    malonesworldphoto says:

    I am about to make this jump - I'm currently a lawyer and very frustrated photographer - and am TERRIFIED. Just JUMP? eeeeek!!

    4 years ago

  • Hollycrowuk

    Hollycrowuk says:

    love this thank you, im currently waying up doing this full time and its really inspiring knowing if youve got the passion its there just waiting.... i hope hehe

    4 years ago

  • victorian

    victorian says:

    Thank you for sharing your story it has really given me encouragement.

    4 years ago

  • VintagedGoods

    VintagedGoods says:

    such great things you make! congrats and keep it goin!

    4 years ago

  • LPHBNY

    LPHBNY says:

    Loved reading your interview and especially love your rings! As a fan of chunky rings, these are way cool :)

    4 years ago

  • sojooriginals

    sojooriginals says:

    Your story is so very inspiring!!! And your shop is simply amazing - the best of luck to you both!

    4 years ago

  • amyfine

    amyfine says:

    great story

    4 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    truly inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • babyjives

    babyjives says:

    Shauna! Joe told me you had quit your job when I asked about you and Stephen the other day and now I am reading your interview here, how exciting! Congrats on taking this great step and hopefully I will see you around soon. Xoxo Jahje

    4 years ago

  • DemyBlackDesign

    DemyBlackDesign says:

    When I read such stories I understand I've made a right decision!

    4 years ago

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork says:

    great story! congrats.

    4 years ago

  • PinesVintageClothing

    PinesVintageClothing says:

    Inspiring story! Mustaches on a stick, awesome. Two people that get to stay home and be happy working together, priceless.

    4 years ago

  • MasterpieceDesigns

    MasterpieceDesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring. Your working spaces look so neat and organized.

    4 years ago

  • old2newmemories

    old2newmemories says:

    Great interview, love your work

    4 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Very inspiring article! If you believe in yourself just take that leap into being self employed, it's been over a year for me and I can't even begin to tell you how rewarding it's been! I make more money staying home than I ever did as a correctional officer! Love it! Just do it!

    4 years ago

  • skyejuice

    skyejuice says:

    Such bright and colorful items!! Congrats!!

    4 years ago

  • diggersgoldjewelry

    diggersgoldjewelry says:

    Great read, love your shop. So original!

    4 years ago

  • emmiluandbrothertoo

    emmiluandbrothertoo says:

    I have just joined etsy and I would love to be in your shoes one day! Thanks for all the great responses! I would love any advice you might want to share on teams and blogs! Not new to my craft, but new to etsy and really want to make the most of it! Love your shop!

    4 years ago

  • TamsyTrends

    TamsyTrends says:

    Very nice read! Congratulations and I wish you continued success!

    4 years ago

  • rabbitdance

    rabbitdance says:

    Those rings are awesome! I love that you and your husband work together. I've been running my own business for years, but my husband has been a huge help the whole way. Best thing is, I finally convinced my husband to quit his soul-crushing, dead-end day job. He's under contract until the end of June, but he's smiling more and more each day. You're totally right. Just JUMP!

    4 years ago

  • sevenply

    sevenply says:

    By far one of my most favorite shops! Love!!!

    4 years ago

  • evesimone

    evesimone says:

    Always loved their work, its about time they are in the "spotlight"

    4 years ago

  • verdigreen

    verdigreen says:

    Such sweet success!

    4 years ago

  • Nazara

    Nazara says:

    How wonderful that you are able to do what you love and work with your partner. congratulations

    4 years ago

  • happyowl

    happyowl says:

    Wonderful! I love your items.

    4 years ago

  • dsbrennan

    dsbrennan says:

    Great feature. I think it's great that you still can't get enough of each other :-)

    4 years ago

  • zelda110

    zelda110 says:

    as everyone has said--so inspiring! go you!

    4 years ago

  • WhimsicalSassafras

    WhimsicalSassafras says:

    Great artical...it's nice to know that if you put your heart n soul in something you too can suceed!

    4 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    wow, great clean items and photography. fun, unique, but they all fit together so cohesively. i have a lot to learn from your article and shop! oh, and the studio is unreal.

    4 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    I love those wooden gemstones! Congratulations on your success (and your awesome shop name!)

    4 years ago

  • flytrapprints

    flytrapprints says:

    WOW I looove your products!

    4 years ago

  • brandeye

    brandeye says:

    Congrats! You two are an inspiration.

    4 years ago

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies says:

    You guys are SO original! Love that!

    4 years ago

  • fiberlingo

    fiberlingo says:

    Love the paint by numbers!

    4 years ago

  • Shellinae

    Shellinae says:

    very inspiring. way to go you too.

    4 years ago

  • BeautifulMessByEmma

    BeautifulMessByEmma says:

    Lovely read, very inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story and shop with us. :)

    4 years ago

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany says:

    I love those products. What an impeccable brand and look. Love it.

    4 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling says:

    interesting read

    4 years ago

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals says:

    Love love love your wood rings~~!

    4 years ago

  • WatchWithDaDa

    WatchWithDaDa says:

    Love the vintage Paint by Numbers pieces. So inspiring to read about people who love their work.

    4 years ago

  • TessaHope

    TessaHope says:

    Big Thanks

    4 years ago

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    bogARTstudiogallery says:

    JUMP! Luv your advice. Your story is inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats says:

    This is such an inspiring story -- thank you for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Sachi215

    Sachi215 says:

    I totally love your mustache on a stick <3 Thanks for sharing your amazing story

    4 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Thank you for sharing the realities of running a business - very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • ValinthePaperValley

    ValinthePaperValley says:

    You guys are so creative ! Very very interesting interview. I love the first part though (bedroom shop ! aww : ) Take care and mucho success ! Val

    4 years ago

  • sheshardlyart

    sheshardlyart says:

    love it,and i love those wood rings,thanks for inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • bangbangyourethread

    bangbangyourethread says:

    So great! I loved reading this. The letterpress setup looks awesome!

    4 years ago

  • fadefade

    fadefade says:

    Congrats Shauna and Stephen! Such an exciting thing to hear and I love all of the new items (especially the paint-by-number pieces)! So exciting to hear, and I love following you around Etsy and Flickr!

    4 years ago

  • fadefade

    fadefade says:

    Congrats Shauna and Stephen! Such an exciting thing to hear and I love all of the new items (especially the paint-by-number pieces)! So exciting to hear, and I love following you around Etsy and Flickr!

    4 years ago

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities says:

    Loved reading this! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    4 years ago

  • AlbertinesCreations

    AlbertinesCreations says:

    What a great story you have! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • NoRaHzArT

    NoRaHzArT says:

    Very nice story. Love the mustache on a stick. Congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops says:

    Wow. I need to get some sales like that!

    4 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    We've seen them in their video No Place like Here. Nice to see that their doing well and that they are sucessful.

    4 years ago

  • shoebx

    shoebx says:

    thank you very much for sharing

    4 years ago

  • Melissababycreations

    Melissababycreations says:

    Great story! Very inspiring! It was great to see your loft and all of the wonderful things you surround yourselves with!

    4 years ago

  • WakaWakaBeads

    WakaWakaBeads says:

    amazing story!

    4 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    Great art and creativity..how awesome to work from home, isn't it? I always think about how that reduces our carbon footprint. aloha, connie

    4 years ago

  • ZellerZazzles

    ZellerZazzles says:

    It's hard to consider yourself a workaholic when you're working on something you love! Great story and love the shop!!

    4 years ago

  • molgallery

    molgallery says:

    Thank you for sharing your info with us. You have very interesting and proffessional aproach to your business. Great experience....

    4 years ago

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison says:

    I adore painting by numbers - congrats to you and keep it up!

    4 years ago

  • AshenDrift

    AshenDrift says:

    Love the attitude, love the product...INSPIRED:)

    4 years ago

  • MarshaNealStudio

    MarshaNealStudio says:

    Very cool! Inspirational and exciting… Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Great story. Love your workspace; It projects a great old school feeling. Especially encouraged by, "Just JUMP!" Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • menwy74

    menwy74 says:

    I find your story very inspiring. I hope to grow my shop as well, and quit my day job! :)

    4 years ago

  • tinygiraffeshop

    tinygiraffeshop says:

    Beautiful products & love the story. Thank you for sharing with the etsy community!

    4 years ago

  • inkadinkadoodle

    inkadinkadoodle says:

    Wonderful story. LOVE your letterpress room, it rocks! Keep up the great work.

    4 years ago

  • CraftsWithHeart

    CraftsWithHeart says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Great shop!

    4 years ago

  • DesignDivasGallery

    DesignDivasGallery says:

    Thanks for sharing all your success secrets. Love your products.

    4 years ago

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry says:

    WOW...love your work and how your lifestyle reflects you work...and...vice versa! Really beautiful products...simple, well crafted. You are such an asset to the community of etsy, and it's inspiring to see the community you have developed! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden says:

    great story and for sharing! Admire your fearless jump :-)

    4 years ago

  • EponaJewels

    EponaJewels says:

    congratulations! I envy your courage!

    4 years ago

  • JewelryDeli

    JewelryDeli says:

    Great store! Congrats, thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • anelescreations

    anelescreations says:

    Congratulations! Great Story!

    4 years ago

  • OwlNaturals

    OwlNaturals says:

    What a sweet shop. Blessings to you...

    4 years ago

  • nansmithimages

    nansmithimages says:

    Thank you for sharing–you inspire me to live my art, and love my life. Keep on rolling along!

    4 years ago

  • agentindigo

    agentindigo says:

    Inspiring! Your my dream come true.

    4 years ago

  • KikiLaRu

    KikiLaRu says:

    Inspiring!!! Thanks for this awesome interview!

    4 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke says:

    Thanks for sharing your vision!

    4 years ago

  • studio2355

    studio2355 says:

    Thanks so much for your honesty and inspiration, I work night and day too.

    4 years ago

  • BabyElleBoutique

    BabyElleBoutique says:

    Great read! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery says:

    Adorable!

    4 years ago

  • theletterm

    theletterm says:

    Wow! I love your story! Great advice. Best luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • theletterm

    theletterm says:

    Wow! I love your story! Great advice. Best luck to you!

    4 years ago

  • Fortnightlingerie

    Fortnightlingerie says:

    I want to live in your studio! Love your stuff... amazing.

    4 years ago

  • zoegirldesigns

    zoegirldesigns says:

    What an inspiring interview! Thank you - it's easy to get discouraged and wonder if you are making the right decisions! Thanks for the boost! And congratulations, you two are adorable!

    4 years ago

  • flosolio

    flosolio says:

    Thank you! For sharing, and for validating my 'jump'!

    4 years ago

  • alohaletterpress

    alohaletterpress says:

    Great interview and very inspiring! Congratulations with the success of your hard work!

    4 years ago

  • TheFertileGarden

    TheFertileGarden says:

    Wonderful interview, very inspiring! Best of luck to you and your fabulous shop!

    4 years ago

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry says:

    Great interview!!

    4 years ago

  • TNTees

    TNTees says:

    What a great love story! Love of art and love of life!

    4 years ago

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC says:

    Truly inspiring! I'm getting busier everyday and yet I never seem to get tired of creating! And I am enjoying getting to know my customers too. Keep having fun!

    4 years ago

  • Potion9

    Potion9 says:

    inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • EarthlyIcons

    EarthlyIcons says:

    Really inspiring. I've had a magnet up on my refrigerator for years which says, in the words of author and philosopher Joseph Campbell, "Follow Your Bliss". It really is true, but it takes GREAT courage, and I applaud you. Thank you for the inspiration, and I love the the creativity you display with your shop! Great Mustaches!! What fun!

    4 years ago

  • Vannia

    Vannia says:

    Even your mustaches are smiling :) Always happy of other people's success :)

    4 years ago

  • reneecainstudios

    reneecainstudios says:

    I have only sold one item in 2 years. what am I doing wrong? I tweet my items and facebook them and NADA..... Thanks any advice is welcome. Going broke in Durham.... Renee

    4 years ago

  • serendipitees

    serendipitees says:

    Congrats and thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • bagsbystacey

    bagsbystacey says:

    Congratulations on your success! I found your article inspirational, and it is what I am striving for this year!! Best of luck for your future!!! ;)

    4 years ago

  • tracer0588

    tracer0588 says:

    Your story is very inspiring! I hope this year I can make that jump and swallow my anxiety of well, "What if?"

    4 years ago

  • ettaandbillie

    ettaandbillie says:

    Congrats!! Your studio space looks incredible, I a bit envious. :)

    4 years ago

  • Dezign24seven

    Dezign24seven says:

    Great story, thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • terraverdegoods

    terraverdegoods says:

    Very cool! Your story really encourages me.

    4 years ago

  • terraverdegoods

    terraverdegoods says:

    Very cool! Your story really encourages me.

    4 years ago

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor says:

    Enjoyed your story....now...perhaps...who knows..just maybe.

    4 years ago

  • SallyManke

    SallyManke says:

    Well put! Love your work ethic. Can we bottle the two of you and sprinkle you over our nation?

    4 years ago

  • BrookeHowie

    BrookeHowie says:

    Good for you to have the courage to follow your dreams...especially in this economy!

    4 years ago

  • SusiesUniqueChic

    SusiesUniqueChic says:

    Thanks for sharing!!!!

    4 years ago

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver
  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures says:

    Loved the interview and your video! Thanks so much for sharing. I wish we had a loft like that! Beautiful and inspiring and fun!

    4 years ago

  • JALart

    JALart says:

    Great inspiration.. Especially for new etsy members just starting out... Not ready to quit my day job... yet ;-) but painting and keeping up with my shop has been personally rewarding!

    4 years ago

  • drawnby

    drawnby says:

    loved reading this article! congrats to you something's hiding in here, a real inspiration... and now, for a glass of champagne i think.

    4 years ago

  • amechanicalmind

    amechanicalmind says:

    One of the only things I can remember from kindergarten is how my teacher every day would make her students put on the "golden gloves" while reciting the golden rule. This was before we started anything else for the day. I believe the world would be so much easier to be in were we all to say this to ourselves each morning upon getting up. It's refreshing to hear someone with the same mentality. Excellent shop, btw.

    4 years ago

  • Crafting4me

    Crafting4me says:

    Thanks for sharing...loved your story and pictures...I sell photos and photo cards, my downfall is display...I feel how you display your item is what sells it...I'm working on that now... Good Luck....judy

    4 years ago

  • Studio3B

    Studio3B says:

    Enjoyed your article!

    4 years ago

  • ButtonholeRow

    ButtonholeRow says:

    Such powerful information. I am just starting out and need the help!

    4 years ago

  • FistCityVintage

    FistCityVintage says:

    Great article, pristine shop. Thanks for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • FistCityVintage

    FistCityVintage says:

    Great article, pristine shop. Thanks for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • RockArtiste

    RockArtiste says:

    I started selling my art in grade school too, come to think of it. I used the draw little color pictures on little pieces of paper and sell them for pennies and nickles to my classmates! Forgot about that. Love your shop. Congrats on doing what you love and making a living at it.

    4 years ago

  • PrintsByJSwenson

    PrintsByJSwenson says:

    I'm inspired!

    4 years ago

  • BrandyUnruh

    BrandyUnruh says:

    Great read, very inspiring!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheAdornedArticle

    TheAdornedArticle says:

    Awesome interview and shop - Fortune favors the bold! P.S. - I find myself feeling extremely jealous of your studio.

    4 years ago

  • vintagebeachcottage

    vintagebeachcottage says:

    love'd your story, sounds like you love what you do!

    4 years ago

  • SmilingCatStudio

    SmilingCatStudio says:

    Very inspiring. Still trying to summon the courage to "Just JUMP!" But cats always land on their feet, right?

    4 years ago

  • PERCIVALANTIQUES51

    PERCIVALANTIQUES51 says:

    Sounds like you found your calling! Great interview,thank you .

    4 years ago

  • PERCIVALANTIQUES51

    PERCIVALANTIQUES51 says:

    Sounds like you found your calling! Great interview,thank you .

    4 years ago

  • SusannahsEmporium

    SusannahsEmporium says:

    Yes, one must really have to love what they do to want to do it. That is my driving force, also. Congrats! Never thought bow ties would come back. My dad wore a skinny black one (a la Pee Wee Herman) in the early 1960's. And then I had a cool chemistry teacher in high school in Bethlehem, PA who wore a bow tie also. (they had a sort popularity spurt in the early 1970's). And "Hello Philly"! Glad to meet some artists that are from 50 miles from where I grew up!

    4 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. It's very inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 says:

    Congratulations on your Feature Story!! Thanks for sharing.Good luck on your futur endeavors, Christine

    4 years ago

  • ShisaKnits

    ShisaKnits says:

    Inspiring! Thank you.

    4 years ago

  • tutuaccessories

    tutuaccessories says:

    I hope one day I can do the same....Good luck!!! your things are great, by the way....

    4 years ago

  • tutuaccessories

    tutuaccessories says:

    I hope one day I can do the same....Good luck!!! your things are great, by the way....

    4 years ago

  • letterstoamuseme

    letterstoamuseme says:

    Amazing interview! Thank you so much for sharing! :D

    4 years ago

  • letterstoamuseme

    letterstoamuseme says:

    Amazing interview! Thank you so much for sharing! :D

    4 years ago

  • BeMyBee

    BeMyBee says:

    Thank you for the advice! Love how passionate and fun these shop keepers are and courageous too. Much continued success and hooray for the dreamers who take action!

    4 years ago

  • artisanaljewelry

    artisanaljewelry says:

    I did that long time ago, and it was wonderful! Now that Im doing something new, I appreciate you remind me what its like...thanks...

    4 years ago

  • jewelrybywks

    jewelrybywks says:

    Great interview! Wonderful artful items thanks for sharing! The golden rule rules : )

    4 years ago

  • jikits

    jikits says:

    sooooo cool!

    4 years ago

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab says:

    wow i can't believe all that you have done while still having a day job. best wishes to you both. you have been a real inspiration to me :)

    4 years ago

  • brillianttreescoll

    brillianttreescoll says:

    Great interview and shop - discovered their gorgeous pieces a while ago, so it is nice to be reminded to visit their lovely store.

    4 years ago

  • ileone

    ileone says:

    Life in a studio! You two are utterly inspirational.

    4 years ago

  • dawntoduskessentials

    dawntoduskessentials says:

    Thank you especially for the camera advice! Really good to know :)

    4 years ago

  • creativelycarole

    creativelycarole says:

    I can appreciate all your hard work. Thank you for your input and advise

    4 years ago

  • TheLizardFactory

    TheLizardFactory says:

    Very inspiring! Gives me something to work for!

    4 years ago

  • Goodietta

    Goodietta says:

    Very inspiring!! I love what you do!

    4 years ago

  • art4ear

    art4ear says:

    Love your original work. Very inspiring story, thanks for that!

    4 years ago

  • wesellusedgods

    wesellusedgods says:

    Kudos To You Both... The Dudes @ We Sell Used Gods

    4 years ago

  • ClayLickCreekPottery

    ClayLickCreekPottery says:

    Been working for myself for a while now...and it is hard work. You are your hardest boss. Hoping to make Etsy my best gallery ever!

    4 years ago

  • RocksandLydiaAnn

    RocksandLydiaAnn says:

    I absolutely loved your story and your loft. How inspirational!! Best of luck to you both!

    4 years ago

  • CushtieStyle

    CushtieStyle says:

    As a newbie to etsy, its encouraging and i don't have a job to quit, did that years ago for a job i can't quit...MUM. So, lots of good points to think about. Cheers to you both!

    4 years ago

  • jadjusjewelry

    jadjusjewelry says:

    Very inspiring.....good job.

    4 years ago

  • spottedhorsestudio

    spottedhorsestudio says:

    Great article! Beautiful shop - thanks for sharing! Many blessings to you both!

    4 years ago

  • SteamyRomance

    SteamyRomance says:

    Very encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • EvesLittleEarthlings

    EvesLittleEarthlings says:

    amazing article, I loved the advice about the golden rule!

    4 years ago

  • theartfulhousewife

    theartfulhousewife says:

    A remote shutter release...excellent idea! I'm on it! Thank you & congrats on both of your successes!

    4 years ago

  • abeachthing

    abeachthing says:

    i love the wooden rings!

    4 years ago

  • yoyocodesign

    yoyocodesign says:

    What a dream life! I have always loved the loft/studio/home space. Looks like you're blending it all together perfectly.

    4 years ago

  • skippitydodahquilts

    skippitydodahquilts says:

    i love this article! it gives some great pointers and advice :). thanks!

    4 years ago

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns says:

    I completely connect with what you have written! It's funny, I too use to make stationary and run a little shop out of bedroom when I was wee old...cash register and all! Your story is a true inspitation, thank you for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    How inspiring - a dream come true (with tons of hard work!!) Thank you for sharing - your creations are very unique and fun!!

    4 years ago

  • SauveJewelry

    SauveJewelry says:

    And I would say a great sense of humor has probably helped you along the way! Good info and fun items. Best of luck and keep up the great work.

    4 years ago

  • rosivintage

    rosivintage says:

    great stuff. Very impressive. Loved reading the interview.

    4 years ago

  • heavenlyhope

    heavenlyhope says:

    Great info in this article, thanks a bunch-a-roo!

    4 years ago

  • dalilascloset

    dalilascloset says:

    wow I love your itms...plz give me suggestions for my store if you can....thanks you Dalila

    4 years ago

  • CrowesNest

    CrowesNest says:

    Fabulous! Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • CKDesignsKauai

    CKDesignsKauai says:

    What an inspiring article and also fun to read - thanks for sharing with us!!

    4 years ago

  • cabizlady

    cabizlady says:

    Having your own shop is hard but also rewarding!

    4 years ago

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio says:

    THANK YOU! For sharing your story and for supplying the world with mustaches!

    4 years ago

  • RewindClothing

    RewindClothing says:

    Thank You for your story I feel that it will only be a matter of time till I too can quit my job! I feel inspired cheers!

    4 years ago

  • bradshawmeadows

    bradshawmeadows says:

    THank you for sharing and love the staches!

    4 years ago

  • ArtisanGerard

    ArtisanGerard says:

    Your success story is very encouraging!

    4 years ago

  • GrubbyAngelsStudio

    GrubbyAngelsStudio says:

    You two are too cute. Love the pix. thanks for inspiring us all. I am still afraid of the JUMP... but getting closer. its good to hear from an "already jumped" artisan. a little piece of courage never hurt anyone.. right???

    4 years ago

  • MuseSilkPaintings

    MuseSilkPaintings says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. It was like that song... Strummin' my pain with his fingers, telling my life with his words.. LOL I (scarily) relate to your situation on every single level and really admire you for taking the plunge. I hope some day to be as brave. Wishing you and your partner in crime continued success!

    4 years ago

  • aLittleHomie

    aLittleHomie says:

    Your positive spin is encouraging for a new etsy shop-owner!

    4 years ago

  • madebymeonly

    madebymeonly says:

    INspired!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • rancidkiss

    rancidkiss says:

    it's to see where your success has taken you. Good advice as well!

    4 years ago

  • TheMightySquirm

    TheMightySquirm says:

    The mustache on a stick is awesome!! Great shop, great article!

    4 years ago

  • ZambakDesigns

    ZambakDesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I'd like to quit my day job. I like my day job, but still.....

    4 years ago

  • LivvyMeade

    LivvyMeade says:

    Creativity at it's best! Thanks for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • nk246

    nk246 says:

    I like your etsy shop. Fun products:) Your story gave me so much inspiration. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Thank you for being "honest" and true to who you are. Much continued success!

    4 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva says:

    Thank you for being "honest" and true to who you are. Much continued success!

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    So fun! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    So fun! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    So fun! Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    Love it! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    Love it! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • tippykwan

    tippykwan says:

    Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Very inspirational read! I can relate a lot to this :0) except I'm a one woman team.

    4 years ago

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing says:

    way cool shop... Congrats on your FUN and inspirational article

    4 years ago

  • kittybutt

    kittybutt says:

    Yes! Very inspiring and you guys sound like really nice people too.

    4 years ago

  • lindsayharmony

    lindsayharmony says:

    Really inspiring interview! And I've loved this shop for quite some time! It's nice to get a glimpse into your world!

    4 years ago

  • feathersandpen

    feathersandpen says:

    very inspiring! i hope to be there someday...

    4 years ago

  • teniamariecreations

    teniamariecreations says:

    I really enjoyed reading the interview. Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • CulverandMichelson
  • SilviaMaciasDesigns

    SilviaMaciasDesigns says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. Cute USAs!

    4 years ago

  • patdeverre

    patdeverre says:

    Thank you to spend time with us for this very interesting and instructive interview.

    4 years ago

  • OriginalsbyInstinct

    OriginalsbyInstinct says:

    You two are having so much fun and are an extremely talented duo. Your video was so wonderful that I want to live in your loft. Thank you for sharing your story....loved it.

    4 years ago

  • YouBadGirl

    YouBadGirl says:

    Wow!

    4 years ago

  • LilacAndSnow

    LilacAndSnow says:

    Wow, this was super inspiring! What a great store you have! xx

    4 years ago

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan says:

    This is very interesting! Thanks a lot for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • KieroAthletics

    KieroAthletics says:

    you guys are awesome and SO inspiring :)

    4 years ago

  • Artizania

    Artizania says:

    Really inspiring stuff! Mx

    4 years ago

  • FripperyandFolly

    FripperyandFolly says:

    A very encouraging, inspirational read for this newbie. Thanks guys! :-)

    4 years ago

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt says:

    Great shop....great feature! Congrats!!

    4 years ago

  • PepperSpaghetti

    PepperSpaghetti says:

    Great tips - thank you for sharing!!

    4 years ago

  • Feathertingle

    Feathertingle says:

    Great article, very inspiring! Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • handknitted4you

    handknitted4you says:

    As a newbie, this was very inspiring and I hope that one day I too will have the courage to JUMP :)

    4 years ago

  • KataliticLab

    KataliticLab says:

    Inspiring work! Thanks for sharing your story, it helps...i think i am at this jumping point! :)

    4 years ago

  • TammyJ0

    TammyJ0 says:

    One of the best I've read... Thank you... I love that you can't get enough of eachother ... Good Luck with everything!

    4 years ago

  • EnchantedPaintbrush

    EnchantedPaintbrush says:

    Thanks, I needed that. And congratulations on what sounds like a beautiful relationship.

    4 years ago

  • simplydotdotdot

    simplydotdotdot says:

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! We thought we had taken on too much by having a collective shop with so many different items. We like to keep everyone busy so now we feel better!

    4 years ago

  • PlanetCalamari

    PlanetCalamari says:

    Thank you for the advice and inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • MaryAliceFeltLikeIt

    MaryAliceFeltLikeIt says:

    I am soooo inspired! Congratulations to you both! I wish you continued success!

    4 years ago

  • DesignedByAudrey

    DesignedByAudrey says:

    How fun! Thanks for sharing your story.

    4 years ago

  • jacey10

    jacey10 says:

    what a great read!!! great advice too - thank you.

    4 years ago

  • Witchey

    Witchey says:

    i love your shop! so cute and quirky!

    4 years ago

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! :)

    4 years ago

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos says:

    Loved the interview! Gives me hope and bolsters my determination, Muchas Gracias

    4 years ago

  • HOLLIHO

    HOLLIHO says:

    Very inspirational story with good advice! Congrats on your success :)

    4 years ago

  • notionbyleandra

    notionbyleandra says:

    Great article! Congrats to all your success!

    4 years ago

  • silke5763

    silke5763 says:

    You both are WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!! Sooo much love and destination - a dream!!!!!! You made my weekend (and MUCH more...) Thanks for that, Silke

    4 years ago

  • puzzledust

    puzzledust says:

    Great interview! Very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • puzzledust

    puzzledust says:

    Great interview! Very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • Countrymouse923

    Countrymouse923 says:

    Inspiring & practical...thanks SO much for the tips...useful and full of goals to meet:)

    4 years ago

  • Eridana

    Eridana says:

    Inspirational - especially for those of us who, like me, are just starting out here. Thank you x

    4 years ago

  • FlightsofFanci

    FlightsofFanci says:

    Very unusual and creative items. Enjoyed your article, as a beginner myself.

    4 years ago

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots says:

    Very nice! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots says:

    Very nice! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • NitaSketchnStitch

    NitaSketchnStitch says:

    Thanks for the encouragement for us newcomers. I like your shop. Nita

    4 years ago

  • NitaSketchnStitch

    NitaSketchnStitch says:

    Thanks for the encouragement for us newcomers. I like your shop. Nita

    4 years ago

  • vicarlo

    vicarlo says:

    Thanks for the encouragement. I guess one should "jump" while one still can. Congratulations.

    4 years ago

  • GardenOfArt

    GardenOfArt says:

    THANK YOU for your words of inspiration! I am a newbie!! been creating FOREVER and hope to get on the map!

    4 years ago

  • AngelLeighDesigns

    AngelLeighDesigns says:

    Inspiring! A year ago I never would have imagined working w my babydaddy, but he put a few items in my shop, and it's really been a great way to share creativity. You guys are inspiring, but you make it seem possible, too. Thank you!!

    4 years ago

  • WiseApple

    WiseApple says:

    You always have such lovely, lovely things. It's so inspiring to hear how you've achieved such a wonderful shop! Thank you, and congrats!

    4 years ago

  • BetsyMarieJohnson

    BetsyMarieJohnson says:

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story and your talent.

    4 years ago

  • bustedstuff

    bustedstuff says:

    I'm happy you are making it. Love the mustache on a stick! Keep up the good work!

    4 years ago

  • mistleandtoe

    mistleandtoe says:

    Your story is so inspirational! And I love the letterpress room. Congrats on your success! And your paint by numbers necklaces are simply adorable :)

    4 years ago

  • Hojitas

    Hojitas says:

    Inspiring indeed! Congrats ;)

    4 years ago

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday says:

    You guys are awesome and adorable! Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz says:

    Wow, you guys have inspired so many - keep it up! Enjoyed the article - it gives me hope too!

    4 years ago

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz says:

    Wow, you guys have inspired so many - keep it up! Enjoyed the article - it gives me hope too!

    4 years ago

  • OakhillSilverSupply

    OakhillSilverSupply says:

    Absolutely Fabulous!!! :D I love the "joy" expressed and the happiness of working at home with a loved one, We too are a happy couple working together and it's a wonderful thing.

    4 years ago

  • jeanneswatercolors

    jeanneswatercolors says:

    Just read your article. What inspiring responses. I am convinced that this plunge was exactly the right move to make. Your talents and creativity are awesome and should definitely be cultivated with new challenges!!!

    4 years ago

  • MelodyCottage

    MelodyCottage says:

    Inspiring...love a bow tie any time...wish the guys in my band would wear these with their dinner jackets...love Victoria...UK ...good fun..x

    4 years ago

  • MelodyCottage

    MelodyCottage says:

    Inspiring...love a bow tie any time...wish the guys in my band would wear these with their dinner jackets...love Victoria...UK ...good fun..x

    4 years ago

  • MelodyCottage

    MelodyCottage says:

    oops..sorry...still learning..x

    4 years ago

  • moirann

    moirann says:

    Lovely indeed, thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • capeannfabric

    capeannfabric says:

    Congratulations,,,I am pretty much on that same cusp of jumping outta a corporate gig and into my own world...thanks for your inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • ChiCrafts

    ChiCrafts says:

    Great inspiring story! Hope some day I will be able to quit my job and follow my Chi Crafts dream. :-)

    4 years ago

  • krystleandchloe

    krystleandchloe says:

    Love your story! Im just starting out and hope to one day make what I do a business.

    4 years ago

  • DesignsByElisa

    DesignsByElisa says:

    Very inspiring! Someday this could be me too...hopefully! Thanks, great read!

    4 years ago

  • DesignsByElisa

    DesignsByElisa says:

    Very inspiring! Someday this could be me too...hopefully! Thanks, great read!

    4 years ago

  • Studiojones1

    Studiojones1 says:

    Very Inspiring! I'm jealous that you have a mate to work with and be creative with! :)

    4 years ago

  • jennasaurusfun

    jennasaurusfun says:

    What a lovely read. Thank you for sharing it with all of us... I feel so inspired! <3

    4 years ago

  • LorettasCreations

    LorettasCreations says:

    Thanks for the wonderful article and inspiration. I really enjoyed meeting you!

    4 years ago

  • genevradaley

    genevradaley says:

    I'm so impressed by your packaging design. Really nice article.

    4 years ago

  • genevradaley

    genevradaley says:

    I'm so impressed by your packaging design. Really nice article.

    4 years ago

  • genevradaley

    genevradaley says:

    I'm so impressed by your packaging design. Really nice article.

    4 years ago

  • AFineFiberFrenzy

    AFineFiberFrenzy says:

    Love the stick mustaches! Thanks for the tips...so inspirational.

    4 years ago

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo says:

    Oh wow, you guys are cute, Great shop...glad I stopped by the blog this morning and found it! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • InnaBela

    InnaBela says:

    Very wise and inspirational advice for beginners. I recorded a few phrases from the interview in my notebook. Yes, it's hard work. But communication with people - great pleasure and a great miracle! I wish all success in business.

    4 years ago

  • artzfolk

    artzfolk says:

    Great read for this Sat. morning. Makes me inspired to see other people living in their dreams. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • folkartwoodcarving

    folkartwoodcarving says:

    I enjoyed this article on you. Thank you for sharing it.

    4 years ago

  • deesbowsnthings

    deesbowsnthings says:

    Havent seen this shop before. I love your wooden rings and the mustaches! Thank you for all the advice very inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani says:

    Thanks for Sharing!! Enjoyed reading this Article.

    4 years ago

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry says:

    It really shows that you love what you're doing. My husband is dreaming of the day that he will be the shauffer driver who will be driving to the post office with a van full of my jewelry...so there's a chance of us working together...so far he has his day job as a hightech manager and I have my shop on etsy...

    4 years ago

  • CreativityofYCB

    CreativityofYCB says:

    Inspiring story give me more determination thanks for all the positive info!

    4 years ago

  • sweetwvintage

    sweetwvintage says:

    your wooden rings are superduper!

    4 years ago

  • kattuna

    kattuna says:

    Inspiring!!! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    4 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Dear somethingshidinghere, I like your yo-yo. Thanks for the inspiration to "just jump" lizzi

    4 years ago

  • foxjaxon

    foxjaxon says:

    Inspiring; thank you for sharing; the mustaches and wood rings look great

    4 years ago

  • silverstoned

    silverstoned says:

    Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • silverstoned

    silverstoned says:

    Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • silverstoned

    silverstoned says:

    Really inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket says:

    Enjoyed the article! Great stuff.

    4 years ago

  • GawdyBride

    GawdyBride says:

    Stephen & SHAUNA!!! Happy to have worked with Stephen at UO and excited that you get to "quit your day job." What a fabulous couple!

    4 years ago

  • GawdyBride

    GawdyBride says:

    Stephen & SHAUNA!!! Happy to have worked with Stephen at UO and excited that you get to "quit your day job." What a fabulous couple!

    4 years ago

  • DesignWithWings

    DesignWithWings says:

    Very inspiring - thanks so much for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • LamoreIdeas

    LamoreIdeas says:

    Great story! Thank you! :)

    4 years ago

  • TheScarfTree

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

  • LaBellaDoll

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  • Maddivadesigns

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    Thank you for sharing your story. It is inspiring and encouraging. Love your stuff too. :)

    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

  • SteamyRomance

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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  • AsphaltAndMe

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    4 years ago

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