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Quit Your Day Job: TuckooandMooCow

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Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
During the summer of 2010 I was working as assistant manager in a shop in Lawrence, Kansas where I had been living and going to school at KU. I’d first discovered Etsy in 2007 while working in a student position at the Spencer Museum of Art, but didn’t get really involved with it at the time.

I’ve always been really into art whether I was painting, drawing, trying to have a basic understanding of print making, or throwing on the wheel. While working at the Spencer I noticed some bottle cap pins we were selling in the gift shop that had resin-coated collages inside. My immediate thought was how cool they were and that I could do exactly that but with tiny paintings. I played around with the idea a bit and started listing a few on Etsy in May of 2010.

The following month, the business I had been working at closed. My husband and I, still in our first year of marriage, weren’t quite sure what we wanted to do since jobs in the area were slim. At the time, I only had 14 sales, so relying on my shop wasn’t a viable option. When my parents offered us a place with them in Atlanta, Georgia, we took the opportunity and moved out east. For the first two months, we hunted for jobs during the day and I created in the evening. As sales increased, I began to focus more and more energy on my shop and less on the job hunt. My husband, Jordan, began helping as well by keeping the books and shipping. By November, we’d managed to pull everything together and were making a steady enough income to strictly focus on our little business!

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full time Etsy selling?
In October 2010 I was offered a job at a bookstore in Tennessee. The pay would have been alright and we would have been moving very quickly to a new state. We might have managed fine, and my shop would have probably continued at a decent pace, but I just had this gut feeling that I could make it a lot more. Turning down that job was the moment I really transitioned into the mentality of running a tiny business full-time. Within two weeks, thanks to a lot of SEO tweaks as well as a weekly listing and renewing plan, I was seeing the fruits of my labors.

What is your favorite part of the process in jewelry making?
I love painting a piece for the very first time. While I do always enjoy repeating a painting and perfecting it little by little each time, my favorite aspect of the process is creating something totally new.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Don’t discount social media. It is an incredibly powerful thing! Twitter and Facebook are my favorites to play with, but blogging is great as well.
  • The best thing you can do for your Shop is keep it fresh. List new items or renew when there is nothing new to list. Let your shop stagnate and you’ll find yourself without any customers.

What’s it like being captain of the Aspiring Artisan’s Guild Etsy team?
I started the Aspiring Artisan’s Guild as a team to help sellers who have at least some experience with Etsy bring their goals for their businesses into fruition. For many, the ultimate goal is turning their creative business into a stable part-time or full-time job. Through team workshops, blog articles, and forum discussions we support and educate one another about running a small business.

In your opinion, what are the benefits to joining an Etsy team?
To me, Etsy Teams are some of the best things about this site! Yes, it’s a good selling venue, but the teams help really make this the community it is. One of the best things about Etsy is that it is a global community. Embrace that! Join a team or two and meet some people. Finding teams that fit your personality and business needs can make a huge difference to your overall selling experience.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My “Le Ballon Rouge” necklace has been my most consistently popular item. It was inspired by the short film of the same title which has been one of my favorites since I was a kid. I’m an incredibly nostalgic person, so references to my childhood seem to pop up in a lot of my work.
Hand Painted Necklace, Original Watercolor Painting Pendant, Le Ballon Rouge
What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Being on a lot of Treasury teams was a massive waste for me. There was a brief period where I was dividing my time between several Treasury teams while still trying to run my business and keep up strong connections with my Etsy pals. It was just too much. Between commenting and curating I was spending several hours a week just on collections! Don’t get me wrong, Treasuries are really fun, and it is an added bonus to wind up on the front page, but there is no point in promoting like crazy if there’s no time to create new items and run your business efficiently. Ultimately, keeping a shop dynamic and fresh is much better than being in lots of treasuries. Now, I only belong to one Treasury team and love it.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
For me, the biggest daily challenge is making sure I’ve budgeted my time wisely. I frequently find myself feeling like I don’t have enough time in the day to do everything I want to. Because I think of sleep as a waste, this generally means I stay up even later than I should and sleep a lot less than I ought to.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Pulling myself away from it for a break is a big challenge for me. When I take day trips I end up thinking about new ideas and all of the things I’d like to get home and accomplish. It’s a real struggle to separate myself from my work. I’m not convinced I ever actually manage to.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
Well, I do have a day job — in fact, I have a 24/7 job! What sets this apart is the fact that I own it and it is a big part of me. Working a more typical job, I could switch off and stop being a “librarian” or an “assistant manager,” but I never just stop being myself. That’s what I love most about it: the fact that it is 100% me. It makes it worth all of the time and effort.

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through Etsy?
Besides the connections I’ve made with so many awesome people, the fact that I am able to support myself and my husband has been huge for me.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?

  • Research, research, research. Pretend like your budding shop is a term paper and how to sell is your thesis.
  • Don’t spend more than you need to on start-up costs. Over spending is an excellent way to destroy your chances of having a successful business from the get-go. Start by being a frugal business person.
  • Form a deep affectionate relationship with your camera. It’s going to be one of your best pals as your online business grows. Understand it thoroughly.
  • Don’t turn your life-long hobby into your job. There is really no surer way to ruin it for yourself. Find something you like to do, but that is separate from what you do to disengage.

What goals do you have in store for the future of TuckooandMooCow?
Ultimately, I would like to be self-sufficient. Right now, I don’t make my own settings, but my plan for the near future is to learn how to do just that.

My husband, Jordan, is in the process of joining the Air Force. Over the next few months, our whole game-plan will have to change. As our lives press forward and we move again, one of my biggest goals for my business is to not only weather everything that may come along, but continue to grow.

Anything else you would like to share?
Selling my art full-time has brought me so many wonderful things. Since March we have been living in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina entirely supported by TuckooandMooCow. Although a huge amount of the work and determination has been on my part, my husband has been an enormous support shipping items, buying supplies, and answering convos when I can’t and just being here. I really could not have done this without him. In that sense, TuckooandMooCow is very much both of us working together.

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

Previous Quit Your Day Job posts

  • aiseirigh

    aiseirigh says:

    So Proud of Sarah! She is a brilliant and sweet soul and such a very talented artist! I wish you continued growth with your business love :) Cat

    2 years ago

  • frighten

    frighten says:

    Hey Lady! Congratulations on this. Hard work pays off.

    2 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary says:

    Amazing story and gorgeous items. Good luck to both you and your husband!

    2 years ago

  • monkeysalwayslook

    monkeysalwayslook says:

    Yay Sarah-Lambert, congrats! Great advice and insight.

    2 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    "have a deep relationship with your camera"...lol...we're getting there! I think this was the 1st interview from a team captain Ive read and it was interesting to see the perspective of how someone not only successfully runs their own shop, but encourages and builds a whole team of other. Great interview and super cute shop! I cant believe you hand paint every one of your lockets! - guess thats why we all love etsy :)

    2 years ago

  • EssentialVintage

    EssentialVintage says:

    another inspiring story, thanks for sharing it and congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • BabyBirdz

    BabyBirdz says:

    Great article about a fascinating artist and businessperson! :) Thumbs up! Celeste (Crickets)

    2 years ago

  • sparrowgrey

    sparrowgrey says:

    Great story and amazing stuff. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Nice! Congratulations Sarah-Lambert, great interview.

    2 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss says:

    I've been admiring your work for quite some time now! Congratulations on being featured!

    2 years ago

  • melaniepaulson

    melaniepaulson says:

    I've been a long admirer of you, congrats on the feature! You're my hero. =)

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Your work is so amazing and so inspiring! Thanks for sharing and congrats!!! =)

    2 years ago

  • MaiAutumn

    MaiAutumn says:

    Yay Sarah-Lambert! Congrats! :) I've always loved your designs!!

    2 years ago

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad says:

    Congrats to one of my favorite shops! I thought I'd finally find out where that cool name came from *sighs*

    2 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    I love your work! and your story.... I think we need to start a redheads on etsy team ~ congratulations on the feature.

    2 years ago

  • sihaya09

    sihaya09 says:

    I totally know what you mean about the 24/7 job and having a hard time learning to take time for yourself. It's so easy to become a workaholic when you're doing something you love!

    2 years ago

  • AeridesDesigns

    AeridesDesigns says:

    Great shop, wonderful team leader, and a really great article - thanks for the inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree says:

    Great Interview. Congratulations on being the featured seller and your shop is tremendous.

    2 years ago

  • riversongrapture

    riversongrapture says:

    I have been a fan of your work for awhile! It is great to learn more about you and how you have been able to make your work support you finiancially. Very down to earth and inspiring! Congrats on the feature and thanks for taking time to share!

    2 years ago

  • stacylynnc

    stacylynnc says:

    Great interview! Love all your creations. It is so inspiring to read about a fellow etsy-r really making a living doing what she loves! Thanks, stacy lynn

    2 years ago

  • GlitzGlitter

    GlitzGlitter says:

    What a great feature!! Congrats to you!

    2 years ago

  • JillsBoutique

    JillsBoutique says:

    I've always been a fan of your work. I'm delighted to read your success story. You inspire me!

    2 years ago

  • ARTISANIEeurope

    ARTISANIEeurope says:

    Congrats on a fantastic feature, Sarah-Lambert! Your interview is inspiring ;-)

    2 years ago

  • MooreMagnets

    MooreMagnets says:

    Awesome! You do such great work and your story is so inspiring! I am so happy to be part of the aag team! Fabulous leader =)

    2 years ago

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy says:

    Very awesome!! Your designs are magical! Congrats Sarah-Lambert! :D

    2 years ago

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork says:

    congratulations! beautiful work! what a great story.

    2 years ago

  • prunellasoap

    prunellasoap says:

    Congrats! Fabulous interview. Your four points of advice are awesome...comparing starting and maintaining a business to a research project and writing a thesis is the perfect analogy!

    2 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    Beautiful work and a wonderful interview! Best wishes for your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian says:

    Such a wonderful and inspirational interview. Cheers to you on your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    Great work......congrats!!

    2 years ago

  • HeatherKent

    HeatherKent says:

    Congratulations!!!

    2 years ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage says:

    Great story! Congrats. And it helps being a redhead.

    2 years ago

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    TheWellingtonBoot says:

    Very inspiring, and I love the balloon design - I'm a sucker for nostalgia too!

    2 years ago

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns says:

    I truly adore your work! :)

    2 years ago

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative says:

    Love your beautiful artwork. Best wishes for continued success.

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Cute shop!

    2 years ago

  • lovejune

    lovejune says:

    Great advice for growing Etsy shops, especially the "be frugal" tip! Your work is fun and fresh and well made, a well deserved and interesting feature!

    2 years ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    What a wonderful story and great art! Keep up the fabulous work!

    2 years ago

  • penumbraimages

    penumbraimages says:

    congrats well deserved!! Already a favorite shop of mine and I follow your blog keep up the great work. Your living the dream :)

    2 years ago

  • paperdreams

    paperdreams says:

    What an inspiring story and beautiful work. Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • RetroStock

    RetroStock says:

    I love your art work!

    2 years ago

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern says:

    Here, here to a wonderful painter! I admire your strong tenacity and wits! Asheville is beautiful ( I live close by in TN) and your work is gorgeous and well deserved of attention. Great advice too- i agree to not make your absolute passion/fav. hobby a business, but to keep that close at heart, for refuge :)

    2 years ago

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano says:

    Awesome! :)

    2 years ago

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead says:

    Congrats to one of the most creative and innovative of Etsy's sellers!

    2 years ago

  • rayelm

    rayelm says:

    This is a great article - it was very interesting to read about how a successful Etsy shop owner made her own way.

    2 years ago

  • aubepine

    aubepine says:

    Yay Sarah-Lambert! Congrats on a wonderful feature! :)

    2 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Congrats to you on such a successful business that you are able to support yourself through it! Thanks for the article and you have beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • polarity

    polarity says:

    One of my favorite and original shops- congrats Sarah!

    2 years ago

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy says:

    Such an inspiring story!! Congrats to both you and your husband Sarah, living the dream!!!

    2 years ago

  • LuxeFabricandYarn

    LuxeFabricandYarn says:

    Very inspiring story and great advice too (re hobbies and camera and frugality.) Thanks for sharing your story and wishing you continued success!

    2 years ago

  • SweetAvenueJewelry

    SweetAvenueJewelry says:

    I've always loved her work here on Etsy! Congrats on a wonderful and inspiring feature!

    2 years ago

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts says:

    Great story. Love your pieces! Good luck with your business.

    2 years ago

  • meredithdada

    meredithdada says:

    Congrats! What a wonderful feature for a wonderful artist :)

    2 years ago

  • laralewis

    laralewis says:

    So happy to read this article. I'm such a fan of this shop & Sarah's work. Congratulations!!

    2 years ago

  • thehappycouple

    thehappycouple says:

    This is such a great story of a successful businesswoman and relationship! My husband sometimes takes my shop photos for me while I'm at work. It's wonderful to be so supported. Good luck to you both!

    2 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Very motivating. I think about this all the time. I ready to venture out but I'm scared. I love your work. Just beautiful Monica TheIDConnection

    2 years ago

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus says:

    Long time fan! So glad to see you featured! EtsyLove from, Jamie & John

    2 years ago

  • CamelsAndCustard

    CamelsAndCustard says:

    Great interview !! I have admired your shop for a long time :) and I wish you continued success !!!!! :)

    2 years ago

  • regansbrain

    regansbrain says:

    Congratulations, Sarah! What a great article.

    2 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    I've admired your shop for a long time now, and your story is simply amazing! For your art to speak to the general populace in such a way that you would have such success... well, just mind-boggling, until I stop and remember just how beautiful your items are. Congratulations on the feature! Blessings on you, your family, and your shop! Hannah Jasmine

    2 years ago

  • ReallyCoolLightboxes

    ReallyCoolLightboxes says:

    Your work is beautiful and your story inspirational. Continued success!

    2 years ago

  • TheVintageCocktail

    TheVintageCocktail says:

    Good interview. Asheville has an amazing artist community and a huge network of them are on etsy. Congrats on your continued success and your journey as an artist and entrepreneur. Regards. Lydia

    2 years ago

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads says:

    what a wonderful story!

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Wonderful paintings! Great shop. Continued success to you.

    2 years ago

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo says:

    A big hug and a congrats, Sarah-Lambert. You're awesome.

    2 years ago

  • theowlshop

    theowlshop says:

    Congratulations on the feature. Love your little paintings and how you are inspired by memories of your childhood. Great wishes to you on your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest says:

    Congratulations of the fantastic interview, and much success with your shop!

    2 years ago

  • LittleBeanPrints

    LittleBeanPrints says:

    Yay Sarah-Lambert! Loved this article. Congrats and keep up the great work! Weee hoooo!

    2 years ago

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam says:

    Adorable work and very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for the inspiring interview!

    2 years ago

  • amybunz16

    amybunz16 says:

    Congratulations Sarah. This article was a fabulous read and I loved looking into the inner bits of Tuckoo and Moo Cow....you have so much patience with your art and a wonderful amount of determination, it's quite inspiring. Wishing you all the best in your future adventures and hopefully your husbands move into the air force is a smooth transition for you both.

    2 years ago

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset says:

    Congrats Sarah!! Your shop is lovely :D

    2 years ago

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy says:

    Awesome! You should know that I'm a big fan of your beautiful work. :)

    2 years ago

  • elegantgirl

    elegantgirl says:

    Congrats Sarah:)! So exciting:)!!

    2 years ago

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow says:

    Thanks everyone! And thanks to Etsy for giving me a chance to share my story!

    2 years ago

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 says:

    Huge congrats to you! I have always loved your shop

    2 years ago

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 says:

    I thoroughly enjoy your work and I'm so jealous that in your first few months you sold 14 items. Fantastic. Now your are supporting yourselves? Amazing! Keep up the good work.

    2 years ago

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue says:

    hooray and congrats!

    2 years ago

  • Flowerleaf

    Flowerleaf says:

    I looove this article, Sarah-Lambert! So much of an encouragement and I am so proud of you and all the successes your shop has brought about. You have been a huge help to me and I am so thankful to be one of your team members. Congrats times a gazillion and here's to many more sales and new ventures in your shop and at home as well!

    2 years ago

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway says:

    Congratulations on your success! Great article!

    2 years ago

  • AlyshaCoy

    AlyshaCoy says:

    Its exciting to see someone who was from Lawrence! Best wishes!

    2 years ago

  • FlotsamArt

    FlotsamArt says:

    Congrats! Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Sarah-Lambert is a sweet gal and her stuff is even prettier than it looks online.

    2 years ago

  • saltcityspice

    saltcityspice says:

    This is such a great interview, Sarah - I loved getting to know more about you and happy to see you're a fellow redhead :) Congrats on the feature and on your successful business!

    2 years ago

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose says:

    Congrats and it's so great to read your story!

    2 years ago

  • greyedout

    greyedout says:

    Congrats! Your shop looks great, and I really like what you make. :) Thanks for reminding me that it is possible to succeed on Etsy with a bit of hard work and perspiration!

    2 years ago

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals says:

    I love your work!

    2 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage says:

    Thanks for giving encouragement to us all. Great story. Great work. Congrats.

    2 years ago

  • RedMarionette

    RedMarionette says:

    Congratulations to you!

    2 years ago

  • KutzEurope

    KutzEurope says:

    Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • Addy

    Addy says:

    Cute shop! Your little thistle earrings are adorable! It's amazing how these are tiny works of art. Congratulations! Being able to start a business and successfully support your family within such a short time must feel amazing.

    2 years ago

  • myboutiquebijou

    myboutiquebijou says:

    Your tiny paintings and jewelry are absolutely precious!! You should be very proud.

    2 years ago

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio says:

    Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • TheAngryWeather

    TheAngryWeather says:

    So awesome! I enjoyed reading more about your story SL! so proud of being part of the AAG team and to know you! Congratulations!!

    2 years ago

  • countrychances

    countrychances says:

    I love your story and your jewelry! You are an inspiration to me!

    2 years ago

  • Thamburan

    Thamburan says:

    Hi Sis , you got very patience and you are doing hard work,, Thanks so much for your inspirational article.

    2 years ago

  • sarahknight

    sarahknight says:

    Very cool! Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • manzanitakids

    manzanitakids says:

    Beautiful work, lovely story!

    2 years ago

  • SonjaCaldwell

    SonjaCaldwell says:

    Yay! Another talent from Lawrence! That's my home town. :)

    2 years ago

  • luxoccasions

    luxoccasions says:

    Amazing work and story! Continued Sucess for you is certain!

    2 years ago

  • DawnWillBreak

    DawnWillBreak says:

    What a wonderful story, and you have ADORABLE items

    2 years ago

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid says:

    I've seen your work before... admirable! And even a little more, because you need a very nice pulse to create, while I've very shaky hands ;-P

    2 years ago

  • perebags

    perebags says:

    Congrats! Great Story!

    2 years ago

  • mimiworkshop

    mimiworkshop says:

    Great story! I love your work!

    2 years ago

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina says:

    wooooow, I'm super impressed with your story *and inspired as well!!!! It's so nice to know more about you, and I wish you all the luck for your future projects, I love your drawings *my fav. is the one with the elephant ... and the balloon is also one of my favs, I love the film as well!!!! Thanks for all your support in the team and is nice to put a face to the name!!!!! :D big hug for you!

    2 years ago

  • jenjenpb

    jenjenpb says:

    So inspiring...love the jewlery!

    2 years ago

  • tmlCREATIONS

    tmlCREATIONS says:

    Fantastic story Sarah! Way to go! My favorite part was that you followed your gut- LOVE that:) Thank you so much for sharing, you are an inspiration! Keep up the amazing work! Tracy

    2 years ago

  • Sewingseed

    Sewingseed says:

    I'm so proud of you, SL! xoxo

    2 years ago

  • kgosh

    kgosh says:

    an inspiring, informative interview that is great food for thought for us aspiring "quite your day jobers". thanks for sharing and congrats to you sarah!

    2 years ago

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage says:

    Your work is gorgeous! Congrats on your success so far and I wish you all the best!

    2 years ago

  • Evajune

    Evajune says:

    amazing, thank you.

    2 years ago

  • sherischart

    sherischart says:

    Great advice,Sarah. Thank you. Wishing you and your husband the best in the transition to the changes of joining the Air Force. Your fine character certainly shows through your artworks. Artfully, sheri

    2 years ago

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo says:

    Fabulously said, SL~ I'm thrilled that all of your hard work is paying off. Best wishes to you and your husband!

    2 years ago

  • LasagnaTheCat

    LasagnaTheCat says:

    Thanks a lot for this interview. It's interesting and inspiring. Keep up the good work Sarah!

    2 years ago

  • skybird111

    skybird111 says:

    wonderful story - thank you for sharing and much continued success :)

    2 years ago

  • Critterstop

    Critterstop says:

    aw, what an inspiring lady you are. what a great interview. congrats Sarah! :)

    2 years ago

  • jillverbick

    jillverbick says:

    really a wonderful story and a charming product. I don't know how you do your creating and computer work- while being prolific at both. I'm inspired.

    2 years ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives says:

    So happy to see you featured here, SL!! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins says:

    Inspiring indeed!

    2 years ago

  • JenniferRussellDolls

    JenniferRussellDolls says:

    Congratulations! How brave of you, and how wonderful your artwork is! Kudos.

    2 years ago

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz says:

    Great article and I love your work!

    2 years ago

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome says:

    Much continued success to you!

    2 years ago

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry says:

    Your artwork is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your insights. Your info on teams and treasuries was helpful as I have been considering investing time in each. Please thank your hubby for his service to our nation and thanks for sharing him, too.

    2 years ago

  • dancingintherains

    dancingintherains says:

    Thank you for sharing your Beautiful works, great ideas and advice :)

    2 years ago

  • EquinoxDesignStudio

    EquinoxDesignStudio says:

    Very "matter-of-fact" and poignant...THANK YOU! Going to start putting those insights to work! Beautiful artwork and continued success... :-)

    2 years ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal says:

    Congrats on your success!

    2 years ago

  • cartonBois

    cartonBois says:

    congrats I love your shop and story :)

    2 years ago

  • TheSilverBoutique

    TheSilverBoutique says:

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Your story is very inspiring! Love your shop!

    2 years ago

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    CherylBrissonFolkArt says:

    Love your work! I was inspired by how your hard work and steady attitude resulted in a successful business.

    2 years ago

  • marasdesigns

    marasdesigns says:

    so happy for you -----beautiful work.

    2 years ago

  • DivinelyDesignedBJM

    DivinelyDesignedBJM says:

    Good interview.. Big help! Thank you! Great art! I love the pieces. Very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • esther2u2

    esther2u2 says:

    Thank you so much Sarah for such great marketing advice. I to have an awful problem of managing my time and fitting in me time. Your work is so awe inspiring, just beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • shellypsoulcircles

    shellypsoulcircles says:

    Thanks so much for your informative and encouraging advice. I also enjoyed your commentary about joining and being a part of an Etsy community. It is easy to get into a "loner" atmosphere" while nurturing your business along AND creating more work!

    2 years ago

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns says:

    So inspirational and gorgeous work!

    2 years ago

  • CuteCraftDecor

    CuteCraftDecor says:

    Great story and inspiring me. Thank you very much, Hopefully you will read my story oneday

    2 years ago

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts says:

    So inspiring! My husband and I are full-time artists, too. I know you will miss your guy when he is gone. Good luck with the shift. Sounds like you've got a lot of great energy to carry you through.

    2 years ago

  • SnowDayArtist

    SnowDayArtist says:

    Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom - it's solid, honest, and helpful information. I LOVE YOUR WORK!

    2 years ago

  • creativeclaycafe

    creativeclaycafe says:

    It seems that many artists I visit with tell a similar story of not having the time to do all that they want to do with their work and the short nights because of so many ideas! Be grateful for so many ideas and best of luck to you in your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • metalicious

    metalicious says:

    What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • peifferStudios

    peifferStudios says:

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! How did I miss this. This is amazing Sarah-Lambert!!!!! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • CLKconcepts

    CLKconcepts says:

    What an inspiring story! Sometimes to make things work, it all depends on our own determination.

    2 years ago

  • reneeanne

    reneeanne says:

    Just re-reading this and realized I forgot to comment the first time! Congrats SL! Love your story!

    2 years ago

  • reneeanne

    reneeanne says:

    Just re-reading this and realized I forgot to comment the first time! Congrats SL! Love your story and your work!

    2 years ago

  • NowISee

    NowISee says:

    Thank you for providing great advice and inspiration. I also had thought about putting tiny pictures in jewelry. I love it when I see an artist actually make a living at what he/she was born to do. Life's too short not to be who you were made to be.

    2 years ago

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly says:

    Can't imagine how I missed this interview - I sooooooooo love my TuckooandMooCow jewelry : ) Congrats on the feature, Sarah!

    2 years ago

  • InMaterial

    InMaterial says:

    You are so talented. Your items are simple and endearing. Wonderful story.

    2 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    Your pieces are adorable!! Thank you for your inspiring story and great tips.

    2 years ago

  • rikischumacher

    rikischumacher says:

    Love this article, really helpful. Wishing you more success! Riki

    2 years ago

  • mmtncrfts

    mmtncrfts says:

    Congratulations! Very inspiring. I love your designs.

    2 years ago

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings says:

    You've inspired me to try my hand at crafting. Best of Luck to you.

    2 years ago

  • OhEdith

    OhEdith says:

    Great article!! Thank you Sarah! I knew this was going to be a lot of hard work! Patience seem to part of my road. Currently looking for a team or 2. Also looking for a sale or two! LOL. Thanks again Sarah! I knew there was life out there! :) Your designs are wonderful!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • AbundantHaven

    AbundantHaven says:

    Thanks for sharing your story with us...really enjoy your work!

    2 years ago

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop says:

    inspirational - you tell me that you are so organized, which is a must for a successful shop - thank you!!!!

    2 years ago

  • DeliciousBoxStudio

    DeliciousBoxStudio says:

    Very inspiring! Love your shop!

    2 years ago

  • thewildraspberry

    thewildraspberry says:

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! Your work is simply beautiful!! warmly, marie

    2 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    fabulous interview ~ thanks for sharing your advice. congrats :)

    2 years ago

  • BirthBox

    BirthBox says:

    Great work! I need to feel that confident!!!

    2 years ago

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee says:

    Great interview. I love your work! Keep on inspiring others.

    2 years ago

  • WhimsyBitsbyTeegan

    WhimsyBitsbyTeegan says:

    Cheers to Lawrence! Definitely thankful for your words! Your work is incredible. :)

    2 years ago

  • ladyrachelscreation7

    ladyrachelscreation7 says:

    Sarah, Lovely Featured story. I wish you lots of success.Keep up the hard work it will eventually pay off. Love, Christine

    2 years ago

  • Lyndiejewerly

    Lyndiejewerly says:

    What a great attitude, and your motovation is steller. I am so happy for you and your husband. You have motivatied to try even harder. I have not even had a sale. I am bummed about that. But you have been a real uplifter for me to try harder. Thankyou so much. Linda

    2 years ago

  • dslookkin

    dslookkin says:

    Beautiful painted jewelry! And thank you for your interview. I'm currently on 3 teams (though one is significantly less of a commitment), and yes, making those treasuries. Really appreciated your view point on that. And I can't wait to peruse your shop for my T's! :) xoxoxo

    2 years ago

  • LittleShopofElleSee

    LittleShopofElleSee says:

    What a great read! I've been an admirer of TuckooandMooCow for quite a while :)

    2 years ago

  • TheArtsyGirlStudio

    TheArtsyGirlStudio says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. I really enjoyed hearing about your journey, as well as all your best tips. I love your designs, and look forward to owning a few pieces. :)

    2 years ago

  • sheilacalif

    sheilacalif says:

    i'm retierd and have arthritis and thought i'd make stretch rings. i'm new and could use anybody that would, help me learn the ropes..i will be grateful ...thanks to all....sheila

    2 years ago

  • BOBBYPINQUEEN

    BOBBYPINQUEEN says:

    Very inspiring. Reading your story has motivated me to continue working on making my shop grow. Thanks! Great artwork by the way.

    2 years ago

  • fromjeanne

    fromjeanne says:

    Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • MariaNicolaou

    MariaNicolaou says:

    Your story is very inspiring!!! I am a hobbyist on jwelwry making and polymer clay, and a have a good paying day job, but with the current economic situation, the cuts on our wages, loans and prices going up a second job is a must!! I will follow your succesful advice and try making my etsy shop a permanent part time job!! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • ile1974

    ile1974 says:

    WOW! What an inspiring story

    2 years ago

  • LynJewels

    LynJewels says:

    Your items are so pretty! Congrats on the feature. =)

    2 years ago

  • studiotullia

    studiotullia says:

    Thanks for sharing - I love to hear inspiring stories! Especially appreciate marketing and sales ideas.

    2 years ago

  • ChevereVintage

    ChevereVintage says:

    pretty stuff. great advice i can totally relate.

    2 years ago

  • sabiesabi

    sabiesabi says:

    soooo sweet your work!

    2 years ago

  • girlwitharadiomind

    girlwitharadiomind says:

    So great to see the person behind the shop. :) I have love your work for a long time!

    2 years ago

  • ArtonSilkbyLouise

    ArtonSilkbyLouise says:

    great article

    2 years ago

  • ellauniverse

    ellauniverse says:

    Thanks for sharing! Gerat shop!!

    2 years ago

  • creationsbyjdb

    creationsbyjdb says:

    Very inspiring. Thank you! I visited your shop first and saw The Red Balloon and knew immediately what it was.

    2 years ago

  • WeeHoursCreations

    WeeHoursCreations says:

    Your work is simply adorable. I am thrilled for you and encouraged by the fact that your Etsy supports your life. Way to go!

    2 years ago

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios says:

    Thanks for sharing your story & advice. Wishing you much continued success!

    2 years ago

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings says:

    You are a great inspiration... Thanks for sharing... I just love the simplicity of your art.

    2 years ago

  • themissingbead

    themissingbead says:

    Thanks for your inspiration. Your jewelry is lovely.

    2 years ago

  • BusyBQuilts

    BusyBQuilts says:

    Love your shop! Thanks for sharing your story!

    2 years ago

  • TheDulceVida

    TheDulceVida says:

    so wonderful! My only question is how do you go from ideas in your head to actually finding the items you need to create the ideas in your head. I love crafts and have always been making them. I have made party banners, favors, gift baskets and well I am about to give it my all and see what happens. Your story truly inspires me.

    2 years ago

  • TuesdayFreya

    TuesdayFreya says:

    This is really inspiring. I'm at that cross roads, and thinking if I want my old job back. I resigned early this year to be with my new daughter, but she's turning 1-yr old now. Stories like yours make me continue wanting to stay home and just start a business.

    2 years ago

  • MotuProprio

    MotuProprio says:

    Congratulations, Sarah, and thank you for your advices!!

    2 years ago

  • giselaandzoevintage

    giselaandzoevintage says:

    i like that you draw your jewelry. it is a piece of art you wear!

    2 years ago

  • uniquelyshabbychic

    uniquelyshabbychic says:

    FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS GOOD FROM YOU

    2 years ago

  • uniquelyshabbychic

    uniquelyshabbychic says:

    GOOD FOR YOU HA

    2 years ago

  • MachineEmbroidery4U

    MachineEmbroidery4U says:

    Congratulations on your success! I really love you shop. Thank you for sharing your story.

    2 years ago

  • TorriesTreasures

    TorriesTreasures says:

    Thanks for the ideas and encouraging words. I am new to Etsy and am working hard to make it a success. Your interview was quite inspiring. I wish you continued success!

    2 years ago

  • HLWHITINGHAM

    HLWHITINGHAM says:

    Just learned about Etsy in the last month and have been blown away by the creativity and comraderie of the whole community. Sarah's story is inspiring and makes me think about new possiblities in the creative small business world. Having a successful entrepreneur's perspective is priceless. Now to jump in the pool and join the community and have fun. Wishing everyone much success in their shops.

    2 years ago

  • MissToryDesigns

    MissToryDesigns says:

    Don't always read these articles from start to finish but appreciated your honesty so much I read it through. Stay strong in 2012. All the best.

    2 years ago

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts says:

    thank you for great reminders and advice!

    2 years ago

  • alessandragerevini

    alessandragerevini says:

    Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa says:

    So inspiring. I love reading these features . . . It keeps me motivated. You are so talented! Best of luck to you and your husband.

    2 years ago

  • Willowette

    Willowette says:

    Truly Beautiful, Unique Items. Congrads!!!

    2 years ago

  • TheNakedOrchid

    TheNakedOrchid says:

    Blessings and Congratulations to you, Sarah! Thank you for all the Power Selling Points and tips! Just quit my job a few weeks ago to concentrate on my shop full time! Would love to follow in your footsteps!

    2 years ago

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky says:

    Your shop has been one of my favorites since I've discovered Etsy last year! I'm so glad you were featured. Your work is wonderful and you deserve this sooo much!

    2 years ago

  • toolisjewelry

    toolisjewelry says:

    Your works are so beautiful and fun, that is an amazing combination! Thanks so much for you helping tips, I learned a lot fro you.

    2 years ago

  • JadeCakes

    JadeCakes says:

    Very nice. :)

    2 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Wonderful designs! Congratulations on all your success and best of luck to you in the future!

    2 years ago

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss says:

    great article!

    2 years ago

  • yhtanaff

    yhtanaff says:

    Like your story......

    2 years ago

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB says:

    It must be thrilling to be doing what you love and your passion certainly shows through. Thank you

    2 years ago

  • Vintageby1980sExcess

    Vintageby1980sExcess says:

    Very good article, very informative.

    2 years ago

  • Scuppets

    Scuppets says:

    I, too live in Asheville and am starting my "new business". Do you also sell locally in consignment shops and/or festivals? Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

    2 years ago

  • SarahAnntiques

    SarahAnntiques says:

    Great advice!

    2 years ago

  • Dulcinea17

    Dulcinea17 says:

    A great inspirational story :)

    2 years ago