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Quit Your Day Job: Kathy Panton handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about your shop and the idea behind it.
I sell a range of art prints and picture books at my store, Kathy Panton. My work has gradually evolved into nursery art, along with prints and abstracts. I work in my home studio here in Brisbane, Australia.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I started pursuing an art career at the end of 1996, a couple of years after getting my visual art degree. I had just returned from a working holiday in London, where I studied children’s book illustration. I came back and decided I wanted to make art my full-time job. But how was I to do it?

I got a few freelance jobs doing editorial illustration work for magazines. This was before the Internet was in every household, so it was competitive and very difficult to make money as an artist. If you wanted an art director to see your work, you had to snail mail it and send a letter. I’d go around to all the magazine houses in Sydney with my folio and things like that. There wasn’t the immediacy that you have today. Everything is just so much easier now, it is unbelievable!

I worked in market research for a long time, and the office environment just made me more determined to get out and try to make a living as an artist. Often I would just sit in the office and plot ways I could escape and live my dream. I just didn’t know how I could actually make it reality.

I got an art teaching degree and taught kids with disabilities. It was rewarding, but draining. Teaching is like acting and I didn’t like being on stage every day. I was good at my job, but I just wanted to be an artist. My whole mindset was, life is short, why do I have to settle for a job I don’t like?

Then one day I went to the markets to buy some Christmas presents. I came across a jewellery seller,  Hottoffee, and after buying a couple of her pieces she gave me her business card. It said “Etsy” and I was curious, so I Googled it, and here I am!

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full-time Etsy selling?
When I joined Etsy, I studied what successful shops here were doing. I also read all the Quit Your Day Job articles every week and spent loads of time in the forums reading about others’ experiences.

After about a year-and-a-half, my shop was going well, but I was still doing a bit of substitute teaching because it paid well and I was scared to leave. I had some savings and enough money to pay my bills and living expenses for about 10 months if I wanted to quit working. One day I had this really difficult class — one boy escaped the classroom and ran away from school grounds. Apparently he did this all the time, but at that moment I decided I didn’t want the responsibility or risk anymore. I’d had enough of it all. It was liberating to decide it was my last day. I had to make Etsy work as a full-time job.

I cut my spending and put money only into buying supplies and paying my bills. I started treating Etsy like a full-time job, and in treating it like one, it became one. I spent all my time on it, seven days a week. I work from two rooms in my house, and I made them more functional by having one room for office work, packing and shipping, and the other across the hall for painting and storage of work and supplies. I found that the more organised my work environment was, the more sales I got. Not sure how that works, but it usually does!

What is your favorite part of working with paper? 
I really enjoy creating the patterns with paint and then selecting the best bits to use. It is always exciting for me because there is an element of surprise involved. Sometimes a whole sheet of paper will be a dud; other times, it’s magic. I especially like using papers that have some connection to my past, like old postcards, letters, wallpaper, stamps and anything with visual interest or richness. Whenever I find interesting paper ephemera I stash it away for later.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • After working in market research, I think that the best marketing strategy is to gain customer satisfaction. I try to treat customers how I would like to be treated. Saying thank you is really important. I try to show that I am readily available by answering convos the same day. I send orders within two days and send a handwritten thank you card. I think this is really important, although I know really large volume sellers can’t always do this.
  • If you make customers happy, they will tell others about you. My best marketing has come from customers featuring me on their blogs after they have received their prints. Generally, being featured on a blog is my favorite form of marketing.
  • I have been really hesitant to spend money on advertising; instead, I spend money on buying supplies and creating new work.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My “You Are My Sunshine” prints and print sets.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? 
I tried Facebook ads, but nothing came of that. Early on, I would include a discount card in an order for the customer to pass on to a friend for a 20% discount. They were really crappy cards (a cut-and-glue job), and I don’t think anyone would have passed them on — I think they went in the bin! I thought at the time it would be a good way to find new customers, but now I think it was lame and embarrassing.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
I spend a lot of time packing and shipping because I like to package the prints to protect against rain, snow, and being dropped. Packaging takes a long time, and I am now in the process of changing to a new style of packing to make it faster for me, but still safe.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Not being able to control the mail! Worrying about late packages is pretty frustrating, and thankfully it’s only happened a few times.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? 
I just like being my own boss and doing what I love. I feel like I am doing what I am meant to do. I also like challenging the notion that you have to get a “real” job and not pursue your passion or dreams.

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through Etsy?
Once I started on Etsy, I had more reason to create, because I had an audience. So because I had this collection of work, I managed to get an exhibition at Borders books, in the children’s book section. That was so exciting for me. I self-published a children’s book as a result of this opportunity, and I was able to sell the book at Broders and other bookstores around Brisbane.

I have had a few companies contact me who want to license my images. You just never know who is going to find you here, it is pretty amazing! The most exciting thing though for me is that people choose my art for their home or business.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?

  • I believe if you really want something bad enough, you will get it. Once you have that burning desire, I think it is just a matter of working towards your goal, day by day.
  • I think you also have to really take notice of what your customers are buying (and not buying) and develop your work to suit buyer demand and interest.
  • I have read all types of business books and hunted for stories about how people have made a business out of their art or craft. There is also a TV show in Australia called Kochie’s Business Builders, which is aimed at small business. I find things like that helpful, just to get me thinking about how I do things and how I could do it better.
  • I see many threads in the forums where a seller wants to make their art/craft their full-time job, yet their friends, family or partner is against it. Society is conditioned to believe that being an artist is not a real job. People think because you enjoy it, it is not work. Don’t give in to what other people think you should be doing, just follow your passion.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
I often have people asking for larger prints, so that is something I am going to look into. I have approached homeware licensing companies to have my work printed on a variety of products. I’m interested in printing my images on children’s clothing. I would also really like to have my picture book published officially, and maybe as a board book.

Anything else you would like to share?
I want to thank all my lovely customers for making it possible for me to do what I love! I get beautiful emails from customers saying how much they like my work, and that just means the world to me! Thank you to all the staff at Etsy for creating such an amazing place for artists to sell their work. There is no other website that even comes close to what Etsy offers. I have met lots of great people here as well — it is a fantastic community.

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

Seller Handbook | Quit Your Day Job Series

  • LuttrellStudio

    Laurie Luttrell from LuttrellStudio says:

    Congratulations on your success, Kathy! I'm also in awe of how the internet has changed our ability to reach and connect with people in an instant. Art and the business of art will be forever changed by it.

    3 years ago

  • TheJollyTog

    Naomi Kuntz from TheJollyTog says:

    Congrats! Lovely shop!

    3 years ago

  • layracreations

    Layra from LayraCreations says:

    Congrats!!!! Interesting Interview.

    3 years ago

  • TheStitchinChicken

    Cheryl Trimble from TheStitchinChicken says:

    What a lovely and inspiring story Kathy! I love your work, it is so cheerful and full of personality! Thank you so much for sharing! Cheryl

    3 years ago

  • aeliosdesign

    Kat from aeliosdesign says:

    I love your outlook Kathy! Congratulations on your success and awesomely motivational interview! :)

    3 years ago

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie says:

    This is a great article, lots of great info and tips. Very helpful, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary from PolClary says:

    What a lovely article. The fact that you can't control the mail after it leaves your hands at the postoffice is my least favourite part too!

    3 years ago

  • fireflyjewellery

    fireflyjewellery from fireflyjewellery says:

    Thanks for sharing your story with us - very inspiring and just what I needed to read to help me with my latest workload! Congratulations, and good luck for the future! Nicole

    3 years ago

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    Sarah M. from sweetsarahpatisserie says:

    This is a great article, lots of info and tips. Very helpful, thank you!

    3 years ago

  • amayakind

    Holly Amaya from amayakind says:

    You have really beautiful work! Way to follow your heart and make it happen. Very inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • WildLifePrints

    Jeff from WildLifePrints says:

    Wow, this work is vibrant! Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign says:

    "I see many threads in the forums where a seller wants to make their art/craft their full-time job, yet their friends, family or partner is against it. Society is conditioned to believe that being an artist is not a real job." I think work done with the hands has been denigrated, devalued, and dismissed for about 150 years. It takes real courage and a sense of humor to pursue a livelihood supported by the arts. I can't think of anything more important and necessary than learning basic skills and reclaiming authorship of our shared material culture, including the arts. Thank you for a great post.

    3 years ago

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo says:

    Congrats on the feature and on your success! I love this and it's so very true~ "I believe if you really want something bad enough, you will get it. Once you have that burning desire, I think it is just a matter of working towards your goal, day by day."

    3 years ago

  • TheOaksmithPantry

    Anna and Mauro from TheOaksmithPantry says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! An inspiring read and love the explosion of colours in your art... :)

    3 years ago

  • aiek

    K Kenyetta from StoriedInHue says:

    Awesome feature. I really enjoy your work. Thank you for sharing.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    Beautiful work I love how sunny it is I'm sure that reflects something of where you live in Brisbane! Congratulations on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone says:

    OH! I have always loved your art! Thanks for sharing! A great inspiration! :)

    3 years ago

  • CCAttic

    CC Castro from CCAttic says:

    Your art work is wonderful. I protest with my daughter to get whales out of captivity and your whales are wonderful!!

    3 years ago

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    cathie carlson from MagicMarkingsArt says:

    your colorful work is a wonderful reflection of your creative philosophy on business and life. your future looks very bright!

    3 years ago

  • ThisLittleLady

    ThisLittleLady from ThisLittleLady says:

    So bright and cheerful! I love art that is uplifting.

    3 years ago

  • eversolovely

    Ever So Lovely from EverSoLovely says:

    Kathy your shop is very lovely! Congrats on the feature and thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    Lita from LuckyStash says:

    Love the story! Congrats :)

    3 years ago

  • WalterSilva

    Walter Silva from WalterSilva says:

    Congrats on the feature! Love your story and can relate too! All the best!

    3 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios says:

    Your work is beautiful! I love the whales:) My story is very similar to yours. I too worked in special ed for four years and chose to leave because of stress. I'm now putting all my efforts into my art business and already see a difference in sales. It's really true that the more you put in the more you get out of it. I wish you much more great success with your art! I really enjoyed reading your story!

    3 years ago

  • tlclifford47

    Tracy Clifford from TheBarkingDogArtStud says:

    Congratulations on being a feature. Your story has given my hope. Also, I love your work.

    3 years ago

  • beadsofaquarius

    Mouna Marini from beadsofaquarius says:

    Wonderful work of Art ! full of colors , i joy for the soul ! Congratulations for the feaure , wishing you many succes! ;

    3 years ago

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka says:

    Love your work!!

    3 years ago

  • hattieshouse

    Christy from Vintagology says:

    your work makes me HAPPY!!!

    3 years ago

  • Railin

    Mel from Cuteling says:

    Gorgeous, inspiring artwork and a great article! Loved reading about your experience!

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Beautiful! Congrats on your feature!

    3 years ago

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux says:

    One of the best posts! Thank you for sharing your story and your work! Absolutely wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • andreairving

    andrea marie irving from amiART says:

    thanks for the advice..and your work is beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • DonnaWalker

    Donna Walker from DonnaWalker says:

    Beautiful feature! It doesn't seem like work when you are doing what you love. Feedback and encouragement are so important to artists. Good luck with all of your creations!

    3 years ago

  • EnsignRose

    AshleyRose Sullivan from RabbitAndRed says:

    What a great article! Thank you for all the tips and the inspiring story, Kathy!

    3 years ago

  • SherrySchatz

    Sherry Schatz from StartToFinishSewCo says:

    You are such an inspiration for me to feel like my dream to quit my day job can happen. I really appreciate your words of encouragement. It is my mission to find that magic code to make it happen in 24 months. My goal will be achieved because of great words of encouragement including yours. Continued success to you.

    3 years ago

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns says:

    Thanks for this interview! Everything in it was inspiring to me, as someone who's not quite "there" yet :) And I'm enjoying the psychedelic colors and textures in your work--- some of your art reminds me of Eric Carle, good stuff!

    3 years ago

  • Jolies

    Lisa from InkandwhimsyStamps says:

    Stunning work, I just love all the patterns and texture! I am so happy for your success!

    3 years ago

  • marypearlsvintage

    marypearlsvintage from marypearlsvintage says:

    you are a true inspiration,thank you!!!

    3 years ago

  • ReclaimedDesigns

    Jenny Strohm from ReclaimedDesigns says:

    Loved reading about your experience to finally be a full-time artist. Your talent and strong desire to be your own boss has gotten you where you are today! Very inspiring, and fills me with hope to be selling more on etsy. Best of luck!

    3 years ago

  • wroscoe

    Wendy Roscoe from WendyRoscoeDesigns says:

    You are such an inspiration for me. Thank you for sharing your experience in such a sincere and encouraging voice. I am an art teacher now and am just beginning my Etsy adventure. I would love to follow in your path. Congratulations on your success!

    3 years ago

  • TStyles

    Tsetsi La Mode from TsetsiLaMode says:

    great article

    3 years ago

  • LillyQueenBeads

    Sara from LillyQueenVintage says:


    3 years ago

  • rostudios

    Ryan O'Neill from rostudios says:

    Wow this is inspiring.

    3 years ago

  • creativecarmelina

    Carmelina Lounsbury from creativecarmelina says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I think what you said is true...about making it your full time that I'm putting in more time and seems to really be working for me! Have a happy day at work! I know I will. ciao bella Creative Carmelina

    3 years ago

  • littlepancakes

    Melissa Pancakes from littlepancakes says:

    I have been doing etsy for a while as my full time job while in grad school, but I have decided not to go back next year... I know my family will not be supportive because making jewelry isn't a "real" job to them but I love it and I have to do what makes me happy. I agree that if you want something badly enough, you can make it happen.

    3 years ago

  • SallysClay

    Sally from SallysClay says:

    Wonderful inspiring interview! I loved reading your story! I wish you much success with your lovely artwork.

    3 years ago

  • ArtOfMissLayla

    Miss Layla from ArtOfMissLayla says:

    This was such a wonderful, motivational, inspirational read!!! Have you ever read, "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson? I am just starting to gain speed with business mentors and life coaches. Your story is such an inspiration for me. I aspire to be a full-time artist with my own Gafe Gallery in the next year. I am just beginning my Etsy adventure and it is very humbling, but also incredibly encouraging to see what amazing things you have accomplished. Congratulations on your success. I hope that you will be reading my success story one day! Never give up! Let's keep in touch.

    3 years ago

  • bluelala

    Adriana Forster from bluelala says:

    Such an inspiring story, Kathy! It's wonderful to hear when people are living their it gives others hope ;) Best Wishes, Adriana

    3 years ago

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart says:

    I love your work and you are an inspiration. Thanks for the good food for thought!

    3 years ago

  • freesoul

    Semira from freesoul says:

    Wow, sooo inspiring, gorgeous art!! Bravo to turn your dream into reality : )

    3 years ago

  • PuchiMo

    Kana from PuchiMo says:

    I love your work !! I truly admire your talent. &love your desk !

    3 years ago

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad says:

    Kathy, I am a huge fan of your work. So happy to see you here. Much continued success to you!

    3 years ago

  • MagiJDesigns

    Shelby Crook from MagiJDesigns says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!! I found your journey very inspirational!! I am really just starting my Etsy persuit and have found it overwhelming at times. Reading your story has encouraged me to continue on!! I wish you continued success!!

    3 years ago

  • citydetails

    Jacki from citydetails says:

    I have always admired your work Kathy. Now I got to know a little about you too! Wishing you a bright and happy future.

    3 years ago

  • AFreshTwist

    Jim Fuller from AFreshTwist says:

    Your determination is inspirational! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    3 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    Cherie Killilea from StudioCherie says:

    Fabulous and inspiring article

    3 years ago

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle says:

    Your story is amazing. Great work.. i loved all the watercolors in your happy paintings. Super cute!

    3 years ago

  • loriplanken

    lori planken from Daysgonebytreasures says:

    Thanks for the inspiration You are very talented and Have Beautiful Happy ,Uplifting Work.

    3 years ago

  • shelliharsha

    Shelli Worley from WorleysLighting says:

    Such a great story! I'm only working part-time now! Soon I will be quitting my day job as well! These blogs really get me pumped =)

    3 years ago

  • SummerSaylor

    Rose Hill Design Studio from RoseHillDesignStudio says:

    She is sooo very inspiring...I really enjoyed the article - thanks for featuring her! Love your work!!!! So happy and brights!

    3 years ago

  • loveorange35

    Amy from FeltMeUpFelties says:

    Beautiful artwork, inspiring story. Thank you for sharing ;)

    3 years ago

  • ShirleyArt

    Debbie Shirley from ShirleyArt says:

    Yay Kathy! I've been a big fan! Congrats on the the well-deserved feature!!!

    3 years ago

  • WeThreeTrees

    Jenna Callahan from WeThreeTrees says:

    Congratulations on the feature Kathy! You have beautiful work, and seem to be very focused and hard-working. Very inspiring story :)

    3 years ago

  • InMaterial

    Peggy McCallum from InMaterial says:

    Adorable artwork and a great story. I love the idea of separating tasks into two different spaces.

    3 years ago

  • thecupcakekid

    Rin from thecupcakekid says:

    I've admired your work for ages, and I'm so pleased to see this feature on you! Congratulations on your success - you deserve it!

    3 years ago

  • StillsofTime

    Rene from StillsofTime says:

    I have separated my space too. One room inventory and mailing. In another room, the computer side. It helps break up the day too, don't feel like your stuck in one room working. Congratulations Kathy!

    3 years ago

  • DoodleGraphics

    Nancy Anderson from DoodleGraphics says:

    Thanks so much for sharing your story, Kathy. Your artwork is as beautiful as it is inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • studioserafina

    Serafina from SerafinaMarina says:

    Love your attitude and honesty! Your work is wonderful, makes me happy just looking at it. Thanks for the inspiring interview and continued success to you!

    3 years ago

  • MissJuJu

    Julia from JuJuBrand says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are truly talented! Wishing you continued happiness and success...

    3 years ago

  • SilverMoth

    SilverMoth from SilverMoth says:

    Very Very beautiful work! Thank you for sharing your story.

    3 years ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    You have such beautiful art. I love it. I also love your space, it looks like a great place to work in.

    3 years ago

  • ballerina20

    Larissa T from LACEDheadbands says:

    Thank you so, so much for sharing your inspiring story! Reading this has made me feel so much better about art being my full time job. I often face people who "look down" on me because I do not have a "real job". It gets hard to stay confident in what I do when I come across that doubt so often. Again, thank you for this interview! I wish more people could read it and understand that art = life.

    3 years ago

  • SMDJewelry

    Sarah M. Daigneault from SMDJewelry says:

    I love your artwork because I love bright, bold color and the way you work the paint is really unique. Your story and your work are very inspirational to me as an artist, thank you.

    3 years ago

  • RetroMamaCustoms

    Courtney from LoveOutLoudCreations says:

    Very inspiring!

    3 years ago

  • BeadSoupJewelry

    BeadSoupJewelry from BeadSoupJewelry says:

    Great article!

    3 years ago

  • ShabbyNChic

    ShabbyNChic from ShabbyNChic says:

    I feel like I am in the middle of the process and can identify with a lot of what you say in your interview. It is inspiring as I continue to work toward my goal. Thank you for sharing. You deserve all of your success!

    3 years ago

  • Fengirl

    Fengirl from NinadesignSthlm says:

    Your creations gives a happy feeling.

    3 years ago

  • mayaruhi

    Pearl from mayaruhi says:

    I really love what you said about treating Etsy like a full-time job, and it became one. So inspiring! All the best, Kathy! :)

    3 years ago

  • chiiiiing

    Ching from chingsstudio says:

    I love your artwork, they make me feel so happy. Thanks for sharing your story! I find it interesting that you mentioned the relation of how organized your workspace was and number of sales. Hmm, maybe it's time I tried that too :) Thank you so much again!

    3 years ago

  • SquirrelCrkCreations

    Squirrel Creek Creations, LLC from SquirrelCrkCreations says:

    Thank you for sharing, it's much appreciated. Wading through the vast sea of talent that is Etsy can be rather intimidating, but I do believe that if you strive for something you will obtain it. And not just strive, but strive forward boldly with all your heart. Best of luck in everything you do. =)

    3 years ago

  • RachelLeesArtDesign

    Rachel Lees from RachelLeesArtDesign says:

    You offered some great advice Kathy. Thanks for telling your story. I'm originally from Brisbane too but now living in Edinburgh and trying to do what you but with paintings. I hope your success continues. :-)

    3 years ago

  • TrueVintageUK

    Susan from TrueVintageUK says:

    Your work is uplifting as is your interview, thank you.

    3 years ago

  • Maykela

    Maykela from Maykela says:

    Congrats!! I love your work.

    3 years ago

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly says:

    I have loved your work from the moment I saw the first piece here on Etsy! I've had some of your art in my favs for ages and I simply must find the spot to hang them. I suppose I should get on it and purchase something soon because I have the feeling you will make it BIG and I won't be able to afford your art anymore! : > I am so glad you are featured and that it drives the momentum to do those things you mentioned wanting to do. Thanks so much for sharing your story.

    3 years ago

  • LitKnits

    Laura Sparks from LitKnits says:

    Lovely! You and your shop have such a terrific energy. I'm inspired. :)

    3 years ago

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Annik-Michele from Mystiquebijoux says:

    Thanks! you've just given me the boost I needed today to go on and continue working as hard as I can to make this happen! thanks and congratulations on your success. ;-)

    3 years ago

  • JETypographyPrints

    Joe and Elizabeth Veres from JETypographyPrints says:

    Wonderful! Your work is inspiring! I just opened my typography prints shop this month and I hope I can accomplish my dreams with the shop! Thank you for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • coup

    Elektra from coup says:

    Kathy, I could relate to almost everything you said since I've done the same thing here in NYC and online. Congrats for your feature!

    3 years ago

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country says:

    Kathy.... I LOVE your STUDIO, and love your work! ...Great Article!...."L"

    3 years ago

  • silvertwigdesign

    Lauren Miller from silvertwigdesign says:

    Love your work! Thanks for the inspiring article. Congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • subterraneanjewelry

    julie geer kennedy from subterraneanjewelry says:

    wow! that was super inspiring! congrats on living your dream! <3

    3 years ago

  • EllaParry

    Ella Parry from EllaParry says:

    great interview, thx for sharing!! ur works are so colour and lovely!!

    3 years ago

  • VintageChinchilla

    Emily Jones from VintageChinchilla says:

    Lovely artwork and a bit of inspiration! Thanks so much! :)

    3 years ago

  • TracyHallArt

    Tracy Cecilia Hall from TracyHallArt says:

    Kathy - Congrats on your Etsy success! Your blog came on a day that I really needed it - so thank you, thank you, thank you! Your art is fresh and adorable.Hope to some day see your book here in Cincinnati, Ohio on the shelves of Borders or Barnes & Noble.

    3 years ago

  • Emeraldtree

    Julia from Emeraldtree says:

    Thank you for your story! You have such lovely art work!!

    3 years ago

  • LittlePigeonCrafts

    Monica from LittlePigeonCrafts says:

    Your work and shop is amazing. Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your story and tips.

    3 years ago

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern from TresChicNmodern says:


    3 years ago

  • masonke

    masonke from masonke says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, congratulations!

    3 years ago

  • saltairstudio

    Ali Gale from saltairstudio says:

    I love your colors!

    3 years ago

  • HamlinDesign

    Cat from HamlinDesign says:

    Very interesting and inspirational! Bravo! Taking the plunge is any of us out here can imagine...actually doing it takes courage...thanks for your words of wisdom and for sharing your experience. I like how you say that when you became more organised your sales improved...I can imagine that! haha! Crazy, but I guess when one is not very organised, it shows...mysteriously!! Good luck and keep up the great work!

    3 years ago

  • lilsugarmuffin

    lilsugarmuffin from misstwenty4 says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely bright prints with the world :) I like challenging the idea that you have to have a 'real job', sitting at the office pretending to feel fulfilled lol. I hope to share my story with others too one day!! xxxxxxxxxx

    3 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    Thank you, Kathy for such a wonderful interview. You have touched all subjects on getting an education, preparing, organizing, saving for the next step and specially on getting the courage to quit your day job. I am so glad your hard work has paid off. Your paintigns are fantastic.

    3 years ago

  • Serrelynda

    Sara Crisci from Serrelynda says:

    Kathy--congratulations! Your work fills me with joy. And I am glad you got recognized!

    3 years ago

  • gufobardo

    Stefania from gufobardo says:

    so colorful and beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • kukothebrave

    Tra Wright Knox from kukothebrave says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I took the plunge and I am getting there! :D

    3 years ago

  • CinnamonJewellery

    Tracy Smith from CinnamonJewellery says:

    It's wonderful to read a success story like this and your artwork is beautiful!

    3 years ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    Debbie from DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    A wonderful and inspiring interview Kathy! Your work is gorgeous and I loved reading how you made your dream come true! Bravo!

    3 years ago

  • claudine

    Claudine Intner from claudine says:

    Love your art!

    3 years ago

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea says:

    Great article and advice to sellers! I love the charm your art conveys.

    3 years ago

  • Rosamaria25

    Rosa Mora from YssormDesigns says:

    congrats I love your work!!!

    3 years ago

  • talktothesun

    riyo kihara from talktothesun says:

    i love your artwork! bright and charming and reminds me of sunshine in australia! thanks for sharing your experience and ideas!

    3 years ago

  • sacmelange

    Sheryl from sacmelange says:

    Kathy, you helped me by telling your story. Even retired from teaching, I still sub weekly to help cash flow. Your comment that teaching is like acting, while you want to be an artist of a different sort resonated with me so much! I pine for whole days when I can just get lost in the process of creating! Thank you for sharing; I wish you continued success! Now to go take a closer look at your wonderful prints!

    3 years ago

  • WoodnFibers

    Theresa Mooney from WoodnFibers says:

    What a fabulous interview! I am renewed and plan to get back "at it". Thanks for the motivational words and sharing your lovely talents. Theresa

    3 years ago

  • MapleAndOakDesigns

    MapleAndOakDesigns from MapleAndOakDesigns says:

    Thank you, Kathy! I'm at the very beginning of my Etsy shop adventure and I'm teaching at the same time, you're so right about the acting. It was so inspiring and hope giving to read your interview :) thank you!

    3 years ago

  • ClassicChicDesigns

    Classic Chic Designs from ClassicChicDesigns says:

    What an inspirational story! Kathy - your art work is absolutely mesmerizing and evokes such a sense of joy and honesty. Thank you for sharing your talent! Now, I have a cup of joe and will now be flipping through your shop and absorbing the beauty that it holds! This is a great way to add some color to a very dreary rainy day! Best wishes for continued success.

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    What an awesome story! Congrats! Your work is so beautiful!!!

    3 years ago

  • natalie3XSQ

    Natalie Ward says:

    Kathy this is great. Good on you!

    3 years ago

  • PalomaAccessories

    Kelly from PalomaAccessories says:

    Thank you for sharing! Gracias!

    3 years ago

  • TwistedWhimsyDesigns

    Joanna Otten from TwistedWhimsyDesigns says:

    "Don’t give in to what other people think you should be doing, just follow your passion." I so needed to hear this today! Congratulations on the feature and wishing you much success in the future! Your work is beautiful and this story is much deserved.

    3 years ago

  • TheStormyTeacup

    Jessica Kinsella from TheStormyTeacup says:

    Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration to keep going! :)

    3 years ago

  • lawatsondesign

    L A Watson from lawatsondesign says:

    It is always inspiring to hear how others have achieved are continuing to achieve their goal as a practicing artist, thanks!

    3 years ago

  • SwankySocialitesClub

    Sandi from SwankyModernRetro says:

    Kathy is an asset to the Etsy community....I've always admired her talent and enjoy her colorful works of art! Congratulations to you!!

    3 years ago

  • greenphilosophie
  • vtdesigns

    vtdesigns from vtdesigns says:

    Great job Kathy - you go girl!!! Thanks for sharing your story.

    3 years ago

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann from jessiemccann says:

    Congrats on your feature! I always enjoy your work.

    3 years ago

  • nikali23

    Nicole W from DarlingNic says:

    Thank you for your story!

    3 years ago

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    Carla Rae from CarlaRaeVintage says:

    I really loved to read your article. I learned... which is a great thing. Your work is very pretty, I LOVE the colors. Congrats.

    3 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest says:

    congratulations :)

    3 years ago

  • BellaEpoca

    BellaEpoca from BellaEpoca says:

    Beautiful work!

    3 years ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons says:

    Congratulations for the feature! Big fan of you Art!

    3 years ago

  • moonmum

    Belinda from moonmum says:

    A great read Kathy! Your work is wonderful & you've clearly worked hard... success well deserved.

    3 years ago

  • TopazTurtle

    TopazTurtle from TopazTurtle says:

    Thank you for the insightful post. It's lovely to hear of an Aussie success story. Hope you have further success with your shop.

    3 years ago

  • osnatharnoy

    Osnat Har Noy from osnatharnoy says:

    Thank you for the inspiration,

    3 years ago

  • keelywheely

    Keely Malady from ModernMalady says:

    great interview! and love a local success story. good on you kathy!

    3 years ago

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket says:

    Some really good advice. Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

    3 years ago

  • KirsteeneETSYAUS Admin

    Kirsteene Phelan from EtsyAU says:

    Great work Kathy - proud to see an Aussie Etsy seller sharing their success.

    3 years ago

  • YellowMelle

    Melissa from YellowmelleArts says:

    Ah what a perfect story :) Thank you for this. Sometimes it seems like all of these little hoops keep popping up trying to make it as difficult as possible to follow your dreams, but you're right! When you want something, you find a way! I am always so nervous about spending money but when it comes to arts I am much more relaxed and I take it as a sign that I am making the right decision. Your story is inspiring! I would LOVE to get to the point where I can Quit My Day Job, and even if it takes many many years to get there, I would be eternally grateful :) You are fantastic.

    3 years ago

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    Jess Towne from JeezumCrowVintage says:

    Fantastic, thank you so much for the inspiration! I always look forward to these blogs - they keep the little hope burning inside that I can make my Etsy shop a full time job. :o)

    3 years ago

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations says:

    Yay! Congrats on the feature, and great prints! I hope to be in your shoes someday soon.

    3 years ago

  • HeyHarriet

    Tracy from HeyHarriet says:

    Woohoo! Congrats on the feature Kathy! So well deserved! I love your art!

    3 years ago

  • nalisaward

    Nalisa Ward from Tarinee says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am just starting out and it is inspiring. Your work is so uplifting - I look forward to browsing in your shop!

    3 years ago

  • atthestudiodoor

    atthestudiodoor from atthestudiodoor says:

    it's so great to see success stories of painters & artists here on Etsy! And you have such vibrant work, Kathy, it's so full of energy - congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • HouseOfMoss

    Alison Comfort from HouseOfMoss says:

    Congratulations on your success! Your work is such a bright sunny happy spot!

    3 years ago

  • NoFrump

    Ashley of Pamplepluie from Pamplepluie says:

    Heartening advice indeed. If I had a dollar for every time someone told me to pony up and just get a "real job," I'd have my ginormous student loans paid off by now! Thanks for sticking up for those of us who are brave and stubborn enough to want to pursue our passions in life! <3

    3 years ago

  • alofashion

    Amanda from alofashion says:

    great and inspiring story, and love the fact that Etsy has featured an Australian seller :)

    3 years ago

  • MumsCupboard

    MumsCupboard from myclectic says:

    Thank you Kathy for such an inspirational story spoken from the heart Anita

    3 years ago

  • WriteHere

    Bronwyn Stephenson Goddard from WriteHere says:

    You sound like you have really researched well even if it was by trial and error - congratulations. You do inspire me, I thank you, Bronwyn

    2 years ago

  • Epheriell

    Jess Van Den from Epheriell says:

    Yayyy Kathy!! SO great to see you here!! xx

    2 years ago

  • stonefarmpottery

    molly from stonefarmpottery says:

    You approached the "real job" split with caution, preparation, and lots of wonderful talent. Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Kristina from Krystyna81 says:

    I adore your work! Congratulations on the well deserved success :)

    2 years ago

  • ananemone

    Sara Boatright from ananemone says:

    Congrats on the feature and your success :) You do beautiful work.

    2 years ago

  • MrsNowak7

    Elaine Nowak from buckeyepaperscissors says:

    Love your work! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • GloriousGirlJewelry

    Lisa from GloriousGirlJewelry says:

    AMAZING! - your story, is one of truth & followed your heart and laid the ground work with honesty, preparation, and true treated your business like a full-time job and so it was - - your energy manifested. If you are ever having a sad or struggling day - please just reread all the wonderful things posted here by all these brilliant artists whom YOU have have given us much to think about, my dear!

    2 years ago

  • PixieLouFelt

    Louise Mossom from PixieLouFelt says:

    Inspiring interview. As a teacher I can understand the drained feeling. I spend all day thinking about what I can create when I get home and by the time I get there and then plan for the next day and cook dinner I am too exhausted to create anything else. Maybe one day I will be able to live my dream too.

    2 years ago

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio says:

    I love your work. Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • mimiworkshop

    mimi from mimiworkshop says:

    Congrats!!! Great story!!

    2 years ago

  • Inishkea

    Shannon Best from Inishkea says:

    What an inspiring story you have Kathy! Thanks for sharing, from a fellow Brisbane gal ;)

    2 years ago

  • percivalroad

    Anastasia from percivalroad says:

    Congrats Kathy!!!

    2 years ago

  • mehndiart09

    Fauzia from mehndiart09 says:

    Very inspiring read.

    2 years ago

  • veryveraventage

    Vera Hall from veryveraventage says:

    Lovely article, Lovely shop. Good Luck!!

    2 years ago

  • SillyHorse

    Barbara Hall from SillyHorse says:

    Kathy, you have a great shop with lovely products. Thank you for sharing your story, it's so practical and down to earth. And you're right , if you want something enough you'll get it, and that's because you stick to your goals and keep working hard to achieve them. Your story is inspiring to me, it's early days for me yet, but like you did I spend a lot of time learning from other etsy sellers. Best of luck with your plans for growing your business even more!

    2 years ago

  • mudoftheages

    Alexsondra Tomasulo from mudoftheages says:

    great post ..thanks for the inspiration

    2 years ago

  • reynagarcia

    Reyna Garcia from reynagarcia says:

    thank you kathy for sharing your story, very inspiring now I know that I need to keep going with my dreams ,God bless You.:)

    2 years ago

  • atwistofwhimsy

    Gayle from ATwistOfWhimsy says:

    Great success story! Kathy, I've been an admirer of your work for a while and I'm so happy for you. I just love the vibrant colors and the designs you create! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • CuffLoves

    Melissa M. from CuffLoves says:

    I love your cheery! thank you for sharing your story & congrats!

    2 years ago

  • CuffLoves

    Melissa M. from CuffLoves says:

    i love your work..its so cheery! thanks for sharing your story & congrats =)

    2 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Congratulations Kathy! Your work is wonderful. You said, "I started treating Etsy like a full-time job, and in treating it like one, it became one." I think this is the key for someone wanting to quit their day job.

    2 years ago

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta says:

    great article, it sounds like you worked really hard to get where you are and you deserve every ounce of success. i hope to one day have a story like yours!

    2 years ago

  • JenniLynnHill

    Jenni Hill from JenniLynnHill says:

    Kathy, your prints are beautiful and so much fun. I'm happy for you that you finally made the plunge. I agree with you that you can not let others devalue being an artist. Art adds so much to peoples lives. In my case, for years when people asked what I do, I would say "Oh, I'm a SAHM"or "I'm self-employed". Finally I started saying "I'm an artist!" It was so liberating to my soul.

    2 years ago

  • Bobolouli

    Tanith Lambi from OldOwnersVintage says:

    Hi Kathy, Thanks so much for you interview :) It has been great inspiration, and of course a collected piece to the Quit your day job series. A tradition I (and possibly thousands) of other Etsy followers read religiously. Your work is very uplifting and cheerful. Just the kind of work I'd like to see in a nursery :) No Barbies here!!! Hahaha. Celebrate your success Kathy! Thanks a bunch!!!!

    2 years ago

  • feelingartsy

    Kasia Blanchard from feelingartsy says:

    wonderful interview, so inspiring!!!!! congratulations on the features and best wishes to you!

    2 years ago

  • ScrappyStuffShop

    ScrappyStuffShop from ScrappyStuffShop says:

    Kathy - thank you so much for sharing your story. I recently quit my day job and you are right that a lot of people can be extremely unsupportive. It's a difficult transition, but one I know will be worth it in the end. Congrats on the feature and best of luck to you in the future!

    2 years ago

  • anitartist

    anitartist from anitartist says:

    Kathy, What a wonderful story. I am so greatful to hear such an inspiring success story! Your art is beautiful, everything that children's art should be. I wish you the best of luck!

    2 years ago

  • ApplegarthCottage

    Jane Armstead from ApplegarthCottage says:

    Kathy, such an interesting and inspiring story. I think you have proved that just have to believe in yourself and have the courage to pursue your dreams. Your art is wonderful. Thank you for sharing your story. Best wishes Jane

    2 years ago

  • elisaproctor

    Elisa from Urbanentity says:

    Thanks Kathy, such a great interview and I love your tips about what works and what does not ...very useful. Congrats on being featured and I wish you continued success.

    2 years ago

  • uniquedichroic

    Deborah from UniqueDichroic says:

    Good on you Kathy! So nice to see a fellow Aussie in this QYDJ series :)

    2 years ago

  • thememorygallery

    thememorygallery from TheMemoryGallery says:

    A BIG congrats to you Kathy - so brilliant to see an Aussie featured in Quit Your Day Job!!! Wonderful :)

    2 years ago

  • BeansThings

    Jeanna Mandeville from BeansThings says:

    We both started Etsy around the same time...we were in the forums all the time and would "bump" into eachother. You became one of my very first sales! And in turn, you created Two Blue Trees for me, that hangs in my home. I am a proud owner of your book....we my children love to look at the bright colors therein. You have been a great support to me and a sweet friend. Congrats and I wish you nothing but success for 2012. I will always be a fan! XOXOXO

    2 years ago

  • stellachili

    Stella Chili from stellachili says:

    Very inspiring! Thanks

    2 years ago

  • sesenarts

    Julie Smith from Sesenarts says:

    I agree with you on the treating it as a full time business. One I did that with my store i found the sales started increasing as well. I was treating it seriously and so did others!

    2 years ago

  • JoCunningham

    Jo Cunningham from JoCunninghamCreative says:

    Really inspiring! Thank you very much for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • newearthsoaps

    Karen from newearthsoaps says:

    Kathy, I love your story. I luckily haven't had any post office issues yet, touch wood, but I get scared when things start costing alot, and often pull back, afraid to carry on. Maybe if I find a way to get over that problem, I can write a similar success story too hey? Thanks Kathy :) Karen

    2 years ago

  • Apseed

    Ira from Apseed says:

    I like to read such stories, it's so inspiring! Thank You for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • bbppdesigns

    patti pennisi from bbppdesigns says:

    love it! and you're a brissy girl!!!!

    2 years ago

  • hjmart

    helen from hjmArtGallery says:

    Oh! Kathy! HUGE congratulations on your feature and your success! Fantastic and very inspirational interview! Thank you so much for sharing your story and for your great advice! Love your shop! Helen :-)

    2 years ago

  • TwilightSpells

    Ruth from PinkPepperTree says:

    Great to see you here on QYDJ, Kathy! I have always admired your art! One of your beautiful butterfly prints hangs directly above my desk and I love looking at it every day. And your book is a favourite in our household. Very inspiring to read how you managed to make Etsy your fulltime job, wishing you much more success with your fabulous little business!!

    2 years ago

  • MeerkatArt

    Merran Fuller from merranfuller says:

    Very inspiring Kathy. You've lifted my spirits today. Great story.

    2 years ago

  • toadallybowlicious

    toadallybowlicious from toadallybowlicious says:

    you have made me feel so inspired, maybe one day I could quit my day job, thats the dream :-) Well done :-)

    2 years ago

  • designlab443

    Tracy from designlab443 says:

    what cheerful looking work!

    2 years ago

  • lindaalfred2000

    Linda Alfred from ShanghaiOldStreet says:

    I love her insights, also she made several useful points I have personally experienced, thank you for sharing all of these!!!

    2 years ago

  • katekerserho

    kate kerserho says:

    on se croirait dans la cour de recreation comme des petites filles qui ecoutent 1 belle histoire se disent moi aussi quand je serai grande je ferai ca! ca fait rever toutes ces couleurs! merci

    2 years ago

  • thehobotrain

    Renee from thehobotrain says:

    Inspiring story! Thank you. ♥

    2 years ago

  • dreamerawake

    Tania from DreamerAwake says:

    Kathy, your products are delightful. I agree, it's amazing how much easier it is now than just 10 or 20 years ago. So glad you are now enjoying the fruits of your courage and many years of hard work.

    2 years ago

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami says:

    Beautiful work!

    2 years ago

  • noritadesigns

    Nora New from noritadesigns says:

    Congratulations Kathy! just when I think I can't get inspired and keep going, you come along....your work is breathtaking.

    2 years ago

  • ClaudettesCharms

    Claudette from ClaudettesCharms says:

    I love your story, Kathy. It is so inspiring and your work is beautiful - it makes me happy just to look at it! Love the hot balloons! I'm new to Etsy and look forward to success like you and quitting my day job too! You're right, we should all do what we love and not settle for anything less!

    2 years ago

  • SameheartDesigns

    Nadia Sameheart from SameheartDesigns says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! You do your part and the Universe comes in to take care of the rest... way to go! Congrats on all your determination, creativity and hard work!

    2 years ago

  • HeyCharlieMine

    Monica from HeyCharliehandmade says:

    Congrats on your feature, I really enjoyed reading the article. Thanks for your tips, having recently started out I still have a lot to learn. Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • CameoAppearance

    Cameo McRoberts from SkirtWorkCrafts says:

    So inspiring! I would love to just create and sell, LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR!!!

    2 years ago

  • KylieO

    KylieO from KylieO says:

    Congratulations on the article Kathy! We love your book and I will never forget the hilarious thread where you had people all over the world making elephant noises and trying to 'spell' them.

    2 years ago

  • kerrypeel

    kerry peel says:

    Really inspiring Kathy, I have had an idea for years that I've been sitting on and now I'm just going to give it a go! Thankyou!

    2 years ago

  • kxieyun

    Kris Xieyun from YUNART says:

    Thank you for sharing, Kathy. And thank you for your tips. I started my Etsy shop last month, a lots need to learn. Yes, enjoy what I love to do! Thank you again!

    2 years ago

  • SweetAvenueJewelry

    Martha from SweetAvenueJewelry says:

    Kathy, I've been a fan of your work since I joined Etsy, so I was psyched to see you featured on the "Quit Your Day Job" series! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • CherylBrissonFolkArt

    Cheryl Brisson from CherylBrissonFolkArt says:

    I am also a supply teacher - your article was very inspiring for me! I'm off to make more to sell more!

    2 years ago

  • AeridesDesigns

    AeridesDesigns from AeridesDesigns says:

    Kathy, congrats! I've been watching you through your shop and the forums since I first joined Etsy so it's lovely to see someone reach the goals they set for themselves!

    2 years ago

  • AAngels

    Kathleen W. from AAngelsSoyCandles says:

    Congrats! Love, love all the colors you have and your article is very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • AuntyAbby

    Abby says:

    Beautiful work, Kathy! The colors remind me of Eric Carle - they evoke the same sense of whimsy and delight. I love your tip to treat your 'hobby' as a day job to help it become just that. I'm inspired to head to IKEA tonight to further organize my workspace :)

    2 years ago

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv says:

    Very neat shop Kathy! I can tell you are passionate about your work. I love the nursery art name print. Good job!

    2 years ago

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit says:

    Very attractive work and a very thoughtful approach to making it happen. Onya!

    2 years ago

  • rebourne

    Marni from rebourne says:

    Thank you for all of the practical advice. Your work is stunning!

    2 years ago

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign says:

    Beautiful work! Congratulations and more power to you!

    2 years ago

  • secretjewellz

    Kat from SecretJewellz says:

    Congratulations Kathy. I've also watched your shop from when you first started and see you in the forums. So wonderful to see an Aussie artist here. All the best to you.

    2 years ago

  • elizabethandersen9

    Elizabeth Andersen from TheEAShop says:

    Thank you Kathy, for an inspirational article. Here's to continued success for you and your shop!

    2 years ago

  • xieanswers

    Xandra Gutierrez says:

    Congrats on your success and thanks for the inspiration. Beautiful work! :)

    2 years ago

  • muddyum

    muddyum from muddyum says:

    I really love this article. Thanks for the advice! I will have to read every article in this section and study more shops!

    2 years ago

  • CraftSplash

    K C from CraftSplash says:

    Kathy, Thank you for your insights and expertise! Your words are talking to me today :) You do fabulous work. Go for it!

    2 years ago

  • lizhutnick

    Liz Hutnick from LizHutnick says:

    Fantastic work! Congrats Kathy!

    2 years ago

  • janineyordy

    janineyordy from janineyordy says:

    you are fabulously wonderful! i love your work and your story, you allow me to keep the faith in my own art and dream thank you and i wish you every success

    2 years ago

  • BlackCatPhotographs

    Bonnie from BlackCatPhotographs says:

    Congratulations on your success Kathy. You followed your dream and that took courage. One of your comments really resonated with me: "I started treating Etsy like a full-time job, and in treating it like one, it became one." Thoughts do become things and you proved that. Way to go!

    2 years ago

  • MadebyJadeF

    Jade from MadebyJadeF says:

    Great job, Kathy! I always love hearing these "Quit your Day Job" articles. They are very inspiring. I love how you said, "People think being an artist is not a real job..." that is so true, and I don't know why people think that way, but it is very frustrating! Keep up the great work, artists!!

    2 years ago

  • BonnetsBagsTreasures

    Lisa Marie - Kimberly J - Renee Jane from BonnetsBagsTreasures says:

    Beautiful work Kathy. Your article was very inspiring. Thank you for your encouraging words. Lisa Marie

    2 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    Kathy Panton from KathyPanton says:

    Thankyou so much for all the beautiful comments!!!! I have read every one of them, and i appreciate all of your kind words! I am glad I have inspired some people with my story :)

    2 years ago

  • AliceDarkling

    Alice Lynch from AliceDarkling says:

    Wonderful Kathy - thank you for sharing! Feeling so inspired now!!

    2 years ago

  • QuitePoshHomeDesign

    QuitePoshHomeDesign from QuitePoshHomeDesign says:

    I found your story most inspiring!!!

    2 years ago

  • DeslynnDesigns

    Deslynn from DeslynnDesigns says:

    Loved your story. So real. So honest. So inspiring. Its so true how people in society need to realize that being an ARTIST is a real job/career/profession. Blessings to you in all you do. :)

    2 years ago

  • HappyWhoos

    Jessie Friedman from HappyWhoos says:

    Love your artwork - it is very vibrant and happy. Very inspiring interview filled with great tips! I wish you the best of luck on all your current and future endeavors.

    2 years ago

  • WendysJoy

    Wendy Garrigues Jenkins from WendysJoy says:

    Your story makes me happy, and so do your pictures! I am cheering for you!

    2 years ago

  • blueeyeddragonfly

    Heather Reichard from blueeyeddragonfly says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, it was so inspiring! I adore your work, it is colorful and happy just fabulous!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • lynntodddesigns

    Lynn Todd from LynnToddDesigns says:

    What a lovely feature! Congratulations Kathy

    2 years ago

  • JerushaRuby

    Denise Bartram from SmallTownVintageShop says:

    Love your story and work. Thank you for taking time to share it. Denise

    2 years ago

  • DonnaCareyArt

    DonnaCareyArt from DonnaCareyArt says:

    Your work is so cheerful! I recently started a shop on Etsy & this article gave me inspiration to just go for it... and maybe to organize a better creative space for success! Thank you & Best of Luck on your success

    2 years ago

  • Divineangelshop

    Connie from DivineAngelShop says:

    I'm kinda new on Etsy and I love your story it is so encouraging. If I'm going to work hard I want to work for myself!!! I wish you continued success and blessings! Hurray for standing up for artistic self employment!

    2 years ago

  • FlirtTreasures

    FlirtTreasures from FlirtTreasures says:

    yay!!! love your story. :) good luck with all your future endeavors.

    2 years ago

  • natgirona

    natgirona from NATgirona says:

    Lovely story, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • deniseacebo

    Denise Acebo from deniseacebo says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! Very inspiring! Your work is beautiful!

    2 years ago

  • alexibon

    Alexia Alexia from IdyllWyse says:

    I'm inspired by how determined you were to make a living doing what you love! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • Beeadyonderfull

    kimmie says:

    Wonderful article. Very inspirational...I have been wanting to start my business for about the last three years. I am still trying to reason out where exactly to start. But these post are certainly informative. Your work is beautiful,very bright and cheerful. Keep up the great work. And Congratulations on being able to realize your dream.

    2 years ago

  • AstrachicDesigns

    Sue Hanrahan from AstrachicDesigns says:

    Well Done Kathy! I love your art work and am thrilled to have picked 3 beautiful prints as gifts. Thanks for the timely advice and happy creating. So pleased you are a talented Aussie! Astrachic Designs Astrachic Studio Astrachic Studio Blog

    2 years ago

  • SimonAndCool

    Natalie B from SimonAndCool says:

    My favorite line: " Often I would just sit in the office and plot ways I could escape and live my dream. I just didn’t know how I could actually make it reality." I can relate all too well. Congrats on your achievements! ^. .^

    2 years ago

  • JKistlerStudios

    Jennifer Kistler from JKistlerStudios says:

    I just loved reading this! Thanks for sharing, and keep up he great work!!

    2 years ago

  • AustinJames

    Wendy from AustinJames says:

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • PearsAndPeaches

    PearsAndPeaches from PearsAndPeaches says:

    I'm so happy to see that someone over here in Australia can make it work too - very inspiring when you're right at the start! Thanks.

    2 years ago

  • HeyMichelle

    Michelle Spaulding from HeyMichelle says:

    Beautiful work, and wonderful advice, Kathy! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • honeycup

    honeycup from honeycup says:

    Great work Kathy! Very inspiring :)

    2 years ago

  • Giftseasonstore

    Wimonpon Wiroonsri from Giftseasonstore says:

    i love this shop. thank you

    2 years ago

  • CuriousTuesday

    Pam from CuriousTuesday says:

    Inspiring for sure!! I love this advice. "I have been really hesitant to spend money on advertising; instead, I spend money on buying supplies and creating new work." Congrats from a fellow Aussie! :)

    2 years ago

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    Katie from GardenDaisiesStudio says:

    Such a lovely story and so inspiring. Thank you :) I'm tired of people around me looking down on me for creating art as a job. It's quite a confidence killer, but I'm inspired again by stories and people like you! Congrats on the feature and keep on creating :)

    2 years ago

  • TheScarletSageTree

    Suzanne Furtado from TheScarletSageTree says:

    Kathy, I'm so delighted to see you featured, Congratulations, albeit a bit belated! Your shop has been one of my early favorites when I first set up on Etsy. And I was even more kicked to find you were from Australia - as I struggled in those early days to get established here, I found it really inspiring to come across a successful international seller. I simply love your work, it's magical, inspiring, whimsical and just plain enchanting. Wishing you continued success, inspiration & joy :) - Suzanne

    2 years ago

  • bylauragraves

    laura graves from bylauragraves says:

    Very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • BillyAngelPetite

    BillyAngelPetite from BillyAngelPetite says:

    Hi Kathy, I've really been inspired by your story. Love your work. I am a Brisbanite too. You've inspired me to make more of a go to follow my dream of making what I do more of a full time job. :) Take care, Laura.

    2 years ago

  • FantasticDIY

    Natasha Lee from FuntasyLand says:

    very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Thank you Kathy for such an inspiring interview. I could relate to what you said about wanting to do what you love to do full time and make a living out it.

    2 years ago

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd says:

    Thank you Kathy. I feel like the words you spoke are the exact things that I feel. Especially a burning desire for art. I simply can't step away from it. Thank you for your great words of wisdom. Your art is very happy and must be because your own happiness with art shines thru. Congrats to you!

    2 years ago

  • akinto

    cindy santos from akinto says:

    thanks you very much. This interview really is very helpful to anyone who wants to earn a living doing what one enjoys. Very hard but certainly can be done!! thanks for inspiring us!

    2 years ago

  • RJKCreativeDesigns

    Rebecca Keddy from RJKCreativeDesigns says:

    Good for you Kathy. You inspire me. I've had a number of on line business through auction sites. I'm new to and I'm starting to get my art out there. I've had it with corporate america and I hope some day really soon I can make a living off of being an artist. I love to create. I come from a long line of creative women. Good luck on your adventure!!! Becca

    2 years ago

  • TJaysTees

    TJ Cleary from TJaysTees says:

    Great Story ! Well done and keep up the good work :-) TJ

    2 years ago

  • deborahbabarskas

    Deborah Babarskas from deborahbabarskas says:

    Wonderful Story Kathy, I could really feel all the issues that you were dealing with and it was great reading on how you were conquering them and that I have been taking those same steps too.

    2 years ago

  • PrintPossessed

    Andrea from PrintPossessed says:

    Great article and beautiful story....and very precious work!!

    2 years ago

  • KathyPanton

    Kathy Panton from KathyPanton says:

    thanks everyone for the comments, i have been reading all of them! :)

    2 years ago

  • Chandeluse

    Meg from Chandeluse says:

    I am so happy you made it, and I can see by your inspirational and cheery art, just why you are liked. If you get to this one, I thank you for reading so far down! I really thought this would be it, but I am not found as much as I'd like despite paying for the etsy ads, which is wrong on so many levels. I am happy for you and those like you who have escaped the grip of the 9-5.

    2 years ago

  • ateliernishasha

    Shasha Ravacio from AtelierniShasha says:

    You are so inspiring. I like that your artwork or your passion is always aimed at children - you want to see your artwork in children's clothes, and you taught children art, you want your artwork in children's books, ect. I myself also wanted to do these things, so your story really is a wake up call :) I love how you related the evolution of your shop, very straightforward and similar to my thoughts and to what I am going through. Lastly, your artwork is beatiful and is truly a reflection of what you are. Keep up the great "job" and thanks for inspiring us all :)

    2 years ago

  • mfrawley

    Mary Frawley (Calligraphette Ltd) from Calligraphette says:

    I read your article a while ago and just came across it again today while I was doing some research. Thank you for your tips, your work is so lovely and I thought that I was organised until I saw your work-space, so I'm going to work on that. xx

    2 years ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Thanks Kathy, Your journey to quitting your day job is inspiring and your work is fun and colorful. Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • MissALNS

    Miss A Lacquer Nails from MissALacquerNails says:

    This is a great entry. You are an inspiration for those like myself who are new to Etsy. If you have a passion for something, you truly have to treat it as such and put out your best! Thank you for sharing your journey!

    2 years ago

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