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Quit Your Day Job: UglyBaby

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Tell us about your shop and the idea behind it.
My husband Doug and I invented Shower Art — waterproof art you can hang in your shower with a suction cup. They are made out of rubber, glitter, toys rescued from thrift stores, and a fair amount of sarcasm.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I have a degree in theatre performance from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. As soon as I graduated, I scooped up my diploma and got the heck out of the Midwest. My travels included two cats, a college boyfriend (complete with pony tail) and a tarantula (don’t judge). I ended up in Seattle, Washington, and took a temp job at Amazon. Five years later, I came up for air and realized that I had dreams and aspirations that didn’t include Amazon.

I enrolled in a certificate program for nonprofit management at the University of Washington and took a job at Intiman Theatre. My husband and I invented Shower Art while I was there. I cut my hours and began working part time.

Image by Jessica Glein

I moved on from the theatre to building websites for nonprofits and social causes at Pyramid Communications. I maintained my part-time status there which allowed me to continue to grow our Shower Art empire. While I was at Pyramid, I also built Unanimous Craft and EtsySaver. Pyramid was flexible enough to allow me to cut my hours further and I worked just 24 hours a week for about a year.

Then, one day after getting an epidural of steroids (I have a slipped disc in my neck), I got a call from my doctor. While doing the procedure, they found something irregular in my brain that they thought might be a tumor. And while everything turned out fine (I have no brain tumor), it became really clear to me that I wasn’t doing exactly what I wanted to do with my life. So I quit.

I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? It certainly can’t be worse than wondering if you have a brain tumor, right?

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full time Etsy selling?
Technically, I was preparing for this transition for the last five years. I gradually reduced my hours at work over that time, going from 40 hours (and then some) to 30 hours, and then 24 hours, and finally just doing outside consulting.

  • Did I have a huge bankroll of money? No.
  • Could I get health insurance through my husband? Yes! (Super important, as I am a bit of a disaster.)
  • Did I have a working handmade business that was sustaining itself? Yes.
  • Did I have multiple streams of income? Yes.
  • Did I have skills I could apply to freelance work to get by? Yes.

I decided that I didn’t need the huge bankroll of money since I had  a lot of other things going for me. Once I quit my day job, I posted once on Facebook to let people know that I was building websites freelance. The response I got was amazing, and I knew I would be able to use my skills to make ends meet if my Shower Art sales didn’t skyrocket right away.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Facebook is our hero. Whenever I post new Shower Arts on Etsy, I always post pictures of them on Facebook and most get snapped up right away. It’s dreamy. I should do it more.
  • Do craft shows. We do lots and we travel as far as Washington, D.C., for some. We always start getting online orders from the places we visit almost immediately. If you’ve never done a particular show before, look at it as a marketing opportunity. That way, as long as you make your money back and plant the seeds for future orders, you won’t be disappointed. The Renegade Craft show series is an amazing resource. You can try out craft shows in six different cities under the umbrella of one really well-run organization.
  • Our best marketing comes from other people talking about our stuff. My advice: make things that people will want to talk about. Take amazing photos that people will send to their friends. Simple, huh? Snort.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Most of our work is one (or a few) of a kind, but the one piece that we do recreate over and over is an image of a unicorn on rollerskates.

Image by Jessica Glein

Everyone loves that unicorn. Granted, they are hard to catch in the wild — and to be able to photograph one on roller skates was a real gift indeed.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Print ads. We used to advertise in our local weekly free paper but we just never got the return that we would need to keep it up. Social media is easy and free, so it’s difficult to compete with.

Made any business mistakes you regret?
I wish we had waited another year before we had started selling our pieces. Our initial pieces were made out of resin instead of the rubber we use now. I wish I could get all of those resin pieces back. If you own one, contact me to trade it in for a new one! Resin can be brittle and those older pieces will probably crack and chip over time. Now we use rubber, which makes the pieces a tad bit squooshy and much more suited for use in the shower.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Staying on task. Also, being realistic about how much I can actually accomplish in a single day. My to-do lists normally assume that there are about 3,000 hours in a day.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
I don’t have any coworkers to play with. I try to fend off loneliness by meeting my other work-from-home friends at different coffee shops. Occasionally I rent out the party room in our condo and have everyone over so we can all work in the same room together. I can’t say we’re totally productive, but we have fun.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
Freedom. I love being able to do whatever I want. If I want to go to a movie in the middle of the day, I could. If something comes up and I need to switch my focus to take advantage of an opportunity, I can. Last minute trip to Portland? I’m in! Also, I like not having a boss. I’m just not cut out for it. The second someone tells me what to do, I want to do the opposite. That’s not fun for anyone involved.

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your designs through Etsy?
I have to pick one thing? I guess it takes very little to excite me because I still get excited every single time I get those magic “Etsy Order Confirmation” emails.

  •  I tear up a little whenever people saying that my work is unique. That’s exciting.
  • This article is freaking exciting.
  • Working for myself is exciting in general. I wake up every morning and can do whatever I want. It’s pretty dreamy.

Perhaps I am just excite-able by nature.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
Make sure you have multiple streams of income. I cannot stress that enough. You need money coming in from several different places. Etsy is only one part of a large equation.

  • Sign up for as many local craft shows and festivals that you can handle. Try out a few out-of-state shows each year and compile a list of your favorites.
  • Wholesale or consign your products to stores.
  • Find a way to make passive income. You need to sell something that you don’t have to physically make in order to replace it in your shop. Can you sell a pattern? Do you have advice on a topic that would make a great e-book?
  • Hone a skill that you can freelance with on the side. Maybe you’re a great marketer. Maybe you love doing your books. Build websites? Design logos? Any of the skills you use to run your own business can also benefit other people.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
I’m in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar shop called Ugly Baby and LaRu with Lauren Rudeck of LaRu in the historic Pike Place Market. We looked for openings in the Pike Place Market on a whim and found a two story space with a studio upstairs and a small retail shop downstairs. What? In the Pike Place Market? Yeah. We’re stunned too.

Image by Jessica Glein

Our design has been approved by the Pike Place Historic Commission and the City of Seattle, so we’re very close to taking ownership of the space. Once they complete some construction work, we will get the keys and take off on a new adventure. Lauren and I will be selling our own artwork along with consigning a select group of local Seattle artists. Did I mention that we are very excited?

Thanks for sharing your story, Rosalie. Check out her items below.

Seller Handbook | Quit Your Day Job Series

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara from DecoFamara says:

    wow!!!! Your story inspired me. Thank you for share it.

    1 year ago

  • HayleysPaperLove

    Hayley from HayleysPaperLove says:

    your pieces are amazing. They made me smile! thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique says:

    lovely work! congratulations!!

    1 year ago

  • bluerthanblue

    Papatya Curtis from bluerthanblue says:

    What a great idea! I hope your shop is madly successful. With your energy and creativity, you should go far. I wish you much energy, and many sales.

    1 year ago

  • vickiorion

    Vicki Potter from vickiorion says:

    Your product is wonderful and your story is truly exciting! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your success. I'll stop by your new shop in the Pike Place Market next time I'm in Seattle!

    1 year ago

  • sofialgarvia

    Ana Sofia Reis from SofiAlgarvia says:

    Hey, you are amazing girl!!! What an energy you have on your words, that's really superb! Your art is very funny and unique and this article goes straight to the point - don't put all your eggs in one basket - to have multiple streams of income is a great advice. Thank you for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • MelJoyCreations

    Melissa Kauffold from MelJoyCreations says:

    What a great story! Thanks for sharing! :-)

    1 year ago

  • TheRavensDaughter

    Angelique from TheRavensDaughter says:

    Fab items, going to your store right now! & congrats :)

    1 year ago

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice says:

    Great tips here, and yes - multiple streams of income are vital, I'd have starved years ago if I'd relied on Etsy alone! Your art is really funny - good luck for the future!

    1 year ago

  • PolClary

    PolClary from PolClary says:

    Lovely tips! I too love it when someone says my work is unique. I love the idea of renting out a room and getting together with other crafters.

    1 year ago

  • lisammay

    Lisa says:

    Yay! We'll look for you in the market soon! We just love our local artisis!

    1 year ago

  • TrilbyMade

    TrilbyMade from OLIOTTO says:

    Great interview Rosalie! I do so love my unicorn on skates shower/car piece. Cant wait to see your new digs at the Market!

    1 year ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Very unique! (please don't cry) Great interview, well deserved. Best of luck on the new B&M.

    1 year ago

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams says:

    Your shower art is hilarious! love it. It's great that you've been able to create your life to suit your talents and personality. Sounds like a wonderful new adventure about to start and I hope it will be a huge success. I'm still stuck in the day job, hoping I don't get a possible-brain-tumor wake-up call type of thing like you did, before I can find a way to make enough to be my own boss. I have several ideas for the multiple streams of income you advise, but no time to invest in any of them other than etsy for the moment. Sometimes the freedom you enjoy seems very far away. But stories like yours give me hope. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1 year ago

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl says:

    Oh how fun, I really like them. There are some way cute ones there. You have totally tapped into a market I wouldn't have guessed there was. But now I kind of want one.

    1 year ago

  • warnellcreations

    warnellcreations from warnellcreations says:

    Great tips! Congratulations

    1 year ago

  • theheirloomaddict

    theheirloomaddict from TheHeirloomAddict says:

    I love "STOP USING MY SHAMPOO"!!! Exciting news on the brick and mortar!!! Cant wait till our next visit to Seattle. I will for sure swing by!!!

    1 year ago

  • tadalyn2006

    Kelie from tadalyndesign says:

    OH MY GOSH.....frickin hilarious shower art. I laughed at every one. I totally get the humor and can think of a person in my life who fits each piece of art! My friends talk just like those sayings! You are "favorited"! ~Kelie

    1 year ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns says:

    Wow what a great interview your work is so neat ,very inspiring and exciting.

    1 year ago

  • Crafterall

    Marnie Karger from Crafterall says:

    Hooray! Congrats on EVERYTHING, Rosalie (Hi, Doug!)! It is evidently clear that you've worked hard for everything you've gained, that is hasn't all been easy, and that you can relish the rewards you've earned. Well done, you! Thanks for the excellent advice -- all good coming from one of the cheeriest and well-grounded people I know! You're not living in some fantasy land where every handful of glitter you toss grants you fame and success. You're out there working your spinal discs out of whack, and making tough choices about how to spend your time and energy. This is gets the job done, and well. You rock. And Congratulations on the store-to-be! How freaking exciting! Cheers and everything else! Marnie -- proud owner of Roller Skating Unicorn Shower Art

    1 year ago

  • RaeandMae

    Maeghaen-Kaytlyn and Raechael-Cathryn from RaeandMae says:

    Congrats! Inspiring story and products! :)

    1 year ago

  • Gardenbonbons

    Gardenbonbons from Gardenbonbons says:

    Terrific article! I was telling an out of town friend about your soon-to-be Pike Place Market shop. Really cool and very inspirational. Shower Art in every bathroom across America!

    1 year ago

  • saemay

    Sara Everett from saemay says:

    Bout time we found you in one of these interviews!! Congratulations - you deserve it! SO SUPER proud of you!

    1 year ago

  • ThisCharmingCandy

    Susan Dziadosz from ThisCharmingCandy says:

    Congratulations, Rosalie!!

    1 year ago

  • aims2377

    Aimee Hossler says:

    I'm a big fan of your work and very excited to hear you are opening a place in the market! You are very inspiring Rosalie!

    1 year ago

  • lollypollydolly

    Laura B from OohLaroo says:

    Congratulations! Very exciting times!

    1 year ago

  • greenbelts

    Shannon from Greenbelts says:

    Rosalie, you R-O-C-K! ♥

    1 year ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons says:

    Very inspiring story.Full of useful tips. Congratulations on the Feature

    1 year ago

  • UglyBaby

    Rosalie and Doug Gale from UglyBaby says:

    I want to "like" all the comments here. Thanks everyone for your support. Smooch!

    1 year ago

  • KelseaEchoStudio

    Kelsea Echo from KelseaEchoStudio says:

    Rosalie - I saw your work at Urban Craft Uprising. Very cool and totally unique! Thanks for sharing your story and excellent tips with us. You sound like me - cautious and all about planning when it comes to your business, so your advice really speaks to me. Can't wait to visit once you and Lauren open your shop... as if I need another excuse to stop by Pike! =)

    1 year ago

  • seattlechic

    Cheryl Zettler from seattlechic says:

    What a great, inspiring writeup. Your enthusiam is contageous... like taking an artsy vitamin pill. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    1 year ago

  • daniellexo

    Danielle Maveal from daniellexo says:

    <3 You are RAD and I love that sparkles photo! Where can I get an 8x10 glossy?

    1 year ago

  • seattlechic

    Cheryl Zettler from seattlechic says:

    ... forgot to mention: Thumbs up for the very PRACTICAL tips. Rosalie won't be another starving artist:)

    1 year ago

  • UglyBaby

    Rosalie and Doug Gale from UglyBaby says:

    Danielle: I can set up a reserved listing for you in my shop. Snicker.

    1 year ago

  • CROQ

    Heather Mann from CROQ says:

    Rosalie is a rock star! A crafty ninja! A wise woman!

    1 year ago

  • imakecutestuff

    Marlo M from imakecutestuff says:

    YAY For Rosalie (and Doug too, I suppose? ha! ;) Seriously great article. You are a talented, hard working lady who is kind and generous to boot. But I won't tell anyone. You are awesome. That is all. :)

    1 year ago

  • ACraftyArab

    ACraftyArab from ACraftyArab says:

    Fantastic article about Rosalie! She is so awesome and funny and an inspiration to us all.

    1 year ago

  • sweetperversion
  • theastarr

    Thea Starr from TheaStarr says:

    Woot woot for Rosalie & Doug! I recommend Shower Art for those who have that one person in their life who is hard to buy for. Seriously! :)

    1 year ago

  • yardia

    Brigida Swanson from yardia says:

    Wow, what a great article, Rosalie! Even though I love my day job and wouldn't want to quit, this has some super practical business advice for all of us artists. I've learned a lot from your story, thanks! Yay Seattle!

    1 year ago

  • cherriebomb

    cherriebomb from cherriebomb says:

    So excited for you, Rosalie! Shower Art 4-eva! <3

    1 year ago

  • GoddessOfJewelry

    GoddessOfJewelry from GoddessOfJewelry says:

    oh my gosh. This is awesome. All of it ! Congrats! I hope to travel to Seattle soon and I'll be SURE to look for you at Pike Market Place!

    1 year ago

  • PlanetJanetArt

    Janet Nechama Miller from PlanetJanetArt says:

    Awesome, Rosalie!!! You are an inspiration! I'm very excited to hear about your shop opening up in the Pike Place Market, that is rad! Congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • kathyoinspirations

    Christine Stoll from kathyoinspirations says:

    Fabulous story and fantastic crafty business advice! Congrats, Rosalie!

    1 year ago

  • LittleGrayFox

    Tsuki Fox from LittleGrayFox says:

    Great feature! Congrats, Rosalie!! I'm super stoked for the B&M store!

    1 year ago

  • katyandzucchini

    Melissa Jenkins from katyandzucchini says:

    Awesome! I love seeing people go crazy for your stuff (I had a booth across from you at UCU). I love your sense of humor. Congrats, great article! I am also excitable by nature (can you tell by all the exclamation points?!?) Wahoo!

    1 year ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes says:

    So funny and one of my favs

    1 year ago

  • ConstantGalore

    Joy Luciano from ConstantGalore says:

    freaking awesome balls!

    1 year ago

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie says:

    Cute! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • dianjane

    Dian Jane from dianjane says:

    I love the shower art! Great for you!

    1 year ago

  • Vintagerous

    J Rose from Vintagerous says:

    Thank you for being honest and sharing the creative mix of talents that brought you to your current station! Very refreshing as so many times reading these posts I think - really? You can survive on selling funky cat art? It is totally inspirational to read how you gradually phased out your other pursuits and recognizing that following your passion is what life is about! I will visit your pike place store (opening date?) and hopefully shake your hand! Bravo!!!

    1 year ago

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever says:

    This was a very informative "Quit your Day Job" article that gave me quite a bit of inspiration. I especially liked the focus on having multiple streams of income and that Etsy is just one part of the equation. Freelancing, craft fairs, consigning work to brick and mortar shops are all things I am aiming for! Lots of personality and food for thought in this article!

    1 year ago

  • BlueDiamondStamps

    Liz Rosino from BlueDiamondStamps says:

    Congrats on the feature and your continuing success! I love seeing fellow NW crafters that I meet at local shows also featured on etsy!

    1 year ago

  • SeeDollyRun

    Michele Lea from SeeDollyRun says:

    Absolutely the coolest thing I've seen in a long while! Keep up the good work and congrats on the feature.

    1 year ago

  • soveryhappyart

    Diane from soveryhappyart says:

    Terrific interview and love your work!

    1 year ago

  • CuffLinqUnCommon

    Scott Gill from CuffLinqUnCommon says:

    Great story. I love your attitude and approach to the whole thing.

    1 year ago

  • WireArtInk

    Antonia Hansen from WireArtInk says:

    Wow!! This is my favorite one so far!!! So much good advice!!!! I wish I lived in Seattle so I could hang out and make art with Rosalie!!! Thanx for all the wonderful advice and inspiration!!!

    1 year ago

  • harugurumi

    harugurumi from harugurumi says:

    Your story inspires me alot! Thank you!! Love your work!! <3

    1 year ago

  • AAngels

    Kathleen W. from AAngelsHeavenlySense says:

    A great story and fun idea!

    1 year ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery says:

    I can see why your unicorn on rollerskates sells so well - its really fun! Congrats on quitting your day job : )

    1 year ago

  • huiBs

    Hui Boon Khor from HuiBs says:

    Ooo, I love the balls hitting phrases! Now to wait for my kids to grow up so I can start sticking them in my bathroom.......

    1 year ago

  • GiftsofSubstance

    GOS from GiftsofSubstance says:

    Inspiring, great idea.

    1 year ago

  • GrandmaAgnesAttic

    Michelle Rotter from GrandmaAgnesAttic says:

    I think your "Quit your Day Job" article was one of the best I have read yet. Yes, I am sitting at my office cubicle right now, and you make me want to walk out and start. I know that is not reality, but it is in the back of my head. Thank you for your words of wisdom to help others reach their freedom too. Michelle

    1 year ago

  • akcopperraven

    sarah from akcopperraven says:

    Love Love Love...I will be purchasing from your shop in the near future...As for landing in the Pike Place Market !!! Frickin Awesome...I cant one day to visit your shop there on my travels...CONGRATS ON YOUR AWESOME ADVENTURE...great inspiration and tips...

    1 year ago

  • drawspots

    Pablo from drawspots says:

    Amazing story.

    1 year ago

  • mylittlebigcheeks

    Kellie Estep from mylittlebigcheeks says:

    Wow wonderful story! Very lucky not to have a brain tumor, I found out I had a brain tumor when I was 17 years old thankfully its benign I have not have to have it removed but everyday it haunts me testing my emotions but It does make you realize that you need to make life the way you want to live it. :)

    1 year ago

  • ShannaMicheleDesigns

    Shanna Michele from ShannaMicheleDesigns says:

    This article made me :)

    1 year ago

  • LASdesigns

    Laura Souyoultzis from LASdesigns says:

    Love it Rosalie! You're inspiring and a great crafty biz role model.

    1 year ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown says:

    A wonderful, inspiring story. Love, love, love it!

    1 year ago

  • QuernusCrafts

    Kirsten from QuernusCrafts says:

    Love this! Love your sense of fun, your willingness to go for it, and to turn circumstances to your own advantage. Your B&M adventure sounds brilliant! Having gone through the QYDJ process last month, I'm with you on the super exciting front! Well done, good luck, and keep having fun!

    1 year ago

  • takeapicturedesigns

    Lynne from RiverSpring says:

    These tips are so useful. Thanks for the inspiring story! from Lynne

    1 year ago

  • karyn26

    Karyn from thepaintedpiggy says:

    Great story! Very cool, unique work. I love it!

    1 year ago

  • GlassByKat

    Kathryn Welch from GlassByKat says:

    I loved your story... and your "excited" take on life!

    1 year ago

  • ReinventionbyAngelaB

    Angela Birdsall from ReinventionbyAngelaB says:

    Thank you for the advice and the very original art!

    1 year ago

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux says:

    Your work is really fantastic! Clever, cute, all the above! :) Thank you so much for sharing your story. I love reading about the down to earth transitions from a job into the seller you are now. I appreciate that! Blessings and good fortune to you!

    1 year ago

  • elizasteindesigns

    Eliza Stein from elizasteindesigns says:

    Yay! This is one of my favorite shops, and Unanimous Craft is a great website too. Congratulations on the interview!

    1 year ago

  • KMayCreations

    Kristen May from KMayCreations says:

    What a great story, and great Shower Art! Thanks for sharing, and good luck at Pike Place! That's extremely exciting!!! :)

    1 year ago

  • thelittlestgnome

    Terri McNamara from TheLittlestGnome says:

    This is a great shop! Your ideas are so fresh- especially http://bartersauce.com/- which you founded a few years ago!

    1 year ago

  • karicreates

    Kari McNew from KariCreates says:

    Way to go after it! Congrats!

    1 year ago

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts says:

    Ahhhhh, your living my dream!! I hope to get there someday, sooner than later!! Way to go :)

    1 year ago

  • NDetailDesign

    Kathleen Jamieson from NDetailDesign says:

    That was fabulous!! Not only are you inspiring and direct, but hilarious!!

    1 year ago

  • dolcetti

    dolcetti from dolcetti says:

    I own "It's Shark Week, Bitches". It never fails to make me and my husband giggle!

    1 year ago

  • Bucky1934

    Bucky1934 says:

    She says :"As soon as I graduated, I scooped up my diploma and got the heck out of the Midwest." As a Badger, I could be offended, but we have enough sarcastic self-satisfied carpetbaggers to export a few, so she's not missed.

    1 year ago

  • BunnysBakedGoods

    Kate from BunnysBakedGoods says:

    Pike Place...Yow-za! So exciting for you! I'll be there! Congrats!!

    1 year ago

  • geekchickitch

    Kristyn Lefler from FetchingArtefact says:

    Ummm Bucky1934, normally I like a dose of reality in comments, but that was just rude. Trust me, if the midweast is anything like mid NC, I would be running for civilization that supports my art too... Wait, I am escaping central NC!

    1 year ago

  • idlehandsdesigns

    Lyndsay Brown from idlehandsdesigns says:

    You light up my life Rosalie... no really! Good job to you too Doug:) I wish you happiness and success❥

    1 year ago

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild says:

    good luck with your new shop and thanks to some much needed encouragement......i really like your shower art...makes you say Hmmmm

    1 year ago

  • mizippihippi

    Katrina Estes Hill from mizippihippi says:

    Thank you for the encouragement and important tips. I've been trying to figure out what I'm doing wrong. This gave me some inspiration. Kat

    1 year ago

  • OliCreations

    Francesca from OliCreations says:

    Great tips and you're work is really unique, such a fun idea!

    1 year ago

  • sietinggough

    Brandy Gough says:

    Thank you for such a well spoken story. I was grateful to read a story that reminds me how fun it can be to just try. From the sound of it your decisions were calculated for sure but fun in the learning process, all the steps along the way have ultimately benefited the end result. I'm so scared to just jump, even though I think of almost nothing else but creating and selling my own crafts. Knowing others have really done a great job just being their fantastic selves is a serious motivator. Awesome stuff... the story and the product!

    1 year ago

  • UglyBaby

    Rosalie and Doug Gale from UglyBaby says:

    Thanks so much Brandy. You'll just know when the time is right for you. Let me know how it goes!

    1 year ago

  • sweedishxbunnies

    Maria Turner from sweedishxbunnies says:

    Great story, great product, you are awesome!!!

    1 year ago

  • bowtieco

    Silva Y from bowtieco says:

    Love your energy! So inspiring, thanks for sharing your story!

    1 year ago

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country says:

    Love your SHOWER ART....So creative and fun!....Txs for sharing!...Lina

    1 year ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall says:

    It worked pretty well for you to wean yourself off of the 9-5 schedule! Your advice to have multiple sources of income is golden. I might take up a sided job in feline psychology so I can afford groceries and Red Vines.

    1 year ago

  • ZuliDesigns

    Billie from ZuliDesigns says:

    I was excited to see this article! I'm a big fan! I am one of those people who bought a unicorn on roller skates and a postcard about a goat hating someones butt! lol! I love your quirky sense of humor! I'm thrilled for you that you can sustain yourself with your craft and excited for your new adventure of running your first brick and mortar shop! All the best to you!

    1 year ago

  • Tanky

    Ella Goodwin from ShopMissElla says:

    I love your excitement sooo much, a gal after my own heart! Inspirational, thanks!!

    1 year ago

  • kittenkagome

    Jennifer Grow from kittenkagome says:

    Cool and unique product!!!

    1 year ago

  • kasamaygaboo

    Anam Cara Cat from AnamCaraCatCreations says:

    Very inspiring! Keep shining the light! xo

    1 year ago

  • kheoffer

    Atelier Manila from AtelierManila says:

    I actually laughed out loud about the the" unicorn on wheels in wild" commentary.. HAha your story inspires me.. I'm not as brave and sarcastic as you :) but as I read stories like yours I slowly build my courage to get out of my comfort zone and purposely derail myself out of my usual "employee" lifestyle routine and to finally be what I want to be which is to be my own boss. more power to you!!

    1 year ago

  • artworkbymarita

    Marita McVeigh from artworkbymarita says:

    Thanks so much for your inspiring story!!!!

    1 year ago

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta says:

    congrats, very inspiring! good luck with your brick and mortar shop!!!

    1 year ago

  • DedaShop

    DedaShop from DedaShop says:

    Great and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • LushWreathWorks

    Jenny Doughty from LushWreathWorks says:

    Loved your story! Congrats!

    1 year ago