Shop Etsy

Creative Careers After the Diploma: WoodlandBelle

May 24, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Mai, the jewelry designer behind WoodlandBelle (formerly known as 4thesparrowsnest), spends 10 to 14 hours each day working on Etsy orders and new ideas for her shop. This dedication and spirit have led to her full-time status and success as an Etsy shop owner. Mai previously worked in boat manufacturing to pay her way through college. This fueled her determination to find a creative job that inspired her. Read on to learn from Mai’s generous list of marketing tips and to find out why opening an Etsy store and hoping for the best simply isn’t good enough.

Tell us about your schooling and your professional decisions. Did you always want a creative career?
My previous work experience involved spending my summers and breaks working in boat manufacturing facilities. My dad was a boat-builder so I received training in boat finishing and detailing. I drifted from factory to factory, unhappily doing the only thing I knew how to do that could pay well enough to support me through college. I was wholeheartedly discouraged and burned out from the whole industry and was determined to find a creative job that I was passionate about. I secretly always wanted to make things for a living and have always been a crafty person, but I didn’t know how to go about it. I settled for teaching others how to “make stuff” and graduated college intending to become an art teacher. As I searched for job openings I discovered Etsy. I can’t describe the hope and purpose that suddenly filled my soul!

I began my experience on Etsy as 4TheSparrowsNest in 2008. I sold plush felt picture frames. It was a lot of fun, but I had a lot to learn! I gradually shifted to jewelry as I discovered myself as an artist. What started as a fun way to spend my afternoons has become a full-fledged business. It didn’t take me long to realize that making accessories was my dream come true. A feature in Real Simple magazine in December really got the ball rolling and gave my shop further direction and vision. I recently changed my shop name to Woodland Belle and am now switching mediums to metal and glass for more exciting jewelry-making opportunities.

What advice would you give a recent grad, knowing what you know now?
Marketing is just a fact of life for any business person who wants to sell their work, whether you’re an artist or a large corporation. Marketing used to puzzle me, but now I realize that it’s the lifeblood of my shop, and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with others! Here are my tips for effective marketing:

  1. First and foremost, and it’s been said before, make an excellent product. Find a way to push your work into something that is uniquely you, and it will dazzle the world. With that said, be original! I get discouraged when I see artists trying to imitate others’ work. We’re all influenced by the things around us but take the effort to make it your own. A great product is much easier to sell because it stands out from the crowd. Great products will very nearly market themselves.
  2. If you want to be featured around Etsy and in other places, photograph your work to the very best of your ability. I constantly rework my photos. I used to get tired of others on Etsy constantly talking about photos, but they’re right.
  3. Do your homework. Read every resource that Etsy has to offer (and there are plenty!), and learn how to make your small business work. I spent months reading and learning from Etsy as well as other sellers in the Forums. If you know your stuff, you’ll make wiser decisions. Etsy Admin are really good folks, and they want to see you succeed!
  4. Identify your target audience so you can focus your advertising efforts. Since I design jewelry and accessories I advertised with blogs that have a strong fashion following. You can always contact bloggers to see if they would be willing to feature your work, but advertising will keep you visible longer and helps to support their efforts. I’ve also advertised with print publications, which is more of an investment, but helps establish brand awareness.
  5. Try out an online, handmade curated gallery, such as Poppytalk or Paper-N-Stitch. I have had very good experiences with both sites, although I find Paper-N-Stitch to be a better fit for my work. You must submit your work for approval and they have monthly/periodic fees for featuring your work. These sites are often reviewed by editors of magazines and other publications that are always searching for unique finds.
  6. As far as Etsy goes, when I was starting out I did find that renewing and listing frequently helped keep my shop visible in search results and resulted in more sales. I also tried to maintain an active presence on Etsy, via commenting on Storque articles and the Forums. Etsy is a fun place to do more than just sell things. 
  7. Challenge yourself to have the best customer service! Know your boundaries as a seller and have clearly defined policies, but also be as kind as you can in every circumstance.
  8. Speak blessings over your shop! Have faith that you can make it happen and try to stay positive.
  9. It may be a bit bold to say this, but if you believe in tithing, donate ten percent of your store income. You will be richly blessed if you do! Even if you don’t tithe, I still believe that giving part of your earnings to charities or other worthy causes will come back to you tenfold and will bless others.

Did you have any support from your parents or other family as you got started?
It did help that, while I dabbled in creative pursuits, my husband Jeremy worked full-time and was able to support us both. I am so grateful for Jeremy and his enthusiastic support. My business would not be what it is today without this and a lot of faith!

What mistakes have you made along the way? Any difficult situations people starting out could learn from?
A challenge I have is encountering people who admire my work (and thank you to those who do!) but who also ask me how I make everything and where I get my supplies. Like many sellers, I’ve invested financial and creative resources into developing my designs, which my husband and I depend upon for our living. Some artists enjoy creating and selling tutorials about their techniques, but this is not how I’ve chosen to make a living. Although not a panacea, I recommend officially registering your work with the national copyright office (see Copyright.gov for more information about this process).

Other sellers say this, but I love it so I will reiterate: in the slow times, work on your products. Make new things, rework things that aren’t working, re-photograph your items, read and research some materials. If you really, really want to do this, you can make it happen. Just opening a store and hoping for the best isn’t good enough. Put everything you’ve got into your products and you will be successful.

As for mistakes, live long enough and you will make plenty of them. I have certainly made business mistakes. The first year of my business I didn’t keep many of my receipts, and I didn’t keep good financial records. I’ve also made customer service mistakes that stemmed from me not having clearly defined shop policies and misunderstanding how the postal service works in various situations. Some of my more difficult customers have taught me valuable lessons, and I try to take every difficult situation and learn what I can do better next time.

What do you enjoy most about choosing a creative career path? Do you ever wish you had an office job?
To come home and rest, without having to think about business-related responsibilities, would be nice. However, it’s a small price to pay for such an awesome career. And, like so many others, I love being able to do what I am passionate about on my own terms.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
Having goals is an excellent idea! I rewrite and evaluate mine every few months. I plan to continue developing my collections and to add new hair accessories. I’m also transitioning all of my designs to metal; it’s a slow process, but very exciting. I am preparing to expand capacity to be able to handle wholesale accounts so that I can offer some of my collections in boutiques worldwide. I also hope to have Woodland Belle designs featured more frequently in the press and worn by the occasional celebrity. I want to keep dreaming big, and I hope you do too!

What do you do with your precious little relaxation time?
When I’m not working on orders, I love to take walks with my husband, continue to renovate our home or do a bit of landscaping. I also enjoy reading Japanese manga, watching Hayao Miyazaki films, and baking or cooking for fun.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Thank you to the founders and Admin of Etsy for creating such a wonderful community for artists to share our work with the world. It’s fabulous and I’m so glad that Etsy exists. I’d also like to give God credit for his favor and goodness in my life. Thank you also to my customers and to all the people who appreciate my designs. You are fabulous! Furthermore — my husband rocks, literally! Jeremy is a musician and songwriter, and his music truly inspires me. Together, we’re a creative team! Thanks for taking the time to read my story. I hope you’re inspired!

Thanks to Mai for sharing her story. You can see some of Mai‘s art in the Related Items.

This post is a special offshoot of the Quit Your Day Job series. You might also like these posts:

Working Overtime | Etsy Seller Handbook

Sunflower Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Sunflower Pendant - Choose Silver, Gold or Rose Gold - Personalized Option - by Woodland Belle
Sunflower Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Sunflower Pendant - Choose Silver, Gold or Rose Gold - Personalized Option - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$122.00 USD
Custom Set of 3 Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match Silver, Gold, Bronze, Rose Gold - Gift for Her Under 50 - By Woodland Belle
Custom Set of 3 Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match Silver, Gold, Bronze, Rose Gold - Gift for Her Under 50 - By Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$38.50 USD
Enameled Luna Moth Necklace - Bronze Luna Moth Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Luna Moth Necklace - Bronze Luna Moth Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Enameled Leaping Fox Necklace - Bronze Jumping Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Leaping Fox Necklace - Bronze Jumping Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Beauty and the Beast Rose Necklace - Red Rose Glass Pendant - Flower Terrarium - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Silver, Gold - Wife Gift
Beauty and the Beast Rose Necklace - Red Rose Glass Pendant - Flower Terrarium - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Silver, Gold - Wife Gift
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Owl Necklace - Sterling Silver Great Horned Owl Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Owl Necklace - Sterling Silver Great Horned Owl Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Sitting Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sitting Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Sleeping Fawn Necklace - Bronze Fawn Deer Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sleeping Fawn Necklace - Bronze Fawn Deer Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Sleeping Fawn Necklace - Sterling Silver Fawn Deer Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sleeping Fawn Necklace - Sterling Silver Fawn Deer Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Owl Necklace - Bronze Great Horned Owl Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Owl Necklace - Bronze Great Horned Owl Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Red Squirrel Necklace - Bronze Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Red Squirrel Necklace - Bronze Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Enameled Owl Necklace - Bronze Great Horned Owl Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Owl Necklace - Bronze Great Horned Owl Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Enameled Red Squirrel Necklace - Bronze Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Red Squirrel Necklace - Bronze Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Red Squirrel Necklace - Sterling Silver Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Girl - by Woodland Belle
Red Squirrel Necklace - Sterling Silver Tufted Eared Squirrel Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Girl - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Leaping Fox Necklace - Bronze Jumping Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Leaping Fox Necklace - Bronze Jumping Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Daffodil Necklace - Daffodil Pendant - Flower Terrarium Necklace - Glass Herbarium Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
Daffodil Necklace - Daffodil Pendant - Flower Terrarium Necklace - Glass Herbarium Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$122.00 USD
Rose Gold Red Rose Necklace - Flower Glass Terrarium - Pink Gold Beauty and the Beast Necklace - Personalized Option - by Woodland Belle
Rose Gold Red Rose Necklace - Flower Glass Terrarium - Pink Gold Beauty and the Beast Necklace - Personalized Option - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Silver Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Bridal Wedding Hair Pins - Gift Under 30 - Antique Pewter
Silver Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Bridal Wedding Hair Pins - Gift Under 30 - Antique Pewter
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Purple Iris Flower Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Personalized Option - Memorial Gift - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
Purple Iris Flower Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Personalized Option - Memorial Gift - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Pink Peony Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Peony Pendant in Gold, Silver, or Rose Gold - Anniversary Necklace - By Woodland Belle
Pink Peony Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Peony Pendant in Gold, Silver, or Rose Gold - Anniversary Necklace - By Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$122.00 USD
Sleeping Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver, Eco Friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sleeping Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver, Eco Friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Enameled Sitting Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Sitting Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Snowdrop Necklace - Snowdrop Flower Pendant - Flower Terrarium Necklace - Glass Herbarium Necklace - Silver or Gold - by Woodland Belle
Snowdrop Necklace - Snowdrop Flower Pendant - Flower Terrarium Necklace - Glass Herbarium Necklace - Silver or Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$122.00 USD
Silver Twig Hair Pins - Branch Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Gift Under 30 - Antique Pewter by Woodland Belle
Silver Twig Hair Pins - Branch Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Gift Under 30 - Antique Pewter by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Luna Moth Necklace - Sterling Silver Luna Moth Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Luna Moth Necklace - Sterling Silver Luna Moth Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco-friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Branch Bobby Pins, Gold Tiny Twig Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Bridal Hair Accessories - Bridesmaid Gift - Gift for Her - Gift Under 30
Branch Bobby Pins, Gold Tiny Twig Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Bridal Hair Accessories - Bridesmaid Gift - Gift for Her - Gift Under 30
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Sleeping Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sleeping Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Forest Mori Girl - Gift Under 30 - Bella Rustica Antique Bronze
Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Forest Mori Girl - Gift Under 30 - Bella Rustica Antique Bronze
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Rustic Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Gift Under 30 - Bella Rustica Antique Bronze
Rustic Branch Hair Pins - Twig Hair Clips - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Hair Pins - Gift Under 30 - Bella Rustica Antique Bronze
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Antler Hair Pins - Gold Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
Antler Hair Pins - Gold Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Blue Rose Necklace - Rose Pendant - Glass Terrarium Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold by Woodland Belle
Blue Rose Necklace - Rose Pendant - Glass Terrarium Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Antler Hair Pins - Silver Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
Antler Hair Pins - Silver Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Branch Hair Clips Holo Glitter - Fantasy Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Bobby Pins - Gift Under 25 - Fairydust Rainbow Sparkle
Branch Hair Clips Holo Glitter - Fantasy Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Twig Bobby Pins - Gift Under 25 - Fairydust Rainbow Sparkle
WoodlandBelle
$24.50 USD
Bronze Owl Necklace - Great Horned Owl Pendant on Labradorite Chain - One of a Kind - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Bronze Owl Necklace - Great Horned Owl Pendant on Labradorite Chain - One of a Kind - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Branch Bobby Pins in Rose Gold - Pink Gold Twig Hair Pin Clips - LARP, Renaissance Faire and Festivals - Gift for Her - by Woodland Belle
Branch Bobby Pins in Rose Gold - Pink Gold Twig Hair Pin Clips - LARP, Renaissance Faire and Festivals - Gift for Her - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Flower Terrarium - Beauty and the Beast - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend - by Woodland Belle
Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Flower Terrarium - Beauty and the Beast - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Leaping Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Jumping Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco Friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Leaping Fox Necklace - Sterling Silver Jumping Fox Pendant - Reclaimed Silver Eco Friendly - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Twig Hair Pins Custom Personalized Set of 3 - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match Silver, Gold, Bronze, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
Twig Hair Pins Custom Personalized Set of 3 - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match Silver, Gold, Bronze, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$38.50 USD
Hydrangea Blossoms Pearl Ivory Sterling Silver Flower Bridal Wedding Hair Pins by Woodland Belle - Set of 3 U Pins Small and Large Blossoms
Hydrangea Blossoms Pearl Ivory Sterling Silver Flower Bridal Wedding Hair Pins by Woodland Belle - Set of 3 U Pins Small and Large Blossoms
WoodlandBelle
$130.50 USD
Hydrangea Blossoms Pearl Ivory Sterling Silver Flower Bridal Wedding Hair Pins by Woodland Belle - Set of 2 U Pins Small and Large Blossoms
Hydrangea Blossoms Pearl Ivory Sterling Silver Flower Bridal Wedding Hair Pins by Woodland Belle - Set of 2 U Pins Small and Large Blossoms
WoodlandBelle
$86.50 USD
Enameled Sleeping Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Enameled Sleeping Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Rose Gold Twig Hair Pins - Pink Gold Branch Bobby Pins Clips - Rustic Forest Mori Girl Hair Pins - Gift for Her under 30 - by Woodland Belle
Rose Gold Twig Hair Pins - Pink Gold Branch Bobby Pins Clips - Rustic Forest Mori Girl Hair Pins - Gift for Her under 30 - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Rose Gold Purple Hydrangea Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Pink Gold - Mother, Grandmother Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Rose Gold Purple Hydrangea Necklace - Glass Flower Terrarium - Pink Gold - Mother, Grandmother Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$128.00 USD
Black Rose Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Rose Choker Necklace, Silver or Gold - Gothic Lolita Steampunk Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Black Rose Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Rose Choker Necklace, Silver or Gold - Gothic Lolita Steampunk Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Gold Branch Bobby Pins - Tiny Twig Hair Pins in Golden Bronze - Twig Hair Clips - Gift Under 30 - Forest Mori Girl - by Woodland Belle
Gold Branch Bobby Pins - Tiny Twig Hair Pins in Golden Bronze - Twig Hair Clips - Gift Under 30 - Forest Mori Girl - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Sitting Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Sitting Fox Necklace - Bronze Fox Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Beauty and the Beast Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend
Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Beauty and the Beast Necklace - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Luna Moth Necklace - Bronze Luna Moth Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
Luna Moth Necklace - Bronze Luna Moth Pendant - 14 kt. Gold-fill Chain - Mori Forest Girl Necklace - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$68.00 USD
Personalized Custom Rose Flower Necklace - Choose Your Color - Glass Terrarium Necklace, Silver or Gold - Bridesmaid Gift. By Woodland Belle
Personalized Custom Rose Flower Necklace - Choose Your Color - Glass Terrarium Necklace, Silver or Gold - Bridesmaid Gift. By Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Custom Set of 2 Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match You Choose Silver, Gold, Bronze, or Rose Gold - By Woodland Belle
Custom Set of 2 Twig Hair Pins - Branch Bobby Pins - Mix & Match You Choose Silver, Gold, Bronze, or Rose Gold - By Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$26.50 USD
Iris Flower Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Terrarium - Purple Iris Pendant - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
Iris Flower Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Terrarium - Purple Iris Pendant - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Beauty and the Beast - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend
Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Glass Terrarium Pendant - Beauty and the Beast - Gift for Wife, Girlfriend
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Antler Hair Pins - Silver Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
Antler Hair Pins - Silver Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Antler Hair Pins - Gold Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
Antler Hair Pins - Gold Bronze Metal Antler Hair Sticks - Mori Forest Girl - For LARP, Cosplay, Renaissance Festival - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$88.00 USD
Pink Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - Beauty and the Beast Glass Terrarium - by Woodland Belle
Pink Rose Necklace - Personalized Heart Charm Option - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - Beauty and the Beast Glass Terrarium - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Red Rose Glass Terrarium Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - Anniversary for Wife, Girlfriend. By Woodland Belle
Red Rose Glass Terrarium Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - Anniversary for Wife, Girlfriend. By Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Rose Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Flower Terrarium Pink Gold Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - by Woodland Belle
Rose Gold Red Rose Necklace - Personalized Option - Glass Flower Terrarium Pink Gold Necklace - Beauty and the Beast - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Yellow Rose Necklace - Personalized Glass Flower Terrarium Pendant - Mother's Day Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
Yellow Rose Necklace - Personalized Glass Flower Terrarium Pendant - Mother's Day Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Ivory White Rose Necklace - Flower Glass Terrarium Necklace - Bridal Wedding Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold -  by Woodland Belle
Ivory White Rose Necklace - Flower Glass Terrarium Necklace - Bridal Wedding Necklace - Silver, Gold, or Rose Gold - by Woodland Belle
WoodlandBelle
$118.00 USD
Friend Ship pop-up card
Friend Ship pop-up card
Sold
Framed Butterfly - Rice Paper butterfly
Framed Butterfly - Rice Paper butterfly
Sold

347 comments

  • GogoKorogiannou

    GogoKorogiannou said 9 years ago

    Your creations are so lovely!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 9 years ago

    Love this article! Thank you for sharing your tips and insight (and your packaging is gorgeous!).

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 9 years ago

    thanks for sharing your inspirational story!

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 9 years ago

    Excellent article and wonderfully original creations!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 9 years ago

    Your shop is amazing! Thank you for sharing your tips. Very inspiring!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 9 years ago

    I loved reading this article, and about your faith!

  • RetroEyewear

    RetroEyewear said 9 years ago

    great!!!

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article!

  • AnnBernadette

    AnnBernadette said 9 years ago

    I always love reading about successful artists, but this was particularly inspiring to me. I am in transition of leaving the office life and sometimes I need someone within to remind me I can do it! Thanks for the wonderful advice and congrats on all your success! P.S. Love the priority to give back, I am a firm believer!

  • pamelamichelle

    pamelamichelle said 9 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for this informative article! I agree that it's easy to get discouraged during slow times but that is also the best time to try out new ideas and gear up for the busy times. You have a beautiful shop! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Morado

    Morado said 9 years ago

    very inspiring and beautiful work!

  • edor

    edor said 9 years ago

    I saw your twig hair pins on Real Simple! Lovely work and great practical advice. :)

  • galit

    galit said 9 years ago

    Great article!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 9 years ago

    Fabby article, love your work! Congratulations to you!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Excellent article and really beautiful work ! love love love it !!!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    Lovely shop and beautiful work!

  • Adornedbymorgan

    Adornedbymorgan said 9 years ago

    So glad to have this "behind-the-scenes" piece from Woodland Belle. I've long admired her unique and creative sensibilities.

  • punkinhead

    punkinhead said 9 years ago

    so sweet! Thanks for the encouragement, Mai. :)

  • MaggieGlynn

    MaggieGlynn said 9 years ago

    How lovely - the story and your work! I wish you continued success and happiness.

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 9 years ago

    what a great tale, I love her honest words and sound and creative advice. thank you...and much success to you in the future.

  • TimeAndTideSeaGlass

    TimeAndTideSeaGlass said 9 years ago

    Great article with great advice! Thank you for sharing and much continued success with Woodland Belle!

  • daniellesdesign10

    daniellesdesign10 said 9 years ago

    This is a great article. I am still in the midst of getting my products out in the open. Every time I say to myself that it will never work, someone reminds me that yes it will. Thanks.

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 9 years ago

    Keep creating, you make some beautiful items!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 9 years ago

    I love your packaging its beautiful

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 9 years ago

    I love your story and your things are so beautiful and unique!!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring article. Mai is right about developing your work when things are slow (you don't have time to experiment when it's busy!)

  • TKIDesigns

    TKIDesigns said 9 years ago

    Awesome & Inspiring, Thank you for sharing.

  • vintagemimosette

    vintagemimosette said 9 years ago

    You know, I've read a lot of these featured articles, but I must say this one has been the most inspiring and helpful to me personally. Selling vintage , during the slow season, this year I will dedicate my time to photographing , writing descriptions, measuring, prepping, etc, and be ready for the fall pick up. Your words, Mai, are so very encouraging to others. Thanks !

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Such a wonderful, helpful and inspiring read! Thanks so much Mary and Mai. I adore her jewelry; it's so dreamy and perfectly fascinating. Her items have been long since in my favorites. :)

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 9 years ago

    Love your shop, great article and thanks for sharing :)

  • ForgottenYarns

    ForgottenYarns said 9 years ago

    I think its so cool what they can fit into a small bottle.

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article, and great tips. It was very inspiring!

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 9 years ago

    That's awesome!

  • GaLiMa

    GaLiMa said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your advice! Lovely items!

  • thegarbagegoose

    thegarbagegoose said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry, and well thought out article! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • purauralem

    purauralem said 9 years ago

    Inspiring article...thank you for sharing!

  • applechampagne

    applechampagne said 9 years ago

    awesome article! so inspirational :) thanks for sharing your story, mai!

  • TinyArtbyJMullin

    TinyArtbyJMullin said 9 years ago

    How have I not seen your work before now??? Beautiful. I like the way you play with scale in your terrariums. Thanks for sharing!

  • bunnygoods

    bunnygoods said 9 years ago

    spot-on advise and insights, mai. lovely work, dreamy photos and oh-so-thoughtful packaging...i am in LOVE! thank you for my daily dose of etsy inspiration! cheers!

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 9 years ago

    What a fantastic upbeat article! Great job Mai, keep up the good work. No wonder you are doing well. You have great products and packaging. :-D

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco said 9 years ago

    What great advice! thanks for all the tips. I love articles from people who have had success on Etsy. It inspires me to try harder.

  • janetsaw

    janetsaw said 9 years ago

    Definitely an inspiring article. I learned a lot, thanks for sharing! Love the miniature terrariums!

  • jv1533

    jv1533 said 9 years ago

    Love your work! Thank you for the inspiration! :)

  • tasifashion

    tasifashion said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this interesting piece!

  • sadiesthings

    sadiesthings said 9 years ago

    Such creative work! Great advice too.

  • bstudio

    bstudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks for introducing me to Mai's wonderful shop!

  • heatherozee

    heatherozee said 9 years ago

    She's an inspiration to us all!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 9 years ago

    Awwww I really enjoyed reading this :) Beautiful work and excellent tips. It's easy to get discouraged at times...so refreshing to read such hopeful words. Cheers!

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us new etsians. Your creations are unique and so beautiful! I really appreciate the advice you gave.

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Mai on your success and positive attitude. Best wishes to you as your work continues to develop and thank you for the well tested words of advice.

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 9 years ago

    great job! and i love the hair pins!

  • tropicalcat

    tropicalcat said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips.

  • blackandwhitejewels

    blackandwhitejewels said 9 years ago

    Love your optimism and faith in God! I wish you all the BEST!! :)

  • moderncasestudies

    moderncasestudies said 9 years ago

    Love your attitude and persistance

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    Absolutely adore your work, Mai, especially the tiny moss pendant! Thanks for being a genuine inspiration. Best wishes for continued success!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work and terrific article, thank you!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    Mai ~ you do lovely work. Thanks for sharing your story! :)

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm said 9 years ago

    such a lovely article, and a lovely shop! thanks for sharing your tips and inspirations!

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 9 years ago

    Love your attitude and the story!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 9 years ago

    I love to hear about successful artists!! Good for you Mai!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Lovely story~ your work is beautiful a great talented couple, wish you both continued success.

  • greenandpretty

    greenandpretty said 9 years ago

    Aw I love this article so much! Mai is so talented and her advice is so helpful and encouraging. Thank you!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    great pieces!!

  • momochas

    momochas said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story and very inspiring!. I had already discovered your shop through Papernstitch (I´m on the gallery this month too) and I love it!. Your creations are really beautiful and the photos are amazing too. Congrats on your success!!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    wonderful

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Very Inspiring!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

    So nice to see the face behind the shop that I've admired for a long time.

  • RhondasTreasures

    RhondasTreasures said 9 years ago

    Great article, fantastic pictures, enchanting items.

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pieces and artistic packaging! Thanks for an inspiring story!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great interview and I love your designs and the way you package your items.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Oh and thanks for these great tips.

  • milemarker

    milemarker said 9 years ago

    Fantastic interview. I've been eyeing some of those twiggy hairpins since I saw them in Real Simple. You've got a great aesthetic, Mai!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 9 years ago

    beautiful and very whimsical which I always love :) thanks for sharing

  • heydesigns

    heydesigns said 9 years ago

    great article, very inspiring! great job on all of your pieces, they are lovely

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Congratulations...you have worked so hard & it is fun to hear....I love Miyasakis films too.........there really is nothing better than his magical films....

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 9 years ago

    Great article:) Thank you so much for sharing your success with us! I love your jewelry:)

  • mrsrobinsonsaffair

    mrsrobinsonsaffair said 9 years ago

    It's so nice to hear real and honest advice. Thanks so much for the great information!

  • saturatedcanaryart

    saturatedcanaryart said 9 years ago

    your things are so pretty!...Thanks for some marketing tips, too!:)

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim said 9 years ago

    Great article and very uplifting. Thanks for sharing.

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 9 years ago

    Very pretty!

  • juneshin

    juneshin said 9 years ago

    This is such a great and inspirational article. I really enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for sharing, and I love your packaging!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    It's taken me a while to come to grips with that important point ~ if you have your own business, you have to become friends with marketing. Great tips, and your products are enchanting, Mai!

  • sTuckintheCoop

    sTuckintheCoop said 9 years ago

    Such a beautiful and inspiring article. Thanks for sharing a little of you with all of us. It was a JOY to read.

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 9 years ago

    Great advice, very spot on too I think! Your pieces are very lovely and unique!

  • ElasIdea

    ElasIdea said 9 years ago

    This is a great inspiring read. I love your packaging.

  • BagatellesAndCo

    BagatellesAndCo said 9 years ago

    Thank you for such an honest and inspiring article! Really beautiful work as well!

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes said 9 years ago

    Great jewelry and Story

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 9 years ago

    Brilliant article, I love mai's work! Beautiful packaging.

  • blueskye13

    blueskye13 said 9 years ago

    It's so wonderful to hear advice and a great story of encouragement! I'm new to the art world myself, and hope to make the transition from hobby to career as well... every 'glimmer of hope' helps! Mahalo!

  • blueskye13

    blueskye13 said 9 years ago

    It's so wonderful to hear advice and a story of encouragement! I'm new to the art world myself, and hope to make the transition from hobby to career as well.... every 'glimmer of hope' helps! Mahalo!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Great article I love your tips for new sellers, really useful! Thanks.

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 9 years ago

    I love you art, and thank you for your tips! These tips will be very helpful to me in the next few months.

  • justmejewelry

    justmejewelry said 9 years ago

    i love her work and thanks for sharing the tips of selling on Etsy!!! Keep it up with your good work!

  • poppstergal

    poppstergal said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring and helpful, Mai!

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

    Your jewelry pieces are SO unique! I love your store - congrats on your Etsy success!

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 9 years ago

    lovely!!

  • thebrokenshell

    thebrokenshell said 9 years ago

    You both rock! I love how you and Jeremy inspire each other. Thanks for the tips to sell on Etsy.

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 9 years ago

    Congrats on a gorgeous shop! :)

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the wonderful article, and all the details about how you make your creative life happen. Your products are gorgeous and unique...WOW! Thanks and best wishes toward your success!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success in a creative career! Your packaging looks so elegant...I love it!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    the terrarium rings really caught my eye. also really liked your packaging and business cards.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • babook

    babook said 9 years ago

    great way to find ..... enjoy your job i love the story : ) go ahead succeed artist .

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story...the terrarium rings are so cool!

  • ThePrintYards

    ThePrintYards said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I'm just getting started with my shop on Etsy and the timing of this article couldn't be better. I also love the new offshoots to the QYDJ series. Have been reading them in the last few months and have been learning that there are a lot of different steps and styles to building your own biz. Thanks so much!

  • melsartbuffet

    melsartbuffet said 9 years ago

    Thank you for a much needed boost! And thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Your jewelry is fantastic :)

  • benddownboutique

    benddownboutique said 9 years ago

    so inspirational; as a creative student I understand how the situation is! This article has made things clearer for me. Thanks! :D

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Yes, i'm learning the importance of marketing too and if you want to get word out there you need to work on stuff 24/7. Seriously, there aren't enough hours in the day, but you gotta love it! :)

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 9 years ago

    i think my friends are getting mad I'm not hanging out as much with them, but if you want to be successful it's the price to pay.

  • FlorAzulCreations

    FlorAzulCreations said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring article! It helps to hear what it really takes to not only make a shop succesful, but to make it a joyous and fulfilling endeavour.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    Mai! I appreciate all of the hardwork you've put into your shop and thank you so much for sharing some valuable tips with those of us that may be new Etsy sellers. It's invaluable to learn from those that have already surpassed the "bump" in the road, so to speak.

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • ButtermilkVintage

    ButtermilkVintage said 9 years ago

    What a treat to read about how you got to where you are, Mai. Thanks for sharing your helpful hints and congrats on hitting your stride with jewelry!

  • emeraldlily

    emeraldlily said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article. Makes me feel energised to work harder on my designs!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    Great article and advice! Love your jewelry designs and your packaging is so-o pretty!

  • giertta

    giertta said 9 years ago

    Love the packaging, and the jewellery as well. Love to read about jewellery maker succeding on Etsy.

  • bonfires

    bonfires said 9 years ago

    What a sweet and inspiring story -- thank you so much!

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 9 years ago

    thank you for sharing, this is inspiring! I love this point: "It may be a bit bold to say this, but if you believe in tithing, donate ten percent of your store income. You will be richly blessed if you do! Even if you don’t tithe, I still believe that giving part of your earnings to charities or other worthy causes will come back to you tenfold and will bless others." totally agree!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 9 years ago

    It's time to learn! thank you, wonderful article full of advices

  • RailwayStreet

    RailwayStreet said 9 years ago

    I'm so happy to see you featured here 'cos I adore your pieces!

  • LulaMatilda

    LulaMatilda said 9 years ago

    Mai, your creations are wonderful! And thank you for your advice and suggestions!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work, and superb packaging.

  • melodieperfumes

    melodieperfumes said 9 years ago

    A perfect shop Good product Good photos Good packaging Focused.

  • SaudadeStudio

    SaudadeStudio said 9 years ago

    I just love the rings!!!!!! Superb!!

  • fiorejewellery

    fiorejewellery said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring article. Thank you! I really love your creations :o)

  • msbetsy

    msbetsy said 9 years ago

    Awesome, original, gorgeous work!

  • TrulyAesthetic

    TrulyAesthetic said 9 years ago

    Wonderful Article and great advice :)

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 9 years ago

    I need this spot. How wonderful you shop is. Very uplifting article.

  • SeasationalShells

    SeasationalShells said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational! Beautiful work! =)

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 9 years ago

    I'm graduating soon, so this was a great read for me. Thanks a bunch! :)

  • thedas

    thedas said 9 years ago

    Amazing!

  • Pelebetty

    Pelebetty said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the insight! I started posting works yesterday even though I opened the account in 2008! Now I finally decided it was high time to let my creativity out of the closet. (PS where do you get your supplies? JK lol!)

  • BBKarts

    BBKarts said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring and beautiful work:} Congratulations to you! Good luck with your success...

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 9 years ago

    Your pieces celebrate nature and its beauty. I like how you capture a piece of this world in delicate glass capsules. Your packaging is also great. Thanks for sharing your experience ;-)

  • DAUGHTERofJames

    DAUGHTERofJames said 9 years ago

    WOW! wish I had had the courage to follow my instincts as early on as you did! You are an inspiration!

  • MichelleStudio

    MichelleStudio said 9 years ago

    Great story. Very inspirational.

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 9 years ago

    i really enjoyed this and found it really inspiring, and it has give me some great pointers to work from.

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 9 years ago

    so very inspiring! i love the magical little worlds you make :)

  • Charmish

    Charmish said 9 years ago

    I smiled the entire time I read this. The joy you feel for your work really shows. And great advice about following your passion and good photography. Your photos sell an attitude, a mood and environment with the jewelry, yet without being cluttered. When you want to wholesale, check out advertising in Wholesale Crafts and Niche magazine. Expensive but a lot LESS expensive than attending the wholesale shows, esp while buyers are traveling less. Cheers!

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Thanks to sharing

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Amazing

  • miriadmoni

    miriadmoni said 9 years ago

    True inspiration! Thank you for the tips. I love your terrarium ring....

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 9 years ago

    These stories always inspire me! I really love the terrarium jewelry...very unique:}

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 9 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring. You give courage to others. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • JewelryByMarusia

    JewelryByMarusia said 9 years ago

    You have great visions, very versatile creations, & thanks for the tips!

  • nowcreations

    nowcreations said 9 years ago

    Love your shop. Vary nice creations.

  • luv4design

    luv4design said 9 years ago

    thanks so much for the tips! it gave me that needed burst of encouragement. thanks!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 9 years ago

    Thanks to all for the comments and kind words!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 9 years ago

    Nice! I think it's important give back as well. It just keeps the blessing flowing and in rotation!

  • BonitaBellita

    BonitaBellita said 9 years ago

    So inspirational to read this, I hope to have the success that you have attained. Thank you for the tips, they will be well remembered.

  • lillebeart

    lillebeart said 9 years ago

    I always search for wood/trees & twigs and I found your shop ages ago and have been a fan. Great to hear all your insights- it gives us hope we can too...cheers

  • madamaRobe

    madamaRobe said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Thank you very much for tour tips, I hope that my dream comes true.

  • madamaRobe

    madamaRobe said 9 years ago

    I wanted to say "your" ^_^

  • tikotikoi

    tikotikoi said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article, Thanks to sharing !

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    I love tip #8, thank you for that!

  • Ewcia11029

    Ewcia11029 said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much! I just recently started my shop on etsy and its a lot of work. I love creating new items! like you said you should enjoy and love what you do. I deffinetly do! Your tips are great and they will help me so much! Thanks again! Your jewelry is so cute and so different! I love all your pieces!

  • LizzieLuna

    LizzieLuna said 9 years ago

    Great Advice...I love reading your tips

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 9 years ago

    wow i loved reading your store. faith does great things.. all the best to you.

  • chrisvanderweide

    chrisvanderweide said 9 years ago

    wonderful article. so many great tips thanks for sharing!

  • GlassandCanvas

    GlassandCanvas said 9 years ago

    Thanks! You are inspiring!

  • Gemjen

    Gemjen said 9 years ago

    I can't get enough of terrariums! I have them all over my house but never thought I would be able to wear them, too...I love it!

  • mamamiaapparel

    mamamiaapparel said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing that! Your shop is beautiful!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 9 years ago

    beautiful items. I am always amazed when people email/convo and ask where you get supplies and ask about techniques it is a bit odd, it always strikes me as odd!

  • patriciasquilting

    patriciasquilting said 9 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • lauratrevey

    lauratrevey said 9 years ago

    thank you! wonderful advice ~~

  • Vanittas

    Vanittas said 9 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR WORK!

  • DreamGallery

    DreamGallery said 9 years ago

    Very unique work and a wonderfully inspiring article. Thanks for sharing!

  • designwall

    designwall said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational! Just what I need to keep going!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 9 years ago

    thanks for the close up glimpse into your world. I love the terrarium rings. wow.

  • SugarSugarScrub

    SugarSugarScrub said 9 years ago

    Your work is very cool!

  • edwardvintage

    edwardvintage said 9 years ago

    As an Etsian on furlough, I am sitting at my desk job right now, reading this surreptitiously. It has completely overwhelmed me with the hope that I will make it through this and get back to my creative roots. Thank you for the inspiration!! Really and truly.

  • jewelrybyroz

    jewelrybyroz said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the article. It has truly inspired me to move forward. I love your work!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 9 years ago

    i love your terrarium rings! they're so delicate and beautiful. Very helpful advice and encouragement. thank you!

  • kittyanydots

    kittyanydots said 9 years ago

    love this article! your work is lovely too!

  • 111collagedesign

    111collagedesign said 9 years ago

    This was a really good article - thanks!

  • matinlapin

    matinlapin said 9 years ago

    Beautiful creations and such an inspiring and useful interview, thank you!

  • heycaryann

    heycaryann said 9 years ago

    Really beautiful work!

  • sacredwaterssoapco

    sacredwaterssoapco said 9 years ago

    what a lovely gathering of work. I love your stuff. thanks for the article.

  • paperprayers

    paperprayers said 9 years ago

    It's obvious where your inspiration comes from - thanks for sharing what God's done in your life!

  • ishigallery

    ishigallery said 9 years ago

    Mai, you are so inspiring! I love your creativity. It is great that you show your appreciation of what God does in your life. Thank you for all of the helpful advice.

  • theDEEva

    theDEEva said 9 years ago

    Just the advice I needed! great article...

  • paisleyandpolyester

    paisleyandpolyester said 9 years ago

    beautiful creations! those rings are excellent.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Very Inspiring!

  • miccicohan

    miccicohan said 9 years ago

    Thank you Mai for sharing your story it was really inspiring and helpful. Your Jewelry is beautiful and your packaging too!

  • CMonetGarden

    CMonetGarden said 9 years ago

    Wonderful...thanks ffor sharing your inspiring story! Good Luck!

  • SilverRoseSewing

    SilverRoseSewing said 9 years ago

    Thanks for such an inspiring story! I am just starting out and feeling a little discouraged (although combining starting a shop and job hunting isn't a great combo), but your article has given me some hope. Thank you!

  • thebeadwright

    thebeadwright said 9 years ago

    thank you for an inspirational and informative article! Blessings to you and your husband.

  • BijouxByGaslight

    BijouxByGaslight said 9 years ago

    A real inspiration - I will take so much of this on board, thank you!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! I too am learning that good things really do come from hard work and persistance!

  • fromyou2me

    fromyou2me said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, and I will take what you have said to heart especially the reworking on your down time....

  • artbybrooke

    artbybrooke said 9 years ago

    Cute story! Thank you Mai!

  • PappyBoutique

    PappyBoutique said 9 years ago

    love the article...and as a big beliver in tithing...thank you so much for being bold enought to put that part in...thank you so much for that...i am glad you were bold enough to talk about the blessings of giving!!!

  • TheJulReeBox

    TheJulReeBox said 9 years ago

    FABULOUS insight! Thank you so much!!

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns said 9 years ago

    It is always good to get new ideas! Thanks!

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your great tips! You have a great shop!

  • TraceyAnns

    TraceyAnns said 9 years ago

    Loved your article! Thank you for sharing about how important it is to give back that 10%, it really does make a difference in the world in which we live!

  • stitchuation

    stitchuation said 9 years ago

    Great questions and answers--I love reading about people's creative evolution and development. Thank you very much to Etsy for this enrichment--you ARE making the world a better place. I also must say that Mai's work is very beautiful, captivating, enchanting and skillfully executed.

  • happiestdaysdesigns

    happiestdaysdesigns said 9 years ago

    I love you tiny whimsical creations. Thank-you for your hard won advice!

  • anaglez

    anaglez said 9 years ago

    Thank you Mai. Beautiful jewelry!! Interesting article!!

  • kerrbear59

    kerrbear59 said 9 years ago

    I love your story and your jewelry! I can sympathize with people picking your brain to see how you make things and your sources. I seem to have a lot of "private" secret admirers who heart my shop. I also get people who create an etsy acct. just to ask questions, get quotes, lots of details and then disappear :( I just keep plugging along :)

  • jewelsforhope

    jewelsforhope said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. Beautiful Jewels.

  • TheLoft10

    TheLoft10 said 9 years ago

    Absolutely amazing article, I love how candid and honest you were. The advice and encouragement are so valuable. You have a beautiful shop with beautiful work and you're a beautiful person!

  • WHITECOCKADE46

    WHITECOCKADE46 said 9 years ago

    Lovely article and a lot of helpfull tips. Thank you.

  • BuildABook

    BuildABook said 9 years ago

    Just getting started with my second shop and really needed this.

  • Candychick

    Candychick said 9 years ago

    I love your shop wonderful tips keep up the good work :D

  • ellesbeads

    ellesbeads said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Loved reading this article!

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your generous advice. Like others on this thread, I admire your bravery for pursuing what makes you happy.

  • sylasstudios

    sylasstudios said 9 years ago

    I love the article and appreciate the tips. I hope they'll be an article in the future that elaborates on getting in good with the press...

  • grmcur

    grmcur said 9 years ago

    Very helpful! I've had a shop about 6 months with 0 sales I use these tips and be very specific and purposeful

  • AmyMayDesign

    AmyMayDesign said 9 years ago

    Great article, thanks Mai for sharing! You do beautiful work and have beautiful pictures, all of your hard work shows:) wishing you continued success!

  • outlinedesign

    outlinedesign said 9 years ago

    Wow great article, love the shop too!

  • Gingeroni1

    Gingeroni1 said 9 years ago

    Lovely article. Thank you for sharing. Love your shop...Kathi

  • RiverRed

    RiverRed said 9 years ago

    Great to love what you do. Very creative.

  • 38Stitches

    38Stitches said 9 years ago

    What a great article! Your positive outlook is so inspirational. Thank you for your words of encouragement!

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 9 years ago

    Great article, great tips and gorgeous products! Congrats!

  • glasspondstudio

    glasspondstudio said 9 years ago

    This is such an informative article and your work is so creative! Thanks for putting this information together to share with us!

  • janeysjewels

    janeysjewels said 9 years ago

    Great & informative article! Thank you for sharing. I also believe that giving generously and with a glad heart reaps many benefits both material & spiritually.

  • swyatt

    swyatt said 9 years ago

    I hadn't seen your shop before. Lovely. Thank you for the great selling tips too!

  • ecokitty

    ecokitty said 9 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for this article Mai. I'm in love with the mini Terrariums as jewellery. Gorgeous. I'm still finding my space on etsy and trying out making new things so it's encouraging to see someone who also took their time finding their niche. Thanks for the hope! xo

  • LuckyZelda

    LuckyZelda said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thank you for sharing so much valualbe information. Blessings.

  • suzannasdreamdesigns

    suzannasdreamdesigns said 9 years ago

    I am so inspired by your main objective ... To make a great original product... You are wonderful....

  • fiorelladesigns

    fiorelladesigns said 9 years ago

    There are so many helpful hints in this article! Honest, detailed and encouraging. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • SWANclothing

    SWANclothing said 9 years ago

    this is a wonderful read. and made me ridiculously happy! all those tiny insects and sunshiney photos and good advice. seriously inspiring.

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 9 years ago

    I always enjoy reading these articles. Your story is very inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful advice!

  • MorganDrake

    MorganDrake said 9 years ago

    Very informative, nice jewelry too.

  • PenneeDesigns

    PenneeDesigns said 9 years ago

    You know, as far as tithing goes you don't have to be religious to do it and also it is a practice in many religions and beliefs and cultures. I had a women come into my house many years ago that was a Fein Shui specialist and she told me what to put where in my house and other things. When it came time to pay her she gave me a red pretty envelope and asked me to put the money in there. So I did and when she took it she held it in both hands, like she was praying and she said, "May this money come back to you 10 fold". You can also just call it Karma. (Oh and she said she mailed all her bills in red envelopes.) Now I wish I had red envelopes.

  • hollynsage

    hollynsage said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the advice! As a new shop owner, I read everything I can to learn about being successful here. This article was ESPECIALLY helpful to me. Thank you!

  • puci

    puci said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Mai!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 9 years ago

    Mai, I want to congratulate you on your success and tell you what a beautiful shop and image you have. Your story is inspiring and your tips invaluable. Thank you so much!

  • flamingofancy

    flamingofancy said 9 years ago

    Such a great article! Thanks so much for sharing your story and for the great advice :)

  • NowSoLA

    NowSoLA said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. Your creations are so cool & I recommended your guitar picks to a few of my musician's friends wives after reading the article. Good luck & great selling! Lara @ NowSoLA

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous items! Thanks for the inspiration! Love the hair pins!

  • angelaosborn

    angelaosborn said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story! It's encouraged me to have faith and keep working wholeheartedly at making my shop work.

  • sarahandjane

    sarahandjane said 9 years ago

    Thank you dearly for sharing your wonderful business advice. I too believe in tithing, giving to those who have blessed you.

  • trinketalley

    trinketalley said 9 years ago

    Love your stuff...Cute and original...

  • raindropdesigns

    raindropdesigns said 9 years ago

    What an awesome experience you've had! Thank you so much for the tips and advice!

  • berk1948

    berk1948 said 9 years ago

    Love your work!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 9 years ago

    thank you for the tips!!! I love the one about advertising frequently. best, PARK guys, matt & carlos

  • SILDAJO

    SILDAJO said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your article! Thanks for the advice and encouragement!

  • rwinnettharrison

    rwinnettharrison said 9 years ago

    I really appreciated how you broke your success down into clear steps with achievable goals. You gave the reader tangible resources combined with words of motivation. A professional, original and beautiful body of work that deserves to be successful.

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 9 years ago

    I truly appreciate your article. I am working on launching my etsy shop this summer and it was all very helpful. 8 and 9 on your list are right on point. I am hearting your shop and hope to return the blessing with a purchase soon!

  • RevolvingStore

    RevolvingStore said 9 years ago

    Mai, What an inspiration to see how our Awesome God is working through you!!! Thanks for blessing me today. Keep sharing your wonderful gift of creativity and faith of what he's doing in your life.

  • sweetdreamsmylilone

    sweetdreamsmylilone said 9 years ago

    Thanks you so much for your advice.. I keep hearing about the listing and relist and the photography and i've recently started changing and playing with the different techniques seeing what works and what doesn't and i've been totally amazed by the reaction to a "great photograph".. Thanks so much for the tips! :) Heather @ Vintagecreationsinc.blogspot.com

  • westbyron

    westbyron said 9 years ago

    wow - that was the motherload of useful information. Thanks so much, Mai!

  • chiitoakiko

    chiitoakiko said 9 years ago

    love your works. They are enchanting.

  • accentcph

    accentcph said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring!! Thank you for sharing.

  • LavennzOsy

    LavennzOsy said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your guidance! You story show me the way from starting an etsy shop to achieve our personal dreams and visions for the business. Thank you again and love your creative jeweleries.

  • FullSpiral

    FullSpiral said 9 years ago

    Fantastic article - one of the best I've read in a while. I'm bookmarking this one to reference again and again! I am a big fan of WoodlandBelle, totally love her aesthetics. Those twig hairpins are perfectly gorgeous.

  • fionamacneil

    fionamacneil said 9 years ago

    Inspirational!!! Your work is beautiful.

  • kellytang

    kellytang said 9 years ago

    So inspiring!! I have one more year before I graduate, and this makes me so happy to know that you have done so great for yourself!! It gives me so much hope for me. Thank you so much for sharing!! <3 <3 <3

  • beckygarratt

    beckygarratt said 9 years ago

    I enjoyed this article. Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your business!

  • MartiniJewels

    MartiniJewels said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insights. Very cute creations and lovely packaging. As a new Etsy seller, I look for all tips from the "pro's" to help me be a success as well. Thanks for the pep talk! - Lori

  • TheLeftBank

    TheLeftBank said 9 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work-- and advice from the heart. Thank you for sharing!!

  • demuffin3

    demuffin3 said 9 years ago

    So helpful and great original jewelry! I'm trying to get pregnant and hopefully quit my day job to stay home and work on my Etsy site! I love these articles, they give me great hope!

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 9 years ago

    Thank you. You totally inspired me this morning. Wish I could stay home today instead of going to my "day job" and just create. All the best to you and congratulations on being featured.

  • LaMonkura

    LaMonkura said 9 years ago

    I love birdie creations! Well done Mai!

  • SweetDreamsForAll

    SweetDreamsForAll said 9 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and an inspiring story. Thank you so much for your candor. May you have many years of continued success and happiness!

  • SundayNightDreams

    SundayNightDreams said 9 years ago

    Thank you for all the great advice! You also have a heart to see others succeed, so thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us.

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio said 9 years ago

    Mai, I like your story and it is truly inspiring. I wish you continuous success in your new ventures, and hope to become one of your valuable customer soon ;) God bless.

  • SewHappytoSew

    SewHappytoSew said 9 years ago

    Great story and encouraging to a new seller! Thanks for letting us know that your faith is important in your life - mine, too!!

  • kolourkelly

    kolourkelly said 9 years ago

    Amazing attention to detail Mai. Lovely work and inspriational boost. Thanks.

  • SpareBedroomStudio

    SpareBedroomStudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with all of us! What inspiring words! I do appreciate you bringing up the faith aspect ~ as it is incredibly important to my life as well! Your shop is already one of my favorites and will continue to be. Your products are adorably, enchanting and unique!

  • PaperPandemonium

    PaperPandemonium said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational article, Mai. I fee re-energized!

  • PaperPandemonium

    PaperPandemonium said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational article, Mai. I feel re-energized!

  • PaperPandemonium

    PaperPandemonium said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational article, Mai. I feel re-energized!

  • WrappedToPerfection

    WrappedToPerfection said 9 years ago

    Terrific article... thanks so much! My new mantra... think positive, think positive, think positive!

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 9 years ago

    Lovely items, you are very creative. Thank you for sharing the business tips, I found them very helpful.

  • omnipresents

    omnipresents said 9 years ago

    Wow! Your items are so unique. Love them. Thanks for the great tips.

  • thirddayluxurysoaps

    thirddayluxurysoaps said 9 years ago

    Mai, thank you for the wonderful input in your article. having owned my own Organic/natural bath line I feel your passion. you have inspired me to move on even further, In January of this year I joine ETSY. You have given me the tools to read, reserch and study the ETSY site. thanks again...Cynthia

  • thirddayluxurysoaps

    thirddayluxurysoaps said 9 years ago

    Your jewlery is wonderful..thanks for the great advice. I plan to use it.

  • bracketgoods

    bracketgoods said 9 years ago

    Fanatstic article and great tips! Thanks for sharing. Mai, I loved that you shared your faith without being over-the-top, as well. Very inspirational!

  • deardesire

    deardesire said 9 years ago

    all around fabulous!

  • moppetandmittens

    moppetandmittens said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Jewelery! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us and for all your invaluable tips x

  • HydrangeaRow

    HydrangeaRow said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this great info--I love your work--it has such a magical quality!

  • InspirationCottage

    InspirationCottage said 9 years ago

    Your creations are beautiful! Thank you for all your wonderful tips.

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

    I too will soon be graduating from University and I'm a bit anxious and excited about the changed I will need to make in order to make my shop my full time job. Thanks for this article - it's inspiring :)

  • purplemountainstudio

    purplemountainstudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Your shop is awesome and your words are encouraging.

  • RipandStitchDiva

    RipandStitchDiva said 9 years ago

    Your items are so lovely! And thank-you for your encouraging words.

  • dracascales

    dracascales said 9 years ago

    good tips for all recent grads trying to make a mark on the world - like me!

  • BeadsKnitsAndBits

    BeadsKnitsAndBits said 9 years ago

    Excellent Article, Love your Tiny Moss!

  • salvagedmutiny

    salvagedmutiny said 9 years ago

    What great advice! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • StudiosOffHigh

    StudiosOffHigh said 9 years ago

    great advice and inspiration, thank you, we needed it!

  • larazarscreations

    larazarscreations said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational, and thanks for lots of good real advice.

  • NestleAndSoar

    NestleAndSoar said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this!

  • bellabiscotti

    bellabiscotti said 9 years ago

    Mai is proof that as shop owners we can only hold ourselves responsible for the success or lack of success of our shops. We can't sit around twiddling our thumbs hoping to make a sale! Excellent and well thought out advice.

  • rkbrushworks

    rkbrushworks said 9 years ago

    Great tips, thanks for sharing! Love the robin's nest!

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 9 years ago

    Inspiring article... Blessings to both you and your husband.

  • darlimoda

    darlimoda said 9 years ago

    Thank you this was very encouraging! I like the idea about tithing. I do this as well.

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch said 9 years ago

    Inspiring article... Blessings to both you and your husband

  • MuddMineralsMakeUP

    MuddMineralsMakeUP said 9 years ago

    Really helpful article!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thestudio8

    thestudio8 said 9 years ago

    Great story! Thank you for sharing. You have cute stuff, love them!

  • theknotslanding

    theknotslanding said 9 years ago

    This is a GREAT article! Thank you Mai for sharing your tips with us! :-)

  • candlekitty

    candlekitty said 9 years ago

    Mai, your things are beautiful! And your attitude and giving God props is even better. Best wishes in business, and I do hope you become famous and celebs are seen wearing your designs! Thanks so much for your honesty and helpful, encouraging words!

  • CoopDeVilla

    CoopDeVilla said 9 years ago

    Hmm, I'm a teacher too... Always wanting to be crafty in some way. Looks like I have landed in the right spot! And your products- so pretty, so cute. Thank you for all of the great advice. You know, I am going to give more. Thanks for that one.

  • oldiejunior

    oldiejunior said 9 years ago

    helpful articles :D

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics said 9 years ago

    I just wanna say "thanks" for giving God all the glory in your business. It's awesome to see someone publicly mention tithing and having faith. That's something rarely to be seen. Thanks!

  • LuckyChancesDesigns

    LuckyChancesDesigns said 9 years ago

    I am glad you are doing so well It sounds like you have really worked hard I hope to have some of the same experience as you soon thank you for you article

  • daphnatal

    daphnatal said 9 years ago

    great article!! thanks a lot for all the tips you gave - I will sure use them!!! :-)

  • VernsVisions

    VernsVisions said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your article. I'm a new etsy wannabe, just having singed up and put a few items on display. You are very encouraging, and I especially like your comments on prayer, tithing, and giving credit to our God. Thanks

  • TheButterflyCorner

    TheButterflyCorner said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great tips, its really helps a newbie like me.

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! Truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

  • BellaModernBaby

    BellaModernBaby said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice you have such unique jewlery i love it!

  • everleedesigns

    everleedesigns said 9 years ago

    Your tips are so insightful. Thanks so much! LOVE your hair accessories.

  • apt22

    apt22 said 9 years ago

    Great article and the jewelry is amazing, so cute!!

  • IzzysOrganicObjects

    IzzysOrganicObjects said 9 years ago

    Awesome article and beautiful work!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I love your list of advice :)

  • LittleOnesGalore

    LittleOnesGalore said 9 years ago

    Helpful article and beautiful work! Thank you for being 'bold' enough to comment on tithing!

  • thestellabluegallery

    thestellabluegallery said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your tips! Great work!

  • eatyourgreens

    eatyourgreens said 9 years ago

    really great article, thank you for sharing your advice! your work is AMAZING too!

  • dazzling4you

    dazzling4you said 9 years ago

    Fabulous and so helpful. Thanks for the "straight to the point" info and your faith is definitly inspiring>

  • joann100

    joann100 said 9 years ago

    You are a great inspiration, both in your topics for help, and in your work. Thanks so much for sharing generously.

  • foothillfibersNphoto

    foothillfibersNphoto said 9 years ago

    Being new to Etsy (and creating full-time), I think one of the first things you said about shifting from one type of creation to another, has really inspired me to find my niche and what I am best at creating myself. Thank you for such a positive story!

  • Lillypicadilly

    Lillypicadilly said 9 years ago

    Your advice- very inspiring- to a new to Etsy shop Thank you And GB.

  • CourtneyCopeland

    CourtneyCopeland said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the encouraging message! I'm just starting out, so I really appreciate it!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great advice and your packaging is lovely. Thanks for an informative article!

  • vroberts1017

    vroberts1017 said 9 years ago

    I hope you continue to have much success. Thank you for the wonderful article...

  • Lottielicious

    Lottielicious said 9 years ago

    As a newbie to Etsy its so inspiring to hear your story - thanks for sharing your tips! Good luck with your beautiful products! x

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore said 9 years ago

    aloha Mai, thank you for blessing me with your honesty. I can tell you and I have a lot of faith in our businesses and that is a true gift! May you and your husband keep rockin on through the year! Sam 3rdaveshore.com

  • twsperspective

    twsperspective said 9 years ago

    Thank You!! I am inspired

  • ThreeFriendsOneBrain

    ThreeFriendsOneBrain said 9 years ago

    Every time I find myself having a defeatist thought I read an article like Mai's and get reinspired! Thanks so much!

  • kzieglerdesign

    kzieglerdesign said 9 years ago

    Great advice! I'm definitely going to look into those curated marketplaces when I have the money for it. In the mean time I'll be working on new products and better photos! Thanks!

  • ebenotti

    ebenotti said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your story. This was motivational!

  • AronaWalsh

    AronaWalsh said 9 years ago

    This article was great, now to get back to work! :-)

  • NagihanDesigns

    NagihanDesigns said 9 years ago

    Excellent article and really beautiful work ! love love love it !!! Thanks for your story.

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 9 years ago

    Love your packaging by the way.

  • TheForkInTheRoad

    TheForkInTheRoad said 9 years ago

    You are incredibly positive. I got a lot out of the article. Congrats on all your success and thank you for being so thoughtful in your answers to these questions!

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 9 years ago

    Great article and beautiful work! Its great to hear that you have made a successful career doing something you love! Thanks for sharing!

  • BitsyB00

    BitsyB00 said 9 years ago

    I love these stories. One day I too want to quit my day job! The people that are successful on etsy are inspirational! :)

  • slightclutter

    slightclutter said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work...and such great information. Thank you for sharing, both your creations and your wisdom. Wishing you continued success!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    Very pretty work! Love the butterfly and mushroom ring!!! Thanks for the tips and continue success to you!!!!

  • WayuuSusu

    WayuuSusu said 9 years ago

    Good info, marked

  • CharleneFreemanArt

    CharleneFreemanArt said 9 years ago

    I love your jewelry and want to thank you for your inspiring guidance and blessings!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 9 years ago

    Thanks again to all who have read the article and commented. I'm glad that you've found it to be useful; blessings to everyone!

  • RoseberryParade

    RoseberryParade said 9 years ago

    Great advice, I have it bookmarked.

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the brilliant advice. Particularly number 7. Yvonne x

  • fancynwa

    fancynwa said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! it's inspiring.

  • deconge

    deconge said 9 years ago

    great pieces and great advice!! thanks so much for sharing Genuinely, Danielle deCongé

  • HollybyGollie

    HollybyGollie said 8 years ago

    I just came across this article. What a wonderful story. Congratulations. Thank you for sharing.

  • jmariesf

    Jessica Blevins from JMariejewelrySF said 7 years ago

    you've inspired me to keep working on my shop! thank you!

  • MatkaShop

    Miri from CyanByMiriWeiss said 6 years ago

    Awesome & Inspiring, Thank you for sharing.

  • URL said 5 years ago

    ... [Trackback] [...] There you will find 17900 more Infos: blog.etsy.com/en/2010/creative-careers-after-the-diploma-woodlandbelle/ [...]

  • Google said 5 years ago

    Google We like to honor quite a few other world-wide-web web-sites on the web, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages really worth checking out.

  • Google said 5 years ago

    Google One of our visitors not too long ago encouraged the following website.

  • Google said 4 years ago

    Google Below you’ll locate the link to some websites that we consider you need to visit.

Sign in to add your own