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Etsy Success Workshop: The Dare of DIY

Mar 25, 2011

by daniellexo

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Update: Thanks to all who tuned in to and turned up at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn on April 19th, 2011 to participate in this event. Scroll down to download Tara’s worksheets.

When I was a kid, my mom woke up regularly between 3 and 4 a.m. She got up, made coffee and sat in front of her sewing machine. She sewed and sewed until it was time to make breakfast, ask my brother and me how we slept and see us off to the bus stop.

Then she would sew more.

My mom had to provide for two children: feeding us, putting a roof over our heads, sending us to countless summer camps. She did it all on the income she brought in with that sewing machine. When faced with a daunting, near impossible task, she didn’t balk. She simply asked, “Can it be done?” Every day, she answered, “Yes.”

I have built my business on the same question. Constantly asking and reasking, reframing the challenge to move myself and my goals forward. I must thank Mark Frauenfelder, of MAKE magazine, for posing the can-it-be-done question in his book, Made by Hand. He applied it to the almost inexplicable drive to create, to DIY.

When you’re your own boss, it’s up to you to seek out challenges, to do terrifying things, and to get comfortable with failure. Building your business so that it’s sustainable, profitable and rewarding is the ultimate challenge.

In my Dare of DIY workshop, we’ll discuss what it means to challenge yourself, why we thrive on personal challenge, and how you can dissect your problems and liabilities into challenges that push you forward. Instead of focusing on the difficulties of building a business, attendees will tap into their DIY ethic to create exciting ideas and opportunities for their business by asking: can it be done? There is no right answer or correct methodology, only the unique answers we each have to share. Attendees will leave the workshop with a fresh approach and positive outlook on their growing businesses.

Download the Dare to DIY worksheet

Tara Gentile is a philosopher of creative living. She empowers artists of all sorts to produce and profit from their passion. She is also the editor of Scoutie Girl, a daily digital zine where creatives connect, converse, and commune.

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219 comments

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great event with very good info! Thanks.

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    Great article! Getting comfortable with failure is one of my more daunting obstacles. I will certainly mark my calendar for the online workshop and I'm going to look into Frauenfelder's book. Gary

  • BooPatch

    BooPatch said 5 years ago

    Inspiring! Thank you :-)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    Your Mom sounds like a fantastic person! :)

  • abigailleedesigns

    abigailleedesigns said 5 years ago

    Great post! I find that pushing myself is one of the most rewarding things I can do for myself. Sounds like a great event!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 5 years ago

    Your mother was a great example of doing what we need to do to provide for our kids! Great article!

  • NateWhittaker

    NateWhittaker said 5 years ago

    Great Article. It totally made me pick up my pallet knife and get back to that canvas I was avoiding today.

  • Whimsies1

    Whimsies1 said 5 years ago

    This sounds like a great workshop, I'm always eager to learn more about all you fabulous women!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 5 years ago

    I'm there! How exciting!

  • Alfonzi

    Alfonzi said 5 years ago

    me too! Tara has a great perspective on things and such a great Can Do Spirit!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Great article! Sounds like a great workshop!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 5 years ago

    Sounds great! I love Tara!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great workshop...can't wait!

  • littlebugjewelry

    littlebugjewelry said 5 years ago

    Consider it on my calendar! Wish I could come in person!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 5 years ago

    Sounds good!

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 5 years ago

    great read. just what I needed today.

  • gypsyskies

    gypsyskies said 5 years ago

    Marked my calendar!

  • StrangeVagaries

    StrangeVagaries said 5 years ago

    Looking forward to this. Thanks! & I so LOVE the pixie cut. Makes me want to cut all my hair off again! :P

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 5 years ago

    My parents were hard workers, too. They set their minds to something and they did it; no complaining, no whining, they just did it, and they succeeded at what they set out to do. I'm sure that will be a great workshop, Tara!

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational. A great article to read this morning with my coffee cup in hand and ready to start the day.

  • modernrubbishsf

    modernrubbishsf said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational. A great article to read this morning with my coffee cup in hand and ready to start the day.

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 5 years ago

    Touching story. My family was always a believer in DIY, and how thankful am I that I was never taught there was nothing I couldn't accomplish myself. ;o)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Sounds great!!!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 5 years ago

    tuning in for sure!

  • dirtygirlclean

    dirtygirlclean said 5 years ago

    MMmmm, those tools up there make me so excited.

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 5 years ago

    Very cool~ I'll be streaming!

  • TangoCreations

    TangoCreations said 5 years ago

    Sounds great!!!!!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! The workshop is going to be great!

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake said 5 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring, and runs true with my own family, which includes a mother and sister that sews, an Aunty who produces pottery and a cousin who is an artist. Creativity runs in the blood, I am sure.

  • cutandsewn

    cutandsewn said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story about your mom, can't wait for the workshop.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    wow pretty intense schedule, but then when you do love something its not work anymore.

  • bakerinva

    bakerinva said 5 years ago

    "When you're your own boss, it's up to you to seek out challenges, to do terrifying things, and to get comfortable with failure. Building your business so that it's sustainable, profitable, and rewarding is the ultimate challenge." That is THE BEST line!!! SOOOOO true! Thanks for your great insight!

  • POOPOOLALA

    POOPOOLALA said 5 years ago

    this is so refreshing and inviting for us creative dudes. Roll up!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    I'm so comfortable with failure I can sit right down beside it and go to sleep. Marking my calendar.

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 5 years ago

    This will be terrific - can't wait!

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 5 years ago

    I've been a money-making artist since I was a teenager...so I know that picking the right venue is paramount also. Choose one that wants Your success as much as You do. Deeds count more than pretty words served with cupcakes.

  • brokenhome

    brokenhome said 5 years ago

    I believe Failure is Opportunity Knocking. I am marking my calendar now. Thanks for the info.

  • shroompers

    shroompers said 5 years ago

    I am just starting. I need this! Thanks

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    true talk.. thanks etsy for all these interactive workshops

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 5 years ago

    ready

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! :D

  • anticovalore

    anticovalore said 5 years ago

    inspiring!! wow!! simona

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring:O)

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  • janewearjewelry

    janewearjewelry said 5 years ago

    lovely! thank you!!

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 5 years ago

    Sounds good♥

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    sound wonderful

  • katieblairdesigns

    katieblairdesigns said 5 years ago

    Sounds awesome - I'll be there online!

  • midnightcoiler

    midnightcoiler said 5 years ago

    Sounds helpful. Hope to attend!

  • SilverSmack

    SilverSmack said 5 years ago

    Sounds full of helpful info!

  • fleamarketboutique

    fleamarketboutique said 5 years ago

    Thanks Etsy for these wonderful opportunities....and letting us know in advance, instead of the day of the event.

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 5 years ago

    nice article...thank you for the words of wisdom and i will tune in.

  • AveRenee

    AveRenee said 5 years ago

    this is exciting! I'm still a college student and a little nervous about my art...maybe this will give me the boost i need to start getting more active in etsy :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 5 years ago

    Good article!

  • KellyGemstoneJewelry

    KellyGemstoneJewelry said 5 years ago

    "to get comfortable with failure" - I think that's one of the biggest challenges of owning your own small business. Failure will happen, whether it's failure to complete a project (or complete is as intended), failure to make a deadline, or failure to make a sale, we are faced with failures on a regular basis - and as the business owner, you have no board or committee to delegate the issue to, it's up to YOU. Learning to face the fears, deal with the failures, and keep the faith that you and your business will succeed lies solely in OUR hands. We look forward to the workshop!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • OriginalCopyDesigns

    OriginalCopyDesigns said 5 years ago

    I've marked my calendar - I wouldn't miss it after that inspirational story!

  • picksomeflowers

    picksomeflowers said 5 years ago

    sounds like a great workshop

  • geralyngray

    geralyngray said 5 years ago

    I am so glad it is a Tuesday night.....would love to try to get to this in person!!!

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane said 5 years ago

    Great article Tara.....you are ever inspiring!

  • GrandmasStash

    GrandmasStash said 5 years ago

    Great article, thank you!

  • elegantgirl

    elegantgirl said 5 years ago

    Wondering if we can watch this on video afterwards.... I will be at my day job:( its going to be great!!

  • bluegrassbeads

    bluegrassbeads said 5 years ago

    I'll be online as well. Can't wait!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 5 years ago

    Marking my calendar. Like your Mom, Tara, I am supporting two kids, DIY style ( I gave myself a year to see if I could do it and so far, so good!)...a challenge for sure, but oh-so-much-more satisfying than missing a soccer game or band concert because of work. Looking forward to this workshop!

  • rosiparri

    rosiparri said 5 years ago

    This is one that I will tune into. Women are fabulous! Your Mom proves that. all my love Rosie Parris

  • OverAndOverAgain

    OverAndOverAgain said 5 years ago

    i'll be there (virtually)!

  • deSadeCollection

    deSadeCollection said 5 years ago

    Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman. Great article, will definitely tune in.

  • mosaicmonkey

    mosaicmonkey said 5 years ago

    Sounds great!..I love the article!

  • RosellaResin

    RosellaResin said 5 years ago

    I'll be tuning in! I always love my 'Creative Action' emails from Tara!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 5 years ago

    I wanna go!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    love the cushion!

  • ranasalame

    ranasalame said 5 years ago

    Marking my calendar now!

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio said 5 years ago

    I want to wake up at 3 AM and make things!! Man, That's going to take some serious stamina. At least some strong coffee.

  • LucindasNiceThings

    LucindasNiceThings said 5 years ago

    Tara--I'll be there. Will your mother join in? Denny

  • LucindasNiceThings

    LucindasNiceThings said 5 years ago

    I mean I'll be there via Livestream. I'm a fan of you and your mother. A special duo.

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 5 years ago

    I will sure be there ... I would love attending this worksop in person. Can't wait to hear you Tara !!

  • sugarplumcollars

    sugarplumcollars said 5 years ago

    This sounds amazing :0)

  • JudaicaBennysArt

    JudaicaBennysArt said 5 years ago

    Thanks, it's helpful info

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 5 years ago

    sounds fantastic! can't wait!

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop said 5 years ago

    You caught my interest...I'll be there.

  • GYSTInk

    GYSTInk said 5 years ago

    If anyone has to miss the above workshop, be sure to check out the 500 pages of information on the GYST website at http://www.gyst-ink.com/resources for DIY information on the business of being a creative/artist/craftsperson etc. We also have an Artist Guide to the business of art on our website and it lists just about everything you need to know to run an art business. Over 400 pages of information and resources.

  • wildbraidart

    wildbraidart said 5 years ago

    I would like to join in however when I click on the link to mark my calendar it takes me to etsy,com on google and won't take my regular sign in for Etsy. I logged in and out of my regular Etsy account to make sure I had the correct info but to no avail and the verification letter images to follow weren't helping.Do i need a different account to use this feature

  • wildbraidart

    wildbraidart said 5 years ago

    I would like to join in however when I click on the link to mark my calendar it takes me to etsy,com on google and won't take my regular sign in for Etsy. I logged in and out of my regular Etsy account to make sure I had the correct info but to no avail and the verification letter images to follow weren't helping.Do i need a different account to use this feature

  • CraftyColors

    CraftyColors said 5 years ago

    This sounds very interesting. Will there be a replay, in case I miss it?

  • pensgalore

    pensgalore said 5 years ago

    Love the picture at the top. Old tools to make new things.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story about the mother and her hard work. Sound like you are very appreciative of what you learned from your mother

  • zatanah

    zatanah said 5 years ago

    Thanks! Marked my calendar.

  • DayMountainDesigns

    DayMountainDesigns said 5 years ago

    Sounds good!

  • lisireyes

    lisireyes said 5 years ago

    A little confused about this, but really nice story at the beginning. :)

  • DosCaballosStudios

    DosCaballosStudios said 5 years ago

    Sounds very cool!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    sounds very exciting!

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 5 years ago

    sound advice. looking forward to more

  • HiddenTreasures101

    HiddenTreasures101 said 5 years ago

    I hope to be able to join it but if not I hope this will be available at a later date.

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    i can't wait. tara inspires me daily!!

  • kurpisz

    kurpisz said 5 years ago

    Can it be done? Yes! Calendar has been marked!

  • IsabelleKnits

    IsabelleKnits said 5 years ago

    Super!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    I can totally relate to waking up at 3 am to sew. Very inspiring story thanks :)

  • africapintail

    africapintail said 5 years ago

    Looking forward to sleeping later after I learn all. Keep that sewing machine pounding!

  • akemanartist

    akemanartist said 5 years ago

    I can't imagine working that early in the morning, For some reason I feel ill when I get up early. My peak energies are noon till about three, then I get tired, sometimes I nap, unless I am edgy tired, then I will Knit, Usually I want to paint in the evenings when the kids are in bed which is around eight and my husband is watching his Family Guy. Of course if I had a disturbing dream or wake up and can't go back to sleep then I will sketch or paint. I use what time I am up to make the most of.

  • AmmoniteJewellery

    AmmoniteJewellery said 5 years ago

    Brilliant! Well done Tara! I think this "get-up-and-go" spirit runs in the blood. I come from a similar background, retired three years ago &, after just a short period of working from home & selling on ETSY,I have been accepted into the Guild of Master Craftsmen. Have three teenage boys & plenty to do in the home. Can't be there in person BUT it's on my calendar

  • lamarmota

    lamarmota said 5 years ago

    very interesting and inspirating article to gather strength, thank you so much! :) what a pity that I can not attend :/

  • dabsh01

    dabsh01 said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great workshop I am marking my Calendar. Thank you:-)

  • elettrarossa

    elettrarossa said 5 years ago

    ...the story of your mother makes me suddenly tired! What a strong woman!

  • vixendesignstudio

    vixendesignstudio said 5 years ago

    Thanks for posting this inspiring story!

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted said 5 years ago

    This sounds so great. Please, please offer it again during the day so those of us with night jobs can attend!

  • martket

    martket said 5 years ago

    we can use some inspiration! thank you so much.. we'll stay tuned! :))

  • empapers

    empapers said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring vignette about your mom. I'll be watching this!

  • twostarpony

    twostarpony said 5 years ago

    Thank you...starting out and need all the info I can glean. And my two kids thank you too!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 5 years ago

    Looking forward to it Tara! your Mom sounds like a true life fighter!AwEsOme! merci (*_*)

  • JIGGYJs

    JIGGYJs said 5 years ago

    Definately will join in it sounds like a great experience.

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 5 years ago

    Your mother's story is quite inspiring!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 5 years ago

    Sounds good, Will your mom be there?

  • CosmicSalamander

    CosmicSalamander said 5 years ago

    Well DIY is the first step to solving the Overseas Sourced and Out Sourced job issues that plague the US and many other countries X-Workers. Our grand parents learned this and we are now relearning it.

  • bhmakes

    bhmakes said 5 years ago

    This sounds exciting :) am looking forward to it

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 5 years ago

    Now ... Where did I put that calendar?......

  • gardenleafdesign

    gardenleafdesign said 5 years ago

    Sweetest story Thanks!

  • gardenleafdesign

    gardenleafdesign said 5 years ago

    Sweetest story Thanks!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 5 years ago

    Very encouraging! Thank you!

  • sugarplumcollars

    sugarplumcollars said 5 years ago

    Great article :0)

  • PeanutsCreations

    PeanutsCreations said 5 years ago

    great story..your Mom is an inspiration...thanks for sharing! Looking forward to the workshop!

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch said 5 years ago

    Amazing and very inspiring!

  • FairRosamund

    FairRosamund said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring article! :)

  • kelleerae

    kelleerae said 5 years ago

    Looking forward to it!

  • selinaaniles

    selinaaniles said 5 years ago

    Moms r beautiful! Their sacrifices, their love and their tears are endless ...thank u for ur story

  • KelleysPaperCrafts

    KelleysPaperCrafts said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Your mom sounds like an amazing woman!

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 5 years ago

    Great idea!

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 5 years ago

    Encouraging and inspirational! Thank-you.

  • DaZzLeByDaWn

    DaZzLeByDaWn said 5 years ago

    I can't wait!

  • TopsyTurvyDolls

    TopsyTurvyDolls said 5 years ago

    I'll be there. Thanks for offering such a helpful seminar session.

  • jenniferstarsullivan

    jenniferstarsullivan said 5 years ago

    Wonderful...thank you

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 5 years ago

    Inspirational! Thanks for the post.

  • eightjewelry

    eightjewelry said 5 years ago

    wholesale jewelry ,gemstone,sempiprecious and supplies ,crafting...... thank you.

  • QueenBeeKnits

    QueenBeeKnits said 5 years ago

    If not traveling, I'll be watching!

  • QueenBeeKnits

    QueenBeeKnits said 5 years ago

    If not traveling, I'll be watching!

  • natureinjewelry

    natureinjewelry said 5 years ago

    your mom's story brings back memories when my children were young. I look forward to learning from the workshop. thanks.

  • byherside

    byherside said 5 years ago

    Sweet!

  • EgyptianInspirations

    EgyptianInspirations said 5 years ago

    Thank you for that it reminded me of the days when I was young and my Mums efforts and strengths. I wish she wre here now although I don't think she would have any advice for me about online selling. The internet was not around in her day. God bless her. xx

  • micahmakes

    micahmakes said 5 years ago

    Can't wait! Thanks!

  • PitterPatterShop

    PitterPatterShop said 5 years ago

    Wow! this looks amazing!

  • GlassGranny

    GlassGranny said 5 years ago

    Great! I'll be there (virtually) !!

  • Mayahuel

    Mayahuel said 5 years ago

    Great article, very encouraging! Will be tuning in!

  • JennasRedRhino

    JennasRedRhino said 5 years ago

    I think that learning how to do things, fix things, build things, grow things, maintain things and make things helps to develop self confidence. When I was a kid, I was taught and expected to work. A lot of the work was a bit hefty for my skinny little kid body, but I had to do it anyway. As an adult, I've never been afraid to try and figure something out. I thank my parents for forcing that DIY on to me!

  • HanaMauiCreations

    HanaMauiCreations said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great work shop! Amazing things can be done under pressure.

  • SkyLineJewelry

    SkyLineJewelry said 5 years ago

    This sounds so great! Times like this, I wish I wasn't stuck with dial-up internet that makes streaming impossible for me!

  • sallyssweettooth

    sallyssweettooth said 5 years ago

    Your mom is an incredible woman who still inspires!! I will be there.:)

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 5 years ago

    It is good to challenge ourselves and to take risky steps and just TRY. I took a step out on my own 8 years ago and am still learning how to make all the pieces fit and work together. My self-confidence has grown - I now know I can do it . . . or find someone who can help me figure it out! Sounds like a great workshop.

  • AmaadarPhoto

    AmaadarPhoto said 5 years ago

    Sounds great. I can hardly wait!

  • WinterEma

    WinterEma said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful. I like your story.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! You must admire your mom so much!

  • WhateverGetsYouTrue

    WhateverGetsYouTrue said 5 years ago

    You have just inspired me to go and create.... Lovely story, thanks.

  • LindersCreations

    LindersCreations said 5 years ago

    Sounds great will be there

  • BevsVintageBoutique

    BevsVintageBoutique said 5 years ago

    My mom is a hugh inspiration to me, also. She has been gone now for some years, but I still ask myself "What would mom do?" at every turn and decision of my life! You have been blessed as I was! Thank you for sharing!

  • personallook

    personallook said 5 years ago

    Living in a county that is heavy with woods and no cable, limits me with not having high speed internet. But I am working hard at creating an online business and glad that there is good positive advise to read on the Etsy Blog!! Thank you for passing it on !!!

  • QuitePoshHomeDesign

    QuitePoshHomeDesign said 5 years ago

    Inspiring story! You're mom sounds amazing! I can't wait to attend this workshop!

  • AnyaCloudJewellery

    AnyaCloudJewellery said 5 years ago

    Your Mum sounds great.I have recently talked to my Mum and as it turned out she used to make dresses for my sister and me and as she worked full time she used to spend nights sewing .I so admire people who can do that.

  • martinrebello

    martinrebello said 5 years ago

    This sounds wonderful!!

  • HappyBaby822

    HappyBaby822 said 5 years ago

    Mother is great !!

  • artfuladdie

    artfuladdie said 5 years ago

    Today I woke up feeling discouraged about my etsy business your post was just the inspiration I need to see that it can be done.

  • artfuladdie

    artfuladdie said 5 years ago

    I have to challenge myself.

  • cougarvintage

    cougarvintage said 5 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring my day!

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou said 5 years ago

    Hi, sounds like my mom,still waking up at 4 am for knitting....

  • MightyPlush

    MightyPlush said 5 years ago

    Sounds great. I will tune it via the World Wide Web.

  • AlmasKnitShop

    AlmasKnitShop said 5 years ago

    this will be my first streaming workshop. i think it's finally time for me to attend one, don't you think? AMazaing story about your mom!

  • FibberMcGeez

    FibberMcGeez said 5 years ago

    I am just starting out with my Etsy business…and your words and your Mom's story are a true inspiration! Thanks!

  • truliegifted

    truliegifted said 5 years ago

    This sounds wonderful, I'll be tuning in!

  • HandyGalStudios

    HandyGalStudios said 5 years ago

    Thanks -- I needed this burst of inspiration today. Starting up a business can be very discouraging, so it help to remember that I signed up to "seek out challenges, to do terrifying things, and to get comfortable with failure..." This is all part of the packages, but the rewards are all the sweeter because of it!

  • VintageToLiveBy

    VintageToLiveBy said 5 years ago

    Your mother endured, she had to. Today, many of us have the luxury to quit, but...... One has to face all kinds of weather in a business,( and life) and coping gracefully is the key to staying on the sunny side of things, it's also what professionalism is all about!

  • petraplum

    petraplum said 5 years ago

    Courage ho!

  • Blue2tie

    Blue2tie said 5 years ago

    Profound in ones life is rare treasure every memory

  • SoaperieMaindeNature

    SoaperieMaindeNature said 5 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story....April 19 th is marked

  • loretta9243

    loretta9243 said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!

  • OwlsNook

    OwlsNook said 5 years ago

    Thanks for all your ETSY SUCCESS emails and this workshop coming up I have a shop on Etsy just getting ready to up load pics of what I am doing I have always been in business for myself but never a online business so I am looking forward to learning these different things thanks for all the emails I really look forward to them! They are inspirational and very encouraging! Thanks again PS hope to have my shop logo soon too!

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 5 years ago

    Right on. I'll try to be there to hear more.

  • ArtcycledMosaics

    ArtcycledMosaics said 5 years ago

    I love that last paragraph, how to make it all work for you instead of against you. I hope to be available for the chat. Thanks for all the inspiring words.

  • AmbrosiasAttic

    AmbrosiasAttic said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. My goal to be up by 7am sounds a little lame now. I will have a new look at each day that I am making it all work for me!

  • primadonnadiva

    primadonnadiva said 5 years ago

    Great inspiration.Sounds exactly like me...sew sew sew . I'm pretty sure that my 2 boys (men) think the same of me. One is now a fashion designer himself and the other a graphic designer. Both with degrees...must have done something right! Being creative has its own challenges but don't forget even the biggest businesses fail. You learn by failing as well, even small failures help you to learn. Kinda crazy but the sooner you fail the sooner you will succeed! The most important lesson for artistic creationism is that your particular style will only impress a select audience. Think about were you look for your inspiration and know that your prospective buyers are looking there too. Happy learning.

  • PrimaveraDesigns

    PrimaveraDesigns said 5 years ago

    sounds great. hope to be listening.

  • latacreations77

    latacreations77 said 5 years ago

    sounds great , marked

  • nauli

    nauli said 5 years ago

    We'll be there! You're great in giving spirit, Tara!

  • mylsarthouse

    mylsarthouse said 5 years ago

    This article is so encouraging! I got up this moring a 4 am feeling low about it all, now not anymore!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 5 years ago

    I am trilled with story, Love the story about your mother. Reminds me of my mother who did the same for our family.

  • EtchAttic

    EtchAttic said 5 years ago

    Thank you very much for the work you do. The articles and blogs are all inspiring and helps me shift into gear when I need it most. Its amazing how many people you are connecting with! I can say, from my own experience, you are offering an incredibly positive impact. Thank you!!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 5 years ago

    Sounds great! It's important to get that reassuring boost every once in a while. Thank you!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 5 years ago

    Your mom's story reminded me of a story a woman told me at my mom's memorial visitation recently. A friend of Mom pointed to her confirmation photo and asked me if I knew the story about the dress she was wearing. She said during the war years, white fabric was very hard to come by. Finally, her mother found some in a town about 50 miles from there and bought it all. Then my grandma sewed matching dresses for the entire class out of it. I asked how many were in the class and she said, 14, 4 of which were boys. So grandma sewed 10 identical dresses! She said grandma was a very good seamstress. My mother sewed for 6 children and taught 5 of us. It is a learned talent. A seamstress gains many qualities of character such as following instructions (the guide sheet) and the creative aspect is also rewarding.

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Such a sweet story of your mom sewing. My mom used to sew all sorts of dresses for me in the 60's and 70's. I remember one day for my fourth grade class picture, my mom took me to pick out any fabric that I wanted for my dress. I picked the wildest, loudest 60's mod fabric you can imagine...and my amazing mother sewed me a maxi dress ...complete with a purple choker to match! Boy oh boy did I think I was something else in that dress...your story brought me back to that sweet memory. Now, I have a 23 year old of my own and I've sewed her many a wild outfit as well....thanks for the story! I just looked at your site and signed up for your newsletter! Love~

  • handknitted4you

    handknitted4you said 5 years ago

    Ohhh, I'm actually home that evening & not off working my other full time job. Looking forward to it!

  • starlyt99

    starlyt99 said 5 years ago

    Hello everyone! Sounds like a great workshop. Hey can someone let me know if we get w2"s or 1099's from Etsy on what we make here? Will it all be reported to IRS? Can you make up to a certain amount before you have to report the total, like $500 or $600? If anybody has info on this please email me with your information. Thanks alot..

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 5 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

  • JoJosArtisticDesign

    JoJosArtisticDesign said 5 years ago

    I was very interested in this, but missed it. Can anyone tell me where I can find the feed?

  • annamariapotamiti

    annamariapotamiti said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Tara is amazingly inspiring!

  • honeyscolors

    honeyscolors said 5 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us all. Truly inspiring. xo

  • DawnSmithDesigns

    DawnSmithDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration...and for the worksheet :)

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 5 years ago

    My friends think I'm a little crazy for getting up at 4am every morning so that I can work before getting the kids up for school. It seriously brought tears to my eyes to read that your mom did the same thing! What an inspiration! Thank you!

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 5 years ago

    I love your point that there is no perfect way to run a business. :) I REALLY started having fun with my business when I realized it is MY business and I can run it any way I want. There is a unique element of creativity to running your own business - we often forget that! :)

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much Tara, I admire you greatly and your advice is precious!! Nice to meet you "in person"! XOX

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 5 years ago

    WOW!! Wonderful information. Thats one of my most difficult tasks is feeling comfortable with failure.

  • GoldGraceShop

    GoldGraceShop said 5 years ago

    Thank you! Some thought-provoking comments... I am trying some new methods for my shop. (Requires lots of chocolate for moral fortification--that's my story and I'm sticking to it.) After watching this tutorial, though, I'm thinking maybe I should be doing something different. Playing with colors is fun, but maybe something more painterly... :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  • SeamsGrannySews

    SeamsGrannySews said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • JeannineCasaleDesign

    JeannineCasaleDesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • ZamPeachy

    ZamPeachy said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! You made things much clearer:)

  • kpdesignsplus

    kpdesignsplus said 5 years ago

    THANK YOU THIS IS THNIGS I NEEDED

  • mariamariscal2010

    mariamariscal2010 said 5 years ago

    hi, this conference its really inspiring, i live in mexico, and i just have finish the career at graphic design, and i have to say, it so hard to find out how to star correctly, and etsy community its one of my inspiration and information source. thanks very much!!!! really apreciate the work you do at de community.

  • LAZen9000

    LAZen9000 said 5 years ago

    !WOWEE! thanks for the email to see this great video! Tara, you're fantastic! :) ...oh!, and thanks to whoever at Etsy decided to share this infovia Tara... (:

  • YsMo

    YsMo said 5 years ago

    So inspiring Tara Gentile, thank you so much!! Excellent article.

  • americanwabisabi

    americanwabisabi said 5 years ago

    GREAT TALK TARA - THANKS FOR SHARING - WABI SABI SPEAKS TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF "THINGS ARE EITHER DEVOLVING TOWARD, OR EVOLVING FROM NOTHINGNESS"

  • cinnamongirlprints

    cinnamongirlprints said 5 years ago

    inspiring talk! all great common sense! the kind of info we all know but dont remember to apply to ourselves!!!!!!! wonderful thanks for sharing with us xx

  • madebymeonly

    madebymeonly said 5 years ago

    Thank you for all the wonderful information...

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 5 years ago

    Great presentation! I'm on vacation and geared up to improve my shop. Now I've got some new tools to apply! Thanks!

  • paintingluv

    paintingluv said 5 years ago

    I had a mom who was a soft touch for young brides, mothers and friends of mine who needed costumes. Our dining room had a folded out Necchi and piles all around "her wall". We would go shopping and she'd reverse engineer my unattainable favorites. Thank you for bringing her back with your loving story.

  • winniewin

    winniewin said 5 years ago

    If you like health, soft and beautiful things. you come to right place.

  • YarningToBe

    YarningToBe said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the inspiring article, I crochet and and am up till 11 or 12 at night and up at 5 in the morning doing what I love. If you love something so much it should never feel like work.

  • lenidesigns

    lenidesigns said 5 years ago

    loved it! thank you so much!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    i ♥ moms thx for the post :)

  • DeirdreLeePortraits

    DeirdreLeePortraits said 5 years ago

    Informative as well as inspirational...thank you for posting!!! <3

  • zafirenia

    zafirenia said 5 years ago

    Totally inspiring and motivational video! Thank you so much Tara and Etsy! So pity that I don't live in US but in Greece! I wish I could attend all of your meetings guys! However I feel so connected being a part of this creative community! Thank you! : )

  • mahabbah

    mahabbah said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! :-) Loved it! <3

  • headtheresa

    Theresa Head from HeadArtWork said 2 years ago

    I enjoyed the presentation, and I have myself done some of the things presented by starting a project and adding my own flavor with hopes of it turning out the way I envisioned it. I am a visionaire and feel that the sky is the limit.

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