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Featured Seller: Mojo Spa Style

Oct 12, 2011

by mojospastyle

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My family is Greek and growing up I spent a lot of time in Greece and traveling throughout Europe with them. I was always in awe of the fashions I would see there and how sophisticated and trendy the women dressed. I was also inspired by the plethora of handcrafted items and the respect people had for true artisans and the process of creation whether it be food, fashion, wine, or soaps.

Soon, I was learning to use a sewing machine to create the fashions that I could not find back here in the States. Eventually, I found myself hosting spa parties at my home, selling my own handbags along with my handmade natural beauty products.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
My full-time business is Mojo Spa, a handmade beauty company with over 200 handmade beauty products from cosmetics to skincare to my famous cake and cupcake soaps. I have a store in Chicago and a natural nail spa where I pamper my clients with homemade desserts and events like Beauty and Brunch on Sundays.

I’m always reading cookbooks and I love to bake. I like to say that I’m a graduate of the Food Network; I always have it in the background when I’m sewing or crocheting. If I’m not making beauty products or sewing you will find me in the kitchen cooking up new dessert and beauty recipes, which I post on my blog.

What would be the title of your memoir?
How I Conquered the World on a Protein Shake. I started Mojo Spa ten years ago, and throughout that time I suffered from serious health problems. My business slowly grew as a result of my sickness — since I was unable to use many of the chemical laden products and cosmetics on the market at that time, I created my own. It was truly a labor of love, and one that often seemed impossible when I couldn’t get out of bed or couldn’t eat anything but liquids. I didn’t go out much because of my sickness but instead I learned how to sew and crochet and started making handbags and accessories to give myself another creative outlet.

The most important thing I have learned so far is to never give up. Many people told me I couldn’t do it because I was sick or I didn’t have the ability to take my business to the next level. Through Etsy I was able to grow both of my businesses and reach international customers whom I would not have been able to otherwise. I believed that I would succeed no matter what, because I knew that Mojo Spa is what gave me the will to survive and have something to work towards. That belief is what finally gave me the ability to heal myself using alternative and holistic methods, which I now incorporate into many of the products that I create for other people to be able to heal themselves. This has only fueled my motivation to develop more innovative products to help people feel good on the inside and out.

Where does your inspiration come from?
I find inspiration everywhere! I always look to my customers and what they want to see as my number one inspiration. Many of my ideas are inspired by my time in Greece and vintage fashion. I love watching old movies for inspiration or going to vintage stores. My sister inspires me all the time and I bounce all my ideas off of her because our styles are so different that I know I can create something that will appeal to more people. I get inspired by function in handbags or accessories and then I try to put a romantic twist on it.

What does handmade mean to you?
Handmade simply means made with love. The passion that I have for both of my crafts always makes me happy and shines through no matter how tired I am. You believe in what you are making and your heart is invested in the process. In the end, it comes down to a simple statement my grandma used to say to me about making her famous filo pies: “People can make my recipe but if they do not make it with love you will taste the difference.”

How would you describe your creative process?
An idea usually comes to me as I’m falling asleep at night. Sometimes I will dream of the idea and all the possible ways I could make it. Then I start to make a prototype, and I either nail it on the first try or I have to make several samples before I like what I see. Then I show it to my sister and get her feedback, as well as my other employees. If the feedback is positive then I will see how it sells and decide if I will make more in different colors and sizes.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would love to take a peek inside Valentino’s or Oscar de la Renta‘s studios and their archives. Their gowns and accessories are so beautiful and have inspired me over the years.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
When I was very young my mother wanted me to remember my Greek heritage and always remember all the good times we had there as a family. She had a special gold bracelet made for me with my Greek name engraved on it so every time I wear it I think of walking on the boardwalk, going to the bakery with my grandma to get freshly baked bread, or eating the best filo pie ever!

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I get out of creative ruts by talking with my sister. She usually tells me ideas she has and we collaborate on new designs all the time. Also I will visit my favorite fashion blogs and love looking at pictures on Pinterest. I watch old movies from the ’50s and ’60s — they inspire me because I love retro fashion. I go to the fabric store and look at all the fabrics or I will go to vintage stores to get my creative juices flowing.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I would definitely like to be healthy and enjoying my life. It would be wonderful to continue to grow my businesses and have multiple store locations selling both my handmade beauty products and handbags/accessories. I also would love to be a motivational speaker and tell my story of how I created and ran my business for seven years despite my sickness. We all have excuses of why we don’t do what we love and I would like to inspire people to let them know it can be done.

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280 comments

  • ekra

    ekra said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature and keep up the beautiful work!

  • ToosDetectiveAgency

    ToosDetectiveAgency said 8 years ago

    I'm so happy for you that you are able to make a living doing what you love! I wish continued health, creativity, and prosperity!

  • gabrielefelt

    gabrielefelt said 8 years ago

    You should not hesitate or postpone becoming a motivational speaker. People need to be inspired! :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    love! another favorite shop of mine being featured always makes me happy. loved reading the interview~ congrats! ♥

  • MapleCreekShop

    MapleCreekShop said 8 years ago

    Great feature! I love the style of her product photos.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    Haha, food network grad here too!! Great interview, beautiful shop!

  • violintide

    violintide said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 8 years ago

    Congratulation on the feature. You have a beautiful shop

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 8 years ago

    Such lovely work!

  • LetterChef

    LetterChef said 8 years ago

    Your products remind me of spring - beautiful!

  • EminenceDesign

    EminenceDesign said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Beautiful work - keep it up!!

  • HealthyReflections

    HealthyReflections said 8 years ago

    Nice story and beautiful work.

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 8 years ago

    Congrats !!! Wonderful interview !!!

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson said 8 years ago

    Loved reading how you got your start-- and seeing what a success you are today! Lovely items; congratulations on the feature!

  • vicontempo

    vicontempo said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, and a very inspiring interview. Thanks for sharing.

  • todomini

    todomini said 8 years ago

    Congrats!!! Beautiful work!! :)

  • OliveSpoonStudio

    OliveSpoonStudio said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring interview! I'm so happy for your success - well done!!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    You've got a great talent with fabrics! Keep it up and Congrats on the feature.

  • galit

    galit said 8 years ago

    Love your shop! good luck

  • BizzieLane

    BizzieLane said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! Very inspiring to read your Feature. Blessings to you!

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress said 8 years ago

    Wonderful how you turned a negative illness into a positive business! Best of Luck in all you do :)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 8 years ago

    Ticonis, kukla. <--- Greek for "hello, Doll". Congrats, your products and shop are beautiful.

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful shop you have. Very inspirational interview - thank you for sharing it with us.

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 8 years ago

    Your work is lovely and your story inspiring.

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 8 years ago

    Inspiring....

  • MyImaginationIsYours

    MyImaginationIsYours said 8 years ago

    Awesome interview, very inspiring, congratulations and many well wishes for your success in the future xo

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 8 years ago

    It's always great to hear about another person who took their healing into their own hands!

  • soulspeakarts

    soulspeakarts said 8 years ago

    What wonderful and inspiring commitment and energy you have in spite of your health problems! All the best to you! Blessings for good health and continued success as your dreams and talents continue to bloom!

  • hattricks

    hattricks said 8 years ago

    I am SO, SO excited and happy for you! I can relate to having to push through illness,, and keep on creating and sharing.. Wishing you the very best that life can offer, and good health!! xo, Penney

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Great shop! Congrats!

  • scandivintage

    scandivintage said 8 years ago

    Love this story. :)

  • TheLonelyHeart

    TheLonelyHeart said 8 years ago

    I just LOVE your bags, WOW, just so perfect!!!!!

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 8 years ago

    congrats!!

  • Thenibandquill

    Thenibandquill said 8 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing a piece of your life with us!

  • marysworkshop

    marysworkshop said 8 years ago

    Your beautiful work and how you achieved your dream are very inspiring!

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, your story is very inspiring:-) devika

  • madebynanna

    madebynanna said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!! I admire your work.

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    You sound like a very busy woman! Thanks for the article and congrats on being featured!...btw: I think you would make a great motivational speaker!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! What an inspiring story, I wish you much luck in your future!

  • peaceandglorydetails

    peaceandglorydetails said 8 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Congratulations on your feature and I also think it would be wonderful to take a peek inside the studios of those two designer icons. Ahh, to dream. :) ♥

  • kmaholdcraft

    kmaholdcraft said 8 years ago

    I love Mojospastyle. I have purchased handbags & hats, & have never been disappointed! Then I discovered Mojospa.com. The beauty products are amazing! I've indulged in the handmade soaps, & several cosmetic items. The products are wonderful, fresh, & really do make you feel beautiful. I will never buy over-the-counter eyeshadows or lip balms again! I could go on and on, but to wrap it up, as long as this company is around, I'll be shopping! Thank you so much for your fabulous items! Keep up the fantastic work!

  • JuliaKulp

    JuliaKulp said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature! I have already added one of your bags to my Christmas list!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story ! Congrats!

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the ups and down, inspiring!!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 8 years ago

    What beautiful work. Very inspiring story. Congrats on the article and best of luck for your continued success. xoxo

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 8 years ago

    I love this feature! Congrats on your accomplishments.

  • Glamour365

    Glamour365 said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congrats!

  • WithTheRain

    WithTheRain said 8 years ago

    Congrats!! Love your shop and learning more about you :)

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 8 years ago

    Loved reading your story! Thanks for sharing.

  • BowMoBBB

    BowMoBBB said 8 years ago

    Sharing your wonderful story encourages me to "hang in there!" You sound like you have a wonderful attitude which reminds me of something my dad always told me: "God never dishes out more than you can handle." Thank you for sharing.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful shop and inspiring story.

  • elsahats

    elsahats said 8 years ago

    great presentation! You are a strong woman of heritage.Bravo sou!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 8 years ago

    congratulations!

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 8 years ago

    Inspirational story! Thanks for sharing + congrats on being FS!

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 8 years ago

    I love your style!

  • johnnyvintage

    johnnyvintage said 8 years ago

    Love your shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • RossLab

    RossLab said 8 years ago

    I'd LOVE to have that bookcase full of fabrics. Congrats on your beautiful work and being featured.

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! congrats!

  • laurelsbylaurie

    laurelsbylaurie said 8 years ago

    Great inspirational story. I have to visit your Mojospa.com. That's my mantra for life and etsy "Never, ever give up". Congrats of the wonderful feature and much continued success better health!! :)

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story of triumph and of family connections. Best to you!

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 8 years ago

    I've been a big fan of your shop for a long time and am so happy for you!! God bless your heart, you are an inspiration :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

  • EightTreeStreet

    EightTreeStreet said 8 years ago

    So inspiring, thank you so much! Love your wonderful designs.

  • TheDawgsMeowShoppes

    TheDawgsMeowShoppes said 8 years ago

    Wow! What a blast of serendipity! I have been struggling with this very problem for months of illness. I had come to believe I would simply give up, and my self-confidence was waning fast. This story has helped me realize that illness need not keep me from doing what I am able to do while having hope to to more in the future when I feel better! Thanks and best wishes for a bright and productive future.

  • KnuttinButYarn

    KnuttinButYarn said 8 years ago

    Awesome, awesome post. I have always enjoyed admiring your beautiful items. If I ever make it to Chicago I will definitely be there to check it out.

  • feelingartsy

    feelingartsy said 8 years ago

    great interview!!! congrats!

  • nancynelsonjewelry

    nancynelsonjewelry said 8 years ago

    Your story is inspiring. Way to go!:) Lovely bags.

  • myAvonlea

    myAvonlea said 8 years ago

    Fabulous <3 Congrats. Congrats. Love your pieces <3

  • casamoda

    casamoda said 8 years ago

    congrats

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 8 years ago

    So good to read about you! Your work is comfortably pretty!

  • TheCrochetCafe

    TheCrochetCafe said 8 years ago

    I love love love you work, congratulations!!! =)

  • TheCrochetCafe

    TheCrochetCafe said 8 years ago

    Love love love your work, Congrats!!! =)

  • byNeri

    byNeri said 8 years ago

    Nice interview! Love your beautiful work :)

  • MadeMerriShop

    MadeMerriShop said 8 years ago

    Food network grad as well!! I wish you continued success, congrats on being featured! Your grandmother sounds lovely, reminds me of something my Teta would say :)

  • puska

    puska said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring!!! Congratulations!

  • rosemreyes

    rosemreyes said 8 years ago

    Love this interview. Really inspiring!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 8 years ago

    Thank You for Sharing!! Your an Inspiration. I Too have the Foodnetwork on a Lot. Best Wishes! Tammy

  • HoneyBearsCloset

    HoneyBearsCloset said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful interview! You have truly inspired me, and I look forward to hearing more about your future success. I am now going to check out your store, I love natural products also! Best Wishes, Laurals

  • anotherthyme

    anotherthyme said 8 years ago

    You are a true inspiration! Whatever you do in the years to come, you will definitely succeed...what inner beauty!

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane said 8 years ago

    How inspirational! The whole Greek Etsy Community is proud of you!

  • ahmusing

    ahmusing said 8 years ago

    So beautiful! Congrats, you truly deserve the feature!

  • LilaJo

    LilaJo said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Have been a huge fan for a while now and love your style :) Your very inspiring!

  • LilDebbie

    LilDebbie said 8 years ago

    I love fabric work, it is so graceful and lovely...great work!

  • NaturalPetProducts

    NaturalPetProducts said 8 years ago

    Lovely how hopelessness can be turned in to something so very very wonderful & positive!! Congrats on this honored feature :-)

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! IT is wonderful to hear a story from someone who has an illness and became so successful! I to have an illness that has detroyed my life and I am slowly starting to build my life and my business back up. Good luck to you and health and happiness!!

  • amhuntlocalart

    amhuntlocalart said 8 years ago

    Love it!

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 8 years ago

    I was just admiring your shop the other day, congrats on being the featured seller!

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry said 8 years ago

    congrats on the interview!! ~KK~

  • FacingTheLens

    FacingTheLens said 8 years ago

    Oh, how fun! I went to Mojo Spa a few years ago while on vacation in Chicago and bought some of the yummiest soaps ever. Love seeing Mojo Spa on the front page!!!

  • reveriefrance

    reveriefrance said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I too have a problem with chemical laden products and find big pharma doesn't hold the answers that mother nature does. Bravo to you! I look forward to hearing more. Michelle

  • tratgirl55

    tratgirl55 said 8 years ago

    Absolutely Great Things. Very talented!! Wonderful Story and Inspirational!

  • Pinkymelon

    Pinkymelon said 8 years ago

    your creations are so beautiful! :)

  • WireJewelryCreations

    WireJewelryCreations said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your such an inspiration! Kepp following your dreams and making beautiful items.!

  • namedesignstudio

    namedesignstudio said 8 years ago

    love you work, congratulations:)

  • littlelilybamboo

    littlelilybamboo said 8 years ago

    I loved reading your inspiring interview. Thank you for sharing!

  • TheMonkeyCannon

    TheMonkeyCannon said 8 years ago

    One of my favorite shops !

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 8 years ago

    Oh, that picture of all the fabrics makes me swoooon.

  • CorinneLynae

    CorinneLynae said 8 years ago

    Wow! So deserving! I love food network too. Sweet shop & a big congrats!

  • nuevodesigns

    nuevodesigns said 8 years ago

    Great feature! Lovely products! Congrats!

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being in the spotlight : )

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 8 years ago

    Congrats

  • earjeans

    earjeans said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • erinkeys

    erinkeys said 8 years ago

    one of my favorite etsy shops! Great article and great featured seller pick!

  • missbmckay

    missbmckay said 8 years ago

    Lovely! What a wonderful interview. I just love how you made such a great success out of illness. Congratulations.

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 8 years ago

    awesome story and shop :) congrats! alana

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration you were to me! Some women do not accomplish well, what you accomplish when not feeling well!~ Thank you so much for your perseverance and hard work and example!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 8 years ago

    You're an inspiration. Truly. Not only do I love what you make, but I love how stylized your photos are. Wishing you all the success in the world, you deserve it!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 8 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring, congratulations and I wish you much more continued success!!! :)

  • NogginNovelties

    NogginNovelties said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring. Beautiful work!!

  • cheriebeadle

    cheriebeadle said 8 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration and should definitely start your motivational speaking! All the best with your health!

  • graceandfavourshop

    graceandfavourshop said 8 years ago

    An inspirational post particularly meaningful for me as I have had a similar experience - embracing craft, the making of lovely things and a slower path as a result of illness. A reminder that sometimes the roadblocks we encounter in life are simply pushing us in the direction of something better. Wishing you continued health and success! Angela x

  • Gratefulthreads

    Gratefulthreads said 8 years ago

    Lovely interview. I purchased two hats from you last year, one for me and one for my daughter. We both love them! Keep up the beautiful work.

  • BacciBags

    BacciBags said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story and I wish you good health and luck!!

  • MadisonStreetBeauty

    MadisonStreetBeauty said 8 years ago

    Congrats!

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 8 years ago

    You are a True Inspiration to us all!! Thanks for sharing your story... Best Wishes for your continued success!!

  • Lynniebbags

    Lynniebbags said 8 years ago

    You go girl! I'm inspired! Thank you for sharing yourself and all that you do. Congratulations!!!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! Loved your work. Good luck!

  • gavinmama

    gavinmama said 8 years ago

    Awesome story! You are a true inspiration!

  • laurinmuller

    laurinmuller said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring. And your bags are beautiful!

  • ImpactStudio

    ImpactStudio said 8 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing! I especially appreciate your honesty about your sickness and how you have found a way to do what you love anyway.

  • PrairieBlossoms

    PrairieBlossoms said 8 years ago

    Many thanks for sharing your inspiring story! As a person who struggles daily with a chronic disease, it is encouraging to hear of your perseverance and positivity. It fills me with hope and renewed strength. I wish you continued wellness and success!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Chronic or long-term disease touches so many of us, and it's wonderful to hear that you've pressed on and managed to be so successful doing something that you love despite it. So heartening! Thank you! :)

  • pigeonpaperie

    pigeonpaperie said 8 years ago

    I have admired your bags for a while! It was great to learn more about you and your shop!

  • jpgphotography

    jpgphotography said 8 years ago

    Inspiring :) Congrats.

  • tropAcool

    tropAcool said 8 years ago

    I'd love to swap stash stories, lol. You're a very talented lady. Congratulations.

  • bluebirdheaven

    bluebirdheaven said 8 years ago

    I have purchased several products from Mojo Spa Style! I love reading more about you and how you continue to be successful! Keep it up!

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 8 years ago

    Inspiring. Congratulations and all the very best in all you do.

  • PillowHeart

    PillowHeart said 8 years ago

    Thank you for this- very inspiring!

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 8 years ago

    LOVE your work! Best wishes for many successes!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 8 years ago

    Love your products and shop. Such an inspiring story. Congrats on your feature!

  • GardenHomeArt

    GardenHomeArt said 8 years ago

    Many thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration.

  • Lizabettas

    Lizabettas said 8 years ago

    I've always loved this shop - I very much enjoyed this interview. Congrats!

  • WildflowerGirls

    WildflowerGirls said 8 years ago

    want that fabric organization!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 8 years ago

    Oh...Greece would be so lovely to visit for inspiration !

  • VictoryJewelry

    VictoryJewelry said 8 years ago

    You are an inspiration. I truly loved reading your story. Wishing you much success!

  • TheLotusRoot

    TheLotusRoot said 8 years ago

    your story is so inspiring! congratulations!

  • masonke

    masonke said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks!

  • TheCreativeTree

    TheCreativeTree said 8 years ago

    Congrats, I love this feature!! (:

  • pamelasjewelry

    pamelasjewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats Amanda, I have admired your beautiful creations for some time. So happy to read your beautiful inspirations...

  • CoutureLife

    CoutureLife said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiring story - wishing you continued success!

  • Flyingace

    Flyingace said 8 years ago

    Wow I have always admired your shop. Your story is amazing and inspiring! Congrats!!!

  • TrueRebelClothing

    TrueRebelClothing said 8 years ago

    You are a true inspiration and Thank you for sharing your story:) I love your shop so much, very unique and beautiful

  • FunnyFarmToyBarn

    FunnyFarmToyBarn said 8 years ago

    congrats on the great interview! Best of future continued luck to you!

  • belindasaville

    belindasaville said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Your shop has been a long time favourite of mine, so I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about you and your inspirations. Congratulations on the feature...you deserve it! -xo-

  • ostreicher

    ostreicher said 8 years ago

    congratulations! so inspiring. thanks : )

  • thefuriousfrog

    thefuriousfrog said 8 years ago

    Great and inspiring story! I hope you continue to have great success.

  • alabama54

    alabama54 said 8 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring! I hope your health is continually getting better. Congratulations to you and keep up the great work.

  • ElegantRoseBoutique

    ElegantRoseBoutique said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Fabulous story!

  • skinbyalicia

    skinbyalicia said 8 years ago

    Amazing Story!!

  • peshka

    peshka said 8 years ago

    Love your work!

  • brandyjimenez

    brandyjimenez said 8 years ago

    My best friend’s mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich dot com

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 8 years ago

    Great work!

  • saporta123

    saporta123 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story and your work is beautiful!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 8 years ago

    I loved feeling the connection and love that you have with your family...its beautiful. I wish you continued success and HEALTH :)

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 8 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of your shop - Congrats on the great feature!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 8 years ago

    Great story! It's so inspiring that your passion for what you do helped you through the tough times. Congrats on your feature!

  • LynnsLinens

    LynnsLinens said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! You are one stong lady!! Love your beautiful shop!

  • knotloopy

    knotloopy said 8 years ago

    congrats! how lucky for those of us who have creative outlets to get us through life's challenges. crocheting & painting are my therapy. you are an inspiration! again, congrats to you on the feature :)

  • SkateBetty

    SkateBetty said 8 years ago

    I am so glad I found your article. I also suffer from a chronic illness & making projects have kept me busy & feeling productive when things get tough. I always love hearing stories about toughing it out & making your own path. Keep on truckin! You have a lot of talent.

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie said 8 years ago

    ♥...:)

  • babyblingbyjen

    babyblingbyjen said 8 years ago

    Beautiful stuff...love your shop!

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 8 years ago

    Thank you to everyone!! I really appreciate all the inspirational comments and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to inspire other people with this interview. For those that have struggled like I have with an illness, "when you get lemons make lemonade" Thanks again, Amanda :)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. Best wishes to you for your health and your business.

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe said 8 years ago

    συγχαρητήρια

  • riptieknits

    riptieknits said 8 years ago

    My son struggles with a chronic illness, so it is wonderful to see someone who has made a positive out of the struggle. Congrats to you, lovely work! :)

  • DarkHorseStudio

    DarkHorseStudio said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational, from someone that has had long term health problems in the past I understand your strength to persist! Well done, an amazing achievement! Congrats on being featured seller. Gorgeous work too!

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congrats!

  • HanieBCreations

    HanieBCreations said 8 years ago

    Funny, I was just admiring your work earlier this week, and here you are. In reading about you, it is so ironic how similar we are. I mean I could just about relate to everything you wrote as if I wrote it myself! I am also Greek, (never been to Greece) and my creative talent comes from my Norwegian grandmother. I also agree with what your grandmother says baking her pies with love and how it just wouldn't taste the same without it. Love does make all the difference, and it looks as if God's love shines through in your work, which has given so much life to live for. I just love those Vintage style hats you make, they are truly amazing and great taste you have. You combined crochet with simplicity, yet the end result is worth a million. God Bless You. HanieB.

  • HanieBCreations

    HanieBCreations said 8 years ago

    oh yes, one more thing. I am even more inspired! Thank you for that! HanieB.

  • TourDeForce

    TourDeForce said 8 years ago

    An inspirational story - thank you.

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 8 years ago

    Inspirational.................... a talented artist with a beautiful shop. Love and health to you x

  • aeliosdesign

    aeliosdesign said 8 years ago

    Wonderfully inspirational! Great interview and congrats on your accomplishments! Greek power! Bravo sou!

  • PernillasSS

    PernillasSS said 8 years ago

    I SO LOVE your Shop!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story. Love and Health!! Smiles, Pennie

  • ChantressJewelry

    ChantressJewelry said 8 years ago

    You've inspired me - thank you!

  • NymphDesigns

    NymphDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wow, I read all of the featured seller interviews, but this one really inspired and moved me! I think that people take their health for granted and it's the healthiest people that seem to make the most excuses about why they can't fulfil their dreams and are the ones that put you down and tell you that you can't do it when you know that you can! Keep it up, you are inspiring, successful and strong!

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Wishing you continued health and happiness!

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 8 years ago

    All the best to you!Thanks for sharing your story.

  • NatalieJCollection

    NatalieJCollection said 8 years ago

    Great story! It is great to have someone to bounce ideas off of! For me, it is my sister in law. Love your rosette bags!

  • martacreazioni

    martacreazioni said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing the your story, I wish you all the best in the world, you're a strong person and courage. because we often complain about little things, people like you make us realize that we must never surrender

  • heartdosheart

    heartdosheart said 8 years ago

    congrats on being featured. You make things beautiful

  • nattirootz

    nattirootz said 8 years ago

    Congratulations ......beautiful work.

  • KnottyNotions

    KnottyNotions said 8 years ago

    very inspiring, thank you!

  • dollybirddesign

    dollybirddesign said 8 years ago

    Congrat's Amanda! Wonderful story and so happy to see you here today. Love from your hometown.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful hopeful story you have! Congratulations on your success!

  • saramonroeknits

    saramonroeknits said 8 years ago

    You are a wonderful inspiration for all of us. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 8 years ago

    Your shop and interview are amazing and I'm so glad I read your feature. I too suffer from chronic illness and am very inspired by you. It's encouraging and amazing to read your story. Thanks and best wishes!

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! I especially like how you said people always make excuses why they don't do what they love - so true and a shame. I have aspired not to be one of those people. Thanks for a boost today - I needed it! Much successto you and your business! I'm going to check out your blog!

  • liziandlulu

    liziandlulu said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful story - I think that so many woman are trying to find their place in this world and making things with your hands elevates your life! I appreciate your being candid - handmade has been very healing for me as well. Bless you as you continue on your journey! xjess

  • DeAnneDeSigns

    DeAnneDeSigns said 8 years ago

    That is a great story.

  • vintagegypsymama

    vintagegypsymama said 8 years ago

    This was so inspirational, thank you for sharing your wonderful handmade items!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 8 years ago

    congratulations!

  • juliesadorabowls

    juliesadorabowls said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I am Greek, too. I, only, wish I could have spent more time in Greece and hope to do so in the future. Your shop is wonderful!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 8 years ago

    Great article, congrats, inspiring.

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congrats on the feature!

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful story~ Congratulations!!!

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian said 8 years ago

    Wonderful feature. You are an inspiration. Congrats!

  • hipcouturediva

    hipcouturediva said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your shop! Beautiful creations:)

  • BellaRennie

    BellaRennie said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview and so glad you spotlighted this wonderful artist. Very inspiring...not allowing anything to keep you down and continue to develop ideas despite what happens in life!

  • ElizabethBayu

    ElizabethBayu said 8 years ago

    What a great story! Your work is lovely !!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. I have always just loved your shop and all of your designs. Your photos are always just so beautiful.

  • TwistedSilverDesign

    TwistedSilverDesign said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful inspiring story. Wish you all the success in your businesses and life time of good health.

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Lovely items. Be well.

  • RaggedandWrecked

    RaggedandWrecked said 8 years ago

    Love your shop! Congrats on the feature!

  • AlyTheRed

    AlyTheRed said 8 years ago

    This is the most inspiring Featured Seller interview I've read in a long time. You seem like such a bright light, so much fun and terrifically creative. Congratulations on the coverage AND the return of your health!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern said 8 years ago

    OHHHH WOWWWWWWWW!!! YOUR STUFF IS BEAUTIFULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. It just lifts your spirits knowing you are doing what you love, will help you and others. Wonderful!

  • YanCetta

    YanCetta said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the link to Pinterest. Its a great sight:}

  • ModernaCreations

    ModernaCreations said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!! This is such a beautiful story.

  • debixiyo

    debixiyo said 8 years ago

    Oh I love what you say about your relationships with your family members. It's important to remember your support base. Congratulations!

  • GSStudioworks

    GSStudioworks said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your encouraging story! I also suffer from a chronic illness and my work gives me a reason to keep going every day. You are an amazing example of success and your work is beautiful! I pray that you will experience perfect health in your future. Congratulations!

  • MussyandBirds

    MussyandBirds said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your lovely feature and very lovely shop :) Best wishes and continued success, Theresa and Jessica

  • posa75

    posa75 said 8 years ago

    What perfect timing to read this, I've been having a really rough couple of weeks with my chronic illness. But reading this reminded me that I really can do the things I'm doing - and can keep growing. Thanks for sharing that!

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Amanda!!! Lovely shop. So inspiring story!!!

  • Liduvina

    Liduvina said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Amanda! Lovely shop and so inspiring story!

  • BAjewelry

    BAjewelry said 8 years ago

    I have loved your products since you opened your shop! I can't wait to purchase some things from you this holiday season! thank you for your amazing story and lending me some motivation to keep truckin'! all my best! Jen

  • blissthings

    blissthings said 8 years ago

    I have always loved your stuff - how great to hear your story!

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir said 8 years ago

    Congrats Amanda!!! Wonderful to see you here :) :)

  • LSGLuZO5

    LSGLuZO5 said 8 years ago

    Congratultions! Beautiful work and your story is very inspiring <3

  • GABLI

    GABLI said 8 years ago

    Congrats! This inspires so many of us! thank you.

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 8 years ago

    Wonderful,inspiring story. Your bags are beautiful! Congratulations and continued success!!!

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 8 years ago

    Amanda - you have an amazing, inspirational story and just gorgeous items in your store. Thank you for sharing! :)

  • Avenue3

    Avenue3 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Truly an inspiration and your items are just gorgeous!! Tres chic!! Blessings and continued health and success!!!

  • Jessicabstract

    Jessicabstract said 8 years ago

    I love how the colors in the listings flow together. Beautiful!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on achieving everything you hoped for! Beautiful bags: )

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Never give up--words to live by for sure! Best wishes for your good health and continued success!

  • PinkGlitterBoutique

    PinkGlitterBoutique said 8 years ago

    I love your shop! Congrats on featured seller.

  • MalihaTaylorInspired

    MalihaTaylorInspired said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 8 years ago

    great shop - with a nice mix of goodies!! congrats

  • Freshline

    Freshline said 8 years ago

    Congrats on being a featured seller! You have a gorgeous shop & beautiful bags! Such pretty designs and color schemes!

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 8 years ago

    A favorite shop and fellow Chicagoan! So happy to hear more about you; thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story. Continued success!

  • chica1846

    chica1846 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for a wonderful, inspiring story. There is so much negativity around us - how refreshing to hear from someone with "can do" determination! I wish you continued success, health, and happiness!!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 8 years ago

    fantastic interview and love your pieces! I just found you the other day. Love your cloche hats :-)

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 8 years ago

    Your work has always been one of my favorite on etsy! You're so inspiring!

  • jenny31978

    jenny31978 said 8 years ago

    Congrats! We used to live in Chicago, & my sister was down the street from your storefront on Damon. We loved visiting your store & trying all your goodies. I love your handmade items too.

  • sleighcustomdresses

    sleighcustomdresses said 8 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring!

  • SheppardHillDesigns

    SheppardHillDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great featured seller and wonderful story. Congratulations!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 8 years ago

    Love, Love, Love your work! Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with all of us!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 8 years ago

    Love your work! Your shop is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with us! I wish you all the best!

  • kirstenann

    kirstenann said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured seller!! I love your work all the best for the future and much success to you :)

  • amybunz16

    amybunz16 said 8 years ago

    Congrats on on the feature Amanda! Fantastic read, it was really great to see into your work space and your creativity. I love the picture of all of your fabrics....gorgeous!! Such an inspiring read, I would love to listen in on one of your motivational speeches.vv I have two bags from Mojospa and I love them both to pieces!! Keep up the amazing work!

  • PeanutAndButtons

    PeanutAndButtons said 8 years ago

    My sister and I have gone down a path of holistic living as a result of sickness in our lives, too. I'm so genuinely happy for you that you chose to push through it and thrive. Your stuff rocks.

  • chaoticlucidity

    chaoticlucidity said 8 years ago

    This is truly inspirational. YOu keep it up you really give me hope. I am 30 and have been sick / injured, a combination, since I had just turned 20. I then started making soap and beauty products. I have always sewn and I pretty much try to get my hands into too many things! HA! I love dying things and right now I have two etsy shops and I am trying so hard, it's a lot of work but you give me so much hope. I love the title of your memoir! AWESOME! Thank you for sharing!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration to all, especially in these hard times! You are blessed, very probably because you bless others! Your work is wonderful, I wish you many years of productivity and good health! Aloha, Connie

  • smileykylie97

    smileykylie97 said 8 years ago

    Love your products.

  • arrayofcrochet

    arrayofcrochet said 8 years ago

    Wonderful motivating story, congratulations!

  • thegracioushome

    thegracioushome said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story - beautiful products!!

  • jojosbuttons

    jojosbuttons said 8 years ago

    Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE your handmade creations! Glad to put a lovely face to the name and thanks for sharing! Keep up with the fantastic work. :-) xx

  • gingerpdesigns

    gingerpdesigns said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous - one of the most cohesive looking shops I have ever seen.

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies said 8 years ago

    nice post! congratulations for the interview!

  • Sedonalady

    Sedonalady said 8 years ago

    I too am plaqued with chronic health problems but my sewing and stained glass are my sanity. Reading your story today came at just the right time for me. Thanks

  • GrayDesign

    GrayDesign said 8 years ago

    I've always been a big fan of your work! Congrats!

  • Earthwares79

    Earthwares79 said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing. This is the first time I've heard of your shop. So, I had to check it out...love your bags!!

  • brittanylaurendesign

    brittanylaurendesign said 8 years ago

    What a truly touching story. Thanks for sharing something so personal. The more power to YOU.

  • gilbug1

    gilbug1 said 8 years ago

    Great story and beautiful bags!

  • JillsBoutique

    JillsBoutique said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful story of healing! I loved reading about your spirit and creativity. Congratulations and best wishes for future success!

  • Angelheartdesigns

    Angelheartdesigns said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is beautiful! :)

  • mystichintime

    mystichintime said 8 years ago

    Fabulous inspiring interview.

  • jamiespinello

    jamiespinello said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • VanelDesign

    VanelDesign said 8 years ago

    You are definitely a motivation talker . I was in tears when i read your post. Maybe because i am originally from Bulgaria and you mention Greek bring me back to my country and my best time in my life with my grandma. With your sharing you definitely touch my heart and a lot more! Amazing story,work,shop.spirit and everything. My hat down that your work and inspiration keep you survive.Best to keep you alive and Happy. Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best Vanya

  • leanderdambrosia

    leanderdambrosia said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story, wonderful article and beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  • MySoapgrams

    MySoapgrams said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring!!!

  • PetiteLemon

    PetiteLemon said 8 years ago

    Love your hats!!

  • lillollipop

    lillollipop said 8 years ago

    I must have some of these things in her shop!!!

  • livelaughlovelots

    livelaughlovelots said 8 years ago

    Love your story. Congrats on your many accomplishments!

  • edlynnsattic

    edlynnsattic said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on your feature. Good luck on the motivational speaking!

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage said 8 years ago

    I loved reading your story - congrats on your feature! You have a gorgeous store. :)

  • BuyMeLove

    BuyMeLove said 8 years ago

    Beautiful store - congrats! My mom and I can identify with trying to grow a business through chronic illness, and it can be done. In fact, working for yourself can be the best way to go when you're trying to heal - every day is art therapy, you know best when you need a break or a day off, and you get to be a part of an automatic community of artisans who can at least sympathize with the difficulties of running a handmade business. Wishing you good health and lots of blessings in your work!

  • IdeativePM

    IdeativePM said 8 years ago

    Totally inspired by your story! Congratulations on your success. It's funny, sometimes people begruge other's success, but behind most of them is a story of struggle and opposition. Reading about this helps remind me why I keep doing what I do.

  • karmaOKADA

    karmaOKADA said 8 years ago

    you are A M A Z I N G and have inspired me so. Namaste. love to you*

  • TaylorArts

    TaylorArts said 8 years ago

    Way to go! So inspiring.

  • GORGEOUSTA

    GORGEOUSTA said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! keep it up!

  • sjegan

    sjegan said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this, I'm struggling to set up my shop and it's been pushed faster then I originally planned cause I'm sick so to know you managed it is really reassuring!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 8 years ago

    Love, love, love her!!! Her shop has been a favorite of mine for a long time!

  • Ecouturiere

    Ecouturiere said 8 years ago

    As an Etsy seller who has struggled with health issues, I want to thank you for sharing your story so candidly. Judging from the comments, it seems your inspirational "speaker" career has already begun! You have certainly helped inspire me to keep dreaming and keep moving forward, even on those days when I can't get out of bed. As my (Polish, not Greek) grandmother alway said, "where there's a will, there's a way," and now I'm beginning to see that she was right! May you find continued success wherever your will and your dreams lead you!

  • catiques

    catiques said 8 years ago

    beautiful shop and very interesting article. Congrats on the really nice items.

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story. Love your accessories. I too, have chronic pain and am trying to make a living from my creativity from home.

  • beeluckylady

    beeluckylady said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful shop!

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