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Quit Your Day Job: alinahayes

Dec 21, 2009

by alinahayes

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Alina of alinahayes spent seven years in the medical billing and collections field before getting married and moving cross-country. Alina decided to take a pottery class to get back in touch with her creative side and make new friends. She soon realized she wanted to take the plunge into selling her wares full time via Etsy. Alina now successfully supports herself making and selling pottery, loves her newfound freedom, is expecting a child, and is reaching for goals such as a guest feature on the Martha Stewart Show.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I always loved making things. What still amazes me is that it’s possible to create something out of nothing. While attending The School of Visual Arts in New York, drawing and painting was a huge part of my life, until I discovered pottery and the beauty of three-dimensional objects. Clay had completely won me over.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
As a single girl in New York City, I needed a day job. Somehow I managed to get into the Medical Billing/Collections profession. Yikes! I was very good at it, so one job led to another, a promotion, a bigger pay check. Before I knew it, this “career” was going on for seven years. When I got married, my new husband had a job opportunity that would require us to move to Los Angeles, and we jumped on it! Sticking to what I knew best, I got yet another job in an office as a medical collector. I knew I was sinking. I was newly married to an incredible man, living in a fabulous city, and yet I was miserable. I decided to take some pottery classes to release some creative juices and make some friends, and so here I am!

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Yes! As soon as I saw how well some of Etsy’s sellers were doing, I realized that quitting my day job was a real possibility. I plunged into making as much pottery as I could in my spare time to fill up my Etsy shop.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details!
I am not much of a planner, and I tend to second-guess myself, so I decided to jump in with both feet before I changed my mind.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?

  • Consistently listing new items kept me more visible and active in the Etsy community. Joining the Etsy Mud Team was great and helped me get into some of my first Treasuries.
  • Treasuries are a great way to get to the elusive home page! Creating Treasury lists and including your favorite sellers likely ensures they will return the favor.
  • Participating in Etsy-wide promotional sales is always helpful and will direct extra traffic to your shop.
  • My blog, which I started because all I wanted to do was talk about clay and pottery, has helped in my marketing efforts.
  • Facebook and Twitter are great networking sites to consider if you don‘t have time to devote to a blog.
  • I also think it’s important to go beyond the Internet to grow your business. Doing local shows and sales as well as swinging by gift boutiques with your product will ensure that more people know you exist. The more people know you’re out there, the better your chances are for a sale.


What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Discounting work for the sake of doing so. Knowing what your work is worth is important, and just because it’s cheaper, does not mean you will sell more any faster.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up, walk over to my laptop to check for Etsy sales and Convos (even before I make the coffee…just can’t help it).
  • I like to pack up my orders first and get them ready for the post office.
  • I then make my way to the garage where, depending on what pottery making phase I am in, I will either throw, trim or glaze pottery. I like to spend at least four hours a day “making” pottery, otherwise I don’t feel productive.
  • Often times I will be so caught up in it all, I’ll forget to eat lunch. However, I am pregnant at the moment, so that is not a possibility. Gotta make time for lunch!
  • When I feel I need a break, I’ll make a trip to the post office and answer daily email.
  • I don’t really keep a constant daily work schedule.
  • Some days I will work well into the evenings. Others, I will end around 4 p.m. The same goes for weekends.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy the freedom! The fact that I do not have to be in an office for a given number of hours every day. I love working in my pajamas! I love that I do not have a supervisor watching over my shoulder. I love that I get to do what I actually LOVE.  I miss absolutely nothing, and that is how I know I have made the right decision.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Separating my personal and professional life. Working and living at home sometimes makes it difficult to stop doing one and start doing the other.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Have confidence and take the leap.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
To maintain a steady and flowing production schedule. At the end of my first year on Etsy, I wanted to double my sales the next year and it was something I was able to accomplish. Now that my Etsy shop is my full-time job, I would like to double (if not triple) this year’s sales. I would like to keep increasing traffic to my store and continue to create quality product people will enjoy. Oh, and I’d also like to be a guest on the Martha Stewart Show. Hi, Martha!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Your Etsy shop will only be as good as the amount of time you’re willing to devote to it. Take great dynamic photos and sell quality products. Do not be discouraged. It takes time and a lot of effort, but I assure you it is possible to succeed.

Thanks to Alina for sharing her story. You can see some of Alina‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

209 comments

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 11 years ago

    Congrats, wonderful story :) Your bunny platter is unbelievably cute!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 11 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, your story inspiring and your photographs fantastic! May you have continued success in the coming new year.

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 11 years ago

    Congrats ! Wonderful story and fascinating works...

  • squidart

    squidart said 11 years ago

    Inspirational! Thank you for sharing and for your marketing tips. Good luck with your goals!!!

  • econica

    econica said 11 years ago

    I LOVE your pottery! Some pieces are so unusual.

  • econica

    econica said 11 years ago

    I LOVE your pottery! Some pieces are so unusual...

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Alina. You do beautiful work!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work, congratulations!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    Great interview! Congrats and continued success to you. I love your work!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 11 years ago

    I love your work! Congrats on your success! :D

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 11 years ago

    Put in a good word to Martha for me when you meet that goal and meet her!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 11 years ago

    Love your white hydrangea plate!! Lovely shop. Cngratulations and best wishes for continued success AudreyGardenLady

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 11 years ago

    great work and you are very inspiring, thank you. :)

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 11 years ago

    Congrats!! I love your work!!!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 11 years ago

    beautiful creations! Happy for you!

  • theLostEarring

    theLostEarring said 11 years ago

    Lovely work! Very inspiring to read this :) Congratulations to you!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 11 years ago

    Congrats, Alina! You have a beautiful shop. :)

  • californiablue

    californiablue said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article - One of the first items I ever bought on Etsy was from alinahayes! It is a small sage green dish with 2 adorable lady bugs perched on the edge - just precious!

  • javagirls

    javagirls said 11 years ago

    Very nice shop, Alina!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 11 years ago

    Congrats Alina...inspiration for all!

  • TwistedDesigns

    TwistedDesigns said 11 years ago

    Congrats on the pregnancy! Also, I love the earth tones in in your work.

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 11 years ago

    Congrats on your success and your baby to come! All the best to you!

  • supplier

    supplier said 11 years ago

    congrats for your gorgeousness works

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 11 years ago

    Your have a Wonderful Life! Congratulations on taking steps to create in freedom, as well as your pregnancy. Beautiful pottery.

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on everything! Yay!

  • dishyvintage

    dishyvintage said 11 years ago

    Lovely work and an inspirational story. Congrats to you!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 11 years ago

    So lovely! Congratulations!

  • DestinysTreasures

    DestinysTreasures said 11 years ago

    That is great. Congradulations. This story gives me hope.

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 11 years ago

    Congrats on quitting! :)

  • CurransofVermont

    CurransofVermont said 11 years ago

    Alina your work is amazing! So many different styles, textures, colors - I want them all!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 11 years ago

    LOVE your work! Kudos for taking the giant leap of Faith and it working for you! No turning back! Much continued success your way!!

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 11 years ago

    Congratz ! It's great to be your own boss and enjoy the freedom . You are very talented . Happy Holidays ! BTW your Ladybugs Attack - Salt and Pepper Shakers are AWESOME !

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Alina on your Etsy success and on your little baby on the way!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 11 years ago

    Congrats to you..for your wonderful Etsy success and also your baby on the way! I love your work and thank you for sharing your story!

  • LoveMeKnotCreations

    LoveMeKnotCreations said 11 years ago

    kudos!!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 11 years ago

    I just love pottery, nothing like a cup of tea in a lovely mug made by someones hands! So glad to see you get to "work" full time doing what you love!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 11 years ago

    Say hi to Martha :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story Alina and congratulations on quiting your day job too. Lovely shop like the cherry branches vase and wish you continued success on Etsy and a wonderful life ahead.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 11 years ago

    Congrats!! Beautiful work.

  • KhoKreative

    KhoKreative said 11 years ago

    You're an inspiration! Congrats! :)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 11 years ago

    You make such fun pieces.. beautiful as well. I loved your story.. much continued success!

  • whyte

    whyte said 11 years ago

    Beautiful pottery, congratulations on reaching your goals and your success!

  • TwistedRiverClay

    TwistedRiverClay said 11 years ago

    Nice pottery - Best of luck on Etsy.

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 11 years ago

    Beautiful Work! Thank you for sharing your story!!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 11 years ago

    When the baby comes...embrace nap time as much as possible! It will become more and more difficult to find time (and energy!) to create. Don't drop everything to grab the baby...my first born was great at crying right when I grabbed a paint brush! I learned that if I waited three minutes, he usually settled back into his nap (and then sleep for 3 hours while I painted!!!) Congrats on finding a job that makes you happy :)

  • WSDreams

    WSDreams said 11 years ago

    Absolutely GORGEOUS! :) Many congratulations on your work and your new addition! It is an INCREDIBLE journey! :)

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 11 years ago

    beautiful work, love the little bunny dish:)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 11 years ago

    I look forward to seeing you on Martha!

  • 1022SeaShellAve

    1022SeaShellAve said 11 years ago

    Great story, congrats :)

  • meiresthaidesign

    meiresthaidesign said 11 years ago

    I love the flowers on the vase ...u are very talented!

  • LakeCharlotte

    LakeCharlotte said 11 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the technique and colors of the Handmade Pinch Stoneware Vase. Looks like a Peacock!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 11 years ago

    Inspiring. I think the Heather Brown Oval teapot is absolutely beautiful!!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 11 years ago

    Always inspiring! Between my two etsy shops I hope to one day quit my day job too!!! thanks for sharing all your helpful tips, and congrats!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 11 years ago

    I enjoy these stories. Continued success to you!

  • CreationsbyCat

    CreationsbyCat said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!! Beautiful work!

  • KylieO

    KylieO said 11 years ago

    So encouraging, and I love the Tiffany's blue glaze!

  • TheHickoryTree

    TheHickoryTree said 11 years ago

    What beautiful pottery you make! You are successful because you found a passion that you love and it's reflected in your art...

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 11 years ago

    Beautiful story and beautiful work!

  • jazzycan1

    jazzycan1 said 11 years ago

    Beautiful Work. Will be looking for you on Martha's Show

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 11 years ago

    Great success story. Thanks for sharing!

  • FrostedWillow

    FrostedWillow said 11 years ago

    Love the earthy feel to your pieces. Good luck with the baby!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on your shop and of course your little one. Your article was very encouraging and I love your pottery. Blessings and prayers go to you and your family.

  • crochetedbycharlene

    crochetedbycharlene said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the confidence boost! Congratulations on the baby. Children are such a gift from God.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 11 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful!

  • mostlyart

    mostlyart said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Alina!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! Great story!

  • madmud

    madmud said 11 years ago

    Congratulations, Alina! You're inspirational!

  • InfatuatedGirlShop

    InfatuatedGirlShop said 11 years ago

    Great pieces, and an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 11 years ago

    Nice story, and congrats to your success! Thanks for sharing!

  • nunofakind

    nunofakind said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful and inspirational story! ...and after seeing the display of your products, I can see the reason for your great success!

  • ChrissyAnnCeramics

    ChrissyAnnCeramics said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the motivation! Congratulations on your great success and your new baby!!! Cheers, Chrissy

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 11 years ago

    Congratulations and all the best. Say hello to Martha for me.

  • lotusinteriors

    lotusinteriors said 11 years ago

    Yay!!! Good for you! It is stories like yours that makes me think that anything is possible and that anyone can do whatever it is that makes them happy. Thanks for being an inspiration to us all!

  • tracyburton1009

    tracyburton1009 said 11 years ago

    Thank you for your pearls of wisdom. Made me that much more motivated to make it happen for my business & gain more freedom from the office. Continued success!

  • galit

    galit said 11 years ago

    Truly inspiring!

  • ColAreto

    ColAreto said 11 years ago

    Very fun article! Love your pottery! Great job and keep it up!! :)

  • busybee67

    busybee67 said 11 years ago

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your new found happiness(es)!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 11 years ago

    Your shop is beautiful, I particularly like the pair of pears. Wonderful article, inspiring, I'll be back to reread often. Thanks, Lisa

  • Thaimade

    Thaimade said 11 years ago

    Very good sharing!!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! very inspiring! :) Your pottery is beautiful

  • mystudio

    mystudio said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Loved the article.

  • LilydaleVintage

    LilydaleVintage said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • MissMartys

    MissMartys said 11 years ago

    Your so cute! Congratulations on your success, and on motherhood. Thanks for sharing your story. I love the organic milk jug. I'll add it to my favorites as I think it would be a great gift for my husband.

  • TomBjornDesigns

    TomBjornDesigns said 11 years ago

    godd luck with everything!

  • emmybo

    emmybo said 11 years ago

    Oh my goodness- the "quit your day job series" is my absolute favorite! Congratulations Alina on your beautiful shop and pieces, on taking the leap, and on your pregnancy!! I strive to be something like you in the next few years!! Thanks for the inspiration, Emily

  • Tias

    Tias said 11 years ago

    Great work and great article! Thanks for shaing with us. x

  • sergun

    sergun said 11 years ago

    wonderful work, congratulations

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your success. I hope to apply some of your tips to my little business.

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed said 11 years ago

    Here's to tripling your sales in 2010!

  • StellasKnits

    StellasKnits said 11 years ago

    Here's my pick for a hostess gift to bring to your New Year's Eve party! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=25581071

  • flyngmunky

    flyngmunky said 11 years ago

    your pieces are beautiful, and your story inspiring. keep up the great work.

  • nitamartins

    nitamartins said 11 years ago

    Great work! It's a wonderful think when we manage to do what we love! Hurray!

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 11 years ago

    nice story.Congratulations!

  • OlgaCarmody

    OlgaCarmody said 11 years ago

    Oh, what an inspiring story. Congratulations Alina on your success and your new baby coming. You will be vvveeeeerrrryy busy and probably overwhelmed with your little one at the beginning. But as someone already advised you, take good naps ( I talk only from my experience , I just had my third child and believe me it is difficult to be a mother of 3 and a beginning seller on Etsy). I need the stories like this to keep me motivated . Thank you , thank you , thank you.

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 11 years ago

    Congratulations. I love your work.

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 11 years ago

    Congratulation. I love your work.

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 11 years ago

    Congratulations and best wishes for continued success - beautiful work!

  • ReclaimedDesigns

    ReclaimedDesigns said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! You make beautiful pottery. You offer great tips! Lots of luck.

  • tomlindesign

    tomlindesign said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I'm so happy that you have followed your passion and found success.

  • SaltwaterDesigns

    SaltwaterDesigns said 11 years ago

    It must feel so great to be doing what you love full time!! Congrats!

  • KnockKnocking

    KnockKnocking said 11 years ago

    This is wonderfully inspiring, your store in beautiful and unique, and congratulations on that baby bump!

  • Jackthemanabouttown

    Jackthemanabouttown said 11 years ago

    What a nice story. Good luck with your baby and your shop!

  • wyrdandwired

    wyrdandwired said 11 years ago

    Congratulations, and best of luck going forward! Lovely work - thanks for sharing!

  • JourneyDesigns

    JourneyDesigns said 11 years ago

    great story, great pieces!! Love the bunny and hydrangea.

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 11 years ago

    Your work is beautiful - big congrats on your success!

  • KayLynnStudio

    KayLynnStudio said 11 years ago

    Thank you for all the insight! Being a newbie here I sure appreciate the guidance! You are an inspiration.

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 11 years ago

    Alina, you are so inspirational. I want to do exactly what you have done. Thank you so much for sharing your story, and congratulations on your success and pregnancy! Good luck with everything :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 11 years ago

    I love your work, thanks for sharing!

  • PhunkyJunket

    PhunkyJunket said 11 years ago

    I love that Hydrangea plate! Your unbelievably talented, and tell Martha I said Hi!!!

  • gullistCraft

    gullistCraft said 11 years ago

    Great interview! Success story, I love your work!

  • PoshDots

    PoshDots said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congratulations on your success and your new baby on the way. :)

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 11 years ago

    Great story! Lovely shop! Congrats! :D

  • Susantheawesome

    Susantheawesome said 11 years ago

    Your devotion has inspired me so much that I wish I could go buy my own kiln right now (not that I don't want one already) but more so now. I love doing ceramics, always have, my interest in ceramics started like your but in high school. I haven't been able to part from it and would hope one day I can be as successful as you.

  • ImJewelee

    ImJewelee said 11 years ago

    A W E S O M E story Alina sounds almost exactly like my day. It is hard to separate home and business when it is in your home and you do have to learn to just pull back sometimes. Thanks for sharing and have fun reaching your goals!!! ♥ Julee

  • lurearts

    lurearts said 11 years ago

    Congrats on making a successful leap into quitting your day job! I love your stuff!

  • PoshPixels

    PoshPixels said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 11 years ago

    Lovely shop, congrats!

  • Carriemariah

    Carriemariah said 11 years ago

    Lovely work!:) cant wait untill i can quit my day job! i have quite a way to go yet though :( x

  • MarkItPlace

    MarkItPlace said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love lady bugs!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 11 years ago

    Such fun stuff in your shop. No wonder you love it. :-)

  • retrobabyvilla

    retrobabyvilla said 11 years ago

    What an inspiration! Your pottery is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • kayescreations

    kayescreations said 11 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration. I really want to get to this point with my store!

  • moddyboy80

    moddyboy80 said 11 years ago

    That is some nice work, and the quality really shows. Fabulous photos of it as well - they really leap off the page. Wishing you a lot of success in the coming year, both professionally and personally!

  • LindaFriedrich

    LindaFriedrich said 11 years ago

    Love it! I am working on it too - so its exaclty what I needed to read to be motivated ;-)

  • kwaraw

    kwaraw said 11 years ago

    Super cool article. Congrats.

  • dorothydomingo

    dorothydomingo said 11 years ago

    Congrats, Alina! What an awesome success story and may it continue into the new year for you!

  • supplier

    supplier said 11 years ago

    really gorgeousness works congrats

  • JudyBFreeman

    JudyBFreeman said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article!!! Beautiful work!!!

  • kasza

    kasza said 11 years ago

    I'm in art school right now, and I'm doing throwing next semester. I might like it as much as you do, but eitherway, I still have lots of other things I love doing creatively..and it really depresses me thinking I maybe stuck in a daytime office job doing whatever for whoever. I hope I can make my shop work.

  • suepariseaupottery

    suepariseaupottery said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Good luck meeting your ambitious goals for the upcoming year.

  • YayaOrchid

    YayaOrchid said 11 years ago

    Beautiful pottery and great story!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 11 years ago

    great article...much luck with your goals and thank you for the good advice.

  • LAWBags

    LAWBags said 11 years ago

    Congrats on your success, hope next year is even better! Great article.

  • AnnBernadette

    AnnBernadette said 11 years ago

    I am at my day job right now... thanks for the inspiration!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 11 years ago

    Congrats, and I hope you reach all of your goals!

  • TreasureAttic

    TreasureAttic said 11 years ago

    wish i could be one of those sellers that could quit their day job.. I have all my items marked down and still dont make any sales.. any ideas..

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 11 years ago

    So inspiring. Beautiful shop and gorgeous pottery!! Thank you for sharing your story :)

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story. I hope to be able to succeed like you :) Beautiful shop.

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 11 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • LayneyDasher

    LayneyDasher said 11 years ago

    You have great pieces on here! Such an inspiration, love it all!

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 11 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story! your work is so beautiful!

  • wilmajeandesigns

    wilmajeandesigns said 11 years ago

    I love your shop! Thanks for all the great advice. I will be marketing as you suggested and next, looking for local shops to sell my art. You have inspired me.

  • sweetgorgeousthings

    sweetgorgeousthings said 11 years ago

    yes, what great advice

  • MadameKoiteh

    MadameKoiteh said 11 years ago

    What a lovely story! Congratulations on Baby, the best adventure is yet to come!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 11 years ago

    Sound advice - my New Year resolution is to spend much more time on Etsy. I guess what you put in is what you get out. Congrats on the business and the baby!

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery said 11 years ago

    Glad you took the plunge. Seconding the "Hi Martha!"

  • GemsByJoy

    GemsByJoy said 11 years ago

    Thank you! Inspiring!

  • wildwildthings

    wildwildthings said 11 years ago

    inspiring story! Thanks!

  • nkpdesigns

    nkpdesigns said 11 years ago

    Your work is incredible! Thanks for sharing your pottery journey! :)

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 11 years ago

    Great work. Best wishes for a healthy happy pregnancy and baby.

  • LiahLovesLuna

    LiahLovesLuna said 11 years ago

    I love your work! I can't wait to get started after the 1st of the year, I gave myself that goal...I too have been in the medical billing/collections career field for almost 15 years...and have dreams to run my own life here with Etsy's help! Thanks for giving me hope and good luck with your goal of getting on Martha's show and with your bundle of joy on the way!

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 11 years ago

    Great Story~ congratulations!! =)

  • msmithlewis

    msmithlewis said 11 years ago

    beautiful work... best of luck!

  • TheIrishBearCo

    TheIrishBearCo said 11 years ago

    the ladybirds are such an adorable twist

  • SoapbySeaBlossom

    SoapbySeaBlossom said 11 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the little Victorian mugs!

  • improvised

    improvised said 11 years ago

    This article was inspiring and very motivating for me. Have you thought of writing? you're good at it. :)

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story!

  • timelessNchic

    timelessNchic said 11 years ago

    You are such an inspiration! Congrats on your baby....Everything about your shoppe exudes class and amazing talent! Awesome job! Best of luck in 2010! Hugs, Courtney

  • RawElement

    RawElement said 11 years ago

    You are my inspiration after reading this success story! I just started my Etsy page this month and I hope to follow in the same path as you. Congrst on your little one on the way and your pottery is beautiful!

  • JiSTdesigns

    JiSTdesigns said 11 years ago

    Jumping in feet first! I love it! Wish I could just do that too... Your work is beautiful!

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 11 years ago

    i think it's time martha had some more potters featured on her show!!!

  • vintageretrocat

    vintageretrocat said 11 years ago

    I found this article very interesting. I too am changing the way I do business. I have been a vintage dealer for several years and wanted to use my knowledge of fashion to create my own designs. My etsy shop is a mix of my own designs and vintage fashion.

  • zephyrvalleypottery

    zephyrvalleypottery said 11 years ago

    Alina! So proud of you! Congrats!

  • jeannineleigh

    jeannineleigh said 11 years ago

    You're work is amazing! Thank you for sharing your story! Jeannine

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 11 years ago

    i just recently started to read the success stories AGAIN...i don't know why i had stopped, probably to impliment some of the great ideas you get from each one. i love the inner energy that alina & others in the past have conveyed in their articles. it is always so inspiring...thank you!

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 11 years ago

    another inspiring story!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 11 years ago

    Great story and some great advice!

  • tanjadlyn

    tanjadlyn said 11 years ago

    I love your story! Can't wait to join you! Love your art.

  • curiouspug

    curiouspug said 11 years ago

    Wow what a great story ! And to be living your dream job! I'm totally in love with those team Jacob team Edward mugs!

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 11 years ago

    Love your story! I am with tanjadlyn, can't wait to join you both :D

  • bgifford

    bgifford said 11 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • newearthsoaps

    newearthsoaps said 11 years ago

    Beautiful story, well done and thanks for the encouragement. Time to take my store up a gear or two!

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Great shop and I love your ladybugs!

  • zafirenia

    zafirenia said 11 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful and inspiring! Wish you all the success in the coming year! Thanks for sharing with us your story! :-)

  • ChatterBoxArt

    ChatterBoxArt said 11 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about you, and your work is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing....hope you make it on Martha's show. Good luck and blessings with your little one.

  • iozzilina

    iozzilina said 11 years ago

    Goog luck with the babies :)!

  • maijutzeler

    maijutzeler said 11 years ago

    very nice blog...love the info and thanks for sharing! ^_^

  • WishesAndSpells

    WishesAndSpells said 11 years ago

    I L O V E your work! Amazing!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 11 years ago

    Nice products. You go girl....Congrats!

  • RawElement

    RawElement said 11 years ago

    I love your pottery! Beautifully made and what a great inspiration for others!

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 11 years ago

    ~Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.~ *****************************************

  • RomancingJuliet

    RomancingJuliet said 11 years ago

    This is a very nice article and you have beautiful pottery! When I was reading the "your normal day" part it sounded just like me! Keep up the good work, good luck with the pregnancy and keep on trucking!

  • NoisyButterfly

    NoisyButterfly said 11 years ago

    ~Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing~

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 11 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring interview. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • AntiModern

    AntiModern said 11 years ago

    INSPIRATION IS NOW FLOWING THROUGH MY BODY! THANK YOU FOR YOUR STORY!!!!!!:)

  • HeyDiddleBaby

    HeyDiddleBaby said 11 years ago

    Congrats, your pottery is beautiful! Love the White Hydrangea Robins Egg Dish. Thanks for sharing your story and marketing tips. Best of luck this year, with your shop and the new baby!

  • cthings

    cthings said 11 years ago

    Yay! Congrats on your big achievement of quitting and being on your own! Great pottery and many more success to you!

  • TJToubeaux

    TJToubeaux said 11 years ago

    Your story is such an inspiration! I started my etsy business after being laid off from my medical billing job. Crazy world! Glad that I read this. I wish you much success.

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 11 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration

  • jessicawoodcapps

    jessicawoodcapps said 11 years ago

    I'm pumped after reading this! Thanks!

  • keeperofart

    keeperofart said 11 years ago

    Inspirational! you have beautiful pottery! I wish you much success.

  • annaaizic

    annaaizic said 11 years ago

    wow!Love your art! Thanks for the insights ;-)

  • keishapeguespottery

    keishapeguespottery said 11 years ago

    Helloooo...I am so happy to finally read about a potter who quit the day job. I have been looking for this for so long. Thanks for telling your story. I am still on the hunt for more potters who actually did it! Your work is beautiful. Keep shining!

  • kpdreams

    kpdreams said 11 years ago

    Your work is unique. I love the "pair of pears". Keep up the great job!

  • wrappedingems

    wrappedingems said 11 years ago

    You have such beautiful work! I love your designs. I hope you reach your goals this year!! Good luck!

  • artroxemc

    artroxemc said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work! I just added you to my faves...can't wait to see what you make next! It's very inspiring :)

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 11 years ago

    THANK you for sharing your great story! You have beautiful pieces. Best wishes with the little one.

  • eternalsotsm

    eternalsotsm said 11 years ago

    You make beautiful work. I'm a student at an art school at the moment and your story was an inspiration!

  • celestialfoundations

    celestialfoundations said 11 years ago

    I agree with eternalsotsm, you're story is truly inspiring!!!

  • YellowElm

    YellowElm said 11 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story!!

  • DustyRoseDesigns

    DustyRoseDesigns said 11 years ago

    I've admired, and collected your work, from the old days at the Burbank CAC. Wonderful to see you on etsy doing so well!

  • GutterGlory

    GutterGlory said 11 years ago

    congrats! lovely work and your story was very inspiring im currently doing my MFA majoring in glassblowing.. and it can all seem a little daunting trying to live of ones art slowly but surely im making steps to do it.. and stories like yours give me hope that one day i can just sell my work and survive without having to participate in the ratrace! thanx:)

  • mrtrosen

    mrtrosen said 11 years ago

    Great post!

  • adencreations

    adencreations said 11 years ago

    Wonderful work! You are very creative.

  • Lexsomnia

    Lexsomnia said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! I hope you have lots more success!

  • joyelizabethceramics

    joyelizabethceramics said 11 years ago

    very motivating! thank you ...your shop is beautiful

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 11 years ago

    Your work is just stunning!

  • richmondpotters

    richmondpotters said 11 years ago

    If you want to learn pottery, you can check out www.richmondpottersclub.com. It's a non-profit based in Richmond, BC, Canada.

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