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Quit Your Day Job: Blue Hour Designs

May 10, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
Before starting our Etsy shop, Norbert was working as a computer engineer and I was an elementary school teacher. We discovered Etsy through one of my old college friends who was selling handmade purses. The visit to the site, however, did not end in just purchasing a purse.

How did you prepare to transition to full-time Etsy selling?
For several years prior to opening our shop on Etsy, we had talked about owning our own business so we could have more freedom and control over our lives — we just never knew what type of business that would be. Norbert was unhappy at his desk job and I was craving an artistic outlet that had been suppressed for many, many years.

I soon took a weekend course in silversmithing and immediately fell in love with it. A chain of events quickly unfolded as we both realized that this could be our future. Despite all of the obstacles — the fear of starting a business during these tough economic times, having two young kids at home — this path just felt right. So we jumped in, like two giddy and ecstatic little kids. When setting up a strong business foundation, we did all of the following:

  • Created business and marketing plans with short and long term goals
  • Registered an LLC and a domain name
  • Opened a business bank account
  • Created accounts on Etsy, PayPal, Google Checkout, Blogger, Facebook and Google Analytics
  • Designed business cards, banners and packaging
  • Developed shop policies
  • Expanded our home studio space
  • Ordered additional tools and materials

We actually wrote all these tasks down on a big 2′ x 3′ sheet of paper and crossed them off as they were completed. Of course, not all this work was completed right off the bat, but at least the placeholders were there and we had a scalable business. After completing all of this preliminary work for our business structure and listing the first pieces of jewelry on Etsy, we were officially in business!

What are your best marketing tips?

 

  • We quickly learned that if our customer feels like they are treated well, they are much more likely to tell their family and friends about us and return to our store. 
  • Good product photography is right up there with excellent customer service. That’s what people see when shopping online, not the physical object. We always upload our best product photography to Flickr, which not only brings in additional direct traffic, but also serves as a virtual lookbook of our work. This also makes it very easy for bloggers to grab an image of our work if they want to talk about it.
  • Advertising on blogs that cater to our potential customers has also worked very well for us. However, over time we have learned that blog advertising is much more than just supplying an image to be displayed on the blog side bar. Many bloggers love to do trades, so not only are you getting free ad space, but you also get your product into the hands of someone who has a big audience. In our experience, bloggers are also very willing to write sponsor posts and host giveaways, all of which can significantly boost the traffic to your site.
  • Another reason why advertising on blogs (especially the higher profile ones) is great is that, by having a direct link to your shop, major search engines start to view your site as more important and increase your page rank. If potential customers spend a lot of time in your store, then Google and other search engines view your site as having relevant content and thus increase your page rank even more.
  • Frequently listing new designs is another huge way for us to attract traffic. In most cases, small businesses have a limited audience. Our regular customers might lose interest if we don’t keep our shop looking fresh.
  • Blogging and posting on Facebook are excellent ways to establish a direct link between customer and artist. I share my work, inspiration and thoughts to provide a more personal connection and allow our customers to view the process behind the pieces they purchase. 
  • Whenever we send out a package, we always include a little bio card and a handwritten thank you note. We feel this gives deeper meaning to our pieces and separates us from big box stores.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Our Burst line of rings have been very popular. Our one-of-a-kind pieces that feature large natural stones also sell incredibly well. The patterns on the stones are unique and, much like fingerprints, can never be matched. While we have several designs that have been in our store from the very beginning, we also like to cycle certain designs in and out at different times. Similarly, if a design is just not doing well and better photographs don’t help it sell, we don’t hesitate to remove it from our store.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? 
The danger for any small business is spreading yourself too thin. We always try to focus on tasks and promotions that yield the best results with the least amount of effort. The great thing about promoting online is that Google Analytics makes it so easy to track the resulting traffic.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
It’s all freaking hard, but we absolutely love it! We have never worked this hard in our lives, but we don’t want to do anything else — this is it! Every morning we wake up looking forward to our day. We’re very passionate about what we do and know that having our own business is what allows us to live our lives exactly the way we want to live them.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Honestly, our biggest hurdle is time — or the lack of it, to be more specific. We have two little rambunctious boys and whenever they’re awake, one of us is watching them. We have become quite good at prioritizing and scheduling. Each week we have a meeting and discuss the status of our previous week’s goals and come up with new goals for the following week. Knowing exactly what needs to be done also helps us come up with a realistic schedule. As funny as it may sound, even if you’re running a business by yourself, having a weekly status and goals meeting is definitely something we’d recommend.

Although we have made great strides, keeping business and life at balance has been a big learning process for us. Working from home has so many benefits, but at the same time it makes it too easy to work too much. Whenever we don’t spend enough time with our boys, put off household chores, don’t spend enough time with each other as husband and wife, or don’t eat or exercise properly, everything else starts to fall apart as well.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
While we should be saying that we miss distinct cut off times and a steady paycheck, we don’t really ever think about it. We’re too busy moving forward with our plans. We love that we have freedom in scheduling, business, creativity, and pretty much everything else.

Another really great thing about having your own business is seeing the direct relationship between how hard you work and the results that come out of it. Often times in corporate America, the slackers get paid just as well as the others who work really hard. If we do well, it’s because we worked hard for it and that feeling is simply amazing.

What are the positives and challenges of working with your significant other?
We shared a collective laugh here. The bottom line is that we’re very different people — an artist and a businessman. While this balances and strengthens us, it can also lead to clashes. But we’ve improved greatly since we figured out that each of our roles are indispensable and equally important. Date nights and non-business related conversations are key to keeping us connected as a married couple and keeping the personal relationship strong.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
Don’t spread yourself too thin. Figure out what is the best course of action and do it well. Working on too much at the same time can only lead to mediocre results. Also, don’t re-invent the wheel — chances are great that somebody else has already faced the problem you’re about to tackle. A little bit of research (the Etsy Forums are a great resource) can yield some helpful results and significantly simplify almost any task.

Don’t forget that business ebbs and flows. When business is temporarily slow, instead of feeling down, use that time to come up with new designs, marketing techniques or anything to improve your business. Don’t worry, the sales will come — and when they do, you need to be prepared!

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
Growth within the context of a small business. We’re the kind of people who love to go to a quaint little restaurant and see the owners working behind the counter or head to the farmer’s market and buy vegetables straight from the family who owns the farm. While we don’t exactly have a store front to serve customers, we always strive to maintain that personal connection.

 

Thanks for sharing your story, Norbert and Alysia. Check out their pieces in the Seller’s Items below.

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354 comments

  • baltica

    baltica said 8 years ago

    Your transition plan sounds very comprehensive. What a great plan it turned out to be. Your creations are beautiful!

  • baltica

    baltica said 8 years ago

    Your transition plan sounds very comprehensive. What a great plan it turned out to be. Your creations are beautiful!

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 8 years ago

    I've had great experiences marketing my map and dictionary papercuts by cooperating with bloggers too and really enjoyed those relationships. Just recently got to do a couple guest posts. It was a lot of fun!

  • georgiedesigns

    georgiedesigns said 8 years ago

    Great story! I can relate to: "Whenever we don’t spend enough time with our boys, put off household chores, don’t spend enough time with each other as husband and wife, or don’t eat or exercise properly, everything else starts to fall apart as well." Finding the balance is key to making each part of our lives work separately and together. Thanks for your insight!

  • ruthiebell

    ruthiebell said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips!! Bookmarking this!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 8 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and best wishes for continued success!

  • marketflink

    marketflink said 8 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful and I love that you are making it all work for your family. Congratulations and Good Luck!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 8 years ago

    Amazing work. Love your designs. Congratulation.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 8 years ago

    Love the shop! great interview! Thank you for sharing :)

  • wepost2sell

    wepost2sell said 8 years ago

    Its so inspiring !! Thanks for sharing... Good work and Good luck with the business. :)

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 8 years ago

    very inspiring!!

  • leahmarjorie

    leahmarjorie said 8 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you for the detailed and sage advice! It's great to see people working hard at their passion and being successful. :)

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success, and the way that you have been able to create a family business. Your work is beautiful!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    Love the story! Congratulations on the feature and keep up the good work! Blessings, Hannah Jasmine

  • RoselynnDesigns

    RoselynnDesigns said 8 years ago

    Congratulations and great work!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 8 years ago

    What a fabulous story! My husband and I are getting ready to embark on a similar task... we've done the business start-up necessities, like the business name, the LLC, the taxes, business accounts and now it's up to the creativity and really putting ourselves out there. Thank you for sharing your story - it re-inspires us to continue on and really work HARD for ourselves instead of Corp America.

  • areyoutakingmeout

    areyoutakingmeout said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this article! Really means a lot, very helpful and inspiring. I one day would like to quite my day job and focus on making more things for my shop. Have many ideas that I would like to experiment on but can never find the time. One day ay!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 8 years ago

    congrats on the article! I'm the owner of 3 pairs of Blue Hour Designs and they are earrings I wear everyday and adore!

  • daisye76

    daisye76 said 8 years ago

    beautiful work! And awesome story! I am hoping that one day I will be able to do the same...

  • colorsafestudios

    colorsafestudios said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I want to know more about advertising on blogs that cater to your potential customers. Can you direct me to an example of this? I am so NOT blog savvy and need some education.

  • JadieCakes

    JadieCakes said 8 years ago

    So much great information packed into this article! Congratulations! Beautiful items!

  • CheltenhamRoad

    CheltenhamRoad said 8 years ago

    This is one of the best "quit your dayjob" posts I've read. Thank you so much for the truly detailed responses and thoughtful insights. Congrats on all your success - your work is beautiful!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    beautiful work, really like the light in your photos. Certainly sounds you have the work/life balance that you craved!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • PaisleeJoy

    PaisleeJoy said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! All of your advise tips are very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story and congrats on your success!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 8 years ago

    Great interview and a lot of food for thought. Congratulations on your success and the feature!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    i have admired your shop for some time now. Congratulations...pam

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I especially like this part of your interview: "What advice would you give someone considering a similar path? Don’t spread yourself too thin. Figure out what is the best course of action and do it well. Working on too much at the same time can only lead to mediocre results." Best wishes for your continued success! :)

  • danapereabloede

    danapereabloede said 8 years ago

    love it

  • trisha335

    trisha335 said 8 years ago

    Is it just my computer or are "Quit your Day Job" articles no longer showing up on the etsy blog feed? I thought that they were discontinued or something. I'm glad I a did a search! Great designs and great shop!

  • amberike

    amberike said 8 years ago

    Great feature and lovely shop! Now if i can only find time to blog and actually learn how to.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • roseflower48

    roseflower48 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop! I really love your photographs.

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch said 8 years ago

    Great interview! Thank you for sharing you story and great tips :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    Loooooove your earrings! Off to browse your shop! :) congrats and much continued success~

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 8 years ago

    beauiful shop! i love your creative design :)

  • BrushAndMallett

    BrushAndMallett said 8 years ago

    Great article. There are so many useful tips for newbies like me who are just starting along the journey. Thanks!

  • TeenAngster

    TeenAngster said 8 years ago

    Hi Trisha335, It's not your computer! As we announced about a month ago, seller education posts are now posted on the new, revamped sell page of Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/storque/seller-handbook/lets-get-focused-a-new-home-for-seller-education-12611/ You can also find a short to all of the Seller Handbook posts via the Seller Handbook icon on the right hand column of the blog. Another note: Seller education posts still appear on the blog ticker at the bottom of the homepage and in RSS. You can also search the blog and find them here. Thanks! Alison

  • Lightboat

    Lightboat said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It's very inspiring

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 8 years ago

    Nice work!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    Wonderful, helpful interview!

  • alicegaophotography

    alicegaophotography said 8 years ago

    such an inspiring read! i suddenly feel very motivated to work harder. congrats on all your success. i was really excited you were the featured shop on this column today because i have in fact seen your jewelry on a lot of blogs i frequent!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work, a great inspiration to all of us! - Rozzie

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. You gave some really good tips. I run my shop alone, but I like the idea of having a weekly "meeting" to see how things are going and to make goals. Thanks for your tips and inspiring story!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work!! Love your shop!!

  • GOLDhearted

    GOLDhearted said 8 years ago

    I love this article! They gave lots of helpful tips for a newbie shop owner here. :) Thanks for featuring them! Best of luck to you two!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 8 years ago

    Inspiring interview, and really useful tips to keep in mind. Thanks for sharing, and congrats!

  • earthygirlshop

    earthygirlshop said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • RainRirin

    RainRirin said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing. Love your wonderful designs too!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful shop and congrats on quiting your day jobs. Like your comment about the slackers.....plus working hard in ones own business is rewarding and the convo's between buyers and sellers is amazing. Wish you both continued success always.... :)

  • BrooklynWireCompany

    BrooklynWireCompany said 8 years ago

    Yay! Great job!

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc said 8 years ago

    This is such a detailed and comprehensive guide on how to manage your small business. Thank you for sharing!

  • mjclowdus

    mjclowdus said 8 years ago

    Great advice for a newbie to Etsy. Thanks!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    Great advice! I love how you describe yourselves as giddy little kids...my husband and I feel the same way when we are up late at night scheming about running our own businesses. Congrats to you both!

  • studiocatb

    studiocatb said 8 years ago

    Great feature, thank you for the glimpse into your life! Balancing life (hubby, kids, house, etc..) is hard to do. I love the fact that you model the earrings. This is soooo helpful when I purchase something to see the size on an actual person. Now I'm off to look through your wonderful shop = ) Thanks for sharing.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    How wonderful for you! Your planning and hard work is paying off. Great shop. Much happiness and success to you.

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature and all the best for both of you!

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 8 years ago

    A very inspiring feature for metalsmiths/silversmiths! Congratulations to you both!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 8 years ago

    What a great how-to article on building a successful Etsy business from the foundation up...Best wishes for continued success!

  • NorthStarStudios

    NorthStarStudios said 8 years ago

    So inspiring, thank you!

  • DaHukaHouse

    DaHukaHouse said 8 years ago

    Great advice. Thanks for sharing.

  • aforfebre

    aforfebre said 8 years ago

    Great article. I love your work! Thanks for sharing your experience:)

  • sophisticatedwedding

    sophisticatedwedding said 8 years ago

    beautiful!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 8 years ago

    Amazing guys, so deep insider hints... they remind me of my husband and me.

  • WeChooseJoy

    WeChooseJoy said 8 years ago

    I love this! Georgous jewelry, will definitely be purchasing some :)

  • peekeggboo

    peekeggboo said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing a great story! Lovely work!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 8 years ago

    I agree with so many points made in this article; it's wonderful to hear them so succinctly put! (specifically, re: slackers, and spreading yourself too thin). Thanks for your perspective, and congratulations on a successful business! I don't know how you do it with 2 little guys....wow! Heidi

  • shannamastersdesigns

    shannamastersdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your pieces are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the knowledge you've gained during the process. Wonderful article.

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 8 years ago

    love this!

  • TheTreasureHuntress

    TheTreasureHuntress said 8 years ago

    What great inspiration! Many thanks for sharing your beautiful story.

  • vintageandjewelry

    vintageandjewelry said 8 years ago

    thx for sharing and ... Congratulations for quitting day job .. you inspire me :)

  • SewEnviousDesigns

    SewEnviousDesigns said 8 years ago

    You give me inspiration and hope! Thank you. My sewing business is currently a "side" business, along with my full time job (I know I am not alone here). It is a constant challenge to manage my limited amount of time, stretch my small budget to the max, buy the quality packaging and marketing materials I so desire, and keep all the orders going out the door on time!

  • montanagirl

    montanagirl said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! An inspirational roadmap for those of us just getting started.

  • SpiceofLifeDesigns

    SpiceofLifeDesigns said 8 years ago

    So glad I caught this at the bottom of the page! So very inspiring - always exciting to see that what seems insurmountable IS possible.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Wow, so much great advice for running a business. Thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations! Love your shop!

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 8 years ago

    Great advice, I love the idea of setting weekly goals like I do at my daylob, I edfinitely plan on doing some of that tomorrow! Thank you!

  • jollyfish

    jollyfish said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration! In fact, right now I am sitting in my classroom during planning period. I'm a middle school art teacher and it's always amazing to hear the adventure route one takes with their creativity along with a smart business mind. Congrats and good luck!

  • LineOfSight

    LineOfSight said 8 years ago

    Thank you for all the friendly tips ! You both are definitely hard workers,down to earth ! Congrats !

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 8 years ago

    I love your suggestion about regular meetings to assess where you are and what needs to be done! I work with my daughter (and right now my temporarily unemployed son) and those brief meetings have really helped us stay on track. P.S. Congrats, and your shop is AMAZING!

  • FishesMakeWishes

    FishesMakeWishes said 8 years ago

    great interview filled with fantastic tips on running a business from home! and great shop too :-)

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the marketing advice regarding blogs. I absolutely love your unique work!

  • WriteTheGoodWrite

    WriteTheGoodWrite said 8 years ago

    Great interview! I love your comprehensive plan; I'm taking notes now. : )

  • GoshnPoche

    GoshnPoche said 8 years ago

    So pretty and feminine, lovely work and thank you for so many tips.

  • anapina

    anapina said 8 years ago

    I really love this Quit Your Day Job series :) every interview is an inspiration! And it's a great way to get to know the work of new artists, I really loved to discover Blue Hour Designs! Great work and tips... I'll keep dreaming and working too ;)

  • lovenancy

    lovenancy said 8 years ago

    I've had you in my favorites for a while - so glad to see you in this blog!

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 8 years ago

    Great tips. Beautiful jewelry! Thanks.

  • masonke

    masonke said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your very complete story, great inspiration!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    Lovely jewelry! Congrats on the feature!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry and a very inspiring story! Congratulations on your feature and Good Luck for the future too!

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 8 years ago

    "Often times in corporate America, the slackers get paid just as well as the others who work really hard. If we do well, it’s because we worked hard for it and that feeling is simply amazing." YES!

  • VintageTidbit

    VintageTidbit said 8 years ago

    Awww---- I loved reading your article - and found EVER little tidbit agreeable! Thanks so much for sharing your story!! Keep up your amazing creations!

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story....may your success continue.

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 8 years ago

    Lovely interview and such beautiful items in your shop! Congratulations! All the best to you!

  • mysillybluehippo

    mysillybluehippo said 8 years ago

    What a great piece!! I love your positive attitude, and your honesty about trying to balance family and business. It's so hard sometimes to feel like you are giving the same attention to everything. I'm so glad that someone else recognizes this too....:) Smiles, Brandie:)

  • ClosetGothic

    ClosetGothic said 8 years ago

    This is possibly the best QYDJ story I've read - bluehourdesigns hit that perfect balance between planning and 'right, lets jump'! Well done.

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways said 8 years ago

    What a great interview, congrats you guys! We can honestly re-state that working with you significant other is wonderful, but we definitely need non-work related conversations and nights out once in awhile!

  • brookeelissa

    brookeelissa said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful plan! Congratulations to both of you! I definitely understand the challenge of balancing my business and craft with raising two little ones myself : ) I wish you both the best for your business and your family.

  • LydiaMarieG

    LydiaMarieG said 8 years ago

    I look forward to the 'Quit Your Day Job' series every Tuesday, but this is the first I've commented on. Congrats! I love your shop! I love the fact that you add a picture of the piece on you. It makes a big difference being able to see how it will actually look, great idea! Good Luck:)

  • DanaesCraftyDesigns

    DanaesCraftyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Such a great article- an inspiring story- a shop with gorgeous designs- and noteworthy business advice! I LOVE Quit Your Day Job! I wish you guys the fruition of all of your dreams. And hey... all of the rest of us too! :)

  • SoulRole

    SoulRole said 8 years ago

    what a great interview!thank you for sharing your journey!

  • LittleHibouShoppe

    LittleHibouShoppe said 8 years ago

    This is one of the most down-to-earth and practical "Quit Your Day Job" profiles I've read. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats!

  • bodegaofplenty

    bodegaofplenty said 8 years ago

    what an absolutely wonderful read- your store is beautiful and your story is amazing. Thanks for all the great pointers and best of luck to you both in this endeavor.

  • YuStudios

    YuStudios said 8 years ago

    Beautiful artwork! Admired your passion too!

  • JoiedeWeave

    JoiedeWeave said 8 years ago

    Great advice, I wish I were more tech savvy, I guess I just have to jump in! I'm impressed especially that you can do it all with little kids in the house! Beautiful silver jewelry! Thanks for taking the time to share!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your feature! Your work is amazing! Thanks for all the tips and advice, what a wonderful story! Best of luck and much success!!

  • BobbiesCountryHouse

    BobbiesCountryHouse said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your advice. I especially appreciate your strong business foundation steps.

  • TandRHandweaving

    TandRHandweaving said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shop! Love the fact that the two of you are working on your dreams together, team work is important! Lovely jewelry.

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 8 years ago

    cONGRATS! How Inspirational and Informative!! Great tips will keep plugging on :-)) devika

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 8 years ago

    This shop, the owners and their viewpoints are INCREDIBLE!!! Love it completely! Thanks for sharing their experience and successful actions! ;-) XXXX EL Vintage

  • HappyDappyBits

    HappyDappyBits said 8 years ago

    Amazing work and very inspiring story. It's always nice to see someone (in this case, a couple) following their dreams and really going for it. Continued success to you both and congratulations on the feature!

  • LttleEvrydyCreations

    LttleEvrydyCreations said 8 years ago

    I loved how you mapped everything out and the tip about blogs. I've been itching to do something in that but not sure yet how to start. Will continue to read when I can and trying not to spread myself too thin. We are expanding our glass art to include smaller pieces of jewelry instead of walls. Very interesting adding this aspect to the family business. I didn't quit my day job, I just added more to it!

  • NostalgiaAtHighTea

    NostalgiaAtHighTea said 8 years ago

    Wow this is one of the best interviews i've read yet! Thanks for all the tips, I feel like i learned a lot :)

  • fourteeneighteen

    fourteeneighteen said 8 years ago

    good job! you have encouraged me,thanks

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 8 years ago

    Honestly, our biggest hurdle is time — or the lack of it, to be more specific. Boy do I agree with this quote - if only there were just a few more hours in the day - life would be easier! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • peasinapodboutiquey

    peasinapodboutiquey said 8 years ago

    brilliant mix of head and heart :) you have to have passion but you have to have a plan too... much needed advice for me, thanks!

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 8 years ago

    Beautiful ideology...The spirit behind your shop is wonderful and I can't agree enough with your suggestion of not spreading yourself too thin. I find that achieving a balance can truly make or break me! It is a challenge for me to juggle studying, creating art, working on my shop and mostly importantly- staying happy and healthy. Thankfully as Etsy sellers we have the opportunity to start our day over, refocus, find inspiration or pursue any creative path we imagine. Thank you for sharing your process! All the best to you and your family. :)

  • DuryeaPlaceDesigns

    DuryeaPlaceDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great feature! Congrats!

  • WhirlGirlGlass

    WhirlGirlGlass said 8 years ago

    I'm inspired. I always love these "quit your day job" posts. It gives me hope, it gives us all hope. I'm happy that it worked for you and I see a reoccuring theme in them all that it is actually harder than a day job. That is okay with me, it is a passion! Thanks for your honest take on things! Best of luck to you!

  • busybodybelle

    busybodybelle said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing a part of yourselves with us. Every tip, every idea is a blessing for all of us who aspire to be where you finally are.

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I needed to hear right now, to not get down in the slow period, work on new designs. What I am going to do. And, yes, it will get busy again.

  • CozyIsland

    CozyIsland said 8 years ago

    LOVE this post!!!! I have two young boys too and so hearing success from a young fam ily perspective is super relevant!! Great practical advice too. Wish you the best of success!

  • littleboopips

    littleboopips said 8 years ago

    Awesome Job! I can only hope that my business thrives as much as yours...great advice :) Goodluck for the future.

  • DeederTheBeader

    DeederTheBeader said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm working on many of the items in your list above and love having it in front of me as a goal! Your designs are beautiful.

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 8 years ago

    very inspiring

  • conmismanos

    conmismanos said 8 years ago

    I love that you made it very persona;, kids, relationship, differences and challenges, and sucess! Que siga la buena suerte!!

  • goingplaces2

    goingplaces2 said 8 years ago

    Good, useful advice. Being successful is no accident!

  • JADaBathandBody

    JADaBathandBody said 8 years ago

    Loved your article valuable information, thank you for sharing, I have learnt alot. thank you

  • Paper2Roses

    Paper2Roses said 8 years ago

    Great Story, Love your Creations, just beautiful!

  • ShinyHardness

    ShinyHardness said 8 years ago

    Having just opened my Etsy store a few weeks ago, it is wonderful to hear your story. Your success is inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing. Patty Lewis

  • LynsFineArt

    LynsFineArt said 8 years ago

    Great information an so inspiring! I finally have some time to work on my shop, your advice should help!

  • bferrando

    bferrando said 8 years ago

    thanks for the practical tips. you can feel overwhelmed by the amount of things that need/can be done so thanks for reminding me that its best to keep things simple. and love your designs!!

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns said 8 years ago

    your shop is so beautiful! Your designs are unique and refreshing to look at. Also thank you for putting so much information in your interview about how you started your business. It's really great when artists aren't afraid to share their journey and their tips for success.

  • YUNG

    YUNG said 8 years ago

    This has been one of the most helpful Quit Your Day Job articles I've ever seen! Maybe it's because I'm a fan of lists but this lady-and-man combo seems to have their shananigans down pat! Congrats to you both and your children for getting to keep their amazing parents at home with them!

  • sewmoe

    sewmoe said 8 years ago

    inspiring story and a new favorite seller! wowza designs!

  • sewmoe

    sewmoe said 8 years ago

    inspiring story and a new favorite seller! wowza designs!

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 8 years ago

    Wow!

  • rippledesign

    rippledesign said 8 years ago

    Always loved your shop and blog! Great story- congrats!

  • kookykrafts

    kookykrafts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for some really great tips. However, I also think Etsy needs to focus on those who don't want to quit their day jobs! Quitting your day job is an admirable goal but for some folks, keeping the ability to do exactly what you want with your artwork - and having it stay fun and ultimately creative - requires doing it on the side.

  • ElegantElementsOnlin

    ElegantElementsOnlin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful creations in your shop. Thank you for sharing your story. I'm new here on Etsy and I've been inspired by what you've shared. I wish you continued success.

  • TheWildRoses

    TheWildRoses said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience - I feel really encouraged by reading about your business-building process. Best wishes to a continued success!

  • joiepetitedesigns

    joiepetitedesigns said 8 years ago

    I respect your courage to take the plunge! I wish I could muster up the same courage! Beautiful work and congratulations on you success!!!

  • soukshopper

    soukshopper said 8 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing your story. I'm on my way there...and i am excited to take little baby steps every day. i bookmarked this article to remind me of the practical tips and checklist that i need to tick off one at a time. stories like this are inspiring.

  • FurugiStar

    FurugiStar said 8 years ago

    I can really relate to the excitement of tackling a project together. Technically, I am working alone but I have such great support from my partner and his family it makes my work an absolute joy :)

  • allysonjames

    allysonjames said 8 years ago

    What an inspirational article! I can't wait for my hubby to read it!

  • CatiesCottageCrafts

    CatiesCottageCrafts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 8 years ago

    You have found the secret of working with your life partner. My husband and I have been working together for over thirty years. Good Luck !!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 8 years ago

    You have found the secret of working with your life partner. My husband and I have been working together for over thirty years. Good Luck !!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 8 years ago

    You have found the secret of working with your life partner. My husband and I have been working together for over thirty years. Good Luck !!

  • InspiredDesignsbyKim

    InspiredDesignsbyKim said 8 years ago

    What a great story! Congratulations on your success! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • stephieanne

    stephieanne said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the tips! Its all so helpful and good to know. You're story is very encouraging! Looking foward to doing and starting something similar someday soon.... :)

  • WorldlyPossessions

    WorldlyPossessions said 8 years ago

    Wow. Loved reading this. Thanks for sharing your story bluehourdesigns! What I loved is the detailed info about behind the scenes... tools used... social media.. roles. Really useful stuff. Particularly for someone like me who is just starting off. xx

  • PATCHESforYOU

    PATCHESforYOU said 8 years ago

    Love all the great tips, Thanks!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop, and great article :) Congrats!

  • memoraGRAPHIC

    memoraGRAPHIC said 8 years ago

    It has been great to read this! I especially love how you said you didn't do it all at once. I know my goal is to grow my Etsy shop slowly and take my time. Thanks Blue Hour Designs!

  • viveradesign

    viveradesign said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! :) Love your advice. :)

  • Besom

    Besom said 8 years ago

    Fantastic article! Great interview. Very, very inspiring. Thank you for your honesty and insight...found this to be very helpful. Love your collection. :)

  • joykruse

    joykruse said 8 years ago

    Have loved this shop since I found Etsy and now love it even more! Go Blue Hour Designs! Beautiful work and great story. Staying home with your family is priceless!!!

  • belindasaville

    belindasaville said 8 years ago

    You have been one of my favourite shops for a little while, so it's great to get to know the couple behind the label :-) Thanks for so generally sharing your knowledge...I am definitely going to take all of your advice on board! Wishing you both continued success :-)

  • ArtisticFunk

    ArtisticFunk said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring-thank you for sharing!

  • Jalall

    Jalall said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on such an insightful interview. You are a credit to yourselves. I am very excited for you and wish you all the success in your business venture and to know that you have done it together and from home is so rewarding.

  • thepetitemarket

    thepetitemarket said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Thanks for sharing great, practical advice. I'm off to check out your shop!

  • hellerdesign

    hellerdesign said 8 years ago

    Love this one...very inspiring and well thought out. Very helpful foundation steps....Beautiful work....keep on keeping on!!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 8 years ago

    Wow, what a great story, very inspiring! Best of luck to you both!

  • sweetdiapercakes

    sweetdiapercakes said 8 years ago

    Great story. I think it is great that you are living your dream.Good luck to you.

  • realchai

    realchai said 8 years ago

    hi guys, loved your authenticity. i could really relate to the worklife balance thing - both my partner and I have our own business - which we run from home. It's very easy to work too much when you love what you do. We've also learned the hard way, that you need to keep putting energy into friends, family, exercise and each other and then work flows even better! Well done, great story!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work and a wonderful story!

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 8 years ago

    I so loved this post...thanks for sharing!! Beautiful rings!!

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 8 years ago

    I so loved this post...thanks for sharing!! Beautiful rings!!

  • 60sDaughter

    60sDaughter said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on living the dream! Love ready inspiring stories likes yours :)

  • amityfarmbatik

    amityfarmbatik said 8 years ago

    What an inspirational post. I loved it and your work is very impressive. Thank you.

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 8 years ago

    Very beautiful jewelry and a truly insightful story, thank you! Congratulations!

  • bloomingfancysisters

    bloomingfancysisters said 8 years ago

    What a great story of how you and your husband are working togather and the decision to do so. I am very impressed, and especially with two small children. It is wonderful to be able to spend the early years with them at home before they go to school, then they are grown before you know it! You have inspired me, I want to do my jewelry like you do yours, being able to design and form my own ideas. Right now my life does not allow me to do that, so I am doing what I can, but my future in Etsy is my own creations, like you and your husband. I Love your jewelry, it is beautiful. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your story~

  • LuzCreativeDesigns

    LuzCreativeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Having goals and organization is the most important specially when you have your own business. Beautiful designs!!!

  • LuzCreativeDesigns

    LuzCreativeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Having goals and organization is the most important specially when you have your own business. Beautiful designs!!!

  • PerfectExposure

    PerfectExposure said 8 years ago

    Nice to read your story! My hubby quit his day job 4 years ago and we have never looked back. I quit mine 16 years ago. I wouldn't trade it for a anything.

  • knits4uandme

    knits4uandme said 8 years ago

    This post was invaluable to me. I am just starting out here at Etsy, and not knowing exactly what to expect, this made my day-thank you so much, Norbert and Alysia! Kate

  • houndandthistle

    houndandthistle said 8 years ago

    I loved this piece! Thanks so much for sharing what has worked for you. I feel that the more we share and help one another, the better we become. Sometimes we get so focused on what we're doing, it's hard to find other solutions. The saying, "It's hard to see the forest through the trees." Is something I can relate to as a small business owner who has not yet been able to quit her day job! ;)

  • dekanimal

    dekanimal said 8 years ago

    Beautiful works!! Thank You :)

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 8 years ago

    love reading all these story, always inspiring, makes me work even harder at what im doing now!

  • BlueLeafBoutique

    BlueLeafBoutique said 8 years ago

    Beautiful craft and thank you for the very specific and meaningful answers. You added some great items on my to-do list that will hopefully help mine and others business! Thank you!

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your success - and thanks for sharing your story.

  • rowejones

    rowejones said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! These articles are so motivating!

  • HerWhimsicalMusings

    HerWhimsicalMusings said 8 years ago

    Wow! I love your creations!

  • tbtcwedding

    tbtcwedding said 8 years ago

    Great job! Very inspiring..

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the info. and great advice! Congrats on all your success. Beautiful items!

  • taniamclewis

    taniamclewis said 8 years ago

    I trained as a business advisor and what you said here was wonderful. It also upgraded MY skills - all those tips on what the internet can do for you. I will go ahead and read all the links you have inserted. Thanks very much. This has strengthened my resolve to go ahead with my business.

  • tippykwan

    tippykwan said 8 years ago

    Thank you

  • tippykwan

    tippykwan said 8 years ago

    Thank you

  • SusieTenzer

    SusieTenzer said 8 years ago

    helpful & informative, thanks

  • snlcreations

    snlcreations said 8 years ago

    Love your pieces!! Thanks for sharing your tips for success!! Congrats!!

  • RescuedRemnants

    RescuedRemnants said 8 years ago

    Great story, great advice and beautiful products. Thank you for sharing!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, and beautiful philosophy on business and life! <33

  • oddballartco

    oddballartco said 8 years ago

    Wonderful post and beautiful work, good luck with your shop!

  • BettyOttesenSewing

    BettyOttesenSewing said 8 years ago

    Thanks and continued success to you!

  • LiliansTreasure

    LiliansTreasure said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much, this article is very helpful, and I can relate to it. I love your suggestion about when the sales is a bit slow, we better come up with new plans , design , and new marketing plan rather than feeling down. congratulation and all the best for your business..:)

  • ccdoodle

    ccdoodle said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story! I truly enjoyed reading your interview:) I can also relate to not having enough time in the day. Sometimes we have to step back and enjoy life outside of etsy (i know it is a hard thing to do). I wish you both endless success! Aloha!

  • palmettomama

    palmettomama said 8 years ago

    great article and love your shop! as a mama to two energetic boys, i can definitely relate! :) wishing you continued success!

  • ferrytalesgifts

    ferrytalesgifts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Your style, creativity and thought provoking article provide great food for thought.

  • Abovooriginals

    Abovooriginals said 8 years ago

    I love the silver!

  • CreativeInputbyLiz

    CreativeInputbyLiz said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational and insightful. Congratulations and ROCK ON!!

  • perebags

    perebags said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing! Congrats!

  • lilyanewyork

    lilyanewyork said 8 years ago

    your work is beautiful and your story inspiring. congrats to you both on your successes.

  • kimbeesdesigns

    kimbeesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work! Congrats! Thanks for the tips!

  • lorettamazzo

    lorettamazzo said 8 years ago

    I loved reading your story. Congrats and best wishes to you both.

  • Lartisane

    Lartisane said 8 years ago

    Lovely soulful designs Alysia. Good luck to both of you for the business. Thank you for the boost of energy and valuable tips, I am walking in your footsteps :)

  • InkHeartKicks

    InkHeartKicks said 8 years ago

    inspirational! and another reminder of how much I need to do... YIKES! felix

  • TashaJudithDESIGNS

    TashaJudithDESIGNS said 8 years ago

    Your creations are beautiful !! and a million of thanks for the wonderful tips! Best wishes to both of you:)

  • DianaJoyeria

    DianaJoyeria said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiration...and hope!

  • DeviHandcrafted

    DeviHandcrafted said 8 years ago

    Yours was one of the first shops I came across on Etsy! Congrats, you deserve it:)

  • LittleGhost711

    LittleGhost711 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful designs and an inspiring story. Wonderful to see people living their dreams!

  • Mirthquake

    Mirthquake said 8 years ago

    Love this! There are so many tips in this interview that everyone can learn from. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • HMbeadedjewelry

    HMbeadedjewelry said 8 years ago

    That is an amazing story and you are right be prepred when the orders do start comoing in! You should applaud yourself your work is great! Best of luck with your restaurant and shop.

  • HMbeadedjewelry

    HMbeadedjewelry said 8 years ago

    That is an amazing story and you are right be prepred when the orders do start comoing in! You should applaud yourself your work is great! Best of luck with your restaurant and shop.

  • avedouda

    avedouda said 8 years ago

    Wonderful work! Congratulations!

  • anabiju

    anabiju said 8 years ago

    I just loved your story. I wish you could be an inspirition for my business to move on and be as much sucessfull as yours.

  • Artizania

    Artizania said 8 years ago

    Inspiring stuff! Really glad I read your story, you've motivated me to keep on going and work harder!

  • bobbidiboo

    bobbidiboo said 8 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading your article. I am a substitute teacher for the elementary level, and would love to finally quit that job and have my etsy shop take flight. You gave me great advice. It's hard for me to stop all that laundry and work on my shop. ( I am a mother of 3) How do I stop the house chores and produce more art?

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story! it's given that extra push to keep going!

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiring story and just love your design.Congrats and more power.

  • SeedyBeady

    SeedyBeady said 8 years ago

    Great article! Lovely to read about a couple who work together but still have time for 'together time'. Keep up your hard work, your creations are lovely! Aster x

  • madebydaisy

    madebydaisy said 8 years ago

    brilliant article! its actually very handy!! im drawing up my own list with a giant marker pen as we speak! thanks for the advice :) very inspiring x

  • JackrabbitJewelry

    JackrabbitJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great designs and working tips...thanks for taking the time to share your insights. Best Wishes for continued success...with your business and your family!!

  • deesigns4u2

    deesigns4u2 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing so many great tips. Your story will help many of us struggling sellers. Hard work pays off - I wish you continued success. Your designs are beautiful, love them !!

  • LittleBeaches

    LittleBeaches said 8 years ago

    This is such positive, affirming advice. I am just starting my Etsy shop, but have been in the automotive business with my husband for many years, so I know successful business practices, and yours work. One hard and fast rule we follow is to leave all discussion of work in the shop, and lock the door (physically and mentally) when the day's work is done. If one of us slips, the other gently reminds, or if stress relief is sorely needed, we allow a set amount of meeting time for it, then stop and continue it the next work day.

  • KastickEngraving

    KastickEngraving said 8 years ago

    i want to thank you all for your tips , and for you all doing a great job .keep up the good work god bless,,, mahlon g.

  • miraclemittens

    miraclemittens said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspirational story and excellent advice. Much appreciated! Beautiful work.

  • NikkiRaes

    NikkiRaes said 8 years ago

    Love your story! My hubby and I worked together for 15 years but the last 10 have been apart and we really miss it. We're just getting started with ETSY but we hope to find our way back. Beautiful jewelry!

  • marcychapman

    marcychapman said 8 years ago

    Thank you for such an outstanding article. Just getting my Etsy up and going and your blog is most helpful. Congratulations on "staying your path" and your success.

  • thehouseofhemp

    thehouseofhemp said 8 years ago

    i own a couple of blue hour design items - including the cognac burst ring which i still completely love - congrats alysia!! :))

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful works.

  • etchedinmetal

    etchedinmetal said 8 years ago

    Great story. Thank you for the inspiration

  • katndrewcards

    katndrewcards said 8 years ago

    not only are you connecting with your customers but, in your interview here, you add a definitive personal connection. Some fantastic advice and a real look into how you, yourselves, progressed really is inspiring. Thank You! I'm off to work

  • ArtfulPanache

    ArtfulPanache said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your tips for success. Your jewelry is beautiful!! Congratulations on doing well in a job you love.

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 8 years ago

    Great article and you make BEAUTIFUL jewelry. Thanks for all the tips - I'll be using them.

  • TheHomArtStore

    TheHomArtStore said 8 years ago

    Love this story....gives me hope that I can do the same. Love your quote on Corporate America, oh so true. Great story and great shop...Thank you

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story, and much appreciated advice. Your items are beautiful!! Thank you!

  • joyelizabethceramics

    joyelizabethceramics said 8 years ago

    very nice article - I loved the photographs of your work and your packaging looks beautiful. I would definitely buy from you! I wish you continued sucess.

  • photographybyGray

    photographybyGray said 8 years ago

    Great inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • MiamiSun

    MiamiSun said 8 years ago

    So glad to have read this article. Everyone's goal is to be where you are right now- so congratulations! Your work is beautiful and so is the way you both run your business and marriage!

  • kitsnbitscraps

    kitsnbitscraps said 8 years ago

    great article, very encouraging

  • picturesofsilver

    picturesofsilver said 8 years ago

    I love working with my opposite husband too! He is business, I am artist. Congrats on a wonderful career at home with the ones you love. Great advise, beautiful work.

  • YesterdaysMuse

    YesterdaysMuse said 8 years ago

    My husband and I would love to be able to do this together! You have given me a great idea, a sort of proposal I guess. Your items are beautiful and it is nice to hear more success stories.

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 8 years ago

    Really nice article. I love your attitude about being parnters. Both inspiring and motivational....thanks for your words!

  • spbear

    spbear said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your success story. I needed to read that kind of story today. I am feeling down because I have not had any sales since I first listed my item in February. I am on Facebook and am trying a few other avenues and yet do not have any sales. If you have any tips I am open to them all. Continued Good Luck! The Special Bear Shop

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Excellent article ~ I really enjoyed it. Very sound advice. Congratulations on your well deserved success!

  • Diannasdiapercakes

    Diannasdiapercakes said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Wishing you great success for years to come!

  • CelticVisions

    CelticVisions said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational! I have a little one and am trying to start up my shop, so I appreciate all the tips. And I love your work, especially the amber pieces.

  • DaniCalve

    DaniCalve said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your advise.

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 8 years ago

    You have such great, usable and specific advice that any Etsian could use and modify to suit their needs. You do beautiful work. And can I just say - you are a GORGEOUS couple. Much success to you!

  • AllUnwound

    AllUnwound said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all of the business tips! Very nice jewelry too!

  • CristiBFineArt

    CristiBFineArt said 8 years ago

    My fellow Colorado Artist ! Love your jewelry designs. ...absolutely beautiful work.

  • afw1975

    afw1975 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Love your work... splendidly beautiful!

  • ambassadorcrochet

    ambassadorcrochet said 8 years ago

    What a great story. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others.

  • lunachia

    lunachia said 8 years ago

    LOVED this interview! So many gems of information! And your shop is awesome!

  • shalkejewellery

    shalkejewellery said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. Just what I needed today The jewellery is beautiful. Good luck with it all!!!!!

  • UpscaleDownhome

    UpscaleDownhome said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and your experience. Definitely inspiring! Your jewelry designs are simply elegant. Gorgeous!

  • printnparty

    printnparty said 8 years ago

    Great story, great jewellery, great inspiration. Congratulations and wishing you continued success!

  • ad87

    ad87 said 8 years ago

    Nice piece. Glad to see things are taking off so well.

  • heatherdaypaintings

    heatherdaypaintings said 8 years ago

    I really enjoy your marketing tips, thanks for sharing.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 8 years ago

    lovely

  • smellycatsoaps

    smellycatsoaps said 8 years ago

    WOW! Your work is beautiful!

  • AquaDreamDesigns

    AquaDreamDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the encouragement, I love reading articles like this as I am brand new to etsy , just joined 3 days ago and I am so excited about the process and meeting other talented people.

  • Pelicraft

    Pelicraft said 8 years ago

    A really inspire interview. Thanks for your advertising tips, they are truely helpful.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 8 years ago

    Thank you ~ very practical and grounded suggestions and tips. Your creations are gorgeous, and I'm so happy for you both ~ work like this is beautifully rewarding.

  • SmithsHallow

    SmithsHallow said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the great information. It will all be so much help. Your shop is full of great goodies. I will be shopping soon.

  • LulaMia

    LulaMia said 8 years ago

    Sounds like you had a winner form the start. Congrats!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 8 years ago

    Very pretty. I like your work. Congrats.

  • ceciliabluevintage

    ceciliabluevintage said 8 years ago

    Thank You SO much for your inspiring story! I just bookmarked this page so I can look back at it as a reference and building block for my own shop. Best of luck to you both. -ceciliablue

  • pamgstudio

    pamgstudio said 8 years ago

    Amazingly clean and well made designs. Thanks for presenting your business foundation and marketing tips in a format that is simplistic and easy to comprehend!

  • VintageQuiltsandCout

    VintageQuiltsandCout said 8 years ago

    Loved the idea of a weekly meeting to plan for the next week and check on the status of your business. Thanks for the reminder to keep a balance of healthy living and to time for those closest to you.

  • MsMaddie

    MsMaddie said 8 years ago

    very.cool

  • siamcollection

    siamcollection said 8 years ago

    thank you

  • MariekUniek

    MariekUniek said 8 years ago

    Great article and you have giving me some very wonderful and usefull tips. Thanks for sharing!

  • sarahboodesigns

    sarahboodesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I keep hearing about Google Analytics. I guess I should check it out.

  • sarahboodesigns

    sarahboodesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I keep hearing about Google Analytics. I guess I should check it out.

  • TheCustomQuill

    TheCustomQuill said 8 years ago

    thank you for the tips, you have inspired me!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for your insights - you look like you really love what you do - who could ask for anything more? wishing you continued success!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for your insights - you look like you really love what you do - who could ask for anything more? wishing you continued success!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 8 years ago

    I love the little boxes tied in ribbon.

  • feliceshappydesigns

    feliceshappydesigns said 8 years ago

    I like hearing the importance of each partner being different equal sides of the same coin. beautiful photos and jewelry too!

  • anaglez

    anaglez said 8 years ago

    Very good and wise counsel. Thanks. A great interview with many lessons to learn. I'm glad that you form that nice tandem, I wish to continue their successes.

  • ParisPhotographer

    ParisPhotographer said 8 years ago

    Great read x

  • elegantgirl

    elegantgirl said 8 years ago

    So inspiring!!

  • MoniBellaBoutique

    MoniBellaBoutique said 8 years ago

    Beautiful designs, wonderful tips! Keep striving, your creations are captivating!

  • DesignsOfDeLand

    DesignsOfDeLand said 8 years ago

    These are excellent ideas that I need to start following myself.

  • beatroad

    beatroad said 8 years ago

    Solid advice - good luck in your journey!

  • Prettyhandmade

    Prettyhandmade said 8 years ago

    Amazing story and certainly puts a lot of things into perspective. Thankyou x

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 8 years ago

    I love how you shared so many details of your transition. I work in an elementary school and giving up your job as a teacher must have been difficult (although for a good reason!!) I so admire you both and much happiness and success in the future!!

  • CalaMetali

    CalaMetali said 8 years ago

    You truely make it sound so easy. I'm not sure where I'm getting stuck....mabey a business class would help! Thanks for the shared cofidence. It always helps.

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 8 years ago

    Very cool designs!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 8 years ago

    Great article, and very motivational. Thanks and good luck!

  • charlynw

    charlynw said 8 years ago

    Such a helpful article! :) I'm in a transitional phase right now and getting ready to set up shop, so this is great! Thanks so much! :D

  • paperquillingart

    paperquillingart said 8 years ago

    Great article, and very motivational. Very well said and done. Thanks for sharing!

  • oppning

    oppning said 8 years ago

    Another amazing success story. Well done !

  • mielmakes

    mielmakes said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Definitely given me some motivation! Well done.

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! thanks for sharing :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your designs are so beautiful thank you for such an inspiring interview.

  • BocadeJewelry

    BocadeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • KiwiTiniCreations

    KiwiTiniCreations said 8 years ago

    Your article is inspiring. There is some sound advice on all the steps you should think and act on when setting up an Etsy shop. Thank you.

  • LindysBigBendArt

    LindysBigBendArt said 8 years ago

    Your comments about the ebb and flow of sales rings true--As a fine artist, my choices in a bad economy have NEVER included painting less! Instead, as you recommend, I've worked twice as hard during downturns, and sales show that, if differently than in a strong economy. While my medium-sized landscape paintings are slower sells these days, large (luxury!) paintings, plus tiny ones--art bookmarks, fine art greeting cards and enhanced (repainted) prints are brisk sellers. It's all in learning how to focus your time! (And I don't have children to distract me--Congratulations on striking a balance together.

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 8 years ago

    Love your Story. Thanks for sharing. Your designs have a beautiful, clean, moderne sensibility. A minimalist's dream. Kudos! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • nudeedudee

    nudeedudee said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on getting organized and having a clear strategy, this is really inspiring. And juggling two little ones, bravo!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 8 years ago

    It sounds like you really did your homework before starting your shop. I have not read such a well organized "quit your day job" article on here. All of your success is well deserved.

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 8 years ago

    It sounds like you really did your homework before starting your shop. I have not read such a well organized "quit your day job" article on here. All of your success is well deserved.

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 8 years ago

    It sounds like you really did your homework before starting your shop. I have not read such a well organized "quit your day job" article on here. All of your success is well deserved.

  • brightrabbitdesign

    brightrabbitdesign said 8 years ago

    Brilliant advice and plan! Congratulations on your success!

  • JeannineCasaleDesign

    JeannineCasaleDesign said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful. Thanks for sharing business tips

  • lilwildflower

    lilwildflower said 8 years ago

    Thank you for your tips on how to juggle being a parent and working from home. It is surely a challenge!!!

  • fashionunicorn

    fashionunicorn said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful success story for following your heart! Gorgeous designs as well!

  • fashionunicorn

    fashionunicorn said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful success story for following your heart! Gorgeous designs as well!

  • jujuru

    jujuru said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks!

  • keeptheminstitches

    keeptheminstitches said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous pictures and great interview!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Congratulatins on your sucess!

  • danadojewelry

    danadojewelry said 8 years ago

    You are a great inspiration for those trying to make it in this handmade community. Thank you for your great marketing information, your shop is simply beautiful.

  • tianlbabay

    tianlbabay said 8 years ago

    so great!

  • KristinHeron

    KristinHeron said 8 years ago

    Your shop is exquisite! Thank you for sharing your organized checklist for setting up a strong business foundation. Very helpful to a new Etsy seller!

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 8 years ago

    Great story! Much continued, well deserved success to you both!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Your designs are nice!

  • pepperpressny

    pepperpressny said 8 years ago

    very inspiring story! thanks for the great tips. congrats!

  • StepInTime

    StepInTime said 8 years ago

    Thank you for posting your story. It is encouraging and informative ! I need to start blogging!

  • AikoArt

    AikoArt said 8 years ago

    Reasonable & applicable advice! Thank you & may your future be full of success~

  • meldiddesigns

    meldiddesigns said 8 years ago

    Great story!

  • thebuttontreecompany

    thebuttontreecompany said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring..congratulations!

  • loosepetals

    loosepetals said 8 years ago

    Great Ideas!

  • loosepetals

    loosepetals said 8 years ago

    Great Ideas!

  • loosepetals

    loosepetals said 8 years ago

    Great Ideas!

  • WillysWoodworking

    WillysWoodworking said 8 years ago

    New to Etsy it has been inspiring to read your story. Thanks for sharing so much supportive information. I wish you continued success.

  • allstrungout1

    allstrungout1 said 8 years ago

    Amazing jewelry pieces and a wonderful plan! Thanks for all the tips and continued success to you!

  • molgallery

    molgallery said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing with us your experience.Very helpful info.Thank you. Your jewerly looks great as well as photos. Stay well , Dorota P.S.Could take a pik @ my store? Any suggestions.Thank you?

  • ItsAPaperThing

    ItsAPaperThing said 8 years ago

    Thank you SO much for the great details you provided about the steps you followed to get started. I have been wanting to do the same for some time now, but never seem to take the plunge. Your experience is really inspiring! I wish you many years of continued success!!! Sincerely, Christine

  • ORINewYork

    ORINewYork said 8 years ago

    Inspiring, informative and beautiful works! Thank you for sharing your valuable story!!

  • SharsArtPottery

    SharsArtPottery said 8 years ago

    This is a very helpful article. My neighbor is going to join Etsy as a wood worker doing beautiful bowls and vases. I plan to share this wonderful info with him. It will be most helpful.

  • swankness

    swankness said 8 years ago

    This is so amazing, helpful and inspiring! Thank you.

  • AlisaJulie

    AlisaJulie said 8 years ago

    beautiful jewelry! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lilesadi

    Lilesadi said 8 years ago

    Hey I seriously LOVE your article, its so personal and very helpful. Especially as it related to me and my sister. She is the designer and I am the marketeer ;) I have one BIG question: How did you do it with the financing? Thanks in advance! PS: Nice stuff you are selling.

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 8 years ago

    Love your items. The design lines are gorgeous. Congratulations on your success!

  • JennaBakerJewelry

    JennaBakerJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great marketing tips and beautiful products! Thanks for sharing!

  • HeartlocketHollow

    HeartlocketHollow said 8 years ago

    I am so grateful for the tips and real information! I took notes, and can't wait to implement some of the "to dos" that I have not done yet. Running my own art studio and having a place to market the resulting creations is a 25 year long dream. I was not able to accomplish it while my 3 children were growing up, but you have given me hope that now is the time to make it work! Thank you, Blue Hour Designs and Etsy.com!!!

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 8 years ago

    What an inspirational story! Congratulations on all your success, and best wishes for the future!

  • Simag

    Simag said 8 years ago

    Great article. I love your work!!!! Thank you for sharing your journey!

  • DeLislesRustTreasure

    DeLislesRustTreasure said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice. I look forward to researching and completeing your advice. I better get to work.

  • Sheamamanaturals

    Sheamamanaturals said 7 years ago

    your work is beautiful

  • pandademanda

    pandademanda said 7 years ago

    just starting...great advice! Thanks

  • LittleBitsChic

    LittleBitsChic said 7 years ago

    Love it!!! Great tips

  • ateliernishasha

    ateliernishasha said 7 years ago

    Another inspiring story to fire up my passion and goals :) Thanks and more success to come!

  • IheartBellevue

    IheartBellevue said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful success story. So happy for you and your family. Beautiful jewelry and packaging. Congrats !!!!

  • nadinartdesign

    Nadin Sandler from NadinArtDesign said 7 years ago

    amazing!

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