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Quit Your Day Job: Cheerupcherup

Mar 15, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

How did you originally get into making invitations?
I started by making upcycled greeting cards and then one day just decided to list a save-the-date card. It was surprisingly popular, and I soon discovered that selling wedding items was the way to go.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
Right out of college, I was working in the grocery advertising industry. My job was nowhere near ideal or creative in any way, but I tried to consider myself lucky to have a job at all.  I was introduced to Etsy by a friend and I was immediately hooked. Etsy was my outlet; I’d come home from work, make cards and photograph them. I began thinking that maybe I had a future in this. It was exciting, and scary at the same time.

What are your best marketing tips?

 

  • Branding is SO important, especially for folks who sell their wares on the Internet. It helps give your customers a sense of who you are and your style — something they don’t really see because they aren’t physically in your store.  
  • Second is a no-brainer: take good photos and if you are willing to go the extra mile, invest in a nice camera.

Your invitations were featured in a national bridal magazine. What did you learn from being featured and has anything changed for you since?
I’ve learned that it doesn’t get you as many sales as you think it will. However, it still feels GREAT for the ego. I think having national exposure has opened up other opportunities for me which is always a good thing.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
Most recently, my ticket save-the-date has been extremely popular. I used to receive non-stop orders for my floral invitations. I recently stopped selling it because the demand slowly dropped off. The wedding industry changes quickly!

What was your most memorable custom request?
I am currently working on a design for a couple whose names are the same as a toilet valve: Regal and Sloan. I kid you not, they asked me to create a design that looked like the toilet valve. The final product actually looks very pretty, and you would never be able to tell it’s part of a toilet. It’s sort of become their inside joke.

Do your customers ever send you photos from their events post purchase?
Yes! It is one of my favorite things about being involved in the wedding business. I try and post the photos from real weddings on my blog every now and then. I have seen some pretty amazing things and it feels great to be a part of such beautiful moments.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
To date, I have not spent much money on promotion. I do regret not getting my ducks in a row earlier in the game (referring to taxes and legal stuff), but I never expected to be this successful.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Learning to slow down. I spent so long working two jobs that I was always rushing to get things done. Now that I have 40 hours a week to dedicate to my business, I still rush around like a chicken with my head cut off. Even as I answer these interview questions, I can feel myself thinking about the next thing on my to do list.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
I’m an introvert by nature, so sometimes it can be tough to break out of my shell and market myself to strangers or network with others in the industry. It’s still something I need to work on.

What advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path knowing what you know now?
Don’t sell yourself short. It’s really tough to not be discouraged by your competitors who are more talented or successful than you. Do your own thing and don’t do something just because it’s what everyone else is doing.

What goals do you have in store for the future of Cheerupcherup?
I keep hearing that successful business owners set goals, but I just don’t like doing it. Of course I have dreams of having my own brick and mortar store, but that is a long way off. I also think it might be fun to start a wedding website just for Ohio or Midwest brides, since the resources in this area of the country are much more limited than in California or New York.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?
Where to start? Here are a few: uncommonsleepykingshabbyvintagemomlittlehouses and pecanpiepuppies.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Just my absolute gratefulness to Etsy for giving me the tools and exposure to do what I love. It’s sort of cheesy but it is 100% true: without Etsy, I would not be working in my pajamas today.

Thanks for sharing your story, Alaina. Check out her work in the Seller’s Items below.

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236 comments

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Your work is really beautiful, love the bright colours and typography! Congratulations on getting featured : ) So stylish!

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats on quitting your day job :)

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 7 years ago

    Oh I love your shop! thanks so much for sharing in this interview! inspirtation for the rest of us! Congrats and much continues success! :)

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 7 years ago

    The toilet couple sounds like a perfect customer! Sense of humor & a great idea. Congratulations!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 7 years ago

    Love your work and your intervew. Congratulations and best wishes for your future dream

  • AnnDoraCraft

    AnnDoraCraft said 7 years ago

    I loved reading your story! Congrats on your success.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 7 years ago

    Your candid interview is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • LillyJean

    LillyJean said 7 years ago

    Love your designs! And I appreciate your comment about being an introvert by nature. I am the same way and I think it is definitely something I need to work on, especially when it comes to my business.

  • brandmojoimages

    brandmojoimages said 7 years ago

    What a great success story! Keep up the beautiful and creative work. You give all of us sellers inspiration. And I love what you said: Do your own thing and don’t do something just because it’s what everyone else is doing. That is sound advice.

  • ClockworkCrow

    ClockworkCrow said 7 years ago

    Yaay for working in your pajamas!!! The results are lovely!!

  • SewChem

    SewChem said 7 years ago

    How inspiring! Your work is gorgeous and unique. Oh, to work in PJ's! Congrats!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring. Love this. Robin

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 7 years ago

    Lovely store. Your work is really beautiful.

  • VannaBananaBaby

    VannaBananaBaby said 7 years ago

    Love your creativity. Congratulations on the ability to work in your PJs!

  • Nomsa

    Nomsa said 7 years ago

    Lovely items and lovely seller! Thanks so much for telling your story!!

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 7 years ago

    Congrats!!!!!!!Beautiful shop!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great interview and advice...congrats on your success!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring. Congratulations !

  • 100applegate

    100applegate said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I love your work!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    sweet story...good luck!

  • ZoBeeCreations

    ZoBeeCreations said 7 years ago

    Extremely inspiring for me! Absolutely beautiful work.

  • Cause4Creation

    Cause4Creation said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous work and you are where I hope to be someday. Definitely gives me hope and motivation. Keep doing great work and keep enjoying what you love!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 7 years ago

    What a great interview! Your cards are lovely. Congratulations!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 7 years ago

    Lovely work, especially if it's done while still in your slippers : ) Congratulations.

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 7 years ago

    Amazing! Congrats on this new adventure :)

  • PleasantPeninsula

    PleasantPeninsula said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 7 years ago

    Love your cheerful designs, congratulations on your success!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 7 years ago

    great interview! congrats on being featured! :) xox

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed your story. Best of luck for the future.

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    Great items, what a great day for a wedding and everything in between! congratulations and best of happiness to you, a job well done!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 7 years ago

    Congratulations....great story, cute items. :)

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 7 years ago

    Congratulations....great story, cute items. :)

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 7 years ago

    Fun designs! I enjoyed reading your story, congratulations!

  • TheCaramelJar

    TheCaramelJar said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous invites! Congrats on much deserved success!

  • whimsypie

    whimsypie said 7 years ago

    congratulations on the feature! how lucky are wedding couples since Etsy started? thank you for sharing your story : )

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Beautiful work. I love your use of colors + type. Thanks so much for sharing your story! Congrats on your success.

  • jmebyjaime

    jmebyjaime said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful work!! Congratulation on all your success :):):)

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 7 years ago

    Working in PJ's is my Fav!! Congrats on the article.

  • studiokgraphicdesign

    studiokgraphicdesign said 7 years ago

    Wow...impressive stuff and I love your story. Way to go!! :)

  • dianecostanza

    dianecostanza said 7 years ago

    I like that these invitations are different. Lovely work. Diane

  • versetle1

    versetle1 said 7 years ago

    Love your use of color & creativity! Make me want to get married again so I have an excuse to buy lol! Great article.

  • RitasBeadingBoutique

    RitasBeadingBoutique said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring interview. Congratulations!

  • MyEverAfter

    MyEverAfter said 7 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous! Great advice, and I too understand the trials of being an introverted business owner... :P My husband, bless him, is often the one to prod me when we are in public, to show off my what I make.

  • rachmerc21

    rachmerc21 said 7 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing this very inspiring story!

  • LilypadLaneDesigns

    LilypadLaneDesigns said 7 years ago

    And just think, if you hadn't have taken that chance on a "Save The Date" card....lol. I feel alot like you! Now to just take that chance! Congratulations!!!

  • susidjewelry

    susidjewelry said 7 years ago

    Your work is simply beautiful. Very inspiring interview. Thank you!

  • InkHeartKicks

    InkHeartKicks said 7 years ago

    2 days as an etsian, and the stress is building!!

  • dreamscapegallery

    dreamscapegallery said 7 years ago

    Oh, yes-very nice shop!!! Perhaps you could teach the rest of us to be as successful as you have become!!! Great talent! 2 thumbs up!

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 7 years ago

    love the items and great article. thanks.

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. I'll keep you in mind for the day my son finds a bride.

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 7 years ago

    Wow! Congrats! I'm from Columbus, Ohio too! Love your shop and best of luck!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Love your creative invitations! Great article! Congrats!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    Alaina! You are an inspiration to all! It has been so much fun to see your shop grow and gain the success it deserves! Your designs are so wonderful! Congrats to you Etsy friend! xo, Katy

  • GoodTimeJunkin

    GoodTimeJunkin said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work, and congrats on the feature!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 7 years ago

    As always, inspiring! Great interview, and one day....one day I shall work in my pyjamas too! Hehe.... Heidi

  • amberike

    amberike said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. Best of luck and congrats!

  • pimscreation

    pimscreation said 7 years ago

    Love seeing someone this talented making it in this industry...congratulations!

  • larkspurfunnyfarm

    larkspurfunnyfarm said 7 years ago

    Great article and love your work.. Thanks for sharing your store with us.

  • HazelNutStuff

    HazelNutStuff said 7 years ago

    loved reading this! super cute designs!

  • stonehousehill

    stonehousehill said 7 years ago

    Thank you for a very encouraging article. There is hope for us introverts!

  • shelterprotectsyou

    shelterprotectsyou said 7 years ago

    Lovely work! Super encouraging too... thank you!

  • oldtimethreads

    oldtimethreads said 7 years ago

    Love your work! Congratulations on quiting your day job..best wishes for continued success! : )

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 7 years ago

    Amazing cards! Love your designs! Had to add your shop to favourites, so I know where to come back in future! Love it!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 7 years ago

    Your work has a great mixture of modern and nostalgia. A really fresh look. Congratulations on your feature and all the best!!

  • PthaloAzul

    PthaloAzul said 7 years ago

    Your photos are fantastic!

  • AThymetoSew

    AThymetoSew said 7 years ago

    I loved reading this interview! You are a real inspiration. Congratulations and best wishes!!

  • Crafts2Cherish

    Crafts2Cherish said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous shop and great photos Alaina!Thanks so much for sharing and Good luck!!!

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 7 years ago

    great story... congrats :-)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 7 years ago

    VERY NICE !

  • bornrestless

    bornrestless said 7 years ago

    Exciting! Really glad things came good for you. x

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    adorable stuff. great job :)

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    What goals do you have in store for the future of Cheerupcherup? .....I also think it might be fun to start a wedding website just for Ohio or Midwest brides, since the resources in this area of the country are much more limited than in California or New York. -------- YES! DO THIS! I always get so depressed looking at warm-summery-november-california-weddings. Hello Minnesota!

  • miznovember

    miznovember said 7 years ago

    You are a very talented lady. Keep up the great work. I love the colors you use. Speaking of color.... *you think you could possibly share with us what color that is on the walls in the first photo?

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    It's wonderful to see a fellow introvert doing so well!! ;-)

  • SimpleBlue

    SimpleBlue said 7 years ago

    I loved the last line!

  • Marsena

    Marsena said 7 years ago

    Congratulation!!! best of luck to you :)

  • ThePerennialPast

    ThePerennialPast said 7 years ago

    Super awesome! That's my goal too ... to be doing this full time! Thank you. Visit my vintage clothes and accessories: www.theperennialpast.etsy.com

  • notchiemama

    notchiemama said 7 years ago

    What a great interview! Really like the part about not seeling yourself short - I am working hard on that one. Congrats on your success.

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 7 years ago

    I love your story and your passion for your work!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 7 years ago

    I am an introvert, too, and it's very reassuring to see your story! Gorgeous work. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing!

  • Cheerupcherup

    Cheerupcherup said 7 years ago

    thanks all for the very kind and uplifting comments! This has totally made my day.

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 7 years ago

    Just beautiful, you and your designs! Thanks for sharing your story - it made me feel happy just reading it. Much continued success!!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 7 years ago

    Wow- your work is so beautiful- wish I'd known about it when I got married! A lovely interview too- very genuine. Congratulations on your success.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 7 years ago

    Awesome "bleeding" edge creations!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 7 years ago

    Loved reading your story. BEAUTIFUL

  • smallfryINK

    smallfryINK said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring. You create such lovely graphic designs. If I wasn't already married I would be coming to you for my invitations!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Lovely story, great shop!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it =)

  • hannahcloud

    hannahcloud said 7 years ago

    great interview! nice work alaina.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Congrats..very inspiring!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Your interview was great and very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing with us and for your beautiful work.

  • AmazingMiniatures

    AmazingMiniatures said 7 years ago

    A very fun read.. love your cards and thanks for sharing you story with us!

  • DelightfullyNoted

    DelightfullyNoted said 7 years ago

    I've always loved your work! Happy to see a invitation seller featured here:)

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 7 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Love it and enjoyed getting to read more about you.

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    I love positive stories like this one. Thanks for sharing!

  • HeritageKnitting

    HeritageKnitting said 7 years ago

    I've got the same inability to slow down. Thanks for sharing and letting me know that I'm not the only one. :) Great shop!

  • imagesbycassandra

    imagesbycassandra said 7 years ago

    That was such a great article!! And really motivating too!! Thank you!!

  • Numbers14

    Numbers14 said 7 years ago

    lovely story

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 7 years ago

    are people even still getting married now a days?

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this uplifting example. Congrats!

  • sofialgarvia

    sofialgarvia said 7 years ago

    Great job! Reading your interview made me dream... will I some day work on my pajamas?! How I wish it!!!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 7 years ago

    So happy for you! Cheers!!!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 7 years ago

    Lovely shop and great advice! Congrats to you on your success!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 7 years ago

    What a lovely shop! Congratulations!

  • daweigreat

    daweigreat said 7 years ago

    Good work ~ Just let me check shortly.

  • SacredSymbolStudios

    SacredSymbolStudios said 7 years ago

    Hooray, it's always great to hear a success story, especially unexpected success. Thanks for your candor. Continued Prosperity!

  • LaAlicia

    LaAlicia said 7 years ago

    congratulations!! fantastic!

  • robotanist

    robotanist said 7 years ago

    Your work is so whimsical and fun! What do you do for printing?

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your work is lovely!

  • mariskavanhulsel

    mariskavanhulsel said 7 years ago

    "without Etsy, I would not be working in my pajamas today." Love that line!

  • psucaspurr

    psucaspurr said 7 years ago

    wish i could be you

  • psucaspurr

    psucaspurr said 7 years ago

    wish i could be you

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    A wonderful interview! Love the Regal and Sloan story..lol! Congratulations and best of luck :)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    A fantastic and uplifting interview ~ much continued success

  • mucar

    mucar said 7 years ago

    love the items and great article. thanks.

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 7 years ago

    Yay! For working in your Pj's kinda days! Congrats...

  • DamselofDainty

    DamselofDainty said 7 years ago

    Your answers are very recognizable and I love that you seem so down to earth. Your work is beautiful and very inspiring!

  • frolicnfancies

    frolicnfancies said 7 years ago

    Great article...they are all so inspiring! I do especially love the PJ's comment also! Off to check out your store!

  • BreakinGlass

    BreakinGlass said 7 years ago

    Great interview and your work is amazing!

  • MKDesignsCo

    MKDesignsCo said 7 years ago

    Loved your story! I, like many women in the world, am a complete sap about wedding anything. Beautiful items in your store and such an inspiring post! Congratulations!

  • NymphsNecessitys

    NymphsNecessitys said 7 years ago

    Fantastic Work and Story..Thanks For The Inspiration!

  • FreshBlissBoutique

    FreshBlissBoutique said 7 years ago

    Lovely work and nice interview. I'm an "introvert" too, which can make the marketing process harder than necessary! I'll have to check out your shop!

  • AlisaBrides

    AlisaBrides said 7 years ago

    So glad I read this article! I can definitely relate to the challenges and emotions Alaina shared. This gives me a lot of hope and inspiration, and her cards are amazing!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 7 years ago

    pretty lady!

  • portia1113

    portia1113 said 7 years ago

    I love reading success stories!

  • SaraWen

    SaraWen said 7 years ago

    Awesome success story! :)

  • VermontPhotography

    VermontPhotography said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and great blog! I'm new to Etsy (on the selling side) :) and your story is an inspiration.

  • kmbutterfly

    kmbutterfly said 7 years ago

    You should definitely start a midwest wedding website! When I was planning my wedding, I remember being frustrated that so many of the wedding websites I love are written in and largely about the east or west coasts...it'd be nice to have something a little closer to home sometimes.

  • GingezShop

    GingezShop said 7 years ago

    Beautiful....Congrats...Best wishes.<3

  • CoutureLife

    CoutureLife said 7 years ago

    Love this story...and beautiful designs!

  • LaNomRahDesigns

    LaNomRahDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congrats!... This interview is timely inspiration. Best Advice ever: "Don’t sell yourself short. It’s really tough to not be discouraged by your competitors who are more talented or successful than you. Do your own thing and don’t do something just because it’s what everyone else is doing."

  • CajunCreation

    CajunCreation said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work...Great Interview...Congratulations on being featured!!

  • Secondchancecreation

    Secondchancecreation said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 7 years ago

    Fresh and insightful interview! Love the inside joke toilet valve story...I would love to actually see what you came up with!!

  • HeartsandButtons

    HeartsandButtons said 7 years ago

    certainly something to aspire to.

  • OverAndOverAgain

    OverAndOverAgain said 7 years ago

    woo-hoo! nice to see an fellow ohian prospering with their etsy shop! great products. good luck!

  • mylovelysunshine

    mylovelysunshine said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading the interview and your honesty. Beautiful work ! I wish you all the best and may your journey be better than you could ever imagine.

  • mybabybooties

    mybabybooties said 7 years ago

    love your shop

  • 2stepwallartgirls

    2stepwallartgirls said 7 years ago

    New at Etsy. Any advice on pricing products or where to go for help? Loved your story. Inspirational.

  • DaZzLeByDaWn

    DaZzLeByDaWn said 7 years ago

    great story!...Good for you :)...Your story gives me hope... I just officially started here this week. Just lost my job after 13 years and I now have the time to pursue my true passion of making jewelry...

  • DJsThisNThat

    DJsThisNThat said 7 years ago

    Gives me hope too.. thank you for sharing.

  • DarlingCherie

    DarlingCherie said 7 years ago

    I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing! I'm considering investing in prints and quite possibly invitations so this was a great read!

  • camillefalkdesigns

    camillefalkdesigns said 7 years ago

    I loved reading about your success! When you follow your heart, have faith, and love what you do, all the pieces DO come together! I quit my day job too (oh I mean got fired, haa haa) and took the leap of faith! All magic in life now!!!

  • humunuku

    humunuku said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Beeskers

    Beeskers said 7 years ago

    Hum . . . Working in my PJs . . . What a beautiful thought! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • MoMosBoutique

    MoMosBoutique said 7 years ago

    Very unique and fun!

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring. Being able to contribute our artwork to a couple's wedding day truly is a beautiful thing--thanks, Etsy, for making the love connection! :)

  • RedoDecor

    RedoDecor said 7 years ago

    This is amazing. I'm officially inspired for the day! Thanks! www.redodecor.etsy.com

  • rope

    rope said 7 years ago

    So fun to read about your company! Thanks for letting us peak into your life. Anna

  • Wildlifefromscratch

    Wildlifefromscratch said 7 years ago

    Beautiful colors and designs! Keep up the great work and best of luck. Jeanie

  • ellenhowardhandmade

    ellenhowardhandmade said 7 years ago

    it's great to hear of your etsy success. enjoy!

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies said 7 years ago

    amazing creations!!!

  • SomethingBeadyful

    SomethingBeadyful said 7 years ago

    Your works are beautiful and your journey to get to where you are now is an inspiration for starters in etsy like me.

  • miniaturepatisserie

    miniaturepatisserie said 7 years ago

    Great story and I always think that these interviews are a great source of inspiration as well as motivation!

  • EnchantedIvy

    EnchantedIvy said 7 years ago

    I just signed up with Etsy because I am daring to follow a dream. I come from the HR Corporate World but have an intense passion for creating pretty craft items... Your story is very inspiring!! (And your work is sensational!) Thank you for being a light showing that there is hope to go after dreams and to do what you absolutely love in life ;-)

  • Witchey

    Witchey said 7 years ago

    Cool! very inspiring!

  • nebula

    nebula said 7 years ago

    Congrats, It is a dream of mine to get off of unemployment and jump into self employment. I started online with crafts and built a few websites. http://www.gooddogtrainingreviews.com http://www.essencesounddesign.com http://www.renter-screening.com I wish you luck

  • lilwildflower

    lilwildflower said 7 years ago

    Your work is so full of joy. I can see how you do so well, your work is distinct. Inspiring story for us all!

  • HenBecDecor

    HenBecDecor said 7 years ago

    Congrats! I think its a brilliant idea to focus on the midwest. I am originally from Cleveland, and I moved to Chicago years ago because I wanted to surround myself with tons of creativity. It has worked, but I can't wait to bring it back to Ohio someday.

  • amaretto

    amaretto said 7 years ago

    You are such an inspiration. I am on my way to work right now. I want to phone them, resign and get home and start crafting!!!

  • agmode

    agmode said 7 years ago

    So delicious! Congrats!

  • my3gemz

    my3gemz said 7 years ago

    Love your work!

  • beadsbymiyuki

    beadsbymiyuki said 7 years ago

    It is a lovely story. Thank you for sharing. miyuki

  • CANADIANCREATIONZ

    CANADIANCREATIONZ said 7 years ago

    Great shop!

  • shadblow

    shadblow said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your work and your hope!!!

  • krabbykasey

    krabbykasey said 7 years ago

    I love the last quote, "Without Etsy, I would not be working in my pajamas today." Classic!!

  • doodlelove

    doodlelove said 7 years ago

    love your work and was actually one of the first shops i fell in love with on etsy and inspired me to start my own! well done you :)

  • irinacarmen

    irinacarmen said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story!!

  • mulberrylanefolkart

    mulberrylanefolkart said 7 years ago

    Great story! Blessings!

  • lovelyletters

    lovelyletters said 7 years ago

    love your work!!!

  • handmadehomecraft

    handmadehomecraft said 7 years ago

    Such a great interview and very inspiring, I want to be working in my PJ's too !

  • BellaPuzzlesToo

    BellaPuzzlesToo said 7 years ago

    Love those tickets, Alaina!

  • herbleedesigns

    herbleedesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love your work!

  • RecycledMadness

    RecycledMadness said 7 years ago

    wonderful, you can tell you love what you do and it makes it special for others!

  • RecycledMadness

    RecycledMadness said 7 years ago

    wonderful, you can tell you love what you do and it makes it special for others!

  • challenevi

    challenevi said 7 years ago

    Congrats!! =)

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 7 years ago

    Luv this shop!!

  • alankarshilpa

    alankarshilpa said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. Ilove your store and enjoyed reading your blog.

  • RedRoosterStudio

    RedRoosterStudio said 7 years ago

    such an inspiring story!

  • marykerran

    marykerran said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. I wish you the very best.

  • BeautifullyBecoming

    BeautifullyBecoming said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Your situation and personality seems almost identical to my own so I can really relate. You give me hope.

  • soapsnfavors

    soapsnfavors said 7 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. Congratulations on your success!

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Much success in the future!

  • JadeExpressions

    JadeExpressions said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story and checking out your shop! Thanks for sharing.

  • sillylittlegoose

    sillylittlegoose said 7 years ago

    So inspirational! Thank you for sharing your story!!!

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden said 7 years ago

    good for you! Your work is beautiful and the success is deserved... well done!

  • ChrisWDesigns

    ChrisWDesigns said 7 years ago

    Great shop. love your work!

  • joytoyou41

    joytoyou41 said 7 years ago

    Love your shop and story. You deserve it all Joy xo

  • carolbroadleypottery

    carolbroadleypottery said 7 years ago

    Good for you! You hit on one of the biggest benefits...working in your PJs! :) Great story, beautiful shop!

  • SallyBs

    SallyBs said 7 years ago

    Heavens....you make it look so easy! Well done and remember There's no place like home.

  • FireDancerDesigns

    FireDancerDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured! I think your idea to start a wedding website for Ohio is a fantastic idea! I live in Ohio too (the Dayton area) and I know our options seemed somewhat limited when we got married. Having a resource like that would have been wonderful!

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 7 years ago

    Love your story, Beautiful work !

  • CUSTOMCUTDECORS

    CUSTOMCUTDECORS said 7 years ago

    I'm a beginner at ETSY and your story is an inspiration to me, Thanks for sharing!!

  • heathersnow

    heathersnow said 7 years ago

    some day I hope to grow up and be just as successful as you are : ). Thanks for being so candid.

  • ksickles

    ksickles said 7 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous designs. I wish I were having another wedding - I know who I'd turn to :) And I'm proud that you're a fellow C-Bus'er :)

  • windydunedesign

    windydunedesign said 7 years ago

    I'm brand new to Etsy. Thanks for opening up a world of possibilities and, perhaps unknowlingly, patting me on the back for trying.

  • akemanartist

    akemanartist said 7 years ago

    I worked hard at reworking a painting for a local art contest. If it doesn't sell there I will post it on Etsy it's Epona (celtic goddess of horses) and she has two horses with her, white ones. I noticed that the more I worked on the painting the more stuff I saw that needed more work! I LOVE your story and that you don't have a goal centered mind like me. I mean yeah I work my butt off on my paintings and plan on local exhibitions and online contests for exposure but more importantly it's about getting that painting done.

  • KristinaTea

    KristinaTea said 7 years ago

    Beautiful woman, beautiful designs!!!

  • joykruse

    joykruse said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. Great design. Great Color. Love it.

  • catrinel777

    catrinel777 said 7 years ago

    I wish I would find, like you, the key to the success. Great story!!!

  • peaceofminejewelry

    peaceofminejewelry said 7 years ago

    Truly inspirational, thanks for sharing!!!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love your cards! Great interview, thanks for sharing...

  • RetroChalet

    RetroChalet said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success and this feature. Your items are wonderful :)

  • StickersPlus

    StickersPlus said 7 years ago

    Keep up the great work....best of luck to you!!

  • AGlowingState

    AGlowingState said 7 years ago

    Wonderful for you...congrats on your success and I will follow your advice. Your products are beautiful and unique! ^.^

  • marcychapman

    marcychapman said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. What a wonderful "take" on invites. hellosunshine

  • MirKatDesign

    MirKatDesign said 7 years ago

    I REALLY enjoyed reading this! Congratulations on quitting your day job, your success, and the feature! Your story was quite inspirational and your items are beautiful :) Best of luck!

  • photographyangel

    photographyangel said 7 years ago

    Lovely cardwork and thanks for your insight. Its nice to know people can be so succesful on Etsy :)

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL card designs! Will keep you in mind. ;)

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

    P.S. Love to see you represent Ohio!

  • maddshatter

    maddshatter said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! :)

  • MischaMotifs

    MischaMotifs said 7 years ago

    Great ideas! Wonderful interview! Thanks!

  • bbppdesigns

    bbppdesigns said 7 years ago

    hiya. i'm a graphic designer and crafter from australia... and i love your work! i aspire to work in pyjamas from home one day!

  • picturerenewal

    picturerenewal said 7 years ago

    Great!

  • HollyDaise

    HollyDaise said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congratulations on giving up your day job, how fantastic! Very sage advice. Thank you. Hx

  • JoyMadeIt

    JoyMadeIt said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! It's inspiring to say the least :)

  • craftluxuries

    craftluxuries said 7 years ago

    Your work is so vibrant! congratulations!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 7 years ago

    Keep pushing the envelope. Graphic design is a great career and creative outlet.

  • LesasPlunderPlace

    LesasPlunderPlace said 7 years ago

    I am forever in awe of all of the talent out there. It's nice to read to not be afraid to just be me. I like that. It's good advice. Thank you! This was a wonderful interview, and Cheerup Cherup is a lovely shop.

  • KarinNelson

    KarinNelson said 7 years ago

    Wonderful, inspiring article. And to think I've been feeling guilty about working in my PJ's!

  • popupcrazy

    popupcrazy said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring; I am just getting started and your interview has giving me hope. Thanks so much!

  • notionbyleandra

    notionbyleandra said 7 years ago

    What a great story! So happy for your success!

  • StitchSenseDesigns

    StitchSenseDesigns said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous! I love this shop! You pictures are fantastic & I love your story about stumbling into the wedding niche.

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 7 years ago

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

  • kimberleeannkreation

    kimberleeannkreation said 7 years ago

    Love hearing your story! I am currently working on a wedding invitation order and am finding it fun and "too much responsibility" all at the same time. The fun part was designing the invitation with the bride and that part I wouldn't give up for anything! :)

  • CollectionSelection

    CollectionSelection said 7 years ago

    I finally got around to reading Etsy's email sent to me way back on 4/5 (it is now 4/22) !! I saw the photo with the "Live What You Love" print, loved it right off the bat, so googled it and it brought me to your shop where I immediately purchased one in orange! (can't wait to get it and frame it). I am currently getting my ducks in a row to become an Etsy seller too, so I related to much of your interview. Continued success to you --- and eventually me!!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 7 years ago

    Love your story!! It is so inspirational and definitley makes me wanna move forward with some things i've been holding off on!!!!! Thanks for sharing and best wishes!!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, so inspirational! :)

  • KiwiTiniCreations

    KiwiTiniCreations said 7 years ago

    An inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  • LemondropLand

    LemondropLand said 7 years ago

    Love, love, love your work!

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story is very uplifting my hopes. Thank you.

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 6 years ago

    Yay for you! I'm in Columbus too :) Go Ohioans!

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  • santoshnn

    Santosh N N from SanntosDesigns said 3 years ago

    Love your Work. keep moving forward...!

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