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Quit Your Day Job: crackeddesigns

Aug 10, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

After graduating with a degree from art school, Tara a.k.a. crackeddesigns worked several day jobs that she never found truly fulfilling. After designing her own save-the-date invitations for her wedding, Tara discovered her true passion for the world of paper goods and her dream for Cracked Designs was born.  She now successfully runs her paper goods business full time and enjoys brainstorming new ideas for products. Tara has found being her own boss adds definition to her life and claims she’s the toughest boss she’s ever had, often not knowing when to quit.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve always loved making things and being creative. I went to art school in Chicago and Milwaukee to further my education and love for the arts, but after I graduated I still wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do. It wasn’t until I made my own save-the-date wedding invitations that I knew I was completely in love with paper and design. I’ve always been obsessed with greeting cards and stationery, so it seemed really natural to find my calling in the paper world.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I always dreamed that some day I would be my own boss, but it always seemed so far away — just a really nice fantasy! I had a lot of different jobs before I started Cracked Designs full time, and I was really frustrated because none of them were very satisfying. I actually designed some of my first cards while working at Starbucks! I would come home from that job with tons of little pieces of paper filled with sketches and doodles.

My husband was the one who initially told me I should just focus on Cracked Designs and to do what makes me happy. I was still a little unsure (and nervous), but once the orders started coming in more steadily and more often, I started realizing that my days of daydreaming were over!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I designed a lot of cards and invitations for family and friends and they really helped me to get my name out there. I spent a lot of time researching what kind of paper products were successful and unsuccessful. I worked non-stop on tweaking my line of cards to find my own unique style and make them the best I could. Since there are so many amazing paper designers out there, I really wanted to differentiate myself and put out a product that was unique and something I was proud of. It was really important for me to know what kind of competition I was going to be up against, and I think my obsessive research nature really helped me design products that are hip, but also totally unique. I also have an amazing husband who helped me figure out the legal stuff. We kind of dealt with all of that, like taxes and such as we went along. I would recommend getting all your legal responsibilities figured out before you start, it’s just easier!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I’m constantly promoting Cracked Designs; it’s become such a natural thing. The most effective method is word of mouth! I have a lot of amazing friends and customers that spread my name around, and it’s the best promotion you can get!

I also think blogs have been a great way to promote my business. I worked hard at getting my name out there to the authors of some of my favorite blogs, who then wrote awesome articles about Cracked Designs. I also just started advertising on some sites and blogs, and so far it’s been working really well. I would say that it’s best to research the kinds of people who visit a website before you pay to advertise, just to make sure your products fit in with the overall style/feel.

I also spend a lot of time working on my logo and marketing material design, like my business cards and postcards. So many people will see your business card and logo before they see your actual product, so I think it’s so important to have those pieces really reflect your work well and draw people in.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I really haven’t found any unsuccessful promotions; some things work better than others, but overall I would say that you should always try to get your name out there and you shouldn’t expect to have people just find you.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • Wake up around 8 a.m. and have coffee. Let my two huge dogs outside.
  • Start working in the studio. I mostly start by answering any emails and looking at what I have to accomplish that day. I am an obsessive list maker!
  • Work on orders, design, doodle, work on orders some more, listen to Pandora.
  • Eat lunch, usually in a hurry and answer more emails.
  • Play hide and seek with my dogs; they are excellent seekers.
  • Work on more orders and daydream about the next new product.
  • Make a trip to the post office, if necessary.
  • Around 4:30, my husband comes home from work and we talk about the day and brainstorm some totally rad ideas. This consists mostly of us making each other laugh and me wildly writing down and doodling crazy ideas.
  • My husband deals with the dogs while I continue to work in the studio.
  • Depending on how busy I am that day/week, I reluctantly pry myself away from the studio around 5:30 p.m.
  • My husband and I continue to talk about more awesome card ideas.
  • The rest of the night consists of me researching, doodling and answering more emails.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I love being my own boss and being able to do exactly what I want. Working from home and being surrounded by things that inspire me is the best! I think what I miss sometimes about my day job is being able to walk away at the end of the day. When you get frustrated with your work at your day job, you can just step away and go home after it all. You and your job are two separate things — you get distance.

However, with my own business it’s mine and no one else’s. I can’t truly walk away when I get worn out; Cracked Designs is always in the back of my mind and I’m constantly working. It’s what defines me: I am Cracked Designs. It is definitely a labor of love, but I would not have it any other way. It’s so awesome to be able to do something you love and seeing your vision come to life day after day. I love being able to know that I was able to build a business out of nothing, and continue to watch it grow — it’s incredibly rewarding!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Oh man, there are a lot of hard things about running your own business. I think one hard thing for me to do is knowing when to quit. I’m always busy and could easily work all day without taking a break. I try hard to give myself a day off every once in a while. It’s hard because in the back of my mind I’m thinking about what I should be doing and what needs to get done next. I’ve found that being my own boss is awesome, but also really demanding. I truly am the hardest boss I’ve ever worked for!

Another hard thing is not getting down on yourself or your products. Etsy is just a huge pool of amazing-ness, and I find it hard to not compare yourself to others. I think it’s good to see what others are doing, especially in your field, but don’t start comparing your products to others and especially don’t change your products to try to fit in with the latest trend. It’s really hard sometimes to see amazing paper products and think, “Crap, I wish I would have thought of that.” You just have to know that people love your stuff, too! You got here for a reason — you make awesome things!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Start small and don’t give up! When I first started Cracked Designs, I wanted to do it all! I had so many big ideas that I wanted to get out there right away. It just wasn’t realistic looking back on it now. It look me a long time to tweak my line of cards into what they are today. It takes time to design and make a really good product.

It’s also hard not to give up when things aren’t going as well as you’d like them to. My business started slow at first and there were so many times when I wanted to give up. I remember going to Art vs. Craft in Milwaukee when I first started out and seeing all of the amazing card designers there, and I got really down on myself and I kept thinking that my stuff wasn’t nearly as good. I also got a lot of hard rejections from stores and craft fairs in the beginning — which just added to my disappointment.

If it weren’t for my husband who was constantly supporting me, I don’t think I would be here today. It’s so important to have a good support system! He would always tell me that my stuff was just as good and not to compare myself to other designers. You have to really believe in your product and work through the hard stuff — hard work and dedication pay off in the end. So I would say to someone starting out that nothing comes easy and to be patient with the process of building your business. Make a product that you’re proud of and don’t give up!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I would really love to get to 1,000 sales this year! I also am working on a lot of cool new products that I would love to release in the coming year, including new journals and invitation sets. It’s important for me to keep making creative designs and have a lot of variety in my shop, and I think the new products I’m working on will do just that. I would also love my wedding invitation designs to get some more exposure and promote them more in the wedding world.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Just want to say thanks to everyone out there who has supported Cracked Designs on Etsy! I sometimes can’t believe that I get to do what I love every single day, and it’s because of our customers that I get to do just that!

Thanks to Tara for sharing her story.  Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with her Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

 

You can see some of Tara’s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

154 comments

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 9 years ago

    Great story! Good luck with everything!

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 9 years ago

    Congratulation! Just love your shop.

  • papermichelle

    papermichelle said 9 years ago

    Oh rad! Love the interview!!! (Way to represent Milwaukee with the Wolski's sticker, ha!!)

  • galit

    galit said 9 years ago

    This is so cool! love Tara's designs!

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 9 years ago

    Great story and wonderful pictures of your work! Congrats on a beautiful and fun shop!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational article! Thank you for sharing it!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    CONGRATS!! Wonderful work and very inspiring.....

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 9 years ago

    Congrats.... Very cool stuff!!!

  • xoelle

    xoelle said 9 years ago

    I LOVE those travel journals- what a super wonderful idea!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 9 years ago

    thats a really great story + great photos and items! inspiring

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    I'm so happy to see a paper-related business in the QYDJ Series! Congratulations on your success!

  • RockPaperSilver

    RockPaperSilver said 9 years ago

    I love your Journey Journals...very fun! Great post!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 9 years ago

    Best wishes and continued success to you!

  • Adrianchristian

    Adrianchristian said 9 years ago

    I absolutely love your work!! Be Blessed in all that you do!

  • OhMyAmpersand

    OhMyAmpersand said 9 years ago

    Your designs are wonderful! Congratulations on the article and thank you for the inspiration and advice!

  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 9 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • Sudstress

    Sudstress said 9 years ago

    These articles are always inspiring. Keep 'em coming! Thanks.

  • chinadoodle

    chinadoodle said 9 years ago

    nice work.

  • AUTOMATIEK

    AUTOMATIEK said 9 years ago

    You have an amazing shop ~~ you will only know progress !!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 9 years ago

    what a lovely girl!

  • sandali

    sandali said 9 years ago

    Brilliant ~~ I love your shop & your items are AWESOME !! Trigger Happy Days ;)

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 9 years ago

    Great stuff! I love the Journey Journal!

  • LaBodaCollection

    LaBodaCollection said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Tara! Great shop!!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 9 years ago

    Congrats Tara! I love your work!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 9 years ago

    Keep living the dream, Tara. It's awesome, isn't it?

  • revelry

    revelry said 9 years ago

    Wowowow! Love your paper goods. Great shop! Good luck with everything. Great inspiration.

  • Squintbags

    Squintbags said 9 years ago

    LOVE the story! And congrats on the success. I think you've got fun stuff, I love it!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 9 years ago

    Love your designs! Best wishes for your continued success from one compulsive list maker to the other!!!!!!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 9 years ago

    Hooray for paper goods! Congratulations, Tara on your success and a great feature...love your very clever designs!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 9 years ago

    i LOVE this shop. congrats on not being your own boss, it's the best!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 9 years ago

    on being your own boss, that is:)

  • thevintageholicfrog

    thevintageholicfrog said 9 years ago

    great article- i love this shop! a very Yeti birthday... totally cracks me up!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

    Such a great story! Loved reading it!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 9 years ago

    A truly awesome story, Tara! Congratulations and many blessings with your continued success.

  • tracyhibsman

    tracyhibsman said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Your shop is great! I especially love the Journey Journals. Keep up the great work!

  • hipchicdesigns

    hipchicdesigns said 9 years ago

    I applaud you for doing what you love. Too many people don't. Best of luck.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 9 years ago

    Really Great, lovely interview! Wish you good luck for everything that comes!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Congrats to you for being able to stay home and design~ awesome~! your shop is so sweet, love the card let's rub tires that is a hoot, again wish congrat, wish you continued success as well.

  • EmbellishYourself

    EmbellishYourself said 9 years ago

    So inspiring! My husband is a great support to me as well and it helps a lot!

  • karalmava

    karalmava said 9 years ago

    Super cute items! Great article!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 9 years ago

    Congrats for everything!

  • pamelamichelle

    pamelamichelle said 9 years ago

    Great story and wonderful work. Can't wait to see what's next

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Tara.

  • notmoira

    notmoira said 9 years ago

    Great read! YES to all the witty cardmakers out there! ;)

  • RoyalBabyYoungblood

    RoyalBabyYoungblood said 9 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring. It's great to see that you have hung in there and developed your art. Your designs are really cool.

  • cdpatrick

    cdpatrick said 9 years ago

    Love the journals! Going to Santa Fe New Mexico on a sgemtone finding trip and will be getting one of these. Nice work. Diane

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 9 years ago

    omg thank you for introducing me to such an amazingly cool artist!!!!

  • edor

    edor said 9 years ago

    Fresh!

  • headchange

    headchange said 9 years ago

    nothing beats a supportive hubby

  • JewelzyBug

    JewelzyBug said 9 years ago

    Wow - very inspirational! Just starting out and she gave me the drive to want to continue! :) Great products!

  • electricrainbow1

    electricrainbow1 said 9 years ago

    What a great article! She's truly an inspiration to us all! I'd love to reach 1,000 sales too! :)

  • chetart

    chetart said 9 years ago

    Wonderful work with a great sense of humor.

  • TripleLDesigns

    TripleLDesigns said 9 years ago

    Love the cards! Congrats and keep working hard towards your goal!

  • NoSoapRadio

    NoSoapRadio said 9 years ago

    hey, this is rad, tara! mazel tov!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Good story . Conratulations!

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Truly inspirational!! I love all the small details you've put into your work.

  • laughtillyoucry

    laughtillyoucry said 9 years ago

    So encouraging, to read about others success. Sounds like you've got your groove. luv

  • decors

    decors said 9 years ago

    Thanks Marymary for the article. I am a royal reader of this topic - too satisfying! And Tara, thanks for sharing your inspiring journey with us!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! Wish you all the best.

  • tinycharm

    tinycharm said 9 years ago

    so creative! wow!

  • SelfAssured

    SelfAssured said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for revealing your initial doubts. Awesome products!

  • glassali

    glassali said 9 years ago

    I think that when you love what you do it reflects in all that you do. You're a great example of that. Love your work.

  • lizzibelle

    lizzibelle said 9 years ago

    I love your "tying the knot" card! congratulations and good luck!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 9 years ago

    LOVE the Journey Journal! Awesome work!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 9 years ago

    i just love this reading

  • littlegraypixel

    littlegraypixel said 9 years ago

    I'm in love with your store! Such wonderful ideas.

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 9 years ago

    wonderful shop and inspiring article!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 9 years ago

    Tara... you rock! Your story is inspirational. Thank yo for sharing it with us. Blessings and magic.

  • crackeddesigns

    crackeddesigns said 9 years ago

    Holy smokes! Thanks for all the lovin' folks!

  • RenuRedo

    RenuRedo said 9 years ago

    inspiration for real!

  • OohLaLaHats

    OohLaLaHats said 9 years ago

    This is so my dream, thanks so much for the encouragement!

  • fatfacecreations

    fatfacecreations said 9 years ago

    I love seeing obsessive list makers. Lists rock!!

  • Beanicott

    Beanicott said 9 years ago

    Such a good point about the support system-- you've got to have confidence in yourself, obviously, but it's so helpful if other people are cheering for you along the way.

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Beautiful designs and love that journey journal!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • OhWunder

    OhWunder said 9 years ago

    Your cards are great!

  • Craftsquatch

    Craftsquatch said 9 years ago

    Love you cards. It's good to see Chicago producing great artists :).

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 9 years ago

    Excellent story and such unique products!

  • sleepyking

    sleepyking said 9 years ago

    I love her things! Very inspiring! :)

  • evihan

    evihan said 9 years ago

    she inspired me a lot..thanx for sharing with us...

  • comfortable

    comfortable said 9 years ago

    congrats! I thought your butter & bread card was hilarious! super cute!

  • janicej

    janicej said 9 years ago

    Lovely products! Congrats & thanks for the interesting read!

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 9 years ago

    great shop! lovely interview :)

  • treasuresupplies

    treasuresupplies said 9 years ago

    I can't believe the amount and quality of work she puts in her work. Everything looks wonderful.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 9 years ago

    I love your journey journal! Thanks for sharing.

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends said 9 years ago

    a great story and so inspirational for a paper goods artist like myself! Thanks for sharing some wonderful insights and tips! your work is unique and great!

  • littleocean

    littleocean said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Tara! It's so great to see that you are doing well. I knew when I first saw your cards last year you'd have a successful business brewing up here in Milwaukee!

  • fatcrowpress

    fatcrowpress said 9 years ago

    Wonderful work and great advice!! Thanks!

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you so much for all the great information!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 9 years ago

    wonderful advice!! congratulations and here's to your continued success! :)

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Swell designs & craftsmanship. Super tips. Here's what's on my desk (& probably Cracked Designs' desk, too) from good old Thomas Edison: "The three great essentials to achieving anything worthwhile are: 1) HARD WORK 2) Stick-to-it-iveness 3) Common sense." He should know.

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 9 years ago

    I'm a stationary store junkie! I love all of these!

  • bluerthanblue

    bluerthanblue said 9 years ago

    Your journey journals are the coolest. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing,very inspiring.

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 9 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring for those of us who are just starting up with our own home based businesses. It's so true about figuring out when to stop and take breaks. I could go all day if I let myself. When you're doing something you love and you're passionate about it ceases to feel like work. My goal is to find a healthy balance. I'm glad you have a great support system. My boyfriend has been amazing. He cheers me up when I feel frustrated and keeps me in a positive state of mind. I would not be where I am today without his support. I'm so glad that you're doing well here on etsy. Your cards are lovely and I wish you further success in the future! P.S. I got a kick out of your "bacon" card. Me and my boyfriend are vegetarians so I was thinking it would be a hilarious card to get for him for Christmas or something. We have a warped sense of humor!

  • pinkracoon

    pinkracoon said 9 years ago

    crackeddesign is one of my all-time etsy favourites! I love the Polaroid Journal! If I just had a polaroid camera...

  • Morado

    Morado said 9 years ago

    Truely inspirational!! :o) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Morado/76145617513

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 9 years ago

    Such a cool shop - I love your designs. Congratulations on finding what you truly love to do, and a way to make it work for you as a viable business.

  • lizamaniac

    lizamaniac said 9 years ago

    This is one of my favorite shops! It was really neat to see a behind the scenes look at it!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 9 years ago

    Such a sweet and whimsical shop! Thanks for sharing!

  • PearandPeacock

    PearandPeacock said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful story! Great job!

  • CelloRaisen

    CelloRaisen said 9 years ago

    You do beautiful work! I look forward to being my own boss too someday...

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 9 years ago

    Great art! Very exciting to look at these cards.

  • Zabba

    Zabba said 9 years ago

    Thank you for giving me a little hope. I'm learning as I go here.

  • caoimhamarie

    caoimhamarie said 9 years ago

    brilliant story! love these stories for giving you hope to continue lol

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 9 years ago

    Your designs are so unique! Good Luck!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • rachellucie

    rachellucie said 9 years ago

    really interesting, great to get to know you! advice is always welcome too

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 9 years ago

    I love these articles! I dream about the day I can "quit my day job"! I love the Journey Journal! That is so clever!

  • patspottery

    patspottery said 9 years ago

    Wonderful inspiration!

  • thehotcookie

    thehotcookie said 9 years ago

    Great article, great work, and great preserverance! Well done!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 9 years ago

    :P the pic is cute :) cool article

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 9 years ago

    Always love these articles, they are so inspiring! Thanks!!

  • edmdesigns

    edmdesigns said 9 years ago

    great article...Etsy - always inspiring others to aspire for more. Thank You for a great read....

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 9 years ago

    I always love these articles, and I love your Journey Journals - such a good idea!

  • SweetPeaFabrications

    SweetPeaFabrications said 9 years ago

    Great work! Great story! Love the travel journals

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 9 years ago

    I discovered Tara's shop a few weeks ago and it's just awesome...congratulations girl!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 9 years ago

    great shop!! good for you Tara!!! i know about the list-making:) haha!! similar story here.. never stop dreaming!!!

  • fantasybeader

    fantasybeader said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article! Really inspiring. I wish you the very best. Give's me hope to someday make a very big name for myself. :-)

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story! It keeps me going. I love your pieces.

  • TeardropTreasures

    TeardropTreasures said 9 years ago

    Awesomely inspiring! Wish I could quit my day job....hehe :)

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! Dreams do come true :) Love your stuff, I always have!

  • artnouveaupassion

    artnouveaupassion said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Inspiring! LOOOVE your stuff! I'm headed back to art school this fall after 16 years away... I love it that you and your husband inspire such wonderful creativity in each other!

  • tuckerreece

    tuckerreece said 9 years ago

    This article not only gave me another great etsy store but it reminded me to not give up! Thanks and Congrats.

  • andtherainfell

    andtherainfell said 9 years ago

    your work is amazing! you're truly an inspiration!

  • KasaCollection

    KasaCollection said 9 years ago

    i wish i could be a quiter as well to do more of what i really love --->>> sewing and to spend more more more time with my cutest little girl emily (=

  • RubberStampPress

    RubberStampPress said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article. Thank you Mary Mary for sharing crackeddesigns!

  • TheHipRevolution

    TheHipRevolution said 9 years ago

    Lovely! Beautiful work, very inspiring- like your "work hard play hard" attitude!

  • ElementsbyJulie

    ElementsbyJulie said 9 years ago

    Love the article and your shop Tara :)

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 9 years ago

    This is so cool! love Tara's designs!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 9 years ago

    I love everything Tara creates! Congratulations on all your well deserved and earned success!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 9 years ago

    great story and cards.

  • farmchicked

    farmchicked said 9 years ago

    Love to story, thanks for sharing!!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 9 years ago

    thanks for the great story and amazing advice!

  • florriemitton

    florriemitton said 9 years ago

    Absolutely amazing story! So inspiring and encouraging...good luck!

  • SamadhiBodyProducts

    SamadhiBodyProducts said 9 years ago

    Enspiring story..... Great work!

  • Originalsco

    Originalsco said 9 years ago

    Your designs are simple and fun. I enjoyed your story and your daily itinerary.

  • bleumilk

    bleumilk said 9 years ago

    You're so creative and truly inspiring! Thank You!

  • aglowcandle

    aglowcandle said 9 years ago

    Awesome!! Thanks 4 sharing=)

  • MyCuteBoutique

    MyCuteBoutique said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Have fun doing what you love!

  • quirkybeauty

    quirkybeauty said 9 years ago

    Awesome. Love your story and your stuff. Thanks for your honesty. Very inspiring.

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 9 years ago

    love her design! thanks for the great article/interview!

  • Uniqueartglass

    Uniqueartglass said 9 years ago

    love your shop!!!!thanks for sharing!!

  • GreetingsthatGrow

    GreetingsthatGrow said 9 years ago

    Awesome, Congrats Tara! Your work is indeed clever and I love your wit!

  • SorchaGillett

    SorchaGillett said 9 years ago

    lovely work and inspiring story! :)

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 9 years ago

    I love hearing about successful Etsians. There's a lot of good info in here. Thanks for sharing your story, it's inspiring to those of us that are still fairly new. I love your journey journals. Very nice.

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 9 years ago

    Thank you for all your tips!!

  • janeheller

    janeheller said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story - I love your work - it's so original. Bravo

  • TeddyLemon

    TeddyLemon said 9 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring… thanks and good luck!

  • StarsandRobots

    StarsandRobots said 9 years ago

    Thank you for this encouragement! My business is starting out very slowly, and I don't know what else I can do, but I just keep going! I am a Stay at Home Mom, and my (super awesome supportive) husband informed me that I work more hours on my etsy business than he does at work! Thanks for the chin up talk, just in time!

  • f2images

    f2images said 9 years ago

    Yeah!! I love your products! I bought the Luchador card for my husband's birthday, and he absolutely loved it!! Yeah Milwaukee too!! So exciting and inspiring ;) Emiko

  • PhoebeDea

    PhoebeDea said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story! I especially like the part about starting small. I too have all these great ideas in my head and I tend to want them all realized RIGHT NOW! Here's to enjoying the journey!

  • jenshipthreads

    jenshipthreads said 9 years ago

    What a great story!! I love reading about your daily routine!

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