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Quit Your Day Job: dazeychic

Jul 6, 2009

by dazeychic

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Shelli has been successfully supporting herself through her Etsy business, dazeychic, after diving in head first.  She runs a tight ship and puts in long hours, all the while caring for her son, Brayden.  Shelli is just now learning how to balance and manage her time to keep from working 24/7, claims one of her best Etsy strategies is relisting all of the items in her shop daily, and wishes she had paid a tad more attention in math rather than doodling during class.  Keep reading to get a peek into the life of Shelli and the story behind dazeychic.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
My lovely mom, neysasart, passed on her creative gene to me (thanks, Mom!) and encouraged me to explore every avenue in which I showed an interest. As silly as it sounds, I always loved to doodle and it often got me into trouble during school. I would make classmates cards with funny people on them, and I would write my teachers notes in the margins using bubble letters. I hated math and I LOVED art class. It was the only thing that ever felt just right.

I owe my humble digital illustration beginnings to the invention of blogs and Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend at the time, who is now my partner-in-crime and Etsy-guru husband, surprised me one Valentine’s Day with a little software program called Paint Shop Pro. Nothing fancy. I dove in that night and never looked back. I took a few online tutorial classes to teach me the basics and started posting my creations on my blog. I started getting requests for custom work almost instantly. It was amazing. It was the first time I was doing what I loved… but it certainly was not full-time.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Absolutely not. The very idea seemed dreamy and very very far away! At that time I still believed I was going to be a famous author like Carrie Bradshaw.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I should probably say “yes” here… but I’m creative and not at all logical. I had the basics, but anything beyond that? Nothing. I learn best by jumping in and “doing” so that’s exactly what I did. Finances and taxes have been the hardest so far…which is ironic. I guess I should have paid attention in math!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
Blog, a lot. Blog about yourself. Your life. Your goals. Your fears. Everything. People want to know you, not just read about your new work. Connecting with your fan base is the best promotion there is! I honestly get this question quite frequently in Convos. I always tell people the same thing. Put out a great product, something you are proud of and would buy yourself. A happy client/customer/shopper will ALWAYS tell someone else. Always. That’s free promotion that you can feel crazy-good about. And a freebie in the package — with your shop’s address — is always a plus!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I may be in the minority here, but I truly believe that there is no such thing as unsuccessful promotion! Anytime you put your name out there is brave and rewarding. Someone, somewhere will look at your work. Just yesterday I Googled a business name I saw on the bulletin board in my local coffee shop. You just never know… so do it all! What have you got to lose? Well, now that I said that… don’t go crazy. Be true to your business and stay within your means. Obviously larger magazines are ridiculously expensive and most of us cannot afford that unless pairing with Etsy and their fantastic Cooperative Advertising Program! Do not break the bank to promote yourself because there are never any guarantees. Unfortunately.

Walk us through your typical workday.

    • 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.: I wake up to the sound of my little man (2.5 year-old Brayden) singing “Money money must be funny in a rich man’s world!” from the Mamma Mia soundtrack. He sings it as loud as he can which is pretty much the best alarm clock ever.

 

    • 8:45 a.m.: I get Brayden a bowl of cereal and set him up in front of Nick Jr. to watch junk TV for an hour so I can get things done. However, anyone with a child over 2 knows that they do not do what you want… so he usually follows me into the studio to play with his cars while I check email and answer urgent messages. I begin to print orders and address shipping labels. I do this all by hand because it feels more personal to write address labels rather than printing them.

 

    • 9:30 a.m.: I have my daily conference call with my best friend (my mom)… who lives a mile away. We talk about anything and everything. She keeps me sane.

 

    • I relist everything in my Etsy shop periodically throughout the day. One of my smartest investments was getting the internet on my mobile phone which allows me to relist or answer emails from anywhere.

 

    • 10:30 a.m.: Brayden and I get dressed. Or rather, I get him dressed and I *try* to get dressed while he is under my feet showing me the big engine on his Hot Wheel car. He is often found shooting cars off of Mommy and Daddy’s big bed right about now. I, thank goodness, get ten minutes to brush my teeth, flat iron my hair, apply a bit of makeup and find some flip flops.

 

    • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: This is officially Brayden & Mommy time. The business hat comes off and I focus on him. We take little trips to the store to do errands. We go to the library and play with the train set in the far back corner that no one else knows about. We giggle about silly things and make up songs. We build forts and meet Grandma for lunch. We go to the park or go for a walk. Every day is different. Every day I realize more and more how lucky I am to have quit working a day job and how it is making a direct impact on who my son is going to be. It’s just such a gift.

 

    • 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: This is when I jump into high gear. Brayden is usually taking a nap or my incredible family (whom I could not live without) takes him off my hands for a bit. I finish printing, I sign and number each print, I bag them in pristine plastic sleeves, I stuff envelopes with promo goodies and rush to get to the post office before it closes.

 

    • 4:45 p.m.: After chatting with the adorable ladies at the post office (who know me by heart and know the entire drill without question), Brayden and I usually stop at Starbucks for a pick-me-up. I need my Vanilla Latte and he needs his Blackberry Scone.

 

    • 5:30 p.m.: My AMAZING husband comes home from his day job and plays with Brayden. I always joke with him and say “The title of Mom ends at 6 p.m.” and it’s true. Ben feeds him and gets Brayden into bed by 7:30 p.m. while I work on new things in the studio and print more orders.

 

    • 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.: Ben and I watch TV and eat dinner together. It’s the only time during the day I sit down with him and I LOVE it. I’m a huge movie-and-popcorn kinda girl so it’s no surprise that this is what I do to relax and unwind.

 

    • 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.: It’s back up to the studio to work. I work best at night when it’s quiet and peaceful. I get the most done during these hours. I order supplies and sketch new designs… this is my favorite time of day.

 

  • 1 a.m.: Bedtime. I read for a bit and fall asleep dreaming of a vacation in Mexico or Paris!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
What I enjoy most is not having a boss! Not that I ever had particularly difficult or nasty bosses in the past… it’s just such a freeing moment when you look around you and go WOW! I HAVE NO ONE TO ANSWER TO! You do things the way you want… when you want. There is nothing better than that. Although, I have to admit answering email in your pajamas is equally lovely! I am like every other work-at-home. I miss people. Interacting with coworkers, the chatting and constant friends. It’s the toughest part! If I didn’t have Facebook and email, I would be miserable… it’s my connection to the outside world.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part is turning it off. I’m always thinking about it. I’m always worried about something. It just doesn’t go away. There is not a time-clock telling me to go home so I tend to work 24/7 even if I’m not in front of the computer or over a canvas. It’s a constant job owning your own business; I was not prepared for that at all. I’m getting better at it, though!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
My advice for others is to not put pressure on yourself or your Etsy shop. Don’t put expectations so high that you can’t reach. Do it because you cannot imagine doing anything else.  As for advice I would have given myself? “Pay attention in math class, Shelli! Believe it or not you really are going to use it someday!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I sincerely want to continue to make people smile! I really cannot ask for much more. A little secret? I am working on wall decals that are large scale prints which I hope to have available soon. Very cute!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
To anyone who has purchased something from me, THANK YOU. I don’t think you know how much you each mean to me. I sometimes wish I could find you all and give you a giant hug! And it’s not just me really, I mean, when you purchase something on Etsy you are honoring and supporting a real person. A REAL PERSON. Not a big giant money hungry company. That’s just amazing and oh-so-refreshing!

To Etsy, you own my whole heart for what you have done for me. And for those of you behind the scenes keeping this place tip-top and running smooth… I’d kiss you if I could.

Thanks to Shelli for sharing her story.  You can see some of her product line in the related items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

210 comments

  • BluLima

    BluLima said 8 years ago

    Awesome story! Such an inspirtion:)

  • BluLima

    BluLima said 8 years ago

    Inspiration-ooops!!

  • satellitedaisy

    satellitedaisy said 8 years ago

    i love any etsy shop with daisy in any form in the name! thanks for sharing your story! wishing you continued success!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story!! Love your work! We all need some encouragement. Cheers, Odilia

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 8 years ago

    Great stuff!

  • amber84

    amber84 said 8 years ago

    Nice stuff. :)

  • minouette

    minouette said 8 years ago

    Nice story! I enjoy her work - particularly the text. I wonder though, since re-listing no longer gets time on the front page, is this still a useful strategy?

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 8 years ago

    thank you so much for this - so happy for you and appreciate your sharing your story... yay!

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 8 years ago

    Great work and thank you for the encouragement!

  • CarolineCreates

    CarolineCreates said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and I love the designs!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 8 years ago

    Oh She is a real doll! I just did an interview with her for Scoutie Girl! I love her! swoon! xoxoox

  • mojarock

    mojarock said 8 years ago

    Very cool...Thanx! I needed a good, happy & inspirational story today. Love your work.

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 8 years ago

    AwWsOMe!!!!! You are totally one of my favorite artists on Etsy!!!!! I am so happy for you and LOVE your work! I wish you continued success Lady!!!!!!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 8 years ago

    I loved this!!

  • cravejewelrydesign

    cravejewelrydesign said 8 years ago

    Such an insightful interview! I love your work! Congrats on enjoying life to the fullest!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 8 years ago

    I love this story! Congrats on quitting your day job and thanks for sharing such positive energy!!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 8 years ago

    very inspiring, thanks!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. I love your shop... the bird with a french fry piece makes me smile every time I see it featured somewhere. :)

  • theturniptruck

    theturniptruck said 8 years ago

    Great story!! So inspirational...Love it!! Your work is amazing.

  • ccampbell0509

    ccampbell0509 said 8 years ago

    Oh I really enjoyed reading this. Awesome. Congrats to you. I wish you continued success.

  • Squintbags

    Squintbags said 8 years ago

    Love the artwork! Sounds like you're living your dream. Congrats!

  • jclange

    jclange said 8 years ago

    So inspiring and your work is awesome!

  • enduringarts

    enduringarts said 8 years ago

    Love it! Great story and good work Shelli!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 8 years ago

    Sounds like a very fulfilling life. Inspiring.

  • beccamari

    beccamari said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your stuff!!! Thanks for sharing your story-

  • JessicaDoyle

    JessicaDoyle said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful interview Etsy and daizychic your artwork, words and story are inspiring! Cheers!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Great story!!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 8 years ago

    Always great to read about another etsy success. Beautiful work.

  • ArtBoxDesigns

    ArtBoxDesigns said 8 years ago

    Lovely Art... I want to be you!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    I super love this story. I'm so impressed with how neat Daizy's work area is and with the work itself. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 8 years ago

    Congrats!!! ^.^

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story...wonderful artwork! Continued success!

  • PonderandStitch

    PonderandStitch said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story and workspace!! You have a beautiful shop. :)

  • Jessica79

    Jessica79 said 8 years ago

    Love her work, I have 2 pieces that I adore!

  • moncy3

    moncy3 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story! Congratulations...

  • jessicaschuler

    jessicaschuler said 8 years ago

    Brayden is absolutely adorable and this story is a great inspiration! Congrats Shelli!

  • Vintage50sEyewear

    Vintage50sEyewear said 8 years ago

    Love your work. Great story :)

  • shantishanty

    shantishanty said 8 years ago

    lovely, tidy shop. these are always an inspiration...and what an amazing lil man!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 8 years ago

    Love your story and Brayden is such a cutie!

  • TheFancyLamb

    TheFancyLamb said 8 years ago

    Yet another QYDJ story that warms my cockles! Love these inspiring stories!

  • roxiejewelry

    roxiejewelry said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, I appreciate the inspiration!

  • BirdhouseBlessings

    BirdhouseBlessings said 8 years ago

    I think the best message that came from this article for me was, don't be afraid to put yourself out there. Thank you!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 8 years ago

    Great to hear what its like for other moms getting to stay at home and love on their children while also taking part in this awesome Etsy experience! Congrats on your success- wish you all the best!

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! (and, umm, I'd better get my studio/storage spaces straightened out right-quick... serious case of clutter overload going on!!!)

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 8 years ago

    Such a cheery studio and artwork and your little boy is so cute!

  • papercutdiecut

    papercutdiecut said 8 years ago

    LOVELY!

  • lesjoujou

    lesjoujou said 8 years ago

    Loved this article! Your little boy is so precious. I totally agree about every single person that buys from you. I wish I could gather them all up into a great big hug too.

  • faraharia

    faraharia said 8 years ago

    what an inspirational story! I love reading about other moms who have balanced raising a child and working on their art succesfully!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Story, congrats!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Shelli! I lovelove your studio space...it is so sweet and organized. :)

  • SaraBJewelry

    SaraBJewelry said 8 years ago

    what a lovely and inspiring story! i purchased one of Shelli's prints a month or two ago and i just love it! it is so great to read this story and it gives me great hope for my own future :) thank you!

  • Lindazkewl

    Lindazkewl said 8 years ago

    Ohmygosh! This article brought me to tears. What a beautiful life. There is hope. So happy for you and thanks for sharing.

  • wristielove

    wristielove said 8 years ago

    I have to forward this to my mom.

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    So inspirational!!

  • Weezawear

    Weezawear said 8 years ago

    This is the best quit your dayjob article yet. What a sweetie.

  • Firelily

    Firelily said 8 years ago

    Fantastic article. Congratulations! Your son is adorable and I love your schedule! Mine is quite similar :)

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 8 years ago

    Great story! Thank you for sharing your advice and congrats with your business and best to you and your little man.

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article. I love seeing your bird with frenchfry print whenever I walk through our apartment door. :-) Congratulations on all of your success! Inspiring studio!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    lovely lovely lovely!!! brings big smiles :)

  • PAINTINGSBYSAM

    PAINTINGSBYSAM said 8 years ago

    Great Article. & I LOVE the artwork!

  • StoriesinStitches

    StoriesinStitches said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your artwork-- good luck with everything, including keeping up with your little one!

  • GimCarry

    GimCarry said 8 years ago

    lovely story (* v *) her works also lovely :D so happy when read this story + + +

  • YuzuRose

    YuzuRose said 8 years ago

    I am in the process of setting up my first ever store on Etsy! This article is both inspiring and insightful, thanks so much for sharing! P.S. Really nice work! xx

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 8 years ago

    such a lovely creation!! congrats on everything http://www.vivilian.etsy.com /\        /\ | \__ˍˍˍ / | | / ̄ ◥██◤ ╲ | ∕        ﹨ ︳ / ̄\ / ̄\ ▕ ︳ ︳ ● ●   ︳▕ ┼  \ˍ/ \ˍ/ ┼ ﹨ˍ   ●   ˍ∕ ¯╲ˍ  ‧  ˍ/¯ ╭─◤¯¯¯ ̄◥◤﹨ (  ︳      /﹀﹀\◢█ (____︳ ▕ / ▕ .‧. █◤    \︿︿/ ︺︺︺\●/

  • polarity

    polarity said 8 years ago

    ooh I love this artist and this interview! and someone who doesn't get up at 10am, thank goodness, although that is just my jealous nature speaking! extra points for the adorable baby, too!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 8 years ago

    :D my fav shop :) so cool

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 8 years ago

    congrats to you. you seem to be a very wonderful, deserving person. i wish only the best :) p.s. i need to follow your daily routine.....2 kids make it a little difficult to find time to craft!!!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiration!!! I love it, I love the schedule, I need one of those :)

  • mayaruhi

    mayaruhi said 8 years ago

    SO sweet! Brayden's looks like the happiest Little Man! I am sure it's actually tougher than it all sounds here... good on you, Shelli! My routine is pretty much like yours, with 2 little girls. And I am still learning to make my weekends Etsy-free... ;)

  • theDearestBird

    theDearestBird said 8 years ago

    fabulous story!! i remember the first time i saw your work, i was so inspired!! (:

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 8 years ago

    DazeyChic was one of my favourite shops since I discovered Etsy, so nice to read her interview now!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 8 years ago

    i just adore your shop!!!!!!!

  • shoshanna2003

    shoshanna2003 said 8 years ago

    Beautifu story. I will definately take the advice for my own etsy clothing store. thanks xoxo

  • fuzzibax

    fuzzibax said 8 years ago

    Me too Math class? what was that? An annoying stop on my way to French! Pam

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    Great interview! I loved reading this.

  • Neysasart

    Neysasart said 8 years ago

    ...I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished...and are continuing to accomplish...but mostly for...My little Pookie and your continued love and friendship! Way to to Shells!

  • GranGrahamsTable

    GranGrahamsTable said 8 years ago

    A lovely story.Keep up the great work.

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 8 years ago

    Way to go.....what an inspiring story and I love how much time you get to spend with your son, I am sure you feel blessed!! I hope Mary doesn't mind this self-promotion, but I started a similar series on my blog (with Mary's permission of course as it was definitely a CASE'd idea/set-up)....if anyone is interested in reading visit http://www.invitesbyjen.blogspot.com and click on the "My Own Nine to Five" Category on the right =)

  • PawPawsWorkshop

    PawPawsWorkshop said 8 years ago

    Great article

  • DeBonisOrquera

    DeBonisOrquera said 8 years ago

    Soooo lovely!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 8 years ago

    Congrats, dazeychic! Keep growing!

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 8 years ago

    I love seeing artists who started their craft very early in life reaping those rewards after so many years of struggle. Wonderful story!

  • happymaxdesigns

    happymaxdesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! And great advice. I think Etsy makes a lot of moms happy! Congrats on your success!

  • veronica06

    veronica06 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the story. Very inspiring.

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 8 years ago

    how lovely Thanks for sharing!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Wonderful~wonderful story, always admired your shop as well, congrats and continued success. Yea Minnesota~!

  • TrishAns

    TrishAns said 8 years ago

    I love reading these, it makes me hopeful to someday quit my day job!

  • ParisBoutique

    ParisBoutique said 8 years ago

    love your story!!

  • StitchinStyle

    StitchinStyle said 8 years ago

    Shelli, your story is so inspiring, and I did the math which is even more inspiring. All I can say is "You Go Girl".

  • AchAchLiebling

    AchAchLiebling said 8 years ago

    This is such a sweet interview. Shelli, thanks for sharing your enthusiasm, insight and a peek into your life.

  • oldschooltrading

    oldschooltrading said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story! You are very talented!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    You and your artwork are just adorable (little man too)! I honestly don't think after being a part of the Etsy family that I will ever shop anywhere else.

  • pradomarin

    pradomarin said 8 years ago

    wonderful story! I love your illustrations Shelli!! I can totally relate to loving art class and being terrible at maths!!

  • Palooza

    Palooza said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Your artwork is beautiful!

  • tinyspace

    tinyspace said 8 years ago

    i love to be one someday!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 8 years ago

    Lovely, lovely article from a seller I've had "hearted" forever. Such adorable, original pieces!!

  • Artsy

    Artsy said 8 years ago

    Great interview and stellar art..

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 8 years ago

    i love this shop! a great example of success on etsy!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    So sweet! I love your happy faces. Looks delightful.

  • TheCozyFarmhouse

    TheCozyFarmhouse said 8 years ago

    I am in LOVE with this article! Great visuals and information and inspiration! Such talent and beauty...

  • blithegardens

    blithegardens said 8 years ago

    What a great article. Always love these - very inspiring.

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 8 years ago

    Shelli- thank you so much for sharing all of that! Our days are so similar! And you're totally right, the constant worry/thinking about work doesn't end! I guess it's a balance, but if you love what you do then it's worth it. You're inspiring!

  • thingsthataremade

    thingsthataremade said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story! I feel like I just finished a really good book :)

  • coventgardenvintage

    coventgardenvintage said 8 years ago

    So fun to see who is behind all of the great work I keep seeing in the sold column. Continued success!

  • NatashaBlue

    NatashaBlue said 8 years ago

    what an inspirational story!! Keep up the amazing artwork!

  • Beadsforpeace

    Beadsforpeace said 8 years ago

    Shelli! you look like Renee Zellweger in that photo! So pretty!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop and story!

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. Your little Man is also super cheek-pinching cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • ChristopherBoswell

    ChristopherBoswell said 8 years ago

    Wow, nice job! Love your stuff and the article.

  • evihan

    evihan said 8 years ago

    woww..great work....congratulations...

  • eviemdesignstudio

    eviemdesignstudio said 8 years ago

    I love your shop! What an inspiring story and thank you for sharing. Congratulations on your success!

  • goosegrease

    goosegrease said 8 years ago

    you're quite inspirational in more ways than one! thanks for sharing with us!!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story! Congrats!

  • notmoira

    notmoira said 8 years ago

    Great story, congrats! My sister got me the "Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry" print, and I love it!

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse said 8 years ago

    such lovely inspiration :) thanks for sharing ...

  • florriemitton

    florriemitton said 8 years ago

    I L O V E this story so much! What an inspiration!

  • ArtisticSavvy

    ArtisticSavvy said 8 years ago

    Wow. Her story has been my favorite Quit Your Day Job story yet! What an inspiration!

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great story! What an inspiration! Not to mention your work is so fresh and happy looking, I just love it!! Though I was wondering this before and now even more since I read this, does a re-listed item show up on the front page after being re-listed?

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 8 years ago

    I am happier than a bird with TWO french fries for you :)

  • PixiTogs

    PixiTogs said 8 years ago

    Great story! I can relate to soo much you wrote about

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiring story... and a cutie pie little man!

  • punkybunny300

    punkybunny300 said 8 years ago

    dazeychic is the first shop I ever bought from here on Etsy (and I absolutely love everything I've ever purchased from her)!! I'm so happy that her wonderful story is featured!!!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    I love her work! Congrats on making it with your art!

  • leoandlibra

    leoandlibra said 8 years ago

    What a great story!!! Congrats & thank you.

  • ImJewelee

    ImJewelee said 8 years ago

    YAY love your story Shelli and love that you get to stay home with your little man!! I still run 24/7 and need to schedule for some time with my little girl who is growing up FAST....!! Have fun and congrats too! ♥ Julee

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 8 years ago

    Nice shop but your best creation yet is that little man! Sooo cute :)

  • RetroHouse

    RetroHouse said 8 years ago

    Great example of dedication and balance - Thanks for sharing!

  • momochas

    momochas said 8 years ago

    Beautiful and inspirational story. Thanks for sharing and Congrats!

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 8 years ago

    My FAVORITE sign in your ENTIRE SHOP is "May I be as happy as a bird with a french fry" and I am totally going to buy it one day and put it in my studio ^_^

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 8 years ago

    Brayden is so cute. You follow your heart and what you belief plus you are a hard workers, all of above make you a success artist. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • CinnamonSass

    CinnamonSass said 8 years ago

    So inspiring to see your schedule laid out and how you do it!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago

    congrats.. i love the quit your day jobs : )

  • mokopo

    mokopo said 8 years ago

    "Don't put expectations so high that you can't reach. Do it because you cannot imagine doing anything else." Really struck a chord with me! Thanks for an inspiring article! And P.S.- Your studio is GORGEOUS! I'm super jealous :)

  • Serpentaires

    Serpentaires said 8 years ago

    Thank you very much for the advice. I need to remember the part about not putting too much pressure on yourself. In three years I want to be just in your place :)

  • smushbox

    smushbox said 8 years ago

    very inspiring :) i just started with etsy yesterday so the words of encouragement mean a lot. it's hard to get your work out there!

  • FunFavors

    FunFavors said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this...very encouraging!!!...keep the good work!!

  • wearthou

    wearthou said 8 years ago

    What a day!! I want to quit my day job!! Awesome article and great shop!!

  • oceano

    oceano said 8 years ago

    Great interview! super inspirational and dazeychic's work is fabulous!

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 8 years ago

    woo, minneapolis represent!

  • carolinabythesea1

    carolinabythesea1 said 8 years ago

    You have two prints that I want so badly....but alas, my husband lost his job a few weeks ago and even I can't rationalize putting out the $$ for them. Do you have a layaway system? LOL Congratulations on your success and I hope it continues for as long as you want it to. You are truly gifted.

  • AgShap

    AgShap said 8 years ago

    Great success story. Gives me hope that I too one day will make this a growing business. Love etsy and am trying to find ways to get my business known. I too want to quit my day job!

  • junkyjunk

    junkyjunk said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration to all us moms! Thanks for showing us we can be parents and Etsians also! Love your site, and best wishes to you.

  • billiegirl

    billiegirl said 8 years ago

    Oh, I love your story Shellie. Such an inspiration.

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, and I love your desk!

  • thehotcookie

    thehotcookie said 8 years ago

    I love your work! You have been a favorite of mine for awile now. Congrats on your success!

  • prettylittlethieves

    prettylittlethieves said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing your sweet and inspiring story. congratulations!

  • RivasStudios

    RivasStudios said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great pics to.

  • RabbitHoleArt

    RabbitHoleArt said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great story!

  • RabbitHoleArt

    RabbitHoleArt said 8 years ago

    Love your Sweet Security print!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 8 years ago

    Congratulation. Great shop.

  • indigotwin

    indigotwin said 8 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job...and how do you keep your studio so clean with a little boy around? :) Great Stuff!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Great story! Beautiful studio.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    gorgeous photos ~ and a lovely read. thanks for sharing your story :)

  • hippopotamusgifts

    hippopotamusgifts said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing the inspirational story! I hope to be like you someday, although I do already have the 2.5 year old boy running under my feet while I work. You have a really beautiful place to work and be creative.

  • coup

    coup said 8 years ago

    I loved reading about your day! I share many of your same feelings, as my one-woman design business is my day job ; ) gotta love it!

  • spethstation

    spethstation said 8 years ago

    Thanks for showcasing an artist who sells digital prints. I was beginning to worry that I'd never find myself featured here unless I switched to jewellery making. Glad to see success happens all across the artistic spectrum. That said, I love your work, it's all quite cute and charming!

  • RoughGems

    RoughGems said 8 years ago

    echoing very else, this is very awesome indeed. great article.

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 8 years ago

    "I hated math and I LOVED art class." That sounds like ME! Loved the article and my best wishes to Shelli. :-)

  • SweetPeaFabrications

    SweetPeaFabrications said 8 years ago

    Great story! Love your shop. Continued success to you!

  • elainebiss

    elainebiss said 8 years ago

    What a fantastic article! It gives me hope!

  • beadmomsrockart

    beadmomsrockart said 8 years ago

    Thank You for sharing your wonderful story. It has given me hope that some day I my have a little of what you are doing. I am definately NOT a math person either, I only hope some day to need an accountant! Thank You, Marcia

  • missmacau

    missmacau said 8 years ago

    Great read, your table is so sweet and neat!!!

  • scrapsandjewels

    scrapsandjewels said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story...I'm hoping to do the same with my etsy shop. I'm wondering about relisting...are you talking about items you've sold? How do you go about the process of relisting unsold items? Do you just start from scratch? I would think that would be really time-consuming. But I do notice the difference...I get plenty of hits on that first day and very little after that.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    Wow, awesome story! I love that you get to spend time with your little man! You sound like a great family, it's always nice to see a family work together to make things work. And I love your studo, it's no nice and bright. You make me want to give mine a nice new paint job!

  • blendastudio

    blendastudio said 8 years ago

    Nothing better than to read someone's story to success. Congrats!

  • whiletangerinedreams

    whiletangerinedreams said 8 years ago

    This is such a great interview and what an awesome, inspring studio! Cute, cute little boy too :)

  • TheKiwiBee

    TheKiwiBee said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing! and I love your studio, it is so cute!

  • SweetwaterGifts

    SweetwaterGifts said 8 years ago

    Nice interview! I suppose we all manage to have regrets of some kind. Myself, I took LOTS of math and it helps - but I didn't take ANYTHING art or crafts and I really wish I had given myself the opportunity to relax and explore while in school. I think I wouldn't have stressed myself out so early in life!

  • talchen

    talchen said 8 years ago

    It made me so happy, reading your story. very sweet and inspiring. Great art! keep doing what you're doing! Good luck

  • LoveForEarth

    LoveForEarth said 8 years ago

    I love your store! I'll come visit real soon :) Great energy and article!

  • chiclover

    chiclover said 8 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring. What a dream to be able to support yourself and family doing what you love. You go, girl! :)

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 8 years ago

    BEATIFUL PRINTS! I love your shops...straight to favourites...! Congrats!

  • CylentAlchemy

    CylentAlchemy said 8 years ago

    Nice story. There's always someone else to do the math!

  • noelledoodle

    noelledoodle said 8 years ago

    AWESOME inspirational story. I end my "real" job this week and can't wait to be a full time etsyer!

  • lizjewelry

    lizjewelry said 8 years ago

    what a gorgeous boy!

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 8 years ago

    Fantastic story - I wish you every success.

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 8 years ago

    Great story and a lovely shop. Wishing you continued success.

  • cowgirlheaven

    cowgirlheaven said 8 years ago

    I love this story..

  • dazeychic

    dazeychic said 8 years ago

    Wow! I cannot thank you guys enough for all the love and smiles sent my way! :) What an amazing place this is...this thing we call Etsy...filled with talented and amazingly kind people like all of you! I did want to pop in and correct myself as there have been many questions (and convos) as to what I meant by "re-listing" throughout the day. I mean "relist" sold items not "relist" items already in my shop. However, if it is a particularly slow or super busy day on Etsy and you notice your item has little views it may not hurt to "renew" (not relist) that item to shoot it back to the front of your category for a bit! We all know how hard it is to keep items in view or towards the front pages of a category. But you must trust that your tags are good enough to get you noticed when someone is searching for your product. Does that help explain the re-listing? Thanks again everyone for the comments! I wish each of you continued success...and if your just starting out...have fun & keep pushing! Hugs!! xo shelli

  • ollywollies

    ollywollies said 8 years ago

    Lovely and very inspirational! (such a tidy studio!)

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 8 years ago

    Dazeychic - thanks for the rockin' inspiration!

  • art4friends

    art4friends said 8 years ago

    I have been a long time fan and that was AMAZINGLY wonderful to read. Thank you. x

  • Jamfiescreations1

    Jamfiescreations1 said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration. I will always remember your story. Thanks, Mary O

  • KahiliCreations

    KahiliCreations said 8 years ago

    What a fun read! Shelli-will you come to Hawaii and make my studio as neat and pretty as yours???

  • ohmystarsink

    ohmystarsink said 8 years ago

    Super sweet! I love your daily schedule...mine is a very scattered version of that having 2 kids, but at the end of the day, it's wonderful to get the best of both worlds!!

  • LoverlyMiss

    LoverlyMiss said 8 years ago

    Seriously, thank you for sharing!

  • TheExtentofSilence

    TheExtentofSilence said 8 years ago

    I always love these articles. It's so inspiring to read about people who are successful. Thank you for sharing!

  • minnielola

    minnielola said 8 years ago

    I love your story! Now I'm off to check out your shop :)

  • MiasMunchies

    MiasMunchies said 8 years ago

    Lovely! Love your pretty little organized desk as well!!!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 8 years ago

    great story! thanks for sharing.

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 8 years ago

    Dazeychic was the first one I hearted when I was brand new!

  • seasonsart

    seasonsart said 8 years ago

    Great story I AM having a hard time gettting going any advice????

  • MissKArt

    MissKArt said 8 years ago

    U go girl! Do ur thang!!!

  • jennifermagnesi

    jennifermagnesi said 8 years ago

    Great article! I absolutely love your shop! Congrats on your success!

  • AJSnow

    AJSnow said 8 years ago

    I love her story and you seem to balance mom time and crafter time very well.

  • denimee

    denimee said 8 years ago

    Indeed, it is a gift. Congrats and go high with your gift.

  • KSWCreations

    KSWCreations said 8 years ago

    I didn't really know about the relisting. Do you jsut edit and finish it again and it reappears like it was just listed?

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 8 years ago

    I've always loved her stuff. I dream of this being me one of these days. :)

  • whimsicalwitch

    whimsicalwitch said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Story!

  • SimplyBiana

    SimplyBiana said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing! I wish you all the best!!! :)

  • treefolkstudio

    treefolkstudio said 8 years ago

    Oh my! ~I wish I'd thought of Etsy when my son Braedon (now 6)was Brayden's age! Instead I spent too much money setting up a website w/merchant services (and contract, yuk)and really never was able to focus on the creative aspect which makes all of us tick! You are such an inspiration to me. I can relate to your work, your schedule, and the amazing supportive husband. I just started facebook and I think it'll be good for me. Thanks for sharing your awesome and original creations, as well as your story! Best wishes and warm regards, Lenith Treefolk Studios

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