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Quit Your Day Job: dedeetsyshop

Apr 12, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Deanna of dedeetsyshop helped run her husband’s three businesses, went to school for ultrasound tech, and took on the role of stay-at-home mom before opening her Etsy business. Her shop began as a creative outlet while in the midst of her studies, but its immediate growth and success soon demanded more of her time. She’s now focused on the shop full time, which allows her to devote time to her son and “the opportunity to do something I love, something creative, and something that truly makes me happy!”.

How did you get into the business of making things?
I feel like I was always making things. When I was little I would sit in my grandma’s basement and sew little animals by hand out of scrap fabric. I would dig through all her ribbons and buttons and make whatever came to mind. I don’t think I ever set out to make a living doing it, but I always remember creating from a very young age.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
Well, my working situation prior to Etsy was not very conventional. My husband owns three super busy businesses: a roll-off dumpster business (the ones contractors use when building and tearing down places), a car dealership, and an auto repair shop. I helped out with all three a bit, plus I was a stay-at-home mom to our son Connor and went to school at the same time (I was studying ultrasound tech). Oh, and we flip houses — phew! Weekends were spent working on our flips and weekdays were packed with homework and very little free time.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
To be honest, no. I started out just doing it for fun while I waited for clinicals to start. I never imagined that it would turn into a full-time job! Of course, in the back of your mind you have all these “what ifs,” but I never gave it a lot of thought. Who would have thought that selling pillows online could be so busy? Not me!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
No, and I wish I would have come up with some sort of business plan. I am still trying to sort out the whole financial aspect of it: what comes in, what goes out, shipping costs and such. It would have been much easier to research those aspects prior to starting. I jumped in with two feet, not thinking that it would turn into what it has. Gosh, I didn’t even think of a good name. I still regret that! I thought “dedeetsyshop” was just going to be my username, not my shop name! Hence, the Harper and Henny — that was supposed to be my shop name!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I wish I could say some super smart, savvy tip, but I don’t really have one. Word of mouth is good. Twitter gets me a lot of views, but I am not sure how many sales I actually get from it. I did wholesale to some different shops in other states and it does seem those states get more sales than others. But then again, that could just be my imagination.

What has been an unsuccessful promotion? Do you have any regrets?
I do not find Facebook or Flickr to be much help to me. Saying that, there would be nothing I regret, because any type of promotion gets your shop out there and in the minds of people. Maybe if I didn’t live in a tiny town in the thumb of Michigan, promoting would be easier, but that’s not changing anytime soon, so I work with what I have and just do my best! Some methods totally work for one shop, but not yours. Just find your niche and what works for you. If you like blogs, promote your shop on like-minded blogs. I have bought ad space on some decorating blogs in the past.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up around 7 a.m. every day and get my little boy up and ready for school.
  • After I get home from dropping him off, I check my emails, relist any listings that sold, and make my list of orders to be made for the day. I can only get about 6 pillows done a day, max.
  • I work on them from about 9-12, break for a quick bite to eat and then finish up the ones I am working on.
  • I try to get them all packaged up and ready to go before I pick up my son from school, otherwise we have to come home, finish, and then leave the house again to get to the post office before 5.
  • It is pretty hectic, especially on days when I have to run errands and grocery shop. It doesn’t help that the closest fabric store is an hour away (I thus buy most my fabric online).
  • Once dinner is made and eaten, I try to cut some pillows out so they are ready to be sewn in the morning. It just seems to save a lot of time.
  • My husband does not usually get home till after 8 — not fun! We chitchat about our day, spend some time with Connor and then I hit the hay.

What do you enjoy most about not having a job? Do you miss anything?
What I enjoy most is being able to be here for my son. I love that I can attend his little classroom parties, take a long lunch if I want, take the dog for a quick walk whenever. I am always able to drop him at school and pick him up. If there is a snow day or he wakes up sick, it’s no big deal rushing to find a sitter. I give a lot of credit to mothers working full time.

I will say that I miss the friendships made at a typical workplace. I don’t really have anyone to talk to face to face throughout the day besides my husband and son. All my friends live pretty far away or work during the day, so I can feel pretty isolated at times, especially in the long Michigan winters!

What is the hardest part of running your own business?
The hardest part is definitely time management and the finances. There are some days that I do not feel like sitting at that sewing machine. But I see it there staring at me and I always end up sewing. As for the money part, it is so hard to keep track of all the expenses. Making sure you are charging enough, not charging too much. When I have fabric, thread, shipping, shipping supplies, and stuffing to keep track of, it can seem like a burden, but is so important.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? Others?
I wish I would have given myself a plan, or some sort of goal. My little shop took off pretty fast and it didn’t give me a chance to sit back and determine how it was going to run. It started running me. I got really burned out for a while. Some days I have to tell myself, “Okay, I am only going to work from 9-2 today.” It keeps me from feeling overwhelmed and I am able to get stuff done around the house that I want to do, like plant flowers, paint, and rearrange our furniture (I am an OCD furniture arranger).

I would tell others that time management is very important. You almost have to run it like a 9-5 job, but then you have to think of when you are feeling the most creative. Some people are night owls and work best after everyone goes to bed. I get in these moods sometimes and I get a lot accomplished. Do what works best for you and it will work out.

What goals do you wish this coming year on Etsy for your shop?
Well, one of my goals was just realized: I had a pillow in Family Circle Magazine! I always see all these fabulous Etsy shops in magazines every month and now I am one of them. It feels really good to know someone saw my pillows and wanted them in a national magazine.

Is there anything else you want to share?
I just want to thank Etsy for giving me the opportunity to do something I love, something creative, and something that truly makes me happy! I also want to thank my wonderful, patient customers during my busy time the past couple months! I am trying my hardest to get my pillows out in a timely manner.

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

229 comments

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 9 years ago

    Deanna - your three dimensional pillow creations are beautiful - no wonder they are flying off the shelves. What a business savvy family you are!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! You have a lovely shop!!

  • PeacockInvitations

    PeacockInvitations said 9 years ago

    beautiful work! Congrats on your success:)

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 9 years ago

    LOVELY shop!!!

  • BungalowBathBody

    BungalowBathBody said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Love your shop, your creations are beautiful!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 9 years ago

    Always love these inspiring articles. Thanks Deanna for sharing with us!

  • soule

    soule said 9 years ago

    yay! congrats on your shop and all your hard work! I too, do my craft as a living and having children it is way easier to be at home on all the "snow" and "sick" days! Keep up the great work! Your pillows are GREAT!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Looks like you are doing a wonderful job with your family and your shop :)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    Fantastic pillows!!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 9 years ago

    Awesome work on those pillows! ^_^ I can see them at Barneys NY!

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 9 years ago

    Great work and congrats!

  • MaggieGlynn

    MaggieGlynn said 9 years ago

    Your work is just wonderful! Congratulations, and continued success.

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop! I, too live in a small Michigan town, so I know what you mean about the long Michigan winters. :)

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous work.. wish you all the success..:o) www.twitter.com/florealdesigns www.facebook.com/florealdesigns

  • janallisfinedesigns

    janallisfinedesigns said 9 years ago

    Your work is lovely! And a national magazine... So happy for you. Congratulations!

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 9 years ago

    I LOVE your shop!!!! Soooo cute! Finding a balance is really hard. I have 5 kids and some days are just plain hard! Congratulations and I wish you all the success!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 9 years ago

    Beautiful items! love this shop

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 9 years ago

    the bloom pillow is fantastic!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 9 years ago

    wow! those pillows are really gorgeous:)

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 9 years ago

    Such a lovely shop!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 9 years ago

    Lovely work, and an inspiring story!! Thanks for sharing!

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring. Great shop and great work!

  • MickeysCreations

    MickeysCreations said 9 years ago

    Great story and beautiful products. I love the three-dimensionality of your pillows. Too cool!

  • HollyberryHill

    HollyberryHill said 9 years ago

    Love the hydrangea pillows! Georgous!!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 9 years ago

    Love love your french rose pillows - congrats! :)

  • artbybarri

    artbybarri said 9 years ago

    I love your pillows!!! I had run across your shop before because your pillows are so cute!! Congratulations on your success!

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 9 years ago

    Your items are absolutely lovely, and I can see why your shop took off before you knew it! Feminine, classic shapes but with a twist of whimsy, and each one looks so expertly crafted. I wish you the very best of luck with your shop (oh, and I ~like~ your shop name, lol). Thanx for the great article!

  • aemcdraw

    aemcdraw said 9 years ago

    Congrats! I love the French Rose Pillow!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 9 years ago

    Your shop is lovely Deanna and I have put several of your pillows in my treasuries. Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on your etsy success.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this! What a beautifuil shop you have.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful items!

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 9 years ago

    your hydrangea pillows are georgous! wish you luck and thanks for sharing your story:)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! I love your 3-D flower pillows. So beautiful!!

  • FrivolTees

    FrivolTees said 9 years ago

    Absolutely love your pillows!! Soo creative and unique! I wish you the best of luck, although it seems you are set with that!! Thanks so much for sharing your story - it serves as an inspiration to me, as I am trying to launch my shop, also!!

  • LNZart

    LNZart said 9 years ago

    I love flowers and I love pillows so it's no surprise that I love your flower pillows. Thanks for sharing!

  • momochas

    momochas said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story and shop!!. The Hydrangea pillows are really beautiful!!, Congrats on your success.

  • sophiecls

    sophiecls said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are gorgeous! It's no wonder you shop is a success. :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    very cute pillows. no wonder why you are a busy gal and have lots of orders.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    cute....congrats

  • benddownboutique

    benddownboutique said 9 years ago

    I love reading articles like these! :D congrats on your success!

  • positiveflow

    positiveflow said 9 years ago

    Just beautiful. What a great idea....Congratulations on your success

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 9 years ago

    Such a cute shop! Nice work!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful pillows...and I appreciate your flickr/facebook honesty :)

  • SunnySummers

    SunnySummers said 9 years ago

    Love the hydrangea pillows, they're awesome.

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 9 years ago

    What gorgeous pillows! These will add happiness to any room in the house!!!

  • friedasophie

    friedasophie said 9 years ago

    Nice story, love the flower pillows

  • lsarkar

    lsarkar said 9 years ago

    Goergeous work Deanna !

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring - I love your work!

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 9 years ago

    Great success story! Sounds like you are getting it all figured out.

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 9 years ago

    Great story! I love reading these features, they are truly inspiring!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 9 years ago

    I love the hydrangea pillow and rainbow disk one too. Thanks for sharing with all of us. : )

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 9 years ago

    Great tips and lovely shop! Thanks for sharing:) I always look forward to these weekly posts - I find them very inspiring. Thanks Mary:)

  • nomnomkids

    nomnomkids said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring, what a great success story! :)

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 9 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the article as always, love them.

  • lalucita

    lalucita said 9 years ago

    Keep up the great work! Love the Hydrangea pillows!

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pillows, and I think your shop name is cute!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    Lovely interview. So sweet.

  • LuksiCreations

    LuksiCreations said 9 years ago

    those pillows are adorable! i love them! i love reading these spots cause they motivate me so much. i have such a hard time trying to get things going but reading these remind me to just have fun with it and have patience. thank you so much for sharing!

  • LarsonsHandcrafts

    LarsonsHandcrafts said 9 years ago

    Great article! I too am a crafting S.A.H. mom and I agree, time management is the key. I struggle with that on a daily basis. Storage is my other issue :) I wish continued good fortune for your shop and your family.

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 9 years ago

    congratulation!!! your pillows are very beautiful :)

  • catibug

    catibug said 9 years ago

    Thankyou for the encourgment I love to hear about success stories It keeps me ambitous and driven to succeed myself thanks again catibug

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 9 years ago

    love the shop! very cute items. congrats!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 9 years ago

    your story is inspiring :) your shop is very lovely :) congrats on being featured on Etsy :)

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    I like the giant leaf pillow. Inspiring story. Thanks.

  • dedeetsyshop

    dedeetsyshop said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much everyone for the very kind comments! They make me smile! :)

  • SomethingBetsy

    SomethingBetsy said 9 years ago

    I'll be honest, I'm not a big shopper (or a big buyer... I just don't like spending $$, no matter how little or how much). Not being a shopper/buyer seems to make it difficult for me to advertise, but it's good to know that all the crazy tactics I've heard about aren't necessarily the best either (makes me feel better :-P). And I totally understand why your shop took off... your pillows are fabulous! Keep up the good work!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Wow Deanna.. congratulations! Thanks for a nice read. PS. I love your Stuffed French Rose Pillow. :)

  • gardenlanecrafts

    gardenlanecrafts said 9 years ago

    Lovely! As another Michigan artist/crafter, I can certainly relate to your issues (few or no close fabric stores, yucky winters, etc, etc!) I'd love to enjoy similar success....maybe someday :)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 9 years ago

    LOVE the chubby birds!

  • GramminsTreasures

    GramminsTreasures said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I love all your work, so creative! Kudos to you for balancing all you do and doing it so well!

  • Quiltngbug

    Quiltngbug said 9 years ago

    An Etsy interview and a national magazine ! Great job and good luck. Your pillows are refreshing.

  • ArletteMichelle

    ArletteMichelle said 9 years ago

    Will look for you in family circle..Congrats!!! Beautiful colorful shop...

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are beautiful!! Congrats on all your success and best of luck to you!!!

  • BittyBlueEyes

    BittyBlueEyes said 9 years ago

    Wow! You are truly an inspiration! I have long wanted to stay-at-home and 'create' and reading that someone else is making it work is so helpful! Thanks and God bless! PS...your shop is GREAT!!! Good luck!

  • LoveOwlEyes

    LoveOwlEyes said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous Gorgeous pillows! I sooo wish I could quit my day job. :)

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 9 years ago

    Love these articles! But, I have to admit, I would love to see some from Etsians who do not have any significant other helping out. :)

  • Moepayton78

    Moepayton78 said 9 years ago

    Gosh Deanna- You're work is absolutely BEAUTIFUL:D Keep up to good work and you'll continue to go far!!! God Bless you and your family. Sincerely a Mississippi girl:D

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 9 years ago

    Deanna~ You've been in my favorites a long time, love your style and pillows. Happy you can be a stay at home mom plus continue making products for your shop. You have a win win situation. Congrats on quiting your day job too, wish you continued success always.

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    I read your message in the shop announcements in your shop. Adding a message to each listing and to your shop announcement asking buyers to "please read my shop policy page for turn-around times and shipping policies" will help cut down unrealistic expectations from buyers. Your work is so lovely. Congratulations on your "progressive realization of your goal" (my favorite definition of success.

  • urchinbags

    urchinbags said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Pillows and well done for being so successful on Etsy!

  • djk0314

    djk0314 said 9 years ago

    LOVELY shop. Very Inspiring, thank you and congrats!

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 9 years ago

    time management is a big one for me too! Great work!

  • paradog

    paradog said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the advice about time management. It's been an upward struggle for me (while carrying my donkey) and I am inspired by the fact that someone as successful as yourself would have similar issues. It's great that you can be there for your son. I think it would be the one thing that would change my mind about having a kid - is being around for them. I'd also like to be around more for my dogs. :D Your work is beautiful and congrats on being in Family Circle magazine.

  • JustBeadItDesigns

    JustBeadItDesigns said 9 years ago

    WOW, I love your pillows! Congratulations on your success.

  • thejumpingjunebug

    thejumpingjunebug said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on the upcoming magazine debut! As a new seller ,it was inspiring to read about your journey so far. Best wishes for the future.

  • thejumpingjunebug

    thejumpingjunebug said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on the magazine debut! As a new seller, it was inspiring to read about your journey so far. Best wishes for the future.

  • laradoxcreations

    laradoxcreations said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! And, like the other readers here, I was inspired. Congrats on all of it and kudos for the super-juggling you do!

  • Rekhss

    Rekhss said 9 years ago

    I'm inspired...thanks for sharing Deanna. Keep creating your lovely pillows :)

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    pillows are beautiful

  • Ivynova

    Ivynova said 9 years ago

    Wow- your work is just wonderful. Great job!

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 9 years ago

    awesome story...such inspiration! Your products are just beautiful!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 9 years ago

    Congrats! I love your LOVE pillow!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 9 years ago

    i love pillows and cushions too x

  • britishvintage

    britishvintage said 9 years ago

    I always understood you couldn't use the word "etsy" in your shop name. Was I wrong about this?

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 9 years ago

    very nice pillows!!! We are pillow lovers! i love the article. best, PARK

  • javajessdesigns

    javajessdesigns said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are beautiful!! I love seeing someone who was a student while running an Etsy shop - I already have a bachelor's, but I'm back in school for a career change to IT/graphic design. I would love to just do this full time when I graduate! Congrats on quitting your day job!

  • happiestdaysdesigns

    happiestdaysdesigns said 9 years ago

    I love your designs, so happy and so cheerful! Just lovely, no wonder your shop took off so quickly! Congratulations!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 9 years ago

    sweet stuff!!!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop and a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing and best wishes on your continued successes!!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 9 years ago

    i quit my job to be a single pregnant mom and earn my living painting and I am doing great. i love being at home with my little girl and not having to worry about being in that big stressful world. here we laugh and play and create. it's a beautiful life. :) i would recommend that everyone FOLLOW YOUR BLISS...

  • vakadi

    vakadi said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your story http://www.vakadi.etsy.com

  • Stemjewelry

    Stemjewelry said 9 years ago

    beautiful pillows...and i live for these successful stories....keeps me motivated.

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are soo pretty! Congrats on your sucess!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 9 years ago

    I was inspired by your story, I too decided to quit my day job and just do what I love! I was inspired by my grandmother who first taugh me to sew at a very young age. I love creating new fasinators and bridal veils, but the best part is being able to stay home with my family as that is what is most important. Thank-you for sharing your story!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 9 years ago

    Lovely!

  • Morado

    Morado said 9 years ago

    Such a cute shop! Many congrats :o)

  • nikkoblue

    nikkoblue said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are so pretty; my favorite ones are those with flowers. Appreciate all of your comments and always enjoy reading sellers' typical day schedules. Makes you realize that selling one's art can be quite a full day of work!

  • Savi

    Savi said 9 years ago

    Congrats Doll! You have done a splendid job, your work is beautiful!

  • imaginebelievecreate

    imaginebelievecreate said 9 years ago

    such sweet pillows! They make any space happy!

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pillows!!!! Can I add one of each to my wish list!!! :)

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article..thanks!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Great items and an interesting article. I particularly like the textures on the pillows, they look great.

  • mylittleaura

    mylittleaura said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pillow, love them all! I believe this is a great article, thanks!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Love the hydrangea pillow-love them all!

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 9 years ago

    congrats!

  • VirtuoSew

    VirtuoSew said 9 years ago

    Hello fellow Michigander! Your work is beautiful and so is your shop, and your story is inspiring. Thank you!

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 9 years ago

    wow your pillows are lovely. Congrats on the feature!

  • dedeetsyshop

    dedeetsyshop said 9 years ago

    Thanks again to everyone for you comments and support! I really, really appreciate every single one of them!! :)

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    I love these articles!! This is great! Beautiful pillows - congrats on your success. Very inspirational!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 9 years ago

    These are so freakin adorable! I bet you need to find some extra time or change your pricing sometime soon!

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 9 years ago

    A mother, a beautiful and talented family. Thank you and wish you success

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Deanna, really enjoyed reading your story. Thanks for sharing it and may continued success be yours!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 9 years ago

    Wonderful!!! You are amazing!!!

  • THINGMAJIG

    THINGMAJIG said 9 years ago

    Fabulous story and I've found a couple of ideas here.

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet said 9 years ago

    This is a great story! I appreciate you sharing! I really hope to quit my full time job and do Etsy full time in the future!

  • mommysosweet

    mommysosweet said 9 years ago

    This is a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • SnakSaks

    SnakSaks said 9 years ago

    Loved your article. Your pillows are beautiful. You are truly talented. Continued success!

  • jackieler

    jackieler said 9 years ago

    You are such an inspiration - GO DEANNA!

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch said 9 years ago

    You are a inspiration and your story is so real! Like most of us, it sounds like you learn as you go! Best wishes for continued success!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the success of your business. Your pillows are so sweet. I'm a sucker for birds and leaves, so they are my favorites ;-)

  • poetryjewelry

    poetryjewelry said 9 years ago

    Beautiful store. Wishing you continued success!

  • poetryjewelry

    poetryjewelry said 9 years ago

    Amazing store. Wishing you continued success!

  • JemsJewelsnJunk

    JemsJewelsnJunk said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are fabulous!! I'm new to Etsy and enjoyed reading your tips and ideas!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great and refreshing article. It's like it all just fell into place for you really quickly congrautlations on your beautiful shop full of beautiful items.

  • susansphotoart

    susansphotoart said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are really cute. Congratulations on your success.

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

    I love your story... I'm new to etsy and it truly inspires me

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 9 years ago

    congrats on the feature!!!

  • sarabcreations

    sarabcreations said 9 years ago

    WAY COOL! I love your shop! Congrats on the continued success and thanks for the tips! Blessings to you and your family!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on your success:)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop.

  • adessojewelry

    adessojewelry said 9 years ago

    What a lovely shop; your work is really wonderful! Keep up the good work...thanks for the great article. Best wishes for continued success!

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 9 years ago

    You really do have cute products, keep up the good work!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 9 years ago

    Just the other day, a friend called me to show me this shop, she is in love with one of the pillows. And voila! the shop that I had never seen before is featured in quit your day job. Georgeous work!! off to drool......

  • GracensDesigns

    GracensDesigns said 9 years ago

    You are so creative. Good Job!! Congrats on your April 17th magazine spot and your Storque QYDJ spot!!!!!!! www.GracensDesigns.etsy.com

  • Beast1277

    Beast1277 said 9 years ago

    Your work is wonderful. Congrats and keep up the great work!

  • Flatoutfunky

    Flatoutfunky said 9 years ago

    nice work, congrats..

  • creativebusybee

    creativebusybee said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work, very creative shop

  • thaiamuletluckbuddha

    thaiamuletluckbuddha said 9 years ago

    great inspiration!Love & Thank you for share.

  • TheDailyPincushion

    TheDailyPincushion said 9 years ago

    Good for you! I was so happy to see this nice feature and interview with you! Congratulations!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Congrats! I wish you much success!!

  • lenokeidesigns

    lenokeidesigns said 9 years ago

    so fresh! so pretty! so welcoming! and what a hard worker! good on ya!

  • RACHELelise

    RACHELelise said 9 years ago

    I've always loved looking at your shop-- I'm so excited that you got to be part of this feature on Etsy! You're an inspiration :)

  • HelenOfTroy7

    HelenOfTroy7 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful ;)

  • CELODREAMS

    CELODREAMS said 9 years ago

    lovely shop!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    Thanks for all of the wonderful tips!

  • thenewblackmarket

    thenewblackmarket said 9 years ago

    working is jank.

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 9 years ago

    The work ethic that you and your husband both share is amazing. Your pillows are gorgeous; you certainly deserve this success.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 9 years ago

    Love it! What a wonderful and inspiring story! :)

  • victoriaelizabethqoc

    victoriaelizabethqoc said 9 years ago

    Wonderful work and that was a great article to read.

  • Elegantcrochets

    Elegantcrochets said 9 years ago

    Love the pillows!

  • GothicGlassStudio

    GothicGlassStudio said 9 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and so are you.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 9 years ago

    Deanna, You look very happy, and that's what is most important!

  • binnie

    binnie said 9 years ago

    Hydrangeas are sort of my trademark, I use them on cards etc, may just have to buy the green one. Great work!

  • WaterHorseStudios

    WaterHorseStudios said 9 years ago

    It's always great to hear these success stories... I want to be one! Keep up the good work, dedeestyshop.

  • polkadotbungalow

    polkadotbungalow said 9 years ago

    Beautiful shop!! Just love it!

  • orglamix

    orglamix said 9 years ago

    Love.

  • StitchyLifeVintage

    StitchyLifeVintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! It is quite inspiring (especially since opening my own shop a week ago feels like moving to a different country and learning a new language). In due time, things begin to flow and make sense. Beautiful creations, best of luck to your endeavors!!!

  • ButternutBoutique

    ButternutBoutique said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your story is truly inspriring, and your pillows are mini works of art.

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 9 years ago

    Great interview and fantastic shop!

  • cinziagarden

    cinziagarden said 9 years ago

    Very pretty pillows, love it!

  • homesewnmommy

    homesewnmommy said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your personal experience, it is very inspiring to see someone i can relate to who is running a successful business. Congrats on getting into Family Circle!

  • Loreil

    Loreil said 9 years ago

    Good Job - you are very talented and I especially like your bird pillows.

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 9 years ago

    So cute! I just love your shop!

  • TinkaPaper

    TinkaPaper said 9 years ago

    love, love your creations!

  • OtterburnPQ

    OtterburnPQ said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 9 years ago

    Beautiful pillows!! Good luck, it sounds like you are doing everything right, and are happy on top of it!! Congrats!

  • HeatherLairDesigns

    HeatherLairDesigns said 9 years ago

    It is so nice to hear of a shop doing well these days! Keep up the good work, your pillows are absolutely beautiful!

  • knitsandwhatknots

    knitsandwhatknots said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your experience, very inspiring and I can so relate to you. It's wonderful to see your success and know it can be done. Best wishes!

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article and awesome shop!! Congrats!

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 9 years ago

    Lovely story, gorgeous product. Very inspiring, thanks. Kylie

  • MyLovingTree

    MyLovingTree said 9 years ago

    Lovely pillows and made me want to put my head onto many of them. :) Congratulations!

  • melissasnead4

    melissasnead4 said 9 years ago

    I love your pillows!!!!! Awesome interview as well :) www.melissasnead4.etsy.com

  • creativelycarole

    creativelycarole said 9 years ago

    Great story, very easy to identify with. I love your work!

  • krabbykasey

    krabbykasey said 9 years ago

    These pillows are so stinkin cute! I really like the Rainbow Disc Pillow =)

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    Your cushions are exquisite ~ I see why your business took off with a woosh! I'm happy for you.

  • theinkshed

    theinkshed said 9 years ago

    So inspirational, I am a slacker compaired to you and a night owl. I think that you need to follow your heart and if you keep thinking about the same thing and it's nagging at you, you need to do it. Will take your words of wisdom and apply to some areas.

  • AntiModern

    AntiModern said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your succes, hope your blessing continues:)!

  • RockChicJewellery

    RockChicJewellery said 9 years ago

    Wow gorgeous items..I 'love' the love pillows! As someone new to Etsy this is simply inspiring! All the best to you & your family! :)

  • MorningCloud

    MorningCloud said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Very creative work!

  • laurasjewellery1980

    laurasjewellery1980 said 9 years ago

    I love these pillows, and as soon as I have my own place - any day now - I will be buying a bunch.

  • DesignABra

    DesignABra said 9 years ago

    So pleased it is working for you.. I Have stock but not sure how to put it on site ! On my list .. also would like to do Belly dance commissions maybe another outlet for my creAtivity !shame to waste it ...Like you also always playing with fabrics as a child... Anyway Well Done ! And all the best for your future.. Sue

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 9 years ago

    I'm inspired by your story. I'm also a sonographer (ultrasound tech), working in a breast cancer clinic doing breast ultrasound. Although I've done this for 20 years, the work is now starting to "dry up" with the effects of the GFC, so my Etsy shop is looking like taking over as an alternative. It also allows me time at home with my kids (one of whom is severely autistic). Plus, the chance to be creative again is irresistable....I love hearing these stories on Etsy, it's so encouraging. Congratulations, I wish you happiness and success!

  • purpleblossoms

    purpleblossoms said 9 years ago

    Wow... Love the items... they are so pretty and creative.

  • wettreasures

    wettreasures said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success.

  • beadsofaquarius

    beadsofaquarius said 9 years ago

    congratulations Deanna, for all the advices, i discover your shop and your pillows are so pretty... good luck for the futur.

  • ellabellamay

    ellabellamay said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are beautiful and creative! Thanks for sharing!

  • countitalljoyshop

    countitalljoyshop said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on this exposure, your magazing inclusion & business success! Thank you for sharing all of that with us! Wishing you continued success. Your designs are gorgeous.

  • bubbletub

    bubbletub said 9 years ago

    Great article, very helpful and inspirational :o) Such beautiful pillows I love them!

  • CharmPillows

    CharmPillows said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing..It's good to here your why's and how's..Love your pillows.

  • DanburyLane

    DanburyLane said 9 years ago

    I know there are soooo many wonderful comments posted already, but I have to congratulate your efforts Deanna! I too had a crafty childhood in Michigan, with much the same challenges and motivation that you currently have. It's so encouraging to hear your story :)

  • 12anglesart

    12anglesart said 9 years ago

    amazing story thanks for giving us inspiration and thought to belive things can actually work!

  • pinkpolkaDotties

    pinkpolkaDotties said 9 years ago

    I looove your pillows! They are beautiful. Congrats on your magazine feature. Great story!

  • FibersStudio

    FibersStudio said 9 years ago

    Love!

  • hairswirls1

    hairswirls1 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Pillows! And an amazing story to be able to stay home with your family! Keep up the good work.

  • ravenhaired

    ravenhaired said 9 years ago

    Those French Rose pillows remind me of something I wore on my head for prom! That's a compliment, I love them!

  • lizzywear

    lizzywear said 9 years ago

    your pillows are beautiful!! what a great success story!

  • PeeledBananasToGo

    PeeledBananasToGo said 9 years ago

    I am so excited for you! I would just love to sit down and have some girl time, chatting over a cup of coffee about kids and sewing. You Go Girl!

  • ourtreehousedesigns

    ourtreehousedesigns said 9 years ago

    Wow, How great to be able to do what one loves full time. Good for you, great work, Mimi

  • BI29

    BI29 said 9 years ago

    thanks for sharing

  • kokadots

    kokadots said 9 years ago

    Love to hear more stories about being able to quit your day job! Great story and gorgeous pillows...

  • milkmoneyshop

    milkmoneyshop said 9 years ago

    I just love your linen pillows! I already had one marked as a favorite before seeing this article!

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 9 years ago

    I love your pillows! Very fun & colorful. Will keep in mind when I shop for new pillows for my new house :) Keep up the good work!

  • JBMoods

    JBMoods said 9 years ago

    You have very pretty pillows! They deserve to be ob magazines!

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 9 years ago

    I love your pillows!

  • tadalyn2006

    tadalyn2006 said 9 years ago

    Too cute, great job!

  • Anasniftyknits

    Anasniftyknits said 9 years ago

    I think that you're the best thing for your little boy to be home when he comes home from school.I have a teenager. I wish I could do that when he was little. I am just new @ etsy. I have been knitting all my life,selling at craft sales, friends, coleagues,now I want to try this. You do beautiful work. Congrats for your success!

  • Anasniftyknits

    Anasniftyknits said 9 years ago

    beautiful work! Congratulations!!

  • Anasniftyknits

    Anasniftyknits said 9 years ago

    Great story. Good decision to stay home for your son. Your work is amazing! Congrats!

  • mewnewmew

    mewnewmew said 9 years ago

    very lovely work i love it! i guess a lot of quit-your-day-job sellers didnt think it would make a huge success. Thanks for sharing!

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving said 9 years ago

    Deanna, I love your pillows, very creative. And you know what, I kind of like the name of the business too, I think it's catchy. I'm just starting my shop too and hope it will grow. Thanks for sharing your story. Good luck to you.

  • missmel159

    missmel159 said 9 years ago

    Lovely work! what an inspiration :))

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah said 9 years ago

    Can see why your shop took off! Such adorable work! Best wishes for your continued success.

  • AvantCarde

    AvantCarde said 9 years ago

    Very nice - congrats ;)

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    Wow! Love your style! I wish you continued succcess!

  • riise76

    riise76 said 9 years ago

    Love your pillows!! I may shop in your store very soon... :P

  • elliebellieoriginals

    elliebellieoriginals said 9 years ago

    I loved your article....very encouraging, and I love your shop!! Good luck in the future!

  • thesacredmuse

    thesacredmuse said 9 years ago

    Your pillows are beautiful : ) Thanks for sharing !

  • Paulielu

    Paulielu said 9 years ago

    I absolutely loooove her pillows! they're so unique, cute, fresh and pretty! Great article and God bless your bussiness!!

  • Theporcelainteapot

    Theporcelainteapot from Theporcelainteapot said 6 years ago

    I love the pillows, you have a excellent shop.

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