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Quit Your Day Job: dlkdesigns

May 10, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Dana, the jewelry designer behind dlkdesigns, had the creative bug since she was a wee one watching Bob Ross paint landscapes on PBS. Working a 9-5 desk job throughout her college career she didn’t feel her full potential and creative energy were being utilized. After taking maternity leave with her first child, Dana jumped into opening her Etsy shop. These days you might catch a glimpse of Dana on her pink bike with a wicker basket full of packages. While she says she’s working harder now than ever before, Dana loves that she can schedule her work around her family life.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
My earliest memory of creating began around the age of seven. I vividly remember watching Bob Ross painting on PBS. I found creating something on a blank canvas to be mesmerizing (and I dug his Afro, too!). I would go outside our apartment door and watercolor paint like I was a master artist.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
I worked full time while putting myself through college. After graduating with a BA in Communications and Advertising I never truly had the job of my dreams. I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit and never let go of the dream deep inside to be a business owner someday.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Of course! I started my own website selling jewelry well before I found Etsy, but I quickly discovered that just because you build it doesn’t mean they will come. I was successful with local shows. Knowing there was a market for my work was a huge confidence booster. I am grateful now for the experience because I learned a lot by building my own website. It was around that time that I first I discovered Etsy while shopping for an item through a Google search. It was easy to have dreams of quitting my day job for two reasons: I never had a job I truly loved and I was on maternity leave with my first child and knew that, after her birth, there was no way I was returning to my 9-5 desk job. With the support of my wonderful husband I began to make my dream a reality.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I really did not do anything to prepare ahead of time. I am all about jumping in and doing it. I am not really a planner, but have since become one.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business?

  • I enjoy promoting via my Facebook Fan Page. I do have a blog, but I do a horrible job of keeping up with it. I tend to use FB as my blog, showing new items and releasing sales on occasion.
  • My very best marketing tip is customer service. If you provide fabulous customer service each and every time word of mouth about your work will come back tenfold.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I have not made many business mistakes that I regret. There really are no regrets, I look at all of it as a learning experience and with each year I get smarter and spend savvier.


Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I am an early bird. I get up around 7 a.m., make coffee and proceed to answer emails before my 4-year-old wakes up.
  • We have breakfast together and I walk her to school.
  • Once I return home I organize work and orders that need to be created, as well as send photos of map requests for the customers’ approval.
  • I try to have all resin poured and orders off to the post office before my little girl is finished with school for the day.
  • Many days you will find me on my pink bike with my wicker basket filled with packages. I am lucky that the post office is within a mile of my house.
  • I try to reserve the late afternoon and early evening for my daughter and hubby.
  • Every day I work in some type of exercise or yoga at this great studio near the beach. It is a great motivator and mood lifter!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
The absolute best part is that I can schedule my work around our family life. However, don’t be fooled: yes, it is great and truly is my dream come true, but I honestly have absolutely never worked so hard in all of my life! The only thing I miss about a “real job” is that you go to work, do your work and go home. As a small business owner, your work is constantly on your mind, from outstanding orders to what can I do better, etc. I find it extremely hard to shut off, hence, the yoga.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part is that I’m responsible for doing it all. I am the artist, photographer, customer service, shipping, and accounting departments. That’s on top of mommy, wife, housekeeper, and cooking commitments.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
My advice is that once you know you have a market for your work, make your business legitimate. I wish I would have set up a business bank account first thing and applied for a business license. When funds are coming into PayPal and you have a PayPal debit card you are not really thinking of taxes at the end of the year or paying into Medicare and unemployment.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
My number one goal this year is to set up more wholesale accounts. I have a few, which is a great way to have some sales that you can depend on.


Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to thank my super supportive husband and my fabulous customers who keep coming back to request a unique and meaningful handmade gift. I will always be grateful to Etsy for allowing me this opportunity to share something I love with others. I always say that I am doing something that my 85-year-old grandmother, while raising her three children in the 1950s, could never have imagined.

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

Engravable Cufflinks Sterling Silver
Engravable Cufflinks Sterling Silver
dlkdesigns
$49.00 USD
Map Art, Map Print, Map Wall Art, Graduation Gift for Him, Fathers Day Gift, Map Gifts, Coordinate Gifts, gps coordinates sign, travel gift
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$29.00 USD
Grooms Gift from Bride Sterling Map Cuff Links
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Map Cufflinks Wedding Day Best Man Gifts Custom Map Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks. You Select the Journey.  Gifts For Him
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
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$155.00 USD
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$28.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
Gifts for Groomsmen Sterling Silver Custom Cuff Links, Anniversary Gift For Husband, Anniversary Gifts For Men 1 Year
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
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Sterling Silver NYC Antique Map Cufflinks
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A Trip to Italy.  Modern Vintage Map Dangle Earrings.  Roma and Firenze.  Made to Order.  Stocking Stuffers For Women, Bridesmaid Proposal
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$64.00 USD
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$48.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
Rome Italy Map Sterling Silver Cufflinks, Gifts For Husband
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Sterling Silver London UK Antique Map Cufflinks, Gifts For Men
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$49.00 USD
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Photo Cuff Links  Baby Daughter, Christmas Gifts For Dad
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$49.00 USD
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Genuine Vintage Map Christmas Ornaments
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$49.00 USD
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dlkdesigns
$49.00 USD
Anniversary Gifts for Men Custom Sterling Silver Round Photo Cufflinks, Christmas Gifts For Him
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$49.00 USD
Paris France 1899 Antique Map Cufflinks, Gifts For Boyfriend
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$49.00 USD
Made to Order Vintage Map Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks. You Select the Journey.
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$49.00 USD
A DLK Designs Original - New York Teams Mets and Jets Stadium Football and Baseball Vintage Street Map Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks.
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
No. 01 Boston Ball Park Vintage Street Map Sterling Silver Round Cufflinks.
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$49.00 USD
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$49.00 USD
Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet Personalized Graduation Gift, Christmas Gifts For Her
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$110.00 USD
Petite Vintage Map Sterling Silver 16 inch Necklace.  You Choose Rome or Florence Italy, Christmas Gifts For Her
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dlkdesigns
$55.00 USD
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265 comments

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 8 years ago

    I love these! Thank you for sharing with us :)

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    wow! these are great!

  • ebrukSupplies

    ebrukSupplies said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, Congrats !! Great article.

  • ravenhaired

    ravenhaired said 8 years ago

    Congrats Dana! I just love your maps!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    A wonderful interview! So happy I read it. Thank you for sharing.

  • eagamsky

    eagamsky said 8 years ago

    She does several things right that I still need to focus on: 1) She does something small and easy in terms of materials and supplies needed 2) She focuses on 1 thing/type of item 3) She came up with a unique item 4) She found people who wanted her doo-dads

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 8 years ago

    Great article.Congrats ! I love your map.

  • chainchainchained

    chainchainchained said 8 years ago

    great stuff!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    My daughter owns one of Dana's map pendants and loves it! Congratulations on the feature Dana ~ and I loved watching Bob Ross as a kid too! :)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 8 years ago

    Great story - congratulations on your success!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 8 years ago

    LOVE the story! So inspiring. Thank you for sharing ^_^

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story. Thank you for the inspiration ^_^

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Congrats...what a super star!

  • LaurenBPhotography

    LaurenBPhotography said 8 years ago

    Great 'Quit Your Day Job' article. I love Dana's creativity with maps. The main picture is great too.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, very inspiring!

  • momochas

    momochas said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story and shop, thanks for sharing!

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 8 years ago

    I love these QYDJ articles, and this one is so inspiring! Love your pieces! xo

  • DivineByDeidre

    DivineByDeidre said 8 years ago

    Great story! Very inspiring.

  • happyshackdesigns

    happyshackdesigns said 8 years ago

    congrats, Dana! love seeing a hometown girl featured! :-)

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 8 years ago

    Yay! My favorite inspriational stories. Dana is so cool too! Wishing you lots of luck sweetheart!

  • Carlottavaldes

    Carlottavaldes said 8 years ago

    I think the tax and business license advice is a good one and we tend to forget about the numbers. I hope to reach Dana's success !

  • emmjeyessvintage

    emmjeyessvintage said 8 years ago

    Terrific story! Thank you for sharing!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 8 years ago

    I love your shop, Dana - looking at all those mailing envelopes, I can get some idea of how busy you must be....

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 8 years ago

    I love the life style that a little creativity and hard work can produces.

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 8 years ago

    A great read, thank you for sharing your inspiring story!

  • Lilley

    Lilley said 8 years ago

    love this 'quit your day job' I was in the same boat-on maternity leave and wanting to make a business that meant I didn't have to go back to work. I've done it and it's great but I've still got lots to learn. x

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 8 years ago

    Congratulations....:)

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story -- I hear you about work always being on your mind. Have to get back to the yoga, myself!

  • compassionmalas

    compassionmalas said 8 years ago

    I love this article! Very uplifting.

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring story! Congratulations on your success!

  • themustardseedco

    themustardseedco said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for the great story! I love reading the Quit Your Day Job series and I'm always drooling over Dana's designs

  • UnkamenSupplies

    UnkamenSupplies said 8 years ago

    Terrific to read about you Dana!

  • Septsapphire45

    Septsapphire45 said 8 years ago

    Fantastic, glad that it has been a success for you!, Love your designs!

  • anakim

    anakim said 8 years ago

    Thank you!

  • Lisarachel

    Lisarachel said 8 years ago

    great advice!!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success. I, too, have a communications/advertising degree. Funny how the definition of "dream job" changes over time, isn't it?

  • niecynotes

    niecynotes said 8 years ago

    Great story Dana! I know how you feel. It's that "there-needs-to-be-more" feeling. I also graduated college with a Communication Studies degree and now look at me - I'm selling paper goods on Etsy using my art skills. Thanks for the inspiration and may you have continued success! p.s. - I also watched Bob Ross when I was younger. I never knew his name, but when his show came on, I'd watch it with amazement. His 'fro was funny to look at (LOL), but his artistic genius was out of this world!

  • Andreatdesigns

    Andreatdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! very inspiring!

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage said 8 years ago

    Dana is truly an inspiration! I enjoyed reading how she carved out her career, not only doing what she loves and spending time with family -- but also looking at the "big" picture (a.k.a. wholesale). Well done! Love the jewelry and love the pink bike! :)

  • JimmyKdesigns

    JimmyKdesigns said 8 years ago

    this is the kind of life i need!!!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 8 years ago

    Love these stories:) Beautiful work and great inspiration, thanks!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    Wow your bike reminds me of one I used to ride as a kid. My post office is also less than a mile from my home...I think you've inspired me to go get a bike with a wicker basket!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Fantastic ! glad that it has been a success for you!, Love your designs!

  • DevineDesignStudios

    DevineDesignStudios said 8 years ago

    What a creative and inspirational person and artist you are, keep up the beautiful work!!!

  • JL67

    JL67 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on quitting your day job! :)

  • LayneyDasher

    LayneyDasher said 8 years ago

    Super cute.. and such an inspiration! Thanks for the great article!

  • GingerAleShop

    GingerAleShop said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration! What resonates with me is that Dana schedules so much time with her family. I definitely need to do lots more of that.

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success! (I remember watching Bob Ross too!)

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 8 years ago

    This is a great and very inspiring article! Thanks.

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 8 years ago

    I love the picture of you on your bike :) I have an old-fashioned powder blue bike with a basket on the front, it's a one-speed with a coaster brake. I get made fun of by street hooligan teenagers ;) (maybe it's the chrome-colored skating helmet I wear?) I, too, am lucky enough to be within a mile of the locally-owned shipping center, and it just happens to be exactly on my way to my part-time library job! Thanks for sharing your story, it's always inspiring to hear how other's have gotten where they are! Good luck in your endeavors :)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 8 years ago

    dana's stuff is amazing! LOVE IT:) Great article!

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne4eyes said 8 years ago

    Dana, your work is great...congrates on your success!

  • pileofstones

    pileofstones said 8 years ago

    Great, inspiring story. Thanks for sharing a day in the life of you! I love your Etsy offerings! Who doesn't love maps, and then there's jewelry, what a terrific combo.

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 8 years ago

    Dana, I really enjoyed your story. I liked your advice about setting up a business bank account and applying for a business license...I think that is important. Keep up the fantastic work and enjoy being a mother.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Great pic of you on the bike with packages for the post office, congrats to you, plus being featured on etsy. Wish you continued success.

  • seragun

    seragun said 8 years ago

    Great article.I love them

  • KidzKraftz

    KidzKraftz said 8 years ago

    One of my favorite sellers!

  • mpaperarts

    mpaperarts said 8 years ago

    Fantastic! Yeah Dana!

  • Spiderbite

    Spiderbite said 8 years ago

    Congrats teamy! Huzzah!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 8 years ago

    Great story - and I love ur bike!

  • BarbBjelland

    BarbBjelland said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I also have family, and I appreciated the realistic perspective on the juggling act we do as business people, artists, moms and partners.

  • AnnieHowes

    AnnieHowes said 8 years ago

    Awesome awesome and awesome! You are fab on your pink bike, Dana!

  • Floralina

    Floralina said 8 years ago

    I hope I too will have the same success as Dana. Great story, very inspiring for those of those who want to get out of our day job.

  • tigerbee

    tigerbee said 8 years ago

    Another inspiring story, keep em coming!

  • MischiefbyLoki

    MischiefbyLoki said 8 years ago

    Good article. And she's an awesome seller. I love everything I have purchased from her.

  • ElegantHobbies

    ElegantHobbies said 8 years ago

    Love the inspiration of these stories.. Great item's...

  • WoodsyWools

    WoodsyWools said 8 years ago

    Way to go! I love your shop!

  • susansheehan

    susansheehan said 8 years ago

    You are just cute as a button! I'm so proud to know you :)

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 8 years ago

    i lvoe this vrey mhcu!!! vrey cool! PARK

  • Shoottothrill

    Shoottothrill said 8 years ago

    Great story! Thanks! :)

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • clynnsart2004

    clynnsart2004 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the experience, always encouraging to read some one doing well at what they want to do.

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 8 years ago

    Just wonderful Dana! Loved being able to find out more about you and your wonderful craft!

  • CricketsCreations

    CricketsCreations said 8 years ago

    Wow, Dana, I knew you were smart and funny and successful...I had *no* idea you were a HOT BABE as well, tee hee! Hugs, Celeste (Crickets)

  • LetsAllMakeBelieve

    LetsAllMakeBelieve said 8 years ago

    I love these articles!

  • time2cre8

    time2cre8 said 8 years ago

    Awesome, Dana! That bike looks like such fun... but where's your helmet, young lady?!!? :-)

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Dana!!! Great article and your items are beautiful!!! Best of luck to you in all you do!!!

  • DaphneDays

    DaphneDays said 8 years ago

    Really cool product - and nice work! Encouraging to see how you are succeeding. :)

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    Many congrats to you! Great quit your job story!

  • masonke

    masonke said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 8 years ago

    Great article- this one was very inspiring! thinking of you on your bike makes me smile. Congrats!!

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 8 years ago

    so great....I love that you can bike to the post....I live close to mine as well :)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 8 years ago

    I love dlkdesigns, gorgeous & fun jewelry! Dana is charming, so great that Etsy helps make dreams come true! XOX

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    congrats on your success. i like the part about spending the afternoon and evening with your family. and yoga :)

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 8 years ago

    Nice article. I know exactly what Dana is talking about when she says she has never worked harder in her life!!

  • vanrobmac

    vanrobmac said 8 years ago

    That's so cool! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 8 years ago

    Love your stuff! How inspiring. I really hope to be a "quit your day job" girl one day!!!! Thank you.

  • thecraftpantry

    thecraftpantry said 8 years ago

    Just so inspired by this story! LOVE your bike too! Thank you!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 8 years ago

    I love her things! wonderful interview! Lots of great insight!

  • brookiecookiesbows

    brookiecookiesbows said 8 years ago

    What an incredible and unique product! Gorgeous. I am inspired by your article, and can see exactly why you're so successful! Thank you for sharing your business story and tips for success!!! Hope this business continues to bring you years of joy and happiness! Love that you get to be at home for your daughter...that's awesome! Liz

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 8 years ago

    what a way to remember your favorite travel destination.

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 8 years ago

    what a way to remember your favorite travel destination.

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    Yay, Dana! Great read from a very talented artist. :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    your shipping area looks very organized. love the packaging you use. congrats on the wholesale accounts and good luck with sales this year.

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 8 years ago

    Great story and you are seriously too cute! Riding your bike to the post office with a basket of sales! I love it x3 :o)

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 8 years ago

    I love these articles!

  • beachme

    beachme said 8 years ago

    WONDERFUL article Dana! Your a great business woman & a great friend...all the best always!

  • stixnpops

    stixnpops said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational!!! as I start my own Etsy business... love your products... they are indeed a work of art!

  • ambette

    ambette said 8 years ago

    Great article and fabulous products. Love hearing the stories behind these shops!

  • VintageTwisted

    VintageTwisted said 8 years ago

    good for you!

  • serenie

    serenie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for being an inspiration! :)

  • TheCyanPepper

    TheCyanPepper said 8 years ago

    I love how this allows you to put your very best into both your family and your work! What a beautiful balance.

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 8 years ago

    Many congratulations to you. I see you have a dreamygiraffe painting in your studio. She's one of my favourite sellers. I had such a positive experience shopping from her.

  • HIPpadBaby

    HIPpadBaby said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! I love both the positive outlook and the work.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 8 years ago

    Very cute! I have a bike with a basket too. :-)

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 8 years ago

    Love this story! I liked reading about your day. It sounds so inviting!

  • toshirt

    toshirt said 8 years ago

    love your products. Saw it at a boutique store in San Francisco...now I know who is making it =)

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 8 years ago

    very nicely written, I'm really jealous you can ride your bike, in my country it's so hot it's almost impossible unless in the evening, but by that time the PO will be closed. thanks for sharing, I had fun reading it :)

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 8 years ago

    btw, the pink bike is cool, I love pink!

  • NotableNotions

    NotableNotions said 8 years ago

    I just love this inspiring tale ! Much luck to you!

  • lilyja

    lilyja said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring story!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 8 years ago

    love that photo with her bike and all of the envelopes in the front basket! So cute!

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 8 years ago

    Very cool stuff! Great work! Very inspiring!

  • RomanticPlanet

    RomanticPlanet said 8 years ago

    I love stories with happy endings :) Do what you love & the money will come :) WTG Dana GOOD FOR YOU! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Great article, good luck with your shop moving forward! I loved Bob Ross too when I was a kid lets paint a 'happy little tree' lol!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 8 years ago

    Wonderful feature!

  • InspiredByShe

    InspiredByShe said 8 years ago

    Aw congrats to you! Love the bike and your work x

  • EvitaLana

    EvitaLana said 8 years ago

    I also love stories of success. Great jewellery! Wish you all the best - and keep going on like that!

  • FEELWHATIFELT

    FEELWHATIFELT said 8 years ago

    Congrats Dana! May the day of "Quitting my Day Job" comes for all of us :)

  • hjrdDesign

    hjrdDesign said 8 years ago

    What a lovely story, inspiring! Congrats Dana :)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    Another great story... I like the fact that she goes to the post office on bike.. now that is freedom!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 8 years ago

    Congrats :D

  • DevilishlyDomestic

    DevilishlyDomestic said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational article. Congratulations!

  • prospettivecreative

    prospettivecreative said 8 years ago

    Thank you Dana! I have just created my own shop and I hope to have a story like yours to tell one day in the future... Good luck!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Yeah, I liked Bob Ross as well. It was never on enough. I remember liking the peaceful vibe of the show. It was quiet. Thank you for you! Keep on creating!

  • riricreations

    riricreations said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration~many parallels in our experiences, and I wish you all the best!

  • tiffanymcfarland

    tiffanymcfarland said 8 years ago

    Ahhh...Bob Ross, There will never be another like him. He was gonna put that tree wherever he pleased!!! That's what I loved about him he just created as he went and that's what you have done. Being a beginner on etsy, this reading has been truly inspirational & I wish you continued success. Great, creative Jewelry and a good idea to remember where you've been or like me I want things to remind me where I want to explore!

  • fortheloveofpete

    fortheloveofpete said 8 years ago

    Vintage maps have always fascinated me-and I can't think of a more interesting and unique way of using them! My only dilemma would be choosing a location! Great feature on a really cool shop!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story!

  • pibbles

    pibbles said 8 years ago

    Not only the products gorgeous, but the photos are delightful as well! Thanks for sharing. Sincerely, pibbles [pi-buhls]

  • ArtworkzByCheri

    ArtworkzByCheri said 8 years ago

    oh YES! that wonderful man Bob Ross moved me as well some 25 yrs ago and all I do today was because I happened to see him on TV! Love your story and your shop! you go girl! God bless and thank you for sharing, it is GREAT to read such inspirng stories! Etsy is an amazing place, such fabulous folks on here.

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals said 8 years ago

    I love this article!! Love the shop!!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 8 years ago

    Its so inspiring to see someone actually doing what they love as opposed to settling for a 9-5 job. I hope to follow in your footsteps someday :)

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns said 8 years ago

    I would like to thank you all for your amazingly sweet comments! I never dreamed so many of you would find me an inspiration-Really it's overwhelming, thank you!!

  • vidamiacreations

    vidamiacreations said 8 years ago

    very inspiring, thanks!!!!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success! I only hope that I can do the same.

  • RandomlyGenerated

    RandomlyGenerated said 8 years ago

    Great story, lovely items and, of course, Bob Ross FTW!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your success story! Congratulations! I just love reading these stories, they are always so inspiring!

  • artsyfingers

    artsyfingers said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, great designs.

  • margosoriginals

    margosoriginals said 8 years ago

    This was so inspiring- I am just starting out and your story is very similar to mine minus the mommy part :)! Thanks for sharing!

  • theVintageRevivalCo

    theVintageRevivalCo said 8 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring. Hope to quit my day job someday too!

  • PNWSherry

    PNWSherry said 8 years ago

    Great story! I ride a bike also.

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • AMarketCollection

    AMarketCollection said 8 years ago

    Loved the article! I loved the picture of you on your bike! Great products too! Continued success!

  • tizzalicious

    tizzalicious said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop! :) And I love your bike!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Great, inspirational story! Thanks for sharing! I love your shop, too!!

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 8 years ago

    Always inspiring to see that people really can work from home...and enjoy it too!

  • saramonroeknits

    saramonroeknits said 8 years ago

    Way to go! Loved the article!

  • gogovintage

    gogovintage said 8 years ago

    Wonderful writing. Fantastic store. Already a favorite store. Thank you, gogo v

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview! I love the vintage bracelet in blue. Keep up the good work!

  • feesk

    feesk said 8 years ago

    Lovely article, very honest and down to earth. She has done very well, cheers to her! -its nice to see such success stories in our etsy backyard!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Congratulations, Dana! I love the picture of you on your bike, with a pile of orders ready to take to the post office! Too cute.

  • ELIZCREATIONS

    ELIZCREATIONS said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 8 years ago

    nice story... congratulations!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing, very inspiring.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • Squier

    Squier said 8 years ago

    Awesome article! Love the transportation to the post office too.

  • AnemoneGirl

    AnemoneGirl said 8 years ago

    Thank you for that great article. Your shop is lovely.

  • mirasolfarm

    mirasolfarm said 8 years ago

    These stories are always so inspiring. Thanks, Dana!

  • TheJewelryNook

    TheJewelryNook said 8 years ago

    Great story, very uplifting. Thank You for the inspiration.

  • sandrassatchels

    sandrassatchels said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the tips. I'm on Team Sassy and when I get questions about how to make sales and grow my business, I always say, look at the Success Stories -- this is the textbook! Great product. Continued success to you!

  • ShimmerandFizz

    ShimmerandFizz said 8 years ago

    thanks great tips. love the jewels!!!

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! My dream is to one day have my studio by the beach!

  • visart

    visart said 8 years ago

    Great inspiring story, thank you!

  • kimberm

    kimberm said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story... and I love living less than a mile from the post office too :)

  • PoofyCheeks

    PoofyCheeks said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 8 years ago

    I love your items! and your story is very inspiring.

  • blissfulnotions

    blissfulnotions said 8 years ago

    Dana, you inspire me! I need to implement your enviable discipline and not allow distractions at home to interfere with success! Way to go!

  • FarmFreshArt

    FarmFreshArt said 8 years ago

    Thanks and way to go.

  • teacupdesigns

    teacupdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great items! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • novaofsweden

    novaofsweden said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! One day I hope to be able to share my story of doing this full time... one day.... *dreams*

  • JechoryGlassDesigns

    JechoryGlassDesigns said 8 years ago

    Continued success to you!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 8 years ago

    I love your work- we all have those places that are special to us & your art gives everyone away to carry that with us. Good luck with your continued success!

  • Bijouxlulu

    Bijouxlulu said 8 years ago

    Wonderfully encouraging story - I will certainly do the same one day I know it!

  • Bijouxlulu

    Bijouxlulu said 8 years ago

    Inspiring article!

  • craftincrystal

    craftincrystal said 8 years ago

    Wow, I'm so happy for you and your success! Sounds like you've figured out how to keep life well-balanced too...a very inspiring & encouraging story, thanks so much for sharing, and congrats again on your success! :)

  • jennytrinh

    jennytrinh said 8 years ago

    very inspiring! and beautiful work!!

  • pearlies4girlies

    pearlies4girlies said 8 years ago

    Great article! Love the bike:)

  • Grammosrags

    Grammosrags said 8 years ago

    Nice story-I haven't started yet but am excited to do so-Have to figure out how to get my page set up!!

  • GratitudeLady

    GratitudeLady said 8 years ago

    I'm so impressed with your ideas and how you developed them! I'm such a "jane of all trades" and scattered fire, it's hard and boring for me to do one thing and do it well! You are so awesome! Congratulations!

  • bookity

    bookity said 8 years ago

    That was a great article, thank you.

  • wcharles

    wcharles said 8 years ago

    love

  • SoapyPleasure

    SoapyPleasure said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story, very inspiring :)

  • KathrynGreenwald

    KathrynGreenwald said 8 years ago

    Thank you for such sage advice. I'll save this and read it over and over. I LOVE your store too! All the best, Kathryn

  • TwoNieces

    TwoNieces said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • citlali

    citlali said 8 years ago

    Great feeling after reading! Thanks for sharing!

  • OGSDesigns

    OGSDesigns said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful idea, these are beautiful!

  • PoorJean

    PoorJean said 8 years ago

    Sigh...I miss watching Bob Ross. Great stuff, and thanks for the tips!

  • bobetsy

    bobetsy said 8 years ago

    the comment about reserving the late afternoon and evening for family struck me -- i so need to be intentional about time with family, and setting aside work. when it's all just one big blob of jumbled time, no one gets the attention they deserve! thank you for your story.

  • studmuffins

    studmuffins said 8 years ago

    Wow, great article...very inspiring! Congrats!

  • HeartGoddess

    HeartGoddess said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful, inspiring story; thank you so much for sharing! And I also LOVE your creations. Great idea! Wishing you more, more great success!

  • beadedvision

    beadedvision said 8 years ago

    Very motivating! Wonderful story! Keep on going girl!

  • ArtistBeingHuman

    ArtistBeingHuman said 8 years ago

    Well done! Congratulations!

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 8 years ago

    What a great story!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 8 years ago

    Lovely article-thanks for sharing! I love the pink bike too!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    I love your jewelry and other designs. What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing

  • shirinki

    shirinki said 8 years ago

    this is such an inspiring post. she seems so balanced!

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon said 8 years ago

    I love that you make time for yourself and your family as well. I have a hard time knowing when to stop sometimes lol. I just joined your fan page! Yay!

  • alwayssunday

    alwayssunday said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring and so lucky that you can keep everything as local as possible. Well done!

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix said 8 years ago

    Always great to hear a success story! Best of luck

  • Stompz

    Stompz said 8 years ago

    Medicare & unemployment? Guess I missed that one. Boy where do I start? Somehow I thought contributions for these were for businesses with employees other than ourselves. Help?

  • Stompz

    Stompz said 8 years ago

    Found something: http://www.inc.com/encyclopedia/self-employment-contributions-act-SECA.html

  • Stompz

    Stompz said 8 years ago

    here's for FICA Self-employed people A tax similar to the FICA tax is imposed on the earnings of self-employed individuals, such as independent contractors and members of a partnership. This tax is imposed not by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act but instead by the Self-Employment Contributions Act of 1954, which is codified as Chapter 2 of Subtitle A of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C. § 1401 through 26 U.S.C. § 1403 (the "SE Tax Act"). Under the SE Tax Act, self-employed people are responsible for the entire percentage of 15.3% (= 12.4% [Soc. Sec.] + 2.9% [Medicare]); however, the 15.3% multiplier is applied to 92.35% of the business's net earnings from self-employment, rather than 100% of the gross earnings; the difference, 7.65%, is half of the 15.3%, and makes the calculation fair in comparison to that of regular (non-self-employed) employees. It does this by adjusting for the fact that employees' 7.65% share of their SE tax is multiplied against a number (their gross income) that does not include the putative "employer's half" of the self-employment tax. In other words, it makes the calculation fair because employees don't get taxed on their employers' contribution of the second half of FICA, therefore self-employed people shouldn't get taxed on the second half of the self-employment tax. Similarly, self-employed people also deduct half of their self-employment tax (schedule SE) from their gross income on the way to arriving at their adjusted gross income (AGI). This levels the amount paid by self-employed persons in comparison to regular employees, who don't pay general income tax on their employers' contribution of the second half of FICA, just as they didn't pay FICA tax on it either.[7][8] These calculations are made on Schedule SE: Self-Employment Tax, although that is not readily apparent to novice self-employed taxpayers, owing to the schedule's rather opaque name, which makes it sound like it is part of the general federal income tax. Some taxpayers have complained that Schedule SE's title should be changed to something such as "Self-Employment FICA Tax", so that its separateness from the general income tax is apparent,[9], perhaps not realizing that the SE tax is not imposed by the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) at all, and that neither SE taxes nor FICA taxes are "income taxes" imposed under Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code.

  • AnastasiaSky

    AnastasiaSky said 8 years ago

    My mom and I used to watch Bob Ross every chance we got. Him and his "Happy little tree" paintings always made me laugh like crazy, and I definitely picked up some tricks along the way. Though I can't say I've ever been all that good at painting, lol. Great post! Definitely inspiring and encouraging to those of us who are just starting out.

  • TwoLovebugs

    TwoLovebugs said 8 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing!

  • GalleonsGold

    GalleonsGold said 8 years ago

    What a fun article. Thanks for sharing. It gives ne inspiration that one day I can stay home with my little one and do more with Etsy!!

  • themonkeyunderground

    themonkeyunderground said 8 years ago

    very cool story! I want a pink bike and one of those darling necklaces!!!

  • MarjonScheffer

    MarjonScheffer said 8 years ago

    Funny, now you all got me curious for this character Bob Ross. I have to Google him, as I didn't grew up in the USA I missed out on his inspiring shows. Dana, you go girl! Great article. I started with my own website to but couldn't get traffic and than bumped into Etsy. Only I am at the start of my Etsy success and it still take all my time. It good to read that you managed to have this successful business and still have time for your daughter and hubby and a little bit for your self. That's my goal for the end of this year.

  • alongtheline

    alongtheline said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the advice, very cute items!

  • IdeasByAmy

    IdeasByAmy said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I've just started my own business, and I can't "shut it off" either...it's too much fun!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Dana ~ and your jewellery is really sweet!

  • danaswove

    danaswove said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Super cute stuff, too. I also want a pink bike!!

  • 1920

    1920 said 8 years ago

    wonderful story! i'm a big fan of Bob Ross as well. love your work.

  • hilobeads

    hilobeads said 8 years ago

    Somewhat awkward question: being an early bird and getting up at 7? I consider myself closer to a night owl and during the week get up between 6 and 6:30 (checking email before going to work included). I find it normal to not be able to "shut it off" :)

  • EyesOfLuana

    EyesOfLuana said 8 years ago

    Loved the story...I did the same thing when I quit my job and started a flower store for 20 yrs,,,,..wished I never let it go....missed it, so here I am again...now in nature photography,,,sometimes it is just in us to work for ourselves....

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 8 years ago

    congratulations! very inspiring story.

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    This is a nice, inspiring story. Thanks for sharing (by the way, a friend also recommended I take up yoga....)

  • VelvetBitchOriginals

    VelvetBitchOriginals said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story! Love your shop too! :)

  • lilithsapothecary

    lilithsapothecary said 8 years ago

    nice!

  • timenlovejewelry

    timenlovejewelry said 8 years ago

    wow! you inspire me! thank you

  • toutourouge

    toutourouge said 8 years ago

    Always inspiring to read these articles, hope to achieve it too one day.... Need to have dreams right!! Keeps you going :) Now, lets create some new stuff!!

  • cushyadornments

    cushyadornments said 8 years ago

    What a brilliant idea! Love your cufflinks!

  • RubyRoadAustralia

    RubyRoadAustralia said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Dana. I understand totally when you say you have to wear all the hats when you are a small business operator and it is hard to switch off!

  • Imagesbylynnann

    Imagesbylynnann said 8 years ago

    Nice story, thanks for sharing. It's nice to see how other Etsians spend thier day! How lucky to live by the beach! Great shop too!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 8 years ago

    Great story Dana! Love your work. Best of luck to you in the future :-)

  • stylesisterstudio

    stylesisterstudio said 8 years ago

    I love maps! Nice work....

  • KMayCreations

    KMayCreations said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration! My Etsy dream is to be featured on Quit Your Day Job, so I love reading about how others did it. Way to go, Dana! Beautiful stuff!

  • marycielo

    marycielo said 8 years ago

    As someone who is working towards setting up my own Etsy shop, this story was very inspirational. I love your products also. Thank you for sharing.

  • vixendesigner

    vixendesigner said 8 years ago

    Very helpful tips! Especially the tax part. Ugh...

  • purplehazebunny

    purplehazebunny said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration...what a great success story!

  • PatsycakeBaby

    PatsycakeBaby said 8 years ago

    thank you for your advice. It is very reassuring to read about your success. I am new to etsy but I am already loving it! I promo my items on fb also and I get so excited when my friends post to their profile! Thank you, and heres to many happy creations!!

  • AquaCherry

    AquaCherry said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story so that we can all be inspired to live the life of our dreams!

  • TheMadMonogram

    TheMadMonogram said 8 years ago

    Your work is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your story! I used to watch Bob Ross as well.. I would try to guess what he was painting before he was finished. I would always be amazed at how he could just throw some paint on the canvas and dab and splotch and smear and do whatever and it always came out to a beautiful picture! Good luck with your business!

  • seababe

    seababe said 8 years ago

    Congrats! I too just quite my day job! No more making coffee for me!

  • JewlieBeads

    JewlieBeads said 8 years ago

    Great story and thank you for the tips! Beautiful work!

  • TheOrganicIntrovert

    TheOrganicIntrovert said 8 years ago

    I loved reading your story! You are an inspiration!

  • tyworld1

    tyworld1 said 8 years ago

    One thing about etsy, advice/information is shared. And its been worth it. Thank you everybody for sharing.

  • DawnJosephine

    DawnJosephine said 8 years ago

    A very inspriational story, especially being a new etsian...Love the 'green' part of the story that Dana rides her bicycle to the post office some days for mailing!

  • BellaEveJewelry

    BellaEveJewelry said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! I absoultely love your work!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 8 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work :) Congratulations. Yay for the bicycle

  • WhineGlass

    WhineGlass said 8 years ago

    Great advice. I am just starting out and I can only hope and aspire to have the same success. I'm very excited and appreciate the words of wisdom!

  • feast4oldeyes

    feast4oldeyes said 8 years ago

    Loved your article, Dana. Truly inspiring. Even with a business & tax liscences...did that; been there, and still no sales on my one-of-akind-purses and handbags site at Etsy. Time to review all the help and how to articles at Etsy. Congrats on your dedication.

  • thefancytail

    thefancytail said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks.

  • Freefred

    Freefred said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing this with everyone. what a positive approach; now I feel motivated to get my act together and re-organize and re-open my Etsy shop. Thanks!!

  • tresameyerdesigns

    tresameyerdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirational story. I'm watching Bob Ross right now! You look very organized with your shipping packages. A great visual and tip to keep those items on hand. Best of luck to you and your family.

  • pasin

    pasin said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 8 years ago

    Very nice work...I feel inspired:)

  • secdus

    secdus said 8 years ago

    I really like reading your article.Your products are inspiring.And your pink bike with this cute basket looks great.Thanks for sharing your life.

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 8 years ago

    Wow! Those map thingies are such a unique fun, idea!

  • 2Martha

    2Martha said 8 years ago

    Very inspirational ... thanks!!!!

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all the helpful information! It's nice to know that maybe one day I to can "Quit my day job"!

  • Morningglories1

    Morningglories1 said 8 years ago

    Very informative with lots of good information. I too watched Bob Ross and all the public broadcasting painting shows and just loved them. I couldn't wait for the work week to end so I could spend my Saturday learning something new about painting. Continued success to you! Thank you for sharing.

  • MppkJewelry

    MppkJewelry said 8 years ago

    Great story! very inspiring. I hope I reach Dana's success. Congrats your jewelry is beautiful and original!

  • EarthAngelClothing

    EarthAngelClothing said 8 years ago

    Great story, very inspiring! Looks like you have a very unique product as well.

  • bewonder

    bewonder said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing. very inspiring.

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 8 years ago

    Great story - thanks for sharing it with us, Dana!

  • ArtistaTree

    ArtistaTree said 8 years ago

    I really love your work! Congrats on all your success :)

  • Countrylady1126

    Countrylady1126 said 8 years ago

    I have been a little doubtful of any success. Your story was wonderful to read and is an inspiration to me. Thank you.

  • bellavintageshop

    bellavintageshop said 8 years ago

    love the map idea, very creative!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 8 years ago

    the maps are amazing

  • Key2Life

    Key2Life said 8 years ago

    Loved the article. Thanks for all the great tips and advice you gave me awhile back about being featured on parents.com Kristina

  • luxandgloom

    luxandgloom said 8 years ago

    great story, very inspirational as someone who just started an etsy shop :)

  • charmeaccessories

    charmeaccessories said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Some great tips and advice.

  • ScrapHouseDesigns

    ScrapHouseDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for an inspiring and informative article!

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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