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Quit Your Day Job: foundling

Feb 1, 2011

by foundling

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve always made things, but I started selling my work several years ago when we moved to Asheville, North Carolina for Stephen’s IT job while I was unemployed. Etsy had just started up and it was the perfect outlet to sell my jewelry.

Tell us about yours and your husband’s previous working situations and how you discovered Etsy.
Stephen worked in IT management for 10 years while I floundered between various restaurant, bookstore and gallery jobs. Stephen claims that I introduced him to Etsy, but I claim that Stephen introduced me.

How did you make the transition into making Etsy both of your full-time jobs?
We planned and prepared for nearly two years. Basically, we whittled away little by little at all the things that we imagined would block us from making this change:

  • We streamlined our expenses and paid off large portions of our debt, made possible through the creation of a budget that we followed religiously on mint.com. We lived with the money we expected instead of what was coming in and created a savings safety net with the remainder.
  • We grew a garden and now we’re excited about homegrown, home cooked meals.
  • We found private health insurance to replace Stephen’s group plan.
  • We now share one mobile phone and one car. It helps that we live close to the downtown area and can walk several places.
  • We listen to the radio and read books more than we watch TV.

You must have a huge collection of vintage ephemera — where are your favorite places to discover new materials?
Thrift stores are a great resource for old books and clothing with great patterns. Asheville has a huge number of antique malls and we love sifting through those as well. It’s true, the studio is jam-packed with old books, maps and fabrics, but the rest of the house is just as full of all the things we find and can’t let go of. It’s a dangerous side effect of our work.

What’s your best marketing tip?
The most effective single thing we do is list often. We use Statsy to schedule our re-listings daily. Love that!

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
The ring stack with a map location and a dictionary word has sold consistently over the years. The new favorite, however, are the monogram charms and necklaces.

 And your most memorable custom request?
We had a request for a piece of jewelry that somehow reflected the idea of space and time — no problem. We had a vintage star map and an old physics textbook just waiting for someone to make such a request.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
There have been a few sad craft shows that we’d rather not repeat. Also, we rented a studio space for a while that cost way too much (we’re back in our basement now). We’re really cautious about making decisions and so far we haven’t made any huge mistakes. We work to squeeze the best out of everything and look for the positive even when things don’t go as well as we hoped.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?

  • Betsy: Understanding what can actually fit into one workday. I expect too much from myself and everybody else, too.
  • Stephen: The transition from drinking coffee in my pajamas to getting down to the studio to start work.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?

  • Betsy:  I love the creative freedom that I have, but I miss having someone else hold the ultimate responsibility for decisions.
  • Stephen: I love being with my wife and dogs every day, rather than the random office people at my old job. The biggest effect this change has had on me has been in terms of my happiness — I spend every day with people I want to be with.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Knowing something won’t get done unless you do it. The weight of that can be pretty stressful.

I’m dying to know, what are the pluses and minuses of working full time with your significant other?
The pluses are spending lots of time together, collaborating on projects and understanding each others’ workload and stresses better than before. This minuses are that we spend a lot of time together…

Good partners in life equal good partners at work. We get to use all of our healthy relationship skills every day like trusting one another, communicating expectations, appreciating our differences and enjoying each other.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself knowing what you know now?
We’d quit our jobs earlier! But having day jobs did some good things for us: it helped us buy our home and become financially secure. The only thing we wish someone would have whispered in our ear is that you have to commit to making changes. We were so excited every time we put another piece of the puzzle together. We wish we’d been more serious about reducing expenses and debt years ago.

Thanks to both Betsy and Stephen for sharing their story. You can see some of their work in the Seller’s Items below.

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208 comments

  • granatina

    granatina said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Best regards!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

    What a great team and a great product! Always great to be reminded about the value of downsizing-- it's good for the pocketbook, the planet, and the soul!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 6 years ago

    Nice! Congratulations, it feels amazing to work for yourself right? Such a scary but so worthy transition. Your space is lovely too, great commute ;)

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Way to go. I just found I lost my Day job, so I will be shooting for full time etsy. Congrats!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Great story! Congrats!!! =)

  • papersparrow

    papersparrow said 6 years ago

    Love this article. Just fyi, the statsy link does not work. I think it supposed to be .org and not .com

  • carousel2

    carousel2 said 6 years ago

    great story :) makes me feel hopeful

  • ShopMichL

    ShopMichL said 6 years ago

    Your jewels are so charming and witty! Great interview, it's so nice to see two people combining love and art (and money, hee hee!) in such a successful way.

  • NavarreCharm

    NavarreCharm said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. And I am a huge fan of the jewelry! XO

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm said 6 years ago

    this is great guys, congrats, and best of luck in the future :)

  • TrulyAesthetic

    TrulyAesthetic said 6 years ago

    Go North Carolina!!! This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing the inns and outs of your success with us :)

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. My husband and I dream of him quitting his job and being able to work from home with me, this gives me a little hope :)

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 6 years ago

    Reducing expenses and debt has to be one of the more challenging road blocks! Thank you for your inspiring story.

  • ChicElegance

    ChicElegance said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, gives me positive motivation. Good luck.

  • providencevintage

    providencevintage said 6 years ago

    It's really awesome to see two people working so intimately together, and sharing their lives. Congratulations!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Your workspace is lovely, interesting to read your story I'd love to be at home more often too!

  • PamelaAngus

    PamelaAngus said 6 years ago

    great article! my husband bought me one of their necklaces for my birthday a few years back :D

  • amyawalters

    amyawalters said 6 years ago

    great article. working with someone you love every day is such a blessing. not spending 8 hours a day with people you don't love is the best thing. good luck to your guys!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • Funkyarns

    Funkyarns said 6 years ago

    Great Story..will be trying some ideas that were high-lighted. Sometimes I have to give different marketing and promoting ideas a couple chances! I feel the line.. something doesn't get done unless you do it! Many different aspects to a home business! You have to be willing to learn it all..marketing, shipping, packaging, and of course the craft You LOVE! Thanks for sharing!

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 6 years ago

    What a great story... It looks that you are perfect for each other :) great collaboration!

  • NorthwestBridal

    NorthwestBridal said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story, thanks for sharing!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 6 years ago

    What a dream come true you are very lucky. Paying off the largest debt is an big endeavor for me. Still trying though. best of luck, love your shop.

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    Great article

  • jordyluxe

    jordyluxe said 6 years ago

    This was a great read. I really feel inspired. (Would love to quit my day job! :)) Btw, the Photo by Foundling is a bad link, goes to etsy.co

  • iamhome

    iamhome said 6 years ago

    we love your story. we are looking forward to the day when our business is our only job. Thank you!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much. I love your story.

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, insightful article. It's great to see how you were able to transition your work lives to a place that fulfills you. Congrats on your accomplishments + success!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    Very lovely jewelry items, congratulations on your business!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Great story!! Congratulations to you both on working towards your dream and acheiving so much!!

  • CarolinaCottage

    CarolinaCottage said 6 years ago

    I've always been a fan of Foundling's work. Nice to learn more about them and how they're making it work full-time.

  • BlissfullyRandom

    BlissfullyRandom said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous partnership . . . thanks so much for sharing your 'inspiring' story!

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 6 years ago

    Great shop, congrats!!!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Great interview! Staying home to do what you love, WITH the people you love is the ultimate dream. Congrats you two!!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 6 years ago

    your story is as lovely as your art

  • moodswing

    moodswing said 6 years ago

    yay!!!! go betsy! go betsy! xo

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Great Article! Great work! Thanks so much for sharing and I wish you continued success! ;)

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue said 6 years ago

    hooray for foudling! way to go, betsy and stephen -- keep up the amazing work :)

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I would say, woohoo, Asheville, but I'm right over the border in SC, so woohoo Carolina mountains! Congrats and best of luck!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 6 years ago

    I have been an admirer of foundling for years. Congrats on all of your success - and thanks for the practical advice.

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 6 years ago

    I love your story and your work :))) Thanks !

  • cybersenora

    cybersenora said 6 years ago

    The best to you both! Your story is a great inspiration!

  • TheCakeStandBoutique

    TheCakeStandBoutique said 6 years ago

    Congrats to you both!

  • Studio30Baby

    Studio30Baby said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! I quit my day job 30 days ago. aaaah! Nervous but people like you show it can be done. Thanks for sharing your story. Awesome tips for cutting back expenses.

  • rose1114

    rose1114 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your accomplishments! What a great article.

  • ChristinaThomasArt

    ChristinaThomasArt said 6 years ago

    I wish you guys all the best! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • RachelleD

    RachelleD said 6 years ago

    You guys look so beautiful together!! Wish you both the best and continued future success:)Great work! *Rachelle

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

    Lots of great advice here. Great feature!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 6 years ago

    I saw your stuff in a boutique in Boston (on centre in Jamaica Plain) and was like, hey, I know them from etsy! very exciting for you guys.

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 6 years ago

    Great advice on down-sizing and spending wisely. What I took away from your story was to eliminate as much debt as possible ---- I really need to work on this because it hangs over my head like a huge gray cloud. I wish you lots of continued success!

  • NathalieVan

    NathalieVan said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop! It's great to know that you have carved a nieche out for yourself and to see that with discipline and organization it is possible to become debt free. Take care and good luck!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    Bravo & congrats !!

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 6 years ago

    Great story, we can definately relate as we have gone through something quite similiar and have simplified our expenses. Except for our mortgage we have no debt, unlike many people we know who work full time.

  • TheAccesoriesNook

    TheAccesoriesNook said 6 years ago

    Great Story and Insights...The Best of Luck to you both on your Future together as Artists :) Great shop.... love your designs!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love this! :)

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful story and really inspiring! Thanks for sharing :)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 6 years ago

    Ha, I totally get that the best thing and the worst thing is seeing each other all the time. Very pretty jewellery, congratulations on the article.

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 6 years ago

    Great artical and many things so true. Thanks for sharing.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story - congratulations! Love your work. :)

  • tfamily5

    tfamily5 said 6 years ago

    Inspiring, love it! I am a jeweler and make personalized stuff also, but I love the different look with yours too. I think I know what I want for mothers day!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story and your advice. Honestly, I think I'd kill my significant other if we had to work together but it's awesome that you all make it work. I need that same person to come into my ear so I can commit to change ;-)

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    I can't wait until I am in your shoes!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    OOPS! Hahaha...I meant whisper into my ear :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Great partnership! Great jewelry and great studio!

  • TheMobileHomeMaker

    TheMobileHomeMaker said 6 years ago

    Went straight to mint.com and signed up LOVE IT! thanks for the inspiration (:

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 6 years ago

    Love your story! Definitely inspiring, thank you so much for sharing. :)

  • ladyhazelvintage

    ladyhazelvintage said 6 years ago

    i have dreams of my husband and i doing something like this. seems like a dream come true!

  • HallOfCats

    HallOfCats said 6 years ago

    Lovely story!! So happy for you both, and thank you for sharing!

  • heidispaws

    heidispaws said 6 years ago

    Great story, Congratulations to you both! The way I'm feeling today at my job...your story gives my inspiration!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for the peek into your lives B and S. I too work with my husband everyday. We share a shop and our car. We are still eating canned and frozen items from our garden last summer. We are lucky to have a pool to jump into on hot summer days. We have worked in our bathing suits together on hot days. I forwarded this blog to him...he said: "they sound like us!" xo

  • sojooriginals

    sojooriginals said 6 years ago

    Your story is so inspirational...many thanks to you and yours for sharing!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    great article and really useful, practical tips. Thank you and all the best on your continued success!

  • PleasantPeninsula

    PleasantPeninsula said 6 years ago

    What a nice story. Congratulations!

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress said 6 years ago

    Thank You! Very inspirational, Yes! So true "if somethings going to get done I am the one who has to do it" ! That is the greatest challenge for me no doubt!!! Reminds me to get a fire going under my toes (and fingers)!Thanks

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    Fabulous product but even better advice on how to find happiness....less can be so much more! Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring us.

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 6 years ago

    Congrats fellow Ashevillian! I've always admired your work, hope I can be in your shoes one day too! =^_^=

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational! Congratulations on your success!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Nice to see an oldtimer in the spotlight! Congrats on making the transition to self employment.

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 6 years ago

    great interview, thanks for sharing !

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story. I have admired your work for quite a while. Best wishes for your continued success. :)

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    Great feature!! I would love to work every day with my hubby too! He always says I wouldn't want to work with him though! haha. I guess he's a real slave master at work! Yikes!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    cool stuff

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 6 years ago

    good article. I quit my job after one year and decided to own my own business, 17 yrs later never looked back, your story is very appealing to many. Wish you all the success

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 6 years ago

    I agree with your business ideas and thinking, so your story makes me feel encouraged. Thanks for sharing.

  • BerthaRose

    BerthaRose said 6 years ago

    Yay for Stephen and Betsy! I know I shouldn't say this, but yours is my favorite jewelry in Asheville. I mean, of course I love everyone equally.

  • LakeViewVintage

    LakeViewVintage said 6 years ago

    I love that you called your dogs "people"!

  • sevinayatesart

    sevinayatesart said 6 years ago

    I love to read stories like this , you make me smile , lovely jewelry from lovely people . YAY thnks for sharing .

  • TheRetroRoad

    TheRetroRoad said 6 years ago

    My husband & I just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, so I love reading about married couples finding success on Etsy. Also love that the dogs are part of the business! :) Best wishes. Hope to get a camping trip in at Pisgah National Forest this fall.

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 6 years ago

    Wonderful items...great story...thanks for sharing! Best of luck xxx

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Love it! :)

  • blushingpixie

    blushingpixie said 6 years ago

    Fabulous story! Stephen, I like what you wrote about getting to spend each day with people you actually like! This is something I am lacking right now!

  • MaybeTheWhiteDog

    MaybeTheWhiteDog said 6 years ago

    What a great story! Thank you for sharing it :-) Wishing you continued success!!

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 6 years ago

    What a great interview! I love their focus on "living on less." I'm reading Your Money or Your Life right now (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1-jumg5hzc), and the whole sharing a cell phone and a car reminds me a lot of it! :) It's a great book and a great life philosophy to stop spending and start living.

  • rbgcolor

    rbgcolor said 6 years ago

    Congrats on a great story. Love the part about working with your significant other - spending tons of time together is indeed a pro *and* a con! Oh, and ditto on the Staty link - it's .org.

  • StyleDezigns

    StyleDezigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, gives me positive motivation. Good luck!!!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    studious

  • allisonwilsonphotos

    allisonwilsonphotos said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story. Thank you for sharing so many helpful tips.

  • tinydreadedthistle

    tinydreadedthistle said 6 years ago

    That is a great story. Inspirational and informative!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    i am very happy for you both and am encouraged that you did some pre planning on the financial side of it...much continued success

  • speckleddog

    speckleddog said 6 years ago

    Great article! You guys are very inspiring! Oh, and I absolutely LOVE Asheville! It's one of my favorite cities. I'm less than an hour away, in Greenville, SC.

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Thanks for including the importance and necessary to build some kind of financial security before quitting your steady-income-day-job. Also, highly impressed with the amount of natural light in your basement! Congrats on your success!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    Lovely to hear your story. Great work.

  • oaties

    oaties said 6 years ago

    uplifting post...

  • grayday

    grayday said 6 years ago

    so inspiring! and I love your work!

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 said 6 years ago

    We both quit our day jobs too (thanks to Etsy!) It's been such a joy to be your own boss and while he is out in his garage studio, I get to stay in my warm studio (in the house) doing what I love, creating and designing new fascinators and headpieces. To anyone selling on Etsy that isn't home fulltime yet - don't give up - you will get there!!

  • Ffotograff

    Ffotograff said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Nice place!!

  • HomespunHappinessByV

    HomespunHappinessByV said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for some great advice!

  • woolbrain

    woolbrain said 6 years ago

    wonderful :0 thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Especially appreciated hearing about hearing how you prepared for the move to full-time Etsy.

  • compassionmalas

    compassionmalas said 6 years ago

    Lovely story. I'd like to hear more tips from you two!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! thanks for share

  • soule

    soule said 6 years ago

    Such an organized studio! Love those wildflower earnings! I've had my eyes on those for a while now!

  • LoveCitron

    LoveCitron said 6 years ago

    This is so inspiring! Your studio space is beautiful. Great inspiration for me as I set up my own studio.

  • withachanceof

    withachanceof said 6 years ago

    foundling was one of the first shops i found on etsy! i love it so much. they're so amazing! ^_^

  • JChia

    JChia said 6 years ago

    Another great Etsy success story! I love reading these. Inspiring!

  • melaniegs32

    melaniegs32 said 6 years ago

    Fabulous story. My mum bought me a delicious Foundling necklace last year which I wore to my wedding, it was perfect. Was at last great to understand the behind the scene story, quite an inspiration.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    such a lovely story :) xox

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 6 years ago

    cheers to the OG's of etsy ~

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    What a very touching story. I love your work too. Truly inspiring!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    Such great advice and wonderful story. Thanks!

  • TheOnly

    TheOnly said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Finger crossed for you, guys!

  • TheMaKuCollection

    TheMaKuCollection said 6 years ago

    I think budgeting wisely is the hardest part of running your own business. It's so nice to finally found something you truly love to do.

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 6 years ago

    So happy you got the debt thing right! It gives one much more freedom. "Have only the things you really want; really want only the things you have." Thank you for sharing your story.

  • jeffreycavelier

    jeffreycavelier said 6 years ago

    I second that! As a freelance illustrator the hardest and most liberating thing is knowing that if you don't do it nobody else will. It's up to you how successful you are willing to be. The only trick is earnest work and lots of it.

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 6 years ago

    Awesome write-up! Love your goodies :-)

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    Fun! Lovely story!

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns said 6 years ago

    Such a great interview! Thank you for mentioning Mint.com, I tried it out and I really like it!

  • chelseavintage

    chelseavintage said 6 years ago

    I love your shop! So creative. I would have loved to sift through all your found items.

  • Vandaleyez

    Vandaleyez said 6 years ago

    How creative and an inspiring story! Your items are great and your studio is fantastic!

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 6 years ago

    your studio space looks awesome! Very inspiring story (and so true what you say about making the decision to commit). Best of luck for the future!!

  • 1848jewelry

    1848jewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article1 I love your work!

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 6 years ago

    we love the wildflower earings.

  • MissHue

    MissHue said 6 years ago

    hope to put my own shop here in etsy! love your work. we have the same idea of recycling and reusing things to make new projects. :)

  • ktowersphotography

    ktowersphotography said 6 years ago

    very inspiring well done

  • RejDesigns

    RejDesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the article - your creations are great.

  • luxoccasions

    luxoccasions said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the Inspiration!

  • JadieCakes

    JadieCakes said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! I love that the jewelry can be so personal with the map pieces! Congrats!

  • HappyMooseGardenArt

    HappyMooseGardenArt said 6 years ago

    Your work is stunning, and this story is very inspiring! (I think it's time for me to check out mint.com :o)

  • stonesartisanjewelry

    stonesartisanjewelry said 6 years ago

    This is one of the best things I've read in a long time -- not only from the creative end of things, but also from pulling a good life together. Maybe I can reduce debt and spending this year...

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 6 years ago

    You inspire us, thank you!

  • CheltenhamRoad

    CheltenhamRoad said 6 years ago

    Thank you very much for sharing your story. Congrats to both of you on your success. Thanks too for the links to Mint and others - very useful. I wish you both continued happiness.

  • foundling

    foundling said 6 years ago

    Thanks, everybody, for the kind comments. We're feeling the big group etsy hug right now!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the success and the wonderful partnership. Wonderful shop.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    You guys have a stunning shop. What you guys have is something I dream of, being with someone who appreciates the handmade/vintage life as much as me. I feel silly but this actually got me choked up a little.

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    I've loved your jewelry, and I appreciate your tips about working with your husband!

  • SiriShop

    SiriShop said 6 years ago

    A dream come true. I hope you the Best.

  • OliveSomeday

    OliveSomeday said 6 years ago

    what a cute shop...

  • happyowl

    happyowl said 6 years ago

    Yay Betsy! This was wonderful to read!

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 6 years ago

    Simplifying life is an ongoing project for me and my family. The simpler things get tho, we are much more happy.

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 6 years ago

    Great to see another NC team doing so well. Hope to see you guys again at the Big Crafty this summer.

  • SwitchDesignsNYC

    SwitchDesignsNYC said 6 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations! What a lovely couple :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your great and very inspiring story with us. You all are truly making it work.

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 6 years ago

    One of my favorite shops ever since I first discovered it probably two years ago. I heart the map stack rings, but everything you do is so lovely! Congrats on the feature!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Foundling was a huge inspiration to me when I opened my first Etsy shop in 2007. This feature is very well deserved and so long overdue. Congratulations and best wishes for long success! Love your work.

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 6 years ago

    I love your jewelry and use it in my treasuries!!! great inspirational story! I hope to follow your footsteps and leave my day job one day!! thank you and congrats!

  • LisaAStavig

    LisaAStavig said 6 years ago

    I am very new to Etsy. So I find your story inspiring me to keep going and stay true to my inner artist and personal vision.

  • flightoftheparcel

    flightoftheparcel said 6 years ago

    Go Foundling! I was wearing three of your stacking rings today and thinking about how your shop has been one of my favs since I Etsy with Jamisson, my first shop. It is wonderful to see you grow!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring

  • eastofedenjewelry

    eastofedenjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great story! I am trying to pay off all my debts and student loans so that way I can focus on finishing my clothing line and diving into Etsy full time.

  • runaroundsuevintage

    runaroundsuevintage said 6 years ago

    So inspiring. Love your product and your story. Thank you xo

  • RetrospectPhoto

    RetrospectPhoto said 6 years ago

    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story. :-)

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I will check out mint.com too, it may be helpful to me!

  • wanderthisway

    wanderthisway said 6 years ago

    What a great and inspiring story, thanks for sharing! I've been coveting your shop for so long now. all the best to both of you! :)

  • WrenFrancesDesigns

    WrenFrancesDesigns said 6 years ago

    I am perfectly inspired.... congratulations to both of you!

  • perebags

    perebags said 6 years ago

    Congrats to you both!

  • AlteredPhotos

    AlteredPhotos said 6 years ago

    Great story! Inspirational in many ways, thanks!

  • Caseysadoption

    Caseysadoption said 6 years ago

    Wow. Great article! Thanks for sharing. And your jewelry is amazing!

  • kateekins85

    kateekins85 said 6 years ago

    Great story! I just started using mint.com, too! Nice to hear that it made a positive difference.

  • Squier

    Squier said 6 years ago

    Inspirational story! I've enjoyed working with my husband for years. :)

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 6 years ago

    Good job!Thanks for sharing your story.

  • NsewFabrics

    NsewFabrics said 6 years ago

    Sooooooo incredibly cute... I just LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sewZinski

    sewZinski said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Love the photo of you two.

  • JewelstoTreasure247

    JewelstoTreasure247 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your story...I'm a newbie and your story has really inspired me. Thanks!

  • camilladesigns

    camilladesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I'm also a newbie and just starting to get the hang of things. It's so funny that Mint.com helped you guys so much! I also find it really useful.

  • camilladesigns

    camilladesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I'm also a newbie and just starting to get the hang of things. It's so funny that Mint.com helped you guys so much! I also find it really useful.

  • BrennaGreenJeans

    BrennaGreenJeans said 6 years ago

    mint.com is awesome, thanks for the helpful link :)

  • puttering

    puttering said 6 years ago

    Hooray for simplifying. . . I have been contemplating having just one cell for my husband and I as well. Hmmm :).

  • 3KatsCrochet

    3KatsCrochet said 6 years ago

    Your story is very inspirational. Thanks for sharing. You give timely advice that even non-crafters can follow!

  • ruddlecottage

    ruddlecottage said 6 years ago

    Just wonderful! Love your work... My Very Best Jayne. ruddlecottage

  • SuePsales

    SuePsales said 6 years ago

    What a great Romance. Like hearing how you two love your creative lives together.

  • osloantiques

    osloantiques said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work and great advice ! We are a self-employed couple so I can relate to your article.

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 6 years ago

    What a great story ! I would love to work with hubbie on a business project, I have the business side and he's the most creative one. Your interview was quite inspiring and thank you so much for links (especially mint.com!). Your studio space is perfect. Much success to both of you for this coming year. Val

  • kmy2728

    kmy2728 said 6 years ago

    What a great, inspiring story!....Thanks for sharing!

  • BUTTONFLOWERS

    BUTTONFLOWERS said 6 years ago

    Yea crafty Asheville!!!!!

  • melida

    melida said 6 years ago

    I just read the article this morning and have been on Mint since! It turned out to be an extremely helpful tip; Thanks for the advice and congratulations on your success!

  • petitus

    petitus said 6 years ago

    love your story , very inspiring thanks

  • CindysJewelryShop

    CindysJewelryShop said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your advice and I love your story. My husband and I worked together full time as antique dealers for about 8 years of our marriage, in the last 4 yrs he went to work full time at a regular job and I run our antique shop. We are now paying debts so when our girls go to college, we can work full time together again, its a great goal. We loved it, like you do! I wish you both the best. I am only nine months old to etsy, and am a part time jewelry maker, trying to sell more on etsy! I work full time in our antique shop in New Harmony, Indiana.

  • HannahsHatBox

    HannahsHatBox said 6 years ago

    Great story, we're trying to work from home too, have an antique shop and hopefully a Bed and Breakfast soon - out of our 1884 octagon house.

  • HannahsHatBox

    HannahsHatBox said 6 years ago

    Great story, we're trying to work from home too, have an antique shop and hopefully a Bed and Breakfast soon - out of our 1884 octagon house.

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 6 years ago

    Wow how lovely to be able to work so well with your life partner. Truly inspiring and a great inspirational story - congratulations.

  • NaturesKnots

    NaturesKnots said 6 years ago

    Great story- words of inspiration for sure

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 6 years ago

    these stories all say the same one thing-plan and do. thanks for sharing.

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! This is so inspiring!

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! This is so inspiring!

  • ThreeSistersPottery

    ThreeSistersPottery said 6 years ago

    Thank you!! Your story has given me a lot of encouragement. Staring is hard and scary!

  • JackPineSavage

    JackPineSavage said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the information and inspiration, we just started our business and hope to soon follow in your footsteps.

  • Thatgirlfromwyoming

    Thatgirlfromwyoming said 6 years ago

    Love your items! Very inspirational.

  • PrissyCrissyJewels

    PrissyCrissyJewels said 6 years ago

    I think it is great the two of you collaborate so well together. Love your items.

  • favfunkyfinds

    favfunkyfinds said 6 years ago

    You both are so inspirational! Your story gives me hope. I absolutely love the part about staying home with your dogs. I consider my two dogs my family too! I love people who really "get that" and aren't afraid to say it. You both rock! I think your success is from your on purpose vision, and whittling away at the obsticals that prevent you from achieving it. Congratulations on achieving your goals!

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 6 years ago

    i love the fact that you work together...looking forward to that someday! thanks for sharing. best of luck!

  • SharCraft

    SharCraft said 6 years ago

    At present I have a store, and I understand her expression of how expensive it is. I am at a place in time that I need to make a decision, weather to keep the store open or to use that money for advertising my site.. Your article was interesting.Thank you for your ideas.

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 6 years ago

    Great post. I too know and understand the dangers of thrift stores!

  • MyDancingElephant

    MyDancingElephant said 6 years ago

    These are wonderful! I am new to the hope that one day I will make that jump as well. Thanks so much, these really get me excited!

  • LadybugSF

    LadybugSF said 6 years ago

    I am so awed by Foundling (Betsy's) artistic transformation. I have been watching her work for years. Loving every minute of it.

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story to know I can look ahead to have an income via the internet.

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 6 years ago

    coolest idea ever

  • MrsKzy

    Andrea Kolaczynski said 3 years ago

    iNSPIRED!!! Feeling extra crafty now... we're newly weds looking to Etsy as an option to create some extra income, perhaps one day - our own full time business! Wish you continued success!

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