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Quit Your Day Job: happyfamily

Aug 24, 2009

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

Lori and Starbuck, the mom and pop behind happyfamily, decided to take the plunge into selling on Etsy full time after a school of dolphins made quite a fuss one day on the beach while the couple was talking about Etsy. With much success, Lori and Starbuck have been able to successfully band together to quit their previous day jobs in graphic design and engineering in order to support themselves and their two children through their Etsy sales. They both agree being their own boss, spending the day together with their children, and having the freedom to take each day one at a time were worth the jump; however, they advise others who are considering the same decision to be mindful that organization and helping hands are key.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Before we were happyfamily, Lori was slinging pixels as a graphic designer in London while Starbuck worked as an engineer in Paris. We soon returned to the U.S., got hitched in Vegas, and suddenly found ourselves really, really bored at work. After taking a community screen printing class, we learned that we could make really cool designs come to life on fabric. We spent many hours designing and printing every scrap of fabric we could get our hands on.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
No, we didn’t know it was possible. Actually, we think a group of dolphins knew before we did! We were at the beach, talking about Etsy with a friend. Suddenly a school of dolphins started jumping around on the horizon. Our wise friend told us that dolphins are a sign of big changes ahead. In that moment we decided selling our tees online would be our “big change.” Sounds kooky but it’s true!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Not really. We’ve owned a retail store in New Orleans for five years and spent many 18-hour days making t-shirts. This taught us how to keep up with customer demand. We are both firm believers that you just can’t prepare for everything in life. We tend to follow our gut instinct in most things we do and somehow everything always works out.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?

  • Twitter has been great (@happyfamilyshop, if you would like to be our friend!).
  • Blogs are fantastic exposure as well. All of those mentions add up and you can build your business one happy customer at a time.
  • We also have lots of word of mouth business, especially from people seeing our birthday shirts at birthday parties and wanting one for their child’s birthday.
  • Etsy itself gives us a 24-hour worldwide audience that has taken us in a whole new direction.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
We haven’t found much to be unsuccessful. You never know who might see what and when. All promotion is good promotion!

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • As the sun comes up, our alarm clock (a.k.a Owen, our 3-year-old) runs in our room and jumps on the bed. Once his 15-month-old brother Evan hears us, our day officially begins! Breakfast is usually waffles or French toast as we check convos and respond to emails.
  • Then it’s a walk to the playground, building train stations, or maybe just chasing each other in circles around the house. Our boys are perfectly content doing any of these activities 7 days a week.
  • Next comes work for one of us. The actual work can be filling orders, cleaning shop, ordering inventory, making phone calls or just about anything that needs to be done.
  • We have a quick lunch (cheese plate al fresco on the patio is a favorite!), then get the boys ready for an afternoon siesta.
  • Naptime brings several hours of uninterrupted work time for both of us. It’s usually spent printing tees and packaging.
  • After naps we visit the local farmers’ market for dinner supplies.
  • At dinner we all talk about our day. Afterward there’s usually one last adventure before bath time, book time, and bedtime.
  • After tucking in Evan with his glow worm and Owen with his frogs, it is back to work for the rest of this happyfamily. We work, work, and work some more and finally call it a night around 1 or 2 a.m. Our days and nights are very, very long — but very fun too — and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Being able to make our own hours and hang out with each other and our kids all day is wonderful. We also appreciate that the sky is the limit for what we can do with our business.  We miss employer sponsored health insurance! Private insurance isn’t for the faint at heart and it’s something you should plan for before you quit your day job.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Parenting and working at the same time is a tough combination. We are a true mom and pop shop.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Organization is very important. You need proper accounting and good records of everything you sell. Advice for someone else — if anyone offers to help, take it. At first we tried to do everything ourselves but learned quickly that a little help can go a long way in making more time for your business.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
We are working on redoing our business website and starting a blog. We want to pay it forward (and backward) by featuring others who make and sell their own products, as well as keep better track of our own lives for our kids to look back on one day.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Ghandi

Thanks to Lori and Starbuck for sharing their story.  Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with them on Wednesday, August 26 at 7 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

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


  • stitchknitsew

    stitchknitsew said 11 years ago

    Great article and very cool shop.

  • nestings

    nestings said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story- thank you!

  • LuLusWoobies

    LuLusWoobies said 11 years ago

    Inspiring success story! Very hard to read the article with those adorable kids everywhere :)

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 11 years ago

    Great work guys! You have beautiful children!

  • MyNaturesArt

    MyNaturesArt said 11 years ago

    Good on you folks! My own dream of being a quit your day job feature will come soon!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 11 years ago

    Awesome! I love happyfamily! xxxoooxxx

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 11 years ago nice to see a family that gets to enjoy their time together! Best of luck to you always :) (beautiful children!)

  • mireillemanuel

    mireillemanuel said 11 years ago

    nice story! really cute children!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 11 years ago

    OMG - just saw your shirt on Sheldon - my fav TV character of all time...and you are my neighbor! Hello from woodstock, GA!

  • LuminousDreamDesigns

    LuminousDreamDesigns said 11 years ago

    lol I agree LuLusWoobies. Great article!

  • BeauAndStella

    BeauAndStella said 11 years ago

    Its the metro3 people! I used to live in New Orleans and LOVE that shop! It was my go-to for any gifts I needed for out-of-towners. Love it! Congrats on your success!

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 11 years ago

    lovely prints & truly inspirational Etsy story- thanks for sharing!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 11 years ago

    Oh my goodness! What an adorable family! Wonderful story too, I love reading these :D

  • foamywader

    foamywader said 11 years ago


  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago

    Such a sweet story! Congrats on your sucess!

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous work guys, and a wonderful story! I think it's awesome that dolphins were the catalyst for your big life change. How awesome! I'm going to look out for signs now when I'm ready for things to shift. We were on a boat in the Caribbean 2 years ago and we had a whole bunch of dolphins (although they called them something else) following us and leaping infront of the boat. It was awe inspiring. Maybe they were trying to deliver a message to someone on board! I'll never watch dolphins without thinking about your story and wondering what the future is about to bring. Congrats - and here's to continued success on etsy!

  • ElfiePins

    ElfiePins said 11 years ago

    toooo cute! I love your stuff!

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 11 years ago

    Great story. Gives me hope that I can do it to!!!

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 11 years ago


  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 11 years ago

    Fantastic, a lovely family and business! Well done!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 11 years ago

    Great article! Congrats!

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 11 years ago

    yay! another inspiring story!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 11 years ago

    best of luck with your great shop and lovely family.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 11 years ago

    great article and great family!1 All the best

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 11 years ago

    I love to see husband and wife teams! Way to go!!!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 11 years ago

    BTW, I saw the episode of Big Bang Theory with your t-rex shirt. Awesome, Awesome!!!

  • hudsonhawke

    hudsonhawke said 11 years ago

    Congrats! Love the happyfamily - and their shop!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 11 years ago

    love your stuff, great to know more about you and your business. congrats.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 11 years ago

    Contrats to happyfamily! great success and thanks for sharing :)

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 11 years ago

    Best wished for continued success! Nothing like a great product and a lot of determination (and a few dolphin messengers)!

  • HoneyThistle

    HoneyThistle said 11 years ago

    wow, congrats on making it work, cute kids too :)

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 11 years ago

    We have two little boys with the same age difference. Thanks so much for sharing your story, it gives me and my husband hope that we can do it too!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 11 years ago

    Love these stories and yours was no exception :) Congrats! It's no small feat raising a family AND running a business and I admire anyone who is able to do both!

  • formandfunktion

    formandfunktion said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring - thanks for all the great tips! You have a great no-nonsense approach.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Congrats!!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 11 years ago

    my fellow silk-screeners:)

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 11 years ago

    Lovely shop and interview!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 11 years ago

    great advice. i couldn't manage paramount vintage without my business partner (and boyfriend). helping hands are definitely the key to success!

  • Morado

    Morado said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring! Best wishes :o) and i must say...such adorable kids

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational... I love to see success stories about families following their dreams! Blessings and magic.

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 11 years ago

    I love reading about parents juggling work around the kids :-) Congrats!

  • kleja

    kleja said 11 years ago

    What a great story and so inspirational. I wish we could all just listen to our instincts like that.

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring. Love it all!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 11 years ago

    Lovely story!! I'm truly inspired by this interview. Thanks for the reminder that we ALL need to be looking for the 'dolphins' in our lives. Best wishes for your family & your Etsy shop.

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 11 years ago

    Really lovely... Thanks for sharing!

  • Nomsa

    Nomsa said 11 years ago

    What adorable children and such a great shop!!

  • RAGGEDedgeGear

    RAGGEDedgeGear said 11 years ago

    my soul smiles :-)

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 11 years ago

    congrats great story.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 11 years ago

    Great article ~ what adorable kids!

  • lalala08

    lalala08 said 11 years ago

    I love them! Go happyfamily!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 11 years ago

    What a nice story!


    KIMMSMITH said 11 years ago

    A really great story, thank you!

  • katsummers

    katsummers said 11 years ago

    What a great very positive!

  • artbymags

    artbymags said 11 years ago

    always loved Metro Three (the shop)... so glad to see y'all are having a successful go of it online on Etsy. still love all your designs! i wish you continued success!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 11 years ago

    I love it! How wonderful for both of you to be able to be at home with the kids :)

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 11 years ago

    I love these inspirational stories and I adore the catalyst for starting after the dolphin sighting

  • edgyapparel

    edgyapparel said 11 years ago

    Wearing one of your tees as I read this article. Good for you to have sold so many tees. Best of luck.

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story -- and how great to be able to spend such quality time with your family. AwwwwwhhhhhH!

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 11 years ago

    What a cute family! Great story.

  • thelooseleaf

    thelooseleaf said 11 years ago

    wonderful, i love heariing this.. its very encouraging!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    here's to continued success!

  • SweetPeaFabrications

    SweetPeaFabrications said 11 years ago

    Love the article - nice family business!

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode said 11 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this article! It is so inspiring. I hear them with the juggle between parenting and business. I am so happy to see their success!

  • creationsnthings

    creationsnthings said 11 years ago

    You Rock!! Great job, great story. I use to do screen printing. It's not as easy as someone may think. As for working from home and spending more time with your will pay you back a thousand fold. Keep up the hard work! And good luck to you!!

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 11 years ago

    awww, i LOVE happyfamily - such a great story & inspiration!

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 11 years ago

    How courageous! I love to hear inspiring success stories. Congrats & keep up the good work!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful story!

  • AugustEve

    AugustEve said 11 years ago

    Good for you guys!

  • cthings

    cthings said 11 years ago

    Congratulations and what a wonderful family!! Wishing your success keeps escalating!

  • ThatSomething

    ThatSomething said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story, adorable family too!

  • aprilmist

    aprilmist said 11 years ago

    wonderful story! The quit your day job series is always so inspirational and these experts offer such good advice from their experiences. Thanks happyfamily for sharing!

  • birdshaveflowers

    birdshaveflowers said 11 years ago

    JUST WHAT I NEEDED! Our family is also looking to do this same thing, with a new baby it might be slow going! VERY COOL ITEMS AND VERY INSPIRING STORY !

  • bananaicecream

    bananaicecream said 11 years ago

    Great story! This is one of the first shops that I saw on Etsy! Best of luck in the future!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 11 years ago

    Thanks happyfamily for sharing your wonderful story. The quit your day job series is always a good morale booster, thanks.

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 11 years ago

    how cool, another very inspirational article!

  • deetsy

    deetsy said 11 years ago

    what a wonderful story! i, too, have been making a go of being an artist and staying at home with my kids (now aged 7 and almost 4). it's really hard work, and it's tough to get things done, but i still wouldn't want it any other way. thanks for sharing your success with us!

  • zoetropa

    zoetropa said 11 years ago

    Aww, they are so sweet. Congratulations to them and all their success as a happy family. :)

  • CustomCoffey

    CustomCoffey said 11 years ago

    Neat to hear about a family who quit their day job!!

  • whiletangerinedreams

    whiletangerinedreams said 11 years ago

    So inspiring, and what a cute family! Plus, Starbuck is the coolest name ever!!

  • ReedmorJewelry

    ReedmorJewelry said 11 years ago

    Congrats! I am wondering how long did it take from the class to quit your day job?

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 11 years ago

    I wish a pod of dolphins would jump and splash as a sign off my future!

  • jpulliam30

    jpulliam30 said 11 years ago

    Your day sounds like mine. I have 2 boys as well. And your shop is awesome!

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 11 years ago

    How cute the kids are! Congrats!

  • candy4me

    candy4me said 11 years ago

    Wow... amazing shop!!! I am sort of a newbie and your shop is the biggest I have seen on etsy... Good luck! Caroline

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 11 years ago

    Very cool shop and such an inspiring story, thanks for sharing.

  • TheArtOfJoy

    TheArtOfJoy said 11 years ago

    I'm off to convince the husband!

  • Elizabethxoxo

    Elizabethxoxo said 11 years ago

    congratulations on quitting your day jobs! Love you shop, and your boys are so cute!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 11 years ago

    Nice story and great tees! Many happy blessings to you!!

  • TheSeed

    TheSeed said 11 years ago

    I've got 2 kids and a business at home too (and private insurance!) and I agree that it can be a long day but it's so worth it!

  • instantcrimson

    instantcrimson said 11 years ago

    great story... your success brings me much hope for the future of my own little business and family - thank you :)

  • JBirdHome

    JBirdHome said 11 years ago

    I love this article- inspiring and helpful. My family wears our happyfamily gear proudly and have given it as gifts as well-- fantastic stuff!

  • Milkshakebaby

    Milkshakebaby said 11 years ago

    I have given one of their bags as a gift and plan to give more items! LOVE the store and this story as inspired me!

  • amber84

    amber84 said 11 years ago

    woah... what's the deal with the comment above me? It looks like a spammer. ANYHOW In regards to this article... I love their shop - it's been a favorite of mine for a while now. :) Congrats!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 11 years ago

    love this shop and wonderful article as always!

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue said 11 years ago

    great article. happyfamily is living the (my) dream! best of luck, and thanks, etsy for featuring such an inspiring story.

  • thecluelesscrafter

    thecluelesscrafter said 11 years ago

    It's so inspiring when a husband and wife team show how meaningful work can be when done together. Etsy, please more stories like this!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 11 years ago

    awww how cool 1 big happyfamily :) adore the shop

  • Berlinski

    Berlinski said 11 years ago

    I LOVE this story! What a lovely team! This is definitely a dream of mine so it's nice to see that it is actually possible! Very inspirational!

  • TuscanBlooms

    TuscanBlooms said 11 years ago

    This is so cool! I hope my shop takes off like yours did!!! and im on twitter too, I think it does help sales... KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK HAPPY FAMILY!!!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 11 years ago

    ive always loved the "grow your own food" t shirt ;)

  • BesemNaturalScents

    BesemNaturalScents said 11 years ago

    Love, love, love these stories--so inspiring! Enjoy your boys and your business!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 11 years ago

    Lovely family ^^

  • AmazingBeading

    AmazingBeading said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring and cute kids!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story.

  • BrazanDesign

    BrazanDesign said 11 years ago

    I love my GROW YOUR OWN FOOD shirt! Good wishes are headed your way!

  • sarahderagon

    sarahderagon said 11 years ago

    i dream of this one day for myself - minus the kids.

  • HoneyBoo

    HoneyBoo said 11 years ago

    Great article, very inspiring!

  • PookieLovesOlives

    PookieLovesOlives said 11 years ago

    Great story and Love your work!!

  • wearthou

    wearthou said 11 years ago

    Nice article!! Very inspiring!! What's with the big chunk of comment above???


    SHOWNPRIDE said 11 years ago

    I love hearing how well others are doing, very nice story. Positive!!!!!

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 11 years ago

    'GoodMorningEveryone' - will you please stop tarnishing our lovely Etsy with your commercial rubbish and leave it to the lovely people who've actually got handmade things to sell? Gorgeous story happyFamilies - made me hope and pray that someday this may be me!

  • evihan

    evihan said 11 years ago

    wowwwww great article...

  • SnowdropsAndDaisies

    SnowdropsAndDaisies said 11 years ago

    Lovely story, what a life... bet it's hard work too though. Wonderful t's BTW. (it is a bit spam-tastic today huh?)

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 11 years ago

    Such an inspiration! Good luck with everything.

  • ForYouDesigns

    ForYouDesigns said 11 years ago

    Super inspiring !! As Mum to two - aged 11 & 7 - it's great to read about how others manage a business and family life. Thanks for sharing :) Cheers, Tasha

  • candaradesign

    candaradesign said 11 years ago

    Great read. We have always had a home based business so we could stay at home with the kids. I am hoping that my etsy shops will provide us all with work now the girls are older and needing work. We are working hard on them and reading about someone elses success is very inspiring and helps us to keep going when sales are slow. Thanks. G xx

  • SewBeans

    SewBeans said 11 years ago

    What an inspiration!

  • Momo71

    Momo71 said 11 years ago

    What an incredible story! Great job happyfamily! I love your products.

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 11 years ago

    Best wishes for more success to happyfamily!

  • MartiArtStudio

    MartiArtStudio said 11 years ago

    I love your story!! What a beautiful life to be able to really raise your kids and be together all the time. I would love to work with my husband, maybe one day! Thanks for all the great advice and for inspiring me!!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 11 years ago

    Great article! I love seeing other families out there doing similar stuff to mine. It's inspiring and encouraging - sharing your story helps other persevere! So, thanks, and best wishes. I hope you sell the snot out of some t-shirts!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 11 years ago

    Wonderful seller feature, beautiful family. Congratulations! The dolphin story is priceless.

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 11 years ago

    So glad to hear that you have time to enjoy your kids and have french toast while doing something that you love!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 11 years ago

    wishing you continued success, I think I may have to snag the 4 T for my son!

  • LittleStudioJewels

    LittleStudioJewels said 11 years ago

    Fabulous, inspiring story, I wish them all the successes they can get :D

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story I love these articles,and your stuff is awesome. Now I need to go to the beach to see if any dolphins give me a sign to bad I live in Indiana maybe I could go down to the river and subsitute catfish.LOL. Wishing you continued luck on your etsy journey.Keep on Keepin on.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 11 years ago


  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 11 years ago

    What a nice, happy family. Thanks for the peek into your lives and best wishes!! You've got your priorities straight.

  • SandrasInnovations

    SandrasInnovations said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring story!

  • photosnotforgotten

    photosnotforgotten said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • SugarPineBoutique

    SugarPineBoutique said 11 years ago

    Super! Love the prints, what an awesome thing to be able to work at what you love! ; ) Kudos!

  • Baggavond

    Baggavond said 11 years ago

    great article!

  • charmschooldesign

    charmschooldesign said 11 years ago

    amazing!! you guys have come such a long way and been such an inspiration for me over the years :)

  • japonicas

    japonicas said 11 years ago

    nothing is better than this! :) truely enjoying crafting and family life! :)

  • Sunsetgirl

    Sunsetgirl said 11 years ago

    A great read! It is so inspiring!

  • RegalCottage

    RegalCottage said 11 years ago

    Lovely article! Thanks for the inspiration. I will be following you on twitter for more inspiration.

  • KayeAtelier

    KayeAtelier said 11 years ago

    Great article!

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 11 years ago

    I love this series - well done guys! x

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 11 years ago

    Love this story and the totally positive energy!! Thanks :)

  • GarageInc

    GarageInc said 11 years ago

    i learn so much with you guys, i hope some day be like you and give up my day job, good luck.

  • OldSchoolPhotoArt

    OldSchoolPhotoArt said 11 years ago

    This kind of story truly inspires.

  • LilBlossoms

    LilBlossoms said 11 years ago

    You two are so inspiring, if only I could get my husband to pitch in! He is so talented making custom furniture for friends... one day :)

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story, cool items, adorable kids. All the best!

  • starvingartistbazaar

    starvingartistbazaar said 11 years ago

    Great interview!

  • heavenlybathsalts

    heavenlybathsalts said 11 years ago

    Wonderful story, lovely pics of your family, and beautiful designs! Best wishes!!

  • fatcrowpress

    fatcrowpress said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring! I am carving and printing like a mad woman building up inventory for shows in the hopes that I will be a quit your day job artist!

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 11 years ago

    Fantastic story guys!! I don't doubt for 1 minute that you're life would be hectic and hard at times especially with the little sleep you get with young kids. Then one day you will wake up and realise you're kids have grown into teenagers, you won't know where the time went but you will both be so proud and grateful that not only did you get to spend that time at home with them but you got paid to do so!! Keep living that happyfamily life...there's truly nothing better!!

  • StudioMo

    StudioMo said 11 years ago

    Really enjoyed ready your article and I love all your designs. I wish you lots of continued luck. Melissa.

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 11 years ago

    Great stuff guys!

  • GarageInc

    GarageInc said 11 years ago

    un sueño hecho realidad...

  • monichelledesigns

    monichelledesigns said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful, inspiring, sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

  • JammyART

    JammyART said 11 years ago

    I love this shop!! Great t-shirts and great article=)

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 11 years ago

    Wow, what a lovely article. Thank you for telling the truth. So many of these etsians featured in the storque say they work 9-4, then a little again at night. Most of us are like you guys. We work, work, work, and then work a little more. You are a wonderful family.

  • perebags

    perebags said 11 years ago

    Fantastic story! Three cheers for those dolphins!!!!

  • perebags

    perebags said 11 years ago

    Fantastic story! Three cheers for those dolphins!!! :)

  • MrTom

    MrTom said 11 years ago

    Great article ~ as somebody famous said "It's never too late to be what you might have been" an inspiration to us all

  • MySolCreations

    MySolCreations said 11 years ago

    What a beautiful family and what inspiration! Thank you.

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 11 years ago

    I've seen the messenger bags before & now I gotta get one! Great story & good luck to you!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 11 years ago

    oh my! love the story behind these great designs. What a lovely family affair. :)

  • folkheirloomsbypaige

    folkheirloomsbypaige said 11 years ago

    awsome story!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 11 years ago

    Love the tees!

  • Lambsears

    Lambsears said 11 years ago

    It's amazing! So many times we want others to just flock to our stores without really working hard for it. This couple works hard and it shows in their sales. Good inspiration! Time to get back to work! :-)

  • bluebirdart

    bluebirdart said 11 years ago

    very inspiring! keep up the great work happyfamily!

  • FernBlossomStudio

    FernBlossomStudio said 11 years ago

    Great story and great inspiration!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 11 years ago

    Love these articles!!! Always inspiring!

  • BratBoutique

    BratBoutique said 11 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for this article!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 11 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • EcoInspired

    EcoInspired said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It's a lovely read. I'm at the very start of my journey into the world of screen-printing and etsy. Feeling inspired and ready for some hard work.

  • Design4u

    Design4u said 11 years ago

    Love this story. Wonderful little family. It's a great upbringing for their boys. Best wishes to them! Thanks for sharing.

  • soapychica

    soapychica said 11 years ago

    This is lovely to see- very inspiring family living the good life!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 11 years ago

    And why shouldn't dolphins determine one's destiny? They are very smart, and they all quit their day jobs, too:)

  • wildcubs

    wildcubs said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring story!

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 11 years ago

    I am amazed that you two can juggle work, kids, home, life together side by side. Truly inspiring. I your shop and your story.

  • cwrightartgallery

    cwrightartgallery said 11 years ago

    Great story !!

  • andtherainfell

    andtherainfell said 11 years ago

    lovely story!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 11 years ago

    Love this story!

  • dsenyo

    dsenyo said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I just committed to blogging once a week. It's already helped me get myself organized and connect with people in cyber space.

  • SimonandRuby

    SimonandRuby said 11 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration.

  • Uniqueartglass

    Uniqueartglass said 11 years ago

    thanks for sharing!!Wonderful story

  • TheAntiquePalette

    TheAntiquePalette said 11 years ago

    Super family with a real neat story, ta!

  • alectonyx

    alectonyx said 11 years ago

    this is inspirational! i hope you still have success for many many years to come. your kids are so cute!!!

  • darcyarts

    darcyarts said 11 years ago

    We love wearing your Grow your Own Food T shirt! Thanks!

  • jennifermagnesi

    jennifermagnesi said 11 years ago

    So inspiring! I am showing this to my husband right now :)

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 11 years ago

    Wow, to many things to do. Good luck for your beautiful family

  • janeheller

    janeheller said 11 years ago

    Fantastic inspiration - thanks

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 11 years ago

    Wow, that's such an inspiring story and gives me hope. I love the dolphins' input :) Wishing you guys all the best.

  • jillaphillips

    jillaphillips said 11 years ago

    I have purchased a few shirts and keep coming back. Today I purchased a shirt for my son's second birthday. He was sporting one of their "1" shirts on his first birthday. It's a new tradition! Love the shirts, the shop, the sellers and now, the story!

  • muzie5

    muzie5 said 11 years ago

    Great article! I love the birthday shirt idea! - For All Your Baby Needs!

  • MyPatternedMind

    MyPatternedMind said 11 years ago

    Just loooove the Dina Camera and the Vintage Fleur!

  • tcbempowered

    tcbempowered said 11 years ago

    Great story. Very inspirational. Hope to visit your NO shop soon.

  • missorangeshop

    missorangeshop said 11 years ago

    Great story ... Your designs are really cool!

  • thedarkerberry

    thedarkerberry said 11 years ago

    this story was very insightful and inspiring. Thanks!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 10 years ago

    Great story. I love the "Grow your own Food" shirt... considering buying a few!

  • link2jamai

    link2jamai said 10 years ago

    Wow!... It's good to see how seccesfull Etsy can be.

  • caitlinjacokes

    Caitlin Jacokes said 8 years ago

    Its been 10 days since it says my order has shipped, should i be concerned?

  • leeleesimmons

    leeleesimmons said 8 years ago

    inspired by your attitude to life. Thank you.

  • HomeStudio

    Stef and Mark from HomeStudio said 7 years ago

    What ever happened to them?

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