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Quit Your Day Job: idlehandsdesigns

Sep 7, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Lyndsay of idlehandsdesigns, a self-taught silversmith, knew she wanted to develop jewelry making into her full-time gig but waited until the time was right, financially. To pay the bills, she held managerial positions in the skate and snowboard industry and the medical makeup field! Since quitting her day job, she’s enjoying a slower-paced life and is setting new goals with the growing success of her Etsy shop.

It sounds like you held some pretty eclectic jobs in the past. What’s the backstory?
I started working full time in high school and became a manager of a board shop at 19. (So I guess being responsible squashed my creativity there, for a while. But it’s cool ’cause I got it back!) I spent my twenties working my way through the skate and snowboard industry, learning from great minds. I had the chance to travel representing some awesome brands. I was dealing with horrible acne and eczema at the time, and I began a quest to heal my skin holistically. That led me to pursue aesthetics. It was super rewarding to help others with their skin. I became a trainer and territory business manager for a Canadian medical makeup line. All the years spent running others’ businesses provided me with the skills to start my own.

How did you originally get into jewelry making?
My sister and I would make jewelry all summer while my father counseled at summer camps, and I’ve always made my own pieces. Shopping for vintage items and frequenting thrift stores with my grandma has inspired much of my style. I started working with reused materials — taking something old and making it new. In 2005 I got to know metal and enrolled in a silversmithing design course. Short of that course I am completely self-taught.

The program worked with basic mediums, including precious metal clay, which resulted in sculpting the first sutured heart as my class project. I made a necklace and wore it to work; my friend Alicia asked if I would make her another and I have been mending broken hearts ever since.

Your sutured heart line is so popular. What’s the key?
One of the best decisions I made last year was to rework my signature piece and present a more affordable variation. The classic sutured heart was $130, and with the doom around the economy I knew that limited my customers. Now I have eight different options and a price range of $50 – $152.

When you first started selling on Etsy, was your goal to quit your day job?
Yes, but I wasn’t in any hurry. With a mortgage to pay I didn’t want to be in the position that I needed to sell my jewelry. I continued with my day job until I basically couldn’t handle both anymore. When I found myself cannibalizing my makeup kit for art supplies, I knew it was time.

When I left my job in 2009 — well, I gotta admit I felt a little bit-o-crazy. People were being laid off left and right and I was dancing off into the sunset to make jewelry. But everyone was really supportive. My husband and I really trimmed down our lifestyle and are happy to only require one car now!

What are your best marketing tips?

  1. Great customer service is key. Focusing on the quality of my product, communication and the overall experience has worked out.
  2. I know that winning back each customer with important features is crucial to keeping momentum rolling.
  3. I frequent Facebook and really enjoy building relationships with my customers and friends on my page. Fans enjoy free shipping and exclusive specials. It’s also a place were I share photos inside my studio and life.
  4. I picked up a practice from when I worked at a major retailer that started here in the Pacific Northwest — that you should walk your customer’s purchase around the counter, not passing it over. I’ve carried that service philosophy on to my own business and don’t stop at the sale to win my customers over, like adding personal touches to make sure their package is fun to open.

You seem to always be on the verge of the next big trend. What makes the mustaches, owls, and vampires so irresistible?
Well, vampires are sexy, and all three only get better with age. I’ve always frowned upon trends and almost didn’t pursue my metal mustache visions for that reason, but I’m really glad that I did. It’s so much fun to meet people all over the world and make them a fancy mustache!

What’s a day in the life of idlehandsdesigns look like?

  • My day starts somewhere between 8 and 9 a.m. I roll out of bed and check out Etsy’s Finds on my phone. Coffee is a must! I’m a zombie in the a.m.
  • Music is a constant source of inspiration around our house. The mix starts pretty mellow, like folk or something, and evolves into nerd-core later.
  • After spending some quality time with my computer, replying to emails and communicating with customers, I enjoy an early walk with my two crazy sidekicks: Boston terriers Ruby Sue and PJ. We are blessed to live near a beautiful creek and trail that brings me constant inspiration and clarity.
  • Lately there are two squirrels that I’ve been feeding outside my studio, and that reminds me to also feed my husband and myself.
  • After that I spend 2-6 hours fondling the metal in my studio. A good portion of my business is made to order and I always have a special ring in the works.
  • Twice a week I ship out orders. On those days the majority of my time and energy is spent gift wrapping and packing. One of the two days I walk to the post office; it’s really relaxing.
  • I’m on my computer throughout the day and night spanning time in Etsyland, blogs and Facebook. I really couldn’t tell you how much time that adds up to in a day. I don’t even want to know myself.
  • At dusk we take a family walk.
  • I come alive at night and have a hard time winding down before 2 a.m. We break for family, shows and crusty vegan joints!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy a slower pace of life. In my previous position I would travel and visit multiple stores (at the mall, yuk!) and would be sent as far as Omaha. There wasn’t much energy for idle hands after all of that. Etsy has brought everything together for me. It’s also the reason “quality of life” entered my vocabulary this year! Anything I miss? Well, I have a sweet collection of vintage dresses and don’t get to wear ’em as much these days.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The amount of work involved. It’s really hard to know when to wrap it up. I expect a lot of myself and set big goals. I’m trying to enjoy my accomplishments more lately. I also had to learn how to say no to some things. Being a people pleaser, that was hard to accept at first.

What can we expect for the future of your jewelry line?
Currently I’m a one lady operation, but I’m looking for an intern. It’s kind of crazy how quickly things have grown. Last year around this time I was doing odd jobs like delivering food and makeup. Now in order to keep up with the demand I need some helping hands. I’m really excited to see what is in store and take idle hands to the next level. My husband, Nick of Behrens Films, and I have started capturing footage inside my studio for a video to share with you all.



Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

  • Fairly Enchanted: Her monster hats are amazing and make the best presents!
  • Calendar Girl Vintage: I bought my wedding dress from them. Sometimes I find myself browsing through their dresses and daydreaming about places I could wear them.
  • Made by Moxie: I just got some of her DIY kits to make with my family.
  • Bean Town: PJ won’t stop talking about getting one of their sweaters for fall.
  • Rubbernecker: I’m a sucker for Bostons!

Any additional words of wisdom?
Set realistic goals and celebrate your accomplishments. Take advantage of all the amazing tools and support that Etsy has to offer! Thank you to Rokali for thinking up this sweet site that has totally changed my life! And thank you to all that have featured my work! The support within this community constantly amazes me

Thanks to Lyndsay for sharing her story. You can see some of Lyndsays work in the Seller’s Items below.

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201 comments

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 7 years ago

    Way to go lady! I'm so happy to see you up here :) Lovely jewelry and so-very-incredibly well made!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 7 years ago

    Another great inspirational story!

  • TiffanyMorganDesigns

    TiffanyMorganDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Thanks so much. Love your stuff too.

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    nice! love the heart pieces!

  • oversoul

    oversoul said 7 years ago

    idlehandsdesigns, i really love your art! its gorgeous and has a cool, raw look. peace & abundance, cj

  • SewBeans

    SewBeans said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Very cool studio space! It really seems to compliment your work.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Have loved Lyndsay's shop since I first came to Etsy. The owls are fabulous!

  • ekra

    ekra said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thanks for sharing!

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful article!!!! CONGRATS IDLEHANDSDESIGNS!!!!!

  • JiruMess

    JiruMess said 7 years ago

    Love your items! Thank you for sharing.

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Idlehandsdesigns, and continue the great work!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    What an awesome story Lyndsay! And such lovely pieces. I too love to think that everything I'm doing currently, though I often wrinkle my nose at it, is just a stepping stone toward where I want to be someday. That's awesome that you had so much experience with managing shops and can now apply it toward your own business. Best wishes on continued success!

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 7 years ago

    LOVE your items! Your story is very inspirational, and realistic. I'm still working towards a day when I can walk away from the steady paycheck to make my own schedules :-) Thank you for sharing your story!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    The jewelry is beautiful and I love how you have your own unique style to your work.

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna said 7 years ago

    love your hearts and your story! i'm just getting started here at etsy, so this was an inspiration :)

  • Velvetmanna

    Velvetmanna said 7 years ago

    love your hearts and your story! inspirational story for one who is just getting started. thanx!

  • laurabailliedesigns

    laurabailliedesigns said 7 years ago

    A great interview and beautiful pieces of jewellery. Thanks for sharing!

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    It's so great to share! Thanks Mary for this opportunity.

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories said 7 years ago

    Love the rustic feel of all your creations! Inspiring story for those of us who love to make things!

  • BellaLili

    BellaLili said 7 years ago

    Great article. I love reading these kind of things.

  • seragun

    seragun said 7 years ago

    Great works

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your hard work paying for you!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 7 years ago

    mary, very cool story and tips for us etsians...alot of success to you lyndsay and thanks!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 7 years ago

    enjoyed getting to know you a little better. wishing you continued success!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 7 years ago

    Sweet ! Congrats on making it work for you . Appreciate the tips !

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 7 years ago

    LOVED this article, such a great story!

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    Oh wow. Very talented and inspirational story! Thanks for sharing.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! You have such a beautiful shop full of wonderful treasures.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    I like reading about these little success stories and seeing the actual erson behind the shop. very cool series.

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Great story! Congrats!!! :)

  • inthewineroom

    inthewineroom said 7 years ago

    Interesting and wonderful story (and life!)

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace said 7 years ago

    So good, I agree customer service is key to those repeat sales. I make sure I speak to every customer as if they are standing in my brick and mortar getting the best service possible not to mention special packaging for each order that goes out. Customers keep us alive, why not treat them with the best of respect.

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 7 years ago

    So unique and creative!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Wonderful picks and story:O)

  • artbyaimeejoy

    artbyaimeejoy said 7 years ago

    Unique jewelry, great story!

  • TStyles

    TStyles said 7 years ago

    beautiful shop and jewelery, great story

  • RabbitfishJewelry

    RabbitfishJewelry said 7 years ago

    Great story and great advice! Thanks!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

    What a great story, and such diverse talents! Congratulations, Lyndsay

  • ecoblingcouture

    ecoblingcouture said 7 years ago

    WONDERFUL store! And from Seattle to! YAYYYY

  • LithoChic

    LithoChic said 7 years ago

    You are very talented... Thank you for sharing your tips

  • WhiteInk

    WhiteInk said 7 years ago

    Love your work :) well done! I'd like to dance into the sunset like you one day. All the best!

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 7 years ago

    Love the jewellery and very inspiring article - thanks!

  • cwharton85

    cwharton85 said 7 years ago

    I'm new to the Etsy community and really enjoyed your story. I relish the advice! Sounds like you live in a beautiful place and I love your metal work. Can't wait to see more.... :)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 7 years ago

    Another great Etsy success, thanks for sharing your story. Oh, and your stuff is cool.

  • theninthstitch

    theninthstitch said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and great jewellery too!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Great designs! Love the innovative-ness! LeafandInk

  • kodashii88

    kodashii88 said 7 years ago

    Lyndsay's shop has been one of my faves for a while now. I love seeing the artists i have admired along the way make their dreams into realities. Well done!

  • AronaWalsh

    AronaWalsh said 7 years ago

    I love your stuff...what a great story too!

  • HighStrungBead

    HighStrungBead said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Fabulous story, thank you for sharing! I love your owl rings!

  • PatinaArtsAlchemy

    PatinaArtsAlchemy said 7 years ago

    You have your own trademark style! I wish you continued success - thanks for the glimpse into your Etsy life!

  • DashleyDesigns

    DashleyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success :) I LOVE YOUR JEWELRY!

  • LittleGrayFox

    LittleGrayFox said 7 years ago

    congrats on the feature!! I saw you at the UCU summer show and I really love your stuff! Moxies kits are awesome, great recommendation! :)

  • imakecutestuff

    imakecutestuff said 7 years ago

    Yay Lyndsay! Great article about a great lady! Congratulations! :D

  • treasuredarling

    treasuredarling said 7 years ago

    Great story, congrats!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    I just love her items! Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 7 years ago

    Interesting jewelry! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • RLovely

    RLovely said 7 years ago

    Keep wearing those vintage dresses, even if you do stay home most of the day! Neat story!

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 7 years ago

    Hi Lyndsay, I'm Ginger's sister, one of the Mourning Market Widows! Congratulations on your feature, you deserve it! I think you've also just inspired me to take some metalsmithing classes very soon....hehe..... Rock on! Heidi

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success!!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    Lovely shop:)

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the comments & encouragement!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy reading the Quit Your Day Job series : )

  • MyJewelryParadise

    MyJewelryParadise said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on all your success, you deserve it!

  • Pokerladies

    Pokerladies said 7 years ago

    Lyndsay I am SOOOOOO proud of you!! This girl is THE best!! You totally inspire me love! We need to hang out! Ginger

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    I am so happy for you that you get to enjoy your "slower pace of life". Thanks for the advice to set realistic goals and celebrate accomplishments...that's something I need to work on also. Congrats!

  • vermontbranchcompany

    vermontbranchcompany said 7 years ago

    I love reading these success stories. Our family is just about there too.

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. Continued success to you.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Congrats Lindsay! I've been a "hearter" of yours for a long time. I just love your designs and I'm very happy to hear you've quit the day job... I'm yearning for the day. Someday I'll be brave enough to do it.

  • Jonesing4Jewelry

    Jonesing4Jewelry said 7 years ago

    Love this article

  • nudeedudee

    nudeedudee said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Lady! Your designs are fabulous, keep up the great work!

  • DreadfulDesigns

    DreadfulDesigns said 7 years ago

    So over joyed for Lyndsay! Both she and her marvelous silver pieces are great works of art. Congrats!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 7 years ago

    Reading about your life style helped me to understand my daughter's need to create silver jewelry instead of working nine to five like most of the world. Thank you for that.

  • theastarr

    theastarr said 7 years ago

    woot woot! i love idlehandsdesigns!!! great feature!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 7 years ago

    Congrats you give hope to us Newbies

  • Kitcameo

    Kitcameo said 7 years ago

    Congrats to a fellow Dark Side Team member!! This is an awesome feature!

  • Room3designs

    Room3designs said 7 years ago

    WOOOHOOOO.....so happy to see you profiled here. You so deserve it.

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 7 years ago

    Congras! Great story!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 7 years ago

    What a great interview. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago

    Lovely work! Thanks for sharing!

  • FoldedFancy

    FoldedFancy said 7 years ago

    What a great story! I walked away from my day job 3 years ago and find owning my own business much more rewarding. This just inspires me to keep going.

  • CCrafters

    CCrafters said 7 years ago

    Great story.

  • CustomZombie

    CustomZombie said 7 years ago

    Fantastic, inspiring story! Lyndsay has got to be one of the nicest sellers on Etsy (and let's not forget extremely talented!) and her success is well deserved!

  • MWhiteArtPhoto

    MWhiteArtPhoto said 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring! I love your mustache necklace!!

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 7 years ago

    Wow, this jewlery is really beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Love her store!

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 7 years ago

    Thank you for writing such an inspirational article. Best of luck to you for your continued success! Your work is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • QuigonHandmades

    QuigonHandmades said 7 years ago

    So inspiring, and I love, love, love your shop!

  • DawnAliceDesigns

    DawnAliceDesigns said 7 years ago

    How wonderful! Congratulations!

  • cbarron3412

    cbarron3412 said 7 years ago

    So nice to read a truly inspiring story about you! Congratulations!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Wow gorgeous work, you are very talented, congratulations on the feature too!! I love the aged, oxidized look you specialize in.

  • IndyGrrrlProductions

    IndyGrrrlProductions said 7 years ago

    Love the shop!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 7 years ago

    Awesome and Congrats!!! I like what you shared, being able quit your day job and work from home...awesome!!! I'm getting ready to do the same. Keep up the GREAT WORK.

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Awesomeness!

  • happyuser

    happyuser said 7 years ago

    I need the courage to sell all my vintage collections. I wish we had a metal works teaching facility here. I am so inspired to see a young woman experiencing her bliss. That is maybe what etsy does for all u sellers- lets you sell your bliss! Amazed by every seller I meet through buying. Addiction to etsy is easy as I love to see creative minds come to one place and admire vintage resurgence!

  • JL67

    JL67 said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for the inspiration! LOVE your shop! :)

  • blushingpixie

    blushingpixie said 7 years ago

    Good for you for having the guts to take the plunge! I battle with these thoughts often. I don't do a lot of online sales but I do great at shows. I just don't know if I am ready to give up that steady pay and focus on what I love! The line you said about waiting until you couldn't juglle both the job and the business anymore really helped me out. I am not at that point yet but amd sure looking forward to it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    Yay! Another lovely interview. :)

  • KristinaandJenney

    KristinaandJenney said 7 years ago

    Love the garnet ring! Very vampire-ish! :)

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful read! Here's to continued success~

  • UNIQUELYBLAIR

    UNIQUELYBLAIR said 7 years ago

    Good for you! You do beautiful work! I hope to chat with you. I am new on here. I am jealous but I still have to work!!! I have not figured out how to get my jewelry out there.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    Lovely and unique work!

  • RedRobinArt

    RedRobinArt said 7 years ago

    Many thanks for allowing all of us peek at your private studio, Lyndsay! I love your raw and elegant style. Love the owls and Whoo owl rings!

  • amitiedesigns

    amitiedesigns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!!! Wish to do the same soon! :0) Best Wishes

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    What a great story & journey...thank u for sharing it! U'r owl rings are so cool! Horray for the lovely Pacific Northwest, so many amazing ETSY artists here. Congrats!

  • monatao

    monatao said 7 years ago

    you inspire me! great creative, great history, thanks!!

  • PaperPicker

    PaperPicker said 7 years ago

    lovely designs.

  • lynntodddesigns

    lynntodddesigns said 7 years ago

    those sutured hearts are the greatest... congrats!

  • laurrose

    laurrose said 7 years ago

    Great story...congratulations! I love the mustaches :-) p.s. I would rock those vintage dresses wherever I pleased :-)

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 7 years ago

    I've been drooling over that Joy Division heart for some time now. Great to see a "darker" artist featured as part of this series!

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Story Congrats!!! :)

  • emileetaylor

    emileetaylor said 7 years ago

    Great stuff, check mine out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/emileetaylor !

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    I still rock the dresses just not when I'm in the studio... kinda of messy the work I do.

  • SewBelles

    SewBelles said 7 years ago

    Great story and jewelry - thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to someday quiting my day job too. Best of luck to you!

  • SewBelles

    SewBelles said 7 years ago

    Great story and jewelry - thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to quiting my day job too.... someday. Best of luck to you for your continued success!

  • rushcreekmosaics

    rushcreekmosaics said 7 years ago

    You have it together - so young & successful!! YOU are driving the bus!! Inspiration for all of us! Keep it up:-)

  • jcharich2002

    jcharich2002 said 7 years ago

    Very nice. I enjoyed reading your blog!

  • muhgracie

    muhgracie said 7 years ago

    congrats idlehandsdesigns!!!! <3 the time, effort and work you put into making your dreams a reality. ppsstttt!!!! hey everyone! check out my shop, at: www.muhgracie.etsy.com Gracie EARLY BIRDIE STUDIOS www.muhgracie.etsy.com

  • joclothing

    joclothing said 7 years ago

    so inspiring! beautiful work!

  • loriaaron

    loriaaron said 7 years ago

    I own the Party monster ring and it is the most gorgeous funky well made ring you will find. Lyndsay's craftmanship and creativity shows in her pieces....love your work babe!!!!!!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    awesome work and a dream come true! congrats to you!

  • WhatIfPhotography

    WhatIfPhotography said 7 years ago

    so inspiring! All the best Lyndsay - keep enjoying the journey!

  • LiahLovesLuna

    LiahLovesLuna said 7 years ago

    Lovin your inspiration! Feelin it comin my way! Crazy year for me and it's about time for Etsy to be a major part of my life again! Maybe I stumbled upon your inspiring words for a reason today! :) Keep up the wicked awesome pieces!

  • idlehandsdesigns

    idlehandsdesigns said 7 years ago

    That's so great Liah! Wish you success along your journey ::)

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 7 years ago

    Awesome! An inspiring story -- and great work. I've seen Lyndsay's pieces in person and they are stunning.

  • FrenchElegantjewelry

    FrenchElegantjewelry said 7 years ago

    COngratulations You have great jewelry.

  • Sahetah

    Sahetah said 7 years ago

    This was a very inspirational post! Thank you for that, it was definitly uplifting. I feel like grabing a coffee, blaring the music and getting to work! XD

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 7 years ago

    Awesome awesome awesome...love your work, love your story! Congrats!

  • pennymasquerade

    pennymasquerade said 7 years ago

    Love this so much! Congratulations on your success!

  • VintedgeUK

    VintedgeUK said 7 years ago

    What an inspiration, Thanks for sharing x

  • LolaFalkDesigns

    LolaFalkDesigns said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry and very inspiring story!

  • AcuteDesigns

    AcuteDesigns said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring read. I hope to be in her position within a year (needing helping hands). I am quitting my day job in less than 2 months and I am so excited to start living and working for myself...doing what I love!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 7 years ago

    Fantastic read and beautiful jewelry! Congratulations to you!

  • NaughtyNaughty

    NaughtyNaughty said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • bibliographica

    bibliographica said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful read! Inspiring too. Your work is truly beautiful! :)

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 7 years ago

    Oh my she makes heart throbbing pieces! I someday would love to design.

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your successes and quitting your day job! I just did that very thing this week, so reading your story is fantastic! You have beautiful and detailed work! Truly stunning! It takes a lot to make that move, and you did it smartly! I too waited until handling both became impossible! I will be keeping an eye on your shop for future purchases! So much talent! I love it all! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    ...just realized you are already in my faves & I featured you in one of my first treasury easts! Again, brilliant work! You have so much to be proud of! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 7 years ago

    I love your story, and great shop!! Many congrats on all of your successes!

  • jenijewels

    jenijewels said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love your jewelry!

  • ElderArc

    ElderArc said 7 years ago

    Wonderful jewelry! One day I will realize my dream of metalsmithing... one day. :) Great feature!

  • TheSavvyShopper1

    TheSavvyShopper1 said 7 years ago

    It's the inspirational features that keep me going!

  • BigLittle

    BigLittle said 7 years ago

    I love reading about artisans who have made their dreams come true, and managed to subscribe to a different pace of life. What I find inspiring about your story is that it sounds very realistic and achievable. Many congratulations to you and may you have continued success in the future.

  • sesenarts

    sesenarts said 7 years ago

    What beautiful photography and wise words. Off to be productive.

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Love your story! Continued success to you in the future :)

  • thepaintedhand

    thepaintedhand said 7 years ago

    another great inspiration!

  • tladesigns

    tladesigns said 7 years ago

    Love this story....good luck with your obviously successful future!!! :) I LOVE the mustaches!!!!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 7 years ago

    great work and wonderful photos too

  • DelicateDaisy

    DelicateDaisy said 7 years ago

    wonderful inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your story!!

  • rawolive

    rawolive said 7 years ago

    fabulous story! I think I need one of those rainbow moonstone rings...

  • Brazenbags

    Brazenbags said 7 years ago

    Your jewelry is amazing! Wishing you loads of success!

  • CounterFitCakes

    CounterFitCakes said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharring!!

  • CherryRedStudio

    CherryRedStudio said 7 years ago

    congrats on being able to quit your day job! lovely jewelry :)

  • Rosalinart

    Rosalinart said 7 years ago

    Congratulations your story is amazing !!!!!!!!!! An your jewelry is very original

  • LaughingMoonCreation

    LaughingMoonCreation said 7 years ago

    Great and interesting article. I love how we get a little peek inside your life and creative process. It is also nice to feel kindred with an artist who's life and artistic process mirrors much the same as my own. Except my dog is a huge yellow lab. I adore the owls, your true blood rings and well everything in your shop. Congrats.

  • dandeliondaydreamer

    dandeliondaydreamer said 7 years ago

    Inspirational! I love how you just went for it! Congrats and keep up the great work :)

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 7 years ago

    Who would have thought sutured hearts could look so pretty?! Very honest story, many congratulations. :)

  • ckpoodles

    ckpoodles said 7 years ago

    Lyndsay what a great story!! Best of luck to you....Tapping into your enter self and letting it happen. It is a wonderful feeling!!!!!

  • kokadots

    kokadots said 7 years ago

    Always inspiring to hear about success! Good for you and keep on going!

  • 116Roselaine

    116Roselaine said 7 years ago

    You're an inspiration! Congratulations and thank you!

  • paperannie

    paperannie said 7 years ago

    I love reading about people who have MADE IT in the arts and crafts business. You are an inspiration for sure. Keep up the great work.

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

    My favorite read is always quit your day job where once you're finished being inspired you can dream! Oh and then get back to work! Congratulations! Not only are you a great silversmith but you're helping the rest of us with your story. Thanks for sharing.

  • PBandJdesign

    PBandJdesign said 7 years ago

    Inspirational stories like this make the whole Etsy thing worthwhile (as I still wait for that elusive success!!!) =)

  • nrjewel7

    nrjewel7 said 7 years ago

    great article and very inspiring. I hope to be as successful someday. thanks for sharing.

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 7 years ago

    I love reading quit your day job, also. It is such an inspiration. You have lovely pieces and I will use your suggestions. Thank you!

  • EdgeInspired

    EdgeInspired said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!! So very inspiring :) Your work is wonderful!! Wishing you every success in the future!! *dreams of quitting the day job* :)

  • palafoxstudio23

    palafoxstudio23 said 7 years ago

    thanks for sharing the story of your work, fabulous!! : )

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your story!

  • JessJewelryStudio

    JessJewelryStudio said 7 years ago

    very inspiring. I have just started to really make my jewelry more of a priority in my life. It is my true love. I really enjoyed reading this.

  • decomposingpictures

    decomposingpictures said 7 years ago

    ruby, pj and I are really proud of you babe! watch out for her video that we're working on... muahahahah.

  • freemoment

    freemoment said 7 years ago

    Love your story and thanks for sharing!

  • CompAndHandDone

    CompAndHandDone said 7 years ago

    I am glad for you!

  • Smadars

    Smadars said 7 years ago

    great story ,very inspiring. I love your work :)

  • NestedYellow

    NestedYellow said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring interview! Love your heart design! Your walks along the creek with your two Bostons sounds so lovely. Congrats!

  • parkerssparkles

    parkerssparkles said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Great, inspiring interview. Quitting your day job-priceless! (My dream :))

  • DangelicaDesigns

    DangelicaDesigns said 7 years ago

    Wow!! Congrats on a great story & business. I'm just starting this new jewelry making career after retiring from teaching music in Philly for almost 31 years! I hope I can become as successful as you although not THAT busy!! I think I'd like a little down time now!

  • nkolika

    nkolika said 7 years ago

    CONGRATS!!!! You make it all sound so easy but I know it takes a lot of physical and psychological strain to get to where you are. Your work also speaks for itself and it sure does stand out. Do keep up the good work and All the very best.

  • Galavant

    Galavant said 7 years ago

    Lovely work - well done! I like how you have included customer feedback in your listings...good thinking!

  • catonasilverspoon

    catonasilverspoon said 7 years ago

    beautiful work! i like the honesty when it came to describing your sceduale! i imagined going full time creating would be all fun and games, but now im seeing how much more work is involved, even then its gotta be worth it. love you work alex

  • makingthishome

    makingthishome said 7 years ago

    I think this is one of my favorite "quit your job" interviews. I think so many of us struggle with knowing when to "wrap it up". Beautiful thoughts - thank you.

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 7 years ago

    way to go, thanks for sharing!!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 7 years ago

    Lyndsay, your work is bEaUtIfUl! This was a fantastic interview, I like the way you shared your life with us. May you have continued success ♥

  • TripleTailDesigns

    TripleTailDesigns said 7 years ago

    What a great inspiration! I enjoyed the story and LOVE the service philosophy. Beautiful work - LLP

  • forKMZ

    forKMZ said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, very original jewelry. :)

  • MeAndBoo

    MeAndBoo said 7 years ago

    It is inspiring to hear that jewellers can quit their day job! Your daily life seems ideal!!

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal said 7 years ago

    Thanks for such a lovely story that gives us hope! Your work is beautiful and quirky and i love it!

  • JaynaUmeda

    JaynaUmeda said 7 years ago

    Fabulous success story! Very inspiring to us all!

  • roclarkin

    roclarkin said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I am one of the new kids on the block and appriciate you sharing your story. It's a celebration, that's what it is!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great and very inspiring interview. I've always loved your shop and of course your wonderful designs.

  • BigFaceJewellery

    BigFaceJewellery said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration, thanks!

  • kikrjewellery

    kikrjewellery said 7 years ago

    Your confidence is evident in your work and in your approach to life! truely inspiring!!!!

  • Betruedesigns23

    Betruedesigns23 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work. wonderful craftsmenship. Inspiring story. Thank you for keeping me inspired to keep gooing.

  • HoboeJane

    HoboeJane said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story and offering some helpful tips :) I think really focusing on my product and creating a signature piece in various price ranges is a great idea

  • axelhoney

    axelhoney said 7 years ago

    That opal cage ring is amazing!!!!!!

  • aLeigh32569

    aLeigh32569 said 7 years ago

    i LOVE the sutured heart

  • lilbirdieblues

    lilbirdieblues said 7 years ago

    I love your stuff congrats I hope to be in your shoes one day.

  • AingeelZ

    AingeelZ said 6 years ago

    congrats on your quality of life!!! love your jewelry. I am at the verge of quitting my day job, and hope I get the courage soon.

  • driftingby

    driftingby said 6 years ago

    Hi Lindsay, great, inspiring blog story. Your designs are beautiful and interesting. Been noticing northwesterners lately;^) and am going to check to see if you're involved in any local teams. Thanks for your work, jenessa--driftingby

  • razzlexxdazzle

    razzlexxdazzle said 6 years ago

    when I read this story a year ago it changed the way I looked at my favorite hobby, crafting jewelry. it inspired me to work harder and opened my eyes to working with different mediums like metal clay. I hope to get a kiln by the end of the year so maybe someday I can quite my day job too. thanks so much for sharing your story

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    Julie W from pbteen said 5 years ago

    fabulous story - just where i want to be in a few months time !!

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