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Quit Your Day Job: ikabags

Oct 12, 2010

by Mary Andrews

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After receiving kudos on her sewing abilities from friends and family, Feyza Demirtas decided to open an Etsy shop selling handbags. The success of her line and her husband’s heavy travel schedule allowed her to take the plunge into making her Etsy shop a full-time venture. She’s now managing a whopping four Etsy accounts and splitting her creative line into casual bags (ikabags), luxury bags (Arva), embroidered coasters (madamehoux) and custom labels (hobbytime).

Tell us about your previous working situation.
I worked as an an office director and production planning manager at Koleksiyon Furniture Company. I was working with fabrics, as well as wood and leather. After I was introduced to the SAP system and received the training required for it, we started working abroad as expats for the SAP. Because of my husband’s frequent business trips and the positive value of returns with my new Etsy shop, I decided to resign from the job in order to establish the bag company.

How did you originally get into making bags and embellishments?
What started as a mere hobby (the embroidery, wood and glass painting works) moved to a new level after the year 2000. After the birth of my second son, I began to spend more time at home and had more opportunities to develop new artistic insights. The positive feedback I received from my friends and the discovery of Etsy motivated me to move on to a professional level. Purchasing a Pfaff sewing machine enabled me to make embroidered linen coasters and bags. In time, this has turned into the production of more versatile, sporty, colorful and eco-friendly bags.


What are your best marketing tips?

  • The most important thing is to stick to your own style. This allows you to get the attention of more potential customers.
  • The best way to market your products is to provide clear details and photographs that present them as best as possible.
  • You have to complement these efforts with marketing on Twitter, Facebook, Kaboodle, Flickr and other social media outlets.
  • Make sure to check out the updates from Etsy.
  • You can improve your sales and presentation through friendships made via the Forums and Teams.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • My day begins at 6:30 in the morning with getting my kids ready for school.
  • After taking them to school I take the packages I prepared the previous night to the post office.
  • After I get home I check my email.
  • I take a short coffee break, walk in my garden and then check the bags to be made that day in my Excel file. Then I start making them.
  • I do this until I pick up the kids from the school. Then I make new items to list. In the meantime, dinner is prepared.
  • After dinner I talk to my kids about what they did at school and help them with their schoolwork.
  • During breaks I chat with my friends and share new ideas. I continue writing our family diary, which I started after the birth of my first son.
  • After the kids go to sleep, I continue sewing and prepare the packages to be posted the next day, as well as respond to emails.
  • I become a very happy mother on weekends since I get to spend more time with my kids. We usually take walks in the woods, play tennis, swim and bike. We enjoy visiting brocantes near our town. We read together and do hobby-works, which my sons love. We go downtown to Paris as a family two times a month to look for new fabrics. I also shop at the organic market twice a week.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Not having a day job allows more time for my creative ideas. On the other hand, I miss my friends in the office, as I sew alone in my home atelier.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part of the business has to be looking for and testing the fabrics and supplies I use. I spend a lot of time finding the best quality materials.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar route?
Nothing is too late in life, but I wish I would have set up my Etsy business sooner, because my creative ideas do not fit into a 24-hour day. I advise others not to be afraid to leave a day job, because everyone has creative ideas to sell. The most important thing is to be yourself and discover what you can do.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

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

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266 comments

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 7 years ago

    I totally agree with Feyza's marketing tips. Developing one's own style & niche is key! By the way, I've had an eye on your sailor's theme bag for a log time... Great & timeless design!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 7 years ago

    I am really honored to have such a friend like you Feyza! GO! GO! GO! Let's spread out the colorful fashion bags to all over the world

  • pabrika

    pabrika said 7 years ago

    An inspiring story, and such beautiful bags! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 7 years ago

    Great interview.Congratulations,I am inspired to keep striving.

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 7 years ago

    Your bags are lovely and your story is very inspiring!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    Congratulations and here is to much more success and love for the future!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Love your story and your bags! Beauty.

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 7 years ago

    lovely bags!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • bombshellstudios

    bombshellstudios said 7 years ago

    Hi there! Love the interview and the bags! The "casual bags (ikabags)" link is wrong, hope it gets noticed and fixed so we can all see your wonderful shops!

  • IchaPhotography

    IchaPhotography said 7 years ago

    Congrats my friend! It's really great to see you here!!!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    Such a lovely shop and products. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Be yourself, so true.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Wonderful bags!

  • harlequinlionhead

    harlequinlionhead said 7 years ago

    This is the best "quit your day job" posting in recent months in my opinion. Useful insights :)

  • MaMagasin

    MaMagasin said 7 years ago

    Well done! Quit Your Day Job stories are always so inspiring. I love the bags with the bicycles on.

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 7 years ago

    I love reading stories about people with kids, who are sucessful with balancing family and business life.

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 7 years ago

    So glad to see you made it! :) Congrats! I've been peeking at ikabags since I first joined Etsy a few years ago.. Beautiful work~

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 7 years ago

    Life is good!

  • LucentJewels

    LucentJewels said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success - which is very well deserved. Gorgeous bags! And an inspiring story. Thanks!

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 7 years ago

    Nice story- thanks for sharing! I love that you have such a diverse set of designs.

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 7 years ago

    Lovely bags!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 7 years ago

    yay! congratulations to you - your bags are gorgeous. so happy to learn more about you!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 7 years ago

    Lovely pictures!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bags and great story, congrats!!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

  • LizzyClara

    LizzyClara said 7 years ago

    I've loved these bags for some time. Great good luck!

  • ivoryAndOrange

    ivoryAndOrange said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story of family oriented bravery and success! Congratulations. BTW, I love your stripped bag.

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 7 years ago

    Love your job. Beautiful bags.

  • LynnsLittleShop

    LynnsLittleShop said 7 years ago

    What a great "quit your day job" post. Very inspiring and I love your bags! Thank you!

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    congratulations with the feature! great job!

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring. congrats!!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts said 7 years ago

    Bravo!!! Thank you for sharing.

  • bubucrafts

    bubucrafts said 7 years ago

    i absolutely love the persons who become their own bosses, following their own paths. although they also have to do things they don't like, most of the time they do things they really appreciate and that mirrors in their work. I wish I was my own boss too, keeping my fingers crossed :)

  • DeepBlueNotion

    DeepBlueNotion said 7 years ago

    Great work and inspiration!

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 7 years ago

    Great article !!! Thanks and congrats :)

  • RMLdesigns

    RMLdesigns said 7 years ago

    I love your bags. I have a daughter that I'm sure would love to have one. She is all about accessories and has a small collection of bags. Good job on your success as a creative career woman and mother.

  • PixieDust

    PixieDust said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bags!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 7 years ago

    Lovely bags! great feature, wishing you continued success.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    I just love her bags! I think they've been on the front page more times than I can count. Congratulations on making your dreams come true.

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 7 years ago

    ooh lovely bags! I have my eye on that purple one!

  • alibli

    alibli said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Feyza! I didn't know you took this big step... I wish you all the best! :)

  • NaiyaArtBoutique

    NaiyaArtBoutique said 7 years ago

    Those look like well stitched and beautiful bags.. Loved her business advice... Thanks Feyza!! Cheers

  • ExpressiveNotions

    ExpressiveNotions said 7 years ago

    Beautiful Bags!!! Congratulations and remember to always have as much fun as possible with your boys.

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful to see you here, and congrats!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the lovely feature, Feyza! Don't know how you do it all - amazing! :)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    uplifting and inspiring ~ individuality rocks!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Great bags, and a lovely storry! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion said 7 years ago

    Nice bags!

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 7 years ago

    Great Story! Your bags are beautiful! What a cute family! :)

  • AnnDoraCraft

    AnnDoraCraft said 7 years ago

    Great story! Kudos on the family diary, what a neat idea.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    I've so enjoyed getting a peak into the life of a talented and accomplished artisan!

  • annieWHERE

    annieWHERE said 7 years ago

    Congrats Feyza! Great interview and beautiful items. I have been eyeing your bags for a while....Thank you for the inspiration and great advice. Wishing you happiness and continued success :)

  • Weezawear

    Weezawear said 7 years ago

    Awesome interview! I've been a fan for a while.

  • dkalvarez

    dkalvarez said 7 years ago

    I am totally inspired!! Thank you for sharing your story

  • MoonHalo

    MoonHalo said 7 years ago

    Great bags with a very inspiring and encouraging story...Congratulations Feyza!

  • leebetsy

    leebetsy said 7 years ago

    Great work! Lovely bags!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice...I love that your weekends are spent with your kids...it's so important to set aside family time and not spend every minute working. Congrats!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    A BIG congrats Feyza on the feature!! It's fascinating seeing your day, as I have often wondered how you do it all. Your sons are gorgeous :)

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bags. An inspiring story for this Etsy newbie working on getting things off the ground. Speaks a lot to doing what you love and the rest will follow.

  • brendastreasures

    brendastreasures said 7 years ago

    I love your bags and your story.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    A BIG congrats on the feature, Feyza! It's fascinating reading about how you work, I've often wondered how you get it all done. Your boys are gorgeous!

  • FairyBubbles

    FairyBubbles said 7 years ago

    Love her style:) Wish I could quit my day job...so good to see it happening for others.

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bags, great article! thank you!

  • BibiBambini

    BibiBambini said 7 years ago

    Fabulous bags, as a mother of two also ,you are a great inspiration Thank you!!!

  • azulado

    azulado said 7 years ago

    wonderful interview! Thanks for sharing! I love it!

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. Being a newbie on Etsy I can use all the help I can find out there. Love your bags and your shops. Do what you love...love what you do. So true! Thanks again!

  • TwoVintageAvenue

    TwoVintageAvenue said 7 years ago

    beautiful product - good luck with everything :-)

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    An old favourite Etsian - just love her bags and now her advice.

  • keniki01

    keniki01 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the advice! I find myself wanting to "tweak" my style so I can appeal to more people, but I think people can tell when you aren't being true to yourself!

  • ohbuckets

    ohbuckets said 7 years ago

    It's always so fun to "meet" the person behind a shop I love!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    wow, you are one busy lady! super huge congrats :)

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 7 years ago

    Grats Feyza!! This is wonderful :)

  • melida

    melida said 7 years ago

    oooh, id love to go to paris twice a month!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Awesome shop, congrats as well, wish you continued success in all you do.

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 7 years ago

    Amazing! Monica TheIDConnection

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 7 years ago

    Bravo, Feyza, Cok guzel!! Here's to all of the expats around the world.

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    Old time fav shop ! But it's really nice to know another sweet story ... Thanks for sharing !

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 7 years ago

    i love these bags!! great work!

  • beeenie

    beeenie said 7 years ago

    Great interview! Lovely bags, especially with polka dots ;0)

  • CharmsCityCompany

    CharmsCityCompany said 7 years ago

    Great interview and lovely bags!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 7 years ago

    I love your bags!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Hi from lovely and romantic Paris all my wonderful friends ! Really I am truly happy mother to be here ! ==== Thanks a lot etsy and dear Mary ! ==== Now I am reading all friendly and kindly msg.How I am happy ! We moved 17 time , four country and lots of city so I left lots of friends there , every time I missed them and now I am here and I have lots of friends all around the world !I will never lost , I will never forget you :))) Yes I am working hard , not to easy but all my friends giving lots of energy to me ! Again many thanks for everything ! My dreams is started with etsy in 50 m2 , every time I said our living space is small but my dreams , my hard is bigger then this space , now with etsy we are living 100 m2 and so happy , I have a home atelier in our home , my view is one big tree (hollytree = madamehoux). I am sleeping my fabrics , I am sleeping my books my dreams , I know maybe crazy but I AM HAPPY ! And I left feedback for all my lovely customers I am saying ; "You just added another brick on our house, this journey will take 33 more years. I will remember this as long as I live in this house, thanks again and again. I'm glad you are pleased with your order.Thanks so much supporting handmade work ! " Yes this is true , they are adding wonderful bricks for our house, we want to live our house happily ! I want sew all my design in our house happily ! Cheers http://feyzadem.blogspot.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikabags/ Feyza DEMIRTAS

  • ScentfulNeeds

    ScentfulNeeds said 7 years ago

    Love your creativeness, lovely bags! Good Luck with your shop~~

  • lolos

    lolos said 7 years ago

    Great story! Lovely bags!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Feyza - you do wonderful work. Continued success to you.

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 7 years ago

    I've always admired the stylish handbags you make that I see on front page - very inspiring to see that you have been able to turn it into a full time gig!

  • TreasureShip444

    TreasureShip444 said 7 years ago

    I hope I can support myself and my family on my creative expressions as well! thank you for telling it like it is, it's encouraging! (I want one of your bags!)

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 7 years ago

    your bags are great - have favourited the labels, too!

  • mycherrytree

    mycherrytree said 7 years ago

    beautiful bags! I love them

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bags! Best wishes for your continued success!

  • lauratrevey

    lauratrevey said 7 years ago

    So happy for you Feyza!! You deserve it!!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 7 years ago

    oh fantastic! i'm a long time fan of ikabags! what a wonderful woman & such an inspiring entrepreneur. thanks for all of the great tips, too, nicey! just love her bags!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! Already a big fan. :) And so sweet of you to respond to the well wishes and messages!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 7 years ago

    beautiful bags. Congrats

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 7 years ago

    Great story :)like the bags! Congrats!

  • KokoshKnitting

    KokoshKnitting said 7 years ago

    Congrats Feyza!! I'm so happy for you, it's really great to see you here. You really deserve it!!

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 7 years ago

    wow I wished I could quit too!! You deserve it I agree!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Congrats!! You have beautiful bags!

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 7 years ago

    Great work. I love the labels you made for me, they make my work look more professional and save so much time!

  • smilelifestyle

    smilelifestyle said 7 years ago

    i love your sailor bag! Definitely adding that to my holiday wish list. Very inspiring story. Thank you for sharing. Many more success to you!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Fantastic bags, great tips for sellers there too : ) Hopefully many more successes to come.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Many thanks, thanks and thanks !!!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Feyza you are WONDERFUL!!!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your creative business!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    :) oo stein you too !

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Congrats, Feyza! You make lovely bags and have a beautiful family :)

  • HeartshapedCreations

    HeartshapedCreations said 7 years ago

    My dear Feyza you are one of the most wonderful, talented & supportive people I had the joy of meeting here in Etsy. I can't tell you how happy & proud I am for your success, you deserve this honor so very much!!! I wish you all the hapiness in the world and may you reach every single goal that you set in your life. I'm 100% sure that you will because you are truly devoted and love what you do and that shows in your amazing creations. Thank you for everything and BIG CONGRATS!!! :)

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed the interview. Your days must be full! Best wishes for continued success!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 7 years ago

    Congrats on all your success! Your shops and items are beautiful and unique, best of luck to you in all you do! :)

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 7 years ago

    really cute bags!

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 7 years ago

    I'm a big fan of ikabags, so it's lovely to hear Feyza's story.

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 7 years ago

    Love your bags!!! Congrats on all your success.

  • martainmexico

    martainmexico said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! stories like yours are always inspiring for those that are starting, like me!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 7 years ago

    I have an ikabag I received as a gift and I use it everyday!!!! I mean I have never loved another bag as much!

  • LizzyBdesigns

    LizzyBdesigns said 7 years ago

    Great Story! Your bags are beautiful!

  • coffeesmybag

    coffeesmybag said 7 years ago

    I just love my purse that I purchased from Feyza last summer :-) Congrats on being the featured interview :-)

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto said 7 years ago

    Are handbags still around? ;-)

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Ikabags has inspired me to grow all of my Etsy shops.

  • aSecondChanceVintage

    aSecondChanceVintage said 7 years ago

    great interview with wonderful tips! Thanks for sharing.

  • shillkr

    shillkr said 7 years ago

    Great Bags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Retreauxgirl

    Retreauxgirl said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring for newbies like myself! i wanna be like you when I grow up! Congrats!!

  • SweetBabyJanesShop

    SweetBabyJanesShop said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Feyza! Your bags are beautiful. Wonderful 'Quit your day job' interview!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    so inspiring! congrats + thanks for sharing your story. love your bags :)

  • chariT

    chariT said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!! I am a sahm of twins and just started selling on etsy!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    A long time fave of mine... Congrats Feyza!

  • ambette

    ambette said 7 years ago

    Oh, I was just admiring Ikabags the other day. I see them quite often because we sell in the same category and I think they are Feyza's products are some of the stand-outs of the bags and purses category. Congrats - love your stuff!

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 7 years ago

    Nice story and of course nice bags!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Many thanks all my lovelies !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Maria :)))) you are welcome and me too !

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and great bags! Thanks for sharing and all the best to Feyza!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much supporting handmade work ! And your super kindly and friendly wishes !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    I blogged this nice news :)) http://feyzadem.blogspot.com/ And K. rikrak :) many thanks dear !!!

  • ThongbaiTatong

    ThongbaiTatong said 7 years ago

    Ohh..... You are an amazing person, Feyza! Hard working woman and wonderful happy mother. Congrats!!! And good luck with the future.

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 7 years ago

    Lovely story and beautiful bags! I think your tips will be really useful!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Bai thanks so much dear ! I know you are working hard too ! I love your handmade too ! Lala such a lovely and soft shop you have :) thanks !

  • baahar

    baahar said 7 years ago

    Congrats Feyza :) Wonderful to see you featured like this. You deserve it with all your hard work.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much baahar ;)

  • RedFenyxJewels

    RedFenyxJewels said 7 years ago

    COngrats Ika!

  • Kreativlink

    Kreativlink said 7 years ago

    Wohooooo! Congrats Feyza! I'm sure you'll continue to be a big success! :)

  • lePetitFoyer

    lePetitFoyer said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview! You have a fantastic shop and you deserve every success! Congratulations!!

  • starrybluesky

    starrybluesky said 7 years ago

    Lovely read an congrats Feyza - very inspirational story :)

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congrats Feyza! :)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks a lot for all wonderful wishes dears !

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 7 years ago

    Yayyy fantastic feature Feyza!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for all lots of best wishes !

  • happyment

    happyment said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Congratulations!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    Such beautiful Bags! Love the colors! Great work!

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 7 years ago

    Great story and such a great shop, thank you for sharing!

  • catcalls

    catcalls said 7 years ago

    Awesome awesome article! So encouraging! Nice you can do what you love and make a living on it. Beautiful work!

  • LetterLoveDesigns

    LetterLoveDesigns said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous bags and great tips too, especially to follow our style. Love that!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 7 years ago

    Cute Bags! I love the colors!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 7 years ago

    i'm a big Feyza fan! such amazing work. wishing you continued success and happiness, Feyza.

  • theonutmegotree

    theonutmegotree said 7 years ago

    i will be asking for one of these for my birthday!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    I am a big fan your awesome handmade work too madame :)) Thanks so much !

  • EndlessSunner

    EndlessSunner said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • zoegirldesigns

    zoegirldesigns said 7 years ago

    Lovely, lovely bags! Best of luck...

  • sareon

    sareon said 7 years ago

    Bravo Feyza, kim tutar seni ;) Harikasın....

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Ne hos supriz bu ! Cok tesekkur ederim canim benim :) Sevgilerimi yolluyorum en derininden !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Surpriz :) pardon :))

  • pashiko

    pashiko said 7 years ago

    Congrats Feyza!!!! super story :) Shebbo

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks Shebbo !

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love these bags and kudos for taking the plunge!

  • tricotaria

    tricotaria said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this! I really loved your interview. It encouraged me to go ahead!

  • tricotaria

    tricotaria said 7 years ago

    Thanks! I really loved your interview! It encouraged me to go ahead.

  • tricotaria

    tricotaria said 7 years ago

    You're now a favorite shop!

  • LeelaBijou

    LeelaBijou said 7 years ago

    Big congrats!!!! Your bags are super pretty! I loved reading this feature :)

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love the fashions!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 7 years ago

    Feyza, thank you for all the good advice. I love your bags and am happy for you. May continued success be yours!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love your work Feyza, beautiful bags and also your embroidery as MadameHoux. Congratulations on all your success!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much :) Dalkullan specialy thanks for interesting my embroidery work :)

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 7 years ago

    So inspirational, lovely feature, congratulations!! ♥

  • AndreaFuentesDesigns

    AndreaFuentesDesigns said 7 years ago

    I don't have a day job, but I would to make jewelry as a profession. Very inspirational! Thanks and congrats on your success.

  • CalienteJewelry

    CalienteJewelry said 7 years ago

    Lovely bags!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous range of products ~ congratulations on your ventures so far, and no doubt more creative adventures ahead of you. Thanks for the lovely inspiration!

  • Serpentaires

    Serpentaires said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Feyza ! And a very interesting read !

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story - thank you.

  • LemkaB

    LemkaB said 7 years ago

    Great job! I love what you do, keep on going:)

  • rosesupplies

    rosesupplies said 7 years ago

    great job:-)) go Feyza :-))

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 7 years ago

    congrats Feyza :-))

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Many thanks girls ! I am truly happy mother :)

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    Really beautiful work! Congratulations on your success!

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 7 years ago

    you are an inspiration

  • cthings

    cthings said 7 years ago

    Oh, congratulations, Girl!! Many more success to you!!

  • CandaceArt

    CandaceArt said 7 years ago

    Love those bags!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much lovelies !

  • Three3Ladybugs

    Three3Ladybugs said 7 years ago

    Your bags are beautiful! I am a mom too, and my biggest challenge is finding time in my day to sew and just work on setting up my shop and business amidst the other daily tasks of running a household. I cannot believe Feyza has not 1, but 4 successful Etsy shops! Amazing and inspirational!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    You are very welcome madame :) Thanks so much ! Have a wonderful weekend all my friends !

  • NancyvdBoom

    NancyvdBoom said 7 years ago

    Hi Feyza! This is G R E A T! Congratz on the feature!

  • analoukopoulos

    analoukopoulos said 7 years ago

    Congratulations I love your bags, I think is great to be able to do what you love and be able to put so much into it, I wish you the best

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Hi Nancy :) Many thanks and your pictures in my home atelier now :))

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Many thanks ana :))) Happy sunday all :))

  • BabyWowWorld

    BabyWowWorld said 7 years ago

    Insightful and inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing. Your bags are beautiful.

  • lifecreations

    lifecreations said 7 years ago

    Your story and day and the life is very inspiring! God has given you such a talent! Keep up the great work!

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 7 years ago

    Wow, great to hear your story!!!

  • latelierivedi

    latelierivedi said 7 years ago

    Just wanted to tell you i love your bags! and found a wonderful story behind it all. how very inspiring,thanks for sharing! evet cantalarin harika capetownden cok selamlar!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much again and again for all wonderful convos and wishes ! God every time with us :) Paris ten Capetown a da en sicak selamlar Paris ten :)) Cok tesekkurler !

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 7 years ago

    Ah Feyza! I´m so happy to see you here featured! You are a very hard-working, professional - and more to the point - kind and helpful artisan! Thank you for your help!!!!!!

  • OldeAdage

    OldeAdage said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story.

  • zenspirations

    zenspirations said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful feeling to be able to do what you love and make a living at the same time. Kudos to you and best of luck with your business. Great story! Jeannette www.eventtherapist.blogspot.com

  • teepetals

    teepetals said 7 years ago

    Lovely Bags and a inspiring story. So happy for you!!!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    BHBKidstyle :) love your handmade too dear ! Not to easy with kids i know but go handmade go with wonderful friends ! Thanks Old :)) Zen I couldn t oepn your blog, probably link is wrong , thanks so much :)) Tee :)) many many thanks

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Feyza!!!! This is sooooo wonderful!!! Can't wait to see you in April and see your new creative atelier space! Blessings! Lisa LeafandInk

  • pearlsquiltedcrafts

    pearlsquiltedcrafts said 7 years ago

    My Dear Feyza! Wonderful article! Great artist and a true friend! I have my own IKABAG, too!! I love it! Keep up the wonderful work, Feyzacim!

  • SomeOtherPrairie

    SomeOtherPrairie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article Feyza! So happy for you!

  • Varm

    Varm said 7 years ago

    Great article and very inspiring!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Dear Lisa I am waiting truly :) in April :)) Thanks so much your wonderful support too !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Incicim sen oyle guzel bir insansin ki bana etsy nin kazandirdigi ! Gururla yuregimdesin guzel insan ! her zaman !!! Merci pearl :))

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Some :))) many many thanks dear !!! And warm I am fall in love your socks :)) thanks so much !

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    A wonderful read!

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    Just looking through your many shops! I'm very impressed with your business organisation and your clever ideas.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks TerrorDome !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Today October 22 /2010 and 5 minutes ago I had 2001.sales from my etsy store ! Thanks so much etsy ! Really some times I am feeling so tired but I am truly happy mother ! I love my work ! Yes , yes yes !

  • stashmonsters

    stashmonsters said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration. I am a new startup business as well and love to hear positive stories.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks stash !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    For christmas time i am working hard :) I bought new sewing maching for new super sturdy bags !

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 7 years ago

    You are fabulous!!!!!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks a lo t Gracie :))

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    About etsy : and many thanks for all details ! Etsy's Terms of Use is imoportant and other links for etsy ! Etsy Success Email: Sign up here for weekly tips all about the latest and greatest ways to rock your Etsy shop. Etsy News Email: Sign up here for the latest important news that might effect your shop. Etsy's Community Hub: Get bite sized updates pertinent to sellers as soon as they come as they launch. Etsy's Merchandising Desk Blog Series: A monthly guide full of seasonal tips, current trends, and ideas for merchandising your shop. Community Forums: Get personalized help from seasoned sellers and Etsy staff.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Latest post ! http://feyzadem.blogspot.com/2010/11/thanks-lot-supporting-handmade.html

  • LaBohemeBijoux

    LaBohemeBijoux said 7 years ago

    Feyza, your bags are beautiful and your story inspiring. I love the way you have created a wonderful balance of family, creativity and work. Your passion really shows through on all levels. Wishing you all the best!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    :)) Laboheme thanks so much for all kindly and friendly words and your shop name is adorable !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Just add ! http://feyzadem.blogspot.com/2010/11/new-amy-herringbone-wool-black-and.html

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    New photos ! http://www.flickr.com/photos/ikabags/

  • Arva

    Arva said 7 years ago

    Gratitude SALE For XMAS ! 10 % off LINEN BAGS, I will refund your discounts by PayPal ... from FRANCE by Arva http://bit.ly/cVixn0

  • WingbornRavenJewelry

    WingbornRavenJewelry said 7 years ago

    It's so wonderful to see handmade artists making it! Kudos!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Many thanks Wing =)

  • florigamigirl

    florigamigirl said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy for you that this article has allowed more people to hear your great voice. You are such a positive woman and I hold your friendship very dear.

  • agatsijoias

    agatsijoias said 7 years ago

    Now I know where to buy my next handbag!!http://www.agatsijoias.etsy.com

  • TruEnglishDesigns

    TruEnglishDesigns said 7 years ago

    Everytime I see a photo of one of your bags, I click on it and realize it's yours....Love your work!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Christina :) Thanks so much !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    ONLY FOR CHRISTMAS :)) http://www.etsy.com/listing/61584172/christmas-towels-red-and-white-home http://www.etsy.com/listing/61584722/christmas-linen-gift-pouches-ready-for?ref=v1_other_1

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful and very successful business. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Thanks gils !

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Ready for shipping for Christmas ! http://www.etsy.com/shop/ikabags?section_id=6797602

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop, congrats on your success:)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much :)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Today I had one wonderful feedback about my handmade work, how I am happy ! ===== FIRST CLASS JOB! So of all the gifts I gave this Christmas this one got the biggest smile. This bag is perfect. It even came gift wrapped for Christmas. I sold hundred pieces on here since Dec 1st and I am humbled by this lady's attention to detail and service. Thank you so much. =======

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    It has been a very exciting year I would like to say a big thank you for EVERYTHING ! Also, I would like to wish you a joyful Christmas and a very happy 2011! Feyza DEMIRTAS

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Hello 2011 !

  • jennakit

    jennakit said 6 years ago

    Your bags are wonderful! I was so very pleased with the bags I purchased! I'm not one to give rave reviews on a product unless I am completely satisfied! These bags can be used for so many things, and unlike many, they are very DURABLE, yet feminine! I can't wait to order another! The turnaround time is very quick too! Thank you Feyza :)

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for supporting my handmade work , this is great for me !

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 6 years ago

    Your bags are beautiful, congratulations. I love the yellow one with the bicycle.

  • sesideco

    sesideco said 6 years ago

    Yok ben bunları ingilizce yazamayacağım:) Şimdi dükkanını gezerken gördüm linki. 6 ay geçmiş ama bu heyecanlanmama engel olamadı. Gurur duydum seninle. Daha da ileriye gitmeni, dünyaca tanınan bir marka olmanı dilerim Feyzacım. Öperim çoook. Sibel

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Sibelcigim nasil tatlisin ! Cok cok tesekkur ederim ! Hakkimizda herseyin hayirlisi olsun :)

  • seule771

    seule771 said 6 years ago

    Nice shop and wishing for one of your handbags one day; not in near future however, but hopefully.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Thanks :) And new bags for spring summer ! http://feyzadem.blogspot.com/2011/05/view-etsy-front-page-treasury-list_14.html

  • pianomom57

    pianomom57 said 6 years ago

    I love her! The bag she made is BEAUTIFUL and she was quick, communicative, and so excited and cheery to give quality service and work. Would LOVE to meet her sometime! Very talented lady!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Many many thanks madame :)))

  • ConfettiWestern

    ConfettiWestern said 6 years ago

    gawgeous!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Thanks :))

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Happy holidays for you and yours !

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Hello spring !

  • theforestguild

    theforestguild from theforestguild said 5 years ago

    I love stay at home stories... 24/7 job but so-o worth it!! Your bags are such nice quality and fun too.. :) Cheers to your success~

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Merci :))

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 5 years ago

    Hi fall ! Here is ikabags fall winter 2012- 2013 collection ! http://feyzadem.blogspot.fr/

  • andreamwl

    Andrea Lawson from MaeWarrenDesigns said 4 years ago

    I am in trouble...I want all of them!!! Absolutely stunning! :)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Have a happy Christmas and happy New Year!!! Best wishes to you and your family for 2013.

  • SheetaDesign

    Sheeta tam from SheetaDesign said 4 years ago

    Feyza, I really really love your design!! Clean, Simple but classic! I'm a seller on etsy also, however, I am facing a big problem of marketing my items and making more sales. You are a good example for me! Thank you Feyza Wish you all the best!

  • missvalscreations

    missvalscreations from missvalscreations said 4 years ago

    This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story. I am becoming closer and closer to quitting my day job and love to read success stories like yours. Your bags are gorgeous!

  • pwctetsy

    Peter Wong from yaamstore said 4 years ago

    I like this story. good bags!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    thanks !

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    Thanks for sharing your story! I also want to quit my day job and focus on my etsy shop. however, i think the right time still at behind..:)

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