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Quit Your Day Job: jstephens13

Jul 20, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Jen, a.k.a. Jstephens13, quit her pharmacy day job in order to be able to stay at home with her new baby.  It wasn’t until her husband quit his day job in order to go to nursing school that she began supporting the family through her Etsy shop. She claims to be the toughest boss she’s had to date and finds it hard to take a break, even while on vacation. Jen remains humble, advises not to set unrealistic goals, and swears her best marketing tool is a quality product.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
It all started with the Bedazzler… remember that? Making jeans look super hot and hand-me-down jean jackets look even cooler. I was never the proud owner of a Bedazzler, but I think that made it all the more fascinating. From there, my mother and I dabbled in every craft form, from hair bows to puff paint. We were always creating! In college I started to sew seriously. I knew I would marry my husband the night I wore a hideous handmade-from-an-old-sweatshirt-one-sleeved top and he still wanted to dance with me.

The FIRST class I ever ditched was my junior year in college when I had to bind off a knitting project. My adviser was so worried (I had literally never missed a class) that he called my dorm room. Instead of being creeped out by the call I was happy to announce my new sweater and he was happy that I was alive.
Crafting isn’t just a hobby for me, it defines me. When identifying an era in my life, I always think in terms of what the current craft was.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
The deed had already been done. Two weeks after the birth of my son, I gave notice to the job “that I could never leave” and started to redefine myself as a mom instead of a career woman. What I didn’t know however was that my husband would soon leave his job to go back to school for nursing. I joked that when you asked me to interview for this column, it was ONLY because there was no column named “you and your husband quit your day jobs and one of you goes back to school full time.” I imagine that would be a mouthful for an article title, and we are probably the only family crazy enough to try and make it work.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
After years of gifting handmade, and people harping on me to start a store or a design company of my own, I was peer-pressured by my aunt to give Etsy a try. So, I would say to prepare, I fulfilled my own selfish need to create art and to give it to unsuspecting victims. That was great practice for actually starting my own shop. I also spent about $20 at the Salvation Army to outfit myself with a Singer sewing machine and a lifetime of vintage thread.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I am REALLY old fashioned! The best form of marketing is having a great quality product! I have always believed that what’s on the inside COUNTS THE MOST (in life and in sewing)… so my bags often have really beautiful liners and every detail is given attention! I did start a blog and personal web page and that seems to get plenty of action. I used the template provided through Weebly, I get the “free” business cards from VistaPrint, I purchased a LOVELY avatar and banner from Etsy shop ThompsonDesigns, and I buy all my wonderful labels from Etsy shop RememberWynn.

Walk us through your typical workday.
A typical day does not exist in my house. Every day does include the following however:

  • 6 diapers
  • 4 baby meals
  • 2 dog meals
  • 6 adult meals (when squeezed in)
  • 3 walks around the neighborhood
  • 1 sweep clean through the house
  • 2 sewing sessions (if Axel naps)
  • 3 runs of the Elmo in Grouchland movie
  • 7 calls to my mother (for moral support)
  • LOADS of new ideas that I have to write down before I forget
  • DANCING with my boys EVERY NIGHT before bed
  • LAUGHING till we fall asleep
  • And a glass of wine when needed…

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
My co-workers consist of Jahred (my husband) and Nana (my grandma). Not many people call their grandma a colleague. I am SOOO lucky to have a family that is with me on this hoop dream! Nana gives me constant ideas, constructive criticism and is a wiz with the Pellon interfacing!

My relationship with Jahred has always been project oriented and this keeps us on our toes and keeps us from worrying about the little things in life. Art is a positive force in our house and we are so happy to be raising our son in a family where we are home a lot and also get in TONS of experiential learning!

I really miss the pharmacy I worked for and our patients. Although people comment on a beautiful bag, or high quality stitching, it just isn’t the same as knowing you are taking excellent care of some one’s sweetheart. I learned a lot from the people of the community. The creativity I use now is fabulous, but my day job was much more intellectual. However, I have filled the void with reading, blogging and journaling. I also have more time to develop my clothesline techniques (darn bird poop) and playing in the dirt with Axel.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
I am the toughest boss I have ever had, hands down. It’s hard to just take a break. Most weekends the sewing machine comes with me out of town and this once computer-illiterate girl is now connected all the time.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I would tell myself to do it all again. I am so glad I allowed myself to let go of the career side of my life and start living the intrinsic art part of my life. Being a starving artist isn’t that bad! I’m not recommending people just go quitting their day job on a whim, but if the situation presents itself, just be open to the opportunity.

  • There are lots of concerns about being self-insured, paying your own taxes and stuff like that, but there are plenty of people you may already know who can help you with those things. I have learned, and I would advise others, to stop micro-managing your life and just breathe. It feels good to worry less and dream more.
  • Don’t set unrealistic goals, know what you are good at and stay true to yourself. Handmade comes from the heart and it is created to fill a need. Be proud of yourself!
  • Don’t spend a lot of money getting yourself off the ground. Start small…just like in 2nd grade math when you couldn’t use a calculator. You don’t need the big guns right away… start with the basics, you might fall in love with them and find higher-end technology is overrated.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I never expect to get rich quick, or “be discovered.” I just want to keep sewing on my $20 Salvation Army sewing machine and connect over fabric talk with Nana. One of the first typewriter key bracelets I made had the word “grateful.” I hope to live up to the definition of grateful. Jahred has 15 months of school left and then you can all expect a HUGE sale in my Etsy shop.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I really need to thank my family, and I have to say that if they would have bought me that Bedazzler years ago, I don’t think I would be where I am today. The “chase” of the art is always the best. Thanks for not always giving in, but making me reach further.

Thanks to Jen for sharing her story.  Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with her Wednesday, July 22 at 3 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

You can see some of Jen’s beautiful work in the related items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

213 comments

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 10 years ago

    SO sweet!! What a wonderful story, congrats on all of your success, and your beautiful little boy!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    great work - congrats!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you for quiting that day job, being with your darling lil boy and following your art-designer mode, way to go. Happy for you~! Continued success as well.....

  • BInspiredVintage

    BInspiredVintage said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! That sounds almost like my typical day - except I definitely need to add the dancing before bed bit! Congrats on your success!!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 10 years ago

    so wonderful how you broke down how your day goes. its so encouraging to see a mother who finds a way to remain an artist and true to herself, even through the stress and fatigue. hugs and congrats to you!

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! It's always nice to see a full-time crafting family who can make it work!!!

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 10 years ago

    I identify with this line. "Crafting isn't just a hobby for me, it defines me. "

  • BowWowBeds

    BowWowBeds said 10 years ago

    Sounds just like our family! Your perspective really changes when you have a baby huh! We cut a lot of material things in order to help make it work....here we are 10 years later! Best wishes to you all! =)

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 10 years ago

    Great article and sweet photos! Thanks for sharing your story Jen!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful story, Jen! I love it!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 10 years ago

    I am very happy for you!!! Good luck!!!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 10 years ago

    Congrats, Thanks, and Best wishes for continued success!

  • bungalowmarketplace

    bungalowmarketplace said 10 years ago

    Inspiring and such a cute story! :)

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 10 years ago

    This is a wonderful edition! Very inspiring (and very sweet!).

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 10 years ago

    Great article and sweet photos! Thanks for sharing your story Jen!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    So inspiring!!!! Thank you for sharing you wonderful story!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I can relate too, my latest vacation consisted of shopping at thrift and fabric stores for the most part! My family always asks when I'm going to take a "REAL" vacation!

  • HeartSpace

    HeartSpace said 10 years ago

    Yay!

  • PookieLovesOlives

    PookieLovesOlives said 10 years ago

    What a great story!! I love youre work, congrats!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    I love your work, thanks so much for sharing your story.

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 10 years ago

    So awesome! Inspiring as always!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    It's just great how everything works out, isn't it? Continued success to you and your lovely little family.

  • PookieandPierre

    PookieandPierre said 10 years ago

    So incredibly sweet! Thank you for sharing and I wish you and your family much success in the future!

  • SiamSquare

    SiamSquare said 10 years ago

    Such an encouraging and imspiring story. With my husband being laid-off I thought about getting a day job but I think I will hang on and stick to Etsy to see if I can do it, too. Thank you for sharing.

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 10 years ago

    Another inspiring story, thank you for sharing!

  • emilane

    emilane said 10 years ago

    Great Great Great story! Very inspirational! We wish you the best! Oh and thanks for all the good tips!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 10 years ago

    so wonderful and realistic! thanks for sharing :)

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila said 10 years ago

    What an optimistic and inspiring story! Congrats on your cute little boy!

  • MoonLightSally

    MoonLightSally said 10 years ago

    Great story, I loved it! I couldn't resist buying destash lace from her though!!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 10 years ago

    what a cute baby:) great story!!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work and great story!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! Very inspiring story!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    yess!! another great success story!!!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great story! Congrats!

  • dimplekids

    dimplekids said 10 years ago

    this is so great! congrats friend!

  • greenpeadolls

    greenpeadolls said 10 years ago

    lol love your list of typical work day.. YOU GO!!!

  • CarolineCreates

    CarolineCreates said 10 years ago

    With a husband in school as well, this was very inspiring!

  • jenharruff

    jenharruff said 10 years ago

    Your stuff is really beautiful! Congratulations!

  • BPyarns

    BPyarns said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing/ Jen, your family is beautiful!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    Truly inspiring. Congrats to you and your supportive family!

  • nativevermont

    nativevermont said 10 years ago

    Great story! Love your work!

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    Wonderful wonderful story! I aspire to be my own boss one day :o) and i hope that day comes soon http://twitter.com/MoradoShop

  • sagittariusgallery

    sagittariusgallery said 10 years ago

    Hehe, great article!

  • BurnoutBazaar

    BurnoutBazaar said 10 years ago

    An inspiration to us all. Well done Jen and good luck in future endeavours.

  • karalmava

    karalmava said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • HendersonArt

    HendersonArt said 10 years ago

    What an incredible story! I appreciate all your pointers, and take this as inspiration. Thanks.

  • eightXeight

    eightXeight said 10 years ago

    Lovely items! Great luck to you!

  • BelleMereBelleFille

    BelleMereBelleFille said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational.

  • OnTheRound

    OnTheRound said 10 years ago

    Yeah for jstephens13! ps we watch a lot of Elmo goes to grouchland too... Cheers!

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 10 years ago

    Jen is certainly an inspiration! Great article.

  • staceylyndesigns

    staceylyndesigns said 10 years ago

    Really enjoyed this read. Nice, down to earth advice like staying true to yourself. Love all your cute creations!

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 10 years ago

    Love this story!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 10 years ago

    You sound so lovely and down to earth! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 10 years ago

    Love this article! So happy for you that you made your shop work so wonderfully for you! I'm sure your hsuband was pretty happy too!!! thanks for sharing!!!!

  • LaLah

    LaLah said 10 years ago

    oh and by the way I LOVE YOUR AVATAR!!! adorable and cool

  • isabellasvintage

    isabellasvintage said 10 years ago

    A wonderful story ~ a big congrats for taking that big step. I hope you and your family continue to have a happy and healthy life together.

  • TickledPinkKnits

    TickledPinkKnits said 10 years ago

    This is, hands down, the most enjoyable "quit your day job" interview I've read in this series. So well-written, engaging, down-to-earth, and an inspiration in more ways than one. Thanks for sharing your story! :D

  • GreenLeafPress

    GreenLeafPress said 10 years ago

    What a good column! I love your products... I wish I had read this sooner.... I did exactly the same but didn't set my etsy shop until now ... she is 5 mths and a handful!!

  • brun

    brun said 10 years ago

    yes I dream of it.

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 10 years ago

    yes, a quality product is your best marketing tool..well said!

  • holoholo

    holoholo said 10 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration! you give me hope that one day I can be a fulltime etsy seller! keep up the lovely work.

  • Linelle10

    Linelle10 said 10 years ago

    ...some day !!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing lovely post , very very nice ...Good luck all handmade lovers !

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 10 years ago

    Love this story! Taking care of kids AND making time for your craft can be tough, even though I have no children of my own, I run a daycare 10 hours a day, and the fact that you can squeeze all that in is very inspiring.

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 10 years ago

    Great story and sweet pictures!

  • beccamari

    beccamari said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  • SimonandRuby

    SimonandRuby said 10 years ago

    thank you for your wonderful story! I am in the process of leaving my job "that I could never leave." While I am will still have a day job, I am one step closer to my dream. Thanks for continuing to inspire me.

  • VintageTwenty

    VintageTwenty said 10 years ago

    I love your advice to others, "to stop micro-managing your life and just breathe."

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    AWESOME article -- I Love to hear all these inspiring stories -- getting me 1 step closer to that BIG step -- happy days ;)

  • christyscrafts

    christyscrafts said 10 years ago

    You are very talented and have a beautiful family. My best wishes to you.

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 10 years ago

    That sounds a bit like my own day in the life...but without diaper changing! Thankfully, they do learn how to go potty at about 2 1/2 ;)

  • JustLiv

    JustLiv said 10 years ago

    You're like a great philosopher of our time. My fav quote, "I have learned, and I would advise others, to stop micro-managing your life and just breathe. It feels good to worry less and dream more." Classic!

  • Chaiwat15

    Chaiwat15 said 10 years ago

    Very cute!!! Please visit "www.chaiwat15.etsy.com" that have a beautiful crytal bag for everyone.

  • poppychicdesigns

    poppychicdesigns said 10 years ago

    Long live the creativity born from the "Bedazzler"...back in the day it inspired me too!

  • IsabellaKaitlyn

    IsabellaKaitlyn said 10 years ago

    very inspiring, yet realistic. i very much enjoyed this article!!

  • lizzibelle

    lizzibelle said 10 years ago

    what a sweet story. I love 'Elmo in Grouchland" I've had to watch it so many times!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    Another fabulously inspirational article! Thank you marymary for sharing with us!!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    lovely story ~ am so pleased to read that a family situation like this is working so well ~ yay for you :)

  • tree2

    tree2 said 10 years ago

    I love your story, thank you for sharing!

  • LoveBlossomTrue

    LoveBlossomTrue said 10 years ago

    great story and lovely designs!

  • littleANGELboutique

    littleANGELboutique said 10 years ago

    Very encouraging article. You have a beautiful supportive family.

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr said 10 years ago

    wow, what a great story. So inspirational! Congratulations on your wonderful family and attitude. I am so happy it is all working out for you.

  • BrazanDesign

    BrazanDesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Much continued success to you and your family!

  • trunkofprettys

    trunkofprettys said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! bravo to the dedazzler....and i wish you the best for you and your sweet family :-)

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 10 years ago

    Such a sweet story! Thanks for sharing

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 10 years ago

    What a heartwarming story! I love that you get to work with your Grandma and dance with your guys every day. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • lemonadehandmade

    lemonadehandmade said 10 years ago

    this is an inspirational story- gives me hope that I can actually make a living doing what I love so much! Thanks for the boost, Jen- and mad props for the lovely family and the lovely product.

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    A lovely story - hug your baby for me!

  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 10 years ago

    I'm such a fan of JStephens and I keep coming back for more of your eye catching, quality designs. It was a great treat to read about you and your family and your sucessful business. Love your philosophy too! Best wishes and keep all those OOAK's coming our way. I need more bags!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 10 years ago

    This is a great success story! We totally identify with the fact that if you make great work, people will help you with the things you aren't sure about. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • AuntCrafty

    AuntCrafty said 10 years ago

    I love to hear from Moms who have the courage to stay home with the kids. It makes me feel more normal. I tried to go back to work as well and just couldn't do it. It takes a lot of sacrifice, but I do love the time I get to spend with my kids. Congrats on your success.

  • twinkletoes27

    twinkletoes27 said 10 years ago

    This is so inspiring! I don't have a kid or a husband back in school, but I'd love to quit my day job! Thanks for the great advice.

  • ellainaboutique

    ellainaboutique said 10 years ago

    I love your story!!! My family was "crazy enough" to try it too... I quit my day job to do Etsy full time just before I had my son and my husband is currently going back to school for a Sculpture degree! We are squeeking by on my Etsy sales and like you, we are loving staying at home and raising our son :) Congrats on your success!!!

  • iLuvKOSHi

    iLuvKOSHi said 10 years ago

    The Bedazzler! Who knew... Cute story. Great inspiration.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful story! And incurage! Thank you!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 10 years ago

    all the stuff so cute & sweet :)

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    great article:-)thank you for sharing with etsians:-)

  • lostintheforest

    lostintheforest said 10 years ago

    Excellent story and so well told! You have such a sweet way of putting everything into perspective :)

  • LianaDim

    LianaDim said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! I wish you the best!

  • Stargazer02

    Stargazer02 said 10 years ago

    GREAT Stuff!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 10 years ago

    I love these quit your day job stories, so inspiring - keep them coming!

  • mishimoudesigns

    mishimoudesigns said 10 years ago

    What an eloquent article, reflecting such a grounded, humble and inspiring individual. This article, and the huge list of comments left, give me hope that a high standards in a product and a realistic business focus/high ethics are a surefire way to personal and professional success! Excellent commentary and well written!

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Very sweet and inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing and congrats on your success!!

  • katieanneclothing

    katieanneclothing said 10 years ago

    Very encouraging story! Congrats to you! Cheers!

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 10 years ago

    Really Lovely article :) thanks so much for sharing ~ Your shop is lovely!!!

  • CastleBeadBiz

    CastleBeadBiz said 10 years ago

    Such a sweet story! Congrats to you and your family!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 10 years ago

    Good for you! And Hooray for the Salvation Army! This is great and a hopeful reminder to all of us who want to follow our dreams! :)

  • LoveForEarth

    LoveForEarth said 10 years ago

    What a great store and great article! I remember my bedazzler days, that quite defines an era when we could all spot each other from a satellite view :)Congratulations on your success!!

  • jenglo

    jenglo said 10 years ago

    This story is so inspiring...CONGRATULATIONS to you and yours, Jen, for making it work so well! :)

  • HannahPhelps

    HannahPhelps said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • mobina1122

    mobina1122 said 10 years ago

    In these times, it can sometimes seem irresponsible to an outsider to quit your "sure thing" job to do something that you are passionate about, let alone having both members of a couple do it. But I don't think so. What you have done for yourselves will reward you over and over again and will serve as an excellent example for your son to do what brings him joy. Congratulations and best of luck with your shop!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    Great story that so many can relate to!

  • blackrockdesign

    blackrockdesign said 10 years ago

    I'd love to see myself doing what you are doing someday. At this point I can't imagine dropping the day job, but your story is very inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 10 years ago

    Wonderful work. She makes all that not-so-attractive 70s fabric into things of beauty. Nice.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 10 years ago

    Fabulous story! Congratulations on all of your success!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    I think the heart you put into your product really come through. I wish you great sales!

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 10 years ago

    love to see that you are form MN. Congrats on all your success!

  • maryellenscrafts

    maryellenscrafts said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed this!!! Congrats!!! YEAH MN GAL!!!!! Good luck to you and your husband!!!

  • LizsDivineCreations

    LizsDivineCreations said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading aboout your ETSY story. Thankyou so much for the encouagement and the hope that even if I am a slow starter there is still the hope of a brighter future.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    That's great that you get to spend so much time with your family, from your Nana to your little boy. Love that you use a 20$ sewing machine instead of a computerized latest and greatest model. Wish you every success and happiness in the future.

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 10 years ago

    gorgeous products and wonderful story

  • ShabbyChicHome

    ShabbyChicHome said 10 years ago

    Great Article. Lovely Story. Congratulations on your success!

  • jswank

    jswank said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for writing. You are doing what I want to be doing whenever I have kids. :) Actually, you are doing what I want to be doing now! LOL. I love reading success stories like this. I hope you are encouraged by your feedback - you are an inspiration to all of us sellers. Especially the new ones like me!

  • jennkristen

    jennkristen said 10 years ago

    Wow...incredibly moving and inspirational! You have given me hope--I want to be able to quit my day job and get a shop up and running. Your son is absolutely gorgeous, by the way. :-) All the best!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this! Thank you and best wishes for continued success.

  • kenjiku

    kenjiku said 10 years ago

    I love this story! Sounds like me to a tee! Even a 15 mointh old.

  • detailinminiature

    detailinminiature said 10 years ago

    loved your story, very sweet!

  • peaceandmagic

    peaceandmagic said 10 years ago

    I love your advice about "starting small" keeping it basic. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm off to photograph some new work!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 10 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for the inspiration. What a cute family, best of luck in your future success.

  • YuriMiku

    YuriMiku said 10 years ago

    You're so encouraging! Keep up the good work! I like the fact that you started small with your $20 Salvation Army sewing machine! That's awesome! I hope I can attain the same goals.

  • YuriMiku

    YuriMiku said 10 years ago

    http://www.yurimiku.etsy.com

  • GRACEnDIGNITYColl

    GRACEnDIGNITYColl said 10 years ago

    That is a great and inspiring story!! You get to do what you love, be at home with your kids and bring in money to support your family. Wow!!I wish you all the best!!

  • babook

    babook said 10 years ago

    Sooooooooo quality shop with the sweet family : )

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    Great story...truly inspiring! Congrats on your success, Jen! :)

  • lizjewelry

    lizjewelry said 10 years ago

    I'm jealous in so many ways!

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 10 years ago

    Great story, congratulations Jen for all your hardwork! Cheers everybody!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 10 years ago

    I LOVE this story! This is so inspring especially since I have a little one and husband in school. Congrats on making it work, it's so worth it :)

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 10 years ago

    I love your typical workday! I also LOVE your banner!!!Thanks for inspirational story!

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 10 years ago

    Excellent interview! Such a down-to-earth Gal and one after my own heart! Best of luck to the 3 of you!

  • gooddaystudio

    gooddaystudio said 10 years ago

    I am just starting up myself, thanks for the inspiring story!

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 10 years ago

    What a great story! Best of luck to you and your family! nice bags :)

  • JeweledAmbrosia

    JeweledAmbrosia said 10 years ago

    great article! we are a young college student family too, so we definately know the crunch!

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 10 years ago

    Jen, way to go! Keep up the quality sewing!

  • Everythingelse2

    Everythingelse2 said 10 years ago

    Jen, I love your story and motto! It's true higher technology is very overated. What a wonderful reason to quit your job....you'll never regret it!

  • kristend12

    kristend12 said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, what a great story! I'm inspired!

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 10 years ago

    Great story- you are so fortunate! live long and prosper!

  • polkadotsbycathy

    polkadotsbycathy said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Very inspirational and I hope you will be blessed as you chose to be a stay at home mom. God Bless.

  • thepurplefinch

    thepurplefinch said 10 years ago

    Lovely story, so inspired

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 10 years ago

    lovely story.

  • dafnadagan

    dafnadagan said 10 years ago

    grate artical! love your Bracelets:)

  • MonjioCreations

    MonjioCreations said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story! So inspirational!!

  • KendraRenee

    KendraRenee said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! You are so inspiring!

  • MyPatternedMind

    MyPatternedMind said 10 years ago

    Cute stuff!!!

  • BelieveInHappy

    BelieveInHappy said 10 years ago

    THANK YOU! Thank you for sharing your story. How wonderful to finally hear a story like mine! I miss being a medic/firefighter but it holds little flame to my hillarious son and beautiful grandmother! Thank you for embracing your deeper meaning and being grateful for that! Much love!

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 10 years ago

    YAYYYY for quitting your day job!! I'm right there with ya! AND, a fellow bag lady! Yes, it can be done! Your story is sweet as ever! Best of luck to you! It appears as if a bit of luck (lotsa talent) is already on your side! Woot!

  • gwbdesign

    gwbdesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. It is encouraging to see people making it with their ETSY shops. I wish you and your family the best.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the story... inspiring!

  • erinsuniqueboutique

    erinsuniqueboutique said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. As always congrats on making it work. Its great being able to follow your dream and live the life you want.

  • Darkmina

    Darkmina said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring:) Needed to read this, especially on a day like today when things seem a bit bleak. Thanks and much luck my dear!

  • bluerthanblue

    bluerthanblue said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for the encouragement!

  • sunnysmile

    sunnysmile said 10 years ago

    Your story inspires me. I hope that one day, I may be able to Quit my Job!! Be a stayhome Mom and Work from home. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • BeadDelirium

    BeadDelirium said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story.. continued good luck with your family and Etsy Shop.

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 10 years ago

    so sweet!!!!! Thanks for sharing the story. http://www.clubviv.etsy.com

  • rockinmommasjewels

    rockinmommasjewels said 10 years ago

    I love your dedication to family and creating . I am inspired yet again by another Mother, who had to leave her day job and is able to make something of her talent. I am trying to launch my little shop off into success.As I know it is possible because I read inspirational stories like yours daily. I am even more pumped about making my new passion of jewelry making Rock!

  • mireillemanuel

    mireillemanuel said 10 years ago

    love your story... wish i could quit my job too! haha! maybe next year...

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 10 years ago

    great work - congrats!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Nice shop! http://iammie.etsy.com

  • FreshlySkweezed

    FreshlySkweezed said 10 years ago

    What a grounded gal you are! I agree that not always having a "Bedazzler" (insert item of desire) makes you think/work harder and takes you to new directions! Bravo!

  • CelloRaisen

    CelloRaisen said 10 years ago

    I love your bags! I am working toward being a "stay-at-home-mom-with-my-own-etsy-business" and reading these stories get me through the day here at "work". Thanks for being an inspiration.

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    What a sweet story! Congrats and best wishes for continued success!

  • K9KreationsbyKara

    K9KreationsbyKara said 10 years ago

    As a new etsy seller, I found your spotlight very inspring. I hope one day my canine treats will carry me out of employment! :) I love your products!

  • Jmp7302

    Jmp7302 said 10 years ago

    This story is so incredibly inspiring. I always feel that no matter what, it is possible to do what makes you happy in life. Good luck in everything and congrats on your success!

  • lovahandmade

    lovahandmade said 10 years ago

    Very awesome shop and inspirational story!!! I have to say I really like that North Face jacket as well!

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  • johnnlizzieruedy

    johnnlizzieruedy said 10 years ago

    We are so proud of our Niece, Nephew, and of course Axel! You are truly a sweetheart! Happy Birthday Jen! Hope it is as wonderful as you are! Love, John and Lizzie

  • psitsinthedetails

    psitsinthedetails said 10 years ago

    congratulations on your success!!!! :-)

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I am inspired.

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It's always inspiring to hear people's stories, it's like getting a little peep behind the scenes!

  • BayBeeGee

    BayBeeGee said 10 years ago

    Aaaaaaaaaamazing! I love your bags, your bracelets, everything, your story! You are an inspiration to me! The store I managed closed its doors, so I am now a stay at home mom (which I LOVE), and my husband starts school in 2 weeks. Ahhh! Thanks for the tips!

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr said 10 years ago

    What a great article! I am inspired by her vision and presence of mind to do what she wants to do when it is important. I, too, quit my day job. I am also HONORED and EXCITED to be her blog giveaway winner! Don't miss the blog! http://www.jlstephenscouture.com/b-l-o-g.html

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa said 10 years ago

    Great ideas! Love your suggestions and working from home is such a great way to go! Way to follow your dreams and make them come true! Best of all- thanks for sharing ways for others to become successful too!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 10 years ago

    wonderful article! so inspiring.

  • sugarandcandy

    sugarandcandy said 10 years ago

    Bar none, the most inspirational article for me, in the Quit your Day Job series. I absolutely relate to you Jen, and love your outlook on life and work. You are living my dream, and I hope to have the confidence to just go for it - and soon! Thanks for making my day :)

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 10 years ago

    Really wonderful! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • harvestmoonbyhand

    harvestmoonbyhand said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • ChellaBellaDesigns

    ChellaBellaDesigns said 10 years ago

    I love this story. I too quit my day job before knowing what I would do to make ends meet. I crafted for gifts, not for a living. Rescued Greyhounds came into my life and I opened an in-home boarding facility just for them. Greyt Escape Accessories (www.greytescape.etsy.com) and Chella Bella Designs both evolved from my love to sew, create and make everything beautiful, tied into the local rescue by donating a portion of our proceeds each month. Love Greyhounds, Love Sewing, Love Helping...thanks Etsy! These stories are fabulous!

  • christinadesigns

    christinadesigns said 10 years ago

    do what you love and love what you do...what a gift do be able to do that. what a wonderful way to spend the day creating beautiful things and enjoying your beautiful baby. good luck from a newcomer peace christina

  • SublimeMood

    SublimeMood said 10 years ago

    these few lines hit home for me too " I have learned, and I would advise others, to stop micro-managing your life and just breathe. It feels good to worry less and dream more. Don't set unrealistic goals, know what you are good at and stay true to yourself."

  • kidgiddy

    kidgiddy said 10 years ago

    I hope for even half of your success. Congrats!!

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