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Quit Your Day Job: kgarnerdesigns

Feb 22, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Karen of kgarnerdesigns first began making jewelry as a creative outlet and project to adorn her bridesmaids. She enjoyed her work in a local egg packaging company and it wasn’t until after her first son was born that she and her husband began considering new options for Karen to be able stay at home full time with their growing family. After opening her Etsy shop as a way to support buying her bead supplies, she found that her online selling success could serve to match and replace her previous full-time income. Karen’s now expecting again and she claims her two biggest challenges are time management and mommy guilt.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I think I’ve always been making something. When my four siblings and I were kids, our family did everything: we sewed, knitted, crocheted, baked and gardened, to name a few. My parents have always had a strong DIY mentality and they definitely passed that on to me. I feel a need to create and get restless if I don’t have a project going, or if I can’t see something tangible that I’ve accomplished.

The first jewelry I made was necklace and earring sets for my bridesmaids, almost eleven years ago!
As newlyweds, my husband and I were totally consumed with renovating our first home, so almost all of our free time was spent on some project around the house. I made a few small pieces of jewelry over the years, but didn’t really get serious about it until my son was an infant. I found it to be a great way to relax at night. My collection of supplies grew as I made jewelry for myself and family. I started thinking about selling my jewelry as a way to use up supplies and to justify the money I was spending buying those supplies!

Tell us about your previous working situation.
I liked my job. I worked full time in the accounts receivable department of a local egg packaging company, doing billing and other bookkeeping. It’s a small company, friendly and comfortable compared to the large bank I’d worked for previously. I was happy with the pay and made some really good friends there. If my husband and I hadn’t decided to start a family, I think I’d still be there. I worked there for almost six years before my son came along. I had my heart set on being a stay-at-home mom, but felt I didn’t have a choice about working part time, at the least. After maternity leave, I took a part-time position in the same office, working in a different department. I stuck with it until my son was almost two. I was bored out of my mind at work, and felt like I wasn’t accomplishing anything. Our little guy didn’t really like to sleep. Ever. (He still doesn’t!) We were tired and stressed and knew our arrangement would never work if we wanted to add more children to our family. The pay didn’t seem worth the aggravation or the time I was spending away from home. My husband and I took a hard look at our budget and started working out a way for me to stay home full time.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I had hopes! I have always dreamed of finding a way to make my own money, be my own boss and be free from the 9-5. I kept joking to my husband that “my beads will save us” but I had no real idea of how I was going to make that happen. I discovered Etsy and opened my shop, hoping to sell enough to support my bead habit and maybe contribute a little money towards the household bills. I thought it would be wonderful if I could replace my part-time income by selling on Etsy, but I don’t think I ever considered the possibility that I’d replace my previous full-time income, as I’m happy to say I did in 2009! It’s absolutely freeing.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time, feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details?
We had already planned for me to quit my job to be a full-time stay-at-home mom. I had opened my Etsy shop a few months before, but wasn’t yet making regular sales. We had some savings and had worked out a budget, relying only on my husband’s income. We had recently paid off all debts, aside from our mortgage. Because I was only employed part time I didn’t have many benefits, so we already relied on my husband’s employer for health insurance. I registered my business with my state, applied for my sales tax license and learned some tax basics from an accountant friend at work. The inventory of jewelry I had to list was fairly small — I had only been allotting $10 a week from our new budget to spend on beads and supplies. Once I was no longer working outside the home I had more time and energy to put into my shop and slowly started making more sales. For the first 6-8 months after I opened shop, every cent I took in from a sale went into more supplies to build my inventory.

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

  • Keeping my shop fresh with new items or renewing items on Etsy has gotten me the most exposure.
  • Adding new items is very important, especially to bring back repeat customers. Give them something new to see if they come back to check out your shop again!
  • I also have free listings on several sites that are targeted to women and get a few sales from those.
  • Word of mouth from happy customers, especially brides, has brought me new business and that’s a great feeling!
  • Good customer service, with reasonable, customer friendly policies is very important.
  • I really enjoy my Facebook fan page. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a great place to connect with potential customers or keep in touch with repeat customers.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?

  • I tried blogging and tweeting but didn’t enjoy those and found each to be too time consuming. I find writing to be difficult; it takes me forever and never seems to sound as witty and interesting as I thought it did when I wrote it! It’s difficult to get traffic to a blog, especially if the blogger doesn’t really have a knack for writing!
  • I learned to be careful with whom I advertised. Anyone can start a blog or website and sell advertising space. Not everyone can bring a lot of traffic to their page and to your ad. Money spent advertising on a site with no traffic is money lost.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I typically get up with my son every morning around 7:30.
  • While I make coffee and prepare breakfast, I check my shop for overnight sales, relist items and answer any Convos that I’m able to.
  • After we eat breakfast and dress for the day, I take care of whatever has priority. Usually, that’s photographing new items or custom pieces I might be working on.
  • If I have any orders that need to ship, we’ll run those in to the post office.
  • I check my Convos and sales often throughout the day to stay caught up.
  • I do most of my work after my son is in bed for the night. He’s asleep by 8, and that’s when I make jewelry, pack orders, try to stay on top of paperwork and, again, communicate with customers. It’s a lot to fit into an evening!
  • Most nights, I go to bed around 1 a.m. I try to prepare as many orders for shipping as I can before calling it a night, so all we have to do during the day is make a trip to the post office. If I need him to, my husband is great about taking orders to the post office on his way to work, too.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I love the freedom! I love being at home with my little guy! He’s three and a half now and so much fun. It’s great to wake up and have the whole day ahead of us. Unless we have an appointment, there is almost no place we ever have to be and I like that. I know what needs to be done and can schedule the day around the priorities. We’re expecting another baby in May and it won’t be too much longer before our son is in school, so I’m really enjoying this time I get to spend with him one on one. I do miss the adult interaction sometimes. But, I get together with a few friends from work every now and then, we’re busy with our families, and I feel I have a balance that works for me. I’ve always been more of a homebody, anyway!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
After thinking on this question for a while, I have to say there isn’t anything “easy” about running a business! My two biggest challenges are time management and mommy guilt. I have a rather overactive guilt complex! To quote my husband “You’re home with him all day, what do you mean you don’t spend enough time with him?” And, he’s right. When I’m busy, it can be hard to balance family, jewelry and housework. Housework suffers the most! But my husband and I are in this together and he’s wonderful about doing what needs to be done around the house, or watching over our son when I need uninterrupted time to work. Running a business is a huge responsibility, too. I’m solely responsible for the income I bring in. If I slack off, so do sales. It’s not at all like walking into work at the office and being given work to do, with a regular paycheck at the end of the week. Having said that, I wouldn’t want it any other way! While it can be stressful at times, the freedom is irreplaceable.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?

  • Take yourself seriously, even if no one else does. Be confident. When people ask me what I do, and I tell them “I make jewelry and sell it online,” the typical reaction goes something like this: “Oh…that’s nice…good for you!…” They think it’s a cute hobby I use to keep myself from getting bored as a stay-at-home mom.
  • If I had listened to the people who never thought I’d sell a thing (including myself at times) I never would have opened my shop and my family wouldn’t be where we are today. If you think you can do it, go for it!
  • Stick with it, stick with it, stick with it! This takes a lot of effort and we’re not all going to start making regular sales overnight. I didn’t. Keep trying new things until you start getting the results you want.
  • Don’t waste the slow times. It’s easy to let yourself feel bad when sales are slow. Slow weeks or months are a great time to make and photograph new items, get your paperwork organized and stock up on supplies. Take the time to make a new banner and business cards or freshen your shop by rephotographing some existing items. You’ll feel much better if you’re doing something constructive!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I have a lofty goal of doubling my sales this year. I believe that’s possible, but with another child on the way, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it happen! I plan to close shop for at least six weeks after our daughter is born and I know we’ll all need that time to adjust. I’m not sure if I remember exactly what it’s like to have a newborn! I’ve decided I’ll be content if my sales for 2010 are equal to 2009. I feel that I was in experiment mode for much of 2009 – trying out new products, experimenting with photography and just learning how to best organize myself to get orders out and keep records. Now that I feel things are flowing smoothly, I want to concentrate on filling my shop. Ideally, I’d like to double my listings in time for the 2010 holiday shopping season!

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I couldn’t be happier with the way Etsy has worked out for me so far! This has given our family so much freedom and given me a sense of pride and accomplishment that I’ve never felt working for someone else. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!

Thanks to Karen for sharing her story. You can see some of Karen‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

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492 comments

  • Morado

    Morado said 6 years ago

    I always wait for this section! Congrats Karen and wish you much success :D

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 6 years ago

    Karen, congratulations on following your dream. Also love the advice to take yourself seriously when someone asks what you do.

  • CarefullyCurated

    CarefullyCurated said 6 years ago

    This is one of the most insightful and helpful "Quit Your Day Job" pieces I've read. Thank you Karen for sharing such insight and giving such thoughtful answers for others in the Etsy community. And good luck with all you have coming up in 2010!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 6 years ago

    mucho congrats!

  • tamaragarvey

    tamaragarvey said 6 years ago

    Much congratulations to you, Karen! It is really cool to hear from someone who actually did like their day/office job (or at least the one you had BEFORE your final one), but has now ended up enjoying running their Etsy shop full-time even more. Best of luck with the business in 2010, and congrats on the new baby! :)

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Wonderfull and so inspiring story! I am glad for u Karen. Hope one day I will be able to quit my day job too!! Wish u the best!!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Very pretty work and great inspiring ideas!

  • pabrika

    pabrika said 6 years ago

    You make stunning jewellery :) Congrats, and I wish you continued success!

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great story, and I like the photo with all the plastic boxes!

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your shop - your designs are so beautiful!

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 6 years ago

    I also like my job but would like to stay home when I start my family.Thanks for sharing.

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 6 years ago

    Lovely items and a great story - congratulations on your success!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 6 years ago

    Karen, congratulations! I found your interview very inspiring. I think it really is importnat to have faith in yourself and to stick to it! Even though I'm not there yet- with the whole qydj, I relate with a lot of your advice, making new inventory, not getting down if sales are down. For me, I have found my presence on twitter to be very helpful with exsposure, etc... Glad you have your own routine that is working wonders! I had to laugh at the part when people react to your "hobby", if they only knew! lovely work and congrats!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 6 years ago

    Wonderful shop! I really like the advice about taking yourself seriously. Sometimes I think certain family members think I do this since I'm a stay-at-home mom also. So glad things have worked out for you!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 6 years ago

    Lovely creations!

  • RhondasTreasures

    RhondasTreasures said 6 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 6 years ago

    Such a great article! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • woolandspool

    woolandspool said 6 years ago

    I really love reading the Quit Your Day Job articles, very inspiring.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    beautiful pearl jewelry. what a classic look.

  • SamiLouBoutique

    SamiLouBoutique said 6 years ago

    I love that you say Stick with it, stick with it, stick with it! It is so hard to remember that hard work will pay off in time. Being a new mom trying to make it online can seem a bit discouraging at times. Thanks for your advice!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 6 years ago

    what an uplifting story- congrats and continued success with your shop

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 6 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE Karen's story! She makes the most beautiful jewelry and I wish her continued success!

  • jlpuehler

    jlpuehler said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful!~No wonder you QYDJ! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great advice and an inspiring story! I hear ya regarding the reactions from people when you tell them you make jewelry and sell it online. I joke with my husband that I would get a more positive reaction from others if I just tell them I'm unemployed!!! Best wishes for continued success!!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your story it has truly inspire me, my sells are very slow but I won't giv eup on what i like doing the most, y cushions. By the way, lovely designs!! Regards from London Marga

  • birdsonawireboutique

    birdsonawireboutique said 6 years ago

    Your story is truly inspiring and your shop has such beautiful pieces! Congrats on your success!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 6 years ago

    congrats! very inspiring thanks for sharing

  • VanessaLaCondessa

    VanessaLaCondessa said 6 years ago

    thank you so much! it´s inspiring, very inspiring!

  • aloucreations

    aloucreations said 6 years ago

    Beautiful stuff! Congrats :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article and very nice pieces!

  • JiSTdesigns

    JiSTdesigns said 6 years ago

    your jewelry is beautiful!

  • noisettemarketing

    noisettemarketing said 6 years ago

    This is so inspiring. I also have a little boy and another baby on the way so it's interesting to see how you manage you day. Thank you for sharing!

  • TheChartreuseRoom

    TheChartreuseRoom said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for sharing. :)

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 6 years ago

    I love these articles!Keep up the great work! thanks for sharing!

  • littleANGELboutique

    littleANGELboutique said 6 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration. Very creative designs. Your jewelry reminds me of when I got married almost 26 years ago. That's when I purchased my first pearl earrings, necklace, and bracelet. Congratulations and God bless!

  • lilcoop1

    lilcoop1 said 6 years ago

    I love your jewelry. The advice was great. I completely understand the whole time management thing. I go to college so that's like a full time job and then some lol.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Karen. Continued success to you.

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 6 years ago

    always envious of those who manage to quit their day job! good on you : )

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 6 years ago

    "stick to it! stick to it! stick to it!" ...that should be the motto for all etsians. your story paralells much of mine except for the kids & lack of time...all the hard stuff :D knowing that you've done so well with grace and sanity, gives me hope. thank you for sharing.

  • scriptito

    scriptito said 6 years ago

    You have such lovely items, and your story is inspiring. I love reading stories such as theses.

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 6 years ago

    loved reading about your success & also loved reading that someone else suffers from mommy guilt as i do! our son just turned four and my husband tells me the same thing yours tells you...but if i am on the computer, painting or taking photos and not building forts or baling hay i feel horribly guilty. your jewelry is lovely. best of luck!

  • Lucismiles

    Lucismiles said 6 years ago

    Wow! Thanks for motivating me to get busy!!!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 6 years ago

    WOW I was feeling really low still having very few sales as a jewelry designer. I think I feel a lot better now!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! And gorgeous jewelry! I keep dreaming about the day when I will quit my full time job. Someday soon, but until then I love reading other's stories!

  • wearableartbyjude

    wearableartbyjude said 6 years ago

    always so interesting to read the "quit your day job" interviews.. great jewelry, Karen!

  • SherriWeeseDesigns

    SherriWeeseDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Wonderful inspiration! Congratulations and continued success!

  • lilyladyblue

    lilyladyblue said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen!Thanks for this...it's truly inspiring!

  • vintageNsome

    vintageNsome said 6 years ago

    Very nice hope to purchase from you soon :)

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 6 years ago

    Great interview and wonderful jewelry. Congratulations and best wishes for continued success!!!

  • RueDesign

    RueDesign said 6 years ago

    Cool beans. You give me hope.

  • Oceanne

    Oceanne said 6 years ago

    Great article...thank you for inspiring me...

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Work at an egg-packing company? That's kind of neat! Thank you for all the tips and inspiration. It gives me hope that maybe some day I could be at home with my son; picking him up from school and having breakfast together and everything else. *Sigh* :)

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 6 years ago

    Lovely jewellery!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Enjoy your time off with your family.

  • SpoonerZ

    SpoonerZ said 6 years ago

    Such an elegant and simple style-nice job!!!

  • SoulfulStuff

    SoulfulStuff said 6 years ago

    Your responses are most thoughtful and insightful....thank you so much for taking the time to be so thoughtful and sharing such honest info. Your jewelry is elegant and beautiful. I wish you many blessings in the future. Being disabled, I hope one day my shop will do as well! Not just for income, but for the message. Thank you for your encouragement and inspiration!

  • carasboutique

    carasboutique said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! This is such an inspiring story! Congrats on all of your success!!!!!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the thoughtful advise. It's very easy to get down on yourself when sales aren't what you expected. Congratulations on your successful shop:)

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 6 years ago

    Wow what a great story. Best wishes for continued success!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    your creations are wonderful! congratulations!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 6 years ago

    inspiring story. congrats!

  • byhandathome

    byhandathome said 6 years ago

    such an inspiring story. way to go, mama & congrats!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success and good luck in the future! Nice work!

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Inspiring stuff, well done on your success. I'm going to double my own efforts now!

  • greenleafboutique

    greenleafboutique said 6 years ago

    Love the 'quit your day job' series!! So, so, so inspiring!!!

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 6 years ago

    Hehe my day pretty much goes the same as yours... staying up late to package orders and mommy guilt... you know! It is hard to plan organize time with your kids, jewellery and house cleaning! I also especially lack with the house cleaning.lol

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats for your new baby and your successful shop :)

  • DeannasTreasures

    DeannasTreasures said 6 years ago

    Hi I am only 9 but I hope to have lots of sales soon. My mom told me to read this article to inspire me. She helps me out a lot with jewelry making. I love all of your pretty earrings.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Congrats and wish you continued success~

  • sewsmitten

    sewsmitten said 6 years ago

    I love all the advice, and tips! I have a three year old myself, and I am just starting out. At times it gets discouraging, but you give me hope!Thanks for all of the inspiration

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 6 years ago

    I love this series so much. Just when I am getting down on my shop, another lovely Etsian makes me feel as if I can do it! Thank you and best of luck with your new baby!

  • pinklimed

    pinklimed said 6 years ago

    Lovely tips! Congrats on everything; your shop is lovely!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 6 years ago

    Especially love the mommy success stories! Thanks for sharing!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 6 years ago

    Lovely, thanks for sharing.

  • lovinclaydolls

    lovinclaydolls said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for giving us a peek into your life. I can relate to the mommy guilt and the housework suffering..that's for sure! You are an inspiration. Keep up the great work!! : )

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    We have taken similar roads and I relate to so much of your story. I just have to stick with it (thanks for the insight) to become as successful as you have become with Etsy. I quit my day job before I made as much as my old job to stay home with my little one. I still have faith that my Etsy shop will catch up to and surpass my other selling venues so I can branch out from my local market and help support my famliy. : ) Thanks for sharing!

  • sheepsclothing

    sheepsclothing said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your well earned success. I love those necklaces!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 6 years ago

    Congreats!!!

  • thriftage

    thriftage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success in the jewelry market. I wouldn't have the guts to take it on. There are so many jewelers out there.

  • Hairoix

    Hairoix said 6 years ago

    Excellent article! Very inspiring. Congrats on the new baby & much success in the future with your business!

  • antiquegrrl

    antiquegrrl said 6 years ago

    Congratulation LOCAL FRIEND :)

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 6 years ago

    oooohlala!!! Completely gorgeous designs, thank you!!!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    Your article is inspiring. I want to accomplish as much one day. Thanks.

  • LiviesWhimsies

    LiviesWhimsies said 6 years ago

    I love this section! Karen, thanks for sharing. Your story is inspiring to another guilt-ridden stay at home mom like me!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you!

  • analoukopoulos

    analoukopoulos said 6 years ago

    Congrats, itis great when you can do what you love all day and be successful. :)

  • nazcigars

    nazcigars said 6 years ago

    Nice jewerly, awesome article

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 6 years ago

    Great attention to detail, it really shows that you love your work!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great story. I still have a difficult time also explaining my job when someone ask. Well, most of the time the answer is a very happy SHM, who really like to work at home.

  • sleepandhersisters

    sleepandhersisters said 6 years ago

    thanks for that article interesting and inspiring...

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Great shop!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 6 years ago

    Congratulations & best wishes to your growing family! Lovely jewelry.

  • lisaleeworks

    lisaleeworks said 6 years ago

    Great Story! I always believe that its possible to make money doing what you love, and here we have some proof!!

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 6 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats to your success!!I also have a hard time telling someone that I'm selling greeting cards online, when they ask, what I'm doing.Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • amntyler

    amntyler said 6 years ago

    Of course it is important to make lovely jewelry, but in addition to that, your photography is fantastic, so professional! Everything looks amazing.

  • ValleryB

    ValleryB said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story! I have recently opened my shop, we also have a 2 year old and are expecting a boy in a few weeks, too! It's so inspiring to hear of your success! Thanks for opening your heart to us.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! great story!

  • ZhongFuJewelryDesign

    ZhongFuJewelryDesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your story - I too am starting out with the wish of being able to support my jewelry making habit. Would also love it if it goes further than that some day.

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 6 years ago

    These "Quit Your Day Job Stories" are my favorites. I did the same thing several years ago and I know this step is not easy at all. My best to anyone who goes out on their own.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Love your story, it's very inspiring! Love the jewelry!

  • skyecolding

    skyecolding said 6 years ago

    That was the best story. I wish you and your family well. I really needed to hear your story. I'm new to Etsy and it gives me lots of hope.

  • SolderingSisters

    SolderingSisters said 6 years ago

    What a fabulous story! I am so happy that your hard work paid off. I am looking forward to the day that I head to the post office every day to ship my orders. I believe in visions, and I have a vision to be on Oprah one day. You have to believe in yourself and your product. Karen your jewelry is beautiful! Good luck with the growing family!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    Thx for sharing your story, very inspirational!! Your jewelry is beautiful, good luck!!!!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Karen!

  • boysngirls

    boysngirls said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. Just today I was thinking about taking myself seriously even if others don't. *sigh*...I'm a new Etsian and your words encourage me so. Thanks again. All the best you and your loved ones.

  • JuliaKulp

    JuliaKulp said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story and inspiring! I have a newborn baby and this is my ideal situation!

  • tweeprints

    tweeprints said 6 years ago

    I love your honesty.

  • eagamsky

    eagamsky said 6 years ago

    I think many mothers dream of being able to do what Karen does. I am in the same boat timewise - I have an 11 mo old and a 7 yr old - so I don't have a lot of time in the day to make new items. There a few short naps, and I mean short (20-30 minutes once or twice a day, maybe an hour if I'm lucky), so that's the only "free" time I have. I try to take pics in the daylight, even though I have an Ott light (great thing - natural lighting without the sun - awesome!) Still, I end up making new items at night, staying up way too late (induced insomnia). My problem is that I think way too long and hard, and rearrange beads and pieces so many times, I can spend hours in my basement work area without actually making something. *(I definitely can't factor in my time in the price of my items - it would be an extraordinary sum!) Having just gotten serious about an online shop (I opened my shop on Etsy the end of last year) I'm trying to make this a success and am still learning. I learn so much from others on Etsy and I've gotten lots of tips form other Etsyiers that I buy from. I've had items put on blogs and in Treasuries but am still waiting for that "breakthrough" moment. I did well at a holiday craft show this past December, and that was encouraging. Sorry to go on at length but Karen's story is one that I hope to make my own someday. I currently do freelance editing (for craft books, of all things) at home, and when I have a project due, that takes up all my "craft time," what little there already is. If anyone reads this post and has more ideas about shop success that I may not have seen on Etsy yet (I've been trying to read as many tips and blogs as I can), I'd love to hear from you. Thx, Elizabeth

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats on all your success. I wish you all the best!

  • LuciesKrafts

    LuciesKrafts said 6 years ago

    You have great stuff. Thank you for sharing your story. I had my Etsy page up just a month ago and I'm having trouble getting it started. Do you know where I can get help? Thanks.

  • jewelsbyjaime

    jewelsbyjaime said 6 years ago

    Great story and beautiful jewelry!

  • phoenixartstudio

    phoenixartstudio said 6 years ago

    Thank you for posting such an uplifting story!! Your work is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!! :)

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen! For your growing family :D and your success in Etsy! Your pieces are very pretty. Thank you for the tips for managing a business. I don't have any children yet, but it looks like a great challenge to make all at the same time, 24hours a day doesn't seem enough time... but with stories like yours I see is possible :) I hope your shop keeps being super succesful! And congrats again for your family :)

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 6 years ago

    I love reading this section. It hellps me keep up my spirits!

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 6 years ago

    Love your story. It helps me keep up my spirits as a beginning seller who has slow sales! :)

  • nomoredisco

    nomoredisco said 6 years ago

    How do etsy mummys stay up until 1am working? I can barely walk by 10.30pm after a day with the children. Beautiful work...

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success Karen, and best wishes with the new baby!

  • artistudios

    artistudios said 6 years ago

    I am a mom of two toddlers and perfectly know how it is hard to balance the time for your children and the art time. You successfully do it and make beautiful jewelry! Congratulations! Best wishes!

  • artistudios

    artistudios said 6 years ago

    I am a mum of two toddlers and perfectly know hot it is hard to balance between the time for your children and the time for your art. You successfully do it and also make beautiful jewelry! Congratulations!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 6 years ago

    Congrats! You have a wonderfully inspiring story and to be honest, it was just what I needed this morning to keep me motivated! Thank you :)

  • merryroseberry

    merryroseberry said 6 years ago

    What an encouraging story! I myself have a baby on the way and have always dreamt about being my own boss... I would like to spend our baby's first years at home with him/her. So I could say Karen is living my dream life right now :D Congrats to Karen about succeeding in her business, and having a possibility to be an entrepreneur-home mom :) And of course also about her second baby <3 I´ts wonderful to read these kind of stories.

  • mwgregory

    mwgregory said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. I am very inspired by your store!

  • OOBags

    OOBags said 6 years ago

    Well done you!

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 6 years ago

    Great story! Many congratulations! :)

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 6 years ago

    great article!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 6 years ago

    great article!

  • jmontesdesigns

    jmontesdesigns said 6 years ago

    I always wait for these stories to motivate me...congrats on ur success and new baby on the way

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 6 years ago

    Great Article. Thanks for share this with us :)

  • liliswan

    liliswan said 6 years ago

    congratulations, Karen! what beautiful, elegant jewelry...I love all of it!

  • PorsbyDesign

    PorsbyDesign said 6 years ago

    Love your work. You're a great inspiration to a newbie like myself. Hopefully one day I'll be able to quit my day job too and follow in your path.

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 6 years ago

    Great Article. Nice work. Congratulation :)

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading your story Karen. I especially enjoyed your honesty around 'there isn't anything easy about running your own business' and 'mommy guilt' I can very much relate to that. All the best for the rest of your pregnancy. May is a fab month to be born both my little daughter and myself are May babies :-) Best wishes and Good luck!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! How exciting to be able to do what you love and be able to spend time with your children. Beautiful items. I love the soft romantic appeal they have.

  • lithicastoneworks

    lithicastoneworks said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Some great advice there.

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 6 years ago

    I love your stuff! I completely understand about the guilt/time management! But it looks like you have one amazing family!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Best wishes for the soon to come baby and family! :)

  • finewinedesign

    finewinedesign said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful thing to be your own boss! It takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You should be proud!

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success - your jewellery is beautiful!

  • BeanTownHandmade

    BeanTownHandmade said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this - thanks for sharing your story. Congrats on all you've accomplished!

  • karileigh4

    karileigh4 said 6 years ago

    so exciting and inspiring!!! congrats karen!

  • Everlastinggallery

    Everlastinggallery said 6 years ago

    thank you for this great sharing, i got some brilliant ideas. at first , i planed to write blog too, but it is really not fit for everyone :) Happy with your experience, wishing you get better respond sales.

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, is inspiring to see you doing so well, you have some lovely pieces ;o)

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! I love her advice, If you think you can do it, go for it!

  • AllBeauteousThings

    AllBeauteousThings said 6 years ago

    I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who suffers with 'mum guilt'; I also get 'partner guilt' when I have to ask my other half to do the housework because I have other work to do but we both know it will be worth it in the long run...!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats and best of luck with the new little one!

  • 1beader

    1beader said 6 years ago

    Congratulation and best wishes on continued success!!! I loved reading your story--give me a little bit of hope! I would LOVE to be able to do the same thing one day.

  • PatsyDesigns

    PatsyDesigns said 6 years ago

    You are awesome to share your story and to heck with housework!! Hubby is great! You go girl!!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 6 years ago

    Another wonderful and inspiring quit you day job! Well done on your success! You work so hard, working till 1am and then up at 7am and with a small child AND a baby on the way! WOW :)X

  • VixensEmpire

    VixensEmpire said 6 years ago

    What a great story! Enough sales to match your previous full-time pay--WOW. You are an inspiration.

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 6 years ago

    What a delightful interview, and what beautiful jewelry! Here's to you, Karen! Go girl!!!

  • CuriOhs

    CuriOhs said 6 years ago

    Wow--great story and really lovely jewelry!

  • woolhug

    woolhug said 6 years ago

    Very encouraging, i can use your tips for my shop as well!

  • TheLadySlipper

    TheLadySlipper said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your process! This is an inspiration for me. I also would love to have my Etsy shop become my workplace. Congratulations on your success and congrats also on your upcoming new baby!!!!! Thanks again! Kirsten

  • OneVintageLady

    OneVintageLady said 6 years ago

    WOW!! What a story. Thyank you for the GREAT tips, Cheryl

  • JadeRoseBoutique

    JadeRoseBoutique said 6 years ago

    beautiful work! I wish you continued success as a shop owner and especially as a mom.

  • BeCharmedDesigns

    BeCharmedDesigns said 6 years ago

    A terrific story. Thanks for sharing.

  • theroyalfamily

    theroyalfamily said 6 years ago

    we have a lot in common! I love how upbeat you are! Thanks for the great interview!!

  • mprintsdesign

    mprintsdesign said 6 years ago

    so inspiring:)

  • dreamgirlbeads

    dreamgirlbeads said 6 years ago

    Way to go Karen!

  • JMMStudios

    JMMStudios said 6 years ago

    A very inspiring interview! Thanks for the advice. Goodluck in 2010 and congrats on baby number 2!

  • karenskrafts

    karenskrafts said 6 years ago

    Hi Karen! I read your article, and I find this to be so very inspiring! I love your style of jewelry! I make jewelry also, so it's great to hear a successful jewelry story! Thanks for sharing! Karen

  • SkinBathandBody

    SkinBathandBody said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for your inspiring story that you have shared with us. Congratulations!

  • AmyMadden

    AmyMadden said 6 years ago

    Inspirational story and lovely shop!

  • kitsnbitscraps

    kitsnbitscraps said 6 years ago

    great article, congrats

  • ChunkyWatchDesigns

    ChunkyWatchDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your work and your confidence!!!

  • evgie

    evgie said 6 years ago

    This is amazing stuff! And encouraging!

  • Dalim

    Dalim said 6 years ago

    I always adored KGarner's store. Congrats on your success and the new baby girl!

  • mrowe

    mrowe said 6 years ago

    I can very much relate to this story! Thanks for sharing and you'll do great adjusting to another baby!

  • AberdeenLane

    AberdeenLane said 6 years ago

    Thanks for all the great tips, I feel like I'm constantly defending my business and its so refreshing to know that you had some of the same trials and yet have done so well for yourself. I feel a weight lifted!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry! Congrats on the article and I wish you much success. :)

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 6 years ago

    You are inspiration to all of us SAH Etsy Moms!!!

  • CharliesApt

    CharliesApt said 6 years ago

    Your story is very motivating! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • azteca

    azteca said 6 years ago

    Wow, love it, and congratulations on reaching a goal that most of us here on etsy only dream of!!! :-) Keep up the good work! Heidi @ Azteca Designs www.aztecadesigns.wordpress.com

  • meghanmoran

    meghanmoran said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Good luck in 2010.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    Nice story! Congrats!

  • 13bees

    13bees said 6 years ago

    I've purchased a few things from karen and it's nice to see her shop highlighted - she makes beautiful things!

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 6 years ago

    Great advice. I am doing this full-time too and I hope I will be as successful as you one day!! It's nice to get some encouragement.

  • fuchsiabloomstudio

    fuchsiabloomstudio said 6 years ago

    I can really relate to your story and what you wrote is really inspiring - I will go back to it when I feel discouraged! Good luck to you with your new addition to the family!

  • ScrappinCorner

    ScrappinCorner said 6 years ago

    Very nice article! I love KGarner's shop and she is so talented! Great job!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    beautiful little boy, and a sweet line of jewelry! I love these articles♥

  • JulieWebb

    JulieWebb said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! There are so many beautiful jewellery shops here on Etsy but your work is truly gorgeous. I love, LOVE it! :)

  • creationsbyalita

    creationsbyalita said 6 years ago

    Wonderful, candid and inspiring article. Your comments give me reason to look at my business from a new pair of eyes.

  • bluerootpress

    bluerootpress said 6 years ago

    How wonderful, so inspiring. I love the article, it gives me so much to think about.

  • MadisonHouseDesigns

    MadisonHouseDesigns said 6 years ago

    That's awesome, Karen. Congrats on your successful business and your lovely family! Your answers are really encouraging to your fellow etsy sellers! Keep it up! :)

  • myshininglights

    myshininglights said 6 years ago

    Thank you for this wonderful article! And congratulations Karen! You have given me hope to stick with it!

  • MariaLuna

    MariaLuna said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I love your jewelry!! Simple and elegant :)

  • CowgirlRocks

    CowgirlRocks said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is just beautiful! Kudos to you for having great organizational skills-something I lack, lol-and being able to stay home with your little one!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrautlations you are making it all work. You have beautiful jewelry.

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 6 years ago

    A very inspiring story... thank you for sharing it with us.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Congrats Karen.

  • AventineHill

    AventineHill said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Though probably not that common for most of us on Etsy...but good for you! I'm happy it's working out for you so well!

  • ChickaDeesigns

    ChickaDeesigns said 6 years ago

    very inspiring!!! thank you so much for sharing!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen, on your success and the new baby. Your story is very inspiring, and I admire how you make it work. I wish you double the sales for 2010!

  • ForYouDesigns

    ForYouDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love to read the success stories of other stay-at-home mums - makes me believe that my dream is achievable. Thank you so much for sharing your story Karen. Cheers, Tasha

  • thisoldhippie

    thisoldhippie said 6 years ago

    A lot of awesome information... and very inspirational! And your jewelry is extremely beautiful my wife loves every piece "I think I'm in trouble now!" lol... You certainly deserve every reward your getting for taking action and never giving up!. I and my wife wish you and your family many,many...many and yet more years of love and success! Frank & Teri

  • eenieeenie

    eenieeenie said 6 years ago

    many thanks for sharing your beautiful jewelry & inspiring story!! : )

  • sandim

    sandim said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen! Very inspired by you, and plan to put much needed time into my own shop having read it ;)

  • dustynewt

    dustynewt said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the interview/article. Very inspiring. I keep plugging away and have made some of the same discoveries you have. You do beautiful work. I am taking a class next week on silversmithing from Dragonwerx. I hope to incorporate this with my woodwork. Peace in Wood, Scott

  • HypoAlley

    HypoAlley said 6 years ago

    I love this "Quit your day Job" article. It reminds me so much o myself and my daily grind. I had an Etsy shop once and after a few months of it no doing so well, I closed it down! What a mistake! I started up my shop again and have stuck with it! It has been several months and I feel like the sales are slowly coming in more and more! I really sympathisized when you said, "•Take yourself seriously, even if no one else does. Be confident. When people ask me what I do, and I tell them “I make jewelry and sell it online," the typical reaction goes something like this: “Oh...that’s nice...good for you!...” They think it’s a cute hobby I use to keep myself from getting bored as a stay-at-home mom." THIS IS SO TRUE! As a aty at home mom I feel like I am not doing enough for my family as it is; however, that couldn't be further from the truth! Having an Etsy shop is serious business and if we take it serious, as you did, we CAN succeed and feel accomplished. Thanks for a completely inspirational interview! Tracy (HypoAlley)

  • MissyPhay625

    MissyPhay625 said 6 years ago

    This is Awesome, and gives us just starting out hope! Congratulations on the success, and on the new baby on the way!

  • EyesOfLuana

    EyesOfLuana said 6 years ago

    Your story was well written...You are very talented and organized!! I love your jewelry, very classy. Luana

  • EyesOfLuana

    EyesOfLuana said 6 years ago

    Wonderful

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire said 6 years ago

    congratulations and love the jewelry!

  • vintagespotlight

    vintagespotlight said 6 years ago

    I'm a new seller to Etsy. I love love love this site and I'm so excited to be a part of it. This is a great learning tool for us newbies. Your story was very inspiring and I'm looking forward to doing the same. P.S. Your work is beautiful! Thanks Vintagespotlight

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome said 6 years ago

    Great Job Karen, That is so true, If you dont believe in your self, NO ONE will!!!! Your story just reminded me to keep putting forth the effort and to NEVER give up. Thanks for the encouraging words and good luck with your success's. Shelley Our Hobby to Your Home

  • owlsay

    owlsay said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad to know someone else lets the 'housework' go too!!! I'd much rather play with my toddler, spend time with my husband and work on my shop than get to those dishes! Letting go of housework definitely gives me a guilt complex! But I think I can get over it :) I love your shop and your story!

  • CarolTaylorFineArt

    CarolTaylorFineArt said 6 years ago

    Thank you, Karen, for sharing your story! Your jewelry is lovely. Carol

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 6 years ago

    Karen-Congratulations, what an accomplishment to believe in yourself enough to make your dream come true. You should be so proud- people love your work, you devote much needed time to your children and aren't sacrificing your income. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring all of us that there is hope for us as well. Good luck for your future business and your growing family! Karen

  • ourhobbytoyourhome

    ourhobbytoyourhome said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your very inspiring story and the reminder to never give up!!! If you dont believe in yourself, No one will. Good luck to you with your family and your Success's. Shelley Our Hobby to Your Home

  • natjacstudio

    natjacstudio said 6 years ago

    I love freshwater pearls! Congratulations on your new baby and cute son.

  • percyhandmade

    percyhandmade said 6 years ago

    I love reading these stories! Congratulations Karen, your work is wonderful!

  • MemorableWeddings

    MemorableWeddings said 6 years ago

    I am just starting out so thanks for the inspiration Karen. Your jewelry is fabulous. I too, would love to make this my full time job. I appreciate the advice that you offered and I am excited about the prospect of making this work for my family. I am hopeful for what the future holds! Good luck on your upcoming birth and continued success.

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 6 years ago

    What you mentioned about guilt is very interesting. I agree, we should all take ourselves seriously. Good luck with your new edition!

  • craftynans

    craftynans said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen, no wonder you are crafting full time, your jewelry is awesome!!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 6 years ago

    Very pretty and luscious designs. Congratulations on your new arrival! Do you think you will really have to totally close your shop for six week?

  • AllAboutTheFiber

    AllAboutTheFiber said 6 years ago

    Great, honest interview. Congrats!♥

  • lv2cr8

    lv2cr8 said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your growing business. I wish you continued success in the years to come!

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 6 years ago

    Great artical, congrat Karen, good work!

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed this interview, thanks for sharing, I learned alot.....keep up the great work! :)

  • sillywoman

    sillywoman said 6 years ago

    Just what I needed on a Tuesday night! Thank you for your story! Wish you all the best with family and work. :) Justine

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 6 years ago

    This article has given me new hope! Great designs Karen!

  • NaturalVibesJewelry

    NaturalVibesJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congratulations, Karen to you and your beautiful family! I love these stories so much and to put faces to names is wonderful. This is one of my favorite "quit your day job" articles I've read yet. Thank you for giving me hope and confidence to keep on keeping on! :) Congratulations on your coming baby, too! I wish you a continued success and a prosperous 2010.

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 said 6 years ago

    great article and story! congrats on your new baby!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 6 years ago

    congratulations on your feature and business success. I feel the same about the Mommy guilt and you are right about people saying what a fun hobby, I get that a lot too but wouldn't change a thing!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen from another Karen! I love this advice: "Take yourself seriously, even if no one else does" Sooooooo TRUE! Great article and advice! Thanks!

  • laurenblythedesigns

    laurenblythedesigns said 6 years ago

    wonderful article! Being a stay at home mom as well this is really inspiring! Am glad I am not the only one working the 8-1am shift! Your jewelry is gorgeous- keep up the good work!

  • MooBeeTees

    MooBeeTees said 6 years ago

    Well done Karen! Loved that you reinforced the way I think about my 'business' and that eventually with a little bit and determination it can work :)

  • stitchesandknots

    stitchesandknots said 6 years ago

    I am just starting out, so thank you for the advice. Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy. . . .by thinking "no one will want what I have to sell", then my daughter in law talks sense into me. However, you are my inspiration. Thanks again! Keep up the good work and I wish for you much prosperity in the years to come!

  • RandeeAnne

    RandeeAnne said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! i love to hear success stories where people can quit their day job and just create :)

  • PaisleyPearQuilts

    PaisleyPearQuilts said 6 years ago

    Awesome article! Awesome mommy and business lady! Completely inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • moonlightdesigns2

    moonlightdesigns2 said 6 years ago

    Thank You for the great inspiration and all of your success! I have been working on my jewelry line for just a year and find it is all I think about and want to do....hopefully success will come my way too.

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden said 6 years ago

    wonderful interview! Loved your honesty and your direct answers make me feel this could be attainable under the right conditions. Good for you and I'll be pulling for you to make your 2010 goal!

  • PlanetCalamari

    PlanetCalamari said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for this inspiring article. Your jewelry is stunning. Congrats on your success and baby!

  • NyxEnchantments

    NyxEnchantments said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your shop success and your expected new little one! You are an inspiration for us all. Good luck to you!

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring article & reminding us to stick with your shop, even if some try to discourage you. I started my shop in the hopes that one day my son could help with the business & have an income from something beyond the simple, menial jobs that some seem to want to consign him to, as a creative outlet & maybe so I can quit my day job, someday. Congratulations on your success & thank you for the article

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 6 years ago

    A lot of great advice!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring!

  • MurrayDesignStudio

    MurrayDesignStudio said 6 years ago

    hello! I had kgardner do the necklaces for my wedding this past september, she did a great job. Loved them! So happy that you are so successful! Now if I could just get this off the grounf myself- that would be great! Congrats to you! Jeanna @ MurrayDesignStudio! Craft on!

  • JanelleyBeads

    JanelleyBeads said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! Congrats on your success! ^^

  • Ericamichelle44

    Ericamichelle44 said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! These stories make me feel like reaching my goal is within reach :)

  • Stacynae

    Stacynae said 6 years ago

    Karen, I loved reading your story! You're an inspiration to me! I hope a year from now I'm in an article telling the Etsy family how I've been able to quit my full time job to stay and home and make my tutu's. Thank you!

  • ViviRandazzo

    ViviRandazzo said 6 years ago

    Inspiring article. I am not a mother yet but I would love to have the ability to do what you do if I ever had a baby, there's nothing better for a baby than growing up next to his mom. I am new at selling my jewelry although I have been making jewelry since I was little (inherited from my stay at home) xoxo Vivi

  • RusticLogDecor

    RusticLogDecor said 6 years ago

    Thank you, Karen, for sharing your story. I love to read success stories about sincere, dedicated people who deserve their success. Best to you, Linda

  • rkbrushworks

    rkbrushworks said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and beautiful jewelry!

  • pinkpurr

    pinkpurr said 6 years ago

    Way to go girl! I'm in the same spot you're in; mommy guilt and all. We think we can do it all... and we can! Just don't forget to take care of yourself and recharge your battery every now and then. Believe me, I know! Great shop!

  • CrownberryDesigns

    CrownberryDesigns said 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful article, thanks for sharing your story Karen! Good luck with your business as well as with your family and your new baby! :)

  • earthnskystudio

    earthnskystudio said 6 years ago

    Continued blessings Karen! It's so encouraging to hear of others' success in their creative endeavors.

  • ButternutBoutique

    ButternutBoutique said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring interview. And your jewelry is fantastic!

  • ImperialCookies

    ImperialCookies said 6 years ago

    Karen, Congratulations on finding the balance in life and making your children your first priority. Hats off to you!

  • MyGlo

    MyGlo said 6 years ago

    Insperational tosay the least. I like reading peoples success stories. I'm in the stage of trying new things and see what happens. Alot of kudos to you.

  • designacrayon

    designacrayon said 6 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring article - especially for all of us full-time moms out there! Beautiful jewelry! Keep up the great work and congrats on your growing family!

  • LesleeCreations

    LesleeCreations said 6 years ago

    You are inspiring as I, too, have a love of creating jewelry. Best of luck to you and congratulations on being recognized for your talents!!

  • MyCatLucy

    MyCatLucy said 6 years ago

    Karen you are a real inspiration! I can't believe how much you do with a little one at home... makes me feel lazy! And thanks for telling us to hang in there. I had someone ask me if I had sold to anyone that I didn't know yet and I had to answer no... made me feel like such a loser until I read other seasoned Etsy sellers saying it takes time! Your jewelry is beautiful too!

  • anaprilmorning

    anaprilmorning said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and the advice to be confident! And good luck with number two-it is easier the second time around!!

  • twirliewhirlies

    twirliewhirlies said 6 years ago

    Great interview! A day in Karen's life sounds exactly like mine. Nice to know I am not alone. Strength in numbers! I wish you continued success!

  • PaganGypsy

    PaganGypsy said 6 years ago

    A really inspirational piece. You make it sound so easy, but believe me I know it is a time consuming venture. You have lovely pieces and the photos are exceptional. Best of Luck. Just keep on doing what you're doing. You're a great role model.

  • chlodell

    chlodell said 6 years ago

    Great jewelry. I love pearls. Wonderful story. Gives me hope and to change some things. Thank you

  • spoiledroyalgirls

    spoiledroyalgirls said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have a very similar situation with staying home with my child and having another. It is hard to juggle everything sometimes and it is nice to see someone else being able to do the same thing. Good luck with your business and new baby.

  • laboratory424

    laboratory424 said 6 years ago

    The crystal and nature pieces are my favorites. They are unique and have fine detail work! Nice photography and set designs. You are an inspiring designer. Thanks.

  • StoneSpeak

    StoneSpeak said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your story, I had started to lose sight of my own dream.

  • Joollywoolly

    Joollywoolly said 6 years ago

    Encouraging and inspiring to hear how belief and hard work can pay off... You did it!! You're doing it! Hooray!..no doubt your children will reep the benefits. I wish it continues in goodness for you :) ...and the bit about other people's reactions... so true.. we can laugh!

  • Gypsymoondesigns

    Gypsymoondesigns said 6 years ago

    Karen congrats! It is nice to see your picture and meet your little boy! Julie

  • pattyocreations

    pattyocreations said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the wonderful suggestions and inspiration, Karen. Your article gives me hope that I can do it too - just believe! Best of luck in 2010!

  • SuperiorBodyProducts

    SuperiorBodyProducts said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I appreciate hearing your story. Congrats on the shop and on your growing family.

  • lindab142

    lindab142 said 6 years ago

    I wish you continued success and my I'm working on my item descriptions as we speak.

  • lanya

    lanya said 6 years ago

    inspiring! Thank you!

  • Lissies

    Lissies said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen! Wish you much success in the future! :)

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 6 years ago

    Karen, congratulations on following your dream. Your story is so inspiring, and encouraging at the same. Also love the advice to take yourself seriously when someone asks what you do. Congratulations on your new baby! :) God bless!

  • cutelittlesomething

    cutelittlesomething said 6 years ago

    Continued success and a huge thank you for sharing your story! Your items are gorgeous and you're awesome!I'm just beginning my adventure and your story has truly inspired me!

  • rosebudbeads

    rosebudbeads said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring for someone like me who is just starting out. Good luck with the new little one! All the Best!

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco said 6 years ago

    What awesome inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing. It gives me encouragement as I begin my Etsy journey. Thanks again!

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 6 years ago

    I love reading about these successful quit your day job etsyians! Congrats kgarnerdesigns for starting your own successful jewelry business!

  • designerpens

    designerpens said 6 years ago

    I am afraid I would have to agree with her about twitter. It takes a *lot* of my time (a good part of it it retweeting for others, hoping they will do the same) on twitter and while I have 4K plus followers, I can't honestly say it's a good use of time. I am glad for her as well. It's nice to know someone else has been where I am

  • carriealisha

    carriealisha said 6 years ago

    I love reading these! It gives me hope that one day I too might be able to quit my job.

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I too hope to pick up some momentum in my shop this coming year! Thanks for all your helpful tips and insight!

  • Maudies

    Maudies said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. Just what I needed to hear right now. Great tips.

  • littlemuffinbottoms

    littlemuffinbottoms said 6 years ago

    Your items and photos are so beautiful. i hope to replace my income some day. You inspire me.

  • flashbackintime

    flashbackintime said 6 years ago

    Listing, packing, writing the listings...it is all time consuming, but so rewarding. I enjoy the convo's as much as the sales. Bravo & brava to everyone who tackles Etsy with children underfoot. It is wonderful role-modeling for youngsters.

  • RichardandMelissa

    RichardandMelissa said 6 years ago

    Great advice and a very nice story! Thanks!

  • IvieRidge

    IvieRidge said 6 years ago

    Love your stuff! Thanks for the tips and I'm glad to know it is possible.

  • lapidaryjewelryshop

    lapidaryjewelryshop said 6 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring as I'm just starting my online shop journey. As a new Etsy member with a shop about a week old, it's great to read success stories. Congrats and best wishes for a fantastic 2010!

  • MelanieMorales

    MelanieMorales said 6 years ago

    Wow!!! This was an amazing read and I could totally relate to the "mommy guilt". I'm super encouraged in fact i'm bookmarking this one!

  • MelanieMorales

    MelanieMorales said 6 years ago

    This was an amazing read! I can totally relate to the "mommy guilt". This was super encouraging and this one is getting book marked ; )

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen! I remember chatting to you in the forums last year when I was suffering from 8 mnths of awful morning sickness, I hope you didn't suffer this time round like last time. Your work is beautiful!

  • ChallenCharms

    ChallenCharms said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen. I dream of being able to do that one day too. It's a very inspirational / motivational story.

  • ThePaperFreak

    ThePaperFreak said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the insight! I've had my shop open for a while, but haven't put much effort into it. Recently, my husband and I started talking about whether I could stay home or not. If I want my shop to be more successful, I guess I need to follow your advice! Thanks!

  • SevenBlueberries

    SevenBlueberries said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful, no wonder you are doing so well with all that hard work. Well done and goodluck doubling sales - also my goal x

  • pearlandlibby

    pearlandlibby said 6 years ago

    This article came at the right time for me. Thanks for the inspiration to keep going. Beautiful work!

  • bobetsy

    bobetsy said 6 years ago

    great story!!!

  • BonnieJones

    BonnieJones said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen! It always makes me happy to read these stories. The "take yourself seriously" advice is so true!!

  • WindowWhispers

    WindowWhispers said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry!!!! I love you success story and being able to stay home with your child. I'm trying to get more sales through my website, most people call me to order.

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 6 years ago

    Congratulation on your success. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • taliaz

    taliaz said 6 years ago

    congratulations to u! Your story is so similar to my own (except the success part, lol...yet). I loved your advice,thanks for sharing.

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! and inspiring! thank you...smiles.

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and inspiring...thank you...smiles.

  • celestewelchdesigns

    celestewelchdesigns said 6 years ago

    Stick with i, stick with it, stick with it....very inspiring and good to know that it's not always an overnight success but it can be done with a lot of patience, commitment and basically loving what you are doing...thanks!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 6 years ago

    OOO this is my dream!!!:) Congrats to you and your family! Your jewelry is beautiful <3 I love getting different advice from all you awesome Etsy sellers!

  • kgarnerdesigns

    kgarnerdesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the kind words in your comments and convos! =) (I'm answering those convos as quickly as I can manage!) You're making me teary eyed, lol! I'm glad to know I'm not the only Etsy Mom who suffers from mommy guilt and lives in a messy house! =)

  • FarmFreshArt

    FarmFreshArt said 6 years ago

    Great article. Very inspirational. Congrats on your new baby too.

  • sugaryberry

    sugaryberry said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story, I love your work!

  • fashionjenn

    fashionjenn said 6 years ago

    I loved reading your feature! Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. I love reading each persons personal journey to their success and yours was especially inspiring. Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful and I wish you continued success ;)

  • mountainstreetarts

    mountainstreetarts said 6 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring. Congrats! Enjoy your new baby. You're right, you can't give up. I've had my store for almost a year and it's just in the past couple of months that I have had regular sales and I love it.

  • KatieHepworth123

    KatieHepworth123 said 6 years ago

    Great feature, congratulations Karen. I have just opened my own shop, so I am going to take on your great advise by listing some more items first thing in the morning.

  • ANursingReminder

    ANursingReminder said 6 years ago

    This was a lovely feature. Very practical advice, and inspiring! Congratulations on your soon to be new arrival!

  • BlueMooseCreations

    BlueMooseCreations said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story!! It is nice to see where you came from and that you are successful! =) Congratulations!!! =) We have some similar situations and it is nice to know that I am not the only one doing what I do. I hope maybe I will have the success you have!! You deserve it! Congrats again!!

  • KatrinasJewel

    KatrinasJewel said 6 years ago

    What a great story, it's good to read these success stories to help encourage all of us to keep on going!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    Your jewellery is gorgeous. As well as doing other things 'right', at the end of the day, one has to have a beautiful and/or useful/desirable product and yours surely is!

  • bellacreationz4u

    bellacreationz4u said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story and very inspirational!!!! Keep up the great work =D

  • Miracards

    Miracards said 6 years ago

    Very nice stuff. Inspiring story!

  • CindyRodriguez

    CindyRodriguez said 6 years ago

    You make beautiful jewelry! Thanks for sharing your story. It's always inspiring to read how people have gotten to the point where they can quit their day job. I've had so many starts, stops, ups and downs in my life that when I read etsians stories I know I must be patient and keep working at what I love. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  • yippyyarns

    yippyyarns said 6 years ago

    I love these types of stories. Way to go!!!

  • CharmDuJour

    CharmDuJour said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring...I love the "quit your day job" stories. Love the prego pic at the top with your stack of supplies.

  • timetocraft

    timetocraft said 6 years ago

    This is the first QYDJ I have read. I don't find the time to read about all the great advice found here on Etsy. This story caught my eye as I was going through my email. I am really glad that I took the time to read through it. I was the right time for me to hear this story. I have been slacking off with my store and have resently had a new fire start under me. After reading this I am filled with the excitement that led me to start this store in the first place. Thanks for sharing!!

  • lbylameel

    lbylameel said 6 years ago

    congrats this was very inspiring for me I have 2 small ones a 3 yr. old and a 6 mo. old. Now I'm even more determined to make this work. Thanks for the tips as well.

  • spac

    spac said 6 years ago

    Ditto!

  • cherrytreemetals

    cherrytreemetals said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks!

  • LoveRachael

    LoveRachael said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the new baby and etsy success! I really appreciated your honesty about start ups and challenges. I've checked out your site before, so it was nice to hear from you personally!

  • Jewels7arts

    Jewels7arts said 6 years ago

    this is a very beautiful story and it is inspiring to here I for one hope to get to that place but can only wonder if I am do some thing wrong? I have had my store on etsy for two months almost get many looker but have only made one sale I love art so, and what to get it out there. Only wish I could know what I am doing wrong. My thanks to you for sharing your story it does help me keep my dreams alive. I wish is was as creative with word as I am in art.

  • desertsoapstone

    desertsoapstone said 6 years ago

    This was a great article! I can really identify with her schedule and challenges. This was very motivating and encouraging. Thank You.

  • funtoprint

    funtoprint said 6 years ago

    love success stories like this---this is what keeps me motivated

  • PleasantPeasantry

    PleasantPeasantry said 6 years ago

    Go mommy, go! :) Congrats on your shop success, and good luck with the new baby!

  • EleganceByClaudine

    EleganceByClaudine said 6 years ago

    karen, thanks for sharing... it was SO encouraging to hear your story, especially your point about sticking with it. all the best with your coming baby!

  • SleepyDreamer

    SleepyDreamer said 6 years ago

    Inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope I can do my etsy work full-time too, but I know I have a lot of work ahead of me.

  • modernromancepdx

    modernromancepdx said 6 years ago

    Great story. Congratulations Karen!

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels said 6 years ago

    Inspiring great story! I've been dreaming about being there. Thank you!

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas said 6 years ago

    Great energy! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • cheshirecatinc

    cheshirecatinc said 6 years ago

    great article, thanks for putting in the time to do it! Much of what you said was inspirational and makes me want to get going...you go moma!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy said 6 years ago

    I quit my day job and THEN opened my Etsy shop. Probably would have been better off in the reverse order, but don't think I would have had the time needed to devote to growing Etsy shop and developing needed techno skills while working more than full time at previous job. Thanks for the peek into your biz plan!

  • mycherrytree

    mycherrytree said 6 years ago

    beautiful work and fine advises ;)you work hard and with passion..vesna

  • petitefish

    petitefish said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the insight - your jewelry is beautiful.

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 6 years ago

    Very Inspiring. Congrats on achieving such a coveted etsy status :)

  • Passionsofmine

    Passionsofmine said 6 years ago

    Just inspiring Karen, thank you for your interview and for giving us all a confidence boost to say I CAN DO IT. Your interview was very honest and helpful, good luck to you and your family and your new bub on the way xx

  • PrairieStarJewels

    PrairieStarJewels said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen. You are very inspiring. I'm glad you had the guts to do this. I am new to Etsy and have yet to make my first sale. I am hoping to be in your position someday. I am unemployed at the moment and the thought of going back to the corporate world or designing jewelry...hmmmm corporate's not looking so good. Best wishes for the new baby.

  • pearlatplay

    pearlatplay said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen! All the best for the new addition to your family too! Cheers!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 6 years ago

    I love your positive, inspiring advice. All the best to you and your family!

  • rabbitwerks

    rabbitwerks said 6 years ago

    Congrats to you Karen. This interview is the most inspiring of the Quit Your Day Job series for me, I love your jewelry and your confidence, good luck for you and your family this year!

  • 3patch

    3patch said 6 years ago

    It was great interview - So honest and kind. Congratulation and Enjoy the future motherhood. I hope you and your family will have great time together

  • Globusyte

    Globusyte said 6 years ago

    A very interesting start, and fabulous beauty. Good luck, and more ...

  • subringas

    subringas said 6 years ago

    Congratulations - beautiful things in your shop! Best of luck as you move forward. I hope to take myself seriously with my Etsy shop when I'm done with school I applaud and look up to people like you and the many others who have quit their day job! Aloha!

  • OpusMuse

    OpusMuse said 6 years ago

    A close to heart inspiring article! Someday I wish this "hobby" will turn into a business. The funny part is, my hubby is always promoting my shop to his colleagues & friends while I'm the shy one. Next time, when someone asks what I do, I will master up more confidence and say "I make jewelry & sell them online." And hand them a name card too. (something which I always forget!)

  • sesiber

    sesiber said 6 years ago

    congrats! Great story.

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 6 years ago

    A wonderful interview, loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  • RockRibbons

    RockRibbons said 6 years ago

    What a talented artisan and a great interview! Best of luck with your plan to double your sales this year. Really inspirational for keeping upbeat and waiting for a sale in my new store.

  • jewellerybyviki

    jewellerybyviki said 6 years ago

    Excellent story,it has really inspired me to give my jewellery making a push, I do bits and bobs and orders for friends and family but have never really pushed it properly. I too was making orders for people to fund a hobby but as a stay at home mummy I could really do with a regular income. I have just opened my etsy store and now I fell like I should put lots more things up for sale and try to give it a real go. Thank you, I wish you continued success.

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I love this section!

  • tamallama

    tamallama said 6 years ago

    Great story, very encouraging, I'm going to climb back into bed with my sleep resistant child, and try to catch a few zzz's. Will have more resolve to keep trying thanks to the sharing of this story.

  • Masonroad

    Masonroad said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips and sharing your experiences! Inspiring!

  • Elenachiesa

    Elenachiesa said 6 years ago

    Many thanks for the advice in the article. They are very much appreciated. Congratulation for new baby!

  • aisha123

    aisha123 said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Great article. Thank you.

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 6 years ago

    An amazing and inspiring story, well done you!

  • countryatheartgifts

    countryatheartgifts said 6 years ago

    A wonderful piece. Your jewelry is amazing. I love it. Being a mother of four small children that has been doing numerous things to also stay home, I wish you much success in 2010 and congratulations on your second child!

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts said 6 years ago

    I really like how you said to take yourself seriously and never give up no matter what people may think of you. I think I'm really the only one who takes my shop seriously besides, ah, maybe my cat who's always seeing me working and brushing him off my sewing machine table. Business can be slow at times, but there's always still an opportunity hiding somewhere, even if it hasn't presented itself yet. Yes, I've felt the temptation to just give up creating, listing, & photographing a couple times, but if I did, I wouldn't have sold what I have so far!

  • BassWoodStitchery

    BassWoodStitchery said 6 years ago

    Great story! What beautiful jewelry! Congratulations on your success.

  • HeartShadows

    HeartShadows said 6 years ago

    Thank you for reminding me what it takes to get where you are! Congratulations on your success and the new addition to your family!

  • pursesofdarl

    pursesofdarl said 6 years ago

    Your story of success is great news and encouragement to me. Thanks, and Congratulations.

  • jewelry777

    jewelry777 said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much. This was very inspirational!

  • BlacksburgBelle

    BlacksburgBelle said 6 years ago

    This is incredibly inspiring and just what I needed to read this morning. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with me!

  • theduskyjewel

    theduskyjewel said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story..and BEAUTIFUL jewelry!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 6 years ago

    Thanks Karen for your advice - it gives me hope - I like the part about where you just need to "stick with it" - that I will most certainly do - I have faith in my work - its just a matter of time and patience - thanks again! Wishing you continued success!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article, congratulations on all your success! The tip about staying creative during slow times was my favorite. Congratulations on your new baby on the way!

  • VintageAppeal

    VintageAppeal said 6 years ago

    Thanks for helping to boost my confidence. Sometimes I get down due to lack of sales. My husband keeps telling me I buy too much for what little I am selling. I hope to be like you one of these days. Thank you and God's Blessings to you and your family.

  • MyLillyBelle

    MyLillyBelle said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story, thank you for sharing. It is very motivating for stores like mine that are kind of new and just starting to receive sales. Congrats to your bun in the oven. You should check out my site for some baby accessories. :) Thanks!

  • phoenixthehidden

    phoenixthehidden said 6 years ago

    "Take yourself seriously, even if no one else does." I love that quote. I might have to hang it somewhere. Inspiring article. Thank you.

  • chezvies

    chezvies said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story. Thanks a lot for sharing your story with us:)

  • ClementsGallery

    ClementsGallery said 6 years ago

    I just put my store up last week and it's good to hear the possibilities ahead. Thanks

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the new arrival...:) It's nice to see successful Etsians...:D

  • slpdesigns

    slpdesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats to you Karen....Such an inspiring story. I am just starting out in the jewelry business myself and have gained much insight in your story. Thanks for the encouragement.... I took a look at your shop...beautiful pieces!!!!

  • PiecefulBeginnings

    PiecefulBeginnings said 6 years ago

    Congrats, Karen. Your reflections are really encouraging. I've haphazardly sold a few things on Etsy, but I've been so frustrated trying to get more "traffic" through my Etsy space. You gave me a few ideas. It there are any more that anyone is willing to share, please contact me. I KNOW my pictures need to be updated and improved (got a new digital for Xmas......gotta get those pix redone). I've done really well traveling around the area and having "open houses," but my body is getting very weary and beat up with all the plastic bins I have to carry in and out of places. PLEASE help if you have any other suggestions!! I WILL make my Etsy store succeed!!!

  • Suwanee

    Suwanee said 6 years ago

    You have beautiful jewelry Karen. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us. It is very inspirational.

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    Congratulations for your second baby and for your success. You have explained about your self and work in such plain words I just loved it. The best part of your article is where you had written if the sales are low try to learn and imporove your skills.I must implement that. Best wishes

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    Congratulations for your second baby and for your success. You have explained about your self and work in such plain words I just loved it.The best part of your article is where you had written if the sales are low try to learn and imporove your skills.I must implement that. Best wishes

  • AllThingsMint

    AllThingsMint said 6 years ago

    Awesome, Karen! I loved reading you interview! We're doing the same thing here. My son is nearly 3, and although I'm home w/ him all day, I'm always concerned about making sure he gets enough attention from me! Some days are just sooo busy trying to make everything work! Thanks for sharing! Helps me know I'm not alone. Blessings to you!

  • beautywatcher

    beautywatcher said 6 years ago

    I love how your job flowed into what you wanted...inspiring

  • KimGrantInk

    KimGrantInk said 6 years ago

    "Keep with it" is great advice. Thanks Karen!

  • quirkjewelrybyjess

    quirkjewelrybyjess said 6 years ago

    How inspiring! Thanks for all of the great advice. Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful, as well.

  • ilovescripturegifts

    ilovescripturegifts said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed your article, especially your schedule. I need to improve mine and get more organized! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • DestinysTreasures

    DestinysTreasures said 6 years ago

    Congradulations:) Your jewelry is beautiful:)

  • cmclane

    cmclane said 6 years ago

    Karen, what an inspiring story! I would love to sell my aprons full time...maybe some day. Best of luck with two babies in the house, how wonderful!

  • SeasideSilver

    SeasideSilver said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Sometimes it is hard to take yourself seriously. I will definitely stick with it! Good luck to you and your growing family!

  • EmbellissezLaReine

    EmbellissezLaReine said 6 years ago

    I remember when my child was born, 20 years ago. I had the privileged of staying at home with my son. There was no Etsy at the time but I thought I was going to spend time doing the crafts and sewing I love. NOT...my son kept me so busy. It's only now, 20 years later that I have the opportunity to explore my creative side. I am starting to see some sales but still have a lot of work to do before I consider myself a success at this!

  • jasonlea

    jasonlea said 6 years ago

    Great article. I haven't started my etsy shop as of yet, but seeing this article I have more courage to start and have more ambition to be successful. Thank you!

  • toolisjewelry

    toolisjewelry said 6 years ago

    The way you live your dreams gives a lot of inspiration!! thanks so much for this wonderful iterview, and for sharing everything you know! Your jewelry are very beautiful and elegant! Keep up the good work :) And good luck!!

  • maryjanesheirlooms

    maryjanesheirlooms said 6 years ago

    Congratulations from a mother to a mother--maybe some day I can be as successful as you! Best of luck and happy selling!

  • MAKOandMYLO

    MAKOandMYLO said 6 years ago

    Great article! Gives me great insight on what i need to do with my new shop! thanks!!

  • beadarling

    beadarling said 6 years ago

    Karen you are inspiring - almost all of what you say rings true for me. I have 2 awesome kids (5 and 1) and a day job I like. My biggest struggle is finding any time to make jewelry or tend to my etsy shop, and feeling guilty for even wanting it! I dream about getting more out of it, but know that I need to put more into it first. Hearing about you - and hearing how you are balancing motherhood, family and housework inspires me to just do it already - as i sit at my day job at least! Hope I can muster the same motivation that you do from 8pm to 1am - Congratulations to you on that, on your success, and on your growing family!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 6 years ago

    I think this particular article is pretty inspiring :) I feel that i am in much of the same boat as we are considering starting a family soon as well. Good for you! And best of luck with the new one!!

  • rebeccahumphrey

    rebeccahumphrey said 6 years ago

    I must say...your work is lovely! I'm attracted to just about every item in your shop. I grew up in PA and have visited your area many times. Beautiful country! ~Rebecca http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebeccahumphrey

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 6 years ago

    lovely store! congrats!

  • TrendyTrimmingsByTT

    TrendyTrimmingsByTT said 6 years ago

    Congrats Karen! You truly are blessed to be able to spend these early years home with your children. Best of luck with the new baby! Your jewlery is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring those of us who dream of quiting our day jobs! Terry

  • Shamamomma

    Shamamomma said 6 years ago

    Great story! I too give myself only so much money per week...I think it is part of the disapline we need to be successful! It makes you think twice about the value of what you are thnking of purchasing! Love your shop! Dana aka ShamaMomma

  • WimseyJewelry

    WimseyJewelry said 6 years ago

    Here's hoping we can join you in the quest for success through ETSY. So far I have found the whole process to be hard work but worthwhile. We made our first sales last week and it was a real thrill to succeed. Now working even harder to make the next sales. Best of Luck to all! Frances

  • MaricoleDesigns

    MaricoleDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I wish you continued success. It's inspiring to see. Especially when you are new here.

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 6 years ago

    I always love reading this section! It's such an inspration. And I love the jewelry you make. So classy.

  • SharonaPatrona

    SharonaPatrona said 6 years ago

    Your jewelry is very nice & I loved reading your story..

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Absolutely inspiring. Congratulations on your success!

  • magstoriches

    magstoriches said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story, it encourgaged me as a new shop owner on etsy.

  • jewelsforhope

    jewelsforhope said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing,Your story gave me some hope.

  • flutterbywind

    flutterbywind said 6 years ago

    I have a son 2.5 yrs old and a newborn and was also gonna cut off sales for a few weeks, but my newborn actually sleeps a lot. I have found myself working harder than ever in the last few weeks. I took on a huge order of 1200 + items in the next few months. I hope everything comes out alright with your new little girl. You are truly inspiring!! Courtney

  • Shellbling

    Shellbling said 6 years ago

    great article! very inspiring! Congratulations to your growing business and growing family! :)

  • tracyburton1009

    tracyburton1009 said 6 years ago

    enjoyed your story & thanks for your honesty..

  • CrochetedLemonade

    CrochetedLemonade said 6 years ago

    I'm in white envy :) great article :)

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 6 years ago

    Thanks and congrats! it`s inspiring!

  • Peelirohini

    Peelirohini said 6 years ago

    Thank you Karen, This is Truly Inspiring..I started listing items recently on Etsy and was wishing I could make it work for me... Your article do gives me hope and Thanks so much for the great advice for all of us here.. Congratulations On your Growing Family :)Wish you Luck ..

  • janecatonart

    janecatonart said 6 years ago

    Karen This is such good advice as I am just starting out with my shop, wondering if it will work, and it's so good to hear of your success and how you did it. I'm interested that you didn't keep up the blog because you thought your writing wasn't interesting. On the contrary this article of yours is so insightful - you are an excellent writer - I've been riveted and encouraged by your piece. Good luck for the future! Jane

  • Palaver

    Palaver said 6 years ago

    Thanks Karen for such an inspirational piece of writing. I love this section but agree with several of the earlier posts that yours has been one of the most detailed and informative articles. I long for the day I can just get up and have a day of making and/or selling with no other stresses and strains to worry over... You give me real hope. Good luck with baby, having two is somehow more than double the work, but you sound very together and organised. You will no doubt be a great success with family and with business!! Kind regards, Sonia

  • poppetsandplaythings

    poppetsandplaythings said 6 years ago

    Good advice! Good luck to you in the coming years with your business and blessings to your young family! :)

  • Lovefromthesand

    Lovefromthesand said 6 years ago

    Great article!!!

  • jamiepsmith

    jamiepsmith said 6 years ago

    hey karen, i just opened up shop, and i have a long way to go to get proper labels and my photography is laughable, but!! i believe in my product and love the creative process. thanks for showing the way and for your great tips and encouragement. best to you and your family. xx jamie

  • TextileSaurasRex

    TextileSaurasRex said 6 years ago

    Loved the interview! I just opened my shop and am having a great time so far.

  • LolaBosco

    LolaBosco said 6 years ago

    Stick with it,stick with it ,stick with it.Those words meant the most to me .Thankyou so much for a lovley warm story. claire

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 6 years ago

    very inspiring story..makes me wanna do more.. =) congratulations!

  • welldressedcupcakes

    welldressedcupcakes said 6 years ago

    your jewelry is beautiful. I have a friend who is getting married and will send her your site.

  • sophiecls

    sophiecls said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your success Karen! As a mommy to an almost 4 year old little guy myself, I found your story to be especially inspiring. Best of luck for the future!

  • DiTriDesigns

    DiTriDesigns said 6 years ago

    Its such a relief to see someone who has done so well!!!! I am havin a heck of a time gettin going! I really was ready to give up!!! You just gave me hope!!!! Thank you!!! DiTri -Tris

  • truetonature

    truetonature said 6 years ago

    Thank you, Karen, for your success story (there is hope for the rest of us ☺). Best wishes!

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 6 years ago

    Congrats on all of your success!!! Your article came at a great time! I opened my hair accessory shop just before Christmas and am trying to look at new ways to get out there and get noticed. Great ideas and advice....THANK YOU :)

  • ShortandSweets

    ShortandSweets said 6 years ago

    what pretty items! Thanks so much for sharing your story and good luck with kiddo #2!

  • andreenharrisart

    andreenharrisart said 6 years ago

    It's great to see somebody making it work... Congrats on doing so well! Thanks for sharing how you do it!

  • DesignDeeVine

    DesignDeeVine said 6 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Thanks for all your great advice. I hope to be as successful!!

  • heartattackcouture

    heartattackcouture said 6 years ago

    That's a gorgeous pearl necklace! Perfect for real-life dolls like me...

  • CjkidzTreasures

    CjkidzTreasures said 6 years ago

    great article! I too am hoping to quite my day job. Thanks for sharing those great tips. Very beautiful jewelry.

  • envydesignsjewelry

    envydesignsjewelry said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the 'Stick with it'. I have yet to sell anything, on Etsy that is. I am going to try to be patient, it can be so easy to doubt yourself. So thanks again for the uplifting story!! Very cool to have so many orders as to have to stay up till 1 AM!!! Congrats.

  • AzaferraJewelry

    AzaferraJewelry said 6 years ago

    Hi, Karen, it was uplifting to read your story. I know I'm not putting my best effort forward, just hit the slumps sometimes. I can see from your work that you love it, and pearls are so beautiful to work with, and bringing beauty & happiness to brides...And working from home! What could be better! Lucky you! Hope it rubs off on me! :D

  • CardsByLela

    CardsByLela said 6 years ago

    Hi Karen. I appreciate your candid account of your story. I have been on etsy since September and have had 8 sales. I feel grateful for the opportunity to work from home (I am also a stay-at-home mom) and hope that sales will pick up. Thanks for the great advice as to how to work on your site to keep it fresh and get more sales. You have inspired me to work harder. Thanks.

  • SpotLightJewelry

    SpotLightJewelry said 6 years ago

    I've just started on Etsy and love that you made it into your own full time job. Thank you for sharing!

  • meteor

    meteor said 6 years ago

    Very illuminating. Great advice. Thank you Karen.

  • IdealAccents

    IdealAccents said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Your sorty is very inspiring and gives me hope :) Great work!

  • VividByVictoria

    VividByVictoria said 6 years ago

    What a wonderful story!! This will be my inspiration "stick with it! stick with it! stick with it!! Thanks so much! your work is beautiful!

  • natalo

    natalo said 6 years ago

    very inspirational, and great work! Congratulations

  • ameliasparlor

    ameliasparlor said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed the article very much!

  • designsboutique

    designsboutique said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed your story...and wish you all the best in 2010! Thanks for all the great tips;)

  • MargoSnyderArt

    MargoSnyderArt said 6 years ago

    This is so inspirational. I have 3 etsy shops with 6 sales between them hehe. But working full time and being a part time student at night makes it difficult to do what I love to do, and devote the necessary time to etsy. I hope to have the freedom that you have someday! I haven't made a profit yet- and spend most of my extra money on supplies. I get teased a little bit about how much money i've spent compared to what I'm making. I think your advice to take yourself seriously is so important, I try to remind myself of this all the time, and remember that regular sales will not happen overnight. Your interview was very inspiring thanks!

  • Nanalenascreations

    Nanalenascreations said 6 years ago

    I am glad for you Karen. Tou are an inpiration!!!! Thanks foro your article and Good Luck!!!

  • ThePassionatePearl

    ThePassionatePearl said 6 years ago

    Karen, that was extremely helpful, thanks so much

  • backyardcolorado

    backyardcolorado said 6 years ago

    Way to go...great job!!!I totally understand your insecure feelings at times. My mantra is "feel the fear and do it anyway. You proved that!

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, congratulations on your success and your growing family! I suffered terribly from mommy guilt too, my girls are all grown now they think I am crazy, all they remember is that I was a good mom always there when they needed me. So take heart...and enjoy your family!!!

  • parasolproject

    parasolproject said 6 years ago

    thank you for sharing, what an inspiration.

  • sannachristina

    sannachristina said 6 years ago

    Great comments. Very helpful because I need to do the same. WE All need to hear a success story!

  • designsbywynema

    designsbywynema said 6 years ago

    I love this!! Thank you so much for sharing. I am a stay at home Mom of 4 kids, and your story has really inspired me! Thank you and Good Luck with your new arrival!!

  • RazzleBedazzle

    RazzleBedazzle said 6 years ago

    I love the way you do your photographs. Great use of backdrops and props. You are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story and ideas. Best of luck to you with your family and business!

  • FireSpirit

    FireSpirit said 6 years ago

    Hi Karen, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your story :) GOOD LUCK! And I do hope you double your sales this year...& that they just keep going up :)

  • DancingRapunzel

    DancingRapunzel said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on all you success, Karen! this was a very inspiring story. I've often received strange comments and looks when I mention anything about pursuing my creative passions. It has held me back significantly but only I can make the steps forward to be taken more seriously. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and beautiful jewelry!

  • MeghanECreations

    MeghanECreations said 6 years ago

    I really appreciated the marketing advice. Thanks your advice and willing to share. Best of Luck on your next step to your journey!

  • RachelDeanArt

    RachelDeanArt said 6 years ago

    Great story. Great to see nice things happening on Etsy for people who are working for it.

  • RomDesigns

    RomDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Karen!!!! Thanks so much for the wonderful business advice too! It's given me the push I needed! Best wishes for the new arrival in May! It's a great month.

  • IttyBittyPrettyShop

    IttyBittyPrettyShop said 6 years ago

    Good for you, and thanks for sharing your experience! I wish you and your family all the best :)

  • Beyondtheblacktop

    Beyondtheblacktop said 6 years ago

    Great Article

  • purpleWHALEdesigns

    purpleWHALEdesigns said 6 years ago

    Karen, thanks so much for your wonderful words of wisdom, reading your article just gave me a little boost of confidence. I wish you great success. and congrats on baby number 2

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari said 6 years ago

    Thank you very much for the inspiration..Karen.to keep going forward...no mater what.

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 6 years ago

    Fantastic, and I love that you added to create during slow times, and get caught up. I think people get so obsessed about trying to build sales during these times. I look forward to them as a time to get my inventory on track, and to possibly schedule some local events.

  • 1920

    1920 said 6 years ago

    love all!

  • susaneastman

    susaneastman said 6 years ago

    inspiring!!

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 6 years ago

    Great article and very inspiring! It's nice to know that in the beginning you put in some serious time to build your inventory, without spending a lot of money. Thanks for sharing! Love your work! The necklace I purchased from your shop is still one of my favorites!

  • mmtncrfts

    mmtncrfts said 6 years ago

    Great article. I feel very inspired. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • SprightlyThings

    SprightlyThings said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration! Taking yourself seriously is great advise.

  • ZeldaSnow

    ZeldaSnow said 6 years ago

    Your story is inspiring and your jewelry is beautiful!

  • Shoottothrill

    Shoottothrill said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Beautiful work!

  • colorwavedesigns

    colorwavedesigns said 6 years ago

    Very encouraging article. I wish you all the best in your business through etsy. The jewelry is exquisite!

  • singlestitches

    singlestitches said 6 years ago

    Magnificent! Thanks for sharing :)

  • 4PinkPaws

    4PinkPaws said 6 years ago

    Great inspiration! Congrats, Karen on your dedication and inspiration. Sharing your story has inspired me to hang in for that first sale instead of giving up. Plus, now I will take photos and post more of my work. THANK YOU!!!

  • whyte

    whyte said 6 years ago

    I love your comments about the isn't anything easy about running your own business. So true, but agree the rewards are so great.

  • ecoDREAMS

    ecoDREAMS said 6 years ago

    Love your story.............Congrats on your success.............

  • emmamouse

    emmamouse said 6 years ago

    I loved your story. Great advice! Your jewelery is beautiful. Continued good luck with your business and new coming baby.

  • ElsieP

    ElsieP said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! A very inspiring story, I was starting to lose hope, but you have renewed it. You're jewelry is gorgeous. Continued good luck to you and your family.

  • RhondasOriginals

    RhondasOriginals said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I agree with you as far a twitter and blogs. If you don't feel right about doing a certain type of promo, then do something else that attracts your attention.

  • MySkinnyDreams

    MySkinnyDreams said 6 years ago

    Love your jewelry and your ideas. However, I am a bit concerned over opening a shop, working full time and I am getting ready to go back to school evenings.... I am hoping I can do it all! YIKES! I need to find some advice on what people are using to track inventory/sales and the like. Thanks!!!

  • allabouthenna

    allabouthenna said 6 years ago

    what an amazing article.. very inspiring.. I am also now devoted full time into my etsy shop and in preparation for upcoming fairs in the DFW area.. Funky finds spring fling, Urban Bazaar. I hope I find success the same way you have ! Thanks for sharing your experience

  • brushesend

    brushesend said 6 years ago

    Loved your story. Mine is very similar except my children are grown now. I have always been created growing up making things for my friends. I too always have some sort of craft project going on. Loved your Jewelry..keep up the good work. I am hoping to have the success you have my shop is new to Esty www.brushesend.etsy.com Thanks again Marilyn/Texas

  • PapierLapin

    PapierLapin said 6 years ago

    Love your story. It's encouraging!

  • BooksInspireMe

    BooksInspireMe said 6 years ago

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story with us! :)

  • PlanetSusan

    PlanetSusan said 6 years ago

    Thank you for your insightful ideas; you are a good writer. I appreciate the realism of mentioning your husband as a business backup/partner with his paycheck, health insurance and help with shipping orders, etc. Without assistance like that it's much more difficult to be self-employed.

  • twotadpoles

    twotadpoles said 6 years ago

    Thanks much for sharing and giving us hope that we, too, could one day make it happen! =)

  • BEADAZZAL

    BEADAZZAL said 6 years ago

    Thank you for the insightful and inspiring information. I congratulate you and your husband for the courage it takes to open your own business. I wish for you... excellent sales in the coming year.

  • FunkyJunkCompany

    FunkyJunkCompany said 6 years ago

    Thank you for all your priceless info!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! And, congrats on your growing family!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for the article!

  • EverythingFloral

    EverythingFloral said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I'm also new and still tweeking my shop...and I'm open for advice/comments from anyone!! (hint,hint)

  • ambitionla

    ambitionla said 6 years ago

    I love your story!! and your shop! it's inspirational!! I'm slowly starting so hopefully I can be as successful as you. Thanks!!!

  • fairymermaid

    fairymermaid said 6 years ago

    Your story is great. Congratulations I have been a doll artist for 20 years and had 2 shops and done art shows. I got away from my art for a while and really miss it. Etsy is a new experience for me and you have inspired me to get busy so I can quit my full time job. Thank you!

  • gigistyle

    gigistyle said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story with us. I am just starting with this online business and computers don't seem to like me much, so I am slowly learning. Hopefully I can be as successful as you one day! All the best at your continued success.

  • akkricket

    akkricket said 6 years ago

    I especially love the part where you said take yourself seriously even if nobody else does. When I started, that is how I felt and it was discouraging. I kept me chin up and kept on going. I think I am doing pretty well. Just would like to tell them "told you so". ;)

  • JeniBsAttic

    JeniBsAttic said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much. I just opened my site and have been trying to keep my hopes up. I am retired do to physical disabilities and I am hoping this will bring some income to help us out, along with paying for my habit! I am still trying to learn how to make a banner and set up my shop properly. Your things are beautiful and so is your son. Blessings to you!

  • ALizDesigns

    ALizDesigns said 6 years ago

    I am so impressed with your time management - seems like you juggle so much and yet have accomplished such a successful shop. Congratulations on being spotlighted!

  • AwarenessCreations

    AwarenessCreations said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational and motivating story!

  • Rubybuttonstore

    Rubybuttonstore said 6 years ago

    Really interesting article, exactly what i want to do!

  • SarasBeadedBoutique

    SarasBeadedBoutique said 5 years ago

    What a great story! I am definitely still "experimenting" with beads and all the like. I need to find my niche and go with it. I'm leaning towards bridal jewelry since that's how I started.. I couldn't find a pair of earrings to wear to my brother's wedding so I made them myself...I'm so happy for your successful shop!! You are an inspiration to us all :)

  • adindesigns

    adindesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It's definitely inspiring. I can relate to everything you have written. I hope to do just as well as you someday. Keep it up!

  • adindesigns

    adindesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It's definitely inspiring. I can relate to everything you have written. I hope to do just as well as you someday. Keep it up!

  • adindesigns

    adindesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this article. It's definitely inspiring. I can relate to everything you have written. I hope to do just as well as you someday. Keep it up!

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