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Quit Your Day Job: kittygrrlz

Apr 6, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Bobbi of kittygrrlz was able to quit her day job as a full time librarian in order to take on the growing success of her fiber line on Etsy.  Though she is putting in more time and work than she ever did at her regular job, Bobbi finds being her own boss much more rewarding.  Keep reading as she shares her best and worst marketing tips and learn why she swears against taking any product photos before noon on a sunny day!

How did you originally get into the business of making things?

When I was in high school, I actually worked for my friend’s parents who were crafters. I stuffed bear legs and painted little wood parts! It was a lot of fun and my first experience with crafting for a living.  My business started in 2004. I was a librarian at a college library. I enjoyed the job, but it lacked some of the creative aspects that my previous jobs had – I had been a Children’s and Young Adult librarian and there were usually programs and crafts involved. I was looking for a creative outlet. I started making jewelry. In November of 2004, I did the DIY Trunk Show in Chicago and I learned how to knit there. By the next year, I was selling hand knits, and the year after that I learned how to spin. By early 2007, I was selling hand spun yarn and hand knits. Business-wise, though, I started with the idea it was a business and not a hobby. Even when I was first making jewelry I did all of the official things – registered my business, received my tax id number, set up a website, etc.  Oh, and I should add that it was a fellow librarian who first introduced me to Etsy!

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?

I don’t know if I necessarily went into it thinking I would quit my library job and craft full time, but I definitely went into it with the mindset that it was a business. I liked my librarian job, so wasn’t looking for an escape from a miserable existence, but was definitely searching for a fulfilling creative outlet.  I began selling jewelry and at that point didn’t quite “feel it.” But, once I started knitting, and definitely when I started spinning yarn – well, then I KNEW I had found my place and KNEW it could lead to something bigger. Something just clicked with the spinning and that is when things really started to take off. I’d say at the end of 2007/beginning of 2008, I knew that it could potentially become my full time job, which worked out really well, because it was at that time I found out my job would be ending in June of 2008. Thus began 6 months of debating and figuring and in the end – I became a knitter and spinner full time July 1, 2008!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

Since I had gone into it initially as a business, the transition to full time was a little easier. I had already established myself as a business and had been doing things accordingly. Plus, I did have 6 months to plan and figure out what else I needed to do to make it work full time. I had saved up some money and applied for a ton of shows that year, since I still had the additional income from the day job coming in to pay for them. I also spent a bit more on advertising during that time and accumulated a nice stash of fiber and materials for spinning. This was a blessing because my inventory is very low right now and that surplus has helped me keep my shop from becoming totally empty.

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

Ravelry has been a dream for spinners and yarn dyers! It is a perfect place to advertise because it is exactly our target market – knitters and crocheters! I do advertise heavily there. I have also done other advertising, though since I’m now on a much smaller and stricter budget do stick mostly to Ravelry and other “free” ways to get my name out there. Knitters aren’t my only customer base, so there are other things I need to do to try and reach more of those customers. My advice to others is to find advertising that truly reaches your target market.

This was my advertising plan:

The first year or so I stuck mostly to Etsy. I did lots of Showcases, promoted in the Forums, maybe blogged a bit, and sent in promotional mini-skein key chains to those who asked for items for swag bags or giveaways. The second year or so, I started to advertise outside of Etsy – Ravelry, Knitty.com, and some of the Cooperative Advertising opportunities via Etsy. And now, I’ve scaled back and try to do focused advertising and some promotional giveaways here and there. For example, I recently contributed to the Phat Fiber Sample box for the months of January and February.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

Oddly enough, I don’t usually do well with sale promotions, though my newsletter subscriber specials do usually bring in sales each month. But, regular Etsy sales – like the SNS (Saturday Night Special) thread – were never very successful for me. I’m also not a big fan of social networking. I am in all the usual places – Flickr, MySpace, IndiePublic, and now Facebook – but don’t feel I have enough time to really invest in them as promotional tools. I love Flickr, but I use it mostly as an archive of my yarns. Ravelry also has forums which are great, but I just can’t afford to spend a lot of time there. In the end, it is more cost-effective for me to simply pay for advertising than to frequent their forums.

Another thing I’d like to mention, and I hope this is okay to bring up, but something that I just didn’t feel worked for me was having my own outside website! I had it from the beginning, before Etsy, but finally gave it up last fall. Since I am not a web designer, I felt it sucked away a lot of my time, energy, and stress, for a very minimal return. While I watched my Etsy sales soar last year, the sales on my own site were stagnant despite similar advertising. So, when I had some technical issues in October that I just couldn’t resolve, I decided to give it up. I still have a landing page, but it is a nice portal that now links to my Etsy shops, blog, and Flickr. It contains the pertinent information I had on my site – my show listings, contact link, and newsletter subscription link – and is much easier to maintain. This allows me more time to focus on actually listing and selling my items on Etsy, which is where I seem to thrive.

Walk us through your typical workday.

Initially, I had dreams of having a very structured work day (I DO like organization), similar to when I had my day job. But, right off the bat, this dream shattered. I fought it for awhile, knowing that all the advice says to have “structure,” etc., but now that I have let go of this unrealistic expectation, I get a lot more done. The following is what I do in a day, but the day may be from 6am – 12midnight, or from 12noon – 6 am! Whatever is working for me that day or week!

  • Post Office – I make one trip daily (except for Sundays) to the Post Office, usually early in the morning, though this has started to get a bit later. I always try and get there before noon, though. I live within 3 miles of 2 of them, so this is never a problem. I print all my labels online via Paypal or USPS.com, which also means I can go at 2am if that is what suits my schedule.
  • Taking pictures and doing listings. I try and list every day. The best light in our apartment is right around mid-day, so I usually take pictures around 11-12, edit them, and then list my items. No matter what my daily schedule looks like, I try to stick to this because of the lighting. Sometimes, on cloudy days, I may take pictures earlier, but on sunny days – never before noon!
  • Prepping fiber and spinning yarns. No matter when my day starts, I always try and get in at least 8 hours of prepping fiber and/or spinning time. There are some days where the time is minimal due to other things going on – maybe getting ready for a show, listings that take longer than normal, replying to emails or custom requests, etc. Then there are other days where I may spin for 10-12 hours. Also, I try and spin at least one yarn every day, which means I work 7 days a week.
  • Other duties as assigned!  I spend time each day going over my spreadsheet, updating it with sales/purchases, inventory, etc. I check my email throughout the day, reply as needed. I’ve found that it is better if I do this in chunks instead of as they come in – I sit with my laptop right next to my wheel which means I can refresh my mail often. At first, I would read and answer emails as they came in, but found the constant interruptions weren’t very efficient. Now I will reply only to urgent issues and all others during my “breaks.”


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?

The thing I enjoy most about not having a day job? Everything! I love not having to drive to work (especially in Wisconsin winters), I love being able to work when I want to (though don’t let this fool you – I still have to work, but if I want to work at 2am then so be it!), and I love that I can do something creative, something that I love doing, and that I can make things other people want to buy. The thing I miss most about my day job? The steady paycheck! I also sometimes miss my coworkers and our birthday lunches.

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

Definitely have more money saved and definitely be more prepared for taxes! Also, I wouldn’t have spent so much time beating myself up over the fact that I couldn’t get back to my original day-job work schedule. While expert advice is great, you still need to find what works best for you, your situation, and the way you work.

My advice? Don’t do it! Just kidding. Sort of. This is a tough economy and I hope anyone who is thinking about taking the plunge really makes sure they are ready for it – it is HARD WORK. I work much more and much harder than I ever did when I had a regular job. Also, be prepared for the fact that it IS work. It might be something you love doing, but will you still love it if you HAVE to do it to put food on the table? No matter how much I love spinning and knitting – if I don’t do it, I don’t make any money, which means I can’t pay my bills and that definitely changes things.

One little thing I still do – even after 800+ sales – I still get excited when I sell something! I still run and tell my boyfriend – I just sold some yarns! 🙂 And do my little “YAY! I sold something!” dance. Why? Because I feel keeping that joy and excitement of selling is crucial to keeping it from becoming “a grind,” from becoming too much like a regular job. It helps me keep perspective and keep things fun.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

Each month I hope to sell more than that month of the previous year. That’s just a simple numbers goal. I hope to continue to make enough to do this full time. I’d like to come up with some new styles of yarns. But, really, my goals are simple and that is to keep doing what I’m doing and grow a little more each month.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’m very grateful to have an outlet like Etsy to sell my items. If it weren’t for Etsy, I don’t think I’d be doing this full time. So, THANK YOU, Etsy and THANK YOU to all of my wonderful customers!

Please join Bobbi for a follow-up Question and Answer session this Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 3pm EDT in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time). See you there!

 

You can find some of our previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

 

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166 comments

  • PretzelAndNutzel

    PretzelAndNutzel said 10 years ago

    Your yarn is so beautiful! Congrats!

  • bridgetandco

    bridgetandco said 10 years ago

    I will be shopping with you - beautiful yarn.

  • diffractionfiber

    diffractionfiber said 10 years ago

    lovely yarns! I love reading these stories!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 10 years ago

    Luscious yarn, love the colors! Best wishes for continued success, and thanks for sharing your story!

  • 1337art

    1337art said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you so much for sharing, and congrats!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Good for you!!! Great story!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 10 years ago

    Very insightful and truthful! Thanks for another great "Quit Your Day Job"!

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 10 years ago

    So inspiring. Thanks for this great article! :)

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 10 years ago

    Woohoo! Go kittygrrlz! I can't wait till I reach your levels of success :) so inspiring

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 10 years ago

    fantastic, as always i love reading these! Congrats!!

  • LoveandLust

    LoveandLust said 10 years ago

    Another great article - thank you etsy!

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila said 10 years ago

    What a great story! You look very happy. In fact, I'm also very lucky to have found Etsy. I gave me the opportunity to start & try something without a big investment.

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 10 years ago

    Wow! So cool! Love your yarn!

  • WoollyWonka

    WoollyWonka said 10 years ago

    I hope I can do this too some day! Bravo!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 10 years ago

    Awesome interview. Very informative and inspirational. Thank you Mary and thank you Bobbi!

  • squareware

    squareware said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your insight!

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this story. Since I am new to Etsy, it's great to read the success someone has. Beautiful yarns, the colors are gorgeous!...makes me want to pick up the knitting needles.

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 10 years ago

    your yarn is gorgeous! it is always great to hear the perspectives of successful full-time sellers. i think i learn something new every time i read these articles that is helpful as i plan my own business. congratulations!

  • AnaStella

    AnaStella said 10 years ago

    That yarn is so beautiful, it makes me want to learn how to knit!

  • BeautyWithin

    BeautyWithin said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful interview. I love hearing of success stories by way of Etsy! Best wishes to you Bobbi for your continued success. Way to go ETSY!! :)

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 10 years ago

    What luscious yarns! Makes me want to dust off my crochet hooks. I love hearing success stories like this and feel very encouraged and inspired to keep plugging away at my own creative endeavors. Thanks!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Her yarns are are sooooo pretty me want me want me want!!!!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 10 years ago

    Yay Bobbi! One of my very favorite people and an incredible spinner extraordinaire!!!

  • blackmustard

    blackmustard said 10 years ago

    Wonderful interview - I admire your discipline and commitment to your work! Good for you, your yarns are gorgeous :)

  • yensew

    yensew said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. It's very inspiring! As someone new to the site and not having much luck so far it is really nice to read about others who do make it! I hope you continue to reach your goals and have great success!

  • GlorybyJeannieLee

    GlorybyJeannieLee said 10 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your story is very similar to mine, so i can totally relate! Your work is beautiful, and I'm really happy that you can do what you love. I ditto everything you said in your article. Best of luck!!!

  • Catfanhoho

    Catfanhoho said 10 years ago

    Hi Bobbi--I love the feature interview with you!!! You are quite an inspiration to all who desire to get out of the everyday grind!!! Obviously, I also LOVE your yarn, since I have a houseful of it!!!!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 10 years ago

    Love reading the quit your day job stories. Makes me stop and think.... beautiful yarns!!!

  • UptownCreations

    UptownCreations said 10 years ago

    Wow great for you! I hope I have the same great success!

  • clubviv

    clubviv said 10 years ago

    very beautiful~~~ I love those colors

  • creativeutility

    creativeutility said 10 years ago

    This article was awesome! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful tips and expert advice!

  • gloriouscrochet

    gloriouscrochet said 10 years ago

    I agree with you when you say having your own website for selling suck your time. I love Etsy and I haven't looked at my website once this year.

  • gloriouscrochet

    gloriouscrochet said 10 years ago

    Can't wait to create something incredibly beautiful with your yarn!!!

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels said 10 years ago

    Well done.

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarns and great interview. Congrats!!!!!

  • johnsos9

    johnsos9 said 10 years ago

    I have purchased yarn from Bobbi, and they are wonderful! Fabulous colors, fun to knit with.

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story. I am self-employed as well. Hearing tips, advice, and the story behind another artists' work is helpful, inspiring, and helps keep me going!

  • barbaralucore

    barbaralucore said 10 years ago

    I love your shop! Your yarns are so beautiful!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 10 years ago

    Always, always love to read these. Thanks for sharing.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarns, Bobbi! Continued success to you ~ thanks for sharing a day in your life as a fiber artist!

  • catsongstitchery

    catsongstitchery said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Beautiful yarns!

  • excely

    excely said 10 years ago

    Excellent interview!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  • Snowberrylime

    Snowberrylime said 10 years ago

    Great to see a spinner featured - congrats on making it work! :)

  • jenglo

    jenglo said 10 years ago

    Terrific article...what a great series. Thank you! You are an inspiration to us all. :)

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 10 years ago

    This is one of my favorite features, always with some helpful tips and insight. Bobbi is right: being a self-employed artisan is hard work and endless hours. Good luck, Bobbi!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Ooh pretty colors! Very inspiring!

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 10 years ago

    What a great interview! So much insight and very inspiring! Your yarn has always been in the top of my favorites - it's so great to take a peek in your world and see how you do it! Congrats for all your success!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    this was a very good read Bobbi! thank you for sharing, and congratulations on your shop success. It really is good when you pin point something that just works for you, irrespective of what others may have said or done.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • celebrationinclay

    celebrationinclay said 10 years ago

    Thanks for being so candid, and for the practical advice. You've reinforced the concept that a business is not pie-in-the-sky, but hard work. Nice to know it's still exciting and enjoyable to follow your dream!

  • RonH

    RonH said 10 years ago

    Very good story. I'm so glad you found fulfillment beyond the "9 to 5". We are so much in need of talented artisans that make our lives better for the living. Your products are awesome and so much better than the run of the mill stuff that has been marketed to death. I wish you continued success.

  • artbymsr

    artbymsr said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great tips & sharing your experiences! Wishing you continued success!

  • modtangle

    modtangle said 10 years ago

    i am such a yarn freak. yours are beautiful!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 10 years ago

    Wow! I am drooling over your fibers! Great article! Amy

  • pancakeandlulu

    pancakeandlulu said 10 years ago

    Congrats on a great interview! Happy spinning!

  • foxtrailgeneralstore

    foxtrailgeneralstore said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring article! Beautiful yarns!

  • AmberLeaf

    AmberLeaf said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the Inspiration & Aspiration!!!

  • AnneMarie1025

    AnneMarie1025 said 10 years ago

    Such beautiful patterns and vibrant colors!

  • its4u

    its4u said 10 years ago

    very nice... thank you for sharing your story!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 10 years ago

    I always love this feature! Thanks for sharing your story, Bobbi.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, lovely yarns and fibers. Wish you continued success, and congrats to being able to quit your job at the library~!

  • cloudlover69

    cloudlover69 said 10 years ago

    Yay! So cool to see your story in the limelight! :)

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 10 years ago

    Yay, a fellow Milwaukee-an!! Congrats -- and I knit on the side (when I have time), so I am definitely bookmarking your site as your yarns are amazing!!

  • marinagoddess

    marinagoddess said 10 years ago

    Gets me thinking of how to help myself. Thanks for your insight and good luck!

  • MissEmmasCloset

    MissEmmasCloset said 10 years ago

    thank you so much for your story. it is great to hear of someone doing what they love and living their dream. you have re-sparked my goal. as a mom to a disabled child, my goal is to be able to support myself with my etsy business. thank you. i am inspired.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Inspiring story. Thank you for sharing your experiences and advices. Good luck!!

  • luxe

    luxe said 10 years ago

    congrats bobbi!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 10 years ago

    Lovely yarn and interview :)

  • MAMAPEARLS

    MAMAPEARLS said 10 years ago

    Great story love your yarn

  • nicolatex333

    nicolatex333 said 10 years ago

    Inspiring story...wish you continued success :0)

  • Yen4Yarn

    Yen4Yarn said 10 years ago

    Bobbi, I am so pleased for you!! Love your yarns! I'll look for you at the art fairs here in Milwaukee this summer.

  • robayre

    robayre said 10 years ago

    loved this article. I, too, know the happy dance. I don't worry that sales will ever get old, but I do worry that my boyfriend will get tired of my enthusiasm.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous, soft, luxurious looking fiber! I love fiber artists. Her work space in the first picture resembles my own, lol!!! Congrats Bobbi for making it happen!

  • misohappi

    misohappi said 10 years ago

    hi, your yarns are breath taking especially the kitty singles. i just love the melange of colors.

  • greenka

    greenka said 10 years ago

    Your yarns are gorgeous and I was inspired by this article. Thanks for sharing!

  • NaturallySpun

    NaturallySpun said 10 years ago

    Great inspiration from you Bobbi. I have always admired your yarns. Warm and fuzzy well wishes for continued success. CONGRATULATIONS on the feature article.

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons said 10 years ago

    omg! [jumps up and down] My favorite yarn shop! WTG on the article! You really deserve it. Much continued success.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Nice works!!!!

  • nightcloud

    nightcloud said 10 years ago

    so helpful to learn from others learning... thanks for sharing and may your threads wrap up the Etsy community!

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    I love your yarn shop -- your fiber as bright & trigger happy & your color tones excites me ;) Looking forward to buying from you !! Good luck & many blessing to you ;)

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 10 years ago

    Fantastic! keep doing the dance!

  • aelleaelle

    aelleaelle said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous yarn and inspiring story!

  • Mtutcik

    Mtutcik said 10 years ago

    Interesting article and although I am not a knitter I found it in formative

  • missmarmaladeuk

    missmarmaladeuk said 10 years ago

    Wow! What an inspiring story! Thanks for sharing :)

  • ChristinaWard

    ChristinaWard said 10 years ago

    I've had the pleasure of being a "neighbor" to Bobbi at a few craft shows; her work is truly beautiful. I wish all of you could touch it! She's also a funny and generous lady. I'm thrilled that she's getting this recognition for her hard work and art.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    I found your article very inispiring; and such beautiful yarns! It is great to read stories like this!

  • spaceoddities

    spaceoddities said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this. Beautiful work, Bobbi!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 10 years ago

    wow your yarn is gorgeous! Love the colors...

  • paramita

    paramita said 10 years ago

    Great article, really wonderful yarns too! Very inspirational for me as a spinner.

  • RavenaRelics

    RavenaRelics said 10 years ago

    Your yarn is gorgeous! Thanks for taking the time to share some positivity and inspiration!! -Vicki

  • blondechicken

    blondechicken said 10 years ago

    Yay! I love Bobbi! I interviewed her right after she quit her dayjob, here: http://moourl.com/l2lkq

  • yarncoture

    yarncoture said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarns! Hopefully I will be getting some in the near future!

  • purpurin

    purpurin said 10 years ago

    It's so cool to see a spinner featured on the blog! Beautiful yarns.

  • whirlwend

    whirlwend said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Your handspun looks WONDERFUL :) Thanks for sharing.

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 10 years ago

    Well done on your success! Wish you the best of luck!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    Congratulations and your yarn is really gorgeous!!

  • PrettyMuchArt

    PrettyMuchArt said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Maybe we'll meet someday at a WI show

  • lemeowlemew

    lemeowlemew said 10 years ago

    Congrats! You do lovely work! Glad to see it's being recognised!

  • Jujie

    Jujie said 10 years ago

    I love that you still do the dance after so many sales!!

  • madcrafters

    madcrafters said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats on your success. Look forward to purchasing your yarn for future projects.

  • Hollyeqq

    Hollyeqq said 10 years ago

    Congrats!

  • RoyalPrincess

    RoyalPrincess said 10 years ago

    Congrats !! love all the color combinations

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Great article! It makes me long for the day when I can sell full-time! Now, I'm off to check out your shop!

  • asmallbrightidea

    asmallbrightidea said 10 years ago

    oh how beautiful! I love to hear about these success stories.

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarns! Wish I was a knitter! Maybe they could just sit around and look pretty...

  • AAngels

    AAngels said 10 years ago

    Love your article and it is great putting a face to the product. I love your yarn, I bought the 400 yards of natural bamboo and so love it!! Thanks again and I am sure u will be hearing from me again. Kathy

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 10 years ago

    Your yarn is absolutely gorgeous! Rock on!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 10 years ago

    What a great article-Bobbi you are awesome-you put a smile on my face when I read the part how you still do a happy dance when you make a sale-that is so sweet. My sales are no where near yours, but I get so excited when i make a sale and have to tell my husband right away-I wondered if I was being silly, your story made me feel not so alone, and made it clear that the nice feeling doesn't go away.

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 10 years ago

    Congrats! www.ladylulus.etsy.com

  • SerendipityFiberArts

    SerendipityFiberArts said 10 years ago

    Thanks, Bobbi & Mary, for a great article! It's always nice to see someone living their dream and enjoying the ride!

  • lucywallis

    lucywallis said 10 years ago

    Well done on making a success of quitting your day job. Gorgeous yarns too! Lucy x

  • YLOjewelry

    YLOjewelry said 10 years ago

    Stories like this really inspire me. Best wishes to You!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Such beautiful yarn...wish I crochet or knit. Congrats on making such a success of your business!

  • Fancy0Frances

    Fancy0Frances said 10 years ago

    What an inspirational story! I've just started my jewelry-making, though I've been in photography for a few years now. I just have a really good feeling about etsy and reading stories like this keeps me going. I love her colorful yarns- they remind me of a photo I took just last weekend. It's up on my Etsy site now, it's called "The Magic" and it features a real rainbow- just like her rainbow yarns. I hope some day I could be up here too! Fancy0Frances.etsy.com

  • bluerthanblue

    bluerthanblue said 10 years ago

    Such good/sound advice! Beautiful fibers. Thank you for taking the time to share with us!

  • lauraatblacksheep

    lauraatblacksheep said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love fiber and yarn. I am taking my first spinning class on Wednesday. Now I am doubly excited. Cheers to you for taking that leap and doing what you love.

  • MelsBellsClocheHats

    MelsBellsClocheHats said 10 years ago

    Your interview was so inspiring and informative! I truly enjoyed reading it. Best of luck to you and your gorgeous yarns! :)

  • sweetusoapia

    sweetusoapia said 10 years ago

    congrats! what a great article! we met at the craftacular at high noon saloon! again great article

  • KnottinghamCreations

    KnottinghamCreations said 10 years ago

    Agreed. The colors combinations are lovely!

  • NicolaWyllieDesigns

    NicolaWyllieDesigns said 10 years ago

    The colours are beautiful...very lush!

  • AlaskanCrafted

    AlaskanCrafted said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarn!

  • ColAreto

    ColAreto said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for the article!

  • lglas

    lglas said 10 years ago

    Thank you, Etsy for such a great article on such a wonderful fellow fiber artisan! Bobbi has beautiful yarns made with bright, cheery colors that you are so happy to get in the mail. You just want to hold on to them for a while, because you just know how much love and attention went in to their creation....Keep up the good work, as you are an inspiration to us all.

  • Jamfiescreations1

    Jamfiescreations1 said 10 years ago

    Love your story and your beautiful yarn. You go girl. I hope to do the same some day.

  • ManicSpider

    ManicSpider said 10 years ago

    Your yarns are just fantastic! I really look forward to buying some of them :-)

  • APinchOfCheer

    APinchOfCheer said 10 years ago

    Wow! Way to go Bobbi! I'm glad you found the success you did. You definitely can tell you put your heart into your work.

  • dewizy

    dewizy said 10 years ago

    colorful yarns, I love it! http://blog.sina.com.tw/de_wizy/

  • Sanfoune

    Sanfoune said 10 years ago

    This is so encouraging! I hope I'll reach this point, too, one day. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    yay!! congrats kittygrrlz. nice photos too :)

  • boci

    boci said 10 years ago

    I have hope yet! That's a very inspiring story. I love your yarn colors, wish I could knit! Never could get the hang of it! Oh well, too many projects going on as it is!

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits said 10 years ago

    Woohoo!!! Congrats Bobbi! You know I am one of your biggest fans :)

  • SpunHoneyFibers

    SpunHoneyFibers said 10 years ago

    I am so, so impressed! And even though you say you're not, you're very organized! Your work is beautiful and I'm so glad you have the opportunity to do something you love--and like you said in the interview, something people will buy. The best of luck to you in everything you do!

  • AlwaysChic

    AlwaysChic said 10 years ago

    That is amazing! I hope one day I can be as successful as you:)

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story! :)

  • mygoodness

    mygoodness said 10 years ago

    Congrats Bobbi! Your transition is so terrific -- as are your yarns. To the Etsy HQ folks: Here's an idea: How about a category called -- My Day Job Quit Me! This is not as silly as it first seems...The New York Times posted an article today about how the still-luckily-employed can pitch in a bit to help the unemployed make it through this economic disaster...so it's on the minds of the media. (I personally think a moment of silence in every office every week to honor the struggles of the unemployed, and send them good thoughts, would be nice...) A "My Day Job Quit Me!" feature would help Etsy shoppers give a hand to crafters in need, it would add a bit of charity, reality and humility to the ever-successful-Etsy story that's out in the press, and -- it would mean a new round of press on this new spin/angle, and, most important, the possibility of a new strata of customers drawn to Etsy to help others by shopping handmade. ...something to think about...

  • mcrdesigns

    mcrdesigns said 10 years ago

    You go girl! This is just awesome for you!!!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature and best wishes for continued successes! You creat beautiful yarns! Makes me wish I knew how to knit!!

  • spinswim

    spinswim said 10 years ago

    very inspiring, good for you!!! your yarns are so beautiful.

  • stitchnmomma

    stitchnmomma said 10 years ago

    Some wonderful advice you have given...THANK YOU!!

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 10 years ago

    great advice.

  • CindyValentine

    CindyValentine said 10 years ago

    Yarns are beautiful and very inspiring! Thanks

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 10 years ago

    YEAH! Congrats! Way to represent Wisconsin! Nice to see you...I already love your yarn!

  • Jafcreations

    Jafcreations said 10 years ago

    Great feature and well done in doing so well, maybe one day i will be in the same position as you.

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 10 years ago

    oh the colours!!! SO LUSCIOUS!! i love the colour combinations

  • beesybee

    beesybee said 10 years ago

    I love your yarns! You are an inspiration to me. Congratulations on your success!!!

  • scavengerhunt

    scavengerhunt said 10 years ago

    Just quit my day job and am hoping to dive right in.

  • chaleytreasuredjewel

    chaleytreasuredjewel said 10 years ago

    I love your yard, great job. I just lost my day job, not by choice. I hope I can do as good as you have.

  • plumesami

    plumesami said 10 years ago

    Wow amazing! Love your yarn and color combinations really excellent. Thank you for sharing your story, inspiring! Smooches, Steph

  • Liyana

    Liyana said 10 years ago

    sincerely, I adore you..clab clab clab ;)

  • DukDesigns

    DukDesigns said 10 years ago

    Love to hear a good success story. Congrats, Bobbi. Great story, great tips, and beautiful products!

  • DesignsByNancyT

    DesignsByNancyT said 10 years ago

    Great story, and I am truly happy for you. I don't knit but your fibers make me want to start! Awesome, glorious colors.

  • CollarMeGorgeous

    CollarMeGorgeous said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational. Thanks

  • LittleLambCrafts

    LittleLambCrafts said 10 years ago

    Very well written. Thanks for including so much specific info about what type of advertising has (and hasn't) worked for you. You've offered a lot of insightful, helpful information here. Many wishes for your continued success (and growing sales), KittyGrrlz! (p.s., you still look like a lot of my librarian friends...guess you can take the girl out of the library but not the library out of the girl :)

  • SRNdesigns

    SRNdesigns said 10 years ago

    Your yarns are beautiful! Thanks sharing your story and the great advice.

  • romanticflowers

    romanticflowers said 10 years ago

    Congratulations. I am new to Etsy, and just posted my first items. I am always looking for great tips like yours. Thank you!

  • choconaut

    choconaut said 10 years ago

    Beautiful colors!

  • akane

    akane said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for inspiring me! www.akanedesigns.blogspot.com

  • kindredthreads

    kindredthreads said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story and your honesty. Keep doing the happy dance.

  • GiftzandGreetingz

    GiftzandGreetingz said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! I wish you the BEST of luck!!

  • emaleighscupboard

    emaleighscupboard said 10 years ago

    I am currently working as a librarian too. You have inspired me to believe I can eventually "quit my day job".

  • TheBearAffair

    TheBearAffair said 10 years ago

    Beautiful yarns - I don't knit but will pass your name along to those who do. Great article also, thanks so much.

  • Lynnaddison

    Lynnaddison said 10 years ago

    I saw the yarns you did for Rakubuttons jewelry..and they are fabulous. It's very nice to read of your success and happiniess doing your work. Congratulations!

  • ThrillyKnickers

    ThrillyKnickers said 10 years ago

    What amazing yarns, so beautiful! Many congratulations on your success, and thanks so much for a really interesting article! xx

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