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Quit Your Day Job: KristinFriesen

Jul 27, 2009

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

Kristin, the jewelry designer and emerging business woman behind KristinFriesen, was able to quit her jobs working in cafes and nannying due to the growing success of her jewelry shop. She now juggles motherhood, jewelry making, and being her own boss — something Etsy has allowed her to do for almost two years. Keep reading to find out why Kristin has never paid for advertising and how she is learning more about being a business woman with each day that goes by — without ever setting foot in a business class.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve been making things for fun since, well, forever… but I didn’t start making jewelry to sell until about three years ago. When I was almost 20, I got pregnant with my son. My husband Justin had a friend whose girlfriend was also pregnant and due around the same time as me. The guys got us together, and we became fast friends. She had dabbled in jewelry prior to that and convinced me that we should start making jewelry together since we would have nothing better to do after the babies were born (yeah, right). So we formed a little business together and did some markets and home parties. Over time our job situations changed, and we could no longer find the time to do jewelry together (though we are still great friends), so I turned to Etsy.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Absolutely! I’ve always hated following directions and doing as I’m told. I much prefer making up my own rules and dancing to my own beat. (Some call it stubborn, I call it independent) Since I never went to college, I honestly never thought I would ever be able to “be my own boss.” When I joined Etsy, my initial goal was to sell the jewelry I had left over from my previous endeavor, but it was definitely in the back of my mind to take it to the top. I joined right before the holidays and ended up doing better than I expected, so my dreams and aspirations quickly grew. At the time I was nannying and doing Etsy on the side, but after the holidays I somehow managed to convince my husband that I was making enough money to do Etsy full time (still not really sure how I managed that). Reluctantly, he agreed, and I quit my nanny job.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Not really; I’m more of a “do now, think later” kind of person. Not always the smartest approach, that’s just how I am. I did really wish I had a big chunk of money as start-up capital, but we just didn’t have that, so I did what I could. For the first several months, I wasn’t able to keep any of my profit because everything I made had to be reinvested. Looking back, it would have been wise to prepare in other ways: take a business class, learn more about selling online, or at least read a book about starting my own business. It has been a lot of trial and error, but I’m slowly getting the hang of it.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I’ve tried just about everything. When I first started, I didn’t know ANYTHING about promoting or marketing myself on the Internet, so I tried everything I came across. I scoured The Storque, reading every success and tips article, spent hours in the Forums soaking up knowledge, and bookmarked about a million links. I’ve tried online social networking, Flickr, blogging, other handmade marketplaces, submitting myself for features and much more.

Ultimately, the things that have stuck are Twitter, blogging, Flickr, and now Facebook. I sponsor giveaways now and regularly submit myself to blogs. Another thing I’ve done recently is become friends with other Etsy sellers. Since using Twitter I have made so many friends (whom I love!) and they are very supportive of me and my shop and always help to spread the word, as I do with their shops. Never underestimate the power of word of mouth!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
With all the things I’ve tried, there are too many unsuccessful methods to list. The biggest thing I learned was not to spread myself too thin. Originally, I figured the best thing I could do was to have presence in as many different places as I could find. I discovered very quickly that it takes a lot of work to maintain all those sites, and if I can’t maintain them, they’re useless and a complete waste of time. That was when I narrowed it down to the ones that seemed to be working (listed above) and ditched the rest. I’ve also never paid for ad space anywhere. I feel like there are so many free ways to promote yourself if you just look hard enough, why spend money on it?

Walk us through your typical workday.
Every day is a little different. I’m not much of a “routine” person, so I really don’t stick to a schedule (with the exception of Jack’s naptime).

  • We usually wake up sometime between 7 and 9. I’ll get Jack changed and fed, get my husband out the door for work, then sit down with my coffee.
  • Between breakfast and naptime anything can happen. Some days I’m really busy, and I’ll let Jack watch a show or play with his trains while I answer emails. Other days we run errands or go on little excursions to the beach, library, zoo, or park.
  • Around noon we have lunch. Afterward we’ll read stories and have some quiet playtime before his nap.
  • Around 1:30 is when Jack takes his nap. This is when the real work begins. While he sleeps I will pack up orders, take photos, make jewelry, etc. The time always flies by, and I never seem to finish everything I had hoped to.
  • Jack usually takes fairly late naps so by the time he wakes up it’s time to start getting ready for dinner. He plays while I cook or clean up the house before Justin gets home from work. As soon as Justin gets home we sit down and eat dinner together.
  • After dinner the three of us will spend time together before Jack goes to bed. We play trains, read books, and watch movies. Sometimes I sneak away to my office and work some more while Justin and Jack have some “father-son time.”
  • Jack goes to bed between 7:30 and 8:30. As soon as he goes to bed Justin and I will clean up the dinner mess and sit down to watch our shows. We are really into Rescue Me, The Daily Show, The Big Bang Theory, and recently we’ve gotten into Cake Boss. We watch some TV together for a few hours, and I will sneak off every so often to blog, order materials, or make jewelry.

Every Tuesday Jack spends the day with my wonderful father-in-law so I can have a day off. Without my Tuesdays I couldn’t ever maintain sanity and do all that I do. Having this day free allows me to catch up on work, clean the house, and have some time to myself.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
There’s no way I could pick just one thing I enjoy most. I get to make my own schedule, spend time with my family, put my creativity to good use, not to mention I don’t have to work for anybody but myself! I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss the social aspect of working a day job, but the pros outweigh the cons a million to one. Before I got pregnant I worked in a café, and my job was nothing special. Now I’m doing something I am truly proud of, and I love every day that I do it.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Trying to manage my business with a two-year-old is hectic at best. It definitely has its ups and downs, and it’s the ups that keep me going when I’m down. I’ve seen my hard work pay off, so when the going gets tough, I’m that much more driven to succeed.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Advice for myself? THINK BEFORE YOU ACT. One of my biggest regrets is opening up shop under a generic username instead of taking the time to think of my business name before I started selling. I came up with my business name later and now they don’t match. Not the end of the world, but it bugs me… I wish my username were “sweeterthanme” since that’s the name of my business. [Click here for a post on this topic.]

Advice for someone else? Never give up! I know it’s a little cliché, but it must be said. I hear people complaining that they have no idea why their shop isn’t doing well. The list of things you can do to improve is endless, and until you’ve tried them all you can’t say that you have no idea why you’re not selling. Do everything you possibly can and never give up. Quitters never win and winners never quit.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
At the moment, my goal is to reach 2,000 sales by my second Etsy-versary on October 27. I just reached my goal of 1,000 by my birthday (May 15). It seems a little out of reach at the moment, but so did my last goal, and I achieved that one and then some. All I want right now is to continue to grow my business and be more and more successful than the year before. I’m very proud of everything I’ve accomplished so far and am trying not to be too hard on myself if I don’t reach exact goals.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
To anyone who’s ever purchased my jewelry, complimented my work, left a comment on my blog, chatted with me on Twitter, or sent me a friendly conversation: THANK YOU! You are the reason I get out of bed every morning, and you keep me going. I absolutely adore my customers and followers and appreciate every one of you! I truly love what I do, but without someone to share it with it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. I have the most amazing friends and family. They have encouraged me and been proud of me since day one (not to mention they LOVED all the jewelry I’ve created over the years). Thank you for the honest and helpful feedback and for always pushing me to achieve my goals.

Also, I am so grateful to have discovered Etsy, it has opened so many doors for me and completely changed my life. There’s no way I could have quit my day job to pursue my artistic ventures this quickly without Etsy. Thank you everyone for all that you do, it means the world to me!

Thanks to Kristin for sharing her story.  Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with her Tuesday, July 28 at 5 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

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


  • zombuki

    zombuki said 10 years ago

    Hurray! I love reading these, and the earrings are really pretty, especially the bee ones. Congrats too!

  • PudgyBirdCo

    PudgyBirdCo said 10 years ago

    Hello! Im really inspired by your success, and Id really love it if you had any more pointers about marketing. I just started my shop about a month or so ago, and feel like I've still got a lot to learn. Thank you! -livvy of PudgyBirdCo

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 10 years ago

    Yay Kristin! Love following you on Twitter, love your shop.

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 10 years ago

    Great article, and congrats :)

  • amber84

    amber84 said 10 years ago

    nice stuff! I love all the quit your day job stuff. :)

  • emilygrayjewels

    emilygrayjewels said 10 years ago

    Huge Congratulations Kristin! What an amazing and inspiring interview - it's so lovely to read all about you and how you *did it*! Well done too on your huge success and business skills - here's to your 2000th sale! ~Emily~ xxx

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 10 years ago

    Wow! Congrats on all the success! Great inspiration for me as I am trying to get over to the Etsy side full time!

  • CelloRaisen

    CelloRaisen said 10 years ago

    I'm also a "leap before you look" type person and I think that that's a good thing. You have to take risks or what's the point?? Keep on keepin' on! Your creations are beautiful.

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 10 years ago

    Oh my have a successful business and a two-year old! I'm in awe of how you do it. Keep up the good work!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 10 years ago

    I'm quite familiar with the trials and joys of fitting business activities around the needs of a two-year old boy too. :) Congratulations on all your success so far! And good luck reaching your next goal.

  • JustAnotherDay

    JustAnotherDay said 10 years ago

    congratulations! It is quite an accomplishment!

  • replicca

    replicca said 10 years ago

    congrats, Kristin!! just got my ears pierced (at age 26, yes, for the first time) and I'm so excited to decorate my ears!! off to grab your Cherokee earrings....

  • ShySiren

    ShySiren said 10 years ago

    WooHoo, Kristin! I'm so excited to see you here!!!

  • jadewicks

    jadewicks said 10 years ago

    Congrats! You had some very sound advice - and I can relate on so many levels. I couldn't agree more with your attitude of never quitting. Keep at it! :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Yay Kristen! So great to see you here.

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very impressive... especially with a 2 year old hanging out with you :-) Congrats!

  • onionbagel

    onionbagel said 10 years ago

    Excellent article, realistically presented, glowing with kindness and optimism! Etsy, please don't mess with the blueprint! :-)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    Congrats ,Kristin you are very special, I love your work.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    very inspiring! i love the packaging and attention to detail. very professional!

  • SongBirdArtStudio

    SongBirdArtStudio said 10 years ago

    congrats, kristin! i have hoped that one day i can too be my own boss. my schedule is so hectic all the time - it's never the same! very impressed you are also able to run a business with your son! :) good luck and i hope your business continues to grow! Taylor

  • KristinFriesen

    KristinFriesen said 10 years ago

    Thank you everyone!! Love reading your comments, it's a pleasure to be featured :D

  • aprilmist

    aprilmist said 10 years ago

    These posts are always so inspiring! Way to go Kristin for reaching your goal of 1000 sales by your birthday! I'm now inspired to set a goal...

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 10 years ago

    Hi,Kristin Love your packaging , they are so cute.Very professional! Sam

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work Kristin, and wow, your packaging is gorgeous. Congratulations and best wishes!

  • BeauAndStella

    BeauAndStella said 10 years ago

    Kristin! Congrats!!!!!! So exciting!!!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    I love these stories!! Beautiful work Kristin!

  • alisonkelleydesigns

    alisonkelleydesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Kristin, may you reach your goal of 2000 sooner than you hope!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Great packaging... the perfect finishing touch!

  • SewSweetStitches

    SewSweetStitches said 10 years ago

    Very encouraging, thanks for taking the time to share with us!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 10 years ago

    Fabulous work! I, too, like your packaging.

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 10 years ago

    Kristin Friesen - i love your shop!!!

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Always excited to see another jewelry shop able to support themselves full time! I agree with your advice, to never give up!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 10 years ago

    wooooow amazing shop! totally a fav now!

  • coffeebreakdesigns

    coffeebreakdesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your great tips! You are an inspiration!

  • Parlene

    Parlene said 10 years ago

    Congrats! One day I hope to be there too! I was featured on the front page today, so it's a start.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 10 years ago

    thanks for more inspiration!! thanks etsy!!

  • juneshin

    juneshin said 10 years ago

    Hey Kristin! Congratulations!

  • Beadspiration

    Beadspiration said 10 years ago

    I saw a mention of this Storque interview @Twitter, and am so glad to have found it. I'm fairly new to Etsy and looking for ways to streamline and toss whatever doesn't work. This answered a lot of questions for me. A big congratulations to Kristi! You've earned my respect.

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 10 years ago

    cute, and I wish I could do that too.

  • penelopepupsvintage

    penelopepupsvintage said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry (especially love the bobby pin trios, so cute!) and wonderful advice!! Thanks so much for sharing. ^_^

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    wonderful~ nice to meet Kristin ~ thanks for sharing!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! Beautiful designs. Very inspiring story.

  • soradesigns

    soradesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirations! I want to be at this stage someday.

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 10 years ago

    So organized!!

  • bluerthanblue

    bluerthanblue said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the much-needed encouragement. Congratulations on your success, and thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  • JohnMetBetty

    JohnMetBetty said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristin!!

  • istiferet

    istiferet said 10 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Your story is so inspiring, congrats! :)

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Sooo inspiring!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • kasiablue

    kasiablue said 10 years ago

    Hooray for your Kristen! You are an inspiration to all of us trying to "quit our day jobs" as well.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you Kristin~ this is so wonderful you can stay home with your son and spend quality time with him and still create and design. You have time your hubby as well after jack goes to bed. Perfect. Again congrats and I'm very happy for all of you. This is really kewl.

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 10 years ago

    I'm inspired. You have done a great job with your logo and packaging materials. Thanks for the wisdom.

  • ToujoursTu

    ToujoursTu said 10 years ago

    Great article-Thank You!!!

  • FriendlyMade

    FriendlyMade said 10 years ago

    What a great interview! Congratulations on all your success. Your branding and packaging is so beautiful. Great job.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Here's to continued success~

  • RockPaperSilver

    RockPaperSilver said 10 years ago

    Way to go Kristin! Great article. Thank you for being so open in sharing your trials, errors, and SUCCESS! I love your pep talk: "Quitters never win and winners never quit." true! It is truly an inspiration to learn how you can pursue what you love while juggling all of the other "loves" in your life.

  • AllThatGlittersbyKML

    AllThatGlittersbyKML said 10 years ago

    it's so nice to read about a jewelry maker that persevered through the flood of jewelry sellers on here. It's great to know you made a success of it congratulations!

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 10 years ago

    Yay! Kristin, I'm so happy for you! Your jewelry is gorgeous and your interview was great! xo

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you, Kristin!!! I always love reading these motivating!

  • Serenity22

    Serenity22 said 10 years ago

    Way to GO!!! our work is beautiful, and wish you much more success in the future!

  • Serenity22

    Serenity22 said 10 years ago

    Should be "Your". Sorry.. ;)

  • pascalepetit

    pascalepetit said 10 years ago

    Great inspiration! Thanks!

  • LoveAtFirstBlush

    LoveAtFirstBlush said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I love your packaging!

  • sandraeileenjewelry

    sandraeileenjewelry said 10 years ago

    Great feature! Congrats!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story, congratulations Kristin!

  • ManoCelebrates

    ManoCelebrates said 10 years ago

    God bless you with your 2000 and more sales!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous items and very inspirational!!

  • Thompsondesigns

    Thompsondesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations my dear!!

  • maybeads

    maybeads said 10 years ago


  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 10 years ago

    Thank you for an inspirational story - always interested in reading about sellers who manage to balance motherhood and business. Your packaging is lovely, and of course is another good way to promote/advertise the business that I hadn't thought of. It's disheartening when you're new and get barely any views, but we'll take your advice and keep trying.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    These articles are always a pick me up! Thanks & congrats!

  • rikrak

    rikrak said 10 years ago

    yay kristin! so happy to see this wonderful etsy-an here! kristin is a wonderful supporter of things handmade & is such a friendly, thoughtful, creative soul! you're great! so wonderful to read more about you here!

  • KreationsbyKathy

    KreationsbyKathy said 10 years ago

    Wow, I loved the article. Thank you for all the encouraging words.

  • sandisparkles

    sandisparkles said 10 years ago

    Great article and beautiful jewelry!

  • EllaPhantePhashion

    EllaPhantePhashion said 10 years ago

    yay,kristen!!!!!!!!You are the best,girlie:) I loved learning more about YOU for a change,hehehe;)

  • kristinmalotte

    kristinmalotte said 10 years ago

    An inspiration! Congratulations!

  • Intres

    Intres said 10 years ago

    It was a pleasure to read about you and your day job. Congrats! :)

  • SallyRags

    SallyRags said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! So glad you are living your dream!

  • cthings

    cthings said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Kristen! I do like your packing too besides your jewelry! Many success to you in the future!

  • PawPawsWorkshop

    PawPawsWorkshop said 10 years ago

    Great article

  • TheLoudLion

    TheLoudLion said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharring your story and for the inspiration! congratulations on quitting your day job! :)

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 10 years ago

    Great Interview and great jewelry! BIG CONGRATS!!!

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 10 years ago

    Wow. Amazing story, thanks so much. I always love hearing people's story, it's kind of like a peek behind the scenes! Here's to your 2000th sale (and mine in a couple of years ;)

  • margaritaberry

    margaritaberry said 10 years ago

    I'm so glad I read this article. It was very inspirational. I have recently joined Etsy and I really hope to one day be as sucessful as KristinFriesen. You're packaging is really beautiful. Where do you get those black boxes?

  • makepienotwar

    makepienotwar said 10 years ago

    congrats! i love your shop!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    I love your style, great shop!!!

  • ElementsbyJulie

    ElementsbyJulie said 10 years ago

    Nice bright colors..way to go :)

  • thepinkdesigns

    thepinkdesigns said 10 years ago

    A really great article!! Your shop is already a favourite of mine! Congrats Kristin on all your wonderful success, and I have my fingers crossed for you to reach your 2000 sales goal! ;)

  • Pisces0148

    Pisces0148 said 10 years ago

    Kristen, You're an inspiration. I loved hearing about your typical day. Remember the saying, "Do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life!" Having your own beautiful baby and making your own jewelry...I can't think of any two more awesome things. Oh, and by the way, I work near the bakery where the Cake Boss (Buddy's) is located. It's just like you see it on tv. Best of luck to you.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristin! Verrrrry pretty work! Inspiring story.

  • clothpaperstitches

    clothpaperstitches said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! It's always motivating reading about others' success!

  • reemadesignstudio

    reemadesignstudio said 10 years ago

    Great story. Moms are amazing! We can do anything and everything!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 10 years ago

    congrats kristin, your work is gorgeous!

  • aimeesarmoire

    aimeesarmoire said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Kristin! Your shop is lovely, your jewelry is beautiful, and you deserve all the success in the world!!!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Congrats! You have a wonderful shop (and beautiful packaging!)!

  • whimsygal

    whimsygal said 10 years ago

    I am so inspired! way to go! someday i hope to have my shop really full and busy!

  • junkyjunk

    junkyjunk said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Kristin! I love hearing inspiring stories about other moms out there who make it work! Best of luck to you and your shop!

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 10 years ago

    Great article, and congrats :)

  • jelisedesigns

    jelisedesigns said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story! I feel encouraged to work harder. Congratulations!

  • Muntedkowhai

    Muntedkowhai said 10 years ago

    kristin is awesome and what an inspiration!

  • TheSecretGreenhouse

    TheSecretGreenhouse said 10 years ago

    what a business woman you are. I love how you coordinated your packaging materials. Being an older retired business woman and mother I can't help but say that you are beautiful and if you ever go public you have such an honest look to you be sure and capitalize on it also. You go girl success is a wonderful thing so be proud and stay strong.

  • ourteaparty

    ourteaparty said 10 years ago

    Great interview & super lovely jewellery :)!

  • susiebare

    susiebare said 10 years ago

    You have beautiful jewelry. Congratulations on your success!

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us ~~ it's always inspirational to hear these stories !! You have a beautiful shop -- congratulations on your growing success ;)

  • rafya

    rafya said 10 years ago

    I love to read those 'Quit Your Day Job' story, so interesting and inspiring for me.and I must say I am so identify with the sentence "I am so grateful to have discovered Etsy, it has opened so many doors for me and completely changed my life". good luck in the future Kristin !

  • fairytalesunlimited

    fairytalesunlimited said 10 years ago

    You are so cute! I loved reading your interview! I can really relate to your juggling act:)

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 10 years ago

    Yay, Kristin! Thank you for sharing your story - I love how you've made sure to balance family and business. Looking forward to your virtual labs talk!

  • abodesire

    abodesire said 10 years ago

    thanks kristin, for sharing your story, its so inspiring! i have just sign up for my etsy account, am preparing to open shop soon! hope to achieve same success as you. =) i love reading all these stories from etsy sellers. It has motivated me to share my designs with etsy.

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 10 years ago

    Great story, very inspirational and lovely products. Good luck with meeting your etsy-versary target!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    Lovely interview, good luck for the future and thank you!

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  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 10 years ago

    I think all crafters in some way hate following directions....I know I do too!

  • patchouli514

    patchouli514 said 10 years ago

    Wow! Jack is a great sleeper, you're very lucky to have so much time to yourself. Good luck to you, you're living the dream a lot of us share.

  • SimplyForgotten

    SimplyForgotten said 10 years ago

    Such an inspiring article! I am also a do now, think later person :)

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 10 years ago

    wow! i love your bobby pins. that was a great read - you're an inspiration, i can only hope one day that will be me!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    what a great stroy....

  • doolallydesigns

    doolallydesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you for a lovely article, I have just started my journey with Etsy and whilst I am really excited, I am also apprehensive. Your article has reminded me of how important it is to not quit but keep trying. Well done Kristin :)

  • beccamari

    beccamari said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! We all need a breath of fresh air for re-inspiration sometimes!

  • themagpiesdaughter

    themagpiesdaughter said 10 years ago

    So inspirational and you sound lovely too! Good luck for future success. ;)

  • christinamdesigns

    christinamdesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations...what a great is just the inspiration I needed...I love to hear success stories from artistic moms...I am a mother of a 3 year old boy and trying to start a business so I can work from’s a balancing act to be a wife, mother, jewelry artist, the cleaning lady and sometimes cook...not to mention all the other things in life we need to sound like you have got it all under control...Excellent Job! Thank you for the inspiration...(also, I love your jewelry and your packaging)…

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 10 years ago

    I read the whole interview, beautiful words and good work, congratulations for your success Kristin .. I also when I discovered etsy, my life has changed...

  • LyndasLoft

    LyndasLoft said 10 years ago

    Great story and an inspiration to a beginner (at 60+). Recently heart surgery freed up my future and I have recently found Etsy and what a find! Stories like this one gives me motivation to know that I can be successful at this endeavor. Thanks for sharing.

  • christinadimeo

    christinadimeo said 10 years ago

    Love your shop! Thanks for sharing your story--I have renewed energy after reading it!

  • christinamdesigns

    christinamdesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations…what a great story…it is just the inspiration I needed…I love to hear success stories from artistic moms….I am a mother of a 3year old boy and trying to start a business so I can work from home….it’s a balancing act to be a wife, mother, jewelry artist, the cleaning lady and sometimes cook….not to mention all the other things in life we need to handle…… sound like you have got it all under control…Excellent Job! Thank you for the inspiration….(also, I love your jewelry and your packaging)…

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns said 10 years ago

    I so love reading these...they make me see the silver lining and inspire me to do more and to do better...:)

  • SkantiqueJewels

    SkantiqueJewels said 10 years ago

    This is an absolutely wonderful article. Your positive outlook and sunny disposition will undoubtedly take you straight to the 2000th sale in no time. Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations on your success!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 10 years ago

    Couldn't agree with you more... how wonderfully supportive everyone is here! Congrats on your success! I too can relate to the busy home life.. balancing kids (I'm expecting my 4th) and business is hard-- but worth it! WAY TO GO!!

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign said 10 years ago

    I think this is my favorite Quit Your Day Job article to date. Congratulations, Kristin!

  • jcharde

    jcharde said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring...Thank you for sharing!

  • DoraArtDesignStudio

    DoraArtDesignStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • laspottery

    laspottery said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I am inspired to get busy!

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 10 years ago

    Great interview! Beautiful jewellery and I love your packaging, I think it really adds an extra level to your work. :)

  • KristinFriesen

    KristinFriesen said 10 years ago

    Thank you everyone for you lovely comments, I've read each and every one of them! You all are so supportive, it means so much to me! xo

  • SimplySusan

    SimplySusan said 10 years ago

    Finally! Yay Kristin! You deserve it. I LOVE your jewelry. Congrats and here's to 2000 in October! :)

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 10 years ago

    Your jewelry is so lovely, as is your story. Cheers to you!

  • ShandaFerguson

    ShandaFerguson said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this post! So encouraging. And I love all of the pieces you've made. I will get my pair of Vintage Gem earrings.

  • VivaceCrafts

    VivaceCrafts said 10 years ago

    I love your story! Thanks for sharing it with us! :) Best of luck for your goals!

  • asianartjewels

    asianartjewels said 10 years ago

    very inspiring! thanks for sharing your story... :)

  • amyhatch

    amyhatch said 10 years ago

    such a lovely article! thanks for the advice!

  • nomadcraftsetc

    nomadcraftsetc said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! I love your daily routine, it really relates to all of us working busy mamas out here!

  • jclange

    jclange said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful success story-so encouraging for a single mom like me who dreams of being an artist full time. Thanks for sharing, Kristin. I wish you continued success!

  • jpstyle

    jpstyle said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! What an inspiration!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    I love how you package your items with the the matching labels and cards. Very cute.

  • prettybirds

    prettybirds said 10 years ago

    Yay Kristin! You have always been an inspiration to me! I'm so happy that you got to share your story with everyone on etsy... not everyone is as lucky as me to know you in person! Keep up the good work girl!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 10 years ago

    This is really inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing and much success to you!

  • UrsulasBeadedJewelry

    UrsulasBeadedJewelry said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! It is so inspiring to see another jewelry artist's success! Best wishes to you!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thank you for sharing your story and congrats on your success, Kristin!

  • CaseysCozys

    CaseysCozys said 10 years ago

    This is definetly one of the most inspiring posts I've read. Coming from a 20 year old mom with a two year old and a fiance named Justin. Thanks a lot :D Cas

  • BeadDelirium

    BeadDelirium said 10 years ago

    Great interview, lots of good advice. Congrats!

  • justanillusion

    justanillusion said 10 years ago

    Thanks for this!!! Reading it has been really inspiring. I continually search for ways to promote my shop with this kind of success, but I have yet to find it. I am hoping that someday soon I will have my own success story. (: Here's to hope. Best of luck!!! (: Kayla.

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story! Your photos are excellent!! Best wishes!

  • CrochetCandi

    CrochetCandi said 10 years ago

    Inspiring!! Thank you!! Enjoying your virtual lab too!!

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 10 years ago

    Congrats!So inspiring!!

  • maijutzeler

    maijutzeler said 10 years ago

    Love your story!!! thanks for sharing ^_^

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 10 years ago

    lovely presentation, thanks for sharing your story

  • Selkiemoonlight

    Selkiemoonlight said 10 years ago

    wonderful, inspiring article. thank you so much for sharing with all of us. It's so great to hear about busy, crafty moms who have it all under control and are successful. You are an inspiration.

  • EmmaHadley

    EmmaHadley said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristin! So inspiring for newbies! Beautiful colours in your jewellery :D

  • EachBeadCounts

    EachBeadCounts said 10 years ago

    Hi Kristin, I was drawn to your comment about disliking being told what to do as well as not having taken a business course. I think you have great instinct in the business area. Also, your happiness shows through. I can identify with the casual way you got into this- wanting to sell pieces you had made previously. That is my story too. I am paying a lot of attention to marketing via social networking and learning more on this topic. I wish you the 2,000 and thank you for inspiring me. Anne

  • worldofwhimm

    worldofwhimm said 10 years ago

    Ya Kristin! Congratulations on your success - very nice article!

  • mksupplies

    mksupplies said 10 years ago

    Congrats Kristin! Your jewelry is just lovely! Also, I can appreciate the ever hectic life of taking care of young children while maintaining a job at home! Thanks for sharing about your success!

  • mysticpieces

    mysticpieces said 10 years ago

    Congrats on making it a success! I'm currently working really hard to figure out how to quit my day job before they quit me! Sign of the times. Thanks so much for the inspiration.!

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 10 years ago

    Love all of the earrings, the bee pair are SWEET!

  • Jularee

    Jularee said 10 years ago

    Kristen, nice article and great advice. As a newbie, I am always looking for ideas to help get my shop out there and make some sales! Thanks.

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl said 10 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story, Kristin!!! It is very encouraging knowing there is someone who "does now, thinks later" like I do, and is still a success!! Your story really encourages one to be themself, and that you don't have to go to college, be single or a millionare to live your dreams. Thank you, Kristin! Best wishes!!!

  • riorita

    riorita said 10 years ago

    What lovely jewelry Kristen creates! I wish her great success!

  • lscollections

    lscollections said 10 years ago

    Wow! I read your blog this morning and you are such an inspiration. Your blog motivated me in so many ways and I thank you,

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great article & Congratulations on success!

  • ChefTaiDesigns

    ChefTaiDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you, Kristin! You're an incredible inspiration! I love your jewelry, and wish you blessed success!

  • janicej

    janicej said 10 years ago

    Congrats! These articles are always a great read.

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Great interview! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • maddiepattie

    maddiepattie said 10 years ago

    Congratulations with all your success in your jewelry line!! It was a great article to read and very helpful as well.. Keep up the great job and hears wishing you 2000 sales!!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 10 years ago

    Well done for getting there, your story has inspired me a lot, I am trying to make my business happen, so i always appreciate stories like yours. Good luck with everything.

  • laughtillyoucry

    laughtillyoucry said 10 years ago

    Hi, I read your success story, and could relate to it in so many ways. Jewlery onward!

  • adorejules

    adorejules said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and congratulations on your success. I know you will reach your sales goal and look forward to following you and your shop!

  • thingsthataremade

    thingsthataremade said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Congratulations, Kristin!

  • lizjewelry

    lizjewelry said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Kristin! Your packaging is really lovely!

  • JoviesJewels

    JoviesJewels said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, great story and an inspiration. Thank you, and best wishes.

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 10 years ago

    Kristen! I remember you from Flickr and when you were just starting out. Look at you now! Congratulations and continued success!

  • birdsandthebeads

    birdsandthebeads said 10 years ago

    Way to go girl! You're an inspiration!

  • megalunostudio

    megalunostudio said 10 years ago

    Oh, Kristin, congratulations! What an amazing achievement! I've joined Etsy as a full-timer right from the beginning (with my wonderful hubby supporting my dream), and it's so inspiring to read about how you've made your business your day job! Here's to those 2000 sales!

  • rockzeecouture

    rockzeecouture said 10 years ago

    You give me great hope! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 10 years ago

    thank you for sharing! wonderful article and beautiful jewelry!

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa said 10 years ago

    Your story is inspiring and love the support of ,"Never give up!" Lots of helpful ideas in your article and may you have continued success!

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear said 10 years ago

    Truly inspiring story...congratulations to Kristin, it's good to know everybody's experiences. Luv!

  • Frekkeldesigns

    Frekkeldesigns said 10 years ago

    Congrats!!! There is such a wonderful, supportive group here!

  • tinycharm

    tinycharm said 10 years ago

    Such a great story Kristin, thank you for sharing!

  • seamingly

    seamingly said 10 years ago

    I know everyone keeps saying this but your story is inspiring. I also have a two year old son and manage my shop, and though there are times I feel like giving up, I look to successful shops like yours and am instantly lifted to work harder. Congratulations on making it to the spotlight, and continue to make your gorgeous pieces!

  • kellybellydesigns

    kellybellydesigns said 10 years ago

    Love your column and thanks for getting back to me!

  • erinsuniqueboutique

    erinsuniqueboutique said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Every time I read these types of stories it puts a big smile on my face. Being able to do what you love and love what you do is the most amazing feeling.

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 10 years ago

    Woot for quitting your day job and being featured to tell about it! Great shop! Awesome story!! I agree - nothing better than doing what your heart calls you to do!

  • TwistedDesigns

    TwistedDesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured! We have a lot in common. My birthday is May 15th too. I also make jewelry and stay home with my 2 year old. And I have blonde hair and blue eyes!

  • hyvamax6

    hyvamax6 said 10 years ago

    hyvamax6 Wonderful selections! I love abstract art,too. I am glad you wrote an article about it! sincerely good oil painting art! great artist!

  • hyvamax6

    hyvamax6 said 10 years ago

    Wonderful selections! I love abstract art,too. I am glad you wrote an article about it! sincerely good oil painting art! great artist!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 10 years ago

    great artist!

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 10 years ago

    i enjoy reading these quit your day job articles. very inspiring. thanks for sharing them with us! i quit my day job too, for other reasons though. but i am trying to beef up my etsy shop to maybe make it my sole income.

  • DLJDesigns

    DLJDesigns said 10 years ago

    I quit my job to , you go girl

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 10 years ago

    you're great thank for the advice KristinFriesen

  • sweetcharitydawn

    sweetcharitydawn said 10 years ago

    Great tips. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I too am a stay at home mom and I hope to have my own jewelry business. Your schedule looks a lot like mine!

  • VainityDesigns

    VainityDesigns said 10 years ago

    Congrates and great advice!! Best of luck with everything! :D Thank you!

  • PFullerArtWorks

    PFullerArtWorks said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all, especially the marketing advice and inspiration. Congratulations!! HappyDays!!HappyHearts!! Pamlea Fuller

  • WaywardCreations

    WaywardCreations said 10 years ago

    Nice One! fab interview :-)

  • thegoldenthimble713

    thegoldenthimble713 said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Good luck in the future.

  • tallulahmoon

    tallulahmoon said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring and encouraging. Managing kids and a small business can be very challenging. Your doing really well!! Your designs are great.

  • dewizy

    dewizy said 10 years ago

    great artist! And great advice!!

  • ChouChouandBloom

    ChouChouandBloom said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring article! Thanks for sharing your experience...and I love those bobby pins! =)

  • BejeweledBoutique

    BejeweledBoutique said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • lonivintage

    lonivintage said 10 years ago

    love that!

  • igottknits

    igottknits said 10 years ago

    Kristin, Thanks for your advice. Very inspiring! I have a one-year old and sometimes juggling my business and running after him can be a challenge to say the least. Yes, there are ups and downs, but you're right- it's mostly "ups" that keep things going!

  • TrinasTrinkets

    TrinasTrinkets said 10 years ago

    Krisitn, You inspire me!!! I truly hope that one day my jewelry business will take off like yours has! This story is great! Plus you are able to be an at-home mom and supportive wife... another occupation I hope to have one day. :) God Bless, and I hope you acheive all your goals! ~trina~

  • jamieruth45

    jamieruth45 said 10 years ago

    Just bought two pairs of earrings. I'm getting married in November and the wedding is very nature inspired. I'm stocking up on a lot of your items for all of the different activities. You are so creative and I love absolutely everything. Good luck with everything:)

  • caoimhamarie

    caoimhamarie said 10 years ago

    i'm so inspired by you juggling your family life and job i'm trying to get a shop up and going and currently making jewellery and listing as my boy sleeps too!! keep up the great work good luck

  • Peapodtreasures

    Peapodtreasures said 10 years ago

    as an assemblage jewelery artist and a mother of a 14 month old, this article is truly inspiring to me... she gives me hope that it is possible to make a career out of what I do, its just baby steps forward. Cheers to you, Kristin! keep up the great work!

  • SilverNutmegStudio

    SilverNutmegStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much! So encouraging, I needed that. Lovely stuff!

  • SilverNutmegStudio

    SilverNutmegStudio said 10 years ago

    By the way, it's so nice to hear about other mother's of young children making it. As a single mother of a three year old, it gets pretty challenging. :) thanks again!

  • thenucreative

    thenucreative said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Success inspires success... I'm currently looking for savvy creatives who've successfully quit their day job to profile in my new book. More details @ xxx Monique Van Dijk

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