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Quit Your Day Job: lepapierstudio

Mar 1, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Vana of lepapierstudio worked at an architecture firm before becoming pregnant. After the birth of her son she found work as a consultant and consecutively opened her Etsy shop. Six months later Vana quit her consulting position to focus on the budding success of her new business. She never imagined she’d make a full-time income from her creative hobby and now claims she doesn’t know where she would be now if it weren’t for Etsy. Keep reading to find out how Vana created a niche for herself on Etsy, what tips she gives to other sellers, and why being able to turn off the switch is essential to her success.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I have always been passionate about handmade things. My parents nurtured my creativity from a young age and allowed me to freely express myself. I graduated with a Masters in Architecture and shortly after that I realized how much I loved the design aspect of the profession. I love to draw and every time a friend would look at my latest art she/he would say, “Have you ever thought of selling this?” I used to think one couldn’t support a family from selling artsy things. I was wrong…

Tell us about your previous working situation.
After graduating from architecture school I was offered a job by a dear professor of mine who was the principal at a female-run architecture firm. I really enjoyed working in a small firm, especially since all drawings were still done on a drafting table, the old school way. Only a few months into this job we found out I was pregnant and nine months later I gave birth to the most amazing boy. The moment I saw him I knew I wasn’t going to waste a second away from him. I started looking for a part-time position with flexible hours and I was lucky enough to land a great job working 15-20 hours a week as a consultant for a local firm. Everything was going great: I was home with our son and was also able to bring in a small income and keep practicing. Being trained as an architect makes it impossible to separate yourself from design. At times I felt the need to get away from the ongoing routine of CAD drawings and experiment with creative work.

This is when the idea of designing stationery and artwork utilizing children’s silhouettes (a love I developed after hours of staring at my sweet boy’s profile) came about. In March of 2008 I attended the Country Living Women Entrepreneur conference in Chicago and for the first time heard about a new website called Etsy. That very weekend I opened a shop and started listing products. I had six sales within the first week. In May of 2008 I officially launched Le Papier Studio and quickly incorporated. I was now working full time at Le Papier Studio and part time as an architect. It was getting harder and harder doing both, but I was determined to keep at it for another six months as my Etsy shop picked up steam. In September 2008 (exactly six months from the day I started selling on Etsy) I took the plunge and decided to “quit” my part-time job and dedicate my whole attention to growing my business. Truth is, work was slow at the office and I used that opportunity to start promoting my business. I am so glad I did, as the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I did not. It all started as a hobby and quickly proved to be something more than that. Selling on Etsy helped me figure out what I really wanted to do with my business and helped me evolve as an artist and a business person. Looking back, I remember friends asking if this is something I would consider doing for a long time and I would respond, “Of course not! This is something I like to do now. It allows me to be home with my son and I am sure once he goes to school, I’ll get back to working as as architect.” Who was I kidding? There is nothing better and more rewarding than turning your passion into a full-time business. This whole process has been an eye opening experience for me. Honestly, I don’t know if I would be where I am now if it weren’t for Etsy.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
I opened my Etsy shop very quickly. I hardly did much thinking or planning. I used some funds from our savings to get me started. I remember contacting a few sellers for advice and everyone was very helpful, and I quickly became part of a community where people weren’t afraid to share their experiences and offer valuable insight. That was a great motivation to me. After some quick research I found there was a market for personalized stationery and artwork on Etsy, so that was a good indicator my work would sell. I created a niche offering my service of not only creating custom silhouettes, but also applying them on various products, such as stationery, prints, jewelry, housewares, etc. This helped me determine my brand’s identity.

In the beginning I outsourced all of my printing and soon saw how uneconomical that was. Between the time I would spend emailing and driving to and from the printing company, I figured I could save in the long run if I printed at home. I bought a professional printer, a new computer and, with my husband’s help, built a space within our home dedicated to my business. The narrow nook between the dinning/living room became the official headquarters of Le Papier Studio, allowing me to keep an eye on our son while he was exploring his own creativity.

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

  • Blog: I keep a blog where I share my journey and the journey of other artists in balancing motherhood and creative work.
  • Read Others’ Blogs: I also have a list of blogs I follow regularly and run a few ads and giveaways through them.
  • Social Media: I keep active on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Press: Being featured in a few local, national, and even one international magazine has boosted our sales tremendously. There is nothing better than free exposure!
  • Renew Listings: Something I have done since the beginning is renewing my items several times a day. This keeps them on top of each category. I find renewing in the morning and two to three times in the afternoon works best.
  • Promote New Products: I send out a newsletter every time we launch a product and offer some sort of promotion for early bird shoppers. The response has been great so far.
  • Connect With Customers: I try to keep in touch with my most loyal customers by following up on a recent order or by offering them the first “peek” on what’s boiling at Le Papier Studio. This might not work for everyone, but it has worked for me.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
I attended a few art fairs and quickly discovered they weren’t for me. I don’t regret anything. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason.

Walk us through your typical workday.
Much of my work process depends on that particular day — I hardly stick with a plan. An average day goes like this:

  • I wake up around 7:30 just as my husband leaves for work (I work late at night so mornings are very hard for me).
  • Once I make sure the little guy has had his breakfast I quickly take a look at my Etsy shop and email to see if something needs my immediate attention.
  • If not, I help myself to a cup of coffee and some breakfast.
  • I drop off my son at his preschool and hurry home to begin my work day.
  • I have a few hours each morning to answer emails, fill orders, order materials, and work on marketing before I have to switch gears and be a mommy again. It helps to make a list of the tasks I need to complete that day. I am not much of a planner.
  • After I pick up my son, have lunch and some play time, I get back to work for a couple more hours.
  • I renew items in my Etsy shop, Tweet, answer emails and conversations, return phone calls or catch up with family on Skype while I start making dinner. I consider myself a good multitasker.
  • My husband gets home around 5:30. We eat, have a moment as a family, then I return to work while my husband entertains our son. I am forever grateful to him.
  • From 7:30 until 10 or so I do my best to complete that day’s tasks. Some days are better than others. I do most of my creative work at night. If I am all caught up for the day, I get to spend some quiet time with my husband, watching a movie or catching up on a cooking show.
  • I check my email once more before I head to bed and make a list of things to do the next day.
  • I try not to work on weekends.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
There isn’t much I miss from my day job. I think it’s wonderful to be able to set your rules and create your own rhythm each day. The most important thing in working for yourself is to set aside some time for yourself, either by breaking for a cup of coffee, having a quick workout or catching up with a friend over the phone. Doing something you love can be very rewarding but also hard work. You have to be able to turn the switch off at times without feeling guilty. I always strive to achieve a balance between family and work.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Working all the time and doing everything myself — I am at a point in my business where I need to hire a part-time employee. I need a constant reminder to take a break and not work so hard all the time (my mother does an excellent job of that all the way from overseas). When working for yourself it’s hard to set boundaries, but you have to — no one else will do it for you. I am very driven and passionate but that can be a dangerous thing at times.

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

  • To myself: Be consistent — not only with your business, but your life as well.
  • To others: Dream big and tell yourself you can do it. Have a goal and work each day towards achieving it. Grow slowly and learn from the process. Make sure your life and home are in order prior to starting your own business. If you want to turn your passion into a business make sure there is a market for it. You wouldn’t want to put your heart and soul into something that won’t sell. Also, be open and let people get to know you.

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

  • Grow, grow, grow.
  • Hire at least one employee.
  • Work on developing a few unique products.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
The long work hours wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my family. I am forever thankful to my sweet husband for the emotional and professional support during these past two years. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to do something I love while being home and doing the most important job of all, being a mom. I would like to thank Etsy for creating a community for artists and art lovers. I am also thrilled to announce the release of my first book with Chronicle Books for the fall of 2010!

Thanks to Vana for sharing her story. Network with Vana on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog, as well as her architectural print shop, arkitektur. You can see some of Vana‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.


  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 9 years ago

    Love the silhouettes - best wishes!

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 9 years ago

    Love, love, love this article... and lepapierstudio shop! Thanks for being an inspiration this Monday morning...

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Love your work, Vana! Have always had a passion for silhouettes, am glad to read you have made a dream come true.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    Wonderful piece. And lepapeirstudio has beautiful items! Yay for her. ♡

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 9 years ago

    Wow! Love your work! amazing. And wonderful story as well. Congrats!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 9 years ago

    Amazing work. Congrats!!

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 9 years ago

    Your shop is lovely ^_^

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 9 years ago

    Contrats! I felt the same way when my daughter was born! I just had to stay home with her! - Love your work too! I've been meaning to get something like this with her silhouette on it - You are HEARTED! ;)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 9 years ago

    Great article ! Congratulations!

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your successful business! Your work is really amazing.

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 9 years ago

    A very honest and refreshing interview. Thank you for sharing!! It is inspirational!

  • LaBellaCandela

    LaBellaCandela said 9 years ago

    My favorite articles! I love hearing these stories and I hope to be among these awesome sellers real soon!

  • kittycrossbones

    kittycrossbones said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! :D

  • kittycrossbones

    kittycrossbones said 9 years ago


  • Morado

    Morado said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Very inspiring :o)

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 9 years ago

    Great read and lovely work. How swell that you're coming out with a book!!

  • autumnray09

    autumnray09 said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! :D

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    Your background in architechture shows in the high-quality and detail of your work. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is a rare person who can blend Creativity & The Concise.

  • Nishi

    Nishi said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!! This is cool!!

  • vintageNsome

    vintageNsome said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the article was an inspiration.

  • Peelirohini

    Peelirohini said 9 years ago

    Being able to be a Stay at home mom while still pursuing your artistic talents and running it as a successful Business venture is like a dream come true:) Can imagine how much time and hard-work must have gone into being where you are now... My Heart-felt Congratulations to you ...Good Luck :)

  • cherryblossompaperco

    cherryblossompaperco said 9 years ago

    I loved this blog! Wonderful thing when you are able to do something you have a passion for and to be able to stay home with your children. It's priceless! Thank you for sharing. To many more successes!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 9 years ago

    These are always my favorite...thanks for sharing and much more success in the future!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 9 years ago


  • MunroBoutique

    MunroBoutique said 9 years ago

    thankyou! i love these, gives me hope!

  • DressedUpCat

    DressedUpCat said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I want to do the same with my handbags!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 9 years ago

    Congrats Vana, you are doing so well. absolutely love your Siblings Silhouette, I really think I need to get one for my little girl's new room. How fabulous!

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra said 9 years ago

    that was very inspirational! Congratulations!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 9 years ago

    Fantastic! I love reading this article every Monday, truly an inspiration.

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 9 years ago

    very inspiring! I loved your article ! I can definetely relate to you being a mom myself! great advice, and thank you for sharing!

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns said 9 years ago

    Once again a great inspirational article. Congrats Vana!

  • cayennepeppy

    cayennepeppy said 9 years ago

    What a great article about how our children actually inspire and shape US!! Congratulations on your success!! Your son is one lucky fellow :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    love the simple and sweet look of your designs.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    what wonderful work! you are so talented! thanks for sharing your tips and successes - it helps us all! blessings!

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring to read and your shop is gorgeous, congratulations on your success!

  • love4rocks

    love4rocks said 9 years ago

    I love your work. It is very inspiring to read your blog. I wish my hobby would take off like yours, but Slow and steady wins the race. Congrats to your success!!!

  • yanairbe

    yanairbe said 9 years ago

    This is amazing and inspiring!

  • NalaLynnDesigns

    NalaLynnDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for keeping me inspired and congrats on your success!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 9 years ago

    *YAY* for paper! Congrats to lepapierstudios- your work is gorgeous!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank you:)

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work and very inspiring!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Hey.. I work at an architecture firm and I have a son too! Wow. Thanks for the great interview.. so many tips and such great inspiration.

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! These remind me of a watch chain with charms of us kids my dad had when I was little. Loved that thing!

  • crystalljackson

    crystalljackson said 9 years ago

    What an awesome post! I've just recently opened my shop, so I especially loved reading the different methods she's used in promoting her shop.

  • forwardk

    forwardk said 9 years ago

    Love your work and loved your article! I am just getting started so I found the article very helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 9 years ago

    YAY! YAY! YAY! I adore Vana and her shop! So happy to see her here and hear more about her day to day. She is an absolute sweetheart and I am happy to call her my friend! How awesome is it that you are able to make your living from your shop now? That is fantastic Vana! good for you hun! :) xo Melis

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 9 years ago

    wonderful article! lots of great tips for all shops to take note of. thanks for sharing your etsy experience! I hope to have as much luck with mine!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 9 years ago

    Wonderful interview and product! Thanks for the advice and sharing:)

  • SeaLoreDesigns

    SeaLoreDesigns said 9 years ago

    WOW! Great Advice! Awesome shop Vana! I found this so inspirational and helpful. I am a mom to five lovely children and have my own jewelry business too - its quite challenging .......but challenges can be such a blessing!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Silhouettes are fun. :-)

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 9 years ago

    thanks for the show and tell:) best advice i hear and agree with is to be consistent, oh and have goals. Your work is quality and that goes a loooonnngggg way.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great interview!!! Thanks for the advice, you have definitely inspired me to keep at it and dream big!! Congrats on all your success and best wishes for you and your family.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 9 years ago

    the vintage diet fork is lovely and humorous!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    Great article and your designs are beautiful. I also read your blog and comment on it all of the time. It's one of my favorites.

  • LisaLMK

    LisaLMK said 9 years ago

    Thanks for another great article to read and enjoy. Loved the story and your unique talent. Congratulations ! LisaLMK :)

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 9 years ago


  • LuannDanzlDesigns

    LuannDanzlDesigns said 9 years ago

    I am a new seller. This info. is very helpful Thanks.

  • mwgregory

    mwgregory said 9 years ago

    Love this article! Wish you all the success! Very inspiring.

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 9 years ago

    lovely lovely lovely! it's so true what you say about it being so hard to not feel guilty about taking a break. i'm still working on that part :)

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 9 years ago

    Great article - inspiring - i also work part time in finance - hope to make Etsy full time one day! sigh....

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 9 years ago

    You are truly an inspiration!!! You are all that, plus a bag of chips, and EVEN A BOOK! (keep us posted)

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 9 years ago

    It looks like in order to quit your day job, you have to get pregnant! Weren't there a few others in the Quit Your Day Job blog that started Etsy while pregnant? Time to have a baby!

  • JanesGemCreations

    JanesGemCreations said 9 years ago

    Very nice work.

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your work. Lovely :)

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 9 years ago

    beautiful..thank you so much for sharing your journey! I hope to be able to quit my job and do my business full time soon! :-)

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! An inspiration to all. Beautiful shop.

  • modernbazaar

    modernbazaar said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! It is so great to read about women who have just gone for it - opened their own business using their unique talents and have actually become successful. It's super scary to think about actually taking that plunge of being a full time crafter with all the risks and unknowns... Reading your story and the stories of other Etsy sellers helps to lessen some of that fear. :) I wish for your continued success!!

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 9 years ago

    Your job is an inspiration. Nice items :)

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 9 years ago


  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 9 years ago

    Thanks for taking the time out to share! Inspiring and encouraging. Your silouhettes are very sweet, I love the little boy blowing bubbles :)

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! So classic!

  • lsarkar

    lsarkar said 9 years ago

    Congrats on ur journey. Its very inspiring. I am an architect as well. at home, with my 2 lil ones who are 4 and 1 each. I am figuring out what to do with my life as well.. what I can do from home and earn some money and spend time with the kids. Your article keeps me inspired ! Hopefully, I can come up with a scheme to utilize my artistic skills.

  • hcgboottops1111

    hcgboottops1111 said 9 years ago

    Setting bounderies is very important. Too easy to continue working all day and into the evening. Burning the candle at both ends not only weakens creativity, burns you out plus works on your mate and your relationship. Take time to breathe, smell the roses. hcg

  • minimellow

    minimellow said 9 years ago

    So happy to read stories like this :-)

  • CuriOhs

    CuriOhs said 9 years ago

    a very inspiring story! I love the artwork too--very clean with a great feel to it!

  • mache23

    mache23 said 9 years ago

    When I had my son 8 months ago I decided that I was going to quit my day job and work on bettering myself for my son. That meant focusing on things that matter like finishing up my educational goals and reconnecting with my creative side. It sounds like you have done the same and you are succeeding. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 9 years ago

    Love reading your article, best wishes for your future.

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 9 years ago

    Vana is awesome!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success Vana!

  • RomeoandMae

    RomeoandMae said 9 years ago

    I seriously love reading each Quit your dayjob stories, inspiring!

  • cicadastudio

    cicadastudio said 9 years ago

    It's been a pleasure to watch Vana and her business grow over the past 2 years. I admire her creative ingenuity, meticulous attention to details as well as her business sense. I always look forward to seeing what she'll bring us next.

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 9 years ago

    i am in the process of building what i hope is a successful business. thanks so much for the encouragement and advice, especially your admonition to look after yourself and not feel guilty about taking breaks. i tend to be somewhat of a hard-charger myself, and it's so hard make myself end work at a certain time! congratulations on your great success!

  • marbled

    marbled said 9 years ago

    congrats!Your work is really amazing

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article! It's great to see someone who is really making it all work together.

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 9 years ago

    Lovely work... and I love your packaging. Looks like you really make it an experience for your customer. Congrats & best wishes!

  • lepapierstudio

    lepapierstudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you everyone!!! Your comments have shown me such great support and some even touched me deeply.

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful way to continue a craft that I haven't seen in years....silhouettes! Thank you! and your workshop is very organized! smiles.

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 9 years ago

    I love your work. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational story! It's very interesting how you worked as an architect and decided to turn towards graphic design. I love hearing people's stories! :)

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 9 years ago

    Thank you for your inspirational story! It's very interesting how you worked as an architect and decided to turn towards graphic design. I love hearing people's stories! :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Your work is truly inspiring!

  • HazyDaisy

    HazyDaisy said 9 years ago

    Your work is very unique and your story very inspiring, really enjoyed this article!

  • isabellsumbrella

    isabellsumbrella said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! It is so nice to hear these success stories -- such an inspiration!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story! Love your work!

  • ArtisticPagesbyTM

    ArtisticPagesbyTM said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! We are inspired!

  • crazyredheadedgirl

    crazyredheadedgirl said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for your comment about having your life and your home in order prior to starting your own business. I have JUST started my ETSY experience, my first REAL shot at selling my wares and to be house is a mess and I haven't a real space to work yet. Your comment has given me the OK to stop...take a week or two to 'get my space organized' and then continue on my journey. I'm just so excited! Thanks so much and PS: BEAUTIFUL work!!!

  • AmyMadden

    AmyMadden said 9 years ago

    Lovely designs! Congratulations!

  • cosmicsurflove

    cosmicsurflove said 9 years ago

    very inspiring! thanks for the tips :)

  • 41park

    41park said 9 years ago

    Great interview, thank you for being so honest. You offer great suggestions, thank you!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success. Your a inspiration to all us crafty moms.

  • thebannerloft

    thebannerloft said 9 years ago

    It was great to hear your story. It was so inspiring. Good luck with what lies before you.

  • thebannerloft

    thebannerloft said 9 years ago

    Hope I am not repeating myself here. Thank you for sharing your story. Good Luck with what lies before you.

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 9 years ago

    wonderful life for handmade that's my dream.

  • LittleSweethearts

    LittleSweethearts said 9 years ago

    Hi Vana, I always check the "quit your day job" and it was so fun to see you here!!! Congratulations!

  • theclassicfarmhouse

    theclassicfarmhouse said 9 years ago

    Inspirational as always!

  • imperfectworld

    imperfectworld said 9 years ago

    I love reading your story!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

    Great read! I love your shop and items - may you have more success to come :)

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 9 years ago

    congratulations! very inspiring. & thanks for the helpful tips, I'll try them out!

  • LittleMissDelicious

    LittleMissDelicious said 9 years ago

    This is so inspiring!

  • lynspataro

    lynspataro said 9 years ago

    an excellent shop and an inspiring story. thanks for featuring. i've recommended this shop to so many people looking for that special gift to give.

  • barefootphotographix

    barefootphotographix said 9 years ago

    Your work is adorable!!! I am new to Etsy, and can't wait to get started - your story is really neat and it's inspiring me to get out there! Thank you!

  • TheBloomingSouth

    TheBloomingSouth said 9 years ago

    Great read, lovely shop and oh so inspiring. Thanks so much for letting us know about your work and workday!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!!! :)

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore said 9 years ago

    a concrete interview. Thank you very much. Sam


    LELETNY said 9 years ago

    I loved this article, We have much in common being that I worked in a architecture firm and left it all after having my baby to start a company from home as a creative outlet. I adore your work, and above all admire that you are able to put your family first!

  • HouseofHazelnut

    HouseofHazelnut said 9 years ago

    What a fantastic article! Thanks for sharing your story, super tips and pointers about being a successful business woman as well as a great mom!

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 9 years ago

    Great article! Congrats on your blossoming success :)

  • amothersluvboutique

    amothersluvboutique said 9 years ago

    This was a very encouraging article to read. I read it twice. It gives me the push to keep on pursuing my etsy journey. It is so relatable for mothers.

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    love the work!

  • FrayBabyBibsandMore

    FrayBabyBibsandMore said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful shop. I have always been drawn to silhouettes ever since my mom passed down 2 small framed silhouettes (3.5 by 5.5") that were her grandmothers. I even had my shop logo and avatar designer specifically to be silhouettes. Your siblings print is one of my new favorites. :)

  • CaseyCrochetandKnits

    CaseyCrochetandKnits said 9 years ago

    Great article, so inspiring!!

  • Skynabi

    Skynabi said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! I've just started to sell things this year. I've only bought things on Etsy and its about time I share some of my personal creations. I feel very motivated by your story! That's right - dream big!

  • KayLynnStudio

    KayLynnStudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is very inspiring! ~Lynn

  • artbyarchana

    artbyarchana said 9 years ago

    Really inspiring story,I've started selling my artwork on Etsy from last month only.Congratulations for u'r success

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 9 years ago

    I have always loved the unique silhouette designs from Vana. My best wishes to her. :)

  • TheDollHaus

    TheDollHaus said 9 years ago

    beautiful work..... such clarity.... I love it all..... Thanks for sharing your story....

  • decor8

    decor8 said 9 years ago

    Vana what a nice story and your photo is beautiful!

  • Hyppiechic

    Hyppiechic said 9 years ago

    Nice silhouettes . Wonderful work

  • Antina

    Antina said 9 years ago

    Hi Vana, .. it is so nice to have a look into the life of a person on the other part of the world and feel to know this person a little bit afterwards! I hope to open an etsy shop soon and thank you for sharing your experiences! I visited your blog and saw the picture of your son...I don't know your husband, but Nikolas looks exactly like you! Greetings from the south of Italy, Antina

  • TerrierTrousers

    TerrierTrousers said 9 years ago

    very very cool and look forward to seeing you in virtual labs. :)

  • CountYourStitches

    CountYourStitches said 9 years ago

    Very Nice Work. Congrats to your. Kids grow fast. Doing Esty Full Time has allowed me to take care of and watch my Grandkids one or two afternoons a week... What a blessing....

  • lepapierstudio

    lepapierstudio said 9 years ago

    Thank you everyone for the nice words and support in what I do. I wish you all the best in what you're about to embark.

  • graceella369

    graceella369 said 9 years ago

    Congrats to your success! You give me positive hope that I too can be a full timer on ETSY! Thanks.

  • ellasbluebarn

    ellasbluebarn said 9 years ago

    I loved the article, very inspiring. Love your work. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 9 years ago

    Love your work and your insights. I agree.. do something you are passionate about but don't let it take over. That last part is hard, isn't it??? Sounds like you are really on a road to success in business and personally. Congrats and thanks for sharing!

  • ALizDesigns

    ALizDesigns said 9 years ago

    Your marketing tips are gems. Thanks for sharing!

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