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Quit Your Day Job: littlesaplingtoys

Sep 8, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Nick and Kimber, the mother and father team behind littlesaplingtoys, have managed to quit both their regular day jobs and support themselves, along with their two children, due to their business success on Etsy. They’ve been selling their wooden toys on Etsy for just under two years. With previous careers in historical preservation and insurance companies, both Nick and Kimber took their time planning and saving for their transition into a full-time small business. Read on to hear their answers to our Quit Your Day Job questions — they talk about the steps they took to plan out their venture and which marketing tips have worked best for their business along the way.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Nick: It began as an innocent obsession with Lego bricks. I loved building anything my imagination came up with. As I got older, things evolved with me. It wasn’t until I worked at a woodworking store that I really came to see the beauty of wood. I love every piece of wood: the way the grain flows, the color, the way that it transforms when it’s finished. My first woodworking project was a 2’ x 2’ butcher block for our second anniversary. I never get sick of looking at and refinishing it.

Kimber: For me, true creative delight is in my mind. I love ideas, brainstorming, scribbling, discussing and sketching with a batch of stove-top popcorn. As a child, I collaborated with my lil’ brother to design a computer game that my dad agreed to program. I wrote a song with a friend consisting of the lyrics “Oh Baby” and dreamed about the day it would hit the radio. I started a business from my Trapper Keeper observing my peers on the playground and then selling the information I collected. I made Clarissa Explains It All inspired jewelry and sold it at my mom’s craft show tables. I collected flowers and berries to crush on a cement barrier to make perfume. I wrote for my high school and junior college paper, selling my personal humiliation for laughs. I’ve taken on baking, sewing, gardening, woodworking, and countless other endeavors because I love a good idea.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
We were living above a chocolate shop in Old Town Eureka, CA while Nick worked for Crestmark Architectural Millwork and studied Historical Preservation and Restoration. I decided to go to school after Rex was born instead of returning to the insurance office where I previously worked. Everything changed when we received an invitation to caretake a house with a shop for two years. During that time we each attended school, started Little Sapling Toys, had a second baby and finally moved to a different state. Everything happened so fast that it’s hard to remember just what we expected. Our goal was for Little Sapling Toys to be successful, but we didn’t expect Etsy to be the sole reason for making it so.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
The most important things we did:

  • Economize — We projected our income and started to live on that amount. This helped us to save a bit of money for the initial jump. Our budget is limited and we assess wants and needs thoroughly.
  • Trial — On days off from school and the office, we worked full-time schedules to test our capabilities. It’s important to know your production potential. This helped us to see if our plans would be sustainable and to streamline processes.
  • Education — We took all of the free classes at the local Small Business Development Center and were then eligible to use their free one-on-one counseling services. We traded with other Etsy sellers to form relationships and gain mentors. Most of our schooling has been through trial, error and success.
  • Legalize — We got all of the licenses, permits, identifications and insurance that we needed, and then again when we relocated. It can all be a big pain, but necessary and helpful.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
Nick: My goal is to get Little Sapling Toys to as many people as possible because they really speak for themselves.

Kimber: Sales usually increase when we list new designs. I relist often, try different photos and let Etsy do most of the dirty work. I keep multiple quantities in the listings so that when we are featured on Etsy it is visible longer. We occasionally offer free shipping on our lighter items and had great fortune when we were featured in Etsy’s Weekend Deals. We’ve just started a new blog, which is still in its experimental phase. On Twitter (@sparetimeflies) and our Facebook fan page, I share daily tips for play, parenting, and child development.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Christmas ornaments. They took a lot of time and we only sold one of each (to Kimber’s mom — thanks, Lori!). It seemed like such a good idea, miniature Little Sapling Toys for baby’s first Christmas, who wouldn’t want that?

Kimber: We don’t get many direct sales from sponsoring blog reviews, giveaways and fundraisers, but I still agree to do them once in a while. At first, we peddled our toys directly to shops in person and left a lot of samples. We wasted a lot of time and money. With Etsy, we can just wait for them to contact us.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • Nick: Our days are hardly typical, but they usually have some similar elements: Snuggle and playtime with family, shop time, audiobooks, putting the kids down for naps, eating, USPS (by bike when we’re on schedule), and lots and lots of sawdust.
  • Kimber: We wake and immediately begin to juggle eating oatmeal, answering convos, emails, children’s bodily functions, the shop list, Facebook, Twitter, personal hygiene and the like. If we’re not too swamped and the weather is agreeable, we’ll take a family bike ride along the greenbelt. Rex and Daphne time until lunch. Eat together and naps for the little ‘uns. Convos, shipping labels, packaging, photos, emails, phone calls, bookkeeping and designing toys until Rex, the ball of energy, zooms back into action. Juggle work, Rex, Daphne, dinner, the inevitable phone call and household tasks. Dinner together, play together, kids in bed, Nick back to the shop and work until exhaustion takes me. Sunday we rest.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Nick: Even though I work 10+ hours a day, I love that it’s flexible. I love that my commute is 34 steps from the front door to the garage/shop. Mostly, I love all the time I spend with my family. The last few day jobs I had were great though, a woodworking store and then as a cabinetmaker. I miss those co-workers and am grateful for what I learned there.

Kimber: I love to design new toys! I wish they could be manufactured right out of my brain. I’m addicted to the pride of a job well done. We love books but have little time for reading, so we’re nearly always listening to audiobooks. There is absolutely nothing I miss about an office, but I would prefer to spend every moment completely focused on Rex and Daphne.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Nick: I have a hard time always being innovative, keeping myself out of a rut, and from falling back on the same old things. All the menial everyday tasks also wear me down.

Kimber: A dissatisfied customer! With all the energy that we put into everything we do, it is just miserable to find out someone was disappointed.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Start bookkeeping with your first dollar. Listen to input. Always get delivery confirmation. Accept help from friends and family. Hire help when needed. Carefully price products, especially if you plan to wholesale. Step back from day-to-day tasks to look at the big picture. Organize while things are manageable. Go to your local Small Business Development Center.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
Our goals include our own website, new developmental toys, a more efficient shipping system and to have a small inventory. We’re also opening an interesting little shop at cabbageandpopcorn!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Nick: Thank you to my parents for your support and frequent purchases. Thank you to all our customers, I love to hear about your children playing with our toys and see pictures of your babies drooling on our teethers.

Kimber: A big hug to our past and future customers! A high five to every friend and family member who has helped this year. Thumbs up to bloggers for spreading the word. I’ll give a few more thanks by way of links:
Our logo and subsequent branding: 622press, Elle was there at the very beginning: latestendeavor, our first Etsy mentor: thosegreathousewomen, and most of all my dad, who does beautiful woodwork with our block scraps: dapperscrapper.

Thanks to Nick and Kimber for sharing their story. Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with them Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

You can see some of Nick and Kimber’s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.


  • nobletownvintage

    nobletownvintage said 10 years ago

    This is such a great article on such a sweet couple. I love these.

  • JellyfishJunk

    JellyfishJunk said 10 years ago

    This is an inspiring interview!

  • ColorfulTherapy

    ColorfulTherapy said 10 years ago

    Absolutely AWESOME article !! You have an amazingly beautiful shop & lovely family -- it truly seems like happy days ;)

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 10 years ago

    I love it! These stories are always so heartening. They remind me that it's a process for everyone, filled with ups and downs. Keep on keepin' on, little saplings!

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    Wonderful shop with such fun & trigger happy items -- I LOVE it !!!

  • shopgeorgiamiss

    shopgeorgiamiss said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful story!!

  • yeahhello

    yeahhello said 10 years ago

    The bookkeeping advice is golden...

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Great story... Thanks!

  • RussianDollDesigns

    RussianDollDesigns said 10 years ago

    I love these wooden toys!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 10 years ago

    Great store, story and helpful tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • mafemaria

    mafemaria said 10 years ago

    The interviews on this series usually make me jealous, but you guys are beautiful. And your products look wonderful. Well deserved if you've made it work to make a living! Gotta go check you out, buy a couple of beautiful toys for my tiny terror...

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 10 years ago

    you guys and your toys are adorable! thanks for the reminder to ask for help from other etsy sellers when needed--i mostly just pretend i don't need help, but i really could use some, but it's hard to ask!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing, your story is inspiring.

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 10 years ago

    yay! for a fantastic shop run by a fantastic family. and their handmade goodies are so natural, so beautiful. thanks for the insight.

  • georgiedesigns

    georgiedesigns said 10 years ago

    Great story. Off to go buy my 5-month-old something wonderful to drool on. :)

  • inkblok

    inkblok said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your great story and advice. Such gorgeous wooden products that look so smooth and shiny and wonderful to hold!

  • KCathy

    KCathy said 10 years ago

    Your comments about giveaways not being the biggest business boosters makes me especially grateful that you agreed to do mine--thank you! And facebookers, search for The Great Baby Bottom Raffle to see how kind the owners were in trading a gift certificate for advertising. :-) You guys rock!

  • SudsNSuch

    SudsNSuch said 10 years ago

    Such great toys! Congrats on your success!

  • janicej

    janicej said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! A really interesting read.

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 10 years ago

    What a sweet family! Kimber's childhood business built on watching her peers on the playground is hilarious. Good luck to you two, your shop is just full of beautiful, natural items!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 10 years ago

    Nice job! Happy for your success.

  • angeldogdesigns

    angeldogdesigns said 10 years ago

    what an inspirational family...i love reading posts like this = true happiness ♥

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 10 years ago

    Such an inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your story! :)

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 10 years ago

    I love your works and story!

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 10 years ago

    LOVE this one - I'm so inspired (and a tiny bit jealous - I want my husband home working with me!) :-)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    such a great article! and the toys are AMAZING!!!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Great shop, I love wooden toys. Kimber, I love that you sold Clarissa Explains It All jewelry. I used to love that show.

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 10 years ago

    What a dear lovely family! Great feature!

  • Tias

    Tias said 10 years ago

    I love woodwork and their inspiring story. Well done guys!

  • revelry

    revelry said 10 years ago

    I absolutely love these articles. And this one was particularly interesting. Thanks for sharing so much! It's so inspiring to hear about the success of others. Good luck to you! You have awesome things in your shop!

  • derinmavi

    derinmavi said 10 years ago

    Lovely story with lovely photos!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 10 years ago

    What a beautiful story and family! Very inspiring!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 10 years ago

    What an adorable, inspirational family!!!!! Blessings and magic.

  • imfromthewoods

    imfromthewoods said 10 years ago

    this is amazing. I LOVE YOUR PRODUCTS. they make me wanna buy a teether toy to chew on! wonderfully organic and satisfying. hugs to you!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! great prodcuts!

  • danielabesso

    danielabesso said 10 years ago

    I love this story, well done lovely family

  • katsummers

    katsummers said 10 years ago

    An inspiring article....wonderful!

  • UptownAvenue

    UptownAvenue said 10 years ago

    What great toys they make

  • thelittlecrocodile

    thelittlecrocodile said 10 years ago

    So beautiful and inspiring!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Amazing Story!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great article! Very inspiring and great toys!

  • PeacefulElements

    PeacefulElements said 10 years ago

    Thanks for being real and truly inspiring! Namaste

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    how darling. what great gift ideas for my next baby shower.

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    What great products you make!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 10 years ago

    Fantastic shop...I'll have to check out some new toys for my little ones! I love to see a combined effort between husband and wife. I so very wish the same could happen for my husband and me! Congrats!

  • simplygive

    simplygive said 10 years ago

    I love the gift I bought from this shop and will be going back for more. Not only is the product adorable and well made, the packaging is perfect. Love the wood shavings inside.

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 10 years ago

    awwww so adorable

  • rocknrags

    rocknrags said 10 years ago

    Wow. Sweet stuff. My husband & I work together but in separate shops. It is great having someone there to bounce ideas off of. Good luck.

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 10 years ago

    What a lovely shop and family :) Congrats! Thanks as always for these articles!

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 10 years ago

    Beautiful family and beautiful items!

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this article! What an inspiration! Thank you!

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 10 years ago

    An inspiring story!

  • louiedog2100

    louiedog2100 said 10 years ago

    Lots of good information! and cute stuff!!

  • DeFine1Lady

    DeFine1Lady said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring article. Congratulations! You have a lovely shop and beautiful family. My favorite quotes: "For me, true creative delight is in my mind. I love ideas, brainstorming, scribbling, discussing and sketching with a batch of stove-top popcorn..." -Kimber "I loved building anything my imagination came up with. As I got older, things evolved with me...I love every piece of wood: the way the grain flows, the color, the way that it transforms when it’s finished." -Nick

  • jessgonacha

    jessgonacha said 10 years ago

    Wow, so inspiring! I love that they work together full time- that's so great! And I happened to notice that Ashley Thalman took the photograph at the top, and she was my wedding photographer last month! Small world. :) Thanks for another wonderful interview!

  • yotldesigns

    yotldesigns said 10 years ago

    It's so good to see you both are doing so well and your business is doing well.

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 10 years ago

    This story is one of my new favourites! I love this series and it is a pleasure to see such a wonderful family doing well and enjoying the experience of making other families happy :) Congratulations!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Congratulation to both of you. So great to see hubby and wife working together. I wish you the best.

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 10 years ago

    This series never fails to inspire me. Thank you for sharing your story, Nick and Kimber -- it's clear you deserve every bit of your success!

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 10 years ago

    those are really beautiful toys! and a lovely story about the entire family.. wish you a great holiday selling season :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    "Start bookkeeping with your first dollar." Boy, is that true! Thanks so much for sharing some of your life and life experience with us! Best wishes for continued success with your business!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Cute couple!! I would kill for that studio!!!!

  • daisylouise

    daisylouise said 10 years ago

    What an amazing, inspirational story!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 10 years ago

    You guys are great!

  • hobocampcrafts

    hobocampcrafts said 10 years ago

    OMG Cuteness x a million! Love their shop- the kids the couple xox great all around! Congrats!

  • GeorgeGs

    GeorgeGs said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful and shop! Congratulations and wishing you all the best in the future.

  • LemonGrove

    LemonGrove said 10 years ago

    Great article!! Congratulations on quitting your day job!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 10 years ago

    Way to go guys! You have a beautiful family also! Keep up the great work.

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!!! Hope to be there one day!

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 10 years ago

    That's a wonderful story. Wonderful to see other people juggling self employment and children. Looks like you're great at it.

  • PaperPetalCreations

    PaperPetalCreations said 10 years ago

    Great article, very well written. As a new aspiring Etsy seller it's great to hear marketing tips from others. Thanks!

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 10 years ago

    Soo cute:)

  • AmberNicoleDesigns

    AmberNicoleDesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful toys. Great to hear that this family found success on Etsy and can stay at home with their children.

  • remarkablebird

    remarkablebird said 10 years ago

    Not only are they the cutest family ever!! Love the products too. Way to go!!! You guys rock!!!

  • ArtByCatC

    ArtByCatC said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed very much! Inspiring story.

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 10 years ago

    Great article, love the picks!

  • soulyluna

    soulyluna said 10 years ago

    Aces!!! your life looks lovely, funny and all around fantabulous!

  • chewiemonster

    chewiemonster said 10 years ago

    wonderful story! and good advice there too!

  • dustDesignCo

    dustDesignCo said 10 years ago

    adorable. thanks for the inspiration!

  • SisterToSister

    SisterToSister said 10 years ago

    What a neat family! Congrats on the business and thanks for sharing with us!

  • thewishpot

    thewishpot said 10 years ago

    Beautiful people, beautiful toys

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 10 years ago

    Wow! Very inspiring indeed! That is exactly where I want to be in a few years!

  • accessoryalamode

    accessoryalamode said 10 years ago

    Inspiring is the word! It is such a great story to read and you all look so happy. You are producing some awesome toys! Keep up the wonderful work!

  • couturedesignsbym

    couturedesignsbym said 10 years ago

    love love love it!! so real...and congrats to you both:)

  • trafalgarssquare

    trafalgarssquare said 10 years ago

    This is one of my most favorite interviews! I love how they balance babies and work. I just "met" my two new etsy heros!

  • locallibrary

    locallibrary said 10 years ago

    aw. I just love them and their products. here's to much success! :)

  • BillieBunnyVintage

    BillieBunnyVintage said 10 years ago

    Great stories like these make you appreciate how hard work really pays off. Such a cute family as well as a great article.

  • japonicas

    japonicas said 10 years ago

    I am always touched by the featured sellers who have choosen to take the less travelled routes :) I hope that I will be as successful as they are one day! Well, as the saying goes, if you choose a job you like, you don't have to work another day in your life! Cheers! :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    great interview. continued success to you all.

  • riorita

    riorita said 10 years ago

    Wonderful toys. fine finishing. I wish them success!

  • EmmaBeeTextileArts

    EmmaBeeTextileArts said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 10 years ago

    How sweet and inspiring they are! Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 10 years ago

    i love reading these articles! Best of luck to you and your family!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Mary! I love to see the stories of the couples running the business together! So nice!

  • SuppliesHandcrafted

    SuppliesHandcrafted said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story!! Great creations & you have inspired many of us to keep on creating!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    Nice works!

  • ChocolateMintCrafts

    ChocolateMintCrafts said 10 years ago

    Great story! And beautiful toys!!

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 10 years ago

    Lovely things you do! Keep going and lots of success*

  • Morphologica

    Morphologica said 10 years ago

    Wow!! I don't have any little babies, but am off to heart now and try and think of some friends or relatives to buy for hehe :)

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 10 years ago

    Great work and great toys!!

  • Leeya

    Leeya said 10 years ago

    What a sweet family! I wish you the best of luck!

  • unemployeddesigner

    unemployeddesigner said 10 years ago

    So stinking cute! All of you. And the toys, too. Oh, and inspiring, too!!!

  • ooty

    ooty said 10 years ago

    What a great interview!! You are such a lovely family!

  • mrYen

    mrYen said 10 years ago

    those toys look such good quality! hope everything goes well for you!

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 10 years ago

    this is great!

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! The best to them! :)

  • missmarmaladeuk

    missmarmaladeuk said 10 years ago

    Great story - thanks for sharing

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success!!Good luck on your future journey.

  • showertreatsoap

    showertreatsoap said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! So excited for you and your wonderful family. :0)

  • hellobrowneyes

    hellobrowneyes said 10 years ago

    Such a beautiful family! Your toys are adorable! Kind of makes me want to start having kids... haha.

  • Navare

    Navare said 10 years ago

    Such neat products! And what a dream it is to work as a team the way you do.

  • StellasKnits

    StellasKnits said 10 years ago

    Awesome! What a fantastic story! Congratulations :-)

  • handsoncreations

    handsoncreations said 10 years ago

    Wow, this is such a helpful article. I really appriciate that this family was highlighted and they had great advice. Beautiful craft! I hope to be able to be as successful and thank you Etsy for your help!

  • darcyarts

    darcyarts said 10 years ago

    Wonderful enterprise! Continued good luck and blassings to your family, littlesaplingtoys

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 10 years ago

    this was great to read, so busy and still so focussed :)

  • fantasybeader

    fantasybeader said 10 years ago

    Awe Great story! :-) Put a smile on my face.

  • daisydoodle

    daisydoodle said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story, congrats to you and I love your shop!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 10 years ago

    great story and love their goodies! thanks for sharing.

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 10 years ago

    Lived above a chocolate shop.... woodworking.... toys... This is a true living fairytale : ) Best wishes to you and your family!

  • GalleryJuana

    GalleryJuana said 10 years ago

    Informative and love the photos of you guys.

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 10 years ago

    Awesome Etsian , Love you stuff ! Congratulations!!

  • Oriol

    Oriol said 10 years ago

    lovely story and really nice post!! <3

  • ToadLillie

    ToadLillie said 10 years ago

    You are an inspiration to us all, but especially to your kids! What better way to grow up than seeing Mom and Dad balance creative passion and family joy. Best of luck to you! Will definitely be buying for any babies that come into our lives :)

  • geministudio

    geministudio said 10 years ago

    congrats! from one day job quitter to another! continued success

  • aphrodite888

    aphrodite888 said 10 years ago

    What a cute store!!! Fantastic story for my inspiration. Thanks Mary...

  • CreationsbyCat

    CreationsbyCat said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful interview!! Congratulations on your success, and best of luck for future success! I love your toys

  • McIsaacArt

    McIsaacArt said 10 years ago

    Lovely success story and I wish you both and family all the best the future will and can bring to you.

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    This is just the sweetest story ever! Such an adorable family.. inspirational too!

  • littletank

    littletank said 10 years ago

    they look like a very fun and happy family :)

  • StarsandRobots

    StarsandRobots said 10 years ago

    I just came from the forums where I posted a trhead on need ing help selling kid's crafts on etsy, and lo and behold, your article was right there! I feel like I can go ahead and take it as a persoanl favor to me! Thanks for your excellent advice and inspiration, you truly live the Dream!

  • buddyschild

    buddyschild said 10 years ago

    May I have the same luck as you! Congrats on your success story, may the force stay with you:-)

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 10 years ago

    Awesome Fam!!! Great advice :)

  • samann1121

    samann1121 said 10 years ago

    I just bought one of your teethers! Lucy Baby loves it. And I love that you guys rest on Sundays.

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 10 years ago

    aww so cool! what a cool cute family :D congrats!

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! What a lovely family and great product line! Your fine craftsmanship shows and certainly these toys will last generations. Great tips, too.

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story and store! Thank you for sharing.

  • babook

    babook said 10 years ago

    Thanks a lot to share this very very nice story !! Love it the work : )

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 10 years ago

    I identify with that obsession with legos! Beautiful family & great toys. Congratulations on your success!

  • 96Desighns

    96Desighns said 10 years ago

    Please check out my store lots of cute things!!!!!!!!! thank you God Bless!!!!!!!!

  • odiliafuart

    odiliafuart said 10 years ago

    Congrats!! Love the very organic shape of the toys. Keep up the wonderful work.

  • VignetteStudio

    VignetteStudio said 10 years ago

    You both look so happy! Enjoy your success!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    My spirit is uplifted from reading this! Thank you for sharing. And I'm jealous that you got to live above a chocolate shop!

  • twokidsstudio

    twokidsstudio said 10 years ago

    I like this story! and what a wonderful family! All the best in your sales and keep up the good work! =)

  • AngelasAntics

    AngelasAntics said 10 years ago

    You're story gives me hope for my own dreams....thank you for sharing part of your lives with us.

  • delightfullyvintage

    delightfullyvintage said 10 years ago

    Loved the fact you were both able to quit your day jobs and do something you both enjoy at home....and still make a good living! Keep up the success and keep whittling! It gives me hope.

  • stonesofhealing

    stonesofhealing said 10 years ago

    How inspiring! Wonderful family, wonderful shop! :)

  • bittybambu

    bittybambu said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring couple. I agree about the bookkeeping, good reminder for me to keep up on that. And I LOVE that organic car!

  • MalindasBeadDesigns

    MalindasBeadDesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you

  • 51art

    51art said 10 years ago

    Continued success. You are an inspiration.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 10 years ago

    This is great!!! Love the story.

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 10 years ago

    I love all of their stuff, even more so now that I know the people behind it!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    Great advice & a great story of success. Congrats & keep up the amazing work!

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 10 years ago

    lovely inspiring article

  • bigbp88

    bigbp88 said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the tips!! im just getting started and it is really upsetting to disapoint someone. thanx!!

  • muzie5

    muzie5 said 10 years ago

    This was such an inspiring article for me. I recently opened an online baby boutique - Wilderness Lane - and am now starting the process of manufacturing a few items that I really love. I'm in the beginning stages and hope for enough success that my husband can quit his day job (a job that's driving him crazy!) and stay home with me. Congrats on your success. I'm forwarding this site to my daughter who's pregnant with her first child. I know she'll want to buy one. Lynette

  • Knottywoodart

    Knottywoodart said 10 years ago

    Thank You both... My wife and I are also would like to quite our day jobs our as well! Our 1st love is creating and painting our heirloom wagons. We love your products and will share little sapling toys with our clients, friends and Family. Doug and Sandra Larson Tucson, AZ

  • JiSTdesigns

    JiSTdesigns said 10 years ago

    Inspirational! thank you for sharing!

  • Genea

    Genea said 10 years ago

    What an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. I love to see artists' work spaces where there are usually projects in the works :) I also enjoyed all of the lovely family photos :) Much love, Genea

  • softboiled

    softboiled said 10 years ago

    Thanks for such great tips! Love your work.

  • ErinHolbrookStudio

    ErinHolbrookStudio said 10 years ago

    What a great story! I'm happy to see that work and spending time with your family can be balanced like this. Congratulations. I've been looking for safe toys for a while, glad to finally find such a wonderful product!... I'll be getting some of these for upcoming baby shower gifts for sure and hopefully someday for my own child - maybe by then I'll be able to quit my day job too : )

  • graphicspaces

    graphicspaces said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story to see a husband and wife working together! That's what my hubby and I are working toward. I'm going to remember you're lovely toys when our little baby girl comes home. Many blessings to you and your adorable little sweeties!

  • Jewelrybynala

    Jewelrybynala said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, and continued success to you. You both look soooo happy to be working together at home!

  • Firedaisy

    Firedaisy said 10 years ago

    This is such a great article- *waves to the lovely couple* thanks for all the advice you guys! :) I am brand spanking new I haven't even posted anything, yet- I have been perusing the site learning from others success & failures. I lived in Eureka, CA, too! I used to walk around old town all the time- good times. ;) Good luck and much success for the future!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 10 years ago

    Hurray for you for taking a risk and striking out on your own. I love reading how you mix in time with the kids during your day.

  • clothesmindedvintage

    clothesmindedvintage said 10 years ago

    Awesome advice in regards to organizing while things are manageable and going to your local small business dev ctr. BTW love the Family Pic!!!

  • DesignsByShyloh

    DesignsByShyloh said 10 years ago

    Congrats. Love your stuff but being all the way in Australia it's not worth the freight charge. Good work though

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle said 10 years ago

    What a great feature!

  • earthwindnfire

    earthwindnfire said 10 years ago

    Beautiful kids, and everyone looks so happy. Isn't that what life's about?? Good luck Peggy, EarthWindnFire

  • almostnecessities

    almostnecessities said 10 years ago

    So glad everything is going well for you guys! It's a little scary and not easy quitting your day job. My husband and I did it 17 years ago and although we put in a lot of hours at both of our shops it is great to be on our own! Peggy,

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! The two of you have come up with a winning strategy. Sandra, Banff, Alberta Canada

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 10 years ago

    simply wonderful! (life, interview, products...congratulations)

  • OctoberMansion

    OctoberMansion said 10 years ago

    As so many have said, very inspiring. We are also a husband and wife team and find that we come up with the best ideas while we are doing the dishes together.

  • tinaspaper

    tinaspaper said 10 years ago

    wow, great tips and having 2 kids myself (3 years and 3 months), I need to go check out your shop NOW and buy some goodies for them.:)) thanks for sharing your story and good luck in the future!! big hello from Malibu.

  • PinkPerch

    PinkPerch said 10 years ago

    This is very motivational for all etsy sellers! Thank you for sharing this lovely story!

  • laura1953

    laura1953 said 10 years ago

    A main stumbling block for me is health/dental insurance. If I quit my day job, it will become a significant monthly expense. (As is the case for many others in my position!) Do you know of any insurance companies that cater to small business owners or craftspeople/artists? Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, and best of success and happiness in your work! Laura

  • laura1953

    laura1953 said 10 years ago

    A main stumbling block for me is health/dental insurance. If I quit my day job, it will become a significant monthly expense. (As is the case for many others in my position!) Do you know of any insurance companies that cater to small business owners or craftspeople/artists? Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, and best of success and happiness in your work! Laura

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 9 years ago

    The cutest little toys ever!

  • jmliss

    jmliss said 9 years ago

    Great story! Very inspiring! Keep up the great work!

  • janellemass

    janellemass said 9 years ago

    You people are adorable.

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    What could be more fun than spending so much of your time making thee adorable baby toys and creative and imaginative accessories. Congratulations on winning your freedom. :-)

  • flygirl715

    flygirl715 said 9 years ago

    Love the story!! That is hilarious about observing kids on the playground and selling the info out of your Trapper Keeper. LOL! I wish I had the "think tank" skills that you have, Kimber. You two are very inspiring! Thank you!

  • AsTheWoodTurned

    AsTheWoodTurned said 9 years ago

    Awesome simply awesome. I hope some day that i will be able to leave behind the 9 to 5 grind. and create full time. Thank you for sharing

  • CompAndHandDone

    CompAndHandDone said 9 years ago

    There are only two words to say, ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING! Good for you Nick and Kimber!

  • penyadesignshop2

    penyadesignshop2 said 9 years ago

    great article! very inspiring!

  • cutiepeacouture

    cutiepeacouture said 8 years ago

    I love your story, and you gave me some inspiration that I have been lacking lately, so Thank-You! Your work is fabulous, keep it goin'.

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 8 years ago

    wow! very inspiring

  • cwdesigns2010

    Carol Sullivan from cwdesigns2010 said 7 years ago

    Very Inspiring! Thanks for the article!

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    Bill Bradley from Enjoywoodentoys said 3 years ago

    You are a real inspiration for me. I am just getting serious about being a successful Etsy store. May you enjoy many years of happiness with your family and business. Bill

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