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Quit Your Day Job: LoveandDream

Mar 22, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about the three shops you run on Etsy.

 

  • LoveandDream was my first Etsy shop, for my fiber art necklaces and outfits.
  • LoveandKnit is my knitting shop.
  • ThreeBlueBee is my handmade supplies shop, specializing in natural crocheted beads.

Are there advantages to being a European seller on Etsy?
We’re all making our products to share with the world, and it’s a joy to buy something handmade from a different culture.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I studied fashion in Istanbul. After my education, I worked for three big brands in Turkey; I began my career as a haute couture designer.

I knew that I was born for this job, but I always dreamed of working for myself. Opening a shop and selling handmade goods with my sister was my sweetest dream. One day I decided to listen to my heart’s voice and quit my day job. A short while later I came across Etsy while searching for something on Google. I hadn’t heard about the site before, but I immediately fell in love. I assumed that Etsy was just for Americans, but then a friend called and said, “Mine, I found a great marketplace for your work,” — and that it was global. That was the greatest news.

How did you transition into selling on Etsy full time?
I was planning to open a brick-and-mortar shop in Istanbul, but after I discovered Etsy, I decided to start with an online shop. It began with baby steps, and my business just got bigger and bigger. Now I don’t have the time or need for other jobs. I’m happy with Etsy.

What are your best marketing tips?

 

  • As it has been mentioned a million times before, taking good photos is the most important thing. Adding a little brightness and contrast to your photos, as well as a plain background, can increase your sales. 
  • Joining an Etsy team will make you stronger. It’s a great feeling to know there are people ready to help you if you’re in need.
  • Following the Etsy Blog and emails are great ways to keep up with the site’s merchandising direction.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
My couture gypsy vest and big cardigans are loved the most; they happen to be my personal favorites, too.

 

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Time management is the hardest part for me. I’m still learning how to use my time effectively.

…and the hardest part about running your own business?
If you are running your own business, this means you’re on the receiving end of all the risks and responsibility. Sometimes it can be a little scary.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I’m living my dream and working at home for my own business. Now I’m the one who decides my working hours; I can work in my pajamas if I want. There is no boss who’s asking for more and more. I’m the boss! This doesn’t mean that I’m working less than I used to, and sometimes I really miss my team.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
If you have original ideas, that’s great. But if you don’t, just think simple and start making basic things. You can’t find your own style if you follow somebody else. Be yourself: this is the key.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your Etsy shops?
I want to create clothing collections as soon as I solve my time management problem. It’s what I want to do most.

 

Thanks for sharing your story, Mine. Check out her work in the Seller’s Items below.

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274 comments

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 8 years ago

    I love your creative style.

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 8 years ago

    Awesome Mine! :)

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught said 8 years ago

    Lovely product. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 8 years ago

    great interview this artist is having fun with her work and her success shows...yeah!

  • cynthiacallan

    cynthiacallan said 8 years ago

    Your shops are filled with beautiful colors and textures.

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 8 years ago

    I loved reading about this seller, thank you for sharing your ideas about marketing.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shops! I love multi-tasking hardworking people. Congrats on your success!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Congrats on the FP! :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, lovely to have a peek into your studio! Nice to read your story, hope you have continued success with your shop : )

  • magsbeadscreation

    magsbeadscreation said 8 years ago

    Love your beautiful items! Congrats!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 8 years ago

    What fun and happy products! I love them.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story and shop! Congratulations!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 8 years ago

    Oops, meant to say feature. XD Too many stuff going on!

  • csmeyer49

    csmeyer49 said 8 years ago

    I love your designs; they are fabulous.

  • BohemianThings

    BohemianThings said 8 years ago

    The advice you give to someone consider a similar path is the best advice. All of your shops are beautiful and you are such and inspiration. Continued success.

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    IlluminatedPerfume said 8 years ago

    So inspirational!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Congrats !

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    I love the colors!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 8 years ago

    I love the colors!

  • rubanscolores

    rubanscolores said 8 years ago

    So Envy!!!!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 8 years ago

    wonderful story, your work is amazing!

  • neonshimmyshop

    neonshimmyshop said 8 years ago

    So cute- nice work space!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas said 8 years ago

    I love your pictures. I am still struggling with that aspect of etsy! ug.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 8 years ago

    Great advice to start with simple items until you find your own voice. Thanks for the article and congrats on your success!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 8 years ago

    What a great interview, Mine! I wish you much continued success!!

  • JeraLunaDesigns

    JeraLunaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Inspirational thanks!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 8 years ago

    More than anything, I love your color combinations! Congrats on your success, you deserve it!

  • orchardfarmsoap

    orchardfarmsoap said 8 years ago

    love your style!

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees said 8 years ago

    Love your crocheted beads and your necklaces. They are wonderful!

  • LisasPaintbrush

    LisasPaintbrush said 8 years ago

    Kudos! Way to go pursuing your dreams, I'm inspired!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 8 years ago

    I admire the persistence it takes to get as far as you have. Congratulations on the feature!

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 8 years ago

    what a colorful fun shop! congrats amd hope to be there one day too!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, Mine! Your shops are fabulous!

  • DUSKtillDAWNvintage

    DUSKtillDAWNvintage said 8 years ago

    This makes us want to learn how to knit!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Your items are wonderful!

  • ChelseasArtistry

    ChelseasArtistry said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Cool!

  • sige

    sige said 8 years ago

    I love the colors you choose for your creations. Good luck in your fabulous work!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    congratulations!

  • wearableartbyjude

    wearableartbyjude said 8 years ago

    Fabulous! Always great to learn more about you, Mine :)

  • wahlrus

    wahlrus said 8 years ago

    I see something like this and I think: Yay quirkiness thriving online! Thanks for sharing your story! EtsyLove from, Jamie

  • sofialgarvia

    sofialgarvia said 8 years ago

    To get this kind of sucess, time is important, of course, but you must be persistent and put much effort and heart to your work - that's certainly what you did, because it shows in your work! Congrats!

  • SecondChants

    SecondChants said 8 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. I love that gypsy vest.

  • HeartOfTheValleyDsgn

    HeartOfTheValleyDsgn said 8 years ago

    Love the necklaces. Very bold and makes a statement with any outfit. Congratulations. Your interview was inspirational.

  • Sintine

    Sintine said 8 years ago

    Make the inner diameter big enough for Dreads?

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 8 years ago

    It's great to read your story. I'm glad I'm not the only one struggling with time management! I work more than I did when I had a "regular" job but I, too, like that it's my own.

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 8 years ago

    Sweet crocheted beads!

  • WormeWoole

    WormeWoole said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Great items, great interview.

  • UneBelleVie

    UneBelleVie said 8 years ago

    Awesome products! And I'm in love with the fibre art bibs!

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for reading my story and all your flattering comments.

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!! I've always been a HUGE fan of your work! :)

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 8 years ago

    Great to see a fellow European seller featured here!

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 8 years ago

    @Sintine: All necklaces have lobster claws, you can easily wear them. Thanks.

  • HappyDappyBits

    HappyDappyBits said 8 years ago

    Lovely story and feature. I absolutely love your fibre bibs, they are wonderful! :)

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage said 8 years ago

    love her! too cute and a great read!

  • AsphaltAndMe

    AsphaltAndMe said 8 years ago

    Beautiful items, and love your candid open spirit! Wishing you continued success.

  • ChristinaThomasArt

    ChristinaThomasArt said 8 years ago

    I Love your story. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring! :)

  • karenjcreations

    karenjcreations said 8 years ago

    Love your shop!! :)

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 8 years ago

    Your product is fantastic! Thank you for all the hints, it can be hard starting out, it is good to hear how you started. I love that you had thought about opening a brick and mortar store, what a contrast! It is crazy how we all have the need to survive but inside our hearts is a hidden desire waiting for us to express it. Thank you for your story, it is a great encouragement to me, I will design again today!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article! You have a fabulous and unique product!! Well done!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 8 years ago

    great article. it always gets me excited for my own future.

  • applestrudelshop

    applestrudelshop said 8 years ago

    Your items are beautiful. We're only in our 3rd week of having an etsy shop so hearing your story as been really helpful. I wish you much success!

  • RareCuriosities

    RareCuriosities said 8 years ago

    Very down to Earth and quite inspiring to read. Thank you :)

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth said 8 years ago

    I love all the vibrant colors and rich textures. Congratulations on living your dream!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 8 years ago

    Great shops. Best of luck to you.

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 8 years ago

    congrats:)

  • heartcity

    heartcity said 8 years ago

    great interview, very inspiring!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    You have a beautiful shop and a great story!!!! I enjoyed it!!!

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 8 years ago

    Vibrant, creative and beyond ~ you have a lovely spirit. Much continued success.

  • MadeInViavai

    MadeInViavai said 8 years ago

    congrats! very inspiring story! :)

  • snlcreations

    snlcreations said 8 years ago

    Inspiring.......and great style!!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    I love the pictures of your work space....thanks for sharing

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful!

  • Free2BeCreatives

    Free2BeCreatives said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration you are. Looking forward to seeing your upcoming clothing collection. With your style and spirit, you'll surely get there.

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 8 years ago

    Oh, I'm so proud for you Mine!!! I am a huge fan of your work, and I think you totally deserved this!!!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!

  • FlowersForThought

    FlowersForThought said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story! Love your creativity, thanks for sharing.

  • mydragonflyjune

    mydragonflyjune said 8 years ago

    great work! thanks for sharing your story!

  • TatteredMare

    TatteredMare said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story :) Love the Gypsy vest!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 8 years ago

    Congrats

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspirational story! Love your work- excited to see your clothing line!

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 8 years ago

    Oooooh, I am so happy to see you here!! Congrats and I wish you more success! I have always loved your work and am glad you shared with us!! :))

  • DarwinsDress

    DarwinsDress said 8 years ago

    "Be Yourself", I love your advice to be yourself. That's one of the greatest bits of advice anyone can give and receive! Thank you for sharing your optimism and positivity.

  • EJPmiscellany

    EJPmiscellany said 8 years ago

    Such lovely items! Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 8 years ago

    wonderful! thanks for the inspiration. :)

  • KittyKatoure

    KittyKatoure said 8 years ago

    Be original! Love that! and all the use of color! Funxx

  • SparkleLynn

    SparkleLynn said 8 years ago

    Three shops WOW! That is very impressive and admirable, thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us :)

  • LisamariesPiece

    LisamariesPiece said 8 years ago

    Great story, great work, and great advise! I am inspired even more. Thank you! :D

  • nebula

    nebula said 8 years ago

    You are my Hero! "Quit Your Day job" is my mantra. I started with crafts on etsy and now make mini web sites. Wish me luck as I wish you all the luck you need. http://www.gooddogtrainingreviews.com http://www.essencesounddesign.com -Aster

  • TheWeirdGirlWorkshop

    TheWeirdGirlWorkshop said 8 years ago

    Such beautiful work! Congrats! And I have to agree- that gypsy vest is pretty amazing.

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 8 years ago

    Great designs..and congrats!!

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns said 8 years ago

    So unique and fresh! I love your shop!

  • agmode

    agmode said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats!

  • SassyPinkBowtique

    SassyPinkBowtique said 8 years ago

    A very inspiring story, Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset said 8 years ago

    I've admired your shops for some time now. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 8 years ago

    Very nice shop, thank you for sharing

  • armygurumi

    armygurumi said 8 years ago

    I'm from Europe too and it seems less hard to me after reading your experience. Thanks!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 8 years ago

    I love it that you have such a variety of work, and it's all so beautiful!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    Awesome, congrats!! :DDD

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 8 years ago

    Lovely items! You give the ol' boring craft a young new meaning! Keep up the great work!

  • emandbee

    emandbee said 8 years ago

    The quit you day job posts are my favorite. Every single one inspires me to be better.

  • toriska

    toriska said 8 years ago

    Very cool shop. Wasn't the LoveandKnit shop featured recently? It looks familiar.

  • silversamba

    silversamba said 8 years ago

    very inspiring work. Lovely!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 8 years ago

    Congrats Mine! Wonderful shops, they are all very pretty :)

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 8 years ago

    cute products :)

  • LittlePergola

    LittlePergola said 8 years ago

    Amazing work, keep it up!

  • blackbirdtees

    blackbirdtees said 8 years ago

    Hooray, Mine! So happy to see you here. Congratulations!!!!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 8 years ago

    Great to hear from someone from Istanbul!! I like your work very much and knowing that is possible to sell worldwide from there is a plus, well done on your business and success. marga Regards from London http://chocolatecreative.blogspot.com/

  • ChloeCalypsoCreation

    ChloeCalypsoCreation said 8 years ago

    Some great tips, thanks for sharing. Wouldn't we all love to quit our day jobs!?!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Yay Mine! So happy to see you featured. Congrats!

  • MonikaDesign

    MonikaDesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you!!!

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 8 years ago

    Lovely!

  • KayCieKreations

    KayCieKreations said 8 years ago

    Wishing I could quit my day job and just make beautiful things all day too...neat story...:-)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 8 years ago

    Wow! Your work is beautiful and original. Love your style!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 8 years ago

    What a fun and inspirational story!! Love your designs - lots of future success!!!

  • Marsena

    Marsena said 8 years ago

    nice work, great job.

  • 1Beadworld

    1Beadworld said 8 years ago

    Wish you much luck, beautiful items.

  • teesvintagetreasures

    teesvintagetreasures said 8 years ago

    This is really inspiring and best of luck to you. Love your creations!

  • nesbittdesigns

    nesbittdesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Wishing you much luck :)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your shop is so beautiful and I know that you are soooo glad and thankful that you don't have to do anything else but run your businesse.

  • TamsyTrends

    TamsyTrends said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shops! You are so creative. Wishing you continued success :)

  • Mypolkadotpottery

    Mypolkadotpottery said 8 years ago

    Very cool and inspiring!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story. I wish you continued success. Great job.

  • BootsNGus

    BootsNGus said 8 years ago

    Lovely. Inspiring and Smart! Cheers!

  • catsweaters

    catsweaters said 8 years ago

    Your kntting is so beautiful! Love your story it's really inspiring for me.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 8 years ago

    You have such beautiful products! I love your big cardigan as well! :D So happy to hear that you're following your dreams - best of luck!

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 8 years ago

    congrats --- i especially love the beads...soooo cool.

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage said 8 years ago

    I wish I could crochet too.

  • TenderLetters

    TenderLetters said 8 years ago

    What beautiful yarn. I just may have to nab a big cozy cardigan for myself. Congratulations on all of your beautiful work and on being featured. It's nice to know I'm not the only one with a time management problem. xoxo, Gina

  • Ahkriti

    Ahkriti said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! You have some wonderful creations! I am struggling with time management as well!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    congrats on the feature! i'm in awe of you running 3 cool shops. great interview :)

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  • MoonHalo

    MoonHalo said 8 years ago

    Congrats Mine!!

  • HeartshapedCreations

    HeartshapedCreations said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiring interview! BIG Congrats on your feature, your work deserves it so much! Wishing you all the very best!!! :)

  • HoweyHill

    HoweyHill said 8 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • SLSvintage

    SLSvintage said 8 years ago

    Love your work Mine! It's always cool to see the person behind the art :)

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing....so good to see you here!

  • dementedsnowflake

    dementedsnowflake said 8 years ago

    Awesome interview, so inspiring!! Mine you've given me the motivation to keep on going and to stay true to myself. :)

  • LaisviakCrochet

    LaisviakCrochet said 8 years ago

    Very good story and nice shop. Good luck!

  • Norkki

    Norkki said 8 years ago

    Congrats!! Love your shop!

  • megandarienzo

    megandarienzo said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous Shop! Time management is by far my biggest obstacle too...

  • alishainnovations

    alishainnovations said 8 years ago

    you have a nice shop. congrats

  • besu

    besu said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you! I own two of your knit items and I love them to bits!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    what a cool shop! love love love it! congrats on the feature!

  • IdealAccents

    IdealAccents said 8 years ago

    great work! congrats :)

  • karmaistanbul

    karmaistanbul said 8 years ago

    Congrats Mine! I am proud of you! Good luck in future:)

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 8 years ago

    I agree the little vest is a show stopper. Thanks for showing the Etsy world a little part of you.

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your beads. Of course I AM a bead-a-holic! As well as a yarn-a-holic and a paint-a-holic. I need a 12 step program now!

  • LuciaStofej

    LuciaStofej said 8 years ago

    great stuff! loving the beads as well...

  • Pilumunus

    Pilumunus said 8 years ago

    I hope i'll be as successful as you Mine. You gave me hope. And also I love your working area. Congratulations

  • Celessa

    Celessa said 8 years ago

    Lovely work :) I love your necklaces, so unique !

  • chelseavintage

    chelseavintage said 8 years ago

    Those necklaces are awesome, and I'm in love with that couture tribal vest.

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 said 8 years ago

    You can tell by your work that you love what you are doing. Keep dreaming and producing from those dreams.:)

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 8 years ago

    Love your style, so fun!! Congrats and best of luck!!!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 8 years ago

    Love your work! Congrats on all your success!!

  • ShellyMacdesigns

    ShellyMacdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for your ideas! Beautiful work & best of Luck. :)

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 8 years ago

    3 beautiful shops! wow. and good luck with your time management developments and doing clothing collections. i look forward to seeing more from you. congratulations for everything you have achieved so far.

  • frolicnfancies

    frolicnfancies said 8 years ago

    Great article and wonderful shop!

  • FluffyKitters310

    FluffyKitters310 said 8 years ago

    Your shops are super cute! I congratulate you on your shops and success!

  • StarLightBeauty

    StarLightBeauty said 8 years ago

    Wonderful success story!! Beautiful shop! Have fun with the clothing collections.

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 8 years ago

    Your shop is an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • VillaCollezione

    VillaCollezione said 8 years ago

    Fabulous work! Wishing you more success!

  • TheLaughingButterfly

    TheLaughingButterfly said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • AllThingsKnitted

    AllThingsKnitted said 8 years ago

    Great shops! Keep up your wonderful work and I'm wishing you much success :-)

  • feltpoppy76

    feltpoppy76 said 8 years ago

    Very upbeat for everyone who would like to do the same.So emotional and loving article.Bravo Mine,you did it!!!!

  • woolenmoss

    woolenmoss said 8 years ago

    Congrats! An inspiration!

  • woolenmoss

    woolenmoss said 8 years ago

    Congrats! An inspiration!

  • CatsEyeCreation

    CatsEyeCreation said 8 years ago

    worked for you, hope it works for me :) rock on

  • Chifonie

    Chifonie said 8 years ago

    adorable ! and pretty working area too !

  • AngelLeighDesigns

    AngelLeighDesigns said 8 years ago

    gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

  • WestcoastKnittery

    WestcoastKnittery said 8 years ago

    I'm jealous of your amazing workspace. Thanks for sharing and making beautiful things!

  • VintageLoot

    VintageLoot said 8 years ago

    Love the necklaces!

  • JurneesPath

    JurneesPath said 8 years ago

    I love your scarfs !!! Very creative and inspiring !

  • kristinalyea

    kristinalyea said 8 years ago

    Congratulations for your successes! It's nice to see that old-fashioned hard work & a creative sense of style gets you were you are today. Beautiful, inspiring work. Good luck on your continued success!

  • DuettaDesigns

    DuettaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. My dream is to make enough selling my jewelry and beads to be able to upgrade certain equipment I need. Right now I've got way too much invested in tools to add to them until that fantastic day.

  • kararane

    kararane said 8 years ago

    cozy & rainbow!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 8 years ago

    Love the tee!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    Your designs are great and so unique. I appreciate your advice...much more success to you!

  • GrandmasStash

    GrandmasStash said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature, very nice!

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 8 years ago

    I love your work. I teach myself knitting as I like working with yarns. I think it's great that you have THREE shops on Etsy. I just opened a second one with my son for our paintings.

  • hollyanna3

    hollyanna3 said 8 years ago

    So pretty. I love what you do and some good advice. Thank you!

  • Aimarro

    Aimarro said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your story with us! It's a real inspiration for the beginners here on Etsy :)

  • BroochCouture

    BroochCouture said 8 years ago

    Inspiring Thank you !

  • mbrodecki

    mbrodecki said 8 years ago

    I love those crocheted beads- they are lovely! Thank you for sharing your story. For someone starting out slowly, you have given me hope!

  • picketfencecrafts

    picketfencecrafts said 8 years ago

    Great article. Your grape beads remind me of the grapes my Grandma Lillian use to make back in the day! Good information. Thanks!

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love your shops!! Thank you for sharing your story! Congrats!

  • adnagam

    adnagam said 8 years ago

    Wow! Great article. COngrats on your success.

  • adnagam

    adnagam said 8 years ago

    Wow! Great article. COngrats on your success.

  • vinylbydezign

    vinylbydezign said 8 years ago

    Inspiring loved your article

  • vinylbydezign

    vinylbydezign said 8 years ago

    Inspiring loved your article

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for your advice on to start simple and to 'Be yourself' With regards to time management, what I do is write down lists, I have lists of stuff and mark them off as I go, I then find I get things done.. If it's events, then maybe on a large calendar or an A5 size diary will do, that what I use a diary, even if someone calls me, I write their conact number on the day ... This self- taught method has really has helped me.. All the best :)

  • everybeadofmyart

    everybeadofmyart said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring post! Hurrah for your success! . . . and maybe mine, in time.

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 8 years ago

    Awesome - thanks so much for sharing and the best of luck to you!

  • thelull

    thelull said 8 years ago

    beautiful neckwarmers!! so original.

  • thelull

    thelull said 8 years ago

    beautiful neckwarmers!! so original.

  • mslizz

    mslizz said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story i find that this will help

  • HeavenlyNaturalSoap

    HeavenlyNaturalSoap said 8 years ago

    Cool shop I loved her shirt in the first photo I want one!

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! It is very inpiring!

  • LollyLinens

    LollyLinens said 8 years ago

    Very nice, I love your shop!

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 8 years ago

    Great interview. I find the photo thing helps me too. Good luck with your future endeavors.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 8 years ago

    Beautiful store and great interview !! Congrats !!!!

  • DEMET

    DEMET said 8 years ago

    Wonderful to read your story, I am so proud with you rgreat success! Greetings, Demet

  • InnerWild

    InnerWild said 8 years ago

    what a honey!

  • ILoveYoYo

    ILoveYoYo said 8 years ago

    Congrulations Mine! You work so hard and deserve all good thinks!

  • Simag

    Simag said 8 years ago

    .♥. B E A U T I F U L art .♥. Congratulations for your successes & thanks for sharing your story.

  • GoodTimeJunkin

    GoodTimeJunkin said 8 years ago

    Ooh love that gypsy vest!

  • CBdesignsNYC

    CBdesignsNYC said 8 years ago

    beautiful and truly creative shop! would love to get to that level someday. thanks for the great article!

  • ChairyBlossoms

    ChairyBlossoms said 8 years ago

    Mine I love that you are having so much fun. I see you featured all the time and say of course she is! My big cardigan is the most fashionable sweater I own.

  • RecycledMadness

    RecycledMadness said 8 years ago

    Really creative and fun! Thank you for sharing your personal story.

  • herbleedesigns

    herbleedesigns said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love the couture tribal vest! You have quite unique items to offer. Thanks for shairng!

  • TwistedGemDesigns

    TwistedGemDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great crocheted beads. Very motivating and inspirational! Thank you.

  • crochetlab

    crochetlab said 8 years ago

    Congrats Mine. It is really nice to see you here.

  • knottyblocks

    knottyblocks said 8 years ago

    I love this story. Talk about being able to go global. I do wish i had the gall to wear your stuff though! Gotta take a risk I guess!

  • RubySweetPea

    RubySweetPea said 8 years ago

    congrats on the feature..your work is awesome...so fun and unique,,,best of luck to you

  • MadeInViavai

    MadeInViavai said 8 years ago

    Great inspirational story! Good luck for your future!

  • maddshatter

    maddshatter said 8 years ago

    Lovely sense of style! :)

  • mudijudi

    mudijudi said 8 years ago

    great story :]

  • blueorder

    blueorder said 8 years ago

    unbelievable! great story!!

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet said 8 years ago

    Love your work !!! Thanks for sharing ♥

  • nauli

    nauli said 8 years ago

    Love to read this story from an European Seller as us. Thank you!

  • marykerran

    marykerran said 8 years ago

    Very clever. At lest you figured out what you wanted to do!

  • RainbowVixen

    RainbowVixen said 8 years ago

    So Awesome! Im inspired all over again! Love the fabric necklaces so cute!

  • soapsnfavors

    soapsnfavors said 8 years ago

    Love your necklaces!! Thanks for sharing your story. Best of luck!!

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies said 8 years ago

    nice work! great story hope yr dreams come true:) thanks for sharing yr experience.

  • thefortunatehome

    thefortunatehome said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Good luck to you!

  • JadeExpressions

    JadeExpressions said 8 years ago

    Lovely story. Your shops are beautiful! Wishing you continued success.

  • BlueLeafBoutique

    BlueLeafBoutique said 8 years ago

    I love your bright pictures. Thanks for the tips.

  • bgillat

    bgillat said 8 years ago

    What a great idea to revive the crochet with a twist and make contemporary art pieces using this medium. Great interview. Good luck. Breath of fresh air.

  • Liwlig

    Liwlig said 8 years ago

    Thank u for sharing your Etsy story. I'm inspired...one day it'll be me. <3

  • rahyaeb

    rahyaeb said 8 years ago

    Really nice to see a new direction for jewelry! Thanks for sharing!

  • ChrisWDesigns

    ChrisWDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great work! congrats!

  • MyPricelessCreations

    MyPricelessCreations said 8 years ago

    Three shops and you can tell YOUR a happy person with a smile on her face. An original for sure!

  • BlossomHill

    BlossomHill said 8 years ago

    What wonderful inspiration! Your products are lovely :) Thank you for sharing.

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 8 years ago

    Beautiful items!!!

  • VidGirlsandDolls

    VidGirlsandDolls said 8 years ago

    Love your creation, Very Talented!

  • Parsiart

    Parsiart said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shops! I Congrats on your success!

  • Parsiart

    Parsiart said 8 years ago

    Wonderful shops! I Congrats on your success!

  • beadhappy8

    beadhappy8 said 8 years ago

    wow congratulations! and more power :)

  • springflowerchild

    springflowerchild said 8 years ago

    Your work embodies what I love about Etsy! It's truly original and bold. I favorited a few items in one of your shops. Wish you much more success!

  • 4Rcom

    4Rcom said 8 years ago

    Congrats! what a successful shop!! and growing so fast..

  • ShinyMoonBeams

    ShinyMoonBeams said 8 years ago

    wow it must take a lot of time and work to have three shops and do good sales, very impressive. Congratulations! lovely crochet beads, I just love crochet and have made some necklaces with yarn they turn out so pretty!

  • mylovelymom

    mylovelymom said 8 years ago

    Congrats! what a successful shop!!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, and I love your studio space. Congratulations and all the best with the time management ~ that seems to be a work in progress for me, too!

  • Nicholadesigns

    Nicholadesigns said 8 years ago

    I love your beads x

  • crafts2love

    crafts2love said 8 years ago

    Love your necklaces! Thanks for the story!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 8 years ago

    Cool! very inspiring! thanks for all the tips and advice...

  • StickersPlus

    StickersPlus said 8 years ago

    Great interview!! Best of luck to you...thanks for the inspiration!!

  • EdnasHandKnits

    EdnasHandKnits said 8 years ago

    Great creativity....and nice shops...keep it going....

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you continued sucess.

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou said 8 years ago

    beautyful work

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 8 years ago

    Beautiful stuff!! Thanks for sharing.

  • yoyocodesign

    yoyocodesign said 8 years ago

    I love the vest! Great job. Thanks for sharing

  • DivineMissMJewelry

    DivineMissMJewelry said 8 years ago

    Lovely designs. You really have a unique and beautifull style! Great job!

  • designsonpark

    designsonpark said 8 years ago

    Your work is so creative! I love them!

  • photographyangel

    photographyangel said 8 years ago

    Beautiful designs, I'm soo inspired now!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 8 years ago

    Love your bib necklaces, ruffly vests and beautiful crochet work. You have such an artistic eye. Wish you much success! Congrats!

  • shoebx

    shoebx said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff. Congratulations

  • VerbenaPlace

    VerbenaPlace said 8 years ago

    So glad to see this article, Mine!! Have always loved your work!! Congrats!!

  • karenleanneking

    karenleanneking said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Your story is very inspiring. Currently, I'm struggling with the time issue too! I am sooo ready to quit my day job, which is at a bridal salon. HOWEVER.... It is funding my acquisitions for my Etsy Shop! I really am beginning to see the potential here. It is really great to wake up and work in one's pajamas all day! I'm going to be doing more of that myself soon....Just don't forget to put on something else when you go out. (GRIN)

  • alketa

    alketa said 8 years ago

    congratulations for your success. However I was wandering if is human possible for one person to have 3 shops in Etsy and then Dawanda too, lot of orders and lot of items display? Are your items ready to ship or you just take orders?

  • HollyDaise

    HollyDaise said 8 years ago

    Pretty neckpieces, very wise advise. Thank you. Hx

  • lasharma

    lasharma said 8 years ago

    Great story and an inspiration! Keep up the good work. I'm still trying to find ways to market my items that include artwork and home decor.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 8 years ago

    I was at a "church ladies" meeting last night and the hostess had some crocheted easter eggs, plastic eggs covered with pastel thread crocheting. They were so pretty in the basket and your beads reminded me of them. Lizzi

  • PhabulousPhotos

    PhabulousPhotos said 8 years ago

    Incredible products!!!!!!!!!

  • nobicollins

    nobicollins said 8 years ago

    Thank your for your tips. You create fun styles :D

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 8 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

  • melange4you

    melange4you said 8 years ago

    Looks great.......thank you...

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 8 years ago

    I love your style! Such cute stuff. Congrats and much success to you!

  • linenmagnolia

    linenmagnolia said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous! So clever.

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts said 7 years ago

    You are my inspiration. I am sure it's a VERY brave step to let go off of "regular job" and work for yourself. Congratulations!

  • LittleGreenEarthling

    LittleGreenEarthling said 7 years ago

    Amazing story-so inspiring! Thank you!

  • ZanasBoutique

    ZanasBoutique said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story with us, Mine. It's inspiring and encouraging. You're a brave woman! All the best with living your dream.

  • baygun

    baygun said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing you inspiring story. I am new to ETSY and haven't quite figured it all out yet, but I love what I do and will be using you as inspiration to follow my heart. Thank you!

  • jillianmartineau

    jillian kazienko from bloomsandshrooms said 5 years ago

    thanks for the inspiration!

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