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Quit Your Day Job: LoveStamped

Aug 3, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Amanda of LoveStamped recently quit her day job after a television mention of her designs sparked a new level of personal success. Her days are now spent caring for her three children and working on new pieces late into the night, rather than at the local nursing home where she formerly worked as a nursing assistant. Find out how this self-proclaimed night owl juggles motherhood and a thriving business.

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

I have always loved to do crafts! The business part of it only started about a year ago. At the time I was working full time as a certified nurse assistant and raising my three kids. I wanted nothing more than to be able to spend more time with my children, but with bills to pay I felt that there was no way — until I discovered Etsy. I remember staying up  ’til all hours of the night looking at all of the amazing things that everyone made and thought I could do that — so I took the leap!

Tell us about your previous working situation.
For three years I had worked as a certified nurse: what an amazing job, but also really hard, and sometimes sad, work! I absolutely love all of the residents that I’ve had, and my coworkers were amazing — they have always supported me to get to where I am today. This past April I received a convo through Etsy saying that ABC wanted to feature some of my pieces for a Mother’s Day special — but they had to have the items overnighted to New York that day! I freaked, since I got the message at 1:30 p.m.,  and I had to be at work by 2. I flew to work, talked to the scheduler and she let me off for the day. Like I said, I worked with some amazing people.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Of course. I love the business life! I love crunching numbers, marketing, packaging and networking. I have always wanted to run my own business, but have never had the financial stability to open my own store. Etsy was necessary for me to make that dream come true.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I knew what I wanted to sell, took the small amount of extra money that I had, and ran with it. I did do very careful planning when it came to shipping, packaging and marketing. I also worked on my Shop  Policies for a while before I opened shop.


What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I think the biggest marketing push for my business was having three of my designs shown on Good Morning America on national TV. I was so thrilled. Of course, once all of that died down I had to figure out different ways to advertise.

  • I currently relist my products a lot.
  • I buy Etsy Showcases once in awhile.
  • I am going to be doing some local craft shows this summer, so I am really excited about those!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
I have no regrets. I took the leap and I am so glad that I did! I feel that social networking sites are a waste of my time, and, personally, I would much rather be making new pieces. I also think that blog reviews do not get me a whole lot of extra exposure, but it does give someone a free piece of my jewelry. From all that I’ve learned, I even started a new shop, inspired by children, called lovestampedkids.

Walk us through your typical workday

  • I get up at about 8 a.m. and get my kids up, fed and ready for the day.
  • I check my Etsy shops, emails and my PayPal account.
  • I am usually to the post office around 10 a.m. every day — the poor ladies know me by name now!
  • I am home by 11 and my husband gets home from work at 1 p.m., so we all get to hang out with each other all day long. It’s fabulous!
  • Once the kids are in bed (around 8:30) it’s off to work I go. I “retire” to my craft room, where I am sometimes up until 2 a.m.

I am a night owl, and this is the most perfect “job” for me! I get to hang out with my kids all day, see my husband a lot more and work at the time that I feel most creative — when most people are sleeping.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy the flexibility. I no longer have to miss field trips and I don’t have to rush from a doctor’s appointment to get into work on time. I get to take my kids to school and pick them up — overall, I am much more involved in their lives. Life is too short to work it away, and I want to be there for my kids as much as possible. I do miss adult socialization. I love my children to death, but some days it would be nice to be able to go to work and get out of the house.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest part? I think that the financial planning was hard, but it is getting easier. I have to calculate the cost of each item, shipping costs, and overhead costs. I also get really stressed out when sales are lower than usual, since this is my income now, but it always works out in the end. I feel like I never get a break from my shop. Even when I’m on vacation I am constantly thinking about new jewelry pieces, how many sales I have, convos, etc.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I would say to do your homework. Make sure that you look at every aspect of the shop that you want to start before actually opening up. If you are selling online, take wonderful pictures, as this is the first thing people see!

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?

  • I will be extremely excited to hit 1000 sales. I am getting pretty close.
  • I would also like to have my designs featured in a couple of magazines, though I haven’t really figure out how to do that.
  • In the end, I just want to be able to make pieces of jewelry for people that cause a stir of emotion. I get messages all the time saying, “My mom cried when I gave her the necklace that you made!” That is what it’s all about!

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

  • I love saratams! I have ordered 3 prints from her shop, and they are fabulous.
  • Mandizzle has the most fabulous, gorgeous hair pieces, I just love them all.
  • Ohbananas has super cute, funky, adorable children’s wear. My kids are very simple, so this shop is great for them!
  • Melissahewitt has coffee cozies that are so beautiful. I don’t drink coffee, but I think I should start just so I can get myself one.
  • Sweetsimple has the most lady-like jewelry.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
If you are not completely passionate about what you sell on Etsy, then don’t make it anymore. Also — work, work, work. No one ever got anywhere in life by sitting on their tush! Get up, get out there and show ’em what you are made of!

Thanks to Amanda for sharing her story. You can see some of Amandas work in the Seller’s Items below.

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285 comments

  • sajataeford2bd

    sajataeford2bd said 9 years ago

    The kids are so cute and so is the jewelry.

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 9 years ago

    Congrats! I am always looking for advice/tips from those juggling motherhood and their own business. Keep up the great work- you are an inspiration :)

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 9 years ago

    CONGRATS! :D

  • blackdahliasoapco

    blackdahliasoapco said 9 years ago

    I love her stuff! And how AMAZING that she went from the medical field into jewelry..BIG difference there! Totally agree with the last statement about loving what you do. If you don't love it...don't do it! Way to go (fellow) Amanda!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 9 years ago

    love to hear your story!! thanks for sharing!!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 9 years ago

    Great story I love your pieces!!!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your daily schedule... really helps to see how other moms figure it all out - After a year and a half, I'm still trying to figure a routine out. Blessings and magic, Donni

  • polkadotshop

    polkadotshop said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Relisting is great for exposure. Congrats on being on Good Morning America.

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 9 years ago

    I love stamped jewelry - georgeous shop. Congratulations!

  • gpearson55

    gpearson55 said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational...thanks for sharing your story. Love the jewelry.

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 9 years ago

    Creativity at it's best! Did you see those gorgeous kiddlins?! Come visit our family here at LeafandInk! http://leafandink.wordpress.com/ Subscribe to our new blog!

  • CrazyAngelArt

    CrazyAngelArt said 9 years ago

    Very informative... lots of helpful hints. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with your etsy family. Hope you continue to have great success...as always..PeaCe.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 9 years ago

    I get the same responses from my customers. I am thrilled to be making family heirlooms. GMA...you go girl!

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Amazing love your story, and jewelry

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 9 years ago

    congrats! i love reading about moms who can juggle a family and an etsy business. good luck!

  • pawpaintings

    pawpaintings said 9 years ago

    I read all these about people quitting their day jobs (which is my goal), but how much money are they making a year (average)? Did they have to give up a lot of the extras because of the lack of a steady paycheck. Its a scary thing....

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 9 years ago

    Way to go!! You set goals, you get to spend time with your family, earn income and be your own boss! What more could you ask?? Hopefully I will be at that point some day! Kudos to you!!♥

  • andiespecialtysweets

    andiespecialtysweets said 9 years ago

    I'm a Mom of Four and a half (biological son) and this interview was of special encouragement to me. Thank you!

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 9 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • DanceLikeIts1492

    DanceLikeIts1492 said 9 years ago

    Its always inspiring to see someone succeed! I hope it happens for me and others out there one day!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 9 years ago

    I am so happy for you that you get to spend so much time with your family. That is so important. I hope to achieve the same success some day so that I don't work the rest of my life away! I would love to be able to spend that much time with my kids. Congrats on your success! You have a beautiful family!

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 9 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Congrats on the TV spots. What a thrill that must've been to get national coverage!

  • CandacesCloset

    CandacesCloset said 9 years ago

    Hurray for you! What a great story. I'm so happy for your success.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Aww.. I dream of the day when I don't have to stress about the limited amount of time I have at home in the evenings AFTER the ole 9-5 anymore. When I can take care of and have fun with my son AND accomplish art, dinner, housework and everything else and still feel like I can take a good deep breath, take a nice break and RELAX. Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story! Congratulations to you on your success!

  • ARemarkYouMade

    ARemarkYouMade said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I love reading about stories like this one :) Best of luck to you!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 9 years ago

    Wondrful story! Nice collection!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 9 years ago

    You have a beautiful shop, and your success sounds well-deserved. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story with everyone! <3 Andrea

  • fancyfeetbytiffany

    fancyfeetbytiffany said 9 years ago

    Thank you for the encouragement and inspiration. Your pieces are so heartfelt! Congratulations!

  • EverybodyElse

    EverybodyElse said 9 years ago

    So neat to peek into the life of a successful etsian. The work is really, truly lovely.

  • elisehooperdesigns

    elisehooperdesigns said 9 years ago

    Go girl! Congrats. :)

  • craneology

    craneology said 9 years ago

    we always love super-inspiring QYDJ stories. more please! =)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 9 years ago

    I love your story, thanks for sharing.

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 9 years ago

    Great insight into a success story - thanks for sharing!

  • WeChooseJoy

    WeChooseJoy said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring!!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 9 years ago

    Awesome! BIG congrats to you :)

  • 1dream

    1dream said 9 years ago

    I love this story:)) all the best and congrats..

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 9 years ago

    It is so inspiring to read about all the things this seller did to make her shop work. I love the custom stamping aspect of her jewelry- it makes each piece much more special. Congrats for making seller spotlight!

  • themustardseedco

    themustardseedco said 9 years ago

    I've been waiting to read this article-I look forward to it every week! What a great success story!

  • HollybyGollie

    HollybyGollie said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story. I'm just thrilled for you. Keep going!

  • PhotographyOf

    PhotographyOf said 9 years ago

    Amazing

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 9 years ago

    Great story! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story... Hope you can keep up with the family and the jewerly.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Great story! So amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarabellatreasures

    Sarabellatreasures said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, great inspiration!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    It's great to see other successful moms of 3 kids, doing what they love and caring for their little ones. Great job, kudos to you!

  • dolled

    dolled said 9 years ago

    cute! cute! cute! lots of great advise too!! thanks!

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your lovely story it's truely inspiring :)

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 9 years ago

    Congradulations to you! I wish you much success in the future! Enjoy your family! I loved reading your story!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Awesome story and love your handmade Many thanks for sharing !

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 9 years ago

    I love all things sweet simple silohuette silvery and sparkly!!!!! I appreciate your story of motherhood and artist business owner!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 9 years ago

    Beautiful interview. Very inspiring :)

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Very inspiring interview - thanks for sharing & continued success to you!

  • knittingdays

    knittingdays said 9 years ago

    You are one of those amazing real people. Congratulations! Like your collection very much.

  • mialareine

    mialareine said 9 years ago

    So inspiring!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 9 years ago

    LOVE your story thanks for sharing, love your jewelry, hope you much sucess

  • ShellysDesign

    ShellysDesign said 9 years ago

    Great job Amanda!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story, Amanda! Continued success.

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 9 years ago

    very inspiring story! thank you for sharing!

  • CANDYLEI

    CANDYLEI said 9 years ago

    You have a beautiful family, Amanda. I'll be thinking of you alot because I am up late every night too painting!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 9 years ago

    Great story! Congrats and thank you for sharing:)

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! I'm so glad to see another mommy being able to stay home with their babies! Thanks for sharing!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 9 years ago

    Great story! And lovely items!

  • greenviewlane

    greenviewlane said 9 years ago

    So pretty and what a great story.

  • kadydesigns

    kadydesigns said 9 years ago

    Great interview and I love your jewerly! Congrats on your success!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!

  • HarboretteShop

    HarboretteShop said 9 years ago

    So inspirational! Your pieces are beautiful and affordable, the kids shop is fantastic! Congrats on the successes!

  • BlackSparrowJewelry

    BlackSparrowJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great story!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 9 years ago

    Lovely!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring!!

  • aCalliopeWoman

    aCalliopeWoman said 9 years ago

    Nice Job Mama! An inspiration to all with a familiar story!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 9 years ago

    Amanda, congratulations on your success! I wish you the very best, and thank you so much for being an inspiration.

  • eversdesigns

    eversdesigns said 9 years ago

    congrats...and beautiful work...also many great tips! much success!!!!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on living your dream: home with the kids and husband and working independently during your best hours.

  • EviesToolEmporium

    EviesToolEmporium said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Continued success!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 9 years ago

    congratulations! I'm expecting our first child this November (a busy time for selling knit goods- go me for perfect timing!) And I've already quit my day job.... yikes. I hope to be able to stay at home while I manage and run my 4 shops, yup 4. I'm nuts but inspired by your story and other qydj stories. I too am a night owl, so your schedule really resonates with me! thanks so much for sharing.

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 9 years ago

    You have some wonderful jewelry pieces. How great to be with your kids and be successful at selling your craft too. Something I continue to work on. Best of luck with it all!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 9 years ago

    Your hard work has sure paid off in many ways!Enjoy!

  • improvised

    improvised said 9 years ago

    Awesome story. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 9 years ago

    Continued good luck to you.

  • CarrStudio

    CarrStudio said 9 years ago

    So inspiring!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 9 years ago

    Beautiful and encouraging story! You are so blessed to be able to do something you enjoy and spend the time with your family! I am debating the leap here myself! Thank you so much for sharing and the inspiration! Congrats! I hope your craft continues to take you far! ~Wren ZenAndCoffee.etsy.com Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! <3

  • mytaylormade

    mytaylormade said 9 years ago

    You are amazing!!!

  • neely1974

    neely1974 said 9 years ago

    She makes amazing pieces i love her work she is an inspriration to all us mommys :D

  • neely1974

    neely1974 said 9 years ago

    amazing pieces!! love them all

  • michabella

    michabella said 9 years ago

    Congrats to your success! I can relate to struggling with being a mommy and trying to run a business. I only have one, but she's a handful :) Thanks for all the tips.

  • Earthystyle

    Earthystyle said 9 years ago

    kudos to you! Very open and honest. I learned a lot!

  • pinkdiamonddesign

    pinkdiamonddesign said 9 years ago

    lovely jewelry and helpful article.. congrats

  • Hairoix

    Hairoix said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational story. All the best!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 9 years ago

    Inspires me to keep pressing on! Congrats to you!!

  • bibandtucker

    bibandtucker said 9 years ago

    BeAuTiFuL! It's so lovely to see something different and made with love. :-) Kate

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 9 years ago

    How very exciting to read stories like this! Gives hope to the rest of us who are working, selling on etsy, and raising kids also! Thank you for the inspiration.....think I'll get off the computer and go hammer out a few more pieces of jewelry!

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 9 years ago

    Congratulations Amanda! And high regards from a daughter of a nurse. ;) All the very best!

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 9 years ago

    you are so talented & so sweet!!! thanks for sharing your story & your lovely work! XOX

  • TotallyVintage

    TotallyVintage said 9 years ago

    Love your story, keep up the hard work. Good Luck :-)

  • Stilettoteez

    Stilettoteez said 9 years ago

    That's were I hope to be at some point. Congrats!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for the great advice.

  • agnisflugen

    agnisflugen said 9 years ago

    i really like reading stories like this :)

  • CottonCutiesBoutique

    CottonCutiesBoutique said 9 years ago

    You never cease to amaze me!!! You are an amazing women...you deserve every bit of it and make beautiful jewlery (oh...and kids!!!)

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, I love your pieces! Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy the Quit Your Day Job series: )

  • JewelryDeli

    JewelryDeli said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Great work and a very inspiring read.

  • ZARDENIA

    ZARDENIA said 9 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for sharing! I am new to Etsy and although I love what I do, it's challenging to keep going when there aren't many sales yet! Please check out my shop for some great deals.. www.zardenia.etsy.com

  • RedRobinArt

    RedRobinArt said 9 years ago

    Inspiring story, pretty work! Congrats and thanks for sharing your insite!

  • LoveStamped

    LoveStamped said 9 years ago

    Thank you everyone for your love and support!

  • kandujewel

    kandujewel said 9 years ago

    Wow..you did take a leap of faith. Good for you! Loved reading your opinions. :)

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 9 years ago

    how do you stay awake during the day when you stay up till 2:00 if I stay up past 12:00 I am useless the next day! Which sucks because I am also more creative at night.

  • SusanLandauDesigns

    SusanLandauDesigns said 9 years ago

    love the story,love the items..congratulations.I too love reading your opinions

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story, beautiful girl, beautiful kids, beautiful work! Everything is beautiful about her!!! Congratulations, all the best to you and yours!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 9 years ago

    lovely story I always love these, very inspiring x

  • DivineByDeidre

    DivineByDeidre said 9 years ago

    I have to say, I am a night owl too! I am often up and making my jewelry until 1 or 2AM. Great story and congrats on your success! :)

  • Irreplaceabledazzle

    Irreplaceabledazzle said 9 years ago

    I am on maternity leave (for the third time) and do not want to go back to work, so using this time to see if I can make a success of things, and these stories give me that little push to keep going - wishing you continued success in all that you do and to everyone else sharing the etsy ride xxx

  • ChristineSherriffs

    ChristineSherriffs said 9 years ago

    Fantastic read. Very inspirational and I too LOVE your work.

  • Sommersbreezeantique

    Sommersbreezeantique said 9 years ago

    Raise your kids and make do with having less!! Good for all of you that do this!

  • craneology

    craneology said 9 years ago

    awesome finds!

  • lissionetsy

    lissionetsy said 9 years ago

    very inspirational :) love your products!x

  • TheBroochBoutique

    TheBroochBoutique said 9 years ago

    So inspiring, thanks so much for sharing :-)

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 9 years ago

    great things! congrats on your success!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Wow, Good Morning America! Amanda, what a beautiful family portrait. It is wonderful you can stay home with your children and pursue your dream! You are blessed!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    Your pieces are gorgeous, as is your family. I'm so happy for you ~ wishing you continued and very well~earned success!

  • EdgeInspired

    EdgeInspired said 9 years ago

    So inspiring!! Congratulations and wishing you every success :)

  • DaphneDays

    DaphneDays said 9 years ago

    Lovely pieces, and an encouraging story. Way to go!!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 9 years ago

    fantastic!! great shop!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 9 years ago

    congrats on your feature!

  • Auntdelta

    Auntdelta said 9 years ago

    Way to go!Good Luck!Your pieces are really beautiful and I can't wait to order one for my daughters birthday.

  • ArtisticWood

    ArtisticWood said 9 years ago

    I just purchased one of Amanda's pieces for my 26 year old daughter, who was recently engaged, and can't wait for it to arrive. Amanda is wonderful to work with and so quick to return convos. Congrats and wishes for your continued success!

  • HandMadeWoodGifts

    HandMadeWoodGifts said 9 years ago

    Wow, I bet national exposure sure does help sales! I need to get some more stuff out there so I can be discovered too! Great job!

  • Joanna1966

    Joanna1966 said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring !!!

  • YUMYUMBUBBLEGUM

    YUMYUMBUBBLEGUM said 9 years ago

    From one handstamped jewelry business to another... CONGRATS! Hope you have continued success!

  • FindingFelicityLLC

    FindingFelicityLLC said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, Amanda! LOVE your pieces. Your shop is lovely, and the article is an inspiration. Best of luck to you!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 9 years ago

    I look forward to reading these every week! Congratulations Amanda, your success is greatly deserved! :)

  • graphicspaces

    graphicspaces said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story with us! You have a beautiful family and it's great to see how you incorporated your gift of creation and spending time with them. Many blessings to you always!

  • CMandMJewelry

    CMandMJewelry said 9 years ago

    Love reading "quit your day job" Love your jewelry, hope you have continued success!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 9 years ago

    Good for you! I read these stories and think....someday maybe! I AM blessed that I can work part-time now, after years of working full time! Wishing you continued success!

  • PrettyIngrid

    PrettyIngrid said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful advice. I can only hope to one day have a story similar to this!

  • DunHorseDesigns

    DunHorseDesigns said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational! I would love to be able to be a success like you one day (soon!).

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 9 years ago

    Cute designs and an inspiring story! Best wishes for your continued success :-)

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 9 years ago

    Wonderful! Love it!

  • madeforfun

    madeforfun said 9 years ago

    Sounds like a dream come true for you! Your story is inspiring. And true, spending time with the family is so important, but so is your crafting time. It's a perfection, when you have it all figured out...way to go, girl!

  • paperandlollipops

    paperandlollipops said 9 years ago

    Lovely story! So heartfelt.

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. It's always wonderful, especially when it affords you the time to life your life as you wish. Continued sales!

  • jcisco112

    jcisco112 said 9 years ago

    Love your jewelry!!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 9 years ago

    Great story and some great tips too!

  • TellMeLucille

    TellMeLucille said 9 years ago

    Very motivating story! I know you will have more and more success!

  • tarabean123

    tarabean123 said 9 years ago

    Definitely inspiring, way to go!!

  • MessyJesse

    MessyJesse said 9 years ago

    such an inspiring story as always.

  • darlinpress

    darlinpress said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I'm currently hoping to someday use etsy to pay my bills, so my current job can pay for student loan debt. Once that's over, my next step is to stay at home, run our business and spend all of my day with my children. This story was very, very inspirational, and is going to help me get up and focus on my business! What a lovely life you live!

  • CatsJammies

    CatsJammies said 9 years ago

    Great inspiration! Just what I'd like to do....minus the kids (though yours are cute). Did you scope out others doing similar jewelry designs?

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 9 years ago

    I love your work, thanks for sharing!

  • bayleafhome

    bayleafhome said 9 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, thank you for sharing it with us!!

  • SewHappybyJennie

    SewHappybyJennie said 9 years ago

    I am so happy for you. Especially because you are able to be at home with your kids. The time goes by so fast. Good Luck and God Bless.

  • BambuStudio

    BambuStudio said 9 years ago

    Favoriting this shop now... I'm definately going to be placing an order soon. What adorable creations! Also, as usual, very inspirational! I love the advice and find it useful every time! ♥

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 9 years ago

    lovely and original items in your shop, amanda.

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 9 years ago

    congratulations on your success!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 9 years ago

    Congrats:)

  • Mandizzle

    Mandizzle said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success and your beautiful shop. Thank you for mentioning my shop, you are so sweet!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 9 years ago

    Congrats on meeting your goal of hitting 1000 sales :)

  • zozo

    zozo said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success! I love reading such stories! I wish you all the best, and thanks for sharing your story.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    Great article I hope you reach 1000 sales soon, its always so inspirational to hear how other sellers are doing!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 9 years ago

    great story! thank so much for sharing :)

  • JessiCowell

    JessiCowell said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration to keep at it! It's nice to hear from other Mother's who spend their days with kids and work into the night. And your pieces are great!

  • AutumnJo

    AutumnJo said 9 years ago

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story. Love your shop!!

  • MrsCraftyRVing

    MrsCraftyRVing said 9 years ago

    This story is the dream of so many women and men. As an attorney I'm burnt out and ready to give it up. We are half way there. My husband retired from the Food Broker field and now he and I live in our RV and travel where I am still chain linked to my INET and files and files of research I am doomed to have to do. Started the store to see if my dream can come true. Still waiting but loving the wait. The people on ETSY both the sellers and customers are helping me grow! Thank-you for sharing your story it's inspired me for sure.

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 9 years ago

    Everyone I know with young children works into the wee hours just like you do. I am happy you are successful about something that you enjoy. Not everyone can say that!

  • rkbrushworks

    rkbrushworks said 9 years ago

    Great story, thanks for the inspiration!

  • CraftyDad

    CraftyDad said 9 years ago

    Great story...and great jewelry too. What an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. And best wishes for continued success. "Living the dream" is a wonderful thing.

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 9 years ago

    good for you! you are so hardworking and deserve your success :)

  • MyLillyBelle

    MyLillyBelle said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing a great story and what an inspiration!

  • JayDeeCreations

    JayDeeCreations said 9 years ago

    wow...great info!

  • ShakedownSurplus

    ShakedownSurplus said 9 years ago

    that was a very inspiring story! continued success to you!

  • CheekyVintageCloset

    CheekyVintageCloset said 9 years ago

    fabulous storiy,I enjoy your creativity, you get to enjoy your kids, yeah!

  • cardinalhouse

    cardinalhouse said 9 years ago

    I'm always so envious to hear these stories. I'd love to do only this full time - but now it's just me supporting my son [+ me]...too many things would need to fall into place. Congrats Amanda - it's a dream of many of us here! ♥ - Kat.

  • paulbead

    paulbead said 9 years ago

    Great Jewelry

  • SerendipityByLauren

    SerendipityByLauren said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Thank you Amanda.

  • kathartstudio

    kathartstudio said 9 years ago

    Love your shop and thanks for sharing your inspirational story.

  • charmingellie

    charmingellie said 9 years ago

    We can all do this with the determination!!!!!!!!!! Many, many, talented people on Etsy!! The Greatest shopping place ever!!!!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 9 years ago

    awesome! very inspiring and real. keep going!

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 9 years ago

    love your jewelry, love the love that goes into each piece, thanks for sharing, time to get off my tush and go to work!!

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story. Great work

  • DanielasDesigns

    DanielasDesigns said 9 years ago

    Lovely feature, congratulations! I would so love to have your schedule, doing what you love and staying up late doing it!

  • ElisabethAshlie

    ElisabethAshlie said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! Hope you get to 1,000 sales!

  • embroideredheirlooms

    embroideredheirlooms said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful work

  • SHYART

    SHYART said 9 years ago

    You have a lovely family and shop. Congrats on doing what you love and being successful. Hats off to you!

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 9 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! And I enjoyed your story very much. Thanks for sharing :-)

  • valnsal

    valnsal said 9 years ago

    Thanks very much for sharing! We appriciate your advice and input very much. Congradulations on your success!

  • AvaGirlDesigns

    AvaGirlDesigns said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success I know being a mom and working is hard!

  • solarwood7222

    solarwood7222 said 9 years ago

    So inspiring! Congratulations on your success to have a quality life doing what you love! I love your work!

  • cookiechic

    cookiechic said 9 years ago

    Loved ur story. I have 2 kids that are in school and work full time at a large retail store. I love to bake and am told my things taste great and I should open my own business. Reading your story was very inspiring. Best of luck to you and your business. The kids look so cute and your jewelry looks amazing!

  • cassandrastephanie

    cassandrastephanie said 9 years ago

    I always find this series so inspiring!

  • haveadaisy

    haveadaisy said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful and inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing. I do have a question for you. How did it happen that your jewelry was featured on Good Morning America? Did they find you?

  • AstridNicoleEtcetera

    AstridNicoleEtcetera said 9 years ago

    Look at the long list of those who have found you inspiring...and now it includes us too. You are creativity, organization and supermom all rolled into one!

  • bittyclippies

    bittyclippies said 9 years ago

    Good for you! Love to hear etsy success stories (especially moms ;) ) Amazing that you got to be featured on GMA!!

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 9 years ago

    wonderful and so insipiring....i just took a look at your shop and you're over 1000 sales!!!! Congrats :)

  • glassgifts

    glassgifts said 9 years ago

    I love your energy, your product, your kids happy faces and your loving way of sharing your story. All our friends know about Etsy now - and since we opened our "shop" in June and listed items less than a month ago, I know many of our friends have bought product from other Etsy artisans - our friends never knew that Etsy existed! Now they know, and they'll refer people who will refer people, et al. May your passion continue to rise, Amanda - you've created a wonderful life!

  • sakurabathandbody

    sakurabathandbody said 9 years ago

    Your story is so very inspiring! I would love to be able to quit my day job and it is great to know that others have been able to do it. Thank you and congrats on your success!

  • MyPricelessCreations

    MyPricelessCreations said 9 years ago

    Totaly happy for you that you are doing something you love! Being able to be with Your children and husband and still have the creative time has got to be the greatest. The best to you!

  • adandelionblows

    adandelionblows said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on being able to enjoy your family and work at something you love. You do beautiful work!

  • pinky98

    pinky98 said 9 years ago

    That is a wonderful story. I love to see hardworking folks get ahead.

  • AlteredSeams

    AlteredSeams said 9 years ago

    I love your story and I love your jewelry! I wish there had been an Etsy 25+ years ago when I was a young mother.....I am so happy for your success :)

  • sewblessedstitches

    sewblessedstitches said 9 years ago

    Great Story!! That is what it is all about, being able to do what you love and be there for your children. There is nothing greater! Best of luck to you. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • elizabitsandpieces

    elizabitsandpieces said 9 years ago

    Loved your story! Great insight, and inspiration. Thanks for sharing, and wishing you a very successful future!

  • buffymacleod

    buffymacleod said 9 years ago

    I just wondered, after reading all these posts from fertile married women . . . does Etsy have any successful female sellers who don't have a husband to foot half of the bills for basic survival? I am very skeptical that any single woman can pay the rent, car insurance, and grocery bills just with sales from Etsy. Looks like most congratulatory comments came from happily married women who have led privileged lives. Shall I assume, since I am older, single, and not privileged in any way, and am in fact facing a life on the streets soon due to poverty, that I should just forget about trying to make it in this venue for lucky, naive females? I think I will forget all about you, Etsy; you are clearly a haven for wives with tolerant husbands.

  • proverbs104gifts

    proverbs104gifts said 9 years ago

    What a great story for inspiration. I have 3 young kiddos myself, and would love to quit my day job and craft as my income. Thanks for sharing!

  • onepiece168

    onepiece168 said 9 years ago

    love handmade,love craft,love life.

  • onepiece168

    onepiece168 said 9 years ago

    love handmade,love craft,love life.

  • treasuredarling

    treasuredarling said 9 years ago

    Wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  • HeartFelt4Kids

    HeartFelt4Kids said 9 years ago

    Great story...I'll keep going...

  • alicesatticonline

    alicesatticonline said 9 years ago

    So inspirational!!! Great product. Thanks for sharing

  • MBraze

    MBraze said 9 years ago

    I'm a first time Mommy to a 5 month old. Your story truly inspires me.Before Etsy I used make a living dancing & traveling around the world. Now that I'm a mommy there's nothing I want more than to raise my baby 24/7 & be able to stay home to do that and create, create, create! ;). So thank you so much for your story & great tips! congrats on yoru success~

  • ladyzazajewels

    ladyzazajewels said 9 years ago

    Love your story!! I myself am new to Etsy, but so far LOVE the family!!!! soooo many talented artists!!

  • AgnesinWonderland

    AgnesinWonderland said 9 years ago

    Wow! I recently did some graphic work for LoveStamped... I'm awe struck that I had this connection to such a successful person. This is definitely inspirational to me. Good luck to you! Congratulations on making it past 1,000 sales! Agnes

  • mariacrochet

    mariacrochet said 9 years ago

    Congratulations, I'm not new to etsy, bu still waiting to buzz up my sale

  • windyspringsart

    windyspringsart said 9 years ago

    What a great story and wonderful tips! looking forward to viewing more of your work!

  • cherryannart

    cherryannart said 9 years ago

    Love your work - it will make great presents - going to add you as a favourite.

  • WarmCountryMeadows

    WarmCountryMeadows said 9 years ago

    Great story! Wonderful shop too.

  • ColleenH1964

    ColleenH1964 said 9 years ago

    I love your jewelry!!! I'm a big fan!

  • artas

    artas said 9 years ago

    what a wonderful story! i am very inspired by your etsy venture!

  • LovelythingsStudio

    LovelythingsStudio said 9 years ago

    Amanda, Great story. Lovely work. But, most of all- thank you for your honest and real interview. (I will read it a second time.) It is a glimpse into the lives of many of us that juggle it all!

  • JenMDesigns

    JenMDesigns said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Thank you for sharing it with us =)

  • ArtsyCanvasGirl

    ArtsyCanvasGirl said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your lifestyle is inspiring and so is your jewelry! Thank you for the advice!

  • HoneyPieDesign

    HoneyPieDesign said 9 years ago

    Great story. Congratulations!

  • Photofantasycards

    Photofantasycards said 9 years ago

    Hope I can get to where you are someday! Great work.

  • lonivintage

    lonivintage said 9 years ago

    Wonderful

  • pixelstopaper

    pixelstopaper said 9 years ago

    That's wonderful. I hope to oen day tell a similar story. Thanks for sharing.

  • LaughingBaby

    LaughingBaby said 9 years ago

    Great story! I love love love your jewelry! I first saw your work when a friend of mine was wearing one.

  • CoopsCraftyCorner

    CoopsCraftyCorner said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing! I struggle daily to find the time for my etsy shop while taking care of my young children...so you truly are an inspiration! It can be done!

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 9 years ago

    Congratulation! Thanks for sharing.

  • justforfun1

    justforfun1 said 9 years ago

    Amanda, your kids are beautiful, I'm very happy for your success. I too m a night owl. I spend my days on line trying to fine the right niche. I love making my crafts. I have not :( had my first sale on line. I can't wait till I do. Till then... I'm disable, so I can't work a 9 to 5 type job. That is why I don't have the finances for advertising. Trying to fine trade shows in my area. Any suggestions. Penny

  • Brazenbags

    Brazenbags said 9 years ago

    This is my dream life! COngrats on your success!

  • jennifermagnesi

    jennifermagnesi said 9 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job! Love the stamped jewelry. And WTG on the TV spot!

  • JiruMess

    JiruMess said 9 years ago

    I would love to be able to quit my day job and just focus on my products. I have recently started making jewelry and have found that I love the process. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • naiveglow

    naiveglow said 9 years ago

    This is an incredible article, I was sad when it was over! I long to stop looking for work and just do Etsy! Great inspiration, thank you!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 9 years ago

    Wow, congrats on being on Good Morning America! How awesome!! :) Best wishes!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 9 years ago

    Wow, congrats on being on Good Morning America! That's awesome!! :) Best wishes!

  • WinterMuteCreations

    WinterMuteCreations said 9 years ago

    I loved the story being a registered nurse and just starting on Etsy in June 2010. I too love what I do and hopefully will translate into your success someday.

  • srzimmartist

    srzimmartist said 9 years ago

    Great story! Congrats on your success. Love your work too.

  • AlikiBags

    AlikiBags said 9 years ago

    Lovely story, lovely family, lovely craft, lovely shop, great inspiration, thanks!

  • JaelDesigns

    JaelDesigns said 9 years ago

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

  • threadsofchange

    threadsofchange said 9 years ago

    Your story is really very inspiring, and each piece you make is so unique. Your passion for what you do really comes through!

  • candlekitty

    candlekitty said 9 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! I love the personalization. Thanks for the reminder to "get back to work"! I needed that. :)

  • justcanit

    justcanit said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing I sometimes feel like I rushed into my shop and wish I would of spent more time thinking about what I wanted to do. Thanks for the advice. Oh and I love your stuff will probably buy soon

  • stemsofstone

    stemsofstone said 9 years ago

    Love the article and your jewelry. I have been on Etsy for over a year and the only sales I've had are to a friend of mine to make it look like I've had sales. I would love to "quit my day job".

  • handpaintedbyarlene

    handpaintedbyarlene said 9 years ago

    Thankyou for sharing. I enjoyed your article and thought it was very interesting.I'm always open to any ideas on selling my items on line and your article had some good information in it. I too am a night owl due to our 30 yr old disabled daughter that keeps me up many a night and I find that my painting and crafting has always got me through and to have another avenue such as Etsy to sell through is a plus. I hope that my sales increase also on Etsy as yours has done and that all those that are looking to increase sales will get them soon also.

  • liveclay

    liveclay said 9 years ago

    Great article and jewelry --- thanks for sharing!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Great article...beautiful jewelry!!

  • ParisianDreams

    ParisianDreams said 9 years ago

    Lovely jewelry! Love to read these articles!

  • GovrinJewellery

    GovrinJewellery said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story...you are an inspiration ...wish you continuing luck...well done...beautiful work.!!

  • countryatheartgifts

    countryatheartgifts said 9 years ago

    I Love your jewelry!! Will definately share your site with others, great job!

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 9 years ago

    Wonderful jewelry, wonderful story.

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 9 years ago

    Wonderfully Inspiring!! Story. Thank you Amanda, I just love all your pieces especially the family Tree. All Just Beautiful Thoughtful and practical gifts. I can see why Good Morning America would want to feature your Jewelry. Tammy

  • dgidgi

    dgidgi said 9 years ago

    Thank so much for sharing. I'm from Brasil and your's are the 3rd testinomy I read and made me very excited to put some new energy on my networt business Wish you to continuing to shine

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    love the work!

  • MariesJewelryshop

    MariesJewelryshop said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on all of your success! I saw Good Morning America when they gave Etsy and all of their wonderful sellers that wonderful plug! Your work is beautiful and you deserved to be on there! Best of Luck to you and your lovely family!

  • KawaiiClips

    KawaiiClips said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story and very lovely jewelry! What a great "job" you have! ;) Take care.

  • puddlecraft

    puddlecraft said 9 years ago

    Some handy hints there, and well done on your success.

  • puddlecraft

    puddlecraft said 9 years ago

    Some handy hints there, and well done on your success.

  • PrintasticDesigns

    PrintasticDesigns said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story. I too am a working mom trying to juggle my family, day job and now my Etsy business. I'm so glad to see women who make the dream of working from home a reality. Congratulations on your success!

  • KeepEvolving

    KeepEvolving said 9 years ago

    You are an inspiration to start stamping and thanks for sharing your tips and a glimpse of your etsy life!

  • Janicewiggins

    Janicewiggins said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story has inspired me to keep going. I've been on Etsy for about a year and sales are slow, but I'm going to keep trying. I love many of the things that you said but two in particular were: "If you are not completely passionate about what you sell on Etsy, then don’t make it anymore" and the fact that you don't waste your time on chat rooms that you'd rather be creating, I agree. You're children are beautiful! Kudos to you for spending more time with them. They grow up too fast. Mine are 17 and 15. We're looking at colleges for next year. Makes me feel sad and happy at the same time. Take good care Warm Wishes, Janice

  • CoolBreezeStudio

    CoolBreezeStudio said 9 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for sharing. Love your work!

  • SpunkyGal

    SpunkyGal said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I am debating whether to go back to work in a year or try to work from home. Hopefully we can make it work! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • SimplicityMJM

    SimplicityMJM said 9 years ago

    Thanks to Etsy for giving us all the opportunity to stay home while creating and marketing our crafts. Thanks to those like you, Amanda, who inspire the rest of us to put in all the hard work and believe that we too will be successful.

  • SOMETHINGdebussy

    SOMETHINGdebussy said 9 years ago

    Great story Amanda- thank you very much for sharing! You certainly have a wonderful and supportive husband and beaaauuutiful children. Thanks for your advice- couldnt agree more. passion passion passion! though sometimes, support coming from the loved ones would be nice.

  • ezliving

    ezliving said 9 years ago

    lovely family! well done and thank you for sharing!

  • shopkoolgifts

    shopkoolgifts said 9 years ago

    Love the story and info. Great advice! My day job is now over so after I visit my mom, I will have more time to do the real creations and craft shows this year. Congrats on your success!

  • BeadsByRoni

    BeadsByRoni said 9 years ago

    Great story and advices! I hope you succeed well in your shop, you have beautiful jewelry

  • jddesignsjewelry

    jddesignsjewelry said 9 years ago

    this is so exciting! i hope to be in your shoes one day! very inspiring! : )

  • BohemiaJewellery

    BohemiaJewellery said 9 years ago

    Great work - and what a wonderful story! It is a dream for me to earn a living off my etsy shop (not just etsy - there are others) but it just goes to show that hard work and perseverance go a long way!

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns said 9 years ago

    inspiring, thank you!

  • BarbBjelland

    BarbBjelland said 9 years ago

    Isn't it wonderful to know how your art is touching people? Thanks for the inspiration.

  • stickybeakdesign

    stickybeakdesign said 9 years ago

    Brilliant post & really inspiring :) x

  • alterednation

    alterednation said 9 years ago

    inspiring story and love your pieces :)

  • BeeKai

    BeeKai said 9 years ago

    lovely success to you always

  • gfayedesigns

    gfayedesigns said 9 years ago

    Very Inspirational. Love the jewelry!

  • LilBeeDesigns

    LilBeeDesigns said 9 years ago

    This is a great story. I love hearing about people who are doing what they. Though I don't have kids I love hearing about business women who are still able to be moms. It mus be hard but rewarding.

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

    Such an inspiring story..thanks for sharing what you love with everyone!!!

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring - thank you!

  • lilliannelee

    lilliannelee said 9 years ago

    Beautiful items!

  • simplywillow

    simplywillow said 9 years ago

    How wonderful! I have an 8 month old and have been wanting to take this step myself, but although I've had over 1400 sales here on etsy, never quite feel like i'm "there". It's nice to see someone local do it...Congrats and good luck!!!!!!

  • elizalee17

    elizalee17 said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story. Congrats and best wishes on your continued success!!

  • yourvintagesole

    yourvintagesole said 9 years ago

    I always love to read these 'quit your day job' articles. i too hope to be featured some day. very inspiring! hooray hoorah for you! http://www.yourvintagesole.etsy.com

  • WyldeAnneGreen

    WyldeAnneGreen said 9 years ago

    Enjoyed the article and the comments.

  • koelerich

    koelerich said 9 years ago

    Great story, I love your pieces! hopefully I will be at that point some day...Best of luck to you!!!

  • koelerich

    koelerich said 9 years ago

    Great story,I love your pieces!hopefully I will be at that point some day..Best of luck to you!!!

  • TobiasMetalArt

    TobiasMetalArt said 9 years ago

    I'm just catching up with my reading. Loved the article & inspired!

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