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Quit Your Day Job: lulubugjewelry

Nov 30, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Sue of lulubugjewelry began her Etsy shop as a way to help support her newfound passion for jewelry making using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) jewelry supplies; she never imagined it would be a means to quit her day job. Her previous jobs lent her skills not only in jewelry design and manufacturing, but also the business know-how to eventually run her own business. While she couldn’t be happier being her own boss, Sue had to cut expenses, such as her love of motorcycle racing, to make her dream a reality. Her tip for others considering taking the plunge is to be prepared for less free time and to make sure you love what you do — as you will most likely be working much harder than you ever did for a regular paycheck.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I’ve always loved making stuff. I went to art school but didn’t discover metalworking until after I graduated. I loved it so much that I got a job at a small manufacturer of cast gold, silver and bronze jewelry. I’ve worked at several small jewelry companies since then, doing all aspects of manufacturing and most recently design. Working in manufacturing was a great way to build my skills, but grinding, filing and buffing someone else’s jewelry for eight hours a day left me with little desire to do my own work.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
My most recent job was as the designer for a small fabricated jewelry manufacturer. I was the entire art department — I designed and drew plans (in Spanish) for all the jewelry, set up photo shoots (experience that is coming in very handy now), designed and produced all the print materials (including a large 4-color catalog with over 800 photos every year) and designed, built and maintained the company website. Phew — I’m tired just writing all that. It should have been a dream job, but for a variety of reasons was pretty much the exact opposite. Despite the misery, anger and despair, I did learn a lot in the seven years I was there that is very helpful to me now.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
No, not at all! I’ve always liked having a regular paycheck and never thought about being self-employed. I started doing my own work again after discovering Precious Metal Clay (PMC) about two years ago, and saw Etsy as a way to hopefully help pay for my PMC habit. As my Etsy sales grew and the dissatisfaction with my job increased, I figured that after seventeen years in the jewelry industry, maybe it was time to see if I could do it on my own.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I did all the basic business setup (business license, bank account, resale number, etc.) before I opened my shop. The first thing I did when I decided to start working towards leaving my job was to take a hard look at my finances. I haven’t balanced my checkbook since Reagan was in office (seriously) so paying attention to money doesn’t come naturally to me. I knew that if I was ever going to work up the courage to quit, I needed to have a nice cushion in the bank to fall back on, so I looked at ways of cutting my expenses. I’m fortunate in that I had a huge expense I was able to cut — my unusual hobby, motorcycle racing. I raced motorcycles for seven years, and though it’s great fun it’s also ridiculously expensive and takes up a large amount of time. I knew that it had to go (at least for now) so I didn’t race at all this year. I researched health insurance costs and made sure I could get it, and started buying my materials in bulk. Those of us who work with precious metal have the added challenge of following the various metal markets, which have been quite volatile for the last couple of years. In the end I just couldn’t take my job anymore, so for my sanity I quit about three months earlier than I had planned. It felt great to leave on my own terms, and was the right thing to do. I haven’t been in a blood-curdling rage since then!

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

  • I pay more attention to my product design and development than marketing, because all the promoting in the world isn’t going to work if your product falls short. I started off with a variety of different styles, and let my sales determine which concepts and styles to develop further and which to leave behind. If there’s a design that I really believe in but is not selling I try modifying it in some way, perhaps the size or shape, and see if that helps. It often does.
  • I find craftcult.com to be a great tool for seeing which products are getting a lot of attention but are not selling and may be in need of a bit of tweaking.
  • Introducing new designs regularly is a great way to keep your audience interested and encourages repeat customers. Repeat customers are the ultimate compliment, in my opinion.
  • I do have a blog (which I need to pay more attention to), and I recently set up a Facebook fan page. I’m always surprised when I look at my Google Analytics and see how much traffic comes from my blog, so it’s a worthwhile thing to have.
  • My best marketing tip is to read this excellent blog post from Etsy seller eyeful, these are great marketing tips!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I have to say that I do not like Twitter. I come back to it every so often and give it another try, but I just don’t care for it. I know some people have great success with tweeting, but for me it’s just one more thing to take me away from creating that has dubious results. And I prefer reading and writing in complete sentences, with correct spelling, punctuation and capitalization. I guess I’m just old fashioned that way.

Walk us through your typical workday.
It’s long, not least bit glamorous, and involves lots of coffee.

  • I get up a bit before 7 and join my boyfriend Kelly at our favorite local coffee house until 8. I don’t especially like getting up, but I enjoy this morning ritual that we’ve been doing for years and it’s good for me to get up and get my day started.
  • I return home and do all my shipping and any other business stuff that has to get done before doing anything else. I have to make chains and do a bit finishing work to just about everything before it ships, so if there’s a lot going out this can take awhile. I relist anything that has sold, answer Convos and do some renewing too. A varying amount of time is wasted on the Internet during this period, and more coffee is consumed.
  • I go to the mailbox (or the post office if shipping internationally) in the afternoon and run errands while I’m out. This is when it’s nice to have gotten dressed and presentable first thing in the morning.
  • If I’ve been up late the night before (which is usually the case) a short power nap is in order about now, and then more coffee, and perhaps a little more internet time wasting, depending on the work load.
  • I might do photography, new listings, work on custom designs, or do finishing work for the rest of the afternoon. I check my Convos throughout the day and try to respond as quickly as I can.
  • At some point in the early evening some exercise and dinner will likely happen.
  • I’m a night person and like to do the bulk of my creative work at night. I tend get going around 8 p.m., and will usually work at my bench until midnight or 1 a.m. I like doing design work at this time too. If I’ve had a lot of sales during the day, I print invoices and shipping labels to get a start on the next day’s shipping work.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy the fact that my talents and hard work are fully benefiting me and that I’m responsible for my own success or failure. I like the fact that I no longer have to do something I disagree with just because the boss said so. I love not having to go to long, pointless meetings anymore. I can’t say that I miss one single thing about the job I left, other than a few of the people there.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Pretty much all the business stuff! I went to art school and not business school for a good reason, but having worked at small companies my whole life I’ve actually picked up quite a bit of small business knowledge. I don’t have the temperament needed for accounting (see earlier checkbook comment) so I figured out early on that it would be very worthwhile to pay someone else to do this for me. I also have someone else do my taxes. My time management is not quite as good as it was when I had a job, so I keep a small whiteboard on my bench and keep a running list of what needs to get done when. Finding balance between work and personal time is much harder now too. When this was not my only source of income it was much easier to take time off.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
To be prepared for even less free time. There’s an old joke about how you only have to work half days when you’re self-employed, and you even get to choose which 12 hours you work. This is very true! I would advise being sure that you really love what you do, because you will be doing a lot of it, and you will most likely be working much harder than you did for your regular paycheck.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I hope to do some higher-end, one-of-a-kind pieces and finally start doing some wholesale. I hope to keep my customers happy and returning to my shop and to keep creating whatever ideas pop into my head.

 

Thanks to Sue for sharing her story. If you have questions for Sue come by the VIrtual Labs on Wednesday, December 2 at 3 p.m. ET. You can see some of Sue‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

203 comments

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Lovely work!! Thanks for sharing!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story ~ You do beautiful work!

  • squidart

    squidart said 8 years ago

    Stunning creations! Thanks for the wonderful information!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    Some great advice here! thank you and congrats on your success!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 8 years ago

    Congrats Lulu!!!!! Wishing you many more sales and a ridiculous amount of success!!!!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 8 years ago

    Love this--beautiful work!

  • marymoondesigns

    marymoondesigns said 8 years ago

    I LOVE her Owl in the Tree necklace :o) ADORABLE

  • outofline

    outofline said 8 years ago

    I love hearing how others spend their workdays, thanks!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    Hi Sue - you are so cool! It's an honor to be a part of the Etsy Metal Clay team with you. XOXO, Mieko

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 8 years ago

    Stunning creations, Sue! My fav is the Oak Tree Necklace... gonna leave my computer on this listing in the hopes that Mr Me will see it and think... 'Aha... the perfect gift for my lovely!' Blessings and magic

  • Tias

    Tias said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff since my first days on Etsy and am so happy for you. And we have the same kiln! ;)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 8 years ago

    very nice work. i have seen the oak tree necklace in several treasuries and on the front page and have always liked that one. the leaves look so soft and mossy in the picture.

  • rawartletterpress

    rawartletterpress said 8 years ago

    great photos of you and lulubug! it's nice to have such a talented sister!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 8 years ago

    Love your work!

  • SweetVConfections

    SweetVConfections said 8 years ago

    Beautiful necklaces!!!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    yeah sue! i have followed your blog - and love your designs! congrats!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Always enlightening to hear how others make it work. Love the oak tree necklace & its texture. Tinted concrete in jewelry is new to me and so interesting. Best wishes for continued success!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Great stuff! Thanks for sharing your story. Hope you knock it out of the park this Holiday Season!

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 8 years ago

    congrats lulubugjewelry!! how great!

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 8 years ago

    Your work is so unusual, it is wonderful. Congrats and well done!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 8 years ago

    I love how straight forward and matter of fact you are I think you're tree designs are unique. Future success to you!!!

  • beckybrocato

    beckybrocato said 8 years ago

    fun jewelry! wonderful article!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop! I think I want one of each! :)

  • dinaalexander

    dinaalexander said 8 years ago

    Well done Sue. Great job. Congratulations on yet another accomplishment.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 8 years ago

    All great info thanks!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congratulations lulubugjewelry on all your success! Thanks for a lovely article!

  • PrimaryColorsTN

    PrimaryColorsTN said 8 years ago

    Thank you from all the newcomers that are wanting to reach your success!! Congratulations.

  • PeculiarForest

    PeculiarForest said 8 years ago

    Congrats Sue!

  • kvossdesigns

    kvossdesigns said 8 years ago

    Oh this is so wonderful Sue! I'm so happy & proud to be able to call you my teammate on Etsy Metal Clay! You are so talented and I just loved reading this and learning even more about you. Kudos on another job well done (or well-quit!)

  • aktie9

    aktie9 said 8 years ago

    Congrats Sue!!

  • happydayart

    happydayart said 8 years ago

    In Spanish?! OMG! Less free time yes! You are so cute and I wish you all the best!

  • divinecupcake

    divinecupcake said 8 years ago

    This is a great article! Love your stuff!

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    Congrats!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    You certainly deserve kudos for making it work, thanks for sharing your talent and story with us.

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 8 years ago

    Sue - Congratulations! Love the article and the pictures!

  • soulyyours

    soulyyours said 8 years ago

    Woooo hooo, Sue!!! :)

  • KatDesignsNYC

    KatDesignsNYC said 8 years ago

    congratulations and wonderful and inspiring article!

  • DreamSome

    DreamSome said 8 years ago

    Excellent article, I hope to be doing that same thing one day, although I don't have the background you do. Will figure out a way. THANK YOU for sharing your story!

  • BlueCrushBeads

    BlueCrushBeads said 8 years ago

    WOW...congrats...your jewelry is breath taking. So unique and beautiful :)

  • officeofminordetails

    officeofminordetails said 8 years ago

    awesome work, beautiful pieces!

  • artwedeliverBrazil

    artwedeliverBrazil said 8 years ago

    Beautiful journey, I wish you prosperity and success.

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful read!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story... And BIG congrats lulubugjewelry!!

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 8 years ago

    great article and wonderful jewelry too!!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! Congrats!

  • JulieWebb

    JulieWebb said 8 years ago

    Great interview! I love your honesty and sense of humour. Oh, and your work is fantastic, I'm constantly amazed at your ideas and creativity. Go Sue! :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Great story, great pictures and really great jewelry! Go Lulubugjewelry!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I adore your shop!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 8 years ago

    your work is simply beautiful!!

  • iKtizo

    iKtizo said 8 years ago

    inspired and motivated. love your stuff.

  • julipbags

    julipbags said 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 8 years ago

    How awesome that you were able to quit your day job and work full time for yourself. I've seen your beautiful jewerly and often wondered how it was made. The finishing you do on the PMC is amazing!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 8 years ago

    Wow - those are incredible!

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 8 years ago

    Sue:) amazing share thank you, I love your jewelries:) I hope in the future I will have a big jewelry collection too hugs :) Ayca

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 8 years ago

    great share Sue:) love your creative works big hugs

  • ChinLee3

    ChinLee3 said 8 years ago

    What stunning jewelry and an inspirational article. As they say in Germany "Arbeit macht frei."

  • blueberrydeluxe

    blueberrydeluxe said 8 years ago

    Love you and the dog! Every Etsians best friend :) xo blue

  • reworkedart

    reworkedart said 8 years ago

    beautiful work, love the owls...

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 8 years ago

    Great story! Beautiful jewelry. Congrats!

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats Sue! Your work is beautiful. I enjoyed your interview and especially appreciated that link to the six marketing tips. Thanks for including that!

  • jenzartzaar

    jenzartzaar said 8 years ago

    very motivating -- love your work

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 8 years ago

    Wow, beautiful work!

  • spoonfulzine

    spoonfulzine said 8 years ago

    hmmm, a motivating story. love that little owl peeking through the hole in the tree ;) spoonful zine. x

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 8 years ago

    great story ~ congrats on being your own boss and creative director {and not looking back}! beautiful jewelry :)

  • IntrigueNouveau

    IntrigueNouveau said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Thank you for your wonderful story!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 8 years ago

    Lovely works! nice!

  • missnatch

    missnatch said 8 years ago

    thanks for sharing, beautiful pieces....

  • theredstone

    theredstone said 8 years ago

    Love your studio Thank you for sharing

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 8 years ago

    I'm glad that you get to spend plenty of time with your pooch! Great story, Sue. Thank you, and all the best.

  • StephaniesSilver

    StephaniesSilver said 8 years ago

    Fantastic pieces of jewellery ~ love the little owl pendant. Im new to Etsy and Im just browsing the site, so thanks for sharing your story ~ much appreciated.....

  • kathylambertdesigns

    kathylambertdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful! Very encouraging article. Thanks.

  • MangoTango

    MangoTango said 8 years ago

    Great interview, Sue ... congratulations! Go EMC Team! xoxo

  • AVIDesigns

    AVIDesigns said 8 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful. Thanks for the advice.

  • ladychef

    ladychef said 8 years ago

    Lovely designs and great interview!! Reading your story has given me great hope for my shell craft work.

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 8 years ago

    What a lovely store!

  • SassmowthDesigns

    SassmowthDesigns said 8 years ago

    Absolutely in love with your work! it's amazing!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    I love, love your shop! One of my favorite jewelry shops on etsy! Congrats on your success!

  • deagloria

    deagloria said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great feature. <3

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    i have been such an admirer of her work!! this is a great article, and i LOVE the pictures of her studio. great job!

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is great and so is your sucess story. Congratulations! Gabi

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing - very generous. Even the photo setup helps (for someone like me :) Best wishes to you!

  • FreshCrop

    FreshCrop said 8 years ago

    I love how your past experiences at a job you didn't like are contributing to your success today! Wonderful story and I love the owl. :)

  • malien00

    malien00 said 8 years ago

    congrats! love your work, especially your owl :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story. Love the dog!

  • DoBatsEatCats

    DoBatsEatCats said 8 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story. very inspiring!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Thank you for sharing!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 8 years ago

    Very honest and interesting views shared here! Great read!

  • LilithEvy

    LilithEvy said 8 years ago

    These are beautiful jewelry!!! I'm not suprise that she can quit her day job :o) And by the way, what a cuty dog!

  • Julez7Jewelz

    Julez7Jewelz said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your tips! You do lovely work. I think we all would like to aspire to being able to support ourselves with our love of being crafty. Kudos to you!

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 8 years ago

    It's so nice to hear Sue's story. She is one of my favorite artists on Etsy and I knew that a successful business was in her future the minute I saw her work. I love your honesty! You work so hard and deserve all the fruits of your labor (like a concrete beet or something)

  • JourneyDesigns

    JourneyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Thanks for the business tips also!!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on breaking away from the regular paycheck and going alone! I've never heard of PMC or the craftcult before. Thanks!!!! Cheryl

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewerly!!! And a great article, very inspiring :)

  • BorrowedandBlue

    BorrowedandBlue said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the tips! Your article was very helpful. I also love your work and will be back to purchase!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 8 years ago

    cute jewelries!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 8 years ago

    very nice article. so inspiring and very nice products as well :) congrats!

  • FromMyArtToYours

    FromMyArtToYours said 8 years ago

    Wow! So much good info - thanks so much for sharing! I'm working on getting my shop up and running - and I can use all the info like this I can get!-)

  • rachelsthings

    rachelsthings said 8 years ago

    wonderful article and beautiful work!

  • LittleOliveBranch

    LittleOliveBranch said 8 years ago

    Yay Sue! Keep up the wonderful work! :) I always get compliments whenever I wear my lulubugjewelry pieces!

  • jillybeadjewelry

    jillybeadjewelry said 8 years ago

    Love the little mushroom necklace! Great story!

  • stelladottir

    stelladottir said 8 years ago

    thanks for your story. I am new one etsy, like you work. light stella dottir

  • yenjewelry

    yenjewelry said 8 years ago

    such unique pieces. i really like them. and what an adorable pup!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 8 years ago

    Great article. And cute dog.

  • Kayspassionam

    Kayspassionam said 8 years ago

    Great article with lots of good suggestions and help! Congratulations!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 8 years ago

    Sue, It was wonderful taking a peek into your life. I have been a fan of yours and so enjoyed this interview and soaking in your wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful information, beautiful jewelry.

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 8 years ago

    Thanks Sue for sharing your story and also the great photos that show your process (hmmm, didn't see a checkbook balancing photo... ;-D)& your pup! I wish you much future success.

  • KJoannRussell

    KJoannRussell said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring and practical article. Give your dog a hug for being a great assistant!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    Good for you. You had all of the right know how and talent and just needed to do it for yourself.

  • talk2thetrees

    talk2thetrees said 8 years ago

    Great inspiring article. Beautiful work! You have a very cute pup!!

  • CleverEndeavor

    CleverEndeavor said 8 years ago

    Congrats Sue! Love your stuff!

  • pandawithcookie

    pandawithcookie said 8 years ago

    Congrats Sue!

  • JiSTdesigns

    JiSTdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! and your story an inspiration... Thank you for sharing...

  • LieblingDesigns

    LieblingDesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Thanks also for all the real world advice. I think the part about being prepared to work even harder is completely true. I haven't been able to make the switch yet, but I see how much it will take.

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Great article! Great work! and Great Advice! Thanks so much for sharing with us :)

  • goodgirlsstudio

    goodgirlsstudio said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Your hard work has definitely paid off! Your owls are adorable (so your puppy!)!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 8 years ago

    You have some great products! Thanks for sharing.

  • relic360

    relic360 said 8 years ago

    When you love your work the passion shows through your work! Your work is beautiful!

  • relic360

    relic360 said 8 years ago

    The passion comes out in your work! Beautiful!

  • banou

    banou said 8 years ago

    It's so inspiring to hear your way to working on your own - I think it's worthwile to have you own business - at least you know why you get up in the morning and I love your colorful pendants ;)

  • PaisleyAnnHome

    PaisleyAnnHome said 8 years ago

    good work girly! I agree, doing your own bizness is a lot of work!!!! Seriously!!!! You never stop thinking about it.

  • lucysnowephotography

    lucysnowephotography said 8 years ago

    great article and beautiful work....

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story. Thank you for the marketing tips -- very helpful. Love your owl designs. I'm happy for you and thank you for sharing! Congrats!!! :)

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love your dog!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 8 years ago

    i always love to read success stories. especially like sue's attitude & "eyes-wide-open" preparations. though not consciously planned at first, much of her day-job experiences helped to make the transsition easier...bravo!

  • stylin

    stylin said 8 years ago

    Metal Clay is Awesome! Very Nice Work, professional photos makes you want to reach out and touch! Happy Holidays! Sally

  • LustreBeads

    LustreBeads said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! Very inspirational, I am always in awe at lulubugjewelry's lovely creations. Well done! :)

  • ThompsonGirl

    ThompsonGirl said 8 years ago

    The part about choosing which 12 hours of the day you get to work was hysterical. So right on. Love your pieces!

  • naturemanipulated

    naturemanipulated said 8 years ago

    Great story! Good luck with everything Your pieces are awesome.

  • HerenciaVintage

    HerenciaVintage said 8 years ago

    love this feature!

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 8 years ago

    I fantasize with leaving my part time job and I believe it will come sooner or later,but reading this feature inspires me more and gives me hope. Thanks very much!

  • Cottagegarden

    Cottagegarden said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article..thank you for sharing!! I really enjoyed this one!! Sarah

  • baublestore

    baublestore said 8 years ago

    Love your stuff and the article. I completely mirror your day. All my really creative work is done at night too. I thought I quit my day job to allow myself more time to rest and take care of my cancer and lupus. Uhhh welll.....that hasn't happened really. But I am feeling better being even busier with my creations. Thanks Etsy and all.

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Very inspiring.

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 8 years ago

    Phenominal advice from a phenominal artist. Congrats Sue!

  • claraclips

    claraclips said 8 years ago

    I just discovered PMC jewelry at a craft show and I love it! Your shop is beautiful.

  • kskjewelrydesigns

    kskjewelrydesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you, Sue, for sharing all of this with us. I have a feeling I'll be referring to this article again when I need some encouragement. Congratulations on your success! Love the pics of you w/ your dog - I find my animals are very soothing and grounding when I get down or stressed. They're my business partners. :)

  • vixensnaturaljewelry

    vixensnaturaljewelry said 8 years ago

    Love your jewelry! Cuddle those beautiful dogs for me!

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 8 years ago

    Sweet silver treasures! I luv the mushroom & owl necklace.

  • AmazingBeading

    AmazingBeading said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Your story is very inspiring.

  • MalloryMakesThings

    MalloryMakesThings said 8 years ago

    I feel like there's hope for my checkbook after all now!

  • anne4bags

    anne4bags said 8 years ago

    It is always inspiring to hear about people who follow their passions. Well done and I hope that it all goes well for you. (Glad I am not the only one who doesn't balance their cheque book!)

  • singharjewelry

    singharjewelry said 8 years ago

    very inspiring story, Congrats !! love your pieces.

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 8 years ago

    Great interview! Thanks Sue! Beautiful necklaces! And your dog... priceless!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 8 years ago

    I've loved your shop for a while now, so cool to see you featured in this Spotlight. Congratulations and thanks for the great read. Cheers!

  • quiltdee

    quiltdee said 8 years ago

    You do work harder for yourself but it is more rewarding. I love when customers let me know how much they love my work. Your items are beautiful and I will use your experience with my etsy shop. Good Luck!!!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    Your stuff is INCREDIBLE! Keep up the great work!

  • SolDelSur

    SolDelSur said 8 years ago

    I really liked this interview, and seeing the pictures, specially the one with the photo setup. Wish you much more success!!

  • SayKNITS

    SayKNITS said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work, Sue and great tips!

  • Viverre

    Viverre said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview. Your work is very beautiful. :)

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio said 8 years ago

    I really like this interview! Congratulation Sue for setting up your own business :) I can completely identify to the accounting and time management part... I find it very difficult when working from home (with kids/ husband around...). All the best!

  • SaudadeStudio

    SaudadeStudio said 8 years ago

    Love you silver treasures! Manny success!

  • supermompenny

    supermompenny said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article.Love your work. Just what I needed to help me launch my business.

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. Congrats on following your dreams successfully.

  • LynnsLane

    LynnsLane said 8 years ago

    Great interview and I love your items.

  • RossanaShoshana

    RossanaShoshana said 8 years ago

    A Great interview! So beautiful jeweles. You are very encouraging me, because of my shop until now, have no sale. And it's very hard feeling. http://www.etsy.com/shop/RossanaShoshana thank you Shoshana

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry & congratulations!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 8 years ago

    Wow. Thank you for your generosity sharing your story/images :)

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 8 years ago

    I came across your shop a few weeks ago and fell in love with the owl pendents its so unique and cute. I definately added you shop to my favorites. Thanks for the great article. Keep up the awesome artistic creations. Yolanda

  • ArtByKellie

    ArtByKellie said 8 years ago

    Great Stuff!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 8 years ago

    if you find yourself up in the redwoods, let me know and I will brew you up some killer coffee:) I mean really good coffee, no poison. btw if there's an earthquake, your workbench is history. Looks alot like mine. love the little mushroom necklace.

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 8 years ago

    Nice read!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 8 years ago

    Lovely Stuff! You have awesome talent. :)

  • WickedKuteKrafts

    WickedKuteKrafts said 8 years ago

    You make beautiful jewelry! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  • KAPARA

    KAPARA said 8 years ago

    Thank you, very inspiring article, awesome jewelry

  • GinaGoodwin

    GinaGoodwin said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love these quit your day job stories...so inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • PaganGypsy

    PaganGypsy said 8 years ago

    Love your dogs. Great story, very inspiring. Hopefully I'll get there some day.

  • prettytiny

    prettytiny said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the peek into your day. It gives me hope for the future.

  • prettytiny

    prettytiny said 8 years ago

    Thanks. You give me hope for the future.

  • jetadorn

    jetadorn said 8 years ago

    I recently made my first etsy sale after making changes I got from etsy materials. Your story gives more valuable information I plan to read, digest, and apply. Thank you! Great article, beautiful jewelry, lovable dog, and great pictures of your workspace.

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 8 years ago

    I love when jewelry artists make it to "quit your day job"!! It really motivates me to another level. Congratulations!! Oh...and love those sweet doggy pics so much!!

  • bluefrog62

    bluefrog62 said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your article and love your jewelry...thanks for sharing

  • joypeckjoy

    joypeckjoy said 8 years ago

    Congrads for getting your dreams come true. As i can understand how u must have felt when need to deal to the business part of the jewellery making. i was out fm fine art school and in fact speclised in oil painting and never know why out of the sudden i switch my interest to jewellery making.... so the business part of it is a headache for me as i'm never good in it. thanks for your tips and ur successful stories to inspire me that one day i can keep my day job and be a full time artist!!

  • lulumoon

    lulumoon said 8 years ago

    Great article! I love your owls, and your attitude! Much continued success to you! : ) lulu (p.s. I like your company name, too!)

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 8 years ago

    wow how cool!

  • BarbsBagsandBeads

    BarbsBagsandBeads said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • toolisjewelry

    toolisjewelry said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article, thanks so much for sharing! I love your works!!!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, I am going through a similar time at my day work and can't wait to get out of there and dedicate myself full time to my passion and business. I have made my 3rd sell today in etsy, so I am delighted!! Well done!! marga

  • oddvenus

    oddvenus said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Checked out all of the links you mentioned. Thank you for all the great tips!

  • cthings

    cthings said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you Sue!! Love your jewelry! You are an inspiration!! Many success to you!!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 8 years ago

    This has been awesome to read, thankyou for the insights and the cute puppy pics!

  • KasualBead

    KasualBead said 8 years ago

    Awesome,just awesome. That is my prayer to be very succefull with my own jewelry business. I'm just getting started and learning a lot. Your story has helped me to keep on going and stay with the task. Thank you so very much.

  • JKistlerStudios

    JKistlerStudios said 8 years ago

    LOVE your stuff! And the interview was great to read. :-)

  • outwardbound

    outwardbound said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! I loved the story.

  • TheDeviantJewel

    TheDeviantJewel said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work, and beautiful dog too! I'll never tire of reading wonderful artist's stories like this about pursuing dreams- and hard work! For the record, I don't get twitter either. It's like a grammatically bad text message nightmare.

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 8 years ago

    Love your work LulubugJewelry! Brilliant!

  • BerbelsStuff

    BerbelsStuff said 8 years ago

    Your work is great and so is your story. You've had already al lot of experience in your field unlike me. For me it is a hobby which I looove to do more and more. But I am still a bit insecure about my items and therefor I am longing for feedback ot tips.

  • BeullieDesigns

    BeullieDesigns said 8 years ago

    What beautiful work!!! :)

  • thestoriaproject

    thestoriaproject said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! love reading these and this one was especially enjoyable!

  • DuneGrassDesigns

    DuneGrassDesigns said 8 years ago

    Just catching up here on Quit Your Day Job and just wanted to say I love your work! This was a great story and your dog is awesomely adorable!

  • mosaicdesign

    mosaicdesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. It is so great to hear success stories. Great jewelry and pics too.

  • pixieana412

    pixieana412 said 7 years ago

    It's always so inspiring to hear these stories!Congrats and continued success to you!

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    So completely happy for your success and determination. All the best, Pam

  • cozettebyclearcat

    cozettebyclearcat said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing~!! Love dog~!!!

  • slippedstitchstudios

    slippedstitchstudios said 7 years ago

    I love this jewelry! I am not a huge jewelry person, but i can totally see my self in these. They have a wonderful down to earth-iness that really appeals to me! Keep on keeping on! love it! :)

  • nicolenjoli

    nicolenjoli said 7 years ago

    love your work! I could totally see it selling in high end boutiques:)

  • BelandariaDesigns

    BelandariaDesigns said 7 years ago

    Amazing Work. Thank you for sharing your journey to independence and happiness in your creativity!

  • asianartjewels

    asianartjewels said 7 years ago

    wow wonderful jewelry! love the way you set up your phototaking studio too!

  • lmandel

    lmandel said 7 years ago

    Hey Sue- I started a PMC class last week, and found your gorgeous pieces while doing a little research! It's like you make what I see in my head- love it all!

  • treasure4ever

    treasure4ever said 7 years ago

    I always enjoy seeing work that comes from experiences around us. I can tell your creations come from what you experience in your surroundings. A mind filled with beauty expresses it in many way. Enjoyed looking at your creations and knowing your story.

  • CherryRunWay

    CherryRunWay said 7 years ago

    Oh my!! You are extremely talented!!! I can't even figure out which are my favorite pieces, because i love them all.

  • chatnoir7

    chatnoir7 said 7 years ago

    What an awesome shop! You are an ispiration to new etsy designers.

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