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Quit Your Day Job: MeandMatilda

Nov 30, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
On some level I’ve always made things. When I was little it was furniture for my dollhouse made from cardboard, empty thread spools and scraps of fabric. In my teenage years I “designed” clothing with crude drawings that I begged my grandmother to interpret into actual wearable clothing. I watched my mother (who still claims she cannot sew from a pattern) create amazing period costumes for my high school theatrical pursuits and my older sister, who can make just about anything. I grew up in a household of women where making was an important part of life.

Tell us about your previous working situation and your path to Etsy.
Before Me and Matilda, I spent many years in veterinary hospital management. Like many people, having a child completely changed my life. I continued to work a demanding day job until it become obvious that we needed a change. Somewhere along the way I rediscovered sewing and developed a passion for creating with fabric — this eventually led me to Etsy.

Did you do anything to prepare for making the full-time transition?
My experience in business management helped a great deal. Truthfully, I did not get a chance to prepare as much as I should have. A series of life interrupting health events and the tremendous difficulty of balancing motherhood and a full-time job pushed me to leave my day job.

Looking back, I spent years researching supply sources and evaluating the market without really knowing what I was going to do with that information. When my son started asking for a tie like daddy’s, I found that there really weren’t very many options for the little guys. At the time there were a handful of big box stores that carried a small line of basic and rather boring neckties for boys. The seed of the idea was firmly planted after my son spilled a big glob of blueberry syrup on his necktie, thus ruining it for further use. I began making ties from fun cotton prints for my son, and I soon had requests from friends for the same. Shortly thereafter, Me and Matilda was born.


What are your best marketing tips?

  • Take good pictures. This is a process that I am constantly tweaking because I am not a photographer. I knew my ability to take great pictures was limited by my simple point-and-shoot camera, so I tried to at least take interesting pictures with a clear representation of my product. It was a great thrill to wake up one morning and find one of my pictures on a national wedding magazine’s blog!
  • Listing regularly on Etsy is always a good idea. I try to keep it fresh and add new items often.
  • Blogs have been a great support to my business. I’ve been blessed to have my neckties and bowties featured in several blogs and magazines.
  • Join a team. I joined the Etsykids Team, the Etsymom Team and the CAST. I am so busy it is hard to participate as actively as I once did, but I do try to tag correctly and make Treasuries featuring other team members whenever possible.

Any less successful ventures?
I mentioned before that I owe a lot to the blogging community. I will add here that I’ve never received much benefit from sending products  to bloggers for review. I find that, in most cases, bloggers that like your product are looking for great pictures and interesting content for their readers, and they generally do not request products for review. This is just my experience, and I certainly wouldn’t say that these aren’t worthwhile endeavors for another shop.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
The Big Dot neckties have been a big hit. They were popular from the beginning and found continued success after a few magazine and website features. I’ve since added a few other lines of dotted ties in just about any color you can imagine. People seem to like polka dots a lot.


What’s your most memorable custom request?
I once customized a necktie with the letters TIE embroidered on the front. It was a clever and fun custom order that I’ve duplicated by request many times since. I also do a lot of orders using fabric provided by customers. I remember receiving a package with an avocado green decorator print one day and thinking there was no way it would translate into nice neckties. At the end of the project, I was pleasantly surprised.

I think some of the most touching requests have been for adoption days. I didn’t know until recently that National Adoption Day falls in November. On that day, volunteers work together to finalize thousands of adoptions at no cost. I once made a set for a family of five boys who were adopted together —  a true joy.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
It’s all about finding a balance. My day starts at 6:30 in the morning when I put on my mom hat and get my son ready for school. Once I get him safely to school I head home to catch up on e-mails, drink lots of coffee and make a plan for the day’s work. Then I sew for hours, pack orders that are ready to go and head out to the post office.

By late afternoon it is time to pick my son up from school. When we get home I like to spend time chatting about his school day and then we get on with homework. My son is profoundly dyslexic and, though he is quite brilliant, he needs a lot of educational support. It is incredibly challenging to switch gears from working full tilt all morning to finding that zen place that allows me to support my child through homework, then relax and enjoy dinner as a family. Usually the list of things I need to finish is playing in the back of my mind through it all. I generally head back into my studio in the evening for a night shift which often lasts past midnight.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I appreciate the opportunity to be there for my family. I get to attend all of my son’s events and I never have to ask for permission to leave work early if he is sick and needs to come home from school. I love that my success or failure rests in my hands.  I can volunteer at the school and make up missed work time by pulling a late shift in the studio.

I miss people and structure. I am a pretty social person, so working alone in my studio all day is a challenge. I am also a bit all over the place, so self-imposed structure does not come naturally. The hardest part has to be all the business details like paperwork and accounting: not my favorite.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path?
I find myself thinking of an old proverb I hear my mom say often: “Trust, but tie your camel.” It is good advice. Remember that you have to take care of yourself and your family. If you don’t have a plan in place for covering your mortgage and putting food on the table, then keep your day job until you do. Everyone is different, so figure out what works for you. My husband still has a day job and there is an underlying sense of security in that. Without his support I am not sure I could have come this far.

Once you have a reasonable plan for taking care of the necessities, take the plunge. You have to believe in your success and work every day toward that goal. There is nothing easy about running a business.
Keep your overhead low. Etsy is such a great place because you really can test the waters before making a huge financial commitment. I think it is best to let your business grow organically. Purchasing super expensive equipment or renting a commercial workspace before you need it can be a recipe for disaster.

Prepare for success. Do the homework, get organized and make a plan. Set goals and make sure that your actions are in line with those goals. Be sure you know what your costs are (and there are lots of hidden costs) and set your price appropriately. What happens when you are so busy you need to hire an assistant to meet demand?

Find your own voice. Inspiration is everywhere, so it is really important to filter all that you see and tap into your own creative place. It seems that most of the really amazing shops on Etsy have their own unique feel. I think customers know when something comes from your soul.

What goals do you have in store for the future of Me and Matilda?
I’ve really been thinking about this question a lot over the past year.  I love the personal connections I make when I work with a wedding couple on a special set of neckwear for their important day. I love creating sets for families and absolutely adore watching my repeat customers grow up wearing my products. So many of my customers purchase items for special life events and I try to keep that thought in the front of my mind as I work. The truth is, I am not quite sure what the future holds. I love the idea of growing a sustainable business that could one day employ people in my community and add to our local economy. Striking the balance between growth and keeping it personal it important. Stay tuned.


Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?
I can think of 50 shops that I love in the blink of an eye. Here are just a few:

  • My sister’s shop DawnDalto is one to check out. She is one talented girl.
  • I love PalomasNest for her simple and elegant style. She was one of my first customers on Etsy which I doubt she remembers but I remember loving her aesthetic back then.
  • Another pretty well-known shop that I adore is Rikrak.
  • HomeGrownPillows for lovely fabrics and high quality and stylish therapy heat wraps and eye pillows.
  • Digitalsoaps is a super fun shop with great holiday stocking stuffers.
  • I also love Kittycrossbones for promotional supplies and my friend Anne from Hazelanne makes lovely skirts and dresses for women and girls.

Any additional words of wisdom?
Big thanks to Etsy for being a fabulous business incubator that has allowed a lot of wonderfully creative people find success. Without the venue it would be much harder to bridge the gap between artisan and customer.  Thanks Etsy for giving us a place to sing.

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

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168 comments

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    Love the neckties:) too cute!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 7 years ago

    Congrats! You have a beautiful shop!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, enjoyed it. Thanks!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 7 years ago

    Great stuff!! Congratulations!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    You are absolutely too cute, and I love your creations! Congratulations. I enjoyed reading your story...

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful neckties and great story! Congrats!!!

  • SheridanArt

    SheridanArt said 7 years ago

    Great to see some more exciting things especially for guys- love it and congrats :)

  • kaceface

    kaceface said 7 years ago

    it's nice to see ties in fantastic fabrics!

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 7 years ago

    "Trust, but tie your camel.” - that is the best advice - thanks for that !! I thinks your photos are wonderful and am trying hard to improve mine. Love the quirky ties- beautiful. Great helpful article.

  • jonjuane

    jonjuane said 7 years ago

    cool stuff!

  • chartreuseandhoney

    chartreuseandhoney said 7 years ago

    love the ties!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 7 years ago

    lovely ♥ indeed....a great story with a happy ending... the best :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Wondeful story! Congrats!!! =)

  • allthingswhite

    allthingswhite said 7 years ago

    love the quote from your mom, I will be using that! wonderful inspiring story and amazing ties

  • patchesnthings

    patchesnthings said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I really enjoyed reading this article.

  • sewfairycute

    sewfairycute said 7 years ago

    Your photography is terrific! And so is your fabric selection! Congradulations for your well deserved success!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 7 years ago

    Such a nice person and ties are so cute when they're made by hand in bright colors! Lovely. :)

  • honeydbags

    honeydbags said 7 years ago

    Great story! I love to hear about other moms on Etsy! Thanks for sharing and wonderful shop!

  • coolstuffartgallery

    coolstuffartgallery said 7 years ago

    Great article. Enjoyed very much.

  • leanns

    leanns said 7 years ago

    I loved the story, thanks for sharing!

  • totallyoutofhand

    totallyoutofhand said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the story, it was much enjoyed.

  • BettyBee

    BettyBee said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I'm right there with you on the photography learning curve. It's always a work in progress. Oh, and your bowties are adorable :)

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    There's nothing cuter than a polka-dot bow tie!! Best wishes for continued success!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 7 years ago

    Much needed encouragement as I am turning this Etsy gig into my full time work. Thanks and congratulations to you!

  • mooshoopork

    mooshoopork said 7 years ago

    always loved the ties in that shop.. the fabrics make me smile :)

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 7 years ago

    You've chosen the fabrics well for a great idea! Congrats!

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 7 years ago

    Great story~! Thanks for sharing =)

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 7 years ago

    super article ~*~ viva la polka dots!

  • dessertfirstdesigns

    dessertfirstdesigns said 7 years ago

    interesting information.

  • Junienone

    Junienone said 7 years ago

    These ties are adorable! Wonderful interview, congratulations!

  • twirlaway

    twirlaway said 7 years ago

    They are soooo sweet! Love the fabric choices! Thanks for sharing, all the best!

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 7 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing your story with us!!

  • hazelanne

    hazelanne said 7 years ago

    fabulous work as always, Tonia! a gorgeous interview with a gorgeous gal!

  • dawndalto

    dawndalto said 7 years ago

    Congrats little sis! And you always thought I was the crafty one when we were growing up. You deserve all your success and for being the pragmatic one even in your whirlwind!

  • whimsywhimsical

    whimsywhimsical said 7 years ago

    Love the inspiring story and you have been working hard balancing your job and your family life! I'm really impressed and admire you for that :) Good luck to your shop and yes, that polka dot bow tie is really cute!!

  • museofmelanie

    museofmelanie said 7 years ago

    Very cool! I love her shop.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 7 years ago

    Artists are born that way! Awesome interview, congrats on full time-dom ;)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    polka dots...adorable!

  • jmijewelry

    jmijewelry said 7 years ago

    I used to sew 8 hours a day when our girls were growing up so I love this shop.Fabrics were my passion until my allergies kicked in. So now I do other creations. Loved your shop and thank you for sharing. Inspirational to say the least. jmijewelry.etsy.com

  • Colettesboutique

    Colettesboutique said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! Love the ties.

  • tresundesigns

    tresundesigns said 7 years ago

    I have three boys and finding ties for special occasions has been quite the challenge. Your ties are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  • JL67

    JL67 said 7 years ago

    LOVE your shop! CONGRATULATIONS! :)

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 7 years ago

    Adorable photo of you buried in fabric, so cute! Great story, congrats!

  • turtleagogo

    turtleagogo said 7 years ago

    Your ties are great! I loved your story and I plan to take your advice as closely as possible! Thanks!

  • ekra

    ekra said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your great story! Congrats!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 7 years ago

    I love your ties, so great to see you on here! Congrats and thank you for the inspiration and advice!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 7 years ago

    Too cute! Thank you for taking the time to share your story. And your photos are awesome!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 7 years ago

    "success or failure rests in my hands" — wonderfully true! Thanks for sharing all of your Etsy wisdom! Congrats on your sucess!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    great fabrics!!!!

  • chachingck

    chachingck said 7 years ago

    Great job. Keep going.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    wonderful story. love your items. :)

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 7 years ago

    Love it all!! Great story, best wishes for continued success!

  • theroyalvintage

    theroyalvintage said 7 years ago

    very nice

  • 14xbags

    14xbags said 7 years ago

    This is a great story! Thank you so much or sharing!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 7 years ago

    I raise my champagne glass and say "Congrats for your success and hopefully for a continued Kick Ass" year!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, beautiful story, thanks for the business tips! The little boy modeling the ties is a cutie pie.

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm said 7 years ago

    you have some really great, level headed advice. Thank you...here's to your continued success!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 7 years ago

    My son has one of her ties, it's completely adorable! Yay for her!!

  • AlwaysApril

    AlwaysApril said 7 years ago

    Fantastic post! Congrats lovely lady!

  • cozyblue

    cozyblue said 7 years ago

    super interview! so great to see so many creative mamas making it all happen. congrats!

  • iTagStudios

    iTagStudios said 7 years ago

    Great story, so inspiring and encouraging. Thank you so much for being transparent in the 'struggle' areas--reminds us that we can do it, even if we don't do it perfectly!!

  • calisunshine2010

    calisunshine2010 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    What wonderful accessories for all occasion, thanks for shoring your story!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 7 years ago

    Cute!

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, great work!

  • WalterSilva

    WalterSilva said 7 years ago

    Awesome post, thanks for the inspiration.

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo said 7 years ago

    Thank you, for sharing! What a wonderful story, and thank you for the inspiration!!

  • AmelieTalks

    AmelieTalks said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! love the ties!

  • cherman47

    cherman47 said 7 years ago

    I am envious - I hope to one day be in your shoes and be able to leave my day job to stay home with my boys :) Congrats to you! Love your work!

  • twosieskidboutique

    twosieskidboutique said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I can't wait to get to work!

  • TigersLions

    TigersLions said 7 years ago

    I bought two orange and white polka dot bow ties for my boys this summer from her. They were a hit!!! If you are ever looking to spice up a young boy's outfit, these are the way to go!!!

  • katrinshine

    katrinshine said 7 years ago

    Great article!! Congratulations!

  • hamptonjewels

    hamptonjewels said 7 years ago

    Having 3 small children of my own, I can really appreciate (and relate to!) your challenges. I love the "Trust, but tie your camel" quote too. Wishing you continued success!

  • 7polkadots

    7polkadots said 7 years ago

    Amazing story! Very inspirational for me!

  • coonbelle

    coonbelle said 7 years ago

    Great article! Congratulations...I just love your ties!

  • noahandlilah

    noahandlilah said 7 years ago

    Love it!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 7 years ago

    I love the fact that you have turned something mundane in to a work of beauty. Congratulations.

  • LittleGreenJellyBean

    LittleGreenJellyBean said 7 years ago

    oh this shop is fantastic! I agree little ones dont get all the options grown ups get. I'm glad you are taking care of that!

  • studiorandom

    studiorandom said 7 years ago

    As any Doctor Who fan knows, bow ties are cool. :D

  • springflowerchild

    springflowerchild said 7 years ago

    It is my dream to create and share as my day job and it's great to see a busy mom doing it and doing it well. I gotta get my butt in gear! And love the red paisley ties. I will be favoriting you for my two little boys and husband :)

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 7 years ago

    Your enery is infectious! I love your positive attitude. Your work is fantastic and such high quality photos ... keep up the good work! A great article. ♥

  • celticsteam

    celticsteam said 7 years ago

    It's good to know someone is able to live life supported by their passion!!!!

  • DotD

    DotD said 7 years ago

    I love your polka dots!

  • AdeloCreations

    AdeloCreations said 7 years ago

    Well done!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    lovely article

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Really great and cool stuff ! Super positivism :) Congrats !

  • LucentJewels

    LucentJewels said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring post, thanks and congrats on your well-deserved success!

  • Joanna1966

    Joanna1966 said 7 years ago

    I loved the story!!!

  • snakeandroxy

    snakeandroxy said 7 years ago

    honest and inspiring. thanks for the article and congrats on your shop!!

  • DevineCollectible

    DevineCollectible said 7 years ago

    Far out! Peaace, DevineCollectilbe

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 7 years ago

    haha such a fun shop! i love the first picture of you popping out from all the fabric scraps!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    Cute shop and great article! thanks for sharing! ;)

  • CookieCrowd

    CookieCrowd said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! Thanks for the post. Just getting my foot in with Etsy, this really encourages all efforts. Thanks!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 7 years ago

    Great article! Really nice work!

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 7 years ago

    Loved the story. Lots of great advice.

  • aTempestinaTeapot

    aTempestinaTeapot said 7 years ago

    What an adorable idea! Congrats on your success!

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday said 7 years ago

    Very cute! Love it! Thanks so much.

  • aes1519

    aes1519 said 7 years ago

    I had matching MeandMatilda ties for my son & husband last year for Christmas and they were great!

  • babyjives

    babyjives said 7 years ago

    Great story and that picture you in your scraps cracks me up! Somedays I feel that way too.

  • jnorvelle

    jnorvelle said 7 years ago

    Oh your shop is beautiful! What unique neckties! The photos are fantastic! I remember running into the same problem when looking for a cute childs tie, now I know where to go! :)

  • teepetals

    teepetals said 7 years ago

    Love your story! Awesome creations!

  • dustandrust

    dustandrust said 7 years ago

    Love reading these "Quit Your Day Job" features. All I can do is dream. :) Congratulations!

  • BeckLeeCottage

    BeckLeeCottage said 7 years ago

    Yeah Asheville!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful shop! Continued success to you.

  • Naturebeads

    Naturebeads said 7 years ago

    Great! Keep up with the good work!

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Congratulations on your success! :)

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring article. Thank you so much for generously sharing. Fantastic shop! Congratulations.

  • TwistedFibre

    TwistedFibre said 7 years ago

    LOVE - LOVE - LOVE this shop! I purchased 2 ties from Me & Matilda for my 2 year old son and husband for a special wedding we attended. Tonia was so wonderful to work with and so helpful. I can't wait to purchase more!! Here's to your continued success!

  • alittlemomento

    alittlemomento said 7 years ago

    Great Inspiration!

  • TheDreadedBagLady

    TheDreadedBagLady said 7 years ago

    So cute... if only I knew how to tie one :)

  • LegacyInLinens

    LegacyInLinens said 7 years ago

    Your story was great to read and very inspiring for others. Thank you!

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 7 years ago

    As always, inspiring and delightful!

  • FreshMoneyStudio

    FreshMoneyStudio said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! You obviously work very hard for your success - and your bow ties are adorable.

  • FireandIceCustoms

    FireandIceCustoms said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story! I wish you the best of luck in the future and hope to follow in your footsteps and quit my day job!

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 7 years ago

    Congrats ~ welcome to the happily re-employed!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    i love ur bowties.

  • Maddenphotography

    Maddenphotography said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I love hearing these things! Lucky!

  • TheWhimsicalBlossom

    TheWhimsicalBlossom said 7 years ago

    Your interview is very inspiring - thanks and congratulations!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story! I love those big polka dots!

  • BloomysBaubles

    BloomysBaubles said 7 years ago

    Great story! I love those bow ties!

  • eissa

    eissa said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Your pieces are so cheerful.

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 7 years ago

    That's so great that you've created a sustainable business that employs people from your community. Giving and receiving at the same time. Really inspiring!

  • timilycards

    timilycards said 7 years ago

    Very tasteful stuff! I always say "self made" does not have to be tacky! Our children help make our cards and we keep them as tasteful as possible...you make me want to shop:)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to the very eloquent Me and Matilda! And thank you for being a huge inspiration early on when I was making children's clothing in my first BreadandRoses shop. You've come so far! Genuinely terrific product line.

  • dellicarpini

    dellicarpini said 7 years ago

    So many times my mother and I tell each other the saying we saw on a church sign once, "Trust in the Lord, but tie your camel tightly." LOVE IT!!

  • CreativeStash

    CreativeStash said 7 years ago

    what a whimsical shop! great feature and wonderful photos

  • 0chaosbydesign0

    0chaosbydesign0 said 7 years ago

    Thank you for addressing your child in here. I have 2 teenagers and two toddlers that I homeschool. I love hearing about the success of other moms!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! I love the ties, you do a beautiful job!

  • sansmap

    sansmap said 7 years ago

    lovely - great feature! your work is beautiful!!

  • doodlekreations

    doodlekreations said 7 years ago

    I love that you found a niche in such a simple thing as a tie ! Congratulations on making it happen ! Hats off to you with being there for your son as well. Wish you much success.

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Sewing is relaxing, When I was little kid I did my best to create things, They were crafty, silly really, I was proud of my Creations, Now Grown up, Sewing is still fascinating

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  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips!! Great article. I wish I knew how to sew:P

  • anhartetsy

    anhartetsy said 7 years ago

    This is a very inspiring article, especially for someone just starting on Etsy and hoping for the best. I love the the ties and all of the fabric selections for your pieces are so inspired. I hope to a success as well and maybe one day you will be reading/ commenting on one of my articles. Kudos

  • CEDesign

    CEDesign said 7 years ago

    Lovely article.

  • ARTinVENICE

    ARTinVENICE said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring story!

  • cindyrquilts

    cindyrquilts said 7 years ago

    As a new full-time quilter I can connect with your story. It's inspiring and that helps us all. You are right, it can be isolating to work alone each day, but if it is what you want to do you can get beyond that. I find it is hard to stay focused and switch gears. Setting daily goals helps a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed this article! Great story and product.

  • innamorataitaly

    innamorataitaly said 7 years ago

    Thank you for inspiring me!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Inspiring..thank you!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Great story really liked how you created your line of products! They're all really beautiful : )

  • crazyfoxstudio

    crazyfoxstudio said 7 years ago

    Great shop and great advice. And most of all beautiful product!

  • henatayeb

    henatayeb said 7 years ago

    beautiful neckties.. i can totally see my little guy in one of those on a special occasion.. once he is a liile older though.. but a 5 month old in a necktime would be scrumptious though i don't think he'd enjoy it

  • brooksbarrow

    brooksbarrow said 7 years ago

    wow - some amazing fabrics here.

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 7 years ago

    Lovely! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • janetquilts

    janetquilts said 7 years ago

    Great, keep up the great work

  • camilita

    camilita said 7 years ago

    Great story. Inspiring. <3

  • LailapCreations

    LailapCreations said 7 years ago

    my hubby has been asking for a bowtie, hmmm... Beuatiful work

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is a great interview and I'm so glad you get to do what you love and be there for your family.

  • celestialfoundations

    celestialfoundations said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, beautiful story! Thanks for the tips, the ties are gorgeous and love the photos...keep it up!

  • AlphaDogPhoto

    AlphaDogPhoto said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Great job.

  • nuvika

    nuvika said 7 years ago

    nice neckties I love it

  • SugarLi

    SugarLi said 7 years ago

    I'm lovin' your creations! Your story is very inspiring...thanks so much for sharing!

  • GraceDunbar

    GraceDunbar said 7 years ago

    Another great inspirational story, thanks for sharing. I have always admired your cute shop, wishing you continued success.

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 7 years ago

    I remember when my 3 boys were little, getting them clip-on bow and neck ties. You have a nice variety of fabrics to choose from.

  • MeandMatilda

    MeandMatilda said 7 years ago

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments and support!

  • ArtFlutters

    ArtFlutters said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your story...Congratulations! It inspires me to keep on moving forward.

  • thewOOlyOwl

    thewOOlyOwl said 7 years ago

    So inspiring to see how successful you are!! Great job!

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 7 years ago

    How lovely, Im in love with your shop. Wow!

  • LOP09

    LOP09 said 7 years ago

    Love your story and how you have shaped your life!

  • ShaeJus

    ShaeJus said 7 years ago

    two thumbs up!!!

  • artsybutterfly

    artsybutterfly said 7 years ago

    Great article and what a lovely shop!

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 6 years ago

    Adorable little ties. Congratulations on taking the plunge.

  • ncfox527

    ncfox527 said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your interview. Very inspiring! Love your shop too! :)

  • MasonRabbitsPaperie

    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 6 years ago

    I love your shop! This will definitely be my go to place for gifts for the men in my life!

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    MasonRabbitsPaperie said 6 years ago

    I love your shop! This will definitely be my go to place for gifts for the men in my life!

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