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Quit Your Day Job: onegarnetgirl

Aug 17, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Madelynn, a.k.a. onegarnetgirl, started out selling on Etsy with dreams of the possibility of making one sale per month in addition to her regular day job. Madelynn’s sales began to pick up soon after setting up her shop. The demand for her products came very quickly, and Madelynn began to realize her jewelry making business just might be a bigger opportunity than she originally thought. Over time, Madelynn transitioned into fewer and fewer hours at her regular day job as she began taking in enough money from her Etsy sales to pay the household bills. She’s now successfully quit her job and runs her jewelry business full time; keep reading to find out her 10 tips for someone who might be thinking of doing the same.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
My drive to create changed into a bonafide big-girl business when I started selling here. Like so many of us, I had been quilting, knitting and making jewelry for my friends and family. I hadn’t tried to pursue selling work until about two years ago.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Yessir! But it’s the road less traveled, and I had no idea how to make it happen. I remember sitting on the kitchen counter one night and telling my husband that I may even be able to sell one piece a month! *Sigh* After about 2 months I began to consider, fleetingly, the possibilities of what my business could become. I was able to slowly cut back on working overnights during the first year.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
After a few months of selling, I realized I could start paying household bills with my Etsy income. I could justify cutting back my hours at work, so I got rid of my cell phone, my YMCA membership and started running outdoors instead, and looked for other ways to get rid of expenses. Get rid of your anchors so you can move forward — otherwise the stress of paying creditors will outweigh the joy of running your own ship.

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

  • Locally, I made up business cards and put them on every corkboard in town. I did home jewelry parties, advertised in three states on Craigslist. I advertised in the mini ads in our local paper. I bought from Etsy sellers and could tell anyone where to get the awesome candles (AuntieDis), kids wooden toys (WoodToyShop), and hand-painted portraits of my kids (christydekoning).
  • Online, I read TONS of the advice and information available in the Forums. I am part of the Jewelry on Etsy Team (JETTEAM), and we do tons of promotion for each other on and offline. I also give a 10% off coupon to returning buyers every once in a while. Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Craigslist, Trunkt — I’ve done all of those. I have advertised on websites dedicated to jewelry and blogs, too.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
The Promotions section in the Forums has been great for Team promotions because there are many hands keeping a thread alive. I haven’t had as much luck doing a solo promotion in the Promotions forum.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I respond to convos first thing in the morning, around 6:30.
  • After a few cups of coffee and getting the kids off to preschool, I make a list of what I need to create for the day. I also have a running list of inventory and supplies to see if I need anything immediately. I renew something.
  • Around 8:30 I start work and blast Motown on Pandora radio (it’s free!). In the morning it’s all Motown. I work, order supplies, answer convos, relist a second item around lunchtime. I solder, form, saw, file, polish, set stones, and clean, dry, package, write out mailing labels, stamp, write some thank yous and drive/walk/ride my bike to the post office by 5:30 p.m.
  • My kids get home around 5 p.m. with my husband and they have dinner and then play for a little bit.
  • On busy days I may be back out in the studio until 10 p.m., on a good day I am done at 5 and spend the rest of the night with my WONDERFUL (read: patient and understanding) husband and kids.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Who doesn’t want to set their own schedule? Not having to primp in the morning is really nice, and I get to spend more time with my kids. Gabriel (three years old) and and Violet (one and a half years old) are home with me three weekdays, so I feel lucky to have that time with them to do fun things and go berry picking when we feel like it. I don’t have to drive my car to work, I don’t have to spend time commuting, and I get to be in my nest and get dinner started at 3 p.m. if need be. That said…I miss leaving my house. I’m not so housebound that we need to worry about territorial barking if people walk by, but… the simple act of leaving the stress of kids/cleaning/yard work behind is nice. At work, I never had to walk by a pile of clothes that needed to be folded. Some days are easier to strike a balance between work/home than others. This is probably my biggest struggle as a mother/businesswoman.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
To succeed, you really have to be everything and everyone. Designer, craftsman, salesman, office manager, shipping department, accounts payable, receivable, marketing and advertising, you name it.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?

  • Don’t become too inventory heavy. Make sure to have your capital available and not tied up in materials (I opened a supply shop for my purchasing indiscretions).
  • BUDGET. Time, money.
  • RENEW! Even if you relist an item a day for a month you are talking about $6.00 a month and heightened visibility.
  • Only make what you would buy.
  • Don’t cut corners and use the best materials.
  • Clean shop. Every three months, go through and get rid of what isn’t selling. If you don’t want to continue making something, don’t. Get rid of it.
  • Evaluate your pricing, make sure you can pay yourself + taxes + household bills. Don’t undersell your work.
  • Keep on learning: take classes, try new techniques, and have fun!
  • Connect with other sellers. Send them a convo. Ask questions. Make friends. Align yourself with good people!
  • Exercise. It reduces stress.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I would like to continue to make jewelry that I love, working on new designs and meeting new people. I look forward to growing my brand, developing new styles. Professional pictures would be great.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Cheese alert:
Just a big thank you to the buyers and sellers who have helped me develop my business to this point. Thank you to the JETTEAM‘s support and friendship, and to my dear friend and jooray guru Metalicious, as well as Lori, Nicole, Tiffany, and the brilliant artists who fill the pages here. And thank you to ETSY for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Have your own questions to ask? Come on by and chat with her Monday, August 24th at 5 p.m. ET in Etsy’s Virtual Labs

You can see some of Madelynn’s gorgeous jewelry in the Related Items below. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

Black Spinel Ring, Black Stone Ring, Sterling Silver Gemstone Ring , Cocktail Ring, Gift for Her
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Halo Engagement Ring, Moissanite Wedding Ring, Yellow Gold Solitaire, Modern Vintage Inspired Rings
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Oregon Sunstone Ring, 14k Rose Gold Ring, Gemstone Ring, Gold Band, Recycled Gold, USA Mined, Conflict Free, Milgrain
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$1,015.00 USD
Asymmetrical Blue Tourmaline Ring with Natural Champagne Zircon Mixed Metal Rose and White Gold Ring
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$1,334.00 USD
Green Garnet Gemstone Dangle Earrings, Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings, Handmade Garnet Earring, Boho Drop Earrings
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Tourmaline Ring, Multi color Tourmaline Gemstone Confetti Ring, Recycled Earthtone Ring in October Birthstone
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White Topaz Ring Sterling Silver Solitaire Ring, Recycled Eco Friendly Birthstone Jewelry, Engagement Ring
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14k Rose Gold and White Topaz Gemstone, ROCK Fetish, Made to Order
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Eco Silver Ring,  Chic Sterling Statement Wave Ring, Bold Wide Band, Organic Original Jewelry, Bold Silver Unisex Ring blackened
Eco Silver Ring, Chic Sterling Statement Wave Ring, Bold Wide Band, Organic Original Jewelry, Bold Silver Unisex Ring blackened
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Ready To Ship Size 6 Pink Garnet Ring, January Birthstone Ring, Cushion Solitaire Ring, Rhodolite Garnet Gemstone, Silver Bezel Solitaire,
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$169.00 USD
Garnet Ring, January Birthstone Ring, Alternative Engagement Ring, Yellow Gold Solitaire Ring
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Sterling Silver Three Stone Ring, Prasiolite Ring, White Sapphire Ring, Green Amethyst, February Birthstone
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White Topaz Gemstone Ring, Sterling Silver Bezel Ring, Huge Solitaire Gem Ring, Diamond Like Clear Stone Ring
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Yellow Citrine Ring, Miligrain Detail Ring, Oval Citrine Solitaire Ring, Antique Style November Birthstone  Present for Her
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Mint Green Amethyst Prasioite 9mm Stud Earrings in Argentium
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Cushion Garnet Ring, Red Garnet January Birthstone  Ring for Her, Garnet Cushion Ring, Eco Silver Solitaire Ring,Non Diamond Engagement Ring
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Crystal Clear White Topaz Ring in Sterling Silver, 925 Engagement or Stacking Halo Gemstone Ring, Diamond Alternative Engagement Ring
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onegarnetgirl
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White Sapphire Ring and Wedding Band // 14k White Gold Wedding Ring Set in 14k Palladium White Gold // Modern, Sleek Design
White Sapphire Ring and Wedding Band // 14k White Gold Wedding Ring Set in 14k Palladium White Gold // Modern, Sleek Design
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$2,182.00 USD
Nesting Rings In Oval  Iolite, Princess Cut Peridot Ring and Swiss Blue Topaz, Stacking Ring Set
Nesting Rings In Oval Iolite, Princess Cut Peridot Ring and Swiss Blue Topaz, Stacking Ring Set
onegarnetgirl
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Golden Rutilated Quartz and Blackened Sterling Silver, Emerald Cut  Recycled Silver Ring Made to Order
Golden Rutilated Quartz and Blackened Sterling Silver, Emerald Cut Recycled Silver Ring Made to Order
onegarnetgirl
$265.00 USD
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Garnet Ring in Sterling silver, Gemstone Halo Ring, Birthstone for December, Size 7.5
onegarnetgirl
$169.00 USD
Handmade Blue Aquamarine and 14k Rose Gold Ring, Aquamarine Cushion Cut Solitaire, Diamond Alternative Engagement, March Birthstone
Handmade Blue Aquamarine and 14k Rose Gold Ring, Aquamarine Cushion Cut Solitaire, Diamond Alternative Engagement, March Birthstone
onegarnetgirl
$583.00 USD
Iolite Gemstone Ring  Anniversary Band, Sterling Silver Ring  in Recycled Eco Friendly, Water Sapphire  Ring
Iolite Gemstone Ring Anniversary Band, Sterling Silver Ring in Recycled Eco Friendly, Water Sapphire Ring
onegarnetgirl
$223.00 USD
Ready To Ship, Aquarius Constellation Pendant With Sterling and Diamond, Constellation Jewelry
Ready To Ship, Aquarius Constellation Pendant With Sterling and Diamond, Constellation Jewelry
onegarnetgirl
$196.00 USD
White Topaz Rings, Vintage Feel Pear Shaped Silver Ring With Milgrain, Anniversary Gift or Engagement Ring, Non Conflict Diamond Alternative
White Topaz Rings, Vintage Feel Pear Shaped Silver Ring With Milgrain, Anniversary Gift or Engagement Ring, Non Conflict Diamond Alternative
onegarnetgirl
$223.00 USD
Colombian Emerald Ring, Low Profile Comfort Fit Band, Oval Emerald Gemstone Band Ring, Silver Rings
Colombian Emerald Ring, Low Profile Comfort Fit Band, Oval Emerald Gemstone Band Ring, Silver Rings
onegarnetgirl
$196.00 USD
Moissanite Ring, Engagement Ring, 14k Yellow Gold, Halo Ring, Gold Ring, Solitaire, Forever Brilliant
Moissanite Ring, Engagement Ring, 14k Yellow Gold, Halo Ring, Gold Ring, Solitaire, Forever Brilliant
onegarnetgirl
$2,248.00 USD
Sterling Silver and Black Garnet Gemstone , Milificent Ring, Ready To Ship size 7.5
Sterling Silver and Black Garnet Gemstone , Milificent Ring, Ready To Ship size 7.5
onegarnetgirl
$205.00 USD
Green Amethyst and Sterling Silver Slide Necklace
Green Amethyst and Sterling Silver Slide Necklace
onegarnetgirl
$196.00 USD
Crimson Red Garnet RIng and Recycled Gold Ring,  Six Prong Solitaire Ring in 14k Yellow Gold, Art Deco
Crimson Red Garnet RIng and Recycled Gold Ring, Six Prong Solitaire Ring in 14k Yellow Gold, Art Deco
onegarnetgirl
$628.00 USD
Multistone Alexandrite Ring, June's Birthstone Ring, Gemstone Halo Ring, White Sapphire and Alexandrite Jewelry, June Gemstone Anniversary
Multistone Alexandrite Ring, June's Birthstone Ring, Gemstone Halo Ring, White Sapphire and Alexandrite Jewelry, June Gemstone Anniversary
onegarnetgirl
$349.00 USD
Mystic Topaz Ring, Edgy Sterling Silver Ring, Gemstone Rings in Rainbow Topaz, Rainbow Ring Statement Ring
Mystic Topaz Ring, Edgy Sterling Silver Ring, Gemstone Rings in Rainbow Topaz, Rainbow Ring Statement Ring
onegarnetgirl
$115.00 USD

293 comments

  • hippiejo74

    hippiejo74 said 8 years ago

    Wow - I adore all of your jewelry!1

  • 1337art

    1337art said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! You have a beautiful shop.

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 8 years ago

    yeah Madelynn! Great advice and wonderful writeup!

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 8 years ago

    What wonderful inspirational items!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 8 years ago

    Madelynn, you have absolutely gorgeous jewelry! Thanks for the tips and wonderful inspiration!

  • BargainHeadbands

    BargainHeadbands said 8 years ago

    beautiful pieces of jewelry! I love those rings :) thanks for sharing your story.

  • jeweledblossoms

    jeweledblossoms said 8 years ago

    Oh Madelynn, congrats! I've always admired your work. It's great to hear your story :)

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your insight. Congrats on your beautiful work and business! (I second the advice about getting exercise. It's so tempting to keep working and not take care of ourselves.)

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! One day I will join you and do this full time :o)

  • adeetz

    adeetz said 8 years ago

    Oh my goodness!! I just bought the most beautiful engagement ring from you a month ago and have been LOVING it since I got it!! So glad to hear that you are doing great!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 8 years ago

    I have had my eye on one of Madelynn's rings. They are so beautiful. Congrats to you!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 8 years ago

    Wow, wonderful tips, thank you!!!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    Such a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous pieces, great story!

  • doxallodesigns

    doxallodesigns said 8 years ago

    Totally fabulous article! Thanks so much for sharing your inspiring experience! :) Janice

  • Kaliza520

    Kaliza520 said 8 years ago

    This is awesome!! Congrats my friend! :)

  • UkrainianTreasures

    UkrainianTreasures said 8 years ago

    Beautiful Jewelry

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and an inspiring story!

  • Adrianchristian

    Adrianchristian said 8 years ago

    Awesome!!! Best wishes!!!

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    Yay! I'm a big fan - gorgeous jewelry, and such a fun, sweet person too!

  • pinkbuffalo

    pinkbuffalo said 8 years ago

    Madelynn, I am so in awe of your amazing work. I've bopped in and out of your shop more times than I can count on both hands! I have a few of your rings hearted - your work is just exquisite. Thank you for letting us take a closer peek into your life. Keep up the beautiful work!

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 8 years ago

    I've been a fan of onegarnetgirl for a long time. Nice to see her featured :)

  • madebysam

    madebysam said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Madelynn! You are so talent. Love all your rings.

  • shannonbatescreates

    shannonbatescreates said 8 years ago

    Very helpful and inspiring article. I love your work, Madelynn! Thanks for sharing!

  • alisonkelleydesigns

    alisonkelleydesigns said 8 years ago

    You're truly an inspiration, congratulations on your success!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 8 years ago

    Madelynn makes the most amazing, beautiful, fabulous (insert other similar adjectives here) rings, period. Each and every one is on my wish list :)

  • bluelala

    bluelala said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Thanks for the great advice!

  • TeardropTreasures

    TeardropTreasures said 8 years ago

    Awesome article. Great advice. Lovely jewelry :)

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 8 years ago

    Yay!!! Madelynn you are my hero. I'm so happy for your success! You inspire me to be a better person/jeweler/mom every day. Thank you for sharing your tips and story with the Etsy community.

  • RosemaryAlonso

    RosemaryAlonso said 8 years ago

    I got one of her moon stacking ring sets for my graduation present from my sister after wanting it for so long. It is so much more beautiful in person and from what I expected, the quality is top notch! And I wear it just about every day. An awesome seller! Congrats for being featured!

  • beadsme

    beadsme said 8 years ago

    Woohoo 1GG.

  • SharonFosterArt

    SharonFosterArt said 8 years ago

    Madelynn made me the most wonderful custom jewelry with a sunflower motif. I love it! and treasure it. And an amazing moonstone ring with my own moonstone. What a wonderful seller to get a boost!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 8 years ago

    Fabulous interview. Thanks so much for the inspiration and motivation :)

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 8 years ago

    Stunning creations! Very inspirational... thanks for sharing Madelynn's journey. Blessings and magic.

  • virginiakraljevic

    virginiakraljevic said 8 years ago

    So inspiring! Thanks for sharing your advice!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Nice article and pieces

  • Jealousydesign

    Jealousydesign said 8 years ago

    yay! So happy for you girl!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Good for you!! You do lovely work!

  • AlexMetalArts

    AlexMetalArts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. As a newbie, I really appreciate the tips!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    ....and a Boston girl to boot!!

  • kasiablue

    kasiablue said 8 years ago

    with every sale, I put aside some money to buy one of your ring sets....but truthfully, I'm not sure how to choose from all the goodies :) Great article and hooray for you!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    So helpful Madelynn, and thank you for sharing your wisdom too! I love this quote: "To succeed, you really have to be everything and everyone. Designer, craftsman, salesman, office manager, shipping department, accounts payable, receivable, marketing and advertising, you name it."

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 8 years ago

    Fantastic jewelry, wonderful article and advice! As a newbie I just love reading these, so inspiring!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry, great article! Thanks for sharing it with us, marymary!

  • AdroitJewelers

    AdroitJewelers said 8 years ago

    This is great...nice job!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! You make beautiful jewelry! Thank you for sharing with us.

  • sendinglovegallery

    sendinglovegallery said 8 years ago

    congratulations on this article and your success Madelynn/garnetgirl! You are a wonderful artist!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work... Great story!!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 8 years ago

    I really love hearing about these success stories!! Hard work, talent and determination!

  • shazzabeth

    shazzabeth said 8 years ago

    What a great article - and your beautiful jewellery deserves all the success it gets!

  • miasophia

    miasophia said 8 years ago

    congratulations~ what a wonderful inspiring story!

  • malves1009

    malves1009 said 8 years ago

    Great writeup for a talented artist, who features such lovely jewelry.

  • JewelryBySolange

    JewelryBySolange said 8 years ago

    WoW 1GG-CONGRATULATIONS!!! Youve given some great pointers and I loved reading more about the fabulous life of you!!!! :0) Well done!

  • JKiyomi

    JKiyomi said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congrats!

  • CliqueDaCour

    CliqueDaCour said 8 years ago

    Congrats to your success...its always inspiring to hear these stories...great work!!

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 8 years ago

    Stunning designs!

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 8 years ago

    What a beautiful shop you have! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • fatfacecreations

    fatfacecreations said 8 years ago

    Fabulous jewelry and a great article!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    How cool!!! Congrats on the feature and on being a full time jeweler.

  • chewiemonster

    chewiemonster said 8 years ago

    great jewelry, and inspiring article. what great solid clear advice given too! thanks so much for sharing.

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • revelry

    revelry said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is AH-mazing! You have a beautiful shop. What an inspiring interview because I totally relate to all the domestic stuff as I work out of my home, too. It's always comforting to hear similar stories!

  • silken

    silken said 8 years ago

    You've been in my favourites for ages now, I adore your work :D

  • abacusbeadcreations

    abacusbeadcreations said 8 years ago

    Wonderful article about a fabulous jewelry-maker!! Congratulations onegarnetgirl!!! Your jewelry is amazing!

  • wingbysea

    wingbysea said 8 years ago

    stunning work! inspirational, and just lovely to read about too. thanks for sharing your story!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    i dare you!!! it will worth it!!

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 8 years ago

    Wow, your work is impressive. You've done what most of us are dreaming about. Live from our creations. Congratulations!

  • Candies64

    Candies64 said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with everyone! Great article, awesome jewelry, wonderful inspiration! Thank you:) candice

  • skycreation

    skycreation said 8 years ago

    Very very pretty :)

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 8 years ago

    Lots of good advice! Thank you, and beautiful lovely work!

  • zebracakes

    zebracakes said 8 years ago

    Yay! Great article! Those "XO" earrings are so sweeeeeeeet! <3

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 8 years ago

    Beautiful pieces, congratulations on your success!

  • cooljewelrydesign

    cooljewelrydesign said 8 years ago

    Madelynn 1GG, So happy to see this article. Wonderful to know that this is achievable and how it has affected your life and that of your family. It's always a treat to see what you will come up with next--my recent fave is your Brown Sugar ring. Best, coolie

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 8 years ago

    Lovely jewelry, fabulous tips. Happy for you!

  • J2Jewelry

    J2Jewelry said 8 years ago

    Your workshop is frakking spotless! How??? Amazing! (and your pieces are absolutely beautiful...)

  • lilyomay

    lilyomay said 8 years ago

    Love your work! More power to you! Thank you so much for the tips... love, Lily

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 8 years ago

    wow this article is so inspiring for me! I just lost my job, and am thinking of actually concentrating on my etsy shop. thanks for the inspiration and hope you give all of us jewelry makers.

  • Geminimoondesigns

    Geminimoondesigns said 8 years ago

    I've had a ring of yours in my favorites for months! It's so nice to succeeding in your craft and is especially inspiring to an aspiring artist myself.. "We can never stop learning" peace, Katharine

  • thesweetbox

    thesweetbox said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed this article. I started selling on here recently & am at the one sale a month point myself **LOL** hopefully it will pickup soon!

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 8 years ago

    Wow! Thank you guys so much for your AWESOME words. I can't tell you how heart warming it is to see such kind wished from people I know and DON'T know! We can do this, just put yourself out there! As for my studio.... Well you know a girl has to primp before she goes on a date ;) I cleaned the dickens out of it for you guys ;) THANK you again ETSIANS!

  • apiecebydenise

    apiecebydenise said 8 years ago

    I LOVE your jewelry!!! Great article, thanks for sharing :)

  • vandiva

    vandiva said 8 years ago

    OneGarnetGirl, I think I can speak for the entire JET Team - we all love you! You're our hero. Keep up the awesome work.

  • photoamato

    photoamato said 8 years ago

    How awesome to see this wonderful article about you! I sent my garnets to you last week and am anxiously awaiting the custom stacking rings you're making for me.

  • byMasselyn

    byMasselyn said 8 years ago

    Yay...Madelynn is in the spotlight where she belongs. I love ya dear, and your jewelry inspired me to buy my torch (yeah, remember that!). Shame though that I am too scared to turn the darn thing on, but just know that you were my inspiration (and still are). Rock (Love) on!

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    bogARTstudiogallery said 8 years ago

    Awesome!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 8 years ago

    "Get rid of your anchors so you can move forward" - that is SO true. I've always loved your jewelry on Etsy. Now I love *you* for being such a cool gal!!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 8 years ago

    So inspiring -- and I was just thinking this morning at the gym..."why do I need to pay $100 a month to walk on a treadmill...maybe I should just walk OUTSIDE."

  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks said 8 years ago

    So encouraging Madelynn! Thanks for sharing with us all :O)

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 8 years ago

    How inspiring! Thanks for all the great advice and congratulations on your success! You really have beautiful jewelry!!

  • capitalcitycrafts

    capitalcitycrafts said 8 years ago

    Super article about a super creative jeweler and lovely person! thanks for sharing!

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 8 years ago

    I read all the Quit Your Day Job articles, but I particularly enjoyed this one... it seems that Madelynn's been working really very hard and it's paying off. So hurrah for Madelynn!

  • Thoughts

    Thoughts said 8 years ago

    Great article and unique, and elegant jewelry. Tiffany's Mom - Yolanda

  • EmotionalOasis

    EmotionalOasis said 8 years ago

    You're a rock star G! xoxox!!

  • TuscanBlooms

    TuscanBlooms said 8 years ago

    This is such an inspiration!!!! You go girl!!! Your stuff rocks!!! Keep making beautiful work!!

  • CarolynMackin

    CarolynMackin said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration- you painted a very clear picture of how you balance motherhood and business success!

  • ALittleLuxe

    ALittleLuxe said 8 years ago

    Wow - what an inspiration - it's nice to know there is room out there for us jewelry designers! Best of luck!

  • hollygems

    hollygems said 8 years ago

    Great article and advice. I'm a huge fan of your wonderful work! I want one of your rings on every finger :)

  • SatinDollCo

    SatinDollCo said 8 years ago

    Congrats,Madelynn!!! Great writeup that features a great artist and jewelry.

  • 2greyhounds

    2greyhounds said 8 years ago

    I have two favorite sellers on Etsy and Maddie is one of them. Not only is she a super talented jewelry artist, she's an awesome person. Her jewelry is yummy like candy. After you buy one piece you'll want more. Trust me, she's that good.

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Congrats!! Very beautiful shop!

  • MesaBlue

    MesaBlue said 8 years ago

    breath taking! keep it up!

  • ShellyFrancesMakeup

    ShellyFrancesMakeup said 8 years ago

    Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns said 8 years ago

    congrats! gorgeous work~

  • tinycharm

    tinycharm said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous gems!

  • YektahDesigns

    YektahDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing you success story! Best of luck!

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz said 8 years ago

    Wonderful feature, marymary! Congratulations, Madelynn - - you inspire!

  • pinkveggie

    pinkveggie said 8 years ago

    Yes, onegarnetgirl...I am a HUGE fan! Especially of the gorgeous Ballerina Ring...which I still have a photo of. Thanks for inspiring us!

  • papermichelle

    papermichelle said 8 years ago

    Love the feature! As always, onegarnetgirl's work is gorgeous and inspiring. I'm a big fan. Congratulations!!

  • EAGems

    EAGems said 8 years ago

    such a great success story - and very beautiful jewelry!!

  • phyllisneufeld

    phyllisneufeld said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. I am glad you are finding success.

  • DueSorelle

    DueSorelle said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing.

  • nothingcantopit

    nothingcantopit said 8 years ago

    You do such nice work that it's easy to see why it took over your day job. You have really inspired me. I am so glad that you are sucessful. I can just imagine you working to Motown. Maybe I should try that!

  • stonz

    stonz said 8 years ago

    Wow. Inspiring. And such beautiful work! Thanks for sharing your story...

  • JulieHoogDesigns

    JulieHoogDesigns said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful success story! I love all of your advice in your article; thank you! :)

  • oddestbird

    oddestbird said 8 years ago

    I hope to find the same success that you have. Your work is lovely and your story is an inspiration to us all.

  • GrandmaMarilynsToo

    GrandmaMarilynsToo said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. It is so much fun being on the JET Team with you.

  • phinson

    phinson said 8 years ago

    It was nice to hear a success story someone juggling children, husband, and housework like I am. It sure beats that 1 hour drive to work every day, and the delight of raising our children and doing something we love. What a blessing!

  • Enuwbe

    Enuwbe said 8 years ago

    Sounds like an amazingly driven girl! Congrats on all the success!

  • christinakober

    christinakober said 8 years ago

    thank you so much for sharing. so inspiring! and what beautiful work. congratulations on your success.

  • BlueJenOnline

    BlueJenOnline said 8 years ago

    Hope I can someday be a success like you. Your story was inspiring.

  • StephieMc

    StephieMc said 8 years ago

    Wonderful pointers and insight!! Gives me hope! :)

  • somsstudiosupplies

    somsstudiosupplies said 8 years ago

    Wow! What gorgeous jewelry! Heartiest Congratulations!

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 8 years ago

    I love your work, Madelynn...and Congratulate you on your success!

  • mLindvall

    mLindvall said 8 years ago

    PS: I still wear my sterling band...almost daily!

  • OliviaClare

    OliviaClare said 8 years ago

    Wow, congrats!!! Can't wait for my mom's ring I ordered her :)

  • Marajoyce

    Marajoyce said 8 years ago

    How you have grown!!! Jeez- all that in a year or so... Amazing and gorgeous work!

  • PoorRobot

    PoorRobot said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on all your success.

  • lazydayz

    lazydayz said 8 years ago

    beautiful work! I can see why you have succeeded!

  • terimoorelampwork

    terimoorelampwork said 8 years ago

    Wow! Your jewelry is so beautiful! I loved the article, took notes, and hope it will help me to grow my business. CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • thepinkcamellia

    thepinkcamellia said 8 years ago

    Wow, really beautiful pieces! Such a lovely story!

  • 101BestBeads

    101BestBeads said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful dream your living. Your work is absolutely beautiful. Congratulations on your success...and keep on!

  • ayawedding

    ayawedding said 8 years ago

    wow amazing:) I hope my dreams will come true as you

  • halloweentowne

    halloweentowne said 8 years ago

    you rock

  • friedasophie

    friedasophie said 8 years ago

    Stunning jewelry, what an eyecandy :)

  • sandali

    sandali said 8 years ago

    WOW ~~ I absolutely LOVE to hear these stories -- one of these days I will be in the same boat -- HOERA !!! You have an amazing shop Madelynn -- I love all your variety of stones ~~ Happy Days ;)

  • evihan

    evihan said 8 years ago

    wowww very talented artist...loved them all:-)

  • louisel

    louisel said 8 years ago

    Fab jewellery. Very inspiring, Thanks. Makes me want to get to my jewellery bench right now!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Great jewellery/shop/person/inspiration! Congrats on the success!xo

  • poppyeater

    poppyeater said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the great advise! :)

  • istiferet

    istiferet said 8 years ago

    your jewelry is beautiful! I wish I could buy it all! Very inspiring story too, I love it! :)

  • Beadix

    Beadix said 8 years ago

    Such lovely pieces. I'm hearting you :)

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 8 years ago

    Many congratulations on all your well-deserved success Madelynn! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fantastic article - you're extremely talented and an inspiration to us all. Oh, and I just LOVE your work too - one day I hope to commission my own 1GG original!!!

  • NanMoon

    NanMoon said 8 years ago

    I really like your jewelry.

  • rolanddesigns

    rolanddesigns said 8 years ago

    beautiful ! We all love success stories...

  • pearlatplay

    pearlatplay said 8 years ago

    very inspiring! thank you for your advices!

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 8 years ago

    gorgeous work and gorgeous pics of them too!!

  • legacylinens

    legacylinens said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your successful shop and inspiring story!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work, congrats on your success!

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 8 years ago

    congratulations, your jewellery is beautiful!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to you on your success. Your jewelry is beautiful and your story was very inspiring. Good Luck for the future too.

  • RomDesigns

    RomDesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work.....great article/tips...Congratulations!

  • Navare

    Navare said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring story! And I'm proud to belong to the JetTeam as well!

  • sunbasilgarden

    sunbasilgarden said 8 years ago

    What an wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Loved your comments on inventory and cancelling cell phones, etc. Keep up the beautiful work and keep having fun!

  • emmieloustudios

    emmieloustudios said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful - congratulations on your success!

  • wireddesign

    wireddesign said 8 years ago

    Congratulations - lovely work as usual!

  • GatheringSplendor

    GatheringSplendor said 8 years ago

    Awwww-- Just the what I needed to get me going this morning. Thanks so much--wonderful to know there may yet be a light at the end of the tunnel.

  • lucie39

    lucie39 said 8 years ago

    great article and great artist!Love your work~continued success in what you do:)

  • amarshall

    amarshall said 8 years ago

    I have yet to splurge on a piece of 'grown up' jewelry from onegarnetgirl but I've been eying this shop for the longest. Maybe for my b-day in January, which means my birth stone is garnet. =)

  • loriebsboutique

    loriebsboutique said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Congrats on your success! Thanks too for sharing your tips!

  • greeneyedsoul

    greeneyedsoul said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for your inspirational story!! Beautiful work :)

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your well deserved success!

  • mothermoongems

    mothermoongems said 8 years ago

    You make the most beautiful creations. The magpie in me is all aflutter over your shinies! Congrats on your continued success! :)

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 8 years ago

    so nice to read about others' success. continued success in the future!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 8 years ago

    Great stuff Madelynn! So nice to know your workshop isn't that clean 7 tidy all the time! :-) And can I just say... you look Great, way too young to have a husband, two children AND a successful business!

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 8 years ago

    Bwwwaaaaaah mazedasastoat. Yo u are a funny lady! I'm PLENTY old enough, believe me- feeling it more and more each day ;) Thank you GUYS for all or your kind words!

  • momosfamily

    momosfamily said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work by a beautiful person for sure.

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 8 years ago

    It was so wonderful to get to meet you and see your STUNNING jewelry in person down in Philly! What a great read - you go girl!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 8 years ago

    Beautifully inventive jewelry... and great advice, especially remembering to exercise- it's such a great stress-reliever. Best wishes for you Madelynn!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 8 years ago

    great article! Congrats Madelynn and thanks for wonderful and realistic tips!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 8 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and thanks for the great tips!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 8 years ago

    Great article and tips..

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and wonderful article! I love this line: 'Get rid of your anchors so you can move forward' Here's to continued success~

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    great work and wonderful tips! thanks tons for sharing :)

  • blackrockdesign

    blackrockdesign said 8 years ago

    Wow, your story is so inspiring. While I'll probably never make it to your level of professional success, I know that some of your tips will help me and come in handy. Thank you for sharing!

  • CathyMcKeighanDesign

    CathyMcKeighanDesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success!! Beautiful work. I hope to be in your shoes soon!!!

  • CathyMcKeighanDesign

    CathyMcKeighanDesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success!! Beautiful work. I hope to be in your shoes soon!!!

  • DesignByDanaJewelry

    DesignByDanaJewelry said 8 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful creations! Lots of talent there! I've been up and running since July 30, 2009 when I listed my first item. I't is almost a month since then and I've only sold 3 pieces (yes, I'm impatient). My business cards should be here today. I will follow the advice in the article and put them up everywhere! Thanks for the article it was so helpful. Peace, Dana

  • BlingFaktory

    BlingFaktory said 8 years ago

    I found your story and creations incredibly inspirational being so new to etsy myself...a sincere thank you!

  • beachbumzlady

    beachbumzlady said 8 years ago

    Awesome jewelry!! Thanks for encouraging me to keep following my heart/dream!!

  • jessitaylor

    jessitaylor said 8 years ago

    wow, congrats! great article, thanks~~

  • Aurorarose

    Aurorarose said 8 years ago

    I would LOVE to be able to go full time making my hair accessories and jewelry... maybe one day! very inspirational article!

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Nice to know it can happen! Since I still haven't found a job! I'll Keep pluggin away at the cloths!

  • laughtillyoucry

    laughtillyoucry said 8 years ago

    You sound like me, Maybe this could happen! I love the idea of having a shop that is open 24 hours.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Best of luck to you for continued success!

  • fabrictrimetc

    fabrictrimetc said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring, thank s for sharing your story. :)

  • WearableByDesign

    WearableByDesign said 8 years ago

    As a fellow JET member, I can say with authority that Madelynn is an all around super person whose an awesome and inspiring artists. Congratulations to you on this fabulous feature! Your moment in the sun is well deserved!!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 8 years ago

    Great tips and inspiration! Thanks!

  • shabbyandchic

    shabbyandchic said 8 years ago

    Great article, Great Inspiration. Me....Someday. Thanks

  • Jewelry24Seven

    Jewelry24Seven said 8 years ago

    Madelynn is a fabulous JET member. We're all very happy she's getting the attention she so richly deserves!

  • bklynstitch

    bklynstitch said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry!! Thanks for the inspiring read :)

  • tinacdesigns

    tinacdesigns said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful! Thanks for the great advice and congratulations on your success! You're living the dream.

  • Selkiemoonlight

    Selkiemoonlight said 8 years ago

    So glad to see you in this series! I've loved every ring I've ordered from you, and hope to get more soon! Your success is well deserved!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Jewelry and a lovely interview, wish you all the best!

  • mishmishmarket

    mishmishmarket said 8 years ago

    We're kindred spirits! Your voice and tone and approach really resonates. Learning more everyday about balancing family and work. Looks like you're living the dream! bravo. and your work is wonderful. thanks for the interview xox

  • AmandaJones

    AmandaJones said 8 years ago

    Lovely items. The flapper necklace and the rings really caught my eye. Congrats on your success!

  • Jmszito

    Jmszito said 8 years ago

    I admire your focus. I think I speak for many etsy artists, we can be a bit scatttered and need the kind of focus you have managed to achieve. Bravo!

  • madambeadjunkie

    madambeadjunkie said 8 years ago

    Thanks for such a great article! And for sharing this wonderful artists story with us.

  • SkateDogStudios

    SkateDogStudios said 8 years ago

    What a fantastic article, I just started my etsy shop and your story is the kind that keeps me going!

  • miznovember

    miznovember said 8 years ago

    Your shop has always been one of my favorites. and I must say that your photos are fabulous already.

  • bluerthanblue

    bluerthanblue said 8 years ago

    Your advice is DEAD ON! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us.

  • jFrancesDesign

    jFrancesDesign said 8 years ago

    Madelynn, I have been waiting for your interview. Your shop is one of my all time favorites, and I may be asking for one of your rings for Christmas or my birthday. Your color combinations are always exquisite.

  • kmcch6

    kmcch6 said 8 years ago

    Madelynn made the most beautiful staking topaz rings out of my grandmother's original ring. I absolutely love them and wear them everyday. Congratulations, Madelynn! You do beautiful work.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 8 years ago

    One craft I have always wanted to try my hand at! Awesome rings and wonderful shop!!

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 8 years ago

    LOVE your shop! Great story:)

  • mbrignall

    mbrignall said 8 years ago

    I highly recommend One Garnet Girl! She did 2 custom rings for me and they are gorgeous!

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 8 years ago

    I love your stuff- so much that I have sent many links to my boyfriend! Your interview is great! Really admirable! Well done with your success!

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 8 years ago

    i'm so in awe of all these "quit your day job" articles. i found myself without a day job in april and now have to make my etsy shop work to supplement living off my savings. these articles keep me moving when things look grim or it's hard to move on. thanks for the inspiration!

  • KaurFunktion

    KaurFunktion said 8 years ago

    You have such a beautiful store :) Very inspiring and innvovative :)

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin said 8 years ago

    You are a true talent! Every time I see your work, it is so recognizable as yours. I love everything I see. Congrats!!

  • WrappedInLuxury

    WrappedInLuxury said 8 years ago

    beautiful person, beautiful article, beautiful jewelry!!!! Thank you for the wonderful insight, I will post it to my wall for daily inspiration :)

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and another inspirational story.

  • imontoya

    imontoya said 8 years ago

    I love how these stories always come at the time i need a little boost! Thank for sharing. Lovely work and great advice!

  • loriken214

    loriken214 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Maddy!!! I am SO proud of all you have accomplished and I'm SO glad to have found you. All of your precious creations are amazing, unique and skillfully crafted....each and every one of mine are treasures that I enjoy beyond compare. I've lost count of the many stacking rings, and other pretties, that I've ordered from you...just know that I'll be back for many more, I'm addicted to them, and there is no end in sight for me! Love you, Lori

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 8 years ago

    Awesome interview. Very inspiring! Madelynn, I am curious about your background! Did you study jewelry design or are you self taught? Your work is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! All the tips were really helpful.

  • ShugaRose

    ShugaRose said 8 years ago

    Gorgeous Jewelry! Thank you for sharing.

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all the great information. So inspirational.

  • leatherprince

    leatherprince said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Beauiful design!! Thank you for sharing your story!!

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the insight! Continued good luck in your business!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 8 years ago

    Your jewelry is lovely. Thanks for the tips.

  • linsjewelbox

    linsjewelbox said 8 years ago

    great tips Madelynn! Hope to be like u one day and be me own boss!

  • terrysjewelry

    terrysjewelry said 8 years ago

    I was just thinking 'how clean you shop is' and then I scrolled through the comments! LOL I would have to bulldoze for a shop photo. Thanks for all the extra work and the helpful comments. How long did your shop stay so clean?

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 8 years ago

    Thank you again everyone! You seriously made my day ;) MeghanT I am self taught, but now I can afford all of those classes, and I've taken four classes now. That's made a huge impact.

  • Bunnys

    Bunnys said 8 years ago

    Good article and will make use of the advise :). Thank you so much for sharing.

  • artsyfingers

    artsyfingers said 8 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. Superb work of art.

  • SamadhiBodyProducts

    SamadhiBodyProducts said 8 years ago

    Beautiful!!

  • TwentySecondStreet

    TwentySecondStreet said 8 years ago

    Great article and tips! You have a beautiful product line! Thank you!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    A really good article and you have very beautiful jewelry. Thanks Madelynn for sharing this very inspiring article with us.

  • rswilsonjewelry

    rswilsonjewelry said 8 years ago

    Nice article and very informative. Thanks

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 8 years ago

    I enjoyed this article and the advice, especially about convoing other jewelers, something I have been shy to do on etsy. Beautiful work♥

  • pascalepetit

    pascalepetit said 8 years ago

    Wow! Great inspiration! Thanks!

  • Tessyla

    Tessyla said 8 years ago

    Awesome jewelry! Congrats on your success and best of luck in the future!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 8 years ago

    Your pieces are impossibly gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your story and wisdom!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  • woolpearls

    woolpearls said 8 years ago

    An inspirational piece! Thanks for the advice and direction!

  • BigSkyDreamer

    BigSkyDreamer said 8 years ago

    Madelynn ~ Hurray for you. Your work is beautiful and your information is valuable. Thank You. My passion is designing jewelry, mostly off loom. I will continue to watch your shop and have you checked as a favorite. beej

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 8 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for you inspiration and best luck on your future endeavors. Your work is beautiful.

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 8 years ago

    Great advice!

  • InVincibleDesigns

    InVincibleDesigns said 8 years ago

    Reading these articles are great inspiration to keep trying even though sales are low. Many thanks.

  • CecilysRags

    CecilysRags said 8 years ago

    Beautiful, they all look precious.

  • TopsailWinds

    TopsailWinds said 8 years ago

    i strive to be as successful as you one day! how amazing! congratulations and keep up all your hard work and dedication! you most certainly deserve it!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    You are a inspiration, I love your jewelry.

  • Nicollie

    Nicollie said 8 years ago

    Great article and beautiful jewelry!

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 8 years ago

    I love your philosophy to "Get rid of your anchors so you can move forward — otherwise the stress of paying creditors will outweigh the joy of running your own ship". Move over world, I have things to create!! And I also appreciate your advise to take care of yourself - exercise. Your jewelry is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  • bijouxmadeleine

    bijouxmadeleine said 8 years ago

    "Get rid of your anchors so you can move forward..." I absolutely LOVE that! Great advice for everyone. Gorgeous jewelry as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • soule

    soule said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry!!! I just gave my notice at work today!!!!

  • Hobbyzu

    Hobbyzu said 8 years ago

    Amazing work! I love being able to set my own work hours.:-)

  • beyondyonder

    beyondyonder said 8 years ago

    fabulous jewelry, i love the designs! thanks for the tips!

  • Lazada

    Lazada said 8 years ago

    I am a new seller and new to making jewelry. Thank you for your candid advice. Love you work and congrats on your success!!

  • BlueCrushBeads

    BlueCrushBeads said 8 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful...rich with color. Every piece of jewelry is perfect! Thanks for the fantastic advise!!

  • MimilaRose

    MimilaRose said 8 years ago

    Wonderful and very inspiring article. Your jewelry is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl said 8 years ago

    Soule, Congratulations! Best of luck to you!

  • kdolldesigns

    kdolldesigns said 8 years ago

    Beautiful work and a very inspiring to read how you have accomplished your goals! I love the colors and stones you use in your work

  • greeneyedbutterfly

    greeneyedbutterfly said 8 years ago

    You should be so proud to be able to have accomplished so much while being a Mom and Wife, I know it's not easy. Your jewelry is sooo beautiful. Keep up the good work.

  • KahiliCreations

    KahiliCreations said 8 years ago

    I am still in love with my Star Light, Star Bright ring. Nice to know the person who made it!

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 8 years ago

    fabulous jewelry!

  • ForYouDesigns

    ForYouDesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirational insight - and your jewellery is divine!

  • thelittlereddoor

    thelittlereddoor said 8 years ago

    congratulations!!

  • littlemustardseeds

    littlemustardseeds said 8 years ago

    Hi Madelynn You have encouraged me lots on doing what we love to do full-time.. your jewellery is awesome! :o) All the best!

  • Mystiquebijoux

    Mystiquebijoux said 8 years ago

    Thank you Madelynn, that was so helpful and inspiring! It really encourages me to pursue this dream of mine. Your pieces are soft, colourful and sophisticated. Congratulations! ;-)

  • fabriclady

    fabriclady said 8 years ago

    Thank you Madelynn, your article was just the kick in the rear that I needed to get going. I'm hoping to stay retired by selling on various sites. I love your jewelry and positive approach to your business. Wishing you continued success!

  • druizgjg

    druizgjg said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring!!!

  • lovinclaydolls

    lovinclaydolls said 8 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story Madelynn! As a mom of 5 I especially relate to the part about balancing working at home with housework/being a mom. I have walked by LOTS of laundry piles who were calling out to me, dishes too!!LOL

  • JulieEllynDesigns

    JulieEllynDesigns said 8 years ago

    I am so happy that I came across this article. New to Etsy, I am just starting to delve into the amazing opportunities of the site. Thank you so much for your insite and inspiration.

  • smiledesigns

    smiledesigns said 8 years ago

    You are an inspiration to me - I cannot wait to have a schedule like yours and I know it is achievable. Thank you and your jewelry is unbelievably gorgeous!

  • theangrystitchers

    theangrystitchers said 8 years ago

    I am so happy everytime I wear the beautiful rings that you made...you are definately an amazing artist!

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 8 years ago

    As a newbie to Etsy I found this article really inspiring - thank you very much!

  • mazzoni

    mazzoni said 8 years ago

    Enjoyed your story...thanks for sharing...your work is beautiful.

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 8 years ago

    As a mother and Etsy seller (and buyer) I find your story inspirational! Thanks and good luck for ongoing success!!

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 8 years ago

    real solid advice for preparing - cutting bills, budgeting, etc. great work!

  • dsenyo

    dsenyo said 8 years ago

    Gosh! What beautiful work you do. Thanks for the encouragement to get involved in the Etsy community.

  • SuZefashion

    SuZefashion said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing about your road to success. It is very helpful to hear from fellow sellers and learn from each other. I love your jewelry, it is so beautiful!

  • Uniqueartglass

    Uniqueartglass said 8 years ago

    WOW!!!!!!!!Great !!! Awesome!!! Best wishes!!!

  • ArtMadeByTammy

    ArtMadeByTammy said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Madelynn! Your work is Amazing! You are such an inspiration to us JETs and Etsy.

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    Great stuff Madelynn! Your work is lovely and your advice is solid. Very inspiring.

  • starrybluesky

    starrybluesky said 8 years ago

    Congrats ! Your work has been at the top of my favourites since I first discovered Etsy . So ,lovely to read the interview with you ~ hope you go from strength to strength ! Best wishes, Rhiannon

  • cartwheel

    cartwheel said 8 years ago

    I am about to start a silversmith course and you have given me the motivation to learn and develop my jewelery skills. Thank you. p.s make sure you remember to fit in a solid meal in your busy day!!

  • jennifermagnesi

    jennifermagnesi said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Your jewelry is gorgeous!

  • modernfigurative

    modernfigurative said 8 years ago

    I can tell by the number of comments and what people have said in them that others are just as impressed as I am in this Etsy seller. Great balance of self confidence, with support of others! Her product is beautiful, and so is she!

  • Yayahandicraft

    Yayahandicraft said 8 years ago

    Your interview is fantastic. Thank you for all your secrets. Your work is totally fantastic.

  • janeheller

    janeheller said 8 years ago

    love your work! and thanks for sharing all your great advise.

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 8 years ago

    Love it! Beautiful stuff and I'm just drooling over your workspace.

  • FabFindsVintage

    FabFindsVintage said 8 years ago

    I'm so happy for you! Great job living the life that you want to live!!!

  • InHonorOf

    InHonorOf said 8 years ago

    Love your work. Love your input. I have a son named Gabriel too that I am working hard to stay at home with:)

  • kennafoster

    kennafoster said 8 years ago

    What a GREAT interview! And such incredible craftsmanship in her gorgeous creations! Found a few new faves to drool over!!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful work ~ congrats on your success!

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas said 8 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • MetalTaboo

    MetalTaboo said 8 years ago

    The best and most important part of this whole interview is the tidbit about not underselling your work. More artists should listen to that! Great jewelry and interview from this gal ;)

  • agreensleeve

    agreensleeve said 8 years ago

    Inspirational, thanks for sharing your story. Beautiful work, BTW.

  • tanglesastangled

    tanglesastangled said 8 years ago

    sign. I love these articles soooo much. they help me to work harder and harder. Thanks so much!

  • threedeluxe

    threedeluxe said 7 years ago

    Inspiring

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