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Quit Your Day Job: PeacockInvitations

Jul 6, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Jo of PeacockInvitations and her family were recently able to move into the house of their dreams because of the success of Jo’s wedding invitation business. After an illness caused her to seek out new professional opportunities, Jo set up shop on Etsy. Now busy with her new passion and success, Jo advises the importance of a good accountant and staying original.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Most of my family members are artists, all dabbling in theater, music, sculpting, painting and such. Honestly, when I was a kid, I was convinced I’d break free and go do something completely different, like become a human rights lawyer or a criminal psychologist. When I got older I realized my life was in cinema, so I ended up leading my career down that path. Even though I’ve always enjoyed creating things with my hands (scrapbooking, knitting, etc.) I never really intended to make a living doing what I do now.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
When I was young, my family lived in many countries to follow my parents’ work and dreams — which led me to speak many languages fluently. With that skill, and my passion for cinema, I worked as a sales and distribution manager selling artistic documentaries for the big screen. I loved it more than you can imagine, but unfortunately a genetic blood disorder I have led me to choose a different path — one that kept me closer to my doctors. During this time I met the love of my life, he asked me to marry him soon after, and we began the journey towards where we are today.

We planned a big, eco-friendly wedding to be held in Italy, near Venice, where I lived for several years as a child. We had guests coming from 32 different countries so I wanted the invitations to be something out of this world, as I already knew it would be hard to convince people to travel so far to attend our wedding. I had designed invitations for friends in the past, but never anything as elaborate as what I created for my own wedding. We wanted something vintage, travel-themed, old Hollywood, but with bold colors. Peacock feathers came to mind, which was fitting, as the bird represents loyalty, eternal love, fidelity, and good luck. Our invitations were a hit, and after a few wedding blogs and forums featured them I started receiving requests to create invitations in the same style and theme. Peacock Invitations was created soon after and our signature piece, the peacock-themed vintage passport invitations, was based on our own wedding invitations.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams of eventually quitting your day job?
No, absolutely not, and it turns out I work harder now than I ever did before!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details. 
Nope, I had a few good connections from my old job that were useful in this line of work (paper suppliers, printers, etc.), but that’s about all I had when I decided to give it a real go and do this for a living.

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

  • I like to network, so a lot of my marketing is done through meeting and sharing information, tips, and supporting other artists who create handmade beauty within the wedding industry. We have a lot of competition out there — big companies who sell invitations and accessories for a fraction of what we do, but all I can say is: You get what you pay for.
  • Other marketing outlets I use, apart from listing as much as possible on Etsy, are Facebook, Twitter, and ads with bridal blogs, eco-friendly blogs, and magazines when funds allow it.
  • Good customer service is always key. I try my absolute hardest to make sure that our customer service is perfect. I take a lot of time to answer emails, phone calls, Etsy convos, and really try to make the experience of ordering wedding invitations an enjoyable step in our clients’ wedding planning.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
The only business regret I have is that for a while I took too many orders before I had a backup plan, if I were to get sick again. Running your own business is a 24/7 thing, so if you suddenly aren’t around to make things happen, your business takes a hit.

Walk us through your typical workday.
Disclaimer: Wedding season can get crazy in our world!

  • I get up when my two kids wake up in the morning (one is 14 months, the other 3 1/2).
  • Once the hubby and the kids are out the door to daycare, I have breakfast, answer emails, prepare FedEx shipping paperwork and other paperwork for my accountant.
  • I finish any orders that aren’t done and package all orders.
  • I design most of our creations during the day, or late at night.
  • I answer emails, have conference calls and answer Etsy convos.
  • I send proofs to printing and pick up proofs that are ready.
  • I cut invitations, ribbons, melt wax seals and such for my packaging.
  • As soon as my kids come home from daycare until 8:30 p.m., it’s family time. We try to put work aside and just be together.
  • We always try to assemble invitations in the evening after the kids are in bed. We cut feathers, stuff envelopes, design new proofs and answer more emails.
  • I usually hit the sack around 1 a.m. It’s a long day!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy being able to make my own decisions, and do what I want to do when I want to do it. I enjoy being THE boss, I have to admit that. I do miss stability and not having all the weight on my shoulders. Working 9 to 5 for me was a lot easier, but also a lot less rewarding. This just seems to be what I am good at, and I enjoy every moment of it.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Although I enjoy my life as it is, I rarely have time for anything else. I have my kids, my husband and my job. That’s pretty much it. All of my friends hunt me down online or on the phone if they want to talk, because they know that’s where they’ll find me!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Try to take it easy. Oh, and hire an accountant!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I’d like to be able to hire more help so we can produce more beauty and reach a larger crowd. I also hope that by producing more, we can create a new budget line for those brides who love our work, but can’t afford the exclusive collections we have now.


Photo by wedding photographer, Kellie Kano

Any favorite Etsy Shops we should know about?
Oh, absolutely. I consider myself very lucky to be able to call several wonderful Etsy artists my friends. There are too many to mention, but amongst those I talk to on a daily basis are Marie from EmiciBridal, Yvonne from Bonzie and Jade from JadeRoseDesigns. There are several time zones between us but I love staying in touch with them and smile whenever I find a convo or email from them in my inbox. I like to support fellow wedding industry artists, so I came up with the idea of making an “Etsy vendor list” for all of our customers, and they receive discounts when shopping from those sellers. That list is now very long and, next to the fabulous ladies I just mentioned, it also includes BethanyLorelle, BaroqueAndRoll, OneLittleDove, FaeriedTreasures, OriginalsByLynnette and many more. I also enjoy creating Treasuries that include Etsy artists I love, so whenever I find the time I go treasure hunting on Etsy.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
The success our little business has seen in the last year made it possible for us to purchase our dream home this past spring, with a studio for our headquarters. So to all the brides out there whom we have had the pleasure of working with: Thank you! You have no idea how much we appreciate your business.

Another thing I’d like to share with anyone starting their own business: as long as you stay original and create something new, things will happen for you. I work hard at keeping our work one-of-a-kind, and strive to keep coming up with fresh, unique ideas. It pays off at the end of the day.

Thanks to Jo for sharing her story. You can see some of Jo‘s work in the Related Items.

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183 comments

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 9 years ago

    Wow,this story so impresive. Thank you Mary for finding Jo!

  • EmiciBridal

    EmiciBridal said 9 years ago

    Yay Jo! Congratulations on your success. You are such a great person, put out gorgeous invitations and I couldn't be happier for you. Keep up the inspirational work!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 9 years ago

    So beautiful those peacock feathers!

  • depuis

    depuis said 9 years ago

    Great story and congratulations for making it! These invitations look lovely, Ill keep them in mind for when we'll have our big day. They are very appropriate as my family is in Europe and i am in NY. Very inspiring. Best wishes, Mina

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 9 years ago

    Great story and very encouraging... really nice shop!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 9 years ago

    Another inspiring story, beautiful stationary too :)

  • ABoxForMyTreasure

    ABoxForMyTreasure said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring and informative. Congrats on your success so far :)

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 9 years ago

    Thanks for so much good advice and inspiration!! LOVE the peacock feather motif...

  • touchofdrama

    touchofdrama said 9 years ago

    Too bad that my cousin's wedding is over. These designs would have been perfect for her. Very dramatic. I love it!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    Another beautiful story , thanks a lot !

  • MaaPstudio

    MaaPstudio said 9 years ago

    Great story!Very inspiring!!

  • LiberalSmarts

    LiberalSmarts said 9 years ago

    Fabulous style - fun yet classy!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 9 years ago

    love the article!! congrats!!!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 9 years ago

    inspiring story...cool and artistic take on the boring invitation...love it!

  • missive

    missive said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations! :)

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme said 9 years ago

    This is such a great story! I love reading these articles. I am a teacher who's art job was cut after 3 years, so it is good to know that it can be done!

  • verowarren

    verowarren said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Great article! Your shop is amazing!

  • PudgyBirdCo

    PudgyBirdCo said 9 years ago

    I've been entertaining the idea of a peacock themed wedding, and you're products definitely make me want to forge ahead in that direction.

  • LizzieLuna

    LizzieLuna said 9 years ago

    Wonderful Story... thans for sharing..Love your shop

  • freya16

    freya16 said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story :)

  • DreamGallery

    DreamGallery said 9 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work! Makes we want to get married all over again.

  • uhreusable

    uhreusable said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story with words of inspiration and confidence...thank-you for sharing your beautiful work!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 9 years ago

    Beautiful & magical. Congrats to you!

  • sweetnaturedesigns

    sweetnaturedesigns said 9 years ago

    This is what is great about etsy...such unique items...they are worth it because of the attention to detail and the love that goes into every handmade item.

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 9 years ago

    Way to go!!! Beautiful creations. I love the write-up!!!

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 9 years ago

    very inspiring! thank you...blessings, ophelia

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 9 years ago

    Inspiring story! Just beautiful!

  • claudinescalling

    claudinescalling said 9 years ago

    Kudos for all that work with little ones in the mix. Clearly you are living authentically to have that much energy!

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    ScrapHappyLyrebird said 9 years ago

    Those are GORGEOUS! I love peacocks and wish we could have had those invitations for our wedding! Congratulations and good work!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Jo. Congratulations on all of your success + your dream home!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    lovely wedding invites. congrats!!

  • HiddenMeaning

    HiddenMeaning said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story, tnx for sharing! And Your thing are gorgeous!! :)

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 9 years ago

    Those peacock invitations are gorgeous!!!! Wishin I would have seen those 14 years ago when I got married :) Congrats on your success.

  • blueskyclouds

    blueskyclouds said 9 years ago

    So inspiring. I love those peacock invitations...so beautiful!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 9 years ago

    Jo, congratulations on your success! Thank you for this great story!

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 9 years ago

    love this...beautiful invitations...makes me want to get married!!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 9 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous work and another fabulous article! Thank you so much for sharing marymary! :0)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Beautiful invitations! Congrats on your success!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 9 years ago

    The peacock invitations are so creative :) I really love your creative style of work. Best wishes to you and your business.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 9 years ago

    Great story!

  • minnabean

    minnabean said 9 years ago

    GORGEOUS invitations! I really love this story. :)

  • tanyabond

    tanyabond said 9 years ago

    WOWWWWWWW, your invitations are so beautiful! I want to have one even though I'm married already...

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 9 years ago

    Your invitations are stunning and I am so happy for your success, I wish you many years of good paper stories!

  • shopREiNViNTAGE

    shopREiNViNTAGE said 9 years ago

    great feature! I lovelovelove the peacock invitations <3

  • OliveSomeday

    OliveSomeday said 9 years ago

    le sigh. I wish I had known about etsy when I was married!

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    TheWellingtonBoot said 9 years ago

    The peacock feather are absolutely gorgeous and add that extra bit of luxury. When/If I get married, I'll think of you!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 9 years ago

    Oh goodness, you take my breath away. You are so creative.

  • perebags

    perebags said 9 years ago

    Fantastic story! Congrats!

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix said 9 years ago

    Pearls...I love what you have to say about staying original. Wishing you continued success.

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 9 years ago

    The story is great :) Very creative, love it.

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 9 years ago

    I agree with many others above- beautiful work and love the peacock feathers. (We have a neighbor who has a couple of these birds) :) I am marking your store for myself and friends who are to be future brides. :) thanks for sharing your story.

  • LaceNSneakers

    LaceNSneakers said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous invitations. Thanks for sharing your story. Very inspiring!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 9 years ago

    so inspiring.... your invitation cards are just the loveliest i've seen here in etsy.. congrats!

  • TheTrendySparrow

    TheTrendySparrow said 9 years ago

    First off congrats! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! Your story is wonderful and I see it as an inspiration. I will keep you in mind when I get married ;)

  • TheTrendySparrow

    TheTrendySparrow said 9 years ago

    First off congrats! Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us! Your story is wonderful and I see it as an inspiration. I will keep you in mind if I ever get married ;)

  • ChiChiMe

    ChiChiMe said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational story! I became sick last year and had to reevaluate my life and rediscover the things that truly made me happy - so I started my Etsy business! It is so wonderful to know that someone else out there has made a similar type of journey and is all the better for it :)

  • randomorder

    randomorder said 9 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for your input and inspiration.

  • autumnraincreations

    autumnraincreations said 9 years ago

    Just beautiful and very creative! Congratulations on your success:)

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congratulations on your new home,& your success. I emailed the article to a friend who just got engaged, & she said she gasped when she saw your amazing work - I hope there will be another order in your future! Bobbie

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 9 years ago

    SO beautiful! Honestly.. I think that I need to renew my vows now.. ;D

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 9 years ago

    YAY! Congrats on your success! One of my favourite shops, its so great how well you're doing! :)

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 9 years ago

    Great success story, congratulations on working hard and then dreams do come true.

  • brookiecookiesbows

    brookiecookiesbows said 9 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous invitations! Congrats on your success! :)

  • CaliforniaCraft

    CaliforniaCraft said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful shop and one filled with creativity. Thank you for your inspiration!

  • janicewd

    janicewd said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful shop and one filled with creativity. Thank you for your inspiration!!

  • paperstories

    paperstories said 9 years ago

    Lovely story. It makes me happy to hear such success. not to be a downer though.. Stationary (as shown in the photo credits) should actually be StationEry with an E. StationAry with an A refers to something sedentary (like a stationary bike). not sure who made the mistake or typo but it is worth noting since it is her field.

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 9 years ago

    What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 9 years ago

    Beautiful! Congratulations on your success.

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on all your success. The invitations look beautiful!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 9 years ago

    wow!!! that is so pretty!!! Thank you for sharing this to us.

  • sherbetwithsprinkles

    sherbetwithsprinkles said 9 years ago

    What beautiful items! I wish I knew about Etsy when I was getting married. You are definately an inspiration.

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 9 years ago

    Such a great story and fabulous invitations!

  • MontanaSnowVintage

    MontanaSnowVintage said 9 years ago

    Truly inspirational!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 9 years ago

    Congrats, Jo! Very inspirational!!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 9 years ago

    beautiful invitations, and a wonderful story. thanks for sharing with us. :)

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 9 years ago

    What a lovely wedding story and business dream come true--Congratulations!!! I adore your themes-romantic

  • BeachGlassGems

    BeachGlassGems said 9 years ago

    Jo, congratulations on your success. Your items are beautiful and the article, too. An illness put me in the work from home mode and I found Etsy. Hope my story improves as yours did.

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 9 years ago

    beautiful invitations! great story. thanks

  • songbird58

    songbird58 said 9 years ago

    Ah! What an uplifting story. "Thanks" for sharing.

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 9 years ago

    GORGEOUS work! Congrats to you :-)

  • SewBeeItClothier

    SewBeeItClothier said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and for being so blunt. I am fairly new to Etsy but absolutely love what I do. I look foward to the day when I WILL quit My day job!

  • bethanylorelle

    bethanylorelle said 9 years ago

    Such a well deserved feature! Jo is a lovely person inside and out! Her story is an inspiration! Thank Etsy for a wondeful feature! bethany lorelle

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • Shoottothrill

    Shoottothrill said 9 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!! Now I just need to find a husband! :)

  • TStyles

    TStyles said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous invitations and shop, GOOD LUCK! :)

  • chinchinski

    chinchinski said 9 years ago

    That's awesome, I love hearing great stories like this!

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes said 9 years ago

    I like to read these stories - they get me motivated on those long days (nights). Thanks!

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 9 years ago

    woo

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 9 years ago

    Thanks for posting this wonderful story!

  • decors

    decors said 9 years ago

    Another success story Mary'd reported. Congrats! Corra http://jewelry.de-cors.com

  • JL67

    JL67 said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your ETSY success and your new home...there's no place like home... :)

  • BespokeShanny

    BespokeShanny said 9 years ago

    Great story, may you have continued success and all the best!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    Such beautiful designs ~ how creative! Congrats, Jo, on your fine success, and wishing you plenty more.

  • betsy3

    betsy3 said 9 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 9 years ago

    stunning, a great story and gorgeous items.

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring article. I really can't wait to open my shop on Etsy! It always been one of my dream! Thanks for another great article, Mary!

  • dandeliondaydreamer

    dandeliondaydreamer said 9 years ago

    Wow! Such an inspirational read. Well done to you both and thanks for sharing with us newbies :) -x-

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    Very striking invitations, favors and other wedding related works. Making my own decisions is a very motivating reason to work hard and products good work to stay independent. Despite all the work and long hours the rewards are well worth the effort. Congratulations!

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring...And the "MONICA Europa collection" is gorgeous!

  • farfallagialla

    farfallagialla said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! After my coffe and this "Quit your day job", I'm so excited. Thank you for share your sucess history! xoxo

  • rachelscbd

    rachelscbd said 9 years ago

    Great story! These are very beautiful!

  • amyflorence

    amyflorence said 9 years ago

    What gorgeous invitations! Wishing you continuing success!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration with us!

  • FernHollowFinds

    FernHollowFinds said 9 years ago

    WOW! Congrats on your success. Beautiful invitations.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 9 years ago

    wonderful story

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 9 years ago

    Have been a fan for a long time- your story is inspirational...Congratulations on finding your calling!

  • flygirl715

    flygirl715 said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! Your invitations are truly one of a kind and very lovely!

  • wandaandkrystyna

    wandaandkrystyna said 9 years ago

    very inspiring, thank you :)

  • bluskys06

    bluskys06 said 9 years ago

    Great and inspiring article!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks so much for sharing your story, I really enjoyed reading it.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 9 years ago

    Your work is unbelievably beautiful guys! No small wonder on your success, fantastic. Congratulations on the QYDJ feature too!

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 9 years ago

    inspiring!thanks

  • jillmccp

    jillmccp said 9 years ago

    great idea! So creative.

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 9 years ago

    Beautiful items, great story! Some day, hopefully!!!

  • BizimSupplies

    BizimSupplies said 9 years ago

    Beautiful story! Thank you for sharing.

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    Very original and beautiful! Congrats on your success!

  • flyinhog

    flyinhog said 9 years ago

    Love the color combination in beautiful peacock feathers. I so enjoyed this blog and this shop!

  • designMatter

    designMatter said 9 years ago

    Congrats and best wishes!:))

  • sooz1

    sooz1 said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story.

  • sooz1

    sooz1 said 9 years ago

    Congratulations!! Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story.

  • mothermoongems

    mothermoongems said 9 years ago

    I loved this story! Thank you for showcasing this fabulous artist!

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 9 years ago

    WOW beautiful invitations! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 9 years ago

    Wow, Beautiful and Very creative designs. Vivid colors! Congratulations!

  • PotteryHeaven

    PotteryHeaven said 9 years ago

    What an inspiration. Thanks for sharing and best of luck on your adventure.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    Congratualtions, what a beautiful shop. Im getting married in the uncoming year so your shop will be one I visit.

  • evertonterrace

    evertonterrace said 9 years ago

    Lovely story. Beautiful quality products. It's so interesting to see what led people down their path and how Etsy has changed their life.

  • ExQuisiteInVitation

    ExQuisiteInVitation said 9 years ago

    Wishing you much success!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 9 years ago

    Lovely interview and such a beautiful shop! Here's to your continued success!

  • SwirlyGarden

    SwirlyGarden said 9 years ago

    Your shop is Absolutely Breathtaking!!! And such a beautiful story- you definitely deserve all the success!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Wow.. magnificent work and a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it, Jo. Very inspiring.

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 9 years ago

    wonderful stuff!! Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • jargonhead

    jargonhead said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful story! Keep up the beautiful work!

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa said 9 years ago

    Great stories like this one are so inspiring. They keep us hopeful.

  • ShineyObject

    ShineyObject said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments and I wish you continued success in all you do!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Congrats on all your hard work and success!! Thanks for the advice and sharing your story!!! Best of luck to you!!!

  • InviteMe

    InviteMe said 9 years ago

    Oh yay! Congrats to you :) I've been waiting to see an invitation designer with an Etsy success story! Your invitations are lovely.

  • EyeDesire

    EyeDesire said 9 years ago

    Wow, great story!! Thanks for sharing with us!!

  • LibertyImages

    LibertyImages said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and finding what it is you love to do!

  • peacocktaco

    peacocktaco said 9 years ago

    so inspiring! ;) I think I JUST saw a blog post on a wedding blog using these invitations! I thought they were so pretty then and now!

  • marszy

    marszy said 9 years ago

    cool! not kidding! it has been a mental challenge for me in getting this etsy thing really going- I fear sometimes but figure, just go forward anyway- patience and originality are two good pieces of advice. - bless you for posting such a wonderful story -

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 9 years ago

    Congrats! Very inspiring & lovely products....

  • AmoreBride

    AmoreBride said 9 years ago

    Way to go Jo! I was SO excited to see you featured, but I'm not surprised. You are such an inspiration. Much Congratulations!! - Michele

  • chicycled

    chicycled said 9 years ago

    This is really awesome!

  • yourlifevents

    yourlifevents said 9 years ago

    Jo, Your work is beautiful and your story is inspiring. From one wedding vendor to another - thank you for sharing your story!

  • 111collagedesign

    111collagedesign said 9 years ago

    That's a great story! I began selling on Etsy also because illness led me down a different path than I'd planned. Congrats on your success :)

  • kimnelsondesigns

    kimnelsondesigns said 9 years ago

    Great story. I am inspired to keep on keeping on. Enjoy your new home & continued success.

  • LotusGem

    LotusGem said 9 years ago

    Wow very beautiful work! Congratulations on achieving the American Dream that we are al stricing for!

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring post - you have some extremely gorgeous stationery pieces in your shop! Thanks for sharing.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    I just love your peacock designs. Your shop is wonderful congratulations on the success of your business and thank you for the inspiration to keep on doing.

  • katiecompanyinc

    katiecompanyinc said 9 years ago

    Stunning invites! Congrats!

  • cindycolumbia1958

    cindycolumbia1958 said 9 years ago

    Beautiful items! Great to hear how well you have done!

  • tasteofhoneyvintage

    tasteofhoneyvintage said 9 years ago

    I want to get married all over again just so I can order some invitations. They're lovely!

  • weddingheaven

    weddingheaven said 9 years ago

    love the article, it's so pretty~

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    very special work, lovely.

  • EdgeInspired

    EdgeInspired said 9 years ago

    Fantastic article and such beautiful items!! Thank you so much for sharing your story and wishing you the very best :)

  • hoopdreamz

    hoopdreamz said 9 years ago

    The beautiful, rich color of the peacock feathers, etc. really wakes up the senses!

  • LuBluDesigns

    LuBluDesigns said 9 years ago

    What beautiful invitations! Thanks for the article!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 9 years ago

    Good work and good interview. all the very best.

  • quiltawhirldesigns

    quiltawhirldesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Jo for the inspiration! I'm new to Etsy and love reading about the success of others - maybe me someday. Also, your work is stunningly beautiful!

  • quiltawhirldesigns

    quiltawhirldesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks, Jo for the inspiration! I love to read about the success of others - maybe some day it will be me! Also, your work is stunningly beautiful!!!

  • bonzie

    bonzie said 9 years ago

    I know a bit about the gal behind this lovely storque article and I can say hand on heart that you both deserve every ounce of the success! Peacock Invitations is a truely inspiring brand and we are honored to call Jo a friend. One of the most hard working gals we know on etsy! Keep up the great work you guys and all the best for the future. xxxx bonzie

  • MiniMementos

    MiniMementos said 9 years ago

    Awesome story! Really inspiring.

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for the story, Jo! On my to-do list is to meet with an accountant and now I see that it needs to be at the TOP of my list!

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 9 years ago

    I absolutely loved work shop and artwork. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • agwagon

    agwagon said 9 years ago

    Wow these are so cool

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. Your work is beautiful! May continued success be yours.

  • thecrabbybull

    thecrabbybull said 9 years ago

    wow- you do BEAUTIFUL work!!

  • sevenoakfarm

    sevenoakfarm said 9 years ago

    Such an inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • theperfectpalette

    theperfectpalette said 9 years ago

    we absolutely love your collection! Congrats on your success!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 9 years ago

    What an ispiring story! :) Beautiful collection!!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 9 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • bayleafhome

    bayleafhome said 9 years ago

    This is great! Thanks for the tips and advice, I'm always looking for new things that can take my business to the next level!!

  • alexis2422

    alexis2422 said 9 years ago

    This comapny is amazing and Jo's invitations are out of this world!!!!!!!!!!! Even when I made a major change, the invitations were sent out in time! Thank you for creating things of such beauty!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 9 years ago

    congrats! beautiful and unique invites.

  • aquacitrine

    aquacitrine said 9 years ago

    what an amazing story! so glad we read it :) your invites are very lovely too!

  • LovMely

    LovMely said 9 years ago

    beautiful Invitations! and what a great story, congrats on the new home and success of your business!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

    Congrats on all of your blessings in doing what you love. Im planning a wedding very soon and cant wait to look at your invitations!

  • SimplYouDesign

    SimplYouDesign said 9 years ago

    Congrats!! Recently I was laid off from my full time job at an ad agency and am now pursuing my wedding design full-time! Your story is an inspiration!

  • tiffanisaxtondesigns

    tiffanisaxtondesigns said 9 years ago

    Wow, thanks for sharing your story. Very impressive and inspiring. And your work is so beautiful, it's no wonder that between your work ethic and talent you've made such a success with your business. Best Wishes!

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 9 years ago

    Wow, these invitations are so original and styling, well done!

  • HappyWorldProducts

    HappyWorldProducts said 9 years ago

    your work is totally gorgeous! congrats on finding what you love!

  • allysonjames

    allysonjames said 9 years ago

    It's inspiring reading about someone who's living their dream. This just happens to be my dream as well. I've been in love with the wedding industry since I was a little girl covering the walls of my bedroom with photos from Brides Magazine. I'm very happily married now but I still have subscriptions to the leading wedding magazines. I love keeping current with the latest trends. By the way....What beautiful wedding invitations!

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