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Quit Your Day Job: Phipps Art

May 31, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I’ve always found ways to be creative — whether it was drawing, making bizarre contraptions, or composing music. I graduated from college with a degree in illustration and picked up some (very strange) jobs. I started out filling vending machines, and before long I became the vending manager. I enjoyed aspects of the job (Butterfingers), but I never intended to make vending my business. As I stuffed frozen burritos into coils or unjammed pennies from coin slots, I dreamed of being a full-time artist. One day I told my wife I thought it was time to quit my job and go for it. She agreed! I had plenty of art to do, but I found that it was difficult to pay the bills with small checks coming in such inconsistent intervals. After several months my sister suggested I check out Etsy as a possible way to sell some art. I liked what I saw and listed a number of screenprints and posters in my first shop, PhippsArt.

How did you prepare to sell full-time on Etsy?
I posted some items and waited to see what would happen. I decided to kick things up a notch by adding “artsy” t-shirts to the mix. My friend and I invented our own 4-color screenprinting press and I got to work. The idea was that I’d be able to do my illustration work on one hand, but have a consistent base income generated through Etsy. It’s hard to believe I’ve now been here for 3 1/2 years! I’m still learning and finding ways to improve.

How did working in the food industry influence your current work ethic?
Well, I’m happy to now deal with things that go on the body instead of in it. There’s much less at stake. Food service is very people-oriented, and a lot of effort goes into making sure the customer is completely satisfied. That definitely carries over into the way I run my Etsy shop — I don’t want anyone going away from the experience unsatisfied.

Tell us something the average person might not know about vending machines.

A few random vending facts:

  1. When someone calls to report a vending machine as “empty,” it’s rarely very empty at all. Usually they mean “my favorite candy bar has run out.”
  2. The most common joke told to a vending operator is, “Well, if the elevator breaks down, at least we’ll have something to eat.” I always wanted to say, “No, at least I’ll  have something to eat,” but I thought that might make for an awkward moment.
  3. Every time you kick a vending machine, a baby panda sheds a tear.

What are your best marketing tips?
Identifying your target market is key. I’ve been featured on some pretty big sites that didn’t seem to bring me very many sales, but it’s been a different story when a site that really matches my artistic outlook has shown some of my work. Recently a “geek” site posted my Circuit Board Tie, and within days it was featured on similar blogs around the world. I sold a few hundred of them in a month’s time! Not only that, but a very popular geekery site has asked to carry them, starting with an order of 300. In this case, the marketing happened on its own, but a lot of bloggers are happy to be approached by people who have products that fit their aesthetic.

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
The Circuit Board tie and shirt have been dominating lately (for reasons stated above), but over time I’ve sold more Tattoo Octopus shirts than anything else — in part because I’ve had them for sale since the beginning of time, but also due to a very widespread love of cephalopods.

How do you successfully juggle 3 Etsy shops (PhippsArtScatterbrainTies and SadLittleCrown)?
It helps to have multiple browsers (thank you, Multifox!). It’s difficult at times, but I think having the shirts and ties separate has kept the shops cleaner and easier to navigate for potential customers.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I get a lot of requests from bloggers who want a free item to review or use for a giveaway. At first I would send them shirts, but I might as well have thrown my products into a dumpster. Unless the blog has thousands of readers or the ideal target audience, it’s probably not worth the expense. A helpful hint is to look at the comments under each blog post — are they relevant to your business? If not, don’t expect much to come out of any promotions there.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
Yes. (Is there a word limit to my responses here?) One of the biggest mistakes I made was to go a whole year without releasing any new designs. That’s right, an entire year! Granted, I opened up my tie shop and had several illustration projects happening during that time, but you could almost smell the stagnation. Once I added a few new images this year, the stench quickly dissipated. I’ve got several designs near completion and hope to release them soon! (Teasers: Einstein, Space Invaders meets argyle, Four Horsemen of the atonal apocalypse, lemmings and more.)

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Being right-brained.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
I find my days are most successful when I go to bed on time, get up early, exercise and get started before 8:00 a.m. When I don’t do this (which is all too often), the day seems to fly by while my projects slowly ooze along. But on those well-executed days, I start off running and feel like I get twice as much done. I firmly believe in planning the week out beforehand and keeping to a schedule.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what I love for a living! It’s wonderful to be able to choose the projects that interest me the most. It’s also nice to know I can’t get laid off.

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
It sounds cliché, but be true to what you believe and who you are (or want to become). There are times I’ve considered jumping on certain trends, but in forging my own path, I feel happier knowing that I’ve been genuine.

Also, try to get your business going before you make the plunge, so when you quit your job you’ll merely be expanding upon what you’ve already accomplished. I’d feel dishonest if I didn’t mention that all of what I do is connected to my faith in God, and that I knew I needed divine help when I quit my day job. Even at times when the money has been scarce, I’ve been able to feed and take care of my family with God’s help.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your businesses?
My biggest goal is to have a wider variety of designs and to make each image better than the last! I’d also like to be better at branding my products. I’m sure I’m missing out on a lot of repeat and word-of-mouth business by not doing a better job of it.

Thanks for sharing your story, Michael. Check out his work from his three Etsy shops (PhippsArt, ScatterbrainTies and SadLittleCrown) in the Seller’s Items below.

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142 comments

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 7 years ago

    Love your products! Great sense of humor too.

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 7 years ago

    very cool lincoln ties

  • RealmofNevermoore

    RealmofNevermoore said 7 years ago

    Great interview. It is encouraging to see so many artist that have just gone for it and have become successful in doing so. Love the circuit board tie. Will have to get one for my husband. ;D

  • quirkyshop

    quirkyshop said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 7 years ago

    Loved your article, thanks!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 7 years ago

    great stuff. congrats :)

  • DaveHulteenDesign

    DaveHulteenDesign said 7 years ago

    I like the Abe Lincoln neck tie! Very creative!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    I have long admired your tshirts! Congratulations on quitting your job!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 7 years ago

    It's great how you have organized your shops and artistic talent into three. And, it sounds like you are just warming up to all those wonderful creative ideas in your mind...the best is still ahead, god bless! Oh, and thanks for sharing such a great story.

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 7 years ago

    Great Artistry! Keep up the good/great work!

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 7 years ago

    I love the random vending machine facts, infact am looking for a career change involving chocolate. Congratulations on making the leap :) and for the inspiring article!

  • OneLaneRoad

    OneLaneRoad said 7 years ago

    I've been admiring your shop for a while, great to know more behind the scenes! I loved reading about a successful printing shop, just opened one myself. Congrats on the feature!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    What great items! Congratulations.

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the third shop!

  • simplyJOE

    simplyJOE said 7 years ago

    very industrious, nice design and i've always known something was wrong with kicking machines ( I have always told, people you have to be smarter than the machine you are trying to operate)....good luck

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice designs. Love them.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    wow, 3 etsy shops!!! i just started my second and boy it can be a lot of work. ps. i love all of your shops :)

  • lacepetals

    lacepetals said 7 years ago

    i love the abraham lincoln tie. how clever!!!

  • MaggiePainting

    MaggiePainting said 7 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • DowntownGirlVintage

    DowntownGirlVintage said 7 years ago

    very inspiring!! thank you for sharing your story :)

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love your shop!! so creative.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on getting featured, your work is really eye catching! Very intrigued that you built your own screen printing press.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Congratulation on quitting your day job! Love the octopus shirt!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 7 years ago

    the silkscreen yellow image of abraham lincoln is beautiful.

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 7 years ago

    Congratulation on quitting your day job! Love the octopus shirt!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 7 years ago

    very cool! thanks for sharing your story :)

  • SCRIBBLEFACTORY

    SCRIBBLEFACTORY said 7 years ago

    These interviews are always really inspiring. Great shop.

  • RedMarionette

    RedMarionette said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview! I remember purchasing one of his shirts for my husband very early on - he still wears it! Love the work and wonderful to see it has paid off for him and his family!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 7 years ago

    Great tips and advice! It's so easy to let your store get stale while you work on stuff like marketting. I had that problem this spring. Happily making new designs is the fun part!

  • sassandperil

    sassandperil said 7 years ago

    Love the QYDJ series and especially love when it is a screenprinter! Go squeegee pullers! ;)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Kudos! Great job and congrats. Love love love those ties! Continued success to you.

  • BackyardBrand

    BackyardBrand said 7 years ago

    Nice work!

  • FaithAnnOriginals

    FaithAnnOriginals said 7 years ago

    Congrats! and appreciate hearing someone as successful as you (quitting the dreaded, soul-sucking day job) struggles with branding and repeat customer encouragement. Not sure if it's b/c I just got home from work, but I think you're my hero!

  • FullCircleQuirk

    FullCircleQuirk said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring story. Thanks so much for sharing! If wearing a tie wasn't an occupational hazard for my woodshop teaching hubby, I would buy him that pretentious frog tie in a heartbeat. HEARTBEAT! Great stuff!

  • bluetulip

    bluetulip said 7 years ago

    That was a great interview & very inspirational. Its exactly what I want to do and I also know that I've got the universe on my side to help! Im very happy you are doing what you feel is your calling! Hurray & congrats! : )

  • lindakirstencole

    lindakirstencole said 7 years ago

    I love all the designs, nice to hear about some one that has really made it on etsy............Keep it going.........

  • tricia16

    tricia16 said 7 years ago

    Really love the behind the scenes look at some of these people you've featured in this area. Very clever and always love when someone gives the glory {back} to God. Continued blessings on you.

  • wishesonwings

    wishesonwings said 7 years ago

    This is just awesome! You have so much to look forward to in your future! I wish you much success and many more blessings. God works in mysterious ways, and you are living proof. :)

  • rctees

    rctees said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. Congrats on all the success to come your way!!

  • viveradesign

    viveradesign said 7 years ago

    Cool! :) Thanks for the Multifox tips (checking it out now). :D

  • studio2355

    studio2355 said 7 years ago

    Very nice work,thank you for telling like it is.

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 7 years ago

    You seem to have a really great sense of humor paired with business sense. Congrats on the interview---and really cool work. I like how you shaire your inspiration too.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Great graphic tees and ties! Congrats!

  • BrightSpotDesigns

    BrightSpotDesigns said 7 years ago

    I love your products. I thought it would be all paintings and never looked at your shop before. I wish you continued success!

  • elmodabrides

    elmodabrides said 7 years ago

    Great story Michael - congratulations on your success! I wish you all the best for your future. You have some great products that would sell really well in a walk in retail store environment - I know several stores here in Australia that would jump to carry your products.

  • AstoriaLane

    AstoriaLane said 7 years ago

    Wonderful advice! And awesome shops by the way!

  • asileoriginals

    asileoriginals said 7 years ago

    Beautiful interview, very inspirational!!

  • thewoodlot

    thewoodlot said 7 years ago

    love your candid nature - great shop - wishing you continued success~

  • deebeadcreations

    deebeadcreations said 7 years ago

    Great interview! I really liked the fact that you gave God the credit.....we are nothing without Him!!! Keep up the good work! Blessings!

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 7 years ago

    Awesome, awesome, awesomeness! Thanks for sharing!

  • InspiredDesignsbyKim

    InspiredDesignsbyKim said 7 years ago

    Very cool! Love that Lincoln design! Congratulations! Nothing cliche about following your heart and being true to yourself. "Your talent is God's Gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God."

  • HolidayFarmBiscuitCo

    HolidayFarmBiscuitCo said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview and very inspiring... Good luck and best regards, Melanie

  • HolidayFarmBiscuitCo

    HolidayFarmBiscuitCo said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview and very inspiring... Good luck and best regards, Melanie

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 7 years ago

    Nice work...thanks for sharing

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 7 years ago

    For somebody who is so creative and right-brained, it certainly sounds like your left brain is in full gear too! Best wishes for continued success!

  • ElegantElementsOnlin

    ElegantElementsOnlin said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Inspiring and informative.

  • briannachamberlain

    briannachamberlain said 7 years ago

    Well, well, well. Mr. Fabulous and creative made it to the Quit your day job!! Actually, I am getting a bit teary reading your article. You and your family deserve every bit of this and I am so excited for you! Congratulations dear friends!

  • shopfancyfree

    shopfancyfree said 7 years ago

    love the Abraham Lincoln necktie! really awesome stuff (: blessings!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 7 years ago

    Wonderful. It pays to dream the dream. And I am so happy to see you give God the credit. Good for you. Through God all things are possible. Congrats. Well done.

  • makingtimetc

    makingtimetc said 7 years ago

    Great interiew and products! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  • theLaughingLife

    theLaughingLife said 7 years ago

    Thank you - Great inspiration...

  • Jalall

    Jalall said 7 years ago

    really great reading your story...inspirational and further cements "if you have talent and be creative around that and believe in yourself and treat etsy the same as a job with all the associated skills required it's gotta pay off in the long run"

  • mirabellamorello

    mirabellamorello said 7 years ago

    Your take on the "Keep Calm" posters are hilarious!! But I want you to know how inspirational your story is to people like my husband and myself who are working very hard to make our "being our own boss" lifestyle work. In a place where you can't find a job, it's not a matter of quitting your day job, but creating your own jobs. And thank you for mentioning how your faith got you through. Wishing you continued success!

  • italiacraft

    italiacraft said 7 years ago

    Nice interview I enjoyed every sentence! Very creative shop. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 7 years ago

    great interview and fun products - continued success!

  • moonlightdesigns2

    moonlightdesigns2 said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed your interview, tips and success! You have inspired me to keep following my own path, I have never been one for trends either. Good luck with all your continued success!

  • danielkelly

    danielkelly said 7 years ago

    Well, well, well. Mr. Fabulous and creative made it to the Quit your day job!! Actually, http://www.bestshoesfactory.com/ I am getting a bit teary reading your article. You and your family deserve every bit of this and I am so excited for you! Congratulations dear friends!

  • emilyhenzel

    emilyhenzel said 7 years ago

    I love Etsy's Quit Your Day Job interviews! Always so inspiring! I love love love Etsy and all Etsians! It's the most wonderful place for sellers and buyers alike, the courtesy and respect we all have for each other here can't be found in any other selling site.

  • picksomeflowers

    picksomeflowers said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for including your faith in this article, and for giving credit where credit is due! Best of luck in the years to come

  • marquina

    marquina said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your sense of humor - you are very funny! Thank you, also, for informing us about baby pandas and vending machines. I have done the vending machine job before - it is not very interesting! I also have never wanted to work for other people since they always make you do stuff you have no real interest in...especially when they find you're good at it! Argghhh!!! Here's to creativity and right-brained people! Unfortunately, I am almost evenly right-brained AND left-brained, which means I can either be the artist OR the businessperson...Arrgghhh, again!!! Congratulations on quitting your day job!

  • therusticcottage

    therusticcottage said 7 years ago

    Congrats on the Quit Your Day Job feature!! I love your sense of humor which shows in the work you do - it is fun stuff! Thank you for giving God the credit for your success and supplying your needs. Good luck in the future!!

  • FiligreeCreations

    FiligreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Great story and shops! :)

  • RubyTombstone

    RubyTombstone said 7 years ago

    Great story. It's raised a couple of questions for me. Because I do OOAK pieces, which are really diverse in both size, aesthetic and price range, I often find myself reading these stories and thinking, "But does this apply to me?" I guess my key questions would be: 1) Is it better to have a range of products (and price points) in one shop, or to have multiple shops with more cohesive product lines? 2) Can you really quit your day job doing OOAK pieces? It seems that most of these success stories rely on one particular product taking off with a large bulk order. Any ideas?

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    I love your faith and random vending facts. You're funny ~ no wonder you come up with such great ideas for your products.

  • onefunsummer

    onefunsummer said 7 years ago

    so happy for you, proud of you for praising God (if it weren't for Him, I wouldn't have had the courage to do the etsy thing either) and many wishes for much success!!

  • tlchandmadetreasures

    tlchandmadetreasures said 7 years ago

    I love your products and that you shared your faith in God. Your story is inspiring. Congratulations on your success!

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 7 years ago

    Ha! Great story and I especially loved your factoids... I get in trouble for jokes like those all the time...Brilliant!

  • TinaChadenDesigns

    TinaChadenDesigns said 7 years ago

    Your best advice is on being authentic. I believe that if you do what you really love and find your own aesthetic your fans will find you. Continued success.

  • PasarMangga

    PasarMangga said 7 years ago

    Good work and Great interview:) Thank you for sharing your experience.

  • in2ition

    in2ition said 7 years ago

    thanks for the interview...it helps inspire us all that are looking to quit our day jobs! congratulations on your success too!

  • earnestefforts

    earnestefforts said 7 years ago

    Great article & advice! Good for you!!!

  • thimbledoodle

    thimbledoodle said 7 years ago

    WoW! Great article! So neat to hear your story! I love the circuit board tie and shirt - my brother, who works on the Hubble telescope, won't get them until Christmas - if I can wait that long! I can't wait to see your new designs! Also, thanks for your advice about opening a second shop. I've had more sales right away just from splitting them up! I LOVE to sew and create and etsy is great fun! Thanks! Lisa

  • dyannewelch

    dyannewelch said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on quitting your day job and being successful at doing what you truly love! Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring us all!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 7 years ago

    Love those geek ties!!! Awesome products and enjoyed reading your interview. :)

  • mdstudio

    mdstudio said 7 years ago

    Great interview! Congrats!! I love how you give God the credit He deserves :) That's awesome

  • darkcycleclothing

    darkcycleclothing said 7 years ago

    One of our favorite sellers! Congratulations!

  • RhondasTreasures

    RhondasTreasures said 7 years ago

    Love, love the ties!

  • TheMarulaTreeSoapCo

    TheMarulaTreeSoapCo said 7 years ago

    Great story, I love your honesty in sharing what works and what doesn't!

  • RainKissedLily

    RainKissedLily said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story! Congrats on the feature!

  • CurlysQuilts

    CurlysQuilts said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad Etsy features people of faith! It's great to see. Love those circuit breaker ties!

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 7 years ago

    "It sounds cliché, but be true to what you believe and who you are (or want to become). There are times I've considered jumping on certain trends, but in forging my own path, I feel happier knowing that I've been genuine." Love this! I am also happy to see someone bold to proclaim God's divine intervention in their life...praise the Lord!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 7 years ago

    So awesome to learn more about you! A little over a year ago you were in the booth next to my sister and I at a Craft show. I got my hubby the intstrumental oddities shirt for Christmas...he LOVES it! Good luck to you in the future, too!!!

  • winemakerssister

    winemakerssister said 7 years ago

    Yay, Michael! Congrats on the article. <3

  • TandJsoaps

    TandJsoaps said 7 years ago

    great shops!!!!

  • MoodyBags

    MoodyBags said 7 years ago

    What a great interview, thank you for your honesty and I really appreciate the tip on the 'mistake'. Very encouraging. Congratulations on the interview and the success of your shops. I also love your genuine appreciation for God's help in your success. Love your stuff!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing. God bless!

  • MagneticMementos

    MagneticMementos said 7 years ago

    Thank you for not being afraid to share your faith in God and for giving Him glory! I pray for your continued success!

  • bykatrina

    bykatrina said 7 years ago

    Enjoyed the read; very real! Jump & then KNOW that HE will catch you! Amen.

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 7 years ago

    Great interview. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • ALLcountrybyST1mesa

    ALLcountrybyST1mesa said 7 years ago

    Thank you for such an inspirational story. I was laid off exactly a month ago today, it's amazing how I was able to complete my book (placed on etsy yesterday) of faith filled poems and wonder how I ever had time to work 9 to 5. God has given you talent and I know he is proud of you for not "burying it in the sand" Keep up the good work and keep your faith, you will always come out ahead. Congrats!

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor said 7 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring story. I have two shops in Etsy.

  • EarthLightArtSource

    EarthLightArtSource said 7 years ago

    I'm just getting started and really appreciate the advice! I think my biggest problem is I have too many ideas and not enough time! I am going to try actually making a written schedule! Thanks!

  • VintageExpedition

    VintageExpedition said 7 years ago

    Cool! I have been following some of your shops since I started! Love your style and glad you are able to make it work!!! Keep it up!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful interview! Keep the Faith and Carry On! :)

  • SerantoniDesigns

    SerantoniDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love Your Humor! The circuit board ties rule! Mary Serantoni SERANTONI Designs

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 7 years ago

    Great interview & awesome art! xo

  • kzoomoo

    kzoomoo said 7 years ago

    You are inspiring, and I appreciate the testimony at the end of the article. Good luck on the branding. Your work is impeccable.

  • earthandseajewelry

    earthandseajewelry said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! You do some really nice work. Congrats on your continued success.

  • DancingLightBijoux

    DancingLightBijoux said 7 years ago

    Your posters are absolutely wonderful! Everybody who works for a living or functions as an adult human being should have one. Thank you for listing them!

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 7 years ago

    Great interview! You seem very level-headed and make a lot of good sense! Inspiring! Great products!

  • WithTheRain

    WithTheRain said 7 years ago

    I hope to quit my day job soon you have inspired me to really get my ducks in a row and just do it.

  • mindfulmatters

    mindfulmatters said 7 years ago

    Fantastic, inspirational and humorous interview! Wishing you continued success with your Etsy "vending" in all 3 shops!

  • MamaMotherlode

    MamaMotherlode said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement, especially the idea that you did not just turn on the Etsy lights and become a millionaire overnight, thanks for keeping us faithful and plugging on.

  • BeesQualityGarments

    BeesQualityGarments said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and Congratulations!

  • ladiesdayout

    ladiesdayout said 7 years ago

    Very creative work! I'm glad you gave credit to God! he's the most awesome artist!

  • nataliefarrell

    nataliefarrell said 7 years ago

    Inspiring interview, love your work! :)

  • ShamrockStudio

    ShamrockStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for your words of inspiration - just what i needed today! Love your work and I wish you continued blessings along the way!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 7 years ago

    Beautiful products! thanks for sharing your inspiring story...

  • myplacetoShine

    myplacetoShine said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experiences! I wish you continued success!

  • JadieBaby

    JadieBaby said 7 years ago

    Love the Pretentious Frog ties and what a great sense of humor! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • robotinside

    robotinside said 7 years ago

    I love your shop! I also have to remind myself not to follow trends and stay true to me. Also, Trusting and Relying on God also means with my finances and my business. He knows what the plan is, not me! Love it!

  • BloomstoHeirlooms

    BloomstoHeirlooms said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview! I really enjoyed reading about your experiences and your encouragement. I wish you many blessings as you continue in your business. Thank you for sharing.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for such a great and very inspiring interview it is truly a blessing to be able to do what you love each everyday and make a living of it. I love that you mentioned your faith in God and knowing that he will provide.

  • alderande

    alderande said 7 years ago

    I like your sincerity.

  • MintyandRose

    MintyandRose said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring, huge congratulations on your success!

  • mylemonpie

    mylemonpie said 7 years ago

    Thank you for the insight and advice! Congratulations to you!

  • knightcloth

    knightcloth said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the help. Everyday I learn something new. Love that you are so candid and your designs are awesome.

  • kerrigilpin

    kerrigilpin said 7 years ago

    Dude. I think my left brain doesn't even function at all... so being creative right-brained, this was inspiring to say the least. love the frog ties. :)

  • teddybabyhats

    teddybabyhats said 7 years ago

    Great to hear your story, its very encouraging. Thanks

  • KlassyKrystals

    KlassyKrystals said 7 years ago

    It makes all the difference in the world when you are doing something you are passionate about and not settling for anything less. God gives us our talents for a reason and unfortunately alot of people don't realize this. Good luck with all your ventures

  • LeeLeesCloset

    LeeLeesCloset said 7 years ago

    love love love your shop! your story is encouraging as I just quit my day job too and am looking forward to focusing more time on my shop and other hobbies!! good luck to you!

  • katurahdesigns

    katurahdesigns said 7 years ago

    Very Clever! Wow! Keeping track of 3 shops seems so challenging. Congrats on your success.

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 7 years ago

    As you say, creating a schedule and sticking to it for the most part, is advice I've heard before. I'm trying to figure out what the best method is to do that... iCal or some digital calendar that pops up reminders, old fashioned paper lists, etc. Then daily, weekly or monthly? I need some inspiration on best time management methods or maybe just motivation!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 7 years ago

    Great items Phipps Art! Congratulations on your success and a bigger congratulations for being true to yourself.

  • LeafAndTendril

    LeafAndTendril said 7 years ago

    Hi Michael! I can't believe I missed this! I was just cleaning out my email and found your interview of three weeks ago. Congratulations on the feature and continued success to you. I know first hand what delightful t-shirts you make. :-)

  • ScatterbrainTies

    ScatterbrainTies said 7 years ago

    Wow, I just caught up on all of the comments. Thank you, everyone! You are all very kind. What a great community we have here!

  • RenataUniqueGifts

    RenataUniqueGifts said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! I agree with you, a divine order is all around us. I applaud to your wife who supports you. Many good orders to you!

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 7 years ago

    LOOOOOOOve your stuff. Thanks for sharing.......now I'm going shopping!

  • eyespotdesigns

    eyespotdesigns said 7 years ago

    great interview!

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 7 years ago

    Amen on the tip about free product to bloggers and the "dumpster" effect. My thoughts exactly. Love your art, whimsical sense of humor, and the fact that you support your family doing what you love. Congratulations, and best wishes on your continued success!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 7 years ago

    Great Read, I give a high five to anyone support themselves and their families doing what they love.

  • GinnySmith76

    Ginette Smith from 76creative said 6 years ago

    So nice to hear about your faith. Currently trusting God to grow my shop so I can be home more with my little one. Down with two-hour commutes! Up with doing what you love from the place you call home!

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