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Quit Your Day Job: poppychicdesigns

Jan 25, 2010

by Mary Andrews

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Taryn of poppychicdesigns is a one-woman powerhouse: she manages her own business, is a wife and mother, and still manages to indulge her creative side. This song and dance act may seem too hectic for some. However, Taryn is used to the hustle and bustle from her early days as a showgirl for Carnival Cruise Lines. After meeting her musician husband she directed dance for a local theater company for eight years before deciding she wanted to spend more time with her growing family. Taryn developed an appreciation for costume construction through her work in dance and theater and emerged with her own line of flower hair accessories, which she now sells full time on Etsy. Her mottos include staying focused on what you love to do versus what you think you should do and the power of teaching your significant other how to print shipping labels.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I used to be a dancer…yes, mommy used to be a showgirl. While working in the world of dance and theater I always loved the costumes and accessories and would help out with them whenever I could. I even worked as the seamstress’s assistant for extra money while dancing on cruise ships. Those costumes were full of sparkling goodies and feathers and I was always reattaching them and beading my brains out!

Tell us about your previous working situation.
After meeting the love of my life while dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines (daddy used to be a musician) we settled in Maryland. I directed dance for a local theater company, taught dance classes at local studios and choreographed local musicals. After having my second child I found I was longing to be home more.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I really had no idea I would quit my job, but I really wanted to find a way to be at home with my boys. I thought if I could make a little extra money it might give me the freedom to cut back a bit and be at home in the evening.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
Honestly, apart from creating and registering my business name, I just started making goodies for my friends and got their feedback. After some trial and error I decided I needed to focus on creating products that made me happy. Flowers make me happy.

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

  • Wear your stuff. I have had more people stop me and ask where I got that cute flower. I love chatting with folks, so it’s a great chance to promote my shop! I also have my collection in local boutiques, which has allowed me to develop a great local fan base.
  • I’ve had my poppies included in celebrity gift bags at the Golden Globes and have donated to charities like MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon’s auction baskets. These types of promotional opportunities are so much fun for me, and receiving positive feedback is fabulous!
  • I try to list new designs on a regular basis. I also think it’s important to keep shop announcements fresh and current. I always answer Convos as soon as possible and think it’s very important to provide excellent customer service. I love, love, love to rearrange my shop so my layout is aesthetically pleasing. Thanks, Etsy!
  • Oh, and I totally dig the share tool on my Etsy page!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I did every craft show and holiday bazaar I could find my first holiday season. I learned that waking up at 4 a.m. to set up my table of retro flowers next to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast just wasn’t worth it. Now I only do a few of the local artist markets that I just adore!

Walk us through your typical workday.
I have two boys who are seven and two years old. I have yet to have a “typical” workday, as there is always a curve-ball at some point! But here it goes…

  • The morning is full of cuddles, cartoons, breakfast, checking emails and Convos. Then I get my second-grader off to school.
  • I spend the next part of the morning playing with my two-year-old and packing up the orders that are heading out that day.
  • My son loves to go “bye byes” so we usually head out around lunchtime to mail orders and then go do something fun (bookstore, playdate, take a walk, park, grocery store, or lunch at the coffee shop).
  • During his naptime I do my computer work. I answer more emails and Convos, list items, work on my Facebook fan page, edit photos… you know, quiet work. I also try to coordinate it so that happens during One Life To Live — love that show.
  • The rest of the afternoon and early evening is family time. I love family time: that’s why I do what I do!
  • Once the kiddos are winding down for the night, my glass of merlot and I get to crafting while the hubby entertains them for bit. My office is in the kitchen so I’ve been known to make flowers while engaging in an intense light saber battle. After their bedtime I finish up my orders, catch up with my husband, curl up and watch a little Chelsea Lately — love that show too.
  • Of course there is the occasional day when my mother comes over to watch my little guy so I can work on my flowers nonstop like a crazed elf on Christmas Eve — it’s been known to happen.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I enjoy being creative for a living, inspired on a daily basis and truly loving what I do. I feel so blessed that I get to be with my boys every day while working on my dreams.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Sometimes being the business woman, the creative artist, the PR person, the computer whiz, the mommy and the wife all at the same time can get a little hectic. You just have to roll with it.

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

  • Stay focused on what you love to do, not what you think you should do.
  • Focus is good, whims cost money.
  • Keep your receipts.
  • Teach your hubby how to do shipping labels, then wink and tell him he’s the best shipping label guy ever (he will then continue to do your shipping labels whenever you need help).

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

  • First and foremost I want to continue to create retro girly flowers that make me smile.
  • Next I want to focus on blogging. I’ve dabbled in the past but I’m going to get serious!
  • I’m going to do more charity work. I was recently blessed with the chance to work directly with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia by donating a bunch of Poppy Chic Designs goodies to a New York women’s shelter for domestic violence called Safe Horizon. It was amazing; I’d like to do more of that!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I would like to thank all of my fabulous customers who rock the retro look and have made this all possible! And would like to thank my husband and my little boys for being the best (and cutest) support system I could ask for. Lastly, never underestimate the confidence boost of a well-placed hair flower.

Thanks to Taryn for sharing her story. You can see some of Taryn‘s beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

250 comments

  • henrystreet

    henrystreet said 10 years ago

    Adorable designs.... Great article and Great Advice~!!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 10 years ago

    Although I have been a work-at-home wife and mom for several years, these Quit Your Day Job articles are still so very inspiring ~ Thanks for sharing your story Taryn! :)

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 10 years ago

    Cute shop and a nice read!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 10 years ago

    Really pretty, femininw work! Really good advice, too- make something that makes you happy. this has worked for me.

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 10 years ago

    love all of the beautiful things in your shop:)

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 10 years ago

    Wow! Your work is beautiful! I enjoyed reading your story and totally agree... whims cost money! Congratulations Poppychic!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 10 years ago

    Great story. I love your shop!!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    Great story!...you are one busy lady; congrats on all you can accomplish!

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 10 years ago

    Congrats! I love your stuff!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    Haha, SandBoxStudio and I both said "Great story" guess that means it's true.

  • TheFoodSnob

    TheFoodSnob said 10 years ago

    Great story - love that 'yes, mommy was a showgirl'. lol!

  • AdelaDesigns

    AdelaDesigns said 10 years ago

    amazing inspiring story. Great flowers, interesting designs. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Manicmushroomglass

    Manicmushroomglass said 10 years ago

    Great stuff! Congratz Taryn!! :)

  • AdelaDesigns

    AdelaDesigns said 10 years ago

    Amazing inspiring story. I love your flowers, great designs. thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • HELENSHASSACK

    HELENSHASSACK said 10 years ago

    She has some great items. Love her background too!! Hey Etsy, I'd love to see a series on us women who continue to work our day jobs too & stay up late & work weekends to run our shops!

  • MegnificentCo

    MegnificentCo said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Great items! SO cute.

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 10 years ago

    I try to read all the Quit Your Day Job articles because I would love to quit my day job on day.Thanks for all the advice.

  • Whirlibird

    Whirlibird said 10 years ago

    Very fun office!

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 10 years ago

    Good luck Taryn, It's a busy life, your very fortunate.

  • CharmDuJour

    CharmDuJour said 10 years ago

    SO INSPIRING!! Business woman, mom, and wife...WOW!! These tips were so great!

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 10 years ago

    congratulations! Love your work space, so organized, I'm jealous! also I like that your flower motif is not limited to hair accessories, but that you have earrings too, which are very pretty btw! congrats again, always great to see those who have QYDJ

  • jcassdesigns

    jcassdesigns said 10 years ago

    Your items are spectacular.....so cute :-)

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Your kids are adorable!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    The total package, love it all! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    great mix of cute stuff and fantastic advice! thanks!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    Fun and inspiring story! Love your flowers, Taryn!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 10 years ago

    Congrats!Love all your work, they are beautiful;D

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 10 years ago

    Love the flowers. And, I SO agree about staying focussed and whims being costly! From experience....

  • eroa

    eroa said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Great pieces:-)

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 10 years ago

    I *love* the olive martini poppy! How sweet (or should I say savory?)!

  • NoMoreTwistHandmade

    NoMoreTwistHandmade said 10 years ago

    wow--great article! i also am inspired by flowers and started creating flower inspired accessories last year. reading your daily schedule, poppychic, is great because it's not too hectic and gives you time for family, etc.

  • Coleeflower

    Coleeflower said 10 years ago

    Great article I'm now a facebook fan!

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 10 years ago

    Lovely work, congratulations!

  • SewRecycled

    SewRecycled said 10 years ago

    What a talented lady, beautiful work!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    Your flowers are like a glimpse of spring. Love your story! Congrats!

  • prisstheshop

    prisstheshop said 10 years ago

    great shop!

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 10 years ago

    wow.so beautiful flowers.

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! Great items! SO cute.

  • rockinstonebeads

    rockinstonebeads said 10 years ago

    Taryn, Congrats! great article,thanks for sharing.

  • SoaperieMaindeNature

    SoaperieMaindeNature said 10 years ago

    Your products are really cute, thanks for the tips & congratulations on your shop!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 10 years ago

    Very cute--well done and congratulations!

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 10 years ago

    I love all of her items! And everything looks so well ORGANIZED in her workspace... JEALOUS! :)

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 10 years ago

    Awesome story and gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing.

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 10 years ago

    Beautiful success story! Love the charity work inspiration. I, for one, could do more of that!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 10 years ago

    How marvy! That's some beautiful eye candy. I love your workspace.

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, love the article. Congrats!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for the inspiring story, and best of luck to you for continued success!

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 10 years ago

    Taryn - Great going! You are as precious as your flowers - so are your boys!

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 10 years ago

    very cute, beautiful work seeing so many cute things today!

  • Gothic61

    Gothic61 said 10 years ago

    I love the story. It is giving me ideas to stick to . But Like most items, are you not worried about when things don't sell. You know making the product takes money and it's scary when things don't sell. Yes it's an income but need to get the ball rolling. And it's a chance.

  • PersistentGreen

    PersistentGreen said 10 years ago

    So inspiring. I love her positive attitude and the comment about making what you love--that really is important in this line of business. It certainly isn't easy, so it better be something you can be passionate about! I, too, plan to be able to simultaneously work on Etsy (and beyond) and be a stay-at-home mom. No kids yet, so I'm furiously working to get the business off the ground now. :)

  • poppychicdesigns

    poppychicdesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you all so much, I'm totally overwhelmed by your lovely comments! You make me smile :)

  • minimummouse

    minimummouse said 10 years ago

    What a great piece! I adore your clips! I love these articles, so inspiring.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very pretty products! Love them. Beautiful story :) Congratulations!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 10 years ago

    Beautiful products. Inspiring story :) Thank you for sharing!! Congratulations.

  • SkunkandIndigo

    SkunkandIndigo said 10 years ago

    Cute accessories! Your typical work day sounds kinda like my typical work day. Congratulations on your success.

  • hazelmehoo

    hazelmehoo said 10 years ago

    very inspiring! Thank you for sharing and conrats!

  • cayennepeppy

    cayennepeppy said 10 years ago

    oh my gosh!! i love your flowers and all your cuteness :)

  • BeginAgainStudio

    BeginAgainStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your tips! So inspiring - and good advice to do what you love. Sooooo jealous!

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 10 years ago

    Super cute designs!

  • FrayBabyBibsandMore

    FrayBabyBibsandMore said 10 years ago

    That is absolutely amazing - your beautiful flowers have allowed you to quit your day job. Would it be wrong to inform you that I am completely envious? :) Great job and absolutely gorgeous work!

  • sabbio

    sabbio said 10 years ago

    Beautiful creations! :)

  • lylalve

    lylalve said 10 years ago

    hello as a buisness woman mom and wife i know how hectic things can be great article! keep up the great work beautiful things!

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 10 years ago

    I love flower. Addorables designs and colors :)

  • slippedstitchstudios

    slippedstitchstudios said 10 years ago

    love it! :)

  • AbbaDabbaBags

    AbbaDabbaBags said 10 years ago

    What a great story! Wishing you continued success!

  • WonderlandPapers

    WonderlandPapers said 10 years ago

    What a great story, very inspirational and I love her sass!

  • lorenaferreira

    lorenaferreira said 10 years ago

    keep going! you inspire all of us!

  • BigSisterDesigns

    BigSisterDesigns said 10 years ago

    So very cute!!

  • RoyalRuby

    RoyalRuby said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all the great advice! Your work is beautiful and fun! I love it!

  • attayu

    attayu said 10 years ago

    your items very beautiful:)

  • artbyregant

    artbyregant said 10 years ago

    very nice ! inspiring, I can relate - although my kids are bigger now, I used to juggle the painter and mom role throughout the day! and work till we hours when necessary .

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 10 years ago

    Great stuff! Keep up the good work!

  • pabrika

    pabrika said 10 years ago

    very cute! Best of luck with everything :)

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 10 years ago

    Adorable...all the best to you!

  • CardCandyBoutique

    CardCandyBoutique said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing her journey! Very inspiring!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 10 years ago

    Lovely shop!, best wishes!

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 10 years ago

    It's an very inspiring story :) I hope the success in your family and your business keep growing! :)

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story with all of us!

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled said 10 years ago

    These Quit Your Day Job articles are always so inspiring! I love reading them! Lovely shop and photos!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful story taryn, happy you quit your day job and found Etsy, your shop is lovely and the family too. Wish you continued success in all you do in life. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us on Etsy.

  • cozettebyclearcat

    cozettebyclearcat said 10 years ago

    how cute~!! like this shop~! thanks~!!!

  • littlelilybamboo

    littlelilybamboo said 10 years ago

    Wonderful products! It must feel so great to have celebrities wear your items :) As a fellow crafty mama, you have given me real inspiration! Thanks!

  • vakadi

    vakadi said 10 years ago

    I think this artist is amazing!

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 10 years ago

    Great story, thanks for sharing and inspiring a fellow work-from-home mom :)

  • DazzleMeGems

    DazzleMeGems said 10 years ago

    Wonderful products, its so funny I've been a hair flower junkie since going natural(hair). I can't seem to find many cute hair flowers, until now *favorites*. Again great products and thanks for sharing.

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story - how many kids can say "mommy was a showgirl?" Such pretty flower designs. I am tempted to buy one just have something so lovely. Nice article.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 10 years ago

    What a lovely interview! Your shop is beautiful and your little guys are adorable :) I wish you continued success!

  • LuksiCreations

    LuksiCreations said 10 years ago

    I love your flowers! My daughter would go crazy over them, she is 12 and loves little bows in her hair.

  • ginkodesigns

    ginkodesigns said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Inspiring article.

  • abigailleigh

    abigailleigh said 10 years ago

    Soooo inspirational!!!! I hope also to one day to quit my day job and focus on my business full time....thanks!!

  • ginkodesigns

    ginkodesigns said 10 years ago

    Meant to add: teach him to print shipping labels made me laugh. Brillant!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful earrings in your shop, love all the flowers, thanks for the advice, cute little ones!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 10 years ago

    I just love the earrings, really cute little ones, I'm glas to hear the advice about the craft shows, I was thinking about doing it, now maybe I won't. Great Article.

  • dinaross09

    dinaross09 said 10 years ago

    I LOVED this interview! Do what you love to do, not what you think you should do --- I LOVE THAT! This is soooo where I want to be with my business! mmmmm.... LOVED it!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 10 years ago

    An interesting story! Flowers make everyone a little happier...love your designs. Great photography of your work. Some good tips, thank you.

  • LindasFabCreations

    LindasFabCreations said 10 years ago

    very cute..i just adore your flowers..they are definitley on my WISH list! thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 10 years ago

    Lovely story, flowers make me smile too. Thanks for sharing

  • BayleafStudio

    BayleafStudio said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your story, Taryn. As a newer Etsy Shop owner and mother of 2 young boys, I especially appreciated reading about the juggling of nurturing and raising children while also nurturing and raising a small business. Continued success! Lili of Bayleaf Studio. :)

  • GennyAndJane

    GennyAndJane said 10 years ago

    Wow, this is so inspirational to me as a fellow hair accessory designer. I love Taryn's workspace photos and am a big fan of her work.

  • littlesweetthing

    littlesweetthing said 10 years ago

    Adorable Stuff!! Great Advice!

  • monyochoa

    monyochoa said 10 years ago

    I´m so inspired by your story, beautiful designs!!!!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    congrats on being able to make a living with what you love. the pictures of your items are very nice. best of luck with more sales.

  • RandeeAnne

    RandeeAnne said 10 years ago

    I loved the blog. It gives me hope to some day quit my day job, or at least go part-time instead. I agree with wearing your own stuff as a way of promoting. I get a lot of quetions and comments on my creations. I really like your retro flower designs too!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 10 years ago

    Cute flowers!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 10 years ago

    I love your work and thank you for so much for sharing your story!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 10 years ago

    great to see such original, creative work - a woman after my own heart!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 10 years ago

    ah, your comment about "whims cost money" really hit home for me. I tend to be a little too spontaneous and buy supplies for something that I really don't enjoy making nor does it fit in with my style. Live and learn, I guess. Great flowers btw ;-) Love your shop.

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Your shop is absolutely beautiful!, there´s no need to say I love flowers too and yours are really cute. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!.

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Your shop is absolutely beautiful!, there´s no need to say I love flowers too and yours are really cute. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!

  • valkasinskas

    valkasinskas said 10 years ago

    <3 inspiring! Thanks!

  • PinkSherbert

    PinkSherbert said 10 years ago

    Love your flowers! Well done on your success!

  • vintagerunway

    vintagerunway said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading about you and your business. Continued success!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 10 years ago

    Well done! I love that you are able to be with your boys too (I have 2 boys also). That is one reason I will make this work! Thank you for sharing!

  • tulah

    tulah said 10 years ago

    thanks for being an inspiration to all of us on etsy!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Great article, great shop!.. I can see how much you like what you are doing and it rocks :)

  • febejstudio

    febejstudio said 10 years ago

    I love quit your day jobs stories...each one is unique and interesting! I love each advice that they have and what they went through to get where they are at today...

  • michon

    michon said 10 years ago

    congratulations - your flowers are beautiful :)

  • RollingHillsVintage

    RollingHillsVintage said 10 years ago

    LOve everything in your shop. You go girl!

  • InfatuatedGirlShop

    InfatuatedGirlShop said 10 years ago

    This was such a great story -- thanks for sharing! I love hearing that you do your work with a glass of wine. :)

  • blushdrop

    blushdrop said 10 years ago

    Flowers make me happy too!

  • oldschooltrading

    oldschooltrading said 10 years ago

    LOVED reading your "Typical Day"....sounded very familiar! Except my husband doesn't do labels...But you never know! Love your Hair Flower clips!!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 10 years ago

    Beautiful pieces! I love how fun this was to read and I always love finding new shops through the features.

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 10 years ago

    So cute and adorable hair pins! Congrats!

  • KasualBead

    KasualBead said 10 years ago

    Wonderful. I it good to know that we could be successful with our etsy shop. I joined in June os 2009 but as of yet haven't had on sale.

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your cute flower designs with the world!

  • 1920

    1920 said 10 years ago

    So lovely flowers. Love the article all the time.

  • berk1948

    berk1948 said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thanks

  • Ararity

    Ararity said 10 years ago

    I love, love, love your shop, and you give some great advice. I'm kind of a newbie and to read about the success you've had is very inspiring. Thanks for this and keep up the great work.

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 10 years ago

    HI there I loved reading your story because I used to be a dancer too and now a ballet teacher for many years. It is really tough to leave home and go teach when your kiddos get home from school. I did it for 25 yrs and now they are in college! Wish I had done this earlier. It is great that you made that choice now while they are still small! I had already seen your shop and love your designs! :)))

  • jobsforworkathomemom

    jobsforworkathomemom said 10 years ago

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    jobsforworkathomemom said 10 years ago

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  • sensetive

    sensetive said 10 years ago

    thank you dear, I really like your flowers. Am also a mom, and business at home would be better for me.

  • jmontesdesigns

    jmontesdesigns said 10 years ago

    love ur art, simplebut they make a statement..fabulous!!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 10 years ago

    I love your shop - continue doing a fantastic job! Good luck!

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 10 years ago

    Inspiring!!

  • ediesmith

    ediesmith said 10 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy, recently quit my job. Feel like I'm starting a new chapter in my life. Great ideas, glad to see it's working for you.

  • signchick1

    signchick1 said 10 years ago

    so cute :)

  • bluelala

    bluelala said 10 years ago

    Yeah... flowers :)

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success and you have a wonderful shop!

  • azki

    azki said 10 years ago

    "Focus is good, whims cost money." New favourite quote!

  • BebesDecor

    BebesDecor said 10 years ago

    I LOVE READING all these Quit your day Job blogs!! there so inspiring and ineresting stories. Its cool to see how different things worked for different people getting some tips and knowing how they became to be successful. Love it (:

  • art4youtoo

    art4youtoo said 10 years ago

    I am loving the hair accessories!!

  • jetaimeboutique

    jetaimeboutique said 10 years ago

    I love these inspirational stories! Get me revved up to do what I love the most...create! Thanks Taryn (: Your flowers rock!

  • jetaimeboutique

    jetaimeboutique said 10 years ago

    I love these inspirational stories! They get me all revved up to do what I love most ~ create! Thanks Taryn (: Your flowers rock!

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 10 years ago

    "Focus is good, whims cost money." Yeah, that could have come out of my husband's mouth!

  • FrostedWillow

    FrostedWillow said 10 years ago

    LOVED this interview! So much inspiration and a great shop!

  • forOlivia

    forOlivia said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic interview. I am also at home full time, doing my best to tackle mommyhood, being a wife & business. thanks for the inspiration!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 10 years ago

    I love this interview! I can so relate to this business owner, and love all the great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • CrochetRUs

    CrochetRUs said 10 years ago

    Fabulous interview!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    Love them all but especially the rosie dots and lemon lux. Truly gorgeous. Great interview -- thank you!

  • ScrappinCorner

    ScrappinCorner said 10 years ago

    This is awesome! Thanks for your inspiring story! Your flowers are so adorable!

  • studio3ten

    studio3ten said 10 years ago

    love those! thanks for the inspiration!

  • jkdesigns2009

    jkdesigns2009 said 10 years ago

    Wow, great article, and super cute poppies. I love them all. I think a few of them has my name on them!

  • flahwiz

    flahwiz said 10 years ago

    I loved reading your article and in time hope I too, will be able to do this full time. I love your flowers, since I'm a flower person too!!

  • limezinnias

    limezinnias said 10 years ago

    Love your merchandise. Thanks for the article.

  • TreeTopPaperCrafts

    TreeTopPaperCrafts said 10 years ago

    Great advice and very interesting story. Thanks!!!

  • SweetpeasBumblebees

    SweetpeasBumblebees said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article! It is very inspiring!

  • fuzzybuzzness

    fuzzybuzzness said 10 years ago

    "Focus is good, whims cost money." THAT is wisdom.

  • MelanieMorales

    MelanieMorales said 10 years ago

    I loved this article!!! THANK YOU!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 10 years ago

    just adorable poppies.. way to go!

  • CheriChic

    CheriChic said 10 years ago

    YES... I need to focus. I get to distracted and change my mind a million times. Loved your story!!! Some things to think about... :)

  • ThePaintedBrush

    ThePaintedBrush said 10 years ago

    Great advice...focus! Congrats on your success!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 10 years ago

    Very nice and inspiring :) and your poppies are beautiful!!

  • myhandmadecrafts

    myhandmadecrafts said 10 years ago

    Great poppies... all the best!

  • designsbyros

    designsbyros said 10 years ago

    You have inspired me to donate some of my items to charity!!!

  • littlemuffinbottoms

    littlemuffinbottoms said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful advice. Great article

  • GenerationGap

    GenerationGap said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story!

  • etincellestudio

    etincellestudio said 10 years ago

    Good article, easy to read and advices are very easy to follow! Of course I have checked out the shop and noticed that her price point is pretty good: making the stuff you create affordable on top of being very cute and creative seems to work well in most cases. I am just wondering how do you make it happen... are the poppies extremely fast to make? do you buy your material wholesale and thus save a lot on the cost? The Facebook Fan Page is great! and congrats for making it to MS show and be part of the goodies at the Golden Globes. These are impressive PR and marketing goals :)

  • comfiecoziecreations

    comfiecoziecreations said 10 years ago

    I love this article. You are an inspiration to all of us juggling the everyday craziness of being a wife, mom, and a person craving to pursue a creative outlet! I am working full time and am striving to get my shop off the ground so I too can spend more time with my little girls and do what I love -SEW! You have inspired me to reach out to the local children's hospitals to see if I can donate my blankets. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    Wow! Great article! She and I may even have danced on the same cruise line...she looks really familiar lol! Wonderful to read about the success of an Etsy seller!

  • UnikApparel

    UnikApparel said 10 years ago

    Super cute flowers!

  • SevenBlueberries

    SevenBlueberries said 10 years ago

    Great to read such a nice story. I am so inspired by you, I want to work harder at my shop. Nothing is better than being able to be there for your family and have work you love aswell. Well done and happy creating.

  • AYALONET

    AYALONET said 10 years ago

    love her clips! GREAT STORY!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 10 years ago

    Your vintage hair sparkles are beautiful.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 10 years ago

    wonderful story...wonderful inspiration...can't wait to see you in the blogesphere...please announce it at the forum when you do...much luck!

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this, about her life and history-to-this-day. I agree, you have to do what you love doing!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 10 years ago

    very inspiring, thanks. and love your flowers :)

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 10 years ago

    Inspiring..... and oh yes, I LOVE the poppy earrings!

  • 12anglesart

    12anglesart said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all your valuable insights! This was one of the greatest interviews .

  • aussiejen

    aussiejen said 10 years ago

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!your story has inspired me to keep at it...

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 10 years ago

    What a lovely lady and great product!

  • floria

    floria said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story and beautiful flowers! Thank you!

  • HydrangeaRow

    HydrangeaRow said 10 years ago

    Great story--love the advice on winking at your husband--:) Love the designs, too-- Thanks!

  • MissBojambo

    MissBojambo said 10 years ago

    Thoughtful advice, wonderful work ... Thank you for sharing.

  • flutterbywind

    flutterbywind said 10 years ago

    I am so inspired by you. My family reminds me of your family. I just want to stay home and take care of my 2 sons and have an at home business. I want it more than anything. Thank you for your inspiration that it is totally possible. Much love to your family Mrs. Taryn. I hope all stays happy in your life. Cheers! Courtney www.flutterbywind.etsy.com p.s. if your boys ever need hats to keep their little ears warm look up my store. I would love to make something for you.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Cute shop. Good luck to you.

  • jessicawoodcapps

    jessicawoodcapps said 10 years ago

    How cute are ALL of your items? Keep up the good work!

  • jkadesigns

    jkadesigns said 10 years ago

    Taryn - great article and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets said 10 years ago

    Great interview! Beautiful work and very inspiring!

  • uniquelyvashti

    uniquelyvashti said 10 years ago

    Love your flowers...thanks for the inspiring story.

  • Sillysockmonkeys

    Sillysockmonkeys said 10 years ago

    My question is when do you squeeze in time for boring stuff like housework, cooking, etc?

  • HappiestofAll

    HappiestofAll said 10 years ago

    Your story is exactly where I want to be! You inspire me to take the leap! Thanks and good wishes to you!

  • JessicaNicoleDesigns

    JessicaNicoleDesigns said 10 years ago

    Just Beautiful! Truly insiring.

  • DavidVickers

    DavidVickers said 10 years ago

    Great advice to do what you love doing, rather than what you think others want you to do. I'm just starting out, and I'm going to remember that one! Thank you, and best wishes, David.

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 10 years ago

    What cute flowers! I also appreciate your advice about doing what you love to do. I'm just getting started on this adventure, but I'm excited to see where it takes me. Good luck with your future and your family! CharisG

  • WoollyBoo

    WoollyBoo said 10 years ago

    Taryn, loved meeting you last week, and I absolutely LOVE your flowers. Very glad I am the owner of one :)

  • ByMistyMichelle

    ByMistyMichelle said 10 years ago

    Taryn, thank you so much for sharing your story! I am incredibly inspired and encouraged! Love the picture with your boys :-)

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 10 years ago

    lovely flowers designs!!

  • KJVisors

    KJVisors said 10 years ago

    Great article and very inspiring. I am a newbie and hope to do as well as you have with my sun visors. The flowers are gorgeous!

  • arainydaydesign

    arainydaydesign said 10 years ago

    I can see why your flowers make you happy. Thank you for taking the time to write the article.

  • purpleWHALEdesigns

    purpleWHALEdesigns said 10 years ago

    loved the article and i love your designs

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels said 10 years ago

    Pretty designs! inspiring story! Thank you!

  • PiacereMioPaperie

    PiacereMioPaperie said 10 years ago

    Poppychic, I love your retro flowers. No doubt I will be owning some soon! Thanks for the article. Glad to know that Superwoman still exists!

  • QuiteContrary2

    QuiteContrary2 said 10 years ago

    Poppychic, you have some beautiful designs there - absolutely love them! Congrats!

  • bypamelakay

    bypamelakay said 10 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for sharing! I hope to have a similar story ;)

  • MommaE

    MommaE said 10 years ago

    I'd love to hear some advice on how to make the connections that allowed you to have your items in the Golden Globes goody bags and the MD connection. That's a great way to get recognised, but how/where do you start?

  • Pootinkies

    Pootinkies said 10 years ago

    I love your stuff!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • KayLynnStudio

    KayLynnStudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the peek into your day! You are a motivation by all means!

  • JoyScebold

    JoyScebold said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed your story and advice! Liked "Teach your hubby how to do shipping labels"!

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 10 years ago

    What a great story!!! You have adorably cute pieces!!!

  • diaperkoozie

    diaperkoozie said 10 years ago

    Great tips! Now off to redecorate my shop ;)

  • MelanieHillier

    MelanieHillier said 10 years ago

    Really pretty. And I love the line "Stay focused on what you love, not what you think you should do". So true... Great job!

  • carvelcountrysoaps

    carvelcountrysoaps said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article. Congrats on your feature!

  • ladydauntless

    ladydauntless said 10 years ago

    This is such a great and encouraging article. Do what makes you happy ... love your product and your shop!

  • MotherMacabre

    MotherMacabre said 10 years ago

    What a lovely story! You and your children are darling, and you write well also. Continued good fortune... MM

  • MyPatternedMind

    MyPatternedMind said 10 years ago

    Golden Globes! That's awesome! I would love to know how one could go about contributing to those type of events :) P.S I'm a Carnival groupie! Just love their fun ships

  • stellaarbor

    stellaarbor said 10 years ago

    You have the most gorgeous designs! Congratulations on all your success! This was a great article with good advice for fellow Etsians. Definitely should follow this mantra: "Stay focused on what you love to do, not what you think you should do."

  • Heart2Handbags

    Heart2Handbags said 10 years ago

    I love to see how others run their businesses and manage their time. Congrats Taryn!

  • jabonbon

    jabonbon said 10 years ago

    I <3 your work.

  • KaseyLeeYogini

    KaseyLeeYogini said 10 years ago

    Really beautiful stuff! Love the style! I will be ordering some soon!

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 10 years ago

    Focus is good, whims cost money...so true! I love your flowers & your story. My shop is also inspired by everything feminine & flowers. Be sure to check it out! BEST OF LUCK IN 2010!

  • rosepetalcards

    rosepetalcards said 10 years ago

    it is great to see you being able to handle all the different aspects of the business and family... all while having a little one around full time! best of luck to you! thanks for sharing.

  • feronia

    feronia said 10 years ago

    Haha, I love that part about getting the hubby involved! USEFUL TIP!

  • WyldAngelz

    WyldAngelz said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this! I am very new to Etsy and I found this to be very informative and useful. Thanks for the great advice! Keep up the good work! I love the flowers!

  • janysde

    janysde said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work! Inspiring, that we women can do it all!

  • bgstyle

    bgstyle said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Love all your work all the best ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨) (¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ (¸.·´ (¸.·´♥

  • poise101

    poise101 said 10 years ago

    Thanks very inspiring.

  • StacyBayless

    StacyBayless said 10 years ago

    Etincellestudio... I too wonder how people make any money with good prices. I feel my shop (baby and children's items) are all reasonably priced. But even when I get great sales on stuff, it is still hard to make any real money. By the time I spend time to create, shop, make, then ship, it seems like I am only making $.50 an hour. :) It is so inspiring to know that it can be done. I'm so grateful for articles like this. Thanks for sharing!

  • MarleyLondon

    MarleyLondon said 10 years ago

    Great story! Thanks!

  • carriealisha

    carriealisha said 10 years ago

    What beautiful flowers! I absolutely love them. Thanks for taking the time to inspire me with your story. it gives me hope that one day, I too may be able to quit my job to do what I love.

  • knotworkshop

    knotworkshop said 10 years ago

    I agree with those who've said how interesting and inspiring it is to see someone who's quit their day job with a shop full of reasonably priced items. Awesome and exciting!

  • dannystreasures

    dannystreasures said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I recently left my day job because I was very unhappy. Making things makes me happy and I am hoping that my Etsy shop will become very successful. Hearing stories like this keeps me motivated! Thanks a lot, and I love your flowers!

  • pelikanknit10

    pelikanknit10 said 10 years ago

    thanks for a great story ,so inspiring i to hope to give up my day job, to do what i love thanks!

  • janysde

    janysde said 10 years ago

    Well guess what I did quit my 'day' time job, of course to set up my own Writing and Communications business (which i don't sell online at Etsy!). There are days when it is so challenging, being the one woman show but looks like I will need to read these inspirational stories, one a day. So I don't feel that I'm the ONLY one struggling to get there. After all, I wouldn't have quit my day time job if I didn't think I could make it. Oh, of course I now have the time , for some strange reason, to create lovely jewellery again! And more importantly, though I seem to work more than when I had a day time job, I don't fall ill anymore, whereas before at the day time job, I was ill every month, with soaring medical costs. Jan.

  • ferretheart

    ferretheart said 10 years ago

    Love the picture! :) Your place looks really great!

  • naughteebits

    naughteebits said 10 years ago

    awesome and inspiring article!

  • EASantangelo

    EASantangelo said 10 years ago

    Wonderful inspiration! Beautiful flowers!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 10 years ago

    I have my eyes or should I say heart on some items!

  • flamingo

    flamingo said 10 years ago

    Love to hear these inspiring stories thank you for sharing.

  • EightBabyLegs

    EightBabyLegs said 10 years ago

    your'e the coolest. i love that your'e a wife and mommy to two little boys. AND run such a successful shop. eek, your'e so encouraging!

  • thestoriaproject

    thestoriaproject said 10 years ago

    aweseme, awesome, awesome! I love reading these! thanks for the inspiration!

  • moosetteoriginals

    moosetteoriginals said 10 years ago

    Wow! I am new to Etsy and my own business... your story is so inspiring! I too make hair accessories... thanks you for sharing the story of your adventure to finding hapiness!

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 9 years ago

    Love it!!! :)

  • Mrsmdp97

    Mrsmdp97 said 9 years ago

    Your story has inspired me. Thanks for sharing.

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 9 years ago

    I enjoyed your story and thanks for your advice and craft day routine.

  • soultivity

    soultivity said 9 years ago

    love the blooming corsage!! great job.

  • pinkpetalsbb

    pinkpetalsbb said 8 years ago

    Just came across this story now and I enjoyed reading it. All the best to you! =)

  • KatieJBeadDesigns

    KatieJBeadDesigns said 8 years ago

    I am so inspired after reading your story...having kids and the house and family life is so hard to juggle and balance with a home based business...What you do is my dream...thank you so much!

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