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Quit Your Day Job: redrubyrose

May 31, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Rowena, the bag designer behind Etsy shop redrubyrose, began her creative journey as an illustrator. She temped off and on in office jobs before finding an illustration agent who helped her secure clients in national publications and additional lucrative opportunities. After many long nights and odd hours the thrill of the industry began to fade for Rowena and she started to consider setting up shop on Etsy. As a former shopper-only on Etsy she had a unique intuition about the shopper’s experience, which helped to boost Rowena to almost instant success upon opening her clutch shop. She was eventually able to cut back her hours in illustration until she made the switch into running her Etsy shop full time. Rowena’s now working harder than she ever has but still finds time for tea, raising chickens, and gigging in a band.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
For as long as I can remember I’ve always had little projects on the go. My dad’s a printer and mum’s an artist so there were plentiful materials around the house to plunder for arts and crafts experiments. This eventually led to an arts foundation, followed by a degree course at art school in Edinburgh, where I chose to specialize in surface decoration and textile design. The course was great, but commercially driven; I remember creating some wall hangings with my printed fabric which my tutors perceived as being too “crafty,” so my making instincts were put on the back burner at that time.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
After graduating from art school I made an immediate decision to be my own boss and to make a creative living under my own steam. I had no clue how to do this so I dragged my portfolio ’round endless design agencies asking for ideas and suggestions. Slowly freelance jobs came my way and I ended up building an illustration career (supplemented with temping in office jobs when work was scarce). I picked up an illustration agent and eventually found myself working for clients including national newspapers, magazines and book publishers, along with guest lecturing at colleges and on courses.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I suppose I’ve never thought of my work as a day job, more a lifestyle. Weekdays, nights and weekends have always blurred into one. If I was working on a big illustration commission I’d work night and day and then take a week off, so it never felt like a tangible work thing that I wanted to quit. However, after ten years of illustrating, a few niggles were starting to creep in; I think I was getting a little tired and losing my edge. I had a few prestigious jobs that were not so great to work on, with ego-driven art directors and endless reworks. More importantly, cash flow was an issue and with a mortgage to pay I found the waiting on checks in the post (especially on long commissions) was stressful. Although I still got a huge thrill seeing my work published and in print, it didn’t feel quite as important as it did in my ambitious twenties.

Etsy was like a bolt out of the blue. I stumbled across it one night and was instantly drawn into it: the whole premise of using the global reach and access of the Internet to support and nurture artists and designers around the world was amazing and exciting. It all seemed so uncomplicated! At the time I was still waiting on a check for a large illustration job and I wondered if this was a way to help tide me over in the lean times. I never dreamed it would become such a large part of my life.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
I was initially a buyer on Etsy and that was really helpful preparation, as I got to see the whole process from the other side. To me it was vital to see how I was treated by sellers, how items were packaged and how good the communication was. I decided to dip my toes in the water and open two shops, but I still had ongoing illustration projects that were taking up much of my time. My first shop featured my alternative process photos (polaroidsandpinholes) and the clutch bag shop followed on from that. The clutches were a fairly new thing for me. I’d made a few as Christmas presents for friends and family and really enjoyed the process of making again: it was a tangible, beautiful, and functional object to make and engaged me again with my love of textiles. I made a few more and listed them and they started selling. It was only a few months later when orders were keeping me very busy that I took a conscious decision to not promote my illustration work anymore and focus all my attention on Red Ruby Rose.

From a business point of view, I had a fair amount in place already being self-employed. I was used to working to short/stressful deadlines under my own steam and happy to do picture editing and photography. What I could never have been prepared for was the sheer amount of work involved when you are making, marketing, listing, packaging and posting a product from start to finish. I’ve never worked so hard in my life.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
For my first year on Etsy (2008) I hardly promoted at all and didn’t spend any money on advertising, I just made and listed all day long. The marketplace was smaller then and, at that time, I think it was a very effective way of being visible on the site (listing frequently). I was lucky in that I was extensively blogged about and that attention brought customers. I do remember knowing at one point over the summer of 2008 that if I listed a certain style it would be sold by the morning. Those days have long gone! I still find that making and listing is the best way to spend my time, but I now actively approach blogs, offer giveaways, and for the past year I have spent money on targeted online advertising. The Etsy marketplace is now so big that I think you have to actively drive traffic to your shop rather than relying on being found within Etsy.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
Promotion is such a subjective thing, what works for one person may not work for another. Personally I have found that sales/price reductions and offers like free shipping don’t work so well for me. I also try not to hang out or promote in the Etsy Forums too much. I get very tempted to sit there with a cup of tea and absorb myself in the hot topics but I know that I’ll end up getting ruffled and if I spend the time making new stuff it’ll be a more constructive way to spend the day. A business mistake I regret is not buying enough of a fabric that turns out to be really popular and I can’t source anymore. That still happens a lot but I can’t predict what will sell and what will stick. I just buy fabrics I love and try not to second guess their popularity.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up between 7 or 8 (earlier if our chickens are squawking and waking the neighbors), I’ll look out of the window to check if they’re okay and haven’t been gobbled by foxes, then go straight into the studio, log into Etsy and spend the first few minutes of the day catching up with Convos, orders and my usual blog/Facebook rituals.
  • My boyfriend, Rob, works from home as well. He’ll bring me a cup of tea and we’ll chat about our upcoming day.
  • I do most of my bag making in the morning so I have a productive few hours up to lunchtime making up stock and custom orders.
  • If Rob’s not too busy on his projects we may go out for lunch, or he grabs us a sandwich.
  • I listen to BBC Radio 4 in my studio most days and I’ve sadly started to structure my time around the programmes.
  • By the time the Archers are on at 2 p.m. I know I have to start preparing the post for the day. My packaging takes ages to do and it’s always a rush for the last post at 5 p.m. The post office is just around the corner, which is a great help.
  • After the post run I have a couple of hours break and then in the evenings if I’m not going out or gigging (I’m in a band) I’ll start work again, often up until the early hours.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
The thing I like most about working on Etsy, as opposed to illustrating, is that I don’t have to please anyone apart from my customers! It’s a lot simpler. Also, despite the long hours, I’m completely my own boss, and that is very rewarding. The only thing I miss now is not having more time, I don’t know where all the hours go!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
The hardest thing that I’ve specifically discovered about selling online is the thorny issue of copying, both from a moral and legal standpoint. Copyright infringers have affected both of my shops in different ways, but I think the moral aspect of it is more hurtful. When I started Red Ruby Rose there were some lovely bag and purse makers already established on Etsy. I wanted to share their marketplace but I certainly didn’t want to step on their toes by using the same fabrics or house styles. I was naive to think that when I got established the same would be true of newer shops. In hindsight I took the copying way too personally and it was a good life lesson in toughening up.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I’m not really one for looking back, but in hindsight I’m curious how the shop would have developed if I’d completely used my own prints from the start rather than the mixture I currently have of carefully sourced commercial prints and my own textile designs. My advice to others would be work hard on your product and stock before you even think about sales and marketing. If you have the right product the rest will follow.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
As well as not looking back, I don’t tend to look too far into the future either, which is maybe an odd way to run a business. I’m so happy here and just want to carry on! Over the last few months I’ve been faced with the question of whether to go into wholesale, as I’ve had a lot of requests. I’m reluctant, as I love the whole one-woman-show thing and it would mean expanding the business and taking on hired help. For the near future I want to keep things small and cozy, but I want to extend the range of my own designs and maybe venture into homewares, along with other items.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I think, above and beyond, the thing that will carry you through is passion. If you’re truly passionate about what you do and willing enough to work incredibly hard, things will work out for you. There are always going to be practical reasons why you shouldn’t make that leap, especially coming from people around you (believe me, I heard them all at the beginning of my illustration career), but it’s amazing how resourceful you become when you believe in your work and feel the terror of the next mortgage/rent payment looming. It’s a hoary old cliché but true to say: jump and the universe will catch you.

Customer wedding photo of redrubyrose clutches. Photo by Anika London Media


Thanks to Rowena for sharing her story. You can see some of Rowena‘s art in the Related Items.
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383 comments

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 6 years ago

    Great story and LOVE the bags! :)

  • krystajackson

    krystajackson said 6 years ago

    Yay! I missed QYDJ last week! Congrats on your hard work!

  • Mypolkadotpottery

    Mypolkadotpottery said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational!!

  • myjewelry

    myjewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful clutches!

  • meditation

    meditation said 6 years ago

    Great story :)

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 6 years ago

    CONGRATS! You are an Etsy queen :)

  • okaySK

    okaySK said 6 years ago

    great seller. good advice. big fan of the redrubyrose, the article is helpful and honest.

  • Addy

    Addy said 6 years ago

    I'm so glad to see you featured! I love the bag that I bought from you!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 6 years ago

    Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid--another great quote to add :) Enjoyed this article and best of luck to redrubyrose.

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story, I love the bags. Congrats on your success!

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview and I've been a fan of your shop for a long time :)

  • jenhough

    jenhough said 6 years ago

    wow! so great to hear this story! thank you for sharing, and you are as cute as your bags :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 6 years ago

    aw, Rowena, so lovely to see you here. Continued success as always. xoSherry

  • boutiqueseragun

    boutiqueseragun said 6 years ago

    Great story ,beatiful bags

  • JMGJewelDesign

    JMGJewelDesign said 6 years ago

    Rowena- I am just so pleased to see this story! Your clutches are fabulously chic :)

  • whphotography

    whphotography said 6 years ago

    I've loved these clutches for a while ... thank you for creating such beautiful pieces : )

  • AMIdesigns

    AMIdesigns said 6 years ago

    Fantastic interview, one day I hope to own one of these clutches :)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    what gorgeous bags!! thanks for sharing your tips and successes!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    wonderful story, wishes for your continued success.

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    Love your bags and designs and thank you for the wise insight:)

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 6 years ago

    Lovely story...and great bags. Good luck with all your endevors.

  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 6 years ago

    So nice to see a UK seller up here again. I love Rowena's bags and no doubt if I sold more bears I'd be buying so many of them!

  • Kjmakes

    Kjmakes said 6 years ago

    Not only does Ruby have some of the most beautiful bags I have ever seen, she is genuinely a true beliver in the handmade and is, as good a buyer as she is a seller. I hope to one day own an original redrubyrose clutch.

  • BurningRiverTattoos

    BurningRiverTattoos said 6 years ago

    This is my favorite series, so inspiring. Great work Rowena!

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers said 6 years ago

    Lovely to hear your story - I LOVE my redrubyrose hipster bag :) Good luck for the future!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 6 years ago

    such lovely bags + photos of where you handcraft them. such a genuinely friendly + helpful interview. thank you!

  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 6 years ago

    Go Rowena! Go UK! The way you describe finding Etsy as a bolt out of the blue, thrilling and intuitive, is expressed so beautifully. Totally my experience too. :) Very useful & valid information you've provided about how the marketplace has changed here over time. And I have the feeling that packing up orders always takes you far longer than anticipated too. Ha. All of your advice is wonderful. Jump and the universe will catch you - couldn't have put it better myself. Good on ya gal.

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 6 years ago

    She's so inspiring and admirable. I heart Rowena and redrubyrose!

  • BellaED

    BellaED said 6 years ago

    It works when Etsy promote you all the time and for those who make it to the front page. My poor friend had her store on Etsy for 2 years and she never made it to the front page. Her work was beautiful. I feel uncomfortable saying this but if you don't know someone that work for Etsy you won't make it here. I see the same shops over and over in the front page. The treasuries that made the front page are made from the same persons always. I don't see anyone new here or new items. I don't get it!

  • RandomlyGenerated

    RandomlyGenerated said 6 years ago

    Hurrah for a UK story - good on ya, Rowena!

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 6 years ago

    Great story, Rowena's shop is lovely, I've purchased before and the quality is just amazing. Some really useful tips here too.

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco said 6 years ago

    Awesome story!! I dream of quitting my day job every day!! It will come one day

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    wonderful interview + advice:) RedRubyRose is so talented! Beautiful work! Great article!

  • SparkleMe

    SparkleMe said 6 years ago

    you make beautiful clutches. I recall a time when you were on Front Page very frequently. I'm sure that helped to get you noticed and improve your sales.

  • rainpeople

    rainpeople said 6 years ago

    lovely purses! very elegant & fun! XO

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago

    I love this shop!

  • bohotreasures

    bohotreasures said 6 years ago

    looove your purses!

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman said 6 years ago

    She's such a talented photographer and maker! :)

  • juneshin

    juneshin said 6 years ago

    I've loved Rowena's shop for a long time and it's so great to hear your story. Here's to your continued success!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    LOVE the purses, so charming and well-made!!! XOX

  • feltmeupdesigns

    feltmeupdesigns said 6 years ago

    fantastic seller, Rowena is an inspiration.

  • meringuedesigns

    meringuedesigns said 6 years ago

    i've admired rowena's bags for a while. you can see the quality in her work. fantastic.

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 6 years ago

    Thanks for another great QYDJ interview! Endlessly inspiring. :)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Congrats and keep growing!

  • 6catsart

    6catsart said 6 years ago

    Great article for inspiration. Love the floral clutches.

  • Stylishknitting

    Stylishknitting said 6 years ago

    Great story ,beatiful bags.....

  • Agentsofkarma

    Agentsofkarma said 6 years ago

    No wonder your packaging takes so long, it's gorgeous! If you ever want to blog about creative packaging, I'm sure you'd have a huge, eager audience. Bravo.

  • Stylishknitting

    Stylishknitting said 6 years ago

    Great story ,beatiful bags..

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Congrats rowena plus I enjoyed reading your story~ Wish you continued success, always have admired your purses, nice to see the face behind the bags. :)

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage said 6 years ago

    love your work and your hair

  • VintageTribe

    VintageTribe said 6 years ago

    love qydj! thanks for another inspirational article! And congrats Rowena!!

  • PunkUpBettie

    PunkUpBettie said 6 years ago

    Those are really beautiful bags and very well made! Good for you, Rowena!

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry said 6 years ago

    Really lovely story. Good luck and may much more success come your way.

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags and wonderful story!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    very beautiful purses, lovely packaging!

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 6 years ago

    i want a clutch now!

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 6 years ago

    Fantastic Story! Congrats and wishing you much luck in your future endeavors....whatever they turn out to be!

  • WoodlandBelle

    WoodlandBelle said 6 years ago

    I love Rowena's work! I own a beautiful RedRubyRose clutch. I love this quote: "What I could never have been prepared for was the sheer amount of work involved when you are making, marketing, listing, packaging and posting a product from start to finish. I've never worked so hard in my life." Awesome!

  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 6 years ago

    A very inspiration story! I have had my eye on your clutches for a while now, stunning!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 6 years ago

    Super story, very inspiring... x

  • RUBYrecycled

    RUBYrecycled said 6 years ago

    Brilliant article - have always admired those gorgeous items in the redrubyrose shop! It's lovely to see the person beind the store and like Amity says, Go UK! :)

  • tantancharms

    tantancharms said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story and gorgeous bags!!!

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele said 6 years ago

    Great story ,beatiful bags

  • 3GIRLSandagoat

    3GIRLSandagoat said 6 years ago

    Hello Rowens, nice to find a telling article on someone I know... thanks for our support in the past...

  • CreativeJenPrints

    CreativeJenPrints said 6 years ago

    "Jump and the universe will catch you"... indeed. Very inspiring, love the bags. Heehee yes- go UK!!! :)

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Love these articles...thanks for sharing your story and being so inspiring!

  • sixbabygirls

    sixbabygirls said 6 years ago

    I have Hearted RedrubyRose from the beginning ! Her Clutches are Divine !

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 6 years ago

    Inspiring!!! best advice: "making new stuff it'll be a more constructive way to spend the day" ...thanks for sharing :)

  • ekra

    ekra said 6 years ago

    So inspirational! Congratulations! Thank you for being so open in your interview. It is an interesting dilemma: the want to expand your business with wholesaling and new products, but not wanting to lose the one-person business cozy aspect of the job. Maybe we could have a follow-up in 6 months or a year? A new series called "Quit your day job - a year later" maybe?

  • dottyral

    dottyral said 6 years ago

    Yay for Rowena! Great read! Congrats on your success!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the info and words of wisdom!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    already one of my favorites! inspired!

  • TutusChic

    TutusChic said 6 years ago

    What an honest and open article from which we all can learn. Thank you for your integrity and tremendously beautiful product!

  • momochas

    momochas said 6 years ago

    I´ve always admired her shop, it´s very stylish and cute!. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, it´s great to know the person behind!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 6 years ago

    your clutches are beautiful

  • Kankou

    Kankou said 6 years ago

    Well done Rowena whom we are proud to have as a member of our UK South West Arts and Crafts team -SWAC-! What you said about developing the right product first is so right. No point advertising and drumming in potential customers if they have little or "not-so exciting/different" stuff to look at. That can be subjective -that's taste! but still your crowd of followers can't be wrong and your clutches are fab! In reading your interview, it reinforced my intuition to follow my instinct and inspiration.

  • ApricotStreet

    ApricotStreet said 6 years ago

    I love her stuff, and it's comforting that she is so honest about her work. There have been a few "Quit your day job articles" that were almost impersonal, but this is spot on

  • popcultureprincess

    popcultureprincess said 6 years ago

    What gorgeous clutches! Thanks for sharing your story and ideas! Lovely...

  • karuski

    karuski said 6 years ago

    Love the way she describes ups and downs in an honest way. It is so true that we need to learn to become tough too. When you come up with a lovely product that sells nicely it is obvious that copycats are around the corner. It is very disheartening but in the end the original designs stand out. Just like her clutches.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful story!! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your continued success.

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago

    Great purses! Thanks for your Quit your day job story!

  • abbyart89

    abbyart89 said 6 years ago

    I love these quit your day job blog posts. It's inspiring to see former art students doing what they love, and being successful at it!

  • sewgracious

    sewgracious said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your story, Rowena! Great items! Wishing you continued success!

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring story, thanks!!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    You have great items. Congrats! Wish you all the best :)

  • NestleAndSoar

    NestleAndSoar said 6 years ago

    Rowena, I think it is the best that you can stay in the present and tend to your passion. That is a lesson I needed to hear today! Thanks...

  • SYFjoolz

    SYFjoolz said 6 years ago

    Yay for Rowena!!! I absolutely adore the clutches that I've purchased from her shop! Her bags are impeccably crafted and packaged so beautifully. And she's a delight to exchange convo's with. (Can you tell that I'm a big fan?)

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats!! Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing.

  • thelandlockedsailor

    thelandlockedsailor said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! Right down to the packaging. And the chickens sound like fun, too! Thanks for sharing.

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    i love the fabric you choose and the simple shape and style of the clutches. Congrats on your success.

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 6 years ago

    Great story. Beautiful shop. Thank you for sharing!

  • sismandeer

    sismandeer said 6 years ago

    I love my RedRubyRose bag, too! and I appreciate being able to read the story behind the store.

  • authorsdaughter

    authorsdaughter said 6 years ago

    They are absolutely GORGEOUS purses! I learnt a great deal from your interview about doing the hard yakka before sales and marketing comes into it, thank you for all the advise and the chicken stories.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful product & inspiring story...Congratualtions!!

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 6 years ago

    awesome story and amazing clutches! Love it that you design some of your own fabric too!

  • EverydayEverythings

    EverydayEverythings said 6 years ago

    I love your clutches! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 6 years ago

    Great story of evolution.

  • bluebutterflyshop

    bluebutterflyshop said 6 years ago

    You were my original inspiration to open an etsy shop. You continue to be someone I learn from! Beautiful!

  • KarensLoom

    KarensLoom said 6 years ago

    Thanks Rowena for sharing your experiences.... they do inspire us newbies to continue creating.... Congratulations...

  • theStarcraft

    theStarcraft said 6 years ago

    wonderful story and article. very inspiring!! congratulations on your success. xoxo

  • 1920

    1920 said 6 years ago

    love the work! always love the "Quit Your Day Job" section.

  • videogamegal

    videogamegal said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags! CONGRATS! Gives newbies like me some inspiration. Thanks <3

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 6 years ago

    An inspiring story from a talented artisan!

  • MickeysCreations

    MickeysCreations said 6 years ago

    I love the clutches! Great story!

  • artbooksandcanvases

    artbooksandcanvases said 6 years ago

    The button fabric bag is my favorite- inspiring story!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 6 years ago

    I love your bags and your job! Thanks for the inspiration!:)

  • TheVintageHorde

    TheVintageHorde said 6 years ago

    I love your bags!!! I used to make bags. I am still a bag lady!

  • cthings

    cthings said 6 years ago

    Rowena congrats on the quitting your day job!! You have a lovely store. I always have admired it. Your hard work paid off! Continued success for you!!

  • braggingbags

    braggingbags said 6 years ago

    I LOVE the way you package your items ~ I will surely take this inspiration & look towards ways I can improve my shop. Great article!

  • RozPetalzStudio

    RozPetalzStudio said 6 years ago

    I have admired your work for a long time - good for you! All the best. Kathy

  • sjeskey

    sjeskey said 6 years ago

    She made my "something blue" for my wedding in 2008 and I received so many compliments on my purse. LOVE IT! Thanks again :) - Stephanie

  • wingbysea

    wingbysea said 6 years ago

    Clutches for bridesmaids are such a nice idea - I love it. Beautiful shop, such stunning fabric selections!

  • Myhaleygirl

    Myhaleygirl said 6 years ago

    It is always such a neat thing to see the person behind a shop!

  • Happiknits

    Happiknits said 6 years ago

    I have been admiring her beautiful shop for years :)

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox said 6 years ago

    I love Rowena's work and more than appreciate her sharing about her creative process and inspiration on her lovely blog. I just can never decide which one of her beautiful bags I'd most like!

  • KomfyKozy

    KomfyKozy said 6 years ago

    Cute bags. Great article.

  • RetroLane

    RetroLane said 6 years ago

    lovely printed clutches!

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 6 years ago

    wonderful, thanks!

  • chezvies

    chezvies said 6 years ago

    Great story and beautiful pouches:)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    You are not only a great creator of these beautiful clutches but you also were a great illustrator. You're an artist true and true! great story!

  • plumfactory

    plumfactory said 6 years ago

    I love these purses. Great story.

  • NatalieBriggs

    NatalieBriggs said 6 years ago

    Great story! very inspirational :)

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 6 years ago

    so lovely purses!!! greeat story!

  • TheMerchantMariner

    TheMerchantMariner said 6 years ago

    Love the clutches! What an inspiring article! =)

  • cronopia6

    cronopia6 said 6 years ago

    Great!,love your purses!

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing, I love the part where you mentioned 'passion', totally true! I absolutely love what I do now & strongly believe this will show too in my work. Thanks for an inspiring story, you have just motivated me to work harder and always believing in the best, thank you!

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics said 6 years ago

    truly inspirational article. Congratulations on your success Rowena, you have beautiful creations and deserve the rewards!

  • CuriousSparrow

    CuriousSparrow said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags!!!

  • tweeded

    tweeded said 6 years ago

    Congrats on all the hard work! I hope that one day I can have a typical day like you. Nothing sounds better than working on cute projects all day =)

  • GabbyandZack

    GabbyandZack said 6 years ago

    Love your bags!!

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 6 years ago

    Yay for Rowena and her lovely shop. Thanks for the inspirational story!

  • Isabeau

    Isabeau said 6 years ago

    A very inspiring story, and lovely, lovely bags! One day I will own one of the peacock feather design clutches. :)

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 6 years ago

    beautiful shop, i enjoyed the artical, well done.

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 6 years ago

    I love this series - I always wait for another article to come out, it's always so inspiring. Good luck to you and to all of us!! You have a lovely shop :)

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    Your clutches are really beautiful, Rowena. I found your story thought-provoking as well as inspiring. I'm so happy for you ~ and cliched or otherwise, I love that quote: "Jump and the universe will catch you."

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Really inspiring, your bags look great all the best for your shop in the future : )

  • msatsia

    msatsia said 6 years ago

    I love your clutches! Your story is inspirational.

  • pinkphile

    pinkphile said 6 years ago

    Great story!! love your purses =)

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    i really enjoyed your story {especially the hoary old cliche!}. it's kind of reassuring to read that even as a successful seller you are promoting your business now too. it goes hand in hand with hard work and beautiful design. congrats on your success :)

  • PortugueseVintage

    PortugueseVintage said 6 years ago

    I love your history of life! I would love to the same and work for etsy all the time! Thaks for sharing!

  • BenandJess

    BenandJess said 6 years ago

    The quit your day job stories inspire me. Thank you, TJ

  • CuddledUp

    CuddledUp said 6 years ago

    Your story is inspirational. I appreciate the reminder to do the work, then promote! Had to use that on my facebook page today. :) I made sure to use the link for this blog so everyone can be as inspired as I was.

  • annapopovich

    annapopovich said 6 years ago

    Thank goodness for Radio 4... Congratulations and good luck.

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 6 years ago

    Great article, beautiful shop! Thanks for sharing your story Rowena!

  • blusher2

    blusher2 said 6 years ago

    I LOVE your Honesty!! Great Advice to be yourself in regards your Product and to Not become 'caught up' in what you 'shoulda coulda' do. Thats SO cool you have Chickens!! xoxo paula

  • nonsuch

    nonsuch said 6 years ago

    Glad to hear that I'm not the only person who schedules their day around Radio 4! :) Congrat's on the success, Rowena and long may it continue. x

  • MissMaryElliott

    MissMaryElliott said 6 years ago

    I adore your bags they are truly beautiful! I'm looking for radio 4 now :)

  • IsleOfKnots

    IsleOfKnots said 6 years ago

    Thanks for inspiring

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 6 years ago

    Congrats and great work! :)

  • entrecieletmer

    entrecieletmer said 6 years ago

    This was great to read. I am very new here and I very inspired by your story and tips.

  • Floweredsky

    Floweredsky said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful product , inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  • goodgirlsstudio

    goodgirlsstudio said 6 years ago

    Great interview. Thanks for the does of inspiration to start my day! Wishing you continued success!

  • moosomething

    moosomething said 6 years ago

    WOW! I love all of these clutches! Very cool!! Every "quit your day job post" drives me a little closer to doing it myself! So thank you for your story!!

  • blackberrygraphics

    blackberrygraphics said 6 years ago

    Way to go Rowena. Your article inspires me to someday run my etsy shop fulltime. Keep up the hardwork!

  • cuteandcreepy

    cuteandcreepy said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring and the clutches are beautiful, one day I would love to have one myself. Keep up the awesome work!

  • femmesecret

    femmesecret said 6 years ago

    woo.. i love your bag really beautiful

  • pouch

    pouch said 6 years ago

    so lovely to see a fellow Bristolian doing so well on etsy! Congratulations Rowena, really nice to read some background info on you and how your business started :)

  • 4girlsdesigns

    4girlsdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great story and beautiful purses! I appreciate your honesty and sharing your perspective so much. Looking forward to seeing where you go from here. Thank you!

  • semfox74

    semfox74 said 6 years ago

    A clutch from Red Ruby ROse was one off the very first things I bought on Etsy,a few years back. I love Rowena's choice of fabrics, and linings and her service was exceptional. Great article, she deserves every success. Thanks

  • Feille

    Feille said 6 years ago

    You have very beautiful clutches, and totally love your thought processes about certain things, in your interview. Many well wishes to you :)

  • CeliaSews

    CeliaSews said 6 years ago

    Pretty and inspiring - like the 'jump and the universe will catch you' saying - true eventually but it doesn't always feel like that straight away : ) xx

  • AllyBu

    AllyBu said 6 years ago

    Love your clutches! Congrats.

  • EverydayEverythings

    EverydayEverythings said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Beautiful clutches!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 6 years ago

    Georgeous work, great story. Thanks for sharing!

  • AbigailGutting

    AbigailGutting said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Your clutches are beautiful.

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 6 years ago

    Love, LOVE the bags!!

  • artdodger9

    artdodger9 said 6 years ago

    Great story. I'm always inspired reading QYDJ. Thank You!

  • KismaeGrimes

    KismaeGrimes said 6 years ago

    I love the fabric and the bags are beautiful.

  • Knitting4Ewe

    Knitting4Ewe said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags and a great article!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Your bags are gorgeous! Best of luck to you with all of your creative endeavors!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 6 years ago

    What a great article, I really enjoyed it. I also love that you have chickens! Your work is beautiful, you have such talent. May you have continued success, Rowena!

  • JaimeNicole

    JaimeNicole said 6 years ago

    I adore your style! Yours is a shop I like to browse through.. each item is perfect.

  • BeachBabyDoll

    BeachBabyDoll said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience.

  • taylorceramics

    taylorceramics said 6 years ago

    Thanks for a great story.

  • retrofied

    retrofied said 6 years ago

    Love love love your clutches!! Your fabric choices are amazing!

  • GollyBard

    GollyBard said 6 years ago

    Rowena, You are truly an inspiration! I adore your bags! Can't wait to see where you go from here!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 6 years ago

    This was such a beautiful article. Thanks for sharing!

  • AdriannaLudi

    AdriannaLudi said 6 years ago

    beautiful items! thank you for the info, all this really helps me!

  • thewren

    thewren said 6 years ago

    lovely story. :)

  • KatsKube

    KatsKube said 6 years ago

    great story.... i hope to be as successful. thanks for sharing.

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 6 years ago

    luv the original fabrics, and your story is fantastic. Etsy really blew me away too. Isn't it the greatest?

  • jaroftea

    jaroftea said 6 years ago

    Keep up the good work! So, I quit my day job... now what? crosses fingers ;)

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 6 years ago

    I love your shop, congratulations on all your success!

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congrats!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 6 years ago

    I just love hearing everyones storys. It always makes me feel so much better when I'm freaking out about my own shop. Thank you for sharing.

  • NorthwestBridal

    NorthwestBridal said 6 years ago

    Great QYDJ story, very inspiring! Now, off to look at some beautiful clutches!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your story! I totally agree that you have to actively drive traffic to your shop rather than wait for it to come. Congrats on your success!

  • happygolicky

    happygolicky said 6 years ago

    I love hearing about their typical days. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into working for yourself.

  • paulofnavarone

    paulofnavarone said 6 years ago

    amazing fabrics Rowena. very nice. the teal feathers , red ruby rose and coral chrysanthemum colours look really vibrant.

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 6 years ago

    Lovely interview! Congratulations! I've been a fan of your shop for awhile:)

  • peacesofindigo

    peacesofindigo said 6 years ago

    Great interview~

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 6 years ago

    These are so beautiful! It seems every time I log on to read a story it costs me money : )I need to start making more in my own shop so I can shop more! Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Great article! Nice clutches!!

  • sparkleezcrystals

    sparkleezcrystals said 6 years ago

    Great article! Success to your business! I am hoping that Etsy sales will pick up for me so I can quit my day job, too!

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article with some great advice and tips and gorgeous work! Thanks for sharing, Rowena, and congrats on your success :)

  • charlesvintage

    charlesvintage said 6 years ago

    wow! great article and absolutely STUNNING bags!

  • 2ndtimevintageshop

    2ndtimevintageshop said 6 years ago

    Super story with some great ideas for us newbies. Thanks much

  • emjayslovings

    emjayslovings said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring, Rowena! Thanks for sharing. I am encouraged. I haven't made the first sale yet and have been on Etsy for over a year. I'll keep on though. I have NO $$ for advertising, so will just keep networking. Just started that in the last month. Wish me luck and good continued luck to you! MJ

  • lavenderrabbit

    lavenderrabbit said 6 years ago

    Great story! Congrats on your success!

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop!! Wow- I am really inspired.

  • bugsandbearsboutique

    bugsandbearsboutique said 6 years ago

    What a great story and inspiration, and the clutches are just beautiful!!

  • TheCrochetKid

    TheCrochetKid said 6 years ago

    I find this really inspiring, I've not had many sales yet but am looking forward to putting in the hours:-)

  • kitschwear

    kitschwear said 6 years ago

    another great "QYDJ" article. I love reading these and this one was no exception.

  • oui2reveille

    oui2reveille said 6 years ago

    You are very driven! Your purses are adorable. Thanks for all your insight!

  • vintagerunway

    vintagerunway said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your life with us. i love your clutches!

  • LissaKate

    LissaKate said 6 years ago

    What a great article. Thank you for sharing your story! Look out universe!

  • Luv2Have

    Luv2Have said 6 years ago

    Fabulous article, Redrubyrose is one of my favorites and she is a super nice person!

  • HydrangeaRow

    HydrangeaRow said 6 years ago

    What wonderful work! Thanks for sharing your insights--

  • LogCabinCreation

    LogCabinCreation said 6 years ago

    What an inspiration - I have quit my day job as well and am working to make crafting my full time income - not a job for the timid!

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your honesty. Your story is so inspiring and motivational to me!Best wishes for contnued success!

  • JeJeweled

    JeJeweled said 6 years ago

    These clutches are adorable. Love your story too.

  • cowgirlcaities

    cowgirlcaities said 6 years ago

    Love it!!! - love the bags darling--simply wonderful!!!

  • takofibers

    takofibers said 6 years ago

    This is the most wonderful story I've read on the Etsy blog so far! Its always so great to see people transforming my dreams into reality, so I know I can do it too!!

  • countrymunchkins

    countrymunchkins said 6 years ago

    Great article! I am really inspired! And I might just buy my first clutch!

  • WandercraftDesign

    WandercraftDesign said 6 years ago

    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 6 years ago

    love the article, being new it's great to get some good advice. Fantastic shop!

  • OnHerMaryWay

    OnHerMaryWay said 6 years ago

    Thank you for reminding us of the cliche 'jump and the universe will catch you'. It helps rid of some of those nagging 'fears'!

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 6 years ago

    Great article - so honest and insightful. Love her bags and best wishes for continued success! : )

  • mccheeksmayhem

    mccheeksmayhem said 6 years ago

    really inspiring and lovely bags too

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!! I've loved your bags ever since I saw them on the FP. Congrats on your success!!!

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 6 years ago

    What a lovely story! I smiled when she said she started structuring her time around radio programs; so do I! I've admired Redrubyrose since I first saw her shop. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat said 6 years ago

    Nice to see a fellow clutch maker here. Congrats on the feature. Best of everything.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Rowena, your bags are lovely!

  • SweetiePieCaketopper

    SweetiePieCaketopper said 6 years ago

    I can see why you are so popular after looking at your clutches. I'm new to ETSY. I hope it's not too late for newcomers. Enjoyed all of the cute shops that have responded to this article. Just great.

  • jezzeprints

    jezzeprints said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring interview, and I just love the dress in the first photo!

  • studiotullia

    studiotullia said 6 years ago

    Thanks for your honesty, passion and courage. Good luck!

  • zazuandvioletshats

    zazuandvioletshats said 6 years ago

    I found the perfect bag from Rowena for my daughter's wedding, I can't wait to give it to her at her bridal shower. Very special, and nice to read about her process.

  • lilew

    lilew said 6 years ago

    Thank you! Wonderful story, very inspiring. Lisa

  • OrdinaryMommy

    OrdinaryMommy said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Rowena has been one of my favorites from the very beginning of my Etsy adventure. Best wishes for continued success!

  • Meganoosh

    Meganoosh said 6 years ago

    Love the article and the bags. A truly unique idea. And no cliche's given. I truly believe that if we do fall into our passions, the universe will catch us. :)

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery said 6 years ago

    Thank you very much for your informative article. I feel passionate about my art which has trouble selling on canvas but is selling on a dishtowel. Funny how things work sometimes.

  • eviekemp

    eviekemp said 6 years ago

    That was one of my favourite QYDJ posts yet and I love Rowenas creations! Very inspiring

  • linneaswedishdesign

    linneaswedishdesign said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring! Beautiful clutches!

  • BeadedTreasurebySue

    BeadedTreasurebySue said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the story. Love the clutches, they are really lovely.

  • artigianajewellery

    artigianajewellery said 6 years ago

    Really inspiring article and gorgeous bags! Thanks for your insights.

  • blackviolets

    blackviolets said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, alot of good info. The fabric that you use is beautiful!

  • douina

    douina said 6 years ago

    Rowena I loved your story,, I will most definetly use some of your practices to sell more of my jewelry.

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags and it's always helpful to hear of a seller's success!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story with us :)

  • ButtermilkVintage

    ButtermilkVintage said 6 years ago

    Haha. I listen to NPR all day in the U.S.--and find myself scheduling around programs, too. Thanks for sharing a bit about your past, present, and future with us, Rowena!

  • DoodlebugAccessories

    DoodlebugAccessories said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Beautiful clutches!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    loved your story, congrats on all your success and best of luck in whatever your future holds!!!

  • puck513

    puck513 said 6 years ago

    Great Article...

  • JazziJua

    JazziJua said 6 years ago

    Great Article and Beautiful Clutches!

  • socalsweetpea

    socalsweetpea said 6 years ago

    Your shop is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I learned a LOT from your post.

  • DblCreationsLP1

    DblCreationsLP1 said 6 years ago

    I really enjoyed your article. Very informative and helpful, especially to a new comer to Etsy. Stepping out on faith, knowing who you are, and believing in yourself and your passion makes all the difference. This has truly been an exciting, challenging, exhausting, scary and fun venture for me. Being your own boss you wear many, many hats. Looking back is not an option for me. I am truly blessed and thankful to have such a very loving, strong, and supportive husband, daughters, friends, and family. But most of all God.

  • WSDreams

    WSDreams said 6 years ago

    Great article and gorgeous purses! :)

  • GemstonesByBren

    GemstonesByBren said 6 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for sharing!

  • citizenrosebud

    citizenrosebud said 6 years ago

    Great post. Warm and personal and real, and has some beautiful product.

  • ROSjewelrydesign

    ROSjewelrydesign said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for the advice! As a newbie on Etsy, I very much appreciate it. I love your attitude and your bags are adorable.

  • LabSpace

    LabSpace said 6 years ago

    Fab read. Loved it! So inspiring.

  • chrysalis1

    chrysalis1 said 6 years ago

    I can only say what everyone else has~very inspiring & gorgeous items!Many Blessings*** Maureen9presently trying to find the time to get on Etsy to sell my jewelry,etc.).

  • PennyFarrow

    PennyFarrow said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success,its a great success story. Thanks for sharing it, its inspirational

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 6 years ago

    gteat story

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 6 years ago

    great story

  • AmericanPurseSupply

    AmericanPurseSupply said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much Rowena for your practical advice but also your insight - this gives me hope - I love making my stuff too - love the comment about the universe catching you - thanks for sharing your story:) Your clutches are lovely:)

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette said 6 years ago

    "Jump and the universe will catch you"...I think I'm going to print that out and hang it on my wall for inspiration!

  • CleanerScience

    CleanerScience said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! And great inspiration to keep working from home!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 6 years ago

    Great post!

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and great story! Thank you for sharing!

  • happycakejewels

    happycakejewels said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and inspiring story! Thank you for sharing!

  • CarlaValverde

    CarlaValverde said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE those bags! gorgeous work!

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 6 years ago

    Looooooooove you work! You are an inspiration to us all!! My favorite is the original Ruby clutch and the peony.

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 6 years ago

    I've always wondered about you, Rowena--thanks for the peek into your life and awesome work!! Your clutches are always just right....

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 6 years ago

    Beautiful, all the way around-congrats to you and your success. I like the "jump and the universe will catch you!" here I go....

  • DyeDyeMyDarling

    DyeDyeMyDarling said 6 years ago

    Beautiful bags! Lovely and honest article. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 6 years ago

    Rowena you are so talented. Your story is very inspiring. Thank you! :)

  • lunamia

    lunamia said 6 years ago

    Love the clutch bags and the article too. Keep on doing what you are doing, you have talent. lunamia

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue said 6 years ago

    Brilliant! Your sage words came at just the right time: the thorny issue of being copied. Gosh, isn't that true! It's hard to deal with. I am currently trying to rise above it. I started out here selling ladies hats. Now I have a little fiber shop (with an amazing 600+ sales!!) Etsy is an amazing incredibly special place. I've followed all the success tips here in the blog + more from fab stories as the one above. Thanks!

  • benoitdesigns

    benoitdesigns said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading. Thanks! And what lovely work!

  • Asia3

    Asia3 said 6 years ago

    inspirational and beautifully honest. I care for your dedication to being present, it speaks your success and your might to enjoy a nice cup of tea.

  • BabbsBoutique

    BabbsBoutique said 6 years ago

    Congrats for the feature Rowena! I've been a long time admirer of your work. This article is such an inspiration, I really enjoyed it. :)

  • Patsysbeads

    Patsysbeads said 6 years ago

    Love your story and your clutches are beautiful. Thanks for the great information and inspiration. My dream is to work fro home someday.

  • thegraphicrabbit

    thegraphicrabbit said 6 years ago

    hope the universe catches me! great story and work!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 6 years ago

    Thanks for such an inspiring interview, best wishes for future.Love your work.

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan for a long time and I can't wait to have an excuse to buy one of the gorgeous clutches in her collection!

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story! Copyrights issues have been coming up all the time . I guess I am not the only one having this problem. I always love reading this! Can't wait for the next one!

  • ponycircus

    ponycircus said 6 years ago

    love your story! thank you so much!

  • ShellysVintage

    ShellysVintage said 6 years ago

    So inspiring! You are very talented.

  • AlteredEras

    AlteredEras said 6 years ago

    I am not a handbag (purse) girl but yours are gorgeous. Thanks for a fab article :)

  • mackenzieframes

    mackenzieframes said 6 years ago

    Glad I'm not the only one that structures her day around BBC Radio 4!

  • NiuTaller

    NiuTaller said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this!! it's been interesting and useful!

  • EllieThouret

    EllieThouret said 6 years ago

    This is such an inspiring story. I LOVE the packaging!

  • curlyrip

    curlyrip said 6 years ago

    Totally helpful. Specifically liked the section on how you spend a typical day thanks for sharing.

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 6 years ago

    Great shop, great article. Loved reading it! Thanks for sharing.

  • MellybeeShop

    MellybeeShop said 6 years ago

    Thankyou for this especially from a fellow UK etsyshop. I have yet to experience etsy success but am still making and selling in craft and art fairs and independent shops. I think your right in how the etsy market has changed and that you may not get noticed just by renewing but perhaps use it as a way to sell to contacts you already have and from there build up...

  • kalicat

    kalicat said 6 years ago

    The idea of using clutches for the bridesmaids is very nice, I like how individual they all look as ecah one is different. And the best thing is that they will all be able to reuse their wonderful clutch at many other occasions

  • Viverre

    Viverre said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this! It's so nice to see someone from the UK featured here - gives me more confidence to get on with my own shop. :)

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 6 years ago

    A lovely story, very inspirational, and gorgeous bags!

  • BeggarsBowl

    BeggarsBowl said 6 years ago

    Really great story loved reading it! Very inspiring too, I can relate to the fabric and illustration loves! :) Kitty x

  • EYEOFDIAMOND

    EYEOFDIAMOND said 6 years ago

    Great read

  • roomofyourown

    roomofyourown said 6 years ago

    Inspiring and encouraging story.. Beautiful shop!!

  • AREjewellery

    AREjewellery said 6 years ago

    Yay Rowena! Lovely to find out a bit more about you.

  • substancedesigns

    substancedesigns said 6 years ago

    Absolutely stunning clutches and a wonderful story! Thank you!!

  • sidorjam

    sidorjam said 6 years ago

    I love these stories, beautiful bags! using them for bridesmaids gifts is such a great idea.

  • jewelrybycarolyn88

    jewelrybycarolyn88 said 6 years ago

    thanks for the tips. I know I can use some of them to help my business improve. Carolyn

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 6 years ago

    Great article - very inspiring! Your work is so beautiful.

  • grannysthimble

    grannysthimble said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and passion. I found it to be very inspiratational. Your work is wonderful.

  • lievre

    lievre said 6 years ago

    You cannot go wrong with Liberty of London fabrics. She has such pretty things.

  • waste2save

    waste2save said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational success story!

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture said 6 years ago

    Rowena, you are amazing. Your bags are absolutely gorgeous! You are obviously in your niche. Thank you for sharing. Cheers!

  • JollieJewels

    JollieJewels said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Makes me keep on going and gives me the curage not to give up that easy. I love the clutches your ilustrations on them are gorgeous!

  • hempcouture

    hempcouture said 6 years ago

    Rowena, you are amazing. Your clutches are gorgeous. You are obviously in your niche! Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers

  • theblackbirdsings

    theblackbirdsings said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful products - I am sorely tempted to treat myself at some point to one of your clutch bags. :) Wishing you continued success! Natasha

  • Ladendesigns

    Ladendesigns said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Inspiring and motivating! Love your clutches- awesome fabics! BTW, cute hair!

  • PatsyDesigns

    PatsyDesigns said 6 years ago

    I wonder if a lot of us Etsy folks start out making gifts for family and friends and it just seems to evolve. Wonderful clutches - great colors! Wishing you continued success!! Patsy

  • TheWishingElephant

    TheWishingElephant said 6 years ago

    I love the shipping boxes.. so unique! I've just recently played with the idea of funky packaging and now I'm sold!

  • kyebags

    kyebags said 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! This interview met me right where I am and I found it especially encouraging. I am right in the spot, afraid to take the plunge into full time place... and hating every moment of it because although I know it's what I want, so many voices around me convince me otherwise. So glad to know it IS possible to suceed. Also, thanks for the tips. Although the growth in etsy members is great, I've definately noticed the drop in my sales and have found it discouraging trying to come up with fresh new ideas to draw people in. You have been a great help!

  • PorsbyDesign

    PorsbyDesign said 6 years ago

    Inspiring! Stories like yours keep me creating ever day. Hopefully someday soon I can quit my day job too.

  • Mestee

    Mestee said 6 years ago

    I love your designs! I also love your story, it's nice to hear what I keep thinking "work, work, work" then leap for the moon!

  • MulberryHillDesigns

    MulberryHillDesigns said 6 years ago

    It is great to see such a success story. It helps me to stay excited about creating.

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 6 years ago

    Great article! Beautiful purses!

  • JeweledDiversity

    JeweledDiversity said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story and adorable clutches!!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Picatrix

    Picatrix said 6 years ago

    lovely!

  • merryalchemy

    merryalchemy said 6 years ago

    I love your clutches. They are absolutely stunning. Congratulations on your success!

  • pomegranatebay

    pomegranatebay said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story and keeping the new sellers inspired. Lovely work.

  • keeleybehling

    keeleybehling said 6 years ago

    Great advice! I am a newbee to Etsy and it seems like I learn something new every time I read an article. Wisdom is priceless. Thanks for sharing!

  • twopaperpals

    twopaperpals said 6 years ago

    You love what you do...that's inspiring! Who wouldn't want to own one of your beautiful clutches! Love them all!

  • SmokinHott

    SmokinHott said 6 years ago

    Great story! You're an inspiration..thank you!

  • lissionetsy

    lissionetsy said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing :) really inspiring x

  • citlali

    citlali said 6 years ago

    Your work and photos are beautiful!

  • hauntingbeauty

    hauntingbeauty said 6 years ago

    Really enjoyed your story and tips. Your "typical day" is what I aspire to. Brace yourself because I'll be updating my ESTY with a vengenance soon!

  • ButterflyPillowCo

    ButterflyPillowCo said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring as I am learning how to market myself online. I can't wait to have my 1st sale!

  • ButterflyPillowCo

    ButterflyPillowCo said 6 years ago

    Very Inspiring as I learn how to market on the internet. Can't wait to make my 1st sale!

  • MermaidCreek

    MermaidCreek said 6 years ago

    Love your story! It's very motivating!

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 6 years ago

    Great story and beautiful bags!

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 6 years ago

    You really do have beautiful items, I can see why you're so popular!! Congratulations on all your success, I look up to you. :)

  • handjstarcreations

    handjstarcreations said 6 years ago

    i've admired those clutches from when I started on etsy.. she has such a unique vision and style -- great work, inspiring story..

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    Long but least :-) Incredible blog post. Love this shop! Thank you for sharing.. Emily at EL Vintage

  • MBraze

    MBraze said 6 years ago

    WOW! Truly inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing and being so honest. Alot of useful information on every aspect of your creative journey. Thanks again for motivating me to "Jump"! ;)

  • retroshackinteriors

    retroshackinteriors said 6 years ago

    This is such a wonderful story. Very inspirational and I love the way you told us about your day and your journey to where you are now. It's so very different for everyone. Thank you for sharing.

  • McHats

    McHats said 6 years ago

    Beautiful story, and so well written I felt I was a part of it. thanks for sharing.. Sue

  • babila

    babila said 6 years ago

    Ciaoo Rowena! Your story is full of love for your job. Good luck.

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 6 years ago

    You go girl. Great purses

  • kokopelligirl

    kokopelligirl said 6 years ago

    Loved this article,beautiful clutches redrubyrose!

  • AndreaFarmerArt

    AndreaFarmerArt said 6 years ago

    Inspiring article. Gorgeous bags! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

  • lurly

    lurly said 6 years ago

    LOVE your clutches! Thanks for being my inspiration today - I was needing it!

  • Morningglories1

    Morningglories1 said 6 years ago

    Great article, thanks for the inspiration!

  • lisudesigns

    lisudesigns said 6 years ago

    beautiful bags, and thanks for sharing your story. love it..................

  • bantamchicken

    bantamchicken said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for your inspiration:) I will jump!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 6 years ago

    I just love your bags! good for you :)

  • clawsanpawspottery

    clawsanpawspottery said 6 years ago

    I really liked the article very inspirational. I love the bags. The love you choice of fabric design placement. You are very talented.

  • MyHappyHome

    MyHappyHome said 6 years ago

    Such lovely purses...and packages! Congratulations and thanks for the story :)

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 6 years ago

    Love her frankness.....thank you!

  • UrbanVarieties

    UrbanVarieties said 6 years ago

    love your story!! and love the prints as well!

  • kaymobo

    kaymobo said 6 years ago

    I love reading about sellers who have done so well! Very inspirational. Beautiful clutches!

  • gypsyeye

    gypsyeye said 6 years ago

    I have loved your clutches for some time, thanks so much for the inspiration!!

  • LauraGourmel

    LauraGourmel said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us your story. very informative!

  • Rox3Dover

    Rox3Dover said 6 years ago

    i love the bags...im new to the site and hope this works for me as much as it has worked for you :)!!!!

  • MelissaCaronJeweller

    MelissaCaronJeweller said 6 years ago

    Very inspirational! Beautiful work!

  • iluvwallpaper

    iluvwallpaper said 6 years ago

    Inspirational story and I love those purses.

  • Flatoutfunky

    Flatoutfunky said 6 years ago

    You are very brave! good luck in your business! and thanks for sharing your story

  • goorsendjewelry

    goorsendjewelry said 6 years ago

    Thank you

  • PatBarnes

    PatBarnes said 6 years ago

    I enjoyed reading your article.I found it most helpful as a new etsy artist. You just go girl!!! Love your work.

  • latedajewels

    latedajewels said 6 years ago

    Congrats! I hope to have your success in the future... It is so hard to juggle a full time job and a side business. I wish you the best of luck and have certainly learned from your interview. Thanks for being so candid.

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, you have a lots talent. Your bags are beautiful. Barbara

  • BagsnBling

    BagsnBling said 6 years ago

    Great story thank you for sharing, you bags are beautiful.

  • stratdesigns

    stratdesigns said 6 years ago

    Redrubyrose was one of the very first stores I stumbled across in Etsy. I remember being so inspired by the quality of product, photography and the number of sales! I was so interested to read the interview, and when I made my first treasury I knew I had to include a redrubyrose clutch! I will own one myself one day - if I can only choose which one...!

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 6 years ago

    I love your bag designs, thanks for sharing your story!

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 6 years ago

    So inspiring - our family's goal is too make selling on etsy our main income - we are about 1/2 way there. Warm wishes.

  • uniquebeadedtreasure

    uniquebeadedtreasure said 6 years ago

    Congrats to Redrubyrose in her success! She seems totally focused on what should be the most important aspect in any type of business & that is quality materials with quality craftsmanship!! No matter what size your business may be, you should always keep these two things at the forefront!!! Way to go Redrubyrose!!

  • JLynnOriginalDesigns

    JLynnOriginalDesigns said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous clutches and great story!

  • piasayshi

    piasayshi said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thank you for this! :)

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore said 6 years ago

    I loved the story, congratulations to Redrubyrose on your great accomplishment. I LOVE the clutches. The best of luck to you. (If you are ever need of some beautiful wholesale trims to enhance a bag, be sure to look me up! I have beautiful trims for all occasions)

  • bMichelleDesigns

    bMichelleDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love these clutches! What a wonderful shop you have. Congratulations on your success. :)

  • meteor

    meteor said 6 years ago

    very helpful information, very nice and open hearted person...thank you :)

  • PoppyGrin

    PoppyGrin said 6 years ago

    Very positive story! I am sure, your talent, style and beauty feeling will attract even more customers.

  • PoppyGrin

    PoppyGrin said 6 years ago

    Very positive story! I am sure, your talent, style and beauty feeling will attract even more happy customers! :)

  • INKhandcrafted

    INKhandcrafted said 6 years ago

    This was such a wonderful read! I learned a lot and hope to one day be as successful. Being new to Etsy, I have much to learn about and this was very helpful:)

  • FruttiTuttiBeadCandy

    FruttiTuttiBeadCandy said 6 years ago

    Nice to see a successful uk etsian doing well love the clutches too.

  • alwayssunday

    alwayssunday said 6 years ago

    Great name and beautiful clutches. Your story is inspirational!

  • TimeNLove42

    TimeNLove42 said 6 years ago

    love them all bags, but I am wondering which are your own design in terms of textiles.

  • hmpietz

    hmpietz said 6 years ago

    inspirational article - thanks for telling your story

  • deedlebugdesigns

    deedlebugdesigns said 6 years ago

    LOVELY bags! Great story, too--thanks for sharing your experience!

  • KidzCapz

    KidzCapz said 6 years ago

    Love the clutches, and thanks for the encouragement. I'm really new and need some so that I don't just give up because of the sheer volume of offerings on Etsy! Promotion is definitely the most difficult aspect for me. I need to go in search of some more how-tos in that department!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    I wish I could quit my day job, I love this..... http://theidconnection.etsy.com Monica

  • aistheta

    aistheta said 6 years ago

    Great story with lots of good experiences shared. I love the bags they have a true designer's style. Very graphic.

  • sarsenio

    sarsenio said 6 years ago

    I just LOVE redrubyrose! definitely one of my favorite shops of all times on Etsy! It even got at a point I had to stop visiting her shop, because I couldn't prevent myself from buying one bag each time! ;-)

  • sublimenprojects

    sublimenprojects said 5 years ago

    great bags! i loved reading your story!

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