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Quit Your Day Job: renneslechateau

Jun 28, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

After earning a liberal arts degree and searching for a career in a less-than-stellar economy, Julia of renneslechateau decided to go full time in retail. After three years of working for someone else she was ready to pursue her dream of being self-employed. She set up shop on Etsy and, after seeing some quick success with her leather bag line, it wasn’t long before she quit her day job to pursue renneslechateau as her full-time undertaking. Julia’s favorite part of being her own boss is the self-sufficient feeling of seeing the fruits of her labor in her everyday life. Keep reading to find out the importance of connecting with others in the craft scene and simply being nice.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Gosh, I can’t remember a time when I haven’t made things! However, the business part of it started less than two years ago. I had graduated from college, and like most people with art or liberal arts degrees, I didn’t have a clear path ahead of me. I went out and applied for lots of different jobs, except no one was looking to hire and people everywhere were getting nervous about the economy. I ended up working full time at the part-time job I had throughout school. While working there I began sewing clothing on the weekends and attempted pattern drafting. Then I decided to open an Etsy shop. Unfortunately, the clothing didn’t take off, and I started looking for something else to sew. On a whim I bought half of a leather hide and experimented with making bags. I put a few of those bags in my shop, and to my disbelief, they sold!

Tell us about your previous working situation.
For three years I worked in retail at a small shop in Boston. Working there a few days a week was really fun. I had a great time with my coworkers and the bonus was that we sold pretty awesome stuff. When I started working there full time it felt very different. The main problem was that I didn’t feel stimulated.  When I work on something I always like to give my all and do the best job I can — but the more I worked there, the more I realized that wasn’t possible. While I had been there for some time it began to feel like there was a lack of appreciation for what I brought to the table.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Oh yes! I would think about it every day, all the time. I wanted out of my job badly. I’m super sensitive and don’t have thick skin so all the drama that would happen at work would eat away at me. When a few bags started selling I actually started talking about quitting my job and doing Etsy full time, and then about a month later I did.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
It’s crazy, but not really. I did everything and learned everything as I went along. To this day (and I’m so embarrassed to admit this!) I don’t have a business plan, or at least, don’t have one written down — I keep everything in my head. I remember what it was like in the beginning, though: I would pretty much set aside all the money I had after rent and buy leather. Usually I could only buy one or two hides at a time, which was frustrating when people wanted colors other than black or brown. My machines would break all the time and I would freak out and have a nervous breakdown because someone had ordered a bag and I wouldn’t be able to finish it on time. I can’t even recall how many times I had to take my machines in to be fixed — but I’m happy to say the last time I had to get anything fixed was a year ago — a record!

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
Connecting and networking with other crafters and bloggers has been a really great way to get noticed.  This was the least intuitive thing for me to do when I started but it has made all the difference. I have met some of the sweetest and most giving people through my job and it’s probably the most rewarding part of it all.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion? Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
I don’t think I regret anything, because I’ve learned a lot from most mistakes. At the same time I honestly have never found that paid advertising has worked. I’ve tried a few times with few results.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up between 7 and 8 in the morning and check work and personal emails.
  • Pack up my new orders and bring them to the post office.
  • Mid-morning I realize I’m hungry and have breakfast.
  • If I have any custom orders I get to work on cutting and sewing them. I can usually complete about two custom orders in a day.
  • If I am making new inventory I spend the late morning cutting out bags. I always underestimate how long it will take to cut. I never know exactly how many bags I can fit on one hide, as you have to avoid holes and some scar and branding marks. If I plan carefully I can usually get 5-6 bags out of a hide.
  • I blog.
  • In the afternoon I sew. Sometimes I sew assembly line style with 2 or 3 of the same bags at once, but most of the time I make each individually. I make fewer mistakes if I make things one at a time, plus it feels like a more natural way to work.
  • I wrap up work around 6, but sometimes it goes later than that.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
The best thing about not having a day job is feeling self-sufficient and seeing the things that you make by hand every day turning into your groceries, home, and other purchases. It’s a really rewarding feeling. What I miss the most about having a normal job is people. It’s easy to get sucked into your own world when you are self-employed and then your forget about seeing your friends or taking time off. â€¨

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
I work all the time, and I work out of my home. It’s hard to let go at the end of the day, and sometimes you just find yourself working at 10 p.m. Most of the reason for that is there is just so much to do. Between answering inquiries, packaging, sewing, cutting, and promoting, it’s a surprise that I actually have time to design new things. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself so that I could take more time off once in a while! But, it’s so worth it.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else? 
I would suggest that I stop comparing myself to other people. It’s tricky in the beginning when you are trying to define your style — it can be hard not to feel small in a sea full of really talented people. This is still something I’m struggling with, but I’ve found as long as I stay focused on what is important to me, it ends up okay.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
I would really like the opportunity to collaborate with other artists. Whether that would be by starting a shared studio space with others or starting a new line completely, I definitely know I work better when I have different minds to bounce ideas off.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?
Oh gosh, yes! Do you know how hard it is not to spend what you make on Etsy in other Etsy shops? A few favorites are:

  • Vintage Aimee – My friend makes really cute stained glass night lights from old lantern slides.
  • Vain and Vapid – The best clothing ever, period.
  • Scout & Catalogue – Hand-dyed scarves, pillows, and bags.
  • EvaForeva – Soft and cuddly scarves and home goods.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
This may sound dorky, but I’ve always found the best way to succeed is to be nice to people and go out of your way to do extra things to make people happy. I think Bill and Ted really hit the nail on the head: “Be excellent to each other!”

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

243 comments

  • cram

    cram said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Lovely items!

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 9 years ago

    Love your designs! A very consistent brand.... I'm striving for that as well. Such an inspirational story - thanks for sharing!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 9 years ago

    amazing work:) Love it!

  • GreenRoomStudios

    GreenRoomStudios said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story, thanks so much for sharing it as well as your lovely work!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 9 years ago

    What an awesome story! Love all of the totes so much : )

  • VintageStyleJewelry

    VintageStyleJewelry said 9 years ago

    Im starting out for the second time! and I like to read everything to do with Etsy and its also good to see that my shop can be a success just like yours. Love the bags!

  • aliciablim

    aliciablim said 9 years ago

    I just graduated from Skidmore College and am trying my luck finding jobs and starting my own etsy shop, so hearing your story was really great!

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 9 years ago

    Love your shop, Julia! Especially the mini messengers! Congrats on the feature and on your success! <3

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 9 years ago

    Julia ~ thank you for sharing your success story. I agree about one of the hardest parts of running your own business. I find it very hard to stop working and have a life. :)

  • GlassElephant

    GlassElephant said 9 years ago

    Love the bags! Great advice, "I would suggest that I stop comparing myself to other people." That is something I also have to remind myself to do quite often. Thanks for sharing!

  • delightdesignbiz

    delightdesignbiz said 9 years ago

    Fun article... and now off to browse! :-)

  • flight64

    flight64 said 9 years ago

    gorgeous work, thanks for sharing your insights!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story....I love hearing about other people's success, it inspires me!!!

  • InkBlotCafe

    InkBlotCafe said 9 years ago

    I love your story - as a fellow recipient of a liberal arts, I am inspired, and wish you continued success!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 9 years ago

    Julia, I loved your advice to be "nice to people". Your photos are stunning and I also love your work. ♥

  • maymeDvintage

    maymeDvintage said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love you had the courage to follow your dreams. I wish you lots of luck and continued success with your store and your adventures !!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 9 years ago

    An etsy success story is always inspiring. thanks

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 9 years ago

    Julia's story is absolutely inspiring! The fact that her bags are amazing probably helps, I adore that silver market tote! <3 Andrea

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 9 years ago

    Hi Julia...Thanks for sharing your Etsy experience!Congratulations!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 9 years ago

    Congratulations to you! Great bags! And wishing many great bags ahead of you!

  • shizendesigns

    shizendesigns said 9 years ago

    Awww, I love your bags!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 9 years ago

    Thanks for your honesty! You said something that I needed to hear/read, thanks for that. Your designs are great! Continued success.♥

  • arsazaria

    arsazaria said 9 years ago

    Your bags looks realy great! Thanks for sharing your story

  • TheIsisCollections

    TheIsisCollections said 9 years ago

    Nice Bags! I soooo envy you. One day soon I hope to be in your shoes.

  • funkyhulagirl

    funkyhulagirl said 9 years ago

    Adorable bags!! Thanks for sharing, Etsy success stories are such an inspiration! Keep up the awesome work Julia!

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your beautiful bags, and also love your very tidy work room! You've inspired me to have a big clean up =)

  • buddyxdesigns

    buddyxdesigns said 9 years ago

    Love your beautiful bags, and also love your very tidy work room, you've inspired me to have a big clean up =)

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 9 years ago

    Wow!! Great bags!

  • edor

    edor said 9 years ago

    really cute stuff!

  • ScrapHappyLyrebird

    ScrapHappyLyrebird said 9 years ago

    Oh this was so inspiring thank you! I live in Boston too and am in a similar situation, I am trying to go full time since I can't find a job anyway. Congratulations on your success!

  • Havanahannah

    Havanahannah said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful story! You're truly an inspiration.

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 9 years ago

    Great story and beautiful bags! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 9 years ago

    Great bags!

  • krishsw19

    krishsw19 said 9 years ago

    Lovely bags!

  • mucar

    mucar said 9 years ago

    Great bags!!

  • DaphneDays

    DaphneDays said 9 years ago

    Well said, and lovely items in your shoppe!!

  • billetsdoux

    billetsdoux said 9 years ago

    Lovely bags and a lovely story........thanks for sharing!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 9 years ago

    very inspirational...love the part about not comparing yourself to others. I guess all creative people are really insecure about their work! Love to see other people succeed.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 9 years ago

    What beautiful bags....and wonderful inspiration.

  • mpwallets

    mpwallets said 9 years ago

    Im so pumped now! I'm glad we all share the similar feelings.

  • beautifulanodyne

    beautifulanodyne said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article. Great seller to feature. I always enjoy the quit your day job articles! They are so inspiring.

  • galit

    galit said 9 years ago

    Great story!

  • tamarindesigns

    tamarindesigns said 9 years ago

    Great story, fantastic line...and it seems like you have the sweetest personality! :) Thanks for sharing.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 9 years ago

    Great interview! Cute studio, too. Love the little wallet pochette pouches. Congrats on your success!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 9 years ago

    Fabulous story, very inspiring! Lovely bags!!

  • TimeAndTideSeaGlass

    TimeAndTideSeaGlass said 9 years ago

    Congratulations to you on your success! Your bags are wonderful! Thanks for the insights and encouragement!

  • allthepreciousthings

    allthepreciousthings said 9 years ago

    Your bags have a really professional look, while still retaining the handmade/ one of a kind feel - congratulations! Wishing you success

  • adrienneaudrey

    adrienneaudrey said 9 years ago

    great shop, great interview! Wishing you continued success!

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 9 years ago

    What a wonderful interview! You are very creative! :)

  • sevenply

    sevenply said 9 years ago

    so great! Congrats!!!

  • cameoconnection

    cameoconnection said 9 years ago

    pretty and interesting bags

  • shaliniscrafts

    shaliniscrafts said 9 years ago

    what a beautiful shop u have!

  • mannersue

    mannersue said 9 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Congratulations on your great success! Lovely bags too by the way! :-)

  • shaliniscrafts

    shaliniscrafts said 9 years ago

    what a beautiful shop you have!

  • barrofsoap

    barrofsoap said 9 years ago

    super cool!

  • 51VC

    51VC said 9 years ago

    Read every word. Thank you for the inspiration. So many of us share your dream!!!

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 9 years ago

    Great story!!! Congrats and many wishes for much success in the future. Your bags are amazing!!!

  • inaluxe

    inaluxe said 9 years ago

    Such an awesome interview - I love Julia! And how gorgeous is the shop?! totally fab. The last quote made me smile - totally true, and one I'm going to try and incorporate into my life. :)

  • AgShop

    AgShop said 9 years ago

    Lovely bags :) Good luck!

  • stitchuation

    stitchuation said 9 years ago

    Etsy--how are you getting into my head? I gobbled this article up so fast, I need to go back and take it in more slowly. So perfect--even an average day's schedule, which is something I have really wondered about. How exciting for Julia, to be featured, and how lucky for the rest of us to peek into this life shared. Thank you!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 9 years ago

    Beautiful blog...Love her bags, sooo amazing and always inspiring to see. :-))) xo Emily from EL Vintage

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiffabulous said 9 years ago

    Great story! I am happy for your success. :)

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 9 years ago

    Ahhhhh I love that piece of advice.. one that keeps on popping up in these successful Etsian articles.. "stop comparing yourself to others".. just doing what you do, to the best of your ability and follow your heart. love it.

  • poppycottage

    poppycottage said 9 years ago

    Great bags!!! Congratulations on your success!

  • smalltowninthecity

    smalltowninthecity said 9 years ago

    suggested shops are mostly empty . . . LOVE your bags though!!! hoping i have the willpower not to buy the one i'm halfway in love with!

  • kceknits

    kceknits said 9 years ago

    your work is wonderful! i'm trying etsy after a huge gap & appreciate your suggestions & experience.

  • sunsetandvine

    sunsetandvine said 9 years ago

    Julia-Thank you for your story. Your shop is amazing and I was really inspired by your journey!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations!

  • feesk

    feesk said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story, beautiful work! And I must add, a really sweet seller. I had emailed her a while ago with some etsy related questions, and she was wonderful with her feedback, very candid and very fast! With everything that an etsy seller has to do, she took time out for me! I like that extra touch.. as do her customers I am sure. Wishing you much success! Best, Fiona :)

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 9 years ago

    I just love the bags :) amazing work and congrats :)

  • steinbem

    steinbem said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it with fellow artists! Best of luck.

  • greengirlieusa

    greengirlieusa said 9 years ago

    Wow! That's wonderful.

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 9 years ago

    sooo inspiring! what a beautiful shop....congrats!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 9 years ago

    ya get more bees with honey:) totally agree! and I would freak out too, if my sewing machine broke and I had orders.eee gads. loved reading your story.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    love your story & your work!!! wishing you the best in pursuing your dreams! XO

  • Zeedubya

    Zeedubya said 9 years ago

    I really do love the bags. I am going to mark you as a favorite, and when I can I will definitely buy one.

  • davisdesignsau

    davisdesignsau said 9 years ago

    Great inspiring story... luck for the future!

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking said 9 years ago

    Great Story! Myself....I'm starting to get the itch, of doing this a full job. My kids are getting older, one hour drive to work is a drag. Keep up the good work, the enocomy will turn.

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 9 years ago

    This article spoke to me on SO MANY levels.. the part about feeling "small" in an ocean full of talent, and the part about being super-sensitive... I've learned with time that that is not always a bad thing to be though. Thank you!

  • KnuttinButYarn

    KnuttinButYarn said 9 years ago

    Really great story. I hope to be able to say that if I had a day job I could definitely quit it. You have great items and I wish you even more success in the future.

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 9 years ago

    Seriously love this interview. So honest and genuine, makes me happy :) I totally relate on the liberal arts degree--English major here! I also relate on the sensitive thing...always a tough one. Anyway big cheers to you. Keep on keepin' on!

  • LARaised

    LARaised said 9 years ago

    very inspiring!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 9 years ago

    beautiful bags!

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu said 9 years ago

    Great work!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 9 years ago

    This is a great article she was so genuine like treasurebooth mentioned. This is what I like about reading these quit your day job articles are all so inspiring and really to me bringing it all home. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 9 years ago

    I love your Fitzgerald totes!! Must save up for one. Love the honesty in the interview.

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring story, lots of luck in your continued growth. Great interview!

  • reflectionsjewelry

    reflectionsjewelry said 9 years ago

    Your work is Great! Kudos to you for your success!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! I love what you said about stop comparing---I have to keep my eyes on my art instead of validating my style by others' standards!!! Thanks! Best Wishes!!!

  • Trefemmes

    Trefemmes said 9 years ago

    This was great! she reminds me of me, when I quit my day job 9+ years ago. Every one thought I was nuts.. ready for the phyc ward.(LOL)

  • chrisvanderweide

    chrisvanderweide said 9 years ago

    that was an awsome article great motivation for a newbie! thanks so much. love your bags they are beautiful!

  • RMRDesigns

    RMRDesigns said 9 years ago

    Great interview and beautiful bags!

  • EtsyBNC

    EtsyBNC said 9 years ago

    lovely bags... it looks good as my baby bag!

  • muxoriginals

    muxoriginals said 9 years ago

    The shot of you in your studio is so cute :) I love seeing artists' workspaces.

  • Sistasew

    Sistasew said 9 years ago

    Thank's for Sharing, You have Inspired me to not give up and chase my dreams. Congrat's on your succes. Love the Bags!

  • teacupdesigns

    teacupdesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story...and wonderful bags!

  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 9 years ago

    Kudos Julia...wishing you much success!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 9 years ago

    I always admire the courage and determination it takes to run your business full time. Congratulations...and best wishes for continued success

  • AngelicArtwork

    AngelicArtwork said 9 years ago

    Good for you! How brave you are to take such a leap of faith. Your bags are wonderful.

  • FlyingUnicorn

    FlyingUnicorn said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful inspiration... this is one of the best "quit your day job" posts I have read ... Love your bags ...

  • GoodGriefGlass

    GoodGriefGlass said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Beautiful work!

  • suzyssentiments

    suzyssentiments said 9 years ago

    Awesome story! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you continued success. I have always loved leather....I think your bags are amazing!!

  • blythebags

    blythebags said 9 years ago

    Such an inspiration. I love how candid, fresh and down to earth you come across. Your bags are beautiful and so functional. . . a winning combination. Thanks for sharing your success.

  • jechorydesigns

    jechorydesigns said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring, congratulations on your success.

  • LindaBoneca

    LindaBoneca said 9 years ago

    Your story inspires me. Incentive!! Yeah! I love your shop too. Keep up with your dreams and try leaving room everyday for new ideas. Just thought of that, but it is so true. I am a writer, and am definately going to live by that statement. I say it, but will practice it too by setting aside time everyday to write. And you are right! Nothing beats having your own business and seeing your money grow and building your life and business with it. Best of luck to you!!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    BlueSeaPaintShop said 9 years ago

    Great story! Congrats! I love the bags too...

  • marquina

    marquina said 9 years ago

    Gorgeous bags, gorgeous pictures, gorgeous shop! Your story is quite possibly my favorite since I can identify with not having a thick skin and being super sensitive! I'm also working on not comparing myself with others...it's not easy, is it? I'm glad you figured out that working for yourself was more fulfilling than having a boss - it took me about 8 years to figure that one out for myself! I love how your blog is set up, and your friends have some pretty cool Etsy stores, too. (Yeah, I looked up everything.) Let's face it: You're pretty inspirational!

  • xtinavox

    xtinavox said 9 years ago

    Never underestimate the power of being nice! Lovely interview---thank you for sharing more. I love looking into your shop; your designs are 'classic with a twist.' Very very best of luck and keep making beautiful things.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 9 years ago

    Congrats on your success!! Your bags are great!

  • ShimmeringSky

    ShimmeringSky said 9 years ago

    Beautiful bags - inspiring story!

  • DottieSer

    DottieSer said 9 years ago

    Julia, thank you for your honesty and sincerity. I, too, am really sensitive, and I'm so glad you shared that about yourself! Your story is altogether wonderful. Best wishes!

  • DotD

    DotD said 9 years ago

    Beautiful bags and wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

  • JL67

    JL67 said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story...and congratulations!!! :)

  • monniemoo

    monniemoo said 9 years ago

    what stunning bags!

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 9 years ago

    Beautiful bags and I loved reading your story. Your honesty is refreshing and gave me hope that you don't have to be perfect or have all the answers to have success! That is wonderful that you do this full time and I wish you much success!!!

  • baruchslullaby

    baruchslullaby said 9 years ago

    Great story. I love all of the studio pictures! Thanks. :)

  • pamlacey

    pamlacey said 9 years ago

    Your bags and products are AMAZING!! Congratulations on your success!! AND, Happy Etsy Anniversary - two years!!! :-)

  • ChasingtheCrayon

    ChasingtheCrayon said 9 years ago

    I love your bags, great story too...I wish you continued success

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 9 years ago

    Love you interview and you work.All the very best.

  • GovrinJewellery

    GovrinJewellery said 9 years ago

    Loved reading your story...you are refreshing and giving hope..Beautiful bags, thanks for sharing, keep on the good work.

  • GovrinJewellery

    GovrinJewellery said 9 years ago

    Loved reading your story, you refreshing are giving hope. Thanks for sharing. Beautiful bags,keep up the good work.

  • Bluebelldesign

    Bluebelldesign said 9 years ago

    Great interview!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    Your leathergoods are beautiful, Julie ~ congratulations on being your own person. It can be very tough, being a sensitive person in a 'typical' work environment. And thank you for your prompt about not comparing ourselves with others. All the best...

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 9 years ago

    great post, your story is really inspiring. I still work my full time job but maybe not one day!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 9 years ago

    Lovely shop, lovely colours and a great philosophy: Smile! Be nice and people will return you good. :)

  • fustian

    fustian said 9 years ago

    Well deserved success, the work is lovely.

  • PerisandCorr

    PerisandCorr said 9 years ago

    Love your story ! Beautiful bags and what a lovely studio you have !

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story of a woman on the path of success. Very nice bags.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 9 years ago

    great article & those totes are simply beautiful

  • thetimeisnow

    thetimeisnow said 9 years ago

    I love reading these articles. Thank you so much, it cheers me up and gives me hope, being a like-minded recent design graduate working a retail job.

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 9 years ago

    inspiring article, thanks for sharing

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 9 years ago

    nice leather! anything for the boys? i will check. excellente work!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 9 years ago

    wow lovely work :)

  • ArtFromTheShed

    ArtFromTheShed said 9 years ago

    Thanks for being so candid in your interview. I am just starting out & am familiar with the "comparison" demons. Your story gives me hope that all will be well & something to aspire to in such a short time as well. Well done Julia

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the awesome interview! I love this series because it gives you an idea of how others run their shop:)

  • InviteMe

    InviteMe said 9 years ago

    Oh you sound like such a sweetie! So refreshing. Thank you!

  • DevilishlyDomestic

    DevilishlyDomestic said 9 years ago

    Love your bags! Congratulations on your success.

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 9 years ago

    Wow! Great Story, It's Awesome how Your Willingness to try something new brouht such success. Your Handbags are Wonderful, What A "TALENT". Thank You for sharing and being so honest.Your an Inspiration to me. Thank You!!, Tammy

  • LauraGourmel

    LauraGourmel said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this interview, it was very interessant!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 9 years ago

    Well done. Congratulations!

  • LHCreativeSpace

    LHCreativeSpace said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Great article. I enjoyed reading about your daily process. Thanks for sharing! Best, LHCreative www.lhcreativespace.com

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 9 years ago

    love these stories, brilliant ;o)

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 9 years ago

    I like the part about staying true to yourself. That is so important and I agree it is hard when you are first starting out. Glad you pointed that out. Congrats on your success!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 9 years ago

    Loved reading this! Thanks!

  • happyidea

    happyidea said 9 years ago

    love your story! your bags are beautiful!

  • AJSPASTIME

    AJSPASTIME said 9 years ago

    It is amazing to see someone branch out and just do it, i've always had a little of fear to just do it so it really inspires me to see you do it. wonderful work

  • lucky0girl0racer

    lucky0girl0racer said 9 years ago

    Congrats!

  • danglingjewelry

    danglingjewelry said 9 years ago

    amazing story . congrats

  • bonjourfrenchie

    bonjourfrenchie said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring, congrats to you!

  • Artterias

    Artterias said 9 years ago

    Wooooww, I just opened a new shop and you inspire me so much! Thanks for your lovely story :)

  • AlchemyandLace

    AlchemyandLace said 9 years ago

    Great article! I read these all the time, and this is one of the most inspiring (to me) as we have similar thought patterns. Lovely work & inspiring story.

  • jv1533

    jv1533 said 9 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations on your success! I am inspired. :)

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 9 years ago

    your bags are beautiful! They show the time and love you put into each one - and of course your work area is in perfect order, which makes for perfect products!

  • zugarhaus

    zugarhaus said 9 years ago

    Thank you for sharing you story with us. I am completely inspired. Like you, I find myself being on the same boat. I am a recent art degree graduate with big dreams in an even bigger ocean. Thanks again. Your items are quite lovely.

  • SpottedFish

    SpottedFish said 9 years ago

    Wonderful story, thank you for sharing.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 9 years ago

    Lovely shop. Lovely article.

  • paperholiday

    paperholiday said 9 years ago

    I really enjoyed this read. Very inspirational for me, thanks.

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 9 years ago

    love the bags!

  • pasin

    pasin said 9 years ago

    Love your shop

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 9 years ago

    Love it... thanks for sharing!

  • mantoine0827

    mantoine0827 said 9 years ago

    Very nice article.I just discovered your blog and now a follower. Thank you for your inspiration. I want to be like U when I grow up (LOL). I could be your mother.(LOL) keep enjoying what you do. Good Luck .

  • MaxiLingemannDesigns

    MaxiLingemannDesigns said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this! Lovely work - a nice dose of HOPE today!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 9 years ago

    I can't get enough of this quit your day job posts! Thanks for another great handmade artisan story :) Keep them coming :D

  • HelloVictory

    HelloVictory said 9 years ago

    Hooray for Julia. She is an inspiration to us all and her bags ROCK. I love my tote!

  • Type7872

    Type7872 said 9 years ago

    Great story! I also can relate to being sensitive. Inspirational on many levels. Wishing you much continued success.

  • HeadpinWear

    HeadpinWear said 9 years ago

    I always enjoy reading Etsy "Quit your Day Job" stories, I find them inspiring! Your products are lovely also. I wish you continued success in your endevors :)

  • HeadpinWear

    HeadpinWear said 9 years ago

    I always love reading Etsy's "Quit Your day Job" Stories. They are always inspirational! As for your products, very lovely :) I wish you continued success in all your endeavors! Thanks for sharing

  • TheGreenGrassGrows

    TheGreenGrassGrows said 9 years ago

    Great Story. Thanks!

  • jeje1227

    jeje1227 said 9 years ago

    I am so inspired by your work--it's AMAZING! Granted, I would love to quit my day job, but I don't work and I'm still a student. Nonetheless, thank you for sharing your little crafts; they look gorgeous!

  • Soulsearchjewelry

    Soulsearchjewelry said 9 years ago

    Such a great line of products! God Bless

  • raininggiraffes

    raininggiraffes said 9 years ago

    Wow, what an inspiring story! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • ARTbySabina

    ARTbySabina said 9 years ago

    Love the bags. Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 9 years ago

    lovely bags. nice tags and work space.

  • VeloNoir

    VeloNoir said 9 years ago

    Hello Julia! Thanks for sharing such a sweet, honest, and inspiring story. You have a good head on your shoulders and great instinct. I have never done anything like ETSY before until now and having just started an ETSY shop has been both fun and difficult. I really liked what you said about kindness and going out of one's way to give one's best. Best of luck to you!

  • LizzyJD

    LizzyJD said 9 years ago

    in a year i'm going to be in a similar situation, with a degree in liberal arts and no idea what to do with it! this is definitely inspiring for someone who hopes to somehow make a living by making things

  • BrixtonStudios

    BrixtonStudios said 9 years ago

    SO inspiring! Thanks!!! I am looking to start making more expensive items for my shop, I just can't think of what to do. Hmmm! I wish I had a sewing machine!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 9 years ago

    You have a wonderful shop - good luck and thanks for sharing your story :)

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 9 years ago

    wonderful, when you are entirely responsible for your business (even if I'm not self-employed!), as you said "It’s easy to get sucked into your own world when you are self-employed and then your forget about seeing your friends or taking time off."

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 9 years ago

    Wow, your bags are so wonderful! Good luck for your business!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 9 years ago

    i really enjoyed this interview, thankyou! love your shop too. great quote to end with :)

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 9 years ago

    Julia, you have fabulous bags and I can't wait to have one. I have lots of bags, but when you work from home, it's hard to use them all. Plus, I can never choose because I like them all so much! Good luck and keep up the wonderful creations.

  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 9 years ago

    Congratulations! and continued good luck to you!!

  • MontanaBoutique

    MontanaBoutique said 9 years ago

    Thank you for telling your story....I'm inspired!

  • AntikaModa

    AntikaModa said 9 years ago

    What a great interview, I will definately be checking out your shop & blog!!!

  • SoPurple

    SoPurple said 9 years ago

    Inspirational!!

  • hildagom2007

    hildagom2007 said 9 years ago

    Thank you for Sharing and Congratulations on your success!!

  • DreamyIsabel

    DreamyIsabel said 9 years ago

    love this interview!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 9 years ago

    Loved your story Juliet, you've really inspired me. Congratulations on your success - well deserved - LOVE your bags.

  • mrswindupbird

    mrswindupbird said 9 years ago

    lovely story. I hope someday I'm talented enough to quit my day job also

  • rural1028

    rural1028 said 9 years ago

    thank you for sharing. very motivating.

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    love your work very much.

  • 1920

    1920 said 9 years ago

    love your work!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your stories - I understand the feeling about how hard it is to try and not compare yourself to others - this thought you shared was good for me to hear, thanks!

  • pookdesignz

    pookdesignz said 9 years ago

    thanks for sharing your stories - I really relate to your thought about how hard it is to not compare yourself to others - there is so much talent out there - it can feel overwhelming - how you've handled this is helpful to me - thanks so much!

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 9 years ago

    beautiful shop, julia. good luck!

  • kizzyrayan123

    kizzyrayan123 said 9 years ago

    What an amazing story and product! I love that you had an idea and took charge! You are my hero. I hope to have some of your luck! :)

  • infusion

    infusion said 9 years ago

    be excellent to each other - I love it :) I really enjoyed reading about your experience of taking on your own business, and appreciate your candid and fun expression. Keep up the beautiful work Julia!

  • lindageez

    lindageez said 9 years ago

    Great article and happy for your success! I enjoyed reading that you stopped comparing yourself to others! Wouldn't it me nice if everyone was true to themself! Good luck and lots of sales your way!

  • LibertyImages

    LibertyImages said 9 years ago

    What a terrific interview. It is very difficult not to compare ourselves to others (did so just the yesterday and ended up in a funk), but instead be encouraged by and learn from their success. Of course, ultimately we are all different people. Thanks so much for talking about your business with the community...I think this is one of my favourite QYDJs yet!

  • fashionablekids

    fashionablekids said 9 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing and continued success to you.

  • shopkoolgifts

    shopkoolgifts said 9 years ago

    Lovely items and very talented! Nice inspiration to those of us who would like to join you!

  • missouribendstudio

    missouribendstudio said 9 years ago

    I appreciate the honesty about the struggles and the reminder about staying true to yourself and not comparing yourself to other people! Great lesson!

  • sewblessedstitches

    sewblessedstitches said 9 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Thanks for sharing your story with us! That is our dream as well and we are working hard to get there!! I'm even more inspired now! Thanks!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 9 years ago

    great story

  • KellyEMarra

    KellyEMarra said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring! I love your baby blue & silver bags.

  • honeysweet

    honeysweet said 9 years ago

    Julia, I loved hearing about how you started out and how your day-to-day is. You make such beautiful things and are quite kind to boot! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  • grammyb123

    grammyb123 said 9 years ago

    iam starting out my self and want to make this happen i have one of a kind bags and are planning on photo all my stuff tomarrow look on to see what i have come up with

  • kathydavenport

    kathydavenport said 9 years ago

    I loved reading your inspirational story, Julia. Thank you for doing the interview and for being so modest for such a talented, hardworking person!

  • weekendvintage

    weekendvintage said 9 years ago

    Lovely bags! thanks for all the encouragement. Jana

  • sassybellewares

    sassybellewares said 9 years ago

    I really loved this interview...I have one of Julia's bags and it is one of the most fabulous bags I have ever had (I am handbag obsessed!)

  • DreamGallery

    DreamGallery said 9 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your story, Julia.

  • PrettyLiLGirls

    PrettyLiLGirls said 9 years ago

    your bags are beautiful, I am just starting ou and your definitly an inspiration, many blessing to you..

  • GGDollz

    GGDollz said 9 years ago

    You have inspired me to make something uniqe and to have my own style. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Too bad you live in Boston I would love to collaborate with you in that cute studio.

  • GGDollz

    GGDollz said 9 years ago

    ooooooooppppppps Spell Check (Unique) lol

  • soapieskyes

    soapieskyes said 9 years ago

    Awww, I am just starting out on Etsy, and this was the perfect first thing to read, thanks!!

  • PaintingByElaine

    PaintingByElaine said 9 years ago

    Great story. I envy your workshop. Mine seems to spill into every room of the house!

  • YorkAvenueStudio

    YorkAvenueStudio said 9 years ago

    Nice work! Inspirational vibe

  • Nafretiri

    Nafretiri said 9 years ago

    You Rock!

  • Lillypicadilly

    Lillypicadilly said 9 years ago

    Thank you, very inspiring story and interview. Etsy sure does get in your blood and Etsy shopping is the greatest. GB.

  • Chakana

    Chakana said 9 years ago

    Beautiful work! It's great to hear an Etsy success story...keep up the good work!

  • KAPARA

    KAPARA said 9 years ago

    Great story! Very inspirational

  • EdgeInspired

    EdgeInspired said 9 years ago

    Beautiful bags!! Wonderful and so inspiring!! I love the Quit Your Day Job articles. Thank you so much for sharing your story - wishing you all the very best

  • GarbogeKnits

    GarbogeKnits said 9 years ago

    Your article was so comforting. I loved every word you had to share. I felt alone on some of your topics and am now so inspired. Come to find out - I am not alone. YOu have also brought me peace of mind to know that I don't have to do EVERYTHING that everyone else is doing in order to succeed. I want to stay happy creating not be overwhelmed with what everyone else is doing. I too enjoy learning as I go along. It's so much more fun that way. Plus I enjoy other people's crafts. Just to enjoy them is learning about what I want for myself. Thank you so much again for taking time out to write. Sharonlee

  • HarboretteShop

    HarboretteShop said 9 years ago

    Hope to be where you are one day! Great story, great work!

  • ChristineSherriffs

    ChristineSherriffs said 9 years ago

    Very inspirational...thanks for sharing, a story to remember and follow.

  • MadeByNena

    MadeByNena said 9 years ago

    Great story :) I wish I could do the same thing too.

  • slete

    slete said 9 years ago

    Beautiful Story...

  • Luma18

    Luma18 said 9 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great stuff!

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory said 9 years ago

    Great Story. Thank you for sharing. I like your work space. I love your work! "I don’t think I regret anything, because I’ve learned a lot from most mistakes." I agree! Beautiful!

  • PotteryHeaven

    PotteryHeaven said 9 years ago

    Wonderful article - a true inspiration, thank you for all of your tips.

  • brideblu

    brideblu said 9 years ago

    J'adore!!!! :)

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 9 years ago

    Thank-you for sharing, I enjoyed the article!

  • Interprintations

    Interprintations said 9 years ago

    Your market totes are absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing your story and being an inspiration to all of us who are making the switch from part-time to full-time Etsy shops. =)

  • renneslechateau

    renneslechateau said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much everyone! I've had such a blast reading through all your nice comments! :)

  • ramccarthy

    ramccarthy said 9 years ago

    I love love your stuff! just got an iphone case in the mail today. So nice to read the story of where it has traveled from too. Keep it up!

  • BJAFASHION

    BJAFASHION said 9 years ago

    Love your story and thank you for the motivation i'm starting my own shop and i needed some motivation!!!!!!! Thanks soooo much and love your work!!!

  • SundayTreasures

    SundayTreasures said 9 years ago

    inspiring and motivating, knowing that as women, we ca do it! quit my day job when my kids needed after school pick-up and started my own business and that was over 20 yrs ago and here i am today on etsy still painting and creating! love all of the talent here.

  • elisawalshdesigns

    elisawalshdesigns said 9 years ago

    I really have enjoyed reading your story. Thank you so much for sharing. You really have inspired me!

  • santosleather

    santosleather said 9 years ago

    Fabulous ! Such talent on etsy ! What an amazing community ! So glad to be part of it.

  • happilyeverafternoon

    happilyeverafternoon said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much for your story. I can really relate to your experience of going from casual to full time in retail and finding it mind-zappingly boring! Hopefully oneday I'll be able to give up the day job too :)

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 9 years ago

    I love how pure at heart your story is...its so black and white...you learn as you go and youo love what you do. That sometimes I think makes for the best outcome in your work. Thank you for sharing :)

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 9 years ago

    Lovely story! I especially loved the part where she mentions that when her clothing line didn't work out, she tried the bags. And they worked! It's so important to not get bogged down when something doesn't work out. You just need to re-invent, or leave it for a few days and come back with a newer perspective and fresher ideas.

  • sublimenprojects

    sublimenprojects said 9 years ago

    wow! i got so much out of your interview! thank you!

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