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Quit Your Day Job: savor

Jan 11, 2011

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

How did you originally get into soapmaking?
There is only so much soap you can really make for yourself, your family and friends — at some point my seemingly boundless imagination had me dreaming up more things than I could ever give away. I didn’t consider selling, though; I just put that hobby on hold until my husband, Mike, opened a shop for his art prints. Then I was swept away, imagining all I could create in my own shop.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I moved to San Francisco from Rochester, NY, back in 2000 to work for a newswire service. I originally worked in the newsroom as an editor/proofreader, eventually becoming a newsroom supervisor and trainer. A few years later, I moved to the tech department, became a help desk technician and software deploy coordinator for our internal systems.

One year, Mike got an Ashley G print from Etsy. He was so inspired that he opened his own shop, and in turn I was inspired by him! At the end of July this year, my daughter, Rowan, was born. I was due to go back to work from maternity leave on December 6, but I realized that my life needed to take another path — I wanted to build on my success with Savor and take it to the next level. I didn’t want to have Rowan in daycare for 10 hours a day. I didn’t want the long nights and sacrifices of the past years to be for nothing (because I probably would have closed Savor if I returned to work).



How did you prepare to transition to full-time Etsy selling?
In December of 2009 I switched my health insurance to be covered under Mike as a dependent, so I would be covered if I did decide to quit working. I also put as much as I possibly could into my 401(k) to take the most advantage of our company’s excellent matching for one last time (we both worked for the same company). We don’t carry debt except for our mortgage, so any additional cash went into savings.

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

  • With my Etsy shop, I have found that listing new stock daily or as frequently as possible is the key to steady sales. I try to restock at least 5 items every weekend while Mike and Rowan go off for some bonding time.
  • For off-site marketing, I encourage people to see if they can buy ads on websites that their target audience is interested in — a forum for greyhound rescuers, for example, might be a place to advertise handmade dog collars. On a local level, your city might have a blog that accepts sponsors or grassroots businesses as advertisers.
  • I struggle with this, but having clear item descriptions, free of typos, and full of relevant keywords is great for your shop. I try to revisit my listings frequently because I know they need work! I can be in a rush to post a new item and won’t use all my tags or accidentally omit a feature of the soap that I meant to highlight.
  • My most effective promotion is my Savor Saver sale. I typically host only 1-2 per year, but it’s a crazy event. I send out a notice to my newsletter subscribers and Facebook fans announcing that my soaps will be discounted up to 50% off. The sale lasts for an entire day and new items are posted at a steep discount each hour. They sell out in seconds, 40-50 soaps at a time!

What’s been your most popular item or line to date?
The Coconut Mochi scent has always been quite popular, and the Cinnamon Snowflakes scent is a wintertime favorite of my customers. My body butter, made from scratch, always sells out when I list it!

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?
I’ve spent money on things that didn’t work out, and that’s always a downer. One time I thought I would make wax melts (a candle alternative), but I was left with a mess on my hands. The supplies for that venture went to waste, but thankfully I didn’t invest too much in it. And don’t even ask me about my lip butter experiments!

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Rowan is the most important part of my day, so naturally my work has to flow around her needs. She is just now sitting on her own and able to enjoy toys, so I can set her up in the Pack-and-Play and find 20 minutes to a half hour to get some crafting done. When she gets fussy after her playtime, I’m right there to take her out for a stroll or put her in a sling while I make dinner or tidy up the house. I tend to make more typos now: it’s a bit hard to type with a baby in my arms!

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
It’s the most fascinating and terrifying thing to me, to be so directly responsible for my part of our household income. Quite literally, the work I do is my paycheck. This gives me a drive and sense of responsibility I never had while working for someone else. In the end, I hope I’m a good role model for Rowan, just like my dad was for me. As a small business owner, my dad serves as a huge inspiration for me.

There’s so much I miss about downtown San Francisco: working in a tall skyscraper, fun and creative coworkers, amazing views of the bay, Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge. Just walking down the street and seeing the amazing vibrancy of San Francisco is something I will always cherish.



What’s the hardest part about running your own business?

There is so much to learn that it can be overwhelming. Everything from product photography, writing ad copy, designing packaging, getting properly licensed and handling taxes — sometimes I feel like I’m a soapmaker 10% of the time and a business person the rest. However, it’s easy to get over that. I will take a long day in the soap studio and create a couple hundred pounds of soap and feel in my element again.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path?
Grow slowly, if you can. While it’s great to have a million zillion projects in mind at all times (and as artists, maybe that’s just how it is), start with a small product line so that you have a nice and easy workflow. When Savor first started, I was often pulling 80 hour weeks between the shop and my full-time job. I would often get burned out, have no creativity left, and just feel exhausted. It was when I got pregnant with Rowan that I learned to slow down a bit, say no to a project if I needed to, and really focus on what was working (or not) with the business. The immediate result of that was clear: I grossed less in 2009 than 2008, but I made more profit.

What are your goals for Savor?
My immediate goal is replacing all of my packaging with my new designs, and I’d say I’m about halfway there. Long term, I would like to expand my wholesale reach. I don’t seek out wholesale accounts at the moment but a lot of great ones have found me, and I think they are crucial to my success.

Any additional words of wisdom?
Running my own business gave me such an amazing opportunity for growth. I have learned so much about myself – my limitations and my talents. If you can’t do something, learn it or hire it out. If you think your photos need work, see if a photography student or professor at a local college can tutor you for an afternoon. If you don’t have the time, try hiring a college student to photograph your items. Spend time at the library learning how to write ad copy for your listings, or have a friend read over your listings and give you tips. My next adventure is learning what I can about search engine optimization (SEO) because I think getting seen in the search results from places like Google is a necessity when you’re selling online.

I also just want to give a shoutout to Mike, the love of my life, because it is his patience with my craziness that let me embark on this wild adventure. His love and support are the backbone of my business and he has put in many long nights creating soap alongside me.

Thanks to Lisa for sharing her story. You can see some of her work in the Seller’s Items below.

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318 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Omg....Love love love your shop :) Congrats!!!!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!! Im shooting hard to be there by this time next year.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop. Congratulations. Good for you!

  • UnadillaWoodworks

    UnadillaWoodworks said 5 years ago

    WOW, we look forward to doing business with you in the near future. Thank you.

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 5 years ago

    Love to see all the products drying on the racks. Super cool pic. Best of luck in all of you endeavors. Cheers♥

  • JenneMello

    JenneMello said 5 years ago

    You're an inspiration especially to those of us with Kiddos!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 5 years ago

    Great story!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 5 years ago

    Love your shop and products!!!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 5 years ago

    Great Article! savor, may your wild adventure last and last! x

  • farmsteadladydesigns

    farmsteadladydesigns said 5 years ago

    What a great story and how cute that your hubby inspired you. Best of luck!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!

  • VivaGailBeads

    VivaGailBeads said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspirational story! I wish you and your family continued success!

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!!! You are one of my inspirations and I am so happy you decided to dedicate full time to your business! Now that I have read your article I realized we are in a similar path. I wish you lots of luck and all the best!!

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 5 years ago

    cute baby. love your products. good luck.

  • dlkdesigns

    dlkdesigns said 5 years ago

    Loved reading about you! I have always loved your work & yes, the coconut mochi is my all time fav!

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 5 years ago

    great interview Savor! i remember when you first started and wrote your "what i learned after 300 sales forum post"....i love seeing you grow, wishing you tons of success this year!

  • BearRubberStamps

    BearRubberStamps said 5 years ago

    Nice to see you go full time. Enjoy life!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 5 years ago

    Oh what lovely soaps! Congratulations on your continued success.

  • dmdesignsco

    dmdesignsco said 5 years ago

    Congrats! I love you shop!

  • LemonLoveJewelry

    LemonLoveJewelry said 5 years ago

    Those soaps look good enough to eat! And your daughter is just so beautiful! I hope you see continued success ( : Amber @ LemonLove

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 5 years ago

    What a lovely story! Your soaps look delicious, and your daughter is adorable!

  • PinkBowBathBoutique

    PinkBowBathBoutique said 5 years ago

    Congratulation Lisa!! I followed your same path, growing PBBB to the point that I could stay home with my now 15 month old son and for that I feel so blessed. You are an amazingly HUGE inspiration to me, and many other Etsy sellers, and I wish you much continued success! ~Amy

  • MetalRocks

    MetalRocks said 5 years ago

    Awesome article and shop! Congratulations on the success of both! :-)

  • TheVintageDesignShop

    TheVintageDesignShop said 5 years ago

    Lovely article - congrats on your success with both your beautiful shop and family! Very inspiring! :)

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 5 years ago

    love your shop. terrific journey. :D

  • InvitingJoy

    InvitingJoy said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. You are truly an inspiration!

  • victoriawhincup

    victoriawhincup said 5 years ago

    This is inspiring....Congratulations!

  • dooglelinhk

    dooglelinhk said 5 years ago

    Cutest baby girl! What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing and inspiring me.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 5 years ago

    So awesome to see you've joined "us", Lisa. Wishing you, Mike and Rowan the best of everything! xoSherry

  • iWALLS

    iWALLS said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your success! What a wonderful story!

  • FuchstBags

    FuchstBags said 5 years ago

    Great story Lisa! Congrats to on your sucess, and I hope you will move your line of soaps in the next level soon! :)

  • BarelySewn

    BarelySewn said 5 years ago

    I found this super inspiring, thank you!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    You are so devoted to your work and life! Inspiring story and lovely soaps!

  • kzannoart

    kzannoart said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story with a happy ending :)

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 5 years ago

    News editor to soap maker is more or less like food scientist to seamtress, we all belong here. Thanks to etsy!

  • PetalPetal

    PetalPetal said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! All the best for continued success!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Lovely soaps, I hope theres much more success for you in the coming year!

  • ladyartista

    ladyartista said 5 years ago

    I love your inspirational story and your soaps look amazing! I can't wait to order some of them! Keep up the fantastic work!

  • designgirl19

    designgirl19 said 5 years ago

    Thank-you, excellent tips, enjoy hearing about your success!

  • yourvintagecamera

    yourvintagecamera said 5 years ago

    congrats Savor! I love seeing shops I recognize from the forums on the front page!

  • palomasnest

    palomasnest said 5 years ago

    Congrats on making the change to full-time, Lisa! And love getting to see little Rowan here. It has been so wonderful to watch your business (and family!) grow. Cheers!

  • PatinaArtsAlchemy

    PatinaArtsAlchemy said 5 years ago

    Quit yer day job - always a fave feature article for me! Thanks for sharing, and good luck!

  • DeusFilia

    DeusFilia said 5 years ago

    This was so encouraging! Thank you so much! Mama and I just started our little shop, and we hope to see it grow...your tipes helped us out ;) Thank you again! Blessings, ~Miss Raquel PS: Your daughter is so adorable :)

  • Nathalyc

    Nathalyc said 5 years ago

    I love it ! congrats and best of wishes<3 xoxo Nathaly

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Being able to work from home is a dream of mine and your story inspires me! Thank you for sharing with us!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Wonderful ! :) your daughter is how beautiful :)) I wish you and your family continued success! Cheers from another mom :)

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    TheWellingtonBoot said 5 years ago

    Your workplace looks like heaven :-)

  • SpaGoddess

    SpaGoddess said 5 years ago

    great story! I loved seeing the photos of your soap studio! you go girl!!!

  • BubbleGumAndButtons

    BubbleGumAndButtons said 5 years ago

    It is funny how our loved ones and little ones can change our life path so dramatically. Hold on to that stuff from your lip butter experiments it will make a wonderful sleepover party for Rowan one day.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    creative & down to earth ~ much continued success ~ your baby is too cute!

  • Vintage2NewJewelry

    Vintage2NewJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story! Rowan is adorable! Congratulations on quitting your day job!

  • bunnyrunceramics

    bunnyrunceramics said 5 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Awesome products! Your studio looks so fun, like a mad scientist's! Congrats on a lovely feature :)

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden said 5 years ago

    good job and great decision:) i loved raising my daughter and working on the farm/in the greenhouse with her.

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 5 years ago

    Great example of how hard work, a beautiful product, and great marketing strategy can pay off! Thanks for all of the great tips!

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    I am happy for you. It is hard to pull all the pieces of your life together in such a fabulous way.

  • aerogkyr

    aerogkyr said 5 years ago

    thanks for the story, love your stuff

  • aoisart

    aoisart said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! What a cute baby!!

  • VintageBlush

    VintageBlush said 5 years ago

    Wow!... Everything you offer sounds so deliciously decadent! Congratulations to you, and I must admit your sweet babe is truly adorable! :)

  • outofline

    outofline said 5 years ago

    I am raising a child and business at the same time too, challenging! Congrats to you:)

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 5 years ago

    Yummy shop! The soaps look good enough to eat!

  • PleasantPeninsula

    PleasantPeninsula said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! What an inspiring story. Also, Rowan is so sweet!

  • StuckOnACloud

    StuckOnACloud said 5 years ago

    Congrats!!! As a newbie you give me inspiration! best of luck with all that's ahead for you.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 5 years ago

    Congrats! and what a cute baby!

  • naomishandiwork

    naomishandiwork said 5 years ago

    So neat!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 5 years ago

    Congrats !! Cutest baby ever !!!

  • Viverre

    Viverre said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your interview, Lisa. Your products are fantastic. :) Rowan is so cute!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 5 years ago

    the whipped soap products look amazing! what a great story, good work.

  • earlybirdgraphics

    earlybirdgraphics said 5 years ago

    Great article!

  • necklush

    necklush said 5 years ago

    so very inspiring! love it:)

  • Nashmod

    Nashmod said 5 years ago

    I love your Etsy shop as well as your actual workshop!! Looks very organized and neat! I can't wait to be able to go full-time myself and it is always inspiring to read stories like yours! Best of luck to you!

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper said 5 years ago

    congrats! you are an inspiration to this mom!

  • scottishlilyjewelry

    scottishlilyjewelry said 5 years ago

    Hey there fellow SF Etsian!! I have been a long time fan of yours and absolutely love your products! I am a stay at home mom as well (my little guy is 17 months old). My jewelry line is more of a hobby than a full time business, but am hoping to turn it into something more very soon... just need to figure out how to do it! Very inspiring :) Thanks so much and much luck in the future with your business and family! Ros

  • jakboutique

    jakboutique said 5 years ago

    I've been a fan since your featured seller article (February of 2008, I think). I love your products, and you really are an inspiration as a business person. Thank you!

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 5 years ago

    So good to see you featured here!! Your Shaving soaps are my favorite!

  • OceanAvenueSilks

    OceanAvenueSilks said 5 years ago

    Great story!! Thank you for sharing so much helpful information. I love that you are able to stay home with your daughter, and wish you continued success! Your soaps are my favorite!!! :)

  • greenwithenvy81

    greenwithenvy81 said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your feature totally brings me inspiration! PS. your kiddo is soooo cute!

  • Kenozoik

    Kenozoik said 5 years ago

    I am in absolute awe. The soaps look so delicious and I bet they smell even better. I love how super organized you are. Congratulations !!!!

  • juliewhite1

    juliewhite1 said 5 years ago

    your story is so inspiring! congrats on all your success and i'm definitely going to try some of your products!

  • Rainbowclothing

    Rainbowclothing said 5 years ago

    So inspiring to hear that you can work around your daughter.Love the soaps colours!

  • HappyCampers12345

    HappyCampers12345 said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • ShamrockStudio

    ShamrockStudio said 5 years ago

    Love your shop and your story! A woman after my own heart you are! I dream of the day when I can be a full time artist; you've inspired me greatly as,I'm sure, many others as well. Continued success to you and your hubby and btw... your daughter is an angel straight out of heaven! Blessings!

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    you GO girl!!! best wishes ♥

  • JDWolfePottery

    JDWolfePottery said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! What an exciting time in your life!

  • prairieboutique

    prairieboutique said 5 years ago

    A very inspiring story...and I enjoyed reading it! I must add your workspace is wonderful..I wish I was that organized! lol Congratulations and all the best for 2011!

  • sincerelyabi

    sincerelyabi said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I loved reading about your journey to arrive to this point, and wish your business only the best in this new year! Very inspiring!

  • NovaofLove

    NovaofLove said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. It's so inspirational!

  • azki

    azki said 5 years ago

    what a wonderful story! i particularly love your recommendation that a seller should let their shop grow slowly. i've had to force myself to slow things down a few times in recent months - sometimes the number of ideas is overwhelming, and it's easy to try to do too much and then get discouraged when you realize you're not superwoman after all heh heh heh... but i think your story is inspiring because it all seems very _real_. congratulations and best of luck to you! :)

  • PeterValentina

    PeterValentina said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your advice to take it slow. :o) Now I see I’m not as insane as I thought I was with all of the projects I want to get started on. Thank you very much for sharing your story.

  • oktopuss

    oktopuss said 5 years ago

    it's wonderful people can make a living off what they love, it must take a lot of dedication to take on a baby and all those orders.

  • Candies64

    Candies64 said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!Awesome reading and that baby is a doll face xo

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 5 years ago

    I'm so happy you have found success! I lived in California for years (outside SF) but going into the city was my favorite past time. I love the hustle and bustle and the ecclectic people walking the streets. Congratulations!

  • theearlygirl

    theearlygirl said 5 years ago

    Good for you for being so determined and focus. Very inspiring.... but the photos of baby Rowan are the best part of the whole interview. She's yummy : )

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 5 years ago

    What a great story! Congratulations on your success - very inspiring. :)

  • milkfly

    milkfly said 5 years ago

    Wonderful, inspiring and helpful story. And the cutest baby ever !

  • stacystudios

    stacystudios said 5 years ago

    Now THAT is soap! Wonderful!

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 5 years ago

    What an adorable child! Congrats on your success.

  • elisemahan

    elisemahan said 5 years ago

    lovely story, very inspiring! thanks!

  • jascamille

    jascamille said 5 years ago

    So nice to read your interview. I really wish I could be an apprentice in your shop!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    inspiring

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 5 years ago

    very inspiring! Rowan is adorable!!!

  • paisleybaby

    paisleybaby said 5 years ago

    What an interesting, honest and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story and Rowan is adorable. I'm so happy for you that you get to spend so much quality time with her and don't have to send her to daycare 10 hours a day! Struggling with that myself right now. Thanks for the interview and congrats on your success!

  • OlenaBacasArt

    OlenaBacasArt said 5 years ago

    Very good shop.Your daughter Roman is beautiful.I wish you best.

  • Woojoo

    Woojoo said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! You're an inspiration to all of us.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    great story! xox

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 5 years ago

    Love savor's soaps!!!! they are some of the best on etsy. And rowan is a gem, I recognized her before you! lol

  • sisforsupplies

    sisforsupplies said 5 years ago

    Love your shop. Congratulations on your success!!!!!

  • graceartandantiques

    graceartandantiques said 5 years ago

    yay! so happy to see that you are able to stay home with little Rowan and do what you love. congrats, Lisa!

  • ghettovinyl

    ghettovinyl said 5 years ago

    Very nice products! Your daughter is beautiful, God Bless her and your business.

  • swagalot

    swagalot said 5 years ago

    You have gone big, you are definitely in the right place. thanks for the inspiration.

  • croseco

    croseco said 5 years ago

    Beautiful stuff and adorable baby!

  • beckoline

    beckoline said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! I can definitely relate to your quote below, and in the past few months I've begun the habit of organizing various project ideas to be revisited later. (I use Apple's software "Things", but there are many task organizers out there.) "Grow slowly, if you can. While it’s great to have a million zillion projects in mind at all times (and as artists, maybe that’s just how it is), start with a small product line so that you have a nice and easy workflow."

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 5 years ago

    The organization of your work space inspires me!!! :)

  • GuineveresCloset

    GuineveresCloset said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! What an inspiring article for those of us who *try* to work at home with little ones :)

  • evewhiteveblack

    evewhiteveblack said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! I'm trying to make it happen craftily, while putting my kids first, too. I hope I'll find myself in your position soon!

  • ReeCreates

    ReeCreates said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interview. Congrats on such a wonderful business! :)

  • daytonmarie

    daytonmarie said 5 years ago

    You have beautiful products! Great job and best wishes!

  • EcoCessory

    EcoCessory said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiration! I am encouraged to keep on, keeping on.

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 5 years ago

    Yay, Savor! Such an inspirational story. Here's to your continued success!

  • anniekdesigns

    anniekdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great story and truly inspirational! I love the great and practical advice. Best of luck for your continued success.

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share your heart with us...I am inspired. Best wishes for a prosperous and joyous 2011!

  • KiwiStudioJewelry

    KiwiStudioJewelry said 5 years ago

    Inspirational! Thanks for sharing your story!

  • visionquest

    visionquest said 5 years ago

    CONGRATS, Lisa!!! i'm so glad you'll get to stay home with Rowan. :o)

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    awesome story and work! this is like a dream come true! Keep going!

  • perebags

    perebags said 5 years ago

    I am so super excited to have read this!!!!!!! Congratulations Lisa!!!!!! xoxoxox :) Sarah

  • SoundsofSilver

    SoundsofSilver said 5 years ago

    seriously incredible and inspiring. it's HARD work - and you are doing such a beautiful job :) so happy you're able to be home with your Rowan too x

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Wonderful success story lisa and your rowan is beautiful lil girl. Great you'll be a stay at home mom, plus doing what you enjoy creating/designing/soap. Wish you much happiness now and forever.

  • MeToYouCrochet

    MeToYouCrochet said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work !

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 5 years ago

    Great advice, thanks for your story!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    You gave some good information on finance that will be helpful to those just getting started. And that you "grossed less in 2009 than 2008, but made more profit" is improvement. Continued success to you. (Cute kid!)

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 5 years ago

    Savor is one of my favorite etsians. I am thrilled for her success, both in her business and as a new mom.

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    Great story !!! I felt the same way about going back to work. Good luck in the future to come .

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 5 years ago

    So nice to see you here Lisa! Great interview. And needless to say, what a doll Rowan is. She's growing up so quickly.

  • SamuraiGeekDesigns

    SamuraiGeekDesigns said 5 years ago

    inspiring story...we are new...2 items...starting slow. hope to be where you are one day...best of luck!

  • SaharasSupplies

    SaharasSupplies said 5 years ago

    So awesome!!! GO SAVOR!!!

  • ScrapunzelPixie

    ScrapunzelPixie said 5 years ago

    Fantastically inspiring! My daughter's nearly three and sometimes it's hard working with a little one so it's wonderful to see someone doing so well at it :)

  • ScatteredTenacity

    ScatteredTenacity said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and great advise. Your little lady is an angel. Cheers!

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop and studio :) congrats!

  • ChloeANDMaddie

    ChloeANDMaddie said 5 years ago

    Congrats Lisa! Love your products and such a beautiful new babe you have!

  • ANANEE

    ANANEE said 5 years ago

    I love this collorss!!

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 5 years ago

    SO so great and inspiring! I love the shot at the top, two beauties! Love savor and so happy it has worked out so well for you! I love the shots of your studio, all of that yumminess under one roof, yes! :) xo Melis

  • hayesdesigns

    hayesdesigns said 5 years ago

    its so inspiring hearing stories like this. i only dream that one day i can do the same!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 5 years ago

    Go Lisa!

  • BatesMercantileCo

    BatesMercantileCo said 5 years ago

    Great to hear about successes and your trial and errors. Keep doing what you're doing. Rowan=one seriously cute baby.

  • juliesadorabowls

    juliesadorabowls said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story!

  • experimentalvintage

    experimentalvintage said 5 years ago

    Gifted my sisters your Sweet Cake Whipped Soap for Christmas and they are in looooove! Congrats on your well-deserved success!

  • localevintage

    localevintage said 5 years ago

    Great article! I love your stuff! Thank you fro sharing.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 5 years ago

    Inspiring article! Thanks for sharing.

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! and that baby makes the cutest avatar ever!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Inspiring and generously shared interview. All the best to your family. Congratulations!

  • phydeauxdesigns

    phydeauxdesigns said 5 years ago

    Awesome QYDJ interview, chock full of great stuff! I'm so happy for you, Mike and Rowan, Lisa! xoxo

  • PinkSenorita

    PinkSenorita said 5 years ago

    Loved your article! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 5 years ago

    Fantastic work! Rowan is so adorable :)I hope to be where you are now sometime within this year. Best of luck!!!

  • PetiteMarguerite

    PetiteMarguerite said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful shop and thank you for sharing your story with us! You have worked very hard to get where you are today. What a wonderful example! Thank you for the inspiration, and all the best to you!

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 5 years ago

    Your soap looks dvine!...I can imagine their beautiful smells... Best wishes!

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 5 years ago

    Your soaps look dvine!...I can imagine their beautiful smells... Best wishes!

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Love your studio and your product!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 5 years ago

    Loved reading this! Congratulations!

  • JdeSignSbyJay

    JdeSignSbyJay said 5 years ago

    This was a very inspirational read. I hope to one day be able to do the same with my creations. All of your items in your shop look great! Your daughter is too cute :) Wishing you much success in all of your future endeavors.

  • wayfaringmagnolia

    wayfaringmagnolia said 5 years ago

    Always love seeing new Quit Your Day Job posts and seeing amazing artisans like her are doing well! There is hope for the rest of us! :)

  • brienna

    brienna said 5 years ago

    Deeply inspired by your lovely, yummy sounding soaps and your story to do what you love full-time so you can also be with your family full-time. How admirable and encouraging. You also make everything look beautiful in your shop, I can imagine it took a lot of work, but it paid off.

  • ZellerZazzles

    ZellerZazzles said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! I'm at the cusp of walking out of my day job - this helps to keep me driven towards my goal!

  • limegreenmodern

    limegreenmodern said 5 years ago

    Super cool post...congrats!

  • toriska

    toriska said 5 years ago

    Great article, glad you're doing so well!

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 5 years ago

    I love it, but I may have a soap problem- I buy way too many!

  • HautePinkDesigns

    HautePinkDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Great advice too!

  • earlybirdcreations

    earlybirdcreations said 5 years ago

    Wonderful article, thanks so much Lisa for sharing :)

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 5 years ago

    great story, thanks for sharing

  • happyfuzzyyarn

    happyfuzzyyarn said 5 years ago

    Wow, they look good enough to eat!

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 5 years ago

    loved reading your story! congratulations on your businesses successes and all the best for 2011!

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    JewelsbyJasmin said 5 years ago

    always great to read about successful transitions from employee to business owner! great shop!

  • savor

    savor said 5 years ago

    Thank you, everyone! ♥

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved success and this lovely interview! Cute baby, too!

  • e5jewel

    e5jewel said 5 years ago

    Great story-thanks for sharing! Rowan is the cutest! Congratulations to you and your family and your wonderful products. :)

  • studiotuesday

    studiotuesday said 5 years ago

    Sounds like a great adventure!

  • MelissaBeeArtDenver

    MelissaBeeArtDenver said 5 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • izari

    izari said 5 years ago

    loved reading your story! So wonderful you can do what you love, make a living, and be with your child full-time.

  • rainyhandmaidy

    rainyhandmaidy said 5 years ago

    Loved the article. I can't wait to try your soap!

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions said 5 years ago

    I am glad I got exposed to your shop from this article. I love soap! Your baby is probably the cutest I've seen in a while!

  • bluebirdbylucie

    bluebirdbylucie said 5 years ago

    Beautiful amazing product. Congratulations on your feature!

  • OldeTymeNotions

    OldeTymeNotions said 5 years ago

    Awesome job Lisa! Thanks for sharing your story with us!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    congrats on your beautiful line! the coconut mochi sounds amazing - going to check that out now! cheers!

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 5 years ago

    Sweet story! Love your shop! Cute baby!

  • pinkpoison74

    pinkpoison74 said 5 years ago

    super sweet story thanks for sharing :) xoxo

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    Wow making soap looks so fun! No wonder you love it! Love your studio as well! :)

  • sasinbeeld

    sasinbeeld said 5 years ago

    love it!!!

  • gazellejewelry

    gazellejewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. ♥.•*¨`*•♫.•´*.¸.•´♥.♫.•´*.¸.•´♥ I ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ YOUR SOAPS !!!! ♥.•*¨`*•♫.•´*.¸.•´♥.♫.•´*.¸.•´♥

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Wonderful shop!

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 5 years ago

    Love the look of your fabulous studio space!

  • lalalandArt

    lalalandArt said 5 years ago

    Your products looks gorgeous! Congratulations!

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story.. Truly Inspirational.

  • Quirkyville

    Quirkyville said 5 years ago

    Really inspiring your shop is amazing you deserve all of your success and more

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 5 years ago

    you are one of my favorite soapers, and such an inspriation, thanks for sharing your sage advice!!! love your cremes!!!

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think you give a very realistic view of how you can quit your day job.

  • TissaGibbons

    TissaGibbons said 5 years ago

    It's a boost to hear your story.Keep up the good work.

  • AmyMadden

    AmyMadden said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration and what an ADORABLE baby!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Wow! You're living the crafting mama's dream... though it's clear it has taken a huge amount of hard work. Many congratulations!

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt said 5 years ago

    Loved your story, and your workspace looks so organized! :)

  • honeycup

    honeycup said 5 years ago

    Really nice to hear. Loved seeing the workspace too.

  • YardSaleSisters

    YardSaleSisters said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! I'm now 6 months pregnant and in the planning stages of what to do after I have the baby, hoping I can be as motivated as you to take Etsy and my creative talents to a career level. Thanks so much for sharing!!

  • ameliatuttle

    ameliatuttle said 5 years ago

    Awesome shop! That looks like a lot of fun!

  • hopespeony

    hopespeony said 5 years ago

    You are do inspiring! You have my dream life :)

  • ellemoss

    ellemoss said 5 years ago

    I loved reading this! very inspiring and great advice.

  • JennLeeBunker

    JennLeeBunker said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Congrats.

  • MyFunkyCamelot

    MyFunkyCamelot said 5 years ago

    Good for you! I stay at home with my kids (who are now thankfully in school) and sew while they are there. I dream of making more income at it! thanks for your story!

  • MyFunkyCamelot

    MyFunkyCamelot said 5 years ago

    Good for you! I stay at home with my kids (who are now thankfully in school) and sew while they are there. I dream of making more income at it! thanks for your story!

  • ThriftyVintageKitten

    ThriftyVintageKitten said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! Nice job!

  • HeroDesignStudio

    HeroDesignStudio said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Congrats to you Lisa!

  • PurePalette

    PurePalette said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story..It is one great inspirational story to me..and love your studio. My husband is working to change one of our living rooms to be my studio.

  • RubyOutlaw

    RubyOutlaw said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great advice all the way around!

  • theonutmegotree

    theonutmegotree said 5 years ago

    lovely! looks like you have your own little shop there!

  • rabbitdance

    rabbitdance said 5 years ago

    Congrats! ^_^ It's so important to have a spouse who's supportive and understands, especially when there's a little one around. (We have a little girl who's 20 months old. She loves having Daddy Time while I'm working in the 3rd floor workshop)

  • PurdyThings

    PurdyThings said 5 years ago

    GREAT advice, I have a million projects in my head, luckily my husband who I like to call my business manager keeps me grounded to one at a time. I think one of the best tools to have for success is someone who believes in you, yet keeps you focused. T Thank you so much for sharing and your daughter is just beautiful!

  • CrowesNest

    CrowesNest said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your story is so inspiring!

  • cakebatter

    cakebatter said 5 years ago

    I agree with others in the fact that this was simply inspiring! I too have many projects being tossed around and need to just settle on something that will give me fulfillment. Thank you so much for this...and I think I may have to order some coffee butter because it sounds absolutely delicious.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 5 years ago

    I'm so happy that you were able to stay home with your beautiful baby! You won't ever regret it! Enjoy every second of it! I wish you and your family the best!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the great success of your shop. You sound very focused. Very inspiring interview. :-)

  • CottagePrimrose

    CottagePrimrose said 5 years ago

    How inspiring! I loved that through success you still made your daughter number 1 priority.

  • Shoottothrill

    Shoottothrill said 5 years ago

    Great story! Much future success :)

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 5 years ago

    SO rad and huge congrats savor!! I didn't know that you had taken the plunge and gone full-time-savor, and I have to say I am beaming with pride for you girl! For the whole family :) Rowan is a beauty, it must be so wonderful to get to spend your days working for yourself with her in tow rather than spending so many work house away. Awesome chica. Kickass! Thanks for sharing with us.

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 5 years ago

    love your story! i've been following your shop since the beginning...it is beautiful and very inspirational! :D

  • GallivantingGirl

    GallivantingGirl said 5 years ago

    It's good to know that somebody with a young baby is trying to make a go with a business too. It's easy to think you're all alone when you work for yourself. You're an inspiration for me to aspire to, and I really appreciate you sharing your story. PS--Your baby is adorable. Congrats on the feature.

  • amradesigns

    amradesigns said 5 years ago

    Always so inspiring to see someone have success! Someday I hope to be there too :) Congrats and way to go!!

  • creativelystrange

    creativelystrange said 5 years ago

    Great interview. Best of luck for this year!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you Savor, great article, I love your products!!!!

  • nicolecarey

    nicolecarey said 5 years ago

    congrats! all of your soap looks yummy!

  • countingstitches

    countingstitches said 5 years ago

    OMG, I have to give you alot of credit!! I could never do what you are doing. I make jewelry, sew purses and knit and crochet my items and I thought I was busy. I also do the Framer's Market in the summer and my kids are grown. I do have a husband but he supports my business even when I got off to a slow start here on Etsy. I did quit my day job of being a secretary of 15 years. My creative juices were waiting to be explored as I became a business person at a very young age. I loved to make things ever since I can remember using my hands and to think that I could actually make a business out of it was just a dream. Thank you for sharing with all of us and keep creating :)

  • WhatsernameJewelry

    WhatsernameJewelry said 5 years ago

    Wonderful story. Congratualtions.

  • BasiaDesignStudio

    BasiaDesignStudio said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It is very inspiring. I am very new to etsy, and a little overwhelmed to say the least by the vast amount of information available to us to help us grow our businesses. Your story provided inspiration for me!

  • spac

    spac said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! You deserve it!!

  • Jenarter

    Jenarter said 5 years ago

    Love your soap and shop! But your baby is by far your cutest, and sweetest creation!! Awesome story! ♥

  • MiaAndMot

    MiaAndMot said 5 years ago

    Thank you for all of your wonderful advice! Really enjoyed reading your story and seeing your pics. I am so happy you found balance between your career life and mommy life. I am working toward it and enjoying every minute! Thanks again!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 5 years ago

    Fabulous story!! Great honesty, tips, photos!! Your baby is adorable as well! Wishing you continued success!!!

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 5 years ago

    Great article. Wishing you much success!

  • bydesign4u

    bydesign4u said 5 years ago

    You are a great role model for that adorable baby..Lots of admiration for all you have achieved!!

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving said 5 years ago

    Love your story and the advice. Wishing you continued success.

  • EmilyWiserJewelry

    EmilyWiserJewelry said 5 years ago

    what a cute baby!

  • EmilyWiserJewelry

    EmilyWiserJewelry said 5 years ago

    what a cute baby!

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 5 years ago

    This has been my favorite Quit Your Day Job by far. That last shout out line had me a little teary-eyed: I think many of us doing Etsy full time as our livelihood have a backbone/unpaid assistant like Mike. Thanks for the reminder.

  • ParisCrossingDesign

    ParisCrossingDesign said 5 years ago

    I love to read success stories. Congratulations!

  • FireflyFantasies1

    FireflyFantasies1 said 5 years ago

    I Love your story. Great advice on growing your business slowly. I have heard others say that as well. Thanks for your inspiration:)

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Lisa you are truly living the dream and I love your studio space. Take care of that beautiful baby!

  • handbagsworkroom

    handbagsworkroom said 5 years ago

    Thank you for such a success story. Congratulations!

  • jewelrybyamyt

    jewelrybyamyt said 5 years ago

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your business story.

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 5 years ago

    Lovely story. Your priorities are in the right order! Congratulations to you and I wish you much success!

  • uglythreads

    uglythreads said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing your story! i always enjoy reading this segment on the etsy blog.

  • dreadsandcurls

    dreadsandcurls said 5 years ago

    Savor is one of my favorite shops, I have purchased my favorite scent multiple times - continued success and I simply ADORE SAVOR!!!!

  • LeahChristina

    LeahChristina said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! :)

  • janiceartjewelry

    janiceartjewelry said 5 years ago

    Great article. Thank you.

  • ThimbleNest

    ThimbleNest said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your products look wonderful, and so inspiring that you were able to do what is best for your daughter!

  • DesignsbyLQ

    DesignsbyLQ said 5 years ago

    Lisa, just read your great interview...Its hard to make a decision like that, but sounds like you planned well, and worked hard! Cheers to you and your family. Continued success in the future!! I hope to be where you are some day!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 5 years ago

    Your soaps look good enough to eat! Great story.

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed ready this story very much.

  • InformalEleganceKids

    InformalEleganceKids said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story! It was very encouraging to read, and hope to one day follow in your footsteps. I wish you continued success!

  • birdhouseaccents

    birdhouseaccents said 5 years ago

    Congrats

  • ncfox527

    ncfox527 said 5 years ago

    Such an inspirational interview. Thanks so much for sharing your story! I hope to be there someday too.

  • skyejuice

    skyejuice said 5 years ago

    Great article! Savor is perhaps my favorite shop on Etsy!! :D

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper said 5 years ago

    Love reading the stories of how fellow moms make it work. Congrats!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 5 years ago

    This is great! Thanks for sharing your experiences and tips!!

  • 2CountryGrls

    2CountryGrls said 5 years ago

    You are truly inspiring...not sure if I want to eat them or bath with them! ;) Your story as a woman and mother is empowering. It makes me feel like I can make it too! Thank you

  • CassiasGarden

    CassiasGarden said 5 years ago

    Rowan is SO beautiful! She must be the love of your life next to Mike! I am SO glad you got to quit your day job! Thank you for letting us see your kitchen when it was not quite pristine! It just makes it so much more wonderful! I have admired your work for quite awhile and I loved hearing firsthand your creative process being tied to your background of cooking. Thank you!!!! XO!

  • MixxMedium

    MixxMedium said 5 years ago

    this put a :) on my face

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 5 years ago

    congratulations what a great story thank you for sharing and wish you all the best and continued success :) xoxo ,

  • 1CraftyDame

    1CraftyDame said 5 years ago

    Thank you for this article! It was really inspiring!

  • andralynn

    andralynn said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! And your soaps are fabulous!

  • arsniccandy

    arsniccandy said 5 years ago

    Looking at the fotos of making the sopa....uhh...can I eat your soap, hehe:)

  • FunFancifulFlowers

    FunFancifulFlowers said 5 years ago

    good job

  • elegraph

    elegraph said 5 years ago

    Once I could stop staring at that baby's darling face (!!!), I moved on to the soaps - they look decadent enough to eat. Simply gorgeous.

  • WalnutWool

    WalnutWool said 5 years ago

    Lovely interview and very inspirational. Being self employed is probably one of the hardest jobs..but to me..its worth it!

  • adamfonos

    adamfonos said 5 years ago

    eager to quit my day job 50% off for all my aceo visit my shop and pick! http://www.etsy.com/shop/adamfonos

  • Epiphany6

    Epiphany6 said 5 years ago

    Congrats, Savor! I've been a fan since Savor's beginnings & I'm so glad that you did not decide to close shop. Your statement"...I grossed less in 2009 than 2008, but made more profit" is so profound. Actually I find the whole article filled with wonderful information! Thank you and continued success!

  • CarefulLittleFeet

    CarefulLittleFeet said 5 years ago

    its amazing to be able to stay at home with the kids. I did for a while and now I so wish I could get back to that!!!

  • DaisyChainCrafts

    DaisyChainCrafts said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration - well done!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 5 years ago

    absolutely wonderful! congrats to you!

  • seedsofhawaii

    seedsofhawaii said 5 years ago

    Good decision and great to see your dream come true.. babies have rights to be with Mommy 24/7.. that's what can really make the world a better place! and ETSY is helping us moms do that. Good to hear your story.. God bless you.

  • AromaVana

    AromaVana said 5 years ago

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your story! Keep up the fantastic, creative work!

  • AromaVana

    AromaVana said 5 years ago

    LOVE,LOVE,LOVE your story! Keep up the fantastic, creative work!

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 5 years ago

    Absolutely love your shop and the items are very tempting! Your daughter has to be the cutest baby I've ever seen too. :) Congrats on the feature and best wishes to continued success. Your story is positively inspiring.

  • sparkleandstorm

    sparkleandstorm said 5 years ago

    How exciting that you are at a place to quit your day job! Neat article

  • BellaFresca

    BellaFresca said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspiring story from a fellow soapmaker. It's already been said many times but I'll say it again, your daughter is absolutely adorable! Best of luck with your shop and new family!

  • ShopRedLeaf

    ShopRedLeaf said 5 years ago

    Congrats Lisa! I've seen your shop grow since I joined Etsy, and I'm in awe. Great interview and that little cutie Rowan is adorable!

  • Skyhawkdesigns

    Skyhawkdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great inspiration! Always feels good to know it can be done when you read these stories!

  • SoapStore

    SoapStore said 5 years ago

    Great Article. Continued Success to you.

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 5 years ago

    22000 sales?! that's incredible!

  • valuablesreborn

    valuablesreborn said 5 years ago

    Inspirational! I am new to selling on Etsy and I too am a parent. A single parent who has slowly been transitioning away from working outside of my home in order to spend quality time and be there for my children. It's nice to actually be able to be home when they get off the bus with a plate full of homemade cookies, milk and a smile. I love your story :)

  • JewelryByDeezines

    JewelryByDeezines said 5 years ago

    What a great success story! Thank you for sharing your best marketing tips!! And congrats!!

  • cthings

    cthings said 5 years ago

    Congratulations girl! So glad for you. Little Rowan is so cute! Continued success for the both of you!

  • fussykustoms

    fussykustoms said 5 years ago

    Great advice and information....thank you for sharing!

  • GypsyThreat

    GypsyThreat said 5 years ago

    very interesting interview. your products are amazing!

  • tiialin

    tiialin said 5 years ago

    "It’s the most fascinating and terrifying thing to me, to be so directly responsible for my part of our household income." I love this line! It's so true, but might I add: it's so SATISFYING!!! I love being the reason for the money I earn, versus just getting handed a paycheck.

  • Emariecreations

    Emariecreations said 5 years ago

    I love this shop! Congrats on being a featured seller!!!

  • loosenoose

    loosenoose said 5 years ago

    as being a new shop.. you give me hope..

  • loosenoose

    loosenoose said 5 years ago

    as being a new shop.. you give me hope..

  • RYC09

    RYC09 said 5 years ago

    The cutest baby ever.

  • RYC09

    RYC09 said 5 years ago

    The cutest baby ever.

  • ElegantPartyBoutique

    ElegantPartyBoutique said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 5 years ago

    you're an inspiration to all of us that still have a 9-5!! Congrats!

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 5 years ago

    you're an inspiration to all of us that still have a 9-5!! Congrats!

  • HeavenlyNaturals

    HeavenlyNaturals said 5 years ago

    I would love some marshmallow fudge soap!

  • moongriffin

    moongriffin said 5 years ago

    Rowan is impossibly adorable!

  • moongriffin

    moongriffin said 5 years ago

    Rowan is impossibly adorable!

  • Stephy1106

    Stephy1106 said 5 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring, and you have a beautiful daughter :) Love your shop!

  • ButterflySunflowers

    ButterflySunflowers said 5 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring, thanks for sharing. Your shop looks great, nice supply of items.

  • CabinOn6th

    CabinOn6th said 5 years ago

    Great story!

  • MaikiDesigns

    MaikiDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great indeed! Love the idea and the fact that you're a stay at home mommy!

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera said 5 years ago

    Very Inspiring! I am heading on over to your shop ;)

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera said 5 years ago

    Very Inspiring! I am heading on over to your shop ;)

  • PlantaeBotanicals

    PlantaeBotanicals said 5 years ago

    So Inspiring! I'm brand new and almost ready to get my shop in place :D keep it up and congrats!

  • trinkets2treasure1

    trinkets2treasure1 said 5 years ago

    Wow! I can't wait to go to your shop and grab some items. Who doesn't love body butter and beautifully scented soaps? Thanks for your advice and sharing your story with us. It's especially helpful for us "newbies"!

  • kimychan

    kimychan said 5 years ago

    These lovely soaps look so delicious to eat. Yummy yum yum. Congrats for being a stay-at-home-work mom..Great of both worlds.

  • catchycatchme

    catchycatchme said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • GiRLStreetVintage

    GiRLStreetVintage said 4 years ago

    Lisa you are amazing and so inspiring :) Thank-you for making me laugh when you justitfied typos cause there's a babe in your arms!! So clearly and simply put :) GiRLStreetVintage on etsy

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna said 4 years ago

    Great article, congratulations!

  • maureenshops

    MoeGems from MoeGems said 2 years ago

    Thank you for your honest words, just when I needed them. I am very new and going very slow. I am trying to learn everything and it does get overwhelming. I love your shop! Thanks so much *S*

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