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Quit Your Day Job: seababejewelry

Dec 28, 2010

by seababejewelry

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us about your previous working situation.
Before quitting our day jobs, I was a surfing instructor and Kristin was a supervisor for Starbucks. We met each other in 2006, while I was giving a lesson and she was a student at another surf school. She was wearing this tiny black bikini and it was an instant attraction. We have been together ever since.

When we met, neither of us had even begun to make jewelry. Both of our jobs were pretty flexible, and we had plenty of time for a hobby — after all, we were living on an island! Soon after beginning our new adventure together, we found some creative new friends. Nilma Hunter of nipeli had just signed up for Etsy, and she suggested we do the same for ourselves. We never could have guessed how much our lives would change after registering our account.

How did you end up making jewelry together?
Had someone told me that I would grow up to be a jeweler, I would have thought they were crazy. Both of my grandfathers were experienced carpenters, a skill I found fascinating to watch as a young child. I was amazed that someone could create an item by hand that was of use in everyday life. I never made any connection that I was capable of creating something someone would want.

Sea Babe Jewelry was born on the beaches of the North Shore of Oahu, where some of the best surfing waves in the world are nestled within one seven mile stretch of coastline. When I was teaching surf lessons, Kristen would paddle out with my classes on the slow days, but on busy days, she would stick to the beach and watch. Kristin needed something to do while waiting, so we both took up the hobby of collecting shells on the local beaches. We found secret spots to go “shelling,” including a spectacular sea glass beach. Some friends of ours were turning shells into jewelry and selling the pieces at local shops, so we thought we might like to give it a try.

I don’t know why, but we became a bit obsessed. We found ourselves making things at three in the morning or later. Our roommates must have thought we were crackers. Before long, we had a whole line of shell rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. We bought a little table, a black sheet and set up a booth at the North Shore farmer’s market. We sold several pieces and hurried off immediately to purchase more supplies, a process we repeated for almost a year.

Did you do anything to prepare for making the transition into full-time Etsy selling?
We had no idea this was coming or how our business would mature into viability. It happened almost overnight. Fortunately, both of our schedules were somewhat flexible enough to accommodate rapidly growing demand. The recession was in full force, and tourism in Hawaii was declining rapidly. Kristin’s work had cut back her hours, and I was not getting as many lessons. Uncle Bryan Suratt was a great boss who fed me as much work as possible, yet understood when I could not be there because I had to fill orders. Thanks, Uncle Bryan!

As my forging skills improved, customers requested gold rings. The defining moment in our success happened when I committed to forging gold. As I would finish each order, Kristin would set up the packaging and the photo studio consisting of a light box we would place next to a window with two studio lamps. We got a tip in a Critiques thread from a seller named piedrastudios, who offered the advice of giving our buyers a sense of Oahu. We began photographing our pieces on local leaves, stones and coral, which proved to be valuable advice.

In the beginning, it took every penny and then some to keep our stock up and purchase new tooling all while trying to pay the rent. The most important thing we did correctly was to buy the best tools and materials we could find. Beyond that, looking back, it was very important that we had all of our shipping materials, packaging, staples, tape and more.

What is your best marketing tip?
Our most effective marketing tool has been engaging popular blogs for giveaways. We would Google “popular blog giveaway,” “Etsy blog giveaway” or my favorite, “mommy blog giveaway.” The most important part to a successful giveaway — give something away that people actually want. It won’t work to just dig through your overstock! I created a product, the $20 ring, and would send one to a blogger for review and offer another as a prize. When the blogs would do a giveaway with our ring, it drove traffic to our store.

Posting a giveaway is not enough in itself. Promote your giveaway by posting it to Facebook and Twitter. In the past, we have used Etsy’s Promotions forum to make other buyers and sellers aware of our giveaway. You can also post your giveaway to EtsyGiveaways or one of many other giveaway hubs. This is all free publicity, aside from the cost of your item.

What is your most popular product?
The most popular item in my shop is the 2mm Single Band, which is also one of my most versatile rings. The single band has proven to be a very popular wedding and fashion ring as well. I offer the single band in any of our textures or finishes and is available individually or in multiples — they stack up quite nicely together!

What has been your most memorable request?
The first request I received for a wedding band set in 14k white gold gave me the pin-prickly feeling inside of my mouth that you get when you fear for your life. I had only been forging fine silver rings for a month before the request came in. I embraced the challenge, and successfully made the rings, though they took me forever to complete. Equally memorable, a bride ordered 24 bangles as gifts for her mother and bridesmaids. Each individual was to receive a stack of three bangles. Kristin and I could not believe it was possible for us to make such a sale. We were ecstatic! Both of these sales came in our early days when I was in dire need of capital.

Have you made any business mistakes you regret?

Yes! Most of my mistakes have been organizational. I did not keep good track of my inventory and receipts. At the end of the year, Kristin and I were logging receipts like mad. We don’t ever want to go through that again!

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
One word: communication. I really want to give my customers the very best I have to offer, which includes both quality and service. The difficulty I have is in balancing work time and convos. During wedding season, it is not unusual to wake up to 15 or more convos. Understandably, a wedding ring is one of life’s most important purchases, and this type of dialogue is absolutely necessary.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything that you miss?
I guess the most enjoyable aspect is making my own destiny. I love the technical and creative aspects of my work. Almost every day I make something that someone will not only love, it will most likely be worn every day, treasured and passed on to future generations. This feeling of satisfaction I get is immeasurable, and I find myself smiling and laughing when I work.

I do miss surfing every day. I miss taking people into the ocean and giving them the experience of their life. Surfing is such a great thing to share with someone — I am positive that everyone I taught will remember my name and the exciting day we spent surfing together.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Oh gosh… everything? The challenges change from day to day. The main struggle right now is finding the balance between what we are capable of and what our business needs from us in order to prosper. We can’t make more time, so we are trying to do things quicker and more efficiently, while also eliminating mistakes. My best advice is to have a good sense of humor about things, I am still working the rest out as we go.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to buy more gold. The market price has almost doubled since I began working with it. For anyone else, I would suggest to be more organized than you think is necessary. We did not do so well at first. Focusing on the little things has really helped us move forward. We have learned that good enough almost never is, and, if you can do something about it, do it. Putting things off has cost us nothing but time.

What goals do you have in store for the future of Sea Babe Jewelry?
There is so much that we want to do.

  • Kristin is moving from Seababe into her new shop.
  • We are relocating our businesses to San Luis Obispo on California’s beautiful Central Coast.
  • Kristin has been spending most of her time focusing on markets and wholesale accounts. This year she is looking forward to establishing a stronger presence here on Etsy.
  • Seababejewelry will continue to be stocked with wedding sets and ladies’ fashion rings. In addition to the current stock of bangles, cuffs and earrings, many new fashion jewelry pieces will be featured in 14k, 18k and higher gold and affordable sterling silver pieces.
  • New tools will help to create new designs; so keep checking in to see what is happening. I am in the market for a lathe and a mill, allowing me to create several designs, which I have, received requests for, but have been unable to make as of yet.
  • I plan to keep making my current lines. In addition, I would like to create pieces inspired by Art Deco and Bauhaus. It will be very exciting to see what I can come up with.
  • I will be opening a new shop catering to men’s rings and accessories. Our rings will still be available from Seababejewelry, but the boys will now have their own place to shop for a gold ring or a nice set of handcrafted cufflinks. I even have some designs in mind for belt buckles.

Thanks to David for sharing his story. You can see some of his work in the Seller’s Items below and be sure to check out this great video of Dave teaching the Etsy seller metalicious and her family how to surf.

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230 comments

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 5 years ago

    I quit! Thanks Etsy and Marymary!

  • gothicreations

    gothicreations said 5 years ago

    great piece. very inspiring.

  • oguerrero

    oguerrero said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, Congrats to both of you :)

  • byKEONA

    byKEONA said 5 years ago

    That is by far the coolest office ever! Congrats to you!

  • LillyQueen

    LillyQueen said 5 years ago

    Congrats!

  • taraschance

    taraschance said 5 years ago

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 5 years ago

    Awesome Story!!! Congratulations on your success :)

  • taraschance

    taraschance said 5 years ago

    YOU ROCK MY FACE OFF!

  • erikaart

    erikaart said 5 years ago

    very nice, congrats!

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims said 5 years ago

    What a great article!! You just never know where life might take you! Congrats!!!

  • fourelephants

    fourelephants said 5 years ago

    those are beautiful rings! congrats.

  • EarthborneArt

    EarthborneArt said 5 years ago

    Right on Seababe and Seadude you guys rock!!!!!!

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    Nice story! Congrats :) xox

  • whiteromance

    whiteromance said 5 years ago

    Loved reading a little bit about your life :)

  • alejandracc

    alejandracc said 5 years ago

    wow, great story and great tips! Thank you :)

  • zippityduda

    zippityduda said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the feature!

  • MABjewelry

    MABjewelry said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Congratulations on your current success, and I'm wishing you only the best in the future. Your hard work and talent are admirable. Hugs from MAB

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage said 5 years ago

    I love your suggestion to give your buyers a sense of place. Thanks for the inspiration for such a fulfilling lifestyle!

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 5 years ago

    What a great way to feel the spirit to create! Congrats

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 5 years ago

    I second that on the coolest office! A corner office in Manhattan has nothing on working from your VW on the beach! Absolutely perfect! Congrats to you both on your success!

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm said 5 years ago

    fabulous you guys! congrats on EVERYTHING! <3

  • rooftopstudio

    rooftopstudio said 5 years ago

    as always inspiring, congrats on the feature and stay awesome guys!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 5 years ago

    Awesome story! And green WW :)) Congrats !

  • MABjewelry

    MABjewelry said 5 years ago

    Also, YOU ROCK MY FACE OFF.

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 5 years ago

    so AWESOME! CHEERS! SEABABE & SEADUDE!

  • DayDreamerVintage

    DayDreamerVintage said 5 years ago

    Congrats!

  • allisoneastmanbeads

    allisoneastmanbeads said 5 years ago

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer couple of people! So proud for your success :))

  • SilverFirsFarm

    SilverFirsFarm said 5 years ago

    So are you guys going to start photographing with more california inspired things? May I suggest some implants? hehe j/k

  • ShopMarigold

    ShopMarigold said 5 years ago

    LOVE your jewelry, and your vw~! your an inspiration~~!!

  • mycrochetgarden

    mycrochetgarden said 5 years ago

    Stunning and simplistic! Love your rings. I enjoyed reading the article about you. Great shop name. I also enjoyed the surfing video. It warms my heart to see someone enjoying life. Life was meant to be enjoyed. Perfect song for the video. You made me smile :)

  • Overboard

    Overboard said 5 years ago

    Great story and wonderful jewelry!!!! Congratulations!

  • NotYourGrandmasAttic

    NotYourGrandmasAttic said 5 years ago

    I love your jewelry. its very beautiful. Congratulations.

  • PebblesDesign2

    PebblesDesign2 said 5 years ago

    Great story and thanks for the traffic tips.

  • jguilddesigns

    jguilddesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Very inspiring!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 5 years ago

    ditto - love the office

  • FineWoodsGallery

    FineWoodsGallery said 5 years ago

    Just getting started with my business, great to hear of others success.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Inspiring story!

  • teegee

    teegee said 5 years ago

    Awesome feature! Awesome story! And you guys know I love the van :) Congrats on making it work!

  • owlsay

    owlsay said 5 years ago

    Amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

  • tinyearsjewelry

    tinyearsjewelry said 5 years ago

    love your workshop... Casey @ tin years

  • ekra

    ekra said 5 years ago

    Congrats! What a great story!

  • ZestyB

    ZestyB said 5 years ago

    Awesomeness! To your continued success SeaBabe & SeaDude!

  • VitalVintage

    VitalVintage said 5 years ago

    Lovely! Great story, great product!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. The studio is amazing! I very much like the fine simplicity of your work. Congratulations

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters said 5 years ago

    Wicked cool! Love it! Great story!

  • surfandsand

    surfandsand said 5 years ago

    I'm so happy to see you guys featured here! Congratulations to you both!

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 5 years ago

    Well done Seababe - you deserve your awesome success!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 5 years ago

    I hope you achieve those goals.

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop, stunning work and an amazing place to create. I really loved this feature!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Every worried mother of 20 something kids should read this piece. Muah!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 5 years ago

    great story with very real answers to having a shop on etsy. thank you and good luck!

  • TheKraftRoom

    TheKraftRoom said 5 years ago

    beautiful shop!

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche said 5 years ago

    A great read! Best of luck to you both - you make superb jewellery. Onward and upward! :0)

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 5 years ago

    Ha, what a cool workshop! Congrats on the success!

  • AnnaBelleArts

    AnnaBelleArts said 5 years ago

    Wonderful!! thanks for sharing :)

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • StarBookkeeping

    StarBookkeeping said 5 years ago

    Congrats and absolutely beautiful rings!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is lovely!

  • lindageez

    lindageez said 5 years ago

    I love success stories like this! And I especially love the creators who pour their heart into their works! I enjoyed reading your story!

  • choisette

    choisette said 5 years ago

    there must be a crazy amount of stress that goes into creating a wedding ring. it's just got to be perfect.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous rings! I love them all. Thank you for reminding me why I began silversmithing. Much success in California. Being I was born & raised there I know you'll be a huge success.

  • chiquisdesigns

    chiquisdesigns said 5 years ago

    Cool story!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 5 years ago

    i love the design. simple and chic. so beautiful!!!

  • silverridgestudio

    silverridgestudio said 5 years ago

    You have the ultimate COOL studio! Congratulations to you both, your work has a great deal of class.

  • magicalneedleworks

    magicalneedleworks said 5 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring story and jewelry!!! I love your work! And I hope to be one of your customers soon ;-) All the best to you, too, in work and in your relationship!!!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 5 years ago

    Superbly inspiring office, thanks for sharing such a great story!

  • AndreaMaretti

    AndreaMaretti said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your story is so inspiring! Good luck in SLO, that's where I'm from, what a small world :)

  • Aimeshad

    Aimeshad said 5 years ago

    Your story is both inspirational and educational for me, thanks so much. Way to go Sea Babes!

  • LionLambStudio

    LionLambStudio said 5 years ago

    Great tips for those of us just starting out! Congratulations on you success! Sarah

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 5 years ago

    oh my, oh my! beautiful work!!!!! it looks amazing and I love your work studio! very clever! you are really enjoying yourself!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Wow! What a great story! =) Your jewelry is beautiful! Congrats =)

  • SoStinkingSweet

    SoStinkingSweet said 5 years ago

    Beautiful! What a wonderful, inspiring story!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 5 years ago

    cool-congrats!

  • jmweb

    jmweb said 5 years ago

    I love your shop! Working on the beach can't be too bad either :)

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 5 years ago

    great story, great advice. love your work. congratulations and all the best for the future.

  • knitrgal

    knitrgal said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Can't wait to see your new creations!! Kudos and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you both. Cheers!!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Congrats!

  • AquaLunaArts

    AquaLunaArts said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work...and what a wonderful lifestyle! Thanks for sharing and Good Luck with all your future projects.

  • lindakellyart

    lindakellyart said 5 years ago

    I just loved reading your journey so far, I love San Luis Obispo, lucky you, although I am in San Diego which is my home town and great to. Your work is lovely and your success is contagious, thank you

  • Fishstikks

    Fishstikks said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful article! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and wish you many more success in your future! Beautiful work too!

  • Hapagirls

    Hapagirls said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love the clean lines of your work!

  • LatheratiSoap

    LatheratiSoap said 5 years ago

    Fantastic inspiring story! Keep up the amazing work :-)

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 5 years ago

    mahalo! best wishes and may you both enjoy the best waves of life ♥

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 5 years ago

    amazing work!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    You know , we creative people usually have a hard time with that organizational detail stuff.HA HA Your jewelry is beautiful.

  • hannahbelle77

    hannahbelle77 said 5 years ago

    Great post! Looking forward to seeing your stuff here in SLO town! :)

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign said 5 years ago

    Cool and clean work...Classic!

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 5 years ago

    What is SLO ? maybe I'm SLOW.

  • PookThy

    PookThy said 5 years ago

    thrilled! you deserve it!

  • CreativeButterflyXOX

    CreativeButterflyXOX said 5 years ago

    So much great advise, very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story :D

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 5 years ago

    Lovely styles! I want those stacking rings!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 5 years ago

    Great advice, thank you!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great story!

  • shoestrade4932

    shoestrade4932 said 5 years ago

    welcome to our online store: 1shopping.us

  • littlebrownbird

    littlebrownbird said 5 years ago

    Great job! You've come a long way Seababe-y!

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 5 years ago

    this was a marvelous success story..well done

  • CarriesCustomDesigns

    CarriesCustomDesigns said 5 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 5 years ago

    Always loved your jewelry! And I love it even more that you're from Hawaii! So inspiring!

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC said 5 years ago

    Great story!! I also started making jewelry from shells and sea glass I found - love searching for good glass. I covet red! Anyway, I am now into chainmail and loving it! Good luck with your new shops!!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 5 years ago

    that is so fantastic. your office affords you new scenery everyday and you can work while waiting for great waves. congrats. :)

  • enchantables

    enchantables said 5 years ago

    Thank you for such detailed advice on marketing and organization. Good luck on your move!

  • dkshattuck

    dkshattuck said 5 years ago

    Welcome to the Central Coast!

  • KeinoGlennieDesigns

    KeinoGlennieDesigns said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and your move to California. The advice you got and took about including local flavor in your photographs is very smart! Back to the "studio" . . .

  • RecRoomVintage

    RecRoomVintage said 5 years ago

    I bought one of your rough diamond rings a year or so ago and I get SO many compliments on it! It is one of my treasures! Thanks!

  • krugsecologic

    krugsecologic said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry and great story! Congrats!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    fancy

  • julesbar

    julesbar said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Classy & elegant; great story! I hope to be one of your customers soon ;-) All the best to you and yours!!

  • bellabijoujewellery

    bellabijoujewellery said 5 years ago

    Wow - great article full of advice!

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 5 years ago

    Love your work! Thanks for sharing!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    oh my gosh... the ultimate " office/studio" the great outdoors and seaside!

  • bboyce

    bboyce said 5 years ago

    OMG, Lets see: 1. Jewelry full time 2. In a VW Bus 3. On the beach 4. With my hubby... I think I've died and gone to heaven!

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 5 years ago

    simply elegant, stunning work... and your story so compiling... much luck and wishes for more...i might have said you "rock my face off" too but it seemed too painful :D

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work..and congrats for sticking it out and your success!!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work. I see a long, successful future for you both. Congrats.

  • blackgermanshepherd

    blackgermanshepherd said 5 years ago

    I have been inspired! Thank you!

  • 7Reloved7

    7Reloved7 said 5 years ago

    I have the same colour and year Kombi. Yours is very neat! Hope she is still treating you well.

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy said 5 years ago

    wonderful work! congrats!

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 5 years ago

    totally love your stuff! thanks for sharing your story!

  • kittyd

    kittyd said 5 years ago

    Awesome! Way to go seadude and seababe! :)

  • TheVinylChalkboard

    TheVinylChalkboard said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous work! And what an inspiring story!

  • MODmixVINTAGE

    MODmixVINTAGE said 5 years ago

    I like your jewelry and your van!

  • Kittenscloset

    Kittenscloset said 5 years ago

    Nice story. keep surfing. welcome to california!

  • Kittenscloset

    Kittenscloset said 5 years ago

    nice story. keep surfing. welcome to california!

  • trulyvera

    trulyvera said 5 years ago

    Great story! So happy for you!

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 5 years ago

    I'm imagining hearing the sound of the waves in the background. Your workstation is the coolest! And I love the simplicity of your designs. Congrats and wishing you the very best for 2011!

  • maldemer

    maldemer said 5 years ago

    My god, working from a van on the beach, that alone would make my dream come true !

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 5 years ago

    Inspiring Story!!!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 5 years ago

    Beautiful metal! Thanks for the North Shore video, relocated to Volcano 5 years ago...miss the windward side of Oahu..Congrats to you guys!

  • Felcares

    Felcares said 5 years ago

    So glad I took the time to read this story. Very inspiring. Love your jewelery also. Congrats

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, really love how clear your photos are! Fabulous, must be a beautiful place to live.

  • OdodoOriginals

    OdodoOriginals said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, your work is beautiful.

  • LizzieMade

    LizzieMade said 5 years ago

    What a story! I just love your "work studio" - it's awesome. I would love to sit by the sea-shore, binding books all day! Your jewellery is very beautiful. I now have somewhere to recommend to my niece when (if!) she gets married! May you both continue to prosper!

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 5 years ago

    i loved reading your story! congrats on your success! :D

  • scrollybits

    scrollybits said 5 years ago

    Wow - what a great story - I love your jewelry! I love how you speak of your grandfathers' skills. You inherited skill sets you just needed to uncover! Very inspiring. I wish you both heaps of success in 2011 and in your new digs! Happy New Year =)

  • rockysprings1984

    rockysprings1984 said 5 years ago

    Your story makes me want another wedding ring. So nice. Thank you!

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 5 years ago

    beautiful jewelery, congratulations :-)

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 5 years ago

    thanks! great advice for new sellers!

  • celebratetheodd

    celebratetheodd said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Love for my Team Bacon and ETC peeps!

  • jenniferraycom

    jenniferraycom said 5 years ago

    what a great and inspiring story!! How things can change just like that. Your jewelry is beautiful and Congrats on the success! I can't wait to see what you come up with once you get your needed tools.

  • bodegaofplenty

    bodegaofplenty said 5 years ago

    What an amazing and inspiring story. I now think I'm officially ready to start my day! I love the rings- I have the right mind to suggest your store to my boyfriend- it has been nearly three years after all...

  • VintagePossessions

    VintagePossessions said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    Neat! Too much demand and not enough hours in the day, what a great problem to have. Beautiful work. :)

  • polarity

    polarity said 5 years ago

    Ok- since I braze in a greasy auto shop I am totally jealous of your bus on the beach!! Gorgeous work!

  • CourtneysAlphabet

    CourtneysAlphabet said 5 years ago

    i LOVE those rings. absolutely amazing stuff!

  • LonesomeRoadStudio

    LonesomeRoadStudio said 5 years ago

    Congratulations - you two deserve all the success in the world! Wishing you both many many more happy and prosperous years!

  • thiswayup1

    thiswayup1 said 5 years ago

    I would loveee to work right on the beach! Idk how you can even get all your work done without jumping into that cool blue water lol Great article, very inspiring!

  • LeastLikely2Breed

    LeastLikely2Breed said 5 years ago

    Sweet!!!! Love your work Seababe!!! (also one of the most entertaining commenters in the ETC forum).

  • rebeccasaix

    rebeccasaix said 5 years ago

    Great article and lovely work.

  • castleandcottage

    castleandcottage said 5 years ago

    very cool!...and I thought I was living my dream!!

  • spurloo

    spurloo said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love your work.

  • AleciaWesner

    AleciaWesner said 5 years ago

    Great story! Congrats!

  • jenAitchison

    jenAitchison said 5 years ago

    I spent months living in a VW bus on a road trip after college. That time is still inspiring to me. Beautiful Jewelry!

  • oakstudiosofdesign

    oakstudiosofdesign said 5 years ago

    Great article! Very inspiring, thank you!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 5 years ago

    What a great story ... a dream come true! Your work is beautiful and your photos are excellent! Keep up the great work, may you continue to have success in the coming new year ♥

  • vuedesign

    vuedesign said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing - some great nuggets for success. Congrats to you and wishes for much more success in this new year.

  • roseglen

    roseglen said 5 years ago

    great story, love the clean lines of your work

  • VerreEncore

    VerreEncore said 5 years ago

    what inspiration :) keep up the beautiful work !

  • DezignsbyShannon

    DezignsbyShannon said 5 years ago

    Great story and beautiful work! Congrats!

  • nubijewelry

    nubijewelry said 5 years ago

    Inspiring story

  • StylesbyHolly

    StylesbyHolly said 5 years ago

    I love, love your work! Congrats and best of luck to you!

  • SomethingSeaBlue

    SomethingSeaBlue said 5 years ago

    wow! very nice story, could relate to it in so many ways! especially sifting the sand and secrets beaches for treasures! my daughter lives in Kauai and Ive spent many hours sifting for kahelelani's to incorporate into my jewelry. and wow! san luis obispo! one of my fav places in the world! congrats to you both on your inspiring success!

  • GriffinsNestJewelry

    GriffinsNestJewelry said 5 years ago

    Time to dive in head first. No fear. Got it. Thanks.

  • shijewels

    shijewels said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing and congrats on your successful venture!!

  • comeonworkitout

    comeonworkitout said 5 years ago

    This was wonderful, so inspiring!! Thank you so much. Appreciated more than you know :) *potential future customer*

  • artbykat

    artbykat said 5 years ago

    great jewelry and story! love the photos of working out of your van on the beach!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    Great article. It is very inspiring and you seem to keep everything simple I like that.

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster said 5 years ago

    thank you for the great tips! loved your story!

  • ShilohWinterJewelry

    ShilohWinterJewelry said 5 years ago

    Inspirational! I quit my day job too! I highly recommend it! Embrace your gifts! I need to move to the beach SO bad, though. That's one dream yet to realize! Honeymooned in Oahu! What a magical place!

  • kidalia

    kidalia said 5 years ago

    Beautiful pieces!

  • nipeli

    nipeli said 5 years ago

    Wow, Congratulations, I love that bus! I remember when you used to say " one day I will be featured on I quit my day job". I am so proud of both of you! Aloha,

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much! Beautiful and so inspiring!

  • retroreclaim

    retroreclaim said 5 years ago

    great article for the new year! gets me inspired and motivated! especially for the new course I am taking in silver smithing!!

  • juliacakevintage

    juliacakevintage said 5 years ago

    The Universe has blessed you two! I hope to succeed as the both of you soon! Great advice, and your pieces are beautiful. Happy New Year!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 5 years ago

    good for you - hope you have continued success with your gorgeous jewellery :)

  • OriskanyGlass

    OriskanyGlass said 5 years ago

    Thanks for story and inspiration. I have only had my shop for a couple of months but I already planning on what is needed for me to quit my day job.

  • seedsofhawaii

    seedsofhawaii said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your story... we are just trying to start ours... with jewelry made from seeds found on Oahu... maybe our paths will cross sometime... its a tiny island... God bless you... Peace

  • EastwoodArt

    EastwoodArt said 5 years ago

    Great attitude! It comes across in the way you speak. It makes me want to buy one of your rings! Congrats & much continued success. Mary

  • trinityrocks

    trinityrocks said 5 years ago

    Wicked!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 5 years ago

    love the advice and the van.

  • UrbanCorner

    UrbanCorner said 5 years ago

    Very Very Inspiring! Good Luck! :o)

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  • KIMMSMITH

    KIMMSMITH said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your fabby feature!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 5 years ago

    Really helpful advice. Great product line. Congratulations!

  • rschiffbauer68

    rschiffbauer68 said 5 years ago

    Great Article. Good luck with your venture in the coming New Year.

  • BodamerStudio

    BodamerStudio said 5 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, congratulations on your success!

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 5 years ago

    What a beautiful start to a prosperous business venture! Great advice on organization skills!

  • ThreefoldDesigns

    ThreefoldDesigns said 5 years ago

    Fantastic and inspiring work! :)

  • rosi3

    rosi3 said 5 years ago

    Dream Life!

  • Indigofera

    Indigofera said 5 years ago

    Classically Beautiful indeed!

  • coinringman

    coinringman said 5 years ago

    Awesome indeed!

  • sunkae

    sunkae said 5 years ago

    ***Gold treasures!!!***

  • gypseatree

    gypseatree said 5 years ago

    Loved this! Stories like this make my heart sing. So inspiring!

  • Watercolorsbywayne

    Watercolorsbywayne said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your success and lovely work! Best wishes for the new year!

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! And you're right, the ocean lifestyle is a BIG part of your appeal. :)

  • CarlasFunkyArt

    CarlasFunkyArt said 5 years ago

    Love your story, very inspirational....I just started on ETSY! Especially love the photos of the VW van! :D

  • AthenaisJewelry

    AthenaisJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thanks for the great marketing tips! Congratulations on your success! I also can definitely relate to how you miss surfing since my mom lives in Hawaii and I'd like to visit her more often, the surfing is a bonus.

  • SpoonfestJewelry

    SpoonfestJewelry said 5 years ago

    Talk about a fairy tale come true...what a story. Thanks for sharing your journey and also your best tips for us. My son is getting married, and they're just now hunting for wedding rings. I know he would love to have one handmade versus store-bought, so I'll be forwarding your story on to him. All the best to both of you! Marianne

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 5 years ago

    wow! you guys are such an inspiration and your work is beautiful!!! good for you, living the dream.

  • KahiliCreations

    KahiliCreations said 5 years ago

    Can't believe I missed this. Congrats you two! Love the Flex Shaft station on the beach...

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    you have the dream studio! love your combi {perfect colour}. gorgeous work and great advice ~ makes me think of the big things on my list that need working on . . . happy 2011.

  • MadeByTaramae

    MadeByTaramae said 5 years ago

    Wow.. your story is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing and I wish you both a very prosperous new year. Really gives me alot to think about and to strive for-- a an etsy newby :)

  • beadsbymiyuki

    beadsbymiyuki said 5 years ago

    thanks for the great info. happy new year!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 5 years ago

    Cool story--way to go Seababes!

  • MarleyLondon

    MarleyLondon said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational!

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 5 years ago

    WOW. Amazing story. I'm truly inspired:D Congrats on your success!!

  • atelierpompadour

    atelierpompadour said 5 years ago

    wow!! I'm full of envy for your office!! amazing work!!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 5 years ago

    This is just what I need it to read right now, it is being very inspirational, I live in London but come from an amazing little island in south spain, trying to figure out how to make my business work from here, so very pleased to hear you guys are doing so well. Regards and all the best from sunny Gran Canaria. marga http://chocolatecreative.blogspot.com/

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 5 years ago

    wonderful to see you featured! congrats on your success & best of luck with the new ventures

  • pearlygrae

    pearlygrae said 5 years ago

    So inspiring

  • 3rdAveShore

    3rdAveShore said 5 years ago

    Aloha guys! So awesome you could share your experience :) a warm mahalo to you from Kailua!! Sam 3rdaveshore.com

  • Skyhawkdesigns

    Skyhawkdesigns said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational! I find that my first year, I am mirroring the same and starting to realize how much I need to re-evaluate and reorganize! Thank you!

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, gorgeous photos and a wonderful story! Thanks!

  • knotworkshop

    knotworkshop said 5 years ago

    awesome VW! Got one of those myself!

  • maggielohkamp

    maggielohkamp said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story...I am quite new to etsy and trying to figure out how to do the marketing and photography well...Quite the challenge for a newbie...Your work is great, thanks...

  • TinkleToots

    TinkleToots said 5 years ago

    Great advice and beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!

  • noname6

    noname6 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, very inspiring story.

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 5 years ago

    EEEEK!!! I didn't see this until today and was going to post about my fantastic day surfing with Dave... then I see you guys found the video. LOL! Dave and Kristin are not only amazing jewelers, but wonderful and generous human beings. I truly consider them among the best Etsy sellers, talented, smart and they really 'get' what making and selling jewelry is all about. I have learned so much from them and look forward to learning more from them as their business continues to grow. Thanks for sharing such an inspirational story of two of my favorite people!

  • angelene

    angelene said 5 years ago

    A great story and beautiful work - congratulations!

  • denisefike

    denisefike said 5 years ago

    very generous with your tips. Thank you.

  • UrthForged

    UrthForged said 5 years ago

    So inspirational! Love the "studio" set up ;)

  • inthemaille

    inthemaille said 5 years ago

    Fantastic! Thanks for the great story, and congratulations on your success!

  • hiwaarco

    hiwaarco said 5 years ago

    congrats

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 5 years ago

    Love this store!! One of my favs when I shopping for a wedding band. :)

  • JessicaLandau

    JessicaLandau said 5 years ago

    i am amazed with what you and Kristin have done with Etsy. it is truly inspirational!!

  • JessicaLandau

    JessicaLandau said 5 years ago

    i am amazed with what you and Kristin have done with Etsy. it is truly inspirational!!

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 5 years ago

    Great article - so much love...

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thanks for such an inspiring article. Beautiful jewelry!

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