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Quit Your Day Job: SkyDreams

Feb 23, 2009

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

In order to stay at home and spend time with her new daughter, Hee Soon of SkyDreams quit her day job and soon thereafter opened her jewelry shop on Etsy in order to make some extra income.  It was soon thereafter she realized this rapidly growing business would be her family’s main income. Eventually her husband was able to become his own boss as well.  They work closely together and have big plans to expand the business in the coming years as their daughter begins preschool.  Keep reading to learn how one woman’s dream has turned into her reality.

If you’d like to ask Hee Soon additional questions after reading her story, she welcomes you to contact her via Etsy conversations.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?

I quit my day job when I was 8 months pregnant at 39. My husband and I wanted to spend as much time as possible with our daughter Sky because our time with her will be much less than most younger parents. So I stayed home with her and started selling jewelry online when she was 6 months. Then I opened my Etsy shop after she turned 1. This February is my daughter’s 3rd birthday and Sky Dreams 2nd Etsyversary. When I first started selling on Etsy, I honestly didn’t expect much. I thought any extra income would be good and it didn’t take long to figure out that Etsy would be more than just extra income!

How long had you been on Etsy before taking the plunge into selling full time? What made you decide to do so?

Physically, it is still a part time job because I don’t have 8 hours to work on my business each day but, mentally, by four months, I knew I had to try. I don’t have any training or education in either art or fashion. So, I didn’t have the confidence in my design at first. I wondered how long people would buy from me and how long I will be able to come up with new designs people would want. But by four months on Etsy, I was selling more than I thought was possible and that gave me courage to try my best and see where it would take me. I still remember that day. I woke up at 4 am to make jewelry and found out that one of my Etsy customers had spent about $5000 in one order. I woke my husband and we celebrated! It is hard to believe but I make more money than I had hoped for and business is growing. My husband is taking the plunge into being his own boss and I believe my income helped him to give it a try without worrying too much about finances. Etsy has helped me to live my dream!

How did you originally get into jewelry making?

My husband is the one who is responsible for my business. I designed a ring for his birthday and had it custom made for him. A few years later, Cartier came out with the same design for women and called it ‘Tank Ring.’ After seeing that, my husband bought me tools and ‘how to’ books. I still didn’t think I had what it takes to be a designer so a few years passed by. Then in 2005, he took me to a bead show and the rest is history. Since that fateful day, I don’t think a day went by without me thinking about jewelry or talking about jewelry.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

I am very lucky to have full support from my husband. He believes in me and has never stopped supporting. He takes pictures of my jewelry and he thinks of it as his job. He even takes pictures after a big fight that was caused by me. 😉 With his support and vision, he saw it as a business from the beginning, and I was “a deer in the headlights,” as he puts it. I invested everything I made back into business in 2007. I am not good at setting budgets and my safety blanket was my husband. We already had a business license so that came in very handy.

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

Being on Etsy and customer service. I tried forums but, I either kill threads or get ignored. I am invisible in the forums. I always miss my chance when Showcase goes on sale. I renew 2 or 3 times a day but I don’t know if it works any more. I tried networking sites but, I am not so social and am very limited because English is my second language. And most importantly, I don’t have time. It seems as though I get little traffic from flickr and trunkt. Etsy brings me first-time customers and I try to have them come back by offering the best customer service I can. I can’t write attractive descriptions of my jewelry and I am not witty enough to charm customers. But, I can be myself and true to customers and use materials I am proud of. I spend a great deal of time sourcing the best materials. That seems to be working well for me. I have customers who will spend over $1000 without ever seeing either pictures of stones or jewelry. I am very proud to have that relationship with my customers. I seriously don’t know how people find me on Etsy. I checked Google Analytics and more than 50% of customers come from Etsy. So thank you, Etsy!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

I haven’t tried any promotion seriously enough to answer this question. I plan on doing more promotion and spend more time on my business since Sky goes to pre-school this September.

Walk us through what a typical workday might entail.

Really tough question to answer because I would love to put more time into my business….. Last few months, with holidays and other opportunities coming my way, I tried to work as many hours as possible. I made more money but Sky was getting stressed. So this year, my resolution is to spend as much time with Sky as possible. My typical day is mostly spent with Sky, cooking with her, taking her to gym class, dance class and the children’s park. And the three of us spend time together in the evenings as family. Right now, I work after she goes to bed, which is often after 11pm till as long as I can stay up. I still try to answer emails and do a few other things on the computer during the day, but I have to fight Sky for computer time.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?  Is there anything you miss?

I can’t believe that I have a business and I don’t have to go out the door to take care of it. I order most supplies from the internet, including shipping supplies. I print out shipping labels at home and I can have USPS come to pick them up. And I have customers from all over the world and they don’t have to leave their homes to receive their orders! I think it is a pretty amazing thing! What I enjoy the most about not having a day job is FREEDOM! Owning my hours is bliss! I love being able to spend every minute with Sky and watching her every “first time” is priceless! I get to make a living doing what I love and I do it in my favorite room in the house! What I miss about having a job is co-workers to gossip with and the excuse to buy nice shoes, purses, clothes and make up! Yes, I can still gossip and shop, so no, I guess I don’t miss anything about having a job.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself, knowing what you know now?

Life may give us a second chance, but business opportunities don’t. I missed a few opportunities because I didn’t give them exactly what they asked for, thinking they would ask me to make changes if what I gave was wrong. They moved on to ones who could supply the exact thing! And believe in myself. It took me a long time to believe in myself and have confidence in my work. Now I am finally a professional jewelry designer and I act like one! And I believe it has made a huge difference in my business! And Etsy gave me that confidence. I have a few very good wholesale accounts through Etsy and right now, I am very picky about wholesale accounts. Surreal! 

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

I am very looking forward to next year because Sky will be in preschool and I will have more time to devote to business. I have so many plans and ideas including learning new skills and being more active in the community.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Thank you to the Etsy community for sharing your knowledge so selflessly. Every time I have a question about either technique or supply, I ask in the forums and get answers in minutes. And truly, my business wouldn’t be where it is now if it wasn’t for Etsy. Joining Etsy was the best business decision I have ever made. I have had some very good exposure through people who found me on Etsy. And what I cherish is  the friends I have made through Etsy, both customers and fellow sellers. They make my journey more joyful and I believe we sellers truly support each other. I guess in that sense, they are my co-workers. Yes, we gossip together. 😉 Etsy is a very interesting community. It makes us care and get emotionally involved. I get excited and sometimes mad at Etsy, both because I care and love! If anyone is missing the social aspect of a day job, I would recommend joining a Team. And thank you Etsy for giving me this opportunity!

Thanks to Hee Soon for sharing her story and business with us! Check out the related items below to see some of her work.

You can find some of our previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

Pink Amethyst Blue topaz Pink tourmaline Peridot Mexican Fire Opal Multi Charm Necklace
Pink Amethyst Blue topaz Pink tourmaline Peridot Mexican Fire Opal Multi Charm Necklace
Green Chalcedony Green Onyx Green Tourmaline Peridot Necklace
Green Chalcedony Green Onyx Green Tourmaline Peridot Necklace
Deep peace of many flowers to you necklace
Deep peace of many flowers to you necklace
Clearance -  Smoky Quartz citrine rhodolite garnet amethyst chandelier earrings
Clearance - Smoky Quartz citrine rhodolite garnet amethyst chandelier earrings
ON SALE - Rare 55.20 carat Swiss Blue Topaz 14K Gold Necklace
ON SALE - Rare 55.20 carat Swiss Blue Topaz 14K Gold Necklace


  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 11 years ago

    great article. i love this series. inspiring!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 11 years ago

    Wow, that's amazing, talk about a light bulb moment!

  • ChocolateBeachFlower

    ChocolateBeachFlower said 11 years ago

    beautiful jewelry...great story!!!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 11 years ago

    CONGRATS! Such beautiful jewelry you make!

  • Coleybdezigns

    Coleybdezigns said 11 years ago

    very inspiring and uplifting and I wish you continued success!

  • dirtroadsouth

    dirtroadsouth said 11 years ago

    such a wonderfully inspiring series! congrats on your success.

  • AliBaliJewellery

    AliBaliJewellery said 11 years ago

    wow, what an inspirational story! So lovely to hear of someone having such great success!!

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 11 years ago

    Wow! Such beautiful pieces! Very inspiring story, and such a sweet seller.

  • BohemianThings

    BohemianThings said 11 years ago

    Your work is high quality. Congratulations! This series is always inspiring.

  • Bohemianwhimsey

    Bohemianwhimsey said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous jewelry !!! Best of luck to you & your family ♥

  • superfantastic50s

    superfantastic50s said 11 years ago

    oh so inspiring. thank you!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 11 years ago

    Seriously beautiful jewelry.... but an even cuter little gal..... Good for you!!!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 11 years ago

    What a great success story. Congratulations! Your pieces are beautiful.

  • amyrwyatt

    amyrwyatt said 11 years ago

    Gosh, This just sounds amazing! Congratulations SkyDreams, it sounds like you put a whole lot of love into your work and your reaping the benefits.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 11 years ago

    What a lovely interview and a beautiful shop. Here's to continued success~

  • CastAwayCreation

    CastAwayCreation said 11 years ago

    Great article, I love reading these! Your shop is wonderful as is your jewelry! :)

  • Whatsupyoursleeve

    Whatsupyoursleeve said 11 years ago

    Congratulations. I love these stories. They are very motivating. Good luck in the future.

  • emilygrayjewels

    emilygrayjewels said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Hee Soon! You already know how much I love your work! It's totally wonderful to read all about you here my dear friend. You really deserve it! Love, Ems, xoxox

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 11 years ago

    Not only is this a lovely interview, Hee Soon is truly a lovely person who inspires me to do more and be more! Yay! :D

  • kathleenkrucoff

    kathleenkrucoff said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational. Wonderful too that you can spend time with your daughter as she is growing up. Thanks for sharing your story. Beautiful jewelry.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 11 years ago

    W-O-W her jewelry is lovely!!! Another wonderful jewelry seller making it big. Love it!!

  • decklededgebindery

    decklededgebindery said 11 years ago

    What wonderful article. I have been a big fan of SkyDreams since I first found Etsy and I love looking at all the beautiful things she makes. Truly an inspiration.

  • Flecto

    Flecto said 11 years ago

    Great interview and of course your jewelry is gorgeous.

  • icemelon

    icemelon said 11 years ago

    Amazing, amazing jewelry! Wonderful article, inspiring as well!

  • thegratulatest

    thegratulatest said 11 years ago

    Inspiring! If only we could do the same at The Gratulatest. Maybe someday!

  • jcjewelrydesign

    jcjewelrydesign said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your great story! You are truly talented and your jewelry is beautiful!!!

  • verymaryjewelry

    verymaryjewelry said 11 years ago

    I am inspired! I love my art, and have been hesitant to make the pricer pieces, but now I might try, THANKS!

  • ExoticFlavour

    ExoticFlavour said 11 years ago

    Marvelous, a wonderful experience. Thank you very much Hee Soon for telling us your experience sincerely. I can feel your passion on Jewelry. And thanks a lot for marymary also :) PS: Sky is adorable ^.^

  • loveMER

    loveMER said 11 years ago

    What a great story to start off my day! And what BEAUTIFUL jewelry Hee Soon designs!

  • Shandells

    Shandells said 11 years ago

    Simply beautiful, so glad you shared. I am totally inspired.

  • earthexpressions

    earthexpressions said 11 years ago

    One of my most favorites jewelry artisans! All your pieces show the love you put when making them... thanks for sharing this inspiring story Hee :) Hugs & Blessings, Susy

  • HarperStreet

    HarperStreet said 11 years ago

    You have gorgeous jewelry! I've admired your work for a while now. Congratulations on the success!

  • WickedSuccess

    WickedSuccess said 11 years ago

    She has such beautiful jewelry! What a great story.

  • galit

    galit said 11 years ago

    Great article!!!

  • rathina

    rathina said 11 years ago

    Very wonderful article, can always learn alot of new things by reading the "quit your day job" articles.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 11 years ago

    I'm so glad this worked out for you and your lovely family. Continued success.

  • Knight27

    Knight27 said 11 years ago

    Very sweet and inspiring post. Thank you!

  • parrott

    parrott said 11 years ago

    You are a beautiful one! Your story warmed my heart and inspired me to get brave and really try selling my creations on etsy. My son 7 months old and I can't bear the idea of leaving him to go work for someone else.

  • sirenedelmare

    sirenedelmare said 11 years ago

    Great article!!! Sooo inspiring!!! Thank you!!

  • embellishedbytiffany

    embellishedbytiffany said 11 years ago

    Beautiful designs! Thanks for sharing.

  • hypnoticjewels

    hypnoticjewels said 11 years ago

    beautiful!! thank you for sharing your story!!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 11 years ago

    I love this story!!!

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 11 years ago

    I hate my day job!

  • smabla

    smabla said 11 years ago

    Congratulations Hee Soon! But... you didn't tell us about this feature. Naughty girl. LOL But you really deserve this and I am so happy for you. Loads of hugs, /anna-karin

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 11 years ago

    Great article. Insightful and inspiring. Stunningly beautiful jewelry!

  • TashaHussey

    TashaHussey said 11 years ago

    Lovely article and fabulous jewelry.

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 11 years ago

    Inspirational story! I absolutely loooove this series, and especially love reading about other crafters and artists actually making it work with young children. It gives me something to hope for!

  • excely

    excely said 11 years ago

    Fabulous feature!

  • shadesofsplendor

    shadesofsplendor said 11 years ago

    You are my hero! It is my dream to be able to spend more time with my kiddos- I am determined to make it happen this year!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Best wishes.

  • StacyRaeT

    StacyRaeT said 11 years ago

    Amazing work SkyDreams!

  • kathryncole

    kathryncole said 11 years ago

    I love this story! Hee Soon does such BEAUTIFUL jewelry and is an inspiration. She is so very talented. I can relate so much to her and her story. I also have a daughter who is turning three in February (this week). Thank you for sharing a little bit of her life with us. Kathryn

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 11 years ago

    love it, congrats!!!!!!!!

  • laurebelle

    laurebelle said 11 years ago

    Thank You so much for sharing your story! And, what a beautiful little girl - and I am very partial to little girls! (These are my grandbabies!)

  • LaurieSarahDesigns

    LaurieSarahDesigns said 11 years ago

    I am in awe at the perfection of each of the pieces! Such fine work! Very inspiring!

  • JensJewellery

    JensJewellery said 11 years ago

    Very nice work... I have been an admirer also... Well done for following your dreams!!!! Jenni

  • FireSpirit

    FireSpirit said 11 years ago

    This is such an inspiring story. I can relate because it took me a very long time to become confident in my artistic & design abilities also. Hee Soon, you are an inspiration :) Thanks for sharing.

  • baddoggie

    baddoggie said 11 years ago

    Incredibly inspiring and so glad to hear that your first priority is your daughter! Way to go Mom! You have forever to run a business but only one chance to see your daughter's "firsts." Congratulations to you and wishing you many more years of success! Michelle

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article~ I stayed home and crafted when my kids were little ~ it opens a world to not only to you but one that you can include your children in as well ...of course, it would have been so much more enriched if Etsy had been around then ~~ :)

  • stefanivance

    stefanivance said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on the success of you business and family! Your jewelry is beautiful!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 11 years ago

    Gorgeous creations!! Congrats on your journey and wonderful success, Hee Soon!! :)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 11 years ago

    I loved reading your story, thanks for sharing. Your daughter is adorable!!!

  • foreverandaday

    foreverandaday said 11 years ago

    So very inspiring!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 11 years ago

    You are so blessed with such a supportive family! What an uplifting story to read here, I love this series. :D Congratulations Sky Dreams and my best wishes for your continued success!

  • picklevalentine

    picklevalentine said 11 years ago

    Hee Soon, you are a true artist. Your work is absolutely breathtaking. And I love your story. I am the older mom of one grown girl and you are right; the time goes so fast. I wasn't able to quit outside work entirely, but I cut waaaaay back. Having that precious time means so much to both mum and daughter. Many blessings to you in the coming years.

  • CatherineMarissa

    CatherineMarissa said 11 years ago

    STUNNING JEWELRY - you are surely inspiration. Congratulations on your success!

  • nichan

    nichan said 11 years ago

    i'm rarely interested with jewelry...but your definitely catches my eyes... price & quality & exclusive design...balanced! it's hard to believe it's a I don't know, I may have thought, it's a big designer or brand design...what a skill, what a skill... congratulation...

  • nichan

    nichan said 11 years ago

    PS: your daughter sky is soo cuteeeee (^.^)

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 11 years ago

    This is a wonderful story. Sky Dreams jewelry is just amazing! I wish you continued success.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 11 years ago

    What a great story and very inspiring. It truly shows how anything can be possible if you put your mind to it. And what a lovely child! Congratulations.

  • khelser

    khelser said 11 years ago

    I love your story! Being a Mom is such an important job, I'm so impressed that you put your child first! Beautiful jewelry too!

  • IjaDesigns

    IjaDesigns said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! I know how hard it can be when you're trying to balance being a mother and having a business. I often have to "fight" for my computer time as well :)

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 11 years ago

    This lifts up my mood. Thanks

  • sparkles4life

    sparkles4life said 11 years ago

    Love this story. You are inspiring. Love the jewellery too. Well done. Wishing you good forture for the future and best of all keep enjoying family life.

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 11 years ago

    So cute the notes about your husband. Love your story! Husbands can be big support, mine is... even tho I've been begging him to work on my own website for a month already...but he goes crazy when I make a sale :)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 11 years ago

    wonderful - and your jewellery is so beautiful! congratulations Hee Soon, it was great to read your story! thank you

  • jeweledblossoms

    jeweledblossoms said 11 years ago

    fabulous feature! I can see why you're so successful - your jewelr is gorgeous! Congrats and here's wishing you continued success.

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 11 years ago

    Dear Hee, Your story has deeply inspired me. Your creations are so elaborate and incredible ! Sky is just adorable and so blessed to have your creativity to grow in ~hugs desertnana

  • Thinkoutsidethebox

    Thinkoutsidethebox said 11 years ago

    What a very sweet Etsy seller and such a beautiful daughter as well. This seller's product really speaks for itself. The pictures tell us everything we need to know right from the start..(good job hubby!) The quality of each of her gems is also very apparent through the pictures...and I so wish I could afford one of everything in her shop! Great article and even greater pieces!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! Wonderful story and inspires me to work even harder.

  • bowbowbow

    bowbowbow said 11 years ago

    touching and very challenging- love your items and your passion. sky is indeed pretty and adorable, too :-)

  • backwhen

    backwhen said 11 years ago

    I wish you continued success. Your jewelry is so pretty.

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 11 years ago

    Great story ~ SOOO LOVe the jewelry ~ Thanks for sharing!!!!

  • JerseyGirlDesign

    JerseyGirlDesign said 11 years ago

    what a wonderful article!! I've been a fan of yours for a while now, so excited for you!!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work! Sky is the cutest thing!

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 11 years ago

    What an honest, down-to-earth, and affecting article. Thank you for showing us into your life a little. Your little bug is the CUTEST!! Best wishes.

  • TheBirthofVenus

    TheBirthofVenus said 11 years ago

    Good for you! I like your spirit and dedication. Your prioritys are right on. Bless you. A lovely mother with a beautiful daughter. Take care.

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 11 years ago

    The detail in your jewelry is beautiful! Congratulations on your success!

  • waisze

    waisze said 11 years ago

    lovely story. thank you for sharing your success story!

  • fairchilddesigns

    fairchilddesigns said 11 years ago

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Quit Your Day Job series! And it was so awesome to see a luxe gemstone designer featured here. Congratulations on such great success and a lovely article. =)

  • cherbie

    cherbie said 11 years ago

    WOWW! Great story. I believe you are able to succeed is also because you have such beautiful jewelry! Your daughter is soo cute! :-) Hope your business keeps growing!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 11 years ago

    Your work is amazingly beautiful and it is an inspiration to read your story! Thank you marymary for sharing it with us!!

  • SouthernSucre

    SouthernSucre said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work:)....Congratulations!

  • LittleAesthetics

    LittleAesthetics said 11 years ago

    yay!! I liked your courageous answers about what you're not good at as well! I hope you continue to do really well.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 11 years ago

    Lovely pieces of jewelry, the designs are incredible, congrats on your success, plus being able to stay home with your daughter, may you have continued success in the future.

  • BabyBeesBoutique

    BabyBeesBoutique said 11 years ago

    Love your designs and your name "Sky Dreams" after your Daughter. So wonderful! You seem like a wonderful Mommy also! Good Luck in all you do.

  • mariagotart

    mariagotart said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Congrats to you and good luck to you in the future!

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 11 years ago

    yay for hee soon and for all the other cincinnati area etsy sellers!

  • aislinnoccasions

    aislinnoccasions said 11 years ago

    this is so fabulously inspiring!! I'm new on etsy too... and with so many jewelry shops out here... it gets a little over whelming!!! Hee, you're work is wonderful! I love your shop...congratulations!

  • alfiejewels

    alfiejewels said 11 years ago

    being new to etsy, i'm realizing that the people behind it all are really the best thing about it....

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 11 years ago

    Great story, beautiful jewelry and that first picture is priceless

  • bikermommat

    bikermommat said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! It is truely Awesome! Your designs are very beautiful! It is so nice to see others who want to be there for their children so much that they find a way to work for themselves! It is almost like getting back to the way things used to be! Have a wonderfl day and GOD BLESS!

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood said 11 years ago

    your color combinations are especially wonderful!

  • HidingPlaceBeadery

    HidingPlaceBeadery said 11 years ago

    This is a wonderful story! Congratulation on your success, and best wishes for the future! The picture of mom and daughter is ADORABLE!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    Such a sweet girl. Children are such blessings. Very nice jewelry.

  • 1beadweaver

    1beadweaver said 11 years ago

    This gives me hope!

  • Mountainsidecandle

    Mountainsidecandle said 11 years ago

    Thats awesome work! Good job!

  • ASecondChance

    ASecondChance said 11 years ago

    Fabulous story! I'm so happy that you have found a way to enjoy everything you want out of life - family and creating art. Beautiful. More power to you!

  • babeta

    babeta said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article about a wonderful life...Inspiring!!! Blessings, Pam

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 11 years ago

    Lurv these stories!! Thanks!

  • 360Jewels

    360Jewels said 11 years ago

    You're blessed with your lovely family and your personality. Love it! Thanks a lot!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 11 years ago

    I love these stories, they give me loads of motivation to keep going. Thanks!

  • janicej

    janicej said 11 years ago

    Inspiring, thanks!

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 11 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats on all of your Etsy success!!!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 11 years ago

    that's great that you get to spend so much time with your family!

  • MadMaggieDesigns

    MadMaggieDesigns said 11 years ago

    The jewelry is beautiful! Of course as a mommy of a preschooler myself, I also have to say that her daugter is TOO CUTE! Congrats on the story and your success!!

  • moonangelnay

    moonangelnay said 11 years ago

    Inspiring article! Well done for managing so well and achieving your dream for your family. I am in a similar position as you were when you began your store, and only hope that I may be as fortunate as you to achieve the dreams I have for my son whilst I care for him full time. Much luck for the future! Thanks for sharing your story :)

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 11 years ago

    I've been a fan of your jewelry since I first found Etsy, you do lovely work! Best of luck for continued success, you are an inspiration! Sky is a QT-Pie!

  • HandspunJewelry

    HandspunJewelry said 11 years ago

    I can really relate with Hee Soon as I am a stay at home making jewelry in the little spare time I have also. I really appreciate the article as it gives me more inspiration to continue!!!!

  • JillianMackowiak

    JillianMackowiak said 11 years ago

    Your jewelry is beautiful, your story is inspirational and your daughter is adorable!! Thank you for sharing!

  • creativecelticgems

    creativecelticgems said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring story, I think some of us have similar events that pose the opportunity to stay at home with our kids and be one with our creativity. Blessings to you Skydreams and your continued success. It encourages others to believe in themselves, and take the leap of faith to do what is passionate.

  • OverTheTop

    OverTheTop said 11 years ago

    What beautiful work! You're lucky to have a husband who is also a true partner in every sense. What a lovely story to read.

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 11 years ago

    Always loved your works, they are breathtaking!

  • heartsabustin

    heartsabustin said 11 years ago

    wow. That's all I can say, is just, wow.

  • zannesart

    zannesart said 11 years ago

    Love your work, and thanks for sharing your story, it is inspiring.

  • birdhouseaccents

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  • NostalgiqueArt

    NostalgiqueArt said 11 years ago

    What an encouragement!!!

  • SquaresOfFlair

    SquaresOfFlair said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article! Congrats to you. I just love the name of your store! Good luck.

  • dsuprstar

    dsuprstar said 11 years ago

    Supr inspiring!!!

  • lucybluestudio

    lucybluestudio said 11 years ago

    Wow! Your stuff is absolutely amazing.

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 11 years ago

    I love Quit your day job articles. Your shop is fabulous. Good luck to you.

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 11 years ago

    is that not the cutest mom/daughter photo ever!? aw

  • JoJoBell

    JoJoBell said 11 years ago

    Hi Hee Soon! What a great article!!!

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 11 years ago

    Thanks Hee Soon and ETSY for making this inspiring series. I always feel so motivated after reading one of these. And it's even more motivating when it's someone that does something similar to what I am doing. I now print out these articles and keep them in a folder to read as bedtime stories...and dream in anticipation of my sweet success too :)

  • galimbj

    galimbj said 11 years ago

    Thank you Hee Soon for your inspiring story. In a way you actyally inspired me to start my own ETSY shop as well. I always remeber drooling over a beautiful ruby pendant on a handmade Thai silver toggle chain. It was that piece ( that I couldn't afford) that helped me over come my self doubt and take a plunge into jewellery designing. I have no formal art training either.ayaour pieces and style are marvellous and I've followed your shop over the last few years. Your story is a truly inspiring one and I probably would be on ETSY if not for congratulations and best wishes. Love Jacqui xx


    AISHAX said 11 years ago

    wow. i wish my setup looked that amazing. great article & designs. quite inspiring :)

  • StephanieFizer

    StephanieFizer said 11 years ago

    thanks for sharing such a lovely story!

  • KiraFerrer

    KiraFerrer said 11 years ago

    Fantastically beautiful jewelry!! Thank you, Hee Soon, for sharing your story!


    FANSHEFOLDS said 11 years ago

    what a touching & inspiring story!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 11 years ago

    Wonderful inspiring story......BEAUTIFUL jewelry.

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 11 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous!!! Congratulations on your success, thank you for sharing your wonderful story!

  • limitz

    limitz said 11 years ago

    You have amazing items and amazing collections!

  • Berlinski

    Berlinski said 11 years ago

    I LOVE this story!! How happy does Hee Soon look...and her daughter is too cute for words!! Ohhh I love etsy!!

  • momochas

    momochas said 11 years ago

    Amazing work, and the story behind the shop is really beautiful and inspiring

  • havysdolls

    havysdolls said 11 years ago

    WOW if I was looking for inspiration I most definitely found it Good luck

  • luxandlove

    luxandlove said 11 years ago

    Great series of interviews, this one particularly inspiring to those of us who aren't so great with networking etc. thanks x

  • poorpitifulpearl

    poorpitifulpearl said 11 years ago

    im so glad that I found your shop.. Your jewelry is gorgeous...and thank you for sharing your story. Its inspiring.

  • lovarevolutionary

    lovarevolutionary said 11 years ago

    I love the quit your day job series, every time!!! Thanks so much!

  • smellyrhino

    smellyrhino said 11 years ago

    Hee Soon, It is clear to see that you have a natural sensibility about your business. But, I can see you are also a great designer!! I love your jewelry, and the fact that you handle everything with such care really is the what, in the end, makes you successful! Thanks, Rebecca

  • bittersweetboo

    bittersweetboo said 11 years ago

    Wonderful interview :) I always look forward to these...they inspire and give hope...

  • diamondheartlotus

    diamondheartlotus said 11 years ago

    Hee Soon I was so inspired by your story. I am a new artist at Etsy just getting started. Haven't posted my pictures/items yet. thank you for sharing your life and artistry with us! Your daugher, Sky, is beautiful. Congratulations!

  • 8PawsCollars

    8PawsCollars said 11 years ago

    What a great story... One of my favorites so far! And your English is great, I couldn't tell for one second that it was you second language!

  • courtneyannedesigns

    courtneyannedesigns said 11 years ago

    wonderful story. what a great inspiration.

  • Patsprettythings

    Patsprettythings said 11 years ago

    So glad you can stay home with that beautiful daughter. You use such pretty beads in your jewelry. Don't ever worry about your ability to design. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • MonasAttic

    MonasAttic said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with the etsy community. Best wishes!

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 11 years ago

    I don't know where to begin to thank you for all of your beautiful comments, some very encouraging and some very touching.... I am very very touched and humbled by your love and kindness and will try my best to be there for you as well! Thank you so very much. Hee Soon

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 11 years ago

    This is so wonderful and inspiring!

  • baratacci

    baratacci said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

  • starttounlearn

    starttounlearn said 11 years ago

    I am always so warmed by a woman whose art allows her to stay at home.

  • soap

    soap said 11 years ago

    Great feature ~ Sky is adorable! Best of luck to you :)

  • Ulaa

    Ulaa said 11 years ago

    Great story!!! Beautiful items and lovely daughter! Congrat!

  • SakuraSoapworks

    SakuraSoapworks said 11 years ago

    Thank you. Your items are truly stunning. Love your story, too!

  • TheHammockShop

    TheHammockShop said 11 years ago

    Thank You...I'm ready to hit the ground running!


    PALEOLOCHIC said 11 years ago

    This section is so inspiring, thank you Hee Soon for sharing your story with us, I hope to get there some day, all the best!

  • Moonelighte

    Moonelighte said 11 years ago

    Way to go SkyDreams! We all hope for such success. What a wonderful story and what a darling daughter!

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. I realize that I have to believe in myself foremost!

  • jiang

    jiang said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!The story are so inspiring!

  • PenelopeLove

    PenelopeLove said 10 years ago

    I love this article . . . so inspirational! I'm just getting started on Etsy, so I need all the encouragement I can get :)

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 10 years ago

    I love Hee Soon and I love her jewelry! She has a beautiful soul and is a wonderful seller. I wish you much more success with your business and congratulations on your feature!!! You deserve it!!!! =o)

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    I love your designs! You create beautiful, beautiful pieces! Congratulations on being featured, I find such inspiration in these stories! Best of luck with your future sales!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 10 years ago

    Inspiring, thank you :)

  • wunderlust

    wunderlust said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • msbelle

    msbelle said 10 years ago

    Just awesome Hee Soon!! Not only do you make beautiful jewelry, but you have a beautiful soul (and daughter) as well! Very inspiring!

  • designbyling

    designbyling said 10 years ago

    You realy inspire me Hee Soon,hopefully someday I could be at your position. Your daughter is so cute. :)

  • risabeads

    risabeads said 10 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing your story. It is so inspiring. My husband and I are making the leap to doing my business full time, something that has been our dream for over 10 years now. Your story makes me believe even more that it IS possible. Thank you :) Your jewelry is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS too! You have very good taste and a great sense of color.

  • hanginmoon

    hanginmoon said 10 years ago

    My role model ♥♥♥

  • toughandtwisted

    toughandtwisted said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your story, Truely an inspiration to all who read it.

  • Tuttistuttis

    Tuttistuttis said 10 years ago

    Very beautiful article!

  • difart

    difart said 10 years ago

    Really great!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

    Wonderful Hee Soon! xoxoxoxo

  • AtelierEmme

    AtelierEmme said 10 years ago

    Hi Hee Soon - I just wanted to say that you are an inspiration, I loved reading your interview. I have been admiring your creations way before I decided to join Etsy and even purchased supplies from your Frog Cottage (bijouxgirl). We have many things in common including a baby girl that turns 3 in February (mine on 2/23)! Anyway, you deserve all the success you have - you are EXTREMELY talented and a beautiful person with a good perspective of what truly is important in life. I wish you continued success in your business and with your lovely family!

  • greenwillow

    greenwillow said 10 years ago

    I'm sooo happy to see Hee Soon featured. I worked with this talented lady on a project in the past, and she couldn't be a nicer person.

  • Rhiannon228

    Rhiannon228 said 10 years ago

    Great story. Need to hear more like this to keep the faith.

  • cthings

    cthings said 10 years ago

    Congratulations!I have always admired your jewelry! Keep up the good work!

  • marquina

    marquina said 10 years ago

    Omigoodness, Hee Soon! Your jewelry is SO gorgeous, it's inspirational! I've added you to my Favorites. I enjoyed your story, especially since I just had a little baby girl at age 39 and am wondering how I'm going to get back to creating jewelry and making it profitable. Your daughter is so adorable! Congratulations on the article, and keep doing what you're doing!

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 10 years ago

    Wow, reading this has inspired me! Thank you for sharing, Hee Soon!

  • APhoenixRises

    APhoenixRises said 10 years ago

    Very nice! It gives me more courage to pursue my dream of doing what I love for a living.tx Jen :)

  • sianykitty

    sianykitty said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring.. Thank you for sharing your life.... You have a beautiful daughter! :)

  • WireBliss

    WireBliss said 10 years ago

    I would like to be like you, stay home and spend time with the kids and still making money :) Mei

  • michemozaix

    michemozaix said 10 years ago

    I like that your husband still takes the pictures of your work for you after you've argued with him. Now that's a good (and mature)man ! P.S.Your daughter Sky is adorable!

  • kcfoxy

    kcfoxy said 10 years ago

    Oh my!!! This couldn't happen to a nicer, more talented and very humble individual than Hee Soon. Excellent article, and do love to see these interesting photos that give your faithful fans/adoring public and peers just a glimpse into your world. Sky Princess is as ethereal a beauty as I long have imagined and her proud Mommy also has such a wonderful glow. xoxoxo always, Casey "KCFoxy"

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 10 years ago

    one day when i sell enough..

  • jwagner324

    jwagner324 said 10 years ago

    Hee Soon I am encouraged by your story...I laughed, I cried. Many aspects of your story are similar to my situation. You make beautiful jewelry. I wish you continued success in both your business and personal life!

  • mechantefille

    mechantefille said 10 years ago

    I just wanted to say that you daughter is *gorgeous*. It's great that your business allows you to stay home with that little cutie ^_^


    SILKSBYKAYLAORIGINAL said 10 years ago

    wonderful jewelry and loved your story!! I am going to put you in my favorite places and bookmark some of your pieces!!

  • ALark

    ALark said 10 years ago

    What an inpiring story! From day one of my being on Etsy, SkyDreams was, and still is, my favorite shop. I create and sell jewelry also, but Hee Soon's pieces are just BEYOND! Hard to believe there was ever a lack of confidence! Congrats to a truly gifted artisan!

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  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 10 years ago

    These articles are giving me hope that I too can do it!!!

  • Tepuisjewelrys

    Tepuisjewelrys said 10 years ago

    Your dauther is beautifull, wonderful jewelry more good luck to you

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 10 years ago

    i'm so happy for you and your family's success Hee Soon. your jewellery is lovely.

  • pammie13

    pammie13 said 10 years ago

    I'm so inspired by your story. I pray for your continued success and well being. I'm in love with your Rainbow Moonstone necklace and bracelet. Moonstone is one of my favorites too! Labradorite is also a favorite of mine. God bless you all.

  • Gemtonebeads

    Gemtonebeads said 10 years ago

    great job!

  • Lilyb444

    Lilyb444 said 8 years ago

    Wonderful story, good luck to you and all the Etsyians!

  • HCbyHeatherJewelry

    HCbyHeatherJewelry said 8 years ago

    I really LOVE and appreciate your honesty! I REALLY love your designs- amazing!

  • ShopHolst

    ShopHolst said 8 years ago

    great article very inspiring

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    Gary manning said 7 years ago

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  • garymanning1

    Gary manning said 7 years ago

    Its not 1954 it is a 1950 Two freinds print.

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