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Quit Your Day Job: slippedstitchstudios

Feb 1, 2010

by Mary Andrews

Laura of slippedstitchstudios decided to take her career into her own hands after being laid off eight weeks into maternity leave. She soon turned her newfound passion for knitting and sewing into an Etsy business. Laura says she requires ninja skills to keep up with every aspect of her business and that she’s now working harder than she has in her entire life. Keep reading to discover her best marketing tools and goals for the year ahead.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I have always made things. My mom was excellent at fostering my creativity as a child. My dad is also very artistic and I have great memories of creating dioramas with him for school projects.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
After several dead-end, soul crushing jobs, including skip tracing for a car financing company (a.k.a. repossessions), I began at a CPA firm as an office manager and was on track to entering the financial advisory field. It wasn’t a very fulfilling job, but it was a paycheck and it had a future (or so I thought). In 2007 I found out I was pregnant and nine months later I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. Just days before my eight week maternity leave was over I received a blessing in a very good disguise: I was laid off.

Even though I dodged the bullet of the looming economic crisis, it was a very scary time. I half-heartedly looked for another job but I was beginning to realize that I couldn’t bear to leave my little eight-week-old bundle of joy for eight hours a day. I really just wanted to stay home. Unfortunately, living in Southern California requires either a dual income or a very rich husband. Since trading him in wasn’t really an option, I decided to find another source of income.

Meanwhile, I had started knitting in 2006. From the moment I rubbed those two bamboo sticks together, it was love. In 2007 my friend and I started the Orange County Knitting Meetup Group. I joked, as I am sure many fiber lovers do, about trying to find a way to make my love of this craft into a business. I tooled around with the idea of creating a sock club, buying a yarn shop, or knitting scarves for Melrose, but nothing really clicked. At least, nothing did until I started sewing.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
When I started selling on Etsy I was unemployed, so I was hoping and praying that it would be something BIG. I was scared, but deep inside I was proud: win, lose, or draw, I was trying something so seemingly out of my world that even if I failed I had won something. It seems like just yesterday when I spent nap time playing with my sewing machine, coming up with pattern ideas for my bags and taking different types of pictures to post.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time? Feel free to give us the nitty gritty business details.
I didn’t really “prepare” so much as stick my toe in. To start, I got three or four bags, a few needle wraps and a few stitch markers made, photographed and listed. Then I hung around the Forums. I got a sale in six days. This really got my mojo going. That first sale can make or break you, depending on how long it takes, but its quickness was enough reassurance for me to cannonball into it!

Within a month of setting up shop and listing those first few items I had a sewing routine down and a modest fabric stash. I had also sent away for my sales license with the state, as well as my business license with the city. It was then that I got my first batch of Moo cards and set up advertisements. By that time I was also an active member in the Forums and on Ravelry.

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

  • My best marketing tip is to find your market and know it. When I began knitting a world opened up for me that few non-fiber artists know exists. In truth, there are more fiber artists (knit, crochet, spin, weave, etc.) in North America than I ever imagined (it’s a bigger market than golf!). Gender, race, and creed are no match for the love of a soft merino or a beautiful handspun, hand-dyed masterpiece. We are also very tech savvy. We are a community of mavens, connectors, and salesmen. I have not met a knitter yet that hasn’t tried to sell me on their latest find or tell me about a great new yarn shop that has opened.
  • I do most of my advertising on Ravelry. I think it is the best place to spend my money. I also have a Facebook fan page, a Twitter account, and a seriously neglected blog. I post sales or new listings on Twitter and Facebook and it’s a great way to keep my customers up on new designs without them having to remember to stop by my shop. I try very hard not to spam my Twitter followers by remembering that it’s a community and not a billboard. To that end, I participate in different people’s promotions and tweet about everyday aspects of my business. I have made several sales off of Twitter, not to mention new friends that I meet offline at shows.
  • Another EXCELLENT way to advertise is to go to local indie craft fairs. Attend as many as you can as a vendor and go to the ones you can’t as a patron. Your fellow crafters need your support like you need theirs. I try to buy indie whenever I can! The great thing about this is you are getting your name out there and you have the opportunity to sell things at the same time. The money spent for a craft fair can be just as useful as a $100 advertising spot on a blog. Try it out. Also, craft fairs give you that something you never get online: the look on someone’s face when they see your product. Sometimes you can use these fairs as your own personal focus group!

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Don’t put your things on sale all the time. It makes people think you’re sorry your prices are so high. In fact, none of my sales have really worked.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I wake up at 6 a.m. with my husband (who still has to go to work). I roll over, pick my BlackBerry up off of the nightstand and flip through my emails for my favorite words: “Etsy Transaction.”
  • From 6:30 to 7 a.m. I drink mass quantities of coffee while at the computer returning emails, checking Ravelry groups, printing sales, gathering a general to-do list, chatting on Facebook, updating my Twitter account and listing a new item or two to my shop.
  • From 7 to 8 or 8:30 a.m. I sew ’til the littl’un awakes and demands my immediate attention.
  • From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. I run errands. Typically I go to the post office, the store, or for a fabric stash enhancement. I also find time to take my little girl for a walk or meet a friend for a play date and lunch.
  • 1 to 3 p.m. is nap time (not for me). I sew like a crazy person, but with ninja-like accuracy.
  • From 3 to 6 p.m. I attempt to ship, or prepare shipping while simultaneously entertaining my two-year-old, making dinner, and following up on email/Convo communications. Ninja traits are useful here, too.
  • From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. I start to think about tomorrow. I figure out where my deadlines are and possibly finish up draw-stringing or ironing while my wonderful husband gives my child a much needed bath and gets her to bed.
  • After that I watch TV with husband and “relax.” This means I am either making stitch markers, prepping Thank Ewe cards for orders, draw-stringing, ironing and/or making pattern magnets. This lasts until I can reconcile going to sleep. My husband may or may not be snoring by this point.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I cannot put into words how wonderful it is to not feel directionless or like a worker bee. I am in charge and I make or break the rules. I know where I am going and I am happier than a clam about it. I do miss being able to say “This is my to-do list and that item does not fit on it.” Haha. I can see my husband’s face as I say that to him when I forget to pay a bill.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Even though I know that I am working towards a goal that will make this irrelevant in a few years, I am working harder now than I ever have in my entire life. There is no “off switch.” If I am out with my husband or girlfriends or daughter I can get an idea or an email or meet someone who has never heard of Etsy. I am a walking, talking advertisement. At this point, I must add that I am so grateful for my family and friends who are bearing with me through this difficult time.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
I’d say, “Self, you don’t need to stress out when things slow down for a week or so! Be persistent. When you go days or even a week without a consistent sale, persevere. Make inventory, find a craft show to attend, visit the Forums for a tweak that might give your shop back an edge you feel you have lost.”
To others my advice is to know there won’t be an off switch if this is the right career choice and, even though that is a hard bite to swallow, it’s okay. It will make you successful, and if you are successful, the majority of this stress will only be temporary.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I had several goals last year and I hold their existence, as well as the unwavering support of my family and friends, responsible for my success. My goal this year is to do all these in a bigger and better way.

My current goals are as follows:

  • First, to be accessible in local yarn shops everywhere. Last year I became available in six shops throughout the country and even one in Canada. I also contribute to two excellent sock clubs on an almost monthly basis.
  • My goal of reaching a thousand sales last year was exceeded by six hundred sales! This year will not be a numbers race but more of a focus to continue to improve upon the excellent quality and service that I’ve had since the beginning.
  • I plan on launching several new items for fiber lovers this year and I’m very excited. I have a book of ideas and I can’t wait to make each one a reality. A big goal for me is to keep my shop both diverse and unique to fiber artists.
  • My final goal is one I look forward to immensely: I want to travel. Last year I was stuck at home but this year, with the help of my small team of awesome helpers, I want to attend sheep and wool festivals around the U.S. I love traveling and to being able to incorporate this into my business will be a great test and a great experience. Of course, I won’t forget about the home turf. California has way more knitters that you would think and seems to be a bit overlooked in the festival department. This is the perfect excuse to get out and be seen!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
In this economic climate I believe it is critically important to support people working from home on their own terms. If this is your dream, even in the slow times, you have to be secure in the fact that you are working toward something. Nothing you create and have the wherewithal to stand behind can be bad. Find your market. When you do that, sell like a crazy person with ninja accuracy.

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

307 comments

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 10 years ago

    It is wonderful you can stay home with your baby daughter. Best wishes you are very talented.

  • CocoaBeans

    CocoaBeans said 10 years ago

    oh i just love your story. that really inspires me to keep on doing what i am doing:)

  • cram

    cram said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I needed to hear the perseverance part today! :-)

  • vixensnaturaljewelry

    vixensnaturaljewelry said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story! I opened my shop after being laid off, as well. I hope it turns out as well for me!

  • BebesDecor

    BebesDecor said 10 years ago

    Once again i love these posts!!!! its amazing and inspiring to see that a simple hobby can turn into a business venture!! Congrats and much more success. (:

  • jeannineleigh

    jeannineleigh said 10 years ago

    Thank You so much for sharing your story!

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 10 years ago

    Wow! Reading about Laura and her success makes me feel happy and inspired and ready to apply her advice to my own shop! Thank you so much for this story!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 10 years ago

    Good for you Laura and thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

  • invitesbyjen

    invitesbyjen said 10 years ago

    Once again, a great story with a ton of inspiration. Congrats and I will definitely be hearting this shop :-)

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 10 years ago

    Very informative, helpful article, I may just have to look into Moo cards, thankyou for listing the well thought upon goals list ~ Best wishes for your business

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 10 years ago

    It feels good to know I'm not alone balancing children, etsy, husband, cooking, etc....Keep up the good work!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 10 years ago

    Hooray for you Laura, love your shop, thanks for sharing!

  • SewnNatural

    SewnNatural said 10 years ago

    your advice about finding your market and knowing it is so important. congratulations on your success, and thank you for sharing your story, and your space with us.

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge said 10 years ago

    Ditto what RoughMagicCreations said - very inspiring! It's wonderful to hear about your success.

  • beyondweddings

    beyondweddings said 10 years ago

    Love your story. Very inspiring!

  • meljensdesigns

    meljensdesigns said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your story! I love hearing about fellow mothers who are able to do this all from home. I also love how your little workspace is set up. Very cute! :-)

  • CandiedGlass

    CandiedGlass said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you for getting paid to do what you love! That's my dream and I hope to succeed some day. You are inspiring to all that have that same dream.

  • Graciewear

    Graciewear said 10 years ago

    You go girl. An inspriation to everyone. Love your work and your spunk.

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 10 years ago

    Very well done Laura! All the best!

  • PersistentGreen

    PersistentGreen said 10 years ago

    What a fantastic interview. I love her honest, straight-forward style. So inspiring, too, the idea of taking a potentially disastrous occurrence (being laid off) and turning it into something so postive and life-affirming. Good for you! Thank you so much for the encouragement.

  • BeelightfulCreations

    BeelightfulCreations said 10 years ago

    I really like the idea that you go to craft fairs - including "supplier" festivals - for you sheep and wool. I know I want to get closer to my source

  • ferretheart

    ferretheart said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your story, it really is inspiring, especially the part about how you started this, thanks for sharing it :)

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 10 years ago

    What fun items you have in your shop, Laura!

  • Adornedbymorgan

    Adornedbymorgan said 10 years ago

    That is an insanely organized studio space! Great job.

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 10 years ago

    Nice, honest read.

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    A knitting ninja, how fantastic!

  • ahorwich

    ahorwich said 10 years ago

    oh my gosh I love Laura's sense of humor. Can tell she's a fiber fanatic by her ninja-like wit and intelligence :-)

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Nice article.... So true... I work harder now for myself than I ever have! Good for you!

  • Karramandi

    Karramandi said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful story. Very inspirational. All the very best to you and your family in your venture.

  • JennyMJewels

    JennyMJewels said 10 years ago

    great article - best of luck to you Laura!

  • childdeluxe

    childdeluxe said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the insight and for the depth of this that you shared with us. I've asked myself about the transition times, right then when sales kick off and kids, home, day job and Etsy activities collide Big Time. I love your sincerity, beautiful even though at times maybe hard. May your plans come true in harmony with the life you want and bring you joy!

  • savagekitten

    savagekitten said 10 years ago

    how inspiring, nothing beats a stitching ninja!

  • NatureVisions

    NatureVisions said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! You've been doing an excellent job with your business - I'm sure you'll meet all of your goals and then some:-)

  • Four20mooN

    Four20mooN said 10 years ago

    Wonderful! Working @ home and being able to tend to my children when needed is my goal as well :) Thanks for your story!

  • locomotive

    locomotive said 10 years ago

    This is so inspiring!! I hope this is us in a year or so:) *working hard at it*

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 10 years ago

    Great story! One of my faves to date.

  • Aisle3

    Aisle3 said 10 years ago

    I just lost my job in December and am trying to make a go of this as well! Being a new mom I can totally appreciate your busy schedule and having to discipline yourself to stick to your goals. That's where I'm at right now, trying to find a routine that works. Thanks for sharing and good luck!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 10 years ago

    Yes!!! I feel like a ninja too. Etsy moms are amazing people with great talent and passion.

  • ClockworkCrow

    ClockworkCrow said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the ninja tips!! Great story!

  • nomoredisco

    nomoredisco said 10 years ago

    Working from home selling things that I have made and not trading in my own partner (!) is what I am working toward - stories like this are inspirational.

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome said 10 years ago

    A very lucky woman, good luck Laura.

  • vivibijoux

    vivibijoux said 10 years ago

    That article just cheered me up! No matter how good quality your items are and how much love you put into them, the hardest part is to get people to look at what you do. I found your article reassuring and inspiring Laura. Thanks for sharing!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 10 years ago

    awesome story..thank you for sharing your story!

  • jennifermagnesi

    jennifermagnesi said 10 years ago

    Great article! Love your shop!

  • asperandeo

    asperandeo said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am fairly new to Etsy and am still feeling my way around on the best way to do things, so I appreciate the inspiring stories. Thank you much!

  • LaBellaCandela

    LaBellaCandela said 10 years ago

    I love reading these stories!

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 10 years ago

    Thank you for such a wonderful story! Posting these quit your day job articles makes me hopeful that I may be able to do the same. Lovely photos by the way! I love seeing into the homes of other craft people. Laura's workspace is so neat, pretty, and organized!

  • JMCdesigns

    JMCdesigns said 10 years ago

    thanks for your insights.

  • RedOrchidStudio

    RedOrchidStudio said 10 years ago

    Go Ninja Stitcher! I am at home with my almost 2 year old, working part-time at a local art center and trying to get my Etsy shop rolling to avoid the full-time paycheck/daycare route. Thank you for your honest account of your daily routine! Seems I may need to channel my inner ninja and do things a little differently than I have been doing. Thank you for sharing!

  • WoodsyWools

    WoodsyWools said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring story and interview. I applaud Laura's hard work and determination! As a new member/shop on Etsy, I found her insight both helpful and inspiring. Way to go!

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    Your shop is wonderful!. Congrats on your succes and thanks so much for sharing your story!!

  • ConvolutedNotions

    ConvolutedNotions said 10 years ago

    I've been thinking about cutting back on the number of crafts shows I'll do this year, but thanks to the EXCELLENT points you made about the benefits of participating in these shows, I'm rethinking my strategy now. I do love that face-to-face contact! Thanks so much for sharing your story. I'm inspired and re-jazzed up about applying to those shows!

  • helenapuck

    helenapuck said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all the wonderful advice, slippedstitchstudios. You have a wonderful shop!

  • JemmDeeCreations

    JemmDeeCreations said 10 years ago

    Great article. Thanks for all your advise and congratulations and best wishes to you!

  • AmyLowry

    AmyLowry said 10 years ago

    Great interview! Your days sound packed, but I'm glad you get time with your daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 10 years ago

    I always read these "quit your day job" stories, there's something special in all of them and yours is a great read too. best wishes

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 10 years ago

    your typical day sounds exhausting! I hope I have enough energy to make it work as well as you obviously do! Serious admiration! And I am in love with the stitch markers you make.

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 10 years ago

    Congrats -- sounds like you've got it down pat.

  • ANursingReminder

    ANursingReminder said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! It is wonderful to be able to stay at home with your daughter, definitley a blessing!

  • MarjonScheffer

    MarjonScheffer said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It's a lot of inspiration for a first time Etsy shop owner.

  • Puddintanes

    Puddintanes said 10 years ago

    So proud of you! Very inspiring. Only well wishes to you adn your family!!!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Laura! One door shut & you made the next open wider than ever. Well done!

  • LuksiCreations

    LuksiCreations said 10 years ago

    i love reading these! gives me hope i can make money while i stay home with my group of monkeys.

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Laura, wishing you continuing success!

  • SevenBlueberries

    SevenBlueberries said 10 years ago

    Great story, I think you can work harder than you ever have with your own business because it is yours to put all that energy into. Well done on another success story!

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 10 years ago

    What a dream to quit your day job. Congrats on your success! :) I hope to be where you are within the next 2 years! angie

  • lisaleeworks

    lisaleeworks said 10 years ago

    I love to hear the success stories, they give me hope as a new estsy seller! Good luck, and thanks for the wonderful story and hints!!

  • michon

    michon said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, I don't know how you do it! I also have a toddler at home & it's so hard to focus on work unless he is asleep.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    Great article I love what you said Laura at the end of your interview under Is there anthing else you'd like to share. Thank you I needed to hear this.

  • PaperThickInk

    PaperThickInk said 10 years ago

    This story is so encouraging! Thanks for drilling down into those day-to-day ups and downs you went through, but still pushed through. This gets me pumped!

  • MySoCalledVintage

    MySoCalledVintage said 10 years ago

    This is very, very encouraging. Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Revivalvintagedesign

    Revivalvintagedesign said 10 years ago

    I think you are an inspiration and again thanks for the pep talk at the Craft Riot, following your tips and hopefully things will get going soon, hopefully see you at a fair soon, I have got a few interesting shows booked if you need some lots of love helga

  • sbmathieu

    sbmathieu said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story! I just started listing a month ago, and wish this were my full time job!

  • HighRidgeRockNbeads

    HighRidgeRockNbeads said 10 years ago

    Way to go! Nothing like working from home! I have no doubts that you will have no problems meeting your new goals! Thank you for your story. Much success to you:)

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 10 years ago

    Great advice! I'm due in May and hope to leave my other job so I can focus on etsy and the baby! Very inspiring. Thanks!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 10 years ago

    Wow, good job! I hope to learn and do the same. Thank you for telling your story!

  • paintingpam

    paintingpam said 10 years ago

    Determination is the word that sums you up!! Good work!

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 10 years ago

    Thank you Laura for the inspiration! Best of luck and success with your business:)

  • sewbebe

    sewbebe said 10 years ago

    Great,inspiring story. I too stay at home with my yr. old and am making a go of getting my shop going.

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    The tip of being persistent is helpful. I would love to make my living from my art in the near future. Your baby is lucky to have so much of both your's and your husband's time and attention. A lot of children aren't so fortunate. Thanks for the inspiration on a Monday night!

  • redhot66

    redhot66 said 10 years ago

    Your story told me I'm doing some things right and gave me new ideas! Thank you for letting us look into your life.... btw I'm drooling over your work area. Right now my dining room table is a wreck!

  • redhot66

    redhot66 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. It let me know I'm doing some things right and gave me new ideas. BTW I'm drooling over your work space. My workspace is my dining room and the table is a wreck!!!!!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 10 years ago

    You are a smart young woman with a good future ahead of you.. bravo!!

  • LiviesWhimsies

    LiviesWhimsies said 10 years ago

    This was really encouraging to me, as I'm kind of in the same situation you started in. Thanks for the positive advice and thoughtful insights! Good luck to you and your family.

  • Sammis2shoes

    Sammis2shoes said 10 years ago

    I only wish you the very best Laura! :) Well done on your 'quit your day job' success. "Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. " - Booker T. Washington

  • spunwovendesigns

    spunwovendesigns said 10 years ago

    your story is inspiring. i hope to live the same dream soon!

  • soapsandsuch1

    soapsandsuch1 said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  • dreamingtreebath

    dreamingtreebath said 10 years ago

    I am making the steps to follow...well...in your steps! Thanks for the inspiration and best of luck with your amazing business!

  • eroa

    eroa said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. Inspirational indeed.

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    I love these stories!!!

  • bbbennyandthejet

    bbbennyandthejet said 10 years ago

    Sweeeet fabrics! I'd love to have an hour with your stash.. :) Congrats on the great success too, it's all built from a great foundation of hard work, dedication to craft.. and ninja skill.. nothin's better!

  • littlelauren

    littlelauren said 10 years ago

    Inspiring! did you take any sewing classes to prepare yourself to sell, or was it natural born talent?

  • terri4404

    terri4404 said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiration. I had to quit my day job due to a medical problem, and I am just hoping my shop will do as well.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. Wish you all the best for your business.

  • blushdrop

    blushdrop said 10 years ago

    Such a great story. I love how you really think about all parts of the business from the product to promotions to long term goals. So smart!

  • KerreraSkye

    KerreraSkye said 10 years ago

    I love to read success stories - and I like how organized your workspace is!

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 10 years ago

    I am so very happy to see Laura in the spotlight. Bravo!

  • fallingleafjewelry

    fallingleafjewelry said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, Laura. I am totally impressed with your business sense, creative spirit, efficiency, energy and, of course, your Ninja traits! Love it. Much success and happiness to you...

  • MarmaladeHills

    MarmaladeHills said 10 years ago

    Great interview! And best wishes to all dreamers!

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley said 10 years ago

    Another inspiring article. I can totally appreciate juggling a little one with working at home ~ it is no easy feat! So thank you, congratulations and all the best!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 10 years ago

    I relate to the no "off switch"--even while sleeping. I recently had a dream that I had to fit my cat with tie dye socks. My husband dreamed he was the shipping manager, but was not up to par per my standards!

  • FrenchKnot2U

    FrenchKnot2U said 10 years ago

    You go girl-I hope to get to your level one of these days. I will keep in mind all the wonderful bits of info you have culled during your own time of self-discovery and increased commitment to your craft, your passion. I still work part-time to keep food on the table in this lousy economy and I have given up shopping for new clothes in favor of buying materials for my handbag business. I never realized all the work/energy it requires to launch a small business. I am thrilled and scared to death all at the same time. I like your skull theme and sense of playfulness in your products. Congrats!

  • LiahLovesLuna

    LiahLovesLuna said 10 years ago

    Another insirational story! I love that you found your calling!

  • thepearlpoodle

    thepearlpoodle said 10 years ago

    You go girl!!

  • Smickerdoodle

    Smickerdoodle said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. These articles are what is keeping me going right now. I am very new to Etsy (less than a month) and have been feeling very overwhelmed with trying to figure it all out. I am still working the day job with the post office and them coming home and trying to get everything else done and still fit in time in the glass studio. You article is very inspiring and makes me feel like I can do this and I too will eventually be able to quit my day job. Thank you again for sharing all of your advice.

  • mountainstitchworks

    mountainstitchworks said 10 years ago

    I really appreciate all your advice and listening to your story warmed my heart! Way to go! I am new to etsy and trying to figure it all out, it's story's like yours that keep me interested and chugging along.

  • chenzi

    chenzi said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this article! Her story is so inspiring!

  • smlbags

    smlbags said 10 years ago

    I love these "quit your day job" blog posts! Everyone is truly inspiring and it gives me hope! You're story was especially sweet, nice work:-)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    It's amazing you can accomplish so much. Congrats!

  • FlutterbyeNotes

    FlutterbyeNotes said 10 years ago

    I think I need to do some ninja training - I still don't have that down. I'm glad I read your story, I've been in a January-two-sick-kids-no-sleep slump. Thanks for sharing!

  • blackscrapcat

    blackscrapcat said 10 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing! I love the pics of your very tidy studio -- I wish mine looked like that! One day, someday I hope to be so successful!

  • singingscarves

    singingscarves said 10 years ago

    A truly inspiring story! Maybe one day I will be able to quit my day job too - I just ADORE silk painting and it seems that here, in Etsy, everything IS possbile!

  • BlackDaisyDesigns

    BlackDaisyDesigns said 10 years ago

    I always get so inspired when I read these articles. I want to quit my day job now! LOL

  • HeavensSignatureSoap

    HeavensSignatureSoap said 10 years ago

    Thanks for being inspiring and completely open with your feelings and experience. I'm sure this is a great help to many, it was to me. Keep it up!

  • Sewingkat2

    Sewingkat2 said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration and motivation. I needed that. I wish you the best for 2010.

  • tractorgirl

    tractorgirl said 10 years ago

    I so SO love these "quit your day job" articles, I always feel so keen to get going! As a SAHM you need to be especially focused for the few snippets of time you get. Go ninja go! Well done.

  • theteabox

    theteabox said 10 years ago

    I wish I could do as her someday. Her story is inspiring.

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 10 years ago

    Really interesing, thanks for the tips! ^^

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 10 years ago

    i'm amazed by your ninja-like abilities...and inspired by your story and strong drive. i wish you well in your travels & continued great success..now what brand of coffee do you fuel on? :D

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 10 years ago

    Love to hear these stories about moms figuring out how to make it work. congratulations on your well deserved success. Off to check out ravelry. Thanks.

  • eurolenscape

    eurolenscape said 10 years ago

    What a great story. Thanks for the tips!

  • lapisbeach

    lapisbeach said 10 years ago

    I too love to hear these success stories. Laura's advise and success is inspirational and motivating!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 10 years ago

    Heartfelt congratulations! Makes me want to take out my knitting pins and start knitting again. I was tickled that I also have the Alice in Wonderland fabric, although I have made it into Kindle cases! All the best!

  • misterotherone

    misterotherone said 10 years ago

    As a new seller I am eternally greatful to hear the practical advice, and the call to keep going. I'm having fun with my shop, but I never realized that having one would require me to be a crafter, accountant, photographer, marketing exec., graphic designer, and many other things. It's good to hear someone else's story of being too busy, and not feeling like there's a "shut off" moment!!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 10 years ago

    Awesome shop and wonderful sucess story! And since my other shop is knitting and sewing, I'm off to look more closely at several items for sale at slippedstitchstudios!

  • CharlotteHandmade

    CharlotteHandmade said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. What a wonderful inspiration you are. I am so impressed with your shop and accomplishing so much with a baby. I have a 5 and 2 year old and have now just opened my shop. Best of luck to you!!

  • entirelyart

    entirelyart said 10 years ago

    a very motivating story, thanks for the inspirational advice.

  • MyHappyHome

    MyHappyHome said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success, Laura! I love it when moms get to be moms AND crazy successful artists. Well done!

  • InformalElegance

    InformalElegance said 10 years ago

    Laura- your story is such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing it and your advice you have for the rest of us. Good luck with your new products!

  • natchahandmade

    natchahandmade said 10 years ago

    I love your story.a wonderful inspiration for me. thank you. ^.^

  • SugarKids

    SugarKids said 10 years ago

    Thanks! I needed a little inspiration this am.

  • beadybirddotcom

    beadybirddotcom said 10 years ago

    I love these stories - they keep me focussed and hopeful that one day it will be me!!

  • bebeboutiques

    bebeboutiques said 10 years ago

    I love your story, so much like my own and many others I am sure! Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  • kimerly

    kimerly said 10 years ago

    Great story, thanks for the sales tips or should I say "not on sale" tips, best of luck and continued success, hope it is contagious.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 10 years ago

    Veery inspiring. thanks for sharing.

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • RichardandMelissa

    RichardandMelissa said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the story and the great tips! Awesome shop and very organized!Love your items.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    It's awesome you can stay home with your daughter and do work you enjoy, thanks for sharing your story and we wish you continued success in the future and hope you get to travel like you mentioned as well.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 10 years ago

    Wow. Nice story. Congratulations and Thank you for sharing :)

  • ylimepulp

    ylimepulp said 10 years ago

    I'm about to take the plunge and leave my soul-crushing corporate job. Nice to hear success stories. Thanks.

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the inspirations :)

  • CaneMe

    CaneMe said 10 years ago

    Thank you! I loved seeing your schedule all laid out, made me realize what's missing from my day.

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 10 years ago

    Excellent article and many congratulations on a successful business.

  • sarahE

    sarahE said 10 years ago

    Slippedstitch, your sense of humor and persistence are so inspiring! Congrats and keep up the good work. I can't wait to be at a place in my career where I can be doing what I like. Thanks so much for the helpful advice.

  • walkthetalk

    walkthetalk said 10 years ago

    Love your studio~ sooo organized! You story is inspiring.

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 10 years ago

    Best wishes and thank you for your story!

  • cupcakebomb

    cupcakebomb said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! I also got laid off, have been looking for a job over a year and no luck.. Then I finally decided to start my own thing that I always always wanted to do. Create!! Your story was very encouraging! Thank you for sharing!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 10 years ago

    I love your article, so inspiring, it gives me hope that someday I can work from home doing something that I really love. What a great success story!

  • louielouiebebe

    louielouiebebe said 10 years ago

    Informative, inspiring, interesting. Excellent interview!

  • thepinklocket

    thepinklocket said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. I'm soo envious of your studio :-) So well kept and organized!

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts said 10 years ago

    That was a very realistic view of what it takes to work at home. I'm glad that you put in the article there is no Off switch, and that you're on all the time. That's an important thing to think about when you're thinking about running your own business. Good luck!

  • GoodStoreandCompany

    GoodStoreandCompany said 10 years ago

    I learned so much just from you telling your story. I started my business, just before being laid off and now loving all the information out there to encourage and give direction. Thank you and the best to you!!!!

  • banyantreeclothing

    banyantreeclothing said 10 years ago

    Wow! Great to see such success! Rock on!

  • thefrayedribbon

    thefrayedribbon said 10 years ago

    Great story, thanks for sharing!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 10 years ago

    Great story! xoxo

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 10 years ago

    I am moving into your way to clean studio to show you how to mess it up a bit. :) seriously, though...enjoyed reading your story- onwards and upwards!

  • KathysDesignsLLC

    KathysDesignsLLC said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! You have a great story. I hope you are even more successful in the future.

  • debs1967

    debs1967 said 10 years ago

    Just the pick me up I needed today. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

  • MixonTheMemories

    MixonTheMemories said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration. You gave me the extra push to open an account with ESTY.

  • toltecgoddess

    toltecgoddess said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the encouraging words and great hints to make it big! Continued good fortune.

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 10 years ago

    Congrats! What an GREAT story, thanks for sharing this with us! Inspirational indeed!

  • anakim

    anakim said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    always love to read how the average working day goes. everyone has a different routine and i like to get ideas of what i could add to my day.

  • susaneastman

    susaneastman said 10 years ago

    interesting read!! good luck to you!!!

  • stansberry

    stansberry said 10 years ago

    How inspiring! Thank you for your story!

  • juliettecrane

    juliettecrane said 10 years ago

    thank you for all of the wonderful advice! good luck with everything!

  • acrylicimpressions

    acrylicimpressions said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great advice! :o) It can be very stressful at times wondering if all the time and effort put into everything we do will pay off.

  • orsinimedici1951

    orsinimedici1951 said 10 years ago

    So let's leave the "jobs" to those who need and want them! The upside to a recession is it forces us to get creative and resourceful! Small businesses have historically sprouted up in bad economic times!!! We are responible for our own successes and our own failures! Nothing like self reliance!! BRAVO!!

  • nacyanne

    nacyanne said 10 years ago

    Just the dose of inspiration I needed, thanks!

  • ByAThread2

    ByAThread2 said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • debsea61

    debsea61 said 10 years ago

    great story, great workspace!!! thanks for sharing the inspiration.

  • WhatItSeams

    WhatItSeams said 10 years ago

    I feel very encouraged after reading your article. Thanks for sharing!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 10 years ago

    Thanks for helping others to dream.. Best Wishes!

  • noisettemarketing

    noisettemarketing said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your story. It's very inspiring and it's great you can stay home with your daughter. Good luck for the future.

  • herrohachi

    herrohachi said 10 years ago

    my fave part of this article is the fact that you mentioned being a "ninja" at least 3 times. hahaha! awesome work! :)

  • LoveRachael

    LoveRachael said 10 years ago

    thanks for all the wonderful advice! good luck with your travel aspirations :)

  • RBJohnson

    RBJohnson said 10 years ago

    I really liked your story, and what a heavy day ! And well worth it, as long as you enjoy what you doing :)

  • hawleywood

    hawleywood said 10 years ago

    Okay first off, why have I not seen your pattern markers before?? I can't tell you how many times I've had to unravel a scarf because I lost track of where I was! Genius!! Hearting, for future reference (aka, when my husband loosens the purse strings!).

  • lenalimestudio

    lenalimestudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much! I needed to hear that! I get to get in gear and do more sewing!

  • WieberArt

    WieberArt said 10 years ago

    Nice article. I like the opening question. For sure, creating movement is the way to go. Good to be reminded. Thanks. Success to you.

  • louisagallery

    louisagallery said 10 years ago

    oh!! thank you for sharing tips for me!!

  • notjustbeadsanymore

    notjustbeadsanymore said 10 years ago

    This article gives me hope that my sales will increase sometime this year.

  • sashawhite

    sashawhite said 10 years ago

    wow so encouraging! Your story is one to be admired. Keep going strong - I endeavour to do the same!

  • Cupcakecardcompany

    Cupcakecardcompany said 10 years ago

    Congrats! I've been waiting on your article ever since I got my package from you :) I love the part where you say getting laid off was a blessing in disguise because that's why I turned to Etsy, although I have to say I haven't been as driven as you and I'm really regretting that as time goes on. Even though I don't get many sales, I think I need to put myself on a schedule as you have done. And when you said your favorite words on your blackberry are "Etsy transaction", I don't get many of those, but boy oh boy do I love to see that too lol. For anyone reading this, if you don't already have something Laura makes, you will love her items. I have a bag and a needle rollup and I absolutely love them and use them everyday. I wish you much continued success!

  • millstones

    millstones said 10 years ago

    Great pics of your office. You are well organized and that is a large part of your productivity and success. As for me, I've said it before and I'll say it again, "I gotta get organized."

  • marypearlsvintage

    marypearlsvintage said 10 years ago

    SO inspiring! I really appreciate the passion you have for your work. Best of luck to you.

  • redenjewelry

    redenjewelry said 10 years ago

    What a great story! Congrats!!! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • candlelynn

    candlelynn said 10 years ago

    That was so inspiring! Thank you for your story and the wonderful advice! I need to be as organized as your space is!! Congrats!

  • ArtTribe

    ArtTribe said 10 years ago

    Keep on keeping on......your daughter will absorb all the colors and design you work with and who knows maybe someday it will be ma & dau biz.........

  • BatBoSockieFactory

    BatBoSockieFactory said 10 years ago

    Your office is very nice and tidy - very organised! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • 13bees

    13bees said 10 years ago

    lovely profile! thank you for sharing.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 10 years ago

    Laura, I have to say you're an inspiration. I'm working on my niche, but you have given me motivation to keep up the work. Good luck on this years goals and keep up the wonderful crafting!

  • Luxtasy

    Luxtasy said 10 years ago

    Thank You so much for the advice it was very insperational.

  • PhotoAccentsbySL

    PhotoAccentsbySL said 10 years ago

    I loved reading your success story. Some very helpful tips! Thanks!!!

  • anemonecomms

    anemonecomms said 10 years ago

    you're living my dream! thanks for the inspiration!

  • jewelryoflav

    jewelryoflav said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. It's encouraging to read about success story for a newbie on etsy like me :)

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    Love it!

  • ialbert

    ialbert said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring to read your article

  • mytaylormade

    mytaylormade said 10 years ago

    Thaks for the inspiration!!!

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! It is great and inspiring. Love your bags as well. :)

  • sprigbystacy

    sprigbystacy said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed your article. I found it very inspirational. I am so glad you were interviewed.

  • RockArtiste

    RockArtiste said 10 years ago

    I LOVE to hear how other people do it! You have a great work space. What a great story!

  • SmallJoysStudio

    SmallJoysStudio said 10 years ago

    I am so impressed. Staying home with a small child and be able to work! Good for you.

  • Butterflycreationsca

    Butterflycreationsca said 10 years ago

    I am so happy you told your story i am new to the site and the info really help thank you, good for you staying at home and taking care of your baby.

  • UnikApparel

    UnikApparel said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Just the push I needed it today! :)

  • upbypaleena

    upbypaleena said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I too am a mom of a little girl who is now 4 years old, I love being able to be with her more, but understand that darn off button...where is it again??

  • TreasuredJewels4You

    TreasuredJewels4You said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. A dear friend introduced me to the world of beads and I fell in love with my new hobby and since opened a shop on Etsy in december 09, it has been a great adventure and I hope I can be as succesful as you! Congratulation!

  • MelanieMorales

    MelanieMorales said 10 years ago

    Congrats to your success! Great article = )

  • xmoonbloom

    xmoonbloom said 10 years ago

    Congrats, you deserve the recognition! :)

  • Finntage

    Finntage said 10 years ago

    That was the story I needed. Thanks!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    this was a good read! Its great to see someone realizig their dream and happy! Good luck and hope u make that trip!

  • onelittlebirdstudio

    onelittlebirdstudio said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story Laura... it's so close to my heart! My shop has only been open a few days and already I'm fretting that I have no sales, but I will have to be patient I guess! Continued success to you!

  • tigesandweince

    tigesandweince said 10 years ago

    Congratulations that was very inspiring. I am in the same boat as you, being at home with a ittle one but I clearly haven't got my shiz together like you. All the best with your goals in the future. Kylie

  • Julieriis

    Julieriis said 10 years ago

    Thanks for letting us know what can be done with a bit of determination! I made my first two sales this weekend so, here goes....

  • Malaikawear

    Malaikawear said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much, I wish one day I can do the same :)

  • CindysCreativejewels

    CindysCreativejewels said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all your insights and tips. Congratulations on your success. I checked out your shop and was very impressed. Good luck in 2010 reaching your goals, which I don't think you'll have any problems, you seem to have everything under control. Truly inspiring story.

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 10 years ago

    Congratulations~ I love reading the "Quit Your Day Job" articles

  • PatsyDesigns

    PatsyDesigns said 10 years ago

    You go girl!! Thanks for sharing your story and ideas!

  • DecorNoir

    DecorNoir said 10 years ago

    Congrats on the success and the feature! I do love seeing your bags in the local yarn shop!

  • VioletaVintage

    VioletaVintage said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story- a great inspiration! I'm a full time mother (to a 2 year old) and try and juggle him with working full time from home too! It's good to hear about your great success.

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 10 years ago

    I am so glad to hear that I'm not the only one with a neglected blog.You shop is cute.Hopefully I will be able to quit my day job one day.

  • africansand

    africansand said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the information. Your story sounds similar to mine. Thanks again.

  • royroadfishcompany

    royroadfishcompany said 10 years ago

    The more I read the more I learn... Thanks for your time in putting this together..

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, I love to read quit your day job stories for that needed inspiration!

  • lighttotheworld

    lighttotheworld said 10 years ago

    I am having a baby girl in 3 months and I would absolutely love the chance to stay home with her! Thank you for the tips!:)

  • LasCrucesPottery

    LasCrucesPottery said 10 years ago

    I too am trying to stay home with my bundle of joy! Just the inspiration I needed to perservere! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • Shellbling

    Shellbling said 10 years ago

    I started my shell jewelry business last Aug. 2009 and stumble on Etsy. I am a new seller here at Etsy and so far I love how it works. I am now going to figure out how I can be more active in the community. I enjoy reading other seller's success stories. Your story inspired me so much to persevere. I will soon be a mom in Aug. and staying at home and doing my own business will be hard but I know it will be very rewarding. I hope I will be as successful as you. Thanks for the tips!

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 10 years ago

    You seem to fit a lot into one day and I can hear the joy of loving your craft in your story. Congrats to you for your success.

  • blancaapodaca

    blancaapodaca said 10 years ago

    Laura, Thank you so much for sharing your story. I just started posting my dolls on Etsy this week and your story has really fired me up to keep on sewing and keep on going!

  • TrendyTykesBowtique

    TrendyTykesBowtique said 10 years ago

    I loved reading this!! :) Your days sound similar to mine - love that other moms out there feel the need for ninja abilities too. I stay home with my daughter and have a little man on the way. I recently had my position eliminated where I worked from home (a blessing, yes) - so I began really throwing myself into my business that before, was a thing I did when I had time. I'm loving Etsy and the fellow sellers and buyers - thanks for sharing your story with us!! :)

  • peacebird

    peacebird said 10 years ago

    I agree about not having sales all the time. I know it's tempting because we all love a good deal! Consumers have been conditioned to this line of being baited with sales like a carrot in front of the horse's nose by big box stores that can afford to take less of an obscene profit! If you price your work fairly to begin with by recouping the cost of supplies and paying yourself a fair wage for your time and skills, there should be no need for sales unless you want to lose money. Independent artists shouldn't be trying to compete with big box stores. Isn't that the point of handmade? That's just how I see it.

  • jewelsforhope

    jewelsforhope said 10 years ago

    Great story.

  • TarynPeine

    TarynPeine said 10 years ago

    Loved this interview! You have a great sense of humor - and it was very enlightening for those of us still flailing about out here, trying to figure out how to make our shops a success!

  • thesequinnedsheep

    thesequinnedsheep said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiring story, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sits watching TV with husband in the evening while busy making things! You've really made me feel like I can succeed, thanks so much!

  • bgstyle

    bgstyle said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. it's hopeful ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨) (¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ (¸.·´ (¸.·´♥

  • charisg08

    charisg08 said 10 years ago

    That is so awesome that you are able to stay home with your little girl, and it's wonderful to hear your success story! Good luck with your future goals.

  • michsouth

    michsouth said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your success story! I'm fairly new to etsy - just set up shop in August last year and my sales have been slow. Reading your story has, reassured me that slow sales doesn't mean I'm doing anything wrong and inspired me to persevere in my knitting conquests as things will happen gradually, in time.

  • BlueSkyLane

    BlueSkyLane said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this interview; so inspiring but also with helpful ideas!

  • litapsilverj

    litapsilverj said 10 years ago

    Great story Laura! Congratulations on your success.

  • thyme2sew

    thyme2sew said 10 years ago

    Great article. Thank you for taking time out from your busy schedule to tell us all about your sucess, which has served to inspire me. I love your "markers" for knitting patterns and must get some for my church knit group. We call ourselves the "Chicks with Sticks."

  • MelissaCaronJeweller

    MelissaCaronJeweller said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring article! I understand "living and breathing" my craft...and the joys of raising my daughter! It gets easier once kindergarten rolls around! All the best to you! Melissa

  • MrsTalbott

    MrsTalbott said 10 years ago

    you have a lot of very cool stuff on your site - great story too! Congratulations on your shop!

  • modernbazaar

    modernbazaar said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I think there are a lot of us out there that would like to quit our day job and run an Etsy store full-time... ah wouldn't it be nice. :) Best of luck and I hope your great success continues!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    great story, thanku! i like the part about the 'hidden' communities. thanks too for some sound advice :)

  • Pavalu

    Pavalu said 10 years ago

    Love your story, very inspiring!

  • Pavalu

    Pavalu said 10 years ago

    Love your story, very inspiring!

  • SepiaSmiles

    SepiaSmiles said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed this, what a hardworking lady and with a baby too! Congratulations on your success. It helps us all to keep on trying :))

  • AglaiaDesigns

    AglaiaDesigns said 10 years ago

    As a Mommy/Business Woman myself I appreciate your humor and ancouragement. As we speak I have my 3 year old on my lap. You are an inspiration, may the New Year bring you continued success!

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve said 10 years ago

    very inspiring story,thanks for sharing :)

  • creationsbyeve

    creationsbyeve said 10 years ago

    very inspiring story!Thanks for sharing :)

  • JansCraftShop

    JansCraftShop said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. I am very new to Etsy, am not a seller yet but thinking about it. I have a few items made and ready to go but am nervous about it. Your story gives me hope. Thank you

  • valburgesscollage

    valburgesscollage said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the insight. I am new to Etsy. It is informative to me to read what others have done. I like you, find that I am establishing a daily business routine. This includes far more computer time than I am used to. It is amazing me the degree of social networking going on. I think your craft show suggestions are good. I haven't left my part time job. Etsy was a way to begin to sell without amassing a large inventory nor investing in a booth set up. It has focused my energy, direction and drive. Thanks for sharing. Val

  • blossomscottage

    blossomscottage said 10 years ago

    Just listed my stuffs 2 days ago. After learning your story, it was very inspiring. Now, at least I know a few tricks that I can learn from you to start my sale!! Thanks. Like you said , there is no OFF SWITCH! once started just can't stop.....kind like and addiction....:O)

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 10 years ago

    Good for you, it puts a smile on my face!

  • mitzimakes

    mitzimakes said 10 years ago

    I'm sure you've heard it before, though I can't help but say it - how inspiring!! What a great article to read!! :)

  • frenchiesfinds

    frenchiesfinds said 10 years ago

    Thanks for all your tips and inspiration! Love your work!

  • OliveandFern

    OliveandFern said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Great insight.

  • thepresentplace

    thepresentplace said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, so many of your comments rang true for me too...I love your term ninja accuracy, might pinch that one.... I too find I am working so hard, but with little sales it is getting hard to justify, I hope you go form strength to strength, enjoy your family!!!

  • loulaladesigns

    loulaladesigns said 10 years ago

    My thanks, too, for sharing these inspiring thoughts.

  • KhoKreative

    KhoKreative said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring, especially since I plan to work from home w/ a little one soon too! There's hope that it can be done! :)

  • sweetmixcreations

    sweetmixcreations said 10 years ago

    It's so nice to be reminded that I'm not the only one having to apply ninja managment skills to running my etsy shop, taking care of the kids and having to cook dinner too! Well done on your success! Brilliant for only a year!

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story. Thanks for sharing!! So motivating!

  • ThankYouDonnie

    ThankYouDonnie said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring story! I love your line about "no off switch if this is the right career choice", I printed it out to give myself motivation! Thank you!

  • drowse

    drowse said 10 years ago

    This is tremendously helpful--it's really nice to read about what worked for you when you were just starting out. I'm also amused and enthused by the "Bag of the Month Club" idea--very innovative. I saw a "Marshmallow of the Month Club" earlier today. Sign me up! Forever! I'm infatuated with that Alice In Wonderland fabric.

  • cutelittlething

    cutelittlething said 10 years ago

    I love fiber too! see you at the sheep and wool festivals!

  • MooBeeTees

    MooBeeTees said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  • zadoodle

    zadoodle said 10 years ago

    Why is it that I can relate to every single story I read on Etsy? I'm a SAH mom in So Cal too! Keep up the hard work, I'm rooting for you!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! I wish you continued success!

  • craftygeorgiagirl

    craftygeorgiagirl said 10 years ago

    Thanks, you inspired me to work harder! Luv the Save a Horse bag, OMG

  • NouveauNiche

    NouveauNiche said 10 years ago

    I just started listing my work, and your story was inspiring. I love your fabric prints!

  • katoo

    katoo said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for your story, it made me motivated again as a mother who works with fiber and struggles to find time for work, but there are many people like us and so nice to hear their success stories !!

  • CreatiKnit

    CreatiKnit said 10 years ago

    Great inspiration! Thank you for taking the time to tell us your story! :)

  • HausProud

    HausProud said 10 years ago

    Great article. I SO relate to being a WAHM (with another one on the way!) and living in So Cal (way overpriced homes!). Sitting on the sofa watching TV and finishing up shipping and replying to convos is our nightly routine too. Thank you for sharing. It is wonderful to know that other people out there are going through similar things. Now off to check out your shop!

  • hippielu

    hippielu said 10 years ago

    As a mom of two boys under two years old I know how hard it can be to find time to work and craft, but you have shown us all that it can be done successfully! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • simoneelumdesigns

    simoneelumdesigns said 10 years ago

    thanks so much! Perseverance and knowing that we are working towards a goal and doing something we love is rewarding...

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is inspiring and helpful to learn how others are making their handwork/craft business full-time. Warm wishes, Tonya

  • KayLynnStudio

    KayLynnStudio said 10 years ago

    What a wonderfully insightful story. Thank you so much for sharing it! I am feeling very encouraged at this point to keep going forward, only looking back to check my progress, no regrets! IT is a lot of work but so worth it! Keep at those goals, you WILL achieve them.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration, being a stay-at-home-mom myself its exactally what I needed to hear. Best Wishes!!!

  • mischyfpaws

    mischyfpaws said 10 years ago

    I love this story. I use to live in Irvine a stones throw to Laguna. I miss the type of artist in that area down there but up here in portland we have a whole different type of artist. Both are wonderful. =) I hope I can get my shop to the same point this year. Lots and lots of work. =)

  • raghousenternational

    raghousenternational said 10 years ago

    Awesome article! I have heard about Ravelry and have been to the site a few times! Thanks! Ren

  • anaglez

    anaglez said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your experiences. It was a teaching. I wish to continue your success and increase your sales in the future.

  • dznQ

    dznQ said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this article!! Truly inspiring.

  • Cardscorner

    Cardscorner said 10 years ago

    very inspiring. I got laid off several weeks ago, and now have been trying to be an etsy full timer. thank you for sharing your story.

  • brienna

    brienna said 10 years ago

    Love the detailed daily planner; helps us to see how to efficiently break down the day. I think one of the biggest challenges with being creative is finding the time to fit it all in with a balanced life that's just bursting with so many other obligations and passions. But art is a necessity.

  • Lipeony

    Lipeony said 10 years ago

    Just got back from the virtual labs and it was so enlightening and awesome to hear and read of your super success =D

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 said 10 years ago

    another great story!

  • Jewels7arts

    Jewels7arts said 10 years ago

    i love these uplifting stories and they fill me with hope that i can be successful too

  • BGBoutique

    BGBoutique said 10 years ago

    Nice story! I purchased your magnetic row markers for our knit shop "Neighborhood Knits" in Michigan, and customers love them. It's nice to put a face with a product! You have inspired me to get my own etsy shop going.

  • sapipa12

    sapipa12 said 10 years ago

    ultra cool. seeing if i can do that myself...

  • DestinysTreasures

    DestinysTreasures said 10 years ago

    Great story:) I would love to make selling on etsy my full time job

  • SewBellaDesignzbyG

    SewBellaDesignzbyG said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring. Beautiful work!

  • PrairieStarJewels

    PrairieStarJewels said 10 years ago

    Loved your story. As a new member and one of the millions of laid off workers, you inspire me!

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 10 years ago

    I love these quit your day job articles. Thank you for the details.

  • RachelDeanArt

    RachelDeanArt said 10 years ago

    Great story. I really like these articles.

  • bethany18

    bethany18 said 10 years ago

    I'm signing up for Ravelry and I'm very excited! This is gonna help me out a lot I think!

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 9 years ago

    As a fellow knitter with a shop, I'm very excited for you! I'm currently looking for a job and planning a move across the country. Since I don't have a job lined up, I wonder if I should just stop spending my time looking and applying and start putting it into more inventory. It's so hard to know! Maybe this is life telling me to just do it...

  • chillien

    chillien said 9 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring success story!"Quilt your day job" is a genius title. My mother passed the sewing gift to me at a young age but I am ashamed to say that I am just now trying to make use of it. Your article was very encouraging.

  • WitchsCrafts

    WitchsCrafts said 9 years ago

    Thank you so much for your guidance and inspiration!! Blessings!

  • kirkskorner

    kirkskorner said 9 years ago

    I am encouraged and thank you.

  • kirkskorner

    kirkskorner said 9 years ago

    Thanks for such a great story.

  • charliemai

    charliemai said 9 years ago

    great story thanks for sharing

  • mooreimpressions

    mooreimpressions said 8 years ago

    Loved reading your story! I hope my shop is as successful as yours!

  • charmingliltrinkets

    Krissy S. from charmingliltrinkets said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article, this had a ton of inspiring words for me. I'm thrilled to read of your success, especially as a lover of yarn and knitting myself =)

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  • mslaceyrose

    mslaceyrose said 3 years ago

    What a wonderful story. And here you are, years later, going strong and still growing! Congrats on your move to a bigger, better studio space. So glad your hard work has paid off for you!

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