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Quit Your Day Job: spacedogstudios

Mar 16, 2009

by Mary Andrews

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Sarah of spacedogstudios was able to quit her day job as a floral designer in order to make a go at selling her handmade journals full time on Etsy.  She’s learned the importance of treating working for herself like a serious business with boundaries. She swears by wearing comfortable pants to make it through the day (a girl after my own heart)!  Today Sarah shares great tips from her own success — some with a proven track record, and a few that are a little unconventional. You’ll just have to keep reading to find out her recipe for a successful shop!

If you’d like to ask Sarah questions of your own or listen in on her advice in real time, we invite you to join us in a follow-up Question and Answer session this Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 2:30pm EDT in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time).

How did you first get into the business of making things?

I made drawings of endangered animals in high school. I made prints in college. I made things for a few shows here and there… Really just a lot of making things for any reason under the sun, like to get good grades, to have a Lego castle for my Lego horses, or just to, uh, I don’t know, make something. I’ve always been making, but not always business-ing.

So I suppose the real answer to this question is “When I took that job as a floral designer.” Suddenly it became my job to make things people wanted to buy. So I had to figure out how to do that, and slowly I started to realize something kind of amazing — I was making things, and people were buying them. Weird, huh? And you know what? I did pretty well at it; it built my confidence and got my brain moving and thinking about other things I could make (besides Art with the capital A), and somehow sell. And magically at this exact time I heard about a site called Etsy that was just starting up. Weird, huh?

When you first started selling on Etsy did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job? How long were you selling before you deciding to take the plunge?

My first Etsy listing was in February of ’06 — it’s true, I looked it up. And of course I had those dreams. I don’t think anybody goes to college for art without having those dreams, no matter how vague, impractical, or undirected. At least I didn’t, and even in my other jobs as a framer, file clerk, teacher-of-art to preschoolers, or floral designer I always had that dream there with me: that burning fire/panic that your chance at life is passing you by. You just might not now how to get it out. (I still might not know entirely.) However, I do know that when I listed a pack of cards and a bracelet back then, I had no idea what I was doing, where I was going, what I wanted to be making, how I’d make it, who would buy, what I should charge for it… but I knew I was making a step.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

I built my business. I tried new products, expanded on the ideas of old ones, and found a place where I could focus on doing what I do (making books) and still distinguish myself. I tried my hand at a few craft fairs last year, and though I’m horribly shy and nervous, I’ve found it to be a good way to get my work out there, and something I could do to grow my business more. Other than that, I got a vendor’s license and sat down with a tax professional. I found an accountant who specializes in micro-businesses and she set me straight with some Excel spreadsheets, good advice, and even did my taxes for me. Also, my husband and I keep a good budget. We know our expenses are covered, and my business is supporting itself. I think it’s important to be at that point.

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

The most effective thing I do to promote my store is to make more work and post it. I try to do that every day, which means I might post new items every other day. But usually if I post something, I sell something. The other good tips are weirder, and I don’t know if I can prove them. (Actually, this could be horrible advice so proceed with caution!) I like to have 100 items. I could be OCD, but I swear I have my best sales when I’m up around 100 items. Perhaps it’s having a larger selection, or just a larger chance that someone will type “your tags” into the search bar. I don’t know, but it works. Another thing I do when sales are slow is I go out and buy something from another Etsy seller. I pick up some supplies or splurge on an oh-so-perfect pair of armwarmers. It sounds so counterintuitive to spend money and not make it, but it always works. I wouldn’t say that I necessarily believe in Karma, or the idea of the universe rewarding you…but then again, that’s what I’m saying, isn’t it? Other than that, I would say some helpful things have been to throw some pictures of my process up on flickr (Editorial note: Make sure to read flickr’s Terms of Use!), join in a sale with one of the Teams, or to participate in giveaways sponsored by Etsy bloggers.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

There’s a lot of advice out there about social networking on the internet, posting in forums, posting on blogs, having a blog, keeping up a flickr site, having stuff on Myspace or Facebook, and all of that. But all of that requires a fantastic amount of maintenance. I started all of these things in an effort to drum up business, but I only ended up making myself so busy that I didn’t have time to make things. (See my number one best promotion above.) Or I ended up just sort of spacing out and mindlessly clicking around from link to link feeling bad that I wasn’t sewing up adorable cats, living an exciting life, baking cookies, or building a sweet shoe rack.

Would you walk us through what a typical work day might entail being your own boss?

  • I get up — getting out of bed is key — and check in with Etsy and my e-mail just to see if anything amazing happened overnight.
  • Then I throw on some clothes, walk the dog, do yesterday’s dishes, swap out laundry, brush my teeth, make coffee and a banana smoothie, take out the trash…and hopefully make it into my studio by 9:30. Okay, so it’s usually 10, but I try.
  • I post new listings first thing. Usually it’s whatever I made yesterday; some days I’m lucky and I get to just renew something. I do this first, along with any budget entries, because both of these are my least favorite parts of the “job.” I know if I put them off they’ll never get done.
  •  After that I get down to making things. I have a range of products I carry so I usually just make whatever product is selling, sold out, or overflowing its bin.
  • I work on that until noon, and then take the dog out, check my real mail, and come back in and work. And that’s pretty much what I do. Work.
  • I work until like 4 or 5, then I stop, pack up orders and go play DDR. (I feel like this is an embarrassing admission, but I LOVE it! I play on the expert-heavy-extreme mode.)

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

I really like the company at work, hearing about everyone’s life story, watching the dramas unfold, having people to chat with. Because being a floral designer is creative, it was a good challenge for me to work faster, better, harder. It was a good exercise for my “eye,” to play with color, texture, balance and all that. There’s that instant feedback from customers and co-workers — it’s kind of nice to hear that someone likes your work.

What I like most about being my own boss is being free to plan my own days: to hole up in my studio and just follow my own track, lay my own plans, and see what happens. It’s great to know that everything you accomplish is yours. And it’s even nice to know that everything you can’t accomplish is just your own personal limitation. I like not having to having to take a shower until later in the day, and I love wearing comfortable pants. The comfortable pants are definitely one of the best parts.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?

If I could go back in time, I would have started off not taking phone calls during my workday. And I would have treated my workday as a workday from the beginning: 9-5 in the studio, no laundry to grocery shopping, no taking phone calls just to chitchat, or to see if I want to go shopping. It sounds horribly strict, but I wish I’d set up those boundaries earlier because it’s hard to break habits. And it’s hard to just start ignoring your phone when people know they can call and that you usually answer.

My advice to people thinking about taking the plunge? Take a calculated risk. If you need the income, find ways to work in your spare time — cut down on your hours, wean yourself off of financial dependence on your job. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, at least at first.

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

First I want to make more sales than last year. This is the overall goal every year. On a smaller level, I’m planning on attending more craft fairs to grow my business in a personal kind of face-to-face way. At the same time, I’d like to get back to making some artwork. I’m taking a few graphic design classes to brush up on my computer skills. (Okay, who am I kidding? I’m developing some computer skills.) So I’d like to make some digital prints and work on designing the insides of some books. I’d like to move forward on the fine art front a little bit more.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I just want to, again, thank Etsy and the wonderful community here. You guys rock!

Please join Sarah for her follow-up Question and Answer session this Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 2:30pm EST in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time). See you there!

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

141 comments

  • lapaperie

    lapaperie said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your lovely feature! :) Your books are wonderful. I especially love your your bookmark books! Great idea!

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 10 years ago

    love your things very much! what a lovely article! and lovely pics! they are so important!

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 10 years ago

    some great advice here...THANKYOU!

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 10 years ago

    ...now off to your shop!

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 10 years ago

    (i mean, i'm off to your shop to browse!) :)

  • ArtBalance

    ArtBalance said 10 years ago

    Ahhh! This is a heart-warming article- so good to read, so good to see an artist making beautiful things, full-time! I love the work...very pretty. Yay for the creative life!

  • gloilocksandbody

    gloilocksandbody said 10 years ago

    Awesome story, loove reading these :D

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    i look forward to the day when i don't have to wear 'slacks' to work, haha. great article!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 10 years ago

    Wonderful read, I always love these. I feel that fire/panic too! I hear you! ;D

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Awesome! CongratS!

  • kristensteinfineart

    kristensteinfineart said 10 years ago

    Wonderful feature and a great workspace!

  • ewenmeprintables

    ewenmeprintables said 10 years ago

    Great story! Gorgeous books!!

  • journeyoflovedesigns

    journeyoflovedesigns said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! interesting tips too!

  • jewelalchemy

    jewelalchemy said 10 years ago

    looooove quit your day job, congratulations!!!

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 10 years ago

    Hey you, I know you! :-) How great to see you here. Congrats on this well-deserved feature and wishing you much continued success in your shop. xo!

  • edithweezie

    edithweezie said 10 years ago

    Word to the fire/panic and the OCD- congrats, love your journals!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    What a great article!!! Love the recycled pages journal!!!!

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights said 10 years ago

    Congrats! This is wonderful. There sure are a lot of us in Columbus who are able to this full time!!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    great work... i love her packaging too!

  • sushipot

    sushipot said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story Sarah! Totally agree on the pants thing and the 100 items rule!! Keep up the great work :)

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 10 years ago

    Thanks for a great story. This series is a much needed reminder to me that all things are possible with good planning, hard work, and a little inspiration! :)

  • amyd

    amyd said 10 years ago

    i love spacedog studios! everything she makes is such a high quality. AND she's super nice! congratulations on your spotlight!!!

  • RetroAnimals

    RetroAnimals said 10 years ago

    Awesome article, very inspirational for those who are looking to "take the plunge" down the road! Great work!

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 10 years ago

    Great work. I just bought a note notebook -Much Mustache. Will give it to my husband. He doesn't have a mustache but I thought it was so cute and fun.

  • deby0

    deby0 said 10 years ago

    So nice to see you! I have 2 of your journals and I love them!

  • grigiodesign

    grigiodesign said 10 years ago

    great article...off to your shop!

  • marymoondesigns

    marymoondesigns said 10 years ago

    I Love handmade books,journals and cards. Pretty much anything made with paper. Thanks for sharing :0)

  • proletariatbags

    proletariatbags said 10 years ago

    great advice! Thank you for sharing your expertise!

  • elodee

    elodee said 10 years ago

    lol @ what she said about the blogs. I absolutely love your work, and I believe you made very valid points...very valid. Keep doing what you're doing! It's working

  • Papatya

    Papatya said 10 years ago

    TRULY inspirational, and lovely work! You give me hope.... Papatya

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Love it!! Congrats, Sarah!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 10 years ago

    Awesome article. Thank you :)

  • moondoongirl

    moondoongirl said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing... Helps to get me motivated!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 10 years ago

    great article:) thank you!!

  • abimarsh

    abimarsh said 10 years ago

    wow...great advice. Thankyou. It is so true that you have to be harsh o yourself but to hear that coming from someone who has made it work...i am definitely gonna give it a go...cheers!!

  • hilariagalleries

    hilariagalleries said 10 years ago

    I'm so laughing about the blog/social networking comment. I've been working my butt off and it seems I'm only spreading myself thinner--sadly neglecting the art I was trying to sell in the first place! Congrats on the great article. It's reading things like that that keeps me going...

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper said 10 years ago

    Great article! I love reading about someone local who is enjoying their Etsy success. Congrats!

  • MinaLucia

    MinaLucia said 10 years ago

    I love the 100 idea. It is a great goal! OCD maybe (me too and that means a lot of work must be completed but hey whatever works for you! Thanks for your honesty and great work!

  • ArtfulDogger

    ArtfulDogger said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Love your advice about setting studio boundaries. Bad habits eat up so much time. Thank you for all your great advice!

  • Archivia

    Archivia said 10 years ago

    This is so inspiring. I absolutely love your work.

  • PixieSoap

    PixieSoap said 10 years ago

    I love books and paper here on Etsy! Great story and a fabulous store! Best of luck!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Best wishes.

  • squareware

    squareware said 10 years ago

    Your advice about social networking was good - I'm finding I'm getting sucked into the void of it all and need to set limits, but it is so hard! What does DDR stand for?

  • TheInvitation

    TheInvitation said 10 years ago

    Great advice! I love your honesty. A true gem!

  • JenniferRydinDesigns

    JenniferRydinDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • SilverMoonArt

    SilverMoonArt said 10 years ago

    Sarah, I love your bookmark books, what a great idea! I agree about the web networking issue, no time left to make things. Thanks for sharing!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 10 years ago

    Beautiful products, thanks so much for sharing!

  • minihorse

    minihorse said 10 years ago

    DDR is the best! i think it's a great way to loosen up after a long day of sitting and crafting.

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Lovely piece, Sarah. Continued success to you.

  • Shandells

    Shandells said 10 years ago

    fabulous to see your work studio, beautiful journal. Congrats to you. Best wishes

  • CustomKids

    CustomKids said 10 years ago

    Great advice!

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl said 10 years ago

    every "quit your day job" article gets me excited to stay focused and motivated, thanks!

  • buffalump

    buffalump said 10 years ago

    Great tips, Sarah. I too, like a few above, love seeing other people's work places. Congrats!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 10 years ago

    I like Sarah's 'other good tips'! - I reckon she is not alone..(I do it too!) and making a schedule and being strict is spot on (at least for me too!) Great story, thank you for bringing it here!! love the Willow book and the bookmarks - they are super duper!! and the flash book!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you!

  • Beadelicious123

    Beadelicious123 said 10 years ago

    The article was wonderful. Thanks for the great information.

  • SleepDreamPlay

    SleepDreamPlay said 10 years ago

    I'm getting myself some "comfy pants"

  • Spazzy

    Spazzy said 10 years ago

    Oh I love spacedogstudios!! I received a package from her today!

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 10 years ago

    I agree with the comfy pants... I think you have excellent tips!

  • artbymsr

    artbymsr said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! I totally agree that social networking just takes so much time away from creating! There's gotta be a balance! Good luck with your wonderful shop-luv your stuff!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Love it!

  • AdornmentsbyKarla

    AdornmentsbyKarla said 10 years ago

    I love this seller! Her products are unique and charming and inspiring and eco-friendly. She is also a proud member of Etsy team Columbus. We are lucky to have her!

  • CJJewellery

    CJJewellery said 10 years ago

    I have only just opened my etsy shop and this article is quite inspirational. Especially the bit about comfy pants. I want to give up work now!!

  • MadisonReeceDesigns

    MadisonReeceDesigns said 10 years ago

    I completely agree with the social networking thing. I have no luck with it, I also find myself clicking on other things and before you know it you have waisted lot's of time. Best of luck to you!

  • GarageInc

    GarageInc said 10 years ago

    Cool studio

  • MollyStuff

    MollyStuff said 10 years ago

    Love it, gonna peruse your shop! Go ETC!

  • MoniquesBoutique

    MoniquesBoutique said 10 years ago

    Hello from a fellow Columbus dweller! Great article :)

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  • countesscocofang

    countesscocofang said 10 years ago

    Wow, i hope i can get to that stage someday, i hate the 9-5 daily slug! Congratulations on the article and good on you for doing something you love full time! :)

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 10 years ago

    Great tips, I will be sure to put them to good use. love your shop, off to visit again.

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 10 years ago

    Inspiring! Love your with papers. Love the recycled pages journal, it's so pretty.

  • polkadotsoup

    polkadotsoup said 10 years ago

    Great article - I really enjoyed the tips! Congrats on your flourishing shop... you have some super adorable products - I especially love the recycled journals :)

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...I'm sure the good karma buying is a big boost to sales.

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby said 10 years ago

    Congrats-thanks for sharing! Happy to see another Ohioan :D I've seen your stuff in person and it's fun!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    what a great story...thanks 4 sharing...& such fun journals...

  • Monsterosity

    Monsterosity said 10 years ago

    Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing...keep up the good work!

  • EternalLegacy

    EternalLegacy said 10 years ago

    Very encouraging, thank you!

  • CoolBeans2

    CoolBeans2 said 10 years ago

    that was so interesting and helpful. thank you so much for sharing it with us. best wishes.

  • ambette

    ambette said 10 years ago

    I love all these "quit your day job" articles! I read them and then spend ages daydreaming about the day when I will be able to do the same. I have to start working on my etsy shop... Thanks for another inspiring article to keep me daydreaming!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Really, really beautiful work and great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 10 years ago

    Exquisite work, wonderful story! Wishing you continued success!

  • Signs

    Signs said 10 years ago

    :D

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 10 years ago

    Awsome, I love the honnest admissions. Anyone who is trying to achieve a goal or a dream definatly needs to make the necessary sacrifices. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us :) And thanks to etsy for facilitating al of these wonderful stories.

  • BirdTrouble

    BirdTrouble said 10 years ago

    Maybe I should buy one of your books and cross my fingers for karma! haha Great advice. I loved your story!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    yay!! good for you! i love the pic of you working at your desk, you look so organized :)

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 10 years ago

    Great article! Yay bookmakers!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    nice works ^^

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing and best wishes for continued success!

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 10 years ago

    I would love to give up my day job too...

  • MsKittysCloset

    MsKittysCloset said 10 years ago

    Its very inspiring to hear stories like this one. I hope to one day quit my day job and be a full time fashion designer. Good luck in your future endeavors.

  • Danikamon

    Danikamon said 10 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring article !

  • MollieInk

    MollieInk said 10 years ago

    I love reading these stories. They inspire me. I did take away some information that is very helpful to me...since I am working a full time job and trying to grow my business. Thanks!!

  • wuglyees

    wuglyees said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful thing to do, share with others who are trying to get inspiration for their businesses! And, being a poet myself, I really appreciate your product! May I suggest you come up with some kind of book for knitters and crocheters to count and mark off rows as they're working on a project. Something that can easily stand by itself, or hang around your neck, etc....If I knew exactly what, I'd have created it myself! (Smile) But it is something I find myself looking for in book stores. Just a selfish suggestion! At any rate, GOOD JOB!

  • berrymorin

    berrymorin said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this article. One must remember that even when you work from home it's still a business.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 10 years ago

    This is a great story, heartwarming, funny, and inspiring! Best of luck for your continued success, thanks for sharing!

  • EfiaFair

    EfiaFair said 10 years ago

    Great read! Inspiring and there are some great tips here!!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article. Sarah is just the kind of humble and sweet talent that makes Etsy my favorite place on the internet.

  • baublesandbeads

    baublesandbeads said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Your work is great. Thanks for the inspiring article.

  • antsypantskreations

    antsypantskreations said 10 years ago

    good advice...I am new at this online store but determined to make it work for me also....thanks.

  • Mikono

    Mikono said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story :) I couldn't agree with this statement more - "However, I do know that when I listed a pack of cards and a bracelet back then, I had no idea what I was doing, where I was going, what I wanted to be making, how I'd make it, who would buy, what I should charge for it... but I knew I was making a step."

  • luckykat

    luckykat said 10 years ago

    Congrats on the article! We loved having you as a vendor at Craftin' Outlaws last year :)

  • ShesFancy

    ShesFancy said 10 years ago

    Great, straightforward business advice. I like her simple-yet-effective approach to time management. I am a fan!

  • misfitchic

    misfitchic said 10 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading this article. Sarah has a fine product and keen eye for design and organization! Keep up the great work, Sarah!

  • PollyPainting

    PollyPainting said 10 years ago

    Lovely article and shop! I agree with the comfortable pants part and add to it comfy shoes.

  • erinehrle

    erinehrle said 10 years ago

    Wow! I'm so happy that I'm not crazy for day dreaming (and writing a plan of action) of/for quitting my day job! Thank you for your wonderful advice! Adore your stuff!

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie said 10 years ago

    wonderful and inspiring story...planning to quit my own day job in about five weeks and these lovely interviews always confirm for me why! Thank you Sarah and Mary!

  • LushPunk

    LushPunk said 10 years ago

    ooooh another person who loves packaging and goes crazy with deco tape. I like it ;D

  • ItsInTheHANDBag

    ItsInTheHANDBag said 10 years ago

    Oh My! You started with ETSY in '06....There's hope for me! Thanks so much for sharing your story

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    great story, congrats on your success. i love your advice, especially the karma part :)

  • faithabra

    faithabra said 10 years ago

    beautiful work! thank you for sharing your story

  • RememberWhenCreation

    RememberWhenCreation said 10 years ago

    Your pieces are awesome! Thanks for sharing your tips and inspiring all of us!

  • cherbie

    cherbie said 10 years ago

    congrats on the feature! love those journals!

  • 8PawsCollars

    8PawsCollars said 10 years ago

    I like the part about being strict. I spend way too much time 'hanging out" with friends because they have the day off... it doesn't mean I should.

  • easelarts

    easelarts said 10 years ago

    I better get cracking to get 100 items. Great advice. I love reading these articles (especially when I'm bored at my day job). Gives me hope.

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article as usual!! Thank you for sharing this insporing story!!

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 10 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I have to say that I too, have found that the social networking piece is time consuming! Hmm... maybe I should scale back...

  • fairchilddesigns

    fairchilddesigns said 10 years ago

    I just love, love, love reading about the success of shops that I admire. Awesome job!

  • LAbyDesign

    LAbyDesign said 10 years ago

    I'm so glad you are making this move in your life and going where to want to go. You inspire me. Oh... and I'll stop calling during the day to go shopping because I know you'll pick up! Thanks Sarah for doing what you do!

  • cardinalhouse

    cardinalhouse said 10 years ago

    I love this series! Great books...I miss sketching. How true about the networking. It's hard enough getting through work, family, chores, listing.......oh my!

  • valeasc

    valeasc said 10 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring! Maybe one day I will get where you are now...Thanks so much!

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 10 years ago

    Great story! Congratulations on your success! I go through the same now, I get stalked in promoting online and dont measure my time to create...I need to get out of this computer, lol :)

  • Shroompiloop

    Shroompiloop said 10 years ago

    Refreshing & inspiring -- thanx for sharing your amazing story with us ;)

  • shelbievaughn

    shelbievaughn said 10 years ago

    I like your advice.....don't waste time on the computer...go to your studio and make stuff!

  • PrairiePeasant

    PrairiePeasant said 10 years ago

    Great feature on a great shop! Congratulations! Thanks for the personal tips too.

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 10 years ago

    Sarah thanks for your story. Your advice is great too! I can relly relate to the part about spending so much time on-line, that there's little/no time to actually MAKE something. I'm there! I guess I'll need to set a timer or something :)

  • akane

    akane said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your success story. It inspires me to make my shop better. I already have a day job I love, but to be able to make something with your hands and get paid for it would be a dream! www.akanedesigns.blogspot.com

  • decors

    decors said 10 years ago

    Love this!

  • KNEADtoPAINT

    KNEADtoPAINT said 10 years ago

    You inspire me to do more!

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 10 years ago

    Great article! I learned so much, thank you!

  • Fantasticfigments

    Fantasticfigments said 10 years ago

    thanks for sharing I love to see people ' living the dream ' :) Smooches Steph

  • bluedonna293

    bluedonna293 said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this. Very inspirational!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your stories... and tips for success! I loved the humor you put into the interview and love your work! Congratulations on the feature and best wishes for continued success. I find these stories so inspiring.

  • lilliebowen

    lilliebowen said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your success story! Your work is amazingly beautiful, so that probably contributed too! :-)

  • scottshandmadecrafts

    scottshandmadecrafts said 10 years ago

    Love your journals. Like the idea of 100 items-going to work on that.

  • museumshop

    museumshop said 10 years ago

    Great to read your success story. Great items. You Go Girl.

  • JuniperJournals

    JuniperJournals said 10 years ago

    I love reading these types of articles. Your story is so inspiring. Best of success to you.

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 10 years ago

    Good article! I hope one day my dream will come true as yours...

  • quillynilly

    quillynilly said 10 years ago

    I love reading these articles, I long for the day I can quit my corporate job and just be creative all day and make enough money at it. Keep up the great work, love your shop.

  • revelry

    revelry said 10 years ago

    Hi Sarah, I had no idea until just now that you had this article! So happy for you. Great meeting you at the Liberty craft show, and hopefully we'll meet again!

  • MoxieLane

    MoxieLane said 10 years ago

    Great article! Very inspiring

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