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Quit Your Day Job: staroftheeast

Mar 22, 2010

by staroftheeast

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Esther and Estella are a mother/daughter team working together to support themselves and their 14 dogs (yes, you heard me right!) through their four combined Etsy shops, staroftheeast, StarBags, GiftsandStars, and StarofSupplies. With backgrounds in civil engineering and interior decorating, this duo ended up selling their house in the Netherlands and moving to Turkey to start fresh with their Etsy ventures. Esther and Estella are now making enough money to fully support themselves and only wish they had a little extra time for a vacation every now and then. In the article below, discover how product photography, finding their niche, and social networking have been the keys to their lasting Etsy success.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
Estella: I always have loved to create things. I was raised as a single child and with a single mum who worked full time, so I found lots of things (mostly creative) to keep me occupied. Beads always intrigued me; I found them too pretty to use, instead I cherished them and simply loved looking at and touching them. The funny thing is, we have been using a lot of those beads I saved from my childhood and also things from mum’s old collection.

Esther: We’ve been “making things” forever — it just wasn’t a “business” at the time.

Tell us about your previous working situation.
Estella: Since I was a teenager I always wanted to be an architect, the drawing and designing involved with it made me think it was my best option. A little later I realized that it had too much math involved for my taste and my interest switched to interior design. This has been my goal for several years, but during my study we discovered the magic of making our own jewelry, and after graduation I never began my work as an interior designer, but instead continued with the jewelry.

Esther: I was a civil engineer until I had an accident that left me incapacitated to do my job. At that point, we sold our house in the Netherlands and with that money we moved to Turkey to start anew. For years we had no job, now Etsy is our only income.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
Estella: A few months after we started making jewelry we started to think about making it our work. It was a wonderful discovery that we are such a great team while creating — and we wanted to continue it in a professional way. After quite some struggles for several years with brick and mortar shops, fairs and more, we found Etsy in July 2007. Long live the Internet!

Esther: Yes, ours was not exactly quitting our day job, it was creating a full-time job and income when being without one.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Estella: We didn’t prepare, and we actually were spending way too much money on supplies and our business without actually earning money. At a point I was quite scared, money was running low and sales were not coming. In the autumn of 2007 we decided to start a supply shop, starofsupplies, on Etsy to at least sell the supplies we had bought too much of. The supply shop became a nice income (just when we reached the bottom of our savings). A few months after that I decided to do a big shop makeover and changed ALL of the pictures of our jewelry items. At the same time, we found our niche, working with our beach finds, especially sea urchins, and suddenly we started to sell on a daily basis (which was until then only a dream). The combination of good pictures and a unique product yielded good results.

Esther: I think the fact that we had hit bottom financially was the best motivation of all — we HAD to make it work, then and there.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business?
Estella: I think our most effective way has been taking very good care of our shop. That means, even when sales are good, checking and double checking the listed items, redoing pictures if they are not good enough, and constantly reevaluating everything. Only a few months ago (after selling more than 2 years on Etsy) I changed the pictures of more than 100 items as they were just not looking good enough — it is a hell of a job but it does do magic. I constantly try new ways to get better pictures and still see much room for improvement. A good looking shop is more likely to be featured in Treasuries, blogs, magazines and more.

To be seen on Etsy it is important to list and renew often on a daily basis. Treasuries and our Street Teams, the European Street Team and the Artisans Gallery Team, are a great way to make friends in this active society as we all support each other. With a team you are not alone in the big Etsy world, but have some great like-minded people around you, which has been a wonderful experience.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
Estella: There are so many sites where you can promote your work for free! Twitter, Blogger, Flickr, Indiepublic, MySpace, Facebook, etc. Being only human, don’t try to be everywhere — it will only make you crazy and in the end you will have many untouched accounts spread everywhere on the Internet, which won’t give you any results. Try to do a few, but use them well. Our favorite motto is: “If you do it, do it well.” If you decide to blog, write often, not just once a month. We list daily on Etsy and blog three or four times a week, in addition to using Treasuries as a great promotion tool.

Walk us through your typical workday.
Estella: Planning a day is impossible for us.

  • We have 14 dogs, all saved from bad owners or from the street. So our days go along according to them!
  • A typical day might include a post office trip, grocery shopping, custom orders, unfinished projects, normal life and social events.
  • Time management is not our strong point, but eventually we try to make the most out of a day with creating and networking.
  • If we don’t feel like making jewelry, we take a break for several days and make some bags to fill up our bag shop.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
Estella: I had some little jobs between school breaks, and I don’t miss having a boss. I love that we can wake up without the sound of an alarm clock and just go with the flow. Creating is something you can’t do on command, so some days go by without touching a project — those days are spent reorganizing, bookkeeping, or going to the beach (to find treasures). Eventually everything has to be done, and like all jobs it has good and bad things, but having your own business is very rewarding especially when you sell the things you create with your own bare hands. I do miss being among people sometimes and I have a very social virtual life (as I do the networking), but as our job is home-based, I don’t see many people in the real world.

Esther: I would like to have more structure in the day, a clearer line between work and leisure. As it is we have very long days, and creating things is only a fraction compared to the hanging out on the Net part. It gets a bit blurred where work ends and free time begins. But the joy of being able to do what you love and be able to support yourself is really blissful.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Estella: When sales are slow it is stressful; like everyone else, we have taxes and bills to pay, along with 14 costly doggies — always hungry — with big vet bills. A few slow days can be threatening so we try to have some money set aside for those days and for emergencies. The fact that we don’t have (m)any weekend or holiday breaks is also difficult.

Esther: Yes, two or three days without sales and I am in a panic, thinking that everyone who likes our work has already bought something and we are going to be forgotten. It is a fragile situation, Etsy being our only income. And yes, a holiday once in a while would be great, but cannot be done, yet!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?
Estella: Going to stores personally with big bags of jewelry is not something I would do now. A nice printed brochure or just a very small part of a collection would be better. And if possible send a friend to the shops as she won’t take it personally when your items are rejected, and it looks more professional if someone represents you instead of you presenting yourself. For online selling, do your homework before starting, look and see what people do to sell: good pictures, descriptions, shop policies, profile, prices, shipping options, target market, uniqueness of your products (search for the items you are planning to sell and see how much is aready available), etc.

Esther: I only wish that we had discovered Etsy earlier. No venue is perfect, but there is no place like Etsy for artists: easy to use, cheap, supportive, stimulating, inspiring. I could go on and on, we love Etsy!

To others, my advice is first: invest, knowing that it will take time to recoup. Give yourself three years to create a job. That applies to any enterprise, online or not, so you need money or a job to support yourself those three years. Invest in the best tools, materials and work space that you can afford, you are not indulging in a hobby, you are laying the base for your enterprise. And than persevere. Keep going. Believe.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
Estella: Grow bigger, so we can escape from time to time and have a vacation.

Esther: At least, a more secure income, a more constant income pattern. I think to achieve that, we need more wholesale customers. We do have some, but in order to be able to have competitive prices on Etsy, we can only give small discounts to wholesale customers.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
Estella: If we both weren’t so stubborn, hard working and patient, we wouldn’t be giving this interview here now. It takes a lot of time and effort to make a creative hobby a business.

Esther: First and foremost, there has to be passion. The world is full of stuff that nobody needs, dead stuff. When the passion is there, others will be able to see it too, and what you make will sell.

Thanks to Estella and Esther for sharing their story. You can see some of their beautiful work in the Related Items. Check out previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

426 comments

  • AMIdesigns

    AMIdesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness! I am practically salivating over all those goodies!

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 7 years ago

    thanks for this - it was very motivational! it's good to hear things like, go ahead and rephotograph (even if you feel like you've done it a million times) and renew, etc. sometimes i feel like i'm spending too much time on my shop, sometimes not enough. anyway, reading about starof theeast was very reaffirming of some of the things i am trying to do right now.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    A beautiful and truthful story! Thanks so much for sharing. Best wishes for increased sales so you can take your much needed vacation!

  • NorthviewJewels

    NorthviewJewels said 7 years ago

    I'm a huge fan of staroftheeast! Lovely urchin pieces :)

  • Kreativlink

    Kreativlink said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article! Some day I will go to turkey and visit this two Stars, the dogs, and all the supplies. Oh my... the supplies!!! :)

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    Beautiful bead collection... and so well organized!

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 7 years ago

    Love the urchin and shell pieces. Your work space looks so organized and free of clutter! I need to work on that. Also the mother daughter team is really great!

  • ingermaaike

    ingermaaike said 7 years ago

    How fantastic to read this story of you two, with every little bit I read I get to know you more and I am so glad to have met you here on the net :-D

  • colbyjune

    colbyjune said 7 years ago

    I love the pieces that incorporate the urchins and shells! Also you work space looks so organized. I want to work on that. The mother daughter team is great,

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to the both of you for making your dream come true through passion, hard work, and beautiful pieces. Continued good luck to you and your pups!

  • cherrybones

    cherrybones said 7 years ago

    I so LOVE this jewelry!! Beautiful =D

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 7 years ago

    Really inspiring story! I really enjoyed this interview and the honesty that you both brought to the article in every answer. You really showed what hard work this business entails, and the sacrifices we make along the way to follow our dreams. Thank you for sharing!

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 7 years ago

    Yay for dog lovers creating beautiful things! Your sea urchin earrings are beautiful!

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    Lovely pieces...

  • AliBaliJewellery

    AliBaliJewellery said 7 years ago

    brilliant interview and one of my fave shops!

  • Sigmosaics

    Sigmosaics said 7 years ago

    oh this is wonderful! what an beautiful and inspiring story ... i just adore their workspace and those supplies look fabulous!! congratulations to you both :D

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite Etsy duos- all of their shops are innovative and inspirational. It's fun to see my buds here from the ArtisansGalleryTeam- to match their pretty faces with that fantastic work! The advice about retaking your pictures, and investing in great tools is very valuable. I also like the way that they've suggested improving your shop as a marketing tool. Very good advice!

  • Huismus

    Huismus said 7 years ago

    Hey, my favorite two stars!!!! :-) So good to see you here, congrats! It's a superfun euroweek already, yay! Lieve groet, Simone

  • Sumikoshop

    Sumikoshop said 7 years ago

    congrats Esther and Estella !!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    Wohoo for Star=))) I love the story and your items=) Lots of success to you and your mom!

  • CindyEllison

    CindyEllison said 7 years ago

    A great and inspiring story. I also really like your airy studio, a wonderful place to create your work. Very impressed and happy to read of you providing homes for 14 dogs. May continued success be yours!

  • edithandlulu

    edithandlulu said 7 years ago

    We do have some [wholesale customers}, but in order to be able to have competitive prices on Etsy, we can only give small discounts to wholesale customers. ----- I'm having the same problem and unfortunately I hear this all the time.

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 7 years ago

    love the picture

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    what a great article!!! going back to re-read...I was distracted by all the gorgeous studio photos!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 7 years ago

    great story and fabulous studio space!

  • Jealousydesign

    Jealousydesign said 7 years ago

    A wonderful and inspiring story to read about one of my favorite shop/persons I have meet throught Etsy.

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    What a great story. love the items!

  • momochas

    momochas said 7 years ago

    Amazing story and very inspiring!. I´m a great admirer of your work and I think this is a very well deserved success! Congrats!! :)

  • MQuin

    MQuin said 7 years ago

    wonderful feature! congrats Estella and Esther!!!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    love your work space, i'm jealous. wish i had that much natural light and windows in mine.

  • vadjutka

    vadjutka said 7 years ago

    Loved this interview, thanks so much Esther and Estella !

  • alatsupplies

    alatsupplies said 7 years ago

    Great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • hummingbirdvintage8

    hummingbirdvintage8 said 7 years ago

    so inspiring! congrats on the success and more to come in the future

  • thelightningbolts

    thelightningbolts said 7 years ago

    argh! look at that workspace! look at all the supplies! I have serious supply envy! Very, very inspiring - and your jewellery is stunning! I'm saving for an urchin piece Sophie x

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 7 years ago

    Great story and a very well organized Studio.

  • deepindigo

    deepindigo said 7 years ago

    LOved the interview! Hug and more hugs to the two Stars!

  • twoknit

    twoknit said 7 years ago

    Great story !!!! Very well organized Studio. Love it !!!!!

  • fleurfatale

    fleurfatale said 7 years ago

    oooh, lovely andinteresting read, thanks for sharing with us Estella and Esther! Congrats with this beautiful feature!!!

  • KathrynGreenwald

    KathrynGreenwald said 7 years ago

    I love this story! Thank you for the inspiriation!! The jewelry is out of this world gorgrous!! Love, Kathryn

  • iragrant

    iragrant said 7 years ago

    Wot wot Star and Star Mum!:)

  • helisengezer

    helisengezer said 7 years ago

    Merhabalar Stars! Great article from two hard working woman! I wish you lots of luck and many sales to have holidays in near future, maybe we will meet in Istanbul again ;)

  • TheWellingtonBoot

    TheWellingtonBoot said 7 years ago

    Star of the east is my favourite shop..keep up the good work!

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 7 years ago

    How nice to see my fellow team mates from the Artisans Gallery Team featured here! Congratulations Ester and Estella on your well deserved success and thanks for sharing your tips and letting us peek into your amazing work space!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 7 years ago

    Aahhh, suppa STARS! :) You both work so hard & deserve every succes and more! Your work is inspiring and your friendship is valued! Keep up the good work and I hope we'll meet in real life soon! :)

  • jennifertough

    jennifertough said 7 years ago

    I have long been a huge fan - So nice to read your story, and of course I'm very jealous of your work space! beautiful!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    A fantastic and very open interview! I already learn so much of you Estella and by reading this , even more, Thank you again! I really feel the hard work of you both behind your business and I wish you a well deserved Vacation!!! Thanks so much for sharing this here:D

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    So nice to hear the background of a shop I have loved for a long time.

  • martice

    martice said 7 years ago

    Cool :))) great story!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Loved this interview :))), thanks so much Esther and Estella !

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

    great great great shops!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!

  • treasurefield

    treasurefield said 7 years ago

    I love this dynamic duo! Beautiful spirit as well as creations. Thanks so much for sharing the story!

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 7 years ago

    Love their shops and was so fun reading their interview! Congrats to you guys!

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    Congrats! I've loved your designs for a long long time and super excited to know that you are a fellow civil engineer too :D woop woop!!!

  • enchantedpond

    enchantedpond said 7 years ago

    Fabulous women !!!!! I have some brilliant pieces they designed specially for me ... cant recommend them highly enough !!!!!!!

  • lilarubyking

    lilarubyking said 7 years ago

    what a great story! congrats to you both (and the doggies too!)

  • carmenesque

    carmenesque said 7 years ago

    So great to see Estella and Ester here, congrats! I love how you see things and the creative world. Keep on going!

  • HeartshapedCreations

    HeartshapedCreations said 7 years ago

    An amazing interview, that is filled with emotions, truth, passion and love for your craft. Learned a lot and admired you even more! Thank you for sharing!

  • matchstickgirl

    matchstickgirl said 7 years ago

    I adore these two ... they are simply wonderful !!!!!!!!!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Oh congats to both of you~ this has become a very successful business venture, I'm so happy and excited for you both. Your shop is one of my personal favorites on Etsy enjoyed reading your story, incredible journey and glad you found Etsy too~!

  • KnotOriginal

    KnotOriginal said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Esther and Estella for having the perseverance to create your own business AND rescue sooo many 4 legged friends, it's wonderful finally getting to see the faces behind the creations!

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 7 years ago

    It was awesome to read about you. We do our pottery as a couple, so it was neat to hear from two people who collaberate together to make it happen! Keep on keeping on, love your products, hope you get to have a well deserved vacation soon!

  • shabbychicadee

    shabbychicadee said 7 years ago

    Im drooooling!!!

  • FishtailDesigns

    FishtailDesigns said 7 years ago

    AMAZING! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign said 7 years ago

    Great article, and advice about "passion"! I of course LOVE the urchins!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for all your wonderful comments already, we have a HUGE smile on our faces :D Mary, thank you so much for giving us this wonderful spotlight, and for all your hard work!!

  • LoveandDream

    LoveandDream said 7 years ago

    WoW! Such a beautiful workingplace! Congrats StaroftheEast!

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 7 years ago

    What a great couple. Thanks for sharing your story and I hope you will get those holidays soon.

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    WOW! Amazing work- going to their shop immediately to browse:) Great job ladies!!!

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    very original creations - beautiful! Best of luck to you both. Wonderful story!

  • Kreatworks

    Kreatworks said 7 years ago

    Oh, beautiful works

  • BacaCaraJewelry

    BacaCaraJewelry said 7 years ago

    A great team at work with excellent shops and wonderful teammates in the European Street Team! Congrats, StaroftheEast!

  • MiniCyn

    MiniCyn said 7 years ago

    I love how your rings are made with such care and precision!! Well done mum and daughter :)

  • jewelsbyjaney

    jewelsbyjaney said 7 years ago

    This is such a lovely, inspiring article! Esther and Estella clearly have a great relationship to work together so closely; it's absolutely amazing to see a mother and daughter working together and supporting each other's dreams and hard work! I'm "only" a hobby crafter, but the photos of your beautiful, airy, well-organized workstation have me absolutely green with envy! Keep up the amazing work!

  • Mirthquake

    Mirthquake said 7 years ago

    I already know Estella a little from our EuropeanStreetteam, but reading more about her and her mom is wonderful!!! What a great adventure. All best wishes to them, and hopefully a nice vacation soooon!

  • PoppySprouts

    PoppySprouts said 7 years ago

    wonderful article! I'm so lucky that I get to work with my best friend and mother too:)

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    i have been a long time fan of staroftheeast! so happy to get a behind the scenes glimpse!! wow! i'm impressed!!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring interview and lovely Mom/Daughter team! Thank you for sharing your story! (-:

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    Great story.Congrats Esther and Esthella.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    How wonderful! What an amazing story. I love that you rescued all of those dogs, and that you continue to work together to support yourselves from home. Such lovely studio photos, and what pretty creations!

  • ThongbaiTatong

    ThongbaiTatong said 7 years ago

    This is so wonderful and inspring. Thanks so much for sharing and good advice. Best wishes to you both.

  • NancyvdBoom

    NancyvdBoom said 7 years ago

    Geweldig Dames, wat doen jullie het goed! Congratulations, I am so proud of you both, it is so inspiring all that you do!

  • RosemaryManufacture

    RosemaryManufacture said 7 years ago

    Oh my, so nice to read about you, Staros :))

  • BHBKidstyle

    BHBKidstyle said 7 years ago

    What a great interview! And what courage and hard work! Congratulations for your achievements! :)

  • DeerLola

    DeerLola said 7 years ago

    I've really enjoyed reading this interview ! So much I learned about these two great artists.

  • baahar

    baahar said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful picture of you and your mom :) And the interview is just great. I'm sure many Etsians will benefit from it

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    Continued success to you both, man are you organized!

  • DeerLola

    DeerLola said 7 years ago

    oh ! I forgot to mention the daughter-mom picture looks great !!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 7 years ago

    Great Story! Thanks for sharing and congratulations!^_^

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 7 years ago

    I love the photos of their supplies. I can't believe they have so many beads and chains! Must be wonderful!

  • ileaiye

    ileaiye said 7 years ago

    congratulations on a great article. and such a tidy, clean and organised workspace. ;-)

  • LeelaBijou

    LeelaBijou said 7 years ago

    Amazing feature!! Congratulations on your wonderful success, you deserve it! :)

  • pulpandpaisley

    pulpandpaisley said 7 years ago

    Wow! Gorgeous work! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!

  • birribe

    birribe said 7 years ago

    I love the touching story behind this hardworking successful mother and daugther. I wish you good luck with your beautiful creativity.

  • lazygiraffe

    lazygiraffe said 7 years ago

    so jealous of the studio space photos, lovely!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    Wonderfull story! Congrats on your feature!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 7 years ago

    Wow, what a gorgeous work area! I'm drooling!

  • FoxesAndRobbers

    FoxesAndRobbers said 7 years ago

    A very inspiring interview! Thanks for sharing your story and the many wonderful photos of your studio!

  • 24Paws

    24Paws said 7 years ago

    I love it, finally a "typical work day" that resembles my own-- governed by the needs of my companion animals. Congrats on the feature, and lots of love to those lucky 14 who you've rescued.

  • LilyEmmeJewelry

    LilyEmmeJewelry said 7 years ago

    I have always admired your beautiful jewelry and it was so nice get to read about your success. Very motivating! Congratulations!

  • lacravatteduchien

    lacravatteduchien said 7 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful article!!!! I love the star jewelry! Well done girls!!!!!! :D

  • KittyDarknessDesigns

    KittyDarknessDesigns said 7 years ago

    what an inspirational story! and congrats on making etsy your day job! wishing you continued success!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    Well done! I love the advise about buying decent tools... my grandfather always said you should buy the best tools you can afford & look after them, & I have some of his old tools still in use today! Wishing you every success for the future!

  • amarshall

    amarshall said 7 years ago

    What a great story for Euro Week! I am so in love with their jewelry & now seeing photos of the workspace & all those beads...sigh! How fun!

  • JKphotography

    JKphotography said 7 years ago

    Two stars, this is such a lovely interview. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Balanced

    Balanced said 7 years ago

    oh my goodness, the drawers! I need them.

  • gr8jewellery

    gr8jewellery said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful and inspiring interview! Thank you Estella and Esther for this insight into your beautiful world! I've had the pleasure of 'meeting' Estella on the European Street Team, and she is the sweetest, most helpful person you could imagine. Best of luck and continued success to you both, you definitely deserve it! :)

  • dinafragola

    dinafragola said 7 years ago

    Fantastic interview! Thanks a lot for sharing ! It actually encourages me to keep going !

  • iomiss

    iomiss said 7 years ago

    wow, I want your workroom!!! great shops, I love them

  • Brazenbags

    Brazenbags said 7 years ago

    Wow! Very inspiring!

  • pcdrawme

    pcdrawme said 7 years ago

    How great to see them here! I have had Star of the East listed on my favorites for a year and finally ordered a pair of sea urchin earrings just this week! Gorgeous stuff! Well deserved profile!!

  • vaeda

    vaeda said 7 years ago

    Great interview, I am such a big fan of your work! :)

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 7 years ago

    wouw, super super intervieuw!! Congrats to Esther and Estella you deserve it.

  • peylu

    peylu said 7 years ago

    Amazing, great interview and you two have a wonderful set up. Very happy for you both and the 14 dogs ! Wishing you continued success.

  • anakim

    anakim said 7 years ago

    Thank you Estella and Esther for sharing your interesting story with us. You're real stars and your work is beautiful. I'm glad that you're part of the ArtisanGalleryTeam and wish you all the best in your creation and beyond.

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 7 years ago

    such beautiful jewelry from two beautiful women. Thanks for sharing your honest account of working for yourself. Very inspiring and challenging.

  • VerreDesign

    VerreDesign said 7 years ago

    Very nice interview, thanks!

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 7 years ago

    WOW! Amazing women!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Very nice article and beautiful shop!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 7 years ago

    What a great article. How nice to see a mother and daughter working together in such harmony! Congratulations on your past, present and future successes!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Beautiful shop, and very inspiring interview! Congrats and I hope your success continues to grow!

  • peaceableempire

    peaceableempire said 7 years ago

    What a unique team... a very "realist" QYDJ. Nice!

  • svitrolica

    svitrolica said 7 years ago

    Great interview, very inspiring... and those sea urchin rings are to die for!!

  • vilte

    vilte said 7 years ago

    Congratulations, Estella! It was really interesting to read and look through all those photos! You are more than worth of this success you have here on Etsy. You go girl! :)

  • skobbermann

    skobbermann said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! I love the mother/daughter aspect. The interview has motivated me to work on my pictures!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Great interview. I adore your work!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this interesting look behind the scenes!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 7 years ago

    What a great interview Esther and Estella! You are very inspiring and talented women! Congratulations on your well deserved success!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Touching mother daughter article. I'd love to work and be with my daughter every day. xo

  • sabahnur

    sabahnur said 7 years ago

    very talentented artists, happy to know about you abit more:)

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 7 years ago

    Good luck to you both - you deserve it! You must have worked so hard to make all those wonderful items... I just love sea urchins too...

  • 1dream

    1dream said 7 years ago

    Selam Estella,It is a wonderful an interview..Thank you for sharing your business story and I hope we meet soon..Lots of love:))

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 7 years ago

    Congrats Esther and Estella! What an inspiring story and it gave me hope....since I've started my own small business. xo

  • handebilten

    handebilten said 7 years ago

    wow.. a great interview.. and a great story..

  • meltemsem

    meltemsem said 7 years ago

    How lovely picture and fantastic interview! Congrats dear Esther and Estella!:)

  • LaTouchables

    LaTouchables said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful read! I love this shop and these ladies are genious!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 7 years ago

    wonderful story!

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    Merhaba :) Your shop was the first jewelry shop I noticed when I first found about Etsy. You are doing an amazing job, well deserved!

  • maxandolivia

    maxandolivia said 7 years ago

    congratulations!!! great story.

  • Isette

    Isette said 7 years ago

    Some of my favorite names! I love that both you and your shops names are "star" :)

  • nauli

    nauli said 7 years ago

    Phantastic interview and phantastic artwork. Congratulations! We are happy for you to be choosen for this feature. Go Europe Go!

  • bijouxdellostregatto

    bijouxdellostregatto said 7 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful story from two nice ladies!! I love their shop!!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your success, and I wish you much more!!

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies said 7 years ago

    How absolutely beautiful - your work is amazing..oh to work with sea urchins and to actually go on beach walks as part of your job!!!...amazing.. best wishes to achieve your ultimate goals ..

  • GatheredTogether

    GatheredTogether said 7 years ago

    Wow! What a wonderful level of whimsical taste! I wish my mom were here to collaborate. What am I talking about I'm the older mom now!!! How time flies.

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 7 years ago

    squeeeee!!! i love this article. Star of the East, although i've never bought anything from them, are my one of my favorite shops on etsy because of their material source. :D yay for them!

  • PixelWildChild

    PixelWildChild said 7 years ago

    So happy to see Star of the East featured here, their creations are fantastic!!! a wonderful read, congrats!

  • 5gardenias

    5gardenias said 7 years ago

    so wonderful to read more about you both esther and estella-- you are an inspiration for so many!!!

  • Feille

    Feille said 7 years ago

    Great article! Kudos for rescuing the dogs, you will be blessed for that! And that reminds me, I need my shell rose ring and earrings again, I wore them so much I DESTROYED them! I got so many compliments on them, I have to have them again for the summer :)

  • uhuui

    uhuui said 7 years ago

    As a new shop, you sharing your personal experiences is most appreciated! I still can't get over that you just picked up and moved from the Netherlands all the way to Turkey!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Another inspirational article from Etsy. love it.

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 7 years ago

    very inspiring!!!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. You ladies rock! Congrats!!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    This is so inspiring as are all of the articles. I really love their workspace great interview.

  • SilkstoneDesigns

    SilkstoneDesigns said 7 years ago

    I absolutely love your shop, your jewellery is so beautiful! It was one of the first shops I hearted when I joined Etsy :) Well done, your story is really inspiring. Thanks for sharing it!

  • dellachiara

    dellachiara said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your hard work is paying off! Everything is beautiful, right down to the gift wrapping... very inspirational! Great interview, thank you...

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    I totally agree with the changing the photos thing. this is some wonderful information that touches us all! thank you for the feature and i am happy to have found a new shop!

  • dellachiara

    dellachiara said 7 years ago

    Oh, and the studio space? WOW!!! What I wouldn't give!

  • Floweredsky

    Floweredsky said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful story and great success. Who knows maybe we will get to meet in person in one of my Turkey visits... Gorusmek uzere

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Congrats Estella !! Gorgeous !!!!

  • filofashion

    filofashion said 7 years ago

    Congrats Estella !! Gorgeous Dear !!!

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    We went out to a Turkish restaurant when my parents were in town this weekend. And my mom was wearing the earrings I bought for her from you!

  • 2RavenChicks

    2RavenChicks said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you fabulous ladies! I LOVE your studio!

  • RollingHillsVintage

    RollingHillsVintage said 7 years ago

    What a lovely story. Congrats to both of you. What a blessing to be able to work side by side. And, thank you for saving dogs!

  • SofterFire

    SofterFire said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this interview! I am so inspired by this mother/daughter team and have often admired your wares. I wish you much luck in the future **

  • graceraecreations

    graceraecreations said 7 years ago

    Great thoughts! Thank you for sharing your heart with us!

  • DreamSpeakDesign

    DreamSpeakDesign said 7 years ago

    Wonderful~ I love your items and can't wait to purchase something soon! Fondly, Tenaya

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 7 years ago

    Amazing, thanks for sharing

  • Yeslioness

    Yeslioness said 7 years ago

    It's amazing how similar home-based business entrepreneurs lives are, no matter what we sell. Thanks for being so honest and encouraging! Much continued Success to the both of You!

  • PeekoApparel

    PeekoApparel said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Also validating to others taking a similar approach in craft business. Its really nice to hear the voice of other successful etsy sellers and to know that other creators are not so far off in their approach that works similar to you. For instance, i think sometimes people take creative people for granted, that because we do get to do what we love, they sometimes assume that we want to create or able to create on demand, and at all hours of the day. When in fact its just not so. It really reassuring to know other creators need time to not create but time to reflect, finding other ways to strengthen the business in other aspects than product. Thanks for sharing your story. :) xo

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 7 years ago

    Esther, (my very favorite name ever) I have thought exactly the same after a couple of days of no sales "oh no everyone who wanted my stuff has already bought it and the world is coming to an end". LOL it is funny how our experiences are so similar. Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. Much success to both of you!

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Shop is well organized. I Love treasures from the sea seashells tell of the oceans waves. thunderstorms and many people at resorts and vacationers love seashells When I was a little girl I loved to pretend a lot about the ocenas mysterious creatures

  • GlazedOver

    GlazedOver said 7 years ago

    Your work is phenomenal and your insight so helpful. Thanks for letting us peek over your shoulders like this!

  • VintageFrocksOfFancy

    VintageFrocksOfFancy said 7 years ago

    You can't imagine my excitement to see this article!!! Star Of The East was one of the first sellers on Etsy that I became MESMERIZED with!!! Esther and Estella your jewelry is simply stunning!! I would actually try to visualize where you lived and what thing looked like where you design (I'm not a stalker, really). I picture the sea where you are and I have envisioned something out of a story book. So to see photos and have so much detail over your artwork was just thrilling!! I feel a personal connection since you were a big part of my 'Fireworks' moment on Etsy. The one where you are wide-eyed with your mouth partially opened because you are so mesmerized by the fabulousness of it all!! Thank you Mary for bringing this article to us and Thank You Esther and Estella for your beauty and your inspiration!! Many hugs and smiles, Michaelann

  • MaisyandAlice

    MaisyandAlice said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview, so interesting to hear your stories, keep up the wonderful work!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    everything looks soo organized!! my studio is very far from being that pretty!!! Its soo inspiring!

  • princcessnadia

    princcessnadia said 7 years ago

    Great advice for newcomers to etsy!!

  • eRosasjewelry

    eRosasjewelry said 7 years ago

    thanks for the great interview. Turkey from the Netherlands, what a change of life--and how exciting. Congrats to all your courage.

  • poetryjewelry

    poetryjewelry said 7 years ago

    Love your work. Wish you all the very best! Great job!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    esther and estrella rock!!!! great looking items.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 7 years ago

    Best wishes! Your work paid off and you have lovely shops!

  • KathyPanton

    KathyPanton said 7 years ago

    I love this story, its honest and real and sweet.

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 7 years ago

    Love it..."Believe" I do and inspiring stories like this really help! Thanks for sharing!

  • JL67

    JL67 said 7 years ago

    Congratulations!!! :)

  • 1920

    1920 said 7 years ago

    love the mother and daughter team, and your spirit!

  • PamelaAngus

    PamelaAngus said 7 years ago

    great read! well deserved success girls!!

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 7 years ago

    so wonderful to hear this story. Beautiful work!

  • LaLaShoes

    LaLaShoes said 7 years ago

    Wow! Inspiring!

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 7 years ago

    I've loved your shops for a long time and it's wonderful to get to know both of you!

  • AzaferraJewelry

    AzaferraJewelry said 7 years ago

    Just the boost I needed: it gets a little hard to keep going sometimes without encouragement (and sales!). Its great that a mother & daughter can be so creative and work together so well!

  • PureaAccessory

    PureaAccessory said 7 years ago

    Love your sea collections. Sea urchin, star fish... Thank you for your inspirational article and work!

  • cookieletta

    cookieletta said 7 years ago

    Great story:-))

  • admiredhistory

    admiredhistory said 7 years ago

    What a lovely and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing with us.

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    It's morning here and I'm already smiling with my first coffee :D Thank you so much all for your super sweet comments!!!

  • MamiMadeIt

    MamiMadeIt said 7 years ago

    Congrats to that awesome interview!

  • myjoyfulcorner

    myjoyfulcorner said 7 years ago

    The story you have provided is very inspiring. I joined Etsy in January of 2010. You have encouraged me to stay with and be patient. Thanks for your enlightenment.

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview, very inspiring :)

  • circleinthesand

    circleinthesand said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Esther and Estella on a super article!! You are both such an inspiration to me!! and 14 Dogs!! I'd be in heaven with all those furry friends!! Here's to continued success for you both!!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story and view into your life and work together! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

  • PillowPallooza

    PillowPallooza said 7 years ago

    Amazing team ! I'm loving their work space, so full of life :)

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    Congratulations you two! hard work and perserverence does pay off... ;)

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    wow wow woww...congratulationss from the deepest of my heartttt...

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 7 years ago

    i've been a fan for so long & never knew their story...love the truth & candor...so inspiring!

  • GallusTreeCreations

    GallusTreeCreations said 7 years ago

    Fantastic,, congratulations, and Stars you both are, well done, love your stuff, , and what an inspiring story,, 14 dogs, how lucky they are, amazing sea urchins,

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 7 years ago

    Such an inspiring story!Congrats Esther and Estella, Applause for these brave women! Great mom/daughter company!

  • Lamercerie

    Lamercerie said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Esther and Estella...inspirational feature, beautifully done just like your bags and jewellry +++! Lots of luck for the future:)

  • tortillagirl

    tortillagirl said 7 years ago

    Such creative teamwork by mother and daughter, and inspirational shops. This is how one carves a niche! They are exemplary at branding: Whenever I see a photo from *any* of their shops, I immediately know by it's star of the east before I even see the shop name. Bravo!

  • FebystanDesigns

    FebystanDesigns said 7 years ago

    Congrats Esther & Estella! I'm happy to see STAR beauties when I'm online :) Wish you life time success! - Ebru

  • jennapritchard

    jennapritchard said 7 years ago

    Wonderful interview, so good to hear an honest account of what setting up on your own invovles! Must keep saving :)

  • AmorandStitch

    AmorandStitch said 7 years ago

    Lovely article...beautiful items many your success continue! : )

  • lunaticart

    lunaticart said 7 years ago

    Muchas felicidades a la dos, son un gran ejemplo de exito y trabajo, besos fuertes!!!!

  • knittingmomma

    knittingmomma said 7 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time to share about both your successes and struggles. OUr family is selling our handwork full time and with six children I know just what you mean about worrying about sales or no sales. We do need to take a look at our photos and make sure they are up to snuff. Many thanks!

  • yasminbochi

    yasminbochi said 7 years ago

    Congrats Esther and Estella, I love your work! I enjoyed reading your story and I wish you all the best...you are an inspiration!

  • whyte

    whyte said 7 years ago

    Congratulations for you energy, determination and success!! You've inspired so many sharing your thoughts. And thank you for rescuing and caring for abandoned and neglected dogs. Compassion is truely a great reward.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • bysweetmom

    bysweetmom said 7 years ago

    Congrats Esther and Estella, how nice to read your success story wish you all the best

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

    GREAT story!!!

  • Bezencilla

    Bezencilla said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. I just moved to The Netherlands from Spain, start is no easy, I will keep in mind your tips.

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 7 years ago

    I really loved their advice and hearing their story. Much success to you Esther and Estella!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 7 years ago

    I love these items. The sea urchin rings are beautiful!

  • Laurasbox

    Laurasbox said 7 years ago

    Wow Great Story...Thanks for share it :)

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 7 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this! I love the sea urchin items...especially the bride bouquet!

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    congrats ladies!

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 7 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this article. It's so intriguing to read about you two strong independent women. Chapeau!

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 7 years ago

    A brave couple of women! Good luck to you and all your shops. I can relate on the cost of animals although I don't have quite as many!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 7 years ago

    Congratulations Esther and Estella. Fantastic interview!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 7 years ago

    14 dogs??? A woman after my own heart! Beautiful creations & such an inspiring workspace. Congratulations on your success!!

  • SaltwaterDesigns

    SaltwaterDesigns said 7 years ago

    The Sea Urchins are so beautiful and unique - love them!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 7 years ago

    congrats congrats!!! love the open airy feeling in the work space. those windows, and of course your work, are just amazing :)

  • SaltwaterDesigns

    SaltwaterDesigns said 7 years ago

    The sea urchins are so beautiful and unique - love them!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story ~ Congratulations on your success!!! :)

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 7 years ago

    One of my favorite esty shops ever! I remember the first time I saw staroftheeast on etsy :) And such lovely people as well, I love Estella, she's the funniest and sweetest person. Love to read about their journey, and such great tips! Oh, and the packaging? Perfect!

  • starrybluesky

    starrybluesky said 7 years ago

    Congrats both of you - how lovely to read a bit more about your story . And taking care of 14 dogs too - wow ! :)

  • lilycobweb

    lilycobweb said 7 years ago

    So very inspiring! I'm about to go to a B&M craft shop to show my wares, hoping they will place a regular order. The advice you give about that, Estella, is so timely and useful.Thank you both so much, and congratulations!!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Esther and Estella are an inspiration. Their work is beautiful, and they both have such big hearts to care for so many dogs in need. I'm wishing them so much success, and hoping that they get to start taking those little holidays from work soon!

  • sighfoo

    sighfoo said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story. i've always seen your work pop up on the front page. nice to see the faces behind the work. inspiring!

  • karuski

    karuski said 7 years ago

    Fabulous read! They are a perfect example how you can achieve your goal when you stay determined and open for improvment. I'm so happy for their success, keep up the good work Estella & Esther!

  • empapers

    empapers said 7 years ago

    An inspiring and honest interview. I am really enjoying Euro week! Getting to know more behind some of the people on the EST and also meeting more Germany and DACH based sellers - wonderful!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 7 years ago

    I can see why you are successful. Everything you do and sell is a class act. Thanks for sharing!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 7 years ago

    Wow, your work is SO BEAUTIFUL! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago

    Congrats!

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to both of you ~ Mom/Daughter creating together ~ AWESOME! I love your story ~ thanks for sharing. You have the most amazing shops ~ your creating space with the windows, organized supplies, and living by the beach is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ~ You are living a dream and I am soooo very happy for you ~ many blessings for your continued success! BeeGracious ~ in all we do!

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story for so many reasons! Mother and daughter combo, being able to work together so well. Having the courage to pick up and move to another country (what made you choose Turkey?) Being very honest about the downside of working for yourself, the long hours and uncertainity when sales are not consistant, as well as how great it is to not have an alarm click and a boss. Thank you for sharing! Eileen...

  • ilikeitiloveit

    ilikeitiloveit said 7 years ago

    How inspiring and encouraging for those of us that are just starting out. It is great you have each other. Thank you for letting us be a part of your life.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 7 years ago

    What a great interview. Thanks for all the info and advice, I feel a little renewed after reading this. Congrats and best of luck!!!

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 7 years ago

    Congrats, such a wonderful and inspiring story!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    happywhosits: My mother, Esther is originally from Spain, she moved to Holland at the age of 17 and after 25 years of Holland we desided to go to Turkey. Turkey has a wonderful climate, great nature and warm people. But you never know we might move again :) Thank you all again for your heart-warming comments!

  • AhhFruition

    AhhFruition said 7 years ago

    Great Article. It is exactly what I needed! I am pretty new and nothing is happening. The matter of fact writing style was an easy read. I'll put it in my 'how to' folder.

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 7 years ago

    I've always loved Star of the East! Beautiful work, so amazing. I loved reading all about these ladies, what a great story. Plus, you studio looks amazing. Congrats on the feature.

  • decoratethediva

    decoratethediva said 7 years ago

    Awesome interview!!! I'm completely inspired!!!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic interview! Amazing ladies and creations! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • threelittlepearls

    threelittlepearls said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story - thanks for sharing! I hope the interview boosts sales for some vaca time :)

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Wow, the sellers have a really nice variety of items!

  • HeartHooks

    HeartHooks said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story for a newbie like me - wish there were some photos of the doggies!! Your jewelry is so pretty and dreamy. I hope you get a well deserved holiday soon :D

  • Serrelynda

    Serrelynda said 7 years ago

    I have long admired this shop, and am happy to see them in the spotlight. And I love that they rescue doggies.

  • jhartphotography

    jhartphotography said 7 years ago

    i've been a fan for the last 2 years. love the interview!

  • melsartbuffet

    melsartbuffet said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the pics of your studio & office. What a great work environment. Congrats on the success of your shops & mom / daughter relationship!! :)

  • madebyagah

    madebyagah said 7 years ago

    Very impressive!

  • sesiber

    sesiber said 7 years ago

    Great designers and great story! I'm very happy to see you here. Greetings from Turkey!

  • akkricket

    akkricket said 7 years ago

    Great story..and i love your office/studio. Wonderful lighting and organized.

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 7 years ago

    I LOVED reading your story! Congratulations to both of you, your work is truly beautiful! Give all those dogs a hug for me!

  • srw369

    srw369 said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring!!!

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 7 years ago

    Congratulations.I so enjoyed reading your story and I have real studio envy. It looks gorgeous.

  • billymac

    billymac said 7 years ago

    those images of your work space just made me gasp .... so neat and tidy!!!! Mine is a huge jumble of papers ... everything is clean but so disorganised (must tidy up). You have great work, I wish I could work with my mum on a project like yours (she lives too far away), you must have a fantastic bond!

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 7 years ago

    beautiful studio! great and honest look at the life of the creative. fresh.

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 7 years ago

    I'm feeling serious studio envy :)! Thank you both for this honest and inspiring story, it's true that the business end of creating takes A LOT of hard work to develop your niche and selling venue. Best of luck to you both for continued success!!

  • kellyscreationsofkc

    kellyscreationsofkc said 7 years ago

    I am so glad I read this article! Star of the East is one of my favorite shops, and like others that have already commented, I too, wondered who the artist(s) was and what he or she was like. Now I know that this is a mother and daughter duo. Thanks for the honesty and openness especially when talking about finances. I lost my job three months ago and have spent much more time working on my shop, but haven't allowed myself to really believe that it could blossom into a self-sustaining income. Here's hoping that what I don't dare to dream becomes reality! May we all prosper!

  • VeronicaRStudio

    VeronicaRStudio said 7 years ago

    Dying with envy here... I want that studio sooooo bad! Supplies and everything. The things I would do on that space! Anyway, envy aside, I admire Estelle and Estella for their creativity and gorgeous items, and I wish them continued success (but by the look of all those packages, I guess they are pretty successful already).

  • KissingStrings

    KissingStrings said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this inspiring story! Beautiful work and pictures! I will keep working and adjusting.

  • LFjewelry

    LFjewelry said 7 years ago

    I love sea urchins! Now it's time to go check out your shop! Recently, I lost my job....now I am thinking of turning jewelry into my day job...just need to get sales up and add more jewelry to my site.

  • josoriginals

    josoriginals said 7 years ago

    Wow. I'm overwhelmed. This is amazing.

  • calicodaisy

    calicodaisy said 7 years ago

    Wow! Such a great interview, nice and honest and clear about running a business, especially when it is a creative one. I always enjoy reading the QYDJ stories, but, for some reason, this week and last week's stories have been so well done. Thanks!

  • ABCbirdhouses

    ABCbirdhouses said 7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing the positives and the negatives of your business. I enjoyed reading all you and your mother have been through to finally make it successful.

  • latenightdrawing

    latenightdrawing said 7 years ago

    I love this interview! It's such an inspiration reading this, thanks!

  • tantecaroline

    tantecaroline said 7 years ago

    Great interview, and what a huge relief to know that what I thought was compulsive behavior -- re-working pics and descriptions -- is just good business sense.

  • pupandpony

    pupandpony said 7 years ago

    "Persevere. Keep going. Believe." Thank you for those three words!

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor said 7 years ago

    What a fantastic article ,I'm glad to know more about my teammate and favorit stores. You really gave me hope and inspiration (i'm 8 month on Etsy now). Thanks for all the good advece. Love and envy your beautiful studio, And what a courage you 2 have !!! Ok i can go on and on buy will "see" each other in the treasuries, forums and who knows maybe some day in Istanbul (one of my favorit cities)

  • bearlinfibers

    bearlinfibers said 7 years ago

    Very well stated information. It communicates the attitude needed to keep going. Inspiration! Thank you.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Esther and Estella, KUDOS to the two of you for rescuing the dogs! You've won my heart... And your shop is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us here on Etsy.

  • artbymahats

    artbymahats said 7 years ago

    Very beautiful items and quite inspiring. Wish my daughters would work with me !!!

  • Intres

    Intres said 7 years ago

    I adore your shops and your works! very original!, Congrats!!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. I wish you both continued success in your shops and hope you get some time off soon! :-)

  • ginalimosaics

    ginalimosaics said 7 years ago

    meraba! I visit Rhodes Greece every year, just a jump away from Marmaris! how inspiring, love the sea urchin jewelry!

  • SmallTownCarousel

    SmallTownCarousel said 7 years ago

    Inspiring words. Thank you - you have made my day!

  • kirstenfrancis

    kirstenfrancis said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and thank you for the great interview. Inspiring in many ways...

  • JewelryByLarraine

    JewelryByLarraine said 7 years ago

    Very helpful and inspiring article. Thanks for sharing!

  • ArtPhotosDiana

    ArtPhotosDiana said 7 years ago

    Wow. Is your story inspiring or what? Congratulations to both of you for believing in yourselves and putting all your effort together. I will share this one with friends on facebook, too. Many thanks.

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    I have always loved your shop and creativity....so glad you have been able to make it your way of life....

  • onetreedesignsoz

    onetreedesignsoz said 7 years ago

    What an inspiration. Beautiful and unique pieces.

  • 2Tui

    2Tui said 7 years ago

    Thank you girls for such wonderful info. The reason for your success is your sharing. Continued success. Thank you for your interest in animals, also. I, too, have rescued dogs. Great friends! Great inspirations.

  • slete

    slete said 7 years ago

    Love the way that you can work together and lookafter eachother.....what an inspiring xo

  • HandmadeByKat

    HandmadeByKat said 7 years ago

    Your jewelry is gorgeous! I love your collaboration and thoughtful interview. Thanks for the advice! Best of luck in the future.

  • lafille234

    lafille234 said 7 years ago

    I am in awe and cannot really tell you how happy I am to list my stuff at Etsy. There are, at Etsy , some chic vendors ;they all take pride in what they offer to the best and great connaissors of the elegant world of today. Its so easy to list the items and I am having a stupendous experience at Etsy. Soon I will share more treasures from my older Victorian home.They are one of a kind lovelies which really make you feel comfortable and happy .You will be offered some great and useful things in your home which will not make you feel guilty of polluting our planet .Its a chic recycling of vintage and a cute antiques. Its also some hand made jewelry to make your beau appreciate your taste. Your decor will be the envy of many.Our stuff is soo Paris Chic with a touch of "je ne sais quoi". I will give you an idea on how to decorate your shabby chic ,cottage or even Victorian home.They will be one of a kind items and gifts for the person who has everything ; including old hankies for brides.

  • Epiphany6andCo

    Epiphany6andCo said 7 years ago

    Yea!!! Congratulations on making it to "Quit Your Day Job"! I've hearted your shop from afar for a long time. Your style is so refreshing and unique...gotta get one of those sea urchin rings soon! I'm so very happy for you!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 7 years ago

    Keep up the good work. Hope you get a vacation soon!!

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 7 years ago

    Wow!!! I'm truly impressed!!!

  • karytank

    karytank said 7 years ago

    you two are UH-mazing! i want to come over and play with your dogs! :D

  • strumpfkunst

    strumpfkunst said 7 years ago

    So, so cool, sweetheart! :)

  • Tangentine

    Tangentine said 7 years ago

    I really liked this interview. You two ladies have such a cool story to tell and it is a boost to hear how you made your success. And I am jealous of their work space - it is gorgeous!

  • TheFaerieMarket

    TheFaerieMarket said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! This is so inspiring and I wish the both of you continued success with all your creative endeavors! It's great to see both of your faces and get know a bit more about you. Your staroftheeast shop was one of the first I found when I first joined Etsy, and I was just so impressed with your jewelry, especially with the pieces utilizing sea urchins- so beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  • SchneiderGallery

    SchneiderGallery said 7 years ago

    I discovered this fabulous store long time ago and was and still am really impressed, lots of inspirations and lots of things to admire!!

  • bizimgibiler

    bizimgibiler said 7 years ago

    Great story!

  • matilou

    matilou said 7 years ago

    It's really cool to hear and learn more about you here star !!! great articles :D

  • joannajewelry

    joannajewelry said 7 years ago

    Great interview!

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 7 years ago

    I'm a bit in awe of you both ~ adopting 14 dogs is a huge-hearted thing to do and must cost a lot. May you be blessed with gazillions of Etsy sales to keep you and your puppy dogs healthy and happy!

  • Globusyte

    Globusyte said 7 years ago

    Great story and very nice things. Good luck in future.

  • toosis

    toosis said 7 years ago

    It is so great to read about you guys. Estella, you an your mother rock. Keep up the good work.

  • craftjunky

    craftjunky said 7 years ago

    Oh my very inspiring!

  • anxelapillobre

    anxelapillobre said 7 years ago

    Congrats to the two ladies, great interview!

  • anxelapillobre

    anxelapillobre said 7 years ago

    Congrats to the two ladies, great interview!

  • theorientalbazaar

    theorientalbazaar said 7 years ago

    It's always so great to hear about successful stories. No sales for a long time is so disheartening (speaking from expereince) even when you market market market, so it's inspiring to know not to give up ^_^

  • shazzz

    shazzz said 7 years ago

    You live the life I wanna live!!! I looooove that you have 14 dogs! You can't have enough dogs (and cats :-)) Good luck for everything!

  • TwistedGems

    TwistedGems said 7 years ago

    I love dogs!! I wish I could do what your doing!! Congrats on everything :-)

  • lamandorla

    lamandorla said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful story !

  • EvenAndy

    EvenAndy said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. It was very inspirational. Your jewelry is beautiful.

  • ContasBrasil

    ContasBrasil said 7 years ago

    CONGRATS,CONGATS,and more CONGRATS!!! You two really deserve that!

  • soulyyours

    soulyyours said 7 years ago

    I absolutely loved, loved, loved reading your review!!! I saw a bit of myself in your words. I too, am a quit your day job artist--I wouldn't change a thing! Blessings and abundance to you both! xo

  • XbyLeinaNeima

    XbyLeinaNeima said 7 years ago

    Ahh, congrats...what a lovely feature! Stars, you really rock!

  • newenglandcandyco

    newenglandcandyco said 7 years ago

    The interview was great. Thanks for all the info!! I love your bags, and especially the sea jewelry. It is beautiful! Rebecca

  • lissionetsy

    lissionetsy said 7 years ago

    very inspirational read!! well done in your successes, your shops are lovely. Natalie.

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 7 years ago

    What a beautiful & inspiring workspace- simple & organized! Thanks for being so candid. Very refreshing read.

  • nightcloud

    nightcloud said 7 years ago

    thank you for sharing your story - thanks to your many qualities, being stubborn among them... you will successfully persevere... wishing you soon a great vacation!

  • mapleshoppers

    mapleshoppers said 7 years ago

    Amazing article! I just love the passion in you. All the best!

  • MaryJoLarson

    MaryJoLarson said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for this great article! I've only been doing this for a month and the specific ideas and advice are so helpful!

  • ThunderMontero

    ThunderMontero said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational! Thank you.

  • outtahand

    outtahand said 7 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  • niseylee

    niseylee said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this article, I am inspired to do better with my shop

  • MonjioCreations

    MonjioCreations said 7 years ago

    Wonderful inspirational read! Great mother and daughter team! You guys are amazing! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • 42things

    42things said 7 years ago

    It's a lovely story. i hope you get some vacation time! I'm inspired that you redid the pictures on over 100 of your items and hoping the sun shines here today so I can redo some product photos too.

  • SouthPawBeads

    SouthPawBeads said 7 years ago

    great article, loved reading about it! and getting to know the two of you. best of luck!

  • KaraAndBrooke

    KaraAndBrooke said 7 years ago

    I absolutely envy your workspace! I had my home office redone for my jewelry making and the army decided to move us so here I sit at a desk that only has room for my computer! *sigh* maybe one day....

  • CandyCaeks

    CandyCaeks said 7 years ago

    Truly, you guys are living the dream. I wish I worked with my mom. Great article !

  • EllaAndLily

    EllaAndLily said 7 years ago

    It was so nice to meet and get to know two wonderful creative people willing to share their secrets to being sucessful etsy sellers. I would also like to praise you on loving and caring for your large family of dogs in need. Hope you have continued sucess and get your holiday soon.

  • grandioseideas

    grandioseideas said 7 years ago

    I am very much inspired and draw a lot of hope from their story. Since I am new on Esty, I am encouraged by their advice on working on the shop to make it better. I also want to thank Esty for providing this opportunity for all of us.

  • WOODLANDSNATURALS

    WOODLANDSNATURALS said 7 years ago

    Such a GREAT story and wonderful to see another mother daughter team on Etsy. My Mom and I have our shop on Etsy and have 4 Rat terriers, My Mom recently bought me a little Rat terrier puppy for my birthday and I wouldn't have been able to be with her and train her daily if I had to work full time or even part time somewhere else. I too get worried when sales are slow then bam! we sell 4 things in a day! This is the best life ever and thanks for the inspiration to KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

  • amaniworks

    amaniworks said 7 years ago

    This was so great to read! Very motivational, especially since I used to be a civil engineer myself!

  • JanuaryJaniesJewelry

    JanuaryJaniesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Love all the sea related items and such beautiful work!!!

  • MyCatLucy

    MyCatLucy said 7 years ago

    Great, interesting story! Thank you for the inspiration. Your designs are beautiful. I am dreaming of getting up and working for myself.

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 7 years ago

    You both are my female heroes,love the way you do it:)) Wish you all the best in the world(and a well deserved vacation!!)

  • beadarling

    beadarling said 7 years ago

    you ladies are so cool! your style, your workspace, and your partnership are inspiring! congrats on your success.

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    Thank you all SO much for your sweet, heart warming comments, we have been smiling ever since this article is up :D

  • lighttotheworld

    lighttotheworld said 7 years ago

    Their work is beautiful! I love hearing the inspiring stories... and the almost failures haha!

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    FaeryKissNaturals said 7 years ago

    HOW inspiring!! I love this story. I feel close to you both already!! :)

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 7 years ago

    AAaaw, this is great! :) So inspiring! Your designs are beautiful! You already were one of my favorite stores :) Is great to know you better now! I wish you the best :) And I LOVE your studioo!! so big, well illuminated and neat :P

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 7 years ago

    Acabo de leer que Esther es española! que lindo hablar en español, asi que de nuevo... felicidades! me encanta su trabajo! Y que bueno poder trabajar mama e hija juntas! Mi mama es taaan creativa y buena haciendo cualquier cosa manual! Muchísimo lo aprendi de ella, tengo el sueño de algún día emprender algo juntas :)

  • BeanTownHandmade

    BeanTownHandmade said 7 years ago

    SO wonderful that you took in and care for 14 dogs! Great article and very inspiring story. Thanks

  • meteor

    meteor said 7 years ago

    Thank you for this nice interview. Very helpful ideas and experiences.

  • woolhug

    woolhug said 7 years ago

    Very impressed. Particularly those 14 dogs were saved from bad treating and you guys are taking a good care of them. Good on you! I love those beautiful shells you found at the beach.Thank you for sharing your story. xxx

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 7 years ago

    oh my goodness I was loving this article already and then they showed pictures of the storage of there beads and findings and WOW. I wish I were you now for so many reasons. I am also very happy that your rescue animals I do to and it means alot.

  • FarmFreshArt

    FarmFreshArt said 7 years ago

    Wow, I love your work, and great interview. Thanks.

  • JustBeccuz

    JustBeccuz said 7 years ago

    So inspiring! I can't wait until the day my home office looks like that! :-) Beautiful story!

  • KimPipesDesigns

    KimPipesDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you for taking time to share with everyone. Your shops are fabulous and your experiences have motivated me to begin really looking at and making over my shop. It is my intent to gear up to help pay college expenses for two children with my etsy income. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

  • KentonBeadworks

    KentonBeadworks said 7 years ago

    What a great interview! Very inspiring. I'm jealous of the home office set up and those white drawers!

  • cedarcreektreasures

    cedarcreektreasures said 7 years ago

    Great tips on promoting and marketing your Etsy business. I will work to apply some of these things to my new shop!

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work and fantastic article! I, too, am inspired. Thanks for a great article.

  • elemegibere

    elemegibere said 7 years ago

    Thank you for your great ideas Always have to try Need

  • PaperArtists

    PaperArtists said 7 years ago

    We love to here others' success stories! It makes all good things seem possible! Thanks for sharing! ~PaperArtists

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 7 years ago

    You have such a passion for your dogs. I wonder if you would be able to start a site geared towards dogs that would eventually make enough money for their needs and expose more people to their plight. I think since you have such a love for them-there would be some ideas you could come up with. Blessings on your good hearts!

  • gullcottagecrafts

    gullcottagecrafts said 7 years ago

    Been a fan of your sea urchin jewelry for a while, Keep on selling! Love your stuff

  • jewelsbyjaime

    jewelsbyjaime said 7 years ago

    Beautiful story and work! Thank you for sharing

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts said 7 years ago

    wow, beautiful work! and i really like how they run a business together, a mother-daughter team. go team!

  • coolpauper

    coolpauper said 7 years ago

    I needed this story right about now. I could relate to so much of it, as I am still in the early stages of my own (hopeful) Etsy career. I have experienced the confusion over "work" time and "leisure" time, the stress over money dwindling and no sales coming in, the uncertainty and fears of jumping in and starting out on your own. Their story gave me some needed resolve to keep going and persevere.

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 7 years ago

    You are both so inspirational! I have 5 dogs and a herd of kitties...all rescued too! Some deaf, some disabled and others just getting old! We are a relatively new shop just trying to figure it all out! Having been laid off my old job last year its been tough trying to feed the animals (they only get the best food)not to mention the other bills... but there are two things we have passion for...helping animals in need and our art/creativity! Best to you and your furkids!

  • meretrinkets

    meretrinkets said 7 years ago

    I've looked at many shops on Etsy and yours is my favorite. I learned jewelry making in college but I'm just getting back to it, and hopefully doing more with my daughter as a team. I just wanted to make jewelry now and didn't have any real inventory to work with. You've given me so much inspiration to do it better. I really love your style, your eye, your heart and your gorgeous photography--you two just do it all very well. Congratulations and I hope your business and your leisure grow by leaps and bounds.

  • BodaciousBiddies

    BodaciousBiddies said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring article! I too have many rescued pets...5 dogs and a herd of kitties! Some deaf, some handicapped and some just old! But they are the light of my life! Was laid off my job about 6 months ago ...we are a new shop...just trying to figure out how to make it all work for us on Etsy! High end pet food isnt cheap and as you know neither is vet care but its a small price to pay for the love our furbabies give us! Best to you and your furkids!

  • lakehousejewelrybd

    lakehousejewelrybd said 7 years ago

    As a newbie it is great to hear how you started up. Your shop is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the information.

  • HappyMooseGardenArt

    HappyMooseGardenArt said 7 years ago

    Beautiful pieces, and a fantastic, inspiring article! This is the stuff that keeps me going on Etsy! Thanks SO much!

  • PurePalette

    PurePalette said 7 years ago

    Wow..Thank you for giving me a great inspiration story...Love your work!

  • loosethreads2

    loosethreads2 said 7 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous and it is so refreshing to see a mother and daughter who can not only work together but live together as grown women. You two are obviously very special.

  • VioletVickers

    VioletVickers said 7 years ago

    What a lovely and inspiring read. I am new to Etsy and to selling my work. At times I feel a little daunted with the prospect of promoting my shop amongst all the beautiful work to be found on Etsy but your story has given me the incentive to keep on adding. Well done it seems to me that you have achieved much and I have really enjoyed reading your story and looking at the articles in your shops. I am sure I will be back many times.

  • tmbealbutterfly

    tmbealbutterfly said 7 years ago

    I would love to get where you guys are at right now good for you!!!

  • davir

    davir said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! It was a fantastic interview and it was so inspiring to read.

  • lapomme

    lapomme said 7 years ago

    I loved the advice, "If you do it, do it well," Esther and Estella. more power to the two of you!

  • roroism

    roroism said 7 years ago

    CONGRATS. WE CAN ALL LEARN A LOT FROM YOU! besides of envy all these goodies:-)))

  • LJBabyDesigns

    LJBabyDesigns said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! It sure motivates me and realize that this is possible. I got some good pointers from you! Thank you! Love your work!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful reactions and comments!! Many asked about our drawers so we have blogged about those today for the ones who like to have some more info about those :) http://star-of-the-east.blogspot.com/2010/03/our-creative-space_25.html

  • VALLEYGIRLBEADS

    VALLEYGIRLBEADS said 7 years ago

    You two ladies are complete motivation and inspiration!! Nice interview!

  • HippyChickBeads

    HippyChickBeads said 7 years ago

    Just when I get down I read a great story like yours and it gives me the energy to go back in, and try harder. Thank you!

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 7 years ago

    I always admire your work.Congrats:)

  • kirevi8

    kirevi8 said 7 years ago

    I always admire your work! Congrats:)

  • outdooreducator

    outdooreducator said 7 years ago

    You do have a highly unique product. It's inspiring to see and makes me want to learn new techniques to see what will happen with my shop!

  • PikaStudio

    PikaStudio said 7 years ago

    Great story, very inspiring! And I love your studio!

  • LuluTales

    LuluTales said 7 years ago

    Esther and Estella - your story is very inspiring to an esty newbe. Your work, and dedication, is fabulous. May you both continue to do well and soon get your hard-earned vacation.

  • Knot2Shabby

    Knot2Shabby said 7 years ago

    What an inspiration! Thanks for sharing! As somewhat of a newbie I truly appreciate reading a success story! Congrats!

  • sassyfrass123

    sassyfrass123 said 7 years ago

    Awesome story, beautiful product and workspace! I am a newbie too and this is inspiring. It is proof that the sky IS the Limit. You can tell they are passionate about what they do. It is good encouragement and also a reality check for me, who wants to build Rome in a day. :0)

  • theduskyjewel

    theduskyjewel said 7 years ago

    Very inspirational article! And beautiful items as well as workspace. Thank you for the tips!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 7 years ago

    How Inspiring! Thanks for sharing! Congrats!

  • southerncharmbella

    southerncharmbella said 7 years ago

    I like their work schedule. I think I would be the same way if I were to quit my day job. These kinds of stories inspire me to do better because they did it, I can do it, too. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  • tesorosue

    tesorosue said 7 years ago

    Great story!! Thanks for sharing.

  • camstudiostore

    camstudiostore said 7 years ago

    Great story, thanks!

  • WoodysFlies

    WoodysFlies said 7 years ago

    Nice stuff! Check out Woodys Flies!

  • barbarix

    barbarix said 7 years ago

    great!! nice to know a bit more about you!!

  • saraes26

    saraes26 said 7 years ago

    What a GREAT interview! Your pieces are gorgeous and your words encouraging. I love that you picked up and moved to Turkey. Keep it up!

  • HornCatCreations

    HornCatCreations said 7 years ago

    Beautiful items. Beautiful shop. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us!

  • anne4bags

    anne4bags said 7 years ago

    The passion you have for your work really comes through in your beautiful pieces. What an inspiration to know what can be done. Thanks for sharing so much of your life, and well done.

  • pixiepaper

    pixiepaper said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • turabiannights

    turabiannights said 7 years ago

    I have always admired this shop - ESPECIALLY for the sea urchin things! So wonderful to find out the story behind it! Well done, Esther and Estella!

  • marbled

    marbled said 7 years ago

    Great article!

  • Elbenta

    Elbenta said 7 years ago

    wow! adorable! :)

  • realfaery

    realfaery said 7 years ago

    OOHH? Star, I wish I could have a work shop like that!

  • staroftheeast

    staroftheeast said 7 years ago

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments :)

  • designsbyshel

    designsbyshel said 7 years ago

    I love the article! I really appreciate your the pictures of your workspace. I am currently trying to re do mine and it helps to see what works for other people to feed my ideal space. Best of luck to you!!

  • mainili

    mainili said 7 years ago

    so inspiring...

  • gunnelsvensson

    gunnelsvensson said 6 years ago

    Wonderful story! Thank you very much for sharing. Good luck! Gunnel (Sweden) europeanstreetteam

  • coucheedanslefoin

    coucheedanslefoin said 6 years ago

    Votre histoire me touche beaucoup , vous êtes des modèle chez etsy , et surtout , vos créations sont sublimes !

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 6 years ago

    i just found this article! loved reading it! really nice to see into the life of our team spirit leader! :) xox

  • irisglaser

    irisglaser said 6 years ago

    thanks for your story,it is very inspiring. i'm also a working mom/designer with a 3 year old daughter.. I'm inspired by the idea of working together with my daughter to create beautiful things.. the value is not just in the products you create but the relationship you have with one another very special and inspiring example of moms and daughters thanks and best of luck i hope to purchase one of your creatons someday soon..maybe as a gift for my mother or daughter Iris Toronto, Canada

  • AncaNY

    AncaNY said 6 years ago

    Loved your story. I am sorry I got to it so late. I always though you to be one of the most creative shops in the jewelry catgory. I am happy for your susscess and your serenity. And you have 14 dogs! My kind of gals..... Best of luck to you. Keep creating.

  • minouc

    minouc said 6 years ago

    Dear Estella and Esther, I've just read your interview from 1 year ago... What a great and inspirational story! My mother and I have been working together on jewelry-making for 2 years now. We cannot make it a fulltime job (yet?), but we would love to achieve the same results as you do! We;re still searching for the best way to present ourselves and so on. As you said, it will probably take 3 years to reach a certain point... We will not give up... Your story has been very inspiring! Thank you and keep on going, you make such beautiful jewelry! Kind regards from Minouc and Nienke from Holland.

  • SirliMosaic

    SirliMosaic said 6 years ago

    I´m speechless, you are SO great :)

  • puikeprent

    puikeprent said 6 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Thanks!

  • LaveraVcreation

    LaveraVcreation said 5 years ago

    Sooooo beautiful, your work is amazing and unique you are an inspiration for mi, Thank you...Congratulation

  • CandanImrak

    Candan from CandanImrak said 5 years ago

    Dear Estella and Ester I'm fond of your creativity and determination. May you have lots of sales all the time... Hope you have time for vacationing now...

  • Craftelina

    vik and ig from Craftelina said 5 years ago

    You are great! Many warmest wishes of success! :))

  • DamsonTreePottery

    Marieanne Cavaciuti from damsontreepottery said 5 years ago

    Fabulous interview and a constantly inspiring shops - well done and hope you've had some holidays now!

  • Minetsy

    Mine Kerget said 5 years ago

    My new favourite Etsy Shop, keep up the great work ladies, you're awsome:)

  • malvalr

    Malena Valcárcel from MalenaValcarcel said 4 years ago

    Just discovered this beautiful shop and these great ladies, what a great team and how inspirational!! Thanks a lot for sharing :)

  • livesmira

    livesmira from SEVILSBAZAAR said 4 years ago

    Ürünleriniz hep favorim oldu,hikayeyi okuyunca ardındaki sıcak insanları da tanıdım..Başarılarınızın devamını diliyorum,umarım bir gün bende benzer şeyler yazabilecek duruma gelirim..Sevgilerimle..

  • FireFlyGardens

    Brooke Hebert from FireFlyGardens said 4 years ago

    Star Of The East is my favorite shop. I loved this interview and found their advice very constructive. Time to give my shop a make over!

  • alisonpiper

    Alison Piper from TiaraDreaming said 4 years ago

    It's late here in Australia but I will make a note to come back here so I can take my time and read more about both of you. I love your story. How refreshing to read your blog, I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon you. I shall return. Sincerely Alison.

  • dcandrews

    dcandrews from dcandrews said 4 years ago

    What an inspiring story and wonderful team! It gives me much hope. Thanks for sharing and the great advice.

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