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Quit Your Day Job: tigerlillyshop

Nov 2, 2009

by tigerlillyshop

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Allison of tigerlillyshop claims that running her own business closely resembles the life cycle of the perennial tiger lily. Her background skills in working for other professional artists combined with a little bit of risk-taking have lent Allison the necessary tools with which to pursue her own full-time creative business.  Her husband has recently been able to quit his own day job in order to help Allison run the business and make their Etsy shop a venture that now supports their family. Allison says she knew they would have to work really hard to make this all happen, but she couldn’t see it any other way, even though this means the occasional “saying no to fun.” Keep reading to find out some of Allison’s best marketing tips including testing out new lines of work and the benefits of joining an Etsy Team.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?
I am a fine artist with a sculpture background. It was natural for me to gravitate to jobs where I used my hands. I worked for a few professional artists and self-employed people early on. I even apprenticed with a furniture upholsterer after my undergraduate studies. It never seemed out of reach to do it on my own.


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

My daughter was six months old when I found Etsy. Looking to sell online, I had been researching consignment and wholesale. I was really desperate to pay my end of the bills since I wasn’t going back to the software/textile production job I had before having my baby. My painter husband’s income couldn’t cover everything, and we relied on my income. Although I had my upholstery shop and working studio set up, there was no way I could work the long hours I was accustomed to. I found Etsy and signed up immediately, and that is the beginning of the wild growth of my tigerlillyshop.

Little did I know, my Etsy shop would take on the characteristics of that old time perennial. Tiger lilies are known to be invasive wild plants. If left unchecked, they grow out of control, just as my shop has done! And it’s a great thing because last year my husband left his mural painting job to make this our sole venture. My sister Maria helps me too; even though she is far away in New Orleans, she has been there for me when I need her. All we can do is try to keep up with it together!

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
I never took a business class or learned about marketing myself as an artist. This was all built out of necessity and intuition. My Shrinky Dink rings with original drawings were my first real success here. I am so thankful that I had that original pack around while I was trying to figure out what to sell. I started my shop with those rings. From there I branched out over time to include vintage component jewelry, the button jewelry line, one of a kind metalwork, and electroforming. All of these lines are informed by my personal material sense and skills as an artist. I make what I want to and luckily, people seem to like what I make. My education at MICA and having my MFA from Edinboro University of PA informs this, I am sure.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
When I began, I hung out in the Chat Rooms and the Forums; it was about building a community for me at that point. Since then, I have used online networking sites like Flickr with great results, I started my blog, then ventured into Facebook, and I even tweet a tiny bit. But my absolute greatest marketing weapon has been with my BEST girls. The motivation and professionalism in the Baltimore Etsy Street Team has been a powerhouse of promotion. We have done a ton of online promoting with each other and all contribute to our Team blog (which just won an award!). The sheer talent of these ladies is probably enough for them to succeed, but we have capitalized on group networking at shows with Team business cards both locally and regionally. We all volunteer, using our talents in different ways to promote our group. This hard work has paid off with some major printed press in Baltimore Magazine last holiday season.

We have some rockstar sellers on BEST like blockpartypress, TheBrokenPlate, elisasherejewelry, greenstarstudio, just to name a few of the now sixty members. It doesn’t hurt that we have a diverse group with backgrounds ranging from marketing, web development, wholesale gallery experience, teaching, photography, and more. We all work hard at it, especially our Team leader, jenmenkhaus.

I did the Baltimore American Craft Council trade show this year, applying as an AltCraft Artist. This program is an opportunity for artists and indie designers to gain national exposure at a well-established show. As a result of showing there, I got a ton of press on TV, in print, and online. I was proud to be there with my fellow BEST teammate sweetpepita, who showed in the same section! I was not aware of how powerful the marketing behind these major trade shows are. Artists get really good promotion out of these types of venues.

Because of my ACC experience, I took a chance on applying for the Etsy Pavilion at the NYC OOAK Show in December — and got accepted! I am really looking forward to seeing what happens in this show’s premiere year in New York City. I had a peek at the marketing package this show has lined up and it is going to be advertised everywhere.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I paid a lot of money once to be part of an open studio tour event — total bomb. I got to drink all the beer we bought for our no-show visitors, though!

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • I get my daughter breakfast and watch PBS with her. Coffee and check in online.
  • Then studio time most of the day. By studio time, I mean anything from ripping down the latest upholstery job, sewing, pattern-making, doing metalwork, electroforming, making buttons, taking/editing photos, listing online, networking online, assembling orders, shipping and the boring data entry part of the business.
  • My husband and I take turns throughout the week taking care of preschool days, parenting our daughter, and alternating studio hours.

Working from home and being full-time parents is a really tough thing to balance. We try to keep to our weekly schedule. It runs smoothly most of the time since we live where we work and have a large studio to spread out in. My daughter has her own corner of the studio here, where I try to keep her busy if she wants to be around during production time. She is now 4, so if she is not painting or creating something, she is most likely riding her scooter underfoot or “playing ponies” all day.


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

I love not having a boss. I hate having someone tell me what to do, and I have too much ambition, too many ideas and I work too hard to give my energy to anyone other than my own family. I knew we would have to work really hard to make this all happen, but I couldn’t see it any other way. I know my husband feels the same way about leaving his job. We do miss the social element of a “job” but we have made up for that by making more of an effort to visit with friends.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
First, being disciplined enough to deal with the boring paperwork end — yuck. But at least my husband and I are working on this system together. When you are in business for yourself, the work doesn’t ever really go away, something is always up next. The next hardest thing is having to say no to fun occasionally. There are times when my husband and daughter are out doing fun stuff while I buckle down in the studio. Or maybe we are at a craft show somewhere, and we all miss a great party or something. We do have to say no to fun sometimes, unfortunately. But we do get to spend a lot of time together, and this is great.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself?
To myself, I would say, “You need to get more organized, crazy lady. Really. You should start on that NOW.” To someone else, I would advise, “It is SO worth it, go for it! Research and be smart about your decisions. If you are motivated in your talent, you can do anything you want to do. In this great nation we live in, the sky is the limit.” I would really say that to any of you out there, I truly believe it!

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?
I will be picking up more wholesale accounts for my different lines of jewelry. I also hope to offer more upholstered and soft home goods in my shop this year. Stay tuned!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
The growth of this business has not been linear. I have had to learn many things along the way. Attending workshops and the support from my BEST girls have helped me to fill in the blanks as needed. Yes, this is all a lot of work, but I have been able to achieve a manageable balance of art-making and motherhood. I am still learning and anticipate great things on the horizon. How wild will this tigerlillyshop grow? Come visit me at the Etsy Pavilion at the NYC OOAK Show in December! I can’t wait! Long live Etsy!

 

 

Have another question for Allison?

Chat with her live in Etsy’s Virtual Labs on Thursday Nov. 5th at 4 p.m. Eastern.

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

Budding Branch Necklace, Bronze Branch Necklace
Budding Branch Necklace, Bronze Branch Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$36.00 USD
Hydrangea Earrings, Botanical Jewelry, Flower Petal Earrings
Hydrangea Earrings, Botanical Jewelry, Flower Petal Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$35.00 USD
Hydrangea Earrings, Copper or Brass, Botanical Jewelry
Hydrangea Earrings, Copper or Brass, Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$25.00 USD
Silver Twig Necklace, Branch Necklace, Tree Jewerly
Silver Twig Necklace, Branch Necklace, Tree Jewerly
tigerlillyshop
$65.00 USD
Copper Tie Clip, Tie Bar, Forged Tie Bar
Copper Tie Clip, Tie Bar, Forged Tie Bar
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Cicada Wing Necklace, Copper or Brass, Real Insect Jewelry
Cicada Wing Necklace, Copper or Brass, Real Insect Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$38.00 USD
Medium Acorn Necklace, Bronze Acorn Necklace, Budding Acorn Necklace
Medium Acorn Necklace, Bronze Acorn Necklace, Budding Acorn Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$45.00 USD
Bronze Ring, Iris Seed Pod Ring, Nature Casting
Bronze Ring, Iris Seed Pod Ring, Nature Casting
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Maple Seed Earrings - Medium, Bronze Dangle Earrings, Maple Seeds
Maple Seed Earrings - Medium, Bronze Dangle Earrings, Maple Seeds
tigerlillyshop
$65.00 USD
Sterling Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Hydrangea Silver Earrings
Sterling Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Hydrangea Silver Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Handmade Brass Botanical Jewelry
Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Handmade Brass Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Silver Hydrangea Earrings, Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Preserved Nature Jewelry
Silver Hydrangea Earrings, Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Preserved Nature Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$36.00 USD
Medium Maple Seed Necklace, Bronze, Nature Jewelry, Botanical Jewelry
Medium Maple Seed Necklace, Bronze, Nature Jewelry, Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$45.00 USD
Maple Seed Necklace, Double Maple Seed, Sterling Silver Necklace
Maple Seed Necklace, Double Maple Seed, Sterling Silver Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$85.00 USD
Money Clip, Bronze with Leaf Pattern, Groomsmen Gift
Money Clip, Bronze with Leaf Pattern, Groomsmen Gift
tigerlillyshop
$50.00 USD
Twig Necklace, Bronze Linden Branch Necklace
Twig Necklace, Bronze Linden Branch Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$25.00 USD
Horn Shell Necklace, Bronze Seashell Necklace
Horn Shell Necklace, Bronze Seashell Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$45.00 USD
Sterling Silver Tie Clip, Silver Tie Bar, Narrow Ties
Sterling Silver Tie Clip, Silver Tie Bar, Narrow Ties
tigerlillyshop
$45.00 USD
Hydrangea Petal Necklace, Brass Flower Petal Necklace, Botanical Necklace
Hydrangea Petal Necklace, Brass Flower Petal Necklace, Botanical Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$28.00 USD
Fern Earrings,  Copper Earrings, Botanical Jewelry
Fern Earrings, Copper Earrings, Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$30.00 USD
Fern Earrings, Copper or Brass, Pressed Fern Earrings
Fern Earrings, Copper or Brass, Pressed Fern Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$25.00 USD
Large Maple Seed Necklace, Bronze, Nature Jewelry, Botanical Jewelry
Large Maple Seed Necklace, Bronze, Nature Jewelry, Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$50.00 USD
Copper Hydrangea Petal Necklace, Hydrangea Necklace
Copper Hydrangea Petal Necklace, Hydrangea Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$18.00 USD
Hydrangea Jewelry, Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet, Botanical Silver Jewelry
Hydrangea Jewelry, Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet, Botanical Silver Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$160.00 USD
Hydrangea Petal Ring, Copper Cuff Ring, Pressed Hydrangea Petal
Hydrangea Petal Ring, Copper Cuff Ring, Pressed Hydrangea Petal
tigerlillyshop
$25.00 USD
Fern Ring, Copper Cuff Ring, Pressed Fern Ring
Fern Ring, Copper Cuff Ring, Pressed Fern Ring
tigerlillyshop
$25.00 USD
Real Feather Necklace, Brass Feather Necklace
Real Feather Necklace, Brass Feather Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$30.00 USD
Twig Necklace, Sterling Silver Necklace
Twig Necklace, Sterling Silver Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$35.00 USD
Double Maple Seed Necklace, Nature Jewelry, Bronze
Double Maple Seed Necklace, Nature Jewelry, Bronze
tigerlillyshop
$45.00 USD
Tiny Acorn Necklace, Silver Acorn Necklace, Preserved Botanical Jewelry
Tiny Acorn Necklace, Silver Acorn Necklace, Preserved Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$46.00 USD
Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Handmade Jewelry,  Copper or Brass Earrings
Hydrangea Petal Earrings, Handmade Jewelry, Copper or Brass Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$30.00 USD
Feather Earrings, Sterling Silver Feather Earrings
Feather Earrings, Sterling Silver Feather Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Fern Earrings, Brass Botanical Jewelry
Fern Earrings, Brass Botanical Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$30.00 USD
Silver Tie Clip, Silver Tie Bar, Groomsmen
Silver Tie Clip, Silver Tie Bar, Groomsmen
tigerlillyshop
$60.00 USD
Hydrangea Ring, Copper or Brass, Hydrangea Petal Ring
Hydrangea Ring, Copper or Brass, Hydrangea Petal Ring
tigerlillyshop
$38.00 USD
Sterling Silver Ring, Iris Seed Pod Ring
Sterling Silver Ring, Iris Seed Pod Ring
tigerlillyshop
$80.00 USD
Branch Earrings, Twig Earrings, Twig Jewerly
Branch Earrings, Twig Earrings, Twig Jewerly
tigerlillyshop
$30.00 USD
Small Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
Small Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$55.00 USD
Large Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
Large Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$85.00 USD
Brass Earrings, Vintage Orchid Earrings
Brass Earrings, Vintage Orchid Earrings
tigerlillyshop
$14.00 USD
Medium Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
Medium Sterling Silver Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$60.00 USD
Small Bronze Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
Small Bronze Acorn Necklace, Botanical Jewelry, Acorn Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$40.00 USD
Hydrangea Necklace, Silver Hydrangea Petal Jewelry
Hydrangea Necklace, Silver Hydrangea Petal Jewelry
tigerlillyshop
$32.00 USD
Real Feather Necklace, Sterling Silver Feather Necklace
Real Feather Necklace, Sterling Silver Feather Necklace
tigerlillyshop
$32.00 USD

163 comments

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 8 years ago

    Congradulations. Your jewelry is beautiful!

  • ShaneLilyRain

    ShaneLilyRain said 8 years ago

    Wonderful Work!! Great article :)

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 8 years ago

    Congrats! All your work is beautiful!!!

  • squidart

    squidart said 8 years ago

    What an adorable family, tigerlilley! Love the necklaces!

  • monkeyandsquirrel

    monkeyandsquirrel said 8 years ago

    how wonderful! congrats to you and your lovely family on all of your success. and long live etsy indeed :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great story! Nice products! Conrats!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Great article! Nice products! Congratulations

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 8 years ago

    wow, i am loving the pictures of your workshop! fabulous article, congrats! :D

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful work! I love the acorn necklace.

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 8 years ago

    Thanks Allison for your inspiring story. A big CONGRATS to you and your family for your well deserved success!! I think it must truly be awesome for you to be paid for doing what you love...and to be home amongst it all.

  • jennyjen42

    jennyjen42 said 8 years ago

    awesome Allison! you are my inspiration!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  • yummyandcompany

    yummyandcompany said 8 years ago

    great article... you are the BEST!!!! so proud of you!

  • glowgirl16

    glowgirl16 said 8 years ago

    Always love reading these inspirational stories - creativity, hard work and a love for what you do shines through! I love the broad range of what you make! Very cool...

  • glowgirl16

    glowgirl16 said 8 years ago

    Love reading these success stories - great ideas, hard work and a love for what you do really shines through!

  • HollybyGollie

    HollybyGollie said 8 years ago

    I love reading these stories. Very Inspiring.

  • greenstarstudio

    greenstarstudio said 8 years ago

    wonderful article, Allison! totally inspirational. You're definitely one to keep an eye on. Thanks for the mention--- SO glad i get to work with you and share in your talent.

  • Cantrix

    Cantrix said 8 years ago

    Really great article, thanks!

  • tigerlillyshop

    tigerlillyshop said 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone! Hopefully I can keep up with this holiday season. We Have big things on the horizon.

  • VivatHandmade

    VivatHandmade said 8 years ago

    Fabulous! I love reading the Quit Your Day Job series! Maybe someday...

  • blockpartypress

    blockpartypress said 8 years ago

    Great article Allison! I learned all kinds of new stuff about you! I so admire your amazing productivity and commitment to your craft and your family! Thanks for the shout out too!

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 8 years ago

    Allison, you made me cry! You are such an inspriration, I loved reading this feature, your personality and enthusiasm totally came though. Congrats, you deserve it 100%.

  • amadison

    amadison said 8 years ago

    Allison, you really are a superstar!

  • plumcreek22

    plumcreek22 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations--great studio pics. I've been a fan since 2006.

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 8 years ago

    Well done! Your things are wonderful, Tigerlilly!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 8 years ago

    this is awesome, i relate with a lot of what you said. congratulations!

  • SpaTherapy

    SpaTherapy said 8 years ago

    Inspiring story!! Congrats!!!

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 8 years ago

    OMG, Mary! Awesome picks! Love lace bowl!

  • kimbascrafts

    kimbascrafts said 8 years ago

    Your stuff is beautiful. Congratulations on your success!

  • WynnStudio

    WynnStudio said 8 years ago

    Huzzah! Well done my dear! WELL DONE! xox

  • michon

    michon said 8 years ago

    congratulations, and best of luck at the NYC show!

  • happyhound

    happyhound said 8 years ago

    I always think it is interesting to see the progression of these successful Etsy sellers- from Shrinky Dink rings to this! Congratulations Tigerlilly!

  • herekitty

    herekitty said 8 years ago

    Allison, you're my hero! Congrats and good luck, ~Cat

  • SlimHands

    SlimHands said 8 years ago

    beautiful jewelry!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    thanks for the peek inside your life -and studio!! great article!!

  • LoveTaryn

    LoveTaryn said 8 years ago

    Amazing jewelry! Congratulations on your success!!! :)

  • ItsBella

    ItsBella said 8 years ago

    what a beautiful shop! Congrats Tigerlilly!!

  • juleahdiane

    juleahdiane said 8 years ago

    beautiful creations! :)

  • shellydaly

    shellydaly said 8 years ago

    Wowza!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    I love these articles! So inspiring! Wishing you continued success with your business, Tigerlilly!

  • sweetpepita

    sweetpepita said 8 years ago

    gorgeous! I love everything about your story, Allison.

  • CEKCustomDesigns

    CEKCustomDesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats Allison!!! Such a great story you have and it's so awesome that you and your husband are doing this together!

  • sugarpaperie

    sugarpaperie said 8 years ago

    wow! you've really earned this great success!

  • AngelasAlchemy

    AngelasAlchemy said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on your success!

  • lealerjcreates

    lealerjcreates said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! I love these stories!

  • pinkkiss

    pinkkiss said 8 years ago

    Great article!! You guys are so cute:)

  • blackscrapcat

    blackscrapcat said 8 years ago

    You inspire me! I want my hubby to quit his day job too! We've been hoping for years to do find work to do together from home, and I'd love for my hobby to be it.

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story :) Beautiful shop too!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Allison! Best wishes for continued success!

  • DowntownGirlDesigns

    DowntownGirlDesigns said 8 years ago

    Very inspiring story! Nice shop too :)

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 8 years ago

    Great shop! Congratulations!

  • doxallodesigns

    doxallodesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome write-up!! Congrats on the feature and on making your shop work!! I am so proud to be a new member of BEST!!! Janice

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    You are wearing a lot of hats and doing a great job at it. I loved the article on you and your shop.

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success!I love these articles great inspiration!

  • TerrierTrousers

    TerrierTrousers said 8 years ago

    Great real life story and it gives all of us hope that want to take that leap into ones own business. Coming from being without a job for almost a year...Etsy has given me hope and so has all the inspirational stories like yours. Congrats and keep us up to date!! :)

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 8 years ago

    Love your story and those pieces of jewelry you included are just amazing! very original work, congrats on your success!!!

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 8 years ago

    so. very. cool. i am totally impressed.....:) thanks for letting us have a peek into your life & talents, allison!

  • craftaria

    craftaria said 8 years ago

    Congratulation for your success! Good luck for the future.

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 8 years ago

    I can relate to what you say about getting organized. My studio resembles yours!

  • michellepujol

    michellepujol said 8 years ago

    Well done on your success, its always nice to here of other crafters and jewellers making it on their own.

  • handbagcave

    handbagcave said 8 years ago

    whats up with those annoying huge posts?

  • foundling

    foundling said 8 years ago

    I've admired tigerlilyshop for a long time! It's so nice to see you featured!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    Beautiful cuff bracelet. All is wonderful. Congratulations, and I enjoyed reading about your business and routine!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    It's great to hear about the success of the BEST team. The networking and support that is available through Etsy is wonderful. Life in the arts can be isolating, we all need some support. Even to only share stories about the highs and the lows. Nice story!

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 8 years ago

    wow cool.got to fav the shop.& congrats :)

  • ManoCelebrates

    ManoCelebrates said 8 years ago

    Awesome work and great story! Good luck for the future!

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 8 years ago

    Great inspiration! Lovely items too :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Loved all the pictures taken and such a cute family! http://twitter.com/MoradoShop http://www.facebook.com/MoradoShop

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story & the inspiration from it! Beautiful works!

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story & the inspiration from it! Beautiful works!

  • Oriol

    Oriol said 8 years ago

    O.O Great article, love to read such inspiring histories!

  • kateblack

    kateblack said 8 years ago

    Go Allison!

  • RedBracelet

    RedBracelet said 8 years ago

    A CELEBRATION FOR JEWELLERY LOVERS ~~!@

  • RedBracelet

    RedBracelet said 8 years ago

    ~~!@

  • SaltwaterDesigns

    SaltwaterDesigns said 8 years ago

    Really cool. I love the variety of jewelry here --- this proves you can make whatever you love!! Good luck at the OOAK show, I'd love to check that out.

  • mydearthing

    mydearthing said 8 years ago

    This seller was my very first purchase on etsy. I have been watching her grow since I signed up here and I am so happy she has put in all the hard work to make her shop what it is today! Congratulations and all the best for the future!

  • mydearthing

    mydearthing said 8 years ago

    This seller was my very first purchase on etsy. I have been watching her grow since I signed up here and I am so happy she has put in all the hard work to make her shop what it is today! Congratulations and all the best for the future!

  • thirtyonedesigns

    thirtyonedesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats! You're very talented :)

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 8 years ago

    Congratulations Allison! You're a hard working woman!

  • abigailleigh

    abigailleigh said 8 years ago

    Such an inspiration right here in Baltimore!!!!!

  • alittlecrazywithwax

    alittlecrazywithwax said 8 years ago

    congrads

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congratulations and wishing you every success in the future!

  • pascalepetit

    pascalepetit said 8 years ago

    Beautiful creations!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 8 years ago

    I love your story. Thank you for sharing with it us! ^_^ I'm so inspired whenever I read your articles.

  • beezmiller

    beezmiller said 8 years ago

    Great story. You go girl!

  • CoffeeShop

    CoffeeShop said 8 years ago

    Great Stuff. You're living my dream.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    Great read! Nice to see an Etsy vet in the spotlight!

  • JiSTdesigns

    JiSTdesigns said 8 years ago

    You're living my dream as well... Excellent article. Thank you!

  • sbdesignz

    sbdesignz said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Such pretty items for sale!

  • 23rdstreetvintage

    23rdstreetvintage said 8 years ago

    My favorite QYDJ story to date!!

  • 23rdstreetvintage

    23rdstreetvintage said 8 years ago

    My favorite QYDJ to date!!

  • elpy

    elpy said 8 years ago

    mwah! yay! i'm so excited to see a name i remember from red room chat days in the QYDJ. :)

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 8 years ago

    happy for you and thank you for sharing your story!

  • cheepcheep

    cheepcheep said 8 years ago

    This was really inspirational and a great motivational piece! I hope one day to be able to quit my 9 to 5 permanently and do the same as Allison.

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Congrats! Inspiring story. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing!

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 8 years ago

    Fantastic article! You were my husband's first Etsy purchase, which was a shrink-plastic ring that I asked for. Yay!!!

  • underoakstudios

    underoakstudios said 8 years ago

    Yay! Love your stuff. Great article!

  • EmeraldCityEmporium

    EmeraldCityEmporium said 8 years ago

    Awesome shop, great article! So inspiring :) :)

  • photoglassworks

    photoglassworks said 8 years ago

    LOVE tigerlilly! Inspiring words of wisdom from a talented and smart lady! Thanks Allison! I still have my Japanese print ring from 4 years ago!

  • ScentedLuxuries

    ScentedLuxuries said 8 years ago

    Nice shop and nice article. Congratulations!

  • grannysthimble

    grannysthimble said 8 years ago

    Congrats...Beautiful work. UNIQUE

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 8 years ago

    Fantastic story & beautiful shop! Congrats!

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 8 years ago

    I love reading of these stories, very interesting to see how the play out there day! Great Read!

  • ladaworks

    ladaworks said 8 years ago

    Great story, great shop. Congratulation.

  • LoveForEarth

    LoveForEarth said 8 years ago

    Lovely shop! Congrats on your continued success!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 8 years ago

    Congrats and here's to your continued success!!

  • SallyRags

    SallyRags said 8 years ago

    A great artist, business woman and MOM! Congrats!

  • zaperoco

    zaperoco said 8 years ago

    Congrats on this article. Thank for sharing your experience.

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing ~ love your AMAZING success story!

  • schmooks

    schmooks said 8 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • cram

    cram said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration - hope I can quit my day job and go Etsy full time one of these days!

  • cram

    cram said 8 years ago

    Thanks for your inspiration - hopefully I'll be able to quit my day job one of these day!

  • 1022SeaShellAve

    1022SeaShellAve said 8 years ago

    Congrats to you and your family :)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Congrats! You deserve it!

  • emcee

    emcee said 8 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • tigerlillyshop

    tigerlillyshop said 8 years ago

    Wow, thanks guys! Such great comments from some of you old schoolers. Remember when listing on Etsy was free and you could keep up w/ the forums? Red Room chat when admin would hang in there sometimes... I feel old. lol! Really, thanks everybody;)

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 8 years ago

    What an inspiring and eloquent artist!! Thanks, tigerlilly and I wish you much success in the future! Dori

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    niiiiice!!! congrats!!! glad to hear that another family is in:)

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 8 years ago

    that's a great interview! very inspiring! I hope to be in such an amazing place myself someday : CONGRADS!

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 8 years ago

    what a great interview! very inspiring! I hope to be in a such a great place with my etsy business someday!

  • visart

    visart said 8 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry, congrats!

  • ArtistaStyle

    ArtistaStyle said 8 years ago

    thats gotta be some of the most beautiful jewelery i have seen, such delicate work, congratulations on having talent AND gutts!

  • snollygosters

    snollygosters said 8 years ago

    Love, love, love those acorns! must have one. Congratulations on all your success!

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 8 years ago

    I have always been happy for your success Allison, you deserve it!

  • outspokenjewelry

    outspokenjewelry said 8 years ago

    I love the simplicity. Beautiful!

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 8 years ago

    Cunning stuff! Must be a dream come true to have such success with your creations. : )

  • lterrill9

    lterrill9 said 8 years ago

    Great article, great inspiration! Keep up the wonderful work and always remember to enjoy what you do! Best wishes!

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 8 years ago

    well done!

  • nonchaloir

    nonchaloir said 8 years ago

    What a great article! You are such an inspiration to me (a brand new etsy seller). Thank you for sharing your story and your insight. It is so helpful!!! Way to go!!

  • millalove

    millalove said 8 years ago

    Wow wow wow! Your workshop is heaven!

  • primitiveartdeco

    primitiveartdeco said 8 years ago

    Great job! Congrats!

  • amysfunkyfibers

    amysfunkyfibers said 8 years ago

    HI it's amazing that you can keep track of so much! Enjoyed reading the article. Keep up the good work!

  • MeowBarkArt

    MeowBarkArt said 8 years ago

    What a delightful story... I especially like your statement about how you work too hard to give your energy to anyone other than your family... what a wonderful realization. Congrats & best wishes for continued success!

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 8 years ago

    Great job. It's always so inspiring reading stories like yours. I just started listing items in my shop about three weeks ago, and am encouraged by reading articles like this. I would love for this to become my fulltime job as well. I know it's a lot of hard work, but when you're doing something you really love it's never really drudgery, is it. Congratulations!

  • JoshuaByOak

    JoshuaByOak said 8 years ago

    Oops, I think I just lost what I just wrote. In a nutshell, congrats! Hope to quit my day job as well someday. sigh

  • colourbazaar

    colourbazaar said 8 years ago

    Great and inspiring article. Well done.

  • RocKandy777

    RocKandy777 said 8 years ago

    I really enjoyed this!!!

  • RitualBath

    RitualBath said 8 years ago

    Great article, I love seeing how you setup your work, and that horn chair, WOW. Congrats!

  • Pearlk2

    Pearlk2 said 8 years ago

    beautiful work

  • sbdesignz

    sbdesignz said 8 years ago

    Congrats! You have such nice items for sale!

  • NewCreatioNZ

    NewCreatioNZ said 8 years ago

    What an inspiration - thank you!

  • talchen

    talchen said 8 years ago

    Beautiful story!Good luck with the OOK show

  • deluxejunque

    deluxejunque said 8 years ago

    Congrats on this feature, nice to see a fellow Charm City dweller achieving so much! Maybe we'll see you in Htown!

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 8 years ago

    I so much think and feel the same way as you regarding not liking to have a boss, i am working very hard to make my business a success and since I have been made redundant this week from my main job I am taking the risk of making my cushions work!! Thanks for your story, a great source of inspiration!! Good luck with your business and family. Regards from London http://chocolatecreative.blogspot.com/ The SKY is the limit!!

  • bstrung

    bstrung said 8 years ago

    I love your work! Thanks for the information.

  • CLineCreations

    CLineCreations said 8 years ago

    Congratulations! It's so great that you get such quality family time since you (and your husband) are your own bosses. Best of luck at the NYC OOAK show -- my neck of the woods!

  • Isette

    Isette said 8 years ago

    I love what you said - "I have too much ambition, too many ideas and I work too hard to give my energy to anyone other than my own family." congrats!

  • yabettasupadont

    yabettasupadont said 8 years ago

    go sista', shake yur booty get groovy!

  • buenahelena

    buenahelena said 8 years ago

    This is awesome Allison! You and Maria inspire me so much!

  • buenahelena

    buenahelena said 8 years ago

    so awesome allison!all you fomich girls are amazing!

  • buenahelena

    buenahelena said 8 years ago

    and apparently I put in 2 redundant comments on accident...

  • reworkedart

    reworkedart said 8 years ago

    your stuff is beautiful! thanks for the tips

  • pattiayn

    pattiayn said 8 years ago

    So nice to read about your great support system. Your shop is full of beautiful things.

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser said 8 years ago

    I just love the acorn!! great item :)

  • sashasutton

    sashasutton said 8 years ago

    There are soo many beautiful thngs here. I wonder if ther is a waty to list my 2 items and credit the fees to my first sale as I recently was diagnoses w/ a terminal illness and am waiting for disability, and do not have the few dollars to pay at this time. Any way able? Sincerely,Sue Wegloski

  • laura1953

    laura1953 said 8 years ago

    A main stumbling block for me is health/dental insurance. If I quit my day job, it will become a significant monthly expense. (As is the case for many others in my position!) Do you know of any insurance companies that cater to small business owners or craftspeople/artists? Your input would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, and best of success and happiness in your work! Laura

  • HazelmoonflyHairBows

    HazelmoonflyHairBows said 8 years ago

    An inspiration. Go artistic mommas!

  • SpiritMama

    SpiritMama said 8 years ago

    Congrats on your success!

  • DebsUpcycledArt

    DebsUpcycledArt said 8 years ago

    very inspiring and informative..thanks!

  • ashleyeaston

    ashleyeaston said 8 years ago

    Inspiring! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

  • tigerlillyshop

    tigerlillyshop said 7 years ago

    Because of this feature, we were also featured on CNN! check it out: http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/business/2010/01/26/feyerick.dream.jobs.cnn

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