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Quit Your Day Job: uniqueartpendants

Mar 1, 2011

by Mary Andrews

How did you originally get into jewelry making?
For the past 15 years, my parents have been making and selling fused glass jewelry. I have always had an interest and over the years I learned a lot of the jewelry business from them as well as how to sell at art and craft shows.

Tell us about your previous working situation and how you discovered Etsy.
I worked at a shelter for abused and neglected kids, ages 1-13, who were removed from their homes by the state of Minnesota. For years my main goal at work was to gain trust by making kids smile through my off-beat humor, my even more off-beat (literally!) dancing skills, and maybe most importantly, through devoting my attention. It was a job that was heavy on the heart and soul at times, seeing first hand what people can do to their own children. After a few years, I found myself feeling blue and had a hard time not bringing the sad emotions of abuse home with me.

That’s when the need for change began to stir inside me. I had spent years taking care of other people and not really taking care of my own personal dreams and aspirations. I had gone to art college and I’ve always been an artist and enjoyed making things, so I started doing craft shows on the weekends for fun. A friend of mine who saw I was becoming more and more successful told me, “You need to check out this awesome site called Etsy. I think it’s right up your alley.” Those were the best words I ever heard!

Did you do anything to prepare for making the transition into full time selling?
Taking the plunge and leaving a constant paycheck can be a very scary thing to do. I worked a lot of overtime, saved my money and paid off my debt. Honestly, I knew I still had a bit of wanderlust inside of me and that I wouldn’t be able to travel once I knuckled down and started the business. So I went to Europe and got inspired.

What is your best marketing tip?
My Facebook fan page
has been a super great free tool for me. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t have a lot of Facebook “fans” on your page. Think of it as a portal — lots of buyers tell me they found me through Facebook and went directly to my Etsy shop to buy. Facebook has also provided me with wonderful opportunities to spread the word about my brand:

  • I was found and contacted by the high profile website, Jezebel. They get millions of views per month by my target customer demographic and they featured one of my cuff bracelets as a prize for a contest on their website. I sold a ton that day from the exposure.
  • I was also contacted by The Budget Fashionista (frequent style contributor to television shows such as NBC’s TODAY Show, CNN Headline News, E! News and ABC’s Good Morning America, etc.) through Facebook and she ended up featuring one of my lockets on her website with a link to my Etsy shop.

What’s been your most popular item to date?
My cuff bracelets! I think the whimsical, quirky styles make people smile. Plus they’re affordable, and very fun to wear.

Rumor has it a piece of yours was spotted on the red carpet; how did that feel?
Exciting! My work got close to Johnny Depp! One of my graphic necklaces was worn on the red carpet by a production member of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Can you dish on the details of how it came about?
I have to keep it a bit confidential for them as my customer, but I can tell you they purchased the necklace here on Etsy and contacted me to let me know it was going to be worn on the red carpet. I had to pinch myself because it came out of the blue! It was very exciting and this just reconfirms that there is a wide range of people who shop on Etsy.

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
Time management for sure. I am an artist, a mother, a business owner, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a friend. That’s a lot of things to be and a lot of hats to wear at the same time. It can get very busy and easy to lose touch and get caught up in it all.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
My favorite thing is being able to take a day off whenever I need to! No sucking up to some demented boss on a power trip. Wait, did I just write that? To all my past bosses who may be reading this: I really enjoyed working for you.

Is there anything you miss?
I do miss having coworkers and the friendships you make at work. I try to replace that with the Etsy community. I have found lots of good friends though the Forums here and often log on to find the most heartfelt and amazing convos from them. I love you guys!

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Work doesn’t always end at 5 p.m. like most jobs. There have been some nights where I’m in the studio working late while my husband is having fun playing with our kids. Although I can say, on the rare occasions, when our two-year-old, Lucy, decides to raise the decibels just to reconfirm to herself and her brother actually how loud she can scream for ice cream, working late that night is not all that bad.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself or someone considering a similar path knowing what you know now?
One of my favorite quotes comes from George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” I wish I would have become self-employed sooner! Stop blowing your money. Save it. Pay off your debt and take the plunge. You’ll never know if you can be a successful business owner unless you try.

Have any favorite Etsy shops we should know about?

  • PeaceCraneGreetings – They’re perfect for folks like me who never quite get the greeting card in the mailbox. Wendi has solved the problem — all you do is order them and she signs your name and ships them directly to the recipient. My mom actually cried when she received the “I love that you’re my mother” card.
  • aandboriginals – Angela makes the coolest fingerless gloves. She uses lots of hip and beautiful colors and they’re very reasonably priced. Very cool and perfect for spring.
  • bettejaneshop – I really like Rachael’s embellished headbands. They’re great styles and super comfortable to wear.
  • Strangeling – Jasmine is an amazing artist and I’ve enjoyed working on a collaborative project with her.

Is there anything else you would like to share?
I would like to tell people if your sales are slow or you’re feeling kind of down, just remember, all of the people featured in this Quit Your Day Job series started on Etsy with no sales too. Keep the faith! You never really know who’s on Etsy and looking through your shop.

As I was answering these questions and preparing this interview I was contacted by the Paranormal Research Society (the same group who have the television show on A&E called “Paranormal State”). One of the members was looking through my Etsy shop and and liked my cuff bracelets. Now, after a few emails, I am going to design exclusive custom bracelets with their logo for their P.R.S. website in time for the season 5 airing of “Paranormal State” — and it’s all because of my little Etsy shop!


Thanks for sharing your story, Molly. Check out her work in the Seller’s Items below.

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417 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 5 years ago

    Love your shop! Beautiful! Great advice too! Congrats to you!!!

  • efratdeutsch

    efratdeutsch said 5 years ago

    Congratulation! And great advice :)

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 5 years ago

    Love this interview! I always enjoy your forum posts too. love Paranormal State! Congrats to you.

  • dboatrightoriginals

    dboatrightoriginals said 5 years ago

    Great advice, there is hope for us dreamers..Oh and I love your shop!!

  • virginiaclara

    virginiaclara said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the great advice and inspiration! Congratulations!

  • jillatay

    jillatay said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the encouraging words.

  • DecadesOfVintage

    DecadesOfVintage said 5 years ago

    You art work and your cuff bracelets have been a favorite of mine for a long time. Your story is inspiring. Thanks for sharing

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 5 years ago

    Fabulous shop, fantastic artisan! I wish you much continued success!

  • GardenDesignsinClay

    GardenDesignsinClay said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirational words to keep pushing on! Best regards- joanna

  • aandboriginals

    aandboriginals said 5 years ago

    This is a fantastic article, and Congrats Molly on Quitting Your Day Job !!!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats and much success to you!

  • amberike

    amberike said 5 years ago

    Love the Cuffs. Great feature.

  • CheltenhamRoad

    CheltenhamRoad said 5 years ago

    Terrific interview - thank you for doing it. And I must say, I'm not a jewelry person but your work is so very cool it makes even me want to own it!

  • papercutworks

    papercutworks said 5 years ago

    Stunning work! I too work with old dictionary pages & love your prints!

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 5 years ago

    How wonderful all those shoppers spreading your fantastic jewelry out in the world. Congratulations on the red carpet and your paranormal state line of jewelry!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 5 years ago

    You enthusiasm for your work is contagious. Congratulations on finding your passion and making it work for you!

  • rockmyworldinc

    rockmyworldinc said 5 years ago

    Great Jewelry..love it all!

  • AllysAntiques

    AllysAntiques said 5 years ago

    great article!

  • AllysAntiques

    AllysAntiques said 5 years ago

    great article!

  • BloodstoneBay

    BloodstoneBay said 5 years ago

    Love your octopi! I'm feeling the nauticalia in my work too right now, so that's just my sort of caper:) Thanks for such an inspiring article, wishing you continued success.

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium said 5 years ago

    wow! Thanks for the lovely encouraging story :) and your work is amazing!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 5 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job and the feature! Very inspiring story!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 5 years ago

    Thanks for all of your encouragement. I think we all go through stages where we need a good pep talk no matter what level of sales we're at. I absolutely LOVE the quote you shared by George Elliot! I'm in the middle of rediscovering my inner self again right now :-) Continued Blessings, Lisa~ LeafandInk.com

  • tigersanddragons

    tigersanddragons said 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the article, and your red carpet success!

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 5 years ago

    Congrats and thanks for sharing. I've always adored your work.

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 5 years ago

    I can't imagine how depressing it must have been to work with those children. Happy for you that you are now in a happier environment. WOW...how cool to have your items worn on the red carpet...AMAZING opportunities here on Etsy. Thanks for the interview and congrats on your success!

  • TopsailWinds

    TopsailWinds said 5 years ago

    Adorable shop! Great story..so inspiring! Keep up the amazing work!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 5 years ago

    You have inspired me! I hope to quit my day job too... just not today... (:D Gary

  • TheUntamedHeart

    TheUntamedHeart said 5 years ago

    Great story! I love your store.

  • PlumeandPetals

    PlumeandPetals said 5 years ago

    I seriously love love love your cuff bracelets!~

  • cathydurso

    cathydurso said 5 years ago

    Great story and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 5 years ago

    Great interview, your experiences are very inspirational and was great to see inside your studio! Fabulous.

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry. Thanks for sharing.

  • yvettemariesfineart

    yvettemariesfineart said 5 years ago

    Very cool!! Follow your bliss! :0)

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 5 years ago

    Beautiful shop!

  • iroirocrafts

    iroirocrafts said 5 years ago

    Such a great story! Congratulations on all your success, your work is beautiful and you obviously deserve it :)

  • heartworksbylori

    heartworksbylori said 5 years ago

    Molly, you rock!

  • bialakura

    bialakura said 5 years ago

    Your bracelets are lovely! Thank you for sharing your story - very encouraging:)

  • betsylou

    betsylou said 5 years ago

    I love reading these! I want to go home and add items to my shop right now.

  • PaisleeJoy

    PaisleeJoy said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational story!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  • SmallWondersArt

    SmallWondersArt said 5 years ago

    Love your work and your story, thanks for sharing!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 5 years ago

    Those cuffs are awesome! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on your red carpet appearance :)

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine said 5 years ago

    So true - it's never too late to change your life's course.

  • NangijalaJewelry

    NangijalaJewelry said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! This is exciting :-) Beautiful work!

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 5 years ago

    looove the cuffs! congrats!

  • uniqueartpendants

    uniqueartpendants said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for all the great comments, guys! This is EXACTLY what I was talking about when I mentioned the AWESOME Etsy community!! ♥, Molly

  • LacyTreasures

    LacyTreasures said 5 years ago

    Your success (doing what you enjoy) is inspiring and your story of the hard work to get there is motivating!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 5 years ago

    I love the dose of inspiration, motivation, and courage the "Quit Your Day Job" series always give me. Off to Conquer the World!!!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 5 years ago

    Great work! Love your cuff bracelets!

  • necklush

    necklush said 5 years ago

    YES! Wonderful and positive... love it!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 5 years ago

    So inspiring....luv u'r artwork & u'r cuff bracelets r supa cool....congratulations! Keep up the amazing-ness!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 5 years ago

    congrats! you broke the day job restraints! Ilove your creative process!

  • littleyellowyarrow

    littleyellowyarrow said 5 years ago

    Love your shop - and the George Elliot quote - so very inspiring. Thank you, and congratulations!

  • AliceCouture

    AliceCouture said 5 years ago

    Love this article!! And your little girl is really cute ^_^ Really inspiring and thanks for sharing!

  • CashmereJewels

    CashmereJewels said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and very original work, congratulations!

  • kikisthisandthat

    kikisthisandthat said 5 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I have actually taken part of what you said and printed it out to hang before me at my desk!! Thanks, I needed some more inspiration to venture out on my own!!

  • kikisthisandthat

    kikisthisandthat said 5 years ago

    OH! and I really love your work!! Best of luck!!

  • rebourne

    rebourne said 5 years ago

    wow. not only is this an inspiring and funny interview, your work is incredibly awesome. i'm officially inspired for the day. i love that you are honest about time away from your kids. sometimes i feel guilty for loving being away from my kids and working in my studio, but let's be honest, they can be crazy and loud sometimes!

  • DeesumDesigns

    DeesumDesigns said 5 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring and the cuff bracelets are terrific and unique! I can't wait to see what else you come out with

  • dosiak

    dosiak said 5 years ago

    great article! Beautiful jewelry. Thanks for sharing.

  • vKnit

    vKnit said 5 years ago

    super enjoyed reading this! many congrats on all your exposure so far! you have a great shop :) xox

  • therustpeddler

    therustpeddler said 5 years ago

    Loved starting my day with this. Congrats, you have a fantastic business sense (way to go on The Walker!)

  • JulieLillian

    JulieLillian said 5 years ago

    What a great read! You are such an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing. Cheers!

  • VintageZen

    VintageZen said 5 years ago

    Awesome!! Congratulations on all your success!

  • AshleysFancy

    AshleysFancy said 5 years ago

    I loved the article, and your shop is amazing! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 5 years ago

    nice work.

  • LoveYourBling

    LoveYourBling said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • OnASundayAfternoon

    OnASundayAfternoon said 5 years ago

    Your interview is so inspiring!! Your store is amazing, congratulations on all of your success!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 5 years ago

    Very unique items! Great interview...congratulations!!

  • SandBoxStudio

    SandBoxStudio said 5 years ago

    Very unique items! Great interview...congratulations!!

  • lv2cr8

    lv2cr8 said 5 years ago

    Molly congratulations! I am thrilled for you. Great article!

  • FruitionJewelry

    FruitionJewelry said 5 years ago

    Great article! Congrats on your success and thanks for your encouraging words too. Love that your 'work got close to Johnny Depp' :)

  • GrinAndBearIt57

    GrinAndBearIt57 said 5 years ago

    What cool stuff you have!! Love your story. Inspiring. Love that you are designing bracelets for the PRS!!! That is AMAZING!!! Standing ovation for your successes:)

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 5 years ago

    Your work is stunning- a wonderful interview too! Congratlations!

  • paulijoyce

    paulijoyce said 5 years ago

    AMAZING!

  • nantuckettiechic

    nantuckettiechic said 5 years ago

    Lovely graphics. Very like the scrimshaw my town is famous for. Thanks for the encouragement--I'm still working on building up enough stock to open a shop. It's good to be reminded everyone starts from zero.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 5 years ago

    these are great. new favorite :)

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work...congrats!

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught said 5 years ago

    What a lovely inspiration you are. And your work is really excellant.

  • GardenDaisies

    GardenDaisies said 5 years ago

    I do love the cuff bracelets as well. The colors are wonderful! Thank you for the motivation and for sharing your story :)

  • yaarnsavvy

    yaarnsavvy said 5 years ago

    Its nice to see such successes coming from a fellow parent!!! It can be very callenging and sometimes discouraging when you feel like you are doing your best to make it happen!!! I hope someday to have such great success! Congrats to you!:)

  • ILoveYourStyle

    ILoveYourStyle said 5 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations on everything!I love your pieces! You have a great story and you have given me more hope and patience. Thank you!

  • wavesandwasabi

    wavesandwasabi said 5 years ago

    Love your advice!

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill said 5 years ago

    very imaginative, congratulations!

  • TheSewingGin

    TheSewingGin said 5 years ago

    Enjoyed your wonderful story. You have beautiful items. Thanks for sharing.

  • kayratastaki

    kayratastaki said 5 years ago

    Congratulations.Your story is inspiring.Thanks for sharing

  • thepinkswan

    thepinkswan said 5 years ago

    Very creative and inspirational! :)

  • themadplanter

    themadplanter said 5 years ago

    So inspiring, congratulations on everything and I hope it grows even more!

  • JessiesJunk

    JessiesJunk said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • Gamut

    Gamut said 5 years ago

    Fun!! As a hospice nurse, I felt like I understood your situation. Hopefully as our business takes off and we age-we can re-incorporate both sides in harmony.

  • mapetitefaiblesse

    mapetitefaiblesse said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the Eliot quote and for the advice. It's good to remind myself that everyone starts in the same place.

  • kelmartfindings

    kelmartfindings said 5 years ago

    Love your story - it gives me hope as well as some great tips. Your artwork is fantastic! Congrats!!!

  • brandmojoimages

    brandmojoimages said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Great advice. Great quote. Continued success to you.

  • HBCreate

    HBCreate said 5 years ago

    We CAN all do it!! Thanks for the boost!

  • ivoryAndOrange

    ivoryAndOrange said 5 years ago

    Wow! Your items are quite unique and you are well deserving of recognition. Good luck on you continuing adventures.

  • odelay03

    odelay03 said 5 years ago

    Yay! I am so happy to see you featured. I purchased an Alice locket from you a while back and I love it! I also appreciated the time you gave to thank me and give me feedback. It was helpful to hear your words about taking care of yourself as I myself am a counselor in the mental health field. I have great respect for your work with children who are abused and neglected. I also think it is wonderful that you went for your passion. Inspiring interview (and money advice)! I love the last picture of "Hey You, I Quit!" Awesome!

  • buttonsbyrobin

    buttonsbyrobin said 5 years ago

    Congratulations. Wonderful shop and a great inspiration for the rest of us! Robin

  • hurstdesigns

    hurstdesigns said 5 years ago

    Very nice :) I love that part about being away from the screaming! I feel that way way too with three crazy boys. :) Its great to see that moms can be moms and money makers! :)

  • Kambri

    Kambri said 5 years ago

    A true inspiration, thank you.

  • DayDreamerVintage

    DayDreamerVintage said 5 years ago

    Lovely shop, inspirational interview. Im in love with the jewelry and I love that is so affordable too!!! :)

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 5 years ago

    What an inspirational read!I'm just discovering your shop, too, and love it!

  • SoulSparrowVintage

    SoulSparrowVintage said 5 years ago

    Very inspirational, thanks for the great advice!

  • ShoponSherman

    ShoponSherman said 5 years ago

    I like the work on the bracelets. It was an encouraging interview, too.

  • doraann

    doraann said 5 years ago

    Really inspiring and gives me the motivation to keep on trying. Thanks and good luck

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 5 years ago

    I love this shop. Amazing.

  • hungryknife

    hungryknife said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff. Congrats!

  • EverydayCookies

    EverydayCookies said 5 years ago

    What an uplifting and encouraging blog post! Congrats on being *seen* on the Red Carpet! Hard work and dedication does pay off!

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Great story!

  • risingsunstudio

    risingsunstudio said 5 years ago

    Love your advice you are a true inspiration! thank you.

  • RhondasTreasures

    RhondasTreasures said 5 years ago

    What an enjoyable article. I was glad to see you hear, you've always have good advice on the forums. Love your style and the article made me laugh which of course is what's most important!

  • valleygirldesigns

    valleygirldesigns said 5 years ago

    I loved your interview, and some great advice!!! I love Paranormal State, and congrates on your beautiful cuffs!!!

  • OldTimePickers

    OldTimePickers said 5 years ago

    Great feature! Congrats on your success!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing your inspiring story! congrats on a well deserved feature, luv your cuffs!

  • mehndiart09

    mehndiart09 said 5 years ago

    Awesome interview. Great advice -- I often read your comments in the forums and so appreciate seeing advice from people that have successful shop.

  • NaturalAromas

    NaturalAromas said 5 years ago

    Thank sor sharing, very inspiring.

  • thebeachhousegallery

    thebeachhousegallery said 5 years ago

    Great article. Your bracelets look screen printed on brass? Is the art work your own drawings? Really unique, and such a ideal gift for groups, teams, ect.. The whole logo idea, super! Keep flying high. Inez Dunn

  • AmeliasPlace

    AmeliasPlace said 5 years ago

    I love your work! I hope to quit someday when I finally find my niche.

  • elizabethannerussell

    elizabethannerussell said 5 years ago

    I'm jealous of your story! sounds lovely!

  • 2ndHandMade

    2ndHandMade said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story, Molly. I was really moved to hear about your previous work with abused children. Thanks for making a difference in those children's lives. You created a bit of sunshine for them then, and now you are creating a bit of sunshine for us with your art :0) Congratulations!

  • limegreenmodern

    limegreenmodern said 5 years ago

    Love to hear such a cool and inspiring story like yours...awesome shop...you deserve all the great things coming your way!

  • LittleVale

    LittleVale said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! I enjoyed reading your interview. You have an amazing talent!

  • ElisaGomez

    ElisaGomez said 5 years ago

    so so inspiring! Thanks for all the great tips and much continued success to you!!

  • OceanTuffJewelry

    OceanTuffJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring words!

  • ptoronen

    ptoronen said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring and encouraging! Thank you! You ROCK!! :D

  • fourfindsvintage

    fourfindsvintage said 5 years ago

    Love you shop! Quirkishly elegant!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 5 years ago

    Awesome story. You're so inspiring - thank you for your tips and Congratulations on your fabulous success!! :)

  • ChickaBoomBaby

    ChickaBoomBaby said 5 years ago

    I love your items! Thank you for the great advice! I too want my craft to be my fulltime job someday. I have had a few sales in my shop but none of them came from Etsy, they all came from my facebook fan page. I need to figure out some new strategies to get some sales from Etsy :o)

  • KnitsAndSuch

    KnitsAndSuch said 5 years ago

    Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement!

  • DanaCastle

    DanaCastle said 5 years ago

    Such an inspiring article! Thank you for all the great advice! And I LOVE your cuff bracelets! :)

  • Daedals

    Daedals said 5 years ago

    Love your cuffs. Thank you for your encouraging words.

  • poppypeach

    poppypeach said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiring article and your jewellery is just lovely!

  • blushingpixie

    blushingpixie said 5 years ago

    Molly, you are hilarious! When I was reading your story I definitely got the feeling that it reads, pretty much the same as you would speak. Thanks for the words of advice and encouragement. I am actually looking at leaving my day job in August and working my jewellery biz full time. I am following your advice on not buying useless crap, getting out of debt and saving a few coins before I lose my steady paycheques!

  • changeitup

    changeitup said 5 years ago

    Was just depressed after paying a bunch of bills and now feeling a lot happier after reading that. Hopefully one day someone will find me and I can look back and say I was a struggling single mom..but struggling no more! Beautiful items in your store Molly, well done for taking the plunge!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement. Congratulations on your success. Great shop and product.

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 5 years ago

    beautiful beautiful work!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 5 years ago

    Wow! What a great success story! That Elliot quote is my new favorite quote!

  • squarepaisleydesign

    squarepaisleydesign said 5 years ago

    Great story. Love your shop.

  • gabrielation

    gabrielation said 5 years ago

    Lovely article, great shop, good advice. Thank you!

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 5 years ago

    Oh my gosh! I love that butterfly pendant! So cool!

  • bittersweetpunkin

    bittersweetpunkin said 5 years ago

    So glad to see one of my favorite Etsians featured!

  • SewMuchMoreDecor

    SewMuchMoreDecor said 5 years ago

    I love your work, thanks so much for sharing!

  • GordanasArt

    GordanasArt said 5 years ago

    Great interview! Thanks for sharing.

  • CreationsdeFlorence

    CreationsdeFlorence said 5 years ago

    Wow, what a great lady. So inspiring. Gonna check her shop now and her favorites too.

  • VeritasCrafts

    VeritasCrafts said 5 years ago

    I did quit my day job to open my own graphic design shop. It was scary but worth it. I am a newbie to Etsy, but I hope to add to my graphic design income while continuing to be creative and true to my artistic vision. I really appreciate all the advice and help from fellow crafters to get me started and keep me motivated. I've even started blogging myself!

  • Liwlig

    Liwlig said 5 years ago

    Thanx for good inspiration and sharing!

  • SookjaeArt

    SookjaeArt said 5 years ago

    Congratulations!! How exciting!! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • dotsdiner

    dotsdiner said 5 years ago

    A true artist! and genuine nice person. cool.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 5 years ago

    your work is adorable, LOVE IT! here's to continued success! xoxoxox

  • TheLaughingButterfly

    TheLaughingButterfly said 5 years ago

    Great story! As a newbie seller, I really appreciate reading the advice in your feature.

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 5 years ago

    Happy you were able to quit your day job & work at home with your designs and shop. Lovely jewelry items you make as well, wish you continued success....

  • Curlykeysgirl

    Curlykeysgirl said 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Molly, on the feature! I've followed your work for a while and love all your designs - best of luck to you in the future!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 5 years ago

    Love the story! Congrats!

  • kmariedesignz

    kmariedesignz said 5 years ago

    I wish you continued success!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 5 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Congrats!

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advice. Lovely shop, you can always tell when someone loves their job :)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 5 years ago

    Congrats on the success. The PRS gig is awsome. Just have fun with it all. You deserve it.

  • wolflady

    wolflady said 5 years ago

    I just read your article and it is great. Thanks for the tips and advice.

  • AmazingMiniatures

    AmazingMiniatures said 5 years ago

    Great read. Love your bangles!

  • elishalong

    elishalong said 5 years ago

    I'm totally going to buy one of your awesome cuffs!!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the words "...everybody started with no sales keep the faith..." I needed to hear that since I am new, Thanks for the hope.

  • ShannaMicheleDesigns

    ShannaMicheleDesigns said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful story. So happy to see that someone who obviously gave so much of themselves to the most vulnerable in our society found sucess and fulfillment :)

  • FerntreeStudio

    FerntreeStudio said 5 years ago

    Great read, and congrats! It is amazing what can happen as you just go about your every day business stuff. I was lucky and had work at the Oscars this year too! Work hard and serendipity will find you! :) angie www.ferntreestudio.com

  • portia1113

    portia1113 said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the encouragement! It really helps to hear the stories of shops that started off small but have become quite successful. It puts everything in perspective and gives me the boost to keep on! :)

  • bradshawmeadows

    bradshawmeadows said 5 years ago

    lovely interview...

  • megandarienzo

    megandarienzo said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! I now have a new goal...the red carpet! (this from a relative newby...a girl can dream!) :)

  • houndandthistle

    houndandthistle said 5 years ago

    What a great interview and so inspiring! I would die if something of mine got that close to Johnny Depp (swoon)! Congrats on so many cool things happening for your business!

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 5 years ago

    wow amazing congrats

  • lamixx

    lamixx said 5 years ago

    wow amazing congrats

  • GemsOfJoyAndHealing

    GemsOfJoyAndHealing said 5 years ago

    Thanks Molly, I loved your interview! You have inspired me greatly! btw I too have had a close encounter with Johnny Depp!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 5 years ago

    such a cool story ~ congrats on the feature and on being found by interesting people! can relate to the wearing of many hats at the same time. your work is lovely :)

  • owlsay

    owlsay said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your shop! Such great work :)

  • popkingarb

    popkingarb said 5 years ago

    very inspiring! thanks for all the great advice and tips. kudos to you, i love your shop! added you to my faves :)

  • belou492

    belou492 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful and uplifting interview with sound, smart advice! Congrats on all of the amazing things happening for you right now..and you're from Minneapolis too!! :-)

  • GothicGlassStudio

    GothicGlassStudio said 5 years ago

    'One of my favorite quotes comes from George Elliot: “It's never too late to be what you might have been.”' IT IS 'ELIOT'-female writing under pen name....love this quote, thank you for the great article.

  • DebsUpcycledArt

    DebsUpcycledArt said 5 years ago

    Love your story...and your work! Thanks for the encouragement and congrats to you !

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 5 years ago

    All I can say is "Wow" after reading this. I love your shop. Thank you for sharing this very inspiring interview with us.

  • brownfamilyvintage

    brownfamilyvintage said 5 years ago

    these are awesome items

  • thepapermoonstudio

    thepapermoonstudio said 5 years ago

    Great inspiration..and congrats!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 5 years ago

    Wow! Your butterfly necklaces are spectacular! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • bodegaofplenty

    bodegaofplenty said 5 years ago

    I love this store. Came across a print of a peacock on a vintage sheet of music and fell in love. She's got such great stuff! It is so wonderful to see her featured here and hear her story. Congratulations Molly.

  • ismahs

    ismahs said 5 years ago

    very inspiring and motivating story!!! You've made my day :D

  • AngelHeartTreasures

    AngelHeartTreasures said 5 years ago

    I really hope that I can follow a similar path as you....I'm so tired of my retail job, and would love nothing better than to work for myself, making my jewelry and decor. :) Good for you girl!! <3

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette said 5 years ago

    So amazing! Your favorite quote and advice about quitting, was taken to heart. You encouraged me to contact some of my closest family and friends and ask them to send me their own favorite encouraging quotes, which I will then hang on my studio walls over the next four months to help build up my confidence for making this business a full time venture! Then I'll photograph them all and post them on my blog the day I actually QUIT!

  • ideasthatbloom

    ideasthatbloom said 5 years ago

    One day I would love to be self employed again. But there is a BIG difference in being single and self employed and having a supporting paycheck...not so stressful. I dream of the day that I can do it again. Great job!!! Hope to be there right with you one day!

  • BrightSpotDesigns

    BrightSpotDesigns said 5 years ago

    I have admired your things from afar, nice to "meet" the talent behind the items. Wishing you continued success!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 5 years ago

    Oh goodness, your pieces are amazing! Congratulations on your success, and thanks for the encouragement!

  • rose1114

    rose1114 said 5 years ago

    Beautiful jewelry! Thanks for the inspiration

  • mesenfants

    mesenfants said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring.

  • thesocialseam

    thesocialseam said 5 years ago

    I loved reading your story! Best of luck to you!

  • TheVintaquarian

    TheVintaquarian said 5 years ago

    You go girl! Your enthusiasm and focus are contagious. Just the kick in the pants I needed today...

  • sparkleandstorm

    sparkleandstorm said 5 years ago

    I love the detail in your pieces!! Congrats on a successful business :)

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 5 years ago

    Inspiring! Congratulations and thanks for the encouragement to "keep the faith"!

  • stoursglass

    stoursglass said 5 years ago

    Great inspiring article,thank you for sharing!! Your art is awesome!

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 5 years ago

    Your work is so unique, congrats on your success. Wonderful interview, some great advice, you should look into motivational speaking! ha!

  • buttonandthimble

    buttonandthimble said 5 years ago

    amazing. your pieces are so unique! keep up the wonderful work. it's inspiring!!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 5 years ago

    WOW inspiring.

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 5 years ago

    awesome can-do attitude! Your advice has no doubt inspired many! Keep it coming :)

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

  • whittleseycreek

    whittleseycreek said 5 years ago

    Great article, your an inspiration. Fabulous items in your little etsy shop.

  • BarnshopAntiques

    BarnshopAntiques said 5 years ago

    Awesome. I love your Edgar Allen Poe cuff bracelet. I used to work at a safe home for children in Ct. so I know exactly what you are talking about. You make a difference in this world - keep shining your light!

  • JudyMoon

    JudyMoon said 5 years ago

    You are a very determined woman...paying off your debts is amazing in itself. Your artwork is gorgeous. Thanks for your inspiring article.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 5 years ago

    beautiful inside and out ~ thanks for sharing your story

  • dabbledesigns

    dabbledesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story! Great advice :)

  • SteamyRomance

    SteamyRomance said 5 years ago

    This is the best article I've read yet. I'm new to Etsy, and recently left my job. Your words have encouraged me to not give up and be patient and enjoy my new-found freedom to be what I always wanted to be. Thank you!

  • BeachBunnyBungalow

    BeachBunnyBungalow said 5 years ago

    Your story was a perfect way to end this day! Thank you for the inspiration! Congratulations on your success and I wish you much more! Amy

  • madefromabove

    madefromabove said 5 years ago

    Thanks for that inspirationalNESS!

  • dk1stopjewelryshop

    dk1stopjewelryshop said 5 years ago

    Very beautifully said. It gives me hope. Really insipraing Thanks! Very good work, you are a talented person.

  • NoRaHzArT

    NoRaHzArT said 5 years ago

    Great story. Congratulations on your success.

  • NaturalGlam

    NaturalGlam said 5 years ago

    Congrats....and thanks for sharing you story and the great advice too.

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 5 years ago

    You are awesome!!

  • piecesofelises

    piecesofelises said 5 years ago

    I really enjoyed your story! Thanks for sharing! These posts always inspire me to just jump in there, there's nothing to lose!

  • Chovy

    Chovy said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Congraulations on the Paranormal State request...I love those guys!!! Dawn

  • AikoArt

    AikoArt said 5 years ago

    I value your interview & what you had to offer in way of advice & encouragement. Thanks from Texas!

  • art4ear

    art4ear said 5 years ago

    I love your interview and great shop!

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 5 years ago

    You're really inspiring - congratulations! :)

  • boinne

    boinne said 5 years ago

    This was quite an inspirational read. Congratulations!

  • GoddessCulture

    GoddessCulture said 5 years ago

    Great Job!! I am have quit my job just working on the sales part. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips to look at the etsy community for your "coworker" camaraderie .

  • GoddessCulture

    GoddessCulture said 5 years ago

    Great Job!! I am have quit my job just working on the sales part. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips to look at the etsy community for your "coworker" camaraderie .

  • GoddessCulture

    GoddessCulture said 5 years ago

    Great Job!! I am have quit my job just working on the sales part. Thanks for the inspiration and the tips to look at the etsy community for your "coworker" camaraderie .

  • soulreflections

    soulreflections said 5 years ago

    That's one of my favorite quotes as well - my mantra you might say - especially finally becoming a full time artist at 47 :=) Great job and continued success.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 5 years ago

    Gorgeous and strange!

  • DeepCoveResin

    DeepCoveResin said 5 years ago

    Wow, very inspiring. Thanks for the advice you are totally right,pay off your debts and take the plunge!!! This is the only thing I truly LOVE to do Congrats to you and I wish you all the success for years to come! All the way from North Vancouver BC

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 5 years ago

    Like the Poe cuff and the little owls are adorable!

  • LissylooDesigns

    LissylooDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspirational article! Congrats on all your success!

  • cherylwolff

    cherylwolff said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. Wishing you lots and lots more success!

  • MandBJewellery

    MandBJewellery said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your success, I hope one day this will be me :)

  • thedustyraven

    thedustyraven said 5 years ago

    thanks for sharing! It is nice to get inspired once again.

  • hagitzehavi

    hagitzehavi said 5 years ago

    Love your shop!

  • Metamorphosi

    Metamorphosi said 5 years ago

    Thank you Molly for sharing.We need to find out about stories like yours.And you art work is beautiful.Thank you Etsy.

  • Paintography

    Paintography said 5 years ago

    Wow very inspiring, I have just opened my shop and still waiting for my first sale, you give me faith to hang in there. Thank You

  • beefrances

    beefrances said 5 years ago

    An inspiring interview! Your pieces are amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • KieroAthletics

    KieroAthletics said 5 years ago

    Amazing

  • bigbluebed

    bigbluebed said 5 years ago

    Wonderful shop. And an inpsirational read. thank you.

  • Stephaniemakesall

    Stephaniemakesall said 5 years ago

    great article, always love reading your posts

  • runawaywombat

    runawaywombat said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration. Great advice and help. We can always learn and improve. Lovely shop. Thanks.

  • LudiquePanties

    LudiquePanties said 5 years ago

    Incredible story! Thank you for sharing :) It's really motivating!

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 5 years ago

    Wow... This is a FabuleuX inspiration! merci(*_*)

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA said 5 years ago

    Wow... This is a FabuleuX inspiration! merci(*_*)

  • StudioConestoga

    StudioConestoga said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring article...lovely shop!

  • Esma

    Esma said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring and motivating story! Great advice, too! Congrats on your successes!

  • InspirationsbyMelani

    InspirationsbyMelani said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring thanks!!!

  • BrandyUnruh

    BrandyUnruh said 5 years ago

    Great tips, thanks. Very motivating. I love your work!!

  • YouBadGirl

    YouBadGirl said 5 years ago

    It's amazing! You are very positive, very lucky too! Wow!

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.

  • jgcrochetcreations

    jgcrochetcreations said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing, very inspiring.. Beautiful work!!!

  • UniqueManningJewelry

    UniqueManningJewelry said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your very inspiring story, love your work.

  • LaraLira

    LaraLira said 5 years ago

    I love your bracelets! Having a hard time picking one... Thanks for sharing this, it is very inspiring indeed!

  • ReNuBoutique

    ReNuBoutique said 5 years ago

    I needed that boost of inspiration! I'm just getting started building my shop and feeling like a needle in a very large haystack! I love your work!

  • ReNuBoutique

    ReNuBoutique said 5 years ago

    I needed that boost of inspiration! I'm just getting started building my shop and feeling like a needle in a very large haystack! I love your work!

  • ReNuBoutique

    ReNuBoutique said 5 years ago

    I needed that boost of inspiration! I'm just getting started building my shop and feeling like a needle in a very large haystack! I love your work!

  • 0juracoquet

    0juracoquet said 5 years ago

    inspiring. and let us hope for the best :)

  • bmused

    bmused said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing!

  • PrairieGarden

    PrairieGarden said 5 years ago

    Wow! you are amazing. Well done you!

  • Retromagination

    Retromagination said 5 years ago

    Inspiring story and a great shop. Thanks for uplifting my day and hope!

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 5 years ago

    Inspirational! I love the heart necklace.

  • EndlessTreasuresNJ

    EndlessTreasuresNJ said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I have been a self employed artist and single mom for a long time now. I also have a small arts and Antique shop byt he same name. I love creating a wide array of items....fine arts, crafts, repurposing, etc. It is difficult finding time to do the creating while taking care of home, kids and business. Do you have any advise for keeping the creative juices flowing and how to schedule actual creating time?? Do you find it more practical to limit the variety of products that you offer? I find that, often, I am too burned out from the work to create. Any tips would be so much appreciated. Thanks again. I love your creations. Your success is inspirational!

  • angelsandcrafts

    angelsandcrafts said 5 years ago

    I am new to etsy and enjoy reading these sucess stories. I just signed up for facebook. Most of my family has no interest in facebook and I never did. I wasn't sure why I bothered to be on facebook and after reading this I am glad I decided I decided to go on facebook.

  • angelsandcrafts

    angelsandcrafts said 5 years ago

    I am new to etsy and enjoy reading these sucess stories. I just signed up for facebook. Most of my family has no interest in facebook and I never did. I wasn't sure why I bothered to be on facebook and after reading this I am glad I decided I decided to go on facebook.

  • vermontbranchcompany

    vermontbranchcompany said 5 years ago

    It is just amazing what an amazing platform etsy it to truly make a living doing what you love. Your story is really inspiring.

  • MonkeysOnTheRoof

    MonkeysOnTheRoof said 5 years ago

    So happy to hear of another Etsian doing great things in this world through hard work and believing in a dream!!!

  • TheRightBrainProject

    TheRightBrainProject said 5 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you!!

  • TheRightBrainProject

    TheRightBrainProject said 5 years ago

    Great advice! Thank you!!

  • WatercolorJoy

    WatercolorJoy said 5 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your creativity and inspiring success story! Beautiful hand-made art objects enrich our world and culture! Congratulations on your success.

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interview! Thanks for sharing your story and for the inspiring advice! Congratulations!

  • ExclusiefByVera

    ExclusiefByVera said 5 years ago

    First of all, thank you for making a difference in the lives of our children. I can imagine how stressful your job was, as I'm a teacher and have seen many distressing situations over the years. Congratulation on taking 'the step' to self-employment and pursuing your passion. There is nothing better than being your own boss and being home with your children. I love your work. Congratulations again, red carpet and all!

  • ModernBirdVintage

    ModernBirdVintage said 5 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Thank you for a great interview.

  • SewOriginalDesigns

    SewOriginalDesigns said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing such an inspiring success story! I am new to the Etsy community and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the whole experience. I hope that someday I will be able to quit my day job and be a full-time small business owner! Your work is beautiful!

  • BLairdPhoto

    BLairdPhoto said 5 years ago

    These interviews are always so inspiring. That Elliot Quote is going on a new project I'm calling my "Wall of Inspiration"... I just hope I can turn that inspiration into motivation and get it into gear this time! Thank you for such a great story and good luck in all you do!!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 5 years ago

    You and your story are very charming and inspiring....Thank you so much for sharing your amazing creativity with us!! Congrats on your success.

  • TheCustomQuill

    TheCustomQuill said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 5 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Very inspiring article!

  • PaintedPieces

    PaintedPieces said 5 years ago

    Thank you for the advise! I love your shop...beautiful and very unique!

  • NSpottery

    NSpottery said 5 years ago

    very inspiring! thank you :)

  • rebabelle

    rebabelle said 5 years ago

    Your story arrived at the most perfect moment. Just when Iwas starting to get discouraged about "taking the plunge" I read the George Elliot quote and dove right into your interview. Thank you for inspiring me to keep on truckin'! Your work is absolutely fabulous and unique. Thank you.

  • nerina52

    nerina52 said 5 years ago

    very interesting your interview and your work! Thank you for sharing your experience, can be very helpful to many of us that have a little etsy shop! thanks ... you look in my shop ... and accept advice ;-)

  • jewellerytreasures

    jewellerytreasures said 5 years ago

    interesting read and some unique beautiful products

  • EnchantedPaintbrush

    EnchantedPaintbrush said 5 years ago

    Just what this mom needed to hear. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • formemillinery

    formemillinery said 5 years ago

    Molly, This was absolutely inspiring! I love reading these stories, but you said it perfectly, “It's never too late to be what you might have been.” I am trying to make the transition now and I am busting at the seams. I feel it, so close and can't wait to make it to the other side. Thank you for the inspiring story and words. Jenny

  • DaisiesandDamsels

    DaisiesandDamsels said 5 years ago

    SUper inspiring story. I just wish there was more time in the day.

  • ShesSoSweet

    ShesSoSweet said 5 years ago

    Great article!!!! You really inspired me and you make it sound so easy. I just have a question about paying off your debts. Everything I pay is monthly day to day living (eg. rent, car, insurance, food, etc.) How do you "pay off" those types of debts? Also are there any articles or suggestions on organization?

  • AliVStudio

    AliVStudio said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much for your wonderful advice and congrats on your success!

  • adrienhuang

    adrienhuang said 5 years ago

    Amazing :) Thanks for sharing! You said "After a few years, I found myself feeling blue and had a hard time not bringing the sad emotions of abuse home with me." If you don't mind my asking, what made you finally take the change?

  • toriska

    toriska said 5 years ago

    You have a wide range of work and it's all beautiful!

  • shopmirrormirror

    shopmirrormirror said 5 years ago

    WOW! Congrats on your success...Just when I was starting to feel a little down on my luck, your interview inspired me. You have jump started me again...Thank you!

  • MagicandMud

    MagicandMud said 5 years ago

    I love your shop, congratulations! Thanks too for the encouraging words...always welcome and appreciated-truly!

  • TheBewitchedKitty

    TheBewitchedKitty said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Congratulations on your success!

  • MidWestMermaid

    MidWestMermaid said 5 years ago

    You have inspired me and given me that OOOMPH to carry on that I needed today :~} www.facebook.com/MidWestMermaid

  • chocolatedogstudio

    chocolatedogstudio said 5 years ago

    Great cuff bracelets, and Thanks for inspiring me to continue creating!

  • knowyourlittle

    knowyourlittle said 5 years ago

    Great, thank you for the fun article, lovely shop... Now I have to go and become what I could have been. Best

  • SaraWen

    SaraWen said 5 years ago

    An inspiring and wonderful story from a talented artist! HURRAH! Golly, when I grow up I wanna be just like you! :P

  • eHomebody

    eHomebody said 5 years ago

    I love your quote: "You’ll never know if you can be a successful business owner unless you try." Our teenage son, after watching me fail miserably at trying to start a secondhand store, had another twist on this concept when he said, "Well, Mom, you'll never know if you're going to fail if you don't try." He must have thought I was trying to fail, since I succeeded at it marvelously. :)

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    DebsWhimsicalDesigns said 5 years ago

    Awesome interview, awesome shop, awesome inspiration! Thanks for encouraging us to not give up!

  • ModernNatureJewelry

    ModernNatureJewelry said 5 years ago

    Fantastic interview, story and creations! Congratulations on your success-it is inspiring!

  • nowvintage

    nowvintage said 5 years ago

    It really was an inspiring article! I think everything has already been said, but maybe one thing; LOOK at all of the people you have inspired here just in the comments!!

  • missmagpiesshoppe

    missmagpiesshoppe said 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. As a small, new shop owner on Etsy - I found the article extremely encouraging. Blessings, and I hope you continue to succeed and thrive with your beautiful business!

  • kittybutt

    kittybutt said 5 years ago

    Really great interview! I feel so inspired after reading it and love the quote she recited by George Eliot: “It's never too late to be what you might have been.” Excellent words of wisdom!

  • BowCheekyCreations

    BowCheekyCreations said 5 years ago

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your shop! You are so very creative. Quite inspirational :)

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading said 5 years ago

    Very cool interview! Your work is lovely!

  • uniqueartpendants

    uniqueartpendants said 5 years ago

    You ALL amaze me! I am so honored everyone took the time to write these truly awesome comments. My heart is swelled! To all you single moms/dads out there - a special shout out to you!! ♥♥ Huge amounts of respect goes out to you!! I know the struggle, I was a single mom too. Four years ago I met my soul mate, Mike, while I was a single mom to my 3 year old boy (Ash - who is now 7). That little one in the picture is our daughter Lucy (My son Ash didn't want to be in the picture - too shy). 6 months ago I got married. (Yes - I tend to do things backwards!! ha! ha!) I truly know how hard it can be. Keep on keeping on. YOU ROCK!! ♥

  • StainedGlassandPens

    StainedGlassandPens said 5 years ago

    I finally read thru a complete "Quit Your Day Job" because youe article was so encouraging. Thanks

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 5 years ago

    Fantastic article! As a new seller to Etsy, I found this very inspiring and motivating. Congratulations on the Red Carpet! Fun to know that you never know where you could end up! Thank you for the encouragement at overcoming some of the obstacles we meet along the way. :)

  • CypressHouse

    CypressHouse said 5 years ago

    Fantastic article! As a new seller to Etsy, I found this very inspiring and motivating. Congratulations on the Red Carpet! Fun to know that you never know where you could end up! Thank you for the encouragement at overcoming some of the obstacles we meet along the way. :)

  • Menominie1

    Menominie1 said 5 years ago

    Amazing! ^_^

  • Woojoo

    Woojoo said 5 years ago

    Love this article! Congrats to you and to the writer, who did a fab job of covering all the bases. I, too, am very inspired.

  • rainbowalternative

    rainbowalternative said 5 years ago

    Right on time- I hope to be out of my day job by June, so reading articles like this help me keep hope alive!

  • tlchandmadetreasures

    tlchandmadetreasures said 5 years ago

    I love your work! And your story is inspiring - I hope to quit my day job sometime this year and your message gives me hope!

  • SKYbleudesigns

    SKYbleudesigns said 5 years ago

    Thank you, very inspirational.

  • TeresaHurley

    TeresaHurley said 5 years ago

    This interview was so inspiring, it's just what I needed to read today! Your an amazing artist.

  • desatsi

    desatsi said 5 years ago

    Great work! I am new at etsy and I love reading "quit your day job stories"! Hope to make it one day :)

  • GiGisPetals

    GiGisPetals said 5 years ago

    Thanks for your sharing. Your story is inspiring and wonderful!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 5 years ago

    Great shop. congrats on all your success.

  • katylunsford

    katylunsford said 5 years ago

    You are a great inspiration, thank you.

  • MiaBloomDesigns

    MiaBloomDesigns said 5 years ago

    Great story, incredible artist and inspiration. Thank you etsy for sharing her story.

  • emcityglass

    emcityglass said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much! Im inspired now to keep at it so I can quit my day job.. Love your stuff!

  • pearliemae

    pearliemae said 5 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring!!!

  • emcityglass

    emcityglass said 5 years ago

    Thanks so much! Im inspired now to keep at it so I can quit my day job.. Love your stuff!

  • SplashBag

    SplashBag said 5 years ago

    Congratulations! It's such an awesome story & so inspiring to everyone reading it. The only complaint is your workspace is entirely TOO NEAT!! :)

  • HiddenTreasures101

    HiddenTreasures101 said 5 years ago

    I just love all the great hints that are posted on Quit your day job. Keep up the great work!

  • whatahussy

    whatahussy said 5 years ago

    Amazing jewelry! And I love your "Hey you, I quit"

  • ArtsbyDaisy

    ArtsbyDaisy said 5 years ago

    I love your story and your works thanks for sharing and bringing my spirits up!

  • SparrowBlu

    SparrowBlu said 5 years ago

    Thank you! Your interview inspired and encouraged me at a time I needed it most. Additionally, I hadn't stumbled across your shop yet, and I'm so glad I know about it now. I love your things!

  • envisagevintage

    envisagevintage said 5 years ago

    Amazing stuff! Thanks for the tips! Gives the rest of us hope that we can do it too! Im ordering one of your cuffs! They're amazing!

  • PaintedHorse

    PaintedHorse said 5 years ago

    Great designs, great story, great inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing. I feel as if I know you, having seen you in the forums so often. Continued success to you...

  • PippiHepburn

    PippiHepburn said 5 years ago

    Molly, thank you for your story and great words of inspiration. Thanks for the sites you suggested to contact also. I will keep working at it to make my Etsy shop be my only job.

  • sweetpoppycat

    sweetpoppycat said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • perebags

    perebags said 5 years ago

    Awesome!!!! I love your work!! Congrats!

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thank you for the tips, Molly!

  • KarenLuccheseDesigns

    KarenLuccheseDesigns said 5 years ago

    Perfect day to read your story. Thanks for sharing! I have to realize that things take time!

  • chulaart

    chulaart said 5 years ago

    Just when I was starting to feel down about my sales and second guessing life as an artist, your advice and enthusiasm encouraged me to get back up on the etsy wagon and believe that anything is possible as long as we believe. Thank you!!! Best of luck:)

  • rawrcakes

    rawrcakes said 5 years ago

    wow

  • jewelrysldesigns

    jewelrysldesigns said 5 years ago

    Love your work!! Love your inspiration!! I work down the quote so I can read it frequently. Thanks

  • TheLizardFactory

    TheLizardFactory said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your words of encouragement and advice! I was getting discouraged because of a lack of sales. You give me hope!

  • APinkNest

    APinkNest said 5 years ago

    I love the quote! Great advice and encouragement. Thanks for sharing your story. I have been working for 3 years to pay off debt. Looking forward to being able to quit my job to start a new chapter in my life doing what I love...create!!

  • alopexia

    alopexia said 5 years ago

    I also worked at a children's shelter exactly like the one you worked at. You described the job perfectly. Thanks for sharing your story.

  • AriaBello

    AriaBello said 5 years ago

    You give me strength in hoping, striving and soon, achieving. Thanks

  • GrubbyAngelsStudio

    GrubbyAngelsStudio said 5 years ago

    Your words are revolving around in my head. "Stop blowing your money. Save it. Pay off your debt and take the plunge. You’ll never know if you can be a successful business owner unless you try." I am going to go to bed chanting this. thanks that was awesome. I too have a job that can follow you home and haunt you.

  • JoyGJ

    JoyGJ said 5 years ago

    cool!

  • jeanabbott

    jeanabbott said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing so openly with all. That's one of the gifts of Etsy the generous nature of the artist sharing with other artist and the encouragement. Let us create a world with beauty and art and whimsy. Let laughter fill your life as you wake to the morning knowing that you are heading into your very own studio making your art and creating the world you want to live in.. You inspire us all.

  • suzannaschlemm

    suzannaschlemm said 5 years ago

    Loved the pieces, loved the interview, THANK YOU!

  • Lilipopette

    Lilipopette said 5 years ago

    This is such an inspiring post! I am setting up my own store on Etsy, and keep thinking everyday about teh day I quit my day job (soon!). This is exactly what I needed! Thanks and congratulations! I have written down and stuck on my wall the George Elliot saying to keep my spirits up! Cheers! B

  • coconutcrochet

    coconutcrochet said 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring story!

  • CoastandCanvas

    CoastandCanvas said 5 years ago

    Thankyou . fascinating article !

  • CoastandCanvas

    CoastandCanvas said 5 years ago

    Thankyou . fascinating article !

  • HaideesArt

    HaideesArt said 5 years ago

    Great article, inspiring, as a recent new seller, I am hopeful that one day I will be able to ditto exactly what you said in your article. Well done!

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 5 years ago

    Great Article - Very Inspiring. Congratulations!!!

  • CleanWired

    CleanWired said 5 years ago

    Great article. LOVE the Alice in Wonderland pendant! Maybe someday I'll have the guts to do this too... Hopefully....

  • KataliticLab

    KataliticLab said 5 years ago

    Nice article and inspiring work. I am new in etsy, and i have no sales yet, so your story is encouranging. :)

  • scgeraci

    scgeraci said 5 years ago

    What great jewelry, and an inspiring story to boot! You're cool. Oh, and congratulations!

  • BodyLuxe

    BodyLuxe said 5 years ago

    Beautifully inspiring! Thanks for sharing philosophies and your bracelets are the bomb!

  • bluebirdheaven

    bluebirdheaven said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! I was just able to quit my day job as well and work at home while spending quality time with my 10 month old!

  • TheClayLoft

    TheClayLoft said 5 years ago

    Sweet Action! Way to go & congrats on all of your success! Hooray for your art & your determination. Very inspiring indeed! & HOW FLIPPIN COOL to be connected with PRS now! Super neat. LOVE that show & YOUR WORK! ;) Blessings for continued success!

  • JanellJewelry

    JanellJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very helpful and inspiring!

  • trinkets2treasure1

    trinkets2treasure1 said 5 years ago

    Your advice is spot on. Very simple but true. You'll never know how successful you'll be unless you try. I am trying not to get discouraged by my lack of views and sales on my shop. I don't want to take it personally. My husband keeps telling me to be patient. Your courage and example really gives me hope. And your right...every successful Etsy shop started off the same way...no sales! Thanks for sharing your story and talent with us:-)

  • natalyboutique

    natalyboutique said 5 years ago

    thanks,love your advice.

  • uptowngirlgems

    uptowngirlgems said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. Congratulations on your success! And for sharing the inspiration!

  • uptowngirlgems

    uptowngirlgems said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the advice. Congratulations on your success! And for sharing the inspiration!

  • bezaleljewels

    bezaleljewels said 5 years ago

    Congrats! Beautiful pieces!

  • melaniegracedesigns

    melaniegracedesigns said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • KwestStudio8

    KwestStudio8 said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring article; innovative designs! You're a young chick with kids, and I'm an old chick trying to make a living--finally--with my artistic passions: making photographs and jewelry. I have another Etsy store for my jewelry: Birch Bay Kay. My point is that your words and encouragement are pertinent to any age artist, at any stage of their growth! Merci beaucoup! K

  • stellasavestheday

    stellasavestheday said 5 years ago

    Cool and innovative work! And a great story to boot! Brava!!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 5 years ago

    great interview!! inspiring! Congrats!

  • astarteearthart

    astarteearthart said 5 years ago

    congratulations! You look very organized :)

  • kdotstudio

    kdotstudio said 5 years ago

    I just purchased two pendants. I just had to. There so cool and beautiful how could I not? Congratulations on your success :)

  • CieloAzulJewelry

    CieloAzulJewelry said 5 years ago

    I finally got a chance to read this! Wonderful story and it just shows you that it can be done=0) xoxo, Carol

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 5 years ago

    Love it! Great story....great shop. Thanks for sharing!

  • CuteCraftDecor

    CuteCraftDecor said 5 years ago

    beautiful design and great story

  • ImJewelee

    ImJewelee said 5 years ago

    What an inspiring story Molly! You have extraordinary work too. XO♥ Julee

  • tookkatoon

    tookkatoon said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work! Inspiring story! I'm a brand new etsy seller, waiting for my first customer!! I'll work on my facebook!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 5 years ago

    What great products! How inspiring you are! I tether between my shop and going back to work, you do encourage me to hang on as long as I can. Let us see where this go. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • lalucita

    lalucita said 5 years ago

    So inspiring! You're awesome!

  • TheScrapBasket

    TheScrapBasket said 5 years ago

    Great story. I loved it!! Congrats on all your success.

  • DesertMarigold09

    DesertMarigold09 said 5 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I was so inspired by the Elliot quote! What better time than now?!

  • giftedtreasures

    giftedtreasures said 5 years ago

    You just made my day little lady. Thank you for the inspiration. Another motivating quote (I think by Les Brown)is "You don't need to be great to start, but you need to start to be great." It's amazing how rearranging a few words can turn your whole life around.

  • Four20mooN

    Four20mooN said 5 years ago

    What a fun article! Great spotlight, well deserved. Those cuffs are very eye catching. Best of luck to all.

  • designgirl19

    designgirl19 said 5 years ago

    what great exposure, excited for you, thanks for your words of inspiration, love your butterflies..

  • SwitchDesignsNYC

    SwitchDesignsNYC said 5 years ago

    Love your designs!

  • strausstudio

    strausstudio said 5 years ago

    The part about going to Europe for inspiration struck a cord. I have always gotten a shot of energy and inspiration when I visit Paris. Must be the ghosts. Merci, Francine

  • GourdNut

    GourdNut said 5 years ago

    Thanks for your story. Love to read them. Best of luck!

  • MerolaMoya

    MerolaMoya said 5 years ago

    I LOVE your shop! I actually found it two years ago and then lost it, I'm glad I found it again! Your designs are awesome.

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 5 years ago

    Very unique! Your own style, love it.

  • SeaStoneAndShell

    SeaStoneAndShell said 5 years ago

    It's never too late, it's never too late. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • SeaStoneAndShell

    SeaStoneAndShell said 5 years ago

    It's never too late, it's never too late. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • MagpiesChoice

    MagpiesChoice said 5 years ago

    Wow, amazing story and very inspirational! All the Best to you!!!

  • TheScarletSageTree

    TheScarletSageTree said 5 years ago

    Molly, it's been a treat reading your story, and I love how you've sprinkled it liberally with so much encouragement for other Etsy sellers, I'm so charged, thanks! Wishing you continued success and inspiration :) Suzanne

  • scrapbookcompleted

    scrapbookcompleted said 5 years ago

    Very motivating story! Thanks for sharing your story and for the great quote! Keep up the good work!

  • KARCREATIONS

    KARCREATIONS said 5 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring. Sometimes I feel like giving up and then someone will come along with their encouraging words and I keep going. Your words are truly motivating....thank you!!! Your designs are stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ClearCreekFabricArts

    ClearCreekFabricArts said 5 years ago

    Nice interview. Like your sense of humor. Thanks for the encouragment to keep the faith. You have beautiful designs.

  • InformalEleganceKids

    InformalEleganceKids said 5 years ago

    Wow,what a story! Congrats on your success:) You are such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Loved hearing that last part, that yet another important group contacted you. Way to go!

  • SisterMade

    SisterMade said 5 years ago

    inspiring and fabulous, thank you!

  • midge12

    midge12 said 5 years ago

    that George Eliot quote is wonderfully inspiring....nice little mantra

  • pamgstudio

    pamgstudio said 5 years ago

    Your story is real and very encouraging for creative spirits who dream of working for themselves! Very inspirational! Thanks

  • SimpleBlue

    SimpleBlue said 5 years ago

    Thanks for saying that it didn't start out this amazing.

  • susesmith

    susesmith said 5 years ago

    Fabulous (just says it all)!!!

  • carolsstudio

    carolsstudio said 5 years ago

    What an inspiration..here I go.

  • JaspersRomance

    JaspersRomance said 5 years ago

    Amazing products and a very uplifting feature! Great work and Congrats!

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe said 5 years ago

    Love your cuff bracelets- congrats!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 5 years ago

    It's very encouraging to know that all Etsy featured people started with no sales... sometimes we want everything right here right now and forget that there's a way to go through ... Thanks for a very inspiring story!

  • yelizabeta

    yelizabeta said 5 years ago

    so inspiring! thank you for sharing!!

  • impiantielettrici

    impiantielettrici said 5 years ago

    so inspiring but what's now everybody wants to quit daily job? how this!

  • Beadit1

    Beadit1 said 5 years ago

    I love your cuffs.And your shop looks great.Keep up the good work.

  • lindakirstencole

    lindakirstencole said 5 years ago

    The bracelets are georgeous! I'm impressed-all your hard work has paid off. Keep it going....

  • inspirationalbanners

    inspirationalbanners said 5 years ago

    Love love love the Eliot quote on in your interview. I needed to read that today. Thanks for sharing and continued success on your shop.

  • moonchildvintage

    moonchildvintage said 5 years ago

    This was so inspiring!i love your shop too! I have used it in a few treasuries I have done. Thanks so much for this post!

  • freshpikd4u

    freshpikd4u said 5 years ago

    Beautiful work, inspiring article. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 4Rcom

    4Rcom said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your amazing article! It did really a little bit down in my business. You really enourage me to think more about how to make it big. In Etsy community, almost every crafters have a family to take care, so i got to figure it out.. Really Thanks!!!

  • 4Rcom

    4Rcom said 5 years ago

    Thank you for your amazing article! It did really a little bit down in my business. You really enourage me to think more about how to make it big. In Etsy community, almost every crafters have a family to take care, so i got to figure it out.. Really Thanks!!!

  • lxz2009

    lxz2009 said 5 years ago

    Encouraged story! Thanks very much,it helps me a lot. Btw,love your jewelleries,too,hehe

  • SylviesDesigns

    SylviesDesigns said 5 years ago

    I don't know if you're still reading this....I've only just read your article and I had a look at your cuff bracelets....all I can say is WOW! They are gorgeous, very impressive...The standard of expertise on Etsy seems to be high, and it makes me proud to be able to sell my hand painted fabric squares here. Once again..Congratulations on your success! I'm hot on your trail :-) Sylvie

  • YaYJewelry

    YaYJewelry said 5 years ago

    Very inspiring!

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 5 years ago

    It's great to read a real person's point of view on quitting the day job and making things work. Thanks for all your thoughts you' ve shared!

  • 4oldtimesandnew

    4oldtimesandnew said 5 years ago

    Very encouraging! Thanks for sharing and congrats on your successes!

  • kathystuffnmore

    kathystuffnmore said 5 years ago

    Great interview, thank you for sharing. Best Wishes.

  • TheGildedTassel

    TheGildedTassel said 5 years ago

    Great read....thanks for sharing your insights. Very cool shop:)

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