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WHY DID I START MY BUSINESS IN ETSY?

I had a business for 12 years in the pet industry and loved it. 9/11 made me close it for a while, then came a bad car accident with health issues that took a while to overcome until now. My whole family for generations has always work for themselves, I grew up with this notion so this is why I opened a store in Etsy.When I was nine and I got a watercolor paint set for my birthday I knew right then that I would always be an artist.I love making a living with color, design and new ideas and be creative, make something from nothing and make people smile with pops of color, whim and a personal touch in everything I make.

Figuring what I wanted to do was the difficult part with so many ideas popping in my head, but I was in the pet industry for 12 years and dogs and animals in general make me smile…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 1
  • Joined May 16, 2008

Favorite materials

acrylic, paint, wood, fabrics, found objects, blank canvas, clay, jewelry findings, resin

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Gifts for dog and garden lovers and 4...

About

WHY DID I START MY BUSINESS IN ETSY?

I had a business for 12 years in the pet industry and loved it. 9/11 made me close it for a while, then came a bad car accident with health issues that took a while to overcome until now. My whole family for generations has always work for themselves, I grew up with this notion so this is why I opened a store in Etsy.When I was nine and I got a watercolor paint set for my birthday I knew right then that I would always be an artist.I love making a living with color, design and new ideas and be creative, make something from nothing and make people smile with pops of color, whim and a personal touch in everything I make.

Figuring what I wanted to do was the difficult part with so many ideas popping in my head, but I was in the pet industry for 12 years and dogs and animals in general make me smile and my heart sing. BUT, I also love flowers and nature, I love to do gardening, can't stop taking photos of flowers and exotic plants so I am combining these two loves in my second adventure at running a creative business.

I started my first business in 1992 due to the fact my parents got a divorce and I had 2 young brothers still in school, my mom was a stay home mom and I only had one talent “ART”. I started that business with $2,500 ( savings from two years working 2 jobs 7 days a week) I built it to 400 stores, did 2 trade shows a year in Chicago/Atlantic City, was in 5 national catalogs (Petsmart Pedigree Catalog, Winthethur catalog, Casual Living, Charles Keath , and In the Company of Dogs) had 2 wonderful sales reps and a japanese distributor. I did not go to school for business my degree was “ Commercial Art” and marketing and sales were new to me but I did it. Lots of work, sweat, long hours, tried new ideas that failed until by accident I did a handpainted doggie in wood for a pet store owner who used to make her own inventory of pet clothing and bows so we could go together to our first trade show in Chicago back in the 90's. I had craft show experience and she had signed up for the trade show. We met when I saw her painting the walls of her new store I was just walking down the street.We started talking and at the time I was doing children's furniture and faux painting and an occasional dog house. She put the doghouse in her new store and we became friends. Did the trade show and got $2000 in orders that weekend and when I got home had thousands of doggie doorstop orders to full fill and started the adventure of my first business which took off and took me into a 12 year strapped to a rocket adventure. This is also what I miss of not running a business, all the adventures and the wonderful people you meet to help you grow your business.

Etsy is the perfect vehicle for me to make items for people and be able to share my designs and creactivity. You will deal with me, I make everything, design everything and you will be talking to me.By making the items myself I am able to give you something you really want that you never seen before and canot get anywhere else.You can wear my jewelry or display what I make in your home and they will make you smile and if you are getting it for a gift to someone else you will be the one giving them a cool gift, a thoughfull gift and they will know you went looking for something that is all about them and their loves or likes. How COOL is that.

The comments I get when I sell locally in craft shows or thru my website and Etsy shop are: love it! unique and beautiful, perfect for my girl's, it spoke to my heart, I will cherrish it, extremely well done, great seller to work with super fast and very friendly shipping and customer service. Talk about me glowing and enjoying what I do when I hear this or read it in my comments or emails.It makes my day that I MADE SOMEONE'S DAY with what I made.

My items are unique, quirky , colorful, and charming that I created myself in my very own unique artistic style

I want my customers to feel excited, delighted that they bought a gift that has a personal touch and was a special gift custom made for them or their love ones and during the whole purchasing process they were happy.That it was a pleasant, easy and fun interaction with my business. They were looking for a special gift and I was able to deliver something they had fun buying and will treasure it.

In the end I want to elicit feelings of fun, delight and satisfaction when you buy my whimsical items just for you.

Go ahead and click on the store icon above and check out what gifts are waiting for you to love.

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