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Hello! I am a stay-at-home mom which is by far the hardest job I've ever had! I have 3 spirited little blue-eyed boys and a lovely husband. I am a college graduate and have worked in various (and unfulfilling) corporate jobs. From Customer Service Rep, to Production Scheduler to Project Manager - no matter how high up the corporate ladder I climbed, the result was always the same - bust my hump so someone else could get the big payoff and recognition. It didn't take me long to decide I could live without all that stress.

I discovered Etsy while watching one of Samantha Brown's Travel Programs. She was touring the Eastern Market in Washington DC and the vendors were so amazing I actually paused the show so I get close to the TV to see where they sold online. After doing a little Etsy research, I knew I had found a new outlet for my calling…

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  • Born on July 30
  • Joined May 30, 2009

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Hello! I am a stay-at-home mom which is by far the hardest job I've ever had! I have 3 spirited little blue-eyed boys and a lovely husband. I am a college graduate and have worked in various (and unfulfilling) corporate jobs. From Customer Service Rep, to Production Scheduler to Project Manager - no matter how high up the corporate ladder I climbed, the result was always the same - bust my hump so someone else could get the big payoff and recognition. It didn't take me long to decide I could live without all that stress.

I discovered Etsy while watching one of Samantha Brown's Travel Programs. She was touring the Eastern Market in Washington DC and the vendors were so amazing I actually paused the show so I get close to the TV to see where they sold online. After doing a little Etsy research, I knew I had found a new outlet for my calling.

I'm blessed to have had wonderful, gifted grandmothers who loved to sew, my dad who's always done some sort of crafting, and my husband who somehow has visions of finished products/projects long before they are finished. Not only have I always loved to make things with my hands, but I also feel I was born with a drive to own my business and do my own thing. It's beyond me how I was not ever fired for insubordination from one of those corporate gigs.

It took me a while to find my niche. I started my first shop, Tattered Tapestry, and made tons of baby items. I soon discovered my idea wasn't exactly unique. About this time, my husband began to travel to Canada for work and I found myself unable to find a decent inexpensive passport cover for his passport. Living on only one salary doesn't lend itself to paying $20-$30 (or more!) for a passport cover. I knew there had to be hundreds of families in positions like mine. So I looked for a way to create and develop inexpensive, sincerely cute, and drastically affordable passport covers. A cover that would stand up to a guy shoving it in his back pocket, cramming it in his briefcase, spilling soda on it, and baby spit-up (hey, it happens). Thus began Owl Say Designs. Everything else in the shop flowed from there.

Other Etsy sellers have caught on to my idea and sell products very similar to mine. I'm ok with a little competition, but you, Loyal Customer, should know the idea originated here. It was my initiation of concept developed in my tiny 100yr old home in the wee hours of the morning - my dream. I've never really thought of myself as a Trailblazer, but when I see all those who've attempted to copy my products and my business model, I realized the phrase 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery' applies here.

I love being able to offer products that are beautiful, creative, have multiple uses and most of all, are affordable. I sincerely believe everyone should be able to own high quality, beautiful products without overpaying for them. So with that I say, Happy Shopping!

♥ Kelley Terrill
© 2009-2015 Owl Say Designs

Owl Say is just one of my Etsy shops. My other shop (COMING SOON!) is:
http://owlsayhome.etsy.com

and my Dad has an Etsy shop too:
http://johnmorgandesigns.etsy.com

★ Why 'Owl Say'?
It's a play on words. We both had grandmothers who frequently said "I'll Say!". But with their beautiful Southern accents, it always sounded like "Owl Say!". There you have it!

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