Monday, March 1, 2010

How I got started: An Etsy Beginning.

This whole thing started for me about two years ago when I was going to yoga class. I work in a research facility at a university and even though I love my job, it doesn’t always quench my creative thirst. Two times a week during lunch, I go to a yoga class that is in my building. The woman who teaches the class saw my groovy yoga bag and said to me, “What a great bag!”, to which I eagerly replied, “I made it.” She responded appropriately with a (gasp!) and said, “If you make some of those for me, I will sell them in my studio!” That’s how VirtuoSew was started. I made her about 6 bags and some hairbands.

People started seeing items and I started selling by word of mouth. I wound up at a craft fair and shared a table with a friend who I consider a very talented artist. She told me about Etsy and encouraged me to check it out. Just over a year ago, I opened my Etsy shop. I am constantly thinking about ways to combine fabrics, ways to improve my designs, and thinking of new designs! I still have a lot to learn and long ways to go, but Etsy makes the whole selling thing pretty easy. You get out what you put in, and you can’t always say that about your 9-5. If I’m not selling as much as I’d like, there is always something I can do to improve. I can do things in my own time, in my own way.

Etsy has given me the opportunity to be my own boss and reap the benefits of all my hard work.

A big thanks to Maureen from VirtuoSew! You can also find her on twittter and FB.

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  1. Hey! I just came across your blog on an etsy forum. Love the idea of cool etsy items under $20 feature. I might have to use that as a blog post too! Keep 'em coming! BTW ... I think I sell a pretty cool etsy item under $20 my ribbon crochet necklace! Check it out at

  2. I am trying to do different things to seee how i can be my own boss. i dont mind working for others in a company but not full time...

    good job with your bags



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