Saturday, January 26, 2013

Five Years on Etsy

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute I knew I wanted to continue to find the balance of family life and creating. I knew if I wanted to be a happy and healthy mom and wife I needed to also be able to find time everyday to be creative. In January of 2008, I had a daughter play date with Maria Buszek, one of my professors from KCAI. We both had 12 month old baby girls. I learned quickly that during play dates you rarely have time to have adult conversations because your focus is more on your babes. But I remember the little time we had to talk, I brought up how I didn't know really what to do next with my art. I was still weaving scarves and recently was making baby scarves. I showed Maria and she encourage me to start an Etsy shop. I had never heard of it but I was intrigued.
A week later I started up my shop, BillySueTextiles. I named it after I nickname my husband gave me our first year of marriage. It was a little rough starting up the shop not knowing exactly how everything works but I continued to play around with it. But after few weeks of opening I sold my first scarf.
( my first scarf sold.....beautiful model, my best friend Hannah but horrible photo) Life has been busier these days I have now two daughters, Cora who is six and Emma who will be three in February. It's been five years now from today since I opened it and I am so grateful for it everyday in my life. The cost of Etsy is very low and it has helped me to challenge myself creatively. I have also been so suprised about who much I like photography as well. Since I have opened I have sold more 334 scarves online and more than 120 outside of my online shop. I have also started up two other Etsy shops. is where I sell my large hand dyed, hand woven panels
And where I sell custom hand cut paper art.
Life is crazy trying to find the balance but I couldn't imagine life any other way. I wish I could meet all my customers from around the world and say thank you to them. With their support, I continue to be encouraged that I am doing what God has gifted me to do and am inspired and challenged to keep on making. Here are some images of a little photo shoot I took yesterday of my beautiful girls. I thought it would be nice to have them show off the "baby or me" scarves. I look forward to the many more years to come making and selling online.


  1. So funny to think that here Cora (like Sofia) is such a YOUNG LADY when they were such babies when you started...and it's been long enough they now both have baby sisters!

    CONGRATS, Debbie...your work continues to amaze me.

  2. Thank you so much Maria!! You have no idea how grateful I am for you and your encouragement. Miss having you in KC. Hope you are doing well.