I am a "30-something" Southern woman, my business partner is Joan, and we are a collective ALL handmade shop. We worked at the same company for several years, but barely knew each other. We shared a desk, Joan during the day and Gena at night, and we also shared a dream. Each dreamed that some day she would own her own business, but it was just that, a dream. Then one day Fate stepped into our dream and downsized us right out of our jobs and, out of necessity and our shared love for our dogs, Dog-On Wear was born. Now the dream is reality! (Be careful what you wish for - you might just get it!)
Now we have been in business for almost 4 years, running from show to show. We like to support charities that are actively finding homes for shelter/rescue dogs, such as the http://www.bayareagreyhounds
We heard about Etsy on early morning TV (I believe it was the Martha Stewart show). EFA was the first team I joined. I was quiet for some time just watching and learning my way around. Once I decided I could fit in there I jumped in with both feet and have been making friends ever since. I find myself checking my Etsy "convos" before I go to my own e-mail. I have now developed a network of people with a common interest: animals.
In response to Michele's question below, the greyhound is Yukon, a retired racing dog who is looking for a forever home, and the Fox terrier/Pekinese mix at the right is Gena's dog (and top model!), Jonny.