Thursday, March 17, 2011

Upsetting news

I posted last night this:
When I first joined Etsy I had all intentions of putting my age in on my profile, but when I went into the chat rooms and everyone is talking about their kids, work, and husbands I felt like no one would take me seriously. I felt like I was an outcast and that everyone would not respect my work. I now know and I have relized that is does not matter how old I am, I know that I am talented and I love making jewelry. It does not matter what others think, weither it be my age or my about work.
I am 15 1/2 years old. I am a freshman in high school, I just got my learners permit, I am a cheerleader for my school, and my FAVORITE thing to do is make jewelry. I really is my passion. I put a lot of effort and time into each peice. I don't want anyone to think that my age has an effect on the craftsmanship of my jewelry.
I might be 15 but I am determind to make something of myself. While all of my friends are searching for summer jobs I am searching for craft festivals and trying to find new ways to better promote myself. I know I can succeed, but all I need now is for other to believe that I can do it!
Well today someone reported me to Etsy saying that I am to young to be allowed in the community.  I am very upset. When I am on Etsy my mom is always with me... ALWAYS. I can't beileve a fellow artisan did this to me.  I know even at my age I am very capable of running a business. My shop is fine...I'm just not allowed in the community. I have always loved Etsy because everyone is so supportive of eachother.  But now I cannot be apart of it. :(
~Busy Beader


  1. Im sorry that happened!!! Etsy forums used to be filled with so many generous and helpful people. Sadly now most (not all though) that you see are people, mostly in competition to other artists, trying to make life harder for other people. You have beautiful pieces. The changes you have made to your blog are really great:)

  2. Thank you so much for your support! Yes, it is sad how there are more and more people that are that willing to put you down to get ahead! But this just means I will need to work a little harder now that I don't have the community to promote. So I will just have to get more creative in the way I promote!

  3. Don’t listen to them! I really cannot understand why age really matters. Isn’t it a great opportunity to learn and grow at an early age? 15! It is not that young. And! Guess what! You will definitely be more successful and experienced with- let’s say 20 than people with 50 who have started their job 3 years ago!
    I really admire people who have a strong will and want to live their dreams. It is better to live them now than to regret it.

    “I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself.”
    ~Brittany Renée


  4. Thank you so much Mako! That really means a lot to me. I don't understand it either and I contacted them about it yesterday morning and STILL no reply!
    Thank you so much for your support!