Esther: First and foremost, there has to be passion. The world is full of stuff that nobody needs, dead stuff. When the passion is there, others will be able to see it too, and what you make will sell.
From the Etsy Quit Your Day Job article for Star of the East
This other Quit Your Day Job article about Dolan Geiman. He just seems like a groovy dude.
This project: turning the bottoms of soda or water bottles into a desk organizer. I'm working on it right now. I can always use more organization.
PhD Comics! I've recently re-rediscovered them.