When I'm not watching She's Out of My League for the millionth time (I think I adore dorky guys) or serving pancakes for a living, I pretty much surf Etsy and fantasize about buying all the wonderful things I find. While browsing, I found one of my newest sponsors and I'm so excited to share this shop with all of you!
Designs by C.D. Childs sells all kinds of lovely fused and stained glass home decor as well as recycled wine bottle serving trays, stained glass jewelry and more. I'm pretty sure I've loved stained glass since forever so I know for me this shop is right up my alley!
Denise, the creator of Designs by C.D. Childs, was nice enough to answer some questions for me:
Where did you come up with the name for your Etsy shop? After great thought and discussion with my sister, who is in sales. I decided to use my signature as my name, “Designs by CDChilds”. I'm also an oil painter and I’v always signed my works in this manner. So I decided to keep with my name because I’m already known as a local artist in my area.
What or who are your inspirations? My inspirations comes from my surroundings and my family. I love nature and I live out in the country. Most pieces that are I create need to be functional art pieces. I love the fact that they are not only great to look at but they can actually be used in some form or fashion.
What are 3 of your favorite items from your shop? My 3 most favorite items are: #1 my recycled wine bottle serving trays. They not only help the environment, but they make great unique gifts for almost anyone. #2 my fused glass nightlights. I’m not crazy about being in the dark. Okay I’m hate the dark! So I have my sensored nightlights in every room in my house. Each room has a different nightlight to match my décor.
Where do you see yourself and your shop at this time next year? My goals for this coming year of coarse are to gain more exposure and direct more traffic to my shop. I have several fused glass classes scheduled that I will take with very well known glass artists. Just to name a few, Patty Gray, Gil Reynolds and Peter McGrain. I’m hoping to have more creative inspiration by attending these classes. Also I hope to become more organized with running my business. People who tend to create have big issues with organization skills. LOL!
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring Etsy shop owners? My advice to Etsy shop owners is create what you love and expand on this. Even thou my Etsy shop is my job I still need to love what I do and I try not to get too wrapped up in the money. Patience is the key. Try not to be in a hurry to make the almighty dollar. It will come, if you are creating things that you love.
I try to make something new each week. I try to list or relist at least 4 items a day. My listing target times are 10am, because people are on the internet for personal reasons at break time. I list again around 12pm, lunchtime. Same reason, people are on the internet at lunch for personal reasons. Then I will list again between 7pm and 9pm. This is the time I get most of my views.
Also packaging is very important. People love to get beautiful packages! I also include a business card with each sale. If the purchased item is a gift the person that receives it may want to make a purchase for one of their friends.
Last but not least, I always do three art festivals a year. I research and try to find the shows that have the biggest turn out. The booth fees my be a bit high, however the rewards far exceed the cost of my booth. I not only make great sales but I get a vast amount of exposure!
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