Friday, February 18, 2011

Designs by C.D. Childs Giveaway

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!

This week you can enter to win
a gorgeous green wine bottle cheese tray!
The Rules
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry)

Mandatory Entry:
You must be a follower of After 'I Do'.
(comment telling me your favorite item from Designs by C.D. Childs)

Extra Entries:
Follow After 'I Do' on Facebook and/or Twitter (1-2 entries)
Tweet and/or Blog about this giveaway (1-2 entries)
Make a purchase from Designs by C.D. Childs (10 entries)
(Please make sure to have a receipt to forward to me)
 
 
The giveaway winner will be announced
Friday February 25th.

40 wonderful thoughts:

The Favour Shoppe

What a beautiful shop! My fav is http://www.etsy.com/listing/67446644/fused-glass-pendant-turquoise-blue-poppy

I already follower you here and on twitter and "like" you on FB :)

Have an awesome weekend!!

Lauryn

Honestly, I love that cheese tray! I see those at craft fairs all the time and I think they're adorable. I'd love to win one! I'm definitely already a follower of your blog :)

Connie

I'm a follower. I love all those trays made from bottles, that is something different, and it would be so cool serving cheese on those, everyone would be impressed with that tray!

Krystal

I lOVE the wine bottle serving trays, clear too!!!

Cafe Fashionista

I'm a follower!

I LOVE the Fused Glass Suncatcher (Fat Cat) Green - http://www.etsy.com/listing/68008622/fused-glass-suncatcher-fat-cat-green. Too cute!! :)

cafefashionista@yahoo.com

Jessie Szmanda

What a beautiful store I love it! My favorites are her pedal candle holders they are adorable!

Already follow you on Facebook :)

Michelle

I think the fused glass votive candle holder is gorgeous - as well as the cheese tray that you're featuring.

And I just followed you on Twitter - not sure why I hadn't already done that (I'm @chellinchen).

Teenage Bride

This would go perfectly in my wine themed kitchen!

Erika Grover

Ohhhhh I likey her Etsy shop! I like the green wine board & also the clear with black flowers but the green matches out kitchen...

Cute post!

P.s. I heart Etsy too. My heart is currently after an Etsy camera DSLR bag & a necklace :)

la mì

WONDERFUL POST!
HI! my name's martina and I come from Italy... i'd like you visit my blog and if you want... follow me! I wait you and your tips!
kiss kiss
marti
Glamour Marmalade

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

cute giveaway! i am loving the leaf votive too on her site... this cheese plate is TOO cute!

I am a follower through GFC/reader :)

Kaylee

I just love the cheese board from a recycled wine bottle with the black flowers on it!
I am a follower :)

Kaylee

I follow you on twitter @moorethanamrs

Kaylee

I tweeted about it!

Scientific Housewife

I am a follower and I think that is really cool!

Holls

I'm a follower! I've been wanting a wine bottle cheese tray for SO LONG, too! I always find them in little gift shops when I'm on vacation!

I really like the recycled wine bottle serving tray in light blue!

Holls

I Follow After 'I Do' on Facebook!

Holls

I Follow After 'I Do' on Twitter!

BlessedMama

I follow your blog :) I like the Cross Fused Glass Sun Catcher-Dark Turquoise....

blessedmama02@hotmail.com

Nikki

I've always wanted a wine bottle platter, for cheeses and stuff!

Tяainwяeck Tяagedy

I'd love to win this! I follow via GFC and the twitter. I love the Steampunk Bracelet Vintage Theater Seat Tag No. 52 :)

Amber Blue Bird

cute shop. i love the Fused Glass Bird Suncatcher (Yellow). i cant turn down a pretty bird

Alli

My favorite is actually the cheese tray! I would love to show my fiance's parents that wine dish when we have them over for dinner sometime! I'm a follower by the way, but I think you already know. :) Thanks for a wonderful giveaway and I'll keep my eye on those wine dishes for people's birthdays - love this idea!

Jen

Ooh, how fun! I'm a follower of yours!

My favorite item is the Glass Candle Holder/Votive Fused Glass.

Audrey Allure

I'm a follower of your blog & my favorite item is the Fused Glass Leaf Candle Holder/Votive in Turquoise :)

Audrey Allure

I'm a fan on Facebook!

Audrey Allure

I'm also a follower on Twitter :)

Brianna!

I found your blog through the Rose Bud network:)
which makes me a very happy little lady.

Great GREAT little blog you have here!

xoxo
bB

www.itsybitsybrianna.blogspot.com

Rachel

kivw that little etsy shop!! you always have the cutest things on your blog

Domestic Diva

I follow on gfc

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

emma wallace

Gasp! Gorgeous! I follow you, of course, and I love the fused leaf candle holders.

emma wallace

I also follow you on Twitter!
Oh, and my email is:
iamemmamusic at gmail

Melanie's Randomness

Ooooo I love all the recycled bottle trays!! The tequilla one is my fav!! How fun!!

I'm a follower of your blog!

Melanie's Randomness

Melanie's Randomness

I also follow you on twitter!!!

Melanie's Randomness

Elle Sees

i follow you!

Charlotte

Okay, picking one item from here was NOT easy! But my favorite would have to be the Owl Suncatcher Fused Glass (Orange/Red). <SOOOO cute!

I follow you on GFC

Charlotte

I also "like" you on facebook

Charlotte

And follow you on Twitter.

Dana Leigh

I just became your 700th follower! One of my faves from the site is the soap dish.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/65819154/fused-glass-soap-dish-flower-pattern

Two hit wonder Mom

CHeese tray!!! Love it, but never spend any money on myself. So I hope I win!! LOL