June 23, 2011

41 West Designs Shop Spotlight & GIVEAWAY!

I am so in love with my Family Rules Sign from 41 West Designs so, I am beyond thrilled about today's Shop Spotlight & Giveaway!

Brittany, the creator of 41 West Designs is so super nice & creative & all around awesome! I am so excited to get to know more about her! So sit back & grab a cup of coffee & let's get started:
Tell us a little about the handmade products you sell.
I make handpainted pine boards with an aged, distressed look for wedding and home decor.

What is the story behind the name of your shop?
41 West is the street address of the house my grandparents live in. This house has been in the family for generations, my grandmother's great grandfather had the home built when settlers first came to St George, Utah. I used to visit St George as a kid, and I always loved this house. I lived here for a summer before I got married, and my grandparents built a guest house in the back of the property and were kind enough to rent it to my husband and I while he was finishing up his undergrad. Lots of great memories here. This house has a special meaning to me - and so it seemed fitting to name my shop after it.

How did you get started with your business and how long have you had your shop?
My uncle can build just about anything, and I have always loved watching him work. I had him cut me some wood and I started painting it and making a few things - some of which were pretty ugly. After I got my Cricut last summer, I decided to make Birthday Celebration Boards for my family for Christmas! I had such a fun time doing it that I started making more and more things and giving them as gifts. Finally my husband told me to stop wasting his money and sell some of these things! I officially opened shop on March of this year.

Is this your job or just a hobby?
Just a hobby!! I think if I were to view it as anything else in my mind (other than a hobby), I wouldn't have as much fun doing it. :]

What inspires you and or how do you stay inspired?
I have been inspired by a lot of things - the first craft blog I followed was Make It and Love It. I started reading it almost three years ago and it really inspired me with all the DIY projects that I had NO idea how to do...but it made me feel like I could do it! 
My grandparents used to run an antique shop out of their home and I have always loved the look of old, worn furniture and decorative pieces. I love antiques and I love the story behind them. I wanted my signs to look like they had a story behind them - as if they had been in the family for years and years.

What advice do you have for other Etsy sellers?
ADVERTISE!! Get a Facebook page and get yourself out there. Make friends with other shops. By promoting them to your friends, they will want to promote you too. My friend Tricia says, "Together we can." We are all in it together and we should all help each other succeed!
Use the right tag words to direct people to your items - something I am still learning as well.

What is your favorite product you've purchased from another Etsy seller?
That is a tough one! I have bought a lot of things from my friends with shops, and I love everything. The thing I get the most compliments on is the leather wrap bracelet from Smitten By A Promise or the wallet and matching checkbook cover from Simply Created.

What are your aspirations/where do you want to go from here?
I would love to get into building furniture. I know, kind of different from painting boards - but I love building things and I love power tools. I have all these ideas in my head and I just need the lumber (and the space) to get started!

What is your typical day like?
My typical day is pretty insane - I have a two year old who LOVES attention :] I usually start off the morning by publishing my blog post for the day. After Jack wakes up, I am pretty busy, but having an iPad and an Android phone make it easy for me to stay up to date on important things - like Facebook.  ;]  We usually go outside around 10:30 or 11:00 and I will sand and paint boards while Jack runs around. Any mom can agree with this: when the kid takes a nap, I have to maximize that time as much as possible!! I fit in just about everything I can't do while he's awake. This is usually when I come up with new designs. And avoid the laundry. Around 4:00 work typically stops and we just hang out as a family for the rest of the evening, but I often try to sneak back out to the workshop after 8:00.

3 things in your workspace that you could not live without.
My Cricut, my sander, and my x-acto knife.

Thanks Brittany! I love getting to know more about the sellers I love! 
 
SAY WHAT??!! Totally awesome! 
**Winner must pay shipping**

GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

Here is how you enter 
{must be jessicaNdesigns follower} 
  1. Tell me the something fun you learned about Brittany in the shop spotlight.
    Want Extra Entries? 
    Do any of the following & leave a SEPARATE comment for each one you do:
    • Like 41 West Designs on facebook {tell her I sent ya!}
    • Share link to this giveaway on Facebook 
    • Follow Brittany's Blog & leave a comment telling her I sent ya! 
    • Visit her shop & tell me the name of your favorite sign!

     GUESS WHAT ELSE?! 
    Brittany is offering ALL jessicaNdesigns readers a HUGE 25% off ANYTHING in her shop!  Just use Code jessicaN25 at checkout!

    GOOD LUCK! 
    Contest ends 6/30 & Winner will be Announced on 7/1

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    91 comments:

    Lani said...

    Shes a MAC girl with her ipad, but not totally with that android phone? Brit, Whats up with that?

    ;)
    Lanigillett@hotmail.com

    Lani said...

    LOVE her on facebook!
    lanigillett@hotmail.com

    Lani said...

    I totally NEED a bucket list sign!! I already have a wonderful family rules, and I just bought my Eye chart the other day. I NEED a bucket list:)

    lanigillett@hotmail.com

    Donna said...

    I love how the three things that she can't live without are her Cricut, sander, and x-acto knife.

    Donna said...

    I like her on Facebook.

    ANumbers said...

    I learned that you can use a Cricut to help make these signs. I have a Cricut and I guess I just have no idea all the things it can do.

    Natassia said...

    I liked learning where her shop name came from- the street her grandparents live on- back from grandmas great grandfather. thats awesome

    Natassia said...

    I already like 41 on FB

    Natassia said...

    I follow her blog

    Natassia said...

    I love the original family rules sign

    ANumbers said...

    I now follow her blog!

    ANumbers said...

    I like her on FB!

    ANumbers said...

    I shared this link on FB!

    ANumbers said...

    I love the original family rules sign as well!

    Natassia said...

    I posted on fb too :)

    Donna said...

    I follow her blog.

    Donna said...

    I love the "All you need is love sign"

    Flutterby Kisses said...

    What did I learn??
    Brittany has an ipad.. (insert jealous sigh):-D

    Flutterby Kisses said...

    I love her on f/b :-)

    Flutterby Kisses said...

    I will share.. for sure!!!

    Flutterby Kisses said...

    I can't decide which is my favourite.. it's so tough.. I have it narrowed down to the Joshua 24:15 verse and the family rules .. but that's as close as I can get to a favourite!!

    diana said...

    i always thought this was her full-time job.
    nope ;)

    cheers.

    diana said...

    im a fb fan of brits!

    diana said...

    and i am LOVING the bucket list!
    [i already have a lot of things i want!]

    prov3130grl said...

    I always love hearing what inspires people - especially when inspiration comes from an antique shop :)

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

    prov3130grl said...

    I like 41 West Designs on Facebook (Andi Bauer Trautman)

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

    prov3130grl said...

    I linked to the giveaway on Facebook (Andi Bauer Trautman)

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

    prov3130grl said...

    I follow Brittany's blog.

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

    prov3130grl said...

    I LOVE that Fairy Tale sign that you showed above!!! Want!!!!

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

    Angela jennings said...

    I lOve her signs and just got the all you need is live one through groop dealz. I want her to make a sign that says keep calm and ask mom!!

    Lauren Claxton said...

    I love the meaning behind her store name.

    laurenclaxton@ymail.com

    Lauren Claxton said...
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    Lauren Claxton said...

    I am already a follower of 41 west design

    Lauren Claxton said...

    i am already a follower of her fantastic blog. i love it.
    laurenclaxton@ymail.com

    Lauren Claxton said...

    I have been in love since the first time she ever posted on her FB the Birthday Board. I also am in love with The Bucket List,A Fairy Tale and We begin and end with family.

    laurenclaxton@ymail.com

    Lauren Claxton said...

    Link has been shared on FB.
    https://www.facebook.com/lauren.n.claxton/posts/240520529293177

    laurenclaxton@ymail.com

    Ashley V said...

    I'm a fan of 41 West Designs on FB.

    ulashleyvarga at gmail dot com

    Ashley V said...

    Love the Bucket List idea!

    ulashleyvarga at gmail dot com

    Carri said...

    I learned that she has an ipad and an android :)

    carricalderwood@gmail.com

    Carri said...

    Like 41 west designs on facebook

    carricalderwood@gmail.com

    Robin said...

    jessicaNdesigns linked me and omg, I LOVE your signs! Definitely liked on fb - if there were a "love" button, I would have used it! Keep up the awesome work. =)

    Fran said...

    we both have sons named jack!

    Fran said...

    i am already a fb fan

    Fran said...

    my fav sign of hers id the bucket list!

    Carri said...

    I follow Brittany's blog!

    carricalderwood@gmail.com

    Carri said...

    I LOVE the fairytale board and all the different family rules boards

    carricalderwood@gmail.com

    Carri said...

    shared on facebook :)

    carricalderwood@gmail.com

    The Allen Family said...

    I learned where the name of her shop came from. What a cute story.
    sethdeziATgmailDOTcom

    The Allen Family said...

    I like her on FB. (already did :)

    The Allen Family said...

    I follow her blog.

    The Allen Family said...

    My favorite sign is the Family Rules. Want one so bad!

    The Allen Family said...

    shared on FB

    Michelle McDonald said...

    I learned that Brittany has a 2 year old just like me but apparently she's able to get a lot more done than I am.
    mimcdona at yahoo dot com

    Michelle McDonald said...

    I liked 41 West Designs on FB!
    mimcdona at yahoo dot com

    Michelle McDonald said...

    My favorite sign is the Orginal Family Rules. I love how it's unique to each family.
    mimcdona at yahoo dot com

    Michelle McDonald said...

    I'm following Brittany's blog.
    mimcdona at yahoo dot com

    The Pendrak's said...

    loved the meaning and memories behind her store name!

    The Pendrak's said...

    love, love, LOVE the Fairy Tale Subway art sign...DEFINITELY want for my 2 little princesses room :)

    Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

    I learned that she has a 2 year old who loves attention! Mine does, too. :)

    Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

    I like 41 West Designs on Facebook: Leilani Parquer

    Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

    My favorite sign is ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE. Too cute!

    Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

    I follow Brittany's blog and I left her a comment saying you sent me. :)

    Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

    I shared on Facebook!

    chelsea {joy} said...

    i love how her name came from her grandparent's street address. so sweet :)

    chelsea {joy} said...

    new follower of her blog and left a comment saying you sent me :)

    chelsea {joy} said...

    i love the family rules sign...so cute!

    chelsea {joy} said...

    i liked her on facebook :)

    Cerrisse said...

    I Love how she cam up with her company name, its so sweet and sentimental.

    Cerrisse said...

    I like 41 west designs on FB.

    Cerrisse said...

    I love the birthday board sign on her etsy shop, so Cute!

    steph nelsen said...

    romantic and nostalgic (her business name inspiration) : )

    Family Fashion and Facts said...

    FABULOUS! I didn't know britt wants to make furniture! How fab would that be??

    Family Fashion and Facts said...

    My fav right now is the all you need is love sign :) I NEED one

    Family Fashion and Facts said...

    I follow britts blog!

    Family Fashion and Facts said...

    Like 41west designs on fb!

    Nicole said...

    I like her on facebook :)

    Nicole said...

    I love love love all the family rules signs but my favorite is the Dream Big one:)

    Robyn said...

    I learned the story behind her store name - amazing!

    Robyn said...

    Already like 41 West on FB!

    Robyn said...

    I've been eyeing the Play Hard Family Rules sign for a little while now.

    reaganGRACE said...

    I think it's awesome that Brittany considers her talent only a hobby because that is what makes her enjoy it more! Way to go Britt!

    reaganGRACE said...

    I love the 'Where I've Been' Subway art!

    reaganGRACE said...

    Stopped by and liked 41 West on FB!

    Victoria @ One Crafty Momma said...

    i love that her life is as crazy as mine!

    onecraftymommy11@gmail.com

    Victoria @ One Crafty Momma said...

    like 41 west on FB, told them you sent me!

    onecraftymommy11@gmail.com

    Victoria @ One Crafty Momma said...

    i like Brittany's blog, and I'm following@!!

    onecraftymommy11@gmail.com

    Victoria @ One Crafty Momma said...

    i love the Dream BIG Family Rules!!

    onecraftymommy11@gmail.com

    mama marchand said...

    Brittany loves her cricut, just like me! LOVE her etsy shop! What fabulous signs. :)

    mama marchand said...

    I like 41 West on FB. :)

    mama marchand said...

    I shared the giveaway link on FB. :)

    mama marchand said...

    I am in LOVE with the "Keep Calm and Carry On" sign in red. :) Would perfectly match my craft room!

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