Monday, February 4, 2013

Amanda G Designs {my Etsy shop}

About six months ago, I joined many other crafters and artists and opened an Etsy shop. It started after I received several requests for my Luke 2:11 sign from folks all over the world. That sign was the only item in the shop for a while, but now that the Christmas season has passed, I have had the opportunity to add at least one new hand painted design each week.

Here are a few of the Amanda G Designs items in the shop right now.

As for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

A sweet bedtime routine reminder.
Read me a story. Tuck me in tight. Say a sweet prayer. And kiss me goodnight.

I loved you yesterday. I love you still. I always have. I always will.

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

There's a boy who stole my HEART. He calls me mommy.

Give Thanks to the Lord for He is good. Psalm 118:1

And of course the Luke 2:11 sign. If you'd like to be added to the 2013 waiting list you can follow this link to leave me a message with your information.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

In addition to these designs, I've had the pleasure of creating custom pieces for several wonderful people. I have very much enjoyed collaborating with them to create meaningful artwork for their homes. The process from the first email with a simple scripture, to the finished product is thrilling for me. It is indeed a blessing to do something that I love.

If you are thinking about starting up your own shop on Etsy, here are a few basic things I learned in the first month of opening my shop.

1. Take your item to the post office (I use USPS) boxed and ready to ship before listing the item. The items in my shop are large and I knew they would be expensive to mail but it was very beneficial for me to learn the maximum dimensions to avoid "balloon" charges. Ask for the prices to ship across the country and to any other country you are willing to mail to. Also include tracking costs or insurance for the item.

2. Pinterest is one of the best ways to promote your shop. I pin all of my designs to a board titled "Signs {I make}."

3.  Be open to making customizations to your items and consider all custom order requests.

A huge thank you to those who have purchased a sign from my shop. I truly appreciate it! Be sure to follow Growing Up Gardner on facebook for updates on new items and coupon codes!

Come by and visit Amanda G Designs on Etsy!



  1. I love all the verses! They are beautiful and you are talented.


  2. Great tips! What do you mean about the post office? Just get them to give you an estimate? What kind of box do you use?

    Congrats on the store! I love all of it!

  3. Your signs are gorgeous! I love how much you've grown your shop, and that's a smart idea on shipping for not only Etsy but also eBay - I always struggle with how much to charge for shipping when I sell things. Thanks for the suggestion on pinning your Etsy shop items, too - I just started a board for my designs. (Etsy shop

    1. Thank you, Kristin! I'm excited to following you on Pinterest!

    2. Here you go :)!