by Joy Maloney of JoyfulHandKnits

Introducing Cindy Knight
(aka cksilver)
AND a GIVEAWAY:

Please take a moment to visit Cindy's shop and give it some love!

Cindy is hosting a GIVEAWAY:
Little Black Dress Earrings with Sterling Silver Posts

This beautiful pair of earrings will go to the lucky winner of Cindy's giveaway. To be entered to win, please comment on this blog posting with your favorite item in her shop. The winner will be announced on next Wednesday's Featured Artist post.

As an offer to all of the CAST blog readers, cksilver is also offering 20% off all products this week. Just say you saw this feature to get your discount!











Introduction
:

I live in central Washington by a beautiful lake (Lake Chelan) with my husband and 2 kids, and we recently became certified as foster parents as well. Chelan is such an awesome place to live, and I am so thankful for the slower pace of life here since moving from Seattle three years ago.

I love to create beautiful jewelry that is classy and elegant, and usually small and dainty.

I also play the piano and have a marketing business where I create websites, do graphic design work, and plan corporate events.
In my jewelry, I specialize in sterling silver, pearls, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski crystals, and my primary inspiration is the beauty of nature and the amazing richness of creation that we find all around us.

The colors I use focus primarily on colors found in earth and ocean, and I have birthstones available for every month either in the stone itself or swarovski crystal. My mom also sells with me in my shop on Etsy, and we have similar yet different styles.
How did you get your start on Etsy? 

My cousin has a shop on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/babyhoot), and I have always admired her work. Others told me about Etsy, and one day I checked it out. My mom joined me some time later, and the rest is history. I am so thankful for the support from all my CAST team members, and for how you point me toward God and keeping my eyes always on Him.
What does a typical day look like for you?

Currently, when we wake up it is time to get one or both of the kids ready for school with breakfast eaten and lunch and homework packed. Then I work on jewelry and marketing during the day, and read or play with my daughter on the days she is home from school. Once my son is home from school it is time to do homework and responsibilities, and then my husband comes home and we all have dinner together. Some nights include our small group that we lead, soccer or t-ball practice and games, worship practice for church, and nights out with my husband or friends.
Since school will soon be out for the summer, we will add the library reading program, boating on the lake and swimming at the waterslides (did I mention this is a great place to live?), and so much more. We love boating to church, hanging out with friends, and watching movies (we don't have TV at our house). I often make jewelry while we are watching movies.
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
Right here in Chelan. I love living here, and it feels so much like home. I also enjoy the Tetons and Hawaii - and my parents say Alaska is more amazing that the Tetons, so maybe there, too!

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have so many favorites, it's really hard to choose. Here are a few:
Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
Psalm 143:8 "Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul."
Psalm 19  But I won't list it all here... You can look it up! :)

What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?

These beautiful earrings remind me of a spring bouquet of flowers. They incorporate sterling silver, freshwater pearls, rose quartz, tourmaline, and brown snowflake jasper.

URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own dot com, your blog, etc)
Facebook (including the new "Shop Now" link): http://www.facebook.com/cksilver
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cksilver
Blog (brand new!): http://cksilver1.blogspot.com
Marketing Business Website: http://www.actionmarketers.com



And the winner of Sue's Giveaway by way of random.org is.....Drum Roll Please.....Julie Riisnaes of Julieriis. Congratulations! Please work with Sue to redeem your prize!

Comments (22)

On June 9, 2010 at 4:37 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Oooh I won last weeks prize! Yay! (:

Great introduction to Cindy. She's a lovely friend on the CAST team - always so helpful and encouraging. Her work is lovely. Here's my fave:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/43473556/champagne-swirl-sterling-silver-earrings

 
On June 9, 2010 at 6:25 AM , Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

It was so nice to "see" you Cindy! And lovely to read a little more about your life and your creative inspirations.

I love the Rays of Sunshine Sterling Silver Earrings - I just can't resist pearls of any kind!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 6:46 AM , nancy said...

Nice to meet you Cindy. Your jewelry is very nice. I especially love these:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/47812406/rays-of-sunshine-sterling-silver

and would love to win the earrings that you are giving away.

 
On June 9, 2010 at 8:46 AM , pfd said...

CK - you know I love your work! My favorite earrings are the ones I bought from you with the custom ordered matching necklace! Here are ones similar in your shop:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/38426100/amethyst-dream-sterling-silver-earrings

If you have not bought from Cindy, you'll be absolutely delighted when you do! Great craftsmanship.

Joyful - you do a wonderful job on this post!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 8:57 AM , Jewels by Trish- Handmade Jewelry- Artisan: Trish said...

Cindy, loved learning more about you! Your work is lovely!! This is my fav piece: http://www.etsy.com/listing/46432724/sweetheart-bouquet-glass-heart-sterling

 
On June 9, 2010 at 9:54 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Great feature. Good job ladies!

Cindy is a great team member who is an important member of our blog team too. We can credit our banner and team badge to her design skills.

Thanks so much!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 10:49 AM , MYSAVIOR said...

There are many beautiful items but this is definitely my favorite.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/46432724/sweetheart-bouquet-glass-heart-sterling

Just gorgeous!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 11:04 AM , ZudaGay said...

I enjoyed getting to know more about Cindy! What beautiful jewelry!! I think my favorite is Victorian Elegance Sterling Silver Necklace...just lovely!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 11:30 AM , sweetybird09 said...

I loved reading about Cindy, that does sound like a great place to raise kids, oh and her and I have something in common, my husband and I have not watched TV (we have the tv just not cable) in over 10 years, its so freeing, been meeting more and more that do not watch!

Great job on the jewelry Cindy, and nice to meet you officially now!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM , cksilver said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments! I love doing these features and meeting everyone, and now I am seeing the other side! How fun!

Come check out my shop and get 20% OFF all jewelry through Wednesday!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 12:19 PM , sammysgrammy said...

So there's a real live person behind the cksilver name and it's our beautiful Cindy. So nice to get to know you a little better.

 
On June 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM , Christie Cottage said...

Wonderful feature! Beautiful jewlery!



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On June 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM , Joyful HandKnits said...

Cindy asked me to join her in posting the Featured Artist each Wednesday, and it's my please to feature HER! It's a fun adventure and I'm enjoying it immensely. Go Cindy!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 6:09 PM , vince+shannon+mattie+ireland +afton+chamberlain said...

Cindy's work is amazing! I won a giveaway a few months back (so don't let me win now!) but I just wanted to say how great she is. :)

 
On June 9, 2010 at 7:08 PM , Susan said...

beautiful jewelry....I admire your art and it shows you love to make pretty things...

 
On June 9, 2010 at 7:51 PM , KippysSoMature said...

Super congratulations to Julie!! And a big hug to Cindy for this lovely feature - I am a huge fan of her items ...I like them all!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 10:09 PM , knittingknerd said...

Congratulations Cindy! Love your shop and your jewelry!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 10:27 PM , AngelPups said...

So nice getting to know more about you, Cindy! Your work is beautiful and I absolutely love these amethyst earrings...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/38426100/amethyst-dream-sterling-silver-earrings

A wonderful feature!

 
On June 9, 2010 at 10:51 PM , Beantree Designs said...

wonderful to meet Cindy, she's one of the first team members I remember reading on the forums. Since I'm a earring girl it's hard, but i choose these as my favorite (right now,anyway)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/37608393/coffee-and-cream-sterling-silver

 
On June 10, 2010 at 12:14 AM , Lizzi said...

What a sweet intro :-) I don't have pierced ears, but I enjoyed reading this anyway and OMG I love the idea of boating to church, wish that was possible here!

 
On June 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM , Cynthia Mock said...

I've always loved Cindy's jewelry since the first time we "met"--I think on Twitter. She definitely has a God given talent for designing and making gorgeous jewelry. Lucky is the lady who wins this pair!

 
On June 10, 2010 at 8:28 PM , DHElegance said...

Cindy, I just LOVE your shop!! There are just too many to choose from! I love the "whirly" series!! Here's one of my favorites!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/43473556/champagne-swirl-sterling-silver-earrings

I loved learning more about you!!
Hugs,
Donna :)