Carla Trent
  • Female
  • Meadville, PA
  • United States
  • Designs By CT
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College Degree

Started Oct 14, 2012 0 Replies

Greetings:I need some advice here is the problem: I was taking online classes through Everest University Online and due to certain problems I couldn't finish. Well I got an email from my student…Continue

Should I???

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Trent Apr 8, 2012. 5 Replies

I need some advice, I am currently signed up with a company called Yardsellr where you can sell you handcrafted items online all for free. I'm making pretty good sales, but my question is when…Continue

Being Professional

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Trent Feb 16, 2012. 7 Replies

Hi,I design and make jewelry and since I have a professional presence online, I always want to be professional about everything, but I'm also human and I have my good days and bad just like everyone…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Trent Oct 18, 2011. 4 Replies

Greetings:I have a question and I'm sure you wonderful ladies can help me out. Ok, I have been invited to an upcoming local craft show which I am soooo excited about, but at the same time a little…Continue

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Why do you want to join Black Business Women Online?
I want to network with like minded people and I also want to learn from other women who run a successful business.
What's Your Business?
Designs By CT
How did you find BBWO?
About Me:
My name is Carla Trent and I am a handmade beaded jewelry designer. I’ve been making beaded jewelry for 12 years now, it started out as a hobby, but this hobby turned into my number one passion in life. This is how Designs By CT was born! I offer something for everyone: women, men, and children.
I find that men enjoy wearing handmade beaded jewelry as much as women and little girls do. If my customers want something made specifically for them, I’m always happy to do custom orders.
I make beaded charms, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and jewelry sets. I like to use a variety of materials such as: glass, plastic, silver, wood, shell, and bone beads. I’m always looking for new ways to improve my craft.
Since this is my passion in life, I like doing good things for my customers such as: giving them free jewelry and that is always a big hit with my customers whether old or new. My design style is more comfortable and casual, but now I’m starting to venture into bridal and vintage jewelry.
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Are You Ready For The Holiday??

Posted on November 20, 2011 at 1:35pm 0 Comments

If you are looking for a special and unique gift for that special someone, then contact me on here or my website to see what I have to offer. There's something for everyone women, men, and children. I offer handcrafted jewelry such as: earrings, bag charms, bracelets, necklaces, jewelry sets, key chains, candle holders and much more.

Amazing Offer

Posted on November 16, 2011 at 2:11pm 0 Comments

Today has been a very interesting day and it’s only noon! What I did was I went on some of my websites and I offered a pair of my handcrafted earrings at as “today’s freebie” well I really didn’t expect any replies…wow was I wrong! After posting that, within 1 hour someone responded and snagged a free pair of earrings I was offering. So in celebration of this, starting today I will be offering something for free every week for the next 12 months. Yes, you saw this correctly for one full year…


Feeling Discouraged

Posted on October 10, 2011 at 8:56am 8 Comments

Making jewelry is my passion. Yesterday I had a jewelry party at my home and NOBODY showed up who promised they'd be there, well this is the 2nd time it has happened. I think my jewelry looks just as good as the jewelry in stores. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but at this point I honesty feel like giving up and moving on to a different craft! I have so much jewelry I could open a store.

Chance Encounters

Posted on February 26, 2011 at 4:07pm 1 Comment

I just wanted to share this story: over the summer I had been invited to bring my jewelry to a block party and at the same time make some money. That particular day, it was so hot nobody was really there. So I began to feel a little discouraged because even after people started showing up, I got lots of compliments, but nobody was buying anything…total frustration at this point. Then one of the teenagers there approached me and we began talking and I must say this kid really brightened my…


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At 8:22pm on April 17, 2011, Felicia Corbett said…

Happy Birthday!


At 12:47am on December 21, 2010, HOUSTON MCMILLER said…

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At 8:27am on August 7, 2010, Apron Appetites said…
Hello Carla:
In response to the event~I have learned to watch the traffic flow from any event a year or month prior to committing with T0 ANY LOCAL EVENT. With permits and expense of time and energy of setting up,you have to be sure it is worth your efforts.

Rather than have free stuff, have it f for $1.00,$5.00 we appreciate anything we pay for and walk away thinking we got a deal. Always tell them what it made of to seal the sale. A good example is the dollar menus

Now you know why the other vendors did not "show up"

Still the experience was great. You would have always wondered what you missed
Online selling has so many advantages such as Your items don’t get rummaged through before purchases.

Look into taking an art/beading class at a local school or Michaels to continue to enhance your skills and knowledge of your craft.

Keep up the good work

At 12:17am on August 7, 2010, Apron Appetites said…
WE would love to know how the jewerly show went.

Let us know.
At 10:45am on July 27, 2010, Aku's Ear Ornaments said…
Thank you Carla for the compliment.....and I wish you much success with your business.
At 10:11pm on July 22, 2010, Apron Appetites said…
I hope I am not repeating what is in the articles as I did not read them -

You didn’t mention if you use sterling silver for hooks and chains or genuine stoners however mentioning what was involved in making the crafts can help the person who has appreciation for ART be more attracted the product, is it one of a kind, did you import the stones from another state or country are there steps involved in creating the craft that makes it labor intensive? This type of information increases the buyer’s appreciation long after he has bought it.

Do you notice how often a person enjoys telling you the background of a item they bought? By the way what is your company motto, it should show itself in the craft.

I believe in having low end items for people who appreciate your talent but cant spend as much,( NOT LOW QUAILITY) they WILL come back when they have more $$$, rather than all of your products being high end. Haven’t you done the same as a shopper?

I hope this helps

At 8:26pm on March 7, 2010, PB31 Woman said…
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