Monday, May 05, 2008
Launching my new home-based business.
Rember this?

Last August I posted a "Name that business" contest to help generate ideas for the home-based business that I want to start. I even gave away a prize, despite the fact that I never did select a business name.

Well, I've chosen a business name and I've secured a URL and found a web hosting site. Now all I need is a blog design done. I'm hoping to use Susie at Bluebird Blog Designs but I haven't heard back from her yet and I'm not sure how long I can wait. Can anyone recommend other web designers out there? I need to find someone affordable. I can't afford the $300+ prices that some charge.

So, what is my business name, you ask? Well, I'm about to tell all. I wish I had a cute button to show you for my new name, but I can't seem to get creative enough to design one myself. I know for my business site I'd like to use the colors pink, green apple, and white so I suppose I'd like a button with my name in those colors. Anyone care to create me a button?

Okay, my business name will be

Sparkle and Charm Boutique

What do you think?

Initially I thought I would just try selling beaded jewelry, then I decided to add beaded bookmarks, and now I've decided to include hair accessories (children's hair bows and clippies).

I've been inspired by my blogging friend, Barb over at A Chelsea Morning, who posted some of her adorable burp clothes for sale even before she launched her online store A Chelsea Morning's Little Shoppe.

I'd like to get my feet wet, and hopefully raise some money to put towards the cost of my website design, by posting some of my products for sale on this blog.

Please join me this Friday, 9 May, for a Sparkle and Charm Boutique sale! I'll even be including a giveaway of some of my products!


7:20 AM

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Tiffany said...

You might check out Revka at RS Designs:

She did my blog design and has some other really cute designs she has done. She is really easy to work with and reasonably priced.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger abebech said...

Congratulations on launching your endeavor!

At 9:23 AM, Blogger CDJ said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see the products!

At 9:33 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

How exciting for you! I can't wait to see what you create :) I can definitely recommend someone to help you w/your site - Rebecca did my site and she has made over a number of bloggers sites as well. Do you want me to forward you her email address? She's really easy to work with, and not expensive at all!

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

I do designs and do not change crazy prices :)

Good luck with your business. It is so exciting to start something that you have created yourself!!!

At 10:03 AM, OpenID pinkexplosion said...

Can't wait!!

At 10:15 AM, Blogger Stacey said...

I love the name! And I will be back to shop!

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Jada said...

I've seen cool blog designs by Jules at

Best wishes for a successful business!


At 12:01 PM, Blogger Carey said...

I love the name. I cant wait to see your stuff.
Have you checked out etsy stores yet? It might be a cheaper way to go..even if just to start.

At 3:33 PM, Blogger Kathleen Marie said...

I would recommend my daughter but I really have no idea what she charges but you could check out her resume just the same. She is a web designer/graphics designer.

Love the name. It is so cute. Blessings!

At 3:38 PM, Blogger Barb said...

I love the name you chose. It's perfect. And I'm excited for you.

I hope you're as completely amazed and busy as I am! :-)

At 3:47 PM, Blogger Amy said...

You should check out

She does cute, affordable designs.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Milk Mama said...

I'll be there! Sounds great! :D

Hi! I'm just dropping in to say that I've got a giveaway on my blog. I'd really like if you signed up for it. :) Sorry for the short post. I don't have much time! Thanks!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger cityfarmer said...

I like it, I really do!!!


At 6:47 PM, Blogger Denise said...

Greetings... this is my first time here and wanted to give you a suggestion for a web design... I build web sites for my self and brother but I had a gal named Sara at
She created my sewtheword blog , web site and ebay template... She did a beautiful beautiful job and her price was very reasonable!!! Give her a holler.....She will not disappoint you..........

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Lady in Waiting said...

I also do blog designs - as a fundraiser for our second adoption - but don't feel any pressure - I just wanted to throw it out there - good luck on your business.

At 1:31 AM, Blogger Milk Mama said...

Just thought of something... my hubby could do it. He's very creative. He made my header and also the button for my contest... although that last one was pretty easy... and he does other things. He's pretty handy with a computer. ;) I'm sure he'd do it for any reasonable price. I think if you gave him three hundred he'd fall off his chair lol... so you can imagine he'd charge less.
psa dot pemberton at gmail dot com
if you're interested.

At 9:01 AM, Blogger Cookie's Mom said...

I'll be here on Friday - can't wait to go shopping and do my part to "stimulate the economy"!! :)

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Good luck .. try this out for a lovely template...congratulations...

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Milk Mama said...

Oh wow! That sounds like SUCH a nice trip!!! I'm sure it won't rain there, but if it does it'll probably be one of those gentle warm rains that is nice and refreshing! Be sure to post photos! I've never been there but have wanted to go.

At 2:10 PM, Blogger We are THAT Family said...

Love the name and the jewelry! So pretty. I'm going to look around!

At 4:14 AM, Blogger Chelley said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see the products

At 9:07 AM, Blogger Blessed said...

I recommend

She has great rates, is super nice and is getting her own new business off the ground.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Doodlebug said...

Wow! What a great business! I can not wait to check it out and buy some stuff!

I design templates and have a 30% off special right now. Come on in and see.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Miss Paula said...

Thanks for visiting me yesterday!!

I would recommend my blog designer. Her button is on my blog and her name is Dawn. I thought her very reasonable!!

At 9:53 AM, Blogger Jacquie said...

Love the name. I have seen some of chelle's design from up above and she does good work. Good luck, I will be back ;-)

At 11:57 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Your blog is really great with some colorful pictures...:)
Starting a home based business is a great idea. If you want your idea to work better, make sure that you choose the right home business. To become successful in a home based business, you have to work very hard.


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