New for 2009!

My design business has been busy this last year and I owe so much of that to all of you, my dear blog friends! Between the magazine features in Artful Blogging, your referrals, and the repeat business, I have installed and designed over 100 blog designs to date, and quite a few websites. I wanted to take a few classes to better my knowledge of web design in 2008, but I never seem to find the time for extra projects these days. Unfortunately I have to turn away a few customers a month because they want design features that I simply do not know how to do.

Well that brings me to a very exciting announcement I wanted to make: a new partnership I made with the very talented Leila of Lightning Bug Designs. Leila has the design skills that I am lacking, and she has agreed to take my designs and implement them into a Zen-Cart website for my customers. Zen-Cart is a great shopping cart system that has many features others don’t. You can view a full list of those features on the Zen-Cart website.

Many of your favorite websites are already using Zen-Cart; including the gorgeous websites of my dear friends Carol and Heather. (p.s. their sites were not designed by me).

While I plan to offer custom designed sites for use with Zen-Cart, I will also be featuring several “Ready to Glow” websites that are pre-designed and ready for implementing! Each website will only be sold once, to assure that every customer has a one-of-a-kind unique web design. As a matter of fact, I have five websites designed and “ready to glow” now! (Please allow poor Leila a week or so to get them on her website and ready for purchase, as they will only be sold from her site exclusively).

Here’s a sneak peek:

Sadie Olive "Ready To Glow" Designs

Sadie Olive "Ready To Glow" Designs

I will continue to offer template designs for use with Pappashop, Merchant Moms, and ShoppePro, for those of you with a smaller budget, and of course, blog designs, business cards, postcards, address labels, stickers, blog buttons, etsy banners, etc. You can purchase any of those items on my website here: Design Menu

Now it’s off to work on the rest of my “to do” list….

Pumpkin Peach Logo Design
California Sales Tax Return
Quick Books Data Entry
Reconcile Accounts
Add New Products to the Site
Evening Walk With My Husband
Eat Some Dinner
Take A Bath

My life is certainly not glamorous…..

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kasey - January 8, 2009 - 2:05 am

hmmmm. that bird one looks vaguely familiar.
I’m excited your helping me with a new design girl!
you rock.

Brandie Pahl - January 8, 2009 - 3:46 am

Wow, you do have alot on your plate! That’s great news about your new merger. I don’t know how you do it and so well! I’m glad you’ll still be custom design as well, I was worried;) Can’t wait to see what else you have in the works for ’09.

Shawn S. - January 8, 2009 - 3:53 am

Very exciting news. I have followed your blog for over a year now and have really enjoyed your photography and design. It is always fun to hear when other people are successful and love what they are doing. Cheers!

Alice W. - January 8, 2009 - 5:26 am

Congrats Sara! I have always loved Lighting Bug Designs! They are fabulous and your style will fit right in!

Tara - January 8, 2009 - 3:10 pm

You are a busy girl Sara! But it all sounds so exciting, ok wait maybe not the quickbooks data entry, been there at least once a month and that is not fun…Congrats on your new partnership and all the exciting new opportunities for you! Enjoy every moment, especially those evening walks with hubby and bubble baths!

Hugs!

Andie - January 8, 2009 - 9:33 pm

Thank you very much, Sara, for the amazing logo! You shall be highly recommended! Girls, this lady’s got a heart of gold, that’s if you didn’t know that already :)))

Delia - January 9, 2009 - 6:41 pm

Yay! I can’t wait to see the websites! I hope to be in the market for one by mid year and have always loved your style.

Also, I’m glad to see you are taking time for yourself within your ‘tod-do’ list. You deserve it! ;)

jamie - January 10, 2009 - 2:04 am

Great News Sara, Best of Luck, Your Design is Wonderful and your Ideas even more Wonderful..Jamie

Raised In Cotton - January 11, 2009 - 3:12 pm

Oh Sara you will just love working with Leila! Combining your talents will be wonderful. Congratulations!
Hugs,
Carol