Monday, September 29, 2008

Ideas Anyone???

So I need everyone's help! I have been mulling over the idea to start a small home-based craft business for about a year now and I'm ready to just do it. Now, I know that I really know nothing of technical sewing skills but I do LOVE to sew! I'm self-taught (which isn't so great when it shows...) and therefore make things up as I go. I've made a couple nursing covers and diaper bags already for some friends and family and it seems like they and their friends really like them...I guess this is enough confidence for me...Anyways, I really want to sell diaper bags, burp cloths, changing pads, receiving blankets, and nursing covers. Eventually I might even add more to this list (like onesies, hats, booties, car seat covers, dresses, hair bows and ties, etc). Here's my problem. I don't really know how to go about starting to sell these things, besides a blog and an etsy account. I need a business license as well as a registered trademark.....So, here's the question: WHAT SHOULD MY TRADEMARK BE? I'm really dumb at coming up with some creative names so far and Matt suggested that I ask all of you. I love my sweet husband and his good ideas! So here are some ideas I have come up with and PLEASE if you think of a name that you like better and wouldn't mind me using it then LET ME KNOW! If you wouldn't mind just commenting which one you like the best and why you think I should use it I will LOVE YOU ALL FOREVER! And if you don't like any just say keep thinking... haha..Thanks again guys! ;)

1) Sew Hopeful
2) Simply Mama
3) Barefooted Surprises
4)Barefooted Laughter
5) Now or Never Crafts
6) Hopeful Surprises
7) Sew Outside the Lines

I know some are generic...I really want a catchy name! Help!
BTW here is an unfinished bag I'm working on right now...what do you think (this was the only clean place to take a pic in our little hotel room..haha)???

13 comments:

Jess said...

Cute! Yes. I still think your bags are a great idea. :) You might want to check around and make sure the domain name you are thinking about is available. This is my favorite: http://www.ajaxwhois.com. They also come up with alternates. Might get your creative juices flowing.

Mama J said...

Hmmm....I'm thinking. I'll get back to you!

Mama J said...

What's your favorite color? Favorite fruit?

Swanky Mommy said...

Do you need a trademark or a bus name? It's actually easier than you think to start a business--we've started three. E-mail me and we'll chat!

Elizabeth said...

i think your logo should be a nickel - for nicole. do it.

Justin and Ashleigh Smith said...

I love Barefooted Surprises. That's my vote! Btw, I had no idea you were so crafty and good with a sewing machine! I wished that we lived closer now so I could learn from your craftiness (since school wouldnt allow us that opportunity earlier!) Good luck with everything!

Brianna Lee said...

I like now or never crafts

Brianna Lee said...

oh, and you could try selling them on ebay too

BradandBrittney said...

HOLY COW NICOLE!!!!! Its Brittney Fox! Well not fox anymore but... I cant believe i found your blog!! You look great! And your little boy is sooo darling! Hope all is well. I miss you... and the pictures of your mom just brought me back to galena days haha.. i love her!

BradandBrittney said...

Oh and your bags are really cute! I like barefooted Surprises. Its cute and catchy and you probably could come up with a really cute logo for it.

Aaron and Heather Coon said...

Hey I'll admit it I'm a blog snooper. I got here from Sarah Clift's blog, this by the way is Heather (Fox). I dated your brother for a while way back when. I just wanted to comment on this because your ideas are awesome. I've been doing the same type of thing here in Utah. I have some ideas of things you can sell if you want that have been doing really well for me! You can email me at heatherbee2002@hotmail.com and I show you some pics or whatever. And sorry if this is kinda creepy that I'm writing you. I just think it's really cool what you're doing! by the way I like "simply mama"! Way cute!

Elizabeth said...

When I read your comment about "field trip mr. jasmann!" I broke out in HUGE laughter. Oh thank you for that. It will never get old.

Eric and Sierra said...

Bravo Nicole, go go girl go. I have an idea for your business name. How about Barefoot, Inc. It says what your business is all about and it says you mean business and I think it sounds like success. What do you think?

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