Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's about that time

So I’ve been debating on doing two things on this blog for a long time now… my mind started spinning when I started to get really into this bloggy thing a few months ago and I’ve been mulling over it since then.

Because I spend more time blogging then on my real job lately (it’s only a part time job but…seriously) and because I have dedicated so much time to this site (and have loved every second of it), I have decided to go ahead with these two things and I hope you’ll support me…

Nervous giggle. Bites nails.

First of all, I’ve decided to accept advertising. I would love it if any of you (or anyone you know) would want to advertise on the site. My hope is it will become an avenue for Etsy sellers or moms and women who sell items and services. The rate is $10 a month and will go month to month. For more info on this, please contact me via e-mail (see left column).

Another one I’m REAL nervous about is consultations. Back in the day I thought I would never do this, but the idea has occurred to me more than once and it’s been growing on me. I have decided to offer simple decorating consults for $10. They can be just about anything you can think of – help with paint colors, molding ideas, furniture placement, accessorizing, organization ideas, draperies – you name it. I can’t offer any fancy-schmancy graphic programs though, just ideas and inspiration and maybe a kick in the you-know-what to make it happen. And when I say this will be simple, I mean it. You can send pics, videos, etc. Whatever you want. And I will use what knowledge I do have about decorating to help you out. If the project is bigger, like ideas to finish off a whole room, we can discuss pricing.

Click here to try it out and then e-mail me:






I have to say – I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you all e-mail me questions on how do something I’ve posted about and I welcome those, adore those, please keep those coming. I really don’t want to sound like I’m taking advantage of you…and I hope you all keep the e-mails and questions coming. I am thrilled when I get a message from one of you telling me that I have inspired you. That is part of the reason I’ve decided to do this – it has been an honor to be that inspiration and I want to help you make your home even more comfortable and beautiful.

I don’t know why I’m so nervous about this. I guess I don’t want any of you to think I think I’m all that. I most certainly don’t. I have thought long and hard about this and am fully prepared for them to totally flop and that is OK with me! My love of decorating and blogging will keep on…and you’ll all still be my BFs. Foreva.

Thanks for your support!

46 comments:

  1. Whoa whoa whoa, Thrifty Chick! Stop all that negative talk! First step to being successful is to believe in yourself. If u think you got it going on (like your almost 400 followers clearly do) then go on with your bad self! Shine away!

    Best of luck...

    (I've got a similar post in my edit pile right now. Working out some kinks before I drop the 'bomb'. LOL.)

    ~Stacy

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  2. It's funny that you mention that....I have thought a time or two about asking you for advice because, well, you rock at thrifty decorating! But I didn't want to bug you or take up your time. Next time we redo a room, I will get a hold of you!

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  3. I agree with Stacey. You have nothing to worry about! You are one bad chick (you know, in a good way)and you are not at all out of line here. Actually, The Nester over at Nesting Place does the same thing. Good for you!

    P.S. I got an email from that gal about my kitchen cabinets. It led to a blog post. So THANK YOU!

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  4. Don't worry about adding these great ideas to your site. It's always great to make some money off of something you love. I think they're good ideas!

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  5. You should do well in your 2 new endeavors! You have great ideas!

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  6. Good for you!!! When we actually get some money to redecorate I will for sure need some advice:) I just found your blog a few weeks ago and I am loving all your ideas. Keep up the good work!

    Good Luck!!!!

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  7. You have nothing to be worried about. Your talent is gold =) (I love your blog by the way!)

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  8. I think this is a great idea! I mean if I had something to advertise, I sure would, but then that would mean me actually having to finish projects and be responsible and organized. Don't see all that happening anytime soon. :)

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  9. Go for it!! Believe in yourself and rock it.

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  10. I think this is a fantastic idea! You're talented, creative and full of great ideas!

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  11. I think it is a great idea. I just need to dig out my camera and take some pictures of my living room. I need help and i trust your taste completely!

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  12. I think it's great that you are offering your services at such a reasonable price! Don't be nervous! Be proud! =)

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  13. Great idea! I am pretty new to your site and I have to say I love it and nothing would keep me from coming back. You have definitely inspired me with many things. It will be totally worth the price for your advice!

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  14. You are totally ready and will have so much fun. We are hear to support you.

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  15. Rock out wit ya bad self!!! You are extremely creative and you might as well be getting some moola for all your little ideas! I'm new but I love your site and I hope everything goes swell!! But keep up with you regular posts so we can fantasize about having our houses look so organized and nifty!!

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  16. You'll be great...someone once told me the only risks in life are those you don't take...gotta try it and see what happens. I would love to take some pictures of my tiny living(with the oddly placed fireplace, windows and heaters) with the too-big furniture and see if you can help me figure out to make it better.
    -Heather

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  17. Awesome! I think you've made a wise decision. And don't talk it down, girlfriend. People love you... hello 362 followers and counting. At this point I think you could do no wrong in the eyes of your followers. Good luck!

    Luv
    ~Amanda

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  18. Good luck, girl! I think it all sounds fantastic!

    & I LOOOOVED your NYC post... but I admit it made me a little jealous and NYC sick! You're def. right, it makes you feel alive! Agh, love that place!

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  19. You go girl! I think that is awesome! I think blogging creates a great community but at the same time if you are spending so much time doing it, it doesn't hurt to make a buck. I am in full support of this and wish you the best of luck! Keep up the awesome thrifty ideas! ;)

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  20. I am so happy for you and with all the ideas that you have been sharing with us I am sure you will build a growing community of ads and people who ask you decorating advice. I am very very happy for you.

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  21. i think you would do great in this area. you already have such a fan base. keep it up!
    ~nicole

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  22. Hi Sarah~

    I've been popping in and our for some time now and you are so talented! I wish you all the best in this new endeavor...I know you'll do great!

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  23. I think you are going to succeed in your new ventures! :)

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  24. I think it's a great idea to earn a little $$ for all the time you spend. I have a crafting blog and a cooking blog and I know how much time goes into keeping them up. It's a lot.

    I love the idea of being able to pay a small amount for your advice. You have the most amazing ideas and I think you are offering a valuable service to those of us who are "decorating challenged". :)

    I love your blog and will keep coming back!!!

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  25. These are fabulous ideas, and I'm sure that you'll be very successful. Your writing is very inspiring, in fact, you inspired me to start my blog! Good luck, I wish you much success. (now I'm off to e-mail you about that advertising thang...)

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  26. This is a big step and I am so glad you are taking it. But I agree with some of the others here stop the second guessing and negative thoughts, we will still be here. I think you have opened up a can of worms and we are all grabbing our cameras.
    Good Luck

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  27. I think your ideas are great!!! Let's face it most people can't afford to have a decorater come in and tell them what they should to. Your idea is the next best thing at an affordable cost. And I KNOW you are talented so you will be inspiring homes everywhere!

    I am proud of you for your idea and will be here to toot you on all the way!!!

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  28. That's so exciting! Good luck on your new adventure!

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  29. Oh, when I FINALLY get my biz up and running, I'll certainly buy an advertising spot on your blog! Best of luck...you'll do great! I love your blog and I think it's a GREAT idea (both of them!). I bet you'll have more business than you know how to deal with soon.

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  30. You ARE all that... and... am i going to go there? I am.... and a bag of chips! Or... a can of paint? Either way, go for it! :)

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  31. You are worth it remember that. I will be looking into this further when I start my own endeavor next month. Remember we always do better at anything we have passion about and you have passion so go for it!!!

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  32. Sarah, I wish you the best in your new adventures! I too started consulting recently and also do advertising, so I know where you're coming from. I think there is room in the blogworld for all of us to spread our wings. You will be fine & yes, you have a lot of followers too so keep that in mind.

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  33. How fun is that! I really hope this works for you. You spend all that time, why not earn a little cash huh! Good luck Sarah!

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  34. Good Luck Sarah! :)

    You will do fine with this idea!

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  35. Oh for sure you should go for it! I'm not as fancy as you as far as decorating goes, but I LOVE your thrifty ideas and I'm going to send you a picture of my sad little living room in the near future and have you help me! :) Keep up the good work. "If you build it, they will come." LOL

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  36. I think it's wonderful. I think may just buy some ad space! Also, I know I will be taking advantage of your consulting when I start making over my house! (it's on my "to-do list"!

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  37. I think it's wonderful. I think may just buy some ad space! Also, I know I will be taking advantage of your consulting when I start making over my house! (it's on my "to-do list"!

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  38. I don't think anyone would think you were trying to take advantage. You, as many of us do, spend a huge amount of time on your blog and if it's cutting into work time, or can make you a little $, why not?
    I recently added Blogher ads and haven't gotten any complaints.

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  39. yay! good for you! and i DO think you're all that! if i had half the talent you do... i wouldnt be wiping butts for a living:)

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  40. yay! good for you! and i DO think you're all that! if i had half the talent you do... i wouldnt be wiping butts for a living:)

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  41. I enjoy your blog so much I'm going to comment twice under one post! I even passed along The Lemonade Award to you tonight on my blog! (You can pick it up on my blog if you want to participate)

    Love your blog and glad to see so much positive feedback on your proposals...I say GO FOR IT!!!

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  42. Don't be nervous!! I imagine it's got to be a lot of work responding to so many comments and questions. And you really want to give good answers and advice but I can bet it can be time consuming. I'm glad you're doing it! I hope it really works out!! DOn't be afraid sista! Rock on!

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  43. Sarah, I think you have a lot to offer. And why not get paid for your talents. Sometimes it is the little things that people get hung up on. And you're friendly advice is just what they'll be looking for. I wish you the best of luck!
    Hugs, Terrie

    Really $10 is a great deal if you are needing a little help!!

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  44. Saw another blogger charging $25 for consults, so your price isn't too high.

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  45. Go, Sarah, go!!!

    You'll do great!!!

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