Maggie’s Designs

Note:  I’ve taken a break from design to pursue other volunteer activities.  I’m chair of the church library committee this year, and we are building a new space and MOVING! An exciting thing for a book lover like me, but a lot of work!  So, until further notice, I’m on leave here…thanks for stopping back and check back another time.

Here are a few examples of headers and blog I’ve done for folks or played with myself.  Click to enlarge (circa 2007-2008, sorry I’ve not updated the list in a while!).

I started this endeavor as a way to raise money to pay off our church family life center debt.  My family still has my number one priority, but this is a  burden on my heart help meet body-life goals as well with whatever talents or skill I can offer.

At this time, all proceeds after taxes will go to paying off that debt.  Note, as a service is exchanged, it will not be a tax deductible contribution for you unless it could be considered a business expense.

DESIGN PROCESS:

Email me with your favorite colors, photos, let me know your interests, or ideas/thoughts, preferences.   I tend to change my blog header about four times a year, but some people choose a more classic header and stay with it–consider how long you want to keep it.

Option 1:  HEADERS ($30.00):

Crown Laid Down had the mountains on her mind…her new homeplace…moose, antlers, crowns, green, her new scenery at a new homeplace, and simplicity! The spectacular mountain picture was one she had posted on her blog–the view from her kitchen window!  Link: Crown Laid Down

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MonoChrome Variation

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Before, and After~

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Holiday Version

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We’ve worked together a lot, but I loved these past interpretations, so I wanted to put them up.

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Option 2: Assistance ($15.00)

Next, Miss Paul’s Story.  Paula had a basic pink stripe with these adorable faces stuck under her header spot because she didn’t know how to get it installed and needed a little more punch to it.  (blog: Gathering of Friends)

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Option 3– FULL CUSTOMIZATION:

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This is a blogger.com template.  I like to add all the design for the sidebar to the actual widgets so that you can move them around according to your needs and preference over time rather than embedding them into code.

A simple full template can be $65.  One fully loaded with sidebar texts and additional poetry, etc. can run $125.  Each element (background pattern, signature, sidebar, sidebar elements, post icons, sidebar icons) adds to the expense.  Talk to me about what you’re dreaming of and I’ll give you a quote for a full template.  The good news is, any budget can have a great-looking template! Little Red Hearts from God (blogger).

Note:  There is a limit how many full templates do into any one season for design.  There is a waiting list is you want your name on it.

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PLATFORMS for Full Blog Work:

Blogger.com: Header plus coordinating colors, or add-on other elements

WordPress.com: Full template  (aadd $15.00 annual upgrade to WordPress).  Also note:  some WordPress.com templates are not fully customizable…we can only try to build on available themes.

Typepad.com

VALUE:

I’ll give you a quote in advance after we discuss your wants, needs, and budget:

Blog headers: $20-40, depending on the complexity

Customized templates Plus Custom Header, $70.00-$140.00, depending on complexity

A La carte Items:

Background Paper: $10
Creation of Linked Buttons (Creation and Coding) $12.00
Creation of Sidebar Graphic: Poems/Quotes:  $7.00
Creation of link code for a button you already have: $4.00
Sidebar Headings Customization: $6.00 per sidebar heading title (coordinating design, code, and installation)
Signature Line: (Blogger) $11.00

REPEAT CUSTOMERS:

Seasonal headers.  I do seasonal headers for holidays and times of the year!  A few color changes on your blog makes the season.  Contact me about what you want.  If it’s simply, we can keep it within a reasonable holiday budget if you have a basic template to restructure.

BLOG MAINTENANCE:

Maintenance is the blog owner’s responsiblity, so be sure to SAVE your code in Notepad BEFORE you tinker, also SAVE code emails in an email folder.   A lot of consultation is included, but after the design is finished, a $10.00 flat fee applies if Maggie has to sign-in to your blog to fix issues after tinkering if you need priority help.  It interrupts the work flow to have to go back and re-do, often from scratch or a mess.  Be sure to save your code first in Notepad before you tinker! A $3.00 per item service fee applies to re-instal each item: Blogger.com blogs include multiple elements to create a unified custom look–save them all to Notepad.  Save all images to your hard-drive.) $3.00 for email assistance if you need priority help.

I will give you more than you ask for most often.  I hope you love it AND the process!

Click HERE to Email Me with questions or for an estimate, (or you may comment below).

To see on-going work, click here or see category: “Maggie’s Designs”.

CALLIGRAPHY: I also do some calligraphy projects, currently for locals only.

22 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Holly Smith  |  May 1, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    GREAT job Maggie…I think God has made a circle of blessing through YOU! May it cause much praise and glory to God! I’m also glad because I made a new friend!
    In His Joy,
    Holly

  • 2. Holly Smith  |  May 1, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    I meant has and Holly :) Grinning from ear to ear!

  • 3. Misty  |  May 3, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know you were doing that. Those look great! I’m so impressed. You could probably make a living off that. I think I want you to make me one. I’ll just have to think about colors and all that first…and I have no idea how to add it to my blog. I have a hard time figuring out that code.

    Maggie replies: Oh, I like “breaking codes”! :) I’ll help you get it figured out…just give me a holler when you’re ready. We’ll get you all dressed up.

  • 4. Connie Barris  |  May 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Guys.. if she can handle me.. she can handle anyone… but don’t bother her til I’m done… LOL….

    she’s good.

    and an answered prayer

  • 5. Testimonials/Comments  |  May 8, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    I appreciate all the great emails and comments. Here are a few to share. I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure working with each of you as well! Thanks for being great people!

    Karla~Looking Towards Heaven:
    May 8th, 2007 at 1:43 pm
    These are lovely, Maggie!
    Blessings,
    Karla
    Designer, Tennessee

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    Holly Smith
    May 8th, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    So bee-u-tiful!
    Love ya,

    Holly

    Maggie replies: Thank you, Holly, such an encourager, always!
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    4 Daisy
    May 8th, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Maggie is on-the-spot, quick, helpful, and uncannily accurate in her designs. I love the header and custom graphic for my blog posts that she made for me. She is truly a gifted artist.

    I give her five stars!
    Daisy

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    Connie:
    Maggie,

    I have to tell you that the more I look at the blog, the more I realize you captured my dream and my vision..and beyond….
    I really want to thank you…
    I LOVE it….
    I’M SO EXCITED….
    …. you have talent!

    ~Connie

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    ~E
    May 8th, 2007 at 7:19 pm

    Maggie,

    Your blogs designs are great — as I knew they would be. You are a gifted artist with such an eye for beauty. And you are beautiful yourself, inside and out, a treasured friend.

    ~E

  • 6. Kathy Bishop  |  May 10, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Hey Maggie,
    I have been so inspired since the Beth Moore conference in SC!! Under Divine Guidance and pestering, I have been able to start the Breaking Free study in my home – as an accountability group/study – not a group of women from my church – just a very, very diverse group from so many different places and ages – but women that were laid on my heart – and every one of us needed this group!! So much of that started with printing and sharing with these friends the Commissioning from the conference!! Thank you!! Pray for us – meeting on Monday evening from 7:30 until…My question for you is now that I have this going, I am also really into this blogging – sharing, praying and reading as part of my quiet time. Soooo – the question is, how do I get you to do the design for my site – let me know how we go about doing this PLEASE….I have another realwebsite that reflects what I do everyday – http://www.magnumopus-ed.com
    Let me know what you need from me – how your time is right now – cost, etc. God bless you as you use your gifts to glorify him!! Kathy Bishop

  • 7. Amy Heymann  |  May 23, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Maggie, I like your designs and I need your help. I have an adoption blog called catching butterflies. I also have a family blog called the Heymann family journal. I do most of my writing on catching butterflies, but I want to switch to the Journal. The journal needs a face lift! We are a family of 7. We live in Germany. We are Christians. We have an autistic a daughter, and 3 adopted children. I really like dandelions as a family symbol. I would love something funny or fun! We actually are not so serious. I would love to be able to use blogger Beta. I would also love to give money to one of your projects (the teen pregnancy project). The Heymann family journal address is-
    http://heymann-journal.blogspot.com/. I write mostly on catching butterflies, so if you read it, you have a better idea of what I’m like. Greetings, Amy Heymann

  • 8. Karla~Looking Towards Heaven  |  June 5, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    hi Maggie –
    just dropping back in to tell you I love your new designs!! (I’m sure I’ll keep telling you that on everyone you do!) You are so good at it!
    Blessings,
    Karla

  • 9. Bev Brandon  |  June 14, 2007 at 12:16 am

    Maggie, there are about 5 people that I am so drawn to on the LPM blog and wouldn’t you know—-it’s all the women you helped beautify their blogs! Patty, Holly, Connie, Dori and you! I always look to see what you all have to share on the LPM blog and visit y’all. I visited your blog when you posted one of Beth’s commissions—I was so intrigued by your work! What talent and you are so humble about it. But I had to lol at myself trying to follow your directions to find the lettering websites. I don’t even know what my own URL address is! I do calligraphy and love love love lettering styles. Hopefully, when we are at a better place financially I can get your help as I am brand new to blogging and want to get into it. Bev Brandon – Keep On Believing – Mark 5:36

  • 10. annie  |  June 14, 2007 at 9:05 am

    I am interested in an inexpensive new something for this blog.
    I love the word “believe” and have collected many believe word art signs for Izzy’s therapy room, as I believe in her complete and total healing. Would you take a peek at her blog and see if anything comes to mind?
    Thanks,
    Annie

  • 11. Leigh Gray  |  June 18, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Hey Maggie – I am still getting so many compliments over the change you did in my blog. Thank you thank you thank you!! I can never say it enough!!! You are incredible – inside and out!!

    If you ever need a referral – just call on me!!! I am your biggest cheerleader!!!

    Hope things are going well. I sure miss talking with over the net so much!! Take care and praise Him!

  • 12. Leigh Gray  |  June 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    you are so brave – i admire you greatly!!! have a wonderful July!

    Leigh

  • 13. Irene  |  June 28, 2007 at 4:00 am

    Hello,
    I have reached your page via Leigh Gray’s blog. I felt I had to let you know of my thoughts. First I am so moved that you combine your design’s with the Christian faith. I have not found this yet anywhere else. Second, your designs are nothing less than aesthetically beautiful and conveying the spirit of the blogger. And third, I think it is so wonderful that you are ministering to your favorite charities through your art, your hands’ and heart’s work.
    Finally, it is such a gentle sign that you decided to spend time with your family in July.
    I wish you and your family a time of rest, full of the fruits of the Spirit.
    Yours,
    Irene

  • 14. Wardeh  |  July 3, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    Wow! You are so talented! Everytime I visit here, you just seem leaps and bounds ahead of where you last were (which was already pretty incredible). I praise the Lord for blessing your efforts! Thank you for sharing the work you do.

    Love, Wardeh

  • 15. CeeCee  |  August 1, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    It’s Aug 1st, I’d like to “talk” to you about a total blog haul. Thanks!

  • 16. Lynn Donovan  |  August 14, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Maggie,

    You ROCK! I love my blog’s design…. Thank you so much. Your professionalisim and kindness are reflective of your heart for God.

    Love you, me

  • 17. Susanne  |  October 3, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Hey there. My friend Priscilla over at vivaladivadivine.com would love a custom header. She has become a great encouragement for our church through her blog, and I was wondering if you could help me out with a surprise? Just let me know.

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  • 19. Priscilla Russell  |  September 16, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Maggie – Wanted to update and tweak my blog a little – are you still in the business?

  • 20. Carla  |  July 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Wow! What an inspiration you are. I found you looking for green bean canning recipes. I too am a Proverbs 31 wanna be though far from getting there. Just wanted to say thanks and God Bless you.

  • 21. Meg  |  April 11, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    I swear, your creativity AMAZES me sometimes! Actually, all the time. Haha! These are stunning!

  • 22. ed leigh  |  September 20, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Hey there, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer,
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